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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-12-01 (Tropospheric: D SUI F)

Band 2 Tropospheric:
 98.4 1733  D  SWR3, Hornisgrinde/SWR (bwü) OM traffic and ID  748km
100.6 1735  D  Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Witthoh (Tuttlingen) (bwü) OM and YL, as web  834km
107.2 1738  D  SWR3, Kettrichhof (rlp) Pops, as web  674km
107.8 1739 SUI RSI Rete Uno, Säntis (ar) Italian OM, as web  917km
106.8 1742  F  France Info, Metz/Luttange (57) YL, as 105.2  599km
103.4 1745  D  ANTENNE 1, Raichberg (bwü) Pops, as web  813km
 87.7 1747  F  France Culture, Strasbourg/TDF Nordheim (67) OM, as 98.0  709km
105.7 1750  D  SWR2, Stuttgart-Degerloch (bwü) YL, as web  789km
105.6 1807 SUI Radio SRF 3, Säntis (ar) German rock song, as web  917km
105.3 1808  D  B5 aktuell, Kreuzberg (Rhön) (bay) OM, as web  732km
105.0 1809  D  Hit Radio FFH, Krehberg (hes) Pops, as web  698km
102.8 1812  D  Radio Regenbogen, Heidelberg/Königstuhl, DTAG (bwü) James Bay song,
               as web  717km

107.6 1817  D  big fm (Rheinland-Pfalz), Bornberg (rlp) Jingle ID  640km
 99.0 1820  D  hr1, Hoher Meißner (hes) Cyndi Lauper After Cyndi Lauper, as web  684km
101.6 1946  D  hr4, Hardberg (hes) MoR stuff, as web  712km

A very weak tropo to Rheinland Pfalz, Wurttemburg, Bavaria, northern Switzerland and a few other bits and pieces (Luxembourg, NE France). B5 Aktuell was also audible on 106.9. I couldn't confirm the site, but it was probably Grunten, given the conditions.

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, 27 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-27 (Tropospheric: Germany)

Band 2 Tropospheric:
107.5 0023  D  BB Radio, Berlin/Schäferberg (brb) BB Radio jingle  864km
106.9 0045  D  Antenne Niedersachsen, Braunschweig-Broitzem (nds) Pops, as 105.7  691km
106.6 0047  D  Antenne Brandenburg, Pritzwalk (brb) German pop song, as web  790km
 98.7 0049  D  MDR Kultur, Auerbach/Schöneck (sac) Classical, as web  881km **
 89.0 0052  D  89.0 RTL, Brocken (san) Jingle ID  712km
 89.2 0053  D  NDR 2, Osnabrück/Schleptruper Egge (nds) Pops, as web  525km
102.9 0103  D  Radio PSR, Leipzig Wiederau (sac) Pops, as web  843km **
 99.0 0109  D  hr1, Hoher Meißner (hes) Pops, as web  684km

** Personal First

I tuned in during the early hours of this morning, not expecting to find anything out of the ordinary, but I had a nice surprise. There was weak tropo to central and eastern Germany. Reception of Berlin, then Auerbach, then Leipzig, built up my appetite for more. I looked for Plzen in the Czech Republic since Auerbach was coming in, but it was not to be. But I was very pleased with a couple of personal firsts.

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, 23 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-23 (MW: North America)

 760 0200 USA WJR  Detroit MI. OM WJR ID v weak just after the top of the hour
                   V weak  6009 km

1120 0203 USA KMOX Saint Louis MO. KMOX ID Weak  6690 km
1540 0600 USA KXEL Waterloo IA. ID - "The Voice of Eastern Iowa, KXEL Waterloo
                   Cedar Falls ...."  V weak  6547 km

1270 0655 USA WXYT Detroit MI. "... on CBS Sports Radio", heard at exactly 06:55:57.
                   Thanks to David Hamilton for the tip. Weak  6028 km

1100 0659 USA WTAM Cleveland OH. YL call letters heard at 06:59:44 before
                   splatter took over. Weak  5979 km

1280 0700 USA WNAM Neenah-Menasha WI. OM with WNAM call letters heard in noise
                   V weak  6179 km

1300 0700 USA WOOD Grand Rapids MI. YL - "This is Newsradio Wood .... 106.9 ..."
                   V weak  6112 km

