Escuminac, NB -
MW Daytime Band Scan
Escuminac is located exactly at
the point where the southern reaches of Miramichi
Bay contact the Gulf of St. Lawrence and
Northumberland Strait. It is 55 miles due south
of Miscou Island, and just under 40 miles due
west of North Cape, Prince Edward Island.
Found near the coordinates
47'05" N, 64'52"W, Escuminac lies on
low land made up mostly of peat bog, sand,
marshland and light woods. The community includes
a wharf and breakwater, as well as a lighthouse
right out at the point.
It is the ancestral home of one
branch of my extended family, and one of my
uncles (by marriage) has renovated the old family
homestead and now uses it as a vacation home.
Every year at this time our family travels to
Escuminac for a mini reunion. I took the
opportunity, while there, to take out the radio
and do some listening.
My traveling "shack"
consisted of a Grundig YB-400PE with a Radio
Shack 15-1853 loop. I also DXed briefly with my
radio in the Plymouth Voyager, with stock whip.
I was so impressed with the
listening there that I asked my uncle if he would
mind if I returned in the fall and strong a few
temporary Beverages. He said it would be no
problem at all. His property extends 1.5 miles to
the south, with lots of room for angular runs of
Beverages in almost every direction.
Regular daytime stations heard
are as follows. All times are EDT:
0834 - Local-like w/ sports talk show in
French including item about Gary Carter's
induction into the baseball Hall of Fame
0837 - Fair w/ religious contemporary
music (Sunday morning) (BT-NB)
0836 - Poor, presumed with "How
great Thou Art". (BT-NB)
0838 - Loud w/ FF music (BT-NB)
0840 - Good w/ Sunday morning religious
music, strong (BT-NB).
0840 - Poor w/ talk and Bible reading.
Usually WREM, Monticello from Doaktown
but with Newfoundland in so well here in
Escuminac I'm not sure it wasn't
something else. (BT-NB)
0841 - Good, out of "Operator"
by Jim Croce and segued into "Aint
No Woman (Like the One I Got) w/out id.
Strong & regular (BT-NB).
0842 - Strong w/ church service
broadcast. Later, at 1628, a full ID
"Coming up, more music on VOCM"
0844 - Loud with talk show on vitamins
and nutrition (BT-NB).
||Port Au Choix
0845 - Fair w/ ad for "Town and
Country" store in the ? Mall, then
more ads and back into religious music at
0848. First logging on 790 since CFAN's
demise on AM. Heard again better on
08/04, w/ Bill Rowe talk show from the
VOCM network @ 0800 and ad for a law firm
and the Eagle River Credit Union. It was
// 740/870 with different ads during
0852 - Loud w/ classical & Baroque
religious music, local here just across
Miramichi Bay (BT-NB).
0854 - Fair/good w/ "5-70 CFCB"
choral ID @ 0859. Numerous other IDs,
community announcements, birthday
greetings, mentions of the
Port-Aux-Basques ferry service schedule.
Later, at 1631, full ID with "You're
listening to a station of the CFCB radio
service" and then into C&W.
0901 - Amherst weather, then "Light
Rock 900, CKDH" ID and into music @
0904. Loud here (BT-NB).
0904 - Out of Carpenters' "Sing,
Sing a Song" and ID @ 0905 (BT-NB).
0905 - Beatles' "Yellow
Submarine." Nice to be a bit farther
from my only remaining pest in Doaktown.
Still loud but at least I'm far enough
away to have the adjacent frequencies
back and audible (BT-NB).
0906 - Weaker than expected (mush
stronger at Miscou last weekend), with
0906 - Beach Boys & "Good
Vibrations" and stronger than
expected signals (BT-NB).
0907 - Sunday morning current affairs
show on greenhouse gas. Fair/poor and
weaker than I expected it to be (BT-NB).
0908 - Far stronger than Fredericton with
same programming and // to all CBC Radio
One affiliates I'm hearing (BT-NB)
0909 - Very strong, // 970 and 990
0910 - Fair with CBC1 Sunday morning
programming, // 970/990/1070 (BT-NB).
0807 - Good w/ FF YL & talk show,
mentions of Causapscal, Chandler, and
highway 185 (BT-NB).
0910 - Fair with Newfoundland Music show,
and "Good Time Tonight" song.
Full CFCB ID @ 1000. Best catch at only
250 watts and 271 miles. Heard again the
following day with Bill Rowe VOCM talk
show @ 0808 (BT-NB).
0909 - Fair w/ FF news/talk program.
Heard also 08/04 @ 0811 w/ FF YL &
0825 - Poor/fair w/ C&W music. Awful
signals from the southwest (BT-NB).
1003 - Good w/ "Red Dirt Road"
CW song and into NS election coverage
0911 - Good with pre-election tee-up news
coverage and discussion of Nova Scotia's
health care system (BT-NB).
0753 - Fair and poorer than expected with
weather and community anouncements,
including mention of St. Peter Avenue
(Bathurst's main drag) (BT-NB).
0812 - Poor & presumed w/ talk show
0813 - Fair w/ PSAs for Shriners'
Hospitals and Latter Day Saints family
ad. Then back into music with "And
now, AVR's top nine, with song number
eight" and into C&W song @ 0814
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