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by Julian Hardstone
01 Jan 2017 00:22
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Allouis 162 QRT
Replies: 5
Views: 428

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: 137

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: 350

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: 350

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: 350

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: 350

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: 12
Views: 487

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: 12
Views: 487

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: 12
Views: 487

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: 601

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: 601

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: 785

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: 539

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...
by Julian Hardstone
05 Nov 2016 16:37
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: Just off to the occupied West Bank (he said nonchalantly)
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Just off to the occupied West Bank (he said nonchalantly)

Nice one Tim
I hope the MAP is getting through to the hospitals
by Julian Hardstone
30 Oct 2016 19:39
Forum: Off Channel
Topic: How good are LED light bulbs? - my experiences
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: How good are LED light bulbs? - my experiences

The trend now is for LED bulbs not to use a switching inverter but just to use a capacitor in series with the series diodes, so no RFI will be generated I recently noticed that Screwfix have 14W GLS LED bulbs for £4.99 in cool or warm white, and I bought a set to replace the CFLs in the pendants at ...
by Julian Hardstone
27 Oct 2016 10:13
Forum: Medium Wave & Long Wave
Topic: Bretagne 5 on 1593 off air
Replies: 7
Views: 378

Re: Bretagne 5 on 1593 off air

It has been reported that they are off air due to lightning damage
by Julian Hardstone
26 Oct 2016 19:54
Forum: News
Topic: 891: Radio 538 closing
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: 891: Radio 538 closing

538 was the wavelength (557kHz) of the North Sea pirate Radio Veronica, who had QSY'd there from 192m/1562kHz in 1972, and on whom the newly licensed "538" had fashioned themselves, fwiw :geek:

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by Julian Hardstone
20 Oct 2016 13:27
Forum: VHF Band 2, OIRT & DAB
Topic: enjoying a newly opened gap on 105.2
Replies: 7
Views: 698

Re: enjoying a newly opened gap on 105.2

I thought you were LoS to SC, Tim :P
by Julian Hardstone
17 Oct 2016 11:50
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: pirate update midlands/north
Replies: 160
Views: 16608

Re: pirate update midlands/north

I now see they are showing RDS: LOVE-NRG and scrolling text SPREADING THE LOVE ACROSS MANCHESTER
by Julian Hardstone
15 Oct 2016 11:17
Forum: Pirate Radio
Topic: pirate update midlands/north
Replies: 160
Views: 16608

Re: pirate update midlands/north

100.8 reggae and smooth soul, with DJ ann, playing in Manchester today, very clean mono
"Love Energy, spreading the love"

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