Monday, October 23, 2017

QSL x 3: NewstalkZB New Plymouth 1053; Westport 1287; Oamaru 1395

We enjoyed a good opening towards New Zealand a few days ago,  and three new NewstalkZB stations were logged. Two of the stations are located on the South Island, with Oamaro 1395 the most distant one at 16,492 km. Not bad for 2 kW.

All three were confirmed with an email this afternoon.  Total NZL count  on MW now 31.

QSL: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, GoldFM, Naulu 990

FBC upgraded their AM services last spring with financial support from Japan. 558 and 990 kHz were put on the air with 10 kW transmitters.

On the 21, we succeeded in hearing 990 with a good signal, good oldies music and a great ID! Email response today for my third Fiji on MW. Unfortunately, 558 was drowned in noise at the time.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

KONG35 - Day Nine

KONG35 is over! Odd-Jørgen, Ole and Torgeir left today at 07:30 local. The day before was rather uneventful with regards to North America, although signals were present well into the afternoon.

A little better towards the Pacific though! A short opening brought quite a few NZL stations. One worthy of particular mention was 2 kW One-Double-X from Whakatne 1242 which dominated over 100 kW JOLF quite a while. Myself I haven't heard it since 2007. We have also been waiting for Fiji to show up after their MW transmitter upgrades, and they did!

A couple of low-power NHK outlets were also identified in the afternoon and the evening.

Our last KONG meal is always reindeer tenderloin. For starters, we had the Swedish Västerbotten pie. With the loins we had a "stew" of fried onions & creme fraiche, and a paste of carrots, celeriac and potatoes. A worth wine companion was the Felton Road Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Dessert: Home made Créme brûlée!

The SDRs in Kongsfjord will now run throughout the winter, remote-controlled. Hopefully, we will see (or hear) good openings in the months ahead.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

QSL: KMDO Fort Scott KS 1600

OJ Sagdahl spotted this one during freak conditions on October 16, surfacing long enough to give a nice ID. Brief email confirmed my reception yesterday. 530 watts days and 27 nights, so a nice catch. Thanks OJ! Kansas # 25.


QSL: KLTI Macon MO 1560

KLTI True Country was heard on October 15 during a freak opening when the normal dominants (such as KKAA) were absent. Friendly email today with some station info, such as below.

Fourth Missouri station in a row.


KONG35 - Day Eight

Only one day left!

Conditions towards North America mostly followed the trend from previous days, so nothing much of interest. However, we finally got a decent opening towards New Zealand! Most welcome. So far we haven't sorted out what might be hiding in the recordings from Australia, but Gold MX in Albany, WA had a very strong signal on 1611 for quite a while on the 80 degrees beverage, so maybe there's hope for new WA stations. (It was actually DWNX in Naga, Minandao, "NX Gold").

Strong signals towards Japan in the evening resulted in  a couple of new ones.

As usual, when we near the end of a KONG expedition, we head over to Kongsfjord Guesthouse for a meal. This year, we also enjoyed their new sauna! As usual the dinner was excellent, this year we had smoked lamb with potatoes, waldorf salad and a carrot paste. We then headed back home for a Boulevard Tank 7 and more DX.

The weather's not been nice to us today. Windy, and with (too) frequent showers of sleet. Temperatures around 1-2 Celsius. It cleared up a bit in the evening though. Below is Ole's Škoda in the morning hours.

Friday, October 20, 2017

KONG35 - Day Seven

We had hoped that the K-index would sink to a 0-2 level. Alas, it was not to happen. Signal strengths were ok for most of the night, but it was mostly the usual dominants. Asia conditions were also late to recover, and the intermittent noise was back to our 50 degrees beverage. A few Aussies were noted in the afternoon. Nothing spectacular from Japan either.

Still checking the Mount Loran files from October 16 though, and still finding new stations!

Thursday was also time for the KONG signature dish, king crab (kongekrabbe in Norwegian). Super quality crab was purchased from the Norway Seafood plant in Berlevag, baked on a salt bed and served with carbonara. Excellent wine selection: Calles Riesling Spätlese Trocken Mittelheimer Edelmann 2013.

Weather update: Just above freezing, wind, snow, sleet, rain. We're very happy we don't have to do any antenna repairs! Archive photo from when the weather was better (like July).

Thursday, October 19, 2017

KONG35 - Some Pictures

Only three full days left of the KONG35 DX-pedition, so maybe time to take a few pictures.

Mount Loran stealth listening position: Battery, Intel NUC, Perseus SDR, mobile broadband, 1000 metre beverage antenna

View to the northwest from my house.

View to the east, my house to the left.

Neighbours.


To the northweste - wind turbines

My house pt. II.

The hamlet Kongsfjord, to the southwest



King crab being prepared for tonight's fiesta.

KONG35 - Day Six

K-indices were more or less back to normal today, but the ionosphere is still a bit "bumpy" - with some surprising results. Trans-Atlantic signals began to appear a while before 01:00, and they didn't really fade out until the afternoon - although the stations heard then were common. There was a rush towards the south around 0300 to 0400 UTC with some remarkable signals from Mexican stations. Super signals noted from stations as XERE-920, XEOY-1000, XERDO-1060 under a massive XEEP, XESP-1070 and XETUL-1080.

The ionospheric changes also enhances European stations, so splatter is more of a problem now.

NAs noted were KMBZ-980, KERN-1180, KIRX-1450 and KDCC-1550. Looks like it's all about Kansas and Missouri in this period.

Quite OK conditions in the afternoon with some NZL (1035, 1106, 1296) and AUS (630 very strong) signals, and also some interesting stuff from Japan like JOTC NHK-2 1521

Dinner was tapas & sausages for starters, served with home-made flatbread (special delivery from Ole's wife Kari). Main course was a quite spicy fish soup, and we rounded off with chocolate pudding with custard.

Weather: Until late evening very much the same as before. Overnight the temperature dropped to 1 Celsius and rain turned to sleet. It should stay above freezing the coming days, but only barely so.

QSL: KGMY Springfield MO 1400

Another Missouri station confirmed reception overnight!  KGMY was heard with a signal that certainly didn't need headphones, and a friendly email came in return. Thanks Ole Forr for v/s.