Friday, 27 December 2013

Skegness Log: 27-12-13 (OIRT & FM)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter
 87.6 0245  S  SR P1, Visby, Hudiksvall or Storumen E201
 87.6 0326 NOR NRK P1, Nordhue (he) F201 _NR_____. AFs: 87.6  88.9  1094km

OIRT Sporadic E:
 71.54 1625 BLR BR Radio Hrodna, Geranyony/RTPS (HR) ID and pops  1659km **
 71.33 1626 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Minsk/RTPS Kalodziscy (MI) Pops, as web  1806km **
 71.45 1626 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Babrujsk/RTPS Yasny Les (MA) Pops, as web  1922km **
 71.18 1627 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Mahilyow/RTPS Polykovici (MA) ID between pops  1969km **
 70.91 1628 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Brest/Rakitnica (BR) Pops, as web  1593km
 70.43 1629 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Minsk/RTPS Kalodziscy (MI) Piano coincerto  1806km
 70.10 1630 BLR BR Radio Mahilyow, Mahilyow/RTPS Polykovici (MA) Pops  1969km **
 71.96 1630 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Mahilyow/RTPS Polykovici (MA) Piano concerto  1969km **
 72.11 1631 BLR BR Radius FM, Minsk/RTPS Kalodziscy (MI) News, over music, as web  1806km **
 72.32 1632 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Geranyony/RTPS (HR) OM and pops, as 72.74  1659km **
 72.74 1632 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Mahilyow/RTPS Polykovici (MA) Pops, as 72.32  1969km **
 72.89 1633 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Minsk/RTPS Kalodziscy (MI) Rock music  1806km **
 73.01 1634 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Babrujsk/RTPS Yasny Les (MA) Rock track, as 72.89  1922km **
 66.02 1635 BLR BR Radio Mahilyow, Babrujsk/RTPS Yasny Les (MA) Disco song, as web  1922km
 66.20 1635 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Hrodna/RTPS Vul. Gorkogo (HR) Classical, as web  1551km **
 66.56 1636 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Slonim/RTPS Novaja Straga (HR) OM and pops, as web  1671km
 66.98 1637 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Hrodna/RTPS Vul. Gorkogo (HR) Ads, as web  1551km
 67.22 1640 RUS Radio Mayak, Moskva/Ostankino (MV) OMs talk, just audible and as web  2397km **
 67.76 1641 BLR BR Radio Hrodna, Hrodna/RTPS Vul. Gorkogo (HR) ID after ads  1551km
 68.39 1642 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Geranyony/RTPS (HR) Classical, as web  1659km
 68.57 1643 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Salihorsk/RTPS Dubei (MI) Pops and OM, as 72.89  1807km **
 68.72 1643 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Svislach=Svislac (HR) Pops, as others  1581km
 68.90 1644 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Hrodna/RTPS Vul. Gorkogo (HR) Pops, as others  1551km
 68.96 1644 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Babrujsk/RTPS Yasny Les (MA) Dramatic classical, as web  1922km
 69.26 1645 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Geranyony/RTPS (HR) Pops, as others  1659km **
 69.44 1646 BLR BR Radio Brest, Slonim/RTPS Novaja Straga (HR) Presume with ops  1671km
 70.28 1649 BLR BR Radyjo Stalitsa, Smyatanichy/RTPS (GO) Pops, as others  1891km
 70.79 1649 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Berazino/RTPS (MI) OM, as web  1883km **
 67.22 1652 BLR BR Pershy Kanal, Smyatanichy/RTPS (GO) Pops, as others  1891km
 67.40 1653  ?  UNID, ? OM talk, later instrumental music. Very poor
 70.31 1655 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Myadzel/RTPS Telyaki (MI) Weird classical, as others  1731km
 68.45 1705 BLR BR Gomel FM, Zhlobin/Vul. K.Marksa 1A (GO) Presumed with pops  1974km **

** Personal Skegness First

A nice midwinter Es opening in the OIRT band. I did not notice any band 2 Es around this time.

This is my first experience of OIRT DXing on the modified Sony XDR-F1HD. It was just like listening on band 2.

It seems meteor scatter is also doing the business since I did the i2c modification, but I think this is more likely to be down to the conditions, but there has been a huge drop in my general noise levels at times over the last couple of days which I suspect has also helped. I used to need a minimum of 35dBf before I saw any RDS, but now it seems to be as little as 25dBf. Background noise levels are as low as 4dBf in places, though a large part of today saw a return of the dreaded noise. I wonder if I'll ever get to the bottom of this. It's amazing what can be heard clearly when the noise is not present. Radio Salu on 101.7, noise free, for instance when it peaks up and conditions are hardly inspiring at the moment.

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <2m ASL.

Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c modification & XDR-GTK software.

Rooftop Körner 9.2, 8m AGL & Yaesu G-5500 azimuthal/elevation rotator

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