QSL: WPKZ Fitchburg MA 1280


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.


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