water and ground waves in DX

Paul Hopfgarten paul@03038.com
Sun Nov 16 15:01:48 EST 2003

CHSJ used to come in quite well on the Central Artery NB as well. Alas, 700
AND the Span (NB) are no more....

Paul Hopfgarten
East Derry NH 03041

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boston-radio-interest-bounces@rolinin.BostonRadio.org
> [mailto:boston-radio-interest-bounces@rolinin.BostonRadio.org]On Behalf
> Of Bob Nelson
> Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 10:44 AM
> To: boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org
> Subject: water and ground waves in DX
> The other day I was in Salem near the Beverly-Salem
> bridge, in the parking lot of a restaurant, waiting
> for them to open (just before 11:30 am). I spent
> a moment turning the AM dial to see what I could pick
> up. It had rained recently (the storm clouds going out
> to sea) but now was partly cloudy (and this was
> just before all that windy weather we got).
> Well, stations from the Cape and Maine came in very
> well (even better than usual) and I was surprised to
> hear country music on AM 1010. I didn't hear an ID but
> figure it was not WINS, and not CFRB... but a look at
> radio-locator.com indicated it just might have been
> VOCM from Gander, Newfoundland!
> Perhaps not surprising; I've gotten Canadian AM
> DX (in the daytime) before here on the North Shore.
> Before they moved to FM, CHSJ in St. John, New
> Brunswick came in like a local up in Gloucester!
> (Especially at Stage Fort Park on Rt. 127, which is
> right on the water.)
> I mentioned this on a DX board. Being here on the
> North Shore, I'm used to Maine and Cape Cod AMs
> coming in "over the water" (like WFPB 1170
> in Orleans). Someone mentioned that water helps
> reception of ground wave stations, and perhaps
> the recent rain we'd had helped it, too.
> Adding to the "water helps AM reception" theory,
> there's a moment in Sen. Zell Miller's new book
> where the longtime Georgia politician mentions
> how he grew up loving the Grand Ole Opry's
> Sat. night broadcasts on WSM 650 out of Nashville
> and he remembers "pouring water on the ground wire to
> make the music come in clearer". Interesting.
> So I guess living next to the ocean AND having
> "wet ground" would help my daytime (and nighttime)
> AM DX, eh?

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