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WELCOME TO IRCA's AM-DX NEWSFLASH - October 16 1997
Vol 3 No 29
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Robert Wien - San Jose CA - rjwmail@xxxxxxxxx
To all: I made a series of phone calls yesterday and I found out the
KWJJ-1080 Portland, OR. changing calls to KOTK tomorrow (Sunday 10/12),
these are old calls for 620 Portland (now KEWS). Better tape old KWJJ
tonight while you can!!! This per phone call Friday afternoon (10/10).
1080 is now KOTK ex-KWJJ, heard iD at 2 AM on Sunday 10/12. 73's.
mentioned "the new place for talk", but they are still country right now.
KBAI-1150 Morro Bay, CA.-called them asking about call change to KJQY, got
an answering machine from "Sandy", I suspect their no. is disconnected and
given to someone else, they may be silent (no trace of them here at
night). Anyone have further info on this one??? I believe these are old
calls for 540 Costa Mesa (now silent which I know for a fact since I was
in Costa Mesa 3 months ago!)
KXMG-1540 Los Angeles-attempted to call them to find out about call change
to KCTD, there was no listing for them in the entire L.A. area!!! Maybe
someone can help me on this one. They were still KXMG as of 10/10.
KPAM-860 Portland, OR.-per phone call to them (503-251-1277), they will be
coming on the air between 10/15 and 10/17, power is 50000/200 directional,
if you need an address for them, it's: KPAM, 10209 S.E. Division St.,
Portland, OR., 97266
KGIL-1260 San Fernando-I called them asking them about the 1650 station and
when it will be coming on, they said "by the end of the year, hopefully",
could not be more specific then that, they were very busy when I called
NRC AM Radio LOG editor - Nrclog@xxxxxxx
This is the word I got about KWAS being silent...
Per John Tudenham in Joplin KWAS is ON the AIR and never was not Silent for
long if at all. This was received just prior to the NRC AM Radio Log going
to print (on/or about 9/20) from John via snail mail...
Lee J Freshwater 414 SE 3rd St, Ocala, FL 34474
FAX 352-732-7223 E-mail Lfreshwate@xxxxxxx
The F.C.C. has started putting CALL LETTER changes in their computer data
base...We will include them here as time and space permits.
PREPARED ON 10/15/97
Call Signs reserved for Pending Sales Applicants **
NEW CITY AND STATE FREQUENCY FORMER
KLDS FALFURRIAS, TX 1260 KPSO
KMRI WEST VALLEY CITY, UT 1550 KRGO
** Commission grant and consummation does not automatically grant call sign
application. The new licensee must provide written notice to the call sign
desk upon consummation of the transaction and await authority from the
Commission to use the new call sign.
CALL SIGN CHANGES
NEW CITY AND STATE FREQUENCY FORMER
CALL * CALL
WJWR NEWARK, NJ 620 WXLX
WFRF TALLAHASSEE, FL 1070 WANM
KOTK PORTLAND, OR 1080 KWJJ ***
KPPT TOLEDO, OH 1230 KZUS
KKNG HOLDENVILLE, OK 1370 KRAF
WIBH ANNA, IL 1440 WRAJ
WNNN SALEM, NJ 1510 WJIC
KGXL COSTA MESA, CA 1650 KBTL
* The F.C.C. does NOT list the frequency in their database. I have tried to
suppliment this with information from my own database,, so look it over
"carefully" before you change anything in yours. We have put this
information in order of frequency rather than location. Send any
suggestions, changes AND corrections to the above E-Mail address.
*** I received a nice e-mail from Pat Roberson, KG7HT about the KOTK/KWJJ
entry listed last time. He informs me that as of 10/3 KWJJ HAD NOT switched
to KOTK. The FCC has listed it AGAIN in their 10/5 call sign change.
Hopefully Pat will let us know if the calls actually change. In the
meantime, I am not changing my database.
Speaking of databases, I have put my database in the WEB. Its available at:
http://members.aol.com/bcblogbook/main.htm You can search the database by
FREQ/State/City/or individual frequency. PLEASE let me know how you like it,
and send ANY suggestions to me at LEEFRESH@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Also I am aware of
numerious errors (especially on the West Coast) PLEASE let me know if you
see any errors.
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Neil T. Kazaross - neilkaz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Finally after lots of trying I was finally able to hear some extendend band
Austrailians here in Barrington, IL . Last Sunday night I noted very strong
signals from KXBT 1640 so I made sure to wake up early Monday morning to
check. Started about 1050z and was greated by strong carrier/hets on 1683,
1665, and 1638. By 1105 I had nice Greek mx on 1683 and some audio came
thru on 1665 and 1638. Here are the logs.
Neil Kazaross Barrington, IL R8A and 190 meter mini-Beverage west.
1638 Australia Castle Hill 2ME best at 1112 Oct 6 clearly past KXBT slop
w/ man w/Aussie accent and then AA mx. Het/carrier is common here.
1665 Australia Kingsgrove 2MM getting past a strong WJDM w/Greek mx best
around 1117 Oct 6. Carrier very common. (Kaz-IL)
1683 Australia Kingsgrove 2?? the best of these Aussies fr-gd peaks from
1105-1150 Oct 6 w/Greek mx, no anmts but typically a pause between
records. Also noted weakly on peaks Oct 10 around 1100. Other
carriers noted on 1629 , 1701, and 1548 weakly. (Kaz-IL)
Mark Connelly - wa1ion@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
(logs 28 SEP - 11 OCT 1997: file=DX971011.LOG)
Report from Mark Connelly - Times / dates = UTC / 1997
e-mail = WA1ION@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[Connelly*C-MA] = Chatham, Cape Cod, MA (GC= 69.949 W / 41.672 N)
(Chatham Lighthouse: Main St. between Water St. & Bearses' Lane)
[Connelly*H-MA] = East Harwich, Cape Cod, MA (GC= 70.02 W / 41.71 N)
(near junction of Routes 39 & 137: pitch pine forest 2 km from ocean)
[Connelly*rw-MA]= Rowley, MA (GC= 70.825 W / 42.75 N)
(end of Stackyard Road at Parker River Nat. Wildlife R.: salt-marsh)
Receiver: Drake R8A
Antenna system - Chatham: MFJ-1024 whip, MWT-3 regenerative tuner; Rowley &
Harwich: two MFJ-1024 active whips (one 40 m east of the other); antennas
were phased with modified MFJ-1026.
