Tropo 28 October - 1st November 2016

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Nick Gilly
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Location: Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK

Tropo 28 October - 1st November 2016

Post by Nick Gilly » 10 Nov 2016 20:23

This is coming a bit late because I have been setting up/transferring a backup to a new computer, which took quite a while!

There was a good autumnal lift here between October 28th and October 30th. The conditions had improved by the 27th, but the evening of the 28th is when it started to get more interesting with an opening into central France. Transmitters IDed include Bourges, Argenton-sur-Creuse, Guéret, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Auxerre, Autun, Tours, Parthenay, Ussel-Meymac, and Bergerac for the central zone. Bourges got very strong at one point and obliterated BBC London on 94.9.

The following morning (29th) the tropo to central France had gone and had shifted to NW France, SW England (including the Channel Islands) and northern Spain (RNE 5 on 105.0 from Liérganes). Spain was in for maybe an hour or so. During the evening Germany, Luxembourg and southern Belgium appeared, along with Decibel on 97.6 from Amsterdam. A few signals from central France reappeared too from Bourges and Lyon. Late evening the tropo duct switched to Bavaria with B5 Aktuell logged on 106.9 from Grünten (Allgäu), Antenne Bayern from Hochries (at 1053 km, the best long-distance DX of this tropo), SWR4 Rheinland-Pfalz on 107.1 from Haardtkopf, and B5 Aktuell on 105.7 from Wendelstein at 1040 km. Metz, Bar-le-Duc and Strasbourg were also logged around this time. Antenne 1 popped up for a short while on 103.4 from Raichberg in the SW corner of Germany too.

The next day, the 30th, started with more conditions into Germany (the Langenberg/Aachen region) and Belgium (Wavre, Liège, Anderlues, and Profondeville-Rivière) as well as Troyes, Nancy and Bourges logged in central and eastern France. The signals from Belgium in particular got stronger as the morning progressed and several produced easy RDS and in a couple of cases overrode locals. By the afternoon NE France/Flanders was very nicely enhanced with some rarer tx sites logged such as Delta FM Boulogne on 100.7 and Nostalgie on 87.6 from the Oudenburg site. By late afternoon the Netherlands made an appearance, rare on my horizontal aerial, but with some fairly decent signals on a couple. Bizzarely, one station, Radio 10 on 103.6 from Amsterdam peaked up beaming due south! WDR 2 from Kleve at just 2 kW came up nicely during the late afternoon. Inter-UK DX also started to intensify during the evening with signals coming in from SW England, the Channel Islands, SE England, East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales. The extra UK DX was starting to block normally free channels. However, I did get a couple of nice logs from the Midlands this evening: Touch FM on 107.3 from the Leamington Spa relay, and Oak FM on 107.9 from Hinckley. The station apparently closed down in late July but the tx is still putting out music and IDs! Another new log for me was Smooth East Midlands on 106.6 over local Sam FM from Winchester.

October 31st and November 1st also produced tropo but more routine logs from northern France and the UK.

Cumulative log of stations recorded:

