DX-pedition to Lista November 2-5, 2006

On November 2-5, 2006 , we were back at our usual DX-pedition site at Lista on the south west coast of Norway (GC: 58°07′30″N / 6°36′45″ E). The expectations were high for this DX-pedition as we are now at the solar mimimum.

Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed as the conditions were mostly poor during all 3 nights. Only the most common stations on each frequency were heard with stations from Colombia, Venezuela and the Caribbean often overtaking the North American stations. Compared to previous DX-peditions to Lista, the Trans-Atlantic signals were poor, sometimes surprisingly poor when such stations as the New York stations 880 WCBS, 1050 WEPN, 1130 WBBR and 1560 WQEW were barely audible. These stations often have a powerhouse signal at Lista, just as many other East Coast stations. The February trip was definitely much more successful, see https://dxblog.wordpress.com/2006/07/17/3/ for all the logs from this DX-pedition.

Best loggings this time: 950 WROL Boston MA, 1130 CDN Radio in the Dominican Republic, 1190 Radio Mira and 1310 Colorín Color Radio both in Colombia, 1410 Radio Mensabé in Panamá, 1410 WMYR Fort Myers FL, 1420 Radio Sintonia in Venezuela and 1420 WDJA Delray Beach FL.

The main antenna used was a 1100 metre long beverage antenna at 285 degrees pointing towards the U.S. East Coast. We also had a longwire up to listen to the special transmission from Radio St. Helena (which we managed to hear, barely) and an experimental Ewe antenna. The Ewe antenna was blown away by gale winds on the second night and was never used for real DX. Too bad.

This is my complete log:

EUROPE:
1287 3.11 1102 Victoria Radio Network, Kirkcaldy, jingled as «Classic VRN»
1287 3.11 1809 SER Radio Lugo heard briefly with a local commercial before disappearing again
1287 4.11 1757 SER Radio Lleida with a local ID and local commercials for 1 minute in a break from the sports programme «Carrusel deportivo». QRM from a few other SER stations on the same channel
1314 3.11 2343 Loisirs AM, Paris, came up to beat the otherwise dominant Romanian station
1485 4.11 1757 SER Radio Santander with a good signal but DRM-interference from Germany on the same frequency made reception difficult
1503 4.11 1300 Sound Radio, London, all alone on the frequency now. Clear ID before starting a programme in Chinese
1503 4.11 1404 BBC Radio Stoke again the dominating station on the channel with Sound Radio in the background

NORTH AMERICA:
560 3.11 0052 CHVO Spaniard’s Bay NL carried «VOCM 20/20 Weather»
590 4.11 2239 VOCM St. John’s NL good signal now and nice ID: «Newfoundland’s information super station playing your country favourites: VOCM – depend on it»
610 3.11 0049 WIOD Miami FL fair signal with traffic reports
640 4.11 2205 CBN St. John’s NL with a local weather forecast. Lots of splash from Spain on 639
710 2.11 2037 CHVO Clarenville NL heard very early and with local programming at this time. ID as «7-10 VOCM Country Clarenville». Also heard with local programming and commercials one hour later on
740 4.11 2115 CHCM Marystown NL with standard VOCM programming
750 2.11 2013 CBGY Bonavista Bay NL heard this early with CBC Radio One. Fair to good signal too
790 3.11 0840 CFNW Port au Choix NL with standard VOCM programming and country music
790 3.11 0843 WAXY South Miami FL dominant station at this time with Fox Sports Radio and «The Third Shift»
880 3.11 0000 WCBS New York NY barely audible with WCBS News on the hour. Lots of splash from 882 made reception almost impossible on this station which normally has a powerhouse signal at Lista
890 3.11 0100 WAMG Dedham MA with a weak ID on the hour among ESPN Radio programming
930 3.11 0019 CFBC St. John NB with an ID before playing Steppenwolfs «Born to be wild». Weak signal and mixing with a sports station, presumably CJYQ
940 3.11 0302 CINW Montreal QC with a very weak signal
950 3.11 0219 WROL Boston MA with a confusing ID as “Newstalk 1150 WTTT”. A search on the Internet revealed that WROL relays WTTT from time to time. Heard for more than half an hour before the usual dominant CHER regained control of the frequency
950 3.11 0239 CHER Sydney NS faded up with a commercial for an electronic store in Sydney and an ID as «Max 9-50»
970 3.11 0851 WZAN Portland ME only station on the frequency now carrying «The Third Shift» from Fox Sports
1010 3.11 0603 WINS New York NY with traffic news and commercials
1010 5.11 0446 CFRB Toronto ON fair signal with the talk programme «Passion». Also several IDs as «News Talk 10-10 CFRB»
1050 2.11 2319 WEPN New York NY with «ESPN Radio». Surprisingly weak signal
1130 5.11 0916 WBBR New York NY only station on frequency this late after having been completely gone a few hours earlier
1140 5.11 0100 CBI Sydney NS fairly good on the hour with CBC News
1310 3.11 0826 WLOB Portland ME with a promotion mixing with dominant Radio Nacional de Venezuela
1320 4.11 2145 CKEC New Glasgow NS good signal early at night with a programme which was simply called «The Saturday Show»
1370 3.11 0919 WDEA Ellsworth ME fairly good at this time
1400 4.11 2032 CBG Gander NL fair signal early in the evening
1410 5.11 0707 WMYR Fort Myers FL only station on the frequency now with «Relevant Radio». Weak signal and a lot of euro-QRM, unfortunately
1420 5.11 0900 WDJA Delray Beach FL with a nice ID on the hour: «Moneywatch Radio AM 14-20 WDJA Delray Beach and AM 1000 WJPW Jupiter» before continuing with news from CNN
1430 3.11 0726 WENE Endicott NY noted with an ID as «Sports Radio 14-30 The Team» in a local break from Fox Sports Radio
1480 5.11 0258 WSAR Fall River MA fading above a much more interesting but strange religious Spanish speaking station which had about the same kind of intense programming which can be heard on a.o. Radio Victoria in Peru
1500 2.11 2221 WTWP Washington DC talked about the upcoming midterm elections and Ided as «Washington Post Radio»
1520 3.11 0105 WWKB Buffalo NY with an ID as «Buffalo’s Left Channel»
1560 3.11 0637 WQEW New York NY with a good signal and the usual Radio Disney programming. ID just as «AM 15-60 New York» at this time
1610 3.11 0625 CJWI Montreal QC barely above the noise level with a phone-in-programme and a French ID as «CPAM». Lots of QRM from both Caribbean Beacon and from Vatican Radio on nearby 1611
1680 3.11 0602 WLAA Winter Garden FL with English call letters on the hour. Otherwise Spsnish programming exclusively with many «Qué Buena» IDs and a lot of Mexican music
1690 2.11 2147 WPTX Lexington Park MD talking with a weak signal

CENTRAL AMERICA:
555 5.11 0515 ZIZ Radio, St Kitts, good signal but not with an own programme at this time, just a relay of BBC World Service
600 5.11 0517 CMKV Radio Rebelde, Urbano Noris, very strong at this time
710 5.11 0517 CMW Radio Rebelde, La Julia, also very strong and //600
790 3.11 0847 CMAQ Radio Reloj, Pinar del Rio, also noted here mixing with WAXY
820 2.11 2226 TBN via Radio Paradise, St. Kitts, is always the dominant station on this channel
950 3.11 0215 CM.. Radio Reloj heard on this frequency too with their familiar time pips
970 5.11 0550 WSTX St. Croix best station here for half an hour playing both soca music and evergreens from a.o. Abba and Lionel Richie
1130 5.11 0808 HIRL CDN AM, Santiago, with an ID and bachata music. A big thanks to Henrik Klemetz in Sweden for solving this one. This is a new name for the station listed as “La Mezcla” in the latest WRTH and was the big surprise of the DX pedition!
1190 2.11 2200 WBMJ The Rock, San Juan, with an ID on the hour as “1190 WBMJ and 1060 WCGB”. WCGB must be a new station in this network. The last edition of the WRTH lists WCGB as an independent station, but a look at the station’s home page confirms that The Rock is now on both 1190, 1060 and 1370.
1280 5.11 0600 WCMN Radio Centro, Arecibo, with an ID for the NotiUno chain on the hour. No local programming, unfortunately
1310 4.11 0117 RFO Martinique came up to beat the dominant Venezuelan station. No ID but who else could it be talking in French on this channel?
1320 5.11 0508 WSKN Radio Isla, San Juan, fairly good signal announcing several programmes to be heard on the station
1430 3.11 0815 WNEL Radio Tiempo with a talk programme from the Noti Uno chain. ID just as «Noti Uno 6-30»
1480 3.11 0728 WMDD Tropical 1480 is an easy catch. Now mixing with WSAR
1540 4.11 2332 ZNS Bahamas quite good playing soca music, but not as strong as during previous DX-peditions to Lista as the conditions were poorer this time
1570 5.11 0334 HIAJ Radio Amanecer, Santo Domingo, with a jingle as «Radio Amanecer – La Voz de la Esperanza». Fair signal
1610 3.11 0640 Caribbean Beacon, Anguilla, only station on frequency now, but weak signal
1640 4.11 0150 Radio Juventus Don Bosco with a jingle as just «Radio Juventus»
1680 3.11 0402 HI.. Radio Senda closed down their transmission with the national anthem. Except from a station identification at close down, the programme consisted of nonstop music and nonstop religious talk for more than 2 hours without any announcements or IDs

