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    So I'll be spending a night in Portland, Maine weekend after next. This will be the closest I've been to Europe and I'll have my Sangean ATS-909X with me.

    Are there any European LW or MW stations that should be easy catches for me? What can be heard from Atlantic Canada? What should I try for?

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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    Well, I am by no means an expert on this, but I offer.....

    Assuming that you will have a smartphone, best to have MWList.org at the ready. Enter "Continue as guest" on the page, and you'll be able to see a list of stations with powers shown. Countries shown (as "guest") are in the French 3-letter abbrev. I believe that LW is included in this list as well.

    I believe that the BBC on 693 is reported from the northeast a bit.

    When I was in St. John's NL in Aug 1999, the only MW I got across the pond (using Superadio & Select-a-Tenna in motel room) was the two from UK on 1053/1089 (now called TalkSport) and the now extinct Norwegian on 1314 (or was it 1413, I never could remember).

    I was at Nags Head NC in Nov 1997, and never ID'd any TA, but I did get a het on 585 (Spain?) and maybe other freqs.

    I was stationed in MA in fall 1980 in USAF, and it seemed as if 891 nightly had chanting/music----assumed Algeria.

    As to Atlantic Canada, VOAR is on 1210 in NL. From MA I had NL on 540, 640 & 990 IIRC. Many Maritime Canadian AM has moved to FM. You may have 1270 & 1320 in NS.

    Sorry I cannot offer more for ya.

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    Is Iceland sufficiently TA for you? If so, 189 kHz will likely be your easiest catch (assuming no auroral activity).
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    Hi Ryan... I usually hear AF / EU signals on the LW band, but, this Fall has not been so hot. Normally, I'll hear Algeria on 153, France on 162, Morocco on 171, but, so far, those signals have been way down from what I'm used to hearing. I hope propagation improves by the time you head north.

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    Thanks guys.
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