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1  Loggings / ID and Translation Requests / 740 unid Spanish 9/10/2017 on: September 10, 2017, 0302 UTC
This popped up fairly strong on 740 earlier tonight during semi auroral conditions here.  Spanish music and a slogan can be heard.  Anyone recognize this?  Conditions were favoring Central and South America:

2  Loggings / MW Loggings / Re: 1098 Marshall Islands & 702 New Zealand to Michigan 8/31/2017 on: September 03, 2017, 1421 UTC
Thanks guys.  Twice a year I see conditions like this leading up to the Spring and Fall equinox and it's the only time such distances are possible here from the Midwest.  I've been chasing NZ for years now, glad to finally check it off the list.  Another I've been chasing is Tonga on 1017 and the slew of flea powered Aussie X-Banders who's carriers I see during very good conditions.
3  Loggings / MW Loggings / 1098 Marshall Islands & 702 New Zealand to Michigan 8/31/2017 on: September 01, 2017, 1720 UTC
MW conditions continue to be hot towards the Pacific from the Midwest.  Here's what I'm fairly certain is V7AB Radio Marshalls on 1098 kHz yesterday morning at sunrise.


New Zealand also heard on medium wave for the first time yesterday (702 Magic) while mixing with 2BL ABC Sydney.  That's right, a pileup on 702 kHz!
4  Loggings / MW Free Radio / Re: UNID 1710 kHz 0227 UTC 27 Aug 2017 on: August 27, 2017, 0234 UTC
Have it here too tonight, very strong open carrier prior to music earlier.  S6 but up to S9 at times.  Very nice audio.

0243z: Audio dropped mid-song during Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking".  S7 open carrier now.
5  Loggings / MW Loggings / Re: Australia into Michigan on MW 1100 UTC 8/26/2017 on: August 27, 2017, 0220 UTC
Very nice! But a quick correction, KLZ is at 560. (Or "56 KLZ" as they used to call it in the 70s when it was a big country station and everyone still had analog dials.)

Doh, typo!  Thanks - correction made!  KLZ can often be heard here behind WIND in the morning when conditions favor the west.
6  Loggings / MW Loggings / Australia into Michigan on MW 1100 UTC 8/26/2017 on: August 26, 2017, 2308 UTC
I connected up my southwest phased BOGs last night and woke up early for a little sunrise DX to gauge MW trans-pacific conditions, since after all, it's that time of year again here when they can make their presence known in Michigan. Expecting nothing more than a few weak carriers to kick off the season, I was pleasantly surprised with weak audio on several channels. These logs all revolve around local sunrise time here, which was 11:03 UTC Aug.26th, 2017, times below are UTC.

612 4QR ABC Brisbane with weak audio, easy enough to tell it's rugby play-by-play with Aussie accents. 11:03 and now domestics have faded way down on 610 making 4QR easier to copy. In with weak audio for a solid ten minutes or so after sunrise. Carrier hung on until about 11:20. 8,993 miles from TX to RX.

702 2BL ABC Sydney getting past heavy KHSE splatter that eventually fades down at 11:03. Now fast paced rugby play-by-play lasting for several minutes and a bit stronger than 612. No idea if this was // to 612 as I couldn't catch simultaneous audio peaks between channels. Carrier still noted at 11:23. 9,345 miles from TX to RX.

738 2NR ABC North Coast in heavy splash from 730 with // 702 rugby coverage, peaking at audio at 11:03 but only lasting a couple of minutes. 9,073 miles from TX to RX.

1098 for the first time here was more than just an open carrier. Slow relaxing music first noted around 10:45 and continued up to the top of the hour and then talk but too weak to comprehend. Marshall Islands, I would assume? Unfortunately I couldn't parallel it against anything else for confirmation. Their streaming site wasn't working for me. Another brief signal peak at 11:10 but then faded rapidly. First time catching any kind of trans-pacific audio here on 1098.

"Down under" carriers also noted on: 531, 549, 558, 576, 594 (strong), 603, 621, 639, 648, 693 (strong), 729, 747, 756, 828, 837, 882 (strong), 891, 1017 (strong), 1035 & 1116.

Noteworthy North Americans heard at 11:00 TOH:

560 KLZ Denver, CO.
600 KCOL Wellington, CO.
640 KFI Los Angeles, CA.
650 XETNT Los Mochis, SIN
680 KNBR San Francisco, CA.
690 KPET Lamesa, TX. - 250w @ 1,120 miles - "Real Country" - NEW LOG!
700 KHSE Wylie, TX. (huge signal)
760 XEABC & KFMB San Diego, CA. (tent w/ Red Eye Radio, CBS network news & infomercial after 11:00 TOH)
890 KJME Fountain, CO.
1020 KCKN Roswell, NM.
1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA.

7  Loggings / MW Loggings / West Michigan eclipse report on: August 23, 2017, 0055 UTC
Eclipse peak: 18:22 UTC / 2:22pm EDT, 85% Totality
Antenna: DKAZ loop aimed 180 degrees South
Receiver: Perseus SDR
Location: Western lower Michigan

While enjoying the eclipse outside, the SDR was faithfully recording large chunks of RF spectrum which should provide much enjoyment over the next few weeks.  Peak DX time occurred here near the bottom of the hour before tapering off at 19:00 UTC.  Fishing for IDs at TOH isn't going to cut it this time around and it'll require careful listening of content and other clues near the BOH to pick out the more unusual or desirable signals.  That being said, here's just a very partial start, beginning with the x-band down to 1580.  Nothing new so far, but I've barely scratched the surface!  If nothing else, just hearing Florida from Michigan in the middle of a hot summer day is something I won't soon forget.

