As Dennis and Bruce have reported, Asian conditions were favorable this morning, with many second-tier TP's managing energetic audio for the first time this season. In addition to powerful signals from the usual big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774, 828, 972 and 1053 there were seasonal-best signals from 639-CNR1, 657-Pyongyang and 738-BEL2. The Taiwan station was the overall star of the morning, with a potent S7 run (through some Mainland Chinese competition) from 1355-1410.
The Asians were already energetic at my 1245 start time, with 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang and 738-BEL2 all managing fair signals (along with great audio from the NHK big guns). Although both 657-Pyongyang and 738-BEL2 were already at their seasonal best levels in the predawn darkness the North Korean was dealing with an undermodulation problem (a very high S/N reading with relatively weak audio) and 738-BEL2 had heavy San Francisco splatter. The KBS2 parallels 558-HLQH and 603-HLSA were both at good strength just prior to 1300, and both 639-CNR1 and 648-VOR began to make weak appearances in the KFI and CISL splatter. These second-tier Asians continued to build up strength throughout the increasing daylight, with 738-BEL2 enjoying a huge boost after KCBS bailed out around 1355-- going on a potent S7 run (with a Chinese co-channel) right up until through the 1400 TOH. 639-CNR1 also got a major boost when 640-KFI bailed out around 1410, reaching its best audio of the new season (good) on the clear frequency. Finally 936-China (presumed Anhui) had fair audio in and out very late in sunrise enhancement around 1420, while 657-Pyongyang (still with its undermodulated signal) had good strength (along with a weak Chinese co-channel) as late as 1430. Best signal of a very wild morning was from the NHK2 big gun 747-JOIB at 1345, though-- blasting through the mystery noise and Portland splatter to peg the PL-380 S/N display for a full three minutes.
639 CNR1 China Synchros Best signal of the season (good) with female Chinese speech at 1422 after KFI fade
657 Pyongyang BS Pyongyang, N. Korea Ancient orchestral music at good level around 1352, but with much better S/N reading (undermodulated issue, all morning long); weak Chinese co-channel (Henan?) mixing in at end of recording
738 BEL2 Penghu, Taiwan Star of the morning session with seasonal best signals at 1358 (very good), pounding in with Taiwan pop music, Taiwan Fisheries ID (at :45 into the recording) and pre-TOH fanfare by Chinese female and male announcers
738 UnID Mainland Chinese Lower-voiced male Chinese signal temporarily dominant over BEL2's hyped-up higher voiced male Chinese audio at 1404; BEL2 resumes dominance on the frequency toward the end of the MP3
747 JOIB Sapporo, Japan Monster level signal blasting through mystery noise and Portland splatter to peg PL-380 S/N for a full 3 minutes around 1345; best Asian signal of a very wild session
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna