Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Poor propagation continues

Reception of the Dutch pirates at the top of the MW band continues to be difficult in England this week as the propagation is poor. There have been some good peaks, but signals are variable and even the stations running more power have been struggling. However, here is what we have heard during the last few days . . .

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
1660       2113       Euromast 35533 music programme
1672       2114       Armada 35533 testing
1628       2118       Centraal 24532 qsoing
1646       2233       Casablanca 35533 qsoing
1650       2242       Jeneverstoker 25542 qsoing
1645       2321       Pandora 35543 qsoing

Monday, May 7, 2012
1645       1941       Witte Raaf 34533 music programme
1672       2113       Armada 33533 music programme
1639       2117       Dageraad 23532-34543 qsoing
1647       2119       Monte Carlo 45554 qsoing
1631       2123       Vrije Vogel 23532 qsoing
1633       2137       Barcelona 45554 qsoing
1646       2304       Casablanca 35533 qsoing
1645       2333       Pandora 45544 qsoing
1638       2335       Underground weak signal trying different antennas
1656       2338       Jeneverstoker weak signal qsoing

Sunday, May 6, 2012
1647       2313       Casablanca 34533 qsoing              
1645       2320       Pandora 34533-45544 qsoing


Observations

  • Casablanca, Jeneverstoker and Pandora are becoming regular with their late-night qsos. Because of the conditions, signals have been down on usual, although Pandora has still been peaking particularly well
  • Underground from England was switching between vertical and dipole antennas on Monday evening, although propagation made it difficult to judge which was best. The station had earlier been on 1476 kHz. Also active from the UK with a special Bank Holiday appearance on 648 kHz was Radio Albatros, although we were unable to hear him at our location
  • One of the best signals we heard on Monday evening came from Monte Carlo. You can hear how the reception sounded by clicking here

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