DX Listener Reports for KVBR, Brainerd, MN, USA
I'm writing to you of a KVBR AM reception in northern Sweden.
This night was really bad as there was a geomagnetic storm going
on but suddenly KVBR had a boost! I've never heard Brainerd Business
Radio 1340 KVBR before! AM radio is full of surprises!
Sincerely, Bo Olofsson, Kage, Sweden
Hello: My name is Kimmo and I am 40 years old Elevator specialist living in Helsinki, Finland. One of my hobby is DX`ing. It means listening to foreign radio broadcasters, just like your station. Your station belong here in Scandinavia is very very rare. It requires special conditions of radio waves, antennas, and good luck!
In Aihkiniemi DX-Camp, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, here in Finland I had the pleasant opportunity of tuning in to your transmission.
I heard your station KVBR Brained on December 21, 2013, on the frequency of 1340 kHz at 1.00 AM your local time. I heard KVBR 13-40.
Although I know that your program are not aimed at the international public, I hope you might find it interesting to know that your broadcasts can occasionally be heard thousands of kilometers away.
In my photo, the shirt has the wrong flag, but from Scandinavia, however :-)
Very best regards and all success also in the upcoming year 2014 with your truly nice station!
sir, my name is Tore Johnny (TJ) Braatveit, and I write to you from
Norway. I am very pleased to tell you that I heard KVBR on AM 1340
kHz, when the ionosphere allowed your signals to skip all the way to
arctic Norway. I am a radio enthusiast who spend much time hunting
for long distance radio signals on the AM band. An important part
of this hobby is to collect confirmations from the radio stations I
have been able to pick up.
KVBR visited my radio in December 19, 2013, at 2 AM Central Time. 1340 kHz is often a quite difficult and challenging frequency, but also extremely interesting, due to all the radio stations that can be heard there. KVBR had a readable signal into arctic Norway, although it was not alone on the frequency. What I heard, was the end of a program reminder: "... Monday mornings at 7, on 13-40 KVBR." Then it was the signature for a news bulletin.
But, please let me introduce myself a little further. I am 49 years of age, and I work full-time for the Norwegian state, in the National Support System for Special Education (Statped). The general purpose of Statped is to give guidance and support to those in charge of the education in municipalities and county administrations to ensure that children, young people and adults with major and special educational needs are secured well-advised educational and developmental provisions. Most of my job tasks are related to either Braille, assistive/adaptive technologies for the blind - or both. By the way - I am blind myself. In my spare time, I am spending much time to promote the interests of guide dog users in this country, being the chairman of the Norwegian Guide Dog Association, a small non-profit organization owned and operated by the guide dog users community.
I live in central Norway, in a semi-rural municipality called Melhus, located at 63 degrees 10 minutes north, 10 degrees 18 minutes east. My nearest city is Trondheim, if you know Norwegian geography. I live alone for the time being with a dog who is my fifth guide dog, a 5 years old golden retriever girl called Onney. She is such a nice personality, and she is very focused on her job.
The DX hobby - which is all about listening to foreign radio stations via the airwaves on shortwave, medium wave and so forth - was quite unknown to me until about 1980. Since then I have been active within this hobby for most of the time. I still find this hobby extremely interesting. Reception conditions over long distances change all the time, and the listening experiences are therefore often unpredictable. It is like hunting or fishing; you know what you want, but not what you'll get. :-)
The DX hobby does not work very well in areas with much noise from home electronic equipment, like plasma television sets and such. I live in such a place and have therefore no possibility to have a radio to listen to at home. I have therefore set up two "listening points" that I visit in person from time to time. Additionally, I can also access them remotely from home, thanks to the digital radio receivers and computer technology. At both places I have a radio receiver connected to a computer, which again is available through a secured Internet connection. This means that I can sit at home and listen to what is being picked up by the remote radio receivers. One receiver is located at an archipellago on the west coast of central Norway, at a small island called Kalv�ya (Calf Island), at 63 degrees 23 min North, 7 degrees 56 min East. The other listening point is in Kongsfjord, a small and quite remote place on the northern-most coast of this country, at 70 degrees 43 min North, 29 degrees 21 min East, right on the shore of the Barents sea.
My radio receivers are WiNRADiO WR-G33DDC 'Excalibur Pro', which are computer controlled. This means that I have them connected to a computer which is used both to control and operate the receivers and also to store all the recorded signals from them. At both listening points I am using so-called 'Beverage' antennas - or long wire antennas, pointed in various suitable directions. Their length vary from about 225 meters up to 550 meters, and they are all elevated about two meters up from the ground.
Collecting verifications from radio stations we are able to hear is an important part of the DX hobby and receiving a verification from a distant radio station is of course always highly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance!
Sincerely, Tore Johnny Braatveit, MELHUS, NORWAY (Editor's note: TJ is seen intently listening for weak signals)
I'm so delighted to tell you about my reception of 1340 KVBR Radio in Norway, which was a great pleasure on November 26, 2013!
At 5.00 a.m. CST I heard male announcer: "1340 KVBR, Brainerd."
I have enjoyed this fascinating hobby of DXing for 35 years, and have a collection of reception confirmations from no less than 61 AM radio stations in Minnesota!
