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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-30 (Tropo: F G BEL HOL)

Band 2 Tropospheric:
106.8 1040 BEL RCF, Namur/Wépion (wal-nam) OM political Christian discussion, as
               tunein  436km **

107.3 1116 BEL Fun Radio, La Louvière/Hôpital de Jolimont (wal-hnt) Fun Radio promo
               in Bruxelles  400km **

107.7 1129 BEL Radio Gaveromroep, Deerlijk/Wulfsberg (vlg-wvl) Oldies and OM
               presenter, as web  332km **

105.9 1158  F  Europe 1, Caen/Colombelles (14) Discussion, as web  442km
 93.3 1723 HOL Radio 10, Breskens/Graansilo Vissershaven (zee) Madonna, as others  294km
 96.0 1725 HOL WFM96, Middelburg/Kerk (zee) Pops, as web  289km **
 92.4 1730 HOL Puur NL, Westdorpe/Verkavelingsweg (zee) Dutch music, as web  322km
107.7 1757 BEL RGR FM, Oostkamp (vlg-wvl)   PI logged: 6219 296km
105.3 1811 BEL Vivante FM, Pâturages (wal-hnt) Bob Marley song, as web  390km **
106.5 1818 BEL Molenland FM, Tielt/ITC (vlg-wvl) German Schlager, as web  316km
106.0 1900  G  Sam FM, Chillerton Down (EN-IOW) Ads and news, as web  301km **

** Personal First

This spell of tropo has largely been a flimsy and variable affair, but there were some good peaks into Belgium and Holland today with a few personal firsts. Also today I received several regular German transmitters from Nordrhein Westfalen and Rheinland Pfalz at enhanced levels, but I decided to concentrate on logging only less common and new (to me) stations.

Unidentified:
** Some of the Belgian stations heard at the top of the band today had multiple transmitters on the frequencies, so I decided not to log these stations. Family Radio, Nostalgie, etc., but I was particularly curious about the Nostalgie transmitter on 105.3 and I hope somebody may be able to help me with this: Although Perwez is listed (100 watts), there is also a "PLANNED" outlet at Bouillon, listed with 5kW. I wonder if this is on the air yet - does anybody know?

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.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-29 (Tropo: Switzerland, Germany, France)

Band 2 Tropospheric:
105.7 1917  D  B5 aktuell, Wendelstein (bay) YL, as web  1024km
105.6 1921 SUI Radio SRF 3, Säntis (ar) English rap song, as web  917km
105.3 1927  D  B5 aktuell, Kreuzberg (Rhön) (bay) YL, as 105.7  732km
106.3 1930  D  Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Hornisgrinde/SWR (bwü) Talk and applause,
               as web  748km

101.0 1934  D  BR Klassik, Grünten (Allgäu) (bay) Clasical, as web  942km
106.9 1935  D  B5 aktuell, Grünten (Allgäu) (bay) YL, as 105.7  942km
 99.0 1951  D  hr1, Hoher Meißner (hes) YL, as web  684km
 95.4 1954 SUI Radio SRF 2 Kultur, Säntis (ar) OM, as web  917km
102.3 2005  D  BR Klassik, Wendelstein (bay) Opera, as web  1024km
107.1 2006  D  SWR4 Rheinland-Pfalz, Haardtkopf (rlp) ID  593km
105.0 2009  D  Hit Radio FFH, Krehberg (hes) Pops, as web  698km
100.6 2012  D  Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Witthoh (Tuttlingen) (bwü) OM, as web  834km
 97.5 2155  D  SWR3, Bornberg (rlp) OM ID  640km
 97.7 2155  D  SWR1 Rheinland-Pfalz, Haardtkopf (rlp) Pops, as web  593km
 95.5 2157  D  SR 3 Saarlandwelle, Göttelborner Höhe (saa) Pops, as web  629km
 95.8 2157  D  Bayern 3, Grünten (Allgäu) (bay) Pops, as web  942km
107.6 2158  D  big fm (Rheinland-Pfalz), Bornberg (rlp) Pops, as web  640km
107.8 2158 SUI RSI Rete Uno, Säntis (ar) Italian song, as web  917km
106.7 2159  D  big fm (Rheinland-Pfalz), Kalmit  Edenkoben (rlp) Pops, as 104.0  687km
105.0 2214  D  Radio 7, Iberger Kugel (bwü) Dance track, as web  922km
103.7 2215  D  SR Unser Ding, Saarbrücken/Schoksberg (saa) Alternative beats,
               as web  628km **

