FMDX as a pastime is relatively new to me. Actually, I began to DX the FM band more “seriously” during the Summer of 2016, after acquiring the SDRPlay (see this site dedicated page). In the past, I could experience occasional FMDX on the car radio for example but this was nothing compared to SDR technology where a portion of the band can be recorded for later review. Moreover, many capable SDRs can be found nowadays at a very reasonable price. Be careful however concerning the choice of a computer because recording a 10 MHz chunk takes a good amount of computing power and this has to be considered seriously in the planning of a SDR acquisition.
FM propagation compared to MW can be quite unpredictable, with the exception maybe of Tropospheric Ducting (Wikipedia) whose events are closely tied with certain weather conditions. During good “Tropo” conditions, signals can travel up to 800Km. But the most thrilling events come without contest from E-
As for my own experience, if I’m not taking in account scarce E-
Concerning the matching transformer, I wanted something that has good performance and obviously, I couldn’t trust those cheap commercial models. Therefore, I turned (again) to my friend Jürgen Bartels, who’s himself a very active FM DXer for advice about a quality match. He kindly provided me a solution using a B 43-
A view of my antenna sitting on our house rooftop tower and pointing towards New England
Now back to my first “serious” E-
…and staying true to my habits, I do have some audio clips from that day to share (Time are EDT):
Page updated on Aug 2018
2018 FM BROADCAST LOGGINGS
Above, some FM ES logs from 2018 compiled after a tiresome (but exiting) SDR files’ review of three distinctive ES events. According to the logs’ number, you will easily guess that radio isn’t part of my top priority list during Summertime but nevertheless, it’s always a renewed thrill when being witness of such an event.
This interactive map was created with Google My Maps (a Google account is needed) and originally powered by FMLIST. Additionally, a more detailed spreadsheet version of my 2018 FM ES logs is available HERE, also powered by FMLIST.
|Receiving Station Setup|
|Line / Antenna switchers|
|Asian audio files|
|African audio files|
|European audio files|
|Middle-East audio files|
|Latin American-Caribbean audio files|
|2015 St-Patrick' solar storm audio files|
|August 2007 bandscan|
|August 2014 bandscan|