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

 

 

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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.

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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

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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


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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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23 May 2017: Low band Balkan/Italy

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

Celastrina argiolus/Papilio argiolus

Gonepteryx rhamni


Photo by JMN

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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