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AIH78 – Aihkiniemi DX-pedition Day 5

December 13, 2017 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Day 5 Tuesday 12.12.2017

Today we had our traditional trip to Norway to Kirkenes. We had our annual beer batch from the local Vinmonopolet and then on the way back we bought food from the border village of Näätämö. They have two grocery shops there with main customer base coming from Norway and Murmansk. This year we also had change to visit in Sevetin Baari which is a legendary pub and little shop in Sevettijärvi sami village. It was closed last year but now new entrepreneurs re-opened it. From Sevetin Baari it is 90 km to next pub (in Kaamanen, Inari if Kaamasen Kievari is still open).

So we didn’t watch so much band conditions as our trip took over 6 hours. NA was open again and this time at 1300z we had finally “area propagation” to WA/OR/Northern CA-area. 1240 KEJO Corvallis OR, 1330 KKPZ Portland OR, 1390 KZGD Salem OR, 1450 KBKW Aberdeen WA and 1540 KXPA Bellevue WA were new ones for us. I suppose we will find some more later. Tromså K-index peaked to 6 so propagation was unstable.

Food: Spaghetti with pork sauce

The best beer: Svalbard Spitsbergen Stout (from Svalbard!)

AIH78 – Aihkiniemi DX-pedition Day 4

December 12, 2017 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Day 4 Monday 11.12.2017

The effect of new coronal hole hit and Tromssa K-index was from 2 to 4. Propagation was still more or less same: NA started to come in midnight and continued till afternoon. We will see later if there is any good catches in the files. So far only KATE Albert Lea MN 1450 was noticed “live”. Asia seemed a bit more Iran oriented today. JA signals were down.

We had our traditional “pre-Norway sauna” at Jounila, so afternoon was spent 6 km away from the listening position. We had sauna, we watched Shark Tank from TV and dishwasher was doing its job for our dishes.

Food: Pasta carbonara

The best beer: BrewDog Abstrakt AB:22

AIH78 – Aihkiniemi DX-pedition Day 3

December 11, 2017 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Day 3 Sunday 10.12.2017

Tromså K-index dropped to 0 and it made some changes to the propagation. NA propagation was a bit more interesting although band closed earlier than on Saturday, around 1300z. 740 KCBS San Francisco CA and 1330 KWKW Los Angeles CA were new catches for us and there is more to come as the digging of those files has not been started yet.

The biggest suprises came from Pacific. I was monitoring carefully 621 for Tuvalu and suprisingly it came up at 0939Z for few minutes! This is the second time when this station has been heard in Finland. Also Radio Tonga was strong today. 1449 V6AH is still in the monitoring list. Asia files we have not much checked yet. Japan seemed to be in a good shape.

Weather: same as on Saturday. We still have some work to do with snow but that work is almost done. The new bird here for us has been Siberian jay. Lots of tits (especially Siberian tit) and squirrels have visited our yard. No reindeers so far this year although there was few nearby when we arrived.

Food: macaroni casserole (thanks Pat’s mom)

The best beer: Hawkshead / Cigar City Tiramisu Imperial Stout

Patrik and snow work

AIH78 – Aihkiniemi DX-pedition Day 2

December 10, 2017 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Day 2 Saturday 9.12.2017

The band was open to North America all night but propagation seemed to be still very generic. The morning was more or less same but we still have to check those files. Suprisingly 780 WXME Monticello ME was heard with WBBM: “WXME AM 7-80 Monticello …”. This Maine station was logged for the second time in Finland. In the morning V7AB Radio Majuro was very strong until their sign off at 1130Z. One from the most wanted list was also heard: 990 Gold FM from Fidzi although KIKI Honolulu was making QRM. Havaiji was in a good shape: 1110 KAOI, 1240 KEWE, 1270 KNDI and 1370 KUPA are new ones for us!

