WRJR 670, Claremont, VA is no longer Spanish language religious. It’s now part of a consortium of stations that carry a progressive/alternative/eclectic rock format fed from Stu-Comm’s independent, non-profit WNRN out of Charlottesville. (reported yesterday 17/9)
WRJR is licenced with 20kW days and 3 W at night. For some reason this has been omitted from previous lists of US “daytimers” that European DXers might hear just before the transmitter reduces power..
In September it should reduce power at 1815EST = 2315UTC and reception should improve towards the end of the month. At the end of Sept actual sunset will be 1754EST so the transmitter will be running full power for about 20 minutes after sunset.
There is one catch however, the station runs a directional antenna during the day with a deep null pointing directly at the BDMR in Clashmore! (shown by the trace in the image below). Best reception should be in South Africa. ( the null is a legacy of the years before 2003 when CKXB operated on 670kHz from Musgravestown in Newfoundland.)
WTNI 1640 kHz (actually always slightly offset +13 Hz at 1640.013 kHz), Biloxi, Mississippi, USA is back on the air with a steady, constantly ON signal. They seemed to finally fixed the on/off cycling of their signal which had grown progressively worse over the course of months as noted by DXers such as Lou. However, this week, when they came back on the air, the modulation or audio is somewhat wobbly when music is playing. Oddly audio seems clear when there are just voice announcements. The main AM carrier is steady, so the problem seems to be the modulation or audio feed. The WTNI online feed has also been fixed this week after being offline for months. It is at… https://v7player.wostreaming.net/7316 The audio on the online stream is clean but in mono. On air branding is always “Bob 106.3”. “106.3” refers to the FM frequency of translator W292CD associated with simulcasted sister station WANG 1490 KHz.
Radio Panj 1521. This station seems to have technical problems today. At 0945 utc a very low level distorted audio stream can be heard on a seemingly normal carrier. But during news at 1000utc the audio level improved but audio is rough sounding and sibilant.
Not actually mixed, but symmetric transmitter spurs from 1548 kHz, the upper one is on 1556.5v kHz. They wander a bit and vary in strength, sometimes almost inaudible. Also 1413 kHz often has them around 1395 & 1431 kHz, but I did not find them last night.
The new Romanian KiwiSDR provides false receptions, because the local station on 1314 kHz is overloading the receiver. The owner must build a Notch filter for 1314 kHz to avoid it. Ha had the same situation with Kossuth Rádió on 540 kHz. Since its signal is reduced via the notch, my Kiwi works great! A useful calculator can be found here: http://www.learningaboutelectronics.com/Articles/Notch-filter-calculator.php Note, for the best results the filter must be “puzzled out” with various capacitors around the calculated value.
QUINCY (WGEM) – WGEM-AM continues to deal with a technical emergency that began in late June, according to WGEM General Manager Ben Van Ness.
WGEM Chief Engineer Brent Clingingsmith said WGEM 1440 AM suffered the loss of its main and backup transmitters in a relatively short amount of time.
“Due to a variety of challenges that come along with this, it will take quite some time before we know what our next steps might be or can be,” Van Ness said.
Van Ness pointed out that all of the WGEM Sports Radio programming remains available on 98.9 FM.
Clingingsmith said the 98.9 FM signal is of better quality and covers a larger radius 24 hours a day than the 1440 AM signal, which had to go to low power after sunset.
Van Ness added the FM signal is also more reliable than the AM signal and encourages all listeners to tune into 98.9 FM.
“This situation has been reported to the FCC and WGEM remains compliant with all rules and regulations that are set forth by the FCC when operating a translator (98.9 FM) on our AM station (1440),” Van Ness said.