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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.

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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Uurainen: weak Ireland over 100 MHz 30062016

During work day got some ES alerts by WhatsApp (BBC/TDF). Similar evening opening began around 8 o’clock with BBC and TDF stations, suddenly turning to Ireland. Mostly RTÉ up to 102.7 MHz, but also private stations were logged: LMFM 95.8 MHz, Classic Hits 4 FM 94.9 MHz and Today FM 101.8 MHz. Ireland has been rare here as it seems to be, that over 100 MHz opening is easier with average distances and the most of the island is close to maximal skip 2400 km. Surprisingly for example Dublin is only 2100 km from here – so it should be pretty common on band!

June 2016 compilation

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June 2016 was pretty dry month, compared for example to last year.

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Counting also May demonstrates that Season 2016 has been pretty good so far. The following ”statistics” are based on logs mostly made by Sony XDR F1HD and 4 element Yagi, so the receiving equipment should not affect.

Year/Total logs

2016/304 (till 30 Jun)
2015/324 (out of the band 14 Jul-22 Jul and 26 Jul-20 Aug)
2014/566
2013/364 (out of the band in August)
2012/121 (best day 14 Jul spent in work)
2011/65 (+ 16 logs from Turku)

Summer 2016 could easily beat the personal best ever season, the mythical Summer 2014!

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Uurainen: weak evening opening to France up to 108 12062016

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!

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Tropot 31.10.2015

Tropot osuivat taas mukavasti viikonlopulle niin töissäkävijätkin kerkiävät kuulolle..

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Kartalta löytyy kuuluneet asemat, mukana myös ns. ”valistuneet veikkaukset”. Eli vanhat tutut joita ei tullut idattua, mutta kielen perusteella ovat varmoja tapauksia. Niistä saa vähän lisää vertailugrafiikkaa ja tosiaan hyvinhän tuo F5LEN taas ”tiesi” nämäkin kelit..

Tropokartta 31102015 0600 UTC

Asemia alkoi kuulua n. 08Z jälkeen, kun värit olivat päässeet tarpeeksi lähelle Keski-Suomea. Ensimmäisenä Kohtla-Nõmmen Klassikaraadio 90.4 (362 km) ja Gdanskista 95.7 (PR 1). 120 kW ja 982 km. Tuon yhteysvälin kartta näyttääkin hyvin. 0830 UTC piikkasi Västervikiin Ruotsiin 729 km, ja siinäkin välillä on väriä merkitty! Muutama minuutti ennen yhdeksää Orissaaren Klassikaraadio pesi paikallisen Melodian 107.8 MHz:lla (34 km vs. 457 km!) ja Gdanskista kuului vielä Radio Zet 105:llä mainoksin. Kaikki asemat tähän saakka olivat entuudeltaan tuttuja. Sitten alkoi tapahtua!

Tropokartta 31102015 0900 UTC

09Z Kuldiga 646 km piikkasi esiin kahdella taajuudella (98.5 ja 100.1). Nämä vanhat tutut jäivät idaamatta, sillä pian siirryin ihmettelemään Gdanskin RMF FM:ää joka pudotti Haapaveden YLE:n pois (98.4). Tätä taajuutta en ole ennen saanut kaivettua esiin. Samoin Orissaaren Raadio 2 103.4 MHz on uusi taajuus pahassa Vegan kainalossa. Valmiera 104.0 MHz pihisi hiljaa (553 km), kuten kartan mukaan pitikin. Sitten hetkeksi Kokkolan yli nousi klassista 97.6:lle. Muuta vaihtoehtoa ei oikein ollut kuin Bydgoszcz 1112 km! Hetken päästä sieltä idailivat Radio Zet 95.6 ja Radio PiK 100.1, molemmat ovat joskus tulleet meteorilla, mutta tropolla ihan uutta kauraa. Asemat tuntuivat kiipeävän pienellä viiveellä esiin siitä mitä Helsingissä. Ensin tuli tietoja Gdanskista ja sitten Bydgoszczista ja tunti molemmista ne nousivat esiin Uuraisillakin. Sen sijaan Plock ja muut sisäisemmän Puolan lähettimet eivät enää Jyvässeudulle jaksaneet, mutta Hankasalmelle kylläkin, missä taisi mennä 1300 km rikki Puolaan!! Jannella Jyväskylässä puolestaan kuului suunnilleen samat asemat kuin Uuraisillakin.

