DXpedition to Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands Loggings and Videos

by John Galt
June 5, 2017 23:00 ET

Hello to all my friends and followers. While many of you have expressed genuine concern about my father, well, what I know so far is that I’ll find out more in the next two weeks. It is touch and go and unpredictable as cancer goes and for those that have endured this, I now totally understand what you meant about the frustration. Thank you all for your support.

In the mean time, my wife and I had this trip planned for over a year and with my Dad’s blessings decided to go to a villa on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. During this trip I decided to turn it into a mini-DXpedition and wow were conditions good considering the QRN at my locale in Florida!

I think the best way to do this is highlight the loggings along with the video recordings of some of my favorite logs which I recorded during the trip.

If my readers are wondering where Jost Van Dyke is, here is a map to provide some perspective:

I only used the Soggy Dollar Bar as a point of reference because I think it is now my second home (and yes that picture at the top was my view for six days).

With that established, here is what I heard using a Tecsun PL-880 and a Sony AN-61 wire antenna and nothing more (all times UTC):

27.05.17

9330 Khz – USA – WBCQ – EE – 0103 – OM w/ID, then start of RLG pgm, call-in number SINPO: 3-5-3-3-3

9395 Khz – USA – RAE via WRMI – EE – 0113 – NX by YL, ID, into DX Pgm, Actualidad DX SINPO: 4-5-4-4-4

7425 Khz – NEW ZEALAND – Radio New Zealand – EE – 1003 – YL w/Nx, Talking about road improvements in Auckland, more regional Nx, good signal! SINPO: 4-5-4-4-4

9525 Khz – INDONESIA – Voice of Indonesia – EE – 1009 – OM w/Nx, ID by OM 1011, YL w/story about improvements made in trade with Malaysia SINPO: 3-5-3-3-3

9740 Khz – SINGAPORE – BBC WS – EE – 1020 – YL with news about Sri Lanka flooding, ID and more news from Asia SINPO: 4-5-5-4-4

9835 Khz – MALAYSIA – RTM -Sarawak FM – Malay – 1024, Pop Mx, Jingle ID 1025, ads, another ID by OM at 1026, two more ads, another ID at 1030, into Nx by OM SINPO: 4-5-5-4-4

12180 Khz – CUBA (Pres) – Cuba SPY NUMBER – SS – 1046 – 8-6 Tones/RTTY; 3-2-3-4-2 Tones/RTTY; 3-1-8-2-1 Tones/RTTY; 3-4-8-3-1 Tones/RTTY SINPO 5-5-5-5-5

15540 Khz – KUWAIT – R. Kuwait – EE – 2024 Banarama “I Heard a Rumor”, Whitesnake “Here I go Again”, ID by OM at 2050, s/off at 2100 sharp. Audio below SINPO 5-5-5-4-5

28.05.17

9925 Khz – NETHERLANDS – The Mighty KBC – EE – 0050 – Doobie Brothers, ID, unsure the name of the Blues song that followed, ID @0100, Jingle, Ads, more Mx. Audio below SINPO: 5-5-5-4-5-

9265 Khz – USA – WINB – EE – 0127 – Rlg Mx, OM with mailing address for Rlg program, YL w/full ID at 0130, into next canned Rlg pgm. Audio below SINPO 3-5-3-2-3

15760 Khz – USA -WHRI – EE – 1759 – Indianapolis 500 broadcast; no ID until 1825 with how to advertise on WHRI SINPO 5-5-5-5-5

9445 Khz – INDIA – AIR – EE – 2054 – Indian Mx, ID @2059 as “This is the General Overseas Service of All India Radio”, Nx at 2100 followed SINPO: 4-5-4-4-4

29.05.17

4925 Khz – BRAZIL – R. Educação Rural – PP – 0013 – What sounded like preaching in Portuguese, Rlg Mx 0015, 0018 OM with Jingle, ID, into ads. SINPO 3-5-3-2-3

15540 Khz – KUWAIT – R. Kuwait – AA – 2059 – Time pips, YL w/ID, start of Nx, sign off at 2101 Audio Below SINPO 5-5-5-5-5

11810 Khz – ASCENCION ISLAND – BBC WS – 2129 – Preview for the “Y Factor” show, ID 2129 //12095 (SINPO: 2-5-5-2-2) Audio of 11810 Khz below SINPO 4-5-5-4-4

9525v Khz – INDONESIA – V of Indonesia – Indo – 2138 – Programming on later apparently due to Ramadan. Poly Mx, YL announcer on at 2144, more Poly Mx off suddenly at 2156 Audio in 3 clips below SINPO 3-5-5-3-3

7260 Khz – CHINA – CRI – PP – 2201 – OM w/ID in PP, into Nx; I thought Urumqi was down for maintenance??? Apparently still active. SINPO 3-5-5-3-3

7550 kHZ – INDIA – AIR – EE – 2203 OM w/nx, ID @2204 Audio below (SINPO 5-5-5-5-5)

30.05.17

9835 Khz – MALAYSIA – RTM Sarawak FM – Malay – 1059 Mx, time pips, ID and into Nx, then Pop Mx; better at the bottom of the hour at 1130. However not as good as two mornings ago. Audio below (2 clips) SINPO 3-5-3-3-3

I apologize for the jerky videos but I did not think reception would be as good as it was from our mountain top villa. Next time I’ll bring my better rig.

Remember gang, this is a hobby, enjoy it and take advantage of the openings when you get them!

73’s,

John

  • Zetetic

    Your story has me reliving 20 years ago.

    It is good you found some time to get away. You could always start up a place on the ocean…
    Ocean Waves and Radio Waves

    • I completely agree. I’m ready to go back tomorrow instead of flying and driving back and forth to my parents.s..

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