QSL: Amplivier Radio 1224

Amplivier

One more of the new legal Dutch mediumwave stations: Amplivier Radio replied with an e-mail confirming my reception of the station on 1224 kHz at Lista in January. Amplivier Radio was heard with a good signal and totally dominated the frequency at times. There were no chances of hearing any of the other Dutch stations also operating on 1224 kHz – the signal of Amplivier Radio was way too strong!

Amplivier Radio is broadcasting from Damwâld in Friesland in the northern part of The Netherlands. This is right south of Lista, across the North Sea, so no surprise their signal was so good 🙂

QSL: IRIB Ardabil Radio 1197

Ardabil

A real surprise arrived in my e-mail inbox yesterday when I received a short but friendly e-mail reply in English from Ardabil Radio. A real surprise as I never have had any luck when e-mailing Iranian local stations before. Also, my e-mail was sent already in October last year so it took them 8 months without any follow-ups to reply to my e-mail.

Iran is a fun DX country as it is possible to hear quite a number of regional stations on mediumwave. QSL-ing is not easy though.

Ardabil Radio is one of the stations which is often heard, both on 1197 and 1512 kHz. My reception was made at Lista in January 2019 on 1197 kHz. Ardabil Radio is listed with a power of 50 kilowatts on this frequency broadcasting from Moghan in Northern Iran, just south of the border with Azerbaijan. Most of the people in the Ardabil province speak Azerbaijani rather than Farsi.

QSL: WMEJ Bay St. Louis MS 1190

WMEJ

One of my best catches ever was receiving the signal of WMEJ on 1190 kHz at our latest DX-pedition at Lista. Daytimers are rare and daytimers all the way from Mississippi even more so!

When listening through our recordings, I discovered a station identification which didnt’t quite sound like the announcement of dominant station WLIB in New York which also has a gospel format. When listening more closely, the announcement heard was “Thank you for listening to Rejoice AM 1190 and 104.3 FM”, which was a clear station identifica<tion for WMEJ.

WMEJ is a 5 kilowatt daytimer broadcasting a gospel format. The station is located in Bay St. Louis and broadcasts to the Gulfport area. Also interesting to know that the station was severely damaged by Hurricane Katarina in 2005. Ira Hatchett, General Manager both and 2005 and now, kindly confirmed my reception of WMEJ with an e-mail.

 

QSL: United AM 1008

Another of the new Dutch stations broadcasting on mediumwave is United AM on 1008 kHz. United AM was the most common Dutch station on this frequency in January, but not the only one noted.

1008 kHz is of course an old Dutch frequency, previously used by a high power transmitter in Flevoland transmitting programmes from public radio NOS and later also Groot Nieuws Radio. After Groot Nieuws Radio vacated the frequency on January 1, 2019, 1008 kHz suddenly became open to many other stations.

United AM is a former pirate having broadcast on both short- and mediumwave according to Rob who answered my e-mail report. United AM transmits with a power of 100 watts from Neede in Eastern Holland.

QSL: Radio T-Pot 1287

Tpot

The Netherlands has become an interesting DX target now that many low powered stations have been licenced to broadcast on mediumwave. There are now more than 50 stations operating, according to radio-tv-nederland.nl.  Many of these stations are former pirate stations using low to very low power. Many of them a real DX challenge, despite the short distance between Norway and The Netherlands.

One of the “new” stations heard last January was Radio T-Pot on 1287 kHz. Radio T-Pot is nowadays the dominant station on this frequency together with the Spanish SER Radio network. The station broadcasts from the small town of Gasselternijveen in the north part of Holland.

Radio T-Pot is operated by Theo Postma, who also holds a HAM licence with the call sign PE1OPQ. In his nice e-mail reply, Theo says the station broadcasts with a power of just 25 watts. Unlike many of the new Dutch legal mediumwave stations, Radio T-Pot does not have a pirate background.

QSL: WLUI Lewistown PA 670

WLUI

WLUI made a brief, but very welcome, appearance on 670 kHz on our first evening at Lista in January. They came up all of a sudden with the (to us) magical words: “…everybody’s talking about Big Lewie 92.9 and 670…”.

This daytimer is very rarely heard in Europe and this was certainly our first brief encounter with the station. WLUI – or “Big Lewie” as they usually call themselves – is listed with a power of 5400 watts, daytime only. The station is located in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, and has an oldies format.

I received a kind reply from Operations Manager Jeff Stevens, unfortunately with a less than perfect verification text. Nevertheless, I am inclined to count his reply as a QSL.

QSL: WKGA Atlanta GA 920

WKGA

As mentioned earlier on this blog, the first night at our DX-pedition in January brought a number of unusual stations to our radios. One of those stations was WKGA “The Answer” in Atlanta on 920 kHz.

This talk station was heard on the first evening at 22.06 UTC with a fair signal. At that time the station was obviously still transmitting with their daytime power of 14 kilowatts rather than with their nighttime power of 490 watts. Receiving WGKA was a big surprise as we have never had a trace of their signal on previous DX-peditions.

Adam Wattenbarger of Salem Atlanta confirmed my reception of WKGA with an e-mail. Adam also has a very interesting travel blog at https://theedgeofadventure.com/.

QSL: WOR New York NY 710

WORMy last (unsuccessfull) attempt in getting a reply from WOR – “The Voice of New York” dates all the way back to 2008. 12 years later on I received a short but friendly reply confirming my reception of WOR some months ago.

WOR is of course an easy catch on 710 kHz, but suffers from QRM from Cuba and in particular from CKVO in Newfoundland at times. Still, when you are transmitting with a power of 50,000 watts, you usually have the upper hand.

As for several other AM stations located in New York City, the transmitter is not located in New York City itself but in neighbouring New Jersey. The AM transmitter of WOR is located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

QSL: WCNL Newport NH 1010

WCNL

We found several surprises when reviewing our recordings from the first night at Lista in January, particularly on frequencies below 1200 kHz.

One of the biggest surprises was finding the signal of WCNL on 1010 kHz, a frequency where I just hear WINS in New York or CFRB in Toronto in 99 out of 100 cases. On the first evening (January 8), however, we also heard a station playing country music on this frequency. This could be no other than WCNL, a 10 kilowatt daytimer located in Newport, New Hampshire. WCNL came up quite nicely a couple of times this evening identifying as “WCNL Country”.

