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Thursday, 6 August 2020

Sardinia Scatter in Suffolk?

I was nattering away with Tim Bucknall in the chat room the other day. We were reminiscing about old times and all those wonderful DX trips we had, visiting places like North Wales, Cornwall, the Derbyshire Peak District and the Staffordhire Moorlands, always in search of something different in the way of DX. Happy memories! Then we spoke about Suffolk. In particular, we were wondering if it would be possible to receive Corsica there. Then I remembered that we had already achieved something far greater than that in Suffolk. Something we had almost forgotten about. Sardinia! But there was one slight problem. We couldn't prove it.

I thought that this was already documented in SkywavesDX, but on checking, I see that it isn't, unless I haven't searched correctly. So I thought it would be an opportune moment to document it here. I'll also add it it to my blog in due course.

The best thing about this mystery reception at Suffolk, Aldeburgh and Sizewell Cliffs, to be precise, was that it didn't seem to tie in with any tropo and was always received around the middle of the day or early afternoon and with fluttery scatter-like signals. This didn't sound like tropo at all.

Reception was understandably very weak and signals came up out of the noise only occasionally and not even every day we were at the coast. They would be quite clear for about 30 seconds, then disappear back into the noise. They were never completely noise free.

It was always the same three frequencies too. 88.8, 95.3 and 96.5. It's such a long time ago now that I forget the exact programme content, but we always heard Italian voices. We often spoke about these mystery stations and never knew where the Italian signals could be coming from, never really daring to speculate that they could be from Sardinia. They were probably logged tentatively somewhere and may be documented on the SkywavesDX Yahoo group. Again, my own searching has revealed nothing. Maybe nothing was logged, not even tentatively as I wouldn't have had any idea who I was receiving. (Update: After checking through his own notes, Tim found 13/07/2002 to be one of those dates.) So why the uncertainty? These were pre-FM List days and reliable frequency/transmitter information was often difficult to come by. This reception took place across the late 90s and early 00s. We didn't make detailed loggings of these as we probably assumed they must be something rather more mundane than Sardinia. It wasn't until I took a holiday to Palafrugell in Catalunya in 2005 that I had an inkling of what we may have, and dare I say 'probably' received.

It was a family holiday and I managed to escape for a couple of hours late one evening to do some DXing in the hills. I found a local high spot called Mont Ras, just outside the town. It was a small hill, rather than a mountain, but it provided good reception of all the local stations from in and around the area. I managed to find this bandscan on the Skywaves Yahoo Group archive, posted on 06/06/2005. This is a copy of that report.


Palafrugell (CAT) Bandscan July 30th & 31st, 2005.

