DX Radio DX News - August 1998

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

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

August 31, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted.

August 30, 1998

Logbook - I've compiled a 1998 (so far) logbook in Adobe PDF format based on logs printed in Skywaves magazine, the monthly magazine of the British FM & TV Circle.

Propagation - Nothing to note.

QSL - Added recent QSL Report issues to the website.

August 29, 1998

Propagation - Nothing noted apart from usual French stuff ... even these not particularly strong.

RSL - Presumably the RSL for the Notting Hill Carnival noted on 87.7, though too much QRM from the Southall satellite relay pirate on 87.8.

August 28, 1998

Propagation - France (Lille etc) strong, also Wallonie on 101.8 MHz, but very little else.

August 26-27, 1998

Propagation - Less meteor pings noted these two days ... still nothing ID. Minor bursts of Belgium via tropo/jetscat. Weather forecast has high pressure over the UK this weekend. Continuing reports of auroral propagation from Finland, but I can't turn the aerial round to North even if it extended down here.

August 24-25, 1998

Propagation - Occasional meteor pings throughout day and night. Nothing ID as longest burst was around 1 second. Lit the RDS indicators on the Sony, but nothing decoded.

August 22-23, 1998

Propagation - Weekend pirates blatted most of the Band again. Nothing special noted.

August 21, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia bubbling in on 87.6.

11.10  87.6 TUN Inter Programme  YL DJ and music                  7202 INTER___        MH

August 20, 1998

Propagation - Slight tropo towards Belgium as most days recently - but not great.

August 19, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia left on RDS display sometime between 0430 and 0900. Sp E or meteor?? Nothing else all day.

04-09  87.6     Inter Programme  (unattended reception)                INTER___        MH

August 18, 1998

Propagation - Some tropo enhancement this morning with Germany on 107.1. This evening Begium and France starting to pick up too.

04.00 107.1     un-id probably Sudwestfunk  OM talk and music                   weak  MH

August 17, 1998

Propagation - Early morning tropo opening to France and Belgium. Conditions noted improving from around 0200, until a general deterioration around 1000.

08.25  88.0  F  Fr Culture     songs // 88.3 94.0 98.0 99.7        F202 _CULTURE fair  MH
08.30 107.1  F  Radio Bleue    older type songs                                  weak  MH
09.20  99.1 BEL Radio 21       OM in Fr, songs                          RADIO_21 fair  MH
09.22  98.3 BEL Musique 3      classical music  // 96.6            6353 MUSIQUE3 fair  MH
09.23  97.1  F  Fr Musique     classical music  // 89.4 90.2       F203 _MUSIQUE fair  MH
09.25  96.1 BEL Premiere       oldies // 621 kHz and (non-enhanced)  87.6        good  MH
09.27  95.4  F  Fr Inter       talk // 92.7 96.4 96.5 99.6 103.3 103.7  __INTER_ good  MH
09.29  90.4 BEL Radio 3        Classical music                     6303 RADIO_3_ fair  MH

RSL - Justice FM on 87.7 is indeed being run by Acton Police. Address: c/o Acton Police Station, 250 High Street, Acton, London W3. It's on-air til Wednesday August 19, and is a children's summer project promoting cycle safety.

August 16, 1998

Propagation - Only this one station heard due to much QRM. But where is it
Kjell Tunsäter suggests Publi Radio Network in Italy.

11.20  88.0     un-id                                                   PUBLIRAD       MH

Website - Added a comments form for you (the reader) to fill in if you desire.

August 15, 1998

Propagation - Fair number of meteor pings 0530-0700. Only clear channels here in London are 107.1, 107.2 and 107.3 ... heard various bursts of French, German and ?? East European on 107.2 but nothing ID'd. Later noted VUKOVAR- had registered on the RDS for 107.2.

07-12 107.2     un-id          (unattended reception)                   VUKOVAR-       MH
15.00   R2      un-id          some pictures - lots of QSB                             MH

RSL - Heard Justice FM on 87.7 from Acton at 0715. This RSL is being run by Acton Police it appears. However, it's barely audible due to interference from pirates on 87.5 and 87.8.

RSL - Also heard something like Heartside Hospital Radio on 107.2 at 1230, though this might be a pirate relay since BBC R2 was here earlier this week. Later the RSL Fundamental FM was heard on 107.2 from Battersea.

Link - This link was sent to me by Dale Bickel and is to provide coverage information for VHF transmitters.

August 14, 1998

Propagation - Nothing to report.

August 13, 1998

Propagation - Nothing heard here all day. Dave Kenny rang with an alert at 1930 UTC, Estonia reportedly being heard though he was hearing Portugal on 87.6 ... but nothing here.

RSL - New list of RSLs provided by Ian Kelly.

RDS - List of BBC RDS stations which may need some changing ... if you tell me about errors. This complements the UK commercial station RDS list.