WCNL is not a strict daytimer as such as they also operate with a night time power of 37 watts. 37 watts competing with the 50,000 watts of WINS or CFRB is just impossible, though 🙂

General Manager Steve Smith kindly confirmed my reception with a short e-mail.

QSL: WODT New Orleans LA 1280

WODT

Another rarity heard last winter was WODT in New Orleans on 1280 kHz. This station was heard exactly at the same time as WKIP on 1450 kHz (see below), i.e. on January 20, 2019 at 0900. Not at all a strong signal and not at all the clearest station identification we have heard, but WODT was definitely in there!

Chief Engineer Tom Courtenay, who is also a HAM (which is always helpful when listening to a noisy recording), confirmed my reception of the station with a nice e-mail.

WODT is a sports station affiliated to Fox Sports Radio and broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts on 1280 AM.

QSL: WKIP Poughkeepsie NY 1450

WKIP

Our trip to Lista last winter brought some very rare stations. WKIP on 1450 kHz is definintely a rarity here, with WPGG in New Jersey usually being the only station coming through. Also, 1450 kHz is a diffucult channel because of the proximity of usually very strong BBC Radio 4 on 1449 kHz.

On January 20, 2019 at 0900, another station was heard identifying as “News Radio 1450 and 1370 WKIP” on the hour. Chris Marino, Senior Vice President of Programming at iHeart Media in the Hudson Valley confirmed my reception with an e-mail.

WKIP is licenced to Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley north of New York. They are broadcasting with a transmitter output of 1 kilowatt.

QSL: WDMC Melbourne FL 920

WDMC

WDMC on the Florida Coast is a regular guest at our location and is heard more or less every time we go to our DX pedition site. This was also the case last month when WDMC was heard with a good signal at times identifying as “your Catholic radio station for Florida’s Space and Treasure Coasts”. The station carries Catholic programming exclusively.

WDMC broadcasts with a power of 8 kilowatts daytime and 4 kilowatts nighttime from Melbourne, Florida. Bob Groppe at the station confirmed my reception of the station with a friendly e-mail.

QSL: WSBT South Bend IN 960

WSBT

Another surprising catch from Indiana in January 2019 was finding WSBT on 960 kHz. Just like 920 WBAA and 1350 WIOU, we had no expectations (or hopes) of catching these stations prior to our DX-pedition, but conditions towards Indiana were indeed very good on this trip. WSBT was heard with quite good signal one night with little or no interference from the usual dominant WEAV.

WSBT is, just like dominant station WEAV, a sports talk station. They are targeting audience both in Michigan and in Indiana, thus their slogan “Michiana’s Sports Leader”. WSBT is located in South Bend, Indiana, a city which these days is most known as the home city of US Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.

John Hoffman, News Director at the station, confirmed my audio recording with a brief e-mail.

 

 

QSL: WEZE Boston MA 590

WEZE

WEZE in Boston shares the frequency 590 kHz with VOCM in Newfoundland, which has may be the strongest signal of all Transatlantic stations at our location.  WEZE thus faces stiff competition on 590 kHz with their signal buried in VOCM QRM most of the time.

Despite the QRM WEZE usually appears in nearly all our loggings from Lista. I hadn’t tried for a reply untill I sent a reception report from our last DX-pedition last month. Matthew Rhea, Operations Manager at the station, confirmed my audio clip with an e-mail.

WEZE broadcasts a Christian programming format to Boston branding as “590 AM The Word”. The stations broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts day and night.

QSL: KWOD Kansas City KS 1660

KWOD

It’s not often I manage to hear a new US state. Kansas is surprisingly hard to hear at our location and  has been on my wish list for a number of years. At Lista in January 2019 we finally succeeded in hearing Kansas when both KNSS on 1330 kHz and KWOD on 1660 kHz was noted. KWOD came up one night at this DX pedition with a promotion for a programme on “The Score 1660 AM”.

KWOD is now a sports talk station and carries a.o. network programming from Fox Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio. The station has has a number of call and format changes over the years, including a period with classical music (a very rare format on AM radio). Former call signals: KBJC, KWSJ, KXTR, WDAF, KXTR and KUDL!

KWOD broadcasts with a night time power of 1 kilowatt from Kansas City. Ken Wolf at Entercom in Kansas City confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail.

QSL: WIOU Kokomo IN 1350

WIOU

Indiana is a state we don’t get often at our location in Southern Norway. On our DX-pedition last year, however, we caught a number of stations from this state. One of them was WIOU on 1350 kHz, a station I hadn’t thought was possible to receive at our place.

WIOU was heard with a clear station identification one evening on this DX-pedition when they were likely still transmitting with their day time power of 5 kilowatts. WIOU is a sports station affiliated to ESPN, but with many local programming as well. The station is located in Kokomo in Central Indiana.

WIOU Program Director/Creative Services Director Rob Rupe kindly confirmed my audio clip with a nice e-mail and says they don’t get many reports from Norway (which is quite reasonable).

QSL: WAVA Arlington VA 780

WAVA

The first night of our visit to Lista last month brought a number of interesting daytimers which we haven’t heard earlier. One of the new (to us) stations was WAVA in Arlington, Virginia on 780 kHz, which was heard with a pretty clear signal when closing down their AM transmitter at 2200 UTC.

WAVA carries religious talk programmes broadcasting with a daytime power of 12 kilowatts. The station serves the capital district around Washington DC. General Manager Tom Moyer kindly confirmed my reception of WAVA with an e-mail some weeks ago.

DX-pedition to Lista, January 8-12, 2020

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The flat landscape at Lista with a glimpse of our antenna wire in the bottom right. Not a trace of snow whatsoever!

Expectations were quite high in advance before leaving for this years DX-pedition to Lista. We are at the bottom of the solar cycle now so mediumwave conditions should be good. In addition, a DX-pedition taking place in Denmark 1-2 weeks earlier, a site that should be quite similar to Lista, reported receiving an impressive number of West Coast and prairie stations. Not to mention an even more impressive number of stations from Alaska, many of them certainly a “first” in Denmark.

With this in mind we decided to go for a dedicated West Coast/Alaska antenna in addition to our usual antenna towards the U.S. East Coast, both around 700 metres long. On the second day we also laid out another antenna of around 400 metres, primarily meant for DX-ing British and Spanish stations.

