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Hannu Niilekselä (HN) and Hannu Asikainen (HAS, 21NOV-28NOV)
CBC-1140 made its first appearance with nice audio at 1840 UTC, so expectations were high: maybe tonight ...
But not. Nothing else for hours and then the same pattern as before, first some NL stations with nice signals, but no real NA in the earlier night time hours. Station gradually creeping in from around 02 UTC, only to get weaker after 05 UTC. Improvement around 0630 UTC and fairly nice on the 7 and 8 top-of-the-hour.
But, but. No real east coast today either and the east coast antenna started to get bruises already after 08 UTC and in fact "died out" before 09 UTC. The 320 degree antenna had better signals all morning and kept them past 09 UTC, but by 10 UTC everything was more or less gone.
It was not that bad with the 320 degree antenna, as around 07 to 08 UTC we enjoyed some very good quality signals, peaking around IA-SD. Some less frequently heard stations were identified, but very difficult to get anything new from that direction in the morning hours our local time.
But the good question is: what does disturb the signals, as the solar wind lingers around 260 ?? We would not be surprised if the all the dominants from all over the continent would be there all day long. But what are the causes that make them die out ? As my good Norwegian DX-er friend OJ Sagdahl wrote to me today: "Is it only me or is this the baddest best conditions we have had in a long time?".
73 de HN & HAS
No problem with the solar wind anymore, if values under 300 km/s is considered to be what we want ...
Still nothing noteworthy in the late evening-early night hours. Some NL appear fairly early, but first "real" NA only after it is too late for any interesting signals. However, today we had some more interesting night time NA from 01 UTC on.
For some reason the signals tend to get weaker for a couple of hours in the morning. While 06 UTC would be already good last week, this week the signals have not come back by that time yet. The shift has been clear so that only by 07 UTC can you expect improvement.
The improvement this morning was interesting, since there was a good peak towards northern Latin America and Central America at 07 UTC. It only lasted for 15 to 20 minutes, but the signals were clear. For example Panama on 1560 was excellent. The rest of the morning offered NA from coast to coast, but again nothing from the deeper south.
Somehow the signals again started to die out after 10 UTC, without a good reason. One would think that with these quiet solar values the stations should come up until late afternoon, but this was - again - not the case. Lots of Chinese stations in the afternoon, with the strongest Japanese, but nothing of specific interest from that direction either.
Lots of recordings – but mostly useless stuff.
First signs of the band opening a bit also in the evening. Newfoundland stations with excellent signals at around 22 UTC, which howeve is a bit too late for U.S. daytimers. In addition, the cx did not develop into anything and by 23 UTC there was practically nothing ...
The morning started with best signals to around Alberta. The new "canon” on 700 AM was coming in like a local station. At the same time between 07 and 08 UTC the east coast antenna offered lots of northern Latin America, but hardly any U.S. east coast, except the usual powerhouses.
The solar wind is down, but in spite of this, the signals today did not develop further than this. Instead, after 08 UTC all kinds of bruises started to fall on the AM band and the signals never really made it through the noise level. There was clearly some kind of block and only occasionally stations like CBG-1400 and WBAE-1490 were audible with a good signal for some 10 minutes. And then they were gone ...
In all, today turned out to be one of the worst during this whole trip. This is truly strange and we just have to see what will be ...
Local tempertature rose from yesterday's -22 C to -0,8 today !
The sun seems to be settling down and the solar wind has gradually decreased. This can be noted on the AM band with more stable signals coming in for more hours than last week. Still, the cx keep on lingering all the way from Newfoundland to Washington mostly along the U.S. - Canadian border with no change.
We also are missing the early starts in the evening, any meaningful signals at night (with lots of EU-QRM), as well as any later afternoon openings. The signals just start die out without a reason around 11-12 UTC.
But it is still nice to have something coming in. This autumn season with NA in all has been worse than anyone can remember. It makes you wonder what we would have achieved with today´s equipment in some of the golden years ...
Signs of improvement are there, but only little has improved. The same story as yesterday could be copied: a little better, also some VEN-COL early morning, but no real east coast USA.
The powerhouses from the Canadian prairies and U.S. states close to the Canadian border keep on dominating. The same stations on the GY frequencies, typically from ND-SD-MN-NE. We'll see if we get any change to this ...
After the cold day yesterday, Kuivajärvi got an ice cover all over and now it is safe to go to the areas that had frozen earlier on and have some snow. Beautiful skiing in -6 degrees and with around 3-5 cm of snow. Enjoyed 22 km of it while HAS had his exercise in the woods checking antennas ...
PS. The "old hq" is still there...
Today I picked Hannu Asikainen (HAS) from the Kittilä airport at around noon. Nice to get some company after a week all alone! As we also bought some groceries on our way, in all it took almost 5 hours. So just the TOH id's have been checked. No surprises there.
The indexes keep on improving. The main effect of this has been that NA stations have appeared earlier and disappeared later than in the previous days. However, still nothing early in the evenings and during the night just the most common powerhouses.
Even if daytime today offered stronger signals, the cx have lingered in the upper prairies. Huge signals from there, but many frequencies without such stations have turned out to be totally empty. Only a handful "odd exceptions" from outside that area.
It was all of a sudden -20 degrees outside, so no skiing today ...
Not much change from yesterday, rather worse than better ...
Stations fro NA did start to come in in the night, but nothing worth mentioning. By 04 UTC and 5 UTC it looked promising, since the signals were clear,ut with a lot of European QRM.
Then something happened before 6 UTC, as the AM spectrum started to get bruises, with which the development turned into worse. Stations were still there, but during the whole week 06 UTC had not been this bad.
07 UTC was about the same, buit around 8 UTC the band opened fairly well to the upper west coast. They were fairly strong, but the atmospheric noise could be heard best on frequencies that were empty - and there were lots of them without any signals.
The fun ended after 09 UTC after which there has been nothing. Just wonder where all this atmospheric noise comes from since the geomagnetic indexes have been relatively good all day.
Writing this at 22 UTC on Saturday, absolutely nothing from NA…but I´m ready. Will pick Hannu Asikainen (HAS) from the Kittilä airport tomorrow. He promised to bring back the cx that he took with him as I took him to the Ivalo airport a year ago after a week together !
Today was the first morning when upon waking up just in front of 06 UTC there were no NA audible ... not too promising ...
But during the next half hour signals came in little by little and - to my surprise - also a bit on the east coast 292 degree antenna. Not much, but the most common NJ stations (1230, 1340, 1400 and 1450). The bad news was that exactly 1 minute in front of 07 UTC an atmospheric bruise landed and covered the east coast signal so that I was unable to get ID's of any stations on the GY frequencies. Just the usual powerhouses through the bruise ... and the cx did not return.
With the 320 degree antenna, by 0630 UTC the Canadian prairies (Alberta and Manitoba) were booming in like in the "good old days". Fantastic signals for about half an hour but also these weakening substantially after 07 UTC. Enjoyable signals, but nothing new, of course.
The rest of the day could be dedicated to listening to the few files created so far, and not yet destroyed, and to keep physical condition good enough for the upcoming better reception conditions. So I grabbed my skis and on our local Lemmenjoki highway took a back-and-forth cross country (traditional style) venture all the way to the Inari-Kittilä main highway ...
Almost the same pattern continues…nothing in the evening, nothing in the night, little cx around sunrise, then practically nothing except for a couple powerhouses fading in and out, as is the norm.
The only difference today was that for a short period a couple (really not many !) NA stations from both the east coast and the west coast heard at the same time. But agai, the cx did not develop to anything worthwhile.
But it will be better ...
The cx clearly took some steps back today. Nothing in the evening and in the night. In the morning some prairies NA, mostly from Nebraska which -for some odd reason- is a sign of "shit cx". NA died out already after 06UTC. During the day just the powerful Northwest and most common Alaska.
Interestingly, at around 0630 Iberia was fairly good with clear signals, but just 15 minutes later they all had died out. In the afternoon, nothing of interest. Clear signs of the effects of CH700.
But the best news is that the only disturbance over here now comes from the atmosphere, so I'm ready for some cx ...
The good news here is that after an intensive search I was able to locate the disturbance, which has been here all autumn. It turned out to be a tiny 12V malfunctioning transformer to a tv digibox in the Lemmenjoki Village, about 4 km from here. It is truly strange how such a device can feed a disturbance on to the electrical network and how the power lines act as a transmitter antenna to that noise! Since it is dark already and there are more signals in the AM dial, tomorrow at daytime will tell, if any noises are still there.
