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13.10.2016 Nice Aurora signals

After nice tropo signals to Sweden there was a great aurora signals. Geomagnetic activity was intensifying as Earth passes through the wake of a CME that was hit our planet. Below is short log:

73.49 1607 BLR BR Radio Stalitsa, Braslaw/RTPS 736km
72.98 1611 BLR BR Radio Vitebsk, Braslaw/RTPS 736km
71.48 1617 BLR BR Radio Vitebsk, Vitebsk/RTPS Jurjeva Gorka 824km
73.10 1638 RUS Grad Petrov, Sankt-Peterburg/Olgino (SP) 346km
71.69 1639 BLR BR Kanal Kultura, Brest/RTPS Rakitnica (BR) 1126km
67.64 1642 BLR BR Radio Vitebsk, Myadzel/RTPS Telyaki (MI) 818km
91.80 1700 S SR P2, Västervik/Fårhult TM (ka) 716km
100.30 1704 S SR P4, Skövde/Åsbotorp 2/Billingen TM (vg) 776km

+ plenty of OIRT Rossii stations.

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DXpedition to backyard – Lapland Tropo 11102016

Tropo forecasts promised good condx for Lapland, not much activity there, so results not known. Today’s ducting was favorable for Central Finland. In the morning just some typical SR stations for this QTH with fair signals (no RDS). However one personal new catch: Radio Rossii Karelia 72.17 just over the noise level with Tecsun, but clear ID. TNX JJH!

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In the work (driving van) I was lucky to follow signals from 350-450 km improving all the day with the car radio. The morning was foggy, lot’s of accidents because of zero visibility and icy roads. The fog was accompanying us all day long, even temperature reached plus degrees in the afternoon. Still nothing special on lunch hour at home. Unfortunately Triax 4el can see only AZI 100-280 from the balcony…

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As Janne (JJH) said: ”Kalix tulee niin lujaa, että sen pitäisi kuulua mummon hetekallakin” (culture-bound, impossible to translate). Thanks to my good old lad, I moved the Yagi from balcony to backyard and placed RX’s on a less-elegant garden chair. Between the pines, the Northern sky can be seen.

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Word, Kalix was so strong, that it could have come even with a whip!

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Usually here is YLE Lahti 50 kW / 166 km

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..and here Järviradio Jyväskylä 3 kW / 34 km

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Such a fresh autumn afternoon today, but with the hot coffee it was fun for two hours. Then it was already getting dark and conditions seemed to be stuck on this direction. New H stations ided and recorded, and nothing special was heard using V polarization.

SR-transmitters from Örnsköldsvik, Sollefteå, Vännäs, Lycksele, Arvidsjaur, Älvsbyn, Kalix, Överkalix and Gällivare were noted. Possibly also Storuman and Vuollerim (150 W!). For some loggings, please have a look: http://www.fmdx.tk/october-logs/

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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.

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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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ES July 31 and August 1-5

After a flop July ES seems to be activating little by little. On July 31, morning conditions offered some UKR and MDA on OIRT. Highest log was Radio Shanson with rolling RDS on 88.8 MHz. Next day continued with OIRT conditions to Komi. Conditions were good, also Radio Rossii transmitters listed as 100 W and 400 W were audible, but unfortunately there is nothing much to hear from Komi under 100 MHz. All signals disappeared around 0900 UTC, so I couldn’t confirm, if GTRK Komi-Gor has a regional bulletin from 0910 to 1000 UTC.. maybe next time!

On August 2, surprisingly good evening opening to Benelux and France up to 108 MHz for one hour, with some double hop to Spain! (NB: Could have been prelonged Tropo over Bay of Biskaya too!). Spain will be difficult to identify, but guys on South-Western coast had better condx towards Iberian peninsula! Only some of the Spanish signals reached inner Finland. From France mostly networks as France Inter, Fun Radio, MFM, Nostalgie and NRJ. From Belgium Radio Contact and a new-for-me network Joe FM.

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During inactive July many of us have found new hobbies: sailing, fishing, stamp collecting or picking up berries and mushrooms (it’s the best season now for them!). In this picture you can see some of 20-30 porcinos (penny buns) under my old abandoned Alfa Romeo, which seems to be optimal athmosphere for such a mushroom (enough humid and probably soon rusty!)

July 4th brought no conditions at all, but MUF was 108 literally next day, just after midnight on the South Coast. Unfortunately the best skip didn’t reach inner Finland, but some low band stations were audible for short time (i.e tentatively RAI 87.8).

July 5th, the summer meeting day started with 30 minutes OIRT conditions in the morning to UKR/BLR. A new-for-me station Svitle Radio Emmanuel 67.82 ided. Last time night conditions trigged super day June 8, this time we were expecting a little bit more than this, but even MUF 74 is good compared to MUF24.

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Central Finland: OIRT opening to BLR and TS

After excellent Utö logs some more ordinary catches from Central Finland. Couple of posts ago I described OIRT as ”a less interesting band” but it has something more to offer than Radio Rossii. Today Radio Askhadar 66.68 was heard tentatively and Kunel Radiosy 67.79 with clear ID’s, both from Tatarstan. Gomel FM jingle from Belarus surprised on 66.98. Radio Shanson network ID came on 71.72, it is just a bit over 1000 km to Kaluga – interesting oblast. Unfortunately no local commercials heard or local programmes going on Radio Rossii.

