Solar storms and this weeks logs

Well, that was a poor week for reception. With the K-index hitting 7 at times, and a large solar storm battering earth with 600 km/s winds, reception conditions could be described as less than ideal. Even the strong stations such as R. Thailand and V.O. Vietnam were down on their usual signal strengths. Both these stations can usually be received very well here in Lincoln during the early evening, but not this last week. The ‘difficult’ ones such as ABC from Alice Springs on 4835 Khz were just impossible at this QTH. I keep a close eye on Solarham, which gives regular K-index updates and details of which bands have the favourable propagation. I find it a very useful resource.

As of today, conditions have improved immensely, with a K-index of around 4. I noticed some noise still on 25 and 19 metres, but by this afternoon, that had died away. So lets hope it stays that way for a while longer!

Here are my logs for this week.

5025 Khz Cuba R. Rebelde 07:20 UTC Gospel music. Followed by female announcer. Spanish SINPO: 32233 2015-09-06

15140 Khz Oman R. Sultante Of Oman 16:32 UTC Arabic. Male announcer. Mention of Shakespeare and Hamlet. Sudden breakthrough from AIR at 16:34 SINPO: 33333 2015-09-06

15205 Khz Saudi Arabia BKSA 16:35 UTC Quran chant. Followed by words from male announcer. SINPO: 43334 2015-09-06

15275 Khz Sri Lanka Deutsche Welle 16:47 UTC Amharic. Female announcer with discussion program. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-06

15420 Khz South Africa BBC 16:52 UTC English. Discussion about the various teams in the upcoming six nations rugby. Female anchor. Meyerton relay SINPO: 33333 2015-09-06

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 17:05 UTC English. Discussion about the Iran deal in the US. SINPO: 43344 2015-09-06

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 18:20 UTC English. Program about the attempts to restrict the ivory trade in Africa. Followed by a sectoin about the problems of tackling Ebola. A section on the court hearing about the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia in the 1970’s. ID 18:30 SINPO: 43344 2015-09-06

9540 Khz Thailand RFE 20:20 UTC Russian. Discussion program SINPO: 44444 2015-09-08

9730 Khz Vietnam V.O. Vietnam 20:49 UTC English. Information about development of Vietnamese industry. Many Vietnames businesses just act as an outsource for other companies. Followed by music. Program close at 20:58 SINPO: 43444 2015-09-08

13630 Khz Botswana VOA 17:50 UTC Portugese. News. ID at 17:54 followed by Sports news. Further ID and schedule info. at 17:57 SINPO: 44444 2015-09-09

9525 Khz Indonesia R.Republik Indonesia 18:08 UTC English. Male announcer with news of Indonesia. Difficult to follow as modulation is low. SINPO: 33333 2015-09-09

9755 Khz UNID UNID 20:15 UTC Greek-style music. Until 20:20 then suddenly off. Nothing listed SINPO: 54444 2015-09-09

9815 Khz Sri Lanka R. Farda 20:25 UTC Farsi. Music. ID and contact info at 20:26. Followed by ‘Hey Joe’. Pips at 20:30 followed by news. SINPO: 43344 2015-09-09

7425 Khz Thailand BBC 18:33 UTC Dari. News. Male announcer. Nakhon Sawan relay SINPO: 43333 2015-09-10

7480 Khz Pridnestrovie R.Payam e-Doost 18:38 UTC Farsi. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-10

5865 Khz Kuwait R. Farda 21:47 UTC Farsi. Local music. SINPO: 32233 2015-09-10

15120 Khz USA VOA 21:52 UTC Bambara. Discussion program SINPO: 33333 2015-09-10

15770 Khz USA WRMI 21:58 UTC English. ID at 21:59 then off SINPO: 43333 2015-09-10

13580 Khz Bangladesh Bangladesh Batar 18:10 UTC English. Local music followed by a discussion about Islamic art. Burst of noise at a high level probably due to the tail-end of the GM storm. SINPO: 43244 2015-09-11

13360 Khz Botswana VOA 18:15 UTC Portugese. Interview with a singer, with music in between. SINPO: 43244 2015-09-11

11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 18:23 UTC Swahili. Music and chat. Very noisy this evening SINPO: 32222 2015-09-11

17850 Khz Thailand R. Thailand 10:20 UTC Non-stop music. SINPO: 43233 2015-09-13

11600 Khz Bulgaria Denge Kurdistan 16:20 UTC Kurdish. Male announcer. SINPO: 42333 2015-09-13

11890 Khz Singapore BBC 16:38 UTC English. Leicester v Aston Villa SINPO: 43333 2015-09-13

11910 Khz Phillipines VOA 16:41 UTC Tibetan. Discussion program. Some QSB SINPO: 43333 2015-09-13

12075 Khz Bulgaria Bible Voice 16:46 UTC farsi. Music and chat with female announcer SINPO: 43333 2015-09-13

12125 Khz Armenia IBRA Radio 16:49 UTC Amharic. Male and female announcers SINPO: 32233 2015-09-13

9526 Khz Indonesia R. Indonesia 17:30 UTC Spanish. ID at 17:33 followed by discussion from male announcer SINPO: 43333 2015-09-13

9540 Khz Romania RRI 18:35 UTC English. Male and female announcers. “Listeners Letterbox”. Followed by music and then a feature about a Romanian jazz legend (missed the name). Close down musci and schedule and contact details at 17:55 SINPO: 54455 2015-09-13

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