In the spirit
of Blair Witch Project
- "The Rare DX Project"
by Craig Edwards
"The late Crocodile DX Hunter - he is with
us no more"
Many a tale has been told about
the last century where in the 1970's and 1980's,
a form of witchcraft known as DXcraft was practiced
on the beaches of Queensland. DXers would often
leave the bigger villages where everyone knew them
to practice this dark magic in tiny coastal villages
in order to remain anonymous.
Crocodile DX Hunter, last
known photo taken before the Townsville DXpedition
This black art had its roots
from the earliest days of DXcraft when DXers would
dabble in magic as they twiddled their knobs in
public to lure the loveliest of maidens in order
to confirm them. It is written that this is where
the term QSL was coined. It was an abbreviation
for what the fathers would yell at them as they
chased the DXers with pitchforks and burning torches
in hand - "Queer Sicko's Leave!".
Needless to say many of the early
DXers were run out of the villages during those
barbaric DXhunts and that is why even today DXers
hover on the fringes of regular society. So the
practice of DXcraft had to be modified. They decided
instead to twiddle a knob on a box in order to lure
far off beautiful signals, only to be confirmed
in the form of a "Queer Sicko's Leave"
or "QSL" card. That is why even today
we still refer to the old phrase of "country
The DXer would try to live in
apparent harmony with the townsfolk on the coastal
villages of Queensland, keeping secret their double
life. This all changed when the DXers used their
secret society parchment - the DX Club magazine
- to conspire to form the most evil of anti-social
behaviours - the DXpedition. Legend has it these
creatures of the night would practise DXcraft in
it's darkest form ... Mediumwave, arrrrrrrrgh!!!
The lone camper
Rumours would abound in the local
tavern how small groups of DXers would congregate
in secret caves or thatched huts on the beach. They
would form a circle, each one of them hovering over
their metal box making them glow bright orange and
the boxes would literally come alive. Many a tale
was told about the strange sounds and languages
emanating from the night sky from where the DXers
were believed to congregate. The sounds could only
be described by the villagers as coming from the
tongue of the devil himself.
It was written that one of these
creatures once existed on the beaches north of Townsville.
This beast conjured the evilest of powers to summon
North American signals from the channel of the graveyard.
This sacred ground was an eerie place of unmentionable
reception, never to be dared heard again. No one
from the village every saw this DXer in the wilderness.
Although tales abound of near misses from a frightening
array of copper pipe and wire traps. The townsfolk
would never let their young women stray into the
wilderness for fear of the DXers sordid past practices.
DX Headquarters - includes
bedroom, living room and kitchen - pity about
the outdoor bathroom and air conditioning situation
Modern day DXpeditioner Craig
Edwards who lives in Townsville decided to retrace
the practices of the DXer and document it for fellow
radio enthusiasts. So why has it taken so long to
report on this event? Tragically Craig never returned.
Weeks after the ill fated attempt to trace his whereabouts,
police stubbled upon the abandoned campsites where
they recovered a digital camera, smashed tape recorder,
cassette tapes, destroyed R75 and the remains of
a tattered journal. The whereabouts of Craig Edwards
is unknown for he has not been seen in Townsville
since that fateful DXpedition. This account has
been recompiled as this is the way he would have
wanted it. This is Craig's story.
- day 1
As an inexperienced
radio enthusiast I began my interest in chasing
and QSLing Australian mediumwave stations on my
old Realistic DX100 and later National DR28. Little
did I know at the time how crappy these rigs were,
but I enjoyed my Aussie AM hobby. It wasn't until
I joined a DX club and acquired a Kenwood R1000
that I realised you could hear other countries on
the band. This was the early 80's, a time when as
a teenager I would read in awe about the exciting
adventures of the Queensland coast DXpeditions done
by experienced DXers. Although I had DXpeditions
on the Townsville coast the previous year in September
2004 and October
2004, these were more 'half DX' and 'half family'
trips as my wife and dog were with me. This would
be my first Townsville adventure where I'd be by
myself and focus only on retracing the steps of
the old time DXers, and better still I would be
there for five days as opposed to the usual weekend
Every morning around
20 of these jellyfish would wash up on the
..that's why there was no one
swimming at the beaches
Typically such an
event is done with my old DXpedition partner in
crime Dave Onley, but with him being so far away
in Victoria, I had to do this trip on my own. So
on the Friday morning I kissed my wife Michelle
goodbye and gave my dog 'Padula' a bone and headed
off. I went to a camping site which was virtually
deserted because the weather was in the mid-30's
and the tropical humidity was very high - after
all we were still on the end of the wet season here
in Townsville. Between October and February, everyone
has their air-conditioners on 24 hours a day, 7
days a week - I'm serious! So needless to say camping
in a tent was going to be uncomfortable. As I set
things up, the wind off the ocean was strong and
made erecting a 4 person dome tent by myself in
the oppressive heat and humidity a bitch of a job.
My swearing was probably enough to wake the dead.
Beverage wires out to North America
across the sand wasn't an option as people walking
along the beach may disturb them and the tide was
coming in pretty close to the campsite. Going inland
with unterminated wires and listening off the back
of them (i.e. a wire strung out in the direction
270o inland, if unterminated, would be directional
at 270o and 90o) could not be done either due to
dangers of snakes and crocodiles this time of year.
After the January rains the grasses were very high
and ideal habitats for snakes. Being by myself the
bite of a taipan or death adder while stringing
out a wire in these conditions could be fatal.
Sitting in the tent and
enjoying a few VB beers at midday while listening
to NBC Port Moresby on 585
Furthermore the heavy rains meant
the waters of the estuary were only 75m (250ft)
from my tent and I'd have to cross waste high water
where the crocodiles live to string the wire out.
I decided that it was way too dangerous, especially
how a few months back a hungry crocodile had entered
a tent and taken a full grown man from a site north
of here. On top of this, the number of Crocodile
sightings in the Tropical North Coast of Queensland
was quite high these past few months. So I decided
to play it safe with 3 EWE antennae strung up on
poles or appropriate tree branches around my tent.
So after a few very hot and sweaty hours the campsite
was finished and I could relax for a couple of hours
before signals would start appearing.
On the first night signals started
appearing from the South Pacific like Solomon Islands
945 & 1035, Marshall Islands 1098 and Tonga
1017 from around 0730 UTC or 530 pm local and the
hets from the '0' channels started squirting out
audio around 30 minutes later. There were a couple
of other tents on the shores of the beach so to
maintain privacy all the flaps of my tent were closed
but the heat and humidity became simply unbearable,
even with a small 12V DC fan and me fanning myself
with a section of the NRC log! But I persisted.
As the night wore on I tried keeping cool as best
I could by going out on to the beach every 15 minutes
or so and enjoying the very gentle breeze.
My sand shrine - the beers
are sacrifices to the DX gods
On one occasion I noticed a bit
of commotion and noise from the other campers only
to discover they had decided to pack up and leave
around 10pm. Something must have either spooked
them off or the heat was too unbearable to camp
there. It became very eerie shortly after as the
breeze had died down to nothing, so I had to open
all the flaps of the tent on the front and back
just so I could get some airflow through the flyscreen
mesh. The band had pretty much flattened out by
1400 UTC (midnight local) but I would keep waking
up every 20 minutes or so to check for any west
coast USA and Canada, Hawaii and Alaska as they
went through their sunrise. I finally slept properly
around 1800 UTC or 4am local time. This didn't last
long as the morning sun blazed through the tent
and woke me around 2100 UTC or 7am local.
Journal entries - day 2
The day was spent going through
tapes and enjoying the breeze, albeit a hot one
as I sat on the shore under the shade of palms and
trees enjoying a few beers and taking time out to
feel the moment. Its funny how we can get so busy
fiddling with aerials, sleeping, going through tapes,
writing the DXpedition journal and loggings, etc,
that we forget to just - stop. It was simple bliss
to sit on the beach with not a single person in
site. So in my blissful state I decided to build
a little DX sand shrine to bring me good fortune.
