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SOWNY » When Will 1220 CFAJ St. Catharines Finally Debut? » January 20, 2021 8:34 pm

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They're back this evening. Almost equal to Cleveland. Wonder what happened. No new logs in last few days while at my DX site but I did honest to #$%$ing goodness trip out to WLSD in Big Stone Gap Virginia.

SOWNY » Cumulus Threatens To Fire Hosts Who Insist U.S. Election Was Rigged » January 11, 2021 11:38 am

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RadioActive wrote:

How did you find out about my side gig? Now where did I put that Glock? (On special this week!)

Just one Glock?  You're not much of an arms trader, are you!  How on earth are we going to storm the old CHUM building to make Radio Great again?

 

SOWNY » CBC.ca Features Article On DXing » December 29, 2020 1:25 pm

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DXing from coastal Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, which offers nothing but ocean towards an area spanning from Brazil to Spain to Greenland, a few of us have had a helluva ride over the years. Logs include low-power pirates from Serbia, Netherlands and Greece on 1600-1700 portion of the AM band. South Africa, China, northern Russia, Iran, and pretty well every European country, plus much of Asia and Africa. Because of the northern latitude and general salt water surrounding us, we've also shot over the North Pole and heard the likes of Taiwan, Japan, South and NORTH Korea, etc. In the mornings we've also gone westwards and heard Washington State and vancouver, as well as various other western Canadians and some in the US out to California and Utah and such. I wrote about that in Radio World:

https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/dxers-ride-marconis-wavelength

 

SOWNY » Rare DX Opportunity Won't Last Long » December 14, 2020 12:39 am

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It's monday morning just past midnight, think CFTR is back on auxiliary, so will record again, try south antenna maybe.

SOWNY » Rare DX Opportunity Won't Last Long » December 13, 2020 10:56 am

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I checked the channel after a Grimsby DXer reported CJOB Winnipeg mixing with CFTR. Goven that the sticks are in the Grimsby area, I figured it was up to something. Turns out, Rogers was doing transmitter maintenance. It's pretty safe to presume that Rogers turned off the main transmitter and moved to its auxiliary backup. For anyone here (see above) who might see blame here for Rogers, imagine the blame that might be assigned to them if any of their engineers were to sparklify the night sky for miles around! Anyhow, up in North Kawartha, we didn't hear CFTR at all. But we did hear CJOB Winnipeg, WNZK Dearborn Heights MI, WCBM Baltimore MD, WPTF Raleigh NC, WDBC Escanaba MI. All previously heard here, and most of those heard with CFTR on. I nodded off just after 1am and left an MP3 recorder doing the dirty work on my WSW-facing antenna, so when I feel like listening to several hours (hopefully) of audio I'll see what else might be in the mix. I think it was WCBM doing the Sam Spade drama. There's three stations with ESPN sports that I have never heard here, but I didn't hear a whiff of sports before I left active play. 690 and 670 are in the clear so didn't bother checking. 670 at night is almost always Chicago and Cuba mixing; sometimes Miami. 690 is usually Montreal mixing with Mexico and WELD from Fisher, West Virginia that is a regular here but shouldn't be heard this far away so regularly if it is actually operating on its assigned 14 watts night power. Maybe that's what happens if you don't maintain your transmitter.

SOWNY » 1220 » December 2, 2020 12:51 pm

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DXing up in Kawarthas, no question CFAJ is now getting out, probably as it should with its parameters. The religious station is in Cleveland, so much closer than Virginia. I'd say much of the time at night they're about 50-50 with each other.
 

SOWNY » CFRB Corrections » December 2, 2020 12:45 pm

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Dale Patterson wrote:

NW wrote:

Is Wally Crowder any relation to former Boston Bruins NHLers Keith Crowder or Bruce Crowder?

His last name was spelled Crouter, so no.
 

Nor is he related to Wally Cleaver.
 

SOWNY » CHEV is back! » December 2, 2020 12:42 pm

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Courtesy Dan Sys and Canadian Radio News...NEW STATIONS LAUNCHED         NLGRAND FALLS-WINDSOR   94.5   CHEVCommunity. 35 watts. Variety. Exploits Valley          Community Radio. VALLEY RADIO.   

SOWNY » Is This The Worst TV Show In History? Yep. Nothing Could Ever Beat It » November 27, 2020 11:52 pm

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Found some commentary via YouTube that summed it up nicely - along the lines that if you're going to delve into absurdist humour, you have to work incredibly hard, and precisely, to make it work.

I'm not really bothered about the use of Hitler as a target of satire, and even the notion of Hitler as your everyday Jackie Gleason - perhaps the right mind could take it somewhere worthwhile. Humour is risky business, and satirists can't feel restrained - at least initially - by the risk of bad taste (airing the material, or it succeeding, is an entirely other matter). Satirists need to be able to dig deep into the well of weirdness during the creative stage. But the rest of the world doesn't really need to hear about it unless true genius emerges.

With the right kind of magic creative juice, could this have worked? The problem is it was just a notion, certainly nothing even remotely close to an idea well thought out. The artist's putty here is the worst of the worst of what humankind has  managed to dredge up, and to make anything of it you absolutely have to dive deep - and deep in this case is extermination camps and genocide and ratting out neighbours and family to death squads. (Conversely, it's also incredible bravery and powerful morality; and a lot of weirdness in between the two extremes). But this pilot is a dud. There's no brilliance, nothing that says 'touché, nothing that does what dark comedy needs to do - somehow hit the nail on the head and shine a light like it's never been shone before.

Certainly, I can't say where you take this. Quite possibly nowhere. Looking around at the contemporary hate in the world around us, I'm not sure what I would do with contemporary material. I'm no Mel Brooks, and far as I know he didn't touch this stuff.

All that said, there's a couple moments that caught my attention: the sense of Hitler wanting to seem like a normal everyday guy. That was played up a few times in the episode, and rings true for populi

SOWNY » Rogers Considers Taking Down The Dome » November 27, 2020 10:58 pm

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I vaguely recall taxpayer subsidies...

Anyhow, funny that this comes out when attendance is below zero...
 

SOWNY » The Most Bizarre Local Media Story Of The COVID Era » November 25, 2020 9:31 pm

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Dial Twister wrote:

Self-described "white nationalist" Paul Fromm showed up at the restaurant, and was welcomed onto the property by the restaurateur. The cast is now complete. All the best people are showing up. LOL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Fromm_(white_supremacist)

The restaurateur announced that, "The media is not welcome on my property". Gee, I wonder where he got the idea to attack the media? 

I guess he's aiming to be a very niche business?
 

SOWNY » 89X Windsor Changing Format Thurs. & Predicts "Some May Not Like It" » November 19, 2020 6:40 pm

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Forward Power wrote:

Only in Canada, the land of cookie cutter media.

yes, really exciting radio! Maybe Blackburn 95.9 Windsor "The Wolf" will consider a switch to rock of some kind?  

Radio these days is run like I used to fish ... after 5 minutes I'd get impatient and change lures or bait. Didn't help much and I no longer fish...

SOWNY » New Broadcasting Act Will Force Can Con On You Online » November 8, 2020 10:42 am

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RadioActive wrote:

You want to impose rules on culture over TV and radio stations in the Great White North? I don’t like it, but fine. That’s your right. But don’t think for a moment you should have the God-given right to impose that edict on another country. If I were the streaming services, I’d tell Canada to get lost, only in much stronger language.

If I travel to another country, I'm obligated to follow that country's rules.

I agree that can-con is logistically complicated in an era where communications technology is becoming increasingly and arguably irreversibly globalized. And CanCon might seem to deny Canadians the ability to access information and other content from outside Canada's borders. And access would be uneven - content streamed online might potentially be restricted but would my print subscription to the New York Times or Wired be Canadianized? It gets complicated.

But we can't or at least shouldn't reasonably argue that a foreign company doing business here should be able to follow only its home country's rules, or perhaps no rules at all, in its operations here, regarding - say - air/water emissions, or hate speech, or human rights, labour code, etc?

What's needed is to set sights on what should be the goal - protecting and promoting Canadian culture and enhancing its reasonable ability to compete and thrive in a globalized environment. And building and enhancing infrastructure to handle that. There may be a role for carefully configured CanCon rules. How about 100% CanCon for federally funded organizations such as CBC? The NFB does some good work - how about enhancing that organization and mandating CBC to air NFB productions? And working on other mechanisms...

CBC needs to be fully and properly funded and not forced to rely on ratings and advertising for revenue, nor subject to political pressure (threats of cuts etc). And where CBC might be needed for basic coverage in a remote region of the country where private services

SOWNY » Tropo maybe later this week and weekend » November 6, 2020 1:22 pm

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Dry air with this warm front hasn't helped form tropo ducting, but there's a chance things may change starting tonight as the air becomes a little more humid. Tropo watchers should keep an ear/eye on conditions... I'm in Toronto, not at my DX site, but if I start to hear reports from other DXers or if the real-time (mostly ham) maps look good I'll consider going mobile...

SOWNY » Tropo maybe later this week and weekend » November 2, 2020 10:28 pm

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The warm air coming in and forecast to stay the better part of a week could potentially yield some classic fall tropo. Worth keeping an eye on things starting, say, Thursday morning through to early next week.

