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Author Topic: Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer  (Read 749 times)

Offline jFarley

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Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer
« on: June 30, 2018, 1423 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois acquired during a Coordinated Listening Event covering 335 - 349.9 kHz over the period 22Jun to 25Jun18.

2018-06-22  2355  335.0  LUK  Cincinnati, OH, USA  426 Km
2018-06-23  0241  335.0  YLD  Chapleau, ON, CAN  763 Km
2018-06-23  0703  336.0  BV    Champlain, QC, CAN  1446 Km
2018-06-23  0707  336.0  MA   Cadillac, MI, USA  341 Km
2018-06-22  1703  338.0  LM    St Louis, MO, USA  388 Km
2018-06-22  1704  338.0  UMP  Indianapolis, IN, USA  265 Km
2018-06-23  0713  338.0  YPX   Puvirnituq, QC, CAN  2165 Km
2018-06-23  0657  338.0  ZEM  Eastmain, QC, CAN  1367 Km
2018-06-23  0239  340.0  YY     Mont Joli, QC, CAN  1718 Km
2018-06-22  1705  341.0  DB    Dubuque, IA, USA  222 Km
2018-06-22  1705  341.0  SB    South Bend, IN, USA  153 Km
2018-06-23  0659  341.0  YYU   Kapuskasing, ON, CAN  958 Km
2018-06-23  0717  342.0  PFT   Pinecreek, MN, USA  1012 Km
2018-06-23  0721  344.0  BKU   Baker, MT, USA  1394 Km
2018-06-23  0711  344.0  JA     Jacksonville, FL, USA  1376 Km
2018-06-22  1706  344.0  UNU  Juneau, WI, USA  193 Km
2018-06-23  0725  344.0  YGV    Havre St Pierre, QC, CAN  2099 Km
2018-06-23  0650  346.0  YXL    Sioux Lookout, ON, CAN  974 Km

NDBs this report 18  New NDBs 0 (out of the 102 NDBs logged in this freq span this last season)

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Re: Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2018, 2056 UTC »
Seems like the LW band has been especially noisy this summer.  Have pretty much hung up the cans here until Autumn. 
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Re: Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2018, 2201 UTC »
I agree and can see that with the DGPS stations (283.5 - 325 kHz). Most days are quite pathetic. However, last week(?) there were a couple of days of decent propagation. Propagation for June 30, 2018 was absolutely horrible.
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Re: Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 0737 UTC »
Same in Australia, although winter here, distance factor lacking and noise level has been unusually high, even after two days of rain which normally quietens the band.

Hard to get anything over 1,700kms this way.  Usually winter is prime NDB time, worst winter I have experienced for some time, even up to 6MHz has been very poor distance wise.
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Re: Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 1546 UTC »
I agree and can see that with the DGPS stations (283.5 - 325 kHz). Most days are quite pathetic. However, last week(?) there were a couple of days of decent propagation. Propagation for June 30, 2018 was absolutely horrible.

Log 'em while you can...  another half-dozen or so get turned off this year with the remainder terminated over the next two years.
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