As it turned out, conditions were not at all as good as they were a week or two earlier. Although our Alaska/West Coast antenna produced some new catches and even 2 Alaskan stations (680 KBRW and 970 KFBX), conditions towards this part were just not good enough. It was the tried and tested East Coast antenna which produced the most interesting results. The UK antenna also did well and even resulted in a few new stations from Brazil making it into our logs.

A summary of conditions: Jan. 8-9: Fair to good with several new daytimers making it into our logs such as 760 WVNA Leicester MA, 780 WAVA Arlington VA, 1010 WCNL Newport NH and 1040 WPBS Conyers GA, the latter a very big surprise. Also some West Coast stations. Jan. 9-10: Poor but good signal from 780 ZBVI British Virgin Islands and some Colombians in the morning, Jan. 10-11: Very poor with no interesting stations noted, Jan 11-12 Poor but some Brazilians came through in the evening. All in all: A bit disappointing, but the first night saved the DX-pedition from being a disaster. As usual, our loggings are available as a Google spreadsheet. Reviewing the recordings will, despite mixed conditions, no doubt keep us busy in the coming months.

 

 

 

 

QSL: SER Radio Bilbao 990

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Radio Bilbao is an easy catch on 990 kHz at Lista. Although there is usually some competition from the UK stations on the frequency, Radio Bilbao can often be heard with a good signal. Lista is an excellent QTH for Spain, and in particular for stations located in Northern Spain.

I received a polite e-mail from Radio Bilbao confirming my reception of the station made in January 2019. Radio Bilbao transmits with a power of 25 kilowatts from a tower located at Monte Artxanda outside the city.

QSL:WNVY Cantonment FL 1070

WNVY

Another reward when reviewing the many interesting recordings from Lista in January 2019 was finding WNVY on 1070 kHz. WNVY was a station I hadn’t even heard of prior to finding a recording of the station at 00.00 UTC one evening. The signal of WNVY disappeared just after we caught their station identification on the hour. I suppose this was just at the time when the station switched from their day power of 15 kilowatts to the rather more modest night time power of 28 watts.

WNVY is licenced to Cantonment, Florida, close to the border to Alabama. WNVY is broadcasting a Christian radio format to Pensacola and surrounding area. Corporate Engineer Tyger Elton kindly confirmed my reception report with an e-mail some weeks ago.

QSL: WOZN Madison WI 1670

WOZN

Wisconsin bonanza! The last result of the good conditions towards Wisconsin in January 2019 came when John Bauer, Director of Engineering, confirmed my report of WOZN “The Zone” on 1670 kHz.

WOZN The Zone is one of the more regularly heard Wisconsin stations here. They are fairly common on 1670 kHz broadcasting with a night time power of 1 kilowatt. WOZN carries a sports talk programme and is located in the Wisconsin capital Madison.

QSL: WAPA Radio 680

WAPA

WAPA is one of the most regular Puerto Ricans at our location. WAPA – or WAPA Radio as they always identifies as – is usually heard on 680 kHz whenever conditions turns a bit to the Caribbean. 

Getting a reply from WAPA has proven difficult, but this time Carmen G. Blanco sent me an e-mail confirming my reception of the station. WAPA broadcasts with a power of 9,5 kilowatts from outside the Puerto Rican capital San Juan. 680 kHz is the main station in the WAPA Radio chain. In addition to 680 kHz, WAPA Radio an also be heard through 1070 WMIA, 1260 WISO, 1300 WTIL, 1580 WVOZ and 1590 WXRF – all of these rather more difficult to receive than 680 WAPA.

QSL: WBAA West Lafayette IN 920

WBAA

Examining the recordings from the DX-pedition in January 2019 provided many nice surprises. One of the nicest surprises, and a station we even hadn’t considered being possible hearing at Lista, was WBAA on 920 kHz. With an exception for 1190 WOWO, it is not easy to receive any stations from Indiana at Lista. The signal of WBAA, however, made it through one night. Weak signal but a clear station identification left no doubts about the identity of the station.

WBAA is owned and licenced to the renowned Purdue University and has been so all the way back to 1922. Not a common occurence to see a radio station owned and operated by a university in Europe – and certainly not on mediumwave!

WBAA (and Purdue) is located in West Lafayette. Indiana, and broadcasts with a night time power of 1 kilowatt. WBAA is a NPR affiliate and broadcasts news and cultural programming, including relaying BBC World Service at nights. Lee M. Shaw confirmed my reception report with a nice e-mail some weeks ago.

 

 

QSL: WOTE Clintonville WI 1380

WOTE

More QSL as a result of last January’s superb conditions towards Wisconsin: WOTE in Clintonville, Wisconsin, was heard reasonably well at times on 1380 kHz. I received a short e-mail from General Manager Eric Schmidt confirming my reception of the station.

WOTE is a sports station broadcasting mainly network programming from Fox Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports Radio etc. The station broadcasts with a night time power of 1,8 kilowatts. WOTE’s parent company Results Broadcasting also owns 960 WTCH, by the way. WTCH was another “first” which made it into our log during the nice Wisconsin opening at Lista in January 2019.

QSL: WBSM New Bedford MA 1420

WBSM

One of the most commonly heard stations on 1420 kHz at Lista is WBSM in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As can be seen in their logo above, the station is branded as “New Bedford’s News Talk Station”. The station has a mix of locally produced and syndicated programming.

I haven’t had any luck in getting a reply from WBSM earlier, but earlier this month I received a nice reply from Phil Paleologos at the station. This was for an audio clip made in January 2019. WBSM broadcasts with a night time power of 1 kilowatt.

 

QSL: WHBL Sheboygan WI 1330

WHBL

Last year’s DX-pedition brought many stations from around the Great Lakes. Stations from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin were heard particularly well. One of these stations was WHBL which came up nicely one night on 1330 kHz.

WHBL is located in Sheboygan on Lake Michigan and has a news talk format. The station broadcasts with a night time power of 1 kilowatt. Steve Schouten, Market Manager & Director of Sales, confirmed my audio clip earlier this month.

 

QSL: WGBW Denmark WI 1590

WGBW

The first QSL from the new year and the new decennium came from WGBW in Wisconsin. Their extremely DX friendly owner Mark Heller confirmed my not so good recording of the station within minutes. He also promised to send a verification card to me by postal mail.

