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[HCDX] A few loggings from Tofino, B.C.
Merry Christmas to all! A few days ago, I spent several days in Tofino, BC on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and a destination spot for hot dx. Trouble was (and is), the conditions have been nothing short of atrocious. Today, for example, I could barely hear WWV on any frequency. It's been a long time since conditions have been this poor. I keep poking around my connections to make sure that something hasn't loosened. I'm hoping that 2007 will yield better dx. Here's a few of my loggings from Tofino:
MOLDOVA 6235, 1710-, Radio DMR Dec 20 Breakaway Republic of Pridnystrovya just audible. I suspect the signal would be at fair level, if not for a ute bang on 6235 with pulsing noises. Talk is present, but too weak otherwise to make anything out, so a presumed logging. First logging from Tofino, BC at this session. (Salmaniw, Tofino, BC)
UKRAINE 6245, 1713-, Radio Zamaneh Dec 20 Fair reception with presumed Farsi talk and little else. (Salmaniw, Tofino, BC)
UNKNOWN 5930, 0731-, CW Dec 21 Unknown intruder with continuous CW at strong level from 07:20 tune in past 07:32. AM signal, though. All I could make out was: WATGN WATGN = = = NRIGS. Seems to be in code as nothing makes a lot of sense and my MixW2 is pretty accurate at decoding CW. Lots of 5 letter groups, so perhaps a spy station in CW. Any Ideas? 1000 Hz tones. Ended at 07:38 with a * S *. I note that Ron Howard in Calif noted CW on 5920 around 14:00 in Nov. (Salmaniw, Tofino, BC)
ALASKA 6150, 1652-, KNLS Dec 21 Superb reception in Russian with full slow ID in Russian with address in Alaska and St. Petersburg. Same again at 16:58. Still in Russian when rechecked at 17:20. (Salmaniw, Tofino, BC)
AUSTRALIA 5025, 1655-, VL8K Katherine Dec 21 Strong signal, almost armchair if not for splatter from Chinese blowtorch on 5030 with call-in game show. No ID at TOH. Parallel to 2310. Nothing heard on 2325. Not sure whether this was a one-off, or whether transmitter repairs are continuing on the 120m transmitter. (Salmaniw, Tofino, BC)
GUATEMALA 4780, 1020-, Radio Cultural Coatan Dec 21 Excellent reception noted after seeing that the power had gone out after yet another windstorm on the west coast. This time it was out until 10:30 AM local time, but allowed for very quiet conditions! Fumbling in the dark, I found my Degen/Kaito 1103 receiver and just used the whip to receive this station and to scan the bands. Also with me was my venerable Sony 2010. I put out about 150' of random wire through a 9:1 matching transformer. Full ID, by the way at this time. (Salmaniw, Tofino, BC)
Better DX to all! .........Walt Salmaniw, Victoria, BC
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