CKAC in Montréal often provides a powerhouse signal on 730 kHz at my listening post at Lista. Their signal is so strong that it is very hard to pull out any signal from any other North American station on this frequency. That’s quite reasonable as CKAC broadcast with a power of 50 kilowatts. At Lista in January 2011 it was impossible to hear anything but CKAC on 730 kHz. At this time CKAC broadcast a sports format, the station has since switched to become Montréals first dedicated traffic radio station branded as “Radio Circulation”.
CKAC has long been a poor verifier, but last year several DX-ers got an e-mail confirmation from General Manager Réal Germain. I had to try my luck too, and received a prompt but brief e-mail reply from M. Germain.
One of many new stations (well, new to me at least) which popped up at Lista in October 2008 was CBGA1 in New Carlisle, Québec, on 540 kHz. CBGA1 broadcasts French language programmes from CBCs “Première Chaîne”, but has local station identifications like other CBC stations. Jimmy Berthelot, Chief Technicien, confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail today.
After many attempts, Claire Bellefeuille, Directrice at CFAV Radio Boomer, confirmed my reception of the station today. CFAV, or Radio Boomer as the station usually identifies as, broadcasts from Laval just outside Montréal. CFAV is an “easy” target for Transatlantic DX and is the dominant station on 1570 kHz here. This was for a MP3 recording of their signal as received at home with a 70 metre long antenna in October.
CHGM in Gaspé, Québec, is the most commonly heard North American station on 1150 kHz at my place. CHGM had a good signal on the November 2007 DX-pedition at Lista, playing mostly French-Canadian pop and rock music. Benoît Trépenier, journalist at the station, kindly confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail. Benoît also tells that both CHGM and its parallel CHNC in New Carlisle on 610 kHz will leave the AM band in favour of FM soon. He says this will probably happen later this fall depending on the time it will take them to put up the antennas and test.
The summer holidays have resulted in very few reception reports being sent, and as a result the number of QSLs has of course also dropped significantly (in July the number was zero). I sent out a couple of follow-ups yesterday, one of them resulted in a brief confirmation in French from CJRS President Founder Robert Levy.
CJRS Radio Shalom in Montréal can be heard every now and then on its frequency 1650 kHz. There is usually quite a lot of interference from WHKT in Virginia with their Radio Disney programming, but on the February DX-pedition to Lista CJRS had the strongest signal one morning with the programme “Jewish Travel Guide”. Radio Shalom has got a number of interesting progammes, one of them being “The Rockin’ Rabbi Show”… A lot of their programmes, including “The Rockin’ Rabbi”, are available as podcasts on the website of the station.
Luigi Valente, Station Manager of CFMB in Montréal, sent me an e-mail verification last week. CFMB is not the most common station heard on 1280 at my place, but is sometimes heard along with the usual dominant station WFAU in Maine.