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

Gary DeBock
 

As reported earlier it was a pretty wild ocean cliff session, with both Tom and I judging it to have been the most thrilling ever at Rockwork 4. There was enhanced propagation to both Australia and New Zealand, with Fiji joining in the bonanza as well. Some highlights were the best-ever signals from both 558-Fiji and 558-6WA (in a snarl much of the time), the best-ever signal from the 2.5 kW Radio Kahungunu, unusual Kiwi-Oz mixes across the band, and 558-Fiji sticking around at an S5 level until 1350, 15 minutes after Oz and NZ had bailed. The underperforming Fiji of the past 2 years has suddenly become a DU-DX powerhouse.

There is no way to make a detailed report of such a wild session without extensive file review (which I assume that Tom will be doing for weeks), but some of the highlight signals are linked below. While still in total darkness Tom and I both noticed that Kiwi propagation was unusually good around 1200, and we thought it would turn out to be a great Kiwi morning. It was, but in the increasing daylight the Australian signals also got a major boost, along with 558-Fiji. Snarling frequency fights broke out across the band as enhanced DU propagation kicked in throughout the entire South Pacific. Neither Tom or I had ever heard anything like it., but it certainly more than made up for Tom's dicey luck the past two days. His Perseus recordings from today may become real classics.

531   More FM?   Sounds like another Kiwi ad string (minus the "Sheila") at 1258, but I'm certainly no expert on Kiwi English. In a mix with PI and an Oz talk station throughout the session  https://app.box.com/s/jtq9cyi0te4bbri3tv7puzvt289fpsmx

531  UnID-Oz   ABC-sounding talk hanging around at 1253 over and under PI and the rest. 558-6WA was in at the time but I didn't think to check for a parallel. Maybe 6DL?  https://app.box.com/s/688ujh8qu23t7jl5dfuvwzsc6iudsw0e

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, 10 kW   The real star of the session, pounding in with serious strength after its recent rejuvenation. Was still easily audible at 1350 during final antenna dismantling. These two MP3's (at 1307 and 1323) were the strongest recordings ever made of the station at the ocean cliff

558  6WA   Wagin, Australia, 50 kW   In a snarl with Fiji for much of sunrise enhancement, the Western Australian station (with programming matching the "Overnights" podcast on the ABC website) made a return appearance at 1319 to repeat the North American Ultralight DXing distance record of 9,138 miles / 14,705 km. First heard at this cliff in August of 2015   

603  Oz-Radio Waatea Mix   For the first time ever, at 1254 an Oz station dominates the NZ Maori powerhouse Radio Waatea at the "Kiwi Cliff." Prior to this I had never even heard any competition for Radio Waatea on the frequency (during 12 ocean cliff DXpeditions here)

765  Radio Kahungunu   Napier-Hastings, NZ, 2.5 kW   Yikes! The Kiwi Maori station melting down my CC Skywave's front end is running only 2.5 kW of power! Even with its reputation as an overachiever, this signal is straight out of science fiction. There is apparently a new Maori net ID at 1:30 into the recording at the 1300 TOH, but no Maori translator is currently available at the cliff

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights +
17 inch and 15 inch "Weightlifter Required" FSL antennas


Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

Gary DeBock
 

Hi David,

Thanks very much for your assessment, since I know you are very busy at 2WEB!

At this morning's ocean cliff session both 7RN and 2WEB had strong signals on 585, making the frequency sound like a loud snarl. 2WEB's music was rocking Tassie's RN network talk. It's not something you expect to hear when you are about 8,000 miles away.

73, Gary 


-----Original Message-----
From: David Sharp ddsradio@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Aug 4 2:19 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

 
Hi Gary and Everyone

Unfortunately your reception of 585 was not 2WEB on this occasion. It sounded as though you heard a news or magazine format and we would be solid music at that time, except for news and wx TOH. 

Safe bet is, you heard 7RN.

73s

Sent from David Sharp's iPhone

On 4 Aug 2017, at 16:32, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

The stars were again dazzling at 1030 UTC (0330 local) as I drove up to the Highway 101 cliff, only to find a lone Harley motorcycle rider occupying Chuck's usual antenna space, and staring directly at me. He stuck around until the 17" FSL was set up and pointed in his direction, at which time he made a sudden, quick exit (total strangers don't trust each other very much in total darkness). Although 1017-Tonga was at a fair to good level and was going past its usual 1100 sign off time, it featured the bizarre male announcer with the bad habit of pausing for long breaks in between his speech (this must be the "island time" effect). He could take lessons from Paul Walker.

Tom and Chuck drove up around 1130 and we were all eager for some nice DU propagation, but the ionosphere didn't seem to have been notified. Usually by 1215 at Rockwork 4 there is a DU snarl on 531 at an S9 level and some Kiwi big guns sounding like you are in downtown Auckland, but it seemed like both NZ and Oz were taking the morning off. Finally around 1245 some unusually strong Oz signals on 585 and 639 showed up, and the real session finally kicked off (for about 45 minutes). 558-Fiji was not impressed with the propagation and stayed down in the tropics, although on a morning like this even a rejuvenated DU transmitter could sound comatose. With the exception of the NZ big guns on 567 and 657 even the Kiwis lacked much energy, and if not for the unusual Oz signals on 585 and from a presumed 639-2HC the session would have been lackluster. Tom and Chuck must have figured that things were a little slack when I was taking pictures of our oc ean cliff setup at 1230.  

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW    Took a while to get untracked but finally reached a good level with Samoan music at 1317

585  UnID-Oz  The puzzle of the morning-- one of the strongest DU signals ever heard on 585 was received at 1243, but 7RN or 2WEB? All the ABC RN parallels on 576, 846 and 792 were comatose, and the ABC web site maze wasn't much help. Maybe David Sharp or one of my DXpedition partners can bail me out?