*** TRANS-ATLANTIC DX ***
531 ALGERIA, Ain-El-Beida, OCT 8 0055 - // 549 w/ bits of AA music; mixed
w/ Spain & slopped by R.V.C.-530. [Connelly*rw-MA]
549 ALGERIA, Les Trembles, SEP 28 2232 - fast modern AA music w/ vocal,
guitar, violins, & flutes; big S9+30 signal, totally demolishing 550.
+ OCT 8 0053 - Oud music, flutes, AA male vocal; very good.
567 IRELAND, RTE R.1, Tullamore, SEP 28 2239 - fair w/ nostalgic standards
including Perry Como's version of "Volare". [Connelly*H-MA]
567 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, OCT 8 0059 - // 585 w/ woman in SS; poor,
slightly under Ireland. [Connelly*rw-MA]
576 SPAIN, RNE5, Barcelona, OCT 8 0105 - // 657 w/ man & woman in SS;
585 SPAIN, RNE1, Madrid, SEP 28 2205 - man in SS; excellent w/ WEZE-590
+ OCT 8 0059 - woman in SS, then man on the phone; good.
594 MOROCCO, Oujda, SEP 28 2207 - // 207 w/ AA vocal & violins; good.
603 SPAIN, RNE5, Sevilla / Palencia, SEP 28 2223 - rap / dance- mix
version of Limahl's "Never Ending Story", then man in SS; loud &
dominant. Not // 684 or other RNE1's at the time. [Connelly*H-MA]
612 MOROCCO, Sebaa-Aioun, OCT 11 2230 - LOUD w/ AA male vocal, drums, &
621 CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN, RNE1, SEP 28 2327 - man in SS; way over
639 SPAIN, RNE1, La Coruna et al., SEP 28 2242 - SS teletalk; good.
+ OCT 8 0103 - SS teletalk; fair to good. [Connelly*rw-MA]
657 SPAIN, RNE5, Madrid, OCT 8 0105 - // 576 w/ man & woman in SS; fair.
666 PORTUGAL, RDP, Lisboa, OCT 8 0105 - man in PP; poor to fair. Slop was
mostly from YVLL-Caracas on 670. [Connelly*rw-MA]
675 NETHERLANDS, R. Ten Gold, Lopik, OCT 8 0110 - man in Dutch, then
"Reach Out, I'll Be There" by the Four Tops; fair, over het from
684 SPAIN, RNE1, Sevilla, SEP 28 2211 - fast SS talk; excellent at S9+20.
Bits of probable Serbia under. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0107 - SS talk & laughing by woman; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]
693 AZORES, RDP, Santa Barbara, SEP 28 2328 - PP talk; atop BBC-UK.
+ OCT 8 0045 - // 836 w/ folk instrumental in a somewhat symphonic
style; slightly over UK. [Connelly*rw-MA]
+ OCT 11 2223 - // 836 w/ '60s & '70s oldies including "Behind Blue
Eyes" by the Who; excellent and alone on channel, one of the loudest
TA's during slightly auroral conditions this early evening.
693 UNITED KINGDOM, BBC, Droitwich et al., SEP 28 2328 - pop music; under
711 WESTERN SAHARA, Laayoune, SEP 28 2213 - AA talk by man; good over
rumble. WOR was easily nulled w/ the phased vertical array.
729 SPAIN, RNE1, Oviedo et al., OCT 8 0112 - // 738 w/ woman in SS; poor /
738 SPAIN, RNE1, Barcelona, SEP 28 2213 - SS newstalk by man; good.
+ OCT 8 0112 - SS // 585 & others; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]
747 NETHERLANDS, Flevoland, SEP 28 2214 - Dutch talk by man mentioned Marv
+ OCT 8 0113 - woman in Dutch, then Broadway show tune.
756 GERMANY, Deutschlandradio, Braunschweig/Ravensburg, SEP 28 2353 -
classical music, starting to overtake Spain's SS talk.
756 SPAIN, R. Euskadi, Bilbao, SEP 28 2330 - man in SS, then old-time
blues music; good / dominant. Germany audible under. [Connelly*H-MA]
765 SWITZERLAND, RSR, Sottens, SEP 28 2215 - classical violin music;
local-like, slopping WABC heavily. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2259 - strong classical music w/ just hints of other signals
lurking under. [Connelly*rw-MA]
774 SPAIN / EGYPT, SEP 28 2216 - SS talk & AA talk battling it out at even
strength; both loud, well over S9. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2258 - even SS / AA mix. [Connelly*rw-MA]
783 SPAIN, COPE, Barcelona, SEP 28 2354 - // 837 w/ SS teletalk; slightly
over apparent Syrian. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2256 - // 837 w/ man & woman in SS; over Syria & others.
792 SPAIN, SER, Sevilla, SEP 28 2218 - SS talk including sports report
(game excerpt) and a telephone interview; excellent, blasting in at
S9+25, better than adjacent domestics on 790. [Connelly*H-MA]
801 SPAIN, RNE1 synchros, SEP 28 2355 - SS talk by man, then instrumental
music; fair, mixed w/ several others. [Connelly*H-MA]
810 SPAIN, SER R. Madrid, Madrid, SEP 28 2219 - clearly // 792 w/ SS talk
& teletalk getting right through CJVA and nulled WGY. Europeans heard
on US channels are always welcome. [Connelly*H-MA]
819 EGYPT, Batra, SEP 28 2226 - Koranic vocal; over Morocco and others.
819 MOROCCO, Rabat, SEP 28 2235 - // 207 & 594 w/ male AA vocal and
violins; now atop Egypt / others. [Connelly*H-MA]
827 SYRIA, Deir el Zawr, SEP 28 2356 - strings, then AA talk by woman;
poor w/ het from jumble on 828. [Connelly*H-MA]
828 SPAIN, Onda Cero, Barcelona, SEP 28 2333 - bits / pieces of SS vocal
in severe jumble; hetted by Syria-827. [Connelly*H-MA]
836 AZORES, RDP, Pico da Barossa, SEP 28 2348 - // 693 w/ "Candle in the
Wind" (Diana version) by Elton John; good. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0045 - // 693 w/ classically-influenced Portuguese folk
instrumental; good to excellent, killing 837 at the time.
