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630-Cook Islands Sign On Routine (1555 UTC)  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018

IRCA
<<< 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 <nhp@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.) isnÃÂÂt it non directional? then thereÃÂÂs 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." <walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > A.) I would suspect Radio Cook Islands isnÃÂÂt running full power
> >
> > > B.) isnÃÂÂt it non directional? then thereÃÂÂs no nulls, that applies to
> > > directional stations
> >
> > > On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 9:24 PM Gary DeBock <d1028gary@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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> >
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>
> Nick Hall-Patch
> Victoria, BC
> Canada
>

 

TP 12 Apr Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018

IRCA
Things finally shifted considerably more towards Down Under this morning, although the Asian big guns still made reasonable appearances. Most intense signals were just around 1300UT today, tapering off either side.


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

828 JOBB English lessons 1256UT

1566 HLAZ man in Japanese 1256UT


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

693 JOAB man in Japanese //828 1255UT

747 JOIB English lessons 1309UT

774 JOUB man in Japanese 1301UT

972 HLCA pop vocal 1302UT

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

576 2RN burst of orchestral music 1258UT after man in DU English (//576 a moment earlier)

594 JOAK man and woman in Japanese 1301UT

603 R. Waatea ballad 1300UT, no break across hour; //765 1301UT

612 4QR ABC mention by man 1304UT; "this is Nightlife" by woman

702 2BL man and woman in DU English 1259UT, faded to ABC fanfare on hour

873 JOGB man talking //774 1301UT

1287 JOHR pop vocal 1304UT

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 man talking, DU English intonation 1306UT

738 man talking, DU English intonation, no parallels, but assumed 2NR 1301UT

756 man talking DU English intonation 1325UT; assumed NZ, but no parallels

765 R Kahungunu, ballad //603 1301UT

792 4RN man talking //576 1257UT

855 4QO/4QB talk and music //612, 702 1305UT

891 JOHK woman talking //594 1310UT

1026 commercial, woman talking, sounding DU English?, but pretty rough 1301UT

1242 man talking Japanese intonation, 1435UT; only one to show much life after local sunrise.

1287 woman talking, Japanese intonation 1256UT


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

1053 1134 1143 1188 1206 1323 1332 1422 1503 seemed to be Asian;
531 729 837 846 864 891 909 1017 1098 1386 1548 seemed to be DU

best wishes,

Nick


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC
Canada

 

630-Cook Islands Sign On Routine (1555 UTC)  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018

IRCA
>
> âHi Gary,

Thanks for the RCI sign-on routine recording! I had to laugh when I heard
the tail end of the audio, when the announcer's voice kicks in. Radio Cook
Islands is still sounding over-modulated and bass-heavy, just like they
were *25* years ago when I visited!â Audio from their tapes or carts were
fine, but announcer's voices tended to sound really distorted.

Anyone interested in hearing a vintage Radio Cook Islands sign-on should
check out my recording #1 from this article on the SWLing Post:
https://swling.com/blog/2015/07/radio-cook-islands-guys-1993-visit-and-recordings/

73,

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA

 

630-Cook Islands Sign On Routine (1555 UTC)  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018

IRCA
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.) isnât it non directional? then thereâs 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." <walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> A.) I would suspect Radio Cook Islands isnât running full power
>
> B.) isnât it non directional? then thereâs no nulls, that applies to
> directional stations
>
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 9:24 PM Gary DeBock <d1028gary@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)
> > _______________________________________________
> > 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: irca@hard-core-dx.com
> >
> >
> _______________________________________________
> 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: irca@hard-core-dx.com
>

 

630-Cook Islands Sign On Routine (1555 UTC)  View Printable Version 
Friday, April 13 2018

IRCA
A.) I would suspect Radio Cook Islands isnât running full power

B.) isnât it non directional? then thereâs no nulls, that applies to
directional stations

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 9:24 PM Gary DeBock <d1028gary@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)
> _______________________________________________
> 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: irca@hard-core-dx.com
>
>

 

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