Thursday, January 02, 2014

The only way is up

Around two hours ago when reception on the 48 metre band began to fade out, propagation conditions on MW were pretty good. There were some fine signals at the top of the band. Nova 4 was leading the way on 1620 and there were other stations coming in well with programmes and various pirates qsoing. However, with the time approaching 1930 in the UK, signals are well down, just like they were last night, and Batavier is the only station now coming through with any strength, although the signal is very up and down. Time to go and get a cup of tea and some food. Let's hope things improve as the evening goes on.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
1620       1753       Nova 4 45444 music programme
1630       1754       Hooiberg 24432-34433 music programme
1636       1754       Dutchman 24222-35333 qsoing
1650       1755       Twentana 34433-44444 music programme
1655       1755       Batavier 35333-45444 music programme
1645       1759       Blauwe Reiger 44444 qsoing
1645       1810       Casablanca (Twente) 34333 qsoing
1660       1813       Dikke Betta 44444 qsoing

I've had food and tea and I'm back by the radio at around 2330. Conditions have indeed picked up. I've just heard Sluwe Vos running low power on 1640 kHz and he's also had reports from Sweden and Finland. Vrolijke Mijnwerker is playing records on 1630 with a big signal, while Bluebird is strong on 1638 and Viking is weaker but audible on 1670. Digitaal is putting in a decent signal on 1611. The propagation report has mentioned blackouts for the last few days, and the same today, which would explain why conditions so variable

1640       2309       Sluwe Vos 24322-35333 music programme
1630       2310       Vrolijke Mijnwerker 55544 music programme
1611       2311       Digitaal 35433 music programme
1671       2320       Viking 25322-35333 qsoing
1638       2324       Bluebird 54444-55555 music programme
1622       2346       Soerabaya weak signal qsoing
1648       0005       Monte Carlo 24332-34333 asking for report
1653       0029       Jeneverstoker 34333 qsoing

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