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Muhos DXpedition January 2005


by Andrea Lawendel and Renato Bruni

Stormy space weather (more than stormy ground weather during flight transfers in Helsinki) didn't assist in making one of the few Italian Dxpeditions to the far European north a lifetime dream come true. A number of nice receptions in our log still demonstrate that conditions are radically different with respect to our best locations in Italy. As a feasibility study, however, our mission to Oulu - a high-tech university town in Finland, not too distant from the Arctic Circle - was a complete success, one which will encourage us to be back, perhaps very soon.

Cottage

In a sense, escaping local bad DX factors to try one's luck at Northern latitudes, could be considered as cheating. In our view, experimenting such a huge gap in listening conditions can really be challenging and in front of increasing electrical noises in the mediumwave band and of the potential ill effects of crazy DRM experimentations being put in place all over Europe, we wanted to give this a try before it could be too late. In spite of a theoretical solar minimum, we have unfortunately chosen to leave in the wake of last mid-January massive coronal activity, with heavy proton storms at ground level. And mind you, protons can really be noisy at 65 degrees North, wiping out almost every useful signal at low frequencies. For us, it took at least two days for the storm to subside.

First hints at Oulu as our Dxpedition site came during a business trip one of us took last year and was later confirmed by a suggestion from well known Swedish Dxer Henrik Klemetz. Henrik mentioned one his contacts, Jari Ruohomäki, an active Dxer and a regular member of the Lemmenjoki crews, owns a well equipped cottage in the outskirts of Muhos, a small town 35 km SW from Oulu. Jari confirmed us his property was available for rent. The cottage includes four communication receivers and seven very long Beverage antennas pointing to bearings covering areas from the Southern point of Latin American up to the Great Lakes area of the Us. Future plans for this location include mounting up one or two more Beverages toward Asia/Pacific and possibly Alaska (a US State Jari is not particularly keen about, having logged all Alaskan MW in Lemmenjoki). Temporary antennas can be erected, but that's a feat which snow on the ground can make a bit hard. The cottage can conveniently accommodate two to four persons and is very well equipped and comfortable even if one doesn't take radio interest in consideration.

What's furthermore attractive about Oulu/Muhos is the fact one can reach Oulu in less than six flight hours from Milan, via Helsinki/Finnair (other routes to Oulu include Stockholm by Sas/Blue1 or Tampere via Ryanair). Blizzards in South Finland somewhat delayed our arrival. Jari has been so kind to pick us up at the airport, but car rental is possibile, albeit a bit expensive, and Muhos can be reached in less than 45 minutes from the regional capital town. Jari's cottage lays at approximately 10 km from Muhos, in a sparsely populated forest. Beverages can be mounted from 230 to perhaps 090 degrees, but backlobe effect helps in pointing to directions where a downhill slope around the house would make it difficult to put wires up. Temperature in January was quite stable around -8 to -10 Cº, down to -15 when we left. Jari tells us it can well go down to -25. The Sun rises around 10 local time and sets around 15.30, but light hours decrease sensibly in December.

Listening

And now to our impressions DX-wise. In spite of potentially good K index values toward the end of our weekly stay (21-28 January 2005), we weren't able to experience any exceptional opening toward North American, Michigan being one of the furtherst catches. The same holds true for La Plata and Chile openings when K values and Polar absorption were high: we had only a very short opening toward Peru. One the highlight of our continous listening sessions has been the Asiatic log, with many of the most powerful stations from Japan to Pakistan. That's something a Southern European Dxer can surely appreciate, since co-channel listening is almost but impossible South of the Alps. When darkness is at its deepest you can dx in Oulu from South West to North North East directions from 22 utc to 12, but one cannot rule completely out the afternoon and early evening for Far East and Africa. The extreme North of Lemmenjoki can offer more opportunities for sure, Jari says, but he's convinced he will be able to go for Marshall Islands in Oulu too and will set for that next autumn.

Beverages (a 232° [850m], 245° [650m], 258° [850m], 271° [1100m], 282° [1050m], 293° [950m], 305° [950m]); Receivers: 4xJRC-525, Palstar R-30.

21-22 January. (Alvestad Report). Few weak signals on an almost dead MW band. I mean, few *european* signals.
22-23 January. (Alvestad Report). The following night the propagation was better, at least during the LA sunset. Fair signals from Southern Brazil (Cumbica-1500 e Continental AM-1520) and Uruguay. Not a single NA signal at local dawn.
23-24 January. (Alvestad Report). Huge opening towards the Indian Subcontinent in the afternoon. We don't konw if such event is usual during poor conditions, but both the number of stations logged and their signals were quite impressive. No TA signals at night. Highlight: Pakistan on 1340.94 kHz.
24-25 January. (Alvestad Report). Weak asian openig in the afternoon, few NA in the morning and stong signal from Thunder-1530.
25-26 January. (Alvestad Report). Caribe and Centroamerica during the night.
26-27 January. (Alvestad Report). Fair opening towards the Great Lakes Area, but actually with weak signals. Early at night, Portorico and few signals from Peru.
27-28 January (Alvestad Report). Weak signals, without a clear propagative pattern: Afghanistan in the evening, then some feeble brazilians and scattered signals from Colombia.

Europe

1116 26.01 1630- KTO Kanal, Mosca, Russia Clip
1512 26.01 1540- R. Yunost, Ibresi, Russia
1530 25.01 0550- AFN Keflavik, Islanda "Thunder 15-30" Clip

United Kingdom
 
774 25.01 1400- BBC Radio Kent, Littlebourne, UK
792 23.01 1820- BBC Radio Foyle, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK In // 1341 kHz

945 24.01 2200- Classic Gold, Derby, UK

990 23.01 1810- BBC Scotland, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK // 810

1035 23.01 2100- Northsounds Two, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
1107 23.01 2055- Moray Firth Radio, Inverness, Scotland, UK
1161 23.01 2045- Magic 1161, Goxhill, UK
1332 23.01 2010- Classic Gold, Peterborough, UK

1413 23.01 2230- Premier Christian Radio, UK
1431 22.01 2230- Classic Gold Breeze, Southend, UK

1503 28.01 0240- BBC Radio Stoke, Stoke on Trent, UK (relay BBC 5)

1548 23.01 2245- Forth AM, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Asia

702 27.01 1700- AIR Jalandhar, Punjab, India. In // 4860 kHz

738 24.01 1533- Yuye Guangbo Diantai, Baisha, Taiwan
738 23.01 1540- AIR Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, India. In // 1566 kHz

774 27.01 1710- AIR Shimla, India
774 25.01 1513- Hubei RGD, Hunan, Cina
846 23.01 0120- AIR Ahmedabad, India
882 25.01 1525- TWR Puttalam, Sri Lanka

882 23.01 1540- AIR Imphal, Manipur, India. In // 10330 e 4775 kHz

900 26.01 0310- AIR Cuddapah, Andra Pradesh, India

918 23.01 1540- AIR Suratgarh, Rajahstan, India. In // 936 kHz

936 23.01 1545- AIR Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. In // 918 kHz

945 23.01 1540- AIR Sambalpur, Orissa, India

972 23.01 1550- AIR Cuttak, Orissa, India. The clip provides just an idea of the signal strengh
981 24.01 1545- CNR1, Cina

1098 24.01 1640- WYFR Family Radio, Taiwan

1116 25.01 1620- AIR Srinagar, India.

1134 26.01 1630- Cina In // 1593 kHz

1134 25.01 2240- Xinjiang, Cina

1169 23.01 2045- IRIB 1, Iran. In // 1503.

1242 23.01 1540- AIR Varanasi, India. In // 1305 kHz

1242 24.01 1553- Voice of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam. Nx ee from 1630-

1296 25.01 1415- VOA Kabul, Afghanistan
1305 23.01 2010- AIR Parbhani, India. In // 1566 kHz

1340.94 23.01 1615- R. Pakistan, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
1359 23.01 1600- AIR Shimla, India. In // 3223 kHz

1368 23.01 1605- AIR Delhi, India. In // 10330 kHz

1377 26.01 2105- Tibet. In // 4820 kHz.

1386 25.01 1545- Tianjin Life Channel, Cina
1395 25.01 1500- Anhui Life Radio, Cina
1395 23.01 1550- AIR Bikaner, Rajahstan, India

1404 25.01 2230- Hubei RGD, Cina

1413 24.01 1600- JOIF Fukuoka, Giappone "KBC Funky Radio".
1431 23.01 1715 Xinjiang PBS, Cina. In // 4980 kHz.

1467 26.01 1555- AIR Jeypore, India

1503 26.01 1525 WYFR, Family Radio, Taiwan

1530 23.01 1540- AIR Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. In // 1566 kHz.

1530 26.01 1530- Zheijang, Voice of the City, Cina
1557 23.01 1440- WYFR Family Radio, Taiwan

1575 daily 1600- R. Asia via UAE Radio, Dubai. Moved to 1557 kHz few weeks ago.

1575 daily 0015- VOA Thailand.
1602 27.01 1600- R. Khost, Afghanistan.

North America

570.06 25.01 0450- KNR, Nuuk, Groenlandia. In // 243 e 650 kHz

710 25.01 0503 CKVO, Clarenville, NL, Canada. VOCM relay

800 27.01 0530- CKLW, Windsor, ON, Canada
860 27.01 0540- CJBC, Toronto, ON, Canada. In ff.

1000 27.01 0513- pres. WMVP, Chicago, IL, USA

1010 27.01 0510- CFRB, Toronto, ON, Canada
1020 27.01 0505- KDKA, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

1050 27.01 0505- CHUM, Toronto, ON, Canada

1100 27.01 0650- WTAM, Clevenald, OH, USA

1130 27.01 0535- WBBR, New York, NY, USA

1140 24.01 0505- CBI, Sidney, NS, Canada. In // 1070 kHz

1150 25.01 0640- pres. CJRC, Ottawa, ON, Canada. In ff.

1200 27.01 0520- CFGO, Ottawa, ON, Canada

1210 28.01 0030- VOAR, Mount Pearl, NL, Canada  
1250 27.01 0545- WEAE, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

1270 27.01 0545- CJCB, Sidney, NS, Canada

1300 27.01 0555- WOOD, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

1370 25.01 0630- pres. WDEA, Ellsworth, ME, USA. mx easy listening non stop.

1430 27.01 0640- WENE, Endicott, NY, USA. "Fox Sports Radio"

1460 25.01 0605- WDDY, Albany, NY, USA. Relay Radio Disney

1510 26.01 0510- WLAC, Nashville, TN, USA
1540 25.01 0540- WDCD, Albany, NY, USA
1560 25.01 0530- WQEW, New York, NY, USA

1570 25.01 0650- CFAV, Laval, QC, Canada

1590 27.01 0655- WAKR, Akron, OH, USA

1600 25.01 0620- pres. WUNR, Brookline, MA, USA

1680 27.01 0020- WLAA, Winter Garden, FL, USA "la 16-80"
1700 27.01 0620- KVNS, Brownsville, TX


Central America

1430 27.01 0430- WNEL Notiuno, Caguas, Portorico
1540 27.01 0350- ZNS1, Nassau, Bahamas

1570 26.01 0515- La Poderosa 15-60, Messico. Dominante sul canale
1570 26.01 0505- pres. Radio Cadena Nacional de Noticias RCN, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Broadcasting a live interview with a deputy of the National Paty (partido Nacional)
1570 27.01 0330- R. Amanecer Int, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana
1600 27.01 0200-
WLUZ, Bayamon, Portorico "La Romantica 1600"
1640 27.01 0315- R. Juventus Don Bosco, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana


South America

930 23.01 0230- CX20 R. Montecarlo, Montevideo, Uruguay

930 24.01 0010- ZYH646 R. Metropolitana, Fortaleza, Brasile

1250 27.01 0005- pres. OAX4L R. Miraflores, Lima, Peru
1380.03 26.01 0435 HJEE, RCN, Tunja, Colombia
1390 28.01 0417- YVZA R. Fe y Alegria, Caracas, Venezuela

1400 28.01 0500- HJKM Emisora Mariana Radio Multicultural, Bogota, Colombia.
1409.98 27.01 2340- ZYK691 R.America, Sao Paulo, SP, Brasile

1420 26.01 0635 YVNZ R. Marabina, Maracaibo, Venezuela
1429.9 26.01 0630- YVNB R. Satelite, Guacara, Venezuela
1470 22.01 2340- CX147 R. Cristal, Montevideo, Uruguay
1470 27.01 2330- ZY.... R. Papacaça, Bom Conselho, Brasile
1470 26.01 2340- OAX4B CPN, Lima, Peru

1470 22.01 2345- ZYJ616 R. AM de Parelhas, "A radio da familia seridoense".

1480 27.01 0000- ZYI825 R. Cancao Nova, Gravatà, SP, Brasile. In // 9675 kHz

1490 26.01 0615- YVXD Dinamica 14-90, Caracas, Venezuela
1499.05v 26.01 0550- OBX4I R. Santa Rosa, Lima, Peru. Rosario

1500 23.01 0100- ZYK773 R. Cumbica AM, Guarulhos, SP, Brasile
1520 23.01 0037- ZYJ491 R. Continental AM, Rio de Janeiro, Brasile
1559.98 26.01 0615- HJXZ R. Santa Maria de la Paz, Medellin, Colombia
1570 27.01 2300- ZYH496 R. Educadora, Jaguaquara, Brasile
1590 23.01 0145- CX159 R. Real, Colonia, Uruguay

Shortwave

3235 27.01 2220- R. Guaruja Paulista // 5044.98 kHz

3325 27.01 2230- R Nossa Voz/Mundial, Sao Paulo, BRA. Not // 4975 kHz

4775 27.01 2210- R. Congonhas, BRA
4975.02 often 2200- R Mundial, Sao Paulo, BRA

5005 27.01 1650- R. Bata, Guinea Ecuatoriale.

5066.49 22.01 1550- R. Candip, Bunia, Congo. In ff until 16.00.


UNIDs

1380 24.01 0520- Unid rel ss "La Iglesia "Cristo Significa Esperanza" esta presentando el programa "Buscando la Ruta Perdida". Corporacion, most likely.

1584 25.01 1530- Unid asiatic. Hints appreciated
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1476 26.01 1435 Thai?
1350 26.01 2130- Thai?
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