A bit late, but here’s is what’s been verified in January:
As manager for coast radio station Vardø Radio (LGV), I receive reception reports from DXers every now and then, mostly from Europe, but I have actually also received a report from New Zealand on one of our SITOR-B transmissions on 8 MHz. However, most of the reports are from reception of our NAVTEX or DSC transmissions in the MF-spectra, and most of them are correct. These reports are of course confirmed by letter and some information material. It’s not very often that I receive a fake reception report, until last December…
I mid-December I received a reception report from a “DXer” in Italy, whom I will have the courtesy to remain anonymous. The “DXer” had “heard” a NAVTEX transmission from Berlevaag Radio(!!) on 518 kHz. Well, first of all: There hasn’t been a “Berlevaag radio” for many decades. Yes, the transmitter facility and antennas are still there, remotely controlled from Vardø. But, there has never been transmitted as much as a “milli-bit” NAVTEX from that site, and it’s not likely to happen in the future. Second: the time of reception and so called “proof” of reception all made it so totally obvious that it was a fake report.
Well, I wrote a kind answer by e-mail to the guy, telling him that it was impossible for me to confirm a transmission that never had happened, and I included the schedule for our transmissions in all modes in the MF-spectra. Didn’t hear anything from him again, until today…
“I demmand you confirme reception report” was his answer, in an e-mail that I received when I was about to go home for the day. That made me decide to stay at work for yet another five minutes – writing an answer to this “DXer”. I told him that it was not likely that he would receive many QSL’s writing fake reception reports, and his generally rude attitude. I also told him that a real DXer never demands a station to confirm a reception report, a real DXer asks kindly to have a reply. A QSL is a courtesy, and the station’s staff answers reports and verifies reception if, and only if, they have time to do so – if the report is correct, that is. I sent him the e-mail, hoping that he finally had understood and went home…
Obviously, he hadn’t understood a thing. After writing and sending a few reports myself, I decided to check my work e-mail, to see if there was any late incomings of importance. Well, there wasn’t. But there was a reply from the “DXer”:
“Fuck you you stupido stupido man!”.
Thanks and goodnight, everyone🙂
KMVI Kahului HI-900
KIKI Honolulu HI-990
KNDI Honolulu HI-1270
WGAN Portland ME-560
WTMJ Milwaukee WI-620
CFBC St. John NB-930
KMA Shenandoah IA-960
WEPN New York NY-1050
WWVA Wheeling WV-1170
KPOW Powell WY-1260
WSKO Syracuse NY-1260
CJBK London ON-1290
WIRL Peoria IL-1290
WORC Worcester MA-1310
KWOR Worland WY-1340
KRNT Des Moines IA-1350
WDEA Ellsworth ME-1370
KSUM Fairmont MN-1370
KLIZ Brainerd MN-1380
CKPC Brantford ON-1380
WOC Davenport IA-1420
WVEI Worcester MA-1440
WXTG Hampton VA-1490
WDLR Delaware OH-1550
CKDO Oshawa ON-1580
KREL Colorado Springs CO-1580
WAUB Auburn NY-1590
CHHA Toronto ON-1610
WTAW College Station TX-1620
Utility & Navtex:
Reykjavik Radio / Grindavik-518
It’s Christmas, and I got time for some more listening on the AIH42-files. Found some nice additions to the log, and among these CKTB-ON 610, KFGO-ND 790, WDFN-MI 1130, WCHB-MI 1200, WTRX-MI 1330, WWWL-LA 1350, WXXI-NY 1370 and KWBE-NE 1450 was of particular interest.
Last updated version of the AIH42-log is found here.
It was hard work, but now the AIH-42 Expedition Report and log draft is finished, at last! As per today, I have only examined some 20% of my recordings from Aihkiniemi (Nov. 29. – Dec. 7.) very briefly. I have still many TB’s left to check, mainly Europe and Asia, but also many hours of North America-reception. The AIH-42 log will be updated as soon as I have possibilities to do so.
- The AIH-42 Expedition Report including the log draft (as per the 21st of December 2014) in PDF-format, is a huge document (about 7 MB) and available for downloading here.
- Latest log version (21st of December 2014) in txt-format is available for downloading here.
Any comments and/or suggestions are more than welcome and very appreciated!
