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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Taking A Break

My marriage came to an end almost two months ago. My second failed marriage in fact! (I must be doing something wrong!) This resulted in me moving to a new address.

My new home is in the coastal community of Seathorne, just up the road from Skegness. I have a small top floor flat (there are three flats below me), situated right by the sea and with my own access to the beach.

It seemed like a good idea to rent such a place at the time as I thought this would lift my spirits. DXing right at the beach, etc.!! While this might sound like a DX dream come true, the flat is quite small and my enthusiasm to play radio has taken quite a tumble.

On the occasion when I do listen to band 2, using just a barefoot Sony XDR-F1HD and an unamplified Triax FM5 beam in the living room, pressed up against the east-facing window looking straight out to sea, I hear dozens of German signals from as far as the Baden-Württemberg and Thuringen regions and even the nearer parts of Bavaria, sometimes with noise free signals!

This is 'scatter', mostly aircraft scatter of course, but with some other interesting ducting effects, all of which are very much more apparent than at my old place. The problem is, it's the same signals over and over again. Dutch stations proliferate! I want something new.

It's all very nice and I'm sure that many radio enthusiasts would dream of DXing from such an advantageous location, but it's not really registering in my life at the moment.

My Körner 9.2 antenna would surely bring in some amazing scatter at this location were it on the roof, but it stays at the old place for now.

Medium wave DXing is not really possible at the new flat. My flag antenna and Perseus receiver are still at the old place, lying dormant. I don't really have much room for storage at the new flat, so some things will have to remain at the old address until I can find somewhere larger. I have a six month contract unfortunately, so I may not be able to escape without losing my deposit.

Right now, I am trying to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the new location, but I am struggling. If I am able, I might move away and try to make a fresh start somewhere else, but I don't know where. The thing is, I can't really afford to at the moment so I will have to stay put. There are much worse places I could be though.

Pleasant early morning walks over the dunes in the bright morning sunshine is very pleasant indeed. I usually take my 'IF narrowed' Degen DE1103 with me and hear the same continental stations coming through.

If I can develop the enthusiasm, I might try some overnight MW sessions out in the wilds of the nature reserves around The Wash. Maybe I'll give 10m a go again, but I really hate having to try to get through lengthy pile-ups in the hope of working someone. Not my idea of fun.

If this sounds like self-pity, I won't try to deny it. I am not myself at the moment and have no get up and go whatsoever. I am struggling with my work and have started lagging behind with orders, but I am eating reasonably well again. (I couldn't eat a thing for the first two or three weeks. My general health has suffered a little, but I have lost some weight, which isn't a bad thing! :O)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-03-05 (Meteor Scatter)

103.2 0524 POL PR Radio Olsztyn, Olsztyn/Pieczewo (WM) 39A1 RADIO___ OLSZTYN_ 1334km
100.4 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Multi-tx YLs preaching, as 104.0 **
100.6 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Multi-tx. YLs preaching, as 104.0 **
101.4 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Czersk/Niezurawa (PM) YLs preaching, as 104.0  1162km **
102.9 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Gryfice/Zaleszczyce (ZP) YLs preaching, as 104.0  983km **
104.0 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Swiecie/Dólsk (KP) 3232 R-MA??JA 1196km **
104.7 0536 POL Radio Maryja, Lobez or Bialystok YLs preaching, as 104.0  
102.6 0629 FIN YLE Radio Vega, Kristiinankaupunki-Kristinestad (po) 6205 1610km
104.9 0629  S  Mix Megapol, Gävle/Skogmur TM (ga) YL vocal ID  1310km
105.5 0629  S  Mix Megapol, Multi-tx YL vocal ID **
105.6 0704 DNK Din Radio, Århus Ø/Knebel/Skødshoved/Quelstrupvej 1 (mjy) 9729 729km **

** Personal First

The number of meteor bursts increased as the morning progressed. I probably should have recorded 0700-1200 instead of 0300-0800.

There were quite a few bursts which were just that little bit too weak to produce any RDS.

Of interest was a British English speaking station on 102.6 which came in immediately after the burst from YLE Radio Vega. There was a man speaking seriously, as if on BBC R4. He may have been talking about football, but I can't be sure. No BBC R4 transmitters or other similar BBC stations exist in the UK on 102.6, so this one is a mystery.

Good DX!

