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         WELCOME TO IRCA's AM-DX NEWSFLASH   -  June 11 1998
                           Vol 4  No 11


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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


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

Right now Bill is looking for target station lists and stamps or money
to help get the lists worked on.




Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

6/8 Turned on the receiver this morning and found KZTU-660-Junction
City, OR on the air with very strong signals here 140 miles away //860,
with KPAM IDs. Haven't caught an ID on the hour as yet though. This
should get out well during the day at least! Reports should probably be
sent to the KPAM address I would guess, as they own KZTU.


Kent Winrich - kwin@xxxxxxxxxx

820/750 Chiacgo

750 Actually Portage. Ind is now IDing as WYPA ex-WNDZ. WYPA format
     moves from 820.
820 is now SS.  No ID as of yet, but lots of World Cup coverage


Lee J Freshwater  414 SE 3rd St, Ocala, FL 34474
FAX  352-732-7223  E-mail Lfreshwate@xxxxxxx

The F.C.C. has started putting CALL LETTER changes in their computer
data base...We will include them here as time and space permits.

PREPARED ON  6/10/98

Check out the BCB LOGBOOK at

Call Signs reserved for Pending Sales Applicants **

CALL                                               CALL

WLSG     Nicholasville, KY           1250         WNVL

**  Commission grant and consummation does not automatically grant call
sign application. The new licensee must provide written notice to the
call sign desk upon consummation of the transaction and await authority
from the Commission to use the new call sign.

               CALL SIGN  CHANGES

CALL                                   *          CALL

KIKN      Port Angeles, CA          1290         KKNW
WCGR      Canandaigua, NY           1310         new **
WBDI      Highland, IL              1510         new
WDZK      Bloomfield, CT            1550         WRDM
WAHI      Knoxville, TN             1580         WDMF
KBEG      Clovis, CA                1630         new
KBFQ      Enid, OK                  1640         new
WBAH      Elizabeth, NJ             1660         WJDM

*  The F.C.C. does NOT list the frequency in their database.
   I have tried to suppliment this with information from my
   own database,, so look it over "carefully" before you
   change anything in yours.

   We have put this information in order of frequency rather
   than location. Send any suggestions, changes AND
   corrections to the above E-Mail address.

**   The FCC has deemed this to be a NEW station, altho the
calls and frequency RETURN to this city.




Kent Winrich - Milwaukee, WI - kwin@xxxxxxxxxx

1640 WKSH Sussex, WI/WOKY pics
I got a call from WKSH today.  They said that they are done testing,
and that they are awaiting FCC approval to hit the airwaves.  My
contact said that they "should" be on in about a week or so.  So start
to look for them starting the week of the 15th.

In a storm last week, three of five of WOKYs towers were blown down.
WOKY - 920 is in Milwaukee, WI 5kW day 4 towers, 1 kW night 3 towers.

A pic of two of the fallen towers can be seen at my web site

Here is the antenna layout:

y                    y
X                    y

y= antenna down
X= antenna still up

Day towers:

y                    y

X                    y



If you are in the midwest, this may be a good time to try and catch


Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

6/7.  Is anymore hearing the UNID SSer on 1660 khz, weakly received off
my EWE wire at 0640 UTC (June 8).  So far no ID caught, but I presume
an XE, Baja Cal, or a harmonic. Maybe a new X Bander from Mexico? Any
help would be appreciated.

6/8.  Is anyone hearing an  SSer on 1660 khz? I have been listening to
one at 0645 UTC on June 8, 1998. At 0700, there was an ID with a female
announcer "1660 AM". Seems to be strongest off EWE antenna. Has WJDM
changed format? Lots of static crashes tonight making hearing the
signal hard. Any help would be appreciated.

Charles A. Taylor - calltaylor@xxxxxxx

6/8.  Dunno what urp and thump have to do with it (Maybe a brilliant
new concept for format), but I vote for WJDM-1660. When I heard it, it
wasn't mixing with WJDM (the unIDed SS-1660, that is).

