Band 2 Tropospheric:
105.5 1857 G The Breeze, Beacon Hill/UHF tower (A) (EN-DVN) Wet Wet Wet song, OM ID 405km
95.4 1911 F France Inter, Brest/Roc Trédudon (29) F201 __INTER_ 604km
104.7 1933 G Island FM, Les Touillets (GUE) ++ C6B2 458km
107.3 1946 F BFM Business, Brest/Lescaouidic (29) OMs, as web 629km
92.2 1955 E SER Galicia, Vimianzo or A Estrada 1314km and 1334km respectively
87.7 2001 E SER, Vilalba/Monte Gondaisque (GAL-LU) ++ Sports commentary, as web 1247km
104.8 2017 G BBC Radio 4 FM, Pontypool (WA-TFN) ++ Presumed site, as 93.1, etc.
93.6 BBC R Cymru also in 280km
93.6 2018 G BBC Radio Cymru, Pontypool (WA-TFN) ++ Presumed site. BBC R4 104.8
also in 280km
91.6 2050 E RNE Radio Clásica, Culleredo/Monte Xalo (GAL-C) Piano music, as web 1277km
92.6 2110 E Radio Voz, A Coruña (GAL-C) Phone in, as web 1266km
93.6 2112 F MFM Radio, Brest/Place de Strasbourg (29) Serge Gainsbourg song, as web 626km
94.0 2114 F Mouv', Brest/11 Rue Pierre-Mac-Orlans (29) Awful vocoded rap shite,
as web 630km
95.0 2115 F Radio Neptune, Brest/9 Rue Pierre Mac-Orlan (29) Jazz, as web 630km
96.5 2117 F NRJ, Guingamp/Castel Pic (22) YLs with childish voices, as web 565km
99.4 2136 F RKB Radio Kreiz Breizh, Carhaix-Plouguer/Berrien (29) French song,
as web. Almost noise free 600km
88.0 2145 E Radio Galega Música, Valga/Monte Xesteiras (GAL-PO) E4E1 RGMUSICA 1339km
97.1 2151 E COPE, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) ++OMs discussion,
as web 1316km
102.1 2153 E Radio Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela (GAL-C) Phone in, as web 1316km
88.9 2203 E Cadena 100, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) ++ Pops,
as web 1316km
93.7 2204 E RNE Radio 5 Todo Noticias, Santiago de Compostela/Monte
Pedroso (GAL-C) ++ E215 1316km
93.0 2206 F France Bleu Breizh Izel, Brest/Roc Trédudon (29) Full RDS in vertical!
F205 BLEU-BZH 604km
99.9 2208 E COPE, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) YL, as web 1316km
103.1 2212 E RNE Radio Nacional, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C)
++ E211 1316km
87.8 2216 E COPE, Moaña/Monte Faro Domaio (GAL-PO) OMs, as web 1378km
98.1 2225 E RNE Radio Clásica, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C)
Classical, as web 1316km
100.6 2231 E SER, Moaña/Monte Faro Domaio (GAL-PO) ++ OM phone in, as web. Not far
off noise free 1378km
100.9 2231 E Radio Galega, Valga/Monte Xesteiras (GAL-PO) ++ E4E0 1339km
106.5 2245 G Sam FM, Bristol/East Dundry (EN-BRI) ++ ID and pops 280km
90.6 2250 F France Inter, Nantes/Haute-Goulaine (44) Discussion, as web 675km
94.2 2254 F France Culture, Nantes/Haute-Goulaine (44) YL, as web 675km
107.2 2258 G The Breeze, Winchester/Crabwood Farm (EN-HPS) ++ OM ID after slushy
night time pops 259km
87.6 2304 E esRadio, Santiago de Compostela (GAL-C) ++ ID and jingle. YL talk 1315km
101.2 2311 G Heart, Kingsbridge/Soar (EN-DVN) Predictable pops, as web 432km
94.0 2318 E Kiss FM, Moaña/Monte Faro Domayo (GAL-PO) ++ Pops, as web 1379km
91.2 2321 F RMN-FM, Rostronen/Restehouanet (22) Jingle ID and pops 610km
91.4 2325 E Cadena Dial, Meis/Monte Castrove (GAL-PO) ++ Jingle ID and Spanish
104.6 2331 E Radio Galega, Vimianzo/Monte Sangre (GAL-C) ++ YLs a nattering, as web 1314km
107.2 2338 E Radio Cerceda, Cerceda (GAL-C) 2EFF RCERCEDA 1284km
96.2 2346 E Radio Galega, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) YL and OM,
as web 1315km
92.2 2355 E SER, A Estrada (GAL-PO) ++ Presume, producing echo against Vimianzo. 1334km
92.2 2355 E SER, Vimianzo/Monte Sangre (GAL-C) Lively chat, as web 1314km
94.2 2358 E Radio Solidaria, Santiago de Compostela (GAL-C) Spanish pops, as web 1315km
An impressive Spanish opening. The Hep and F5LEN got this one just about spot on, showing a finger of tropo pointing almost straight at me then out across the North Sea, over the Netherlands and into Northern Germany, allowing record-breaking distances for some.
The first indication of tropo came from Brest. It was weak at first then increased in strength to a whopping S9+50dB within an hour. It stayed at this strength throughout most of the evening!
Galicia appeared shortly afterwards, again quite weak to begin with, but some transmitters increased to S9+30dB, producing a fair amount of RDS.
I was hoping for Portugal but it didn't happen this time. To be honest, I was surprised I was placed so nicely in the firing line for any of this! Usually, such impressive Spanish DX is reserved for the south or the west side of England.
Luckily, the noise I get from the South-West was absent for the duration of this tropo but, unluckily, the South of England was well enhanced too, giving a lot of channel blocking from the likes of Wenvoe, Rowridge, Wrotham, even Llangollen to the west. But it was nice to hear The Breeze for the first time though.
Many personal firsts were received. If you see "++" in the log, those are my notes which indicate a personal first, but there are others in there which I haven't checked. I am back at the same position I was at this time one year ago - well behind with FM tropo and Es SDR files. There's a fair bit of catching up to do.
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.