[irca] WSM 650 on Reduced Power Until 6 PM CST--Sunset DX Opportunity

Les Rayburn

Raced home from work at about 4:15 PM Central time. I had one last errand to run, but I thought, “I’ll try the car radio.” 

I tuned to 650 kHz and could hear a weak station—no trace of WSM. 

As I strained to listen, I got a phone call from a DX friend on the West Coast. Thinking it must be important, I answered the call. He had “two quick technical questions” he wanted to discuss. This turned into an hour-long conversation. 

Finally cut him off, explaining that WSM was off the air and I needed to get on the radio, and try to hear something new. When I turned on the dial, WSM was back on early at full power before 5 PM. 

At this point, I need Tequila and a new hobby. I think stamp collecting might be a good fit. 

Word to the wise, if KXL or KSL ever goes off the air for maintenance, I plan to call every DXer on the West Coast to discuss the college football playoffs. Something no one in the Pac 12 is ever interested in. 


Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman

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On Dec 6, 2022, at 4:26 PM, DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) <w4lvhsc@...> wrote:

WSM confirmed for us on Twitter that the maintenance work is complete, so no dice on an open freq this grayline
73 and best of DX!

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, Louisiana
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