AIH22 Day #1, November 24
Arrived 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!