FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 7

For the next conditions I had to wait until the 3rd of July. After 0600 UTC there were some Dutch and Belgian stations audible in the lower band, and, as usual, the conditions soon spread out to southern/eastern UK. The first identified new British station for me was BBC Somerset on 95.5. I have spotted the station on Medium Wave, but not on FM. Deputy news editor Rachel Andrews replied quickly and confirmed my reception.BBC Somerset

The other new logged Briton was KLFM 96.7.   It run a competition to win tickets to see the group Boyzone in concert at Newmarket racecourse. The Managing Director for this East Anglian station, Darren Taylor, wrote an email and confirmed my catch.KLFM

Other identified British stations were BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 95.7, BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8, BBC Radio Solent 96.1 and BBC Radio Cymru 96.8.  There was also a Danish station logged on 95.6. It was probably DR P4 Midt & Vest, but no ID heard. At the end of conditions, some French stations popped up, most notably Musicbox on 92.8 and a new one for me, Radio Mercure, on 93.0.

 

 

January 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 6

As would be expected, the mid-summer conditions continued on the third day in a row. On the 22nd of June the conditions started here in Ruovesi at about 0525 UTC  in the morning. Again they continued from the point they left on the previous evening. For an hour the band was full of mainly French stations, with a dose of Swiss and German stations, too.

Because of the morning hours, the German stations had regional slots and I was lucky to catch some of those broadcasts. An example of these was the regional program of SWR4, Radio Südbaden on 89.5. There was a regional Traffic Report and ‘Frühmagazin aus Freiburg’ at 0604 UTC. The Freiburg Studio of SWR was very interested of my report and requested a contribution to their ‘Hörfunk magazine’ -program: “It would be very nice if you sent us a sound bite with your voice, telling us what you heard and why you are interested in radio from all over the world“. And so I prepared a short introduction of my DX -hobby, which was subsequently broadcast in their program.

SWR4

My hobby presentation was also in demand by Radio Argovia, a Swiss station on 90.3, received on the same morning, playing classic rock. The producer Marius Füglister was anxious to play it in his ‘Fritigs’-radio show.

Radio Argovia

Other Swiss station logged were: Radio Freiburg 90.2, SRF 1 88.1, Radio Munot 91.5, Radio 24 92.1 Radio Sunshine 93.4 and Radio Canal 3 92.8. Mr Michael Rossing from Canal 3’s Technic department wrote: “Thanks for reaching out to us, this is very interesting, We got this antenna up about 4 years ago (aiming in your general direction) and never thought to reach Finland ;-)”

Canal 3

Among the numerous French stations logged was Radio FG on 90.0. The ‘FG’ stands for ‘Fuckin’ Good (music)’, which I herad in one of their jingles. Director Sylvain Frey was kind enough to confoirm my report.

Radio FG

Other logged Frenchies included France Bleu Gard Lozere 90.2, Tonic FM 91.1, Oüi FM 91.5, Radio Pluriel 91.5, Radio Bresse 92.8, La Radio Plus 93.0, Radio RVA 93.5 and Radio Cactus 92.2. Alann Hery, The Technical Director of Oui FM wrote: “Je vous confirme que vous avez bien reçu le programme OÜI FM. C’est une belle performance pour ces ondes.

Oui FM France

Despite high expectations this was for me the last condition day in June. There were quite good conditions on 25-26 of June, but due to work trip I was not able to listen. I had to wait nearly two weeks until the Magic of ES showed itself again.

January 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 5

The last half an hour during the conditions on the 21st of June offered some stations from Switzerland. One of those was the Swiss French language national broadcaster  Radio Télévision Suisse with the program Espace 2 on 96.2. Actually the transmitter on his frequency is in France in town of Thollon. The transmissions from Thollon are targeted towards French-speaking south-western Switzerland and at the same time towards Finland ;-). The program that I listened to was called ‘Le Labo’ and included an interesting document about refugees from Afghanistan. I received a confirmation from the station and also a personal message from the reporter of the program, Mr. Jonas Pool, who stated that “… very happy that we don’t need internet everywhere, anytime…“. As a DX-listener, I sincerely agree with Jonas. The producer of the progam, Mr. David Collin, has been my Facebook friend ever since. It’s nice to know that DX-listening hobby still can promote global friendship.

RTS Espace 2

Other Swiss stations identified were Radio Sunshine 93.4, RTS La Premiere 96.9 and Radio Jura Bernois 96.3 (vith RDS only: ‘RJB-BNJ’).

