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More FM QSLs

August 10, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

679. KFM Radio, Kildare 97.30 MHz

Clem Ryan, C.E.O./Executive Director wrote: Yes, I can confirm you were listening to Kfm’s Lunchtime programme, presented that day by Mathieu Norry (standing in for regular presenter John Dunne). Quality of your reception was quiet good. Hello to all in Finland: the home of great distance runners!! Let us know if you pick us up again!

680. Radio Fantastica (Piemonte) 89.10 MHz

V/s Simona Giorgi, Ufficio Editiorale told that I had heard them con una eccellente qualità audio.

681. WLR FM 95.10 MHz

Wayne Brown replied.

682. Radio Babboleo 89.00 MHz

This Italian local station replied via email.

683. LM FM 95.50 MHz

Another nice Irish catch. Engineer Eddie Caffrey worked for Radio Rainbow (pirate) between 1985-1988.

684. Radio LatteMiele Lombardia 96.00 MHz

I heard this one with their regional ads. They replied via email quickly.

685. iRadio 106.20 MHz

Irish chain. V/s Leigh Doyle, CEO/Programme Director.

686. RTL 102.5 (Italia) 102.50 MHz

V/s Valentina Iannicelli, Segreteria Direzione News. This RTL is from Italy.

687. Radio Basilica di Verolanuova 91.20 MHz

Nice small Italian local station. V/s Tiziano Cervati.

688. Dublin’s Q102 102.20 MHz

Dave Harrington Afternoon Presenter replied and promised to send me a T-shirt to commemorate my catch!

689. Radio Birikina 91.70 MHz

Also nice local Italian station. Confirmation arrived via email.

I still have some 50 FM reception reports to send. After that I will switch my remote to MW, perhaps in a two weeks.


And more FM QSLs …

August 06, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

Nice 14 QSLs in 2 days!

667. OBX4J Radio Latina, Lima 990 kHz

Rare catch which suprisingly replied via Facebook.

668. Radio Freiburg 90.20 MHz

Oliver Kempa, Stv. Redaktionsleiter replied and later he interviewed me by phone! My first Swiss QSL on FM.

669. Newstalk 107.00 MHz

The 3rd of July was the super day to Ireland. Plenty of Irish stations from Cork and Dublin were heard. Newstalk was the first to QSL. And new FM-country too! V/s v/s Gerard Whelan / CEO.

670. Radio Veronica One 93.60 MHz

Nice email from this Italian station.

-. RTÉ Radio 1 88.40 MHz

National chain was strong and also QSLed quickly.

-. RTÉ 2 FM 90.60 MHz

-. BBC Radio Solent 96.10 MHz

Previously QSLed on MW and now on FM too.

671. Raidió na Life 106.40 MHz

Station broadcasting in Irish. Muiris Ó Fiannachta, Station Manager replied quickly.

672. Red FM, Cork 105.70 MHz

“Cork’s new RedFM 104-106” and v/s Keith “KC” Cunningham, Programme Director.

673. KCLR 96 FM 96.60 MHz

This was heard on few frequencies. Brian Guilfoyle, Commercial Manager replied.

674. Dublin’s 98 FM 98.10 MHz

Another Dublin catch. V/s Michael Brett, Station Manager/Programme Director.

675. Capital FM North West & North Wales 103.30 MHz

Few stations from Wales were also heard in the 3rd of July. I was lucky get catch Capital FM with local ads to Wales. From this area, Ben Sheppard, Drive Presenter, replied to me.

676. Cork’s 96 FM 96.40 MHz

John Cahill, Head of Engineering 96FM and C103 CORK replied with the long email. John is an old DXer and pirate enthusiast and also written a book called “Two Walls and a Roof”. You can read more from John’s webpage:

677. C103 103.30 MHz

John Cahill verified also this one.

678. WHJJ Providence RI 920 kHz

Short email. I have heard previously WRNI 1290 from this same town.

raidio na life

The latest QSLs

July 27, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

Some new QSLs have arrived to the reception reports which I sent in June-July. These are mostly stations I heard in February. I still have not started sending out emails to FM stations of the season. There is lots of work …

650. France Bleu 107.1 864 kHz

After few attempts I got a QSL email from this Paris local. V/s was Patricia Mercier and Patrik, PW gave her contact address.

651. WQOM Natick MA 1060 kHz

The station of the cross replied via Gina Zanicky, Director of Radio Production.

