Monthly Archives: November 2012

AIH22 Day #6, November 29

WJMOAnother interesting day, where propagation initially favoured the Caribbean area late yesterday evening and early night. Stations in Puerto Rico, such as WCMN Arecibo PR-1280 and WGIP Canovanas PR-1660 was noticed, together with WDHP Frederiksted VI-1620 and Caribbean Beacon-1610. All with very good signals. However, at the same time KCNZ Cedar Falls IA-1650 was noticed with an equally good signal. While recording overnight, I took a few hours of sleep between 02:00 and 04:30 UTC.

Propagation in the early morning favoured the midwest and southeastern parts of the U.S., as stations such as WTAQ Green Bay WI and WMOB Mobile AL, both on 1360 kHz, was logged simultaneously. Other stations noticed during the early morning was WBBP Memphis TN-1480 (tent.), WGVU Kentwood MI-1480, WLQV Detroit MI-1500, WTTI Dalton GA-1530 (tent.), WFAX Falls Church VA-1220 (tent.), WWVA Wheeling WV-1170, WJMO Cleveland OH-1300, WBT Charlotte NC-1110, KGYM Cedar Rapids IA-1600, KOZN Bellevue NE-1620 and KBJA Sandy UT-1630. There was also noticed a lot of activity on the graveyard frequencies, and the best is yet to come: examining the IQ-recordings.

During daylight, I did some more snow-walking and antenna inspection and when I got back again, around lunch time – local time – conditions had been driving propagation a bit more to the west. There was, however, still stations from the south central parts of the U.S. which still was audiable with good strengths. The simultaneous reception of KVRI Blake WA and KRVA Cockrett Hill TX, both on 1620 kHz, is a good example. At the same time, KNZR Bakersfield CA was a huge signal on 1560 kHz.

Later on, stations in Alaska became audiable with reasonable strengths and in addition to the common ones, KGTL Homer AK-620 and KJNO Juneau AK-630 found their way into the log. Signals from Alaska was monitored until very late this afternoon. KRSA Petersburg AK-580, which has been playing “catch-me-if-you-can” with me for quite some time was logged at 16:00 UTC, when the dominating CKUA was “eliminated” due to the late afternoon hour.

I wonder what tonight’s conditions may look like. Right now, at 21:15 UTC, I’m enjoying African Horn music from Radio Ethiopia, Mekele on 1044 kHz behind NDR Info and Cadena SER. I’m listening with the back lobe of the 348 degree antenna and the signal from Ethiopia is pretty good from time to time. I tried to fix the 160 degree antenna today, by replacing the balun box, but it seems that it didn’t help. Only noise from that wire at the present moment. Will bring my multimeter to the antenna binding post tomorrow and check if there is a short connection in the coax.

I was outdoor a few moments ago, to take a breath of fresh air. Was looking at the cloudfree sky for a while, but didn’t spot any aurora – luckily enough!

@00:10 UTC: SFI=114, A=2, K=1, Velocity=381.0, Density=1.2

@06:10 UTC: SFI=114, A=2, K=1, Velocity=352.2, Density=2.2

@12:05 UTC: SFI=114, A=2, K=1, Velocity=346.0, Density=2.5

@18:00 UTC: SFI=114, A=2, K=1, Velocity=345.7, Density=2.9

73’s de Hans

AIH22 Day #5, November 28

kofiA very eventful day, and the best morning so far! Stations from North America begun to become audiable with useful strength’s around 21:00 UTC the evening of the 26th. Around midnight, WMBD Peoria IL was logged on 1470 kHz. Not so fancy, maybe, but it was a new one for me. During the early night, i.e. around 00:00-01:00, the conditions was pretty much varying, and stations from the east coast of North America was heard simoultaneously with stations from Venezuela. As my main area of interest is North America, I didn’t pay much attention to the YV’s, but I’m sure that a number of those are available in my recordings. I made a one hour IQ-recording before I went to bed at 02:00 UTC. While recording, I listened to CFFB Iqaluit NU on 1230 kHz with CBC-programming, and while monitoring 1310 kHz an half hour later, I’m quite sure that I heard a “…coming up on 13-10 KYUL…”, when CIWW was silent for a short moment. Will check the IQ-recording very carefully before I say anything more about this one. In any case, I’m sure that I will find other goodies.

After a few hours of sleep, I stood up at 04:30 to find the MW-band in excellent shape! This was to become the best morning so far and I was recording continously from 04:40 to 12:30 UTC! It will be a tremendous job to examine that IQ-file, but I already know that it will be hilariously fun! Anyway, stations received in real time, worth noting, is KNOX Grand Forks ND-1310, WOOD Grand Rapids MI-1300, KXNO Des Moines IA-1460, KMNQ Brooklyn Park MN-1470, KWSL Sioux City IA-1470, WHK Cleveland OH-1420, KUAZ Tucson AZ-1550, KOFI Kalispell MT-1180 and CFYK Yellowknife NT-1340. It was extra good to notice that there was plenty of activity on the graveyard frequencies, and I think the examination of the IQ-files will be like X-mas eve!

20121128_222949While recording in the morning, I went out to inspect the four antennas on the east side of the main road. Got to take good use of the very few hours of “daylight” this time of the year. All the antennas were where they should be, and it was a good exercise to access them in 35-40 cm of snow, hi! I also tried to find out what had gone wrong with the 160-degree antenna during the previous expedition. I’m not sure if I had any success. Will check it again tomorrow, and maybe replace the balun box. After the “workout” with the antennas, I drove to Inari and the Kuukkeli grocery store to buy some more bread, butter, milk, coffee and beer. I opted for Foster’s and maybe that was a good omen, because I logged 4QD ABC Emerald on 1548 kHz when I got back to the cabin again.

I went to bed again around 16:00 UTC and got a few hours of good sleep. If the upcoming night and morning turns out to be at least half as good and productive as the last one, I’m one happy DX:er!

@00:15 UTC: SFI=117, A=4, K=1, Velocity=411.3, Density=1.5

@06:10 UTC: SFI=117, A=4, K=1, Velocity=390.8, Density=1.0

@12:10 UTC: SFI=117, A=4, K=0, Velocity=375.3, Density=2.3

@18:10 UTC: SFI=117, A=4, K=0, Velocity=372.4, Density=1.8

73 de Hans

AIH22 Day #4, November 27

KWIPLoads of brazilian stations was noticed on the band after midnight. There were brazilians, and later a mix of Brazil and La Plata, which made me doing the (to be me) unusual thing to stay up listening, instead of going to bed. I also made a big IQ-recording with the Excalibur, and I guess it will take a week to examine that one… For a long time I enjoyed Radio Clube B2 in Curitiba on 1430 kHz, which came in with a huge signal almost all the night, and transmitted a musical show that fell into my taste. Guess that I will find quite a number of “good ones” in the IQ-file later on.

After a few hours of sleep, I got my feets on the floor and found the MW-band in good shape. At first the conditions drove the propagation to the Gulf area, as WOAI San Antonio TX-1200 and XEG La Ranchera, Monterrey-1050 was dominating their frequencies and was logged rapidly. I’m really curious about what I may find in the IQ-file from this morning, when I’m examining it. An hour or two later, conditions had driven propagation to the northwestern corner of the U.S., as KWIP Dallas OR-880 was logged with their Mex-format and several “La Campiona” ID:s. On 750 kHz, KXTG Portland OR was dominating over CKMX.

Around 09:30 I had to go outside to “take a leak”, and when I opened the cabin door, I found myself standing eye-to-eye with two reindeers, who obviously had decided that the small parking lot outside the cabin was an excellent “reindeer toilet”. At least, the droppings that they left after their rendevouz with me told me that this may have been the situation. Unfortunately, the reindeers was gone when I came back with the camera. Sic!

KCAM

About “ten-isch” UTC, quite a number of Alaska stations was present on the band, and in addition to the most common ones, I noticed KTZN Anchorage-550, KZPA Ft. Yukon-900 and KCAM Glenallen-790 which totally wiped out CFCW for a long time. After a few hours with “Alaska-hunting”, I went out to shuffle away all the snow on the parking lot, together with the reindeer droppings. Oh well, when I had got started – I continued to shuffle all the way up to the main road. Let’s hope we got enough snow for this expedition, hi!

