Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!
Thanks for the excellent, detailed report of your CC Skywave + FSL antenna DX from your "DX Caravan" 30 km south of Vardo Island. I'm happy that you were able to track down stations like the 1 kW 1314-Radio Oltenia Craiova in Romania, and 1521-CRI. Also, your description of the salmon anglers from the rest of Europe reminded me of the "sleeping squatters" at our DXpedition site on the Oregon state coast last month, as we chased South Pacific DX from a plunging ocean side cliff (photo attached). Perseus-SDR DXers Chuck Hutton and Tom Rothlisberger were also at the site.
Like you, I was using a "Supercharged" CC Skywave and large FSL antenna (both a 17" and 15" model), and had a lot of fun with their excellent performance. The best DX was probably the 1 kW station 936-Chinese Voice in Auckland, New Zealand, at 11,031 km-- surprisingly strong for such low-power.
Thanks again for sharing your DXing success!
73 and Best Wishes,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
From: hans.ostnell@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 6:35 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!
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:
73's de Hans / LA2MOA
Vardo island / Komagvær
12" x 7" FSL + Skywave CC (mod.)