Another calm-weather sunrise session provided more wild, ocean-boosted DX (with
assistance from the 5" FSL). 918 and 1566 were the priority frequencies this
morning, and both yielded results-- although maybe not in the way I was hoping
918 was a real zoo at 1630 with Shandong, 4VL and a third, exotic-sounding
station bringing up the rear. Just before the 1700 TOH the third station rose
in strength, featuring an exotic-sounding female foreign language speaker that
certainly wasn't speaking Mandarin. At the 1700 TOH there were bizarre, tinker
toy sounding time pips, after which the major pest 4VL reclaimed the frequency.
On 1566 another huge Oz pest (3NE) was at S9 around 1700, ruling out any chance
of tracking down some weak Hindu. Prior to this at 1635 I did clearly have a
DU-English co-channel along with 3NE, so if the programming checks out it's
possible that Norfolk Island is finally in the bag. 1377 and 1593-CNR1 were
both at S9+ 30 dB, ruling out any action on those frequencies. Wild!
Gary DeBock (in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight +
5" TSA-Friendly FSL antenna.
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