October 3-10, 2003
Came back from Miscou on October
10 after spending one full week in Miscou NB (FN77).
The DXers were this year: Ken Alexander, Kevin Carey,
Jacques dAvignon, Geoff Rivett, Roger Roussel,
Brent Taylor and Niel Wolfish. The conditions were
not as I would have expected on the NDB part of
the LF band. We only heard one more mainland Europe
NDB than we had heard in the previous years: GE
in Madrid, Spain.
Island NDB was barely audible but was there like
during Miscou 01 and 02. The Greenlanders were
heard most of the week but at a reduced level.
The LF broadcasters were present
every day, and the quality was excellent. We encountered
propagation situation, the LF broadcasters would
be heard for about 20 minutes in mid-afternoon (our
time AST), then they would be gone for a few hours.
Then they would re-appear at a very good level in
We think that the first appearance
of the broadcasters was when the grey line was passing
over the transmitter sites and then the signal would
come back when the full transatlantic path was in
On MW, we heard many countries
as far east as Greece (possible). This was the furthest
East we heard MW stations. A station from Oman was
We had an "interesting"
submarine antenna situation. We had layed out a
1000 ft long wire on the beach and we could not
understand why the pattern was changing during the
evening listening period: it was
omnidirectional for a while and then became directional
North/South like a Beverage.
turned out that we had forgotten about the high
tides around the full moon when we laid down the
wire. Upon inspection the next day, we found that
the furthest 1/3 of the wire was under water for
part of the evening and then the tide would change
and the antenna became dry again and become directional
again!!! The same antenna was also buried in the
beach for the first 1/3. This was caused by the
extremely high wind that was blowing all week.
Our best antennas for this DXpedition
were the long wire on the beach and an ALA100 loop
from Wellbrook. The Wellbrook loop was the quietest
antenna by far every day of our DXpedtion.
We were plagued by unusual noise
and we have decided to operate strictly on battery
power during Miscou 04. We know that some of our
equipment was causing noise, but the same equipment
was quiet last year, we are trying to find out why.
The equipment was a mix of: AR
7030+, Drake R8, and Grundig. We used four Wellbrook
antenna splitters so that all the receivers would
have access to all the antennas. The 12V was supplied
by an Astron power supply.
The weather was excellent all
week, but the howling wind was present every day.
Sand was found everywhere:over the antennas, in
the tool boxes, even in the pots and pans!
Travel to and from Miscou was
again done in one day: 14 hours of driving each
way. The fuel cost was about 20 percent higher this
year compared to last year.
Now that Miscou 03 is over it
is now time to start thinking about Miscou 04!
153 ALGERIA Chaîne 1 Béchar
OCT 7 2339 With Arabic singing parallel to
549 and 891.
153 GERMANY Deutschlandfunk Donebach OCT 8 2139
Good with woman in German. // 1422. Usually
Algeria dominated 153.
162 FRANCE France Inter Allouis
OCT 7 2120 Fair with man and woman talking
in French. Parallel to 1557-Nice
180 TURKEY TRT-4 Polatli OCT
10 0000 News by man and Middle Eastern-style
music from 0003. Poor.
189 ICELAND RUV Gufuskalar OCT
7 2140 - Fair with live Echo & The Bunnymen
225 POLAND Radio Polonia Raszyn
OCT 9 2349 Poor with lounge music and also
a tune by Louis Armstrong.
234 LUXEMBOURG RTL Junglinster
OCT 10 0105 Fair with The Polices Spirits
In The Material World. No sign of // 1440.
531 ALGERIA Chaîne 1 El
Ain Beida OCT 8 2244 Under Spain with woman
announcer and music on stringed instrument. Parallel
to 153. Sounded like there was more than one Spanish
station here at this time.
549 ALGERIA Chaîne 1 Les
Trembles OCT 7 2244 W/man singing. Weaker
than //891. Stronger @ 2339 and also //153.
558 SPAIN RNE R.5 synchros OCT
7 2249 - Man talking about the economy. Fair signal.
567 IRELAND RTE Radio 1 Tullamore
OCT 7 2258 With guitar music. ID at top of
the hour after time pips into an English newscast
by woman. Fair over top of a second station.
567 SPAIN RNE R. 1 synchros OCT
8 2330 Noted under Ireland with time pips.
Parallel to 684.
576 GERMANY SWR Mühlacker
OCT 8 0040 - Woman and man in German talking over
top of a second station.
576 SPAIN RNE R. 5 Barcelona
OCT 9 0110 - Poor w/man and woman in Spanish and
laughing a lot. Radio Cinco ID heard.
585 SPAIN RNE R. 1 Madrid OCT
7 2302 News read by woman w/ID @ 2302 at
end of nx. A second station was underneath.
594 MOROCCO RTM A Oujda OCT 7
2251 - Parallel to 207 with Arabic music. Soon lost
594 PORTUGAL Radio Renascença
Muge OCT 7 2256 Station promo by man with
web address given. Fading above Morocco now. OCT
10 0121 Good with Nelly Furtados Like
603 FRANCE France Info Lyon OCT
8 0103 Parallel to 1557 with French newscast.
612 IRELAND RTE Hitradio 2 Athlone
OCT 8 0106 With pop music and liner/ID that
sounded like the nations best music.
Fair signal that soon surrendered to Morocco.
612 MOROCCO RTM A Sebaâ-Aioun
OCT 8 2339- Parallel to 207 and 594 with man singing.
639 SPAIN RNE R. 1 La Coruña
OCT 7 2307 //684 with interview. Sounded
like another TA was off frequency on the low side.
666 GERMANY SWR Rohrdorf OCT
8 0050 - Presumed with German announcer playing
Aretha Franklin/George Michael and Commodores tunes.
ID at 0100. Over/under Spain. Also a bit later at
0134 with Sheryl Crows cover of The
First Cut is The Deepest and The Cardigans
Love Fool. OCT 10 0112 - Man in German,
parallel to 7265. Fair.
675 NETHERLANDS Arrow Classic
Rock Lopik OCT 8 0138 On top with Joe Cocker,
Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz tunes and Neil Youngs
Like A Hurricane. Male announcer. OCT
10 0053 Fair with Van Halen, Kansas and Steve
684 SPAIN RNE R. 1 Sevilla OCT
8 2236 Parallel to 693 with 2 men in a discussion.
Strong signal. [Wolfish-MB]
693 ENGLAND BBC R. 5 Droitwich
OCT 7 2310 Frequency a real mess at this
time, but a woman in English kept poking through.
693 SPAIN RNE R. 1 synchros OCT
8 2236 Parallel to 684 with 2 men in discussion.
No sign of BBC at this time on the frequency. [Wolfish-MB]
702 ??? OCT 10 0044 Arabic
singing. Poor. I assume this was probably Morocco
but unable to find any parallels.
711 FRANCE France Info Rennes
OCT 10 0010 - Poor and parallel to a stronger 1206
with French female vocal.
738 SPAIN RNE R. 1 Barcelona
OCT 9 0007 - ID by woman at end of newscast into
talk by man. Fair signal.
756 GERMANY Deutschlandfunk Braunschweig
OCT 8 0144 Presumed the one here with classical
music. No luck finding parallel signal on 153, 207,
756 SPAIN Radio Euskadi Bilbao
OCT 9 0012 Several IDs by a man and an excited
woman heard after some light music had been played.
Mixing with a second station playing classical music
765 SWITZERLAND Radio Suisse
Romande Sottens OCT 7 2313 Playing mellow
French songs and oldies. Strong. OCT 10 0015
W/The Beatles Girl. What sounded like
a jingle at 0029. The strongest non-Spanish TA signal
774 SPAIN RNE R.1 synchros OCT
7 2320 - Good and parallel to 684 with what sounded
like a inebriated Spaniard trying to sing a Frank
Sinatra tune. A comedy program?
783 MAURITANIA ORTM Nouakchott
OCT 9 0041 - Parallel to 4845 with 2 men talking
and male solo vocal. Fair signal.
837 CANARY ISLANDS/SPAIN COPE
Synchros OCT 10 0040 Woman in Spanish, parallel
855 SPAIN RNE R. 1 synchros OCT
8 0149 Poor and parallel to 585 with woman
864 EGYPT Holy Koran R. Santah
OCT 8 0151 Man reciting Koran; fair.
873 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2323 - Parallel to 1116 with financial talk. Poor.
945 FRANCE France Info Toulouse
OCT 9 0116 Fair with woman announcer playing
the new Travis single Re-Offender. Parallel
to 603 and 1557.
954 SPAIN Onda Cero Radio Madrid
OCT 10 0151 - Poor with man in Spanish.
972 ???? OCT 8 2225 - Poor with
man singing in Arabic. Libya? UAE?
981 ???? OCT 10 0120 - What I
would describe as Greek bouzouki music occasionally
surfacing. Female announcer, but I could not determine
what language she was speaking. Poor at best.
999 SPAIN COPE Madrid OCT 7 2326
- Strong with either commercials or station promo.
Consistently one of the strongest TA signals all
1008 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2004 Spanish newscast read by woman. Station
promo mentioning Valencia at 2007. Not parallel
to 1026 at this time. Much stronger at 2032 recheck.
1017 SPAIN RNE R. 5 OCT 10 0153
Poor and parallel to 1107 with dialogue by
1026 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2012 Football broadcast. Possibly involving
a team fromValencia. Good signal Parallel to a slightly
1044 MOROCCO RTM A Sebaâ-Aioun
OCT 7 2123 - On top of Spain with Arabic talk.
1044 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2124 - Under Morocco with football match, parallel
1080 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2157 Under WTIC-Hartford with the same soccer/football
as on 1026 and 1116.
1089 ENGLAND TalkSport UK various
OCT 8 2220 - Noted in passing with (what else) talk
about sports. Not audible on 1053, 1071 or 1107
at this time.
1098 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2034 - Spanish talk with a woman on the telephone.
Parallel to 1107 (poor), 1125 (poor) and 1305 (fair)
at this time.
1107 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2034 - Poor with Spanish talk with a woman
on the telephone. Parallel to 1098.
1116 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 10
0030 Time pips and what sounded like a phone-in-show.
Fair and parallel to 1026.
1125 MADEIRA RDP Madeira Ponta
Do Pargo OCT 7 2057 In a battle with RNE
5. Male announcer playing easy-listening music.
Time pips at 2100 into a Portuguese newscast. Soon
lost the battle to Spain.
1125 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2103 faded over top of Madeira with
1134 CROATIA Voice of Croatia
Zadar OCT 8 2230 - Fair with end of English broadcast
into Spanish broadcast.
1134 SPAIN COPE synchros OCT
7 2206 Parallel to 1143, 1215 and 1224 with
two men in Spanish. Fair signal.
1143 SPAIN COPE synchros OCT
7 2206 Parallel to 1134, 1215 and 1224 with
two men talking.
1152 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2111 Fair signal parallel to 1503 with
talk by man in Spanish.
1179 ??? OCT 7 2329 Arose
from the mud briefly with the distinct sound of
recent hit Bring Me To Life by Evanescence.
1179 CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN
SER synchros OCT 7 2041 - Parallel to 1116 with
either a football broadcast or just highlights from
the match. Definitely sounded like one of the 1179
stations was out of synch with the rest.
1188 HUNGARY Radio Free Europe
relay Marcali OCT 8 2202 Dominating with
a Serbian newscast and then a woman talking about
democracy. Getting hammered by annoying splatter
from 1190-WLIB. Not present at 2253 recheck.
1197 GERMANY R. Free Europe relay
München-Ismaning OCT 8 2217 Man on phone
w/somebody. //1188, but not as strong.
1215 ENGLAND Virgin Radio various
OCT 10 0128 Over top of Spain for a while
with Badly Drawn Boys Something To Talk
About, The Corals Pass It On
and The Verves Bittersweet Symphony.
Also heard a station promo with David Bowie saying
youre listening to Virgin Radio
at 0207. No luck finding parallels on 1197, 1233
1215 SPAIN COPE synchros OCT
7 2046 Political discussion w/man and woman,
//to a weaker 1296. Over top another station.
1224 SPAIN COPE synchros OCT
7 2206 Parallel to 1134, 1143 and 1215 with
two men talking. Poor signal.
1242 FRANCE France Info Marseille
OCT 10 0033 - Weak with female in French. Parallel
1287 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 10
0144 Poor and parallel to 1116 man in Spanish.
1296 ENGLAND Radio XL 1296 AM
Birmingham OCT 8 2147 presumed the one here
with the South Asian music under Spain.
1296 SPAIN COPE Valencia OCT
8 2158 Strong with Radio Diario de
Valencia program. Earlier at 2038 it sounded
like there were two Spanish stations on 1296, but
only one is listed.
1305 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2105 Newscast . Parallel to 1152 and
1413. Bad hum from somebody off frequency noted
all three nights.
1332 ENGLAND ???? OCT 8 0204
- Man reading news. Not sure which station this
might have been but it was not parallel to 198.
1332 ITALY RAI Radio Uno synchros
OCT 8 2101 With woman reading news in Italian.
Fair to good and parallel to 1575;
OCT 10 0048 Noted parallel to 6060 (Caltanissetta,
Sicily) with Italian jazz music at this time.
1341 NORTHERN IRELAND BBC Radio
Ulster Lisnagarvey OCT 8 2154 - Over top of Spain
with woman playing lounge-type music. BBC ID and
news at 2200. Also noted at 2302 with man giving
1359 SPAIN RNE 1 Madrid OCT 7
2335 - Parallel to 684 with talk by a woman. Poor
signal over top of another station.
1377 FRANCE France Info Lille
OCT 8 2047 - French discussion. Fair signal and
parallel to 1206 and 1557.
1385.9 ??? OCT 7 2103 - somebody
off frequency here, but I couldnt pull out
1395 ALBANIA Trans World Radio
Fllakë OCT 8 2050 Religious program
in Czech. Somebody off frequency around 1394.8 also.
1404 FRANCE France Info synchros
OCT 10 0033 - French male vocal parallel to 1206
1413 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2105 Newscast with noticeable echo.
Parallel to 1125, 1152 and 1305.
1422 ALGERIA Radio Culture Algeirs
OCT 7 2019 - Strong with woman singing what almost
sounded like opera music. Noted later at 2023 with
more typical sounding Middle Eastern-style music.
1422 GERMANY Deutschlandfunk
Heusweiler OCT 8 2139 Weak with woman speaking
in German. Parallel to 153. OCT 9 0238 fair
with German male announcer and opera music.
1467 FRANCE Trans World Radio
Roumoules OCT 7 2129 Strong with Arabic program
which matches TWRs program schedule. Noted
later in English at 2221 with Through The
1476 AUSTRIA ORF Wien-Bisamberg
OCT 8 2128 Strong with German announcer playing
what sounded like beer garden music
and also some sombre horn music.
1485 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2109 Parallel to 1026 with football broadcast.
Noticeable het on low side-around 1484.6) (Angola?),
but couldnt pull out any audio.
1503 IRAN IRIB Bushehr OCT 8
2124 Parallel to 15084 with female announcer
and Middle Eastern music. Mixing with a second station
in Arabic (Egypt?).
1503 SPAIN RNE R. 5 synchros
OCT 7 2111 Good signal parallel to 1152 with
talk by man in Spanish.
1512 BELGIUM Radio Netherlands
relay Wolvertem OCT 8 2107 - In English with documentary
program about a harvest.
1521 SAUDI ARABIA BSKSA Duba
OCT 7 2115 Fair signal with man in Arabic,
parallel to both 9555 and 9870 at this time.
1539 GERMANY EvangeliumsRundfunk
Mainflingen OCT 8 2111 On top of Spain with
English language religious program.
1557 FRANCE France Info Nice
OCT 7 2120 Fair with man and woman talking.
Parallel to 162.
1575 ITALY RAI Radio Uno synchros
OCT 8 2121 On top of Spain with interview
with woman on telephone. Parallel to 1332.
1575 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2124 - On top of a second station with the same
soccer/football match as on 1044.
1584 SPAIN SER OCT 7 2118
Parallel to 1026 with football match. Over top a
second station playing classical music. (Radiolé?).
1602 SPAIN SER synchros OCT 7
2127 Parallel to 1044 and 1575 with soccer
match. A second Spanish station with talk by a man
could be heard underneath (I assume this was Euskadi
FREQ ID LOCATION / USER Date-Time
162 -- LWBC, Allouis, F 10/8/03-2114
171 -- LWBC, MRC 10/4/03-2317
177 -- LWBC, Berlin 10/8/03-2113
198 -- LWBC, London (BBC) 10/5/03-2130
227 SZO Fryeburg, ME 10/5/03-0329
234 -- LWBC, Luxembourg 10/5/03-2139
242 3E Galaxy Platform, NS 10/8/03-2155
252 -- LWBC, Algeria 10/4/03-2255
257 FVE Frenchville, ME 10/5/03-0347
260 PYA Penn Yan, NY 10/6/03-2348
263 GGP Logansport, IN 10/7/03-0046
265 JH Julianehaab, GRL 10/7/03-0050
270 -- LWBC, Czech. 10/5/03-2140
270 FLO Flores, AZR 10/4/03-2220
272 OLD Old Town, ME 10/5/03-0349
278 BST Belfast, ME 10/5/03-0352
278 PQ Presque Isle, ME 10/5/03-1623
279 SI Simiutaq, GRL 10/5/03-2152
284 5N Rowan Gorilla Platform, NS 10/5/03-1628
298 KU Kook Islands, GRL 10/5/03-2206
323 SMA Santa Maria, AZR 10/5/03-2212
328 LC Laconia, NH 10/6/03-2345
330 CZM Cozumel, MEX. 10/7/03-0126
330 FH Frederikshaab, GRL 10/6/03-0235
334 RM Rockland, ME 10/5/03-2217
336 BDB Melva, VA 10/10/03-0039
338 PST Porto Santo, MDR 10/6/03-0125
356 SUH Rockland, ME 10/5/03-0315
359 NA Narsarsuaq, GRL 10/10/03-0123
360 FMH Falmouth, MA 10/8/03-2313
360 ASN Ascension Island, ASC 10/9/03-0113
371 MGL San Miguel, AZR 10/5/03-2328
375 JRV Morrisville, VT 10/5/03-2333
380 FIL Horta, AZR 10/7/03-2322
382 LAR Arruda, POR 10/10/03-0140
386 CP Constable Pt., GRL 10/6/03-2337
397 OW Norwood, MA 10/7/03-0003
402 MQ Miquelon, SPM 10/6/03-0137
412 6C H. Goodrich Platform, NL 10/7/03-2333
421 PCW Port Clinton, OH 10/7/03-0201
421 GE Madrid, E 10/10/03-0014
444 -- CW Marine traffic 10/5/03-2305
450 PPA Puerta Plata, DOM 10/6/03-0152
521.4 -- CW Marine traffic 10/7/03-0213
Key to ITU Country Codes
SPM-St. Pierre & Miquelon
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