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990 is all clear here  View Printable Version 
Saturday, March 30 2019

IRCA
I was listening to WNTY 990 kHz (Southington, Connecticut, USA) this
afternoon while I was doing my income taxes and at about 1730Z, the
music was interrupted by a 2-second buzz and WNTY went off the air. It
is still of the air now (2247Z).

WNTY is only 5 miles from my home and is one of my "pests" - can't hear
anything else on 990 when it is on the air, but now 990 is "clear" and I
hope to log a few new stations before WNTY is back on the air.

Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Wolcott, CT, USA

 

1080 kHz question  View Printable Version 
Saturday, March 30 2019

IRCA
Hello,

I am going through my old logs and entering them into an Excel worksheet
particularly finning in missing or incorrect information.

My records show that on May 17, 2007 WITC in Hartford went off the air from
11:00 PM to 5:00 AM presumably for maintenance. I managed to log three
stations:

1) Mike Mathews in Timeless Classics, heard music by the Tremeloes, Dean
Martin, Fats Domino, Hamilton Joe Frank and Reynolds, Peggy Lee, Sam Cooke,
Johnny Mathis. Also an ad for Menards which would narrow it down to the
northern midwestern states.

2) Radio Cadenas, Cuba, heard an ID

3) Unid. Soul music (probably bumper music) Rollye James, Financial
reports. I did a web search and saw she had a show at one time, but not
sure if ever syndicated.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

VY 73 de Joe then in Troy, MI

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*** Avoid internet congestion, real radio uses airwaves. ***

Joe Miller, KJ8O
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Locator DM13sw

 

Japan to end AM broadcasting?  View Printable Version 
Saturday, March 30 2019

IRCA
It is easy to have seen this coming after Japan expanded their FM band and all the AM stations started moving to the upper FM band, plus all the special radio sales following that for radios including the expanded band. It seems the push in that direction was similar to that of a DTV switch for some countries with ample planning and advertising for it.

It's a shame though, if it were to occur, for the fact that Japan has some of the greatest variety on the AM dial with everything from educational content to heavy metal music. But with the technology, most people listen to FM instead, if they listen to radio at all in East Asia (China excluded).

Japan has one of the biggest DX scenes in the world and with their oddly-placed FM band, they can hear stations on FM from over 1000 miles away, just as a DX acquaintance in Taipei could hear Osaka stations almost every day via tropo across the water in the summer at 1,100 miles with no other stations on that part of the FM band. And I would assume with the AM DX scene as well, those stations are great sources of things like QSLs for hobbyists in other countries and have superior engineering to other countries that helps their stations get out far and with great quality.

That would be a huge hit to the DXing hobby both inside and outside of Japan. But as I have learned, where a Japanese station is off the air, there is ALWAYS a Chinese station to take its place. Study up on your Mandarin.

-Chris Kadlec
Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide
www.chriskadlec.com/radio/seoul

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Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:20:12 +0000 (UTC)
From: Karl Zuk <karlzuk@yahoo.com>
Subject: Japan to end AM broadcasting?

>From The Japan Times website:

Japanese commercial broadcasters on Wednesday proposed a revision to the broadcast law that would allow them to ditch AM radio broadcasting due to issues over cost amid a decline in listenershipâ

 

Japan to end AM broadcasting?  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 29 2019

IRCA

 

CO TP DX Report 3/29/19  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 29 2019

IRCA

 

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