The latest wild ocean cliff DXpedition was conducted from August 16-19 on Cape Perpetua, Oregon, at a Highway 101 turnoff spot about 220 feet above the Pacific. As usual, the ocean cliff provided freakish South Pacific propagation boosts every day, causing unusual snarls and mixes on several frequencies. Posted below are MP3 links for several unidentified or mystery stations recorded during the DXpedition. Any advice, suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated, especially from those DXers in the South Pacific area.
For those interested, a new DXpedition video showing the 12" FSL antenna (including a detailed description), new 7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight radio and the Cape Perpetua on-site scenery (including the heavy Highway 101 traffic) has been uploaded
531 UnID-Aussie This pop music station was temporarily on top of the usually dominant 531-PI for a short time around 1335, 8-18.
The MP3 features an ID at 12 seconds into the recording, but it's not quite clear enough to decipher. According
to Paul, most of the 531 eastern Australian stations have switched over to a talk format-- are there any pop
music stations left on the frequency?
558 UnID-DU This talk-oriented station was fairly strong for a brief period at 1332 on 8-17. Prevailing propagation at the time
would indicate that this was probably the 5 kW Kiwi station Radio Sport in Invercargill-- can anybody in the area
(or anyone else) offer opinions?
603 UnID-Aussie DU English station mixing with 603-Waatea's Maori music at 1329 on 8-18. Seemed talk-oriented, but no chance
to check LR network //, maybe 4CH?
639 UnID-JJ Obvious Japanese YL speech mixing with 2HC and RNZ at 1318z on 8-19. Three Japanese 5 kW stations are
listed on the frequency, but all with different formats. Commercial station JOWN in Hokkaido would be the
closest of the three, but no real ID clues
666 UnID-DU I'm fairly sure that this is the 5 kW Aussie 2CN in Canberra. The speech sounds DU English (not French,
would indicate Noumea), and the last few seconds of the MP3 record a switch to 738, where the same song is
being played (presumably by LR network // 2NR, in Grafton). The tricky aspect is that 666-Noumea also has a
parallel on 738 (Radio Polynesie), but the French speech on 738 sounds distinct from the song that is parallel
to the song on 666
738 UnID-DU DU English station playing commercial advertisements, mixing with another DU English station and Radio
Polynesie (French). Commercial ads would seem very odd for the ABC LR network station 2NR, so this would
almost certainly seem to be the 5 kW Kiwi station, Radio Live. Any comments?
891 UnID-DU Graveyard-like mix with Aussie 5AN during wild propagation on 8-19. Some island-type music along with
another apparent DU English station. Any ideas?
Thanks for any and all assistance!
73, Gary DeBock
(in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick PL-380 + 12" FSL antenna