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  • July 23 E-skip from Moses Lake, WA *2x Skip Included!*

    What a month for E-skip! I once again had a major E-skip opening in the afternoon/evening of July 23, nabbing Omaha, central Nebraska, Kansas City, OKC and Tulsa. I even got my third ever double hop E-skip!

    Before we get to the juicy part... I had two wimpy openings during the early morning hours to Los Angeles along with a weak opening to New Mexico later in the morning.
    * 08:05 - 94.7 KTWV Los Angeles, CA (1436 km / 892 mi)
    * 08:08 - 88.9 KXLU Los Angeles, CA (1462 km / 908 mi)
    * 11:11 - 94.3 KYEE Alamogordo, NM (1939 km / 1205 mi)
    * 11:36 - 94.1 KZRR Albuquerque, NM (1703 km / 1058 mi)

    The mid afternoon rolls around, with KIOA Des Moines IA starting to come in. From there, things start getting interesting...
    * 17:26 - 93.3 KIOA Des Moines, IA (2137 km / 1328 mi)
    * 17:28 - 94.1 KQCH Omaha, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi) *HD decode attempt*
    * 17:29 - 96.1 KISO Omaha, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi)
    * 17:31 - 99.9 KGOR Omaha, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi) *HD*
    * 17:34 - 90.7 KVNO Omaha, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi) *HD*
    * 17:36 - 94.7 KNEN Norfolk, NE (1813 km / 1127 mi)
    * 17:37 - 96.5 KSOM Audubon, IA (2043 km / 1269 mi)
    * 17:37 - 95.3 KQKL Keokuk, IA (2339 km / 1453 mi)
    * 17:38 - 97.7 KBBX Nebraska City, NE (1973 km / 1226 mi)
    * 17:39 - 101.9 KOOO La Vista, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi)
    * 17:40 - 103.7 KXKT Glenwood, IA (1961 km / 1219 mi)
    * 17:42 - 88.5 KLCV Lincoln, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi)
    * 17:43 - 90.5 KXCV Maryville, MO (2092 km / 1300 mi)
    * 17:44 - 91.1 KUCV Lincoln, NE (1947 km / 1210 mi) *HD*
    * 17:46 - 96.9 KZKX Seward, NE (1910 km / 1187 mi)
    * 17:46 - 97.3 KOBM Blair, NE (1931 km / 1200 mi)
    * 17:48 - 104.5 KSRZ Omaha, NE (1961 km / 1219 mi) *HD decode attempt*
    * 17:49 - 105.5 KKJO Saint Joseph, MO (2119 km / 1317 mi)
    * 17:49 - 105.9 KKSW Lawrence, KS (2129 km / 1323 mi)
    * 17:53 - 92.9 KTGL Beatrice, NE (1947 km / 1210 mi)
    * 17:53 - 93.7 KNTK Firth, NE (1955 km / 1215 mi)
    * 17:54 - 94.1 KFKF Kansas City, KS (2199 km / 1366 mi)
    * 17:55 - 96.5 KRBZ Kansas City, MO (2198 km / 1366 mi)
    * 17:58 - 101.3 KLZA Falls City, NE (2052 km / 1275 mi)
    * 17:58 - 102.5 KCHI Chillicothe, MO (2220 km / 1379 mi)
    * 17:58 - 104.3 KBEQ Kansas City, MO (2197 km / 1365 mi)
    * 18:00 - 107.3 KBBK Lincoln, NE (1947 km / 1210 mi) *HD*
    * 18:02 - 89.7 KJCV Country Club, MO (2139 km / 1329 mi)
    * 18:06 - 95.1 KRKR Lincoln, NE (1928 km / 1198 mi)
    * 18:13 - 93.5 KKOT Columbus, NE (1826 km / 1135 mi)
    * 18:21 - 89.1 KHNE Hastings, NE (1837 km / 1141 mi) *HD*
    * 18:22 - 92.1 KMZA Seneca, KS (2040 km / 1268 mi)
    * 18:24 - 95.3 KBBN Broken Bow, NE (1676 km / 1041 mi)
    * 18:24 - 95.7 KROA Grand Island, NE (1815 km / 1128 mi)
    * 18:25 - 94.9 KCMO Shawnee, KS (2197 km / 1365 mi) *HD* -- first HD lock from Kansas City
    * 18:26 - 98.1 KMBZ Kansas City, KS (2198 km / 1366 mi)
