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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-05-23 (Es: ALG I E ALB)

 87.6 1516 ALG Radio Laghouat, Aflou (3) YL and OM, as web  2120km
 88.4 1519 ALG Chaîne 3, Chréa (9) 2203 CHAINE_3 1872km
 90.7 1519 ALG Chaîne 1, Aflou (3) OM, as web. RDS not active  2120km
 91.8 1520 ALG Chaîne 2, Akfadou (6) 2202 1867km
 92.6 1521 ALG Radio Boumerdes, Zouggara (35) YLs, as web  1856km
 89.9 1522 ALG Radio Tipaza, Tipaza (42) Arabic song, as web  1850km
 92.9 1523 ALG Radio Tipaza, Douar Bouras (42) Arabic song, as 89.9  1844km **
 91.1 1526 ALG Radio Djelfa, Sbaa Mokrane (17) Piano rendition of Carpenters song, 
               as web  2081km
 90.4 1527 ALG Radio Setif, Meghriss (19) 2419 SETIF_FM 1911km
 91.2 1531  E  Europa FM, Bunyola/Alfabia (BAL-ML) E2ED EU????FM 1503km
 88.1 1534 ALG Radio Batna, Metlili (5) 2405 BATNA_?? 2033km
 87.6 1537 ALG Chaîne 3, Kef El Akhal (25) 2203 CHAINE_3 1927km
 91.5 1538 ALG Radio El Bahdja, Chréa (9) 2416 R.BAHDJA 1872km
 98.0 1538 ALG Chaîne 1, Chréa (9) 2201 CHAINE_1 1872km
 94.7 1539 ALG Jil FM, Chréa (9)   JIL_FM__ 1872km
 90.6 1541 ALG Radio Tipaza, Chréa (9) Presumed with Quran. No //s at this time  1872km **
 87.6 1544  I  Radio Azzurra (sud), Reggio Calabria/Campicello di Paterriti (rc) 
               5360 2054km
 88.3 1546  I  Radio Freccia, Rocca di Papa (rm) 5293 RADIO___ FRECCIA_ 1568km
 90.6 1546  I  Radio Capital, Reggio Calabria/Fortino di Pentimele (rc) 5219 2043km
 87.6 1548  I  RAI Radio1, Rocca di Papa/Monte Cavo vetta (RAI) (rm) 5201 1568km
 87.9 1549  I  Radio Camaldoli Stereo, Ercolano-Vesuvio/Area Osservatorio (na) 502F 1730km
 88.6 1549  I  Radio Camaldoli Stereo, Vico Equense/Monte Faito (na) 502F 1751km
 87.5 1550  I  Radio Italia SoloMusicaItaliana, Ercolano-Vesuvio/Area Osservatorio (na) 
               5220 R_IT??IA 1730km
 89.9 1551  I  m2o, Jacurso/Monte Contessa (cz) 5233 _M_D???? 2010km
 87.8 1552  I  Radio Kiss Kiss, Vibo Valentia (vv) 5225 2011km
 88.1 1606  I  RAI Radio1, Abriola/Monte Pierfaone (RAI) (pz) Thank you Janpeter for
               info re. PI code. 5601 *Radio1_ 1824km

 87.5 1611  I  Radio Radicale, Martina Franca/Monte Trazzonara (ta) 5210 RADIO_*_ 
               RADICALE 1894km
 89.1 1612  I  RAI Radio1, Martina Franca/Masseria Fragneto (RAI) (ta) 5201 *Radio1_ 1885km
 87.7 1614 ALB Radio Travel, Fier (fie) 92AD PUSHIME_ ANTALYA_ 1999km

** Personal First

The MUF was hovering just below band 2 for a good part of the day, so band 2 openings were sketchy once again. All logging was done live this time, which I will probably do a lot more if this season.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <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)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
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

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-05-20 (Es: S E Europe)