87.5 UK Raw (London pirate)
87.6 Nostalgie Vlaanderen Oudenburg 305 km
87.6 RTBF Classic 21 Léglise 519 km
87.7 France Culture Strasbourg 694 km
87.9 France Culture Parthenay 502 km
87.9 Omroep Zeeland Goes 364 km
88.0 Pulse88 (London pirate)
88.8 BBC Radio Jersey Les Platons 227 km
88.9 RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg Dudelange 563 km
89.3 BBC Radio 2 Holme Moss 259 km
89.4 Citylock Radio (London pirate)
89.4 France Musique Brest 363 km
89.6 Skyrock Le Havre Le Havre 219 km
89.7 BBC Radio 2 Tacolneston 222 km
89.8 France Culture Ussel-Meymac 679 km
90.0 SWR3 Rheinland-Pfalz/Rheinland Haardtkopf 612 km (presumed)
90.0 BBC Radio 2 Swingate (Dover) 187 km mixing with above
90.4 BBC 3Counties Radio Hertford 101 km
90.5 RTBF Vivacité Liège Liège 488 km
90.6 WDR 5 Teutoburger Wald 706 km
90.8 RTBF Classic 21 Profondeville-Rivière 446 km
90.9 France Inter Bar-le-Duc 554 km
91.4 France Musique Troyes 549 km
91.5 France Culture Caen 256 km
91.8 France Musique Bourges 524 km
92.0 WDR 5 Münster 606 km
92.3 RTBF Vivacité Charleroi Anderlues 403 km
92.6 France Inter Le Mans 404 km
92.6 NPO Radio 2 IJsselstein 450
92.8 NDR 1 Niedersachsen Osnabrück Lingen-Damaschke 614 km
93.0 France Bleu Breizh Izel Brest 363 km
93.2 BBC Radio Guernsey Les Touillets 216 km
93.3 WDR 2 Rhein-Ruhr Kleve 519 km
93.5 France Inter Rennes 330 km
93.7 Contact Montreuil 222 km
93.8 France Inter Parthenay 502 km
93.8 France Musique Sens 464 km
94.1 BBC Radio 4 FM Tacolneston 222 km
94.1 France Musique Autun 612 km
94.3 France Bleu Creuse Guéret 610 km
94.4 BBC Radio 4 FM Swingate (Dover) 187 km
94.6 BBC Radio Stoke Stoke-on-Trent-Alsagers Bank 210 km
94.6 France Inter Chartres 357 km
94.7 France Bleu Nord Lille 294 km
94.8 BBC Radio 4 FM Les Platons 227 km
94.9 France Inter Bourges 524 km
95.1 BBC Radio Norfolk Stoke Holy Cross 237 km
95.1 France Inter Laval 342 km
95.3 BBC Essex South Benfleet 138 km
95.3 France Inter Troyes 549 km
95.4 France Inter Brest 363 km
95.5 France Musique Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
95.6 BBC Radio WM Sutton Coldfield 156 km
95.6 RTBF Classic 21 Liège 488 km
95.9 WDR 3 Aachen 533 km
96.0 BBC Radio Shropshire The Wrekin
96.1 RTBF La Première Wavre 418 km
96.2 KMFM Tunbridge Wells 114 km
96.4 Free Radio Sutton Coldfield 156 km
96.5 SER Gijón Gijón 916 km (very weak)
96.8 BBC Radio Cymru Wenvoe 137 km
96.9 France Inter Nancy 607 km
96.9 Hit West Brest 385 km (presumed)
97.0 WDR 3 Teutoburger Wald 706 km 30.10.16 1308 UTC.mp3
97.1 BBC Radio 1 Les Platons 227 km
97.2 France Musique Argenton-sur-Creuse 561 km
97.3 France Culture Autun 612 km
97.6 Radio Decibel Editie Zuid-Holland Rotterdam 406 km
97.9 France Culture Troyes 549 km
98.0 France Culture Lille 294 km
98.4 France Culture Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
98.5 France Musique Parthenay 502 km
98.8 France Culture Guéret 610 km
98.9 BBC Radio 1 Holme Moss 259 km
99.0 France Bleu Périgord Bergerac 726 km
99.1 RTBF Classic 21 Anderlues 403 km
99.3 Select UK (London pirate)
99.4 France Inter Niort 568 km
99.5 BBC Radio 1 Swingate (Dover) 187 km
99.5 France Inter Auxerre 531 km
99.5 RTBF Musiq'3 Liège 488 km
99.7 France Culture Hirson 408 km
99.7 France Musique Ussel-Meymac 679 km
99.8 France Inter Lyon 784 km
