Rockwork Cliff (Oregon State) Ultralight South Pacific DX for 8-9 (Final Session)


Gary DeBock
 

At the risk of receiving some rotten tomatoes across the border from Victoria I decided to compile a detailed report of the final Rockwork Cliff DXing session on August 9th, mainly because there is far more time for such activities back at home. The DU's are somewhat more enhanced at the ocean cliff site, especially for blasters like 531, 558, 603, 1017 and a few others. Nick has spent some serious time at the Cliff himself, so he knows the score.

This last session was a wild one featuring enhanced DU's on both Longwave and Medium Wave at the same time (1230-1300), making it tricky to choose priorities in live DXing. At my 1200 setup time there was no South Pacific NDB propagation on Longwave, but a spot check at 1230 revealed 260-NF on Australia's Norfolk Island at a fair to good level, and the Longwave NDB rush was on. A detailed search was made for trans-equatorial beacons, and although propagation wasn't quite up to Thursday's standard, the final tally wasn't bad for a hot-rodded Ultralight--  238-KT (New Zealand), 260-NF (Norfolk Island), 320-AI (Aitutaki, Cook Islands) and 352-RG (Rarotonga, Cook Islands). 320-AI had apparently repaired its sick-sounding transmitter within a day, although its signal strength was down quite a bit from Thursday. During this Longwave search 531 kHz, 558 kHz and 1107 kHz were being recorded on dedicated Medium wave FSL's, and both 531 and 558 kHz caught some of the Longwave enhancement effect, resulting in S9 signals (and ID's) from both 531-More FM and 558-Radio Fiji One. 603-Waatea also pounded in at S9+, although that was after the live DXing switch back to MW around 1300.

Biggest impression of the morning (except for the unusually smooth ocean) was the potent boost that the enhanced Longwave propagation seem to provide for both 531-PI and 531-More FM, who seemed to tap into some extra strength from 1245-1315. Unfortunately, with the overwhelming strength of both 531-More FM and 558-Fiji there was no chance to check for Western Australian parallels on 531 and 558 to match the ABC football game heard on 702 kHz. The Longwave NDB's provided another thrilling session, though, with multiple low power stations crossing the Equator at great range.

238  KT   Kaitaia, New Zealand   2 kW   Fair strength Morse code ID at 1239; longest range beacon of the session  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/or98t3rs1i2i93l841smige8koj3auz8
260  NF   Norfolk Island (Australia)   500 watts   Fair strength Morse code ID at 1233, starting the Longwave NDB search  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ruqw0m124qs9rntaj1ag1hr4pd6hl5b7
320  AI   Aitutaki Island (Cook Islands)   Poor to fair strength Morse code ID at 1247, with CW tone note repaired within a day  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/e6hmsr8q6hblxktm0hv0cakbin0rdbu9
353  RG   Rarotonga, Island (Cook Islands)   Fair strength Morse code ID in Hawaii super beacon LLD splatter at 1253  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/b50ioz9mfae1w46ghj70ubgaiwfdtw9h
531  More FM   Alexandra, NZ   2 kW   Female-voiced ID and Kiwi ad string at S9 level from 1257-1259, obviously with some freakish propagation  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/nsg1k0e4em59zxfb2qnaif3181mdl2l8
More FM is coming out at S9+ at 1307; "better get the party started"  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/qolvem4idtcnc13q4map1akzn4kjjay3
531  PI   Auckland, NZ   5 kW   Island music and "531-PI" ID (21 seconds) at huge level at 1300 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/k4bvzhpht4dknz3rex3frvb49i046wut
     Drum oriented S9 Island music at 1317  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/9u3nwv2ewe0vyjjtvl7ryenwacn1f5t9
558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji   10 kW   S9 island music with female ID at 1:18, and male ID at 1:24  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ndgtrr4ny3a4uxq704jgli88ecccpdwc
585  7RN   Hobart, Australia   10 kW   The Tasmanian ABC relay goes against the Kiwi trend with fair to good strength female speech // 576 at 1318  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/tp95vt97xc8z4gkg4e3fxgz289t6159o
603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ   5 kW   R&B music at S9 strength // 765 at 1305  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/eed53kcqemgu9ovtz67yw899w0dx4f8v
702  Magic   Auckland, NZ   10 kW   Classic oldies pounding in at huge level over 2BL at 1248  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/7pogcfk1gxad5vnlecegfzeuz7v4xsic

73 and Good DX,
GaryDeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff turnout on Highway 101 near Manzanita, OR, USA on August 9th, 2019)
7.5" longwave loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight + 12" Longwave FSL (Longwave loggings)
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808 portables + 15", 15" and 17" Airport Unfriendly FSL antennas (Medium Wave Loggings)
Last day DXpedition video showing the gear (and the unusually smooth ocean) is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tLpBzB1qrM

Join main@UltralightDX.groups.io to automatically receive all group messages.