QSL Qazaq Radïosi, UNID-TX 101.9 MHz brought verified FM country # 40

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Central Finland: OIRT opening to KO and UL 14062016

Daily (or better say nightly) OIRT opening came also tonight, offering familiar Komi frequencies, but also Tatar Radiosy on 67.7. Interestingly one of Rossii frequencies had other broadcast going on. Don’t they split some programmes based on time zones!? Must have been Radio Rossii Urala.

Couple of photos from yesterday evening (Uurainen):

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Short log by JJH, Jyväskylä

66.89 1928 RUS Radio Rossii, Ishim/Gagarino (TY) 2539km
67.10 1930 RUS Radio Rossii, Barda (PR) 1766km
69.65 1932 RUS Radio Rossii, Serov (SV) 1887km
71.69 1933 RUS Radio Voskreseniye, Serov (SV) 1887km
69.11 1941 RUS Radio Rossii, Puksinka (SV) 2001km
66.92 1945 RUS Radio Rossii, Pechora (KO) 1566km
69.08 1948 RUS Radio Rossii, Inta (KO) 1702km
67.70 2023 RUS Tatar Radiosy, Ulyanovsk/Dom Byta (UL) 1582km

 

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Jyväskylä: Es-opening to Komi and Murmansk (OIRT)

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In the evening OIRT gives some nice signals to the Komi and later to the Murmansk. Sadly nothing on CCIR. Enclose is a short log:

69.08 1726 RUS Radio Rossii, Inta (KO) 1702km
66.80 1805 RUS Radio Rossii, Syktyvkar (KO) 1293km
66.92 1808 RUS Radio Rossii, Pechora (KO) 1566km
68.60 1832 RUS Radio Rossii, Vorkuta (KO) 1869km
67.10 1836 RUS Radio Rossii, Ust-Tsilma (KO) 1336km
67.22 1925 RUS Radio Rossii, Murmansk/ORTPTS (MU) 821km (my personal record of the shortest Es-skip 😉 )

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Uurainen: 30 minutes OIRT opening to Ural 12062016

Short opening to Ural from Central Finland. Nothing noted on CCIR (tried only couple of times), but possibly MUF was reaching those frequencies too.

1135 66.68 RUS Radio Ashkadar Ufa/RC Altay RS5 BA 17 1940 102
1142 69.62 RUS Radio Mayak Izhevsk/Varaksino UD 17 1654 100
1154 68.87 RUS Radio Voskreseniye Nizhniye Sergi SV 17 1983 94
1158 67.01 RUS Radio Rossii Nizhniye Sergi SV 17 1983 94
1158 67.10 RUS Radio Rossii Barda PR 17 1779 97

Unprofessional RX system is seen on picture. RX Tecsun PL-310 next to ”mast”. It’s whip is cutted, but the rx is connected inductively to 4 element yagi by using home theatre mini loop. Usually this system gives enough strong signal for 17 kW Soviet era transmitters. Small stations between 73-74 MHz are only on dream list.. Recording on C cassette on balcony floor. OIRT is no more very interesting band, so this apparature is enough for me 😀

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Update: Jyväskylä about 30km SE from Uurainen 

Quite same stations here as my fellow DXer JMN. Huge OIRT signals to BA- and SV oblasts.

Stations received here:

67.04 1122 RUS Radio Rossii, Salavat/RTPS (BA) 2016km

67.01 1137 RUS Radio Rossii, Nizhniye Sergi (SV) 1972km

66.68 1154 RUS Radio Ashkadar, Ufa/RC Altay RS5 (BA) 1925km

70.43 1200 RUS Radio Rossii, Afanasyevskoye (SV) 1915km

68.87 1205 RUS Radio Voskreseniye, Nizhniye Sergi (SV) 1972km

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Jul 25: ROU & BUL (+ UKR, BLR, SRB, CYP)

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11-15 June 2015 – nothing much

11 Jun: trying on OIRT: 70.52 Radio Rossii probably from Saratov. Low band Turkey in Southern Karelia. Italy MUF 108 in Utö.

12 Jun: 15 minute evening conditions to Slovakia and Hungary. Janne heard mostly Poland (Kielce) in Jyväskylä. MUF around 94 MHz. Kanal Kultura from Belarus and Radio 24 from Ukraine caught in Pori by OH1NOA. Have a look on his blog.

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13 Jun: Ukraine trying on OIRT. I was not at home (bestman @ wedding party)

14 Jun: In South Western Finland good opening to France in the morning. For more logs from Utö 16 pedition have a look at Utö-blog. Janne caught HR3 in Central Finland. Weak evening conditions (30 minutes) to Turkey in South and Central Finland. Egypt heard in Northern Karelia and Cyprus in Marttila, both with double hop. Late night BBC in Pori.

15 Jun: Aurora stations caught in Pori and Jyväskylä (NRK, SR).

NB! For FM logs in Northern Finland (Oulu/Tornio), you can follow Jari’s blog.

 

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