Forecasts at:
www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html

Real-time activity maps (for DXers and hams but on areas of the band close enough to FM) at:
http://aprs.mennolink.org

I won't be at my DX site unfortunately, at least not for the first while, but might go DX mobile if things look promising. 

Saul
 

SOWNY » Can You “Rent” An FM Frequency? It’s Forcing A Station Sign-Off » November 2, 2020 2:51 pm

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That's one I've heard (once only, June 2018) from north Kawarthas. Guess no more...

SOWNY » Big changes at Moose FM in Bancroft » October 30, 2020 1:39 pm

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NW wrote:

Maybe they will bring back Radio Bingo like they had on 1240-CJNH on Saturday mornings.

No doubt that was useful to your DXing sunrise skip. Thanks to all that deafening silence between B-54 and I-33 - not only could you hear a pin drop but underneath CJNH, you no doubt heard WJON in St. Cloud MN or KICD in Spencer IA. Much more exciting, I'm willing to bet, than 600 was just two or three miles outside of Bancroft, where the local CBC relay ran out of gas...

 

SOWNY » Big changes at Moose FM in Bancroft » October 29, 2020 11:56 am

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splunge wrote:

Thanks for the update RA.  That actually matters to me and a reason i visit this site often.  Just curious though, do you have anything else to do all day besides looking up obscure small town newspapers searching out radio news?  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/ermm.png
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Hey, he was just looking for a way to stir a response from you...https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/silly.png

 

SOWNY » Radio Humsafar 1350 Brampton » October 28, 2020 10:10 pm

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Wonder if radio  Humsafar is not powering down. Or if other tech issues.
Should be 40 watts at night. But it’s dominating or close to dominating 1350 up in North kawarthas at night...

SOWNY » More Tropo » October 21, 2020 6:22 pm

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Yes, it will be very brief if it happens, maybe a few hours. I am keeping a radio on but not much yet. MI DXer had into middle IL and into Indy, Cinci this afternoon. It should start west, then turn eastwards...if it materializes. Front moving through.

SOWNY » Rush Limbaugh Admits He Likely Won't Survive Lung Cancer » October 20, 2020 2:48 pm

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6079 Smith W wrote:

Johnny B wrote:

Limbaugh is a hypocritical, conspiracy baiting, bottom feeder...but agreed, you cannot argue his success with snowflake, butt hurt, American, white, right wingers...but no one deserves this...I wouldn't wish that on my own worst enemy...fuck cancer...it's pure hell...

What a shameful and disgusting expression of so-called sympathy.

Try again, this time without the gratuitous and unsubstantiated attacks on the man and the tens of millions of listeners whom you could not possibly know and who are equally undeserving of your disgusting, prejudicial, indulgent, ad hominem attacks.

Actually I thought Johnny B's comment was pretty spot on and also quite reasonable given Rush's contribution to radio. He has been a hugely polarizing figure, and one of the early leaders in that game if not its initiator. Rush's hardly built his reputation on kind words for political adversaries and opponents. Actually, it's refreshing to not lionize people in times like these. Many radio listeners really don't like him; that's simply part of the reality. I did like the KQV clip of Rush as DJ. I wasn't listening back then to KQV so I never got any sense whatsoever of his DJ personality - in fact I do recall reading about it awhile back but would not have remembered if I was asked to tell someone about Rush in 50 words or less.

SOWNY » 93.7 K-Country Georgina on-air » October 20, 2020 11:35 am

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You might just be outside a contour, or more likely your reception slightly favours other directions. Also, if you're right in Peterborough then there are things that can impair reception even on FM. I notice when I drive outside form an urban area, even a small town, that reception picks up considerably. You may have a good enough tower but still be in a relatively low area... I was kidding about CKOL. If you get that regularly then maybe your location favours southeast...

SOWNY » 93.7 K-Country Georgina on-air » October 20, 2020 9:44 am

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Andy, it's all CKOL Campbellford, right?https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/silly.png
 
Actually, it was great in the car coming up, but with blockage to the west on our small road I noticed it getting chewed up. Here at my site south of Kinmount, on a portable, it's mid-range in signal quality, and I can hear another country in there (Owen Sound). For listening purposes, it qualifies as a semi-local - I'll be able to listen if the antenna is aimed with even relative precision. For DX purposes I'll be able to null the signal pretty well entirely unless groundwave enhancement conditions strengthen it considerably -and that will work for e-skip and decidedly strong tropo. 93.7 is done for as a meteor scatter channel because even with only Owen Sound and Buffalo 93.7 was only occasionally clear enough to sit for random and very abrupt and momentary signal pop-ins. Glad I had St. Louis by tropo there last month!  

SOWNY » 93.7 K-Country Georgina on-air » October 19, 2020 10:57 pm

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Turned radio on at 404 Davis Drive, it was solid with RDS, pretty powerful signal in North Kawarthas. As a DXer I wish it wasn't so dominant, but I've got to hand it to any organization that can launch a radio station in the thick of Covid. I think Torres will do well. They do need to correct the RDS program info that says "Spanish music"...https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/laughing.png
 Says they're testing, with planned Nov 8 launch... I read in the Georgina Post freebie that the delay from the planned Labour Day launch was due to challenge getting the transmitter from Italy during Covid...

SOWNY » No Great Pumpkin Or Charlie Brown Christmas? » October 19, 2020 5:53 pm

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Is this a canary in the coal mine of conventional TV broadcasting and networks?
 

SOWNY » Jon Pole Says MyFM Wants More Stations As Firm Blows Its Own Horn » October 17, 2020 10:17 pm

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Indeed, sensible. Listeners in Exeter by and large won't know or care if Strathroy sounds the same. In fact, listening from one's car, and assuming they know to tune in , they might appreciate listening to what sounds like their own local, recognizing and likely not caring too much that ads may differ and that forecasts and local news will be local. Weather in Strathroy won't be too far off what it is in Exeter or in St. Thomas - in fact aside from hyper-local snowsqualls it will be pretty much the same. They haven't killed local radio by networking, rather they have the potential to maximize efficiencies, much like buying in bulk. When I worked at small chain of weekly papers in sw ON (Paris and Norwich, with other papers in Tillsonburg and Ayr etc), there was some attempt at duplication, and we could have done more. The trick is  knowing where to be unique, and making sure the staffers that are local establish a true local presence and character. You cover your town or regional councils and school boards, you give space to local organizations and causes, your people participate in or are present at local events, etc... you sponsor the fall fair, you help your community through Covid in a very local way, etc... but the music is networked, national news is networked (BN). You should even share regional news and deploy reporters strategically as appropriate. You have templates for contests, sales, promotions, etc. Really, it's no-brainer stuff...

SOWNY » FCC In U.S. Ready To Go Whole Hog On AM Digital » October 7, 2020 12:46 pm

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I was thinking the term 'graveyard' will apply to how the entire band stands to sound... given too many stations on air, given noise from everything from streetcars to computers to lighting. I'd be curious to know what digital AM signals sound like - are they prone to the kinds of birdies that drove CBC from 740 to 99.1 and then sent AM 740 to add the 96.7 downtown relay? Would love to hear from digital radio owners...especially from ones with digital radios in their cars...
 

SOWNY » FCC In U.S. Ready To Go Whole Hog On AM Digital » October 7, 2020 11:52 am

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I don't know if the term originated in DX circles or if we DXers adopted it from broadcast engineering circles, but local channels in the US (250 watts night, 1000 day almost uniformly) -- 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, 1490 -- are referred to as "graveyard" channels. Again, dunno if the term is a DXer one, but that's clearly the future of AM radio (to some extent even the present) even under IBOC unless there's a major culling of the herd. 

SOWNY » More Tropo » October 5, 2020 8:30 am

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There is a very weak winter season, and E skip can happen Dec-Jan. But it's nowhere close to the summer season. Once was driving from Toronto to Peterborough in late evening on Jan 6, 1992, when I heard CBC French pop in on 88.5 (before Newmarket had a station), then country on 99.1 and then rock and Oz-FM on 84.7... this totally threw me for a loop because I was just tuning around to find music to enjoy!

Auroras can also induce E-Skip off-season. Strong ones are worth paying attention to.

Jan 6 Es (Between TO and Ptbo, @ 35/115 junction)
2235 CBAF     88.5 NB Moncton            CBC-FF, j
2245 CKIX     99.1 NF St. John’s        k
2251 CHOZ     94.7 NF St. John’s        Oz-FM, r
2258 CBAF     88.5 NB Moncton            Still in with FF sports

 

SOWNY » More Tropo » October 3, 2020 2:58 pm

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- I have had this same area once before in an even more major way in that it lasted much longer — more than a day — and my two most distant stations, both 96.9, were in Poteau OK and in Pittsburgh KS. I also had Kansas City. That was August 24-25 2009 from Kawarthas. So once in a decade? Maybe so. I have missed out on awesome openings since then by simply being unavailable. Once other DXers had into South Dakota and Iowa etc. I was in Toronto, tired from work, had a busy day the next day, and decided to stay home. A couple years ago I was in Kawarthas and nabbed South Dakota and New Brunswick by Tropo on consecutive days. I have had other monster ducts over the 40 years I've done this. Once had Hope AR 104.9 from nw of Toronto (Snowball). And into Nebraska from roughly same locale. I'd say one wild ride every year or two or three and at least two or three decent openings every summer-fall.
 

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