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MW Loggings / WLS AM 890 poor signal
« on: March 02, 2024, 0949 UTC »
WLS AM 890 Chicago should be booming into here next door in MI but most mornings they are stomped out by Radio Progreso.
OK, so, the Cuban is running 200KW but still... someone at WLS look outside the window and make sure your tower hasn't been
stolen for scrap metal.

Longwave Loggings / Michigan NDBs 1-20-24 1100Z
« on: January 21, 2024, 1819 UTC »
332  PH Port Huron
336  MA Cadillac
359  GYG Grayling
365  TV Traverse City
382  IRS Sturgis

Longwave Loggings / missing beacons
« on: March 11, 2023, 1656 UTC »
Has anyone heard 198 DIW Dixon NC lately?  Haven't heard it here in MI all Winter. 
Otherwise, more local to me, 278 ADG Adrian MI and 253 DD Columbus OH also
not being heard.  Anybody know if any of these have been decommissioned?

Longwave Loggings / 212 SJ St. John NB and 224 QM Moncton NB
« on: December 04, 2022, 1911 UTC »
Caught both of these yesterday morning 2 hours before sunrise both with big sigs in here
which surprised me given the otherwise poor band conditions.

MW Loggings / unid AM 890
« on: November 10, 2022, 2056 UTC »
Been hearing a Spanish speaking station on this frequency lately in the pre-dawn hours
mixing with WLS.  An OM and YL chatting back and forth, never any music.
Mexican?, Cuban?, any ideas... ???

Longwave Loggings / NDB log 8-30-22 1900-2000Z
« on: September 17, 2022, 1930 UTC »
257   MB  Saginaw  MI
263   GR  Grand Rapids  MI
278   ADG  Adrian  MI
353   QG  Windsor  ON
419   RYS  Grosse Ile  MI
423   PCW  Port Clinton  OH ? vy weak

Finally got around to posting this...
That is a grand total of 6 beacons logged with a PL-600 coupled to a 50' external antenna.
Just a year ago that number would have been 15 to 25 beacons depending on the daytime
conditions using the same set up. 

MW Loggings / WGY AM 810 Schnecetady NY
« on: April 23, 2022, 1602 UTC »
Tuning around came across this 50kw flamethrower last night with a big signal in here...
another station celebrating 100 years on the air. 

Amateur Radio / 10 meters is back !
« on: March 06, 2022, 0139 UTC »
Pipeline into South America this afternoon for the contest.

Longwave Loggings / tree trimming
« on: January 29, 2022, 1458 UTC »
The electric utility has had crews in the neighborhood during the past week doing extensive tree trimming.
What does this have to do with longwave ?
Well, the annoying S3-4 buzz that has crept in over the past several months blanketing most of the band is gone.   :)
Hopefully the light flickering whenever the wind blows has also been cured.

Longwave Loggings / ZEM where are you?
« on: January 29, 2022, 1452 UTC »
338  ZEM  Eastmain  QC... anybody heard this one in the past month or so ?
Usually a regular in here but been missing lately,  AFAIK not on a decommissioning list.

Longwave Loggings / 198 DIW
« on: January 10, 2022, 0103 UTC »
198 DIW Dixon NC...  noticed this one keying DI  W  (with a gap between the I and W) this morning 1-9-22.

Longwave Loggings / 254 MB
« on: December 31, 2021, 1803 UTC »
Finally managed to log this one, 254 MB Manistee County MI (MBL) after years of trying.
While regularly hearing 365 TV Traverse City and 336 MA Cadillac (miskeys as MET) in the same region,
Manistee remained elusive.  Have to assume that the poor soil conductivity (sandy) around Manistee may have something to do with it.
Be aware that another beacon also identified as MB is located at Saginaw MI (MBS) (aka Tri-City)
and is only about 120 miles and 3kc (257) away from Manistee ???

Longwave Loggings / Hamilon Ontario
« on: December 29, 2021, 1516 UTC »
221  HM
266  ZHM
397  ZHA

LW conditions good this morning pre-dawn, heard all 3... hat trick !

Unusual that a single airport would have three beacons given all the decommissioning that's going on.

Longwave Loggings / post storm unusual propagation
« on: November 07, 2021, 0016 UTC »
Apparently the mid-week strong geomagnetic storm continues to affect the LW band. 
Was able to log only 4 Canadian beacons from 325 to 400 this morning.  Normally a dozen or more are
easily heard here in that band segment. 
OTOH, propagation to the south was fairly good with DIW, JA, and DDP all heard here with strong signals this morning.

Amateur Radio / 10 meters
« on: October 30, 2021, 2335 UTC »
The 10 meter band was open to the Caribbean and South America all day today for the contest.

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