The season so far?

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The season so far?

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 03 Oct 2018 14:58

I'll start this one. I'm sure someone else will if I don't, but I have to say that I am very disappointed with the season so far.

Several unexpected and un-forecast geomagnetic disturbances have killed off any lengthy quiet periods, reducing North America to a poor shadow of what I would have expected for the time of the year and solar cycle.

This is almost an identical copy to last season here. I had better Asiatic reception during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

There is a clear lack of Chinese time signals across the band this year. These used to be heard on many frequencies.

I think it's time to go out Beveraging it.

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Re: The season so far?

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 03 Oct 2018 21:54

Then conditions look like they pick up. A run of quiet conditions up to 2000 this evening could spark off some interesting Asiatic reception. Ah yes. What kind of a fuck-up switches on the radio then forgets to press record? :oops: :cry:

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Re: The season so far?

Post by simbeav » 03 Oct 2018 23:04

I think that it is too early to tell for me. Asia is never that good here and NA doesn't REALLY pick up until November. Had some good catches, but they have been mainly due to stations being on day power or other stations being missing rather than conditions.

I've seen some comments that conditions were good last night and that KOMO was coming in - but it was pretty ordinary here, to say the least.

Anyway, you cursed it with your "the minimum is here and everything is going to be brilliant" comments, so I'm giving up !

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Re: The season so far?

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 04 Oct 2018 00:38

I know I did. I do it every time. Then I make some comment like "It's going to be a really shit season from now on." but the damage has been done.

Interesting re. KOMO. I haven't had a good look at yesterday morning's files, but I see two decent carriers on 1000. There's too much splatter to hear anything, but it looks like KOMO would have been dominant.

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Re: The season so far?

Post by tvdxrools » 04 Oct 2018 10:12

about average here so far ,,, komo was there 0400z yesterday morning , this morning some endstop sigs from the usuals from 0600z at the lf side of the band but recentley the hf side has been rubbish ,, season doesnt really start till it gets dark at 1500 up here lol , David

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Re: The season so far?

Post by daveB » 04 Oct 2018 11:03

I've no idea how the season compares with others at it is my first one and marred by severe interference most times that blots out even the locals. However I had clear reception conditions for the 27/28th and 30th of Sept/1st of Nov. The 28th was the best period of reception for me with the following TA reception identified:

590 VOCM from 0100 - 0500 Z
660 WFAN 0500 Z - sports program - presumed tx
710 WOR 0200 - 0500 Z
730 CKAC 0200 - 0600 Z presumed tx as programming was in french
930 CJYQ 0001 Z
1010 CFRB 0458-0502 Z
1130 WBBR 0058 - 0401 Z
1180 music 0600 Z - steel band . bongo drums - weak - but indicative of R. Rebelde. Time signal three beeps the last one higher pitched
1520 WWKB 0001 - 0402 Z

Asiatic reception: 1521 CRI has been quite strong every day when there is no interference with quite clear reception as early as 1700 UTC before the European station start to come through strongly - just as good on the Tecsun PL380 out in the garden. On the evening of the 27th the distinctive signature tune of Taiwan came in clearly at 2000Z on 1143, and asian time signals were also heard on 972 and 1566.

Equipment used - Home built 1.2 m shielded magnetic loop. SDRPlay with a home built 2 MHZ LPF. I have however noted that the SDR (12 bit ADC) overloads unless I reduce the gain in the evening - but before anyone suggests getting an Elad or a Perseus - I don't think it worth the outlay as it looks like I will get only the odd interference free day.

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Re: The season so far?

Post by pe1etr » 04 Oct 2018 11:32

daveB wrote:
04 Oct 2018 11:03
I've no idea how the season compares with others at it is my first one and marred by severe interference most times that blots out even the locals. However I had clear reception conditions for the 27/28th and 30th of Sept/1st of Nov.

Equipment used - Home built 1.2 m shielded magnetic loop. SDRPlay with a home built 2 MHZ LPF. I have however noted that the SDR (12 bit ADC) overloads unless I reduce the gain in the evening - but before anyone suggests getting an Elad or a Perseus - I don't think it worth the outlay as it looks like I will get only the odd interference free day.

David
You have built a time machine as well as a magnetic loop?

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Re: The season so far?

Post by simbeav » 04 Oct 2018 11:38

David,

I don't know if you are still monitoring, but Mexico was like a local on 1570 here from before 0600 until after 0630 this morning. Excellent "La Poderosa" IDs at 0602.

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Re: The season so far?

Post by daveB » 04 Oct 2018 17:15

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You have built a time machine as well as a magnetic loop?
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Well you did want to know how the season would develop :mrgreen:
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Re: The season so far?

Post by satnipper » 04 Oct 2018 19:01

I think it has been a good season so far. Though I have moved from London to England and still need to fully "learn " this QTH (and my antenna set-up is un-optimal) I think that the path has been open to NA or SA most overnights. Seems promising for the winter - fingers crossed as ever for no bad noise sources appearing though impossible to have a suburban quiet band these days.

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Re: The season so far?

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 05 Oct 2018 09:18

Stuart and David H have great locations for transatlantic DX, so I expect your North American reception to be better. You are lucky.

No reason why the SDR Play should be lacking behind the Perseus, as far as I know anyway, but the overload problem you have (David B) is concerning. But you are still receiving the Asiatic big guns under average conditions, so that's good.

SDRs are indeed time machines, but only in the reverse direction. Predicting the future is extremely hit and hiss. More miss I find.

One promising sign yesterday evening was the appearance of many more Asiatic time signals. All at time signal level, so difficult to guess who they are. Recent European loggings seem to suggest who they are likely to be, but it's a step in the right direction. Also my first west coast this season came through on the 4th with CJVB 1470 - again, only at time signal level, but some Chinese vocals are in there.

Without a doubt, it's been a slow start, in spite of the early promise.

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