Hearing anything else than WBZ in Boston on 1030 kHz is a big challenge. The signal of WBZ is so strong that it effectively blocks all other stations on the frequency.
No rules without exceptions though. At another DX-pedition to Lista, I managed to hear KCTA in Corpus Christi, Texas, and on the DX-pedition in March 2018 we even got KTWO in Wyoming. KTWO was heard briefly one night when WBZ was slighly weaker than normal for a minute or so.
Hearing stations from Wyoming is indeed a rarity at Lista – KTWO only became my second station from this state. KTWO would probably have been easier to hear if it didn’t share 1030 kHz with just WBZ. After all, KTWO transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts.
Matt Brown, Market Engineering Director, at the station confirmed my audio recording with a short e-mail. KTWO is a news talk station located in the city of Casper.
WAUB has been heard by many Scandinavian DX-ers, but never by myself prior to going to Lista last month. On this DX-pedition, however, WAUB was all alone on its frequency 1590 kHz one evening.
WAUB is a news talk station licenced to Auburn, New York. The station is part of the Finger Lakes Radio Group. WAUB broadcasts with a power of just 1 kilowatt nighttime and 450 watts daytime. It’s quite amazing that WAUB is heard so well with such a low power, but Program Director Ted Baker says the station receives about ten reports or so every year from Norway, Sweden and Finland.
One of many stations which can be heard on the interesting frequency 1290 kHz is WHIO in Dayton, Ohio. WHIO was heard many times and often with good quality as well during our last Dx-pedition to Lista, . I haven’t had any response to previous e-mails, but this time Jeremy Ratliff, Program Director at WHIO, confirmed my recording with a short e-mail.
WHIO airs a news talk format and transmits with a power of 5 kilowatts on 1290 kHz.
I heard KRNT in Des Moines, Iowa, for the very first time at Lista in March 2018 on 1350 kHz. Chief Engineer Joe Farrington promply confirmed my reception of the station with a very nice replica of an old QSL card (see above). Joe mentions he gets a few reports from Finland and Norway from time to time.
KRNT is a 5KW station with a non-directional day pattern and a 3 tower night pattern. KRNT carries ESPN programming and frequently identifies just as “ESPN Des Moines”.
KRNT also has a very informative web page on the history of the station.
First QSL from this years DX-pedition to Lista came from WWTC in Minneapolis. A nice QSL it was too: Chief Engineer Steve Smit sent the above QSL card to me by e-mail last week. There are not many stations issuing such QSL cards anymore!
I had never heard WWTC before, but on this DX-pedition WWTC was heard several times. Surprisingly good signal too, often beating other stations on the frequency such as WNAM in Wisconsin with its nostalgia music format.
WWTC, branded as “The Patriot”, has a conservative talk format using a 5 kilowatt transmitter.
Coastal landscape at Lista
My annual DX-trip to Lista on the southwest coast of Norway took part last week, on January 19-24. Just like last year, I was joined by seasoned DX-ers Torgeir Nyen and Tore Johnny Bråtveit. Tore Johnny could only stay untill January 23, while Torgeir and myself stayed one more day. This time we had no less than 3 antennas: Our usual antenna towards the East Coast of North America (which also does reasonably towards the Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela), an antenna directed towards the West Coast of North America and an antenna towards Spain and South England. All antennas were 500-800 metres long each.
Our expectations were quite high in advance as we are near the solar minimum now. Long distance reception of mediumwave signals should thus be good, provided atmosphaeric disturbances could be avoided.
One of the fun things about DX-ing is that you never know what you will hear before you are actually listening. As it turned out, conditions were quite a bit different than expected. The paths towards the West Coast were closed with not even a trace of signals from the big guns such as 1000 KOMO and 1510 KGA. Stations from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were also absent. Some stations from the US midwest came through though. Conditions were best towards The Great Lakes and many stations from a.o. Ontario, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and the Upper part of New York State were heard with good to very good signals. East Coast was also good, but not as good as last year.
A disturbance occured on the last nights, allowing some of the strongest South American stations to be heard. In addition, a number of unsual stations from the UK and Spain were also heard.
Our log will as always be updated continously as a Google Sheets document. Some gems found so far: 950 WROL Boston MA, 1140 WCJW Warsaw NY, 1190 KQQZ De Soto MO, 1290 KGVO Missoula MT (our very first station from Montana), 1420 WRSA St. Albans VT and 1660 KBRE Merced CA. The log will no doubt grow a lot during the coming months as recordings are reviewed.
WCCO in Minneapolis, broadcasts with a power of 50 kilowatts on 830 kHz, but usually has a hard time overcoming the signal of another 50 kilowatt station, WCRN in Boston. At Lista in March 2018 on 830 kHz, WCCO was heard pretty well at times, heard a.o. with weather forecasts warning for severe winter storms and school closings in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
Joe Joncas, Engineer at the station, confirmed my report and says the station has received a number of reports from Norwegian DX-ers over the last couple of years.
WCCO is a news oriented radio with, according to Wikipedia, a longtime reputation of being the station to tune in for emergency information, especially severe weather and school closings in winter. Just like the announcements I heard in March!