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Hey Pinto,

Interesting note re ZIZ, It wouldn't surprise me at all if St. Kitts is  off AM now.

I am kind of amazed that ANY Caribbeans are still active on AM (!). If I recall correctly, more than one AM antenna system has been trashed by hurricanes.

 I am also curious as to what  coverage range  these island stations are really looking for. "Generally", I believe that any serious  Dx coverage  may be  viewed by management  ( and maybe even the engineers) as kind of a "waste".

As much as I LOVED Dxing the Caribbean AM'ers, I never really understood why they couldn't just use a 200 Ft multi bay FM tower , which would mostly be  operating over a generally   flat     environment.

A beefy 200 ft tower would seem to be  "harder " take down  compared to a similarly heavily guyed  300 to 400 ft one .

I am not sure re making a comparison of a tall AM vs a shorter FM  and their expected field strengths with respect to any mountainous area coverage.

Perhaps ( way back when) , some of the leadership of the island wanted a local station that also had  an element of an "external" service or presence, so that the island would be able to "make itself known " outside the local area   ("prestige "? ). 

 Since SO few folks now listen to AM, such a concept today wouldn't seem to be worth  the trouble on AM  re big electricity  bills,tall tower "vulnerability" and low listenership.

 Frankly I can't even see how most of the tin can AM'ers here in the US manage to stay on the air (re making a  profit), even without as much of  severe weather threat  to the towers.10 or 15% of the AMer's here make 90% of the money.

I may be full of beans, but just spitballing.


Hey All,

ZNS-1 was one that I have been wondering about over the last year or so re whether they were still on the air. Didn't ever log them though.   I was going to do a dedicated DXpedition to the South coast of MA to try and grab them, but "life " got in the way :(.

WAY (WAY!) back in the day from MA ( some on my  crystal set ) I was able to log  "some " Caribbeans - from  really  fuzzy memory : Caymans,Jamaica, Turks/Caicos,  St Kitts , LOTS of  Cubans and maybe one or two others.

Apparently ZIZ 555 Kc St. Kitts put in a good  split frequency signal to NYC. Folks back in the stone age (using analog car radios) used to be able to cruise around the Big Apple and blast ZIZ . I am not sure if they have now QSY'ed to a 10 Kc allocation.

Due to local sometimes severe QRM/QRN  from  recently  apt. building electronic systems (and also  other factors), my days of LONG AM Dx from my local QTH  may be pretty   much done. I can still copy "some" (SOME)  of the  Eastern  US big guns ( big whoop ). Working on  reducing or "solving "  some of these  technical issues ,as time allows.

Thankfully my favorite music station  (WMEX  1510 , 100 watts night , omni, around 6-8 mi ) is pretty good ,but I am working on some outboard audio tweeking to bring it up  a bit better.

My # 2 music station ,   MA regional WCRN 830, is also "OK" , but not fantastic either .
I USED to do awesome  here , but not so much  now. I suppose  I can now  look at it as a "challenge" :o


Hey All,

Off suddenly after Fibber MCGee
Got in late, anybody get an ID  ?


MW Loggings / NYC- Boston- NH Daytime "Study"
« on: April 29, 2023, 1524 UTC »
Hey All,

Yesterday I took  a road trip to NH to the big ham radio flea.

I left MY Boston QTH (Bos -NYC  215 Mi) at around 0700 local .

Notes :

Stayed with 880/WCBS  on car radio the entire way up. Initially  I encountered a good deal of 1st adjacent QRM from local WAMG 890.The car radio seems to play kind of broad. This QRM    gradually went away as I proceeded North away from Boston,as expected .CBS's occasional ( sometimes deep) QSB also pretty much went away while  traveling North- ODD .

AT Deerfield ,NH (277 Mi to NYC ) 0900 local  in huge RF quiet open field :

660 WFAN fair to good.
710 WOR fair.
770 WABC fair to poor.
880 WCBS  VERY GOOD.FWIW Their "fringe" pattern contour is "depicted"  as being on the MA/RI border.So QUITE a ways beyond that !
1010 WINS - nothing heard.   WCNL  NH 10 Kw from a "short" tower  copied instead.
1130 WBBR poor.

