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Absolute Radio MW coverage cut approved  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

Our trans-Atlantic beacon in western Canada will lose some zip next
season. In the article that Mike Terry references below, the link
references another link:


which gives more technical details. The important thing for DXers
is 3dB reduction in power output from their big transmitters, the
ones most likely to make it overseas.

From Mike Terry, MW Circle:


13 April 2018

Ofcom has approved Absolute Radio's plans to cut Medium Wave coverage.
Bauer Media, the operator of the radio station, threatened to close
the entire Medium Wave service if Ofcom didn't approve of the
change. The plans involve cutting the number of transmitters it
broadcasts from, while digital radio would remain unaffected.

Following a public consultation, which yielded a variety of
responses for and against the move, Ofcom has agreed that the
changes can take place.

The request to broadcast regulator Ofcom made at the beginning of
the year confirmed the change would reduce Absolute's analogue
footprint from around 90 to 85% of the UK and would involve a number
of Medium Wave transmitters being turned off, or put on reduced power.

Absolute Radio's AM service from its transmitters at Brookmans Park
(serving London and the Home Counties), Droitwich (Midlands),
Moorside Edge (Northern England), Westerglen (Central Scotland) and
Washford (South West), will be put on reduced power this year.

Meanwhile, MW transmitters at Plymouth, Redmoss (Aberdeen), Hull,
Torbay, Redruth, Hoo (Kent), Greenside Scalp (Dundee), Wallasey,
Pirbright (Guildford), Chesterton Fen (Cambridge), Rodbourne Sewage
(Swindon) and Sheffield will be turned off altogether.

Article continues here, with maps of coverage areas.



TP 13 Apr Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

Not quite as DU this morning, but nothing very exciting from Asia either. Post sunrise was a wipe out as well.

pretty darn good audio (all of it understandable by a native speaker, at least briefly):

774 JOUB English lessons 1232UT

828 JOBB English lessons 1305UT

Reasonable audio at times during the period (much of it understandable by a native speaker, though often battling w/splash or noise):

594 JOAK man and woman in Japanese 1301UT

747 JOIB English lessons 1237UT

1566 HLAZ man in Japanese 1309UT

not so reasonable audio, occasional words or phrases in splash or noise could be understood by a native speaker:

693 JOAB English lesson 1237UT

756 man in DU English 1245UT; likely NZ but no parallels

972 HLCA woman in Korean 1240UT

Burbles in the splatter and noise (if lucky, language might be guessed at by cadence of talk, or parallel established by changes in talk or music)

567 JOIK man talking, rough, but //594 1230UT

612 likely 4QR. man talking DU English intonation, not heard on north Flag 1313UT

603 Islandish sounding vocal, only on west Flag 1311UT . Waatea likely?

702 2BL likely with man talking 1308UT; seemed // with scraps of 612

1116 man talking, DU English intonation 1246UT

1287 man talking, Japanese intonation? 1306UT

1593 CNR1 although weak, CNR1 news sounder was very recognizable 1303UT

Strongish het, no or "near imaginary" audio (either undermodulated or ravaged by splatter)

666 864 873 891 909 1053 1134 1143 1323 seemed to be Asian;
576 585 675 846 891 1017 1098 1386 1548 seemed to be DU

best wishes,


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC


630-Cook Islands Sign On Routine (1555 UTC)  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

Thanks Gary. I've seen it here after 1400UT; it
certainly can sit on other potential DX.

best wishes,


At 23:28 2018-04-13, d1028gary@aol.com wrote:

Kia Orana Nick

846-Kiribati does indeed run a open carrier
overnight.On the SSB-equipped CC Skywave it has
a huge carrier around 1100, but that doesn't
stop Radio Veritas from showing up in its null.


Sent from AOL Mobile Mail


Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight TP's for 4-13  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018

Dreams of India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar evaporated on the ocean beach this morning as a determined collection of ANZ pests conspired to lock up all the "exotic" frequencies on the last day of the DXpedition. 567, 576, 594, 729, 873, 882, 1071 and 1566 all had at least one potent DU English pest, but usually two of them. To be honest I was pretty lucky to dodge these ANZ pests to receive 918-Cambodia and 693-Bangladesh during the DXpedition, although 1431-Mongolia was a piece of cake. 1566-Norfolk Island was possibly logged in a DU English mix two days ago, but I'll need to review the recording to see if the mega-pest 3NE's co-channel wasn't 4GM.

Here in Aitutaki it was a crash course to adjust to wild, ocean boosting propagation in the Southern Hemisphere, which brought in long-range DX at science fiction levels. Mongolia, Bangladesh and Cambodia were all strong enough to receive on the hot-rodded CC Skywave SSB Ultralight alone, while the 5" FSL was used primarily to boost signals that were already around S7 or S8. Any DXer taking one of these hot-rodded Ultralights to an ocean-beach DU island like this is going to make out like an absolute bandit!

73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (in Aitutaki, Cook Islands, almost out of Kiwi dollars)


Mostly Mexican MW DX to Enid OK, March 30-April 13, 2018  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018



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