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|LEM344 11OCT2014 - 25OCT2014|
Pertti Äyräs (PÄ) 11OCT2014-25OCT2014 and Jan-Erik Österholm (JEÖ) 16OCT2014-25OCT2014
Saturday 11OCT2014 - THE NEW SEASON HAS STARTED
To keep the things simple I pick the opening text from my pedition last autumn 2013 since the starts of the two peditions were practically the same. Like this: "Greetings from the Lemmenjoki Headquarters in northern Finnish Lappland. I have a "solo" DXpedition for the next two weeks and try to report on what's going on here. Arrived here Saturday evening, Oct. 12th after spending a night in Oulu as a guest to Jari Ruohomäki. Thank you Jari very much, for providing a bed and company (not in the bed!) after driving some 700 kms from my home QTH in Kaarina to Oulu. Way up north some other 600 kms brought to me to Lemmenjoki the next day.
The house was clean and in good conditions but the antennas were disconnected for safety reasons (thunder storms etc during the summer...) so there was a lot of work to do. During the first evening I managed to fix some 5 aerials for operation. Connecting the aerials to the receivers and putting them into work is always a high tension moment ... do they work or not. This time all went OK and good signals were received from the very start, but only on 5 of the 10-11 antennas. Any extra electrical noise was not observed."
The next day, on Sunday, I went through the rest of the aerials and connected them to the "boxes and coxes". One of the aerials was broken and lying on the ground, it is the 30 degrees antenna (pointing to Japan) and will be fixed on Tuesday I guess.
The first evening provided Brazilian stations and later some Spanish speaking ones from Argentina, Uruguay etc. In the morning then stations from the North American Continent took over. Huge signals from States like Colorado, North Dakota, Idaho and so on. The conditions lasted until 2-3 local time PM. In the Sunday evening also some more common Australians were noted, like 729 and 891 plus some X-band Aussies.
Sunday night started again with about the same Brazilian stations as the previous night but the European stations were too strong this time. On the monday morningside the NA stations started to be heard, with good signals again.
This time the conditions favored more the Central and Eastern Parts of the Continent. Again the conditions lasted to late afternoon but at 15 local time the signals were very weak and, of course, only the strongest dominants were audible. Later stations from Japan etc. bopped in and out in an interesting way until the Europeans conquered the AM- band. X-band Aussies were again noted but weak compared to the previous evening.
It seems likely that the prevailing good conditions will continue. Luckily then, I have 7 Terabytes hard disc space available for my recordings.