16 September 2019

QSL from Radio Free Asia

Got this nice QSL dedicated to American inventor Lee de Forest from RFA. Thanks a lot!



14 September 2019

WMR will leave shortwave frequencies

  In a completely unexpected move the Danish authorities (Energistyrelsen) has withdrawn the permission to use out of band short wave frequencies (on a non interference basis) for World Music Radio (WMR). This means that WMR is now ceasing operations on 5840 and 15805 kHz. WMR may return to shortwave – using frequencies inside the official short wave bands – but this may take several months.

Meanwhile WMR continues working on getting on the air on medium wave 927 kHz in Copenhagen.

Thanks for listening to WMR on short wave for the past almost two years. Please keep listening via internet streaming at www.wmr.dk

 Source: station's Facebook page


May be this move concerns also another Danish shortwave station Radio OZ-Viola?

Updated RDS settings of FM stations in Kyiv

  Here is updated information on current RDS settings of FM stations in Kyiv:

QRG Station PI code PS (Radiotext)
67.28 Svitle Radio Emmanuil - -
69.02 Yaskrave Radio - -
69.68 Radio Mariia - -
70.40 Hromadske Radio - -
92.40 Retro FM 62F2 Retro FM
92.80 NRJ 6702 NRJ (www.nrj.ua / performer and song name)
93.80 Biznes Radio 6938 BFM 93.8
94.20 Radio Maksymum 1021 RADIO / MAXIMUM / 94,2 FM
94.60 Armiia FM - -
95.20 Melodiia FM 62E5 MELODIA (performer and song name)
95.60 Dzhem FM 62F7 Jam FM
96.00 Radio NV 62D3 RADIO NV (RADIO NV Efir:+380442370353  Reklama:+380442370720)
96.40 HIT FM 62E1 HIT FM (Hit FM - www.hitfm.ua / performer and song name)
96.80 DJ FM 62DA DJFM (DJFM 96.8 044 537-37-37)
97.20 UA: Radio Promin 6272 UA:RADIO / PROMIN (UA: Radio Promin)
97.60 UA: Radio Kultura 6276 UA:RADIO / KULTURA (UA: Radio Kultura)
98.00 Radio Kyiv 7210 KYIV98FM / VIBER / +38098 / 0099898
98.50 Russkoie Radio Ukraina 62E3 PYCCKOE (performer and song name)
99.00 Radio Nostalgie 1099 RADIO / NOSTALGI / 99,0 FM
99.40 Lounge FM 62F4 LoungeFM (performer and song name)
100.0 Kraina FM FF93 KRAINAFM / performer and song name (KRAINAFM 100% UA)
100.5 Radio Miami FFFF MIAMI (100.5 FM / HOME OF HIP-HOP)
101.1 Radio Piatnytsia 6211 RADIO / PYATNICA / 101,1 (RADIO / PYATNICA / 101,1)
101.5 Radio Relax 62E6 RELAX (Radio Relax - www.radiorelax.ua / performer and song name)
101.9 Radio Shanson 62D8 SHANSON (Shanson, 101.9 FM, Kyiv, www.shanson.ua, reklama (044) 537-37-37)
102.5 Prosto Radio 7203 PROSTO / RADIO / 102,5MHZ / KIEV
103.1 Liuks FM 1047 Lux FM / 103.1 FM / 2011102
103.6 Radio ROKS Ukraina 62E4 ROKS (Radio ROKS - www.radioroks.ua / performer and song name)
104.0 Power FM 62D9 POWERFM (PowerFM 104.0  Kyiv 044 537-37-37)
104.6 Radio Jazz 62E7 JAZZ (Radio Jazz - www.radiojazz.ua / performer and song name)
105.0 UA: Ukrainske Radio 6200 UR-1
105.0 UA: UR Holos Kyieva 6200 UR-1
105.5 Stylne Radio Perets FM 6417 PEREC FM / HUMOR / & HITS / date / day of the week and time / 456-8260
106.0 Holos Stolytsi 72F5 Golos / Stolytsi
106.5 Kiss FM 62E2 KISSFM (performer and song name)
107.0 Yevropa Plius 1070 EUROPA / PLUS / 107 FM / Reklama / 3832121 (Europa Plus 107FM Reklama          (044) 383-21-21)
107.9 Nashe Radio 7258 NASHE / RADIO / 107.9 FM /  KYIV

12 September 2019

Two OIRT transmitters in Kyiv are off air

UA: Radio Promin and UA: Radio Kultura are silent on the frequencies of 71.30 and 72.86 MHz respectively since yesterday.

