AIH22 Day #6, November 29
Another 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