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AIH53 – Day #3 16.11.2015

November 17, 2015 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

As told we heard some early bird US last evening but nothing really happened before the morning. US opening was strong and nice between 05-08 UTC. Also some Mexico here and there. The most of the day went while checking the first files. Only some cooking and snow work in between. From Asia we have not much to say so far as the time went by looking for older files. After listening to 0600 UTC files the best catches are: 950 KRWZ Parker CO, 970 KBUL Billings MT, 1110 WJML Petoskey MI (60 watts!), 1290 KOWB Laramie WY, 1370 KXTL Butte MT, 1470 KAIR Atchison KS, 1660 KXOL Brigham City UT and 1700 KVNS Brownsville TX. Even got some QSLs already! Much more to come when all files have been listened to.

Food was the pork fillets from Vähäkyrö, Botnia and spaghetti. For brunch we had baked potatoes and random fridge stuff.

The beer of the day: Buxton Battle Horse – black IPA or American style barley wine

Bathroom was -6C.

Bathroom was -6C.

Day 3

Day 3

AIH53 – Day #2 15.11.2015

November 16, 2015 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

On Sunday weather got warmer. All day we had around zero Celsius, during the day 1 we had some 6-7 minus before. Patrik did some snow work. Of course it is better to be done today when snow is heavier …

Band opened to west around 23z. But only common USA/CAN-stations. The night was mixed with La Plata and Brasil, stateside never opens really well before 0530z. At least now we logged the most common Alberta stations … we missed them last time. 1230 CHFC Churchill MB was probably the best catch. But we still need to dig some files. From La Plata the best one was 1150 LT9 Radio Brigadier López, Santa Fé. Asia never really opened. Weird QRM especially with 46 and 60 degrees antennas. We have not checked Asia files yet but I believe there is not much to talk about.

Just before local midnight we noticed at some CAN and stations like WFME are audible already at 2045z. I tried to catch some daytimers but seems that I was not lucky. Also 1700 WRCR was heard but we still need ID. Same time with NA, Brasil was strong already before 2100z. Very early”

Lunch: meatball-bacon scramble Dinner: cola chicken and potatoes

The beer of the day: Crooked Stave Hop Savant (Galaxy)
The special mention: BarlindBeer BjörköAle Session IPA 2,7 %


AIH53 – Day #1 14.11.2015

November 15, 2015 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

Finally arrived to Aihkiniemi! After 950 km drive from Vaasa we arrived around at 23:00 local time (Friday the 13th) to Partakko in Inari. We were received by plenty of snow so we had to do some work with the extra snow before we could drive in the yard of Aihkiniemi pedition site. Now as it is our second trip here, the place is familiar and we could put up our stations (4 of them) quite quickly. The daytime we mostly were just listening, doing some snow work and cooking (makaroonilaatikko & salad) + drinking some new beers from eg. Sweden, Croatia and UK.

The first real stations noticed were Brasilians around 2300z. La Plata was ok almost all night – first starting with many Brasilians (broadcasting soccer, no IDs) and then ARG/URG stations like 950 LR3 AM950, Buenos Aires, 1030 LS10 Radio del Plata, Buenos Aires, 1230 LT2 Radio Dos, Rosario and 1470 CX147 Radio Cristal del Uruguay, Las Piedras. We also got a local ID from 750 LRA7 Radio Nacional, Cordoba.

The first US stations noticed were at 04z KXEL and new one for us 1660 KQWB West Fargo ND (some common CAN already at 01z). Next few hours USA was up and down giving some common stations like 950 KCAP and 1430 KCLK. As solar condx should be ok we expect more from next night.

Daytime started very slow. We couldn’t hear anything from Asia until 1300z when band was full of Japan. Before that we were thinking what is going on, no signals what so ever on MW. We need to investigate files more later but we noticed some decent stations from Taiwan and China plus two tentative Aussies: 846 4CA Cairns and 1548 4QD Emerald at 17z.

The beer of the day: Uprising Treason – IPA from Windsor, England.

Patrik PW at AIH53

Patrik PW at AIH53

The cottage today.

The cottage today.



AIH53 is approaching

November 10, 2015 By: admin Category: DX Pedition, DX-listening

Soon I will hit the road with Patrik (PW) to Aihkiniemi in Inari. Pedition AIH53 will be active 14.-21.11.2015. As we have currently lots of protons in the air, we hope that bands will recover till the end of this week. Soon I will publish also last year’s AIH40-pedition logs. They are not actually final as we still have some files to explore. One year is not enough! (Especially when I was very lazy in the early part of 2015). Also still some nice NA QSLs are coming in for the reception reports of AIH40.

I am trying to publish daily reports from AIH53 to this blog.




AIH40 Day 6 – 20.11.2014

November 21, 2014 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

Not much radiowise to tell. Aurora borealis was visible last night and it killed some of the propagation for sure. We went after the sunrise to Norway, Kirkenes (to buy lots of expensive beer) and we have not checked much of the files. Seems that there was some propagation to USA in the morning but mostly dominants. Better catches need more investigating. Early morning at 0300 I was recording the band with 160 degrees antenna. Unfortunately no Sudan or Ethiopia were found (so far). So another day with not much to tell. Tomorrow will be our last full day. Maybe we will take off our 210 “Gibraltar” antenna.

Menu and beer of the day: ham cassarole with green side salad, HaandBryggeriet Norse Porter


AIH40 Day 5 – 19.11.2014

November 20, 2014 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

Day 5 was listening all day. For me it mean listening to Day 4 morning 0630z file which took almost one day to go through. That morning was interesting mix of Great Lakes, Midwest and Mexico. Some goodies from Day 4: 570 WNAX, 590 KXSP, 600 WTMJ, 880 KWIP, 1060 KGFX, 1140 KSOO, 1150 KSAL, 1260 WXCE, 1400 KLIN, 1420 KTOE, 1470 KNMQ, 1550 KKOV so even 3 stations from South Dakota. From Mexico I found from these from this one file: 610 XEGS, 740 XECW, 860 XENL, 1030 XEMPM, 1050 XEG, 1260 XEAW and 1320 XECPN.

Last night band was open from Brasil to East Coast but we need to investigate the files more. In the morning Patrik went through West Coast files and found some new AK-stations: 930 KNSA, 1080 KOAN but the absolute highlight was 1500 KHKA Honolulu HI with good callsign identification! Asia didn’t sound particulary strong but we will see the files later. Patrik also snagged some new RNE5-stations.

Menu and beer of the day: pasta with minced meat, Anspach & Hobday The Porter.

Our kitchen. Yes, it is small.

Our kitchen. Yes, it is small.


AIH40 Day 4 – 18.11.2014

November 19, 2014 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

Not much to tell about this day: we mostly checked older files and kept computers running. Possibly propagation is getting better but this day was overall bad – but there might lurk suprises: in the morning at 0630 UTC MW opened to USA and Mexico. Files needs to be checked but there were 3 South Dakota stations 570 WNAX, 1060 KGFX and 1140 KSOO during this opening. Another goodies are 590 KXSP Omaha NE, 600 WTMJ Milwaukee WI and 880 KWIP Dallas OR. The better Mexicans were 610 XEGS, 740 XECW, 860 XENL, 1030 XEMPM. We have not checked Asian files but that direction sounded not so good today. From Iberia got mostly stations from Galicia. There was also Brasil opening in the early night.

We spent the most of light time outside checking the antennas. 13 antenna network in the twilight is a bit confusing. Aihkiniemi’s antennas are coax feeded and starting points are far away from the cottage. The rest of time was spent with the older files, beers and cooking.

Menu and beer of the day: Finnish potatoes with the broiler-onion sauce, Maku Brewing Golden Ale.

Listening room

Listening room

Patrik going to antenna work

Patrik going to antenna work


AIH40 Day 3 – 17.11.2014

November 18, 2014 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

Temperature has dropped quite a lot recently. In the morning it was still something like -12 C but it has come down to almost zero degrees.

