I returned to Navtex last night on 518 khz for a look at how conditions were. Not much around with the most distant log being of 4009km at St John's in Canada. Navtex is becoming far too predictable with not too many new things being heard.

Receiver: Perseus SDR with filter setting at 435 hz. AGC set to slow.
Software: Yand: 6.1

20130104 2258 518 $02R CTV251 Monsanto,POR 1841km
20130104 2303 518 $01S DDH47 Pinneberg,DEU 411
20130104 2310 518 $01T OST Ostend,BEL      133
20130104 2339 518 $01W EJK Valentia,IRL    955
20130104 2350 518 $03X EAV Valencia,ESP    1570
20130104 2351 518 $01X TFA Grindavik,ISL   2023
20130105 0002 518 $02A FRC Corsen,FRA      805
20130105 0030 518 $01D OXJ Torshavn,FRO    1291
20130105 0040 518 $01E GNI Niton,ENG       426
20130105 0100 518 $01G GCC Cullercoats,ENG 503
20130105 0150 518 $01L LGQ Rogaland,NOR    708
20130105 0210 518 $01N LFO Orlandet,NOR    1296
20130105 0220 518 $01O GPK Portpatrick,SCT 718
20130105 0230 518 $01P PBK Den Helder,HOL  105
20130105 0251 518 $02R CTV251 Monsanto,POR 1841
20130105 0341 518 $01Q EJM Malin Head,IRL  842
20130105 0351 518 $01X TFA Grindavik,ISL   2023
20130105 0402 518 $02A FRC Corsen,FRA      805
20130105 0620 518 $04O VON St.Johns,CAN    4009

20130105 0030 518 $01D OXJ Torshavn,FRO    1291
2013-01-05 00:30:35> ZCZC DA59
2013-01-05 00:30:38> FAROE ISLANDS
2013-01-05 00:30:42> 101510UTC DEC. 2012
2013-01-05 00:30:45> NAV. WNG. NO. 26/2012
2013-01-05 00:30:45> 
2013-01-05 00:30:57> UNDERWATER OPERATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT 150 METERS EAST OF THE BREAKWATER IN T
2013-01-05 00:31:09> HE PORT OF LEIRVIK. SHIPS ARE URGED TO NAVIGATE WITH CAUTION. FURTHER INFORMATIO
2013-01-05 00:31:18> N CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE PORT AUTHORITIES ON VHF CHANNEL 16.
2013-01-05 00:31:18> 
2013-01-05 00:31:21> MRCC TORSHAVN
2013-01-05 00:31:25> 101400UTC DECEMBER 2012
2013-01-05 00:31:26> NNNN


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A bit of a disappointing night. I have reverted back to using the ALA 1530 for my Navtex dxing. From my location here in The Hague I certainly do have hit and miss propagation. I certainly think that until I can get my antennas high up onto the roof and away from apartment noise, then I will only have average logs, apart from the days when propagation is very good.


20121221 0002 518 $02A FRC Corsen,FRA      805
20121221 0011 518 $03B 7TA Alger,ALG       1745
20121221 0030 518 $01D OXJ Torshavn,FRO    1291
20121221 0040 518 $01E GNI Niton,ENG       426
20121221 0100 518 $01G GCC Cullercoats,ENG 503
20121221 0130 518 $03J LZW Varna,BUL       1972
20121221 0132 518 $01J SAA Gislovshammar,SWE 749
20121221 0200 518 $01M Lxx Jeloya,NOR      914
20121221 0223 518 $01O GPK Portpatrick,SCT 718
20121221 0231 518 $01P PBK Den Helder,HOL  105
20121221 0241 518 $03Q 9AS Split,HRV       1323
20121221 0300 518 $01S DDH47 Pinneberg,DEU 411
20121221 0310 518 $01T OST Ostend,BEL      133
20121221 0320 518 $03A IQM Mondolfo,ITA    1129
20121221 0325 518 $01U ESA Talinn,EST      1483
20121221 0339 518 $03W FRL LaGarde,FRA     946
20121221 0351 518 $01X TFA Grindavik,ISL   2023
20121221 0530 518 $01J SAA Gislovshammar,SWE 749
20121221 0557 518 $01W EJK Valentia,IRL    955
20121221 0559 518 $01Q EJM Malin Head,IRL  842

 

    Navtex

    With Navtex Dx I tune to 518 and 490 khz. 

    I use Yand 6.3 and SeaTTY 2.36 software. I use the Icom R75 in RTTY mode with a filter of 1.9. The Perseus I use in RTTY with a filter around 400 hz. 

    I use both the ALA 1530 loop antenna and also the PA0RDT Mini Whip. Both at a height of 6.5 metres.

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