Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Latest DX-conditions Prediction Method

The new method for prediction of mediumwave reception conditions using the "Icicle observation Method" (not yet approved by scientists, though) has been discovered this winter! The picture shows a clear correlation of icicles and Auroral Level (prediction by the University of Colorado). More research will be done in a near future. Note that the picture shows improving conditions at the end of this month (27-28 Feb & 1 March)which actually have already been noted by Nordic dxers.
This is one of the items to be discussed at the next PUDXK-winter meeting next week near Oulu. There will be other interesting themes as well - stay tuned into the PUDXK-blog and this one in March. ;-)
And please be carefull on the roof - just now billions of tons of snow is covering the roofs in Finland and Scandinavia and people with snow shovels are a common view.
73 TK

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Special DX-Station of "Holiday Season 2009-10" Arctic Radio Morokulien

Although I do not collect QSLs any more it is nice to get one ;-) !.
This special station has been reported earlier in blogs and reviews and today I got a printed QSL. Actually my reports were just information of tests and broadcasts, mainly on this blog (or email to the organnizers). So it was nice to receiver also a card and a verification of the reception of Dec 20th 2009.
So this is a special "King´s Village DX-Station" of this winter ARTIC RADIO MOROKULIEN IN FREDSRIKET MOROKULIEN.
Once again my best wishes for 50 year old Artic Radio Club!
Ja, må hon leva uti hundrade år!
73 TK

Monday, February 22, 2010

Radio Symban, Sydney 2368.5 - once again

This DU-sw station seems to be a real DX-target in Scandinavia now. Rumours say it has more power now, although my observations show not very good reception. Or maybe conditions just have not been that good during those days I have checked it. But anyway it is also interesting to observe it also at urban QTH where audio is impossible. I made some measurements using a SDR-iQ and SpecLab just to check the best time to listen and the variation of the frequency. While the frequency can be seen rather well using the SpecLabs normal window, it is also easy to follow the signal level and the drift (abourt 1 kHz) using the SpecLab´s plotter window. As usual, the best time to listen has always been around the local sunset (at RX) and the sunrise at Sydney. The clip herewith shows that sometimes audio is good enaugh for an ID. The best reception I have had has been during a quick rise of solar wind.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

DX-Station of January: JOTR Akita 936

During this long solar minimum and maybe the best North Latitude reception conditions it was pretty easy to hear quite a few AM stations fom Japan even in Southern Finland with modest antennas. As reported earlier a number of these stations were audible around 10:30 - 14:00 UTC. The best time was usually around 11 utc up to 1320 (NHK2 local IDs) in December and in the beginning of January.
Although there were a few stations (heard for the first time by me) which were running with low power from 100 Watts (some NHK relays) to 1000 Watts, I decided to take this station ABS Akita Hoso JOTR 936 as a station of the month. I have never heard it in 1970´s when it was even easier to pick up some of these before the new frequency allocation in Asia. JOTR was first heard in December around 11 and 12 utc. But in January 10th the station had even better signal in the afternoon UTC.
Congratulations to ABS Akita Hoso!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

SDXL SUMMER MEETING 2010 6-8th August

King´s Village DX in co-operation with members from the PUDXK - dx-team and the Finnish DX-Association proudly invates all radio enthusiasts to the:
ANNUAL DX-SUMMER MEETING 2010 OF THE SDXL (Suomen DX-Liitto ry, Finnish DX Ass..
Time: 6th - 8th August 2010.
The Venue: Haapaveden Opisto, Haapavesi (Haapavesi Folk High School) at Haapavesi, Finland.
QTH:64.138345N,25.362961E (a map below).

The program will include the latest news from the world of MW-DXing, Propagation and SDR-receiver technology. There will be a listening post near by with many kind of receivers. Workshops of current questions in DXing and radio technology will be hold.

The meeting is open for all interested in radio related hobbies and it is not only for the members of SDXL ry. Special arrangements and program for Nordic and other International guests will be organized.

Please contact me for further details. A blog-page (mainly in Finnish) will contain more information and will be published soon.

The picture included here shows a view at the lake and an island (with a Camping place and restaurant)- one of the places of the evening programs during the meeting. It is dated excatly 1 year before the meeting (6th August 2009 at 00.00 Finnish Summer Time) and shows the lightning conditions. Feels like the first MW signals are due to arrive here.

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