WGBW was heard at Lista in January 2019 when we had good conditions towards the Greak Lakes area and in particular Wisconsin and Michigan. The station broadcast with a modest power of 500 watts when I heard them. WGBW is an oldies station licenced to Denmark in North-Eastern Wisconsin, a village which as the name implies was founded by Danish immigrants around 1850.

QSL: ZYH588 Rádio Uirapurú 760

Uirapuru

Rádio Uirapurú is one of the easiest Brazilian stations to hear in Europe. Broadcasting with a power of 25 kilowatts on 760 kHz, the station gets out very well. The coastal location of Fortaleza in Ceará in Northeast Brazil no doubt contributes to the good signal level of the station.

As can be seen on their Facebook page, Rádio Uirapurú belongs to the “Rede Aleluia” chain and airs only religious programming. They still keep their nice Radio Uirapurú name though, at least for the time being. Ronaldo Galdino, Diretor Administrativo at the station, confirmed my reception made at Lista last January.

QSL: Europe 1 183

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The longwave transmitter of Europe 1 on 183 kHz had its very last day on the air on December 31, 2019. The transmitter had then been on the air since January 1, 1955, i.e for 65 years. The reasons given for the closure were changing listeners habits and  environmental concerns.

I was lucky to receive the above QSL card for a reception report made at Lista last January. Europe 1 was of course received with a superb quality there. Although broadcasting in French exclusively, the longwave transmitter was located across the  German border in Felsberg in Saar.

QSL: Energy AM 1395

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Energy AM in Dublin was heard at Lista last year on 1395 kHz. This unlicenced station is on air only on weekends according to Paul Ormond who confirmed my reception with an e-mail on Christmas Eve.

1395 kHz is not an easy frequency now as the frequency nowadays is occupied by the new lowpower Dutch stations. Radio Seabreeze is now the no. 1 station and often has a very strong signal here on 1395 kHz.

QSL: KBRE Merced CA 1660

KBRE

One of the biggest surprises when reviewing our records from Lista last January was finding a nice announcement from “The Bear 105.7” on 160 kHz. After the announcement, the station played Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” – a song you don’t hear often on AM radio.

A quick Internet search revealed that this was KBRE in California, the least expected station of all stations listed on 1660 kHz! Hearing a station broadcasting with a night time power of just 1 kilowatt from California was beyond what we thought was possible as we hardly hear any stations from California at all from our location. But on AM almost everything is possible if conditions are right!

KBRE is located in Merced in Central California and brands itself as “Merced’s rock station”. The station plays a lot of nice music, as can be seen on their web site.  Jason LaChance, Operations Manager, confirmed my audio recording with an e-mail just before Christmas.

 

QSL: WVMT Burlington VT 620

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WVMT – “Burlington & Plattsburghs #1 News Talk Station” – was heard one morning at Lista last January. I have heard WVMT previously too, but never as good as on this occasion. The station broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts from Burlington in Vermont and is as the slogan implies a news and talk station.

Paul Goldman kindly confirmed my audio clip of the station with a short e-mail.

QSL: XEMAB La Poderosa 950

 

XEMAB

very surprising QSL arrived today when I found an e-mail from Edgar Hernández Gutiérrez in my inbox.  He had listened to my CD which I sent along quite some time ago  and confirmed that I had received their station XEMAB “La Poderosa” on 950 kHz.

My reception of XEMAB was made at the fabulous DX-pedition at Lista in January 2011 where their signal made it to our radios one morning identifying as “La Poderosa 101.3 FM y 950 AM”. This is the one and only time where we have been able to pick up this station.

XEMAB has now dropped their “La Poderosa” slogan and is now “Retro FM 101.3”. According to Wikipedia, the name change took place in May 2017. The station broadcasts from the city of Ciudad del Carmen on the Caribbean Coast with a mere 3 kilowatts of power.

QSL: CINA Mississauga ON 1650

CINA

CINA is one of the two most common stations heard on 1650 kHz at Lista, the other one being CKZW in Montréal. Previous attempts trying to obtain a confirmation from CINA has been unsuccessfull, but last week Cameron Akavan, Senior Manager at CINA Radio Group confirmed my reception of the station in January 2019 with an e-mail.

CINA caters predominately to the South Asian community in Toronto, playing Bollywood and other South Asian music. Although most programmes are in Hindi, Urdu and other South Asian languages, English annnouncements are frequently heard too. The station usually identifies as CINA Radio. CINA has a night time power of 680 watts broadcasting from a transmitter in the Toronto suburb Mississauga.

QSL: WWMI St. Petersburg FL 1380

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QSLs from Florida have been scarce over the past couple of years. It has also been a long time since we had really good conditions towards Florida at our DX-pedition site at Lista. Conditions towards Florida were by no means outstanding at our last DX-pedition either, but quite a few Florida stations nevertheless made it into our log.

One of the stations heard were WWMI “The Biz” on 1380 kHz. We have heard this station several times some years ago when WWMI was a Radio Disney station. No reply at that time. This time, however, a nice e-mail reply was received from Jose Cruz, Assistant Operations Manager at Salem Tampa. Jose tells that Salem Tampa no longer operates WWMI. As of September 25, WWMI is a Relevant Radio affiliate carrying their religious programming.

WWMI is listed with a night time effect of 6,5 kilowatts from a transmitter just north of St. Petersburg, Florida.

QSL: Radio Las Palmas 1008

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For many years, Radio Las Palmas could at times be heard on 1008 kHz, usually with considerable interference from cochannel Groot Nieuws Radio in The Netherlands. Sadly, Radio Las Palmas has now closed their mediumwave transmitter and is now on FM only.

I have heard Radio Las Palmas a number of times through the years. A number of reception reports has also been sent, both by e-mail and postal mail. All in vain untill last week when a new attempt resulted in a prompt reply from Héctor Cabezas Roda, Director at the station. In addition to confirming my audio recording, he also tells that the mediumwave transmitter suffered a serious electrical breakdown in May 2017. For this reason and because less listeners listened on mediumwave, a decision was taken to shut down the mediumwave transmitter for good.

My audio file was recorded at Lista in January 2016. If memory serves me right, Radio Las Palmas had a 25 kilowatt transmitter located at Arucas outside Las Palmas.

