Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Hans Ostnell

Hi again!

Well, I couldn't resist the temptation to pay another visit to my "DX Caravan", located some 30 km south of Vardo island, on the mainland, about 200 meters from the Komgvaer River. A very nice and quiet location, although the area right now is populated by numerous "hords" of salmon-anglers from all of Europe, who travels up here to do some really serious fly-fishing - hoping to catch one or two of our world famous arctic salmons (and they do - lots of them!). I will have my fair share of fly-fishing in late August, right before the season ends and most of the tourists have went back home - leaving the best catches for us "locals". Still waiting to catch that monster "mother of all arctic salmons"... pretty sure I will get it this year (something I say every year) ;)

So, armed with my 12" x 7.5" FSL and my brand new and supercharged Skywave CC, I went down there on the friday afternoon, and stayed for two evenings. A-index was 25 and K-index was 1, the geomagnetic field was reported to be very quiet, so I had good confidence to receive some signals also this weekend. The Skywave CC (more about that onen in a later posting) worked like a charm, teamed up with the FSL. As a recerence, I had attached my Wellbrook ALA-1530 on a camera tripod, some 20 meters from the caravan and connected the coax to my trusty old ICF-2010. Yet again, I noticed that the FSL and ultralight receiver easily outperformed the ALA-1530/ICF-2010 combo on all signals! Actually, weaker signals on the FSL was not there at all on the ALA-1530. No, the Wellbrook antenna works according to it's specs, but it seems that the FSL is much more sensitive...

Well, during the two evenings, I heard the usual bunch of Iranians and a lot of other stations from the middle east. Also some European signals later in the evenings, and among those I must mention Radio Oltenia Craiova, a small 1 kW station in Romania on 1314 kHz, which came up with a very nice ID at 21:41 UTC friday evening. This was a big surprise for me, and an all time new one as well. I've heard other romanian stations on 1314 kHz before, but never this one - it's usually Antena Satelor of Radio Romania Actualitate which is heard on this frequency. Also worth to mention, is China Radio International and their Xinjiang-transmitter on 1521 kHz, which was logged already at 19:00 UTC friday evening. I have never heard this station that early on the season, one month before the season actually starts. Nothing at all on ALA-1530/ICF-2010, but a pleasant signal on the FSL/Skywave CC combo. Strange... or..?

Here's the complete log from the two evenings:

10.07.2015 19:00:00 1521 China Radio Int., Ürümqi XJ China 35333 A-index: 25, K-index: 1. Very quiet

19:25:00 1413 BBC World Sce., A-Seela, Oman Oman 43433 QRM Vesti FM

19:30:00 1368 IRIB Radio Golestan, Gonbad Iran 45433 Local ID!

19:58:00 1269 Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah UAE 45433

20:00:00 1233 TWR, Cape Greco Cyprus 45433 Arabic

20:05:00 1215 IRIB Radio Mazandaran, Chalus Iran 35333 Phone-in programme

20:10:00 1188 IRIB Radio Payam, Tehran Iran 45444

20:15:00 1152 Voice of Kerala, Ras al-Khaimah UAE 45444 Lankesian programming and music.

20:30:00 1035 Radio Eli, Tartus Estonia 35433 Religious programmin in russian

20:40:00 918 Radio Mayak, Makhachkala, Dagestan Russia 35333

21:00:00 1593 Radio Romania Actualitate, Ion orvin Romania 34333

21:10:00 1557 France Inter, Nice France 35333

21:26:00 1458 Radio Romania Actualitate, Constanta Romania 35433

21:35:00 1404 ERT, Komitini Greece 34333 No local programming at this time

21:41:00 1314 Radio Oltenia-Craiova, Craiova Romania 34333 Surprise! Only 1 kW!! Good ID on rec.

22:15:00 1296 SRTC Sudan Radio, Reiba Sudan 45433 Very nice with vernacular music
11.07.2015 19:15:00 1548 TWR Europe, Grigoriupol Moldova 45444 Religious program in romanian

19:25:00 1440 SBC Radio, Ras-el-Zawr Saudi Arabia 45444 Recitation from the Quran

19:35:00 1377 TWR Asia, Gavar Armenia 45444 Arabic programming

19:55:00 1539 IRIB Radio Golestan, Gorgan Iran 34433

19:57:00 1512 IRIB Radio Ardabil, Ardabil Iran 34433

20:25:00 936 IRIB Radio Markaze Azerbaijaneh, Gharb Iran 45444 Big signal! Ex IRIB Urumiyeh

20:33:00 747 IRIB Radio Iran, Gonbad Iran 45444 Strong! No local programming here

20:35:00 702 VOIRI, Kiashahr Iran 35433 Ext. Sce. In central asian language

20:45:00 1593 Radio Sawa, Umm-al Rimam Kuwait 34333 Used to be VoA here, now Sawa

21:25:00 1098 SBC Radio, Damman Saudi Arabia 35433 Spoken words

21:49:00 1332 Radio Romania Actualitate, Galati Romania 45444 Huge signal!

22:15:00 1278 France Bleu, Strasbourg France 34433 Played «Mambo No. 5».

22:20:00 1233 Radio Dechovka, Libeznice Czech Republic 33333 Usual polka music. QRM Cape Greco

22:25:00 981 Radio Cesky Impuls, Libeznice Czech Republic 33333 Czech popular music ans ID

22:35:00 963 Cyprus BC, Nicosia Cyprus 35333 Greek music, «zorba style»

22:55:00 1053 Radio Libya, Tripoli Libya 35333 Arabic discussion programme

23:13:00 1278 IRIB Radio Khermanshah Iran 34433 Still on, with a nice ID at this odd time

23:19:00 1170 Radio Capodistria, Trieste Slovenia 35433 «Blues Notte – Radio Capodistria»

23:45:00 1503 Radio Beograd 202, Belgrade Serbia 33333 Un-even battle with IRIB. Now 10 kW.

73's de Hans / LA2MOA

Vardo island / Komagvær

Arctic Norway

12" x 7" FSL + Skywave CC (mod.)

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