August 12, 1998

Propagation - No E's and the tropo has almost died away. Much windier today as a weather front heads this way from the NW. 94.7 and 92.3 are the only listenable "dx" signals.

The Perseids peaked tonight at 2300 UTC, but nothing heard at all.

August 11, 1998

Propagation - Weak Germany around 0100, better at 0700 until fade out around 0900. Nothing to note afterwards.

This evening some return of tropo but only to Lille etc and weak Belgium by 2230.

Much better reception has been reported by John Faulkner in Nottinghamshire who is nearer the Northern edge of this particular high pressure system. London seems not to be favoured at this time. The high temperatures (31C again today) are giving good nighttime enhancement presumably due to temperature inversions over sea paths.

01.03 106.7  D  WDR-1          OM with news                                      weak  MH
01.08  93.9  D  WDR-4          easy listening music, OM DJ              WDR_4___ weak  MH
07.15 107.0  D  WDR-1          // 106.7                                          weak  MH
07.20  99.2  D  WDR-2          news read by YL                                   fair  MH
07.22  92.8  D  un-id          YL with pop music                                 weak  MH
07.24  90.7  D  un-id          OM with ticket info for concert 0180 -- 444       fair  MH
07.27  88.0  D  Radio 5        ezl music, talk abt George Bush     D395 RADIO_5_ good  MH
07.28  87.6  D  HR-3           Country music, news, wx, pop        D363 _HR3____ good  MH

TV - On the ixTV PCI card, I watched S4C from Wenvoe.

00.43 ch 47  G  S4C            athletics, adverts, weather and closedown         weak  MH

August 10, 1998

Propagation - Continuing tropo reception to the East particularly Belgium, and late night weak Germany. Same logbook as yesterday in general. Also an early morning Arabic un-id.

06.35  87.6     un-id          Arabic ... probably Tunisia

21.50  89.4  F  France Musique Classical music // 90.2 89.8        F203 _MUSIQUE fair  MH
21.54  92.8 BEL Wallonie       pop  // 92.3 101.8                  6352 WALLONIE fair  MH
21.59 104.6 BEL Radio 21       pop  // 99.1                        6354 RADIO_21 fair  MH

TV - Also using my new ixTV PCI card, I watched Meridian tv from 3 sites using the FM aerial.

22.50 ch 42  G  Meridian, Hannington     Meridian Masterclass                    good  MH
22.53 ch 43  G  Meridian, Bluebell Hill  Meridian Masterclass                    fair  MH
22.55 ch 58  G  Meridian, Midhurst       Meridian Masterclass                    good  MH

August 9, 1998

Propagation - Tunisia came in on Sporadic E between 0900-1200 on 87.6 MHz.

09-12  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm    (unattended reception)                    INTER___       MH

Propagation - Continuing tropo reception to the East particularly Belgium.

20.57 102.6 BEL Musique 3      Classical music and FR OM           6353 MUSIQUE3 good  MH
21.00 101.8 BEL Wallonie       time check, weather, news           6352 WALLONIE fair  MH
21.00 101.1 BEL Wallonie       // 101.8  92.3                      6352 WALLONIE good  MH
21.00  92.3 BEL Wallonie       // 101.8 101.1                      6352 WALLONIE good  MH
21.02 100.4  G  Medway FM      ID and pop                                        weak  MH
21.03  99.7  F  France Culture OM talk // 98.0 etc                 F202 _CULTURE fair  MH
21.04  99.5 BEL Musique 3      Classical music  // 102.6           6353 MUSIQUE3 fair  MH
21.05  99.1 BEL Radio 21       pop                                 6354 RADIO_21 good  MH
21.07  98.3 BEL Musique 3      Classical music  // 102.6 99.5      6353 MUSIQUE3 fair  MH
21.08  96.6 BEL Musique 3      Classical music  // 102.6 99.5 etc  6353 MUSIQUE3 good  MH
21.09  94.4  F  France Inter   OM talk // lots eg 103.3 103.7      F201 __INTER_ fair  MH
21.10  90.4 BEL Radio 3        JAZZIMUT prgm                       6303 RADIO_3_ good  MH
21.12  90.2  F  France Musique Classical music // lots             F203 _MUSIQUE fair  MH
21.13  87.9  F  Opalis FM      pop, jingles                        F937 _OPALIS_ good  MH

August 5, 1998

Propagation - Found Tunisia had been and gone by 1030 on 87.6 MHz.

-1030  87.6 TUN Inter Prgm    (unattended reception)                    INTER___       MH

RDS - KFM have changed their PS name on 101.6 from KFM_1016 to __K_F_M_. Can't get sufficient signal on their other channel of 96.2 to check the PS name there. The UK RDS list has been updated.

August 4, 1998

Propagation - One dx station heard at 1500, popping up over Belgium

15.00  87.6 HNG Slager Radio  pop record, OM DJ                         _SLAGER_ brief MH
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