10Z jälkeen tuli lähinnä Eestiä ja Latviaa, kaikki entuudestaan tuttuja taajuuksia. Riga 91.5 624 km jäi idaamatta ja pari tuntia meni Elmarilta paikallismainoksia yritellen, tuloksetta. Pärnu 459 km tuli kohtuullisesti ja Koeru 394 km jopa hyvin. Tallinnasta (338 km) tuli tavallisimmat kaupalliset: Sky Plus, Russkoe Radio, Retro FM.

Tropokartta 31102015 1200 UTC

12Z pintaan löytyi näiden kelien ainut uusi asema, ja samalla uusi tropomaa! Klaipedan LRT Klasika oli ainut, mihin klassinen formaatti sopi taajuudella 105.3. Idiä piti odotella seuraavaan tasatuntiin, mutta tulihan se. Tosin hyvin heikosti ja ehkä raportointikelvottomasti. Matkaa tähän 3 kilowatin lähettimeen kertyi 788 km. Myös tämä asema kuului Jannella Jyväskylässä ja Juhalla Hankasalmella pienellä viiveellä, mutta Liettua, kuten Puolakin, tuli sinne paljon jykevämmin. Viimeisiksi noteerauksiksi jäi Vikerraadiot yläbandille Kohtla-Nõmmelta ja Valgjärveltä (494 km). Iltaa kohti keli heikkeni ja auringon jo laskettua kuului enää tavanomainen Elmar 91.7:lla, heiketen kaiken aikaa sekin.

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Tropot 04.10.2015

04102015 0600 UTC tropoennuste

Rannikolta tuli tropotietoa jo 0538 UTC. Tanskaa, Norjaa ja Etelä-Ruotsia oli noteerattu (mm. Århus-Helsinki 973 km)! Ensimmäiset tiedot ruotsalaisista sisämaassa tulivat Jannelta 0636 UTC (P4 Emmaboda 95.6 829 km ja P3 Kisa 96.9 731 km). Tuo Emmabodan lähetin kuuluikin sitten päivän läpeensä, matkaa Uuraisilta 843 km. 0645 UTC havaitsin ensimmäisen ruotsalaisen taajuudella 88.9 ja siihen sopi saman tien Skövden lähetin 782 kilometrin päässä.  Saman lähettimen P4 meni Iskelmä Jämsän yli 100.3:lla. Nyt tiedettiin että mennään kauas! SR P4:ltä tulee näin sunnuntaisinkin alueelliset uutiset puolelta, mutta Skaraborgia en ehtinyt idaamaan. Ketjukuulutus ja pitkä pätkä paikallisuutisia jäi kuitenkin jemmaan raporttia varten. Helsingissä JTK napsi samaan aikaan jo saksaa Rostockista (1021 km): MV 100.8, Ostseewelle 104.8 ja NDR 88.2.

0700 UTC jälkeen Tanskasta kuului Aalborg Helsingissä 93.3 MHz:llä ja Uuraisilla 89.7 MHz:llä. Tanskaa alkoi pian löytyä myös Jyväskylässä ja Lohjalla. Lempäälässä oli kuulemma paras sisämaan DNK-tropo koskaan, havaittuja taajuuksia kymmenkunta!

0730 UTC SR Kronoberg IDasi 101.8:lla. Ennen 0800 UTC tuli noste Halmstadiin. SR-taajuudet 91.2 ja 95.4 kuuluivat hyvin. Kiitos JTK:n livevinkin ehdin tallentamaan Mix Megapol 104.2 Halmstad -paikallisidin tällä nostolla. Asemalla on H-polarisaatiolla 10 kilowattia ja matkaa kertyi 945 km.

0818 UTC osui oma henkilökohtainen tropoennätys, kun DR P3 Aarhus idasi 91.7:llä. P3-jingleä tuki vielä muutama Tanskan sana, joten sekoamisvaaraa Ruotsiin ei ollut (1116 km). 0830 UTC IDaili SR Kalmar 102.7 Västervikistä maltilliset 729 km. Tämä tuli parhaimmillaan täysillä tolpilla. JJH napsi samaan aikaan DR P4:ää 98.5:llä (1157 km), Uuraisilla ja Kangasalla siinä tuli todennäköisesti Latvijas Kristigais Radio musiikkityylin ja kielen perusteella. Näin menevät tropoputket välillä ristiin – sananmukaisesti! Tallinnan Retro FM 97.8 nousi vielä säikyttelemään englanninkielisellä showllaan. Ei ollut sentäs BBC, vaikka putki näyttikin pitkälle kartalla. Tanskatropo oli Jimillä Bromarvissa vahvaa, Alfa 106.6 tuli väärällä polarisaatiolla läpi ja Jukalla Helsingissä Riikaa hyvin. Uuraisilla puristui hetkeksi tanskaa 97.5:lle ruotsalaisen alta, mikä olisi vielä 4 kilsaa kauempaa (1120km)

