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Top 10 "Flamethrower" TP's in Kona, Hawaii  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 08 2018

IRCA
Nice clips, Gary!

A lot of those signals are better received in Hawaii than in Korea, but there is predictably a lot less noise from other stations in the middle of the ocean than in one of the most congested MW locations on Earth.

The CNR-1 theme music also serves as the TOH station ID, which you have there as well. I mean, even without the ID, it's darn well obvious what station you're hearing. That's the joy of networks like that. You can understand no Mandarin whatsoever yet you know what you've got.

1134 Tokyo also liked to trounce on my local KBS 2R from just about seven miles away. It could always be heard in the background despite being a good 700 miles distant. And then, of course, Seoul turns off for much of the early morning hours and it's all Tokyo.

The 1593 is just like in Korea. That darn NHK was always in the way and sounded almost exactly as it does in your clip!! Then BOTH of them turn off for the night as well. Then 1593 is just a graveyard of silence.

As for your 909 unID, the clip you posted is almost certainly CNR-6, 1000kw aiming east from Quanzhou, China. The clip sounds Hakka to me, not Mandarin. And CNR-6 has a Hakka programming block at the specific time of your recording. However, the station isn't on for the entire day; it takes breaks, so you very well may have been receiving a different station at the times it was off the air. I could probably get the children clip here confirmed as to whether it's Hakka or not, which would be your confirmation. I can usually tell them apart (harder when it's being sung obviously) after all my Taiwan Es received in Hakka and Hokkien, and while it's extremely likely, I can't be extremely sure.

Send me any of your Asian clips you have UNID if you wish. Even some of them that sound like a mess of Chinese to you may have obvious clues that rule out other stations and zero in on a specific one. Plus, I'm bored.

-Chris Kadlec
Seoul AM Radio Listening GUide
www.beaglebass.com/dx/seoul/

Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2018 01:36:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Gary DeBock <d1028gary@comcast.net>
Subject: [IRCA] Top 10 "Flamethrower" TP's in Kona, Hawaii

8) 981 CNR1 Changchun, China (200 kW) This was another overwhelming Asian signal after 0800 on most evenings, and was far and away the strongest Chinese station. This thunderous CNR1 theme music was received at 0900 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0390gk266y2v675chc196nejoe6rqxnw

10) 1134 JOQR Tokyo, Japan (100 kW) The only commercial Japanese station to make this list, its fast-paced programming usually drowned out the KBS co-channel, as at 0945 on 12-20. Stronger than most NHK big guns!

https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/7wbk5ocbzaa5phxz9bnpr6bal4hqlzg7

Honorable Mention: For technical reasons these two stations missed out on the Top 10. 909-Chinese was UnID (one of many such Chinese stations), and because of some Christmas music may possibly have been the 10 kW Taiwan station. Strong children's chanting in apparent Mandarin was heard at 0956 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0siovz0ojkty9ocy0gzl40bnfrp7qxpo

1593-CNR1 would have made the list except it could never quite shake off its pesky NHK2 co-channel https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/eybu72zjipo1zb5gz6qh461cfomjly5s

 

Top 10 "Flamethrower" TP's in Kona, Hawaii  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 08 2018

IRCA
West coast DXers fed up with cold weather and even colder DXing conditions do have one ultimate solution for both problems-- take a quick flight to Hawaii. In Hawaii during the winter the main challenge isn't tracking down TP-DX... it's sorting out the wild TP signal snarls that occur when sunset sweeps over Asia.


During a five day trip to Kona (Big Island) last month over 100 TP-DX recordings were made, including the 10 awesome TP signals linked below. Most of them are probably familiar to TP-DXers here, but one of them apparently hasn't been received on the west coast for quite a few years (621-North Korea). These signals were all received at the ocean beach level at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii from December 17-20 using a 7.5 inch (19cm) loopstick C.Crane Skywave SSB Ultralight and a 5 inch (13cm) diameter "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna (specifically designed to easily pass through airports). The antenna provides inductive coupling gain roughly similar to that of a 4 foot (1.2 meter) air core box loop, and a photo of it (and the modified Ultralight portable) is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/rhpgxnnqrzkxt5xq5ofc8arqwq0m4cmd


1) 621 Pyongyang BS (VOK Japanese service) Pyongyang, N. Korea (500 kW) This bizarre transmitter has an obvious buzzing sound, but was strong enough to snarl badly with 621-Tuvalu on most nights. The Japanese service plays the usual North Korean music, with robotic Japanese announcers praising Kim Jong Un and his ancestors. This typical clip was recorded at 0850 on 12-20, temporarily sending Tuvalu down into the noise

https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/rhfksf381csgtohluxt3e97tjf79fshm


