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Eastern MA Parallel Effort to Newfoundland and New Jersey DXpeditions

November 4-8, 2005

by Mark Connelly

[Connelly*B-MA] = Billerica, MA, USA
(GC= 42.533 N / 71.221 W)
(home)

[Connelly*rw-MA] = Rowley, MA, USA
(GC= 42.744 N / 70.830 W)
(salt-marsh: Stackyard Road - Nelson Island, Parker River NWR)
site photo's & map

Receiver: Drake R8A

Antenna systems:
Billerica: dual-feedline Flag: 5 m x 10.6 m to DX Engineering RPA-1 amplifier

Rowley: 3 m vertical whip to 81:1 transformer to RPA-1 amp; 60 m east-aimed horiz. wire to 9:1 transformer to RPA-1 amp; DXP-6 phasing unit

Times and dates in UTC

*** TRANSATLANTIC DX ***

531 | ALGERIA | Chaine 1, Ain-El-Beida, NOV 7 2157 - // 549, 890.95 with Arabic male vocal, flutes; fair in mix with two others (likely Spain, Madeira). [Connelly*rw-MA]

549 | ALGERIA | Alger Chaine 1, Les Trembles, NOV 6 0531 - Arabic news headlines; good. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2157 - vocal // 531, 890.95; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

558 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 6 0301 - fast-talk Spanish news; over other. [Connelly*B-MA]

567 | IRELAND | RTE R.1, Tullamore, NOV 6 0445 - light opera tenor male vocal; fair. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 8 0058 - woman in English, then jazz; over Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

567 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2201 - fast Spanish newstalk; dominant. [Connelly*rw-MA]

576 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 8 0058 - // 684 with Spanish talk; mixed with second station, probably Algeria. [Connelly*rw-MA]

585 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Madrid, NOV 7 2155 - // 621 with man in Spanish; good. + NOV 8 0057 - almost as strong as the WEZE/VOCM-590 mix! This would be about 74.7 dBu (5.43 mV/m) per V-Soft. [Connelly*rw-MA]

594 | PORTUGAL | R. Renascenca, Muge, NOV 6 0308 - woman in Portuguese; through tough WEZE slop. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 8 0034 - // 963 with Portuguese teletalk; through WEZE/VOCM slop. + NOV 8 0057 - woman in Portuguese; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

603 | FRANCE | France Info, Lyon-Tramoyes, NOV 8 0056 - // 1206 with soothing light classical music; excellent, over Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

603 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2203 - // 621 with news; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

612 | MOROCCO | RTM A, Sebaa-Aioun, NOV 7 2153 - // 207 with religious-sounding group vocal, then woman & man in Arabic; very good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

621 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, Santa Cruz de Tenerife et al., NOV 6 0306 - woman in Spanish, tropical-style vocal; excellent. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2155 - // 585 with man in Spanish; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]

639 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, La Coruna et al., NOV 6 0309 - // 621 with tropical female Spanish vocal; good. [Connelly*B-MA]

648 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Badajoz et al., NOV 8 0054 - // 621 with Spanish teletalk; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

657 | SPAIN | RNE R.5, Madrid, NOV 8 0054 - // 621 with Spanish teletalk; loud. [Connelly*rw-MA]

666 | PORTUGAL | RDP 1, Lisboa, NOV 8 0047 - // 720 with classical guitar and violins; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

675 | NETHERLANDS | Arrow Classic Rock, Lopik, NOV 8 0052 - Lou Reed song; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

684 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Sevilla, NOV 8 0051 - Spanish teletalk; very good, slight WRKO splash. [Connelly*rw-MA]

693 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R. 5 Live, Droitwich et al., NOV 7 2206 - man & woman with news including item about rioting in France; good, over others. [Connelly*rw-MA]

702 | MOROCCO | RTM, Sebaa-Aioun, NOV 8 0050 - female Arabic chant; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

711 | FRANCE | France Info, Rennes, NOV 7 2208 - French talk; in "het sandwich" with WOR-710 and W. Sahara-711.06. [Connelly*rw-MA]

720 | PORTUGAL | RDP 1 synchros, NOV 8 0047 - // 666 with classical guitar; equal to CHTN! [Connelly*rw-MA]

738 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Barcelona, NOV 7 2209 - fast Spanish newstalk; to good peak over CHCM slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

747 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2212 - woman in Spanish; mixed with Netherlands. [Connelly*rw-MA]

747 | NETHERLANDS | R. 747 AM / R.1, Flevoland, NOV 7 2212 - Dutch talk, Middle Eastern style flute music; over/under Spain-Canaries. [Connelly*rw-MA]

756 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Braunschweig & Ravensburg, NOV 8 0045 - classical music; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

756 | SPAIN | R. Euskadi, Bilbao, NOV 7 2212 - Spanish teletalk; over low-pitched rumble. [Connelly*rw-MA]

765 | SWITZERLAND | RSR Option Musique, Sottens, NOV 6 0438 - French vocal, then "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba (from '67); fair to good. + NOV 8 2140 - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by the Beatles; easy listening in 6 kHz bandwidth as 760 (Brazil/Venezuela) and 770 (WABC) were much weaker. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2213 - "Sad Lisa" by Cat Stevens; very good. + NOV 8 0044 - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum; local-like! [Connelly*rw-MA]

774 | EGYPT | Middle East R., Tanta, NOV 7 2215 - Arabic talk by man; overtaking Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

774 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, NOV 6 0433 - man & woman in Spanish; fair. [Connelly*B-MA]

783 | MAURITANIA | R. Mauritanie, Nouakchott, NOV 7 2217 - rustic Arabic vocal, drums, and gong or cow-bell like instrument; somewhat over likely Portugal & Spain mix. [Connelly*rw-MA]

792 | FRANCE | France Info, Limoges, NOV 8 0043 - // 1206 with classical music; slightly over SER Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

792 | SPAIN | SER, Seville, NOV 7 2217 - // 873 with fast Spanish talk; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

801 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, NOV 7 2219 - // 855 with Spanish discussion; fair over apparent Arabic station. [Connelly*rw-MA]

819 | EGYPT | ERTU, Batra, NOV 7 2220 - // 12050 with a cappella Arabic vocal; over apparent Spanish station and rumble. [Connelly*rw-MA]

837 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, NOV 7 2224 - Spanish talk; over two others (likely France, Azores). [Connelly*rw-MA]

855 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, NOV 7 2219 - // 801 with Spanish discussion; mixed with probable Romania. [Connelly*rw-MA]

864 | EGYPT | Holy Koran Pgm., Santah, NOV 8 0041 - Arabic male vocal; way over France. [Connelly*rw-MA]

864 | FRANCE | France Bleu, Villebon-sur-Yvette, NOV 6 0431 - "Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues; to good peak. + NOV 8 2138 - soul music; excellent. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2225 - woman in studio, man on phone; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

873 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 6 2241 - fast echoey Spanish talk; fair. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2217 - talk // 792; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

882 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, NOV 7 2228 - // 837 with Spanish teletalk; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

882 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R. Wales, Washford, NOV 8 0038 - "Give Me All Your Lovin'" by ZZ Top, then British DJ mentioned "band from Dallas, Texas"; super-loud; way over COPE. [Connelly*rw-MA]

890.95 | ALGERIA | Chaine 1, Algiers, NOV 7 2157 - // 531, 549 with Arabic male vocal and flutes. [Connelly*rw-MA]

909 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R.5 Live synchros, NOV 7 2244 - mention of a player from Wales on a national team, then auto racing and boxing news; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

918 | SPAIN (t) | R. Intercontinental, Madrid, NOV 8 2135 - bits of apparent Spanish talk; in massive CJCH slop. [Connelly*B-MA]

927 | unID | NOV 8 0036 - back-to-back dance-club music, no talk; poor. [Connelly*rw-MA]

936 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2239 - // 855 with man talking about highways; fair over others. [Connelly*rw-MA]

945 | FRANCE | France Info, Toulouse, NOV 7 2244 - // 1206 with French interview; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]

954 | SPAIN | Onda Cero, Madrid, NOV 7 2246 - Spanish-sounding talk; in nasty CHNS-960 slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

963 | PORTUGAL | R. Renascenca, Seixal, NOV 8 0034 - // 594 with Portuguese talk, teletalk; barely over 2 others and CHNS slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

972 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, NOV 8 2150 - Spanish talk; in co-channel jumble and in rough slop from WZAN-970 & WCAP-980. [Connelly*B-MA]

981 | ALGERIA | RTVA Chaine 2, Algiers, NOV 7 2144 - Arabic talk by two men; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

999 | SPAIN | COPE, Madrid, NOV 6 0538 - Spanish newstalk; very good. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2145 - reverberated Spanish talk by man; loud, way over Arabic music station. + NOV 7 2248 - Spanish talk (likely adverts) with short music segments; loud! [Connelly*rw-MA]

1008 | CANARY ISLANDS | Punto Radio, Las Palmas, NOV 8 2151 - Punto Radio ID and fast Spanish talk; to good peak over WINS slop. [Connelly*B-MA]

1008 | NETHERLANDS | R. 10 Gold, Flevoland, NOV 8 0032 - "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon; initially atop, then covered by Punto Radio, Canaries. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1017 | GERMANY | SWR Cont. R., Wolfsheim, NOV 8 0029 - German talk mentioning Slovakia. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1026 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 8 0022 - // 1116 with woman in Spanish; poor. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1035 | PORTUGAL | R. Clube Portugues, Lisboa, NOV 7 2254 - Dr. Hook song "When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman", jingle, then Portuguese talk, dance music; huge signal, easy with WBZ phased. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1044 | MOROCCO | Sebaa-Aioun, NOV 4 2311 - Arabic shouting (political speech or preaching); over Spain. [Connelly*B-MA]

1044 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 8 0019 - // 1116 with woman in Spanish; over low growl. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1053 | UNITED KINGDOM | TalkSport synchros, NOV 8 2132 - adverts with phone numbers; fair over others. [Connelly*B-MA]

1062 | DENMARK | Danmarks R., Kalundborg, NOV 8 2130 - rock song (Steve Winwood or similar); good. + NOV 8 2152 - woman in Danish; good. More slop from CBA-1070 than from WBIX-1060. [Connelly*B-MA]

1062 | ITALY | RAI R. Uno synchros, NOV 7 2257 - Italian talk; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1071 | SPAIN | Euskadi Irratia, Bilbao, NOV 7 2318 - // 1197 with Spanish talk by woman; through CBA slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1080 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 8 0018 - // 1116 with woman hosting Spanish teletalk show; about even with phased WTIC and a bit over YVQJ. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1089 | UNITED KINGDOM | TalkSport synchros, NOV 7 2259 - advert for CD's, clip of "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1098 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2300 - pips, very echoey Spanish news. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1107 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2303 - // 1098 with fast-talk news by man & woman in Spanish; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1116 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 7 2306 - Spanish teletalk; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1134 | CROATIA | Glas Hrvatske, Zadar, NOV 6 2239 - Croatian talk by man; very good. + NOV 8 2153 - Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares or similar female folk group vocal; very good over Spain. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 8 0016 - Slavic talk; dominant. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1134 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, NOV 7 2308 - Spanish talk slightly delayed from // 999; over Croatia. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1143 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, NOV 7 2309 - // 999 with two men in Spanish; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1152 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2310 - // 774 with "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1161 | SPAIN | Euskadi Irratia, San Sebastian, NOV 7 2312 - bits of Spanish talk and a second station; in tough WSKW slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1179 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 7 2313 - // 1116 with fast Spanish talk; over others. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1197 | SPAIN | Euskadi Irratia, Vitoria, NOV 7 2318 - // 1071 with woman in Spanish; occasionally over jumble. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1206 | FRANCE | France Info, Bordeaux, NOV 6 0255 - "Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel, then French vocal; good. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2244 - // 945 with interview; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1214.83 | ALBANIA | Fllake, NOV 8 2218 - choral music; poor. Needed 1.8 kHz BW, LSB to separate audio from UK/Spain-1215. [Connelly*B-MA]

1215 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, NOV 6 0256 - echoey Spanish talk; over UK. [Connelly*B-MA]

1215 | UNITED KINGDOM | Virgin R. synchros, NOV 8 2128 - Virgin Radio mention, advert with boy talking to girl on the telephone, then a Police song; good, over Spain. [Connelly*B-MA]

1224 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, NOV 8 2126 - echoey Spanish teletalk; fair. [Connelly*B-MA]

1242 | FRANCE | France Info, Marseille, NOV 7 2328 - // 1206 with mellow dance music, then woman in French; slightly over WBUR slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1251 | LIBYA | Libyan Jamahiriya, Tripoli, NOV 6 2127 - Arabic vocal; getting through IBOC rubbish from WMKI-1260. [Connelly*B-MA]

1287 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 7 2329 - SER mention, man in Spanish; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1296 | SPAIN | COPE, Valencia, NOV 6 0541 - fast Spanish talk by man; fair. [Connelly*B-MA]

1314 | NORWAY | NRK, Kvitsoy, NOV 7 2330 - Norwegian talk; evenly mixed with Spain, in CKEC slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1314 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2330 - Spanish talk; over/under Norway. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1341 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 8 0013 - bits of Spanish talk; poor. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1341 | NORTHERN IRELAND | BBC R. Ulster, Lisnagarvey, NOV 8 2124 - sports-related talk; good. [Connelly*B-MA]

1359 | SPAIN | RNE, Arganda del Rey, NOV 6 0542 - Spanish talk, screamer het against WLYN. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2331 - // 774 with telephone interview; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1377 | FRANCE | France Info, Lille, NOV 5 2007 - woman in French; good. + NOV 8 2156 - man & woman in French; excellent, one of the loudest TA's. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2332 - // 1206 with man in French; fair to good over WMYF slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1394.82 | ALBANIA | Fllake, NOV 5 2009 - religious-sounding classical music, chorus; excellent! + NOV 6 2131 - Slavic-sounding female talk and lush instrumental music; to good peak. + NOV 8 2050 - chanting; good. [Connelly*B-MA}

1404 | FRANCE | France Info synchros, NOV 7 2333 - // 1206 with French talk. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1413 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2334 - // 774 with teletalk; poor to fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1422 | ALGERIA | Algiers, NOV 8 2158 - pop dance music, man in French; good signal after WXKS-1430 shut its IBOC off. [Connelly*B-MA]

1422 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Heusweiler, NOV 6 0543 - operatic vocal, classical instrumentation; excellent. [Connelly*B-MA]

1431 | DJIBOUTI | R. Sawa, Arta, NOV 8 2200 - Arabic talk; in WXKS slop. [Connelly*B-MA]

1449 | LIBYA | V. of Greater Arab Homeland, Misurata, NOV 8 2201 - telco-quality Arabic newstalk; fair through WNBP/CFAB/WRKD-1450 slop blob. [Connelly*B-MA]

1467 | FRANCE | TWR, Roumoules, NOV 4 2315 - TWR interval signal. + NOV 6 2135 - woman in Arabic; fair to good. + NOV 8 2203 - Arabic discussion with man & woman; good, easily getting by local WAZN. [Connelly*B-MA]

1485 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 6 2136 - audio clip of public address, then Spanish teletalk about it. + NOV 8 2206 - Spanish newstalk; surprisingly loud. [Connelly*B-MA]

1503 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, NOV 7 2339 - woman in Spanish; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1512 | BELGIUM | R. Vlaanderen International, Wolvertem, NOV 8 2208 - Dutch-sounding talk in brutal WWZN slop. [Connelly*B-MA]

1521 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Duba, NOV 5 1950 - // 9555, 9870 with energetic modern Arabic group vocal, drums, guitars, and violins; good pre-sunset reception. + NOV 6 2137 - man in Arabic, then pop-style Middle Eastern music; good. + NOV 8 2052 - Arabic talk about Saudi Arabia and several African countries; excellent. [Connelly*B-MA]

1521 | SPAIN | SER, Castellon, NOV 8 0004 - // 1539 with Spanish news; fair with WWKB phased. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1539 | GERMANY | Evangeliums Rundfunk, Mainflingen, NOV 6 0545 - German female religious vocal; in WDCD slop. [Connelly*B-MA]

1539 | SPAIN | SER synchros, NOV 8 0005 - // 1521 with Spanish news; poor to fair through WDCD slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1548 | KUWAIT | R. Sawa, Kabd - Kuwait City, NOV 8 0006 - Arabic music, Sawa ID; initially mixed with 2 others, then atop. [Connelly*rw-MA] + NOV 8 2211 - woman in Arabic with Sawa mention; excellent. Somewhat less RASD-1550 QRM than noted at the shore in Rowley. [Connelly*B-MA]

1550 | ALGERIA | RASD Clandestine, Tindouf, NOV 7 2342 - North African music (similar to Berber stuff 1044 often plays); good, way over CBE/WDZK. [Connelly*rw-MA] + NOV 8 2212 - Arabic talk by man, synthesizer music segments; a lot weaker than at Rowley, but still dominating the channel. [Connelly*B-MA]

1557 | FRANCE | France Info, Fontbonne, NOV 6 0546 - man in French with interspersed music. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2357 - // 1206 with man & woman in French; good with WQEW phased. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1575 | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | R. Farda, NOV 8 0007 - Middle Eastern music; over jumble of others. [Connelly*rw-MA] + NOV 8 2213 - Mideast disco; fair. [Connelly*B-MA]

1584 | CEUTA | RadiOle, NOV 6 2143 - folk vocal and guitar, then man in Spanish; over SER. [Connelly*B-MA] + NOV 7 2350 - Moorish-style Spanish vocal and guitar; local-like! [Connelly*rw-MA]

1602 | SPAIN | R. Vitoria, Vitoria, NOV 7 2351 - man in Spanish; over SER and WUNR slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]


*** PAN-AMERICAN DX ***

535 | GRENADA | GBC, St. George's, NOV 8 0101 - from-the-scene news correspondent; good signal but distorted audio. [Connelly*rw-MA]

555 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | R. ZIZ, Basseterre, NOV 8 0103 - man with Caribbean accent talking about the value of education; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

895 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | V. of Nevis, Bath Village, NOV 7 2238 - soca male vocal and band; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1000 | BRAZIL | R. Record, ZYK522, Sao Paulo, NOV 6 0538 - Portuguese talk; mixing with probable Colombia. Best with notch and USB 1.8 kHz BW engaged to dodge stronger Spain-999. [Connelly*B-MA]

1110 | VENEZUELA | R. Carupano, YVQT, Carupano, NOV 7 2305 - political slogans and talk mentioning "el Presidente Chavez" and "frente de trabajo"; loud, over WBT. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1180 | CUBA | R. Rebelde, Villa Maria, NOV 7 2316 - // 5025 with outdoor political rally; dominant. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1500 | VENEZUELA | R. Dos Mil, YVRZ, Cumana, NOV 7 2336 - excited talk, Dos Mil mention; noted through phased WTOP. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1500.26 | unID | NOV 7 2337 - het growl against WTOP/YVRZ. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1610 | unID | NOV 7 2353 - 1 kHz test tone possibly of domestic origin. [Connelly*rw-MA]

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