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.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

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,

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

9 June 2017: ES still alive

Sporadic E still alive.. Plenty of short lasting signals on blind recording (during BBQing) around 1630-1700 UTC from Italy. Short Balkan opening between 1804-1825 UTC up to 94 MHz and a 5-minute-long UK/Benelux opening up to 97 MHz.

Bird #21: Cygnus cygnus

By Ken Billington – Oma teos, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12349450

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

8 June 2017: BIH, CZE, POL, D, AUT, later Benelux, G, F with DNK!

From the bed to the band. Morning opening was already going on at 0550 UTC on lower band, bringing Bosnian, Czechia, Poland, Germany and Austria. Mostly basic stations. I had to leave QTH for 40 minutes, between 0640-0720 UTC, and when driving, I enjoyed the selection of songs CRo 1 on 89.7, including ”I wasn’t expecting it now”. Fits perfectly to the feeling 🙂 The band closed a bit after I came back, afterwards it was annoying to notice an arab on blind recording which I roughly changed to the other frequency, because the signal was ”too weak”.. Next time then!

An hour later the strongest BBCs appeared and soon band was open to BeNeLux. Next 30 minutes of DNK MUF 108 were definitely the best half an hour of my DX history! It is pretty rare to have a widely open band for such a short distance (1100-1200 km!)

Guys in Utö pedition described today as ”second best day ever in Utö” which is not hard to believe!

My personal visual log is here: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-06-08&omid=1183



VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes cast)

7 June 2017: HRV, BIH, ITA, G, F

An afterwork opening totally surprised and the first ID ”..19 sat, slusate Radio Postaju Vinkovci” never ended up to the recording. Luckily the news tune after ID, together with written ID, could lead to a reception report 🙂 Soon conditions turned to Italy. Very quick fading and weird conditions also today. Most of the band was empty, but on few frequencies was continuous ”pile up” full of stations fighting of airspace, 10-15 seconds each.. In the same time French and English stations were aubidle. Like yesterday, neither today none of the directions really opened. So far the first week of June has been pretty good with 86 logs.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

6 June 2017: small F opening, new MS country

Late night conditions indicate usually a morning start. DX Sherlock looked fine in the morning, and soon French stations faded in. The highest noted frequency was 94.5 MHz. Not long lasting opening, all gone before I even left to work around 0730 UTC. Blind recording (95.7 MHz) during work day was practically empty, except multiple meteors. In one of them bright id as ”Radio Een” brought new heard MS country BEL! In the evening some Komi on OIRT. Identified stations visually: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-06-06&omid=1183

Today’s highlights (once again)

New meteor country BEL (clip: Radio 1)
A new-for-me French station Sweet FM

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.7/5 (3 votes cast)

5 June 2017: from BEL to BUL

For 2 hours short-lasting but strong reflections from West to East Europe, very difficult to follow and MUF was moving 80-100-80-100-80 continuously. Band was silent for 5 minutes, and open for another 5 minutes, then same again.. Still one new-for-me station Ritmo 80 from Bari on 87.8. Bari needs a bit overlong skip (2453 km) which happens every now and then during weak Balkan openings. Maybe Adriatic sea and tropospheric ducting helps a bit!?

Full log here: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-06-05&omid=1183

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

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.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes cast)

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

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.. 😛

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)