Being able to take a break
from war reporting was the most important benefit
of the 159th DXpedition to Aihkiniemi. One of the
high points was hearing two stations from Tierra
del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America,
over 15,700 kilometers from our cabin. Otherwise
conditions were mediocre. We were able to find a
few new catches mostly from the US, Mexico, Argentina,
Uruguay, China and Spain. Additionally, seeing rare
reddish northern lights and taking a road trip to
meet Norwegian DXers were the highlights of AIH159.
Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine
has resulted in a tense, miserable and hectic year,
which for me has included for example a couple of
reporting assignments in Ukraine, as well as endless
hours analyzing the war at home here in Finland.
You can find links to much of my reporting on my
page. As a result of intensive reporting on
the war, I have accumulated loads of overtime, part
of which I was able to compensate for by taking
this two-week break for DXing in Lapland.
Because of the excessive workload,
I haven't been able to check and recycle as many
hard drives from previous years as I planned. This
was a good reason to shop for another 2030
terabytes of storage space for yet more recordings
On a rainy Friday evening in mid-October I met Jim
Solatie at the Pasila railway station in Helsinki
to cram his belongings in my Toyota Auris. Then
we left the jam-packed car on the lower deck of
a car-carrier train, almost first in line, and walked
over to the nearby Tripla Mall for a dinner at Bangkok
Ready to identify Thai
foods and Thai radio stations with Jim (left). In
this report you can CLICK the photos to open larger
versions in a new browser window.
After some Thai delicacies it was time to hop on
board IC 265 train, which would take us all the
way to Rovaniemi in about 12 hours. The train was
packed with families going on a holiday in the Arctic,
as this was the beginning of the fall break in most
schools. I didn't sleep too well, but that's what
tends to happen on a somewhat noisy train. Sharing
experiences of the shortcomings of the Finnish judicial
system probably didn't help either.
The train arrived in Rovaniemi at the scheduled
time of half past seven on Saturday morning. It
took another 20 minutes to unload the cars, after
which we started driving north along Highway 4.
Jim had breakfast at the railway station restaurant,
while I waited for the car. Later I grabbed a sandwich
at Lidl in Sodankylä on the way. Initially
there were plenty of reindeer lining the road just
north of Rovaniemi, but no near-misses.
Proceeding north, we had the road practically to
ourselves. The temperature remained above zero,
so I was able to drive pretty fast. And we didn't
spend time at the regular sightseeing spots along
the road, since mist and drizzle didn't favor taking
any decent photos.
We missed seeing outgoing DXers Lauri Niemi and
Jyrki Hytönen who had left Aihkiniemi
quite early, and got on phone with them when we
were in Ivalo, while they had already passed us
and continued further south to Saariselkä.
Murmansk would be only
300 kilometers away from Ivalo, but right now it
feels decades away.
Ivalo is the best place to buy groceries around
here. S-Market Vaskooli was less crowded than normally,
because there wasn't a single Russian shopper. At
this point Murmansk was just 300 kilometers (186
miles) away to the east, but due to decreased border
traffic, the border crossing is open only during
daytime. Very few Russians have a valid reason to
cross the border now that shopping for better cheese
no longer entitles them to enter Finland.
With a chock-full car we then continued to Inari
in the afternoon, and had lunch at a Neste service
station before the final stretch to Aihkiniemi.
This pit stop had changed ownership, but their menu
remained the same. We arrived in our misty paradise
at 2.30 PM local time, and had first recordings
running by 4 PM local time, or 1300 UTC.
The beginning is always a bit chaotic. For me at
least it always takes some time to acclimatize,
to figure out how to set up everything properly,
as it had been a full year since my last DXpedition
Unlike last fall, we didn't build any new antennas
ourselves, but previous crews had improved and replaced
for instance coax cables. We had a choice of the
same familiar 14 antennas, each 1 kilometer (on
average 3,300 ft) long:
We both operated three Perseus receivers. Jim used
the native Perseus software, while I prefer Jaguar.
Here you can see what my setup looks like: one laptop
for each Perseus, only one of which is visible in
this shot. Perseus is the yellow-lined small black
box, still the best SDR for Lapland, especially
when coupled with Jaguar.
Mika's DX setup in Aihkiniemi.
The weather was pretty favorable, with not too much
snow by the end of the DXpedition. We can't really
complain about the solar weather either, because
as we are approaching the solar maximum, all sorts
of unfavorable solar events are bound to become
The Aihkiniemi premises were the same as before.
A bit basic and spartan perhaps for someone, but
quite sufficient for the sole purpose of our travel
here, which is hunting for distant radio stations
on the AM band. In this
video shot in 2020 you can take a peek inside
the Aihkiniemi cabins and see how we have equipped
And when the radio dial provides nothing interesting,
occasionally the sky does. Photography for me is
an essential part of these expeditions, and you
can enjoy the best shots in this report.
As a keepsake from the Arctic,
you can use this photo of the Milky Way with northern
lights for personal non-commercial purposes, such
as a background image on your cell phone. Click
to open a larger version.
Several other Arctic DXpeditions took place in parallel
to ours. Unfortunately, listening efforts from Lemmenjoki
are not online. In Parkalompolo in Sweden, PAX150,
(these links open Word and PDF documents) coincided
at least partially with AIH159. In Norway, postings
from KONG45 can be found in Bjarne
Here's our day-to-day diary with details of propagation
conditions. A full log will be published only after
all recordings have been reviewed. To get an idea
of how extensive these logs can be, check out earlier
logs for example from AIH33
where only rare catches are listed.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Japanese stations welcomed us on the dial and were
heard pretty strong at 13001500
UTC, but waned somewhat by the time NHK2 stations
identified and closed down for the day at 1540 UTC.
Dozens of stations were identified, but no new or
otherwise rare ones. In the evening, there were
no good openings to any direction, and for instance
not a single Australian station was logged.
Slava Ukraini! And fuck
Sunday, October 16, 2022
As soon as the sun set over the Americas, stations
were heard from Canada to Argentina. Our 305-degree
antenna carried loads of signals around 00000730
UTC, except for a deep dip around 0100 UTC. South
American stations peaked at about 0500 UTC, with
some Chilean and Colombian stations (for instance
Radio Nacional on 570 and 680 AM) heard even later.
For North America, 0600 UTC was perhaps the best
top of the hour, including stations such as 950
KKSE, 980 KDSJ, 1060 KRCN, 1340 KTMM, 1410 KOOQ,
and 1440 KPUR. I got surprisingly many personally
new catches this morning: 1270 XEGL, 1310 KYUL,
1560 KTUI and 1670 XEFCR. Signals nosedived at about
0745 UTC, with just some common and weak stations
remaining during the day.
Then it was time to check the first antennas, despite
light rain, and to change a couple of light bulbs.
In the afternoon a plethora of Chinese stations
were heard especially at 12001300
as it was the beginning of the Communist party congress
in Beijing. Then almost everything vanished, and
including unfortunately also the Middle East
returned less forcefully around 1400 UTC.
This is what our antenna wires
Monday, October 17, 2022
Overnight was much less exciting than the previous
night. Transatlantic stations emerged fairly strong
at 0100 UTC, but it turned out to be a short peak.
After a lull, South American signals were strongest
UTC. Eventually the best period might turn out to
UTC, when interference by European stations began
to wane. However, signals from South America dropped
right after 0500 UTC, and reception even from the
western half of the US deteorirated markedly by
0600 UTC. Local sunrise here was 0525 UTC, so it
was not really a surprise.
For example 1230 KBAR, 1240 KIUL, 1340 KGGS, 1340
KACH, 1350 WWWL, 1360 KPXQ, 1410 WNGL and 1580 KKTY
were identified in the early morning hours. KUSH
Cushing OK on 1600 AM was my best catch, a station
previously unheard in Finland.
As it was Monday, we got our first shot at RNE stations
during their local break at 0525 UTC, although we
didn't net any new ones. So far the only new catch
for me from Europe was scoring Radio Attiva from
Italy on 1278 AM.
