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    Update on latest e-skip received here in Akron, OH...

    On June 17, the TVES Network from Venezuela was received on channel 2. This may be Caracas (2292 miles). I was able to verify the channel by checking the online stream of TVES. See Photo.
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    On June 18, a new log was received here... #228 KDLO 3/3 Florence, SD (850 miles)
    It was a very brief and pixelated catch.
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    On June 19, both KHME and KNOP decoded. I was not at home, but I remotely logged into my computer and got some screenshots.
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    On June 20, CKBQ analog channel 2 from Melfort SK appeared (1335 miles)...
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    On June 25, I had the following logs...
    2/2 KNOP North Platte, NE (994 miles)
    2/23 KHME Rapid City, SD (1119 miles)
    2/2 WLBZ Bangor, ME (702 miles)
    6/6 KBSD Ensign, KS (1027 miles)
    2 CJCH-5 Sheet Harbour, NS (999 miles)
    2 CMBA Havana, Cuba (~1250 miles)
    3 either CKLT-1 or CJCB-6 in Nova Scotia
    3 CMEC Santa Clara, Cuba (~1300 miles)
    4 CMBR Havana, Cuba (~1250 miles)
    4 CJCB Sydney, NS (1125 miles)
    6 CJCH-6 Caledonia, NS (866 miles) most likely although could be CJCB Inverness

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    Andrew

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    More e-skip received this evening, with one new log...

    New DTV log #235 - KCWX 5/2 Fredericksburg, TX @ 1,215 miles
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    Relog - KBSD 6/6 Ensign, KS @ 1,027 miles
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    KFIQ-LP analog channel 4 from Lubbock, TX also made an appearance again.
    Andrew

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    I seem to remember some DXer from northeast-OH who said he's never gonna see KCWX. :-)

    Glad you finally got that one in the log... Now, it'll probably stick to your shoe every time there's E-skip.

    73, Ed NN2E
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    Quote Originally Posted by NN2E View Post
    I seem to remember some DXer from northeast-OH who said he's never gonna see KCWX. :-)

    Glad you finally got that one in the log... Now, it'll probably stick to your shoe every time there's E-skip.

    73, Ed NN2E
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    Ed, I doubt it will ever be a pest. I have been trying to log this since I started DXing back in 2015, and it seems that every DXer in my area has logged it several times (on either side of me from Grimsby to Milford), and I get nothing. It was suggested to me that I should apply a preamp to low-VHF, which I did a few weeks ago. This may have been the solution... I'm not sure. I have to be careful considering that my blowtorches at only 1 to 2 miles away are scorching the earth. I have many FM pests that rip apart low-VHF, so I need to carefully apply filters before my preamp, but I don't want to overdo it either. Anyways, I've been trying for years, and all I get is a couple seconds of pixelated video, but I'll take it.

    It's a shame, but I think ATSC 1.0 is just terrible with low-VHF. It's way too susceptible to interference, which is likely why I have a hard time logging any DTVs via e-skip. I've heard a lot of praise for ATSC 3.0. I'll believe it when I see it.

    Regarding KBSD, I am more surprised at this one. My local Franken FM WLFM-LP is only 22 miles away, but they seem to have stopped transmitting video (audio only)!!
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    Looking back on a lifetime of TV DXing (and I'm gettin' old) I've seen various trends happen over time. (months, years, decades) In the days of analog TV I've noted stations, received via E-skip, tended to fit a pattern for a while and then change. For example... There've been E-skip seasons where I just couldn't hide from WPBT 2 Miami. You start thinking, "Will this thing ever go away?" The next year it might be KWGN 2 Denver that just won't quit. (I've watched that one, solid copy, at 1 o'clock in the morning) In another year (or two, or three, etc) it might be XEFB 2 Monterrey that's ever-present. (There was one Summer where XEFB was part of the regular morning routine, as if it was one of my locals) As I type I'm in an extended period of E-skip seasons that aren't very productive. This, too, will change, eventually. My point being, today's "impossible" DX may, at some time in the future, become a common reception. Keep lookin'.

    73, Ed NN2E
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    Your TV is on 24/7.
    Your TV has been permanently on for over a decade.
    The only time your TV is off is during a power outage.
    Your TV gets 512 channels, but you go outside to use the bathroom.
    Your new TV is sitting on top of your old TV.
    Your TV costs more than all of your other furniture.
    Your deer-stand has a TV antenna on it.
    Your cable provider has no idea that you exist."
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    Quote Originally Posted by NN2E View Post
    Looking back on a lifetime of TV DXing (and I'm gettin' old) I've seen various trends happen over time. (months, years, decades) In the days of analog TV I've noted stations, received via E-skip, tended to fit a pattern for a while and then change. For example... There've been E-skip seasons where I just couldn't hide from WPBT 2 Miami. You start thinking, "Will this thing ever go away?" The next year it might be KGAN 2 Denver that just won't quit. (I've watched that one, solid copy, at 1 o'clock in the morning) In another year (or two, or three, etc) it might be XEFB 2 Monterrey that's ever-present. (There was one Summer where XEFB was part of the regular morning routine, as if it was one of my locals) As I type I'm in an extended period of E-skip seasons that aren't very productive. This, too, will change, eventually. My point being, today's "impossible" DX may, at some time in the future, become a common reception. Keep lookin'.

    73, Ed NN2E
    Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds
    Ed, that's what I was thinking too. At this point, I can't hide from Cuba, particularly Santa Clara. Yet I know others complain that they can't even get that. I'm definitely seeing a pattern here, where the same e-skip channels show up over and over.
    Andrew

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