Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Post info or questions on stations you have heard or are trying to hear ... the world of DX!

Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby Tape Splicer » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:42 pm

I have been looking for a good reasonably accurate list of U.S. or international AM radio stations by call letters, frequency, location - to use when trying to find the identity of a station heard while DXing. I have a good Canadian list in a spread sheet format; which is good when offline. I was hoping for the same type of list for areas outside of Canada.

At present I am downloading (page-by page) from AM-DX.com.
http://www.am-dx.com/fcclist.htm Are there any other sites to look at?
Tape Splicer
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 788
Joined: Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:45 pm

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby Toomas Losin » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:19 pm

My reference sites:

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sd-sd.nsf/eng/h_00025.html
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html
http://www.asiawaves.net/

The FCC database has stale data for some Canadian stations. I assume that its US station data are kept up to date!
Toomas Losin
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 258
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:33 am

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby jon » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:06 am

I had been using amlogbook.com but it was abandoned when its creator retired a few months ago. The New Zealand-based Radio Heritage folks plan to revive it.

I broke down and bought the three-hole-punched NRC (National Radio Club) AM Radio Log, which is very complete, and updated earlier this year. Sorted solely by frequency.

I went whole hog and added the NRC Antenna Pattern Book, which shows the day and night patterns of all stations on each frequency, i.e. - one map per frequency, with the previous page listing the locations for each number on the map, so they can be viewed together in a three ring binder.

Both are sold here: http://www.nrcdxas.org/catalog/books/index1.html

While I was at it, I bought the following from the IRCA:
  • Mexican Radio Log (NRC only covers U.S. and Canada in the log book, though Northern Mexicans are covered in the pattern book)
  • Sunrise/Sunset maps (U.S. only)
  • hundreds of article re-prints on a CD
The first two are listed here: http://www.ircaonline.org/bookst.htm
The third was mentioned in the latest IRCA DX Monitor, and my main reason for buying it was to get a copy of an article I wrote, but no longer have a copy of, in about 1970. On tuning IF transformers.

My friend, Bruce Portzer, edits the Pacific-Asian Log (PAL), which is available for free here:
http://www.radioheritage.net/pal.asp

Finally, for $10 a year, membership in the IRCA is a very good deal. You get thirty-something DX Monitors in PDF format by e-mail, weekly during the winter, less frequently as you move towards summer. It includes reports of what other people are DX'ing as well as the latest updates on station power, format, launches, etc. http://www.ircaonline.org/info.htm
User avatar
jon
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 9008
Joined: Mon May 08, 2006 10:15 am
Location: Edmonton

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby Eldon-Mr.CFAY » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:09 pm

Greetings,
Thanks for mentioning all that Jon. Very good references and glad you put the plug in for IRCA. I belong to it and should add that the bulletins are now online. They also had printed hardcopy for many, many years but went completely online in June because of a lack time for anyone to print the hardcopies and go through that process of mailing it etc. which can be quite time consuming. I first joined IRCA way back in early 1967 and one of my first radio contacts in the club was Jon. He was very helpful, the other person was Dwight Morrow from White Rock who also belonged to IRCA. By the way I still have printed copies of the IRCA bulletins going way back to 67 and thru to the 70s. I mailed Pat Martin in Oregon some photocopies of early issues which he had not kept since he has also been a member a long time as is Bruce Portzer of Seattle too. Jon glad you got the references and hope you found your article. I know Jon contributed a lot of very good radio articles to the IRCA publication called DX Monitor. I particularly looked forward to stations in the Province of the Month he did.

I might also add that anyone wanting a great printed Book which contains a lot of AM, FM, and Shortwave stations from around the world as well as receiver/antenna reviews is World Radio TV Handbook. I have the latest 2013. copy and will be buying the 2014 edition too. Its great. Only thing is AM stations in the USA below 2000 watts or 1000 watts in the daytime power are not listed. However all countries in the world are listed and there are still a lot of AM radio stations listed as well as selected locations for many FM stations too. The FM stations for the USA are not for every location, same with Canada. Also a very complete listing of all shortwave stations in the world. World Radio TV Handbook is available at some Chapters Bookstores across Canada including the ones right in the city of Vancouver. The cost is about 34 or 35 dollars but well worth it, to me its the worldwide radio station bible directory!!! Quite a few TV stations for each country are also listed in a separate section of the book.

