As we approach the ‘Big Day’ and all work (in my case) is finished for the year, I had some time to do a little listening. The bands, of late, have been pretty poor, with a couple of CME’s and A/K indices fairly high. I am also getting some more interference at the moment due to my families propensity for buying yet more lights to go on the outside of the house. A lot of these unfortunately use cheap SMPS’s (Switch Mode Power Supplies) which create huge amounts of noise right across the HF spectrum. So add in the poor propagation conditions, I get a recipe for extremely noisy band conditions and not much to listen to.
The afternoon/evening however, 19m was very good, with a number of my favourite stations having very good signals. So I took the opportunity to do some listening and logging. It si fun digging out the DX from the noise, but it is also nice to get an S9 signal from VOA in Botswana with their excellent News program.
I’ll end this short piece by wishing you all who read/browse/glance at this blog a Very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2016. Lets hope the conditions improve as we move into spring.
This evenings logs:
15105 Khz Swaziland TWR 16:05 UTC Kirundi. Music and chat SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24
15140 Khz Oman R Sultanate of Oman 16:15 UTC Arabic. Local music and chat. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-24
15190 Khz UAE DW 16:18 UTC Amharic. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24
15235 Khz South Africa Channel Africa. 16:22 UTC French. Male announcer with chat and African music. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-24
15265 Khz South Africa VOA 16:45 UTC Swahili. Male announcer. SINPO: 43344 2015-12-24
15275 Khz Sri Lanka DW 16:48 UTC Amharic. Male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24
15360 Khz Sri Lanka AWR 16:50 UTC Sindhi. Male announcer SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24
15420 Khz South Africa BBCWS 16:52 UTC English. Discussion about Boka Haram. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24
15580 Khz Botswana VOA 17:01 UTC English. ID and News. Followed by the ‘International Edition’ program SINPO: 54444 2015-12-24
9390 Khz Thailand R Thailand 19:00 UTC English. ID followed by national news. SINPO: 43333 2015-12-24
9765 Khz Austria NDR GruB an Bord 21:30 UTC German. Christmas messages SINPO: 33333 2015-12-24