Propagation into Japan was pretty good during the afternoon. I got local ID:s from quite a number of NHK2 stations right before their s/off; JOAB-693, JOUB-774, JOBB-828, JOQC-1386, JOZB-1512 and JOTB-1593 to mention some of them. I also had NHK2 on 747 and 1152 kHz, but none of them ID:d local at s/off, just a plain “NHK Hoso Desi” followed by the National Anthem. Around 17:00 UTC, I noticed two new commercial stations for me as well; JONR ABC Asaki Hoso, Osaka-1008 and JOAR CBC Chibu Nippon Hoso, Nagoya-1053.

@00:05 UTC: SFI=122, A=5, K=1, Velocity=471.2, Density=4.4

@06:10 UTC: SFI=122, A=5, K=1, Velocity=432.8, Density=2.8

@12:10 UTC: SFI=122, A=5, K=1, Velocity=443.7, Density=0.8

@18:05 UTC: SFI=122, A=5, K=1, Velocity=432.1, Density=0.5

73 de Hans

AIH22 Day #3, November 26

kbrvAn interesting day, I must say. In general, the propagation has been driven more towards the east coast of North America the last 24 hours, and today west coast and Alaskan stations was not present on the MW-band, with useable strength’s, until around lunchtime – local time. Instead, prairie- and midwest stations was dominating the band until the early afternoon, which was quite a new experience for me.

During the early morning hours, I noticed that conditions was rather unstable, as propagation was driven due south. I noticed stations from Brazil on 840, 850 and 940 kHz, but since stations from that area are out of my “perimeter” of interest, I decided that the bed was a better place for me and at 03:00 UTC I pulled the plug. Got on my feets again at 06:30 and found the band in good shape and with the propagation as mentioned above. Stations worth noticing, so far today, is WGAN Portland ME-560, KGNW Burien Seattle WA-820, KBRV Soda Springs ID-800, KLZ Denver CO-560, KDLG Dillingham AK-670, KNSA Unalakdeet AK-930 and KSKO McGrath AK-870. All of these was received in real time, and I have no idea of what’s in my Excalibur IQ-files. Examining the files will have to wait until I’m back in Vardø again, as I’m saving the real “goodies” until X-mas, hi!

Nothing much to report regarding Asia this afternoon. I did the “daily 13:19 recording” in hope of finding some new NHK’s with local ID:s. Around 17:00 UTC, 5RN Adelaide was audiable on 729 kHz behind Jiangxi PBS and AIR Guwahati. Also did a short IQ-recording around 17:40 UTC in hope of catching some new AIR stations with local ID:s before s/off. Went to bed again at 18:00, and just got my feets on the floor again. The band is open and the first Newfoundland and Labrador stations begun to get audiable an hour ago or so. Here we go again 😉

@00:15 UTC: SFI=121, A=4, K=1, Velocity=432.3, Density=2.3

@06:05 UTC: SFI=121, A=4, K=2, Velocity=532.5, Density=3.2

@12:10 UTC: SFI=121, A=4, K=1, Velocity=499.9, Density=4.4

@18:05 UTC: SFI=121, A=4, K=1, Velocity=483.2, Density=3.0

73 de Hans

AIH22 Day #2, November 25

002Nothing really spectacular to report from the previous night. Conditions was quite on the disturbed side, which drove propagation a bit to the eastern side of North America. WMVP Chicago IL was dominating on 1000 KHz throughout the night and even if quite a number of NA’s found their way into my log, it was mostly the most common stations that was monitored in “real time”. I haven’t yet examined my Excalibur IQ-files, maybe something interesting is to be found on the graveyard frequencies.

