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VFO Scan In Progress

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 24 Jul 2018 11:32

Miraculously, I have no noise on MW at the moment. I know I will have very soon, probably before the day is out, thanks to me posting this. Do I believe in tempting fate? No. My life follows the Laws of Bastard. i.e. Bastard's Law. Actually, that's the polite version. Murphy has nothing on this one.

I have had moderate levels of noise over the last few days, which I discovered was due to the switch in my nulling resistor box having been switched to a different position. Don't ask me why that happened as I have no idea. Newcomers to Skywaves will need to understand that I have little technical knowledge and can't be bothered to learn it all again. My poor brain cell would explode if I tried. How did the switch get switched? I noticed that my postman had moved the flag (It's fully portable.) and he must have whacked it hard in order to have caused the switch to have changed. The PCB is in two halves anyway, so there's plenty of movement going on inside that little box. Throwing the switch back to the correct position solved the problem

I haven't even seen the VDSL noise I have here, but there's plenty of time for that.

So, I have left Jaguar doing a VFO scan as there were plenty of TA signals on MW overnight. I was surprised to hear CFRB 10-10 at decent levels at 0300, along with a presumed KXEL on 1540, mixing with a good CHIN. 1300 seems to have an audible WOOD. Can this really be? Or am I hearing something else on 1300?

I rate these conditions more highly than those of many a recent winter night.

Hopefully some kind of a log to follow, though my predictable lack of free time will probably scupper that.

Good DX pop pickers!

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Re: VFO Scan In Progress

Post by simbeav » 24 Jul 2018 18:09

KXEL was coming through very well this morning here when CHIN allowed.

1300 is just a horrible mess of splatter here.

One thing that surprised me was hearing a VOCM ID on 930. I didn't realise that CJYQ was related to them these days.

Be interesting to see what you pick up on your scan.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 24 Jul 2018 20:43

I had to get on with other things and the VFO scan went wrong. Not sure why. There were some very odd Windows type glitches today so maybe something to do with that. The .LOG files had been created as a result of the VFO scan, but Jaguar was unable to see them. Need to look into this, but I suspect Jaguar is just looking in the wrong directory after I moved everything Jaguar related to a new drive. Everything was fine until I rebooted Jaguar, so it must be that.

I have never heard KXEL in July. I didn't even think it would be possible. Amazing! It wasn't so many years ago that KXEL was a rarity.

Hopefully more time to listen later.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 26 Jul 2018 23:01

My clean MW band continues. I haven't noticed any VDSL noise at the usual times. I hope it's gone for good. There is a little noise mid-band, but it's not enormous, plus I can reduce it easily enough.

One thing for sure, I have never heard so much North American activity in the middle of summer. It starts at 0100 and continues until just after 04:00 local.

There were two English talk stations fighting it out on 1480 this morning. A clear 14-80 WSAR ID can be heard at 03:31.

There's an OM ID just before pops at 01:54 on 1490.

Presumed KXEL 1540 at 03:29.

1570 x 2. Both Latin. One pops-ish, the other, a lively OM.

CKDO 1580.

1430 had three audible stations. US Sports at 1429.9948. Oldies/ballads 1430.0112 (slight drift).V weak OM 1430.0006.

English talker on 1419.9993.

A crystal clear CBG on 1400. Nothing from Harbour Light.

Spanish at various times on 1350.0008.

CJMR 1320 had a decent but brief peak at 02:58.

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Re: VFO Scan In Progress

Post by simbeav » 28 Jul 2018 11:04

Were you recording last night, John ?
On 1130 WBBR was incredibly strong, but at 04:17 a latin station took over with very lively announcements (i'm pretty sure it was Brazilian), but I can't make out an ID. Wondered if you had it.

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Post by simbeav » 28 Jul 2018 13:59

An interesting on on 1100 last night.

Somebody in New England on HCDX was reporting an oldies music station. I checked my recording and I have a very brief fade up around 03:50 of a station playing Bill Haley and at 03:51'47 a very weak slogan that sounds like "time (?) hits".
On the offset of WHLI ( I was getting 1100.011).

Anybody else get it ?

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 28 Jul 2018 19:10

simbeav wrote:
28 Jul 2018 11:04
Were you recording last night, John ?
On 1130 WBBR was incredibly strong, but at 04:17 a latin station took over with very lively announcements (i'm pretty sure it was Brazilian), but I can't make out an ID. Wondered if you had it.
Sadly all antennas were unplugged and my flag was laid down on the garden due to frequent and violent thunder storms. I will put them back up when the rain has stopped and record again tonight.

I had 1100 WHLI back in the 80s. Would be nice to hear them again.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 30 Jul 2018 22:33

Running Jaguar VFO scans daily now. Further relocation of the flag has brought the background noise level down below audible level across the whole of MW now. For the first time, I can see "0.0" signal strength on an empty MW frequency in Jaguar. Not sure how long it will last.

