This DX site was created to let fellow dxer's know what we are up to while on DXpeditions in our former Walsoorden site (HOL) and the new site near Veurne, West Flanders, Belgium. We hope it inspires other dxers to try DXpeditions.

We travel to such locations to escape noise and to be able to put out long beverage antennas. Something we cannot do from home. DXpeditions take place several times a year. Usually in winter. Dxer's from Belgium and The Netherlands take the opportunity to dx from such rural dx location.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

DX-pedition 19-20-21 October 2012.



Finally, here is our report.  I apologise that it took so look before this page was updated, but it took lots of time to go through the recordings, much more than other times because conditions were so lousy and we had to dig deed.

Furthermore we had some problems with our antennas.  Here  you can see the antennas we have put up. The grey shaded area behind our DX-location is now sold and the farmer doesn’t want antenna’s on its property. At first we were very happy about the news that we could use the farm land to the south of this area, so we erected a 400 m non terminated beverage antenna on it (the green one). Unfortunately, this antenna had a lot of issues.  It didn't perform well and it picked up a lot of local QRM.  We changed the balun and the coax but that didn't solve anything.  We were searching in the neighbourhood for the culprit, but couldn't find it. We discovered a pumping unit that was causing interference in the Walsoorden community but that was not constantly on; while our source of interference was always there. So in the end, we gave up.  It was a pity, that it took so much effort.  Even erecting the antenna itself on the muddy field was not the most obvious thing to do.


Dave putting up a beverage antenna on the muddy field.

Besides the 350 meters beverage to 60° Asia that was already present, we took the opportunity to compare it against a BOG of 400 meters rolled out next to it. In fact its performance was better. Backward rejection was clearly higher on the BOG.  On Saturday night, we removed the terminating resistor while we hoped to get more signals from South America on the back of this antenna.  Unfortunately, the receiving pattern didn’t change dramatically.  Favoured direction was still 60°.

We erected also a Wellbrook Kaz antenna directed to 300° that was combined with a shielded loop.  The latter brought nice DRM reception from Radio New Zealand International.  The Kaz became our main antenna for Trans Atlantic DX.




The combined KAZ and Shielded loop antenna

Participants, Leo Fissers, Ron Likens, David Onley and me, Guido Schotmans were all equipped with Perseus receivers but there was also a Bonito Radiojet, and traditional receivers from JRC, Drake and Icom.





And then, it was time to start DXing.  But what a disappointment ! Condition were really very bad.  We never experienced such lousy conditions.  Of course we were already alarmed by the observations at home, the indices on the net and the experiences other DXpeditioners like our Nordic friends at http://arcticdx.blogspot.com. Reception of North American stations was almost nil. There was only a very minor number that could make it over the pond and only for a very short time, sometimes only minutes. Also Far Eastern DX was very low. It took even a long time before the CRI Urumchi power house on 1521 kHz was coming through. HLAZ 1566 was good for a longer time, but that was about it.  Only HLKC on 1134 was dropping in on Saturday at 1600 UT. Now and then, we jumped to the Tropical bands and Shortwave.

On Sunday morning, conditions to South America opened a bit more and we managed to hear several stations.  There was also a personal first with CMIP Radio Surco from Morón, Cuba. An audio clip is available on the left.

You can also find a few notes on Facebook from Dave about this trip here.



Here is the logbook from this DX-trip :

FRIDAY LOGGINGS

0531,00 1400 19-10-12 FRO Útvarp Føroya, Akraberg | Nordic pop mx. Time check, Nx Fa 34444
0549,00 1400 19-10-12 IRL IRL   Spirit Radio, Carrickroe | ID, Ads, Nx E 34444
0567,00 1700 19-10-12 RUS R Rossii, Volgograd | ID & News. Informtion program Vesti R 33333
0702,00 2030 19-10-12 IRN IRIB, Rasht | Piano tune, N. Anthem, Koran pray Fs 22222
0810,00 1800 19-10-12 MKD Makedonsko Radio 1, Ovce Polje | Local folk mx, "R Macedonia" ID at 1800 Mc 44444
0837,00 2030 19-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Iran, Esfahan/Habibabad | ID, gong, patriotic song (weak under France Info) Fs 22222
0846,00 1700 19-10-12 RUS Radio Radonezh, Noginsk | ID "Govorit radiostancia Radonesh" R 44444
0846,00 2030 19-10-12 IRN  IRIB Radio Iran,  Mianeh | ID, gong, patriotic song Fs 33333
0855,00 1729 19-10-12 ROU Radio România Actualităţi, Tâncăbeşti (Bucureşti) | ID and octul interior px Ro 44444
0873,00 1530 19-10-12 RUS Radio Rossii, Sankt Peterburg | ID "Vlusjiriye Glas Radio, raboto Sektioni Radiostancia Mayak, Vesti FM y Radio Rossii, Glas Radio Novoci" R 44444
0900,00 1930 19-10-12 IRN IRIB Tehran | px //1503. Gong ID, "Injah Theran, Sedayeh Jumhoriyaha Islamiyah Iran, Radio Iran", revol. March Fs 43443
0909,00 1859 19-10-12 ROU Radio Cluj, Jucu | Times and Fq's, ID and sign off. Very well over BBC 5 live Ro 44444
0909,00 2100 19-10-12 ROU R Actualitata, Timisoara | ID, Nx Ro 43443
0927,45 1800 19-10-12 TJK Voice of Russia, Dushanbe/Yangiyul | ID and News E 33443
0936,00 1500 19-10-12 UKR Ukrainske Radio 1, various sites | IS, ID, News mentioning Herman van Rompaey Uk 44444
0936,00 2100 19-10-12 IRN IRIB, Urumiyeh | "R Iran" ID, opening mx.  Fs 44444
1089,00 1805 19-10-12 RUS VO Russia, Tbilisskaya | Golos Rossii ID. Very well over Talksport R 33333
1188,00 1930 19-10-12 IRN Radio Payam, Tehran | Tune, R Payam ID, Nx. Very well over MDR Info Fs 44444
1323,00 2100 19-10-12 CYP BBC WS, Zygi (Limassol) | ID, Nx abt Syria etc clear after VoRussia Sign off E 34444
1350,00 1402 19-10-12 G Radio Yare (LPAM), Great Yarmouth | ID and piano mx E 24232
1368,00 2033 19-10-12 I Challenger Radio,  Villa Estense, PD | ID as IRRS Shortwave, Italian mx and at 2100 Overcomer Ministry E 33333
1404,00 1759 19-10-12 ROU R Sighet, Sighet | ID, "Aiscolta Radio Shiget". 1800 Radio Journalu Transilvania. About Nokia plant. At 1859 R Cluj ID and Freq. Sign off Ro 44444
1467,00 1730 19-10-12 KGZ Trans World Radio, Bishkek | TWR IS, "Ishirdah Trans Yechon Radiyada". Kirghiz program Ki 44444
1467,00 1900 19-10-12 ARS BSKSA Al-Aam, General px, Hafar Al-Batin | ID, local mx Ar 43443
1467,00 1930 19-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Iran, Qom | Gong, "Injah Theran, sadayeh Jumhoriyah Islamiyah Iran, Radio Iran" Fs 44444
1470,00 2300 19-10-12 VEN R Vibración, Carúpano  | ID "Desde Carúpano, transmite Viracion, 14-70 AM" Sp 22332
1485,00 1500 19-10-12 LVA Radio Merkurs, Riga | ID and soft mx. Very strong for only 1 KW Lt 45444
1503,00 1400 19-10-12 G Betar Bangla, East London/Bow | ID's and Ads  Be 24332
1503,00 1730 19-10-12 IRN IRIB 1, Bushehr | "Radio Iran" ID Fs 34333
1512,00 1930 19-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Iran,  Ardabil | Short news segment Fs 44444
1521,00 1430 19-10-12 CHN CRI, Urumqi | Starts to appear at 1430. ID at 1459. At 1600 supressed by BSKSA but at 1700 and 1900 strong at S9+10 R 34333
1539,00 1604 19-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Iran Golestan, Gorgan | Clear ID "Injah Radiyo Golestan" Fs 33333
1539,00 1900 19-10-12 UAE VOA, Al-Dhabbaya | VOA tune, nx abt plan for military intervetion in Mali E 33333
1566,00 1830 19-10-12 KOR HLAZ, FEBC Korea, Cheju | Rus Rel talks and ID as "Radio Teos" R 44444
1566,00 2100 19-10-12 KOR HLAZ, FEBC Korea, Cheju | En dof Russian px followed by typical ID tune K 44444
1575,00 1702 19-10-12 UAE R Farda, Al Dhabiya | talks, ID Fs 34333
1593,00 1859 19-10-12 ROU Radio Cluj, Various | closing announcement and sign off Ro 43333
4747,10 2317 19-10-12 PRU R Huanta 2000, Huanta | Programa Onda Luz y esperanza Sp 34233
4775,00 2321 19-10-12 PRU R Tarma, Tarma | ID, Local mx. Ann about local events and sport results Sp 44444
4835,00 1623 19-10-12 AUS ABC VL8A, Alice Springs | ABC Nx at 1630 E 34233
4840,00 1616 19-10-12 IND AIR Mumbai, Mumbai | Long conversation in Hindi Hi 23332
4880,00 1624 19-10-12 IND AIR Lucknow, North Region | Traditional Hindi songs.  Hi 23222
4895,00 1629 19-10-12 IND AIR Kolkata, Kurseong | E comment on "Indian Australiaism". Newsonair.nic.in website also mentioned E 44344
4910,00 1628 19-10-12 IND AIR Jaipur, North Region | local talk Hi 33333
4965,00 1620 19-10-12 IND AIR, Shilmla | subcontinental mx and Hi talks. Very loc modulation Hi 34222
5010,00 1618 19-10-12 IND AIR Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram | Talks local mx. Hi 34333
5040,00 1617 19-10-12 IND AIR, Jeypore, East Region | local talks Hi 34232
5120,00 2318 19-10-12 PRU R.Ondas del Sur Oriente, Quillabamba |Relay of R Felicidad with local mx, ann, ID. Bit muffled audio Sp 34233
6070,00 2330 19-10-12 CAN CFRX, Toronto, Ontario | "Newstalk 10-10" ID, Ads,  E 23222
6134,80 2330 19-10-12 BOL R Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra | Local mx, Ads for Sta Cuz shops Sp 33333
6160,85 2330 19-10-12 CAN CKZN, St.-John's NF | CBC Radio 1. About Korean-Canadian relations. Bit distorted modulation E 34333

