April Hong Kong Ultralight DXpedition-- 711-765 kHz Loggings & MP3's

Gary DeBock

     Hong Kong has had more than its share of excitement recently, but three months ago the excitement for me was trying to sort out a huge maze of unfamiliar AM-DX stations. A wicked combination of RFI, overcrowding, 5 Chinese dialects and 6 Southeast Asian languages seemed to confirm the pessimistic predictions of other DXers, while attempts to set up a gain antenna on a public beach inevitably resulted in a growing throng of curious Chinese onlookers.
     Finally a 7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralight (in the attached photo) was pushed to the max in both daytime DXing trips to Macau and Cape D'Aguilar (the "Rockwork" of the Orient) and also outside the security window of our downtown 12th floor apartment. The souped-up Ultralight was up to the challenge, tracking down AM-DX from Japan (729-JOCK) to Djibouti (1431-Radio Sawa), including diverse reception of about 80 Southeast Asian stations. With such useful information for upcoming trips to Hawaii and other Pacific venues, who could ask for more?

711  V.O. Kuanghua   Hsinfeng, Taiwan   250 kW   This is a major Mainland-directed propaganda station in Taiwan, but during daytime DXing in both Macau and HK's Cape D'Aguilar it couldn't hold the frequency down over an UnID Filipino station. This Macau recording at 0637 on 4-4 has a Tagalog radio drama dominant over Kuanghua's Chinese  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/pn0nv6bbaadtt6ahobq6s14d82krhaj7

711  VOV1   Can Tho, Vietnam   500 kW   Strong signal with female Viet speech on the HK waterfront at 1425 on 4-7; generally dominant over Kuanghua after sunset  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ue2modz1ihqtzw72b5kzauri5k6mpsvb

711  UnID-Philippines   Dominating the frequency around local noon in Macau with Tagalog radio drama at 0637 on 4-4, the 10 kW DZVR in ideally-positioned Laoag city (on the northern tip of Luzon) would seem like the most likely possibility over hundreds of salt water miles  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/pn0nv6bbaadtt6ahobq6s14d82krhaj7

720  BCC   Taichung, Taiwan   10 kW   Dominant with Chinese female speech through 518-NAVTEX noise at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0830 on 4-6, for some reason this station was a no show in Macau, where DZSO was the only (weak) signal  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/1ya16wh49lpmasypvjxn3xq4k9h5tnfk

720  DZSO   San Fernando, Philippines   5 kW   Weak but all alone around local noon in Macau at 0640 on 4-4, this recording features a Tagalog-speaking lady with an energetic "Radio Bombo" ID at 23 seconds  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/vdjoibaihbf65bgzobh948y871jxwg5r

720  UnID-Chinese   Male-female Chinese speech on the HK waterfront during a sunset skip session at 1428 on 4-7; unknown if this is BCC or a mainland station (CNR2 in Fujian?)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/vqjlx2cmwo8bz915qylmg8iaxkvtz7wp

720  UnID-South Asian Music   Another HK waterfront signal after local sunset with female Hindi-type vocal music dominant on the frequency at 1426 on 4-7. No identifying details, but AIR in Chennai would be in propagation at the time  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0gfknh9ewvwr0cbnbv2jmklg3bcfiftz

729  Jiangxi RGD Synchros   Jiangxi, China   Poorly coordinated network with multiple Chinese echoes during HK waterfront DXing at 1429 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3djjvzjqnrztpc3ym4pkyw4pyx0e7b1s

729  JOCK   Nagoya, Japan   50 kW   Japanese female speech at modest level during an early morning session at 1911 on 4-7; oddly enough, this was the only reception of Japan during the entire Hong Kong trip  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/l1o9cus8r96n3huv75w9itnde8v549ol

729  VOV2   Dong Hoi, Vietnam   200 kW   Male Viet speech // 702 dominant over Jiangxi synchros and UnID music during HK waterfront DXing at 1430 on 4-7; the 702 parallel is included from 12 to 24 seconds  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/84jlphrpll7st87i3i8gv2tlh7akl9gd

729  UnID-Asian   Female vocal music continuing through Jiangxi's Chinese and VoV's Viet speech during sunset skip DXing on the HK waterfront at 1431 on 4-7; the 100 kW Myanma Radio would seem like a strong possibility  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/6uamzuthim1cy4j2otrf1944trdug6ab

738  BEL2   Penghu, Taiwan   100 kW   The west coast TP regular blasted in during daytime DX in both Macau and HK's Cape D'Aguilar, managing one of the most overwhelming signals ever received over hundreds of miles in bright daylight. The HK cape signal with female vocal music at 0845 on 4-6 was so strong it was throwing splatter on 729 and 747, and features the 1143-BEL3 parallel from :52 to 1:39 (which was even a shade stronger)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/73t1nkfw91uc13pc2vd2cw69kki91g6g

The same prolific station was potent on the Macau waterfront as well at 0648 on 4-4, managing this 7-minute stretch of Taiwan Fisheries' diverse programming around local noon  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/nrlqunwdtcgak1vn91e0649u7yb58ngy

738  UnID-Chinese   Two Mandarin Chinese stations mixing together at good strength at 1612 on 4-6, one of which is surely BEL2 from Taiwan (likely the one with pop music, building up strength). As for the male speaker starting off the recording, there are many Mainland possibilities but seemingly no identity clues. The 2 kHz heterodyne is almost certainly from the no-show 740-VOV2  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/50398exipewc6vuyanzw2o6e7fmvcwwz

747   CNR1   Shanwei (Guangdong), China   10 kW   Seemingly the most likely source of this Macau daytime DX signal // 756 around local noon at 0652 on 4-4; there is a weak UnID showing up late in the recording, possibly the station showing up under CNR1 at HK's Cape D'Aguilar (below)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/22n1gpv3elep64y7ck5w6l3akutdwfwv

747  UnID-Mandarin Chinese   Fair strength female voice under CNR1 at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0839 on 4-6; probably Guangdong RGD in Zhanjiang  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/4z87mlrnj8b3jw12t85gw1bnq8lholbl

756  CNR1   Zhuhai (Guangdong), China   50 kW   Macau daytime DX semi-local had an overwhelming signal over a weak UnID around local noon at 0655 on 4-4, unlike the wild situation on this frequency at HK's Cape D'Aguilar  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/kng3vmpj6k3h2sobxhpbm6uw6jolcdy1

756 UnID's-Chinese   This frequency was a madhouse during daytime DX at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0841 on 4-6, with the Zhuhai CNR1 station greatly reduced by the solid rock cliff. Taiwan's 20 kW Cheng Li chih Sheng is almost certainly in the wild mix, but since China only has CNR1 on this frequency, two of the stations are likely to be poorly synchronized CNR1 relays with the same (but delayed) programming  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/k7l85rbtz7xmwsk5olbdw3vypkdg2gr2

765  UnID's-Chinese   Another wild mix at 1523 on 4-4, featuring at least two male Chinese speakers from different stations and an UnID music broadcaster. 600 kW CNR5 from Fujian is likely in the mix, as well as Shaoguan RGD in Guangdong. There are no clues from the music station, but four Philippine stations are on the frequency  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/bokzjlytegctpzentd1hhcq5iky87xnw


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