DX Radio DX News - October 1999

This is a compilation of all the logs and news items that have appeared on this site in October 1999.

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

October 29 - November 1, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted. Apart from increased power by Rare FM on 87.7 now splattering across 87.6 all the time ... and Rinse FM at the weekend very strong on 87.55 giving "shouts" to Hayes. Rather reduced the ability to dx.

October 28, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 MHz ... Sporadic E again. This time to Spain and Portugal. OK I'm beaming SE, but I still got some IDs ... Cadena Cien (weak) ... Onda Cero (good).

11.00  87.6  E  Cadena Cien, Cordoba    YL Cadena Cien ID                        poor  MH
11.27  87 6  E  Onda Cero, Plasencia    YL/OM ID, jingle ID        E2EE ONDACERO good  MH
                   then lots of QSB reducing signal quality, until
11.45  87.6  E  Onda Cero, Plasencia    YL talk                    E2EE ONDACERO good  MH
12.14  87.6 POR un-id                   YL talk in Portuguese                    brief MH
12.27  87.6 POR un-id                   OM advert                                brief MH

October 26 - 27, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted.

October 25, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 MHz ... not many meteors overnight.

01.41  87.6  ?  un-id                   tone                                           MH
03.38  87.6  I  likely RAI              YL talk                                        MH
05.01  87.6  I  likely RAI              YL talk                                        MH
09.06  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  OM very briefly            5201                MH

October 24, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 MHz ... not many meteors, but Sporadic E to Italy in the late afternoon. Here's the first clip of RAI, the second clip of RAI and the un-id language one.

06.10  87.6 TUN ERTT, Zarzis.                                      7202                MH
16.40  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  YL with football           5201          fair  MH
17.12  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  OM                         5201 RAI_MF1_ good  MH
17.25  87.6  ?  un-id                   OM in un-id'd lang                             MH
19.22  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno.                                    2203                MH

October 22 - 23, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted.

October 21, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 MHz ... Good strength ping from Tunisia, also a brief but strong one from Italy later on. Belgium faded in briefly around 0450 as usual.

01.01  87.6 TUN ERTT, Zarzis.           OM talk                    7202 INTER___ good  MH
01.19  87.6  ?  un-id                   OM in German                                   MH
03.36  87.6  I  un-id                   YL in Italian                                  MH
03.38  87.6  ?  un-id                   OM in East European lang                       MH
06.19  87.6  I  un-id                   OM in Italian                                  MH
06.44  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  YL talk                    5201 RAI_MF1_ brief MH
21.24  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno.         pop music                  2203                MH
23.03  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno.         YL talk                    2203                MH

October 20, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 MHz ... Sweden popped up nicely, Tunisia was very brief, RAI not bad and one un-id in the morning sounding East European.

03.34  87.6  S  SR-1 (multi-tx)         YL with sport (football)   E201                MH
04.16  87.6 TUN ERTT, Zarzis.           OM                         7202                MH
06.40  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  OM talk                    5201                MH
08.47  87.6  ?  un-id ... sounded East European                                        MH

October 19, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 MHz ... Belgium fading in and out during the night and day, best around 0300-0600. Some meteor pings, but all too short. One at 0222 had tone, others just snatches of music, most in the 0115-0230 period. Some minor pings this evening. Late evening ping to Italy (RAI), and Czech Rep (Impuls).

18.50  87.6  ?? un-id    YL in German                                                  MH
20.04  87.6  I  un-id    OM in Italian                                                 MH
22.24  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)    OM talk in IT            5201                MH
23.32  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno.           pop music                2203                MH

October 18, 1999

Propagation - Belgium fading in and out all night and most of the day, though too weak to RDS. Several meteor pings noted overnight, but most too short to be useful. Interesting ones were this one, sounding Arabic at 0304 UTC, this un-id'd one at 0746 sounding Czech, and this one RDS-ing as R Impuls at 1028.

03.04  87.6  ?? un-id   very brief  sounded Arabic                                     MH
07.46  87.6  ?? un-id   sounding Czech                                                 MH
10.28  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno  music                              2203                MH

October 17, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted ... obliterated by Rinse FM again.

October 16, 1999

Propagation - No meteor last night, 87.6 was occupied by Rinse FM (London pirate) from 0100 onwards. But they did get swamped by a Sporadic E opening !!! in the late morning.