639  2HC   Coff's Harbour, Australia, 5 kW   Presumed the one with the call-in talk format at a decent level around 1310

657  Star  Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   Very strong as usual at 1318 but maybe slightly off from the torrid strength of the last couple days

675  RNZ   Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW   Once again the leading RNZ frequency with weird female speech at 1322 (no idea what she's trying to say)

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Good strength from this male announcer while running on extended time at 1127. Unfortunately he suddenly stops talking for extended periods, making you think that the signal may have collapsed

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights +
17 inch and 15 inch "Airport Unfriendly" FSL antennas
(This morning's ocean cliff session photo is posted at  https://app.box.com/s/6no26zczmlkcnipu7p85vxd71g4siaa7


Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Tony,

<<<   Your unid sounds to me like 7RN   >>>

Thanks very much!

Both of those 585 stations have been heard here already the past few days, but I've never figured that 7RN would show up with its best signal ever while 576-2RN was completely dead. Bizarre!

73, Gary   


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Magon temagon@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Aug 4 12:15 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

 
Hi Gary

Your unid sounds to me like 7RN

73

Tony VK2IC



On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 4:32 PM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 
The stars were again dazzling at 1030 UTC (0330 local) as I drove up to the Highway 101 cliff, only to find a lone Harley motorcycle rider occupying Chuck's usual antenna space, and staring directly at me. He stuck around until the 17" FSL was set up and pointed in his direction, at which time he made a sudden, quick exit (total strangers don't trust each other very much in total darkness). Although 1017-Tonga was at a fair to good level and was going past its usual 1100 sign off time, it featured the bizarre male announcer with the bad habit of pausing for long breaks in between his speech (this must be the "island time" effect). He could take lessons from Paul Walker.

Tom and Chuck drove up around 1130 and we were all eager for some nice DU propagation, but the ionosphere didn't seem to have been notified. Usually by 1215 at Rockwork 4 there is a DU snarl on 531 at an S9 level and some Kiwi big guns sounding like you are in downtown Auckland, but it seemed like both NZ and Oz were taking the morning off. Finally around 1245 some unusually strong Oz signals on 585 and 639 showed up, and the real session finally kicked off (for about 45 minutes). 558-Fiji was not impressed with the propagation and stayed down in the tropics, although on a morning like this even a rejuvenated DU transmitter could sound comatose. With the exception of the NZ big guns on 567 and 657 even the Kiwis lacked much energy, and if not for the unusual Oz signals on 585 and from a presumed 639-2HC the session would have been lackluster. Tom and Chuck must have figured that things were a little slack when I was taking pictures of our ocean cliff setup at 1230.  

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW    Took a while to get untracked but finally reached a good level with Samoan music at 1317
https://app.box.com/s/8dh3wvqhhephwwrnor5rqmmy68tqqo6m

585  UnID-Oz  The puzzle of the morning-- one of the strongest DU signals ever heard on 585 was received at 1243, but 7RN or 2WEB? All the ABC RN parallels on 576, 846 and 792 were comatose, and the ABC web site maze wasn't much help. Maybe David Sharp or one of my DXpedition partners can bail me out?
https://app.box.com/s/aptynncjp3ll32d027s691rv82bau3m2

639  2HC   Coff's Harbour, Australia, 5 kW   Presumed the one with the call-in talk format at a decent level around 1310
https://app.box.com/s/8h3fcdmvzm2gslknf18r1f5z342ylxm9

657  Star  Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   Very strong as usual at 1318 but maybe slightly off from the torrid strength of the last couple days
https://app.box.com/s/8vbwk1o3vf13uvwq4fjnex12f7qur716

675  RNZ   Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW   Once again the leading RNZ frequency with weird female speech at 1322 (no idea what she's trying to say)
https://app.box.com/s/hi6ah0ngzwos0v4aome4syt6yeovmp9w

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Good strength from this male announcer while running on extended time at 1127. Unfortunately he suddenly stops talking for extended periods, making you think that the signal may have collapsed
https://app.box.com/s/zjc64srpsqz6xplxlr2v8o2i667qrvrc

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights +
17 inch and 15 inch "Airport Unfriendly" FSL antennas
(This morning's ocean cliff session photo is posted at  https://app.box.com/s/6no26zczmlkcnipu7p85vxd71g4siaa7


Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

David Sharp <ddsradio@...>
 

Hi Gary and Everyone

Unfortunately your reception of 585 was not 2WEB on this occasion. It sounded as though you heard a news or magazine format and we would be solid music at that time, except for news and wx TOH. 

Safe bet is, you heard 7RN.

73s

Sent from David Sharp's iPhone

On 4 Aug 2017, at 16:32, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

The stars were again dazzling at 1030 UTC (0330 local) as I drove up to the Highway 101 cliff, only to find a lone Harley motorcycle rider occupying Chuck's usual antenna space, and staring directly at me. He stuck around until the 17" FSL was set up and pointed in his direction, at which time he made a sudden, quick exit (total strangers don't trust each other very much in total darkness). Although 1017-Tonga was at a fair to good level and was going past its usual 1100 sign off time, it featured the bizarre male announcer with the bad habit of pausing for long breaks in between his speech (this must be the "island time" effect). He could take lessons from Paul Walker.

Tom and Chuck drove up around 1130 and we were all eager for some nice DU propagation, but the ionosphere didn't seem to have been notified. Usually by 1215 at Rockwork 4 there is a DU snarl on 531 at an S9 level and some Kiwi big guns sounding like you are in downtown Auckland, but it seemed like both NZ and Oz were taking the morning off. Finally around 1245 some unusually strong Oz signals on 585 and 639 showed up, and the real session finally kicked off (for about 45 minutes). 558-Fiji was not impressed with the propagation and stayed down in the tropics, although on a morning like this even a rejuvenated DU transmitter could sound comatose. With the exception of the NZ big guns on 567 and 657 even the Kiwis lacked much energy, and if not for the unusual Oz signals on 585 and from a presumed 639-2HC the session would have been lackluster. Tom and Chuck must have figured that things were a little slack when I was taking pictures of our ocean cliff setup at 1230.  

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW    Took a while to get untracked but finally reached a good level with Samoan music at 1317

585  UnID-Oz  The puzzle of the morning-- one of the strongest DU signals ever heard on 585 was received at 1243, but 7RN or 2WEB? All the ABC RN parallels on 576, 846 and 792 were comatose, and the ABC web site maze wasn't much help. Maybe David Sharp or one of my DXpedition partners can bail me out?

