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.
Hearing WEGP is certainly not difficult. WEGP is one of the most frequently heard North American AM stations throughout Europe. With a power of 25 kilowatts day and 10 kilowatts night from its location at Presque Isle, Maine, next to the Canadian border, its signals travel across the Atlantic easily.
Getting a reply from the station, however, has proved difficult. Despite a number of attempts through the years, no luck untill last month when Operations Manager Bryan Lawrence confirmed my reception with an e-mail. This was for a report from last season’s DX-pedition to Lista when WEGP was, as usual, heard with armchair quality.
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