Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

Gary DeBock

Hello All,
Although chasing Asian TP's in the back yard each morning doesn't exactly provide the same level of excitement as tracking down exotic DU's on an ocean side cliff while dodging 18-wheelers on Highway 101, this season provided some surprisingly strong TP's from China, Korea and Russia. Many of the MP3's linked below pegged the PL-380's S/N display at the 25 maximum (indicated with a double asterisk**) and some of them were the strongest ever received here in 7 years (indicated with a triple asterisk***). In general the signals from the Asian mainland have seemed significantly stronger here than last year, although that may be due to a new 12" FSL antenna being used (which provides a major sensitivity boost over last year's 8" model). Unlike the locations where the other TP-DXers live, this particular spot has always seemed to favor signals from the Asian mainland, and is only moderately favorable for Japanese signals. 
***603  China (Hulun Buir?)  Strong male-female
                   Chinese conversation at 1314 on 10-1
***603  HLSA  Namyang, S. Korea  Excellent strength
                   Korean male conversation // 558 at 1328 on 9-22
***639  China Synchros   Strong male Chinese
                   news // 6125 at 1308 on 11-3; recorded on 638
                   (due to a strong 640-KFI at the time)
648  VOR  Razdolnoye, Russia   Chinese service at strong
                  level at 1325 on 11-2; did not peg PL-380 S/N,
                  but strongest signal of the season
***657  Pyongyang  N .Korea   Excellent strength orchestral
                   music at 1355 on 9-29
738  BEL2  Penghu, Taiwan  Strong male-hosted Chinese
                   call-in talk program with female caller at 1327
                   on 9-21, Did not peg the PL-380 S/N display,
                   but equaled its strongest signal ever here
963  CRI  Huadian, China  Russian service at fair strength
                   on 1348 on 9-30; not especially strong, but best
                   signal ever here
**972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea   Korean big gun with typical
                   monster signal at 1332 on 9-16 playing Korean pop
                   music; this station usually pegs the PL-380 S/N
                   daily here during September and October
1017  CRI  Changchun, China  Korean service at fair to good
                   level at 1342 on 9-26; best signal of the season 
1044  CRI  Changzhou, China  Japanese service at fair to good
                   level at 1323 on 10-14; best signal of the season 
**1053  Korean Jammer  Monster buzz at 1348 on 9-28; best
                   jam of the season
73 and Happy New Year,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
(Design photo posted at

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