In January I made the trip down to Lista on the south western coast of Norway for another weekend of serious DX-ing with the long beverage antennas we can erect there. I was accompanied by Torgeir Nyen even on this DX-pedition. Torgeir drove down to Lista already on January 13 while I arrived 2 days later.
As usual, we used a 800 metre long antenna towards the East Coast of North America / Florida / Cuba. This time we also rolled out some some 400 metre of antenna wire towards the West Coast of America. The latter antenna had to cross a road and this wire was cut 4 times by a snowplough during our stay there 🙂 Snow is not very common at Lista, even in midwinter it usually rains there, but this time the temperatures were so low it snowed quite a lot. Fortunately, no problems installing the antennas despite some snow.
Heading out on a DX-pedition at solar maximum implies quite a lot of uncertainty as there is always some risk of an uncooperating sun producing solar flares, coronal holes etc. I expected and even hoped for some disturbances favouring stations in the Caribbean (we are still hunting for Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands etc…). The unpredictable sun was, however, surprisingly quiet during the entire DX-peditions. The paths towards the south were complete closed and even many regular stations from the Caribbean were weak. Cubans and Florida stations were significantly weaker than they usually are at Lista.
Instead conditions strictly favoured North America. Stations from Ontario and New York State had a particular strong signal. The evenings were particularly productive with several very rare stations being logged with day time power such as 1040 WYSL Avon NY, 1140 WCJW Warsaw NY, 1190 WCRW Leesburg VA, 1470 WPDM Potsdam NY and 1530 WDJZ Bridgeport CT, all new to us. The mornings were also quite good and even some West Coast stations like 1130 CKWX Vancouver BC, 1380 KRKO Everett WA and 1520 KKXA Snohomish WA made it to our radios. These are all very common stations in Northern Scandinavia, but quite rare at such a southernly location as Lista.
Our log is now available as a Google Docs spreadsheet. New stations (to us, that is) are marked in red, latest additions in blue. The log is far from complete yet. When using SDR radios, in our case SDR-IQ and Perseus radios, completing a log takes a lot of time! With more than 150 North Americans stations in the log and more than 20 new stations noted even at this stage, this was definitely one of our most successfull DX-peditions – and quite possibly the best DX-pedition- to Lista of all time.
Texas bonanza! My 3rd successive Texas verification came when A.D. Rigmaiden, Chief Engineer at Gow Media, confirmed by audio clip of KGOW on 1560 kHz. I have heard KGOW a couple of times at Lista, always when they are using their day time power of 46 kilowatts. Sometimes 46 kilowatts are enough to compete with and even beat the signal of WQEW in New York.
KGOW now broadcasts Yahoo Sports Radio and the Yahoo Sports Radio Network operations are also based at KGOW. KGOW is licensed to Bellaire just south of Houston.
KKGM in Fort Worth, Texas, was heard with a decent signal at Lista in March 2013. KKGM is a station I have heard before, but only with a signal too poor for sending a reception report to the station. I was lucky with my first attempt for KKGM when Paul T. Hughes, Program/Music/Public Affairs Director, confirmed my reception of the station.
KKGM broadcast a “Southern Gospel” format with both music and Christian talk. When I heard KKGM, they identified as “The Spirit of Hope”.
1660 kHz is usually occupied by either WCNZ in Florida or WWRU in New Jersey. On the January 2011 DX-pedition to Lista, however, 2 new stations were heard: WQLR in Michigan and KRZI in Texas. The latter was heard one morning with good signals with ESPN programming. Thankfully, ESPN has pretty frequent local breaks too and several local promotions were heard.
KRZI, located in Waco in Central Texas, broadcasts with a night power of 1 kilowatt. The programmes are also simulcast on 1330 kHz and on 100.9 on FM. Gary L. Moss, President, confirmed my reception of KRZI with an e-mail.
One of many European stations which has ceased broadcasting on mediumwave in recent years is MDR (Mitteldeutcher Rundfunk) in Leipzig in Germany. Their 3 mediumwave transmitters used to broadcast on 783, 1044 and 1188 kHz, but was shut down on April 30, 2013. At that time, all three frequencies carried their news channel “MDR Info”.
MDR is the public German broadcaster for the federal states Thüringen, Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt. Just before Christmas I received I full detailed QSL-card for a broadcast on their transmitter located at Reichenbach near the Polish border on 1188 kHz. This was for a report made at Lista in March 2013 just a month prior to the shut down of their AM transmitters.
With a night time power of 1 kilowatt, WNYC is not one of the most easily heard stations in New York. In fact I have only been able to catch the signal of this station just a couple of times. 820 kHz is usually dominated by Radio Paradise in St. Kitts with its boring religious programming. WNYC was heard with a decent signal and a decent station identification one morning at Lista in January 2011, however. My signal report was verified by Lorraine Mattox, who has the nice title “Manager of Listener Services”.
WNYC is New York’s Public Radio and has a long history dating back to the early 1920s. Its 1 kilowatt mediumwave transmitter is located in Kearny, New Jersey, just west of New York City.
1290 kHz is an interesting frequency where many stations can be heard. One of the most common stations heard at Lista is WRNI in Providence, Rhode Island, which broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts. WRNI used to carry National Public Radio, but has now switched to airing its Spanish equivalent Latino Public Radio.
I have had a hard time getting a reply out of WRNI untill Aaron Read, IT & Engineering Director, replied with an e-mail some weeks ago. His reply came in just 1 minute! Aaron keeps his own blog called “Engineer’s Corner” (quite interesting) where he even posted a message about my reception report of WRNI. My report was made on the last DX-pedition to Lista in March 2013 when WRNI was heard with a good signal several nights.
Spirit Radio in Ireland started up broadcasting on 549 kHz during the summer of 2012. With a powerful transmitter of 25 kilowatts located in Carrickroe, County Monaghan, just south of the border to Northern Ireland, the station is an easy catch at Lista. Their mediumwave transmitter is intended for national coverage broadcasting a mix of religious programmes and religious music.
Garcan Rigby, Production Manager, kindly sent me a verification letter and also included a sticker and 2 ballpoint pens in his reply.
Lista is an excellent location for listening to UK stations on mediumwave. On a clear day you can almost see across the North Sea to England from Lista… 😉
One of the UK stations which have eluded me over the years is Swansea Sound in Wales. 1170 kHz is usually dominated by Magic AM in Stockton-on-Tees, hearing other stations from the UK on this frequency is quite difficult. The signal of Swansea Sound made it to my radio on both January 2011 and March 2013, however. Chief Engineer Mike Winston confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some time ago.
Swansea Sound is one of few stations left in the UK still carrying independent programming. Their AM transmitter transmits with a modest power of 580 watts.
Catching the signal of CKSL on 1410 kHz was a pleasant surprise on the otherwise not too exciting March 2013 DX-pedition to Lista. 1410 kHz is usually dominated by WPOP in Connecticut with its sports programming. The signal strength of WPOP is usually so strong that it is hard to pull out any other station on this frequency.
On March 12, I was however able to catch the signal of CKSL for a few minutes in the morning. CKSL broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts from London, Ontario. According to Wikipedia, CKSL became the first radio station in Canada carrying comedy programming. The station is now branded just as “Funny 1410”. Don Mumford, Regional Vice-President at parent company Bell Media confirmed my reception report with an e-mail.
570 kHz is usually dominated by Cuban Radio Reloj at my usual DX site at Lista. When conditions favour stations further north, CFCB in Newfoundland is the most commonly heard North American station on this frequency.
Richard King, Program Director, kindly confirmed my reception report on CFCB from January 2011. CFCB broadcasts with a power of 1 kilowatt from Corner Brook on the Eastern part of Newfoundland.
Despite a coastal location at Pompano Beach, Florida, and a listed night power of 2,2 kilowatts, WHSR is not heard too often at my place. In March 2013, WHSR was heard with a pretty stable signal several nights at Lista This was my first reception of the station since 2005 during my more or less yearly travels to Lista.
Hearing WHSR is one thing, getting a station identification is another one as the station doesn’t carry many IDs. I had to listen to several hours of endless talking in French Creole before catching a definite ID as “Radio Haiti Amerique Internationale”. Although using the slogan “International Entertainment Radio”, the programming of WHSR consists mainly of French Creole programming catering to the Haitian population in South Florida.