652. WWFE Miami FL 670 kHz

It took few attempts to get this one, but I got verification to my report via Facebook.

653. CBGA-1 Grande Anse NB 540 kHz

My 3rd NA QSL from 540 kHz. Jimmy Berthelot, Superviseur Technique replied quickly.

654. WMKI Boston MA 1260 kHz

The most common of these NA stations I have listed in this post. Kathleen Maitino, Station Manager replied via email quickly.

655. WZON Bangor MA 620 kHz

Nice catch and nice QSL. V/s was Deke Rhinehart, Digital Media Director.

656. WEZE Boston MA 590 kHz

VOCM usually dominates here, so I was glad to received the confirmation of my reception report. V/s was Frank Kelley N1KQT, Chief Engineer – Salem Radio Boston.

657. WDER Derry NH 1320 kHz

This like all other NA stations here was heard in the 5th of February during the extremely good NE US opening. I suppose that WDER still had their daytime power on when I heard them at 2159Z. Minimalistic reply was: “You certainly did hear WDER.”

658. Radio HIJB, Santo Domingo 830 kHz

I heard HIJB 3 times during the last season, but it took few rounds of emails to get this pleasant QSL from the diretor, Luis Manuel Soto.

WEZE Boston MA 590

Spring / Early Summer QSLs

June 19, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

I finished my MW season about six weeks ago. I’ve been a bit lazy to send reception reports, but some interesting QSLs have arrived. FM season has also started but it has been very disappointing so far.

642. Radio Pakistan, Peshawar 1260 kHz

This one arrived by mail. I heard this new MW tx from Pakistan last October, so it took over 5 months to arrive.

643. WMMB Melbourne FL 1240 kHz

I still have some US stations to send reception reports. The Regional Program Manager of WMMB, Ken Holiday, replied quickly. WMMB was heard in the 4th of February, same time with WDMC Melbourne FL on 920.

644. CMHW Doblevé, Santa Clara 840 kHz

CMHW was quite regular station on 840 kHz with another Cuban, Radio Revolución. 840 kHz is interesting station as any South American station is rare. From Central America I heard also R Nacional de Panama and 4VEH La voix évangélique d’Haïti last season. Doblevé replied via Facebook but it took 2,5 months.

645. HJAZ Frecuencia Bolivariana, Monteria 1160 kHz

Frecuencia Bolivariana is very rare station but it was heard by several Finnish DXers in the 21st of January. This is the station run by Universidad Pontificia Bolivaria. HJAZ replied quickly via Facebook.

646. HJZT Radio Auténtica, Manizales 1570 kHz

I heard Radio Auténtica same time than Frecuencia Bolivariana. This one is not as rare as Auténtica, but not an easy catch either. They replied in 10 days via email.

647. CP115 Radio Caranavi 1550 kHz

QSL from Bolivia is always the worth of big HURRAY! Caranavi was my 4th QSL from Bolivia. Out of blue they replied in 3 months to my follow-up email. I don’t think that anyone heard Caranavi in Finland during this season.

648. HJDU Emisora Cultural Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin 1410 kHz

Emisora Cultural is quite easy to hear on 1410 kHz. It doesn’t ID very often but it is easy to recognize as they broadcast a lot of jazz and classic music. Secretaria Ana Cristina Guisao David replied via mail in 10 days.

649. HCGC5 RCG Radio, Gualaceo 1410 kHz

This was the mystery to me before I got a clip from Gert, GNH who heard this with much better signal in Sweden. After few attemps RCG Radio replied to me via Facebook. First one in Finland perhaps?


The log 6th April onwards – the end of MW season

May 20, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening

On Sunday I took off the longwire antenna from my remote Perseus. It was just in time because on Monday we had the biggest thunderstorm so far. Perseus remote worked very well with the MESTOR timer. I usually visited the station once a week to change USB harddisk but I also checked the bands in the morning almost every day. Since last August this system failed only 2 or 3 times (once because electricity went off) so it was working very well! Now I mounted a small FM yagi to the same QTH and I will record ES-condx via remote. Hopefully it works. FM+ is a bit heavy software.

The spring season after the super condx to Ecuador in the beginning of April was dissapointing. Perharps with an antenna pointed to Brasil it could have been better. Eg. I had only two short openings to Bolivia, not much more from Peru either.

