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Monday, 16 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-16 (MW: Alaska)

 680 2300 USA KBRW Barrow AK. YL ID in Eskimo. Oldies either side. V weak  6061 km
 850 2308 USA KICY Nome AK. Tentative with v v weak YL audio. Seemingly in // with
              web stream. V weak  6876 km


Once again, thank you to Alan in NI for the tip!

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: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-15 (Meteor Scatter)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
107.2 0503 RUS Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda, Kaliningrad (KA) Video of reception here: 
               https://youtu.be/Lvwa-0DmMEU  PI logged: 7631 PS logged: 92-1??-2 1325km **
107.8 0503 LTU Pukas, Perkunai (Klp)   PI logged: 4300 1393km
102.5 0506  S  RIX FM, Habo/Fagerhult/Stora Hallebo 1:12 (jo) Pops, as 107.7  1020km **
104.1 0506  S  RIX FM, Västerås/Munkgatan 7/Aros Center (vm) Pops, as 107.7. 20 WATTS via 
               Meteor scatter! Video here: https://youtu.be/dk9WC0qzG-o
               1225km **

104.6 0515  S  NRJ, Mora/Eldris TM (da) Path would appear to confirm Mora  PI logged: 
               E220 1211km
107.4 0515  S  NRJ, Sundsvall/Klissberget (vn) Pops, as 104.6. Path would appear to 
               cofirm Sundsvall  1425km **
103.0 0525 POL PR Radio Zachód, Zielona Góra/Jemiolów (LU)   PI logged: 3467 1008km
103.9 0721  S  RIX FM, Södertälje/Ragnhildsborg TM (st) Pops, as 104.5  1260km **
104.5 0721  S  RIX FM, Eskilstuna/Hällberga/Teracoms mast (so)   PI logged: E241 1212km
107.7 0806  S  RIX FM, Nyköping/Galgberget Telia RM (so)   PI logged: E241 1208km **
106.0 0950  I  AFN Vicenza-The Eagle, Probably Bassano del Grappo PI 9978

** 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.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-10 (Meteor Scatter)

105.6 0543 HRV Radio 1, Cakovec/Mohokos 2 (ck) 8870 ??????__ Thanks Usman Khan
               for help  1367km **

107.2 0636 POL Radio Maryja, Kielce/Swiety Krzyz (SK) 3232 1436km
107.5 0708 DNK The Voice, Rønnede/Borupvej 54/Sonofons Mast (sjl) 9619 793km **
107.8 0708 LTU Pukas, Perkunai (Klp) 4300 ??????__ 1393km **
102.4 0725 POL PR 1, Warszawa/Raszyn (MW) Messed up scrolling PS3211 Sygnaly_
               Dnia???? 1388km

105.3 0725 POL Radio Maryja, Plonsk/Komin PEC (MW) 3232 ????RY?? 1341km **
107.2 0837  I  Radio Deejay, Castel San Pietro Terme/Monte Grande (bo) 5214 1272km **
107.6 0837  I  Radio Popolare Milano (Pop. Net.), Brescia/Colle Vedetta-via
               Buttafuoco (bs) 524A ????lare 1108km **

107.9 0837  I  R101, Castel San Pietro Terme/Monte Grande (bo) 5215 1272km **
103.0 0904  E  Unika FM, Alcorcón (MAD-M) E42C 1457km
103.2 0914 POL PR Radio Olsztyn, Olsztyn/Pieczewo (WM) 39A1 1334km
105.3 0947  I  Radio Italia SoloMusicaItaliana, Meldola/Frazione Valdinoce-Il
               Botteghino (fc) Vocal ID in long burst  1328km

104.2 1828 POL PR 3, Lublin/Piaski (LB) 3233 __?????? 1548km
105.0 2231  I  Radio Deejay, Scandiano/Monte Evangelo-Via Bottegaro, 2 (re)
               Discussion, as 107.2  1216km

106.0 2231  I  Virgin Radio, Castel San Pietro Terme/Monte Grande (bo) 5241 1272km **

** Personal First

More vertical monitoring of the top of the band.

It's interesting that there are so many personal firsts once again. Stations which have appeared for the first time over the last few days have often appeared repeatedly. It's as if each meteor shower has its own refraction properties.

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.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-08 (Meteor Scatter)

104.7 0605  S  Mix Megapol, Örebro/Almby (or) Presumed site. Pops, as 106.1  1145km
106.1 0605  S  Mix Megapol, Västerås/Nya vattentornet Skallberget (vm) E243 1226km **
106.3 0605  S  NRJ, Örebro/Almby (or) Pops, as 106.9  1145km **
106.9 0605  S  NRJ, Västerås/Rekylgatan 10 (vm) E220 ??J_??__ 1227km **
105.3 1245  S  Mix Megapol, Uppsala/Rickomberga TM (up) Pops, as 106.1  1290km **
103.8 2047 CVA Radio Vaticana Africa-Asia, Cittá del Vaticano/Palazzina
               Leone XIII (cva) 4103 1542km

105.0 2047 CVA Radio Vaticana 105 Live, Cittá del Vaticano/Palazzina
               Leone XIII (cva) 4104 105_FM__ 1542km

105.3 2047  I  Dimensione Suono Due, Rocca di Papa/Monte Cavo (rm) 5E49 1568km
106.1 2047  I  RMC - Radio Monte Carlo, Frascati or Segni Pops, as 106.3
106.3 2047  I  RMC - Radio Monte Carlo, Rocca di Papa/Monte Cavo (rm) 5213 1568km
107.9 2047  I  Radio 24, Rocca di Papa/Monte Cavo (rm) 5245 RADIO_24 1568km

** Personal First

Two sessions recorded today, both concentrating on the top of the band. Antenna vertical, beaming 60 degrees.

