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Lincoln, Nebraska FM rock station to provide its own eclipse soundtrack  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 16 2017

92.9 KTGL "The Eagle" of Beatrice/Lincoln is planning something rather special for Monday's celestial event. Beginning at 12:21 p.m. Central Time, the station will play "Dark Side Of The Moon" in its entirety, concluding with the album's famous final lyric "...when everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon" at 1:04 at precisely the moment that totality begins in the skies over Lincoln.

Rick Dau
South Omaha, Nebraska (which will miss out on the whole show)


Motel QRM  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 16 2017



It seems that about 3/4 of the time I travel I end up in a hotel or a
motel that has QRM on every AMBCB frequency strong enough to blank out
all but the strong locals (if there is one). Some of the nicer motels
seem to be the worst. On a recent trip to my wife's family reunion in
eastern NY we stayed in a Best Western in Ohio. Tuning the entire BCB
I with my Sony ICF-SW35 I could hear 1 station clearly, and one faintly.

I am open to suggestion.

After 2 back surgeries and now scoliosis my back wakes me up a LOT in
the middle of the night. I suspect my spinal column was a factory
reject acquired off ebay or craigslist. I sleep with the radio and a
single earbud, (stereo cut with one bud cut off). I like the SW-35 for
several reasons, among them are:

It has 50 memories

It will shut itself off after a reset-able time

It has a button I can push to temporarily light up the dial so I can see
the time

And while not the best performer I have ever owned, it has worked well
for a long time. It is aging and if anyone has suggestion for a better
replacement please pass them on.


Steve NG0G

Stephen Hawkins NG0G
73 49 111 01001001


Oklahoma TP DX 8/16/17  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 16 2017

For the first time since spring I listened for transpacific signals this morning. No Asians were heard, but carriers from DU on 612, 702 and 891 were audible, with the latter being the strongest.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA,
PL-380 + 8-inch FSL.

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TP 15 Aug Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 16 2017

Asians were mostly big guns, but low band DUs around 1300UT got
interesting. May have been more there that I missed.

pretty darn good audio (all of it understandable by a native speaker,
at least briefly):

not quite today

Reasonable audio at times during the period (much of it
understandable by a native speaker, though often battling w/splash or noise):

585 7RN surprise of the morning; peaking at this level just after the
fanfare, "foreign minister Julie Bishop should be ashamed" 1301UT

612 4QR woman and man in DU English 1246UT assumed this
774 JOUB...English lessons 1242UT
1566 HLAZ man in Chinese 1209UT...the Japanese program got to this
level a few times after 1230UT, but no better

not so reasonable audio, occasional words or phrases in splash or
noise could be understood by a native speaker:

594 3WV man and woman talking //702 1230UT
603 jazz female vocal 1259UT, man in DU English , but no ID...seemed
// with near imaginary 765

675 man in DU English, assumed RNZ National1239UT
702 2BL man and woman DU English 1230UT //594
747 JOIB English lessons fighting 750 splash 1225UT
756 RNZ National assumed, man in DU English
972 HLCA woman in Korean 1125UT

Burbles in the splatter and noise (if lucky, language might be
guessed at by cadence of talk, or parallel established by changes in
talk or music)

576 2RN woman talking DU English inflection 1234UT ID'd later //3RN
621 3RN man talking //576, slight offset, 1301UT
639 5CK woman talking //891, slightly delayed 1304UT
891 5AN woman talking //639 1304UT
1287 man talking Japanese inflection 1235UT

Strongish het, no or "near imaginary" audio (either undermodulated or
ravaged by splatter)

594 945 1206 1323 seemed to be Asian;
558 567 837 864 882 909 1098 1503 seemed to be DU

best wishes,


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC


TP 16 Aug Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 16 2017

1230 - 1300 early preview -

Less DU, touch more Asian...

Only stellar audio on 774 and 1566.

Talk, maybe Asian in the noise and splash: 585, 594, 612, 675, 702, 747, 756, 792, 828, 891, 909, 972, actual passable het on 1071 (with 1070 local nulled in VACTROL) 1116, 1143 x 2, 1287 etc...

With a bigger and taller Flag comes more buzzes and hash-

W/NW flag -- 35 x 45' w/VACTROL

Colin Newell - CoffeeCrew.com - VA7WWV - Victoria - BC



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