 88.5 0924 SRB Radio AS FM, Vrbas/Vital silos (Voj) D3AF 1624km
 89.4 0924 HNG MR 2 Petöfi Rádió, Csávoly (BaK) B201 _PETOFI_ 1553km
 87.6 0942 BUL BNR Horizont, Lom/RRS Lom (mnt) 8210 __BNR___ HORIZONT 1969km
 92.2 0942 BUL BNR Hristo Botev, RRTS Botev vrah (pld) 8220 ___BNR__ HR.BOTEV 2152km
 88.5 0943 ROU Digi FM, Resita/Semenic (CS) E059 Digi_FM_ 88,5_FM_ 1801km
 90.2 0943 ROU SRR Radio România Actualitati, Calafat (DJ) EE00 RRACTUAL 1938km
 91.4 0943 ROU SRR Radio România Actualitati, Drobeta-Turnu Severin (MH) EE00 1888km
 87.9 0944 ROU Itsy Bitsy, Resita (CS) E2C8 __ITSY__ _BITSY__ 87.9_FM_ 1783km

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <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)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
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 rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-05-18 (Es: Turkey, SE Europe)

 91.7 0822 GRC RSO 91,7, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (cmc-tsk) 00B8 __9_1_7_ 2207km
 87.7 1628 TUR IBB Trafik Radyosu - Istanbul/Camlica (mam-ist) 3450 8733_783 2534km
 92.2 1639 BUL BNR Hristo Botev, RRTS Botev vrah (pld) 8220 2152km
 87.8 1641 TUR Diyanet Kuran Radyo, Edirne/Bucuk Tepe (mam-edi) Likely Erdine3220 2331km
 88.1 1646 BUL BNR Horizont, Plovdiv/RRTS Zdravets (pld) 8210 HORIZO?? 2193km
 89.1 1647 BUL Radio FM+, Plovdiv/Belashtitsa (pld) 8382 ??FM???? 2190km
 91.7 1647 BUL BNR Hristo Botev, Plovdiv/RRTS (pld) 8220 HR??????  ??OT???? 2193km
 87.7 1648 BUL Radio 1, Pazardžik/RPTS VETS Aleko [Deva broadcast] (pzk) 8381 2161km
 89.5 1648 BUL Radio Energy, Pazardžik/RPTS VETS Aleko [Deva broadcast] (pzk) 838B 2161km
 89.9 1648 BUL Radio Focus, Plovdiv/Belashtitsa (pld) 837F 2190km
 92.7 1648 BUL Radio N-Joy, Pazardžik/RPTS VETS Aleko [Deva broadcast] (pzk) 837E 2161km
 88.0 1650 SRB Resavski Radio, Veliki Popovic (Srb) FF03 1834km
 91.2 1650 SRB Play Radio, Pirot/Crni Vrh (Srb) D25C 1979km
 92.4 1650 BUL Magic FM, Sofia/Hotel Kemlinski-Zografski (sfg) 837D 2058km
 92.9 1650 BUL BNR Hristo Botev, Sofia/KRTTS Vitoša (sfg) 8220 __BNR___ ??.BOT?? 2056km
 89.1 1653 BUL Z-Rock, Sofia/Hotel Kopitoto (sof) Jingle ID  2057km
 89.4 1700 BUL Radio Veselina, Blagoevgrad/RRS (blg) 8383 2093km **
 87.6 1709 GRC Laikos 87.6, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (cmc-tsk) 
               00A8 _LAIKOS_ __9_7_3_ CHALKI-_ 2207km
 87.8 1709 GRC Metropolis 95.5, Halkidiki/Vavdhos (cmc-khk) 1264 METRO___ AKOYME__ 2234km
 88.0 1709 GRC ERA 1 Proto Programma, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (ERT Tower) (cmc-tsk) 
               1201 ERT_NET_ 2207km
 89.0 1709 GRC 89 Rainbow, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (cmc-tsk) 102A RAINBOW_ 2207km
 90.8 1713 GRC ZOO 90.8, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (cmc-tsk) 10C7 ZOO_90.8 2207km
 89.5 1714 MNE Radio Crne Gore 1, Rožaje/Kacuber (RO) 63C1 ___RCG1_ 1850km
 88.3 1717 GRC Energy 88.3, Veria/Rahi (cmc-ima) 1083 _ENERGY_ __88,3__ 2165km
 89.9 1719 MKD Radio Slobodna Makedonija, Unsure which site 4223 Slobodna Scrolling RDS  
 89.9 1720 MNE Radio Crne Gore 1, Plav (PL) 63C1 ??re???? 1866km
 92.8 1724 GRC Radio Naousa-Yellow Radio, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (cmc-tsk) 
               10FF _2??26?? 2207km
 90.0 1729 GRC ERA 2 Deutero Programma, Thessaloniki/Hortiatis (ERT Tower) (cmc-tsk) 
               1202 ????ER?? 2207km
 91.7 1729 SRB Radio Omega 3, Prizren (Kos) Jingle ID  1941km
 92.8 1735 GRC ERA 1 Proto Programma, Volos/Mt. Pilion/Aidonaki (the-mag) 1201 2303km