+ OCT 11 2223 - // 693 w/ "Behind Blue Eyes" by the Who; excellent.
837 CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN, COPE synchros, SEP 28 2227 - loud w/ fast SS
talk by man & woman; choppy SAH, also 1 kHz het from Azores-836.
846 ITALY, Rome, SEP 28 2245 - operatic-style male pop vocal; loud.
+ OCT 8 0035 - // 900 w/ a syrupy schmaltzy female vocal that sounded
like something from 1920. [Connelly*rw-MA]
855 SPAIN, RNE1, Murcia et al., SEP 28 2225 - local-like w/ man in SS
mentioning banks. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0121 - // 936 w/ SS; loud. [Connelly*rw-MA]
864 EGYPT, Santah, SEP 28 2357 - slightly-reverberated male Koranic vocal;
huge signal w/ fragments of Spain & others way under. [Connelly*H-MA]
873 SPAIN, SER R. Zaragoza, Zaragoza, SEP 28 2246 - SS news / teletalk;
+ OCT 8 0043 - good w/ SS teletalk that was // to local-like 1044.
882 CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN, SEP 28 2248 - SS teletalk; mixed w/ UK.
882 UNITED KINGDOM, BBC Wales, Washford, SEP 28 2248 - light pop and
country vocals; mixed w/ Canaries-Spain. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0042 - gardening interview w/ British EE female reporter and a
US EE male horticultural expert; blasting in over Spain/Canaries and
sometimes at equal strength to WCBS-880. [Connelly*rw-MA]
891 ALGERIA, Algiers, SEP 28 2224 - AA telephone interview; huge at S9+40
(like a Boston or NYC domestic). [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0037 - AA man fast-talking over weird electronic music & drums;
super signal, almost pinning the S-meter. [Connelly*rw-MA]
900 ITALY, RAI Radiouno, Milan, SEP 28 2251 - clearly // 846 w/ operatic
male vocal; charging atop a CJBR/CKDH mix w/ very little other
domestic interference noted. I haven't heard this for several years
here in the USA. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0035 - old-fashioned maudlin / sentimental female vocal w/
strings; easily paralleled w/ 846. All the co-channel Canadians had
talk, so the music really stood out. [Connelly*rw-MA]
909 UNITED KINGDOM, BBC, Moorside Edge et al., SEP 28 2253 - EE sports
commentary; fair in slop. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0032 - EE news mentioned Albania; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]
918 SPAIN, R. Intercontinental, Madrid, SEP 28 2252 - compressed- audio SS
teletalk; good. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0040 - SS talk w/ interspersed music fragments; slightly over a
"stew" of others (including bits of AA music believed to be Syria).
936 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, SEP 28 2254 - // 603 and other RNE5's (but not
to RNE1's at the time): SS talk w/ intervals of music.
+ OCT 8 0121 - // 855 w/ man in SS; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]
954 SPAIN, R. Espana, Madrid, SEP 28 2255 - SS talk; fair through slop
from WROL still on day power; much better at 2335 (after WROL power
+ OCT 8 0028 - SS teletalk; excellent / local-like. [Connelly*rw-MA]
963 PORTUGAL, R. Renascenca, Seixal, SEP 28 2258 - religious vocal,
apparently in PP; poor, mixed w/ others; slopped by CHNS.
+ OCT 8 0030 - bits of PP-sounding talk / teletalk; mixed w/ others.
972 SPAIN, RNE1 synchros, OCT 8 0123 - bits of talk seemed // 855. Tough
WZAN slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]
981 ALGERIA, Algiers, SEP 28 2257 - AA vocal; fair. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2215 - AA talk w/ interspersed music; excellent w/ WCAP phased.
981 GREECE, Elleniki Radiophonia, Megara, OCT 8 0024 - program was //
1386: techno-Eurodisco type synthesized dance instrumental music
followed by a traditional Greek dance song w/ male vocal. This had a
fair signal (Algeria had signed off). A good cardioid phase-null of
WCAP also took out most of WTRY and probably some of CBV. Two Greek
stations heard in one night out at the salt-marsh - it looks like the
DX season is well under way. [Connelly*rw-MA]
999 SPAIN, COPE, Madrid, SEP 28 2259 - SS teletalk; briefly good over CKBW
slop and over a co-channel growl from a second station that might
have been Morocco. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 8 0124 - SS teletalk w/ man & woman; almost equal to adjacent
CKBW - 1000. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1008 CANARY ISLANDS, Las Palmas, R. Las Palmas / RadioVoz, SEP 28 2336 -
man in SS, musical interlude, then woman in SS. Not SER Spain as not
// 1026 & 1044. Fair w/ WINS phased. [Connelly*H-MA]
1017 GERMANY, Rheinsender, SEP 28 2300 - instrumental sounded like Arthur
Lyman's "Yellow Bird", GG talk by woman followed; fair.
1017 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, OCT 8 0126 - SS talk mixed w/ light music
(Germany ?) and another (Turkey ?). [Connelly*rw-MA]
1026 SPAIN, SER synchros, SEP 28 2301 - SS news; good to excellent.
1044 SPAIN, SER synchros, SEP 28 2303 - good & dominant w/ fast SS news.
+ OCT 8 0012 - huge w/ SS teletalk show w/ woman moderator; unID other
station under. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1044 unID, OCT 8 0012 - operatic male vocal way under Spain: Morocco was
off at the time. Germany, Greece, and Georgia are all theoretically
possible, maybe others as well. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1053 MOROCCO, Tanger, SEP 28 2342 - // 207 w/ female AA vocal & strings;
way over Spain / UK. [Connelly*H-MA]
1053 UNITED KINGDOM, Talk Radio synchros, Start Point et al., OCT 8 0011 -
EE teletalk; slightly above the Morocco/Spain jumble.
1071 SPAIN, EI, Bilbao, OCT 8 0009 - // 1197 w/ folk-rock SS vocal, then
woman in SS; good.
+ OCT 8 0127 - // 1197 w/ Proclaimers "500 Miles" hit; loud !
