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Kuukausi: heinäkuu 2013

July 25, AUT, I, SRB, BIH, HRV, SVK

A serie of one hour conditions continued yesterday, today DX map is totally empty. I got several messages that there is something weak on lower band, but surprisingly when I arrived home, the band was soon full of fading signals till 99 MHz, while in the Southern Finland (and even in Jyväskylä that is 30 kilometres south from me) the stations were hardly audible over 90 MHz.

I suppose that the conditions started just at the moment than I arrived, but can’t be sure if there was something going on even longer time. First there was Tirol and Northern Italy from one cloud. At 13 UTC many signals from Balkan faded in, among them also shorter skip from Slovakia (Radio Expres IDed twice).

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As an update to the previous post, Radio C1 replied to the tentative report that it was not their programme. They have a tx on 90.6 in Macerata and the programme what I heard was a detailed explanation of three movies showed in the market place of  Macerata. Maybe there is another station which uses 90.6 further from Macerata, and is audible in Macerata on another FQ, but this guess went however totally wrong.

Here are last three days visually:


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July 23 Slovenia and Italy, July 24 British Isles

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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July 11 – Southern Italy and Balkan

This morning we got an opening to Southern Italy (Puglia & Abruzzo) and Balkan (Croatia). First alarm SMS arrived around 0550 UTC (TNX IKA!), so I moved laptop and XDR to the balcony as the first thing in the morning. While having coffee I beamed all my 4 elements towards Italy. At 0607 UTC on 95.9 MHz  I saw a strange RDS RADIO_TG. There is a BIH station using this code, but not on this FQ. Anyone knows? The station could be from everywhere, it was playing at least 4 English pop songs in a row. No audio ID heard.


After that I realized the name of the game. Radio Italia Anni 60 gave local ad for Puglia/Basilicata, on 95.7 and soon after that 96.1 was talking about the first wedding ceremony in the prison of Bari. Stations were heard up to 108 (JJH got Radio Norba Bari local on 105.5!) but the signals were only few – the most of the skip went obviously to the Adriatic Sea.


Later some croatians from Labinstica transmitter in the same time with Foggia on the middle band – these are linear from this point of view. Also one mystery: On 93.6 a reporter said ”Radio Vaticana” in the end of his report – no CVA listed on this FQ. However, during this summer I have noticed more skips over 2000km than ever. I don’t know if it was a special character of this season – or did the huge forest block all the long skips which have to arrive very horizontally. However Istanbul, Bari, and Brest,all heard properly for the first time this year, are around 2400km from here.

Enclosed a screenshot from Visual Log Book

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And all the stations heard this morning by same DXers:

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Here’s my personal log of identified stations. Please note, in some cases TX site is a guess if there are more than one tx operating on a certain FQ.

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July 6 – Iceland!

After a silent week, finally something heard on Saturday night. Forecasts said there have been Aurora Borealis (northern lights), which can reflect signals too. Unfortunately the audio shouldn’t be clear. I have never heard any station during these so-called Aurora conditions, so I don’t know exactly what it should be. On 93.8 I noticed a Swedish speaking station, but it was only a tropo scatter reception from Skellefteå (P1 337 km). DX maps showed skip from FIN to Northern pari of Russia, but what I get was weird Nordic language on 87.7. That´s Iceland with a back lope (RUV Rás 2 identified with it´s news tune)! After turning antenna 180 degrees opposite I checked memories of XDR. Luckily 93.8 was saved (because of P1!). It gave strong sea weather report in Icelandic and have to be RUV Rás 1 Háfell (14 kW), which I received last summer too. Quick check to the FM list – there should be Bylgjan from the same tower on 94.5, but only 2 kW. Surprisingly I heard weak English pop music and the reception got even better during the jingle: ””! I don´t know whether this was Aurora-Es or normal Es, but I’m very happy of catching for the first time a commercial station from Iceland, because it is pretty difficult direction for me. Till the last summer I thought it would be impossible because of high pine trees on that direction (if they would be my propriety, they would be already cutted!). For your curiosity, by clicking the station name you can open mp3 link. That´s all of the 20 minute conditions!

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JJH – Jyväskylä, Finland

As fellow blogger JMN wrote there was quite interesting propagation on Saturday night. Aurora signals are characterized severe distortion which was noticeable in FM band on this night. Geomagnetic activity in Hankasalmi magnetometer measuring station (HAN) was: High, so conditions for Aurora was quite good. I registered some weak signals especially in 94.3 MHz but couldn’t identify station but strongly guess based on language I heard is Iceland. Anyway this is only lucky guess cause signal was very weak and flawed.

