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OK. This list is of distant radio
stations heard on my crystal set,
which as mentioned before, is a
radio that has only passive components.
It uses no batteries or A.C. power source.
This was with the 150 foot wire antenna,
which is not up now.
Distance in miles is approximate.
The receiving location is West Hartford, CT
Local stations were already listed, so this
is just the stuff that isn’t local, at least,
for a crystal set. I could only hear stations
from 560 to 740 kHz.
560 kHz WHYN Springfield, MA, 5 kW Day, 1 kW
Night, Heard during the day. Not audible
at night. Distance, 26 miles
570 kHz WMCA New York, NY 5 kW Day and Night,
Heard only at night. Distance, 98 miles
570 kHz CHMI,Santa Clara, CUBA (!)
Obviously night reception.
Power unknown, but I believe it
is 30 kW. This one is so easy
to spot because it is a time-tick
like WWV. Distance approx. 1300 miles(!)
There are at least 8 of these stations
Coming from Cuba on the AM band. I have
heard others on good AM radios.
A few years ago, an FM DXer was in his car
in Northern, CT, and heard one on 107.5 MHz
via sporadic E skip!!!
Oh, these stations are known as “radio Reloj,”
which means, “Radio Clock.” and you will
hear the time ticks, some voice, and the
letter R twice, in Morse Code.
This doesn’t count, because the crystal set
was hooked to an external audio amp, but I
will note it anyway, because it did get through
The crystal set, and this was the only station
heard with external audio amplification.
600 WICC, Bridgeport, CT, 1 kW Day and Night, heard
during the day. Distance 46 miles.
640 WNNZ Springfield, MA, 50 kW Day, 1 kW, Night,
Heard at night. Distance 26 miles.
NOT TOO MANY MORE TO GO!
660 WFAN New York, NY, 50 kW Day and Night
Distance 98 miles. With the 150 foot
wire, I can get this all the time.
690 CINF Montreal, QC, Canada 50 kW Full time
Night Time Reception, 261 miles
This station is now off the air and
690 is clear during the night. Canada
can put a new station back on this channel
if they want to, but because of the treaty
that is in place between the U.S. and Canada,
the U.S. cannot put a high power full time
station on here at night. So 690 is very
“DXable.” With my Sony 2010, I got the BBC
on 693 kHz really loud one night. But on
the Sony DX radio with sync detection, not
the crystal set, of course.
ONLY A FEW MORE TO GO! I HAVEN”T HEARD ANYTHING
ABOVE 740 THAT I COULD ID. SO I HOPE YOU
710 WOR New York, NY 50 kW Full Time 98 miles
] Heard at night.
730 WACE Chicoppe, MA. 5 kW and (Get This) –
8 watts, yup that’s EIGHT WATTS AT NIGHT.
I heard them during critical hours, when
they are still 5 KW. Distance, 30 miles
730 CKAC Montreal. 50 kW Full Time. My notes are jumbled
on this one. So we’ll call this a TENTATIVE,
because I just don’t remember.
AND THE LAST ONE! YAY!
740 CHWO, Toronto, ON, Canada, 50 kW Full Time
Heard Booming in loud on the crystal
set just one night. Never heard again.
Distance, 361 miles.
ABOVE 740 kHz my local stations all start to swamp
the set. While I think I may have heard something
in the 780 – 800 kHz range, I could never pin it down.
NOTE: Normally I would not put this huge a posting
on the Part 15 board, because this is not really what
we are doing here. BUT we are all radio guys, and
until a few years ago, when I took the CR-1 crystal
set out of the basement and hooked it up – well –
I NEVER thought DX was possible on a crystal set!
BUT IT IS AND IT’S FUN! MAYBE SOME
OF YOU GUYS MIGHT WANT TO TRY IT SOME TIME!
Bruce, Dog Radio Studio 2