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|LEM411 02FEB2019 – 16FEB2019|
Hannu Niilekselä (HN) and Pertti Äyräs (PÄ)
Friday 08FEB2019 - Tuesday 12FEB2019
Saturday 02FEB2019 - Thursday 07FEB2019
Pertti arrived on Saturday after having spent the night “warming up” at JPR´s place in Oulu. Hannu warmed himself up by taking a straight 14 hour drive on Sunday. Warming up was definitely needed, as on Monday morning it was “way below” -40, both C and F degrees.
Also the conditions were frozen. Today, Thursday it is only -20 C, but the cx are still frozen, even if the geomagnetic indices are not totally bad. Frozen is to be read “disastrous”, since there has been nothing (except for a couple most common Brazilians) in the evening. Only some weak Latin American and a couple Puerto Rican stations some nights, with one morning that has offered any meaningful NA cx. This was Wednesday, as NA was somewhat audible for about 1,5 hours. The good about it was that it swept about the East Coast. Otherwise it has been practically dead, also at around sunrise, when the cx should peak. Every day we have told ourselves that it cannot get any worse than this, but somehow it has.
Earlier in the week Paragyayan stations were noted and today (Thursday) northern parts of Latin America were fairly well audible 03-06 UTC. Newfoundland opened for a 10 minute period around 06 UTC, but then everything died out (froze ?) again already before our local sunrise and nothing has been audible all day. Even Asia started opening up only after 14 UTC. Who knows about all those Chinese and Thai signals …
It cannot get worse than this…
|LEM410 19JAN2019 – 02FEB2019|
Ilpo Parviainen (IPA), Jarmo Havukunnas (JHU)
Thursday 24JAN2014 - Saturday 02FEB2019
On Thursday the 24th the cx took sudden turn to worse. The next three days we had small fade-ups of NA signals in the evening (for app. 15-30 minutes) and same again at the sunrise (30-45 minutes). Needless to say that we didn´t make any catches worth mentioning.
However, we did got decent and interesting cx to Brazil on the 25th and 26th.
Asia cx stayed moderate (mostly China, India and of course bandfull of Iran).
On the 27th and 28th cx started slowly to get better. Some Colombians in the sunrise and some NA, but not yet anything new for us.
The 28th was really promising. At sunrise some semi-nice NA signals (WNYC-820, WGUY-1230, WVOL-1470) and Caribbean/Colombia was also strong. And we got significant improvement on Asia cx. Japan, Korea, Philippines and Thailand joined the party, however China was still on the steering wheel.
The 29th was yet another disappointment. The cx took considerable step back, even though some yet familiar catches were made (WTAB-1370, WKTP-1590). At night decent cx to PR. Asia cx was again good. Lots of nice Chinese catches were made.
The next evening started promisingly (WWBC-150 with huge signal) but stations faded out pretty quickly and we faced yet another pretty disappointing sunrise cx on the 30th.
With the cx of the 22nd, the 31st we had the best NA-cx of LEM410. Sunrise cx was very interesting (WTAG-580, WZAB-880) and there´s actually some kind of hope to find some new ones for us from the discs. However the cx died soon after sunrise and there was no afternoon cx to NA. China still coming strong with others.
The February started very promisingly with nice NA signals before 21 utc. However yet again the cx died very soon, this time after reaching Maine. So, nothing there either for us. At night some nice La Plata signals, then some NA but the band died before sunrise.
The NA cx stayed the whole two weeks period at the East Coast, the westernmost (dx-wise interesting) signals coming from Minnesota. Of course powerful dominants like KOMO etc was heard almost daily when NA stations were audible. No really afternoon cx at any day - on some days we got about half an hour worth of dominants fading in and out, but that was just a waste of discspace.
In all, some nice NA catches were made, but at best we had about two hours a day NA cx worth listening to. There are a lot of nice China recordings and some decent SA recordings to go through, so we are not very disappointed about the results but on the other hand this wasn´t exactly what we expected of this two weeks minumum season expedition.
