KOB-AM 770 Albuquerque NM Legal ID 1982

KOB was one of my better DX catches.  Their 50,000 watt signal was directional at night, protecting New York City’s WABC.  In the process, they nulled me out as well.  An additional factor was local KUOM, the University of Minnesota station on 770AM.  In 1982, KUOM signed off at night. KOB and WABC were the only U.S. stations with nighttime authorization on the 770 frequency.  Because Albuquerque was further west than Minneapolis, local sunset and therefore the time of KOB’s pattern change was later than KUOM’s sign off time.  I had a 15 minute “window” each day when I could hear and aircheck KOB.

To pull this off, I used a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver with horizontal longwire antenna.  The antenna was oriented so as to null out WABC.  I recorded this onto a Technics stereo cassette deck with Scotch Dynarange tape.


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