11.04  87.6  I  Radiosa, Matera.     20 minutes reception          5446 RADIOSA_       MH
                Multiple PS Names
                _RADIO__  RADIOSA_  *SEMPRE*  *CON_TE*  LIVE_SU_
                INTERNET  CON_HSH_  _GRANDI_  EMOZIONI  Sa 13:15
11.23  87.6  I  Rete Italia (AR) or (BZ)                           5212                MH

October 15, 1999

Propagation - Didn't get home from work til almost midnight (local time), and thus just missed the meteor ping of the day.

22.20  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)   strong ping               5201 RAI_MF1_       MH

Propagation - No meteor pings last night were strong enough for RDS, but one at 0125 gave a tiny bit of audio.

I've also converted the RTBF and HR3 AIFF files of yesterday into RealPlayer files ... try these and see if they work ... RTBF-RealPlayer ... HR3-RealPlayer.

October 14, 1999

Propagation - No meteor pings noted this morning, due to tropo signals. RTBF and HR3 were fighting for dominance all night. Belgium came in first with its usual just above the noise signal, but Germany then dominated 0530-0730 with long slow fades.

Belgium then made another bid for supremacy 1200-1400, with even its PS Name showing on the Sony.

I'm going to see about making RealAudio files as an alternative to AIFF due to filesizes. Any other suggestions?

04.00  87.6 BEL RTBF-1, Leglise.  YL with ID, music                              p/f   MH
06.00  87.6  D  HR3, Biedenkopf.  Weather, ID, Nachrichten, music  D363          fair  MH
12.30  87.6 BEL RTBF-1, Leglise.                                   6351 PREMIERE       MH

October 13, 1999

Propagation - Last night worked, so tried it again. Just one RDS + audio match from RAI, and one briefer un-id OM ... sounding Czech.

00.23  87.6  ?? YL talk very brief unid language                                       MH
00.57  87.6  ?? brief song                                                             MH
01.32  87.6  ?? brief bit of music                                                     MH
02.11  87.6  ?? brief bit of music                                                     MH
02.45  87.6  ?? poss R Impuls, Brno     OM talk                                        MH
02.55  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  music                      5201                MH

October 12, 1999

Propagation - Recorded 87.6 all night too see if there were any pings that the RDS software wasn't picking up. Three obvious pings from RAI with RDS and audio, and just two other discernible snippets of audio which were far too brief to be of any use. Here are the three RAI clips ... clip 1 ... clip 2 .. clip 3.

00.14  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  YL talk                    5201                MH
01.36  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  OM talk                    5201                MH
03.02  87.6  ?? un-id OM in possible German but too brief                              MH
04.25  87.6  ?? un-id music very brief                                                 MH
06.00  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  YL talk                    5201                MH

October 11, 1999

Propagation - RAI with a couple of pings.

03.37  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  YL talk                    5201                MH
05.05  87.6  D  un-id OM in German                                                     MH
05.09  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  YL talk                    5201                MH

October 10, 1999

Propagation - R Impuls with a snippet of a song.

21.18  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno.  Song                              2203 _IMPULS_       MH

October 9, 1999

Propagation - R Impuls fair burst in the morning.

09.44  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno.                                    2203 _IMPULS_       MH

October 8, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted.

October 7, 1999

Propagation - One brief meteor ping this morning.

05.34  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)                             5201                MH

October 6, 1999

Propagation - One brief meteor ping in the morning.

05.39  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)                             5201                MH

October 5, 1999

Propagation - One brief meteor ping in the morning, and a strong one late on.

08.01  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)                             5201                MH
23.33  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)  good burst                 5201 RAI_MF1_       MH

Websites - The Radio Authority have a very usable A-Z listing of Analogue radio providers.

Websites - Yet more links and corrections to my UK Commercial station RDS page.

October 4, 1999

Propagation - Several usable meteor pings today.

06.13  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno                                     2203                MH
14.36  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)                             5201 RAI_MF1_       MH
18.44  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno                                     2203                MH

October 3, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted.

October 2, 1999

Propagation - One brief meteor ping.

06.20  87.6  S  SR-1 (multi site)                                  E201                MH

Websites - I've added some more website links to my UK Commercial station RDS page.

October 1, 1999

Propagation - One brief meteor ping.

00.06  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno                                     2203                MH
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