July – Sound of Silence

As my fellow DXer JMN writes, July has been quite poor for Es so far. I also missed 14.7 opening and only catch couple of OIRT – stations here in Jyväskylä.

Log 1.7 – 20.7, Jyväskylä (KP22TF)


88.50 0745 HRV HRT-HR 1, Hrvatska Kostajnica/Djed (sk) PI logged: C201 PS logged: HRT-HR_1 1979km
71.69 1801 RUS Radio Voskreseniye, Serov (SV) 1887km
68.60 1807 RUS Radio Rossii, Troitsko-Pechorsk (KO) 1557km
66.44 1811 RUS Radio Rossii, Ukhta (KO) 1421km
66.92 1817 RUS Radio Rossii, Pechora (KO) 1566km
67.10 1828 RUS Radio Rossii, Ust-Tsilma (KO) 1336km

68.24 0639 RUS Radio Rossii, Ufa/RTPC (BA) 1924km
72.83 0633 RUS Radio Voskreseniye, Yekaterinburg/ORTPC (SV) 2033km

72.17 0632 RUS Radio Rossii, Muyezerskiy/RTPS (KR) 374km (tropo)
67.19 1107 UKR UR 2 Radio Promin’, Chernivtsi/CHFKRRT, vul. Bilets’ka, 6 (CV) 1549km

67.04 1105 RUS Radio Rossii, Salavat/RTPS (BA) 2016km
68.24 1104 RUS Radio Rossii, Ufa/RTPC (BA) 1924km

69.29 0756 RUS Radio Rossii, Baranchinskiy (SV) presumed tx 1909km

67.19 1306 UKR UR 2 Radio Promin’, Chernivtsi/CHFKRRT, vul. Bilets’ka, 6 (CV) 1549km
67.97 1311 UKR UR Radio Bukovyna, Chernivtsi/SKH Radiotsentr, vul. Putyl’s’ka, 20 (CV) 1552km
68.24 1406 UKR Radio Mariya v Ukraini, Antopil’/RFKRRT, vul. Kyivs’ka, 12 (RI) 1294km
70.91 1305 UKR Radio Mariya v Ukraini, Vinnytsya/VFKRRT, vul. Maksymovycha, 23 (VI) 1454km

67.10 1628 RUS Radio Rossii, Ust-Tsilma (KO) 1336km

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Flop July (time for AMDX)

July has been a flop so far. Most of the conditions have been favorable for coastal area. The only good opening, which reached Inner Finland, took place on July 14 – the day when we made a roadtrip to the biggest shop of Finland, located in Tuuri. Couple of short time openings (mostly on OIRT) could have been audible in Central Finland, but no-one has been in front of rx at the right moment.

It’s been couple of years when I have had time for AMDX in summertime! Couple of logs for July:

729 FIN: Pispalan Radio, Tampere. A new AM station from Finland. 80W PEP. 1624 17.07.
5066 COD: tent. Radio Candip, Bunia. African music till 2007 UTC. A night before prelonged program. 1905 13.07.
6241 HOL: Radio Casanova. 1950 16.07.


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Uurainen: weak Ireland over 100 MHz 30062016

During work day got some ES alerts by WhatsApp (BBC/TDF). Similar evening opening began around 8 o’clock with BBC and TDF stations, suddenly turning to Ireland. Mostly RTÉ up to 102.7 MHz, but also private stations were logged: LMFM 95.8 MHz, Classic Hits 4 FM 94.9 MHz and Today FM 101.8 MHz. Ireland has been rare here as it seems to be, that over 100 MHz opening is easier with average distances and the most of the island is close to maximal skip 2400 km. Surprisingly for example Dublin is only 2100 km from here – so it should be pretty common on band!

June 2016 compilation

june 2016 in uurainen

June 2016 was pretty dry month, compared for example to last year.

june 2015

Counting also May demonstrates that Season 2016 has been pretty good so far. The following ”statistics” are based on logs mostly made by Sony XDR F1HD and 4 element Yagi, so the receiving equipment should not affect.

Year/Total logs

2016/304 (till 30 Jun)
2015/324 (out of the band 14 Jul-22 Jul and 26 Jul-20 Aug)
2013/364 (out of the band in August)
2012/121 (best day 14 Jul spent in work)
2011/65 (+ 16 logs from Turku)

Summer 2016 could easily beat the personal best ever season, the mythical Summer 2014!

