Saturday, April 14, 2018

MW DX Season Is Over - Time To Tidy Up!

Mid-April is rarely an exiting time for DX in my latitude. And with the current solar disturbance, there was really no point in doing another week. So, starting this weekend, gear will be packed away, and the beverages removed. What will remain is the 70-metre longwire and of course the KongSDR.
It's been an unusually snowy winter, and the first one where I simply didn't find the starting point of the 310-degrees beverage! Let's hope for a quick thaw.

Propagation has not been outstanding. Especially the first, often exciting part of the season got hammered with corona holes. Still, quite an amount of new stations. I'm especially satisfied with finally hearing a good ID on Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, 1035 kHz, and the new Radio Kiribati outlet on Christmas Islands, 846 kHz.

Where is it???

A few cables & stuff to put away...

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

QSL: KFMO Park Hills, MO 1240

First heard in 2016, but heard again with a better signal today. Very swift email response this evening for my #1300 North American station.

QSL: WWTX Wilmington DE 1290

Late March was a good time for NA DX-ers, at least for those with radios at Smøla island. OJ Sagdahl detected this first, and alerted me to listen to 1290. That was a jaw dropping experience. Another one from Delaware, the most elusive state of all??? The "Fox Sports 1290" ID was indicative but not conclusive, however every internet search pointed towards WWTX. And yes, WWTX confirmed this was their announcement, and that they had been running at night power! 32 watts! Third Delaware verie, the second in 2018. Happy days!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

QSL: WTPS Petersburg VA 1240

March 31 was an interesting night for NA DX, and WTPS is no common station on 1240. Very good signal on top of the hour though, and I received an email response after just three minutes. My contact mentioned he got one report from Sweden the week before, but "Your reception was clearer however." I can live with that!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

KongSDR Finances - March

As it's only a month and a half until we see the midnight sun, MW gradually loses momentum - although we're still hearing interesting DX from North America and Asia/Pacific.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Revised Sensitivity Measurements Table

I've been measuring MW sensitivity on most of the receivers I've owned - and some I've borrowed. The new document is updated with measurements made by friends of mine many years ago. So now, the list comprises 41 receivers. From the super-affordable to the hyper-expensive, from early 1950's to 2017, and from 110 grams to 55 kg. And quite a few with legendary status!

Apart from extending the list of receivers, I have also sorted them by name and made some minor layout changes.

I hope I have the opportunity to extend the list as time goes. And you can have a look here.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

QSL: 3RN ABC Radio National, Melbourne VIC, 621

Aussie conditions haven't been quite what we had hoped for this season. A couple of weeks ago, 621 was heard, rather briefly, but with the Majestic Fanfare quite clear under the Chinese. Email confirmation today.

Friday, March 23, 2018

QSL: HLKQ KBS-1 Cheongju, 1062

KBS World responds to reception reports, but it's quite a different story when it comes to their domestic stations.  However, this morning, 10 months after a snail mail report, there was a QSL card and one other image (below) in my email inbox, and obviously the sender had taken some time to make a proper QSL for HLKQ!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

QSL: WLIE Islip NY, 540

This one was obviously running on day power one night in mid-February, and apparently heard several places. Including Smøla island. After a while, OJS (thanks!!) found a valid verie signer, and a friendly email arrived this evening.

QSL: WMFN Peotone IL, 640

OJ Sagdahl detected WMFN with a good signal mixing with CBC in January. A brief email response came today. A Smøla island logging.