 87.6   Catalunya Cultura, Comprodon   CCULTURA
 87.8   Catalunya Musica, Calonge-Castell d'Aro   CATMUSIC
 87.8   Xtra FM, Sant Feliu De Guixols   _XTRAFM_
 88.1   Cadena 40, Rocacorba   40P_____
 88.4   R RM, UNID site   RADIORM_
 88.6   UNID, semi-local station with no RDS.  All talk
 88.6   IB3 R, Monte Toro-Alaior, Balearic Islands   IB3RADIO
 88.7   R RM, Collserola.  Tropo?   RADIORM_
 88.9   Catalunya Cultura, Rocacorba   CCULTURA
 89.1   R Marca Barcelona, Collserola   _MARCA__
 89.2   RFM Provence, Marseille / Grande Etiole (13)   __RFM___
 89.4   Cadena COPE Girona, Rocacorba   __COPE__  _GIRONA_
 89.6   R Dialogue, Marseille (13)   DIALOGUE
 89.9   Onda Rambla Girona, Girona   __ONDA__  _RAMBLA_  _RADIO__  _PUNTO__ A_GIRONA  _89.9_FM
 90.1   Onda Rambla Girona, UNID site   __ONDA__  _RAMBLA_  _RADIO__ _PUNTO__  A_GIRONA  _89.9_FM
 90.4   Onda Cero R, UNID site   ONDACERO
 90.8   UNID.  R Vila? 50 watts from Viladecaballs near Terrassa
 91.1   RNE Clasica, Rocacorba   RNE-CLAS
 91.4   RAC 105 FM, Castell d'Aro   RAC105__
 91.6   RTV Activitat, Santa Coloma De Farnes
 91.9   RAC 105, Banyoles   RAC105__
 92.1   France Inter, UNID site   __INTER_
 92.2   France Musiques, Nice / Mont Chauve (06)   MUSIQUES
 92.3   R Star, Marseille / Petit Sanguin (13) 4kW
 92.5   Catalunya R, Calonge-Castell d'Aro   CATRADIO
 92.7   Frequence Girona, Girona    COMRADIO
 92.9   Catalunya R, Palafrugell   CATRADIO
 93.3   RNE-1 Catalunya, Rocacorba   RNE_1___
 93.6   R Capital, UNID site.  Thought this was Spanish but unsure   CAPITAL_
 93.8   France Culture?  Nothing listed
 94.0   RNE R Cinco, UNID site   RNE_5___
 94.1   Catalunya Informacio, Calonge-Castell d'Aro   CATINFO_
 94.4   SER Girona FM, Girona   __SER___
 94.7   Catalunya R, UNID site
 94.7   Alcudia R, Son Sant Marti, Balearic Islands
 94.8   UNID French classical station, not France Musique
 94.9   France Musique, Toulon / Cap Sicie (83)
 95.1   Ona R Girona, Rocacorba   __ONA___  CATALANA  _GIRONA_  _95.1_FM
 95.3   RAI-2, Monte Limbara, Sardinia!   RADIO2__
 95.4   R Maria, UNID site   R.MARIA_
 95.6   R Club 25 FM, Barcelona   CLUB25FM
 95.9   RNE-3, Rocacorba   RNE_3___
 96.3   R Costa Brava, Palamos   RCBRAVA_  _96.3_FM  __ONA___  _MUSICA_
 96.5`  France Culture, Carcasonne / Pic De Nore (11) `
 96.5   UNID Italian station playing club music 00:15 GMT  31/05
 96.7   Catalunya Musica, Rocacorba   CATMUSIC_
 97.0   Catalunya Cultura, Palafrugell   CCULTURA
 97.2   UNID classical, think France Musique, Perpignan / Pic De Neoulous (66)
 97.4   UNID local station, no RDS.  R Sant Gregori?
 97.7   R Begur La Sintonia, Begur   R,BEGUR_  ___LA___  SINTONIA  DEL_MAR_
 97.9   Catalunya Informacio, UNID site
 98.1   Ona Catalana R Olot, Olot   RADIOLOT  __ONA___  CATALANA
 98.2   RNE-4, UNID site   RADIO_4_
 98.5   Ona Musica Girona, Rocacorba   __ONA___  _MUSICA_  _GIRONA_  _98.5_FM
 98.9   Cadena Dial, UNID site   --DIAL-- 
 99.2   Catalunya Cultura, Calonge-Castell d'Aro   CCULTURA
 99.4   Catalunya Informacio, Macanet De Cabrenys   CATINFO_
 99.6   Flaix FM Girona, Girona   FLAIX_FM
 99.8   France Musiques, Ile d'Elbe / Monte Capanne (20)
 99.9   RAC-1, UNID site   RAC_1___
100.1   RAC-1, Girona   RAC_1___
100.2   "???? FM" ID  Spanish tropo, fading
100.4   Catalunya Musica, Palafrugell   CATMUSIC
100.7   Flaixbac FM, Rocacorba   FLAIXBAC
101.0   R Clasica, UNID site   RNE-CLAS
101.3   R RM, Macanet De Cabrenys
101.6   France Bleu Roussillon, Pepignan / Pic De Neoulous (66)
101.7   Catalunya Informacio, Rocacorba   CATINFO_
101.9   Ona Girona, Girona   _GIRONA_  CATALANA  101,9_FM
102.2   Catalunya R, Rocacorba   CATRADIO
102.5   RNE-1, UNID site
102.7   R Platja d'Aro, Mas Nou   RPA102.7
102.8   Caytalunya Cultura, Macanet De Cabrenys
103.0   RNE-1, UNID site   RNE_1___
103.2   Sud R, Sorede / Pic De Neulos (66)   SUDRADIO
103.3   UNID
103.4   R Estel, Girona   R-ESTEL_
103.5   RNE-1, UNID site
103.6   UNID
103.7   R Santa Cristina, Santa Cristina d'Aro   RADIO___  SANTA___ CRISTINA  100X100_  _MUSICA_
103.9   UNID French
104.0   Ona Emporda, Macanet De Cabrenys
104.2   Maxima FM, Barcelona   MAXIMAFM
104.3   RMC Info, Several sites possible   RMC_INFO
104.4   Ona Emporda, Figueres   __ONA___  CATALANA  EMPORDA_  104.4_FM
104.5   R Cinco, Alfabia perhaps in Balearic Islands
104.8   Catalunya Informacio, Palafrugell   CATINFO_
105.1   R Teletaxi, UNID site   TELETAXI  FM_Y_OLE  ALEGRIA_  24_HORES
105.3   France Info, many sites, perhaps Marseille / Grande Etoile (13) __INFO__
105.5   Catalunya R, Macanet De Cabrenys   CATRADIO
105.7   Flaix FM, Terrassa
105.7   France Info, Nice / Mont Cauve (06) perhaps or Montauban (82) ? __INFO__
105.8   R Dimensione Suono, Cagliari?   *_RDS_*_
105.8   RNE-3, Monte Torro-Alaior, Balearic Islands   RNE_3___
105.9   NRJ Perpignan, Perpignan (66)   __NRJ___
106.1   Flaixbac FM Barcelona, Sant Feliu De Barcelona
106.2   RNE-4, Rocacorba   RNE_4___
106.4   Gum FM, Lloret De Mar   _GUM_FM_
106.5   Riviera R, Menton / Cap Martin (06)   _RADIO__  HOT_HITS  NEWS+FUN ___IN___  ENGLISH_  RIVIERA_
106.6   R Estel, Barcelona
106.8   Europa FM, Girona   EUROPAFM
107.0   R Sant Feliu, Sant Feliu De`Guixols (surely more than 10 Watts?) RSF107.0
107.1   R Montgri, Torroella De Montgri
107.3   Catalunya Cultura, UNID site
107.5   R Palamos, Palamos   _RADIO__  PALAMOS_  A_C_A_R_  107,5_FM LA_RADIO  AL_PUNT_
107.8   R Palafrugell, Palafrugell   RADIO___  PALAFRU-  GELL-24H  107.8_FM


