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by daveB
20 Jul 2017 21:01
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: lightning scatter
Replies: 7
Views: 81

Re: lightning scatter

I pull out all the aerial leads and shut down! I can't disconnect the pre-amps etc and one of then was killed a couple of weeks back. This time it looks like the youview box got zapped - couldn't get it to work even after totally re-loading software - it just wouldn't change from "waking up" - and I...
by daveB
16 Jul 2017 09:28
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Solar Activity - Storm warning
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Solar Activity - Storm warning

In case no one else has picked up the info - a Coronal Mass was ejected from the sun on 14 Jul 2017 which will impact the earth at around 1600 UTC Sunday 16 Jul 2017. A G2 moderate storm is forecast - maybe we'll get an aurora and some auroral Es and maybe it will kick start some SpE. I hope so as t...
by daveB
14 Jul 2017 13:13
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Perfect Raspberrry Jam!
Replies: 0
Views: 30

Perfect Raspberrry Jam!

In the absence of any DX - now for something completely different! I've just cooked up another batch of my scrumptious raspberry jam - with a little help from my grandson. The recipe is simple and the result is always loads better than what you buy. Pre-preparation: Thoroughly wash the jam jars and ...
by daveB
13 Jul 2017 14:31
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Fake MUFs - DX Maps
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: Fake MUFs - DX Maps

It doesn't help if someone using FMList forgets to switch the DXMaps link "off" whilst simultaneously forgetting to set the date correctly when logging recordings. I hope I'm not the only one who has made that mistake :oops:
by daveB
27 Jun 2017 22:32
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Costa Blanca Radio - info
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Costa Blanca Radio - info

I came across this on my I/Q files from Jun 26th. 101.4 MHz PI code: 9821 - broadcasting in Dutch and identifying it's location as Greater Benidorm. Listed in FMList with a different pi code. The station announcement stated they were also transmitting on 97.6 ("seven en negente punt ses") from [it s...
by daveB
26 Jun 2017 21:52
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es France
Replies: 16
Views: 379

Re: Es France

I have 2 x 2 Tb external drives plus 300 GB spare on the D: partition - and it is still not enough! But then I do have an Airspy and an SDRPlay which I record from simultaneously - one to each external (USB 3.0)) drive. Not forgetting I can record the Band I TV from an RTL dongle as well (to the D: ...
by daveB
26 Jun 2017 21:45
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: Unidentified tuning signals
Replies: 9
Views: 272

Re: Unidentified tuning signals

iCatFM is coming back to life - on Jun 24th various frequencies had test tones - and diplayeed RDS mostly iCatFM PI:E233. Interestingly the centre frequency was drifting up and down in a regular manner - the 10 MHz waterfall screen looked like it was invaded by slithering snakes! THere was alos one ...
by daveB
26 Jun 2017 10:02
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Greek stations appearing - chance of multi-hop Es
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Greek stations appearing - chance of multi-hop Es

Some strong bursts at 0840 onwards from Greece - DX maps is showing some high mufs to the southeast in a pattern that holds out hope of multi-hop to the middle east.
by daveB
25 Jun 2017 07:23
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Andorra received
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: Andorra received

Doh fat fingers! [again].
by daveB
24 Jun 2017 23:59
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es France
Replies: 16
Views: 379

Re: Es France

When checking recordings keep a watch for Andorran stations just after 12 noon BST. I've now logged reception on 90.1, 92.1, 93.3, 94.2 between 1210 and 1218 BST. Shame I stopped recording at 12:30 as the opening carried on after that.
by daveB
24 Jun 2017 23:34
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Andorra received
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Andorra received

I managed to record 24 minutes of the opening to Spain and France from around 1100 - 1125 UTC. There were lots of low power short skip stations from the Pyrennes area and finally at 1110 UTC I found Andorra on 93.3 and 94.2 the reception lasting for under a minute - like most of the other short skip...
by daveB
24 Jun 2017 12:21
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es France
Replies: 16
Views: 379

Re: Es France

Yes CHAINE 3 and others are in French.

Some nice short hop to France and loads of Spanish as well
by daveB
23 Jun 2017 09:52
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: FMDX: ES short skip - low distance records
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: FMDX: ES short skip - low distance records

I haven't properly logged everything this year but I remember getting France Culture on 87.7 MHz at 567 km. In 2016 the shortest skip was 653 km on 99.4 MHz - NDR Kultur from Heide But the closest "direct line" distance this year is 133 km. This is back-scatter Es - at the same time I got a short in...
by daveB
22 Jun 2017 19:58
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es Spain/North Africa
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Es Spain/North Africa

Nothing here but earlier in the afternoon I 'lost' the pre-amp of the South pointing aerial due to EMP from a storm. Fortunately 1) it is/was in the loft so accessible 2) the other pre-amps survived 3) I had unplugged all the SDR stuff from the aerial systems - so they are alright. So at the moment ...
by daveB
21 Jun 2017 08:37
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: Unidentified tuning signals
Replies: 9
Views: 272

Re: Unidentified tuning signals

Latest tuning signals:

92.0 MHz heard earlier in thr month with PI:E233 - iCatFM which is listed with a PI Code of 233
88.0 MHz - 20/06/2017 coming and going over a Spanish station - so I too am beginning to think "jammers" - and Algeria being received at the same time on nearby frequencies.
by daveB
19 Jun 2017 15:05
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: 19 Jun 2017 Tunisia coming through now
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: 19 Jun 2017 Tunisia coming through now

At 1135UTC I found D201 MSAL???? in one of the scanning logs. Definitive Libya at last - previous reception has been ambiguous as to location.
by daveB
19 Jun 2017 13:24
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: 19 Jun 2017 Tunisia coming through now
Replies: 2
Views: 75

19 Jun 2017 Tunisia coming through now

Signals just reaching RDS at the bottom of the band
by daveB
18 Jun 2017 22:28
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es from Southern Germany Now!
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Es from Southern Germany Now!

Munster German signals then? Austria is in my scanning log as well
by daveB
18 Jun 2017 22:27
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Monster Polish Signals!
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Re: Monster Polish Signals!

Nick I have to agree it was/is an extremely wide spread opening(s). At 1815 UTC on 87.7 MHz I got Istanbul (2441 km) pop up suddenly only to be replaced by HRT HR1 (1325 km) one minute later - both stations with full RDS. IMO the Turkish reception would have been double hop. Earlier when I got to th...
by daveB
18 Jun 2017 20:49
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: Indian Station
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Indian Station

With this opening - anything is possible. Almost simultaneously at around 19:30 to 19:40 UTC - Spain (Chincillia), Latvia, Serbia. And the OIRT band is the most active I've ever seen. I rather hoping that the 'on the hour' recordings on this band will yield some double hop signals. I just need the o...

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