 

QSL: CKGM Montréal QC 690

CKGM

690 kHz is a difficult frequency at Lista. Superstrong BBC 5 Live is just 3 kHz away on 693 kHz and often blocks 690 completely. If signals come through on 690 kHz, it is almost always the signal of CKGM in Montréal which is heard. With a power of 50 kilowatts both day and night, CKGM would have been an easy catch if BBC was absent from 693 kHz.

CKGM is a sports station broadcasting in English, unlike most Montréal stations. At present the station is branded as “TSN 690 Montreal”. Chris Bury, News and Program Director, kindly confirmed my reception of the station at Lista in January 2019.

QSL: CBY Corner Brook NL 990

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CBY in Corner Brook is the most difficult AM frequency for CBC Newfoundland at my location as 990 kHz is also used by a number of European stations. Spanish and English stations dominate this frequency and the signal of CBY is heard relatively seldom.

CBY was heard several times at Lista in January though. We had good reception of CBY one morning when they started their morning transmission at 09.30 UTC (06.00 Newfoundland local time). On this particular morning their signal was suddenly all alone on 990 kHz. Terry Brett also confirmed my reception of CBY with a nice full data PDF QSL.

QSL: CBNA St. Anthony NL 600

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Most stations from Newfoundland are easy DX targets at Lista. CBC Newfoundland can be heard easily on a number of frequencies. Reception on 750 (CBGY Bonavista Bay) and 1400 kHz (CBG Gander) is particularly good, but their other frequencies are also common.

CBNA in St. Anthony on 600 kHz has also been a regular untill now. This spring, however, this transmitter was turned off for good and replaced by a FM frequency. This according to Terry Brett, Systems Technologist at CBC Newfoundland, who confirmed my reception of CBNA from January with a full data electronic QSL card.

QSL: WARF Akron OH 1350

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Conditions towards Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin were very good at Lista last January. One of the stations which came through with a good signal at times was WARF in Akron, Ohio, on 1350 kHz. WARF carries Fox Sports Radio, often identifying just as “Akron’s Fox Sports 1350”. The station broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts.

Keith Kennedy, Area Senior Vice President of Programming, confimed my audio clip with an e-mail today.

QSL: WOFX Troy NY 980

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Another QSL from a sports station in New York and another QSL as a result of me clearing up some of my old recordings, arrived last week. Jeff Wolf, News/Program Director confirmed my reception of WOFX made back in January 2011. This was before CHRF in Montréal starting up using 980 kHz. After CHRF started broadcasting, receiving WOFX, or any other North American station on 980 kHz for that matter, has become significantly more challenging.

Licensed to Troy, WOFX broadcasts Fox Sports programming to Albany, the State capital of New York State, and surrounding areas. The station is listed with a power of 5 kilowatts both day and night.

 

QSL: WNER Watertown NY 1410

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Michael Ninnie, who confirmed my reception of 790 WTNY some months back, was also kind enough to confirm my reception of sister station WNER “The Winner” on 1410 kHz. Both WTNY and WNER broadcast from Watertown in Northern New York State.

WNER is listed with a night time power of just 58 watts. With such a low power, the station is by no means a regular here, but their signal was heard quite well on one occasion at Lista in January 2016. WNER is an Fox Sports affiliate, as can be seen in the logo above.

QSL:WNRS Herkimer NY 1420

WNRS

I have managed to catch the signal of WNRS only once: Their signal made it to my radio at Lista way back in November 2009 and as late as 10.00 UTC (11.00 local time). WNRS is thus a very rare guest, catching their signal in 2009 may very well have been a once in a lifetime experience! 🙂

“ITS VERY OLD BUT ITS US !” were the words of Chief Engineer Anthony Falvo when listening to my recording. Not the most advanced verification text may be, but perfectly adequate for my needs.

WNRS is listed with a night time effect of just 64 watts (1 kilowatt day time) from Herkimer, New York. Back in 2009 WNRS carried ESPN programming, now they have switched to an oldies format.

QSL: WLQY Hollywood FL 1320

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WLQY – “South Florida’s International Station” – is a frequent guest at our listening post at Lista. WLQY is usually the second most common station on the frequency, only CJMR in Toronto is more common. The station is also easily recognizable as it carries French Creole programming almost exclusively. WLQY broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts from Hollywood north of Miami.

I haven’t had much luck QSLing the station earlier, but today Rick Santos, General Manager, confirmed my audio recording of WLQY made at Lista in February 2017.

 

QSL: WHJJ Providence RI 920

WHJJ

WHJJ in Providence, Rhode Island, often provides a good signal at our listening site at Lista. It is the second most common station heard on 920 kHz there, only CKNX in Ontario is more common.

Branded as “News Radio 920 and 104.7”, the station broadcast with a power of 5 kilowatts on 920 kHz. Bill George, Program Director, kindly confirmed my audio recording with an e-mail and even says my recording was one of the clearest DX recordings he has ever received. My recording was made at Lista last January when WHJJ had a very good signal one evening.

QSL: WENY Elmira NY 1230

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1230 kHz is an interesting frequency and definitely the graveyard frequency which have produced the highest number of stations at Lista over the years. The most common station in recent years on this frequency has been WCMC in Wildwood, New Jersey, but other stations on the East Coast of North America are also heard now and then.

At Lista in January 2011, I got a surprise identification from WENY in Elmira, New York, one morning on 1230 kHz. WENY is a talk station which broadcasts on both 1230 kHz (as WENY) and on 1450 kHz (as WENI). The night time power is only 910 watts.

Frank Acomb, Operations Manager, confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail. Frank also hosts the talk show “Frankly Speaking” and, in contrast to the station itself, has his own web site.

QSL: Radio Caroline 648

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Radio Caroline – the most famous pirate radio station ever- is not a pirate station anymore, but has gone legal. Since late 2017, Radio Caroline has had a licence to broadcast on 648 kHz mediumwave using the previous BBC World Service transmitter location at Orfordness in Suffolk, England.

Reception of Radio Caroline on 648 kHz is excellent at Lista in winter, despite a transmitter power of only 1 kilowatt. Pat Edison verified my reception report made at Lista in January with a nice electronic QSL-card. Pat attributes much of the good signal to Radio  Caroline using the existing mast at the transmitter site which was built specifically for 648 khz.

