Thursday, 23 April 2015

Skegness Log: 23-04-15 (FM)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
 96.2 0332 HOL NPO 3FM, Markelo/Alticom Toren (ove) Pops, as 96.8 and 97.1  424km **

Band 2 Tropospheric:
 87.8 1002  F  Décibel, Dinan/Barrière (22) Decibel jingle and French pop  550km
 91.4 1007  F  France Culture, Cap-de-la-Hague/Omonville-la-Petite (50) YL, as web  415km
 95.9 1007  F  France Musique, Cap-de-la-Hague/Omonville-la-Petite (50) YL, as web  415km
 99.8 1027  F  France Bleu Cotentin, Cap-de-la-Hague/Omonville-la-Petite (50) Phone in, 
               as web  415km **
101.6 1032  F  RTL, Saint-Malo/Les Bergeons (35) ID and web sddress  527km **
103.5 1036  F  Fun Radio, Dinan/le Clos Gastel (22) Im An Albatraoz song, as web  550km **
107.5 1042  F  RTL, Cherbourg-Octeville/la Glacerie (50) Discussion, as web  415km **
107.3 1043  F  VFM Radio, Vire/la Besnardière (14) French love song, as web  488km **
106.7 1044  F  Europe 1, Cherbourg-Octeville/la Glacerie (50) Phone caller, ID  415km **
105.3 1047  F  France Info, Granville/Donville (50) Presumed site, in accordance with the 
               conditions. As 105.5  496km **
 87.6 1049  F  RMC, Le Havre/Harfleur (76) Phone in, as web  406km
 98.4 1050  F  France Inter, Cap-de-la-Hague/Omonville-la-Petite (50) OM and YLs 
               Discussion, as web  415km
 92.6 1111  G  Radio Verulam, Saint Albans (EN-HTS) Community info, as web  162km
 92.8 1115  G  Release FM, Pirate, unknown location ID **
 95.4 2206  F  RTL, Fécamp/les Plantis (76) Jingle ID and oldies show  377km
 89.2 2208  F  NRJ, Fécamp/les Plantis (76) French OM, as web  377km
107.1 2218  F  BFM Business, Caen/Colombelles (14) Phone caller, OM, as web  442km
102.3 2229  F  NRJ, Avranches/la Butte (50) Lively phone in, as web  510km **
 96.5 2233  G  Dem Radyo, London pirate Jingle ID and Turkish music **
 87.8 2251  F  Mouv', Caen/Colombelles (14) Obscure Jack Michaleson song, as web  442km
 98.7 2258  F  Radio FG, Caen/Colombelles (14) Fucking Good Music ID! Lets see what the 
               profanity filter makes of this!   442km **
103.2 2301  F  Radio Cristal, Caen/Colombelles (14) French disco song, as web  442km **
105.0 2303  F  RTL, Caen/Colombelles (14) Vous ecoutez RTL, etc  442km **
105.5 2304  F  France Info, Caen/Colombelles (14) Presume. Distortion indicating Info 
               pile-up.   442km **
 96.3 2305  F  Fun Radio, Caen/Colombelles (14) Lively phone in, as web  442km **
105.9 2320  F  Europe 1, Caen/Colombelles (14) OM, as web  442km
100.2 2321  F  Tendance Ouest, Caen/Colombelles (14) French YL song, difficult in 
               pile-up  442km **
 99.0 2331  F  Radio Classique, Dieppe/la Côte Enragée (76) Jolly piano music, as web  364km **

** Personal Skegness 'First'

I did it! I won a Gold Star award for Outstanding Incompetence. Regarding my comment yesterday about fouling up my overnight recordings three mornings in a row ... well, this morning I actually remembered to plug the antenna into the correct receiver, but I forgot to delete the previous day's recordings, so my hard drive filled up after a few minutes worth of recordings. I think that definitely qualifies for the Gold Star award.

I know the conditions were appalling for a meteor peak as I was awake half the night and I was only aware of one brief meteor ping which affected only one frequency. That's all my MS DXing for a while as I want to be prepared for the Es now. I didn't manage to get the five remaining frequencies for MS: 94.5 98.3 99.3 99.4 & 101.5. Hopefully later in the year when meteor activity improves.
Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <3m ASL.
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Triax FM3, one metre above the ground as a phasing antenna.
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