103.0 2218  D  SWR3, Grünten (Allgäu) [bay] (bwü) ID and pops  942km
102.9 2224  D  RPR 1., Bad Marienberg (rlp) Pops, as web  592km
105.1 2226  D  Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Blauen (bwü) YL, as web  793km
104.1 2228  D  SWR4 Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg/Königstuhl, SWR (bwü) Happy pop song,
               as web  717km

106.8 2238  F  France Info, Metz/Luttange (57) OM, as 105.2  599km
107.2 2238  D  SWR3, Kettrichhof (rlp) Pops, as web  674km
101.2 2241  D  hr3, Habichtswald (hes) Pink, as web  647km
101.6 2242  D  hr4, Hardberg (hes) Pops, as web  712km
101.7 2243  D  Radio Salü, Saarbrücken/Schoksberg (saa) D3B8 628km
 94.3 2247  D  SWR3, Raichberg (bwü) Pops, as web  813km

** Personal First

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.

Skegness Log: 2016-10-29 (MW: India)

 990 1633 IND AIR North Jammu, Jammu A (JK) Indian singing, as 747 Weak  6158 km
 927 1641 IND AIR South Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam A (AP) OM frantic singing,
              as 747 V weak  7970 km ** ##

 576 1649 IND AIR South Alappuzha, Allapuzha (KL) OM INdian singing behind Bulgaria
              for at least 5 minutes, as 747 V weak  8226 km **


** Personal First
## First recorded logging in the UK?

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Friday, 28 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-28 (MW: Eritrea)

 845 1829 ERI Eritrea, Unknown tx. OM, national anthem and sign off Weak **

** Personal First

This, thanks to another tip-off. Thank you to Simon Beavan again.

Video here: https://youtu.be/itvnd8VxZPs

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-25 (MW: India)

 873 1705 IND AIR North Jalandhar, Jalandhar B (PB) Indian YL singing, as 747
              V weak  6352 km **

 585 1706 IND AIR West Nagpur, Nagpur (MH) Indian YL singing, as 747 V weak  7401 km **
 648 1706 IND AIR West Indore, Indore A (MP) Indian YL singing, as 747 V weak  7057 km **
 702 1706 IND All India Radio GOS, Jalandhar A (PB) Female singer, as 1071
              V weak  6352 km **

 747 1706 IND AIR North Lucknow, Lucknow A (UP) Indian YL singing, sitar, etc.
              OM vocal ID at 17:09:22 Weak  7047 km

 756 1706 IND AIR East Jagdalpur, Jagdalpur (OR) Indian YL singing, as 747
              V weak  7771 km ** #

 801 1706 IND AIR West Jabalpur, Jabalpur (MP) Indian YL singing, as 747. Dominant
              over Spain Weak  7282 km **

 819 1706 IND AIR Indraprastha Channel, Delhi A (DL) Indian YL singing, as 747
              Weak  6634 km

 846 1706 IND AIR West Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad A (GJ) Indian YL singing, as 747
              Weak  6825 km **

 954 1706 IND AIR North Najibabad, Najibabad (UP) Indian YL singing, as 747.
              V weak under CZE V weak  6646 km **

 972 1706 IND AIR East Cuttack, Cuttack A (OR) Indian YL singing, as 747 Weak  7923 km ** #
1071 1706 IND All India Radio GOS, Rajkot (GJ) Indian music Good  6716 km
1143 1706 IND AIR North or AIR West, Rohtak or Ratnagiri Indian YL singing, as 747.
              Unsure which site. Both are reported in Scandinavia. V weak **

1260 1706 IND AIR West Ambikapur, Ambikapur (MP) Indian YL singing, as 747
              V weak  7492 km ** #

 603 1712 IND AIR North Jaipur, Ajmer (RJ) Indian YL singing, as 747 V weak  6659 km **
 684 1712 IND AIR North or South, Kargil A, Kozhikode A or Port Blair Indian YL
              singing, as 747 V weak **

 774 1712 IND AIR North Shimla, Shimla (HP) Indian YL singing, as 747 V weak  6444 km **
 918 1712 IND AIR North Suratgarh, Suratgarh (RJ) Indian YL singing, as 747.
              V weak under Slovenia V weak  6378 km **

 945 1712 IND AIR East Sambalpur, Sambalpur (OR) Indian YL singing, as 747
              V weak  7706 km ** #

 990 1712 IND AIR North Jammu, Jammu A (JK) Indian YL singing, as 747 V weak  6158 km ** #
1305 1712 IND AIR West Parbhani, Parbhani (MH) Indian YL singing, as 747 V weak
              7402 km ** #

 594 1725 IND AIR General Overseas Service, Chinsurah/Magra (WB) ID in Bengali and
              jingle. Thanks to Matthias Gatzke and Raman (RealDX) for help.
              Weak  7851 km **

 720 1725 IND AIR South Chennai A, Chennai A=Madras (TN) Indian YL singing, as 747
              V weak  8163 km **

 612 1727 IND AIR South Bengaluru, Bengaluru A (KA) Indian YL singing, as 747
              V weak  8014 km **

 666 1730 IND AIR Rajdhani Channel, Delhi B (DL) YL ID and news in English Weak  6634 km **

** Personal First

This was one surprising evening of Indian DX. 21 personal firsts!

As I reported in my log from 2016-10-23, today's log has only come about thanks to an alert from Paul Logan in Northern Ireland, who had been DXing mobile with a 200 foot longwire antenna. He reported many Indian signals across medium wave around 1715 - 1720 hours. I would have missed these completely had it not been for his report to the Yahoo group. I had written off the 25th as a dead loss due to the geomagnetic disturbance, but I had only spot-checked the tops of the hours for DX. So, when I checked around 1715, I was very pleased to find quite a few Indian transmitters myself. As some people say "Note to self" ... Must check between the hours in future :O)

AIR 1080 and 1134 didn't make it through.

This may be the first time some of the above frequencies have been reported in the UK. These have been marked with a "#".

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-23 (MW: South & East Asia)

 963 1700 TWN BCC Country Network, New Taipei City/Panchiao (TP) Top of the hour jingle
              V weak  9643 km

1017 1700 TWN BCC Country Network, Hsinchu (HC) Top of the hour jingle V weak  9628 km
 765 1708 IND AIR South Dharwad, Dharwad A (KA) Percussive track, as 747 Fair  7626 km **
 747 1725 IND AIR North Lucknow, Lucknow A (UP) Thanks to Simon Beavan in South Wales
              for the tip. YL ID in news bulletin, then full ID - This broadcast came to
              you from the studios of All India Radio, Delhi. Fair  7047 km **


** Personal First

Indian MW stations have been on my 'to do' list for a number of years and I did not expect to hear much. I wouldn't have known anything about 747, above, had it not been for the alert from Simon Beavan in South Wales, so it's all thanks to him. When I heard the strength of this signal, I couldn't help but wonder why I've never heard this signal before. I've often looked for it. But that's the attraction of this amazing hobby. Video here: https://youtu.be/zBiVDDoL1SU

I am very much behind with loggings again so it's yet another instance of me playing catch-up. I am typing this on the 26th and I can report hearing more Indian transmitters on MW during the late afternoon of the 25-10-16. This time, it's all thanks to an alert from Paul Logan in Northern Ireland. I would have missed these completely had it not been for his report to the Yahoo group. I had written off the 25th as a dead loss due to the geomagnetic disturbance, but I had only checked the tops of the hours. When I did a quick check around 1715, the time Paul heard India on several frequencies, I heard quite a few transmitters myself. So I need to check this recording more thoroughly, but I will be away from the radio for long periods for the next day or two so I can't devote much time to checking the recordings, however, if anybody still has files from the late afternoon of the 25th, it should be worth checking them. My hard drives are all full too, so I am quite stuffed for the time being.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Friday, 21 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-21 (MW: South America, East Asia)

