This year, the weather at the beginning of October was extraordinary. A massive high pressure system has established itself over the greater part of Europe. It was very warm and the sky was totally clear. I was pretty sure that something special will happen… now or never! All propagation forecasts were very promising at first. However, the ducting area was reduced after each update, at least for Poland. Nevertheless, tropo results were excellent – BBC reception lasted for three days!!
Interesting conditions on the 87.5-108 MHz band started on September 30 and October 1 night. When I was about to sleep, I found strong 95.9 DR P4 signal and 93.1 SR P2 at O=3. In the morning I heard SR P4 from Boräs on 102.9 which eventually peaked to a RDS level. In the afternoon I noticed logs between Lithuania and Holme Moss at distance 1566km. I quickly logged into my tuner, but scanning on the band revealed just a stable, but noisy 89.0 RTL. In fact it was not so weak, but due to strong local interference, a theoretically noise-free signal became a weak one. As the time was passing I also received other German stations, but that was nothing special at all.
Few minutes past 15 UTC it seemed to me that I can barely hear some English talk on 93.7 mixing with NDR 1. I ignored that marginal signal at first, but I was still checking both 89.3 and 93.7 frequencies every moment. Finally, at 15:18 UTC the sound on 89.3 fully matched a webstream of BBC Radio 2, with a noticeable latency. Hell yeah!! – despite poor forecasts, my QTH was in range of the tropospheric ducting!
Well, I have already received two BBC stations from Holme Moss in 2010. The date is very specific, as propagation occurred exactly on 10.10.10. However, that was a very patchy and weak ducting, which didn’t come too deeply into Poland. Generally such propagation occurs quite rarely between Poland and the UK. The most known tropospheric propagation in our community took place in late 2007. Maciek from Góra Kalwaria near Warsaw has set a 1706km FMDX tropo record. He logged BBC Radio Scotland on 93.7 from Keelylang Hill transmitter and the reception lasted for a three following days as an extreme tropo ducting was built over Baltic and Northern Sea.
In the evening Holme Moss signals reached 20dBf+ levels. On the other hand, the local interference from power lines was still on the air and I was quite disappointed. UK uses both polarizations at TX sites, so I was able to overcome some closer stations and grab another 1440+km DX – Classic FM 101.1 in vertical with a powerful 30dBf signal at 17:18. The RDS reception was unfortunately impossible due to local on 101.2.
I also quickly discovered Meldrum on 100.5 and 90.9 which (temporary) became my new ODX @ 1503km. At first I though this is a low-power Belmont, but I carefully checked the azimuth. My 2×9-el antenna stack has quite narrow main-lobe and I found the strongest signal at Bydgoszcz and Toruń direction, which also points to Meldrum. Around 18:40 the Pontop Pike joined tropo opening with 92.9 BBC R4 and 90.7 BBC R3. 88.5 BBC R2 came in later as this frequency was busy.
Of course, UK was not the only guest this evening. I heard many stations from Denmark including some less frequent locations in vertical like 98.3 radio100 with RDS. The same frequency hosted also BBC Radio 1, but in a horizontal polarization instead. Tropo was even more widespread. Around 20:30 UTC my friend Łukasz from Tomaszów Mazowiecki noticed a fair signal from Norway – Lyngdal and Greipstad. Few minutes past 21:00 NRK Petre 95.0 peaked to stereo & RDS (30dBf) here near Płock, Poland.
Local interference has already started to fade down at night, however the direction to UK still had somewhat increased impulse noise level. Because of high signal I was trying to receive at least a PI code on BBC R4, and I got C204 around 21:40. Few minutes later I saw full BBC_R4__ PS on a screen! Unbelievable! I haven’t ever expected to receive any UK station with RDS via tropospheric propagation…
Luckily I have recorded a video that includes a weather report. The daily temperature amplitude reached 24°C in Scotland. I guess this is the first reception of British station with RDS in Poland. The distance is also amazing – 1443km. Due to interference from other signals on 93.7 and around, the RDS demodulation was impossible on Körner 19.3 in H-pol, so again my vertical 2×9-el antenna stack was priceless!
