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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

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-12-29 (Tropospheric: D DNK)

103.4 1845 DNK Nova, Holstebro/Mejrup/Kalsgårdvej 11 (mjy) OM Nova ID  644km
 96.8 1918 DNK DR P4, Sønder Højrup/Sdr. Højrupvejen 21 (sdk-fyn)   PI logged: 9B02 700km
 97.5 1924 DNK DR P4, Næstved/Øverup/Køgevej 291 (sjl) Pops and ID  782km
 98.1 1925 DNK DR P4, Aalborg/Frejlev/Svenstrupvej 25 (njy) Pops, as 97.5  740km
 97.7 1926 DNK DR P4, Ølgod/Baunshøjvej 7/Baunshøj (sdk-sjy) V weak as 97.5  608km
105.0 2006 DNK VLR, Haarby/Jordløse Møllevej 27A (sdk-fyn)   PI logged: 9DFA 679km
 99.0 2209  D  N-JOY, Bungsberg/NDR-Mast (shs) YL on phone, as web  694km
105.3 2212  D  Deutschlandradio Kultur, Norden (nds) David Bowie song, as web  459km
105.6 2213  D  delta radio, Flensburg Freienwill (shs) German rap  626km
105.9 2214  D  delta radio, Kiel/Fernsehturm (shs) German rap, as 105.6  656km
107.3 2214  D  Ostseewelle, Schwerin (mev) Pops, as web  739km
107.6 2215  D  Ostseewelle, Garz (Rügen) (mev) Pops, as 107.3  865km
 91.7 2218 DNK DR P3, Århus/Søsterhøj/Ny Moesgårdsvej 61 (mjy) YL ID  715km

The tropo conditions, mostly experienced to the south of here, are trying to take hold. A few of the main Danish transmitters got through today, plus one local station, but reception was quite patchy and short-lived. I am on the  very northern edge of this tropo, which is making it quite intermittent.

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, 28 December 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-12-28 (Tropospheric: G, F)

101.2 1429  G  Heart, Kingsbridge/Soar (EN-DVN) As web  432km
104.7 1451  F  France Inter, Calais/Mont d'Hubert (62) OMs, as 103.7  266km

This was the best I could do today. The tropo conditions experienced just to the south of me were not quite reaching me.

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.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Isle Of Skye DXpedition 2016

 The cottage at Totescore. Small but beautifully put together!

My second Skye DX adventure!
It was the same a year ago, this was not a DXpedition as such, but a relaxing 'get away from it all' family break. Naturally, I took along my Perseus SDR receiver again and half a flag antenna. Yes, only "half"! All will be revealed.) However, unlike last year, conditions were quite good! There was a little West coast North America. A little Canadian Prairies. Also many interesting catches, some of which are seldom heard domestically, and a few which I have not seen reported before at all.

A better cottage
Jane (my wife) and I rented different accommodation to last year, between December 3rd and 10th, in the north of the Isle of Skye. The place, a cosy little thatched roof cottage, was set back from the main road, overlooking the Atlantic ocean and the Outer Hebrides in the crofting community of Totescore, just a couple of miles north of Uig. There was sufficient land around the cottage for the erection of Beverage antennas too and in a number of key directions. There were also two conveniently placed fences on which wires could be supported, giving more than 500 metres towards 300 degrees (another hundred metres or so would have the wire terminated into the sea!) and 300 metres and more towards 30 degrees.

The view from our cottage

Electrically quiet too!It was nice to hear noise free conditions and high strength DX from the Americas. The flag antenna was erected on the front garden, attached to the fence and beamed mainly towards 300 degrees. This path cuts straight through Iceland and Greenland and on to the west coast of the USA.

Unusually, our trip was also accompanied by good, settled weather! The north-west of Scotland is known for its wild weather where one can experience four seasons of weather in a single day! For me, this is part of Scotland's charm. It's a stunningly beautiful country. Everywhere you go seems to be a tourist attraction. But there was hardly a breath of air movement for the first three days of the trip as high pressure was strongly in charge. This produced cool temperatures just above freezing, with frosts on the ground at night. The skies were crystal clear with amazing views of the stars. Come the middle of the week, the weather broke down. It was wet and windy, but still nothing out of the ordinary by Scottish standards. The temperatures rose to 12C in the daytime and throughout the night.

