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re 1510 khz Spanish

patrice.privat
 

Thank you guys; yes Paul, Santo Domingo is the most likely culprit as signal was a trifle stronger while I beamed to the SW from here, Northern France.

 

I will return in the coming weeks if I get a firm ID.

 

Meanwhile Taiwan Internl was strong last night on 1557 round 2100 UTC.

Also around 0200 UTC this morning a couple of peaks in Spanish on 1350 with between extremely long total fadings (8 to 10 mns, making monitoring difficult); last autumn, I had LS6 Buenos Aires there, my only 11,000 km ++ station so far.

 

Patrice

Beauvais


Re: 1510 khz

Andy
 

re: "Wasn't WMEX on 1150 (in the 1980s anyway) with an oldies format?"

I think it was.  After the original WMEX (1510) abandoned "WMEX" and changed to WITS, followed by a string of other callsigns, someone else took over the "WMEX" moniker since it was up for grabs.  I think that station was the original WCOP, and is now WWDJ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWDJ).

There is also a WMEX-LPFM, on the FM band in New Hampshire (https://radio-locator.com/info/WMEX-FL), having no actual relationship to either the original or the current WMEX (AM) owners.  These days, the FCC allows unrelated owners to have the same root callsign on different bands, with an -FM or -LP suffix for the one that's on FM.  The original WMEX never had an FM counterpart.

It's interesting to see how many radio stations have used "WMEX" since 1981: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMEX

Andy



Re: 1510 khz

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 11:14 PM Andy <ai.egrps@...> wrote:

I used to work at WMEX (very long time ago).

and much less at night. They have a new owner since last year. The format will be "oldies" rock, with English-speaking announcers. If you heard anything
Wasn't WMEX on 1150 (in the 1980s anyway) with an oldies format?



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Re: 1510 khz

radiojayallen
 

Exciting. I would love to hear WMEX 1520 again.

Jay


Re: 1510 khz

Paul S. in CT
 

I did a search at mwlist.org and found one other possibility being Dominican Republic near Santo Domingo. Google maps shows the tower.
Name is Radio Pueblo HIC67 (former HIBL). Might be what you heard.
Power is 10000 Watts.

Regards
Paul S. in CT


Re: 1510 khz

Paul Blundell
 

That is some great information. I am sure we all appreciate it.


On Sat, 14 Sep 2019, 2:14 p.m. Andy, <ai.egrps@...> wrote:
I used to work at WMEX (very long time ago).

Indeed they have been "silent" (not broadcasting) for the last two years, with few exceptions which were very brief and at greatly reduced power.  They are awaiting new power distribution to their newest transmitter location, which has moved from Quincy to Waltham and back to a new Quincy location (all near Boston), where it will share a tower with another radio station.  Its transmitted power once was 50 KW, but no more.  I think it will eventually be 10 KW in the day, and much less at night.  They have a new owner since last year.  The format will be "oldies" rock, with English-speaking announcers.  If you heard anything recently in Spanish, it wasn't WMEX.

Many in the Boston area have been waiting for months for WMEX 1510 to return to on-air status.  It hasn't yet.  New studios need to be built from scratch.  I believe the new 10 KW transmitter is in place, but the AC power feed to it might not be finished yet, based on what I read elsewhere.  People keep asking them "when", and the answer always is "later" or "soon".  The last estimate I saw was "September" but that was a month ago and it seems the estimates are always 1-2 months away.

It will have lower power than before and a non-directional antenna, so it is no longer beaming its signal away from other stations to the west that it was protecting from interference.

There were and I think still are other powerful USA radio stations on 1510.

Regards,
Andy
(former WMEX transmitter engineer, in another lifetime)



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Re: 1510 khz

Andy
 

I used to work at WMEX (very long time ago).

Indeed they have been "silent" (not broadcasting) for the last two years, with few exceptions which were very brief and at greatly reduced power.  They are awaiting new power distribution to their newest transmitter location, which has moved from Quincy to Waltham and back to a new Quincy location (all near Boston), where it will share a tower with another radio station.  Its transmitted power once was 50 KW, but no more.  I think it will eventually be 10 KW in the day, and much less at night.  They have a new owner since last year.  The format will be "oldies" rock, with English-speaking announcers.  If you heard anything recently in Spanish, it wasn't WMEX.

Many in the Boston area have been waiting for months for WMEX 1510 to return to on-air status.  It hasn't yet.  New studios need to be built from scratch.  I believe the new 10 KW transmitter is in place, but the AC power feed to it might not be finished yet, based on what I read elsewhere.  People keep asking them "when", and the answer always is "later" or "soon".  The last estimate I saw was "September" but that was a month ago and it seems the estimates are always 1-2 months away.

It will have lower power than before and a non-directional antenna, so it is no longer beaming its signal away from other stations to the west that it was protecting from interference.