South America

1140 7.4. 0303- CLM: HJCL R Panamericana, Girardot. This morning Brasilia and this. TIK
1350 7.4. 0301- B: ZYH201 R Capital, Rio Branco, AC. “Radio Capital Acre”. Heard on many mornings. TIK
1360 8.4. 0305- PRU: OAX7R R Sicuani, Sicuani. Nice signal. TIK
1510 13.5. 0032- PRU: OCX4J R Tarma, Tarma. [.089]. TIK
1520 25.4. 0200- B: UNID. Edit/Cancel: R Povo Pocoes. Not Povo Pocoes like originally thought. Give call sign ZYH589, which is a call of Rádio Verdes Mares, 810 AM, Fortaleza CE. Also jingle “Rádio de seu coracao” and news. Verdes Mares is a main station of VMS chain. One of the stations is 1020, R Macambira Ipueiras CE, which PÄ probably heard same time with same programme. Tnx JEÖ and PÄ. TIK
1540 8.5. 0127- BOL: R Bendita Trinidad, El Alto. Same announcer on the air like one year ago. Music px and familiar strange audio interference. TIK
1540 13.5. 0058- BOL: R Bendita Trinidad, El Alto. Uncommon split [1540.269], also audio was now ok. Lively phone-in px with Abigail Mújica. Tnx HK! TIK
1580 8.5. 0129-0132 BOL: UNID. On split [.994]. Sounds like giving an ID. HK thinks it might send in Aymara. Probably signing off after 0132. TIK
1580 8.4. 0258- PRU: OAU7Z R Carráviz, Juliaca. Promoting La Voz de la Liberación -px and IDing. This morning interesting split 1469.983 below Capital and 1390 wobbler-sound religious station. TIK
1600 11.5. 0059- B: ZYK779 R Nove de Julho, Sâo Paulo SP. TIK
1600 10.4. 0301- PRU: Radio Andina. UNID QTH. Peru music and talk with “Radio Andina” -ids. Now [.020]. Same time [1589.971] UNID signing off at 0304. TIK
1670 19.4. 0229- ARG: Radio Rubí, Rafael Castillo, Matanza BA. [.006]. TIK

The latest QSLs – some nice ones from South America

April 11, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

South America has produced not just good propagation but some good QSLs. I stil a bit behind with my reception reports: currently sending emails to stations which I heard on late January. Some good catches I have reported right away after hearing them.

635. WHBC Canton OH 1480 kHz

Even band condx to USA are gone for this season, still some QSLs flow in. WHBC is not a rare station but I have heard them only once, last January with “News Talk 14-80 WHBC” slogan. CE Dale Lamm confirmed in 12 days via email.

636. OCU2D Chami Radio, Otuzco 1140 kHz

Recent catch (1.4.2014). Chami Radio was well heard in Finland and Sweden in the same morning. They have confimed via Facebook to many listeners.

637. YVRZ Radio Dos Mil, Cumaná 1500 kHz

One of the most common SA stations on MW. They replied now quickly to my follow up reception report. YV QSL is always nice – they are a bit rare at least to me even I have heard plenty of them.

638. OBX2D Radio Chota, Chota 1310 kHz

Last week’s big suprise. Also that they verified my report quickly via Facebook. This might be the first time that this station was heard in Finland on MW.

639. HJIJ La Voz de La Raza, Medellin 1200 kHz

This station was heard during the strong Medellin opening on the 16th of January. Gerente Jose Omar Fuentes replied via email.

640. YVRM BBN Radio, Caracas 1260 kHz

BBN stations are easy to confirm via “BBN Español”. Caracas 1260 is a difficult catch as it is on EU QRG, but “Medellin propagation” brought also this Venezuelan station.

641. OAU7Z Radio Carráviz, Juliaca 1570 kHz

When the band is open to Peru, this station could be heard with Bethel on 1570. I already sent them report in last May. Now Ivan Tito Vizcarra replied with “mass replay” to three listeners.

Radio Chota

The log 31-3-2014 to 5-4-2014: super openings to Ecuador and Peru!