Flag Vs Beverage
I wasn't initially planning to devote much time to running out Beverage wires, even though I had brought plenty of wire with me. This trip was a holiday and 'Radio' was not going to play a part. 'Radio' was going to sit quietly in a corner of the room, recording away to itself. My plan was to record the tops and bottoms of the hours, from early evening through to late morning. My laptop's hard drive was not quite big enough for this, so I had to delete many mid-hour files during the process. In the afternoon, I would move all the files I wanted to keep to my portable hard drive, thus freeing up the laptop drive ready for the next session.

A windswept flag antenna

I also wanted to put the flag antenna to a thorough test. For some time I have had a strong feeling that the flag antenna would perform just about as well as a Beverage antenna. Of course, the flag will not have anything like the gain of a Beverage, but the flag is a low-angle receiver, exactly like the Beverage, maybe with a better front-to-back ratio - critical in removing the unwanted UK and European stations to the rear. I wanted to put these aspects to the test.

The resulting log told me all I needed to know. The flag antenna, while relatively compact and stealthy, brought in plenty of impressive signals, many of which at high strength. Noise levels were super-low, as you would expect from a flag.

The flag I took along was the very same flag I use on my garden at home, but with a few modifications which allowed me to erect it in just a few minutes. I included some telescopic fibre glass poles to support the wire. were. They were perfect for the job and the flag was literally 'thrown up' in five minutes.

Entry into the cottage was simple. No need for an awkward coax-through-side of window entry. The coax fit comfortably under the entrance.




Transatlantic Conditions

Solar terrestrial conditions were very quiet around the 3rd and 4th of December with lots of Ks if 0 and 1, increasing with many Ks of 3 by the 6th and 7th. So conditions weren't necessarily 'ideal', but there was scope for at least 'some' high latitude DX. I wouldn't know exactly what I had received until I had returned home.

Zero Oriental DX
I tried the flag at 40 degrees, looking for East Asia, but nothing was heard AT ALL! Not even CRI on 1521! This really surprised me. Maybe the mountainous areas of the Quiraing were blocking the signals. These impressive "Monument Valley" style peaks rise to 543 metres above sea level and were only 8 km in the same direction. It's probably reasonable to expect that the terrain would have had more than a passing effect on medium wave signals arriving from the north-east.

Part of The Quiraing Mountains

Now here's the embarrassing bit
There is always at least one. I wouldn't be John Faulkner without some minor cock-up. Something just has to go wrong. This time, it was my flag antenna. Belatedly, I discovered that my My beloved flag was not quite the flag I thought it was. Everything seemed to be working correctly at first. There was a significant null on stations arriving at the back of the antenna. Transatlantic signals were good. These to facts alone suggested that the flag was performing exactly as it should ... or so I thought.

The flag brought in many good DX catches between the 3rd and the 7th, but suddenly stopped working during the daytime on the 7th. There was a break somewhere, but the weather at this time, strong wind and rain, didn't offer much encouragement for me to go outside and investigate. Furthermore, pressing matters at home dictated that we needed to leave early again and travel back to Skegness during the wee small hours. I just went outside and took down the flag, packing it away in advance of our journey home.

Looking east towards the Scottish mainland from the Quiraing Mountains

It wasn't for about a week that I discovered what was wrong with the flag antenna. Apart from a break somewhere in the wire, I discovered that there was a dry joint in the transformer box where the wire was soldered to the secondary turn. How long had it been like this? It wasn't until I fixed the problem and saw the difference in signal strength that I realised that this dry joint had been there for some time. Months in fact! The difference in gain was a lot more than substantial. So I had, more or less, been using only half a flag antenna on the trip. The only saving grace was the fact that there were still good nulling capabilities with the two vertical components of the antenna. The pattern would surely have been degraded to a degree, but it still produced a decent DX log.

FM DXing?
I took along my Degen DE1103, using only it's telescopic antenna. This was used only in the cottage. The local Skriaig transmitter was strongly received, but no local stations were received at all. This is quite different to last year's location, in the north of Skye, where I could receive local stations:

 96.6 MFR, Aviemore/Cairngorm Summit
102.7 Cuillin FM, Skriaig
103.0 Isles FM, Eitshal 2 (Isle of Lewis)
106.2 Cuillin FM, Portree (Isle of Skye)
106.6 Two Lochs Radio, Cliff Hill. 

