25 July 06
Saskatchewan to Lake Elsinore
It’s been too hot to play with radios outside (Saturday it got up to 44 degrees C) so I have been doing some AM broadcast band DXing with my little Sony 7600G world band receiver. In radio parlance DXing means to try to listen to distant signals for their own sake. At nighttime AM band signals can carry quite far because they bounce off the ionosphere. So tuning around with even an ordinary AM radio can pull in some surprises. The best catches so far have been CBC Radio One at 540 kHz coming from Saskatchewan (the program at the time was “Northern Lights”) and XEPE (“Cash 1700”) broadcasting at 1700 kHz from Tijuana (though aimed at Southern California). The latter is the broadcaster for the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Single-A minor league team in the California League for the San Diego Padres. As I write this they are losing 3-2 to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.