Resende AM was heard in the Borgå archipelago on May 26, 2016 during a very selective opening centered around the State of Rio de Janeiro (see earlier posts). The station identity was nailed by a clear “ZYJ506” in the TOH-id. Pertti Äyräs and I heard this station several years ago in Lemmenjoki in January 2002 but at that time on 1590. I recently finally received a confirmation on my report. 1580 is a very interesting frequency during good cx towards Brazil with numerous rare stations. It is however mostly a very difficult frequency.
More than 10 Brazilian stations has been logged in Finland on 1140 during the years. R Cultura da Bahia, Salvador, BA is by far the mos dominating here during B-openings. R Clube, Bocaiuva, MG, R Charrua, Uruguaiana RS and R Muriaé, Muriaé, MG are some of the other stations heard. On February 15, 2016 I was lucky to hear R Coroado AM, Curitibanos, SC slightly nelow the nominal frequency with, e.g., a nice jingle “1140 Coroado AM”. A nice FB message confirmed my reception recently.
Argentinians on 1570 are very rare. Jari Ruohomäki (JPR) managed to hear AM Rocha in February 2013.On February 15, 2016 (LEM367 expedition) during super ARG-cx AM Rocha was heard for a couple of minutes with a decent fading up around 04 UTC over Brazilian R Metrópole. A nice email was received today confirming my report of AM Rocha. According to the email the stations boss Horacio Daniel Ferrer will send a verification also by ordinary mail. Let’s wait and see. Anyway, a most wanted logging and my first from Argentina on 1570.
R Caicó 1290 was heard a couple of times during good late evening openings towards the North Eastern parts of Brazil in February 2016. Station Ids like “R Caicó, com programas cultura, informacões e esporte” was heard with surprisingly good signals. This station was heard already in 2007 by the LEM241 expedition. 1290 holds quite an array of Brazilian stations that have been heard in Finland, the most commonly heard during the last few years being R Timbira and R Brasil Sul. I received a confirmation from R Caicó via FB.
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.