Excellent long-haul reception results, Gary. Based
on signal strengths received at Sydney, your most impressive reception is the 10
kW 531 KHz 6DL Dalwallinu, Western Australia TX. This is followed by the 50 kW
558 KHz 6WA Wagin, Western Australia TX. Even in Sydney at some 2,000 miles, 558 KHz 6WA Wagin is the only regular Western Australia signal heard every evening. It is just strong enough on peaks
to be received on a 'barefoot' portable using just the internal ferrite rod
antenna. A 40" loop of course greatly enhances 6WA. 720 KHz Perth (50 kW) is
masked by RNZ National Invercargill (10 kW).
Some "AWOL" Pacific Island
MW transmitters would likely have propagated into Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near
Manzanita, OR, USA. These include 639 KHz Fiji (10 kW), 648 KHz WVUV American
Samoa (10 kW), 747 KHz 2AP Western Samoa, 774 KHz Fiji (20 kW), 846 KHz Kiribati
(10 kW), 891 KHz Fiji (10 kW), and 945 KHz Solomon Islands (10
It is academic now, but 648 KHz WVUV American Samoa
was a powerhouse signal into Hawaii during most evenings. It was also well
received into Sydney around 0200 LT.
738 KHz Tahiti (20 kW) for some reasons has not
been recently reported at Rockwork 4 ocean cliff. I haven't heard this yet,
partly because 738 2NR Grafton is difficult to null.
What about 666 KHz Noumea, New Caledonia (20 kW)?
This may be masked by other DX. 1125 KHz Vanuatu (10 kW) is also
558 KHz Fiji (2,000 miles) is now very rare into
Sydney. Back in the mid 1980s, 558 KHz Fiji would fade in by itself during late
afternoons in daylight. Propagation was stronger back then. This makes your
strong 558 Fiji reception even more impressive. In eastern Australia, we hear
88.2 MHz Fiji more often than 558 KHz Fiji!