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KLIZ-AM specifications:
1380 KHz, 5000 watts non-directional day with a 192 degree tower. 
5000 watts 3-tower directional night pattern pointing due north. 
46 19' 55.00" N Latitude, 94 10' 26.00" W Longitude (NAD 27)

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February 11, 2021, at 10.00 PM CST: I heard "1380 KLIZ AM Brainerd-Baxter."  The signal was audible on and off for about 12 minutes.  I heard KLIZ mostly with national Fox Sports Radio apart from the top of the hour station identification. I heard the station on the south west coast of Norway (58.12N, 6.39E) with a RF Space receiver (IQ) and a 1500 feet beverage antenna directional towards the west coast of America. The antenna helped to enhance KLIZ' signal relative to signals from stations further east in the US and Canada, with CKPC as the only other North American signal. However, there were surprisingly heavy intererference from a European station on 1386 kHz which forced me to listen with LSB with narrow bandwidth. 

A few words about me: I am 55 years old and live in Oslo, Norway.  Oslo is a nice city with about 600 000 people. I live with my wife, while our 23 year old daughter studies in Trondheim, another Norwegian city. I work with vocational education and training. In my leisure time, I like music, sports and try to find some time for my radio hobby. I discovered AM radio as a teenager in the early 1980s and still enjoy listening to medium wave AM radio. 

I know many Norwegians settled in Minnesota after leaving Norway in the late 19th and early 20th century. Hope to visit USA and see Minnesota one day!

Kind regards
Torgeir Nyen
Last winter I was constantly listening/monitoring and recording the AM radio band.  I received the signal of KLIZ 1380 AM in Finland.  I am a radio enthusiast and I've been listening to distant radio stations for 40 years.  I have also collected confirmations of my reception from those stations.  So far I have succeeded in getting over 2000 stations from over 200 countries confirmed.  However, I think this was the first time I heard KLIZ 1380AM's signal. 

Report: I received the station on the 13th of October 2020 at 9:59 PM Central Daylight Saving Time (2:59 AM GMT).  Block of spots/PSA's at 10:00 PM, the station ID, "SportTalk Radio for the Brainerd Lakes, 13-80 KLIZ, Brainerd-Baxter - The Fan," then sports talk.

There was some interference from a Canadian station (CKPC in Brantford Ontario), and from some European stations on the adjacent channels, slightly fading and troubled with atmospheric noise, but readable.

I use a 600 feet northwest-bound long wire outdoors antenna (hanging on trees), which explains why it was possible to tune into your signal.

Although I know that Your programs are not primarily aimed at the international public, I hope you might find it interesting to know that KLIZ-AM's signal can be heard thousands of kilometers away - even without the Internet!

I wish You and Your station the best of success.  Best Regards, Ruovesi, Finland 

My name is Per Eriksson and I have, according to my friends, a strange hobby.  I enjoy listening to short and medium wave radio stations from all over the world.  That said, I am very pleased to inform you that I  enjoyed listening to The Fan, KLIZ on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at 0430 hours Universal Coordinated Time.  I am using a Microtelecom Perseus software defined receiver.  Must say I am proud of catching your signal with my 900 metre longwire antenna.  Yes, you need that length for trans-atlantic signals!  Have put it five metres up in the trees so elks go free.  Sincerely Yours, Per Eriksson, Vellinge, Sweden.

Dear Mr. Persons:  Greetings from Finland.  I am 61 years old and live in the Helsinki suburb called Laajasalo, which actually is an island in Gulf of Finland.  This is a quiet green place to live.  I have a lot of time for my radio hobby.  DX-ing, or trying to catch foreign radio stations, has been my main hobby since 1968, that is 46 years now.  In that time I have heard and identified about 1200 stations from 205 countries.  Read more at: 

I heard KLIZ-AM on 15th of January, 2015, at 0000 CST K-L-I-Z 1380 AM Brainerd/Baxter, the Fan Fox Sports Radio.  Lauri Niemi, Helsinki, Finland.

Greetings from Norway! My name is Hans Ostnell and I'm living in Vardo, which is the easternmost point in Norway in the extreme north of Scandinavia. The town of Vardo is actually located on a small island in the Barents Sea, about 2 km (1.3 miles) from the mainland and some 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of the Arctic circle. I'm a radio enthusiast, enjoying the reception of distant radio stations, especially on the AM band, and hopefully have my reception confirmed by a station representative.

I had the pleasure of picking up your radio station, KLIZ, on 1380 kHz AM on December 6, 2014, at 2:00 AM your local time.  I heard your station legal identification on top of the hour, as "...Sportstalk radio for the Brainerd Lakes, 13-80 KLIZ AM, Brainerd-Baxter. The Fan!".  Your station is not a regular catch here in my location and I was indeed very surprised when I heard your signals on the frequency! Radio propagation is indeed interesting and fun! 

I was listening from my cottage, outside of town to avoid some of the noise and electrical interference that always is present in populated areas. I'm using a portable, but very capable receiver, and a 300 meter (approx. 1000 ft.) long wire antenna, directed towards the central parts of North America. Propagation into your area was quite good this day, and several stations from the USA, Canada and as far south as Mexico was received here in my arctic location, sometimes with excellent quality!

I myself is 48 years old and working as manager for the coastal radio station Vardo Radio (callsign LGV), which serves ships in the Barents Sea with maritime safety information and weather forecasts on VHF, maritime medium wave and shortwave. Regarding this radio listening hobby of mine, I've been doing this since 1980. I'm also a radio amateur, or ham operator, holding the Norwegian callsign LA2MOA.

Thank you for your time and kind regards, Hans Ostnell, Vardo, Norway

In the middle of the night on October 30, 2014, at 1:03 AM CST I listened to  KLIZ on AM 1380.  This was the first time I have been able to hear  KLIZ.  I heard  station-ID: �Sports Talk Radio Brainerd Lakes 13-80  KLIZ AM Brainerd  Baxter  The Fan."   It was really thrilling hearing your AM-signal on this long distance, almost 3850 miles. 

Some of friends and I were staying a week in an old schoolhouse in the northernmost part of Sweden to listen to distant radio-stations.
ere you can find a little about me:

Parkalompolo is a small village in the middle of nowhere with only 25 persons living here. The road ends here and the nearest shop is 30 km away, but it is a perfect place for listening to weak, distant radio-signals.  The reception-conditions on AM from North America were pretty good this night, especially on the higher AM frequencies, but on the lower frequencies the noise was a little heavy.

Receiver: Perseus SDR.  Antenna: a long wire 780 meters (1/2 mile) long, pointing towards central North America. 

Best Regards, Alf Persson, Nodinge, Sweden

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