As I was pretty tired after the day before, I went to bed at around 01:30 UTC,  and didn’t got my feets on the floor again until 05:30. However, 4 hours of sleep makes wonders sometimes, and I got up to a MW-band in just about the same shape as I had left it a couple of hours before. East coast stations was dominating on just about all frequencies, but I noticed that stations from the lakes and the mid-west begun to get audiable at around 06:30. One funny thing was to hear both WCRN Boston MA and WCCO Minneapolis MN deliver excellent legal ID:s at the same time and on the same antenna on 830 kHz at 07:00 UTC. At 08:10, WQAM Miami FL was logged on 560 kHz at the same time as the first prairie stations begun to reach acceptable signal levels elsewhere on the band. Peculiar indeed.

As the day went on, propagation was driven more to the west, and quite a number of stations from Alaska was logged troughout the day. KIAM Nenana AK was a huge signal almost the whole day on 630 kHz, completely vaporizing CHED.

Nothing remarkable to report from the Asia/Pacific regions today. I was recording the band at 13:19 and 15:40 UTC, hoping to get one or two new NHK’s with local ID:s. I may have got some, but again – the IQ-files is still to be examined.

At the present time (22:30 UTC), the first East Coast NA’s are beginning to get audiable on the 290 and 305 degree antennas. Not as early as yesterday evening, and not as strong. Quite much EU QRM at the moment, as well. We’ll see what happens this night. The unsettled to active conditions is presumed to last for yet another day or two.

@00:10 UTC: A=13, K=1, Velocity=361.2, Density=5.4

@06:10 UTC: A=13, K=1, Velocity=361.6, Density=9.5

@21:10 UTC: A=4, K=1, Velocity=442.9, Density=3.0

73!

Hans

AIH22 Day #1, November 24

001Arrived in Aihkiniemi at 10:30 UTC, after exactly 4 hours of driving on icy roads. Road conditions on the norwegian side of the border was more or less horrible. On the finnish side, the road was still icy but much better to drive on. I was surprised to notice that the driving distance from Vardø to Aihkiniemi actually was less than 300 km. Nice! The previous AIH-crew, who left about an hour before I arrived, had left the heaters on, so the cabin was nice and cozy and in excellent shape.

After unpacking the car, I got aquainted with the neighborhood and with the cabin with it’s facilities, before setting up the gear. Everything works as expected. Propagation and conditions in general, is quite poor today, but I did some listening during the afternoon and early evening. Got some nice local ID:s from a handful of NHK2-stations right before their s/off at 15:40 UTC. Between 17:30 and 18:45 UTC, 5RN-729 and 5AN-891 was dominating their frequencies, which was really nice. Maybe I will find some more aussies in the Excalibur IQ-file later on.

At the present moment (2200 UTC), a handful of east coast NA has been audiable for an hour or so, despite the rather crappy conditions. CJYQ-930, CFBC-930, WBZ-1030, CBG-1140 and VOAR Mount Pearl NL-1210 to mention a few. Hopefully the conditions will improve soon. Think I will have a few hours of sleep now, and get back to the MW-band very early tomorrow morning.

@14:00 UTC: A=7, K=3, Velocity=398.4, Density=26.7

Good night and 73!

Hans

Less than 48 hours to Aihkiniemi…

Right now preparing for my AIH22 expedition to Aihkiniemi in the northernmost part of Finnish Lapland. I’m leaving Vardø early on saturday morning, and ETA in Aihkinimi is around 10:00 UTC the same day. Driving time to Aihkiniemi from Vardø on summer roads is somewhere between 3,5 to 4 hours, but in the winter, on icy roads one has to expect at least one hour more in the driving seat. Besides all the snow and ice, the sun is now below the horizon 24/7 and one has to drive very carefully due to the risk of accidents with moose and reindeers. These buddies are difficult to spot in the darkness, especially if one is driving too fast.

Conditions is expected to be rather poor during the first one or two days of the expedition, due to an upcoming high speed proton stream and the smorgasboard of other disturbances that’s occouring right now, but hopefully the conditions will improve gradually later on.

There’s no internet available in Aihkiniemi, except via the cellphone net. I will try to have daily updates here in the blog, using my Samsung Galaxy Tab, but don’t expect too much as the roaming costs are outrageous.

73!

Hans