    * 18:26 - 98.9 KQRC Leavenworth, KS (2198 km / 1366 mi)
    * 18:26 - 99.7 KZPT Kansas City, MO (2198 km / 1366 mi)
    * 18:30 - 93.1 KWJK Boonville, MO (2345 km / 1457 mi)
    * 18:31 - 96.5 KRGI Grand Island, NE (1809 km / 1124 mi) *HD*
    * 18:32 - 100.3 KDVV Topeka, KS (2100 km / 1305 mi)
    * 18:33 - 101.5 KROR Hastings, NE (1786 km / 1110 mi)
    * 18:33 - 102.3 KRNY Kearney, NE (1791 km / 1113 mi)
    * 18:35 - 88.9 KPRD Hays, KS (1910 km / 1187 mi)
    * 18:37 - 92.9 KMXN Osage City, KS (2140 km / 1330 mi)
    * 18:38 - 94.5 KLIQ Hastings, NE (1790 km / 1112 mi)
    * 18:39 - 102.5 KBLS North Fort Riley, KS (2037 km / 1266 mi)
    * 18:41 - 107.9 KZRS Great Bend, KS (1910 km / 1187 mi)
    * 18:42 - 88.7 KLNE Lexington, NE (1759 km / 1093 mi) *HD*
    * 18:43 - 90.1 KFJS North Platte, NE (1620 km / 1007 mi)
    * 18:46 - 93.1 KRVN Lexington, NE (1717 km / 1067 mi) *HD*
    * 18:47 - 94.5 WIBW Topeka, KS (2096 km / 1302 mi)
    * 18:48 - 97.5 KJCK Junction City, KS (2028 km / 1260 mi)
    * 18:51 - 92.7 KZUH Minneapolis, KS (1973 km / 1226 mi)
    * 18:55 - 99.9 KSKG Salina, KS (1994 km / 1239 mi) *HD*
    * 18:58 - 91.3 KANV Olsburg, KS (2026 km / 1259 mi)
    * 19:04 - 95.5 KWEN Tulsa, OK (2269 km / 1410 mi) *HD* -- Surprise! I finally nabbed KWEN, which is also my first HD lock from Tulsa!
    * 19:04 - 95.1 KICT Wichita, KS (2059 km / 1279 mi)
    * 19:05 - 97.5 KMOD Tulsa, OK (2269 km / 1410 mi) *HD decode attempt*
    * 19:10 - 99.5 KXBL Henryetta, OK (2293 km / 1425 mi)
    * 19:19 - 89.3 WRKF Baton Rouge, LA (3042 km / 1890 mi) -- Double Hop E-skip catch to Louisiana! New state and second farthest log. This one came in starting at 19:19 and went in and out periodically until fading out around 19:43 (more than 20 mins later!) YT short: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIvqnc1dBpQ
    * 19:22 - 94.1 KTHM Waynoka, OK (2052 km / 1275 mi)
    * 19:22 - 103.9 KHYM Copeland, KS (1871 km / 1163 mi)
    * 19:36 - 90.9 KOKF Edmonds, OK (2221 km / 1380 mi)
    * 19:47 - 101.1 KWOX Woodward, OK (2037 km / 1266 mi)
    * 19:48 - 102.3 KWDQ Woodward, OK (2027 km / 1260 mi)
    * 19:49 - 103.5 KVSP Anadarko, OK (2169 km / 1348 mi)
    * 19:49 - 104.5 KZZW Mooreland, OK (2037 km / 1266 mi)
    * 19:51 - 90.7 KJOV Woodward, OK (2028 km / 1260 mi)
    * 19:52 - 92.1 KFXI Marlow, OK (2252 km / 1399 mi)
    * 19:53 - 94.7 KBRU Oklahoma City, OK (2218 km / 1378 mi)
    * 20:02 - 100.1 KWFX Woodward, OK (2027 km / 1260 mi)
    * 20:05 - 104.1 KMGL Oklahoma City, OK (2221 km / 1380 mi)
    * 20:06 - 107.7 KRXO Oklahoma City, OK (2221 km / 1380 mi) *HD decode attempt*
    * 20:17 - 95.3 KWKN Wakeeney, KS (1801 km / 1119 mi)
    * 20:18 - 96.3 KERP Ingalls, KS (1857 km / 1154 mi)
    * 20:20 - 98.9 KYIS Oklahoma City, OK (2221 km / 1380 mi)
    * 20:23 - 94.3 KXOO Elk City, OK (2099 km / 1304 mi)
    * 20:24 - 96.1 KXXY Oklahoma City, OK (2218 km / 1378 mi)
    * 20:25 - 99.1 KUAD Windsor, CO (1367 km / 849 mi) *HD* -- I finally got an HD lock on this one after eluding me the last two openings.
    * 20:27 - 104.1 KNAB Burlington, CO (1631 km / 1013 mi)
    * 20:27 - 106.3 KLEN Cheyenne, WY (1339 km / 832 mi)
    * 20:30 - 91.9 KUWR Laramie, WY (1280 km / 795 mi)

