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KW4RZ
07-06-2010, 11:27 PM
7-6-04. What an opening.
The FM band was a sloppy mess of multiple stations mostly cancelling each other out. 2 meters was open for a few hours in the morning and around lunch and again in the late afternoon and evening when 222 MHz also opened up.


A TV Dxer in New York caught several TV7-13 stations from LA,MS,AL and made these great recordings:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKEVM3djJtk&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSWCHZvkoBc&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO_jJLA3I4I&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNnO8Xfz8sI&feature=channel

I had saved data from the prop logger of the 222 MHz QSO's which are attached here.

How about a repeat?

spunker88
07-07-2010, 03:43 PM
Wow that is some interesting high VHF Dxing on that youtube link. This Dxer happened to be in Inlet, NY which is a nice town not too far from me (distance wise). Out in the middle of nowhere in the Adirondacks, I always thought it would be a good place to Dx from when I visited there. An FM scan on my car radio from there showed very weak Watertown, NY and Utica, NY signals and a few LP translators in the area. Many open frequencies on FM, and I imagine TV would be the same. I remember passing a house with an antenna that must have been a good 50' in the air. I wonder if a DXer lived there.

Mike-CT
07-07-2010, 06:37 PM
I remember that date. See my photos here.

http://fmdx.usclargo.com/hibandes.html

It will never happen again.

crainbebo
07-08-2010, 08:30 PM
Randy,
About the Microsoft Word 222 mHz thing, I don't see a word on your attachment. I don't have the Microsoft Home and Student program on my computer and have only two tries left before I'm required to enter a product key. Do I have to buy Microsoft Home and Student or what?

Thanks, crainbebo

spunker88
07-08-2010, 08:50 PM
Randy,
About the Microsoft Word 222 mHz thing, I don't see a word on your attachment. I don't have the Microsoft Home and Student program on my computer and have only two tries left before I'm required to enter a product key. Do I have to buy Microsoft Home and Student or what?

Thanks, crainbebo

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or don't want to buy it you can use OpenOffice instead. Its similar to word, except its free.

Here is the file in .txt format which you can view in Notepad that comes on every Windows computer.

crainbebo
07-08-2010, 10:29 PM
Did the TV/FM Skip Log change to a different server in 2006? I don't see any archives before '06.

H Hayes PA
07-09-2010, 11:47 PM
I remember this opening very well. Skip was so intense on FM that it was just noise (every frequency must have been 10 stations deep), not the most productive of conditions to log stations. This year it was dead as two door nails. There's an old expression for you.

dlp85x
07-10-2010, 12:21 AM
7-6-04. What an opening.
The FM band was a sloppy mess of multiple stations mostly cancelling each other out.

Same here. The whole band, including very strong local signal frequencies, was a mess of fading signals and 'nonsense.' I think only 2 local FM signals were not affected by the Es. For those who haven't heard it, I put together 4 min, 41 seconds of audio from 92.9 FM on that day. The audio sounds more like AM skywave with the many weak signals in the background, with the random strong signal coming in. More strong signals simultaneously swap toward the last minute of the recording. The urban AC signal in the beginning is WTUG-Tuscaloosa, AL. KKIA-Ida Grove, IA is also heard, with many other unIDs.

Skip area was wide open, from about the deep south (MS, AL, etc.) to the upper midwest. It is actually two parts spliced together at about the halfway point, but it is worth the listen.

crainbebo
07-12-2010, 05:53 PM
Better yet, it sounds like a graveyard mess!!

Lynn
07-17-2010, 12:04 PM
Wow, very cool stuff. I can't imagine a complete mess on the dial. Good job with the archiving.