Alaska AM DX

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.

Paul Walker to IRCA iog (2022-08-25)

US Daytimer DX from Europe

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.)

Good luck!

kHzTime utcStation/location (day power)
10602245WCGB Juana Diaz PR (5kW)
16602245WGIT Canovanas PR (10kW)
10402300WNVI Moca PR (9kW)
13202345WATR Waterbury CT (5kW)
13202345WDER Derry NH (10kW)
15702345WUBG Methuen MA (44kW)
7602400WCHP Champlain NY (35kW)
6702400WWFE Miami FL (50kW)
10402400WURN Miami FL (50kW)
10602400WIXC Titusville FL (50kW)
10702400WNCT Greenville NC (50kW)
14702400WWNN Pompano Beach FL (50kW)
15502400WRHC Coral Gables FL (10kW)
15502400WNZF Bunnell FL (5.5kW)
15602400WLZR  Melbourne FL (5kW)
15802400WSRF Ft Lauderdale (10kW)
15902400WPSL Port St Lucie FL (5kW)
13200015WJNJ Jacksonville FL (50kW)
10700015WCSZ Sans Souci SC (50kW)
10400015WYSL Avon NY (20kW)
15300015WYMM Jacksonville FL (50kW)
10400015WPBS Conyers GA (50kW)
11600015WEWC Callahan FL (5kW)
15700015WVOJ Fernandina Beach FL (10kW)

Steve Whitt to mwcircle iog (2022-08-15)


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.

Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2022-06-22)


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.

Todd to ICDX-AM iog (2022-04-29)


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.

Reynir Heidberg Stefansson (2022-03-22)


Checked 549, 657, 873 and 1404 kHz tonight via WebSDRs in Finland and Romania.
All on air with 549 kHz very strong and 1404 weak. All with same program.

Ydun Ritz (2022-03-05)


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.

Ydun Ritz (2022-02-21)


Bandscan Toronto/Mississauga
While the number of MW stations in Canada is declining, still there are really many stations audible. Many all talk/news/sports stations and many multicultural/ethnic stations.
This is a list of MW stations in the Toronto/Mississanga  area heard with perfect or very good quality reception on February 2nd 2022:
530. CHLO – multicultural
550. WGR – sports radio
590. CJCL – sports radio “SN 590 The Fan”
610. CKTB – news talk
640. CFMJ – “Toronto’s News Toronto’s Today’s” & “Global News Radio”
680. CFTR – “City News 6-80”
740. CFZM – “Zoomer Radio”
770. WTOR – Indian
820. CHAM – “Funny 8-20”
860. CKBC – Radio Canada Premiere
900. CHML – “Hamilton’s News Talk”
930. WBEN – News talk
960. CKNT – “Sauga 9-60”
970. WDCZ – religion
1010. CFRB – “News talk 10-10”
1050. CHUM – “TSN 10-50”
1150. CKOC – Bloomberg
1220. CFAJ. – “Test broadcast”; oldies
1250. CJYE – “Joy Radio”, religion
1320. CJMR – multicultural
1350. CIRF – multicultural
1430 CHKT – “Fairchild Radio, Toronto” in Chinese
1540 CHIN – Chinese
1610. CHHA – “Radio Voces Latinas” in Spanish
1650. CINA – “Cina Radio”, multicultural
1690 CHTO – “AM 1690 Toronto”

Ydun Ritz (2022-02-03)


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
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)