It was a pretty wild morning for Asian signals, with the low band sounding like something straight out of October. The usual regulars on 594, 693, 747, 828 and 972 all managed good strength at times, while several more obscure stations on 603, 639, 657 and 738 came out of the noise to reach fair levels.
My session started at 1410 with the Asian propagation already in full swing. 594-JOAK and 747-JOIB were leading the way with good signals, while both 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang (with martial music) were at fair levels. Around 1430 these were joined by 639-CNR1 (poor to fair) and 738-BEL2 (fair), while the Japanese big guns continued their potent runs on 594, 693 and 747. Around 1435 the 558 parallel of 603-HLSA was strong enough to identify with the same K-Pop song, and the 1035-CNR1 synchros showed up with their distinctive echoes. The high band once again featured 1575-VOA as the best performer, with both 1566 and 1593 staying at modest levels during sunrise enhancement.
Early on at 1410 I had a chance to record the exact same one minute segment of 594-JOAK on both the 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model ("barefoot") and the 7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave model inductively coupled to a 15" FSL antenna. The two setups were separated by about 25 feet so that they would not interact with each other. For some bizarre reason the "Science Fiction PL-380" was extremely competitive-- even to a shocking extent. The two one-minute MP3's are linked below.
594-JOAK (3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model, barefoot) Japanese male speech at 1410
594-JOAK (7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave, inductively coupled to a 15" FSL antenna) Same Japanese male speech at 1410
603-HLSA Namyang, S. Korea Korean pop music at 1437 // 558
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave + 15" FSL antenna (except for the first 594 recording)