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Getting Seattle's traffic on the 4's-- in Finland

Getting Seattle's traffic on the 4's-- in Finland
Juha-Matti Rantanen

A radio listener in Heinola, Finland wrote to us to say that he actually picked up the signal of our KOMONews Radio broadcast halfway around the globe.

Take a listen for yourself!

Rantanen's MP3 file

Juha-Matti Rantanen was able to hear us from 9:12 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. our time on Saturday evening.

Radio signals can travel great distances if atmospheric conditions are just right, as they can bounce the signals normally heading out to space back down toward the ground.

It's not too unheard of on some nights to pick up radio stations from clear across the country, although clear across the planet is quite an accomplishment (I'm guessing the radio waves he picked up went over the polar route). It's physics probably not too far off from how SONAR works for submarines, and how sound can be reflected based on temperature and ensuing density changes in water.

Rantanen filed a report on what he heard, and you can read it here.

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