Basketball Underway

November 19, 2014

The Kentucky men were dominant last night in Indianapolis in a rout of Kansas. Kentucky’s talent level has been described as “scary”, and with so many great players, Coach Calipari has implemented a “platoon” system. While there is still a good bit of youth on the team, the Wildcats look head-and-shoulders above everybody else. They just have to maintain the intensity level they showed last night.

The Kentucky women came from 14 points down to beat Baylor in Rupp Arena Monday night. The SEC is even better than normal in women’s basketball this year, so a conference title may prove elusive. But Coach Mitchell definitely has another fine team this season.

I got to see Ohio State last night for the first time, as they pulled away from Marquette. The Bucks committed a lot of turnovers, but their shooting was better than has been typical lately.

I haven’t gotten to see the Ohio State women yet. They lost their opener at Virginia, but are rebuilding. Georgia visits Columbus tonight, and will be a good test for the Buckeyes.

The Lexington GlobalTuner #2 will be off the air indefinitely. After several hours of work I determined that the CI-V interface that allows the computer to control the radio has failed. I will probably replace it eventually, but they are not cheap. The Icom PCR-1000 continues to be online as “Lexington Kentucky”

One Losing Streak Ends, Another Doesn’t

November 19, 2014

The Blue Jackets got up to nine losses in-a-row, tying a franchise record. A 4-3 win in Philadelphia Friday night finally ended the streak. Sergei Bobrovsky was back between the pipes Saturday and Columbus beat San Jose 2-1. But last night the Jackets were shutout by Detroit 5-0. Columbus is in last place in the Metropolitan division. But with Bobrovsky back, they have a chance to make some progress as long as they can generate some kind of offense. There are still a lot of skaters injured.

Kentucky has now lost 5 football games in-a-row and has fallen below .500. If the Cats can beat Louisville on November 29th, they will finally become bowl eligible.

Ohio State on the other hand has continued to win since the head-scratching loss to Virginia Tech. Last night the latest playoff standings were announced, and the Buckeyes are sixth. So it is not out-of-the-question that OSU could end up in the final four, if teams above them rack up some losses.

But A Rough Couple Weeks

November 3, 2014

The Blue Jackets pulled out a nice 5-4 win in San Jose on October 23rd, as Mark Letestu scored the game winning goal with 20 seconds left. But Columbus hasn’t been in the winner’s circle since. Injuries have continued to mount, and none is bigger than the loss of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

In the meat of the SEC schedule, Kentucky has now lost three in-a-row, to LSU, Mississippi State and Missouri. Only one more win is needed to become bowl eligible. Remaining opponents are Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville.

Ohio State continues to roll along since the loss to Virginia Tech, and is 4-0 in the Big Ten along with Michigan State. Those two get together Saturday night in East Lansing. This will probably determine the Big Ten East champion.

A Good Start

October 22, 2014

The Blue Jackets began the season winning 3 and losing 2. And in the two losses, Columbus had plenty of shots on goal. So, the season is off to a good start despite injuries. Nathan Horton’s back problems may end up being career-ending. The Jackets begin a visit to California tomorrow night.

Kentucky had high hopes visiting Baton Rouge but ended up getting routed 41-3. This Saturday, the Cats play host to #1-ranked Mississippi State.

Ohio State has looked better lately. J. T. Barrett seems to have gotten his sea legs since the loss to Virginia Tech. A tough battle at Penn State looms Saturday night.

The college football season continues to amaze and amuse. Last Saturday’s Notre Dame-Florida State game might be the best game I’ve seen all year. Time will tell if the Mississippi schools are for real, or the usual elite teams emerge in time for the playoffs.

Kentucky 4-1

October 5, 2014

With last night’s thrilling 45-38 win over visiting South Carolina, Kentucky moved to 4-1 on the season. The Cats twice rallied from 14 points down for the win.  The only blemish on the record so far is a 36-30 triple-overtime loss to Florida in The Swamp. The main positive thing about Kentucky is that the quarterback situation is pretty stable with Patrick Towles. They still make mistakes on both sides of the ball, but are competitive the SEC for the first time in awhile. The general weakness in the SEC East has a lot of people thinking we may have a very special season unfolding. But a lot of tough competition looms.

Kentucky’s 17-7 win over Vanderbilt in September ended a streak of 17-straight conference losses since November of 2011 when the Cats knocked off Tennessee. Unfortunately the long streak of losses to the Gators continues. Kentucky has not beaten Florida since 1986.

Over in the SEC West, the Mississippi schools haven’t had much to cheer about recently until this year. Yesterday Ole Miss knocked off Alabama, and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M. In fact, 4 of the national top 6 teams lost this weekend. It’s hard for me to have any idea at this point who might be the top four teams headed to the college football playoff at the end of the year.

During September I got a QSL card in the mail confirming a contact I made on the 17-meter band with South Carolina. That was the last state I needed to complete Worked All States on that band. That becomes the sixth band on which I have W.A.S. The others are 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.

Just four days to go until the Blue Jackets open regular season play. Columbus is fighting a lot of injuries. So, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain the momentum they ended last season with.

I have wanted for some time to take pictures of all my license plates. This collection on Flickr shows them all. You can view by state/country or by topic (lighthouses, amateur radio).


AM Broadcast Band DXing

September 9, 2014

I haven’t posted about AM Broadcast band (Medium Wave) DXing in awhile. The “season” for this is typically the part of the year in which the nights are long during fall and winter when it isn’t stormy. I heard a bunch of new stations last season, mainly during February. I made recordings using my Perseus Software Defined Radio (SDR) and listen to the recordings later. Here are my latest “statistics” and my current log.

Total MW stations heard: 456. US 402, Canada 19, Others 35
Best frequency: 3-way tie: 940, 950, 1060 nine stations each.
States/provinces: KY 61, TN 35, OH 33, IL 25, NC 24, GA 23, AL 20, NY 16, ON 15, PA 14, FL 12, IN 12, VA 12, LA 11, MS 11, SC 11, WI 11, MI 10, MO 10, TX 9, WV 9, AR 8, IA 7, KS 3, QC 2, MB 2, MD 2, NE 2, OK 2, DC 2, CO 1, CT 1, ME 1, MA 1, MN 1, NJ 1, UT 1.

530 Radio Vision Christiana Turks & Caicos
CIAO Brampton ON
Radio Rebelde Cuba
540 WWCS Canonsburg PA
WAUK Jackson WI
WKFN Clarksville TN
550 WKRC Cincinnati
WSVA Harrisonburg VA
Radio Rebelde Cuba
560 WHBQ Memphis
WIND Chicago
Radio Rebelde Cuba
WJLS Beckley WV
570 WIDS Russell Springs KY
Radio Reloj Cuba
WWNC Asheville NC
580 KJMJ Alexandria LA
WGAC Augusta GA
WKSK West Jefferson NC
590 WVLK Lexington
WDWD Atlanta
600 WBWL Jacksonville FL
WKYH Paintsville KY
WMT Cedar Rapids IA
Radio Rebelde Cuba
WSJS Winston-Salem NC
610 WTVN Columbus
WIP Philadelphia
KCSP Kansas City MO
WAGG Birmingham AL
Radio Rebelde Cuba
KARV Russellville AR
620 WDAE St. Petersburg FL
WRJZ Knoxville
Radio Rebelde Cuba
WJDX Jackson MS
630 WLAP Lexington
WJAW St. Marys WV
640 WHLO Akron OH
Radio Progresso Cuba
WCRV Collierville TN
CFMJ Richmond Hill ON
650 WSM Nashville
Radio Rebelde Cuba
660 WFAN New York
WXIC Waverly OH
WLFJ Greenville SC
670 WSCR Chicago
Radio Rebelde Cuba
680 WPTF Raleigh
WCTT Corbin KY
CFTR Toronto
WHBE Newburg KY
690 CINF Montreal
WELD Fisher WV
WJOX Birmingham AL
WOKV Jacksonville FL
WQNO New Orleans
700 WLW Cincinnati
710 WOR New York
WEKC Williamsburg KY
KEEL Shreveport LA
Radio Rebelde Cuba
720 WGN Chicago
WGCR Pisgah Forest NC
730 WLIL Lenoir City TN
WMTC Vancleve KY
WJYM Bowling Green OH
WPIT Pittsburgh PA
XEX Mexico City
WLTQ Charleston SC
KKDA Grand Prairie TX
740 CFZM Toronto
WNOP Newport KY
750 WSB Atlanta
760 WJR Detroit
WCIS Morgantown NC
770 WABC New York
WCGW Nicholasville KY
WLWL Rockingham NC
Radio Rebelde Cuba
780 WZZX Lineville AL
WPTN Cookeville TN
WBBM Chicago
Radio Coro Venezuela
WWOL Forest City NC
790 WKRD Louisville
WQSV Ashland City TN
WQXI Atlanta
Radio Reloj Cuba
800 WDEH Sweetwater TN
WVHU Huntington WV
CKLW Windsor ON
PJB Radio Transmundial Bonair Netherlands Antilles
WSHO New Orleans
810 WGY Schenectady NY
WEKG Jackson KY
WQIZ St. George SC
820 WBAP Dallas-Ft. Worth
WVSG Columbus
WCPT Willow Springs IL
830 WCCO Minneapolis
KOTC Kennett MO
WTRU Kernersville NC
840 WHAS Louisville
850 KFUO Clayton MO
KOA Denver
WXJC Birmingham AL
WKNR Cleveland OH
Radio Reloj Cuba
WGVS Muskegon MI
860 CJBC Toronto
WAOB Millvale PA
Radio Reloj Cuba
KKOW Pittsburg KS
870 WWL New Orleans
WMTL Leitchfield KY
WPWT Colonial Heights TN
Radio Reloj Cuba
880 WCBS New York
WRFD Columbus
KLRG Sheridan AR
KRVN Lexington NE
WMEQ Menomonie WI
890 WLS Chicago
Radio Progresso Cuba
900 WFIA Louisville
CHML Hamilton ON
910 WSFE Burnside KY
Radio Cadena Agramonte Cuba
WEPG South Pittsburgh TN
WJCW Johnson City TN
WAKO Lawrenceville IL
920 CKNX Wingham ON
WLIV Livingston TN
WGKA Atlanta
WGOL Russellville AL
WMMN Fairmont WV
WBOX Bogalusa LA
KARN Little Rock
930 WHON Richmond IN
WRVC Huntington WV
WLLL Lynchburg VA
WDLX Washington NC
WGAD Rainbow City AL
WTAD Quincy IL
WLBL Auburndale WI
WKTC Bowling Green KY
940 WMAC Macon GA
WCPC Houston MS
WCND Shelbyville KY
WNRG Grundy VA
WMIX Mt. Vernon IL
Radio Reloj Cuba
WFAW Ft. Atkinson WI
950 WTLN Orlando FL
WXGI Richmond VA
WAKM Franklin TN
WORD Spartanburg SC
Radio Reloj Cuba
WGOV Valdosta GA
WWJ Detroit
KXJK Forrest City AR
WBES Charleston WV
960 WERC Birmingham AL
WFIR Roanoke VA
Radio Reloj Cuba
WABG Greenwood MS
970 WGTK Louisville
WWRK Florence SC
WGEE Superior WI
980 WONE Dayton OH
WTEM Washington
WYFN Nashville TN
990 WLEE Richmond VA
WNML Knoxville
WNTP Philadelphia
CBW Winnipeg MB
CKGM Montreal QC
KWAM Memphis
1000 WMVP Chicago
WDJL Huntsville AL
WYBT Blountstown FL
WNSI Robertsdale AL
1010 CFRB Toronto
WIOI New Boston OH
KXEN St. Louis MO
WINS New York
WKJW Black Mtn. NC
WMOX Meridian MS
1020 KDKA Pittsburgh
Radio Reloj Cuba
1030 WBZ Boston
KFAY Fayetteville AR
WEBS Calhoun GA
WNVR Vernon Hills IL
KCTA Corpus Christi TX
WTMK Hartsville TN
1040 WHO Des Moines
WSGH Lewisville NC
WLCR Mt. Washington KY
WPBS Conyers GA
1050 CHUM Toronto
WTSJ Cincinnati
WEPN New York
1060 KYW Philadelphia
WXNC Monroe NC
WKNG Tallapoosa GA
KTOZ Springfield MO
WFLE Flemingsburg KY
XEEP Mexico City
WQMV Waverly TN
WLNO New Orleans
WJKY Jamestown KY
1070 WFNI Indianapolis
WAPI Birmingham AL
