The ionosphere delivered a meltdown DU session yesterday morning with several stations exceeding their best-ever audio, even in the summer Rockwork 4 DXpeditions. 531-2PM and 1017-Newstalk ZB were two such stations, although there were probably many more that couldn't be tracked down with live DXing. The DU's were pounding in even on the Asian side of the cliff at my 1330 start time, and all three FSL's were carried over to the DU side (in between the "squatters," who had been there all night long). 531-2PM's SRN talk was freakishly loud at 1410, continuing for a full half hour. 558-Fiji made a modest appearance (with ID) at 1423, while 1017-Tonga was as meltdown level for most of the session, only to be replaced by Newstalk ZB at 1430, also at a meltdown level.
Chasing DU's in October wasn't exactly part of the DXpedition master plan, but signals like this definitely get your attention, regardless of your preferences. Wild and wacky!
531 2PM Kempsey, Australia SRN call-in talk freakishly loud at 1407; best signal ever at Rockwork https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3mwuaps37vs259pb5y252h0p4vkg5hx0
558 Radio Fiji One Suva, Fiji Island music and native language ID ("Radio Fiji One, na domoiviti") at 14 seconds into this recording at 1433 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/gn8jb515wgknndp02w8i5lnl1yocxyl2
Island music at 1422 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xpjy3f6uicf0fufet8lz6ae29x530o6t
1017 A3Z Nuku'alofa, Tonga Female speech at blaster level at 1421; same signal for much of sunrise enhancement https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/nhvk33rtitpty93y84m2rhk5kpbyn5y1
1017 Newstalk ZB Christchurch, NZ Call-in talk at another meltdown level at 1430; best signal ever at Rockwork https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/h04c6j8yzog9p9gortm3hld6niwmo4tw
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 2 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywaves and XHDATA D-808 portables + two 8 inch FSL antennas and one 5 inch FSL antenna (see photo)