United States

Ft. Wayne owner pulls plug on Digital-Only AM test after listeners complain.
As the Federal Communications Commission weighs whether to allow AM stations to voluntarily switch to all-digital broadcasting, a test run in Fort Wayne, IN offers a cautionary tale that the move from analog isn’t right for all operators. Owner Brian Walsh switched oldies WIOE (1450) to a digital-only signal in late May but he quickly moved back to an analog broadcast. Walsh reinstated the analog AM stereo broadcast in early-June from 6am to 6pm after he heard complaints from listeners who were no longer able to receive the station and believed WIOE was experiencing technical problems rather than taking a step into a digital future. That is despite the fact that WIOE has an FM sister – WIOE-FM (101.1). While AM digital remained in overnights, Walsh threw in the towel last month when he returned to analog 24-hours a day.
“I underestimated how many listeners were on that AM radio station,” said Walsh. “We couldn’t quite make that bridge with all the emails and phone calls that were received from listeners and I felt it was hurting the overall product of the station.” He told the Radio Show on Tuesday that WIOE’s format has been on the air for 18 years and its ratings have been solid, two factors that seemed to have worked against the move.
Despite his experience, Walsh said the digital AM signal worked as advertised with improved coverage and building penetration and less interference. “It just works perfectly all the way around,” he said. Listeners simply didn’t have the digital receivers to hear it today. Walsh hopes to one day resume WIOE’s digital broadcasts, and in the meantime it continues broadcasting in analog AM stereo.
Full article here:
http://www.insideradio.com/free/ft-wayne-owner-pulls-plug-on-digital-only-am-test-after-listeners-complain/article_415f616a-0862-11eb-b49e-df48d9611313.html
Mike Terry in WOR groups.io (2020-10-11)

United States

DX TEST tonight on WNJC 1360 Washington Township.

I was able to get two FT8 decodes during tonight’s DX test at 054515 and 055200.
Mike Beu, Austin, TX to nrc-am via WOR groups.io (2020-10-11)

Listened from southern Kentucky but was not able to hear the test at WNJC.  I had the WNJC feed via internet but I could not hear their signal on my radio.  Lots of interference, primarily from 2 possibly 3 other stations on 1360 kHz.
Mike Newland, Morgantown, KY to nrc-am via WOR groups.io (2020-10-11)

After a few bits of code in the mix (4 dots three times, I think) just after midnight, I soon heard WNJC in More Code clearly three times, then three sweep tones, followed by a series of steady tones, and so on. Generally WNJC was above the mix, but I’m not very far away from the station: Hampstead, MD, listening on a CC Crane SW with a Tecsun loop. I’ve heard all the tests so far, BTW.
Sam Brainerd to WNJC 1360 AM DX Tests fb group (2020-10-11)


Netherlands

1602 has gone! Have those of you living in the north of The Netherlands found our new frequency? From this evening, Radio Seagull can be heard on 747, 1287 and 1485khz.
We hope that 1287 will give you better reception than you had before.
Radio Seagull Live fb group (2020-10-10)

Norway

1611 khz Radio Northern Star back on air with a short test today from 1206z until 1242z. Thanks LA7CFA. We expect regular evening schedule will commence later in October. Follow this space. As usual we are on 1314 and 5895 khz afternoons and evening plus mobile, online apps and WiFi 24/7.
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS CLUB fb group (2020-10-10)

Italy

UNID on 927 is broadcasting from North Italy, presumed Lombardia, South Milan. At 13.30 UTC I got them with good signal in Milano city while driving with car radio. In Lodi Alessandro Capra reports 9+40 signal at 14.30 UTC. Non stop songs, no ids heard.
Giampiero Bernardini in MWC fb group (2020-10-10)

