Friday, 2 June 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-06-02 (Es: I GRC)

107.7 0755  I  Airadio, Frigento (av) 5158 AiRadio_ 1748km **
 88.5 0930  I  Radio Vega, Loazzolo/Bricco delle Forche (at) 50CA 1106km **
103.0 0937  I  RAI Radio1, Menconico/Monte Penice (RAI) (pv) 5201 1136km **
105.8 0939  I  Radio Sportiva, Genova/Monte Fasce (ge) 5244 SPORTIVA 1161km **
 89.8 0943  I  Radio Deejay, Genova-Quartiere Granarolo/Via al Forte di Begato (ge) 
               5214 _DEE???? 1154km **
 92.9 0943  I  Babboleo News, Genova-Quartiere Granarolo/Via al Forte Tenaglia (ge) 
               5E78 BABBOLEO NEWS____ 1154km **
 90.8 0945  I  Radio19, Genova-Quartiere Granarolo/Via al Forte Tenaglia (ge) 
               Jingle ID  1154km **
 88.6 0947  I  Radio Evangelo (Piemonte), Magnano/Acquedotto (bi) 5135 EVANGELO 1019km **
 90.46 1000 I  Radio Pace Reggiana-inBlu, Serramazzoni/Frazione Montardone 7293 (mo) 
               Other Serramazzoni txs in at this time  1231km **
 92.4 1643 GRC Galaxias FM, Distomo - Xirovouni (cgr-voi) 1009 ????_M__ 2361km **
 87.6 1647  I  Radio Potenza Centrale, Savoia di Lucania/Monte Macchia Carrara (pz) 
               53D3 RPZCENTR 1809km
 87.9 1648  I  Love FM, Canosa di Puglia/Via dei Tigli, 21-Torre dei Preti (ba) 
               5A71 LO??_F?? 1775km
 87.8 1650  I  Ritmo 80, Corato/Contrada Murgetta (ba) 5A72 1797km
 91.3 1650  I  Virgin Radio, Corato/Contrada Murgetta (ba) 5241 _VIRGIN_ 1797km
 87.7 1651 GRC En Lefko, Ymittos (att) 18B1 2469km **
 89.8 1653 GRC Dromos 89,8, Ymittos (att) Greek long, as web  2469km **
 88.3 1709 GRC Radiofono Xiromerou, Agrinio/Kouvaras (wgr-ait) Greek music, as web  2261km
 92.9 1728 ALB Radio Klan, Tiranë (Tirana)/Fushë Dajt (tir) 5E0F 1964km

** Personal First

The day began with the strongest signals I have known from Italy. Some of them reached a whopping S9+60dB! (But bear in mind that I am using a Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.)

All Belmont frequencies were either squashed or simply did not exist, as if Belmont had gone off the air! Examples of this included 102.2, usually occupied by a strong Lincs FM, and 88.8, BBC R2. Thgese frequencies were often 'empty' at times, as if they didn't exist. So even when the Italian stations dropped down in strength on these frequencies, Lincs FM and BBC R2 did not return and the frequencies had nothing on them. This is the weird effect an intense opening can have on the band. I have noticed this very same knocking out of local stations effect during intense tropo too.

I found myself struggling to find the enthusiasm to log anything during the morning Italian opening, so I concentrated on logging only those stations I had not received before.

There was relatively little 'soup' this time too as there was less of the usual Italian co-channel interference, but RDS still struggled to form in spite of the hefty signals.

The evening opening may have had some Turkish signals, but they were too brief and weak to identify.

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

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