FM Is here

The FM season has finally arrived in Holland. And lets face it.. since I have arrived in Holland it has been a bit of a struggle to do FM Dxing. I have done a lot of FM Dxing over the years only really successfully from Australia. The reason being.. Location, Location, Location.
In Australia you don’t have everybody living on top of one another and you also don’t have the crowded bands like in Europe. But saying that you have a lot more chance of hearing interesting stuff in Europe just by the sheer mass of stations. A lot of Australia is desert and wilderness and there are no towns and stations. Here almost every city has several stations. So you really need a tuner with RDS.
So that has where my problem has lay. I live in the heart of Den Haag surrounded by so many apartments. Until today I had not had my log periodic any higher that a few metres off the ground. With SpE however you would expect signals to come in. But if I compare with Dxers living just up the road, I have a bit of a black spot. So today I have attempted to get the antenna higher. I have bought a Kenwood KT 6040 off Markt plaats for 90 Euros. I have the Conrad RDS manager hooked up for the PI codes, so its no a matter of being patient. I have the RDSDX software running but I really would like the remote circuit board for the Kenwood which would allow me to Click on RDSDX and everything automatically updates.
If anyone has a good source for Filter crystals or mods for the Kenwood KT 6040 please email me at ozclog@gmail.com. Okay Its back to the dials and I will post logs here.
Click on the pictures below for a closer look at what I have
The Log periodic finally up a little bit higher and thats my
DX shack here in The Hague
The Log periodic waiting for some dx
The Kenwood KT-6040 with Conrad RDS manager on top.
Perseus in yellow and its all sitting on an old DR49
David and Matthew Onley – Matthew is showing a bit of interest
in The Shack. He would love a Dxpedition with dad

About Dave Onley

I'm an Australian dxer formerly of Melbourne who has been listening to radio since 1976. I have lived in The Netherlands since 2006. I am interested mainly in Mediumwave, Navtex, FM and NDB. I also like Tropical Band Dx and Shortwave. I'm a big DXpeditioner. I travel to remote regions several times per year to hear good dx.
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2 Responses to FM Is here

  1. Anonymous says:

    Here in my hometown, I am deprived from FM dxing as the band is full with images from local strong stns. FM mast is located just 2 km away from my residence. But had a nice experience of sporadic e last year when went to 100 km away.Swopan ChakrobortyKolkata, India

  2. Greg says:

    DXing FM from central Toronto, in Canada, I have the same problem you do: limited space and a saturated FM band. One thing that has reinvigorated my FM DXing activities this year was the purchase of a used Sony XDR-F1HD receiver (one of the little ones they made for HD Radio). The selectivity on this thing is amazing. For example, there's a strong local station on 91.1 MHz here, and with the F1HD I'm actually able to hear weak stations on 91.3 and 89.9 (the adjacent channels in North America) with almost no interference. On every other receiver I have, those frequencies would be obliterated by noise from 91.1. With the Sony the number of DX-able frequencies has gone from 2 or 3 to several dozen, since all the channels adjacent to locals are now available for DXing.This Sony receiver is also supposed to be a good performer on mediumwave, but I haven't hooked it up to an outdoor antenna yet so I can't say. It does sound good on AM on the little indoor Grundig loop I currently have attached to it.I've also read equally good reports about the Sangean HDT-1X receiver (another one designed for HD Radio) but I've not tried it myself.

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