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|CPC DX Test QSL Report KJJR 880 Whitefish, Montana
|Wednesday, July 06 2022
The CPC Chairman is slowly working through last year’s test reports. After completing my work, Joseph Miller, KJ8O, will design cards and send electronic QSLs in the coming weeks. Please be patient with him.
KJJR 880 DX TEST
It’s doubtful if anyone in the past thirty years has been personally responsible for arranging as many tests as a broadcaster & Alaskan DXer, Paul Walker. On January 8th, 2022, Paul leveraged a friendship with Chief Engineer Todd Clark to arrange for some transmitter maintenance at KJJR also to be used for a DX Test.
The test ran for two hours, starting at midnight local time and running until 2 AM. It was conducted at KJJR’s daytime power level of 10,000 watts. For many, it would provide the first realistic opportunity to log the state of Montana, and it didn’t disappoint.
The CPC would like to thank CE Todd Clark for his continued support of the DXing community.
Walt Salmaniw, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was among the first to report the reception of the KJJR test from his post in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He utilized a Perseus SDR receiver and an unterminated NW Beverage antenna, some 750 feet in length. Some QRM from CHQT in Edmonton and KIXI in Seattle, but the sweeps cut through that like a hot knife through butter. Well done, Walt.
Tuomo Vesala, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used a Perseus SDR and a 2,800-foot Beverage antenna directed towards North America to log the test from his shack in Ivalo, North Finland, a distance of 4,113 miles. An amazing achievement! Now, all I need to do is convince about 30 of my neighbors to tear down their houses and move so that I can erect a similar antenna at my QTH! As the kids like to say, “I’m Jelly,” Tuomo.
Not to be outdone, Tore Vik, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, also employed the combination of Perseus SDR (with JAGUAR software) and a 3,000-foot Beverage antenna to snag the KJJR test from a remotely-located monitoring post in Andoya, Norway. This reception was 3,928 miles from the station, yet the Morse Code IDs and sweep tones were an armchair copy. A truly impressive reception, Tore.
Closer to home, Milwaukee’s Tom Kirk, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used the bulletproof RFSpace Cloud-IQ SDR and a phased two-wire system to maximize the signal from Montana. He had a lot of competition from WCBS in New York and CKLQ but managed to pull out 1 kHz continuous tones, Morse Code IDs, and more.
Longtime CPC Committee member Paul Walker, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, who helped to arrange the test, managed to hear it in McGarth, Alaska, without freezing to death! Paul often does his DXing standing in a field of snow with a portable radio and a large diameter FSL (Ferrite Sleeve Loop) antenna built by Gary DeBock. Imagine hearing a station at a distance of 1,847 miles with an Ultralight portable!
Steve Howe, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, had convinced himself that his 30-year-old Sony ICF-2010 and Radio West loop antenna were not up to logging Montana from his home in Saint Albans, Vermont. Incredibly with powerhouse WCBS so close by. He was shocked to hear Morse Code IDs and sweep tones under the New York blowtorch starting at 0701 UTC. Never doubt a legend, Steve—and the Sony 2010 is certainly that.
The country total for KJJR continued to grow with a report from Kanngardarna Djura in the middle of Sweden. It’s a small village with red wooden houses, birch trees, and small lakes. It’s also the home of DXer Stefan Gustavsson, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, who was thrilled to log Montana on 880. Stefan utilized a Perseus receiver and a 2,460-foot-long Beverage antenna. His reception at 4,390 miles was also an armchair copy. I don’t know about all of you, but I have a new thought when someone asks me if I’d like an “adult beverage.” Yes, please!
More fitting to my real estate holdings and budget, Stan Weisbeck, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the test from Las Vegas, Nevada, on an XHDATA D-808 portable receiver. Stan took a few minutes out from enjoying his grandson’s birthday party to hear sweep tones and Morse Code IDs from Montana. A hot-rodded XHDATA D-808 graces my shack, too, thanks to the generosity of Gary DeBock. It’s a fantastic MW receiver.
Stan Weisbeck made a wise decision by trying for the test only briefly before returning to his grandson’s party. Family should always be our priority. But it could be argued that Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU made an even better decision. After looking at a map and listening to powerhouse WCBS from his home in Wolcott, CT, he decided to stay in bed! If someone ever decides to test on 650, I’ll do the same thing. WSM is unnullable by human technology from Alabama. Well played, Mr. Horzepa.
Sean Breazeal, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Stansbury Park, Utah, live-streamed his reception of the KJJR test on YouTube. Using an RSPdx SDR, Wellbrook ALA1530LNP loop antenna, and SDR Console software on the RF side, Sean utilized QBS Studio to “broadcast” the stream to YouTube. You can watch and listen to the entire test at the link below:
It’s a brave new world, boys and girls!
Sal Dominianni tried his best to pull in the test. But his current shack is inside a ground-floor apartment in Richmond, KY. He’s utilizing a neighbor-friendly 50-foot-long wire but is blocked by nearby structures to the NW. Despite his obstacles, Sal manages to hear some impressive DX, including Canadians, Cubans, and more. Hang in there, Stan.
The DX Gods also shut out Ronald Musco. He lost a lot of sleep from his frosty locale in Windsor, CT. He heard some remnants of what may have been Morse Code at one point, but nothing he could claim as a good reception. Ronald has logged some impressive DX over the years, needing only Idaho to complete the lower 48 states.
Rolf Ronnberg, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, did much better with his remote SDR in Parkalompolo, Sweden. His recording had sweep tones coming through better than we heard in Alabama. This is despite a distance of 4,108 miles between transmitter and receiver. An impressive reception, sir.
Robert Wein, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, provided a nine-minute-long recording of his reception from Albuquerque, NM. The test faded in and out a bit but was overall very clear. This was accomplished using a barefoot C Crane portable radio. KJJR shared the frequency with KRVN in Lexington, Nebraska, and KHAC in Tse Bonito, New Mexico. But the sweep tones and Morse cut through quickly.
Robert Ross, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, has never failed an audiogram. He can hear a needle drop at 60 yards! True to form, he listened to the KJJR test from his shack in London, Ontario, Canada. He’s equipped with the Elad FDM-S2 SDR and a Wellbrook LNP Imperium loop antenna. Nice catch, Rob.
Robbie, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, checked in from Green River, Wyoming, to report he picked up the KJJR test on his barefoot DX-398 portable. He had some interference from KRDN in California but heard KJJR well enough to hear the voice announcements. Keep those reports coming in, Robbie.
Speaking of California, Rick Ferranti, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, checked in from the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to report his reception of KJJR. 10kW Spanish language station KKMC in Gonzales, CA, gave him a fight, but his Wellbrook ALA-1530 loop and Ten-Tec RX-340 saved the day. Great catch, Rick.
Rob Keeney, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used the high-performance AirSpy HF+ Discovery and the Wellbrook ALA1530LNP antenna to record sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, and the telephone off-hook howler to nail down his reception from Big Sky country. His nemesis was WCBS, the blowtorch from NYC. He wanted to thank Todd Clark for the test personally. Happy to pass that along, Rob.
Per Ericsson, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> used a remote KiwiSDR that he built and maintained in Parkalompolo, Sweden, to log the test signals from Whitefish. The SDR is connected to a 3,000-foot-long Beverage antenna pointed toward North America. It is up about 15 feet in trees and runs through a forest so that elks won’t disturb it. The signal is evident. It is hard to imagine that the AM station is over 4,000 miles away. Hear for yourself at:
As best I can tell, the KiwiSDR remote site in Northern Sweden is a “club” operation, purchased and maintained by a group of MW enthusiasts who enjoy the low-noise location and remarkable antennas. It sounds like an idea that might also have merit here in the states.
