Here’s a few loggings I made this morning between 1030 and 1140 UTC. I apologize for a lack of exact times for each log entry, but I tend to bounce around a lot from frequency to frequency in the mornings. A lack of coffee might have had something to do with it as well.
VL8A and VL8K were both stronger than earlier this week on 2325 and 2485 respectfully, with VL8K coming up to listenable levels.
RRI Makassar was audible on 4750, but with lots of OTH radar interference. Music and an OM announcer.
NBC Bougainville is strong on 3325, with music and OM announcer.
Some audio from Pyongyang Broadcasting on 3320 around local sunrise (1051 UTC) but it sank back down into the mud pretty quickly
The Solomon Islands on 5020 are weaker than earlier this week at an S6, with interference from R. Rebelde on 5025. I can see a signal on 5006, possibly JG2XA, but never managed to hear a Morse code ID.
No trace of The Cross on 4755*, and maybe a hint of a carrier from T8WH Palau on 9930. I could see a fairly strong carrier on 4750, but no audio managed to pop out of the noise.
*Since I wrote this, I have learned that PMA The Cross has been off the air since last May’s typhoon. While they have restored power to the FM transmitter, they are not currently operating on shortwave.
Unfortunately, Dayton wasn’t in the cards for this year, but my friend and I are already making plans to attend next year. I can’t wait to burn myself to a crisp out in the tailgating parking lot, getting lost in the maze that is the Hara Arena, and spending entirely more money than I should. Until then though I’ll just have to sit tight and see what big announcements will be made at this year’s Hamvention. We’ve already seen Elecraft announce the KX2, will any of the big three follow suit?
While it may not be news to some of you, I just heard about a new DX target out of Australia. The station, known as RadioDX for the time being, should be ready to test on 5045 kHz within the next month and a half. They’ll only be transmitting with a kilowatt of power, so it will be quite the challenge to hear them in North America. Not quite on the level of the now defunct Radio Symban, but close. Keep your ears open.
While your ears are busy listening for RadioDX, keep your eyes on hfradioreview. We’ll be having our first ever radio contest in the next few months, so be sure to watch for that. All I will say about it right now is that it involves baseball.