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by Jim (Bournemouth)
08 Aug 2018 18:15
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es alert
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Es alert

Weak Es starting to poke up here. Probably Spain.

Good dx!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
06 Aug 2018 20:48
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: FMLIST Logmap --> where to point for DX?
Replies: 9
Views: 317

Re: FMLIST Logmap --> where to point for DX?

Really like the new grey lines, Gunter.. thanks!

Proved to be quite handy knowing where to look, and try streams to get an ID when openings are marginal. A really useful addition!

The new Streams page layout is good too, will do my best to notify if streams appear to be inactive (or otherwise...)
by Jim (Bournemouth)
02 Aug 2018 12:22
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo southern France
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Tropo southern France

As title. Pic Du Midi very strong on 87.9 and 102.0
by Jim (Bournemouth)
05 Jul 2018 05:38
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: CNR 87.7 now
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: CNR 87.7 now

Easy enough to tell with a beam. The beam headings are different enough to tell whether it's peaking due south, or rather west of south. If it's the latter, it's CNR.
by Jim (Bournemouth)
27 Jun 2018 06:46
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo > Denmark
Replies: 17
Views: 256

Re: Tropo > Denmark

Tropo here this morning too, DNK 87.8
by Jim (Bournemouth)
11 Jun 2018 12:35
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: ES North Africa
Replies: 22
Views: 583

ES North Africa

Algeria in 87.6 and 87.8. Good DX!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
17 Apr 2018 12:53
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tuesday 17th April looks good on Hepburn
Replies: 59
Views: 1303

Re: Tuesday 17th April looks good on Hepburn

I wonder if the 5C temperatures of the North Sea will be helping this along? Remember 2013 anyone? Some of the best tropo I have known and this also followed a cold and extended winter with the North Sea temperatures being below average. Aye 08/07/2013 mega tropo to Germany when my band went from E...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
04 Mar 2018 18:02
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Somebody has got to do it! (Snow)
Replies: 28
Views: 806

Re: Somebody has got to do it! (Snow)

We had great fun in these parts. Went to work Thurs but came home lunchtime after looking at the radar. Just as well I did, as finishing at my normal time would hasve seen me taking many hours to get home - I have to use the A31 through the New Forest. That road was the lead item in Friday Morning's...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
04 Mar 2018 16:00
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: How good is your loft insulation?
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: How good is your loft insulation?

My loft seems to be insulated ok. Went up there Thurs afternoon and it was bloody freezing. I did get a tiny bit of snow forcing their way between some of the roof tiles in the easterly gale though. Then it melted giving the impression of a water leak. Will have to look into that. That was a mad cou...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
01 Feb 2018 14:07
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Solar Cycle 25
Replies: 20
Views: 1201

Re: Solar Cycle 25

An update. Bit of a rambling one. If we ignore the peak in solar activity we had at the end of the summer, solar activity continues to drift slowly downward. Solar flux levels have hovered around the 68-75 range (64-66 is regarded at rock bottom, usually during an average solar minimum, the odd day ...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
24 Dec 2017 16:20
Forum: Receivers
Topic: For demanding FM DX'er ... (18 bits ADC SDR)
Replies: 31
Views: 2412

Re: For demanding FM DX'er ... (18 bits ADC SDR)

My Airspy HF+ arrived on Friday. Time to experiment has been somewhat limited, but have had a bit of time today. First impressions: It is certainly more sensitive than the Elad S2 barefoot, and just a touch more sensitive than the S2 and the Fringe preamp I use with it - but without the overload. Th...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
08 Sep 2017 20:27
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: *** AURORA - NOW! ***
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: *** AURORA - NOW! ***

Thanks John, yes its back that must be the shortest ever interval between the afternoon & evening phase of Auroral dx ever! The "interval" is called the Harang Discontinuity and usually occurs around 2000Z. The afternoon phase continues till early evening before a fade centred on 2000Z, and then co...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
05 Sep 2017 10:00
Forum: Propagation
Topic: High solar activity
Replies: 0
Views: 340

High solar activity

Solar activity has taken a big and unexpected jump over the last few days. There has been no less than six M-flares in the last 24 hours or so, and the 10cm solar flux has climbed into the mid-130s, the highest such values for more than two years. The flares have resulted in coronal mass ejections, ...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
29 Aug 2017 12:58
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Solar Cycle 25
Replies: 20
Views: 1201

Re: Solar Cycle 25

Cheers John.

The post was written from the POV of an HF DX enthusiast, can understand MW types hoping for a long period of low solar activity!
by Jim (Bournemouth)
29 Aug 2017 12:56
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: 2017 Es Season Off To A Hopeless Start
Replies: 33
Views: 2223

Re: 2017 Es Season Off To A Hopeless Start

Well.. in the end it was a fairly decent season thanks to those 3 weeks in June that will go down in history, certainly the best season since 2013, after 2 stinkers and one a little better. May was a washout until the last few days and July was poor here up to at least the 15th. Since then I've kept...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
28 Aug 2017 20:42
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Solar Cycle 25
Replies: 20
Views: 1201

Solar Cycle 25

With Cycle 24 now being well advanced on its downward path with solar minimum being expected in many quarters in 2019 or 2020, it is interesting that there are some optimistic signs that solar minimum may be comming sooner than we all think. IN late December last year, some tiny sunspots at a high l...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
25 Jun 2017 13:13
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Andorra received
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: Andorra received

Never had Andorra here. Perfectly possible if the skip is short enough, just need that bit of luck in being in the right place at the right time. I have had Vatican here but not logged San Marino. Should be a decent skip distance from here. Perhaps I should just watch 102.7 when Italy really gets go...
by Jim (Bournemouth)
24 Jun 2017 14:50
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Es Azores
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Es Azores

Antena 3 88.7.
Only just strong enough to be certain of a webstream match on peaks. Veery marginal.
by Jim (Bournemouth)
10 Jun 2017 21:10
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: 2017 Es Season Off To A Hopeless Start
Replies: 33
Views: 2223

Re: 2017 Es Season Off To A Hopeless Start

well well well.. 10 days on and the season looks very different! We have had as much Es since 30 May as in the whole of 2014 put together. The aforementioned MMMoVHF graph now shows this season to be around average so far, and level with 2015 which had a pretty decent May.

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