Category Archives: Condx

The uncoorporative sun…

Yesterday morning I thought that we might have an improvement in propagation towards North America. KOMO-1000 was quite good around sunrise, but disapperared just after sunrise and this morning the MW-band was totally silent, except for the semi-local russian stations on the Kola-peninsula. It seems that it will take a while before the band recovers after the last proton-storm, and even worse, there may be another one around the corner…

Anyway, I was listening for a while this late afternoon, and there was a few interesting signals from the area around Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. On 1008 KHz Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad was present around 1700-1730 UTC and on the same frequency I also managed to get a nice local-ID from the IRIB Regional Semnan at 1730 UTC. On 1242 KHz All India Radio, Varanasi was quite strong for a while between 1730-1740 UTC. I haven’t yet checked my recording for a possible local-ID at 1740 after the Delhi-news, though. And finally, on 1341 KHz Radio Pakistan, Bahawalpur was dominating the frequency just before c/d at 1809 UTC. I even got a solid ID after the news at 1806.

Since I had quite some work to do, I didn’t have the time to continue listening after 1830 this evening, but if there still are “better than average” propagation into this area tomorrow, I will pinpoint 792 KHz around 1700 UTC, hunting for Nepal.

73,

Hans

Class G2 geomagnetic storm…

The mediumwave band is in pretty bad shape after the class G2 geomagnetic storm that has occured during the last 24 hours. A- and K-indexes are slowly moving down. K-index is currently on a nice 2, but the A-index is still on a high 16. This means that it’s an excellent evening for sorting out the recordings from last weekend and writing some reception reports. When the reception reports are written and sent, I will upload a bunch of audio files for your amusement. Have patience!

Update: and during the late evening, the A-index raised to an even more horrible 28! Ouch…

I’m still waiting for a reply from UNTV in Quezon City regarding the reception of their programme on 1350 KHz. Thanks to helpful information from co-DX:ers in the NorDX Yahoo group, I’m now quite sure that what I heard was an overnight relay of the UNTV programme via DZXQ-1350 Pasig City, Metro Manila.

73,

Hans

SKAG1: Hailstorm and ditto proton… but :)

Home again from the first Mini-Pedition to Cape Skagen, the northern end of Vardøya Island. Let me say that it was a mixed bag, condition wise. It started very well, but ended way down in the basement, due to a greater than 10 MeV proton event yesterday afternoon. Anyway, in general the little pedition was a success! A wonderful QTH, and like I said – it started very nice!

I started quite early yesterday morning, as I had planned to be ready for listening at 10:00 UTC. As it turned out, however, I was finished with all the antenna works and all the preparations already before 09:00 UTC since I’ve been working incredible fast due to a sudden hailstorm! I immedeately turned on my ICF-2010 and found the MW-band more or less crowded with North American stations – at least it sounded like that in my ears. Well, there was signals on every 10 KHz channel that I checked, and the best of all: barely no Europeans at all – except for the semi-local russian stations on 657 and 1034. Georgeous, georgeous, georgeous! As it’s said in the norwegian commercial for house-paint. Between 09:00-13:00 UTC I logged a bunch of US and Canadian west coast, praire and “rocky” stations as well as a few Alaskan and one from Hawaii. I didn’t log anything fancy, but it was probably the funniest four hours I’ve had since I started DX:ing in 1980. Remember that this is my first season this far north.

At 13:00 UTC the trans-polar mediumwave signals had faded out completely. I didn’t know the reason why at that time. While waiting for a possible opening into the Far East, I switched to the 90 meter-band and found nice signals from a couple of Papua New Guinea stations accompanied by RRI Palangkaraya. Switching back to MW didn’t result in anything from the Far East at all, except for the usual bunch of chinese stations which are to be found everywhere on the band these days, together with the likewise usual bunch of iranian stations. Later on, however, I found a couple of interesting stations from south-east Asia, which caught my attention for a while. Before that, I’d had another QSY, this time to the 120 meter-band, where I found all three Aussie stations with rather poor signals. The rest of the evening and early night I spent half awake, half sleeping, waiting for the sunrise and the morning peak into North America. It never came. Instead the band was populated with a bunch of Argentinian and Brazilian stations – all with very unstable signals. I managed to get a few in the log, but signals were generally very poor and it was very demotivating to face the fact that the nice conditions from the day before were gone. At 07:30 UTC I decided to gather my stuff and head for the warm and cozy bed of mine.

Ok, so what are the lessons learned from this first Mini-Pedition? Well, the first and most important: Next time, I will be ready for listening even earlier than this time. If I hadn’t been so morning-tired, I could have started to listen one or maybe even two hours earlier. Second: Next time I will bring yet another 200m BOG, which will be directed right in between the 330 degrees and the 50 degrees. Third: The ICF-2010 (modified) is an amazing piece of radio! I had almost forgotten how good it is and how good it sounds. When it comes to portables, I bet there is still nothing in this world that beats this trusty old radio. Ok, when they have comed up with a nifty way to power up a laptop and SDR for more than 3-4 hours during portable use, it will of course be a better solution – but right now the ICF-2010 stays untouched! Call me an old fart, but I like my analog radios better than my SDR-IQ. That’s just the way it is, and in the future I will bring a motor-cykle battery and my AOR-7030+.

If conditions improves until next weekend, and If the weather conditions still permits outdoor activities that are not hazardous or even leathal, I will have another try on Cape Skagen. It’s truly an amazing location in a dramatic landscape.

The log is found HERE!

Later this week I will start to upload some audio-files as well.

73!

