It’s been underwhelming this week. I had tons of Japanese, and pretty good too during a quick check Weds. Aug 24th, but that’s not really what I’m after. I want the aussies, kiwis and Europeans… most of that comes a bit later in the season.
The “domestic” DX before sunrise hasn’t been that thrilling either.
KMZT and KLTX in LA, KMKY 1310 near San Fran.. KSTN 1420… a few of the big AM’s in western Canada. KSTN and KMZT are nice and not regulars, but the rest are kinda ho-hum and something I hear often.
I think im the only Dx’er who thumbs his nose at 2000 mile domestic DX lol. Not to be snobby, but it is so so common that even KIHH 1400 eureka, CA while nice.. i don’t spend much time with.
It may feel strange that I’m about to suggest looking for North American DX during the Summer heatwaves in NW Europe. But that’s exactly what I am going to do. Unsurprisingly most DXers look for US daytimer signals in the winter. But between September and March DX opportunities are set by the position of the terminator between day & night – where there is more darkness at higher latitudes in the Northern hemisphere. However between April and August the opposite is true – there are fewer hours of darkness at higher latitudes in the Northern hemisphere. This fundamental difference means that opportunities for trans-atlantic daytimer DX are very different between August & September.
If you are interested in a challenge here are some stations that could be heard in the final week of August. More southerly daytimer stations in the USA have an advantage before the Autumn equinox. Simply put, that is because sunset arrives in Florida earlier than in more northerly latitudes. Another way to express it is to note that Miami has more hours of darkness than Toronto does before the Equinox; after the Equinox the reverse is true. The following stations might be easier to hear in late August than after the equinox. (The times shown are when the station either reduces power or closes down in August.)
Summer solstice bandscan. I got out just after midnight. By then it had stopped raining and the sky cleared. Barely a breeze, and bright enough to read quite fine print. I was lucky. The clouds began drawing up again soon after I returned inside. The LW band… same old, same old. Allouis was quiet enough for me to hear Daventry’s cross modulation. The MW band was a bit livelier than I had expected. I did have to turn up the volume control on the Panasonic radio, but I did hear the usual Brits, except for Wales on 882 kHz. I also managed to hear Smooth R. on 1152 and 1161 kHz, Gold on 1548 and 1458 kHz, and the Absolute R. relays on 1197 and 1242 kHz; the latter very weakly. I also heard Spanish radio on 855 kHz and a few others whose frequencies I soon forgot.
918 KHz 4VL Charleville, QLD, Australia (2 kW) at 596 miles / 960 km into Sydney, NSW, makes for enjoyable listening during the evenings. I’ll take Fleetwood Mac, CCR, The Eagles, The Who, Elo, Sweet, and other bands in preference to any Australian radio talkback, and sport. 4VL is sufficiently low powered that it can occasionally fully fade out enabling 918 KHz RNZ talk. Usually a stronger than usual 918 KHz RNZ signal will extend to other enhanced NZ signals like Auckland, and Wellington. When Asia propagation path is enhanced, 918 KHz RNK Kampuchea is distinctly heard with metallic banging pots and pans type traditional music. They seem to mainly play music which will cut through the noise floor even more effectively than the ABC Majestic Fanfare theme. I’ve never tried to associate solar indices with enhanced MW propagation. Just turn on the PR-D3 after around 11 PM, and check key Asian channels like 684, 783, 909, 918, 1386, and 1575 KHz. During recent months with the rain deluge, electrical thunderstorm static (either nearby, or ionospherically propagated), can render a listen session unusable.
Spring bandscan 2022. I forgot to do the scan last night so went outside around 2130Z.
Tonight’s weather was overcast but calm and dry. I did not notice any significant changes to the LW band. On the MW band, the Brits came in quite clear. R. Kossuth was good on 540 kHz. Absolute Radio relays on 1197, 1233 and 1242 kHz were more or less audible. There were stations on, I believe, both 1548 and 1550 kHz. I hazard that one was Gold Radio, but the rest I can not put a finger on.
Managua bandscan. Active stations on mediumwave in and around Managua, Nicaragua, as monitored mid-February 2022:
540 kHz – Radio Corporación – 1000-0505 UTC 580 kHz – Radio 580 – 1100-0005 UTC 600 kHz – La Nueva Radio Ya – 24h 620 kHz – Radio Nicaragua – 1100-0200 UTC 660 kHz – Radio Máxima/Stereo Caliente 89.3FM – 1200-1600 UTC * 720 kHz – Radio Católica – 1100-0400 UTC 740 kHz – Radio Sandino (La Sandino) – 24h 800 kHz – Radio 800 – 1100-0200 UTC 1120 kHz – Radio CEPAD – 1100-2300 UTC 1440 kHz – Radio Maranathá – 24h
* Radio Máxima is usually signing on around 0630-0645, and s/off times are highly irregular; the transmitter is sometimes kept on long after 1000 UTC. Some of the other stations also have somewhat irregular s/on and s/off times. Four of the ten MW stations in Managua are AM only.
Another MW station from Nicaragua confirmed active is Radio Centro from Juigalpa on 870 kHz. At times suffering from interference from Radio 870 UCR, Costa Rica.
Good reception of IRRS – Milano Italy on 918 Khz on the different KIWI-SDR receivers here in my region, as well on my portable Sangean, outside the noise levels indoors etc., in my garden. Friday, July the 9 th, I heard the two interesting DX programs: Wavescan from AWR and Glenn Hausers – World Of Radio, between 22.00 -23.00 local time, 20.00 – 21.00 UTC. So just good old hobby radiolistening in one hour. WOR scheduled via IRRS Friday 20.30 UTC., Saterday 18.01 UTC. // 7290 Kostinbrod (Sofia) Bulgaria. Program also downloadable via www.worldofradio.com Wavescan is also podcasting via the different internet platforms, even via my platform on which my Sangean WiFi radio is running. Jumping on that time of the day, in the after dark hours, just 9 Kc up, 927 Khz. WMR from Denmark audible quit good as well. Willem Prins HOL (2021-07-12)
Summer solstice bandscan 2021. Rain tonight so I had to shield the radio with a plastic bag. Found a dry period around 0030Z. Not much to say about the LW band except that Allouis put in a better signal here than did Droitwich. The MW band was more open than I thought it would be. In addition to the usual Brits, I heard a few Spanish stations, plus an Absolute Radio relay on 1242 kHz. I could only make one quick run through either band since it began raining again shortly after I stepped outside. Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2021-06-22)