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!
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
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.
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.
570 kHz is usually dominated by Cuban Radio Reloj at my usual DX site at Lista. When conditions favour stations further north, CFCB in Newfoundland is the most commonly heard North American station on this frequency.
Richard King, Program Director, kindly confirmed my reception report on CFCB from January 2011. CFCB broadcasts with a power of 1 kilowatt from Corner Brook on the Eastern part of Newfoundland.
640 kHz is a frequency which is usually always occupied by either CBN in Newfoundland and/or Radio Progreso in Cuba. At times other stations pops up on the frequency too. CFMJ in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is heard quite often if conditions towards North American are favourable. At Lista in January 2011, CFMJ could be heard quite well at times. Gord Harris, Senior Brand Director, confirmed my January 2011 reception with an e-mail some time ago.
CFMJ airs a talk radio and sports format targeted to the entire Greater Toronto Area and usually identifies just as “A-M 6-40”. The station transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts.
The most common station on 1240 kHz at Lista is definitely CKIM. In fact it is so common that it is nearly a pest station ruining reception of other stations on this interesting graveyard frequency. I caught CKIM with a local identification early in the evening at Lista in January 2011, or rather an identification for 620 CKCM as CKIM is a repeater only without any local programming. Later on in the evening CKIM always has regular VOCM programming.
The CKIM transmitter is located in Baie Verte on the northern coastline of Newfoundland. It certainly does well for 1 kilowatt only. Program Director Richard King, who has confirmed several VOCM stations for me previously, confirmed my audio recording of CKIM with a nice e-mail reply.