 680 0615 CLM HJZO Radio Nacional de Colombia, Sabanagrande (atl) Radio Nacional de
              Colombia ID at 06:15:54. I also hear 
"grande" in the OM ID, so I think
              he may be mentioning Sabanagrande. V weak  8056 km **

 882 1659 CLN TWR Asia, Puttalam (put) YL TWR ID and address Weak  8597 km

** Personal First

I managed to get the elusive Radio Nacional on 680 at last. Other than that, not a lot heard overnight again. Southern Asia dominated during the early evening. Several tentative Indian stations were heard. I need to record with the Elad so I can capture the tropical bands for parallel checks.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-20 (MW: East Asia)

 585 1700 PAK PBC Radio Pakistan, Faqirabad (pjb) ID and news jingle Weak  5922 km
1116 1700 CHN CNR 5 Zhonghua zhi Sheng, Shaowu/SARFT751 (FJ) YL ID - Zhonghua zhi
              Sheng Weak  9226 km **

1134 1700 KOR HLKC KBS 3 Radio, Hwaseong (gye) YL HLKC ID. Time pips and jingle
              Weak  8723 km

1170 1700 KOR HLSR KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 2/KBS World Radio, Gimje=Kimjae (jeb)
              ID, time pips and jingle Weak  8862 km

1260 1700 PAK PBC Radio Pakistan Peshawar, Peshawar (kpk) News jingle and OM ID
              Weak  5851 km **

1269 1700 CHN China Radio Int./Voice of Russia, Xuanwei/SARFT726 (YN) CRI Interval
              signal Vweak  8561 km

1539 1700 CHN CNR 1, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) Presume Golmud. Clear, dominant. OM Zhongyang
              renmin guangbo diantai ID at 17:00:39. Fair  7134 km

1575 1700 THA Voice of America/Radio Saranrom, Ban Phachi/Rasom (pay) Yankee Doodle
              and Voice Of America, Wasghington, DC ID Weak     9410 km


** Personal First

An interesting evening to East Asia. Lots more presumed Koreans were heard, including a tentative Pyongyang on 819. Signals were too weak or just buried under Europeans.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-18 (MW: East Asia)

1278 1600  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) Time signal and YL RKB ID.
              Alone on 
frequency at this time Weak  9226 km
1575 1600 THA Voice of America/Radio Saranrom, Ban Phachi/Rasom (pay) Voice Of America, 
              Washington DC ID plus Yankee Doodle theme. Dominant on frequency. Weak  9410 km

This is a catch-up with my loggings again. My main hard drive decided to die just after my 1700 recording. So, what happened to my 1700 recording? The coax cable from my flag antenna decided to fall apart less than a minute before the top of the hour.

A new 500GB hard drive was bought and installed the following day, but that came hand-in-hand with the expected problems of installing Windows 7. I think I now know why it's called Windows '7', because that's the exact number of times I had to install it before it finally worked correctly! It wouldn't even accept the product key at one stage. Yet this is my own 'bought', i.e. 'paid for' Windows 7. While good when it was first released back in the late 00s, this version of Windows has become the biggest pile of shite I have known. It's almost as bad as Windows 98! and that's saying something. XP was my favourite and I doubt Micro$$$oft will bring out anything else in the future which will equal that. Windows 7 is great if you can avoid that service pack and all those damn updates. Beyond that, it just isn't the same.

A few bits and pieces:

Funny that 1575 VOA Thailand fires up on the same afternoon as CRI's Russian service resumes transmissions on 1521. Coincidence? Or is this the start of a new broadcasting quarter?

There seems to be some kind of re-organisation of the programmes, or at least in the ID sequences I hear from China lately. I probably wouldn't have been aware of this quite so quickly had it not been mentioned on the RealDX forum. Those familiar Chinese time signals are not always present on the usual frequencies, so it's easy to assume that conditions aren't allowing them through, but that's not necessarily the case since I have heard Chinese on those frequencies, but without their time signals. Perhaps these stations are carrying more of their own local or regional programming now.

