Friday, April 3, 2009

From Cisco, Utah

March 30, 2009

Camped on a high saddle between two hills near the virtual ghost town of Cisco, Utah. This is open range country, treeless, with a perfect unobstructed view for 50+ miles in all directions. At 3 PM this afternoon I laid out 60 ft. of wire on the ground and fired up the Eton E1.

First, some shortwave.

9890 KHz, 2206 UTC, Voice of Russia, Moscow. Fair signal.
9790 KHz, 2212 UTC, R. Romania International, Bucharest. Weak to fair.
9580 KHz, 2219 UTC, Afrique Numero Un, Gabon, Moyabi. Delightful African music.
9435 KHz, 2221 UTC, FEBC, Manila. Sign on voice interval.
6070 KHz, 2230 UTC, CFRB relay, Mississauga, Ontario. Weak but copyable.
11670 KHz, 2234 UTC, Venezuela, R. Nacional. Via Havana.
15720 KHz, 2238 UTC, R. New Zealand International. Good signal.
15560 KHz, 2241 UTC // 15515 KHz, R. Australia, Shepparton. To Pacific and NA with good signal.

Much further north and east than my winter location in Arizona, shortwave signals here seem generally much weaker. The Pacific and Asia are way down, as is Europe.

A perfect time for some daytime long distance AM BCB DXing.

KFI-640, 1550L, Los Angeles, CA. Weak but Q4 copy. 597 miles, a new record!
KNBR-680, 1552L, San Francisco, CA. Good signal.
KDWN-720, 1555L, Las Vegas, NV. Very weak.
KKOB-770, 1557L, Albuquerque, NM
KVEL-920, 1604L, Vernal, UT. 5KW.

The previous stations were logged nearly three hours before local sunset, occurring today at 1845L. I was amazed to hear KFI, Los Angeles, on a 60 ft. wire at 597 miles distant. This is a new distance record for me for daytime AM BCB DX.

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