AM X-Band Stations

AM X-Band Guide for 2020-21 DX Season
This is a list of radio stations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean currently believed to be using the extended AM band between 1610-1700 kHz.
(Stations marked with an # is inactive).
Transmitter powers for US stations are generally around 10 kW, with many of the stations listed required to reduce power at night, often to around 1 kW. Because this part of the AM band is relatively clear in Europe, apart from occasional pirates, it is possible to hear some of these stations overnight here in the British Isles when conditions are suitable.
1610
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
CAN CHHA Radio Voces Latinas Toronto ON 6.25 Multilingual
CAN CHRN Radio Humsafar Montreal QC 1 South Asian
AIA Caribbean Beacon The Valley 50 University Network #
1620
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA WNRP News R. 92.3 FM, 16-20 AM Gulf Breeze FL 10/1 News/Talk
USA WTAW News Talk 16-20 College Station TX 10/1 News/Talk
USA KSMH Relevant Radio 16-20 AM Auburn CA 10/1 Religion/Catholic
USA KOZN 16-20 The Zone Bellevue NE 10/1 Sports
USA KYIZ The Z Twins Renton WA 10/1 Urban Contemporary
CUB Radio Rebelde multiple transmitters Spanish
CUB Radio Bayamo Bayamo GR Spanish
MEX XECSGU CREO Radio Guachochi Spanish
VIR WDHP The Caribbean Powerhouse Frederiksted USVI 10/1   
    Religion/Talk/Local Music/BBC WS
1630
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA KCJJ The Mighty 16-30 KCJJ Iowa City IA 10/1 News/Talk/AC
USA KKGM 16-30 KKGM Fort Worth TX 10/1 Religion
USA KRND La Jota Mexicana Fox Farm WY 10/1 Spanish/Regional Mexican
MEX XEUT Radio UABC Tijuana BC 10/1 Spanish
1640
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA WTNI 103.5 The Possum Biloxi MS 10/1 Classic Country
USA WSJP Relevant Radio 16-40 AM Sussex WI 10/1 Religion/Catholic
USA KDIA The Light at the Top of the Dial Vallejo CA 10/1 Religion
USA KZLS AM 16-40 The Eagle Enid OK 10/1 News/Talk
USA KDZR AM 16-40 The Patriot Lake Oswego OR 10/1 News/Talk
USA KBJA K-Talk 16-40 Sandy UT 10/1 News/Talk
DOM HIC80 Radio Juventus Don Bosco Santo Domingo NC 1/0.5 Spanish
1650
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
CAN CINA Cina Radio Mississauga ON 5/0.68 South Asian
CAN CKZW La Radio Gospel 16-50 AM /
    Montreal Christian Radio Montreal QC 1 Religion/French/English
USA WHKT Praise 104 9 Portsmouth VA 10/1 Religion
USA KFSW 98.7 The Cross Fort Smith AR 10/1 Contemporary Christian
USA KFOX Radio Seoul Torrance CA 10/0.49 Korean
USA KBJD Radio Luz Denver CO 10/1 Spanish/Religion
USA KCNZ 16-50 The Fan Cedar Falls IA 10/1 Sports
USA KSVE La Suavecita 93.9 El Paso TX 8.5/0.85 Spanish/Regional   
    Mexican
MEX XEAZR Radio ZER México DF 5 Spanish
1660
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA WCNZ Relevant Radio Marco Island FL 10/1 Religion/Catholic #
USA WQLR AM 16-60 The Fan Kalamazoo MI 10/1 Sports
USA WBCN Fox Sports Charlotte 16-60 AM Charlotte NC 10/1 Sports
USA WWRU AM 16-60 K Radio Jersey City NJ 10/1 Korean
USA KBRE 105 7 The Bear Merced CA 10/1 Album Rock
USA KWOD AM 16-60 The Score Kansas City KS 10/1 Sports
USA KQWB Bison 16-60 West Fargo ND 10/1 Sports
USA KRZI ESPN Central Texas Waco TX 10/1 Sports
PTR WGIT Faro de Santidad Canóvanas PR 10/1 Spanish/Religion
1670
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA WMGE Black Information Network Dry Branch GA 10/1 News/Talk
USA WOZN 96 7 FM, 16-70 AM The Zone Madison WI 10/1 Sports
USA KHPY ESNE Radio Moreno Valley CA 10/9 Spanish/Religion
USA KQMS News Talk Superstation Redding CA 1 News/Talk/C2C
CAN CJEU Radio Jeunesse Gatineau QC 1 kW French/Youth
DOM HIC81 La Voz del Yuna Bonao MN 3 Spanish
MEX XEANAH Radio Anáhuac Huixquilucan MX 1 Spanish/Student
1680
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA WOKB WOKB 16-80 AM Winter Garden FL 10/1 Religion/Gospel
USA WPRR 102.5 The Ride Ada MI 10/0.68 Urban AC (R&B/Soul)
USA WTTM Radio Unika Lindenwold NJ 10/1 Spanish/Variety
USA KGED Bendita Eucaristia Radio Fresno CA 10/1 Spanish/Religion (inc EWTN)
USA KRJO 99.7 The Legend Monroe LA 10/1 Classic Country
USA KNTS Radio Luz 16-80 AM Seattle WA 10/1 Spanish/Religion
DOM HIC82 Radio Senda San Pedro Macorís PM 1 Spanish
1690
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
CAN CHTO CHTO AM 16-90 Toronto ON 6/1 Greek/Multicultural
CAN CJLO Concordia University Radio Montreal QC 1 Student
USA WMLB WMLB 16-90 Avondale Estates GA 10/1 Oldies
USA WVON The Talk of Chicago Berwyn IL 10/1 Urban News/Talk
USA WPTX Songs of Your Life Lexington Park MD 10/1 Adult Standards
USA KFSG Radio Poder Roseville CA 10/1 Religion/Multilingual
USA KDMT Relevant Radio Arvada CO 10/1 Religion
VIR WIGT WGOD Radio 97.9 FM Charlotte Amalie USVI 0.92ǂ Religion
1700
ITU Call Station name /slogan Location kW Format
USA WEUP Huntsville’s Heritage Station Huntsville AL 10/1 Religion
USA WJCC Radio Mega 1700 AM Miami Springs FL 10/1 World Ethnic
USA WRCR AM 1700 WRCR, Radio Unscripted Ramapo NY 10/1ǂ AC/News/Talk
USA KBGG 1700 The Champ Des Moines IA 10/1 News/Talk/Sports
USA KKLF Jalapeño Radio Network Richardson TX 5/1 Spanish/English/Tejano
USA KVNS Fox Sports Radio 1700 Brownsville TX 8.8/0.88 Sports
MEX XEPE Heraldo Radio Tecate BC 10 Spanish/News ǂ STA granted to operate at low power (1690-WIGT at 0.4 kW and 1700-WRCR at 2.5/0.25 kW)
# believed to be off-air at the time of editing.
Many low-power Travelers Information Stations (TIS) also operate on the AM band in the range 1610-1710. IRCA has list of TIS/HAR stations available at https://www.ircaonline.org/editor_upload/File/TIS_2020.pdf
Several stations in Argentina and Peru also use frequencies between 1610-1700 kHz. For details please refer to the latest edition of the WRTH or check MWList at http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php
Compiled by Tony Rogers, 22 September 2020.
Please send updates to tony@bdxc.org.uk (Oct BDXC-UK Communication)
Via WOR groups.io (2020-10-10)