1440 0700 USA WHKZ Warren OH. "WHKZ Warren, bringing The Word" Weak  5940 km
1590 0700 USA WARV Providence RI. "WARV Warwick, Providence."  Weak  5308 km
1600 0700 USA WUNR Brookline MA. English ad had me fooled, but full WUNR ID
                   followed. Then English ID.  Fair  5251 km

1630 0710 USA KCJJ Iowa City IA. OM drop-in ID - "16-30 KCJJ" Weak  6546 km
1650 0719 CAN CINA Mississauga ON. Indian singing, as web Weak  5683 km
1680 0728 USA WOKB Winter Garden FL. Ranting Gospel, as web V weak  6981 km

The best North American conditions so far this season!

Virtually all the activity was above 1100 kHz. The X band was alive with many stations, most of which got away, but all of the frequencies 1620 - 1700 had very weak DX.

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




// Recording timers --- here are two examples (uncomment and modify what you want)

// Record 8 minutes at each top of the hour 6 times starting at 21'58
 00'58 (1) x10

// Record two hours starting at 30 minutes before sunrise
// SUNRISE-30  (480)

Another application has updated file:
D:\Jaguar\JAGUAR.INI
Reload it?

Friday, 18 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-18 (MW: Asia)

1269 1600 CHN China Radio Int./Voice of Russia, Xuanwei/SARFT726 (YN) CRI Interval signal 
              Weak  8561 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

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-17 (MW: Asia)

1242 1500 VTN Voice of Vietnam, Can Tho/Thoi Long (Station VN2) (cnt) 
              Top of the hour music, clearly audible behind Absolute mess. YL ID just 
              audible too. Weak  10100 km **
1413 1500  J  JOIF KBC Kyushu Asahi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) Time signal behind Serbia V weak  
              9224 km
1557 1500 TWN RTI iLoveMusic 1557/Radio Taiwan Int., Kouhu (YL) TRI News ID after time 
              signal Weak  9715 km
1575 1500 THA Voice of America/Radio Saranrom, Ban Phachi/Rasom (pay) Yankee Doodle weak in 
              the background V weak  9410 km

** Personal First

Very pleased to receive Vietnam on medium wave.

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: 2016-11-17 (Meteor Scatter: Leonids)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
104.10 0821 ROU SRR Radio România Actualitati, Oradea=Nagyvárad (BH) EE00 ????TU?? 
                1677km
107.60 0821 ROU Digi FM, Oradea=Nagyvárad (BH) E059 1677km
102.70 0828  S  SR P4, Västervik/Fårhult TM (ka) E224 PS reg logged: SR????m? 1132km
103.00 0828 DNK Radio 24syv, Århus/Søsterhøj/Ny Moesgårdsvej 61 (mjy) 9204 715km
102.80 0850 HRV HRT Radio Osijek, Beli Manastir/Belje-Banovo Brdo (os) C317
                R-OSIJEK 1552km
103.50 0850  D  Antenne Bayern, Brotjacklriegel (bay) D318 AN??NN?? 1021km
103.70 0850 HNG MR 2 Petöfi Rádió, Pécs-Misinatetö (Bar) B201 1502km
105.50 0850 HNG Class FM, Pécs-Misinatetö (Bar) B205 1502km
104.70 0851 HRV HRT Radio Rijeka, Ucka (ri) C319 R-RI???? 1330km
106.70 0851 HRV HKR-Hrvatski Katolicki Radio, Ucka (ri) C204 1330km
107.90 0858 POL PR 1, Koszalin/Gologóra (ZP) 3211 ??ry???? 1085km

Morning 2 of a poor Leonid session. Two very weak minute long trains produced nothing. The log above was the product of one hour long session. I abandoned the remaining four one hour sessions as I didn't have a lot of free time and found that Asiatic medium wave DX was far more interesting.

It's weird. Several years ago, I would have been glad of a meteor log like this. Now I'm moaning about how poor conditions were. But I didn't have an SDR receiver years ago.