SUMMARY: The holiday was at Palafrugell, near Girona, midway down the Costa Brava coast between Portbou and Barcelona. The lie of the land was hilly but not exceptionally so. The local high spot was the Far Sant Sebastia - a lighthouse which was about a couple of miles away but parking anywhere near it resulted in severe overload due, I suspect, to the local Palafrugell transmitters being up there, so 90% of the above log was made at the village of Mont Ras near the botanical gardens on the opposite side of the Calella de Palafrugell bay or further down the bay. The elevation was minimal but I was hoping other nearby hills slightly further inland would block out the locals.

The 30th and 31st were the only two days I heard DX throughout my two week stay. This was a family holiday so DX was not a priority - in fact I didn't expect to do any at all. Where possible I had a quick scan across FM in the early mornings and at the end of the evenings but nothing other than local Catalunya stations seemed to be audible, despite forecasts of good tropo for most of the period.

During the late evening on the 30th Linda, my wife, said she wouldn't mind if I drove up the local hills and did an hour or two of DXing, so off I
went, leaving at 20:30 GMT with nothing of any note audible on FM.

The next two hours saw a bandscan of local stations. It wasn't until about 00:00 GMT on the 31st that I spotted the first Italian signal on 105.8.
Then things lifted up pretty quickly for an hour but conditions were soon gone again after this.

The following evening saw some different stations coming in during a brief bandscan around 20:00, this time from our location near Palafrugell town.
Stations marked with "UNID sites" are either unlisted or possibly more distant sites being received via tropo.

I would appreciate any thoughts on the UNID Italian station on 96.5. I am wondering if this and RAI-2 were the two stations received in Suffolk in
2002 via tropo? This would appear to make some sense. Hmm, I feel a Suffolk DXpedition coming on. :o)

Good DX!

John



Following my post to Skywaves, Ruud Brand responded with the following:

"Hi John,

All the French stations except Perpignan was tropo (note that 92.1 Inter and 97.2 Musiques are from Perpignan Pic de Neoulous).

The 94.8 unid F with classical music could have been Bleu Azur from Menton.

Which RX and type of aerial did you use?

Ruud (who will stay some km's to the north coming summer holiday)"



Pedro Moñino also responded:

Some help. Most of the UNID sites must be spurious signals, I think

Pedro


... Which may well be right, given the overload I had at the Far Sant Sebastia at the opposite end of town. It was probably less than 5km away.