SATURDAY LOGGINGS


0700,00 0613 20-10-12 VEN YVMH Radio Popular (tent) | Venezuelan Time check as "La hora 1 y 33" Sp 22222
0780,00 0609 20-10-12 ? Spanish talk | might be Radio Coro Sp 22222
0800,00 0501 20-10-12 BES PJB Trans World Radio, Bonaire | "Desde Bonaire, Antillas Holandesas… " ID Sp 22222
0864,00 1600 20-10-12 ARM TWR,  Gavar | TWR continious IS - 33333
0930,00 0605 20-10-12 CAN CJYQ, St. John’s NFL | ID "You're listening to 9-30 AM, CJYQ, Newfoundland, Labrador" E 22222
1071,00 1830 20-10-12 IND AIR Rajkot, Gujarat | ID "Ye All India Radio ki Urdu service" U 44444
1134,00 1600 20-10-12 KOR HLKC, KBS 3 Radio, Hwaseong | ID mostly drowded in splatter.  But typical traditional Korean opening songs recognised. K 23333
1278,00 1701 20-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Iran, Kermanshah | Farsi talks sometimes above France Bleu Fs 23222
1290,00 0004 20-10-12 VEN YVLF R. Puerto Cabello, Puerto Cabello - ID & Time check 9:34 minutos. Mexican music special. Sp 33333
1323,00 1759 20-10-12 ROU R.Târgu Mureş/R.Neumarkt, Târgu Mureş/Ernei | ID and German program mixing with VoRussia also in Geraman D 43443
1350,00 1800 20-10-12 ARM NHK R Japan, Gavar | Clear IS & ID, Strong ! Ar 44444
1368,00 1628 20-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Golestan, Gorgan | Ads mentioning Golestan. Local ID at 1630 "Injah Gorgana, Radiyo Golestan" Fs 34333
1449,00 1700 20-10-12 IRN VOIRI, Bandar-e-Torkaman | Gong, Ann, Newstune Fs 44444
1467,00 1630 20-10-12 KGZ Trans World Radio, Bishkek | TWR IS, ID.  x 44444
1494,00 1500 20-10-12 MDA Radio Moldova 1, various | IS, ID and Radio Journal Nx Mo 34443
1512,00 1631 20-10-12 IRN IRIB Radio Iran,  Ardabil | Local ID as "Ardabil Radiyosu" and ads Fs 44444
1557,00 1629 20-10-12 TWN WYFR, Couhu | E Bible talk competing with Vahon FM. Also at 1900 breacking trough E 32332
1566,00 1830 20-10-12 KOR HLAZ, FEBC Korea, Cheju | Rus Rel talks and ID as "HLAZ, Radio Teos" R 33333
1566,00 1900 20-10-12 KOR HLAZ, FEBC Korea, Cheju | End of Russian Px, than into Korean. Strong K 44554
1610,00 2258 20-10-12 AIA Caribbean Beacon, Aguilla | "You are watching the University Network". Best at 2330 O/4 E 33333
1620,00 0305 20-10-12 CUB R Rebelde, Guantánamo | nice ID and local mx. Strong ! Sp 44444
1660,00 0200 20-10-12 USA WBCN Charlotte, NC | ID "This is America's Fox 16-60 WBCN & HD" E 33333



