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         WELCOME TO IRCA's AM-DX NEWSFLASH   -  May 21 1998
                           Vol 4  No 8


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CONVENTION - MEETING INFO (corrections/additions welcome)

WTFDA '98: Rock City in Southwestern New York State on July 31, August
1 & 2.  Host: Dave Nieman.  Co-Host: Greg Coniglio
FOR DETAILS:  e-mail  dxfmtv@xxxxxxxxxxx
              or write Dave Nieman at
              12284 Nice Road, Akron, NY 14001-9408

NOTE:  Although the primary area of interest is TV and FM DXing, most
of our members are also AM dxers and AM-related conversations are
always part of the makeup of our conventions.

IRCA:  As I mentioned in my earlier announcement, the 1998 IRCA
Convention will be held here in Missoula, Montana the weekend of August
14-15-16.  Every BCB DXer, whether an IRCA member or not, is cordially
invited to attend with the entire family.
    The headquarters motel is the 4B's Inn South, conveniently located
at 3808 Brooks St.  The rates are as follows:  1 bed (1 or 2 persons)
$39.95; 2 beds (2 to 4 people) $49.95.  Non-smoking rooms are
available.  You can make reservations by calling 800-272-9500, and
specifying the SOUTH Inn, and also IRCA.  The deadline for reserving a
room is August 3.
    Air service to Missoula is provided by these airlines: Delta,
Northwest, Horizon, Big Sky, and Sky West.  While you're in the area,
you might want to tour nearby Glacier National Park.
    Here is a tentative schedule:  Friday: check-in; socializing.
Saturday: station tour; socializing; Kiwa products demo; informal
banquet; business meeting; auction; DXpedition.  Sunday: lunch picnic.
    The registration fee is $25.00 per DXer; it includes the Saturday
banquet. Family members may attend the banquet for $10.00 each.  You
can wait and pay when you arrive.
    The host is Larry Godwin, 2390 Clydes Dale Lane, Missoula, Montana
59804. You can reach me by e-mail at lbg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, and by phone
at 406-728-3573 (days) and 406-721-5131 (evenings and weekends).
    Please let me know you are coming.  I will try to meet all airline
arrivals.  I'm really looking forward to seeing those of you who can

September 4-7, 1998
Best Western - Oak Hills
San Antonio, Texas

Hold onto your hats because this is going to be a big one!  First of
all, there is no more receptive city in the world than San Antonio.
You think you will be going there for the radio conference, but when
you leave you will still be talking about the remarkable city sights,
the Alamo, sure! The Riverwalk?  The restaurants?  Six Flags over
Texas?  Sea World? Tower of the Americas?  It's endless!
    And be sure to bring your radio!  Imagine! DXing from a city you'e
been trying to DX for years!  Our host, Dale Hamm, has arranged a tour
of WOAI from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon.  Wouldn't it be a kick to
walk through the hallowed halls of one of Americas' last truly Clear
Channel operations?
    But wait, there' more!
    If we start listing all the stations you can visit on this page,
you just know that one or more stations will be changing their call
signs to make us look foolish.   So we'll just say, in a city with two
dozen radio stations youer going to be hard pressed to hear them all,
let alone visit the ones Dale will suggest we go see.
    But the real fun?  Of course.  Meeting many of the DXrs you're
read about and who have become such familiar names in the hobby.  Many
of them will have attended these conventions in the past and they'll be
able to help you figure out what's going on most of the time.  Our
tried and true receptionist will keep you newcomers on track too.  So
come on Friday if you possibly can and plan for a full day of
activities on Saturday and Sunday.
    Sunday morning we'll have the annual radio station quiz .. and a
live taping of the "Travellog" .. a tour across the country with our
dial set to one a.m. frequency .. loads of fun.  In between the
scheduled events, relax, meet and chat with others who share this
wonderful hobby.  It's really a neat time for all of us.