Finally, Fabrizio Carnevalini commented:

> 96.5 UNID Italian station playing club music 00:15 GMT 31/05. I think is RIN - Radio Italia Network, Sennori - Su Lotto (Sassari, Sardinia)

> 105.8 R Dimensione Suono, Cagliari? *_RDS_*_ is from Monte Limbara, Sardinia



I remember some further correspondence about the unidentified Italian stations we regularly received on Suffolk DX trips. These too concluded that these sites in north-east Sardinia got out very well and that these were very likely to have been what we received. It all bodes very well for this reception being from Sardinia. If so, the distance would be in excess of 1300 km - not impossible for tropo, but quite exceptional for any kind of scatter.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-18 (Es: ROU UKR MDA)

104.7 0958 UKR Radio Maksymum, Ivano-Frankivs'k/RPTS Zakhidnyj Polyus, vul. Stepana 
               Bandery, 1 (IF)  1021 ????MUM_ 1760km
104.0 1000 MDA Radio PMR/Radio 1, Tiraspol (P-TS) Thank you PFM for IDing this and matching 
               to podcast.  2193km **
107.2 1003 ROU Radio Impact FM, Câmpulung Moldovenesc/Rarau (SV) E20B ImpactFm 
               ????2_FM 1890km **
105.7 1004 UKR Russkoye radio - Ukraina, Uzhhorod/vul. Gagarina, 42/1 (ZK) OM 
               vocal ID  1616km **
107.2 1004 UKR UR 1 Persha Prog., Kholmtsi/MPP Versiya plyus (ZK)  FFFF Scrolling PS 
               including UZ, GO and MH 1625km
 94.3 1040 ROU Radio Guerrilla, Iasi / Copou (IS)  1248 GUERILLA 2037km **

Sporadic E:

** Personal first

Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest, so my loggings do not reflect the conditions for the day.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-16 (Es: C Europe, Balkans)

