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MW Loggings / CMLA
« on: September 09, 2021, 0233 UTC »
Hey All,

8 Sep 21 0210 UTC 640 KC:

CMLA /Radio Progresso Cuba -poor to fair in QSB/ slight Co channel QRM, slight  beat note,  QRN lightning at 100 mi.

One of my favorite Dx targets.

Played Guantanamera and other vocal songs.

Straight audio ( no processing) from recently acquired Trans Oceanic / Select-A-Tenna.

First audible copy of the season.

Dust off the headphones boys, AM season seems to be on the way.


MW Loggings / New Transoceanic Shootout w/Sangean 803A
« on: September 06, 2021, 0126 UTC »
Hey All,

Compared my recently acquired T/O 3000-1 (please see HFU General Radio Discussion) with the venerable and sensitive Sangean 803A.

9/5/21 2330 UTC

560 WGAN weak.                   Tie T/O  vs 803.
570 WMCA fair/weak.            Tie T/O vs 803.
580 WTAG QRM from 590.      Advantage 803 in narrow mode.
610 WGIR fair.                        Advantage 803 in wide mode.
770 WABC strong.                 Tie. Good music on  Joe Piscopo show.
1610 CHHA weak.                   Advantage T/O

0100 UTC :
1020 KDKA fair in QSB.           Tie. NO QRM from 1010  and a tiny bit from  1030.

(FWIW, KDKA is often  a tough  catch at this QTH. If a rig here has good 1020 Kc separation from local flamethrower WBZ on 1030 and  night time biggie WINS on 1010, it's considered pretty good).

Overall : Fairly close in performance. The T/O has  bright and crisp audio, a real pleasure to listen to. Mechanically it has a rock solid  and bullet resistant feel to it. A really nice addition to the collection and a  great keep sake from Cuttyhunk  Island.


General Radio Discussion / DXpedition to Cuttyhunk Island, MA
« on: September 05, 2021, 0109 UTC »
Hey All,

I just returned  from a Dxpedtion  in the town of Gosonold on Cuttyhunk Island , Buzzard's Bay , MA.

Since Island life is really laid back , so was the  logging .  Highlights  from 9/1/21 through 9/3/21, no particular order.

Gear:  Sangean ATS 803 A ,  single tuned crystal set ( R.S. 28-177 coil  but  with air variable) , hand held scanners, home brew  ferrite tuner /coupler,  misc small  goodies, 400 ft "D.O.G" antenna ( "Dipole - On- Ground "), 40 ft HF end fed, , etc, etc.

640 CMLA /R. Progresso Cuba   copied   before full  darkness, but beat up by local /regional WPRO 630.
8503 NMG /New Orleans Wefax

6095 USB bootleg maritime net, OM swearing   like a sailor (hi).

10, 15  WWV

11780 R Amazonas/ R Nacional Brazil

5025 R. Rebelde Cuba
6000 R. Havana  (in  full daylight ! )

US MW kind of  a mess. Pile ups on  the long DX frequencies . Open to  Eastern  of US half (or a bit  less) ie only  GA to TN to IL arc.

Only one HF broadcast each  on 16, 19 or 22 M. Beyond dead any higher in frequency.

Ham :20 M.  40 M (even in daylight). Both   open to Eastern  1/2 half  of    US , especially on CW.

NO audio off any Transatlantic Broadcast Dx, but  copied a few aligned beat notes (FWIW) :

198 BBC, 639 Senegal, 837 Senegal, 954  Spain, 1044 Morocco,1107 Spain. Basically - LW b'cast was dead (or gone !) and MW b'cast was extremely poor (near dead)  to the Afroeuro .Also US MW opened up MUCH sooner than expected ,crushing what little Afro Euro action that could have been had . I have had trans Atlantic  MW and LW very good at times in years past, but not on this round :'(.

Crystal set DX : the usual 50 Kw suspects from around the NE 1/3 or so of the U.S.

7 KC lightning / "Tweeks" / "Natural Radio" copied ( confirmed at 700 miles and maybe a out  LOT further to thousands of miles) by a pair of NICE  Hi Z "crystal " earphones in series ,shorted by 1 M bleed pot. RF input  by  one leg of D.O.G. antenna onto each side of pot .

Notice to Mariners  on VHF marine channel 22A. Not heard this one in 15 or 20 years !

Also the owner of the Bed and Breakfast were I stayed (who I've known for  many years ) gave me a Trans Oceanic Royal 300-1. It didn't work on the island , but  I cleaned up battery holder  at home  and VIOLA  -  a working T/O !  So I went down there with one HF rig and came home with TWO !

Very late Wednesday /  Thursday  ( 9/1, 9/2) impacts from Ida : TORRENTS of rain - around 5 " in 5 hours . Gusts 45 to 55 (estimated). Waterspout 3 miles to our East  over ocean  .2nd water spout 12 miles East over ocean. Tornado  at Falmouth , Cape Cod MA 6 or 10 mi  Northeast. Vicious  cloud to ground white lightning on Island and Northward  into Buzzard's Bay.Yet ALL three day light hours were nice -  cloudy/dry -or- sunny /dry.

