Thursday, 19 November 2015

Skegness Log: 19-11-15 (FM)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
104.5 0343  I  Radio Italia Solo Musica Italiana, Multi-tx 5220 **
 99.3 0523  S  SR P3, Stockholm/Nacka TM (st) Lively discussion with Sveriges Radio
               Petre ID in minute 
long meteor burst  1292km **
 99.4 0523  S  SR P3, Göteborg/Brudaremossen 100/Brudaremossen TM (vg) Likely Göteborg.
discussion with Sveriges Radio Petre ID in minute long meteor
               burst.  894km **

103.6 0523 POL PR Radio Merkury, Walcz/Rusinowo (Pila) (ZP) 3755 1060km
100.2 0524  S  SR P4, Visby/Follingbo TM (go) E824 1238km
 99.1 0601 POL PR 3, Olsztyn/Pieczewo (WM) 3233 1334km
100.2 0601 POL RMF FM, Bialystok/Krynice (PL) 3F44 _R??_F?? 1506km
101.6 0601 POL Radio Maryja, Pisz/Liski (WM) Presumed site as more on-beam. 3232 1429km **
104.7 0601 POL Radio Maryja, Bialystok/Krynice (PL) 3232 1506km
101.6 0603  S  SR P4, Östhammar/Valö TM (up) E524 SR?????? 1334km
102.0 0603  S  SR P4, Gävle/Skogmur TM (ga) EB24 PS reg logged: SR_Gäv?? 1310km
102.8 0603  S  SR P4, Örebro/Lockhyttan TM (or) E424 PS reg logged: SR????b_ 1142km
104.0 0603  S  Mix Megapol, Lidköping/Silotorn (vg) Presumed tx. Swedish YL, as 104.2
               996km **

104.2 0603  S  Mix Megapol, Halmstad/Oskarström/Teracoms mast Fjällgime (ha) E243 899km
104.7 0603  S  Mix Megapol, Örebro/Almby (or) Swedish YL, as 104.2  1145km **
104.9 0603  S  Mix Megapol, Gävle/Skogmur TM (ga) Swedish YL, as 104.2  1310km
 99.9 0622 AUT Hitradio Ö3, Wien 1/Kahlenberg (wie) A203 1247km **
101.2 0622  D  MDR JUMP, Auerbach/Schöneck (sac) D3C2 881km
103.8 0622 AUT FM 4, Wien 1/Kahlenberg (wie) A213 1247km
104.1 0622 CZE Frekvence 1, Plzen/Krašov (PL) 2205 ????O_F1 947km
102.7 0627  S  SR P4, Västervik/Fårhult TM (ka) E624 SR?????? 1132km
101.4 0735 POL PR Radio Kielce, Kielce/Swiety Krzyz (SK) 3434 KI?????? 1436km
100.9 0754 POL PR Radio Merkury, Poznan/Srem (WP) 3755 ??DI???? 1127km

** Personal First via this mode

The 9.2 was slanted at 45 degrees again overnight, which probably resulted in an equal reduction of horizontal and vertical signals, but there were still a few new catches.

I added two more frequencies to my MS log, 99.3 and 99.4, thanks to the FM3 phasing antenna which reduced Tacolneston so that I could grab these two. This now leaves just two other frequencies: 101.5 which should be fairly straight-forward, and 98.3 which definitely will not. I'm not sure quite how I am going to remove the latter. It's not as straight-forward as the other Belmont frequencies as any significant reduction in signal just breaks up the audio into a noisy wide mess. I'll still need a decent meteor burst to override this, so the Geminids in the middle of December might be the best time to try for this one.

Just looking at Tacolneston 99.3 again: This was easy to null during the early hours, but it's been impossible to bring it down this evening for some reason, even with the antenna in the same position. It's now a solid noise-free stereo at 50 dBf. This highlights just how frustrating antenna phasing can sometimes be.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <3m ASL.
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Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

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

Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

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