DX Radio DX News - 1998

This is a compilation of all the logs and news items that have appeared on this site in 1998.

Some external links may no longer be valid though they did work at the time of writing.

December 28, 1998

RDS - Yet another London pirate now has RDS. _UNIQUE_ is on 101.2 MHz with the UK-style PI code of CABC. They're also using RadioText "HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM UNIQUE FM"

RDS - London's Magic 105.4 (used to be Melody FM) is now radiating __magic_ as its RDS name. RadioText now "You are listening to London's magic 105.4" PTY is now "Pop Music".

December 17, 1998

Propagation - Still a bucketload of French and Belgian stations ...

1330  107.1  F  Radio Bleue, Paris      older songs                     R_BLEUE_       MH
1339   90.4 BEL Radio 3, Egem           classical music            6303 RADIO_3_       MH
1340   93.0  F  Fr Inter, Alencon       songs                      F201 __INTER_       MH
1342   95.4  F  Fr Inter, Amiens        songs                      F201 __INTER_       MH
1350  100.3  F  NRJ, Paris              pop, adverts, jingles                          MH
1357  103.2  F  R Fr Berry Sud, Bourges music, talk, news          F505 RF_BERRY       MH
1358  104.3  F  RTL, Paris              adverts, ID, news          F211 __RTL___       MH
1400   87.8  F  Fr Inter, Paris         news                       F201 __INTER_       MH
1405  101.9  F  FUN R, Paris            pop, ID, adverts                               MH
1408  101.3  F  R Fr Picardie, Hirson   pop                        FD05 RF_PICAR       MH
1410   99.8  F  un-id                   YL talk                                        MH
1413   99.6  F  Fr Inter, Caen          OMs talk                   F201 __INTER_       MH
1413   99.5  F  Fr Inter, Auxerre       OMs talk                   F201 __INTER_       MH
1415   99.4  F  Fr Musique, Amiens      classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
1417   97.1  F  Fr Musique, Mantes-La-Jolie  classical music, YL   F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
1418   94.1  F  Fr Musique, Autun       classical piano            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
1419   92.9  F  Fr Musique, Villers Cotterets  classical piano     F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
1420   92.7  F  Fr Inter, Neufchatel    OM song                    F201 __INTER_       MH
1420   92.4  F  Fr Culture, Mantes-La-Jolie  YL talk               F202 _CULTURE       MH
1420   91.7  F  Fr Musique, Paris       piano music, YL            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
1421   89.6  F  Fr Culture, Villers Cotterets  YL talk             F202 _CULTURE       MH
1438   92.1  F  Fr Musique, Paris/Romainville  classical music     F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
1450   91.8  F  Fr Musique, Bourges     classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH

December 16, 1998

Propagation - Woke this evening to find a BIG lift to Belgium and France ...

2155   87.6 BEL RTBF-1, Leglise         jazz music and OM          6351 PREMIERE       MH
2200  106.5  F  Fr Info, Boulogne-sur-Mer  news                    F206 __INFO__       MH
2201  105.2  F  Fr Info, Lille          news                       F206 __INFO__       MH
2202  104.6 BEL Radio 21, Tournai       pop                        6354 RADIO_21       MH
2203  103.9  F  un-id                   news                       F213                MH
2203  103.7  F  Fr Inter, Lille         news                       F201 __INTER_       MH
2204  103.3  F  Fr Inter, Boulogne-sue-Mer  news                   F201 __INTER_       MH
2004  102.6 BEL RTBF-3, Tournai         news                       6353 MUSIQUE3       MH
2205  101.8 BEL RTBF-2, Tournai         news                       6352 WALLONIE       MH
2206   99.7  F  Fr Culture, Hirson      talk                       F202 _CULTURE       MH
2207   99.1 BEL RTBF-4, Anderlues       pop                        6354 RADIO_21       MH
2207   98.3 BEL RTBF-3, Profondeville   talk                       6353 MUSIQUE3       MH
2208   98.0  F  Fr Culture, Lille       music                      F202 _CULTURE       MH
2208   97.9  F  Fr Culture, Troyes-les-Riceys  music               F202 _CULTURE       MH
2209   96.8  F  Fr Inter, Reims         talk                       F201 __INTER_       MH
2210   96.6 BEL RTBF-3, Anderlues       talk and news              6353 MUSIQUE3       MH
2211   96.5  F  Fr Inter, Rouen         news                       F201 __INTER_       MH
2212   96.1 BEL RTBF-1, Wavre           news                       6351 PREMIERE       MH
2213   95.5  F  R Fr Frequence Nord, Boulogne  pop, jingles        F905 RF_FNORD       MH
2213   95.3  F  Fr Inter, Troyes-les-Riceys  news                  F201 __INTER_       MH
2214   94.7  F  R Fr Frequence Nord, Lille  pop, jingles           F905 RF_FNORD       MH
2214   94.6  F  Fr Inter, Arnay-le-Duc  talk                       F201 __INTER_       MH
2214   94.0  F  Fr Culture, Rouen       talk                       F202 _CULTURE       MH
2215   93.8  F  Fr Musique, Sens        harpsicord music           F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2215   92.6  F  Fr Inter, Amiens        talk                       F201 __INTER_       MH
2215   92.3 BEL RTBF-2, Anderlues       pop                        6352 WALLONIE       MH
2216   92.0  F  Fr Musique, Rouen       classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2216   91.8  F  Fr Musique, Bourges     classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2216   90.2  F  Fr Musique, Neufchatel  classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2217   89.8  F  Fr Musique, Abbeville   classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2217   89.7  F  Fr Musique, Chartres    classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2218   89.4  F  Fr Musique, Epinal      classical music            F203 _MUSIQUE       MH
2218   88.5  F  Fr Culture, Bourges     talk                       F202 _CULTURE       MH
2218   88.3  F  Fr Culture, Longwy      talk                       F202 _CULTURE       MH
2218   88.0  F  Fr Culture, Alencon     talk                       F202 _CULTURE       MH
2218   87.9  F  Opalis FM, Montreuil    pop                        F937 _OPALIS_       MH
2218  104.5  F  Fr Info, Bar-le-Duc     YL with news               F206 __INFO__       MH
2218  102.5  F  Fr Culture, Amiens      songs                      F202 _CULTURE       MH
2218   99.3  F  Fr Culture, Verdun      songs                      F202 _CULTURE       MH

November 9, 1998

Propagation - Presumably a meteor ping ...

16-17  87.7  F  France Culture   (unattended reception)                 _CULTURE       MH

November 2, 1998

Propagation - Presumably a meteor ping ... while I was at work of course. John Faulkner suggests Italy.

12-24  87.6 ??? un-id'd          (unattended reception)                 LIVE_SU_       MH

November 1, 1998

RDS - A fourth London pirate now has RDS. UPFRONT_ is on 99.3 MHz with the unusual PI code of 6944. Ian Kelly also notes Point Blank on 106.9 MHz to the west of London radiate PS_Name: P.B_FM__ with PI code FFFF.

October 26, 1998

Propagation - Fair number of meteor pings - nothing ID'd yet though. I'be got plenty of Italian language bursts on 87.7, John Faulkner gets Fun Radio, Bratislava on 87.7.

October 25, 1998

1998 Logbook - I've updated the Skywaves 1998 cumulative logbook up to the current (October) issue of Skywaves. It now runs to 35 pages!!

October 21, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia left on RDS display sometime before 1200.

pre12  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm       (unattended reception)                 INTER___       MH

October 20, 1998

Propagation - Italy left on RDS display sometime between 1230-1545.

12-15  87.6  I  RAI-1            (unattended reception)                 RAI_MF1_       MH

October 18, 1998

Propagation - First trans-Atlantic MW reception here this autumn. A lot of channels with carriers, but most not discernible.