In the afternoon the Eastern Hemisphere opened relatively
early, and after 1045 UTC we noticed the first Kiwis
of the season (1035, 1080, 1107 and 1161 AM). Propagation
progressed in the usual manner, starting from Japan,
and gradually descending through China to lower
latitudes. Areas around the Himalayas were exceptionally
strong around 1600 UTC, including AIR Pasighat on
1062 AM, a personally new catch. Nothing worth mentioning
was heard later in the evening.
A closeup of purple moss.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Reception of transatlantic stations got off to a
really slow start with hardly any stations emerging
from the static before 0200 UTC. Propagation favored
the US, and South American stations were weaker
than yesterday. Reception peaked before sunrise
at around 0500 UTC, which should be investigated
in more detail, as we logged more stations from
southern states than normally (such as 1140 KHFX,
1170 KTSB, 1350 WWWL and 1510 XEQI).
Later on emphasis shifted to the Great Plains, and
soon to the Pacific Northwest (such as 960 KLAD,
1290 KPAY, 1340 KIHR, KWVR, KYSP, KLOO, and 1520
KVEN), from where new stations are hardest to find.
During daylight, signals persisted at a stronger
level than before until past 1200 UTC, after which
the last sounds from the Western Hemisphere withered.
At the start of the RNE1 local break at 0525 UTC
I netted Zaragoza on 639 AM, a new one for me.
Amazing uneven ice formations
at the swamp surrounding Aihkiniemi.
During the day we checked more antennas and left
automated software to preserve the AM band. The
sun showed up for a change, and after a clear night,
small pockets of the swamp had begun to freeze.
Checking the antennas was a breeze, and by 1000
UTC we were ready for an afternoon session from
the Eastern Hemisphere.
The first Japanese stations and a couple of New
Zealand stations made an appearance after 1030 UTC,
but they were weak, and we suffered from some unexplained
noise on our Asia wires. Presumably, there are hunters
at a cabin a few kilometers away using solar power
for lighting, and their inverters are still causing
the interference, even though we have attempted
to fix the issue.
After 1400 UTC it felt like the AM band had already
descended into the typical pan-Asian mayhem, where
any weak and interesting signals are covered completely
by powerhouses from Japan to Iran.
Got a nice reflection of the
aurora borealis as our nearest lake was not yet
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Before going to sleep on Tuesday evening, I caught
the first northern lights dancing in the sky. They
never cease to amaze me. The AM dial was much less
amazing, as readable transatlantic signals surfaced
very late, at 0100 UTC from South America, and at
0200 UTC from North America. Signals improved a
bit until they dropped fast at sunrise (0530 UTC).
Some common stations from the Pacific Northwest
remained audible through the day until past 1300
UTC, but no new ones have been discovered. Identified
stations included 1230 KBAR, 1230 KZHC, 1240 WJMC,
1450 KLBM, 1490 KBKR, and 1490 KDBM.
Dawn revealed the first sprinkling of snow on the
ground, but it melted during the day. Jim checked
the last remaining antenna, so from now on outdoor
exercise became voluntary, and off predetermined
tracks. When I complained about not finding very
many lingonberries, Jim volunteered some valuable
advice: normally they grow on the ground, not in
our antennas. This turned out to be a useful and
practical hint, and I indeed found many more berries
when looking down instead of inspecting the antenna
In the afternoon Tonga on 1017 AM was stronger than
before, but surprisingly late, at 1300 UTC. Around
that time East Asian stations began to build up.
Nothing of interest was noted later on, although
I have to admit that we were not very active in
monitoring current conditions, but focused largely
on perusing older files when conditions were better.
5PA Adelaide was noted on 1161 AM at 1900 UTC, so
at least something from Australia was audible in
addition to the most common X-band stations.
Typically my settings in aurora
photography are as follows: focal length 16 mm,
exposure time 1030 seconds and ISO-1600.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
A very brief and weak opening at 2140 UTC could
have made it possible to pick up daytimers from
the US, but nothing interesting was logged. Later
on US stations were heard at 0200 UTC, and in the
morning hours from 04000500
UTC until signal levels dropped after 0700 UTC.
Some stations from the Pacific Northwest re-emerged
between 1100 and 1200 UTC.
Identified stations included 790 WAXY (now rebranded
as "La Nueva Radio Libre"), 1240 KIUL,
1320 WFHR, 1340 KWLM & KACH, 1350 WWWL, 1440
WVEI & WWCL, 1490 WBAE, 1570 KVTK & WWCK,
1580 KKTL, and 1590 WAUB
so this was the second day without any instant new
catches from the west. Apart from some Colombian
stations after 0500 UTC, the Latin American front
was pretty quiet. Also, we haven't forgotten to
check for African stations on most days, but so
far we've encountered nothing interesting from there.
In the afternoon the Far East gained enough strength
to merit a wideband recording from 1400 UTC, but
conditions were very general in nature, so it was
hopeless to locate anything new. A few inband Aussies
were found, however, which was an improvement from
Outside temperatures hovered around the freezing
point, and the day was exceptionally breezy. Felt
like fall was turning into winter up here.
Checking antennas. You can
see the wire just to my right.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Overnight was poor to all directions with very few
stations from the Americas before 0300 UTC. Latin
American stations were weak even in the morning
hours. Before dawn conditions favored the Great
Lakes area before going rapidly downhill after sunrise
In the afternoon the Pacific Northwest staged a
fairly impressive comeback with decent signal levels
until about 1345 UTC. As we already have almost
all graveyard stations from the Pacific NW verified
over the course of the past few decades of serious
AM DXing, we didnt spot any new ones. 1140
KZMQ and 1430 WYMC were perhaps the best catches
of the morning session, both neatly preserved in
our QSL collections. From the west, for instance
the following graveyard stations were identified
on this day:
1240 WJMC, KTIX
1340 WNCO, KIHR, KBBR
1400 KFJL, KNND, KKTL
1450 KFIZ, KBKW
Some sunshine for a change on an exceptionally cold
day. We had -10 degrees C in the morning, which
was coldest morning on the DXpedition. We took the
trash to Käyräniemi, I flew my drone over
Lake Inari, and Jim went hiking. In the evening
it began to snow.
There were no signs of any Pacific goodies. East
Asian stations were a bit of a roller-coaster. They
first appeared around 1115 UTC, vanished entirely
by 1135 UTC, resurfaced by 1200 UTC, took another
shallow dip, and remained fairly constant from 1300
UTC onward. Once again there wasnt a any particular
focus, so finding new stations resembles the proverbial
needle in a haystack challenge.
Drone views of the Aihkiniemi
cabins, first from just above the treetops, and
below from about 120 meters.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
On Friday evening, the first US stations appeared
remarkably early. 1390 WEGP was heard at 2015 UTC,
and soon after also 1500 WLQV and 1520 WWKB, almost
two hours before sunset. Of the somewhat more uncommon
catches, for instance 870 WKAR and 1590 WHGT were
heard with their daytime power.
There was a deep null in overall signal strength
at around 0000 UTC, but otherwise nighttime reception
was decent. Signals nosedived again after sunrise
with a low point at 06300730
UTC, but recovered nicely by 0800 UTC. No Latin
American stations to speak of. The lower end of
the dial was weaker than expected, but anyhow Saturday
offered the best reception of North American stations
The geographical focus followed the most common
pattern; first around the Great Lakes, then shifting
to the Midwest, the Rockies, and finally only the
Pacific Northwest. Signals from there were resurrected
briefly but quite forcefully around 1230 UTC, before
finally retreating in static.
During the day we had a bit more snow, but as the
streams were still not covered by ice, Jim took
a swim in the ice-cold water, going under a rickety
bridge which we normally use to access the western
half of our antennas. It is slippery and flimsy,
but as far as I know, nobody has plunged into the
or, until now, voluntarily.