Some good, longer bursts in the evening session too, only one of them being strong enough to give RDS.

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.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-04 (Meteor Scatter)

 90.7 0612 HOL SubLime FM, IJsselstein/Gerbrandytoren-Alticom (utr) Sudden burst 
               over scatter  344km
104.9 0824  D  Radio SAW, Leipzig Wiederau [sac] (san) OM vocal ID  843km
103.2 0855 POL PR Radio Olsztyn, Olsztyn/Pieczewo (WM) 39A1 ??S_???? 1334km
105.4 0952 DNK Radio Diablo, Gudme/Kirkegade 14 (sdk-fyn) 9B30 ??AB???? 711km **
105.1 1024  S  NRJ, Stockholm/Nacka-Forum Köpcenter (st) E220 ???J_??__ 1292km
105.4 1024 DNK Radio Nordjyske, Storvorde - Sejlflod/Kirkebakken 14 (njy) 9CFF 753km **
106.9 1024  S  Mix Megapol, Linköping/Ljungsbro-Högsäter Rörstorp (og) E243 ME??POL_
               1120km **

107.5 1024  S  Vinyl FM, Stockholm/Nacka-Forum Köpcenter (st) E2A8 VI????FM 1292km **

** Personal First

Meteor scatter conditions were very much the same as the 3rd with the same Dutch and UK stations received across the same time span, but I avoided duplication here.

The 1024 burst was the only reasonable burst of the last three mornings. This produced several Danish locals, two of which were strong enough for RDS. Conincidentally, both were on the same frequency. Videos here:

Radio Diablo, Gudme: https://youtu.be/HT1YgORovzs
Radio Nordjyske, Storvorde-Sejlflod: https://youtu.be/HT1YgORovzs

Sweden's Vinyl FM appeared on 107.5 during this burst. A station carrying the same programming also appeared on 106.7 at the same time, but I could not see a Vinyl FM there. Maybe a new outlet?

The 1024 burst also brought several networked stations playing Reggaeton music on ten or more frequencies. 103.9 was the strongest and just about at RDS levels. My guess is that these were all outlets of the Rix FM network. It's a great pity I couldn't confirm this as some of these transmitters were very low powered.

Since medium wave is so shockingly poor at the moment, I will probably make more MS recordings over the next few days. Once again I will aim my 9.2 towards the north-east, vertically.

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.

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.
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.

A Belated HAPPY NEW YEAR! But a disappointing start.


Hull's "City Of Culture 2017" fireworks display, entitled "THE BIG BANG"!

To bring in the 2016 new year, Jane and I drove to the St Helen's Church at West Keal. This hilltop location provides a great vantage point to the south.

Midnight on New Year's Eve offers the only time of year where you can guarantee an abundance of synchronised fireworks. The view from St Helen's Church is quite spectacular. It's not that high at only 70 metres above sea level, but the view over the flat plains of the Fens to the south is quite impressive. There's nothing else quite like it around here.

The evening of December 31st 2015 was dry and the air was still and crystal clear. At the stroke of midnight, the whole horizon was aflame with thousands of fireworks, providing a display of colour and light, making the horizon look like it was dancing. It was the most bizarre and mesmerising sight. I can't put into words just how magical this was. I had heard reports about how stunning this kind of fireworks-gazing was and we can wholeheartedly concur.

We could see fireworks as far away as North Norfolk. The Boston area was flooded with light. Yet not a sound could be heard, apart from the wildlife on the ground and in the nearby trees.

So we thought we would repeat the same experience again this New Year's Eve. But the display this time was extremely disappointing. At the stroke of midnight, we counted only three small firework displays on the distant horizon. This was an enormous reduction over last year's breathtaking spectacle. Apart from a couple of fireworks at the bottom of the hill, we probably didn't count more than a dozen in the distance. The air was the same. Cold, crisp and beautifully clear.

So why the dramatic reduction in fireworks? Is it now considered bad taste to let off bombs in the air? I could understand that. Or is it because money is tight? I hear that New Year retail sales are considerably down this year. The shops and the roads around Skegness this season are empty! You can see that there is a huge reduction of New Year visitors, which we always have. This follows one of the busiest summer seasons on record for the resort. I think I am opting for the financial reason. Or are fireworks just not in fashion anymore?

