Conditions were occasionally very good towards the East Coast of North America at Lista in March. Several rare stations from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina were noted with daytime power in the evening on March 5. One of the stations heard this evening was WKGM which was heard with a surprisingly good signal announcing a.o. their web address yourministrystation.com.
WKGM is licensed to Smithfield, Virginia and carries, as the name of the web site implies, religious programming. They broadcast with a day time power of 10 kilowatts. Despite a relative powerful transmitter, this was the very first time we caught WKGM at Lista. A short but sufficient e-mail confirmed my reception of the station some weeks ago.
Hearing Delaware was beyond all expectations before heading to Lista last March. Delaware is widely regarded among Scandinavian DX-ers as being the most elusive of all U.S. states to hear. Delaware is still may be not the most difficult state at Lista. I would consider both Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico and certainly Hawaii to be even rarer at, but Delaware is still a very difficult state.
We were thus very excited to find the signal of WWTX on 1290 kHz when reviewing our recordings. WWTX came through one night just before powering down from their day time power of 2,5 kilowatts to their night time power of just 32 watts. We heard them mentioning their web site as well as a commercial for a local firm in Wilmington.
WWTX carries Fox Sports Radio and is branded as “Delaware’s All Sports Station”. Program Director Kathryn Alt confirmed my reception with an e-mail last week.
Stations from both North and South Dakota are a rarity at Lista. The only station from South Dakota which I have ever heard as of today is KOTA. I have heard KOTA a couple of times on 1380 kHz, but never as good as on our last DX-pedition in March 2018.
Ted Peiffer, General Manager, confirmed my audio recording and says he is always glad to hear how far their signal reaches. KOTA broadcasts a news talk format and has been on the air from Rapid City in Western South Dakota, since 1936. The station broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts daytime, 1 kilowatt nighttime.
I have not had much success in getting a verification from WRCA, despite many tries over the years. WRCA is an easy catch and can be easily received on 1330 kHz here, it is by far the most common station on the frequency. A power of 25 kilowatts daytime and 17 kilowatts nighttime from their transmitter in Watertown outside Boston means they are widely heard.
WRCA has carried a variety of formats during the last decade, but since July 2017 the station has broadcast financial news from Bloomberg Radio. Michael Lysak of Bloomberg Radio kindly confirmed my audio recording from Lista in March. When I heard WRCA, the station had many local station identifications and announcements in addition to the network programming.
WMTR was often heard with a surprisingly good signal at Lista last March. WMTR is listed with a day time power of 5 kilowatts and a night time power of 7 kilowatts.
As the logo above shows, WMTR is a “Classic Oldies” station playing mainly pop music from the 1960s and the 1970s. The station is located in Morristown, New Jersey, west of New York City.
Mark Morrison, Program Director at the station, confirmed my recording. He also adds that WMTR has received a number of overseas reports this winter, both from Norway, Finland, Romania and even South Africa!
970 kHz is a frequency which is almost always completely dominated by WZAN in Maine at Lista. When reviewing a few of my recordings from this years DX-pedition to Lista, I was pleasantly surprised to also find a reasonably clear station identification from WDAY on one of the recordings.
I was even more pleased to also receive a verification from Stephen Tschida at the station – my very first QSL from North Dakota! In addition to kindly confirming my not so good audio recording, Stephen also mentions that they get a few reception reports from time to time, usually from Norway, Finland and Sweden.
WDAY broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts from Fargo on the border with Minnesota. It’s a news talk station, occasionally also broadcasting newscasts from WDAY-TV. WDAY has been on the air continously since 1922 and is the oldest radio station in North Dakota.
1510 kHz has become an interesting frequency now that the 50,000 watts station WMEX is off. At Lista in March we heard WLAC in Tennessee, KCKK in Colorado and WWBC in Florida, all noted on previous DX-peditions at Lista.
I wasn’t surprised to hear a new station on this frequency, but hearing WFAI “Faith 1510” was beyond all expectations as this was a station I had not even heard prior to this DX-pedition. WFAI is a day time only station playing mostly gospel music and was heard quite well one evening just after 23.00 UTC. Although the station also brands itself as “Delaware’s Inspiration Station” and the studios are also located in Delaware, the transmitter is located across the Delaware River in Salem, New Jersey. The transmitter is listed with an output of 2500 watts.
WFAI belongs to the Delmarva Broadcasting Company which is blessed to have its own QSL manager. Allan R. Loudell is both a News Anchor/Reporter/Interviewer/Blogger in addition to being a QSL Manager for the station. Being a DX-er himself, Allan sent an enthusiastic reply confirming my reception of the station. Allan says WFAI does not get a lot of reception reports, but that my report was the third from Norway in 2018. Allan also sent me a very nice QSL package by snail mail.