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July 1st

July begins with little opening to Ukrainian and Russian border. Not long lasting or strong signals for 30 minutes. Surprisingly weak signals were coming over 100 MHz, even there was nothing much on lower frequencies. Italic stations are only guessed.

1740 100.10 RUS Hit FM, Rostov-na-Donu (ROS) Only hit music, JY got RDS of this. 1917 6.3 v

1748 89.00 RUS Radio 7, Shebekino (or Livny?) 1516 0.2 v

1751 90.40 UKR Retro FM, Kharkiv. No ID, but played Elton John. Fade out with ”reclama”.

1804 103.90 UKR Russkoye radio, Kremenchuk/PP Vizyt, vul. Kerchenska, 7a (PO) 1565 2 v

1808 103.00 UKR Super Radio, Kharkiv/RPTS Proton, Maydan Povstannya, 7/8 (KA) 1538 3 h

Waiting for more to come tomorrow.01072013

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29/6 & 30/6 – completing June

Within one week there was no sign of Sporadic E in Central Finland, but still in the end of second ”summer” month we got two nice openings. First one to Balkan and Italy (Foggia for the first time in my earphones). Later very common direction: Bavaria/Bohemia/Austria. Another night offered a nice surprise: short skip to Northern Germany and the Netherlands – and very short to Denmark! In the very beginning I heard Danish too, while my colleagues JJH and JSU were receiving Sveriges Radio from Malmö and Hörby! However I identified the first two Danish stations just in the end of conditions. Now, thinking about it later, it is obvious that several musical stations on lower band must have been Danish aswell, because the German stations on the lower band are mostly ”talk radios”, as we know. Radio ABC from Randers – already QSLed – is my new unrecord – shortest ES skip 1084 km! Visually it looked like this (followed by the written log):


