DX Dialogue/Roundtable/Splatter!

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    Welcome to the DX dialogue/Roundtable page. These are basically comments or reactions sent at the end or along with your loggings to DX-midAMerica! Rather than going through everything posted, you can get a general "feel" for how things are, or have been of late, or what you might have missed! Comments will be kept up a few months as conditions change day to day and minute to minute!
    a light line will separate weekly entries:

    A heavier line will separate monthly entries:

Jul 17:AM was dismal, tho SS on 1000 930 and 1060. FM here was a treat.
Jul 17:Mostly teasing spikes; Saturday was supposedly a good day for tropo, but I struck out here on that also, with FWA and GRR the best I could do.
Jul 17: Two more new ones for the season. No complaints.
Jul 16:Nothing great, of course, tho a few regulars (CKDM CKDO KYW) were MIA. Not AU tho.
Jul 15:Nice to be dx'ing FM AND AM going tween both bands. Best FM in l-o-n-g time. AM improved over 7/13.
Jul 3: Great trip back to my wife’s home town of Swan River. Best catch was 106.3 CIBS very un-expected. Made up for the massive lack of DX here in Winnipeg
Jul 3:The Independence Day Holiday is always known to be a great period for VHF Es Propagation (lots of Tropo too). Friday morning, afternoon and evening did not disappoint. I have been having fun monitoring and working Sporadic Es from High-end HF, VHF, FM Broadcast, Old Analog TV Channels 2-7 and the 2-Meter Ham Band.
When I lived near Fort Worth, Texas, I worked on 2 Meter SSB (144 MHz), South Florida, New Hampshire, along the Canadian/U.S. border, Oregon and down to Baja California. I have had the pleasure of experiencing many fabulous events. Friday was one of those special days. I strongly believed that it was enhanced by the arrival of a solar disturbance. Before it hit, we had some outstanding conditions. Here in Arizona, I did make a few contacts to Oregon, Washington and Oklahoma on 2-Meter SSB, but I had the best time logging FM Broadcast stations. I never had the experience doing this and it was lots of fun.
Jun 27:
Florida and the Southwest June 25!
Jun 27:The air is so hot here, I haven't had DX in a week.
Finally got good yesterday afternoon.(June 25)
Jun 27:This was the first time that I experience here in Arizona several FM stations battling for a frequency. It was neat, but couldn't get ID's or RDS easily.
It has been in the low 100's here. Not as bad as Phoenix, but we have a forest fire (1000 acres) 15 miles to our south.
Jun 15: Finally! Close in dx started out w/Stevens Point area, moving to Mpls area, etc. Nice that a few close ins were new!!!!
Jun 13: Tried for Es but seemed to dry up once I got home from work. Got a couple of new ones thanks to WEMU being off the air; it's amazing what you can hear with a local off the air!
May 26: It was VERY choppy, and hit or miss; mostly miss during the main part of it, as the best ones were logged by the others prior to 20.00. DXers in Detroit had VERY LITTLE to show for it.
May 26: Began when 99.3 x-latr in Houghton (30 miles away) and Tigers BBL got wiped out by E's! Ended abruptly at 2024.
May 19: That's all. We got our two-minute Es tease, then it went back to nothing. (May18th-ed)
May 18: Cx Tuesday (May 16 -ed) were hit or miss: Mostly miss. Still, Es season has now officially started at Carleton!
May 17: To sleep at 1am after listening to Tigers in 13 inning game. Lost, but good pitcher's duel. Not expecting much in mid May, but in years' past, as we all know, there can be surprises! Still need 1590 KDJS after 50 years in hobby! hi.
May 13: Also SS on 1440 (KTNO?) -1410 had UNIDs OLD C&W and 70s OLD stn. All lost.
May 1O: A bit better than yesterday which was a wash. Few & far between at this point.
May 6: First new one of the season! (CKLQ 91.5)
Apr 26:A lot of SS was hrd but couldn't be IDed. Its been a year since the first beverage was strung. Here's a list of the problems dealt with in that time. Deer breaking thru the wires, deer chewing thru the wires, mice chewing the insulation off the BOG beverage wires, ground rods losing electrical contact with the earth, building ground and rod ground not the same, minute nicks in insulation causing high resistance ( 10 megohm or more ) shorts to ground when wet, and rf hiss like interference from lap top, sdr, lap top's power supply when plugged in, and the satellite TV power supply. Frequency congestion and lack of IDs were irritating. The biggest problem seems to be the bad luck of dxing when skip conditions and openings are fair at best. I'll keep trying.
Apr 22:HORRIBLE morning with only these two noted. Rest of band dead! Up since 2:45. Nap & sit on deck to listen to Tigers baseball. 67 and sun, after a walk with the dog. She walks me!
Apr 2O:Weird morning where sig were in close or rapidly going up/down. Trying for needed close in stuff. No luck.
Apr 19:Still chasing some interesting stuff but mostly w/o success. Unfortunately the lightning static has returned.
Mar 30:Condx were somewhat auroral the last few days. I logged a few new ones.
Mar 22:I didn't focus at all on TA/TP dx other than quickly checking some TA hets and founding no audio. Antenna problem was the ground. The problem was fixed by pulling out, cleaning, and reinstalling all the ground rods. The west/east wires still need replacing. They're a patchwork of various size wires and splices. Some of those slices were needed because of the deer breaking thru and chewing thru the wires. Uniform replacement wires should provide deeper nulls . Many of the former dx catches are now considered pests, i.e. most of the stations in southern Minnesota.
Mar 14:Always nice to log a target station.