639  2HC   Coff's Harbour, Australia, 5 kW   Presumed the one with the call-in talk format at a decent level around 1310

657  Star  Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   Very strong as usual at 1318 but maybe slightly off from the torrid strength of the last couple days

675  RNZ   Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW   Once again the leading RNZ frequency with weird female speech at 1322 (no idea what she's trying to say)

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Good strength from this male announcer while running on extended time at 1127. Unfortunately he suddenly stops talking for extended periods, making you think that the signal may have collapsed

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights +
17 inch and 15 inch "Airport Unfriendly" FSL antennas
(This morning's ocean cliff session photo is posted at  https://app.box.com/s/6no26zczmlkcnipu7p85vxd71g4siaa7


Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

Tony Magon
 

Hi Gary

Your unid sounds to me like 7RN

73

Tony VK2IC



On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 4:32 PM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

The stars were again dazzling at 1030 UTC (0330 local) as I drove up to the Highway 101 cliff, only to find a lone Harley motorcycle rider occupying Chuck's usual antenna space, and staring directly at me. He stuck around until the 17" FSL was set up and pointed in his direction, at which time he made a sudden, quick exit (total strangers don't trust each other very much in total darkness). Although 1017-Tonga was at a fair to good level and was going past its usual 1100 sign off time, it featured the bizarre male announcer with the bad habit of pausing for long breaks in between his speech (this must be the "island time" effect). He could take lessons from Paul Walker.

Tom and Chuck drove up around 1130 and we were all eager for some nice DU propagation, but the ionosphere didn't seem to have been notified. Usually by 1215 at Rockwork 4 there is a DU snarl on 531 at an S9 level and some Kiwi big guns sounding like you are in downtown Auckland, but it seemed like both NZ and Oz were taking the morning off. Finally around 1245 some unusually strong Oz signals on 585 and 639 showed up, and the real session finally kicked off (for about 45 minutes). 558-Fiji was not impressed with the propagation and stayed down in the tropics, although on a morning like this even a rejuvenated DU transmitter could sound comatose. With the exception of the NZ big guns on 567 and 657 even the Kiwis lacked much energy, and if not for the unusual Oz signals on 585 and from a presumed 639-2HC the session would have been lackluster. Tom and Chuck must have figured that things were a little slack when I was taking pictures of our ocean cliff setup at 1230.  

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW    Took a while to get untracked but finally reached a good level with Samoan music at 1317

585  UnID-Oz  The puzzle of the morning-- one of the strongest DU signals ever heard on 585 was received at 1243, but 7RN or 2WEB? All the ABC RN parallels on 576, 846 and 792 were comatose, and the ABC web site maze wasn't much help. Maybe David Sharp or one of my DXpedition partners can bail me out?

639  2HC   Coff's Harbour, Australia, 5 kW   Presumed the one with the call-in talk format at a decent level around 1310

657  Star  Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   Very strong as usual at 1318 but maybe slightly off from the torrid strength of the last couple days

675  RNZ   Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW   Once again the leading RNZ frequency with weird female speech at 1322 (no idea what she's trying to say)

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Good strength from this male announcer while running on extended time at 1127. Unfortunately he suddenly stops talking for extended periods, making you think that the signal may have collapsed

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights +
17 inch and 15 inch "Airport Unfriendly" FSL antennas
(This morning's ocean cliff session photo is posted at  https://app.box.com/s/6no26zczmlkcnipu7p85vxd71g4siaa7



Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-3

Gary DeBock
 

The stars were again dazzling at 1030 UTC (0330 local) as I drove up to the Highway 101 cliff, only to find a lone Harley motorcycle rider occupying Chuck's usual antenna space, and staring directly at me. He stuck around until the 17" FSL was set up and pointed in his direction, at which time he made a sudden, quick exit (total strangers don't trust each other very much in total darkness). Although 1017-Tonga was at a fair to good level and was going past its usual 1100 sign off time, it featured the bizarre male announcer with the bad habit of pausing for long breaks in between his speech (this must be the "island time" effect). He could take lessons from Paul Walker.

Tom and Chuck drove up around 1130 and we were all eager for some nice DU propagation, but the ionosphere didn't seem to have been notified. Usually by 1215 at Rockwork 4 there is a DU snarl on 531 at an S9 level and some Kiwi big guns sounding like you are in downtown Auckland, but it seemed like both NZ and Oz were taking the morning off. Finally around 1245 some unusually strong Oz signals on 585 and 639 showed up, and the real session finally kicked off (for about 45 minutes). 558-Fiji was not impressed with the propagation and stayed down in the tropics, although on a morning like this even a rejuvenated DU transmitter could sound comatose. With the exception of the NZ big guns on 567 and 657 even the Kiwis lacked much energy, and if not for the unusual Oz signals on 585 and from a presumed 639-2HC the session would have been lackluster. Tom and Chuck must have figured that things were a little slack when I was taking pictures of our ocean cliff setup at 1230.  

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW    Took a while to get untracked but finally reached a good level with Samoan music at 1317

585  UnID-Oz  The puzzle of the morning-- one of the strongest DU signals ever heard on 585 was received at 1243, but 7RN or 2WEB? All the ABC RN parallels on 576, 846 and 792 were comatose, and the ABC web site maze wasn't much help. Maybe David Sharp or one of my DXpedition partners can bail me out?