6/8.  Didn't even think to ID the SS-1660 last AM (around 0200 EDT). I
was realigning the R-390A/URR after throwing the gear train out of
synchronization while work- ing on a more minor problem (I was a
shivering mass of protoplasm). After get- ting it back into
synchronization, I was aligning it and landed on 1660 in passing. Noted
the SS, and thought maybe I had read the NJ had changed for- mat.
Wrong! But it was strong enough to make me think it was East Coast or
some other within 750-1000 miles.

Robert Wien - San Jose CA - rjwmail@xxxxxxxxx

6/8.  1660 is now WBAH, and they are now Radio Unica (they are
apparently leasing the facilities from the Beat Network).  The Beat
network is the dance network that Radio Aahs used to be (830 KPLS is
still on this network).

Bill Harms - wharms@xxxxxxxxx

6/8.  Nope this is New Jersey; I am not sure of the calls.  I hear them
here in Maryland in the day time.

Paul Mount - prmount@xxxxxxxxxxx

6/8.  Yes WJDM is now broadcasting "Radio Unica" in Spanish and has
reportedly scrooged around with its call letters to WBAH




Chuck Rippel - crippel@xxxxxxxx

890  CUBA  CMDZ  R. Progresso Santiago de Cuba in great with WLS nulled
      with the DL-2.  Complete ID by YL @ 0234  (Rippel 6/5)

WJ-HF1000A, R8A, R390A/Sherwood SE-3, Collins 51S-1


Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

 660 Khz-OR, Junction City-KZTU, good with Christian Rock, ID at 1501
      EDT 6/8, ID as "Christian Hit Radio, KPAM-Troutdale-Portland-
      Vancouver and KZTU Junction City-Eugene-Springfield." Back into
      Christian Rock. Dropped power at 0000 EDT 6/9, was gone off te
      dial. Day power-10KW ND and Night power 75 watts ND. Reports
      should be sent to KPAM's address. (PM-OR)

Conditions have dinally improved after several weeks on really bad
conditions. With some rain to wet the Ground, DUs above 1540 khz were

1548 Khz-UNID- DU talk, presume 4QD at 1220 UTC 6/10, lots of 1550
      splash. (PM-OR)
1557 Khz-UNID, mostly carrier but bits of talk at 1222 6/10. (PM-OR)
1566 Khz-UNID-bits of talk in splah at 1224 6/10 (PM-OR)
1575 Khz-UNID, mostly carrier but a little mx at times at 1225 6/10.
      Strong carrier, but little audio. (PM-OR)
1584 Khz-UNID but man with bits of DU talk, a word here and here.
      Sounded like more than one carrier, with audio buried at 1223
      6/10. (PM-OR)
t1593 Khz-AUSTRALIA, Melbourne-3RG?  man in what sounded like Italian
      at 1229 6/10 with soft rel. mx underneath (Radio Rhema?). I may
      send a tent. taped report, as you could hear a little of the II
      talk. (PM-OR)
1602-UNID-sounded like an Open Carrier, no audio at 1235  6/10. (PM-OR)
1629-UNID in growl at 1234 6/10, lots on 1620 splash. (PM-OR)
1638-UNID mostly carrier in 1640 (KDIA) splash at 1241 6/10 (PM-OR)
1665-AUSTRALIA, Sydney, good with  Greek type mx at 1238 6/10 (PM-OR)
1683-AUSTRALIA, Sounded like Arab programming, fair at 1237 6/10
1701-AUSTRALIA, Brisbane- Radio 1701 I presume with mx  1239 6/10

Using Drake R8, EWE antenna.


Tim Hall - Chula Viasta CA - halls@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

(TRH-CA)  Tim Hall, Chula Vista, CA   ICF-2010, KIWA Loop
(TRH-CA1) DXing between Chula Vista and Palm Springs, CA, Delco car
           radio, and at Indian Wells, CA, ICF2010, KIWA Loop

 530  KNCN250  CA, San Bernardino  6/1 1300  Fair @I-15/CA-79 S.
       junction and many miles E and N of this location with Road
       conditions for Running Springs-Big Bear area.  (TRH-CA1)
 620  WPFK505  CA, Corona  6/1 1305  Fair-good @I-15/CA-79 S, junction
       and across a large area of I_15, I-10, CA-79.  Road conditions
       for I-15/CA-91 junction, specific IDs as "WPFK505 Corona". Other
       stations (Beaumont, Murrieta, San Bernardino) are not on the
       air.  KTAR puts a very good midday signal into this area.
1610  WNKI578  CA, Idyllwild  6/1 1355  Poor @CA-371/CA-74 junction
       with local programming and "Winky" slogan.  Not getting out
       nearly as well as last year.  (TRH-CA1)
1610  WPIW469  CA, Palm Desert  6/1 1425  New station is on the air.
       Good signals along CA-74 and throughout the Palm Springs area
       w/10-minute tape loop read by woman.  Tape included call ID and
       slogan "the new AM 16-10".  "Tune to AM 1610" signs noted along
       CA-111 in Palm Desert.  Transmitter at City Hall on Fred Waring
       Drive.  Gets out very well, ruined the channel for me on this
       trip.  (TRH-CA1)
1620  WPGG527  CA, Lakewood 6/2 0022  Poor-fair on ICF2010/KIWA Loop at
       Hotel in Indian Wells.  IDs mixing with one of the CalTrans
       stations in Orange County which was giving Anaheim traffic info

LOUSY conditions at the noise-filled hotel in Indian Wells.  New
station on 1610 in Palm Desert ruined my hopes of TIS DX.

Tried again for Mt. Palomar station (530 or 1610) from CA-79/CA-371
junction 5 miles N of the mountain.  No luck again, but this area is
drowning in electrical noise.

Had an UNID on 1610 poor-fair on the car radio for a while W/SW of
Hemet on CA-79.  Couldn't hang on to it to get the ID.


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


 580  UNID 06/09 0300 ID as "this is ----(call sign starting with a K)
       Marshall Belgrade?  Into news about United States events.
 580  UNID 06/09 0240 Art Bell program(SA-MB)
 580  UNID 06/09 0415 Sports talk program.  Most likely WKTY.(SA-MB)


 580  CKY MB Winnipeg 06/09 0230 Off air and or testing their equipment
       until about 0500(SA-MB)


 580  CKPR ON Thunder Bay 06/09 0305 Clear CKPR ID's and a mix of
       oldies and AC music. Signals fading in and out from poor to
       good.  My closest unheard at last. NEW!!  Station #
 580  WTCM MI Traverse City 06/09 0402 Faded up with ABC news.  NEW!!
 580  CKAP ON Kapuskasing 06/09 0423 Country music and ID as"Corral
       Country CKAP(SA-MB) 0800 TO 1600 HOURS ELT


I got up after a terrible nightmare and could not fall back to sleep.
Good thing I checked the radio as two new ones popped up when NSP local
CKY went off air or was testing equipment. Managed to hear station 2100
which I had set as a goal to hear before the year 2000.  The idea of
hearing 2100 before the 21st century looked like a good goal.  Figured
it would be an X-bander the way things were going but this is even




Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx


 729 khz- RADIO SPORT- NEW ZEALAND, Whangarei. PD letter in 18 d for
      taped report to: Radio Sport, P.O. Box 3526, 54 Cook Street,
      Auckland New Zealand. V/S: John Howson-GM. New Zealand QSL #94.

I phoned WCMQ today and spoke with one of their Engineers. I was told
WCMQ have received over 100 reports. He still is going to be answering
them with a form letter or card., as soon as he gets the time. He very
much appreciates the reports. Hopefully QSLs will be forthcoming.


Jorma Mantyla - jmantyla@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I have recently opened my personal web-site dedicated to dx'ing.  There
is also a virtual QSL-collection of 250 verifications and pennants &
station photos received during last 30 years.  See


Glenn Hauser - wghauser@xxxxxxxxxxx

Additional time for WORLD OF RADIO on WWCR:

Sunday 0930 UT on 5070

Remaining times are

Thursday 2030 on 15685
Saturday 0600 on 3210, 5070
Sunday 0630 on 5070
Tuesday 1230 on 15685

For full schedule on all stations see




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



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

IRCA Bookstore price - $60.00 US.
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.


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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