99.8 France Inter Metz 586 km
100.0 Classic FM North Hessary Tor 202 km
100.5 WDR 4 Teutoburger Wald 706 km
100.7 Delta FM Boulogne-sur-Mer 217 km (correct site?)
100.7 France Bleu Cotentin Cherbourg-Octeville 180 km
100.7 France Inter Guéret 610 km
100.7 Qmusic IJsselstein 450 km
100.7 Radio 100,7 Dudelange 563 km
100.8 WDR 2 Aachen Aachen 533 km
101.0 Tendance Ouest Saint-Lô 233 km
101.1 RTBF Pure FM Wavre 418 km
101.2 Sky Radio Hilversum 462 km
101.3 France Bleu Picardie Hirson 408 km
101.5 VRT MNM 320 km
101.6 KMFM Wrotham 114 km
101.7 WDR 4 Kleve 519 km
101.8 France Bleu Loire Océan Nantes 450 km
101.8 RTBF Vivacité Hainaut 334 km
101.8 Skyrock Bretagne Brest 385 km
101.8 WDR 2 Siegen Ederkopf 667 km
101.9 France Inter Argenton-sur-Creuse 561 km
101.9 WDR 5 Aachen 533 km 30.10.16 0733 UTC.mp3
102.0 102 Touch FM Lark Stoke 98 km
102.4 Heart Norfolk Stoke Holy Cross 237 km
102.5 France Bleu Pays d'Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand 684 km
102.5 hr4 Rhein-Main Großer Feldberg (Taunus) 698 km
103.4 ANTENNE 1 Reutlingen Raichberg 809 km
103.4 BBC Radio Devon North Hessary Tor 202 km
103.4 France Info Lyon 784 km
103.6 BBC Radio Northampton Geddington 143 km
103.6 Radio 10 Amsterdam 446 km (bizarrely peaked beaming south)
103.7 Channel103FM Fremont Point 227 km? (very weak)
103.9 BBC Radio Wales Wenvoe 137 km
104.3 hr4 Mittelhessen Sackpfeife (Biedenkopf) 690 km
104.4 Contact Hesdin 249 km
104.7 Island FM Les Touillets 216 km
104.7 WDR Eins Live Nordhelle 634 km
104.9 BBC Radio Leicester Copt Oak 165 km
104.9 RMC Cherbourg-Octeville 180 km
105.0 France Bleu Touraine Tours 465 km
105.0 RNE Radio 5 Todo Noticias Santander Liérganes 892 km
105.0 RTL Caen 238 km
105.0 Uckfield FM Uckfield 105 km
105.0 unid
105.4 Capital FM Leicestershire Billesdon 159 km
105.5 The Breeze South Devon Beacon Hill 182 km
105.5 WDR Eins Live Bärbelkreuz (Eifel) 555 km
105.5 WDR Eins Live Teutoburger Wald 706 km
105.6 Kiss FM Cambridge-Madingley 145 km
105.7 B5 aktuell Wendelstein 1040 km
105.7 Smooth Radio West Midlands Sutton Coldfield 156 km
105.9 Hit Radio FFH Rhein-Main Großer Feldberg (Taunus) 698 km
106.0 RTBF La Première Tournai 334 km
106.1 Kiss FM Stoke Holy Cross 237 km
106.3 Bridge FM Bridgend 163 km
106.4 Kiss Mendlesham 202 km
106.4 WDR Eins Live Aachen 533 km
106.6 Smooth Radio East Midlands Waltham 179 km
106.7 WDR Eins Live Langenberg 589 km
106.8 France Info Metz 586 km
106.8 Rinse FM London-Bermondsey 94 km
106.9 B5 aktuell Grünten (Allgäu) 936 km
107.1 SWR4 Rheinland-Pfalz Radio Trier Haardtkopf 612 km
107.3 Reprezent FM London-Honor Oak 92 km
107.3 Touch FM Leamington Spa 119 km
107.5 Time FM Havering-Lambourne House 112 km
107.7 Antenne Bayern Hochries 1053 km
107.7 Radio Essex Chelmsford 143 km
107.9 Oak FM Hinckley 149 km (station closed but tx still on)
107.9 WDR Eins Live Münster 606 km

All recordings are in the main DX clips folder here: https://app.box.com/s/kakv3v8snn5qmli1dffclcas1mr0w3rm
Good DX.

Nick, Whitchurch, Hampshire.

BW Broadcast RBRX Encore, Kenwood L-1000T, Yamaha T-2, Denon TU-800L, Kenwood KT-1100SD (modified), Yamaha T-85, Sony XDR-F1HD tuners, horizontal Körner 9.2 beam (Antennenland version), Yaesu G-450C rotator

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