Spring equinox bandscan.
I went outside with the Panny tranny around 2050Z. The weather was calm and dry under a cirrus-covered sky, a half moon semi-visible.
The LW band felt a bit weak. Allouis has been stronger, and Ireland was… audible. Just.
The MW band was very weak here. I had to turn up the volume pretty high for even the normally loud British stations. Everything else was totally inaudible.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2021-03-20)
The last two nights have been improved for Asian MW.
In particular, 909 KHz China, and 1386 KHz NHK Japan. This is a welcome improvement over the poor summer months that was plagued by electrical storm static.
The Gary DeBock design 40 inch square PVC loop excels at bringing up 1386 Japan out of the noise. There is a notable contrast between the Indian Bollywood songs aired on 1386 KHz Auckland, NZ, and no-nonsense NHK Japanese female announcers.
The locally generated QRM on 909 KHz has fortunately gone.
The best compromise here for MW DX on 9 KHz channels is the indoor 40″ PVC loop inductively coupled to a Sangean PR-D3. The PR-D3 is identical to the Crane CC 2E, except the switchable narrow bandwidth feature.
The usual nightly routine is to watch TV (usually in my case, 1950s and 1960s U.S. TV series and films), then try MW DX starting no earlier than 2330 local time. It is a challenge staying awake till 0030. Anything later, e.g. 0130 LT, usually guarantees a hangover the next day. But that is one of the challenges with Asian MW, because the optimal reception window is between circa 2330 to 0200 local Sydney time.
One recent discovery is that my 26 inch (nominal) diameter hula-hoop loop dimensions is actually 21″ height, 23″ width. Karl at PK loops tried to make the tank coil diameter dimension larger, but it would not tune up to 1710 KHz. Hence the version I have is the largest available that tunes 520 to 1710.
Regards, Todd, Sydney, AU to ICDX-AM groups.io (2021-03-01)
African MWDX to North America, northeast at least.
The Algerians on 531, 549, 576, 891, 981, and 1422 are major honkers here, certainly way better than Benin or Djibouti.
Besides 864, 774 and 819 are common out of Egypt.
Morocco: 596a, 612, 711 (or does that count as W. Sahara?), 936: poor modulation though.
Canary Islands count as Africa. 621 here is usually that, especially when conditions are running south so the co-channel lower power Spain outlets are cut off. Lack of RF from usual Spain blasters such as 585, 639, 684, 738, 774, 855, 999, 1044, 1107 would point the finger towards Canaries if a good 621 signal is present. Also look for 720 trying to get past Portugal, Greenland, WGN et al.
Tunisia occasionally makes a showing on 630 and 963.
South Africa 828 (and occasionally other channels) reaches US / Canada East Coast sites. Due to low angle arrival, going even a short distance inland drops the signal like a rock. Often a summer thing here when it’s winter below the Equator … just as with the deep South Americans.
Old-plan channel 917 Nigeria might show up as a waterfall trace distinguishable from 918. Getting audio is a struggle.
Sudan, Tanzania, Mozambique, and a few other African countries make occasional showings at beach sites. Check Roy’s Cape Cod reports, Bill W’s Lubec logs, NL logs, and PEI logs.
Mark Connelly, South Yarmouth, MA Jan 18, IRCA iog via WOR groups.io (2021-01-19)
Winter solstice bandscan 2020
I went outside with the radio around 2110Z and was back in by 2120Z. A
small breeze and slight frost made it rather chilly so only one quick
turn on either band.
On the LW band, the clearest thing (after Eiðar, of course) was a
rather high noise level on 162 kHz that masked the Luxembourg effect
imposed on Allouis by Droitwich.
On the MW band, my first impression was that a vague hunch I got on LW
might be right – I was hearing more East European sounds than I’m used
to. I was still getting a few Spanish stations. though.
The Talk Sport relay on 1071 kHz was clear enough that I noticed it
for the first time. 1215 kHz sounded awful, in the suppressed-carrier
way, that is.
I didn’t think of checking it on the webwave band, but there was
something on R. Scotland (810 kHz) after the nine-o’clock news that
sounded like audio art mixing Christmas tunes with jammer transmitter
warbles. Sounded as weird as the description reads.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2020-12-21)
Autumn equinox bandscan.
A chilly breeze on a moonless night. At least I was well fortified
with tea and custard creams.
If there was any change with the LW band, I couldn’t tell it.
The MW band was neither weak nor strong. I couldn’t tell if I heard
Smooth Radio, but I did hear Absolute Radio relays on 1197 and 1233
kHz, and Manx Radio on 1368 kHz. There was also a good Spanish signal
on 855 kHz. Otherwise, the band was “UK ROOLS, EUROPE DROOLS”.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson, eastern part of Iceland (2020-09-24)
Summer solstice bandscan
I took the radio outside some time after 23Z in calm and dry weather.
There was some local interference on the LW band so I could only check it in part. This time, there was no noise on 162 kHz so it was actually slightly easier to listen to BBC using the Luxembourg impression than directly on 198 kHz where Eiðar (207 kHz) interfered.
It being summer, there were no wall-to-wall burners on the MW band. Most of the listenable stations were the more powerful Brits except for a Spanish-sounding one on 1296 kHz. There were several audible stations but only barely so.
And that’s about the lot of it for this time of the year.
Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2020-06-21)