The Asians seem to be a little slow in getting out of the gate this season, and their performance this morning followed the same lackluster pattern. With the exception of 972-HLCA and a few other Koreans, most of them were missing in action.
Once again at the 1300 UTC start time a weak collection of Asians was in audio, including 594-JOAK, 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang, 972-HLCA and the 1053-Jammer. Shortly after 1300 the big gun 972-HLCA reached a temporary good level with Korean news, and maintained this level for about 10 minutes. The other Asians seemed to be stuck in mediocrity, though, with anemic signals in and out of the noise. 603-HLSA's Korean pop music was ghostly at best, and 657-Pyongyang's typical tirades were lacking in strength. Even the 1053-Jammer had trouble sustaining audio. By far the best signal of the morning was from 972-HLSA, with Korean female speech around 1310. With the exception of a ghostly 594-JOAK all of the Japanese seemed to be in hibernation, as well as all of the Chinese. Overall it was a very forgettable session, and fairly typical of the Asians this week.
657 Pyongyang North Korea Anemic-sounding tirade barely making it through the noise at 1305
972 HLCA Dangjin, South Korea Good-level female speech and background music at 1310
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna