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krystalloPosted - 29 December 2012 12:46  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hey All,

Just a reminder the Nontest is on 20 0001 EST Jan 13 to 29 2359 EST Jan 13 .

Outside the U.S. this is 20 0501 Z Jan 13 to 30 0459 Z Jan 13.

Remember, ANY radio on any frequency is OK. Crystal sets all the way up to SDR welcome !

The idea is for all of us to listen during a common period to compare notes and have fun.


razorradioPosted - 31 December 2012 11:26  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Should be a good contest.

I've heard a couple of new frequencies on my mystery set this year including two different stations on 1010.

"Ja Jefe" on 1070 is a nice island of music in a sea of talk and sports. I'm old enough to remember when most of the AM stations were music!

krystalloPosted - 31 December 2012 12:8  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hey Razor,

Good to hear from ya ! Nice to know you are getting music.

See you in the Nontest.


Garry NicholsPosted - 12 January 2013 16:14  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hi Folks;

I dropped out of site for a while, but back again! Spent the holidays in southwest Poland in the city of Wroclaw. My wife is from there and we were overdue for a long visit to family and friends.

I think that I will be using a 1AD regen (the one from Owen Poole's site with variable inductive regen coupling) for the nontest. I'm thinking of rigging the tuning to cover mostly the X band to see if I can deduce some IDs. I've only got 10 channels to work with, so I anticipate printing out the lists from the FCC web site and attempting to ID by process of elimination and locations that are "just to far away" to consider. Since many of the stations seem to be in foreign languages I think this might be the best approach for me.

Does this sound too crazy?

We'll see how it goes!


SWseniorPosted - 13 January 2013 9:20  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Now stops you after checking a few frequencies because of bandwidth! (they want you to join, but the cost is way too high for me) With the contest coming up, I would like to be able to find more info on the stations I hear.

Sooo, where else is there to identify stations on AM?



Steve CassPosted - 13 January 2013 12:4  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  

You may have to scrub stuff after .com/ to make contact


mike tugglePosted - 13 January 2013 14:5  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
"Sooo, where else . . ."

These should help:


tallboyPosted - 13 January 2013 17:54  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message

of the two Mike listed the above is the easiest to use (at least for me)--

i usually copy and paste a copy of the latest edition) to word pad for my desktop--this way i can access it very quickly--


krystalloPosted - 14 January 2013 7:6  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hey All,

Good to see you guys gearing up !


SWseniorPosted - 14 January 2013 7:9  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
Thanks guys, I will give them a try. Last night I didn't feel up to setting up and listening, but will check some of the frequencies I have written down in hopes they are a great distance from me.


homebrewPosted - 14 January 2013 9:24  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
I use a print out of this:
The little strength meter and format information are extremely helpful.
After going across the band highlighting and making notes I go back looking for missed stations. That usually involves changing circuits to enhance one part of the band or selectivity vs volume changes.

SWseniorPosted - 17 January 2013 8:33  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
Thanks for the idea, as I now will copy and paste all frequencies that they have and save to a txt file to locate stations. No longer will have a problem!

Thanks to all,


EdPosted - 10 February 2013 14:8  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Sorry to miss the non-test this year. The inductor, that was the main part of my junk-box set, was called into service in a 3CX5000 amplifier project. Haven't gotten around to winding a replacement, yet. Maybe, next year.

73, Ed NN2E
Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds

homebrewPosted - 15 February 2013 10:33  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
I'm set up to try to ID very weak Friday night Mexican wrestling on 1540. Maybe Florida Cuban or Brazil Portuguese? Accents are neither. A low powered local - KZMP 32 KW day, 0.75 KW night, 20 miles away, should be stronger? New York area rebroadcast? KXPA Seattle rebroadcaster? KEDA San Antonio?
I have a loop in the circuit to maybe ID the direction and minimally eliminate a couple possible stations.
Once I'm latched onto it I'll maybe hook in a Radio Shack amp and/or couple the set to my spotter and listen on and off for a couple days.
I've found no program listings on line to match but a couple have on line access that I can check when I locate the program again.
Garry NicholsPosted - 15 February 2013 12:7  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message

Spanish or Portuguese? "Accents are neither." Perhaps invite a Spanish speaking person to listen (via recording?).


mike tugglePosted - 15 February 2013 14:17  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Homebrew -- Take a look where your home location lies relative to this night pattern:

It might explain the weak signal, if this is indeed the station you're hearing.

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