I had planned to take Friday off and spend the entire weekend in my DX shack in Kongsfjord; however weather took a turn for the worse Thursday when heavy wind and snow created a whiteout. All roads were blocked as well so I had to delay the departure. Friday wasn't as bad but they had just managed to get the roads opened when on Saturday another whiteout set in... finally on Saturday evening the weather had cleared enough for me to drive. I hear from other locations in Northern Scandinavia that I hardly missed any interesting DX. At the time of writing: Clear sky, -8C but a fresh breeze that makes it feel a lot colder.
I had two goals for the weekend: The new KVAN Burbank WA 1560 station, and the KRSN Los Alamos NM 1490 DX test. KVAN is only 1.6 kW nights but the nighttime lobe is directed towards me, and it had already been heard in Sweden and Finland so I thought I should have a good chance of hearing it. I did... Sunday at 0623, just minutes after I got on the frequency, I heard a clear "Oldies 92.1" ID. KKAA Aberdeen SD was rather dominant though. It is going to be a regular catch at least up north.
No sign of KRSN though, on any of the three full hours. Conditions had a northerly and easterly dominance (typically CKEC-NS dominating 1320 and WDDY-NY dominating 1460, to give a few examples), so the prospects for hearing a NM station that morning weren't good.
Update at 1200 UTC: But I did see the sun for the first time since November on my drive home! The Polar Night is over.