QSL: KGA Spokane WA 1510

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West Coast stations are a rare treat at our Lista QTH. Propagation has to be very good for their signals making it all the way to Southern Norway. Still, we have managed to hear a number of the most common stations through the years. One of the stations heard by us is KGA on 1510 kHz, which was  heard with quite a good signal at times back in October 2008.

My previous attempts to get a QSL from KGA have been unfruitful. I noted some recent replies to other DXers from Jerry Jensen who is their Market Manager and was tempted to get a reply from the station as well. And this time: Success! Mr. Jensen replied promply to my e-mail too and verified my reception of the station. Jerry Jensen tells me that he has Norwegian ancestors, his grandfather came from Tingvoll in Central Norway.

KGA is an all sports station based in Spokane, Washington. The power of their transmitter is 50 kilowatts daytime and 10 kilowatts nighttime.

KGA was only my 4th QSL in 2016 making 2016 an all time low when it comes to QSLs. Certainly, 2017 can’t be worse than that…

QSL: KOMO Seattle WA 1000

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My very first QSL from Washington State arrived quite some time ago when Rick Van Cise, Program Director at KOMO in Seattle sent a kind e-mail confirming my reception of KOMO on 1000 kHz. A couple of weeks later an envelope also arrived in my mailbox containing a.o. some KOMO pens and even a KOMO ice scraper which will no doubt be used now that fall and winter arrives here in Norway.

Receiving stations from the West Coast of North America is rare at our listening post at Lista. We have been able to catch only a handful of stations from the west coast through the years. My report to KOMO dated back to November 2009 when we enjoyed pretty good reception of KOMO on 1000 kHz. Reception of KOMO is of course completely different in Arctic Scandinavia where the 50 kilowatt signal of KOMO can easily be heard in the winter season.