First QSL from the latest DX-pedition to Lista arrived when Johnny Rocket, Program Director, confirmed my reception of CJCA on 930 kHz. CJCA was heard late one morning on this DX-pedition on our antenna directed towards the West Coast of North America. This was our very first reception of CJCA.
CJCA broadcast Christian programming from Edmonton, Alberta, usually using the branding and identification “930 – The Light”. Their transmitter power is 50 kilowatts, but despite this CJCA is definitely not a regular catch at such a southernly location as Lista. Contrary to the Arctic, CJCA has to compete with the signal of several stations on the East Coast (notably CJYQ, CFCB and WBEN) at Lista.
In January I made the trip down to Lista on the south western coast of Norway for another weekend of serious DX-ing with the long beverage antennas we can erect there. I was accompanied by Torgeir Nyen even on this DX-pedition. Torgeir drove down to Lista already on January 13 while I arrived 2 days later.
As usual, we used a 800 metre long antenna towards the East Coast of North America / Florida / Cuba. This time we also rolled out some some 400 metre of antenna wire towards the West Coast of America. The latter antenna had to cross a road and this wire was cut 4 times by a snowplough during our stay there :-) Snow is not very common at Lista, even in midwinter it usually rains there, but this time the temperatures were so low it snowed quite a lot. Fortunately, no problems installing the antennas despite some snow.
Heading out on a DX-pedition at solar maximum implies quite a lot of uncertainty as there is always some risk of an uncooperating sun producing solar flares, coronal holes etc. I expected and even hoped for some disturbances favouring stations in the Caribbean (we are still hunting for Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands etc…). The unpredictable sun was, however, surprisingly quiet during the entire DX-peditions. The paths towards the south were complete closed and even many regular stations from the Caribbean were weak. Cubans and Florida stations were significantly weaker than they usually are at Lista.
Instead conditions strictly favoured North America. Stations from Ontario and New York State had a particular strong signal. The evenings were particularly productive with several very rare stations being logged with day time power such as 1040 WYSL Avon NY, 1140 WCJW Warsaw NY, 1190 WCRW Leesburg VA, 1470 WPDM Potsdam NY and 1530 WDJZ Bridgeport CT, all new to us. The mornings were also quite good and even some West Coast stations like 1130 CKWX Vancouver BC, 1380 KRKO Everett WA and 1520 KKXA Snohomish WA made it to our radios. These are all very common stations in Northern Scandinavia, but quite rare at such a southernly location as Lista.
Our log is now available as a Google Docs spreadsheet. New stations (to us, that is) are marked in red, latest additions in blue. The log is far from complete yet. When using SDR radios, in our case SDR-IQ and Perseus radios, completing a log takes a lot of time! With more than 150 North Americans stations in the log and more than 20 new stations noted even at this stage, this was definitely one of our most successfull DX-peditions – and quite possibly the best DX-pedition- to Lista of all time.
Texas bonanza! My 3rd successive Texas verification came when A.D. Rigmaiden, Chief Engineer at Gow Media, confirmed by audio clip of KGOW on 1560 kHz. I have heard KGOW a couple of times at Lista, always when they are using their day time power of 46 kilowatts. Sometimes 46 kilowatts are enough to compete with and even beat the signal of WQEW in New York.
KGOW now broadcasts Yahoo Sports Radio and the Yahoo Sports Radio Network operations are also based at KGOW. KGOW is licensed to Bellaire just south of Houston.
KKGM in Fort Worth, Texas, was heard with a decent signal at Lista in March 2013. KKGM is a station I have heard before, but only with a signal too poor for sending a reception report to the station. I was lucky with my first attempt for KKGM when Paul T. Hughes, Program/Music/Public Affairs Director, confirmed my reception of the station.
KKGM broadcast a “Southern Gospel” format with both music and Christian talk. When I heard KKGM, they identified as “The Spirit of Hope”.
1660 kHz is usually occupied by either WCNZ in Florida or WWRU in New Jersey. On the January 2011 DX-pedition to Lista, however, 2 new stations were heard: WQLR in Michigan and KRZI in Texas. The latter was heard one morning with good signals with ESPN programming. Thankfully, ESPN has pretty frequent local breaks too and several local promotions were heard.
KRZI, located in Waco in Central Texas, broadcasts with a night power of 1 kilowatt. The programmes are also simulcast on 1330 kHz and on 100.9 on FM. Gary L. Moss, President, confirmed my reception of KRZI with an e-mail.
One of many European stations which has ceased broadcasting on mediumwave in recent years is MDR (Mitteldeutcher Rundfunk) in Leipzig in Germany. Their 3 mediumwave transmitters used to broadcast on 783, 1044 and 1188 kHz, but was shut down on April 30, 2013. At that time, all three frequencies carried their news channel “MDR Info”.
MDR is the public German broadcaster for the federal states Thüringen, Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt. Just before Christmas I received I full detailed QSL-card for a broadcast on their transmitter located at Reichenbach near the Polish border on 1188 kHz. This was for a report made at Lista in March 2013 just a month prior to the shut down of their AM transmitters.
With a night time power of 1 kilowatt, WNYC is not one of the most easily heard stations in New York. In fact I have only been able to catch the signal of this station just a couple of times. 820 kHz is usually dominated by Radio Paradise in St. Kitts with its boring religious programming. WNYC was heard with a decent signal and a decent station identification one morning at Lista in January 2011, however. My signal report was verified by Lorraine Mattox, who has the nice title “Manager of Listener Services”.
WNYC is New York’s Public Radio and has a long history dating back to the early 1920s. Its 1 kilowatt mediumwave transmitter is located in Kearny, New Jersey, just west of New York City.