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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-28 (Tropo: NW France & Galicia)

Band 2 Tropospheric:
102.3 0003  E  Radio Galega, Moaña/Monte Faro Domayo (GAL-PO) ++ YL news, as web  1379km
103.9 0005  E  Radio Galega, Ares/Montefaro (GAL-C) OM ad, as 102.3  1251km
104.7 0006  F  Europe 1, Brest/le Rody (29) Presumed site. OM, as web  625km
107.7 0019  E  Radio Estrada, A Estrada (GAL-PO) ++ OMs talk, as web (This was regular in
               Cornwall)  1321km

107.9 0020  E  Radio Líder, Zas/Pico de Meda (GAL-C) ++ Listed inactive but several
               clear IDs heard  1315km

103.5 0023  E  Radio Galega, Carballo/Monte Neme (GAL-C) ++ YL on phone, as others  1285km
 95.6 0036  E  SER, Meis/Monte Castrove (GAL-PO) ++ Phone in, as web  1362km
 95.0 0042  E  Kyoto FM, Vilagarcía de Arousa/M. Xiabre (GAL-PO) ++ Spanish music,
               as web. Unlisted PI: FFFF 1347km

 97.4 0043  E  RNE Radio 3, Moaña/Monte Faro Domayo (GAL-PO) ++ Piano music and OM,
               as web  1379km

 91.8 0047  E  Onda Cero, Monforte de Lemos (GAL-LU) OMs talk, as web  1296km
 92.8 0634  E  RNE Radio 5 Todo Noticias, O Páramo/M. Páramo (GAL-LU) National weather,
               jingle ID  1287km

 88.2 0636  E  RNE Radio Clásica, O Páramo/M. Páramo (GAL-LU) Opera, as 91.6  1287km
 91.2 0637  E  RNE Radio Clásica, Parada de Sil/M. Meda (GAL-OU) ++ Opera, as 91.6  1338km
 93.7 0640  E  RNE Radio 5 Todo Noticias, Santiago de Compostela/Monte
               Pedroso (GAL-C)  E215 1316km

 99.0 0644  E  RNE Radio 3, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) OMs, as web  1316km
107.0 0651  G  Isle of Wight Radio, Chillerton Down (EN-IOW) Breakfast team, as web  301km
 97.1 0701  E  COPE, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) Vocal ID  1316km
100.2 0741  E  Radio Galega Música, Serra do Xistral (GAL-LU) ++ Spanish song, as web  1225km
101.6 0746  F  NRJ, Flers/la Chapelle-Biche (61) Jingle ID after ads  498km
 93.4 0751  F  RCF, Argentan/Saint-Clair (61) YL and OM, as web  506km
101.4 0754  F  Radio Classique, Amiens/Dury TDF (80) Classical, as web  390km
105.3 0801  F  France Info, Falaise/Villers-Canivet (14) ID  473km
106.7 0803  F  Europe 1, Cherbourg-Octeville/la Glacerie (50) French YL, as web  415km
 91.4 0806  F  France Culture, Cap-de-la-Hague/Omonville-la-Petite (50) Discussion,
               as web  415km

 92.2 0809  F  France Musique, Tours/Chissay [41] (37) OM and classical, as web  646km
105.6 0818  F  France Info, Cherbourg-Octeville/Digosville (50) As web  414km
106.5 0822  F  RKB Radio Kreiz Breizh, Guingamp/Ploumagoar (22) OM, as web  567km
107.9 0827  F  RMC, L'Aigle or La Ferté-Macé ID. Noise free  
107.5 0829  F  RTL, Cherbourg-Octeville/la Glacerie (50) OM and ad, as web  415km

The last of the Spanish tropo. Still some reasonable signals but a little weaker after midnight, then quite a lot weaker by dawn. Most of the signals from the previous evening were hanging on, but still no Portugal.a

The "++" in the log are my own references for personal firsts.

Maximum distance received was from the Moaña transmitter at 1379 km.

