This was the last night of LEM245. It's time to get back to work. Conditions were mediocre this morning. It was the weakest morning of this expedition, but still there were quite a few stations from La Plata and Brazil around 04 utc. One of the highlights from the previous night was HIKA Radio Impacto, Santo Domingo on 1440 kHz, which even dominated periodically the semilocal powerhouses in St. Peterburg and Luxembourg
Last evening a short but sharp opening to Korea. Stations like HLKH 747, HLKA 756 and HLKH 792 with local identifications. The night was filled with basic NA, CA and SA, one should have stayed in bed instead. Again the morning was excellent. Perhaps the strongest SA signals I have ever experienced. The best peak was at 04 UTC with Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Puerto Rico. Many stations on every frequency between 550 and 1600 kHz.
The disturbance (coronal hole) arrived yesterday. Evening's Asia changed completely. Only stations from Western China and India, but nothing new worth mentioning. The night was boring with weak NA and SA. Sunrise was nice and strong again, but only for some 30 minutes between 0330 and 0400 UTC. R. Colonia 550 was like a local station. Many stations on the lower AM-band from Northern Argentina and Paraguay, too.
Mr. Alvestad is right, conditions are really excellent. Two weeks without sunspots and it clearly can be heard on the AM-band. Last evening about 80 most common Chinese mediumwave stations for the fifth evening in a row. I know them by heart now. At 01 UTC stations from La Plata, especially Uruguay was strong. At 02 UTC stations from Mexico, all the common DF-stations but also something more interesting like XEJPV 1560. Then at 03 UTC mostly North Americans and at 04 UTC Venezuela became unusually strong. What a wonderful present for the 40th birthday.
Last evening some Thai stations (eg. RT Surin closing with local id at 17 UTC). At 2100 hours the ten most common Pilipinos again with strong signals (594 666 738 1026 1161 1233 1269 1323 1476 1530). Nighttime with some common NA signals. Sunrise was super again with very strong NA between 03-04 UTC: 550 KFYR, 570 WNAX, 580 XEMU, 600 KSJB, 660 KEYZ, 690 KTSM etc. But where are the new stations? Only one new for me this night: WILS 1320 with excellent signal at 03 hours.
Pilipinos strong at midnight, stations mainly from Manila and Iloilo. TA-signals weak at night, but quite good sunrise again with strong La Plata and Brazil between 03-04 UTC. Not much luck with station identifications though. Now at 15.00 UTC Asians starting to boom in again. Unfortunately 'paimenpoika'-interference is back.
Very strong morning opening between 02-04 UTC, but too wide conditions. Stations from 550 Colonia to 1630 Texas. 630 was like a graveyard with RNV, WUNO and Rivadavia pushing Norway away. Feels like a solar minimum. The new 319 antenna works extremely well! Also, no trace of IBOC interference at all. Now at 1430 UTC Japanese and Chinese stations start to fade in.
Asia conditions on Saturday and Sunday around 17-18 UTC with mostly Chinese stations. No Aussies yet, except few weak x-banders. The night was mediocre with South American stations like R Mar del Plata 670, R Nihuil 680 etc. Also some North Americans, but only the common dominants. Summary: quite good so far, but not yet spectacular. AM-band is finally free from man made interference, the awful 'paimenpoika' is gone. Hopefully it will remain so.