04102015 0900 UTC tropoennuste

0904 UTC JY nappasi Radio SWH:n Kuldigasta (100.1 MHz). 0930 UTC jaksoi idille pitkin aamua vaihtelevasti ketjulla kuulunut 103.4 SR Jönköping 877 km. Taajuus on todella paha Taka-Keljon Radio Vegan takia (103.5 MHz). Ennen kello 10 UTC Riika nousi esiin 91.5:lle ja 99.8:lle puristui musiikkiasema, joka Uuraisilla putosi pian pois. Jyväskylässä JY irrotti siitä kuitenkin NDR 2 -ID:n ihan pohjoisrannikon saarella olevasta lähettimestä (1197 km). Tästä meni Juha vielä pidemmälle Tanskaan. Radio 24syv 100.5MHz/1205km taisi olla päivän pisin leiska. 1020 UTC tuli vielä yllättävä noste Karlshamniin (93.4 MHz/921km) ja se kesti puolen paikallisuutisille asti (SR Blekinge 100.4 MHz).Vielä 1130 UTC SR Kronoberg jaksoi idailla 101.8:lla.

04102015 1200 UTC tropoennuste

1200 UTC kieppeillä kuului Vikerraadio Valgjärven lähettimestä (106.1 MHz/494 km). Ko. lähettimen olen noteerannut kerran aiemmin Uuraisilla. JJH edit. Valgjärven lähetin kuului hyvin myös Jyväskylässä. Tätä en ole montaa kertaa aiemmin kuullut. Riika (624 km) jaksoi edelleen satunnaisten ruotsalaisten kanssa, mutta 107.7 ei vain irtoa, vaikka taajuus on tyhjä.

04102015 1500 UTC tropoennuste

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07 & 08 July 2015

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

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

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

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

Old Finnish planes

It has also a small exhibition of military receivers and transmitters.

Transceiver used in Fokker planes

Transceiver used in Fokker planes

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June 2015 conclusion

What we enjoyed (in Central Finland)

-lots of meteor reflections in June, more than usually

-one of the best openings, at least for me, to Germany (26/6) and Russia (17/6)

-Juha got nice Spanish double hop from Galicia

What we missed (in Central Finland)

-no opening for Romania or Ukraine

-no proper opening for France, just from the corner

-as often, best openings reached only coastal area but not inner country. Seasons 13-14 were nice exceptions!

june 2015 One method to rank summers could be the number of audio clips. Usually I create a mp3 only when I hear a new-for-me station, so it doesn’t tell the whole truth. Another way could be a summary of all loggings (years 2010-11 not yet logged in FM-List…)

Season / number of clips (new ES stations) / number of logs (all stations)
2008 / 46 / 73
2009 / 9 / 18
2010 / 225 / NA
2011 / 78 / NA
2012 / 95 / 121 (NB: the best day 14/7 was spent on work)
2013 / 315 / 364
2014 / 225 / 565
till 6/2015 / 116 / 204

Could be much worse, eh!?

A German station Radio Charivari was not heard on June 26th. Maybe next time! If you didn't notice, these girls are potential verie signers with Charivari shirts.

A German station Radio Charivari was not heard on June 26th. Maybe next time! If you didn’t notice, these girls are potential verie signers with Charivari shirts. (Photo from MSN.com)

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26 Jun 2015: Germany, France, Czech Republic, Ireland, Benelux

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!!!

Janne’s visual log for today (Jyväskylä)

J-M’s visual log for today (Uurainen)

French Radio Liberté came strong with it's 200W

French Radio Liberté came strong with it’s 200W

RTÉ's 2nd network was new to me.

RTÉ’s 2nd network was new to me.

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21 Jun 2015 Italy

Today we had very weak low band Italy in Central Finland. Guys in South Western Finland enjoyed of good opening to Italy (MUF 107) but also to France and double hop to Spain and Algeria! Here nothing like that. Extraordinarily 90.3 was audible for almost an hour with M2O and Radio Capital fading on it. Rest of the band was practically empty! Earlier I identified at least Radio Lodi 89.0 and Fantastica 89.5.

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