1089 UNITED KINGDOM, Talk Radio synchros, OCT 7 2357 - talk: "Brian in
Liverpool, welcome to Talk Radio !"; very good. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1098 SLOVAKIA, Nitra, OCT 7 2356 - Slavic rap (!) vocal; mixed w/ Spain.
+ OCT 8 0006 - bland James Last type orchestral music, then Slavic talk
by woman; big signal, dominant. WTAM-1100 was just a background het.
1098 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, SEP 28 2340 - // 1107 w/ SS talk, seemingly an
excerpt from a dramatic presentation; in growl. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2356 - SS talk mixed w/ Slovakia. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1107 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, SEP 28 2340 - // 1098 w/ dramatic SS talk by
man; loud, way over others. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2356 - SS talk; good, well over others. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1116 SPAIN, SER synchros, SEP 28 2341 - // 1044 w/ SS talk by several
announcers; fair to good. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2354 - SS telephone news interview; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1125 CROATIA, HR, Deanovec, OCT 8 0005 - with Zadar-1134 coming in at
local-like strength, I checked for this and sure enough it was
dominating with a folk vocal // 1134, slightly above Spain.
1125 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, SEP 28 2311 - SS teletalk. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2353 - // 1152 w/ man in SS; fair to good, and well over
Deanovec, Croatia. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1134 CROATIA, HR, Zadar, SEP 28 2312 - Slavic talk; evenly mixed w/ Spain.
+ OCT 8 0004 - music-box / circus / carnival type music w/ a folk-style
vocal; huge, way over Spain and about equal in strength to WBBR-1130.
1134 SPAIN, COPE synchros, SEP 28 2312 - SS talk; over / under Croatia.
+ OCT 7 2351 - // 1143 w/ SS talk & teletalk; good, dominant over
Croatia for awhile. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1143 SPAIN, COPE synchros, SEP 28 2313 - fast talk by man in SS; over
+ OCT 7 2351 - // 1134 w/ woman in SS; poor to fair in growl.
1152 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, OCT 7 2350 - a bit of a reggae instrumental,
then fast SS talk by man; loud, better than the jumble of
CKOC/WNFT/others on 1150. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1179 SPAIN // CANARY ISLANDS, SER synchros, OCT 11 2220 - SS news /
interview // 1044; good, over unID station that had Mid-East sounding
1197 SPAIN, EI, Vitoria, OCT 7 2347 - uptempo SS folk vocal w/ Mexican or
Colombian style accordions.
+ OCT 8 0009 - // 1071 w/ SS rock music, SS talk by woman; loud.
+ OCT 8 0127 - // 1071 w/ "500 Miles" by the Proclaimers; excellent.
1215 SPAIN, COPE synchros, SEP 28 2346 - SS talk by 2 to 3 announcers;
1215 UNITED KINGDOM, Virgin R. synchros, OCT 7 2335 - "Riders on the Storm"
by the Doors; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1224 SPAIN, COPE synchros, SEP 28 2347 - // 837 w/ fast SS talk by man;
+ OCT 7 2256 - // 837 w/ man & woman in SS; barely over the co-channel
1242 FRANCE, R. Bleue, Marseille, OCT 7 2253 - FF-sounding female vocal
presumed this. This was fair on peaks, but heavily slopped.
1251 LIBYA, Tripoli, OCT 7 2249 - woman in AA; loud. This was potent all
evening, often demolishing the 1250 domestics on the car radio.
1286 CAMEROON, Yaounde, OCT 11 2214 - bits of male vocal, African drumming;
poor. Regeneration was needed to untangle this from Spain-1287.
1287 SPAIN, SER synchros, OCT 11 2215 - SER SS newstalk by man; narrowly
over a jumble, low growl, and a 1 kHz het from Cameroon on 1286.
1296 SPAIN, COPE, Valencia, OCT 7 2246 - SS talk & teletalk; to good peak.
1305 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, OCT 7 2244 - SS teletalk // 1314; good, over
1314 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, OCT 7 2244 - // 1305 w/ SS teletalk; poor, over
1349 MAURITANIA, R. Mauritanie, Nouakchott, OCT 11 2052 - early fade-up: 1
hour and 15 minutes pre-sunset. Noted through slop at 2140 UTC with
kalimba music and vocal. [Connelly*C-MA]
1386 GREECE, Elleniki Radiophonia, Athens, OCT 7 2327 - Greek vocal &
bouzouki music, then talk; briefly fair/good before taking a fade
into the slop. Something mixing at times sounded like Islamic music
+ OCT 8 0024 - clearly // 981 w/ techno- disco instrumental followed by
a Greek male folk-dance vocal; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1395 NETHERLANDS, Lopik, OCT 7 2240 - Dutch teletalk by man & woman
mentioned Baden-Baden (Germany). Excellent signal w/ just a weak het
from Togo-1394. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1413 SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, OCT 8 0138 - SS talk // 738; fair over other
(unID) that had music. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1422 GERMANY, Deutschlandradio, Heusweiler, OCT 7 2235 - good w/ clanky
"Roaring '20s" style bar-room piano, then man in GG.
+ OCT 7 2320 - old-time US C&W vocal (maybe Hank Williams Senior);
1467 FRANCE, TWR, Roumoules, OCT 11 2210 - EE preaching, hymn; good.
1485 SPAIN, SER synchros, OCT 8 0052 - // 1044 w/ SS female teletalk, piano
interludes between conversations; poor to fair, taking slop from 1490
semi-locals WPOR and WHAV. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1512 SAUDI ARABIA, BSKSA, Jeddah, OCT 7 2226 - man in AA; over presumed
Belgium, noted during pauses in WNRB slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1521 SAUDI ARABIA, BSKSA, Duba, SEP 28 2209 - AA flutes, vocal, & drums;
+ OCT 7 2225 - AA vocal w/ full orchestra, then man in AA mentioned
Saudi Arabia; huge, S9+30, annihilating 1520. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1521 SPAIN, SER, Castellon, OCT 8 0135 - // 1044 w/ SER SS talk; fair.