These channels are available on CCIR FM band now.


10 September 2019

eQSL from FTIOM and UBMP

Thanks to William Tilford for the nice eQSL confirming reception of the From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot radio shows via Channel 292!

09 September 2019

Meteor scatter observations 13.08.2019 - 14.08.2019

SDR technique offers great capabilities in such a type of DXing as meteor scatter (MS) observations on VHF bands (OIRT/CCIR FM, HAM, AIR etc.). In contrast to other propagation modes (Es, Tropo), SDR equipment gives absolutely overwhelming advantage over conventional receivers by reason of pretty short characteristic time of MS events: rarely up to several minutes (bursts), but mostly up to several seconds (pings).

It is obvious, that multi-frequency monitoring with a conventional receiver at such short openings is quite difficult. So, SDR is an invaluable aid for those who want to dedicate their free time to this interesting type of DXing.

MS DXing with SDR reminds me of  fishing: one is recording gigabytes of "empty" frequency spectrum many megahertzes wide and waiting for more or less rare bursts ("bites") of signals for hours. Then one can sort the "catch" out, identifying big "fish" and releasing little unidentifiable "hutchling". The process of "sorting" is more difficult than in a case of Es or Tropo, but RDS decoding (sometimes), station's playlists and podcasts on the Internet can help considerably.

Similar to fishing, MS observations can be successful in full measure only at special conditions: on the days of meteor shower activity, when cosmic debris entering Earth's atmosphere and burning there leaving a trails of ionized gases. These trails can reflect radio waves of wide range of frequencies including OIRT/CCIR FM frequencies.

One of the most intense meteor showers happens in the second half of summer. The name of this shower is Perseids because its radiant is located in Perseus constellation (really on the boundary of Perseus and Cassiopeia). It usually starts from about 17th of July, reaches maximum on 13th of August and ends on 24th of August:


As the heights of the meteor trails lie within 80 - 120 km range, maximum possible distance of signal propagation is usually 2200 - 2500 km, however it can even be longer in a case of combination of meteor scatter with tropospheric ducting.

Here are results for some identified (completely or tentatively) bursts on 13.08.2019. The bursts were observed at 11.48, 11.59, 13.02, 17.36 and 17.49 UTC, radio stations from Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Austria were received:

11:48 87.60 MHz D hr3 Sackpfeife (Biedenkopf) 100 kW 1542 km 281 °
11:48 87.70 MHz D MDR Kultur Chemnitz/Geyer 100 kW 1242 km 278 °
11:48 87.90 MHz D MDR Kultur Inselsberg 60 kW 1408 km 280 °
11:48 88.30 MHz POL PR 1 Opole/Chrzelice 60 kW 901 km 276 °
11:48 88.50 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Trutnov/Černá Hora 16 kW 1040 km 278 °
11:48 91.70 MHz D MDR Thüringen Sonneberg/Bleßberg 100 kW 1375 km 278 °
11:48 91.80 MHz D MDR JUMP Löbau/Schafberg 5 kW 1110 km 280 °
11:48 89.30 MHz D hr3 Großer Feldberg (Taunus) 100 kW 1557 km 278 °
11:48 89.50 MHz D hr3 Hoher Meißner 100 kW 1447 km 282 °
11:48 89.80 MHz D MDR JUMP Chemnitz/Geyer 100 kW 1242 km 278 °
11:48 89.90 MHz CZE ČRo Dvojka Liberec/Ještěd 15 kW 1092 km 278 °
11:48 90.20 MHz D MDR JUMP Inselsberg 100 kW 1408 km 280 °
11:48 90.40 MHz D MDR JUMP Leipzig Wiederau 100 kW 1278 km 281 °
11:48 90.70 MHz D Bayern 1 Ochsenkopf (tent.) 100 kW 1325 km 276 °
11:48 90.90 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Ústí nad Labem/Buková Hora 100 kW 1146 km 278 °
11:48 91.00 MHz D hr1 Sackpfeife (Biedenkopf) 100 kW 1542 km 281 °