In the evening we mostly watched ice hockey (Patrik’s Lukko and Timo’s Ässät both lost their games) and drank some beverages so Asia propagation is unknown. ABC fanfare at 891 was heard and there seems to be some Filipinos (594 DZBB) and Japanese stations in the files.

Weather: we got some new snow and temperature has been around -5 C.

Food: potatoes and beef in tomato sauce

The best beer: Avery Vanilla Bean Stout – Bourbon Barrel

DXPatrik

AIH78 – Aihkiniemi DX-pedition Day 1

December 09, 2017 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Day 1 late Thursday – late Friday 8.-9.12.2017

Finally on DX-pedition! Our 4th DX-pedition started this year a bit earlier than before as the 6th of December was the 100th anniversary of Finland and day off. Timo moved to Vaasa already on Wednesday evening. Our trip started on Thursday morning at 07:30am. We stopped in Kempele to buy the most of our food and then in Rovaniemi for a pizza break. We were excited to hear that Inari Väylä (only some 20 km from our QTH) was the coldest place in Finland, about -35C in the morning.

We arrived to Aihkiniemi around 22:30 – after 15 hours of drive. When we approached the place, weather changed a bit warmer and it was only -24C when we arrived (it went up to -9C next day). We were very lucky and the final path to listening cottage had so little snow that we could drive our Skoda directly to the front of cottage. After some unpacking we were ready for the rocknroll.

Timo and Patrik Assat Lukko

Earlier in the weak propagation was dominated by a coronal hole which made radio propagation more or less disturbed. It continued till Thursday. We were lucky as the effect of coronal hole started to vanish little by little during the first day. Propagation was up and down and it wasn’t really really juicy to any part of the world but on the other hand mediumwaves were open to almost everywhere.

The first night started with La Plata stations which picked up at 0400z. Same time Brasilian stations continued till 07z with stations like 730 ZYH759 Rado 730 and 1050 ZYI203 Radio Capixaba. We were suprised that North America came in already at 2300z and propagation continued all night. Unfortunately stations were more or less usual suspects. In the morning at 06z we got the first new US catch 1070 KFTI Wichita KS when band was good to KS/SD/WY area. Band seemed to dive after 0715z but suprisingly it came up few hours later giving West Coast stations till 1500z! New stations so far noticed are 550 KOAC Corvallis OR and 1140 KXRB Sioux Falls SD. Same time Alaska was very strong (all common Alaska stations were heard) and even for the first time we got several new HI stations: 830 KHVH, 990 KIKI and 1040 KLHT. The real blast was 1035 Newstalk ZB at 1203z. Our first MW station from New Zealand! Other Pacific was not noticed except strong Majuro 1098. Maybe tomorrow …

During the evening we listened to earlier recordings so not so much to tell about Asian propagation so far. DWNX 1611 was heard during the sign off and sign on. 891 and 1296 Aussies were also heard. We also watched some icehockey from the computer.

Daily meal: chicken in cream sauce with rice and salad
The best beer: BrewDog Pump Action Poet

AIH78 Aihkiniemi DX-pedition starts soon!

December 01, 2017 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Me and Patrik Willför will return to Aihkiniemi of Inari for the 4th time. AIH78-DX-pedition is planned to start in the 7th of December (close to 8th) and lasts till the 16th of December. I will again publish here daily our best catches and other stories from the North. Forecast now is quite promising. The best catches from AIH66-pedition were:

711 AIR Siliguri
1359 JOBB NHK2 Osaka via Wakayama/Fukuchiyama
1377 IRIB Radio Kermanshah, Paveh
580 WHP Harrisburg PA
900 WDLS Wisconsin Dells WI
1030 WNVR Vernon Hills IL
1260 WSDZ Belleville IL
680 ZYH471 Rádio Clube, Santo Antônio de Jesus BA

We also heard 1017 Radio Tonga, 1098 V7AB Marshalls and 1440 Radio Kiribati + Aussies 729 5RN, 891 5AN, 1152 6PNN, 1296 6RN and 1620 4KZ. 443 USA/CAN/ALS stations were identified.

