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Thursday, January 30, 2020

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And so as January nears an end it's time to bring the logbook up to date with the fifth post of the year - more in one month than I managed during the whole of 2019, so it's a promising start!

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Freq      Time     Station name SINPO Type of broadcast

Thursday, January 30, 2020
1632      2110      Twentana 43433-44444 music programme
1638      2121      Morgenster 25222 music programme     
1638      2152      Vrolijke Mijnwerker 35333 report for Morgenster    
1638      2157      Professor Sickbok 45444 report for Morgenster  
1638      2208      Turfsteker 32432 report for Morgenster


Radio Twentana

Observations
     Propagation was not great this evening with not much activity together with lower signals and increased noise on the band compared to what has been the norm during recent weeks. Twentana was peaking very nicely on 1632 kHz, although he was fading a fair bit at times and had competition from a station on 1631 kHz.

Sunday, January 26, 2020
1642      2055      Barones 45444 music programme
1611      2058      Technical Man 34333-44444 music programme
1635      2100      Bluebird 55444 music programme
1629      2230      Napoleon 44444 report for Barones
1640      2233      Casablanca 54444 report for Barones
1642      2255      Monte Carlo 33433-44444 qsoing

Saturday, January 25, 2020
1633      0557      Barcelona 55444 music programme
1633      0656      Noordzee 45434 music programme
1612      0708      Eigen Risico 34333 music programme

Friday, January 24, 2020
1615      2028      Skywire 35343
1633      2029      Turftrekker 35443-45444 music programme
1665      2030      Kristal 55444 music programme
1644      2030      Jeneverstoker 34443 music programme
1640      2133      Mi Amigo 33443-44444 music programme
1673      2134      Armada 44444-55444 music programme
1611      2145      Philadelphia en Skywave 22432 testing
1634      2158      Vonkenboer 25332 report for Mi Amigo

Observations
     Good to catch some low-power activity today, including the likes of Skywire, Vonkenboer and Philadelphia, who was running 50 watts of power during his test transmission on 1611 kHz.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
1633      1813      Dolfijn 35333 music programme
1673      1815      Armada 35333 testing
1647      1816      Nachtzwerver 35333 qsoing
1638      1949      Marskramer 35443 music programme
1642      1950      Turftrekker 33433-44444 music programme
1647      1950      Nachtzwerver 34433 music programme
1615      2121      Meteoor 45444 qsoing
1613      2123      Soto 34443 qsoing
1655      2139      Eigen Risico 35333 qsoing

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
1611      0811      Alabama 35433 music programme

Monday, January 20, 2020
1635      1801      Barones 55444 music programme
1615      1801      Soto 35443 music programme
1646      1802      Boomerang 55444 testing
1657      1803      Digitaal 45444 music programme
1657      1833      Eigen Risico 35433 report for Digitaal
1645      1837 `   Baanbreker 35433 qsoing
1640      1840      Casablanca 55444 qsoing
1655      1846      Eigen Risico 34443-45444 music programme
1660      1918      Josje Power 34443 report for Eigen Risico
1638      2010      Bluebird 45444 music programme
1645      2141      Casablanca (Twente) 24332-34333 music programme
1655      2144      Wilskracht 35333 music programme
1646      2158      Vrolijke Mijnwerker 34333 music programme



Observations
     Very pleasant way to start the week with an early evening programme from Barones on 1635 kHz. He was coming in very well indeed, as well were Boomerang and Casablanca, who were on air at similar times. The video above shows how a selection of stations were coming in from around 1835 here in the UK.
     Later in the evening there was an appearance from Vrolijke Mijnwerker on 1646 kHz. I read somewhere that he was testing with just 60 watts. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard a Dutch pirate claim to be running much lower power than they actually are (!), but if the Miner was indeed operating at much-reduced output then he was doing very well.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
1617      0656      Noordster 45434 qsoing
1645      0658      Rietvink 35333 music programme
1617      0702      Blauwe Piraat 24332 qsoing
1617      0705      Alabama 44444 qsoing   
1611      0709      Utopia 34333 qsoing and music programme
1645      0715      Eigen Risico 35433 report for Rietvink
1615      0747      Billy de Bluffer weak signal music programme
1512      1221      Mike Radio 24442 peak music programme
1617      1222      Zender Johan 25442 qsoing
1618      1233      Silvia weak signal qsoing
1638      1233      Bluebird 25322 peak qsoing
1657      1237      Digitaal 25322 peak qsoing
1638      1245      De Klok weak signal qsoing
1630      1254      Ijsvogel 25332 qsoing
1616      2107      Spakenburg 44434 music programme
1630      2107      Columbia 45434 music programme
1647      2108      Witte Tornado 45434 music programme
1655      2123      Soerabaya 24332 asking for report

Observations
     A very interesting morning and early afternoon at the top of the MW band. It started for me at around 0700 when I found Rietvink on 1645 kHz and a selection of other stations qsoing at around 1620 kHz. By the time Billy de Bluffer had started a music programme on 1615 kHz it was nearly daylight here in the UK and signals had started to fade. However, by just after midday the Dutch pirates were coming through again, and the first I heard was Mike Radio on 1512 kHz, with a perfectly listenable signal on the peaks. It never ceases to amaze me what is possible when the propagation is going your way.

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