Another night of being bored so started tuning around AM dial again in NE Ohio. Hit on what I thought was a sort of local station till I heard the station ID…KCJJ out of Iowa City, Iowa. Checking Radio-Locator.com shows they only put out 1000 watts nighttime.
Last time I DX’ed around the upper band I seem to recall that there may have been a station out of NYC [or another east coast state] operating on 1630 and it was oscillating between that and probably this station. I could never get a clear ID on it.
IIRC, when the expanded-band licenses were being issued, the standard power level was 10 kW/day, and 1 kW/night; going above that (for any of those frequencies) should’ve involved a special grant.
Per Wikipedia, there are only four traditional AM outlets in the U.S. on 1630–with KCJJ easily being the closest. (The next closest is likely Augusta, Ga.’s WRDW.) Other than those, there are a handful of Travelers’ Information stations, plus a station in Tijuana that may also be 10 kW/1 kW.
I’m actually kinda surprised that KCJJ can still be picked up at night in Ohio. It came in good back in the early 2000s, usually running a mix of ABC’s “Hits and Favorites” AC format and “Don & Mike.” But with practically nothing else on that frequency, KCJJ can travel far, even with 1,000 watts.