The heat and abundance of jellyfish and tiny deadly
irikanji stingers in the water this time of year
meant that virtually no one - except the odd person
on a motorcycle riding along the sand - was using
the beach. Mind you, those tropical water nasties
and the reef sharks meant I couldn't use the beautiful
cool waters either - just one of mother natures
I ain't crossing these
After an early dinner while listening
to the local music show on Vanuatu 7260 and then
NBC Port Moresby on 585, I checked out Pacific offerings,
only to get Fiji 639 and Guam 801 in the log, which
I've heard in the past here in Townsville. The band
was pretty dead. Hets on the 10kHz splits were barely
audible and WWVH on 2.5 MHz was only just above
threshold. I tend to use this signal as a marker
for when the North American AM band is about ready
to explode. It was around 530pm local time when
my attention was turned away from listening as I
noticed a significant fall in temperature as thick
black clouds started moving across the sky and the
wind significantly picked up and blew all the loose
papers around my tent like socks in a clothes drier.
While a welcome relief, this along with the slight
crackle every minute or so on 1590 kHz which I was
sitting and waiting on, made me realise that trouble
was on it's way. I went outside the tent and on
to the shore. "Oh Shit" I said to myself,
with an hour before we hit darkness, the thick black
sky could be easily seen approaching and along with
it, rumbling thunder and a mix of forked lightning
This certainly wasn't the worst
storm I'd seen in Townsville, but it was the first
one where I was on a beach by myself in a tent which
was connected to a lot of metal zappy things. "Oh
Shit" I said to myself again, is that an American
accent I hear? I'd unplugged the headphones to listen
to the lightning crackles as I watched the storm
approach from beach. Sure enough, in came the signals
on 1590 kHz - this was the start of the peak propagation
time would usually only last about 1-2 hours. So
I spent the next 2 minutes pretending I was on the
DX game show 'The money or the box'.
...and this is why!!
Bob: "SO LET'S PLAY 'THE
MONEY OR THE BOX!!!' Craig Edwards is a weirdo DXer,
will he take the smart money by unplugging the antennae
and hiding in the foetal position on the floor of
his tent until the electrical storm blows over,
or will he take the mystery prize IN THE BOX"
Craig: "Well Bob, I'm suffering
sleep deprivation and heat stress, so I'm going
to have to say 'What's in the box?'"
Bob: "Congratulations Craig,
your prize is to nervously cringe over the radio
and continue to listen as the storm passes over
you. You'll experience minor ear explosions as the
lighting strikes and sends a large crackle down
the headphones because you'll have the volume turned
up loud to hear far off stations in the USA."
Craig: "Thanks Bob"
Hmmmm, my mental state certainly
wasn't at its best but the strength of some signals
was enough incentive to take the risk. I had to
close all the tent flaps as the rain had arrived
too. The humidity was unbelievable. I was sweating
so much my ass was aquaplaning off the seat like
a car trying to brake on an icy road. As the storm
passed overhead, I almost unplugged the antenna
because one crack of thunder was so loud it scared
the hell out of me and I almost slid off my seat.
This ordeal lasted an hour as the storm was moving
really fast. This allowed me to open up the tent
again and let some air circulate to make DXing more
bearable. I certainly dodged a bullet there.
DX tip number 1 - don't walk across the river
to put out long wires
Later in the night I tried to
get some sleep, but the storm had awoken a myriad
of creepy crawly creatures. I also wondered if this
activity in the area might raise the interest of
the crocodiles. After many days and night of very
hot conditions, this relatively cool evening coupled
with all the creatures of the night being so active,
might entice them to come out and hunt. Funny how
your mind starts to work during the isolation and
oppressive conditions of this kind of DXpedition.
As I drifted off to sleep I would have nightmares
about Crocodile's tearing through the side of the
tent and attacking me and then I'd wake in a momentary
panic, only to realise it was just a dream. I was
so tired but it was so hot and uncomfortable it
was very difficult to sleep.
- day 3
On the next day, with only a
handful of hours sleep so far over two nights, I
decided that only on of the EWE's was really working
well on a consistent basis and I wanted to consider
other antenna possibilities. So I went exploring
around the area to see if the trees could be used
for an inconspicuous 100-150m (300-450ft) beverage
but I kept running into the Crocodile's winding
river system and my sleep deprivation started playing
tricks with my mind as the movements of the creatures
of the estuary had me jumping around thinking it
might be a snake or something worse. The frustration
of the heat and humidity made me lose my cool as
I kicked the great circle map into the river during
a fit of madness - man that was the most uncool
thing I've ever done. Upon return to the tent I'd
discovered the 'Townsville DX sand shrine' had been
scrubbed out. Obviously one of the locals didn't
appreciate DXers. They must have been watching me
at the campsite as I only left the tent alone for
around 30 minutes. Nothing in the tent was touched
and I couldn't really see any obvious footprints.
I'm getting a bad feeling about this place
DXer tip number 2 - don't
walk under this trees with hundreds of bats
in them unless you have an umbrella
The fact that everyone was avoiding
this usually popular campsite became an ever increasing
concern, I kept thinking what could be wrong with
this place, was it Crocodile dangers, too many snakes,
or maybe locals trying to scare off campers. Fortunately
sunset soon came and I became fixated on the North
American DX signals. Once the excitement of the
sunset DX session started to settle down and the
North Americans weren't as dominant on the band,
I decided to take a break. As I stood outside the
tent the campsite was very spooky. There I was in
total darkness except for the orange glow of the
Icom R75 screen. With little sleep, the oppressive
heat and after straining my eyes under dim lights
I started seeing strange silhouettes in the darkness
and movements out of the corner of my eyes. The
strong hot night winds and crashing of the waves
meant I couldn't hear what I see, clouding common
.. my senses started playing tricks
..I decided to go back to a familiar
environment and pretend the sounds of the AM band
and security of headphones and the view of the R75
front panel would keep me safe.
Later that night as I laid down
to sleep, I questioned my faith. Why am I a DXer?
Why do I go on DXpeditions? What's wrong with me?
Why am I in the middle of nowhere, exposed to this
environment? The sounds of the night were all around
me. The screeching of the bats in the trees, rustling
of fallen leaves from the movement of giant cane
toads, lizards and maybe even snakes. Then there
were the other sounds, the ones from the estuary
river and swamp
.. sounds that I couldn't explain.
Lying in bed I would strain my ears, thinking that
I could hear voices of strangers or even worse,
the night hiss of the crocodile. This was enough
to send anyone outside their mind.
Sensational Pacific Ocean
After finally drifting off to
sleep I would start having nightmares again. There
was the one where a snake had slithered into the
tent and repeatedly attacked me but I'd be paralysed
to move. But that was nothing compared to the nightmare
I had around 5am. I was in my first deep sleep for
days when the loudest scream I ever heard woke me
up. I literally jumped out of bed, quickly unzipped
the tent and ran onto the beach flashing my torch
everywhere. The dream was so real it took my a few
moments to realise it was only a nightmare. My heart
was beating out of my chest and tingles ran through
my body. Thank goodness I only had one more night
of this. The lack of sleep, isolation, oppressive
heat and humidity 24 hours a day was certainly taking
- day 4
Same sunrise, 15 minutes later
As I finished off going through
the last of the past few days' tapes I felt great
satisfaction with the number of stations heard.
It was late afternoon and it felt like my eyes were
hanging out of my head with the lack of sleep and
all the effort in going through the tapes in such
heat and humidity. It was the final day of the DXpedition
and I felt great relief that this trip is almost
over. The excitement of the sunset period brought
a few more entries to the log but later in the evening
conditions weren't that great. I decided that it
was time to put the headphones down around 1100
UTC or 9pm local time. In a total state of fatigue
I collapsed onto the fold out bed and hoped to finally
get some sleep.
A few hours later the strong
winds of the beach were shaking the hell out of
the tent and it woke me up. The hairs on the back
of my neck stood on their end as I swear I could
really hear voices in the distance. But there are
no other campers in the area. I find myself sitting
in the tent, deciding whether to go outside to investigate.
I'm so tired. I don't know what to do.
No further journal entries recorded.
540 1735 unid. Suspect Western
Samoa here judging by the favourable morning propagation
to the Pacific but really can't be sure as there
was no talk. Noted with lovely peaceful religious
harmonies with local language & EE songs, signal
always under 4QL though, only noted during talk
567 1730 KGUM Agana, Guam. Good
despite 4JK, Coast to Coast promo, ads then into
Dr Emily show
585 0700 NBC Port Moresby, PNG.
Worth logging this for old times sake, audible during
every hour of their broadcast schedule and rock
solid signal from mid afternoon local time. Entertaining
pop music show "Friday Drive" hosted by
FA in EE at this time of day
612 1749 KUAM Agana, Guam. Presume
the one here as has been heard on previous trips,
fair at times but generally under 4QR, playing easy
listening Pacific style music back to back
639 0905 FBC Lautoka, Fiji. Poor
here with presumed Fijian talks and Island music
680 0918 KNBR San Francisco,
CA. Poor suffering with splatter from ABC NSW stations
on 675 & 684, airing usual ESPN sports program
730 1013 CHMJ Vancouver, BC.
Good with Mojo ID and NBA sports show
801 0910 KTWG Agana, Guam. Best
ever reception of this one mixing equally with 4QY,
playing US accented religious program in EE
830 1213 KHVH Honolulu, HI. Good
on peaks with Coast to Coast
850 1049 KICY Nome, Alaska. Presume
the one here in Russian but was poor and only hung
around for a few minutes, nothing like the superb
reception of this late last year
Tell my family I'm so
sorry I became a DXer
870 0955 WWL New Orleans, LA.
Fair on a nice peak but only noted once all trip
with Roadside Radio News & ID on the hour
945 0750 SIBC Honiara, Solomon
Islands. Good at times with love song program mixing
with 4HI. Different program to 1035, then ID and
news on the hour // 1035 & 5020
950 1002 KJR Seattle, WA. Poor
here with very funny sports talkback
980 1254 KDBV Salinas, CA. Poor
with male talks and lively music in SS
980 1208 KFWB Los Angeles, CA.
Poor and mixing with KDBV, noted with political
1010 0848 CBR Calgary, AB. Program
by Radio Nederlands on world affairs at poor level
1017 0802 A3Z Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
Fair here with non-stop news in local language by
FA, buried a few minutes later by strengthening
1020 1112 KTNQ Los Angeles, CA.
Animated talk in SS, at times the best TP on the
1030 1213 KTWO Casper, WY. Fair
here with usual Country & Western music format
1035 0725 SIBC Honiara, Solomon
Islands. Fair hear stronger than co-channel 2ZB
(only Kiwi heard during trip), airing "Radio
Telethon for South East Asian Rehabilitation"
in local language // 5020
1040 1704 KLHT Honolulu, HI.
Good with full on religious talks
1040 0809 WHO Des Moines, IA.
Poor here with splatter from 4WP 1044, noted here
with Coast to Coast
1050 1415 KTCT San Mateo, CA.
Good and still holding on at this late hour with
1060 0919 CKMX Calgary, AB. Poor
here due to 4TI 1062 splatter, noted with NBA sports
talk then canned ID
1070 0832 KNX Los Angeles, CA.
Good signal with ID then into traffic report
1090 0752 KPTK Seattle, WA. Poor
talk back show on Iraq then ID on the hour (ex KYCW)
1098 0810 V7AD Majuro, Marshall
Islands. Poor here mixing with 4LG but clearly able
to hear at times relaxing Pacific Island music,
very nice to listen to this as I'd watch over the
Pacific Ocean on the beach at local sunset
1100 0814 KFAX San Francisco
CA. Fair here with religious feature program
1110 1420 KDIS Pasadena, CA.
Fair with usual Radio Disney format
1110 0850 KFAB Omaha, NE. Fair
at times here with Coast to Coast
1120 1005 KPNW Eugene, OR. Very
good with ads, weather and ID
1130 0951 KSDO San Diego, CA.
Easy listening tunes in SS then male with network
1130 0906 KRDU Dinuba, CA. Male
and female with religious program mixing with others
1130 0900 WISN Milwaukee, WI.
Tentative here with Coast to Coast mixing with KSDO
and KRDU, no sign of CKWX
1140 0800 CHRB High River, AB.
Poor with ID & Country/Easy listening music
1140 0800 KHTK Sacramento, CA.
Fair here with ID & sports program
1150 1148 KTLK Los Angeles, CA.
Good here with traffic conditions, ID, ads &
1152 1805 FBC, Rakiraki, Fiji.
Poor under dominant 2WG but on peaks could hear
it // 639 with talks and exotic tunes in presumed
1160 0822 KSL Salt Lake City,
UT. Talkback on Tsunami appeal funds distribution
1170 0910 KFAQ Tulsa, OK. Fair
at times as 2CH had lots of fading, noted with ads,
talk back from Coast to Coast
1180 0835 Radio Marti, Marathon,
FL. Ordinary signal here with muddy audio heard
in SS and suffering from apparent jammer. Also noted
unid SS station underneath
1180 0920 KERI Wasco, CA. Fair
here with Christian music show
1190 0831 KEX Portland, OR. Good
here with morning weather and ID
1200 0807 WOAI San Antonio, TX
Nothing like the usual powerhouse of old, instead
this was an ordinary signal with Coast to Coast
1210 1650 KZOO Honolulu, HI.
