Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy birthday Batavier

After an entertaining day that included a great afternoon with Terry of terrysradioblog.blogspot.co.uk and a lengthy nap after too much food at a Chinese buffet, I spent the end of Thursday night tuning the MW band. 

Transmitting with just 70 watts and coming through well was Radio Batavier, who was celebrating his birthday with a broadcast on 1611 kHz. A very happy birthday from your friends across the water!

I made some recordings, which I've put together on the soundclip. If you take a listen you can hear Monte Carlo, Pandora, Batavier, Matrix and Scotland:



And here are the logs for the last couple of days:

Thursday, August 11, 2016
1638          2230         Bluebird 55444 music programme
1611          2231         Batavier 35333 music programme with 70 watts
1670          2233         Matrix 25222-35333 qsoing
1620          2235         Anton 45444 qsoing
1650          2240         Monte Carlo 55544-55555 qsoing
1625          2244         Pandora 55444 qsoing
1620          2252         Scotland 34333-45444 qsoing



Wednesday, August 10, 2016
1650          2202         Monte Carlo 55444 qsoing
1615          2206         Rebel 25242 testing
1645          2208         Casablanca (Twente) 35322-35443 qsoing
1636          2209         Noordzee 35232-35333 qsoing
1629          2212         Dinkelland 45444-55544 qsoing
1640          2218         Electron 45333 qsoing
1629          2227         Spanningzoeker 55444 qsoing
1629          2232         Jack Sparrow 45433 qsoing
1643          2248         Electron 45444 qsoing
1611          2303         Utopia 34333 qsoing and music programme

Observations

  • It was quite a surprise to hear Radio Scotland on the band on Thursday night during a qso - a quick scan through my logs reveals I've not heard him on MW since December 18, 2011. He's been going for many years and has a fascinating history that includes many encounters with the Dutch authorities. His website radioscotland.nl has plenty of insight
  • On Wednesday night Rebel popped up on 1615. He's also not often on air and was testing with 30 watts of power from Friesland. On the peaks his signal was arriving quite well
  • Also on Wednesday I heard Utopia for the first time in a while. He came on the band during a qso with some reports then stayed on air with some music for a while. His signal was somewhat weaker than usual, explained by his antenna being lower than normally

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