An interesting week on the bands. Propagation returned to near normal, with the K-index coming back to around the 3 level. Let’s hope it stays that way for a while.
South America was coming in better this week, with even some of the lower power stations making it through, such as Super Radio Deus e Amor from Brazil. Although the guy on this station is a bit like Brother Stair on speed! A new one for me was being able to log RFA from Mongolia (just). I am assuming that the signal was beamed to North Korea, hence the low signal level here in the UK.
60m on the other hand has been terrible, with Alice Springs on 4835 being unreadable most nights. I thought Alice would be received better with the new antenna, but that has not been the case. I will be interested to see if things improve on the lower bands as winter progresses.
One change I made to the antenna system this week was to add a switch at the 9:1 unun. This enables me to switch between balanced feed from the OCFD, or configure the antenna as a Marconi-T, with the switch shorting the 2 ends of the open wire feeder and selecting the earth connection. Sometimes the OCFD receives better, sometimes the M-T configuration. I do need to improve the earthing arrangements as at the moment it is just a single counterpoise.
15105 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 18:10 UTC French. Discussion program. SINPO: 53444 2015-09-15
15275 Khz Madagascar DW 18:15 UTC Hausa. Male announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-09-15
15400 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 18:18 UTC English. News about Turkey, followed by coverage of a speech by Robert Mugabe. Very noisy compared with the French service on 15105 SINPO: 33333 2015-09-15
15580 Khz Botswana VOA 18:25 UTC English. World News with female announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-15
13740 Khz Cuba R. Habana 21:09 UTC Spanish. Discussion program with male and female announcers. SINPO: 32233 2015-09-17
13845 Khz USA WWCR 21:13 UTC English. Live religious broadcast SINPO: 43333 2015-09-17
11760 Khz Cuba R. Habana 21:18 UTC Spanish. Female announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-17
11765 Khz Brazil Super Radio Deus e Amor 21:24 UTC Portugese. Sounds like a Portugese version of Brother Stair set to music. Some ACI from Habana on 11760 SINPO: 32222 2015-09-17
11775 Khz Anguila Caribbean Beacon 21:35 UTC English. Male announcer with religious broadcast SINPO: 32233 2015-09-17
11780 Khz Brazil R.Nacional Amazonia 21:39 UTC Portugese.Male and female announcers. Very heavy noise. SINPO: 32222 2015-09-17
11985 Khz Ascension Island HCJB 21:47 UTC Fulani. Music and chat with male announcer. Ascension Island relay SINPO: 32233 2015-09-17
9520 Khz China PBS Nei Menggu 22:02 UTC Chinese. Male and female announcers SINPO: 32222 2015-09-17
9565 Khz USA R. Marti 22:06 UTC Spanish. Discussion program SINPO: 32233 2015-09-17
9600 Khz Phillipines Vatican Radio 22:09 UTC Chinese. Male announcer SINPO: 43333 2015-09-17
7460 Khz Mongolia RFA 21:54 UTC Korean. Male and female announcers. Sounds like schedules and contact details then close-out music at 21:57 SINPO: 22222 2015-09-18
7375 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 22:05 UTC Malay. Music followed by chat from female and male announcers SINPO: 32233 2015-09-18
7465 Khz Albania R. Tirana 21:00 UTC English. Times and frequencies for transmissions. Female announcer. Followed by business news. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-19
7485 Khz Phillipines VOA 21:06 UTC Korean. Male announcer. SINPO: 32233 2015-09-19
11750 Khz Sri Lanka SLBC 18:15 UTC Sinhalese. Music. Followed by adverts. Then male announcer with what sounds like phone-in program SINPO: 43344 2015-09-20