Sept 2003 and 2004 Tropo Ducting

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Sept 2003 and 2004 Tropo Ducting

Post by daveB » 09 Feb 2018 13:08

Has anyone else kept their TVDX logs from Sept 2003 and 2004. At that time my DXing was very casual. The aerial was a Triax BB flat panel and a Maxview UHF preamp standing on the loft floor. I came across a couple of handwritten A4 sheets within the page of a large atlas a little while back.

From 14th to 18th Sept 2003 I logged numerous Danish TV stations each day - mostly early morning and after sunset thru to late evening. The highlight was on 17th at 1900 when Norway TV2 was received - clear enough to see the adverts showing .no for the internet suffix. Some channels reached P5 quality. The 'usual' Dutch stations were weak. I also logged a couple oman stations

Almost a year later - on 7th Sept 2004 I logged another major opening - with Denmark on 22, 27, 30, 34, and 48. Numerous German stations were logged - as far as 824 km (ZDF Ch 31). My notes also show that I got NDR on Ch 60 from Niebull (670 km) which was listed at 20 watts, ADR on Ch29 which only had lower power txs listed - and possibly also Niebull. This was basically a coastal duct all the way to Denmark.
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Re: Sept 2003 and 2004 Tropo Ducting

Post by pe1etr » 09 Feb 2018 19:28

daveB wrote:
09 Feb 2018 13:08
Has anyone else kept their TVDX logs from Sept 2003 and 2004. At that time my DXing was very casual. The aerial was a Triax BB flat panel and a Maxview UHF preamp standing on the loft floor. I came across a couple of handwritten A4 sheets within the page of a large atlas a little while back.

From 14th to 18th Sept 2003 I logged numerous Danish TV stations each day - mostly early morning and after sunset thru to late evening. The highlight was on 17th at 1900 when Norway TV2 was received - clear enough to see the adverts showing .no for the internet suffix. Some channels reached P5 quality. The 'usual' Dutch stations were weak. I also logged a couple oman stations

Almost a year later - on 7th Sept 2004 I logged another major opening - with Denmark on 22, 27, 30, 34, and 48. Numerous German stations were logged - as far as 824 km (ZDF Ch 31). My notes also show that I got NDR on Ch 60 from Niebull (670 km) which was listed at 20 watts, ADR on Ch29 which only had lower power txs listed - and possibly also Niebull. This was basically a coastal duct all the way to Denmark.
Loggng Oman in Kent on UHF takes some doing. I logged it in Pakistan in 2003.

Peter

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Re: Sept 2003 and 2004 Tropo Ducting

Post by daveB » 10 Feb 2018 13:59

Loggng Oman in Kent on UHF takes some doing. I logged it in Pakistan in 2003
Some weird and wonderful gremlin (lets hope that doesn't turn into 'omlim' :lol:) got in there - I could swear I typed "german"!

Maybe this year on Band 2?

David
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Re: Sept 2003 and 2004 Tropo Ducting

Post by PFM907 » 12 Feb 2018 14:19

I remember that time. Had DR1 from Danmark on several channels (CHs.03/04/05/06/07/08/09/11/31), also DR2 (which was only using low power tx.) on CH.10. TV2 was on CH.22+32 (Fyn), CHs.23/48/52/58 (East), CHs.27/30/33 (Syd), CH.53 (KBH) and ?? Nibe (Nord). TV Danmark (later SBS Net, 6'eren, Kanal 4) could be seen on CHs.35/38/43/44/49/60. I only had Sweden twice, on VHF CH.07 (SVT1) and UHF CH.45 (TV4 Sverige) from Halmstad. I have QSLs for SVT1, DR1+2 and all the local TV2`s (except Lorry who are located right in the Copenhagen central train station but never did reply. From SBS Nordic, I got a basecap of Kanal 4 and two magnets of 6'eren. ARD on ch.29 was certainly my tx. Schwerin operating with NDR TV. This is a local px. of ARD (but not =Das Erste) which relays certain shows like Tagesschau main evening news bulletin. I miss analogue TV. I spent a thousand nights watching danish TV with movies in original languages and subtitles. When the weather was good, those could be seen in colour with a simple copper wire connected to an early 90's no-name TV. Never seen Norway on UHF, but Norway is my personal record twice (most far-away RDS log on FM / VHF-2 and most far-away DAB / Band III). Now, analogue TV is dead and FM too. Good old days...

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Re: Sept 2003 and 2004 Tropo Ducting

Post by PFM907 » 06 Mar 2018 08:58

My notes also show that I got NDR on Ch 60 from Niebull (670 km) which was listed at 20 watts, ADR on Ch29 which only had lower power txs listed - and possibly also Niebull.
Did a bit of research and came up with that mysterious "Das Erste" (ARD) on ch. E 29.
this wasn't any low power transmitter but 100 KW from Suederluegum (between Niebuell and Toender near Denmark).

activated during the late 90s ???
NDR and ZDF have been there much earlier, N3 E 60 with 110 KW - ZDF with 130 KW (not watts)

http://www.sender-eiderstedt.knutzen-el ... ebull.html
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_S% ... l%C3%BCgum

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