0605  1180  WHAM Rochester NY  OM DJ with pop                                   weak   MH
0615  1130  WBBR New York NY   ad, ID, talk abt interest rates, .26 sport nx    fair   MH
0620   780  un-id              Spanish lang DJ and music                        fair   MH

October 17, 1998

WWW - The British FM & TV Circle are moving their website to Freeserve.

October 13, 1998

Station Lists - The CSDXC used to post online listings of Czech and Slovak FM stations. But these lists seem to have been taken off-line - the server now returns a "Page Not Found" error. Hence, after some work in Virtual PC, loading up IE 4.0 and Microsoft's East European language kit, here are PDF's of the listings as of June 1998.

Czech FM list and Slovak FM list.

You'll need Acrobat Reader 3.0, and they're both about 144 kb in size. On-screen they're not too hot, but they do print fine. If anyone has ArialCE font for Windows, it'd help me.

RDS - I've slightly reworked the UK RDS pages ... please check to see that your local stations are correctly listed. Please me with corrections.

October 12, 1998

QSL - Emmanuel Hatzikostas (SV1COD) in Athens Greece wrote to me to update my QSL 97-12 page, saying that he's now retired as Station Manager for SXA24. He has a webpage too at http://users.hol.gr/~sv1cod/

October 10, 1998

Skywaves - issue 31 mailed this morning to subscribers. The online edition is available too, but only to subscribers at present. If you are a member and haven't received an email telling you of the download page, email Skywaves.

October 4, 1998

Skywaves - Added the February 98 issue in PDF format. Check out the download page.

October 3, 1998

UK Clubs - The Medium Wave Circle has registered its own domain-name. Hence their website is now www.mwcircle.org. I've updated my list of UK clubs appropriately.

October 2, 1998

Skywaves - Posted April 98 issue in PDF format. Check out the download page. I'm trying to get as many back issues on-line as I can as time permits. Comments please.

October 1, 1998

RSL - Andy Johnson sent me the URL for Radio Hertford's website

September 24-30, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted on FM. The recent tropo was better the further north you were in the UK. Down here in London, it was largely a non-event.

Skywaves - John Faulkner has had recurrent PC problems which have dramatically delayed the production of this month's Skywaves magazine. Watch this space. Meanwhile, you can peruse recent editions in electronic form by clicking here. There's also a compilation logbook for 1998 (so far). NOTE - that you'll need (free) Acrobat Reader 3 software from Adobe.

September 23, 1998

Propagation - Hungary left on RDS display sometime between 1500 and 1900.

15-19  87.6 HNG Slager R         (unattended reception)                 _SLAGER_       MH

September 10-22, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted.

Links - Found two great database sites for MW (BCB) data for the United States and Canada.

Maps - For generating customised great circle maps, try the Az_Proj page at www.wm7d.net. Here are some examples of what you can generate ... Europe Near and Europe Far. The Server allows to generate various formats including PNG, LJ and PDF as well.

September 9, 1998

Propagation - Hungary for a change left on RDS display sometime between 1500 and 1700.

15-17  87.6 HNG Slager R         (unattended reception)                _SLAGER_        MH

September 8, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia yet again left on RDS display sometime between 1040 and 2300.

10-23  87.6 TUN Inter Programme  (unattended reception)                 INTER___       MH

RSL - New list of RSLs provided by Ian Kelly.

September 3-7, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted.

September 2, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia in apparent isolation 1005-1050 but with deep fading. As far as I could determine (due to QSB) 89.6 and 91.8 were NOT parallel. EFMH'97 suggests 91.8 could be local programme of R Gafsa.

10.05  87.6 TUN Inter Programme  OM/YL talk and music              7202 INTER___ QSB   MH
10.12  89.6 TUN National Prgm    OM talk and music                 7201 NATIONAL QSB   MH
10.35  91.8 TUN National Prgm    OM with music not // 89.6         7201 NATIONAL QSB   MH

September 1, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted.

August 31, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted.

August 30, 1998

Logbook - I've compiled a 1998 (so far) logbook in Adobe PDF format based on logs printed in Skywaves magazine, the monthly magazine of the British FM & TV Circle.

Propagation - Nothing to note.

QSL - Added recent QSL Report issues to the website.

August 29, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted apart from usual French stuff ... even these not particularly strong.

RSL - Presumably the RSL for the Notting Hill Carnival noted on 87.7, though too much QRM from the Southall satellite relay pirate on 87.8.

August 28, 1998

Propagation - France (Lille etc) strong, also Wallonie on 101.8 MHz, but very little else.

August 26-27, 1998

Propagation - Less meteor pings noted these two days ... still nothing ID. Minor bursts of Belgium via tropo/jetscat. Weather forecast has high pressure over the UK this weekend. Continuing reports of auroral propagation from Finland, but I can't turn the aerial round to North even if it extended down here.

August 24-25, 1998

Propagation - Occasional meteor pings throughout day and night. Nothing ID as longest burst was around 1 second. Lit the RDS indicators on the Sony, but nothing decoded.

August 22-23, 1998

Propagation - Weekend pirates blatted most of the Band again. Nothing special noted.

August 21, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia bubbling in on 87.6.

11.10  87.6 TUN Inter Programme  YL DJ and music                  7202 INTER___        MH

August 20, 1998

Propagation - Slight tropo towards Belgium as most days recently - but not great.

August 19, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia left on RDS display sometime between 0430 and 0900. Sp E or meteor?? Nothing else all day.

04-09  87.6     Inter Programme  (unattended reception)                INTER___        MH

August 18, 1998

Propagation - Some tropo enhancement this morning with Germany on 107.1. This evening Begium and France starting to pick up too.

04.00 107.1     un-id probably Sudwestfunk  OM talk and music                   weak  MH

August 17, 1998

Propagation - Early morning tropo opening to France and Belgium. Conditions noted improving from around 0200, until a general deterioration around 1000.

08.25  88.0  F  Fr Culture     songs // 88.3 94.0 98.0 99.7        F202 _CULTURE fair  MH
08.30 107.1  F  Radio Bleue    older type songs                                  weak  MH
09.20  99.1 BEL Radio 21       OM in Fr, songs                          RADIO_21 fair  MH
09.22  98.3 BEL Musique 3      classical music  // 96.6            6353 MUSIQUE3 fair  MH
09.23  97.1  F  Fr Musique     classical music  // 89.4 90.2       F203 _MUSIQUE fair  MH
09.25  96.1 BEL Premiere       oldies // 621 kHz and (non-enhanced)  87.6        good  MH
09.27  95.4  F  Fr Inter       talk // 92.7 96.4 96.5 99.6 103.3 103.7  __INTER_ good  MH
09.29  90.4 BEL Radio 3        Classical music                     6303 RADIO_3_ fair  MH

RSL - Justice FM on 87.7 is indeed being run by Acton Police. Address: c/o Acton Police Station, 250 High Street, Acton, London W3. It's on-air til Wednesday August 19, and is a children's summer project promoting cycle safety.

August 16, 1998

Propagation - Only this one station heard due to much QRM. But where is it
Kjell Tunsäter suggests Publi Radio Network in Italy.

11.20  88.0     un-id                                                   PUBLIRAD       MH

Website - Added a comments form for you (the reader) to fill in if you desire.

August 15, 1998

Propagation - Fair number of meteor pings 0530-0700. Only clear channels here in London are 107.1, 107.2 and 107.3 ... heard various bursts of French, German and ?? East European on 107.2 but nothing ID'd. Later noted VUKOVAR- had registered on the RDS for 107.2.

