This Christmas weekend I am planning a DX weekend, a few times a year I am transmitting 24 hours a day for DX purposes.
Maybe somebody is interested in receiving my LPAM hobby radio station Album AM 846 kHz from the Netherlands.
For this DX event a morse ID jingle “Album AM” will be transmitted every 15 minutes or so and interspersed with other English jingles.
Reports to

René, Uden, The Netherlands, Album AM 846 kHz (2022-12-23)

United States

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club and International Radio Club of America is pleased to announce a Christmas Eve DX Test for WCGA 1100 in Woodbine, Georgia. 

Station owner Wesley Cox explained, “WCGA is a daytime-only station that broadcasts a news/talk format to the Georgia coast at 10,000 watts. We sign off at sundown to protect WTAM in Cleveland, Ohio. But we need to do some maintenance on our Harris DX-10 transmitter and the audio chain, so we thought, let’s do it on Christmas Eve.” 

The station will broadcast test tones, Morse Code identifications, long-duration 1 kHz test tones, and Christmas music produced using a modular synthesizer. The testing will begin at 12:01 AM Eastern Time (05:01 UTC) on Saturday morning, December 24th. 

The test can be received at great distances, perhaps even in Europe and Scandanavia. Cox welcomes reception reports from faraway listeners, “We’re especially interested in hearing reports about the audio coming from the station, noting any distortion or modulation issues.” 

Listeners who hear the test are asked to submit reception reports to the CPC, who will handle the station’s reception reports. Please follow the requirements below: 

Send an email of your report, along with a two-minute long recording of your reception in .MP3 or .WAV format to:

The email should include the following: 
John Doe, W4DOE

123 Main Street | Contact Information of DXer

Anytown, AL 35112 |

USA | | Email Address of DXer

Member of both IRCA & NRC | Please note your membership in our clubs. 

Drake R8B with a 40′ longwire | Information about the equipment used to receive the station. 

Remarks | Comments about the station’s audio, interference, frequency stability, or  other information you’d like to share. 

WCGA.mp3 | Attach a copy of the audio you received. 

All emails should be formatted exactly as above. Start with your contact information, and be sure to include the email where you want the QSL emailed. 

Reception reports must be received within the next 30 days. The use of remote SDRs to receive the test is discouraged unless it is a receiver location that you have built and maintained specifically for DXing. If a remote SDR is used, you must disclose the location of the receiver and the name of the owner, if known. The remote receiver must be located at least 500 miles from WCGA. 

One QSL per DXer. 

The CPC would like to thank station owners Wesley and De Cox, along with everyone at Cox Broadcast Group, Inc for working with the DXing community to coordinate the station maintenance. “We wanted to give something back to hobbyists who love radio as we do. It’s also a great way to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Something that gets lost too often in all the hustle of the season. We hope our local listeners will enjoy it too.” 

The station will be on the air testing for two hours, using their daytime power and pattern. Their antenna is a six-wire Ron Knott folded unipolar. Don’t miss this chance to hear a rare daytime-only station and put a new one in the logbook. 

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman to mwcircle iog (2022-12-15)

DX Tests

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club and International Radio Club of America are proud to kick off the 2022-2023 season with another “Dual DX Test” this weekend. 

Chief Engineer Todd Clark will be doing maintenance testing starting on Saturday, November 5th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time (0601 UTC) when KJJR, 880 AM, will be testing on daytime power and pattern. 10,000 watts. Programming will consist of sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, 1 kHz “long duration tones,” etc. The test will last two hours, until 02:00 AM Mountain Time. 

Part two of the dual test is the next day, Sunday, November 6th, at 12:01 AM Mountain Time (0601 UTC) when KSEN, 1150 AM, will be testing on daytime power and pattern. 10,000 watts. Programming will consist of sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, 1 kHz “long duration tones,” etc. The test will last two hours, until 02:00 AM Mountain Time. 

** Most of the United States will “fall back” one hour into Standard Time at 0200 local times on Sunday, November 6th. This will not affect the test since KSEN is in the Mountain Time Zone. The test ends just as time changes. 

We thank Todd Clark for getting the season off to a great start. 


At the station’s request, the Courtesy Program Committee will be responsible for verifying reception reports and issuing QSLs. All reception reports should be emailed to:

The new QSL rules for CPC-coordinated tests will be in effect for this test. Please read them carefully. 


  • DX Tests are arranged by the Courtesy Program Committee of the National Radio Club (NRC) and the International Radio Club of America (IRCA.) Both clubs offer low-cost, online-only memberships. It is appropriate that those seeking QSLs should support the clubs financially. Please indicate in your request which club you are a member of. It may improve the response time for your QSL. 
  • QSL requests for DX Tests where the CPC will issue QSLs must be received within 30 days of the test. 
  • A brief recording of at least two (2) minutes must be submitted. .MP3, .wav, or .MP4 video formats accepted. No written reports unless accompanied by a recording. 
  • No remote receivers (Internet-based) will be accepted for QSLs. The exceptions to this rule are as follows:

A.) If you constructed the remote receiver, maintained it, or contributed money towards those purposes, you may use it to submit reception reports. Examples would be DXers who built remote receivers in low-noise locations but operate from home. 

B.) Internet-based receivers you don’t own are only acceptable if they are more than 500 miles from the transmitter of the test station. You must fully disclose which receiver was used, including its URL. If the owner is known, please provide their name so they may receive credit. Include the distance of the receiver in miles from the transmitter site. 

C.) Only one QSL will be issued per DXer, even if they operate multiple remote receiver sites or use more than one remote receiver at distances of 500 miles to receive the station. 

  • QSLs will be issued only after the conclusion of the 2022-2023 DX Season. Generally, this will occur in April. We will send out group emails when QSLs are issued. 
  • Unpaid volunteers perform all work in verifying reports and sending you a QSL. We all have jobs, spouses, kids, and lives. Be patient. Be nice. 

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114

mwcircle iog (2022-11-02)

United States

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.

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

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. 

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
 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)