2) 621 Radio Tuvalu Funafuti, Tuvalu (5 kW) One of the exotic Pacific island stations that's very easy to receive in Hawaii, this station had a rough time with Pyongyang BS (above) and 621-China on most evenings after 0730 UTC. This strong signal features the usual female announcer providing local employment offers at 0750 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/chbg6d1b3xfskb7axw7vhvwae07o0y6c


3) 666 JOBK Osaka, Japan (100 kW) No big surprise here, although the 594 NHK1 parallel was hammered by Hawaii splatter. Japanese male conversation was at a local-like level at 0918 on 12-20 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5sm6pogm45wuukbggvhb8q9i8klpyqh5


4) 747 JOIB Sapporo, Japan (500 kW) Overall the strongest Japanese station in Kona, with awesome signals and never any co-channels. The only Japanese station that ever came close in strength was 1134-JOQR, although that had some KBS competition at times. This blowtorch signal was at 0913 on 12-19

https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5v5byw2vzvw7azxhzrgsz6j591qwtxyv


5) 774 JOUB Akita, Japan (500 kW) The NHK2 flagship station sounded potent at 0857 on 12-18, but never quite up to its 747 parallel's strength (which is the opposite of the usual west coast situation)

https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/p9aiqrhx4ji22gwc7nehalybl46cetj0


6) 819 KCBS Pyongyang, N. Korea (500 kW) Overwhelming signals were the order of the day every evening from this bizarre flagship of the KCBS network. This girl group song from the modern Moranbong Band was loud enough to wake up the dead at 1035 (just past local midnight) on 12-19 (thanks to Chris Kadlec for info)

https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/gj2deffl7mjuzqr5tocsro100sfhqll9


7) 846 Kiribati Christmas Island, Kiribati (10 kW) This Pacific island station had the strongest signal of any such transmitter-- as long as the equipment didn't go on the blink. Multiple signal dropouts were observed, and variable programming delays from the 1440 source were recorded. When it was on the air awesome signals were common, however, such as at 0735 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/zbo418obgvvnj4kvlchxgryze60e2q0p


8) 981 CNR1 Changchun, China (200 kW) This was another overwhelming Asian signal after 0800 on most evenings, and was far and away the strongest Chinese station. This thunderous CNR1 theme music was received at 0900 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0390gk266y2v675chc196nejoe6rqxnw


9) 1098 V7AB Majuro, Marshall Islands (25 kW) Another Pacific island blowtorch showing up every evening around local Kona sunset, this was one of the very few island stations impervious to the Asian signal onslaught. This typical island music was received at 0815 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ogc8kz73he7cwtln5gw6ljammluub5p0


10) 1134 JOQR Tokyo, Japan (100 kW) The only commercial Japanese station to make this list, its fast-paced programming usually drowned out the KBS co-channel, as at 0945 on 12-20. Stronger than most NHK big guns!

https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/7wbk5ocbzaa5phxz9bnpr6bal4hqlzg7


Honorable Mention: For technical reasons these two stations missed out on the Top 10. 909-Chinese was UnID (one of many such Chinese stations), and because of some Christmas music may possibly have been the 10 kW Taiwan station. Strong children's chanting in apparent Mandarin was heard at 0956 on 12-18 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0siovz0ojkty9ocy0gzl40bnfrp7qxpo

1593-CNR1 would have made the list except it could never quite shake off its pesky NHK2 co-channel https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/eybu72zjipo1zb5gz6qh461cfomjly5s

 

Kona dial tune 0700 U tonight  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 08 2018

IRCA
<<< As described by Gary DeBock, there is a sweet spot at the Royal Kona Resort Motel âat the dug out canoe beside the lagoon...â

No kidding Gary! Very, very little noise.
Quick dial spin revealed early Asian hets and audio from JJ POWERHOUSES... 774 KHz for example... armchair on a modded PL380.

Kiribati on 1440 like a local. >>>

Great to hear about your success, Colin! Actually most of my DXing was done pretty close to the rock wall separating the ocean waves from the lounge area with the easy chairs (that is, a little closer to the ocean than the fake canoe). At that spot I never even heard a trace of RFI-- but if you can set up in one of the easy chairs you can probably escape almost all the RFI as well. You and I both look 100% like tourists... so you are highly unlikely to be approached by any of the Royal Kona staff.

In my 5 days in Kona I never even had to get up at sunrise to chase TP-DX, since I was thoroughly swamped by overpowering Asian signals from 0730-1030 UTC every evening. My main challenge was in preserving my digital recorder time until the end of the trip. Later on tonight I hope to post some links for the "Top 10 Flamethrower TP Signals" heard in Kona-- some of which don't seem to have been heard on the west coast for many years. Rock on!