October 1, 2015 – logs:
|1521||89.3||BBC Radio 2||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||//web|
|1637||95.9||DR P4||Århus/Søsterhøj||60.3||731||9E02 DRP4OSTJ|
|1712||93.7||BBC Radio 4||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||26dBf|
|1713||91.5||BBC Radio 3||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||//web [1st]|
|1719||101.1||Classic FM||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||//web, pol. V, up to 30dBf!! [1st]|
|1729||99.7||Radio M||Ikast/Højris Alle 81||5.0||789||vocal ID [1st]|
|1731||100.5||Classic FM||Meldrum||150.0||1503||Classic FM ID [1st]|
|1733||90.9||BBC Radio 3||Meldrum||150.0||1503||//web [1st]|
|1737||98.3||BBC Radio 1||Meldrum||150.0||1503||BBC Radio 1 vocal ID [1st]|
|1758||91.7||DR P3||Århus/Søsterhøj||60.3||731||9203 DR_P3___|
|1759||103.0||Radio 24syv||Århus/Søsterhøj||60.3||731||40dBf 9204 24syv___|
|1804||93.7||The Voice||Århus/Langenæs Allé 21||0.5||735||//web [1st]|
|1845||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||[1st]|
|1845||92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||[1st]|
|1949||88.5||BBC Radio 2||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||18dBf [1st]|
|2046||92.5||NRK P2||Greipstad/Eidsåvegen||57.0||976||mixing with PR Koszalin [1st]|
|2102||99.9||DR P4||Rangstrup||60.0||748||9C02 DRP4_SYD|
|2108||95.0||NRK Petre||Lyngdal/Kalåskniben||(50?)||1020||F203 _NRK_P3_|
|2123||104.9||P4 Hele Norge||Greipstad/Eidsåvegen||29.9||976||//web [1st]|
|2143||93.7||BBC Radio 4||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||C204 BBC_R4__ 30dBf!!|
|2155||95.0||City FM||Århus/Søften||2.0||743||26dBf [1st]|
|2209||93.7||NRK P2||Hovdefjell||24.9||970||F202 _NRK_P2_ 27dBf|
|2242||100.7||Radio 24syv||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||// 102.3|
|2259||102.5||Radio Norge||Kongsberg/Jonsknuten||59.7||1009||// 105.2 [1st]|
|2301||102.9||SR P4||Borås/Dalsjöfors||17.0||712||E224 SR_P4___ 34dBf|
|2302||94.6||SR P2||Borås/Dalsjöfors||10.0||712||E402 SR_P2___ 29dBf|
|2312||106.1||P4 Hele Norge||Halden/Høyåsmasten||35.9||897||[1st]|
|2324||90.2||DR P2||Holstebro – Mejrup||60.3||831||9201 DR_P2___|
|2326||92.9||DR P3||Holstebro – Mejrup||60.3||831||9203 DR_P3___|
|2336||97.9||SR P3||Borås/Dalsjöfors||10.0||712||E203 SR_P3___|
|2342||98.5||DR P4||Holstebro – Mejrup||60.3||831||9502 DRP4_M&V|
|2343||100.3||Radio 24syv||Holstebro – Mejrup||60.3||831||9204 24syv___|
Tropo was still extending and strengthening over an entire night. I received many low & medium power stations from Denmark, Sweden and some big ones from Norway. 98.1 DR P4 Aalborg reached 47dBf and this was a fully sufficient signal level to beat my semi-local PR2 @ 33km on the same frequency. The difference in azimuth is around 35°.
Lyngdal was getting stronger and stronger… and finally peaked at 3:30 UTC to an extreme signal 40dBf @ 1020km! From time to time I checked Pontop Pike and Holme Moss frequencies. Stations from UK were still here almost all night long, however I was focusing mainly on Scandinavian signals.
In the morning at 5 UTC I received another notable DX – 89.5 Mix Megapol from Kungshamn, Sweden. This is my new record for a low power reception with RDS. Only 0.3kW ERP @ 836km with signal up to 22dBf.
