4 June 2017: IRL, Piemonte, SUI, F, D, SRB, ROU

An interesting tour today starting at 1125 UTC from Ireland (only RTÉ high power transmitters).

Soon lower band was filled with weak Italians (South Finland MUF 108),

travelling from Piacenza and Torino

little by little to West and surprisingly hitting to Switzerland!

Then skip was getting shorter, offering again only high power transmitters (BR, SWR, MDR).

After a silent hour new start to Serbia.

Some guys logged also rare Kosovo and Albania. An arabic double hop with ROU/BUL, more in South coast, which where ided as Egypt. Unfortunately there was like a wall around 97 MHz, only once I noticed Balkan over 100 MHz. Few new-for-me stations from Piemonte, SUI and SRB. Full log here.

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2 June 2017: OIRT RUS and BLR

Small afterwork RUS opening started at 1545 UTC, highest noted frequency here 90.6 MHz (:D). I lost few valuable minutes scanning CCIR frequencies, as the regional window was all the time going on OIRT, by GTRK stations. 70.4 MHz gave weather for Ulyanovsk, more interesting was 70.1a, which went to network without proper ID. It could have been GTRK Ivteleradio or GTRK Vologda, because the skip was very short (~1100 km). After 16 UTC Europa Plus Penza had local program on 68.09, later skipping to Moscow (exact 1012 km). Also some Belarus mixing from other cloud. Short skip is much more common on OIRT, and there are many interesting GTRK and private station in Moscow and nearby.. worth of trying!

New birds:

18) Muscicapa striata winters in tropical Africa. It builds nest almost everywhere.


Photo by JMN, June 2012.

19) Turdus pilaris


By Arnstein Rønning – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14936065

20) Dendrocopos major


By Hangsna – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46082936

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31 May 2017: fading ROU/BUL opening for 30 minutes

Yesterday (May 30) ES clouds were located simply a bit too far and same happened today. South coast had better luck, even Cyprus logged there, but here in Inner Finland practically empty bands till 1830 UTC, when some fading signals from Romania and Bulgaria appeared to the band.. not every frequency, not strong, but still sometimes up to 100 MHz. Logs for today here. Once again the best skip hitted coastal city Tulcea, but the main skip must have gone to Black Sea, that’s why band was pretty empty. After many tries during past years Radio Delta (Tulcea 95.8 MHz) was finally identified here! This condition type is easy to recognize by indicator stations Kiss FM 88.7 and Itsy Bitsy 89.5, otherwise only Black Sea waves on low band.. 😛

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24 May 2017: OIRT Russia and Benelux, F and D

First WhatsApp alert came already around 9.00 local time from TV Voice on 65.75 MHz, but conditions didn’t start yet. After full 7 hours work day next alert came during my way home, and made me push gas pedal a bit deeper. It took some time to open the rx, because a (wanted) guest arrived to dacha just a bit after me, bringing a bike I bought.

 

Finally to the balcony, a fading OIRT opening offered many GTRK stations during the regional window 1510-1559 UTC, with shorter skip to Belarus. After 16 UTC another opening started suddenly bringing stations from Benelux and nearby, unfortunately it was very short.. Today’s personal log can be found here. 48 logs so far are an average start for this season!

Today’s highlights:

Radio Latina 101.2 MHz (LUX) broadcasting in Portuguese(!)
A new-for-me GTRK station ”Chuvash Radio”

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Low band Balkan/Italy 23 May 2017

The conditions continued today with low band opening to Balkan, later East coast Italians and Croatia and after a break Torino for a while. The highest noted FQ was 98.5 MHz.

