Yikes-- I haven't heard anything this wild since the Kona, Hawaii DXpedition! Thanks to Nick for his extremely detailed report describing the Chinese onslaught during sunrise enhancement all over the band. My own focus was on the low band, where several unusual Chinese stations moved in to replace the Korean regulars, managing their best level in many years.. Although overshadowed by the Chinese wave during sunrise enhancement 657-Pyongyang BS reached one of its best levels ever here with martial music at 1418 (S9+), while 972-HLCA was also at that level for much of the predawn darkness. As usual the potent Korean signals started off around 1230 in the frozen back yard, kicking off a 3 hour endurance contest as a 15" FSL was used in the subfreezing temperature to avoid indoor RFI noise. The DXing gear held up quite well in the 27 degree cold-- at least much better than the frozen DXer.
657-China (Henan?) was one of the stars of sunrise enhancement, courteously silencing Pyongyang BS' martial music at 1442 by taking over the frequency. 603-China (Hulun Buir?) was giving 603-HLSA's easy listening music some severe competition at 1455, while 756-CNR1 was all alone at a potent level. Other unusual Chinese were also in play at the time, but after about three hours in the 27 degree weather my digital recorder was showing evidence of going on strike-- not to mention the frozen CC Skywave with its ice-covered display. The hot sunrise enhancement propagation was just barely enough to keep the frozen DXer at the chase-- probably far longer than sensible. 603 China (Hulun Buir?) Female speech dominating over HLSA's music during sunrise enhancement at 1455 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xtor3iqklph45o0oo8it1pw1afctc9f2 603 HLSA Namyang, S. Korea Female introduction to music at a modest level at 1411 (before the Chinese wave)https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/o93uasjb8hrl0t90nbx0dnawmpmhyycm 657 China (Henan?) Male Chinese speech dominating the frequency after drowning out Pyongyang BS at 1442 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ubt52jqmbw9n84v0vq3r1cz8xfg6g1kl 657 Pyongyang BS Overwhelming martial music (S9+) at 1418-- one of its strongest signals ever here in Puyallup https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0mm9mj7xsyi7cs4sxjkzci0f5lzpovgi 972 HLCA Dangjin, S. Korea Korean female conversation and pop music at S9 level at 1406 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/akvyr35w2e2ita2e7v4gffam9tmdk0hb 73 and Good DX, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight + 15" FSL antenna _______________________________________________ IRCA mailing list IRCA@hard-core-dx.com http://montreal.kotalampi.com/mailman/listinfo/irca Opinions expressed in messages on this mailing list are those of the original contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the IRCA, its editors, publishing staff, or officers For more information: http://www.ircaonline.org To Post a message: email@example.com