While driving around the locality, I could receive RTE 2FM on 90.4 from Truskmore. I didn't check for other outlets from Truskmore.

The Skriaig transmitter, near Portree

So to the log. The following are the pick of the bunch. Regular stations are omitted.


 560 0100 06-12-16 USA WGAN Portland ME. ID - WGAN Portland and two other calls given.
                            ABC 
News Weak 4571 km
 580 0100 06-12-16 CAN CFRA Ottawa ON. CFRA call letters heard, weak in 585 splatter
                            4772 km

 610 0701 06-12-16 USA WIOD Miami FL. OD - Newsradio 6-10 WIOD  6650 km
 630 0800 05-12-16 PTR WUNO Noti Uno, San Juan PR. Noti Uno ID. weak but alone  6509 km
 640 0900 06-12-16 CAN CFMJ Richmond Hill ON. Online and on 6-40 AM. This is Talk Radio.
                            
CFMJ Toronto  5141 km
 650 0658 06-12-16 USA WSM  Nashville TN. On the highways of America. It's the All
                            Nighter 
on 6-50 AM WSM. News and information you need from
                            the heart of 
America's music city. Sung WSM jingle ID.
                            ABC News. 
Weak  6155 km
 670 0100 07-12-16 VEN YVLL Radio Rumbos, Caracas (dcf) OM shouted "Radio Rumbos" ID
                            under
Cuba  7301 km
 670 0900 04-12-16 USA WSCR Chicago IL. Presumed with Chicago sports talk  5732 km
 680 0400 04-12-16 CAN CJOB Winnipeg MB. ID - Winipeg's News and Information Leader ...
                            
Six Eighty CJOB Weak  5594 km
 740 0400 04-12-16 CAN CBX  Edmonton AB. CBC News  6040 km
 750 0801 05-12-16 USA WSB  Atlanta GA. WSB ID in news (Exact time of ID 08:01:48)
                            Weak  
6192 km
 760 2201 07-12-16 USA WCHP Champlain NY. Daytimer! Muffled audio. Religious music,
                            French 
OM presenter with ID, as confirmed by Matthias Gatzke.
                            Thank you.
Weak  4658 km
 770 0300 04-12-16 CLM HJJX RCN, Bogotá. OM ID Fair  8268 km
 790 0700 06-12-16 USA WPRV Providence RI. ID - Imus in the morning ... on ...
                            WPRV
Providence, a Cumulus Station.  Weak  4775 km
 800 0900 04-12-16 CAN CKLW Windsor ON. This is AM 800 CKLW. The Information Station
                            Weak  
5435 km
 830 0900 04-12-16 USA WCCO Minneapolis MN. WCCO call letters just audible behind CBS
                            News 
jingle on WRCN  5756 km
 840 0700 05-12-16 USA WHAS Louisville KY. ID - ....'s breaking news, weather and traffic
                            
station. Newsradio 8-40 WHAS Louisville. An i-Heart
                            Radio 
Station. ABC News Weak  5885 km
 850 0400 07-12-16 USA WFTL West Palm Beach FL. WFTL call letters heard under WEEI  6623 km
 870 0700 05-12-16 USA WWL  New Orleans LA. ID - ... news, Talk and sport, this is the
                            Big 
8-70 WWL New Orleans. CBS News Weak  6885 km
 890 0900 06-12-16 USA WLS  Chicago IL. ID for WLS and WLS FM  5750 km
 920 0500 04-12-16 USA WHJJ Providence RI. ID - Newsradio 9-20 WHJJ Providence. Fox News
                            