Poor signal but readable with Japanese music show
1220 0824 XEB, La B Grande, Mexico.
Fair with romantic SS ballad music then MA in SS
1260 0820 unid. Poor but readable
through 4MW. 4MW is like a local but they were relaying
CAAMA radio Indigenous cricket tournament in Alice
Springs and there was lots of pauses & 'dead
air' during the commentary. This allowed reception
of news talk program then ads - need to go thru
tapes properly to try for ID
1270 1715 KNDI, Honolulu, HI.
Poor in the mud as propagation to Hawaii began to
quickly diminish (except for KUMU), noted with talk
on life issues
1270 0801 KESS Fort Worth, TX.
Tentative only, noted here in the 2SM mush with
Mexicana music, but never peaked enough for any
1280 1205 WFAU Gardiner, ME.
Good here with ESPN program on NBA & NCAA basketball
1280 1231 unid. One of the religious
format Californians here, either KUYL or KFRN, noted
all weekend but could never get ID as WFAU was always
1290 1140 KKDD San Bernardino,
CA. Good on peaks with Radio Disney format over
unid talkback format station
1300 1106 unid. I actually suspect
a Mexican as this one had very similar propagation
to the other Mexicans. Non-stop SS music and EE
oldies and easy listening songs. Virtually no announcements
and I spent a lot of time during the trip at TOH's
with no luck. Only caught very few words in SS at
1300 on one night but as per usual this was during
1310 0945 KMKY Oakland, CA. Fair
here with Radio Disney promo's and pop music
1310 1153 KTCK Sherman, TX. Poor
here as KMKY always better, but noted with sports
1320 0949 CHMB Vancouver, BC.
Fair signal unusually in the clear with oriental
music show and brief talk at top of hour
1350 0845 WTOU Akron, OH. Talkback
show at fair and equal strength with 2LF and occasionally
unid with SS music would pop up
1360 1038 unid. SS station here
with brief male talk then ballad but quickly obliterated
by 4WK 1359
1380 0910 KTKZ Sacramento, CA.
Very good at times but lots of deep fades. Network
pgm promos, canned ID (even though it sounded to
me most times like KCJZ - must have been the heatstroke)
and then pet show - of all things!
1390 1159 KLTX Long Beach, CA.
Fair but mixing with KLOC, SS ID & full network
ID in EE then back to usual non-stop SS tunes
1390 1144 KLOC Turlock, CA. Fair
with SS religious talk mixing with the dominant
1400 1252 unid. Poor here with
Asian format heard during the trip and audible at
times which indicates it is from one of the West
1400 1303 unid. Noted this station
while sitting on the graveyard channel hoping for
an ID from the Asian format broadcaster. Noted this
unid on the West Coast with non-stop classical music
1400 1130 unid. Suspect a Mexican
here with non-stop Mexican like music but no announcements
1410 1240 CFUN Vancouver, Canada.
Strangely not the dominant one on this channel during
the DXpedition but always around with usual talk
back over unid SS station
1420 1231 KKEA Honolulu, HI.
Good strength but terrible splatter from 4AM 1422.
Airing sports talkback and ESPN IDs
1430 0836 KYKN Keizer, OR. Poor
here and suffering from heavy 1431 splatter. News
talk focusing on Iraq then canned ID
1450 1350 unid. Tentative KSUH
here with Asian format, but splatter from 2MG 1449
and graveyard channel rumble prevented any chance
1460 1335 KRHA Honolulu, HI.
Dominant one on this channel with easy listening
EE and KK music with Korean talk
1460 0955 KABL Salinas, CA. Oldies
music show & ID at top of hour, mixing with
1470 0745 KUTY Palmdale, CA.
Fair with talk show over unid SS station, ID on
the hour then news
1480 1201 KYOS Merced, CA. Good
hear despite 4ZR 1476 splatter with ABC news
1480 1204 KVNR Santa Ana, CA.
Poor with brief appearances noted throughout the
trip with Asian format, noted in VV at this time
1490 1038 unid. Poor here with
ESPN sports show. This frequency was like 1400 kHz,
an interesting graveyard channel but no ID's
1490 0840 unid. Poor with Country
& Western music format over unid with talk format
1490 1256 unid. Poor here and
a different stn each night on this frequency. Noted
here with lots of romantic SS ballads
1500 1226 KUMU Honolulu, HI.
Very strong with loads of ads, ID and into health
1500 0817 KSTP St Paul, MN. Good
here mixing with KUMU with ID and talkback
1510 1106 KGA Spokane WA. Good
with ID trailing the news then into weather
1520 0900 KOKC Oklahoma City,
OK. Good here over unid SS station, canned ID, ads
& newstalk program
1520 0858 unid. Program with
mix of SS talk and Mexican tunes, maybe KGDD but
no ID, as usual on the hour up came KOKC.
1530 0830 KFBK Sacramento, CA.
Fair with usual talk back and fighting it out with
2VM but would peak above amazingly enough at times
1540 1220 KREA Honolulu, HI.
Fair hear with male talks in Korean
1540 0840 unid. under KREA mixing
with Christian show
1540 0855 KXEL Waterloo, IA.
Poor mixing with KREA with ads, ID then ABC news
1550 1330 KKAD Vancouver, WA.
Fair at times despite 4QD splatter with oldies music
1550 1340 KYCY San Francisco,
CA. Tentative only, poor under 4QD splatter with
news talk show but no ID
1560 0740 KNZR Bakersfield, CA.
Poor with non-stop talk then canned ID
1570 0810 XERF La Poderosa, Mexico.
First Mexican to fade in along with XEPE 1700 with
typical ranchera tunes
1584 1900 T8AA Koror, Palau.
Very good signal on peaks and mixing with 4CC translator.
Plays interesting island tunes and contemporary
songs sung by local artists. Occasional talk, not
always on the hour though, noted every morning with
fade outs as late as 2045, over an hour after sunrise!
1590 0812 KKZZ Ventura, CA. Good
for a little while with canned ID & into EZL
1590 1046 KDAV Lubback, TX. Presume
the one here with oldies music show
1590 1300 KLIV San Jose, CA.
Poor overall signal from this one but happened to
pop up on the channel with CNN news
1600 1020 KGST Fresno, CA. Fair
signal here in SS with great Mexicana music &
canned IDs before unid oldies music station took
1600 1131 KVRI Blaine WA. Poor
with usual Punjabi format
1640 1314 KDIA Vallejo, CA. Fair
for a while with talkback on life issues
1650 1019 WHKT Portsmouth, VA.
Fair signal as it took over the frequency for a
little while with Radio Disney IDs and pop music
1650 1325 KFOX Torrance, CA.
Fair here with usual Korean format with non-stop
1650 0929 KDNZ Cedar Falls, IA.
Noted in big mix of stations with Coast to Coast,
& promo for local sports
1660 0939 KXOL Brigham City,
UT. Poor as KTIQ was so dominant this trip, noted
with usual 60's music
1660 1047 KRZI Waco, TX. Poor
under KTIQ with Sports show on Major League Baseball
and ID on the hour
1660 1106 KTIQ Merced CA. The
dominant one on this freq during the trip with entertaining
1670 1040 KRNO Redding, CA. Poor
mixing with KHPY, playing sports talk program
1670 1356 KHPY Moreno Valley,
CA. Great music then IDs in SS and EE on the hour
1680 1015 KAVT Fresno, CA. Poor
here with MA talks, ads & pop music in SS
1690 0815 KDDZ Arvada, CO. Poor
as KFSG dominant, but OK on peaks with Radio Disney
IDs and pop music
1690 1320 KFSG Roseville, CA.
Fair here in SS with male talk in a period on West
Coast sunrise which brought the X band alive for
a little while
1700 0824 XEPE Tecate, Mexico.
Excellent on peaks with their stupid music format,
totally dominant on this channel, stronger than
Brisbane on 1701!
Craig Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
formerly of Townsville, Queensland.
Craig was using an Icom R75 and
pre-amp both off 12V DC with 3 EWE's to North America,
DX'ing from a tent on the shores of a beach north
of Townsville during February 25th-March 1st 2005
on April 24, 2005