Hotel:  Best Western - Oak Hills; 7401 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX
78229.  1-800-468-3507:  call them until 5 p.m. CentralTime.  $52
Singles; $47 each for Double Rooms (two beds) and breakfast is

Convention Registration:  $40 and includes Saturday banquet and all the
soda / beer and snacks you can wolf down during the weekend.
Registration should include your name and the name of any guest.  Send
that along with $40 each to:
Mr. Dale Hamm, 11313 January Drive, Austin, TX  78753-2915.  Auction
items should be sent to this same address.

    Rail: Call 1-800-872-7245 for information and reservations.
Generally speaking, there is daily service to major cities within
Texas and alternate day service to other major U.S. cities.
    Air:  If you fly into San Antonio, there is a free airport shuttle
to the Best Western.  Many airlines serve San Antonio but South West
Air is offering NRC'ers 10% off; give them the special code number
S-0098 when you call 1-800-433-5368 on Monday through Friday for your
    Driving:  San Antonio is at the junction of I-10 and I-35.  I-410
is the beltway around the city.  The hotel is in the northwest quadrant
of the city.  Drive onto I-410 from I-10 or I-35 to the Babcock Street
exit, turn north on Babcock to Wurzbach Road.  Turn right on Wurzbach
Road and the Best Western is the third building on your left.
    The weekend program will start Friday p.m. and end Sunday p.m.
Saturday is for seeing the city and/or visiting the stations.  Sunday
morning is the annual NRC quiz, a live taping for the DX Audio Service
and other goodies.  Audience participation is expected!

John Bowker
1811 Ft. Duquesna Drive
Sun City Center FL  33573


 CPC DX tests summary


Bill Hale - 6124 Roaring Springs Dr, N Richland Hills TX  76180-5552

Bill has volunteered to be the CPC chairman for the NRC.  Right now
Bill is looking for target station lists and stamps or money to help
get the lists worked on.





YES!!!  The book is being printed... expected to be shipped in April.
I can get the $44.95 discount ONLY until May 31 1998... thereafter my
price will be $60.00.  Thus, your order MUST be postmarked before

The IRCA Bookstore is proud to announce that the 'M Street Corporation'
has agreed to offer a discount on their 1998 'M Street Radio Directory'
to NewsFlash members ordering through the IRCA Bookstore.  The
Directory contains a complete listing of over 15,000 radio stations
(AM/FM, US/Canada) including the following information:  facilities,
ownership, formats, LMAs, station personnel, phone numbers (and FAX),
addresses, ratings, as well as information on almost 400 radio markets
in the US and Canada.  Stations are listed by location (complete info),
frequency (frequency, call, location, power and pattern) and call
(call, frequency, location) and market (frequency, call, location,
rating, format).  It also includes a former call reference (old call,
location and current call).  Major network information (addresses/phone
numbers/etc) and several interesting radio articles are included as

Europe - add $5.00 for surface, $19.20 for airmail delivery.
Australia/New Zealand - add $5.00 for surface, $27.25 for airmail

IRCA Bookstore, 9705 Mary NW, Seattle WA  98117-2334
   Please make checks payable to:  Phil Bytheway.





Larry B. Godwin - Missoula MT - lbg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Last night May 18 at 2315 EDT I first noted KAYK-1690-Arvada, Colorado
on regular schedule with a strong signal.  It carried syndicated
religious programs until sign-off at 0000 EDT.  The ID was for Kingdom
Radio, KQXI-1550.

Receiver: Hammarlund HQ-150.  Antennas: Sanserino air-core box loop +
Kiwa loop.  Phone numbers: days 406-728-3573; eves 406-721-5131.




TELEPHONE NUMBER:  204-253-8644
E-MAIL:  saxelrod@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


1640  KKJY OR Lake Oswego 05/17 0050 Poor signals with religious
       programming NEW!  (SA-MB)


1630  WPGE630 IL Various 05/18 0507 Poor signals with info on the
       commuter train system.First time heard in Winnipeg.(SA-MB)
1640  WPLR660 TX Dallas/Fort Worth 05/18 0518 Airport info breifly up
       under KDIA.(SA-MB)
1680  WPLR660 TX Dallas/Fort Worth 05/18 0447 Poor signals with airport
1685  MER Columbia Mercedes 05/18 0500 Poor signals with Morse Code


