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Mini DXpedition

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Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:25 pm

Every fall I pick a day and head out into the country for a few hours to do some DXing on the short wave bands. I take along a radio or two and some wire for erecting an antenna I go to the same location every year. It's a conservation area, about 35 miles from the city, about ten miles inland from Lake Huron. The area is perfect. There are no power lines or any other source of man made noise around. There are trees around so I can get an antenna up off the ground.

It's becoming a little more of a challenge every year, because, one by one, the big international broadcasters are shutting down.

I always pick a day in early November, after we have reverted to standard time. This allows me to take advantage of the earlier darkness. I arrive there around 4:00 PM. This gives me enough time to get set up before it gets dark. I stay there for 4 or 5 hours and then head for the nearby Tim Horton’s and warm up with a hot bowl of chili before driving home.

The day I've picked for this year is Monday, Nov 2. The weather can be unreliable at that time of year, but in the eight years I've been doing it, I've never had bad weather. Indeed, on one or two occasions, it's been balmy, Indian summer weather.

I'm looking forward to it.



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by MetalUpYourAss1973 » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:53 pm

It is quite a shame that shortwave isn't what it used to be. It feels like everything is religious broadcasters now...like we can't get an overdose of that on AM/FM radio today.

My first memory of shortwave radio was probably late 80s as a teen I bought a Sony ICF-SW20 pocket-sized analog shortwave radio, which I still have to this day. Sony seemed to always make excellent AM/SW sections even on their pocket-sized radios. There was a station from New Orleans with an actual W*** call sign that I actually heard live Saints football play-by-play being broadcast. The variety in formats was amazing to me as everything on AM/FM was limited to the same four or five formats.

I collected a few better radios over the years, but what's available today is only a shell of its former self at this point.



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:14 pm

There was a station from New Orleans with an actual W*** call sign that I actually heard live Saints football play-by-play being broadcast.

WRNO



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Big Signal » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:00 am

That may have been WWL on 870.


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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:56 am

Big Signal wrote:That may have been WWL on 870.
I thought about that too. But he seemed to be referring to something he heard on short wave.



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by MetalUpYourAss1973 » Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:33 pm

I think it was WRNO. It was definitely on the shortwave band.



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Big Signal » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:04 pm

I thought about that too. But he seemed to be referring to something he heard on short wave.
Oops, my bad. :oops:


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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:27 pm

A QSL from WRNO.



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:06 pm

So, tomorrow's the day. The weather promises to be perfect. Making the final preparations. I just installed the batteries in the radio.

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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:34 pm

So I know you're all just as excited about this as I am. :lol

I'm just about ready to leave. Got the radio all packed.

This case is one I bought in the U.S. Its true purpose was for transporting handguns. But I re-purposed it for carrying around my radio.



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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:18 pm

The list gets shorter every year. Nonetheless, it was a good day and a good night. The weather was fabulous. One of the best days ever, for the event.


6070 KHZ - CFRX Toronto

3485 KHZ USB - New York Radio VOLMET

6195 KHZ - Radio Australia

6160 KHZ - CKNZ Newfoundland

3330 - CHU Canada

5000 KHZ - WWV

6115 KHZ - WRMI Miami

4316 KHZ USB - U.S. Coast Guard Command, Norfolk VA. (Marine weather for the Atlantic Ocean)

5990 KHZ - China Radio International

6015 KHZ - Radio Romania International

11880 KHZ - Radio Havana

12095 KHZ - BBC World Service (Broadcast was to South Asia from a transmitter in Singapore.)

5850 KHZ - Radio Slovakia International

6030 KHZ - Radio Marti

5505 KHZ USB Shannon Volmet Shannon, Ireland

6175 KHZ - Voice of Vietnam.

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Re: Mini DXpedition

Post by k8jd » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:19 am

My SWL list from a few nights ago. Heard on my Yaesu FT990 and a 90 ft dipole antennna.
10/22/2015
FREQ, ID, TRANS LOCATION, LANGUAGE HEARD.
03:37 UT
5810, WEWN, GA, SPANISH
5830, WTWW, TN, ENGLISH
5850, WRMI, FL, ENG
5875, BBC, ENGLAND, ARABIC
5890, WWCR, TN, ENG
5910, NHK, FRANCE, JAPANESE
5920, WHRI, GA, ENG
5980, CHANNEL AFRICA, RSA, ENG
5985, NHK, FL, JAPANESE
04:00 UT
6000, RHC, CUBA, ENG
6020, CHINA R. INTERNATIONAL, ALBANIA, ENG
6030, R. MARTI, NC, SPAN
6050, HCJB, QUITO, EQUADOR, SPAN
6060, RHC, CUBA, SPAN
6090, CARIB BEACON, ANGUILA, ENG
6175, WHRI, SC, SPAN
6185, XEPPM, MEXICO, SPAN
ETC...
Most of the English broadcasts from domestic US short wave stations were evangelic preachers.
So if you love Jesus and speak Spanish you will love today's short wave broadcasts.
Exception, CRI and RHC in english were talking about how wonderful life is in the workers' Communist paradise.



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