The enhanced propagation conditions continued from late October to the beginning of November. All upcoming forecasts were very encouraging and I have experienced the most extreme tropospheric ducting propagations from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany in terms of signal strength. Tropo was also very strong on microwave frequencies and I logged 300+km 5GHz WiFi networks, including Czech Republic again! Finally, I heard a very long awaited location – Kyiv, my new ODX from Ukraine!

November 2nd, 2015: LTU/LVA/BLR tropo & extreme Norway ducting

kukuIn the morning I checked my tuner remotely and I heard Radio Kuku from Tallinn @ 828km, which I had just received a few days before with full RDS. However, this time the signal was much weaker, but still audible well above the noise level. A few minutes later I also noticed a Sporadic-E opening which brought some stations from Norway and Sweden with MUF up to around 95MHz. It is a quite rare thing at this time of year. There was nothing more interesting on the band via tropo, except a weak Radio Elmar on 99.0 and some high powers from Riga, which I logged a bit later.

zwIn the afternoon there was no sign of Estonia anymore, but strong Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus appeared instead. On 103.8 I heard Polish station Znad Willi from Vilnius. Nice to hear my native language from a foreign transmitter. A bit later I noticed that Rīga was getting stronger, so I focused mostly on Latvian stations. I received Daugavpils and Rēzekne for the first time via tropo ducting instead of a regular aircraft scatter, both with RDS. More details are included in a log below. 

Good to see that LR 2 includes its location identification in a radiotext. It may be useful for Sporadic-E openings, as there are two LR 2 transmitters on 101.0 MHz. Of course, during tropo this is not a problem, because Liepaja and Rēzekne use opposite polarizations. I logged a following RT on 101.0 from Rēzekne in a horizontal polarization:

___Latvijas_Radio_2.programma_no_Rezeknes_______________________

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In the evening I rotated my antenna to S/DNK direction. Norway was already waiting on several frequencies, including the furthest 91.8 NRK P3 Bjerkreim @ 1094km up to 20dBf and strong stereo & RDS signal from Lyngdal1020km, which eventually peaked to a superb 40dBf in next 30 minutes! This transmitter is incorrectly listed as just 3.95kW ERP, because it was few dB stronger than 88.3 NRK P2, that is listed as 30kW ERP.

Tropo was moving slowly east along the Norwegian coast. Bjerkreim faded down and Greipstad reached 38dBf on 92.5 NRK P2. I also checked vertical polarization and I found 98.6 Radio Sør @ 968km, which became my new POWER/DISTANCE record, with only 500W ERP! The following recording contains signal peak (which I heard immediately after tuning to 98.6) and some Norwegian talk mixing with semi-local Radio Niepokalanów on the same frequency. Both songs, Chinook Lamers – Dancing in Flames and Billy Idol – Rebel Yell, matched with the webstream. Additionaly, Arvid Husdal spotted a vocal ID „(…) hver tirsdag på Radio Sør.” at 00:40. Thanks a lot!

Tropo shortened from Norway to Sweden at night and Hörby produced 53dBf on 101.4 SR P4. I logged some low powers with RDS like 96.3 Guldkanalen @ 28dBf from the same location and 93.6 Radioactive from Tomelilla. Around 00:20 UTC I thought that I was listening to the same programme on both 96.3 and 93.6, as those stations were playing the same song: Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name, but with some delay. It was just a single accident in their playlists, though. It is also worth mentioning that Guldkanalen broadcasts some advertisements in their RDS PS: __GULD__ KANALEN_ __****__ _HORBY-_ _BIL.SE_ MAZDA_&_ __KIA___. The propagation weakened, so it was a good idea to stop DX-ing and sleep.

November 2nd, 2015 – logs:

UTC Freq Station Location ERP QRB Remarks
1041 100.7 Raadio Kuku Tallinn TV Tower 3.0 828 //web
1118 99.0 Raadio Elmar Pärnu – Tammiste 3.0 712 //web
1315 103.8 Znad Willi Vilnius 1.8 429  
1328 101.7 LRT Klasika Ukmergė 0.2 441 [1st]
1336 100.6 Ziniu Ukmergė 0.5 441 [1st]
1338 99.5 Radiocentras Ukmergė 0.5 441 20dBf
1440 99.5 Radio 99,5 Rīga – Āgenskalns 2.8 557 9950 EUROPA+_ __99,5___
1448 100.0 PIK Rīga – Āgenskalns 2.5 557 //web [1st]
1449 96.8 Super FM Rīga – Zaķusala 0.5 557 //web [1st]
1455 103.2 Avtoradio Rīga – Zaķusala 0.3 557 9120 ==RIGA== [1st]
1504 90.7 LR 1 Rīga – Zaķusala 35.0 557 9211 __LR-1__
1504 91.5 LR 2 Rīga – Zaķusala 35.0 557 9222 __LR-2__
1504 107.2 Radio Skonto Rīga – Zaķusala 4.7 557 906B _SKONTO_ 24dBf
1505 105.2 Radio SWH Rīga – Zaķusala 13.0 557 9258 __SWH___
1506 93.1 LR 5 Rīga – Ulbroka 5.0 564 9255 __eci.lv
1514 106.8 Radio TEV Rīga – Zaķusala   557 pol. H //web [1st]
1514 105.7 SWH Plus Rīga – Zaķusala 3.7 557 20dBf
1515 106.2 Star FM Rīga – Zaķusala 6.3 557 //web [1st]
1531 90.0 SWH Gold Rīga – Zaķusala 0.5 557 ~15dBf
1538 93.7 LRT Opus Panevezys 1.7 459 17dBf, slight scttr boost C333
1622 93.4 Žinių radijas Marijampolė 2.5 321  
1640 99.8 Skonto Cesvaine 2.0 644 [1st]
1646 89.3 SWH Dundaga 1.0 572 ~20dBf 9258
1714 70.31 BR Kultura Myadzel 4.0 530 ~11dBf narrow 32k BW
1735 105.0 LR 2 Cesvaine 25.0 644 25dBf 9222 __LR_____
1747 72.11 Radus FM Minsk 17.0 555 clear stereo 21dBf
1751 72.89 Radio Stolitsa Minsk 17.0 555 15dBf mono
1800 101.7 Relax FM Šiauliai – Bubiai 1.6 425 29dBf CA72 RELAX_FM
1817 102.1 Roks Minsk 5.5 555 27dBf [1st]
1818 102.9 BR Kultura Minsk 1.6 555 classics //71.69 [1st]
1820 102.5 Narodnoje Minsk 1.6 555 //87.5 [1st]
1821 98.4 Novoe Minsk 3.2 555 //web jingle [1st]
1824 103.7 Radius FM Minsk 22.0 555 27dBf //72.11
1831 94.8 Pūkas Marijampole 2.5 330 23dBf 4300
1841 70.10 BR Mahilyow Mahilyow 5.8 719  
1845 71.33 BR 1 Minsk 17.0 555 stereo
1846 70.43 BR Kultura Minsk 17.0 555 stereo
1850 102.9 Radio TAU Kaunas 4.0 380  
1854 97.8 RS2 97,8 Šiauliai 1.6 435 ABBA RS2_97,8
1903 99.0 FM99 Alytus 3.2 348 C201 ____99__
1904 107.4 Marijos Alytus 0.1 348 17dBf
1916 101.0 LR 2 Rēzekne 20.0 659 23dBf 9222 __LR-2__
1917 107.5 LR 1 Rēzekne 20.0 659 23dBf [1st]
1925 88.7 LR 4 Daugavpils   574 ~9dBf [1st]
1940 95.8 LR 6 Naba Rīga – Zaķusala   557 16dBf [1st]
1946 89.4 LRT Radijas Joniškis 2.0 476 //102.8 [1st]
1949 103.9 Lietus Šiauliai – Bubiai 3.7 425 C265 24dBf (in KRDP null)
1952 95.7 Pūkas Šiauliai 1.8 436 4300 LIETUS__
1956 100.7 LR 2 Daugavpils 8.0 574 20dBf 9222 __LR-2__
2000 105.2 SWH Daugavpils 2.2 574 pol. V [1st]
2004 100.2 Kapsai Marijampolė 0.7 321 [1st]
2008 90.6 LR 1 Daugavpils 1.3 574 [1st]
2032 91.8 NRK Petre Bjerkreim 36.8 1094 15dBf //95.0
2049 104.9 P4 Radio Hele Norge Greipstad 29.9 976 //web
2103 95.0 NRK Petre Lyngdal 50.0 1020 F203 _NRK_P3_ 40dBf
2118 88.3 NRK P2 Lyngdal 30.6 1020 33dBf
2124 98.1 DR P4 Aalborg 50.0 803 ~40dBf, in semi-loc PR2 null
2240 92.5 NRK P2 Greipstad 57.0 976 F202 _NRK_P2_ 38dBf
2246 98.6 Radio Sør Kristiansand 0.5 968 //web [1st]
0017 93.6 Radioactive Tomelilla 0.5 507 25dBf 8844 RDS
0022 96.3 Guldkanalen Hörby – Sallerup 0.5 531 6699 __GULD__ 28dBf
0024 101.4 SR P4 Hörby – Sallerup 60.0 531 53dBf!

November 3rd, 2015: 300+km 5GHz WiFi tropo (incl. Czech) & extreme Swedish FM (update Feb 2016):

On the previous day evening there was no sign of tropo on 5GHz, except a very slight lift, up to 30-50km. The night was very foggy. Few minutes past noon local time, when the sky cleared up, I found network „ssmm”, which I recalled from a previous tropo from Czech Republic. This network was available at the same time with „inera.cz_vyhl_wc->170” on October 28th night. At this point I was pretty sure something big was going on. My suspicions were right. After a while „multi-laz2-ti-pln-wsch” network was found. Multi-Net is an ISP from Bielsko-Biała and surrounding areas. The distance from Płock is around 300km.

multi

Just a hour later I logged two interesting SSIDs: „bestnet2-sgt-airmax.pl-717170530” and „webbernartice” a few seconds later. At that time my antenna was rotating with a very low speed at CCW direction. Recently I have successfully identified bestnet network using Wigle database and its location is somewhere near Ząbkowice Śląskie. Therefore now, I am completely sure that a substring of the „webbernartice” name points to Bernartice village near Jesenik in Czech Republic! Radio name „bernartice-sever” also suggests a foreign location, as „sever” means north in Czech language. 

  Freq Address SSID Radio name dBm 1st log Distance
  5320 0418D6885E90 multi-laz2-ti-pln-wsch laz2-ti-pln-ws -86 12:23:07 300+
(1) 5260 24A43C967CA7 bestnet2-sgt-airmax.pl-717170530   -90 13:23:29 ~300
(2) 5560 E48D8CF2D70B webbernartice bernartice-sever -90 13:23:36 ~305

d_20151103_h12_euro_en webbernartice

I noticed also another network br_sgdw-lutomi with signal level floating a bit up and down. I’m not sure where did this network come from. „Lutomi” word may mean Lutomia or Lutomierz. Both villages are placed near Wałbrzych and my antenna azimuth was estimated to be ±2° within them. Well… that might be again 300km or more, but this name is too imprecise. At one point the signal started to increase quite rapidly and peaked to very strong -72dBm. I guess this was probably some sort of a waveguide at the path between me and TX.

Meanwhile, I was checking the CCIR band on my XDR-F1HD. I discovered that the ducting path to Hörby moved more east at night, providing strong Emmaboda, VäxjöNässjö and Jönköping. It was very, very selective, just few degrees of azimuth, precisely 3-4°. The signals were continuously getting stronger and stronger! 99.7 SR P3 from Emmaboda @ 537km peaked once to 62dBf – a historical signal level that allowed to listen to this station indoors with just a telescopic antenna with RDS.

In vertical on 103.9 I heard an instrumental, easy-listening music. Unfortunately without any jingles, just song after song. It was definitely not Radioactive from Ystad as usual, but P5 Höglandets Närradio from Nässjö @ 649km, which was also very strong – 99.0 SR P3 reached 53dBf. On 89.4 I logged Mix Megapol initially as Oskarshamn [2kW], which I have already received before. However, now I see it was very likely Nybro [0.2kW], as the propagation was very directional. In the afternoon, tropo shortened mostly to Poland with very strong signals at 200-300km. Swedish stations were audible too, but with much lower signal levels, like Emmaboda up to „just” 40 dBf.

