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April 24, 2021 3:38 pm  #1


Really long meteor scatter burst on FM

Heard this yesterday on 97.1 - WSRV Gainesville (Atlanta area) GA. Lasted roughly 50 seconds. Meteor bursts (where signals reflect off the ionized dust trails of meteors / comets) generally last up to a couple seconds, though I've had them up to 4-5 minutes in very rare instances. I thought this one oddball enough to share. And if you think you need high end receivers and antennae - this was on a portable Sangean ATS909 with just its whip antenna. From north Kawartha Lakes...
MP3 audio clip at https://forums.wtfda.org/forum/wtfda-dx-talk/got-fm-dx/91440


 

 

April 24, 2021 6:11 pm  #2


Re: Really long meteor scatter burst on FM

That ATS 909 is a great radio. I have one I leave at our place in Florida. It's been going to waste this year.

I sure hope I remembered to remove the batteries when I left there a year ago.

You just happened to be in the right place at the right time for that catch. Congrats.   

 

April 24, 2021 9:52 pm  #3


Re: Really long meteor scatter burst on FM

Huh. Neat.

The Sangean is good, though I've found the Tecsun PL880 to be more sensitive (the Sangean does have far better build quality though).

 

April 25, 2021 12:24 am  #4


Re: Really long meteor scatter burst on FM

I have a lot of radios, but nothing by Tecsun. But they do have a good reputation with DXers.

 

April 25, 2021 11:40 pm  #5


Re: Really long meteor scatter burst on FM

Thanks. It's easy to be in the right place at the right time when I'm recording 3-5 channels non-stop, then using Audacity to very quickly scan for telltale sudden audio spikes. Listening live to an empty or semi-empty channel for meteor bursts is like listening to paint dry. Sometimes I'll have a weekend midday nap on the couch with an MP3 recorder going on with a radio within earshot. I heard a very sudden "92.1 Citi" out of Winnipeg like that a couple days ago. Other modes of DX - tropo ducting and e-skip IMO are more interesting to live listen. Separately, per above comments, I have a Tecsun PL380 ultralight radio that's maybe the size of three decks of cards, modified with a stick antenna on top by a west coast DXer, and it's pretty amazing for AM. I've had some e-skip on it but it's nothing special for FM. OTOH, e-skip doesn't take much if you're in a quiet rural space. I once had Kansas on a Tropicana Orange radio (the straw coming out of the orange is the lone rabbit ear antenna). 
 

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April 26, 2021 9:31 pm  #6


Re: Really long meteor scatter burst on FM

Radio Shack sold the ATS 909, rebranded as the DX 398.
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