Few minutes later I also noticed that Pontop Pike @ 1433km peaked to 28dBf with PI code on 90.7 BBC Radio 3 – C203! XDR-F1HD decoded it multiple times, but unfortunately the signal was too noisy for full PS. I received every southern location from Norway: Bjerkreim, Lyngdal (RDS), Greipstad (RDS), Skien (RDS), Hovdefjell (RDS), Gausta, Kongsberg, Halden (RDS) and Oslo.
I also got an unknown Swedish station on 103.7 in vertical. I asked Peter Körner and he identified it as SR P4. I haven’t expected that as there are two P4 locations, both in a horizontal polarization. After a short investigation we have identified this as SR P4 Väst (thx Maciek). At that time P4 was broadcasting local programme – Väst and Malmö had different playlists. Well, that’s a very interesting DX – 3kW ERP @ 788km in… an opposite polarization! After the morning peak, I decided to go sleep at 9 UTC.
October 2, 2015 (night & morning) – logs:
|0001||94.5||SR P2||Sunne/Blåbärskullen||60.0||911||// 92.4|
|0002||92.7||SR P1||Bäckefors (Mellerud)||60.0||838||E201|
|0013||103.4||Nova||Holstebro – Mejrup||60.3||831||9205 __NOVA__|
|0038||102.0||VLR||Østbirk/Yding skovhøj||0.8||748||//web [1st]|
|0111||90.9||SR P1||Sunne/Blåbärskullen||60.0||911||E201 SR_P1___ 28dBf|
|0116||102.7||Radio 24syv||Aalborg-Frejlev||40.0||803||9204 24syv___ 36dBf|
|0123||98.2||SR P3||Motala/Ervasteby||30.0||728||98.230 E203 SR_P3___|
|0127||96.5||SR P3||Karlstad/Sörmon||15.0||854||E203 SR_P3___|
|0133||105.7||Radio ABC||Langå – Jebjerg||4.0||757||32dBf //web [1st]|
|0134||105.4||Radio ABC||Assentoft/Elmevej||1.5||753||// 105.7 [1st]|
|0141||107.4||Radio ABC||Assentoft/Elmevej||1.5||753||//web [1st]|
|0144||106.8||Radio Køge||Skovbo – Borup||0.5||602||984C, ST pilot fading in/out [1st]|
|0147||100.7||Radio 24syv||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||9204 24syv___|
|0151||90.7||DR P3||Vejle/Gl. Højen||10.0||750||[1st]|
|0152||94.0||DR P4||Vejle/Gl. Højen||13.0||750||//95.9 [1st]|
|0154||107.7||Radio ABC||Allingåbro – Rygårde||0.5||738||//105.4 ABC [1st]|
|0208||95.0||NRK Petre||Lyngdal/Kalåskniben||3.9||1020||F203 _NRK_P3_ 37dBf|
|0212||88.3||NRK P2||Lyngdal/Kalåskniben||30.6||1020||F202 _NRK_P2_ 37dBf [1st]|
|0218||89.7||DR P3||Aalborg-Frejlev||60.0||803||9203 DR_P3___ 43dBf|
|0219||98.1||DR P4||Aalborg-Frejlev||50.0||803||9F02 DRP4_NR_ 47dBf|
|0229||89.6||NDR 1 Welle Nord||Flensburg-Engelsby||25.0||718||D3E1 NDR_1_SH|
|0232||91.8||NRK Petre||Bjerkreim/Urdalsnipa||36.8||1094||// 95.0|
|0238||102.8||SR P4||Örebro/Lockhyttan||60.0||815||E224 SR_P4___|
|0250||105.0||Radio ABC||Ebeltoft – Handrup||0.16||715||jingle ID [1st]|
|0251||104.6||Radio ABC||Grenå – Enslev||0.5||718||// 105.0 [1st]|
|0254||106.4||Radio ABC||Ebeltoft – Handrup||0.16||715||// 105.7 104.6 105.4 105.7 [1st]|
|0304||98.2||Skala FM||Holsted/Toften 8||2.0||777||//web [1st]|
|0306||98.0||The Voice||Sønder Højrup||1.0||678||//web [1st]|
