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
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.
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 regular North American station on 820 kHz at my place is without a doubt CHAM in Hamilton, Ontario. CHAM, branded as “Today’s Country” can be heard whenever conditions favours North America at my listening post at Lista. Tom Cooke, General Manager and Vice President at parent company Astral Media confirmed my reception with a very kind e-mail some time ago. This was for a report from my last visit to Lista, in January 2011.
CKGL in Kitchener, Ontario, was a surprising catch at Lista in January 2011. 570 kHz is a frequency which is either dominated by CFCB in Newfoundland and/or Radio Reloj in Cuba at our location. In addition there’s WMCA and WSYR, both located in New York so there’s a lot of competition on this frequency! On the first morning of the DX-pedition we enjoyed good conditions towards the Great Lakes, especially towards Ontario. CKGL was one of the stations benefiting from these conditions and the station was heard quite well for some time carrying Fox Sports Radio.
Engineering Manager Mike McCabe verified my reception of the station with a kind e-mail saying he is surprised the signal of CKGL can be received as far away as Norway. CKGL broadcast an “all news” format with a power of 10 kilowatts.
Broadcasting an oldies format with 25 kilowatts of power from Brantford, Ontario, CKPC has become the most commonly heard North American station on 1380 kHz at Lista . CKPC was also the dominant station on this frequency at the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista.
Chief Engineer Stewart Bayley confirmed my reception of CKPC with a verification letter by postal mail and also enclosed a CKPC fridge magnet.