Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-6

Gary DeBock

The Highway 101 ocean cliff turnoff was jammed with vehicles this morning as two "sleeping squatters" joined Tom and me in the early morning darkness. Since Tom had arrived first (and was fully set up by 1200) it was my job to squeeze in between the two "squatters," hoping that they would not wake up and make any real estate claims. As it turned out they were crashed for the duration, despite having three huge FSL antennas deployed all around them.

DU propagation was good to New Zealand (what else is new?) and OK to Australia, but after Friday's awesome session I think that Tom was looking for more exotic fare. 558-Fiji was in there throughout the session, but seemed to be stuck in the "Twilight Zone" between KPQ splatter and enough strength for a serious breakout. 531-More FM continues to come in like a regular, a drastic change from previous DXpeditions when it was a very rare catch. The 2 kW 1026-Newstalk ZB overachiever had its best signal ever here this morning (sounding like a Kiwi big gun), while the 594-Star network was roasting the Oz big gun 3WV. 666-2CN made an unusual appearance here at 1320, and 585-7RN showed up again for the fourth time in six days.

The main highlight of the morning here was the first ocean beach test of the new 3.5 inch (89mm) "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna, a model specifically designed for long-range airline travel. It tracked down several Kiwi and Oz big guns at potent strength, providing serious inductive coupling boosts to a stock CC Skywave. But it wasn't the only "Frequent Flyer" model at the cliff this morning-- Tom's drone aircraft with a high-resolution video camera made a nice test flight right above the plunging ocean cliff, hopefully taking unique photos of the awesome scenery.

531  More FM   Alexandra, NZ,  2 kW   Another Kiwi ad string at potent strength at 1307 (unfortunately I can't translate Kiwi, Theo); in a snarl with NZ co-channel PI all session long  https://app.box.com/s/bxpqcx70dks3xrzvrfquv9iq3ukqt0p7
          A typical, half-second More FM ID by the Yankee-accented male voice at 27 seconds into this recording at 1313. They have been using these super short ID's for at least two years  https://app.box.com/s/r4mfi1dtjyonr47vtt88pdibwuedwydh

531  PI   Auckland, NZ,  5 kW   Very good level R&B music at 1237 during a brief break from More FM competition

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji,  10 kW   Stuck in the twilight zone between KPQ splatter and a decent breakout at 1258

567  RNZ   Wellington, NZ,   50 kW   Finally a powerful signal from this ex-big gun at 1239, whose potent transoceanic signal generally collapsed along with its old tower a couple of years back   https://app.box.com/s/uk0aochlroo67tm1x0lm435fkva6dwz8

594  Star   Timaru/ Wanganui, NZ,  5/ 2 kW   The powerful weather report from the Kiwi Star network sends the Oz big gun 3WV to the showers

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ,  5 kW   Powerful Maori vocal music at 1312z on the 17" Monster FSL (during antenna comparison with the 3.5" Baby FSL)

666  2CN   Canberra, Australia, 5 kW   Pretty unusual appearance at the "Kiwi Cliff" late in the session at 1320

1026  Newstalk ZB   Kaitaia, NZ, 2 kW   Awesome signal from this low-powered Kiwi relay with female talk during call-in program at 1247

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywaves +
17 inch and 15 inch Monster FSL antennas

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