Radio  4778 km
 920 0500 07-12-16 CAN CKNX Wingham ON. This is mid-western Ontario's most trusted source 
                            for news ... CKNX. News from the Canadian Press. Weak  5199 km
 920 0701 06-12-16 CAN CFRY Portage La Prairie MB. OM ID - This is CFRY, 9-20 AM, Portage 
                            La Prairie. A Golden West Radio Station. Sung jingle. YL 
                            temperatures report of -5C. Weak  5628 km
 930 0156 04-12-16 CLM HJCS La Voz de Bogota, Bogotá. Football commentary with slogans. ID'd 
                            with the kind help of Andrew Brade, Kai Mauseth and Henrik 
                            Klemetz at Real DX. Weak  8264 km
 930 0500 07-12-16 USA WDLX Washington NC. ID - This is Pirate Radio 12-50 WGHB Farmville-
                            Greenville, Pirate Radio 9-30 WDLX Washington Greenville Newburn. 
                            Thanks to Paul B Walker and Andrew Brade for help with this one. 
                            Possible first logging in the UK.  Weak  5626 km
 930 0900 05-12-16 USA WBEN Buffalo NY. ID after ads - Newsradio 9-30 WBEN Weak  5129 km
 940 0300 05-12-16 MEX XEQ  Ke Buena, México City. El Vergel (dif) Ke Buena ID  8361 km
 940 0758 05-12-16 CAN CFNV Montréal QC. ID - CFNV Neuf Quarante AM. New station testing 
                            Fair  4641 km
 950 0255 04-12-16 USA KJR  Seattle WA. KJR-AM and KJR-FM IDs Fair  6944 km
 950 0600 05-12-16 USA WTLN Orlando FL. ... 9-50 WTLN ID heard on CKNB fade  6489 km
 950 0700 06-12-16 USA WWJ  Detroit MI. WWJ call heard mixing with CKNB. Weak  5451 km
 960 0200 04-12-16 CUB Radio Reloj, Guantánamo. Time pips and ID  6868 km
 970 0300 06-12-16 MEX XERFR Radio Fórmula 1, México City. ID - Formula ... Noticias Weak  
                            8357 km
 980 0900 04-12-16 USA WCUB Two Rivers WI. ID ... on the legends of country music. Country 
                            Classics on 9-80 WCUB Two Rivers Manitowac. Fox News Radio  
                            5538 km
 990 0500 04-12-16 CAN CBW  Winnipeg MB. Clearly a separate programme to CBY, then 
                            simulcasting with the news. Slight echo present. Two carriers. 
                            Looks like CBY 990.001 and CBW 989.991. Weak  5595 km
 990 0500 04-12-16 CAN CBY  Corner Brook NL. CBC News jingle, YL This is CBC News ID. 
                            Mixing second North American station, presumably CBW as slight 
                            echo on news.  Weak  3466 km
1000 0300 04-12-16 USA KOMO Seattle WA. This is Komo News One Thousand ID Fair  6940 km
1000 0757 05-12-16 MEX XEOY Radio Mil AM, México City. ID - Lo mejor de Mexico esta es Mil 
                            AM Fair  8357 km
1020 0300 05-12-16 CUB CMLE Radio Reloj, Victoria de las Tunas. Dominant over KDKA wth vocal ID 
                            and time signal Weak  6901 km
1040 0300 06-12-16 MEX XECH Radio Capital, Toluca. Radio Capital IDs. Thanks to Matthias 
                            Gatzke for help. It's listed with 5/0.75 kW, so I have to assume 
                            they were using the full day power.  Weak  8397 km Potential 
                            first logging in the UK **
1040 0900 04-12-16 USA WHO  Des Moines IA. Newsradio Ten Forty WHO Des Moines. Fox News Radio 
                            Weak  6047 km
1060 0801 05-12-16 MEX XEEP Radio Educación, México City. OM Radio Educación ID Fair  8354 km
1070 0500 07-12-16 MEX XESP Radio Noticias, San Pedro Tlaquepaque. XESP ID. Thank you Andrew, 
                            Chuck and Alessandro at RealDX for listening. Andrew Brade 
                            provided a translation. ''XESP más cerca de tí, donde quiera que 
                            estés, 25,000 watts. ''etc. Recording on my YT channel.  Weak  
                            8482 km. Potential first logging in the UK **
1090 0330 04-12-16 USA WBAL Baltimore MD. ID - The Lars Larson Show. WBAL Newsradio Ten 
                            Ninety, committed to bringing you the most in Baltimore ,,, etc. 
                            Weak  5290 km
1130 0800 06-12-16 USA WDFN Detroit MI. Mention of Detroit. Area code 213 and Fox News Radio 
                            under WBBR. Presumed WDFN Possible call given but splashed out 
                            by WBBR.  5442 km
1140 0500 07-12-16 MEX XEMR Radio Esperanza, San Nicolás de los Garza. Detailed ID in the 
