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         WELCOME TO IRCA's AM-DX NEWSFLASH  -  December 30 1999
                          Vol 5  No 39

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CONVENTION - MEETING INFO (corrections/additions welcome)


The 2000 IRCA convention will be held August 25,26,and 27 in Billings, 
MT. The convention will be hosted by John and Nancy Johnson.

IRCA's 2000 Convention has a web site for complete information.


 CPC DX tests


CPC Chairperson (IRCA) - Lynn Hollerman - gmhollerman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      1/ 1/00 Sat - 0300-???? - 1420 - KSTN - Stockton CA (IRCA)
      1/ 9/00 Sun - 0030-0045 - 1500 - WFIF - Milford CT (IRCA)
      1/17/00 Mon - 0400-0500 -  760 - WVNE - Worcester MA (IRCA)
      1/23/00 Sun - 0000-0100 - 1090 - KTNS - Oakhurst CA (IRCA)
      1/30/00 Sun - 0100-0300 - 1450 - WILM - Wilmington DE (NRC)
                  - 0100-0130 -  630 - WMAL - Washington DC (IRCA)

Saturday, January 1, 2000 - KSTN-1420, Stockton, CA will conduct a DX 
test from 12:00 am - ? am PST (3:00 am - ? EST). Request line - 
(209)948-1420 - will be open to go on the air with New Year's greetings. 
The format will be '70s disco music.  There will be a prize drawing from 
all reports received for a souvenir piece of the transmitter.  

  Reception reports may be sent to:
Mr. Paul Shinn
Chief Engineer
2171 Ralph Avenue
Stockton, CA 95206
  E-mail: KSTN@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 (Arranged by Lynn Hollerman for the IRCA CPC.)

Sunday, January 9, 2000 - WFIF-1500, Milford, CT will conduct a DX test 
from 12:30 am - 12:45 am EST. The test will include tones, voice IDs, 
and Morse code IDs. Also note, International DX reports will ONLY be 
replied to via E-MAIL. For Domestic US reports only, they *MUST* include 
a SASE. Again, INTERNATIONAL reports will *ONLY* be responded to via E-

  Reception reports may be sent to:
Mr. William Barnett
WFIF Radio
90 Kay Ave.
Milford, CT 06460
  E-mail: WFIF@xxxxxxx
  WWW: http://www.lifechangingradio.com

Monday, January 17, 2000 - WVNE-760, Worchester, MA will conduct a DX 
test from 4:00 am - 5:00 am EST. The test will include tones, voice IDs, 
and Morse code IDs. Power will be 25 kW directional daytime pattern.

  Reception reports may be sent to:
Mr. Lincoln W. Hubbard (N1ATU)
Chief Engineer
52 Park View
Warwick, RI 02888
  (Please note: Use this address for QSLs!)
  E-mail: wvne@xxxxxxx
 (Arranged by Lynn Hollerman for the IRCA CPC.)

Sunday, January 23, 2000 - KTNS-1090, Oakhurst, CA will conduct a DX 
test from 9:00pm-10:00pm PST (12:00 am-1:00 am EST). The test will 
consist of "Music of your life". The test will be run at KTNS's full 
daytime power of 1000 watts and a non-directional antenna pattern will 
be used.

  Reception reports may be sent to:
Mr. Larry W. Gamble
General Manager
40356 Oak Park Way
Oakhurst, CA 93612
  Email: mtkaat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 (Arranged by Lynn Hollerman for the IRCA CPC.)

Sunday, January 30, 2000 - WMAL-630, Washington, DC will conduct a DX 
test from 1:00 am - 1:30 am EST. The test will consist of Morse code Ids 
inserted into regular programming at the top of the hour. According to 
CE John Butler, the station will be running "When Radio Was" at this 
time, an anthology of classic radio shows.

  Reception reports may be sent to:
Mr. John Butler
4400 Jenifer St. NW
Washington, DC 20015
  Email: John.C.Butler@xxxxxxx
 (Arranged by Lynn Hollerman for the IRCA CPC.)

Monday, January 30, 2000 - WILM-1450, Wilmington, DE will conduct a DX 
test from 1:00 am - 3:00 am EST. The test will include a combination of 
tones, sirens, and unique music, all correlated to specific times, and 
will run during the test time except for a brief period after the top of 
each hour.  A special millenium QSL, which may be seen in the January 
2000 PopCom, will be issued.  Prepaid phone calls at 302-656-8134 will 
be accepted, and reception reports with a SASE are preferred. 

  Reception reports may be sent to:
Mr. Allen Loudell
Program Director
1215 French St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
 (Arranged by Allen Loudell for the NRC CPC.)

If you hear a test, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know, via either e-mail or in 
rec.radio.shortwave! And if you send a reception report to a station, 
please remember to include return postage with your report...




   IRCA Foreign Log #10 is NOW available from the IRCA Bookstore for
$10.00 US.  Overseas, add $2.00 US for airmail delivery.  This edition
contains ALL the SDXM DXWW-E and DXWW-W tips from 9/96 to 7/99... almost
three years of material!  All collated and in frequency order by TA, PA
and TP for each DXWW column.


   The IRCA Bookstore is proud to announce that the 'M Street 
Corporation' has agreed to offer a discount on their 2000 'M Street 
Radio Directory' to DXers 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 
   The price to US and Canadian DXers ordering through the IRCA 
Bookstore is $40.00 post paid (UPS address required).  The book is 
expected to be out by February 2000 (usual disclaimer on date 'cause we 
can't be sure!).  Retail will be $72.00.
   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
    (all checks payable to Phil Bytheway)


AM RADIO LOG 20th Edition

   This annual edition contains 321 pages, 8 1/2" x 11" size, 3-hole 
punched, loose-leaf format. Radio station listings from the United 
States and Canada including up to the last minute information on the new 
stations in the Expanded band (1605-1705). 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. 
   To order, contact the Publications Center.  If you are in the NRC or 
IRCA your price is $16.95 if not, the non-member prices of the AM Radio 
Log are as follows: 

U.S. & Canada    US$22.95
Latin America    US$24.00
Europe           US$25.00
All Others       US$28.00

Send all orders to:
National Radio Club
Publications Center
Box 164, Dept W
Mannsville NY  13661-0164 USA

NY residents add appropriate sales tax. Price listed is "postage paid" 
to your location. Checks should be made payable to NATIONAL RADIO CLUB, 
INC. The National Radio Club is a non-profit radio club devoted to the 
medium wave DX hobby. We are not a business. Sorry, no COD or Net 
Account orders accepted.




**Richard Toebe - Davis CA - richtoebe@xxxxxxx

KUYL-1280 (ex-KJAX) in Stockton CA dropped the Ho Ho Ho format this 
week; they're now "Cool 1280" with oldies.




**Pete Taylor - Tacoma WA - taytac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 680  KKGR  MT W. Helena.  This station has some sort of special deal, 
       and as per phone call, operates with 5kw from 6-6 MST during the 
       winter.  Not only that, it has changed formats from C&W to 
       oldies, as in "Good Time Oldies."  The new owner (as of May), Ron 
       Davidson, was not aware of the Canadian syndication of the same 
       name.  It was heard here 12/22 from 0815-0845 EST with non-stop 
       oldies, and then finally a "KGR" ID and some local ads (KNBR 
       looped, but all CA stations were weaker than usual).  Mid-
       Westerners and Westerners should give it a try.  Ron is a 
       friendly guy who even returned my call.  He is not DX-aware 
       (i.e., CJOB, KOMW and KNBR didn't mean anything to him) and runs 
       a printing shop. The station is self-formatted.
 900  CJVI  BC Victoria.  This stations carries the 3-hour "Rona" talk 
       show (I have heard it around 10PM PST) but other than that 
       carries what they call the "Decades" format (music from the 60s-
       80s).  The music is produced at the station.  They will switch to 
       FM during the summer/fall of 2000.
 900  CKBI  SK Prince Albert also produces its own music - which is 
       pretty much a blend of whatever they want (oldies, country, 
       whatever). Their closest AM competitor is CJVR-750 Melfort.  CKBI 
       has one FM and is acquiring another.