That NRC AM Antenna pattern book is excellent Jon and improvements in current edition are great. I have a couple copies of older editions. I also plan on ordering the new edition plus the NRC AM Logbook. I have older copies of the NRC AM Logbook or Station directory too. By the way I am currently updating my Heard Log of all AM stations dxed from Jan. 1967 to now. I am doing it from the three main dx locations I have heard stations from: Surrey/Langley, BC., Calgary-Alberta and Baltimore/Toronto,Ontario. Each listed is coded so that I know what location I heard the station from. I am doing it by frequency from 530 to 1700 khz. and locations within each frequency. I SHOULD ALSO MENTION I AM CURRENTLY UPDATING SEVERAL PRINTED DIRECTORIES I AM COMPILING ON DAYTIME ONLY STATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA (ESPECIALLY USA, a few in Mexico), LOW POWER FM LICENSED STATONS IN THE USA, INDEPENDENT OWNED AND LOCALLY PROGRAMMED AM STATIONS THROUGHOUT USA, PLUS LOW .POWER AND DEVELOPMENTAL FM STATIONS IN CANADA., I am doing separate lists in directories for all of these. I will keep everyone posted when I complete this. I am trying to update everything to release it in early 2014 and will be selling it at a fairly reasonable price!!! I might also mention I am listing stations or indicating those that are independently owned and not owned by large corporate radio companies like Clear Channel, Cumulus, Rogers, Corus etc... All this will be up to date as of November 2013 or December 2013.

There are currently about 800 Low Power FM stations licensed in the USA. I would also like to complete a current list of all known Part 15 Stations on AM in the USA or Canada, it takes a bit more research though as there are quite a few sources that indicate these, no one directory for any of this.
!
Take care everyone, and looks like you are well equiped to dx now Jon!!! Thanks Toomas for your information too, best of dxing to everyone.

73s Eldon
Bye . . Mr. CFAY "Frequently On The Frequency"
The CFAY Website: http://cfayradio.wordpress.com
CFAY Radio: http://tinyurl.com/l9qqmh
User avatar
Eldon-Mr.CFAY
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 532
Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 3:09 pm
Location: P.O. Box 3536, Langley, BC V3A 4R9

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby skyvalleyradio » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:21 pm

Fred Cantu's Mexican radio & TV database has been for many years, the accurate authority on current Mexican broadcasting:

http://www.mexicoradiotv.com/

I've used this website for a long time to DX not only MW, but multi-hop ES resulting in Mexican FM stations receivable and comparisons of TV logos with signals received on the once-used analague TV chs 2-6
User avatar
skyvalleyradio
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 1097
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:16 pm
Location: The Goofy Islands

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby kal » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:36 pm

The WRTV Handbook is a terrific publication. It's a long time since I owned a copy but the mention above prompts me to watch for the 2014 edition. It appears in the Amazon.ca listings here

http://www.amazon.ca/World-Radio-Handbook-2014-Broadcasting/dp/0955548160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383967985&sr=8-1&keywords=world+radio+and+tv+handbook

at around $26.
kal
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 497
Joined: Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:04 am

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby Eldon-Mr.CFAY » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:50 pm

Greetings,
Yes KAL the WRTH is a great book, I have many copies of it for different years including some from the 1960s. Unfortunately I do not have every year though. I do have 2012 and 2013 plus several other years in the 2000s, quite a few copies for many years in the 1990s and 1980s too. It is a great publication. As I said Chapters Stores located in Canada's major cities have it each year. The smaller locations of Chapters have not been stocking it in recent years but you can order it thru any Chapters and many independent book stores too. I ordered mine thru independent retail book store in Cobourg, Ontario, THE AVID READER and got it in less than two weeks. That was for the 2013 edition. I like giving independent retail book stores the business whenever I can and the AVID READER is an excellent local bookstore with great selection of magazines and books. Highly recommend visiting the store on Division Street in Cobourg, Ontario for any that make a trip out here!!!

Thanks Sky Valley for mentioning the site for Mexican AM and FM stations, sounds like a good one! Getting back to the WRTH I actually sold quite a few copies over the years because in some cases particularly th 1980s decade I had bought more than one copy, one for Calgary and one for Langley, B.C. locations. Anyway for years of the WRTH I do not have I always look to see if some swap meet or used book store or section might have them. Amazing what you can find at swap meets and amateur radio swap meets too. If I had the time and extra money I would check out tons of them across Canada!!!

In the meantime take care and hope the dx dial is loaded with surprises for you!!!

73s Eldon
Bye . . Mr. CFAY "Frequently On The Frequency"
The CFAY Website: http://cfayradio.wordpress.com
CFAY Radio: http://tinyurl.com/l9qqmh
User avatar
Eldon-Mr.CFAY
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 532
Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 3:09 pm
Location: P.O. Box 3536, Langley, BC V3A 4R9

Re: Where Can I Find AM Station Lists?

Postby Boombox » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:13 pm

I still use Lee Freshwater's amlogbook.com station list -- I copied and pasted it to notepad when it was still around, and I update it on my computer whenever I find out about a station changing formats or going off the air.

AMlogbook had a great station listing, it's sorely missed. Sometimes am-dx.com is useful. I also use an old copy of WRTH (2002) if I'm away from the computer. It's not up to date, but better than nothing.

RadioLocator has a frequency search feature which can be handy. You just type in the frequency in the 'station's frequency' entry box:
http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/finder

RE: Part 15's in the U.S.: there is a website that has a large listing, not sure how accurate it is:
http://www.hobbybroadcaster.net/station ... tes-03.php
Boombox
Newbie
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:14 pm


Return to As The Dial Turns

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests