cancellation of a DXpedition
- Time for plan B
By Craig Edwards
After spending a few days over
the Christmas holidays with family and friends back
home in Adelaide, South Australia, it was clear
that my wife really wanted to go back there to live
again. So after a few nights doing the logistics
we decided to leave Townsville and move back home
after only being there for 10 months. Luckily I
was able to land a great job very quickly so we
would be departing Queensland in the first week
of March and I'd start work just after Easter back
in South Australia.
Crocodile DX hunter -
Size does matter
So faced with the scenario of
leaving this Asia/Pacific/North American DX paradise
for good, I had to think of the DX consequences.
South Australia is terrible for Pacific and North
American DX so I wouldn't be hearing much of that
anymore and Latins are simply non-existent on the
broadcast band. However in Adelaide I'd be able
to hear Asia from home and on DXpeditions there
would be an interesting assortment of Europe, the
Middle East and Africa. I also figured that in the
coming years that Dave Onley and I would be making
winter pilgrimages to Marlo in Victoria each year
to hunt the elusive South American mediumwave catches.
So this left North America as my future MW DX black
So I decided that a full on assault
was needed to snare as many Alaskan, Canadian, Hawaiian,
Mexican and USA stations as possible within the
January to February period before I departed Townsville
in early March. This would involve 1 and 2 night
camping sessions at my favourite site 50 km north
of home. The BIG problem was that it was currently
the wet season and for the entire month of January
Townsville was inundated by monsoonal rains. Virtually
all access roads out of the city were flooded and
you couldn't even park on the side of the road unless
it was asphalt otherwise you'd get bogged. So after
doing the maths, high temperatures + stifling humidity
+ driving rain + frightening afternoon thunderstorms
= no DXpeditions = no North American MW DX!!! =
only listening from home.
The Monsoon rains resulted
in record numbers of Crocodile sightings in
the waters near my DX campsite
With DX enthusiasm at an all
time high - fuelled by the fear of never listening
again from this great DX location - I decided to
employ plan B. The thunder and lightening was usually
only around in the afternoon and early evening so
the band was pretty noise free in the early hours
of the morning and despite the storm knocking down
most of my EWE's and palm trees, my Asian EWE at
home survived. So instead of camping DXpeditions
in January to hunt North Americans, I decided to
listen from home for South East Asia by waking around
4:00 am almost every day. My wife and dog eventually
grew to ignore my prowler like noises as I foraged
around the house in the wee hours of the morning.
The downside to this practice
was the constant malaise I'd experience during the
day at work as a result of sleep deprivation. My
workmates thought I was flat most days simply because
I was leaving them soon. However I couldn't explain
to them that I was suffering from mediumwave DX'ing
at dawn for Asia!!!
Needless to say my favourite DX campsite was
a little tricky to access
In a way it was OK that the monsoons
did come as I heard many new Asians, particularly
from South Korea and Japan. Not much listening was
done in the evening due to thunderstorms or typical
neighbourhood TV/PC/etc noise. Although I did occasionally
try around 10 pm-midnight local time (1200-1400
UTC) with useful results. There were times I'd pinch
myself that this little EWE antenna 3m-12m-3m (10ft-40ft-10ft)
was working so well and was incredibly directional.
I attribute this to the great earthing due to the
boggy ground from the monsoon rains. Just before
Christmas I couldn't budge the ground rods an inch,
it was like they were in concrete as the soil was
so dry, but when I took the antenna's down I was
able to pull a 2 metre (6 ft) copper pipe out of
the ground with one hand - I bet those rods were
bleeding lots of noise away!!!
In the month or so of listening
from home over 130 Asians were logged, so all in
all a pretty satisfying, albeit tiring result. Plans
are away for a DXpedition to target North America
in late February, so fingers crossed the weather
will allow it. Now for the reception reports
The Monsoon rains resulted in record numbers
of green tree frogs in the crappers too
Using Icom R75, pre-amp and 3m-12m-3m
(10ft-40ft-10ft) EWE to South East Asia off 12V
540 1910 NHK1 Network, Japan.
Not sure which of 3 outlets here but mixing with
4QL ABC and // 594 with NHK1 programming (CE)
549 0845 CNR Fujian, China. Powerhouse
from CC heard every evening and morning, if you
can't hear this at the start of a bandscan, go back
to bed or watch TV!! (CE)
567 1123 KGUM Agana, Guam. Not
strong and under 4JK but easy readable with network
talkback and local PSA ads (CE)
576 1845 JOHG Kagoshima, Japan.
Fair but mixing with unid Philippines station and
2RN, typical NHK1 program // 594 (CE)
580 0850 KJAL Pago Pago, American
Samoa. Quite good here in EE with network pgm for
a few minutes but then splash from NBC 585 and it
faded away in the slop (CE)
585 0400 NBC Port Moresby PNG.
Happy to say this is heard from sign on to sign
off at local levels from around 0400 - nice to get
damn QSL though! (CE)
585 1802 JOPG Hokkaido, Japan.
Very good over 2WEB with mx show //594, not usually
heard as I usually start listening after 1900 after
NBC has signed on (CE)
594 1146 JOAK Tokyo, Japan. Strong
and the most regular NHK1 outlet in evenings and
594 1910 DZBB Quezon City, Philippines.
Fair but mixing with JOAK and giving call in birthday
messages to some very bleary eyed listeners (CE)
Local newspaper headlines
603 1152 HLSA Seoul, South Korea.
Good with education pgm in KK (CE)
603 1212 Voice of Russia via
Hainan, China. Fair in Vietnamese but mixing with
unid Asian underneath, either Korea or Taiwan (CE)
612 1939 JOLK Fukuoka, Japan.
Fair here mixing with unid Philipinnes and Brisbane
with NHK1 programming (CE)
612 1221 DYHP Cebu City, Philippines.
Fair with easy listening music show under 4QR with
traces of probable KUAM too (CE)
621 1245 DXDC Davao City, Philippines.
Pop music mainly here with RMC IDs (CE)
639 1943 JOIP Oita, Japan. Fair
here // 594 with NHK pgming (CE)
639 1705 HLSA Gaebong, South
Korea. Fair here mixing with JOIP, ABC Qld and 5CS,
but peaking nicely every minute or so with KK contemporary
EZL songs with FA KK DJ (CE)
648 1240 Voice of Russia, Primorskiy,
Russia. Good with Korean program // 3955 (CE)
648 1300 Voice of America, Primorskiy,
Russia. Noted with EE ID then into Korean news (CE)
648 1806 Armed Force Radio, Okinawa.
Fair here with country mx show, promo for Country
Grammy's and AFN Radio ID (CE)
657 1130 Kangnam, North Korea.
Good with classical mx program // 3250 (CE)
666 0840 RFO Noumea, New Caledonia.
Initial fade in and equal with Aussies most of the
time in FF (CE)
666 1135 Voice of the Strait,
Fuzhou, China. Fair mixing with fading RFO and the
Aussies, instrumental music non-stop // 11590 (CE)
666 1905 DZRH Metro Manila, Philippines.
Fair with DZRH news (CE)
675 1755 JOUG/JOVK, Japan. Good
with music show // 594 & 585 (CE)
684 1955 JOAG Nagasaki, Japan.
Good here mixing with fading out Aussies noted //
594, never heard in the evenings due to monster
CNR outlet (CE)
684 1123 CNR Fujian, China. Good
in CC with opera // 909 and 1089
702 1910 DZAS Metro Manila, Philippines.
Fair here with religious mx and pgming in Tagalog
711 1921 HLKA Seoul, South Korea
Fair here with FA KK talks // 3930 (CE)
720 1306 Voice of Russia, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk,
Russia. First time an Asiatic opening has happened
in Townsville with also 1251 and 648 noted on same
evening. Very strong with JJ programming. Weird
that Asiatic Russia not noted here before yet so
many Koreans, Chinese and Japanese are heard (CE)
729 1927 JOCK Nagoya, Japan.
Usual strong signals in JJ with NHK 1 pgm (CE)
738 1948 BEL2 Baisha, Taiwan.
Fair here although at time possible KK kept popping
up in the mix with 2NR (CE)
747 0900 JOIB Sapporo, Japan.
Fair here mixing with 4QS. RR NHK news then into
regular NHK 2 programming // 828 (CE)
756 1410 JOGK Kumamoto, Japan.
No sign of the usually dominant Korean. Noted in
JJ with NHK1 programming (CE)
756 1852 HLKA Yeoju, South Korea.
Not stop male talk in KK, not often heard here due
to 2TR is pretty good here (CE)
765 1853 CNR Fujian, China. Radio
opera at good levels in CC // 549 (CE)
774 1311 JOUB Akita, Japan. First
time noted this 500kW powerhouse, on most other
frequencies it would be very easy but 774 is our
local 5kW 4TO in Townsville, so it's incredibly
rare to hear this, noted at fair levels during 4TO
talk // 828 with NHK2 (CE)
783 1410 Voice of Vietnam, Thoi
Long, Vietnam. Good here in usual VV talks (CE)
792 1713 NHK Network, Japan.