|0308||96.6||DR P3||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||9203|
|0312||95.0||FM95||Århus/Søften||2.0||743||9E4C __FM95__ 38dBf|
|0317||101.1||Radio 24syv||Skamlebæk||5.0||651||//102,3 [1st]|
|0327||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||again!|
|0328||92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433|
|0336||95.0||NRK Petre||Lyngdal/Kalåskniben||(50?)||1020||F203 _NRK_P3_ 40dBf|
|0339||92.5||NRK P2||Greipstad/Eidsåvegen||57.0||976||F202 _NRK_P2_ 35dBf|
|0342||98.3||Radio 100||Århus/Skanderborg||2.0||738||973F radio100 28dBf|
|0343||98.6||Nova||Grenå/Kattegatvej 3||0.4||711||9205 [1st]|
|0406||97.9||Radio Alfa||Ebeltoft – Handrup||0.2||715||//web [1st]|
|0407||97.6||Radio Alfa||Ørsted/Rougsøvej||0.2||746||//97.9 [1st]|
|0416||93.5||Solo FM||Langå – Jebjerg||4.0||757||Solo FM jingle [1st]|
|0421||93.1||The Voice||Århus/Søsterhøj||3.0||731||//web [1st]|
|0425||92.3||NRK P2||Skien/Vealøs||48.5||967||// 93.7 [1st]|
|0441||107.1||RIX FM||Borås/Dalsjöfors||3.0||712||E241 _RIX_FM_|
|0443||92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||25dBf|
|0453||89.5||Mix Megapol||Kungshamn||0.3||834||E243 MEGAPOL_ 22dBf [1st]|
|0457||90.0||Skala FM||Tommerup||0.5||692||//web [1st]|
|0457||90.6||myROCK||Odense/Telehøjen 1||1.0||682||myROCK id [1st]|
|0458||91.1||Skala FM||Odense/Fisketorvet 8-10||0.5||687||//90.0 [1st]|
|0501||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||PI: C203 24dBf|
|0506||105.1||The Voice||Søndersø/Toftekær 4||0.5||699||//web [1st]|
|0520||94.7||Limfjord plus||Erslev – Sundby||20.0||855||Limfjord plus ID 24dBf|
|0529||101.7||Radio Alfa||Rønde – Grenåvej 13||0.16||727||[1st]|
|0534||94.6||Go FM||Århus/Søsterhøj||1.0||731||20dBf [1st]|
|0536||105.9||The Voice||Vejle C/Ellevang 24||1.0||750||//web [1st]|
|0549||96.4||NRK P2||Gausta/Gaustatoppen||54.5||1057||//web [1st]|
|0555||103.7||SR P4 Väst||Trollhättan||3.0||788||rx in an opposite pol. (V) [1st]|
|0623||93.6||The Voice||Køge – Vallø||0.5||589||//web [1st]|
|0636||105.7||Bandit Rock||Nyköping||4.0||708||E2A7 [1st]|
|0641||99.1||SR P3||Bäckefors (Mellerud)||60.0||838||E203 SR_P3___|
|0703||106.1||P4 Hele Norge||Halden/Høyåsmasten||35.9||897||F214 P4_NORGE 38dBf|
|0706||100.0||NRK P2||Oslo/Tryvann||54.5||994||// 89.1 [1st]|
|0711||89.1||NRK P2||Halden/Høyåsmasten||22.1||897||F202 _NRK_P2_|
|0718||101.5||NRK Petre||Halden/Høyåsmasten||72.5||897||F203 _NRK_P3_ 38dBf|
|0758||105.5||RIX FM||Stockholm/Nacka TM||1.0||753||E241 _RIX_FM_|
In the afternoon, when I woke up, Pontop Pike and Holme Moss were still audible. Additionally I heard lots of German stations from the northern coast. Bornholm was getting stronger very quickly. I logged 56dBf signal at 16 UTC on 99.3 DR P4. This was a good sign to check other low power stations. 104.6 Nova (0.02kW ERP @ 411km!) reached almost noise-free signal, after nulling my local 104.3, which produces very strong noise interference 200-300kHz from its carrier.
I received two low power stations from Bornholm on 98.6 and 93.1, however it was not Bornholms Kristne NR this time. Both transmitters carried a wideband noise and some music in the background. Bornholms Kristne NR is a small network on the island that uses 5 low power frequencies, including 104.4.
After a while I heard the BB Radio identification and everything became clear. In Pritzwalk, Germany, there is a very high power BB Radio transmitter on 104.3. Strong tropospheric ducting wiped out the local signal on 104.4, that other locations used for FM rebroadcast. Not bad! The following video includes BB Radio jingle at 00:05.
This is not the only issue I have heard. Maciek from Góra Kalwaria, near Warsaw, notified me about 101.8 from Helpterberg which randomly switched its NDR Info programme to a different German station. Luckly, we heard a jingle which revealed the second station. It was delta radio. Maciek recorded the identification:
I got much stronger signal and I noticed that delta radio sound was interfered, but I didn’t record a jingle. This strange behavior can be also heard on my video at 0:00, 0:50, 0:54, 0:59, 1:10, 1:32, 2:10 and 2:13. The signal quality of delta radio was getting more and more noisy. How was that possible? The only thing that comes to my mind is the RDS AF function that attempts to find another frequency. But does such 100kW transmitter use FM tuner for the audio feed?
Around 17 UTC I noticed other British stations on 95.9 and 100.7. The first one was BBC Radio Humberside from High Hunsley @ 1356km and the second Heart from Bilsdale West Moor @ 1392km. Both around 10kW ERP. Finally, something other than nationwide BBC channels!
The tropospheric ducting increased its power on a half way to the UK. I received 93.6 Radio Syddanmark with RDS at 753km and only 0.08kW ERP. I think I should make some hall of fame for low power tropo DX. This one is actually a very low power one, less than 100W.
I was regularly checking 99.5 frequency for the BBC Radio 1 presence, but only N-JOY was here with a nice signal up to a RDS level. Around 18 UTC I heard some massive modulation on this frequency. That was definitely not N-JOY anymore. After a short while I heard English speaker and… the jingle “This is Annie Mac – BBC RADIO ONE”! Awesome, Black Hill here in central Poland via tropo! Am I dreaming…?
Switching to 95,8 revealed BBC R4 from the same location. Distance from my QTH to Black Hill is exactly 1570km and this is my new distance record. A bit later I also logged BBC R3 on 92.1 using a narrow 32kHz digital IF filter.
Meanwhile, I found few stations from the Netherlands on my vertical antenna: 88.0 NPO 2, 94.8 NPO 4 from Smilde and Radio Noord 97.5 from Groningen.
I checked other frequencies from Bilsdale West Moor and I matched 91.2 signal with BBC Radio 3 on 90.7. Classical music easily fits in narrow filters, so I set bandwidth to 36kHz. BBC Radio 4 on 93.4 was much more difficult to hear. At that time, R4 was broadcasting a radio play. I switched between 93.4 and 92.9 several times to make sure this is definitely Radio 4. The signal level was very weak so I used a 15kHz filter. Audio matched with 92.9 R4 each time! The recording of this reception (and other) can be heard on my tropo log, with short snippets of Pontop Pike as reference.
This evening was the last time I heard Holme Moss.
