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MW Frequency Challenge – Week 1 – 1160-1224 kHz
It is Week 1 of our MW Frequency Challenge and this week’s frequencies are 1160-1224. 
The challenge is open to ANY DXer, no matter your location!  A quick reminder of the challenge rules:

  • All logs are for receptions made between 0000 UTC on Saturday, September 24 and 0200 UTC Saturday, October 1, 2022.  Can’t count that time you heard them 4 years ago, lol!
  • Logs must be made using your own equipment, no online SDRs (unless it is YOUR online SDR).  If you are remote from your home QTH, please be sure to document your correct location on the form.
  • Any stations transmitting within this range of frequencies are fair game for the challenge.  This includes TIS/HAR stations, 9 kHz split stations, pirates, etc.  As long as the fundamental transmitting frequency of the station is between 1160-1224, it counts! 
  • To be considered for the challenge, logs MUST be submitted using the Google Forms link, below.  Any logs made through social media, email, in club publications, etc, are NOT counted. 

https://forms.gle/JecbSwBPAHkMBX826

That’s it, have fun and let’s hope you rack up some fantastic DX!

Loyd Van Horn, DX Central to irca iog (2022-09-24)

United States

WBOB 600 kHz MAINTENANCE TEST — Saturday Midnight to 3 AM Eastern Time (0400-0700 UTC) 

Late word arrives via Paul Walker, a broadcaster and member of the Courtesy Program Committee, that WBOB 600 kHz in Jacksonville, FL will be doing some maintenance testing in about 24 hours, starting at Midnight, Saturday morning May 14 until 0300 Eastern Time. 
No word on what programming will consist of, nor do we have any QSL information. However, this is a great chance to log this station. 
There is also a possibility of another maintenance test from the station starting at Midnight on Sunday morning and running until 0300 Monday morning. But no decision has been made yet. 
More details as we receive them. Please circulate this news widely on social media, email lists, etc. 

WBOB AM Coverage Map

Les Rayburn, N1LF to mwcircle iog (2022-05-13)

United States

DX-Test.
1100 WCGA Woodbine GA in under Cleveland. Never can null them out but CW ID, tones, sweeps, fast CW ID, march (?) music. New in Greenfield Indiana.
Thanks to all!

Dave Hascall to MWDX- The National Radio Club FB group (2022-05-01)


1100 WCGA GA fair signal in CT w/sweep tones & cw at 00:30 EDT.

Randall Kane to MWDX- The National Radio Club FB group (2022-05-01)


1100 WCGA Woodbine Ga Copied A2 Morse V’s and many callsign ID’s. Sweep tones. Faint orcestra MX. fair under WTAM which I cant null out completely. QRN from recent storm. New one many thanks.
Icom R75/Quantum loop. QTH: south Chicago suburbs.

Greg Harris to MWDX- The National Radio Club FB group (2022-05-01)


Sweep tones heard on WCGA from near Kansas City MO at 1123 CDT or 1223 EDT. Good signal with Cleveland nulled.

William Burrows to MWDX- The National Radio Club FB group (2022-05-01)

United Kingdom

I haven’t yet taken down the 305 degree beverage for the summer, so in view of the upcoming 1100 WCGA Woodbine GA DX Test I’ve switched the KiwiSDR to this antenna, and will revert back to the South American beverage around mid-day UTC tomorrow.
Whilst Georgia isn’t on the boresight of the antenna it should nevertheless pick up signals if conditions are favourable, especially since the station is located near the coast.  I walked the antenna yesterday, and it’s physically intact and operational.

Good luck!
Clashmore, Scotland – IO78HF.  Perseus SDR with Jaguar Pro, RPA-1 preamp, beverages: 420m at 46° (Asia), 460m at 236° (SAm), 920m at 305° (Mid-west), all terminated.

Martin Hall, GM8IEM to mwcircle iog (2022-04-30)

United States

TEST MATERIAL UPDATE- WCGA 1100 kHz “May Day” Maintenance DX Test — Sunday, May 1 Midnight to 2 AM EDT (0400-0600 UTC).
The test will consist of lots of the usual sweep tones, off-hook telephone signals, iPhone ringer, etc as well as Morse Code ID’s at 12 WPM and 20 WPM. The Morse Code will be at 800 Hz and 1,000 Hz. There will also be long-duration 1,000 Hz tones that should be easily visible in the waterfall displays of an SDR. 

There is more “voice” content to this test than most previous tests. Without saying too much, I can say that some of it will be unusual—unprecedented in my tenure as CPC Chairman. For those fortunate enough to copy the vocal audio, it will be a real treat. For those more distant, it might be worthwhile to listen to the test with a remote SDR located nearby to the station. 

The station’s owner, Wesley Cox is the real deal. A station owner who is in love with the medium of radio, and someone who values the role of WCGA in his community. Once Jim Renfrew explained to him how passionate hobbyists were about hearing the station, he not only agreed—he embraced his role in the test. 