** Personal First

Today saw Turkey coming in here - my first double hop of the season, although I am not absolutely certain it was double hop. Maybe it was just an extreme single hop as the map suggested. There were two clusters of Es on-path, but the furthest one may have been too far away.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <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)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
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 rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-05-16 (Es: Italy)

 87.9 1454  I  Radio Maria, Capo d'Orlando/Contrada Certari Catutè (me)
               51CC R.MARIA_ 2001km

 87.8 1455  I  Ritmo 80, Corato/Contrada Murgetta (ba)  5A72 RITMO_?? 1797km

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <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)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
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 rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-05-14 (Es: POR ALG)

 87.6 1225 POR RDS, Seixal (set)  8042 1770km
 89.5 1226 POR TSF Rádio Notícias, Lisboa/Monsanto (lis)  8343 _T_S_F__ 1760km
 90.4 1226 POR SBSR, Lisboa/Monsanto (lis)  8059 __SBSR__ 1761km
 87.6 1638 ALG Chaîne 3, Kef El Akhal (25)  2203 CHAINE_3 1927km
 90.7 1639 ALG Chaîne 1, Kef El Akhal (25)  2201 CHAINE_1 1927km

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <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)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
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 rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Taking A Break

My marriage came to an end almost two months ago. My second failed marriage in fact! (I must be doing something wrong!) This resulted in me moving to a new address.

My new home is in the coastal community of Seathorne, just up the road from Skegness. I have a small top floor flat (there are three flats below me), situated right by the sea and with my own access to the beach.

It seemed like a good idea to rent such a place at the time as I thought this would lift my spirits. DXing right at the beach, etc.!! While this might sound like a DX dream come true, the flat is quite small and my enthusiasm to play radio has taken quite a tumble.

On the occasion when I do listen to band 2, using just a barefoot Sony XDR-F1HD and an unamplified Triax FM5 beam in the living room, pressed up against the east-facing window looking straight out to sea, I hear dozens of German signals from as far as the Baden-Württemberg and Thuringen regions and even the nearer parts of Bavaria, sometimes with noise free signals!

This is 'scatter', mostly aircraft scatter of course, but with some other interesting ducting effects, all of which are very much more apparent than at my old place. The problem is, it's the same signals over and over again. Dutch stations proliferate! I want something new.

It's all very nice and I'm sure that many radio enthusiasts would dream of DXing from such an advantageous location, but it's not really registering in my life at the moment.

My Körner 9.2 antenna would surely bring in some amazing scatter at this location were it on the roof, but it stays at the old place for now.

Medium wave DXing is not really possible at the new flat. My flag antenna and Perseus receiver are still at the old place, lying dormant. I don't really have much room for storage at the new flat, so some things will have to remain at the old address until I can find somewhere larger. I have a six month contract unfortunately, so I may not be able to escape without losing my deposit.

Right now, I am trying to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the new location, but I am struggling. If I am able, I might move away and try to make a fresh start somewhere else, but I don't know where. The thing is, I can't really afford to at the moment so I will have to stay put. There are much worse places I could be though.

Pleasant early morning walks over the dunes in the bright morning sunshine is very pleasant indeed. I usually take my 'IF narrowed' Degen DE1103 with me and hear the same continental stations coming through.

If I can develop the enthusiasm, I might try some overnight MW sessions out in the wilds of the nature reserves around The Wash. Maybe I'll give 10m a go again, but I really hate having to try to get through lengthy pile-ups in the hope of working someone. Not my idea of fun.

