Listening to radio stations from the Americas

WELCOME TO JEÖ’s BLOG

This blog is intended for DX-listeners interested in North, Central (including the Caribbean Islands) and South American radio stations. My name is Jan-Erik Österholm (69). I have been an active DX-er since 1963 and since 1968 my DX-focus has almost entirely been on Central and South American SW and AM (since year 1996 almost entirely AM) stations. Close behind the above mentioned LA-DX my focus of interest has been on North American AM stations.During my DX-career, now spanning more than 50 years, I have received more than 3500 verifications from radio stations from all around the world. Of these verifications, close to 3000 come from the Americas. An intension of this blog is, as time progresses, to share with you my experiences in DX-ing towards the Americas including both old and fresh stuff. I know that you understand that putting up an interesting blog is an iterative process which will unfold as the time passes.I hope you’ll enjoy and that you show patience. Comments are most welcome.I live in the City of Borgå (Porvoo in Finnish) some 50 km east of Finland’s Capital City Helsinki. Borgå is the second oldest city in Finland founded 1346 AC with around 50.000 inhabitants situated by the Gulf of Finland. My family consists of my wife Heidi and our two grown-up daughters Anna, (Ph.D in Chemistry), married to Antri,  and Lotta (MSc in Political Sciences) married to Mikko . Heidi has been the perfect companion in everything we have gone through since we met in 1974. She is almost as an experienced DX-er as myself despite that she has only been following my activities on the bands from a distance but she knows about the A- and K-indices, E-skips etc. and she has a relatively sharp ear when helping me with some tricky identifications.

Henrik Klemetz 1942-2019

On September 21, 2019 Henrik Klemetz passed away in Borås, Sweden in an age of 77 years. Henrik (HK) was without question one of the most prominent experts in Latinamerican DX-ing in the world. He made numerous trips to countries in LA. during which he established an impressive network within the LA radio community. In the 90s Henrik lived several years in Colombia where he also married Josefina and together they have a daughter Ida-Sofia. Henrik was an active DX-er from the late 50s to early 80s during which he heard an impressive number of Latin American radio stations. During the last 3-4 decades he was instrumental in helping LA DXers all around the world in identifying radio stations and helping us to get station confirmations on our reception reports. Henrik will be long remembered as the guru of Latin American DXing. Our thoughts in this difficult moment go to Josefina and Ida Sofia. May he rest in peace!

OAU7L R Andina, Juliaca PRU 1370

This station is a very common one on 1370 (split ca 1370.2v). The station changed the frequency from 1360 to 1370 some time between December 2017 and January 2018. After many many tries I finally got a short confirmation via Messenger.

HJD24 La Voz de La Unión, La Unión CLM 1510

This station has become relatively common during the last years. On December 25, 1017 the station was heard in the Sarvsalö QTH (Borgå) with a periodically nice signal before sunrise. Several time checks such as “”En La Voz de La Unión, son las doce 44 minútos” was heard in breaks between pieces of music. The station confirmed by a message on Messenger.

HC— La Voz de su Amigo, Esmeraldas EQA 1340

During a relatively good opening towards Ecuador on January 21, 2018 (LEM393) this station was phading up for around one minute with an ID followed by typical Ecuadorian music. In the ID the “1340 kilociclos amplitud modulada” is crystal clear but the beginning of the ID “Esta es….” remained unclear. After a check by Henrik Klemetz I sent a tentative audio file to the station and received a confirming answer that the audio was indeed coming from La Voz de su Amigo. This became my verified Ecuadorian station # 40 on AM and # 73 including also short wave verifications.

OBX7B Radio Onda Azul, Juliaca PRU 640

Radio Onda Azul was heard on January 21, 2018 in Lemmenjoki with a pretty good signal on AM 640 for some 20 mintues. around 0730 UTC. The station was previously heard in the Nordic region on shortwaves 4801v kHz 1989-1991, but this was the first AM logging of the station. The program heard at this date and time was “Rutas de Recuerdo” with the anchor Sinecio Bustinza with whom I and Henrik Klemetz have had an intensive contact since the date of my reception report to the station in early February 2018. Below a couple of audio clips including one sent by Sinecio on my birthday March 4 2018.

OAM7K Radio San Luís, Pallapa CU PRU 1420

Radio San Luís was heard on January 21, 2018 during LEM393. The station was heard with more or less steady signal between 0730-0830 UTC and my reception report was confirmed by Luchito Torres, Conductor de Radio.

HC— Radio La Voz, Manta EQA 1570

Radio La Voz, Manta, Provincia de Manabí surprised by phading up over Lima´s Radio Bethel- Also Radio Carraviz, Juliaca was heard on the frequency on January 20, 2018 during LEM393. The station gave a nice ID before disappearing:”La Voz, La Voz – en todas partes – La Voz 15-70″. A nice email and a Messenger message confirmed my reception.