Sunday, May 24, 2009

WECU 1570 kHz - a small gospel station in Eastern North Carolina

WECU faded in and out on ENOX8 with a very clear signal back in February 2008. Like many other DXers in Scandinavia I have had problems to get WECU verified. However, not a long ago WECU's vice president sent a very polite e-mail with a complete verification of the reception. WECU became my NC #8 and my NC #2 on 1570 since way back in 1997 I managed to hear WTLK Taylorsville on the same frequency.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

WBBW 1240 - ESPN in Youngstown OH

Another nice catch during ENOX15 in March was WBBW on 1240 kHz. WBBW is an ESPN affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. The signal wasn't really the first rate but after all the ID was clear and the station's chief engineer easily recognized his station on the mp3 I sent.

He also wrote:

"Thank you for your letter reporting reception of WBBW in Finland. Such reports of reception of WBBW have been quite rare in my 15 years with the station.
Considering all the noise on our "graveyard" channels I'm suprised WBBW was heard but I can hear the station on the recording provided. It seems you have in fact heard WBBW across the pole.The receiving antenna on your end works quite well. I'm not sure if your using it as a long wire, a beveredge, or maybe even a terminated beveredge.
It's been almost 20 years since I did any "serious" medium wave DXing and I'm afraid the addition of HD is doin it's best to kill what used to be an enjoyable hobby.
Once again, thanks for the reception report and congratulation on hearding out little 1000 watts in Finland."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WPAT Paterson NJ 930 kHz

Although I didn't manage to catch many new ones during my latest trip to Enontekiö back in March this year a couple of stations I heard were quite interesting. One of them was WPAT Paterson NJ operating 930 kHz. WPAT is not an usual guest in Scandinavia - as a matter of fact it has been heard only once or twice before in Finland. WPAT has a variety of Hispanic programs serving Mexican, Puerto Rican and Dominican Republic listeners with news, talk, sports and music. WPAT also airs Hungarian, Lithuanian, Haitian, African and English programming and on weekends it's Caribbean Reggae.

What I heard on March 19, 2009 was a complete TOH -ID in English and then an African programming later on. WPAT became my NJ #6 - a very pleasant add to my collection.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


In springtime conditions favor TA-stations from Southern Part of Latin America - often from LaPlata area or Brazil. So has been in April as well - although not many days of good openings at least with small antennas at my QTH.
This station of Uruguay was briefly heard in April and the decision to choose this one was the fact that the memories from the "golden times of QSLs and Pennants - 1970´s" came to my mind and I had the dig my old collection of QSLs from the 70 s. The station had a nice copy of QSL-letter at that time with info - they typed the details into it and the pennant was also with the verification which came by normal mail in a nice letter with stamps as can be seen in the picture. Nowadays you can find more about the station from their webpages.

This is the last DX-station of this season, stay tuned later on.

73 TK