    Totals from 7/23 - 87 total, 37 new, 16 IBOC, 1 double-hop

    Full compilation video here: https://youtu.be/QiAsrsteGGg
    Last edited by dx_sphere; 07-25-2021, 11:16 PM.
    Kyle / DX Sphere
    Moses Lake, WA (DN07hc) - Home
    Ellensburg, WA (CN96rx) - Secondary
    https://kaylonsphere.neocities.org/

    kingcobra333@gmail.com
    The DX Sphere (YouTube) | kaylon_sphere (Twitter / Instagram)

  • #2
    Seems as though we had KRXO at exactly the same time! Same with KYIS. Of course, nothing defeats the mighty KX-Double-D out here, so no sign of 104.1 in OKC. Keokuk and Boonville MO are interesting catches as it puts you at high 1-hop and for me, out of range.
    Looks as though you were in a music set when KMXN came in. I am confident that was them with the Rise Up with John Ritter promo that chewed on KDBL for a brief while, then another burst later on with Scotty McCreary's 'See You Tonight.' The Bull of Kansas was so close to defeating the resident Bull out in Toppenish.
    I had a rock song on 105.5 that may have been KKJO. No sign of 105.9 in Lawrence.
    And I had KWEN in July of 2018, but wasn't very strong. Did not have an RDS radio at the time. And I wonder if the country I was hearing on 92.1 was really KREP or not...

    Congrats on the 2Es!
    FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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    • #3
      Nice catch, on a portable too. Do you have an SDR setup? Here's a map of my receptions past 5pm pacific showing how this kind of skip gets set up. The two midpoints were very evident producing two areas at the same time.



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      Randy KW4RZ Goldfield, Nevada DM17

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      • #4
        Both of us don't have SDRs (and in my case I can't anyways. University apartments do not allow outside antennas on their property. Nor do I want to really fill a TB hard drive with one opening.) Kyle only has a SPARC portable, and I have the 909X and the Pioneer Supertuner car radio in my Hyundai. A few years down the road, hopefully, I'll be in a non-HOA home where I can put up some nice antennas for DTV and FM (i.e., Korner's or Antennacraft-type), plus a D-KAZ or similar mini-beverage for AM DX, but that's not allowed in my life right now.
        FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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        • #5
          You are missing out. No serious DXer should go without an SDR these days. I hesitated for years due to the fear of overload problems and the fact that I already spend too much time DXing. Now with my current full time RVing, simple RV park manager job, I have most all day to be here and DX if so choose to. The Airspy SDR is tiny, smaller than a box of Nerds candy. It is powered by 5 volt USB. With a decent laptop you could have a kick-ass portable DX setup. When Es is cooking you would have a portable package to deploy in minutes at the park or favorite DX location. Set up a quick simple Stelar Labs 4 element yagi on a portable mast. A 1TB hard drive in the laptop would store a few hours of recording. I have a 500GB and get 2 hours+ Then you transfer the files to an external hard drive. I have a 5TB that runs on USB stores everything so could be taken along. Depending how long the laptop battery would last you could DX for a up to an hour, maybe more. If you had a car charger for your laptop you could extend and would not need 120 volt power. Although the car charger, or a 120 volt power inverter with the regular wall charger is going to generate RF noise so would be for emergency recharging. After the opening is over you go home and review at leisure. It's like replaying the whole opening again. RDS, locals, everything is recorded. The wider the spread you select, the more hard drive and power gets eaten up. I choose 10 MHz the widest the Airspy will do but I believe the new Elad can do the entire FM band. I hear that it is not as sensitive as the Airspy.
          Randy KW4RZ Goldfield, Nevada DM17