Interestingly, a handful of the most common east coast NA stations (1600, WHGT-1590, 1580, 1540, 1560, 1510,1500, 1400, 1210, 1060, 1030) made their first appearance at 21UTC, but they were soon gone and the night was empty. The cx towards NA in the morning were again slightly better with a handful of “higher quality” stations from the prairies an rockies, although no new ones for me. The AM band is still very disturbed and the signals were drowning under the atmospheric bruise around 08 UTC.
Nothing from the easterly directions in the afternoon either. So there was good time to go through most of the recorded files and run around outside looking for the disturbances.
The good news is that NA was a bit better than yesterday. Some fairly nice signals to the prairies in the morning, but unfortunately the signals died out already in front of 07 UTC and only the northwest US powerhouses (KOMO-1000 etc), along with the most common Alaskans were left to be "enjoyed". The second bad news is that afternoon was a lot worse than yesterday – no Japan, no Australia.
And to top off the bad news: after I had got rid of the disturbance I detected yesterday, the other disturbance (heard strongest with the 250 degree antenna between 800 and 1200 kHz) is there. And since it is humid outside with just 0 to 1 Celcius, this disturbance has been strong and heard more vaguely also on other antennas. I went to check the potential sources nearby, but was not able to locate it. The hunt will continue ...
The sun seems to be going to sleep, so there is a basis for optimism ...
LEM360 is on ! The good news is that the AM-band seems to start recovering after fireworks for several weeks. The bad news is that in the 93 % humidity and snowing the pedition started of with a terrible local interference. Hopefully the same as noted here earlier on, though previously not so bad. Today it made listening to what little NA there was in the morning quite impossible.
So at around noon I took a decent hike to the direction where it seemed to be strongest and was able to locate a house which was the source. Luckily the source could be eliminated. I just hope that this was not a different , new source of interference.
So DX'ing was again possible from around 13 UTC onwards. The easterly direction had already opened when I returned and found an interference free AM band in my receivers. In addition to some common Japanese, even a couple Australians (ABC 630 & 1548 and 4KZ on 1620) surfaced, although the signals were far from enjoyable. But this is a lot more than in weeks from that direction.
Ilpo Parviainen (IPA) and Jarmo Havukunnas (JHU)
Start searching for the blog from: LEM359 - TEAM LURX PEDITION If you really want, you'll find blog in Finnish. LEM pages will publish only brief daily summaries in English.
After promising B-opening absolutely nothing. All TA-cx off the whole night, morning and onwards. Lowsy Asian cx started again from PAK, but did not advance from there. No Africa today. This proved to be the worst dxing day of LEM359. As conclusion of the cx on this second week we could say (as Paavo M. Petäjä once so brilliantly said) "Tis is horipul".
73s de IPA and JHU
Tiny improvement in NA-cx. Some WC dominants (f.ex. KOMO-1000, KCLK-1430) for about half an hour after sunrise. Asia-cx to PAK-IND at 14 utc, but later cx spread to KOR-J-PHL-HKG-THA until 20 utc. Also 5AN-891 was noted loud. Nice B-cx between 21-22 utc (f.ex. R Farol-1390). The path to south is no more open hence no African.cx.
ESPN noted on 1430 for three minutes at 05 utc. No other TA-signals detected. Some Asian dominants after 15 utc. Later some India, but mostly band full of ARS. Some most common ETH in the morning and evening. Worst day cx-wise so far.
No sign of any TA-signals at night, sunrise or whenever. First day when even KBRW-680 is not audible. Faroe Islands-531 still audible, but BBC Scotland-810 just barely noticeably. In the morning Kassala-666 only noticeable African stn. In the evening not much else from Africa than ETH.
No sign of NA- or SA-cx at night. After sunrise only noted stns on AM were BBC Scotland-810 and Faroe Islands-531 (not even Slobo-828 or Merkurs-1485). Some Alaskan stns at noon. Asia-cx straight to Pakistan and Iran at 15 utc. In the evening first EGY-opening with some SDN.
Some signs of improvement on NA-cx, but not significant. At sunrise EC-dominants and WSDK-1550. Asia again mostly with IND-PAK-BGD. Useless African cx but ETH still going strong.
Couple of NA-dominants-stns audible at night, nothing after sunrise. SA , Asia and Africa poor, but ETH is always strong.
Some NA-dominant-stns fading up and down at night, nothing after sunrise. Couple of SA-stns in the morning. Mediocre Asia-cx. Superb African cx continued (ETH-BOT-MOZ-AFS), best so far.
Superb African cx again (KEN-BOT-MOZ), otherwise rather useless DX-day. Couple of NA-dominants before sunrise and some Asia in the afternoon. Nothing worthy of mentioning.
Rather useless DX-day. Cx not totally off but not far from that.
Nothing special or new from Africa. Weakening cx. NA cx started at 22 utc but only with common dominants. Cx continued through the night with some SA stns. Morning cx to OH-IA-KS-NE lasted until 10 a.m. Afternoon cx to Asia; interesting THA-IND-mixture –typical disturbed cx with stns fading rapidly up and down.
Superb cx to Africa continued. Cristal clear signals from H-o-A and surprises from Nigeria (Nagarta R and many tentatives). NA nonstop between 00-13 utc with very similar selection of stations than on LEM358. Some highlights; KCKN-1020, KSRV-1210, KQJZ-1340 and KOKB-1580. Asia mostly with CHN and some J “early” from 11 utc onwards; JOAP-549 and Hami RGD-1485. Later again PAK-IND-BGD.
Superb cx to Africa including stations from ETH, BOT, AFS and NIG. Many new stations heard including Magic 828. Some most common BRA/LP stations heard during the night. First NA stations emerged at about 02 utc. Only some common dominants from Lakes and Mountain region fading up and down in disturbances until 14 utc, followed by good cx to PAK-IND-BGD-THA-region from 1345 utc onwards, even some PHL and CHN stations noted. In the evening superb cx to ETH. More to follow.
Fellows took up their quarter in Lemmenjoki. Everything seems to be organized as usual even if the times are changing.
Look out! Team Lurx is on the road again.
Håkan Sundman (HS) and Hannu Tikkanen (HAT)
Nothing particular at night, a few very strong YV signals on the band in the morning. One or two NA were heard combined with these Venezuelans, which gave an impression that the conditions might start to improve once again.
This might not be one of those dx-expeditions that our grandchildren tell chronicles about around the campfire, but it's always nice to be here.
Time to unplug, saying goodbye and thanking all our faithful followers! The only thing remaining is the tip of the day, before we hit the road.This channel is now closing down for a year.
73s HS & HAT
Black Friday 30OCT2015
Useless Thursday evening, if one doesn't count Brazilian "opening" at 2100-2200 utc. Possibly more Brazil/(Argentina?) at night, but that remains to be seen some time next summer, I guess. In the morning a bit more of the same, with some HJ/YV/PR but nothing spectacular, on the contrary...R Povo Pombal 1570 and Emisora Santiago y Copla 1120,125 are the live IDs.
We took a quick final look at the aerials on the hilltop and surroundings. The west coast antenna's first ascent on the slope requires active checking from EVERY expedition, please notice this! It was hanging very low on about 1,5 meter so it was raised up again.
The floors have been washed and the house Electroluxed (we still couldn't find the damn Hoover). There was plenty of time before the expected India & the Middle-East invasion. Thai were noticed on many frequencies, but then the Europe finally took over.
The tip of the (past) day(s) ...
Wednesday evening was partially spent in normal routines ie. listening to the African Horn, Ethiopia that is. North America showed no intention to surface at all, so we let the Nestor do its' trick and went to sleep...In the early morning we woke up to a nasty surprise; a severe proton event had wiped the band from every trace of any NA signal. We did hear some NA at night in our recordings but the selection was different to Aihkiniemi in this respect, as it has been commented by numerous expeditions previously. So nothing to report from there. Some very common YV/HJ signals emerged here and there, for an hour or so, including the most common Peru (1470, 1500, 1540, 1570) and very few Puerto Rico, i.e. 1580 // 1660. It all ended around 0600 UTC and that was it.
To put it blunt, it's a bit boring at the moment, so better to cheer up and hope for the best for the Saturday morning (yes, Saturday, not yet tomorrow - we are optimistic but still realistic at the same time): This is what we expected today and this is what we got.
