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Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight TP's for 4-12  View Printable Version 
Thursday, April 12 2018

IRCA
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 for.


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.

 

Cook Islands DXing Setup  View Printable Version 
Thursday, April 12 2018

IRCA
For those interested in seeing the extremely humble DXing setup on the Aitutaki beach here in the Cook Islands (7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight model, 5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna (a TSA-friendly type), a new 40 inch (1m) PVC base and the usual sleep-deprived DXer, a detailed photo from yesterday morning's session has been uploaded to https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/p0om9fb2q1yvtq2ffgj3aquyz3seal4h


Gary DeBock (using up Kiwi dollars fast)

 

TP 11 Apr Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Thursday, April 12 2018

IRCA
Mostly Asian again, with a lack of Chinese. Generally conditions seemed a bit better today because the levels of splatter were lower, not sure why.


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

774 JOUB man in Japanese 1258UT

828 JOBB man in Japanese 1301UT

972 HLCA two men in Korean 1245UT


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


594 JOAK pips man in Japanese1300UT

693 JOAB man in Japanes //774 1306UT

1287 JOHR woman in Japanese 1304UT

1566 HLAZ woman in Japanese 1312UT; a reprise at 1424UT yielded man talking, Chinese intonation

not so reasonable audio, occasional words or phrases in splash or noise could be understood by a native speaker:
747 JOIB man in Japanese 1301UT

954 JOKR woman in Japanese //1242 1312UT

1332 JOSF man in Japanese, two and one pips 1300UT, followed by music //1242

1548 4QD man in DU English briefly above the splatter, seemed //612 scraps


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 JOIK woman talking //594 1301UT

612 man talking, DU English intonation 1314UT

837 JOQK man talking //594 1305UT

864 woman talking, Japnese intonation

873 JOGB man talking //828 1301UT

891 JOHK man talking //594 1307UT

909 JOCB man talking //828 1301UT

1143 woman talking, maybe Chinese intonation ? 1307UT

1188 JOKP man talking //594 1309UT

1215 man talking 1254UT, didn't sound Chinese, or English either. Philippines?

1242 JOLF woman talking Japanese intonation, but //1332

1503 man talking, sounded like American English? maybe Radio Sport, as somewhat better on west Flag


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

702 1053 1134 1 1386 1422 1593 seemed to be Asian;
846 1017 seemed to be DU

best wishes,

Nick


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC
Canada

 

Cook Islands (Aitutaki) Ultralight TP's for 4-11... Yikes!  View Printable Version 
Thursday, April 12 2018

IRCA
Hi Bruce,

This was 1431-Korean at 1631 UTC this morning, matching the Mongolian relay schedule https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/fwim89p1b3owm6tqluz3045aya1t249f

693-Bangladesh made another strong appearance with exotic music and foreign female speech at 1625 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ydm0dwwhoifbwx3ftp2g7rij15as3nen

918 had female speech in an unknown language at 1647; it doesn't sound like Shandong's Mandarin to me, but I've been wrong before :-) https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ml1vqzmgl35q9gfzpzlsepvvmz1l1shw

1566 had an UnID TP co-channel mixing with 3NE's English and HLAZ's Chinese at 1642. This was probably either India or Norfolk Island, but further review of the wacky MP3 is needed.

You and Chuck should consider a trip here-- really wild DX even with Ultralight "Frequent Flyer" gear. The place runs on Kiwi dollars-- a LOT of Kiwi dollars, that is.

Gary

> On April 11, 2018 at 1:22 PM Bruce Portzer <bportzer@comcast.net> wrote:
>
>
> Gary
>
> According to info I cobbled together for the PAL, 1431 carries Shiokaze
> in Japanese & Korean 1430-1500, another clandestine in Korean 1500-1530,
> Adventist World Radio in Korean 1530-1630, BBC Korean 1630-1730, all
> with 500kw.
>
> 1566 sounds like the high powered Indian.
>
> Good stuff.....
>
> Bruce
>
> On 4/11/2018 10:45, Gary DeBock wrote:
> > It was Exotic City on the Aitutaki beach this morning as 693-Bangladesh made a return appearance at an S9 level, along with Cambodian-sounding speech on 918 blasting Shandong around 1640. As if that wasn't enough 1431 had an S9 program in Korean at 1430 that could well have been Mongolia (if the Adventist Radio schedule concurs) while 1566 had Hindu-sounding speech dominating over HLAZ's Chinese at 1655.
> >
> >
> > Unfortunately the "Blue Sky" Internet system here in the Cook Islands is outrageously overpriced, squeezing every possible Kiwi dollar out of any tourist desiring to communicate in any way. There is no real competition for them here, and uploading about 4 MP3's will cost you around 20 Kiwi dollars. Somebody in Wellington needs to investigate the racket!
> >
> >
> > 73 and Good DX,
> >
> > Gary DeBock (DXing in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
> >
> > 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB Ultralight +
> >
> > 5" Frequent Flyer FSL
>
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Alberta TPs for 11 April 2018  View Printable Version 
Thursday, April 12 2018

IRCA


All DU again today, but with a bit of a shift to New Zealand.

531 unID Traces of woman talking at 1231.

567 RNZ National Wellington, NEW ZEALAND Traces of talk first noted
at 1234, had improved to fair by 1245 with interview.

576 2RN Sydney, AUSTRALIA Interview at 1253.

594 unID Talk by man at 1230

603 unID Traces of woman talking at 1235

675 RNZ National Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND Weak, with woman talking at 1236.

684 unID Talk by a man at 1245

774 3LO Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Talk program with studio guests at 1247.

828 3GI Sale, AUSTRALIA Weak, with interview at 1258

1098 unID Weak, with talk at 1229, but pretty sure it was Newstalk ZB.
Of course there was huge open carrier from the Marshalls.

1116 4BC Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Regular talk program at 1227.

1503 Radio Sport Wellington, NEW ZEALAND US sports talk at 1226.

73,

Nigel Pimblett
Dunmore, Alberta
Perseus SDR and Wellbrook Phased Array

 

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