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Radio Caroline returns to MW 648Khz 1kW power.

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Till Eulenspiegel
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Follow up to my last post.   DX medium wave website:     http://www.mwcircle.org/mw_intro.htm

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Posted : 13/11/2017 8:27 pm
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I had another listen this afternoon and the frequency was clear, barring the background hash. I'd hazard a guess that it was indeed Caroline that heard the night before. Having had a quick look at the website, I tried 'Caroline North'/'Manx Radio') which I receive more loudly, but still with an unacceptable amount of hash.

Time perhaps to set up a long wire aerial?

 
Posted : 13/11/2017 8:51 pm
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Posted by: Till Eulenspiegel

648Khz =  462 metres.

  Actually 463 metres to the nearest round figure.

However, the point I was making was that Caroline always ignored the correct wavelength but instead used the closest figure ending in nine to rhyme with Caroline.

When all else fails, read the instructions

 
Posted : 13/11/2017 9:09 pm
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Indeed. I was confused as to why Caroline on 259 appeared before Radio Tees on 257m! It was 253m of course.

 

 
Posted : 14/11/2017 8:58 am
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Why not make a tuned frame aerial for the medium waveband?

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Posted : 14/11/2017 10:26 am
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They're back......and belting in here!

 
Posted : 25/11/2017 5:33 pm
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Picking it up here in the sticks, on a cheapo Ever Ready Sky Leader transistor radio. Fading a bit, but still ok, Malc.

 
Posted : 25/11/2017 6:07 pm
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Time to get out the "world band" radio?

 
Posted : 25/11/2017 6:39 pm
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Reception report Wigan area, 1970’s Panasonic RF-1105DLBE transistor portable radio.

Both 648 and 1368khz being received, presume they have increased ERP on 648 since the last test or conditions are just right. No reception at all on the last test.

648 suffering from both rapid and slow fading, the AGC copes with the rapid fading if the signal is strong enough, the slow fades nearly loses the signal. Reminiscent of Radio Luxembourg many years ago.

The 1368khz isn't suffering fading but is not that good.

Be interesting to see if it’s still receiving in daylight, not expecting it to.

 

 

 

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Posted : 25/11/2017 6:50 pm
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Nothing at all here tonight, just background hash, but then again, 11kV power lines just yards away, computer on, telly on and various other electronic devices. Maybe if I scampered  up on to the Wolds? But that ain't happening tonight nor for good few nights, in fact not until the sun returns to the Northern hemisphere - too cold for my bones.

 
Posted : 25/11/2017 7:10 pm
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Just tried one of my Ekco U332 radios on the 648Khz frequency, results the same as the transistor radio, so the simple valve line up is working well.

 

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Posted : 25/11/2017 7:18 pm
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Posted by: Nuvistor

648 suffering from both rapid and slow fading, the AGC copes with the rapid fading if the signal is strong enough, the slow fades nearly loses the signal. Reminiscent of Radio Luxembourg many years ago.

Funnily enough, that was exactly how I would describe the reception of it on my car radio tonight driving up the A1(M) - oddly reminiscent of Luxy...

 
Posted : 25/11/2017 9:46 pm
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Reasonably good reception most of today (648) on the VHF80 (it's had a bashing today) but started to fade amongst other stations around 8:30. 

 
Posted : 26/11/2017 10:25 pm
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Posted by: Nuvistor

648 suffering from both rapid and slow fading, the AGC copes with the rapid fading if the signal is strong enough, the slow fades nearly loses the signal. Reminiscent of Radio Luxembourg many years ago.

I used to disconnect the agc feedback wire on my radio in order to boost the signal. As a result I was often able to pull in Luxemourg long before dark. The signal fluctuation after dark was murder though!

Classic TV Theme Tunes

 
Posted : 27/11/2017 6:32 am
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Not sure that coverage is the same this time.....on the car radio lots of fading this morning and more 'dead spots' than last time. Could be conditions of course so only time will tell. Seems about the same at home. 

 
Posted : 27/11/2017 9:13 am
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Nothing up here this morning.

 
Posted : 27/11/2017 9:51 am
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I almost feel guilty in saying that there is near perfect reception here in Cambridgeshire out in the sticks of Fenland. The signal strength is not huge and is less than before, though there is minimal interference at this time (10:00 am), but as the evening comes I expect the signal will be drowned out.

I took the day off work purely to listen to Caroline.

(If you believe that, You'll believe anything lol)

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Posted : 27/11/2017 10:05 am
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I should be in Haverhill Suffolk for Christmas so I will take a pocket transistor radio with me, see what the reception is like at my daughters house. I will be a bit nearer the coast than you Andrew, I would expect it to be better but who knows. Very rarely listen to AM radio, I need as much clarity as possible, I have strong FM and DAB signals at home so that’s what I usually use.

I don’t think my daughter had a radio until I took a FM/DAB clock radio for my use. They listen to streamed music from one of those Amazon things, Alexa or something like that.

Still listening to Caroline the other evening was definitely a Radio Luxembourg moment.

Enjoy you day off Andrew.

Frank

 
Posted : 27/11/2017 10:53 am
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Posted by: Nuvistor

 

Still listening to Caroline the other evening was definitely a Radio Luxembourg moment.

Enjoy you day off Andrew.

Thanks Frank, right now The Who is belting out My Generation on the RGD and with gut-wrenching bass rattling the windows too lol.

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Posted : 27/11/2017 10:57 am
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Posted by: Nuvistor

I should be in Haverhill Suffolk for Christmas

Frank, if you have time, you would be very welcome to call into Chatteris and say hello, see the old place and enjoy a cuppa with a mince pie !

To understand the black art of electronics is to understand witchcraft. Andrew.

 
Posted : 27/11/2017 12:19 pm
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