Sunday, December 02, 2012

Frosty weekend

Good morning from England, where it is cold and frosty outside, but warm in the radio room with lots to listen to on the mediumwave band. I had intended to come down here much earlier and my alarm sounded at around 0645, but our bed was too warm and I stayed there until around 0800! So, I finally turned on the radio at around 0825 and although I had missed Zonnester's usual Sunday morning programme, he was busy qsoing and I heard his usual strong signal and some of the other stations he was chatting to. Here are the logs . . .


Sunday, December 2, 2012
1616       0825       Alpenjager 35553 qsoing  
1641       0826       Orion 34543 qsoing
1620       0829       Amigo 24532-34533 qsoing
1629       0830       Admiraal 34543 qsoing
1620       0834       Zonnester 35433-45554 qsoing
1655       0845       Dikke Betta 24542-34543 qsoing
1641       0846       Quiksilver 34533 qsoing

The propagation conditions changed at about 0900 and here in England it becomes more difficult to hear the Dutch pirates before they start arriving again from around 1500. It was the same yesterday morning... Ijsvogel was blasting in at around 0800 and Vriendschap also had a good signal, but an hour later the signals had gone. However, to hear the pirates from across the North Sea during daylight hours is a real treat and something that is not possible during the summer. Here's a video of how Ijsvogel was coming in yesterday morning on the small indoor loop antenna and portable receiver. Very impressive signal. The small amount of interference you can hear was actually from the mobile phone I was using to make the video. For most of the time his signal was the maximum 55555


Here are some of the other stations we have heard recently . . . 


Saturday, December 1, 2012
1655       0820       Ijsvogel 55555 qsoing
1645       0845       Vriendschap 35533 qsoing
1611       1920       Barones 54534-55555 music programme
1636       1922       Keizer En Keizerin music programme
1650       1924       Moby Dick 44544 music programme    
1633       2332       Barcelona 54544-55555 qsoing
1636       2337       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55544 qsoing
1661       2342       Polkaman 23422-33533 music programme
1636       2344       Spakenburg 44444 qsoing
1640       2350       Monte Carlo 54544 qsoing
1611       0040       Utopia 44534 music programme
1642       0043       Soerabaya 24422 asking for report 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
1660       2318       Kristal 55544 qsoing
1633       2321       Barcelona 55544 qsoing
1646       2324       Monte Carlo 45534 qsoing
1652       2330       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55544 qsoing
1653       2339       Jeneverstoker 24422 qsoing
1641       2352       Orion 34433 qsoing
1647       0018       Casablanca 44534-55534 qsoing

Monday, November 26, 2012
1647       1850       Calipso 55534-55555 music programme
1617       1856       Nova 4 35533 qsoing
1619       1900       Weg Piraat 24522 qsoing              
1610       1900       Black Power 45533-45544 testing  
1646       2050       Vrolijke Mijnwerker (testing while Calipso on frequency!)
1662       2100       Oldtimer 35533 music programme
1635       2120       Melkbus 24522-34433 music programme      
1648       2142       Readymix music programme
1651       2142       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55534-55555 music programme
1633       2241       Barcelona 54544 qsoing
1645       2249       Marianne 55544 qsoing (splatter 1630-1660)
1650       2256       Monte Carlo 45544-55544 qsoing
1653       2328       Jeneverstoker 24422-34433 qsoing
1647       2359       Casablanca 45544-55555 qsoing
1640       0028       Soerabaya 24522-34533
1645       0035       Pandora 55544-55555 qsoing

Monday, November 19, 2012
1650       2120       Witte Raaf 34433 music programme
1679       2132       Digitaal 34533 qsoing 50 watts
1675       2136       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55544 qsoing
1645       2159       Marianne 44434 qsoing
1644       2227       Monte Carlo 24432 qsoing much weaker than usual. Later 34433
1655       2230       Noordzee 34433 qsoing
1633       2230       Barcelona 44534-55555 qsoing
1654       2235       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55444 qsoing


Observations

  • On Saturday night (December 1) Barones was booming in with a long programme. As usual, the audio an modulation quality were superb. Also very strong were Vrolijke Mijwerker and Barcelona. Click here for a Barcelona
  • Last Monday (November 26) there was an interesting experiment from two powerhouse stations. Calipso was busy with a programme on 1647 and was incredibly strong as he always is. And at about 2050, the Vrolijke Mijnwerker switched on to 1646 just to see how his signal compared to Calipso. The result was fascinating to listen to. One minute Calipso was strongest and then, when he faded, Mijnwerker came up very, very strong
  • It's always nice to hear Pandora on air. The best time is often very late in the evening but his signal and audio are always superb. Click here to listen to how he sounded during the early hours of November 27




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