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, 27 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-27 (Tropo: NW France & Galicia)

Band 2 Tropospheric:
105.5 1857  G  The Breeze, Beacon Hill/UHF tower (A) (EN-DVN) Wet Wet Wet song, OM ID  405km
 95.4 1911  F  France Inter, Brest/Roc Trédudon (29)  F201 __INTER_ 604km
104.7 1933  G  Island FM, Les Touillets (GUE) ++ C6B2 458km
107.3 1946  F  BFM Business, Brest/Lescaouidic (29) OMs, as web  629km
 92.2 1955  E  SER Galicia, Vimianzo or A Estrada 1314km and 1334km respectively
               (Prob Vimianzo)

 87.7 2001  E  SER, Vilalba/Monte Gondaisque (GAL-LU) ++ Sports commentary, as web  1247km
104.8 2017  G  BBC Radio 4 FM, Pontypool (WA-TFN) ++ Presumed site, as 93.1, etc.
               93.6 BBC R Cymru also in  280km

 93.6 2018  G  BBC Radio Cymru, Pontypool (WA-TFN) ++ Presumed site. BBC R4 104.8
               also in  280km

 91.6 2050  E  RNE Radio Clásica, Culleredo/Monte Xalo (GAL-C) Piano music, as web  1277km
 92.6 2110  E  Radio Voz, A Coruña (GAL-C) Phone in, as web  1266km
 93.6 2112  F  MFM Radio, Brest/Place de Strasbourg (29) Serge Gainsbourg song, as web  626km
 94.0 2114  F  Mouv', Brest/11 Rue Pierre-Mac-Orlans (29) Awful vocoded rap shite,
               as web  630km

 95.0 2115  F  Radio Neptune, Brest/9 Rue Pierre Mac-Orlan (29) Jazz, as web  630km
 96.5 2117  F  NRJ, Guingamp/Castel Pic (22) YLs with childish voices, as web  565km
 99.4 2136  F  RKB Radio Kreiz Breizh, Carhaix-Plouguer/Berrien (29) French song,
               as web. Almost noise free  600km

 88.0 2145  E  Radio Galega Música, Valga/Monte Xesteiras (GAL-PO)  E4E1 RGMUSICA 1339km
 97.1 2151  E  COPE, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) ++OMs discussion,
               as web  1316km

102.1 2153  E  Radio Obradoiro, Santiago de Compostela (GAL-C) Phone in, as web  1316km
 88.9 2203  E  Cadena 100, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) ++ Pops,
               as web  1316km

 93.7 2204  E  RNE Radio 5 Todo Noticias, Santiago de Compostela/Monte
               Pedroso (GAL-C) ++ E215 1316km

 93.0 2206  F  France Bleu Breizh Izel, Brest/Roc Trédudon (29) Full RDS in vertical!
               F205 BLEU-BZH 604km

 99.9 2208  E  COPE, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) YL, as web  1316km
103.1 2212  E  RNE Radio Nacional, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C)
               ++ E211 1316km

 87.8 2216  E  COPE, Moaña/Monte Faro Domaio (GAL-PO) OMs, as web  1378km
 98.1 2225  E  RNE Radio Clásica, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C)
               Classical, as web  1316km

100.6 2231  E  SER, Moaña/Monte Faro Domaio (GAL-PO) ++ OM phone in, as web. Not far
               off noise free  1378km

100.9 2231  E  Radio Galega, Valga/Monte Xesteiras (GAL-PO) ++ E4E0 1339km
106.5 2245  G  Sam FM, Bristol/East Dundry (EN-BRI) ++ ID and pops  280km
 90.6 2250  F  France Inter, Nantes/Haute-Goulaine (44) Discussion, as web  675km
 94.2 2254  F  France Culture, Nantes/Haute-Goulaine (44) YL, as web  675km
107.2 2258  G  The Breeze, Winchester/Crabwood Farm (EN-HPS) ++ OM ID after slushy
               night time pops  259km

 87.6 2304  E  esRadio, Santiago de Compostela (GAL-C) ++ ID and jingle. YL talk  1315km
101.2 2311  G  Heart, Kingsbridge/Soar (EN-DVN) Predictable pops, as web  432km
 94.0 2318  E  Kiss FM, Moaña/Monte Faro Domayo (GAL-PO) ++ Pops, as web  1379km
 91.2 2321  F  RMN-FM, Rostronen/Restehouanet (22) Jingle ID and pops  610km
 91.4 2325  E  Cadena Dial, Meis/Monte Castrove (GAL-PO) ++ Jingle ID and Spanish
               pops  1362km

