Late night conditions indicate usually a morning start. DX Sherlock looked fine in the morning, and soon French stations faded in. The highest noted frequency was 94.5 MHz. Not long lasting opening, all gone before I even left to work around 0730 UTC. Blind recording (95.7 MHz) during work day was practically empty, except multiple meteors. In one of them bright id as “Radio Een” brought new heard MS country BEL! In the evening some Komi on OIRT. Identified stations visually: http://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum=2017-06-06&omid=1183
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!?
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.
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/
Missed first 30 minutes of this opening, it seemed that the best moments were going on when turned rx on. Soon the conditions get weaker and only TDF stations were heard, still up to 105.5 at least. After one hour exactly the same direction opened again. 100.7 was probably Honnert 7 from LUX as 88.9 was Luxy. 100.4 was still speaking French in african accent. This time it showed RDS referring to Frequence des Loisirs, but no audio ID. Better luck was with Radio Campus 3, which ided at least 10 times at the top of the hour. Waiting for more to come tomorrow!
July 7th was a good day for FMDXers, all day long. I was not at home, but here are some loggings by Janne in Jyväskylä (30 km SE from me). Jim from Bromarv (South-West Finland) reports:
0930 utc aloitettiin puolen tunnin Ranskakelillä, mukana myös Galician kulma. 1120-1200 utc oli vuorossa lisää Ranskaa, muf 108. Ranska rysähti kunnon menoon taas 1410-1450 utc, muf koko ajan 108. 1715-1735 tykitti vuorostaan Venäjän Balakovo muffin 108:aan. Ja lopuksi 1900 utc vielä vartti Romaniaa ja Bulgariaa, muffi noin 97 megaa.
July 8th was even better, at least what comes to the amount of loggings. Janne’s results can be seen here. My personal log is here. We both got around 10 new stations.
Denmark is a rarity here
I was not at home 0839-1207 UTC, so I missed the ROU/MDA/TUR opening. We were visiting the old church of Petäjävesi that belongs to the UNESCO world heritage list. This year is the 250th anniversary.
Petäjävesi old church
On the way we stopped on Radio and Telephone Museum which is always an interesting pit stop. Petäjävesi is located 37 km from Uurainen.
Some of the receivers in the museum were for sale
July 9th we visited Aviation Museum in Tikkakoski (15 km from here).
Old Finnish planes
It has also a small exhibition of military receivers and transmitters.
All day long ES was trying on low band, and lots of UNID stations were noted at various times. Around 11 UTC I heard 88.9 RTL Luxemburg, 88.7 Chérie FM and 89.7 France Musiques. Juha heard Spain around 12 UTC. A bit later Radio Dallas Loisirs from France showed the RDS on 89.1 MHz, unfortunately only music was audible. Around 1515 UTC I heard that someone was talking loudly upstairs in German. Obviously Sony XDR had caught a foreign signal on an empty frequency. Also RDS was seen on the screen (MDR_SACH). During a quick bandscan the highest log was 106 MHz. That was the beginning of the best conditions this summer, which were favorable to Germany and France with some Czech stations. This opening lasted for more than 2 hours, with Maximal Useful Frequency (MUF) 108 MHz most of the time. After a 30-minute-long break the conditions started again, this time to the British Isles. Exceptionally Ireland was heard too. MUF was up to 100 MHz but only few stations on the band. Later 1924-1945 UTC we had Benelux on low band. Waiting for more to come tomorrow!!!
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!
Kuluneella viikolla missasin kahdet brittikelit. Molemmat osuivat vieläpä kohtuullisen kovan ukkosmyrskyn ajaksi, joten paljoa ei olisi kai voinut kuunnellakaan, vaikka olisi kotona ollutkin. Ensimmäisen myrskyn aikana Jyväskylä tulvi ja toinen osui puolestaan Äänekoskelle kauppareissun ajaksi. Paluumatkalla (24 km) oli tie kolme kertaa ihan kuiva ja kolme kertaa märkä. Kuurot olivat rankkoja ja 10 minuutissa vettä tuli 4mm. Se ei paljon naurata uraisella tiellä, kun kesärenkaan urasyvyys on laillinen 2mm.
Aina välillä kuitenkin kuului jotain. Suurin osa avauksista ei lähtenyt ollenkaan kunnolla käyntiin tai jäi etelän iloitteluksi. Vaikka MUF kävikin välillä yli sadan, keli oli pääosin heikkoa ja kuuluneet asemat olivat lähestulkoon pelkkiä 50-250 kW suurtehomyllyjä. Veikkaan, että ES-pilven tiheys vaikuttaa tähän jotenkin. Pienempi tiheä pilvi heijastaa pieneltä alueelta pikkuasematkin, iso ja harva taas suurelta maantieteelliseltä alueelta vain valtion asemia. Benelux-kelin pilvi oli alussa ilmeisesti iso ja tiheä, sillä bandi meni tukkoon ja aivan puuroksi. Pian tilanne kuitenkin parani ja signaalit eivät enää puuroutuneet.
IDit olivat tiukassa ja logaamieni asemien tunnistaminen perustuu osittain RDS-koodeihin, ohjelmien tai juontajien nimiin, puhelinnumeroihin tai muihin aihetodisteisiin. Osan BBC2 ja 4FM-asemista lokasin vain kuuluneiden samaa lähettävien taajuuksien perusteella. Mitään puhtaita oletuksia en kuitenkaan logiin syöttänyt, vaikka soittolistojen ja ohjelmatietojen perusteella tentatiivisia logauksia saisi kirjoitettua varmasti tuplamäärän.
Recently the conditions have been pretty weak but still something personally new stations were audible. Although the maximal useful frequency has been over 100 MHz, the stations have been mostly big networks (50-250 kW). Very few ID’s but lot of RDS’s, phone numbers, DJ names etc.. Waiting for more to come.
Finally something on the band. Both days MUF was not much more than 96. The first station on 87.8 sounded like greek, announcing “Athina, eksi ritem mladosti, Athina, Athina”. (Eksi means “six” in greek). Finally I found a “n” letter pronounced weakly and then it sounded Antina. Slogan “Ritem mladosti” belongs to Radio Antena from Slovenia, so mystery solved. Double skip to Greece dropped down already in Ljubljana!
After that some Italians especially from Ancona on the lower band. Also some Croats, but no ID’s. Slovenian Radio Ena came strong on 90.3 – they already verified and would like to do a phone interview. Today, 24 July, DX map looks very good. Unfortunately the clouds are a bit too far from me, and the QSO’s seems to be west-east. Not north-south. However there was fading signals from Wales for more than a hour. Recordings are still under control, but sitting in the front of radio I got ID from 96.3 Radio Aire from Leeds and Heart network, 95.2 BBC Radio Cornwall, 95.9 BBC Radio Wales and 88.0 Real Radio, could be regional programme for Wales. Also many BBC 2, 3 and 4 stations with RDS’s on lower band. Enclosed please find my log of 23 July.
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