Log: AM BCB, September 18th, strong trans-Pacific reception

(7’x24′ Conti superloop pointed 320 degrees, RTL-SDR dongle with upconverter, coverage up to around 1400kHz)

September has been quite good for trans-Pacific (TP) reception, and this was a particularly good morning. Although I never got any great audio, I had a lot of it for this location, and a plethora of carriers. The main action started after 1215UT (5:15am MST) and lasted until near local sunrise at 1314UT. Overall the best TP session out of 9 this month.

Summary:
English lessons (not quite intelligible) from NHK peaking on 747 at 1232UT and on 774 peaking at 1220UT. 972-HLCA very briefly had the best signal of the morning at 1301UT. Also faint audio from 693 (including the 1300UT time pips), 828, 1053 (both the jammer and the jammed), 1116, 1134, and 1296. Another 40 9kHz frequencies with medium to strong carriers.

20-minute breakdowns:

1215-1235UT
Weak audio:
747 at 1231-1234 (English lessons)
774 at 1217-1222UT and 1226UT (English lessons; almost intelligible at 1220 through KKOB splatter)
972 at 1230-1231UT and 1234UT (very faint speech)
1053 at 1217-1218UT and 1226UT (speaking or singing?)
Strong carrier: 828, 972, 1134
Medium carrier: 594, 693, 747, 945, 954, 1044, 1089, 1116, 1143, 1323

1235-1255UT
Weak audio: 693 at 1254UT
747 at 1236UT
774 at 1243-1246UT and 1249-1253 UT (English lessons)
828 at 1252UT
972 at 1235-1237UT, 1243-1245UT, and 1254UT (music)
1053 at 1249UT and 1253UT (unsure of content)
1296 at 1254UT (unsure of content)
Strong carrier: 594, 603, 693, 1134, 1224, 1242, 1314
Medium carrier: 657, 729, 828, 873, 954, 1008, 1044, 1089, 1098, 1116, 1179, 1197, 1269, 1278, 1287, 1359, 1386, 1404, 1422

1255-1315UT
Medium audio: 972 at 1301UT (voice into music; additional weak audio at times)
Weak audio:
693 at 1300UT (heard 3+1 pips and then talking)
747 at 1255UT (very faint talking)
774 during much of the period (intermittent faint audio and last TOH pip, best at 1303)
1053 at 1259UT (jammer?)
1116 at 1259UT (brief very faint speech)
1134 at 1257-1258UT (faint female speech, then local 1130 went to full power)
Strong carrier: 594, 603, 693, 828, 1008, 1107, 1116, 1134, 1224, 1278, 1296, 1314
Medium carrier: 558, 612, 657, 666, 786, 864, 872, 893, 963, 954, 963, 1008, 1017, 1044, 1098, 1143, 1179, 1197, 1206, 1242, 1287, 1323, 1332, 1359, 1377, 1386, 1404, 1422 (the latter two even though my low pass filter for 1450/1490 is really kicking in by this point)

Phew!

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