                            hour including call sign, city and name. Possible first logging 
                            in the UK.  Fair  7835 km
1140 0901 04-12-16 CAN CHRB High River AB. ID ... Southern Alberta's Community Radio 
                            Station, AM 11-40 Weak  6265 km
1150 0500 04-12-16 CAN CKOC Hamilton ON. CKOC ID. Fox Sports Radio. Weak  5173 km
1150 0900 04-12-16 USA WHBY Kimberly WI. ID - Where real local radio comes alive. WHBY 
                            Kimberly, Appleton, Fox Cities. A Woodward Radio Group station.  
                            Good  5559 km
1160 0201 04-12-16 CLM HJOC Fuego AM, Bogotá. Esta es Fuego AM IDs Weak  8254 km
1170 0400 04-12-16 USA WWVA Wheeling WV. This is Newsradio Eleven Seventy WWVA Wheeling 
                            Weak  5470 km
1170 0500 04-12-16 CLM HJNW Caracol, Cartagena. ID, long CARACOL jingle then ID again.  
                            Fair  7793 km
1190 0400 06-12-16 USA WOWO Fort Wayne IN. OM ID - Indianapolis ..... right here, on 
                            Newstalk 11-90 Wowo and now 107 5 FM Weak  5655 km
1200 0600 07-12-16 USA WOAI San Antonio TX .i-Heart Radio promo. This is Newsradio 12 
                            Hundred, WOAI. San Antonio's ... for breaking news, traffic and 
                            weather ... etc.  Fair  7374 km
1210 0200 04-12-16 CAN VOAR Saint John's NL. Sherry G Gospel music show.  Fair  3257 km
1230 2100 07-12-16 CAN CFFB Iqaluit NU. CBC News jingle, just audible in splatter.  3312 km
1250 0500 07-12-16 CLM HJCA Capital Radio, Mosquera. OM ID - Capital Radio after lively 
                            Latin pops Weak  8265 km
1250 0922 06-12-16 CAN CHSM Steinbach MB. Presumed. Opera, possibly as 950 (same 
                            programming but with large delay) . YL ID - You're listening to 
                            ... classic ... AM 12-50 Radio. V weak at ID but fair on peak 
                            Fair  5595 km
1280 0900 04-12-16 USA WNAM Neenah-Menasha WI. You're listening to AM 12-80 WNAM Neenah-
                            Menasha. A Cumulus Station Weak  5581 km
1280 2100 06-12-16 CAN CFMB Montréal QC. Italian programming. Jingle mentioning Montreal. 
                            Fair  4637 km
1280 2158 07-12-16 USA WPKZ Fitchburg MA. Daytimer! Nice of WPKZ to repeat their ID 
                            sequence twice. ID - Your home for New England .... football 
                            at K-Zone 105.3 and AM 12-80 WPKZ, brought to you by ....  
                            Weak  4744 km
1290 0800 04-12-16 CAN CFRW Winnipeg MB. ID - CFRW AM WInnipeg ... Bell Media ... TSN 
                            12-90. All Sports All The Time Fair  5586 km
1290 0800 05-12-16 USA WNBF Binghamton NY. ID - Newsradio 12-90 WNBF, Binghamton. 
                            Difficult copy in pile-up Weak  5027 km
1300 0400 04-12-16 USA WOOD Grand Rapids MI. This is Newsradio Wood Thirteen Hundred and 
                            106 9 FM Weak  5529 km
1300 0504 04-12-16 USA WXRL WXRL Lancaster NY. YL ID drop-in - Classic Country WXRL Weak  
                            5118 km
1300 0801 07-12-16 USA WJMO Cleveland OH. This is WJMO Cleveland. W??? HD2. .... Your home 
                            for the Get Up morning show with GET Erica Campbell ... Praise 
                            94 5. Weak  5420 km
1310 0600 05-12-16 USA WLOB Portland ME. ID - wlobradio.com and 100.5. Greater Portland's 
                            new ... Fox News Radio Weak  4572 km
1310 0900 04-12-16 USA WCCW Traverse City MI. ID - WCCW AM Traverse City. We are ... 
                            sports!  5377 km
1320 2100 06-12-16 USA WDER Derry NH. Daytimer! WDER Derry ID, but only Derry easily 
                            readable. Mentioning Life Changing Radio, then SRN News.  
                            4691 km
1320 2200 06-12-16 USA WILS Lansing MI. ID - WILS Lansing. V weak. Thanks to Ole Forr at 
                            RealDX for the help.  5483 km
1330 0100 06-12-16 USA WFNN Erie PA. AM 13-30 The Fan ID and mention of Fox.  Weak  
                            5269 km
1330 0100 06-12-16 USA WWRV New York City NY. Radio Vision Cristiana ID Weak  5005 km
1350 0500 06-12-16 USA WOYK York PA. ... on Sportsradio 13-50 WOYK Weak  5247 km
1360 2358 07-12-16 USA WMOB Mobile AL. OM ID - WMOB Mobile, WTOF Bay Minette. Fair  6686 km