October 2, 2015 – afternoon & evening logs:
|1429||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433|
|1432||93.7||BBC Radio 4||Holme Moss||250.0||1443|
|1437||93.1||NDR Info||Cuxhaven/Holter Höhe||10.0||752||//102.8 [1st]|
|1503||99.5||N-JOY||Schwerin||2.0||565||30dBf D385 _N-JOY__|
|1506||102.6||Radio ffn||Cuxhaven Otterndorf||20.0||737||D388|
|1514||89.3||BBC Radio 2||Holme Moss||250.0||1443|
|1514||92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||18dBf|
|1519||100.4||NDR Info||Röbel||4.0||497||D384 NDR_Info|
|1600||106.2||Nova||Åkirkeby/Birgersvej 6||0.03||421||0,03kW ~19dBf [1st]|
|1602||104.6||Nova||Nexø/Ibskervej 30A||0.02||411||9205 __NOVA__ 33dBf|
|1604||98.6||Bornholms Kristne NR||Nexø/Ibskervej 30A||0.2||411||noise & German px relay|
|1613||92.2||DR P4||Nakskov/Karlebyvej 7||30.0||617||40dBf over local PR1|
|1622||87.8||Radio Sydhavsøerne||Nykøbing Falster||1.0||573||//web|
|1633||93.1||Bornholms Kristne NR||Åkirkeby/Birgersvej 6||0.2||421||29dBf, noise & BB Radio|
|1638||104.9||Radio Globus||Vojens-Styding||0.5||743||//web [1st]|
|1652||95.9||BBC Radio Humberside||High Hunsley||9.8||1356||vocal id [1st]|
|1700||100.7||Heart||Bilsdale West Moor||10.0||1392||This is Heart [1st]|
|1710||94.9||N-JOY||Heide/Welmbüttel||0.8||719||//95.5 99.5 [1st]|
|1719||103.0||N-JOY||Anklam||1.3||427||//99.5 103.2 95.5 [1st]|
|1729||93.6||Radio Syddanmark||Bevtoft/Tirslundvej 17||0.08||754||9C59 __SYD-__ [1st]|
|1749||87.9||NDR Info||Heide/Welmbüttel||15.0||719||D384 NDR_Info [1st]|
|1800||94.1||Radio NORA||Garding||0.5||751||Radio Nora full hour ID [1st]|
|1804||99.5||BBC Radio 1||Black Hill||250.0||1570||Radio 1 vocal ID 20dBf [1st]|
|1805||95.8||BBC Radio 4||Black Hill||200.0||1570||//web [1st]|
|1820||97.5||Radio Noord||Groningen/Gideonweg||20.0||883||//web [1st]|
|1825||88.0||NPO Radio 2||Smilde/Alticom Toren||90.0||899||[1st]|
|1827||94.8||NPO Radio 4||Smilde/Alticom Toren||90.0||899||//web [1st]|
|1851||92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||19dBf|
|1858||92.1||BBC Radio 3||Black Hill||250.0||1570||// 90.7 [1st]|
|1923||106.4||NDR 1 Welle Nord||Neumünster Armstedt||20.0||676||// 97.8 [1st]|
|2023||91.2||BBC Radio 3||Bilsdale West Moor||5.0||1392||// 90.7, 15khz filter [1st]|
|2040||93.4||BBC Radio 4||Bilsdale West Moor||5.0||1392||// 92.9 [1st]|
|2248||94.4||DR P4||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||// 95.9 [1st]|
|2252||100.7||Radio 24syv||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||9204 24syv___ 27dBf|
|2317||96.6||DR P3||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||9203 DR_P3___ 29dBf|
|2319||91.0||DR P2||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||10.0||812||9kHz filter //89.0 [1st]|
|2338||89.0||Radio Aura||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||5.0||812||vocal ID R.Aura, 23dBf [1st]|
On October 3 night, stations from Tolne, Denmark (810km) reached my QTH with a good signal. 24syv on 100.7 peaked to 34dBf. DR P4 appeared on 94.4 when a nearby Eska Bydgoszcz faded down for a minute. I also got __Aura__ RDS PS on 89.0, some classical music on 91.0 and a nice DR P3 jingle on 96.6. It was clear that tropo distances were getting shorter.
However, at one point Pontop Pike @ 1433km peaked up once again, with a signal quality that was enough to produce full RDS PS: BBC_R3__ on 90.7! Oh yeah!