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Central Finland: opening in the morning of 19062016

DLF, France Musique and other high power stations were heard. Maximal MUF was 97 MHz, but most of the time 90 or under. These low band conditions seemed to continue till 1200 UTC (left work at 0730 UTC).

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Uurainen: a private opening up to 108

These evening condx can be described as private conditions, because the reflecting cloud was so small, that it gave MUF 108 only for Uurainen, but not for other localities in inner Finland. The diameter of such a cloud must be less than 30 km. Usually those ”private” conditions can offer stations up to 108 MHz, but there are lot of empty frequencies. If the reception area is small, so are the transmitters heard only from small geographical area. Condx started with OIRT, probably MDA and UKR. First CCIR ID was local commercial spot of Radio Pyatnitsa from Rivne, soon turning to Romania (mostly networks), but also some Serbian local stations: Radio Mig 107.3 MHz and Radio Gong 93.6 MHz.

After a short break the conditions started again from BUL, ROU and some Italians on the band too. MUF rised again over 100 MHz and opened rare direction: Istanbul (2400 km). The maximal skip is rarely open over 100 MHz. In the end it turned back to ROU..

Full logs will follow later in Visual log book. I just reached my goal: 100th Russian FM QSL, so it is time to concentrate to other countries. Italians of 29 May are still unreported, so are couple of French stations and so on..

Based on last days, seasonal trends seem to be middle of Russia (Komi/Tatarstan), Bulgaria and France – exactly as it seemed to be in the beginning of season. Interesting variety!

Another kind of pretty rare ID

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Utö17: Over And Out

What a DXpedition that was! Conditions every single day from June 8th to 19th (except the 11th)!

Saturday was the last full day at the camp. Morning brought us France and a little Spain, the afternoon some good quality Italy starting from Rome, and the evening a slow, jumpy and at times boring opening to the Balkans and thereabouts. Sunday caught us tearing down the rigs, cleaning the place and packing up under an all-sorts up and down opening.

After lunch on Saturday we were lazying in the beautiful warm sunshine with no wind at all. Luckily we had taken a look at the weather forecast that showed clearly that we were right in the eye of a serious low pressure system. We just managed to get the big Körners down before the system moved and we got all the wind & rain in the world from its edge.


The storm arrived with the antennas gone except one 8 element Triax (pic: MB).

Here’s the hasty log of Saturday 18/6:

87.900 18.6. 0827- E: Cadena 100, Pamplona. Local px and ads to Navarra. 2458 km. Utö17
89.500 18.6. 1306- I: Radio We, Roma. JTK/Utö17
91.900 18.6. 0700- F: Neptune FM, L’Ile d’Yeu (85). JTK/Utö17
94.000 18.6. 1325- I: R Classica, Milano. RDS ID. JTK/Utö17
94.600 18.6. 1319- I: R Hinterland, Binasco (MI). JTK/Utö17
94.600 18.6. 1736- ROU: Argeş Express, Curtea de Argeş (AG). Old station, new name. JTK/Utö17
96.300 18.6. 1330- I: R Panda, Garbagnate Milanese (MI). JTK/Utö17
96.600 18.6. 1735- ROU: R Somes, Bistrita. Utö17
97.700 18.6. 2023- + GRC: Avena FM 97.7, Alexandreia. JTK/Utö17
99.700 18.6. 1737- ROU: Atlas FM, Alba Iulia. ”Join us at www.atlasfm.ro”. JTK/Utö17
99.800 18.6. 1310- I: R M100, Roma. New name. JTK/Utö17
106.900 18.6. 1310- I: R Mambo, Roma. JTK/Utö17
106.900 18.6. 1316- + I: R Miele, Trento. Moena (TN)-tx. HPI confirmed that this is station #19 ever heard in Finland from Trento. JTK/Utö17
107.400 18.6. 2001- GRC: Libero 107,4, Thessaloniki (25). JY/Utö17

