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         WELCOME TO IRCA's AM-DX NEWSFLASH  -  January 6 2000
                          Vol 5  No 40

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Deadline for next issue = Thursday, January 13 2000 @ 1400 UTC

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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/ 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)

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.




Pete Taylor - Tacoma WA - taytac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Puget Sound happenings: KJR-950 is installing its new 50kw XR at the co-
owned KHHO site near Port of Tacoma Road in Tacoma.  Two towers have 
been added (there are now six) and they plan on testing it starting in 
mid-January.  Look for some down time and a possible change in signal 
strength.  They will have a fat northerly lobe (which means I'll be 
getting about 100kw in my face).  They would have installed it at their 
present site but couldn't do a proof because of buildings, cranes etc. 
in the area.  KHHO-850 is simultaneously installing a new XR.  It should 
be stronger (the old one was operating at about 65%) and louder (new, 
KJR-like audio processing).  They will eventually split programming with 
KHHO carrying a different sports format. Meanwhile, at Salem 
Commujications, Construction of KAZJ-1680 facilities has not yet begun 
(the CE says they will probably have a sports format and apply for 
KSEA).  Likewise, nothing's happening with the KKOL-1300 power increase 
due to landlord and/or permit delays.  And finally, KAYO-920 is still 
off (as of 1/1); phone calls there as to what's happening have never 
netted much information and my 12/30 call was no exception.


Robert Wien - San Jose CA - robert.wien@xxxxxxxx

fyi, looks like no more K101-FM simulcast on KNEW. CNET, AMFM to launch 
``tech'' radio in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 4 (Reuters) - High-
tech Silicon Valley workers will soon be able to turn off the soft rock 
and tune in to software news on their car radios. Technology news and 
information company CNET Inc. and radio broadcaster AMFM Inc. announced 
Tuesday they will join forces to create CNET Radio, the country's first 
all-tech radio format. It will be launched this month in San Francisco 
on AMFM's KNEW AM station, and the companies plan to develop the new 
format in the San Francisco Bay area, with plans to roll it out 
nationally by the end of 2000. Broadcasting from CNET's San Francisco 
studios, CNET will produce daily tech-focused news radio programming, 
from the start of the morning drive to the end of the evening commute. 
CNET Radio will draw on CNET's extensive experience producing technology 
news and information online and on television. CNET Radio will have a 
companion Web site at www.cnetradio.com <http://www.cnetradio.com>, 
which will feature live streaming audio of CNET Radio broadcasts, as 
well as information on CNET Radio programming and talent, useful Web 
links, and other resources for the listener community. ``AMFM, CNET and 
KNEW are early movers in bringing a full day of relevant, important 
technology news to radio listeners enabling them to better understand 
the opportunities presented by new technology and the new economy,'' 
said Brent Osborne, General Manager of KNEW. ``With the addition of 
radio to our leading online and television properties, CNET is emerging 
as the prototypical media company of the 21st century -- a dynamic 
merging of mediums with the Internet at its core,'' said Halsey Minor, 
chairman and chief executive officer of CNET. The AMFM Radio Group has 
more than 440 stations in 100 markets and reaches a weekly listener base 
of approximately 64 million people.


Dennis Gibson - dcgibson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jim Hilliker, a former IRCA member and a friend of mine, works at Clear 
Channel in Salinas, California. They have just revived 1460 (KTXX) in 
Salinas after having been dark at least 10 years (former call was KDON). 
They are looking for reception reports; KTXX is all sports carrying the 
One-on-One sports network. Their slogan is "The Dude" (don't ask me 
why!). Please send reception reports to Jim at:
   903 N. Main Street
   Salinas, CA  93906
Jim will do his best to get you a verie.

It appears that a new, never before tried format is heading for KNEW-910 
in Oakland, California. I have attached the story as it appeared in this 
morning's Los Angeles Times. Any thoughts on how successful it might be?




E-MAIL:  saxelrod@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


1540  UNID  12/28 1705- Poor signals with The Rosary program under KXEL. 


 850  KWOF  IA Waterloo -12/28 1735- Poor signals under KOA with weather 
1580  KMIN  MO Maryville - 12/27 1855- Fair signals Oldies music Full 
       ID. (SA-MB)
1580  WPGC  MD Morningside - 12/28 0830- Poor signals with church 
       announcements and gospel music. Rare here. (SA-MB)


Well that is it for 1999. Cannot complain as i got lots of good DX at 
least one new country. I end the year with 2176 stations heard. Who 
knows that the next year will bring, but I do hope that your and your 
family find it filled with health happiness and yes DX.


Ragnar - Mesa AZ - lwdxer@xxxxxxxx

Heard on a one tube 1T4 homebrewed regenerative set with Zepp antenna 
and MFJ-956 antenna tuner:

 550  KGME  AZ, Glendale 12/30 1907 with ad for Legends Cadillac and 
 620  KTAR  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1908 with Tony Femino Show, "Bigger, 
       Stronger, Thicker, Faster Ride Home."
 640  KFI   CA, Los Angeles 12/30 with two men and a woman talking about 
       bad book titles. Then ad for Monte Carlo Casino and its low 
       millennium night rate of $259 a night. 
 680  KNBR  CA, San Francisco 12/30 2052 talking about top 10 best 
       looking women. Was quite a list and then talking about the top 10 
       ugly men. 
 720  KDWN  NV, Las Vegas 12/30 2050 with Michael Reagan Show talking 
       about Clinton and privacy rights.
 740  KIDR  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1909 with R. Unica and anti-drug use ad in 
 740  KCBS  CA, San Francisco 12/30 2049 with traffic report and ID. 
       There were LOTS of wrecks. It was a long report. Was even with 
       KIDR here as usual. 
 750  KOAL  UT, Price 12/30 2045 with Michael Medved talking about 
       conspiracy theories. 
 770  KKOB  NM, Albuquerque 12/30 2043 with sports talk about Lobos 
 800 XEROK  MEXICO, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez 12/30 2042 with "R. Canon" 
       and banda music. 
 810  KGO   CA, San Francisco 12/30 2040 with ad for travelocity.com and 
       2.9% financing on Nissan cars and trucks.
 830  KFLT  AZ, Tucson 12/30 1900 Arizona news and into religious as for 
       "Biblically Challenged."
 860  KMVP  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1911 with Ron Wolfley talking about Y2K 
       and long lines at the gas station to get barbecue grill propane 
       tanks filled. Also having a Fiesta Bowl auction for tickets for a 
 880  KRVN  NE, Lexington 12/30 2038 with ID and time check, then sports 
       talk about the Huskers.
 910  KTAR  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1913 with the Grant Woods Show talking 
       about George Harrison being stabbed in the chest. 
 960  KPXQ  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1914 with the Michael Reagan Show. 
1010  KXEG  AZ, Tolleson 12/30 2036 with Catholics praying the rosary.
1060  KDUS  AZ, Guadalupe 12/30 1915 with the Peach Bowl pre-game with 
       Mississippi State v. Clemson.
1100  KFNX  AZ, Cave Creek 12/30 2033 with an anti-income tax program 
       telling everyone not to file. 
1150  KCKY  AZ, Coolidge 12/3 with salsa, overmodulated with over 
       modulated sidebands. 
1160  KSL   UT, Salt Lake City 12/30 with ad for a sports book and the 
       Peach Bowl. Being interefered with by KCKY's modulated sidebands. 
1190  KMYL  AZ, Tolleson 12/30 2026 playing "Its 1900 Yesterday".
1200  WOAI  TX, San Antonio 12/30 2025 with a sports talk program about 
       the Spurs.
1210  KGYN  OK, Guymon 12/30 2023 playing Shania Twain C&W music. 
1230  KOY   AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1918 with ad for Cadillac Escalade. Then 
       the GM at KOY wishing everyone happy holidays. Then playing 
       "Falling Leaves" by Michel LeGrand.
1310  KXAM  AZ, Mesa 12/30 1920 with "Family Health" program talking 
       about spleen injuries.  Then ID. 
1360  KPXQ  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1923 with "Straight Talk Live".
1400  KSUN  AZ, Phoenix 12/30 1924 with Mexican Music. 
1430  KLO   UT, Ogden 12/30 2018 playing "If It Don't Work Out". ID 
       "Unforgettable Music, KLO"
1510  KFNN  AZ, Mesa 12/30 1927 with ad for "Phoenix Flight Guide".
1580  KMIK  AZ, Tempe 12/30 1928 with R. Disney.


Pat Martin - Rancho Mirage CA - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

Here is my first DX tips from our new Winter home in Rancho Mirage, CA.

 550  KGME  AZ, PHOENIX, good here with talk format "KGME" ID at 2306 
       EST 12/31 (PM-CA)
 560  KBLU  AZ, YUMA. This one is good all day here in the desert, but 
       non-existent after LSS. Talk format (PM-CA)
 620  KTAR  AZ, PHOENIX good Day & Night here  (PM-CA)
 630  KHOW  CO, DENVER, Talk format, then  "K-HOW" at 0105 EST 1/1/2000. 
 670  KLTT  CO, COMMERCE, good w/Rel format "K-Light" IDs. No sign of 
       KBOI down here 0034 EST 1/1/2000. This one is heard all day here 
       too. (PM-CA)
 750  KAMA  TX, EL PASO. in SS, man in EE saying "K-A-M-A" at 0055 EST 
       1/1/2000. (PM-CA)
1250  KHIL  AZ, WILCOX, good on top w/C&W mx, weather cast 0106 EST 
       1/1/2000 "K-HIL" IDs. (PM-OR)

Hammarlund SP-600-JX19, Sanserino 3 foot Box Loop


Karl Leite - Natal Brazil - kleite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Today, 02-Jan-2000, early of morning I heard RADIO EXTERIOR DE ESPANA, 
in 621, 657 and 684 kHz. 