In the afternoon I received lots of 5GHz WiFi signals from Poland. In the evening I noticed very distant network SSIDs again, including Bochnia and surroundings. For example, BC_LAP_PN is Łapczyca at distance ~295km. Full log of 5GHz WiFi networks received on November 3rd is available here. It does not include local networks.

 1951 2030 2054 2127

At night I found strong Lithuania and Belarus. Lietus from Kaunas on 103.5 peaked over my semi-local Radio Victoria. I also logged 106.0 BR Kanal Kultura from Osveya, very close to the Russian border, but nothing from the Russia itself.

November 3rd, 2015 – logs:

UTC Freq Station Location ERP QRB Remarks
1139 93.0 SR P1 Emmaboda 60.0 537 55dBf
1157 100.8 SR P4 Jönköping 5.0 674 E924 SR_Jkpg_ 29dBf
1204 99.7 SR P3 Emmaboda 60.0 537 62dBf (peak)
1211 99.0 SR P3 Nässjö 60.0 649 E203 SR_P3__ 53dBf
1211 106.0 Mix Megapol Jönköping 5.0 674 30dBf
1211 105.8 Mix Megapol Växjö 7.0 570 33dBf
1213 92.1 SR P2 Nässjö 60.0 649 E402 SR_P2__ 52dBf (LOC 92.2)
1216 103.9 P5 Höglandets Nässjö 0.5 649 ~33dBf [1st]
1221 89.4 Mix Megapol Nybro (or Oskarshamn?) 0.2 525 ~23dBf [1st?]
1404 90.3 Plus Piła 0.2 213 321C ~33dBf (LOC 90.4)
1530 99.8 Plus Szczecinek 0.1 238 321C 26dBf
2242 99.3 Jazz FM Vilnius 0.4 429 20dBf [1st]
2250 93.7 Yumor FM Minsk 11.0 555 15dBf
2253 106.0 BR Kultura Osveya 20.0 660 ~10dBf //71.69 [1st]
2306 88.5 Extra FM Vilnius 3.8 429 CCC3 EXTRA_FM 29dBf
2307 101.5 Easy FM Vilnius 2.3 429 28dBf
2320 93.4 Žinių radijas Marijampolė 2.5 321 19dBf
2348 105.2 LR 1 Marijampolė 0.7 321 //102.8 [1st]
2359 103.5 Lietus Kaunas 4.2 363 31dBf

November 4th, 2015: extreme S/DNK/D tropo

In the early morning I heard weak Norway on 93.7 NRK P2 from Hovdefjell @ 970km and some interesting low powers from Sweden. As the time was passing, tropo was getting stronger and was moving from Sweden through Denmark to Germany. In the afternoon, signals reached extremely high levels. More details are included in a log below – it was definitely the strongest tropo from NW direction that I have ever seen.

The following video contains another very notable reception – 106.9 Radio Limfjord listed as only 0.21kW @ 849km, up to 29dBf.

I successfully identified almost all stations with some help from Maciek (thx!), except a single station on 107.8 from Denmark. Fortunately, MrDabrajo on YouTube identified it as Radio Odsherred, broadcasting Café Danmark programme. Many thanks!

In the evening and night, tropo shortened to Germany, providing extreme signals like 60-62dBf on Berlin 100kW stations. I took my Dual Dab 4 and 99.7 Antenne Brandenburg @ 429km was audible with a telescopic antenna placed on the floor!! With this antenna in my hand, 99.7 produced a stereo + dynamic RDS signal indoors. Indeed – this was the strongest tropo from Germany I have ever experienced. 106.8 Jazz Radio reached stereo+RDS level over Radio Maryja on the same frequency. I have received this station only during Poznań/Śrem maintenance before (via aircraft scatter).

Kreuzberg produced 31dBf signal of 88vier at night, which was sufficient for RDS reception: 152E _88vier_. Very impressive, as I have received this station up to noisy mono before.