105.4 0540 CZE Radio Rubi, Zábreh/Jestrebí-vodárna (OL) 2B28 1198km **
107.0 0540 SVK Rádio Vlna, Dobšiná/Suchý vrch (KE) 5218 1481km **
107.2 0541 UKR UR 1 Persha Prog., Kholmtsi/MPP Versiya plyus (ZK) FFFF *UR-1* 107.2 MHZ 
               UZGOROD 1625km **
104.8 0542 ROU Radio Europa FM, Negresti-Oas (SM) Vocal ID  1729km **
107.2 0544 CZE CRo Plus, Olomouc/Pohorany-Jedová hora (OL) 2424 1241km **
105.9 0545 CZE Radio Cas, Frenštát pod Radhoštem/Velký Javorník (MO) 2996 1299km **
107.1 0545 CZE Rádio Blaník, Vsetín/Rokytnice-Pod Becevnou (CRa) (ZL) 2B3C 1297km **
107.3 0545 SVK Rádio Anténa Rock, Poprad/Zámcisko (PO) 5345 ANT.??CK 1463km **
107.5 0545 SVK Rádio Expres, Cadca/Jurošovský vrch (ZA) 521D 1342km **
103.3 0546 SVK Rádio Best FM, Spišská Nová Ves/Teplicka (KE) 5355 BEST_F?? 1487km **
103.7 0546 CZE Radio Haná SkyRock, Zábreh/Jestrebí-stožár u ZD (OL) 24B3 SKYROCK_ 1198km **
103.9 0546 CZE Hitrádio Orion, Valašské Mezirící/Radhošt (MO) 299F 1304km **
104.8 0546 SVK Rádio Vlna, Poprad/Hranovnica (PO) 5218 __VLNA__ 1464km **
105.6 0546 CZE Rádio Z, Olomouc/Pohorany-Jedová hora (OL) 210E 1241km **
102.8 0547 HNG Retro Rádió, Fehérgyarmat/Penyige (SSB) B208 1665km **
102.9 0547 SVK Rádio Lumen,  Vocal ID. Banská Bystrica/Panský Diel or Štrbské pleso/
               Hotel Panoráma   **
103.8 0547 SVK SRo 1 Rádio Slovensko, Ružomberok/Úložisko (ZA) 5201 _S??_1__ 1405km **
102.8 0548 CZE Rádio Blaník, Nový Jicín/ul. Gregorova 1759/38 (MO) 2B3C 1285km **
103.0 0548 UKR UR 2 Radio Promin', Kholmtsi/MPP Versiya plyus (ZK) Jingle ID 0002 1625km **
107.7 0548 CZE Country Radio, Nový Jicín/ul. Jeremenkova - silo (MO) 2337 1285km **
104.1 0550 UKR Radio NV, Kholmtsi/MPP Versiya plyus (ZK) Many thanks to Bigic fro help with 
               this one. Bad hum with audio.  1625km **
107.3 0550 CZE Radio Beat, Plzen/Bory - Heyrovského 480/31 (PL) 2431 __BEAT__ 980km **
105.2 0551 POL Radio Alex, Zakopane/G. Kasprowy Wierch (MP) 30D5 1432km **
102.4 0552 CZE CRo Pardubice, Svitavy/Kamenná Horka - Palicka (PA) 280C R-PCE___ 1185km **
105.1 0552 CZE Radio Haná, Moravská Trebová/Krížový vrch - vodárna (PA) 2B16 1191km **
105.7 0553 CZE Signál Radio, Mladá Boleslav/Chloumek - vrch Knežský (ST) 2311 1049km **
106.6 0553 CZE Fajn Radio, Kutná Hora/Chvaletice-elektrárna CEZ (ST) 2335 1099km **
103.1 0554 CZE Radio Cas, Mohelnice/Horní Krcmy-Na Hranickách (OL) 2996 1207km **
106.3 0554 CZE Rádio Z, Ostrava/ul. Vítkovická 3083/1 - CSAD (MO) 210E 1293km **
105.1 0556 UKR Radio Slatina, Rakhiv/ZFKRRT, gora Terentyn (ZK) Vocal ID  1766km **
106.4 0556 ROU City Rádió, Satu Mare / str. Horea (bloc rotund) (SM) E106 CITY_FM_ 1695km **
107.5 0556 CZE Radio Haná SkyRock, Valašské Mezirící/Štepánov (vodárna) (ZL) 24B3 1291km **
103.4 0557 CZE Rádio Blaník, Hradec Králové/Roudnicka (O2) (KR) 283C 1117km **
104.7 0557 CZE Fajn Radio, Vsetín/Škývarka (ZL) 2B35 ????JN?? 1299km **
106.2 0557 CZE Country Radio, Mladá Boleslav/Kosmonosy (ST) 2337 1046km **
107.9 0557 CZE Radio Beat, Svitavy/Opatov (VDF) (PA) As 107.6 and with vocal ID  1177km **
103.3 0558 CZE Radio Haná, Šumperk/ul. Dolnostudénská 2950/5 (OL) Vocal ID  1202km **
105.2 0558 SVK Rádio Expres, Považská Bystrica/Hôrka (TN) Adverts, as 106.2  1336km **
106.1 0558 CZE Kiss, Olomouc/ul. Jeremenkova 1211/40B (Reg.centrum) (OL) 23A0 1238km **
107.6 0558 CZE Radio Beat, Šumperk/Kolšov - vrch Markovice (OL) 2431 __BEAT__ 1202km **
107.7 0558 UKR Hit FM - Ukraina, Vinohradiv/pl. Myru, 4 (ZK) Possible Hit jingle and Hit 
               Number 1 vocal. Telephone number 67-009-4-964 confirmed by PFM-Skywaves. 
               Thank you PFM and David B for your help  1687km **
102.3 0600 CZE Radio Impuls, Zlín/Tlustá hora (ZL) Vocal ID  1281km **
106.3 0600 SVK Rádio Lumen, Rožnava/ul. Šafárikova 116 (silo) (KE) Vocal ID  1498km **
107.1 0600 ROU Radio Europa FM, Varatec (MM) Jingle ID  1778km **
104.7 0603 CZE CRo Pardubice, Pardubice/Krásné (PA) 280C R-PCE___ 1127km **
104.9 0604 CZE Radio Haná SkyRock, Boskovice/Habrí (JM) 24B3 1201km **
105.9 0614 SVK Rádio Plus, Nitra/ul. B.Slancíkovej 1 (UKF) (NR) 508E ??-??S_ 1357km **
103.2 0617 CZE CRo Dvojka, Votice/Mezivrata (ST) 232E 1069km **
106.2 0617 ROU Radio Europa FM, Sibiu/Paltinis (SB) E299 1890km **
106.2 0617 CZE Frekvence 1, Benešov/Mariánovice (ST) 2205 RADIO_F1 1061km **
106.7 0623 CZE Evropa 2, Trebíc/U Kostelícka (CRa) (VY) 2204 1166km **
106.9 0623 CZE CRo Dvojka, Jicín/Tábor (KR) 232E R-DVOJKA 1072km **
107.7 0623 CZE Kiss, Jihlava/Holý vrch (Kohlhübel) O2 (VY) 23A0 1142km **
102.3 0624 CZE CRo Dvojka, Trebíc/komín teplárny Horky (VY) As 107.1  1168km **
102.3 0624 CZE Radio Krokodýl, Jihlava/vodárna Hosov (VY) 23A2 1135km **
105.6 0624 CZE Radio Beat, Hodonín/ul. Koupelní 3759/2 (JM) 2431 1266km **
107.1 0624 CZE Kiss, Breclav/ul. Jana Palacha 34 (JM) Suspect this over Náchod as no other 
               Náchod frequencies available. 23A0 ??????S_ 1255km **
103.7 0625 CZE Rock Radio, Trebíc/U Kostelícka (vodojem) (VY) 2353 RO????._ 1166km **
104.8 0625 CZE Rádio Blaník, Trebíc/ul. Koželužská - komín BOPO (VY) 233C 1165km **
105.5 0625 CZE Evropa 2, Votice/Mezivrata (ST) 2204 1069km **
104.2 0626 SVK Rádio Jemné, Levice/ul. B. S.-Timravy – stožiar (NR) 5354 _Jemne__ 1395km **
102.8 0628 SVK SRo 4 Rádio_FM, Borský Mikuláš/Mária Magdaléna (TT) 5202 1286km **
103.3 0646 HNG Retro Rádió, Budapest/Széchenyi-hegy (Bud) B208 1460km **
103.9 0646 SVK Trnavské Rádio, Trnava/Coburgova 84 (komín TAZ) (TT) 5085 1320km **
104.0 0646 HNG Rádió 1, Békéscsaba / Telekom tower, Posta köz (Bek) B317 RA?????? 1644km **

** Personal first

Unidentified/Unlisted:

105.0 0557 CZE ??, ? Relay of Radio Rubi // 104.5 


This was my personal best opening I have known to CZE and SVK. It was purely accidental too as I was only recording the top of the band for meteor scatter, not expecting any Es. My antenna was vertical; and pointing north-east too.

Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest, so my loggings do not reflect the conditions for the day.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Monday, 15 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-15 (Es: GRC)

 87.9 0846 GRC ERA Sport, Patra/Panahaiko (wgr-akh) Phone-in, as web. Note: A PI reset has 
               occurred to FFFF. Thank you Panos and Bigic for the clarification.  2336km

** Personal first

Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest, so my loggings do not reflect the conditions for the day.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-14 (Es: DNK S)

 88.0 1120  S  Star FM, Vännäs/Granlundsberget TM (vb) E245 1629km **
 88.6 1126  S  RIX FM, Ånge (vn) Jingle ID  1381km **
101.2 1155  S  Megapol, Unlisted site E243 MEGAPOL_ **
 97.2 1224 DNK DR P3, Rangstrup/Gammel Tøndervej 28 (sdk) More likely to be Es due to signal 
                      strength 9203 617km **
 91.8 1231  S  SR P1, Arjeplog/Galtispuoda TM (no) 300 watts. As 88.3  1736km

** Personal first

I am quite sure that my reception of Rangstrup on 97.2 was sporadic E. Although I can receive the Rangstrup transmitter on aircraft/troposcatter, this transmitter never reaches anything close to RDS levels in these modes and is only ever down in the noise. It's rare too and and requires good scatter conditions. I would find it hard to believe that it came up to RDS levels by chance at this time, so I am logging this a 100% sporadic E. I even went as far as monitoring 97.2 for four hours after the Es event and Rangstrup did not surface once. This beats my shortest sporadic E distance record by 23 km. Rangstrup is 617 km. This overtakes my previous record of 640 km from 98.7 NDR Kultur from Hannover Hemmingen (nds) on June 21st 2015.

Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest, so my loggings do not reflect the conditions for the day.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-13 (Es: AZR E)

100.4 0826  E  Vaughan Radio, Madrid/Círculo Bellas Artes (MAD-M) English then classical 
               music, as web  1448km **
107.3 0830  E  FM Bierzo, Bembibre (CAL-LE)  A007 1273km **
 87.7 0855 AZR RDP Antena 3, Pico da Barrosa (RDP) (smg) Pops, as web  2617km

** Personal first

Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest, so my loggings do not reflect the conditions for the day.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Friday, 12 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-12 (Es: AZR FIN)

Sporadic E:
 87.7 1917 AZR RDP Antena 3, Pico da Barrosa (RDP) (smg) Occasional bursts of dance music, 
               as web  2617km
 87.9 1928 FIN YLE Radio Yksi, Espoo - Esbo/Saunalahti-Tillinmäki (uu) OM, as web  1665km

I was pleased to catch the Azores once again. They have been received equally as regularly as Italy and the Balkans this season!

I have returned to reporting loggings in chronological order as I feel this will help considering these rapidly changing conditions. 

This log does not necessarily reflect the conditions for the day. Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest. 

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-04 (Es: E)

 90.4 0935  E  Radio Humor FM, Villarrobledo (CAM-AB) E7E5 HUMOR_FM 1560km **
 95.0 0946  E  SER, Arcos de la Frontera (AND-CA) E950 __SER__ _SIERRA_ SER_95.0 1884km **

** Personal first

Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest, so my loggings do not reflect the conditions for the day.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-02 (Es: Widespread)

 93.2 1059 HNG Mária Rádió 1600-2000, Ajka / Tósokberénd, Liliom str. 11/B (Ves) Regional 
               programme PI BBCC 1395km
 93.4 1055 AUT Radio Maria Österreich, Baden/Tattendorf-Raiffeisen Silo (nie) 
               A3DD _R.MARIA 1264km **
 93.9 1058 ROU Radio Impuls, Timisoara (TM) E0D6 _Radio__ _I??ul?? 1713km **
 94.4 1058 AUT Campus Radio 94.4, Sankt Pölten 2/Schildberg (nie) A657 1212km **
 95.3 1058 AUT Radio Wien, Wien 2/Himmelhof (wie) Low power filler AC0C RADIO-W_ 1247km
 92.0 1059 HNG MR 1 Kossuth Rádió, Paks / Szérüskert (Tol) As 87.6  1506km **
 92.8 1059 CZE Radio Blaník, Low power multi tx 233C Jingle ID ** 
 92.9 1059 HNG Mária Rádió, Mór/Radnóti Miklós Ált. Iskola (Fej) Choir, as 93.2  1419km **
 99.0 1100 ROU Kiss FM, Timisoara (TM) 515A 1713km **
 99.5 1100 HNG MR 2 Petöfi Rádió, Sopron - Dalos-hegy (GMS) B201 1299km **
 99.7 1100 CZE Rock Radio, Ceské Budejovice/Vcelná-Plav (O2) (JC) 2353 1092km **
100.0 1100 HNG Korona FM100, Kalocsa / Városház str. 5 (BaK) B0FE *KORONA* 1521km **
100.0 1100 ROU Radio Guerrilla, Timisoara (TM) 1248 1713km **
101.2 1100 AUT Hitradio Ö3, Turrach/Turracherhöhe [kae] (ste) A203 __OE_3__ 1188km **
101.6 1100 SRB Play Radio, Kikinda/Generala Drapšina 20 (Voj) D25C __PLAY__ 1659km **
101.8 1100 HNG Best FM 101.8, Székesfehérvár/KÖFÉM, high-rise (Fej) B015 1446km **
102.0 1100 HNG Retro Rádió, Sopron - Dalos-hegy (GMS) Vocal ID  1299km **
102.3 1100 BLR BR Radius FM, Braslaw/RTPS (VI) Vocal ID  1737km **
103.0 1100 SRB Prvi Radio, Subotica/Segedinski put 86 (Prehrana) (Voj) 
               1030 __PRVI__ 1594km **
103.9 1100 SRB Play Radio, Subotica/Crveno Selo (Voj) D25C __PLAY__ 1591km **
104.1 1100 HNG Magyar Katolikus Rádió, Dunaföldvár / Felsö Burgundia (Tol) 
               B0AA KATRADIO 1500km
 92.1 1107  D  BAYERN 1, Brotjacklriegel (bay) D311 BAYERN_1 1021km **
 90.2 1201 HRV HRT-HR 1, Limski kanal/Bubani-Vrh Sv. Martina (OiV) (pa)  C201 1319km
 87.5 1202  I  Radio RTT (Radio Tele Trentino), Trento/Cima Palon (tn)  
               5340 _R_T_T__ LA_RADIO 1105km
 89.0 1448  S  Radio Norrköping, Norrköping/Kättsätter VT (og) 8900 NORRKPNG 1153km **
 89.5 1448  S  Mix Megapol, Norrköping/Ärlösen (og) E243 MEGAPOL_ 1166km **
 90.2 1448  S  Skärgårdsradion, Värmdö/Hemmesta (st)  E09E 1309km
 93.2 1448 EST NRJ, Tallinn/Pirita/Tallinna Teletorn, Kloostrimetsa tee 58A (Har) 
               20EA 1657km **

** Personal first

I have returned to reporting loggings in chronological order as I feel this will help considering these rapidly changing conditions.

