On February 15, 2016, during LEM367, I heard a SS station with a TOH at 0602 UTC giving both AM and FM frequencies. I assumed, after a first quick check, that the ID came from the ARG super dominant here, R Murialdo. The call signs and the FM frequency, however, did not match with Murialdo and after a second check the ID was solid “R Amanecer, LRI371 AM 1290 kHz, LRI304 FM 92.7 MHz, Reconquista, Argentina”. As far as I know, this station has not been heard in Finland before. Even though WRTH claims that the station has a s/off at 04 UTC, it proves to be inaccurate. WRTH also inaccurately claims that Murialdo signs off at 03 UTC but they carry Radio Católica Mundial programming between 03-06 UTC before returning back to the regular schedule. During some 20 minutes there was, however, no sign of Murialdo on February 15, so one can talk about spot pre-sunrise cx! An e-mail from Fernando Buquerin confirmed my reception report, becoming my Argentina QSL # 180!
As previously mentioned, February 15, 2016 proved to be an excellent date for rare catches from Argentina, especially just around 06 UTC, i.e., before local sunrise in Lemmenjoki. In a mess of stations on 1340 I was lucky t0 hear the ID “AM Renacer, la radio” at 0608 UTC minutes before the band died! According to Nicolás, one of the stations operators, the station is now on 1310 AM since March 2016.
During LEM367 on February 15 very selective cx towards Argentina was observed around 02-04 UTC and between 06-0615 UTC just before the band died in Lemmenjoki. I heard at least six for mew Arentinians during this opening. One of them was Radio Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, BA on 1240. The station faded alone on the frequency for more than an hour with a weak signal and with no interferencies from, e.g., R Paysandú, Cadena Uno or Brazilians. At 0247 I heard a nice ID “En el aire, AM 1240 R Universidad del Sur” followed by a PSA including several mentions of their www-address “www.uns.edu.ar”. Andrea Romero, periodista confirmed my report with an email. Gracias Andrea!
On February 15, 2016 during LEM367 I was surprised by hearing a new Argentinian on AM 1540 fading up over a Brazilian at 0301 UTC: Radio Zorobabel in Estebán Eschevarría (Monte Grande), BA. The station pulled out a TOH id before disappering: “Radio Zorobabel, AM 1540, Estebán Echevarría”. The dominant Argentinian here is R Mon, Pergamino but there was now sign of it between 02 and 04 UTC that night! Zorobabel Pastor Juan Perez kindly conformed my mp3 with a FB message. Gracias Juan!
During LEM367 in February 2016 there were a couple of good openings towards Brazil, especially on February 14, 15 and 16. 1320 gave me two new Brazilians, both from the State of Santa Catarina. On February 14 R Vitória, Videira was heard for more than an hour mixed with Imaculada Conceicão. The night after, February 15, R Litoral was in turn to be mixed with Imaculada Conceicão. Many TCs and also a full ID where one even mentions the 9kW power of the station as also correctly listed in WRTH. Santa Catarina is not a big state in Brazil what comes to the area and so hearing both stations listed on 1320 was a jack-pot. Videira is located in the heart of the state while Imarui lies on the coast just south of Florianópolis. A nice FB message was received today. Muito Obrigado Rádio Litoral!
Super R Tupi was surprisingly heard with a decent signal on 1340 here in Borgå on May 26, 2016 around 01 UTC. At the time the cx was very specific towards the State of Rio de Janeiro with rare stations also logged on , e.g., 1450 and 1580 as mentioned in a previous post. My audio mp3 was confirmed by Guido Mendes who among other things wrote “We are in the process of migrating to FM, since there are ongoing changes in the broadcasting system in Brazil”. Depressing news indeed for a fan of Brazilian AM Radio.