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by Julian Hardstone
10 Nov 2020 12:41
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: UNID NL
Replies: 13
Views: 1035

Re: UNID NL

When, approximately, did the clearance of national stations from the HF end happen, and above what frequency?
- Julian
by Julian Hardstone
09 Nov 2020 00:04
Forum: News
Topic: The final demise of the farce that is (was ?) ILR in the UK ?
Replies: 3
Views: 776

Re: The final demise of the farce that is (was ?) ILR in the UK ?

Agreed, a complete farce. Even CR stations have become Corporate, as with Pure Radio, now Your FM with the Bertelsmann playlist
Who's left? Locally Silk FM, Revolution, and Dee 106.3
The BBC Locals remain genuinely Local!
- Julian
by Julian Hardstone
18 Oct 2020 15:50
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Building a Yagi for FM
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: Building a Yagi for FM

Good advice Dave. From practical experience and several threads on the old Skywaves group I can suggest that a small vertical Yagi will retain most of its rather modest directivity on a metal mast if mounted at the top of the mast. There is an optimum position but half way between dipole and 1st dir...
by Julian Hardstone
15 Oct 2020 00:39
Forum: Receivers
Topic: Best receiver for MW and LW DXing?
Replies: 16
Views: 951

Re: Best receiver for MW and LW DXing?

You get what you pay for Looking on eBay doesn't help, if we want a Malachite from Russia, all you find are various versions of the Chinese Malahit, but I'd have to look very closely at the details to see if they come with functioning s/w What appeals to me is that it looks like the usual 'dongle' ...
by Julian Hardstone
14 Oct 2020 13:50
Forum: Receivers
Topic: Best receiver for MW and LW DXing?
Replies: 16
Views: 951

Re: Best receiver for MW and LW DXing?

Has anyone tried the new 3.5" IPS Malachite SDR yet? The price tag around UKP 75 makes it look attractive for an "entry level" SDR
by Julian Hardstone
14 Oct 2020 13:46
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Yahoo Groups to shut down on December 15, 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 549

Yahoo Groups to shut down on December 15, 2020

Verizon will close all Yahoo Groups, see https://uk.help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN35505.html Some Yahoo members will wish to continue on the various groups.io channels. This Skywaves BB group will be unaffected, but we will continue to welcome new members including those who come from the Yahoo groups...
by Julian Hardstone
21 Sep 2020 08:34
Forum: DX Alerts (FM)
Topic: HOL, BEL, FR, RDS
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: HOL, BEL, FR, RDS

Tropo is still as strong this morning. No sign of Germany which there was yesterday morning, but HOL is everywhere, with BEL and FR good. We will leave Buxton shortly, nice finish to the trip on this misty morning
by Julian Hardstone
20 Sep 2020 19:22
Forum: DX Alerts (FM)
Topic: HOL, BEL, FR, RDS
Replies: 4
Views: 525

HOL, BEL, FR, RDS

Strong lift from the SE in Buxton now, many with RDS
More 538s than I thought was possible, and Q-Music
Hol. Classical on 101.6
Had to break for dinner
by Julian Hardstone
20 Sep 2020 09:46
Forum: DX Alerts (FM)
Topic: Denmark 20/09/20
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Denmark 20/09/20

Good work Tim. We're spending the weekend in Buxton and the lift is good here. Clear view SE, car radio brings Lille perfect, SW Germans, Holland, and I haven't got above 89Mhz yet ;)
by Julian Hardstone
07 Sep 2020 10:10
Forum: News
Topic: Droitwich LW
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: Droitwich LW

back to R4 at 10:10 BST
by Julian Hardstone
07 Sep 2020 10:06
Forum: News
Topic: Droitwich LW
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Droitwich LW

- currently carrying World Service after a fault during the Daily Service. No-one seems to have noticed yet
by Julian Hardstone
12 Aug 2020 22:48
Forum: OIRT Band
Topic: Buxton beacons
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Buxton beacons

Oh yes, just heard the Morse ID, thanks Stuart
Seems to have been more noisy than usual here lately
by Julian Hardstone
11 Aug 2020 22:54
Forum: OIRT Band
Topic: Buxton beacons
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Buxton beacons

Is the Buxton 70MHz beacon currently active? I can find no sign of it when I check the OIRT band, so either they are off air or I have a problem :(
by Julian Hardstone
31 Jul 2020 22:35
Forum: News
Topic: Two DAB mpx at once
Replies: 1
Views: 335

Two DAB mpx at once

Tonight I was listening to R Wales on DAB as I moved round the house. Midway between the two radios I noticed there was a significant delay between the two, like about 4 sec. After much head scratching I asked both what mpx they were using. The kitchen radio reports it is on 10D NE Wales W Ches for ...
by Julian Hardstone
08 Jul 2020 21:14
Forum: News
Topic: Ofcom’s new “covid licence” category
Replies: 17
Views: 1749

Re: Ofcom’s new “covid licence” category

Cheadle FM ceased last Sunday, I suppose Lockdown and Bayside have also gone?
by Julian Hardstone
08 Jul 2020 21:05
Forum: News
Topic: A little clearer on 1152khz & 990khz & 1359khz
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Re: A little clearer on 1152khz & 990khz & 1359khz

Good news for those of us who live close but still sad to lose old friends
by Julian Hardstone
01 Jun 2020 23:08
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: tent. BBC Jersey??
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Re: tent. BBC Jersey??

Sorry, it wAS Dave Pierce who was being chatted to
Don't know why I started on this, sorry, I only came here to see what I'd missed on OIRT, nothing apparently, and I checked the band several times today
by Julian Hardstone
01 Jun 2020 22:56
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: tent. BBC Jersey??
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Re: tent. BBC Jersey??

Nor can I explain why you heard it in the afternoon.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jphq
starts around 1:45
Tim Lovejoy was calling in from his bedroom in Brighton btw and he mentioned that he started out as a pirate DJ

Maybe a completely different interview...
by Julian Hardstone
01 Jun 2020 22:45
Forum: Unidentified?
Topic: tent. BBC Jersey??
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Re: tent. BBC Jersey??

It was the Janice Long show on BBC R Wales, it was on this evening, I was listening on DAB and I kept thinking 'I've heard this before'
You can listen again on Sounds
How it got on 89.6 I can't imagine, there isn't a R Wales allocation
by Julian Hardstone
23 May 2020 13:06
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: What bandwidth is needed for RDS - revisited?
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: What bandwidth is needed for RDS - revisited?

Multipath signals are a greater problem for RDS than signal level or qrm, so you may get an improvement by offsetting the beam bearing

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