104.6 2331  E  Radio Galega, Vimianzo/Monte Sangre (GAL-C) ++ YLs a nattering, as web  1314km
107.2 2338  E  Radio Cerceda, Cerceda (GAL-C) 2EFF RCERCEDA  1284km
 96.2 2346  E  Radio Galega, Santiago de Compostela/Monte Pedroso (GAL-C) YL and OM,
               as web  1315km

 92.2 2355  E  SER, A Estrada (GAL-PO) ++ Presume, producing echo against Vimianzo.  1334km
 92.2 2355  E  SER, Vimianzo/Monte Sangre (GAL-C) Lively chat, as web  1314km
 94.2 2358  E  Radio Solidaria, Santiago de Compostela (GAL-C) Spanish pops, as web  1315km

An impressive Spanish opening. The Hep and F5LEN got this one just about spot on, showing a finger of tropo pointing almost straight at me then out across the North Sea, over the Netherlands and into Northern Germany, allowing record-breaking distances for some.

The first indication of tropo came from Brest. It was weak at first then increased in strength to a whopping S9+50dB within an hour. It stayed at this strength throughout most of the evening!

Galicia appeared shortly afterwards, again quite weak to begin with, but some transmitters increased to S9+30dB, producing a fair amount of RDS.

I was hoping for Portugal but it didn't happen this time. To be honest, I was surprised I was placed so nicely in the firing line for any of this! Usually, such impressive Spanish DX is reserved for the south or the west side of England.

Luckily, the noise I get from the South-West was absent for the duration of this tropo but, unluckily, the South of England was well enhanced too, giving a lot of channel blocking from the likes of Wenvoe, Rowridge, Wrotham, even Llangollen to the west. But it was nice to hear The Breeze for the first time though.

Many personal firsts were received. If you see "++" in the log, those are my notes which indicate a personal first, but there are others in there which I haven't checked. I am back at the same position I was at this time one year ago - well behind with FM tropo and Es SDR files. There's a fair bit of catching up to do.

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 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-26 (MW East Asia)

1377 2100 CHN CNR 1, Xingyang/SARFT554 (HE) Zhongguo Zhi Sheng IDs, thanks Jari Savolainen 
              at RealDX for spotting these.  Fair  8306 km
1422 2100 CHN Taiyuan RGD, Taiyuan (SX) TENTATIVE. Jari Savolainen at RealDX
              think this is 
possibly Taiyuan RGD but no IDs heard. Language is
              Mandarin Chinese - thanks 
to Tony Magon at RealDX for this.  Weak  7996 km

I am not including 1422 in my master log as there is some uncertainty about this. It looks like it's the same station reported by Jan Edh on the 23rd.

I am surprised to be hearing such good signals from East Asia with conditions being so disturbed. This must be how it is. I've never really studied Asia under these conditions. The South Korean regulars on 972, 1170 & 1566 were completely absent! The Taiwan Fisheries station on 738 and 1143 were both doing quite well this evening. So it seems there's always something of interest from Asia, no matter what the indices.

I haven't bothered with overnight recordings in view of the recent disturbance, but it's probably time to swing the flag towards South America now with this disturbance becoming more sustained.

Here are recordings of the above:

1377 CNR 1, Xingyang: https://youtu.be/NQAFfvjsdDg
1422 TENTATIVE Taiyuan RGD, Taiyuan: https://youtu.be/C36kPGU3YHo

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

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-25 (MW Transatlantic)

1120 0500 USA KMOX Saint Louis MO. Newsradio 11-20 KMOX, mentioning 102.5 KEZK.
              Fair  6690 km

1080 0555 USA WTIC Hartford CT. Riding well over the Euros. Faded on the hour of course
              Fair  5390 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

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-24 (MW Transatlantic & East Asia)

 750 0259 VEN YVKS RCR 750 Radio Caracas, Caracas (dcf) RCR ID 02:59:34 Weak  7574 km
 700 0300 USA WLW  Cincinnati OH ... on Newsradio Seven Hundred WLW at 03:00:51 Weak  6293 km
 920 0300 USA WHJJ Providence RI Newsradio 9-20 WHJJ ID heard Weak  5296 km
1120 0300 USA KMOX Saint Louis MO Ads. CBS News. Newsradio 11-20 KMOX ID 0306 Fair  6690 km
1150 0300 CAN CKOC Hamilton ON ID - CKOC AM ... TSN 11-50 ... Bell Media. Mucho splatter
              Weak  5736 km

1510 0500 USA KGA Sports Radio 1510, Spokane (WA) Presumed. "Fox Sports Trending ... Now!" **
              ID over WMEX. Also mixing second sports station (presume KCKK) Weak  7375 km
1540 0600 USA KXEL Waterloo IA Newstalk 15-40 KXEL Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar
              Rapids Weak  6547 km

1224 2000 TWN BCC  Country Network, Kaohsiung (KH) BCC top of the hour jingle V weak  9816 km

** Personal 'First'

- Added 1510 KGA in view of recent news of format update, 27-09-16.

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

Friday, 23 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-23 (MW Transatlantic & East Asia)

 680 0300 USA WRKO WRKO, Boston (MA) On WRKO Boston heard in pile-up Weak  5239 km
1120 0306 USA KMOX Saint Louis (MO) KMOX call given several times at end of news bulletin 
              Weak  6690 km
 970 0400 USA WZAN Portland/Sunset Park (ME) WZAN Portnald, AM 9-70. ESPN ID Weak  5105 km
1320 0400 CAN CJMR Oakville (ON) CJMR, the ... obscured by static Weak  5703 km
 640 0500 CAN CBN CBC Radio 1, Saint John s (NL) CBC News Weak  3731 km
 740 0500 CAN CHCM Marystown (NL) As 590 VOCM programming Fair  3915 km
1290 0500 USA WKBK Keene (NH) WKBK call heard in pile-up. CBS News Weak  5276 km
1400 0500 USA WOND News Talk 1400 WOND, Pleasantville (NJ) WOND call heard under CBG 
              Weak  5673 km
 660 0501 USA WFAN Sports Radio 66 and 101.9 FM, The Fan, New York/High Island (NY) The Fan 
              Sports Radio 66 and 101.9 FM, WFAN and wfan.com  Fair  5519 km
1310 0502 CAN CIWW 1310 News, Ottawa (ON) This is the Thirteen Ten News weather update 
              Fair  5332 km
1100 0600 USA WTAM Newsradio WTAM 1100, Cleveland (OH) WTAM ID. Faded a little for the hour 
              but fair before. Weak  5979 km
1590 0600 USA WARV WARV Providence, RI 1590 AM, Warwick (RI) Life Changing Radio WARV ID 
              Weak  5308 km
1134 1800 KOR HLKC KBS 3 Radio, Hwaseong (gye) Time signal and YL KBC ID Weak  8723 km
1143 2000 KOR Radio Free Korea, unknown Top of the hour routine, including distinctive 
              "News" ID. Dominant over BEL3 Weak  9999 km
1278 2000  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) YL RKB ID at exactly 20:00:27. 
              Dominant Weak  9226 km
1350 2000  J  JOER RCC Chugoku Hoso, Etajima/Okimi (chg-hir) Presumed. Time signal. Swamped 
              by Iam Radio, but Japanese YL regained domination. No ID heard. Weak  9251 km

The nights are getting longer now and it's nice to see 0600 opening up. Japan is also becoming a regular visitor this season with four stations providing almost regular evening listening. Signals this season are much better with clear audio and dominance over most European and UK stations. Frequencies are: 1188 JOKP; 1278 JOFR; 1350 JOER and 1413 JOIF.

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, 22 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-22 (MW Transatlantic & East Asia)

1143 1859 KOR Radio Free Korea, unknown site. Same top of the hour sequence I heard two days 
              ago. No sign of Taiwan Fisheries. Weak
 711 1900 TWN Han Sheng GD Kuanghua zhi Sheng, Hsinfeng (HC) Kuang Hua ID heard under Murcia 
              Weak  9626 km
1278 1900  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) Jingle and YL ID. Peaks nicely over 
              UK one minute after the hour Weak  9226 km
 675 2100 QAT QMC Radio Qatar, Al-Arish (msm) OM ID Fair  5135 km **
1017 2100 CHN China Radio Int./CNR 8, Changchun/SARFT523 (JL) CRI Interval signal, xd Free 
              Radio 80s and UNID East Asian   8011 km
1323 2100 CHN China Radio Int., Multi-tx Interval signal. Unidentified language.  Weak  

** Personal First

I have been hearing Qatar on 675 for the last few evenings and I didn't realise that it hasn't been reported in the UK before. I have a multitude of stations from the Middle East here during the evening hours. I ought to investigate these stations more closely.

