from Dxpedition in Zion,
Dec 28 - Dec 29, 2009
Zion is located in a broad valley in the middle of Pennsylvania
All times in UTC
Don Moore (host)
6' BBL @45 deg
780' terminated BOG @45 deg
900' terminated BOG @90 deg
300' unterminated BOG @120 deg
315' unterm BOG @170 deg
Dave Valko, Don Moore
and Brett Saylor
153 Algeria Chaine 1 - 2345-2349 UTC Talk by man in Arabic.
162 France Inter, France
- 2228 UTC Talk between a man and a woman in French
Kultur, Germany - 2229 UTC Light jazz music
183 Europe 1, Germany
- 2229 UTC Talk by a man in French
Rikisútvarpid RAS 2, Iceland - 2247 UTC Heard throughout the evening with a very strong signal, Christmas and
popular music, little beacon interference.
BBC Radio 4, UK -
0151 UTC Talk by a woman in English.
207 Deutschlandfunk - 2345-2349 UTC Talk in German.
216 Radio Monte
Carlo, France - 0543 UTC French talk by a man.
Polskie Radio, Poland - 2345-2349 UTC Presumed w/ talk by woman. Better at
0517 on the 900 BOG, not as good at 0534 on the 780' BOG.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg - 0542 UTC Talk in French by a man
252 RTE, Ireland
and Alger Chaine, Algeria - 0558 UTC Talk on both stations
261 Radio Rossi,
Russia (presumed) - 0536 UTC Russian talk by a man
Cesky Rozhlas 1, Czech Republic - 0517-0521 UTC Presumed w/ vocal mx by woman
with a Celtic type sound. Only on this time slot which was recorded
with the 900' BOG. Only a carrier fifteen minutes later on the
recording done on the 780' BOG.
530 Radio Enciclopedia, Cuba - 0400 UTC Top of hour ID
531 Radio Nacional, Spain - 0157 UTC Spanish talk // 558. No sign of Faroes. Later noted briefly fading up over Faroes at 0335, again //558.
Faroya, Faroe Islands (presumed) - 0316
UTC Non-stop music such as "What is Love", possibly Faith Hill at 0340 and
Mambo #5" at 0347.
According to the schedule its supposed to be basically 24 hr
music, which fits what we heard.
549 Alger Chaine, Algeria
- 2224, 0200, 0330 UTC Arabic vocal music
558 Radio Nacional, Spain - 0330 UTC Spanish talk at weak but steady level much of evening. // 585, 531
- 0320-0402 UTC Very weak with talk heard during occasional audio peak.
Definitely not Spanish. Could be German. Best at 0323-0326.
585 Radio Nacional, Spain - 0330 UTC Spanish talk at weak but steady level much of evening. // 558, 531
- 0320-0402 UTC When faded up there was very weak talk, mostly by man.
Unable to tell language. Five pips leading to TOH at 0400.
639 Radio Nacional, Spain - 0330 UTC Faded up from noise for about three minutes // 585.
684 Radio Nacional, Spain - 0333 UTC Faded up from noise for about two minutes // 585.
693 BBC Radio 5, UK
- 2227, 0200 UTC Talk by a man in English, BBC ID (at 19 seconds in on recording)
693 Vo Russia, Germany - 2254 UTC Man talking in Russian
711 UNID - 2128 Talk by man, possibly French.
738 Radio Nacional, Spain - 2133 Talk // 855
747 Radio 5,
Netherlands - 0059 UTC Instrumental music.
Deutschlandfunk, Germany - 2146 UTC Pop music, trumpet at
0059. 1422 wasn't strong enough to //.
765 Radio Suisse
Option Musique, Switzerland (presumed) - 0256 UTC Music e.g., Simon and Garfunkel "I am a Rock".
774 Radio Nacional, Spain - 2151 UTC Talk // 855
783 Radio Miramar, Spain
- 2312 UTC Faded up briefly with weak talk // 954 COPE. Voice also
matches that in podcast archive on COPE website. Tnx Antonio Madrid of
the Asociacion DX Barcelona for help on this. He told me they carry
this COPE program at this hour and pointed me to the archive
828 UNID - 2316 UTC Weak man talking faded up for about two minutes.
837 France Info - 2311 UTC Man/woman in French.
855 Radio Nacional, Spain - 2143 UTC Talk by a man in Spanish
//954; one of the more steady clear TAs.
- 2228 UTC A second station faded up and was mixing with Spain for
about three minutes. Woman talking in what sounds like a Romance
language. Maybe Romania?
France Bleu, France -
2316 UTC Popular US and French music, and talk by a man in French.
864 Holy Quran Programme,
Egypt (presumed) - 0200 UTC Presumed with Koranic singing
873 AFN, Germany - 2259 UTC "NPR Worldwide" ID by man in English
882 BBC Radio Wales, Wales
- 2225 UTC Chris Needs show with music like Michael Jackson
909 Talksport UK
- various times from 2148 UTC Clear sports talk by several British announcers.
927 presumed Radio
Vlaanderen Info, Belgium
2159 UTC Rock music and likely ID by man at top of the hour. Good at peaks.
945 France Info, France
- 0059 UTC French talk by a man.
Rozhlas, Czech Republic - 2300 UTC signoff Signoff with national anthem.
954 Onda Cero
Radio, Spain - 0059 UTC definite SP tlk by M.
963 China Radio International, Pori Finland 2216-2300 UTC CRI German program
972 NDR, Germany - 2216 UTC Soft pop or EZL mx. Man in German.
981 UNID - 2303 UTC Briefly faded up with talk by man. Could be Portguese.
999 poss Voice
of Russia, Moldova - 2138, 2300 UTC Presumed with talk by a man in Russian.
