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Not exactly an amateur radio question, but I'm guessing this is the best place to find help.

I will be camping in remote SE Utah during the coming week with no cell service, no wifi and no satellite TV or radio. I'd like to get timely election results and any related news that might affect my travel decisions. I will have a rarely used Tecsun PL-600 portable radio. Does anyone have suggestions for AM stations/frequencies that I might pickup (best at night, I presume)? SW would be a possibility too, I guess, with that radio, although I am woefully ignorant of likely frequencies. At worst, I'll just fiddle with the dial.

Thanks and happy, safe travels.

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During the day you can expect local AM stations to range from 50 - 100 miles or more and at night can range from 500 - 2500 miles depending on the the typical powerhouse station. AM is subject to a lot of noise generated by RV electronics so at night if you have no utility hookups you will not have interference from solar charge controllers and converters like we get at RV Parks. Static crashes from thunderstorms several hundred miles away can be a nuisance. Forty years of listening to the International Morse Code and using a narrow band I.F. filter I rarely notice the static as much anymore, but when I come over to voice frequencies I often am amazed by the static crashes.

Best of luck with your listening and may God see us through the election with the sound of peace and quiet we look for in a boondocking experience.

Dave, KU9L

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9 minutes ago, KU9L said:

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Best of luck with your listening and may God see us through the election with the sound of peace and quiet we look for in a boondocking experience.

Dave, KU9L

Thank you, Dave. My goal for this boondocking trip is to be surrounded by that peace and quiet instead of being assaulted by pre-election and post-election commentary. Whatever the result, may peace prevail.

   Lew

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What you want are the "clear channel" stations. These stations have a frequency that clear of all other transmitters. They transmit at 50,000 watts. WLS in Chicago can be received in Idaho, southern part.  I can't remember but Denver, Dallas, San Fransisco have these high power stations.

Most are all talk stations. In the days before satellite radio truck drivers knew the reception area of all these stations.

That should get you started on finding the radio station you need.

Bill

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Thanks, Bill. I just did a search for clear channel in Salt Lake and got KSL 1160. It's coming in strong right now at home in southern Colorado. I expect it will do what I need while boondocking. Many thanks.

   Lew

 

 

 

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