Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 9-18
It was another excellent morning for Asiatic reception here, although most of the propagation seemed concentrated on the lower band, and signals did seem to drop down somewhat from 1230 to 1310 UTC (which was the beginning of sunrise enhancement here). An all-new Chinese station on 657 kHz was the highlight, with strangely strong signals completely replacing Pyongyang for about 5 minutes from 1335-1340 (this should be Henan, according to Chuck's Grayland DXpedition experience). Another mystery station was on 891 kHz on top of a weaker TP, and certainly didn't seem Japanese. The lower-band Asiatic stations generally had decent audio, and the presumed Chinese stations on 1035 and 1044 were producing fair audio at times. The high-band "big gun" stations on 1377, 1566 and 1575 kHz didn't seem particularly vibrant, though, and the 1134 khz TP mix was not at its usual strength. In general it was an exciting morning, though, and a good indication of the new season's potential.
The following were received on a C.Crane SWP Slider model (7.5" loopstick) inductively coupled to a 9' PVC tuned passive loop in the back yard:
585 JOPG Kushiro, Japan Fair to good NHK1 audio at 1305, sigs like JOAK
594 JOAK Tokyo, Japan Not much stronger than its 585 // this morning
603 HLSA Namyang, S. Korea Fair Korean speech over weak Chinese, 1317
639 CNR1 Beijing, China Fading in and out at a weak level all morning
648 VOR Razdolnoye, Russia Good signals with Chinese program at 1325
657 Pyongyang BS, N. Korea Dominant for most of morning with Korean
tirades at decent strength; SSB carrier had typical rough edge
657 UnID-China (presumed Henan) Strong fade-in replacing Pyongyang at 1335;
continued at good strength for 5 minutes with Chinese news and some
music; first time heard here http://www.mediafire.com/?176l0s1w9way10x
666 JOBK Osaka, Japan Fair-good Japanese conversation at 1322, // 594
675 VOV Hanoi, Vietnam Fair-good Vietnamese signal through 680 splatter
738 BEL2 Penghu, Taiwan Chinese pop music program weaker than usual
747 JOIB Sapporo, Japan Good Japanese signals through KXL splatter, 1306
774 JOUB Akita, Japan Way under KTTH splatter with NHK2 program at 1308
828 JOBB Osaka, Japan Fair signal at 1309 over UnID music station (Chinese?)
891 UnID Mystery station at fair level on quiet frequency-- doesn't sound Japanese.
Maybe Thailand, or China? http://www.mediafire.com/?qablsjvv6jfor59
972 HLCA Dangjin, S. Korea Good Korean conversation at 1304
1035 China (presumed) Chinese speech and music in and out at fair level, 1303
1044 China (presumed) Weak threshold audio with rare peaks at a fair level, 1301
1053 Korean Jammer Good signal for most of morning, but not overpowering like
during some recent sessions. No co-channel TP's this morning.
1134 TP-Mix Fair- good signal at 1346 with JOQR and KBS apparently fighting it out
1377 China (presumed) Anemic audio at best around 1348; weaker than usual
1566 HLAZ Jeju, S. Korea Japanese religious program fair to poor from 1300-1330
1575 VOA Ban Rassom, Thailand Threshold Asiatic language audio at best, 1300-1330
For those interested in a full recording of the 657-China station's fade-in (including some nice music) this morning, a 2.03 MB file is linked at http://www.mediafire.com/?4y7ksan22mw8ztn .
73 and Good DX,