[HCDX]: IRCA AM DX NewsFlash - 5/28/98
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         WELCOME TO IRCA's AM-DX NEWSFLASH   -  May 28 1998
                           Vol 4  No 9


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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:  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 smore!
    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 out... I received my copy this week!! 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 5/31/98!!

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.




Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

I caught KQXI-1690 testing  tonight (5/23) from 2045 PDT (0345 UTC)
with Rel. C&W Music with KQXI-1550 IDs along  with 1550 / 1690 IDs.
Apparently went off at 2100 PDT. Good signal.




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


1690  KAYK CO Arvada 05/22 2330-0000 Fair to good signals with
       Religious music and sign off info at 2359.  ID's as KQXI 1550.
       NEW! (SA-MB)


Still lots of T-storm static but this one was in well.  Best X-band
signal of the night.


Jef Jaisun - Seattle WA - eljefe@xxxxxxxxxxx

Early this morning (5/25) I was band-scanning, stopped on 1480 for a
second and heard a KGO jingle! Since I'd just returned from seeing
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," I thought maybe I was hallucinating.
But no...

After checking the "parallel" on 810, I'm absolutely positive. Between
0135 and 0200 PDT MM 5/25 I heard Ray Taliaferro's KGO show on 1480,
complete with KGO spots and IDs. At the top of the hour, somebody cut
in with a "KYOS, Merced" ID. What the heck is up with this? I've been
trying for 20 years to get KGO to put in a Seattle relay. You mean
someone's actually done it in Merced?




Paul Ormandy - paulorm@xxxxxxxx

I wonder if anyone can help me with a mailing address for Radio
Imperativa, Cuzco, 1000kHz. I heard the station last year and have been
hoping for an address to pop up to no avail.

This freq was used in Cuzco by R Macchu Picchu, and I guess it's a new
operation. Chuck Hutton, when wandering around the Peruvian highlands
in a year or so ago, noted an open carrier on this channel so
presumably this operation has come on air since then.


SHAWN AXELROD - saxelrod@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Is the site of a World Wide Xband listing Anny additions or changes


John Zondlo - Yukon OK - FMDXWeb@xxxxxxx

FM DX Web. It's dedicated to FM DXing, and can be found at


Paul Ormandy - paulorm@xxxxxxxx

In an e-mail from Stu Jenke, R Rhema is to open shortly in Whangarei on
621kHz and to quote "yet to be shifted from another site in New
Zealand" - does this mean that they're closing one down or moving a
presently AM operation to FM so they can move the gear to Whangarei?
Stay tuned...

And a new Radio Sport outlet is on the air in Wanganui on 1062kHz.

Transmitter powers for other Radio Sport stations (per QSLs from them)

 693 Dunedin 6kW
 729 Whangarei 2.5kW
 774 New Plymouth 6kW
1089 Palmerston North 2.5kW
1125 Napier 1kW
1332 Auckland 10kW
1350 Rotorua 1kW
1503 Christchurch 2.5kW

I am not sure of the transmitter power of

1062 Wanganui
1530 Wellington


Glenn Hauser - wghauser@xxxxxxxxxxx
    as of May 28, 1998 from Glenn Hauser

    CONTINENT OF MEDIA (COM) is an additional half-hour carried only by
RFPI, produced about once a month and repeated weekly until a new
edition arrive, on this schedule: Fri 1930 on 15050 and 21460, Sat 0330
on 7385 and 15050; 1030 on 7385; Sat 1730 on 21460, Sun 0130 on 7385
and 15050, 0830 on 7385. For the time being, also Wed 2300 on 21460,
15050; Thu 0700 on 7385, 15050. Look for 6980 to be reactivated on AM
at night. A new edition starts in June. COM deals primarily with
domestic media developments in North America.
    NOTE: this is posted only when there have been changes since last
time. Times may vary on all the SW stations.
    On RFPI Costa Rica: Fri 2000, Sat 0400, 1100, 1800, Sun 0200, 0900,
2300, Mon 0700, Tue 1900, Wed 0300, 1000--on 15050 30 kW 1800-0800;
21460 10 kW 1500-2330; 7385 3 kW 0000-1430; sometimes there are
additional airings around 1500.
    On WWCR Nashville, Thu 2030 15685, Sat 0600 5070 AND 3210, Sun 0630
5070, Tue 1230 15685.
    On WGTG, Georgia, Sat 2330 on 5085-USB.
    Updated weekly or as needed. Please publicize at least the RFPI,
WWCR and WGTG portion, and delete any outdated times from your lists.
All times and days UT. Subtract 5 hours from UT for CDT.
    W.O.R. is a listener-supported, public-service program about
communications around the world, especially, but not limited to,
Shortwave Broadcasting. Look for separately distributed rundowns of
topics in each half-hour edition, or on our frequently-updated,
text-only website:


also usually in RFPI Weekly Updates, previews by E-mail or newsgroups.
This site also gives complete details of all our broadcasts on
satellite, cable, AM and FM, Internet, in Spanish, and about our
publications, contact info, etc.



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 22 1998 through May 28 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

     5/22    87     6    3    very low    quiet-unsettled     -
       23    90    12    3    very low    quiet-unsettled     -
       24    96    14    2    low         quiet-active        -
       25    92    14    3    very low    quiet-active        -
       26     z     z    z    z           z                   -
       27    94     8    2    low         quiet-unsettled     -
     5/28    98     8    3    high        quiet-unsettled     maf 0059


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


END of 5/28/98 IRCA's "AM DX NewsFlash"
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