In the morning, after about 4 hours of sleep, Pontop Pike was still here around 7 UTC. I also found Mogilev on OIRT band with weak levels from east. The UK ducting path shortened around 8 UTC and this was definitely end of BBC reception… hopefully not for another 5 years! Three following days with Pontop Pike via tropo in Poland. What a propagation! In total, I received 17 stations from the United Kingdom:
|89.3||BBC Radio 2||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||H only||1-2.10.2015|
|91.5||BBC Radio 3||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||H/V||1.10.2015|
|93.7||BBC Radio 4||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||H/V||1-2.10.2015||C204 BBC_R4__ up to 30dBf|
|101.1||Classic FM||Holme Moss||250.0||1443||V only||1.10.2015||up to 30dBf|
|88.5||BBC Radio 2||Pontop Pike||140.0||1433||H only||1.10.2015|
|90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||140.0||1433||H/V||1-3.10.2015||C203 BBC_R3__ up to 26dBf|
|92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||140.0||1433||H/V||1-3.10.2015||up to 26dBf|
|90.9||BBC Radio 3||Meldrum||150.0||1503||V only||1.10.2015||~11dBf|
|98.3||BBC Radio 1||Meldrum||150.0||1503||H only||1.10.2015||~12dBf|
|100.5||Classic FM||Meldrum||150.0||1503||V only||1.10.2015||~11dBf|
|95.9||BBC Humberside||High Hunsley||9.8||1356||H only||2.10.2015||up to 18dBf|
|91.2||BBC Radio 3||Bilsdale West Moor||5.0||1392||V only||2.10.2015||32kHz BW|
|93.4||BBC Radio 4||Bilsdale West Moor||5.0||1392||V only||2.10.2015||15kHz BW|
|100.7||Heart||Bilsdale West Moor||10.0||1392||H only||2.10.2015||up to ~16dBf|
|92.1||BBC Radio 3||Black Hill||250.0||1570||H only||2.10.2015||ODX 32kHz BW|
|95.8||BBC Radio 4||Black Hill||200.0||1570||H only||2.10.2015||ODX|
|99.5||BBC Radio 1||Black Hill||250.0||1570||H only||2.10.2015||ODX up to 21dBf|
As the ducting path has shortened, I received lots of interesting Danish stations including Varde and Ølgod with RDS.
October 3, 2015 – logs:
|0002||93.6||Radio Active||Tomelilla/Brösarp||0.5||507||PI 8844 28dBf|
|0008||105.4||Radio Aura||Storvorde – Sejlflod||4.0||788||//web [1st]|
|0029||94.2||Mix Megapol||Sjöbo/Orebacken Skidbacke||0.2||518||//web|
|0030||89.0||Radio Aura||Tolne/Jerupvej 610||5.0||812||9CFF __Aura__|
|0048||98.3||NDR 2||Kronshagen (Kiel)||15.0||670||D382 _NDR_2__ 43dBf|
|0051||99.7||NDR Info||Kronshagen (Kiel)||1.0||670||//101.8 [1st]|
|0108||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||PI:C203 24dBf|
|0118||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||C203 BBC_R3__ 26dBf|
|0135||105.4||Antenne MV||Heringsdorf (Usedom)||2.5||403||D378 _ANT_MV_ 37dBf|
|0146||97.7||Skala FM||Tønder-N/Hydrovej 1D||0.5||762||//web [1st]|
|0153||91.6||Radio Als||Rinkenæs/Buskmosevej 27||2.0||719||Radio Als ID [1st]|
|0221||102.4||R.SH||Kiel/Fernsehturm||15.0||666||D3E8 __R.SH__ 38dBf|
|0642||90.7||BBC Radio 3||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||10dBf|
|0653||92.9||BBC Radio 4||Pontop Pike||135.0||1433||18dBf|
|0742||71.18||BR Stalitsa||Mahilyow/RTPS||5.8||719||// 72.47|
|0742||71.96||BR Kultura||Mahilyow/RTPS||5.8||719||// 71.69|
|0817||91.3||Radio Globus||Kolding/Vejlevej 134||0.5||745||//104.9 and web [1st]|
|0832||105.2||Skala FM||Kolding/Vejlevej 134||0.5||745||//web [1st]|
|0835||101.5||Skala FM||Grindsted – Filskov||0.3||783||//105.2 [1st]|
|0842||105.4||Radio Diablo||Gudme/Kirkegade 14||1.0||658||//web [1st]|
|0857||106.8||Skala FM||Esbjerg/Gjesinglund Alle 8||0.5||805||//web [1st]|
