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Mini DXpedition 2017

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Turkeytop
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Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:06 pm

Every fall I pick a day and head out into the country for a few hours to do some DXing on the short wave bands. I take along a radio or two and some wire for erecting an antenna I go to the same location every year. It's a conservation area, about 35 miles from the city and about ten miles inland from Lake Huron. The area is perfect. There are no power lines or any other source of man made noise around. There are trees around so I can get an antenna up off the ground. It's right across the road from a graveyard, which is a little creepy after dark. But at least it's quiet.

It's becoming a little more of a challenge every year, because, one by one, the big international broadcasters are shutting down. This year, we're in the trough of what has been a very weak solar cycle.

I always pick a day in early November, after we have reverted to standard time. This allows me to take advantage of the earlier darkness. I arrive there around 4:00 PM. This gives me enough time to get set up before it gets dark. I stay there for 4 or 5 hours and then head for the nearby Tim Horton’s and warm up with a hot bowl of chili before driving home.

The day I've picked for this year is tomorrow, Nov 7. The weather can be unreliable at this time of year, but in the ten years I've been doing it, I've never had bad weather. Indeed, on one or two occasions, it's been balmy, Indian summer weather.

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by audiophile » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:49 pm

I thought you were in Florida.
Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:02 pm

audiophile wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:49 pm
I thought you were in Florida.

Arrived home on Friday. Had to come home for this event. I'd like to try it in FL some year, but I don't know of a remote place I could go to do it. A place where I would feel safe, all alone, after dark.

The only thing I can think of would be one of the rest areas along the Interstate. But I don't expect it would be free of man made electrical noise. Also, what I would be doing would probably look suspicious and someone would report me.

The place where I go up here, I always report in to the Police Station and tell them what I will be doing. That way, if someone reports me, they won't need to come around and investigate.

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by audiophile » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:31 pm

Find an orange grove and ask owner.
Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:55 pm

audiophile wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:31 pm
Find an orange grove and ask owner.
Probably be best not to be wearing my Ce Guevara lanyard when I'm asking. :razz

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by Turkeytop » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:51 am

Kind of an unproductive outing this year. Conditions were awful. Found myself cruising the utility bands. But the weather was nice. Regardless of the band conditions, five hours of solitude in the country is therapeutic. It recharges one's batteries. The sky was clear and full of stars. That's something you never see in the city where there is so much man made light.



Here are my logging's:

6070 KHZ CFRX Toronto

9395 KHZ WRMI Miami

4426 KHZ USB U.S. Coast Guard Command, Norfolk VA. North Atlantic Marine Weather


5990 Khz China Radio International


5980 KHZ Radio Romania International


5960 KHZ Voice of Turkey


5450 KHZ USB RAF Aviation Weather Britain


7315 KHZ Voice of Vietnam


6604 KHZ USB Gander Air Radio Newfoundland


6754 KHZ USB Trenton Military, Trenton ON. Aviation Weather


3413 KHZ USB Shannon Air Radio, Shannon Ireland


6000 KHZ Radio Havana


5920 KHZ WHRI, World Harvest Radio, Monticello Maine.


10,000 KHZ WWV, WWVH and Portuguese language Brazilian time station, all stepping on each other.


5025 KHZ, Radio Rebelde, Cuba


5040 KHZ Radio Progresso, Cuba




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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by bmw » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:55 pm

CFRX 6070 is back on the air? They had been off the air for at least a few years. I'll have to check them out.

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by Turkeytop » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:02 pm

CFRX has been back for at least a year now. When I'm in Florida I often tune it in to get the news from home. RCI abandoned its listeners about a decade ago.

I heard a report that CFRX has a new transmitter on order.

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by audiophile » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:18 am

Too bad they can't make it 50 kW
Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:30 am

audiophile wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:18 am
Too bad they can't make it 50 kW
What are they now? Probably 1 KW? They say the owners don't even care about it. The engineering staff maintain the equipment on their own time.

The Ontario DX association handles all their reception reports and mails out the QSLs

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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by audiophile » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:30 am

Yea, 1 kW. I think it is cool station.
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Re: Mini DXpedition 2017

Post by bmw » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:27 am

I read somewhere they're actually running at 900 watts.

Such a shame too, I agree that it is one of the more interesting stations out there. I can pick it up here in northeast Michigan during the daytime but it is very weak. I know years back before they went down and off the air for a while it used to be at least a somewhat better signal here.

Even if they could get it up to 2500 watts.

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