Having an owner willing to print QSL cards, and handle verifications personally is beyond rare these days. It really shows that the CPC alone can’t do it—it takes each DX’er being a good ambassador to broadcasters. Treating each one with respect. Understanding that this is their business, their livelihood, we have a much greater chance of success. 

Both of the most recent tests are proof of this. The CPC doesn’t need the credit—DX’ers like Jim and Harry Dence rightfully should be in the spotlight. 

Despite the time of year and recent solar conditions, WCGA has a healthy signal—a coastal location and 1100 kHz isn’t terrible at night. It should provide a real shot for Europe, Scandinavia, and the West Coast. 

Les Rayburn, N1LF to mwcircle iog (2022-04-28)

United States

Re. WCGA 1100 kHz “May Day” Maintenance DX Test.
In my haste to rush out this announcement last night, I forgot to give all the credit where it is due. This test was the brainchild of Hall of Fame DX’er Jim Renfrew of Clarendon, NY. Jim QSL’ed daytimer WCGA earlier this year, and received a personal note from owner Wesley Cox. 
Instead of simply worrying about his personal accomplishment and framing the verification, Jim went the extra mile and followed up with Mr. Cox, informing him a bit about the hobby of distant listening and making polite inquires about any planned maintenance to the station. Once Jim learned that maintenance was planned for the near future, he quickly contacted the CPC—and let us run with the ball from there. 
But all credit goes to Jim for arranging this test, being a great ambassador for the hobby, and thinking of the rest of us instead of just himself. 
We owe you one, Jim! 

Les Rayburn to mwcircle iog (2022-04-28)

United States

Short notice test announcement for a DX Test this Sunday, May 1st for WCGA 1100 in Woodbine, GA. They’ll be doing a two-hour long test this Saturday starting at Midnight until 2 AM Eastern Daylight Time (0400-O600 UTC) 
WCGA is a true “daytimer” that normally broadcasts only during daylight hour, making reception in many areas difficult or impossible. This is a great chance for those on the West Coast, Europe, and elsewhere to log the test. 
They’ll be broadcasting at full daytime power of 10,000 watts into their normal array. Not only that but owner Wesley Cox has insisted on having the station administer the QSLs directly. The station even had special cards printed up for the test. 

QSL INFORMATION
WCGA is actively soliciting reports from DX’ers on their signal. They’re interested in hearing about frequency stability, audio quality, and overall performance. The station will accept both hard copy reports via USPS mail and email reports. They would love to receive audio recordings in either .WAV or.MP3 and videos in .MP4 video. 

Reception reports should go to: 
Wesley Cox
Owner/General Manager
News/Talk 1100 WCGA
714 Narrow Way
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
wcganews@yahoo.com
 Physical QSL card senders will receive a physical QSL. Email QSLs will receive email QSL.

Best audio narrative recording and received via email in MP3 or MP4 about themselves and their passion for radio that includes their reception of WCGA and the who, what, when, where, why and how of that event taking place will receive a special prize from the station. DX’ers who submit recordings must grant permission to broadcast their recordings. The decision of WCGA staff on the winner is final.

A huge thank you to the staff of WCGA and their owner Wesley Cox for agreeing to provide notification of this maintenance test to DX’ers, and soliciting our reports. 
Please cross-post and circulate news of this test widely to Facebook Groups, Twitter accounts, reflectors, etc. 

Les Rayburn to mwcircle iog (2022-04-28)

United States

Another 473-475 kHz test tonight.
Transmissions will begin about 0030 UTC and concluding about 0200 UTC, from Zeeland MI.
Start time is subject to setup but will be not later than 0100 UTC with shutdown not earlier than 0200 UTC.
Transmitter frequency will be between 473 and 475 kHz with a continuously looped CW message sent at 18 WPM.

Monday morning’s test was heard in Green Bay Wisconsin with a 569 RST signal report from a ham that just happened to be tuning across the signal as he was monitoring the band. (Groundwave distance of 152 miles)

QSL to:
Paul Dobosz – K8PD
pjdobosz@gmail.com
317-750-8437 (cell) (immediate text confirmations appreciated)
Snail Mail @
6444 Hidden Hollow Ln
Holland MI 49423-7901

Michigan Area Radio Enthusiasts, Inc.
PO Box 72 || mare(dot)radio(dot)tripod(dot)com
Owosso, MI || a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization
USA 48867 || devoted to promoting *all* radio hobbies (2022-04-27 – 02:25:31 PM GMT)