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

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-21 (MW East Asia)

1098 2000 CHN CNR 11, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) Pips, time check and Zhongyang renmin guangbo 
              diantai ID Fair  7136 km

Not a lot happening this eveng apart from the usual South Korean giants (972 & 1566) but this one stood out a mile with fair signals.

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

Monday, 19 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-19 (MW Transatlantic)

 570 0456 GRL KNR-Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa, Nuuk=Godthåb/Telegrafoen (sms-nuk) YL, as 650 
              V weak  3155 km
 650 0456 GRL KNR-Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa, Qeqertarsuaq=Godhavn (qaa-qeq) YL, as 570 Weak  
              3237 km
 980 0500 CAN CHRF AM 980, Montreal (QC) Songs matched against their playlist between 0500 
              and 0530 Fair  5203 km **

** Personal First

It took me a few days to find out what I was hearing on 980 recently. The format was back to back oldies and any announcements were too muffled to decipher. After checking a few websites I discovered that CHRF Montreal has a playlist of the last few hour's worth of songs played. http://montrealam980.com/joue-recemment/ If you wait a few seconds for the sliding bar to display, you can scroll through all the songs played. It doesn't give you the actual times but it does tell you how long ago they were played.

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

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-18 (MW Transatlantic & Middle East)

 680 0500 CAN CFTR 680 News, Toronto/Grimsby (ON) Six Eighty News Toronto IDs Fair  5712 km
1000 0458 USA KOMO Newsradio, Seattle/Dilworth (WA) Presumed. OM news type talk, overriding
              WMVP briefly. Faded for the hour. What else?  W/Fair  7591 km **
1000 0500 USA WMVP ESPN Chicago 1000 AM, Chicago (IL) ESPN Radio ID at 05:00:24.
              Mixing US talker.  Weak  6322 km

1071 1800 IND All India Radio GOS, Rajkot (GJ) Big signal. OM in Indian language
              Good  6716 km

1269 1800 UAE Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah (rak) Radio Asia jingle and YL ID **
              Weak  5475 km

1440 1914 NIG Adamawa BC, Yola (adw) Tentative. Shouting preacher under Saudi Arabia.
              Thanks to Simon Beavan for the tip.  V weak  5010 km


** Personal First

- Added 1000 KOMO, 27-09-16.

Conditions not so good to Asia this evening, but overnight was interesting and I think I had west coast USA.

Overall, I didn't hear a lot of North American signals. The few which were present were mostly very weak, but the following were worthy of note:

1510 had three stations around 0500: A sports station on a low offset; WMEX Boston MA around the centre of the frequency; Then an oldies station slightly higher than WMEX. I only caught WMEX's ID.

1520 also had three stations around 0500: WWKB. A talk station, plus a country music station. The latter may have been KKXA Snohomish WA.

Finally to 1000, also around 0500: Two US talk stations were fighting it out. WMVP was winning with ESPN IDs. But who was the other station? It has to be KOMO Seattle WA. But could I get an ID? No! It just faded nicely at the top of the hour, allowing WMVP to dominate.

So, I think I can safely say that west coast USA made it through this morning, even though I didn't catch an ID from presumed KOMO. Actually, I thought I heard a mention of "Komo News" at one point, but it was too weak to be certain. Let's hope things continue to improve.

