Re: April 2019 Hong Kong Ultralight DXpedition-- 603-648 kHz Loggings & MP3's

Paul Blundell

Excellent loggings as always and great to see the range of stations you can log. 

On Mon, 10 Jun 2019, 9:54 p.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <> wrote:

File review is continuing on recordings from a very interesting trip, with 17 more Southeast Asian loggings from 603-648 kHz (for a total so far of 34 stations recorded from 531-648 kHz). The diversity of loggings was related to two daytime DX trips to Macau and Hong Kong's Cape D'Aguilar, a waterfront DXing session featuring sunset skip across Southeast Asia, and late evening apartment DXing by shoving a souped-up Ultralight outside a 12th floor security window.

 DXing in Hong Kong is turning out to be a bonanza to solve Hawaii DXing mysteries, and vice versa. The excited female Chinese speaker in a 648-BCC (N) Taiwan recording was matched to the same excited voice in a Hawaii 630 kHz UnID recording, finally solving the identity mystery. The same thing happened with a 531-Zhejiang RGD female Mandarin recording, and a Tagalog-speaking lady on 666 kHz with an identical voice to a Hawaii UnID on 954 kHz (Philippine Broadcasting Service). With a lengthy list of exotic targets from Hong Kong DXing, the November Poipu, Hawaii DXpedition should be ready to hit the ground running!

 603   CNR1   Shaoguan, China   10 kW   As the only Guangdong CNR1 transmitter on the frequency this was presumably the source of the CNR1 identification under CRI's Vietnamese program at 13 seconds into this recording at 1211 on 4-2

603  CRI   Dongfang, China   300 kW   Dominant on the frequency every evening with its Vietnamese program, such as 1211 on 4-2 (over CNR1)

603  DZVV   Vigan, Philippines   5 kW   "Bombo Radio" all alone with powerful strength as a Cape D'Aguilar cliff daytime DX signal at 0809 on 4-6; thanks to Jari L. for ID assistance

610  Voice of the People of Ho Chi Minh City   Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   50 kW   Strange Viet program on a strange frequency; an elderly male speaker (war veteran?) apparently tries to keep old memories alive. Completely dominant over the 612 kHz stations on the Hong Kong waterfront at 1350 on 4-7, and causing a huge 2 kHz het on the 612 frequency. Maybe the holdout 610 kHz frequency is part of the Vietnam War memory, and they don't want to change it?

612  Zhuhai Diantai   Zhuhai, China   (power unknown)   This Mandarin/ Cantonese format station is a semi-local next to Macau, where it was at overwhelming strength at 0610 on 4-4 with various "High FM" ID's by a Mandarin-speaking lady with a soft, whispering voice

612  UnID-China   Male Mandarin speech under Zhuhai Diantai's Cantonese around the 1 minute point in this recording at 1216 on 4-2; possibly Guangdong RGD in Chaozhou (closest to HK)

612  UnID-Philippines   Weak daytime DX signal with non-Chinese intonation and music under Zhuhai Diantai at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0810 on 4-6; no ID clues, but the pattern of daytime propagation to the Cape would indicate DWSP

621  RTHK Mandarin   Golden Hill, Hong Kong   20 kW   Pesky local station that defied all attempts to track down a co-channel. Its typical strength was recorded at the Macau waterfront during daytime DXing at 0614 on 4-4

630  Taiwan BC   Sungling, Taiwan   10 kW   Always the dominant 630 kHz station in HK, this extended recording on the Macau waterfront during daytime DXing at 0617 on 4-4 features a couple of Taiwan music recordings and Chinese dialect speech

630  CNR2   China Synchros   In an S9 mix under Taiwan BC at 1217 on 4-2, with male speech in Mandarin under Taiwan's female speech and music in Mandarin. Not a daytime DX station-- most likely the 150 kW Henan transmitter

 630 UnID   Music station under Taiwan BC during sunset skip DXing on the Hong Kong waterfront at 1355 on 4-7; with good propagation to Bangladesh the musical style sounds like it could be the 100 kW Bangladesh (B) station, but since it's not // 693 there was no way to be sure

639  CNR1   China Synchros   Dominant over an UnID music station on the Hong Kong waterfront during sunset skip DXing at 1402 on 4-7

639  DZRL   Batac, Philippines   1 kW   Ideally positioned at the northern tip of Luzon, this low powered Tagalog station managed a pretty decent daytime DX signal across hundreds of miles to the Macau waterfront at 0625 on 4-4

639  UnID   Music station under CNR1 on the Hong Kong waterfront during sunset skip DXing at 1402 on 4-7; DZRL is possible but unlikely, since its 1 kW signal was usually gone after local sunset

648  Guangdong Weixing Guangbo   Guangzhou, China   50 kW   Semi-local with male speech format, this Mandarin blaster was usually dominant on the frequency as at 1406 on 4-7 at the Hong Kong waterfront, but occasionally had some competition

648  BCC (N)   Taipei, Taiwan   20 kW   A daytimer under Guangzhou at Hong Kong's Cape D'Aguilar, occasionally this Chinese dialect station would become dominant, such as at 1225 on 4-2. The lady's distinctive, excited voice from 3 seconds to 18 seconds was matched to a Poipu, Hawaii recording on 630, finally solving a long running identity mystery

648  UnID-English   Guangdong Weixing Guangbo was nulled out on the Hong Kong waterfront from 40 seconds to 60 seconds in this recording at 1406 on 4-7, resulting in an English language station making mention of South Africa. Unfortunately there wasn't enough detail for identity clues. Maybe AFN Okinawa, or one of the Philippine stations?


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