My point with the last two is that neither carries the Canadian format, 
Good Time Oldies. (So Blake Lawrence, you need something a little more 
specific to identify what you heard).


Mark Mohrmann - Coventry VT - mohrmannm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

NRD 535D, LW 140m @120deg, 140m @240deg, 800m @75deg

 620  CUBA R Rebelde; , Dec 22, 0619 LA pop vocals, fair signal //5025. 
 640  CUBA R Progreso; , Dec 21, 0433 Dramatic talk, +20dB over and 
       dominant //890. (Mohrmann-VT)
 750  VENEZUELA R Caracas - YVKS; Caracas, Dec 21, 0440 Spanish talk in 
       WSB Atlanta null, fair to good signal.  (Mohrmann-VT)
 759.92  COLOMBIA RCN - HJAJ; Barranquilla, Dec 17, 0250 Live? sports 
       interview in WJR Detroit null. 0300 time pips over interview 
       //1000 good signal.  (Mohrmann-VT)
 780  VENEZUELA R Coro - YVMN; Coro, Dec 19, 0245 Excellent signal in 
       WBBM Chicago null. LA pops with ID/jingles.  (Mohrmann-VT)
 840  CUBA CMHW; Santa Clara, Dec 17, 0305 ID, "Esta es 'W' desde Santa 
       Clara en el centro de Cuba", Dominant.  (Mohrmann-VT)
 859.97  MEXICO Radio Caribe - XECCN; Cancun, Dec 17, 0314 Surprised to 
       find this off-freq, loud and on top with +20dB over signal. 
       Rodrigo Contreras and another woman announcer between Spanish pop 
       ballads, with phone numbers, ID's and a mention of another Cancun 
       station, Radio Pirata. Again Dec 18: 0259 in CJBC Toronto null 
       with more pop ballads, ads and ID's. (Mohrmann-VT)
 890  CUBA R Progreso - CMDZ; Santiago, Dec 17, 0256 All alone, +20dB 
       over with ID "Radio Progreso la onda de la alegria".(Mohrmann-VT)
1000  COLOMBIA RCN - HJAQ; Cartagena, Dec 17, 0301 Sports interview 
       //760, fair signal but on top.  (Mohrmann-VT)
1170.02  COLOMBIA Caracol - HJNW; Catagena, Dec 19, 0301 News, ads and 
       "Caracol Colombia" ID's. Good signal in WWVA Wheeling null. 


Guy Atkins - Bonney Lake WA - dxing@xxxxxxxxxxx


Guy Atkins & Don Nelson

ANTENNAS: 1000 ft. @ 240 degrees
   900 ft. @ 270 degrees(1000 ft prior to abrupt termination by someone 
    on the beach on 12/18)
   1000 ft. @ 290 degrees
   Wellbrook Comm. K9AY
   All antennas multicoupled via Stridsberg Active Splitters.

Guy RX: JRC NRD-535GS (Gilfer) w/all Kiwa mods
Don RX: 3 HF1000A's w/SE-3's, Collins 2050, NRD545, R7, R75

Conditions on shortwave were much superior to mediumwave on this 
DXpedition, but a few MW items noted below:

 693  JAPAN, JOAB Tokyo, 0143 Dec 18. Male and female announcers with EE 
       lesson & JJ tk. NHK2 network noted parallels on 828, 774, and 
       747. Fair-gd. (Atkins)
 738  FRENCH POLYNESIA, RFO Tahiti, 0720-0730 Dec 18, fast-paced 
       interview in FF. Good level at times; Polynesian tk heard at 
       later recheck of freq around 0820. (Atkins)
 774  JAPAN, JOUB Akita, 1050-1105 Dec 19. Constant tk in JJ, with no 
       break or ID noted at ToH. Quite strong level most of the time, 
       and coming in equally well on K9AY and a 1000-ft. northwest 
       Beverage antenna. (Atkins)
1008  UNIDENTIFIED, 1430-1444  Dec 18 Russian lang. station peaking 
       briefly at 1438, fighting it out with presumed JONR Osaka. 
       Possibly Petropavlovsk? (Atkins)
1035  SOLOMON ISLANDS, SIBS, heard parallel 5020, 1058-1130 Dec 16, 
       exceptionally strong, time pips at ToH, ID by man thereafter, 
       into nx. Excellent levels each evening; nice to get a strong 
       shortwave parallel at the same time. (Nelson)
1467  FIJI, Radio Two, Rakiraki, 1554-1633 presumed Dec 19 with 
       continuous Hindi mx. Fair-gd signal; no break or ID noted around 
       1600. Hindi tk and woman announcer finally heard at 1633. 

WELLBROOK K9AY ANTENNA: On my and Don Nelson's DXpedition to Grayland 
WA, I used a K9AY for the first time. This particular K9AY is a 
commercial version from Wellbrook Communications in the UK. 
http://www.wellbrook.uk.com  Wellbrook has only recently begun to sell 
their various antennas to USA and Canadian customers. Their K9AY costs 
140 GB Pounds, which was $230 US at time of purchase. Wellbrook includes 
shipping in the price.

The total loop circumference is determined by the user; I sized this 
K9AY as 86' loops.

For MW DX it performed admirably, and equaled the performance of 
Beverage antennas at times. However, it was easy to miss a het or audio 
on a split frequency because the controls need critical adjustment (i.e. 
it's not a good antenna to use while scanning for hets between 
domestics). There occasionally seems to be a slight reduction in 
domestic channel splatter when using the K9AY for trans-Pacific MW DX 

The K9AY's directionality--considering its size--is remarkable. Front-
to-back ratio of 30-40 db is typical, which is enough to completely 
eliminate many co-channel stations on mediumwave.

An E-mail received from Andy Ikin of Wellbrook suggests that 
bandscanning with the K9AY on mediumwave can be improved by 
disconnecting the antenna from ground and turning the null control (pot) 
fully clockwise. Alternatively, a relay controlled jumper could be used 
to connect the ends of the loops, essentially turning the K9AY into a 
omnidirectional longwire.

On shortwave, the K9AY is a low noise, omni-directional antenna, filling 
in the gaps between the Beverages' coverage. For my afternoon/evening 
Indian and African loggings, the K9AY was consistently the best antenna 
(often the ONLY antenna hearing the DX). "On target" Beverages, such as 
those we aimed due west for Papua New Guinea, always gave clearer 
signals on PNGs than the K9AY. It's tough to beat looking "down the 
barrel" with a Beverage antenna!

I used a fiberglass telescoping mast from German amateur DK9SQ to 
support the K9AY. It extends to approx. 33 feet, but I only used 26.5 ft 
of the height for the antenna. Further information on the DK9SQ mast and 
pricing can be found at: http://www.bright.net/~kanga/kanga/dk9sq.htm

Wellbrook supplies the interface box (attached to mast), approx. 100 ft. 
of 2-conductor wire for loop selection, and the control box which sits 
at the DXer's operating position. The DXer supplies a 12vdc regulated 
linear power supply or battery (300ma draw), coax (50 or 75 ohm will 
work) between the interface and control boxes, loop wire, a supporting 
mast or other structure, and miscellaneous hardware as needed to 
complete the K9AY. Clear, detailed instructions are provided by 
Wellbrook Communications.

The features that distinguish Wellbrook's K9AY from the basic K9AY that 
can be homebrewed are variable loop termination for optimized nulls and 
a "magnetic" matching transformer to help reduce noise pickup. Further 
information on the K9AY is found on Wellbrook's website.

Any reader of the AM DX NewsFlash who would like to receive emailed 
photos of the Wellbrook K9AY and a Realaudio demo clip should contact me 
at dxing@xxxxxxxxxxx . The Realaudio clip compares directionality and 
sensitivity of the antenna to a 1000 ft. Beverage on 774 kHz JOUB, 
Akita, Japan.




**Stephen Hawkins - CA - hawk@xxxxxxxxxx

I heard a radio program recently and in the back ground behind the two 
people talking was a tape of a radio station made in the early 1950's.  
I think that the call was WBIA, it was hard to hear.  If the call is 
wrong I know that station was in Cleveland.  Does anyone know if there 
is an archive of old tapes of stations from that era?




Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

 660  KEYZ  ND, WILLISTON, P.O. Box 2048, Williston  ND 58801-2048. rec 
       vq and letter in 300d for taped report of DX Test. V/S: Earl 
       Gross-CE  (PM-OR)
1700  WAFN  FL, MIAMI, 8525 NW 53rd Terrace, Ste 109, Miami FL 33166. vl 
       in 10d for taped report. V/S: Cindy Roman (No title). (PM-OR)




Glenn Hauser - OK - wghauser@xxxxxxxxxxx

DECEMBER 24, 1999

Days and times strictly UT

Wed 1730 COM RFPI 25930-USB
Wed 2230 WOR WBCQ 7415 [ex-2200]
Thu 0130 COM RFPI 25930-USB 15049 6975 [Dec repeat default]
Thu 0930 COM RFPI 6975
Thu 2130 WOR WWCR 9475
Fri 1900 COM RFPI 25930-USB
Fri 1930 WOR RFPI 25930-USB
Sat 0300 COM RFPI 15049 6975
Sat 0330 WOR RFPI 15049 6975
Sat 1100 COM RFPI 6975
Sat 1130 WOR RFPI 6975
Sat 1230 WOR WWCR 15685
Sat 1730 COM RFPI 25930-USB
Sat 1800 WOR RFPI 25930-USB
Sat 2030 WOR WWCR 12160
Sun 0130 COM RFPI 25930-USB 15049 6975
Sun 0200 WOR RFPI 25930-USB 15049 6975
Sun 0330 WOR WWCR 5070
Sun 0730 WOR WWCR 5070
Sun 0930 COM RFPI 6975
Sun 1000 WOR RFPI 6975
Sun 2300 WOR RFPI 25930-USB 15049 6975
Mon 0131 WOR WWCR 3215
Mon 0601 WOR WWCR 3210
Mon 0700 WOR RFPI 6975
Mon 1500 WOR RFPI 25930-USB [December repeat default]
Tue 1330 WOR WWCR 15685
Tue 1900 WOR RFPI 25930-USB
Tue 2000 COM RFPI 25930-USB
Wed 0300 WOR RFPI 15049 6975
Wed 0400 COM RFPI 15049 6975
Wed 1100 WOR RFPI 6975
Wed 1200 COM RFPI 25930-USB 6975

For latest changes and full info see: 

1999 - Our Shortwave Year in Review appears on the Dec 25 C Segment of 
VOA Communications World, and in a slightly longer version on the half-
hour editions, scheduled as follows:

RealAudio stream of VOA News Now is available at

To East Asia
1936 C    9525  11870  15180
2336 C    1575  7215  9770  9890  11760  15185  15290  17735  17820

To South Asia
1536 C    7125  7215  9575  9645  15205  15395
1936 C    9760

To the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
0736 C    1197
1536 C    1197  1260  1548  9575  15205
1936 C    1197  9760
2336 C    1260  1548
Listeners in Europe: Try also the Africa transmissions
VOA News Now is available 24 hours on Eutelsat Hotbird 3, 13
degrees east, 12.484 GHz, V-Pol, FEC 3/4, symbol rate 8.296 mps,
audio PID (decimal) 4332 left audio channel (mono).

To Africa
1936 C    909  4950  6035  7415  11920  11975  13710  15240  15580

Listeners in the Americas may also try:
1936 C    15580


Saturday        0700-0730       6873 kHz USB and LSB (Greenville)*
Sunday          0300-0330       5070 kHz (WWCR)
Sunday          1400-1430      18275 kHz USB and LSB (Greenville)*
Sunday          2100-2130       7415 kHz (WBCQ)
Monday          0630-0700       3210 kHz (WWCR)
Thursday        1330-1400      15685 kHz (WWCR)
* You will need a receiver with single sideband or synchronous
  detection modes to receive these transmissions.

The above is excerpted from the complete CW schedule at 
http://www.trsc.com/cw A longer version will eventually appear on COM or 
WOR and the script will be posted at 

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