GEORGIA received in S.E. England on 16 June 2020

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GEORGIA received in S.E. England on 16 June 2020

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I was testing how sensitive the RDS decoding on SDR-Console is when multiple VFOs are in use. I decided to try and see how well it would do on my Azerbaijani reception. I was, to say the least, surprised to find a pi code of 0951 on 95.1 MHz at 0646 - the same time as I received Azerbaijan on 93.0 and 94.6 MHz

This is AVTO Radio from Georgia - at 3476 km. The reception was rather short lived, when R Maria from Poland faded. I've attached a link to the recording - which is ridiculously weak. They must be pumping lot of power into the RDS sub-carrier - listen around 50 seconds in. So I played the file back through SDR#/FilePlayer/RDSSpy to compare.

https://app.box.com/s/hy9tiuzuga196tvcnh8cq6ws9oulr1st

I've attached two screen shots - one from SDR-Console which has captured the PI code,and from SDR#/RDSSpy which has managed to capture a partial pi code. On the one from SDR# I've highlighted where signal appeared with RDS - you can see how weak it is.
Georgia 16Jun2020_0646UTC SDRConsole.jpg
Georgia 16Jun2020_0646UTC_SDRSharp.jpg
The signal on 95.1 was so weak that I must have ignored it at the time. It is only because I was allowing 10 VFOs on SDR console to check every second of every frequency that it was revealed.
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Wow! Many congratulations David! What a catch!

Is this the first time Georgia has been received on band 2 in the UK?

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outstanding! what a distance.
amazing log!!! myself still waiting for sth more south/east of Krasnodar...
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Stunning David! Congratulations from me too.

One question though. The recording you've posted is labelled as "93000kHz" or 93.0 MHz. I presume it was actually 95.1?
Good DX.

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Nick Gilly wrote:
25 Sep 2020 20:38
Stunning David! Congratulations from me too.

One question though. The recording you've posted is labelled as "93000kHz" or 93.0 MHz. I presume it was actually 95.1?
Well spotted - my typo - had Azer FM on the brain. The link is now correctly named.
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John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
25 Sep 2020 18:30
Wow! Many congratulations David! What a catch!

Is this the first time Georgia has been received on band 2 in the UK?
Who looks after these sort of records? No-one has come back with info to suggest the Azerbaijani stations have previously been logged in the UK, So the Georgian station could well be a UK first.

Modern technology opens up so much more information as to is possible in respects of signal propagation.

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David, I suspect when we both had Iran in May 2016 that was also a UK first. Certainly I don't know of any other occasion this has happened.
Good DX.

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The listed power of the Georgian station is only 1 kw, and Azerbaycan Radyo is 2kw. I wonder if that is the actual ERP or the transmitter output power?

And I wonder what the 2021 season will bring?
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Nick Gilly wrote:
25 Sep 2020 21:42
David, I suspect when we both had Iran in May 2016 that was also a UK first. Certainly I don't know of any other occasion this has happened.
And on the same day I had Iraq - from Kirkuk - Radio Nawa on 89.5 MHz, with the distinctive striking clock identifier. This was almost buried behind what appeared to be Radio Dohuk. I also got a much stronger signal from a Radio Nawa transmitter on 93.9 MHz but the location wasn't known as it was not listed on FMList. According to FMList on 25/9/20, there is a "Hidden" station on 93.9 MHz which is on the right bearing and distance for the other reception in 2016
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I know not everybody likes the idea of claiming a 'UK First' and 'Personal First' is preferred by some, but it's nice to know that this might be the case and it's something of an achievement. I think it's fair to say that you have the catches of the season this year at least. Very well done indeed! I might just build an OIRT antenna for the next season if these countries are still on the air. ;)

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John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
26 Sep 2020 10:01
I might just build an OIRT antenna for the next season if these countries are still on the air. ;)
OIRT broadcasting has been inactive both in Georgia and Azerbaijan for many years.
Anyway, R3 Rossia K,which broadcast presumably from Sukhumi (capital of the de facto state Abkhazia), is still on-air, I usually log it with the powerful OIRT TX of Sochi on 70,07 and 71,93.

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More evidence that I don't read through every post, nor do I remember much. Getting worse. I'm not going to post anything anymore. It always ends some way like this.

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John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
26 Sep 2020 10:50
Getting worse. I'm not going to post anything anymore. It always ends some way like this.
Don't worry about it - it happens :)

It could still be worth putting up an OIRT aerial because there are still a number of Russian stations about. You can still buy a dipole centre for a 1" boom along with a couple of element clamps.

I am amazed at how well my magnetic loop antenna performs on the OIRT band at a height of only 10ft/3m above ground. On 16 Jun 2020 a few minutes after the Georgian/Azerbaijan reception I got a number of stations from the Kuban region of Russia - the 17 kW stations were very strong.
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Excellent reception David well done!!!

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Congratulations! what a catch
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