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Weather / Re: bye bye warm weather
« on: December 11, 2020, 2235 UTC »
A couple of mild days for us here in Michigan.  The ice fog burned off with sunrise and the temp rose quickly with bright sunshine and topped out near 50F both days.
Nicer WX than some of the stuff we had back in early Autumn... we have had several of these unusually mild days over the past several weeks.

edit: mild again today but pouring rain, looks like no bicycle ride today

nice daytime DX   8)

Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2020 NDB Logs
« on: December 09, 2020, 1029 UTC »
The band is in better shape this morning north and south.
329 YEK NU and 332 FIS FL both with good signals in here.

MW Loggings / Re: WGN 720 AM 0751 UTC 27 Nov 2020
« on: December 07, 2020, 2253 UTC »
I've listened to that older dude in the evenings on 720WGN. He gets a lot of calls from the Upper Michigan Penninsula. He'll even talk about radio stuff, classic jocks, kick-ass receivers of the 50's and 60's, and even other stations.

Sounds interesting, what program are you referring?

Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2020 NDB Logs
« on: December 07, 2020, 1218 UTC »
Hmmmm,  K index 0 or 1 past couple of days but the LW band seems nearly dead.   ???

MW Loggings / Re: WGN 720 AM 0751 UTC 27 Nov 2020
« on: December 07, 2020, 1102 UTC »
The other Chicago powerhouses 1000 WMVP and 1160 WYLL are probably difficult to impossible for you.
Other upper mid-western stations to try would be KTSP AM 1500 in St. Paul MN 50kw and WTAM AM 1100 Cleveland OH 50kw.
Looks like you already snagged WJR AM 760 in Detroit.

MW Loggings / Re: WGN 720 AM 0751 UTC 27 Nov 2020
« on: December 06, 2020, 1915 UTC »
If you haven't already logged it, give WLS 890 AM in Chicago a try.
When the Idaho station reduces power at night and with the BC station nulled
should be not too difficult hearing Chicago...  they have LOUD signal.

edit:  OK, looks like you already got WLS

MW Loggings / Re: CKGM Montreal
« on: December 04, 2020, 1332 UTC »
They are the big signal in here at night when ethnic format WNZK goes to 680.
Other than CKGM have only heard one other station on 690... managed to pull
WELD "Your Hits are Here" in WV out from under the Montreal station early one
morning last December.  WELD only runs 14 watts at night but perhaps caught
them on a PSRA.

MW Loggings / Re: CHLO 530 AM Brampton ON 2215 UTC 29 Nov 2020
« on: December 04, 2020, 1307 UTC »
Good signal in here on the car radio just before dawn but with an annoying heterodyne.
AFAIK, they are the only AM broadcaster on 530.
Upon arriving home, went down to the shack and got out the CCrane2E and was able to
separate the whistle from the station by turning the radio.  Placed CHLO in the null and peaked
the whistle northwest-southeast of me.  Did some quick internet research and there appears to be
a 10 watt TIS in Lansing MI on 530.  Based on my quick DF that would make sense.
Unable however to hear any voice from the possible TIS.

Weather / Re: bye bye warm weather
« on: December 04, 2020, 0129 UTC »
I have two south facing windows here in the home office / radio shack. I have to keep the blinds closed much of the time in the summer, but it's nice in the winter. 80F here, 46F outside.

Low sun angle and no leaves on the trees to block the sun make for natural heating
through south facing windows on sunny winter days.
On a sunny day with temp above 30F here the furnace never kicks on all day.

Weather / Re: bye bye warm weather
« on: December 02, 2020, 1030 UTC »
Got our first serious snow of the season yesterday here in southern Michigan.
The salt trucks were out doing their best to rust out the fenders and rocker panels on my car.
However, we got nowhere near the 5-8" snow total some early forecasts had predicted.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2020 NDB Logs
« on: November 30, 2020, 1335 UTC »
Some odd propagation this morning...
heard 224  BH Birmingham AL which is very rare here,
on 233 heard QN Nakina ON which is a regular but it was mixing with UM Churchill Falls NL
and was also picking up a "B" in the mix perhaps BR Brandon MB,
also copied 201 GL La Grande Riviere QC which is rare here

MW Loggings / Re: KQWB West Fargo ND
« on: November 30, 2020, 0001 UTC »

I'm a geography geek in addition to a radio geek (I was the kid studying map books for hours on end instead of doing my homework 35 years ago)

Yup, know what you mean... can study a map for hours   :)   

MW Loggings / Re: KQWB West Fargo ND
« on: November 28, 2020, 1331 UTC »
Some guys log these by transmitter site and other guys by city of license.  KQWB city of license is West Fargo  ND.
It's up to you, my logbook shows KQWB as ND and KMOX as MO but neither tower is in the respective state...  :-\
Towers are placed to direct the signal to the target market while protecting other stations on the same frequency.

Your other choices in ND include:
970 WDAY 10kw but their tower is in MN
1200  KFNW  50/13kw but the Vancouver station on 1200 will be a problem from your QTH

That leaves a couple of 5kw stations, 790 KFGO and 1310 KNOX...
both probably tough catches.

Longwave Loggings / Re: Winter 2020 NDB Logs
« on: November 27, 2020, 2215 UTC »
btw,  284 QD The Pas  MB reported miskeying on 11-2-20 in one of your earlier logs
now seems to be back to normal for the past week or so.

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