Right now preparing for my AIH42 DX-pedition in Aihkiniemi, Finnish Lapland, November 29 to December 6. I’m planning to use two SDR-receivers, the Elad FDM-S2 with Studio 1 software and the Afedri SDR-NET v3.0 with SDR-console. In addition I will also use my trusty Eton E1, primarely for checking pacific stations on shortwave (still looking for The Cross on 4755 kHz, hihi). The fantastic AIH antenna farm will be loaded via two excellent preamplifiers from Advanced Receiver Research, one preamp per SDR receiver (the E1 will share antennas with the FDM-S2 by means of an passive splitter).
I have no high hopes regarding the conditions. This autumn and early winter has been a mixture of flares, CME’s, Aurora Borealis and geomagnetic storms, in combination with short periods of pretty useable conditions. I hope, however, for a few days with the trans-polar path open for signals from North America and the Far East. We’ll see what happens.
There will be no online updates while I’m in Aihkiniemi, but I will have the first log-draft ready for publishing as soon as I’m back home in Vardø again.
Fingers crossed now…
I Recently received a QSL via e-mail from Mark Heller, the owner of WGBW in Denmark, Wisconsin. I heard WGBW during my AIH-22 expedition in 2012, but didn’t have time to send any reports until December 2013. Mark told me that the announcer voicing the ID that I captured and sent to the station, Scott Shannon, left WGBH and started a new job on WCBS-FM in the beginning of March this year. Anyhow, it seems that I managed to ID WGBW when the station was using it’s nighttime power of 500 Watts, which makes this a pretty good logging! A week or two after receiving Mark’s nice e-mail, I also received a very nice QSL-card in the mailbox, together with some coverage maps and other station memorablia. It’s always fun to receive nice answers from the stations, and this was a good example of that.
If you like to hear an audio-clip of the WGBW ID, it’s found here.
The past month I have received some nice QSL’s from stations in North America and Asia, and they will all be presented here.
I’m now also finished with the final version of the AIH-22 log. The complete log will be published here within a day or two, just need to deal with a couple of “cosmetic issues” of the document. All in all, more than 200 reception reports has been sent after the AIH-22 expedition, and so far I the answer rate is around 40%, which actually is pretty good.
Another fun project that I have started, is the restoring of a couple of classic portables, such as the Zenith Transoceanic A600, 1000, 3000 and 7000, two old Grundig Satellite’s, a Panasonic RF-2200 and a Sony ICF-5900W. There will be more about this in the blog during the spring and early summer.
And… besides everything else, Ultralight DXing has taken a bit of my time. In the beginning of the winter I modified a small Tecsun PL-380, transplanting a new and BIGGER ferrite rod into it. Results was a success! More about that later.
73’s for now,
Paul Blundell, a DX:er and radio amateur living in Tasmania has an excellent Ultralight DXing blog. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t discover it until today (shame on me), but I have already added it to my list of favourites. This is a great resource for all UL-DX-aficionados!
Here’s the link:
Thank you for your reception report. This email is to confirm that the signal you received on your portable receiver from Norway is that of 1150 CKOC AM radio station in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
I would also like to thank you for your very interesting background information.
1150 CKOC is Canada’s oldest operating radio station. CKOC first went on the air in 1922 and has been serving Hamilton and Southern Ontario ever since. Our music format is Great Oldies, Classic Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Not only did Ted confirm my reception, he also presented me with an audio clip, where he mentioned me and my report in one of his shows on the station. The audio clip can be monitored by clicking this link.
The audio clip with my reception if CKOC is found here.
Well, it seems that “re-examining” IQ-files is a good idea, and very rewearding. Just spent a few hours with listening to recordings from the morning the 1st of December 2012, and I found no less than five(!) new stations between 1580 and 1640 kHz, that I didn’t hear during my first examination of the IQ-file. Quite a few surprises and all very nice loggings in my opnion:
KIRT Mission TX on 1580, WCGO Evanson IL and WGBW Denmark WI on 1590, KEPN Lakewood CO on 1600 and finally WKSH Sussex WI on 1640 kHz.
Hm. Guess I already know what I will do tomorrow. Yes, continue down in frequency in the very same IQ-file. I’m pretty sure there is more good stuff just waiting to be found. However, this also tells me that there never will be a “final log” of the AIH22-expedition.
Speaking of logs: the last updated AIH22-log is, as usual, found here.
By the way, if weather permits, I’m going to the “DX-caravan” next weekend. Perhaps propagation is good enough to bring in some interesting signals. Who knows.