QSL: LS6 Radio Buenos Aires 1350

radiobsas-786907The most commonly heard Argentinian station at my place is without doubt Radio Buenos Aires on 1350 kHz. Radio Buenos Aires has been heard on most of our, if not all, DX-peditions to Lista.  The station airs only religious programming, many of them network programming, so not the most exciting station to listen to in terms of programming content.

Getting a reply from Radio Buenos Aires has been very difficult. I have tried a number of times previously, without any luck at all. Last week, I did however received a very friendly e-mail from Victor Hugo González at the station who confirmed my reception of the station, made at Lista in February 2017.

QSL: KOZY Grand Rapids MN 1320

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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.

 

QSL: RAI Radio Trst A 981

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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.

 

QSL: MR4 Nemzetiségi Radio 1188

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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.

QSL: WLIK Newton TN 1270

WLIK

“The Smokies Oldies – WLIK” was the surprise jingle heard one morning on 1270 kHz at Lista in JanuaryWLIK 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.

QSL: RAI Sicilia 1116

RAII 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.

QSL: ZYJ462 Rádio Rio de Janeiro 1400

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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.

QSL: XERFR Radio Fórmula 970

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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.

QSL: WHTK Rochester NY 1280

WHTKWHTK was a station which we hadn’t caught prior to our last DX-pedition to Lista in January. Conditions towards the upper New York state were very good this time, so not so surprising that WHTK in Rochester also came through one morning with Fox Sports Radio programming.

Chief Engineer Randy Orbaker confirmed my recording with a friendly e-mail and adds that on the particular morning we picked up their signal, WHTK had a transmit antenna problem forcing them to run at a low power level of just 800 watts nondirectional instead of their usual 5 kilowatt directional antenna.

 

QSL: CJOB Winnipeg MB 680

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CJOB in Winnipeg is a very common station on 680 kHz further north, but not so at Lista where CFTR in Toronto, WRKO in Boston and even WAPA in Puerto Rico are much more common. We were able to pick up quite a few prairie stations at Lista in March 2018, one of them being CJOB which was heard with a very good signal at times. CJOB is a 50 kilowatt station, so no wonder they are a regular in the north.

Kelly Moore, Sports Director and Assistant Brand Director, confirmed my audio clip with an e-mail some days ago.

QSL: Radio Tyneside 1575

Tyneside

DX-ing British hospital radio stations on mediumwave is great fun, because of their very low power output (usually just 1 watt). Receiving such stations is thus a challenge, but over the years I have been able to pick up a number of hospital radio stations, both at home and at our DX-site at Lista.

One of the stations which I have heard a few of times is Radio Tyneside in Newcastle on 1575 kHz. Radio Tyneside serves the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital and surrounding hospitals.

Chairman Dave Nicholson MBE confirmed my audio clip of the station made back in March 2013 at Lista. Sadly, Radio Tyneside is not available on mediumwave anymore. The station left 1575 kHz in favour of FM 93,6 MHz last year. According to their Twitter pages, the AM transmitter was turned off for good at midday on November 1, 2018.

QSL: LS11 Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires 1270

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One of the easiest Argentinian stations is Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires which can be heard whenever conditions are open to this area of South America.

Omar José Somma, Jefe Técnico at the station, confirmed my reception of Radio Provincia with the above electronic QSL card. Radio Provincia even carries the DX programme “La Rosa deTokio” which also involves Señor Somma.

My reception report was made in February 2017 at Lista when Radio Provincia was heard with a good signal several nights. Omar tells that their transmitter broadcasts with a power of 50 kilowatts, but that the transmitter has a capacity of 100 kilowatts. Radio Provincia broadcasts from La Plata just outside Buenos Aires.

QSL: KTWO Casper WY 1030

KTWOHearing 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.

QSL: WAUB Auburn NY 1590

WAUB

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.

QSL:WHIO Dayton OH 1290

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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.

QSL: KRNT Des Moines IA 1350

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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.

QSL: WWTC Minneapolis MN 1280

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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.

DX-pedition to Lista, January 19-24, 2019

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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 e.g. 1000 KOMO. Stations from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were also absent. Conditions were best towards The Great Lakes and many stations from a.o. Wisconsin, Indiana, 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.

 

 

QSL: WCCO Minneapolis MN 830

WCCOWCCO 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!

QSL: WGN Chicago IL 720

WGN

Some U.S. stations share their frequency with European stations and are thus much more difficult to hear. One station which definitely would have been easier to hear if it had not been using 720 kHz is WGN Radio in Chicago. Although broadcasting with a power of 50 kilowatts, the station is not heard very regularly at Lista. The interference from European stations, notably from BBC Radio 4 using 10 kilowatts from a transmitter in Northern Ireland, is just too strong.

Occasionally, WGN overcomes the interference and can become the strongest signal on the frequency. This happened at Lista in March 2018 when WGN had a good signal one morning.

Chief Engineer Bill Murdoch confirmed my recording with a full data QSL card last week. Although the QSL-card now came in digital form as a PDF, QSL cards are rare these days and thus highly valued!

WGN Radio is a news talk station and has been on the air since 1924. WGN does not air network programming, but has its own  programming. Their transmitter is located at Elk Grove Village outside Chicago.

QSL: WING Dayton OH 1410

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1410 kHz is usually dominated by WPOP in Connecticut and sometimes CJWI in Montreal at our location at Lista. Last year, however, we also noted WING in Dayton, Ohio, with their ESPN programming on this frequency.

WING – or ESPN 1410 as they usually call themselves – broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts. Raymond Baca, Chief Engineer and IT Manager at the station, confirmed my audio clip with an e-mail today.

QSL: WTNY Watertown NY 790

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First QSL of 2019 came from WTNY in Watertown, New York. WTNY was heard with a surprisingly good signal on 790 kHz on one occasion last year at Lista. This was the very first time I heard the station too. Mike Ninnie confirmed my reception of the station and says my recording was one of the clearer signals he has received.

WTNY is a news talk station broadcasting with a power of just 1 kilowatt. Their web site http://www.790wtny.com/ appears to be down when writing this, hopefully it will return again soon.