UnID w/ bits of C&W type music (UK ?) way under. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1530 VATICAN, R. Vaticana, SEP 28 2320 - light violin music; very good w/
the cardioid phased array null pointed west to eliminate WSAI and
+ OCT 7 2307 - classical music at monster level w/ little opposition
from domestics. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1544 ALGERIA - CLANDESTINE, Tindouf, SEP 28 2321 - flute music, talk;
slopped by WDCD. [Connelly*H-MA]
+ OCT 7 2314 - emotional AA/African group female vocal; fair to good.
1548 KUWAIT, VOA, Kuwait City, SEP 28 2223 - VOA EE program mentioning
technologies of the future; slightly over a British teletalker.
1566 IRAN (t), IRIB, Bandar Abbas, OCT 8 0137 - man reading short
equal-length sentences, typical of spoken Koran verses; poor.
1584 CEUTA, RadiOle, OCT 11 2206 - male SS vocal not // to the SER outlets.
Poor to fair w/ bits of the SER Spain synchros audible well under.
*** PAN-AMERICAN DX ***
535 GRENADA, GBC, St. George's, OCT 8 0054 - fast-paced '50s- type jazz,
possibly Dave Brubeck; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]
555 ST. KITTS & NEVIS, ZIZ, Basseterre, OCT 8 0056 - soul / Caribbean
vocal; fair through WGAN slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]
570 CUBA, R. Reloj, OCT 11 2321 - Reloj SS news & on-the- minute time show
started to clobber WMCA. Over the next hour, Cubans popped up on
many other channels during a "pipeline-like" opening. [Connelly*C-MA]
595 DOMINICA, DBS, Hillsborough, OCT 8 0100 - reverberated Carib-EE
political speech; good, over 594 TA het. [Connelly*rw-MA]
610 COLOMBIA, HJKL, Bogota, OCT 11 2325 - SS talk about Colombian events &
people, a business in Monteria, etc. This was followed by the Latin
American equivalent of 1940's big-band jazz. Good signal, totally
dominant during short-lived run of auroral band conditions. Bits of
EE noted later weren't WIP or WGIR, but most likely just WIOD-FL
rather than Trinidad. [Connelly*C-MA]
630 PUERTO RICO, WSKN, San Juan, OCT 11 2329 - SS news about public events
and charitable organizations in Puerto Rico; good, totally overriding
WPRO/CFCY groundwaves during aurora. [Connelly*C-MA]
640 CUBA, R. Progreso, Guanabacoa / Las Tunas, OCT 11 2333 - folk music,
then a woman in SS talked about Cuba's history; dominant over others
and Spain-639 het. Parallel on 660 also noted. [Connelly*C-MA]
670 VENEZUELA, R. Rumbos, YVLL, Caracas, OCT 11 2335 - SS talk w/ several
Caracas mentions; mixed w/ Cuba and (apparent) Surinam.
680 PUERTO RICO, WAPA, San Juan, OCT 8 0107 - SS talk / Puerto Rico news
good in an even mix w/ CKXG-NF (C&W); WRKO nulled way down with the
phased vertical array. [Connelly*rw-MA]
690 CUBA, R. Progreso, Jovellanos, OCT 11 2349 - R. Progreso ID popped out
of the stew. A domestic with Limbaugh (presumably FL) was bombing in
about a half hour earlier: CBF was aurora'ed out until after 0100 UTC
when "normal" conditions returned. [Connelly*C-MA]
700 VENEZUELA, R. Sur, YVPQ, Puerto Ordaz, OCT 11 2318 - festive music, R.
Sur ID; dominant over a jumble of others during a brief early-evening
"mini auroral outburst". [Connelly*C-MA]
720 VENEZUELA, YVQE, Porlamar, OCT 11 2331 - R. Oriente ID, old-fashioned
SS music; atop CHTN and low growl. [Connelly*C-MA]
750 VENEZUELA, YVKS, Caracas, OCT 8 0114 - SS Venezuelan news; huge, well
over runner-up CBGY-NF. [Connelly*rw-MA]
760 GUYANA, R. Roraima, 8RG, Georgetown, OCT 11 2336 - Afro-
Caribbean-accented EE talk seemed to be about local politics;
slightly over YVQQ/HJAJ mix. [Connelly*C-MA]
770 COLOMBIA, RCN, HJJX, Bogota, OCT 11 2338 - man & woman in SS; slightly
behind WABC. [Connelly*C-MA]
780 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, ZBVI, Roadtown, Tortola, OCT 11 2258 - clear
ZBVI ID, Carib-EE talk; very good, well over 2 SS South Americans &
810 BAHAMAS, ZNS3, Freeport, OCT 11 2343 - most likely this w/ "Bad Boys"
(rap version), then a Black DJ mentioned "that's for our listeners in
McLean's Town". Mentioned FM. Briefly atop Colombia, WGY, others.
810 COLOMBIA, CARACOL, HJCY, Bogota, OCT 11 2340 - SS talk mentioning
Bogota, Colombia, and the "Esta es su casa" show. Over ZNS3 / WGY.
830 ST. KITTS & NEVIS, TBN, Basseterre, OCT 8 0118 - // 7510 w/ US EE
preacher mentioning Lazarus; loud / totally dominant, something in SS
(YVLT ?) way under. [Connelly*rw-MA]
840 HAITI, R. 4VEH, 4VEF, Cap-Haitien, OCT 11 2346 - Creole FF preaching;
over WHAS, SS LA's, & probable St. Lucia. [Connelly*C-MA]
895 ST. KITTS & NEVIS, VON, Bath Village, OCT 8 0039 - good w/ EE talk
about local politics. [Connelly*rw-MA]
1020 VENEZUELA, Mundial Margarita, YVRS, La Asuncion, OCT 8 0124 - R.
Margarita ID, SS talk; over/under CCR-Turks & Caicos; no sign of
1080 VENEZUELA, R. Barcelona, YVQJ, Barcelona, OCT 7 2359 - old-fashioned
SS vocal, then R. Barcelona ID; good, over SER Spain w/ WTIC deeply
1160 BERMUDA, VSB3, Hamilton, OCT 7 2330 - BBC // 5975 w/ a discussion of
reggae music and religion; good, well over the WSKW/WOBM/WVNJ jumble.