Weather web cam from Nitsijärvi, near Aihkiniemi site. (Photo: Liikennevirasto)

Weather web cam from Nitsijärvi, near Aihkiniemi site. (Photo: Liikennevirasto)

Autumn QSLs

October 16, 2017 By: admin Category: DX-listening, QSL

Some new ones:

Radio Mi Amigo, Kall-Krekei 3985 QSL card via snail mail
WRPN Ripon WI 1600
KQAQ Austin MN 970
OAM7L Radio Solar, Espinar 1440 via Facebook
OA.. Radio Andina, Juliaca 1360 via Facebook
ERA 2 Deutero Programma 90.60
Radio Soundportal 89.60
Smooth Radio 97.50
L´Autre Radio 107.90
RTÉ Lyric FM 95.20
RBB inforadio 93.40
Radio Dolcevita, Ferrara 104.20
Donau 3 FM 106.20
Naxi Max Radio, Čoka 106.60
BNR Radio Blagoevgrad 106.60

Radio Mi Amigo QSL card

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The latest QSLs

September 27, 2017 By: admin Category: BC-stations, DX-listening, QSL

It’s been a while when I posted my QSLs. These have arrived since March:

JOXR ROK Radio Okinawa 864
CRI Huadian 963
BED47 BCC News Network, Tainan 1296
6RN ABC Wagin WA 1296
KCHA Charles City IA 1580
WHRC Miami FL 1550
WIRL Peoria IL 1290
WJMO Cleveland OH 1300
KOAN Anchorage AK 1080
WOTE Clintonville WI 1380
KNND Cottage Grove OR 1400
WBCN Charlotte NC 1660
KDYM Sunnyside WA 1230
KKNW Seattle WA 1150
WJMC Rice Lake WI 1240
KYCR Golden Valley MN 1440
KGVO Missola MT 1290
KDMT Arvada CO 1690
KKDZ Seattle WA 1250
WEBC Duluth MN 560
WHHQ Bridgeport MI 1250
KQEQ Fowler CA 1210
KRSV Afton WY 1210
KSUB Cedar City UT 590
YS.. Radio Elohim, San Salvador 1630 – new country, El Salvador!
ZBVI Tortola 780 – new country, British Virgin Islands!
HCRF2 Radio Ecuantena, Guayaquil 1030
CP107 Radio Yaguarí, Vallegrande 1440
Radio Maria 92.20
Radio Maria Südtirol 106.70
Radio Italia Network 101.50
Radio Vallebelbo National Sanremo 102.20
Radio SRF1 101.50
Radio Nova 89.60
Radio Torino 95.30
Qmusic 99.20
SLAM! 99.20
France Bleu Picardie 100.60
Radio Italia Uno Party 95.20
Radio Bonheur 90.10
VRT Radio 2 West-Vlaanderen 100.10
NPO 3FM 99.80
Radio Victoria, Halle 105.20
France Bleu Poitou 106.40
7 FM 96.20
Radio Gente Umbra 93.00
France Bleu 107.1 107.10
Radio Studio One 107.1
SRR Radio Iasi 90.8
Mouv’ 93.50
Nes Radio 88.40
One Dance 88.70
RPL Radio 89.20
Radio Mater 88.60
Radio Bonn/Rhein-Sieg 91.20
Radio Millennium 88.70
WDR5 89.00
WDR4 90.70
Radio Ferizaj 92.60
Radio Bamberg 88.50
RDS – Radio Dimensione Suono 97.90
Radio 24 98.00
ČRo Sever 88.800
Radio Egrensis 93.20
Radio 80 (Ottanta) 89.20
Radio Cer 90.20
BR Klassik 88.00
Deutschlandfunk 94.10
Deutschlandfunk Kultur 97.40
NDR 1 Niedersachsen 98.00
Radio Rubi 96.40
Radio Doxa 96.70
BBC Radio Oxford 95.20
Galaxie Radio 95.30
Sud Radio 90.00
Radio Skive 104.30
Radio 538 98.40
Radio Melinda 107.80
Radio Eenhoorn 107.50

