Friday, December 19, 2008
Here on 71 North, it is dark almost 24h around Winter Solstice; only around noon do we see some twilight. But sometimes light itself is spectacular, such as today when iridescent clouds coloured the southern sky. These clouds are typical for the polar areas and are formed 20-30 km up where the temperature is down to -80 Celsius.With light like this, who cares if it's dark the rest of the day?
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Got my QS1R today. Although I have heard of others having trouble installing it to a PC with Perseus, I decided to give it a try. Absolutely no problems at all! CPU load on my dual core 8400 processor is around 15% Perseus, 6-9% QS1R server and around 15-20% for the QS1R GUI (SDRMAX II).
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
KARI Blaine WA 550 was quite a surprise catch on Oct 17 since it had apparently not been heard before on this side of the Pole. Their nighttime power or pattern must have improved quite a bit though, since it has been picked up by several DX-ers this autumn.
KGED Fresno CA 1680 is not an uncommon guest here, but I've had bad luck trying to ID it. At 1300 UTC on Nov 15 KGED finally came clear from the Seattle station, and gave an excellent ID. Thanks Pat Martin for a swift response.
"I consider king crab to be one of Nature's most heavenly treats" - those were the words from the v/s on WSYR Syracuse NY 570, heard on Sept 19. I did not expect this one, but they popped up with a fine ID one half-hour. He really knows what he's talking about!
CFCO Chatham ON 630 has been very high on my wish list, and during a few minutes on Sept 19 they and CHLT totally owned 630, dwarfing NRK Vigra.
WMMB Melbourne FL 1240 is only my second in-band Florida station verified in Kongsfjord - curiously enough both heard on 1240. Heard on the excellent east coast night on Sept 19.
WENE Endicott NY 1430 has amazingly enough not been heard by me before, but put up a superb signal on Sept 19.
Radio Club AM, Sydney NSW 1683 was heard with excellent signals at times during KONG18. They peaked with signal levels I haven't heard before from an Australian x-bander. Exact frequency 1683.23.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
KKIN has apparently not been heard on this side of the Pole before. So imagine my surprise when I noted big band jazz music on 930 on Sept 18, followed by a strong and crystal clear KKIN identification! KKIN runs 2500 watts day, 360 watts night, in a non-directional pattern. Aitkin is a small town, less than 2,000 people mostly of German, Swedish and Norwegian heritage.
A friendly response from KKIN's CE confirmed my reception.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Islamic Voice, Melbourne VIC 1701 is a new station on the Australian x-band scene. Very good signal levels during KONG18.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sorry about not keeping you up to date on preps and events on the KONG18 DX-ped. OJ is maintaining this job excellently on this web update, so I'll rather post some specific comments instead.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The log so far is very modest. It will improve in both quantity and quality as the season progress.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Not much to hear with A-indices near 30. The last half-hour before sunrise did bring a few La Plata stations though, some with good strength. The strongest being the rather common ARG stations Radio América 1190 and Radio Provincia 1270. Buenos Aires 1350 was weak. I also heard a Spanish-language station on 1450. Morada do Sol (new for me) was strong on 1260, and a few others from Brazil were also heard. Lots of carriers but too weak for audio. Time: 01:45 - 02:15 UTC. Receiver: Perseus. Antenna: Backlobe of my 600-m Far East beverage.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The 310 isn't very good towards this area so a properly directed antenna like the 85-degree backlobe would probably have yielded much better results. The 85 is due up the coming Friday.
We are underway!
Audio from Radio Nacional Brasilia, 980 here.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Every year, when the midnight sun disappears on July 27, I know that another season is only weeks away. So I've started antenna repairs, and purchased various equipment. Nights are still very light, so I don't expect to hear anything interesting until the end of August when Australian MW stations can be heard in the evening. Since we're still in the solar minimum and there is no sign of increased solar activity any time soon, we should look forward to an interesting autumn.
