European MW/LW hrd in Iowa
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European MW/LW hrd in Iowa
This message is sent by "Don Moore" <MOORE@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Trans-Atlantic MW & LW stations are not that common in the middle
of North America, but conditions were favorable in the middle of
last week & the weekend. Might have been in between, too, but I
had to leave town to visit the in-laws for the US Thanksgiving
holiday (poor timing!).
Can anyone in Europe tell me who the French station on 183 is?
Assuming it is a Radio France frequency, how are they for QSLing?
I have a very good tape of my reception. Also, can anyone tell me
how good the RNE is at QSLing their domestic MW frequencies? I
also have good tapes of a couple of those frequencies. Thank you.
153 ALGERIA Bechar NOV 22 0156 Weak Arabic mx. Seemed // 891,
but not sure. Also weak Nov 23 & 26.
162 FRANCE Allouis NOV 22 0158 Something here with weak pop mx.
Presume this. Never got any stronger on rechecks. NOV 23
0036 Weak w/ OM in definate French.
171 MOROCCO? NOV 26 0450 w/ OM/YL talk in French. Weak.
183 FRANCE? (Who is this unlisted station?) NOV 22 0447-0457
fade. Fair w/ OM/YL French talk, mx bits. Maybe // 162 kHz.
Unfortunately faded down before top of the hour ID. Also
noted very weak around 0350, but in best at this time.
Nothing listed here in WRTH. NOV 26 0300 Fair w/ OM in
French, into pops including Michelle by the Beatles. Checked
162 and clearly not // at this time. At rechecks at 0455 &
0537, this was coming in at amazingly strong & clear level.
198 GREAT BRITAIN BBC Droitwich NOV 22 0356-0401 OM talk, YL BBC
World Service ID, BBC theme song, into nx. Poor.
252 ALGERIA Tipaza NOV 22 0403 Weak Arabic mx. 153 not hrd at
this time, so couldn't check for //. NOV 26 0043-0101* w/
non-stop jazz to top of the hour, then brief YL anmt in
Arabic, anthem, and audio cut.
585 UNID NOV 22 het & traces of audio on this frequency
throughout the evening, but never enough to get a // to
other RNE frequencies.
684 SPAIN RNE 1 Sevilla NOV 22 0102 This the first one hrd when
I was very surprised to find Sp audio here while tuning
through the band. Assumed LAm at first, but thought it
strange to find it exactly on 684 kHz, so checked the Euro
listings to my joy(!). Strong het with audio making it
through about half the time throughout the evening. Several
times got // on other frequencies to confirm ID. Mostly poor
729 SPAIN RNE 1 various NOV 22 0142 Strong het all evening, but
only clear audio for about 20 seconds at this time. Got
clear // 774.
738 SPAIN RNE 1 Barcelona NOV 22 0108 Talk // 684. Strong het
here all evening, but only got audio a few times.
774 SPAIN RNE 1 various NOV 22 0110 // 684. Audio most
consistent on this frequency throughout the evening,
although did lose audio several times. Mostly poor or worse,
but at 0228 actually reached fair status for a couple
855 SPAIN RNE 1 Murcia NOV 22 0230 Het all evening, but only
audio at this time when got YL talk // 774.
891 ALGERIA Alger NOV 22 0147 Arabic mx making it in around WLS
slop. Tough copy, but there.
954 SPAIN? Radio Espana, Madrid? NOV 22 0214 Het all evening
with bits of audio. Finally at 0214 got long enough chunk to
confirm OM/YL talk in Spanish. Didn't have enough time to
check for //, but I assume it wouldn't be since not part of
RNE. Can't believe this would make it here with listed 20
kW, but what else?
1107 SPAIN RNE 5 various NOV 22 0224 Strong het all evening &
audio several times. At 0224 almost fair level & clearly //
774 w/ YL talk. I'm amazed at the relatively low powers of
what is listed here.
1314 NORWAY NRK Kvitsoy NOV 22 0506 Weak w/ YL talk in what
appeared to be a Scandinavian/Germanic type language. Audio
In addition to these receptions, I had Trans-Atlantic carriers
all over the MW band on NOV 22, 23, & 26. The only audio heard
was for the above stations. My antennas here are two unterminated
400' mini-beverages at 355 degrees and at 025 degrees. The MW
catches above were heard on both antennas, but usually better on
the 355d one. The LW stuff was *only* heard on the 355d one. Even
when the 183 was at its best peak, I couldn't get a trace of a
signal on the 025d antenna. From my location, Spain & Algeria are
at about 055 degrees, France & Britain at about 050 degrees, and
Norway at 045 degrees. Tried my 17 year old Radio West ferrite
loop for the MW stuff, but couldn't get much audio even from 774
Don Moore MOORE@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Davenport, Iowa, USA
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