The Joy of 'X'

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Catch Some Great Transatlantic DX

Scott Caldwell on the Future of Medium Wave DXing

In his article on the Future of Medium Wave DXing  - in the June 2021 issue of RadioUser - Scott Caldwell takes us on a fascinating intercontinental journey, showing how you can monitor Medium Wave broadcasts with ease, using both traditional radios and one of the new breed of Software-Defined receivers (SDR).  

In this context, for those of us interested in Transatlantic DXing, the ‘X-Band’ (1610-1710kHz) is of particular interest. It is here where you can find – suitable propagation conditions permitting – a plethora of Stateside broadcasters and other signals of interest.

According to Scott, the X-Band offers the European  DXer some exciting opportunities. Here, North American stations can be copied without much co-channel interference from European broadcasters (except the various Dutch pirate stations).

Scott’s observations suggest that the X-Band offers the best reception quality during early Spring. A relatively easy station to catch is WPTX on 1690kHz.

Below is a list of both notable and lesser-known stations in this band. For more on that story, check out the June 2021 issue of RadioUser.

 

Frequency

Call Sign/ Slogan

Transmitter Location

Output Power (kW)

Day

Night

1620 kHz

 

CHHA/ Radio Voces Latinas

Toronto ON

6.25

n/a

CHRN/ Radio Humsafar

Montreal QC

1

n/a

WNRP News R. 92.3 FM, 16-20 AM

Gulf Breeze FL

10

1

WTAW News Talk 16-20

College Station TX

10

1

KSMH Relevant Radio 16-20 AM

Auburn CA

10

1

KOZN 1620 The Zone

Bellevue NE

10

1

KYIZ The Z Twins

Renton WA

10

1

Radio Rebelde

Multi-Site

n/a

n/a

Radio Bayamo

Bayamo

n/a

n/a

XECSGU CREO Radio 

Guachochi

n/a

n/a

WDHP The Caribbean Powerhouse

Frederiksted

10

1

1630 kHz

KCJJ The Mighty 16-30 KCJJ

Iowa City IA

10

1

KKGM 16-30 KKGM

Fort Worth TX

10

1

KRND La Jota Mexicana

Fox Farm WY

10

1

XEUT Radio UABC

Tijuana BC

10

1

1640 kHz

WTNI 103.5 The Possum

Biloxi MS

10

1

WSJP Relevant Radio 16-40 AM

Sussex WI

10

1

KDIA The Light at the Top of the Dial

Vallejo CA

10

1

KZLS AM 16-40 The Eagle

Enid OK

10

1

KDZR AM 16-40 The Patriot

Lake Oswego OR

10

1

KBJA K Talk 1640

Sandy UT

10

1

HIC 80 Radio Juventus Don Bosco

Santo Domingo

1

0.5

1650 kHz

CINA CINA Radio

Mississauga ON

5

0.68

CKZW La Radio Gospel 16-50 AM/ Montreal Christian Radio

Montreal QC

1

1

WHKT Praise 104 9

Portsmouth VA

10

1

KFSW 98 7 The Cross

Fort Smith AR

10

1

KFOX Radio Seoul

Torrance CA

10

0.49

KBJD Radio Luz

Denver CO

10

1

KCNZ 16-50 The Fan

Cedar Falls IA

10

1

KSVE La Suavecita 93 9

El Pasio TX

8.5

0.85

XEAZR Radio ZER

México DF

5

5

1660 kHz

WCNZ Relevant Radio

Marco Island FL

10

1

WQLR AM 16-60 The Fan

Kalamazoo MI

10

1

WBCN Fox Sports Charlotte 16-60 AM

Charlotte NC

10

1

WWRU AM 16-60 K Radio

Jersey City NJ

10

1

KBRE 105 7 The Bear

Merced CA

10

1

KWOD Am16-60 The Score

Kansas City KS

10

1

KQWB Bison 16-60

West Fargo ND

10

1

KRZI ESPN Central Texas

Waco TX

10

1

WGIT Faro de Santidad

Canόvanas PR

10

1

1670 kHz

WMGE Black Information Network

Dry Branch GA

10

1

WOZN 96 7 FM & 1670 AM The Zone

Madison WI

10

1

KHPY ESNE Radio

Moreno Valley CA

10

9

KQMS News Talk Superstation

Redding CA

1

1

HIC81 La Voz del Yuna

Bonao MN

3

3

XEANAH Radio Anáhuac

Huixquilucan MX

1

1

1680 kHz

WOKB WOKB 16-80 AM

Winter Garden FL

10

1

WPRR 102.5 The Ride

Ada MI

10

0.68

WTTM Radio Unika

Lindenwold NJ

10

1

KGED Bendita Euearistia Radio

Fresno CA

10

1

KRJO 99.7 The Legend

Monroe LA

10

1

KNTS Radio Luz 16-80 AM

Seattle WA

10

1

HIC82 Radio Senda

San Pedro Macoris PM

1

1

1690 kHz

CHTO CHTO AM 16-90

Toronto ON

6

1

CJLO Concordia University Radio

Montreal QC

1

1

WMLB WMLB 16-90

Avon Dale Estates GA

10

1

WVON The Talk of Chicago

Berwyn IL

10

1

WPTX Songs of Your Life

Lexington Park MD

10

1

KFSG Radio Poder

Roseville CA

10

1

KDMT Relevant Radio

Arvada CO

10

1

WIGT WGOD Radio 97.9 FM

Charlotte Amalie USVI

0.92

0.92

1700 kHz

WEUP Huntsville’s Heritage Station

Huntsville AL

10

1

WJCC Radio Mega 1700 AM

Miami Springs FL

10

1

WRCR AM 1700 WJCC Radio Unscripted

Ramapo NY

10

1

KBGG 1700 The Champ

Des Moines IA

10

1

KKLF Jalapeno Radio Network

Richardson TX

5

1

KVNS Fox Sports Radio 1700

Brownsville TX

8.8

0.88

XEPE Heraldo Radio

Tecate BC

10

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

  (Sources: WRTH/ BDXC Communication, October 2020 | Courtesy Scott Caldwell)