Italia Posts

18 June 2017: Italy for 5 hours

A small OIRT opening in the morning (I was not at home). In the evening almost perfect timing, just arrived from work when band opened, right after I parked the car in garden (1615 UTC). Once again the conditions surprised totally, MUF map promised almost nothing, when I left work around 1520 UTC. The last log for today was Lattemiele on 95.9 MHz at 2118 UTC, after local midnight! For the first three hours MUF was even too high, so the lower band was unusable because of white noise, which happens easily during “too good” conditions. Luckily there were plenty of reabadle signals between 100 and 108 MHz. Sometimes late night conditions promise good for next day.. let’s see how it goes!

Even many of our blog readers must know how much I love Italy, unfortunately it is not very interesting FMDX target. Small local stations have become a part of big national or seminational networks, so the number of interesting stations is continuously decreasing. Anyway 5 new-for-me stations made my day: Radio Bresciasette 94.8, Radio Azzurra 107.6, Modena 90 107.4, Radio Center Music 99.1 and Radio Adige 101.3. The most interesting moment was a short peak to Naples (2536 km!) when Kiss Kiss Italia came with RDS KKITALIA on 95.9 MHz. Kiss Kiss Italia belongs to Radio Kiss Kiss family, but it has only regional coverage. Unfortunately it disappeared soon, without ID from Naples. This summer has brought an extraordinary number of double hops and extralong one skip!

My personal log for today can be found here:

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17 June 2017: still alive

Not really condx today in inner Finland, but South coast got a good evening opening to Albania/Bulgaria/Italy. Radio Mater was audible enough for an ID, Radio Focus from Bulgaria almost for a minute. Again late night ROU under 91 MHz.

Yesterday 16 June was described as one of the best FM-opening during decades in South Finland. The best part of it was RDS-level signals from Middle East like Saudi Arabia, Jordania, State of Palestine (PSE) and Armenia from about 4500 km distance (3 skips?). ( After listening the blind recording, it must have been pretty good also here. Mostly basic Romanian stations, but an interesting arab double hop around local noon. Unfortunately no IDs.

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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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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:

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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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Total 400 logs for FMDX season 2016

The end of August brought some ES stations and the number of logs reach 400 total. More than 100 of those stations are new-for-me, so the season can be considered a good one (using only one receiver, no SDR). Magical Tropo Day 26 August will be written in Finnish FMDX History – guys on Southern Coast heard numerous new countries! Czech Republic is not common catch but it all started with nice regional stations caught by many listeners in South and South-Western Finland. Soon they got Austria (many transmitters), Slovenia 88.5 by MB and in the end Croatia (Zagreb and Ivanscica transmitters!). The new Finnish tropo record is 1691 km by JJJ Mynämäki. Congratulations to everyone! Also Slovakia was heard for the first time by ducting. Other logged countries were Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Sweden. HNG, KAL, NOR and UKR have been heard earlier in Finland by tropo, but those countries were not logged that day. Now total is 23 heard countries by Tropo. Unfortunately these conditions didn’t reach inner Finland, so the longest was Suwalki 105.5 from here.

On Sunday 28 Aug ES season was completed with nice OIRT opening, mostly to Kirov and Perm. Surprisingly Radio Rossii stations have regional window till 0800 UTC on sunday mornings. Regional programs were on air already at 0730, possibly they started at 0710 UTC.

total 400 logs

Based on total number of my personal QSLs, some statistics on “most important countries and languages for FMDXer”

1. Russia (110 QSLs)
2. Germany 67
3. Italy 65
4. France 39
5. Czech Republic 37
6. UK 35+3
7. Ukraine 29
8. Romania 27
9. Serbia 22
10. Sweden 22

If we look at the map, the result can be explained geographically. Bigger the country is, more conditions will be favorable to this area. Only CZE and SRB are smaller countries among the list, probably stating that those countries have a relatively good number of local stations to listen to..

FM season seems to be closing, it is time to concentrate on AM – especially TA signals. Lattemiele played a song (23082016) that suits pretty well for this time of year.