88.000 18.6. 1722- ROU: R Impuls, Bucureşti (BU). JJS/Utö17
89.100 18.6. 1820- UKR: R Dacha, Sevastopol (KR).  JJS/Utö17
89.600 18.6. 2034- TUR: Anadolunun Sesi, Istanbul (mam-ist). JJS/Utö17
93.800 18.6. 1734- ROU: Focus FM, Buzau (BZ). JJS/Utö17
94.100 18.6. 1904- SRB: Hit FM R, Beograd. JJS/Utö17
94.200 18.6. 1833- KOS: Radio Kosova e Lirë, Prishtina. JJS/Utö17
95.500 18.6. 1902- BIH: R Grude, Grude. JJS/Utö17
95.500 18.6. 1948- BUL: R 1, Sofia. Myös 90.3 aiemmin. JJS/Utö17
96.900 18.6. 1936- ROU: Gold FM, Bucureşti (BU). JJS/Utö17
97.200 18.6. 1959- GRC: Athlitko Metropolis, Serres (28). JJS/Utö17
100.000 18.6. 2002- GRC: FM100, Thessaloniki (25). JJS/Utö17
101.700 18.6. 1739- BUL: R Bumerang, Gabrovo. JJS/Utö17
104.400 18.6. 1956- + SRB: R Belle Amie, Niš (Srb). Tx Dimitrovgrad /Basara. JJS/Utö17
104.700 18.6. 2015- GRC: Rock R, Thessaloniki (25). ex-Geronimo Groovy probably JJS/Utö17

…plus hundreds of Romanian and Bulgarian network outlets…

Until next year! 🙂

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Utö17: …And Then There Were Four

Yesterday Friday was a big teaser. As a game-changer the best part came already before lunch with a stomping three-minute full band opening to Libya. Presumably a case of Mediterranean tropo with a continuation ticket with Es. (At least the F5LEN tropo forecast maps have been all red there recently.)

The evening gave us a long run to Russia (Krasnodar region) and Ukraine. These conditions never really took off but didn’t move or fade away, either.

Today three listeners left the island. But as I write this, Es keeps on teasing us with a French half-opening. Hopes are high with some 197 MUF spots around the Balkans, so far out of reach from here.

The best of Friday 17th:

68.000 17.6. 0720- RUS: Russkoye R, Rostov (RO). Loval ads. JJS&JTK/Utö17
88.000 17.6. 1020- I: Radio Toscana. JJK/Utö17
88.000 17.6. 1703- RUS: Elektron FM. QTH missing. JJS/Utö17
88.200 17.6. 1021- I: Radio Modena 90. JJK/Utö17
88.300 17.6. 1250- RUS: Radio Dacha, Krasnodar. JJK&JTK/Utö17
88.900 17.6. 0847- + LBY: R Ram, Misratah. RDS ID. Koran reading. 3079 km. Utö17
90.000 17.6. 1647- RUS: Russkoe R, Belorechensk (KD). Local ads without even mentioning the city, but Eldorado can be found at Ulitsa Mira 75 and a Yandex search will tell the rest. ID & local telephone in the end of the ad block. JJS&JTK/Utö17
90.400 17.6. 1655- UKR: Retro FM, Mariupol (DO). JJS&JTK/Utö17
90.500 17.6. 0847- + LBY: Tentative: BBN FM Benghazi. PI:5000, rolling PS: ”EuroTel Broadcasting Spa”. Utö17
90.600 17.6. 1645- RUS: NRJ, Krasnodar. Local ads and telephone 2555211 JTK/Utö17
91.600 17.6. 1330- UKR: Tentative: Lux FM, Kryvyi Rih (DP). ID + local sounding ad with Kryvyi Rih mentioned. JTK/Utö17
91.600 17.6. 1649- RUS: R Shanson, Belorechensk (KD). JJS/Utö17
101.000 17.6. 1630- RUS: Pervoye R, Krasnodar. Mighty IDs JTK/Utö17
102.400 17.6. 1300- RUS: Kazak FM, Krasnodar. JTK/Utö17
103.600 17.6. 1341- UKR: Lubimoe R. Kryvyi Rih (DP)-tx. Just the network ID between songs. JTK/Utö17
104.000 17.6. 0849- + LBY: Sawt al-Madina, Tripoli. Full speed programme and a fine ID! PI: D031. OSY/Utö17


Libyans rammed the band for a few minutes.


Utö sunset seen through heavy rain at 22.45 local time.


Otso the bear surrounded by two wolves, ready to head home aboard M/S Eivor

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Central Finland: OIRT opening to BLR and TS

After excellent Utö logs some more ordinary catches from Central Finland. Couple of posts ago I described OIRT as ”a less interesting band” but it has something more to offer than Radio Rossii. Today Radio Askhadar 66.68 was heard tentatively and Kunel Radiosy 67.79 with clear ID’s, both from Tatarstan. Gomel FM jingle from Belarus surprised on 66.98. Radio Shanson network ID came on 71.72, it is just a bit over 1000 km to Kaluga – interesting oblast. Unfortunately no local commercials heard or local programmes going on Radio Rossii.