Tonga on 1017 AM was heard for a while at 1205 UTC,
followed by a couple of NZ stations, but nothing
uncommon. East Asian stations followed, but once
again it was mostly a mishmash of everything from
Japan to India and Iran.
Sunday, October 23, 2022
A huge coronal hole brought about a minor geomagnetic
storm, so the northern lights were awesome. At times
the aurora was moving quite fast, sort of like dancing
on the sky. A peculiar and rare feature was seeing
reddish northern lights on the southern sky, as
normally aurora is seen on the northern sky, or
arching directly above. I took loads of photos,
which are always a big hit on social media.
Partially red aurora above
Red northern lights on the southern sky.
Northern lights when looking
at the zenith.
An exposure experiment; here
I lit the pine trees briefly with a headlamp.
Consequently, nothing much was heard on the AM dial
during the first half of the night, but both Latin
and North American stations improved a bit before
dawn, after which propagation collapsed fast. The
best part of the morning were strong signals from
Paraguay after 0500 UTC. From neighboring Argentina,
Jim spotted Radio Nacional on 690 AM, which is not
a common frequency. Only some faint signals from
Canada persisted after sunrise.
On shortwave, an artsy project over HAARP
in Alaska was heard with a weak signal. Later I
took a look at the European shortwave scene (something
that I resort to roughly once in a year), netting
Radio Europa 24 on 6150 kHz.
In the afternoon, Asian stations appeared very late,
just before 1300 UTC, but dipped again before 1400
UTC, and reached a consistently good reception from
1500 UTC onward. The focus was in China, and Jim
identified for instance Chifeng on 747 AM and Huai'an
on 801 AM, both previously not logged in Finland.
Monday, October 24, 2022
Disturbed conditions continued so that it wasn't
before midnight UTC when anything interesting was
audible from the Western Hemisphere. North American
stations were pretty weak and propagation favored
Manitoba, just as the night before. South American
stations were equally slow to make it this far,
but had peaks of reception at 0300 UTC and again
at 0515 UTC, when especially Uruguay was strong.
AN UPDATE (on November 16th): In retrospect,
this sunrise opening to Uruguay, Buenos Aires (Argentina),
Chile and Paraná (Brazil) turned out to be
excellent, maybe even the best I have ever experienced
to this particular region. Among the top catches
were 890 Rádio Itapuã, 1140 Radio
La Luna, 1330 Radio Mailin, 1400 Rádio Jornal
São Miguel, 1460 Radio Ona, 1500 Radio Tierra
del Fuego and 1570 Radio Cristo Llama Al Pecador.
Radio Ona and Radio Tierra del Fuego are both located
in Porvenir in Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago
off the southern tip of South America, over 15,700
kilometers from our cabin. Only some New Zealand
stations are still further away from Lapland.
Here are some audio clips of what we heard this
morning in Aihkiniemi. These examples are not the
rarest stations, but their signals were amazingly
strong and clear:
750, Buenos Aires, 750 AM
Renacer, Moreno, 1340 AM
1550, Villa Florito, 1550 AM
- Uruguay: Radio
Yi, Durazno, 960 AM
La Voz de Artigas, Artigas, 1180 AM
Pretty neat quality, isn't it?
Sometimes a transatlantic opening occurs even after
most European stations have already faded out, and
so there is very little interference.
Signals disappeared at sunrise, and so did we
heading to Norway and leaving automated recordings
to take care of the following 30 hours. DXpeditionists
Bjarne Mjelde, Odd-Jørgen Sagdahl and Ole
Forr on KONG45 kindly invited us to visit their
QTH in Kongsfjord at the northern tip of Norway.
On the left Finland, and on
the right Norway, connected by the Sami bridge in
We drove first to Kaamanen, and paid a visit to
Kaamasen Kievari, a legendary guesthouse and restaurant,
which is currently for sale, as the owners are hoping
to retire. So if you've got 900,000 euros to spend,
here's your new business opportunity. We didn't
have, so we hit the road after spending a few euros
I decided not to fill up there, because they're
known for selling the most expensive gasoline in
the country. Last summer it was around three euros
per liter (over USD 11 per gallon).