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25 Jun 2015: BeNeLux, Germany, Italy, Balkan, Greece

Today’s conditions were considered as the best opening of season 2015. At least it was the strongest which was not positive in the beginning. The FM band was full of signals from Croatia to the Netherlands, practically from every European country, with 3 to 5 stations on every frequency causing horrible noise. Maybe a whip would have given better results (band less full…). Most of the stations were big powerhouse networks, and small private stations couldn’t pass througout the noise. Quickly BeNeLux dropped and Es was favorable for Balkan and Hungary (MUF still over 100 MHz). Then it turned again to Italy. In two hours the conditions seemed to be already over, but surprisingly two frequencies faded in (89.2 & 91.2) and gave id’s in Greek. New heard FM country for me (2402 km!) Further log might be published here in the near future!



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14.05.2015 kausi korkattu Uuraisilla

Myöhäisherännäiset joutuivat tuskissaan suoraan sängystä bandille, kun vanha rouva heräsi heti aamulla. Ensimmäiset logimerkinnät löytyvät Etelä-Suomesta 6 UTC tienoilla. Keski-Suomeen keli nousi n. puoli tuntia myöhemmin ja kuuntelija nousi tästä noin vartin kuluttua. Oikeastaan missään vaiheessa keli ei lähtenyt toden teolla käyntiin, mutta hyvää harjoitusta tämä oli ja uusiakin jäi käteen ainakin 5 kpl. Keli oli melkoista roiskintaa sinne tänne, kuten logista näkyy. Ranskaa, Saksaa, Hollantia ja Balkania kuului myös, mutta sieltä en idannut yhtäkään asemaa. Sillä välin kun siivoilin pöytälaatikoita tataaria kuunnellen, oli muilla tullut vielä Kreikkaa ja Turkkiakin. Ylösen Juha (JY) kuuli myös Ruotsin ja mahdollisesti Tanskaa! JJH:n logaukset löytyvät täältä.


Montaa Euroopan maata ei jäänyt näillä keleillä varmaan idaamatta Suomessa. Päivän parhaana pidän tuplapomppua Pamplonaan (2819 km). Viime kesällä kuulemani lissabonilainen ja Tohmajärven upeat Aasia-nappaukset antoivat pontta satunnaiselle sokkotallentamiselle tänä kesänä. Troolia (SDR) ei saa näin vanhalla tietokoneella pyörimään, mutta mato-onkimenetelmällä (yksi taajuus kerrallaan) näköjään tuli jo toisena päivänä pikkukalaa. Jatketaan harjoituksia taajuudella 89.3 MHz, joka menee kesäksi Suviseuroille Pihtiputaalle.

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English summary:

Today we had the first better opening, not very strong, but long lasting conditions to fastly variable directions. Almost every European country was heard today in Finland. Today’s highlight was surprising double hop to Pamplona (2819km). My personal log from Uurainen, Central Finland can be seen above.

Antenna direction to Pamplona


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July 11 – Southern Italy and Balkan

This morning we got an opening to Southern Italy (Puglia & Abruzzo) and Balkan (Croatia). First alarm SMS arrived around 0550 UTC (TNX IKA!), so I moved laptop and XDR to the balcony as the first thing in the morning. While having coffee I beamed all my 4 elements towards Italy. At 0607 UTC on 95.9 MHz  I saw a strange RDS RADIO_TG. There is a BIH station using this code, but not on this FQ. Anyone knows? The station could be from everywhere, it was playing at least 4 English pop songs in a row. No audio ID heard.


After that I realized the name of the game. Radio Italia Anni 60 gave local ad for Puglia/Basilicata, on 95.7 and soon after that 96.1 was talking about the first wedding ceremony in the prison of Bari. Stations were heard up to 108 (JJH got Radio Norba Bari local on 105.5!) but the signals were only few – the most of the skip went obviously to the Adriatic Sea.


Later some croatians from Labinstica transmitter in the same time with Foggia on the middle band – these are linear from this point of view. Also one mystery: On 93.6 a reporter said “Radio Vaticana” in the end of his report – no CVA listed on this FQ. However, during this summer I have noticed more skips over 2000km than ever. I don’t know if it was a special character of this season – or did the huge forest block all the long skips which have to arrive very horizontally. However Istanbul, Bari, and Brest,all heard properly for the first time this year, are around 2400km from here.

Enclosed a screenshot from Visual Log Book

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And all the stations heard this morning by same DXers:

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Here’s my personal log of identified stations. Please note, in some cases TX site is a guess if there are more than one tx operating on a certain FQ.

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Töktökkiä ja tuplahyppyjä 26.05.2011

Kahden raastavan ja turhauttavan illan jälkeen vihdoin bandi avautui, hetkittäin ihan kunnollakin. Kartat näyttivät hyvältä kyllä tiistaina ja keskiviikkonakin, mitään ei vaan kuulunut. Kirjoittajalle napsui n. 25 lyhyttä 10-15 sekunnin nousua turkkilaista popmusiikkia päivystystaajuudella 87.5. Kahdesti 88.0:lla kulki arabi. Utössä ja muualla Turun seudulla tosin jotain hiukan kuultiinkin.

Sitten itse asiaan – parempaan kelipäivään joka katsastetaan tällä erää kiertämällä Suomenniemeä.

Utö (JY)

Utössä meneillään siis Utö8-pedition Ylösen Juhan toimesta. Teksti suoraan hänen blogistaan lainattua.

”This day at Utö8 has 8 hours ES, Esmeralda, mostly Italy, with occasional breaks to France, Alps and Balkan.
Lower band was open to Bari in the afternoon and in the evening band was open up to 108.

Highlights were:
– San Marino 102.7, a new country for me, tnx JMN for pointing this!
– Radio Esmeralda
– North African break, with several frequencies open, at the moment all are unids.
– A short Spanish break at the end.
– A lot of Italian booming with the fullspeed.”


Turku (JMN)

Turun seudulla tuli tietysti Turkki-musaa 87.5:llä. 1315 UTC starttasi heikko keli Italiasta käyntiin ja tökkimistä oli vielä 1900 UTC jälkeen. Paras keli ajoittui suunnilleen 1400-1600 UTC Italiaan ja 1650-1720 UTC myös Itävaltaan. Illalla tökötti saksaa ja ranskaa ja kävipä yksi espanjankielinenkin. Logi ei ole kattava, mutta se käsittää lennossa tunnistetut.

1322 87.5 Radio Subasio
1403 88.35 Radio Italia Anni 60
1403 87.5 Radio Capital
1412 89.5 RAI Radio 1 [RADIO1]
1416 92.25 Radio Cittanova, Vain RDS [RCN_____] Tnx MWE!
1419 92.9 Modena Radio City
1426 106.15 Radio Circuito 29. Myös RDS [CIRCTO29]
1431 104.2 Veronica Hit Radio [MY_RADIO][VERONICA]
1432 103.1 Radio Monte Canate [RMKANATE][BUON][ASCOLTO][TEL_0524][573449]
1439 102.7 Radio San Marino [S.MARINO]
1441 104.85 Radio Sound. Ääni-ID sekä [SOUND]
1444 102.8 Radio Blu
1445 102.2 RTL 102.5 jinglen kera
1455 90.2 Radio Maria [R.MARIA]
1459 99.5 Radio International 2 TRC. Vain RDS [_T_R_C_]
1501 89.6 Radio Milano
1512 87.9 Radio 101 [_R_101_]
1512 87.5 Radio Subasio [SUBASIO]
1519 87.6 Malvisi Network [MALVISI]
1525 95.5 Radio 101
1529 90.7 RAI
1536 87.6 Malvisi Network komea pitkä potpuri
1539 91.1 Radio Gamma [R_GAMMA]
1543 92.8 Radio Studio Delta [IN](ROMAGNA][ST.DELTA][TEL_0547]
1544 97.9 Radio Dimensione Suono [*_RDS_*]
1547 94.7 RAI Radio 1 [RAI][RADIO1]
1549 87.9 Punto Radio Bologna [SMS*342][TEL*051][1301989][PUNTO][RADIO]
1605 87.5 Radio Capital
1650 87.9 Radio 101 [_R_101_]
1658 97.8 Radio Kärnten. Hetkeä aiemmin UNID RDS [EMOZIONI]
1701 104.3 Radio Piter Pan
1703 104.2 Veronica Hit Radio [VERONICA]
1704 102.7 Radio San Marino
1706 107.0 Radio 101 [R_101]
1709 104.2 Veronica Hit Radio [VERONICA]
1710 103.0 Radio Gamma [R_GAMMA]
1711 102.8 Radio Bruno [R.BRUNO]
1718 99.0 Hitradio Ö3
1730 91.2 Modena Radio City

Turku (THT)

Osuin minäkin, lähes FM-noviisi, keleille 26.5.2011 UTC 1319 alkaen. QTH Turun itäkeskusta, välineinä Sony-XDR, pystysuuntainen lankadipoli parvekkeella, jonka suunta kaakkoon, mutta lähellä edessä toisia taloja, tallennus tietokoneen kovalevylle Audacity-ohjelmalla. Tuloksena italialaisia lukuisilla taajuuksilla vaihtelevilla signaaleilla, mutta lennosta tunnistettuja vain muutama, loput odottavat tallenteella. En kirjaa tähän pelkkiä taajuuksia tai tentatiivisia. Jokunen RDS tuli läpi ja hyvä niin, mutta muut odottavat selvitystä. Luulenpa, että JMN:n lista yllä on hyvä lähtökohta, sillä meidän QTH:mme ovat reilun 3 km:n päässä toisistaan. Arvelisin samoja asemia löytyvän. Tässä RDS:n pukanneet:

1426 90,1 [105 FM]
1428 90,2 Radio Maria [R.MARIA]
1447 92,8 [la più ascoltata in Romagna]

EDIT by JMN: lisäksi THT on jälkikäteen nauhoiltanu löytänyt mm. seuraavat asemat

88.0 TRM Trasmissioni Radio Malvaglio (erittäin komea nappaus!)
88.1 RAI
92.0 RTL 102.5


Pori (HPE)

Perttulan Hannun kuuntelutulokset on toteutettu XDR:llä ja dipolilla. Kymmenkunta raitaa on Hannulla tutkimatta, mutta lennosta tunnistetuiksi jäivät ainakin seuraavat:
87,5 Radio Subasio
87,5 Radio Capital
87.9 Punto Radio Bologna
88,4 Radio Sportiva
102,7 Radio San Marino

Hyvinkää (JP)

Huhuna kuultua, että Hyvinkäällä Patalan Jarmolla olisi tullut myöskin Italiaa ja Itävaltaa.

Jyväskylä (JJH)

JJH:lle osui maukas Emilia-Romagna -avaus ja Bolognan pajatson tyhjentäminen lähti käyntiin hyvin, Janne varmaan täydentelee oman osansa tähän lähiaikoina tarkemmin.
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Tässä Mustalammen vastaanottokeskuksen pikainen lokin kollaus 🙂

1415 89.0 Radio Lodi, Lodi
1425 96.9 DeeJay
1426 96.8 Radio Stella, Modena
1437 104.2 Veronica Hit Radio [MY_RADIO][VERONICA]
1440 102.8 Radio Bruno [R.BRUNO]
1447 99.0 Play Studio Dance, Bologna San Luca/Monte della
1450 105.3 RMC1
1503 94.6 R. Sound Piacenza. Travo/Pigazzano (PC)-tx
1512 92.8 Radio Studio Delta [IN](ROMAGNA][ST.DELTA][TEL_0547]
1526 95.9 Radio Milano, Cesena-Luzena/Monte Cavallo
1536 88.4 R. Sportiva RE/MO
1543 91.5 RTL102.5
1549 88.6 CAPITAL (RDS)
1553 98.2 PaneBurroMarmellata, Bologna/Monte Donato Ehdottomasti mageimpia ID:jä ever!
1602 92.0 R. Radicale, Bologna/Colle dell’Osservanza

Tällaista pientä puuhastelua Jyväskylässä. Näiden lisäksi liuta RAI:ta yms + pari lisäselvityksen alla olevaa 🙂

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