Today’s personal log is here: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-05-23&omid=1183

Today was also a good butterfly day, here are some identified colourful butterflies from today, for our international readers who may like to know in which kind of region we crazy ES catchers do live:

Anthocharis cardamines


By: Michael H. Lemmer – http://www.naturkamera.de Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1394294

Aglais io


Photo by JMN

Callophrys rubi


By Charlesjsharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39829980

Celastrina argiolus/Papilio argiolus


By Charlesjsharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39793052

Gonepteryx rhamni


By Charlesjsharp – Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38298003

Pieris napi


By Marina Jacob – Eget arbete, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=988102

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First good opening 22 May 2017

Untill today, May has offered only small OIRT openings in Central Finland. Recently TUR and F have been logged in other parts of Finland. All these small openings made us to wait for something better.. Finally today we had a good opening from Orenburg/Kazakstan (till 108 MHz) to Donetsk/Ukraine (low band), then skipping to Romania/Czechia/Germany (MUF appr. 96), including Switzerland, ending to small low band F/BEL. The conditions started during the test of new antenna feed to my balcony QTH, timing was almost perfect – against the Murphy’s DX law when conditions begin during the antenna is under maintenance work 😛 My personal log will be updated here little by little.

Today’s highlights:
Italian language show(!) from Radio Aksay in Kazakstan (clip)
SUI for the first time with proper ID (Radio Pilatus 95.7 MHz)

Meanwhile ES has been far away, birds have been my favourite objects to catch througout air. Here are some more species seen this month:

Prunella modularis (Dunnock) has been a common guest in garden. They return here from Central or Southern Europe from March to May.


By Alpo Roikola – Oma teos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48112621

Corvus corone cornix (the hooded crow) and carrion crow (Corvus corone corone) are two closely related species. Roughly saying the fully black version carrion crow does live in England, France, DACH countries and Iberian Peninsula, meanwhile the grey version is found across Northern, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as parts of the Middle East.


By Ken Billington – Praca własna, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12342566

Pica pica (magpie) is one of the most intelligent birds, and it is believed to be one of the most intelligent of all non-human animals. At least it looks always elegant!


By Pierre-Selim – Flickr: Pica pica, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19400996

Turdus iliacus (redwing) comes back from Western and Southern Europe during April.


By Andreas Trepte – Praca własna, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1907996

Anas platyrhyncho (mallard) is also known as wild duck.


By Diliff – Oma teos, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=490649

Bucephala clangula (goldeneye) is easy to recognize because of it’s white dot.


By https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbern/ – https://www.flickr.com/photos/sbern/13471929904/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36391956

Motacilla alba (white wagtail) winters in Africa and returns in April to Central Finland. Traditionally it is said it takes just short time to summer from the first sight of white wagtail.


By Andreas Trepte – Oma teos, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3800685

Phoenicurus phoenicurus (redstart) winters in Northern Africa. It is familiar in whole Europe.


By Thomas Kraft (ThKraft) – Eget arbejde, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2160906

Ficedula hypoleuca (European pied flycatcher) winters in Southern part of West Africa. It is known to attack and disturb other birds in different ways and a male may have two females. So kind of bastardo!


By Estormiz – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19848601

Cuculus canorus (cuckoo) is the only voice-identified of these birds. It is difficult to see, but easy to hear. The male’s song, goo-ko, is usually given from an open perch. During the breeding season the male typically gives this vocalisation with intervals of 1–1.5 seconds, in groups of 10–20 (sometimes I have counted even more than 100!) with a rest of a few seconds between groups. The song starts as a descending minor third early in the year in April, and the interval gets wider, through a major third to a fourth as the season progresses, and in June, around the midsummer, the cuckoo ”forgets its tune”.


By Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg: Vogelartinfoderivative work: Bogbumper (talk) – Cuculus_canorus_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_CHR0791.jpg, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16077960

Actitis hypoleucos (sandpiper) is common in whole Europe.


By Christoph Müller – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58660296

