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by Jim (Bournemouth)
12 Sep 2019 14:00
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: 2019 Es Season winding down
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

My perspective on this season: A very poor one overall, as poor as 2014 which in itself was the worst of the lot since I became active on Band 2 in 2013. This is borne out by the chart on MMMoVHF ( https://www.mmmonvhf.de/es/eval/all_season_progress.png?r=529363430 ) which tracks the cumulative hour...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
28 Jul 2019 08:03
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es Band 2 28th July
Replies: 14
Views: 953

Es Band 2 28th July

Band open to Italy. WEak as yet.

Good DX!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
27 Jul 2019 08:33
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es Band 2 27 Jul
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Es Band 2 27 Jul

Sweden in here, Star FM 88.0

More extensive Es further east.

Good DX!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
14 Jul 2019 17:07
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es 14th July
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Es 14th July

Just starting here. Weak Italian/Arabit 87.6

Good DX!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
13 Jul 2019 11:43
Forum: Low VHF
Topic: Deciphering FT8
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: Deciphering FT8

Some more examples: 103545 -3 0.4 835 ~ 4Z1UF EA5IAG IM97 Here, a Spanish station, EA5IAG in grid IM97 is calling 4Z1UF in Israel. 103445 -13 0.2 1573 ~ IU8JCQ EA5GPQ +07 In this one, EA5GPQ is giving IU8JCQ a signal report of +7db. That is pretty strong, most reports are in minus figures and those ...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
13 Jul 2019 11:36
Forum: Low VHF
Topic: Deciphering FT8
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: Deciphering FT8

Hi Simon, First decode - yes, it is IV3IYL from Italy calling CQ - his grid is JN65 in NE Italy. Second decode - EA4ZM is sending his final transmission to HB9ETN. I'm not sure why it says "where?" at the end - the program should know the transmissions are from Italy and Spain respectively. I use JT...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
30 Jun 2019 07:11
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Cornwall to Newfoundland tropo on 2m (FT8)
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Re: Cornwall to Newfoundland tropo on 2m (FT8)

Hi Paul,
Wow... yes will be FT8.
by Jim (Bournemouth)
28 Jun 2019 18:43
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo N Germany and Denmark
Replies: 0
Views: 187

Tropo N Germany and Denmark

As subject.

Will be interesting to see what comes later. This morning Poland and Czech Republic came in on 2m, to add to Demnark and Sweden on that band last night.

Good DX!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
26 Jun 2019 20:06
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: FM DX – How to get the best out of SDR Console.
Replies: 2
Views: 637

FM DX – How to get the best out of SDR Console.

FM DX – How to get the best out of SDR Console. This guide explains how best to get the best out of SDR Console for FM DX, utilising the multiple receiver and RDS Logging functions. I will probably tweak this post over time following feedback or if I get any further ideas. You need to be running Ve...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
20 Jun 2019 12:38
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: SDR Console and RDS logging - coming soon.
Replies: 25
Views: 1819

Re: SDR Console and RDS logging - coming soon.

New version of SDR Console is available https://www.sdr-radio.com/Blog/PostId/66/release-3010 Download: https://www.sdr-radio.com/Software/%F0%9F%92%BEDownloads This version includes fully working RDS logging function, fixing the bugs with RDS that were in previous versions. Over the next few days I...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
17 Jun 2019 20:54
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es 17/6/19
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Es 17/6/19

Had 30 seconds of Funradio 87.7 to add to the weak Italian teases this morning and the 1 minute opening to Tunisia.

Things are looking up!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
17 Jun 2019 07:19
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: ES Italy
Replies: 0
Views: 143

ES Italy

First day back at work after 2 whole weeks off (and three Band 2 openings in 16 days, one of which lasted 90 seconds)

And guess what?? Of course.... Band 2 just opening!

Italy at the moment, quite weak with little RDS, but this could explode into soup shortly.

Good DX!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
14 Jun 2019 19:23
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: No Es-Season in Germany in 2019!
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: No Es-Season in Germany in 2019!

The lack of openings to the East is stark. I have yet to log a single Es signal from north of the 50 degree latitude line, and here we are in mid-June.
by Jim (Bournemouth)
12 Jun 2019 20:34
Forum: Jim Smith, Bournemouth
Topic: Es Log 12th June 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Es Log 12th June 2019

At least an opening of some duration! Today opened to Iberia/N Africa on and off through the morning - the longest duration opening here since 28th May. Signals mostly very weak, and confined to the lowest parts of the band with not too many signals making it to RDS level - the opening dribbled on f...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
12 Jun 2019 19:13
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: No Es-Season in Germany in 2019!
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: No Es-Season in Germany in 2019!

I feel your pain. At a time when I am better equipped software wise than ever, nature chooses this year to produce a complete dud. Also, so many openings 40 miles or so away produce nothing here. I hope things will pick up, but now it's mid-June, things rarely get better from here in any season. Thi...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
11 Jun 2019 18:16
Forum: Jim Smith, Bournemouth
Topic: Es log 10th June 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Es log 10th June 2019

After 8 completely blank days here at what is supposed to be the peak of the season, and several days of watching Es happening further south and east, at last an opening. About 2 mins worth, to Albania and Croatia, but it's something, I guess. Map and logs: https://www.fmlist.org/fm_logmap.php?datum...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
11 Jun 2019 16:03
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: E skip tips?
Replies: 32
Views: 1483

Re: E skip tips?

don't go too "budget" on a Windows PC.. you will need a reasonable amount of grunt to do SDR.
I'd go with an i5 chip, minimum.
by Jim (Bournemouth)
08 Jun 2019 17:11
Forum: Logbook
Topic: Icelandic opening Sat June 8th
Replies: 8
Views: 525

Re: Icelandic opening Sat June 8th

Nice one, Paul.

Nothing down here.
by Jim (Bournemouth)
07 Jun 2019 12:38
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es 06/06/19
Replies: 12
Views: 672

Re: Es 06/06/19

https://www.mmmonvhf.de/es/eval/all_season_progress.png?r=28229883 This graph courtesy of Make More Miles On VHF ( www.mmmovhf.de) shows the cumulative duration of Es through the year, for all the years since and including 2007. The graph reflects happenings at 144Mhz, but over the years I have fou...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
06 Jun 2019 19:29
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es 06/06/19
Replies: 12
Views: 672

Re: Es 06/06/19

Never opened here.

The drought continues. One opening in ten days.

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