Last season’s DX trip to Lista was not a big success with in general mediocre to poor conditions. Listening through the recordings afterwards haven’t been very exciting either. Luckily, there were exceptions. One of the biggest surprises when reviewing the recordings was discovering the signal of a station I haven’t even heard about earlier: Radio Glan Clwyd broadcasting from Bodelwyddan in North Wales. The station faded up on 1287 kHz one afternoon playing pop music with some jingles in between the music played.
Radio Glan Clwyd is a hospital radio station broadcasting from Glan Clwyd Hospital (or Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Welsh). Station Manager Chris Reeves, who is even a HAM with the call sign GW8FVI, confirmed my reception of the station and says the station broadcasts with a power of 4 watts ERP from a 10 metre vertical antenna.
Lista is an excellent location for listening to UK stations on mediumwave. On a clear day you can almost see across the North Sea to England from Lista… 😉
One of the UK stations which have eluded me over the years is Swansea Sound in Wales. 1170 kHz is usually dominated by Magic AM in Stockton-on-Tees, hearing other stations from the UK on this frequency is quite difficult. The signal of Swansea Sound made it to my radio on both January 2011 and March 2013, however. Chief Engineer Mike Winston confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some time ago.
Swansea Sound is one of few stations left in the UK still carrying independent programming. Their AM transmitter transmits with a modest power of 580 watts.
It’s been more than 10 years since my last QSL from the UK. I have sent a couple of reports to a few stations that never bothered to reply in the 1990s through the last years, most notably to Buzz Asia (963/972 kHz) and Asian Sound Radio (963/1377 kHz), but also to a few other stations. One of the very few BBC local stations which never replied in the 1980s and the 1990s was BBC Radio Foyle in Northern Ireland.
A new report brought a brief verification signed by Emma Taylor and some postcards through postal mail. This was for a report from January 2011 when BBC Radio Foyle was heard pretty well one afternoon on 792 kHz at Lista. BBC Radio Foyle used to be heard more regularly in the past, nowadays the station suffers from strong interference from both MDR Info in Germany and Radio France among others.
I had the chance to visit the city of Londonderry (known more commonly as Derry) some years ago. A nice city with a truly interesting history and a very beautiful old city wall surrounding the city centre. Despite this, not many people visit Derry. They definitely should.