1370 0100 05-12-16 USA WDEA Ellsworth ME. WDEA Ellsworth heard in 1368 splash Weak  4404 km
1380 0400 04-12-16 USA KRCM Shenandoah TX. Vida AM IDs Weak  7195 km
1380 0400 05-12-16 CAN CKPC Brantford ON. ID - We're .....'s radio station, 13-80 CKPC  
                            5202 km
1380 0700 05-12-16 USA WPHM Port Huron MI. Reference to Coast To Coast, then ID - 13-80 
                            WPHM Port Huron. ABC News.  5341 km
1380 0900 04-12-16 USA KOTA Rapid City SD. ID - This is your source for news .... Newsradio 
                            13-80 KOTA Rapid City. CBS News V weak  6363 km
1380 2100 06-12-16 USA WSYB Rutland VT. Three WSYB IDs in very weak pile-up  4735 km
1390 0100 06-12-16 USA WLCM Holt MI. ID - Lansing's only all time ..... WLCM Holt Lansing. 
                            SRN News Weak  5500 km
1420 0100 05-12-16 USA WHK  Cleveland OH. WHK Cleveland ID heard in pile-up Weak  5414 km
1420 0100 06-12-16 USA WOC  Davenport IA. OM ID - ''Ten second ID break on the Hawkeye Radio 
                            Network. You're listening to Iowa Best .... 14-20 WOC Davenport 
                            Tri-States. Available on the i-Heart Radio App.'' Weak  5897 km
1440 0100 07-12-16 USA WMKM Inkster MI Booming! WMKM Inkster Detroit ID. Praise the lord! 
                            Fair  5439 km
1440 0800 06-12-16 USA WVEI Worcester MA. 14-40 WVEI ID Weak  4768 km
1450 0200 04-12-16 VEN YVKJ Radio Maria, Catia La Mar. Religious music and ID  7292 km
1450 0400 06-12-16 USA WPGG Atlantic City NJ. South Jersey's ??? Station WPGG Atlantic 
                            City Weak  5153 km
1460 0300 04-12-16 USA WOPG Albany NY. WOPG AM and FM 89.9 ID. EWTN ID.  Fair  4857 km
1460 0900 06-12-16 CAN CJOY Guelph ON. Muffled CJOY Guelph ID in splatter  5164 km
1470 0400 07-12-16 USA WMBD 1470 Peoria IL. OM ID - AM 14-70 WMBD  5926 km
1470 0700 07-12-16 USA KYYW Abilene TX. OM ID - Newstalk 14-70 KYYW. ABC News. Weak  7196 km 
                            Possible first logging in the UK. **
1470 2100 06-12-16 USA WNYY Ithaca NY. ID - You're listening to Ithaca's Progressive Talk. 
                            14-70 AM, 97 7 FM, WNYY Ithaca. Weak  5032 km
1470 2200 07-12-16 USA WWNN Pompano Beach FL .Caught just prior to dropping power. OM ID - 
                            14-70 WWNN Pompano Beach .... 95.3 W237BD ... Health and Wealth 
                            Network.  6625 km
1480 0701 05-12-16 USA WGVU Kentwood MI. V weak in Mexico fade. Mentioning WGVU and other 
                            calls. Mentioning Downtown Grand Rapids and ID - Real Oldies 
                            14-80 and 8-50.  5520 km
1480 0902 04-12-16 USA WLMV Madison WI. ID - La Musica con mas sentimiento ... via ... 
                            escucha en La Movida, Catorce Ochenta AM Weak  5716 km
1480 2102 06-12-16 USA WZRC New York NY. WZRC New York ID Fair  5010 km
1480 2200 07-12-16 USA WSAR Fall River MA. ... and information you need, live and late-
                            breaking. This is Bristol Counties News Authority. 14-80 WSAR 
                            Fall River, New Bedford.  Weak  4774 km
1490 0300 07-12-16 USA WMBM Miami Beach FL. Several IDs over the top of the hour. Gospel 
                            14-90 WMBM.  6656 km
1490 2300 06-12-16 USA WBSS Pleasantville NJ. South Jersey's legendary Kool 98 3 and hear 
                            the best songs on the radio Weak  5155 km
1500 0100 06-12-16 USA WLQV Detroit MI. OM ID - On 92.7 and AM 1500 Faith Talk Detroit. 
                            WLQV .... Salem Media Weak  5432 km
1590 0600 05-12-16 USA WAUB Auburn NY. ID - ... starts now. On 98.1 and 1590 WAUB Auburn. 
                            Finger Lakes News Radio. CBS News Weak  4998 km
1590 0730 05-12-16 USA WAKR Akron OH. Ads and WAKR Akron ID Fair  5432 km
1590 2200 07-12-16 USA WGBW Denmark WI. OM ID - This is WGBW, Denmark, Green Bay. True 
                            Oldies 15-00. ABC News.  Weak  5523 km
1600 0700 05-12-16 USA WAAM Ann Arbor MI. Difficult copy. WAAM call letters heard.  5463 km
1660 0600 06-12-16 USA KQWB West Fargo ND. KQWB West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead ... Powered by 
                            .... your local .... dealer ... Cumulus station ... Fox Sports 
                            Trending ... Now! Weak  5779 km

