April Hong Kong Ultralight DXpedition-- 774-1593 kHz Loggings & MP3's

Gary DeBock

     This is the final group of Hong Kong loggings and MP3 recording links, finishing out a list of over 100 DX stations and many additional recordings. Highlights in this group were the four long range DX stations received by shoving a 7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight outside a security window in a 12th floor apartment around sunrise (1413-BBC in Oman, 1413-Vesti FM in Moldova, 1431-Radio Sawa in Djibouti (east Africa) and 1548-TWR in Moldova) and clear 918-RNK (Kampuchea) sign on and sign off messages (2200 and 1700 UTC, respectively).
     DXing in Hong Kong was a wild and wacky activity, with a "perfect storm" of overcrowded beaches, overcrowded frequencies, mystery languages and prolific RFI. The only way to make any real progress was to take advantage of the extreme portability of the "supercharged" Ultralight, and head for daytime DXing trips to Macau, and HK's awesome Cape D'Aguilar. That plunging cliff alone was enough to inspire any DXer, with numerous S9+ signals from Taiwan over hundred of miles in bright daylight.
    Special thanks is in order to my Japanese DXing buddies Satoshi Miyauchi and Hiroyuki Okamura, who gave me an "intelligence list" of long range DX targets in eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East to try for. Nobody was more astonished than me when a 7.5 inch loopstick Ultralight successfully tracked down four of them! As always, any comments or corrections are most welcome.

774  UnID's-Taiwan   Two apparent Taiwan stations mixing together (one with Chinese music and the other with female speech in a Chinese dialect) during daytime DX at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0843 on 4-6, with some minor splatter from the 783 kHz local as well. With three Taiwan stations on the frequency and no apparent identity clues, these two will probably remain a mystery  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/wx4myuteuw223d3mkplje3whreq1r5ql

783   RTHK (5)   Golden Hill, Hong Kong   20 kW   Powerful local blaster with Cantonese Chinese opera at 1528 on 4-5  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/oxjyye1j4yz0lq72oyun8tu5s56sngkb

Female speech in Cantonese during daytime DXing at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0844 on 4-6; some Chinese opera music is in the background, but unclear if this is a co-channel (the 600 kW station 783-Voice of Strait is within daytime DX range at Fujian)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/4l7loxnmzojif2ays5j9d29jw00vgsvf

792  UnID-Chinese  Mystery station at good strength with male Mandarin speech at 1630 on 4-6; this station failed to show up during daytime DXing in 783 splatter, so it could be either Taiwan or the Mainland (multiple possibilities)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/21demzb0xlpf14is3vg9o7tkah8hdzjr

801  V.O. Kuanghua   Kuanyin, Taiwan   250 kW   Mainland-directed propaganda blaster with excellent signal during daytime DX at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0845 on 4-6; apparent radio drama in a Chinese dialect  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/t9d3402tiizs06cf9edjx4mxou37h8ez

810  Kuo Sheng BC   Changhua, Taiwan   10 kW   Another excellent Taiwan signal with female speech in Chinese dialect during daytime DX on HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0847 on 4-6; this station had a strong presence day and night  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/gm2cwf4uwe23ah94vxgfqxgnsnex049c

810  UnID-China   Female Mandarin speech mixing with dominant music from Taiwan's Kuo Sheng BC at 2128 on 4-8; only heard once during sunrise DXing  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/b69ftfofe70yctmikp4rqogynois74w4

819  UnID-Taiwan   Weak male Mandarin speech during daytime DX at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0850 on 4-6; this sounds more like a news format from BCC than Cheng Sheng's typical Taiwanese  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/o62h3jkvng6h2x3xae4wb01z7rhucq2g

909  CNR6   Quanzhou, China   300 kW   Taiwan-directed classical music blaster dominant at 1656 on 4-6; wek co-channel underneath at times  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/s9478trdebt9911fiq2hrwfbw31ckf5u

909  UnID-Asian   Weak male-voiced speech and music under CNR6 at 1656 on 4-6; the music would indicate VoV as a good possibility  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/s9478trdebt9911fiq2hrwfbw31ckf5u

918  RNK   Phnom Penh, Kampuchea   600 kW   Far and away the dominant 918 station in Southeast Asia, with Shandong a poor second. Excellent recordings of both the 2200 sign on message and the 1700 sign off message were make in HK, with lots of S9 signals in between. This was the sign on message at 2200 on 4-8  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/wye9lgqn73xnhwc6krylj70wh9uv3dez

This was the S9 sign off message (with a new format National Anthem) at 1659 on 4-3, preceded by typical Kampuchean music  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8f29q278jckhwlkx14d1pj7pphzropq7

Typical Kampuchean female vocal music at a strong level (over Shandong) at 1639 on 4-5  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/axpamu4xt5fjiq4znpznqxc1flht3fvk

Kampuchean female speech at S9 level over Shandong during HK waterfront DXing at 1301 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/vn5fokytck3qdt1yr2fmnj3zci1nzrcg

918   Shandong Synchros   China   Rarely competitive with RNK, one very brief moment of superior strength was at 1627 on 4-6  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5kwmr6avvrnko64ijnchz915033c7ciz

The Shandong network synchros are not well coordinated, with the 5+1 pips at 1700 on 4-5 (from 5 seconds to 11 seconds in the recording) not in unison  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8l8m69qada9jy5a7vk3bnqvdrn6q6eys

936  V.O. Han BC   Taoyuan, Taiwan   5 kW   Based on this network's programming on other frequencies, this is most likely the dominant male voice in a non-standard Chinese dialect at 2119 on 4-8  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3z18uwfev8alhgs7ohob0cx83fkywlyh

936  UnID-Chinese   Female Mandarin speaker at a weak level under V.O. Han at 2119 on 4-8; most likely a Mainland station  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3z18uwfev8alhgs7ohob0cx83fkywlyh

990  Cheng Sheng BC   Taichung, Taiwan   20 kW   Presumed the male speaker in a non-standard Chinese dialect at 1837 on 4-7 (early morning in HK)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3jtz0pq29d7emczbpyzqpg8vbmlvmtgk

999  Tien Nan BC   Taipei, Taiwan   1 kW   With female speech in likely Amoy dialect at 1841 on 4-7 (Hong Kong's early morning), this is likely the 24 hour station showing up at a modest level when others should be silent  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/gt66p5faxtk4vpvq00hte307dmm20k3n

1134  Zhejiang Zhi Sheng Synchros   Zhejiang, China   Non-CNR1 format with moderate echoes during sunrise session at 2122 on 4-8  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/m4yz57g52vrhie1f225m3647r2qkg4ss

1143  BEL3 (Yuyeh BS)   Penghu, Taiwan   100 kW   Awesome signal over hundreds of miles in bright daylight at HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0836 on 4-6; this was the strongest Taiwan station during daytime DXing in HK  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/cq408aemu5jzl2ew8j0cme03nrckecjb

1233  Chung Hua BC   Juifang, Taiwan   1 kW   Distinctive Taiwan pop music dominant over UnID during early morning DXing at 1856 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/hpxoa5gdyq04zl67v0b7gf5sqiw8l1ba

1233  UnID-Asian   Male speaker in SE Asian language dominant at the end of this recording; I'm fairly sure this is Thai, but with two Thai stations on the frequency the identity remains a mystery  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/hpxoa5gdyq04zl67v0b7gf5sqiw8l1ba

1413  BBC World Service   A'Seela, Oman   800 kW   This powerful Middle East blaster was typically dominant over the Jiangsu co-channel in the early morning in HK. This strong recording in Pashto was made at 1827 on 4-7 (thanks to C.K. Raman for language and station identification)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/r79ii0pb5n1u8empa0pmxdpwnq3o8ozx

A mystery horse race (in English) over the Jiangsu co-channel at 1627 on 4-6 was solved by awesome detective work by Mauno and Andrew Brade, who determined it was the BBC broadcasting the Grand National race over the 1413-Oman relay  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/a1b9iegaqfj0l95ghsi1v0xjris4xr8b

1413  Jiangsu  RGD Synchros   China   Dominant over a rising BBC (with unusual horse racing) at 1626 on 4-6  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/4v7ygkurhg3nkmi339s5ek39u3sr3ear

1413  Vesti FM   Grigoripol, Moldova   500 kW   One of two Moldovan stations showing up at peak sunrise enhancement on a 7.5 inch loopstick, this was the first long range station received in Hong Kong. At 2206 on 4-6 Russian speech and conversation was received at a modest level without any Chinese interference around local HK sunrise (thanks to Dmitry and Mauno for language identification)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/38vm67oda2jysgwlbyn03ra0etnrakv9

1413  UnID's-Chinese   Two Chinese stations (one strong and one weak) mixing together at 2122 on 4-8; one of these is probably the Jiangsu station, dominant in the evening in HK  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/o1wxaeo3eaf6o51h4fi2l8qbyj7i001r

1431  Radio Sawa   Djibouti (east Africa)   600 kW   An early morning surprise at 2141 on 4-7 (based on a Japanese tip), music from this long range station actually fought it out with the Chinese co-channel for almost 5 minutes until a clear, female-voiced "Radio Sawa" ID was heard in Arabic at 4:59 into this recording (thanks to Bill and Chuck for language and station ID)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ktcgc5i4lixvgrh7ef8a1ueur14i98kh

1431  UnID-China   Mandarin pest which typically made it rough to chase DX around sunrise-- mixing with Djibouti in the above recording (most likely the 24 hour Fujian RGD)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ktcgc5i4lixvgrh7ef8a1ueur14i98kh

1449  UnID-China   Strong signals from this mystery music station at 2156 on 4-8, shortly before local sunrise in HK  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/hh75dnqdfflet9jm5fvqlarpi6yafbns

1494  Educational BC System   Taizhong, Taiwan   10 kW   Presumed the one with American English male speech at 2134 on 4-8 over a weaker co-channel (which may also be in English)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/hfg28y75elndpsvlbpbc923yiqpk1i3x

1494  UnID   Weaker co-channel mixing with Educational BC in Taiwan at 2134 on 4-8; seemingly with English intonation https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/hfg28y75elndpsvlbpbc923yiqpk1i3x

1512  DZAT   Lucena, Philippines   10 kW   Presumed the one with Christian music format over a Chinese co-channel at 2202 on 4-6  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0okmrp2r96qbhbckzxe6my06lg6kj2wo

1512  Jinan Gushi Guangbo   Jinan, China   Heard prior to 2200 on 4-6, this is the only Chinese station on the frequency that should be operating prior to 2200  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0okmrp2r96qbhbckzxe6my06lg6kj2wo

1530  DZME   Quezon City, Philippines   25 kW   The booby prize for the worst transmitted audio in Southeast Asia goes to this fine broadcaster, the only Filipino on the frequency. This garbled Tagalog was received at 2153 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/expghtmcwzb45y9txl4pt6dk7vyi124u

1530  UnID-China   Top of the hour ID at 2200 on 4-6; possibly clear enough for a native speaker to decipher  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/d7mbl5fhnxlsyxl33xdzkpqfnnujbm6w

1530  UnID-China   Mandarin language music at 2155 on 4-7; either Zhejiang or Jilin  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ree5oous83eg9ruykscxobxf55mcp55c

1548  Shandong RGD Synchros   China   Poorly coordinated network sounded like a spooky Halloween movie at 1617 on 4-6  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/a1jcsk4onxi0eg2clvrnop1e3ymshfqb

Another recording of the garbled Shandong synchros at 2130 on 4-8  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/nj3wmjiuzd13iddlqukc0dfcne6qnl77

1548  TWR   Grigoripol, Moldova   500 kW   The last of the long range recordings was made at 1903 on 4-7, about three hours prior to sunrise in HK. Presumed Bulgarian at a modest level, following a tip from Japanese friends  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/6vbkqauxw6l3bsa0t9fha5ewk8t0v4jy

1593  CNR1   Changzhou, China   600 kW   Dominant with music at 2147 on 4-8 shortly before HK sunrise over a weaker co-channel  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/puun667bobxlnl8hy6187qql21sxxnv1

1593  UnID-Chinese   Much weaker co-channel under CNR1, possibly Yuyeh BC in Taiwan  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/puun667bobxlnl8hy6187qql21sxxnv1

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