OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg radio station WSLB 1400-AM has apparently been heard more than 3,400 miles away in Norway.
Torgeir Nyen, who lives in the capital city of Oslo, was on the Norwegian coast in Lista on Jan. 19 at 1 a.m. U.S. East Coast time when “Your station came up from the noise just before the hour and was audible for a couple of minutes,” Nyen wrote. “The announcer says ‘All Sports – All the Time ... Radio 1400 WSLB Ogdensburg...’ followed by what may be two town/area names,” he said in his message to WSLB. He also said he heard it again a little later in the day.
Station manager Michael Guimond calculates that Nyen was “3,425 Miles from Ogdensburg across the North Atlantic” when he heard the signal.
“My city Oslo is now deep in snow, and I guess you get a bit of snow in the winter as well. Maybe winter sports are popular in your area like it is in Norway,” Nyen wrote.
Nyen participates in a hobby called long distance radio listening or DXing, which is particularly interesting to AM radio listeners since, after sunset, the signals travel much farther than they can during the day. Just how far depends on other conditions. Nyer was also using long directional antennas.
The hobbyists will contact a station they have picked up and ask for confirmation that what they heard was that station, which they can then add to their lists of stations received.