November 4th, 2015 (and Nov 5th, night) – logs:

UTC Freq Station Location ERP QRB Remarks
0638 93.7 NRK P2 Hovdefjell 24.9 970 13dBf
0703 106.6 RIX FM Osby – Kämpatorpet 0.05 563 [1st]
0722 98.9 Radio Hässleholm Hässleholm 0.3 566 20dBf [1st]
0807 93.9 DR P3 København 60.0 588 9203 DR_P3___ 26dBf (in PR2 null)
0821 99.5 SR P4 Markaryd 3.0 588 E724 SR_Krono 22dBf
0850 102.9 Mix Megapol Hässleholm 0.5 550 E243 MEGAPOL_
0910 107.8 Radioactive Sjöbo 0.5 522 8844 _ACTIVE_ 26dBf
0916 93.6 Radioactive Tomelilla 0.5 507 8844 _ACTIVE_ 22dBf
0918 94.6 RIX FM Åhus 0.5 512 13dBf jingle ID
0925 89.0 DR P1 Sønder Højrup 60.0 678 9201 DR_P1___ 34dBf
0949 97.5 DR P4 Næstved – Øverup 100.0 598 9902 DRP4_SJL 43dBf
1055 95.0 SR P2 Karlskrona 10.0 481 E402 SR_P2___ 31dBf
1106 106.4 NRJ Karlshamn 5.0 518 E220 __NRJ___ 34dBf
1118 104.7 Mix Megapol Karlshamn (Karlsk.?) 0.4 508 E243 26dBf
1215 98.0 SR P3 Malmö – Jägersro 6.0 549 25dBf
1252 98.4 VLR Vissenbjerg 2.0 701 9DFA VLR_FYN_ 26dBf
1258 101.7 VLR Vejle C – Ellevang 24 0.5 750 [1st] 
1300 97.9 VLR Gedved/Hovedgaard 0.5 736 [1st]
1302 106.8 Radio Køge Skovbo – Borup 0.5 602 984C 29dBf fading ST pilot
1306 102.0 SR P4 Malmö – Jägersro 6.0 549 [1st]
1312 93.4 Nova Sønder Højrup 5.0 678 9205 __NOVA__ 29dBf
1316 98.2 Radio Køge Køge 0.5 590 //106.8 [1st]
1327 91.3 Globus Kolding – Vejlevej 134 0.5 745  
1334 94.2 VLR Særslev – Skamby 0.5 699 [1st]
1338 93.6 The Voice Køge – Vallø 0.5 589 9619 THEVOICE 25dBf
1340 92.6 DR P3 Sønder Højrup 60.0 678 9203 DR_P3___ 43dBf
1342 92.9 SLR Stege – Kostervej 2 0.16 559 //100.7 [1st]
1344 95.8 Skala FM Haderslev 0.5 734 18dBf [1st]
1347 105.6 Złote Przeboje Międzyzdroje 1.0 381 32CC _Zlote__ 39dBf
1352 88.4 PR 4 Szczecin 1.0 363 3223 _CZWORKA 35dBf
1401 98.0 RMF Classic Szczecin 0.1 361 3245 29dBf
1402 90.3 Radio Stargard Stargard Szczeciński 0.3 327 [1st]
1420 105.8 Ostseewelle Helpterberg 100.0 424 D379 _OSTSEE_ 56dBf
1425 89.5 N-JOY Neubrandenburg 1.0 447 25dBf
1426 88.0 NB-Radiotreff 88,0 Neubrandenburg 0.8 447  
1430 93.7 NDR 1 Radio MV Pasewalk 2.5 396 D371 NDR_1_MV 41dBf
1432 91.1 Antenne Brandenburg Casekow 20.0 380 D731 Antenne_ 34dBf, Pdir ~0.5kW?
1440 105.2 DLF Casekow 6.3 380 26dBf, Pdir <0.1kW? [1st]
1441 91.6 Energy Casekow 1.3 380 20dBf, Pdir <0.05kW? [1st]
1456 106.7 RIX FM Malmö 1.0 556 E241 _RIX_FM_ 38dBf
1457 105.2 NRJ Malmö 5.0 556 E220 __NRJ___ 38dBf
1501 107.4 Mix Megapol Nässjö – Ingsberg 1.0 647 25dBf [1st]
1502 92.0 DR P4 Skamlebæk 5.0 651 28dBf [1st]
1519 104.9 The Voice Brøndby 2.0 588 9619 THEVOICE 34dBf
1522 91.4 Nova København 11.8 588 9205 __NOVA__ 44dBf over semiloc
1524 102.3 24syv København 60.0 588 9204 24syv___ 51dBf
1525 97.2 Radio 100 Glostrup 1.0 590 973F radio100 37dBf
1531 87.9 SR P1 Malmö 5.0 649 E201 31dBf [1st]
1534 106.2 myROCK Skanderborg 2.0 738 [1st] 
1539 87.6 Radio 100 Århus 1.0 735 //98.3 [1st]
1542 101.1 24syv Skamlebæk 5.0 651 9204 24syv___ 39dBf
1544 104.2 Radio Soft Tommerup 2.0 692 //95.0 [1st]