Bruce Portzer - Seattle WA - bportzer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Drake R8A & Icom R-71A with 1000' terminated western Beverage, 2000'
unterminated southern wire, DXing with Chuck Hutton at Midway Beach near
Grayland, WA. Also in, but not reported were the usual hugh powered NHK
stns (747 774 etc.), SK jammer 1053, and several stations in Japanese &
Korean noted in passing. All in all, it was one of my better DX sessions in
terms of interesting logs.
530 TURKS & CAICOS, RVCI 0515 10/5 good w/SS rlgs pgm (bp WA)
180 RUSSIA, 1040 10/5 fair w/male vocal (bp WA)
189 RUSSIA, 1041 10/5 good w/pop mx & RR DJ (bp WA)
216 RUSSIA, 1042 10/5 poor w/RR talk u/beacon QRM (bp WA)
234 RUSSIA, 1039 10/5 good w/RR talk in beacon QRM (bp WA)
531 JAPAN, Morioka, JOQG, 1048 10/5 good w/50s pop song "Speedy Gonzales"
& man in JJ //1503 (bpWA)
567 JAPAN, Sapporo, JOIK, 1051 10/5 JJ talk //1503 u/Korean (bp WA)
594 UNID, 1525 10/5 man & woman in unid language mixing w/JOAK, not CC KK
or JJ, speech had staccato inflections similar to Tagalog, pgm
continued uninterrupted across bottom of hour so probably not India.
Possibly Brunei or a Filipino (bp WA)
655 VIETNAM, Ho Chi Minh City, 1420 10/5 reception on 1242 prompted me to
check this freq and found inst mx briefly strong & hetting
Pyongyang-657, faded by 1422 but back w/woman in unid lang at 1432
recheck. No ID noted, but this is the only thing that fits &
propagation favored SE Asia at the time (bpWA)
657 N KOREA, Pyongyang, 1053 10/5 fair w/usual pep talk in KK, still in
1537 recheck (bp WA)
873 RUSSIA, 0927 10/5 RR talk good (bp WA)
890 ALASKA, Homer, KBBI, 0459 10/5 good w/end of Afropop pgm from PRI,
local wx and legal ID (bpWA)
891 JAPAN, Sendai, JOHK, 1238 10/5 strong w/folk mx //594 (bp WA)
930 ALASKA, Ketchikan, KTKN 0536 10/5 good w/string of ads, promo for
election coverage, several call IDs, local-like at 0619 recheck
w/adcon mx & "classic KTKN" ID (bp WA)
936 UNID, JJ talk still in 1534 10/5, several listed, mixing w/CC talk (bp
954 JAPAN, Tokyo, JOKR 1233 10/5 strong w/ads, "TBS Radio" IDs, top 10
countdown with song positions given in EE (i.e. "number 9") (bp WA)
963 CHINA, 1202 10/5 Russian FS weak //1323, much stronger 1220 w/man in
RR, stronger still at 1347 recheck (bp WA)
981 CHINA, CC talk good 1015 10/5, easily separable from 980 domestics (bp
999 INDONESIA, Jakarta, RRI 1158 10/5 in KOMO-1000 splatter w/"Song of the
Coconut Isles" IS repeated over & over to 1200, then seemed to go
into nx after time pips from the NHK stns (bp WA)
999 JAPAN, NHK1 synchros 0923 10/5 woman in JJ //1503 weak in KOMO
splatter, 3 1kw outlets listed (bpWA)
1008 JAPAN, Osaka, JONR, 0913 10/5 JJ pop mx good mixing w/man in Russian
1053 JAPAN, Nagoya, JOAR, 0911 10/5 JJ talk good (bp WA)
1071 JAPAN, Hiroshima, JOFK JJ talk //JOAK-594 1517 10/5 (bp WA)
1143 PHILIPPINES, Poro, VOA good w/VOA EE pgm 1446 10/5 (bp WA)
1170 S KOREA, Kimje, 1008 10/5 loud w/R Korea FS in KK, "KBS" ID,
o/domestics (bp WA)
1206 CHINA,Yanbian, 0907 10/5 good w/female operatic, 1007 loud w/KK talk
1242 VIETNAM, Hanoi, apparently the one here 1416 10/5 o/u JOLF w/man in
British or Aussie EE, caught at least one mention of Hanoi, then into
oriental mx 1418, talk in unid Asian language at 1437 recheck. Listed
in WRTH as carrying pgms for foreigners (bp WA)
1260 JAPAN, Sendai, JOIR, 1145 10/5 JJ talk mixing w/domestics (bp WA)
1278 JAPAN, Fukuoka, JOFR, good w/piano mx & woman in JJ //1287 (bp WA)
1287 JAPAN, Sapporo, JOHR, 0745 10/5 local-like w/JJ pop vocals (bp WA)
1296 CHINA, unknown locn, 1315 10/5 EE lessons in jumble, switched to FF
lessons after 1330 (bp WA)
1296 JAPAN, Matsue, JOTK, 0955 10/5 JJ talk //1503 o/unid CC (bp WA)
1305 CHINA, 1346 10/5 Russian FS poor //listed 1323 w/talk about Dalai Lama
in RR. CC talk in background (bp WA)
1314 JAPAN, Osaka, JOUF, 0953 10/5 JJ male talk o/presumed Korean (bp WA)
1323 CHINA, 1113 10/5 Russian FS local-like w/man & woman in RR, brief
Chinese mx, "Goverit (something)" IDs //listed 7110/7820, still
strong sometimes 20db/S9 at various rechecks, it was really hard to
believe I was 20 miles from a stn on 1320 (bp WA)
1323 JAPAN, Fukushima, JOFP 0905 10/5 NHK1 pgm woman in JJ //JOUK-1503 (bp
1332 JAPAN, Nagoya, JOSF, 0848 10/5 strong w/JJ talk, ads "Tokai Radio" ID
1341 UNID, 1502 10/5 talk fair sounded KK (bp WA)
1368 JAPAN, Wakkanai, JOJS 1355 10/5 strong //1287 (bp WA)
1377 RUSSIA, Vladivostok, 1003 10/5 woman in RR good (bp WA)
1404 UNID, CC talk 1218 10/5 (bp WA)
1440 JAPAN, Sapporo, JOWF, 0950 10/5 man in JJ mixing w/domestics, atop
domestics at 1207 recheck (bpWA)
1449 JAPAN, Abashiri, JOQM, 1338 10/5 piano mx //1287 weak (bp WA)
1476 RUSSIA, Vladivostok, Radio OK, 0932 10/5 strong w/US style pop mx
format - jingle IDs, DJ chatter, rock mx in EE & RR (bp WA)
