The longwave transmitter at Zehlendorf 40 kilometres north of Berlin on 177 kHz was switched off for good on December 31, 2014. With a power of 500 kilowatts, the transmitter was well heard in Norway. During the last years of service, the transmitter carried programming from Deutschlandradio Kultur.
I sent a reception report to Deutschlandradio Kultur in March 2014 and waited almost one year before a reply in the form of a full detailed QSL-card arrived in my mailbox. This was for a reception made at Lista in January 2014.
WOOD in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the most common station of all on the crowded but interesting frequency of 1300 kHz. Their distinctive “Newsradio 1300 WOOD” identifications are frequently heard, often along with the New York stations WXRL and/or WGDJ. My previous attempts of getting a verification from WOOD has not been successfull. Some weeks ago, however, Phil Tower, Program Director, confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail.
WOOD broadcasts with a night time power of 20 kilowatts so no wonder they get out so well. The logo of the station features Willie Wood, the station’s woodpecker mascot.
WABH is the second most commonly heard station on 1380 kHz at our listening post at Lista in Southern Norway. Only CKPC in Ontario is more common. I haven’t had any luck with my QSL requests untill yesterday when Doug Gyver verified my report with a nice e-mail. This was for a recording from our latest DX-pedition to Lista one year ago when WABH at times had a good signal on 1380 kHz.
WABH broadcasts with a night time power of 450 watts only from Bath in upper New York State. For such a low power, they certainly gets out well in our direction. WABH now carries NBC Sports Radio replacing the previously heard ESPN format.
After CJCH in Nova Scotia left 920 kHz in favour of FM in 1998, CKNX in Wingham, Ontario, has become the most commonly heard station from North America on this frequency at my place. I haven’t had any luck with my QSL requests to this station untill Program Director John Marshall sent me an e-mail yesterday confirming my reception of CKNX. This was for a report from our latest January 2014 DX-pedition at Lista.
CKNX broadcast a classic country format with a night time power of 1 kilowatt only. For that, the transmitter certainly does pretty good!
A nice surprise found on our recordings from Lista in January 2014 was WINY in Putnam, Connecticut on 1350. The signal of WINY was heard for about one minute only as early as 21.38 UTC one evening. At this time WINY presumably still broadcast with their listed day time power of 5 kilowatts.
WINY is a local radio station owned by the Osbrey Broadcasting Corporation. Karen Osbrey confirmed my reception of the station with a brief e-mail today.
I rolled out a longwire antenna at my home QTH just for the occasion of the special broadcasts from Radio Nord Revival in August. Despite a pretty lousy antenna, the transmission of this nostalgia station were heard well both on 3950 kHz and especially on 6065 kHz. Both transmissions originated from Sala north west of Stockholm, with a power of 5 and 10 kilowatts respectively. Fun to listen to these special broadcast commemorating the Swedish pirate station Radio Nord which broadcast from a radio ship in the Baltic Sea in 1961 and 1962.
QSL-manager and DX-er Ronny Forslund apparently spent some of his spare time around Christmas sending out a bunch of QSL-cards. Mine was received on the second day of the new year 2015, i.e.. January 2. The shortwave broadcasts of Radio Nord Revival were received worldwide, the station received reception reports from the USA, Australia, Japan and Malaysia as well as from many European countries.
Several new and unusual stations in the X-band were heard at Lista in January 2011. One of them was KRJO in Louisiana on 1680 kHz, which we had never heard before. At the time we heard KRJO, the station was carrying a music format branded as “Ol’ Skool 1680”. The station has since changed format twice: First to a news format and then to its present country format. The station has also been off the air on some occasions, so this station has had a rather unstable life….
Nevertheless, Bob Halloday of parent company The Radio People of Louisiana confirmed my reception of “Ol’ Skool 1680” with a kind e-mail last week. KRJO broadcasts with a night power of 1 kilowatt from the city of Monroe in Northern Louisiana.