Re: 2012 Cape Perpetua (Oregon) Cliff DXpedition Video
Hi Gary,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Thanks for sharing your video. Great stuff! It was great to see Norm with you too; he and I had some nice correspondence a few years ago when I sold him an Eton E1oo, modified with a Murata filter and a long Stormwise ferrite rod antenna.
Is this the particular "wide spot in the road" that you and Norm were at: http://goo.gl/maps/9Kax ? When I look at it in Street View mode, it appears to be the same place as shown in your video, and it is near the base of Cape Perpetua.
However, if this was your location or anywhere near this turnout, the elevation is nowhere near 400 feet above sea level. If you switch to Terrain View in Google Maps, you can see that this stretch of Highway 101 is just above the 200 foot line. The fact that you were hearing such good DX at half the altitude you thought you were at is a very encouraging.
While doing some "virtual sightseeing" in Google Maps near Cape Perpetua, I accidentally dropped the little Street View man (icon) on this spot: http://goo.gl/maps/t1Hx Bingo! This is the end of National Forest Road #5553, which is a scenic viewpoint from the 800 foot level !! There's a nice parking lot here (no cars whizzing by on the highway), and even restrooms across from the lot. I note at least one picnic table near the parking lot, overlooking the Pacific. That would be a great spot to DX from, perhaps using the Perseus as a "spotting scope" for the ULR rig. (Of course, it doesn't seem you had any trouble spotting the low power Kiwis even from Highway 101's altitude :^)
In all the years my family has vacationed in nearby Yachats, I can't believe I never drove up the Forest Service Rd. #5553! This looks to be a superb spot for DXing. There's even room for a temporary Flag, EWE, or other modest loop antenna in the grassy area across from the parking lot.
--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:
> Hello All,
> For those interested in the latest wacky idea to track down exotic
> South Pacific DX on Ultralight radios, a brief video of the 400' high
> Cape Perpetua ocean cliff site on Highway 101 in Oregon has been
> uploaded to YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZzBfstOXA4
> Included in the video are the two fanatical DXpeditioners pushing their
> luck this past week on the cliff (Norm Clark of Monmouth, Oregon and
> yours truly), the 8" Medium Wave DXpedition FSL antenna on its 5' PVC
> base, the new-design 7.5" MW loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight, and
> scenery from the sheer ocean cliff site. The Spartan road side
> conditions are on full display in this video, showing the lack of AC
> power, running water, weather protection or adequate lighting. Despite
> all these challenges the Medium Wave and Longwave DXpedition results
> proved to be successful beyond all expectations, and a perfect cure for
> DXing boredom for decades to come!
> 73 and Good DX,
> Gary DeBock (now back in Puyallup, WA, USA)