When reviewing our recordings from this winters DX-pedition to Lista, it was a surprise to discover a very clear identification from KOZY in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on 1320 kHz one morning.
KOZY transmits with a power of 5 kilowatts. It is a classic hits music and information station and has been on the air since 1948. Chief Engineer Tim Edwards confirmed my reception of the station and also promised to send a paper confirmation by regular mail.
Radio Trst A is the name of the Slovenian programmes of Italian state broadcaster RAI. The programmes are also broadcast on mediumwave 981 kHz in addition to many FM frequencies of course. Trieste (Trst in Slovenian) is located just a few kilometres from the border with Slovenia. Trieste and the province of Friuli Venezia Giulia has a sizable Slovenian speaking minority, about 83.000-100.000 according to Wikipedia.
Martina Repinc, Chief Editor, confirmed my rather old audio clip dating back to January 2014 with an e-mail. The station has been increasingly hard to receive, especially after the Czech station Rádio Český Impuls starting using 981 kHz some years ago. I was in fact unsure if the mediumwave transmitter of Radio Trst was still in use, but Martina assures me that the mediumwave transmitter is indeed still on air.
Minorities programmes from state owned Hungarian radio, known as Nemzetiségi Radio, are carried on several mediumwave frequencies (see above) and basically covers the entire country as well as parts of the neighbouring countries,
I sent a reception report earlier this year for a broadcast in Slovak and Romanian on 1188 kHz received at Lista in January. Last week Ivan Kovacs replied with a nice full detailed QSL letter.
Hungarian radio has two transmitters on this frequency, a 300 kilowatt transmitter in Marcali and a 100 kilowatt transmitter in Szolnok. Nemzetiségi Radio. Reception is excellent even in Norway.
“The Smokies Oldies – WLIK” was the surprise jingle heard one morning on 1270 kHz at Lista in January. WLIK is not at all a common guest, but the station is logged in Scandinavia from time to time. I must admit I had not even heard of this station before checking some of my recordings last month.
Angela Wilkerson, Vice President of Operations, confirmed my not-so-perfect audio recording of WLIK with a friendly e-mail. She tells the station has been a family owned radio station since her grandfather started the station back in 1954. Angela also says the station has got a couple of reports from Norway, one from Finland and one from Belgium in the last few years.
WLIK is an oldies station playing hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The station is licenced to Newton in Eastern Tennessee, with a night time power of just 500 watts.
I have been sending out a few reception reports to stations heard a long time ago lately. One of the station reported was RAI in Sicily which was heard briefly one morning on 1116 kHz with regional programming in January 2015 at Lista. Although listed with a power of 10 kilowatts, this station is a very tough catch here as 1116 kHz is usually covered by BBC Radio Derby and/or Hungary.
Luigi Di Chiara, Head of Operations at RAIWay in Siciliy confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail and also sent me a full data QSL card by postal mail. Luigi is a HAM with the call sign IT9HLC, which certainly helps for obtaining QSLs! Their mediumwave transmitter is located at Monte Pellegrino outside the Sicilian capital city Palermo.
Rádio Rio de Janeiro made a surprising appearance on 1400 kHz at Lista in February 2017. We seldom hear Brazilians at Lista, but this time a number of them made it into the log.
Rádio Rio de Janeiro is listed with a night time power of 5 kilowatts. The station broadcasts mainly, but not exclusively, religious programming. After some weeks I received a reply from the station signed by Juliana Rocha.
Radio Fórmula in México City can be heard every now and then on both 970, 1470 and 1500 kHz. While 1470 kHz is the most commonly heard frequency, the other frequencies are not uncommon either.
José Pablo Cuello, Director Digital, at Grupo Fórmula kindly confirmed my audio clip with a short e-mail for a reception made at Lista in January. Radio Fórmula transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts on 970 kHz. The frequency is used for airing the “Primero Cadena” programme of Grupo Fórmula which mainly consists of talk programming.