ZBVI-FM

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FMDX: ES season in the run

June 15, 2017 By: admin Category: DX-listening, FMDX

Summer Es (spodaric E) -season started in here in May. So far this season has not been so productive but in the southern coast of Finland DXers have got some excellent results. I’ve got only one really good day (8th June 2017) when FM band was open for hours. My equipment for FM is Perseus SDR with FM+ converter and 5el Triax-yagi some 3m from the ground. I use my station as remote, QTH is about 12km from my home. My location in the west coast of Finland is quite ok for UK/Ireland and France but I am a bit too north for eg. Greece and Turkey. I have fixed antenna direction to 210 degrees, which receives the stations from Romania to Ireland.

22.5.17
The start of the season took some time. Short opening with low MUF to ROU/AUT/CZE. Then at 20z some BBCs on the low band.

23.5.17
FM band was up and down several hours. It peaked 11-12z to Italy with some powerhouse D and HRV also. MUF was hardly over 90 MHz but got some interesting Italians like Millennium, Radio Freccia (new chain), One Dance and Radio LatteMiele Torino.

24.5.17
Short one minute to Italy daytime then 1622-1655 mixed Germany and France. MUF again was not very high. Mostly powerhouses but managed to catch Radio Bonn/Rhein-Sieg. Some F shorties also later in the evening.

30.5.17
Another very short (few minutes) opening to ITA/HRV.

31.5.17
I turned my antenna to about 170 degrees so I was able to catch some Ukraine and even some Turkish stations this day. Band was up and down but peaked for 30 minutes to UKR between 1822-1847 UTC. Most of the stations were Russians from the occupied Krim, Simferopol.

2.6.17
Few minutes to openings to Balkan and Italy at 08z and 16z.

4.6.17
Over 4 hours opening mostly to Italy with lots of powerhouses and chain stations on the band. At the beginning of the opening also some RTE and BBC on the band the after the Italians some D, Balkan and CZE. At times MUF was high (over 105 MHz) but not many new Italians found. Radio Marilù, Radio Alba, Radio Piterpan were the interesting ones. From Germany AFN The Eagle was heard. At 1515z I heard ERA 2 Deutero Programma, which was the first Greek station for me since 1990s (I was QRT 1998-2013). From Serbia Radio Rubin was nice catch and especially Radio Ferizaj from Kosovo.

5.6.17
2 hours of es but unfortunately mostly powerhouses from Germany with MUF below 100 MHz. The best stations were probably the two first ones: Radio Pogoda POL and West City Radio ROU. Other worth of mentioning: Landeswelle Thüringen, Rom Radio (SRB), Hrvatski Radio Karlovac (HRV).

6.6.17
Few short openings in the morning and daytime: F, HRV, D, BUL. Not much to talk about.

7.6.17
3½ hours of chaos. Band was open from Bosnia to UK. So much QSB and QRM that very difficult to dig anything. I have not listened recordings yet but there are stations like Radio Central (SUI), Slavonski Radio (HRV), InfoRádió (HNG), we will see.

8.6.17
The best opening so far and Top10-days all time. All started with CZE Fajn Radio Hity at 0506z and ended at 1214z with RTE. Very good SVK/HRV/HNG/POL opening around 07z (I had “blind recording” on as I was working), then Ireland moving to Benelux and even some Danish stations! Denmark skip is less than 1000km for my QTH. Then France and condx fininshing to UK. I still have one hour of recordings to go thru but some goodies are: Rádio SiTy (SVK), Radio Kaj Krapina (local, HRV), RMF Maxxx Oleśnica (local, POL), Radio Doxa (POL), BBC Oxford, South East Radio (IRL), Today FM (IRL), Red FM (IRL), Midwest Radio (IRL), Skala FM (DNK), Radio Skive (DNK), North Norfolk Radio, France Bleu Poitou, La radio sans pub (F), France Bleu Maine, RBM (F), Radio 538 (HOL), Sweet FM (F), Radio Eenhoorn (HOL), L’Autre Radio (F), Radio Melinda (BEL) … much more quality in these stations!

