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Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-20  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, March 20 2018

Although the big gun Asians were the only energetic TP's once again this morning the session did at least have more drama than yesterday, with the low band Asians receiving a sharp daybreak boost to rise from nothing up to pretty decent levels. The final result was more variety than yesterday, with even a few second-tier TP's managing ghostly audio around 1350 here.

Once again a predawn band check at 1030 revealed a dead band, with no Asian carriers at all. At my 1330 start time there were still only ghostly TP carriers on the low band, with weak audio in and out only on 1566, 1575 and 1593. Around 1340 the first sign of daylight brought 594, 693 and 972 out of the noise dramatically, with all three of the big guns reaching S7 peaks by 1350. The second tier TP's on 603 (HLSA), 657 and 738 also rose up from the dead around this time to reach ghostly levels by 1350, although they pretty much stayed in the twilight zone between weak audio and strong carriers. The high band Asians on 1566, 1575 and 1593 didn't get the same daybreak boost here, and by 1405 the lackluster conditions sent them down in the noise. Unlike yesterday 972-HLCA managed a strong appearance, reaching some S8 peaks around 1355 as the strongest Asian of the session. Of course no DU's showed up here during the solar-challenged conditions-- those signals routinely avoid this pedestrian valley location on their way to Victoria.

73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight +

15" FSL antenna


TP 19 Mar Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, March 20 2018

A much more Asian morning than it had any right to be, and quite a number of second tier Japanese without accompanying vigor from the first string. There was far less DU than I had expected as well, plus there was sunrise enhancement, and VoA even lasted a little while past sunrise. Overall, signal levels were low.

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

828 JOBB Chinese lessons 1341UT

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

774 JOUB English lessons 1402UT

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

594 JOAK man in Japanese 1411UT

891 JOHK man in Japanese, then woman 1320UT, only NHK1 audible at this time

1566 HLAZ woman in Chinese 1351UT

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)

693 JOAB Chinese lessons //828 1342UT

747 JOIB English lessons //828 1402UT

756 man talking, DU English intonation , then into ballad, 1338UT; RNZ National?

954 man talking, Japanese intonation 1321UT, murderous 950 splatter.

1017 traces of island vocals, assumed Tonga 1344UT

1134 two men talking, Japanese intonation 1333UT

1143 Taiwan Fisheries, talk by man sounded almost Russian 1358UT, but the music following was parallel with Taiwan Fisheries webstream. I wonder if this station is broadcasting to mariners of other nationalities?

1332 JOSF pop music 1351UT //1242

1386 NHK2 on north Flag, English lessons //774 1405UT

1422 pop vocals 1409UT, north Flag, so assumed JORF

1575 VoA man talking 1415UT, interview of some sort. Best on west Flag, but eventually at 1430UT, standard VoA ID and Yankee Doodle

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

873 909 1053 1089 1179 1269 1314 1503 seemed to be Asian;
657 837 846 909 1017 seemed to be DU

best wishes,


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC


Alberta TPs for 19 March 2018  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, March 20 2018

I figured the only direction from yesterday was down, and my
expectations were certainly met. After a great DU day yesterday only
one even managed audio today, along with traces of presumed Korea on 1566.

1548 4QD Emerald, AUSTRALIA End of ABC news by man at 1305, into weather
by a woman. The only DU signal of the morning.

1566 Very faint traces of talk by woman. Presumably HLAZ

Still quite a few carriers, but the only one I'd categorize as strong
was on 1017.


Nigel Pimblett
Dunmore, Alberta
Perseus SDR and Wellbrook Phased Array


Sunday night DU signals  View Printable Version 
Monday, March 19 2018



Fwd: CO TP DX 1-18-18  View Printable Version 
Monday, March 19 2018



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