Skegness has had all its many fireworks displays cancelled in 2016. I don't know why, but I am not disappointed. Although I love a good fireworks display, I would happily support their ban as I have seen the terrible effects they have on pets.

Driving home from West Keal, feeling a little disappointed, Jane and I discussed travelling to Kingston Upon Hull the following evening. It's a 70 mile (110 km) drive from Skegness, but they were boasting that they were having a fireworks display which would be better than London's! Something I found hard to believe. But 2017 is Hull's "City Of Culture" year, which has many, many events to celebrate the city. Maybe we should go.

Come the following afternoon, we did indeed take the drive to Hull and witnessed their stunning fireworks display. It was probably the best one I have seen. I don't think I would class it as 'better' than London's New Year's display, but the only difference was that Hull didn't have a giant Ferris wheel as a centrepiece. Other than that, it really was a very impressive 12 minute display, carried out on two barges which were moored just off the Marina in the Humber river.

To get a waterfront seat for the fireworks, you had to book a year in advance. It was ticket only, but they were free. All 25,000 tickets were snapped up the moment they were released too.

A little planning on google Earth and Google Street View found us a good spot, right next to the Marina, where we could see the whole display. We chose the car park of the Odeon Cinema. Only a small handful of other people had thought of this. Most other people travelled slightly further away to St Andrew's Dock. But the fireworks were huge, so they could be seen from all points across the city.

According to local newspapers, the display consisted of 15,000 projectiles and weighed 3.5 tonnes. How that compares to the London display I am not sure. I have only ever seen that on the TV, but I have no doubt that the two are very similar in size after seeing Hull's effort.

It was certainly a big fireworks display and the fireworks were very loud, considering they were about half a mile away. One or two car alarms were being set off by the blasts.

Listening to BBC Radio Humberside interviewing the public after the event, I was surprised to find that a lot had gone wrong with the fireworks. It seems there was some problem with synchronicity of the fireworks and the video and soundtrack which were playing for those in the Marina. The fireworks were also slightly late starting, being billed to begin at exactly 2017. I don't know why the rather odd time. They were only about five minutes late, but I imagine this may have upset the timings of other events in the evening's celebrations.

I'll leave my own video effort of the evening's proceedings at the top of the page, but mine is poor by comparison to some of those I have seen on YouTube. I will post a few links to some of the better ones below. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!














Monday, 2 January 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-01-02 (Meteor Scatter)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
 91.1 0536 HOL SLAM!, Hilversum/Media Park-Alticom (nho) 82A5 ??????__ 341km
 99.9 0753 POL PR 3, Gdansk/Chwaszczyno (PM) 3233 _R????o_ 1195km

We're not quite in the swing of things regarding the Quadrantids, but I thought I would give it a go overnight. Hopefully better things tomorrow.

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.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-12-30 (Tropospheric: D S)

 97.0 0449  S  SR P3, Hörby/Sallerup TM (sn) Pops, as web. Almost noise free  913km
 92.7 0452  D  NDR Info, Morsum (Sylt) (shs) German song, as web  565km
105.0 0455  D  Deutschlandradio Kultur, Güby (Schleswig) (shs) German YL and soft
               music, as web  630km

104.1 0458  D  delta radio, Bungsberg/DTAG-Turm (shs)   PI logged: D3E9 694km
105.1 0458  D  Antenne Niedersachsen, Rosengarten-Langenrehm (nds) Vocal ID  634km
101.3 0500  D  Antenne MV, Schwerin (mev) Pops, as web. Briefly over Langenberg  739km
102.9 0500  D  R.SH, Kaltenkirchen (shs) Jingle ID  647km
 88.2 0503  D  Radio Nordseewelle, Norden (nds) YL news, as web  459km
 90.8 0505  D  NDR Info, Neumünster Armstedt (shs) OM news, as web  635km
 99.5 0516  D  Radio Nordseewelle, Aurich (nds) Level 42 song, as web  478km
101.6 0517  D  Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Cuxhaven Otterndorf (nds) YL, as web  571km
106.4 0524  D  NDR 1 Welle Nord, Neumünster Armstedt (shs) Vocal ID. Over semi-local Kiss  635km
 97.9 0527  D  NDR 2, Cuxhaven/Holter Höhe (nds) Pops, as web  555km

This was the trailing end of the recent tropospheric conditions. Sweden was a nice surprise. I was lucky to catch this. The morning of the 30th just happened to coincide with a sleepless night on my part, so I took a quick look on the radio to see if anything was coming in. Signals were mostly very weak, however.

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 2016-12-30: (MW: Alaska)

 680 2121 USA KBRW Barrow AK. YL and 60s pops, as web. Audible very weakly for an hour. 
                   Thanks to Alan in NI for the tip. V weak  6061 km

A nice surprise this evening! However, conditions throughout the previous morning period and during the following morning produced nothing in the way of North American DX, other than a very weak WBBR 1130, etc. You might have expected more with Alaska coming through. Not the case at all!

Carriers on 850 (KICY?) and 1230 (CFFB?) also produced carriers just below audio level at the tme Alaska was being received.

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