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

WVAL-AM specifications:
800 KHz
2600 watts, 2-towers directional day pointing 45 degrees true
850 watts, 3-towers night pointing 300 degrees true
45 36' 18.00" N Latitude, 94 08' 21.00" W Longitude (NAD 27)

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Greetings from northern Sweden, I am writing to report my long distance reception of radio station WVAL on 800 AM here in Sweden. This was the first time I happen to pick up this station, so it would be very nice hearing from you, confirming that it was in fact WVAL that I received.

I am in the 40's and live in Ume in northern Sweden. This is a university town with a population of about 120.000.  I have a wife and two girls (9 and 7 years).  I work as a researcher in Molecular Biology at Ume University, and I have been enjoying DX-ing since I started listening to shortwave on my parents' Arena gramophone/radio receiver back in the 80's.

My report is from October 27, 2012, at 10:00 pm CDT (0300 GMT/UTC). The location was Parkalompolo, a small village in the far north of Sweden (north of the Arctic circle). My receiver is Perseus software defined receiver and the antenna was a 1000 meter wire beamed towards the central parts of North America.

There was also interference from other stations using 800, one of them was Radio Canon in Mexico. I think your transmitter did a good job indeed that day!  I heard "Country, we're 800 WVAL," then a country song was heard.  That station is definitely among the best "catches" I have done in recent years. Any info about your station is of interest too.

Thank you very much in advance and the best to you from Sweden, Jan Oscarsson



Dear Mark, I wrote you regarding my KKIN reception on an DX expedition in Swedish Lapland and had a real nice confirmation of that reception from you plus an article on your DX-reports page!  From the same date as KKIN was heard, I heard even rarer WVAL AM 800! Quite a nice skip made by WVAL! 

RADIO STATION:            WVAL Sauk Rapids MN
FREQUENCY:                  800 kHz
RECEPTION DATE:         October 31, 2010
RECEPTION TIME:          4.40 - 4.42  AM Central Daylight Saving
RECEPTION QUALITY:   Fair to good.
ANTENNA:                       3,000 foot wire pointing to the northwest in Parkalompolo, Sweden.
PROGRAM DETAILS: 4.40   Country classic: "Howlin' at the Moon"  (Hank Williams)  4.41   Station ID:   "All the best songs about ...., drinking and .......trains. Original Country Radio WVAL." Country music:     "Here's Some Love"  (Tanya Tucker) fade out.   

Sincerely,
Bo Olofsson
Byske Sweden

 

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