Propagation and the weekend’s logs

Propagation has not been too bad this weekend. The Sun appears to have calmed down a bit, with no reported flares, although sun spot counts have been low. As we move into the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere, we should see improved reception on the lower bands. Although, at this QTH, the local RFI hits the lower bands particularly hard, and of course, the interesting stations are usually low power, so it becomes a big challenge. I am primarily thinking about the myriad of stations in South America, who’s transmitter power rarely gets above 10 KW, as they are there for local coverage. But sometimes, when ‘the planets aline’, conditions can be that these stations come out of the noise. So of course, minimising the local noise becomes paramount, but again, a big challenge.

Anyway, enough waffling, here are the logs. It was nice to hear Voice of the Broad Masses from Eritrea, as it has been many months since I logged this one.

13630 Khz Botswana VOA 18:22 UTC Portugese. Music and chat SINPO: 43344 2016-10-21

4930 Khz Botswana VOA 19:10 UTC English. Music and chat SINPO: 33333 2016-10-22

5910 Khz Romania RRI 19:41 UTC Serbian. News and reports. SINPO: 44444 2016-10-22

4840 Khz USA WWCR 06:22 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 32222 2016-10-23

5025 Khz Cuba R Rebelde 06:27 UTC Spanish. Music and chat SINPO: 32222 2016-10-23

5085 Khz USA WTWW 06:32 UTC English. Music, David Soul and others. SINPO: 22222 2016-10-23

17580 Khz Cuba R Habana 12:05 UTC Spanish. Music and chat SINPO: 32233 2016-10-23

17640 Khz Ascension Island BBCWS 12:08 UTC French. OM announcer. SINPO: 33333 2016-10-23

17660 Khz Madagascar RFI 12:10 UTC French. Some deep QSB at times. OM announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-10-23

17680 Khz Phillipines VOA 12:16 UTC Burmese. YL announcer SINPO: 43344 2016-10-23

17690 Khz Kuwait R Azadi. 12:21 UTC Pashto. OM announcer with frequencies and contact details at 12:21 SINPO: 43333 2016-10-23

17730 Khz Cuba R Habana 12:24 UTC Spanish. YL announcer SINPO: 43333 2016-10-23

18930 Khz Kuwait RFA 12:27 UTC Tibetan. OM announcer. Music and chat SINPO: 33333 2016-10-23

15225 Khz Phillipines R Veritas Asia 12:42 UTC Kachin. OM announcer SINPO: 32233 2016-10-23

7146 Khz Eritrea V.Broad Masses 17:47 UTC Music and chat. SINPO: 32233 2016-10-23

7280 Khz Vietnam V O Vietnam 19:32 UTC French. YL announcer. SINPO: 43344 2016-10-23

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