07-12 107.2     un-id          (unattended reception)                   VUKOVAR-       MH
15.00   R2      un-id          some pictures - lots of QSB                             MH

RSL - Heard Justice FM on 87.7 from Acton at 0715. This RSL is being run by Acton Police it appears. However, it's barely audible due to interference from pirates on 87.5 and 87.8.

RSL - Also heard something like Heartside Hospital Radio on 107.2 at 1230, though this might be a pirate relay since BBC R2 was here earlier this week. Later the RSL Fundamental FM was heard on 107.2 from Battersea.

Link - This link was sent to me by Dale Bickel and is to provide coverage information for VHF transmitters.

August 14, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report.

August 13, 1998

Propagation - Nothing heard here all day. Dave Kenny rang with an alert at 1930 UTC, Estonia reportedly being heard though he was hearing Portugal on 87.6 ... but nothing here.

RSL - New list of RSLs provided by Ian Kelly.

RDS - List of BBC RDS stations which may need some changing ... if you tell me about errors. This complements the UK commercial station RDS list.

August 12, 1998

Propagation - No E's and the tropo has almost died away. Much windier today as a weather front heads this way from the NW. 94.7 and 92.3 are the only listenable "dx" signals.

The Perseids peaked tonight at 2300 UTC, but nothing heard at all.

August 11, 1998

Propagation - Weak Germany around 0100, better at 0700 until fade out around 0900. Nothing to note afterwards.

This evening some return of tropo but only to Lille etc and weak Belgium by 2230.

Much better reception has been reported by John Faulkner in Nottinghamshire who is nearer the Northern edge of this particular high pressure system. London seems not to be favoured at this time. The high temperatures (31C again today) are giving good nighttime enhancement presumably due to temperature inversions over sea paths.

01.03 106.7  D  WDR-1          OM with news                                      weak  MH
01.08  93.9  D  WDR-4          easy listening music, OM DJ              WDR_4___ weak  MH
07.15 107.0  D  WDR-1          // 106.7                                          weak  MH
07.20  99.2  D  WDR-2          news read by YL                                   fair  MH
07.22  92.8  D  un-id          YL with pop music                                 weak  MH
07.24  90.7  D  un-id          OM with ticket info for concert 0180 -- 444       fair  MH
07.27  88.0  D  Radio 5        ezl music, talk abt George Bush     D395 RADIO_5_ good  MH
07.28  87.6  D  HR-3           Country music, news, wx, pop        D363 _HR3____ good  MH

TV - On the ixTV PCI card, I watched S4C from Wenvoe.

00.43 ch 47  G  S4C            athletics, adverts, weather and closedown         weak  MH

August 10, 1998

Propagation - Continuing tropo reception to the East particularly Belgium, and late night weak Germany. Same logbook as yesterday in general. Also an early morning Arabic un-id.

06.35  87.6     un-id          Arabic ... probably Tunisia

21.50  89.4  F  France Musique Classical music // 90.2 89.8        F203 _MUSIQUE fair  MH
21.54  92.8 BEL Wallonie       pop  // 92.3 101.8                  6352 WALLONIE fair  MH
21.59 104.6 BEL Radio 21       pop  // 99.1                        6354 RADIO_21 fair  MH

TV - Also using my new ixTV PCI card, I watched Meridian tv from 3 sites using the FM aerial.

22.50 ch 42  G  Meridian, Hannington     Meridian Masterclass                    good  MH
22.53 ch 43  G  Meridian, Bluebell Hill  Meridian Masterclass                    fair  MH
22.55 ch 58  G  Meridian, Midhurst       Meridian Masterclass                    good  MH

August 9, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia came in on Sporadic E between 0900-1200 on 87.6 MHz.

09-12  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm    (unattended reception)                    INTER___       MH

Propagation - Continuing tropo reception to the East particularly Belgium.

20.57 102.6 BEL Musique 3      Classical music and FR OM           6353 MUSIQUE3 good  MH
21.00 101.8 BEL Wallonie       time check, weather, news           6352 WALLONIE fair  MH
21.00 101.1 BEL Wallonie       // 101.8  92.3                      6352 WALLONIE good  MH
21.00  92.3 BEL Wallonie       // 101.8 101.1                      6352 WALLONIE good  MH
21.02 100.4  G  Medway FM      ID and pop                                        weak  MH
21.03  99.7  F  France Culture OM talk // 98.0 etc                 F202 _CULTURE fair  MH
21.04  99.5 BEL Musique 3      Classical music  // 102.6           6353 MUSIQUE3 fair  MH
21.05  99.1 BEL Radio 21       pop                                 6354 RADIO_21 good  MH
21.07  98.3 BEL Musique 3      Classical music  // 102.6 99.5      6353 MUSIQUE3 fair  MH
21.08  96.6 BEL Musique 3      Classical music  // 102.6 99.5 etc  6353 MUSIQUE3 good  MH
21.09  94.4  F  France Inter   OM talk // lots eg 103.3 103.7      F201 __INTER_ fair  MH
21.10  90.4 BEL Radio 3        JAZZIMUT prgm                       6303 RADIO_3_ good  MH
21.12  90.2  F  France Musique Classical music // lots             F203 _MUSIQUE fair  MH
21.13  87.9  F  Opalis FM      pop, jingles                        F937 _OPALIS_ good  MH

August 5, 1998

Propagation - Found Tunisia had been and gone by 1030 on 87.6 MHz.

-1030  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm    (unattended reception)                    INTER___       MH

RDS - KFM have changed their PS name on 101.6 from KFM_1016 to __K_F_M_. Can't get sufficient signal on their other channel of 96.2 to check the PS name there. The UK RDS list has been updated.

August 4, 1998

Propagation - One dx station heard at 1500, popping up over Belgium

15.00  87.6 HNG Slager Radio  pop record, OM DJ                         _SLAGER_ brief MH

July 22 thru August 3, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report ... it's been dead as far as I could tell. The rotor's finally given up, and the Yagi is beaming SE (could have been an even worse direction). But it does mean that I'm now stuck with all the London pirates blocking a lot of channels. No fun I can tell you. Worst (for dx-ing) is the Asian pirate on 87.85 variable which splatters from 87.6 up to 88.1 MHz.

July 21, 1998

Propagation - One brief burst of dx at 1047 ... for about 10-12 seconds ...

10.47  87.6 HNG Slager Radio  end of a pop record, OM DJ with ID                 brief MH

There was a later opening from the North of England to Eastern Europe around 1915 UTC which I missed.

July 20, 1998

Propagation - Woke at 1100 to find KISSKISS had been and gone on 87.8 MHz.

-1100  87.8  I  KissKiss                (unattended reception)          KISSKISS       MH

Thought oh no, missed out again. Trawled the band for a few minutes noting the number of France Inters and France Musiques, then

11.34  89.5 TUN National Prgm   Arabic singing                     7201 NATIONAL fair  MH
11.34  87.7  I  R Italia        pop                                5220 R.ITALIA fair  MH
11.35  92.3  I  Italia Network  pop                                     NETWORK* fair  MH
11.36  93.0 TUN National Prgm   // 89.5 Arabic songs               7201 NATIONAL fair  MH
11.38  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm      OM talk in Arabic                  7201 INTER___ fair  MH
11.44  87.7  E  Onda Cero, Priego de Cordoba  OM talk incl Cordoba      ONDACERO brief MH
11.48  88.4  I  RAI-1           OMs reading story                       RAI_MF1_ fair  MH
12.10  87.6  E  RNE-5, Marbella News and talk                           RNE_5___ fair  MH
13.45  87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa talk and music                     8201 ANTENA_1 good  MH
13.46  87.6 POR Seixal FM       adverts, IDs, weather, jingles     8042          good  MH
14.00  88.3 POR Antena 1, Muro  International News                 8201          QRM   MH
14.02  88.4 POR pres RDP-1 but where?  // 88.3 News                              QRM   MH

Spain and Portugal fading in and out all afternoon at the bottom of the band. Unfortunately my aerial rotor only wanted to travel from North to East, and wouldn't go to SouthWest.

