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DX Listener Reports for WMIN, Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

WMIN-AM specifications:
1010 KHz
1700 watts, 3-tower day pointing NNW
240 watts, 4-tower night pointing SSW
45° 36' 18.00" N Latitude
, 94° 08' 21.00" W Longitude (NAD 27)

General Manager Gary Hoppe seen in the photo. 

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Hello Mark - and once again warmest of greetings from Finland !  You may recall confirming a couple of my Minnesota stations before - still at this point many thanks!  Here I come again with another one.  Currently I am again "up here" at my listening post in Northern Finland for 2 weeks and the atmospheric skip has been quite favorable in the direction of your great country.

Yesterday morning, November 4, 2012, at around 8 AM, being midnight November 3-4 your time (Still Central Daylight Savings Time), I was monitoring 1010 AM.  On this frequency a couple of Canadian stations were fading in and out.  However, at 5 AM another signal faded in for a short while.  The CBC station from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was on top.  When it "held its breath" at the top of the hour, WMIN AM 1010 Sauk Rapids gave its identification.

"10-10 W-M-I-N Sauk Rapids, Minnesota."  After this Fox news, but the signal was mixed with other stations and the interference from nearby European stations quite shortly.

Very best regards
Hannu Niileksela
Helsinki - Finland

Email from Norway:   Hi Mark,  I was able to hear a long time wanted one WMIN 1010 AM on 3 November 2012 @ 11:01 PM your local time..  I know that it has been heard in Finland this winter and have been spending many hours on 1010 so far without luck.  But then last night I heard old style music on the frequency and between two songs I was able to catch a station ID!   After the end of a song  I hear a male voice with �Uptown 1010 - WMIN� before a new song.  

I am using a Perseus SDR receiver (a software defined radio) connected to my PC. See for more information. With this receiver I can receive up to 1600 kHz bandwidth at the same time and store it to disk. Then I listen through the saved data afterwards. The antenna is new.  It is two 1,000 foot wires in parallel (200 ft. spacing) directed towards western US. This antenna has worked very well for us, giving additional gain as well as directivity.

Best regards,
OJ Sagdahl

Dear all at WMIN!  My name is Jan-Erik Osterholm. I am 63 years old and I am an eager radio enthusiast (DX-er) for 50 years now.  I am married to Heidi (59) and together we have two beautiful daughters Anna (31), married to Antti, and Lotta (27).  Anna is presently working at Georgia Tech in Atlanta as a PostDoc Fellow in Chemistry and Materials Science and Lotta is Director of Human Resources for two faculties at Akademi University here in Finland.  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).  We live in Borg, a city 50 km east of Finland's capital city Helsinki by the Gulf of Finland.

During a DX-expedition last October in the northern parts of Finland, north of the Arctic Circle, I managed to hear your station WMIN with a "decent" signal on a frequency normally dominated by , e.g. WINS NY and CFRB ON during openings towards the US . 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 26, 2012 at and around midnight  Central Time there was an extremely good and unusual opening towards the central and southern parts of USA.  This opening must have been very rare.  I could hear your top of the hour ID at 12 PM given by a male announcer and going like "Uptown 10-10."   Included is a photo from my home "radio corner".  Also see:

Best regards from Finland
Jan-Erik Osterholm
Borg, Finland


Hello Mark, My name is Jari Sinisalo. I'm 48 years old  and an IT-system specialist from the Town of Vaasa, Finland. I listen to far away AM radio stations as my hobby. I also collect reception verifications. My other hobbies include: music, skiing, reading and foreign languages, especially Spanish. I have two sons: Teemu 20 years and Tuomas 15 years.  My home town Vaasa is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, in the westernmost part of Finland. It was founded in 1606 by King Charles IX of Sweden. It has a population of 60,000 of whom some 24% are Swedish speaking.

I had the pleasure of listening to your station WMIN Sauk Rapids MN broadcasting on 1010 kHz AM on the 4th of November, 2012 from 11:04 p.m. to 11:08 p.m. Central Standard Time. It was a huge surprise to me, because WMIN is quite a rare catch here in Finland.

