Well today was going to be one of those days when I attempt to catch up with jobs in the garden, and finish off those I started a couple of weeks ago before the head cold hit me. But, Oh Dear!, it’s very wet and windy, and being essentially a fair weather gardener, and since I still haven’t lost the head cold quite yet, well have to spend some time in front of the radio!
I had a quick listen last night, but with a fairly high A and K-index, reception was lousy. I also found out this morning that I hadn’t secured the T-piece of the dipole quite securely enough on the mast at the end of the house. I used tie-wraps and they seemed, at the time of fitting, to secure the T-piece to the pole very well. I hadn’t taken into account gusting winds whipping the antenna back and forth, with the result being the T-piece has slipped down the pole. This means one side of the dipole is virtually resting on the roof, so the noise levels have crept up. But judging by this afternoon’s loggings, no damage appears to have occured. So that’s another job to add to the list when the weather improves!
Anyway, back to today’s loggings. With much improved conditions, reception from S.E. Asia is back to it’s usual strength. I decided to stick to 31m, even though the MUF was probably much higher than this. i find that 31m provides a good spread of stations from all around the world, and CRI does not have such a great presence on the band as say, 41m. However, I was listening to the back end of R. Taiwan when the rather nice music being played was suddenly swamped by a carrier. CRI had brought up their carrier 4 minutes early on the frequency they were due to take over from R. Taiwan. Not a very clever thing to do!
Talking of CRI and Chinese stations, I do like to log the lower power CNR (China National Radio) stations, as there are quite a number of them. This afternoon, I logged CNR17, which is a new one for me. I wasn’t aware they had that many regionals!
Here are this afternoons logs:
9400 Khz Phillipines FEBC Radio 11:33 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08
9430 Khz Phillipines FEBC Radio 11:41 UTC Chinese. Female announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-08
9485 Khz Germany Radio Waves Intl 11:43 UTC English. ID and schedule at 11:43. Followed by pop music. Close-out music at 11:58 with German national anthem. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08
9485 Khz Germany Hamburger Lokalradio 12:00 UTC German. ID at 12:00 with female announcer, followed by male announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08
9335 Khz Phillipines VOA 14:37 UTC Burmese. Female announcer. SINPO: 32233 2015-11-08
9400 Khz Pridnestrovie Denge Kurdistan 14:43 UTC Kurdish. Male announcer SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08
9540 Khz Uzbekistan FEBC 14:51 UTC Hindi. Music. Contact details at 14:54. Followed by more music. SINPO: 43344 2015-11-08
9590 Khz Taiwan R. Taiwan. 14:57 UTC Music. Good signal until CRI brought up their carrier early and swamped the signal. SINPO: 43333 2015-11-08
9630 Khz China CNR17 15:06 UTC Kazakh. Female announcer with music and chat SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08
9740 Khz Australia Reach Beyond Australia 15:13 UTC Hindi. Christian religious broadcast. ID in English at 15:14 SINPO: 33333 2015-11-08