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: share...

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...

The 1923 Crosley ACE Model V antique radio

This ACE Model V has been sitting on the bookshelf for at least 20 years, neglected and worn.  This weekend I brought it back to life.  I have a few 1920’s battery sets in the radio collection but have never fired any of them up. I got the urge today. This early Crosley seemed like the easiest to get running. Wrong! After a struggle removing the chassis from the case to repair the open filament rheostat, I got it repaired for a test run tonight. Amazingly this thing fired right up and I’m “DXing” with it right now! I’m using...

The 1620 WJDI Story

I connected with Dave Schneider a year ago after posting some old WJDI audio clips on my blog.  After exchanging some emails, we thought it would be nice to properly document the history of WJDI with facts provided by the person behind the operation, Dave Schneider.  This story documents Dave’s interest in DXing at an early age and how this interest evolved into the first WJDI in 1970 using only 7-1/2 watts.  WJDI would later be recognized as running one of the most powerful hand-crafted pirate transmitters on the AM dial on 1620 kHz during the late 1980s through the...