Thursday, December 29, 2016

QSL: WCMN Arecibo, Puerto Rico 1280

Not often I target stations in Puerto Rico, however WCMN is a dominant station on 1280 on Smøla island, so I sent a report to NotiUno. Quick response today.

QSL: Star, Hamilton, New Zealand 1494

Heard on October 13 during a short, but intense opening towards New Zealand. Friendly response this morning. Star, previously Southern Star, is part of Rhema Media. Star from Wellington on 657 was also heard, but just barely. The 1494 transmitter is 3 kW and is shared with RNZ Parliament Radio. 15,850 km or just shy of 10,000 miles.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

QSL: WYCB Washington DC 1340

WYCB surfaced briefly on Nov 11 with a full-hour ID, and I received a friendly response this afternoon. Only my second DC logging, but then there are only seven currently active stations.

QSL: KLVZ Brighton CO 810

KLVZ is another Mount Loran reception, and belongs to the same company that owns KLTT below. A timely fade by the dominant CKJS gave way for this one.

Monday, December 19, 2016

QSL: KLTT Commerce City CO 670

Thanks to OJS for spotting another super station from the super 1000 meter beverage at Mount Loran. Friendly email this evening. My 8th Colorado verie this autumn.

WSPR Update

I set up the KiwiSDR with the 310 degrees beverage for WSPR monitoring a few weeks ago. I mainly listen to the 160 meter band. Apparently I'm the northernmost member of the WSPR community. The map below shows the stations received by SWLKQ40LS (which is me) the past six hours. Transmitter power levels mostly 1 or 5 watts.

Friday, December 16, 2016

QSL: WGSO New Orleans LA 990

Another great catch from the excellent opening at Smøla island on Dec. 6. Thanks OJS for v/s.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

QSL: WITY Danville IL 980

I heard WITY on November 1, and after a couple of attempts a friendly response arrived this evening.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

QSL: KJME Fountain CO 890

Another Colorado station from the super, 1000 meter Mount Loran beverage! KJME's current music format is all-Beatles, so definitely a niche market. I couldn't find a recent logo, so below is how they looked like when they ran a non-Beatles format. Thanks OJS & OF for v/s.

QSL: WVNJ Oakland NJ 1160

Heard at Smøla island in mid-September, friendly response last night after a couple of attempts.

Friday, December 09, 2016

QSL: KTXW Manor TX 1120

Another QSL from the good opening at Smøla island on Dec. 6. OJS spotted this, and a friendly response came within hours today.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

QSL: KVOR Colorado Springs CO 740

KVOR was one of two total surprises within one hour on 740, a frequency where CBX Edmonton AB is an almost total dominant. But once again, the super 1000 meter Mount Loran beverage proved its capacity. Detailed response last night from the CE who's also an active radio amateur.

QSL: KIXL Del Valle TX 970

Heard during a good "southern" opening at Smøla island on the 6th.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

QSL: KUAZ Tucson AZ 1550

A technical glitch made this audible a few days ago, and Ole Forr spotted it. ID as "NPR 89.1". Detailed email this evening making it two AZ in a row for me. Who would have guessed.

QSL: KPXQ Glendale AZ 1360

KPXQ surfaced with a fair signal on top of the hour a couple of days ago, and a friendly email made a most welcome addition to my meager Arizona collection.

QSL: AIR Delhi, Rajdhani Channel 666; Indraprastha Channel 819

Caught late October when conditions were auroral and just about nothing at all was heard from North America. My two first MW reports to India since AIR Bhuj 1310 in 1977! Loads of Indian stations were heard these days so who knows, maybe more to come...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

QSL: KSDO San Diego CA 1130

Thanks to Ole Forr I was alerted that KSDO, Radio Nueva Vida, was heard early in November. 1130 is usually a potent mix of 50 kW stations from across the continent, but at this time only CKWX was up, and as it faded down a few seconds after the full hour I got a good ID. Quick response tonight. KLTX 1390 Long Beach is more common, and was heard too with a better signal.

Monday, December 05, 2016

QSL: WBKK Wilton MN 820

WBKK took to the airwaves late 2012, and I heard them a few times that winter, but never with a proper ID. This changed this morning though. Very swift response to my report. WBKK is now part of the catholic Real Presence Radio Network, together with KWTL-1370 and KVXR-1280. Minnesota # 50.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

QSL: WSUA Miami FL 1260

This Caracol station was heard back in 2012, but no response at that time. Good signal again some days ago, and a very quick response followed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

QSL: Coast 1359, New Plymouth NZL

Coast 1359 came up with a very good signal on their local midnight a week ago. Very swift and detailed response today. I actually heard the station during a super NZL opening back in 2008, but couldn't get a QSL at the time. Thanks OJS for v/s info.

QSL: WJTI West Allis WI 1460

Surfaced rather unexpected on the Mount Loran beverage when conditions were rather poor. Short email tonight confirmed my reception. Thanks OJS for the email address.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

QSL: KGEN Tulare CA 1370

Surprising catch peaking well with "La Ley" slogans in October. Took a while to confirm that this was really KGEN, and took a bit more, including a call to the station from Henrik Klemetz, to trigger a friendly and detailed response! Thanks Henrik for lots of work! Thanks also Nigel Pimblett for removing any doubts this was KGEN.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

QSL: KKTY Douglas WY 1470

We had massive signals from Wyoming for a while on October 24, and OJS alerted about this 1 kW, Classic Hits station. Detailed email received  today. KKTY belongs to Douglas Broadcasting, which also owns KKTS 1580, heard in 2013 and occasionally after that.