11:59 90.10 MHz D MDR JUMP (tent.) Dresden-Wachwitz 100 kW 1171 km 280 °
11:59 90.20 MHz D MDR JUMP (tent.) Inselsberg 100 kW 1409 km 281 °
11:59 90.90 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Ústí nad Labem/Buková Hora 100 kW 1146 km 278 °
11:59 91.00 MHz D hr1 Sackpfeife (Biedenkopf) 100 kW 1542 km 281 °
11:59 91.50 MHz POL PR 3 (tent.) Lubań/Nowa Karczma 60 kW 1077 km 281 °
11:59 91.70 MHz D MDR Thüringen (tent.) Sonneberg/Bleßberg 100 kW 1375 km 278 °
11:59 91.70 MHz POL PR 3 (tent.) Częstochowa/Wręczyca 60 kW 819 km 278 °
11:59 92.20 MHz D MDR Sachsen (Dresden) Dresden-Wachwitz 100 kW 1171 km 280 °


13:02 88.80 MHz CZE ČRo Sever Ústí nad Labem/Buková Hora 100 kW 1146 km 278 °
13:02 89.70 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Pardubice/Krásné 100 kW 1050 km 272 °
13:02 89.80 MHz D MDR JUMP (tent.) Chemnitz/Geyer 100 kW 1242 km 278 °
13:02 90.20 MHz D MDR JUMP (tent.) Inselsberg 100 kW 1409 km 281 °
13:02 90.50 MHz CZE ČRo Hradec Králové Trutnov/Černá Hora 20 kW 1040 km 278 °
13:02 90.90 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Ústí nad Labem/Buková Hora 100 kW 1146 km 278 °
13:02 91.40 MHz CZE Radio Impuls Plzeň/Krašov 100 kW 1235 km 275 °
13:02 91.70 MHz POL PR 3 (tent.) Częstochowa/Wręczyca 60 kW 819 km 278 °
13:02 92.10 MHz CZE Radio Impuls Trutnov/Černá Hora (tent.) 16 kW 1040 km 278 °
13:02 92.20 MHz D MDR Sachsen (Dresden) (tent.) Dresden-Wachwitz 100 kW 1171 km 280 °
13:02 91.70 MHz D MDR Thüringen (tent.) Sonneberg/Bleßberg 100 kW 1375 km 278 °


17:36 91.20 MHz D SWR 4 Baden-Württemberg Waldburg 25 kW 1532 km 267 °
17:36 91.50 MHz AUT ORF Radio Niederösterreich Sankt Pölten/Jauerling 100 kW 1116 km 264 °


17:49 87.90 MHz D MDR Kultur Inselsberg 60 kW 1408 km 280 °
17:49 88.50 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Trutnov/Černá Hora 16 kW 1040 km 278 °
17:49 88.80 MHz CZE ČRo Sever Ústí nad Labem/Buková Hora 100 kW 1146 km 278 °
17:49 89.10 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Plzeň/Krašov 100 kW 1235 km 275 °
17:49 89.30 MHz D hr3 Großer Feldberg (Taunus) 100 kW 1557 km 278 °
17:49 90.50 MHz CZE ČRo Hradec Králové Trutnov/Černá Hora 20 kW 1040 km 278 °
17:49 90.60 MHz D hr1 Hardberg 50 kW 1547 km 275 °
17:49 90.70 MHz D Bayern 1 ? 100 kW ???? km ??? °
17:49 90.90 MHz CZE ČRo Radiožurnál Ústí nad Labem/Buková Hora 100 kW 1146 km 278 °
17:49 91.40 MHz CZE Radio Impuls Plzeň/Krašov 100 kW 1235 km 275 °
17:49 87.70 MHz D MDR Kultur Chemnitz/Geyer 100 kW 1242 km 278 °
17:49 91.00 MHz D hr1 Sackpfeife (Biedenkopf) 100 kW 1542 km 281 °
17:49 91.70 MHz D MDR Thüringen Sonneberg/Bleßberg 100 kW 1375 km 278 °

As one can see, only signals from the most powerful transmitters were available with my shortwave antenna unpractical for this band. It's interesting that signals from the same region (Eastern Germany, Western Poland and Western Czechia) arrived at various hours that day (except for the bursts at 17.36 UTC). What is a reason? Exceptionally favourable for MS geographical location of the stations? Plenty of high-power transmitters in this region?



