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QSL from a former jammer?

It is almost possible!

In Ukrainian capital Kyiv the FM transmitters are located in two different towers, roughly half of them are in TV tower, but another half is located in Щекавиця, Подільська радіовежа, which was formerly used for jamming of BBC, VOA and Radio Liberty. Now it is used for FM broadcasting.

Here is an audio sample from this tower, located on one of the numerous hills of Kiev!

Lux FM (103.1 MHz) was my first meteor catch ever and made me passionated to hunt more meteor reflections.

From the very same mast transmits also Jam FM 95.6 which verified Sporadic E reception after a short chat few years ago:

For more mast pictures from Kiev, you can visit this page: http://ukrtvr.org/efir-po-naselenikh-punktakh/32/279

Any of these towers wasn’t the well-known “Kiev Woodpecker”. In this case the given name misleads a bit, because the origin of woodpeckers knocking was an OTH radar “Duga” which is located near Chernobyl, nowadays not accessible area.

Thanks for infos ulx2 (Alexandr)

 

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Week 6, 2018

Loads of work and duties here, but every week at least a bit of radio activity is on the air..

10.02.2018

6315 1400 DNK: Radio OZNRH. Jazz and top of the hour ID. Best signal was S4.

QSLs this week: Shortwave Radio, Winsen an der Aller 3975 kHz

QSLs this week: World Music Radio, Randers 5840 kHz

 

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September tropos

Tuesday Sept 26, 2017

Arrived from Tallinn to the QTH in the afternoon, Northern Sweden and Vyborg audible, no new stations, but some new masts logged.

Wednesday Sept 27, 2017


In the morning strong SR stations, mostly from Northern Sweden.

Also strong basic EST and some stations from Latvia in the evening. New stations: NRJ Saint-Peterburg (local) 95.0, Radio Grad Petrov 73.1 and possibly Rix FM Skellefteå 92.4 (recording to check).

Thursday Sept 28, 2017

Strong ducting to Stockholm in the morning, many locals and semi-locals were replaced with SR stations. New-for-me stations: Power Hit Radio 105.9, SR P4 Stockholm 103.3 and SR P4 Västmanland 100.5

Friday Sept 29, 2017

Very strong Vyborg, something from SPB too and few SR stations. New-for-me stations: Avtoradio Vyborg (local) 107.9, Radio Peterburg 69.47, Radio Rossii Saint-Peterburg 99.0 and possibly DFM (SPB local) 103.4

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Sept 1, 2017: SpE from Balkan to France

A late-season-opening after a long silent period, lasting for 4 hours. This was the first time during my FMDX history when I have logged something in September, though there has been missed openings even in mid September.. Thanks to this pretty good opening, the total number of season’s logs reached 500. Full log will come here: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-09-01&omid=1183&band=ALL&target=ALL&rxin=ALL

Couple of new-for-me receivers are already waiting for the autumn..

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FM season 2017 over

FM season 2017 is going to end little by little. Right now meteor shower might bring still something new. Looking for tropospheric ducting – the sure sign of autumn which is already in the air. May was not very good, but June brought many nice openings. July and August have been pretty much “boring”, there has been few small openings. Most of them I have spent in work. The only highlight of July was a nice GIRL opening 22072017.

 

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July 23, 2017: G IRL 106

After few days spent in work, with moderate conditions mostly on OIRT, it was time to have a better opening to British Isles which lasted more than one hour. After that there were stations on OIRT practically all day long, but conditions never really started again to that direction. At least Radio City Liverpool 96.7, Compass FM Grimsby 96.4 and BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 were new-for-me stations. Irish South East Radio showed RDS on 95.6 MHz with news. The highest note was 105.3 Capital with network jingle.

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July 4: POL CZE opening

July 4th was a silent day till the evening. Ireland in some parts of Finland, later very short POL in Central Finland. A new-for-me station Radio Gra from Torun was heard on 88.8 MHz, 1123 km. Radio Gra has bought several local stations, but whole Radio Gra was later bought by RMF group. The local branches became a part of RMF Maxxx network, luckily this Torun-based main station remains “independent”. Yesterday July 3rd offered only OIRT stations, weakly all day long (which I noticed just in the morning before leaving to work). On Sunday July 2nd we had a Balkan opening here in Inner Finland – I was again not in home, but enjoying the summer weekend in the biggest inland city of Northern Europe (if you don’t ask Danish people). It seems that we are going towards a better time, also the beginning of June offered this kind of poor openings which never really started but it led soon to some fantastic days. Hopefully the best moments will come again around half month (which would be the 28 day period).


A perfect example of a good verification for a FM reception report, in DACH countries they know how to do it:

And a new butterfly for this season: papilio machaon

 

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July 1: weak Tatarstan MUF 107

Weak morning opening to TS and BA for one hour, the highest was 106.9 MHz, but signals sounded like during Aurora condx + quick fade. Nothing much to enjoy. Some notes: 90.6 Mil. Volna gave weather at 0727 UTC mentioning local sponsor Avtosalon Avangard in Nab. Chelny. Probably Shermodan transmitter (70.52 MHz) is still active on OIRT. Marked as ex-Yunost, programme was different than Rossii (ID to check). 66.23 listed as Brezhnev FM in Nab. Chelny ided as Radio Rossii. It looks like some stations marked inactive in FMList are still operating – and there may be changes. Several Radio Rossii regionals are marked to be moved to CCIR, but in reality they still continue on OIRT too. Let’s keep an eye on it!

 

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May & June 2017: over 400 logs!

End of June has been pretty much silent, except 4 hours on June 27 (I was not in QTH). I missed also another good day (16062017). Nevertheless the total number of logs is 402 at the moment (still some recordings to check). It looks like this is going to be the best season of 2010’s, based on number of logs by one receiver. The goal for the season is to have 100 new FM QSLs.

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19 June 2017: evening opening from TUR to Wales

Again a relatively good opening, best moments were for Czechia and Hungary, when some stations beated local transmitters! So far this season has been extremely good, till today total number of my logs is 377. Compared to full seasons 2016 (417) and 2014 (566) it can be that this will be the best ever, at least if July won’t be totally silent. 2013 (364) and 2015 (324) are not totally comparable, because I was off in August. Visual log here.

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