Dxpedition to Castle Rock, Cape Peninsula, South Africa - 15th and 16th October


Hi All

I've been following the recent detailed TP and TA DXing reports with interest and thought that I would share the results together with a few interesting mp3 audio clips from two recent evening visits to Castle Rock.  The dx report is also available here with a few interesting Google Earth Images and photographs.

Castle Rock, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Castle Rock is situated in a picturesque marine reserve just south of Millers Point on the Cape Peninsula. The remote conservation area has some of the most impressive views over False Bay. It is a short 20 minute drive from my QTH at Fish Hoek to an excellent elevated coastal location here which is especially suited to early evening dxing. The isolated dx location is very quiet for dx reception with no local electrical noise sources to contend with - a huge advantage when trying to dig out long haul dx or distant low power stations that would be difficult or impossible to hear in Fish Hoek's more urban environment.

The South African dxer is in a fortunate position with few local stations to contend with and utilising the non-directional properties of a relatively short antenna at Castle Rock allows for the reception of quite a variety of TIO (Trans-Indian Ocean) and African/Middle East DX. It's interesting to hear distant stations fight it out on certain frequencies in line with constantly changing propagation conditions.

A visit to Castle Rock during the evenings of the 15th and 16th October 2010 produced a few interesting stations despite average reception conditions with some moderate static.


The tentative reception of SBC Victoria, Seychelles on 1386 khz (10 kw) and fair peaks from 3ABN Busselton Western Austalia on 1629 kHz (400 watts) occured. Huge consistent "local" quality peaks from 6WF Perth on 720 kHz was quite astonishing - it is usually the most consistent of the Australian mediumwave stations received here. HLAZ Juju, South Korea owned 1566 kHz with some remarkable clear peaks - no sign of co-channel AIR Nagpur, India which has the reputation of quite a balanced fight with HLAZ. Radio Tanzania, Mwanza blew the usually dominant co-channel 6WF out of the water on 720 khz via the 220 metre BOG which was aligned towards the north, along the left hand side of the road, during the later part of the evening.

The Loggings 

Freq (kHz) Time (UTC)

594 2002 MALAWI MBC Radio 1 Lilongwe in Chichewa // 756 kHz 16 Oct *

612 1806 AUSTRALIA 6RN Dalwallinu w Radio National programming 15 Oct

666 1912 REUNION Radiodiffusion Vision Réunion St.Pierre in FF 15 Oct

684 1736 MAURITIUS Radio Maurice Malherbes mp3 audio clip  in FF w pops 16 Oct

684 1840 AUSTRALIA 6BS Busselton w mx interlude // 720 6WF 15 Oct

702 1838 AUSTRALIA 6KP Karratha w detailed wx rpt // 720 6WF 15 Oct

720 1834 AUSTRALIA 6WF Perth mp3 audio clip  w wx - consistent with excellent "local" quality peaks (8 685 km / 5 397 miles) 15 Oct

720 2024 TANZANIA Radio Tanzania Mwanza mp3 audio clip in Swahili w local music 15 Oct *

729 1852 AUSTRALIA 5RN Adelaide w human interest report 15 Oct

729 2015 GREECE GRC NET Athínai 15 Oct *

747 1842 AUSTRALIA 6SE Radio West Esperance w ads 15 Oct

756 2002 MALAWI MBC Blantyre in Chichewa 16 Oct *

774 1841 AUSTRALIA 3LO Melbourne // 720 6WF 15 Oct

810 1820 AUSTRALIA 6RN Perth under Mozambique 15 Oct

882 1740 AUSTRALIA 6PR Perth w ad 15 Oct

891 1820 AUSTRALIA 5AN ABC Adelaide under Lesotho 15 Oct

990 1747 AUSTRALIA 6RPH Perth w BBC relay 15 Oct

1044 1815 AUSTRALIA 5CS Port Pirie w classic hits 15 Oct

1098 1748 AUSTRALIA 6MD Radio West Merredin 15 Oct

1098 1934 TAIWAN Radio Free Asia in Mandarin 16 Oct

1134 1927 KENYA KBC Kitale 16 Oct

1143 1933 TAIWAN Taiwan Area Fishery Broadcasting Station Penghu w music 15 Oct

1152 1918 AUSTRALIA 6PNN Busselton w ABC News Radio programming 15 Oct

1242 1737 AUSTRALIA 5AU Port Augusta w ads 15 Oct

1242 1924 JAPAN JOLF Tokyo in JJ 15 Oct

1242 1940 FRANCE France Info, Marseille-Cabriès-Réaltor in FF 15 Oct

1296 1721 AUSTRALIA 6RN Wagin w interview15 Oct

1323 1804 AUSTRALIA 5DN Adelaide w classic hits 15 Oct

1368 1738 SEYCHELLES SBC Victoria mp3 audio clip  (tentative) w ann on top of overdrive lead guitar rock music bed - very poor 15 Oct

1359 1720 TAIWAN Family Radio 15 Oct

1395 1832 AUSTRALIA 5AA Adelaide w news 15 Oct

1404 1755 AUSTRALIA 6TAB Busselton w discussion //1449 kHz 15 Oct

1404 2002 MALAWI MBC Chitpa in Chichewa // 756 kHz 16 Oct *

1413 1854 JAPAN Fukuoka in JJ under Oman 6 Oct

1422 2002 MALAWI MBC Matiya in Chichewa // 756 kHz 16 Oct *

1431 1709 DJIBOUTI, R. Sawa, Arta w id 15 Oct

1440 2004 TANZANIA Radio One w EE id jingle mp3 16 Oct *

1449 1755 AUSTRALIA 6TAB Mandurah w discussion //1404 kHz 15 Oct

1458 1708 MAYOTTE Radio Vision Mayotte Pamandzi in FF 15 Oct

1458 1923 ANGOLA Emissora Provincial do Moxico Luena in PP 16 Oct

1503 1735 TAIWAN Family Radio Fangliao mp3 in Vietnamese 15 Oct

1548 1712 AUSTRALIA 4QD Emerald w talkback under Radio Islam Lenasia 15 Oct

1557 1920 TAIWAN Family Radio Kouhu in EE 15 Oct

1566 1729 SOUTH KOREA HLAZ Jeju mp3 audio clip (13 482 km / 8 377 miles) 15 Oct

1566 1848 AUSTRALIA 3NE Wangaratta w ad and id 15 Oct

1575 1812 MAURITIUS BBC World Service Relay Bigara w interview 15 Oct

1593 1701 CHINA CNR1 Changzhou in CC 15 Oct

1611 1822 VISION Radio Network Margaret River w Christian programme (400 watts) 15 Oct

1629 1758 AUSTRALIA 3ABN Busselton mp3 audio clip (8 545 km / 5 310 miles) w Christian programme (400 watts) 15 Oct

Receiver : Sony SRF-M37V ULR

Antenna : Most stations were received inductively via a modest 30 metre sloper antenna directed towards the north. Stations indicated with an asterix * were heard inductively via the 220 metre BOG directed along the left hand side ot the road towards the north.

73 and the best of dx


Gary Deacon - Fish Hoek - Cape Peninsula - South Africa


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