We continued to Utsjoki and to Nuorgam, which is
the northernmost point in Finland and in the entire
EU. There's a commemorative boulder right next to
the border crossing.
We shopped at the northernmost Alko (the alcohol
retailing monopoly in Finland) for a bottle of nice
champagne to take to our hosts, and had hamburgers
at the local K-Market, which is run by the brother
of our friend and DX-collegue Markku Jussila.
This is as far north as you
can go in the EU.
Jim at the Nuorgam Alko, the
largest liquor store of any small community in Finland.
This totem-like wooden sculpture
in Nuorgam is unique in Finland.
On the Norwegian side, the Teno/Tana
River estuary was quite impressive just before sunset.
A short detour to Tanamunningen
These huts at Tanamunningen are only accessible
Looking southwest over the
Tana River estuary.
After a couple of photo stops and a drive over snowy
highland terrain, we landed in Kongsfjord, and got
rooms at the local guesthouse, before walking over
to the KONG headquarters for a fun evening and excellent
dinner made of local cod. And lots of DX talk.
From the left: Mika Mäkeläinen,
Bjarne Mjelde, Odd-Jørgen Sagdahl, Ole Forr
and Jim Solatie.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
After less than an ideal amount
of sleep, we had breakfast at the guesthouse with
the KONG45 crew, and then started our long journey
home over icy roads.
Sunrise at Kongsfjord Guesthouse
In order to see something new, we took a detour
on a dead-end road to Båtsfjord, which claims
to be the fishing capital of Norway. The title is
probably deserved, judged by the multitude of colorful
boats in the harbor, but despite a pile of huge
crab pots close to the pier, the local supermarket
didn't even have king crab for sale.
The harbor of Båtsfjord, a new town for me.
For the return route, we opted to drive via Näätämö,
where we shopped for groceries for the three remaining
full days, and arrived in Aihkiniemi just before
sunset. Asian stations emerged in full force around
1400 UTC right after our arrival, but nothing of
interest was immediately noted.
A quick look at our automated recordings revealed
that the morning had been lousy from the direction
of North America, but South American stations were
fairly strong through the night. For example, 1520
Xodó FM and 1530 Radio Milenia were identified.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Some Brazilian stations emerged as soon as darkness
fell, but after a few hours of modest reception,
South American signals nosedived after 0330 UTC
for good. North American signals were much slower
to turn up, providing something to record only after
0100 UTC, but their barrage continued beyond dawn,
which was a welcome improvement. Identified stations
included 1170 KLOK, 1240 KBUP, 1410 KLFD and 1450
WLEC. Graveyard frequencies were open pretty well,
and I got a couple of personally new catches from
Smileys found in Norway.
North American signals sank after 1200 UTC, but
long before that we had to pay attention to Asia
as well, since the first Japanese stations emerged
before 1000 UTC, just in time for the NHK1 local
station identifications. No new ones were identified,
but this was still the best opening to Japan during
AIH159. For example JOCG Asahikawa ID was heard
over a low-power relay on 1161 AM.
Then it was time for public relations. One of the
aspects which I have always worked hard for is getting
positive media attention to this hobby. I bet a
lot of people
especially in this neighborhood
are very curious about us fiddling with sophisticated
receivers in the middle of nowhere, so why not actively
promote the hobby and try to explain what this is
Therefore it was a nice surprise when Jaakko Peltomaa,
who works as editor-in-chief of Inarilainen,
a local weekly newspaper, got in touch with me.
He was interested in writing a
story about our DX cabin, and at midday he came
over to see the place for himself. We explained
all the what, where, when, how and why of the hobby,
and showed him some of the antenna wires as well.
Reindeer think they own the
roads. Well, most of the time they do.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Transatlantic conditions took time to mature. Actually
I stayed awake later than normally and I did get
one new daytimer station (1540 WXEX) already after
2130 UTC a
first for this DXpedition
but really nothing much was heard from the US until
about 0300 UTC. Even then conditions were poorer
than the previous night.