1620  WPHG GA Atmore 05/18 0435 Poor signals with GOS music. (SA-MB)
1620  KYIZ WA Denton 05/18 0436 Fair to Good signals over WPHG with
       clear ID and old R/B music.(SA-MB)
1640  KDIA CA Vallejo 05/18 0041 Good signals with UC music. (SA-MB)
1650  KGXL CA Costa Mesa 05/18 0443 Fair to Good signals with Adult
       Standards and NOS music.(SA-MB)
1660  WJDM NJ Elizabeth 05/18 0445 Fair signals with Beat Music.(SA-MB)
1670  WMNL GA Warren-Robins 05/18 0447 Good signals best of the night
       with sports programming.(SA-MB)
1700  WCMQ FL Miami Beach 05/18 0450 Poor with Spanish talk.(SA-MB)


Well after all the T-storms passed over and I could not sleep I got up
and had an X-band fest.  Nice to hear so many all in a short period of
time.  Waiting for more to come on air.


Report from Mark Connelly - Times / dates = UTC / 1998

e-mail = WA1ION@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

[Connelly*O-ME] = Ogunquit, ME (GC= 70.598 W / 43.25 N)
(River Road, near Beach Street: beach parking area)

Receiver: Drake R8A

Antenna system - BBL-1 broadband loop and MFJ-1024 whip (as cardioid
array); Superphaser-1 phasing unit



 549  ALGERIA, Les Trembles, MAY 20 0057 - woman in AA; poor to fair.
 612  SPAIN / MOROCCO, MAY 20 0056 - jumbled messy mix of SS and AA
       talk. [Connelly*O-ME]
 621  CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN, RNE1 synchros, MAY 20 0055 - SS talk //
       639; poor. [Connelly*O-ME]
 639  SPAIN, RNE1, La Coruna et al., MAY 20 0054 - SS discussion; loud.
 711  WESTERN SAHARA, Laayoune, MAY 20 0052 - AA talk; through tough
       T-storm static (QRN). [Connelly*O-ME]
 765  SENEGAL, Dakar, MAY 20 0049 - male AA vocal; over fast SAH that
       was presumably from Switzerland under. [Connelly*O-ME]
 891  ALGERIA, Algiers, MAY 20 0047 - AA music at low audio level on a
       strong carrier. [Connelly*O-ME]
1044  MOROCCO, Sebaa-Aioun, MAY 19 2352 - AA vocal; rising through QRN.
       The static crashes seemed pretty strong considering that no
       clouds were in view. [Connelly*O-ME]
1044  SPAIN, SER synchros, MAY 20 0041 - SER SS newstalk and telephone
       interview; over others. [Connelly*O-ME]
1089  UNITED KINGDOM, Talk Radio synchros, MAY 20 0040 - excited EE
       teletalk.  To strong peaks (but with choppy fades at times);
       WBAL in cardioid array phase-null. [Connelly*O-ME]
1098  SLOVAKIA / SPAIN, MAY 20 0038 - even-strength battle between
       Slavic music and SS talk; a bad growl resulted from the
       frequency difference of about 50 Hz. [Connelly*O-ME]
1107  SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, MAY 20 0036 - two men in SS; LOUD !
1125  SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, MAY 20 0036 - fast SS talk; poor.
1134  CROATIA, HR, Zadar, MAY 20 0035 - initially dominating the
       channel with a Slavic folk vocal.  Then it faded under Spain.
1134  SPAIN, COPE synchros, MAY 20 0036 - SS teletalk; rising atop
       Croatia. [Connelly*O-ME]
1152  SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, MAY 20 0032 - man in SS; fair. Jumble of
       other stuff noted under. [Connelly*O-ME]
1179  SPAIN // CANARY ISLANDS, SER synchros, MAY 20 0111 - SER net SS
       teletalk; fair to good with WHAM phased. [Connelly*O-ME]
1215  UNITED KINGDOM, Virgin R. synchros, MAY 20 0113 - rock music;
       just over Spain and barely covering the static crashes.
1251  LIBYA, Tripoli, MAY 20 0113 - man in AA; poor to fair in tough
       (hard to null) WKBR/WARE/WMTR slop. [Connelly*O-ME]
1296  SPAIN, COPE, Valencia, MAY 20 0023 - man & woman with SS
       teletalk; good. [Connelly*O-ME]
1314  SPAIN, RNE5 synchros, MAY 20 0114 - bits of SS talk; in tough
       CKEC-1320 slop.  Other signal (Norway or UAE ?) noted under.
1349  MAURITANIA, R. Mauritanie, Nouakchott, MAY 19 2325 - het, bits of
       female vocal: at pre-sunset fade-up.  First TA signal noted this
       afternoon. [Connelly*O-ME]
1422  ALGERIA, Algiers, MAY 20 0012 - AA violins; poor at first, then
       the carrier got strong, but the audio was still at a low level.
1512  SAUDI ARABIA, BSKSA, Jeddah, MAY 20 0116 - AA male Koranic a
       cappella vocal; EXCELLENT signal - about equal to WNRB-1510 !
       The huge strength of this so late in the DX season really
       surprised me.  The 0100-0130 UTC slot seems to be the optimum
       time for Middle East propagation during spring and summer.
1548  KUWAIT, VOA, Kuwait City, MAY 20 0117 - VOA program with US EE
       talk by man; to fair peaks, well over the British stations.  It
       was close to dawn on the Kuwait end of the path. [Connelly*O-ME]
1550  ALGERIA - CLANDESTINE, Tindouf, MAY 19 2332 - bongo drums,
       oud-like string instrument, and a group of women shouting and
       singing in a Berber tribal style.  HUGE signal, way over a US
       station that had a baseball game.  This was definitely the
       loudest pre-sunset TA. [Connelly*O-ME]
1584  SPAIN / CEUTA, MAY 20 0018 - Spain with SER newstalk and Ceuta
       with music "duked it out" at even strength.  Tough static and
       CBJ slop at times. [Connelly*O-ME]
1602  SPAIN, EI, Vitoria, MAY 20 0117 - mellow SS pop vocal; good, way
       over the SER SS talker.  No sign of Ascension Island that Neil
       Kazaross heard from here in the '80s. [Connelly*O-ME]


