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.
Now when we moving towards the dark seasons it’s time to open good ol’ MW & SW. Early mornings are offered new radio stations. Here is my log for october:
1809 6295 IRL: Reflections Europe
1729 6317 G: Rock Radio Network
0524 747 E: RNE Andalucía
1754 1314 E: RNE Catalunya
0605 1503 G: BBC Stoke, dominating this fq in the morning
0616 1530 G: Pulse2
0620 1323 G: Smooth Radio, Didn’t catch local id or commercials :/
0624 1026 G: BBC Cambridgeshire
1747 1305 E: RNE Castilla-La Mancha
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!
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…
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.
Word, Kalix was so strong, that it could have come even with a whip!
Usually here is YLE Lahti 50 kW / 166 km
..and here Järviradio Jyväskylä 3 kW / 34 km
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/
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.
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.
Although June was not a perfect FMDX month, then July was a total flop. Fortunately August has been a bit more active so far..
The evenings are getting darker and the interest turns to AM. Some nice TA-catches on 49 mb in the mornings, no reason to forget Iberian peninsula and it’s numerous MW stations and of course (listening) free radio will be fun, in case there is no tropospheric ducting.
The holiday season will finish in Central Europe, so it is time to send some FM-reports again. The goal is to have 100 FM QSL’s for this season – 25 to go!
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 😀
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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