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by daveB
21 Mar 2019 17:00
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Enhanced coastal tropo
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Enhanced coastal tropo

I'm not posting this as a DX alert as it is probably relatively local.

The 'usual suspects' are coming through but I did pick up one new transmitter, not yet listed on FMList.

On 94.0 Top Radio from Brugge with PI: 6308 and PS:TOPradio. Details can be found on Top Radio's web-site.
by daveB
21 Mar 2019 11:22
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Who moved the start of spring?
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Who moved the start of spring?

Hands up all those who thought the first day of spring started on the 21st of March (today). Well it didn't! It started yesterday - the 20th - and has done so for quite a few years. The astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2019 and ends on 21 June 2019. The astronomical calendar determines the sea...
by daveB
06 Mar 2019 00:02
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Conditions Improving
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Conditions Improving

I gave up MW DXing - due to wideband interference totally wiping out the band. I still had amakeshift MW antenna - which was good enough to monitor if ever the band became clear. Lo and behold - last time I checked a couple for days ago it was clear. And has stayed clear (so far!). So I've re-connec...
by daveB
14 Feb 2019 15:56
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo Wed 13th Feb
Replies: 90
Views: 2501

Re: Tropo Wed 13th Feb

...What you are reporting as DX are my daily regulars, many of which reach RDS levels. Lille, Egem, etc. are my locals. Sorry, just not my idea of tropo. Maybe I have just been de-gruntled. I agree - I call them semi-DX stations. I generally don't even bother to log the closer German DX stations un...
by daveB
14 Feb 2019 09:49
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo Wed 13th Feb
Replies: 90
Views: 2501

Re: Tropo Wed 13th Feb

Late evening of the 13th produced very strong/clear signals from Belgium and Holland on the vertical antenna. Totally noise free stereo (O=5) on some stations- which is very unusual. German signals were limited, generally, to under 500 km but did include some low power stations (O=1-2). The 24/7 set...
by daveB
13 Feb 2019 22:29
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo Wed 13th Feb
Replies: 90
Views: 2501

Re: Tropo Wed 13th Feb

DAB from Belgium (6D, 12A), The Netherlands (9D), and France (7D, 8A, 8D) coming in with audio this evening, although Belgium on 6D looks to have co-channel interference now.
by daveB
13 Feb 2019 15:54
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo Wed 13th Feb
Replies: 90
Views: 2501

Re: Tropo Wed 13th Feb

Down in this corner of the UK the nearer German stations are coming through at RDS PI code levels at this time (15:55 UTC). Hopefully it is the start of a good tropo opening. The usual 24/7 monitoring system is running and I look forward to seeing what develops overnight. The antenna for this is a T...
by daveB
07 Jan 2019 17:55
Forum: Television
Topic: Analogue TV-DX logs from 1990/91
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Analogue TV-DX logs from 1990/91

Thanks for the info Andy - FMList puts it as exactly 1200 km. RMF FM on 93.3 comes from that site.That is the furthest tropo distance I've had on Analogue TV. The best FM tropo distance was also 1200 km - from Sweden (SR P4 Kisa) in October 2015 and in 2017 tropo from Poland (Lebork) on FM at 1173 k...
by daveB
04 Jan 2019 09:57
Forum: News
Topic: Quadrantids 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 802

Re: Quadrantids 2019

I think you will run into issues. SDR apps write a lot of data to the disk and there will be enormous contention between the two apps. No doubt memory buffering will come into play - how much memory do you have? Can't each SDR record to a different disk? Stuart Taking the 2nd point first. That's ho...
by daveB
02 Jan 2019 21:42
Forum: Television
Topic: Analogue TV-DX logs from 1990/91
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Analogue TV-DX logs from 1990/91

I just found an old diary from the time I had a 4-bay Triax BB aerial, along with fixed loft mounted aerials for Band I and Band III. Of particular interest to me is a note for 3rd Sept 1991: "POLAND Ch 36. TELEWIZJA NOCA programma 2 as positive id". Would anyone have a record of what transmitter si...
by daveB
02 Jan 2019 12:56
Forum: News
Topic: Quadrantids 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 802

Re: Quadrantids 2019

Hopefully this meteor shower will give some results. It is circumpolar - and if I interpret the star charts correctly it is highest in the sky - almost overhead at around 6 am.
by daveB
28 Dec 2018 18:26
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Bread-board circuit construction any one?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Bread-board circuit construction any one?

I've come across a "construction" article for a superhet receiver in the Oct 1923 issue of "Experimental Wireless" https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Experimental%20Wireless/20s/Experimental%20Wireless-1923-10.pdf There is also an article offering an explanation for the fading of signals a...
by daveB
27 Dec 2018 18:12
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo on Christmas day?
Replies: 87
Views: 4091

Re: Tropo on Christmas day?

On the vertical aerial the waterfall on the SDR display is starting to look like SpE soup, making it difficult to resolve RDS.
by daveB
27 Dec 2018 18:06
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: How many (p)teradacytyls does What's Up use?
Replies: 0
Views: 206

How many (p)teradacytyls does What's Up use?

I had to share the above question - which my wife asked me today - worried about whether it would use up to much data. [She only has 500 mB data allowance on the monthly sim card].] OK it's my fault she calls it What's Up - as that's what I christened it - along with their rivals Faceache and Instag...
by daveB
27 Dec 2018 16:54
Forum: DAB
Topic: DAB tropo lift
Replies: 0
Views: 207

DAB tropo lift

DAB reception is developing very rapidly as night falls. Belgium, Holland, France and now Germany on 10A. I'm using QT-DAB - the sdrplay version and QIRX with airspy - not so good as the bandwidth is too wide. The aerial is a cobbled together 4 element yagi at about 4 m / 13 ft pointing out to the e...
by daveB
25 Dec 2018 16:46
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Bread-board circuit construction any one?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Bread-board circuit construction any one?

I've just found a five minute youtube video which shows this book page by page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4h2GmlgpxQ Enjoy! Even better - it is here in pdf format: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Bookshelf/Technology/Making-a-Transistor-Radio-Ladybird%20Books-1972.pdf This is a g...
by daveB
24 Dec 2018 10:18
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Korner 9.2 from Antennenland - in stock
Replies: 13
Views: 3960

Re: Korner 9.2 from Antennenland - in stock

That looks very interesting - it looks like they will be making them to order - as they can produce one or two per day.
by daveB
23 Dec 2018 20:35
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: What happened to the Geminids and Ursids??
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: What happened to the Geminids and Ursids??

I will give the Quadrantids a go come January 4th, if I remember.
I'll just record the bottom of band for a few hours - enough to get a feel for the conditions - provided the unspeakable i-Trip isn't wiping out 87.5 - 93.0 MHz!
by daveB
23 Dec 2018 19:07
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: What happened to the Geminids and Ursids??
Replies: 5
Views: 443

What happened to the Geminids and Ursids??

Has everyone else suffered from an almost complete lack of meteor reception in December? Going over the European logs on FMList 2014/15/16 there were plenty of reports - into the hundreds for the Geminids. This year I got just the very occasional ping barely above the noise and judging by the lack o...
by daveB
16 Dec 2018 22:52
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Notch filter for 92.3 MHz?
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Notch filter for 92.3 MHz?

That is a good possibility - but with a double notch filter you can slightly broaden the width of the null to remove the whole channel.

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