The Asian big guns sounded big indeed this morning as unusually good 
propagation extended for a second day, but the second-tier TP's seemed to drop 
off significantly. 594, 657, 1053 and 1566 managed their best signals of the 
new season so far, though, with most of the other regulars showing up with 
serious energy. 

At my 1245 start time 1566-HLAZ's Japanese service was already at a blowtorch 
level, and with 594-JOAK and the 1053-Jammer also unusually strong it seemed 
like this morning might feature a repeat of yesterday's exceptional session. 
For the most part the other Asian big guns on 693, 747, 774 and 828 followed 
the plan, but sunrise enhancement didn't provide the same kind of boost to the 
more exotic Asians. The Chinese mid-band stations on 1017, 1035 and 1044 were 
seriously down from yesterday, and there was no mix of 603-China and HLSA. 
About the only improvement over yesterday was a fair to good signal from 
1575-VOA late on at 1330, and an unusually good signal from 657-Pyongyang (good 
signal, not programming), which hit its best level of the new season around 
1327. A presumed 738-BEL2 also matched its fair signal from yesterday, along 
with a similar signal from 1134-JOQR. Steady rain in my back yard made the 
session interesting at times, but didn't really affect the DXing. Ov
 erall the morning was fairly interesting because of the potent big gun 
signals, which probably were overlooked a little yesterday in the rush to track 
down the mid-band Chinese. 

657 Pyongyang BS Pyongyang, N. Korea Female and male Korean shouters at 
unusually strong level at 1327; best signal of the new season (with some 
Audacity program noise reduction, which unfortunately couldn't improve the 

1053 Korean Jammer Monster buzz at 1313; best signal of the new season (on the 
same intellectual level as the 657 content) 

1566 HLAZ Jeju, S. Korea Japanese service at blowtorch level at 1253; best 
signal of the new season (S9+) 

73 and Good DX, 
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight + 
15" FSL antenna 

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