Re: Getting 1620 in the log

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>

The legal status of Restauracion is that it is an unlicensed 'pirate' station.

As many of these in the extended band cause no local interference to licensed broadcasters,
and as the FCC has only a small budget for enforcement, these types of operations have
proliferated in many metropolitan areas.

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id

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On Wed, 3/12/14, Paul Blundell <> wrote:

Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Getting 1620 in the log
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:53 PM


Excellent detective work on this one
Stan, this is what this hobby is all about.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014
at 12:14 AM, Stan Horzepa <>


Two US AM radio channels had no entries in my log:
1070 and 1620 kHz.

1070 is difficult because 50-kW WTIC is 13 miles away on the

side of the valley and so far, I have not been able to hear
anything on

1070 due to interference from WTIC on 1080. On the other
hand (or other

side of 1080), I have no problem hearing WBAL on 1090, so go

1620 is difficult because there are only eight stations on
1620 in all

the USA and none are local.

I made up my mind to tackle 1620 first. My plan was to tune
all my

radios to 1620 and listen to nothing until some anomaly in

sent a signal my way.

I did not have to listen long and heard a very weak signal
way down in

the mud with my CC SW Pocket radio and Terk Advantage
antenna: a Spanish

station playing Latin music interspersed with current NOAA

broadcasts in English.

My high school Spanish is not good enough to pick up enough

from the spoken, broken-by-static Spanish to determine the
source of the

signal. But I was able to get enough intelligence from the

broadcasts to determine that their source was a NOAA weather
station in

southern New England or southeastern New York.

But there are no AM radio stations on 1620 in all of New
England or New


Google is my friend, so I Googled "1620 AM" to see
what it came up

with. The second item that Google found was a link to
listen online to

Restauracion 1620 - AM 1620 - New Britain, CT. New Britain
is about 8

miles away, so I went to the webpage and when I listened

voila! The radio signal on 1620 matched what I was hearing
online with a

slight delay.

The full name of the station is La Nueva 1620 AM
Restauracion (The New

Radio AM 1620 Restoration) and it has a website

but I have not been able to

determine the legal status of the operation. Nevertheless, I
entered La

Nueva 1620 AM Restauracion in the log and plan to tackle
1070 next.

Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU

Wolcott, CT, USA

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