During LEM334 we experienced a rather interesting opening towards Peru on November 13 around 05 UTC. At that time the band was rather quiet with weak signals from several stations many of them that turned out to be Peruvians. A surprisingly strong signal was noted on 1140 and turned out to be Chami Radio transmitting from the city of Otuzco in the department of La Libertad situated in the northern highlands of Peru.
Together with Santa Rosa 1500v, TurboMix 1540v and Bethel 1570, Chami Radio was booming in on 1140 for about half an hour giving very frequent ID´s: “Chami Radio – Señal de Libertad”.
A Facebook confirmation was received confirming my reception. Thank you Chami Radio!!
Below a mp3 containing the station’s ID as received in Lemmenjoki.
KHJ Los Angeles “La Ranchera 9-30” surprised with a nice signal on October 25, 2012 during LEM319 completely alone on the frequency which is unusal, taking into account “powerhouses” such as especially CJCA Edmonton but also KSEI Pocatello ID during cx towards the Mountain states of the US . Winter Horton, COO, Liberman Broadcasting, Inc confirmed my reception rapidly. Thanks Winter for your confirmation.
A little bit ashamed, I report that I last night received a confirmation from Radio Amboró, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia via Facebook. During the last 35 years I have been sending tens of confirmation request to this station without success. The original report stems from April 11, 1977 when the station was heard by a few Scandinavian listeners on 4915 in the 60 m.b. On April 11, 1977 the station was surprisingly booming in in the middle of downtown Turku (listen to the audio below). The only DXer I know of, reporting the station in April 1977 and who also received a QSL until now, is Johan Berglund (JBS) in Trollhättan, Sweden. Radio Amboró ended their transmissions on shortwave in the late 70’s but continued transmitting on 1250 AM at least up to 2008-2010 (still listed on that frequency in WRTH 2010, but might be incorrect old data). Nowadays, Radio Amboró is only active on 98.5 FM.
The station’s name probably refers to Amboró National Park is in the western part of the Department of Santa Cruz , at the “Elbow of the Andes”, where the eastern cordillera bends slightly westward from its northly course.
KLAC was heard in Lemmenjoki on January 31, 2009 during a good opening towards the Pacific sea board of the US. This frequency is occupied by many potential stations to be heard in Scandinavia, e.g., WNAX Yankton ND – one of the most frequently listed -; KNRS of Salt Lake City UT and; KVI Seattle WA, this excluding several stations from Canada. The sports station phading in was a nice surprise as it turned out to be “AM 5-70 in Los Angeles”. I got a rapid response from GM and PD Don Martin of KLAC telling me that it was KLAC ‘s announcer Tomm Looney that I had on my included mp3-file which I have included below.
This station has been logged at several occasions during this and last year in Scandinavia. The frequency, 1360, is usually “blocked” by Rádio Bandeirantes of Rio de Janeiro. The frequency however holds several non-common brazilians that have been irregularly logged here. Among these can be mentioned R Cultura, Paulo Afonso, CE; R Cidade, Pato Branco PR (rare); R Ouro Branco, Currais Novos, RN (rare) and ; R Belos Vales, Ibirama, SC.
I had the opportunity to hear R Iracema on May 8, 1999 (UTC) with good signal, and with the complete absence of the dominant R Bandeirantes. My report was confirmed by João Bosco Farias Aragão, Diretor Geral with a four page letter (that was the good old times!), three audio casetts, a huge amount of station information etc. We, that were active long ago, remember the feeling when we got a notice from the local post office that one should pick up a postage from abroad. This was always a thrill.
From the QSL-letter from R Iracema I cite:
“Confirmamos todos os detalhes por voce relatado em sua carta, relativos a nossa emissora tais como, identificacão: Rádio Iracema de Ipú, prefixo ZYH-650, 1360 kilohertz onda média, potencia de 1000 watts etc. No dia 7 de maio de 1999, quando foi sintonizada por voce aí na Finlandia, nossa estacão estava realmente transmitindo um programa semanal de música intitulado “Programa do Boris”, que vai ao ar todas as sextas-feiras, no horário de 20.0 as 23.00 horas. Para melhor comprovacão, estamos enviando anexo tres fitas, com gravacão de todo o programa do dia 21 de maio 1999, no qual fazemos referencia a sua carta”.
I include an mp3 audio below containing a fragment of the massive recordings I received.
The frequency 1470 kHz has for long been one of the best so called propagation indicator frequencies on the AM band here in Scandinavia. At least earlier, I used to first check this frequency to check where the signals were moving. A reason for that was – and still is – that 1470 is free of interferences from European stations, the closest European channels being on 1467 and 1476, respectively. And 1470 has turned out to be a gold mine that never disappoints DXers, whether we look for catches from US/Canada, Central America, Orinoco, the Andean countries, Brazil or the La Plata region. During my years, I have received QSLs from 31 stations in South America transmitting on 1470. In addition to these many stations from US, México and the Caribbean. And the funny thing is, the frequency never seems to disappoint us, new stations are regularly heard.
