Great 3+ hour opening started today before 1000 UTC with MUF @108 to Russia (KD) and Ukraine, shifted later then to Turkey and the Balkans, and died out slowly. At one point, Istanbul stations covered the whole band with their very narrow 200 kHz spacing.
In the afternoon, we got a new start to the UK and Ireland, but MUF barely reached 98 MHz. And, of course, to celebrate Euro 2016, we got a brief stint to the west coast of France during their opening match in the evening.
Here’s what we have found so far (+ means First in Finland):
87.900 10.6. 1110- UKR: R ERA FM, Odesa. Local ads.
88.200 10.6. 1252- ROU: Stil FM – R ZU, Călăraşi (CL). Tx Olteniţa.
88.800 10.6. 1915- SUI: R BEO, Bern.
89.900 10.6. 1320- BUL: R Focus, Plovdid. Local ads
91.000 10.6. 1110- UKR: R ES – The Voice of European Union. Tx Odesa, ex-Gala R.
93.200 10.6. 1215- + ROU: Smile FM, Vaslui.
94.200 10.6. 1303- GRC: Status R, Alexandroupolis (33).
94.500 10.6. 1026- TUR: R.Müzik, Sanyer (Istanbul).
95.800 10.6. 1138- TUR: Bayram FM, Istanbul.
96.300 10.6. 1346- G: Heart Bristol.
96.400 10.6. 1355- G: The Wave 96.4, Swansea.
96.900 10.6. 1148- + TUR: Kemençe FM, Sakarya.
97.100 10.6. 1354- G: R Carmarthenshire, Llanelli.
97.600 10.6. 1050- LTU: Radiostotis M-1 Plius, Vilnius. Kaunas tx. Tropo.
98.100 10.6. 1206- TUR: Raks FM.
99.600 10.6. 1020- + RUS: R Hit FM, Krymsk (KD).
100.000 10.6. 1025- TUR: Power FM, Istanbul.
100.300 10.6. 1023- UKR: Radio More, Simferopol.
101.100 10.6. 1232- ROU: Sky FM, Constanta.
101.100 10.6. 1005- + RUS: Avtoradio, Sochi (KD). Local weather by local sponsor (Охрана Плюс).
101.200 10.6. 0958- RUS: Retro FM, Krasnodar. Local ads
101.300 10.6. 1158- MDA: Radio Sport, Chisinau. 101 i 3 FM Radio Sport.
102.100 10.6. 1155- MDA: GRT FM, Comrat.
102.300 10.6. 1029- UKR: R Sputnik Krimu, Simferopol (KR).
103.500 10.6. 1030- TUR: Haber Radyi Samsun.
104.700 10.6. 1010- RUS: Nashe R, Krasnodar (KD). Local ads
105.000 10.6. 1029- TUR: Tutku FM, Samsun.
106.900 10.6. 1015- + RUS: Dorozhnoye R, Sochi (KD). Local number for advertisers
107.500 10.6. 1009- + UKR: R Pyatnytsya, Berdyans´k (ZP).
107.800 10.6. 1022- TUR: Radyo Hevi Istanbul.
BBC Somerset promised something better from the UK, but not much more materialized. Well, maybe later…
After some wind-related erectile dysfunctions, we’re finally all set!
Below is a scene from the shoreline, with a vertical 15 element Körner closest and another horizontal one further down, both equipped with a Research Comms 1301 masthead amplifier (28 dB). Both antennas are then split to each listener. The “power budget” seems to sustain the losses from the cables and all the splits just fine, without any loss to the S/N ratio. Some even split their end once more to serve multiple receivers without noticeable degradation.
The two cabins are in the background, some 80 meters away from where the picture was taken.
In addition, there is one common Band I/OIRT yagi and one horizontal 8 element Triax with the same pre-amp per each cabin to cater for the insatiable needs of our tens of receivers 😉
From left to right: MB, JJS, JY & OSY
And that’s me (JTK) behind the camera. JJK was shutter shy, and we’re still waiting for JUS to join us Friday evening.
Easy lazy day with occasional short French openings. In the morning to NW edge of l’Hexagone, then Paris region, and finally Marseille and thereabouts. Here’s the quick roundup of today’s crème de la crème (+ denotes a First in Finland, and local opt-outs count).
87.800 9.6. 1252- + F: Radio Star, Orange (84). Local ID
88.600 9.6. 1025- + F: Graffiti Urban Radio, La Roche-sur-Yon (85).
88.700 9.6. 1016- F: Nostalgie Charente Maritime, La Rochelle (17).
88.900 9.6. 1250- F: Delta FM Terre de Camargue, Le Grau-du-Roi (30).
89.000 9.6. 0523- F: RCF Finistère, Brest (29).
89.100 9.6. 1003- F: RTL2 Nord. Local ID.
89.400 9.6. 0658- D: NE-WS 89.4, Düsseldorf. MS! 1 kW only
90.400 9.6. 1016- F: Radio D4B, Melle (79).
90.600 9.6. 0957- F: R Bouton, Boutancourt (08).
91.100 9.6. 1004- F: Radio Intensité, Chateaudun (28).
91.300 9.6. 0843- F: Cherie FM, Paris. Local ID.
91.600 9.6. 0843- F: Cherie FM, Tours. Local ID.
93.600 9.6. 0844- F: R Béton, Tours. RDS ID with talks
95.500 9.6. 1005- F: RCF Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle.
96.300 9.6. 1005- F: Radio RPS FM.
Delta FM from Southern France was one of the highlights of the day.
The map of Europe on our wall with some wishful thinking as an appendix beyond the NW corner. Always be prepared!
JY with his arsenal. Big screens and tiny SDRs.
I might as well… Jump! An example of the plentiful meteors that crash in every minute. Radio NE-WS, Düsseldorf was a real knockout, as I was just fine-tuning my cables. (Sorry, there’s a bug in WP that seems to prevent me from turning this particular picture 90 deg).
All systems go, or at least some of them. Heavy winds have prevented us from lifting up the Körners, so we’ll have to make do with standard 8-element Triaxes. That’s one element per each Centigrade. It has never been so cold while we’re in Utö as it is today. Last week it would have been totally different.
We got none of yesterday evening’s big news, i.e. Xinjiang PBS (logged by our still missing team member JUS still at home in Joensuu – nice timing). Just some regular OIRT stuff.
But we’ve been getting some quick openings to NW France to keep us fully alert (and not venturing to any further antenna projects).
Poor 16-element Körners are still grounded.
Some of the better French stations of this morning. The University station Radio Béton from Tours. Quickly in and out with RDS codes and talk about the entrance exams. More of this soupe, please!
After late night TUR opening I was just going to try to get some sleep when ES alert came from Ruovesi (TNX PUL!) The time was around 2.00 local time. These conditions lasted for more than one hour offering mostly Bulgaria and Romania, again with Turkey. Bulgaria On Air was a new for me network. Interestingly the closest mast, 15 km from here, had a service break in the middle of night. 3 of 5 transmitters were off air, but 92.9, 93.5 and 98.3 didn’t bring anything new. 102.8 had only carrier wave and 88.4 was normally on air. After 4 hours of sleep I woke up around 7.30 with another ES alert, this time 108 to “Europe” in general. Band was too full, too much stations covering each other. For example Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Italy were heard. At 10.30 I was forced to leave QTH for work, and conditions ended around 14.00. On the way back home new ES alerts came again, this time on OIRT. Just when I arrived, the Western band started to open with fading weak signals first to Tyumen, later to Komi. These rare areas offered new stations for many of us. Interestingly, Tyumen offered 103.1 Radio 7 Tyumen and 105.6 Dipol FM, but nothing on lower band – or between these two stations!
This season seems to respect three trends: firstly openings to France, secondly openings to Bulgaria (have had more BUL-ID’s than my total is from past years) and thirdly openings to Middle Russia, which is relatively Northern area – and those openings are not moving clock-wise, but backwards!
Crimea was logged by Juha in Jyväskylä while I was in work. French for few minutes on lower band and Bucharest was trying too in the evening (frequency combination 89.0 89.5 90.8 and 91.7). Late night opening to Turkey (Zonguldak & Istanbul) up to 96 MHz. Greek was fading on 94.8 – Cyprus 30 kW is in same line with Zonguldak, but it could have been also 100 kW from Greece – in every case a double hop.
Short opening for Germany today. Stabil strong signals with RDS codes, but low MUF max 92 MHz. It should mean good for tomorrow, but as usually, the opening rarely comes when we are “warned” before. The possibility is 50% as it does come or it doesn’t 😉
Compilation of May 2016 in Uurainen
May 2016 more detailed (all the recordings are not yet checked and so far some loggings are not yet visible on this map)
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