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!
On February 15, 2016 during LEM367 I was surprised by hearing a new Argentinian on AM 1540 fading up over a Brazilian at 0301 UTC: Radio Zorobabel in Estebán Eschevarría (Monte Grande), BA. The station pulled out a TOH id before disappering: “Radio Zorobabel, AM 1540, Estebán Echevarría”. The dominant Argentinian here is R Mon, Pergamino but there was now sign of it between 02 and 04 UTC that night! Zorobabel Pastor Juan Perez kindly conformed my mp3 with a FB message. Gracias Juan!
During LEM367 in February 2016 there were a couple of good openings towards Brazil, especially on February 14, 15 and 16. 1320 gave me two new Brazilians, both from the State of Santa Catarina. On February 14 R Vitória, Videira was heard for more than an hour mixed with Imaculada Conceicão. The night after, February 15, R Litoral was in turn to be mixed with Imaculada Conceicão. Many TCs and also a full ID where one even mentions the 9kW power of the station as also correctly listed in WRTH. Santa Catarina is not a big state in Brazil what comes to the area and so hearing both stations listed on 1320 was a jack-pot. Videira is located in the heart of the state while Imarui lies on the coast just south of Florianópolis. A nice FB message was received today. Muito Obrigado Rádio Litoral!
Super R Tupi was surprisingly heard with a decent signal on 1340 here in Borgå on May 26, 2016 around 01 UTC. At the time the cx was very specific towards the State of Rio de Janeiro with rare stations also logged on , e.g., 1450 and 1580 as mentioned in a previous post. My audio mp3 was confirmed by Guido Mendes who among other things wrote “We are in the process of migrating to FM, since there are ongoing changes in the broadcasting system in Brazil”. Depressing news indeed for a fan of Brazilian AM Radio.
1320 has produced several new Brazilian loggings for me lately. R Vitória in Videira and R Litoral in Imaruí, both in the southern state of Santa Catarina and also the more northerly Nova R Cultura in São José de Egito in Pernambuco. On February 14, 2016 R Vitória emerged during LEM367 with a TOH-id at 0104 and was then heard for almost one hour giving several ID’s. No sign of the more common R Regionals in Sobral, CE and Cicero Dantas, BA. Ramon Bonassi kindly confirmed my audio via FB.
This station is heard every now and then in Finland, especially in Lemmenjoki. Thje most common Brazilian on 1420 is R Guarujá, Florianópolis, SC. During a very good and selective opening towards especially the state of Rio de Janeiro on May 26, 2016 noted in Sarfsalö outside Borgå at around 01 UTC R Difusora came up with a full legal ID at 0101 UTC. The mp3 was confirmed via FB.
This frequency has offered around 20 stations from Latin America during the last years here in Finland. Most of the loggings have, of course, been done in Lemmenjoki, Lapland, using our excellent 255 degree LP-antenna. Many times during good LP-cx R Nañduti in Asunción delivers an annoying interference from it’s split on 1020.1v. I logged R Macambira on February 16, 2016 at around 2230 UTC in Lemmenjoki during a strong opening towards the northeastern corner of Brasil. A short FB-greeting was received yesterday confirming my mp3 message to the station.
R Feliz in Santo Antônio de Pádua, RJ was suprisingly heard in Sarvsalö, in the Borgå archipelago in my friend John Hjort´s summer QTH, on May 26, 2016. That date the cx were truly interesting. Around 0040 UTC some frequencies were waking up and at around 01 UTC the band was filled with Brazilians on almost every 10 frequency between 1250 and 1600!. After analyzing the recordings it became apparent, that the cx around 01 UTC was centered around the state of Rio de Janeiro and neighboring Sâo Paulo and Minas Gerais. This is very unusual in Finland. Normally specific cx towards Brazil hits the Northern states RN, CE, PB, PE or the Southern states RS, SC and PR, the latter especially in Lapland.
May 26, 2016 gave three very uncommon RJ-stations, namely R Feliz 1450, Super R Tupi, Rio Bonito 1340 and Resende AM, Resende 1580. In the case of Feliz and Resende AM only the call letters ZYJ503 and ZYJ506, respectively, were clearly identified. A confirmation on my mp3 audio to R Feliz was received yesterday. On 1450 the most common Brazilians in Finland during the last few years have been ZYI561 Radio Paraense AM, Castanhal PA and ZYJ822 R Hulha Negra, Criciúma SC. Thanks to Henrik Klemetz and Jari Ruohomäki for confirming the station identity.