July 23, 2017: G IRL 106

After few days spent in work, with moderate conditions mostly on OIRT, it was time to have a better opening to British Isles which lasted more than one hour. After that there were stations on OIRT practically all day long, but conditions never really started again to that direction. At least Radio City Liverpool 96.7, Compass FM Grimsby 96.4 and BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 were new-for-me stations. Irish South East Radio showed RDS on 95.6 MHz with news. The highest note was 105.3 Capital with network jingle.

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July 18, 2017: ES waking up

Two weeks of total silence has ended with a weak opening. I missed the first hours in work, but it was said to be weak Italy/HRV. Later in the evening same direction continued twice, signals for few minutes under 91 MHz. UKR/RUS MUF reached CCIR few times, OIRT offered stations from KD, ST, RO and Eastern Ukraine.

Nest of #23 Sylvia curruca in the garden

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July 4: POL CZE opening

July 4th was a silent day till the evening. Ireland in some parts of Finland, later very short POL in Central Finland. A new-for-me station Radio Gra from Torun was heard on 88.8 MHz, 1123 km. Radio Gra has bought several local stations, but whole Radio Gra was later bought by RMF group. The local branches became a part of RMF Maxxx network, luckily this Torun-based main station remains ”independent”. Yesterday July 3rd offered only OIRT stations, weakly all day long (which I noticed just in the morning before leaving to work). On Sunday July 2nd we had a Balkan opening here in Inner Finland – I was again not in home, but enjoying the summer weekend in the biggest inland city of Northern Europe (if you don’t ask Danish people). It seems that we are going towards a better time, also the beginning of June offered this kind of poor openings which never really started but it led soon to some fantastic days. Hopefully the best moments will come again around half month (which would be the 28 day period).


A perfect example of a good verification for a FM reception report, in DACH countries they know how to do it:

And a new butterfly for this season: papilio machaon

 

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July 1: weak Tatarstan MUF 107

Weak morning opening to TS and BA for one hour, the highest was 106.9 MHz, but signals sounded like during Aurora condx + quick fade. Nothing much to enjoy. Some notes: 90.6 Mil. Volna gave weather at 0727 UTC mentioning local sponsor Avtosalon Avangard in Nab. Chelny. Probably Shermodan transmitter (70.52 MHz) is still active on OIRT. Marked as ex-Yunost, programme was different than Rossii (ID to check). 66.23 listed as Brezhnev FM in Nab. Chelny ided as Radio Rossii. It looks like some stations marked inactive in FMList are still operating – and there may be changes. Several Radio Rossii regionals are marked to be moved to CCIR, but in reality they still continue on OIRT too. Let’s keep an eye on it!

 

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May & June 2017: over 400 logs!

End of June has been pretty much silent, except 4 hours on June 27 (I was not in QTH). I missed also another good day (16062017). Nevertheless the total number of logs is 402 at the moment (still some recordings to check). It looks like this is going to be the best season of 2010’s, based on number of logs by one receiver. The goal for the season is to have 100 new FM QSLs.

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19 June 2017: evening opening from TUR to Wales

Again a relatively good opening, best moments were for Czechia and Hungary, when some stations beated local transmitters! So far this season has been extremely good, till today total number of my logs is 377. Compared to full seasons 2016 (417) and 2014 (566) it can be that this will be the best ever, at least if July won’t be totally silent. 2013 (364) and 2015 (324) are not totally comparable, because I was off in August. Visual log here.

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18 June 2017: Italy for 5 hours

A small OIRT opening in the morning (I was not at home). In the evening almost perfect timing, just arrived from work when band opened, right after I parked the car in garden (1615 UTC). Once again the conditions surprised totally, MUF map promised almost nothing, when I left work around 1520 UTC. The last log for today was Lattemiele on 95.9 MHz at 2118 UTC, after local midnight! For the first three hours MUF was even too high, so the lower band was unusable because of white noise, which happens easily during ”too good” conditions. Luckily there were plenty of reabadle signals between 100 and 108 MHz. Sometimes late night conditions promise good for next day.. let’s see how it goes!

Even many of our blog readers must know how much I love Italy, unfortunately it is not very interesting FMDX target. Small local stations have become a part of big national or seminational networks, so the number of interesting stations is continuously decreasing. Anyway 5 new-for-me stations made my day: Radio Bresciasette 94.8, Radio Azzurra 107.6, Modena 90 107.4, Radio Center Music 99.1 and Radio Adige 101.3. The most interesting moment was a short peak to Naples (2536 km!) when Kiss Kiss Italia came with RDS KKITALIA on 95.9 MHz. Kiss Kiss Italia belongs to Radio Kiss Kiss family, but it has only regional coverage. Unfortunately it disappeared soon, without ID from Naples. This summer has brought an extraordinary number of double hops and extralong one skip!

