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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 17 Sep 2015 12:14

If you have a coastal location then you will probably get an enhancement in that direction. i.e. here on the east coast I receive Asia far better than I could have expected. Japan was a regular on 1350 and 1413 for the first half of the season, albeit at very weak levels. Japan has always been considered super-rare in the UK.

I didn't have any real interest in Asiatic DX because I don't understand the languages, but once I realised how great this location is for Asia I decided to get stuck in.

My favourite is North American DX and always has been, but that would be better received if I lived on the west or north coast. Even Cornwall is an excellent place for North American DX as it has the sea path, even though signals would travel through Ireland for west coast North American DX. Here, the path to Alaska, for instance, goes almost north, virtually entirely by sea path apart from a brief clip into northern Greenland, so when conditions eventually settle down, Alaska should return. 680 is the usual channel with KBRW, though I have also received KICY on 850. I have also received CFFB 1230 from Iqaluit in the North West Territories of Canada.

I forget where Dennis Tapsell lived. I think it was Brighton, but anywhere along the south coast should have great South American reception when conditions open up.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by senderjaeger » 17 Sep 2015 17:48

sleeper77 wrote: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.
No. Not even a carrier was visible on 1660 either.
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 18 Sep 2015 00:04

Several TA carriers in already, all on common Canadian frequencies. 590 620 750 930 & 1400. Audio squeezing through very weakly at this early hour.

590 is VOCM: Phone-in, as web.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 18 Sep 2015 00:13

1560 WFME New York NY now in at fair levels. Religious programming as web.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by sleeper77 » 20 Sep 2015 22:30

My recording of 1620 kHz on the 16th. Certainly not Radio Rebelde as it did not match 5025 kHz at the time...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aO8HmCa1Ew

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 21 Sep 2015 01:03

If not Rebelde then perhaps Radio Bayamo, also Cuban.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 23 Sep 2015 17:34

Absolutely dire conditions on medium wave overnight. Only the most regular of regulars came through.

1400 Harbour Light, Carriacou, Windward Is.
1540 Radio Bahamas, Nassau
1610 Caribbean Beacon The Valley, Anguilla
1620 Radio Rebelde, Cuba multi-tx
1660 WGIT Canóvanas, Puerto Rico

The rest of the band struggled to even show transatlantic carriers, let alone any of them reach audio level.

On the positive side, while there's no Alaskan or Pacific reception (I wish) coming through, this shows what can still get through when conditions are very poor. Radio Bahamas in particular, a rare catch at one time, can reach good levels.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by sleeper77 » 23 Sep 2015 23:31

Just had a fellow Youtuber confirm to me that it is Argentina's Radio Mar La Plata which I received on 1620 kHz, since the music played is from a well known national artist.

The last few days I have received the following...

1200 kHz - ?, instrumental music heard, maybe of Latin descent
1290 kHz - YVLF Radio Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
1390 kHz - ?, very weak
1470 kHz - ?, weak & not audible
1610 kHz - Caribeean Beacon, Anguilla
1620 kHz - Radio Rebelde, Cuba. Confirmed with 5025 kHz relay.
1620 kHz - very presumed Radio Mar La Plata, Argentina mixing in with Radio Rebelde
1630 kHz - ?, heard something but weak
1660 kHz - WGIT, Puerto Rico
1700 kHz - Radio Mega, Miami, USA in Haitian language

Video of 1290 kHz Venezuela catch...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y9ppCyyr9U

Lookout tonight as there could be more.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 24 Sep 2015 22:57

I discovered this evening that I had not connected the bottom part of the flag properly and so there would have been no null when I last listened two mornings ago.

I also discovered a bad connection at the coax plug and that destroyed this morning's recordings. I have only been able to bodge this a couple of hours ago and I don't know how long it will hold, but I see the numbers have dropped nicely so, hopefully, there will be more North American reception in the coming morning.

With everything working again and my flag pointing at 300 degrees I thought I'd try some carrier monitoring and I see the first transatlantic trace appearing on 1400 at 20:48 GMT. No doubt CBG. So fingers crossed for something a little better during the coming morning.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 26 Sep 2015 20:18

Transatlantic carriers (the usual Canadians) faded in this evening at 1900.

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by Alex Lawler » 03 Oct 2015 07:02

Caribbean Beacon 1610 kHz in at 06.30hrs today on the 390s internal ferrite.
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by Alex Lawler » 29 Oct 2015 00:30

Conditions must be good this morning as an American station is blasting through on 1130kHz just using a 390 with no external aerial indoors.
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by pe1etr » 30 Oct 2015 10:27

Alex Lawler wrote:Conditions must be good this morning as an American station is blasting through on 1130kHz just using a 390 with no external aerial indoors.
That'll be 1130 WBBR Bloomberg Radio NYC.

I'm getting that daily (including today, Friday) in the early mornings on my portables

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by Alex Lawler » 30 Oct 2015 14:01

What other regulars do you receive Peter? I tried for Caribbean Beacon and Radio Rebelde at 06.00 this morning but didn't receive anything.
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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by pe1etr » 02 Nov 2015 17:56

Alex Lawler wrote:What other regulars do you receive Peter? I tried for Caribbean Beacon and Radio Rebelde at 06.00 this morning but didn't receive anything.
Hello Alex sorry for the late response.

I got 1010 1130 1500 1510 1520 1530 1540 1560 1580 ...and 1610 the Caribbean Beacon on portable radios within the last week or so. (

Note: The Caribbean Beacon (and Cuba) are from a more SW direction and thus stand out from the other TA stations, which are W-NW

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 16 Dec 2015 21:51

Well this is a surprise. I just put the flag antenna back on the garden, aimed for east coast North America, and the local noise has gone. Already at 2130 I was hearing WEGP on 1390. Plenty of other carriers and bits of audio around.

Long may this last!

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Re: Transatlantic Conditions

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 17 Dec 2015 12:44

Ah yes, those carriers were from nearby interference sources. Nice one! From sunrise onwards, those carriers increased in strength. I thought there was a sudden increase in North American conditions around 0900 when I saw the carriers reach what would have been audio level, only there was no audio as such, just whines and buzzes. :(

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