Radio Hargeisa has been widely heard since the inauguration of their new 100 kilowatt shortwave transmitter last August. Their Chinese built transmitter transmits on 7120 kHz right in the middle of the radio amateur band. Despite some occasional HAM QRM, Radio Hargeisa is often heard with fair to good signals on my limited longwire antenna at home prior to closing down at 19.00 UTC.
Hargeisa is the capital of the self declared Republic of Somaliland. Somaliland has its own flag, currency, stamps etc., but is not recognized by any other country as to this day.
Wellknown radio amateur Baldur Drodnica issues QSL cards for Radio Hargeisa. He promply sent me the above full data QSL card at my request. Radio Hargeisa is my very first QSL from Somalia, not to mention from Somaliland if one counts Somaliand as a separate country
WHIC is one of three stations heard fairly often on 1460 kHz. I haven’t had much luck in getting a reply from the station previously, but a new attempt some weeks ago resulted in an e-mail from Debbie Daigler, Administrative Assistant, confirming my reception of WHIC. This was for a recording made at Lista nearly 2 years ago, in January 2011.
WHIC broadcasts with a night power of 5 kilowatts from Rochester, New York, and is easily recognized with their religious format. The format makes it easy to separate WHIC from the main competitors CJOY (oldies format) and WDDY (Radio Disney). WHIC usually identifies just as “The Station of the Cross” and frequenctly carries programming from the EWTN Catholic Radio Network.
This fall I strung out a short antenna wire, but just for a couple of days. Even though I am living in a rural environment, the local noise level was unfortunately very high. No stations at all, just noise, were heard on the tropical bands and the noise also made serious DX-ing on the mediumwave band impossible.
Still, it was nice to turn the bands again after nearly 2 years away from “live” DX-ing.
One of the stations heard well was RTL on the longwave band. As this station was missing from my QSL collection, I sent a reception report by postal mail. Two weeks later I received the QSL card above depicting the Beidweiler longwave transmitter.
This longwave transmitter broadcasts RTL’s French programming directed towards France. The power of this transmitter is no less than 2000 kilowatts so this is one of the most powerful transmitters around. There have been several rumours about the closure of both this transmitter and of the legendary mediumwave transmitter at Marnach on 1440 kHz, but both transmitters survive as to this day.
WSM makes it to Lista quite regularly on 650 kHz. Its signal is often heard below dominant station CKGA in Newfoundland. Both stations plays country music, but with a different flavour. I definitely prefer the country format of WSM to that of CKGA. Reception of WSM was pretty good at times at Lista in January 2011. I sent an e-mail report to Robin Roberts Ladisa at WSM who replied with a postal reply containing a really nice “Aircastle of the South” QSL folder card, a sticker, a refrigerator magnet, a station brochure and a WSM guitar pick(!). This was the 3rd time Robin tried to send me a QSL. The first 2 letters he sent to me was apparently lost in the mail somewhere between Tennessee and Norway. Kudos to Robin for not giving up!
WSM operates a 50 kilowatt transmitter located in Brentwood south of Nashville. WSM unusual diamond shaped antenna is a landmark, in fact there is only one tower in the United States with the same design (the other tower is operated by WLW in Cincinnati on 700 kHz). The radio tower for WSM has also been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. There are many pictures of this tower on the web and this page over at oldradio.com tells the history of this transmitter
In addition to operating a historic transmitter, WSM also airs the world’s longest running radio program The Grand Old Opry which begun as early as in 1925.
I once read that WWL had one of the strongest signals of any AM station in the US. Its signal no doubt reaches much of the United States at night. WWL is not the strongest US AM signal at my listening post, but WWL is clearly the most regular AM station from Louisiana. Their 50 kilowatts transmitter makes it to Lista regularly, often with good signals in the late morning hours.
Joe Pollet, Director of Engineering, sent me a nice e-mail confirming my reception of WWL in January 2011. Joe writes that their transmitter is located in the marsh and swamp lands South of New Orleans and that their 177 metre high antenna sends most of the signal to the North.
640 kHz is a frequency which is usually always occupied by either CBN in Newfoundland and/or Radio Progreso in Cuba. At times other stations pops up on the frequency too. CFMJ in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is heard quite often if conditions towards North American are favourable. At Lista in January 2011, CFMJ could be heard quite well at times. Gord Harris, Senior Brand Director, confirmed my January 2011 reception with an e-mail some time ago.
CFMJ airs a talk radio and sports format targeted to the entire Greater Toronto Area and usually identifies just as “A-M 6-40″. The station transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts.
After WXKS raised its power from 5 to 50 kilowatts in 2008, the station often booms in on 1200 kHz at Lista. At times there might be some interference from CFGO in Ottawa, but WXKS definitely has the best signal most times. I sent along an audio recording to Operations Director Dylan Sprague who swiftly confirmed my reception of the station.
When I heard WXKS at Lista in January 2011, the station had a talk format branded as “Rush Radio 1200″. The station has since flipped to a comedy format and now identifies as “Matty’s Comedy 1200“. The WXKS transmitter is located in Newton just outside Boston.