IPA & JHU
Saturday 19JAN2019 - Wednesday 23JAN2019
The senior members of Team Lurx arrived back to Lemmenjoki after couple of years voluntary exile at Savukoski. The reception was little bit freezier than we expected; -36,9 degrees was lowest measured outside temperature on Sunday.
The first couple of days conditions have been variable. NA audible basically "whole day" but cx's really worth listening to only approximately two hours per day. Continent- and whole bandwidth-wide selection of SA-stations with some Caribbeans between 21-07 utc.No Asia-cx worth mentioning.
Best loggings so far; WROW-590, WVMT-620, WBMQ-630, CJBQ-800, KEYH-850, WMNI-920, WERC-960, WFIR-960, WISK-990, WCSZ-1070, WSFC-1240, WMTR-1250, KFRU-1400, KVTO-1400, WKCW-1420, WDUR-1490, WMLM-1520, WHGT-1590, WFAB-890, R Cultura de Sergipe-670, R Municipalista de Botucatu-1240.
Foods and drinks; yes, both.
|LEM409 12JAN2019 – 19JAN2019|
Jopi Nyman (JJN), Jussi Suokas (JUS) and Hucca (the DX-wolf)
This is LEM409 howling off. A dull dominant-infested day today that started with Colombians and lasted no later than 11 utc. At one point heavy radiotelephone interference in Russian on 1400 AM was noticed. As it is clear that disturbing signals in the north never come from Russia, it is most probable that it was Norwegians who were behind this scheme and just used Russian as their code language.
Final delight: reindeer tenderloin, potato purée, and red wine and cranberry reduction served with Mezzo Monte Valpolicella Ripasso, followed with squeaky cheese and cranberry jam in a true Lapland fashion. Great.
Once again, our humble thanks to our regular readership, especially – and not to reveal their true identity - the culinary, equestrian and dibi reader for your comments and suggestions.
Wednesday 16JAN2019 - Thursday 17JAN2019
The high point of yesterday was Wolf Point, but the real dxing ended soon after 9 utc when the signals rapidly evaporated in the atmosphere. Today was much better conditionwise, and the morning hours offered us Cubans and some much wanted East Coasters like WFLF 540 and WLIS 1420.
Around noon, however, the band was quite empty again. The afternoon, like yesterday as well, was much better spent socializing with our hosts and neighbours Jouni-Ilmari and Aslak.
Wednesdays’s meal: slow-cooked bbq pork and gratin de pommes de terre texmex with Regolo Sartori
Thursday’s meal: yellow saffron and orange flavoured fish soup with Steininger Riesling
Monday 14JAN2019 - Tuesday 15JAN2019
No mind-blowing DX news from our neck of the woods. Last night was disturbed, but otherwise there has been a steady flow of NA signals the past two days with few special moments though, as the conditions have quickly shifted to the same selection of west coasters on both days. The best stations have been KXYZ 1320, KRWB 1410, KKXL 1440 and KTRP 1450 that is alive again.
Recent TOH experiences have inspired us to develop a new, post-Einsteinian theory of time. Since time is relative, the top of the hour should not be where it is now: if it were set at 11 past or so in a more flexible manner the present deep fading during the legal identifications wouldn’t be such a nuisance. We have already tweeted the omnipotent President Trump on this most important matter and are preparing to meet our local EU representative as well.
On both days we have also tried to enjoy the sensation of total freedom. The Finnish poet Aaro Hellaakoski once wrote that it’s wading in deep snow that will make you free because following a road makes you a mere slave of the road. We don’t know how elated the old poet may have been but for us the elation of wading in the forest after three days of uninterupted new snow somehow only relates to the sensation of aching hips and knees.
Saturday 12JAN2019 - Sunday 13JAN2019
LEM 409 has howled on. The expedition started slowly with the usual first-day hassles, but nothing important was surely missed as the TA signals quickly deteriorated after 12 utc. Some strong Filipinos at 20 utc, a selection of LA and PR (with a shot of Cocoa) at night and western NA starting later in the morning. 1060 Radio Unica with the Coyote howling spot and a following howl-back definitely the highlight of the day, but also KVOI found after Jim’s tip, KTYM, KROE, KGIM, KDSJ etc please us.
