April Hong Kong Ultralight DXpedition-- 657-702 kHz Loggings & MP3's

Gary DeBock

File review continues from the wild and wacky Hong Kong trip, featuring two daytime DX waterfront sessions, a sunset skip extravaganza with multiple Chinese onlookers and a souped-up Ultralight pulling a shocker by tracking down AM-DX stations in Moldova, Djibouti and Oman right in the middle of the concrete jungle.

 Although Japan and Korea were almost totally MIA during the Hong Kong trip this group of loggings does include a very infamous Northwest regular-- 657-Pyongyang (just my luck, I guess). But it also includes some awesome 693-Bangladesh recordings, along with some stunning daytime DX MP3's from Hong Kong's equivalent of the Rockwork cliff (Cape D'Aguilar). When your cliff can shut down a local Hong Kong pest enough to track down a 5 kW daytime DX co-channel signal 300 miles away at a decent level, you know it's doing its job! 

657  Cheng Sheng BC   Taichung, Taiwan   20 kW   Awesome daytime DX signal in presumed Taiwanese across hundreds of salt water miles on Hong Kong's Cape D'Aguilar ocean cliff at 0841 on 4-6, with mention of Taiwan by female announcer at 13 seconds. This was typically the dominant 657 station in HK, although VoV usually prevailed around sunset  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0w74sghm2uyj7oyt3yecklcqke8dl3la

657  Pyongyang BS   Kangnam, N. Korea   1500 kW   The only Korean station to show up (weakly) in Hong Kong, the distinctive female vocalist and dreary orchestra managed to sneak in under Cheng Sheng BC shortly after local midnight at 1648 on 4-7. All the other North and South Korean stations were MIA throughout the week  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/qn91ma8bflqrhfrt6jbnno2khmdxxgf3

657  VOV-1   Quan Tre, Vietnam   100 kW   Female Viet speech and martial music at good level over a presumed Cheng Sheng BC on the HK waterfront during sunset skip at 1408 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8f0muymaxfcuahe8k72dqh9mk921zji1

666  DXRP  Davao, Philippines   10 kW   This distinctive female Tagalog speech at 1409 on 4-7 (through local 675 splatter, during HK waterfront sunset DXing) was matched to that of a Poipu, Hawaii 954 UnID recording, determining that both were from the Philippine BC Service network https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/yjuvgbs7ytdqb19kzbosanct2gq1i1p9

675  Cheng Sheng BC   Peikang, Taiwan   5 kW   Breaking through under local RTHK-6 in a remarkable demonstration of Cape D'Aguilar's ocean cliff effectiveness, the 5 kW Taiwan station manages a pretty good signal in apparent Taiwanese over hundreds of salt water miles during daytime DX at 0825 on 4-6. This overachieving station was also received in Poipu, Hawaii in November   https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/w5xeg2ajhimo3uyl5feeuiogyejm30m7

675  RTHK (6)   Peng Chau, Hong Kong   10 kW   Local pest in Mandarin had a lot of its signal blocked by the Cape D'Aguilar ocean cliff at 0825 on 4-6, allowing Taiwan's Cheng Sheng to sneak through underneath  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/w5xeg2ajhimo3uyl5feeuiogyejm30m7

684  CRI   Dongfang, China   300 kW   Cambodian (Khmer) service was dominant on the Hong Kong waterfront at S9 level during sunset skip DXing at 1413 on 4-7, with the website address given by the lady announcer from 1 to 3 seconds; minor 675 local splatter  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/fcu6c6daqm9dlvpulus8o9i2w98kdxwi

684  UnID   Lady in an unknown language (doesn't sound Chinese) at a fairly good level under CRI in the latter part of the above recording at 1413 on 4-7 on the HK waterfront; any SE Asian language experts?  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/fcu6c6daqm9dlvpulus8o9i2w98kdxwi

693  Bangladesh Betar   Dhaka, Bangladesh   1000 kW   Dominant with exotic music and awesome S9 signals during sunset skip DXing on the HK waterfront at 1334 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/aejavy4iam2hvmmgoc7ge6b82imx7dop

The usual female announcer is featured from 12 to 24 seconds in this recording (over an UnID female speaker) at 1336 on 4-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/qs2bieiuguma2xzu2rvec0kaplvlvxd1

The exotic station's 1400 TOH on 4-7 (at 1:55 into the recording) doesn't feature the 6 pips heard in an April 2018 Cook Island recording, so they apparently have been phased out. An UnID Chinese co-channel seems to be hanging around at the TOH  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/va3i98g46uk1yz68qzkrqb0k5duyg8v4

At 1415 on the same evening the usual male and female announcers have put the music aside and are discussing some topic (still at an S9 level)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/pp0an544l7mfj6veor767fh1ik8wwsik

693  Han Sheng BC Synchros   Taiwan   Strong daytime DX signal with energetic Chinese opera on HK's Cape D'Aguilar at 0827 on 4-6  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xzt63rshqcr648lzx9xj94ff6woqkaz2

693  UnID-Philippines   Weak Macau daytime DX co-channel under Han Sheng BC at 0635 on 4-4; the Chinese stations are out of daytime DX range  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xf5xusnz0k80mbch9w834ktsini9cezm

702  DXAS   Valenzuela, Philippines   50 kW   FEBC broadcast in Tagalog at S9 level over Zhuhai at 2210 on 4-6 during sunrise session; this station has frequent accented English speech  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5g56fu5fbytyasbky3etb8hss8j62db7

702  VOV-2   Danang, Vietnam   50 kW   Male Viet speech at good level // 729 on the Hong Kong waterfront at 1420 on 4-7 with multiple mentions of Vietnam; the 729 parallel is included during the last 7 seconds  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/lfigny1ryhjmmpdhgtvleoqbnqy3k3n3

702  Zhuhai   Zhuhai, China   (power unknown)   S9+ signal in Mandarin from this Mainland semi-local during Macau daytime DXing at 0636 on 4-4; this signal would fizzle after sunset, allowing DXAS and VoV to dominate  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/uebzspe8by9w3ze3067ybfp6gup58pgx