17.41  87.6 MOR RTM             OM talk in AR //15345                            brief MH
17.49  87.7  E  Onda Diez, Jerez  Pop, ID, adverts   no RDS despite good stereo  good  MH
17.58  87.6  E  un-id             adverts "....Extremadura", fade at h-10"-h+20" QSB   MH
18.07  87.7 POR Antena-1, Mendro  OM talk on phone                 8201 ANTENA_1 fair  MH
18.10  87.6  E  Onda Cero         News, Onda Cero jingle                         brief MH

RSL - Radio London 87.7 MHz audible here weakly on NE beam. Station is in Harlow Essex until end of July. (Had been blocked by SilverFM). Format oldies and jingles etc.

July 19, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 18, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 17, 1998

Propagation - Woke at 1000 to find Radio Italia had been and gone on 87.7.

 -1000 87.7  I  Radio Italia            (unattended reception)          R.ITALIA       MH

July 16, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

Web - The Radio Authority has launched its own website. Much of the information repeats and expands on the info available in their pocket booklet. Unfortunately the info's rather dated, not least the PS names of many stations.

July 15, 1998

Propagation - John Faulkner reports that some E's got through around 1700. Band II activity from Italy and Bratislava - Funradio on 87.7. Everything below 88.0 MHz, mostly fair signals and lasted only 15 - 20 minutes.

July 14, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 13, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 12, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 11, 1998

Propagation - Some meteor pings heard eg 87.9 MHz overnight ... nothing yet ID'd.

July 10, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 9, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 8, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

Logs - John Faulkner submitted his June logs. (It's a 60k html file.)

RSL - Yet another RSL heard here ... Youth FM on 107.2 sounding as if from the Kingston area. July RSL list revised yet again.

July 7, 1998

Propagation - Monitored all day, but not worth it.

18.30  87.6 ??? un-id Arabic  OM talk  very brief                                      MH
18.43  87.6 ??? un-id Arabic  OM talk  very brief                                      MH

RSL - revised version of the July list received from Ian Kelly.

July 6, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 5, 1998

Propagation - Got home at 1230 to find RNE-4 Alpicat had been and gone on 87.9. Finished my week of nights now, so we're sat here waiting for the dx.

-1230  87.9  E  RNE-4, Alpicat, Lerida  (unattended reception)           RNE-4___      MH

July 4, 1998

Propagation - No Es yet today, and no obvious tropo either. But Glenn Ludlow reports hearing Ireland fairly regularly the past few days.

29/6  22.00  HOL  94.0  Radio 1, Goes                                fair  GL
30/6  15.25   F   94.0  France Culture, Rouen                        fair  GL
01/7  21.30  IRL  94.0  FM3, Mt Leinster                             Good  GL
02/7  15.30  IRL  91.8  RTE Radio 2, Mt Leinster                     Good  GL
02/7  16.51  IRL 101.4  Today FM, Mt leinster                        Good  GL
02/7  17.00  IRL  94.0  Radio na Gaeltachta  RDS: RNaG/FM3 PI:2203   Excel GL
02/7  17.44   G   93.7  Radio Cymru, Haverfordwest                   Fair  GL
03/7  18.21  IRL  90.0  RTE Radio 1, Mullaghanish   (50kHz B/W)      Good  GL
03/7  18.30  IRL  94.4  FM3, Mullaghanish                            fair  GL

July 3, 1998

Propagation - Woke at 2000 to find Cadena Cien had been and gone on 87.9, John Faulkner reported an opening to Spain and Morocco around 1730 UTC. Atlantic weather chart has a high pressure system coming in from the West, but no effects here in SE England yet.

 15-20 87.9  E  Cadena 100, Pamplona  (unattended reception)            CAD-CIEN       MH

July 2, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report from here today ... but John says that Bavaria and Croatia were coming in further North in England and N Ireland.

July 1, 1998

Propagation - Between 1215 and 1530 opening to Portugal.

 12-15 87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa  (unattended reception)                 ANTENA_1       MH

Propagation - Between 1530 and 2030 another opening to Portugal

 15-20 87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa  (unattended reception)                 ANTENA_1       MH

(Mark Hattam)

June 30, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

RSL - 107.1 The Health Channel heard with tests at lunchtime today prior to programmes commencing in the afternoon. They're broadcasting from Earls Court until Friday afternoon (3rd July) covering the Health Conference marking 50 years of the NHS. Pirate Beat FM silent today. Email address announced as fm1071@aol.com. (Mark Hattam)

June 29, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

June 28, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

June 27, 1998

Propagation - Very brief opening to Sweden 1215-1225 during which time John Faulkner had a big thunderstorm in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

12.15  87.8  S  Swedish R, Prgm 1 (multi-tx)  OM and song          E201 -SR_P1-_ brief MH
12.16  87.9  S  Swedish R, Prgm 1 (multi-tx)  // 87.9              E201 -SR_P1-_ fair  MH
12.25  89.3 ??? presume Sweden  YL talk                                          brief MH

Then at 1623-1629 I had a thunderstorm about a mile away ... and got Finland. Glenn meanwhile got Sweden. And the Finns heard Nantes, France.

16.23  87.9 FIN YLE FM-1, Espoo   OM in Finnish, choral music      6201 YLENYKSI fair  MH
16.25  87.6  S  Swedish R, Prgm 1 (multi-tx)  OM and YL            E201 -SR_P1-_ good  GL
16.28  89.6 ??? un-id             OM talk                                        brief MH

(Mark Hattam)

June 26, 1998

Propagation - Sporadic E to Portugal and Spain 1215-1250.

12.15  87.6  E  Onda Cero, Plasencia  OM talk                           ONDACERO brief MH
12.20  87.6 POR un-id         YL talk                                            fair  MH
12.22 107.2 POR un-id         pop, Portuguese                                    brief MH
12.29  89.5  E  Onda Cero, Caceres  ad's, pips, time, Noticias     E2EE ONDACERO fair  MH
12.33  92.2 POR Radio Atlantico, Olhao  dance track, OM ID         8073 R.T.V.A. fair  MH
12.38  87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa  easy listening, full RadioText    8201 ANTENA_1 good  MH
12.41  94.4 POR Antena 2, Monsanto YL talk                         8202 ANTENA_2 fair  MH
12.45  89.3 POR Antena 2, Lousa    YL talk                         8202 ANTENA_2 fair  MH
12.46  90.0 POR 90FM, Coimbra    adverts for Coimbra, pop          802A 90FM____ fair  MH

(Mark Hattam)

RSL - New list of RSLs provided by Ian Kelly.

June 25, 1998

Propagation - nothing to report.

Logs - nothing to report

June 24, 1998

Propagation - Sometime between 1030-2330 UTC opening to Tunisia. Came home from work to find INTER___ on the RDS. (Not _INTER__). John Faulkner had an un-id Arabic station at 1230 ... probably this one.

Logs - Added Glenn's Sporadic E logs from 19 June and tropo logs from 23 June below.

10-23  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm   (unattended reception)                     INTER___       MH

(Mark Hattam)

June 23, 1998

Propagation - Brief opening to Italy and ??? 1015-1050. Another opening 1615-1720 to Sicily (where else!). Very few stations heard each time.