Another observation about those familiar Chinese time signals: When I do hear them, they are now appearing more randomly 'around' the top of the hour. Over the last year or two, they were just about spot on to the very top of the hour.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Monday, 17 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-17 (MW: South America & East Asia)

1190 0133 CLM HJKG Radio Mira CARACOL, Tumaco (nar)  Distinctive single note Jingles
              and ID V weak  9126 km **

 680 0156 PTR WAPA, San Juan (N) (PR) Numerous WAPA IDs Weak  6806 km
1190 0326 CLM HJCV Radio Cordillera, Bogota D.C. (bdc) Thank you Fredrik Dourén for
              unravelling this one. The word I was hearing was Todelar and the ID after was La Voz de Bogot. This is Radio Cordillera's ID.
              V weak  8566 km

 693 1659 BGD Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka A/Dhamrai (dha) Interval signal under
              BBC 5 Live Fair     7895 km

 585 1700 PAK PBC Radio Pakistan, Faqirabad (pjb) ID and OM news Fair  5922 km
 801 1700 TWN Han Sheng GD Kuanghua zhi Sheng, Kuanyin=Guanin (TY) Booming in
              this evening! Local music and OM and YL in Oriental language. OM ID
              at 17:02:16 Good  9620 km

 846 1700 BGD Bangladesh Betar, Bogra/Kahalu (rjs) Interval signal V weak  7754 km **
882 1659 CLN TWR Asia, Puttalam (put) YL TWR ID and address V weak 8597 km **  882 1700 TWN BEG77 BCC News Network, Hsinchu (HC) 7 note jingle under BBC Radio
              Wales Weak  9628 km **

 891 1700 CHN Ningxia RGD News Radio, Yinchuan/Peng (NX) YL IDs and frequencies. Thanks
              to all at Real DX, plus Matthias Gatzke for spotting the IDs.
              Fair  7595 km

 963 1700 TWN BED55 BCC Country Network, New Taipei City/Panchiao (TP) 7 note interval
              signal just penetrating the weak pile-up. V weak  9643 km **

 981 1700 TWN Han Sheng GD Kuanghua zhi Sheng, Hsinfeng (HC) Programme as 801.
              Fair  9626 km

1170 1700 PAK PBC Radio Pakistan/NBS News, Peshawar/Pabbi (kpk) Radio Pakistan ID,
              three time pips and distinctive news jingle Weak  5866 km **

1278 1800  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) YL RKB ID. No time signal
              on this occasion Weak  9226 km


** Personal First

Another batch of personal firsts today morning and some potential UK firsts in 1190 HJKG, 846 Bangladesh Betar, BEG77. 882 BEG77, 963 BED55 and 1170 PBC.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-16 (MW: East Asia)

1521 1600 CHN China Radio Int., Ürümqi/Hutubi-SARFT654 (XJ) Presumed. Enormous
              signal! Fade-in 1600 but STRONG by 2000 with abrupt sign-off.  Strng  6040 km

 693 1700 BGD Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka A/Dhamrai (dha) Interval clearly signal behind BBC
              Weak  7895 km **

 819 1700 BGD Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka Gha OM ID, interval signal and further ID. Weak but
              clear and dominant on channel Weak


** Personal First

After some very unsettled conditions, it was very pleasing to hear Bangladesh again, this time with much better signals on 819, allowing two identifications to be heard clearly. But I was blown away when I heard their interval signal behind BBC Radio 5 Live on 693. Bangladesh Betar on 693 is a potential UK first.

This concludes a week of exceptional Asiatic DX and a week in which I identified four new countries: Oman; Pakistan; Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-13 (MW: Transatlantic)

1100 0400 USA WTAM Newsradio WTAM 1100, Cleveland (OH) Newsradio WTAM Eleven Hundred ID
              Weak  5979 km

 700 0500 USA WLW Newsradio 700 WLW, Cincinnati/Tower Drive (D) (OH) Seven Hundred WLW
              ID Weak  6293 km

1300 0500 USA WOOD NewsRadio 1300/106.9 WOOD, Grand Rapids (MI) ID - Newsradio Wood
              (spoken as word) Thirteen Hundred and 106.9 FM. Fox News Radio. Weak  6112 km


Better North American conditions today. Although not logged here, Greenland was well received on 570 and 650, the latter was quite strong shortly after local midnight.

