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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 23 Feb 2018 21:42

A new one for me at 0700 - 1430 WKOX with weak ID.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by PFM907 » 24 Feb 2018 09:12

congrats on those TA-logs, especially the more far-away ones. Romania makes many of their frequencies useless over here.
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23 Feb 2018 00:49
AIR (Indraprastha Channel), Delhi coiming in well with Egypt on 819 at 1930 this evening (22nd). Still no sign of KCBS.

heard KCBS (although condx towards KRE/KOR were lousy y`day) around 1640 UTC and again (surprise surprise!) at 2130 with time signal and again between 2215 and 2225 UTC. normally, their signal is gone by 2040 (after signing on) and China / Egypt take over, sometimes mixing with Iran. So, China was not there yesterday (but it was on 1377 and 1350).

the day before was excellent for KRE / KOR, 1134 coming in with national anthem and signing off. Nice music they play.

Also TWN on 1557 (with tx causing little noise) and 1143 were good, up to S=4 but down on top during ID. 1098 RFA, too.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 24 Feb 2018 12:17

Thanks P. The quieter periods on my MW band have been slightly quieter recently. 15 personal firsts here so far this year. I am still really surprised that KGOW came in so well.

This morning's conditions seemed very interesting. Probably slightly auroral as there was a large blow-out after midnight (K6s at least.) I doubt anything distant will have been getting across the pond, but I noticed THREE good signals on 1470 before sunrise this morning. Usually there's only WLAM which is reliable. A talk station was dominant over WLAM with a good signal. Haven't a clue who it was. Wondering if it's that health station WWNN. It's probably about the right time of year for that one to come through. Only WLAM peaks and IDs on the hour of course. No ... (listening as I type at the moment) ... the talker is WLAM. So who is the oldies? There are two other carriers just about reaching audio level on 1470 just before sunrise, so maybe something interesting in there for somebody.

WSAR is blasting in on 1480.

Buried call on 1490 at 0600 under WBAE's CBS news jingle

The mystery station on 1510.0018 continues to tease on 1510 before it signs off at 23:18.

KXEL 1540 good signal at 06:35.

Possible WXKS ID 1430 0600.

1350 has two Latins at 0600. One IDs at 05:59:04, but it's difficult. Has a slogan "La Una ... punto" or similar. Lively music either side. Probably Cuba.

Brazil takes over 1350 very nicely after 0700 for about 15 minutes. (Capital Acre's last reported offset.)

Will have to come back to this later.

Good DX!

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Post by simbeav » 24 Feb 2018 14:15

If anybody needs it there is a nice Capital Radio Jingle at 07:00'45 on 1250.

There is possibly an announcement and "jingle" for the 1470 oldies station at 06:52'40 , but much too low for me to make out.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 24 Feb 2018 17:09

1250 is in my permanent noise band, so that's a no-go.

Re. 1470 jingle, that's just inside one of my louder noise bands, so no chance again. Had it been just 30 seconds later ...

Thanks anyway Simon.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 24 Feb 2018 21:35

Only just managing to really look at last night. Another new one for me 1140 - Radio Panamericana with an ID at 0549. It was in for some time mixing with Canada

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Post by simbeav » 24 Feb 2018 21:51

And 1070 - Radio Santa Fe - ID at 06:46 - Definitely a Colombian night here.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 25 Feb 2018 00:08

https://youtu.be/fRLaWVcbZaM

This is what I had at 05:49 on 1140. I think I hear Panamericana sometimes when I play this back, but the noise is too severe. No amount of filtering gets rid of this. But I ran it through the Waves X-Noise filter in "Learn" mode TWICE and it actually made a little improvement. Still poor but I can almost imagine I am hearing Radio Panamericana towards the end before the whistling song comes in.

Alas, imagination is not good enough. Does this sound anything like your recording Simon?

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 25 Feb 2018 09:42

John, The song at the very start of your recording definitely sounds the same as the music in my recording here :-

https://app.box.com/s/6x8fkhvvxe4ujdkmp2z5xd6n49ml9ak9

I had another ID at 06:50'40, so worth a check there as well.

Pretty rubbish this morning.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 25 Feb 2018 11:20

Wow! Thanks Simon. It's definitely the same station. I didn't spot the female announcer in my recording to begin with. Amazing how things become different when you leave things for a while and listen again the following morning with a clear head. :)

06:50:40 is in my main noise belt. I ran an extended scan on 1140 for the whole morning and there were no other peaks, so catching this one right here is extremely lucky.

When you play back recordings in Jaguar on SSB, there's a tendancy for the audio to have that BFO 'wobble'. Same on any receiver I suspect. Playing back in AM would be better but the signal was too weak. This wobble effect, coupled with the noise, can make the signal appear or disappear completely. I just heard the ID again while playing back the recording. Then a minute later, it's gone again.

Nice to discover that the Waves X-Noise plugin on WaveLab does a great job of removing that horrible growing mess which spreads across the middle of the band here. Wish I'd used it to clean up other recent recordings. Oh well, now I know that it works.

So, I think this is my fourth Panamanian in as many months! All thanks to you Simon. Sincerely grateful!

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 26 Feb 2018 08:57

John - Just one small pont (and I'm willing to be corrected) which will affect your all time totals - I thought Radio Panamaericana was in Colombia !

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 26 Feb 2018 09:29

Re the above - Just spotted there is one in Panama on the same frequency as well ! But MWLIST suggests the Panama one closes at 0500. So I will still go with th COlombian one.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 26 Feb 2018 10:52

Oooh. That complicates things. I will withdraw my logging. I had no idea there were two. In view of the number of Panamanians which have been heard lately, I wonder if it could be the other one, unless it really does close at 0500.

No, wait, I checked TOMCAT and only the Colombian has been logged, and quite a lot of loggings there are too! This suggests 99% that it's Colombia. I still wonder if it just could be Panama. These things do happen. I have removed my logging from MWList. Thanks for the update.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 26 Feb 2018 21:06

I was definitely getting lots of Colombians around the same time.

Another Latin on 1140 this morning around 0700, music with a short announcement by yl at 06:56'36. Sounded like a possible ID, but I couldn't make it out.
I did hear the Radio Rebelde "jingle" after the hour, but thie 0656 announcement was definitely not in parallel with other Rebelde frequencies.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 26 Feb 2018 21:31

There were a lot of different carriers this morning, but none came to audio level. Noise from 06:49 to 08:00+.

Conditions should be quietening down for a while now.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 27 Feb 2018 09:43

Is that KRCM Shenandoah TX on 1380 around 0630? What a signal! (Whoever it was.)

Offset was 1379.9947.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 27 Feb 2018 09:51

Nice ID from WLAC Nashville TN at 0630. Decent signal. Lots happening here around 0630.

1520 Spanish dominating UNID US station. 0630.

1530 WCKY Cincinnati OH over UK locals at 0630.

1580. Spanish OM shouting announcement, possibly an ID, at 0630:18.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by simbeav » 27 Feb 2018 11:16

Unfortunately the peak came for me later around 0645. And just as it was ramping up...... Jaguar threw a wobblie. Decided to shift the center frequency to 0khz, but keep the displayed frequency the same, so all I've got after that is LW and NDB signals !

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by Brookman Spark » 27 Feb 2018 16:37

1440 Yola Nigeria was pretty good on Sunday evening. Overall equal with Riyadh but with many stronger patches including closedown at 21:00UTC - National Oath spoken in English then the sung National Anthem. Isn't that an early close for them? I tried again on Monday evening but only Riyadh made it over several hours.

All via a remote receiver in south-west Netherlands and its miniwhip antenna. It's amazing what an omnidirectional antenna can offer sometimes. And likewise surprising how conditions can vary so much day to day on what should be a trouble-free path.

Just wondering if today's geomagnetic disturbance will favour southerly paths again.

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Re: The Conditions Thread

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 27 Feb 2018 18:06

That's a weird one. The FDM-S2 does similar things. The audio is correct, but the frequency displays "0" MHz, right in the middle of the recorded spectrum, but you can't access anything to the left of the "0". Half the band is then inaccessible. There is software available to correct this on the Elad website which re-writes the wav header and corrects the file. Not sure if something similar can be done for Jaguar files. If you have recorded lower than MW then I suppose not. These things happen sometimes with SDRs. :(

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