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Anyone else love twiddling the dial on an A.M. radio after dark? Used to love it up at the cottage!
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When growing up, I used to do it on an old tube Halicrafters set. I remember listening to CKLW out of Canada. ( was in NY near the city)

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Listening to Art Bell on Coast to Coast.
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Yes, I remember as a teenager scanning the AM band for distant stations. There was KOMA in Oklahoma City or KFI in California or with luck the high power Spanish stations in Mexico.

Recently I even bought myself a good multiband radio.... only to discover my generator completely wipes out all the AM & SW bands.

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I remember in 1963 our 2000 watt local station signed off at 8:00. Thirsty for rock and roll, I'd find the mega station KAAY, tune 1090, in Little Rock Ark. It would boom in later when the sun went down. I want to hold your hand, and more. Several other stations but that was the best one.
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When growing up, I used to do it on an old tube Halicrafters set. I remember listening to CKLW out of Canada. ( was in NY near the city)
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I did the same with another Halicrafter AC/DC set, Could sometimes get WOWO in Ft Wayne, IN from near Boston, MA. My Dad had a whole bunch of old radios to spark my interest. One had a set of individual coils wound on a Bakelite core that you would plug into the set to change the band. Got a nasty shock pulling them out while the power was on. Last I knew my BIL got his hands on them and turned around and sold the lot for peanuts on eBay
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AM came to life after the sun went down. Used to dial in WOWO, Ft. Wayne and WCFL "Super CFL" out of Chicago. WRVA, WWVA, WKBW, WGR, and a few others too. I liked listening to WABC out of NYC. Cousin Brucie was one of the DJ's there back in the 60s and early 70s. Good times, good music. All this on a dinky little Japanese 6 transistor radio. Now I listen to Coast to Coast, Ground Zero. I also love to listen to old radio programs on station CHML 900 out of Hamilton, Ontario Canada at night.
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I got a real surprise one night about 1964 around 12:30 am while sitting in girlfriend's family driveway in Ga. in my 59 Chevy pickup. I had a roof-mounted AM radio that was originally intended for I H C pickups The antenna was mounted on the right front fender and of course, was always extended to the max. I was scanning the dial looking for some easy listening music for smooching and stopped when I came across a distant and foreign-sounding station. After a few minutes or so of listening they identified themselves as a Dutch English language speaking station in the Netherlands and were conducting a series of distance tests for it. Sadly it faded out before I got any address or call letters. Gene Davis Tennille, Ga.
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When I was a very young kid, my family scrapped a working Majestic radio. It had AM, SW and aircraft bands, and was in a large, free-standing, ornate wood case. I salvaged the chassis & speaker out of it and set it up in my room.
In back, there was a heavy galvanized wire rope that was used as a dog run. It ran from the back wall of the garage to a tree about 70 feet away. It was secured by large eye-bolts that went through the corner studs in the garage wall and the tree.

There was a large steel ring that rode on the cable with a dog chain attached. At the garage, there was a flat slate for dog's food and water dishes, and an insulated doghouse with a heavy cloth door and bedding inside.

I decided to attach a wire to the garage eye-bolt and run it through my bedroom window to the antenna terminal on the radio. Reception was not what I expected. In the junk in the cellar were some ceramic shackle insulators. I installed one at the tree end of the cable, and one at the top of the dog's chain. For years, I heard AM stations from all over, Short wave, and aircraft talking.
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I got a real surprise one night about 1964 around 12:30 am while sitting in girlfriend's family driveway in Ga. in my 59 Chevy pickup. I had a roof-mounted AM radio that was originally intended for I H C pickups The antenna was mounted on the right front fender and of course, was always extended to the max. I was scanning the dial looking for some easy listening music for smooching and stopped when I came across a distant and foreign-sounding station. After a few minutes or so of listening they identified themselves as a Dutch English language speaking station in the Netherlands and were conducting a series of distance tests for it. Sadly it faded out before I got any address or call letters. Gene Davis Tennille, Ga.
WHDH in Boston reportedly made it "across the pond" on several occasions, so doesn't surprise me a bit that it went the other way.
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Fantastic replies, thank you!

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As a teenager in the 60’s I spent many happy nights DXing the AM band.

My primary desire was to listen to rock ‘n roll. But I also enjoyed listening to baseball play by play from distant cities.

My “receiver” was an ancient Motorola vacuum tube car radio I modified to run on 12 volts AC. Antenna was a long wire - 150’ or so of salvaged railroad telegraph wire running from the side of the house to a tree out back.

My big problem was our house was only about 4 miles from the WHAM 1180 transmitter in Rochester NY. (WHAM was and still is a 50,000 watt clear channel station). Made it impossible to pick up frequencies anywhere near 1180. But I could routinely enjoy to WBZ (Boston), KDKA (Pittsburg), CHUM (Toronto) and others. And on Sunday nights when WHAM went off the air I could get WOWO 1190 in Ft Wayne.

Fond memories!
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