Listening to radio stations from the Americas

Monthly Archives: January 2014

Radio Catatumbo 1150

This station I heard already during LEM274 in late January 2009 during perfect solar minimum openings. A rather rare Colombian station that I have tried to get confirmed  a couple of times earlier without success. I recently sent a follow up  and received a nice Facebook message from David Oswaldo Sánchez Claro Director Magazin AM en Directo. Gracias David!

Catatumbo is broadcasting from the small city of Ocaña situated in Norte de Santander some 150 km northwest of Cúcuta. Nowadays 1150 also has offered, e.g., Caracol Colombia, Armenia and RCN Neiva but both are also quite rare. R Venezuela, Punto Fijo is by far the most common “Orinoco station” to be heard in Scandinavia.

Here the QSL I received in the good old days from HJAZ Emisora Sinú in Montería logged at the peculiar split of 1156v. As mentioned below Frequencia Bolivariana now carries this prefix after Emisora Sinú left the air several decades ago.


Frequencia Bolivariana 1160

Frequencia Bolivariana 1160 was one of the many Colombians heard by several DX-ers in southern Finland during the strong opening on January 21. The station actively announced the web-address, i.e., the address to Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana en Montería. A nice FB message confirmed my hearing.

In 1970 I heard HJAZ Emisora Sinú in Montería which at that time was on 1156v (no digital frequency measurements at that time!). Since Emisora Sinú disappeared long ago, it appears that Frequencia Bolivariana took over the left over call signs HJAZ when they started.

Frequencia U 940  Freq U 940

Frequencia U, 940  in Medellín was heard on January 21, 2014  in my home QTH in Borgå and simultaneously it was logged by several DX-ers in the southern parts of Finland. This date produced an A;M band with strong signals on mos frequencies above 900 kHz. Stations from the Medellín area were especially favored. The station was heard with a weak but stable signal for some 20 minutes. A promt email confirmed my reception.

WDKN Dickson 1260

WDKN Dickson was a surprise, at least for myself, during the LEM307 together with Hannu Niilekselä. The station booming in from nowhere with country and a perfect TOH ID that you can hear on the enclosed mp3. I got a response already over a year ago but I wanted a somewhat better response, and that I gos in the form of an FB message! Thanks WDKN in Dickson, Tennessee, USA!

Radio Patria 1540

This station was heard e.g. during LEM333 in the beginning of November 2013. I heard R Patria for the first time already in the beginning of the 90’s but I never managed to get a verification. Last November the station was heard back and forth for almost two hours, sometimes disturbed by another Spanish speaking station (presumably R Mon) and a Brazilian carrying R Aparecida-programming. Patria  announced , e.g., a spot for  “Farmacia Gadecort” anchored by the station’s technician Gian Carlo Fallini who also confirmed my report. Gracias Gian Carlo! And thanks to HK for listening to my clip and to JPR for his help with v/s information.

Radio Ciudad de la Habana 820

Radio Ciudad de la Habana is not a very regular station here on 820. If one can believe the message received from the station on my report from February 1, 2010 and LEM290: “Buenos días desde Cuba. Pues usted es el segundo en enviarnos un reporte de sintonía desde Finlandia. Pues sí, el audio que nos envía es el boletín informativo que sacamos al aire a esa hora. Pues bien, le invitamos a que siga intentando seguirnos. Saludos y gracias por la información.”

Gracias Radio Cadena de la Habana por su respuesta!

Radio Libre 890

I heard Radio Libre during LEM307 on October 28 2011 in a mess of the common LV11 Emisora Santiago del Estero and two Brazilians of which one was R Tamandaré, Recife and the other one Clube AM, Brasilia – the two most commonly logged ones here on 890- Except for LV11 and Libre, there is one more Argentinian that is on my most wanted list: LU33 Emisora Pampeana in Santa Rosa (La Pampa) that, as far as I know, has been heard only once in the Nordic countries – by Jari Ruohomäki (JPR) almost 30 years ago in 1985! The stations pattern appears to be extremely unfavorable for us.

Radio Libre was heard giving it’s email address “” in connection to a call-in music program. A FB message and an email confirmed my hearing. Thanks Jari Ruhomäki for the v/s hint. Gracias Miguel Bandin y Nora Richardi!

Radio Rio Atuel 800

LV23 Radio Río Atual, General Alvear (Mendoza) is a rare Argentinian heard in Finland previously by -I think – only Jari Ruohomäki. Even though I did not had an official ID Henrik Klemetz (thanks again HK!) verified that it was Radio Del Plata’s px I had on the mp3 from October 2012. LV23 relays R Del Plata 1030 during weekdays. A short confirmation was received last week after many trials.

Radio Caribe 1220

Radio Caribe on 1220 is transmitting with 10 kW (according to WRTH) but is not heard that often, even though, every now and then during better openings towards Cuba. The transmitter site is located in La Fe-Nueva Gerona, located by the coast, in the north-eastern area of  Isla de la Juventud south of the northwestern part of the Cuban mainland.

Going through my older files  I found that I had not reported my logging of R Caribe on January 28, 2010 (LEM290 expedition). I sent a Facebook message including an mp3 to the station and this was instantly confirmed. Gracias Radio Caribe!