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Author Topic: 1720 & 1710 KHz late log: The Big Q 0525-0848 UTC 12/22/2012  (Read 998 times)

Offline Kilokat7

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1720 & 1710 KHz late log: The Big Q 0525-0848 UTC 12/22/2012
« on: December 22, 2012, 1624 UTC »
1710 & 1720 SDR catches last night:

Great to hear the Big Q back with a better signal.  Not heard this well since last year during the holiday season.  Came on at 0525z as near as I can tell.  Radio Celestial from the Bronx was annoyingly strong here last night, about 25Hz to the high side of 1710.

1710 KHz:

0525z: Rick Nelson "Garden Party"
0527z: Big Q ID
0528z: Announcer describing switching from digital to analog processing equipment for a better quality AM sound, new antenna array, etc. with clever audio voice-overs tossed in.
0529z: Announcer "Midnight Man" talking up the GE Superadio, signal abruptly dropped giving way to Radio Celestial again, technical issue I assume.

1720 KHz:

0808z: Noted back again, but on 1720, with massive AM carrier and high pitched test tones, and unobstructed signal thanks to the clear channel.  I bet this would have been widely heard on this frequency if people had known to listen.  Christmas oldies, slick jingles, and very nice quality 20 Khz wide audio.

These are worth a listen if you haven't heard the station before:

Complete 1710 recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K9IJ-Hfrbg
Complete 1720 recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhFvByqc978

Thanks for the entertaining show!  QSL someday? :-)

Happy Holidays to all and I hope this isn't the last of the medium wave pirates this holiday season!  I'll be listening above the AM dial...
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Re: 1720 & 1710 KHz late log: The Big Q 0525-0848 UTC 12/22/2012
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 1633 UTC »
An unexpected nice catch. Of course I was asleep at the wheel again :P Thanks Kilo 8)
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Re: 1720 & 1710 KHz late log: The Big Q 0525-0848 UTC 12/22/2012
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 2208 UTC »
I wonder if that was what I heard on 1710 a couple of weeks back? Roughly the same time period,60-70's pop music,but well off the heading for Celestial and the other N.E. AM pirates.

They had a good,clean signal,but the religious station in Alabama on 1700 was swamping them on peaks.

I turned off the radio to preserve what hearing I have left after 30-45 minutes of trying to hear an id. That was about 6:30 utc.


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