a2c39a Loggings, from 4km NE of Tacolneston

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a2c39a Loggings, from 4km NE of Tacolneston

Post by a2c39a » 16 Jan 2015 17:28

I'll start a 3m log here.

This is to show what I hear in such a (radio) hostile environment with only loft mounted 4 element yagis (V & H) fixed at about SE beam heading (no rotator). The yagis are about 7m (23ft) AGL.
(The actual beam heading according to a compass is about 145° but the direction of best reception seems nearer 130°.)
The receiver is a Sony XDR-S10HDiP unless otherwise indicated.
The location is 41m (135ft) ASL. The ground falls towards the E/SE and rises in most other directions.

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30/01/2015
19:30 to 20:40
98.6 Radio Twee, Egem (Bel), pk to 1 bar.
102.1 Stu Bru, Egem (Bel), 0 bar steady
105.5 Topradio, Staden (Bel), just rising above noise.
By 19:40 has risen to a steady almost usable sig
107.7 RGR FM, Oostkamp (Bel), occasional pks
92.3 Vivacité, Anderlues (Bel/Wal), good but fading
94.7 Bleu, Lille (Fra), 0 bar but good signal
95.7 Radio Een, Egem (Bel), good sig but fading
87.9 Omroep Zeeland, Goes (Ned), 0 bar but good sig
88.4 Slam!FM, Roosendaal (Ned), weak sig
93.2 Classic21, Bruxelles (Bel/Wal), 0 bar fading
97.8 Radio Twee, Westdorpe (Ned), 0 bar weak but steady
107.5 Scheldemond FM, Oostburg (Ned), weak but steady

25/01/2015
13:45 to 14:00
104.5 VBRO, Oostende (Bel), 0 bar, fading in/out.
99.8 NPO 3FM, Goes (Ned), 0 bar, fading in/out.

16:50 to 17:10
105.8 Radio Kompas, Koekelare (Bel), 0 bar, fading, good signal at peak.

19:30 to 20:20
107.1 Topradio, Oostende (Bel), 0 bar, good signal but not as strong as 105.5.
104.9 Hit FM, Oostkamp (Bel), 0 bar, fading but very good signal at peak.
105.7 VBRO, Oostkamp (Bel), 0 bar, fading.
105.6 Radio Minerva,  De Haan (Bel), 0 bar, some fading but generally a good steady sugnal.

24/01/2015
19:30 to 20:35
99.1 RTBF Classic 21, Anderlues (Bel), 0 bar, fading.
106.0 Europe 1, Forbach (Fra), 0 bar, fading.

23/01/2015
19:25 to 20:45
88.4 Slam!FM, Roosendaal (Ned), 0 bar, some fading.
97.0 VRT MNM, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw (Bel), 0 bar, fading in/out.
105.5 Topradio, Staden (Bel), 0 bar, good signal.
106.6 Radio Campus, Lille, 0 bar, fading in/out.
106.9 Sky Rock, Béthune (Fra), 0 bar, good signal.
107.5 Scheldemond FM, Oostburg (Ned), 0 bar good signal.
107.6 Contact Dance, Assenede (Bel), fading in/out.
107.7 RGR FM, Oostkamp (Bel), 0 bar, good signal, some fading.

22/01/2015
19:15 to 19:30
106.6 Radio Campus, Lille, 0 bar, good signal some fading.
88.7 France Musique, Lille, 1 bar, RDSing.
90.4 Klara, Egem (Bel), 1 bar, RDSing.
94.7 France Bleu, Lille, 1 bar, RDSing.
95.7 Radio Een, Egem (Bel), 2 bars RDSing.
98.6 Radio Twee, Egem (Bel), 1 bar, RDSing.
103.7 France Inter, Lille, 1 bar, RDSing.
Just logged the big signals tonight.

19:45 to 19:50
105.5 Topradio, Staden (Bel), 0 bar, good signal.
107.7 RGR FM, Oostkamp (Bel), 0 bar, good signal, some fading.
Had to log Topradio and RGR FM ---- They're Dance Music stations! ;)

21/01/2015
Repairs to the 110 volt transformer for the XDR-S10HDiP completed. It also gave me the opportunity to measure the voltages out of the XDR-S10HDiP PSU, on the three wires to the radio itself.
With PSU in front of you with the three wires coming out towards you (110 volt input at the back, away from you), Sony label face up:
Middle wire; 0 volt, common.
Left wire; +12.4 volts DC, ON
                  +13.4 volts DC, SBY (clock display)
Right wire; +7.4 volts DC, ON
                    +9.4 volts DC, SBY (clock display)
As you can see, both the +12.4v & +7.4v are unregulated and rise when the load is reduced in Standby condition.
Sooooo good to have it back again!! :) :)

20:30 to 21:30
Germans gone tonight.
Bel and Fra and Ned lifted.