Sweden

On the United Nations Day, October 24th, 2020, the SAQ transmitter in Grimeton will again send out a message to the whole world on 17.2 kHz CW.

Programme:
16:30 (14:30 UTC): Startup and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ.
17:00 (15:00 UTC): Transmission of a message from SAQ.

Only on our YouTube Channel
17:20 (15:20 UTC): Live music concert from the transmitter hall.
Anna Louise Ekman www.annalouiseekman.se will perform Swedish and Italian songs, accompanied by a pianist.
QSL reports to SAQ are very welcome and appreciated. This time we will only accept reports via our ONLINE FORM (click link to enter your report).
The online form will be open from October 24th until November 6th. We have no possibility to confirm reports received by Email / mail / bureau.
The world heritage site Grimeton is a living cultural heritage. All transmissions with the long-wave transmitter SAQ are therefore preliminary and may be cancelled at short notice.
World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association
https://alexander.n.se/saq-grimeton-transmission-on-october-24th-2020/?lang=en
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Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-10-09)

Sunspots

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Geomagnetic activity quieted down over the October 1 – 7 reporting week. Compared to the previous 7 days, average daily mid-latitude A index declined from 15.6 to 6, and average planetary A index slipped from 22 to 7.1.

There were no sunspots this week and only one in the previous 7. Average daily solar flux went from 73.4 to 71.8.

On late Thursday, October 8, however, two new Solar Cycle 25 sunspots appeared! They are both in the southern hemisphere, and, as of this writing, had not been assigned numbers.

Check Spaceweather.com later to see the official sunspot numbers. You can check here Friday night to see the daily sunspot numbers and daily total sunspot area over the last month. I just hope this activity isn’t like recent spots, which made only brief, faint appearances.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45 days is 72 on October 9 – 14; 70 on October 15 – 18; 72 on October 19 – 31; 70 on November 1 – 14, and 72 on November 15 – 22.
Mike Terry via WOR groups.io (2020-10-09)