I think I heard 680 KBRW Barrow AK around 0100 but I couldn't fully nail it down. I heard music and chat which appeared to be in parallel with their web stream, but 680 was a jumble of stations with CFTR dominating and WRKO chipping in at times.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-12 (MW: E Asia, Transatlantic)

 790 0300 USA WAXY Sports Talk AM 790 and 104.3 HD2 The Ticket, South Miami (FL) Brief WAXY 
              AM drop-in heard, then ESPN Radio ID Weak  7158 km
 830 0300 USA WCRN News Talk Radio 830, Worcester (MA) ????'s news and talk radio ... WCRN 
              heard in splash Weak  5302 km
1540 0300 USA KXEL News/Talk 1540 KXEL, Waterloo (D) (IA) KXEL Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar 
              Rapids ID Weak  6547 km
 740 0600 CAN CFZM, Toronto/Meadowvale (ON) Full and detailed ID Fair  5698 km
1440 0600 USA WHKZ, Warren (OH) OM WHKZ Warren ID heard in pile-up Weak  5940 km
 585 1700 PAK PBC Radio Pakistan, Faqirabad (pjb) Time pips, ID and news. National anthem at 
              1705 Fair  5922 km **
 801 1700 TWN Han Sheng GD Kuanghua zhi Sheng, Kuanyin=Guanin (TY) OM ID. Signal increasing 
              to fair levels by 1710 Fair  9620 km
1143 1700 KOR Radio Free Korea, unknown tx. RFK ID, over Baisha Weak  9999 km
1296 1700 TWN BCC News Network, Tainan (TN) Seven note top of the hour jingle V weak  9753 km
 819 1800 BGD Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka Gha Thank you to Matthias Gatzke for sppotting the 
              interval signal, also to Jari Savolainen for his help. New tx under test. 
              V weak  0 km **
 972 1800 KOR HLCA KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1, Dangjin (ccg) ID, time signal and OM/rock and 
              roll song Fair  8740 km
1134 1800 KOR HLKC KBS 3 Radio, Hwaseong (gye) KBS YL ID after time pips Weak  8723 km
1170 1800 KOR HLSR KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 2/KBS World Radio, Gimje=Kimjae (jeb) YL KBS 
              Hanminjok ID before time pips. OM ID after.  Fair  8862 km
1278 1800  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) RKB ID, time signal. Better at 2000. 
              V weak  9226 km
1440 1900  J  JOWF STV Sapporo TV Hoso, Sapporo (hok) Japanese Presenter and time signal. 
              V weak but clearly the same as a recording of the same provided for me by 
              Hiroyuki Okamura in Japan - thank you very much for your trouble V weak  8684 km
 927 2000 TWN BCC Country Network, Taichung (TC) 7 note jingle, mixing other Asiatic signals 
              V weak  9692 km
1179 2000  J  JOOR MBS Mainichi Hoso, Osaka/Takaishi (kns-osk) Time check and time signal, 
              plus occasional words. Thank you Hiroyuki Okamura in Japan for sending me a 
              clip of the same programme, same time, same day, matching my recording 100% 
              V weak  9348 km **
1350 2000  J  JOER RCC Chugoku Hoso, Etajima/Okimi (chg-hir) RCC ID and time signal Weak  
              9251 km
1413 2000  J  JOIF KBC Kyushu Asahi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) Clear and dominant. Time pips 
              and ID Fair  9224 km
1413 2000 OMA BBC WS, A Seela (shq) ID - BBC World Service, the world's radio station. Weak 
              under JOIF Weak  6043 km **

** Personal First

Another day of excellent Asiatic conditions with more new countries: Bancladesh; Pakistan and Oman.

The loggings of Radio Pakistan 585 and Bangladesh Betar 819 are not listed in the UK All Time Log and so may be the first known loggings in the UK.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-11 (MW: E Asia, Brazil)

 940 0236  B  ZYJ453 Super Rede Boa Vontade, Rio de Janeiro/Magé (RJ) OM announcements
              mentioning Boa Vontade twice. Religious programming. V weak  9409 km **

 738 1800 CHN Xinjiang RGD 738 Zonghe, Ürümqi/Hutubi-XJTS631 (XJ) YL ID after time pips.
              YL news, fair over Taiwan Fair  6042 km