999 COPE Spain
- 2359 UTC Audio fading up at 23:59:30 with OM anmts in Spanish,
mention of "nacional". Pips at hour. Into talk, mostly by YL, probably
nx. At least one mention of Madrid. Peaking at 2304.
1008 GrootNieuwsradio, Zeewolde (Flevoland)
Holland - 2300 UTC Pop and country music, clear ID.
1062 DR P5,
Denmark - 0444 UTC Interval signal, into talk.
1089 Talksport, UK
- 2047 UTC Talk by a man in English
1116 SER, Spain
- 2207 UTC Talk by a man in Spanish.
1107 Radio Nacional Spain - 2210 UTC man/woman in Spanish
2135, 2215 UTC 2135 w/ man/woman talking in maybe French. Then at
2215 faded up for about two minutes with Angie by the Rolling Stones.
Not // 1107, so not Spain.
Hrvatske, Croatia - various times from 2058 UTC Croatia was in well at various times throughout the evening
with mix of mellow music and talk in a variety of languages
including English at 0300. Signals in the S8 range, sometimes covered
by KMOX 1120 IBOC but often in the clear.
1143 UNID - 2135, 2210 UTC Weak talk.
1179 Radio Sweden, Sweden
- various times from 2101 UTC
Radio Sweden was one of the strongest trans-atlantic station of the
evening. Despite being 1 kHz away from 50 kW WHAM in New York, it was
usually easy to pick out. Their characteristic interval signal at the
top of the hour make it an easy catch. ID's were heard in a variety of
languages including Swedish, Russian and English.
1206 France Bleu, France
- various times 2300-0415 UTC
In the clear at times with French talk by a man and woman.
1215 Absolute Radio,
UK/Voice of Russia, Kaliningrad - various times from 2050
UTC Absolute Radio and Kaliningrad were heard
here at various times throughout the evening, sometimes both at
once. Signals were often S8-S9+ levels. Absolute was identifiable by
the British DJs in English with rock
music, while Kaliningrad relays Voice of Russia or Russian
International Radio programming in Russian and German.
Germany - 0011 UTC Heard // 6190 with talk by a man in German.
World Radio, Albania 2109-2145 UTC Easy to spot off-frequency, heard with likely Polish program (per EMGW)
1431 Radio Sawa,
Djibouti (tentative) - 2122 UTC Strong
signal with music
1422 Deutschlandfunk, Germany
- 2322, 0448 UTC Talk by a man in German, music, English pop song @2331; 100% on peak.
Trans World Radio, France - various times 2300 - 0100 UTC talk by man, woman,
soft instrumental music.
1503 UNID -
2324 UTC Steady carrier with audio occasionally fading up. Soft
vocal mx at 2324. Bits of talk hrd might be Spanish, but way too weak
to be certain.
Saudi Arabia - 2155 UTC Detected Arabic talk in WWKB's upper sideband. Strong, but hard to
separate from the 1520 station.
Radio Farda, UAE (tentative) - 0012 UTC Pop music, not a good signal
pirates (presumed) - 0143 UTC Lively Latin music and talk in Spanish dominant, occasional peaks by
a French/Haitian station.
European pirates (tentative) - 0100 UTC Looked for Radio Borderhunter on 1715 kHz; we could see the carrier
sign-on at 0100 UTC but couldn't recover any audio. While tuning in the
area, picked up a possible pirate on 1717 kHz with brief bits of audio
in a language that could have been Greek.
A big thank you to Brett for bringing most of the equipment we needed.
Even though I was the host, I actually drove the farthest to get there,
about 1000 km from Iowa and wasn't able to bring along much. (And,
thank you to my parents, who were the real hosts!)
was great to get together with Dave and Brett for a DX session again.
After we set up I pulled up my log books (which I scanned into jpg
files a few years ago) and looked up the first such DX session I haad
attended. It was exactly 31 years ago to the day (Dec 28 1978) when I
went to Doug Wicks' house in Mineral Point, PA with Brett and Jeff
O'Donnell. The other three and Dave had already met a few times earlier
that year. About a dozen such communal listening sessions followed in
the next few years, usually at Doug's place. We were later joined by
Brian Cartwright and Ed Berzonsky. The last TMIDXA listening
get-together I was to would have been 1981. The fact that three of us
are still actively DXing after all these years must say something about
us, but I'm not sure that it's complimentary, hi!
I took the Perseus and NRD-535D. We
put out antennas
of 780' at 45°, 900' at 90°, 300' at 120°, and 315' at 170°.
brought tons of adapters and coax lead-ins. It was a good
because we needed it. Was getting a bit too much noise on the
and propagation didn't seem all that great anyway, so I ended
listening to the MW band almost exclusively. Don played the
host excellently. Good conversation, good eats. It
cold taking up the antennas in the morning. At least we
wade through snow. Enjoyed getting together with a couple of
TMIDXA guys again.
I jumped at the chance to have an overnight DX session with Dave and
Don at Don's parent's house over the Christmas break. It was nice for
once to only have to drive 20 minutes for a DXpedition! Due to great
propagation this winter we've been able to hear countries on medium
wave that I only ever dreamt would be audible here in Pennsylvania.
Don's QTH allowed us to lay a variety of beverage on the ground (BOG)
antennas but the EuroBOG (45 degrees) gave the most consistent results.
It was good to be DXing again with some old friends in a familiar
Don and Brett setting up
Laying the antenna wires
Looking out at 90 degrees
6-foot broadband loop