Friday, December 15, 2017

QSL: KCTE Independence MO 1510

"ESPN Kansas City" was heard one fine night in November with a very good signal. A quick Facebook response this afternoon confirmed my Missouri station #20. Thanks Ole.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

QSL: Radio Kiribati, Kiritimati/Christmas Island, 846

I have been chasing this new Radio Kiribati outlet since I read that they had started transmissions on November 25. Finally I found a rather weak signal in parallel, but with significant audio delay, with their much stronger 1440 station. The NHK signal on 846 wasn't too strong at the time, and the multiple Chinese stations were absent, so I was able to make a decent recording which was confirmed.

Radio Kiribati has used 846 before, but this station is new and located a staggering 3300 km away from the capital Tarawa. It's 10 kW and built to serve the Line Islands and their 9000 population.  Their Facebook story about the new transmitter is here. Kiribati is a long, long country...
MW station #120 from the Pacific.

Friday, December 08, 2017

QSL: JO__ NHK-1 Morioka relay, Yamada 1323

This 1-kW relay station of NHK-1 Morioka was heard in October with a fair signal. Friendly letter received today.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

QSL: KSJK Talent OR, 1230

KSJK has been heard before, but at the time no reply. It was heard again this autumn though, and Ole Forr found a kind person who confirmed his report - and then confirmed mine! Talent is a small town mid-way between the larger cities Ashland and Medford, which are likely the main markets.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

QSL: KXET Mt. Angel OR, 1130

Russian is not a common language to observe on North American radio stations, but there are a few. Like KXET, licensed to the small town of Mt. Angel, but with a potent 25 kW daytime signal directed north-east, profiled as Slavic Family Radio. Owned by Bustos Media, who confirmed my report today. Thanks OJS for info.

QSL: Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Honiara 1035

I heard SIBC briefly many years ago, but at the time only by comparing audio with its 5020 kHz outlet.

In October 2017, the signal was quite good, although mostly under the Newstalk ZB Wellington signal. A reference to their web page secured a proper ID, and a friendly email a couple of weeks ago secured my 13th Pacific country on MW.

SIBC returned to Kongsfjord in early November with another good signal.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

KongSDR Finances - November

NOK 400 was received this month, so November ends with a positive accumulated balance of NOK 994, or rougly USD 120.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

QSL: KVMX Olivehurst CA 890

Another station spotted by OJS was the Spanish programming KVMX La Ranchera, excellent signal a few days ago with a full-hour call letter ID including their 104.7 FM in Sacramento. Very friendly response today.

QSL: KSMM Liberal, KS 1470

During the KONG35 DX-pedition in October, OJ Sagdahl spotted a most unusual station on 1470: "We're always playing what you wanna hear: Southwest Kansas' Superhits", which turned out to be KSMM Liberal, simulcasting 95.5 FM. Friendly Facebook reponse this afternoon, and they wanted to know how to pronounce my name for tomorrow's morning show...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

QSL: NHK-2 Okinawa, Miyakojima relay, 1602

I was quite surprised to hear this Okinawa NHK-2 station on 1602. Most welcome QSL & friendly letter received today. This relay is listed Miyakojima, actually closer to Taiwan than the main Okinawa island. 100 watts! Likely one of my best Japanese catches to date - if not the best.