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!
CHRN had a fair but clear signal when I heard them at Lista in March. Neither CHHA in Toronto or Caribbean Beacon in Anguilla were present when I caught their signal. CHRN is easily recognizable playing Indian music and frequent identifications as Radio Humsafar. Radio Humsafar broadcasts to the South Asian community in Montréal using a 1 kilowatt transmitter.
President Jasvir Sandhu kindly acknowledged my audio recording of Radio Humsafar last week.
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.
AM radio is dead in Norway. Or isn’t it? Not everybody think so. One of the persons believing in a future for AM radio is Svenn Martinsen, whose radio station Radio Northern Star broadcasts on both 1314 and 1611 kHz mediumwave as well as 5895 kHz shortwave. Radio Northern Star also streams online and I suspect most listeners find the station online rather than on medium- and shortwave.
Radio Northern Star was heard with a good and stable signal on 1611 kHz at Lista in March despite a power of just 250 watts. The audio quality was may be not the best, but a good signal still playing mostly nonstop music.
Radio Northern Star broadcasts from Erdal at the island of Askøy outside Bergen. The AM transmitters are located at Bergen kringkaster which in addition to AM broadcasting also has a HAM station LA1ASK and a museum. Bergen kringkaster also has their own programmes on 1314, 1611 and 5895 kHz from time to time, usually on Sundays.
Svenn Martinsen is a long time mediumwave DX-er and naturally enjoys hearing how their signals are received. In addition to promptly verifying my report by e-mail he also sent along a nice QSL package by postal mail.
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.
CBI is one of the easiest Canadian AM stations to hear. CBI is by far the most common station on 1140 kHz. The signal of CBI also fades in early in the evening, sometimes as early as some of the Newfoundland stations.
The transmitter of CBI runs with 10 kilowatts and is located outside Sydney in Nova Scotia. Although CBI often has a good signal here in Norway, the AM signal is apparently not so good in Nova Scotia itself. FM is preferred and I wouldn’t be surprised if the 1140 transmitter will close down in the future, as has happened with many Canadian AM radio stations.
It has been surprisingly difficult to obtain a QSL from CBI. I have tried a number of times without success. Finally Don Munro, Producer at CBC Cape Breton, sent me a letter a few weeks ago confirming my reception of CBI. He also enclosed some information about the station as well as some CBC buttons.
This years more or less annual DX-pedition to Lista took place quite late in the season, from March 3 to March 11. My DX compadres were, just like last year, Torgeir Nyen and Tore Johnny Bråtveit. Due to work commitments, I could only participate in the first 3 days of the DX-pedition, but these days turned out (luckily for me) to be the most interesting ones.
Our antennas this time were our usual antenna directed towards the East Coast of North America/Florida/Cuba and an antenna directed towards the West Coast of North America. Both antennas roughly 600 metres long and both performing well.
Although I have been to Lista at least 15 times now, it is still possible to hear new stations there. Conditions were fair to good towards North America most of the time, especially towards the East Coast of North America. My aim of catching 10 new stations should thus be reached quite easily.
We made many recordings and it will certainly take time to go through them all. Highlights found on our recordings so far include: 960 WTGM Salisbury MD, 970 WNYM Hackensack NJ, 1100 WHLI Hempstead NY, 1290 WWTX Wilmington DE, 1440 WLWI Montgomery AL, 1470 WWBG Greensboro NC, 1510 WFAI Salem NJ and 1600 WCPK Chesapeake VA. The latter, WCPK, possibly not noted in Scandinavia previously.
Our log is available as a Google Docs document, updated continously. New stations are marked with a red colour and the last additions to the log with a blue colour.