1420 kHz is an interesting frequency where it is possible to hear a lot of stations, with some luck and patience of course. WOC in Davenport, Iowa, is one of the stations which can make it across the Atlantic from time to time. Stations from Iowa are not very common at Lista, and WOC is no exception from that rule.
WOC had a reasonable signal one morning last March though, more than enough for sending along a reception report. Jon Book, Engineer at the station, has been verifying reception reports to WOC for many years and also confirmed my reception of the station. Jon also enclosed a booklet of the history of the station (which dates back all the way to 1922) as well as some historic pictures of WOC.
WOC has a news talk format and broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts.
Panjab Radio in North London has been heard quite frequently on 1584 kHz at Lista during the past couple of years, including at our last DX-pedition in March. Panjab Radio has been broadcasting on 1584 kHz since 2015 when it acquired the licence of London Turkish Radio. While London Turkish Radio was a very hard catch, it is significantly easier to pick up the signal of Panjab Radio. Obviously, Panjab Radio must have improved their transmitter and/or antenna. Panjab Radio is easily recognizable playing Indian or Pakistani music, often along with dominant station Radio Tay in Scotland.
Surjit Singh Ghuman MBE, Managing Director of Panjab Radio, confirmed my audio clip and also mentions the station is available even on DAB in Oslo catering the Pakistani community in the Norwegian capital. Their mediumwave transmitter on 1584 kHz broadcast with an output power of 200 watts.
Stations in Northern Spain are easy catches at Lista. One of the most powerful ones are Radio San Sebastián on 1044 kHz. I haven’t been successfull getting a reply from Radio San Sebastián untill now when Carlos Castronuño Fuentes, Jefe Técnico at the station, sent me a very kind e-mail reply. He attached a full data QSL letter with his e-mail and also sent along a few pictures of the transmitter site located at Monte Igeldo outside San Sebastián.
Although the station is listed with a power of 50 kilowatts in a.o. MWlists, Carlos says the actual power is 25 kilowatts.
Venezuelan stations have disappeared rather rapidly from the AM dial. They used to be heard on many frequencies some 10-15 years ago. Now many are gone, I believe mainly for economical reasons or because of censorship from the Venezuelan government which simply close downs media outlets which they dislike. A truly unfortunate situation.
Some radio stations still operate on mediumwave in Venezuela though. One of the most commonly heard Venezuelans nowadays is Radio Nueva Esparta broadcasting from Isla Margarita off the Venezuelan coast. Radio Nueva Esparta is one of the most common guests on 920 kHz. I received a short but perfectly adequate e-mail confirmation from the station some weeks ago for a reception made at Lista in March.
The signal of VOAR is easily heard at Lista on its mediumwave frequency of 1210 kHz whenever conditions are reasonable towards North America. Reception would have been much better if it wasn’t for powerhouse Absolute Radio on nearby 1215 kHz. The signal of Absolute Radio is so strong that it often ruins the nearby channels of 1210 and 1220 kHz. Even though the signal strength of VOAR is often good, the overall quality of reception is usually fair at best.
For some reason, I have never sent a reception report to VOAR untill now. Chief Engineer R. Brian Matthews kindly confirmed my reception of the station made at Lista in March. He says the AM signal of VOAR will soon be history as the station has been granted application to move to FM. He expects their AM transmitter will switch off for good sometime this November.
VOAR is one of only 4 remaining radio stations in Canada using the old call letters of Newfoundland VO.., the others being VOWR, VOCM AM and VOCM FM. The now doomed 10 kilowatt AM transmitter of VOAR is situated at Mount Pearl outside St. Johns’s. VOAR belongs to the Adventist church and transmits religious programmes only.
Conditions were occasionally very good towards the East Coast of North America at Lista in March. Several rare stations from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina were noted with daytime power in the evening on March 5. One of the stations heard this evening was WKGM which was heard with a surprisingly good signal announcing a.o. their web address yourministrystation.com.
WKGM is licensed to Smithfield, Virginia and carries, as the name of the web site implies, religious programming. They broadcast with a day time power of 10 kilowatts. Despite a relative powerful transmitter, this was the very first time we caught WKGM at Lista. A short but sufficient e-mail confirmed my reception of the station some weeks ago.
Radio VEA in Guatemala is heard from time to time, but is by no means a frequent guest on its mediumwave frequency of 1570 kHz. Some attempts were needed to get a reply, but today I received a short but friendly e-mail confirming my reception of the station at Lista from January 2016. Only my second verification from Guatemala in my more than 30 year long DX career!
Radio VEA – or Radio Voz Evangélica de América which is the full name of the station – is as the name implies a religious station. The station has been on the air since 1960 and broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts from Guatemala City.