Another fun week of DX, this time on 1080 kHz. A little tougher for some of us, given there are some dominant stations on this frequency for many. I admittedly didn't have the time to devote to DX this week like I had hoped, but what I was able to add to the log was worth it!
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A total of 21 DXers from three countries (Mexico, Canada and the US) and 15 US States, 2 Canadian provinces brought in 92 logs for Week 12 of our MW Frequency Challenge. 26 unique stations in 19 U.S. states and three countries made it to this week's log.
Most Logged Stations: Rob Keeney of South Carolina once again climbed to the top of the chart this week with 13 logged stations on 1080 kHz! That is quite a feat, considering the number of large dominant stations here at night, which results in a little lower number of available stations to potentially snag. Good job, Rob! Saul Chernos (ON) was nipping at his heels, though, with 11 logged stations, an equally impressive accomplishment!
Most Logged US States: As you might expect, Rob also took the heard US state category as well, with 11: AL, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, NC, PA, SC, TX, VA
Most Logged Countries: Quite a few DXers snagged three countries, with US, Canada and Mexico making it into this week's logbook.
Furthest Logging: Stephanie Battagliano of California took home the furthest reception this week with her snag of Radio Cadena Habana in Cuba at 2,185 miles! She actually snagged this one during our DX Central Live! livestream on Sunday night when we started the week, and our reception here in Mandeville of RCH helped her to confirm what she was hearing was indeed Cuba! Way to go Stephanie! Some really great distances covered this week, with Bill Coury (MI) receiving XETUL (Mexico) at 1,807 miles (I think Bill also received this one while we were getting it here in Louisiana during our livestream on Sunday night! See what YOU need to be tuning in?); Stvee McDonald (BC) brought in KRLD (TX) at 1,759 miles; Tom Laskowski received XETUL at 1,698 miles; Saul Chernos (ON) and Mark Connelly (MA) both received Radio Cadena Habana at 1,501 miles (Saul) and 1,401 miles (Mark); Mark also received Cuba's Radio Surco at 1,457 miles; Bill Coury and Tom Laskowski (IN) also received Radio Cadena Habana at 1,324 (Bill) and 1,302 (Tom) miles!
Loyd/DX Central Numbers:
3 stations logged
1 states logged TX
3 countries logged (USA), Cuba and Mexico
928 miles (XETUL in Mexico)
Most Logged Station: Not surprisingly, KRLD (TX) led the way with 11 receptions. Their coverage is pretty wide! Surprised to see how well Radio Cadena Habana was able to get out from Cuba this week, with 10 DXers adding them to the log. Also received by 10 DXers was WTIC (CT) with their distinctive Beethoven TOH melody.
Most Logged State/Province: Texas took the most heard state award this week, as well, with 11 receptions, with CT (10), and IL (9) right behind. 17 DXers managed to log a DX station, though, a great week outside of the US borders!
Most Logged Country (outside of US): Cuba for sure led the way with 11 receptions, followed by Mexico with 6
Busiest Time of Day: I knew that for many folks, the grayline periods were going to be critical in snagging DX this week and that is evident in the logs. While overnight was still the dominant time of the day for DX (47 logs at 51%), this is down from previous weeks as Sunrise DX (20 logs at 22%) and Sunset (19 logs @ 21%) saw a big increase of logs this week. Daytime DX (6 logs at 7%) was still producing results for some DXers as well.
Most Used Receiver: DXers are still turning to their SDRs and it seems that population increases each week. 66.3% of all loggings came from DXers using an SDR with Airspy SDRs bringing in the most (27 logs or 44.3% of all SDR logs). SDRPlay (15 logs or 25%) and Perseus (12 logs or 20%) also saw solid usage. Portable radio usage was down again this week, at only 13% of all logs (12 loggings). Desktop radios (18 logs at 20%) saw a big jump this week.
Most Used Antenna: If there is one thing that this MW Frequency Challenge has proven it is that you can get great results with a Magnetic Loop as our DXers continue to do so, week in and week out. 69% of all receptions were done using a mag loop, with Wellbrook (35 logs or 56% of all mag loop receptions) taking the top spot. Airspy's YouLoop (10 logs at 16%) were close behind with the MLA-30 and W6LVP loop variants both pulling in 8 logs (13% of all mag loop logs).
See the full export of data at our Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Rv7iR7uNzqWsbzV5IzI8mX5_ASEKOK22Jab5DrP9BiU/edit?usp=sharing
Our focus now turns to week 13 and the next big challenge: everything between 810-891 kHz. Everything. All stations including those on both the 10kHz and 9kHz frequencies. This week will truly be a challenge as there are lots of frequencies in here with a dominant station or two, but also great opportunities for grayline and international DX including transoceanic! This is a week you do NOT want to miss.
Our Google Form for Week 13 can be found here: https://forms.gle/KuWY9N4TB9w8boht9
Logs for Week 13 will only be accepted for stations received between 0300 UTC Monday, February 14, 2022 and 0300 UTC Monday, February 21st (will be announcing the closing during our live stream of DX Central Live!). Logs must be for licensed stations received between 810 and 891 kHz. Logs must be from your own equipment using WebSDRs is allowed for reference, but will not be counted towards the challenge (unless it is YOUR WebSDR). If you do log from a WebSDR, be sure to mark your location as from the location of the WebSDR itself, not your home location. All loggings must be submitted using our Google Form at https://forms.gle/KuWY9N4TB9w8boht9 Submissions by any other form including social media, email, etc. will not be accepted.
An eCertificate will be sent to the DXer with the most logged stations during the challenge time period. Additional eCertificates may be presented at the discretion of DX Central.
Have fun, 73 and best of DX!
Loyd - W4LVH