Further sedate conditions before sunrise today, although there were quite a lot 
of carriers near audio, that at some point might have briefly been in audio.  
The second tier stations today were Chinese and Taiwanese rather than Japanese 
for the most part.

As Bruce points out, conditions seem actually to be better quite a long time 
before sunrise, especially when it comes to consistent signal strength..

pretty darn good audio (all of it understandable by a native speaker, at least 

594 JOAK pips and NHK news 1400UT; far underneath was the ABC fanfare
774 JOUB woman in Japanese 1432UT
972 HLCA woman in Korean 1419UT

Reasonable audio  at  times during the period (much of it understandable by a 
native speaker, though often battling w/splash or noise):

693 JOAB woman //774 1409UT
738 Taiwan Fisheries woman in Chinese 1414UT //1143, both briefly peaking
747 JOIB English lessons 1422UT
828 JOBB Enlish lessons 1432UT
1143 Taiwan Fisheries woman in Chinese 1412-14UT //738 eventually as it faded up
1566 HLAZ man in Chinese 1419UT

not so reasonable audio, occasional words or phrases in splash or noise could 
be understood by a native speaker:

864 man talking Japanese to woman on phone 1409UT, didn't seem //1287 though
873 JOGB woman talking //693 1405UT
1287 JOHR woman in Japanese 1414UT, briefly at this level

Burbles in the splatter and noise (if lucky, language might be guessed at by 
cadence of talk, or parallel established by changes in talk or music)

567  JOIK woman singing //594 1435UT; there was a man talking at 1427UT, that 
didn't seem parallel to 594 however.  It sounded Japanese, but....
603 soft music 1401UT; although  pip heard on hour, this music had continued 
right through it.
621 faint Chinese pips 1400UT, not much else though
891 JOHK big carrier, poor audio with man talking //594 1419UT
918 man talking, Chinese itonation 1359UT, nothing useful on the hour
945 CNR1 weak Chinese pips at 1400UT, but not much else
981 CNR1 man talking amid 980 splash; recognized distinctive CNR1 news sounders 
1089 man talking, maybe Chinese; then piano music 1401UT; nothing  useable on 
1098 man talking under big DU carrier (Marshalls?), sounded Chinese 1410UT, but 
no parallels available
1143 man talking slowly, very un-JOQR-like, so possibly Korea? 1406UT
1242 pop music 1407UT, likely JOLF?

Strongish het, no or "near imaginary" audio (either undermodulated or ravaged 
by splatter)

 558   639 648 711 837  855 918   1008  1017 135 1044 1053  1188  1206  1251  
1269 1305 1314 1377   seemed to be Asian;
  846 1017 1098 seemed to be DU 

best wishes,


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC

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