The sun was still active, but only one C-flare today and still no CMEs. Night was quite quiet. Some South America tried to come in, but nothing special found from there so far. We both slept most of the night, I was checking the band frequently between the naps. In the morning around 0430 UTC there was nice opening to Ohio: 1370 WSPD, 1470 WLQR and 1520 WNWT were heard. Another peak was around 0700 UTC with goodies like 1030 KBUF Holcomb KS and 1340 KCBL Fresno CA. Later during the day the band was open to West Coast but our files are uninvestigated. Morning produced also very nice RNE-break with the super catch 972 RNE1 Melilla, Melilla.

The Eastern propagation was again different than the previous days. The start was slow but later Chinese and Indian stations came up with some strong JAs. Evening IB-breaks gave some new ones for us. Some catches: 837 COPE Burgos, 1053 COPE Zaragoza, 1224 COPE Mallorca and 1224 COPE Lérida.

This was also “the cleaning day”. Our cottage does not have running water, but there is a cottage village nearby which has very nice apartments with sauna and shower for our use. Sauna was super!

Sauna in Inari

Sauna in Inari


AIH40 Day 2 – 16.11.2014

November 17, 2014 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

During the second day of the DX-pedition we had a strong M 5.7 flare plus several smaller C-flares. Fortunately it seems that no CMEs happened. The first night of AIH40 started under the minimal opening to Brasil. Later MW band suprisingly opened quickly to North America at 0100 and then again at 0430 UTC (the peak). Latter opening was very interesting with the MidWest/Rocky Mountain-stations. The most interesting ones were 570 KNRS Salt Lake City and 920 KVEL Vernal, both from Utah. Even bigger suprise was Mexico-opening at 0430 UTC. So far we have found 990 XET, 1220 XEB, 1470 XEHI and 1570 XERF from our hard disk.

Unfortunately the morning was poor. USA gone and we didn’t find any stations from CA/SA. Then in the late morning band opened earlier to East than at day one. Japan was very strong, then later China. We have not checked much of those files yet, but the station of the day was 801 KTWG Agana giving the new MW country on Mediumwaves to the both of us. KTWG peaked around 1140 UTC. Later propagation went down and Iran&India was dominating the band. The best catches so far are 1494 IRIB R Khorasan-e Razavi, 1458 IRIB R Khorasan-e Jonubi, Gayen, 981 AIR Raipur adn 1143 AIR Rohtak. But as said, mostly the files are still uninvestigated. Late part of Day 2 had quiet bad propagation. Hopefully they will improve during the day 3.

Menu and beer of the day: pasta with tomate sauce and beef&pork, Dugges Blåbärliner.


Patrik, OH6GDX


AIH40 Day 1 – 15.11.2014

November 16, 2014 By: admin Category: DX Pedition

Me and Patrik travelled from Vasa to Aihkiniemi in Inari by car. We had to travel almost 950 km and it took some 12 hours with few stops on the way. We arrived just in time to check propagation on Saturday morning at 0800z, the first “TOH” after sunrise. We had some techinical problems at the start but finally got 4 stations up and running. Weather started very cold: -26 C but it warmed up and we finished day with temperature around -7C.

Two M flares during the day one is not promising start and pedition started with very few signals on Mediumwaves. Finally at 1300 UTC the band opened to Alaska. So far we have found 590 KHAR, 630 KIAM, 650 KENI, 680 KBRW, 700 KBYR, 750 KFQD, 780 KNOM, 920 KSRM and 970 KFBX IDs from the hard disks. We also heard eg. 550 giving ESPN announcements. Around this time band opened breafly also to Japan but then it changed to China and Korea. Almost every channel had one or more stations from CHN/TWN/KOR with good signal strengths. It takes lots of time to solve all of them. Later Iran started come in loud and band went to all Arabic.

Menu and beer of the day: macaroni casserole and CREW Republic Detox.

Aihkiniemi, Partakko, Inari 15.11.2014

Aihkiniemi, Partakko, Inari 15.11.2014