Despite the lackluster reports from Victoria this morning's session did have an unusual offering-- the best signal from the 1035-CNR1 synchros ever received here (fair) around 1345. That was a pretty bizarre reception, though, seeming to go against the trend of a mediocre morning for everything else.
Two band checks at 1300 and 1330 confirmed the dreary situation that Colin and Nick had described, with all the Asian signals subdued. The usual NHK big guns and 1566-HLAZ seemed to be struggling, and nothing else was in audio. Figuring that the session would turn out to be a clunker I debated whether to set up the FSL antenna as usual in the back yard, but after hearing an unusually strong carrier on 1035 (with the distinctive, warbling sound of the poorly synchronized CNR1 stations) I decided to do so. Around 1345 these 1035-CNR1 synchros managed a fair peak with Chinese male speech-- their best level ever here in Puyallup. Despite this almost no other Asians sounded healthy at the time, with the NHK big guns and 1566-HLAZ still struggling, and only the 1053-Jammer matching 1035 with fair audio. Around 1400 the Japanese on 594, 693, 747 and 828 finally got untracked, but of these only 594 reached a good level (around 1405). 972-HLCA also came up to a brief good level at 1359, and a weak mix of HLSA and China appeared on 603. Late on in the session both 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 came out of the noise to reach fair peaks before collapsing with the other Asians around 1415. Overall it was a bizarre session, without much of interest except the unusual signal from 1035-CNR1 at 1345.
972 HLCA Dangin, S. Korea Pop music, KBS ID and 3+1 time pips at good level at 1400 TOH
1035 CNR1 Synchros Chinese male speech at fair level (with minor echoes) at 1345-- its best signal ever here
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna