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by daveB
23 Nov 2017 21:01
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Top Ten frequencies to monitor for TA reception?
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Top Ten frequencies to monitor for TA reception?

My aerial is probably useless for MW DXing as it is only a short dipole cut for 70 MHz fed by about 10 m of coax. However I'm playing with SDR Console v3 which allows multiple VFO's to be displayed in a matrix and I can comfortably display 10 frequencies simultaneously. Using a 2 MHz bandwidth the C...
by daveB
18 Nov 2017 18:49
Forum: EMC (Interference) Issues
Topic: New Interference Source
Replies: 0
Views: 33

New Interference Source

This screen shot shows the interference plaguing my reception at the bottom of the FM Band - it appeared at the beginning of November and apart from a few breaks appeared to be 24/7. (This is in addition to the solar light interference after dusk). 89MHz severe interference.jpg I was able to establi...
by daveB
11 Nov 2017 15:38
Forum: DAB
Topic: DAB Portables Review
Replies: 6
Views: 2354

Re: DAB Portables Review

Does the Roberts Play actually have an external antenna jack? The picture of the rear shows something on the top right hand side marked ANT but I can't make out if the silvery metal thing is actually an aerial socket or is blanked off.
by daveB
11 Nov 2017 15:08
Forum: DAB
Topic: DABPlayer Install problem
Replies: 0
Views: 19

DABPlayer Install problem

Some time back I un-installed DABPlayer software from my Win 10 PC. Now when I try to re-install it I can't get it to work. The RTL stick is an R820T type. With the RTL stick plugged in: I've tried using Treiber 2 to install the correct driver - if there is an existing driver it deletes it and then ...
by daveB
01 Nov 2017 07:40
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo is building up?
Replies: 59
Views: 738

Re: Tropo is building up?

Nice DAB Alex. I don't have my DAB aerial available at the moment but on the vertical aerial Band II is full of Dutch and Begian stations - it a messy soup of signals with some signals stronger than my local main BBC transmitter (125 kW and only 22 km).
by daveB
31 Oct 2017 23:27
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo is building up?
Replies: 59
Views: 738

Re: Tropo is building up?

Where did this come from? I checked earlier in the day and the forecasts didn't look good for the South-East. Spain is virtually un-achievable here but I got lots of French stations to the south and now Germany is strong - never mind Belgian and Dutch stuff.
by daveB
18 Oct 2017 01:30
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Poland on Tropo 17 October 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1508

Re: Poland on Tropo 17 October 2017

A post I made earlier didn't 'take'. At 2346 UTC I finally got Poland PR2 on 93.8 when a German station faded - located at Koszalin. It was weak but good enough to allow the wife to confirm it matched the web stream. Both 97.3 and 107.9 are blocked frequencies. I tried listening on 107.5 which is cl...
by daveB
17 Oct 2017 23:54
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Poland on Tropo 17 October 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1508

Re: Poland on Tropo 17 October 2017

Much to my surprise I've got some nice late evening tropo - the solar light interference is less - a couple of dull days have helped. I got Garz at 2205 UTC 906 km away on 91.5 km as well as a number of stations over 650 km away.
by daveB
17 Oct 2017 22:51
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Poland on Tropo 17 October 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1508

Poland on Tropo 17 October 2017

Not received by me unfortunately - but a 'new' DXer in Rainham Kent - about 5 miles from me has logged some very nice reception in the mid evening on FMList. [He/she has been posting logs since the beginning of the SpE season] 1628 88.90 POL Radio Plus, Szczecin/Komin WISKORD (ZP) peaking at 1 bar 9...
by daveB
17 Oct 2017 15:34
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: German tropo 16 Oct 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 223

German tropo 16 Oct 2017

Tropo to Germany has been very lively from my location for the last few hours - with ducting tending to follow the weather front and matching F5LEN's forecast. The best distance was early on at 906 km from Garz on 102.5 (NDR1 MV) with strong signals closer in peaking around 1200-1300 UTC although ev...
by daveB
15 Oct 2017 18:48
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: German tropo 15/10/17
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: German tropo 15/10/17

Denmark on 97.2 at 1630 UTC at this end of the country- weak but matched the web stream - one minute later lost under the infernal solar lighting qrn. Hopefully signals will pick up as the evening progresses.
by daveB
14 Oct 2017 22:09
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo is now building up
Replies: 0
Views: 98

Tropo is now building up

It looks like the forecasts are going to be right - Germany now coming in quite nicely - if the forecasts are correct it should build during the night.
by daveB
07 Oct 2017 23:42
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: 1 or 2 Tb USB 3.0 stick for £12 - its a scam
Replies: 0
Views: 132

1 or 2 Tb USB 3.0 stick for £12 - its a scam

A friend of mine got a 2 TB memory stick very cheaply - and I've seen a number on Ebay for around £20.00. Sounds too good to be true... It is as when I goggled to find a seller I found a number of articles ringing alarm bells about a scam and on amazon scathing reviews. Basically the 'manufacturer' ...
by daveB
07 Oct 2017 14:24
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Auto screen capture to monitor DX conditions
Replies: 0
Views: 90

Auto screen capture to monitor DX conditions

I use DXmaps MUF ES to monitor conditions - but it doesn't help when I'm not at the computer and you can't go back and see what was happening earlier but I've just found a very easy to use screen capture program that I'm trying out. You can find it here - https://sourceforge.net/projects/autoscreen/...
by daveB
06 Oct 2017 16:26
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Spain at bottom of band
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Spain at bottom of band

A nice little opening - makes up for missing yesterday's which was around the same time. Among others I found MRC SNRT National on 95.2 - with full RDS - which is not listed. I wonder if the E layer has received a bit of a boost from the Draconids meteor shower which is due to peak on 7/8 October. T...
by daveB
06 Oct 2017 14:35
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Spain at bottom of band
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Spain at bottom of band

Whether it will come to anything - but I've got weak Spanish at 90.6 and a blank carrier at 87.7Hz as I send this - and I'm of course recording..
by daveB
09 Sep 2017 20:58
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: 01 Sept 2017 - double hop reception
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: 01 Sept 2017 - double hop reception

Just back from a nice week away in Suffolk - so it is only now that I can re-check the frequencies with an echo. During the opening I've logged (so far) a dozen frequencies with Radio Rossii. Three of them had an echo - 66.38, 69.68, 71.24 - all three from GTRK Tver region. 69.68 was by far the stro...
by daveB
08 Sep 2017 10:58
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: 01 Sept 2017 - double hop reception
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: 01 Sept 2017 - double hop reception

Thanks for reply Marcus. I had same comment elsewhere. Checked backed earlier recording at 1129-1134 utc and same echo at constant level. Have deleted these from the log. When I have the chance I will check other frequencies to if the same thing was happening.
by daveB
01 Sep 2017 22:33
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: 01 Sept 2017 - double hop reception
Replies: 4
Views: 215

01 Sept 2017 - double hop reception

Once again as the opening faded out some double hop reception was logged. At 1200 UTC a few transmitters from R. Rossii were still present on 66-74 MHz, three of which had an echo on the signal - not only evident from the doubling of the pips on the hour, but also on the programme itself. This is th...
by daveB
01 Sep 2017 22:07
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es 31/08/17
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Es 31/08/17

At least you were only a day out - I managed to post the wrong month a while back!

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