1278 2000  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) YL IDs. Becomes dominant and
              clear after the top of the hour. Weak/Fair  9226 km

1350 2000  J  JOER RCC Chugoku Hoso, Etajima/Okimi (chg-hir) ID and time signal.
              Equal I Am Radio Weak  9251 km

1377 2100 CHN CNR 1, Xingyang/SARFT554 (HE) Strongest heard to date. Armchair level!
              Good  8306 km

1413 2100  J  JOIF KBC Kyushu Asahi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) Time signal. KBC ID.
              Weak under Moldova Weak  9224 km

 570 2225 GRL KNR, Nuuk=Godthåb/Telegrafoen (sms-nuk) Fair signal this evening.
              OM as web and // 650 Fair  3155 km

 650 2225 GRL KNR, Qeqertarsuaq=Godhavn (qaa-qeq) GOOD signal this evening! OM,
              as web and // 570 Good  3237 km


** Personal First

Catching up with logs again. I've held a few back while recordings were analysed. This is the start of a few days of exceptional Asiatic DX, recordings of which are on my YouTube page.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-09 (MW: Transatlantic & East Asia)

1700 0500 USA KVNS, Brownsville (Villa Nueva) (TX) Fox Sports Radio Vweak  8225 km
 891 1700 TWN BCC Local Tainan, Tainan (TN) Top of the hour 7 note jingle under
              Holland V weak     9753 km

1269 1700 CHN China Radio Int./Voice of Russia, Xuanwei/SARFT726 (YN) CRI interval signal
              V weak  8561 km


Unusual conditions this evening. There was little evidence of any real Oriental DX, other than the two stations logged above. HLAZ 1566 was totally absent until 2000, then BOOM!

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Friday, 7 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-07 (MW: South & East Asia)

 819 1727 IND AIR Indraprastha Channel, Delhi A (DL) Listener's names for request program 
              followed by Hindi movie song. Thank you Alokesh Gupta in New Delhi for 
              confirmation. V weak  6634 km **
1107 1734 AFG Radio Afghanistan, Kabul/Pol-e Charkhi (kab) Thank you Cristian Mocanu for 
              confirmation of Pashto language. Information in recording regarding Taliban 
              and the city of Jalalabad. High 1107.017 offset too. All would appear to 
              confirm this is Radio Afghanistan. Fair  5660 km **
1539 1800 CHN CNR 1, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) Pips, YL time check and usual CNR1 routine. 
              Fair  7134 km

** Personal First

Two new ones in the bag. Also heard with a very good signal was 1566 HLAZ again. Armchair copy and totally dominating the channel at 2000.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-06 (MW Transatlantic & East Asia)

1570 0200 USA WMVX Viva 1570, Methuen MA. Must be using day power. YL ID and lively
              jingles just after the hour.  Weak  5210 km

1296 1700 TWN BCC News Network, Tainan (TN) BCC 7 note jingle on the hour V weak  9753 km
 891 1800 TWN BCC Local Tainan, Tainan (TN) BCC 7 note jingle on the hour, audible
              under Netherlands V weak  9753 km


It was a struggle to hear anything today. So it was a surprise to hear WMVX on 1570 at 0200 and the Tainan transmitter later in the early evening. JOIF's time signal was present on 1413 at 1800 too, but too weak to hear speech.

DXLC are boldly stating that the geomagnetic field whould be quiet for the next couple of days. We'll see!

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-04 (MW South America)

1400 0200 GRD Harbour Light of the Windwards, Carriacou/Tarleton Point (cpm) Full ID and
              frequencies Fair  7033 km

1190 0211 CLM HJCV Radio Cordillera, Bogotá D. C. (bdc) Jingle ID Weak  8566 km

A reasonable Caribbean / Northern tip of South America morning. Good signals from the Caribbean Beacon 1610 and WGIT 1660 and lots of borderline audio signals all over the place. I only managed to identify a couple.

940 was an interesting frequency with three South American/Caribbean signals just getting to audio levels. A portuguese speaking religious station was the most frequently heard there, but none of them wanted to ID.

Presumed YVWP 1320 and YVRZ were in at fair levels at times. Noo IDs there either due to fades at all the wrong moments.

