Highlands & Islands

Highlands radio bulletin heard in Finland

A collector of distant radio signals has picked up a BBC Scotland local news bulletin broadcast in Finland.

Teacher Jussi Suokas, 55, who lives in Joensuu, said it had been possible to tune into the FM signal because of a rare atmospheric phenomenon.

Mr Suokas said he was able to listen to and record the local lunchtime bulletin read by Andrew Thomson in Inverness on 15 June.

He has a large antenna on his family home to pick up distant broadcasts.

An atmospheric effect known as E Sporadic, or Es, is caused by intense ionisation in a region of the ionosphere.

It reflects distant radio signals and when it occurs is of great interest to radio hams.