Editor of DXing.info
Mäkeläinen is a Finnish
broadcast journalist, currently working as foreign
news reporter for the Finnish
Broadcasting Company (YLE), based in Helsinki,
Finland. In 2015-2017 Mäkeläinen was the
Asia correspondent of YLE, living in Beijing. In
2006-2009 Mäkeläinen worked as the U.S.
bureau chief and chief correspondent for YLE in
Washington DC. Prior to that, he worked as foreign
news reporter and duty editor for YLE, and reported
also for CNN (mostly for the CNN World Report, renamed
View in 2009), which earned him four CNN prizes
from the University of Helsinki. He has also done
postgraduate work in political science as a Knight
Fellow at Stanford University in the United
States and new media concept design at the University
of Arts and Design in Finland.
reports from hot spots around the world. His assignments
have taken him to many developing nations, including
Brazil (picture above), and Peru; a report
of the adventure from a DXing perspective has been
published on this website. He has authored and edited
several books, the latest of which is titled "Villi
Länsi" (The Wild West), an account
of his years as correspondent in the U.S., published
in Finnish in 2010.
both in foreign news and in shortwave broadcasting
has made him an often-quoted expert in international
radio and radio propaganda. If you're a fellow journalist,
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Mäkeläinen has been
DXing since 1980. By 2018 he had collected 5000
verified AM and shortwave broadcasting stations
from 221 countries and territories around the world.
Mäkeläinen lives in
the interference-infested capital region, which
unfortunately is not the ideal place for serious
AM DXing. This is why Mäkeläinen travels
to Lapland every winter. Here you can find his latest
DXpedition report from Aihkiniemi.
Although it can get cold, it is worth the trouble.
All his DXpedition reports since 1990 are posted
in the DXpeditions
section of this site.
Aside from being an active DXer,
Mäkeläinen has used his experience in
Internet concept design to promote DXing on the
Internet. His website Freeze! DXing Arctic Style
was launched in 1998 and later rebranded as DXing.info.
He maintains also other websites, including award-winning
Finnish national debt clock Velkakello.fi.
You can reach Mäkeläinen by emailing him
at: mika at makelainen dot com, or follow this Twitter