Friday, April 28, 2017

QSL: WTAD Quincy IL, 930

Heard with a fair signal at the end of February, friendly response this evening from the PD who's answered quite a few DX-ers in his 27-year career at WTAD. Illinois #30.

QSL: JOKP NHK-1 Kitami 1188

Commonly heard especially at the 10:00 UTC local slot. Postcard with stamped verie text in Japanese received today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

QSL: JOHP NHK-1 Takamatsu, 1368

Today's third letter from Japan was a confirmation of 5 kW JOHP, heard in November 2016. I didn't really find a good logo but here's the NHK HQ in Takamatsu.

QSL: JOBO KBS Kinki Hoso, Maisuru 1215

The main station JOBR in Kyoto has two low-powered relays on 1215, 1 kW Hirnoe, and 2 kW Maisuru. QSL card and letter received today.

QSL: STV Sapporo, Japan

JOWF Sapporo 1440 is the most common commercial Japanese station here, and was confirmed in 1975. But they have many lower-powered relay stations as well. Three of them were confirmed today:

JOWS Kushiro, 882 kHz, 3 kW
JOVX Abashiri 909 kHz, 5 kW
JOWL Asahikawa 1197 kHz, 3 kW

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

QSL: JONK NHK-1 Nagano, 819

Quite a common station once you get past the North Korean, but to get a QSL, you need to report... Letter in Japanese received today.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

QSL: 2RN Radio National, Wollongong NSW 1431

I was checking some recordings from the excellent autumn equinox conditions last year and mostly chasing Japanese stations, so I didn't expect this 2 kW station. Quite a bit of luck was involved as Wakayma Hoso was extremely strong at the time. But after the time pips they left a couple seconds of dead air. And there went the Majestic Fanfare!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

QSL: AFN Kunsan, KOR 1440

AFN can be heard from time to time under the strong JOWF STV Sapporo, but on February 28 the signal was exceptional a few minutes. There are two 1 kW stations, Kunsan and Pyeongtaek, and both were actually heard with an echo. Facebook response this evening. Good signals also on other not common Korea frequencies.

QSL: KAVP Colona CO 1450

KAVP was heard with a very good signal in March. A friendly and detailed email response was received yesterday.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

QSL: 5RN Radio National, Adelaide SA 729

And today's third Aussie arrived half an hour later. 5RN was first heard many, many years ago, but was left unconfirmed until now. A good opening towards South Australia on April 9 brought good signals. Thanks Graham for outstanding service to DX-ers!

QSL: 4QS ABC Southern Queensland, Toowoomba QLD, 747 and 2RN Radio National, Newcastle, NSW 1512

Both were heard during a good opening in the early evening hours of January 21.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

QSL: 4QR ABC Radio Brisbane, QLD 612

On January 15 I observed a short period with excellent conditions towards a rather small area in Queensland, with the most common Australian on 1548 (4QD) at stunning levels. A couple very interesting commercial stations were left unidentified, but 4QR had a fair signal on top of the hour and a good ID to match.
QSL for my 10th Queensland station received last night.

Friday, March 31, 2017

QSL: WHIY Huntsville AL 1600

Heard a few days ago with a good signal in Kongsfjord, friendly response yesterday. Thanks OJS for v/s. Their sister station is the much more common WEUP on 1700.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

QSL: 4QL ABC Western Queensland, Longreach 540, and 4JK ABC North Queensland, Julia Creek 567

These stations were heard on Dec. 1, 2016, most surprising was 540 with the superpowered Kossuth Radio on. But TJ Bråtveit had found 540 on a later date so I decided to check. I'm now above the 30 mark for confirmed Australian MW stations.

QSL: AFN Tokyo 810

AFN "The Eagle" 810 is by no means uncommon in my location, yet for a long time, reporting it has been delayed to "later". A few days ago "later" suddenly became "now" as I found a super strength recording from October 2016.  Cheerful response this morning.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

QSL: WGLB Elk Grove WI 1560

Detected by OJS, and through some fancy detective work he even found a v/s, thanks very much! Heard in late February (but even last September).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

QSL: KFCD Farmersville TX 990

Another Smøla catch from recent days, also heard in Finland a few days earlier. Thanks OJS for v/s.

Monday, March 20, 2017

QSL: WGVS Muskegon MI 850

A very rare station and a much wanted one, but thanks to a tip from OJS I got a very nice signal at my Smøla SDR a few days ago. Friendly response today! WGVU 1480 is of course a lot easier to hear.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

QSL: KZOT Bellevue NE 1180

Heard early November 2015, I was very satisfied to receive a confirmation from KZOT today. "The Zone 2" is co-owned with KOZN "The Zone" 1620 in Omaha. Nebraska # 20.

QSL: WATT Cadilac MI 1240

"Conservative talk and stimulating conversation. What you need to know 24/7. 1240 WATT Cadillac. It's 8 o'clock". This was the super-clear announcement heard on Jan 26, confirmed yesterday by their CE.

Friday, March 03, 2017

QSL: KRKS Denver CO 990

Thanks to OJS, I found KRKS with good signal levels in mid-February. Friendly response from the CE last night. He also oversees KNUS-710.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

QSL: WGIG Brunswick GA 1440

Heard at Smøla island early in the season running a gospel show. Although a newstalk format, stations often have other programming on Sundays.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

QSL: WASK Lafayette IN 1450

Heard on the 27 January when conditions were fluttery due to solar activity. Thanks OJS for the tip and v/s. Very good signal at the top of the hour. 1450 #50.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

QSL: Radio Tuvalu, 621

DX-ing the Pacific islands is always exciting. Even listening to them with the "island music" is a great experience. Radio Tuvalu was first heard in Kongsfjord in the autumn of 2015. The year after, the signal was noted more consistently, and at times surprisingly strong. Well, after all it's 5 kW so why not... Brief email confirmed my reception today. Pacific MW station # 100, Pacific MW country # 12.

Friday, February 03, 2017

QSL: WLLM Lincoln IL 1370

Heard in November, a friendly response from the GM (who's a HAM) received today. Thanks OJS for v/s.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

QSL: WMPL Hancock MI 920

WMPL was heard in mid-January during a CKNX fade. Their Chief Engineer confirmed my reception today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

QSL: Coast NZ, Hawke's Bay NZL 1584

Another Kiwi from the excellent October 13 opening replied today.

Monday, January 16, 2017

QSL: KMRS Morris MN 1230

Quite a surprising catch this morning when KMRS surfaced with a promotion and mentioned both 1230 and 95.7 KKOK. Quick response this afternoon. KMRS is one of rather few stations who are not 24/7, as they're silent between local Midnight and 5:30 am.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

QSL: YVKJ Radio Maria, Caracas VEN 1450

A very common guest on Smøla island, and quite often heard in Kongsfjord too. E-QSL today for an August, 2016 report.

Monday, January 09, 2017

QSL: WKHM Jackson MI 970

WHKM was heard on November 1, and after a few tries OJ Sagdahl submitted a contact who sent a friendly response. Michigan # 40.

Friday, January 06, 2017

QSL: HJNV La Cariñosa, Girardot CLM 1320

Long and friendly fb response yesterday to my August 5 reception at Smøla island.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

QSL: Radio Live, Wellington NZL 1233

Great signal from Radio Live (and a heap of others) on October 13. Email confirmation tonight. I also received a verie for Radio Live Rotorua 1107, but after I sent the report I noticed that it was already confirmed several years ago. You can't have too many Kiwi QSLs!

QSL: Rhema, Invercargill NZL 1404

Another QSL from DU today as Rhema responded to a September reception. A bit of luck was required for catching it, as SBS from Shizouka, Japan dominated the frequency with a very strong signal. At the top of the hour they were quiet for a second, just enough for a weak "This is Rhema" to be heard. Thanks OJS for spotting it. 16,550 km for a 5,000 watt signal.

QSL: 4RN ABC Radio National, Brisbane QLD 792

I noticed Ole Forr had heard it in September, so I had to check a recording and voilá, there it was with weather before ending ABC News. Guangxi RGD was less dominant than usual. Super-quick response today.