Topband: Interference on 1.821 From WRCR

CUTTER DAVID d.cutter at
Wed Dec 18 10:49:29 EST 2019

A friend over here told me he was bothered by QRM on 1822 last week and we don't have any harmonically related MW stations that could cause that, so, it could be the same source.
David G3UNA/G6CP

> On 18 December 2019 at 15:09 David Olean <k1whs at> wrote:
> I think I did. I could hear voices and a broad peak of crud around 1820 
> that was several kHz wide. I did not try to identify it. I just grumbled 
> and went away and did something else.  I heard it after sunset last 
> night, the 18th.  Normally, if I hear any BCB crud it will be much later 
> when signals are horrendously loud.  I have a BCB filter, and it is 
> effective with late night signals. I normally do not hear any BCB stuff 
> other than weak birdies on 1800, 1810, 1820 etc.  I live in SW Maine.
> I answered a few 160 CQs last night. Both were OZ signals. The first 
> station had trouble hearing me. He was 559. Station #2 was louder and I 
> gave him 579. I received a 339.  Maybe I had the amplifier plugged into 
> the dummy load instead of the 160 feedline.
> I went back to my workbench and got back at working on an old R-392 
> receiver. When I was a young guy just out of school, I was in the Army 
> and we had Collins R-392 receivers in our unit. It was similar to an 
> R-390, but was re packaged to fit in a jeep and be out in the mud and 
> dirt. It had a hermetically sealed case and ran with 28 volts on all the 
> tubes.  My receiver had been "worked on" and the result was a basket 
> case with all of the cams out of sync. There were missing slug racks and 
> slugs. The main tuning dial did not cover the entire range. It was an 
> interesting night working on putting it all back together and trying to 
> get it to work. The PTO needed work too. I stayed up past 1:30 local 
> time, so missed my sunrise. :-(
> Dave K1WHS
> On 12/18/2019 1:16 PM, rgarrett5 at wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > Strange happenings this AM.  I heard a lot of hash on 1.821 and listened on AM to hear radio station WRCR.  They were commenting on
> > the tower being covered in ice and other references to the FCC.  Did anyone else here this spurious signal?  73, Bob K3UL
> >
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