10.15  87.7  I  Radio Venere   OM talk, pop                             R-VENERE brief MH
10.22  87.9  I  un-id Italian station   OM talk                                  brief MH
10.28  93.8 ??? un-id back to back songs ... not Italy, brief stereo, no RDS     QSB   MH

16.17  89.5  I  un-id Italian station   morse code and adverts
16.18  87.9  I  R Margherita, Sicily    jingle IDs                 5042 MARGHRTA good  MH
16.32  92.3  I  R Emitente Sud, Sicily  adverts, IDs (where in Sicily?)          fair  MH
16.44  88.0  I  R Tropical, Augusta, Sicily  ad's, ID, tel and fax no's  no RDS  fair  MH
16.54  87.9  I  un-id   PI = 5244   pop music                                    brief MH
17.18  90.4  I  R Deejay, 3 provinces listed here  ID and pop news 5214 _DEEJAY_ brief MH
18.00  89.6 IRE RTE Radio 1, Mt Leinster                                         fair  GL
18.05  91.8 IRE RTE Radio 2, Mt Leinster                                         fair  GL
18.10 105.2 IRE Radio Na Gaeltachta, Mt Leinster. Good  (RDS for a few secs)     fair  GL

(Mark Hattam)

RSL - R Wimbledon 87.7 MHz are now on-air with tennis commentary and news. RDS WIMBLEDN. Live commentary 8am to 10pm, with overnight previews and analysis. Championships began 22 June and finish 5 July.

RSL - Silver FM in Bushey, Hertfordshire are radiating test transmissions prior to their RSL starting June 24 also on 87.7 MHz. More details on the Silver FM website. (Mark Hattam)

June 22, 1998

Propagation - Nothing all day except a brief opening to Spain 1725-1755

17.25  87.6  E  RNE-5, Marbella   OM talk                               RNE_5___ fair  MH
17.30  93.8  E  un-id  time pips at .30, ID in fade, ads for Marbella            QSB   MH
17.50  92.2  E  un-id  OM talk and phone-in conversation                         QSB   MH

(Mark Hattam)

June 21, 1998

Propagation - Early morning Sporadic E to Italy, sometime between 0330-1000 UTC (asleep). Also skip to Portugal later between 1100-2300 (work). Also some tropo overnight to North France and the South Coast of England.

02.18 101.8  F  RF Loire Ocean, Rennes   music prgm local IDs      FA05 R.F.L.O. fair  MH
-10.00 87.8  I  Latte Miele, Puglia  (unattended reception)             LATMIELE       MH
-23.00 87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa      (unattended reception)             ANTENA_1       MH

(Mark Hattam)

June 20, 1998

Propagation - Nothing at all today ... as far as I know.

Logs - Very productive day surfing Internet. Various updates to logs below ... especially the log from June 3. After much searching, I found an Internet listed Station in Ptolemaida, Greece Studio 4 whose General Manager kindly answered my enquiry. Turns out that 93.8 MHz is a station called IHORAMA, broadcasting with 1.8kW into 6 directional antennas. So my first Greek FM station! (Mark Hattam)

June 19, 1998

Propagation - Sporadic E early this morning ... pre 0930 ... to Italy. A second opening to Spain and Portugal began at 0950, lasting at least until 1030 when I left for work. (Mark Hattam)

-09.30 87.8  I  R Maria, ??  (unattended reception)                51CC R.MARIA_       MH
09.50  90.1  E  RNE-1 Baleares (likely) Pontevedra (unlikely)      E211 RNE_1__.  fair MH
09.56  90.0  E  RNE-5 Valencina, Sevilla                           E515 RNE_5___  fair MH
09.58  89.5  E  likely Formula 1 - Almeria or Huelva               E331           fair MH
09.59  89.4  E  Cadena 40, Cadiz "La 40 principales", pop                         good MH
10.01  87.9  E  RNE-4, Lerida (has to be Catalunya)                E314 RNE_4___  fair MH
10.02  87.6  E  
10.03  89.5  E  Onda Cero, Caceres  pop and ID                     E2EE ONDACERO  good MH
10.03  89.7  E  // 89.5    pop                                     E331           QRM  MH
10.06  94.5  E  RNE-2 Jerez or Cartegena  classical music          E212           poor MH
10.07  95.3  E  Radio Ekka M ??  OM "ID"                                          QRM  MH
10.07  95.2  E  RNE-1, Punta Umbria, Huelva  OM/YL promo for radio      RNE_1___  fair MH
10.08  95.4  E  Onda Cero, Cadiz   ID and adverts                  E2EE ONDACERO  fair MH
10.09  87.7  E  "Onda V R" ??  advert for music compilation                       fair MH
10.10  88.4  E  Cadena COPE, Avila, Castilla-Leon (listed)  advert                fair MH
10.12  89.2  E  Onda Melodia, Sevilla  music and ID                               QRM  MH
10.19  92.1  E  RNE-5, Carrascoy, Murcia (listed)                  E215 RNE_5___  fair MH
10.19  92.1 -?- un-id  Arabic
10.29  87.7 POR Antena 1, Mendro   operatic music and OM           8201 ANTENA_1  fair MH
11:10  87.65 I  Italia Network,Trapani, Sicily            5141 *ITALIA_ NETWORK*       GL
11:12  87.9  F  Radio France Culture                               F202 _CULTURE       GL
11:17  88.0  F  Radio France Musique                               F203 _MUSIQUE       GL
11:25  89.4  I  RTL 102.5 Hit Radio                                5218 RTL102.5       GL
11:29  89.6  F  Radio Monte Carlo                                  F216                GL
11:32  95.3  I  RAI-2                                              5202 RAI_MF2_       GL
11:35 102.0  I  Radio DeeJay                                       5214                GL
11:38  87.5  I  un-id                                              532F                GL

(Mark Hattam)

June 18, 1998

Propagation - Lots of Sporadic E so far today, giving fairly stable signals. (Mark Hattam)

