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Previous Seasons: 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18
|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.