AIH22 Day #1, November 24

001Arrived in Aihkiniemi at 10:30 UTC, after exactly 4 hours of driving on icy roads. Road conditions on the norwegian side of the border was more or less horrible. On the finnish side, the road was still icy but much better to drive on. I was surprised to notice that the driving distance from Vardø to Aihkiniemi actually was less than 300 km. Nice! The previous AIH-crew, who left about an hour before I arrived, had left the heaters on, so the cabin was nice and cozy and in excellent shape.

After unpacking the car, I got aquainted with the neighborhood and with the cabin with it’s facilities, before setting up the gear. Everything works as expected. Propagation and conditions in general, is quite poor today, but I did some listening during the afternoon and early evening. Got some nice local ID:s from a handful of NHK2-stations right before their s/off at 15:40 UTC. Between 17:30 and 18:45 UTC, 5RN-729 and 5AN-891 was dominating their frequencies, which was really nice. Maybe I will find some more aussies in the Excalibur IQ-file later on.

At the present moment (2200 UTC), a handful of east coast NA has been audiable for an hour or so, despite the rather crappy conditions. CJYQ-930, CFBC-930, WBZ-1030, CBG-1140 and VOAR Mount Pearl NL-1210 to mention a few. Hopefully the conditions will improve soon. Think I will have a few hours of sleep now, and get back to the MW-band very early tomorrow morning.

@14:00 UTC: A=7, K=3, Velocity=398.4, Density=26.7

Good night and 73!


About Hans

Male. 50 years young. DX:er since 1980. In September 2011 I moved up to Vardø on Vardøya Island (EU-141) to start working as manager for the Coast Radio station in Vardø. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to work with the thing that I think is the most interesting in the whole world - Radio! My main interest is, yeah - you guessed right: Radio. I'm a ham radio operator, holding the callsign LA2MOA. My main radio interests is low power operation and low band DXing on the amateur bands, but also mediumwave and tropical band DX-listening. I'm also interested in angling, fly-fishing and fly-tying. The area around Vardø offers some great opportunities to do all of this. And, since I'm of swedish origin, I'm also madly interested in ice-hockey and since 35 years I'm a hardcore supporter of Rögle BK in Ängelholm - one of the few really true hockey clubs left in Sweden.

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