AIH22 Day #7, November 30
Preparing for the last night in Aihkiniemi for this time. It’s a very bright and starry night, and the temperature has dropped to a whopping -24C. The coldest evening during AIH22, and I’m very glad that I have my arctic parka to use when going out to “take a leak” every now and then. I have not done so much real time listening today, as I needed to prepare for my departure, and besides that, I made a last try to fix the 160 degree beverage, without success. It seems that the coax is either short connected or is completely off, most likely is this caused by rodents “chewing” the cable. Due to this my activities on the radio was limited to IQ-recording, but conditions was excellent and I think that I did some nice catches – that I don’t know anything about – yet!
Around midnight, the MW-band opened up nicely towards Brazil and La Plata and for a long time I enjoyed “Nacional Deportivo” on ZP1 Radio Nacional de Paraguay on 920 kHz, while recording the rest of the band. Later on, LR9 Radio America-1190 and LS6 Radio Buenos Aires-1350 was examples of strong La Plata signals on the band.
The morning conditions towards North America was pretty much the same as the two last days, with lots of activity on the graveyard frequencies. Stations fading in and out all the time. I was listening in real time for a short time, an hour or so, before going out for some more “snow-and-antenna-walking”, and interesting stations noticed was WSSP Milwaukee WI-1250, KKDZ Seattle WA-1250, CJYE Oakville ON-1250 and KTIX Pendleton OR-1240. I also had a station on 1240 kHz, which jingled “Kay-Enn-Zee-Why”. I’ve checked all possible variants of this jingle, such as KNZY, KMZY, KNCY and KMCY without any luck. Probably the callsign of a FM-station, simulcasted on AM. Any help with this one is highly appreciated.
Right now hunting on the Iberia frequencies. Hope to find some new SER, COPE and OCR stations. Iberia DX-ing is not what it once was. A pity. Oh well, at least COPE Huelva-1224 was a new one for me. Hope to find some more new ones in the upcoming windows. Also hoping that conditions is on my side also tonight. Ethiopia is strong also this evening on 1044 kHz and the proton density has been increasing today.
@00:10 UTC: SFI=113, A=3, K=1, Velocity=342.3, D=2.7
@12:05 UTC: SFI=113, A=3, K=1, Velocity=348.4, D=9.2
@18:10 UTC: SFI=113, A=3, K=1, Velocity=334.9, D=7.5
Next update will be the final one, and which will be written when I’m back home in Vardø again, tomorrow evening.
73’s de Hans