Tropo 1-2 December 2015

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Nick Gilly
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Location: Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK

Tropo 1-2 December 2015

Post by Nick Gilly » 07 Dec 2015 20:39

Yet another fantastic opening here, with the best day being Tuesday 1st of December. Luckily I had the day off work, and noticed that something was brewing when I heard RNE 5 on 105.0 at about 11.30 am. This was soon joined by other signals from SW France and the Bilbao area of Spain.

When I noticed France Culture on 99.8 from Perpignan (!) I started recording the lift. The rest of the day was really quite superb, with many signals from southern SW and central France along with the Spaniards. After a while though Perpignan on 99.8 got blocked by France Inter Lyon on the same channel. Another first was receiving the Marseille tx via tropo, at fair levels on 103.6!

The real highlights appeared in the evening though with a couple of low-powered relays. A France Musique was received on 92.6 on a couple of occasions when France Inter was fading. This is a tentative log of the Monestier-de-Clermont transmitter at 871 km (just 250 watts!). Also a France Bleu turned up on 101.2 at weak levels, another low-power relay, tentatively France Bleu Drôme Ardèche La Chapelle-en-Vercors at 859 km and 270 watts. Difficult to be sure as it was on networked France Bleu programming but seems the most likely of the two low-powered candidates.

I also received Europe 1 on 106.8 which peaked south. There are two txes listed here, Niort and Pau, both listed as 1 kW vertical. I strongly suspect the latter, because the main Radio France nationals from Niort were only weak at best. Pau is right in the zone that was propagating.

By the morning of the 2nd there were a handful of signals on the band from central France, Switzerland (Säntis and Rigi) and SW Germany (Hornisgrinde), mostly weak. On returning home from work at 5.30 pm I caught the tail-end of the tropo as it fizzled out, with Hochries, Wendelstein, Bregenz (AUT), Raichberg, Iberger and Hornsigrinde being logged.

List of stations recorded:

87.7 Euskadi Irratia Azkoitia 901 km
87.9 France Inter Pic du Midi 929 km
88.2 France Culture Ussel-Meymac 679 km
88.3 France Inter Carcassonne 914 km https://app.box.com/s/pukr4iqnl2lg1v2tdggxdmr3chrm08e3
88.8 France Culture Lyon 784 km
88.9 France Musique Millau 851 km https://app.box.com/s/16poq4qre3xev203lpyz4e23sg8ifsxu
89.3 France Culture Le Puy-en-Velay 776 km
89.6 France Musique Gex 763 km
90.4 France Inter Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
90.9 France Musique Carcassonne 914 km https://app.box.com/s/61f48x2dhqwqy8pw9pjxg6ybt92dy28d
90.9 Radio SRF 1 Innerschweiz Rigi 851 km
91.2 Gaztea Monte Oiz 895 km
91.9 France Musique Aurillac 756 km
92.4 France Musique Lyon 784 km
92.6 France Inter Le Mans 404 km
92.6 France Musique Monestier-de-Clermont 871 km (250 watts, tentative) https://app.box.com/s/fo9766nbr7tnv8qbvysa04eixazcpvmo
92.8 France Musique Le Puy-en-Velay 776 km
93.7 France Musique Mende 817 km
94.2 France Musique Marseille 1010 km
94.3 France Bleu Creuse Guéret 610 km
94.4 Euskadi Irratia Jaizkibel 878 km
94.7 Gaztea Bilbao 899 km
95.5 France Musique Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
95.7 France Culture Pic du Midi 929 km
96.2 SWR 2 Baden-Wrttemberg Hornisgrinde 742 km
96.9 France Culture Mende 817 km
97.2 Los 40 Principales San Sebastián San Sebastián=Donostia 884 km likely
98.4 France Culture Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
98.4 SWR 3 Baden/Kurpfalz Hornisgrinde
98.6 France Musique Chambéry 813 km
99.0 France Bleu Périgord Bergerac 726 km
99.0 France Culture Marseille 1010 km https://app.box.com/s/dup65o2dh4m0n0hqljh8fshhasmi2a7m
99.2 France Culture Millau 851 km
99.3 France Inter Le Puy-en-Velay 776 km
99.7 France Musique Ussel-Meymac 679 km
99.8 France Culture Perpignan 1025 km https://app.box.com/s/lrvoyzpve0cv05uls4y6fga0km1og7rg
99.8 France Inter Lyon 784 km
99.9 RTS La Première Säntis 892 km
100.4 Radio Regenbogen Karlsruhe Hornisgrinde 742 km
100.5 France Bleu Gascogne Bayonne 881 km
100.7 Radio 100,7 Dudelange 563 km
101.2 France Bleu Drôme Ardèche La Chapelle-en-Vercors 859 km (270 watts, tentative) https://app.box.com/s/e71h5a8z0jzv7wzb4j3jggvrdxjv4byw
101.4 suspect France Bleu Limousin Ussel-Meymac 679 km
101.5 Radio SRF 1 Ostschweiz Säntis 892 km
101.8 France Bleu Isère Lyon 784 km likely
101.8 Virgin Radio Normandie Le Havre 218 km
102.0 Sud Radio Pic du Midi 929 km
102.1 ORF FM4 Bregenz 904 km
102.5 France Bleu Pays d'Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
103.4 ANTENNE 1 Reutlingen Raichberg 809 km
103.4 France Info Lyon 784 km
103.5 Gaztea Jaizkibel 878 km
103.5 Rire et Chansons Le Havre 219 km
103.6 Cadena 100 Asturias (Oviedo) Gijón 923 km
103.6 France Bleu Provence Marseille 1010 km https://app.box.com/s/gdc5f90ap4ex8h7y2idruqdepok3j6j8
103.9 RFM Le Havre 218 km
103.9 Sud Radio Bayonne 881 km
104.4 Euskadi Irratia Monte Oiz 895 km
104.7 Sud Radio Carcassonne 914 km
104.9 France Bleu Gard Lozère Mende 817 km
105.0 Radio 7 Ravensburg Iberger Kugel 916 km
105.0 RNE Radio 5 Todo Noticias Santander Liérganes
105.7 B5 Aktuell Wendelstein 1040 km
105.7 EITB Musika Bergara 903 km
106.3 Deutschlandfunk Hornisgrinde 742 km
106.8 Europe 1 Pau 886 km likely (1 kW vertical!) https://app.box.com/s/ctivdhthd632nbibjjvf42irwojjiswr
106.9 Fun Radio Le Havre 219 km
107.3 SWR 4 Baden-Württemberg Radio Tübingen Raichberg 809 km
107.7 Antenne Bayern Hochries 1053 km

All the recordings for this tropo can be found here: https://app.box.com/s/3uchg0d79k74rjiqn7tp6abc6tuxrn7v
Good DX.

Nick, Whitchurch, Hampshire.

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