1110  VENEZUELA, YVQT, Carupano, MAY 20 0037 - R. Carupano ID, SS talk;
       fair over a low rumble.  In general, the Latin Americans were on
       the weak side tonight.  Even 535 and the other Caribbean splits
       were barely making it. [Connelly*O-ME]
1375  ST. PIERRE ET MIQUELON, RFO, MAY 19 2330 - man with FF teletalk;
       fair.  Groundwave reception at this site is possible (day signal
       at noise threshold). [Connelly*O-ME]




Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx


1150-KXTA-CA, LOS ANGELES- rec vl anf vf with tx info in 8d for taped
report. V/S: Mike Callaghan-CE  KXTA/KIIS-FM. Address: KXTA Radio, 3400
Riverside Drive  #800, Burbank  CA  91505. MW QSL #2481. (PM-OR)

710-KDIS-CA, LOS ANGELES  rec. vl and vf in 8d for taped report. Assit.
CE mentioned that my report was a surprise as they have no more than 25
mv/m at 2 miles to the North to protect KIRO. V/S: Mike Worrall-Assit.
CE. Address: 3321 La Cienega Bl-Los Angeles 90016. (PM-OR)

1670-WNML-GA, Macon rec. vf in 15d for taped report. V/S: Richard W.
Hamilton-Transmitter Eng.. address: 7080 Industrial Hwy-Macon GA
31206. (PM-OR)


Paul Ormandy - paulorm@xxxxxxxx forwards the following:

Andy Gardnerby way of GreylineDX MailingList <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hon Tony Ryall Minister Responsible for Radio New Zealand

19 May, 1998


Radio New Zealand will investigate converting National Radio from the
current AM band to the FM band, Minister Responsible for Radio New
Zealand Hon Tony Ryall said today.

I have invited the Board of RNZ to include a case in their 1998/99
business plan for moving National Radio to the FM band, Mr Ryall said.

