Monday, June 11, 2012

Winter shortwave monitoring from down under

Special thanks to Bob Padula of Australia for his winter radio monitoring conditions.
Gayle VH

We are now in the second week of winter here in Melbourne, and 9 MHz propagation is splendid across our noon window on 9 MHz, at 0200 UTC. This pattern will continue during our mid-winter period until mid-July.

The 9 MHz band is not as heavily occupied as in the corresponding period of 2011, due to the continuing abandonment of HF radio by an increasing number of broadcasters, leaving plenty of unused spectrum space. There are still plenty of opportunities of studying long-haul multi-hop propagation in this time period, as we progress through Solar Cycle 24, with solar activity now classified as “low” by the Ionospheric Prediction Service in Sydney, NSW.

These are selected observations made on June 11 2012, in the window 0100 to 0230.

9520 ROMANIA RRI Spanish 0200
9525 ROMANIA RRI Romanian 0100
9560 CANADA KBS-Sackville Spanish/English 0200
9580 CUBA CRI-Havana English 0100
9585 CHINA CRI-Kashi Spanish 0200
9605 USA WHRI 0100
9615 IRAN VOIRI Tajik to 0230*
9685 CHINA CNR1 0100
9780 CHILE CVC-Santiago Spanish 0130
9860 USA WHRI English 0215
9885 TAJIKISTAN RFA-Dushanbe Tibetan

Regards from Melbourne!

Bob Padula