Kongsfjord - 70°43'N 29°21'E
KONG13 - October 13 to 25, 2005
Bue, Bjarne Mjelde,
Odd-Jørgen Sagdahl, Tore Johnny Bråtveit
The dates for KONG12 and KONG13 are now set. KONG13 end date is a bit preliminary and not all participants will stay all the time. Details to follow.
Due to heavy workload OJ must cancel KONG13.
KONG13 is now on. It started very well with excellent conditions towards Hawaii all afternoon.
Quite spread conditions this night and morning, but still a number of fine stations. Dominant stations seems to be from the northern USA. Sample loggings are KBUL-970, KOWB-1290 and KLIZ-1380.
After a fairly quiet period this morning Alaska and Hawaii came with excellent signals. Now at 11:30 UTC we got another few visits from the south Pacific - Tonga on 1017 and Marshalls on 1098. In addition to this there is a lot of west coast stations in the band. Bring them on ...
For example KTSN-1340, KEDO-1400, KBRC-1430 ...
Very nice signals from Japan now. Even Bjarne caught a new one - JORB-1152.
Enter KUAM-612! Rather than reducing the power from 10 kW to 1 kW at 14:00 UTC it sounds like they have increased it! Cool!
... and we can add KGUM-567, KTWG-801 and KCNM-1080. That should be all.
Very busy night and morning. Mentioning CHTN-720, WNDE-1260, WYOS-1360, KIYZ. But then - suddenly quiet. However, weak signals from Tonga 1017 and Marshalls 1098 today too
Very nice opening towards Japan this afternoon - sample: AFN 810.
Now at 21:00 UTC there is already a lot of North American stations in the band. Hoping to get some daytimers.
A good night and day up to 14:00 UTC when things started to fade out. Some samples from the log: WNAX-570, WBEN-930, CKSM-1220, KWYZ-1230, KNWC-1270 very strong, KSLM-1390, KCLK and KRBC-1430.
Not much interesting heard in the afternoon.
Time for food: Arnstein and Tore Johnny enjoying KING-crab (below)
The geomagnetic disturbance has reduced the conditions quite a bit, but we had an excellent west coast peak between 04:00 and 05:00 UTC. Worth to mention are KPOJ-620, KKSL-1290 and KROP-1300.
After a slow period the conditions are improving again. Noting KPOW-1260, KPAY-1290, KEIN-1310 and KWKW-1330.
After a good morning with nice signals from Hawaii - for example KUAI-720, we got news from Lemmenjoki that Fiji was coming up. An hour later we had Fiji with excellent signals (QSA 4 that is!) on 639, 684, 1152 and 1467 kHz. Quite an event!
Fiji, Marshalls and Tonga heard today too. Interesting west coast conditions in the afternoon. Just now a logging of KRVM-1280. Also heard: KXNT-840, KBND-1110, XEUVA-1170, KKPZ-1330 + 4QD-1548 and Radio Two 1611 (1610,95 to be precise).
Slow morning. Best logging was KBAR-1230. Some Pacific during the day, and then - in the afternoon a trace of something down under on 1476. It turned out to be 1XD Radio Pacific in Auckland that came up with a nice signal during the afternoon. Another great event!!!
We did of course have a New Zealand flag ready for this occasion:
Tore Johnny is departing today. Slow morning, but the conditions improved with KUAU-1570 and just now KPOF-910 in the log. Arnstein and Bjarne will stay till over the weekend. Some incredibly strong graveyard stations from the southwest today - KXEQ-1340 almost blew us off the chairs.
New Zealand number two - 2ZB Wellington on 1035! In addition signals from Fiji on 639 and 1152, Guam on 801 and 1080. Lots of very interesting North American stations.
Excellent conditions ... it started already 19:30 UTC last night with a fine signal on 1230. Since then it has been very little sleep. The crew is to busy to provide details, but we can mention KVNU-610 and KFXD-630.
Some of the day's highlights: XET-990, KUBR-1210, KSXT-1570.
Excellent quality signals from Samoa 540, Kiribati 846, Tonga 1017, Marshalls 1098 and 1224 ... What's next?
Next is 1ZD-1008 and 1XOR-1386!
Excellent conditions again this night and day - although very spread, and very strong dominants. Sample loggings: WSM-650, WAMB-1160, WILS-1320, KRJO-1680. Samoa and Tonga came very nice during the morning.
KONG13 is now almost over. Not much exciting during the night, but it seems to pick up a bit this morning.