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Greece BOB

Post by daveB » 23 Aug 2018 09:24

Thessaloniki 87.6 and 88.0
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by eastangliauk » 23 Aug 2018 09:41

I have a very strong signal on 92.8 here.
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by eastangliauk » 23 Aug 2018 10:01

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Re: Greece BOB

Post by theme » 23 Aug 2018 10:07

Poland in right now

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Re: Greece BOB

Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 23 Aug 2018 10:53

Italy is here but weak I do have Portugal booming in again though hopefully some exotics will come :lol:

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 23 Aug 2018 11:52

Yep, Greek phone in

Perhaps you might want to Shazam that wierd heavy metal at the start of the video, I can't do it at the moment
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by Tim Bucknall » 23 Aug 2018 13:53

interesting wierd condx, like anything could appear, had some german that was halfway between a meteor ping and e skip

am recording but qrm source has just killed the band, better luck to you guys
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by sleeper77 » 23 Aug 2018 14:49

Nothing on B2 for some time, but just a heads up that I have just received a couple of signals from eastern Europe on 6m. Hopefully this will go further along the band.

Edit: Just heard a German language station on 87.6 @1456 hrs UK time, very brief though.

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 23 Aug 2018 15:10

bosnia
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Post by Tim Bucknall » 23 Aug 2018 15:28

now all quiet except for presumed itrip 87.5 relaying radio 1
first time its stopped all day
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by Tim Bucknall » 23 Aug 2018 15:34

back with hungary
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by KnobTwiddler » 23 Aug 2018 18:02

Thankfully at last OFCOM have finally taken the pirate HITZ off the air today on 87.6, so I have just had a very strong signal peak on 87.6 with readings from the Quran.

Now all I need is for OFCOM to take the pirate The Rock off the air on 87.8 and I will be a happy bunny again. :|
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by daveB » 24 Aug 2018 08:39

I'm just far enough away from London to be out of range of the horde of London pirates.

As for the SpE on the 23rd - it briefly went to the top of the band with ERAsport on 107.1 MHz.
Reception was from Greece, Albania, Italy, Montenegro, and Turkey - and from the South Spain and Portugal for a couple of hours. I've plenty of recordings to check for exotics.

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Re: Greece BOB

Post by PFM907 » 24 Aug 2018 08:46

Very sad to read this, as I did not recognize any good opening towards Greece or the Balkans this summer.
There have been lots of opportunities to pick up different .ES / .PT / .IT / .FR / .DZ signals during 2018.
However, I would have expected much more to hear from .GR / .HR / .AL / .CG / .RS except 5 stations.

Regarding this point of view, 2018 season has been very disappointing here in Germany.
Heard many .GR stations each year before but they seem to be out of place in 2018. :?
I still wonder what is the reason for this. Greece was a common catch in '08, '10, '11, '13.

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Re: Greece BOB

Post by KnobTwiddler » 25 Aug 2018 02:10

daveB wrote:
24 Aug 2018 08:39
I'm just far enough away from London to be out of range of the horde of London pirates.
I totally give up on Band II, OFCOM took the damn pirate off on 87.6 and they came back on the air Friday evening.
The bottom of the band between 87.5 - 87.9 was the only clear part of Band II for me, now there are two pirates in that section and the rest of the band is just chock-a-block with pirates and other stations, so I'm flogging a dead horse trying to do any dx'ing. You would think that I would have an advantage when it comes to dx'ing living more than half way up Highgate Hill, but being high up can be a disadvantage when you live in a city full of pirates... I think it's time to call it a day on Band II dx'ing. :|
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 25 Aug 2018 04:36

I feel your pain KT. When I lived in Nottinghamshire, I lived at 600 feet above sea level, much higher than the surrounding land and with a good take-off across the Amber Valley. But my FM band was SOLID with stations from all over the Midlands and the nearer parts of Yorkshire. It was very frustrating. I gave up for a while, but I was too defeatist. There are people with more congested bands than I had and who get good DX every now and again, but with the right conditions. You'll be surprised by how even strong local signals can be overridden by DX at times. Wait for the right conditions. A good, solid opening will push through and deliver surprising results.

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Re: Greece BOB

Post by Tim Bucknall » 25 Aug 2018 08:53

Sir John of Sutton speaks much truth
It's amazing how holes open up during good condx


What about next to BBC nationals KT?
93.4 etc may be clearish in narrow while also being unusable for pirates

After 87.5-88 my best channels are next to radio 3 and 4 txs and they're also safe from future allocations
In my case I've had some of my best weak signal reception on channels like 90.4
93.6, 93.8, 93.2 etc
It's just a pity they're all evens so no chance of ...you know ;-) don't say it aloud you'll jinx it!

Have a play around in 50khz bandwidth, you can go even narrower and still get Germans clearly
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by KnobTwiddler » 25 Aug 2018 15:50

John and Tim, you are both right I am giving up too easily. As you say John there are times when there is a big lift on or strong Es and a lot of the pirates do get flattened... I have had some good results (not as good as you gentlemen get but interesting nonetheless).

Tim, I have been doing exactly that listening close to the stronger stations. Most pirates are normally taken off if they use frequencies 200k from local London stations, but it's not always the case. A few years ago LBC had to switch to mono because of pirates using 97.1 and 97.5 and interfering with 97.3 and there is still a pirate using 97.1.

I have just downloaded HDSDR for my HF+ and I am just comparing it with SDRSharp. I like SDRSharp because you can drag the filter independently on either side of of the wanted signal using the IF Processor Pulgin, but HDSDR appears to sound less distorted on narrower bandwidths and the audio sounds better on HDSDR. The only thing that I don't like is the lack of RDS on HDSDR, I did download a RDS plugin but the installation just looked far too complicated for my one remaining 70 year old brain cell, so I didn't even attempt to install it. :lol:

You have both convinced me not to give up so easily, so I will soldier on with your suggestions... Thank you both.
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Re: Greece BOB

Post by Nick Gilly » 25 Aug 2018 16:34

^Andrew Webster has had some stunning DX on FM, and his location is similar to yours. He lives on the side of a hill in NW England and his FM band is also jam-packed with locals. In big lifts many of them just get pushed aside by the DX.
Good DX.

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Re: Greece BOB

Post by KnobTwiddler » 26 Aug 2018 01:43

Hi Nick,
The main problem is probably the aerials, I know that if I put up a beam with 6 or 9 elements then the beam width would be narrower and reject pirates off the back and sides, but this would mean that I would have to sacrifice some of my Amateur radio aerials to make way for the Band II beam and that's something that I am not prepared to do. I gave up on the useless loop aerial that I put up and have gone back to Johns full wave loop design, this I find works very well at nulling out some of the pirates.

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