Yesterday evening we had a pleasant dinner together with Jim at the restaurant Kultahovi in Inari, and we did our best to curse down and change the current pattern of conditions while having a delicious dinner. Seems that we managed only halfway in our intention, some of the signals vanished but nothing new appeared in exchange! So we've been controlling almost exactly the same station assortment as on the previous days. But our friend KCKN Roswell NM 1020 had now disappeared and wasn't blasting one's ears for hours, as it had been for the last two days. Instead we enjoyed identifying KDBM 1490, KVSI 1450, KART 1400, KWOR & KACH & KXQZ 1340, and KBAR 1230 as main examples of the conds. South America & SEA offered nil though attempts were constant.
Next to the news. KFJB 1230 and KROX 1260 have been awarded with the "Station of the Day" diploma! Reasons: both HS and HAT managed to hear a new station today! /majestic fanfare/
And now, sólo éxitos: The tip of the day.
The pattern is too similar by now. In the evening there are common Great Lakes and NY powerhouses audible, some usual stuff at night - and even more common western signals throughout the day. Probably there's no need to start collecting GY id's here, there are not so many and they are the most usual Idaho/Washington stations on 1490, 1450, 1400 etc. Practically impossible to find new ones, when these & the Prairies dominate. South America has been a true disappointment, nothing from that direction.
The inhouse firewood storage was almost empty after the summer, so it was filled up today. Even though the users of this QTH have been advised not to use firewood before the hard cold months, the stock level should always be maintained ...
Time to start searching eBay; Trying to find someone willing to sell or to exchange one hour of South America conds to a huge pile of three days nonstop NA recordings! I could go down to 30 minutes, if necessary.
There will be a joint effort this evening to curse down the current radio conds and to get better ones by the combined AIH & LEM crews! Thus the tip of the day is obvious.
Progreso did take place as we anticipated yesterday. The band was filled with NA from late last evening until very late afternoon, and the signals were very clear and strong. There was not so much to report after all, as the stations were very common ones - but it was indeed nice to spend some 11 hours just listening to NA live today! Mainly midwest and more westerly directions were audible making it hard to find any new ones. The new ones WRCR-1700 and CJLI-700 were of course heard, and lots of common stuff on GYs. KOKB-1580, KEYG-1490, WLEC 1450, CIOR 1400, KART 1400 with CBS Sports now, WNCO 1340, KTIX 1240, KORT 1230, KWIX-1230 ... Mexico here and there but no IDs so far. WHIT-1550 seems to have forgotten that they should be a daytimer; it's been heard now yesterday and today with it's Legends of Country, Hank AM 1550 -slogan, for a couple of hours in the morning.
Nothing to say about any other direction; we did our best to avoid China in the afternoon. And we succeeded!
What else? Ohhh yes, the tip of the day!
Saturday night didn't offer anything to celebrate; after noticing a few African Horn stations we called it a day and left the carrier on 1390 kHz to possibly develop into audio (from Brazil).
Most regular NA surfaced in the morning on numerous frequencies, with some poor Brazil and Argentina. But NA was better than yesterday, there were indeed signals to listen to, so we're looking forward to see some progreso in the conditions. So we spent a few good hours in the forest to stretch out a new Japan-harvester and collected away the old one. Now, only the stations are missing!
About the conditions, the highlights of this early afternoon are here.
LEM358 is on!The conditions are off!
To learn more about the results of this afternoon:Click here.
Tip of the day!
Pertti Äyräs (PÄ) and Jan-Erik Österholm (JEÖ) 16OCT-24OCT2015
Friday 23OCT2015 - Saturday 24OCT2015
Hardly any TA-signals during the last two days of the very mediocre LEM357-pedition. An exception was weak La Plata signals on many frequencies between ca 04-06 UTC on Friday morning. Coronal holes one after another, CMEs, and towards the end an increased proton level, were this pedition´s highlights.
PÄ and JEÖ
The poor pattern continued with weak B/LP and NA signals during night hours. NA was heard up to around 07 when the band closed. Nothing during daytime. The best TOH was maybe 06 with stations like WIMS 1420, KWOR 1340, KWBE 1450 and WCCW 1310.
Very bad all night in all directions. AK/HI again around noon and some JP and Chinese stations but nothing from Oceania.
B/LP emerged just before 00 UTC and faded in and out during the night. Not spectacular cx but at least a couple of new ones for us, namely the ARG stations R Antena on 1560.02v and R Santa Fe, BA on the split 1680.9v. Funny enough no sign of R Rubi on 1670 (inactive?). Around 04 typical stations were, e.g., KPOW 1260 and KIUL 1240. All in all again a lousy night. After 12 UTC Alaska and Hawaii were very strong and most stations were audible including the fairly new HI stations on 740 and 1240.
Sunrise over a foggy Kuivajärvi, October 19.
Promising NA during night indicating improving propagation after some weeks of consequtive coronal hole effects and high solar winds. A good LP peak between 0430 and 0500. Even a couple of MEX were noted on 1220 and 1260. KFMO Park Hills MO noted on 1240. Around 12 UTC it happened again: A G1 level geomagnetic storm accompanied by R1 radio blackout happened driving the K-index to 7 thus leaving the band empty during day. The band seemed to recover in the evening with unusually strong Spaniards on most frequencies.
Night gave only weak B//LP and weak NA. Alaska and Hawaii appeared with reasonable signals around 0930 including the HI-stations on 740 and 1240. Asia/Oceania absent during day and again weak B/LP appeared before midnight.
Pertti picked up JEÖ at Ivalo airport aroud noon after a lousy night giving only some weak B/LP signals in early night disappearing around 02 UTC. A few weak NA signals such as power house KXEL noted around 04. After returning to Lemmenjoki around 13 UTC weak signals towards JP/CHN noted. Weak B/LP stations appeared around 23. All in all a very lousy 24 hours.
In the morning still better conditions towards the so called La Plata region appeared and many interesting signals were noted, but not yet have had much time to check these. Anyway, a Brazilian station, new to me was observed, Rádio Difusora Vale de Curu from Pentecoste, CE was identified in live on 1560. Also some NA signals, mostly from the estern Canada, on the lower frequencies were observed later in the morning, and in the afternoon signals from Alaska and Hawaii emerged. At least a couple of these new to me were identified, one on 1240 and another on 740. Tomorrow I will pick up Jan-Erik Österholm in the Ivalo airport and he will be joining me the next remaining week. Hopefully we now will have conditions better than previous week ahead of us!
Nothing to tell about, only some weak UK AM transmitters audible with weak signals. And a station from Leningrad, sorry, St. Petersburg, on 828 AM. So the expectations for the next night conditions were low. But wait and see. Brazil again raised up in the late evening and some kind of conditions towards southern South America were on the whole night through.
On the morningside around 03 some NA stations appeared with weak signals but they were gone in about an hour. Then silence on the band, except some peculiar intereference on the two most southern aerials in some parts of the MW spectrum. More to follow ...
Late tuesday evening again provided some weak stations from Brasil but they were gone by around 23 utc. Soon it became evident that there will no TA this night. This was found to be true and almost all MW stations disappeared. By the way, I managed to repair the last aerial towards ca. 80 degrees. The coax cable was found broken around 100 m from the balun in the woods. It looked like some big animal had been in work. Maybe a bear thought the black cable to be some kind of liquorice! Jouni-Ilmari told me, however, that there has not been any bears around for a long time. So the cause of the cable accident remains a mystery.
KBRW 680 AM found with a decent signal. Then I finally turned my attention to the Eastern Hemisphere aerials and right now only one, the one pointing to 78 degrees, is silent. Probably the long coax cable is broken. Shall try to investigate the problem later today, on tuesday. The conditions on the late evening of Monady were as before, weak Brazilians on some fq´s.
Continued the antenna project and got the aerials for the Western Hemisphere into operation.The conditions during the night were anything but good providing only some La Plata/Brazilian stations (the dominants from there).
The LEM357 DX pedition is on.
Arriving at Lemmenjoki QTH early evening on Saturday the 10th of November my first job was to try to connect some aerials (the baluns in the woods are usually removed for the summer). It was already dark but I managed to connect 4 from the 11 aerials. Unfortunately, two of these did not work. This was no big disappoinment because the radio conditions appeared to be close to zero, in a 0-100 scale. Only some Brazilians were detected.