LEM112 DXpedition Report
November 21-29, 1997
was the first time ever when loggings from the world-famous
Lemmenjoki site in Finland were published on the
WWW. This happened on Dec. 10th 1997. What you see
now is an improved and more detailed version of
those pages - prompted by the positive feedback
which I received back then. So, here it is, the
story of my most successful DXpedition so far:
Expectations for the 112nd DXpedition
to Lemmenjoki ran high,
because solar activity was very low, and so we decided
to leave a day earlier than originally planned.
We drove through the night all the way to Lemmenjoki,
1200 kilometers to the north. As we arrived on midday
Friday, we immediately noticed excellent reception
conditions to North America. The biggest surprise
was that we heard Mexican stations even in the afternoon
local time, and on another day even until 1300 UTC,
which had never happened before.
On Sunday Nov. 23rd a major magnetic
storm occurred, which turned the dial upside down.
In the early morning at 0200 UTC we picked up more
Kenyan stations than ever before. For the following
few days there was hardly a single North American
station on the AM band, but fortunately average
conditions to Asia continued in the afternoons.
On Wednesday, Nov. 26th, we returned from sauna
around 1700 UTC and were amazed at the sudden upsurge
of Taiwanese stations. Unfortunately, the timing
was a bit too late for local station identifications.
North American stations made
on comeback on Wednesday, and aside from 0600-0700
UTC (which was prime time for DXing Spanish stations),
we pretty much stayed glued to North American stations
from 0500 to 1200 UTC. Mexicans continued to be
heard with strong signals, even though hardly anything
was logged from the southern part of the U.S. Otherwise
conditions to the rest of Latin America were much
below average. At nights the trans-Atlantic signals
were surprisingly few and weak.
The highlights were definitely
Kenyan and Mexican stations, and the amazing number
of graveyard stations from the U.S. - too many to
mention here. For a closer look at our catches,
browse the LEM112 DXpedition
log. For some logging guidelines, check out
notes on the log.
The participants were Mika
Mäkeläinen and Jarmo
Patala. In the picture above Jarmo is seen DXing...
that's pretty much all we did aside from trying
to keep warm, checking the antennae and getting
5-6 hours of sleep per day. This may sound utilitarian,
but Lemmenjoki is not exactly your dream beach resort,
so we tend to focus exclusively on DXing. And it
does pay off: both of us identified 150-200 stations
that were new to us (more than on any previous DXpedition),
including about 20 stations which had never before
been logged in Finland. By clicking equipment,
you can find a description of our receivers and