My Logs

I've been in this hobby for a long time. Recently I moved my FM log to a mySQL database, which now allows me to analyze data that I couldn't do easily before. So what you see in the graph to your left is the number of new station loggings I've made each year since 1998 (I could have gone back into the 1980s if I wanted to.)

What the graph above shows me is that prior to HD radio, I did pretty well here. As more and more stations added HD, the amount of new loggings dropped dramatically. I already knew that, but I didn't realize just how bad it became. But around 2013 my new station total began to climb again, despite the fact that the IBOC sidebands are still there, and I've got LPFM stations now plus a bazillion new FM translators to clog channels. So what am I doing different? Glad you asked.

Two things saved me. One is antenna phasing. I'm able to eliminate, or almost totally eliminate, the HD sidebands that plague me. The last, and most important item, is Software Defined Radio, or SDR for short. I started using SDRs for FM DXing. First was the Elad FDM-S2 followed by the RSP1 and RSP2 from SDRPlay. I've also used an Airspy stick (I sold it and later bought it back from the person I sold it to). Currently I am using an RSPDuo for my FM DXing which has two tuners and two antenna inputs and is perfect for antenna phasing.

The graph above shows how the month of May fares for E-skip, at least here in New England. In the past it has been good but in recent years the amount of Es I've seen here has decreased drastically and it is to the point where I don't even consider May to be the start of skip season anymore.

The graph on the left runs from 1996 through 2021. After four years of no Es in May at all, May made a nice comeback in 2021. All of the Es events in May took place after the 21st of the month. None were blockbusters although the event on the 31st was pretty good.


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