In the mean time, why not take a look at these pictures, shot when I was on a photo shoot mission in July (just about the only clear day this summer). On the first picture, my location is the blue house all by itself on the top of the picture. A close-up is on the second picture. My home town Berlevåg is third.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I was lucky enough to have one of the first four Winds to arrive in Norway. Unfortunately all four were pink but I can live with that.
The MSI Wind is not primarily going to be an SDR PC, but I was curious about how it would perform. After all, an SDR and a mini-laptop look like an ideal pair if one wants to travel light.
I didn’t expect any problems with the SDR-IQ since the IQ’s hardware demands are modest. So the conclusion is simply this: It works.
The Perseus in its current state can demodulate 800 kHz, which is of course quite a bit more than the IQ’s 192 kHz, and with a higher bitrate in addition. Another thing about Perseus is that the display is fixed size, and quite a bit larger than Spectravue (unless you maximise it of course).
So what about demodulation? 100 kHz: No problem. 200 kHz: No problem. 400 kHz: No problem! 800 kHz: Ooops… it does still demodulate, and recording is possible (as well as playback), but I noted that the signals were rather distorted. I had a couple of other programs open at the same time (Messenger and Opera).
It is indeed possible to use the MSI Wind with SDRs. But when using it with the Perseus, 400 kHz seems to be upper limit.
After downloading the latest Perseus software (version 1.1b), I was actually able to demodulate and record 800 kHz without problems. Typical CPU load in demod mode was 35%; in recording mode 40-50%. This is very good. The MSI PSU is a rather noisy one, however it should be tolerable during nighttime DX when the signal levels are high.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Longview/Kelso is a community of approximately 50,000 people located about 45 miles north of Portland, Oregon. It sits along the banks of the mighty Columbia River. The main industry is lumber and fishing.KSHO Lebanon OR 920 was finally heard on Oct 16, 2007 after years of trying. Friendly email from the General Manager came on May 27. My 750th North American (USA, Canada) AM station.
Newstalk ZB Hawke's Bay, NZ 1278 put up a good signal on Oct 16 with local commercials from Napier. Email response on May 26. My 20th Kiwi verie on MW.
Newstalk ZB Hamilton, NZ 1296 was heard several times last October. Email response on May 22.
WBSM Bedford MA 1420 was heard back in 2006 while visiting Rolf Torvik's excellent QTH at Kalvøya. Email confirmation received on May 21.
CHKT Toronto ON 1430 is one of the dominant stations on 1430, but difficult to obtain a verie from. Friendly email on May 21 remedied that situation. My 40th Ontario verie.
KBRF Fergus Falls MN 1250 hasn't been easy to get through CHSM/WSSP/KKDZ/KWSU, but finally I did hear C&W music on the frequency followed by a weather report which ended with a KBRF ID - all this on Oct 17. A friendly email on May 19 confirmed my reception.
WKCU Corinth MS 1350 is my first in-band Mississippi station. Quite surprisingly they faded up to quite good signal levels on the top of the hour at 0500 on Oct 17, 2007. Brief but detailed email response on May 19 confirmed my reception.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
KPRZ San Marcos CA 1210 was more difficult than expected to log this season. On Feb 27 I finally managed to pull 1210 free from 1215, and a weak but clear full-hour ID was noted. Email response on May 15. KPRZ, together with the four stations below, was heard on an SDR-IQ.
KSBN Spokane WA 1230 was briefly heard on Oct 15, 2007. Email from the Station Manager on May 12 confirmed my reception. 1230 was the first frequency on the air in Spokane, as long ago as 1921.
KLYQ Hamilton MT 1240 was a first log for me on Oct 22, 2007, briefly fading up as they ended a newscast. Email verie received on May 12. My 100th verified "graveyard" channel station.
