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!
Heard during LEM367 on February 19, 2016. This channel is occupied by a handful Brazilians regularly heard in Finland, but R Chiru has been heard before only a couple of times. A FB message confirmed my report.
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!