Did somebody came by boat ?

SUNDAY LOGGINGS


0930,00 0600 21-10-12 CLM HJCS La Voz de Bogota (Todelar), Bogotá D. C. | "Esta es su emisora Toledar, La Voz de Bogota, 9-30 AM". Sp 22222
0970,00 0617 21-10-12 CLM HJCI Radio Super, Bogotá D. C. | ID "En Radio Super, Bogata, la hora exacta, las un y 17 minutos" Sp 22322
1070,00 0509 21-10-12 CLM HJCG R. Santa Fe, Bogota - ID "Radio Santa Fé, HJCG, "En Radio Santa Fe, 75 años…" Sp 23222
1140,00 0729 21-10-12 CUB CMIP Radio Surco, Morón | Clear ID "CMIP, Radio Surco, Ciego de Avila, capital de la locucion Cubana". No trace of other stations Sp 34343
1180,00 0600 21-10-12 CUB CMBA, R Rebelde, 2 sites listed | ID & talks Sp 33333
1190,00 0510 21-10-12 CLM HJCV Radio Cordillera Bogotá DC | ID at 0527 Sp 22222
1280,00 0625 21-10-12 BER VSB2 Bible Broadcasting Network, Hamilton - Religious px, BBN ID at 0711 and 0730. Fade out at 0757 ! E 32332
1290,00 0130 21-10-12 VEN YVLF R. Puerto Cabello, Puerto Cabello - LA mx, several ID'sclear ID's. Strong the whole night long. Fade out at 0749 Sp 44444
1370,00 0105 21-10-12 USA WDEA, Ellisworth ME | "Your are listening to … radiostation WDEA AM 13-70 Ellisworth"  E 33333
1440,00 0100 21-10-12 USA WRED Big Jab, Westbrook, ME | ID, very weak E 22222
1450,00 0730 21-10-12 BER VSB1 AM Gold, (tentative), Ireland Island South | possible ID, When will I see you again, 3 degrees E 22222
1470,00 0302 21-10-12 VEN R Vibración, Carúpano  | ID, local mx, Time checks Sp 22222
1500,00 0359 21-10-12 VEN YVRZ Radio 2000, Cumaná | ID "R dos mille" and time check Sp 33333
1510,00 0200 21-10-12 USA WUFC (ex-WWZN), Boston, MA | ID and NBC Sport Radio. Very weak E 22222
1620,00 0400 21-10-12 CUB R Rebelde, Guantánamo | ID. WDHP ID in background Sp 22222
1630,00 0359 21-10-12 ARG El Diagonal, La Plata | ID "Transmite Radio Diagonal, 16-30 kHz en Amplitud Modulada. Sp 33232
1660,00 0029 21-10-12 PTR WGIT Canóvanas las Carolinas, San Juan | Respecto del resto de los Estados Unidas por Puerto Rico. "Noticias 16-60" ID. Was present whole night long with strong peaks. Fading out at 0735. Sp 34444
11675,00 0536 21-10-12 NZL R New Zealand Int, Rangitaki [DRM 15,48 kbps] | talk abt local culture E 75%

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