My personal log for today can be found here: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-06-18&omid=1183

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17 June 2017: still alive

Not really condx today in inner Finland, but South coast got a good evening opening to Albania/Bulgaria/Italy. Radio Mater was audible enough for an ID, Radio Focus from Bulgaria almost for a minute. Again late night ROU under 91 MHz.

Yesterday 16 June was described as one of the best FM-opening during decades in South Finland. The best part of it was RDS-level signals from Middle East like Saudi Arabia, Jordania, State of Palestine (PSE) and Armenia from about 4500 km distance (3 skips?). (http://uto-fmdx.blogspot.fi/) After listening the blind recording, it must have been pretty good also here. Mostly basic Romanian stations, but an interesting arab double hop around local noon. Unfortunately no IDs.

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16 June 2017: all day ES since sunrise till midnight

Big opening to ”everywhere”. For the best 5 hours (MUF 108+) to ROU and BUL I had to stay in work, including arabic double hops around 9 UTC! Nothing much on blind recording. Conditions had siesta 1410-1710 UTC, evening brought stations from Slovenia to Ireland, probably even Iceland. Unfortunately this kind of openings are often dominated by powerhouses, so not much new. The most interesting was Spanish double hop 20-21 UTC (close to local midnight), but all the stations seemed to be totally in love with football… Visual log from Uurainen here. More will come after checking some recordings.

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13-15 June 2017: several openings

Because of work, not much time to monitor FM band, but blind recording is always going on. As I have no SDR, it is pretty quick to check one frequency recordings. On 14 June Radio Patmos (txing on 89.2, 15 km from my QTH) was off air from the morning till 1050 UTC, allowing blind recording on a frequency which is normally blocked.

2017-06-13 Es 1638 88.70 RUS Radio Rekord, Saratov/ORTPC (SR)
2017-06-14 Es 0415 70.67 RUS Radio Rossii GTRK Penza, Penza/ORTPC (PZ)
2017-06-14 Es 0433 70.40 RUS Radio Rossii GTRK Volga, Veshkayma/RTPS (UL)
2017-06-14 Es 0859 89.20 TUR TRT 3 Radyo Üc, Adana/Misis Dag (Davududag/Yüregir) (akd-ada) 2939 km
2017-06-14 Es 1552 91.20 +ROU Rock FM Vaslui, Vaslui (VS)
2017-06-14 Es 1556 94.90 TUR TRT, UNID QTH
2017-06-14 Es 1605 87.80 ROU Pro FM, Iași (IS) 2 tx,
2017-06-14 Es 1609 92.70 HNG MR 2 Petőfi Rádió, Tokaj / Nagykopasz (BAZ)
2017-06-14 Es 1611 89.00 ROU Radio ZU, București (BU)
2017-06-14 Es 1744 89.00 HRV Super Radio, Čazma/Gornji Draganec-Silos (bj)
2017-06-14 Es 1747 88.90 SRB Radio S2, Beograd/Torlak (Srb)
2017-06-15 Es 0454 67.16 RUS Radio Rossii GTRK Nizhniy Novgorod, Sergach/RTPS (NN)
2017-06-15 Es 0459 66.62 RUS Radio Rossii, Buzuluk/RTPTS (OB) Network ID, tx guess,
2017-06-15 MS 0718 88.70 G BBC Radio 2, Blaenplwyf (WA-CDN)
2017-06-15 Es 1204 88.70 ROU SRR Radio România Actualități, Craiova (DJ)
2017-06-15 Es 1219 88.70 I Radio Deejay, Bologna/Colle Barbiano/Via Santa Liberata (bo) 2 tx,
2017-06-15 Es 1234 88.70 I BluradioVeneto-inBlu, Teolo/Monte Grande (pd)
2017-06-15 Es 1256 88.70 BIH Radio Antena, Tešanj/Trebačko brdo (znc)
2017-06-15 Es 1346 88.70 G BBC Radio 2, Blaenplwyf (WA-CDN). Many tx.
2017-06-15 Es 1859 88.70 BIH Radio Antena, Tešanj/Trebačko brdo (znc) PI logged: F0EE PS logged: *ANTENA* v
2017-06-15 Es 1913 89.70 SRB BB Radio Bački Brestovac, Odžaci/Silos (Voj) No ID, tel. no match 069-2-444-122,

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