Oregon Cliff Utralight DXpedition South Pacific NDB Recordings


Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

For those interested in the fanatical sport of chasing Trans-Oceanic
long range NDB's on steep ocean side cliffs with a hot-rodded (AM-only)
Ultralight radio and compact FSL antennas, several MP3 recordings from
the recent Cape Perpetua (Oregon state) DXpedition are linked below.

The 4-day DXpedition was conducted on a Highway 101 road side turnoff 2
miles south of Yachats, Oregon (with barely enough space to park your
car, set up an 8" FSL antenna on its PVC base, and feel like you had
some chance of survival as huge trucks thundered by in total darkness).
There was no AC power, running water, street lighting or weather
protection. The rough conditions and ocean cliff environment are shown
in the DXpedition video posted at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZzBfstOXA4

$50 AM-only Ultralight radios are obviously not state-of-the-art NDB
receivers, but when assisted by salt water propagation, ocean cliff
elevation and the new high-gain FSL antennas they can be surprisingly
effective Trans-Oceanic DX chasers. This weird new sport is also the
perfect cure for NDB-DXing boredom, as you are forced to use all of
your DXing skill and propagation knowledge to have any chance of
success. You literally will sink or swim depending upon your own live
DXing skill, rather than relying on advanced listening equipment. This
was the original challenge which make Ultralight Medium Wave DXing so
popular, and is in fact a concept directly borrowed from the amateur
radio QRP-DXing community. Ultralight radio ocean cliff NDB-DXing takes
this challenge one step further... you will be out in a rather harsh
listening environment, and will need to prove that you are tough enough
to handle all kinds of weather (and roadside distractions) while you
are chasing your Trans-Oceanic DX.

Thanks to the extremely helpful Pacific NDB-DXing reports posted by
Steve, Don and Mike, I had a very useful Wish List of South Pacific
NDB's to try for. I had previously enjoyed a superb DXing thrill by
receiving both 270-FA (1000 watts, in Samoa) and 260-NF (2000 watts, on
Australia's Norfolk Island) with similar equipment last August on
Oregon's Cape Falcon. The results during this DXpedition were even more
thrillling... in addition to the two previous South Pacific NDB
catches, 238-KT in New Zealand (2000 watts) was also weakly received,
breaking the Ultralight NDB-DXing distance record. Listed below are the
dates, times and distances of the long-distance NDB receptions, with a
link to the MP3 recordings made on the AM-only Ultralight radio.
Hopefully this will motivate other beacon DXers to give this exciting
new form of NDB-DXing a try... and obtain a permanent cure for
listening boredom :-)

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


238-KT Kaitaia, Waimanoni-Awanui, New Zealand
1216 UTC 7-19-2012 (6,738 miles /10,843 km)
http://www.mediafire.com/?m9urjoqxzjj3ev0
(weak; headphones recommended)

260-NF Puppy's Point, Norfolk Island
1218 UTC 7-19-2012 (6,627 miles / 10,664 km)
http://www.mediafire.com/?6c4rfhb4vrqumdh

270-FA Faleolo IAP, Apia, Upolu Isl., Samoa
1218 UTC 7-29-2012 (5,012 miles / 8065 km)
http://www.mediafire.com/?iqv8f63ez1zkomc