Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-4
It was a Japanese-dominated session this morning with potent signals from all the usual NHK big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774 and 828, and an exceptional signal from 693-JOAB late in sunrise enhancement around 1445. Signals from Korea and China were generally lackluster during the session, although 972-HLCA and the 1053-Jammer both reached occasional good levels, and there were brief appearances of 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang at fair levels prior to a moderate sunrise enhancement.
My session started off at 1340 with both 594-JOAK and 693-JOAB at steady good levels, along with fair audio from 747-JOIB, 774-JOUB, 828-JOBB, 972-HLCA, the 1053-Jammer and 1566-HLAZ in and out of the domestic splatter. Second-tier Asians showing up at the time were 603-HLSA (poor, mixing with China), 657-Pyongyang (poor to fair) and 738-BEL2 (poor, in KCBS splatter). The NHK big guns on 747, 774 and 828 all managed very good signals in the predawn darkness, with 828-JOBB hitting a brief excellent level around 1415 with its NHK2 Korean lessons (its best performance of the season).These signals pretty much stayed the same until a selective sunrise enhancement boost kicked in around 1430, raising 693-JOAB up to an exceptional level, and 594-JOAK up to excellent strength. The second-tier Asians and the Korean big guns on 972 and 1053 were not impressed by the sunrise enhancement and bailed early (around 1440), while 693-JOAB continued to build up strength until 1445, hitting its best level of the season (and most likely its best level ever, here). Pounding in with a Japanese female storyteller at the time, it sounded very much like it does during an ocean coast DXpedition. It quickly collapsed along with the other Japanese around 1450, though, ending a session completely dominated by the NHK big guns.
693 JOAB Tokyo, Japan Japanese female storyteller at excellent level at 1447; its best signal of the season here (and strongest Asian signal of the session)
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna