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LEM85 DXpedition Report
October 21-28, 1995

Three DXers from the Helsinki area took part in this two-week DXpedition, two at a time: Mika Mäkeläinen from October 21st to 28th, Hannu Niilekselä from October 28th to November 4th and Håkan Sundman for the entire two-week period from October 21st to November 4th 1995.

Everyone had two radio sets, models JRC NRD-535 and NRD-525. Antenna installations were the same as usually in Lemmenjoki, 16 longwire antennae each 1000 meters in length, directed to South America, Central America, North America, North and the Far East.

LEM85 was another success story in the legendary QTH. At first magnetic disturbances prevented serious DXing for a few days, for instance not a single station from North America was heard during the first couple of days. Even then the path was open mainly to La Plata area of South America and South Asia.

Gradually reception conditions grew better and by weekend Oct. 27-28th, the conditions reached a peak with the AM band full of North American and Mexican stations. A relatively good opening toward Far East was noted in the afternoon of Oct. 24th, when some previously unheard Philippine stations were identified. Mexicans came surprisingly well on Oct. 26-27th, and several stations were logged for the first time in Europe. Conditions toward North America remained very good for the second week with good openings especially toward the West Coast of North America.

For me personally, one of the highlights was hearing KNIM Maryville MO on 1580 kHz using a nighttime power of 11 watts. Some of the Mexicans (740 XEHS, 1270 XERRT and 1410 XECF) were also neat catches. One of the Philippino stations identified was DWAR on 891 kHz, and even now five years later that I'm once again re-editing my site, the WRTH doesn't have a clue about this station. Thanks to Dave Kenny in the UK, I learned that the station does exist - it transmits from Naga City.

For a comprehensive list of what we heard, see the LEM85 DXpedition log, which includes loggings from the entire two-week period. For some logging guidelines, check out notes on the log. Here's a description of the Lemmenjoki QTH.

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