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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-04-21 (Tropo: BEL F)

105.0 0814 BEL Radio Media, Ronse/Kluisbergen (vlg-ovl) 
               OMs talk then Dutch song, as web  347km **
106.9 0818 BEL Radio FM Gold, Meulebeke (vlg-wvl) Laid-back OM and oldies, as web stream. 
               Almost noise free.  317km **
107.1 0824 BEL Family Radio (Formerly S-Radio), Oostende/Residentie De Mast (vlg-wvl) 
               OM ID and Dutch music  278km
107.4 0825 BEL Stadsradio Oostende 1, Oostende/Residentie De Mast (vlg-wvl) 
               Jingle ID 6334 278km **
107.6 0827 BEL IRO, Izegem/Lendeleedsestraat (vlg-wvl) Jingle ID and pops  318km
107.5 0837 BEL IRO, Unlisted transmitter Pops, as 107.6  
106.8 0846 BEL X-Ray FM, Torhout (vlg-wvl) Jingle ID and interesting club music  299km **
104.0 0849 BEL Bel RTL, Bruxelles/The Hotel (bru) Discussion, as web  377km
103.6 0852 BEL VBRO, Oostende/Residentie De Mast (vlg-wvl)  637B 278km
105.8 0856 BEL Radio Kompas, Koekelare (Ichtegem/Vinkensveldstraat) (vlg-wvl) 
               63E9 _RADIO__ _KOMPAS_ 295km __100___ PROCENT_ __HITS__ 0495/___ 042.895_
105.7 0902 BEL T.R.O., Oostkamp (vlg-wvl) Jingle: TRO The Music Is Yours 6B89 296km
105.3 0906 BEL Urgent.fm, Gent/UG Complex Ledeganck (vlg-ovl) Pops, as web  330km
104.7 0916 BEL Radio Max, Aalter (vlg-ovl) Dutch pop song, Max jingle 6C21 314km
107.7 0929 BEL Star FM, Unlisted 6219 ????eI?? Jingle and vocal IDs. Dance music.   **
 88.0 1008 BEL Nostalgie Vlaanderen, Kortrijk/Diksmuidekaai 6 (vlg-wvl) Jingle ID  327km **
 88.9 1011 BEL VBRO, Diksmuide (vlg-wvl) Dutch pops, as web  294km
104.8 1044 BEL Westradio, Koksijde/Residentie 21 (vlg-wvl) Jingle ID  276km **
106.2 1050 BEL C-Fun, Knokke-Heist (vlg-wvl) Jingle ID  287km **
106.5 1051 BEL Radio Oost West, Tielt/ITC (vlg-wvl) Soft music and OM, as web  316km
106.6 1053  F  Radio Campus Lille, Lille/Cité Scientifique (59) Over Waltham  342km
106.3 1103 BEL Radio Max, Eeklo/Leopoldlaan 88 (vlg-ovl) 
               Full ID before late news. Same as 104.7  308km
105.9 1107 BEL LRM Radio, Bree/Luytenstraat 48 (vlg-lim) News and ads, as web  426km **

** Personal First

It seems like a long time since I have had tropo this good. When was the last big tropo? I honestly don't remember.

Belgium was the main contender and signals were good from the regulars. Going vertical brought in several new locals at the top of the band.

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

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-22 (MW: Transatlantic)

1560 0720 USA KGOW TX. Presumed, with YL in presumed Vietnamese!  Fair  7808 km **

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-18 (MW: Transatlantic)

1480 0503 PTR WMDD Fajardo PR. Mention of Fajardo and Puerto Rico. Possibly WMDD
              call is there too. 
Thanks to Fredrik Dourén RealDX for help. V weak  6790 km

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-15 (MW: Transatlantic)

1640 0559 USA WSJP Sussex WI. Live ... with Father ... on Relevant Radio. V weak, in the 
                   mush. V weak 6237 km

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-14 (MW: Transatlantic & Asia)

1490 0223 USA WBAE Portland ME. ID - Maine's Talk Radio .... 14-90 WBAE  5098 km **
1360 0400 USA WDRC Hartford CT. Tricky copy in 1368 splatter. Yes - Manx Radio Splatters 
                   like hell! Heard WDRC Hartford mentioned but also other stations on 
                   network mentioned. Not alone. Weak  5381 km
1150 0559 CAN CKOC Hamilton ON. Mention of TSN Sports, CKOC AM ID. Also mentioning Bell 
                   Media.  Weak  5736 km **
1413 1800  J  JOIF KBC Kyushu Asahi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) Time signal.   9224 km

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-13 (MW: Transatlantic)

 570 0100 CAN CFCB Corner Brook NL. Throughout the morning with pops, as 590 VOCM  3990 km
 580 0429 CAN CFRA Ottawa ON. Newstalk 5-80 CFRA ID Weak  5333 km
 670 0454 USA WSCR Chicago IL. " ... number one sports station in Chicago, Sportsradio 6-70 
                   The Score. 670thescore.com Chicago's sports station." **
                   https://youtu.be/cW2O9zpCtSA Weak  6318 km
 720 0503 USA WGN  Chicago IL. Competing nicely with BBC. No ID as such but who else? 
                   https://youtu.be/kvNa_d4m84Y Fair  6310 km
1510 2329 USA WRRD Waukesha WI. Lively OM in English with Newstalk 15-10 WRRD ID. 
                   Signing off. Best on USB. Weak  6242 km **

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Friday, 9 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-09 (MW: Transatlantic)

1500 2318 USA KSTP Saint Paul MN. Promo for The Ride With Reusse show and KSTP ESPN 15 
                   Hundred ID. Mentions of the Twin Cities. Almost fair levels! 
                   Weak  6364 km **

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-08 (MW: Transatlantic)

1480 0130 USA WLMV Madison WI. La Movida ID and lively Latin music Weak  6312 km **
1150 0159 USA WHBY Kimberly WI. Promo for the Dave Ramsey Show on WHBY. Legal ID includes 
              Milwaukee sports team, splattered to bits by 1152. Fair  6157 km
1370 0200 USA WDEA Ellsworth ME. This is AM 13-70 WDEA Ellsworth. A Townsquare Media 
              Station. Fair  4929 km

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Monday, 5 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-05 (MW: Transatlantic)

1480 0359 USA WHBC Canton OH. Two Newstalk 14-80 WHBC IDs  6010 km **

** Personal First

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Skegness Log: 2018-02-04 (MW: Transatlantic)

 690 0232 CAN CKGM Montréal QC. Sports talk, as web stream. Always difficult in 5Live 
              mega-splatter Weak  5203 km

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag