The new DX season started off with a bang here this morning as 738-Radio Polynesie somehow managed its best-ever audio here in the pedestrian DXing location of Puyallup. Although expectations were low for this first day of September (and the Asians seemed to live up to the low expectations), the signal from Tahiti was almost at ocean cliff strength-- quite a shocker.
A check of the band at the 1300 start time revealed only a collection of anemic Asian big guns with intermittent audio on 828, 972 and 1566. Knowing that the "K" index was high I checked for South Pacific propagation, and as usual only 738-Tahiti was showing any sign of life from south of the Equator. Around 1315 Tahiti started going on a romp with its French disco music, reaching an unprecedented level (for this location) around 1318. This might be partially related to the larger 15" FSL antenna being used here this season, but in any case the signal was almost worthy of a "Cliffhanger DXing" session.
The Asians never developed much energy here this morning, with only 1566-HLAZ reaching a fair level around 1305. There was a large collection of moderate Chinese carriers on 639, 936, 1017, 1323, 1377 and 1593 this morning but none of these could manage any audio. Overall it was strictly a 738-Tahiti show here this morning, and it will be interesting to know if some other DXers noticed its potent signal.
738 Radio Polynesie Mahina, Tahiti Strong French disco music at 1318; best signal ever heard here in Puyallup
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" DXpedition FSL antenna