ZenithCKLW wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:15 pm
I can’t seem to ever receive anything but static on 640, and I consider myself pretty well trained to listen for signals under the static. I feel like KFI is the gold standard for DXing in Metro Detroit. Once I can receive that, I’ll achieve my goal.
So my (rhetorical) question is, what am I doing wrong? Why can’t I get KFI? I’ve received 17 watt stations from Tennessee from Livonia on the transoceanics, but KFI still escapes me.
I usually heard a Cuban signal on 640 back in the day (late 1970s/early 1980s, before the clear channels went partly cloudy - now 640 at night sounds like a weaker version of the graveyard channels), but I also heard KFI for several nights in a row for awhile, in the winter, they were still CHR (with a slight AC slant) then.
My radio of choice for BCB back then was a Zenith from the early 1950s. Oddly, it was more or less the traditional All American Five, only visible difference being the substitution of a 50L6 instead of the usual 50C5 (which shouldn't make any difference in sensitivity at all).
That radio was GREAT at the bottom of the band. When CBEF signed off for the night, I would have an hour of CBK before it, too signed off for the night. At that time, I'd turn the radio to hear North/South and stations would come in and out on the channel in Spanish, usually one from Venezuela and one which I never could ID, sounded like it could have been Mexico.
Sadly, my mother placed it on a stair because she wanted it out of the way, which, invariably meant that a sibling would kick it down the stairs, and nobody would compensate the loss