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Oklahoma TP DX 3/24/17  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 24 2017

There is little DX to report from the where "the wind comes sweeping down the plain".
702 2BL? carrier signal, strong at times, heard from 1133 until past 1227 local sunrise.
1098 V7AB? weak carrier signal at 1038.
1548 4QD? carrier signal noted at 1210, and again at 1225, fading away at 1228.
No signals detected on 612, 774, 1116, 1611 and 1701 when checked.

The high wind gusts here in the past 24 hours forced me to remove my ALA1530LNP aerial from it mast and bring it inside.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA,
Skywave & FSL.

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WFLI Chattanooga To Go Dark  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 24 2017

The reason is usually given in the application to the FCC to cease operation, which isn't filed until after it's off the air. The 50 kW day power is expensive. It has four towers so if it doesn't own the site rent can be expensive. My guess is it's financial. The inability to get parts rarely results in going dark.

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> On Mar 23, 2017, at 5:59 PM, David Faulkner <drdsfaulkner@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi All:
> I first heardWFLI in the late '60s running a full-power test on a Monday morning when my local (in Port Huron) CHOK was off. Anybody know the reason for this? High operating and maintenance costs, a la CKSL, or can't get parts, a la WDOD? A look at Radio Locator shows a lot of stations in the immediate area and, though they use three towers in the daytime and 4 at night, the strong S.E. lobes of both suggest some of those towers may be common. Given the number of strong signals in that comparatively small market, I wonder how anyone makes money in radio there anyway.
> 73David
> On Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:52 PM, Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@gmail.com> wrote:
> https://radioinsight.com/headlines/117086/wfli-chattanooga-go-dark/
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TP 23 Mar Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 24 2017

Conditions again were not quite as good as yesterday, but with second
tier stations still doing well, and nothing like the deterioration
expected from the recent geomagnetic upset. Quite a reasonable
sunrise enhancement, mostly dying down about 10 minutes before local
sunrise at 1408UT.

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

567 JOIK peak at 1336UT with woman in Japanese
594 JOAK woman in Japanese 1343UT
774 JOUB Chinese lessons 1342UT; still quite good at 1440UT s/off after JOUB ID
828 JOBB Chinese lessons 1345UT, music box still making it through at
s/off 1441UT

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

603 HLSA male vocal 1350UT, big carrier, //558
747 JOIB Chinese lessons 1331UT
873 JOGB Chinese lessons 1342UT; also, some of the music box s/off
crept through at 1443UT

972 HLCA man in Korean 1404UT,
1566 HLAZ choral music, woman in Chinese 1358UT; still fading up to
quite good levels later, more choral music and man in Chinese at
1429UT for example

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

558 HLQH quiet vocal music 1344UT; slightly later, ID'd with //603,
but 603 had different quiet music from somebody else at this time.

702 NHK2 Chinese lessons 1331UT
738 Taiwan Fisheries, woman in Chinese after pop music 1350UT
891 JOHK woman in Japanese //594 1358UT
954 JOKR man in Japanese 1341UT
1287 JOHR man in Japanese 1346UT
1314 unID old US pop "Sunny" 1347UT, went straight into another tune
afterwards, so no clues. What the heck, listened to the fading down
while typing this, and at 1355UT man in what sounded like Japanese, so JOUF?

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)

666 JOBK woman talking //594 1336UT
693 JOAB man talking //774 1357UT
711 woman singing in somewhat anguished style 1359UT; KIRO's big
performance on the hour masked any hope of 711 ID.

864 woman talking, perhaps Korean 1405-6UT
1116 female ballad, talk by man sounded more Japanese than DU English 1336UT
1242 ballad 1402UT
1422 woman talking, Japanese inflection 1348UT
1503 JOUK man tlking //594, edge of audibility, 1339UT
1593 CNR1 man talking, not //774, and seemed //6125 at 1352UT

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

531 585 846 1008 1044 1053 1134 1143 1179 1323 1386 1458 1494
seemed to be Asian; 1098 seemed DU

best wishes,


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-23  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 24 2017


This would be a rather accurate assumption I believe.

The North overhauled a lot of its radio networks in December, so it would
almost be a given that if a change was noted in the signal, some work was
done on it. 657 has always been a good signal both day and night (though
listening from 100 miles away, you wouldn't notice much difference as you
would overseas, and anything is better... except 1053 - even at 60 miles
away, that audio is horrific).

In December, when the local AMs switched to FMs in the Seoul area, they also
fixed the 801 Kimchaek transmitter that was consistently wandering as far
out as 804, turned off 684 Kaesong and 1080 Haeju to move both onto multiple
FM stations, turned off 729 in Gangwon, and deleted the Pyongyang FM network
to run it parallel to Pyongyang Broadcasting's (Pyongyang Bangsong) AM feed,
all within the span of about a week at the end of the year. They typically
do their major changes at the end or start of the year, just as they lit up
all their AM signals, as well as some that had been switched off for an
extended time, on New Years Day 2016.

So with all of those changes, it seems likely that some minor tweaking of
transmitters or at the major tower sites up by the airport would occur.
Naturally though, the details are unknown.

-Chris Kadlec
Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide

Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:42:42 -0700
From: "R. Colin Newell" <coffeecanuck@gmail.com>
To: Mailing list for the International Radio Club of America
Subject: Re: [IRCA] Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-23

One gets the sense that some North Korean techs have been deployed to
tighten up the antenna hardware
because 657 has not been this good AND regular in years.


in the "I don't believe it" category  View Printable Version 
Friday, March 24 2017

1215 actually had an audible carrier for a few minutes around 0330UT
this evening...not strong, but to be there at all tonight seems quite strange.

best wishes,


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC


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