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A superb multi-TX meteor scatter event during the Leonid meteor shower

Leonid multi transmitter ping

Good Tropo Oct/Nov 2017

At the end October and into the start of November an excellent tropo duct opened up initially to Ireland then across northern France and into Belgium. At this location in Telford lots of new stations were received along with the regulars at some very impressive signal levels

rds October 2017

The band was rammed with DX signals as illustrated by the spectrum screenshot below:

rds October 2017

Norway still on FM 22nd July 2017

On 22nd July (via Sporadic E) I logged NRK P1 from Oslo. After enquiring on the SkywavesDX forum it would appear that not all of the high powered transmitters have been decommissioned (in favour of DAB) as yet. According to the forum the next tranche of high powered TX's to be switched off is due September 2017.

Norway FM DX July 2017

...so this may be my last logging of NRK P1?

June 2017 1000+ Stations Logged

After last year's atrocious June conditions where I logged a mere 200+ stations I was not prepared for this year's fabulous conditions. This June has beaten my previous best of 933 (June 2013) Sporadic E stations logged.

June 2017 Es stats

The above graph illustrates the number of stations logged (per day) through June 2017

11 consecutive days of Sporadic-E and a Double Hop (2E)

A nice run of SpE FM DX from 30th May to 9th June including a rare double hop to Israel

consecutive stats

Meteor Detector for HDSDR (MD4)

I've written software to automatically detect radio signals within HDSDR waterfalls, see Meteor Detector for HDSDR

md4 example

October 2016 B2 Es

Early evening opening to Algeria

radio Soummam rds

Spanish Tropo Duct Tue/Wed 27/28 Sep 2016

Image credit/source William Hepburn http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.htmlImage credit/source William Hepburn http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html

A narrow but intense tropo duct opened up between Southern UK and North West Spain on Tuesday night allowing strong signals to be received from this area. Spain finally made an appearance (almost RDS signal) here in Telford at 03:25 GMT on Wednesday morning with RNE-CLAS 88.2 and RNE-5 92.8 from O Páramo

The duct then pivoted towards the Netherlands and Germany providing record breaking conditions into North West Spain

11th/12th August - Perseid Meteor Shower

A very active shower this year 11th and 12th

perseid meteor scatter waterfall I even managed to photograph a Perseid meteor

Friday 5th August

Great FM DX Es day on Friday with stations received from many countries

June Es Poor - 2016

June turned out to be a very poor month this year for Sporadic E. I logged just over 200 stations compare this to 672 last year and 933 in 2013.

Intense Tropo and DAB DX - 06-06-2016

A short range but intense tropo opening which had German and Holland stations receivable on a portable radio in the garden View Map

I also received my 1st proper DAB DX with the reception of 9D Zuidwest NL and 8A Randstad NL both from Holland (see screenshots). These were strong enough for unbroken audio and rendering of their station logos via the slideshow feature of DAB player.

DAB DX reception was achieved using a loft mounted DAB log-periodic 6-element beam and a NooElec R820T2 dongle, reception via portable DAB radio was not possible.

DAB DX 9D

DAB DX 8A

Es 2016 - 05-05-2016

1st decent Es opening with many stations received from Romania View Map

Algeria RDS - 05-05-2016

My 1st reception of Algeria (via Sporadic E) since RDS was enabled

Algeria rds

Excellent Meteor Scatter - 24-04-2016

8 stations received from 3 countries from a single meteor View Map

8 station meteor scatter

Ireland via Meteor Scatter - 03-04-2016

RTE Radio 1 from Clermont Carn on 87.8 at just 298 Km / 185 miles from here

Super Winter Es - 03-01-2016

A superb day of winter (could have been summer) Es

Super Aurora Es - 01-01-2016

Aurora Es on Band 2 (in my experience) are very rare and will typically only last a few minutes. So to have an opening for 2.5 hours is unprecedented

Norway/Finland/Sweden Aurora Es - 20-12-2015

Excellent Aurora Es opening

Finland/Sweden Aurora Es - 18-11-2015

Iceland Aurora Es - 03-11-2015

Es out of season - 02-11-2015

Antena 1 from Portugal

Super Tropo - Czech Rep. - 23-10-2015

Another 'special' tropo DX day, the highlight for me was receiving Czech Republic - Ceské Budjovice TX

Es out of season - 21-10-2015

I know it's 'back to the future' day today but I did not expect B2 SpE on and off for 2+ hours!

Super Tropo Sweden - 01-10-2015

Max distance Sweden SR P3 @1203 Km / 748 miles

This is when the event kicked off for me with stations being received from Norway, East Denmark, Germany and Sweden (Sweden being a Tropo 1st for me). Screenshot: http://www.apritch.co.uk/TropoSweden1145Km.png

Super Tropo Poland - 02-10-2015

Max distance Poland Radio ZET @1396 Km / 867 miles

The conditions continued to be 'special' with Poland being received (another Tropo 1st for me) along with Germany, East Denmark and the Southern tip of Sweden. Screenshot: http://www.apritch.co.uk/TropoPoland1286Km.png

Super Tropo Sweden - 03-10-2015

Max distance Sweden SR P1 @1242 Km / 772 miles

The 3rd didn't disappoint either with again very good conditions to Denmark and an East Coast Sweden station being received. The conditions dropped off quite quickly that day with only Norway on 87.8 hanging around till about 22:00z

Double Hop Es - 17-07-2015

I have been trying to log Turkey for years and on the 8th July I finally logged DAMLA FM on 87.5 and was very chuffed!. So you can imagine my joy to then log Southern Turkey along with Cyprus just 9 days later via double hop E's.

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17:56z 87.5  CYP _RADYO__ 2279 Lefkosa/Selvilitepe 3396 Km

rds Cyprus 2E

17:51z 87.5  TUR PAL_FM__ 3235 Adana-Alihocali 3415 Km
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Aurora Es - 17-03-2015

Good Spanish Tropo - 05-01-2015

Big Polish Es - 08-07-2014

Short Es Skip down to 832 Km - 02-07-2014

Spanish Tropo - 06-07-2014

Greece Es - 13-06-2014

91.6 Spain (North west corner) Tropo in Midlands - 15-09-2012