My receiver was Perseus software defined receiver and I used a long wire antenna of 1100 yards. directed to the Great Lakes/Mid-West US. I picked up your signal in Aihkiniemi, which is situated some 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. I usually spend one week per year in Lapland �hunting� distant AM signals. To find out more on our DX-cabin, please visit:

Here are some details of the program heard:
11:04     -    "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes" performed by Dean Martin  
11:07     -    The station identification: "Uptown 1010 WMIN."   
"They Were Do'in, The Mambo" performed by Vaughn Monroe

At the moment we have sunny weather. The temperature is currently 17 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit).  My very best wishes to you from Vaasa, Finland.  Sincerely, Jari

Dear Sirs, Happy New Year 2012 and thank you very much for your programme. It was most interesting to hear WMIN AM 1010 here in Finland!

I am 44 years old, married, a father of two lovely & lively kids and working with a marke­ting research compa­ny as a managing director. I also produce a tv-animation show for children, called Dibidogs (, and it is aired already in 11 countries and has over 20 million viewers. My favourite hobbies are sports and listening to foreign radio stations (DX-listening).

I work with leading media companies in Northern Europe, including online media, print, TV and radio. Thus I find it extremely interesting to tune into foreign radio stations. Actually radio is both professionally and personally my most favourite media, the one I spend most of my time with. Radio simply reaches you everywhere, is very useful and is so much fun to listen to.

I spent my fall holiday in Lemmenjoki, Lapland, Northern Finland with my good friend Mika Makelainen by hiking and listening to foreign radio stations. We rented a cottage where we had 8 antennas (each 1000 meter long)! Because of the long antennas and good atmospheric condi­tions we were able to receive your station. The receiver I used was a com­munica­tions receiver NRD 535.

I received your station as on October 31, 2011, at 16.56 and 17.00 hours CST.  Reception quality was moderate, even though I guess Finland lies a bit out of your normal coverage area ;)  Your programme at 16.56 CST with a "Uptown WMIN Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud," followed by Fox News.  It was fantastic to hear your signal so far away. 

Here in Espoo we have a local radio listeners club, Espoon DX-Kuunteli­jat. We are some 20 active members, meeting once a month and having listening trips around Finland. With other DX-clubs in Finland we publish 'Radio World' -magazine. If you will visit Finland and Espoo one day, please visit our club, too. You are most welcome!

Jim Solatie, Espoo, Finland

July 2011:  Hi guys,  So glad to have a station (WMIN 1010 AM Radio) in our area that plays REAL music, as does WVAL.   We go riding in our '36 Ford V8, then turn on the TUBE radio and tune in to 1010 for some real big band stuff, along with Sinatra and the others.  At a car show one day, a guy accused me of having a 'tape player in the trunk', hearing this music roll out of the overhead speaker above the windshield....  I told him I'd bet him ten bucks that there is NO tape player.... none.   I finally explained it all and he left all excited, ready to try it on his AM dial.   Six volts .... real tubes... real radio.... can't be beat.   I rebuilt the radio myself. 

With this '36 Ford, a genuine such radio is really hard to find and even harder to rebuild, as parts like the transformer are not made new by anybody.  Most of the rest is, but not all.  So, to avoid the cost of a real old Ford radio, I took a '54 Ford radio that I had rebuilt and on the shelf, working, and then rigged up the cable controls from the dash head & dial, to that radio, mounted under the dash and on the firewall.  Works like a charm and fools everybody.  The antenna is the chicken wire that helps support the roof, which is an oil cloth type stuff, and was all put in new, over the wire.  The wire is on the wood bows and does not touch the body.  Antenna wire is soldered to the wire and presto...we have a great antenna and just the way Ford made it in those days.

As soon as the sun sinks low, I can pull in WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa, easily, as well as many others from far away.  We also have a '54 Ford Fordor and when coming out of Des Moines (and overhead wires etc.), we can begin to hear WCCO quite well.   Yep... they just don't make 'em like they used to.

Thanks for a great job, Warren Sjoberg, Milaca, Minnesota.


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