|0903||92.4||Nova||Tønder-N/Hydrovej 1D||0.3||762||//web [1st]|
|0909||100.7||VLR||Oksbøl/Industrivej 6||0.4||819||//web [1st]|
|0940||87.8||Nova||Varde/Nordenskov||10.0||798||9205 __NOVA__ 26dBf|
|0949||99.0||DR P4||Varde/Nordenskov||20.0||798||9A02 DRP4_ESB 28dBf [1st]|
|0951||97.7||DR P4||Ølgod/Baunshøjvej 7||10.0||810||9502 DRP4_M V 30dBf [1st]|
|1021||104.7||Radio 2000||Ringe/Holmehøjvej 7||0.5||676||//web [1st]|
|1024||106.7||Radio Diablo||Nørre Broby||0.5||690||// 105.4 [1st]|
… and this was the end of this massive tropospheric propagation, the greatest one since 2007.
In total, I logged 101 stations for the first time ever (marked as [1st] in logs). More recordings of each received station are attached to my tropo log. You can view it sorted by the date of 1st log by clicking on a column header.
There are all propagation forecasts that I have collected – W. Hepburn & F5LEN and the pressure map:
3 thoughts on “October 2015: extreme tropo from UK in Poland”
Congratulations on your superb catches from the UK. This early October tropo opening was indeed amazing. I live in central southern England, about 40 miles north of the south coast and about 60 miles WSW of London. At this location I had signals from northern Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Poland. Norway reached RDS levels at one stage (Lyngdal on 95.0).
I use a Körner 9.2 aerial with a Yaesu rotator (installed in October 2014). Norway and Poland were firsts for me via tropo. In fact, the Polish reception was much better for DXers further north, who had solid signals with RDS from Koszalin and Gdańsk for hours on end. As far as I know, my location was the furthest south with DX from Poland.
Here are a couple of recordings from October 2nd:
https://app.box.com/s/x1qdjacy4ql93s29bps1f5ya8cr22c59 – 105.0 Radio ZET Gdańsk 1371 km
https://app.box.com/s/fe3zhbks6hxepro5f9fmr7b1khu5pm8n – 98.4 RMF FM Gdańsk 1371 km (best signal from Poland)
https://app.box.com/s/dg1xeyv33lnmrgq0etrzocpi8ywcrgzn – 107.9 PR 1 Koszalin 1255 km
https://app.box.com/s/fds68kp8f9m4mdpt2kvmnu7y5blf9whf – 97.4 PR 3 Koszalin 1255 km
The recordings from this tropo can be found here: https://app.box.com/s/gjrwvguroyd1xbzdba1qlgjnax6wngtq
I hope we don’t have to wait several years for another Poland-UK tropo!
Nick Gilly, Whitchurch, Hampshire, UK
Nice to hear your recordings, congratulations! Your RMF FM reception sounds great, that’s (almost?) a RDS-level. Unfortunately I didn’t receive anything from southern England this time.
This was the biggest opening in my 7-year experience. Overall this year, the tropospheric ducting propagations were really exceptional. I logged hundreds of new stations during more than 10 notable tropo openings.
Due to lack of time, I haven’t been able to write all articles about my receptions yet, but I think I will finish them in a week or two. Let’s hope for more such extreme tropo openings in the next year. :-)
Yes RMF FM on 98.4 was very close to reaching RDS level but as you can hear from the recording it slowly got weaker.
The 2015 tropo season must be one of the best ever. I myself heard 11 countries via tropo in October alone: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain! November and the beginning of December also produced several superb openings into France, Spain and central Europe.
We can only hope there are more DX goodies to come in 2016!
Happy New Year,
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