QSL: CFFB, Iqaluit.

Due to the shutdown of the Absolute Radio transmitters in Great Britain, the frequency range around 1200-1250 kHz became much quieter in Central Europe. This gave me the opportunity to listen to the CBC North transmitter in Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay), the capital of the Territory of Nunavut, here in Salzburg. CFFB transmits with only 1 kW on medium wave 1230 kHz and could be heard short time in Salzburg last week around 22 UT. The station technician has now confirmed the rare reception, so the territory of Nunavut is also “in the box”.


On 2 February, the signals from Asia and the first signals from Canada were very weak, often a sign for me that Africa could be doing well. Moreover, it was Thursday, so the Sirtaki stations from Greece, which were in almost the same direction of reception, were less active. 

And indeed, around 22 UT, I was rewarded with a terrific opening into Southern Africa. Due to my beverage antenna which listens in the direction of 165° to Africa, European stations can be faded out well. For example, on 828 kHz BBC Asian Network from Wolferhampton is broadcasting with its 200 Watt transmitter and can be heard loudly here. By switching the antenna towards Africa, the BBC could no longer be heard, but the Magic 828 announcement from South Africa could. After 2145 UT I could hear Emissor Provincial de Inhambane from Mozambique on 1206 kHz in a quality never received before. The national anthem of Mozambique could then be heard at 22h UT after a precise search on five other frequencies. The stations from Sofala, Tete, Manica, and Niassa have certainly not been heard often in Europe, Emissor Provincial de Cabo Delgado I could already hear in Salzburg.

828 2230 AFS Magic 828, Klipheuwel/Blaauw Blomme Kloof Farm (WC) 9093 km
873 2202 MOZ Emissor Provincial de Sofala, Beira (sfl) 7811 km
963 2203 MOZ Emissor Provincial de Tete, Tete (tte) 7409 km
1026 2203 MOZ Emissor Provincial de Manica, Chimoio (mca) 7720 km
1206 2145 MOZ Emissor Provincial de Inhambane, Inhambane (ihb) 8294 km
1224 2202 MOZ Emissor Provincial de Cabo Delgado, Pemba (cbg) 7296 km
1260 2202 MOZ Emissor Provincial do Niassa, Lichinga (nia) 7155 km

For such moments, the work with the antennas and the station is worthwhile and a motivation for the whole year!

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