Fair hear under 4RN with NHK1 music show, multiple
low powered NHK outlets here, no idea of tx location
810 0806 RRI Merauke, Irian Jaya.
This is a regular monster signal lately especially
at sunset and is even being well heard in the southern
810 1810 Armed Force Radio, Tokyo,
Japan. RRI apparently not signed on yet, not //
648 but rather top 40 pop songs from U2 etc and
AFN Radio ID (CE)
819 1142 KCBS Pyongyang, North
Korea. Good with male commentary //2850 (CE)
828 0943 JOBB Osaka, Japan. Very
good and strongest of all NHK2 outlets here (CE)
855 1449 Pyongyang Bangsong,
Sangwon, North Korea. Very good mixing it with ABC
Qld with oriental music program // 6398v
864 1720 KCBS Sinuiju, North
Korea. Very good signal here in KK with instrumental
music show // 657 (CE)
864 1725 HLKR Gangneung, South
Korea. Was just about to move on when up popped
this little Korean under it's big Northern counterpart,
only readable due to the very gentle piano mx allowing
HLKR to be decipherable (CE)
882 1745 JOPK Shizuoka, Japan.
Fair with NHK1 music show mixing with unid Philippines.
Funny no sign of 4BH on Asia EWE, on Nam EWE 4BH
was S9+ - gotta love those sheep in the backyard.
891 1851 HLKB Busan, South Korea.
Fair in KK under 4TAB carrier tone and then obliterated
at 1930 sign on (CE)
891 1815 JOHK Miyagi, Japan.
Under the carrier prior to 4TAB sign on, normally
only Thai heard, this time NHK equal strength (CE)
909 1123 CNR Fujian, China. Good
in CC with opera // 1089 and 684
909 1932 RRI Sorong, Irian Jaya.
Fair with contemporary pop songs in Indo (CE)
936 1932 JOTR or JONR, Japan
Didn't hang around too long to get ID as heard both
already previously. (CE)
945 1820 NHK1 Network channel,
Japan. Fair mixing with 4HI // 585 and 891 (CE)
963 1403 CRI Govorit Pekin, China.
Fair in RR // to regular 1323, non-stop female talks,
tough this due to mess of 4WK, 5SE and 2RG (CE)
963 1953 HLKS/HLCR South Korea.
Tough due to 4WK but at times noted KK talks in
clear but 4WK news on the hour made local ID impossible.
972 1932 HLCA Langjin, South
Korea. Good mixed with 2MW and 5PB playing news
999 1155 RRI Jakarta, Indonesia.
Very good over DYSS and Aussies with commentary,
then ID and news (CE)
999 1155 DYSS Cebu City, Philippines.
Fairly good under RRI but occas peaks, Super Radyo
IDs on the hour (CE)
1026 1203 RRI Serui, Indonesia.
Well under 4MK but every couple of minutes would
give a 10 second peak with RRI news (CE)
1035 0919 SIBC Honiara, Solomon
Islands. Most regular Pacific station other than
NBC 585. EE commentary of Cyclone Kerry near New
1035 1335 HLCP P'ohang, South
Korea. Fair here with male KK talks and fighting
it out with CNR which is usually dominant (CE)
1035 1943 CNR1, China. Pretty
good with typical instrumental operatic mx and occas
1053 1835 JOAR Nagoya, Japan.
Good here in JJ in the clear, no sign of 2CA (CE)
1053 1100 RRI Jayapura, Indonesia.
Fair hear with ID and RRI news over JOAR (CE)
1080 0925 KCNM Northern Mariannas
Islands. Only up for a couple of minutes but quite
readable when there was talk from 2TM (CE)
1080 1950 KCBS Haeju, North Korea.
Haunting classical music non-stop for 8 minutes
prior to interval signal and sign on announcements
in KK // 2850 (CE)
1089 1123 CNR Fujian, China.
Good in CC with opera // 909 and 684 (CE)
1098 1839 CBS Kouhu, Taiwan.
Fair here with easy listening mx pgm over garbled
mess of others on the freq (CE)
1107 1145 JOCF Kagoshima, Japan.
Good here in JJ over 2EA (CE)
1116 1829 CNR China. Typical
CC musical show // 765 (CE)
1125 1948 DXGM Davao City, Philippines.