WNCT Greenville SC
WFLI Lookout Mountain TN
1080 WTIC Hartford
WKJK Louisville
KRLD Dallas
Radio Cadena Habana Cuba
1090 WKTE King NC
WBAL Baltimore MD
WNVY Cantonment FL
KAAY Little Rock AR
WKFI Wilmington OH
KEXS Excelsior Springs MO
1100 WTAM Cleveland
WWWE Hapeville GA
1110 WTOF Bay Minette AL
WCBR Richmond KY
WBT Charlotte NC
WBIB Centreville AL
1120 KMOX St. Louis
1130 WQFX Gulfport MS
WDFN Detroit
KWKH Shreveport LA
WISN Milwaukee
WBBR New York
1140 WRVA Richmond VA
WAWK Kendallville IN
KCXL Liberty MO
Radio Rebelde Cuba
1150 WMST Mt. Sterling KY
WJRD Tuscaloosa AL
CKOC Hamilton ON
KSAL Salina KS
WONG Canton MS
1160 WCVX Florence KY
WCFO East Point GA
WYLL Chicago
WKCM Hawesville KY
KSL Salt Lake City
WODY Fieldale VA
1170 WLBH Mattoon IL
WWVA Wheeling WV
WDFB Junction City KY
WQVA Lexington SC
WKFL Bushnell FL
KJOC Davenport IA
1179 Radio Rebelde Cuba
1180 WHAM Rochester NY
Radio Rebelde Cuba
1190 WOWO Ft. Wayne
WBSL Bay St. Louis MS
WLIB New York
1200 WOAI San Antonio
CFGO Ottawa ON
WAMB Nashville
WRTO Chicago
1210 WPHT Philadelphia
WANB Waynesburg PA
WILY Centralia IL
Radio Rebelde Cuba
WLRO Denham Springs LA
1220 WHKW Cleveland
1230 WHIR Danville KY
1240 WFTM Maysville KY
WLLV Louisville
WSBC Chicago
KFMO Park City MO
1250 WLRT Nicholasville KY
WEAE Pittsburgh
WSSP Milwaukee
1260 WNDE Indianapolis
WNXT Portsmouth OH
WDKN Dickson TN
WWVT Christiansburg VA
WPNW Zeeland MI
WNDO Chattanooga
WSDZ Belleville IL
1270 WXYT Detroit
WLIK Newport TN
WKBF Rock Island IL
WAIN Columbia KY
WCGC Belmont NC
WJJC Commerce GA
WSHE Columbus GA
1280 WGBF Evansville IN
WKYY Lancaster KY
WANS Anderson SC
WHVR Hanover PA
WNAM Neenah-Menasha WI
1290 WHKY Hickory NC
WDZY Colonial Heights VA
WHIO Dayton OH
CFRW Winnepeg MB
WIRL Peoria IL
KIVY Crockett TX
WCHK Canton GA
1300 WLXG Lexington
1310 CIWW Ottawa ON
WDTW Dearborn MI
WISE Asheville NC
WDXI Jackson TN
WTTL Madisonville KY
1320 WBRT Bardstown KY
WJAS Pittsburgh
WHIE Griffin GA
WGOC Kingsport TN
1330 WYRD Greenville SC
WMOR Morehead KY
WRAM Monmouth IL
KCKM Monahans TX
1340 WEKY Richmond KY
1350 WTDR Gadsden AL
WLOU Louisville
WKCU Corinth MS
WRWH Cleveland GA
1360 WSAI Cincinnati
WKAT North Miami FL
WNJC Washington Township NJ
WMOB Mobile AL
WIXI Jasper AL
WWOW Conneaut OH
1370 WSPD Toledo
WGOH Grayson KY
WLTC Gastonia NC
WDEF Chattanooga
WTAB Taber City NC
1380 WMJR Nicholasville KY
1390 WMER Meridian MS
WADA Shelby NC
WTJS Jackson TN
WNIO Youngstown OH
WKPA Lynchburg VA
1400 WCYN Cynthiana KY
1410 WING Dayton OH
KQV Pittsburgh
WHLN Harlan KY
1420 WHBN Harrodsburg KY
WHK Cleveland OH
WCED Dubois PA
KBHS Hot Springs AR
1430 WXNT Indianapolis
WGFS Covington GA
WMNC Morganton NC
CHKT Toronto
1440 WYGH Paris KY
WFNY Gloversville NY
1450 WKAL Rome NY
1460 WBNS Columbus
WRVK Mt. Vernon KY
WKAM Goshen IN
WBUC Buckhannon WV
1470 WMBD Peoria IL
WBFC Stanton KY
WLQR Toledo OH
WNYY Ithaca NY
1480 WTLO Somerset KY
WHBC Canton OH
1490 WKYW Frankfort KY
1500 WKXO Berea KY
WFED Washington
WLQV Detroit
1510 WLAC Nashville
1520 WWKB Buffalo
WLGC Greenup KY
KRHW Sikeston MO
1530 WCKY Cincinnati
1540 ZNS1 Bahamas
CHIN Toronto
KXEL Waterloo IA
1550 WIRV Irvine KY
WLOR Huntsville AL
WXOL Westerville OH
WBSC Bennettsville SC
WIGN Bristol TN
Radio Rebelde Cuba
1560 WQEW New York
WAGL Lancaster SC
WMRO Gallatin TN
WCNW Fairfield OH
WKDO Liberty KY
1570 WNDA New Albany IN
1580 WXRA Georgetown KY
1590 WAKR Akron OH
WVNA Tuscumbia AL
WLBN Lebanon KY
WZRX Jackson MS
WGBW Two Rivers WI
1600 WLRS Eminence KY
WKZK Augusta GA
WATX Algood TN
WMQM Lakeland TN
1610 Winchester KY TIS
1620 WHLY South Bend IN
WTAW College Station TX
WQKE967 Lexington TIS
Radio Rebelde Cuba
1630 WRDW Augusta GA
KCJJ Iowa City
University of Kentucky billboards
1640 WTNI Biloxi MS
WKSH Sussex WI
1650 WHKT Portsmouth VA
KYHN Ft. Smith AR
KCNZ Cedar Falls IA
1660 WQSN Kalamazoo MI
WBCN Charlotte NC
KWOD Kansas City KS
1670 WMWR Dry Branch GA
WTDY Madison WI
1680 WLAA Winter Garden FL
KRJO Monroe LA
1690 WVON Berwyn IL
WPTX Lexington Park MD
WMLB Avondale Estates GA
1700 KTBK Sherman TX
WEUP Huntsville AL
WQKH253 UK Parking TIS

