AND12 started on October 14 and was terminated today after one of the poorest DX nights in AND history. Overall we are very pleased with reception conditions during AND12, even during the early days just after a geomagnetic disturbance there were lots of DX. The best DX was between October 18 and 25, in particular October 23 and 24 offered unusual stations, some of them rare daytimers.
This year we had an all new setup aiming to remove all noise sources which could be related to our equipment. The all battery setup did what we were hoping for, our recordings have a superb S/N all days and on all antennas, even when compared to our previous setups. We are amazed at the clarity of trans Atlantic signals, be it from low power Brazilian stations or North American clear channel operations.
With one day remaining of AND11 and not a great propagation outlook for the last day, we can already look back at October 25-29 as excellent days for DXing North America. We recorded up to 18 hours a day and we expect to find lots of interesting DX, especially during the evenings with a great number of signals from stations on daytime power (one example: 1470 KYYW). Reception was wiped out after 06:30 UT on October 29 due to a proton event, and, although conditions are slowly improving, we don’t expect a full recovery before the end of AND11.
Propagation conditions varied a lot from mediocre to fair during the week. We had a few really nice openings. The best ones were October 18-19 for La Plata and southern Brazil (very weak European signals allowing DXing in AM mode instead of SSB, actually several stations were much better in AM so that choice wasn’t difficult. We’ve mentioned one of the new Argentine stations in a previous post, from Brazil we noted an amazing signal from Sarandi AM on 1310 kHz) and October 19-20 for most of North America and Mexico (east coast US daytimers were noted before 22 UTC, one example being 1540 where WXEX was the sole station on the hour with a good signal and then disappeared exactly when they should as they switched to the very low nighttime effect). October 22 had a nice opening in the morning on the rejuvenated 286 degrees antenna, for instance 1400 WGIL was noted, and signals didn’t disappear until near noon local time, again with best reception in AM mode.
The current week is looking very good with superb signals all night from North America October 25-26.
Reception hasn’t been very inspiring the last day. A fairly nice opening to east coast NA was observed from 00:30 UT, most stations disappeared shortly after 07 UT. Further south 850 Radio Pachamama thrilled us with huaynos during a brief opening to Perú while lots of La Plata stations were noted during peaks throughout the night.
AND11 began two days ago. We were welcomed by lots of rain and not the best of reception conditions. Still, as we’ve learned before, there are always chances to hear something new at this QTH. The first night was mostly uninspiring, yet 1570 WTRB Ripley TN was a new one for us. The last night has been much more interesting with lots of stations from both South and North America audible. One example: 1550 Estación Quince Cincuenta, Nueva Pompeya (BA).
The log from AND10 has been delayed as we found quite a few unusual stations recently including 1460 KCNR Shasta CA, 890 KMJE Olivehurst CA, 1280 KWSX Stockton CA and 1370 KRAC Quincy CA (truly amazing signal!) We do hope AND11 will be able to match the huge log from AND10 (about 25% larger than any previous of our logs), although improving on the huge opening we had to New York state (leaving very few stations unheard), the fabulous Oklahoma conditions and hearing 3 Mexicans on 1370 kHz in an hour will be very difficult.
Instead enjoy the AND9 log
While the first days of AND10 were rather boring, the last week was rather exciting with, at times, excellent propagation on all 3 antennas. The southernmost antenna hauled in lots of stations from the southern and eastern parts of South America, some new ones and some with signals we’ll enjoy until AND11. The northernmost antenna was again excellent on some days, actually most of the USA enjoyed good propagation at various times those days. In particular we had a super opening towards New York state which enabled us to log stations we’ve never even considered possible to hear. For instance, what are the odds of hearing 850 WYLF Penn Yan with no interference from any other NA? I would have guessed it would be impossible if asked that question. I would have been wrong. That wasn’t the only new (for us) station from that area, only a few frequencies have been covered and we’ve logged 1000 WLNL Horseheads, 1110 WSWF Seneca Falls …
We are looking forward to the next weeks and months, the log from AND10 could easily become our best so far.
The last days we’ve had to focus on recording, recording and recording. NA (good to excellent conditions) for 16-18 hours a day, South America for 12 hours. Not much time left to sleep and really listen to the recordings. However the evening recordings have had strong NA daytimers from the northeastern states as well as the states near the great lakes, in particular Ohio and Michigan stations have been heard well before their local sunset. In the mornings and until 14-15 UTC conditions have favored stations further west. The coming night will be our last in what has been a very successful DX-pedition. We believe we have been lucky to be here when solar flux was the highest of solar cycle 24 and with no CMEs or proton storms ruining reception.