Bloke manages to tune in to Adelaide’s FIVEaa from Finland

Former Assistant Editor

A man has gotten in contact with FIVEaa in Adelaide to report that he’s been able to tune into the station all the way from Finland.

Mika Makelainen, a journalist who describes “trying to catch far away radio stations” as his “number one hobby”, told FIVEaa that he happened upon the frequency in a “combination of luck, experience and effort.”

“You may wonder, how I could hear your station this far,” he wrote in an email to the station.  “Well, it really wasn’t an everyday event.”

Mika went on to outline that trying to catch far-away radio stations is known as ‘DXing’, something he’s been practicing for 35 years.

In that time, he’s “heard and received confirmations of reception from stations in over 200 countries and territories all over the world.”

“My equipment consists of a ‘Perseus’ type communications receiver and an array of 3,000-feet/1-kilometer-long wire antennas, one of which is pointing at your direction,” he said.

He went on to explain that conditions for AM listening around the world are idea where he lives in Finland’s Northern Region Lapland.

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