<<< Which leads to a question about the Christmas
Island transmitter on 846. Are they running it
at full power, even when there is no programming?
It certainly seems that way, judging by a strong
signal on 846 and lack of programming before sunrise here on the west coast. >>>

I'll see what I can find out for you, Nick. 846-Kiribati is practically a local 
pest here.

Gary

> On April 12, 2018 at 9:13 PM Nick Hall-Patch <n...@ieee.org> wrote:
>
>
> Which leads to a question about the Christmas
> Island transmitter on 846. Are they running it
> at full power, even when there is no programming?
> It certainly seems that way, judging by a strong
> signal on 846 and lack of programming before sunrise here on the west coast.
>
> Possibly that's a good idea to keep the tropical
> rot at bay, but it must add a substantial hit to their electricity bill.
>
> best wishes,
>
> Nick
>
>
> At 04:00 2018-04-13, Gary DeBock wrote:
>
> >Hi Paul,
> >
> >A lot of these Pacific island transmitters
> >suffer for lack of maintenance and repair parts.
> >The salt water environment, hot weather and
> >cyclone damage take their toll. 630-RCI is
> >apparently one of the worst for an
> >underperforming signal-- I tried hard to hear it
> >in Kona, Hawaii twice last year, but came away empty both times.
> >
> ><<< B.) isn’t it non directional? then there’s no nulls, that applies to
> >directional stations >>>
> >
> >By nulls, I meant the null when you direct the
> >loopstick on a portable radio to null out a
> >station. Both the hot-rodded Ultralights and 5"
> >FSL antenna can do this very effectively here,
> >completely nulling out any MW station on the
> >band. Frequently S9 signals appear in the null
> >of another S9 signal, such as for 630-RCI and 630-4QN at night here.
> >
> >Gary
> >
> > > On April 12, 2018 at 6:25 PM "Paul B. Walker,
> > Jr." <walkerbroadcast...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > A.) I would suspect Radio Cook Islands isn’t running full power
> >
> > > B.) isn’t it non directional? then there’s no nulls, that applies to
> > > directional stations
> >
> > > On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 9:24 PM Gary DeBock <d1028g...@comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > > > 630-Radio Cook Islands in Rarotonga is one of the most exotic Pacific
> > > > island stations on the MW band, with a reputation of being a real
> > > > underperformer. Here in Aitutaki (about 200 km to the north) you can 
> > > > even
> > > > hear the Australian co-channels 4QN and 2PB in its null at night.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Here is the sign on routine for 630-RCI,
> > recorded at 1555 UTC this morning
> > > > (April 12). In the 35 seconds before sign on you can hear the Oz
> > > > co-channels before the horns sound at 35
> > seconds, starting the day off for
> > > > RCI https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ac25a13oykoc3jmk4e9i898pb8cea0k4
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > 73, Gary DeBock (in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
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