KNBR San Francisco CA 680 has been a most wanted station for me. Actually I heard KNBR briefly once during my first season as a MW DX-er, in 1974, but never since. KBRW Barrow is extremely dominant but one morning in early October they were surprisingly weak, allowing KNBR to surface to good signal levels around the top of the hour. Email on May 5 finally brought KNBR home.
CINL Ashcroft BC 1340 was a great surprise on Dec 17, 2007; a good signal for a few minutes. I still haven't managed to hear its "mother" station CHNL 610 which should be a lot easier. Friendly email with a Word attachment from the CE came on May 5. At the same time I heard CIOR Princeton BC 1400, another rare one, so BC was getting out well that day. My 30th British Columbia verie.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Newstalk ZB, Ohaeawai (Northland) NZ 1215 was a station I only heard briefly, on Oct 17. This station is listed as located in Kaikohe but according to the GM the transmitter is located in Ohaeawai which is east of Kaikohe closer to the Bay of Islands.
Newstalk ZB, Nelson NZ 1341 is my first confirmed NZ from the South Island. Heard Oct 16 - Nelson is the fishing capital of NZ.
Radio Sport, Kapiti Coast NZ 1377 was heard a few times in mid-October. Friendly email received on Apr 17.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
WPTX Lexington Park MD 1690 has been a frequent guest here. Swift and brief email received on Apr 16. Heard on an IC-746Pro.
WDWS Champaign IL 1400 is a logging from Oct 2004 but most welcome verie received on Apr 12. Heard on an IC-746Pro.
KHOW Denver CO 630 had a most surprising visit on Feb 26. Email with a WordPerfect attachment from their CE on Apr 11. Heard on my Perseus SDR. My 20th Colorado verie.
XETRA W Radio 690 Tijuana BC is heard every now and then, "then" being Oct 10, 2007 when they dominated over Vancouver on the top of the hour. Brief email confirmation received Apr 9.
KALL North Salt Lake City UT 700 was finally heard with a positive ID amidst Loran C noise on Feb 26 with the Perseus SDR. Brief email Apr 9 confirmed my reception.
WCCW Traverse City MI 1310 sent an email with a Word attachment today to confirm my Nov 3, 2007 reception. I have been chasing WCCW for quite some time, but with little luck as 1310 houses several dominant stations - such as CHLW, CIWW, WDTW and KNOX. Another SDR-IQ log.
AFN Misawa, Japan 1575 had occasionally good signals with local programming on Oct 15, 2007. Friendly email today with the promise of "something more official" later on. Thanks Phil Hunsberger for kind assistance with getting to the station. Usually, Thailand kills everything on 1575, but this was quite early (1000 UTC) which is too early for Thailand. Heard on SDR-IQ.
KBIS Forks WA 1490 had a fair signal once on Oct 14 2007; until then I had only heard them once, and very weak at that. OJS spent a couple of minutes finding what I had spent weeks on not finding - a valid email address - and a friendly response came overnight. Heard on SDR-IQ.
Forks is in the Northwestern Washington rain forest, where it rains 300 days a year. Sounds like Bergen to me. But then they're both on the west coast.... Receiver was SDR-IQ.
WIZZ Greenfield MA 1520 was heard as long back as 2004, when they surfaced amidst heavy attacks from WWKB and Mayak in nearby Zapolnyarny (1521). Friendly response as I was preparing breakfast. Thanks to OJS for contact info. Heard on an Icom IC-746Pro.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
WCRN Worcester MA 830 was a first one for me on Oct 15; friendly response on April 3. Thanks Arild for contact info.
KMPC Los Angeles CA 1540 was another of my Feb 26 loggings. Korean programming but a full English ID on top of the hour just as KXEL was fading a bit. KMPC's towers were rebuilt in 2005 which may at least in part be the reason why KMPC is less rare now than it used to be. Received March 28.
KGHF Pueblo CO 1350 was heard quite well on Feb 26, but their CE remarked that they were only running 300 watts nights at that time!