Duff Lindsey, Operations Manager, kindly confirmed my audio clip of WHSR with an e-mail.
A rare printed HAM-like QSL-card arrived in my mailbox today confirming my reception of WNRI in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on 1380 kHz. WNRI was heard with a local call in show one evening at Lista in January 2011. At that time WNRI was still on their day time effect of 2500 watts, catching their signal at night time with just 18 watts would have been significantly more difficult!
WNRI is only my second QSL from Rhode Island. My thanks to Chief Engineer Dick Bouchard for a nice addition to my QSL collection. Dick is also a radio amateur with the call sign W1HQV, which explains the design of the QSL card…
Lista is a very good QTH for DX-ing Florida stations and many low powered Florida stations have made it to our radios there throughout the years. Conditions towards Florida were not excellent during the January 2011 trip to Lista, but we still managed to hear a couple of new Florida stations. One of the stations which came through one morning with a nice station ID on the top of the hour was WSRF in Fort Lauderdale on 1580 AM.
Chief Engineer Ralph Chambers confirmed my reception with a nice e-mail some days ago. He says the station broadcast with a power of 1000 watts nondirectional at the time I received their signal. WSRF calls itself “The Haitian-American radio station of South Florida” and broadcasts mainly in French Creole.
The star logging from this spring’s DX-pedition to Lista was without doubt WESR on 1330 kHz. WESR, licenced to Onley-Onancock, Virginia, broadcast with a night time power of a mere 51 watts. We are quite sure they were on their day power of 5 kilowatts though when we heard them. The signal of WESR was heard one morning with a perfectly readable station identification on the hour under dominant station WRCA. Will Russell, Account Executive, swiftly confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail reply.
According to the authorative KOJE list, WESR had not been logged in Norway, Sweden and Finland previously. Given the otherwise pretty average (or at times downright lousy) conditions, we were very surprised and most pleased about this logging.
Last time I did some serious DX was more than 2 years (January 2011), It was thus about time for a new excursion to our favourite DX spot at Lista on the Southwestern tip of Norway. Work and family commitments made it hard to find a suitable weekend, but we finally settled on the second weekend in March. My DX buddies this time was freshman Harald K. Andersen who went to Lista for the first time and Torgeir Nyen who has accompanied many times before.
Choosing a weekend as late as March made us hope for good conditions towards the Caribbean and may be also towards exciting countries like Peru and Ecuador. That didn’t turn out to be the case at all. The paths towards the south were closed with very few stations from South America making it to our radios. Stations from the northern part of the Caribbean were present, but with generally weaker signals than is often the case. Mexican stations were also missing. Instead we were treated with a mix of stations all along the East Coast from Newfoundland to Florida. Only the usual suspects were heard most of the time and conditions were generally much poorer this time than during our last 2 DX-peditions at Lista (November 2009 and January 2011).
Still, a few interesting stations were heard. The star logging of the DX-pedition was definitely 1330 WESR Onley-Onancock VA, a station not heard in Scandinavia previously according to the authorative KOJE list. A few other interesting stations were also noted such as 980 WHSR Pompano Beach FL, 1310 WICH Norwich CT, 1410 CKSL London ON and 1700 KKLF Richardson TX.
The antenna used was the usual 800 metre beverage antenna pointing towards the East Coast of North America / Florida / Cuba. We also installed an 300 metre long antenna pointing towards the UK and Spain. The latter antenna worked very well leaving a.o. 1008 to Radio Las Palmas instead of the dominant Dutch station. This antenna also made it possible to receive some of the RSL stations in the UK using a power of 1 watt only during daylight such as 1134 Gurkha Radio, 1350 Kingstown Radio and 1575 Radio Tyneside. I personally find DX-ing such low power stations just as fun (or may be even more fun) as DX-ing Transatlantic stations.
Despite pretty average conditions with very few new stations making it into the log, it is always fun to be on a DX-pedition accompanied by other DX-ers. Having the opportunity to concentrate on radio and DX-ing exclusively for 4 days is just pure luxury!
Update November 2013: A log is now available as a Google Docs spreadsheet.
Updates to my blog has been very scarce during the recent months. My last posting was back in January. This was also the time when I received my last QSL. The Voice of America relay station in São Tomé & Principe replied both with an e-mail as well as a printed QSL card sent by postal mail. The QSL card, depicting the transmitter park on the island, is shown above. Both replies came directly from São Tomé and was signed respectively by Helena de Menezes, Secretary, and Victor Guadalupe, Assistant Transmitter Plant Supervisor.
The VOA relay station is perfectly located for transmitting to Africa on short- and mediumwave. They also provide a powerful signal outside their target area on many frequencies. When I tuned in to their broadcast on 4940 kHz last autumn, VOA had by far the best signal in the 60 metre tropical band
Bangladesh Betar installed a new 250 kilowatt shortwave transmitter last year located at Kabirpur just north of the capital Dhaka. This transmitter is primarily used for carrying the external service of Bangladesh Betar to (I presume) expatriates living in Europe and North America.
Reception of this rather new transmitter was very good when I tuned in to them on 7250 kHz last October. I sent a reception report by e-mail to the Research and Receiving Centre at Bangladesh Betar. After 9 weeks Senior Engineer Abu Tabib Md. Zia Hasan sent me a very welcome full detailed QSL card and a letter by postal mail. I have tried to obtain a QSL from Bangladesh several times, but no luck untill now, so I am really pleased about this reply.
Radio Hargeisa has been widely heard since the inauguration of their new 100 kilowatt shortwave transmitter last August. Their Chinese built transmitter transmits on 7120 kHz right in the middle of the radio amateur band. Despite some occasional HAM QRM, Radio Hargeisa is often heard with fair to good signals on my limited longwire antenna at home prior to closing down at 19.00 UTC.
Hargeisa is the capital of the self declared Republic of Somaliland. Somaliland has its own flag, currency, stamps etc., but is not recognized by any other country as to this day.
Wellknown radio amateur Baldur Drodnica issues QSL cards for Radio Hargeisa. He promply sent me the above full data QSL card at my request. Radio Hargeisa is my very first QSL from Somalia, not to mention from Somaliland if one counts Somaliand as a separate country 🙂
WHIC is one of three stations heard fairly often on 1460 kHz. I haven’t had much luck in getting a reply from the station previously, but a new attempt some weeks ago resulted in an e-mail from Debbie Daigler, Administrative Assistant, confirming my reception of WHIC. This was for a recording made at Lista nearly 2 years ago, in January 2011.
WHIC broadcasts with a night power of 5 kilowatts from Rochester, New York, and is easily recognized with their religious format. The format makes it easy to separate WHIC from the main competitors CJOY (oldies format) and WDDY (Radio Disney). WHIC usually identifies just as “The Station of the Cross” and frequenctly carries programming from the EWTN Catholic Radio Network.
This fall I strung out a short antenna wire, but just for a couple of days. Even though I am living in a rural environment, the local noise level was unfortunately very high. No stations at all, just noise, were heard on the tropical bands and the noise also made serious DX-ing on the mediumwave band impossible.
Still, it was nice to turn the bands again after nearly 2 years away from “live” DX-ing.
One of the stations heard well was RTL on the longwave band. As this station was missing from my QSL collection, I sent a reception report by postal mail. Two weeks later I received the QSL card above depicting the Beidweiler longwave transmitter.
This longwave transmitter broadcasts RTL’s French programming directed towards France. The power of this transmitter is no less than 2000 kilowatts so this is one of the most powerful transmitters around. There have been several rumours about the closure of both this transmitter and of the legendary mediumwave transmitter at Marnach on 1440 kHz, but both transmitters survive as to this day.
WSM makes it to Lista quite regularly on 650 kHz. Its signal is often heard below dominant station CKGA in Newfoundland. Both stations plays country music, but with a different flavour. I definitely prefer the country format of WSM to that of CKGA. Reception of WSM was pretty good at times at Lista in January 2011. I sent an e-mail report to Robin Roberts Ladisa at WSM who replied with a postal reply containing a really nice “Aircastle of the South” QSL folder card, a sticker, a refrigerator magnet, a station brochure and a WSM guitar pick(!). This was the 3rd time Robin tried to send me a QSL. The first 2 letters he sent to me was apparently lost in the mail somewhere between Tennessee and Norway. Kudos to Robin for not giving up!