87.9 Omroep Zeeland, Goes (Ned), 1 bar.
94.7 France Bleu, Lille (Fra) , 0 bar but good signal.
95.7 Radio Een, Egem (Bel), 1 bar, RDSing.
97.8 Radio Twee, Westdorpe (Ned) , 0 bar, steady but weakish.
98.6 Radio Twee, Egem (Bel), 0 bar but good signal and attempting RDS!
100.1 Radio Twee, Egem (Bel), 0 bar but good signal.
102.1 Stu Bru, Egem (Bel), 1 bar,  Just RDSing.
103.0 Q Music, Egem (Bel), 0 bar but good signal.
104.1 Joe FM, Egem (Bel), 0 bar but good signal.
105.2 Info, Lille (Fra), 0 bar but good signal.
105.5 Topradio, Staden (Bel), 0 bar, steady weakish signal.
107.2 Radio Bingo, Roeselare (Bel), weak fading in/out.
107.5 Scheldemond FM, Oostburg (Ned), 0 bar but good signal.
107.6 Contact Dance, Assenede (Bel), weak fading in/out.
107.7 RGR FM, Oostkamp (Bel), 0 bar, weak steady signal.
Various others. This is just a selection to test that everything is working OK. :)

20/01/2015
Disaster! The transformers for the XDR-S10HDiP have taken a tumble in the airing cupboard 'shack'.
It is out of commission until I can complete repairs. :(

19/01/2015

19:20 to 19:40
88.00	D	SR 1 Europawelle	Göttelborner Höhe	saa 100kW	h	 542km	129°
88.00	D	WDR 5	Bonn/Venusberg	nrw	50kW	h	 456km 114°
These two swapping places with one another, then both fading to very low level, then one or other back up again!
Other weak but frequently rising German signals on 94.8, 100.4, 100.8, 105.5.

19:40 to 20:00
107.50   HOL Scheldemond FM Oostburg/Watertoren   zee   0.05kW    v    208   km 129°
106.90	F  Skyrock Lens-Béthune Béthune/Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen 62	1kW v	 254km	157°
Both quite weak but rising to a better level quite frequently.

17/01/2015  
16:30 to 17:00
88.00   D   SR 1 Europawelle   Göttelborner Höhe   saa   100kW  h  542km 129°
94.8    50kW    D          rlp    @   SWR3 Rheinland-Pfalz/Rheinland      Linz (Rhein) / Ginsterhahner Kopf      478km 115°
Both German stations are there again today.
Most Ned/Bel/Fra quite weak again today.

16/01/2015 
16:00 to 17:25
88.00	D	SR 1 Europawelle	Göttelborner Höhe	saa	100kW  h  542km 129°
This is a steady weakish signal at the moment with peaks to quite easily readable level. It has been like that for more than an hour.
It is usually just detectable on a daily basis but today the signal is considerably stronger.
As always with this station, best reception is on my V yagi!

19:00 to 19:30
94.8 	50kW 	D       	rlp 	@   SWR3 Rheinland-Pfalz/Rheinland  	 Linz (Rhein) / Ginsterhahner Kopf  	 478km 115°
Weaker than 88.0 but peaking to a good readable signal on V yagi.
Best wishes, John.

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Re: a2c39a Loggings, from 4km NE of Tacolneston

Post by Alex Cator » 02 Feb 2015 15:45

Great catches! I wouldn't say your area is hostile at all, perhaps the nearby Tacolneston transmitter is the only thing that makes it hostile. My band is quite hostile, just too westerly, and many stations are blocked out by the hill that Harleston is located on.
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Re: a2c39a Loggings, from 4km NE of Tacolneston

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 02 Feb 2015 16:38

Excellent stuff John! That log is reminiscent of a good summer's day on the coast at Sizewell!

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Re: a2c39a Loggings, from 4km NE of Tacolneston

Post by Alex Cator » 16 May 2015 21:29

I would recommend an HS Publications antenna phaser, considering how strong Tacolneston is where you are. The S10 does desensitise its front-end to cope with Tac, but I still think you would get better results with Tacolneston highly reduced. To reduce it to the degree that it does not cause any desensitivity/intermod and to the degree that stations at 100 kHz from Tac signals are easy, would really help. Considering that Tacolneston, for you, is rock-hard (it's not much weaker here in Breckland either! :( ), the phasing antenna could just be a coax cable, as that would grab enough Tac. It is apparently very fiddly to use, but you will get the hang of it eventually. It would also help with SHC and Mendlesham, the latter I guess could be nulled to reveal VBRO 2 from Brugge, but the main point is to reduce Tacolneston. Don't be excited that it would completely get rid of Tac channels - it won't. It just would reduce them to the degree that they don't cause overload, desensitivity and QRM at 100 kHz. An intense tropo could knock out Tac signals, e.g. Classic FM 101.5 with VRT MNM from Egem.
Considering Tac is almost in your back garden, and that your Yagi is in your loft, you are doing very well with your DX setup. You should get something on your roof ASAP, as those loft tiles probably would weaken your continentals. Let me guess your location is Hapton (JO02OM), on the 'link' between the B1113 and the A140. Am I right? You can correct me if you like.
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