2019 Es Season winding down

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2019 Es Season winding down

Post by daveB » 05 Sep 2019 17:27

Based on my logs for the last four years I'm not expecting any more Band II openings this season - so the 24/7 monitoring system has been shut down until next April.

I'm hoping to see one of two more openings on the OIRT band - and maybe get one more chance at Band I TV DX.

As a generalisation - from my perspective the 2019 season lacked intensity, and the openings didn't last as long. Neither were there early morning or late evening openings. Having said that - the season started strongly in the last week of May, and ended strongly in the last week of August with some good patches in June and July.

Greece came through quite a few times with Thessaloniki appearing nearly every time along with the Balkans. I had a couple of good openings to the Baltic states, and good openings to North Africa.

But Portugal was virtually absent and Spain not very common. Mainland Italy was also well down on reception - none of the Italian soup of previous years.

What impression do you have on the 2019 Es season??
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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by pe1etr » 05 Sep 2019 17:36

What impression do you have on the 2019 Es season??

Mediocre

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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by Nick Gilly » 05 Sep 2019 17:46

Overall, meh. I think there was more activity in the last week of August than the supposed peak of the season in June, and this did redeem it a bit. Overall, the leanest season since I began DXing properly.

Despite this there were still a few logs of interest e.g. Israel, Turkey (Edirne, Adana) and several logs from Libya and two openings to Iceland.
Good DX.

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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by tvdxrools » 05 Sep 2019 18:56

utter garbage up here , the last ms shower i got more dx and more countries than Es which should say something , David
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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by Chris Howles » 05 Sep 2019 19:23

Overall this season was probably the worst one that I've been active in, certainly the worst since I started getting more serious on FM around 5 years ago. Long periods of inactivity especially in June and openings were often short patchy and weak. However there seemed to be more variation in the direction of openings than last year's Spain & Algeria fest so I guess that's a plus. Like Nick says nice to get into Iceland again after a 3 year drought. The best active periods for me were 21st to 27th July and also the final week of August when I got my only 'exotic' of Trafik Radyosu Istanbul 87.7 at 2652km. Hoping for some decent tropo this autumn to compensate.
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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by daveB » 05 Sep 2019 22:01

Although I have still got some recordings to go through a comparison between 2017, 2018 and 2019 shows some tremendous differences in the number of stations received via Es

ITU 2017 - 2018 - 2019
GRC - 311 - 189 - 176
TUR - 30 - 19 - 17
SPN - 1561-1275 - 459
ITLY - 978 - 824 - 432
POL 198 - 119 - 49
SRB - 202 - 50 - 26
HRV - 235 - 109 - 94
POR - 222 - 254 - 40
ALG - 272 - 246 - 126
MRC - 156 - 142 - 52
BLTC - 190 - 1- 54 - that is EST, LVA, LTU
FIN - 100 - 0 - 52

Strangely enough on the OIRT Band things were different
BLR- 258 - 140 - 543
UKR - 88 - 44 - 146
RUS - 50 - 15 - 91

It may be that with less Band 2 activity I spent more time on the OIRT band, and the loop antenna appeared to do better than dipole - as signals tended to come more from the ENE- and I could orient the loop.

As for exotics - double hop list is below with Turkey being notable as it is listed as just 500 watts.

29/08/19 1401 69.23 RUS Radio Rossii, Shadrinsk, 17 kw, 4025 km
19/06/19 1210 87.60 ISR KAN 88, Jerusalem/Eitanim, 40 kw. 3538km PI logged: 42E5 PS logged: KAN88~E_
19/06/19 1217 88.80 ISR MaKan, Jerusalem/Eitanim, 40 kw, 3538 km
19/06/19 856 69.59 RUS Radio Rossii, Ulan-Khol/RTPS, 17 kw, 3408 km
29/08/19 1331 67.31 RUS Radio Rossii,, Tolyatti/RTPS Zhigulevsk, 17 kw, 3248 km
19/06/19 1254 88.20 TUR TRT Turku Kumluca/Sarnic Tepe 0.5 kw, 2865 km PI logged: 3207
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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 06 Sep 2019 00:43

I chose not to partake in this year's Es season as I was concentrating hard on other things. But as I was still sat at the computer most of the time, I did try to monitor whenever possible and managed to make recordings of DX on these dates:

May 25th HRV HNG SRB
June 18th HRV SRB
June 19th D POL
July 27th S

There are probably no more than a dozen files in total.

It's not fair for me to assess the season based on half-hearted recording sessions, but there were a few other days of Spanish, Italian and Algerian Es, which I have zero interest in.

The question for me is When I am I going to get around to listening to these recordings? It's a good question since I still haven't tackled last year's files. :oops:

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 09 Sep 2019 08:14

An odd one for sure
Dave nailed it
Long periods of nothing and unlike 2018 the gaps weren’t filled with tropo except that one cracker at the end of June.

Lots of irritating days of teasing conditions when you don’t know whether to stay with it or do something else.
However in among the river of sewage there were some diamonds.