QSL: WBAL Baltimore MD 1090

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1090 kHz is a difficult frequency for reception of Transatlantic radio stations at Lista because of severe interference from Talksport in the UK on nearby 1089 kHz. Talksport uses several powerful transmitters on 1089 kHz, and some of them are in exactly the same direction as our beverage antennas.

The only station which can be received on 1090 kHz at Lista is WBAL in Baltimore. The station has a 50 kilowatt transmitter, a power sufficiently strong to break free from the splash from 1089 kHz at times. WBAL is primarily a news station, but also carries sports and talk programming.

Scott Marsteller, Program Director at the station, confirmed my audio clip with an e-mail before Christmas. This was for an audio recording of one of the few moments their signal was heard well enough at Lista last March.

QSL: CKJH Melfort SK 750

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One real surprise after reviewing our recordings from last March’s DX-pedition to Lista was finding a reasonably clear identification from CKJH on 750 kHz. CBGY in Newfoundland dominates this frequency at our place, although WSB in Atlanta is also occasionally heard as is RCR in Venezuela. Other stations are rarely heard so very pleased about managing to also catch the signal of CKJH.

CKJH broadcasts with a power of 25 kilowatts from Melfort, Saskatchewan. The station has an oldies format branded as “Classic Hits CK 7-50”. Usually the station only identifies as “CK 7-50”.

Bayne Opseth, Technical Services Manager at the station (and no doubt of Norwegian descendant) confirmed my report with a nice full data QSL letter.

QSL: CFRY Portage la Prairie MB 920

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CFRY was heard briefly and with a rather weak signal at our last DX-pedition to Lista. Still, the signal was good enough for a reception report, a report which was kindly confirmed by Alex Loewen, Broadcast Technologist at parent company Golden West Broadcasting.

Broadcasting with a night power of 15 kilowatts, CFRY is a rather common catch in Scandinavia, and especially so in the North. At Lista, CFRY and other stations located as far west as Manitoba are not at all regulars. Usually we only another Canadian station, CKNX in Wingham, Ontario, whenever we hear country music on 920 kHz. It was a pleasant surprise to also find CFRY when we examined our recordings.

CFRY broadcasts from the small city of Portage la Prairie, located some 75 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

QSL: WLMV Madison WI 1480

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WLMV “La Movida” can sometimes be heard on 1480 kHz at Lista, often mixing with some of the other stations on the frequency. The station is easily recognized by its format, playing Latin music with a preference for Mexican music. WLMV broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts day and night from Madison, Wisconsin.

Broadcast Engineer John Bauer confirmed my recepion of “La Movida” made at Lista last March. He also tells that the station is Madison’s only Spanish radio station with a blend of music, local news, weather and sports as well as a calendar of community events. The station is programmed by husband and wife team Luis and Lupita Montoto aimed at  Madison’s 40,000 plus Latino population.

 

QSL: KSL Salt Lake City UT 1160

KSL

KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a regular catch on 1160 kHz in Northern Scandinavia. KSL is an all news station broadcasting with 50 kilowatts on a clear frequency channel. Their signal can be hear across much of western North America at night.

At our listening post at Lista, KSL is not heard very often as stations as far west as Utah are hard to hear there. Still, the signal of KSL does make it to Lista too on rare occasions. Their signal was heard one night during our last DX-pedition in March 2018 with a pretty good signal at times.

Darrell Brown, President, kindly confirmed my reception of KSL with a friendly e-mail.

QSL: Radio Clatterbridge 1386

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Hospital radio stations is a phenomenom which I believe is unique to the United Kingdom. It is at least unique that they are broadcasting on mediumwave and as such also have a chance to be heard abroad. The hospital radios operating on AM all have a Low Power AM (LPAM) licence, usually with the very limited power of just 1 watt.

DX-ing hospital radio stations and other LPAM stations with such a low power is challenging, but great fun. I have managed to receive a few of these stations over the years with VRN in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on 1287 kHz and Carillon Radio in Loughborough on 1386 kHz being the most regular ones.

At Lista in February 2017 we managed to catch a new one on 1386 kHz: Radio Clatterbridge in Wirral outside Liverpool. The station serves the Clatterbridge Health Park and has been in operation since 1951 making it one of the oldest radio stations in the UK. According to Wikipedia, Radio Clatterbridge made the very first broadcast interview with The Beatles. This historic interview (with sound) naturally has a prominent place on the stations web site.

Steve Evans, Chairman at the station, sent me an e-mail yesterday confirming my audio recording of Radio Clatterbridge.

 

QSL: WLCM Holt MI 1390

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Once you get passed the often very dominant station WEGP in Maine, 1390 kilohertz is an interesting frequency with many possible stations. One of the stations which occasionally pops up is WLCM licenced to Holt outside Lansing, Michigan.

WLCM also airs Christian programming , just like WEGP. The station, also branded as “Victory 1390”, has a daytime power of 5 kilowatts and a night time power of 4,5 kilowatts. Unlike most stations, the station is transmitting from 2 different transmitter locations. Jeff Frank at WLCM confirmed my reception made at Lista last March with an e-mail. Besides being a Station Manager at WLCM, Jeff is also a HAM with the call sign N8HEE.

QSL: France Bleu RCFM 1494

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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.

QSL: Antena Satelor 153

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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.

QSL: World Music Radio 5840

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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.

QSL: Voice of Hope 1287

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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.

QSL: WSYB Rutland VT 1380

WSYB_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.

QSL: WRED Westbrook ME 1440

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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.

QSL: WADK Newport RI 1540

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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.

 

QSL: Radio Cluj 1593

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Radio Cluj broadcasts on both 909 and 1593 kHz mediumwave. While reception on 909 kHz is usually marred by several superpower transmitters of the BBC, reception on 1593 kHz is often quite good. The station is listed with a power of 15 kilowatts from a transmitter in Sibiu on 1593 kHz.

I haven’t had much luck obtaining a verification from Radio Cluj, just like with most other Romanian regional stations. Yesterday I received a pleasant surprise in my inbox  though when Florin Pruteanu confirmed my reception of Radio Cluj.

 

QSL: Dankó Rádió 1116

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Hungary’s publicly funded radio is still broadcasting on several mediumwave frequencies from several different transmitters and with several different programmes. One of the programmes, Dankó Rádió, is broadcast on 1116 and 1251 kHz with programmes consisting of mainly Hungarian folk music and classical music.