Latin American signals were also quite modest until
0600 UTC, when there was a short but sharp opening
to Colombia (for example 1120 Tropicana and 1440
Colmundo), Puerto Rico (for instance 1190 WBMJ and
1340 WWNA), Cuba and the US East Coast (for example
790 WAXY). However, the most interesting part of
the morning was RNE's first local break of the day
UTC, which netted us a couple of new stations.
After sunrise US stations continued to be heard
for a couple of hours, then took a deep dive, and
returned for a moment before 1100 UTC. Identified
stations included 1210 KPRZ, 1340 KIHR & KWVR,
and 1490 KBKR
so the focus was squarely on the west coast.
The first Japanese stations appeared around 1000
UTC, but much weaker than on Wednesday. Later on
Chinese stations were strong. Nothing new yet, but
loads of recordings are waiting to be inspected
closer. Later in the afternoon 1611 SEN from Darwin,
which had a barely audible signal on most days,
was finally heard strong enough with recognizable
Thursday included also a second round of Jim's winter
swimming, which I documented by a drone.
Jim swimming click
to open a video on YouTube, filmed by Mika.
Later in the evening it was again time to focus
on PR. Journalist Erin Burke from 790 KXXX in Colby,
Kansas, interviewed us both over Zoom. This interview
will be published on the station website as well
as aired on the radio.
Burke originally got in touch with me a couple of
weeks earlier when she kindly verified my reception
of KXXX. I heard the station almost exactly a year
earlier on October 28, 2021, here in Aihkiniemi,
She has already done one morning show telling her
listeners fun stories from the Finnish Lapland,
and we plan to continue working together also on
some future shows.
Friday, October 28, 2022
Some New England stations were heard at local sunset
UTC on Thursday evening, but no new ones were spotted.
Then US stations sounded relatively powerful until
0300 UTC when signals began to decline, and vanished
two hours after dawn. The Pacific Northwest made
as usual in
the afternoon around 11001300
UTC, but signal levels were weak.
Asian signals began to improve after 1200 UTC, once
again dominated by Japanese and Chinese stations.
A bit of Alaska, a bit of Australia, even a lone
Kiwi station in the mix
you get the picture, stations from all over, which
is not ideal for finding any new ones.
A Eurasian jay visiting
Saturday, October 29, 2022
The first New England stations appeared already
around 2100 UTC, which was good for daytimer-hunting,
but we didnt spot new ones. 990 WDEO and 1510
KCTE were heard still at 2300 UTC.
Overnight was marked by rapid ups and downs in transatlantic
signal strength. Latin American stations seemed
feeble and close to non-existent in the morning,
while North American signals improved before dawn.
Generally, stations in the Canadian prairie states
and the Pacific Northwest were most potent, but
WJET from Erie PA on 1400 AM was a nice catch just
before calling it quits.
As conditions turned below average, we disconnected
our receivers, packed our stuff, cleaned the cabin,
and hit the road just past midday. Reserving more
time than usually for our return trip to Rovaniemi
turned out to be smart, because the weather was
awful with either rain, sleet or snow all day.
In Ivalo we met Jarmo Salmi.
His DX partner Jari Sinisalo was driving up north
about an hour behind.
In Ivalo we stopped for a pizza, and met Jarmo Salmi,
who would be staying in Aihkiniemi for the following
week with Jari Sinisalo. They have upgraded Aihkiniemi
sleeping quarters so that now a maximum of four
people can stay there overnight. Yet, there still
isn't table space for more than two DXers.
Driving on slippery roads, later in the evening
we had just enough time to devour burgers at Hesburger
in Rovaniemi before we were due to load the car
onto the train and get a drink at the railway station
before the train departed close to nine.
This was the night when Europe switched back to
standard time, so with dark evenings, now it really
feels like the winter has arrived. As a consolation,
however, now we have terabytes of recordings, still
full of surprising catches, to inspect and to carry
us through the cold season. And we're even planning
to return to Aihkiniemi later this season. I'll
be back already in late November, and Jim right
after new year, and again in March.
and photos: Mika Mäkeläinen
Published on November