At 1937 UTC that night occurred an interesting phenomenon. There was a sudden half-a-minute rise of signals from stations from Berlin-Brandenburg area. I would imagine that this was triggered by a falling meteor and enhanced by the E-skip conditions. I succeeded in identifying three stations from Berlin-Brandenburg:  Radio Eins 95.8, Funkhouse Europa 96.3 and Antenne Brandenburg 98.6. Funkhouse Europa happily confirmed my reception of their Greek program “Elliniko Randevou”. The presenter of the program, Mr. Vassili Vougiatzis. later send me a personal email. He also likes listening to the radio via FM: “… it’s a nice feeling to have “real” radio waves coming to you, not digital data“. Well, I totally agree ;-).

Funkhouse Europa

There was a short stint of French stations before the conditions of 21.06. died out. The Oxygene Radio on 93.0 was, however, the only noteworthy logging.

January 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 4

On Sunday the 21st of June the conditions continued from the point they were stopped on the previous day. In Ruovesi the conditions start to rise quite late in the evening – at 1825 UTC. At first Italian stations dominated, but little by little the conditions moved westwards, and after 1900 UTC there were some Swiss and South German stations among Italians, which at this point were predominantly from the Piemonte area (e.g. Torino). At the end there were some north-eastern French station coming through. The conditions ended at about 19:45 UTC.

An interesting small Italian station was caught on 92.8 just after 1900 UTC; Radio Esse Effe from Domodossola. One promo and local advertisements were heard and the report was duly confirmed by the station. BTW, the ‘Esse Effe’ (SF) is derived from ‘San Francisco’.

Radio Esse Effe

Another new Italiano for me was Radio Manila from Torino on 95.0. It was broadcasting it’s ‘Music Line’ -musical request program and was easily identied via it’s promos. The station confirmed after two weeks.

Radio Manila

Other Piemonte area stations logged were Radio Nostalgia Piemonte 91.4, Radio Evangelo Piemonte 91.5, Radio Jukebox Torino 94.4, Radio Energy Torino 93.9, Radio Number One Piemonte 93.5, Radio Sanremo 93.9, Italia Uno Party 95.2 and Radio Torino 95.3.

January 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 3

After 15.05. there was a long silent period condition-wise. On the 3rd of June there was a short opening at 0840 UTC to Eastern/Central Europe, the Hungarian Music FM on 89.5 being the only identified station.

Then, we had to wait another couple of weeks, before the skies re-opened – on the 20th of June. The conditions started here in Ruovesi at about 0900 UTC and lasted almost an hour. The covered area was the Balkans and eastern Middle-Europe. This pattern was repeated more or less the whole season, as I was to find out.

One of the strongest and stable stations was Radio Televizija Tuzlanskog Kantona on 91.8. It also identifoed as ‘Radio TK’. I haven’t had much of luck getting Bosnia-Hercegovinian stations QSL’d, but this season turned out to be better in that respect. I wrote all my reports in Bosnian; that might have helped.  Radio TK replied and confirmed my reception promptly.

Radio TK

Another new station for me from BiH was Radio Gorazde on 91.1. It is the radio broadcasting part of Radio Televizija Bosansko-podrinjskog Kantona.  Eventually I also ended up as the Facebook buddy of the station.

Radio Gorazde

One of the new Hungarian stations logged was Ozone FM 91.1.  It confirmed  my reception almost instantly after me sending an email (and link to my mp3-recording file). Petra Korodi was kind enough to reply: “YES! 😀 That’s we are! :)”. Thank you Petra!

Ozone FM

For some reason, the Slovakian stations have generally been shadowed by the Czech ones during Es -conditions, but the summer 2015 and the summer before were welcomed exceptions to the rule. One of my many new Slovakian stations was received on the 20th of June: Radio SiTy Bratislava on 92.1.  They confirmed the reception and sent me their playlist on that reception time slot.

Radio SiTy Bratislava

Other noteworthy stations logged on 20 of June were Gong FM 88.7 (HNG),  Radio Banovici 90.3 (BIH), Radio Kameleon 91.5 (BIH), Radio Slavonija 88.6 (HR), Radio Slon 89.0 (BIH), BB Radio 89.7 (SRB), Radio Expres 89.7 (SVK), Jazzy Radio 90.9 (HNG), Vesta Radio  91.2 (BIH) and Radio Kiss Kiseljak 92.7 (BIH).

January 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 2

There was a short opening on 15th of May at 1035 UTC. Some Dutch and Belgian stations were received in the lower FM Band. As the conditions did not last very long, and as the powerhouses dominated, it was difficult to find any new stations to report.

