Alpha Monocerotids tonight

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Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 21 Nov 2019 18:41

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by pe1etr » 21 Nov 2019 19:25

You'll have to get up early in the morning of 22nd Nov Tim (tomorrow), or record IQ files on a timer from 04:15 UTC for at least 90 minutes, to include the 04:50 UTC predicted peak, +/- a chunk of time either side.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 21 Nov 2019 20:22

Thanks I’ll leave it recording
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 21 Nov 2019 20:43

400 meteors per hour? Ans being spat out by a unicorn? I have to see this! :lol:

No ... wait ... it's perfect sky observing weather tonight! Those clouds are spectacular this evening.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 22 Nov 2019 05:07

its pretty frisky now and i'm hearing some unusual languages and at least one definite Arab
its not the usual sweden/Poland/Germany stuff
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by pe1etr » 22 Nov 2019 08:58

Tim Bucknall wrote:
22 Nov 2019 05:07
its pretty frisky now and i'm hearing some unusual languages and at least one definite Arab
its not the usual sweden/Poland/Germany stuff
Good.
No RDS?
I don't have a decent outdoor aerial here, and can't get much MS on the UHF aerial, so didn't to monitor.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 22 Nov 2019 09:52

!!! WOW !!!

What an eventful shower! This was reminiscent of the Leonids peak in 1998 and like E skip! Hang on ... were they Es? Practically non-stop so could have been Auoral Es. Pity only a handful of recordings came out. :evil:

When I checked at 03:00 there were strong burts every few seconds.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 22 Nov 2019 10:04

Rds on my elad stopped working after some Microsoft update but I think some of them were strong enough for rds

Reception seemed best beaming south east despite the fact that Algeria is obviously not south east

Playing back files now
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 22 Nov 2019 10:10

I wish so much that I had got this recorded. I've been having a bad time of software updates with the FDM-S2. It only works for me with much older software. v1.47 or earlier.

I set my antenna vertical to the north-east in order to catch Scandinavian locals. There were lots in the few files which recorded, but they were mostly auroral Es. Mainly NRJs and Megapols. One of the best MS openings I have known. I'll have a quick run through what came through while I have breakfast, but I won't be logging anything. Too much to do today.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Nick Gilly » 22 Nov 2019 10:17

I got up at about 0410 UTC and switched on the tuner and left the CD-R recorder monitoring 87.7 from 0413 to 0533 UTC. Activity seemed to sudddenly pick up at around 0449 UTC and lasted for at least half an hour. I had the 9.2 beaming east and it seems to be the usual mix of POL, D, F and SVK. I didn't hear anything obviously exotic.

Here's an unedited recording of the peak:

https://app.box.com/s/x2cg1uv6c00u8ip481zyjuchqw444fk0
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by pe1etr » 22 Nov 2019 10:20

Nick Gilly wrote:
22 Nov 2019 10:17
I got up at about 0410 UTC and switched on the tuner and left the CD-R recorder monitoring 87.7 from 0413 to 0533 UTC. Activity seemed to sudddenly pick up at around 0449 UTC and lasted for at least half an hour. I had the 9.2 beaming east and it seems to be the usual mix of POL, D, F and SVK. I didn't hear anything obviously exotic.

Here's an unedited recording of the peak:

https://app.box.com/s/x2cg1uv6c00u8ip481zyjuchqw444fk0
Thanks Nick

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by pe1etr » 22 Nov 2019 10:32

Tim Bucknall wrote:
22 Nov 2019 10:04
Rds on my elad stopped working after some Microsoft update but I think some of them were strong enough for rds

Reception seemed best beaming south east despite the fact that Algeria is obviously not south east

Playing back files now
Tim.
There are myths about pointing aerials for MS.
For normal random MS, aerials can be pointed in any direction. Slightly North of due East is the best in the early morning for randoms.

For meteor showers aerials should be pointed at 90° from the shower radiant. There is a Java applet the shows this. When the meteor shower is overhead, at the Zenith, due North is best.
The polarisation of the aerial should match that of the transmitter for MS.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 22 Nov 2019 11:30

Here is one file's worth of stations from my 25 files. 1 file=1 minute. (My timers were set to 5 x 1 hour recordings. Need to look at why this went so wrong. One day.)

102.9 SR P4, Probably Alvsbyn
103.2 SR P4, multi-tx
103.4 SR P4, multi-tx
103.6 NRJ, Unlisted site
103.7 SR P4 multi-tx
103.8 SR P4, multi-tx
104.3 "Radio Play" with .se web address
104.6 NRJ, Probably Alvsbyn
104.9 Mix Megapol, Probably Gavle
105.0 SR P4, low power multi-tx
105.0 Rix FM, multi-tx
105.2 Mix Megapol, Gallivare
105.5 ?
105.6 NRJ, Lulea
105.9 Rix FM, Kristianstad or Asele
106.3 "Radio Play" as 104.3
106.5 Rix FM, Gallivare
106.6 NRJ, Multi-tx
106.7 Rix FM, Probably Gavle
106.9 Rix FM, Probably Lulea
107.1 NRJ, multi-tx
107.3 Rix FM, multi-tx

Finland appeared in subsequent files.

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 22 Nov 2019 19:15

Nice log John,

I’ve barely touched the recordings yet, I’ve been hung up on a ping from 0315ut which Bought in a handful of unids
It’s very rare that I can’t identify anything from such a burst but despite the kind help of the chat room in checking playlists this remains a mystery

Just in case anyone can think of a station we haven’t checked yet I’ll post in the unids forum
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 23 Nov 2019 10:55

Just like John said, like e skip being switched on
At 04:38 like a light being switched on
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 23 Nov 2019 11:37

The meteor pings before the AuEs were strong and frequent. Every few seconds. Definitely a shower to watch next year. Stick it in your diary!

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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by pe1etr » 23 Nov 2019 12:52

John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
23 Nov 2019 11:37
The meteor pings before the AuEs were strong and frequent. Every few seconds. Definitely a shower to watch next year. Stick it in your diary!
The last two outbursts from this shower were in 1985 & 1995, so unlikely to be anything again for a while
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by Tim Bucknall » 25 Nov 2019 13:44

Damn , that was nice unexpected treat anyway so I guess i shouldn’t be greedy :D

I didn’t quite realise what an exotic beast it was
I keep IQ files from things like this. I’ll share them when I’ve finished using my online storage for the current project (FM list are archiving 15 minute I/Q files of every FM station. I’m recording 192khz wide files of everything above 57dB here)
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Re: Alpha Monocerotids tonight

Post by daveB » 27 Nov 2019 13:11

A nice recording from Nick. What a shame I only spotted the DX Alert a day late as a heavy cold and headache the day the alert was posted meant I didn't bother to turn the recorder on.
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