Strange Band Behaviour


Paul Blundell
 

Over the long weekend, I have noticed some strange behaviour of the HPON station on 1593kHz. During one of my long term DX project sessions I was tuning past this station and thought I had scrolled too far (to our local 1611kHz sports station) as the signal was so strong. Below is a break down of some stations at both ends of the band that are all 5kw and around the same distance (I have included the 50kw station for reference).

531kHz (3GG) = 384km - 5kw (3,3,4,4,5,3) 22
594kHz (3WV)= 679km - 50kw (4,4,5,5,5,4) 27
1503kHz (3KND) = 445km - 5kw (1,2,1,3,3,2) 12
1566kHz (3NE) = 572km - 5kw (2,2,3,3,4,3) 17
1593kHz (HPON) = 459km - 5kw (4,4,4,5,5,3) 25

What I am seeing is that this station is performing at a level which is much beyond what I would expect. I normally expect that the stations at the lower end of the band will put out a better signal and normally be received "better", when compared to stations at the top end of the band which are the same distance away and transmitting the same power level.

Paul