WEOK is a rarity. I have only been able to catch this signal once: On January 8, 2011, at Lista, WEOK was heard with a weak signal behind dominant station WEGP on 1390 kHz identifying as “Hudson Valley’s True Oldies Channel”. This station is listed with a tiny night effect of 106 watts so it was a good achievement making it across the pond at all (even if the signal was just barely audible…).
Jason Finkelberg, General Manager, and Anthony Verano, Brand Manager, confirmed my reception of WEOK some time ago. They add that the station will soon be switching to Spanish language programme and leave their present Oldies format. WEOK broadcast from the city of Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley north of New York City.
It was a real surprise catching the signal of KLEB “The Rajun’ Cajun” on 1600 kHz at Lista in January 2014. This station operates with a night time power of just 250 watts out of Golden Mountain, Louisiana. Usually WUNR in Boston dominates the frequency of 1600 kHz completely here, other stations are rarely heard. KLEB was a station never heard be us before, but came through with a clear station ID one morning on this DXpedition. Jerry “Truck” Gisclair verified my reception of the station a couple of days ago.
KLEB is a cool station playing a mix of zydeco, cajun and swamp pop. All this music is indigenous to Louisiana, the latter (swamp pop) “a fairly obscure genre” according to Wikipedia! :-) KLEB has a live stream on the Internet, highly recommended if you (like me) enjoy this kind of music!
WDLX – “Pirate Radio 930″, transmitting from Washington, North Carolina, on 930 kHz was another good catch at the DX-pedition to Lista last January. We heard the station one morning mixing with dominant station CJYQ with a dual station identification for “Pirate Radio 930 and 1250″. WDLX seems to have become an easier catch now than previous years as the station was heard by a number of DX-ers in Scandinavia during the 2013-2014 winter season.
WDLX has a sports talk format and simulcast the same programmes on 930 and 1250 kHz (the latter with the call sign WGHB). The night time power of WDLX is 1 kilowatt only. Jonathan Ellerbe confirmed my audio clip with a short e-mail some days ago.
630 kHz has long been blocked by the powerful transmitter of our own domestic public broadaster NRK. This 100 kilowatt transmitter was closed down on June 30, 2011 and the antenna was blowned up some months later (September 8, 2011). There is a very interesting movie about the history of the Vigra transmitter and about the demolition of the mediumwave antenna on the web pages of NRK, by the way.
We haven’t had much luck chasing Transatlantic signals on 630 kHz untill our most recent trip to Lista. In January 2014 CFCO in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, was heard with a pretty good signal on the last morning of the DX-pedition. Country music with several “Country 92.9″ jingles were noted. David Palmer, Program Director, promptly confirmed my report with a short but friendly e-mail. CFCO broadcasts with a night time power of 6 kilowatts simulcasting with their 92.9 FM transmitter
Asia is certainly not our prime DX target at Lista where our antennas are directed towards the Americas. Stations from the Middle East can be heard in the afternoons though, and on certain occasions stations located even further east can come through. On our last DX-pedition to Lista, we unexpectedly received the programmes of Trans World Radio broadcast via Kyrgyzstan on 1467 kHz. The signal was fair from 15.00 onwards when 1467 kHz is a clear frequency without any interfering stations.
I sent a report to the European office of Trans World Radio in Vienna last week. The report was confirmed with a nice QSL attachment signed by Kalman Dobos. The transmitter location was only indicated as “Central Asia” though. All lists says the transmitter location is near Krasnaya Rechka east of the capital city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, so there is little or no doubt about where the transmissions originates from. MWlists says the transmitting power is as high as 500 kilowatts. The broadcasts of Trans World Radio from this transmitter are targeted mainly at Pakistan and Afghanistan. When I received the programmes, addresses in Pakistan were announced several times.
Updates to this blog has been very scarce lately. Very few reception reports have understandably resulted in even fewer QSLs. The first QSL since April arrived some weeks ago when Jana Pusova of Czech Radio Dechovka replied with a full detail verification card attrached as a PDF file.
This was for a reception report from Lista in January 2014 when I had excellent reception of the station on 1233 kHz. Radio Dechovka broadcast with a power of 6 kilowatts when I heard them, but has since risen the power to 10 kilowatts. This should cover the entire country and also many of the neighbouring countries. The main AM transmitter is located in Libeznice just north of Prague.
Radio Dechovka has been on the air on 1233 kHz since May 2013, but started broadcasting on the Internet already in July 2009. The station describes itself as “the first brass music radio station in the Czech Republic”. When asked if Radio Dechovka is also the first brass music radio station in the world, Jana replies that there are also some brass music stations in Slovakia, but these are only Internet radio stations wihout on air announcers. Czech brass music is certainly not my favourite music, but nice still to see that there is also a market for such niche radio stations! :-)
Another gap in my QSL collection: In my 30 year DX career I have never bothered reporting the national radio channels from Hungary. Both Kossuth Rádió (National Programme 1) and Petöfi Rádió (National Programme 2) have been regular guests for many years. Petöfi Rádió is now gone from the mediumwave band, but Kossuth Rádió is still going strong. Their 2000 kilowatts transmitter at Solt in Central Hungary is the most powerful mediumwave transmitter in Europe and even in the world (shared with 3 mediumwave transmitters in Saudi Arabia which also transmits with a power of 2000 kilowatts).
Although Kossuth Rádió is certainly the most commonly heard station on 540 kHz at Lista too, it is by no means the only station heard because our antennas are pointing towards the Americas there. The signal of Kossuth Rádió was very strong one morning at Lista last January and I finally submitted a reception report. Miklós Kenderessy, Director of the Technical Department at MTVA sent me a very detailed verification letter by registered mail last week and also included a fridge magnet of Kossuth Rádió.