Re: ULR DX Season winding down.........

Guy Atkins

Hi Gary,

You have a delightful and accurate way of describing the excitement of DU DXing!

Besides the potential for reception of Australia and New Zealand, summer time DXing from the Washington and Oregon coast has the advantage of much more pleasant weather. It makes up for the misery of the cold, drizzle, and sometimes sideways rain when DXing at Pacific Northwest beaches in the winter and spring.

I have DXed every month of the year multiple times at the coast since I started going on DXpeditions in 1987-88. In my opinion, every month has potential for DX; it's a non-stop "DX season". Even when the solar cycle is not favorable (like right now), there's always hope that an interesting or unusual DX catch will surface. If not, well, you can try antenna experiments, compare different receivers, or investigate other radio related pursuits.

BTW Gary, wish me luck next week as I return to Grayland on the 6th through the 9th.  Your 7-inch FSL antenna will be part of the DXpedition supplies  :^)

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA  USA

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

> A weird quirk in propagation makes summer the best time to chase South
> Pacific AM and Longwave DX on Pacific Ocean beaches, and I wish that
> you could both experience the thrill of how the bands miraculously
> change from static-filled wastelands into DXing paradises for a few
> short hours around sunrise on high cliffs overlooking the Pacific surf.
> If you hit it just right, Australia and New Zealand can both boom in
> like locals, right in the middle of July and August.
> When John Bryant first told me about this, it sounded like science
> fiction... but if anything, he was understating the excitement. The new
> FSL antennas (high gain and highly portable) have made Ultralight
> radios pretty competitive DU-DXing machines on their frequency of
> choice, and unlike multi-element arrays or beverages, they can be set
> up on the highest of cliffs. Recently-developed models have the gain of
> a 9-foot box loop crammed into one cubic foot of space, with a
> "footprint" of only one cubic yard (on their 5' PVC bases). I wish that
> both of you could enjoy at least one of these Summer Supercharged DXing
> sessions... you might change your attitude about the season :-)
> 73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

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