Lista is an excellent location for listening to UK stations on mediumwave. On a clear day you can almost see across the North Sea to England from Lista…
One of the UK stations which have eluded me over the years is Swansea Sound in Wales. 1170 kHz is usually dominated by Magic AM in Stockton-on-Tees, hearing other stations from the UK on this frequency is quite difficult. The signal of Swansea Sound made it to my radio on both January 2011 and March 2013, however. Chief Engineer Mike Winston confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some time ago.
Swansea Sound is one of few stations left in the UK still carrying independent programming. Their AM transmitter transmits with a modest power of 580 watts.
Catching the signal of CKSL on 1410 kHz was a pleasant surprise on the otherwise not too exciting March 2013 DX-pedition to Lista. 1410 kHz is usually dominated by WPOP in Connecticut with its sports programming. The signal strength of WPOP is usually so strong that it is hard to pull out any other station on this frequency.
On March 12, I was however able to catch the signal of CKSL for a few minutes in the morning. CKSL broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts from London, Ontario. According to Wikipedia, CKSL became the first radio station in Canada carrying comedy programming. The station is now branded just as “Funny 1410″. Don Mumford, Regional Vice-President at parent company Bell Media confirmed my reception report with an e-mail.
570 kHz is usually dominated by Cuban Radio Reloj at my usual DX site at Lista. When conditions favour stations further north, CFCB in Newfoundland is the most commonly heard North American station on this frequency.
Richard King, Program Director, kindly confirmed my reception report on CFCB from January 2011. CFCB broadcasts with a power of 1 kilowatt from Corner Brook on the Eastern part of Newfoundland.
Despite a coastal location at Pompano Beach, Florida, and a listed night power of 2,2 kilowatts, WHSR is not heard too often at my place. In March 2013, WHSR was heard with a pretty stable signal several nights at Lista This was my first reception of the station since 2005 during my more or less yearly travels to Lista.
Hearing WHSR is one thing, getting a station identification is another one as the station doesn’t carry many IDs. I had to listen to several hours of endless talking in French Creole before catching a definite ID as “Radio Haiti Amerique Internationale”. Although using the slogan “International Entertainment Radio”, the programming of WHSR consists mainly of French Creole programming catering to the Haitian population in South Florida.
Duff Lindsey, Operations Manager, kindly confirmed my audio clip of WHSR with an e-mail.
A rare printed HAM-like QSL-card arrived in my mailbox today confirming my reception of WNRI in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on 1380 kHz. WNRI was heard with a local call in show one evening at Lista in January 2011. At that time WNRI was still on their day time effect of 2500 watts, catching their signal at night time with just 18 watts would have been significantly more difficult!
WNRI is only my second QSL from Rhode Island. My thanks to Chief Engineer Dick Bouchard for a nice addition to my QSL collection. Dick is also a radio amateur with the call sign W1HQV, which explains the design of the QSL card…
Lista is a very good QTH for DX-ing Florida stations and many low powered Florida stations have made it to our radios there throughout the years. Conditions towards Florida were not excellent during the January 2011 trip to Lista, but we still managed to hear a couple of new Florida stations. One of the stations which came through one morning with a nice station ID on the top of the hour was WSRF in Fort Lauderdale on 1580 AM.
Chief Engineer Ralph Chambers confirmed my reception with a nice e-mail some days ago. He says the station broadcast with a power of 1000 watts nondirectional at the time I received their signal. WSRF calls itself “The Haitian-American radio station of South Florida” and broadcasts mainly in French Creole.
The star logging from this spring’s DX-pedition to Lista was without doubt WESR on 1330 kHz. WESR, licenced to Onley-Onancock, Virginia, broadcast with a night time power of a mere 51 watts. We are quite sure they were on their day power of 5 kilowatts though when we heard them. The signal of WESR was heard one morning with a perfectly readable station identification on the hour under dominant station WRCA. Will Russell, Account Executive, swiftly confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail reply.
According to the authorative KOJE list, WESR had not been logged in Norway, Sweden and Finland previously. Given the otherwise pretty average (or at times downright lousy) conditions, we were very surprised and most pleased about this logging.