WSM operates a 50 kilowatt transmitter located in Brentwood south of Nashville. WSM unusual diamond shaped antenna is a landmark, in fact there is only one tower in the United States with the same design (the other tower is operated by WLW in Cincinnati on 700 kHz). The radio tower for WSM has also been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. There are many pictures of this tower on the web and this page over at oldradio.com tells the history of this transmitter
In addition to operating a historic transmitter, WSM also airs the world’s longest running radio program The Grand Old Opry which begun as early as in 1925.
I once read that WWL had one of the strongest signals of any AM station in the US. Its signal no doubt reaches much of the United States at night. WWL is not the strongest US AM signal at my listening post, but WWL is clearly the most regular AM station from Louisiana. Their 50 kilowatts transmitter makes it to Lista regularly, often with good signals in the late morning hours.
Joe Pollet, Director of Engineering, sent me a nice e-mail confirming my reception of WWL in January 2011. Joe writes that their transmitter is located in the marsh and swamp lands South of New Orleans and that their 177 metre high antenna sends most of the signal to the North.
640 kHz is a frequency which is usually always occupied by either CBN in Newfoundland and/or Radio Progreso in Cuba. At times other stations pops up on the frequency too. CFMJ in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is heard quite often if conditions towards North American are favourable. At Lista in January 2011, CFMJ could be heard quite well at times. Gord Harris, Senior Brand Director, confirmed my January 2011 reception with an e-mail some time ago.
CFMJ airs a talk radio and sports format targeted to the entire Greater Toronto Area and usually identifies just as “A-M 6-40”. The station transmits with a power of 50 kilowatts.
After WXKS raised its power from 5 to 50 kilowatts in 2008, the station often booms in on 1200 kHz at Lista. At times there might be some interference from CFGO in Ottawa, but WXKS definitely has the best signal most times. I sent along an audio recording to Operations Director Dylan Sprague who swiftly confirmed my reception of the station.
When I heard WXKS at Lista in January 2011, the station had a talk format branded as “Rush Radio 1200”. The station has since flipped to a comedy format and now identifies as “Matty’s Comedy 1200“. The WXKS transmitter is located in Newton just outside Boston.
We had pretty good conditions towards the Great Lakes area at Lista in January 2011. One of several new catches from that area was WQLR in Michigan on 1660 kHz, a frequency where we usually only get WWRU in New Jersey or WCNZ in Florida. On this DX-pedition, however, WQLR came through with several “16-60 The Fan” identifications.
WQLR is licenced with a night time power of 1 kilowatt broadcasting to Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio. Peter Tanz, Vice President – Operations, confirmed my reception of WQLR with an e-mail.
1000 khz is usually occupied by either a Cuban station or nothing at all at Lista. When conditions towards North America are good, however, WMVP in Chicago is a reasonably frequent guest too. I submitted a reception report for a January 2011 reception of WMVP to their Chief Engineer John D. Hurni who responded with a full detailed e-mail QSL. In addition he writes “You guys take on the toughest time of the year with the cold and darkness to be out there setting up your long wire antennas and all.!! More power to you!”
WMVP is Chicago’s ESPN affiliate. It is a clear channel station using a power of 50 kilowatts from their transmitter site outside Chicago.
1360 kHz is a frequency which is dominated by WDRC in Connecticut. At Lista in January 2011, however, both WMOB in Alabama and WTAQ in Wisconsin could be heard quite well too. Bob Seering, General Sales Manager, confirmed my reception of WTAQ with an e-mail message some days ago.
WTAQ is a news and talk station in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They broadcast with a power of 5 kilowatts at night.
WINZ is a station which is regularly heard at Lista on 940 kHz, especially after the Montréal station CINW vacated the frequency in January 2010. WINZ was also heard at Lista in January 2011, but had lots of competition from the Mexican station XEQ “La Q 940” much of the time. Ken Charles, Director of AM Programming, confirmed my reception of WINZ with a brief e-mail. WINZ became my verified station number 800 in my QSL “collection”.
WINZ broadcasts with a night power of 10 kilowatts from their towers north of Miami. Currently, the station should be even easier to catch as its night power has been raised to 25 kilowatts under a special temporary authority. WINZ is a Fox Sports affiliate, but also covers local sports of course. The station dubbs itself “The Sports Animal” and has a pretty cool logo (see above).
The most common station on 1240 kHz at Lista is definitely CKIM. In fact it is so common that it is nearly a pest station ruining reception of other stations on this interesting graveyard frequency. I caught CKIM with a local identification early in the evening at Lista in January 2011, or rather an identification for 620 CKCM as CKIM is a repeater only without any local programming. Later on in the evening CKIM always has regular VOCM programming.
The CKIM transmitter is located in Baie Verte on the northern coastline of Newfoundland. It certainly does well for 1 kilowatt only. Program Director Richard King, who has confirmed several VOCM stations for me previously, confirmed my audio recording of CKIM with a nice e-mail reply.
Many new (to me, that is!) stations were heard during the successfull January 2011 DX-pedition to Lista. One of them was WAAM which was heard quite well one morning with several “Talk 1600” identifications when conditions favoured the Great Lakes Area. WAAM broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts from Ann Arbor, Michigan, not far away from Detroit. News & Operations Director Dan Martin kindly confirmed my reception of WAAM with a brief e-mail.
Understandably, not many DX-ers find it interesting DX-ing Hungarian regional stations on mediumwave. A few of these regional stations – known as Régió Rádiós – can be heard quite regularly in Norway though. The most regular station is probably Régió Rádió Györ which uses both 1116, 1251 and 1350 kHz. I heard them on 1116 kHz at Lista in January 2011. They were all alone on 1116 kHz at 12.00 UTC on a frequency which is usually occupied by UK stations. This 2.2 kilowatt transmitter is located close to the town of Mosonmagyaróvár between Györ and the border with Slovakia.
Sound Engineer Tamás Terenyei confirmed my reception with a letter attached to a nice e-mail.
Stations from Nebraska are really rare at my listening post at Lista. I have only managed to hear Nebraska once. On October 25, 2008, both 1620 KOZN and 1290 KKAR made it all the way to Lista. Not an impressive signal on either of the stations, but more than good enough to put both in the log. Regional Engineer Mike Laughter confirmed my reception of KOZN with a friendly e-mail. KOZN – or 1620 The Zone as the station prefers to be called – is a sports radio station broadcasting into Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska. The station only broadcast with a night time power of 1 kilowatt from Bellevue just south of Omaha. Not bad that their signal made it all the way to Southern Norway!
WFOY is a station which is heard every now and then on 1240 kHz at Lista. Sadly, 1240 kHz often suffers from severe splash from Absolute Radio (xVirgin Radio) on 1242 kHz often spoiling reception of the interesting graveyard frequency of 1240 kHz completely. The most common station on 1240 kHz is definitely CKIM in Newfoundland, usually with VOCM programming. Other stations are rarely heard. I have heard WFOY a couple of times though. Licenced to St. Augustine, Florida, this news and talk station sometimes makes it across the pond despite a very moderate output power of 580 watts. The coastal location and a favourable pattern no doubts help a lot. President Kris Phillips confirmed my reception of WFOY with an e-mail yesterday.
Catching stations from Alabama is not easy. I can’t remember hearing more than 3 stations from this state during my entire DX career. One Alabama station has become quite regular during the past 2 years: WMOB in Mobile on 1360 kHz. WMOB – “Mobile’s Christian Voice” – has had to twist its antenna pattern due to construction going on nearby. There’s an interesting story on the trouble the station has had on this web page.
The problems have had a positive effect upon DX-ers as WMOB has been a very difficult catch prior to the change in antenna pattern. For the last couple of years, the station has been heard widely in Scandinavia and in the U.K. It remains to be seen if WMOB will be heard so often now. The station is building a new transmitter site to the east of the current site and may revert their antenna pattern back towards Mobile (i.e. westwards).
I heard WMOB at Lista in January 2011. WMOB is supposed to only run 212 watts at night, but I guess they broadcast with a higher output power when I heard them. Jackie Harrell confirmed my reception of the station with a brief e-mail yesterday.