Gary

> On January 7, 2018 at 11:20 PM "R. Colin Newell" <coffeecanuck@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> As described by Gary DeBock, there is a sweet spot at the Royal Kona Resort Motel âat the dug out canoe beside the lagoon...â
>
> No kidding Gary! Very, very little noise.
> Quick dial spin revealed early Asian hets and audio from JJ POWERHOUSES... 774 KHz for example... armchair on a modded PL380.
>
> Kiribati on 1440 like a local.
>
> If I can get myself out of bed at sunrise (at least once or twice over the next 18 days or so...) I should be in for a treat.... or stay up another hour from now.
>
> Kudos to Gary for creating/discovering a nice DX listening area that is safe, well lit and free of an RFI onslaught.
>
> Colin Newell - Kona Hawaii at the Hale Kona Kai.
>
> Dinner tonight - bought incredible Poke (citrus cured cubed fish...) from Da Poke Shack on Alii Drive. Rice, salad, Hawaiian avocado and Kona Brewing Co. beer.
>
> Follow my adventures on INSTAGRAM - user - coffeecrewcanada
>

 

Kona dial tune 0700 U tonight  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 08 2018

IRCA
As described by Gary DeBock, there is a sweet spot at the Royal Kona Resort Motel âat the dug out canoe beside the lagoon...â

No kidding Gary! Very, very little noise.
Quick dial spin revealed early Asian hets and audio from JJ POWERHOUSES... 774 KHz for example... armchair on a modded PL380.

Kiribati on 1440 like a local.

If I can get myself out of bed at sunrise (at least once or twice over the next 18 days or so...) I should be in for a treat.... or stay up another hour from now.

Kudos to Gary for creating/discovering a nice DX listening area that is safe, well lit and free of an RFI onslaught.

Colin Newell - Kona Hawaii at the Hale Kona Kai.

Dinner tonight - bought incredible Poke (citrus cured cubed fish...) from Da Poke Shack on Alii Drive. Rice, salad, Hawaiian avocado and Kona Brewing Co. beer.

Follow my adventures on INSTAGRAM - user - coffeecrewcanada

 

819-KCBS North Korean Girl Group (Pt. 1 of 3)  View Printable Version 
Monday, January 08 2018

IRCA
Thanks very much for the information, Chris.

<<< I have always said that 819 is the "flagship" station of KCBS because most of the MW stations in the country have shared programming. The Pyongyang Broadcasting stations share select programming with KCBS stations in more rural areas like Kaesong, Hamhung, Kanggye, etc. However, 819 and 657 are the flagship stations, meaning that they do not stray from their network programming or share anything with each other. KCBS is KCBS 24/7 (well, 22/7 actually), and Pyongyang Broadcasting is as well. But if you were to listen to other frequencies, they may be parallel to the opposite network at certain times, especially in the evening or at night, which is misleading. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it either. I could never pin down a sharing schedule for any of them because every time I tuned in, the order of who was sharing with who was different. >>>

Before DXing in Hawaii I never really thought much about any distinction between KCBS and Pyongyang BS. The 657 signal is frequently received on the west coast, and I recorded lots of music and 3 + 1 time pips from it (on the half hour). The music sounded pretty wacky and bizarre to me, so I ended up with quite a library of it. In Hawaii the 819 frequency is at awesome strength at night, so I ended up with quite a few more songs in my "library." Thanks for the YouTube links!

73, Gary


> On January 7, 2018 at 9:00 PM Chris Kadlec <beaglebass@beaglebass.com> wrote:
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> Note: This is a third attempt in recent days to send this reply to the list, first split into two parts after being blocked by the list the first time, now 3 parts (assuming it may be due to length). This is the third attempt in recent days. My apologies if it sends all the failed attempts at once someday, but none of my attempts to reply to this specific post have gone through to the list.
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> Some information on your clips of 657 and 819 to put the recordings in better context for you:
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> I have always said that 819 is the "flagship" station of KCBS because most of the MW stations in the country have shared programming. The Pyongyang Broadcasting stations share select programming with KCBS stations in more rural areas like Kaesong, Hamhung, Kanggye, etc. However, 819 and 657 are the flagship stations, meaning that they do not stray from their network programming or share anything with each other. KCBS is KCBS 24/7 (well, 22/7 actually), and Pyongyang Broadcasting is as well. But if you were to listen to other frequencies, they may be parallel to the opposite network at certain times, especially in the evening or at night, which is misleading. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it either. I could never pin down a sharing schedule for any of them because every time I tuned in, the order of who was sharing with who was different.
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> [Continued in Part 2 of 3]
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> -Chris Kadlec
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> Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide
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> www.beaglebass.com/dx/seoul/
>

 

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