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by Julian Hardstone
06 Feb 2017 10:16
Forum: News
Topic: Italy MW closures
Replies: 29
Views: 1789

Italy MW closures

The Italian telecoms regulator has begun the process of closing MW use in Italy, with a series of notifications to broadcasters.

I have no further details, maybe someone can add to this
by Julian Hardstone
08 Jan 2017 14:06
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Skywaves problem
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: Skywaves problem

No Pascal, WE must install an update on Skywaves!
We hope it will be possible to do this in the next week
by Julian Hardstone
03 Jan 2017 10:58
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: FM Tropo Tues. 3 Jan.2017
Replies: 0
Views: 181

FM Tropo Tues. 3 Jan.2017

Slight local enhancement to the west this morning. Hepburn forecast a lift to Northern Ireland, but Divis remains weak, but to the SW Mullaghanish is just audible here on 99.6
by Julian Hardstone
02 Jan 2017 20:38
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Quadrantids 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Quadrantids 2017

The polarisation is rapidly changing during MS so a non-polarised aerial is preferable if you have one - and you do have one in the circular omnidirectional antenna. However you should use it with the axis through the loop looking towards the meteors, in other words you should look at the sky throug...
by Julian Hardstone
02 Jan 2017 20:25
Forum: DAB
Topic: New good DAB+ portable for DAB & FM DX?
Replies: 45
Views: 6245

Re: New good DAB+ portable for DAB & FM DX?

Looks nice, but you will soon find out if it is practical to run it off batteries. With luck it will run on rechargeables, but many won't. Having a few spare moments over Christmas I started a webspace for DAB radios, so it would be nice if you or anyone else would contribute some more models to the...
by Julian Hardstone
02 Jan 2017 09:54
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Allouis 162 QRT
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Allouis 162 QRT

I have read that the carrier is scheduled to remain on for another year, because many services in Freance rely on the time code which it carries using phase shift keying
by Julian Hardstone
01 Jan 2017 02:25
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Allouis 162 QRT
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Allouis 162 QRT

The "Luxembourg effect" is modulating the 162 carrier here with Radio 4 from Droitwich
by Julian Hardstone
01 Jan 2017 00:22
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Allouis 162 QRT
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Allouis 162 QRT

Very sad for all the old-timers who have listened to France Inter, and before that, Paris Inter, on long waves for decades now.
Service closed at minuit, blank carrier still there as I write
by Julian Hardstone
29 Dec 2016 15:52
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: FM Tropo 29 Dec 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 159

FM Tropo 29 Dec 2016

France still hanging on here:
105.6 F. Info, Hepburn points to Cherbourg, ann "France Info à Strasbourg"
99.6 F Inter, ½sec behind 162kHz, Caen
98.3 F. Cult. Rennes
89.4 F. Mus. Brest, Mozart
by Julian Hardstone
28 Dec 2016 20:06
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo lift 2016-12-28
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Tropo lift 2016-12-28

Brest gone now. Kiss 100 gone but now have Kiss 101 strong.
The Breeze now on 105.6, thanks to Tim for the tip. Stronger on vert so must be Newbury 100W
Thumbsup for Hepburn!
by Julian Hardstone
28 Dec 2016 18:08
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo lift 2016-12-28
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Tropo lift 2016-12-28

Les Platons now on 88.8, 97.1
Brest remains strong on 89.4, 95.4
by Julian Hardstone
28 Dec 2016 14:00
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo lift 2016-12-28
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Tropo lift 2016-12-28

I also have F on 105.6, also 99.6 Caen and Lille 88.0
89.4 Brest is by far the strongest, giving clear rx right next to local powerhouse Holme Moss 89.3
by Julian Hardstone
28 Dec 2016 11:23
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo lift 2016-12-28
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Tropo lift 2016-12-28

A few F coming in here this morning, incl. Boulogne 89.4, 99.9, Alençon 91.0, Rennes 93.5 despite Wrotham being strong

Croydon 100.0 is up over NHT. Only normal levels from the N and W

Wish I'd started earlier..
by Julian Hardstone
09 Dec 2016 22:41
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: DRM on 1071kHz last night (France?)
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: DRM on 1071kHz last night (France?)

I guess you're the nearest to it if it's in Finisterre, Stuart. Is it a continuous transmission or has it been on and off?
Odd they miss the 't' out of SMARCAST
I'll take the loop to the middle of a field tomorrow, see if I can confirm a due-South bearing
by Julian Hardstone
09 Dec 2016 14:38
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: DRM on 1071kHz last night (France?)
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: DRM on 1071kHz last night (France?)

AIUI Smartcast is testing on 6170/6175
http://alokeshgupta.blogspot.co.uk/2016 ... tests.html

1071 is on now, lower level than before but the bearing is not so much N-S, more NE-SW, same bearing as Moorside Edge!
by Julian Hardstone
09 Dec 2016 10:07
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: DRM on 1071kHz last night (France?)
Replies: 13
Views: 775

Re: DRM on 1071kHz last night (France?)

I doubt it would be France, it was quite strong this morning though less strong than last night.
I was trying to take an accurate bearing with the loop when it went off about 9:30 leaving Clipstone clear, but a domestic portable had shown it to be roughly N-S from here
Will check throughout the day
by Julian Hardstone
27 Nov 2016 13:39
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo 26/11/2016 Ireland/UK
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Tropo 26/11/2016 Ireland/UK

Thanks, presumably now in //el with 99.8
by Julian Hardstone
26 Nov 2016 22:37
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo 26/11/2016 Ireland/UK
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Tropo 26/11/2016 Ireland/UK

Great that you could take advantage of the E-W lift today John. Some surprises considering the direction, in particular Preston with 100W on 106.5 (that should be The Bee) From here the enhancement has been quite narrowly to the west, with Three Rock ridiculously strong on some of its channels while...
by Julian Hardstone
26 Nov 2016 19:49
Forum: DX Alerts
Topic: Tropo 25/11/16
Replies: 18
Views: 929

Re: Tropo 25/11/16

Good lift to IRL for the past few hours, with RDS in the car from Clermont and Three Rock
by Julian Hardstone
20 Nov 2016 02:05
Forum: Receivers
Topic: Tesco RAD113B
Replies: 2
Views: 835

Tesco RAD113B

I had heard that this £9 portable LW/MW/FM radio had unusual properties including unusually good quality listening on R4 LW so I rushed out to buy one. At this ridiculously low price I wasn't expecting much and it is certainly not a dx machine, but it is remarkable value and an unusually good kitche...

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