I must be one of very few Norwegian DX-ers who still thinks it is fun and/or interesting reporting and QSL-ing European stations. For me though, getting a QSL from a small European station is just as fun as obtaining a QSL from a U.S. or Latin American station.
One country which I have never verified is Monaco. Strictly speaking, you can’t hear Monaco on AM radio at all as there are simply no AM transmitters located within this tiny principality. There are 3 transmitter sites (Fontbonne, Col de la Madone and Romoules) located outside the terrritory of Monaco which are still counted as Monaco in most authorative lists (such as the World Radio TV Handbook).
One of these transmitter sites are Col de la Madone. This site is used by China Radio International on 702 kHz and Radio Maria on 1467 kHz. I submitted a reception report to the latter some weeks ago and I received a friendly postcard from Radio Maria in my mailbox confirming my reception of the station. Radio Maria is on the air 05.00-19.00 on 1467 kHz with French programming.
WJOY was heard with a nice top of the hour identification at such a late hour as 10.00 UTC (11.00 local time, more than 2 hours past sunrise) in November 2009 at Lista. Catching an ID from WJOY this morning was a nice surprise as the AM band was pretty (but obviously not quite!) dead at this time.
I haven’t had any success with my reports to the station untill a follow up sent last week resulted in a nice reply from Dennis Snyder, Director of Engineering. WJOY broadcast a “timeless classics” format from Burlington, Vermont. This was my very first verification from any station in Vermont so I am really pleased about this verification!
1230 kHz is always an interesting frequency with many possibilities for DX-ers. My results for 1230 kHz on my last DX-pedition to Lista was not as good or as interesting as on other peditions, but a number of stations was still heard. One of them was WFAS in White Plains just north of New York City.
Jennifer D’Ambrosio, Director of Promotions and Marketing at the station, confirmed my report with an e-mail some days ago. When I heard WFAS back in January 2011, the station was “Westchester’s Soft Favorites”. Jennifer says WFAS has since changed into a news and talk format.
WABC is one of the big AM stations from New York. Their 50,000 watt transmitter located in Lodi, New Jersey, just north of New York City, is easily heard on 770 kHz in the winter season in Southern Norway. Provided conditions are reasonable of course. I have never sent a report to WABC untill I contacted Bob Galerstein who had previously confirmed my reports on both 1050 WEPN and 1560 WQEW. Bob swiftly confirmed my reception of WABC with a perfect verification letter sent my snail mail.
Steve Versnick (see below) also confirmed my reception of WFLA on 970 kHz. WFLA can sometimes be heard with a fair signals in the mornings at my listening post at Lista, usually well below dominant station WZAN in Portland, Maine. WFLA transmits with a night power of 11 kilowatts from its transmitter outside Tampa, Florida. WFLA is a news and talk radio station serving both Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. My report was for a recording made in October 2008.
620 kHz is a frequency where it is normally only possible to hear CKCM in Newfoundland and Radio Rebelde in Cuba. During my last visit to Lista in January 2011, however, I managed to catch the signal of a couple of other stations on 620 kHz, including WDAE in St. Petersburg, Florida.
WDAE “The Sports Animal” broadcasts with a night power of 5.5 kilowatts. It’s an all sports station. I heard them carrying Fox Sports Radio, but luckily there were also a couple of local identifications. Steve Versnick, Program Director, confirmed my report today with an e-mail.
It was a huge surprise to find WIXC when reviewing the recordings made at Lista in October 2008. This was the very first time this station was logged in Scandinavia according to the authorative KOJE list. Greg Sherlock, General Manager at the station, confimed my reception of the station with a brief e-mail.
At the time I caught their signal, WIXC had a “classic country” format and the station identified as “Wixie 10-60”. That format has now changed into a news talk format. WIXC broadcasts from Titusville, Florida with a night time power of 5 kilowatt. It’s a bit odd that this station is not heard more often giving such a powerful night time effect. Looks like the station has a very unfavourable pattern towards the northeast.
One of many pleasant surprises on my last DX-pedition to Lista in January 2011 was catching the signal of WSPQ on 1330 kHz. 1330 kHz is a frequency which has a clear dominant station (WRCA) as well as a clear “number 2” station (WFNN). On this particular DX-pedition, WRCA was not as strong as usual and several other stations were noted in the log. One of them was WSPQ which was heard with a pretty good signal over a long period of time on 1330 kHz.
WSPQ, located in Springville, New York, broadcast a classic hits format with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Their transmitter output is just 1 kilowatt so not bad making it across the Atlantic, especially considering all the interfering stations on 1330 kHz. John Lenox kindly verified my reception of the station a few days ago.
The most regular North American station on 820 kHz at my place is without a doubt CHAM in Hamilton, Ontario. CHAM, branded as “Today’s Country” can be heard whenever conditions favours North America at my listening post at Lista. Tom Cooke, General Manager and Vice President at parent company Astral Media confirmed my reception with a very kind e-mail some time ago. This was for a report from my last visit to Lista, in January 2011.
1300 kHz is often an interesting frequency where it is possible to hear a variety of stations at my listening post at Lista. One of the more regular ones is WJMO in Cleveland, Ohio, usually with their easily recognizable gospel music programming. WJMO was heard well both in November 2009 as well as on several other DX-peditions to Lista. Oddly, they were not heard at all during my last visit to Lista in January 2011.
WJMO, branded as “Praise 1300 – Cleveland’s Inspirational Station” broadcast with a power of 5 kilowatts. Gary Zocolo, Chief Engineer & IT Manager at the station kindly confirmed my report with an attached QSL letter some weeks back.
I should have written this blog posting a long time ago: It is now more than a year since this DX-pedition took place. On January 6-9, 2011, I was back at my usual DX-pedition site at Lista on the Southwestern tip of Norway. Leaving family behind concentrating on DX only for 4 days is always intriguing and highly recommended for all DX-ers! 🙂 This time I was accompanied with Torgeir Nyen and Tore Johnny Bråtveit for the entire 4 days and for Jan Alvestad (of Solar Terrestrial Activity Report fame) for the last 3 days.
The antennas were the usual 800 metre beverage antenna pointing towards the East Coast of North America / Florida / Cuba and a 500 metre long beverage antenna towards the West Coast. We used the East Coast antenna 95% of the time as conditions were very poor and almost useless towards the West Coast. I was equipped with software defined radios only: 2 SDR-IQ receivers and 1 Perseus receiver.
We had fairly good conditions during most of the DX-pedition. Conditions were most interesting on the first and on the last morning (Jan. 6 and Jan. 9 respectively) of the DX-pedition when we had good conditions towards the U.S. East Coast. The other 2 mornings were more of a mixed bag with poorer signals and more stations from the Caribbean. All 4 evenings were a big disappointment with hardly any interesting signals at all. Strangely, the paths towards South America were more or less closed during the entire DX-pedition with only the most common Colombians and Venezuelans making it to our radios.
To our surprise, we also logged quite a number of Mexicans. We were also quite pleased about logging our first Alaskan station ever, 680 KBRW, we had tried to hear Alaska many times previously without success.
After reviewing most of my recordings, I have now published my log from this DX-pedition as a Google Docs spreadsheet. This log in a “work-in-progress” as there are still recordings left to check. Even though I have been to Lista many times before, it is still possible to catch new stations here. I am actually quite surprised (and pleased) to find that more than 40 new stations made it into my log during this DX-pedition.
Best loggings (in my opinion, that is): 570 CKGL Kitchener ON, 590 XEPH Sabrosita 590, 920 WURA Quantico VA, 960 XEROO La Guadalupana, 1020 WURN Kendall FL, 1230 WEEX Easton PA, 1330 WSPQ Springville NY, 1370 KDTH Dubuque IA, 1600 KGYM Cedar Rapids IA, 1660 KRZI Waco TX and 1680 KRJO Monroe LA.
CKAC in Montréal often provides a powerhouse signal on 730 kHz at my listening post at Lista. Their signal is so strong that it is very hard to pull out any signal from any other North American station on this frequency. That’s quite reasonable as CKAC broadcast with a power of 50 kilowatts. At Lista in January 2011 it was impossible to hear anything but CKAC on 730 kHz. At this time CKAC broadcast a sports format, the station has since switched to become Montréals first dedicated traffic radio station branded as “Radio Circulation”.