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, 17 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-17 (MW Transatlantic & East Asia)

 660 0300 USA WFAN New York/High Island (NY) IDing as the WFAN Radio Network Fair  5519 km
1180 0400 USA WHAM Rochester/Brook Road (NY) Only from Newsradio Eleven Eighty WHAM Rochester 
                   Fair  5605 km
1440 0400 USA WGIG Brunswick (GA) (Real)? Radio Fourteen Forty WGIG Brunswick ID V weak  
                   6768 km **
1540 0400 USA WDCD New Light 96.7, Albany (NY) WDCD ID just after the hour with WDCD sung 
                   jingle Fair  5389 km
1580 0459 CAN CKDO Oshawa (ON) CKDO ID, mentioning 107.7 FM Weak  5613 km
1700 0459 USA WJCC Radio Mega, Miami Springs (FL) WJCC ID and disclaimer Weak  7128 km
 540 0500 CAN CBT  CBC Radio 1, Grand Falls (NL) OM and CBC News jingle. On top around 0530 
                   with OM/YL discussion V weak     3838 km
 830 0500 USA WCRN News Talk Radio 830, Worcester (MA) WCRN call letters hear in splatter, 
                   CBS News Weak  5302 km
 880 0500 USA WCBS WCBS Newsradio 880, New York/High Island (NY) WCBS Newstime Fair  5519 km
1010 0500 CAN CFRB Newstalk 1010, Toronto/Oakville (ON) Newstalk Ten Ten Toronto ID Weak  5692 km
1550 0500 CAN CBEF SRC Première Chaîne, Windsor (ON) Radio Canada ID and news Fair  5988 km
1640 0500 USA WTNI 96.7 The Champ ESPN Radio, Biloxi (Gulfport) (MS) WTNI Biloxi ID, also 
                   mentioning 1490 WXBD. ESPN Radio ID Weak  7294 km
1380 0525 CAN CKPC Brantford (ON) YL CKPC 13-80 vocal at exactly 05:25:52 Fair  5767 km
1570 0526 USA WMVX Viva 1570, Beverly (MA) ... en Viva Radio by YL. More IDs.  Weak  5210 km **
1610 0528 CAN CHHA Voces Latinas, Toronto (ON) Voces Latina ID Weak  5664 km
1420 0529 CAN CKDY AVR, Digby (NS) This is CKDY ID between country songs Weak  4746 km
 570 0530 CAN CFCB Corner Brook (NL) CFCB mentioned in promo. Oldies Weak  3990 km **
 850 0530 USA WEEI WEEI Sports Radio Network, Boston/Starr Ridge (MA) ESPN Radio jingle and 
                   Red Sox news Fair  5257 km
 860 0530 CAN CJBC SRC Première Chaîne, Toronto/Meadowvale (ON) French song, as 1550 Weak  
                   5698 km
1310 0530 CAN CIWW 1310 News, Ottawa (ON) Splatter-obscured ID. Ontario news Weak  5332 km
1410 0530 CAN CJWI CPAM 1410, Saint-Constant (QC) French (or Creole?) phone-in. C-Pam ID 
                   Fair  5192 km
1690 0531 CAN CHTO Toronto/Scarborough (ON) OM CHTO ID V weak  5658 km
1143 1900 KOR      Radio Free Korea, unknown site. Top of the hour music and OM ID.
                   V weak but almost fair levels by 2000 
when above Taiwan.
                   Weak  ? km **
1188 1900  J  JOKP NHK Radio 1, Kitami (hok) Presumed. Time signal, usual NHK music and 
                   Japanese OM. Under Radio Payam. V weak  8682 km
1278 1900  J  JOFR RKB Mainichi Hoso, Fukuoka (kyu-fuk) RKB Radio ID and time pips Weak  9226 km
1440 1900  J  JOWF STV Sapporo TV Hoso, Sapporo (hok) Thank you to Hiroyuki Okamura in
                   Japan for providing a recording of the same top of the hour routine
                   as heard in my recording. They matched.  V weak  8684 km **
891 2000 TWN BED24 BCC Local Tainan, Tainan (TN) Jingle before news.  V weak  9753 km

1143 2000 TWN BEL3 Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha/Chiangmei Ts un (PG)
                   Good this evening 
with time signal and ID Good  9675 km
1350 2000  J  JOER RCC Chugoku Hoso, Etajima/Okimi (chg-hir) RCC ID and time signal Weak  
                   9251 km
1206 2059 CHN Shanxi RGD Nongcun Guangbo, Shuozhou (SX) Thank you to Hiroyuki Okamura 
              (RealDX Group) in Japan for spotting the references to the Shénmù of Shanxi 
              Sheng Weak  7848 km
1017 2100 CHN      China Radio Int./CNR 8, Changchun/SARFT523 (JL) China Radio International 
                   signature tune and ID Weak  8011 km

** Personal First

This evening brought one of the best Asiatic sessions I can remember! Three clear Japanese stations, plus monstrous signals from South Koreans 972 HLCA, 1170 HLSR and 1566 HLAZ.

