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MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

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MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by cckadlec » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:43 pm

It's on! Or is actually has been on for a good 5 or 6 hours now. I'm hoping that some of you in West Michigan see the warning here and get to your radios. It's the biggest opening in these parts in some years I think. Minneapolis has been in for hours now here, 30dBu in stereo and on seek with no static for 99.5. Just got K101 just about ten miles from the South Dakota border, and not weak; very strong. Naturally, a summary shall follow, but I'm hoping this advance post brings some of you to your radio in time (as if people view this board like Facebook, you'll probably see it much later, but it's been going for HOURS now).
[ Radio and weather geeks, beware! Coastal tropo studies and the Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide documentary at http://www.beaglebass.com/dxTuner: Grundig G8 • Location: Fremont, Mich. / 101 mi. ene of Milwaukee ]

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Re: MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by cckadlec » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:13 am

I'll post my full list with recordings of each station when I get around to finishing it all, but for now, here are the 400+ mile stations from tonight. Every station gave an ID tonight. Nothing was left unknown, partly because the stations were in for hours at a time. 95.7 La Crosse was in most of the night walloping Grand Rapids. Miss an ID? Go back an hour later and get it again! For the fact I'm in Michigan for only a few days a month, the timing was nice.

99.5 Minneapolis (at 373 miles) was in for more than 9 hours straight before finally disappearing at 5am, hours after everything else. It was replaced by a mix of Detroit, Sault Ste. Marie, Chicago, Cleveland, and Green Bay. Radiation inversion (the type caused by the moisture the vegetation gives off, which causes "enhancement") is rather intense.

96.1 KIXX SD Watertown / 97kw (560 mi.)
101.1 KLQL MN Luverne / 100kw (515 mi.)
105.1 KARL MN Tracy / 45kw (499 mi.)
103.9 KBHL MN Osakis / 6kw (480 mi.)
102.5 KQIC MN Willmar / 100kw (468 mi.)
104.7 KCLD MN St. Cloud / 100kw (447 mi.)
98.1 KBEW MN Blue Earth / 25kw (411 mi.)
[ Radio and weather geeks, beware! Coastal tropo studies and the Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide documentary at http://www.beaglebass.com/dxTuner: Grundig G8 • Location: Fremont, Mich. / 101 mi. ene of Milwaukee ]

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Re: MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by ftballfan » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:03 am

Very nice! Is KIXX a tropo record for you?

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Re: MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by cckadlec » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:30 pm

Nope, hardly. But it's not all that common to get in that direction. I've gotten South Dakota (Yankton especially) a few times, but Minnesota is rare, especially that strong for that long. The next day brought in Columbus and Cincinnati and then a lot of Muncie area stations really strong - one that wiped out my local 104.1 at 100kw for a good hour, in with RDS and all. I'm rather busy now, so I don't have time for my logs tonight, but soon enough.
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Re: MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by cckadlec » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:06 pm

From Fremont, Mich. -- A compilation of recordings from all these stations will be added soon for your listening pleasure. But not today. Because I'm busy and on the road.

JULY 20, 2017 1800 PM - 0500 AM

A high pressure set up a strong tropo event to the northwest in West Michigan on Thursday night at which time very rare Minnesota stations were received, along with a single South Dakota station. Tropo was already in full swing by 6pm and continued throughout the night. 99.5 Minneapolis persistently could be heard in stereo at as high as 30dBu and on seek for approximately 9 hours straight with only brief periods covered by semi-locals, strong despite the absence of all other Minnesota stations at times. Conditions were stable throughout much of the night with nearby stations not interfering until later in the night as a radiation inversion developed. Many stations could be heard for hours, but by the early morning hours, much of Minnesota had disappeared leaving only La Crosse in strong as the opening moved eastward into the morning. The non-commercial band was scanned, albeit briefly, but little of interest was noted. Amazingly, every station logged gave an ID.

92.9 KATF IA Dubuque / 89.7kw (246 mi.)
92.9 WKZY WI Chilton / 5.8kw (123 mi.)
93.3 WIZM WI La Crosse / 100kw (273 mi.)
93.9 KIAI IA Mason City / 100kw (362 mi.)
95.5 WIFC WI Wausau / 98.6kw (211 mi.)
95.7 WRQT WI La Crosse / 50kw (269 mi.)
96.1 WXYM WI Tomah / 44kw (247 mi.)
96.1 KIXX SD Watertown / 97kw (560 mi.)
96.1 WTCX WI Ripon / 4kw (142 mi.)
97.1 WCOW WI Sparta / 100kw (249 mi.)
97.1 KTCZ MN Minneapolis / 100kw (373 mi.)
98.1 KBEW MN Blue Earth / 25kw (411 mi.)
98.5 WXXQ IL Freeport / 11kw (192 mi.)
*99.5 KSJN MN Minneapolis / 100kw (373 mi.)
99.9 KAUS MN Austin / 100kw (363 mi.)
*100.3 KFXN MN Minneapolis / 98kw (373 mi.)
100.5 KDEC IA Decorah / 30kw (295 mi.)
100.7 KKRQ IA Iowa City / 100kw (309 mi.)
101.1 KLQL MN Luverne / 100kw (515 mi.)
101.9 KNWS IA Waterloo / 100kw (309 mi.)
102.1 KEEY MN St. Paul / 100kw (373 mi.)
102.5 KQIC MN Willmar / 100kw (468 mi.)
103.3 WGLX WI Wisconsin Rapids / 65kw (211 mi.)
103.5 KNEI IA Waukon / 37kw (278 mi.)
103.7 WWIB WI Hallie / 100kw (282 mi.)
103.9 KBHL MN Osakis / 6kw (480 mi.)
104.3 KVGO MN Spring Valley / 10kw (337 mi.)
104.7 KCLD MN St. Cloud / 100kw (447 mi.)
104.9 WKQH WI Marathon / 21kw (212 mi.)
105.1 KARL MN Tracy / 45kw (499 mi.)
105.9 WKPO WI Soldiers Grove / 25kw (245 mi.)
106.5 KCQQ IA Davenport / 100kw (262 mi.)
107.5 WCCN WI Neillsville / 100kw (246 mi.)

JULY 21, 2017 1200 PM - 1900 PM

Brief monitoring after noon revealed stations as many as 4 and 5 deep on most frequencies. Many stations were from Michigan locales and typical Wisconsin areas heard often, such as Wausau, Madison, and Milwaukee with Chicago and South Bend - also common - in strong. However, on other frequencies already cluttered by multiple stations, very strong stations could be heard from the area including Dayton, Columbus, Lima, Muncie, and Richmond, where the tropo from the night before had expanded to as it moved southeast ahead of a rainstorm. Dial scanning was not extensive as during the night before due to prior commitments, but the majority of notable stations were logged. The non-commercial band was only briefly scanned during this opening due to time. The opening ended in the car, opposed to the remainder of loggings on the portable Grundig G8, with 102.5 and 104.1 both in solid with RDS and on seek, with no sign of 100kw local WVGR for a rather extensive period. The long-distance opening began to fade as rain moved in after 7pm.

93.1 WWSR IN Lima / 3kw (208 mi.)
94.7 WSNY OH Columbus / 22kw (285 mi.)
95.3 WKTN OH Kenton / 3.5kw (231 mi.)
95.9 WYNT OH Caledonia / 4.6kw (245 mi.)
96.1 WQLK IN Richmond / 50kw (253 mi.)
96.3 WLVQ OH Columbus / 18kw (285 mi.)
97.1 WBNS OH Columbus / 20.5kw (285 mi.)