07.02 107.3  I  Radio Maria, Alghero (assumed)                     51CC          fair  GL
07.03 107.9  I  Radio Maria, Oristano //107.9                                    weak  GL
07.04 105.5  F  un-id                                              F206          fair  GL
07.08  91.0  I  Radio Cuore (Tentative),  QTH??                                  QSB   GL
07.12 106.0  F  RTL, Ajaccio                                       F211 RTL_____ strng GL
07.14 105.8  I  Radio Dimensione Suono, QTH??                      5264          fair  GL
07.16  88.0  F  Radio France Musique, Ajaccio                      F203 _MUSIQUE strng GL
07.19  87.6 TUN? un-id,  Arabic                                                  fair  GL
08.02  87.7  I  Radio Venere  music and adverts                    5A0D R-VENERE fair  MH
08.18  88.2  I  New Sound, Fuori.  pop           51FF newSOUND _FUORI__ _748???_ fair  MH
08.25  88.0  I  Studio 24.  adverts                                     STUDIO24 fair  MH
08.32  88.2  I  Radio Elle, Monopoli (BA)  pop                          _R_ELLE_ fair  MH
09.04  88.25 I Radio 105    pop "Centocinque"                 _RADIO__ __105___ fair  MH
09.07  87.5  I  Radio Italia  pop                              RADIO*__ *ITALIA_ fair  MH
09.35  87.7  I  Radio Italia  YL "Radio Italia"                    5220          fair  MH
11.50  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm (not National) World Cup news           7202 INTER___ good  MH
11.55  92.0 TUN Inter Prgm, Zaghouan.                              7202          fair  MH
12.06  92.0 TUN __RTCI__  Arabic pop music same PI as INTER not // 7202 __RTCI__ good  MH
12.07  92.4  I  Hit Radio  pop, OM DJ "Bon Giorno Italia" 5218 HITRADIO RTL102.5 fair  MH
12.08  92.7  I  ???                                                5202          weak  MH
12.10  93.0 TUN National Prgm, Sfax  YL song                       7201 NATIONAL good  MH
12.11  93.9 TUN National Prgm, Zarzis  //93.0                      7201 NATIONAL good  MH
12.11  98.2 TUN Inter Prgm, Kasserine.  AR OM not //87.6 !!        7202 INTER___ good  MH
12.13 101.4  I  R Manila, Cagliari  pop          52B1 ORE14/13 _MANILA_ __THE___ fair  MH
12.17 102.9  I  Studio One, Quartu Sant'Elena (CA)
                            adverts and pop      56F9 STUDIONE HIFI_CAR TIME1415 good  MH
12.21  87.5  I  R Cuore  pop adverts                      532F R..CUORE _GRANDI_ fair  MH
12.22  88.6 TUN National Prgm, Bou Kornine?  Arabic music          7201 NATIONAL fair  MH
12.22  89.4  I  un-id  PI matches HitRadio RTL102.5                5218          QRM   MH
12.23 107.6  I  Radio Maria, Nuoro, Sardinia  YL talk              51CC R.MARIA_ fair  MH
12.23 107.3  I  Radio Maria, Posada or Alghero, Sardinia //107.6   51CC R.MARIA_ weak  MH
12.24 104.3  I  Radio Radicale, Nuoro, Sardinia  OM talk  5210 RADIO___ RADICALE fair  MH
12.25 102.0  I  Radio DeeJay  pop and adverts                      5214 _DEEJAY_ fair  MH
12.26  87.9  F  France Culture, Porto Vecchio, Corsica             F202 _CULTURE fair  MH
12.27  87.9  I  Radio Margherita, Sicily  adverts                  5042 MARGHRTA fair  MH
12.30  88.2  I  (pres DeeJay)  pop                                 5214          QRM   MH
12.31 101.4  I  R Manila, Cagliari  pop and adverts for Cagliari   52B1
                                    ORE14/13 _MANILA_ __THE___ _ISLAND_ OF_MUSIC good  MH
12.35 101.4  I  un-id                                              5D4F          QSB   MH
12.37 101.4  I  un-id                                              542E          QSB   MH
12.43 102.9  I  Studio One, Quartu Sant'Elena adverts for Cagliari 56F9 STUDIONE fair  MH
12.46  91.9  I  RAI-2  OM talk                                     5202 RAI_MF2_ good  MH
12.47  94.7  I  RAI-1  adverts for Nurofen, CD-ROM, Supermarket    5201 RAI_MF1_ excel MH
12.51  96.7  I  RAI-2  // 91.9                                     5202 RAI_MF2_ good  MH
12.54  87.6  I  RAI-1  // 94.7                                     5201 RAI_MF1_ good  MH
12.55  88.25 I  Radio 105  pop                            5211 _RADIO__ __105___ fair  MH
12.55  90.4  I  R DeeJay  pop                                      5214 _DEEJAY_ fair  MH
13.02  88.6  I  R Radicale  opera music                   5210 RADIO___ RADICALE good  MH
13.02  88.6  I  R Camaldoli Stereo (NA)  OM/YL                     5045          poor  MH
13.04  90.5  I  R Cuore  pop and OM, jingles     532F _GRANDI_ SUCCESSI ITALIANI good  MH
13.12  89.8  I  New Radio Network  (where?)  pop and English ID    52FF
                                             NEWRADIO NETWORK_ TEL.0823 _405666_ good  MH
13.24 107.0  I  South Europe BS  US Forces rap/phone in prgm                     QRM   MH
13.28  94.5  I  R Subasio  adverts, jingles, pop, adverts          53FD SUBASIO_ excel MH
13.41  94.1  I  RAI-1   OM talk                                    5201 RAI_MF1_ fair  MH
13.41  92.5  I  R Action FM, Vesuviano (NA)  adverts for Napoli    no RDS        excel MH
13.50  89.8  I  R Dimensione Suono  adverts                             DIMSUONO brief MH
13.58  87.6  I  Radio Italia     OM with children         5125 RADIO*__ *ITALIA_ good  MH
14.04  87.75 ALB  TV sound track for their 82.25 vision  pop then talk
14.40  87.7  I  RAI-1                                              5201 RAI_MF1_ fair  MH
15.11  87.6  I  Radio Gela Express, Gela, Sicily  adverts and IDs   no RDS
15.49  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm        OM talk                          7202 INTER___ brief MH
16.26  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm        AR music                         7202 INTER___ good  MH

(Mark Hattam)

June 17, 1998

Propagation - Sometime between 1230 and 1430 RNE-5 came in on 87.6 ... listed as Marbella. Skip to Portugal from 1455-1535 (now).

Ian Kelly noted some tropo to the south coast of England early this morning.

Yesterday's log amended with Radio Gela Express on 87.6 from Gela, Sicily ... just along the coast from Modica/Scicli etc. (Mark Hattam)

1230+  87.6  E  RNE-5, Marbella (listed)  (unattended)                  RNE_5___       MH
15.09  87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa    YL talk and music               8201 ANTENA_1  fair MH
15.10  89.3 POR Antena 2, Lousa  YL talk, "Antena 2", Mozart       8202 ANTENA_2  fair MH
15.11  89.5 POR un-id  // 87.6  adverts                            8026           fair MH
15.19  93.9 POR un-id
15.22  87.6 POR un-id  more adverts
15.31  87.7 POR un-id  OM hosting phone-in

(Mark Hattam)

RSL - R Wimbledon 87.7 MHz now on-air with tape loop previewing the tennis. Live commentary 8am to 10pm, with overnight previews and analysis. Championships start 22 June and finish 5 July. (Mark Hattam)

June 16, 1998

Propagation - Sporadic E really was sporadic today. Had Sicily, Italy from 1615-1700 UTC, Morocco briefly at 1724 and 1736 UTC, then to round it off for the day, Portugal from 1845-1945.

Glenn also reports many MS bursts today especially on 87.9 MHz from France up to 10 secs duration but no ID's. (Mark Hattam)

16.15  87.9  I  R Margherita, Sicily  OM DJ and pop                5042 MARGHRTA fair  MH
16.20  94.7  I  RAI-1, Monte Lauro, Sicily  football score         5201 RAI_MF1_ good  MH
16.23  99.8  I  R DeeJay, Scicli or Modica, Sicily  DJ and pop     5214 _DEEJAY_ good  MH
16.28  91.8  I  R DeeJay, Scicli or Modica, Sicily  ads, DJ, pop   5214 _DEEJAY_ good  MH
16.39 101.8  I  R Margherita, Sicily pop, jingle, old crooner, ads 5042 MARGHRTA good  MH
16.52  87.6  I  Radio Gela Express, Gela, Sicily  adverts, DJ                    fair  MH
16.58  94.7  I  RAI-1, Monte Lauro, Sicily  adverts                5201 RAI_MF1_ fair  MH
17.24  87.6 MRC RTM Rabat.  //15345 YL and music                                 brief MH
17.36  87.6 MRC RTM Rabat.  //15345 YL talk                                      brief MH
18.35  87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa       again at 19.13               8201 ANTENA_1       GL
18.47  87.6 POR OM in Portuguese
18.50  87.9 POR OM in Portuguese about football
18.50  87.8 POR pop and OM DJ
19.00  87.7 POR Antena 1, Mendro  football comm Gooooooalllll      8201 ANTENA_1       GL
19.05  87.6 POR Maior FM  pop (English oldies), OM DJ in PT        8067 MAIOR_FM fair  MH
19.17  87.6 POR un-id Portugese stn mixing with above              8042
19.25  87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa    talk                            8201 ANTENA_1 fair  MH
19.26  87.8 POR un-id'd with adverts .. mention of Faro? oldies until 19.45
19.26  88.1  E  Formula 1 (ex Canal Sur 1 network)                 E331 Formula1       GL
19.29  94.4 POR Antena 2, Monsanto (Lisbon)  Opera                 8202 ANTENA_2 fair  MH

(Mark Hattam & Glenn Ludlow)

RSL - R Wimbledon switched on their 87.7 MHz transmitter briefly around 1650 with voice IDs and tone. (Mark Hattam)

June 15, 1998

Propagation - Nothing at all today.

Spanish FM - Found this site yesterday. (Mark Hattam)

June 14, 1998

Propagation - Nothing at all today.

Logs - I've added Glenn Ludlow's FM logs from June 11 to the ever growing logbook. Thanks Glenn! Also ID'd my own tape recording of Sinfo Radio Antena 3, Sevilla on 101.5 from 12 June. Anyone have any ideas about Radio Musical Ondaree (?) on 93.8 MHz? (Mark Hattam)

June 13, 1998

Spain - here are RNE, Cadena100 and CanalSur frequency lists (Mark Hattam)

Wave 105 - are announcing their launch on Sunday 14 June at 10.05 UK local ... guess it's as near 10(0)5 as they can get. (Mark Hattam)

Propagation - a dead day as far as I could tell. Heavy prolonged rain.

Logs - I've added in Ian Kelly's logs from June 11, and hence changed the format slightly. Thanks Ian! (Mark Hattam)

June 12, 1998

Sporadic E - Again nothing heard via E's all day until half-time in the evening World Cup game. First skip noticed at the TOP of the band 107.2, 107.4 107.5 at 1950 UTC.

19.52 107.2  E  un-id Spanish with 1/2 time report France v S Africa
19.53  99.0  E  RNE-3, likely site Punta Umbria                    E213 RNE_3___ good  MH
                RT-"Radio 3 de Radio Nacional de Espana"
                pop music and OM DJ with network IDs 
20.00 101.5  E  Sinfo Radio Antena 3, Sevilla. OM with ID                        good  MH
                adverts, then piano music
20.05  87.9 POR/MRC mix of Portugal and French (Morocco Netw B Rabat?)           QSB   MH
20.07  91.7 MRC RTM Morocco Oukaimeden. OM & YL with news in Arabic //15345 kHz  fair  MH
20.18  92.2  E  un-id'd Spanish  OM talk                           E332
20.21  94.0  E  un-id'd Spanish  YL classical songs                E212          fair  MH
20.26  99.8  E  RNE-3, likely site Mijas. DJ with rock music.      E213 RNE_3___ good  MH
20.32  95.2  E  RNE-1, likely site Punta Umbria. OMs talking.      E211 RNE_1___ fair  MH
20.33  94.2  E  RNE-3, likely site Sierra Lujar // 99.0 99.8       E213 RNE_3___ good  MH
20.37  87.9 POR RDP Antena 1, Lousa. OM talk                       8201 ANTENA_1 fair  MH
20.38  87.9  E  also YL talk in Spanish "Radio Nacional de Espana"               poor  MH
20.43  89.8  E  COPE Malaga. local ID jingle in adverts            E212          fair  MH
20.51  93.8  E  R Musical Ondaree ????? with adverts and oldies                  poor  MH

(Mark Hattam)

UK RDS - I've just uploaded a table listing UK Commercial Stations by frequency with their RDS and PI codes. It's 116k so can take a minute or so to download by modem. If you have any corrections, please me. A BBC local radio table will follow shortly (I hope!). (Mark Hattam)

RSL Update - Here is the latest RSL List from Ian Kelly. (Mark Hattam)

RSL - R Resonance began broadcasts at midnight on 107.3. Phone 0171 403 1922 for a programme schedule. They'll be on til 5 July. (Mark Hattam)

RSL? - R Asia Canada World Service (an RSL?) is currently on 87.95 MHz, having started a couple of days ago on 87.7. English News at 2100-2200 UTC - otherwise Asian programming. Signal has bad buzz and audio distortion. (Mark Hattam)

June 11, 1998

Sporadic E - Nothing heard via E's until 1700 this afternoon, when I got reports of Arabic and Portugal at the bottom end of the band. Drove home at 2010 listening to RDP Antena 1 on 87.9. Then had 30 minutes of listening before conditions died. Lots of Lisbon stations!

17.05  87.6  MRC RTM, Rabat. YL with features and music //15345 kHz              fair  IK
18:00  87.6  MRC RTM, Rabat                                                      good  GL
18.15  87.6   E  Cadena 100, site?  ID in jingle, pops                           fair  IK
18:15  92.4   E  Radiole Madrid, Spain                             E278 RADIOLE_ good  GL
18.18  87.7  POR RDP Antena 1, Mendro. Local ID drop-in "Antena 1 - Faro"        good  IK
18:19  95.2   E  RNE-1 Punta Umbria                                E211 RNE_1___ good  GL
18:29  88.0   E  RNE-5 Malaga                                      EA15 RNE_5___ good  GL
18:46  87.9  POR Antena 1, Lousa  .                                8201 ANTENA_1 good  GL
18:51  91.9   E  Cadena Cien, Huelva                               E2CE CAD.C100 good  GL
18:51  92.4   E  Cadena Cien, Jerez de la Frontera                 E2CE CAD.C100 good  GL
18:54  92.4   E  Radiole, Madrid                                   E278 RADIOLE_ good  GL
19:00 106.3   E  RNE-5, Jerez                                                    good  GL
19:01 105.4   E  RNE-1, Sierra Almera                              E211 RNE_1___ good  GL
19:04 105.3   E  Onda Regional Murcia, Carrascoy                        ONDA_REG good  GL
19:10 105.2   E  Cadena Dial Tarancón Tarancón                     E274 CAD_DIAL good  GL
19:20  87.9  POR Antena 1, Lousa                                   8201 ANTENA_1 good  GL
19:20  87.7  POR Antena 1, Beja or Evora                           8201 ANTENA_1 good  GL
19.22  91.4   E  R Surco, Tomoelloso.  Rock mx                     E458 _RSURCO_ fair  IK
19.24  95.4   E  RNE-3, two sites listed.  Interview               E213 RNE_3___ good  IK
19.25  96.0   E  RNE-3, three sites listed.  //95.4                E213 RNE_3___ fair  IK
19.26 100.6   E  Canal Sur, site?  Phone-in                        E332 CANALSUR fair  IK
19.27 101.0   E  RNE-1, site?  Phone-in                            E211 RNE_1___ fair  IK
19.31  95.6   E  Cadena Dial, site?  Rock music - Sad Cafe         E274 CAD-DIAL fair  IK
19:32  87.6   E  Onda Cero Radio, Plasencia                        E2EE          good  GL
19.37  91.0   E  Europa FM, site?  YL yabbering away               E4FF EUROPAFM good  IK
19.37  90.8   E  Onda Cero R, Malaga.  Interview                   E2EE ONDACERO good  IK
19:48 105.3   E  Onda Regional Murcia, Carrascoy                   E201          good  GL
19:52 105.1   E  Canal Sur Radio, Sevilla?                         E332 CanalSur good  GL
19.56  87.9  POR RDP Antena 1, Lousa.  Talk                             ANTENA_1 fair  IK
19:56 105.2   E  RNE-1, San Roque, AN                                   RNE_1___ good  GL
20.00  93.7   E  RNE-3, site? "Radio Tres, Radio Nacional de Espana"    RNE_3___ fair  IK
20.07  97.9  POR RDP Antena 1, Portalegre. "l'official Radio de.." 8201 ANTENA_1 good  IK
20.10  87.9  POR RDP Antena 1, Lousa  OM presenter, Simon & Garfunkel   ANTENA_1 good  MH
20.13  89.3  POR RDP Antena 2, Lousa.  Opera                       8202 ANTENA_1 fair  IK
20.16  94.4  POR RDP Antena 2, Lisboa.  Opera                      8202 ANTENA-1 fair  IK
20:19  91.9   E  Onda Cero, Huelva                                 E2CE _HUELVA_ good  GL
20.25 107.7  POR R Nossa, Lisbon. OM talk                                        good  MH
20.27 107.2  POR R Cidade, Lisbon "la musica nacional y internacional"           good  MH
20.29  97.4  POR R Comercial, Lisboa.  Rock music.                 8203 COMRCIAL poor  IK
20.33 103.4  POR R Renascenca, Lisbon. female singer               8221 __RR_1__ fair  MH
20.40        POR R Memoria.  Easy listening music                  8009 MEMORIA_ fair  MH
20:42 107.9  POR Radio Universidad de Cuimbra, Cuimbra             8051 _R.U.C_  good  GL

