Logs for 10th May

Again, just a short listening period with the following noted:

7445 Khz Madagascar BBC 18:37 UTC English. Discussion about sport. Madagascar relay SINPO: 43333 2014-05-10

6240 Khz Pirate R. Flying Dutchman 22:38 UTC Steppenwolf, followed by Roxy Music. ID at 22:40 but couldn’t here due to noise. Accent sounds Dutch. Followed by T-Rex. ID again at 22:47 but missed. Polka followed. ID Radio Flying Dutchman at 22:50 followed by David Bowie. SINPO: 43333 2014-05-10

Radio Flying Dutchman is well-worth seeking out as they play some excellent music. Noise, at times, marred getting a good ID and there was also some CW (Morse) that came over the transmission from time to time. After the listening period I sent a reception report by email so here’s hoping for an E-QSL from them. The pirates usually send quite colourful cards.

I have found over the last few days that conditions generally seem a little poor. My two favourite bands for listening are the 31m and 41m bands, with listens also in the 49m band. All have been plagued with high noise levels. I am unsure at the moment whether this is local or atmospheric noise, it’s sometime difficult to pin down.

I am hoping over the next few weeks when time permits, I can get a longer and higher antenna up, which will hopefully get it away from some of the more local noise.

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