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Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 12 Sep 2015 13:21

The transatlantic path was very poor here this morning with weaker signals than yesterday. 0200 and 0300 were best. 0400 was a wash-out. By 0500, the Caribbean Beacon appeared on 1610 but the band became noisy.

Audio was heard on the following: Latins on 1100 1190 1270 1280 1350 1430 1520. UNID 1510 with soft instrumental music, possibly 'inspirational'.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by sleeper77 » 14 Sep 2015 23:03

Last night I heard a very weak Caribbean Beacon on 1610 kHz. Nothing else on the band. If the K Index is correct then maybe tonight might be better.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2015 12:57

I hope so. This is the worst season I have known on MW. I am only hoping that I do better with South America this season.

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 15 Sep 2015 13:03

not even hets noted from the Lleyn Peninsular at 0630utc last week fwiw, normally sept in Lleyn is good
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2015 13:27

You were very unlucky with the conditions for MW. This season is seeing a lot of high K indices thanks to the current state of the sun, which has really woken up in recent weeks. I haven't heard a single North American in the last week. That's how bad it is.

I've just had a check at my 0200, 0300, 0400 and 0500 slots from this morning and it's hopeless, apart from a sudden surge in Latins above 1500 at 0500 though I could not identify anything. I can only assume it is some attempt at a Peruvian takeover with the strong het on the lf side of 1500. There were weak Latins on 1470 1510 1520 1540 1550 1570 (suspect Radio Bethel with its religious style of programming) and 1600. 1570 was the best - https://app.box.com/s/vqnivbtjnjmlaiymnjqvm5gq8uze7q8e

There was the usual strong carrier on 950 - probably one of those little North Sea buoy transmitters. I get a few of them here.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by satnipper » 15 Sep 2015 15:54

Worst season? Lol de lol! We're about 6 weeks into a season that stretches from 1 August through to end April. You've actually had some good SA TA DX. Last NA season (judged after the season had finished) was very poor. Look at present conditions not as a poor start to the NA season but of a continuation of the summer LA season. There! Not too bad, eh?

Must be the Corbyn effect - he's not a fan of NA but likes a bit of revolutionary SA.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by senderjaeger » 15 Sep 2015 17:38

John Faulkner wrote:1570 was the best - https://app.box.com/s/vqnivbtjnjmlaiymnjqvm5gq8uze7q8e
It's Radio Bethel for sure. "Bethel" IDs are heard at 0:43 and 0:50.

I monitored the band until 0300 UTC last night and the only TA stations with fairly audible signals were 1290 Radio Puerto Cabello and 1610 Caribbean beacon. Carriers and hets were noted on a couple of further frequencies such as 1540, 1580 and 1160.
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2015 17:58

Of course Stuart. I was completely wrong. It's the best season ever.

As a friendly argument/debate, what is particularly good about this season? Even South American DX, which I understand has fallen off considerably in the last few weeks, is poor.

Asiatic DX is almost non-existent, apart from the regular 1512 giant. By this time last season I had already received several relatively exotic Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and even Japanese signals. There isn't even a trace of these at the moment.

The sun is throwing out so much earth-directed crap that we have almost constantly disturbed conditions. Look at the A and K indices!

Where's North America gone? Or are signals from CJVB and KGA booming into the London area? Fact: there is no high latitude DX. Even the regular east coasters from the USA and Canada are absent.

A good medium wave season usually resides in the middle of a solar low when the A and K indices settle down to "quiet" conditions. We have the exact opposite of that now. Unless conditions settle down for a few days, nothing will recover. The impacts from the sun are too frequent - and they don't tend to recover in a hurry. But I know you are winding me up and I just took the bait.

I doubt you'd find anybody who would say that conditions are anything other than poor. We can hope there are pockets of something relatively quieter as we go through the winter, which there may well be.

Conversely, it would be silly to write off a season when it has only just begun. That has a negative effect on things, but my statement was that this is the worst season I have known on medium wave. It's an observation, but feel free to rubbish what I write. You like to do that to members here.

I had no idea that Jeremy Corbyn was Latin American MW DXer. You live and learn. Maybe he is the country's last chance to return the ordinary DXing folk of this nation back into DXing prosperity. Farage probably wouldn't have allowed any overseas stations into this country.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2015 18:00

senderjaeger wrote:
John Faulkner wrote:1570 was the best - https://app.box.com/s/vqnivbtjnjmlaiymnjqvm5gq8uze7q8e
It's Radio Bethel for sure. "Bethel" IDs are heard at 0:43 and 0:50.

I monitored the band until 0300 UTC last night and the only TA stations with fairly audible signals were 1290 Radio Puerto Cabello and 1610 Caribbean beacon. Carriers and hets were noted on a couple of further frequencies such as 1540, 1580 and 1160.
Thank you Matthias. I must be honest, still don't hear these, but I'm sure you know what you are listening for. The programming around the top of the hour does fit their format. I have no doubt you are 100% correct.