1485 JAPAN, unid ads & JJ talk fair-weak 1302 10/5 (bp WA)
1503 JAPAN, Akita, JOUK, 1000 10/5 "JOUK" ID then time pips and fanfare.
Good much of the night, used extensively to check for //s to ID other
NHK1 stations (bp WA)
1521 JAPAN, NHK2 synchros, 1029 10/5 JJ YL //JOUB-774 mixing w/unid in
KFXX 1520 splat (bp WA)
1548**SRI LANKA, Trincomalee, DW Relay the prize catch of the night 1402
10/5 when it faded up w/man in GG, then seemed to go into cl mx pgm
o/u China. Finally nailed it down conclusively w/Deutsche Welle IS
repeated several times weakly 1428. One of my most distant catches
as well a rare new country, the absence of 4QD (unfavorable DU
propagation apparently) was a major factor in hearing it (bp WA)
1566 S KOREA, Cheju Island, HLAZ man strong in KK 1001 10/5 (bp WA)
1575 JAPAN, FEN 1302 10/5 fair w/UPI nx (bp WA)
1575 THAILAND, Ban Pachi, VOA good w/VOA nx in EE 1506 10/5 (bp WA)
1669 JAPAN, the weather stations or whatever they are were noted throughout
the night, i.e. 0836, 0944, 1024 10/5. Each had short 1-2 min xmsn
by man or woman reading info in JJ then off. Anyone know where I can
find more info on them? (bp WA)
1674 UNID, 1025 10/5 "All I Have to Do Is Dream" sung in EE, briefly good
then deep fade and gone. I have absolutely no idea who this could
be. No Aussies listed, and no DUs were audible here that night(bpWA)
BROADCAST BAND INTERNATIONAL LOGS FROM
SHAWN M. AXELROD VE4DX1SMA
30 BECONTREE BAY WINNIPEG MB R2N 2X9 CANADA
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 204-253-8644
DX'ING FROM WINNIPEG MB
RECEIVER: ICOM ICR-70 & DRAKE R8
ANTENNA: 4 FOOT BOX UNAMPLIFIED LOOP / QUANTUM LOOP
145 FOOT LONG WIRE / 100 FOOT INDOOR WIRE
540 Mexico XEWA Monterray Oct 10 0814 Series of ID's covering their
network. // to 900 but weaker in CBK null (Axelrod-MB)
760 Mexico XEABC Mexico DF Oct 10 0824 Livley music and a man and woman
doing talk. (Axelrod-MB)
900 Mexico XEW Mexico DF Oct 10 0815 Series of ID's covering their
network //540 but much stronger. On top dominating the frequency.
1180 Cuba Radio Rebelde Oct 11 0452 Latin or Romantic ballads and Radio
Rebelde ID. Have not heard Radio Taino in a while. Good signals
wiping out WHAM. (Axelrod-MB)
1500 UNID Oct 13 1300 Under KSTP with Mexican styled music. ID did not
sound loke the usual XEAI ID. New calls?? (Axelrod-MB)
UNIDs and UNID HELP
1490 UNID 10/11 0800 Weak signals with a partial ID heard United
spectacular Moutain West then what seemed to be two calls - - YM? -
- - Springs (SA-MB)
1500 UNID 10/13 0800 With Mexican styled music and Spanish talk. Best to
South under KSTP (SA-MB)
TIS & OTHER STUFF
1680 WQO767 TX Dallas/Fort Worth Airport 10/12 0710 Woman with Flight
announcements. Poor signals (SA-MB)
DX AND EQUIPMENT TESTS
620 KMNS IA Souix City 10/10 0434 On top or even with CKCK with "Real
Counrty" program, and ID No WTJM at all. (SA-MB)
710 KNUS CO Denver 10/10 0429 CNN Headline news and ID as AM 7-10 KNUS. On
top with good signals (SA-MB)
1200 CKXM BC Victoria 10/12 0846 fair signals with Country music and a
clear CKXM ID (SA-MB)
Well the weather has been making DX'ing a bit tough. Friday and Saturday saw
Thunder storms here. Thunder in October in Winnipeg!?!?! Sunday was rain all
day and today I wake up to SNOW falling. Ah Winnipeg in fall never a dull
moment. Hopefully things are better for next weekend as we are off to see
family in Swan River and a 310 mile drive is no fun in bad weather.
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Subject: MFJ-1026 - Problems
On the evening of Oct 11 was doing some casual tuning around Medium Wave
and happened to tune down below the band. Starting at 510 kHz and every 10
kHz going down I noticed some mixing products. On some freqs, such as 490
kHz, these were fairly strong. Started looking for things wrong and
discovered that I had inadvertantly turned on the amplifier on the Aux
Antenna of the 1026. Immediately turned it off hoping that the spurs would
disappear but unfortunately they did not. Although the signals got weaker,
they were still there. When the 1026 was turned completely off the spurs
went away thus confirming that it was the source of the problem. Replaced
the MFJ-1026 with my DL-2 Delay Line Phasing Unit and with the DL-2, even
when the broadband amp was turned on there was absolutely no trace of any
On Oct 12 checked out the 1026 during the day. With the amp turned off
there was no trace of any mixing products but when the Aux Antenna amp was
turned on I had a very weak signal on 480 kHz. This test was done around
1030 local. At 1200 I checked again and this time with the amp on there
were signals on several freqs from 490 kHz down and the one I noted earlier
on 480 was noticeably stronger. Again with the amp off all spurs
My MFJ-1026 has been in use for over two months and this is the first
time I've noticed any problems - but they may have been there and I just
didn't notice. Have not run into any spurs inside the MW band yet but I
suspect they are there and covered up by stronger signals. Although these
problems, which may be limited to my unit do not mean that the 1026 cannot
be used for MW phasing they do indicate that the Aux Ant amp should not be
used, at least with an external antenna and that great care should be used
in identifying what is heard.
It will be very interesting to see if other DXers have these same
problems with the 1025/1026. In Europe problems would probably start at 513
kHz and go down every 9 kHz. The receivers used were a Drake R8A and a AOR
AR7030 Plus. Both gave the same results.
PS: The Aux Ant amp in my unit is set to position number 3, moderate
gain on an external antenna as shown in the owners manual.
Mark Connelly - wa1ion@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Thoughts About the MFJ-1026 and Possible Future Designs
Mark Connelly - WA1ION - 14 OCT 1997
Greetings to all. Al Merriman reported some troubles with
intermodulation spurious responses (mixing products) on his MFJ-1026 phasing
unit. I have noted a few of these myself recently. Generally these are
out-of-band (e.g. just below 530 kHz and just above 1610 kHz), but a few on
5 kHz multiples within the medium wave band have been observed around local
sunset. I've determined that these result from SWBC stations in the 49 m
band mixing with those in the 41 m band. Field tests done on Saturday (11
OCT) at Red River Beach in Harwich (Cape Cod, MA) and at the Chatham
Lighthouse indicated a few "problem frequencies" before MW signals are up to
full night- time skip strengths. There's an RTTY (or similar) navigational
station on 325 kHz in Chatham and a powerful LORAN station in Nantucket on
100 kHz. Second and third harmonics of these stations were audible when the
MFJ-1026 was used. At home in Billerica, MA, 3 miles / 5 km from WRKO-680,
harmonics (1360, 2040) are similarly audible. These observations indicate
that the various FET amplifier stages in the MFJ-1026 are not as "muscular"
as they could be. In urban areas especially, operation of a broadband-
amplifier-based phaser could offer challenges. The same sort of problems
had previously been noted (and to a worse extent) in the JPS ANC-4. It's
clear that the designers of these commercial units were not sitting in the
same Third Order Intercept classes that Dallas Lankford and Ulrich Rohde
must have attended.
The passive R-L-C and passive delay-line phasing units that have served
DXers well for many years are, of course, far less susceptible to second and
third order spurious products (mix spurs, harmonics). Still, if a bit of
forethought is exercised, some good results can be extracted from commercial
units such as the MFJ-1026 and JPS ANC-4.
In-line attenuators may be useful in some situations. Or just use
shorter antennas (although this might rob you of MW strength while the SWBC
signals causing intermod's may still be strong enough to be a problem). The
right way to manage things in strong- signal areas would be to use passive
L-C based tuned circuits ahead of each phasing unit input. These could be
bypass-able for generally bandscanning and then switched in only when doing
critical listening (where the possibility of spurious responses must be kept
to a minimum).
Very few broadband high-impedance-in / low-impedance out amplifiers can
handle very strong signals without spur-causing distortion and still
maintain a superb noise figure for weak-signal work. Dallas Lankford's whip
amplifier designs (see National Radio Club reprints) come close to the
ideal, though some consider the gain of the circuits as inadequate.
Some of the things I'll be researching over the next year:
1. A phasing design with a variation of MFJ's bridge phase-
shift circuits, but with less amplification (or amplifiers
with higher input intercepts)
2. A Broadband Active Loop that can be phased against a
co-located active whip to provide cardioid patterns.
Presently the loop-whip cardioid application (useful for
antennas mounted on a car roof) requires the loop, and
sometimes the whip, to use remote varactor tuning. Having
both antennas broadband would increase DX productivity on
beach (and other) DXpeditions where site space and privacy
are not adequate for better types of antennas. The trick
to making this work is a high-gain amplifier design having
a good noise figure for weak signals and a high intercept
point to prevent spurs in challenging urban areas.
3. A series of Input Conditioning units to use ahead of the
various commercial and homebrew Broadband Active Phasers.
These will include -
* Active Antenna adapter. Three active whips (or loops) get
coupled through switches to go to the phasing unit's two
inputs. Each active whip input port can be the actual
active whip amplifier's output or a passive input consisting
of the pick-up from the cable going to the associated antenna.
This scheme yields three primary pairing combinations of active
inputs (1 & 2, 1 & 3, 2 & 3), three similar primary passive
combinations, and 30 additional unique combinations (e.g.
Channel 1 = Active Ant. 1; Channel 2 = Passive Ant. 2 added
to Active Ant. 3). If three 30 m / 100 ft. cables are run
out to the respective active antennas at 120 degree horizontal
angular spreads, a very versatile antenna array is created
without using a great deal of land. The equilateral triangle
formed by the three active antennas can give cardioid patterns
every 60 degrees around the compass. If the broadband active
whips (or loops) are at bearings of 15, 135, and 255 degrees
(clockwise from north), cardioid peak-null axes at 45, 105,
165, 225, 285, and 345 degrees can be produced with the primary
pairing (active) combinations: 1 versus 2, 1 versus 3,
2 versus 3. With 33 other pairing possibilities (including
blends of some antennas operated as active and others as
just end-fed unpowered "feedline longwires"), the variety
of nulling / peaking patterns is quite extensive.
* Controller adapter. This is similar to the head-end of the
DCP-2 Dual Controller / Phaser. It allows control of remotely-
tuned loops and whips and also of Byan-type Vactrol remotely-
controlled Beverage / rhombic terminations. The outputs of
the selected two remotely-controlled antennas are fed out to
the two inputs of the phasing unit.
* Noise-reducing adapter. Two balanced-feed input pairs are
switched through 4:1, 1:1, or 1:4 balun transformers. This
is similar to a dual version of the "Bevmatcher" circuit
described in NRC's reprints.
* Tuner head-end adapter. Two L-C tank circuits are used.
Each is placed between the given antenna and the associated
>From time to time, I'll keep the DX community aware of the progress of the
research and development efforts.
Mark Durenberger - mrkdrnbrgr@xxxxxxxxx
Craig Siegenthaler's KIWA Electronics has done it again! The new "Regen
Module" for his revered Pocket Loop is really hot. It works very well.
Used in front of the relatively-insensitive Sony 2010, it really makes that
radio come alive on weak signals. I'd suggest giving it a try.
If you note any AM changes (call, format, slogan, etc), please send them to
the NRC Log coordinator (Wayne Heinen) @ nrclog@xxxxxxx
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