Nice signal with lots of slick IDs (CE)
1125 1343 JOAD Okinawa. Good
here over DXGM with English language lessons show
1125 1810 unid, suspect BEV36
Cheng Sheng BC Corp, Taiwan. Poor here with seemingly
Taiwanese commentary by MA over another Taiwan or
China station (CE)
1134 2004 KBS Liberty 1, Kimpo,
South Korea. Surprised to note this as JOQR is usually
dominant but this morning Korean male and female
talks noted over Japan and the Aussies (CE)
1134 1154 JOQR Osaka, Japan.
Strong and regular in JJ (CE)
1143 1900 BEL3 Penghu, Taiwan.
ID and news followed by Taiwanese and EE songs //
1152 1835 HLCW Wonju, South Korea.
Fair here with news commentary then easy music (CE)
1161 1906 HLKU Busan, South Korea.
Fair here in KK mixing with 4MB (CE)
1170 1102 HLSR Kimje, South Korea.
Fair in RR here and dominant on the channel, no
sign of proposed VOA move (CE)
1170 1107 DXMR Zamboanga, Philippines.
Fair under HLSR, again no sign of VOA as DXMR has
always been the regular Philippino here (CE)
1179 1945 JOOR Osaka, Japan Good
here with JJ pop songs (CE)
1188 0932 JOKP Kitami, Japan.
Good over a couple of unids Asians, probably CRI
& FEBC with NHK 1 pgm in JJ // 594 (CE)
1188 1210 FEBC South Korea. Fair
here with EE religious program (CE)
1197 1227 DXFE Davao City, Philippines.
Good here over 4BI & 5RPH with EE religious
1197 1936 JOBF Kumamoto, Japan.
Fair here in JJ with no sign of usual DXFE (CE)
1224 2001 DXED Davao City, Philippines.
Good but starting to fade after local sunrise with
1224 1358 CNR Fujian, China.
Noted in CC // 684 in the clear after DXED signed
off at 1400 with Eagle Calls (CE)
1242 1911 JOLF Tokyo, Japan.
Fair with JJ commentaries and occas mx, not usually
heard as 4AK usually dominant and after local sunset
which is when the JJ are best, usually the only
Asian heard is Vietnam (CE)
1242 1200 Voice of Vietnam External
Service. EE ID noted on the hour during news bips
from 4AK, then unid language (CE)
1251 1404 Voice of Russia, Primorskiy,
Russia. Fair in CC but under normally dominant 2DU
1260 1955 JOIR Sendai, Japan.
Nice in JJ mixing with dominant 4MW Torres Strait
1260 1832 BEP22 Chingcha Broadcasting
Station, Taipei, Taiwan. Poor in Taiwanese with
FA and MA talks, noted in the clear during 4MW fades
1260 1930 DXRF Davao City, Philippines.
Fair here with usual sunrise enhancement to Philippines
well over 4MW and others relaying DZRH 666 (CE)
1269 1950 JOHW Obihiro, Japan.
Unusual that anything rises above the Asian mud
on this channel, certainly helped to have 1287 in
// to ensure it was them with JJ mx show (CE)
1278 1943 JOFR Fukuoka, Japan.
Good in JJ in the clear with 3AW faded after sunrise
1287 1845 JOHR Sapporo, Japan.
Easy listening JJ mx show (CE)
1287 1948 DXRC Zamboanga City,
Philippines. Very strong at sign on with Super Radio
1296 1811 JOTK Matsue, Japan.
Nice surprise to hear this over 4RPH at good levels
in JJ with NHK1 programming // 594 (CE)
1296 2011 DXAB Davao City, Philippines.
Excellent and best signal of all Philippino's heard
in Townsville (CE)
1305 1850 HLSV Uljin, South Korea.
KK music show hosted by female (CE)
1314 1003 JOUF Osaka, Japan.
Good here but mixing with unid China stn (CE)
1323 1226 Thor. Or. Chiang Mai,
Thailand. Good over Aussies and mixing with CRI
1323 1226 CRI Changchun, China.
Not as strong as Thailand but very readable in RR
1332 2004 JOSF Nagoya, Japan.
Fair here under a fading 4BU after sunrise, non-stop
JJ talk (CE)
1341 2011 CRI Guangzhou, China.
Male talk in CC well after usually monster 3CW gone,
used EWE to make sure this CC Geelong stn wasn't
still hanging on after sunrise though! (CE)
1350 1255 JOER Hiroshima, Japan.
Fair here in JJ with ads and animated talk under
1359 1950 Family Radio, Taiwan.