2013-06-25 MS 1607 87.80 POL PR 3, Żagań/Wichów (LU) 1335 30 h
2013-06-29 Es 1624 88.90 SRB Radio Index, Beograd/Torlak (Srb) PS:_INDEX__ 2001 3 v
2013-06-29 Es 1632 89.60 BUL BNR Horizont, Koriten (dob) No ID, PX Вива ла музика 2071 1.5
2013-06-29 Es 1640 92.20 BUL BNR Hristo Botev, RRTS Botev vrah (pld) HR.BOTEV 2200 117.5 v
2013-06-29 Es 1644 90.40 ROU Realitatea FM, Sibiu/Păltiniş (SB) PS:_RLT_FM_ 1877 0.1 v
2013-06-29 Es 1657 92.70 HRV HRT-HR 1, Murter/Raduč (si) 2174 1 v
2013-06-29 Es 1658 93.10 BIH BN Radio, Majevica/Busija (brc) 2039
2013-06-29 Es 1700 93.60 BIH Radio OSM, Sarajevo/Trebević (sar) No ID, spot for Pale 2126
2013-06-29 Es 1703 96.00 I Radio Mater, Castelnuovo della Daunia (fg) PS:R._MATER 2424 v
2013-06-29 Es 1704 98.40 I Radio Budrio, Brisighella/Via Rontana (ra) PS:BUDRIO 2216 2.5 v
2013-06-29 Es 1713 96.40 I RMC – Radio Monte Carlo, Montescudo/Monte Godio (rn) 2228 1.5 v
2013-06-29 Es 1715 95.80 I Virgin Radio, Segusino/Monte Pianar (tv) Or other tx. 2034 v
2013-06-29 Es 1716 98.00 I Radio Subasio Marche, Fabriano/Poggio San Romualdo (an) 2276 2 v
2013-06-29 Es 1725 98.60 I Radio Deejay, Avio/Malga Riondera (tn) 2079 v
2013-06-29 Es 1726 96.00 I R101, Chianciano Terme/Monte Pereta (si) 101 mentioned x2 2338 v
2013-06-29 Es 1732 87.50 I Radio Subasio, Fermo/Capodarco (fm) 2279 1 v
2013-06-29 Es 1734 89.00 I Radio Kiss Kiss, Sulzano (bs) 2109 v
2013-06-29 Es 1736 89.60 HRV Radio Centar Studio Poreč. No ID, IT & HRV songs 2068 7 h
2013-06-29 Es 1741 88.50 HRV Gradski Radio, Golaš (pa) Should be Soundset Istra? 2076 v
2013-06-29 Es 1747 98.30 I PaneBurroMarmellata, Serramazzoni (mo) PS:PANEBURR 2213 v
2013-06-29 Es 1748 99.60 I Radio 105 Network, Borgo Val di Taro (pr) Or other tx. 2243 v
2013-06-29 Es 1756 88.80 I Radio Deejay, Cesena/Monte Cavallo (fc) 2222 v
2013-06-29 Es 1802 90.10 I Radio 105 Network, Modigliana (fc) Qst è il px che non piace 2223 v
2013-06-29 Es 1803 91.50 HNG Kék Duna Rádió, Győr – Szabad hegy (Gyo) 1720 1 v
2013-06-29 Es 1804 93.00 I Radio Gamma, Castel San Pietro Terme (bo) NoID, local spots 2209 v
2013-06-29 Es 1813 92.20 D MDR 1 Radio Sachsen, Dresden-Wachwitz (sac) 1453 100 h
2013-06-29 Es 1815 92.10 D Bayern 1, Brotjacklriegel (bay) PS:Bayern_1 1698 100 h
2013-06-29 Es 1815 89.50 D Bayern 2, Wendelstein (bay) PS:Bayern_2 1846 100 h
2013-06-29 Es 1819 92.20 CZE Country Radio, Příbram/ul. Drkolnovská 286 (ST) 1588 0.2 v
2013-06-29 Es 1823 99.00 AUT Hitradio Ö3, Salzburg 1/Gaisberg (ORS) (sal) 1805 100 h
2013-06-29 Es 1828 96.50 D Bayern 2, Brotjacklriegel (bay) PS:Bayern_2 1698 100 h
2013-06-29 Es 1947 89.50 ROU Itsy Bitsy, Tulcea (TL) 1939 5 h
2013-06-30 Es 1552 89.30 D hr3, Großer Feldberg (Taunus)/hr (hes) PS:__hr3___ 1708 100 h
2013-06-30 Es 1558 93.00 D BFBS Radio 1, Braunschweig/Drachenberg (nds) 1436 80 h
2013-06-30 Es 1603 95.80 D WDR 5, Ederkopf (nrw) PI:D395 PS:WDR_5___ 1650 20 h
2013-06-30 Es 1612 88.40 D Radio WMW, Bocholt/Hohenstaufenstr. (nrw) 1630 1 h
2013-06-30 Es 1613 88.80 D WDR 5, Langenberg/Hordtberg (nrw) PS:WDR_5___ 1653 100 h
2013-06-30 Es 1623 88.20 HOL Radio 2, Roermond/Alticom Toren (lim) PS:RADIO_2_ 1715 100 v
2013-06-30 Es 1652 89.70 G BBC Radio 2, Tacolneston (EN-NFK) PS:BBC_R2__ 1810 250 m
2013-06-30 Es 1652 89.10 G BBC Radio 2, Wrotham (EN-KNT) PS:BBC_R2__ 1948 250 m
2013-06-30 Es 1653 91.30 G BBC Radio 3, Wrotham (EN-KNT) PS:BBC_R3_ Over local! 1948 250 m
2013-06-30 Es 1701 90.30 HOL Radio Lelystad, Lelystad (fle) PS:ADVER- 1617 0.398 v
2013-06-30 Es 1703 90.20 D MDR JUMP, Inselsberg (thü) PS:MDR_JUMP 1578 100 h
2013-06-30 Es 1717 88.00 HOL Radio 2, Smilde/Alticom Toren (dre) PS:RADIO_2_ 1545 93.3 v
2013-06-30 Es 1719 89.50 DNK R.ABC, Gjerlev J – Hald/kærbyvej 1 (mjy) 1084 3 c
2013-06-30 Es 1722 87.80 DNK Nova FM, Ølgod/Baunshøj (sdk-sjy) PS:NOVA_fm_ 1211 10 h

Audio of several stations can be heard by clicking the station name – as requested!

Tune in June

As a compilation of this June, I wouldn’t say this was the best June ever, but maybe the second best. I still remember June 2010 with fantastic whole day conditions in the beginning of month followed by several big days. But to be honest, May and July of 2010 were offering nothing to remember. From this point of view season 2013 could be nominated maybe one of the best summers ever,  IF the conditions will continue similar in July. We got awaited classical openings to Germany and Italy, but also some openings to interesting new ”black” areas that were totally new for me. From the beginning of August till the mid September I’ll be outside Finland, so the autumn doesn’t make the difference.

Highlights in June 2013 – Top4

1) Double hops to Eastern Mediterranean 17/6/2013

2) Short skip to Denmark 30/6/2013 (last time heard by me in 14/6/2006)

3) Lot of private stations from France (normally TDF – nothing more). This could have something to do with cutted trees:

4) Nice stabile signals on lower band from Brasov – new city for me! (19/6/2013)

For our Finnish speaking readers (and those who like to use Google Translate) I would consider the great compilation made by JVA from Oulu, halfway to Lapland:

For everyone, please look at June visually:





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