Friday, January 15, 2010

Noordhoek DXpedition Ultralight Loggings : 4th - 11th January 2010

A view of the dx location for the 10th/11th January.

Noordhoek's pristine position on the coast provides the dxer with a great opportunity to hear MW stations from across the Atlantic.

Fair reception conditions were experienced during a family holiday/dxpedition to Noordhoek at the beginning of January 2010.


TRANS ATLANTIC PROPAGATION FROM NORTH AMERICA

The mid summer season can be quite productive for the reception of TA signals from North America with stations fading up before midnight local / 2200 hrs UTC.

1610 Caribbean Beacon appeared at 10:55 pm local / 2055 hrs UTC while 1600 WWRL New York was the first U.S.A. station to fade up at 11:35 pm / 2135 UTC on the 4th January.

It's interesting that TA propagation from the U.S.A. seemed best during the early hours (1:00 am - 4:00 am local / 2300hrs - 0200 hrs UTC) with no local dawn enhancement. In fact U.S. signals seemed to fade quite significantly with the onset of local dawn (around 5:00 am local / 0300 hrs UTC) - a sharp contrast to the superb local dawn/sunrise enhancement experienced during the January 2009 Noordhoek dxpedition.

600 WSJS WINSTON SALEM NC


WSJS, Winston Salem NC on 600 kHz was heard for the first time via the Sony SRF M37V and 220 metre BOG ( The 5 kw signal made it through over a distance of 12 830 km). The enthusiastic response from Morning Show News Director Smith Patterson made my day (See previous post).

1670 kHz BBC RELAY

An unidentified station relaying the BBC World Service on 1670 kHz was received for the first time.

The Loggings : Freq (kHz) and Time (UTC)

600 0050 U.S.A. WSJS Winston Salem NC w id in promo " ... This is Smith Patterson. Start your day informed with the WSJS early morning news, weekdays at 5:00 am on the Triad's News Radio AM 600/1200 WSJS " - poor w fair peaks 11/01 * personal first

670 0047 U.S.A. WSCR Chicago IL w Packers vs Cardinals football comm - poor 11/01

680 0001 U.S.A. WRKO Boston MA w Boston College basketball - fair 6/01.

680 0100 U.S.A. WPTF Raleigh NC w id "Newsradio WPTF Raleigh" and news - poor 11/01

690 0128 CANADA CINF Montreal QC in FF w ad - poor 11/01

700 2347 U.S.A. WLW Cincinatti OH w "700 WLW" id - fair 5/01

700 2305 ST. VINCENT NBC Kingstown (presumed) w religious programme on 10/01 also at 0300 w BBC news fair - 11/01

710 2338 U.S.A. WOR New York NY w id and talkback - very good 10/1

720 0231 U.S.A. WGN Chicago IL w sports comm - poor 11/01

730 0259 CANADA CKAC Montreal ON w ann in FF - poor 11/01

750 0010 U.S.A. WSB Atlanta GA w talkback - poor 11/01

760 0044 U.S.A. WJR Detroit MI "Newstalk 7-60 WJR" id - poor 8/01

770 2357 U.S.A. WABC New York NY w talkback - poor 10/01

780 0156 U.S.A. WBBM Chicago IL w ad - poor 11/01

790 0343 U.S.A. WNIS Norfolk VA w talkback - fair 11/01

800 2335 NETHERLANDS ANTILLES TWR Bonaire w "Unshackled" - good 10/01

810 2355 U.S.A. WGY Schenectady NY (presumed) w ad - very poor 10/01

820 2330 ST. KITTS Radio Paradise w ann "This is the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Reaching our world with the love of Jesus for 36 years" - fair 10/01

830 2358 U.S.A. WCRN Worcester MA w ad " .. new year's best prices on dozens of late model, low milage cars ... at both locations in Worcester and ... " on 5/01. Also at 2244 w ad for "The Spacious Place - Call 978 895 63 62 or visit them online at the spacious place.com" - fair 10/01

840 0102 U.S.A. WHAS Louisville KY w news and WHAS id at 0103 - poor 11/01

850 0044 U.S.A. WTAR Norfolk VA w talkback - fair 11/01

870 2352 U.S.A. WWL New Orleans LA w "Star Registery" ad and football comm - poor 10/01

880 2326 U.S.A. WCBS New York NY w promo ann and id "Bussiness news at 25 and 55 past every hour on WCBS Newsradio. WCBS News time 6:26" - good 10/01

Apart from sentry duty at the caravan farm, our feathered friend provided some early dx wake up calls at around 3:00 am !