July 6th’s heavenly Baltic openings up to 108 with multi hop onward to Central Asia up to R5.
Oirt has really delivered this year, we really saw what this band was capable of
Congratulations Dave on your excitingly exotic sounding Ulan-Kol -result!
The frequent Openings to Belarus and points east were personally meaningful. I frequently heard discussions on Kultura which would inspire Twitter threads. 2 days ago (i think?) I caught an interview with the leader of the Belarusian Tatars talking about preserving the old regional working class folk dialect “po-prostu” - this is the stuff of my dreams and I was able to record a chunk of it.
People say that short wave listening introduces you to new cultures blah blah blah but apart from tropical band you’re hearing what they choose to send out. FM and MW are the real thing, you’re really listening in to normal life.

It was great to be contacted by the engineer from Yumor FM in Brest after I logged them. One of those cool things that make a season quirky and memorable.
We should invite him to the forum he’s surely a dxer and likely hears all sorts of cool skip from the east.
Hearing Buzuluk 3 times was great, when i was a kid , I spent my school holidays with a wonderful Polish family that used to spoil me anyway when they were released from the gulag Buzuluk was the place they all had to walk to to join General Anders Polish Army and get out of the USSR so picking up that place was special for me. - I speak to the Generals daughter most days too

Italy yes only one classic soupy opening of the type we normally see loads of
I love italy probably second only to Eastern Europe because of the wierd split frequencies out of band txs studio transmitter links etc
I love the chaos and unpredictability.

FMlist was a massive help in a marginal season
The chatroom has developed into a really nice place no egos just people helping each other.

On many days those 2 things were the difference between hearing something and nothing.
Having another dxer relatively close has really made the chatroom more interesting for me -Hi Chris!
Between him and Andy I now have something meaningful to compare my reception with.

Did anyone else notice that SR P1 visby 87.6 was in every day that e skip was present?
Sometimes only for a few minutes sometimes in and out for hours.

Maybe it’s like that every year and I’m only noticing now I have an amplifier.

I booked a holiday in holyhead to coincide with what is supposed to be the late June e peak, total wash out , am trying same again next year so will see if this is the new normal

This year did finally give me the last recordings I needed to build an archive of iq files to revisit during the dead season -dx on demand
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Post by Jim (Bournemouth) » 12 Sep 2019 14:00

My perspective on this season:

A very poor one overall, as poor as 2014 which in itself was the worst of the lot since I became active on Band 2 in 2013.
This is borne out by the chart on MMMoVHF ( https://www.mmmonvhf.de/es/eval/all_sea ... =529363430 ) which tracks the cumulative hours of Es openings in Europe. THat relates to 2m, but I have found over the years that it has always reflected my gut feel about a season on Band 2.

May was a slow start.. June was really really poor.. the first 16 days an utter disaster with only the 1st producing a proper opening, and a dribbly southern opening on the 12th.

July was better (unusually) with a reasonable first and last third, middle of the month was fairly quiet.

August was quiet until an unusually late spell of activity in the last few days of the month gave some good openings... by this time though, it felt like scoring with a dodgy penalty in the 95th minute.. when you're already 6-0 down.

Nothing exotic here this year. Turkey continues to elude me bar one iffy logging a few years ago.
Woulod say the highlight was early July and a nice opening to parts of Scandinavia further north than ever logged before.

Es Loggings by year:

2013 528
2014 361
2015 645
2016 813
2017 784
2018 721
2019 598 with a few more to add.

This years' figure boosted by improved logging facilities here making it easier to grab RDS data on up to 20 frequencies at once; up to 2015 I was only able to monitor a single freq at a time.

Would echo the comments re: the chatroom. Been a real bonus this year with plenty of new faces and from across Europe.
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 12 Sep 2019 18:51

Jim - Turkey was like that for me. It In fact, so was double hop. It took years of trying, then I landed a BIG opening to Turkey after a double-hop drought for five years I think it was. It *will* happen.

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 13 Sep 2019 09:38

"By this time though, it felt like scoring with a dodgy penalty in the 95th minute.. when you're already 6-0 down."

well said Jim ! :D
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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by Tim Bucknall » 13 Sep 2019 09:47

still pulling things off the recordings including a surprise Greek opening on the afternoon of the 12th august
obviously it doesn't change the overall picture of the season but it shows the complexity
because this sort of opening would be rare for me even in a good season


will we ever have a return to seasons like 2003 + 2004 when it seemed anything was possible ?
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Re: 2019 Es Season winding down

Post by Mad Radio DXer » 15 Sep 2019 22:57

Mixed for sure from my perspective.

The best was personal first receptions of Malta, & confirmed reception of Azores as in the past I received them but as presumed only. Also the OIRT catches from the Russian mainland, as well as TV & audio carrier reception from there before analogue closedowns start to take effect. The late August openings were a treat with some good full openings.

The bad was it seemed pretty much like the 2018 which happened to be the worst season personally out of the almost ten years I have done B2 DXing attentively. The personal firsts & late August openings have been the saving grace. Openings were mostly patchy & there was a big absence of activity in what is supposed to be the peak of the season. I understand this can happen in some seasons hence E Skip being sporadic, but this year it got to the point I was not bothering leaving my SDR on a timer when away from home as I was getting too many empty results.

There might be a surprise opening or two left considering I got some lower band Es a couple of days ago, but overall it will not be enough to what has been another mostly disappointing season.

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