Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-03 (Meteor Scatter)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
 88.0 0607 HOL NPO Radio 2, Smilde/Alticom Toren (dre) Presumed with Swing Out
               Sister song, as 88.2  407km

 88.2 0607 HOL NPO Radio 2, Roermond/Alticom Toren (lim) Presumed with Swing Out
               Sister song, as 88.0  443km

 88.4 0607 HOL SLAM!, Roosendaal/Alticom Toren (nbr) Presumed with rap song,
               as 91.1  334km

 91.1 0607 HOL SLAM!, Hilversum/Media Park-Alticom (nho) Presumed with rap song,
               as 88.4  341km

 92.6 0607 HOL NPO Radio 2, Ijsselstein/Gerbrandytoren-Alticom (utr) Presumed
               with Swing Out Sister song, as 88.0  344km

 87.6 0617 HOL Radio 10, Smilde/Alticom Toren (dre) Burst of song, as Radio 10
               87.7 scatter  407km **

 87.7 0617 HOL Radio 10, Lelystad/Alticom Toren (fle) Burst of song, as scatter
               which appeared a few seconds later.  350km **

 99.9 0851  G  Classic FM, Sandale (EN-CUM) Classical, as others  288km
100.0 0851  G  Classic FM, North Hessary Tor (EN-DVN) Classical, as others  415km
100.4 0851  G  Classic FM, Bow Brickhill or Gillingham Classical, as others **
100.7 0851  G  Classic FM, Caernafon/Arfon (WA-GWY) Classical, as others  307km **
101.6 0851  G  Classic FM, Beecroft Hill, Bilsdale West Moor or Colwyn Classical, as others **
100.6 0852  G  Classic FM, London/Crystal Palace (EN-GTL) OM, as others  194km **
107.2 0902 IRL Newstalk 106-108 FM, Mount Leinster, Castlebar or Knockmoyle. Presumed
               with Irish man talking about the weather, as others **

107.4 0902 IRL Newstalk 106-108 FM, Truskmore most likely Presumed. Irish
               man talking about the weather, as others **

107.6 0902 IRL Newstalk 106-108 FM, Maghera (CE) Presumed. Irish man talking about
               the weather  604km **

107.8 0902 IRL Newstalk 106-108 FM, Probably Kilduff Mountain or Cork. Presumed
               with Irish man talking about the weather, as others **

106.9 1005 IRL Newstalk 106-108 FM, Probably Hollywell Hill but Ardagh also here.
               Irish OM, as others **

103.7 1013  G  BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, Suspect Forfar but others here too Scottish
               YL, as 104.2 **

103.9 1013  G  BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, Melvaig (SC-HIL) YL, as 104.2  648km **
104.2 1013  G  BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, Meldrum (SC-ABS) In all likelihood this
               is probably Meldrum, but other transmitters here too  501km

104.3 1013  G  BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, Eitshal (Isle of Lewis) (SC-WIL) Presumed
               Eitshal, but other flea powers listed  707km **

104.9 1013  G  BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, Rosemarkie (SC-HIL) Probably Rosemarkie,
               but flea powered Ardgour also here  570km

106.0 1013 IRL Newstalk 106-108 FM, Three Rock Mountain (D) Irish news, as others  437km **

** Personal First!

This morning's meteor scatter was unusual on several counts:

* The Quadrantids produced only short-range meteor scatter.
* Not a single PI code appeared due to the weak nature of the signals.
* Either this was some kind of backscatter or the meteors were arriving to my west. My antenna was beamed north-east throughout!
* The log is largely the result of five individual meteor bursts. Meteor scatter was poor and infrequent. This was nothing like the Quadrantids I have come to know and love.

I was hoping to hear a few local stations from Denmark, Norway or Sweden. That didn't happen.

Quite a few first timers in there for me. In view of this, I will probably record tomorrow morning, but I wasn't going to bother as meteor scatter has mostly been infrequent.

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.


  1. re: 101.6, Gt Ormes Head is very unstable so you could confirm it that way if theres any patches of quiet/no modulation during the ping

  2. Thanks Tim. I am not able to check anymore but thanks for the tip. I don't usually keep the SDR files as hard drive space is limited here. If anything exceptional or unusual is heard then I will back up that file to a cloud site.

    Good DX!