KUTR Salt Lake City UT 820 finally made a good appearance on Feb 27. Swift email response on March 27.
CJRJ Victoria BC 1200 has been a very dominant station after they started transmissions late 2006. I finally came around to send a report after I found a nice ID on Feb 26. Their Manager says all their distant listeners so far have come from Finland, Norway and Sweden.
KSZN Gresham OR 1230 was up briefly on my Perseus on Feb 26 with a "Gresham - Portland 1230 AM ESPN Deportes Radio" at 0900. New log for me; confirmed with a brief email March 24. Thanks Olito for helping with the ID.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
KWYZ Everett WA 1230 has become a very good verifier with a great QSL jpg you can enjoy on Arnstein's blog.
CINF Montreal QC 690 is a station that is occasionally heard here, but rarely strong. Friendly email confirmed a 2006 reception. Thanks OJS for contact info.
KBRO Bremerton WA 1490 was heard October 15, 2007 with a Spanish full-hour announcement. KBRO is one of four stations comprising Radio Mision Cristiana in Washington; the others being KDLY-1280, KNTB-1480 and KXPA-1540. Thanks to RealDX members for directing me to KBRO.
CHHA Toronto ON 1610 took some time - a 2005 reception. Email-verie and a request to voice a "distant listener" promo. CHHA is currently ND, but will change to a directive antenna system soon. Powers will be 10 kW days, 225 watt nights.
KZDC San Antonio TX 1250 brief email this evening. KZDC was heard on a couple of occasions during KONG17 with their "La Lupe" moniker - until then unheard at least in Norway. Nice catch. Texas verie no. 10.
CHTM Thompson MB 610 after a number of tries, email verie this afternoon. Thanks ABU for contact info. And that concludes the Manitoba hunt. 19 of 19 stations confirmed, none left to chase. Today there are only 16 stations left, after CKY-580, CKRC-630 and CKX-1150 left AM.
CJBC Toronto ON 860 - this Societé Radio Canada station heard with a fair signal early night on October 15, 2007. Thanks Jean Burnell for doing the ID work. Yes, my French is lousy.
WSHY Lafayette IN 1410 - heard September 18, 2007 on an SDR-IQ. Thanks OJS for contact info.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Radio Trackside, Rotorua 1548 kHz (listed as 990 watts), and
Radio Trackside, Gisborne 1485 kHz (listed as 1 kW).
1548 had occasionally good signal levels, while 1485 was totally obliterated by superstrong NRK Svalbard except for a three-second period on the top of the hour when NRK did one of their rare time pips. Cool timing. Heard with the SDR-IQ.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
KWOR Worland WY 1340 - heard October 16, 2007.
WBEV Beaver Dam WI 1430 - heard October 16, 2007. My 25th Wisconsin verie.
KDMA Montevideo MN 1460 - heard October 8, 2007
KZPA Fort Yukon AK 900 - heard October 15, 2007
WBEN Buffalo NY 930 - heard on November 15, 2007. My 2oth NY verie. Had some trouble getting to people through their normal email addresses, but the contact form on wben.com did the trick.
All were heard on an RF Space SDR-IQ.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Early on October 15, conditions towards the northern part of Japan were excellent, giving AFN Misawa 1575 with a good signal, and also low-powered HBC Sapporo relays on 1494 and 1557. Here is another low-powered relay, that of NHK-1 station JOPG in Kushiro, Hokkaido. The main station is on 585; the Nemuro relay is on 1584. You wouldn't expect 100 watts to sound this good. There is another NHK-1 station which a friend of mine in Japan is trying to ID for me. Cool catch! Some might want to rename this blog to arcticdx.bragspot.com... Heard with an RF Space SDR-IQ; the audio file is recorded in 64 kbps quality with Total Recorder.