KJJR was logged in yet another country, Finland. Per-Ole Stuntman, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used the legendary JRC NRD525 receiver he purchased long ago from Universal Radio in the USA for his reception. It is connected to a 2,788-foot-long Beverage antenna directed towards the Western US. He heard the test relatively easily despite some QRM from CHQT in Edmonton. His listening post in Jakobstad, Finland, is 4,346 miles from Big Sky Country. What an achievement.
Paul Staupe, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used a more modest Beverage antenna in Minneapolis for his reception. At 500 feet in length, it did a great job pulling in Morse Code IDs and sweep tones despite some bullying by WCBS. Paul didn’t have the correct termination dialed in, so NYC was also very loud. We can only dream of such antennas for those of us on city lots. Nice catch, Paul!
Good friend Patrick Martin, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used his 370’ Beverage-On-The-Ground (BOG) antenna and a Drake R8 to put KJJR into his logbook. He noted their “very strong as expected” signal at his shack near Seaside, Oregon. Whitefish, Montana, is 450 miles East of his QTH. Well done, sir.
Wayne Heinen, N0POH, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the test from his station in Aurora, Colorado (near Denver) under partially nulled KRVN. It came in well enough for Wayne to hear the opening voice announcement. This is how you roll when you’re the Chairman of the Board of the oldest Medium Wave DXing club in the world, The National Radio Club. It’s a relog for Wayne, but he’s never obtained a verification. Fear not, Wayne, it’s on the way.
Phil Chiello, Jr., email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Elm Grove, WI, couldn’t copy any voice announcements during the test period, but the sweep tones and Morse Code came through loud and clear. He had his hands full with QRM: Sports talk from WKJG in Fort Wayne, IN, Coast To Coast talk from WPHM in Port Huron, MI, and an unidentified station playing pop music. His Sony 2010 portable was up to the task, as this great receiver usually is. Well done, Phil.
Arizona is in the chat with Mitch Plehn, KJ7CAT, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, pulling in the test using his AirSpy HF+ Discovery and the small but mighty YouLoop antenna. Despite blowtorch, KRVN out of Lexington, NB muscling in, Mitch could hear sweep tones and Morse Code IDs. If you’d like to see and listen to what it sounded like in Arizona, watch his MP4 video here:
Mike Jeziorski, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, added Mexico to KJJR’s attempt to earn “DXCC” in a single night. We’ll need to get a ruling from the American Radio Relay League, but Todd Clark should at least get an honorable mention. He employed a Perseus SDR and a W6LVP loop oriented to favor the test. While weak, Mike's recording had clear Morse Code IDs several times in length. He notes that at night he typically hears KRVN and, on occasion, WCBS from his shack in Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico. At nearly 2,500 miles, this is a great catch, Mike.
Mike Booker, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, heard the sweep tones from his monitoring outpost in Toronto, Canada, just after 0201. This, despite the influence of the “800-pound gorilla, WCBS” nearby. I’ve DXed from Toronto on business trips and can vouch that NYC stations blast into the area. Nicely done, Mike.
Speaking of DXing from hotels, Martin Foltz happened to be staying in a hotel during the evening. Despite his efforts, local noise in the room prevented him from hearing the KJJR test. He managed to log KPLZ and an unidentified Spanish station on his Sony Walkman portable. If we can beg, beguile, or bribe Todd Clark into a future test, maybe Martin can be back home with the Hammarlund receiver and have better luck.
Mark Connelly, WA1ION, MarkWA1ION@aol.com <mailto:MarkWA1ION@aol.com>, somehow nullified WCBS well enough to hear sweep tones and Morse Code underneath. Mark had even better luck during the KJJR test on May 2, 2020. Listen to that remarkable clip here:
This is from his shack in South Yarmouth, MA, in FN41.
Super-DXer Mark DeLorenzo, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, didn’t envoke a superhero catchphrase when he heard the KJJR test from his post in South Dennis, MA but instead a comical Marine. “Surprise! Surprise!” was all Mark could muster when he heard the sweep tones loud under WCBS. He had recorded the test audio using Total Recorder software and was doing playback the next day. The AirSpy HF+ Discovery and East/West Delta loop did the job. This is Montana #2 for Mark, with the other station being KGHL-790 in Billings back in 1968. Mark credited the sweep tones for his reception.
Larry Fravel, K8YYY, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, heard only snippets of code under powerhouse WCBS. He was using the RSP1A SDR and a DXE loop antenna to try to null NY but could only claim the reception as “tentative” from his home in Shinnston, WV. Better luck next time, Larry.
Kraig Krist, KG4LAC, Kraig@kg4lac.com <mailto:Kraig@kg4lac.com>, had better luck from the shack in Manassas, VA. He used a WinRadio G33DDC SDR Excalibur Pro receiver with a Wellbrook ALA1530S+ Imperium loop antenna. Excellent job, Kraig.
Karl Jeter, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Cumming, Georgia, used the Sony ICF-SW7600GR portable and a Kiwa loop antenna to pull in the KJJR test on January 8, 2022. He noted sweep tones, Morse Code, and more despite QRM from WCBS and Radio Progresso. This is Montana #4 for after over 50 years in the hobby! Congratulations, Karl.
Jonathan Ambarian, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, had ZERO trouble logging the 10,000-watt test tones from KJJR at his shack in Helena, MT, especially using excellent equipment. In this case, a Grundig Satellit 800 receiver with a longwire antenna. Jonathan mentioned that this was his first-ever DX test, which he heard about on the DX Central website.
Hopefully, Jonathan is now hooked on DX Tests and will send us recordings and reports from many more in the future.
Jon Pearkins, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, near Edmonton, Canada, copied both the KJJR test and the KQKD test using a Sangean PR-D15 and a CCRadio 2E. This despite being in the backyard of CHQT Edmonton with their All News format. He was running both portables “barefoot,” using batteries to cut down on some interference from the electrical circuitry in his home.
Jim Solatie, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, employed the “nuclear option” of medium wave DX equipment, a Perseus SDR, and a 3,280’ Beverage antenna to listen to the KJJR 880 test in Aihkiniemi, Lapland, North Finland. This is 250 miles North of the Arctic Circle. Lapland is the home of Santa Claus. Jim sent in a recording where KJJR sounded like a local. The voice announcement was crystal clear! And the views from the DX cabin aren’t bad either. Looking at the photos and listening to the KJJR test, I thought, “So this is what heaven looks like.”
Jim Renfrew, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Clarendon, New York, tried phasing to remove WCBS but was disappointed by the result due to an underperforming wire. Instead, he turned to his 600’ west wire to do the job. He copied Morse Code IDs, which were audible in his recording. This is Montana #3 for Jim. Previously, he logged KGHL 790 back in 1983 during a proof of performance test and KATL 770 in 1993. Glad we could help to provide a new one for you, Jim.
He was also treated to some nice relogs of country music from CKLQ and a Stevie Ray Vaughn song on KLRG. Sounds like a beautiful night at the radio dials.
James Niven, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, reported the DX Test was “Well heard into Austin, Texas” with CW at 07:00:55, followed by sweep tones which quickly punched through KRVN. James likewise expressed his gratitude to Todd Clark, Chief Engineer, for injecting our unique test material while maintaining the audio chain.
Vermont’s favorite son, Stephen Howe, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, had a relatively easy time of it once he managed to null pest WCBS in NYC. The venerable Sony ICF-2010 portable was his weapon of choice, along with a Radio West amplified and tunable ferrite rod loop antenna. Well done, Stephen.
*Stephen’s recording, like many, included news clips on the death of Sidney Poitier, an acclaimed film director, actor, and diplomat. In 1963, he became the first African-American actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 1974 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009. He symbolized how far we’ve come as a nation striving to uphold the idea of “All men are created equal…” and just how far we have to go.
