Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-19

Gary DeBock

Hello All,
     Even though a TP band scan with the modified ICF-2010 around 1300 (prior to breakfast) showed promising carriers on frequencies like 639, 648 and 738, these signals seemed to fade greatly by 1335, the time that the 9' loop was set up in the cold back yard. The result was a fairly mediocre session during which about 10 "big gun" Asians produced fair to good audio, but little else. This was similar to a pre-1330 propagation meltdown about a week ago, also noticed by Nick. Like the situation yesterday (when Bruce thought that the TP's flew over Seattle, and went south to me), this morning it seemed that the TP's flew over Puyallup, and went south to Dennis, in Salmon Creek.
     There wasn't too much excitement here today, although the Japanese "big guns" seemed to have decent strength. There was very brief audio from 936 (presumed Anhui) around 1417, and 729 again had a moderate signal in CHMJ splatter around 1340 (but too weak to determine the language, on this lackluster morning). One of the more ludicrous moments was tuning in to NHK2 Chinese language lessons on 828-JOBB at 1412, and finding a Chinese co-channel weakly on the frequency (maybe to provide practice opportunities for the students?).
     The following were heard on a modified C.Crane SWP Slider model (7.5" loopstick), inductively coupled to a 9' sided PVC tuned passive loop (in the cold back yard). A modified Sony ICF-2010 (30" loopstick) was used as an SSB spotting receiver:
558  HLQH  Daegu, S. Korea  Weak Korean speech at 1402, // 603
594  JOAK  Tokyo, Japan  Good strength news by Japanese YL at 
         1405; no co-channel today  http://www.mediafire.com/?7exxyzxbi7ix4mx
603  HLSA  Namyang, S. Korea  Fair Korean speech at 1403, // 558
639  CNR1  (presumed)  Strong carrier at 1300 band check, but
         signal was practically gone by 1335
648  VOR   Razdolnoye, Russia  Threshold Chinese audio at 1348
657  Pyongyang BS, N. Korea  Poor-fair Korean speech late in
         session around 1423  http://www.mediafire.com/?xc8bn5veclleg2c
666  JOBK  Osaka, Japan  Fair Japanese interview at 1354, // 594
729  UnID   Moderate strength carrier in CHMJ splatter around 1340-- 
         probably JOCK during this Japanese-slanted morning
738  BEL2  Penghu, Taiwan  Anemic Chinese speech around 1420
747  JOIB  Sapporo, Japan  Good language lessons in KXL slop 1415
774  JOUB  Akita, Japan  Occasional good Japanese in KTTH slop
828  JOBB  Osaka, Japan  Fair-good Radio Chinese language lessons
         (complete with weak Chinese co-channel) around 1412
936  UnID  (presumed Anhui, China)  Weak threshold music at 1417
972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea  Fair-good Korean speech around 1403
1035  CNR1  (presumed)  Threshold Chinese speech in and out 1414
1134  KBS  Anemic Korean speech in CKWX splatter around 1335
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock

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