Sunday, January 2, 2011
New Years 2011 Mediumwave Daytime DX
Haven't gotten the Sony 2010 out in awhile, so charged a fresh set of batteries and went on a little expedition out in the desert about 1300L yesterday. The sun was high, the temperatures cold for southwestern Arizona - 40 degrees during mid-day. I picked a nice hilltop site and commenced scanning some of the weaker channels. Along with me was a modified, spiral-wound 24-inch passive loop to aid in the DXing.
1315L KMZQ-670 Las Vegas, NV (30KW) 197.9 miles
KMZQ's three tower array has a pattern to the northwest, so pumps most of its signal away from me. Only about 12KW comes this way.
1327L KKOH-780 Reno, NV (50KW) 517.0 miles
Nice signal for this distance, strongly competing with KAZM-780 out of Sedona, AZ (5KW, 160.4 miles). KKOH runs a single tower with omni-directional pattern.
1334L KNWZ-970 Coachella, CA (5KW) 110.8 miles
KNWZ's three tower array has a pattern to the southwest, and I am in its null. Weak. Only about 1600 watts comes this way.
1347L KHQN-1480 Spanish Fork, UT (1KW) 464.7 miles
Weak, but a great catch for 1KW at that distance, the best of the day. KHQN runs a single tower with omni-directional pattern. Well under Phoenix's KPHX-1480 (5KW, 123.7 miles)