Harry Dence, N4HT, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, copied the Morse Code IDs from KJJR from his home in Lexington, KY. According to Harry, it was a fight with WCBS booming into the Bluegrass State at 30 over S-9. CW really stands out to a long-time ham radio operator, so Dence used his Icom IC-7100 and a 6BTV vertical antenna to log the test. I listened to this recording with headphones, and the ID is present twice. Harry characterized it as “one step above an ESP reception.” Excellent work, sir.
Greg Harris, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, a former US Navy Radioman, also overcame WCBS and other QRM to log the test. His shack is on the South side of Chicago, equipped with an Icom R75 and a Quantum QX Pro Loop. He heard sweep tones, the CW ID starting with the call for attention, VVV VVV VVV DE KJJR, and the 1 kHz continuous tones. This former Submarine Radioman RM1(SS) salutes you, sir.
Gote Lindstrom, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used an online KiwiSDR receiver to monitor the test from Walla Walla, WA. The remote SDR receiver is built and maintained by W7DP Walla Walla Valley Amateur Radio Club members. The recording sounded like a local, starting with the end of the IRCA theme song, “Hands Across the Sea,” then transitioning into CW IDs, and the closing announcement as the test ended…then into a station ID and news. You can even hear the station power down. Thanks for sending this along, Gote.
Fred Schroyer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, heard the test right away from his shack in Waynesburg, PA. He was using an SDR. He reported that WCBS was a bit weaker than usual at his location, allowing him to “see” the slower speed CW IDs in the waterfall. He also heard sweep tones and the telephone off-hook sounder. He had listened to the earlier KJJR test as well.
Eric Fretters-Walp, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, employed the Eton Elite receiver and an AN-100 indoor loop antenna to hear the test from his monitoring post in Lake Stevens, WA. Despite some QRM from KIXI, in the form of oldies music, Eric could copy code, sweeps, and even some of the synthesizer music we included in the test. You can watch a video of his reception at the link below:
Dene Lynneberg, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, utilized a remote KiwiSDR online in Duvall, Washington, to copy the test. A 40-meter dipole antenna feeds the receiver. Despite some QRM from KIXI, the test signals were loud and clear. Dene makes his home in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, often DXing using stateside SDR receivers.
Checking in from Grant’s Pass, Oregon was Dave Aichelman, N7NZH, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; he logged the test using a WinRadio G33DDC SDR and a Wellbrook 1530LN loop aimed towards the East. His recording included CW IDs, sweep tones, telephone off-hook sounders, and a bit of voice announcement by our female “virtual announcer.” Well done, Dave.
Darren Hennig, VE4VE, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, tackled the KJJR test using an Elad Duor SDR and a Hexagonal loop antenna fed with the Wellbrook ALA-100LN-M. Quite a bit of interference from CKLQ in Brandon, MB, about 125 miles away. However, the sweeps, telephone off-hook howler, and Morse pounded into Winnipeg regardless. Seven hundred eighty-six miles is a nice catch.
During the test, Darren also heard WCBS, NY, KVRN, WRFD, and KLRG—not a bad haul at all.
Sherwood, OR DXer Dan Riordan, KD7WRJ, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the test over the objections of semi-local KWIP in Dallas, OR, who was providing an objection. Their Ranchero SS music program can make things difficult on 880. Dan still managed to get great sweep tones and telephone off-hook sounder recording. Riordan opted for the high-performance Airspy HF+ Discovery SDR and a Palomar loop antenna for his success.
Yet another country made it into the log of Todd Clark and KJJR during the test, this one from Austria. DXer Christopher Ratzer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, has logged 41 US states from his location. Using a 650’ Beverage antenna and a WinRadio G33DDC SDR, he confirmed the carrier offset of KJJR exactly and sent along a screenshot of the result. Identifying stations using their exact carrier offsets is a big part of the hobby in Europe but is rarely used in the United States. This distance is 5,093 miles, where advanced techniques like this prove essential to put new stations into the logbook. Well done, Christopher.
The legendary Drake R8 receiver and a Quantum QX Pro Loop provided Christos Rigas, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, a verification of the KJJR test. He logged it from his shack in Wood Dale, Illinois, sending in a recording of the Morse Code IDs tucked underneath the always-present WCBS signal.
Carl Dabeisein, K0SBV, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, copied the KJJR test “right off the bat” from his monitoring station in Maple Grove, MN. His Icom R-75 and 15’ X 32’ Flag antenna were more than a match from the QRM from WCBS and KRVN.
Craig Barnes, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used one of my favorite portable receivers, the XHData D-808 “barefoot,” to pull in Sweep tones, Morse Code, and more in the null of KRVN. Surprisingly, it gave him a deeper null than he could achieve with the Elad FDM-S2 SDR and Wellbrook ALA-1530LN with a rotor. That’s no shock to those who use portables to DX daily. You can rotate and tilt them in 3D space, often achieving nulls that would be difficult on a fixed antenna. I’ve often wondered about mounting a Wellbrook loop on an AZ/EL rotor, such as those used for amateur radio satellite communications, to see if similar results could be achieved. All you need is time and money. I have neither.
In Seattle, Bruce Portzer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, needed more than an excellent portable to log the KJJR test from his shack. It sits squarely in the shadow of KIXI, a Mercer Island transmitter just seven miles away. Bruce found it necessary to use a phasing unit to reduce its signal and pull KJJR out of a mix of other stations, including CHQT and KWIP.
Portzer uses a Perseus SDR with JAGUAR software and a pair of crossed Delta loops measuring 40’ X 12’. In this age of crowded bands, IBOC, and switching power supply QRM, we must embrace every available tool and technique. DXers like Bruce are leading the way.
Bob Galerstein, W2VGD, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the KJJR test (again) after successfully grabbing it in 2020. He reports it weaker overall but employed a Drake R8B, a Gerry Thomas Quantum Phaser, and an array of antennas for the reception. WCBS tried its best to rain out the party, but Bob had it beat this time.
No accolade could do justice to the accomplishments of Bjarne Mjelde, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, who logged the KJJR test quickly from his remote SDR sites in Arctic Norway. Even at a distance of 4,009 miles, you could copy the opening test voice announcement. KJJR was a new station in the logbook for Bjarne, which must be rare these days. Glad to be a small part of helping him put another notch in his gunbelt.
Mjelde utilizes a Perseus SDR and dual, staggered 1,115’ Beverage antennas to capture this incredible DX from the frozen wasteland.
Bill Coury, N8UUP employed the under-appreciated MLA-30 loop antenna at 12’ into an SDRPlay SDR to log the test. The distance between Whitefish and his shack in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was 1,540 miles. Great DX indeed. In his recording, WCBS sounded like a local, just booming in.
Brian Dominguez, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Dalton, Georgia, had two nemeses to contend with. WCBS and his neighbor’s plasma TV! He finally found a null deep enough to allow reception of the Morse Code IDs from KJJR. His rig is the Tecsun PL-398BT, which is a hot little number.
Andrew Brade, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, reported, “no joy” from his listening station in the United Kingdom. He could not coax it past the monster signal roaring off the East Coast in the form of WCBS. TO his knowledge, no one in the UK or Ireland managed it either. Better luck next time, Andrew.
Last season’s DX Tests were very popular with listeners worldwide. Reports poured in, overwhelming the volunteers here in the CPC. I’d like to thank those who were considerate and patiently waited many months for a reply. Our focus is always on scheduling more tests, not sending out verifications. These can and must wait for the Summer months sometimes.
Hoping that the 2022-2023 season allows us to bring you other rare targets to chase, including more daytimers which are always fun to hear. Thanks again to Chief Engineer Todd Clark, and the owners of KJJR for this widely heard test. And to Paul Walker for working his magic to arrange it.
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|CPC DX Test QSL Report KQKD 1380 Redfield, South Dakota
|Tuesday, July 05 2022
The CPC Chairman is slowly working through last year’s test reports. After completing my work, Joseph Miller, KJ8O, will design cards and send electronic QSLs in the coming weeks. Please be patient with him.