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          • #6
            Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
            Both of us don't have SDRs (and in my case I can't anyways. University apartments do not allow outside antennas on their property. Nor do I want to really fill a TB hard drive with one opening.) Kyle only has a SPARC portable, and I have the 909X and the Pioneer Supertuner car radio in my Hyundai. A few years down the road, hopefully, I'll be in a non-HOA home where I can put up some nice antennas for DTV and FM (i.e., Korner's or Antennacraft-type), plus a D-KAZ or similar mini-beverage for AM DX, but that's not allowed in my life right now.
            I do have an SDRPlay RSP1A along with two RTL-SDRs with an indoor antenna. However, I don't currently have the means to obtaining or installing an outdoor antenna. My SDR is effective for 6m FT8 and some FM E-skip. Aside from the antenna, the biggest limitation is the fact I'm a Mac user. Gqrx works pretty good though.
            Kyle / DX Sphere
            Moses Lake, WA (DN07hc) - Home
            Ellensburg, WA (CN96rx) - Secondary
            https://kaylonsphere.neocities.org/

            kingcobra333@gmail.com
            The DX Sphere (YouTube) | kaylon_sphere (Twitter / Instagram)

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            • #7
              I didn't know you were the RV park host there in Goldfield! Are 'skoolies' allowed at the RV park (school buses converted to RVs)? I know some RV parks vary and won't let them in. It's becoming a popular trend among people who want to go down to the tiny house style or want to make their own custom build without purchasing an RV from a dealer with a pre-made blueprint. Been wanting to do that in the next few years or so, could save me lots of $$$ over an equivalent RV from Broadmoor or Camping World. Imagine crainbebo and his future wife, family, or even kids, rushing down Hwy 95 with a half-painted-over bus and an FM antenna on top of it

              My favorite DX location is my parking lot! For some reason, I don't do as well when I go out to mobile spots. 7/7/20 at Manastash Lake was an exception and unexpected. But I barely had anything at the base of Reecer Creek Road going up to Lion Rock on 7/14 at 11AM when Matt in Omaha had Yakima stations in. I think the clouds were blocked by the 5,000-6,000 foot hills straight E and NE, and I was at about 2700 feet. Not to mention signals were much stronger from Tri-Cities up there. And no matter what you do here if you go east towards Ryegrass, Seattle stations are a nuisance, and if you go west towards Thorp or Taneum, the Moses Lake stations become a nuisance.

              I thought about purchasing an SDR a few years back, while I was still in Yakima, and it didn't work out - I had just applied for a YMCA camp counselor job and would need to be at the camp in the Cascades all week long...thus the SDR for unattended DX. Got turned down for the job anyway

              The CWU housing contract says "outside antennas and satellite dishes are not allowed at university apartments", sorry Randy. Their rules. I've never used an outdoor antenna for skip. I know how much I am missing out...but I could be missing out on stronger troposcatter and nuisance semi-locals too. Antennas on a 40 ft tower will get stronger troposcatter from Spokane than those 15 ft above the home on a roof.
              FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
                The CWU housing contract says "outside antennas and satellite dishes are not allowed at university apartments", sorry Randy. Their rules. I've never used an outdoor antenna for skip. I know how much I am missing out...but I could be missing out on stronger troposcatter and nuisance semi-locals too. Antennas on a 40 ft tower will get stronger troposcatter from Spokane than those 15 ft above the home on a roof.
                I think you can obtain written permission from Housing Services to install an outside antenna. My CWU apartment guide said "Outside antennae, cable, aerials, or satellite dishes are not allowed
                without the expressed written permission of Housing Services."
                Kyle / DX Sphere
                Moses Lake, WA (DN07hc) - Home
                Ellensburg, WA (CN96rx) - Secondary
                https://kaylonsphere.neocities.org/

                kingcobra333@gmail.com
                The DX Sphere (YouTube) | kaylon_sphere (Twitter / Instagram)

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                • #9
                  Doesn't matter. Not installing anything until I finish my time at CWU and then move into a non-HOA home where I can install them on the roof or on a short tower. I'll also have a rotor when the time comes. That probably won't happen until 2023 at the earliest, and likely not until the mid or late 2020s.
                  FM/AM/SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by crainbebo View Post
                    Doesn't matter. Not installing anything until I finish my time at CWU and then move into a non-HOA home where I can install them on the roof or on a short tower. I'll also have a rotor when the time comes. That probably won't happen until 2023 at the earliest, and likely not until the mid or late 2020s.
                    Fair enough... I didn't install anything when I lived in my apartment. If you have a south or east facing window, you could try using an indoor antenna with an SDR. I unfortunately had a north facing window, though I was still able to grab Omak, Moses Lake, Tri Cities and occasionally Spokane.
                    Kyle / DX Sphere
                    Moses Lake, WA (DN07hc) - Home
                    Ellensburg, WA (CN96rx) - Secondary
                    https://kaylonsphere.neocities.org/

                    kingcobra333@gmail.com
                    The DX Sphere (YouTube) | kaylon_sphere (Twitter / Instagram)

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