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    Is anyone planning to do some AM Dxing during the eclipse?

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    Yes... I'll take a look through the band during the eclipse. I'm in the path of totality so it might be interesting... Stations running daytime power during 'night time' conditions. We'll see what turns up.

    Many years ago, during a partial eclipse, I made several contacts on the 160 Meter Ham band (normally a night time band) with one of the stations as far away as Arizona. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for today includes thunderstorms. Since my 160M vertical is so prone to lightning strikes it will remain disconnected during the eclipse. :-(

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    Didn't spend a lot of time with the band but did log a new one...

    WCNW 1560 Fairfield OH (Cincinnati area) completely wiped out local WPAD Paducah KY.

    The BCB took on a sunset 'feel' to it...

    WOWO 1190 Fort Wayne was very strong.

    WCKY 1530 Cincinnati - Big signal.

    WLAC 1510 Nashville was swamped by several other stations.

    WHAS 840 Louisville came way up out of the noise.

    WLS 890 Chicago - good signal.

    KCJJ 1630 Iowa City - good signal.

    Local WNGO 1320 Mayfield KY had lots of chatter under it.

    The 'graveyard' frequencies sounded like night time... a jumbled mess.

    Other tentative (educated guess) ID's...

    WWL 870 New Orleans

    CKLW 800 Windsor ON

    WSB 750 Atlanta

    Several other good signals... I just didn't wait around long enough for them to ID.

    Kinda wish I had the 160M vertical and terminated loop array (K9AY design) on line.

    Was using Yaesu FT-897D for rx clipped to the HVAC ductwork, under the house, as the antenna.

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    This type of DX reminds me of the same stuff you can hear in the winter just before sunset or early in the morning after sunrise.

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    It was frustrating---I am sure I had WRDW 1630 GA at 1900 UTC; however there was either a fade at TOH or no ID at all. I was ready for a YouTube too.

    1630 was IMO the only reasonable frequency to try, on my Superadio II; the selectivity on it is poor, despite good sensitivity. I did try 1390 a tad earlier, but nada.

    Edit: Of course, that was just the DXn aspect. Otherwise it was a beautiful, glorious sight to see. My local library ran out of glasses----but some tailgaters outside the place let me take a peek. God is good!

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    I took a bunch of spectrum snapshots with station iDs on the hour and during totality in Nashville. I will go over the recordings soon.

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    I ran SDR recordings during the eclipse. Had to work so I couldn't monitor closely in real-time but did sample things a bit. 1530 Cincinnati is usually audible & identifiable all day long but it came up about 20dB to decent quality near totality. There was a strong signal on 720 with extreme right-wing talk (the kind of stuff that makes Rush Limbaugh sound like a liberal) -- certainly not WGN. I'm guessing WGCR-NC.

    Unfortunately I'm sleep-deprived due to a poorly-timed flat last night, so it may take a few days to navigate these recordings.
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