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!
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.
WOND in Pleasantville, New Jersey, is a station I have heard many times. WOND is the second most commonly heard station on 1400 kilohertz at my place, and would have had a very good signal had they been on a clearer frequency. 1400 kilohertz is normally occupied by CBG in Gander, Newfoundland, here.
The challenge for WOND has been obtaining a verification. Last week, however, their Director of Engineering Mike Ferriola sent me an e-mail with a perfectly acceptable verification text. This was for an MP3 recording of their signal at Lista last October.
I was very surprised to find a letter from WKXW in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in my mailbox the other day containing 2 stickers. A verification text on one of the stickers was signed by their Chief Engineer Tom McNally. WKXW has now changed their call letters to WENJ and carries the ESPN Sports Network. WKXW/WENJ is the most commonly heard North American station at Lista on 1450 kHz, but getting a reply from them has not been easy. I haven’t tried all that hard myself, but I know others have.
Another good logging from the February 2006 DXpedition to Lista was WCMC in Wildwood, New Jersey. WCMC was one of 4 nostalgia format stations on 1230 kHz heard on this DX-pedition (the others were WSBB in Florida, WHUC in New York and WESX in Massachusetts). Some days ago I received a full data QSL letter and a key holder from Program Director Jim MacMillan confirming my reception of the station. Jim says they receive only a couple of QSL requests each year, most of them from Scandinavia.