Best of Fall Season TP Signals (Puyallup, WA)

Gary DeBock

Hello All,
Although Asian propagation has recently hit the skids and is no longer productive for sunrise DXing here in Puyallup, there were some reasonably good moments during this solar-challenged Fall Season. Probably because of the new (and more sensitive) 15" FSL antenna being used, several big gun Asian stations did manage their best-ever signals here (603-HLSA, 693-JOAB, 738-Tahiti, and 747-JOIB), while a couple of others equaled their best-ever signals (594-JOAK and 972-HLCA). In general, signals dropped off greatly from the Chinese stations, while second and third-tier Japanese and Korean stations were almost always missing in action. High band signals also took a major hit in comparison to past seasons. Asian propagation seems to have taken quite a nosedive since November 8th, making it seem more productive to use limited hobby time for new antenna projects.
All of the following signals were received on a 7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight radio, with an inductive coupling boost from a 15" FSL antenna. Signals which pegged the PL-380's S/N display at the 25 maximum during the reception are identified with a double asterisk (**).
**594  JOAK   Tokyo, Japan   Excellent-level Japanese male speech at 1302 on September 23; equals
strongest signal ever received here (in 2011)
**603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   Excellent-level KBS2 network pre-TOH fanfare and 3 + 1 pips at 1400
on October 10; best signal ever received here
603  China   (Hulun Buir?)   Strong mix with HLSA at 1308 on September 23
657  Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Very good level martial music at 1314 on September 23
**693  JOAB   Tokyo, Japan   Excellent-level Japanese female speech at 1447 on November 4; best
signal ever received here
738  Radio Polynesie   Mahina, Tahiti   Good-level R & B music at 1315 on September 1; best signal
ever received here
738  BEL2   Penghu, Taiwan   Very good male-hosted variety program at 1358 on October 11
**747  JOIB   Sapporo, Japan   Excellent-level Japanese male speech at 1344 on October 11; best signal
ever received here
**972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea   Excellent-level Korean male speech at 1444 on October 27; equals
best signal ever received here
**1053  Korean Jammer   Excellent-level buzz at 1256 on October 18; best signal of the season here
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna

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