If this sounds like self-pity, I won't try to deny it. I am not myself at the moment and have no get up and go whatsoever. I am struggling with my work and have started lagging behind with orders, but I am eating reasonably well again. (I couldn't eat a thing for the first two or three weeks. My general health has suffered a little, but I have lost some weight, which isn't a bad thing! :O)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-03-05 (Meteor Scatter)

103.2 0524 POL PR Radio Olsztyn, Olsztyn/Pieczewo (WM) 39A1 RADIO___ OLSZTYN_ 1334km
100.4 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Multi-tx YLs preaching, as 104.0 **
100.6 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Multi-tx. YLs preaching, as 104.0 **
101.4 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Czersk/Niezurawa (PM) YLs preaching, as 104.0  1162km **
102.9 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Gryfice/Zaleszczyce (ZP) YLs preaching, as 104.0  983km **
104.0 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Swiecie/Dólsk (KP) 3232 R-MA??JA 1196km **
104.7 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Lobez or Bialystok YLs preaching, as 104.0  
102.6 0629 FIN YLE Radio Vega, Kristiinankaupunki-Kristinestad (po) 6205 1610km
104.9 0629  S  Mix Megapol, Gävle/Skogmur TM (ga) YL vocal ID  1310km
105.5 0629  S  Mix Megapol, Multi-tx YL vocal ID **
105.6 0704 DNK Din Radio, Århus Ø/Knebel/Skødshoved/Quelstrupvej 1 (mjy) 9729 729km **

** Personal First

The number of meteor bursts increased as the morning progressed. I probably should have recorded 0700-1200 instead of 0300-0800.

There were quite a few bursts which were just that little bit too weak to produce any RDS.

Of interest was a British English speaking station on 102.6 which came in immediately after the burst from YLE Radio Vega. There was a man speaking seriously, as if on BBC R4. He may have been talking about football, but I can't be sure. No BBC R4 transmitters or other similar BBC stations exist in the UK on 102.6, so this one is a mystery.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <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)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
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 rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-03-01 (MW: Transatlantic)

1060 0456 USA WQOM Natick MA. wqom.org mentioned in ad. Weak  5267 km
 570 0500 CAN CFCB Corner Brook NL. Carrying VOCM at this time Weak  3990 km
1100 0500 USA WTAM Cleveland OH. WTAM ID in 1098 splatter Weak  5979 km

** Personal First

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag017-03-01

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-28 (MW: Transatlantic)

1430 0400 USA WENE Endicott NY. WENE Endicott ID, mentioning i-Heart and Fox Sports Trending 
                   ... Now! V weak  5572 km
1650 0400 USA WHKT Portsmouth VA. AM 16-50 WHKT Portsmouth ID heard V weak  5982 km
1670 0400 USA WMGE Dry Branch GA. WMGE ID and Fox Sports Trending ... Now! V weak  6768 km
 680 0500 USA WRKO Boston MA. WRKO Boston ID heard. CFTR faded. V weak  5239 km
1440 0500 USA WHKZ Warren OH. Difficult in pile-up but mentoin of 'Warren' and 'The Word' 
                   heard V weak  5940 km
 580 0600 CAN CFRA Ottawa ON. Newstalk 5-80 CFRA ID V weak  5333 km
 700 0600 USA WLW  Cincinnati OH. Newsradio 700 WLW ID V weak  6293 km
1120 0600 USA KMOX Saint Louis MO. Newsradio 11-20 KMOX ID V weak  6690 km
1610 0600 CAN CHHA Toronto ON. "Radio Caravan" ID. Then call letters "Esta es C..H...H... A"
                   (phonetically, "say achey achey ah) Radio Voces Latinas" Fair  5664 km
1400 0700 USA WOND Pleasantville NJ. Equal levels CBG with ID V weak  5673 km

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Monday, 27 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-27 (MW: Transatlantic)

 650 0056 GRL KNR, Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn) (qaa-qeq) Greenlandic YL and soft music. No sign 
                   of CBGY Fair  3237 km
1630 0500 USA WRDW Augusta GA. ESPM sports and WRDW Augusta IDs V weak  6609 km

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag