Archive for October, 2013

AND9 – update

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Propagation has been generally good since the first report, best towards the eastern part of North America and, surprisingly, Japan. Morning conditions were poor on October 23 with the band going totally quiet for several hours. The night between Oct.24-25 was very good with NA daytimers heard with good signals from 20:35 UTC, by 22 UTC Michigan stations were very much favored. Excellent conditions continued all night and until after noon on Oct.25. We are hoping for another night with great propagation, however, with the current high solar activity, we never know when signals will be blocked. Brief listening to some of our recordings has revealed stations like 1340 WGAW and 1590 WGGO.

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AND9 in progress

October 22, 2013 Leave a comment

We arrived on Andøya on October 19 and completed antenna work on the 286 and 305 degrees antennas by the end of the day. This was exhausting as 20-30 cm of snow covering the bogs required careful planning of each step. Although the larger mud holes were easily visible the smaller ones weren’t. Each of us got stuck at least twice in the mud, but only for a few seconds as we knew how to get quickly out of such potentially dangerous situations.

DX conditions the first night and day were excellent. Huge signals from Brazil were noted from 20h UTC and 1310 Rádio Cidade Esperança was the first station in the log. Even on the northernmost antenna stations from the southwest were heard until the morning when there was a rapid shift to the Caribbean and North America. 1510 KMSD delivered an unbelievable local like signal and in general conditions to the Dakotas and Minnesota were superb. Later on the best conditions moved westwards (for instance 1360 KFIV had a good signal). Around noon Alaska and Hawaii dominated with nearly all AM stations on Hawaii moving into the log.

On the second day the 264 degrees antenna was completed. The second night brought lots of stations from South America with North America waiting until 04 UTC. From then and until almost noon stations from the eastern part of Canada and the USA were strong and numerous. Surprisingly on 1470 WSAN was dominant for a while.

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