Ate lots of  seafood , fairly warm water  ocean swimming , relaxing , long walks with wife, etc. Took night trip on boat  going back to New Bedford.

GREAT trip, REALLY needed it !


Hey Dood,

KDKA puts in a “ moderate “ signal here , but not often great.I can RF null most 1010/1030 problems quite well or clean up audio in QRF -1 filter(s).  ( I have 106 KW effective WBZ in my “back yard “ at 8 miles).

The real issue is not QRM- it’s just that ‘DKA is not really big here that often.They use a 50 KW single tower at a good distance.Good, but not huge.

I use 1020 as a test frequency for home brew rigs etc. If it gets KDKA = a good rig.


Weather / Re: Hurricane Coming for New England
« on: August 22, 2021, 1605 UTC »
Hey Yankee,

Not too bad , thank God.So far just some rains and a bit of wind.

I am going to Island in Buzzard’ s Bay on Sept 1. I think things will be ok.

Currently I am grabbing  occasional lightning strikes in a feeder band around 125 mi to the East.


Weather / Hurricane Coming for New England
« on: August 20, 2021, 1017 UTC »
Hey All.

Interesting storm.

I expect gust 75 here (??).Floods?

Tonight I put together 2000 uH giant cotton basket weave onto the big var caps for LW / VLF storm work.

Also may break out the really big # 28 oat coil as well.


Propagation / HF Collapse
« on: August 12, 2021, 1001 UTC »
Hey All.

A worldwide all frequency blackout yesterday ( Wednesday).

Per different live propagation sites “nearly” everything ( except 6 M !) is shut off.Charts say “ no path” ( on anything.).

Did I miss a big solar event ?


Weather / Re: Bad Smoke Today
« on: July 29, 2021, 1838 UTC »
Hey Rob,

Thanks for lists. I was looking to see how many W MA FD’s left on low band- not many.

Again thanks,


Hey- vis 1.5 miles variable 3
Miles in smoke. Smell of burnt plastic.

Crazy storms and other wild stuff here lately.2 crazy lightning cells off just shore..


Weather / Re: Bad Smoke Today
« on: July 26, 2021, 2237 UTC »
Hey Rob.

What fire frequencies are used in the area ? Low Band/ High Band / UHF?
800 or 900 ?


Weather / Bad Smoke Today
« on: July 26, 2021, 1852 UTC »
Hey All.

Quick post from train.Visibility got worse after blood red sunrise.

Now vis 1.5 to 3 Mi in smoke.Smell of burnt plastic.

Local visibility down a lot, buildings hazy.


MW Loggings / Going Long
« on: July 26, 2021, 1120 UTC »
Hey All,

During last night's session I decided to "go long", checking out  the "toughies".

7/25/21 0200 UTC. Receiver: ATS-803A on Select- A- Tenna, in RF  noisy apt , bedside Op position.

750 WSB GA. barely up at times in slow QSB
840 WHAS KY. Weak in fluttery QSB
1020 KDKA PA. Fair
1110 WBT NC weak to fair

A "decent enough" haul for fairly early on a summer night, again noise was  a  factor but that's the way it rolls on AM sometimes.

Also parked on local  1510 WMEX for quite a while , listened to oldies , my wife enjoyed it.They have cleaned up their act considerably.They used to  run HUGE amounts of ME TV promos, inter spaced with only a  little music.Now it's the opposite, much/mostly music  with  very little distraction.  An "interesting"  signal : 100 watts at maybe 12 miles South. On ferrite bar only they are really quite crumby. But I've never seen the S-A-T bring something so far out of the mud into a very good copy. Not perfect, but very good.


Equipment / Re: Dueling Selecta- A Tennas (NOT Banjos)
« on: July 26, 2021, 1100 UTC »
Hey 51,

Awesome list of articles !

LOTS of reading to do over there.

Thanks, K

MW Loggings / Re: WFED : Tubey Or Not Tubey
« on: July 22, 2021, 1126 UTC »
Ah yes, the nostalgic aroma of tubes. I got a good dose, love it.

(To twist up the quote from Apocalypse Now) "I love the smell of tubes in the morning, it smells like Dx".


Hey Dood,

Visibility definitely reduced  in smoke here recently,much worse toward NYC. I took a walk to a good sunset vantage point to take some pix.Sun was super deep/dull pink and disappeared WELL above the horizon. Moon was up at Zenith and was sort of pinked and kind of dimmed.

Cold frontal passage blew everything out  last night .Yesterday's Sun at rise was dim   reddish pink.

Today's rise was  full lumen /normal/ exceptionally bright white. Dry, almost chilly in a tee shirt this AM.

When I was a kid ( 250 years ago), it seemed fire smoke was a rare phenomena. Not so now.I had also heard mention a while back that not only would the western US be a source for New England smoke, but Southern Canada is now up and coming as a new potential "hot spot" for us as well. Nice.

There are a lot of man made factors that go into this type of disaster, I am sure you can think of a few of them . But they are also "political" in nature.  So I will just kind of "move on" past that aspect of this issue.


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