Big Ten Pitiful

September 8, 2014

After a fairly decent week 1, week 2 of Big Ten football was pretty poor.

Ohio State lost its first home opener since 1978, as Virginia Tech rallied late to break a 21-21 tie and win 35-21. Obviously there was a lot of concern about the quarterback position with Braxton Miller being lost for the season. But I would say that the defense is more of an issue. The Hokies gained 320 yards, including 199 through the air. With some new seating having been added to Ohio Stadium, a record crowd watched the defeat.

I would have expected the Michigan-Notre Dame game to be close, but the Irish shut out the Wolves 31-0. Michigan State had a tough trip to Oregon and had some success against the Ducks for awhile before losing 46-27. The Spartans are still probably the best team in the Big Ten. Nebraska needed a last-minute touchdown to beat McNeese State. Purdue was routed by visiting Central Michigan, and Northwestern lost to Northern Illinois.

Kentucky has started 2-0 with wins over UT-Martin and Ohio. SEC play starts Saturday night in Gainesville and it will be interesting to see if the Cats will be competitive against the big boys.

I recently joined a new radio club, the Columbus Radio Enthusiasts Society ARC. It is general club that has its roots in the original club for Bell System employees back when Western Electric had a big operation in Columbus. They have an excellent ragchew net on Sunday nights at 9 PM ET which can be accessed via Echolink node 782142. There web site is here:

A project that I have been working on lately is to consolidate all my music into iTunes and the Amazon Music Library. I have purchased a lot of digital music through Amazon, and just decided to use their Music Library system to store everything. I have uploaded all my CDs, and have begun digitizing my vinyl records. I have over 2100 songs uploaded with more to come.