April 06, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening

All South Americans:
(notice links to audio clips)

980 3.4. 0328- CLM: HJES RCN Cali, Cali. “RCN Cali 980 AM – RCN La Radio – Nuestra Radio”. New QRG: [.000].
1130 1.4. 0257- PRU: OAX4N R Bacán, Lima. [.917] //1320.
1140 31.3. 0329- PRU: OCU2D Chami R, Otuzco. Confirmed via Facebook.
1140 31.3. 0301- PRU: OCY4U RPP, Pilcomayo. Split [.250]. Also next night.
1190 1.4. 0328- EQA: HCDE2 UCSG Radio y Televisión, Guayaquil.
1270 1.4. 0330- EQA: HCUM2 R Universal, Guayaquil. [.994].
1310 3.4. 0257- PRU: OBX2D R Chota, Chota. Loud for few minutes. Confirmed via Facebook quickly. Has been heard in the past on Shortwaves but possibly for the first time on MW.
1320 3.4. 0331- PRU: OAX41 R La Crónica, Lima. [.995]
1320 1.4. 0233- PRU: OBU4T R Bacán, Huancayo.
1340 1.4. 0300- PRU: OAQ4Q R Alegría, Lima. Radio Comas same time on 1300. Comas has been on every day.
1350 3.4. 0300- B: ZYH201 R Capital, Rio Branco AC.
1360 3.4. 0303- PRU: OAX7R R Sicuani, Sicuani. Boxing with Nueva Q [.001].
1380 3.4. 0259- PRU: OCY4U R Nuevo Tiempo, Lima. [.001] (drifting a bit).
1400 1.4. 0328- EQA: HCFL2 R Zeta Uno, Guayaquil.
1410 1.4. 0328- EQA: HCGC5 RCG Radio, Gualaceo. Thanks to Gert, GNH who heard this with much better signal in Sweden. Thanks also to HK&JPR for help although we could’t pull out the ID before Gert sent me an audio clip.
1430 3.4. 0333- B: ZYJ671 R Caiari Porto Velho RO. Now [.010].
1510 1.4. 0328- EQA: HCHD2 Instituto Oceanográfico de la Armada, Guayaquil. QRM from distorted audio of Radio Monumental.
1510 2.4. 2330- PRU: UNID. This is [.086], maybe Radio Tarma. Others: 1470 2 stations (another with distorted audio = Voz Cristiana?), 1559.995 & 1600.018 (in Sweden heard with Radio Andina IDs).
1530 1.4. 0332- EQA: HCCC5 Ondas Cañaris – R Universitaria Catolica, Azogues. Outstanding signal, EU has no chance. Between music time announcement and ID. Same time superloud andies music on 1520 (no ID) and phone in on 1490 (also Ecuador? Santa Maria?).
1540 1.4. 0228- PRU: OBX4N R Corporación, Cerro de Pasco. Splitti [.109]. Loud also on 3.4.
1550 1.4. 0300- PRU: Tentative: OBX4P R Independencia Lima, Lima. Split [.971]. Henrik confirmed my thoughts about this station. Unfortunately no ID heard.
1580 1.4. 0332- CLM: HJNA R Robledo RCN, Cartago, Valle.
1600 1.4. 0258- PRU: OBU4R R Nuevo Tiempo, Huancayo. [.970] and //1380.

The latest QSLs – mostly NA

April 03, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

The last couple of days have been very good propagationwise to Ecuador, Peru etc. Not much QSLs coming, been lazy for sending emails and answers have been rare too. Anyhow some additions to my collection:

625. WKBK Keene NH 1290 kHz
After I got v/s information from IKA, I got a quick and nice replay from CE Ira Wilner, W1IRA. I had tried to get QSL before but it needed the right guy to actually get it.

626. WDLX Washington NC 930 kHz and 627. WGHB Farmville NC 1250 kHz
Nice catches from 15th January super condx. Jonathan Ellerbe of “Pirate Radio” confirmed my reception.

628. WEEI Boston MA 850 kHz and 629. WRKO Boston 680 kHz
Also a tip from IKA. Louis Muise, CE sent very nice confirmation via email

630. CJWI Montreal QC 1410 kHz
Regular now on 1410. Jean Ernest Pierre, CEO replied quickly to my French report.

631. WQBA Miami FL 1140 kHz
This is one of those “easier Floridans” – I have heard them 4 times this year. QSL was a bit harder but Loretta Anaya, Vice President, Sales, and Station Manager confirmed my reception.

632. WFLF Pine Hills FL 540 kHz
When heard, it was somewhat a suprise to me. Jim Poling, Program Director confirmed my f/up report in 2 days.