The opening meal was a very spicy white fish dish in Veracruz style served with Black Tie Riesling/Pinot Gris, and Sunday’s delight a great L-A-M-B, goat cheese potatoes and red wine reduction with an enjoyable BIN55 Shiraz from Australia. (Nam!/ed.)
|LEM408 26DEC2018 – 12JAN2019|
Jim Solatie (JMS), Jari Ruohomäki (JPR) and Mocca (DX Sniffer)
Monday 07JAN2019 - Friday 11JAN2019
CH arrived on the 4th of Jan after which conditions have been much more boring than last week. However, there has been only one useless day. It was the 7th of Jan; a famous Finnish DXer would describe that day like "bandilla enemmän kohinaa kuin signaalia" or "ei näill'ä keleillä herrojen huonetta rakenneta". Conditions of the other days have been mainly towards NA. After several hours of deep silence stations have suddenly appeared to the band with huge strength. Unfortunately the selection of stations has been mainly boring. But, of course, we have found some surprises. One of them was an interfered nice 3-hour-opening to Arizona giving, for example, KVOI 1030, KTAN 1420, KUAZ 1550, KOFA 1320 and KTAR 620. Puerto Rico has suprised also this week around 22utc. Finally on the 8th we had nice ZY-signals mixed with La Plata. We do not remember so have so poor LA conditions around New Year´s Eve before. We will remember LEM408 of huge amount of NA-files.
Right now we are cleaning the house and checking the band at 2230utc. Rádio Difusora Vale de Curu CE 1559.820 and WRRD 1510 are strong. However, only a handful of the brasilian dominants on the band and some most common NA.
LEM408 is signing off. We can clearly hear the pained howling of the Uhtua Wolves from Saariselkä. Welcome and good luck!
The HoFi team
Friday 04JAN2019 - Sunday 06JAN2019
Wednesday 02JAN2019 - Thursday 03JAN2019
All in all, we have one week to go and LEM408 is already a success regarding NA. Here are some examples of the identified stations: KBOW 550, KOJM 610, KNDY 1570, KHFX 1140, KCLX 1140, KZMQ 1140, KYOZ 1330, KHIL 1250, KOGO 600, KFLN 960.
73s The HoFi team
Sunday 30DEC2018 - Tuesday 01JAN2019
Happy New Year 2019!
Our traditional New Year Eve’s dinner was traditional reindeer stew called Poronkäristys (made 50 % from rump steak ja 50 % from smoked flank steak) with mashed Puikula potatoes. The best poronkäristys ever, prepared by our local chefs Aslak and Minna. Jari and Jim on the other hand took care of the dessert: Finnish squeaky cheese with cloudberries, enjoyed with ’a few’ glasses of Chateau du Tariquet’s Bas-Armagnac.
PS. NA continues almost nonstop.
PPS. With this sound clip from KDYL 1060 we would like to encourage the next dx-crew to start preparing mentally. It is still 12 days to go, but be ready to meet some true Coyotes up here in the wilderness.
Wednesday 26DEC2018 - Saturday 29DEC2018
Greetings from Lemmenjoki! Light snow (30 cm) and comfortable temperatures (-5 to -15 C).
We arrived on the evening of the 26th and it has been now three days with almost non stop NA DX. Stations start to appear well before 21 utc and continue till 15 utc. Some Vancouver giants (1410 and 1470 AM) were audible yesterday until 18 hours utc. And when New Foundland surfaces before 19 hours, NA is on almost non stop.
CH 901 did not break the conditions, but instead gave a very nice boost.
|LEM407 08DEC2018 – 22DEC2018|
Hannu Niilekselä (HN) and Hannu Asikainen (HAS) 08-15DEC2018
Wednesday 19DEC2018 - Saturday 22DEC2018
The expected major change in the direction of the conditions never occurred - unfortunately… The solar wind started increasing again and reception remained best mostly from the upper north western corner of the U.S., each day forward even more so.
In this light, listening live, there is not much else to report than the fact that in some hours, in spite of “bad conditions”, at some points the signals could still be extremely clear and enjoyable.
Summing up the two weeks:
Recordings will continue all Christmas until the LEM 408 crew will take charge - most likely on the second day of Christmas.
Sunday 16DEC2018 - Tuesday 18DEC2018
Not much change - unfortunately. Tiny openings in the early evening hours, but no real daytimers noted, just dominants with daytime powers on, way out from clear sunsine. This is quite typical especially for the mid-winter months when the light is low everywhere on the northern hemisphere.
Night time cx have been totally useless, some isolated stations every now and then, but weak and interfered. The first hour with meaningful signals is usually 08UTC and the more westerly areas start booming in. You can hear Cuba and Seattle with the same antenna on the same frequency, but still there is hardly anything else in between on other frequencies.
Especially I have been missing the wonderful afternoon openings to the mid-west, which in many years has been the salt and sugar of mid-winter NA-DXing.
In the beginning of this 2 week expedition, on some days California was quite nicely present, together with north-western Mexico. But it seems that the only stations left are those on both sides of the U.S.- Canadian border. Those signals have at times been unbelievably strong and clear. In this light it is interesting how difficult it has been to hear any of the remaining stations in British Columbia on the graveyard frequencies.
This autumn the on-line-logs both in Finland and Norway have been full of fine and truly surprising stations. It seems that all of that has come to an end, at least for a while. This all is of course due to the relatively unstable solar wind. As in the first months of this season we experienced quite long periods of stable, undisturbed conditions, all of that seems to be gone now. This is somewhat surprising as we are in midst of a solar minimum.
Thursday 13DEC2018-Saturday 15DEC2018
Thursday and Friday passed by with practically the same pattern: signals gained strength only around 08UTC and soon they were strongest from West Coast again.
At times very clear and audible all the way to 16UTC, but there was nothing terrific about the stations, pretty much the same every day from a direction that has been emptied out already a long time ago.
There have been some isolated openings to the more Eastern parts during the week, but only today Saturday 15th was the first day with notable improvement. Signals all the way from 2045UTC to the afternoon, something notable also during the darkest hours of the night. However, listening live, it seemed that there was no reach to the more southern parts of the East Coast. Recordings will show.
Tonight is the last chance for HaS, as he will be leaving tomorrow morning. For me (HN) there will be another week, hopefully with more variable conditions. Only a few new stations on top of the 2400 so far is not really much considering that altogether earlier this season at AIH, KONG and LEM about 100 stations new-to-me have been reported.
Saturday 08DEC2018 - Wednesday 12DEC2018
The expedition started with high winds - however only solar… which has been well noted during the first 4 full days of listening.
There was a little opening to the eastern parts on Sunday morning, but there after it has been only far west. Even if the solar wind has remained high for several days (showing some decline only today Wednesday), the signals have been quite clear, even if very unstable.
On Monday and Tuesday evenings the earliest signals noted have been around 22 UTC, opening directly to the full daylight of the West Coast with stations like KXET-1130, KOUU-1290, KKMO-1360, CFTE-1410 and KGA-1510. But these are not a specific joy…
Afternoons have provided with chances for new station, although from this direction finding one requires a fair amount of efforts !
So, we are waiting for some change…
|LEM406 01DEC2018 – 08DEC2018|
Antti Aaltonen (ANA) and Timo Reiniluoto (TRE)
Wednesday 05DEC2018 – Saturday 08DEC2018
From Wednesday onwards we had very nice conditions: first some snowfall and after that temperatures falling to close to -20 degrees. Truly beautiful compared to the dark, wet and dull landscape we had to endure in the beginning of our stay in Lemmenjoki!
On the other hand, the cx remained dull to the very end of our trip. Nighttime conditions were non-existent. Friday afternoon provided us with nice signals from the Midwest and the west coast, but it was difficult to find anything interesting.
All our hopes for better cx were in vain: on Saturday the cx hit rock bottom. Practically nothing audible from any direction. This gave us plenty of time to clean the house thoroughly, allowing HN and HAS to enter a shiny and fresh QTH.
On Independence Day we arranged the traditional military parade of two reserve officers right outside the LEM-QTH. We are sure all inhabitants of the area appreciated this and made them feel more secure.
Here are examples of identified stations:
This is LEM406 signing off. Dear Reader there in Uhtua, thank you for your kind attention.
TRE & ANA
Saturday 01DEC2018 – Tuesday 04DEC2018
We are back at Lemmenjoki, faithful to our concept of analog receivers (we have seven of them) and excellent cooking.
On our way to Lemmenjoki we enjoyed a tasty breakfast at the student apartment of ANA’s daughter in Rovaniemi. After that it was time for two hours of hectic shopping (over EUR 400 worth of groceries). We took the eastern route via Sodankylä and after having a wonderful late lunch at Restaurant Aanaar in Inari we finally arrived at LEM headquarters at 6.15 p.m.
You may be interested to know more about the conditions. Well, here you go: temperatures between +1 and -6 degrees, cloudy and very little snow.
On the AM band the conditions have been exactly as expected: awful! We realized well in advance that we had picked the wrong week. Therefore, we are not really disappointed because we knew what our fate would be. Very little improvement is expected before we have to leave on Saturday. As we always look on the bright side, we are truly happy that there will be so much less recordings to go through at home and we will be able to concentrate on something more productive.
During the first night and morning some fairly decent La Plata and US west coast, but after that the cx have deteriorated each day.
Here are examples of stations identified so far:
When the cx fail you, there must be something else to do. Fortunately we share a common passion for cooking! Below is a list of things the coronal holes did not ruin:
Juha Vehmas (JVH) and Teijo Mäenpää (TSM)
Thursday 22NOV2018 - Saturday 24NOV2018
Saturday 17NOV2018 - Wednesday 21NOV2018
Juhani Korhonen (HJK) and Jari Korhonen (JJK)
According to the fridge logbook Korhonen cousins heated the HQ during the week 46 instead of earlier planned week 45.
Jim Solatie (JMS) and Jari Ruohomäki (JPR)
Mestor will work next week(s) before the alive expedition by the Korhonen cousins.
Jari Ruohomäki (JPR)
LEM402 is signing off. I am on the way back to Oulu in Tervola. Yesterday offered again pretty good propagation to western NA. But today all the NA-signals disappeared in the morning after 06 utc. This is the first day this week when AM band is empty so early in the morning.
All in all, I was surprised to have such clear NA-signals every day. I have not had WA-OR-CA conditions for five years or so.
The same pattern has continued on LEM402. No specific conditions to Latin America. Also NA east coast has been quite quiet. But the western parts have been pretty good during the daylight hours even till 14utc. Especially the 24th was interesting. Westcoast was followed by huge signals from Alaska and Hawaii till 15utc.
Saturday 20OCT2018-Wednesday 24OCT2018
LEM402 has been on since Saturday the 20th of October. Nice to be here again. Weather conditions have been great. Mostly sunny and temps around 0. There is no snow yet, but a minor snowstorm will hit this area on Thursaday.
Here are the highlights so far:
1. Saturday, the 20th, was good towards NA. Night was boring, but morning and night were better. The whole continent was open which did not make this easy. Westcoasters were audible till 14utc.
2. Pretty good LA opening on Sunday morning 05 to 08utc. Stations from the West Indies to Orinoco and the Andes faded in and out.However, there was a lot of interference from dominant NA-stations. Therefore I had to use 264 antenna. Radio Latina, Lima 990, for instance, dominated the frequency for almost two hours.
Jari Ruohomäki (JPR) and Jim Solatie (JMS)
Mestor will continue LEM-season from the 10th of September.
Jari Ruohomäki (JPR)
Greetings from Lemmenjoki!
The new dx-season has started in Lemmenjoki. Perfect weather conditions: sunny sky and temps from 15 to 19 degrees. Not so much to tell about the propagation. However, this morning the 8th of September seems to have been pretty good towards La Plata and southern brasil around 03 utc, but I have not had time to check the files. For example, La Voz de Artigas 1180 was strong.
I will drive back to Kempele tomorrow in the morning. So there will not be more news this time.