KQKD 1380 DX TEST
There are still station owners who love the radio medium just as we do. One is Ron Schacht, K3FUT, who owns KQKD in Redfield, SD. The company name is Gray Ghost Broadcasting, which is fitting because stations like this seem to be little more than phantoms from an era of broadcasting that is gone today.
KQKD is a literal “mom & pop” operation, with Ron and his wife Denise compromising the board of directors. They are live on the air from 5 AM until 5 PM daily. Many nights they also broadcast the local high school sporting events. Then syndicated programming, including “Red Eye Radio,” fills out the rest of the night, allowing the owners to get some sleep.
They still host elected officials in their studio, run obituaries, help listeners find lost dogs, run a swap shop program, do farm and ranch news, and highlight the local 4H and Future Farmers of America.
It’s a small town local radio station. It’s what the medium does best. Ron lives at the transmitter site and does all the engineering for the station too. When he needed to perform some maintenance on the station’s audio chain and offered to run a test—we jumped at the chance.
There was some confusion about the maintenance date, so the test ran twice—once on December 11, 2021, and again on January 15, 2022.
Bjarne Mjelde, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, Norway’s amazing DXer, was the first to report the test from his remote site in Smøla. He used a Perseus SDR receiver and a 1,115-foot-long Beverage antenna to log KQKD at a distance of 4,040 miles! Bjarne sent in an MP4 video clip of his receiver waterfall with the Morse Code ID coming in very clearly. Years ago, I ceased to be amazed at the catches Mjelde makes from his two remote sites, but the dedication to the hobby and engineering involved never fails to pique my admiration.
Bruce Portzer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Seattle also caught the first test by reviewing overnight recordings from his Perseus receiver. He sent in two recordings with the Morse Code IDs audible in both. Nice catch, Bruce.
Don Moman, VE6JY, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was the first to report reception of the January 15h test when he heard sweep tones at 0607 UTC from his shack in Alberta. Don uses a Perseus SDR and the Wellbrook loop antenna to dig out the weak ones.
Nigel Pimblett, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged those same sweep tones from his listening post in Dunmore, AB, Canada. He also logged the Morse Code IDs and 1 kHz long tones before calling it a successful test.
Fred Schroyer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was “delighted” to log KQKD’s 500-watt signal from his home in Waynesburg, PA. If Fred continues to pull in DX like this, we’ll have to start referring to him as “The (DX) Beast From the East!” Nicely done, sir.
John Hanna, W9HC, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, noted that “conditions were terrible,” and he had a pitched battle with WKJG, Fort Wayne, IN. Despite those obstacles, he used his SDRPlay RSP1a and a Hustler 5BTV ham radio antenna to copy the test. You can see and hear it for yourself at the link below:
John was a bit confused about the types of sweep tones that we use during our DX Tests. If you find yourself in this camp, watch Loyd’s excellent YouTube video on the topic at DX Central for a few minutes. You’ll be ready for next season’s tests:
Noted DX’er Rick Dau, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, wasn’t going to be outdone. Overall, he pulled in KQKD for South Dakota #28 and #1057 in the log. The Kenwood R-5000 and Quantum loop are working great from his QTH in South Omaha, NB.
Wheat Ridge, Colorado’s favorite son, Craig Barnes, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was next to check-in. Despite some QRM from KHEY in El Paso, he managed to log KQKD to put a new station into his already impressive logbook.
Tom Jasinksi, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Joliet, IL, was surprised to find the tones from KQKD coming in “loud and clear” at just after 00:19 CST. Five hundred watts into a decent stick can get out, it seems.
Jim Renfrew, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, can hear a pin drop in California, so it was no surprise to get his report of the KQKD test from his home located between Buffalo and Rochester, New York. Having top-notch equipment doesn’t hurt either. Renfrew uses a Perseus SDR, two longwire antennas running 200 and 600 feet in length, and a Quantum phaser. Excellent work, Jim.
Rob Keeney, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, West Union, SC, heard sweep tones, the 1 kHz continuous tones, and bits of Morse Code from his shack. The Airplay HF+ Discovery, Wellbrook ALA1530LNP, and the 30X90 foot Superloop antenna were his weapons of choice for this long-range hunting expedition.
Steve Ratzlaff, AA7U, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was about to call it quits and go to bed. But suddenly, at 0637 UTC, he heard four sweep tones cut through the noise, despite the constant interference of KLPZ. Later, he logged a Morse Code ID. Steve does his DX in the desert at Sahuarita, AZ, just Southwest of Tucson.
Not everyone was so fortunate. Mark Connelly, the technical wizard from South Yarmouth, MA, couldn’t get past dominant station WNYM despite his magic hat full of tricks. Better luck next time, Mark.
Where witchcraft failed, so opted to “cheat” by using an online SDR a bit closer to the action to log the test. Kostiantyn Pravotorov, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Zaporijja, Ukraine, used a KiwiSDR located in Fort Collins, Colorado, to log the test and sent along with four excellent recordings of the feat. I hope you are well in Ukraine, my friend. The USA stands behind your country, fighting for freedom from the Russian invaders.
Gote Lindstrom, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Tenhult, Sweden, also used KiwiSDR technology to his advantage. He used a receiver in Minneapolis, MN, to log the test starting at around 0653 UTC.
Paul Staupe, W0AD, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was also listening in Minneapolis on his own AirSpy HF+ Discovery and a 500-foot-long Beverage antenna. He sent along a great recording with the Morse Code IDs, sweep tones, etc. I envy you that antenna, Paul.
Bob Wien, KG6RJW, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, had no trouble logging the test using a C CCrane receiver. He heard sweep tones, 1 kHz continuous tones, Morse Code IDs, and some audio. It was a new station for his log too. They don’t call it “The Land of Enchantment” for nothing.
Tom Laskowski, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the KQKD test for his SD #16 into the log. Speaking of “Strange Magic,” he found conditions unusual. He could see sweeps, Morse Code, and long tones on the waterfall display of his SDR but found the actual audio from the test challenging to hear. Switching to portables, he heard them much better on his Sony, Panasonic RF-2200, and even barefoot on his CCrane Skywave. Remember, Tom—It’s not the size of the wand, it's…
Bill Coury, N8UUP, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Ypsilanti, MI, has a lot of impressive catches on his SDRPlay RSP2 and MPA-30 Loop antenna. He added another one by logging KQKD easily at 767.6 miles. His recording from around 1:27 AM was one of the best we received. Keep it up, Bill.
Jim B, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Springfield, MA, also logged the Morse Code IDs from his shack. This added to the New England listeners who could capture the 500-watt signal from the Plains. He used a 140’ DKAZ antenna and a 160 Meter invested V fed into a Quantum Phaser to tweak the signal. His receiver of choice was a Yaesu FTDX3000.
Shawn Axelrod, VE4DX1SMA, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, has no shortage of DX milestones from his perch in Winnipeg, Canada. Using a mix of analog legends like the Drake R8 and modern SDRs, including the SDRPlay RSPduo, Shawn pulled in the KQKD test from an overnight recording. He reports the test was “heard easily right after it started.” That’s excellent work, sir.
David Walker, AA9UC, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, sent in a nifty test recording including sweep tones, an off-hook telephone sounder, and Morse IDs. All recorded on his CC Crane Skywave SSB portable. This tiny, ultralight radio is a natural performer. I take one out with me when I walk my dogs at the end of the day. It puts lots of new SSS stations into the log.
Strangely, David could copy any trace of the test on his Icom R-75 or Yeasu FT-920 despite being connected to a 120-foot-long wire antenna.