Monday, November 14, 2016

QSL: KFRU Columbia MO 1400

October 25 at 0000 UTC was a good spot for Nebraska and Missouri, and KFRU surfaced with a good signal at the time. I received a friendly email response this evening, together with lots of photos from the station. A couple of them here.

QSL: WREL Lexington VA 1450

A most welcome response from WREL, heard on the good east coast opening on September 20. Signal quality was not at all good, but was confirmed and they attached an MP3 of the actual announcement.

QSL: WWWS Buffalo NY 1400

A few reminders went out today, and the first to respond was WWWS. Heard on October 7.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

QSL: KCSJ Pueblo CO 590

Another good catch from the Nov 5 opening. Short but quick response today.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

QSL: KTRH Houston TX 740

A bit of a bombshell that KTRH could be heard through the massive signal from CBX Edmonton AB, but the Mount Loran beverage antenna continues to impress us. Quick email response today. Texas # 30.

QSL: DZAS FEBC, Valenzuela PHL 702

My attempts to log and QSL Philippine stations have been random and unfocused over the decades - too bad with the excellent location I have for DX-ing PHL. Be that as it may, I got DZAS with an excellent signal during auroral conditions last week, and received a confirmation today.

Monday, November 07, 2016

QSL: 6WA ABC Local Radio. Wagin WA 558

Finally heard Western Australia on MW! First spotted by Tore Johnny Bråtveit on this interesting opening on October 13, it had decent signal levels on top of the hour, mixing with a Thai station. Email response today. Wagin is located inland, near Perth.

The 50 degrees beverage antenna used is nowhere near suitable for hearing this part of Australia. One directed at 80-90 degrees would have been a lot more efficient. So we're planning a temporary beverage at a better direction next autumn. And Tasmania is next!

Friday, November 04, 2016

QSL: KXXJ Juneau AK 1330

After quite a few tries over several years, Ole Forr pointed me towards the person to contact for a verie. Instant response for a reception on Mount Loran today.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

QSL: WJNJ Jacksonville FL 1320

Heard at Mount Loran with a good signal on November 1, quick and friendly email response tonight.

QSL: KWHW Altus OK 1450

KWHW surfaced briefly together with KWBE Beatrice NE on the Mount Loran beverage this morning, and sent an email to confirm this afternoon.

QSL: WOHI East Liverpool OH 1490

We do our best to entertain the fine people of Norway! So was the response from Kalen at "Pickle" when I informed that he'd been heard off the temporary 1000 meter beverage at Mt. Loran. Interestingly enough they don't even list 1490 on their home page.

Though from a separate and more detailed email the day after I did get the illustration below.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

QSL: WMIQ Iron Mountain MI 1450

Heard off the temporary 1000 meter beverage at "Mount Loran". The owner responded with an email. Part of WMIQ's coverage is Norway.  Which is a town east of Iron Mountain.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

QSL: KEXO Grand Junction CO 1230

Heard with a good signal on October 24. Email verie today, thanks Ole Forr for v/s.

QSL: KCHA Charles City IA 1580

The second QSL yesterday came from Fabulous 1580, for a reception in October 2015. The response commented the reception as "That was VERY clear, impressive!"

Monday, October 31, 2016

QSL: KBFS Belle Fourche SD 1450

Heard in October 2015, but I didn't check my recordings until a few days ago. Very quick response to my email.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

QSL: KASL Newcastle WY 1240

KASL was heard together with other rare Wyoming stations during disturbed conditions a few days ago. Quick response from the Manager today. Wyoming # 20.

Monday, October 24, 2016

QSL: KKPC Pueblo CO 1230

Today's third QSL came from this Colorado Public Radio outlet, and from the same person who confirmed KCFC Boulder CO 1490 seven years ago. KKPC surfaced alone on the frequency during a brief peak in disturbed conditions last weekend. # 50 on 1230.

QSL: KQNM Albuquerque NM 1550

Two Albuquerque, NM QSLs in just a few days, while I spent 40 years to collect the previous four New Mexico veries! KQNM was aquired by Immaculate Heart Radio this summer, and was heard with a good signal 10 days ago. Friendly response today.

QSL: KQNT Spokane WA 590

I've been trying to QSL this many times over the years. KQNT paid a surprise visit to Smøla island this weekend, and I decided to send off a new report to the station. Quick and friendly response! North American AM station # 1200.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The KiwiSDR - another write-up

After having tested the KiwiSDR a few weeks, I thought it was time to dig a bit deeper. Here is my story.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

QSL: KFIZ Fond du Lac WI 1450

I received this on December 8, 2015 but forgot to file it! I heard KFIZ again this morning and thought about sending a follow-up but checked my email first. A good choice.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

QSL: KABQ Albuquerque NM 1350

While waiting for conditions to improve, it's always nice to receive a QSL. KABQ was audible a few days last week, and this morning an email from the announcer I heard, Bev Rainey, confirmed my reception.

Monday, October 17, 2016

QSL: WKMI Kalamazoo MI 1360

Although recently heard in Kongsfjord, this QSL came after a follow-up on a 2013 report.

QSL: WTJS Jackson TN 1390

Another nice catch from the September 20 opening in Kongsfjord responded today.

Friday, October 14, 2016

QSL: 2CO ABC Riverina NSW 675

September 16 was a super day for Australia, and I missed probably the best part due to negligence. I did manage to get weak audio from 2CO though, which was confirmed yesterday.

QSL: WCAP Lowell MA 980

Heard at Smøla island in August. Email addresses bounced, thanks OJS who found a valid one. Brief confirmation received.