Hans

North America silent…

Was checking the MW-band this morning at 02:30 and 04:30 UTC before going to work. The band was surprisingly silent, and I didn’t detect anything interesting at all. Bjarne Mjelde and the Kongsfjord gang is reporting just about the same – only the most common NA’s heard the last morning, and they have a way better location and much bigger and better antennas than I have. Conditions seems to be very strange indeed. However, the band has been quiet for a couple of days now (current A-index is 4 and K-index is 0) and there must come an opening soon – if the condx doesn’t suddenly change into active/disturbed, that is.

We’ll see what happens this afternoon, evening and night. Yesterday afternoon only offered the usual bunch of asian stations and strong european signals later in the evening.

By the way, I’m planning to do a little “car-expedition” out to the Skagen peninsula, which is the northern part of Vardøya Island. This seems to be a pretty nice, and QRM-free location which is easily accessed by car. So, if the weather permits, I will bring my trusty ICF-2010 and two BOG’s (200 meters each and strunged in 310 and 50 degrees) for some listening from saturday noon until sunday morning/noon. More info later on.

73!

Hans

Back again in Vardø!

Wow. Three weeks in Stavanger and during these three weeks I managed to spend 8 days in hospital due to a massive gallstone attack, which also rendered in jaundice and pancreatitis. Some trip, huh?

Well, returned to Vardø this afternoon and it seems that there are quite a few interesting signals on the mediumwave band, and among these some good signals from the Far East. Quite a big difference since I listened up here, almost one month ago. Anyway, I’m pretty tired, though, so will see for how long I will listen tonight. I’m getting back with more tomorrow. Maybe there will be some North American signals later tonight and tomorrow morning – hope so!

A-Index 7, K-Index 2…

Latest update says that the current A-Index stays on 7 and that the K-Index has raised from 1 to 2. That’s OK in my book. It could be better, but it also could be worse. Much worse. Let’s hope it stays like that over the night, and let’s hope that the forecasted CME-impact doesn’t happen.

Hans

Radio Afghanistan – 1107,007 KHz

This evenings “asian-session” resulted in a new one for me; Radio Afghanistan, Pol-e-Charkhi on the new split 1107,007 KHz. The station played non-stop Pashtoon music, mixed with “Afghan-spiced” oriental pop for more than one hour before they ended their transmission with an evening prayer and the National Anthem. I had to check the anthem on Youtube, because I never heard any ID of the station, but it’s no doubt – the Youtube-check confirms that it’s the National Anthem of Afghanistan and nothing else. I have uploaded an audio file with the evening’s prayer, anthem and sign off.

According to WRTH, Radio Afghanistan signs off at 1830 UTC, but it seems that they now have a new s/off time at 1930 UTC, or one or two minutes past the half hour. Also many thanks to Mauno Ritola, for the “heads up” regarding the stations new frequency offset.

So, what’s else? Well, A-index is on a sympathic 7, and the K-index on a quite OK 2. I’m still worried about the solar-flux index, but I think I will have a “nocturnal session” tonight, followed by a couple of hours of sleep – and then an early morning, checking the band for any possible North American stations. This morning I overslept… Silly me…

73!

Hans

SFI = 143 A = 6 K = 2..!

Well, A- and K-indexes are definetely going the right way. Maybe we will get a possibility to hear some stations from North Americe, if not tonight, maybe tomorrow night. If the numbers continues to go the “right” way, that is. However, I don’t like the increasing number of sunspots – but we’re heading towards the maximum, either we like it or not.

Was looking for ABC Emerald on 1548 KHz between 1630-1730 UTC today, and around 1650 UTC an english speaking station started to climb over the noise. But no, it turned out to be Deutsche Welle / Trinconmalee who continued in German after 1700 UTC. Well, time and oppurtunity to snag Emerald will come, I’m sure. This evening the usual bunch of stations from the middle east and Iran has been there, but due to a load of “home-work” I haven’t been able to do any deeper searches around the MW-band. Maybe I have a quick look around the band before it’s time to hit the sack. Got the feeling that it may be rewarding to get the feets on the floor quite early tomorrow morning.

Last night I was monitoring 1296 KHz, and found the frequency totally dominated by VoA, Pol-e-Charkhi, Afghanistan – with their usual programming with news in Dari / Pashtu on the full hours and News in Special English in between. The station usually is a good indicator for propagation into that area, and there is plenty of interesting stations to dig for. However, I noticed the VoA-station much too late, as it definetely was time to go to bed. It was working day today.

Hope tomorrow morning will result in one or two interesting catches. If I don’t oversleep, that is!

73!

Hans

…and the A-index raised…

Seems that conditions are quite unstable right now. Yesterday evening the A-index raised to 24 and the mediumwave band was very quiet. Signal-wise, that is. Not QRM-wise, unfortunately. I was monitoring 1548 KHz between 1700-1815 UTC in hope for ABC Emerald to show up, but nothing from Australia this evening. Instead, Deutsche Welle / Trinconmalee, Sri Lanka was the dominant station on the frequency with programming in german until 1800 UTC. Co-channel Radio Sawa was surprinsingly weak the whole evening. Well, we’ll see what happens with the band tonight… If nothing interesting is to be heard, I will continue my “file work” and upload a few more audio-recordings.

Just ordered a bunch of clip-on ferrites. Going to make a really serious effort to cancel all noise/EMC when I’m coming back here again in October.

73!

Hans

Ouch… conditions went… bad!

Well, conditions since noon yesterday has been very poor, due to a minor solar storm, and it’s likely that the storm conditions will remain also today. Maybe they will improve a little bit tomorrow. The mediumwave band was more or less dead yesterday evening and signals on shortwave is very unstable. So, today I’m listening through a couple of mp3-files with DX-recordings and preparing them for sharing here in the blog. No radio today, obvioulsy…

73!