Maybe details of this long-term project are not relevant for folks in Oz or overseas, but at least I would like to add some details our listening exercise in Spain and Portugal.
Eight people from Spain and Portugal have been involved in the first listening session in March. They are marked as a red dot in the Iberian Peninsula map that I am sending here. The Iberian Peninsula includes three countries; Andorra, Portugal and Spain, but just two, Spain and Portugal keep MW transmissions. It measures, more or less, 1.200 km (axis SW-NE) by 935 km (axis NW-SE). Unfortunately we haven't any monitors in the Northwest quadrant so we cannot cover the entire territory.
I work the IN83ag grid square in Cantabria (the northernmost red dot in the map). From there I monitored the entire MW band on 1st March at local cenit time. Midday time was 13:31UTC. We fixed a one hour window including 30 minutes before and after the central time. Our intention choosing that midday time was minimize the ionospheric component of the wave (which is not always possible in winter time, due to the shorter daylight period).
I used the XHDATA 808 and the Tecsun AN-200 loop. That two small pieces of gear pairs really well and the already known good Medium Wave performance of the XHDATA is boosted by the passive loop. I logged 60 stations with the loop and just thirty-six ones without the AN-200. No more to say!
Maximum distance was Radio Béchar from Algeria at 1.308 km, with a weak signal and quick fading. This shows a double component in the wave, the ionospheric and the ground one (this one weaker I guess). But I wonder if the QSB was noticeable because of the interaction of two waves travelling by the ionosphere and arriving here (almost) together. Any idea? 90% of the distance from Béchar to Cantabria is ground (sand, rocks and mountains) so, despite its 400 kW it's a long way to jump!
We will be listening to the band every first week of the month until the end of 2021. We will try to get series and study the propagation and stations heard.
I also attach a screenshot of the excel sheet with the compiled stations ordered in columns showing the distance got, given signal (S1-5) and some comments (NOTAS). Records in red are those from abroad.
¡73 y buen DX!
Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX"
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409)
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)