A nice QSL package from BESI in Florida arrived in the mail some weeks ago confirming my reception of Radio Kahuzi on 6210 kHz back at Lista in October 2008! A reception report to Radio Kahuzi was sent just a few months ago so the reason for such a late reply is entirely my own 🙂 .
I haven’t heard Radio Kahuzi since that day in 2008. According to missionary and founder of Radio Kahuzi, Richard McDonald, their shortwave transmitter on 6210 is still on air but now signs off as early as 15.00 UTC. When we heard them, the station didn’t sign off untill 20.00 UTC. A significant difference indeed making reception of Radio Kahuzi on shortwave next to impossible in Europe now. Richard McDonald reports that the station gets good signal reports from their coverage area though, the border area between Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Radio Kahuzi transmits from the city of Bukavu in Eastern Congo. Their shortwave transmitter is listed with a mere 0.8 kilowatt of power. The station is associated with HCJB and broadcasts Christian programming in many languages (The WRTH lists programming in French, English, Kikongo, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Mashi, Swahili and Tshiluba). The station also has an interesting blog, which is well worth following.
Stations from Uruguay usually don’t make it to our listening post at Lista. As always, there are exceptions. During our last DX-pedition a number of the most common and powerful stations from Argentina and Uruguay were noted.
Radio Cristal del Uruguay is probably the most common station broadcasting from Uruguay these days. The station is heard quite regularly on 1470 kHz and had a good signal most nights at this DX-pedition.
My hopes for getting a reply was not very high, as the station has a reputation for not replying to reports from foreign DX-ers. But surprise, surprise: Roberto Estefa at the station sent me a friendly reply on Facebook. Radio Cristal transmits from Las Piedras just north of the capital Montevideo with a listed output of 15 kilowatts.
A number of low powered Dutch radio stations have started transmitting on mediumwave during the past year. Licensed Dutch radio that is, unlicensed Dutch stations (pirates) have existed for as long as I can remember. The pirates are still there, but for those of us who prefer listening to licensed and regular radio stations this is a welcome development.
The most common of these low powered stations is without doubt Radio Seabreeze AM transmitting from Grou in the north of The Netherlands on 1395 kHz. Radio Seabreeze transmits with a power of 100 watts from a transmitter located 1,3 metres below sea level. The station was heard with fair to good signals at Lista last winter playing nonstop pop music with a few annoncements in between the music played.
Marcel Joustra confirmed my reception with an e-mail and also sent a non data QSL card by postal mail (shown above). Marcel is also a HAM with the call sign PH1MRF and knows the importance of QSLs!
Hearing RTBF can’t be considered DX-ing as its 300 kilowatt transmitter at Wavre south east of Brussels on 621 kHz can be easily heard on almost any radio. This is a station I “forgot” to report in my DX-ing youth. An e-mail report a month ago resulted in a real QSL card in my mailbox (see above). My report was on RTBFs “La Première” programme.
I never thought I would get a reply from Mauritania. I tried several times when Radio Mauritanie transmitted on shortwave, but as with most other DXers no response.
In February we were very pleased about being able to hear Radio Mauritanie once again. Not on shortwave this time, but rather on mediumwave 783 kHz where Radio Mauritanie at times dominated the frequency. Reception was no doubt improved a lot by our antenna directed towards Spain and South America. Stations from North Africa were also heard well on this antenna.
An even greater surprise than hearing Radio Mauritanie was getting a reply from the station. Hasan Mohamed at the station replied with a short, but perfectly adequate e-mail verification within just a few hours.
Radio Mauritanie transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts on 783 kHz. Despite a powerful transmitter located outside the capital Nouakchott ,the station is not reported very often in Scandinavia.
Last year’s DX-pedition to Lista didn’t result in many new stations for us. A couple of new stations came through though, one of them being WPKZ in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on 1280 kHz. The dominant station on 1280 kHz is NotiUno in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, but WKPZ fought its way past the Puerto Rican one morning with a clear “K-Zone” identification in a sports programme.
Engineer Mark Bisbee confirmed my reception with a kind e-mail. He says their ground system of the antenna array has seen better days. Some of the copper radials have also gone missing over the years, so the efficiency of the antenna is not as good as when it was built back in 1950. The station is listed with a night time power of 1 kilowatt.
NBC Radio – “The Sound of The Nation” – in St. Vincent left the mediumwave band already in 2010. It used to be heard every now and then on its frequency 700 kHz even in Norway.
By chance, I saw NBC Radio recently sent a reply to a Finnish DX-er. Realizing I never sent a reception report to the station when it was still broadcasting on AM, I decided to give it a try too. After a couple of tries, I received a friendly reply from Colvin Harry, Program Manager at NBC Radio. Colvin says the AM transmitter went off air in 2010 following a lightning strike that fried a critical piece of equipment. Because of the repairing costs, it was decided to close the AM Service permanently in favour of FM and Internet only. Their AM Equipment is for sale right now so if anyone is interested I am sure they would love to get in touch…. 🙂
I received NBC Radio back in 2008 at Lista. Pretty good signal, but reception spoiled a bit by the super power transmitters of BBC on 693 kHz. Very pleased to get a reply out of this station – the only radio station which I have ever received from St. Vincent!