DX Radio DX News - December 1999

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

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

December 31, 1999

Propagation - Nothing apart from another pirate with RDS.

03.13  90.5  G  Point Blank, Slough          music                 0753 PT_BLANK strng MH
                RT "Point Blank Fm Broadcasting weekends Tel:07715 440760

December 28-30, 1999

Another UNID - Joerg Moeschler sent me a RealAudio file of one of his intriguing un-identified stations from this summer. I've put the file on the website, and linked it from here.

Propagation - Tried the clearest channel I could find 89.8 MHz, but just picked up numerous fadeup's of France Musique.

December 27, 1999

Propagation - Tuned around briefly. Lots of pirates, DTI presumably on extended Christmas holiday like everyone else.

15.16 101.2  G  Unique                       dance                 CABC _UNIQUE_ strng MH
                RT "THE STATION 4 THE MILLENNIUM"
15.17 103.6  G  Flex FM                      dance                 35AB __FLEX__ strng MH
15.18  90.4  G  Vogue FM                     music                 35AB VOGUE_FM strng MH
19.17  87.5  G  Rinse FM                     music                 8750 RINSE_FM v stg MH

December 22-26, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 ... Nothing logged due to extreme QRM from pirates.

December 21, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 ... Nothing dx-wise noted.

December 20, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 ... Not much doing.

07.34  87.6 CZE R Impuls, Brno               pop                   2203   MP     fair  MH

December 19, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 ... Not much doing, I'm only investigating the RDS-ing pings.

04.23  87.6  I  RAI-1, Monte Cavo (RM)       music                 5201          brief MH

December 18, 1999

Propagation - 87.6 ... the RSL in Ealing on 87.7 seems to be lower strength here today, so thought I'd try my old "usual" channel.

20.39  87.6 TUN ERTT Int'l Service, Zarzis.  OM talk in AA         7202 INTER___       MH

December 17, 1999

Propagation - 87.5 & 90.2 ... tried different channels, 87.5 empty, 90.2 lots of tropo fades to France Musiques - No surprise there.

December 16, 1999

Propagation - 107.1 ... Nothing noted.

December 15, 1999

Propagation - 107.1 ... pirate on until 01:58:25. Fair number of brief German pings after 0500. Nothing ID'd.

09.19 107.1 POL un-id Polish      OM/YL talk                                     brief MH

December 14, 1999

Propagation - On 107.1 ... pirate on til 01:39:00 but left blank carrier on til 04:19:30. Fair number of pings to Germany after than and early morning tropo. Pirate back on at 18:06:45.

05.16 107.1  D  un-id German      music (4 mins)                                 weak  MH
05.35 107.1  D  un-id German      music, YL DJ, OM with nxpapers  (9 mins)       weak  MH
07.31 107.1 POL R Zet, Konin Zolwieniec   OM talk                  3205          brief MH
07.45 107.1  D  un-id German      (5 mins)                                       weak  MH
08.49 107.1  D  un-id German      (3 mins)                                       weak  MH
09.19 107.1  D  un-id German      (meteor)                                       brief MH
11.49 107.1  D  un-id German      OM (3 mins)                                    weak  MH

December 13, 1999

Propagation - On 107.1 ... not much, weak pre-dawn to Germany. Pirate began at 17:52:50 initially as "Live 95.5", later IDing as "Track FM 107.1".

04.00 107.1  D  un-id German      time pips, 5 min news, pop                     weak  MH
05.30 107.1  D  un-id German      pop, adverts ... fades every 5 seconds         QSB   MH
09.02 107.1  ?  un-id NOT German  OM talk                                        brief MH

December 12, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted in RDS log, audio n/a due to toddler restarting Mac.

December 11, 1999

Propagation - On 107.1 as "planned" ... Overnight many short pings to Germany, with some pre-dawn weak tropo also to Germany. Pirate began on 107.1 at 1314. So it'll be 107.2 MHz tonight.

04.54 107.1  D  un-id German OM   talk and music  0454-0545                      weak  MH
06.29 107.1  D  un-id German OM   talk            0629-0631                      weak  MH
08.01 107.1  ?  un-id NOT German  OM talk (East Euro)  (meteor)                  brief MH
08.09 107.1  ?  un-id NOT German  song and OM talk     (meteor)                  brief MH
10.04 107.1  D  un-id German      OM talk         1004-1006                      weak  MH
11.35 107.1  D  B5 Aktuel, Ochsenkopf       OM talk (meteor)       D315     AK   brief MH
12.32 107.1  D  B5 Aktuel, Ochsenkopf       YL talk (short tropo)  D315 B_  AK   brief MH

87.7 MHz - I'm still receiving new contributions about my reception on Nov 29. The original page is still here, and you can read more on the results page.

December 10, 1999

Propagation - Nothing noted part from a few very short pings today on 107.0 ... curtailed due to a weekend pirate on 106.925 or thereabouts. Back onto 107.1 for overnight.

Website - 107.3 Eagle FM are preparing their website at http://www.1073eagle.co.uk.

December 9, 1999

Propagation - Tried 107.1 therefore today. A fair number of pings, but all very short, nothing ID'd. Germany just edged in occasionally on tropo, but only very very weakly.

RSL - Radio Ramadan began their 28 day RSL this morning on 87.7 broadcasting from nearby Ealing. Probably them testing yesterday evening.

December 8, 1999

Propagation - Less activity, and curtailed in the evening when a blank stereo carrier on 87.7 obliterated everything.

01.51  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice.                                  2311          brief MH

December 7, 1999

Propagation - Nice to get RDS data from the German at last.

01.01  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg  YL in FF               F202          brief MH
03.13  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg  OM talk                F202 _CULTURE fair  MH
18.37  87.7  D  MDR-Kultur, Chemnitz        classical mx           D3C3          brief MH

December 6, 1999

Propagation - Fair number of weak short pings, only one up to RDS levels.

01.03  87.7  F  pres Fr Culture, Strasbourg  YL talk in FF                       brief MH
09.08  87.7  D  un-id .. YL in German                                            brief MH
09.09  87.7  ?  un-id .. OM in Scandanavian lang                                 brief MH
09.10  87.7  ?  un-id .. pop music                                               brief MH
09.51  87.7  ?  un-id .. OM in ?Arabic?                                          brief MH
10.47  87.7  ?  un-id .. OM in Slavic language ... pres Funradio                 brief MH
11.41  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice             OM and pop            2311  NR      brief MH

December 5, 1999

Propagation - Some pings overrode the pirate interference.

08.56  87.7  ?  un-id ... presume Fr Culture   classical mx                      brief MH
21.03  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg     OM talk             F202          brief MH

December 4, 1999

87.7 UNID - Further updated the Results So Far page. We're getting a lot closer to working it out. And that's all down to the many people who've contributed to the process. Thank you!

Propagation - Nothing of note (pirate interference).

December 3, 1999

87.7 UNID - Updated the Results So Far page. I've emailed various stations asking them if it was them ... remote hope, but you never know.

RDS - Updated the UK Commercial station page. OakFM appear to have dropped the obvious "oakfm.co.uk" in favour of a slogan based website.

Propagation - Usual list of meteor pings today.

01.21  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg                         F202 _C       brief MH
03.49  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg                         F202     TU   brief MH
12.45  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg                         F202 _C    RE brief MH
19.38  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice                                   2311 FUNRAD   brief MH

December 2, 1999

Propagation - The Asian RSL in Kent is now off-air - as per published lists, and nothing heard from it today. So 87.7 here is really clear of licenced UK stations, pity about the pirates! Lots of pings noted, especially 0500-0800 to Strasbourg (presumably).

01.52  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg                         F202          brief MH
05.38  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice            OM talk                2311          brief MH
07.22  87.7  ?  un-id  OM (studio) + OM (phone) "... schlagbort"                 brief MH
07.25  87.7  ?  un-id  YL in East Euro language                                  brief MH
09.48  87.7  ?  un-id  OM in German                                              brief MH
09.59  87.7  ?  un-id  slow folk pop song                                        brief MH
22.23  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice                                   2311          brief MH

December 1, 1999

87.7 UNID - I've written a Results So Far page. So far it does look to be North American.

Propagation - More discernible pings again today.

12.54  87.7  ?  un-id  Greek type music, OM saying "... Yugoslavia"              brief MH
13.31  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice            YL talk about autos    2311          brief MH
14.34  87.7 SVK Funradio, Kosice            Bob Marley record      2311          brief MH
17.09  87.7  ?  un-id  sounded Polish       OMs talking                          brief MH
18.07  87.7  ?  pres F Culture, Strasbourg  OMs in French                        brief MH
18.55  87.7  F  France Culture, Strasbourg  OM talk                F202          brief MH
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