There were and I think still are other powerful USA radio stations on 1510.

Regards,
Andy
(former WMEX transmitter engineer, in another lifetime)



Re: 1510 khz

patrice.privat
 

Many thanks Paul.

Yes WWZN was one of my indicators of transatlantic propagation in the past. I'd like to know if they're back on the scene cause I suspect that it's the station I heard
though the music sounded more Caribbean than Mariachi/ Nortena.

WFED was not audible during the 15 mns or so that I monitored the band. 1620 was mute but Rebelde was very faintly detectable on 670.
No trace of Family Radio on 1570.

I still got a lot of noise on the band, might be the early season (it's still summer); I hope it's not the new Linky electricity meter that they installed in my village (it's supposed to transmit data
to a local hub , but not sure they use radio for that).

Situation is always interesting here in winter; some mornings it's all for the X band and nothing on lower frequencies, some other days it's VOCM-590 booming like a European and there's no transat over 1 mhz. Exciting !!

last winter I was lucky to get Argentina on 1350.
Also we're heading into the season when India and China pop in.

Cheers


Re: 1510 khz

Paul S. in CT
 

This is a very interesting question. I will listen tonight on 1510.
In the meantime, the only answer I have after 14 years of ULDX is WMEX (former WWZN) from Boston, MA. Today I checked the FCC data, and results for "W", "C", and "X" ( USA-East, Canada/Cuba. and Mexico) turned up nothing else broadcasting in Spanish/Portugese.

Also, WMEX has been silent, with a new application to the FCC to reduce power to 10000 Watts day and 100 Watts night. The usual power is 50000 Watts day and night pointed at Europe... and over the years several people from Europe (especially England and France) reported hearing WWZN before the call-sign changed to WMEX. That change occured in 2016.

As a side-note 1500 and 1520 are also heard in your region, 1500 might have a baseball game on, and 1520 will talk sports or have a hockey game on late at night (even past midnight), your time. 1130 is WBBR and has been heard in Europe, along with 1110, 1140, 1170 and 1180 (All east-coast USA, or nearby).

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Oklahoma TP DX 9/13/19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

612 unID (4QR?) weak carrier signal at 1204-1205.

747 JOIB barely audible talk at 1149; poor talk at 1152-1153.

774 JOUB poor talk at 1138-1139 and 1152-1153.

828 unID (JOBB?) heterodyne 1146-1149.

972 unID (HLCA?) weak heterodyne at 1156-1157.

1116 unID (4BC?) weak signal traces at 1206-1211.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, 

near Perry OK USA.



1510 khz

patrice.privat
 

hi

new station for me here in France (start of the season)
Latina station in Spanish 1510 khz with lots of dancing music, who can it be ?
also Bloomberg faint on 1130.

Thanks

Patrice
Beauvais, France
Tecsun PL380 + AN200 mini loop


Loggings - 13/09/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Today at lunch time I spent some time at Kings Park at the bottom of Park Street with my new 3" FSL aerial (Thanks to Gary). This was a mid day session in the middle of town, my focus was on the bottom half of the band.

531 - 3GG Warragul
540 -7 SD Scottsdale
549 - 2CR Cumnock
576 - 2RN Sydney
594 - 3WV Horsham
612 - 4QR Brisbane
621 - 3RN Melbourne
630 - 2PB Sydney
648 - 2NU Tamworth
693 - 3AW Melbourne
729 - 5RN Adelaide
747 - 7PB Hobart
774 - 3LO Melbourne

792 - 4RN Brisbane

Photos and video of 3GG being received are here: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/loggings-13092019.html
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Re: Loggings - 12/09/2019

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Paul,

I'm happy that you are having fun with the new 3 inch Baby FSL!

For those wondering what this new antenna design looks like and how it performs, Paul's FSL was the one chosen for a YouTube signal-boosting demonstration posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZtYli09mTg

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)  
 


Re: Innovative Ferrite Antennas Article

Gary DeBock
 

Stephen, Paul, Jay, Vimal and Dennis,

Thanks you all for your comments on the Innovative Ferrite Antenna article, which are much appreciated!

Stephen, when I first saw the view of the Pacific from the Rockwork ocean cliff in Oregon, it reminded me of seeing the Pacific from the window of a 747 Jumbo jet 30,000 feet above the ocean :-)

I couldn't resist driving up and looking over the cliff edge, which surprisingly hasn't been fenced off despite the danger. And it wasn't long before I was pushing my luck way past the breaking point by setting up FSL antennas on the cliff edge at 3AM, wondering what this awesome location would provide in the way of transoceanic results. It didn't take long before I was routinely tracking down various New Zealand stations that had never been heard at Grayland over three decades-- including some that have still haven't shown up with even a trace there.