SOUTH AMERICA:
740 4.11 2130 ZYH446 Radio Sociedade da Bahia heard at this time mixing with the Newfoundland station
780 3.11 0550 YVMN Radio Coro, Coro, good signal with a programme called «Ruta musical 780»
920 3.11 0528 YVQX Radio Nueva Esparta with a brief station identification and time announcement
1130 5.11 0732 YVRL Radio Ideal, Maiquetía, dominated the frequency with another Latin American station (probably the Bogotá station) in the background
1190 5.11 0454 HJKG Radio Mira, Tumaco, surprised me with an ID as “Radio Mira de Caracol” which perfectly matches their webstream at http://www.tumaco.net/html/index.php
1190 5.11 0510 HJCV Radio Cordillera, Bogotá, was the strongest station on the frequency at this time playing «música de recuerdos»
1230 5.11 0342 HJKL Radio Calidad, Cali, read the winning numbers of several «loterias»
1250 5.11 0403 HJCA Capital Radio, Bogotá, with a nice ID as «Capital Radio – la emisora al servicio de nuestra gente». An unidentified Spanish speaking religious station was heard in the background
1300 5.11 0245 YVKH Radio Recuerdos, Caracas, with an ID and phone number in between several records
1310 3.11 0651 YVSM Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Barcelona, clearly the No. 1 station on this frequency nearly all the times on this DX-pedition
1310 3.11 2358 HJJZ Colorín Color Radio, Bogotá, at equal strength with Venezuela for about 15 minutes. A surprise to find this one when going through the recordings!
1320 3.11 0515 YVWP Radio Apolo, Tumen, faded above CKEC with an ID and time announcement: «Radio Apolo – la hora: 1 16 minutos»
1380 5.11 0704 YVNG Ondas del Mar, Puerto Cabello, is very regular here with frequent IDs as «Ondas del Mar 13-80»
1410 5.11 0400 YVSP Radio Simpatía, Valera, closed their transmission today playing the national anthem of Venezuela
1420 4.11 0230 YVNZ Radio Marabina, Maracaibo, not as strong tonight as they usually are
1420 4.11 0231 YV.. Radio Sintonía, Caracas, stronger than Radio Marabina for a minute
1430 5.11 0418 YVTP Radio Bahía, Puerto La Cruz, dominant with music and time announcements: «En Bahía, son las 12 y 19 minutos»
1450 4.11 0356 YVKJ Sonera 1450, Catia La Mar, was with 99% probability the station heard with programmes from Radio Maria on this frequency
1460 4.11 0401 HJJW Emisora Nuevo Continente, Bogotá, with an ID after a religious programme announcing an address in the USA. Lots of splash from 1458
1520 4.11 0424 HJLI Vida AM Música, Bogotá, with a nice ID mentioning all their FM and AM outlets. Presumed Radio Voz in Puerto Rico in the background

SHORTWAVE:
11092,5 4.11 1902 Radio St. Helena is the only shortwave log of the DX-pedition! Heard at this time with a very weak and noisy signal with a broadcast targeted to New Zealand. The announcements were mostly unintelligable, but the music played (a.o. Beatles’ «Let it be») was easily recognized

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