0235 UTC - 621 kHz, Music Jazz. Duke Elington.
0244 UTC            Music Pixinguinha: Por que choras saxofone, SINPO - 
       44454, 0256 - QRM - QSB
0300 UTC - 657 kHz, News: Bad Water - Pres. Bill Clinton - Journalist 
       died: Pedro Gonzalez, sports. Lotery: 6 - 8 - 14 - 26 - 28 - 29 - 
       39 SINPO - 44354
0305 UTC - 621 kHz Music - News - Female wishing Felice Anno Nuevo SINPO 
       - 55555
0322 UTC - 684 kHz, News about LAS MADRES DE PLAZA DE MAYO
0328 UTC            Associacion de las madres de Plaza de Mayo Music
0341 UTC            Music Imagine (?????), Music Tango (???) Limonal, 
       News about new millenium
0353 UTC            News - Died Vasco Blanco, Pres of Russia Vladimir 
       Puskin, SINPO 55455

Equipment: Kenwood R-2000 - Antenna long-wire 25 mts.

Geo Coordinates: 

    Latitude: 5, 48', 37" S
    Longitude: 35, 13', 01" W




Greg D Myers - Richmond VA - gregmyers1@xxxxxxxx

 920  WAFS  Atlanta,GA  f/d letter, sticker and program schedule in 9 
       days. V/s Bob Lipscomb CE (K4RKP).
1170  WCLN  Clinton,NC  Confirmation on report in 1 week. V/s Ron Dixon, 


Pat Martin - Seaside OR - mwdxer@xxxxxxxxx

1110  KLIB  CA, ROSEVILLE,rec hand written letter in 10d from "Rosa 
       Garnja" Sales. Address: KLIB , 3463 Ramona Avenue, Ste 15, 
       Sacramento CA 95826. (PM-OR)




Robert Wien - San Jose CA - rjwmail@xxxxxxxxx

Article in our local paper, thanks to Rich Toebe for pointing it out to 

Published Thursday, December 30, 1999, in the San Jose Mercury News   

Menlo Park launches emergency broadcasts

   MENLO PARK -- The Menlo Park Police Department is ready to alert the 
city's residents to emergencies with broadcast warnings on a new AM 
radio system.
   Cmdr. Dominick Peloso said city officials decided to launch the 
experiment two years ago when San Francisquito Creek flooded a handful 
of homes and streets. ``People were asking,´´ Peloso said, ``How do we 
get up-to-date and accurate information?´´ Peloso said concerns about 
Y2K issues made this weekend the logical time to get the system running. 
If problems arise with the New Year, details and responses will go on 
the air as they occur. There's one hitch: Only about half of the city's 
30,000 residents have automobiles built since 1993 with expanded AM 
radio dials necessary to pick up the broadcast at the frequency of 1670, 
Peloso said. Menlo Park spent about $12,000 for the system, which allows 
authorized staff members to update information by connecting with a 


   Geomagnetic Summary December 2 1999 through January 5 2000
    phil bytheway - Seattle WA - philip_bytheway@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     Tabulated from WWV at ~0518 GMT nightly

 12/ 2   166     3    3    low         quiet-unsettled     -
     3     z     z    z    z           z                   -
     4   148    25    4    low         quiet-mas           -
     5   143    22    3    low         quiet-mis           -
     6   143    19    4    low         quiet-active        -
     7   153    14    3    moderate    quiet-unsettled     -
     8   150    13    3    low         quiet-unsettled     -
     9   156    14    2    low         quiet-active        -
    10     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    11   159     6    1    low         quiet-active        -
    12   159    11    3    low         quiet-active        -
    13     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    14     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    15   179     2    x    x           x                   -
    16     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    17     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    18     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    19     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    20   209     4    0    low         quiet               -
    21     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    22     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    23     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    24     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    25   178    14    1    low         quiet-active        -
    26     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    27     z     z    z    z           z                   -
    28   150     8    3    low         quiet-unsettled     -
    29   144     5    1    low         quiet               -
    30   136     6    4    low         quiet-active        -
 12/31     z     z    z    z           z                   -
  1/ 1   130    25    3    low         quiet-active        -
     2     z     z    z    z           z                   -
     3     z     z    z    z           z                   -
     4   135    12    3    low         quiet-active        -
  1/ 5   137    14    3    low         quiet-unsettled     -

Things got really messed up due to my trip to RI last month.  The 
conditions were not favorable for receiving WWV most of the time... thus 
the big gaps above.  The holidays also got in the way... sorry. pb

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