Moving to the FM band would certainly provide a considerable increase
in quality for National Radio?s estimated half-a-million listeners.

A move to FM might also save costs in the long run as FM is generally
cheaper to transmit than AM.  The Government would expect RNZ to manage
the costs of any move to FM within its own balance sheet, in
consultation with shareholding Ministers.


Paul Ormandy - paulorm@xxxxxxxx

Thanks to Henrik Klemetz, the address for Colombian broadcaster Radio
Uno in Girardot is:

Cra. 10 No. 14-35, 2 piso



The IRCA is proud to announce the release of the 3rd Edition of its
Technical Guide. This 156 page book answers questions on receiver and
antenna theory (how to improve their performance), how audio filters
and loop antennas can improve DX (and hints on their construction), how
to build a beverage and phasing unit, and much more.  All updated to
Only $10.00 for IRCA/NRC/MWC members, $12.00 for non-members
  (overseas airmail add $2.50).


IRCA Mexican Log, 5th Edition

The IRCA is proud to announce the release of the 5th edition of its
MEXICAN LOG.  The IRCA MEXICAN LOG log lists all AM stations in Mexico
by frequency, including call letters, state, city, day/night power,
slogans, schedule in UTC/GMT, formats, networks and notes.  In
addition, stations that have changed frequency since 1996 are
cross-referenced on the old frequency.  The call letter index gives
call, frequency, city and state.  The city index (listed by state, then
city) includes frequency, call and day/night power. The log has been
completely updated from the 1996 edition and carefully cross-checked by
IRCA members in Mexico and the US.  This is an indispensable reference
for anyone who hears Mexican radio stations.  Size is 8 1/2" x 11" and
three hole punched for easy binding (optional).

Prices:  IRCA/NRC members - $7.00 (US/Canada/Mexico/seamail), $8.00
(rest of the Americas airmail), $8.50 (Europe/Asia airmail), $9.00
(Australia/New Zealand airmail).  Non-members:  add $2.00 to the above
prices.  Make checks out to:  Phil Bytheway.

Order TODAY from:  IRCA Bookstore, 9705 Mary NW, Seattle WA  98117-2334


The National Radio Club now has the 18th edition of their NRC AM Radio
Log for the 1997-1998 DX Season edition.

This annual edition contains 310 pages, 8 1/2" x 11" size, 3-hole
punched, loose leaf format with over 5,400 A.M. Radio station listings
from the United States and Canada.  Each station listing consists of
its location, frequency, call, format, network affiliation, station
address, station slogan, day and night transmitter powers.  There are
cross references by city and by call letter.

The AM Radio Log is available to NRC/IRCA members for $16.95 post paid.
(Canadian members funds must be US funds)

The Nonmember and Overseas prices of the AM Radio Log are as follows:

U.S. & Canada  US$22.95
Latin America  US$23.50
Europe         US$24.00
All Others     US$28.00

All Overseas prices are shipped via AIR and payment must be in US

Please mail all orders to:

National Radio Club
Publications Center
P.O. Box 164
Mannsville, NY 13661-0164


    phil bytheway - Seattle WA - philip_bytheway@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Tabulated from WWV at ~0518 GMT nightly

    Geomagnetic Summary May 15 1998 through May 21 1998

       GEO - Geomagnetic activity     pca - polar cap absorption
       maf - major flare              SA  - Solar Activity
       mas - major storm              spe - satellite proton event
       mis - minor storm              ss  - severe storm

    Date    FLUX    A    K    SA          GEO                 OTHER

     5/15   116     5    2    low         quiet-unsettled     -
       16   118    10    2    low         quiet-active        -
       17   110    10    1    very low    quiet-unsettled     -
       18   102     9    3    very low    quiet-unsettled     -
       19    99     7    1    low         quiet-unsettled     -
       20    92     8    4    very low    quiet-active        -
     5/21    89    15    3    very low    quiet-active        -


If you note any AM changes (call, format, slogan, etc), please send
them to the NRC Log coordinator (Wayne Heinen) @ nrclog@xxxxxxx


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