The transoceanic DXing advantages of rich farm soil have been proven over and over both in our Ultralight group and among spectrum capture DXers. At the IRCA convention I finally had the chance to meet Nigel Pimblett, an awesome DXer from Alberta who gets outstanding Australian results with his Perseus-SDR and broadband arrays on rich farm soil. Some Australian stations like 585-2WEB tell me that the strongest recordings they have ever heard of their signals come from my FSL's on the Rockwork cliff, and Nigel's broadband array in Alberta. When Nigel and I finally met each other it was like two long lost friends, who shared a special bond despite using radically different antennas and locations. Great fun! :-)

73, Gary


 


Loggings - 12/09/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Today I had a small amount of time to test out my new 3" FSL aerial (Thanks to Gary). This was a mid day session in the middle of town, I called past a local park during my lunch break and set myself up on a picnic table. 

 

As my time was limited, I didn't get to spend as long doing this as I would like but I was able to start to learn about some of the amazing features of this aerial and the best way to place / tune it. 

 

My testing so far seems to suggest that having my Teach PR130 leaning against it (as shown in the below photo) produces the best results.

 

I logged a few stations on various frequencies, the below are a few standouts.

 

531 - 3GG (Warragul)
5000W 
380km:
While I am often able to hear this station during the day, adding the power of the 3" FSL aerial takes a noisy signal to a whole new level with my TEAC PR130 struggling to handle the large increase in signal level.

 

585 - 7RN  (Hobart) 
10000W 
168km:
This is one of my "check" frequencies, a low 1 -2 signal level gets blown up to a strong 5 with this added to the mic.

 

1323 - 5DN (Adelaide)
3300W 
1040km:
Another station that I often check but struggle to hear during the day, the 3" FSL aerial brings a signal out from the noise that while not very strong, is well worth listening to.

 

1584 - 7SH (St Helens) 
100W 
95km:

This was a bit of a last minute check, a totally absent signal jumps out when the 3" FSL aerial is added.

Photo: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/loggings-12092019.html
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Re: Oklahoma TP DX 9-9-19

Paul Blundell
 

Great loggings as always.

Once we finish moving house and getting unpacked, I will be a lot more active and be able to share my loggings more.612kHz will be a target for me,

On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 1:04 AM Richard Allen via Groups.Io <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

Despite increasing solar activity this morning I was able to hear weak TP signals (LSR at 1206).

612 unID (4QR?) weak het beside KCSP and XEBX 610 QRM at 1159; stronger from LSR.

702 unID (2BL?) het with XEGD 700 QRM at 1209 until 1223.

774 JOUB poor signal at 1004-1008, barely audible fading in and out to 1020.

828 JOBB weak het with unID XE (XELN?) QRM at 1150 , faded in with poor signal at 1152-1153.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, 

near Perry OK USA.




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Oklahoma TP DX 9-9-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

Despite increasing solar activity this morning I was able to hear weak TP signals (LSR at 1206).

612 unID (4QR?) weak het beside KCSP and XEBX 610 QRM at 1159; stronger from LSR.

702 unID (2BL?) het with XEGD 700 QRM at 1209 until 1223.

774 JOUB poor signal at 1004-1008, barely audible fading in and out to 1020.

828 JOBB weak het with unID XE (XELN?) QRM at 1150 , faded in with poor signal at 1152-1153.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, 

near Perry OK USA.



Re: Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

Paul Blundell
 

It is, could not fit any better.


On Mon, 9 Sep 2019, 7:58 p.m. radiojayallen, <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Looks like a perfect fit!

Jay


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Re: Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

radiojayallen
 

Looks like a perfect fit!

Jay


Re: Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

Paul Blundell
 

I suspect it would be too small, if you can send me the size I can check it out.

Paul

On Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 12:57 AM Jerry Rappel <ww0e@q.com> wrote:
Will this case hold the 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380?


Jerry


From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 8, 2019 4:11:05 AM
Subject: [UltralightDX] Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

I have been looking for a way to carry my portable radio collection and my other ultralight related items. I have used a variety of bags and cases in the past.
Recently I was out doing some shopping when I called passed my local Super Cheap Auto. Here I found this case on special for $22, I decided to replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I would have liked and as it didn’t keep the radio the right way up it added the risk of the aerial breaking off. I have also recently been sent a baby 3" FSL aerial which I wanted to carry and protect.

Last night I had some spare time so I sat down and set up this case. I cut some small pieces of timber to hold the aerial in the right location and added some thin MDF to divide the aerial section off from the front part where I will be storing my radios.

Overall, I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store my baby 3" FSL plus two small radios plus log sheets, pens, notes, spare batteries and ear phones, everything I need for portable sessions. It is also small enough to fit in my back pack.

While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/ultimate-portable-ultralight-radio.html
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