(Mark Hattam, Ian Kelly & Glenn Ludlow)

Meteor Scatter - station noted in English at 0119 and 1123. Short bursts of reception, but can't immediately see anything listed here in the skip zone. Pings heard all night, mostly in pairs - the first with test tone (presume Sweden) and the second a couple of seconds later with music (Germany or Norway?). (Mark Hattam)

June 9, 1998

Meteor Scatter - lots more "pings" than usual today, especially 1300-1500. Snatches of stations heard on 87.6 Sweden?, 87.7 France? and 87.9 MHz. Longest burst about 10 seconds. (Mark Hattam)

June 5-6, 1998

Vodafone FM - were broadcasting racing commentary and music on 87.7 from Epsom Race Course (Derby sponsored by Vodafone this year!) (Mark Hattam)

June 5, 1998

Sporadic E - noted from 1315-1540 GMT from Italy ... specifically Sicily and Reggio Calabria across whole band. Stations identified:

13.40  90.5  RDS "R.MARIA_" PI-51CC Chiaromonte Gulfi, Sicily
13.49  94.3  RDS "RADIOCL1" "10300MHZ" "94250MHZ" PI-50FE site??
13.50  94.3  RDS "ILNOSTRO" "SUCCESSO" "94250MHZ" PI-5D0C site??
13.52  94.7  RDS "RAI_MF1_" PI-5201 Monte Lauro, Sicily
14.02  96.7  RDS "RAI_MF2_" PI-5202 Monte Lauro, Sicily
14.05  99.8  RDS "_DEEJAY_" PI-5214 Scicli / Modica, Sicily
14.24 107.2  RDS "R.MARIA_" PI-51CC prov Ragusa & Siracusa, Sicily
14.33 101.7  RDS "*R.M.Q.*" PI-5DA2 who?? site??
14.44  89.4  RDS "_FUTURA_" "NETWORK_" "HITRADIO" "TEL_0932" "_802717_"
                 "FAX_0932" "_862343_" "_ITALY__" "._FROM__" PI-52FF
14.50  88.5  PI-5403 advert mentioning Reggio Calabria
14.54  88.6  RDS "RADIO___" "RADICALE" PI-5210 Rome, Lazio listed
14.55  88.4  PI-52FD listed as R Subasio, Latina, Rete Lazio
15.10  99.6  France Inter Caen via tropo ... with ARABIC programme !!!!
15.12  89.9  RDS "RAI_MF1_" PI-5201
15.25  94.3  RDS "_CON_IL_" "_VOSTRO_" "TEL_0931" "_758851" "STEREODJ"
                 "ILNOSTRO" "SUCCESSO"  PI-5D0C
15.33  90.7  RDS "R.MARIA_" PI-51CC Siracusa, Sicily

(Mark Hattam)

June 3, 1998

Sporadic E - noted from 1230-1440 GMT from Eastern Europe up to 94 MHz. Stations identified:

12.50  93.8  RDS "PTOL/IDA" "93.8MHZ_" "_KOZANH_"  PI-1064  Greece?? who??
13.17  88.3  RDS "HRT-HR_1"  PI-6341
13.20  89.4  no RDS but PI-ED71
13.22  90.5  really strange language ... possible "Reklan" slogan ... ref's
             to Novi Sad so presume R Novi Sad II. I've got what I presume 
             must be an ID on tape, but it's such a weird language.
13.32  87.6  ID sounded like R Shumen but an advert for Kitkas mentions Novi
             Pazar ... ie Serbia ... not too far away from Novi Sad !!
13.39  87.6  RDS "_SLAGER_" presume this is the new Hungarian network
13.41  87.6  no RDS name but PI code B206 ... sounded Italian ... poss Hungary
13.56  87.7  RDS "FUNRADIO"  PI code 2311 ... Bratislava I presume
14.30  87.6  ID'd as Radio Bis ... presume Poland

(Mark Hattam)

May 27, 1998

QSLs - received from Essex FM Engineering this morning, a QSL card for Vibe FM for receptions on 105.6 106.4 & 107.7 in 141 days. Also a QSL letter for reception of Ten17 FM Harlow on 101.7 in 121 days. (Mark Hattam)

May 26, 1998

Wave 105 - is currently radiating test transmissions on 105.2 (also announcing 105.8). RDS WAVE_105, PI code C3AD. Fair signal here in Hayes. (Mark Hattam)

May 24, 1998

Wentworth Golf rsl - is broadcasting the golf commentary on 107.3 MHz. (Mark Hattam)

May 14, 1998

MW Scan - I've added 1997 Mediumwave Scans to the archive here. (Mark Hattam)

and- I've re-written the side navigation bars ... they are now pop-up selection menus. (Mark Hattam)

May 13, 1998

QSL Report - I've added 1996 QSL Reports to the archive here. (Mark Hattam)

FM - mild tropo lift in progress since last night. Usual candidates such as Opalis 87.9 and RF Normandie Caen 102.6. (Mark Hattam)

May 6, 1998

QSLs - Three received this morning from WJIM, KGLO & KTOE in the USA. (Mark Hattam)

May 3, 1998

Tube Radio - is broadcasting from Thames Valley University in Ealing for the next 4 weeks on 87.7 MHz. Sunday 3 May -> Saturday 30 May. Address: Tube Radio, Thames Valley University, St Mary's Road, Ealing W5 5RF. Phone : 0181 758 8477 ... Fax : 0181 758 8475. (Mark Hattam)

May 2, 1998

Susy Radio - is again broadcasting an RSL to Redhill. This time on 107.1 MHz from May 2 for 4 weeks. They have a web site. (Mark Hattam)

May 1, 1998

Propagation - Great article in May's RSGB RadCom magazine about using Doppler DSP techniques to study HF Propagation. Shows effects of aircraft, meteors and dawn/dusk enhancements. (Mark Hattam)

April 27, 1998

Active FM - the new dance station for East London has begun test transmissions on 107.5 MHz. RDS name is _ACTIVE_ and PI code C09E. (Mark Hattam)

Wax FM - coming in weakly on 107.0 MHz. Phone number given on air had 01494 area code, suggesting High Wycombe area. Bad interference from pirate Beat FM on 107.1. (Mark Hattam)

April 22, 1998

Propagation - Burst of Italian speech station heard on 87.6 MHz at 2030 UTC, overriding the usual weak RTBF Belgian. First Sporadic E of summer? (Mark Hattam)

April 20, 1998

QSLs - On 21st March 1998 I sent follow-up reports to long time no-repliers ... 860 CHAK, 910 WABI, 970 KIAK, 980 WAAV, 1070 KNX, 1380 KRKO, 1600 WLNG ... for reception made whilst on dx-pedition at Sheigra in 1990. Replies so far from KIAK, KNX and KRKO. (Mark Hattam)

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