"SPRING INTO DX" TEST 2023-- WMST 1150 & WWKY 990 THIS SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 26 00:01 AM-2AM EDT 0400-0600 UTC
Corrected date for the test in the header. The typo was mine and I apologize for any confusion. Both tests begin at one minute after midnight 00:01 EDT (04:01 UTC) on Sunday March 26. Stay up late on Saturday to try for the tests, or record.
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of American (IRCA) and the National Radio Club (NRC) are pleased to announce the 2023 “Spring into DX” tests from the Bluegrass State! Stay up late with us on Saturday night/Sunday morning as WWKY 990 in Winchester, KY and WMST 1150 in Mount Sterling, KY will both be conducting maintenance tests for two full hours.
The test starts at one minute after midnight 00:01 AM EDT, Sunday morning March 26 (0401 UTC) and lasts until 2 AM EDT (0600 UTC). Both stations will run at their daytime power and pattern. That’s 2,500 watts for WMST and 1,000 watts for WWKY. Snagging this dynamic duo will be a challenge. To help make it easier, the station is broadcasting some of the best DX test material available.
The test will consist mostly of sweep tones, Morse code at 20WPM & 12 WPM (1 kHz), 1kHz long tones, and proven sound effects to cut through the noise. The stations also plan to run some “special programming” that is sure to be fun.
This “Spring Into DX" test is a direct result of the outreach efforts of Harry Dence and the generosity of Hays McMakin of Gateway Radio Works, Inc., who own both stations. Again, Hays and his team had to work around high school basketball and March Madness to make this test go, so you have our thanks. Kudos to our all-volunteer CPC team as well!
Thank you Hays McMakin!
The usual rules for a CPC-scheduled test apply:
SEE YOU THIS COMING LATE NIGHT SATURDAY/EARLY SUNDAY FOR THE “SPRING INTO DX" TEST!
Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC
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“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…”
At 05:11-12 UTC clearly heard the CW, "V V V de WMST WMST", afterward heard the sweep tones. Luckily, WJBO in Baton Rouge was easy to null out with that Loopstick.
I learned despite my disdain for Talk radio, it is much easier in DX Tests to pick up a signal through talk, than music 😊
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