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, 16 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-16 (Meteor Scatter: Leonids)

Band 2 Meteor Scatter:
 88.2 0402 POL PR 2, Lebork/Skórowo Nowe (PM) 3222 Polskie_ 1134km **
 88.5 0402 POL Radio Maryja, Slupsk/Komin CM (PM) 3232 TE?????? 1103km
 91.1 0402 POL PR Radio Gdansk, Lebork/Skórowo Nowe (PM) 309C ????OW?? 1134km **
 92.7 0402 POL Radio Maryja, Lebork/Skórowo Nowe (PM) 3232 65????55 1134km
 87.7 0403  F  France Culture, Strasbourg/TDF Nordheim (67) F202 709km
 88.0 0403  D  SR 1 Europawelle, Göttelborner Höhe (saa) D3B1 629km
 91.3 0403  D  SR 2 Kultur, Göttelborner Höhe (saa) D3B2 629km
 88.3 0419 POL PR 1, Siedlce/Losice (MW) 3211 POLSKIE_ 1512km
 90.5 0419 POL PR 3, Siedlce/Losice (MW) 3233 ??Radi?? 1512km
 92.2 0419 POL PR 1, Plock/Rachocin (MW) That irritating Brown Eyed Girl song, as 
               88.3  1289km
 88.6 0429  I  Radio Capital, Multi-tx 5219  
 87.7 0439 POL PR 1, Konin/Zólwieniec (WP) 2 YL, as 91.1  1211km
 91.1 0439 POL PR 1, Tarnów/Lichwin (MP) 3211 ??DY??A_ 1465km
 89.5 0440  D  Bayern 2, Wendelstein (bay) D312 ????rn__ 1024km
 91.4 0450 CZE Radio Impuls, Plzen/Krašov (PL) 2203 947km
 88.3 0454  D  SWR1 Baden-Württemberg, Raichberg (bwü) D301 813km
 93.0 0454  D  SWR2, Haardtkopf (rlp) D3A2 ??????__ 593km **
 93.3 0454 AUT Ö1, Bregenz 1/Pfänder (vor) A201 ????_1?? 917km
 93.9 0500  D  MDR 1 Radio Sachsen, Leipzig Wiederau (sac) D6C1 ??R_???? 843km
 95.4 0500  D  MDR Kultur, Dresden-Wachwitz (sac) D3C3 ??????__ 951km
 96.6 0500  D  Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Leipzig Wiederau (sac) D210 843km
 97.2 0500 SVK SRo 3 Rádio Devín, Žilina/Krížava (ZA) 521B 1363km
 95.4 0503 CZE CRo Plus, Jihlava/Javorice (VY) 2424 R-?????? 1131km
 97.6 0503 SVK Rádio Anténa Rock, Banská Bystrica/Suchá hora (BB) 5345 1392km
 97.7 0503 CZE Kiss Jižní Cechy, Votice/Mezivrata (ST) 2556 1069km
 92.6 0509 POL Radio ZET, Lódz/Komin EC-4 (LO) 3205 1307km
 93.8 0509  D  SWR2, Waldenburg (bwü) D3A2 ??SW???? 786km
 94.4 0509  D  hr1, Großer Feldberg (Taunus)/hr (hes) D361 647km
 96.5 0509  D  SWR3, Waldenburg (bwü) D3A3 786km
 98.5 0509  D  Bayern 3, Wendelstein (bay) D313 ??YE???? 1024km
 93.8 0514 POL PR 2, Koszalin/Gologóra (ZP) 3222 Dw?????? 1085km
 97.4 0514 POL PR 3, Koszalin/Gologóra (ZP) 3233 ??????o_ 1085km
 93.5 0515  D  SWR1 Baden-Württemberg, Hornisgrinde/SWR (bwü) OM vocal ID  748km
 94.8 0528 POL PR 1, Ilawa/Kisielice (WM) 3211 1250km **
 96.4 0541 POL PR 3, Poznan/Srem (WP) 3233 1127km
 94.3 0547 POL RMF FM, Plock/Rachocin (MW) 3F44 _R????M_ 1289km
 96.6 0547 POL RMF FM, Walcz/Rusinowo (Pila) (ZP) 3F44 _RMF_FM_ 1060km
 97.3 0547 POL Radio ZET, Plock/Rachocin (MW) 3205 _06:47__ 1289km
104.0 0629 SVK Fun Rádio, Banská Bystrica/Suchá hora (BB) 5340 1392km

** Personal First

Morning 1 of a poor Leonid session. No great signals and only one long train which was very weak and lasted about one minute.

