Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-31-- Asian Sunset

Gary DeBock

Halloween delivered somewhat of a treat this very early morning as several Asian signals reached vibrant levels during their local sunset period from 0910-1005 UTC. The Korean big guns on 972, 1053 and 1566 were managing S9 peaks, along with the NHK powerhouses on 747 and 774. Several second-tier Asians were also in audio, including 603-HLSA and 738-BEL2.
Weather was pretty frightful during the session, with the back yard full of rain and wind as the more sensible DXers were sleeping (at 0210 local time). The session was conducted in part to test out some new waterproofing modifications to make FSL antennas more survivable during ocean cliff DXpeditions. At 0910 UTC the Asian sunset propagation must have been near its peak, with both 972-HLCA and 1566-HLAZ at S9 levels, along with 747-JOIB and 774-JOUB. The 1053-Jammer, 1134-KBS and 1287-JOHR were also at decent levels, while a whole collection of second tier Asians were in and out with weak audio, including 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang, 738-BEL2, a presumed 936-Anhui, 1017-CRI and 1035-CNR1. Propagation during the session was pretty wild (like the weather) as stations faded in and out with no real pattern, except that by 1005 UTC most of the signals had tapered off somewhat. After a couple of hours of sleep I checked the band again at 1355-- and found that almost all of these Asian signals were a poor shadow of what they had been three hours earlier. I did notice promising audio on both 603-HLSA (like Colin reported) and 738-BEL2, but after DXing the Asian sunset session motivation was lacking to track these throughout the sunrise period. Although Asian signals were far stronger during the 0910-1005 UTC period the obvious drawback to such a strategy is the socially unacceptable practice of DXing around 0230 local time-- a situation which would not apply to DXers much farther east. I recall that during a Prince Edward Island DXpedition a few years back Nick was able to time the local sunrise with the Asian sunset period, and come away with several NHK big guns riding the grey line propagation. Maybe such a strategy could work in the Midwest, or other locations?
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna