The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club and International Radio Club of America wants to remind DXers that late tonight will be the 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 |
email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> | 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. Anyone who fails to receive the test will receive coal in their stocking. I got that straight from the Big Man, so you’ve been warned. He knows!
DXer John Johnson at the WCGA Transmitter Site
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
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