There were lots of unidentified Oriental signals too. I have an idea what some of these are, but until I hear an ID I will leave them alone. It's quite clear there are other Japanese stations in there.

NB: 1206 2059 CHN Shanxi RGD Nongcun Guangbo, Shuozhou added. 19-09-16 NB: 1143 1900 Radio Free Korea, unknown site added. 21-09-16 NB: 1440 1900 JOWF Sapporo added 10-10-16

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

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-14 (MW: Transatlantic & East Asia)

1230 0458 USA WCMC Wildwood NJ. Classic Oldies 1340 WMID ID V weak  5721 km
 730 0500 CAN CKAC Montréal QC. French Canadian ads. Radio Circulation ID Weak  5203 km
1200 0500 USA WXKS Newton MA. Bloomberg Twelve Hundred ID Fair  5251 km
 738 1900 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha (PG) Time signal and YL ID.
              Stronger than 1143 this evening Weak  9675 km

1098 2000 TWN R Free Asia, Kouhu (YL) This is Radio Free Asia ID in English Fair  9714 km

1098 Radio Free Asia, Kouhu https://youtu.be/weKWqzJrtIA

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

Monday, 12 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-12 (MW: Transatlantic & East Asia)

 740 0100 CAN CHCM Marystown NL Pops, as 590 Weak  3915 km
 540 0200 CAN CBT  Grand Falls NL CBC Radio 1 News jingle mixing Euro Weak  3838 km
 600 0300 CAN CBNA Saint Anthony NL CBC News Weak  3715 km
1440 0300 USA WRED Westbrook ME WRED Westbrook Portland ID Weak  5103 km
 750 0400 CAN CBGY Bonavista Bay NL CBC News Fair  3733 km
 590 0402 CAN VOCM Saint John's NL VOCM Morning Team ID Weak  3730 km
 710 0402 CAN CKVO Clarenville NL Mentioning the VOCM Morning Team Weak  3774 km
 570 0413 CAN CFCB Corner Brook NL ++ OM ID heard at exactly 04:13:43.
              Back to back oldies Weak  3990 km

1390 0500 USA WEGP Presque Isle ME WEGP ID Weak  4760 km
1540 0500 USA KXEL Waterloo (D) IA KXEL Waterlook Cedar Falls, etc. ID Weak  6547 km
1670 0500 CAN CJEU Gatineau QC OM ID then ID by child.  V weak  5310 km
 738 1900 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha (PG) Time signal and YL ID,
              as 1143 V weak  9675 km

1143 1900 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha (PG) Time signal and YL ID.
              Clear and dominant on frequency. Weak  9675 km

1296 2000 TWN BCC News Network, Tainan TN Top of hour jingle V weak  9753 km
1566 2000 KOR HLAZ FEBC Jeju=Cheju (jej) BIG signal. ID, etc.  V 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

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-10 (MW: East Asia)

1359 1800 CHN CNR 1, Multi-tx. Time signal and YL Beijing ID. Maybe a more distant
              tx at this time.  V weak

1413 1800 CHN UNID Chinese time signal V weak  0 km
 738 1900 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha/Chiangmei Ts un (PG) TENTATIVE.
              Time signal and YL possible ID. V weak  9675 km

 972 1900 KOR HLCA KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1, Dangjin (ccg) Time signal. OM ID.
              Just riding above London Fair  8740 km

1098 1900 CHN CNR 11, Golmud/SARFT916 (QH) Presumed with time signal and YL -
              buried in operatic shrieks Weak  7136 km

1143 1900 TWN Taiwan Chü Yuyeh Kuangpo Tientai, Baisha/Chiangmei Ts un (PG)
              Time signal and YL ID V weak  9675 km

1224 1900 CHN CNR 1, Multi-tx. Nanning? Chinese time signal and standard Beijing
              time check ID.  Weak     0 km

1566 1900 KOR HLAZ FEBC, Jeju=Cheju (jej) YL HLAZ ID and time signal Weak  9067 km

So, where is CRI Urumqi 1521? I haven't heard it at all this season.