Here's a start with more to follow in coming weeks:

1580 kHz: WLPK Connersville, IN. (245w), WHLY South Bend, IN., WAMW Washington, IN. (500w) and others jumbled together @ 18:30 UTC before returning to normal cx at 19:00 UTC with WWSJ St. Johns, MI.

1600 kHz: Goes from threshold WAAM Ann Arbor, MI. to a big jumbled mess by 18:30 UTC.  Heard in the mix: KATZ St. Louis, MO., WAOS Austell, GA. @ 653 miles, "Newstalk 94.1" WUCT Algood, TN. (2.5kw @ 484 miles) & an oldies station matching the webstream of WTZQ Hendersonville, NC. (5kw @ 579 miles).

1620 kHz: Blank channel but WNRP w/ Dave Ramsey begins to appear faintly at 18:21 UTC until building to a respectable signal by 18:28 UTC.  By 18:30 UTC, TIS pest WQBR256 decides to get in on the action along with another unid station under a now powerhouse signal from WNRP @ 882 miles giving Pennsicola weather.  Peaked at around 18:36 UTC and then slowly faded and gone by 18:50 UTC.

1630 kHz: WRDW Augusta, GA. @ 704 miles with sports talk peaking around 18:33 UTC over KCJJ.

1640 kHz: WTNI Biloxi, MS. @ 891 miles with sports talk mixing with WSJP Sussex, WI. peaking around 18:35 UTC.

1660 kHz: Dominated by semi-local WQLR Kalamazoo up until eclipse peak, then Allman Bros. "Midnight Rider" crept up and rivaled WQLR for a few minutes at 18:35 UTC, likely WBCN Charlotte, NC. @ 617 miles.

1670 kHz: Threshold audio from presumed WOZN Madison, WI. which peaked to a strong signal by 18:28 UTC with another weak sports talker under it.  By 18:34 UTC, the weak sports talker is identified as WMGE Dry Branch, GA. w/ FOX Sports @ 730 miles.

1680 kHz: It's semi-local WPRR dominating the channel, as usual.  Music begins to be heard around 18:21 UTC and peaks in strength at 18:28 UTC with a nice solid "99.7 My FM" and into Deee-Lite's "Groove is the Heart".  This is KRJO Monroe, LA. @ 806 miles.  Still there but way under WPRR by 18:36 UTC.

1700 kHz: @ 18:00 UTC the channel is dead.  KBGG Des Moines @ 392 miles the first to appear with Sports program about 1813 UTC with good signal.  KBGG soon mixing with UNID SS talk and into SS music (maybe KKLF?).  By 18:29 UTC, KBGG is gone and now replaced by an overly strong WEUP Huntsville, AL. @ 582 miles to the South.
8  Loggings / MW Loggings / Re: 1620 WDHP U.S. Virgin Islands on: August 15, 2017, 0031 UTC
Thanks guys, I've been chasing this one for a long time.  Of the US broadcast stations listed on 1620, this log completes 1620 for me.  The others listed on the channel are:


I was away from the hobby during the birth of the x-band, so logging some of these stations has been a real challenge.  Slowly getting there!
9  Loggings / MW Loggings / 1620 WDHP U.S. Virgin Islands on: August 14, 2017, 0107 UTC
I've been after this one for years, finally heard here tonight (with c/w music of all things).  Battling against Cuba, often both at equal levels and destroying anything else on the channel.  2,153 miles
10  Loggings / MW Free Radio / Re: 1710 UNID oldies 0128 UTC 8/12/2017 on: August 12, 2017, 1759 UTC
Just saw a report by a MW DXer in New York state, he heard it, so evidently it's getting out..
11  Loggings / MW Free Radio / 1710 UNID oldies 0128 UTC 8/12/2017 on: August 12, 2017, 0130 UTC
Back on again right now, was preceded by a strong open carrier for an hour or so.  Playlist seems to be the same again.  Up to S8 at times but much summer static to contend with here tonight.  

0135z: back to open carrier
12  General Category / General Radio Discussion / Re: Very sad news on: August 12, 2017, 0058 UTC
Very sad news, my sincere condolences to his family and friends.  Sad losing a member of our radio family here  Cry
13  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: UNID 6965 AM 0135 UTC 06 Aug 2017 on: August 06, 2017, 0150 UTC
S6 with peaks up to S9 over light summer static since 0117 UTC tune-in.  Several Doctor Detroit sound clips heard between music.

Thanks for the show!
14  Loggings / Shortwave Pirate / Re: Pee Wee 6955 USB 2348 UTC August 5, 2017 on: August 06, 2017, 0141 UTC
Not bad!

15  Loggings / MW Free Radio / 1710 UNID oldies 0100 UTC 8/2/2017 on: August 02, 2017, 0107 UTC
Up again tonight with oldies, no announcements, S6-S7 & great audio.

Playlist ended again with Chuck Berry's "Hail, Hail, Rock And Roll" followed by (and currently) S8 open carrier as noted on previous receptions.
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