AM broadcast band DXing with:
Antenna 1: 6-foot diagonal wooden-frame tuned loop
Antenna 2: 23-foot “fishing rod” vertical with MFJ-1020C amplified pre-selector
Combiner: Quantum Phaser
Receiver: RTL-SDR dongle, Ham It Up upconverter into laptop
This was mostly a low-band morning, and some of the best conditions I’ve had this year. It didn’t get off to a particular early start, but after 5am MST (12UT), things were hopping.
I finally got intelligible audio from NHK Radio 2 during their weekday English lessons (late in the evening in their time zone). I’m not sure if “Were you taken to the hospital?” is necessarily a common phrase, but that’s the first English audio I’ve received on the AM band from overseas at 5:22am MST (1222UT):
Here’s some more typical Japanese language fare an hour later:
Most of the rest of the audio is more about getting audio at all, rather than sound quality. I picked up two presumed Korean stations, 972-HLCA (new) and 1566-HLAZ. I caught some music into conversation on the former at 6:04am (1304UT), just enough to think it was Korean language:
I’ve had much better audio on 1566 earlier this month, but for completeness, here is a sample from 6:30am (1330UT):
NHK 2 has other transmitters besides 774 kHz, and I was able to finally get some weak audio on 747-JOIB. (Presumably, of course, since I didn’t hear an identification, but it is highly likely.) Here is a sample from 6:23am (1323UT):
I also picked up the presumed China National Radio station on 1593 kHz, with just enough signal to produce weak audio at 6:30am (1330UT):
I also could see carriers on the SDR display on a bunch of frequencies that were too weak to produce audio, including: 693, 738, 765, 828, 864, 873, 945, 963, 981, 1422, 1503, 1521, and 1557. There may have been others, but with my tuned antenna system, I can only peak up a limited range of frequencies at any given time. Thus, even going through the SDR recordings, I can’t check the entire band.