9.6.17
Few minutes of HNG (Tisza-tó Rádió) and SRB (BB Radio Bački Brestovac) then later few minutes of BBC.

11.6.17
RAI and France Culture heard.

13.6.17

Condx to RUS and UKR. Antenna to wrong direction but at least to stations to report: UR 1 Persha Prog. and Radio Mir.

14.6.17

Band never opened properly. Here and there some powerhouses and Radio ROKS – Ukraina.

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The latest QSLs

March 29, 2017 By: admin Category: QSL

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Since the last post some nice QSLs have arrived:

Radio Maria, Le Col de la Madonne 1467 (I have this before as TWR Monte Carlo, I think from 1984)
Heritage Radio, Manchester 1602 via Facebook FFF
AIR Guwahati 729
AIR Allapuzha 576
AIR Dharwad 765
AIR Lucknow 747
AIR Nagpur 585
AIR Kargil 684
AIR Chennai 720
AIR Shimla 774
AIR Rajkot 810
AIR Delhi 666
KKNE Waipahu HI 940
KKEA Honolulu HI 1420
KEWE Kahului HI 1240
6PNN Busselton 1152
KVXR Moorhead MN 1280
WIBD West Bend WI 1470
KVGB Great Bend KS 1590
CKTB St. Catharines ON 610
KTRF Thief River Falls MN 1230
WSJP Sussex WI 1640
WCNZ Marco Island FL 1660
WKBN Youngstown OH 570
WMAX Bay City MI 1440
WMAN Mansfield OH 1400
KMRY Cedar Rapids IA 1450
KKMS Richfield MN 980
KNSS Wichita KS 1330
WNCO Ashland OH 1340
CHML Hamilton ON 900
WGY Schenectady NY 810
WCMP Pine City MN 1350
KCNZ Cedar Falls IA 1650
KOKC Oklahoma City OK 1520
KCCR Pierre SD 1240
WNWI Oak Lawn IL 1080
KDHL Faribault MN 920
WGAN Portland ME 560
WTCH Shawano WI 960
WAUB Auburn NY 1590
WMKT Charlevoix MI 1270
WNVR Vernon Hills IL 1030
WOKY Milwaukee WI 920
CKJR Wetaskiwin AB 1440
WLMV Madison WI 1480
KFJB Marshalltown IA 1230
WGVS Muskegon MI 850
KNOX Grand Forks ND 1310
KBJD Denver CO 1650
WQLR Kalamazoo MI 1660
WCLO Janesville WI 1230
KPRM Park Rapids MN 870
WBEV Beaver Dam WI 1430
KTNQ Los Angeles CA 1020
WKEI Kewanee IL 1450
KDAL Duluth MN 610
WPHT Philadelphia PA 1210
KIXZ Amarillo TX 940
WSUI Iowa City IA 910
WOI Ames IA 610
KOZY Grand Rapids MN 1320
WENE Endicott NY 1430
KOZN Bellevue NE 1620
KOLM Rochester MN 1520
KFXD Boise ID 630
WLS Chicago IL 890
WROW Albany NY 590
KCHA Charles City IA 1580
XEPE Tecate BC 1700
HO… Radio Adventista de Panamá, Panamá 1560
XEEP Radio Educación, Mexico DF 1060
HJZF Radio Cóndor, Manizales 1540
OBX4X Radio Bienestar, Chorillos 760 FFF?

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