This log does not necessarily reflect the conditions for the day. Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)

Monday, 1 June 2020

Holbeach Log: 2020-06-01 (Es: Widespread!)

Sporadic E:
 88.3 1350 HRV Radio Postaja Novska (RPN), Novska/Silos-Osjecka ul. 70 (sk) C45B 1483km **
 88.6 1403 SVN Radio Koper, Nanos (po) 9421 RADIO_KP 1284km **
 88.9 0747  I  Radio Enne Lamezia, Stefanaconi/Contrada Costiera (vv) 5097 2011km **
 89.3 1359  D  Bayern 2, Augsburg/Hotelturm (bay) D312 ??yern_2 913km **
 90.3 1359 HRV Radio Kastav, Kastav/Crkva svete Jelene Križarice (ri) Vocal ID  1331km **
 90.6 1419 SVN Radio 1, Krim 2 (lj) 9357 ??DIO_?? 1294km **
 91.1 1357 BIH Vikom Radio, Prijedor/Hotel Prijedor (srp) F324 1494km **
 92.7 0918 TUN Radio iFM, Kalaa Kebira (sou) 7229 IFM_____ 2083km **
 93.0 1352 HRV Radio Samobor, Samobor/Svetonedeljski breg-Kamenica (zg) 
               C41A ??MOBO?? 1379km **
 93.2 1324 HRV Radio Banovina, Velika Gorica/Gladovec Kravarski-Glože (zg) 
               C31D Banovina 1411km **
 93.4 0926 TUN Radio iFM, Sousse (sou) 7229 IFM_____ 2087km **
 93.6 0912 TUN RTT Radio Kef, Gafsa/Djebel Biadha (gaf) 7002 KEF_____ 2197km **
 93.7 1355  D  BAYERN 1, Wendelstein (bay) D311 BAYERN_1 1024km **
 94.4 1426 SVN Radio 1, Begunje/Rodine (kr) 9357 1244km **
 94.7 0927 TUN Radio MFM, Sousse (sou) 7239 MFM_____ 2087km **
 96.6 1321 BIH BIG Radio 2, Modrica/Bijeli potok (srp) F402 ??????__ 1579km **
 97.2 0928 TUN Radio 6, Tunis (tun) 1234 RADIO_6_ 1972km **
 97.9 1329 BIH Radio Prijedor, Kozara/Mrakovica (srp) F0AF PRIJEDOR 1503km **
 99.0 1327 HRV Laganini FM, Pakrac/Mala Krndija-Ulica Grigora Viteza (pz) 
               C484 ??????NI 1487km **
100.2 1330 SVN Radio Aktual, Krim (lj) 941C _AKTUAL_ 1295km **
102.4 1341 BIH BN Radio, Vlašic 2 (sbs) F222 1600km **
105.7 1335 BIH BN Radio, Kozara/Lisina (srp) F222 _RTV_BN_ 1510km **
105.9 1335 AUT kronehit, Sankt Michael (Lungau) 2/Aineck (sal) A3FF kronehit 1163km **
106.0 1341 AUT Radio U1, Kitzbühel 4/Ried am Horn-Adlerhütte (tir) AA54 ??*TIROL 1064km **
106.8 1334 HRV Radio Marija, Zagreb/Jankomir-Robni Terminali (zg) C47A R.MARIJA 1385km **
106.9 1342 HRV Trend Radio, Karlovac/Martinšcak 2 (ka) C42E 1397km **
107.1 1334 BIH Radio Kozara, Banja Luka/Šibovi (srp) F09F *KOZARA* 1536km **

** Personal first

This log does not necessarily reflect the conditions for the day. Due to time constraints I am only logging personal firsts and other stations of interest.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 3m ASL.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire (JO02ar) 3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Antenna:
Skegness, Lincolnshire:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire:
2 x Triax FM5, H & V (Crossed, on the same boom) 5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation (Skegness)
Yaesu G-250 Rotator (Holbeach)