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Pirate Hunt 2017 results

SWL, QTH, home country, points

1. Risto Harjula, Raisio/Paimio/(Twente-SDR), Finland 70
2. Jouni Kilpinen, remote-QTH in FIN, Finland 63
3. Kari Kallio, Twente-SDR/(Bedford-SDR), Finland 47
4. Klaus Fuchs, Idar-Oberstein, Germany 43
5. Jan-Mikael Nurmela, Uurainen, Finland 35
6. David SWL, Sarrable, France 33
7. Janne Heinikangas, Jyväskylä, Finland 27
8. Patrick Robic, Leibnitz, Austria 26
Michel, 115 km south from Bordeaux, France 26
10. Alan Pennington, Longton (Lancashire), UK 19
11. Kari Helopaltio, Perttula, Finland 15
12. Lennart Weirell, Västerås, Sweden 9
13. Claudio Tagliabue, Vertemate con Minoprio, Italy 7
14. Hans-Joachim Pellin, Lübz, Germany 6
15. Ismo Kauppi, Lohja, Finland 5
16. Jim Helicaster, Valdosta, Georgia, USA 4
17. Timo Klimoff, Pori, Finland 2

-Participation from 8 countries
-WREC and Radio Enterhaken were relayed by same station = only 1 point
-German relays via Key Channel Radio = only 1 point
-Total: 102 different stations were logged between 14 and 16 April 2017!

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Logs for May 2017

01.05. 15690 1115 D: Radio Farda, Biblis. Lähettää tässä 05.30-16.00 UTC
01.05. 17755 1230 ROU: RRI Tiganesti. Romanialaista musiikkia, mutta juonto kiinaksi yllätti.
02.05. 17615 1310 ARS: BSKSA Riyadh. Koraanikanavan releointia vahvasti 16 metrin aaltoalueella. Taajuus voi olla myös 17625 kHz. SW.infon mukaan asema on tähän aikaan äänessä molemmilla taajuuksilla, ja tarkkaa taajuutta onkin mahdoton päätellä jälkikäteen nettitietojen avulla. Nämä vihjetason asemat on nimittäin kuunneltu roskalavalta löydetyllä analogisella Hitachi TRK-5030E:llä, joka tuli varsin vähällä vaivalla kuntoon. Radio on 1970-luvun puolivälin matkaradio, ja sentyyppisillä ovat monet varmaan DX-nousukaudella ahkerasti harrastaneet.
02.05. 15370 1615 CVA: Radio Vaticana, Santa Maria di Galeria. Paavillisia asioita venäjäksi.
02.05. 11810 1710 ROU: RRI Tiganesti. Häirikköaseman kainalossa englanniksi mm. Ukrainan euroviisuista.
02.05. 918 1957 E: Radio Inter, Madrid. Probably with ERTU in Arabic. SVN off air tonight!
05.05. 15220 1007 CHN: CRI Kashi-Saibagh. Kiinan terveydenhuollosta ohjelmassa ”Mai Kina” unkariksi.
05.05. 15130 1132 ROU: RRI Galbeni. Englanninkielinen lähetys.
05.05. 15390 1330 D: Athmeeya Yatra Radio, Nauen. Tangkhulinkielistä rukoilua.
05.05 15160 1347 ROU: RRI Tiganesti. Venäjäksi. ”Vy efire Inter Radio Romania”.
05.05. 11910 1425 ROU: RRI Tiganesti. ”Europäischen presseschau” (eurotopics.net) & ”Volksmusik”.
05.05. 11790 1500 CHN: CRI Urumqi. Venäjänkielisen ohjelman aloitus uutisin.
05.05. 11700 1503 PHL: Vatican Radio, Palauig-Zambales. Tamilinkielinen lähetys pienen nopean feidin kera.
06.05. 6135 0155 BOL: Radio Santa Cruz. ”Radio Santa Cruz, desde Santa Cruz de la Sierra”. QRM UNID carrier.
06.05. 514 0220 EST: GO Ämari.
06.05. 432 0225 EST: G Ämari.
06.05. 398 0230 FIN: ESS Esse.
06.05. 397 0230 EST: UM Tartu. Weak under ESS.
06.05. 365 0235 FIN: VS Tampere/Vesilahti.
06.05. 1539 2130 UAE: tent. Asianet Radio. Testing here! Unclear ID’s and announcements.
07.05. 1467 1949 F: TWR Polska, Roumoules.
16.05. 15130 1015 ROU: RRI Tiganesti. Ranskaksi 19 metrillä.
20.05. 11950 1330 ROU: RRI Galbeni. Kotimaanohjelman releointia, mainio kuuluvuus.
22.05. 13635 0813 TUR: TRT Emirler. Turkinkielistä ohjelmaa, ID ”Türkiyenin Sesi Radyosu”. Demokratia oli tapetilla. Kuului täällä puhtaammin kuin 25 metrillä (3-4).

