While sitting in my car in a parking lot in Springfield, VA on November 26, I heard country music on 600 AM. It was unusual, as the frequency is usually either gospel WCAO from nearby Baltimore, MD, or Radio Rebelde from Cuba. The country signal was very weak, but it faded in right at the right moment. I heard an ID: “Country 600,” and mentions of “CIWW Radio.com.” I thought it was, at first, CIWW from Ottawa and that it moved from its previously-logged frequency of 1310. Upon researching the signal after I got home, I realized I heard “CJWW” instead of CIWW and that the station was, in fact, broadcasting from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan of all places–1690 miles away from my location in Northern Virginia.
CJWW is my new my all-time radio reception signal distance record, unseating 94.1 KZOR Hobbs, NM, which I logged on 7/7/2006 at 1505 miles. Unfortunately, I was not recording audio during my reception of CJWW. A similar phenomenon happened during KZOR’s reception–I was recording directly to audio CD at the time, but the CD failed to burn properly, rendering my recording of KZOR permanently ruined, resulting with me having no proof of its reception. Murphy’s Law strikes again.
Long-range AM reception is rare, from my experience. The AM stations I usually receive at my home are 600 miles away or closer, with a few outliers such as 1200 WOAI San Antonio, TX, an occasional visitor to Virginia at 1346 miles away. I think that the time zone difference had something to do with my reception of CJWW, as it was only 5:26 PM local time when I picked them up. CJWW was likely still on its daytime signal pattern of 25 KW, versus its 8 KW nighttime array.
My AM DX Log has been updated with my logging of CJWW.