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Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight TP's for 11-7  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 08 2018

IRCA
Thanks to Guy and Nick for their earlier reports. At the risk of getting some rotten tomatoes thrown my way from Victoria, Seattle and elsewhere, here is a summary of this morning's session on the Southeast tip of Kauai Island.


Once again my session started in the predawn darkness at 1445, about two hours before local sunrise. At this time I took the 4' PVC base outside for a 10-second setup in the condo patio's grass area, which has been a very convenient venue for all the DXing this week. After this the tiny 5" FSL was put on top of the PVC base, and the hot-rodded CC Skywave SSB Ultralight and Sony ICD-SX68 digital recorder were brought out to start the DXing session, A new photo of all this gear (along with its sleep-deprived operator) is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/p05jijsjl3eaym3jy75c9p1u7ctd25og

The Chinese on 603, 639, 666, 720, 783, 837 (in splatter), 909 and certain CRI frequencies were hitting S9 peaks at the start of the session, although the ABC LR network stations on 603, 630, 702, 738, 774 and 828 were also managing excellent strength when the FSL was turned 90 degrees opposite. Signals from the Vietnam parallels on 675 an 711 were fairly subdued until 1530, when they began to build up strength to around S7 levels. One Chinese signal which stood out around 1550 was the presumed 666-VoS, with excellent strength all alone on the frequency (except for minor 670 splatter) as JOBK was totally MIA. At 1619 there was again good-strength foreign language reception on 702 kHz after yesterday's BBC Oman reception, but lacking any Arabic skills I don't know if it was the same station (MP3 link below). Another unknown foreign language station broke into 675-VoV's programming at 1625, again with a mystery language (and another recording link below). 918-Cambodia hit its usual stride around 1645, with beautiful Cambodian pop music pushing S9 levels again (as Shandong once again wimped out completely). Best signals of the session were from the Chinese propaganda blasters on 783 and 909 around their 1601 and 1603 sign off times-- both of them with awesome S9+ strength. This will be my last report from the Aloha State-- we are flying back to Seattle tomorrow, and tomorrow morning's session will be reported later.

Overall this trip has been an awesome experience in every aspect-- the Costco Travel package bargain, the gorgeous 2-BR beachside condo (rented at a bargain price because of an oversupply of them on the market), the performance of the 5" FSL antenna with awesome DX signals from Oman, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and many other places, as well as the chance to enjoy fantastic scenery together with my wife. My hope is that all of you will be so lucky! :-)

666 Voice of Straight (presumed) Beautiful Chinese vocal music at S9 strength at 1550 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/rft0y5woql95eqnbs5jusoriovzhs61v

675 UnID-TP Mystery foreign language station received at 1625 during fade of VoV music-- any ideas? https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/yyqddyetsokf32d4tcmmz12b4znwtwu4

702 UnID-TP After the reception of BBC Oman on this frequency yesterday, this mystery foreign language was received at 1619-- if Arabic, it would be a return appearance of BBC Oman, if not, who? https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/i6i97hvug3h5f7q7p2xo9szqrioqdjth

783 Voice of Straight S9+ strength at 1600 TOH with 5+1 pips, Chinese ID and sign off https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/6cbton9gqiqvqiwe6ewfc8u0aoztv4dm

909 CNR6 Quanzhou, China S9+ strength with multiple Chinese ID's and sign off at 1603 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/urhk66t4mqunezupi99r0red0pt4u7ub

Aloha from Kauai and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave Ultralight + 5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna

DXpedition video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CbS3zUD6hI&t=100s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CbS3zUD6hI&t=100s


 

Cape Lookout DXpedition Loggings - Nov. 7th  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 08 2018

IRCA


Nice loggings, Guy. There's hope for the rest of us.

Sorry that I seemed to absorb all of JOIG; believe me it wasn't very
strong here.

It's interesting that I was able to hear a couple of DUs, but
apparently nothing heard there on the coast?

best wishes,

Nick

At 06:16 2018-11-08, Guy Atkins wrote:


Below are the catches I was able to pull from my files today. After the
bare scraps of TPs on Monday and Tuesday, November 7th seemed like drinking
from a fire hose. I tried to locate JOIG on 648 which Nick mentioned, but
never found anything more than whispers on that frequency.

 

Cape Lookout DXpedition Loggings - Nov. 7th  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 08 2018

IRCA
Below are the catches I was able to pull from my files today. After the
bare scraps of TPs on Monday and Tuesday, November 7th seemed like drinking
from a fire hose. I tried to locate JOIG on 648 which Nick mentioned, but
never found anything more than whispers on that frequency.

 

BOG question  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 08 2018

IRCA
Nick -


Hoping I remember all the details correctly as I don't have time right now to re-read things....


Luis has put this data on the web before and claimed "resonance". Someone then educated him that current peaks and resonance are not synonyms,


My recollection is that the subject of current peaks was well covered and analyzed by Beverage in his 1923 AIEE paper.


I see no reference to Beverage's work so assume Luis did not explore that area. I saw no numbers to serve as a basis for "resonance" - some L and C values would be helpful.


But we stray from the original question : how much loss is there in a non-terminated BOG / Beverage? Some have compared "over the shoulder" versus normal wires, including John Bryant. Assuming I recall correctly, he found that over the shoulder had some feasibility as the loss was some 5 to 10 dB.


Chuck

 

7 Nov Victoria version.  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 08 2018

IRCA
A bit more of a recovery here, but only one Chinese was properly heard, later on.

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

567 JOIK woman //594 1432UT

594 JOAK 1440UT

747 JOIB English lessons 1426UT

774 JOUB English lessons 1453UT "chocolate pizza, oishii desu" hmmm


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

558 HLQH woman //603 1436UT

603 HLSA woman in Korean //558 1452 and 1458UT

828 JOBB woman in Japanese 1457UT

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


612 4QR man DU English //702 1450UT

657 operatic female vocal 1437UT, likely North Korea

693 JOAB //774 English lessons 1444UT

945 CNR1 news sounders, man in Chinese 1502UT; late arrival today

1287 JOHR woman and man in Japanese 1458UT

1566 HLAZ likely, man in Chinese 1446UT


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)

648 JOIG man talking, //594 1435UT

702 pop music 1448UT likely Magic, fading to man talking 1449UT //612 , so 2BL

711 man talking, possibly Korean? 1434UT

738 man talking, DU English intonation 1448UT, but 702 and 612 not parallel

819 N. Korean pips, orchestral music //2850 1500-01UT

846 deep voiced male, orchestral music 1510UT. On north Flag so not Aussie; no idea

873 JOGB English lessons //884 1435UT

954 man, Japanese intonation, another on phone 1430UT

981 woman talking, Chinese intonation 1433UT

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

621 639 684 729 756 837 918 936 10981134 1143 1206 1242 1593 seemed to be Asian;
576 621 1116 seemed to be DU


best wishes,

Nick


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC
Canada

 

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