87.8 The Rock (London) received via tropo in Southampton

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87.8 The Rock (London) received via tropo in Southampton

Post by Mad Radio DXer » 28 Dec 2018 22:32

I got this here on Boxing Day. I had to go to my favourite tropo location to receive it otherwise France would have been heard instead.

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Re: 87.8 The Rock (London) received via tropo in Southampton

Post by KnobTwiddler » 29 Dec 2018 13:22

The Rock is a pain in the arse here on 87.8 as it's an end stop signal, OFCOM take them off and they just keep coming back.
There are also carriers just left on for months, Rude FM have been off the air for ages but they still keep a carrier running on 88.2.
The same goes for S-Dance on 96.1 and Mega Radio London on 91.5... it's a case of this is our frequency and you ain't gonna use it.

We have another bloody African pirate on 96.4 and the bloody thing has a sprog on 144.750 MHz in the 2 mtr Amateur Band and it's causing problems in parts of London... they have been reported to OFCOM and have been taken off several times, but again they keep coming back and causing interference to Amateur frequencies. :evil:
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Re: 87.8 The Rock (London) received via tropo in Southampton

Post by zach_m » 29 Dec 2018 18:46

KnobTwiddler wrote:
29 Dec 2018 13:22
The Rock is a pain in the arse here on 87.8 as it's an end stop signal, OFCOM take them off and they just keep coming back.
There are also carriers just left on for months, Rude FM have been off the air for ages but they still keep a carrier running on 88.2.
The same goes for S-Dance on 96.1 and Mega Radio London on 91.5... it's a case of this is our frequency and you ain't gonna use it.

We have another bloody African pirate on 96.4 and the bloody thing has a sprog on 144.750 MHz in the 2 mtr Amateur Band and it's causing problems in parts of London... they have been reported to OFCOM and have been taken off several times, but again they keep coming back and causing interference to Amateur frequencies. :evil:
I too getting an empty carrier on 96.1. I thought it was a local interference but, apparently, certainly not if others are getting it too. I received The Rock96 only once, but I have received plenty of others pirate signals here in Hatfield. Many of then has been raided by Ofcom and they are just the past. I can only imagine that FM DX in London would be a nightmare. Well.. Hatfield is not a paradise island neither.
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Re: 87.8 The Rock (London) received via tropo in Southampton

Post by KPC850 » 09 Feb 2019 17:23

KnobTwiddler wrote:
29 Dec 2018 13:22
We have another bloody African pirate on 96.4 and the bloody thing has a sprog on 144.750 MHz in the 2 mtr Amateur Band and it's causing problems in parts of London...
There's a station listed on 96.4 called Surprise Radio (Nigerian) - which must be it (if its still there?).
regarding the sprog on 144.750. Is (or was) it consistently exactly centered on that frequency? or does it drift?

Is it a third harmonic of a Band I STL link ?? which would be 48.25 Mhz
(just speculating)

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Re: 87.8 The Rock (London) received via tropo in Southampton

Post by KnobTwiddler » 09 Feb 2019 22:28

KPC850 wrote:
09 Feb 2019 17:23
There's a station listed on 96.4 called Surprise Radio (Nigerian) - which must be it (if its still there?).
regarding the sprog on 144.750. Is (or was) it consistently exactly centered on that frequency? or does it drift?

Is it a third harmonic of a Band I STL link ?? which would be 48.25 Mhz
(just speculating)
To be honest I haven't listened to the FM band for some time now. OFC***S do f**k all about the pirates nowadays unless there is a report of interference, so I have just given up on the FM band and the same goes for MW and SW as it's just one mass of noise.

The interference on 144.750 has gone but the station on 96.4 is still there. I don't think it was the third harmonic of their link (but I may be wrong), the reason I say this is because the Amateur station close to the tower block used by the pirate was suffering the strongest interference on 144.750, so this would point more to a sprog coming from the main transmitter. The signal on 144.750 seemed to be constant on that frequency, although it wasn't strong at my QTH and was only detectable when there was no modulation on the TX - the guy close to the tower block had problems over a large part of 2 mtrs because of the WBFM.
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