900 0157 CANADA CHML Hamilton ON w ad for "Honda" and "AM 900 CHML" id. Aso at 0215 w promo for "The Roy Green Show" - fair 11/01

950 0014 U.S.A. WPEN Philadelphia PA w Packers vs Cardinals football comm. Also at 0032 w ad for "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Sunday January 31st at 8:00pm on CBS" - fair 11/01

960 0014 U.S.A. UNIDENTIFIED w sports comm - poor 11/01

990 0049 U.S.A. WNML Knoxville TN a strong possibility here w post match discussion and ad for "Food City Red Tag Specials" - poor 11/01

1000 0015 U.S.A. WMVP Chicago IL w sports report - good 10/1

1010 2301 U.S.A. WINS New York NY news, wx and timecheck "WINS news time 6:01" - fair 5/01

1040 0140 U.S.A. WHO Des Moines IA w "WHO three day weather forecast". Also at 0154 w id and timecheck "Newsradio 10-40 WHO. 10:53" - fair 11/01

1050 2159 U.S.A. WEVD New York NY - fair 11/01

1060 2310 U.S.A. KYW Philadelphia PA w news report - poor 10/01

1080 2335 U.S.A. WTIC Hartford CT (presumed) w sports comm - poor 10/01

1090 2347 U.S.A. WBAL Baltimore MD w id and "Geiko.com" ad - fair 10/01

1110 2359 U.S.A. WBT Charlotte NC w ad - poor 10/01

1120 0235 U.S.A. KMOX St. Louis MO (presumed) w sports news - poor 11/01

1130 2332 U.S.A. WBBR New York NY financial news report - good 10/01

1140 2255 U.S.A. WRVA Richmond VA w medical talkback - fair 10/01

1170 0224 U.S.A. WWVA Wheeling WV Religious px - poor 11/01

1180 2259 U.S.A. R. Marti Marathon Key FL SS w talkback - very good 10/01

1190 2212 U.S.A. WLIB New York NY w id “Your Praise And Inspiration Station 11-90 WLIB” - fair 10/01

1210 2312 U.S.A. UNIDENTIFIED w discussion poor 10/01

Our caravan camp site, situated in a cool position under a gigantic old oak tree.

1400 2324 GRENADA The Harbour Light Of The Windwards w religious sermon - poor 10/01

1500 0037 U.S.A. WFED Washington DC - fair 11/01

1510 0205 U.S.A. WLAC Nashville TX w discussion - good peak 11/01

1520 0232 U.S.A. WWKB Buffalo NY w "KB 15-20" id - poor 11/01

1530 0214 U.S.A. WCKY Cincinatti OH w sports talkback - fair 11/01

1540 2345 BAHAMAS ZNS1 Nassau w ad for "Burger King" - fair 5/01

1600 2150 U.S.A. WWRL New York NY w ad for vitamins "It's only 24.99 for shipping and handling. Your satisfaction is guaranteed." 10/01 The first station from the U.S. to fade up at 2135 UTC on the 4/01.

1610 2055 ANGUILLA Caribbean Beacon w fade-up on 4/01. Also ann at 0138 UTC over gospel music bed "You are watching the University Network. The phone number to call is 1-800 338 30 30 ... " very good peak 8/01

* Audio clip available on the right hand side of the web page.

1620 0203 U.S.A. WTAW College Station TX w ABC news and id at 0205 - good 8/01

1630 0135 U.S.A. KKGM Fort Worth TX w ad "C.C. Creations. Building better relationships througout Texas for 25 years" - fair 8/01

1640 0259 U.S.A. WTNI Biloxi MS a possiblity here w ads - poor 8/01

1660 2300 U.S.A. WWRU Elizabeth NJ w "WWRU Jersey City, New York State" id then into in KK - fair 5/01

1660 0034 U.S.A. WCNZ Marco Island FL w Lely High School girls basketball commentary, "AM 16-60 ... Super Sports Network" id and ad for "Morgan and Morgan" - poor w fair peaks 8/01

1670 0104 U.S.A. WFSM Dry Branch GA w promo " weekdays 9:00 'till noon Fox Sports 16-70" - fair 8/01

1670 2212 UNIDENTIFIED w BBC World Service relay - poor w fair peaks 10/01

1700 0055 U.S.A. KVNS Brownsville TX "Now. News and weather from ten o' five on Classic Hits 17-00 KVNS" fair/good 8/01

Receiver : Sony SRF-M37V Ultralight

Antenna : 60m, 100m and 220m BOGs


Sunset reflection at Noordhoek Beach (Photograph Gary Deacon).

2 comments:

Yimber Gaviria Blog said...

Dear Friend Gary Deacon,

Excellent post, and nice photos too!.

73 de Yimber
http://www.twitter.com/yimber

Gary Deacon said...

Hi Yimber

Thank you for your kind comments. It's been great fun combining my attempt at Ultralight MW dxing with trying to take an acceptable photograph or two !

73,

Gary