Good with EE religious program (CE)
1368 1950 unid, likely Fujian
RGD, Fuzhou, China. Easy listening CC music show
with occas FA talk. Seem to think it would be Fujian
as this region is received very well here and the
signal peaked to monster levels at the same time
as the CNR Fujian province outlets. (CE)
1377 1140 DXKP Pagadian City,
Philippines. Very overmodulated and heavy fading
with strong peaks, Radio Ronda IDs prior to 1158
sign off (CE)
1377 1200 CNR Henan, China. Noted
only after DXKP sign off with CNR News in CC //
1377 2024 multiple NHK2 sites,
Japan. Fair almost 45 minutes after local sunrise
with music box instrumental interval signal for
2030 sign on // 1386 and 1467 (REPORT)
1386 1822 HLAM Mokpo, South Korea.
Fair here with female KK talks over unid possibly
1386 1410 NHK2 Network, Japan.
Good with EE NHK news over HLAM (CE)
1395 1836 HLCO Ch'lwon, South
Korea. Not bad with KK commentary and only audible
here prior to RRI signing on (CE)
1395 2011 RRI Wamena, Indonesia.
Poor as sunrise progressed but very cool pop music
1404 2003 JOQL or JOVR Japan.
Couldn't get ID and didn't want to hang around on
this, but one of these two fair here with non-stop
JJ talk (CE)
1404 1831 BEV78 Yi Shih BC Station,
Keelung, Taiwan. Good here over usually dominant
Japanese commercial stns, noted religious sermon
1413 2007 JOIF Fukuoka, Japan.
Dominant here with JJ pops over 2EA and BBC Oman
1440 1121 JOWF Sapporo, Japan.
Typical strong signal with musical show (CE)
1449 2005 HLQB Ulsan South Korea.
Fair with contemporary music show in KK mixing with
2MG and every now and then 6TAB (CE)
1458 1905 DWRF Iba, Philippines. Messy frequency
with numerous stations under 2PB, but this morning
up popped religious Tagalog talks from DWRF (CE)
1467 2024 multiple NHK2 sites,
Japan. Fair almost 45 minutes after local sunrise
with music box instrumental interval signal for
2030 sign on // 1377 and 1386 (REPORT)
1467 1947 HLKN Mokp'o, South
Korea. Good here prior to later Thai sign on with
male DJ and contemporary song but mixing with the
BCC Information Network stations which had non-stop
Taiwanese talks (CE)
1485 1134 DYDH Iloilo City. Philippines.
Tough in the low power Oz slop but nice on peaks
1485 2032 multiple unid Japan.
Massive jumble of signals from this Japanese graveyard
channel after sunrise, no sign of usual DYDH (CE)
1494 1150 DXOC Ozamis, Philippines.
Fair mixing with 2AY with ID on the hour (CE)
1494 1833 JOTL Nayoro, Japan.
Never noted this before as usually DXOC dominants
but this early hour was prior to their sign on,
noted in JJ // 1287 with music show (CE)
1494 1915 JOYR Okayama, Japan.
Another rarely heard JJ station in North Queensland.
Mixing with JOTL and well over 2AY and DXOC with
classical music show (CE)
1503 1543 CBS Fangliao, Taiwan.
Good here carrying Radio Taiwan International in
1512 1021 DYAB Cebu City, Philippines.
Good with news traffic reports (CE)
1512 1555 JOZB Matsuyama, Japan.
Fair here in JJ with NHK2 program in the clear after
DYAB signed off (CE)
1521 1939 CRI Urumqi, China.
Fair here with RR news commentary (CE) - check sked
1557 1933 Family Radio, Taiwan.
Religious service in EE (CE)
1566 2008 AIR Nagpur, India.
Good with traditional Indian mx // 9420 and 9475
1575 1220 DXJR Cagayan de Oro,
Philippines. Fair with slick IDs and mixing with
Thailand giving VOA ID at 1230 (CE)
1593 1123 CNR1 China. Very strong
at times with opera program (CE)
1593 2008 unid here mixing with
CNR after Aussies gone into sunrise fadeout. Weird
format with seemingly CC talk briefly with mainly
corny songs in EE like "Eternal Flame"
and "Congratulations" with Asian accent,
maybe NHK?? (CE)
1602 1430 NHK Network, Japan.
NHK2 program with English language lessons (CE)
1632 1233 OKT Beacon, Ok Tedi
Mine, Papua New Guinea. Morse code repeated at poor
1642 1245 MOR Beacon, Moro, Papua
New Guinea. Morse code repeated at poor level (CE)
1737 1249 KUT Beacon, Kutubu,
Papua New Guinea. Morse code KUT repeated at excellent
on February 21, 2005