France Bleu RCFM closed down their mediumwave transmitters back in 2015, along with all other mediumwave transmitters of Radio France. RCFM – or Radio Corse Frequenza Mora which is the full name of the station – used to broadcast on 1404 kHz from Ajaccio and on 1494 kHz from Bastia, both with a power of 20 kilowatts. Despite a rather powerful transmitter, France Bleu RCFM was not a frequent guest at my listening post. I only managed to hear the station a couple of times, all times on 1494 kHz.
The station confirmed my rather old recording made at Lista in January 2015 with a brief e-mail today. Radio Corse Frequenza Mora belongs to French public radio (Radio France) and covers of course the beautiful island of Corsica.
Antena Satelor is easily heard on both 153 kHz longwave and 1314 kHz mediumwave. My reports directly to the station has not been answered. So I tried to send a report to Radio Romania International instead. This was the path to success as I received a RRI QSL-card confirming my reception report of Antena Satelor. The card only mentions the frequency (153 kHz in my case), but that’s perfectly sufficient for me.
Antena Satelor plays a lot of nice and often lively Romanian folk music so it is a fun station to listen to. Their longwave transmitter is located in Bod Colonie outside Brasov in Central Romania. Although listed with “just” 200 kilowatts, the signal gets out well and sounds like using a more powerful transmitter.
World Music Radio, operated by well-known Danish DX-er Stig Hartvig Nielsen, is one of my favourite radio stations. I like the selection of music found on this station and frequently listen to their online streaming at work.
There are of course no challenges catching the signal of an online streaming station. Their shortwave signal, currently on 5840 kHz only, can also be heard quite well in Europe where they broadcast with a power of 100 watts from a transmitter near the city of Randers. The station was heard with a fair signal at Lista in March, even on our beverage antennas which are mainly intended to pick up mediumwave, and not shortwave, stations.
As a DX-er himself, Stig knows the importance of QSLs and sent along this nice QSL-card by e-mail this weekend. World Music Radio plans to expand their AM coverage and hopes to add more frequencies both on short- and mediumwave.
Voice of Hope started broadcasting on mediumwave 1287 kHz from Israel in March 2017. Their 50 kilowatt transmitter located at She’ar-Yeshuv south of the border with Lebanon has been widely heard by European DX-ers since the station started using 1287 kHz and was also heard at Lista in March.
The target area of these broadcasts are Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Egypt. The Voice of Hope broadcasts Christian programmes almost exclusively in Arabic on this frequency, but station identifications in a.o. English can also be heard.
In addition to this mediumwave operation from the Middle East, Voice of Hope also broadcasts on shortwave from KVOH in Los Angeles and from Zambia. Voice of Hope is a very DX-friendly station and verifies all correct reports with nice QSL-cards. My QSL-card depicted above was signed by Ray Robinson, Vice-President for Global Operations.
Receiving stations from Vermont is not very common at our listening post at Lista, but several possibilities exist. One such possibility is WSYB which can be heard now and then (but not very often) on 1380 kHz. WSYB came through quite well one evening during our last visit to Lista.
Glenda J. Hawley, General Manager at WSYB, kindly confirmed my reception of the station. WSYB carries a news talk format broadcasting with a day time power of 5 kilowatts and a night time power of 1 kilowatt out of Rutland, Vermont.
The most common Trans-Atlantic station heard on 1440 kHz is without doubt the sports station “The Big Jab”. The station with the call WRED broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts from Westbrook outside Portland, Maine and gets out really well.
The station has ignored my requests untill now, but last week Morgan Grumbach, Sales Manager at owner Atlantic Coast Radio, sent me a friendly e-mail confirming my recording of the station.
Receiving WADK was a pleasant surprise when DX-ing at Lista last March. Although WADK has been heard in Norway by several other DX-ers previously, it was nonetheless an unexpected guest as WADK is a daytimer broadcasting with a power of just 1 kilowatt. Hearing daytimers is always a treat, and hearing new daytimers even more so 🙂
WADK came up quite well one evening at Lista airing a jazz programme. Bobb Angel at the station sent me an enthusiastic e-mail confirming my reception and said he even mentioned it on air in his Morning Show.
WADK is located by the sea in Newport, Rhode Island. According to Wikipedia, Newport is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its historic mansions and rich sailing history.