Many suspect Rob Ross, VA3SW, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, might be in league with the Devil. How else to explain some of the DX he hears from his QTH in London, Ontario, Canada? He listened to the KQKD signal for only 55 seconds out of the entire duration of the test. And he credited his Elad FDM-S2 SDR for saving the day. He managed to tinker with filtering, finding the signal only audible in the USB mode at around 0625 UTC. While he credits the Elad, we’re checking out his story with some paranormal investigators in the area.
John Johnson of Mesa, AZ, didn’t fare as well as Rob. He heard only a weak tone and two bits of code at around 0006 CST. It wasn’t quite enough for him to claim reception. This is despite his formidable array of tools, including a Perseus SDR, SDRPlay Duo, and a Wellbrook ALA1530LNP loop antenna. While John missed out on KQKD, he did manage to log KLPZ, KHEY, KTKZ, KSRV, KKOO, and KOTA. Not a bad haul.
Darren Hennig, VE4VE, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used the Elad Door SDR and a Wellbrook ALA-100LN-M antenna to capture the test from his monitoring post in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. His recording was apparent with Morse Code IDs, telephone off-hook sounder, and sweep tones. Well done, Darren!
Brent Taylor, VY2HF, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, in grid FN86. He sent a lengthy recording of his reception. It required headphones and concentration, but I could detect full Morse Code IDs along with the 1 kHz continuous tones from the station. That’s an impressive catch at 1,702 miles! It was fun to listen to Brent. With Bruce Portzer in Seattle logging the test and Brent on Prince Edward Island, I think we can genuinely claim that KQKD was heard “Coast-to-Coast” and beyond.
Steve Hinman’s, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, reception of the KQKD test could be a testimonial for the C CCrane Skywave SSB portable. He logged sweep tones from the test starting around 1:08 AM CST from his shack in Castle Rock, CO. This is an excellent catch with an outstanding little receiver, Steve.
Carl Dabeistein, K0SBV, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, heard KQKD “right off the bat” with Morse Code IDs, sweep tones, and more. Despite not being too far away in Maple Grove, MN, this was an ATNO (All Time New One) in the log for Carl. He employed his trusty Icom R-75 receiver and a 15’ X 32’ Flag antenna to do the job. Great catch, Carl! I am glad we could help put a new one in the log for you.
One of my mentors and heroes, Phil Bytheway wasn’t so lucky. He had “dynamic” music from KRKO, making it nearly impossible for him to identify any other signals. He has also been battling a nasty noise source which has become his nemesis. It is rare that Phil can’t log a test using his R-70 receiver and legendary KIWA loop antenna. Hopefully, we can convince Ron and Denise to run another test this season; Phil, give everyone a second chance.
During this one, the DX Gods were also not in favor of Stan Weisbeck of Spokane, WA. Like Phil, he struggled with the music from KRKO, and no amount of nulling would solve it. Stan also uses the KIWA loop antenna and a Drake R8. As a consolidation price, he did manage a late-night log of KTKZ, which generally only appears at sunset and sunrise.
James Niven, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, had better luck from his DX ranch in Austin, Texas. He logged the test under pest station, KZTS, running a Gospel format. This was a new one in the log book for Niven, giving him South Dakota #8. Later that evening, he added another new station, KKRX, at 0600, running a TOH ID. He sends his thanks out to owner Ron Schacht for running this test.
Larry Travel, K8YYY, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, checked in from West Virginia to note that he heard the test from around 0023 until around 0051. He uses an SDRPlay RSP1A and a Pixel Loop for his medium wave work.
Karl Virtanen, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Inari, Finland, used a Perseus SDR running JAGUAR software, a DX Engineering RPA-1 preamp, and multiple Beverage antennas that are 3,280 feet in length! That is over half a mile in size! Unfortunately for Karl, he used the Beverage pointed at California rather than the Plains. Despite this “ahem,” handicap, Karl recorded complete Morse Code IDs and sweep tones from KQKD. An impressive catch of a 500-watt signal at 4,097 miles!
KQKD was a new log for many DXers, including Glen Hauser, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Enid, OK. Glen used an Icom R75 receiver, married to a 100-foot longwire antenna that runs E/W. KQKD is 580 miles from the shack for Glenn, a very nice nice logging indeed. Glen asked for some background on the station. According to Wikipedia, it first went on air in 1963 under the call letters KFCB. On November 16, 1986, a fire destroyed an entire block of buildings in Redfield, including the studios of KQKD. The fire also tragically killed a 17-month-old-girl. According to a wire story about the conflagration, the station was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Happier days now for the station and Glen with a new South Dakota station in the log.
Gary Vance, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Grand Ledge, MI, submitted an excellent recording of the KQKD test. Despite 705 miles of distance, the signal was clear and readable. In his battle over the noise, Gary employed an SDRPlay RSPdx SDR and a PA0RDT Mini-Whip antenna. We also have a PAR0DT Mini-Whip here and have been exceptionally pleased with its performance and build quality. Keep those reports coming in, Gary.
Eric Fetters-Walp, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used a remote online SDR in Winnipeg to log the test successfully. You can try that remote receiver yourself at:
Chris Rigas, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, sent two test recordings from his QTH in Wood Dale, IL. The first yielded nothing but bits of code that I could not identify as originating from KQKD. But the second had the unmistakable sounds of the sweep tones, which were clear even on my laptop speakers. Rigas uses a Drake R8 receiver and a Quantum QX Pro Loop in his shack. Really nice grab, Chris!
*Fun fact regarding the sweep tones used in our DX Tests. Engineers originally developed these at WSM radio, 650 in Nashville. Their primary purpose is to test out the audio chain that feeds the impressive transmitter there, but during testing, listeners discovered that they also did a great job cutting through the AM band's noise. Since then, we’ve scientifically proven it in a series of tests conducted by an audiologist in Chattanooga.
Pete Taylor of Tacoma, WA, gave it “the old college try” but could not log KQKD during the test. Only one mile from his shack is KKMO 1360, whose programming “blurts” down the dial to 1430. Pete likes to kick it old-school, using a Hammarlund HQ-180 receiver as his primary rig and a KIWA Loop antenna. Next time, Pete.
Having better luck was Allen Willie, VOPC1AA, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada, who managed to snag KQKD on his Icom IC-R75. A 600-foot-long unterminated Beverage antenna aided his efforts. Color me jealous of that antenna, Allen.
Dene Lynneberg, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, employed remote KiwiSDRs over the Internet to log the test. He chose the SDR built and maintained by Stephen Olesen, VE6SLP, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, located in Lamont, Alberta, Canada, to log the test. The receiver is connected to a 250’ loop antenna, fed with a Wellbrook ALA100N preamp. This is a distance of 885 miles, and the signal was loud and clear.
If you’d like to hear a nice MW remote SDR, you can listen to Stephen’s at kiwi sdr.ve6slp.ca:8073 <http://sdr.ve6slp.ca:8073/>
Les Rayburn, N1LF, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used a Perseus SDR running JAGUAR software and a 20’X50’ Superloop antenna fed with the Wellbrook ALA100 to hear the KQKD test in Alabama. Just for fun, I also copied it on my C CCrane Skywave SSB ultralight portable out in the front yard.
Kraig Krist, Kraig@kg4lac.com <mailto:Kraig@kg4lac.com>, of Manassas, VA, was another East Coast DXer who managed to log the test. He had heavy QRM from CKPC, WKJV, WKJG, and an UNID Spanish station. Kraig uses a WinRadio G33DDC SDR and a Wellbrook ALA1530S + Imperium loop antenna. Kraig included several recordings, but the most impressive thing to me was the waterfall display which clearly shows the 1 kHz continuous tones. Check it out:
Rob Keeney, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of West Union, SC, found the sweep tones cutting through the noise and the 1 kHz continuous tones. WELE, “The Cat” from Ormand Beach, FL, provided a ton of QRM to ensure things weren’t too easy for Rob. In the end, his AirSpy HF+ Discovery and Wellbrook ALA1530LNP won the day. Excellent job, Rob.
Sean Breazeal, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Stansbury Park, UT was able to overcome KLPZ in Parker to hear sweep tones, Morse Code, and the 1 kHz tones too. Put on some headphones for this one, you’ll need them:
Trust science, folks. The sweep tones prove their value over and over again.
A 500-watt signal was heard in at least four countries and coast-to-coast in North America. As hobbyists, we should all be grateful for radio station owners who are as devoted to the medium as Ron & Denise Schacht. Perhaps with some encouragement, we can arrange for another test this season.
Thanks again, Ron & Denise. You’ve made a lot of folks happy with this.
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|CPC DX Test QSL Report WWKY 990 and WMST 1150- Dual Test DX From Kentucky
|Monday, July 04 2022
My apologies for the lengthy delay in verifying this season’s DX Test receptions. The fault is mine. The rest of the CPC, including Joseph, Paul, and George, have all volunteered to take this off my plate. Now that I’ve completed listening to all the recordings and compiling a list of verified receptions, Joseph Miller, KJ8O, will design cards and send out electronic QSLs in the coming weeks. Please be patient with him.
This is the first report. I hope to finish those for KJJR, KQKD, and WCGA tomorrow.
WWKY 990 Winchester, KY & WMST 1150 Mount Sterling, KY DUAL-DX TEST
One of my favorite tests in recent years was conducted by the owner of the stations, Hays McMakin. After an exhausting schedule of broadcasting high school basketball playoffs in Kentucky, which involves a lot of travel and late night, Hays agreed to stay up late to offer a rare chance to log new stations from the Bluegrass state.
These particular tests were arranged by Harry Dence, who went to bat for the entire hobby. Without DX’ers willing to leverage their local contacts, most DX tests would never happen. Thanks so much, Harry!
Wayne Heinen, N0POH, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, managed to null posts KRKS just five miles west of his QTH in Colorado and CBW in Winnipeg to snag WWKY on 990 from Kentucky. Including a great recording of three minutes of rock-solid Morse Code IDs from the station.
Walt Salmaniw, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, also managed to log WWKY 990 from his home in Masset in SW Ohio using his Perseus SDR and ALA-100LN antenna.
Vince Cavaseno, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged WWKY 990 “barefoot” on his CCRadio Plus in Brookline, MA, with sweep tones. No joy with WMST, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying.
Vasiliy Lazarev, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in Stavropolsky raion, Russia, used an online Kiwi SDR owned by Christopher Smolinksi, W3HFU in Westmister, MD to log the test. Chris’s SDR is not only online for all to use. But it’s also equipped with a 500-foot beverage antenna. Congratulations to both Vasiliy and Chris for logging the station from Maryland.
Tom Jasinski, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in Joliet, IL, managed to snag both WMST 1150 & WWKY on 990. It was nicely done, Tom!
Timmy Harvath, DX101D@protonmail.com <mailto:DX101D@protonmail.com> in Clarksburg, WV, logged both stations using a PL-330 portable. Timmy sent in an excellent MP4 video recording of his receptions. Could you keep them coming? I love to hear reports from Mothman Country!
Sylvain Naud, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used sweep tones to his advantage to log both stations from his DX shack in Portneuf, QC, Canada, snagging the first international test reception.
Steve Howe, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in Saint Albans, Vermont, also managed to log both tests to add two new stations to his logbook. This, despite a lot of QRM from CKOC, making it challenging to pull WMST 1150 out of the noise. In the end, Morse Code, sweeps, and the sound of a landline telephone in off-hook condition made it through. For Paul Walker and our other younger DX’ers, remind me to explain what the term “off the hook” means to you. Or Google it. Get off my lawn!
* Steve, we could use your help in arranging a DX Test with a station in Vermont. Please contact me and let me know if you have any contacts that could help.
Not everyone was as fortunate as Steve. Stephanie Battaglino, in Palm Desert, CA, decided to sit this one out due to the high winds at her location. She wanted to try for it but didn’t want to chance losing one of her loop antennas. You’ll get them next time.
*Stephanie, we’re also looking to line up a couple of stations to test from California in the fall. Please reach out to me if you have any leads for us!
Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> logged WMST 1150 quickly on his trusty Icom IC-R8600 receiver from Wolcott, CT. WWKY was a no-go despite a lot of attempts using four different antennas. WNTY 990 is only 4 miles from Stan’s shack, making it a long shot at best. Still a new station in the log for Stan—so well done!
James C. Reda, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> of Beaver Falls, PA (Shout out to the home of Broadway Joe! Roll Tide!) sent in dynamite recordings of both WWKY and WMST. He uses a Sony ICF SW7600GR portable for his DXing. This is an underrated portable capable of excellent receptions.
Russ Lay, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> of Nags Head, NC, used the impressive Eton 850 with the rotatable MW loopstick antenna to log both stations. Lots of QRM and noise, but the sweep tones, phone off-hook, and CW cut through everything to be heard in both recordings. Thanks for sending those in, Russ. Nice catches!
Ronald Musco, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used the legendary R-390A to snag both stations from the Bluegrass in Poquonock, CT. Ronald is a former CPC Chairman, so he understands what is involved in setting up these tests. He passed along his sincere thanks to both owner/engineer Hays McMakin and Harry Dence for making these tests possible. We’re grateful for Ronald’s years of service to the hobby. His DX Tests helped put many new ones in my logbook. Happy to be a small part of returning the favor.
It was a good night for DX’ers named Ronald. Powder Springs, Georgia’s listening legend Ronald Martin, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, also heard both tests on a Radiowow R-108. He had some trouble from WAKM in Memphis logging WWKY, but the CW was audible underneath in his recording. Thank you for two great recordings and a clear, concise report.
Rob Ross, VA3SW, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in London, Ontario, Canada, but both stations into his logbook. WWKY 990 was a new station for Rob, while WMST was an always welcome relog from Kentucky. Mr. Ross is rocking some top-of-the-line gear with an Elad FDM-S2 SDR receiver and a Wellbrook ALA-1530 Imperium loop making the magic happen.
And Rob Keeney, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, reported both stations were “blasting into his QTH in West Union, SC.” Rob can hear a pin drop from his shack, so these loggings came as no surprise.
Rik, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in CT, used a PL-368 along with a beverage-on-the-ground antenna to log WMST 1150 but had no joy hearing WWKY on 990.
Rick Dau, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, added two new ones to his already impressive logbook. Living in South Omaha, Nebraska, he’s heard nearly every station on 1150. He quickly heard WWKY’s Morse Code IDs despite interference from CBW. And then he struggled a bit more with QRM from KSAL to pull in WMST. Rick uses a Kenwood R-5000 and a Quantum DX Pro Loop. (I always wanted one of those Quantum loops!)
Rich Line, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Sterling Heights, Michigan, employed the consistently effective WinRadio WR-G31DDC and a 40 Meter Delta Loop antenna to snag both stations. Rich was surprised by the signals' strength, especially from WWKY 990. Nice catches, Rich.
Kostiantyn Pravotorov, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, used a KiwiSDR near the stations in Lexington, KY, to log both tests. These online SDRs provide an opportunity for DX’ers in other parts of the world to hear tests that would otherwise be impossible due to antenna restrictions, conditions, etc.
Phillip Chiello, Jr., email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> of Elm Grove, WI, used one of the top portables of all time, the Sony ICF-2010 “barefoot,” to log both stations from his home near Milwaukee. He sent along two crystal clear recordings. You could even hear the singing jingles for both stations in the recording. What a treat to listen to. Well done, sir.
