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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 04 Jul 2019 08:14

Last year I received KXEL Waterloo Iowa on 1540 at the end of July. Somebody commented here how unusual it was for the UK to receive the mid-west in summer, possibly even unprecedented.

I really don't know much about mid-summer DXing. I think most DXers give up MW around the summer solstice. But I have been recording MW on and off over the last week and have heard KXEL on numerous occasions. This morning, it was practically booming in. There was a fair peak good peak at 02:55 if anybody was recording.

Also perhaps worthy of note was 1400 WOND with a clear ID at 02:00.

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Re: Midsummer Midwest

Post by simbeav » 04 Jul 2019 11:21

I've been suffering from what I thought was a new noise source for the past couple of weeks, but I now think it is an antenna cable problem, although, as always there is probably some extra noise around.

Carriers are there, but no booming audio.

I think something must have happened with the antenna or transmitter at KXEL as it became much stronger and more frequent over the pas 18 months or so.

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Re: Midsummer Midwest

Post by simbeav » 11 Jul 2019 09:13

John,


Were you recording last night ?
I'm still having problems, so wasn't able to dig out any audio, but there appeared to be some unusual signals around.

1540 -the CHIN carrier was down, but KXEL was looking very strong and something looked as if it should be audible at about 02:02 closedown on 1539.9939

1560 - There was something mixing with family radio on 1560.0027 at about 02:14

1520 - around the same time just after 02:00 there were a couple of carriers alongside WWKB, but I have a massive local interference source on that frequency at the moment.

1410 - Something about 03:20 on 1409.9922

Quite a few others. All in all very frustrating. I hope to get the cable sorted out in a few days and maybe that will help, but I fear that I have multiple noise sources as well.

Did anybody manage to get anything exotic from the conditions ?

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 11 Jul 2019 12:39

1520 qrm could be a plasma screen tv
it used to be bad here but they seem to have fallen out of fashion
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 12 Jul 2019 00:52

Hello Simon.

Sorry for the lateness. I meant to reply earlier then forgot.

I haven't recorded MW for more than a week. I see conditions blew out around midnight last night, so I don't expect there will be anything exceptional this coming morning. I will record anyway. The blowout was short-lived.

Your post reminded me that I wanted to check for Asia again now we are well into July, so I recorded 21:00 & 22:00 in the evening. Nothing much to report, other than I am now hearing two CNR1s on 1359. The YL "Beijing zhi sheng" ID was audible and clear this time. Golmud was also audible at time signal level on 1539.

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Post by simbeav » 12 Jul 2019 09:11

Yes. There wasn't so much last night, although there was an interesting carrier on 1010 at 1009.9798 at the weakest audio level just after 0200.

1359 is useless here. the "local" whatever network CBC/Red Dragon is now a slave to is less than half a mile away.

Tim. I have so many sources of local interference that it is a losing battle. The current one on 1520 leaves a constant tone on 1520.0350 which shows as a thick stripe right through the night on the Jaguar waterfall. I get a similar "signal" on quite a few frequencies at around the same offset.

1680khz has been completely obliterated by a constant noise that sounds like an outboard motor.

It's just as well that there isn't mush on shortwave as most of that is completely unusable due to PLC noise. It is remarkable how clear the notched ham bands are in comparison and can clearly be seen on the Perseus waterfall.

I'm even getting some junk appearing on Band II now, so it is all downhill.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 12 Jul 2019 11:57

KXEL was just about there on 1540 overnight, but I forgot to hit record until 03:15. This really is surprising after the blowout.

Audio was around on many channels at the top of the band. There was a clear ID from the BBC World Service on 1400 at 03:39:20. Radio Santa Rosa was there on 1500 around that time too.

That mess on 1680 is a military transmission. I forget what exactly.

I have my usual growling noise mid-band. The squelchy footsteps were not present this morning. Overall, my band is still in a relatively quite state.

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Re: Midsummer Midwest

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 17 Jul 2019 08:36

https://app.box.com/s/0tg7c9y7rzdwywl1xnzv1gdfuy0dir8z

This was how 1540 KXEL was sounding this morning.

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Re: Midsummer Midwest

Post by simbeav » 17 Jul 2019 09:04

Yes. I've fixed my cable and done my best to null as much noise as I can and I was getting a good signal from KXEL peaking just after the time of your recording.

There was also a station on offset 1539.9982 later peaking around 04:09 here, but I couldn't get anything to aid in identification

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Re: Midsummer Midwest

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 17 Jul 2019 09:07

I suspect that's WDCD. I hear it peak at 03:09. Sounds American. In fact I think I can hear The Lord mentioned at 03:09:42, whoever he is.

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