August Almost Gone, Football Almost Here

August 28, 2014

It’s been a strange summer here. Very dry for awhile, then a stretch of cooler than normal weather. Summer-like weather finally got here in August, and we’ve had the heat and humidity that we expect for this time of year. Persistent storms have given us one of the wettest Augusts in history.

College football begins in earnest tonight. Ohio State and Kentucky have their first games on Saturday. The Buckeyes have lost starting quarterback Braxton Miller for the season due to injury. Some pundits had liked OSU’s chances of making the new four-team playoff at the end of the season. I kind of doubt it now. Mark Stoops continues to bring in highly-rated recruits to Kentucky. Only time will tell if it will be enough to become competitive in the rugged SEC.

Best wishes to my oldest nephew Sam, who is beginning graduate work in anthropology at Brandeis University. His ultimate goal is a PhD. He has been doing some research that attracted the interest of the staff at the Boston-area college. Good luck, Sam!

As usual, ham radio band conditions have been up and down. I completed the July NAQCC Challenge mentioned in my previous post. The autumn will bring better propagation, and I have already seen improvement recently.

Although I “completed” the radio installation in my Toyota RAV4 awhile back, the performance really wasn’t good on anything other than the 10-meter band. By attaching an “extension” to the antenna, even though it is only 22 inches long, much better operation has been realized. I have been using a 17-meter hamstick, and have gotten excellent reports. I think I may have finally gotten over the hump.

Back in February I had made a number of recordings of the AM broadcast band using my Perseus Software Defined Radio (SDR). This summer I finally got a chance to go through these recordings. I found many new stations (not logged before). You can see these loggings on my YouTube channel

I’ve never done much longwave DXing here, as I’ve generally observed a lot of noise here at my city location. But the Perseus seems to do a good job on the longwave frequencies (generally considered to be everything below the AM broadcast band, below 530 KHz). For me, the primary target there is “Non-Directional Beacons” (NDBs). These are aviation beacons that just send their callsign in Morse Code on a continuous basis, so that pilots can get their bearings. I logged a bunch of these from my February recordings, including some from a couple of Canadian provinces.

Mid-Summer Update

July 19, 2014

I’m not much of a soccer fan, though I do admire the sport. So, I didn’t start watching the World Cup until the US played Belgium. I have friends in Germany so I didn’t mind seeing them win it all.

The past Wednesday, Bonnie and I had to say goodbye to a good friend, BW, KJ4EDR. He died last Saturday and was buried Wednesday. Rest in peace old friend!

The Lexington Police switched their radio communications to encrypted P25 digital in early June. That ended many decades of being able to listen to them on VHF FM analog. I shut down the feed I had been providing to It had been very popular, especially when there were celebrations around campus when UK won big basketball games.

I hadn’t been able to do much ham radio stuff this year until the last month or so. I operated Field Day from home as usual, running 5 watts using battery power. For the fourth year in-a-row, I completed a “sweep” of the “13 Original Colonies” special event. I operated the IARU HF contest last Saturday as usual. This year the World Radiosport Team Championship was held as part of the IARU contest. The US took the gold medal, Slovakia the silver, and Germany the bronze.

For July, the North American QRP CW Club challenge is to make 20 5-watt CW contact on the WARC bands (30,17 and 12). I have 14 of them in the log as of this writing.

The Pens Move On

May 6, 2014

Pittsburgh ended up winning the series with Columbus 4 games to 2. In Game 6 in Columbus, the Pens took at 4-0 lead into the third period, only to see the Blue Jackets score 3 times to make it close. Of the 6 games in the series, 5 of them ended in a final score of 4-3.

I didn’t get to see much of the action, but I understand that Brandon Dubinsky was assigned to cover Sidney Crosby, possibly the best active player in the NHL. He did not score a goal in the playoffs against Columbus.

So hockey season ends for me as the weather is finally starting to warm up here. My QRP club had a fun outing Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park. Video is here:




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