Saturday, March 24, 2018

QSL: 3RN ABC Radio National, Melbourne VIC, 621

Aussie conditions haven't been quite what we had hoped for this season. A couple of weeks ago, 621 was heard, rather briefly, but with the Majestic Fanfare quite clear under the Chinese. Email confirmation today.

Friday, March 23, 2018

QSL: HLKQ KBS-1 Cheongju, 1062

KBS World responds to reception reports, but it's quite a different story when it comes to their domestic stations.  However, this morning, 10 months after a snail mail report, there was a QSL card and one other image (below) in my email inbox, and obviously the sender had taken some time to make a proper QSL for HLKQ!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

QSL: WLIE Islip NY, 540

This one was obviously running on day power one night in mid-February, and apparently heard several places. Including Smøla island. After a while, OJS (thanks!!) found a valid verie signer, and a friendly email arrived this evening.

QSL: WMFN Peotone IL, 640

OJ Sagdahl detected WMFN with a good signal mixing with CBC in January. A brief email response came today. A Smøla island logging.

Monday, March 12, 2018

WDTK Detroit MI, 1400

First time I heard WDTK was in January 2016, but very weak. I didn't even send a report at the time. Two years later though, an excellent signal for a 1-kW station. Email responses from two of the staff this evening, one commenting: "...amazing that it could travel to you, especially when our nighttime signal isn’t even listenable at my home 20 miles from here."

WDTK is a Salem station, which also runs the far more common WLQV 1500.

QSL: WBOW Paris, IL 1440

WBOW was heard last Christmas. The super dominant Saudi station was holding its breath just before the full hour, and a clear "1440 WBOW Paris" was heard, part of a longer full-hour announcement starting with WIBQ Terre Haute IN 1230. WBOW actually changed call letters to WIBU the day after (which was one hour after I heard them!), so this was likely the last WBOW announcement on 1440.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

QSLs: 6BE ABC Kimberley, Broome 675, 6DB ABC Kimberley, Derby 873

These two stations from Western Australia, 5 and 2 kW respectively, were heard during a good opening to SA and WA in the end of February. Graham confirmed these today, and says he's been inundated with reports from Europe this winter. Australia # 40 (and 41) on MW. Thanks OJ for notifying.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Icom IC-7610: Early Impressions

Excellent receiver! But some functionality issues for the broadcast DX-er. Read more here.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Weekend Test: The Icom IC-7610

LA9VFA Olav kindly lent me his new IC-7610 for testing this weekend. I already have one excellent Icom transceiver, the IC-746Pro, modified for optimal MW performance, so I thought it would be a good idea to put them together.

Later on I will measure the 7610's sensitivity and do some comparisons with the 746Pro and my SDRs. However, it took me less than 10 seconds to find out: It has better threshold signal readability than the 746Pro! On MW! I'm looking forward to this...

Thursday, March 08, 2018

KongSDR Finances - February

A bit delayed - here's the current status for the KongSDR. Thanks all, this month especially Kai ;-)