Peter Laws, N5UWY, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> in Norman, logged WMST on 1150 with CW overcoming the pest from Kansas running “Art Bell-Somewhere in Time” programming. But had no joy with WWKY due to QRM from nearby KTOK 1000 on the next channel. In addition to his exploits on MW, Peter is an impressive ham with nearly every award that amateur radio offers to his credit.
Paul Staupe, W0AD, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, does his DXing from Minnetonka, MN. He put great equipment and skill to work to log both stations despite a lot of QRM from nearby WHBY in Kimberly, WI. Paul employed an AirSpy HF+ Discovery SDR (top performer that can outperform a Drake R8B) and a 500’ long SE Beverage antenna to snag the Kentucky duo.
*If you want to try your hand at SDR technology and want a receiver that will compete head-to-head with Perseus, Elad, etc., you cannot beat the AirSpy HF+ Discovery. It’s under $ 170 right now at: https://v3.airspy.us <https://v3.airspy.us/>
Chris Rigas, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Wood Dale, IL, heard both stations near his shack in the Chicago area. WWKY 990 was battling it with CBW but winning! While WMST 1150 was mixing it up with WHBY and holding its own. WMST was an ATNO (All Time New One) in the log for Chris. Congratulations.
MIke Gorniak, Radionorthstar@gmail.com <mailto:Radionorthstar@gmail.com>, reported both stations were strong in East Central Minnesota. Sweeps and Morse Code broke through the QRM. Mike likes a more leisurely approach to the hobby, doing his DXing from the kitchen table using the top-notch CC Radio 3. Mike is about having fun in the pursuit without sweating the small stuff. A good lesson for the rest of us, Mike. You don’t need an antenna farm or CIA-worthy equipment rack to hear great DX.
Master DX’er Nigel Pimblett, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, may operate a listening post for the Candian Security Intelligence Service! He certainly could with his great location in Dunmore, Alberta, Canada, and the impressive list of equipment he uses. Nigel has logged just four Kentucky stations in over 40 years of DXing but added two more with these tests. He used a Perseus SDR and a phased Array of Wellbrook loops to put them into the log book. Nigel would tell us more about how he does it, but then he’d have to kill us.
Pimblett also logged Cuba, XECL, and KRSL during the test period. Sounds like a great night.
John Johnson, John_Johnson@prodigy.net <mailto:John_Johnson@prodigy.net> of Mesa, Arizona, couldn’t pull WWKY 990 out. Blowtorch XECL was too much. But he did manage to snag WMST 1150 with the tone, codes, and sweeps despite some QRM from KEIB. His semi-local KCKY seemed to be off the air during the test in a nice bit of luck! He nicely included a recording and photo of what the sweep tones looked like on his Perseus SDR.
Legendary UK DX’er Steve Whitt of Clashmore, Scotland, reported a “very poor night” for North American signals during the test. Nothing from the USA except for a few regular 50 kW stations. Good news to those in the Old World, Hays McMakin has already hinted that he has some additional maintenance coming up in the fall, so another test is possible. Stay tuned.
Mike Booker, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of the most diverse city in North America, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, reported Morse Code IDs, sweep tones, and more under CBW on 900 kHz to add WWKY to his log. But 800lb gorilla CKOC proved too much to allow reception of WMST. Nice catch, Mike.
The “other” Mike B, Mike Bugai of Enfield, CT, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> logged the Kentucky Duo with Morse Code IDs copied on both stations. Mike mentioned, "I haven’t stayed up late for a DX Test in decades. I guess I picked a good one to lose sleep over!”
Martin Foltz, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Sarasota, Florida, battled QRM from Cuba to log WWKY on 990. He also used one of my favorites, a Sony SRF-M37W, to pull in both stations. Martin sent along four great recordings to document his great catches.
Cuba also gave CPC Chairman Les Rayburn, N1LF, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, some difficulty with WMKY, but with some phasing, I could put both stations in the logbook for two new catches. For some reason, Kentucky can be tough to hear from Alabama. Thanks to Hayes and Harry for the new ones!
Mark Connelly, WA1ION, MarkWA1ION@aol.com <mailto:MarkWA1ION@aol.com> in Cape Cod, MA, seems to hear everything from his seaside perch. No surprise that he managed to log not only both tests but even to listen to the singing jingle for WMST. This is despite some competition from WDXC and WWDJ. Tip of the hat to you, sir.
Mark Garrett, KA9SZX, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, is another fortunate DX’er who managed to log both stations from Kentucky from his shack in Macomb, IL. Mark used a Radio Shack DX-440 with its internal antenna to null QRM from both KCPS and CBW to turn the trick.
Mark DeLorenzo, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> of South Dennis, MA, logged WWKY 990 under both WNTP and WDCX. He thanked the DX Gods for the sweep tones, which did the trick. This is KY station #12 for Mark. He notes that the Bluegrass State is brutal to hear, except WHAS 840. We agree!
Linda Brodsky, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, “bagged ‘em both!” from her home in Maiverne, NY. She used a CC Crane Skywave SSB portable and even managed to record the jingle! The CC Crane Skywave is my “portable of choice” for some great SSS DX when walking the dogs. It’s put dozens of new stations in the log. Highly recommended.
Thanks for the great recordings, Linda.
Kiv Zichi, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the test from his listening post in Willamston, MI using an RSPdx SDR receiver, +ANC-4 for noise reduction, and a random wire. He used I/Q recordings to record the test and could play it back later to hear both stations. He sent in great recordings and this screenshot of WWKY.
Kraig Krist, KG4LAC, Kraig@kg4lac.com <mailto:Kraig@kg4lac.com>, described 990 kHz as being “similar to a graveyard frequency” at his location in Manassas, VA. He battled interference from WTLN in Orlando, WMNL in Knoxville, and even the Cuban national anthem to add WWKY to his log. Having some great gear in the form of a WinRadio G33DDC SDR and a Wellbrook ALA1530S+ Imperium loop antenna made sure he would come out on top. You can hear for yourself at the links below:
0000:43 Morse code. Brief audio
0003:28 bubble up tones. Brief audio
DX’er Karl Forth, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Chicago, did even better. He successfully logged the pair of Kentucky stations during the test. Fortunately for Karl, he had less QRM to deal with than Kraig faced in Virginia. Like real estate, DXing is all about location, location, location!
John Hanna, W9HC, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, included two of the best recordings received by the CPC for the test. You can make out the opening announcement. He logged both stations but noted that WWKY 990 was a challenge due to the blowtorch station, WMVP on 1000, just 7 miles from his home in Brookfield, IL. He even sent a YouTube video link showing off his receptions. His shack is an excellent mix of vintage and modern gear. This video is a treat! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvrmKdG1hhs <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvrmKdG1hhs>
Top-notch gear also turned the tide in favor of John Fisher, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, who used a Perseus SDR and a 65-foot-long wire feed by the Wellbrook ALA100LN transformer/amplifier to hear both stations from Kentucky. The opening announcement for WMST 1150 is clear despite a lot of QRM. Thanks for sending in two great MP3 recordings, John.
Joe Burke, W1INC, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, also logged WMST from his shack in Concord, NH. His recording was made using a Grundig 600 Pro with a center-fed dipole antenna. It was remarkably free from QRM for most of the recording. Morse Code ID and sweep tones could be heard. Good job, Joe.
Alex Kaminski, N8UCN, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, nailed both stations from the Buckeye Monitoring Post in Springboro, Ohio. He used a C Crane CCRadio Plus with a small loop to capture both logs, despite heavy interference from CBW. It was nicely done, Alex. But I’m still never going to pull for Ohio State.
Jim Renfrew, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, also bagged his limit by logging both stations. Not sure this is legal at his QTH in Holley, NY, because DX Hunting Season usually closes before April. In all seriousness, Jim is one of the top hunters for weak signal DX. So much so that WMST was a relog for Jim. He captured it during sunset DXing back in January 2021. WWKY was a new one in his logbook.