633. WTAM Cleveland OH 1100 kHz
I probably have tried to get QSL before. Now I didn’t get just one replay but three 🙂 Two first ones from two news anchors then third one (on same day) from program manager. The first one came in 5 minutes from Tom Moore, I News Anchor & Reporter I Clear Channel Media + Entertainment.

634. HJA76 Frecuencia U, Medellin 940 kHz
This station was heard around the Finland in the 21st of January and several people share FFF. Confirms via Facebook.

Frecuencia U

MW-DX News: Smooth Radio

March 25, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, News

Some interesting DX-news:

Smooth Radio
The following ex-Gold stations will now carry Smooth Radio programme:
603 kHz: Canterbury 774 kHz: Gloucester 792 kHz: Bedford 828 kHz: Bournemouth 828 kHz: Luton 936 kHz: West Wiltshire 945 kHz: Eastbourne 1152 kHz: Norwich 1152 kHz: Plymouth 1161 kHz: Swindon
1170 kHz: Ipswich 1170 kHz: Portsmouth 1242 kHz: Maidstone 1251 kHz: Bury St Edmunds 1260 kHz: Bristol 1260 kHz: Wrexham 1305 kHz: Newport 1323 kHz: Brighton
1332 kHz: Peterborough 1359 kHz: Cardiff 1359 kHz: Chelmsford 1431 kHz: Reading 1431 kHz: Southend 1485 kHz: Newbury 1521 kHz: Reigate/Crawley 1557 kHz: Northampton 1557 kHz: Southampton

These stations relay Smooth Radio London 102.2 but they have local ads. Local may mean “regional”. Also it is informed that while the AM service will carry London programming, they also have a four hour opt-out programme on AM in Wales to meet Ofcom requirements.

945 kHz: Derby 999 kHz: Nottingham 1458 kHz: Manchester and 1548 kHz: London will continue with Gold programme.

Source: etc.

The logs 23.2. – 17.3.2014

March 24, 2014 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening

Most of these log entries are from the files which were recorded with Mestor-software while I was travelling in Argentina and Uruguay. The propagation wasn’t so special during my trip. Only few totally new stations for me. HOLY Radio Hogar was nice catch on 1250.

Yesterday I visited at my remote station and found out that my longwire was broken – only a bit 100 meters was effective. Even with that stump I could here some EQA stations last weekend. Now it is fixed and in full force. Hopefully propagation will follow.

British Isles

972 12.3. 0400- G: Sunrise R, London. By this name now. NDR was QRT.

North America

1430 7.3. 0500- USA: WENE Endicott NY. TIK
1470 4.3. 0504- USA: WWNN Pompano Beach FL. “..WWNN .. and WKIS HD3 Pompano Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale”.

Central America

1250 7.3. 0459- PNR: HOLY R Hogar, Penonomé. Heard at least 5 minutes with deep QSB. 3 or 4 IDs.
1350 17.3. 0359- PNR: HOZ38 BBN Panamá, Panamá. “BBN Panamá”. Also 7.3.. Same time 1560 Adventista with English rel px.
1430 26.2. 0429- PTR: WNEL R Tiempo, Caguas, PR. New one for me from PTR.
1620 7.3. 0500- CUB: CMKX R Bayamo, Bayamo, GR.

South America

1320 9.3. 0502- CLM: HJTA R Maria, Medellín. //1580.
1320 6.3. 0503- PRU: OBU4T R Bacán, Huancayo. [.944].
1350 6.3. 0501- EQA: HCVP2 Teleradio AM 13-50, Guayaquil.
1360 14.3. 0432- PRU: OCU4I R NuevaQ FM, Lima.
1380 6.3. 0457- CLM: HJJD NSE Radio, Medellín.
1380 23.2. 0530- PRU: OCY4U R Nuevo Tiempo, Lima. Also strong 1570 Bethel & 1500 Santa Rosa voimalla.
1390 5.3. 0500- B: ZYI535 R Educadora AM, Bragança PA. “Educadora FM”.
1400 23.2. 0532- PRU: OBX4W Callao Súper Radio, Lima. Announced:
1430 8.3. 0501- CLM: HJKU UniMinuto R, Bogotá. Probably Emanuel too.
1480 8.3. 0458- CLM: HJOD R Rodadero, Santa Maria. “La emisora romantica de Santa Marta”
1590 14.3. 0430- VEN: YVUD R Deporte, Caracas.