CKAC has long been a poor verifier, but last year several DX-ers got an e-mail confirmation from General Manager Réal Germain. I had to try my luck too, and received a prompt but brief e-mail reply from M. Germain.
CKGL in Kitchener, Ontario, was a surprising catch at Lista in January 2011. 570 kHz is a frequency which is either dominated by CFCB in Newfoundland and/or Radio Reloj in Cuba at our location. In addition there’s WMCA and WSYR, both located in New York so there’s a lot of competition on this frequency! On the first morning of the DX-pedition we enjoyed good conditions towards the Great Lakes, especially towards Ontario. CKGL was one of the stations benefiting from these conditions and the station was heard quite well for some time carrying Fox Sports Radio.
Engineering Manager Mike McCabe verified my reception of the station with a kind e-mail saying he is surprised the signal of CKGL can be received as far away as Norway. CKGL broadcast an “all news” format with a power of 10 kilowatts.
Catching the signal of Radio Centro in México City was one of the highlights of the November 2009 DX-pedition to Lista. A highly unusual catch, as the frequency of 1030 kHz is always totally dominated by WBZ in Boston. One morning another station was heard behind WBZ though playing soft music. Luckily the station surfaced with a nice station identification on the hour.
Ing. Luís Cepero Alarcón sent me an e-mail with a perfect verification text and also enclosed a couple of pictures in his e-mail.
Cadena Melodía in Bogotá is one of the most common Colombians heard in Norway on its AM frequency 730 kHz. That’s not surprising giving that the transmitter has a listed output of 100 kilowatts.
Cadena Melodía also used to be heard on shortwave 6140 kHz some years ago, but it seems like this channel has now been closed for good. My reports to the station, both on their shortwave and mediumwave outlets, have remained unanswered. That changed a few days ago when I received an e-mail from the station with a not too perfect verification text, but still “good enough” to be counted as a QSL. This was for a report from the January 2011 DX-pedition to Lista when conditions certainly weren’t favourable towards Colombia. We heard very few stations from Colombia or Venezuela on this DX-pedition, only the most commons ones like Cadena Melodía came through.
I was very surprised to find a full data QSL card from Radio 1476 in my mailbox the other day. I submitted a reception report to them almost 3 years ago, seems like somebody has really been clearing their deskes there in Vienna! 🙂
Radio 1476 was closed down on December 31, 2008 when the Wien-Bisamberg transmitter was shut down. Wikipedia has a pretty good article on the history of the station. The Bisamberg transmitter masts were demolished with controlled explosions on February 24, 2010, so this station and this transmitter is definitely history now. The transmitter on 1476 kHz was always received with good quality here in Norway. ORF on 1476 kHz was one of the stations I frequently tuned in to when I started DX-ing almost 30 years ago…
At Lista in November 2009 we enjoyed fairly good conditions towards North America and we received several stations further in land than we usually do. 1310 kHz is a frequency where either CIWW in Ottawa or WLOB in Maine are clear dominants. On this particular DX-pedition, however, I could also receive WIBA in Madison, Wisconsin, on 1310 kHz on several occasions.
Kurt Petersen, Director of Sales, confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some weeks ago. WIBA is a news talk station transmitting with a power of 5 kilowatts.
WCAP is one of the most commonly heard stations heard on 980 kHz at Lista. Despite a power of 5 kilowatts, the station is (luckily) not too dominant but always there if conditions towards North America are fair. I haven’t had any lucky with getting any verification from the station untill some weeks ago when Operations Director Ryan Johnston sent me an e-mail confirming my reception of the station. He also enclosed a studio recording of the station. This was for a recording I made at the most recent DX-pedition to Lista in January 2011.
WCAP is a locally produced and owned station located in Lowell, Massachusetts. The station always airs a mix of “greatest hits” from the 60s, 70s and 80s at night.
WVNA in Tuscumbia, Alabama, was a surprising catch at Lista in November 2009. WVNA has been heard by several other European DX-ers in the recent years, but we certainly didn’t expect to catch it. Nevertheless, their signal came through fairly well one morning. Alabama stations are always most welcome!
Chief Engineer Jeffrey Z. Vaughn kindly verified my rececption of the station with an e-mail. WVNA is a news talk station and broadcast with a night time power of 1 kilowatt.
1320 kHz is an interesting frequency after CKEC in Nova Scotia shut down their AM transmitter some years ago. One of many stations which has turned up in our recordings from Lista has been WILS in Lansing, Michigan. WILS broadcast with a power of 25 kilowatts, reduced to 1,9 kilowatts at nights. WILS is a talk radio station branded as “more compelling talk radio”.
Lee Cohen, Sales Manager, confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some weeks ago. This was for a recording made at Lista in November 2009.
International Radio of Serbiaand its predecessor Radio Yugoslavia can’t be considered DX as there broadcasts can easily be picked up on shortwave here in Norway. I have never been able to obtain a reply from Belgrade though untill some weeks ago when I received a full detailed QSL card along with a sticker and a programme schedule.
This was for a report made at Lista in January 2011 when we listened in to their afternoon broadcasts to Europe on 9505 kHz from Stubline near Belgrade. Most of their broadcasts are transmitted via Bijeljina in Republika Srpska in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Radio Ukraine International has stopped broadcasting on shortwave, but their home service is still broadcast on mediumwave. In fact there are more mediumwave broadcasts from Ukraine now than there was some years ago. Lista is hardly the best place for picking up signals from Eastern Europe, but on the last DX-pedition there in January 2011 I could pick up the signals of the home service of Ukrainske Radio in the afternoon on both 783 and 837 kHz.
A snail mail report on their transmitter in Brovary near Kiev on 783 kHz resulted in a non-detailed verification letter signed by Deputy Director General V.V. Yurchenko. He also enclosed a nice postcard depicting the capital city Kiev.
Saskatchewan stations are rarely heard at my usual DX site at Lista in Southern Norway. When I heard CJME on 980 kHz in November 2009, it was only my second station from this state ever.
CJME broadcasts a news talk format with a night power of 5 kilowatts from the Saskatchewan capital of Regina. David M. Senft, Vice President Engineering, confirmed my reception report with a full detailed QSL card.
Big L has had a pretty turbulent time broadcasting on 1395 kHz. The station has been off the air since around February 1, owing both to a weak daytime signal in the targeted audience area in England, technical problems with the transmitter and financial problems according to the usually very reliable Media Network blog.
When I heard them in January 2011, their signal was certainly very impressive at Lista (with a 800 long antenna, I have to add). The transmitter, located in Trintelhaven near Lelystad, The Netherlands, used to broadcast with a power of 20 kilowatts (reduced to 10 kilowatts at times).
Big L replied with a nice full detailed QSL-card as promised on their web page, some stickers and some information about the station. The QSL card is depicted above. Despite Big L being off the air, there was nothing in the information provided in their reply nor on their web page indicating that the station is no longer transmitting on 1395 kHz. Weird. Will the station ever return to the mediumwave band? I doubt it very much.
It’s been more than 10 years since my last QSL from the UK. I have sent a couple of reports to a few stations that never bothered to reply in the 1990s through the last years, most notably to Buzz Asia (963/972 kHz) and Asian Sound Radio (963/1377 kHz), but also to a few other stations. One of the very few BBC local stations which never replied in the 1980s and the 1990s was BBC Radio Foyle in Northern Ireland.
A new report brought a brief verification signed by Emma Taylor and some postcards through postal mail. This was for a report from January 2011 when BBC Radio Foyle was heard pretty well one afternoon on 792 kHz at Lista. BBC Radio Foyle used to be heard more regularly in the past, nowadays the station suffers from strong interference from both MDR Info in Germany and Radio France among others.
I had the chance to visit the city of Londonderry (known more commonly as Derry) some years ago. A nice city with a truly interesting history and a very beautiful old city wall surrounding the city centre. Despite this, not many people visit Derry. They definitely should.