Jim brought out the big guns for these late-season trophies. His weapon of choice was the Drake R8B with two long wire antennas and a Quantum phaser to help tweak the signals. The R8B is one of the best receivers I’ve ever owned, and nothing sounds better. You can listen to it for hours.
Not surprising that James Niven, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, pulled off the “Texas Two-Step” by logging both stations from the Lone Star State. James constantly logs an impressive amount of DX from his home in Austin and overcame interference from nearby KRCD to pull in WWKY 990. WMST on 1150 was considerably more accessible for him to hear—another successful round of tests for the Western DX ace.
Bill Whitacre, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Alexandria, VA (just outside Washington, DC) heard both WMKY and WMST, with 1150 being the more potent. He even managed to copy the voice ids and jingles. Bill uses a Perseus SDR receiver, running JAGUAR software which is tailored for MW DXing, and a 15 X 50-foot Superloop antenna. This is a powerful listening post near our nation’s Capitol.
Greg Harris, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged both stations from his QTH near Chicago Heights, IL. The former US Navy Radioman (RM1) had no trouble copying the Morse code ids on his Icom R75 and Quantum Loop antenna combination. For fun, Greg also copied both stations using only a Sangean DT200X Ultralight receiver! Go Navy!
Glen Small, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, was another DX’er who grabbed both stations for his log. This time from his shack in Shrewsbury, MA. Nice catches, Glen!
Gerard Hart, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, also successfully copied test signals from both stations from his monitoring station in Niagara Falls, NY. As with many others, WMST on 1150 was the more straightforward catch. G-Man used an AirSpy HF+ Discovery SDR running SDR Console software and a YouLoop antenna.
Fred Zalupski, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Atco, NJ, used an Icom IC-R75 with the MLA-30+ Active Loop to receive both stations. The great part of Fred’s reception is that the MLA-30+ is indoors, not outside. He also experimented with the CCRadio 2 and the Sony ICF-2010. All three worked to receive both stations—but Sony was the standout performer. Hard to be a legend, and the Sony 2010 is that.
Fred Schroyer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Waynesburg, PA, marveled at his ability to receive both DX Tests. With the WMST test, he heard the opening announcement. Fred was wondering to whom the silky smooth female voice belonged. He may be surprised to learn that it is a computer-generated voice. I input the text I want, and the computer generates a human-sounding voice. It takes a bit of tweaking to make call letters sound natural, but once the timing is right—it’s great. Great job with the test, Fred!
Fernando Cano, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, logged the WMST 1150 DX Test, sending in an excellent recording of the sweep tones. I heard using his RSP DX SDR and a Wellbrook loop antenna. Unfortunately, Fred didn’t mention where he was listening from. This is essential information for the station. Please let us know your QTH, Fernando, so that we can pass it on.
Dene Lynneberg, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, listened to both tests on the Kiwi SDR online. This SDR is located in nearby Lexington, KY. It was built and maintained by Christopher Gay, KU4A. The SDR is connected to the MFJ-1886 Wideband loop antenna. It performs well indeed on the AM band. There was a crowd using the SDR, including listeners in Norway, Hesperia, California, and even Oklahoma DX’er Glenn Hauser. Dene makes his home in New Zealand, so the online SDR was his ticket to hearing these dual tests.
David J. Sullivan, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Jersey City, NJ, sent in a fantastic clear MP3 recording of both tests. The opening announcement could be heard like a semi-local. The code was an armchair copy. David uses the AirSpy HF+ Discovery SDR connected to an indoor YouLoop, which does an excellent job of rejecting noise sources. Nicely done, David.
The New York/New Jersey pipeline into Kentucky continued with the success of David Hochfelder, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, in Albany, NY. He included two prominent recordings with his emailed reception report.
Carl Dabeisein, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, included recordings of the dual tests as well. Bagging both stations with relative ease. His listening post is Maple Grove, MN, and features an Icom R-75 receiver and a 15’ X 32’ Flag Antenna, which is doing an excellent job for Carl. Please keep these DX Test reports coming from the North.
The West Coast was represented well by Bruce Portzer, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, Seattle, WA. His attached recording left no doubt of his success, with several Morse Code IDs heard for WWKY 990. Bruce is a superstar DX’er who often digs weak signals out with his Perseus SDR receiver and Delta Loop antennas. He phases them against each other to reduce noise and peak the signals. The proof is in the pudding with this 2,020-mile reception! Take a bow, Bruce!
Brent Taylor, VY2HF, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada, logged both tests. He provided forensic evidence that would convince any CSI technician in Exhibit A (WWKY recording) and Exhibit B (WMST recording). If it might please the DX court, we declare him guilty of a Reception in the First Degree!
We’ve determined that the weapons Brent used were the SDRPlay RSPdx and the Wellbrook ALA-1530AL.
More success to report from the Garden State too. Bob Antoniuk, N2SU, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, overcame QRM from nearby Philadelphia stations to hear both stations from Kentucky. Bob has his shack in beautiful Clifton, NJ.
Superman is allergic to Kryptonite, and the dual DX test from Kentucky proved that Super-DXer Bjarne Mjelde of Artic fame isn’t truly invulnerable either. His Fortress of Solitude comes in the form of two (very) remote sites. They feature remote-controlled Perseus SDR receivers, low noise locations, and kilometer-long Beverage antennas. All this adds up to super-hearing to rival the Man of Steel himself. But poor conditions and the rapidly approaching sunrise left Bjarne with nothing to show for his efforts this time. If you’ve never seen his incredible DXing efforts, take a look at:
Bill Coury, N8UUP, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, knows something about freezing temperatures, even in April. But he had better fortune than Bjarne, capturing both stations despite the best efforts of arch-villain WDEO, who attempted to defeat our hero. Thanks for the great recordings of both stations, BIll.
Dalton, Georgia, is best known for carpet mills and an “eccentric” Congresswoman. But Brian Dominguez, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, managed to pull in the iPhone ringtone signal from the WWKY 990 test as it briefly faded up. Excellent job, sir.
Andree Bollin, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Wolfsburg, Germany, logged both tests using an SDR in Westerville, Ohio. Andree noted that he does a lot of DXing the old-fashioned way, with no Internet involved from Wolfsburg, a town of 125,000 people. It’s known as “Motorcity” because it’s the home of the main plant for VW. Learn more about his AM DXing exploits at:
Closer to home, Tom Jaskinski, WDX9HVL, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, of Joliet, IL, was happy to log a new one in the form of WWKY 990. He sent along four great MP3 recordings to prove his good fortune. One included an armchair copy of the “Retro Singing Jingle” produced by the CPC just for use in this DX Test.
Allen Willie, VOPC1AA, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, used an Icom R75 with a 600-foot terminated Beverage antenna to pull in both stations. He had to battle QRM from Spain and CBW Winnipeg to log WWKY, while CKOC Hamilton and WHBY in Wisconsin provided competition for 1150. He sent in an excellent MP3 recording that made verification a snap. Keep it up!
The Dual DX Tests from Kentucky generated more reception reports than any test in recent memory. Despite rising static levels and a surprise solar storm just hours before the test, this success was achieved. An April test ruled out any international receptions from Europe or Scandanavia, as we might see in the winter months. Still, domestic reports poured in from diverse specialty groups of DX’ers.
The Ultralight crowd got involved, amateur radio operators who rarely Medium Wave DX joined in the fun, and so did DXers from coast-to-coast. The Courtesy Program Committee would love to thank Hayes McMakin, the owner of both stations, and Harry Dence, who helped with the coordination. They did all the heavy lifting.
Hoping we can twist Hayes's arm and arrange a wintertime test later this year. With longer nights and more darkness for our international DXers, it will be fun to crank it up and see what WWKY and WMST can do!
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC
Perseus SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP Duo, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip.
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