United States

Dual DX TEST 2022– WMST 1150 & WWKY 990 this Sunday morning, April 10 midnight – 2 AM EST (0400-0600 UTC).
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of American (IRCA) and the National Radio Club (NRC) are pleased to announce the 2022 “Dual Test” from the Bluegrass State! Stay up late with us on Saturday night/Sunday morning as WWKY 990 in Winchester, KY and WMST 1150 in Mount Sterling, KY will both be conducting maintenance tests for two full hours. 
The test starts at midnight, Sunday morning April 10th (0400 UTC) and lasts until 2 AM EST (0600 UTC). Both stations will run at their daytime power and pattern. That’s 2,500 watts for WMST and 350 watts for WWKY. Snagging this dynamic duo will be a challenge. To help make it easier, the station is broadcasting some of the best DX test material available. 
The test will consist mostly of sweep tones, Morse code at 20WPM & 12 WPM (1 kHz), 1kHz long tones, and proven sound effects to cut through the noise. We’ve also uncovered some vintage jingles from both stations that they’ll mix in for even more fun. 

CREDITS
This springtime DX test is a direct result of the outreach efforts of Harry Dence and the generosity of Hays McMakin of Gateway Radio Works, Inc. who own both stations. Scheduling this test around high school basketball and March madness means that it has literally been months in the making. Kudos to our all-volunteer CPC team  as well! 
Thank you Hays McMakin! 

QSL INFORMATION
The usual rules for a CPC-scheduled test apply: 
– Email reception reports to les@highnoonfilm.com
– Reception reports must be received within 30 days (May 10, 2022) 
– QSLs for all DX Tests from the 2021-2022 will be answered when the season is over. Be patient. (Yes, this
includes KJJR and KQKD)
Reception reports must include a recording of no more than two minutes in length. .MP3, .WAV or .MP4 video accepted. 

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! 
If you think a late-season dual test is unusual, wait till you hear what is coming next. We have arranged yet another test for this Spring. We can’t reveal it yet, but it’s a rarely-heard daytime-only station on the East Coast. And this same station will provide even more goodies next Winter! 

SEE YOU LATE NIGHT SATURDAY/EARLY SUNDAY FOR THE DUAL DX TEST! 

Les Rayburn, N1LF
les@highnoonfilm.com
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf
NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman via mwcircle iog (2022-04-09)

United States

REMINDER: DX Test TONIGHT! @ 0001 CST / 0601 UTC for 1380 – KQKD in Redfield, SD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan 14, 2022
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club (NRC) and the International Radio Club of America (IRCA) is pleased to announce a special DX Test for distant listeners for KQKD on 1380 kHz in Redfield, SD. The test is scheduled for 1/15/2022 at 00:01 AM Central Time (0601 UTC 15 January). This test is scheduled to run for 3 Hours.
For KQKD, Ron Schacht, Owner/Chief Engineer, will be performing regular maintenance of the station’s audio chain during the test. Listeners will hear: Morse Code IDs, Tone Sweeps, Voice IDs, Music, 1 kHz long tones, IRCA Signature Tune “Hands Across The Sea” and more.
RECEPTION REPORTS & QSL REQUESTS
All reception reports will be verified through the CPC with an electronic QSL. Reception reports along with MP3 recordings or .MP4 video recordings of your reception should be emailed to: les@highnoonfilm.com. Please be sure to use the subject line: “KQKD 1380 RECEPTION REPORT.”
The following requirements are in effect in order to receive an electronic QSL verifying your report:
Reports via email only. Email must include an MP3 file attachment of your reception (best two minutes or so in length) or an MP4 video clip. While written descriptions will be considered along with the recording, they will not suffice alone for verification.
Reports must be submitted within 30 days of the test.
The report must include your name, location, and return email address, clearly grouped together at the top of the verification request.
Please also include a description of your receiver, antenna, and any interference noted. If you use a remote SDR to receive the test, you must clearly indicate that in your verification request. We will only accept one such report per DX’er. You cannot log the test on multiple remote SDRs and request multiple verifications.
The IRCA/NRC CPC would like to thank the owners of KQKD, Ron Schacht, Owner/Chief Engineer, and CPC member Paul Walker for helping to arrange the test.
Good luck to all DXers!
About the CPC
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) is a cross-functional group comprised of members of both the National Radio Club (NRC) and International Radio Club of America (IRCA) for the purpose of coordinating and arranging DX Tests with AM radio stations. These DX tests both allow radio stations to conduct valuable equipment tests on their transmitter and audio chain as well as enable DX hobbyists to receive the testing station from greater distances than would normally be possible. The CPC membership consists of: Chairman Les Rayburn, Paul Walker, George Santulli, Joe Miller and Loyd Van Horn.
For radio stations interested in coordinating a DX test with the CPC, please visit the following Web site for more information:
https://amdxtest.blogspot.com/
For more information on the types of content heard during a DX test, “An introduction to DX Tests” video is available at DX Central:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQX_zmEC4fY

DX Central via DXing.info iog (2022-01-14)