Another kind of loggings will follow… Aside of DX catches, I like to give an idea to our international readers, where (in which kind of country) these catches are maden! So here it comes – just a quick view to some of our colourful birds seen this spring in my QTH garden.

An European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) has stayed here all winter long, which is pretty rare here in 62.5 degrees North. At the moment they are more numerous, because Southern European tourists have arrived!


Photo by André Karwath aka Aka – Oma teos, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97455

Instead these guys (Turdus philomelos) have been probably in Iberian peninsula all winter long! A song thrush was identified on April 30, 2017 in the garden, unfortunately only passing-by.


Photo by Andreas Trepte – Oma teos, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22435708

The common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is said to be second most common bird in Finland (must be millions!). The male is brightly coloured with a blue-grey cap and rust-red underparts. Some of them can be seen in Central Finland all year around, but usually they fly to Southern Scandinavia or Western Europe for the coldest season. ”Old people” use to say it takes ”half a month to the summer” after seeing first chaffinch of the year. Since female chaffinchs arrive a bit after the males, and I have seen already a week ago a female chaffinch in the garden, we can say that summer 2017 has officially begun in the dacha!


Photo by Thermos – Oma teos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11534029

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus, syn. Parus caeruleus) is easily recognisable by its blue and yellow plumage and its size. Central Finland belongs to the northernmost regions, where it lives regularly.


Photo by © Francis C. Franklin / CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37675470

Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a common guest in dacha!


Photo by Malene Thyssen (User:Malene) – This image was copied from da:Billede:Solsort.jpg on the Danske Wikipedia.date/timeusernameresolutionsizeedit summary21. jul 2004 kl. 22:30Malene300x22377974(Bedre foto af solsort)8. okt 2003 kl. 09:38Malene302x21318437(Foto af solsort), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=650945

The great tit (Parus major) is a distinctive bird with a black head and neck, prominent white cheeks, olive upperparts and yellow underparts. It lives here all around the year.


Photo by JMN, QTH balcony October 2, 2015

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Mayday, mayday!

April is (hopefully) the last winter month and May should be the first summer month! There are already signs of summer 🙂

So it’s time to switch off AM radios and turn to FM. Actually the Sporadic E season 2017 has been opened in South-Western Finland already in the end of April, so there she comes, once again!

A bunch of reports are still unsent, because of work, running from car dealer to another, garden work and other secondary duties. Here are still some QSLs from ”Antique Modulation”:

DX COUNTRY #145: Canal A de Radio Nacional de Angola 4950 kHz

FREE RADIO QSL #215: Radio Saturnus (HOL)

FREE RADIO QSL #216: Pirate Station Klabautermann (D)

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Easter Pirate Hunting

P.P.P Pirate Hunt 2017 contest is over, this time only three pretty intensive days with bad or average conditions. Last time 5 days in row were a bit too much, they say! Some logs of the contest will be seen here. Thank you for all participants and keep the logs coming on till the deadline (end of April)! A special thanks for listeners who have promoted the event and of course to the stations. Some free radios have even promised a special QSL for this event!

Personal log for Monday 17-04-2017
6320 kHz 0730-1010 Radio Enterhaken, maybe a relay from Scandinavia
6285 kHz 1825- HOL: Radio Telstar International. s9++
1640 kHz -1900 RUS: UNID songs and announcement. Signing off at 19 UTC.
1670 kHz 1920 HOL: Speedy Gonzales (Mexicano)


Free QSL #212: Radio Piraña Internacional, South American QTH 6930 kHz (only 10 watts)


Free QSL #213: Radio Professor Sickbock, Vroomshoop (Ov.) 1640 kHz


Free QSL: Enterprise Radio, Italy 6310 kHz

Free QSL #214: EDMR European Music Radio, Nijmegen (Ge.) 4970 kHz



 

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