MS signals even interfered with Es ones at 13.02 UTC! The following waterfall illustrates the signals arrived by means of the two different modes of propagation simultaneously:


The second day of observations 14.08.2019 brought a lot of UNIDs and several IDed stations from the same European region as before:

11:14 92.00 MHz POL PR Radio Szczecin Szczecin/Kołowo 60 kW 1131 km 293 °
11:14 92.20 MHz D MDR Sachsen (Dresden) Dresden-Wachwitz 100 kW 1171 km 280 °
11:14 91.50 MHz POL PR 3 Lubań/Nowa Karczma 60 kW 1077 km 281 °
11:14 91.70 MHz POL PR 3 Częstochowa/Wręczyca 60 kW 819 km 278 °

All the stations were mostly identified by their playlists (fortunately, German and Czech broadcasters are accurately providing such information for special Internet resources), however RDS info and even direct voice IDs helped sometimes too:



RX: Airspy Mini
ANT: 80 mb dipole

07 September 2019

QSL from Storadio (Stockholm Radio)

Thanks for the nice paper QSL for reception of communication with flight crew of ETR895 - Estelar Latinoamerica aircraft!



05 September 2019

Good signal of BPC time signal station

I decided to start my Autumn DX season with VLF frequencies, because the end of August and beginning of September is a right time for reception of BPC Chinese utility station on 68.5 kHz.
 
The location of 90 kW BPC transmitter (Lintong/Pucheng) listed in most of frequency bases is incorrect. It’s really situated near Shangqiu (Henan Province, 34.457°N 115.837°E).

This time signal station is much more easy for reception than Japanese JJY here. And don’t look at S-meter on my screenshot, please. It is not calibrated.


BPC – 68.5 kHz – 03 September 2019 – 19.15-19.30 UTC:




RX: Airspy Mini + SpyVerter
ANT: 80 mb dipole

31 August 2019

News of Local FM Broadcasting

These new frequencies are active in Kyiv on FM band since May 2019:
 
097.2 MHz   UA: Radio Promin    1    kW    Kyiv – KFKRRT tower   since 31st of August 2019
097.6 MHz   UA: Radio Kultura   0.5  kW    Kyiv – KFKRRT tower   since 31st of August 2019
104.6 MHz   Radio Jazz          2    kW    Kyiv – RATEL tower    since 15th of May 2019

However, UA: Radio Promin and UA: Radio Kultura are still broadcasting on the respective OIRT frequencies of 71.30 and 72.86 MHz in-parallel. Also signal of the new station from Boryspil is reaching my location regularly:

094.9 MHz   Boryspil FM         0.03 kW    Boryspil              since 24th of August 2019

RX: Degen DE-1103
ANT: 80 mb dipole

29 August 2019

Special event station Radio Space will be on air

Special Event Station Radio Space will be on air in the 49 m-band on 6070 kHz on Saturday, September 07, 2019 between 12.00 and 14.00 UTC.
Radio Space was in the early 80s a popular Free Radio Station on FM in the region ‘Westhoek’ in Belgium. The station finished forced the broadcast in November 1984.

This year they are having a reunion from the same location in Hoogstade, in the Western part of Belgium, with a 3 day broadcast on FM 94.9 MHz for the region, but also a 2 hour broadcast for Europe on 6070 kHz.

During these 2 hours you will hear the program “The European Top 40 of the 80s”. Admits, more European is not possible via this short wave frequency!

Reception reports are very welcome and are 100% answered with a special Radio Space E-QSL card!

Radio Space can be contacted on shortwave@radiospace.be.
Thanking you in advance!

Station’s website: http://radiospace.be/
Source: thanks to Hugo Matten for the info