Last year’s DX-pedition to Lista didn’t result in many new stations for us. A couple of new stations came through though, one of them being WPKZ in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on 1280 kHz. The dominant station on 1280 kHz is NotiUno in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, but WKPZ fought its way past the Puerto Rican one morning with a clear “K-Zone” identification in a sports programme.
Engineer Mark Bisbee confirmed my reception with a kind e-mail. He says their ground system of the antenna array has seen better days. Some of the copper radials have also gone missing over the years, so the efficiency of the antenna is not as good as when it was built back in 1950. The station is listed with a night time power of 1 kilowatt.
After WXKS raised its power from 5 to 50 kilowatts in 2008, the station often booms in on 1200 kHz at Lista. At times there might be some interference from CFGO in Ottawa, but WXKS definitely has the best signal most times. I sent along an audio recording to Operations Director Dylan Sprague who swiftly confirmed my reception of the station.
When I heard WXKS at Lista in January 2011, the station had a talk format branded as “Rush Radio 1200”. The station has since flipped to a comedy format and now identifies as “Matty’s Comedy 1200“. The WXKS transmitter is located in Newton just outside Boston.
WCAP is one of the most commonly heard stations heard on 980 kHz at Lista. Despite a power of 5 kilowatts, the station is (luckily) not too dominant but always there if conditions towards North America are fair. I haven’t had any lucky with getting any verification from the station untill some weeks ago when Operations Director Ryan Johnston sent me an e-mail confirming my reception of the station. He also enclosed a studio recording of the station. This was for a recording I made at the most recent DX-pedition to Lista in January 2011.
WCAP is a locally produced and owned station located in Lowell, Massachusetts. The station always airs a mix of “greatest hits” from the 60s, 70s and 80s at night.
WIZZ is one of the easiest U.S. day timers to hear at my usual DX pedition site at Lista. Only WFIF in Milford, Connecticut, on 1500 kHz is more common. If conditions towards North America are good enough, the signal of WIZZ can sometimes be as good or even better than the signal of the normal powerhouse on 1520 kHz – WWKB in Buffalo, New York – around their their sign off in the evening. WIZZ broadcasts a nostalgia format from Greenfield, Massachusetts, with a daytime power of 10 kilowatts
I have tried to get a reply from WIZZ several times before, but no luck untill last week when I got a very friendly e-mail from WIZZ Chief Engineer Dan Ferreira. A few weeks later I also received a full detailed QSL card by postal mail. My reply came as a result from a follow up to a report to my best ever reception of WIZZ at the October 2004 DX pedition to Lista. WIZZ was also heard this winter, but with much more interference from WWKB than in October 2004
One of many interesting stations heard at Lista last October was WNSH broadcasting from Beverly, Massachusetts, on 1570 kHz. WNSH came up to beat the dominant CFAV in Québec a couple of times during our first evening and was heard with a clear station identification at 22.58 UTC (6.58 EST).
We thought we heard the station with their daytime power of 35 kilowatts, but according to a verification e-mail sent by Chief Engineer Gregory P. Lynam they were on their night time effect of only 85 watts at that time. I have never received a North American AM station with such a low effect before so I am really pleased with this logging (and with the QSL too, of course!).
One of the many highlights during the February 2006 DX-pedition to Lista was being able to catch the signal of WCCM in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on 1490 kHz. This was possibly the first reception of this station in Norway.
I have sent several e-mails to them in the past, without any success whatsoever. A reception report with an audio clip on a CD, however, resulted in a nice verification letter from Operations Manager Francine Pickles of Costa Eagle Broadcasting. Francine tells me they are a radio group with three AM radio stations: 800 WNNW, 1110 WCEC and 1490 WCCM with 800 WNNW as their strongest station. Since the time I heard them, WCEC and WCCM has swapped frequencies so that WCCM is now on 1110 kHz with talk programs in English while WCEC can be heard on 1490 kHz with Spanish programming. WCEC has got a live audio feed as well – with excellent quality of course!
Immediate e-mail in just 25 minutes from Lisa Borges, Marketing/Promotions Director of WSAR in Fall River, Massachusetts, confirming my reception of the station. WSAR is frequently heard on 1480 kHz here, often mixed with WMDD in Puerto Rico.