My total number for USA is 1287.
Your station on 1380 AM, KLIZ, was one of the first US stations I heard, back in 1988.
Hearing 1340 KVBR here in Norway really makes me feel I'm alive!
Editor's note: Arnstein also heard KKIN in Aitkin, Minnesota, on December 7, 2010.
Photo of Heidi and Arnstein looking out from Norway to the world.
all at KVBR! My name is
Jan-Erik �sterholm. I am 61 years old and
am an eager radio enthusiast (DX-er) for
almost 50 years now. I am married to Heidi
(57) and together we have two beautiful
daughters Anna (29), married to Antti, and
Lotta (25). Anna is finishing her Ph.D in Analytical
Sciences and Lotta her Masters in Politicial and Economical Sciences. I
myself graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of
Missouri in 1982 and my wife got her M.Sc in Materials Science from the
same institution. We have all together stayed almost seven years in
the USA (Missouri 1978-1982) and Southern California, Santa Barbara (1990-1993). Now
we live in Borg, a city 50 km east of Finland's Capital City
During a DX-expedition last week to the northern part of Finland, north of the Arctic Circle (Lemmenjoki, Lapland), I managed to hear your station KVBR on 1340 AM. We were equipped with 12 directional beverage antennas of 2000-3000 feet each as well as with several receivers. Sitting up here in the dark in Lapland, Finland and the cold listening to radio stations on the other side of the globe is fascinating!
On October 22, 2012, at and around 00.00 AM (midnight) Central Time I managed to catch your ID during an extremely good and unusual opening towards the Mountain and Central states of the U.S. This is the first time I have done this. Your ID at 00.00 a.m. goes like "AM 13-40 KVBR Brainerd's Business Radio".
Dear Mark, I am a radio enthusiast who enjoys listening for long distance radio signals. About two years ago I heard WVAL on 800 AM and got your confirmation, thank you once more for that!
Now, on November 1, 2011, I had the pleasure of hearing KVBR broadcasting on 1340 kilohertz. At 11:59 PM an ad (or PSA?) with many diseases mentioned, phone# 888-980-3325 and web "Oneworld .. com", your station identification: "money matters .. Weekday mornings at 9, 1340 K-V-B-R, Brainerd's Business Radio" and ABC News. Even though the reception was possible for a short time only, it was fantastic to hear your program so far away, I really enjoyed it!
I spent a week in October/November 2011 in Lemmenjoki (Love River!) listening to North American AM-stations. My setup consists of a Perseus SDR-receiver and the antenna system, consisting of long wires hanging on the branches of trees, was designed for DX reception on the AM broadcast band. Because of the long antennas and favourable atmospheric conditions I was able to pick up your signal.
With best wishes from Finland,
I'm a 51-year old Sales Development Director, and my favorite pastime since early 1970s has been to listen to the distant radio stations with my special receiver - I still like to listen to a distant radio station with a communications receiver, together with the adjacent noise and interference, though a net stream is available for many stations.
I live in the
capital area, which is the southernmost coastal area of
The reception of KVBR
The end of a network program, and the identification by a male
I used a special communications
receiver, Perseus SDR, and the aerial was a directional beverage,
3000 feet, directed to central
Dear Mark, Thank you for confirming my reception of KKIN AM 930 a while ago. Cool to see the report with my picture on a webpage!
In the meanwhile, I have continued careful listening through the data files from my DX-ing expedition to the North of Finland just in front of Christmas. While I heard KKIN on December 19, there was also a fairly decent atmospheric skip your direction on December 18, 2010, at 6:05 AM Central Standard Time. On that day, I had the pleasure to hear KVBR AM 1340 programming.
The KVBR signal was audible just for a short moment, after the hourly news, and I was able to hear a promotion given by Jim Bohannon, the famous talk show host. He says something in the order of the following: "Hi, this is Jim Bohannon inviting you to join me..on Brainerd's Business Radio 1340 K-V-B-R...conversation of the hot topics of the day...politics...Wall street..."
As with KKIN, I was listening with my Perseus SDR ( Software Definer Radio) utilizing a 3000-foot long-wire antenna pointed roughly your direction.
November 17, 2010
e-mail: Subject: KVBR 1340 AM heard loud and clear in Finland!
I am an eager listener of medium and short wave broadcasting
stations from all over the world. Especially I am interested
in North American stations that are heard regularly here in
I had the pleasure to listen to your station KVBR AM on 1340 Kilohertz on the 17th of November 2009 at 04.55 am to 05.05 am CST. The signal strength was moderate and fading moderate.
My receiver is an American SDR IQ (Software Defined Receiver) with
an 800 meter (2625 foot) long antenna pointed towards
Here are some program details to authenticate reception (time CST ): 04.55am Talk programme by a male announcer. 04.59 am Station identification by a male announcer: "You are listening to 1340 KVBR , Brainerd Business Radio."
I am a 56-year-old telephone engineer living in
It was very nice to listen to your station in the middle of snow and
darkness in Lapland, North of the
like to send my best wishes to all Finnish-oriented people living in
your area. Wishing you successful broadcasting and greetings
Mr Yrjo Kainulainen , MScEE
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