639  2HC   Coff's Harbour, Australia, 5 kW   Presumed the one with the call-in talk format at a decent level around 1310

657  Star  Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   Very strong as usual at 1318 but maybe slightly off from the torrid strength of the last couple days

675  RNZ   Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW   Once again the leading RNZ frequency with weird female speech at 1322 (no idea what she's trying to say)

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Good strength from this male announcer while running on extended time at 1127. Unfortunately he suddenly stops talking for extended periods, making you think that the signal may have collapsed

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights +
17 inch and 15 inch "Airport Unfriendly" FSL antennas
(This morning's ocean cliff session photo is posted at  https://app.box.com/s/6no26zczmlkcnipu7p85vxd71g4siaa7


531-More FM on the Warpath

Gary DeBock
 

As it turns out the earlier 531-More FM (2 kW in Alexandra, NZ) ad string clip featuring Theo's "Sheila" wasn't its strongest appearance from yesterday morning.
Around 1240 it kicked PI and 4KZ off of the cliff, and went on this potent 3 minute run at the "Kiwi cliff" (apparently the only place in North America where it's ever been heard)

73, Gary DeBock (in Nehalem, OR, USA)


Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-2

Gary DeBock
 

The stars were dazzling at 0920 UTC (0220 local time) as I drove up to the Rockwork 4 cliff, hoping to catch some exotic Pacific island sign offs on 540, 621 and 1440 (that I had heard at S9 levels in Kona, Hawaii, but all of which were completely plastered by west coast QRM this morning). I noticed a "sleeping squatter" in Chuck's prime antenna setup spot, and remembering that Tom was also driving in overnight from Seattle, it was clear that real estate at our ocean cliff turnoff site would be in serious demand.

1017-Tonga once again cooperated fairly well for its sign off at 1103, ending up with the usual island choral music (the apparent national anthem) before cutting power. Chuck showed up around the same time, and set up his broadband loop in between the "squatter" and me. When Tom also drove in from Seattle around 1130 (still in total darkness) I was ready to relocate to Rockwork 2 or 3, but since DU propagation wasn't quite up to yesterday's high level only two monster FSL's needed to be deployed to cover everything interesting, and I stayed put at the edge of the rock spire. Chuck came over several times expressing his disdain for the propagation, but in my opinion there were some interesting signals, including another strong appearance from 558-Fiji, a moderate appearance from 585-7RN, huge signals from the big guns on 594 and 657 (3WV and Star), and an UnID on 1017. Yesterday's monster signal from 531-More FM in Alexandra (with the cool winter weather) was replaced by the usual snarl of 4KZ and PI, with the latter having the edge at near S9 level for most of the session. Overall it was an interesting morning because of another strong run by 558-Fiji around 1302, indicating that the transmitter and antenna may finally be working as the Japanese donating group intended.

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Potent Samoan speech and island music at 1312, dominating over a lackluster 4KZ for most of the session

531  4KZ   Innisfail, Australia, 10 kW   Oldies music very briefly on top of PI at 1256, but generally fighting a losing battle

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, 10 kW   Another potent appearance from this rejuvenated wonder at 1302 (the second day in a row)

585  7RN   Hobart, Australia, 10 kW   Not especially strong but this male DU English speech was clearly // 792 at 1315

594  3WV   Horsham, Australia, 50 kW   Blistering signal from the Oz big gun at 1245-- typical of the LR Network powerhouses on 774 and 828; weak "Dwarf Stars" way down underneath   https://app.box.com/s/m7d0fgnzxhzsg1hhxawzm1mtzct5zudw 

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ,   50/ 10 kW   Not every "Star" was weak this morning-- this signal (at 1250) was as strong as any DU on the band

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga,  10 kW   The last minute of the station's sign off routine, including island choral music (the National Anthem?) and the abrupt signal cut off around 1103  https://app.box.com/s/oijccc92lwz29gth8f7ba8dt7b5ipzxa

1017  UnID-DU   The mystery of the morning-- male DU English at 1310 (after the Tonga sign off) with apparent sports-related numbers

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywaves and Tecsun PL-380's +
17" and 15" No-Fly-List FSL antennas
        


Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Theo,

Tony Magon has chimed in as well after listening to this lady's Kiwi accent, suggesting More FM as well. So that pretty much nails it down.

531-More FM has become somewhat of a regular on the "Kiwi Cliff," despite the fact that it has never been heard anywhere else on the entire west coast (to my knowledge). When it shows up it usually sends PI and 4KZ to the showers pretty quickly.

Gary
 


-----Original Message-----
From: theod438@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Wed, Aug 2, 2017 4:57 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

 
What's so difficult about deciphering that sheila?  She's peddling winter boots from Shoes Unlimited, a chain which trades on both sides of The Ditch.

Pretty much a given that's More FM from Alexandra.  She mentions a web address towards the end: "Shoes Unlimited - dot - co - dot -enn - zed" although I must admit I'm a bit puzzled by what sounds like a store location in Cromwell just before that.  Their web site doesn't show one, even if that would fit their coverage area via FM.

And winter boots would be a bit unnecessary in northern Queensland which makes 4KZ unlikely, unless you're saving your boots for cyclone season.

TD

---In ultralightdx@..., wrote :


Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI


Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

theod438@...
 

What's so difficult about deciphering that sheila?  She's peddling winter boots from Shoes Unlimited, a chain which trades on both sides of The Ditch.

Pretty much a given that's More FM from Alexandra.  She mentions a web address towards the end: "Shoes Unlimited - dot - co - dot -enn - zed" although I must admit I'm a bit puzzled by what sounds like a store location in Cromwell just before that.  Their web site doesn't show one, even if that would fit their coverage area via FM.

And winter boots would be a bit unnecessary in northern Queensland which makes 4KZ unlikely, unless you're saving your boots for cyclone season.

TD

---In ultralightdx@..., <D1028Gary@...> wrote :


Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI


Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks very much, Tony!
There is obviously no better authority on NZ and Oz accents than an ex-Kiwi living in Australia.

These accents can be rough on Yankee English speakers. Both 531-4KZ and More FM are regulars at the Cliff, making the puzzle more interesting.

