Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Making the most of the long days

It's been a very pleasant few days here in the UK, with the sun rising very early, setting very late and with some great weather in between. It's given me a chance to get outside and make the garden look decent and then have a little time to listen around on the MW band during the late evening.

Sunshine in the evening here in England
Tonight was pretty quiet on the band, but with a couple of power-packed signals courtesy of the Wadloper-Relmus combination (aka Wadmus!) and Radio Calipso. Here's what I heard, along with some other recent logs . . .

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1657       2009       Turfsteker 25353
1630       2013       Zeehond 35353 qsoing
1625       2038       Batavier 34433-45444 music programme
1640       2039       Wadloper-Relmus 45454-55444 music programme
1647       2055       Soerabaya testing
1665       2056       Philadelphia 23322 music programme
1625       2120       Sluwe Vos 34433 report for Batavier
1633       2122       Noordzee 44444 qsoing
1629       2124       Calipso 55544 music programme

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
1625       2109       Batavier 45434-55444 music programme
1652       2110       Uniek 34443-44444 music programme    
1665       2114       Polkaman 34343 music programme
1635       2130       Astronaut 24222-35333 music programme
1645       2200       Monte Carlo 44444 qsoing
1647       2204       Noordzee 44444 qsoing
1665       2343       Philadelphia 23332-34333 qsoing

Monday, June 24, 2013
1609       2000       Black Power 23432 (34433 at 2040, 44434 at 2127) music programme
1642       2002       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 35443 (55555 at 2030) music programme
1662       2002       Oldtimer 33443-44454 music programme
1667       2005       Armada 23322-34333 music programme
1633       2012       Vrijevogel 25432 music programme
1650       2013       Soerabaya weak signal testing
1629       2033       Calipso 55555 music programme
1665       2047       Philadelphia 23322 music programme
1644       2113       Monte Carlo 34333 (44544 at 2145) report for Mijnwerker
1638       2145       Bluebird 55544-55555 music programme
1633       2156       Barcelona 53543 qsoing
1623       2208       Electron 55444 qsoing
1633       2221       Monte Carlo qsoing
1647       2244       Casablanca 54444 qsoing
1657       2254       Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing


Sunday, June 23, 2013
1618       1955       Nova 4 35333 music programme
1638       1957       Bluebird 45444-55544 music programme
1647       1958       Witte Tornado 44444-55444 music programme
1660       1958       UK44 24432 music programme 
1641       1959       Wadloper 44444 music programme
1512       2003       Tempico 44444 music programme
1628       2045       Santana 35333-45444 music programme
1665       2058       Polkaman 24222 music programme
1615       2124       Batavier 45434-55444 music programme
1648       2328       Casablanca 55544 qsoing
1654       2331       Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing
1643       2333       Jeneverstoker 35433 qsoing
1648       2344       Jeneverstoker 45434 qsoing

Monday, June 17, 2013
1645       2050       Caldera 34433 qsoing and later programme with new audio processor
1638       2051       Bluebird 55544 music programme
1667       2052       Armada 34433 music programme
1646       2054       Blauwe Reiger 44444 qsoing
1645       2057       Soerabaya 23222 qsoing
1620       2104       Pandora 55544-55555
1630       2108       Astronaut 22332 music programme
1655       2114       Witte Raaf 45444 music programme
1636       2115       Noordzee 43443-54444 report for Astronaut
1633       2156       Barcelona 44444 report for Astronaut
1625       2200       Astronaut 24332 qsoing
1620       2205       Noordzee 55444 qsoing 

Observations

  • Our feature on Radio Astronaut went down well with several readers of the blog. Let's hope they were tuned in to hear his broadcast on Tuesday evening, when his signal was peaking even better than on his previous broadcast. And all with 40 watts
  • Philadelphia has been busy for the last few evenings. I mentioned him on the blog recently, and I now have a little more information about this station. He is using a homebrew tx and, just like Astronaut, he uses the 807 valve - two of them, in fact. This gives around 65 watts. He can usually be heard on 1665 kHz. I often get other more distant stations coming in on the frequency, but on the peaks, Philadelphia has been received pretty well
  • Interesting to hear Black Power on 1609 kHz on Monday evening. I guess with the imminent closure of Radio Waddenzee on 1602, pirates will be moving ever lower and inside the main MW band. Perhaps this will lead to more listeners?
  • I haven't posted any recordings for a while, but here's a great one. Radio Electron is famous for his whispering voice late at night, and you can hear him particularly well here, recorded on Monday evening. Reception is so good and clear that you can even hear the fans in the background when the microphone is opened!

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