Thank you.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by satnipper » 15 Sep 2015 20:59

Why don't you read what I actually wrote John?

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by senderjaeger » 15 Sep 2015 23:21

John Faulkner wrote:Thank you Matthias. I must be honest, still don't hear these, but I'm sure you know what you are listening for. The programming around the top of the hour does fit their format. I have no doubt you are 100% correct.
Thanks John. It's certainly a bit difficult to make out the ID as they usually omit the word "Radio" and just say "Bethel" which is heard twice in your recording.
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2015 23:31

satnipper wrote:Why don't you read what I actually wrote John?
Come on Stuart. It is you that should have read mine. I am not having a war with you. It was a statement of conditions how I see them, personally.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

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

A quick check on the band before I retire and Radio America from Buenos Aires is clear on 1190 already. http://www.1190america.com/

Also Radio Provincia de Buenos Aires is doing well on 1270 behind the Spanish splatter of 1269. The web stream for this can be found at [url]mms://170.155.145.40/AM_Provincia[/url]

Latin audio also on 1040 1060 1100 1150 1280 1380 1430 1440 1480 1600.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by sleeper77 » 16 Sep 2015 06:46

I mostly got signals from the Caribbean. 1610 kHz Anguilla was very strong throughout the night. 1620 kHz I heard Latin American music, I thought it was Radio Rebelde but it did not match 5025 kHz. Later on it sounded muffled as I think there was another station, maybe Radio Rebelde eventually trying to get through. Heard something on 1630 kHz, & WGIT from Puerto Rico with good reception as well throughout the night on 1660 kHz. I had some hets on 1510 kHz & 1470 kHz so I presume this was NA although I did not hear anything to be audible enough. I will post my recordings at some point.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by satnipper » 16 Sep 2015 08:59

There is more than one Cuban station on 1620 - Radio Bayamo is the other. There's also a Dominican station there as well though I'm not sure if it is active. http://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_ ... 3&kHz=1620 is your friend.

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Post by sleeper77 » 16 Sep 2015 10:33

Thanks Stuart. I am aware of that site, has been a very good guide to what I am getting in the past week or so.

The problem was that I only heard music & no ID. Also the signal was fading a lot & there was only a minute or so when reception was good out of all the time I was listening.
I was thinking it might be Argentina as 1620 kHz LU9 Universo FM is transmitting on the east side of the country which would make it easier to receive in Europe. Argentina on 1630 kHz also has a station on the east at 1 kW, & I did have something weak on this frequency with a definite LA accent. Here is hoping it is Argentina, although if it is Cuba or Dominican Republic instead then I am just as happy.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 16 Sep 2015 14:34

It's weird how conditions dropped like a stone after I reported the above. There was a recovery around 0400 but nothing was that strong, apart from America 1190 and Provincia 1270. There were a few Latin station on unusual frequencies but they were too weak to ID. I suspect a lot of what I was hearing was Cuba. 890 in particular.

The Caribbean Beacon was definitely up in strength overnight but I haven't heard this one above weak to fair this season. Most of the time I find it barely above the noise. You've got a great location for transatlantic DX down there in Southampton, Sleeper. There was a guy on the south coast, many years ago, his name was Dennis Tapsell and he was the king of South/Central American DX.

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Post by senderjaeger » 16 Sep 2015 23:32

John Faulkner wrote:It's weird how conditions dropped like a stone after I reported the above. There was a recovery around 0400 but nothing was that strong, apart from America 1190 and Provincia 1270. There were a few Latin station on unusual frequencies but they were too weak to ID. I suspect a lot of what I was hearing was Cuba. 890 in particular.

The Caribbean Beacon was definitely up in strength overnight but I haven't heard this one above weak to fair this season. Most of the time I find it barely above the noise.
Thanks to your alert I checked 1190 and 1350 at 0200 and got extremely weak signals of probably Radio America and Radio Buenos Aires. On 1270, a carrier was visible but no audio came through. There was no trace of Caribbean Beacon here.
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by sleeper77 » 17 Sep 2015 07:20

How odd, it was by far the strongest station from across the Atlantic I got the other night. Did you get Puerto Rico as well on 1660 kHz? That was the next best station to receive as well.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by sleeper77 » 17 Sep 2015 07:28

John Faulkner wrote:You've got a great location for transatlantic DX down there in Southampton, Sleeper. There was a guy on the south coast, many years ago, his name was Dennis Tapsell and he was the king of South/Central American DX.
Whereabouts on the south coast? I don't think my QTH is that special for TA DXing, but then again if the propagation is not great then I would not expect to get much anyway. Problem is Spain, always so dominant here if I am not getting signals from elsewhere.

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