John Faulkner.

Location: Princes Point/Totescore, Nr Uig, Isle of Skye (IO67TO)

Receiver: Perseus SDR, MESTOR recording software.
Antenna: Flag Antenna (Not fully functioning due to dry joint in transformer box - not known at the time.)


OBSERVATIONS:
Stations logged only once, even if they were heard more frequently. Only the earliest logging of those stations appears above.

West coast (1000 KOMO) and Manitoba (680 CJOB & 1290 CFRW) were audible every night.

There was an impressive opening to Colombia on the 4th just after midnight. The Bogota area featured strongly.

Mexico was apparent each night, but had a stronger presence on the 6th and 7th. The earliest Mexican appeared at midnight - Radio Educacion on 1060.

Fade ins occurred at 1800: 930 CJYQ; 1140 CBI and 1400 CBI had very weak audio at this time. These and other regular Canadians had fair audio by 1900 or just after. The regular east coast USA stations appeared with clear audio by 2000. At 2100, the band was awash with many North American signals, many of which were stronger than the Europeans on the band.

Fade outs were typically quite early, around 0900. Only the most regular east coast North Americans were still audible weakly at 1000.

Despite regular reception of 1380 KCRM, I checked for KMIC 1590, but didn't note anything on the hours. Bollywood music was heard briefly around 0700 on the 7th, so that was probably KMIC No IDs were heard, hence it is not included in the log.

At 0700 and 0800 on the 6th and 7th, a CBS News jingle was heard on 1070. Maybe KNX Los Angeles. Thanks Barry Davies for the tip. Apparently, this was reported in Scandinavia at the time. The signal was never strong enough to hear vocals though.

Pick of the crop is undoubtedly 1470 KYYW Abilene TX, a rarely received station even by Scandinavian standards. A video of this and other stations received on the trip appear on my YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp

Our nearest neighbours. Plenty of room for Beverage antennas in the right directions
Having now gone though most of the files, I can state that this now feels like it has been a 'proper' DXpedition. All those high signal strengths, no apparent noise on the band, etc., made this a memorable trip, in spite of my under-performing half-a-flag antenna. There are a few half-hour files I haven't checked, but should I find any more interesting catches, I will add them to the log and make a footnote below.

This cottage really is the perfect place to conduct a transatlantic MW DXpedition and I hope I may be able to visit myself again in the future. I *will* make a point of running out a Beverage antenna or two if there is a next time.

Good DX!

John Faulkner.

 More room for Beverage antennas!

Crystal and Monty, enjoying their freedom at Staffin Bay

Crystal and Monty, enjoying their freedom at Staffin Bay

Monty, taking in the scenery. Luss Beach, Loch Lomond

Crystal, tired after a good walk

View east to the mainland from The Quirang

A seal pops up in the waters of Staffin Bay

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
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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.