73, Gary N7EKX



-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Magon temagon@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Wed, Aug 2, 2017 9:15 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

 
Hi Gary

Your unid on 531 - its a Kiwi accent - so presume its More 531

73

Tony VK2IC


On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 4:17 PM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 
Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI
https://app.box.com/s/lbmcayqyvvivedjx1j1ru5ihdcdydsem

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Strong island music at 1247; generally dominant on the frequency until 1255, when the above station kicked it off the cliff
https://app.box.com/s/kva0d28m5i9behw4b13mr496mxducw9d

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, "10 kW"   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
https://app.box.com/s/vprj88dgl97t4lcp5tx23edh31gorfd0
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333
https://app.box.com/s/2y8dsur5tdymla0qs4fgfw64e4b4mwnq

585  UniD   DU English station not // to 576 at 1204; maybe 2WEB?
https://app.box.com/s/vxvrtwbaeb037cej1m3qxicl36544hm4

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Maori music at S9+ level for over 3 minutes around 1256; the strongest signal this big gun has ever managed at the cliff  https://app.box.com/s/s594rz5pctqf9hahfhpk7p1du2ajuzp0

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   S9+ News concerning the Labour Party; another one of the session's awesome Kiwi signals
https://app.box.com/s/9zien3rdlj80pe61vmfsq8sz8jox26rg
Equally strong Christian music and mini-sermon by Irish-accented preacher at 1215
https://app.box.com/s/psfs64lczen4cfk137pijj0hpqc43dad

702  Magic-2BL   A royal mess at 1243 as the two big gun DU's manage to wipe out the frequency for most of sunrise enhancement. Magic is the oldies station, while the female DU English speaker is from the Oz LR network (2BL, 3LO etc.)
https://app.box.com/s/m1hlbzi2c98m5ur83mi62ihg2ppyjrpw

1017  A3Z  Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)
https://app.box.com/s/ef3lyfav23rqu7k86eqbw79xvkuks8oa

1386  Radio Tarana   Auckland, NZ, 10 kW   Potent signal, but who knows what language this lady is speaking (at 1253). Maybe Hindu-accented DU English,
Theo?  https://app.box.com/s/rnz50cg9xv8duvz161jgymjr3xlp4q8h

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ  (5/ 2 kW)   By far the easiest language to understand all session long--- Yankee-accented English from the Fox Sports Network at 1315   https://app.box.com/s/x2qfq4vcsdq2f8jvsusob1cbfjdj51x8

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" airport-closing FSL antennas


Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

Tony Magon
 

Hi Gary

Your unid on 531 - its a Kiwi accent - so presume its More 531

73

Tony VK2IC


On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 4:17 PM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Strong island music at 1247; generally dominant on the frequency until 1255, when the above station kicked it off the cliff

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, "10 kW"   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

585  UniD   DU English station not // to 576 at 1204; maybe 2WEB?

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Maori music at S9+ level for over 3 minutes around 1256; the strongest signal this big gun has ever managed at the cliff  https://app.box.com/s/s594rz5pctqf9hahfhpk7p1du2ajuzp0

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   S9+ News concerning the Labour Party; another one of the session's awesome Kiwi signals
Equally strong Christian music and mini-sermon by Irish-accented preacher at 1215

702  Magic-2BL   A royal mess at 1243 as the two big gun DU's manage to wipe out the frequency for most of sunrise enhancement. Magic is the oldies station, while the female DU English speaker is from the Oz LR network (2BL, 3LO etc.)

1017  A3Z  Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

1386  Radio Tarana   Auckland, NZ, 10 kW   Potent signal, but who knows what language this lady is speaking (at 1253). Maybe Hindu-accented DU English,

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ  (5/ 2 kW)   By far the easiest language to understand all session long--- Yankee-accented English from the Fox Sports Network at 1315   https://app.box.com/s/x2qfq4vcsdq2f8jvsusob1cbfjdj51x8

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" airport-closing FSL antennas



Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Hi David,

<<<   The 585 recording is definitely 2WEB. I believe this would mark your third reception of the station?   >>>

Wow, David, I never expected the immediate, professional reply!

Actually this is the third time that you have confirmed my 2WEB reception, so I'm very grateful for your assistance. I have noticed that Outback Radio has some cool gear for sale on its web site, so maybe this is a nice excuse for me to purchase a few souvenirs to celebrate. This morning 585 went south, though (literally), with the Tassie station squandering the frequency :-)

73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (DXing at the wild Oregon ocean cliff)
  


-----Original Message-----
From: David Sharp ddsradio@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 11:39 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

 
Hi Gary and Everyone else

The 585 recording is definitely 2WEB. I believe this would mark your third reception of the station?

Regards

David Sharp
2WEB Sales Manager/Breakfast Host/Music Director

Sent from David Sharp's iPhone

On 2 Aug 2017, at 16:17, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Strong island music at 1247; generally dominant on the frequency until 1255, when the above station kicked it off the cliff

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, "10 kW"   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

585  UniD   DU English station not // to 576 at 1204; maybe 2WEB?

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Maori music at S9+ level for over 3 minutes around 1256; the strongest signal this big gun has ever managed at the cliff  https://app.box.com/s/s594rz5pctqf9hahfhpk7p1du2ajuzp0

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   S9+ News concerning the Labour Party; another one of the session's awesome Kiwi signals
Equally strong Christian music and mini-sermon by Irish-accented preacher at 1215

702  Magic-2BL   A royal mess at 1243 as the two big gun DU's manage to wipe out the frequency for most of sunrise enhancement. Magic is the oldies station, while the female DU English speaker is from the Oz LR network (2BL, 3LO etc.)

1017  A3Z  Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

1386  Radio Tarana   Auckland, NZ, 10 kW   Potent signal, but who knows what language this lady is speaking (at 1253). Maybe Hindu-accented DU English,

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ  (5/ 2 kW)   By far the easiest language to understand all session long--- Yankee-accented English from the Fox Sports Network at 1315   https://app.box.com/s/x2qfq4vcsdq2f8jvsusob1cbfjdj51x8

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" airport-closing FSL antennas


Re: Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

David Sharp <ddsradio@...>
 

Hi Gary and Everyone else

The 585 recording is definitely 2WEB. I believe this would mark your third reception of the station?

Regards

David Sharp
2WEB Sales Manager/Breakfast Host/Music Director

Sent from David Sharp's iPhone

On 2 Aug 2017, at 16:17, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Strong island music at 1247; generally dominant on the frequency until 1255, when the above station kicked it off the cliff

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, "10 kW"   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

585  UniD   DU English station not // to 576 at 1204; maybe 2WEB?

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Maori music at S9+ level for over 3 minutes around 1256; the strongest signal this big gun has ever managed at the cliff  https://app.box.com/s/s594rz5pctqf9hahfhpk7p1du2ajuzp0

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   S9+ News concerning the Labour Party; another one of the session's awesome Kiwi signals
Equally strong Christian music and mini-sermon by Irish-accented preacher at 1215

702  Magic-2BL   A royal mess at 1243 as the two big gun DU's manage to wipe out the frequency for most of sunrise enhancement. Magic is the oldies station, while the female DU English speaker is from the Oz LR network (2BL, 3LO etc.)

