Tuesday, April 3, 2012

KJES (New Mexico, USA)

KJES  in Vado, New Mexico, USA was logged on 2 April 2012. The station was monitored from 13.10 to 13.30 UTC on 11.715 kHz. Reception (SINPO) at 13.10 UTC was 23332 -- a carrier signal of fair strength was present along with interference from station splatter on a nearby frequency. Despite this, faint speech and music was occasionally detected. Carrier signal remained present at 13.30 UTC, but degraded significantly due to increased station splatter. On subsequent days, transmitter was heard powering up at sign-on -- 13.00 UTC, followed by carrier signal.  

I am certain this was KJES as no other international shortwave broadcaster -- to my knowledge -- is operating on this frequency at this time, nor heard in South East Asia.  The path of night had just ended in New Mexico at approxiately 13.00 UTC, which would have contributed to the difficulty of clearly receiving any audio signal. If KJES transmitted a bit earlier, or better still, on a clear frequency on the 31 or 49 meter band, they might be heard. 

As inconclusive as my observations may be,  I emailed a reception report to KJES. I leave it them to decide whether it truly merits a QSL. 


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