However, on 92.4 I was lucky to catch PuurNL. As the name suggests, the station broadcasts purely Dutch music. I caught them promoting their website puurnl.fm. The program director Pascal Verlinden was kind enough to confirm my reception. Thank you Pascal!

PuurNL

December 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

FMDX 2015 in Ruovesi, part 1

The 2015 FMDX -season here in Ruovesi, Finland started on the Ascension Day, 14th of May. The conditions started on about 0640UTC and lasted over 5 hours, ending by noon UTC.

The first stations I received were mainly from Balkan area. Soon they were mixed with stations further up north; most notably Czech Republic. Among the of the first stations heard was Radio Prlek, Slovenia on 88.9. This was a new station for me and I was very pleased to receive also a verification from the station (Thank you Director Peter Kirič!)

Radio_Prlek

After 0715 the conditions shifted eastwards all the way to Tatarstan (e.g. Radio Taksi, Kazan on 89.7), but mainly Ukrainian stations from Odessa were pouring in. One of those was Radio ES (what a proper name for dx-catch on E-Skip conditions!, actually it’s abbreviation for ‘Evropeiska stantsiya’) on 91.0 (Odessa). The program director of the station replied promptly and wrote: “Yes, i confirm that is our broadcasting and our jingle! It’s really amazing !:)”.  BTW, the station’s T-shirt bears the text: “Make Radio, Not War”.

Radio ES

Around 1030 UTC the conditions swung back to west and this time the Italians were dominant. Also some Austrian stations came in and a couple of new ones, too. Soundportal on 89.6 was one (it’s not exactly new; ex-Radio Eins, ex-89.6 das Musikradio) . The other one was Energy  Wien, which was launched only two months earlier.

Soundportal

Soundportal’s ‘Technische Leitung’ send me a verification and wrote in it: “the transmitter is located at 015E10 57 / 47N21 59 (WGS84) in 1410 meter (sea level). the antennas pointing in two directions, one of the two shows exactly the direction helsinki. the erp (effective radiated power) for this direction is about 8 kw.”

After 1100 UTC the conditions moved west and some French and BBC2 -stations were logged. Most notably France Blue Breich Izel on 93.0.

December 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Hiatus hopefully over

Well it’s been 3 years with no posts here. I’ve been extremely busy in my work and had no time to concentrate in blogging. But now I’m retired and gradually finding the time for my hobby – dx-listening – and also some interest to revive this blog.

However ‘DXing the Finnish Way’ is no more going to be a dx-news blog. I have experimented with Twitter in that field, and try to continue tweeting the dx-news pieces every now and then. In this blog I’m going to tell about my own dxing, and thus give you more what it’s title tells: ‘DXing the Finnish Way’.

November 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

WZZN changes call and format

WZZN AM 1510 Boston has changed calls to WUFC. At the same time it has affiliated to the new NBC Sports Radio network. However, in addition to NBC Sports programming, it has been monitored to broadcast brokered religious programs overnight.

(various sources)

November 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

New players in Sports Radio Networks

NBC Sports Radio is a new sports radio network in the United States. It’s owned by NBC Sports Group and distributed by Dial Global, and the network debuted on September 4, 2012. Dial Global is the corporate successor to the remains of the original NBC Radio Network that was dissolved in the 1980s.

Current programming includes:
The Erik Kuselias Show hosted by Erik Kuselias
Amani & Eytan hosted by Amani Toomer and Eytan Shander
The Dan Schwartzman Show hosted by Dan Schwartzman
Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison hosted by Rodney Harrison

The NBC Sports Radio Update airs at the top and bottom of the hour. Current anchors include:
Jon Stashower
Kay Adams
Dan Schwartzman

The list of affiliate stations is here.

CBS Sports Radio is a sports radio network that launched on September 4, 2012 with hourly sports news updates. It will begin a full 24-hour a day schedule of sports talk programming on January 2, 2013. CBS Sports Radio is owned and operated by CBS Radio, a division of CBS Corporation, with Cumulus Media Networks handling distribution and marketing of the network. Sports radio stations that are owned by CBS and Cumulus Media will carry part of the full schedule of programming, while eight CBS-owned stations will carry network programming throughout the day.

Regular National Weekly Schedule (Eastern) (begins Wednesday 2 January 2013):

Airtime (Eastern) Program Hosts
9:00 am – 12:00 pm The John Feinstein Show John Feinstein
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Jim Rome Show Jim Rome
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Doug Gottlieb Doug Gottlieb
10:00 pm – 2:00 am Ferrall On The Bench Scott Ferrall

The list of station lineup can be found here.

(Wikipedia)

November 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

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