97.7 WYXX IN Goshen / 2.9kw (130 mi.)
97.9 WNCI OH Columbus / 175kw (286 mi.)
99.1 WHKO OH Dayton / 50kw (273 mi.)
99.7 WRKZ OH Columbus / 20kw (285 mi.)
99.7 WSHW IN Frankfort / 50kw (213 mi.)
100.7 WEEC OH Springfield / 50kw (266 mi.)
*102.5 WMDH IN New Castle / 50kw (238 mi.)
103.7 WCKY OH Pemberville / 50kw (213 mi.)
*104.1 WLBC IN Muncie / 41kw (231 mi.)
104.3 WNNP OH Richwood / 3.4kw (257 mi.)
105.9 WNKN OH Middletown / 34kw (286 mi.)
106.1 WCWI WI Adams / 6kw (198 mi.)
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Re: MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by 48125er » Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:43 pm

Today at near Sparta in my pocket sangean , I picked up San Antonio, Austin, Orlando, Charleston, SC and Atlanta stations.

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Post by cckadlec » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:29 pm

That was a pretty intense opening with the MUF above 144 for quite some time and showing up on the APRS maps. Over here in Wisconsin, I was getting TN WV GA MD NC SC FL TX LA OK AR and who knows what else. It started out really unstable and intense with frequencies 4+ stations deep from all directions at once before eventually settling into the typical Texas opening. WV (103 CIR) is pretty short though from Michigan. I'll have to see the distance from here in Wisconsin. I haven't even finished my clips from the tropo - of which there was a lot more the other morning and night for those who are in Michigan at the moment - and now a lot of Es IDs and some have no certain matches.
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Re: MN SD IA > MI 7/20 Tropo Bash!

Post by cckadlec » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:38 pm

Here are two audio compilations of the big tropo opening in West Michigan, July 20-21, received in Fremont. Each recording includes the listed stations in order by frequency, more or less.

JULY 20, 2017 1800 PM - 0500 AM

Audio Compilation: http://www.beaglebass.com/dx/external/2 ... opo_01.mp3

A high pressure set up a strong tropo event to the northwest in West Michigan on Thursday night at which time very rare Minnesota stations were received, along with a single South Dakota station. Tropo was already in full swing by 6pm and continued throughout the night. 99.5 Minneapolis persistently could be heard in stereo at as high as 30dBu and on seek for approximately 9 hours straight with only brief periods covered by semi-locals, strong despite the absence of all other Minnesota stations at times. Conditions were stable throughout much of the night with nearby stations not interfering until later in the night as a radiation inversion developed. Many stations could be heard for hours from southern Minnesota into South Dakota and the Driftless, but by the early morning hours, much of Minnesota had disappeared leaving only La Crosse in strong as the opening moved eastward into the morning. The non-commercial band was scanned, albeit briefly, but little of interest was noted. Amazingly, every station logged gave an ID.