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, 15 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-15 (MW: Asia)

1242 1759 OMA Radio Sultanate of Oman, As Seeb (msc) YL ID  with piano music, just before 
              the hour. Local Boston reduced in strength. Weak  5811 km **

** Personal First

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, 12 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-12 (MW: North America)

1400 0359 USA WZHR Zephyrhills FL. WTAN call letters heard in pile-up. Very weak. Thanks to 
              Neil Kazaross for initial confirming, though he later retracted this 
              (explanation below). V weak Personal First and possible first logging in the 
              UK.  7050 km **

** Personal First

This was a challenge.

Straight away, I heard the WTAN call letters on 1400 at the top of the hour when I was playing back my file. I hadn't a clue who it was. Nothing like this was listed with these call letters, so I posted a recording to RealDX and later to SkywavesDX. https://youtu.be/vUpfKaw8lPg The ID is at 34 seconds and is spoken by a woman. It's very weak so you will need headphones. WOND is the dominant station with a promo for the programme "Blue Monday" with Bob Burns.

Of all the people who listened, 80% or so said they could hear the WTAN call letters and quite clearly. Neil Kazaross in the USA was the first to respond, saying that he could hear the call letters *clearly*. Neil informed me that WTAN is a station on 1340 in Clearwater FL. The 1400 station I heard would have been WZHR Zephyrhills FL who carry WTAN overnight. However, in an unexpected turnaround, Neil later said that he had listened on better equipment and couldn't hear the WTAN call on that. I'm not sure what to make of that.

The problem with this logging is there is simply nothing else to go on, although a woman's voice can still be heard in the recording after the WTAN call.

One DXer told me he stopped accepting loggings like this if there was nothing else to go on. He would inist on catching a mention of something else with the ID. Something like "WTAN ... the Tan Talk Network". That's all very well, and in an ideal world, etc., but what do we do when there is a correct ID on the frequency and there is nothing else to go on because the signal has either dropped away or got buried under splatter, etc. These sort of things happen all the time.

Looking at the carriers on the frequency, I noticed there were a few unidentified carriers which had been peaking to audio level. There was also an additional unidentified carrier on 1400 at the time of my WTAN reception, indicating that another station was indeed present. The offset was one I have not seen before and very close to that of CBG's carrier. So I know there was a mystery station there.

So, the question for me has been one of "Do I keep this logging or do I delete it?" Everything about this reception is marginal, but it's there. Needing further confirmation, I posted the recording to SkywavesDX and got several responses, the majority of whom could hear the WTAN call letters without any problem.

I checked the WZHR web stream. Some of the programming is Ethnic so I needed to check for their top of the hour ID and they do broadcast an English ID on the hour.

I could also add that conditions were enhanced to some degree to the florida/Cuba area.

So the majority opinion is that this *is* a WTAN call and I will therefore include it in my log.

I would not be happy to include such a log if there was serious doubt, but there is no real doubt about the call letters. I don't think it's necessary to remove the logging completely on the basis that somebody wants to hear more in the way of ID content.

I have come across DXers who wouldn't log a station if they didn't hear a mention of the presenter's name, the programme name and a full identification including frequency and station slogan. That's all very well, but where do we draw the line?

So take this ramble as a disclaimer if you wish, but I am quite satisfied about the WTAN call.


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, 8 November 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-11-08 (MW: Asia)

1575 1150 THA Voice of America/Radio Saranrom, Ban Phachi/Rasom (pay) Yankee Doodle in the 
              noise V weak  9410 km
1098 1500 TWN R.Taiwan Int./R.Free Asia/Ikuan Tao/RFI, Kouhu (YL) Time signal and ID Weak  
              9714 km
1143 1500 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha/Chiangmei Ts un (PG) Appearing at 
              1500 with time pips and YL ID.  V weak  9675 km
1377 1600 CHN CNR 1, Xingyang/SARFT554 (HE) Time pips and L Beijing time check Fair  8306 km
 972 1800 KOR HLCA KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1, Dangjin (ccg) Time signal and ID Weak  8740 km
1413 1800  J  JOIF KBC Kyushu Asahi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) High pitched Japanese time 
              signal just behind Spain V weak  9224 km
1098 1900 CHN CNR 11, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) Time pips and YL time check Weak  7136 km
1566 1900 KOR HLAZ FEBC, Jeju=Cheju (jej) YL HLAZ ID, pips and choir 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