Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 9-29

Gary DeBock

Hello All,
Like Dennis, Bruce and Nick have already reported, some very strong Asian signals lit up the band here this morning. It was probably the best session of the season for the Japanese and Korean big gun TP's, with 594, 693, 747, 774, 828, 972,1053 and 1134 (KBS) all reaching very strong audio at times. Second-tier Asian 603-HLSA hit another huge level with its long music set at 1353, and 657-Pyongyang pegged the PL-380 S/N display for the first time ever here with orchestral music at 1355 (thankfully, not shouted tirades). 558-HLQH managed its best audio of the season so far with good level music // 603 at 1351, and 963-CRI was in at a fairly good level with its Russian service at 1401. The second-tier Chinese stations on 603, 639, 738, 756, 936, 981 and 1323 were all there with fair audio in and out, although the CRI stations on 963 (Russian), 1017 (Korean), 1044 (Japanese) and 1323 (Russian) had better overall signal strength than the Chinese domestic broadcasters during the session. All four of those CRI stations reached good audio levels at times  
738-BEL2 in Taiwan was managing fair to good audio for most of the session, and the 1400 TOH was also recorded here at a fair to good level with fast-paced news by a Chinese female announcer starting at 1400. I was able to match the same Chinese female voice (with her fast-paced news) on the 1143-BEL3 parallel station at 1401, although at a weaker level. This was the first time that I've been able to confirm the 738-1143 Taiwan stations' parallel programming this season (after an investigation by Chuck that the parallel still exists) . Another Chinese station was received here on 1143 kHz on 9-21 which was not parallel to 738-BEL2; and unlike earlier reported, that station was not BEL3, but a mystery Mainland Chinese station. 1143 Chinese audio is pretty unusual here, so it may be a while before the mystery Chinese station can be investigated. In summary it was a very exciting session, with highly unusual TP signal strength across the lower and middle band frequencies.
603  HLSA  Namyang, S. Korea  Strong peak during its
                   long easy listening music set at 1353
657  Pyongyang  N. Korea   Strongest signals ever here;
                   pegging the PL-380's S/N display (for the first
                   time) with orchestral music at 1355
738  BEL2  Penghu, Taiwan   1400 TOH recording with
                   Chinese female announcer starting fast-paced
                   news at 1400 (which is 30 seconds into the MP3)
                   same voice and fast-paced news matched on
                   1143-BEL3 parallel MP3 at 1401 UTC (below)
963  CRI  Huadian, China   Russian service at fair to good
                    level at 1402; latest it's been heard here this season
1143  BEL3  Penghu, Taiwan   Parallel recording check for
                    738-BEL2 (above) at 1401; weaker level, but same
                    female Chinese voice with fast-paced news
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna

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