My recent interest in the remaining Canadian shortwave broadcasters (see The Lonely 49m Canadians
), led me to try and QSL a couple of the stations. Seeing as how
the CBC outlet on 6160, CKZU-Vancouver, is almost line-of-sight and just on the
other side of Georgia Straight, I haven't yet worked up enough nerve to send a
reception report describing their S9+40db signal!
listening for the station in Calgary, CFVP on 6030, I was never able to detect
more than a weak, watery carrier. Conditions must have been much worse than I had
suspected as normally this path is an easy one. A few weeks later, when I
started looking for them again, I found their 100 watt signal to be quite robust, several days
in a row. In the early afternoon, their signal was peaking 5x7 and continued to
build until Radio Marti in Florida signed on a few hours before sunset and
dominated the frequency for the rest of the night.
An e- mail report to
long-time veri-signer and Ontario DX Association mainstay, Harold Sellers
brought a quick e-mail verification. I was hoping that CFVP would still be
issuing a paper QSL but nowadays that is getting to be a rarer and rarer
Harold also reports the following details about
broadcasts the programming of AM 10-60, CKMX, 1060 kHz. The transmitter site is
located east of Calgary, just off Highway 22X Marquis of Lorne Trail, on Range
Road 290. The Google Earth coordinates are 50 54’02”N 113 52’26”W.
Since I started doing the QSLing there haven’t
been very many CFVP reports; more for CKMX. Overseas reports have been from The
Netherlands and Germany.
|CFVP Tower courtesy: Harold Sellers|
Next on the the list was Toronto's CFRX, 6070, whose signal has been
strong, starting well before local sunset. Veri-signer Steve Canney, VA3SC
requested a written report and an SASE which was quickly rewarded by a rare and
very real paper QSL.
Steve reports that CFRX is simulcasting CFRB (1010kHz) using 1000 watts into an omnidirectional vertical antenna. They have received several reports from Europe over the many years that he has been sending verifications.
Now to tackle CKZU!