During December's trip to the west coast of the Big Island the TP-DX 
propagation was radically different from the watered-down version currently 
being tolerated on the west coast. Instead of a few Asian big guns reaching 
modest audio each morning there were wild DU-TP snarls every evening, along 
with intense frequency fights between Asian co-channels on several frequencies.

     Linked below are several extended mix recordings that were the most 
memorable for the trip, all featuring two transoceanic stations fighting it out 
at potent levels. If anyone is feeling bored with his MW-DXing hobby, I would 
strongly recommend a trip to Hawaii as the ultimate, permanent cure!

1)  1440-Kiribati Vs. JOWF (Sapporo, Japan)  These two stations were 
equal-strength competitors from around 0800 UTC until Kiribati's sign off at 
1007, carrying on a running battle for supremacy each evening. On December 19th 
Kiribati switched its sign off time from 0936 to 1007, resulting in an 11 
minute recording of the frequency fight (without a Kiribati sign off) starting 
off at 0931  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/9eg4ip5jb5pvqsm6m5l1i0e5b05cs8gw

2)  621-Tuvalu Vs. China (Heilongjiang?)  The pesky Chinese station was a major 
problem for the exotic DU after 0800 UTC  each evening, but North Korea's 
Japanese service was almost equally troublesome. As if that weren't enough 
Tuvalu came down with a distorted audio issue on December 18th, which continued 
until I left. In this 8-minute recording China plasters the distorted Tuvalu 
sign off routine at 1003 on 12-18, but Tuvalu manages to get the (garbled) 
National Anthem out by itself. China quickly reclaims the frequency after 
Tuvalu's sign off  

3)  819-KCBS (Pyongyang)  Vs. South Korean Jammer   The North Korean "flagship" 
station's ancient music gets pestered by the South's "Beehive" Jammer at 0921 
UTC on 12-19. The jammer is apparently a low-powered transmitter designed to 
cover only the Seoul metropolitan area, but its range included Kona, Hawaii on 
most evenings  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/luw8m6wabvlj4y6seylzwpx18vfavmw3

4)  1593-CNR1 (Changzhou, China) Vs NHK2 Synchros  Despite running 600 kW the 
Chinese station could never quite put away the pesky Japanese 10 kW duo. In 
this typical recording at 1003 on 12-20 CNR1 builds up some potent strength but 
the NHK2 English lessons never go away  

5)  909 Mix (All UnID)  One of many potent "mystery mixes" from the Kona trip, 
this recording at 0956 on 12-18 features multiple Chinese voices, including  
various children chanting at an S9 level for the last two minutes-- maybe CNR6 
and others?  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3f746ufu3x0gjiwe2fi05j2jo3pkav4d

73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (DXing in Kona, Hawaii with a 7.5 inch loopstick C.Crane Skywave 
Ultralight + 5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna  
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