Catching a signal of a station from the West Coast of North America is always a treat at Lista. Only rarely do we succeed in hearing anything, and when we succeed it is only the strongest 50 kilowatts stations which are heard.
One of them, CKWX in Vancouver, was heard on the DX-pedition back in November 2009 as late as 10.59 UTC which was more than 3 hours after our local sunrise. The signal peaked. Dean Fox, Senior Manager at Rogers Radio Engineering in Vancouver confirmed my rather old recording with a friendly e-mail.
CJBC is an easy catch on 860 kHz and is heard whenever conditions favour North America. This CBC station carries the French language “Ici Radio-Canada Première” network in Toronto through a 50 kilowatt transmitter.
Dave Rainnie, Premier chef de l’exploitation, kindly verified my audio recording with a real QSL-card (see above). Apparently, CBC still has a stock of QSL cards available! 🙂
Hearing Czech Radio – Český Rozhlas – on mediumwave can may be not considered to be DX. They can be easily heard on both 270 kHz longwave and on 639, 954 and 1332 kHz mediumwave. I sent a reception report by e-mail on their “Dvojka” programme some weeks ago. Czech Radio is a good verifier and replied with a real QSL card and a post it notebook within a couple of weeks.
I heard the station on 954 kHz, a frequency where the programme is broadcast on 3 different transmitters. The strongest one, Dobrochov near Brno, has a power of no less than 200 kilowatts making it an easy catch here in Norway.
CHIN has been heard on nearly all my DX-peditions to Lista. Getting a reply has been difficult untill Rahamat Ali confirmed my reception last week.
CHIN is broadcasting programmes in many languages for Toronto, the web site lists no less than 33 different languages. The station is listed with a day time power of 50 kilowatts and a night time power of 30 kilowatts.
Several low powered radio stations have popped up on shortwave in Germany during the past couple of years. Many of them are using frequencies vacated by other German stations which have left shortwave altogether.
Most of the stations in this category are low powered hobbyist stations. One of these stations is Radio Channel 292 wich broadcasts on 6070 kHz, a frequency used by Deutsche Welle for many decades. The transmitter is situated near the small Bavarian village of Rohrbach. Channel 292 mainly relays programmes from other stations, but also has own programming.
I heard the station at Lista in February 2017 with own programming and a fair signal. Rainer Ebeling sent me a non-detailed electronic QSL card (see above) in just a couple of hours.
Last QSL of the year came from RTBF in Brussels which verified my reception report on 1125 kHz carrying their “Vivacité” programming. Just like for my previous report to RTBF, the reply came in form of a real QSL card sent my postal mail.
There have been rumours of RTBF closing down their mediumwave transmitters, but as of today January 2, 2018, the transmitters on both 621 and 1125 kHz are still in operation. A close down wouldn’t come as a surprise, giving that almost all state owned broadcasters in Western Europe has dropped mediumwave during the last 10 years. The RTBF transmitter on 1125 kHz is located at Houdeng near La Louvière in Southern Belgium. It broadcasts with a power of 9,5 kilowatts.
Another QSL from Bogotá: This time from another regular, Radio Cordillera on 1190 kHz. This is also a station which pops up whenever conditions favours Colombia. It has been some time since we had a good opening towards Colombia at Lista. My report to Radio Cordillera dated back to January 2011.
Yaned Caro, Subdirectora Admininstrativa at parent company Todelar Radio verified my rather antique report with a very nice e-mail reply. Yaned also enclosed a nice Christmas jingle from the station. Radio Cordillera is listed with a power of 5 kilowatts.