A personally nice memory is the logging, on June 2, 1991, of ZYH665 Radio Guanacés de Itapajé, CE, BRA. The station was first logged in Finland by Pertti Äyräs on May 20, 1991 only two weeks after the station went on air on May 5, 1991. At the time of these logings the name Rádio Guanacés was not listed but WRTH1991 Edition listed a Brazilian CP-station as Rádio A Voz de Itapajé Limitada. I sent a tentative report including an old fashioned tape recording to Itapajé with the question whether the station really was on air. I received a very nice confirmation from José Ezaclyr Montenegro, Diretor Artístico and Eldo Rios Louzada, Diretor Geral together with half a kilogram of Brazilian coffee (!), station materials and a 60 min cassette including beautiful Brazilian music from the program “Super Paradao Sertanejo” and a long personal greeting which can be heard on the enclosed mp3 audio file.
Today Rádio Guanacés has an agenda focusing on the value conflicts arising within the local and national social sectors and finding a solution to the same. Rádio Guanacés continuously help local institutions in democratic debates concerning the region of Itapajé Uruburetama.
Feliz 25 Aniversario. Con motivo de las bodas de plata de Radio Naylamp enviamos nuestras felicitaciones para el dr. Juan José Grández Vargas, gerente general de la emisora.
(Courtesy Henrik Klemetz)
The peruvian station Radio Naylamp is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary later this year! The station was pretty frequently heard in Scandinavia during the 90’s on a variety of odd frequencies (see HK’s comments below) during good openings towards Peru. R Naylamp is transmitting from Lambayeque in the Lambayeque region in nortwestern Peru. The region is bordered by the Piura Region on the north, the Cajamarca Region on the southeast, the La Libertad Region on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The name Lambayeque is a Spanish derivation of the god Yampellec, said to have been worshipped by the first Lambayeque king, Naylamp.
Says Henrik Klemetz: “Dr. Juan José Grández Vargas, an obstetrician, is the general manager of this friendly station which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on November 7, 2012. See www.radionaylamp.com. Naylamp (pronounced as “nailán” in Spanish) is a mythological figure, thought to have founded the kingdom of Sicán in the 9th C. He disembarked on the shores of what is now the Peruvian department of Lambayeque. There are many representations of Naylamp and his totora raft (which inspired the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl to undertake his voyages on the Pacific), one of which can be seen on the splendid station pennant.
This Old stuff post is intended to wake up some memories of the past, when LA-DX on shortwaves comprised the gold mine for listeners.
In late May 1990 very good conditions towards especially Bolivia in the 90, 60 and 49 meter bands shortwave was observed here in Finland. An andinian station was unexpectedly heard on 4981.5v kHz, between Ecos del Torbes, Venezuela on 4980 and R Brasil Central, Brasil on 4985 kHz with rather good signal strength. I got the ID “Radiodifusoras Minería” on May 19, 1990 but, according to WRTH 1990 this station, officially listed on 4985, should have been inactive at that time. The first logging of this station in Finland was done one day earlier, on May 18, 1990 by Ilkka Suni (IS).
In order to confirm the logging, I called Henrik Klemetz (HK) in Umeå, Sweden and discussed the matter and I also sent him a recording of the logging. This was the first connection to HK since I started DXing in 1963 and since then we have, should I say, been in very close contact digging into the mysteries of Latin American DXing. Henrik has been instrumental in solving a huge number of so called unidentified loggings, not only for me, but for very many DXers all around the world due to his excellent knowledge of Latin American radio, his deep knowledge in the Spanish language and being a DX-listener himself.
On May 24, 1990 HK called up Radiodifusoras Mineria in Oruro, Bolivia and had a chat with Sr. Wilfredo Navarro in the middle of a transmission so HK’s phone call was aired all over the Altiplanos. Please listen to the conversation on the below audio mp3:
Resulting from HK’s call was a very nice QSL-letter from Dr. José Carlos G´mez Espinoza, Gerente y Director General de Radiodifusoras Mineria who also included a very nice pennant and other materials of this re-activated “new” bolivian.
NOTE from Henrik Klemetz: Radio Minería has been off the air for several years, both on SW and MW, says Angel Oquendo, who is from Oruro. Wilfredo Navarro Amurrio passed away in June 2001.
A surprising cuban logged during LEM290 in February 2010 answered with an email from Liuva.firstname.lastname@example.org. I already had a QSL from the station after a visit to Cuba in late March 2010 celebrating my 60th anniversary together with my family. Included an audio mp3 from the logging moment in Lemmenjoki.