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Monday, February 18, 2008
KFWB Los Angeles CA 980 - heard Oct 15, 2007
KFGX Pierre SD 1060 - heard Oct 15, 2007
KQIK Lakeview OR 1230 - heard Oct 16, 2005
WLJW Cadillac MI 1370 - heard Sept 27, 2007
All except KQIK (IC-746Pro) were heard with the SDR-IQ.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Unfortunately (for the DX-er, and for the low power station owner nearby), many of the 50 kW stations run IBOC. KSL below is a classic example. Others: WXYT-1270, WTAM-1100, WBZ-1030. The good thing (for the DX-er, not for the low power station owner nearby), is that it seems like a certain signal level is necessary for the digital hash to occupy the neighbouring frequencies. Unlike DRM, which requires very little signal indeed before the frequency is left useless. So a relatively weak KSL will not pollute 1150 and 1170. At least that is my experience.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Conditions that morning favoured the Washington state to Alaska region with CBC Whitehorse 570 the strongest I've ever heard them, and Alberta stations surprisingly weak for a change.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
My 90th "graveyard" or Local Channel station.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
WILS also informed me that they increased their night-time power from 1,000 watts to 2,000 watts effective Friday, January 25. Their daytime power has increased from 5,000 watts to 25,000 watts. In February daytime power beings at 1230 UTC and ends at 2300 UTC. The transmitter facilities are moved 10 miles SW of the former site.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
That day I also had tentative receptions of 2DU-1251 and 2ZW-1314 - definitively stations worth checking out during similar conditions.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
KSLG left their ESPN affiliation on December 3 and became The Team 1380. They are presently awaiting approval from the FCC for a call letter change.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Willmar is very Scandinavian - according to JP Cola the "Johnson" section of their phone book is 4 pages long, and lots of Norwegian and Swedish names on streets, lakes and townships.
Receiver used for this and most of the other recent veries is the RF Space SDR-IQ.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Petersburg was founded by Norwegian Peter Buschman who established a fish processing plant there. Today, Petersburg is a fishing community not very different from many Norwegian coastal communities, around 3000 inhabitants and a seafood industry worth 34 mill USD annually. Petersburg's Norwegian connection can be found in street names (Haugen Drive, Odin Street, Fram Street), shop names like Hammer and Wikan, and their Mayfest. Those capable of reading Norwegian may find this article in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten interesting.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I rarely copy station logos to my posts, but this one deserves it. As with KTSM below, I heard WDGY during a short period of excellent spot conditions on September 18, combined with coming daylight taking the momentum out of NRK Vigra (which was said to be running on reduced power in addition). A great surprise. CE Paul Orth sent me a friendly email this afternoon, with a Word QSL-attachment.
It is my "second" verification of WDGY... As a novice DX-er in the 70's I had the thrill of hearing and QSL-ing WDGY 1130, now KFAN. Hudson is located just SE of Minneapolis, which is also their main market.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Some minutes after KKMO resumed to normal programming I am actually hearing KKMO much better...
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
More files will be uploaded as time permits.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
General Manager Dennis Haarsager, of Norwegian origin and OJ Sagdahl's distant cousin, confirmed my reception with an email this afternoon.
Weather in Kongsfjord was awful at the time so I am glad that I didn't need to spend time there...
Friday, January 04, 2008
One can wonder. The WRTH HF Receiver Guide 2008 (page 23) lists the two Flex SDRs, the Elad FDM77 and a few Winradios. The CIAOradio H101 is not listed. The DiRaBox DRB30 is not listed. The RF Space SDR-14 is not listed. The RF Space SDR-IQ is not listed. And maybe there are others that I do not know about. The WRTH is of course excused for not having listed the new Perseus. I am particularly puzzled by the omission of the two SDRs from RF Space. The -14 and the -IQ have been widely acclaimed by dedicated DX-ers worldwide, hence one would assume that an authoritative publication like the WRTH would find interest in reviewing them. Not so.
I am not taking sides as to which is the best SDR of 2008. I am simply saying that a number of candidates didn't get the chance to run.