Puyallup, WA ltralight TP's for 3-10

Gary DeBock

Asian propagation improved quite a lot over yesterday with several strong signals from the big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774, 972 and 1566. 1575-VOA also managed a steady fair level during sunrise enhancement to become the standout performer of the morning.
At my 1350 start time several NHK stations were managing good to very good signals in and out, including 594, 693 and 747. 972-HLCA also was strong during the predawn darkness with several S9 runs over "Freedom 970" splatter. The high band already had 1575-VOA as the best performer with a steady fair signal (which it maintained right through the session until around 1430), along with an unusually steady signal from 1503-JOUK and a less vibrant one from 1593-CNR1. Some more obscure low band TP's on 603 (apparently China), 639, 657 and 738 made some halfhearted efforts to maintain audio from 1400-1430 but in general were stuck in the twilight zone between readability and imagination. 1134 also had audio in and out during the period (apparently Japanese, in keeping with the trend) but couldn't seem to shake off Vancouver for any length of time. Overall it was a fairly good session for March, although strong audio was certainly limited to the Japanese and Korean big guns. Stiff wind from the latest weather front played havoc in the back yard, though, with various radios threatening to go airborne at times.
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight + 15" FSL antenna
"Barefoot" 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model

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