Tropo imminent - UK

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Tropo imminent - UK

Post by daveB » 18 Jan 2020 16:28

A new source of tropo forecasts:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ancer.html

Of note is the comments from the Met Office that a temperature inversion could cause signals to weaken. I've come across that before - locals weaken. Also that the pressure could reach a record high. Current record is 1053.5 millibars in 1902. The chart for midnight Sunday shows a forecast 1050.

Hepburn suggests Monday/Tuesday will be good. F5LEN is less optimistic. So here's hoping!

Freeview is also warning of disruption. Wasn't DTV touted as being less prone to 'continental interference'?

Footnote: 16:30 Sat 18/01/2020. Tropo reception is poorer than normal my 'usual' near DX stations are only just coming through
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Re: Tropo imminent - UK

Post by pe1etr » 18 Jan 2020 17:15

Also flatter than flat in Blackpool, and it's been pretty flat up here for ages.
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 18 Jan 2020 17:41

Yep. Below flat here too.

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Re: Tropo imminent - UK

Post by Chris Howles » 18 Jan 2020 18:00

I've sometimes noticed this effect where signals drop just prior to a tropo... kind of a reverse tropo effect... hopefully it means some good signals to come.... there you go I've jinxed it now doh!
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Post by Catherine » 18 Jan 2020 22:16

I was going to mention the extremely high pressure too.

Just the other day I made my first mention of DXing to the guy I'm getting friendly with. If a high pressure record gets broken and we get a good tropo it could give us an interesting conversation and he'll realise how much of a geek I am. :roll:

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 18 Jan 2020 22:24

That made me smile, I really needed it too

Good luck Catherine!
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Re: Tropo imminent - UK

Post by pe1etr » 19 Jan 2020 07:46

Nobody awake yet? Tropo is coming in very slowly, nothing to get excited about yet though, just about back to my normal flatness, instead of being less than flat.
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Post by Nick Gilly » 19 Jan 2020 08:10

Catherine wrote:
18 Jan 2020 22:16
I was going to mention the extremely high pressure too.

Just the other day I made my first mention of DXing to the guy I'm getting friendly with. If a high pressure record gets broken and we get a good tropo it could give us an interesting conversation and he'll realise how much of a geek I am. :roll:
It made me smile too. Mainly because the most statistically likely version would be:

"Just the other day I made my first mention of DXing to the girl I'm getting friendly with. If a high pressure record gets broken and we get a good tropo it could give us an interesting conversation and she'll realise how much of a geek I am. :roll:"

I'd be willing to bet that >90% of DXers are men.
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Re: Tropo imminent - UK

Post by pe1etr » 19 Jan 2020 08:33

Well, I've never been interested in any guys, but I have had to explain DX. FM DX, which is more or less understandle by most people, but previously my main unterest was Band I TVDX. I had to explain that I would sit for hours looking at a snowy screen, and get excited when a test card appears. Nowadays, geek is the new chic, but in the oldd days TVDXers were weird eccentrics.

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Post by eastangliauk » 19 Jan 2020 10:28

Yesterday there were quite a few dutch signals on FM at Clacton beach but a few roads in they go.
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Re: Tropo imminent - UK

Post by pe1etr » 19 Jan 2020 21:49

Tropo has arrived here. Kippure and Mt Leinster fair, Dublin Three Rock Mountain getting there.
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Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 19 Jan 2020 22:43

Ireland up here Kippure/Lienster /ThreeRock/Mullaghanish so looks like tropo starting hopefully more to come.

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 19 Jan 2020 22:57

Excellent news! I am looking forward to this as I will be at home to take advantage of it this week, but there is zero tropo to report at the moment.

Have we beaten the high pressure record yet?

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Re: Tropo imminent - UK

Post by pe1etr » 19 Jan 2020 23:34

John Faulkner, Skegness wrote:
19 Jan 2020 22:57
Excellent news! I am looking forward to this as I will be at home to take advantage of it this week, but there is zero tropo to report at the moment.

Have we beaten the high pressure record yet?
UK record which stands at 1053.6mb recorded at Aberdeen on 31 January 1902

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Post by eastangliauk » 19 Jan 2020 23:52

I am getting 1049 HPR from my S9+
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Post by daveB » 20 Jan 2020 09:53

I would sit for hours looking at a snowy screen, and get excited when a test card appears.
I remember those youthful days - the Russian testcard would pop up momentarily on R1 with random meteors first thing in the morning, and a weak signal from Lopik E4 was present nearly every day. My mum got annoyed 'cos I was indoors for hours during the summer.

The "good" barometer in my house peaked at 31.12 inches of mercury which is 1053.8 millibars (hPa) at 23:20. This morning at 7 am it was at 31.10 inches. It isn't calibrated - other then being adjusted by me years ago to agree with the Met Office chart during a period of stable high pressure. It's not been that high before.

As reported by everyone else tropo has probably got back to average it will be interesting to see how it develops over the next 12 hours or so.
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 20 Jan 2020 10:08

eastangliauk wrote:
19 Jan 2020 23:52
I am getting 1049 HPR from my S9+
Who is HPR?

A minor enhancement here to the south-east here. Or is it just 'normal' conditions? I am so out of touch with FM I haven't a clue. Definitely no tropo here ... so far.

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Post by eastangliauk » 20 Jan 2020 12:48

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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 20 Jan 2020 13:24

Thanks EAK. I understand now. My brain cell was thinking it was a station on 104.9 called HPR. (Huntingdon Pirate Radio, etc.)

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Post by eastangliauk » 20 Jan 2020 14:04

now says 104.7 so its changed by 1. pretty cool my phone has this.
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