92.9 KATF IA Dubuque / 89.7kw (246 mi.)
92.9 KSDR SD Watertown / 97kw (560 mi.)
92.9 WKZY WI Chilton / 5.8kw (123 mi.)
93.3 WIZM WI La Crosse / 100kw (273 mi.)
93.9 KIAI IA Mason City / 100kw (362 mi.)
95.5 WIFC WI Wausau / 98.6kw (211 mi.)
95.7 WRQT WI La Crosse / 50kw (269 mi.)
96.1 WXYM WI Tomah / 44kw (247 mi.)
96.1 KIXX SD Watertown / 97kw (560 mi.)
96.1 WTCX WI Ripon / 4kw (142 mi.)
97.1 WCOW WI Sparta / 100kw (249 mi.)
97.1 KTCZ MN Minneapolis / 100kw (373 mi.)
98.1 KBEW MN Blue Earth / 25kw (411 mi.)
98.5 WXXQ IL Freeport / 11kw (192 mi.)
*99.5 KSJN MN Minneapolis / 100kw (373 mi.)
99.9 KAUS MN Austin / 100kw (363 mi.)
*100.3 KFXN MN Minneapolis / 98kw (373 mi.)
100.5 KDEC IA Decorah / 30kw (295 mi.)
100.7 KKRQ IA Iowa City / 100kw (309 mi.)
101.1 KLQL MN Luverne / 100kw (515 mi.)
101.9 KNWS IA Waterloo / 100kw (309 mi.)
102.1 KEEY MN St. Paul / 100kw (373 mi.)
102.5 KQIC MN Willmar / 100kw (468 mi.)
103.3 WGLX WI Wisconsin Rapids / 65kw (211 mi.)
103.5 KNEI IA Waukon / 37kw (278 mi.)
103.7 WWIB WI Hallie / 100kw (282 mi.)
103.9 KBHL MN Osakis / 6kw (480 mi.)
104.3 KVGO MN Spring Valley / 10kw (337 mi.)
104.7 KCLD MN St. Cloud / 100kw (447 mi.)
104.9 WKQH WI Marathon / 21kw (212 mi.)
105.1 KARL MN Tracy / 45kw (499 mi.)
105.9 WKPO WI Soldiers Grove / 25kw (245 mi.)
106.5 KCQQ IA Davenport / 100kw (262 mi.)
107.5 WCCN WI Neillsville / 100kw (246 mi.)

JULY 21, 2017 1200 PM - 1900 PM

Audio Compilation: http://www.beaglebass.com/dx/external/2 ... opo_02.mp3

Brief monitoring after noon revealed stations as many as 4 and 5 deep on most frequencies. Many stations were from Michigan locales and typical Wisconsin areas heard often, such as Wausau, Madison, and Milwaukee with Chicago and South Bend - also common - in strong. However, on other frequencies already cluttered by multiple stations, very strong stations could be heard from the area including Dayton, Columbus, Lima, Muncie, and Richmond, where the tropo from the night before had expanded to as it moved southeast ahead of a rainstorm. Dial scanning was not extensive as during the night before due to prior commitments, but the majority of notable stations were logged. The non-commercial band was only briefly scanned during this opening due to time. The opening ended in the car, opposed to the remainder of loggings on the portable Grundig G8, with 102.5 and 104.1 in solid with RDS, on seek, and in stereo with no sign of 100kw local WVGR for a rather extensive period. The long-distance opening began to fade as rain moved in after 7pm.

93.1 WWSR IN Lima / 3kw (208 mi.)
94.7 WSNY OH Columbus / 22kw (285 mi.)
95.3 WKTN OH Kenton / 3.5kw (231 mi.)
95.9 WYNT OH Caledonia / 4.6kw (245 mi.)
96.1 WQLK IN Richmond / 50kw (253 mi.)
96.3 WLVQ OH Columbus / 18kw (285 mi.)
97.1 WBNS OH Columbus / 20.5kw (285 mi.)
97.7 WYXX IN Goshen / 2.9kw (130 mi.)
97.9 WNCI OH Columbus / 175kw (286 mi.)
99.1 WHKO OH Dayton / 50kw (273 mi.)
99.7 WRKZ OH Columbus / 20kw (285 mi.)
99.7 WSHW IN Frankfort / 50kw (213 mi.)
100.7 WEEC OH Springfield / 50kw (266 mi.)
*102.5 WMDH IN New Castle / 50kw (238 mi.)
103.7 WCKY OH Pemberville / 50kw (213 mi.)
*104.1 WLBC IN Muncie / 41kw / RDS, stereo (231 mi.)
104.3 WNNP OH Richwood / 3.4kw (257 mi.)
105.9 WNKN OH Middletown / 34kw (286 mi.)
106.1 WCWI WI Adams / 6kw (198 mi.)
[ Radio and weather geeks, beware! Coastal tropo studies and the Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide documentary at http://www.beaglebass.com/dxTuner: Grundig G8 • Location: Fremont, Mich. / 101 mi. ene of Milwaukee ]

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