John Faulkner
Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) <3m ASL.
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.co.uk
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receivers:
Elad FDM-S2 (Meteor Scatter and sporadic E)
Sony XDR-F1HD with Konrad i2c mod. (Tropo/Scatter)

Aerials:
Körner 9.2 @ 5.5 metres agl. QTH is approximately 3 metres asl, 1km from the sea.
Fringe Electronics 20dB pre-amp.

Software:
Elad FDM-SW2, SDR Console File Analyser & RDS Spy via VAC.
XDR-GTK v0.3.1 for the Sony XDR-F1HD

Rotator:
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth & elevation rotator, allowing antenna to be vertical, horizontal, etc.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-03-01 (MW: Transatlantic)

1060 0456 USA WQOM Natick MA. wqom.org mentioned in ad. Weak  5267 km
 570 0500 CAN CFCB Corner Brook NL. Carrying VOCM at this time Weak  3990 km
1100 0500 USA WTAM Cleveland OH. WTAM ID in 1098 splatter Weak  5979 km

** Personal First

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag017-03-01

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-28 (MW: Transatlantic)

1430 0400 USA WENE Endicott NY. WENE Endicott ID, mentioning i-Heart and Fox Sports Trending 
                   ... Now! V weak  5572 km
1650 0400 USA WHKT Portsmouth VA. AM 16-50 WHKT Portsmouth ID heard V weak  5982 km
1670 0400 USA WMGE Dry Branch GA. WMGE ID and Fox Sports Trending ... Now! V weak  6768 km
 680 0500 USA WRKO Boston MA. WRKO Boston ID heard. CFTR faded. V weak  5239 km
1440 0500 USA WHKZ Warren OH. Difficult in pile-up but mentoin of 'Warren' and 'The Word' 
                   heard V weak  5940 km
 580 0600 CAN CFRA Ottawa ON. Newstalk 5-80 CFRA ID V weak  5333 km
 700 0600 USA WLW  Cincinnati OH. Newsradio 700 WLW ID V weak  6293 km
1120 0600 USA KMOX Saint Louis MO. Newsradio 11-20 KMOX ID V weak  6690 km
1610 0600 CAN CHHA Toronto ON. "Radio Caravan" ID. Then call letters "Esta es C..H...H... A"
                   (phonetically, "say achey achey ah) Radio Voces Latinas" Fair  5664 km
1400 0700 USA WOND Pleasantville NJ. Equal levels CBG with ID V weak  5673 km

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Monday, 27 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-27 (MW: Transatlantic)

 650 0056 GRL KNR, Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn) (qaa-qeq) Greenlandic YL and soft music. No sign 
                   of CBGY Fair  3237 km
1630 0500 USA WRDW Augusta GA. ESPM sports and WRDW Augusta IDs V weak  6609 km

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-23 (MW: Transatlantic)

1230 0550 USA WCMC Wildwood NJ. Oldies, as 1340 WMID web player. V weak  5721 km

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-21 (MW: Transatlantic)

1380 0600 USA WPYR Baton Rouge LA. Presume day power. EWTN ID, but thanks to Rocco 
                   Cotroneo at RealDX for sending the recording of his much clearer ID. My 
                   recording and his are clearly of the same station. Personal first! **
                   V weak  7443 km

** Personal First

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-16 (MW: Transatlantic)

1390 2216  B  ZYI788 Rádio Jornal, Pesqueira (PE) Adverts, jingle and OM in // with web 
              stream at: http://radiojornal.ne10.uol.com.br/aovivo/pesqueira/web.html 
              Personal first!  V weak  7679 km **

** Personal First

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-09 (MW: Transatlantic)

 670 0405 VEN YVLL Radio Rumbos, Caracas (dcf) Radio Rumbos ID with time check. Lively 
                   Latin songs. V weak  7573 km

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag

Friday, 3 February 2017

Skegness Log: 2017-02-03 (MW: Transatlantic)

 680 0042 PTR WAPA San Juan PR. YL talk, as web Weak  6806 km

** Personal First

Good DX!

John Faulkner, Skegness, Lincolnshire (JO03dd) 1m ASL
Blog: http://skegnessdx.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g1vvp
Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/skegnessdx

Receiver: Perseus SDR Receiver
Software: Jaguar Big Cat
Antenna: Portable 10ft x 25ft flag