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Category Archives: Colombia

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.

HJBH Radio Magdalena 1420

Radio Magdalena was heard with good signal on October 24, 2014 in Lemmenjoki. The station is quite regularly heard on 1420 in Finland as is Vida AM in Manizaleas. Magdalena was first logged in Finland in January 1987 and the first reported QSL from the station was received by Pekka Kostiainen (PK), then under the name Caracol Santa Marta, in 1993. During the last couple of years the station has re-taken the old name R Magdalena which is nice. I personally wish that all HJ-stations belonging to the big chains Caracol, RCN and Colmundo etc would to the same.

Surprisingly I found that I never had reported Caracol Santa Marta even though I have heard it several times both in Lapland and in my home QTH so now I sent a report to R Magdalena and received a confirmation.

Fuego 1160

Fuego AM (ex. Ecos de Colombia, exx. El Mundo en Bogotá, exxx. Total etc) ) is logged every now and then on 1160. Also two other Colombians have been logged a couple of times  in the Nordic countries during the past couple of years: R Aeropuerto, Barranquilla and Frequencia Bolivariana, Montería but these are by far more rare here as is R Unica, Cali logged in Finland 2006. Received a FB message from Fuego AM.

HJNT Radio Huellas 1470

HJNT Radio Huellas is fairly common on it’s present split 1470.08v. During the past ten years Huellas (formerly Restauración) has been by far the most common HJ-station on 1470. As a matter of fact, with the exception of Ondas del Ibagué (often relaying R María programs), the other listed Colombians are tricky to catch in the Nordic countries. R Popular, Medellín is surprisingly rare nowadays compared to the 70’s when it was one of the most common upper band Colombians, then under the name of R Ya! Colmundo, Cartagena, R Futurama, Pacho and R Uno,  Iza,  has been logged only a couple of times here. Radio Huellas verified my latest report from last October with a Facebook message.

BLU Radio Cartagena 1090

Blu Radio Cartagena (ex. R Bucanero) was heard during LEM345 in late October 2014 with a decent signal. This is a rather new chain of radio stations in Colombia (established in September 2012) comprising, at this moment, 8 FM stations and 2 AM stations in the order of: Calí 91.5, Eje Cafetero 94.1, Villavicencio 96.3, Bogotá 96.9, Medellín 97.9, Barranquilla 100.1, Neiva 103.1, Boyacá 103.1, Bucaramanga 960 (ex Candela) and Cartagena 1090 (ex Bucanero). Blu Radio is going to open three more FM stations in capital cities shortly. The aim is to have the entire station chain on FM. In Bucaramanga and Cartagena, however, there are presently no FM frequencies available, hence the two AM frequencies 960 and 1090. Thanks HK for your help!

I got a very descriptive and nice email confirmation a couple of days ago.

La Voz de la Nostalgia 1080

HJAX La Voz de Nostalgia 1080 was one of the many Medellín-stations audible on January 21, 2014. The station was periodically booming in with strong signals around 06 UTC with several “La Voz de Nostalgia – La Voz de los exitos” ids. A couple of months ago I received a message from the station asking for a mp3 from me with greetings from Finland about the catch. Also some other listeners in Finland got a similar message. The message could not be counted as a verification though. As a result of a recent f/up I received the message upon my verification request: “Muchas gracias!!! Sí señor, recibimos su reporte de sintonía.“. I count this as a verification on my report.

R Bolivariana logo

R Bolivariana 1110 was one of the many stations from the Medellín area that was logged in Finland by quite a few listeners during the fabulous opening on January 21, 2014. The peak of the cx occured between 0550 and 0610 UTC.  With more than 200 verified stations from Colombia I was totally surprised to be able to pick five for me  new stations from this country during this opening. A rapid respons was received by FB.

NSE Medellín 1380

NSE – Radio Nuestra Señora del Encuentro con Dios was yet another station from Medellín that was heard during the superb opening on January 21, 2014 around 06 UTC. NSE totally dominated 1380 over Ondas del Mar for more than half an hour. A nice FB message from NSE’s HQ in Barcelona, Spain confirmed my mp3.

HJTA Radio María, Medellín 1320

Heard on, e.g., January 21, 2014 during a superb “Medellín opening”. I heard R María also during LEM274 in late January 2009 and this reception was recently confirmed via Facebook.

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.