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Utö9 started 10.6.2011 (10.6 – 19.6.2011)

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Utö 8 – Pedition 22.5 – 27.5.2011

Juha Ylönen (JY) @ 22.5 – 27.5.2011

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Con te partiro

Last full day at the cabins and what a day that was! In the morning a totally new country was heard, i.e. Libya that became our FM country #68 in the inofficial Finnish count. In the evening we had a stunning long opening to Greece; also the Balkans, Turkey and Italy were present. Now at 2:50am (!) local time Italian and Balkan stations are still jumping in up to 108 MHz at times.

Let’s see how hectic tomorrow will be as we have to dismantle the antennas and pack our stuff by 2pm.

Utö Blog is thus over and out! See you again next year 🙂

Your ed and JJS laughing all the way to the Greek bank

Radio Melodia, Ptolemaida, was one of the Greek highlights of the evening

Goodbye to the barren rocky island

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Sealed with a KISS?

Today we woke up at 5.50am to check Mr. Hepburn’s forecast of some Baltic tropo. And right he was again – some Lithuanian stations came through quite nicely, eg 104.2 Opus 3 (Taurage-tx) and 106.6 M-1 (Kaunas-tx). This year’s big thing in Latvia has been the local announcements of Latviesuradio on every one of their frequencies and many managed to complete their collection during the morning hours.

Es woke up, but she seemed very much worn out from this week’s earlier activities: first very little Romania (KISS FM), then an UNID Arab praying on two frequencies (89.3//89.5), and finally an hour-long weak opening to Greece – mostly Athens and Thessaloniki low-band high power stations.

We had arranged lunch at 2pm, this time not at the hotel, but at the residence of the parents of Hanna the landlady. Everyone became kind of edgy when the Greek opening was still sort of ongoing when we had to leave. Luckily we didn’t miss that much, it seems.

Hanna and her mother had prepared us a local specialty, seal stew. Something not many of us have ever tried or even considered. However, it was excellent, and the meat tasted like something between very tender beef and liver.

This is the last evening for three members of the Utö team and now at 6.45pm the band and Sherlock both seem very dull… We want more! 🙂

Utö crew and our hostesses chitchatting after lunch

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No Milk Today

No Sporadic E today. But we had a strange powerful meteor bang on the hour at 0900 UTC, with the following stations identified: 87.5 Dorozhnoye R, St Peterburg, local ID; 92.4 Sport FM, Moscow; 92.8 M-Vienas, Lithuania. Very short skips!

A couple of pictures from our morning jog (5.91 km at 38 min 53 s, says the computer), all courtesy by OSY.

A ferocious black adder going for the kill

Would they sell this place? It's desolate and growing weed...

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A sunny morning and the Es have all gone away. Time to delve into yesterday’s loot. Loads of good stuff from Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Northern England.

There seems to be a pattern, that an eruption in the sun first lifts Sporadic E in higher latitudes giving us stations from the British Isles. But when it hits the Earth all we get is Aurora and the Es are all gone. As the sun has been really inactive in recent years we haven’t really had any decent openings to that direction since 2006. Now is the time to hope for something better…

During our morning jog, OSY was nearly bitten by a ferocious viper that literally attacked us from behind a stone. Luckily he managed to jump up high above the stinging snake, a real touch and go situation.

Oh and your ed won the the third round of cards, aka Utö Championships – more trophies to win will follow 🙂

“Scotland is my dreaming head; Ireland is my heart” -Mike Scott/The Waterboys

Phantom made its first appearance in Finland on Tuesday

R Cuillin from Isle of Skye was also a new one

HKU, JUS, JJS and JTK upping the ante

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Ruby Tuesday

What a day! In the morning my best Serbia-opening ever, and after a quick lunch a two-hour opening to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Dublin. More details later.

Serbian Radio JAT on 90.2

First lunch on the hotel patio - still a bit chilly

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Good Stuff

Monday evening was well spent sitting in front of the radios. Pillows are much in need with this hobby 🙂 It all started at 1430 UTC with Greece, 1500 Normandy and thereabouts again, 1615 Turkey and Greece and the archipelago in between, up until 1705. New round at 1915 with a tougher set of Normandy and Jersey Islands, 1925 Spain with a strong peak at 1935, fadeout at 2005, but short openings came up and down until 0110 local time.

The gems are all listed in Harri’s blog:

Our card playing championships’ third round was cancelled yesterday evening because of the opening. The game is Reverse Old Heck/Reverse Up and Down, a fine variation of “Oh, hell” that Wikipedia claims to be Bill Clinton’s favourite game. As usual, the bookkeeper keeps on winning (not me).

Radio Dio, Saint Etienne (42), made its first visit to Finland.

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I Do Like Mondays

Finest of French

This morning offered a mixed two-hour session to Normandy. Mostly familiar stuff, but Aunt Esmeralda had some surprises in her bag as well.
The afternoon opening from Central Finland to Holland went straight over our heads, so it was time to fix the vertical aerial. Now it’s in a much better place and all kinds of interesting stations flow in, eg 99.8 Kelyje (Klaipeda-tx LTU).
A new personal tropospheric scatter distance record was made last night with 102.1 PR3 Bygdoszcz-tx. The distance is a whopping 749 km. Mr. Hepburn says the theoretical maximum for this propagation method is around 700 km. Of course, this distance limit is not valid for “real tropo” (which we haven’t had at all). The troposcatter signals can be really surprising, lifting up one station at a time up to noise-free levels for a minute or two. The Baltic Sea makes it happen much easier than on the mainland.

Midnight at the Utö village


Frog crossing


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Here Comes the Sun

The sun came out and so did we for some BBQ sausages. Somehow we managed to forget to keep our ears on the band and only caught the tail end of a Spanish opening. Highly embarrassing.
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