Observations this morning:

1380 Nice CKPC ID at 03:34:43.

1419.9958 Latin rhythms. English talker 1419.9923.

1430.9998 Chinese. No doubt CHKT.

1480. An oldies station was heard on the offset: 1479.9886.

1490 had an oldies station with English announcements, but they were too weak to hear. What I can say was that the Tina Turner song "What's Love Got To Do With It?" was aired at 02:11. Ads heard at 01:54. The offset was 1489.9988. I checked the tracklistings from various oldies stations but none matched up.

1580 CKDO was doing really well around 03:30.

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Post by simbeav » 31 Jul 2018 13:43

Good to hear about your noise, John I hope it continues.

There was a Brazilian with Football on 610 around 00:51 last night with 2 "gooooooooooooool sequences. Bahia v Atletico Mineiro had an amazing end with 2 goals in Injury time, so I suspect it was that. Radio Itatiaia would be the most likely, I suppose.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 31 Jul 2018 13:44

Conditions not so good this morning.

1350 had a Brazilian station on 1350.0004. Unless something has drifted, that's a new one here. OM talk heard around 02:20.

Sounds like KXEL was back on 1540 again from 02:30. Offset comes in at 1539.9970, using Absolute 1242 as a known frequency. I expect this is too far away to offer any accuracy as far away as 1540. I have CHIN at 1539.9838.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 31 Jul 2018 13:50

Hello Simon.

Our posts crossed once again.

I have two carriers on 610 but both are too weak to be audible.

Offsets look to be approximately 609.9992 and 610.010.

The only time something manages to come up is at 01:44 on the latter offset. I hear an OM, but it doesn't sound like sports commentary.

There's also a very weak carrier down at 609.9907.

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Re: VFO Scan In Progress

Post by simbeav » 31 Jul 2018 23:31

I think that the usual Buenos Aires was dominating for me on 1350. Without a null to the East I am also suffering from Mid Downs Radio which has been stronger than usual recently.

If I calibrate on my local Smooth on 1359, I get CHIN on .9839 and KXEL on .9964 (but a bit wobbly)
There was something on .9914 which signed of about 02:40, but I couldn't get much audio out of the mush. And also something on .0059, but no audio.
Something is just below CHIN as well, but completely obliterated by it.

The 610 Brazilian was on .0005 for me. I think that the football would have been over by 01:44

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 01 Aug 2018 02:00

Thanks for this Simon.

It looks like our offsets are remarkably close. I omitted a digit from the 610 offset. After re-checking I see this should be 610.0010, but I just looked again and, remarkably, I have 610.0005!!

Offsets are cool! 8-)

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 01 Aug 2018 18:13

Tempting fate is something I seem to do, but I am not superstitious. However, I say the following with caution, just in case I trigger a major medium wave DX catastrophe.

You and I, Simon, were not along in commenting how unusual it is to receive stations like 1540 KXEL in July. But after reading a post on the MWC List, it seems it is totally unheard of. Wisconsin has also been received in July. This is quite exceptional and a sign that the solar minimum has begun, at least in terms of providing good MW DX.

This morning's conditions were even better! I know we are now in August but hearing KMOX on 1120 is still quite rare for the time of year. We have to hope that conditions don't take a turn for the worse before the winter MW season starts properly.

1530 had a North American accented OM mixing equal levels with Pulse 2 around 03:30. Presume WCKY. It faded on the hours.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 03 Aug 2018 11:57

A 'jolly' music station appeared on 1040 this morning. Offset 1039.9966. The bits I heard had back-to-back music, so no help with IDs, but they would have been heard had there been any. 1040 is a clearer channel now.

1120.0020 KMOX noted at times.

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Post by tvdxrools » 05 Aug 2018 05:59

nothing much to report up here just common east coast stuff , peak at moment is 0430z , David
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 05 Aug 2018 10:29

1270.0003 Spanish dominating throughout the morning. Mostly mellow music and laid-back presenters.

1489.9998 Ad for area code 836 (Florida) at 02:59. Possible "AM 14-90" ID then Baha Men "Who Let The Dogs Out" track.

1530. My North American station turns out to be VOA Sao Tome & Principe. Not WCKY as I had thought. A nice ID at 0400 this morning.

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Re: VFO Scan In Progress

Post by simbeav » 05 Aug 2018 11:16

Anybody get a Spanish station on 790 this morning ? In and out for a long while with music and announcements. Possible ID and slogan at 04:07

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Post by simbeav » 05 Aug 2018 11:28

John, Not very clear, but I think that there is a Provincia ID at 04:00 on 1270. It has been around in the summer, but I don't recall the offset.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 05 Aug 2018 11:29

Something going on on 790 here. A YL talking much earlier but impossible to hear. Splatter is VERY bad on 790 here.

Carriers appearing at 789.9980 and 790.0000 and the YL was on the latter offset.

Fade-out before 0400 on 790.

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