Kind of cool to receive and compare  day time signals over some of the least conductive ground in the US (although admittedly , all @ 50 Kw). I am sure it's not  an overly spectacular distance record  , but was fun.

I wonder how much further North before before these (especially WCBS ) start to get into trouble.


Hey All,

I also copied WTF on short indoor wire and an ATS 803a in a sometimes noisy apt.

Storming in at times , even to my very “ humble “ receiving set up.

“ I Went Back to Ohio” song absolutely  came bombing in.

Other times up and down in QSB.

Music set at a good level, but a tiny bit more punch on the live mic would have helped.

Must have used a SERIOUS amount of juice on a great antenna.

FWIW, another  pirate also copied a few weeks ago, but no ID, too weak/ noisy.


Huh? / Re: Bizarre Russian Message: Swan Lake / Swan Song
« on: March 11, 2022, 1500 UTC »
Hey Chris,

I understand.


Yes, I got the reference.Several times on each Thanksgiving local WZLX-FM would play the entire song.I know it by heart  .


Huh? / Bizarre Russian Message: Swan Lake / Swan Song
« on: March 10, 2022, 1657 UTC »
Hey All,

Group W seemed to be unavailable, so I hope this is OK here.

Recently independent  Dozhd / TV Rain Russia signed off under intense pressure from Putin.

After the staff walked off the set, the station began to play an old short video loop from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Ballet.

Apparently, this was an old signal that the Soviets used to prepare the masses for big news, re instability or leadership change.

The loop was of ballerinas dancing for around a minute. It would be played over and over and over again for hours  and hours and hours on Soviet state TV and radio.

This was done during the 1991 Russian coup attempt, and the deaths of Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko.

Obviously, TV Rain co-opted the old Soviet warning as their notice to the Russian people that the country was in BIG trouble.
Swan Lake represents a “mourning for broken dreams, sadness  for opportunities lost or regrets for unfulfilled plans”.

Who thought of using Swan , KGB psyops?

For Russians, it’s a kind of EAS/ EBS warning tone played on flutes and violins.Everyone knows what this video means.

I find this procedure almost bizarre, and there certainly is no counterpart to in in the West.

When JFK was shot , TV just broke right in. We didn’t need to prepare ( or warn certain people in the country) that something big was happening. We just did it.

Again , strange.


Other / Re: Rurik R. UA 7050 LSB 1415 UTC 04 Feb 2022
« on: March 10, 2022, 1423 UTC »
Psyops ?

Other / Re: UNID 7615 kHz USB 1513 UTC 14 Feb. 2017
« on: March 10, 2022, 1420 UTC »

Been around them when I was in the military .We used to razz them by calling them the “Jr. Chipmunks”.

An interesting outfit, not sure how much actual SAR work they do anymore.

Maybe now just a civilian air cadet group more than anything else.

But that’s cool.

Other / Re: UA info war direct 7061 LSB 1935 UTC 03 Mar 2022
« on: March 10, 2022, 1412 UTC »
 Very interesting.

Other / Re: Rurik Radio UA 7050/7060/7065 LSB 1428 UTC 04 Mar 2022
« on: March 10, 2022, 1410 UTC »
Wild !

Other / Re: Ru freebanders 3153 AM 2020 UTC 09 Mar 2022
« on: March 10, 2022, 1405 UTC »
Hey Kris,

Freebanding in Russia right now may be a risky prospect.

Even if one does not talk about the war.

I hope they are out in a deep rural area and mobile.

But a possible “ foot print” left by a specific radio may eventually let them find you, IF they are looking that hard.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Receiving LWBC in North America
« on: February 28, 2022, 0132 UTC »
Hey All ,   

2030 EST 2/27/22  VERY  GOOD Morocco  in full wide AM  on 171 Kc

Fair BBC 198 Kc in USB Narrow, beat up a bit by DIW / Dixon NC beacon



Utility / Re: RU Mil 4397 USB 2025 UTC 25 Feb 2022
« on: February 26, 2022, 1020 UTC »
Hey Kris,

 Very   interesting  and informative  work on all your  loggings !


Utility / Re: Over The Horizon Radar OTHR
« on: February 24, 2022, 1607 UTC »
Hey Ghost,

I do see what appear to be ionosoundes sweeping by , but they could be anybody’s.


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