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Longwave Loggings / Re: 353 QG
« on: December 30, 2020, 1251 UTC »
QG seems to have fizzled out... have not heard it all December.

Also, 375  7B  St.Thomas  ON,  not heard here since October,
suddenly went QRT.

AFAIK, neither one was one a decommissioning list.

MW Loggings / Re: WCBS 880 AM
« on: December 30, 2020, 0949 UTC »
Only hearing the one minute beep followed by the RR tonight in the WWL null,
not copying any voice, just a jumble. 
Checked some other Radio Reloj frequencies but didn't hear the distinctive RR.

Equipment / Re: Why 50 ohm coax cable?
« on: December 30, 2020, 0345 UTC »
Been using RG-6 for years here for RX and TX (100 watts or less).
Stick with the name brand stuff... it costs a few pennies more but
is far superior to the no-name junk with seemingly ultra thin copper
cladding.  The thin copper may be OK for TV use but don't feel
comfortable with it myself for long runs at LW and MW.

Weather / calm before the storm
« on: December 29, 2020, 2250 UTC »
Nice sunny day here today, no wind, quiet.  However, a thin overcast has developed making for a hazy full moonrise.
Forecast now calling for snow tonight turning to freezing rain just before sunrise.  They are getting hit in Iowa now but
doesn't look like anything that bad here.

MW Loggings / Re: KCJJ1630, Iowa City.
« on: December 29, 2020, 1219 UTC »
What was suppose to be an early IN / OUT at work on a Sunday evening turned out to be the wait from hell. So, scanned the AM band in the truck. KCJJ 1630kHz was mainly the clear signal winner with tunage. Wow!!!! They don't voice track, but are live, to 9PM CST? Huh... Stations around here in WV usually all voice track it from 5PM, onward. So, neat to listen to, and gave me the heads-up on the big storm that's suppose to dump on Iowa City there this week, might dump later on us. Oh... And, CBS News at 10min before the TOHID? That's a lil' different. Nothin', on 1710kHz.      www.1630kcjj.com

hey Dood,

The KCJJ DJs talking about you and other reception reports this morning @ 1145Z.   8)
Seems like a big snowstorm headed their way, idk but maybe as a result they went to daytime power early...
huge signal in here on the car radio.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2020 NDB Logs
« on: December 26, 2020, 1331 UTC »
LW band seems dead to the north this morning, many of the usual Canadians very weak or missing.
OTOH, propagation is better to the south, 329  CH Charleston SC and 344  JA Jacksonville FL both
very strong. 

Some more southern beacons:
340  GN     Lexington  KY  *
341  CQN   Chattanooga  TN
346  VU     Albemarle  NC  *
379  BRA   Asheville  NC
385  EMR   Augusta  GA
388  CDX   Somerset  KY
391  FIQ    Morganton  NC

* new for me

Weather / Re: Rain to snow possible in the northeast Christmas Eve/Day
« on: December 25, 2020, 1750 UTC »
The mild 50F+ mid-week temps were pushed out of here yesterday by a strong
Arctic blast which brought us a couple inches of snow overnight much to the
delight of the white Christmas fans.  The XYL and myself enjoyed it with our
cross-country skis.   :)

MW Loggings / Re: WCBS 880 AM
« on: December 19, 2020, 0336 UTC »
Using the Traveler III / AN-200 / lazy susan combo again tonight,
have been able to null WWL AM 870 New Orleans and pull in
Radio Reloj on the same freq loud and clear with the time ticks
plainly audible and the beep followed by RR in Morse every minute,
OM and YL in espanol.

Weather / Re: Big Snow possible Wed/Thu in the Northeast
« on: December 17, 2020, 2040 UTC »
only got about 1" or so here

MW Loggings / Re: WCBS 880 AM
« on: December 17, 2020, 1324 UTC »
Good idea.....think I'll pair it up with the Tecsun AN-200 this week and see what surfaces.

Put the Traveler III and the AN-200 on a lazy susan this morning and between rotating the turntable and tuning the loop
was able to peak the signals from WSCR Chicago, KMOX St. Louis, and KCJJ Iowa City.  Some of it seemed to be skywave
and some groundwave but it did work...

good idea on the AN-200.

MW Loggings / Re: WCBS 880 AM
« on: December 15, 2020, 1816 UTC »

Good to hear you found your Traveler III.  :)

That is a hot little receiver for a pocket radio.
Been awhile since taking the back off but IIRC
it has only a small 2" or 3" loopstick… amazing
how well it performs on AM band.
If you can inductively couple to it a wire or loop,
it gets even better.

MW Loggings / Re: WBAL 1090 am 1245 utc 15 Dec 2020
« on: December 15, 2020, 1800 UTC »
Can sometimes receive the Baltimore station here on sunset skip
when they can override WCAR here in MI.

Amateur Radio / 10M Contest today
« on: December 13, 2020, 1822 UTC »
Band is open this afternoon north-south MI into 5 land... lots of big signals.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2020 NDB Logs
« on: December 12, 2020, 1515 UTC »
Some Michigan beacons logged this morning:

332  PH    Port Huron
336  MA    Cadillac  (been miskeying MET forever)
344  ES    Escanaba
359  GYG  Grayling
365  TV    Traverse City
382  IRS   Sturgis
400  CI     Sault Ste. Marie 

Weather / Re: Big Snow possible Wed/Thu in the Northeast
« on: December 12, 2020, 1507 UTC »
goes north and south of me   :)

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