920 kHz is an interesting frequency now that CJCH has left the frequency. Nowadays the frequency is normally occupied by another Canadian, CKNX in Wingham, Ontario. Other and more interesting radio stations occasionally turn up on this frequency too. On the last DX-pedition to Lista some months ago (January 2011), I noticed a station playing Mexican music on 920 kHz. I expected this to actually be a Mexican station too, but upon reviewing my recordings it turned out to be WURA licenced to Quantico, Virginia. The station played nice Tex Mex music identifying in Spanish as “Una Señora Emisora”. WURA is certainly not a regular visitor here, this might have been the first logging in Norway, but the station was also heard by several Finnish DX-ers at about the same time. WURA is listed with a night time effect of just 970 watts.
A short but friendly e-mail from Al Hammond confirmed my reception of the station some weeks ago. My thanks to Jari Ruohomäki for providing a workable e-mail address to the station.
It is hard to hear anything but CFAV in Laval/Montréal on 1570 kHz at my DX QTH at Lista. On our DX pedition in November 2009, however, we were lucky to catch the signal of WVTL in Amsterdam, New York, one morning. That was quite a surprise and surrely one of the best catches on this trip.
WVTL is listed with a night power effect of just 204 watts so certainly not meant to be received in Norway! 🙂 The station broadcasts a light music format also simulcasting on 104.7 AM. The station is branded as “Lite 104.7 and 1570 AM”. Operations Manager Dave Silvers kindly confirmed my reception in an email.
Hearing Evangeliumsrundfunk on 1539 kHz can’t really be considered DX-ing as the station can easily be picked up on any radio here in Southern Norway. Their 700 kilowatt AM transmitter at Mainflingen in Hessen, Germany, comes through with a blasting signal whenever it is on.
Evangeliumsrundfunk is currently on the air via this transmitter only for 7,5 hours each day after having reduced their AM presence quite drastically over the past couple of years. With all the recent European stations leaving the AM band in the past few years, a development which will surely continue, it is better to catch and report the stations before it is too late! This led me to send a reception report of one of the recent broadcasts of Evangeliumsrundfunk. The station sent me a very nice full detailed QSL card depicting their impressive antenna in return.
WTMA in Charleston, South Carolina, has a night time power of 1 kilowatt only and is not the most frequent guest on 1250 kHz. The signal of WTMA was noted several times at Lista in November 2009, however. Justin Tucker, Chief Engineer/MIS Director confirmed my audio recording of WTMA with an e-mail some weeks ago.
WTMA broadcast a news talk format. The station has even created a web page about the history of the station called WTMA Memories.
WLIB in New York is easily heard on 1190 kHz, just as many other AM stations in New York City. Receiving a verification from the stations there are not always so easy, however. I have tried WLIB quite a number of times, all in vain untill some weeks ago when I received a friendly e-mail from their Chief Engineer Paul Sanchez. This was for a report on their signal at Lista in November 2009.
WLIB is by far the easiest station to hear on 1190 kHz. They mainly broadcast nice gospel music under the slogan “Your praise and inspirational station”. Talk and religious programmes are also carried at times. WLIB is listed with a night time power of 30 kilowatts, more than enough to make it across the Atlantic… Their transmitting towers are located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
WNSS was one of several stations heard on the frequency of 1260 kHz at the successfull DX-pedition to Lista in October 2008. WNSS, located in Syracuse, New York, was a sports station carrying ESPN and identifying as “ESPN Radio 12-60” when we heard them. The ESPN programming was dropped in March 2010. The station still carries sports but is now branded as “The Score 12-60”. The call has also changed to WSKO.
I received a perfect verification e-mail from Operations Manager Tom Mitchell some weeks ago. Tom writes he used to be a radio enthusiast himself DXing North American stations on the AM band so he knows all what our strange hobby is about! 🙂
1470 kHz is always an interesting frequency. WLAM in Maine is the dominant station on this channel, but once you get past them there are lots of opportunities to hear other stations.
One of the stations which surfaced on 1470 kHz on the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista was WNYY in Ithaca, New York. WNYY is branded as “Progressive Talk” and carried the now defunct Air America Network with ads for the Obama presidential campaign when I heard them at Lista in October 2008.
Susan Johnson, President and General Manager of parent company Cayuga Radio Group, confirmed my recording of WNYY with an e-mail some weeks ago.
WRCA in Watertown, Massachusetts, is by far the most commonly heard station on 1330 kHz. The second most common station is WFNN in Erie, Pennsylvania, which can be heard every now and then with Fox Sports programming. The station usually identifies simply as “The Fan”.
Chales Lelievre at parent company Connoisseur Media confirmed my reception with an e-mail and also attached the above QSL card with his e-mail.
At Lista in November 2009 we enjoyed good reception of many stations in New York State. One of the stations which was heard with a good signal throughout the DX-pedition was WGDJ licenced to Rensselaer, New York. WGDJ, a station which I had not heard at all untill this DX-pedition, was in fact the dominant station on 1300 kHz.
Angela Rosetti, Traffic Director and Executive Producer at the station, confirmed my reception of the station with a brief e-mail. WGDJ is a local talk station that focuses on live, local talk. The station frequently identifies just as “Talk 1300”.
WXXI in Rochester, New York, is the second most common station on the frequency of 1370 kHz at Lista. The trouble is that WDEA in Ellsworth, Maine, usually has such a powerful signal on 1370 kHz making it very hard for other stations to get through. In November 2009, WXXI faded up briefly late on morning with a weak but clear station identification on the hour.
Jeanne Fisher, Vice President for Radio, verified my recording of the station with a kind e-mail. She also sent me a verification letter and some stickers by ordinary mail. WXXI is Rochester’s National Public Radio and can eaily be recognized by its format. The station has an output of 5 kilowatt.
Updates to this blog has been very rare lately. I discovered it is now nearly a year since my last blog posting. Well, there are times when DX-ing can’t be high on your list of priorities. 2010 has been such a year for me, hopefully 2011 will provide some more time for the radio hobby.
A few QSLs did arrive in 2010 however. One of them – and probably the most surprising one – came from WHKT in Portsmouth, Viriginia, a station which can easily be heard here in the winter season. The reason for my surprise was the time it took to respond. My last reception report to the station was sent in October 2005 so it lasted more than 4 1/2 years before the QSL arrived here. A big thanks to Monica Rae for sending a full detailed QSL diploma to both me and a number of other DX-ers.
Untill January 2010, WHKT was a Radio Disney affiliate. The station was then sold from Radio Disney to a religious broadcaster. The station now broadcasts conservative talk programmes and is branded as “Freedom 1650”.
Arctic Radio Club celebrated their 50th anniversary with some special broadcasts from the “peace kingdom” of Morokulien on the Swedish/Norwegian border during late December and early January. This special event station broadcast on 1584 khz with a power of 400 watts. These special broadcasts were arranged in cooperation with the amateur radio stations SJ9WL and LG5LG in Morokulien.
I only had the chance to listen in to the first broadcast on December 28 and to my surprise their signal was received quite well at my home QTH. The programme I listened into was a “nostalgia broadcast” with music from the 1960s and 1970s and with some interviews with people working on the Swedish offshore pirate station Radio Nord in the 1960s . I received a QSL sent by postal mail and some information about Morokulien last week.
The first verification from the latest DX-pedititon to Lista (November 2009) came from CHRB in High River, Alberta. CHRB had a very good signal several mornings during our stay and could even be heard well into the afternoon untill around 15.00 local time (14.00 UTC). That was quite exceptional as CHRB was a station I had never managed to hear untill this DX-pedition. This time we could listen to this station for several hours with good quality and no interference.
Laverne Siemens, Director of Engineering at parent company Golden West Radio, confirmed my reception of CHRB with a full detailed QSL letter as a Word attachment. He tells that CHRB operates with a power of 50 Kilowatts 24 hours a day into a four tower array during the night and into a 500’ omni tower during the day.
Before setting out for this season’s only DX-pedition to Lista at the end of November, I had really high hope for the best DX-pedition to Lista ever! Reception of Transatlantic stations on mediumwave had been very good earlier in the autumn, judging from many reports on the web.
As is often the case, it’s when expectations are high that you are likely to become really disappointed! This was also the case this time. Even though the sun was very quiet and all the indices were really favourable, signals just did not propagate! Others DX-ers listening at the same time, such as David Hamilton over in Scotland, had similar experiences and reported that the conditions were in general “very poor”.
