DX Radio DX News - July 1998

This is a compilation of all the logs and news items that have appeared on this site in July 1998.

Some external links may no longer be valid though they did work at the time of writing.

July 22 thru August 3, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report ... it's been dead as far as I could tell. The rotor's finally given up, and the Yagi is beaming SE (could have been an even worse direction). But it does mean that I'm now stuck with all the London pirates blocking a lot of channels. No fun I can tell you. Worst (for dx-ing) is the Asian pirate on 87.85 variable which splatters from 87.6 up to 88.1 MHz.

July 21, 1998

Propagation - One brief burst of dx at 1047 ... for about 10-12 seconds ...

10.47  87.6 HNG Slager Radio  end of a pop record, OM DJ with ID                 brief MH

There was a later opening from the North of England to Eastern Europe around 1915 UTC which I missed.

July 20, 1998

Propagation - Woke at 1100 to find KISSKISS had been and gone on 87.8 MHz.

-1100  87.8  I  KissKiss                (unattended reception)          KISSKISS       MH

Thought oh no, missed out again. Trawled the band for a few minutes noting the number of France Inters and France Musiques, then

11.34  89.5 TUN National Prgm   Arabic singing                     7201 NATIONAL fair  MH
11.34  87.7  I  R Italia        pop                                5220 R.ITALIA fair  MH
11.35  92.3  I  Italia Network  pop                                     NETWORK* fair  MH
11.36  93.0 TUN National Prgm   // 89.5 Arabic songs               7201 NATIONAL fair  MH
11.38  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm      OM talk in Arabic                  7201 INTER___ fair  MH
11.44  87.7  E  Onda Cero, Priego de Cordoba  OM talk incl Cordoba      ONDACERO brief MH
11.48  88.4  I  RAI-1           OMs reading story                       RAI_MF1_ fair  MH
12.10  87.6  E  RNE-5, Marbella News and talk                           RNE_5___ fair  MH
13.45  87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa talk and music                     8201 ANTENA_1 good  MH
13.46  87.6 POR Seixal FM       adverts, IDs, weather, jingles     8042          good  MH
14.00  88.3 POR Antena 1, Muro  International News                 8201          QRM   MH
14.02  88.4 POR pres RDP-1 but where?  // 88.3 News                              QRM   MH

Spain and Portugal fading in and out all afternoon at the bottom of the band. Unfortunately my aerial rotor only wanted to travel from North to East, and wouldn't go to SouthWest.

17.41  87.6 MOR RTM             OM talk in AR //15345                            brief MH
17.49  87.7  E  Onda Diez, Jerez  Pop, ID, adverts   no RDS despite good stereo  good  MH
17.58  87.6  E  un-id             adverts "....Extremadura", fade at h-10"-h+20" QSB   MH
18.07  87.7 POR Antena-1, Mendro  OM talk on phone                 8201 ANTENA_1 fair  MH
18.10  87.6  E  Onda Cero         News, Onda Cero jingle                         brief MH

RSL - Radio London 87.7 MHz audible here weakly on NE beam. Station is in Harlow Essex until end of July. (Had been blocked by SilverFM). Format oldies and jingles etc.

July 19, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 18, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 17, 1998

Propagation - Woke at 1000 to find Radio Italia had been and gone on 87.7.

 -1000 87.7  I  Radio Italia            (unattended reception)          R.ITALIA       MH

July 16, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

Web - The Radio Authority has launched its own website. Much of the information repeats and expands on the info available in their pocket booklet. Unfortunately the info's rather dated, not least the PS names of many stations.

July 15, 1998

Propagation - John Faulkner reports that some E's got through around 1700. Band II activity from Italy and Bratislava - Funradio on 87.7. Everything below 88.0 MHz, mostly fair signals and lasted only 15 - 20 minutes.

July 14, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 13, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 12, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 11, 1998

Propagation - Some meteor pings heard eg 87.9 MHz overnight ... nothing yet ID'd.

July 10, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 9, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 8, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

Logs - John Faulkner submitted his June logs. (It's a 60k html file.)

RSL - Yet another RSL heard here ... Youth FM on 107.2 sounding as if from the Kingston area. July RSL list revised yet again.

July 7, 1998

Propagation - Monitored all day, but not worth it.

18.30  87.6 ??? un-id Arabic  OM talk  very brief                                      MH
18.43  87.6 ??? un-id Arabic  OM talk  very brief                                      MH

RSL - revised version of the July list received from Ian Kelly.

July 6, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report today

July 5, 1998

Propagation - Got home at 1230 to find RNE-4 Alpicat had been and gone on 87.9. Finished my week of nights now, so we're sat here waiting for the dx.

-1230  87.9  E  RNE-4, Alpicat, Lerida  (unattended reception)           RNE-4___      MH

July 4, 1998

Propagation - No Es yet today, and no obvious tropo either. But Glenn Ludlow reports hearing Ireland fairly regularly the past few days.

29/6  22.00  HOL  94.0  Radio 1, Goes                                fair  GL
30/6  15.25   F   94.0  France Culture, Rouen                        fair  GL
01/7  21.30  IRL  94.0  FM3, Mt Leinster                             Good  GL
02/7  15.30  IRL  91.8  RTE Radio 2, Mt Leinster                     Good  GL
02/7  16.51  IRL 101.4  Today FM, Mt leinster                        Good  GL
02/7  17.00  IRL  94.0  Radio na Gaeltachta  RDS: RNaG/FM3 PI:2203   Excel GL
02/7  17.44   G   93.7  Radio Cymru, Haverfordwest                   Fair  GL
03/7  18.21  IRL  90.0  RTE Radio 1, Mullaghanish   (50kHz B/W)      Good  GL
03/7  18.30  IRL  94.4  FM3, Mullaghanish                            fair  GL

July 3, 1998

Propagation - Woke at 2000 to find Cadena Cien had been and gone on 87.9, John Faulkner reported an opening to Spain and Morocco around 1730 UTC. Atlantic weather chart has a high pressure system coming in from the West, but no effects here in SE England yet.

 15-20 87.9  E  Cadena 100, Pamplona  (unattended reception)            CAD-CIEN       MH

July 2, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report from here today ... but John says that Bavaria and Croatia were coming in further North in England and N Ireland.

July 1, 1998

Propagation - Between 1215 and 1530 opening to Portugal.

 12-15 87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa  (unattended reception)                 ANTENA_1       MH

Propagation - Between 1530 and 2030 another opening to Portugal

 15-20 87.9 POR Antena 1, Lousa  (unattended reception)                 ANTENA_1       MH

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