New Year 2020: Excellent inversion over Poland

Ten wpis jest dostępny także w języku polskim: Nowy Rok 2020: Rekordowa inwersja nad Polską

This year’s winter in Poland is very mild and it does not resemble such a season in our country at all. In fact, it looks like late autumn with possible light frosts. The forecasts for the most part of January are still in line with current weather, so this month should be definitely warm. Starting from the end of December 2019, subsequent high pressure systems began to move to Poland from west. Such a weather favors good propagation, which can significantly increase the range of radio emissions. An inversion in the troposphere can enhance the reception in a wide frequency range, starting from the lower VHF (typically 50-70 MHz), through broadcast radio, television, microwaves and even… optical waves.

My DX equipment consists of RocketDish 5G31-AC antenna with DBII F52N-PRO radio on the top of a 18 m mast with a rotor near Płock, Poland (114 m ASL).

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Nowy Rok 2020: Rekordowa inwersja nad Polską

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Tegoroczna zima wcale nie przypomina tej pory roku w naszym kraju. W rzeczywistości nadal trwa późna jesień z możliwymi słabymi przymrozkami. Obecne prognozy nie pozostawiają złudzeń i w większości styczeń ma być bardzo łagodny. Od końcówki grudnia 2019 roku z zachodu zaczęły nadciągać nad Polskę kolejne wyże. Taka pogoda sprzyja podwyższonej propagacji, która potrafi w znaczny sposób zwiększyć zasięg emisji radiowych. Inwersja w troposferze może wpływać na odbiór w szerokim zakresie częstotliwości, zaczynając od dolnego UKF-u (typowo 50-70 MHz), przez pasma radiowe, telewizyjne, mikrofale, a nawet… widmo optyczne.

Mój zestaw odbiorczy to antena RocketDish 5G31-AC + DBII F52N-PRO na maszcie 18 m n.p.t. z rotorem w okolicach Płocka (114 m n.p.m.).

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Warflying (Wi-Fi scanning) in an airplane up to 450 km

Recently I was traveling by plane over Europe. Of course, I could not resist to check what could be received on 5 GHz there, at an altitude of over ten kilometers…

I took the following equipment for Wi-Fi scanning onboard:

  • Mikrotik Routerboard SXT 5HPnD (AR9280),
  • Raspberry PI 3B with GNSS receiver, RTC and 10 V PoE output – see more: Wardriving @ 5 GHz,
  • USB power bank (5V/2.1A),
  • Nexus 7 tablet.

I was scanning using MikroTik SXT antenna with a built-in radio module. This device is as small as 14×14 cm. The dual-polarization antenna rated at 16 dBi is even smaller, at just 11×11 cm. It was connected to Raspberry PI single board computer.

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Lato i jesień 2018: nowe rekordy Wi-Fi DX 5 GHz

Jest to kontynuacja wpisu Wiosna 2018: nowe rekordy Wi-Fi DX 5 GHz.

Lato 2018 roku zapisało się jako najcieplejsze w historii obserwacji meteorologicznych, zarówno w całej Europie, jak i Polsce. Rekordowa pogoda, trwająca od wczesnego początku wiosny, przynosiła znakomite warunki propagacyjne na pasmach mikrofalowych rozszerzając standardowy zasięg nadajników poprzez zakrzywianie ścieżek sygnałów lub formując dukty troposferyczne.

Korzystając z mojego zestawu odbiorczego, składającego się z masztu o wysokości 18 metrów wraz z rotorem i dwupolaryzacyjną anteną paraboliczną o zysku 31 dBi na pasmo 5 GHz, mogłem prowadzić dalsze obserwacje propagacji mikrofalowych w troposferze w okolicy Płocka. Dzięki integracji programu z obsługą rotora możliwe jest automatyczne skanowanie sieci w wybranym zakresie azymutów i zapisywanie wszystkich danych, bez mojej ingerencji.

Podczas wiosny uzyskałem nowy rekord odbioru sygnału Wi-Fi w paśmie 5 GHz (i to dwukrotnie) w odległości 370 km. Ale to był przecież dopiero początek sezonu na tropo. Jak powszechnie wiadomo, najciekawsze, najsilniejsze i najbardziej spektakularne propagacje troposferyczne występują w Polsce na jesieni. Tak też było i tym razem…

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October 2018: Wi-Fi DX record at 460+ km (UKR/LTU)

Out of the four seasons, autumn is well known among radio enthusiasts as the best period for spectacular propagation of radio waves. The tropospheric ducting is a propagation mode based on temperature inversion in the vicinity of the Earth’s surface. Such an enhancement extends the regular line-of-sight distribution of electromagnetic waves to the areas out of their general, daily service. During special conditions, air layers may form some kind of a guide for the radio signals. This phenomenon usually happens during periods of stable anticyclonic weather and affects radio frequencies in VHF, UHF and microwave bands. While it is possible to watch distant TV channel or listen to a foreign FM station, one can also check other, less explored radio frequencies… like the 5 GHz band widely used for the wireless LAN communication.

This year was really extraordinary in Poland. The spring was very amazing, as both April and May smashed through all previous temperature records. We have also experienced the warmest summer, at least since the beginning of measurements in 1781. Such weather allowed often occurrence of radiation inversions that produced good tropospheric propagation throughout nights and mornings. I set my previous personal Wi-Fi DX reception record in May twice in a row from Wolin, Poland during unattended scanning on 2018-05-28 and 2018-05-29 mornings, at a distance of 370 km.

In the first half of October 2018, a high pressure system settled down over Eastern Europe and brought excellent propagation conditions in Poland. Again, the summer-like weather brought sunny days and 20-25 °C temperatures. This time I logged some networks from Ukraine, Lithuania and almost… 3600 other from Poland.

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Early morning on Dylewska Góra

Ten wpis jest dostępny także w języku polskim: Poranek na Dylewskiej Górze

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, our team visited Dylewska Góra. The trip was somewhat spontaneous, although we have been considering it for a long time. Weather forecasts looked good, so in the evening of the day before we decided to visit this remarkably interesting place in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland.

Dylewska Góra is the highest hill of Wzgórza Dylewskie and of the entire north-eastern Poland. The peak with an elevation of 312 m ASL is located in Wysoka Wieś, south of Ostróda. There are three interesting objects there:

  • the radio tower Ostróda  Dylewska Góra (Emitel),
  • concrete observation tower,
  • wooden lookout tower.

Nearby, one can also notice some residential buildings and farmlands.

      

Unfortunately, the 37-meter high concrete observation tower is not available to tourists. The alternative wooden tower is much lower and does not provide a full view around the hill, because the eastern view is obstructed by tall trees. Access by car is possible to the very end. In the immediate vicinity of the tower there is no place to park though. An undoubted advantage is the possibility of getting there at any time of day or night, as the entrance to the wooden tower is free and available to everyone. It was very important for us, because we wanted to catch the morning inversion that extends the standard radio range in some way…

We took some equipment for 5 GHz, including:

  • parabolic dish antenna UltraDish TP 550 (27,5 dBi) with RB911G-5HPnD radio,
  • panel antenna Routerboard QRT5 (24 dBi) also with RB911G-5HPnD,
  • tripod, laptops, cables, batteries… and of course the camera.

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