Some good news is that the new version of Jaguar, v2.7, has resolved a lot of he issues I had running v2.6. I don't think Jaguar was to blame, but my Windows 7 was the culprit. It's good to have (almost) full control of this software again, but there are now other things which don't work. It's Windows, therefore it can!

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Skegness Log: 2016-10-04 (Tropo: Norway)

Band 2 Troposhperic:
 96.0 1646 NOR NRK P1, Stord/Kattnakken (ho) Norwegian YL, as web  811km
 91.1 1647 NOR NRK Petre, Bokn/Grønnestadvegen (ro) Pops, as 91.8  745km
 92.6 1647 NOR NRK Petre, Stord/Kattnakken (ho) Pops, as 91.8  811km
 97.3 1647 NOR NRK P2, Bokn/Grønnestadvegen (ro) YL and OM, as web  745km
102.8 1650 NOR P4 Radio Hele Norge, Bokn/Grønnestadvegen (ro) Sia song, as web  745km
 98.7 1748 NOR NRK P2, Bjerkreim/Urdalsnipa (ro) V weak classical, as web  703km

A disappointing tropo. "Disappointing" because the forecast promised so much more. Signals were very weak.

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.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-03 (MW Transatlantic, East Asia)

 600 0100 CAN CBNA CBC Radio 1, Saint Anthony (NL) CBC News jingle, just audible
              V weak  3715 km

1610 0100 AIA Caribbean Beacon, The Valley (tvy) All god, all The Time. God, god and
              more god!  Fair  6629 km

 590 0354 CAN VOCM, Saint John s (NL) The VOCM Morning Crew Fair  3730 km
 710 0354 CAN CKVO, Clarenville (NL) The VOCM Morning Crew Fair  3774 km
 740 0354 CAN CHCM, Marystown (NL) The VOCM Morning Crew Weak  3915 km
1400 0500 USA WOND News Talk 1400 WOND, Pleasantville (NJ) WOND ... radio you can
              depend on. Newstalk Fourteen Hundred WOND and wondradio.com  Weak  5673 km

1510 0500 USA WMEX, Boston (Waverley) (MA) You're listening to the new 15-10 WMEX
              Boston Weak  5245 km

1560 0500 USA WFME Family Radio, New York/Queens (NY) Family Radio IDs Weak  5538 km
1494 1800 CHN Xinjiang RGD 738 Zonghe, Two txs producing echo Xinjiang Guangbo ...
              tientai, etc. ID on the hour then time pips. Sign off after this? Not heard
              beyond the time pips V weak

1539 1800 CHN CNR 1, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) OM ID after pips and YL timecheck Weak  7134 km
1098 2000 TWN R.Taiwan Int./R.Free Asia/Ikuan Tao/RFI, Kouhu (YL) This is Radio Free Asia
              ID in English, then Asian language. Fair  9714 km

1143 2000 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha/Chiangmei Ts un (PG) Pips. Usual YL
              ID over steel drum music Good  9675 km


Disturbed conditions, but still a few transatlantic / East Asian stations getting through.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-02 (MW East Asia)

1098 1900 CHN CNR 11, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) OM ID. Riding well over Euros Good  7136 km
1566 2000 KOR HLAZ FEBC, Jeju=Cheju (jej) YL HLAZ ID, time pips then choir. Dominant
              over Euros Good  9067 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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-10-01 (MW Transatlantic)

 750 0502 EQA HCRC2 Radio Caravana, Guayaquil (gua) Thanks to Matthias Gatzke and
              Andrew 
Brade and Sylvain Naud at RealDX for checking this and
              confirming HCRC2. 
Details at https://youtu.be/ZrqYnIlOkEI
              V weak  9553 km **

 800 0600 BES PJB Trans World Radio, Kralendijk (bnr) Radio Trans Mundial ID  Fair  7513 km **

** Personal First

Two personal firsts today and a potential UK First in HCRC2. Thanks to Matthias, Andrew and Sylvain for watching my video and confirming HCRC2. This one was a struggle as the signal was VERY poor. Sylvain was able to extract some detail where the signal peaked, but it's still a headphone job.

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:  Movable 10ft x 25ft flag
Amplifier: G3PQA 17dB low noise pre-amp