The sun has been very active again for the first part of this week. Activity peaked on the 7th October with an A-index of 81 and K-index of 7. Most of the HF bands from 7 Mhz upwards was virtually wiped out, with even the big-gun stations (CRI, VOA, BBC etc.) being very noisy reception. However, things have quietened now and reception, though still noisy, is returning to normal. The bonus side to all this is that if you live in the Northern latitudes then the Aurora has been spectacular. Looking at photographs taken in Alaska and parts of Canada show superb images of this phenomenon. Even the Aurora Australis has been seen quite well in New Zealand. Sadly, here in Lincoln,UK, I am too far south to view this. And also living on the edge of time, there would be still too much ‘light pollution’ to see anything.
I did log a few stations this week. I have noticed over the last few weeks that Super Radio Deus e Amor has been quite readable as we move into Autumn. A kind of Portugese Brother Stair on steroids! and usually accompanied by music. Still, it makes an interesting marker station to South America.
11765 Khz Brazil Super Radio Deus e Amor 21:35 UTC Portugese. Bible thumping from Brazil! SINPO: 22222 2015-10-06
11780 Khz Brazil Radio National de Amazonia 21:38 UTC Portugese. Music and chat with female announcer. SINPO: 22222 2015-10-06
11810 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 21:41 UTC English. Program about Eleanor Roosevelt. A lot of ‘flutter’. ID at 21:59 SINPO: 43333 2015-10-06
11985 Khz Ascension Island HCJB 22:03 UTC Pulaar. Male announcer. Followed by African music. SINPO: 43333 2015-10-06
13630 Khz Botswana VOA 18:20 UTC Portugese. Great African/Jazz-funl music. Followed by chat. Off at 18:30 SINPO: 43233 2015-10-09
11670 Khz India A.I.R. 18:34 UTC English. Discussion about mental health in India.Followed by music at 18:50 SINPO: 43344 2015-10-09