February 2016 Michigan D-KAZ logs

23 new stations added to the logbook in February! Here’s the rundown with a few reception videos thrown in. All heard from West Michigan using the Perseus SDR and reversible North/South D-KAZ antenna. Times/dates are UTC, all logs are new except where noted. Total MW stations now logged since Jan 2009: 1,845. DOMESTIC: 540 WDAK Columbus, GA. – 2/13/2016 1300 UTC – Briefly over a few seconds of WKFN dead-air with legal TOH ID and slogan “Newsradio 5-40, Columbus” and then lost again to WKFN, on South D-KAZ. 550 WDUN Gainesville, GA. – 2/13/2016 1300 UTC – With local ad...

January 2016 Michigan D-KAZ logs

New stuff heard in January from West Michigan using the North-South reversible D-KAZ & Perseus SDR. Not a bad start to the new year! Domestics: 560 WMIK Middlesboro, KY. – 1200 UTC 1/23/2016 – Southern accented OM ID and city with Southern gospel music under WIND. 600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL. – 0508 UTC 10/1/2016 – With scheduled DX test on day power/pattern, fast and slow morse code IDs, sweep tones, call sign IDs, etc. Very strong at times. 810 WWOS St. George, SC. – 1200 UTC 1/23/2016 – Strong signal with religious choral music and YL announcement: “For Christ honoring...

1530 Voice of America, Sao Tome Heard in Michigan Tonight

Decent TA conditions discovered tonight at the upper end of the band from the Middle East, and then I caught this! My first Trans-Atlantic reception on a domestic channel, this is the VOA from Sao Tome. They sign on at 0300 UTC with their signature Yankee Doodle Dandy interval signal which is clearly heard in this clip along with voice IDs.  Heard with the D-KAZ antenna pointed North to null WCKY as much as possible:

December 2015 BCB Logs

These are all new logs except the Honduras log as noted. Times / dates UTC. All heard from Western Michigan on the South D-KAZ during the auroral conditions we had here around Christmas. Sure, it sucks for HF but it also turns the BCB band upside with stuff from the deep south that usually isn’t heard here! 540 Radio Rebelde, Cuba – 0504 UTC 12/24/2015 – Presumed with the Cuban National Anthem beginning at 05:04:32 and exactly in sync with // 600 & 710, very weak. 550 ABC Radio, Tegucigalpa Honduras – 0500 UTC 12/24/2015 – With Spanish talk and...

Faint “DU” signals on the BCB band during sunrise

Since catching my first trans-pacific BCB signal a few years ago, and this reception of 4QD earlier this year, I get a little obsessed with the effort each year during this time.  If I’m not DXing live during sunrise, then I usually have the Perseus recording segments of the AM band with the hope of catching these elusive DX signals.  Such is the case here, taken from a spectrum recording I made on the morning of September 2nd, 2015.  Below are screenshots showing weak AM carriers between 1602-1701 kHz captured on this recording from my listening location in Michigan.  These high band “DU” signals are always best...

WJDI 15KW Christmas Eve 1996 off-air recordings

A big thanks to “Doug” for writing in and sharing his memories of 1620 WJDI and sharing his off-air recordings of WJDI’s big Christmas Eve broadcast of 1996.  Doug recorded two hours of the show in amazing clarity from his home in Shandaken, NY.   Doug’s recordings capture the moments right up to the point when the pole transformer blew.  The third recording ends with the sound of dead air after the incident.  Please see the 1620 WJDI story to read more about this. Doug recalls the following: “The day I helped Dave and Jim with the cage antenna erection will...