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by John Faulkner, Skegness
19 Nov 2018 11:07
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Ideal MWDX Equipment?
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Ideal MWDX Equipment?

Portable or otherwise, the DE1103 is a mean little receiver.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
19 Nov 2018 10:43
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Ideal MWDX Equipment?
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Ideal MWDX Equipment?

I would have recommended the Degen DE1103. That is the best portable I have personally used. However, as has been documented many times before, when you buy the DE1103 you have to buy from the Anand supplier on Ebay. Then you need to specify which batch you want as it was the earlier production mode...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 21:06
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Ideal MWDX Equipment?
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Ideal MWDX Equipment?

Yes, like some cheese, smells bad, but tastes délicieux! :)

A good portable MW receiver. Hmm. Not sure about that. Anybody?
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 16:43
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Ideal MWDX Equipment?
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Ideal MWDX Equipment?

Ah. I tried to eat Andouillette de Troyes once, at a L'aire (motorway service station) just outside Troyes. Note the word "tried". I did not succeed.

:lol:
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 09:27
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: 1520 KKXA WA Kiwi SDR
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: 1520 KKXA WA Kiwi SDR

... and less polar absorption due to being closer to the pole.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 09:25
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Ideal MWDX Equipment?
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Ideal MWDX Equipment?

Flags are not 'big signal' antennas, but they provide better signal-to-noise than some other antennas. Their ability as a low angle antenna make them slightly superior to the standard loop, not to mention their unidirectional properties. Flags have a wide forward front lobe and a wide null at the re...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 09:21
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Quiet Conditions on MW again ...
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Quiet Conditions on MW again ...

I see a few interesting carriers this morning, indicating more exotic stuff just under the noise levels, so it's trying. I hate to rule out the better stuff during November and February. It was a veteran DXer who first pointed out these two anomaly months. I was sceptical, but time has shown this to...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 00:47
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Ideal MWDX Equipment?
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Ideal MWDX Equipment?

That's interesting regarding the attenuation on MW, Stuart. My own experience of ham rigs for MW DX have been good. There was a TS rig of Julian's I used a few years ago and it was VERY good on MW. The selectivity and audio quality were both excellent. I don'r recall anything remotely reduced regard...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
18 Nov 2018 00:43
Forum: News
Topic: How long before Spain on MW close ?
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: How long before Spain on MW close ?

Not really. Loop are generally very good at rejecting local noise, but each situation will be different.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Nov 2018 23:50
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo 17/11/18
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Tropo 17/11/18

It's moving north at last. :) Rangstrup is now noise-free in mono and a few other Danish transmitters are appearing.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Nov 2018 23:33
Forum: News
Topic: How long before Spain on MW close ?
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: How long before Spain on MW close ?

The last time I heard anything about this was roughly a year ago. I cannot remember the source, but it was said that Spain had two years left before switching off MW. I haven't heard anything since. Maybe some our Spanish members know more. We will still be left with the Romanians and I don't think ...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Nov 2018 23:22
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Quiet Conditions on MW again ...
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Quiet Conditions on MW again ...

Mirroring the conditions at the end of October when the Prairies / West coast came through so well. The question is, will November deliver the goods? If anything, the solar wind is slightly lower than it was then.

Good DX!
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Nov 2018 23:16
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo 17/11/18
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Tropo 17/11/18

Interesting how the relatively short distance between you and me, Catherine, is making such a big difference. Denmark is only just beginning to appear here with Rangstrup, weakish and noisy, but Holland is now good.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Nov 2018 17:36
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: 1520 KKXA WA Kiwi SDR
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: 1520 KKXA WA Kiwi SDR

Why don't you try a Washington state receiver? You might receive it even better.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
17 Nov 2018 17:34
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo > Germany & Denmark
Replies: 19
Views: 307

Re: Tropo > Germany & Denmark

Sod all here.
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Nov 2018 10:12
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Western Sahara (AOE / MRC) 711 kHz
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Western Sahara (AOE / MRC) 711 kHz

A good question. I used to refer to the DXCC country list. http://www.arrl.org/files/file/DXCC/2016%20DXCC%20Current.pdf This is for radio hams of course, but it is one of the most definitive country lists I know of. How do we standardize such a list for all DXers? We can't. But for FM, personally, ...
by John Faulkner, Skegness
16 Nov 2018 09:49
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo > Germany & Denmark
Replies: 19
Views: 307

Tropo > Germany & Denmark

Good signals right into central Germany! No time here to listen though :cry: :cry:

Only Rangstrup from Denmark at the moment.

Good DX!
by John Faulkner, Skegness
15 Nov 2018 15:53
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: I am JF's best mate!
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: I am JF's best mate!

I wouldn't understand it anyway. I have never played on fruit machines either. We have millions of the things here too. The only gambling I do is when I make my overnight recordings on the off chance that I might wind some good DX. (Was that too corny?) :)
by John Faulkner, Skegness
15 Nov 2018 15:11
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: I am JF's best mate!
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: I am JF's best mate!

Here's the thing, Stuart. I have three names. My middle name is "No".

Billy. :D :D :D


You might be interested to know that I have NEVER bought a lottery ticket in my life! I NEVER WILL! (So I am safe. Phew!) :lol:

Er, try Boston, Stuart.

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