Encouraging signals from HLCA 972 and HLAZ 1566. More of this please!

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

Friday, 9 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-09 (MW: ARG & PTR)

1350 0400 ARG LS6 Radio Buenos Aires RBA, Burzaco (ba) OM Radio Buenos Aires ID V weak  11301 km
1480 0400 PTR WMDD Tropical del 1480, Fajardo (PR) Mention of call and Puerto Rico Weak  6790 km

** Personal First

Not a great morning but a couple of stations worthy of note perhaps.

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, 6 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-06 (MW: South America & My First Panama Log)

1480 0400 PTR WMDD Tropical del 1480, Fajardo (PR) WMDD El 14-80 with the programme Tiempos 
              de Victoria. ID'd by Fredrik Dourén at RealDX. Weak  6790 km **
1570 0400 PRU OCU4J Radio Bethel, Lima (lim) La Palabra De Dios IDs Fair  10246 km
1320 0455 VEN YVWP Radio Apolo, Turmero (arg) Latin rhythms and jingle ID. OM time check 
              Weak  7627 km
1380 0459 VEN YVNG Ondas del Mar, Puerto Cabello (cbb) OM shouted ID Weak  7637 km
1530 0500 PNR Radio Avivamiento, Pedregal/San José (pnm) PANAMA! Distorted YL talk, occasionally 
              bursting over UK station. ID confirmed by Mauricio Molano Sanchez at RealDX. 
              Weak  8516 km **
1580 0503 CLM HJQT Verdad Radio 1580 AM, Bogotá D. C. (bdc) Verdad Radio ID. Thanks Barry 
              Davies at RealDX.  Weak  8563 km **
1460 0529 CLM HJJW Radio Nuevo Continente, Bogotá D. C. (bdc) OM ads, faded for ID but clear 30 
              seconds or so before the hour, 100% matching David Hamilton's recording. 
              Weak  8560 km **

** Personal First

Another great South American night with a few personal firsts. Panama is a new country for me.
Good DX! Videos at my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp

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, 1 September 2016

Skegness Log: 2016-09-01 (MW: Ecuador & Peru)

1020 0200 USA KDKA Newsradio 1020 KDKA, Pittsburgh/Allison Park (KDKA Drive) (PA)
              ID and CBS News Weak  5930 km

 930 0248 CAN CJYQ KIXX Country, Saint Johns (NL) Saturday mornings .... on the
              new 9-30 KIXX Country Weak  3730 km

1700 0400 USA WRCR AM 1700 Radio Rockland, Spring Valley (NY) WRCR Spring Valley
              ID V weak  5516 km

1570 0447 PRU OAU7Z Radio Carráviz, Juliaca (pun) Mentions of palabra de (or la)
              radio de ... Juliaca IPDA 
programming. Thanks Fredrik, Mauricio and
              Henrik for conformation.  Weak  10161 km **

1190 0451 EQA HCDE2 UCSG R-TV, Guayaquil (gua) ID and announcements.
              Thanks to Simon and Mauricio for help.  
Weak  9555 km **
1350 0451 EQA HCVR2 Teleradio 13-50, Guayaquil (gua) Teleradio IDs and a mention of their
              website teleradio.com.ec 
Good signal at times  Fair  9555 km **
1490 0451 EQA HCSM5 Radio Santa María, Azogues (can) Thanks to Henrik for analysing
              my recording and exchanging 
jingle IDS. This is 100% EWTN and no doubt
              Radio Santa Maria, despite no IDs. Mostly weak but fair peaks.  

              Weak  9535 km **
1540 0454 PRU OCU2X Radio Turbo Mix, Cajamarca (caj) Turbomix ID, lively Latin rhythms.
              Weak  9906 km


** Personal First

September 1st was quite a special morning. I've only ever logged one Ecuadorian station on medium wave. Radio Sucre from Guayaquil on 700 kHz. I've actually heard this twice, so I am well aware how rare Ecuador is to hear. Then THREE new Ecuadorian stations come along within minutes of each other! Curiously, Radio Sucre wasn't heard at all at the time.

Videos of this DX being received can be seen on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp

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
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