QSL: CKWX Vancouver BC 1130


Catching a signal of a station from the West Coast of North America is always a treat at Lista. Only rarely do we succeed in hearing anything, and when we succeed it is only the strongest 50 kilowatts stations which are heard.

One of them, CKWX in Vancouver, was heard on the DX-pedition back in November 2009 as late as 10.59 UTC which was more than 3 hours after our local sunrise. The signal peaked. Dean Fox, Senior Manager at Rogers Radio Engineering in Vancouver confirmed my rather old recording with a friendly e-mail.


QSL: CJBC Toronto ON 860


CJBC is an easy catch on 860 kHz and is heard whenever conditions favour North America. This CBC station carries the French language “Ici Radio-Canada Première” network in Toronto through a 50 kilowatt transmitter.

Dave Rainnie, Premier chef de l’exploitation, kindly verified my audio recording with a real QSL-card (see above). Apparently, CBC still has a stock of QSL cards available! 🙂

QSL: CHIN Toronto ON 1540


CHIN has been heard on nearly all my DX-peditions to Lista. Getting a reply has been difficult untill Rahamat Ali confirmed my reception last week.

CHIN is broadcasting programmes in many languages for Toronto, the web site lists no less than 33 different languages. The station is listed with a day time power of 50 kilowatts and a night time power of 30 kilowatts.

QSL: CKNX Wingham ON 920


After CJCH in Nova Scotia left 920 kHz in favour of FM in 1998, CKNX in Wingham, Ontario, has become the most commonly heard station from North America on this frequency at my place. I haven’t had any luck with my QSL requests to this station untill Program Director John Marshall sent me an e-mail yesterday  confirming my reception of CKNX. This was for a report from our latest January 2014 DX-pedition at Lista.

CKNX broadcast a classic country format with a night time power of 1 kilowatt only. For that, the transmitter certainly does pretty good!

QSL: CFCO Chatham-Kent ON 630


630 kHz has long been blocked by the powerful transmitter of our own domestic public broadaster NRK. This 100 kilowatt transmitter was closed down on June 30, 2011 and the antenna was blowned up some months later (September 8, 2011). There is a very interesting movie about the history of the Vigra transmitter and about the demolition of the mediumwave antenna on the web pages of NRK, by the way.

We haven’t had much luck chasing Transatlantic signals on 630 kHz untill our most recent trip to Lista. In January 2014 CFCO in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, was heard with a pretty good signal on the last morning of the DX-pedition. Country music with several “Country 92.9” jingles were noted. David Palmer, Program Director, promptly confirmed my report with a short but friendly e-mail. CFCO broadcasts with a night time power of 6 kilowatts simulcasting with their 92.9 FM transmitter


QSL: CJCA Edmonton AB 930


First QSL from the latest DX-pedition to Lista arrived when Johnny Rocket, Program Director, confirmed my reception of CJCA on 930 kHz. CJCA was heard late one morning on this DX-pedition on our antenna directed towards the West Coast of North America. This was our very first reception of CJCA.

CJCA broadcast Christian programming from Edmonton, Alberta, usually using the branding and identification “930 – The Light”. Their transmitter power is 50 kilowatts, but despite this CJCA is definitely not a regular catch at such a southernly location as Lista. Contrary to the Arctic, CJCA has to compete with the signal of several stations on the East Coast (notably CJYQ, CFCB and WBEN) at Lista.


QSL: CKSL London ON 1410


Catching the signal of CKSL on 1410 kHz was a pleasant surprise on the otherwise not too exciting March 2013 DX-pedition to Lista. 1410 kHz is usually dominated by WPOP in Connecticut with its sports programming. The signal strength of WPOP is usually so strong that it is hard to pull out any other station on this frequency.

On March 12, I was however able to catch the signal of CKSL for a few minutes in the morning. CKSL broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts from London, Ontario. According to Wikipedia, CKSL became the first radio station in Canada carrying comedy programming. The station is now branded just as “Funny 1410”. Don Mumford, Regional Vice-President at parent company Bell Media confirmed my reception report with an e-mail.