* (That means Hello Finland, in Finnish)
Thanks to Marko Brask who wrote to us to tell us that he heard us on his FM radio in Espoo, Finland – 1,780 km (1,106 miles) from our transmitter site here in Brentwood!
Marko caught some of Antonia Jones’s breakfast show on 6th July – and sent us a recording to prove it.
FM radio signals usually travel in a straight line but sometimes they get trapped in the troposphere, being carried a lot further before coming down to earth.
This can happen at any time but is usually a regular summer event (which is why you might hear French or Dutch stations on FM from time to time).
It’s exciting for us because (a) our FM signal often gets splattered by the mega-station France Culture in Lille, which also broadcasts on 98.0FM but has 1,000 times more power than us, and (b) it’s great to get listeners wherever they are in the world.
Weirdly it’s the second time we’ve been picked up over 1,000 miles away on FM and on that occasion the listener was in Espoo too – almost two years ago to the day.
If you’re outside our normal transmission area of south west Essex/north east London and you can hear us on FM, let us know …