I sent a reception report to the operator of the transmitters, MTVA, some weeks ago for a reception made on 1116 kHz. Ivan Kovacs sent me a full detailed QSL letter as well as a nostalgia QSL card from Radio Budapest last week. The programmes of Dankó Rádió are broadcast on 2 different transmitters on this frequency, 15 kilowatts from Miskolc and 5 kilowatts from Mosonmagyaróvár respectively.

QSL: Smooth Radio Hampshire 1557

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The Smooth Radio network broadcasts on a number of mediumwave frequencies throughout the UK. Smooth Radio is not the most exciting station from a DX-ers point of view playing only pop music and with very little or no local programming. Local commercials and local traffic reports can, however,  be heard on the stations from time to time making it possible to distinguish the different transmitters from each other.

At Lista in February 2017 I had a very good signal from Smooth Radio Hampshire on 1557 kHz one morning with local traffic and weather reports. This was via their mediumwave transmitter in Southampton listed with a power of 500 watts. Originally, this station was known as Ocean Sound. Broadcast Engineer Steve Ord confirmed my audio recording of the station with an e-mail today.

QSL: ERTU Al-Quran al-Karim 864

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Egyptian Radio can be heard on several mediumwave frequencies and with several different programmes in Norway. One of the easiest frequencies is 864 kHz where their Quran programme Al-Quran al-Karim is often (almost always) heard.

I sent a reception report made at Lista in March 2018 by e-mail without too much hopes for a reply. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a real QSL-card by postal mail this week confirming my reception report of the station. 864 kHz is listed with a power of 500 kilowatts located at Santah in Northern Egypt

QSL: WINS New York NY 1010

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David Plotkin, Director of Creative Services and Production, at 1010 WINS confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail and also attached a vintage QSL-card (see above). I guess these have been “out-of-production” for a number of years, unfortunately.

WINS is of course an easy catch on 1010 kHz here. Getting a QSL has not been easy at all though. I have sent a number of e-mails and even a letter over the years, without any response.

Although QSL-cards don’t exist anymore, it is nice to see that their slogan “All News. All the Time” persists. According to Wikipedia, this has been the slogan of WINS for more than 50 years. WINS transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts from a location in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The station is, however, licenced to New York City.

 

QSL: CKOC Hamilton ON 1150

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1150 kHz is a frequency which is usually troubled by much splash from the nearby UK station on 1152 kHz at Lista. I have never heard more than 2 stations on 1150 kHz: WHBY in Kimberly, Wisconsin and CKOC in Hamilton, Ontario.

I QSLed WHBY some years ago, but not CKOC untill Barry Slator, Engineer at the station confirmed my reception last week. My reception of CKOC was also made at Lista in March 2018. CKOC now carries the Canadian TSN sports network, previously they carried oldies music branded as “Oldies 1150”.

QSL: CFCW Camrose AB 840

cfcw.pngIt’s always a treat to hear stations from as far west as Alberta at Lista. Contrary to Northern Scandinavia, where powerful stations from the prairies are considered pest stations, signals usually don’t reach such far inland at such a southernly location as Lista.

I was quite pleased when hearing country music on 840 kHz one morning last March. There was not much doubt about the identity of the station: This had to be CFCW and sure enough there was a jingle ID as “8-40 CFCW” in between two country songs. Doug Mattice, Chief Engineer at Newcap Radio in Edmonton confirmed my reception with an e-mail and even attached a real QSL letter.

CFCW transmits with a nighttime power of 40 kilowatts from a transmitter in Camrose southeast of Edmonton.

QSL: Radio Asia 1269

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Many channels which have previously been occupied by superstrong European stations are now open for DX-ing. One of these frequencies is 1269 kHz which was used by Deutschlandfunk untill December 31, 2015.

Now that Deutschlandfunk has closed all their mediumwave transmitters, other stations can be heard here instead. I usually hear Spain on 1269 kHz, but Radio Asia broadcasting from Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates is not uncommon either.

Radio Asia was heard with good reception at times at Lista in March 2018. The station broadcasts with a power of 200 kilowatts and covers Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, besides the UAE. Radio Asia broadcasts in Malayalam catering the Malayalee community living in the Gulf area.

Lakshy, who is secretary at the station, confirmed my audio recording with a short but adequate e-mail.

QSL: Radio Nationale Tunisienne 630

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Tunisia can be heard quite easily on mediumwave in Norway. State run broadcaster Radio Nationale Tunisienne broadcasts several of its channels on mediumwave. The national programme in Arabic is often heard here in Norway on 630 kHz. Its foreign language programmes called RTCI (Radio Tunis Chaîne Internationale) is also a rather common guest on 963 kHz.

Getting a verification from Tunisia is more difficult. I have tried a few times previously, without much luck. When trying a new report a few weeks ago I received a message on Messenger from Mondher Guirat who is “Chef de service qualité et couverture” at Radio Nationale. I must admit I am not very fond of verifications on Messenger, but in this case the verification text was perfectly acceptable. This was for a report made at Lista in March 2018.

QSL: WOC Davenport IA 1420

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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.

QSL: Panjab Radio 1584

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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.

 

QSL: SER Radio San Sebastián 1044

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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.

QSL: YVQX Radio Nueva Esparta 920

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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.

QSL: VOAR Mount Pearl NL 1210

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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.

 

QSL: WKGM Smithfield VA 940

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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.

QSL: TGVE Radio VEA 1570

VEARadio 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.

QSL: WWTX Wilmington DE 1290

WWTXHearing Delaware was beyond all expectations before heading to Lista last March. Delaware is widely regarded among Scandinavian DX-ers as being the most elusive of all U.S. states to hear. Delaware is still may be not the most difficult state at Lista. I would consider both Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico and certainly Hawaii to be even rarer at, but Delaware is still a very difficult state.

We were thus very excited to find the signal of WWTX on 1290 kHz when reviewing our recordings. WWTX came through one night just before powering down from their day time power of 2,5 kilowatts to their night time power of just 32 watts. We heard them mentioning their web site as well as a commercial for a local firm in Wilmington.

WWTX carries Fox Sports Radio and is branded as “Delaware’s All Sports Station”. Program Director Kathryn Alt confirmed my reception with an e-mail last week.