Re: I didn't intend to call anyone a liar
--- In ultralightdx@..., "neilbellgroups" <neil.bell@...> wrote:
Yes, they can be quite directional, especially if you also tilt (not just rotate) the radio. I live 7.3 miles from KFMB's 50kW nighttime signal on 760 (approx 2,000mV/m @ 1 km in my direction), and 9.34 miles from KCBQ's 50kW daytime signal on 1170 (approx 3800mV/m @ 1 km in my direction), and by tilting AND rotating the few ULR-sized radios I have I can bury them fairly deep in the noise, although I can't quite completely null them. On my PL-380, for example, they'll go from showing 40dBu RSSI several channels away (pegging the meter on-channel at 63dBu) to showing less than 20, possibly 15 (lowest it will indicate) dBu on channel.
Interesting. I have heard quite a few bay area stations here in San Diego, CA area, including, but not limited to: 560 KSFO, 610 KEAR, 680 KNBR, 740 KCBS, 810 KGO, possibly KNEW 910 when my local 910 (63dBu on PL-380) was off the air, 1050 KTCT, 1100 KFAX, 1310 KMKY (also have a local on 1310), and 1640 KDIA, as well as possibly few others I can't remember off hand (maybe (but not sure of) 960 KKGN, 1010 KIQI, 1190 KDYA, 1260 KSFB, 1510 KPIG).
The propogation gods rarely smile on me for trans-pacific stations. I have yet to log my first one. :( Maybe it's because most of the TP powerhouses happen to be a few kHz away from powerful locals for which I'm within at least their 20, if not 100mV/m contour or so. :|
Now, on the other hand, I can easily get Mexican stations, even in the middle of the day. Just with my radios' built-in ferrite bars, I can get fairly good signals on 540 XESURF, 620 XESS, 690 XEWW, 800 XESPN, 860 XEMO, 950 XEKAM, 1030 XESDD, 1090 XEPRS, 1270 XEAZ, 1310 XEC, 1390 XEKT (it's listed as 1380 on FCC's site but it's actually on 1390), 1420 XEXX, 1470 XERCN, 1550 XEBG, 1630 XEUT and 1700 XEPE. Going for weak signals (some of which require a little external antenna help) I would add 730 XEEBC, 790 XESU (under KABC) 820 XEVMS(?), 850 XEZF, 940 XEWV, 990 XECL (mixing with KTMS), 1010 XEDX (maybe, if it's not KXPS), and 1050 XED.... all in the daytime.