1017  A3Z  Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

1386  Radio Tarana   Auckland, NZ, 10 kW   Potent signal, but who knows what language this lady is speaking (at 1253). Maybe Hindu-accented DU English,

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ  (5/ 2 kW)   By far the easiest language to understand all session long--- Yankee-accented English from the Fox Sports Network at 1315   https://app.box.com/s/x2qfq4vcsdq2f8jvsusob1cbfjdj51x8

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" airport-closing FSL antennas


Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-1 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Well, Theo mentioned that he was looking forward to some more recordings from the "Kiwi Cliff," so I thought I would oblige him. Not to mention the DU-English in some of these ads is way beyond the deciphering capability of any sleep-deprived Yankee DXer.

531  UnID-DU (either 4KZ or More FM)   OK Theo, this lady's DU English speech is potent indeed, but her accent is so strong that she might as well be speaking Chinese (which would be easier for me to understand). Heard at 1255 in a mix with a weaker PI

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Strong island music at 1247; generally dominant on the frequency until 1255, when the above station kicked it off the cliff

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, "10 kW"   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

585  UniD   DU English station not // to 576 at 1204; maybe 2WEB?

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Maori music at S9+ level for over 3 minutes around 1256; the strongest signal this big gun has ever managed at the cliff  https://app.box.com/s/s594rz5pctqf9hahfhpk7p1du2ajuzp0

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW   S9+ News concerning the Labour Party; another one of the session's awesome Kiwi signals
Equally strong Christian music and mini-sermon by Irish-accented preacher at 1215

702  Magic-2BL   A royal mess at 1243 as the two big gun DU's manage to wipe out the frequency for most of sunrise enhancement. Magic is the oldies station, while the female DU English speaker is from the Oz LR network (2BL, 3LO etc.)

1017  A3Z  Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

1386  Radio Tarana   Auckland, NZ, 10 kW   Potent signal, but who knows what language this lady is speaking (at 1253). Maybe Hindu-accented DU English,

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ  (5/ 2 kW)   By far the easiest language to understand all session long--- Yankee-accented English from the Fox Sports Network at 1315   https://app.box.com/s/x2qfq4vcsdq2f8jvsusob1cbfjdj51x8

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean side cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" airport-closing FSL antennas


For Sale is one 7.5" X 7.5" FSLs

Everett N4CY
 

I did have two FSLs for sale, however, Steve Ratzlaff bought one of them, so there is still one left. 


I have for sale two 7.5" X 7.5" FSLs.  The FSLs are wound with a 2 coil Polydorff configuration. The windings were wound with 660/46 Litz wire and the variable capacitor is one of the high Q, 2 gang, Russian units with a 3:1 reduction. I added a band switch so the second gang can be switched in for extended band coverage. Each of the FSLs have 3 rows of ferrite bars, totaling 120 bars. The FSLs are mounted on a Lazy Susan base.
 
Band (1) tunes from 2,000 to 420 KHz and Band (2) tunes from 575 to 275 KHz. The tuning is sharp and the rotational nulls are quite sharp. The FSLs are setup for induction coupling.
 
I am asking $300 each, plus what ever the shipping cost would be. Below are pictures of one of the FSLs. If interested please contact me off list everettsharp@....
 
Everett N4CY

 


Re: [icf2010] Fwd: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-1

Jordan Dobrikin <jjdobrikin@...>
 

Hi 
I am forwarding this to ultralight dx who can be of more help, also the have a couple of FSL Loop Antennas for sale. 

Basically a LARGE Ferrite cylindrical bundle made up of many Ferrite rods with a Litz wire coil.
Go to the Yahoo Group ultralight dx for Photos and Descriptions  

27194Re: New FSL

Expand Messages
  • dxergary
    Feb 15
    Hi Dean,

    Thanks for sharing the great news of your FSL antenna experimentation, and I'm happy that you are making progress!

    Steve and I were two of the original FSL experimenters after Graham's article was published, and we came to agreement on most (if not all) of the design factors. Steve made the most successful Longwave FSL, receiving far more NDB's than anyone else. I went more in the direction of fanatical MW FSL's, especially those designed for rugged survival at wild ocean cliff sites.

    Please be sure to share your FSL discoveries with the rest of us, and we will be happy to share ours with you. This winter I've already come up with 7 new Medium Wave FSL designs, including a couple of "Frequent Flyer" designs made to be "airport friendly" for long-range travel DXing (based on the 100mm and 62mm ferrite bars). There have also been discoveries regarding FSL cumulative gain, and sub-miniature models which perform much better than anyone would guess (because of the new 1162/46 Litz wire). Good luck!

    73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 

dxergary

  • Jul 8
    For those looking for a new hobby challenge, the "Heathkit-like" full construction article for the 3.5" (89mm) Baby FSL antenna (23 pages long) has been completed, and is posted at http://www.mediafire.com/file/pnfm8909c77zjoy/3.5inch-FF-FSL.doc

    This design is actually a more compact version of the 2012-year 5" FSL antenna (which also had a full construction article), which was tested and found to be competitive with a 4 foot (1.22m) air core box loop. By replacing the 660/46 Litz wire with the newer, more sensitive 1162/46 type and augmenting the ferrite sleeve with slightly longer rods, this compact "airport-friendly" design matches the high gain performance of the larger 2012 model. Protected by a matched-size plastic tote packed in hand-carry luggage, it was designed to be compact and rugged, and fully up to the challenge of frequent air travel. Already these "airport-friendly" FSL antennas have successfully passed through TSA screening 7 times here on the west coast, and have provided high-gain DXing excitement for both Craig Barnes and me during our April Hawaii DXpeditions. The article includes FSL operating tips (useful for any FSL antenna) and recommendations for travel DXing. Good luck to all who accept the challenge!

    Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Expand Messages
  • Everett Sharp
    Jul 1
    I have for sale two 7.5" X 7.5" FSLs.  The FSLs are wound with a 2 coil Polydorff configuration. The windings were wound with 660/46 Litz wire and the variable capacitor is one of the high Q, 2 gang, Russian units with a 3:1 reduction. I added a band switch so the second gang can be switched in for extended band coverage. Each of the FSLs have 3 rows of ferrite bars, totaling 120 bars. The FSLs are mounted on a Lazy Susan base.
     
    Band (1) tunes from 2,000 to 420 KHz and Band (2) tunes from 575 to 275 KHz. The tuning is sharp and the rotational nulls are quite sharp. The FSLs are setup for induction coupling.
     
    I am asking $300 each, plus what ever the shipping cost would be. Below are pictures of one of the FSLs. If interested please contact me off listeverettsharp@....
     
    Everett N4CY


On Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 12:48 PM, 'Roger Jeanfaivre' k1pai@... [icf2010] <icf2010@...> wrote:
 

Hi Jordan:
 
    I'm a sightless owner of the ICF-2010, my third radio since the early 1990's. I picked up the latest radio back in February, and I'm sorry I ever sold the other two. A sighted friend is building me a cable with diode protection, so I can connect in my 120 foot receive wire, normaly used on a Kenwood r5000. Not that I do a lot of air travel, but, just might be interested in your post about the FSL antenna. Could you distribe to me visually, what this antenna is, and what frequencies you listen on? I'm 70, and have been in ham radio for 57 years.
 
thanks and 73
Roger
k1pai
Wethersfield, CT


From: icf2010@... [mailto:icf2010@...m]
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:40 PM
To: ICF 2010; Loop Antennas; primetimeshortwave; shortwave-radio; shortwave-swl-antenna; Shortwaveradios; ultralightdx; Rod Wallberg; RICK WALD
Subject: [icf2010] Fwd: [ultralightdx] Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-1

 


Hi 
Interesting use of Sony ICF-2010,
Capabilities of Ferrite Sleave Loop, FSL, Antennas.

ultralightdx@...    Group Description: A discussion area to support the growth of Ultralight MW Radio DXing
 

27319Airport-Friendly 3.5 inch FSL-- "Heathkit-like" Construction Article

Expand Messages
  • dxergary
    Jul 8
    For those looking for a new hobby challenge, the "Heathkit-like" full construction article for the 3.5" (89mm) Baby FSL antenna (23 pages long) has been completed, and is posted at http://www.mediafire.com/file/pnfm8909c77zjoy/3.5inch-FF-FSL.doc

    This design is actually a more compact version of the 2012-year 5" FSL antenna (which also had a full construction article), which was tested and found to be competitive with a 4 foot (1.22m) air core box loop. By replacing the 660/46 Litz wire with the newer, more sensitive 1162/46 type and augmenting the ferrite sleeve with slightly longer rods, this compact "airport-friendly" design matches the high gain performance of the larger 2012 model. Protected by a matched-size plastic tote packed in hand-carry luggage, it was designed to be compact and rugged, and fully up to the challenge of frequent air travel. Already these "airport-friendly" FSL antennas have successfully passed through TSA screening 7 times here on the west coast, and have provided high-gain DXing excitement for both Craig Barnes and me during our April Hawaii DXpeditions. The article includes FSL operating tips (useful for any FSL antenna) and recommendations for travel DXing. Good luck to all who accept the challenge!

    Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



Thanx
73 de Jordan ve7jjd


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
Date: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 10:41 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-1
To: ultralightdx@...


 

Thanks to Steve for his report from Arizona. The largest collection of ferrite this side of the Ukraine rolled over the Columbia River bridge to Oregon at 0130 local time this morning, as four very "airport unfriendly" FSL antennas deployed for a one week DXpedition to the wild Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita. Originally the plan was to wait until Wednesday to hit the cliff, but I had a premonition that something special might show up if an unscheduled, early morning trip was made from Puyallup. Sure enough, the usually anemic 558-Fiji had its best signal for the past few years at the cliff (even better than in Kona, Hawaii last April).

Upon arrival at 1025 UTC (0325 local time) the ICF-2010 spotting receiver showed a decent carrier on 1017, and a rush effort was made to set up the 17" monster FSL for a recording. A3Z in Tonga cooperated nicely with decent-level island music, about the same time I noticed another car drive up to the cliff turnoff to join me in the total darkness (always a moment of trepidation, since you never know what to expect on the wild cliff). This turned out to be Chuck, who unfortunately noticed Tonga's sign off about the same time his broadband loop was ready (1105). 531 had a potent mix of 4KZ and PI for over an hour, while the usual Kiwi powerhouses (603, 657 and 702) were testing the crunch resistance of my CC Skywave ultralights after 1230. About this time 558-Fiji started sounding like it might even have a real 10 kW transmitter, despite the fact that everyone knows it has serious signal issues. I tried for Theo's 612-Star but it was missing in action, although the 657 frequency had its strongest signal ever heard at the cliff (by far). 702-Magic and 2BL were in a wild S9 snarl for much of the time after 1245, while an apparent 585-2WEB (not // 576) was playing some pop music. Chuck and I discussed the propagation quite a few times, finally wrapping up the chase around 1330.  My overall impression was that the session had a lot to offer, especially considering the fact that 558-Fiji only showed up 1 day out of 11 last year. Tom has yet to join us-- hopefully he will share in the great propagation.

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

1017  A3Z  Nukualofa, Tonga   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

For Theo:

657   Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ   Yikes! With a news signal like this on the "Kiwi Cliff,", who would choose to vote against the Labour Party?

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" Airport-clearing FSL antennas
   




Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-1

Jordan Dobrikin <jjdobrikin@...>
 


Hi 
Interesting use of Sony ICF-2010,
Capabilities of Ferrite Sleave Loop, FSL, Antennas.

ultralightdx@...    Group Description: A discussion area to support the growth of Ultralight MW Radio DXing
 

27319Airport-Friendly 3.5 inch FSL-- "Heathkit-like" Construction Article

Expand Messages
  • dxergary
    Jul 8
    For those looking for a new hobby challenge, the "Heathkit-like" full construction article for the 3.5" (89mm) Baby FSL antenna (23 pages long) has been completed, and is posted at http://www.mediafire.com/file/pnfm8909c77zjoy/3.5inch-FF-FSL.doc

    This design is actually a more compact version of the 2012-year 5" FSL antenna (which also had a full construction article), which was tested and found to be competitive with a 4 foot (1.22m) air core box loop. By replacing the 660/46 Litz wire with the newer, more sensitive 1162/46 type and augmenting the ferrite sleeve with slightly longer rods, this compact "airport-friendly" design matches the high gain performance of the larger 2012 model. Protected by a matched-size plastic tote packed in hand-carry luggage, it was designed to be compact and rugged, and fully up to the challenge of frequent air travel. Already these "airport-friendly" FSL antennas have successfully passed through TSA screening 7 times here on the west coast, and have provided high-gain DXing excitement for both Craig Barnes and me during our April Hawaii DXpeditions. The article includes FSL operating tips (useful for any FSL antenna) and recommendations for travel DXing. Good luck to all who accept the challenge!

    Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



Thanx
73 de Jordan ve7jjd


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
Date: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 10:41 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-1
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Thanks to Steve for his report from Arizona. The largest collection of ferrite this side of the Ukraine rolled over the Columbia River bridge to Oregon at 0130 local time this morning, as four very "airport unfriendly" FSL antennas deployed for a one week DXpedition to the wild Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita. Originally the plan was to wait until Wednesday to hit the cliff, but I had a premonition that something special might show up if an unscheduled, early morning trip was made from Puyallup. Sure enough, the usually anemic 558-Fiji had its best signal for the past few years at the cliff (even better than in Kona, Hawaii last April).

Upon arrival at 1025 UTC (0325 local time) the ICF-2010 spotting receiver showed a decent carrier on 1017, and a rush effort was made to set up the 17" monster FSL for a recording. A3Z in Tonga cooperated nicely with decent-level island music, about the same time I noticed another car drive up to the cliff turnoff to join me in the total darkness (always a moment of trepidation, since you never know what to expect on the wild cliff). This turned out to be Chuck, who unfortunately noticed Tonga's sign off about the same time his broadband loop was ready (1105). 531 had a potent mix of 4KZ and PI for over an hour, while the usual Kiwi powerhouses (603, 657 and 702) were testing the crunch resistance of my CC Skywave ultralights after 1230. About this time 558-Fiji started sounding like it might even have a real 10 kW transmitter, despite the fact that everyone knows it has serious signal issues. I tried for Theo's 612-Star but it was missing in action, although the 657 frequency had its strongest signal ever heard at the cliff (by far). 702-Magic and 2BL were in a wild S9 snarl for much of the time after 1245, while an apparent 585-2WEB (not // 576) was playing some pop music. Chuck and I discussed the propagation quite a few times, finally wrapping up the chase around 1330.  My overall impression was that the session had a lot to offer, especially considering the fact that 558-Fiji only showed up 1 day out of 11 last year. Tom has yet to join us-- hopefully he will share in the great propagation.

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

1017  A3Z  Nukualofa, Tonga   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

For Theo:

657   Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ   Yikes! With a news signal like this on the "Kiwi Cliff,", who would choose to vote against the Labour Party?

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" Airport-clearing FSL antennas
   



657-Wellington, a "Star" of the Rockwork 4 session

Gary DeBock
 

Sorry for the double link for 1017-Tonga. Here is 657-Star doing its best to melt down my Ultralight's front end at 1304

Gary DeBock (DXing at Rockwork 4)



Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-1

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks to Steve for his report from Arizona. The largest collection of ferrite this side of the Ukraine rolled over the Columbia River bridge to Oregon at 0130 local time this morning, as four very "airport unfriendly" FSL antennas deployed for a one week DXpedition to the wild Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita. Originally the plan was to wait until Wednesday to hit the cliff, but I had a premonition that something special might show up if an unscheduled, early morning trip was made from Puyallup. Sure enough, the usually anemic 558-Fiji had its best signal for the past few years at the cliff (even better than in Kona, Hawaii last April).

Upon arrival at 1025 UTC (0325 local time) the ICF-2010 spotting receiver showed a decent carrier on 1017, and a rush effort was made to set up the 17" monster FSL for a recording. A3Z in Tonga cooperated nicely with decent-level island music, about the same time I noticed another car drive up to the cliff turnoff to join me in the total darkness (always a moment of trepidation, since you never know what to expect on the wild cliff). This turned out to be Chuck, who unfortunately noticed Tonga's sign off about the same time his broadband loop was ready (1105). 531 had a potent mix of 4KZ and PI for over an hour, while the usual Kiwi powerhouses (603, 657 and 702) were testing the crunch resistance of my CC Skywave ultralights after 1230. About this time 558-Fiji started sounding like it might even have a real 10 kW transmitter, despite the fact that everyone knows it has serious signal issues. I tried for Theo's 612-Star but it was missing in action, although the 657 frequency had its strongest signal ever heard at the cliff (by far). 702-Magic and 2BL were in a wild S9 snarl for much of the time after 1245, while an apparent 585-2WEB (not // 576) was playing some pop music. Chuck and I discussed the propagation quite a few times, finally wrapping up the chase around 1330.  My overall impression was that the session had a lot to offer, especially considering the fact that 558-Fiji only showed up 1 day out of 11 last year. Tom has yet to join us-- hopefully he will share in the great propagation.

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji   Actually sounding somewhat energetic with typical island music at 1307
The usual male announcer with more island music at 1333

1017  A3Z  Nukualofa, Tonga   Island choral music at decent level around 1036 (after a rush FSL antenna setup)

For Theo:

657   Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ   Yikes! With a news signal like this on the "Kiwi Cliff,", who would choose to vote against the Labour Party?

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
17", 15" and 15" Airport-clearing FSL antennas
   

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