QSL Qazaq Radïosi, UNID-TX 101.9 MHz brought verified FM country # 40

Kazak Radiosy QSL

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Utö17: Irish Afternoon Coffee

Thursday was the 7th day of Es conditions during the DXpedition and, as I’m writing this, Friday will be another one as well. Not bad.

In Euro 2016 the afternoon game was between Northern Ireland and Ukraine, while on the band it was about Republic of Ireland against Ukraine. The best catches below.

And the winner of the annual Utö Championships in Huutokauppa (Oh Hell) is… JJS. It was a hands down win without any question from the very beginning. While there was a constant battle for the runner-up position… JTK finally ended up second and JJK third. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_Hell for the rules of this great game. We did it from 13 tricks down to 1 and back up again)

92.500 16.6. 1404- + IRL: Tentative: Phoenix FM. Rose over Corca Baiscim with patient stories. Similar was found in their web stream   OSY/Utö17
92.500 16.6. 1401- IRL: Tentative: R Corca Baiscim. Non stop Irish music. Utö17
95.300 16.6. 1400- IRL: Live 95FM, Limerick. Local news. Utö17
95.300 16.6. 1401- IRL: Tipp FM, Tipperary. Utö17
96.200 16.6. 1415- IRL: R Kerry. Cahirciveen/Kilkeaveragh-tx 500W.  JTK/Utö17
102.100 16.6. 1418- IRL: iRadio. Derrybrian-tx. Alone up there. JTK/Utö17



OSY behind his control screens


Drizzly foggy sea during our evening walk that was interrupted by a Ukraine alert

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Utö17: Staccato Day

A lot of hopeful squares spread around the Sherlock map yesterday, but the openings were really stingy and short-lived.

The first alert brought us running back from the hotel buffet lunch, and the second round interfered with our evening le foot session (however, no Albania present on the band).

We also had the time for the traditional sauna & the first sea swim of the year (for most). The sea was warmer than anyone had expected. Which doesn’t quite mean warm.

Here’s the fish of the day:

72.920 15.6. 1639- UKR: Chernomos’ka Khvilya, Odesa (OD). JJS/Utö17
88.000 15.6. 1715- BIH: R Postaja Orasje, Orasje. JTK/Utö17
88.500 15.6. 1900- I: RCB Radio per passioni, Ostuni (BR). Martina Franca-tx. JTK/Utö17
89.500 15.6. 1711- HNG: Music FM, Budapest. JTK/Utö17
89.800 15.6. 1900- BIH: Radio Slobomir. JJK/Utö17
89.900 15.6. 1717- + BIH: Radio Ask, Sarajevo. MB/Utö17
90.300 15.6. 1715- HRV: Radio Banovici. JJK/Utö17
90.300 15.6. 1715- HRV: Radio Banovici. JJK/Utö17
90.800 15.6. 1823- SVK: R Košice, Košice. Tx Prešov / Lysá hora. MS (or Es triggered by MS?) JJS/Utö17
90.900 15.6. 1716- + BIH: Antena Sarajevo, Sarajevo. MB&JJK/Utö17
90.900 15.6. 1722- HNG: Jazzy R, Budapest (Bud). JJS/Utö17
91.100 15.6. 1908- I: R Cattolica in Blu, Troia (FG). JJS/Utö17
94.500 15.6. 1909- I: R Farfalla, Mottola (TA). JJS/Utö17
95.400 15.6. 1901- I: R Argento, Monopoli (BA). JJS/Utö17
95.500 15.6. 1900- BIH: Nes Radio, Banja Luka. JJK/Utö17
96.100 15.6. 1900- HNG: Magyar Katolikus Radio, Budapest. JJK/Utö17
96.300 15.6. 1900- BIH: R Doboj, Doboj. JTK&JJS&JJK/Utö17
107.600 15.6. 1338- D: Radio Lausitz. MS. JY/Utö17


The shipwreck in front of our antenna field, pictured by OSY from his canoe. Spot the lighthouse through the gape in the hull.


Toasting to Mother E. From the left JTK, JJS, JUS, JJK, MB, JY. Pic:OSY


The Spaghetti Incident between the listening posts of JJK, JTK and JUS.

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