MW Frequency Challenge - Week 7 Results and Week 8 Announcement
A little late this week getting the results out due to some personal commitments, but wanted to make we are still on track with a great week of the MW Frequency Challenge! We will get to week 8 here in a bit, but first, a look back at Week 7 and 1580 kHz!
DXers from three countries (Mexico, Canada and the US) and 23 US States + DC and two Canadian Provinces (Ontario and Prince Edward Island) brought in 112 logs for Week 7 of our MW Frequency Challenge. In terms of reaching the most DXers, this was our biggest week yet! 32 unique stations in 27 states and two countries made it to this week's log. Let's dig into those results:
Most Logged Stations: Michigan's Bill Coury has routinely been at or near the top of our leaderboard most weeks and this week, he took the top spot with 13 stations logged! This puts him at 57 stations logged so far in our MW Frequency Challenge. Another frequent DXer on the leaderboard, Rob Keeney of South Carolina, was right behind with 10 stations logged.
Most Logged States: Bill Coury also brought in the most states with 10 U.S. states logged (plus Ontario!): IA, IN, MD, MI, MO, NC, NY, OH, SC, WI.
Most Logged Countries: A total of 15 DXers heard two countries this week with logs of U.S. stations and Canada's CKDO in Ontario.
Furthest Logging: A huge one here, Bruce Portzer in Seattle, WA and his crossed delta loops/Perseus combination brought in CKDO from a distance of 2, 016 miles! That's a bit of a hike! Bruce had two more logs in the top 10 in mileage with #5 (KBLA at 925 miles) and #9 (KKTS at 815 miles). Mike Gunther (MN) took home the #2 spot at 1,304 miles for KGAF and #3 with CKDO at 1,148 miles; at #4 Brian Slattum (MN) brought in KWED at 1,086 miles; Mike Jeziorski (Mexico) brought in the #6 spot with KGAF at 916 miles; Wayne Heinen (CO) took the #7 spot with 837 miles for KBLA; Daniel Riordan (OR) came in at #8 with KBLA at 817. miles and rounding out the top 10 was Brent Taylor (PEI) with CKDO at 781 miles.
Loyd/DX Central Numbers:
8 stations logged
8 states logged (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, OK, TN, TX)
1 country logged (USA)
627 miles for furthest catch (WWTF in KY)
Most Logged Station: CKDO in Ontario did a great job at getting out to both coasts of North America (logged in WA and PEI!) with 15 DXers bringing them in.WLIJ (TN) was also heard well with 9 DXers bringing in the C&W station.
Most Logged State/Province: ON (15) took the top overall spot with TX (9) taking the top U.S. state title this week.
Most Logged Country (outside of US): Canada thanks to CKDO's signal getting out there quite well!
Busiest Time of Day: DXers continue to burn the late night oil with 41% of all loggings (46) coming in the overnight period.Sunset was back in the second position with 29% (32) of all loggings. Sunrise's 21% (24) and Daytime's 9% (10) rounded out the rest of the dayparts.
Most Used Receiver: The SDR gap continues to widen as more and more DXers are using their SDRs to bring in the DX. This week, 76% (85 logs) of all reported receptions were using an SDR while portables brought in 18% (20 logs) of all receptions. The top SDR in use continued to be under the SDRPlay brand with 43 logged stations (51% of all SDR logs). Both the Perseus and Airspy (16 loggings each or 19% each) were also used to great effect!
Most Used Antenna: Magnetic loops continue to reign supreme for antenna usage this week with 49 logged stations (44%) with the Wellbrook's 24 loggings being the most frequently used. MLA-30 (14 logs), YouLoop (5) and W6LVP loop (4) rounded out the mag loop usage. Termed loops also faired well this week with 25 loggings (22%) while other wire antennas were used to haul in 9% (10 logs) of the receptions.
See the full export of data at our Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sOiyQ2E6LG19eEmUMDfifVvwAP63S080CuZUCwG0ojM/edit?usp=sharing
And now we turn our attention to Week 8 and a really fun frequency: 1460 kHz. For us here at DX Central, it is going to be a tougher one because we have a semi-local up the road from WXOK in Baton Rouge. However, I hope you are all able to have some great fun DXing this one where you are!
Our Google Form for Week 8 can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE7ffn9OBn1dUgJklhnb1G_hsoJxenPbvK_QgQpXysub32VQ/viewform
Logs for Week 8 will only be accepted for stations received between 0300 UTC Sunday, January 9, 2022 and 0300 UTC Sunday, January 16th (will be announcing the closing during our live stream of DX Central Live!). 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://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE7ffn9OBn1dUgJklhnb1G_hsoJxenPbvK_QgQpXysub32VQ/viewform. 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