The band was more or less completely dead in the mornings, which is the time of the day when rare stations can rise from the noise. The evenings, especially during 22.00-23.00 UTC, were for a change much more interesting than the mornings. Almost all interesting stations were heard between 950 and 1300 kHz, the rest of the band was more or less “dead” or just nor interesting. In the late mornings some West Coast stations surfaced, such as 1000 KOMO Seattle WA and 1010 CBR Calgary AB. Of the West Coast stations, 1140 CHRB High River AB had the best and most consistent signal.
After reviewing most of the recordings, however, we nevertheless discovered a number of rare to semirare stations. Conditions turned out to be much more interesting than we thought when we were DX-ing “live”. We were especially pleased about finding a number of rare stations in New York. Best loggings so far: 930 WPAT Paterson NJ, 1030 Radio Centro (Mexico City), 1060 WLNO New Orleans LA, 1070 WFLI Lookout Mountain TN (huge signal!), 1070 WAPI Birmingham AL, 1410 WENU South Glen Falls NY, 1420 WNRS Herkimer NY, 1570 WVTL Amsterdam NY, 1580 WEAM Columbus GA and 1580 WHFS Morningside MD.
Update January 19, 2011: The log (still not final) has now been posted!
CFAC in Calgary, popped up for a couple of minutes one morning on 960 kHz at Lista in October 2008. CFAC is considered a “pest station” by DX-ers listening from Arctic Scandinavia, but for us DX-ing from the southern tip of Norway CFAC is an unusual catch.
Jerry Pendree, Director of Engineering Alberta at Rogers Broadcasting, confirmed my reception with an e-mail some weeks ago.
I have never tried to obtain a QSL from one of my favourite countries in the world: Chile. Well, there haven’t been a lot of stations to choose from as Chilean mediumwave stations hardly ever makes it to my usual DX pedition site at Lista.
The Christian shortwave station Voz Cristiana has been around for a long time, however. I have heard them a couple of times through the years, but never sent any reports. When HCJB in Ecuador announced they were to broadcast some test transmissions from the Voz Cristiana transmitter site at Calera de Tango near Santiago, I deciced to try for one of these test broadcasts. The transmission I listened in to was in German and beamed towards South America, but as this is in the same direction as Norway their signal was heard very well at my home QTH.
After the closure of the HCJB shortwave transmitter on November 15, 2009, some of their broadcasts have been transferred to Voz Cristiana. One of them is the German language broadcast I listened to, the only change is that their frequency has now been changed from 9865 to 9835 according to the HCJB German language web pages.
Iris Rauscher of the German language team in Quito confirmed my reception with a nice e-mail and later also with a QSL-card and some information about the station by postal mail.
A couple of stations from Minnesota made a surprise appearance at Lista in October 2008. Apart from KFAN on 1130 kHz, stations from this state does not appear too often in our headphones at Lista.
When reviewing my recordings I was surprised to hear an ad and an identification from KTOE in Mankato, Minnesota on 1420 kHz. The signal could only be heard for a couple of minutes, but it was enough for me to put the station in the log. Moreover, my recording was good enough for Scott Schmeling, Chief Engineer at the station, to recognize (although barely! 🙂 ) their announcements.
KTOE broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts with a news talk format.
The 2nd DX-pedition of the 2008-2009 season to Lista took place between February 19-22, again accompanied by Torgeir Nyen. We were hoping for a repeat of the previous DX-pedition a couple of months earlier which was extremely successfull. Unfortunately, some disturbances on the sun prevented us from hearing many unusual stations this time.
Common stations from the usual geographical window of the Canadian and U.S. East Coast, the Caribbean and Venezuela were heard well, but hardly any rare stations surfaced. A striking difference from the DX-pedition earlier in the season was that no stations from the Midwest or from the West Coast could be heard.
Best loggings so far: 1370 WGIV Gastonia NC, 1420 WBEC Pittsfield MA + the 2 Dominicans 970 Radio Olímpica and 1440 Radio Impactante.
A preliminary log will be posted when time permits! 🙂
WSAR in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the dominant station on 1480 kHz and often leave little room for hearing anything else on this channel. At Lista in October 2008, a few others were heard too. Among those were WGVU broadcasting from Grand Valley State University in Kentwood, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, suburb. I caught them with a station identification after they aired a programme from National Public Radio.
Michael T. Walenta, General Manager, confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some days ago.
1320 kHz is an interesting frequency now that CKEC in Nova Scotia (a real powerhouse here) has left the frequency. Several new stations were heard on this frequency at the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista. One of the stations heard was WDER in Derry, New Hampshire, which came through briefly early one evening when they were presumably still on their day time power of 10 kilowatts.
WDER broadcasts a Christian radio format and belongs to the “Life Changing Radio” group of radio stations in New England. Other stations in this group are a.o. 1590 WARV and 1500 WFIF, 2 stations which are heard quite regularly at Lista. Bill Blount, President, confirmed my recording and even says he is amazed how clearly I received the signal of WDER!
WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky, is a station which I have heard many times through the years on 840 kHz. WHAS is the dominant station on this frequency at Lista along with CMHW “La Doblevé” in Cuba. WHAS is also the only station from Kentucky which can be called an easy catch in Southern Norway.
Kelly Carls, Director of Operations, confirmed my recording with a brief e-mail. My recording was made at Lista in October 2008 when WHAS had a strong signal at times.
We were really pleased about logging WGHQ in Kingston, New York, on 920 kHz at Lista in October 2008. That was a station we had not even heard of prior to the start of the DX-pedition, much less a station we expected to actually hear…
When reviewing our recordings later on, we found that WGHQ could be heard continuosly for several hours with a weak to fair signal. The programme consisted of mostly non stop music from the 60s, 70s and 80s intercepted with jingle identifications, typically as “at the top of the hour find out what’s happening in your world – 9-20 WGHQ”. WGHQ has been logged by several other DX-ers in Scandinavia both last season and this season, despite that the station has a night time output power of just 78 watts!
Bruce Owens, Program Director at Hudson Valley Talk Radio, confirmed my reception of the station last week. Hudson Valley Talk Radio also owns and operates 1260 WBNR and 1420 WLNA, stations that I guess it is impossible to hear on this side of the pond.
One of many highlights at Lista in October 2008 was hearing WDZY in Colonial Heights, Virginia, on 1290 kHz. WDZY was heard one evening with a clear station identication and Radio Disney programming. They were apparently still on their daytime power of 25 kilowatts when I heard them, otherwise the night time power of their transmitter is just 41 watts! WDZY is not an easy catch as there is always heavy competition from other stations on 1290 kHz, a.o. from WRNI in Rhode Island and from WKBK in New Hampshire.
Station Manager Laura W. Haemker made my day when confirming my reception with an e-mail last week.
For those DX-ing from Arctic Scandinavia, CJYM in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, is a common catch on 1330 kHz. For those DX-ing from Southern Scandinavia, however, catching the signal of stations located so far west is much more difficult. On the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista, CJYM was heard with a pretty good signal one night playing mostly hits from the 70s and the 80s.
Laverne Siemens, Director of Engineering at parent company Golden West Radio, confirmed my reception of CJYM with a full detailed QSL letter as a Word attachment. He says CJYM broadcasts at 10 Kilowatts 24 hours a day with a Continental 316F transmitter operating into a two tower array with the same directional pattern day and night.
My very first QSL from Saskatchewan!
Hearing Transatlantic stations on mediumwave with my 70 metre random wire antenna at my home QTH is a challenge. Sometimes you can be lucky though and catch the signals of stations which I haven’t even heard at Lista. A station which I had never heard before was Callao Super Radio from Callao, Peru, on 1400 kHz. This station faded up to beat the dominants CBG and Emisora Mariana one morning back in February. I received a brief e-mail verification from the station some weeks ago.
On December 28, 2008, at 22.59 UTC, the mediumwave transmitter at Beromünster, Switzerland, had their very last day on air. During the last couple of years of operation, the transmitter was used for transmitting programmes from DRS Musikwelle, programmes consisting of mainly Swiss-German traditional music which can be either fun or extremely annoying to listen to, depending on your music preferences!
I happened to listen in to the very last moments of this transmitter. A special farewell programme honoring the “Landessender Beromünster” transmitter site was aired during the last hours of transmission. When the Beromünster transmitter finally ceased broadcasting, it had been in operation for no less than 77 years (the transmitter was inaugurated in 1931). There are some nice pictures and history of the “Landessender Beromünster” transmitter at this web page
A reception report of this special transmission went unanswered untill a reminder resulted in a nice full data QSL card last week signed by Mario Strano of SRG Media Services in Zürich.
On the very successfull October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista, we managed to hear a number of U.S. daytime stations. One of our best catches was hearing WWBC in Cocoa, Florida, on 1510 kHz. This station had not been heard in Scandinavia before. I must rush to add that WWBC was logged by several other DX-ers in Norway, Sweden and Finland later in the season.
WWBC broadcasts Christian programming and is known as “The Christian Voice Of Brevard”. Their day time power is 50 kilowatts cutting down to 25 kilowatts two hours before local sunset. Ray Kassis, President, sent me a friendly e-mail confirming my reception of the station. He also included several pictures of the space shuttle and of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral which is just around the corner from Cocoa. Ray is also an active HAM operator with the call sign N4LEM.
I haven’t been very succesfull in hearing stations from Argentina on mediumwave, and even less successfull in getting any verifications from the few I have managed to hear. Stations from the Southern part of South America have rarely made it to our DX-pedition site at Lista. The only time I have heard stations from this part of the world was in January 2007 when a handful of the most commonly heard stations from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay made it all the way to Lista.
One of the stations which was heard briefly was Radio Salta in Salta in Northern Argentina. Salta is a very nice city, and a city I have had the pleasure of visiting myself some years ago. Despite my praise for the city, I have had a hard time getting any response from the station untill Carlos Neco Barreira finally confirmed my reception of Radio Salta with an e-mail last week.
WBOB was a station neither of us had heard prior to the October 2008 DX pedition to Lista. On this 3 night DX-pedition, however, WBOB was the dominant station on 1320 kHz most of the time. WBOB broadcasts a news/talk/sport programming with a night time power of 5 kilowatts from Jacksonville in Florida. WBOB has been a rather difficult catch untill recently, but the station was heard many times in Scandinavia during the 2008-2009 season. Funny how rare stations suddenly becomes regulars while regulars sometimes fade into obscurity!
Operations Manager A.J. Davis confirmed my reception of WBOB with an e-mail today.
Broadcasting an oldies format with 25 kilowatts of power from Brantford, Ontario, CKPC has become the most commonly heard North American station on 1380 kHz at Lista . CKPC was also the dominant station on this frequency at the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista.
Chief Engineer Stewart Bayley confirmed my reception of CKPC with a verification letter by postal mail and also enclosed a CKPC fridge magnet.
1290 kHz is an interesting frequency where it is possible to hear a number of stations. At the October 2008 DX pedition to Lista we heard no less than 9 different stations on this frequency – quite amazing for just 3 nights of DX-ing! One of the stations with the most consistent signals these 3 nights was CJBK in London, Ontario. CJBK has a power of 10 kilowatts so no wonder why they were heard so well.
Barry Smith, Operations Manager at CJBK, confirmed my reception of the station with a kind e-mail last week.
1380 kHz has become an interesting frequency now that CKLC in Ontario left the frequency for FM some time ago. One of the stations which made it to our radios on 1380 kHz at the October 2008 DX pedition to Lista was WMYF in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. WMYF was noted several times at this DX pedition, both early in the evening and at our local sunrise.
WMYF broadcasts an adult standards format with a transmitter of 1 kilowatt. Operations Manager Jeff Pierce confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail last week.
Signals from the CFCB radio network popped up also on 1230 kHz at the October 2008 DX pedition to Lista. These signals could originate from either CFLN in Goose Bay, Labrador or from CFGN in Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland, as both these transmitters repeats CFCB in their respective coverage area.
As far as I know, there is no way in separating these transmitters when they relay CFCB programming which they do most of the day. CFLN is listed with 1 kilowatt of power though while CFGN is only listed with 250 watts of power, which could indicate that we heard the most powerful transmitter (CFLN in Goose Bay). CFLN will be moving to FM shortly so the next time we hear CFCB on 1230 kHz it will surely be CFGN… 🙂
Richard King kindly confirmed my reception of CFCB on 1230 kHz with another e-mail last week.
Hearing CFNW on 790 kHz is not terribly difficult at Lista, especially early at night when other stations haven’t faded in yet. CFNW is located in the small town of Port au Choix on the Northwestern coastline of Newfoundland. According to Wikipedia, Port au Choix (also spelled Port aux Choix) had a population of just 893 in 2006 so it is a very small place…
CFNW does not have it own programming, it only relays programming from CFCB in Corner Brooks. The transmitter is listed as transmitting with 1 kilowatt of power only. Richard King, Program Director at CKGM, confirmed my October 2008 reception of CFNW at Lista with an e-mail some days ago.
Another Midwest station heard at Lista in October 2008 was CHSM in Steinbach, Manitoba. Manitoba stations are rare at Lista, so we were quite pleased about logging these at our location in Southern Norway. CHSM broadcasts from the agricultural heartland of the Canadian prairie and many of its programmes are targeting the agricultural community (according to their programme schedule, they even have funeral announcements on air – now that’s local radio!)
Laverne Siemens, Director of Engineering at Golden West Radio, confirmed my reception of CHSM with an e-mail with a Word attachment today. He adds that CHSM broadcasts with a power of 10 kilowatts. The transmitter is a Continental Electronics 316F and is located near St. Pierre, Manitoba (35kms SSE of Winnipeg).
AM1250 broadcasts on 1250Khz at 10kw, 24 hours a day. The transmitter is a Continental Electronics 316F and is located near St. Pierre, Manitoba (35kms SSE of Winnipeg).
A recent reply from 1440 WHKZ made me send another report to Chief Engineer Dave Johnson at Salem Communications in Cleveland, Ohio. This time a report to another station owned by Salem Communications, WHK in Cleveland. WHK was heard briefly at Lista in November 2007 on its frequency 1420 kHz. Dave Johnson kindly sent me another verification, this time confirming my reception of WHK.
As mentioned a couple of times earlier on blog, we heard a number of unusual stations at Lista in October 2008. I have to add that many of the stations which we consider “unusual” are powerhouses up in Arctic Norway and Arctic Scandinavia though. One of these, CKMX in Calgary, popped up one morning on 1060 kHz at Lista with a clear station identification among the country music played.
Engineer Richard Luddick confirmed my reception of CKMX with an e-mail yesterday. This was my very first verification from a station in Alberta.
1440 kilohertz is a very interesting frequency now that Luxembourg vacates the frequency most of the night. At Lista in October 2008, we managed to hear no less than 5 different U.S. stations on this frequency. One of them was WHKZ in Warren, Ohio, which was heard pretty well at times at this frequency. Most of the time WRED in Maine dominated the frequency though, as could be expected.
A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail with a nice QSL letter attached from Chief Engineer Dave Johnson at Salem Communications Cleveland. Dave says the WHKZ transmitter is located at Lordstown just south of Warren transmitting with a power of 5 kilowatts. WHKZ simulcasts “1220 The Word” (1220 WHKW in Cleveland) most of the time, but has some local programming originating in Warren too.
Creative and Promotions Coordinator Leela Donna at CJVB in Vancouver surprised me by sending me a letter by postal mail verifying my reception of the station as well as a sticker, a schedule and some information on the station.
I heard CJVB briefly one morning on 1470 kHz at the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista. Leela Donna says I listened in to one of their programmes in Afghan when I heard the station. Most of the programmes of CJVB are in Chinese, however, with 144 hours while other languages only airs 23 hours a week.
This was my very first reception of a station on the Canadian West Coast. Hearing stations from this part of North America is very rare at Lista where both the location as well as our antennas favour reception of stations from the East Coast rather than the West Coast.
WQAM in Miami has become a rather common catch at Lista after CHVO left 560 kilohertz in October 2008. Although WGAN in Maine dominates the frequency, it is not uncommon to hear WQAM either, despite a listed nighttime power of just 1 kilowatt. May be the seaside location of their transmitter just south east of Miami adds up for their rather limited power.
WQAM was heard with a perfect station identification on the hour at the October 2008 DX-pedition to Lista, just a couple of weeks after CHVO quit broadcasting on 560 kHz. Chief engineer George Culso confirmed my reception of the station with a brief e-mail some days ago.