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by John Faulkner, Skegness
20 Jan 2018 23:48
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Thanks for trying Simon. Appreciated. Hopefully some more good signals tomorrow. The band is already looking quite respectable.

Good DX!
by John Faulkner, Skegness
20 Jan 2018 13:12
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

The band woke up! Good North American conditions around 0500+ until beyond 0800 this morning. Probably only east coast conditions after the blow-out, but some nice signals. (My noise only appeared between 0805-0825) North American stations were available even on difficult channels! 1290 WKBK Keene N...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
20 Jan 2018 01:57
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

1420 ABC News jingle at 0200. Two stations present in the splatter.

I actually have a WJR ID on 760 at 0200!
by John Faulkner, Skegness
20 Jan 2018 01:46
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Thanks for this Simon. No ID from that and a nice fade at 0200, but I see the offset as you say. It drifts a little. WWKB was dominant for most of the morning at 1519.9977, plus a Spanish station appeared from time to time at 1520.0011. A couple of other carriers were just about reaching audio level...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
19 Jan 2018 18:38
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Far, far East - Taiwan and Korea on medium wave
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Far, far East - Taiwan and Korea on medium wave

Some respectable Oriental DX coming in here this afternoon. 972 HLCA 1134 HLKC 1170 HLSR 1566 HLAZ 1134 and 1170 are presumed as noise levels were overriding the vocals. Time was 1800. 1600 and 1700 were totally noised out. 1500 had Taiwan at fair levels on 1557. And I can just hear Vietnam on 1242 ...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
19 Jan 2018 15:16
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Superb signal from KXEL 1540 overnight.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
19 Jan 2018 11:38
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Far, far East - Taiwan and Korea on medium wave
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Far, far East - Taiwan and Korea on medium wave

Nice signal from HLAZ! All these stations have been missing from here for the last few weeks. The same thing happened last season. September/October are the best months for Asia. I will have a listen for Asia this afternoon. Poro Point was never an easy catch for me because of all the UK locals on 1...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Jan 2018 23:57
Forum: John Faulkner, Skegness
Topic: Skegness Log: 2017-07-06 (Es: Italy)
Replies: 0
Views: 32

Skegness Log: 2017-07-06 (Es: Italy)

87.5 1702 I Radio Italia SoloMusicaItaliana, Ercolano-Vesuvio/Area Osservatorio (na) 5220 R_?????? 1730km 87.9 1702 I Radio Camaldoli Stereo, Ercolano-Vesuvio/Area Osservatorio (na) 5006 _R??.S?? 1730km 88.1 1702 I RAI GR Parlamento, Perugia/Monte Malbe (pg) 5206 1422km 88.2 1702 I Radio 105, Vico ...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Jan 2018 23:43
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.

You're right Stuart. Time to dust off the IC-7000.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Jan 2018 15:57
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.

Just done a quick update. Shocking! The noise overs the whole of HF and beyond!

Bear in mind the antenna I am using for this demo is a flag. https://youtu.be/nYnKl8qYkw8
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Jan 2018 15:49
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.

Hello Stuart. The noise starts at the bottom of medium wave from about 700 kHz. It's solid right up to 10 MHz. I haven't checked above 10 MHz. So amateur bands are affected. Perhaps I should reactivate some kind of amateur radio operation so I can state my case as a practising operator. Do you think...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Jan 2018 11:59
Forum: Antennas
Topic: Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Noise, Flags & K9AYs. Advice Needed.

I have been wondering if it's worth me experimenting with another kind of antenna for medium wave. As you know, I can't sing enough praises about the flag antenna, but I am pulling my hair out regarding noise. Yesterday, I moved my flag into different positions and different parts of the garden in a...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Jan 2018 00:36
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?

Yes, that would definitely be an upside to the move. RTE is excellent. I used to listen to it a lot on the car radio. There's an interesting point about those same old 20 songs you mention. I made a casual kind of study on this and I was surprised by the number of tracks stations like Heart and Smoo...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Jan 2018 00:26
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Sorted! :) I braved the torrential snowfall (there are a few flakes) and found the base wire had snapped off right at the connection box terminal. Good job I tugged on the wire as it all appeared to be connected! The velcro fastener was holding it in place. It didn't fool me though ;) Back in action!
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Jan 2018 17:41
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Had a good *look* at the flag. All looks well! Clearly it isn't. Barely any signal at the bottom of the band, severe noise from 770 and throughout the entire short waves!

Really not impressed.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Jan 2018 16:00
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Damn!

Can't check the flag at the moment. It looks OK, but too much noise to do any nulling tests. Need to spend some time on this and I can't be bothered.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Jan 2018 15:13
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?

OK. Whatever that means. Let's just enjoy radio. :)
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Jan 2018 11:15
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: The Conditions Thread
Replies: 35
Views: 682

Re: The Conditions Thread

Thanks Simon.

My flag has been broken for two days and I only just realised.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Jan 2018 11:14
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Re: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?

I agree. On the face of it, it could be a good thing. But it feels like we are losing control and selling everything off. If the UK radio scene is so successful, why change it?

More diverse radio with more interesting programming sounds good. But I fear the worst with this move. Time will tell.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Jan 2018 03:27
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 103

Radio Maria in every town and city across the UK?

I wonder ..... https://radiotoday.co.uk/2017/12/commercial-radio-formats-to-be-scrapped/ So expect all kinds of overseas networks to appear. Are the government selling off our radio dial to overseas companies? From the article: Ministers also say the legislation will include permission for Ofcom to ...

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