MW Frequency Challenge - Week 14 Results and Week 15 Announcement (920 kHz)
A tough week for many DXers it seemed, as overall log counts were down for 1150 kHz. I know for me personally, this was a tough week what with semi-local WJBO in Baton Rouge nearby and not to mention all of the festivities of Mardi Gras that were coming to a peak this week. We ended up cancelling our livestream for the week on Sunday night for the Mardi Gras holiday here in Louisiana.
As a reminder, our live streams on Sunday nights have been so much fun getting to interact and hear about what you heard in the previous week. If you haven't been able to make it to a livestream yet, you are missing out! Join us Sundays at 1945 CST / 0145 UTC (Monday morning, UTC) on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/dxcentral
For week 14:
A total of 24 DXers from three countries (Mexico, Canada and the US), 17 US States and 2 Canadian provinces took our challenge to log stations on 1150 kHz on the mediumwave band. DXers brought in 74 logs of 29 unique stations in 18 U.S. states, 3 Canadian provinces and 3 DX countries!
Most Logged Stations: For the second week in a row, Indiana's Tom Laskowski took the top spot in our challenge as he brought in 10 loggings this week! Not far behind, Bill Coury (MI) with his 8 logs and Troy Porter (OH) with 6 receptions were keeping pace right up to the end of the week.
Most Logged US States: Also taking the top spot here for the second week in a row, Tom Laskowski's 7 heard states (IL,KS,KY,OH,SC,TN,WI) were enough to hold off Bill Coury and his 5 heard states.
Most Logged Countries: Multiple DXers heard two countries during this week, with some hearing US and Mexico, others US and Canada.
Furthest Logging: John Johnson (AZ) took our top spot this week with his 876 mile reception of KSAL in Kansas. Rounding out the top 10 were: Stephanie Battaglino (CA) 821 miles for XEUAS in Mexico; John Johnson for 814 mile reception of KAGO (OR); Ginnie Lupi (NH) at 802 miles for WAVO (SC); Greg Harris (IL) for 756 mile reception of CKOC (ON); Mark Connelly (MA) for 747 mile reception of WAVO (SC); Greg Harris for 697 mile reception of KRMS (MO); Tom Laskowski (IN) for 627 miles of KSAL; Jim Renfrew (NY) for 596 miles of WAVO; and Tom Laskowski for 590 miles of WAVO.
Loyd/DX Central Numbers:
2 stations logged
1 state logged: LA
2 countries logged: USA and Mexico
944 miles (XEJP in Mexico)
Most Logged Station: WAVO in Rock Hill, SC was the most widely heard station with 11 DXers reporting reception. It is ironic for me personally, as they were not a slam dunk reception when I lived in Charleston, it seemed. CKOC (ON) with 7 receptions and WDEL (DE) with 6 rounded out the top 3.
Most Logged State/Province: South Carolina was at the top of this list for the first time this season with 12 receptions (11 from WAVO and 1 for WSNW in Seneca, SC). WI (7) and DE (6) were the nearest competition.
Most Logged Country (outside of US): With 11 receptions this week, Canada took the top spot (7 from ON, 3 from BC and 1 from SK).
Busiest Time of Day: DXers were staying up late and reaping the rewards with 54% of all receptions made overnight. Sunset was a much larger player than usual this week with 25% of the logs, followed by Sunrise (19%) and Daytime (1.4%). Does this mean that 1150 was the frequency with a station near the fewest DXers (since it is our lowest percentage of daytime receptions in the entire season?)
Busiest Day: Once again, Monday was our busiest day of the week this week with 33 loggings on Monday. Tuesday (11); Wednesday (8); Thursday (3); Friday (9); Saturday (5) and Sunday (5) were right behind!
Most Used Receiver: SDRs remain atop the hill for DXers with 53 of 74 loggings this week. The use of Airspy's HF+ Discovery has really risen in recent weeks, taking the top spot among SDRs this week with 24 loggings. SDRPlay SDRs also held strong with 19 receptions. Portable use remains a bit behind but strong with 12 receptions. This week, use of Tecsun portables were the most frequently used portables.
Most Used Antenna: Mag Loops continue putting in the work, with 40 of the 74 loggings this week coming from a Mag Loop. For the first time, Airspy's YouLoop took the top spot amongst Mag Loops with 12 receptions, with Wellbrook's 10 loggings close behind. "Other" loop antennas such as the Quantum, the AN-200 and others were also commonly used with 22 loggings for the week.
See the full export of data at our Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uT5ZxF_NKX8cL9KYJJTnfajeaqdiPInnfA2Xjq84T1c/edit?usp=sharing
Our focus now turns to week 15 and the next challenge: 920 kHz There is a little Latin flavor for some to this week, some reliable stations and some intriguing possibilities for others.
Logs for Week 15 will only be accepted for stations received between 0300 UTC Monday, February 28th, 2022 and 0300 UTC Monday, March 7th (will be announcing the closing during our live stream of DX Central Live!). Logs must be for licensed stations received on 920 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. 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