Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

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Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2017 12:13

To clutch/grasp at straws:

To be willing to try anything to improve a difficult or unsatisfactory situation, even if it has little chance of success:

She offered to take a pay cut to keep her job, but she was just clutching at straws.

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580 Occasional fade-ins of something Music heard at 0059.
590 VOCM. Painfully weak peaks.
740 Two signals barely reaching audio level.
760 OM 0255
800 Presumed VOWR.
830 V v weak OM. Wild offset exactly matches that of ZYJ488 Radio Tropical Solimoes, Nova Iguaçu. Offset is 830.0151.
1270 music and speech 0232. Offset matches LS11.
1400 Harbour Light & CBG.

DX Tip: If my 830 is ZYJ488 Radio Tropical Solimoes from Nova Iguaçu, maybe somebody else might like to try for this. It's way too weak for an ID here, but I suspect this may be a UK first timer if ID'd. Best here around 0300 - 0310.

800 had the best overnight TA signal, but it was still weak.

Even Cuba 1620 and Puerto Rico 1660 were absent this morning.

Going to take up hang-gliding instead.

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Re: Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

Post by simbeav » 15 Sep 2017 12:51

To clutch/grasp at straws:

to try to find reasons to feel hopeful about a situation when there is no real cause for hope (usually in continuous tenses.)

he keeps trying to convince himself that listening to the Venezuelan National Anthem every night on 750 is a fun hobby, but he is clutching at straws,

Your carrier on 830 seems to be here most nights (I thought it was local QRM !) - Never heard audio from it.

I'm off to house hunt in Scotland.

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Re: Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

Post by tvdxrools » 15 Sep 2017 12:59

swings and roundabouts you get the b2 Es and tropo down there we get sod all

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Re: Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2017 12:59

True. But this MW season should be better than this. What a washout!

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Re: Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

Post by satnipper » 15 Sep 2017 13:18

The poor MF conditions are due to the solar flares. We'll see better conditions once Autumn starts and the sun becomes a bit quieter.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 15 Sep 2017 13:45

Unfortunately, we are missing out on one of the best parts of the season, so I hope these flares are out of the way VERY soon.

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Re: Clutching At Straws: 15-09-17

Post by satnipper » 15 Sep 2017 15:21

Having just refreshed the wire on my BOG I am sure it will get worse!! My original wire had been in use for several years and it was patched in several places due to wind and critter induced breaks. Some nice green thicker wire is now down - wonder how long until the first break? The garrigue in the Cabardes badlands of southern Occitania have several creatures who would eat you and then have the wire for desert...

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