1556 95.9 Retro FM Kävlinge 0.5 566 dynamic RDS 36dBf
1558 99.7 Guldkanalen Skurup 1.0 524 dynamic RDS 41dBf
1559 97.0 SR P3 Hörby/Sallerup 60.0 531 53dBf
1600 92.9 DR P3 Holstebro 60.3 831 42dBf
1600 93.7 NDR 1 Radio MV Pasewalk 2.5 396 42dBf
1601 97.5 DR P4 Næstved – Øverup 100.0 599 53dBf
1601 99.3 DR P4 Årsballe 30.0 428 56dBf
1601 99.6 DR P3 Næstved – Øverup 100.0 599 55dBf
1601 99.8 NDR 2 Garz (Rügen) 10.0 467 51dBf
1601 100.8 Antenne MV Rostock-Toitenwinkel 130.0 534 53dBf
1602 102.5 NDR 1 Radio MV Garz (Rügen) 50.1 467 51dBf
1602 103.9 Nova Næstved – Øverup 100.0 599 58dBf
1602 105.8 Ostseewelle Helpterberg 100.0 424 53dBf
1603 98.5 DR P4 Holstebro 60.3 831 44dBf
1607 107.6 Din Radio Århus/Søften 3.0 743 9729 DINRADIO 42dBf [1st]
1613 95.0 Øst FM Århus/Søften 2.0 743 9E4C OEST_FM_ 40dBf
1615 104.4 RBB Kulturradio Casekow 10.0 380 ~30dBf [1st]
1619 107.1 Din Radio Greve Strand 0.5 588 //web jingle [1st]
1624 91.1 Antenne Brandenburg Casekow 20.0 380 37dBf
1626 95.2 Radio ZET Szczecin/Kolowo 60.0 351 over LOC! 59dBf
1627 99.7 Antenne Brandenburg Berlin/Alexanderplatz 100.0 429 60dBf
1627 107.0 NDR 2 Röbel 60.0 497 51dBf
1633 104.5 Næstved LR Næstved – Frejasvej 0.16 599 26dBf [1st]
1636 102.2 DR P4 Viborg/Røddingvej 8B 0.5 791 21dBf [1st]
1639 100.8 Radio Alfa Skive Vinderup 1.0 824 vocal ID [1st]
1644 98.9 Radio ABC Ugelbølle – Bale 1.0 733 //web [1st]
1651 106.9 Radio Limfjord Sydmors-Redsted 0.2 849 jingle ID [1st]
1655 105.0 Radio Viborg Viborg – Overlund 0.5 794 //web ads [1st]
1659 107.8 Radio Odsherred Kalundborg 0.16 661 ~30dBf ID by MrDabrajo @ YT
1714 100.7 SLR Ringsted 0.1 610 9A53 _S_L_R__ 29dBf
1717 87.9 PR 4 Kołobrzeg/Stramnica 0.5 325 3223 _CZWORKA 25dBf
1720 94.7 Limfjord Plus Erslev – Sundby 20.0 855 9942 26dBf
1740 94.7 rs2 Frankfurt (Oder) 3.0 362 D32B 94,3_rs2 39dBf
1812 91.8 Power Zehlendorf 1.3 431 1337 _POWER_ 35dBf
1818 90.8 Antenne Brandenburg Zehlendorf 1.3 431 D631 35dBf
1825 107.5 BB Radio Berlin/Schäferberg 13.0 449 D338 BB_RADIO 43dBf
1914 101.6 MDR Jump Wittenberg 55.0 495 D3C2 MDR_JUMP 44dBf
1918 100.6 Flux FM Berlin/Alexanderplatz 12.0 429 1028 _FluxFM_ 50dBf
1918 101.3 Klassik Radio Berlin/Alexanderplatz 4.0 429 D75B KLASSIK_ 45dBf
1919 87.9 Star FM Berlin/Alexanderplatz 1.0 429 1023 STAR_F___ 36dBf
1926 106.8 JazzRadio Berlin/Scholzplatz 2.0 443 1027 __Jazz__ over Maryja 45dBf
1930 98.8 Kiss FM Berlin/Alexanderplatz 1.0 429 ~37dBf
2054 103.4 Energy Berlin/Alexanderplatz 8.0 429 132F _ENERGY_ 49dBf
2125 101.4 Dkultur Rügen – Sassnitz 8.0 460 D220 40dBf
2207 100.5 ČRo Region Kutná Hora – Vysoká 3.2 433 25dBf
0020 97.2 Radio Russkij Berlin/Kreuzberg 0.1 432 21dBf
0102 99.3 Radio Frankfurt Frankfurt (Oder) 0.8 362 103A 32dBf
0110 107.8 BB Radio Frankfurt (Oder) 30.0 362 D338 BB_RADIO 48dBf
0125 88.4 88vier Berlin/Kreuzberg 0.5 432 152E _88vier_ 31dBf
0131 96.7 RFI Berlin/Kreuzberg 0.5 432 [1st]
0145 106.2 Złote Przeboje Jelenia Góra 1.0 327 32CC 37dBf

November 5th, 2015: Ukraine – Kyiv!

At night I checked tropo forecast and before sleep I left my XDR with the frequency scheduler set to some OIRT stations from Ukraine. In the morning I quickly discovered Kyiv on my overnight recording! It appeared around 6:30 UTC for the first time on 71.30 and was still audible when I woke up around 8:30 UTC. However, it looks like I missed the signal peak. Anyway, I also logged a few other frequencies from this location.

kij 

All recordings are available in my cumulative tropo log: Kyiv – KFKRRT, vul. Dorogozhyts’ka, 10 @ 775km.

November 5th, 2015 – logs:

UTC Freq Station ERP Remarks
0650 71.30 UR 2 Radio Promin’ 17.0 RX on Körner 19.3 CCIR
0840 72.86 UR 3 Kultura 17.0 RX on Körner 19.3 CCIR
0917 96.8 DJ FM 6.0  
0941 105.0 UR 1 Persha Prog. 15.0  
1002 99.0 Radio Nostalgie 99FM 6.0  

November 6th, 2015: local tropo (CCIR & 5GHz)

Next day also brought (…no surprise) a very strong propagation. However, this time it was just some sort of a local tropo. At one point I noticed that some stations, which use other frequencies for a FM relay, were broadcasting interfered signal!

  • 94.0 Radio Plus uses 90.7 as feed, which was interfered by 90.5 PR Rzeszów
  • 106.0 KRP uses 101.7 as feed, that was totally interfered by 101.8 RMF FM!

I also received a few WiFi networks from Zgierz (SSIDs: SBCOR, TEA-Dos2Ros) and Łódź (SSIDs: nano1, M_Vera) at ~90km distances in the evening.

Next day, November 7th, brought one of the most terrible conditions I can recall – a negative refraction. Regular reception, like Warsaw/PKiN, with 1kW stations that always are solid over 33-35dBf, were fading down below 10dBf!

Well… I can certainly say it was definitely the longest lasting tropo opening I have ever experienced. Starting from October 27th to November 6th – that’s 10 days of tropo with a short break on October 29th.

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This is one of three articles about tropo from October 27th to November 6th. Read more:

  1. Extreme tropo ducting 5GHz WiFi 300+km (Oct 27th – Oct 28th)
  2. October 2015: UKR, FIN, HOL ducting (Oct 30th – Nov 1st)
  3. November 2015: extreme autumnal tropo (Nov 2nd – Nov 6th) – current article

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