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1100 ESPN  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 09 2018


WTAM in Cleveland, Ohio


Stan, WA1LOU

On 8/9/18 9:48 AM, Forrester S wrote:

Aside from Las Vegas, who is now ESPN on 1100? Heard mixing with WISS this
morning around 0630 Central.

Todd Skaine


Turbocharged Tonga  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 09 2018

Hi Gary,

You are so right about Tonga since itâs gone 24/7! This re-energized
station has been a powerhouse into Grayland this week too, and like you
said the vibrant signal is a welcome replacement for Tahiti 738. It makes
for enjoyable wide-bandwidth listening!

For any carrier chasers out there, after calibration my SDR's software
reports their signal as 5.5 Hz on the high side of 1017. At least a couple
other station peaks were noted slightly lower than 1017.

Good DX,



1100 ESPN  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 09 2018

Aside from Las Vegas, who is now ESPN on 1100? Heard mixing with WISS this
morning around 0630 Central.

Todd Skaine
ICOM 7300 wth a Superloop
2 Modified 2010s barefoot
Toyota car radio


Ocean Cliff Showdown-- New XHDATA D-808 Hotrod Vs. 17" Monster FSL  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 09 2018

For those interested in how a new, stand-alone 7.5" loopstick XHDATA D-808 portable stacks up against a D-808 inductively boosted by a 17" Monster FSL, the same 2 minute segment of 1017-A3Z in Nuku'alofa, Tonga was recorded on both models from 1304-1306 yesterday at the Rockwork 3 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon. Both models were raised up on standard 4' PVC bases. and all other conditions (recording level, etc.) were equalized.

Both the 7.5" loopstick D-808 and the Monster FSL-assisted D-808 start off their recordings with Tonga dominant over the Australian station 1017-2KY, which initially attempts to make it a horse race with A3Z but folds badly in the clutch.

The stand-alone 7.5" loopstick D-808 portable's reception of the two stations is linked at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xw0vuzpbqyg2gc0ekh7s2tdzm5n6r7l0

The reception of a D-808 boosted by a 17" Monster FSL is linked at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/r6yrwe7pzze6kw59qnzrbg8c704kg1l2

By the way, the 7.5" loopstick D-808 transplant operation is one of the easiest such modifications to perform in the history of portable DXing. There are two ideally-situated terminal connections to solder in a loopstick transplant, presumably because the Chinese engineers (or reverse engineers?) used this system to test out various loopsticks.

Gary DeBock (in Nehalem, OR for one more day)


Turbo-boosted 1017-Tonga  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 09 2018

Prior to this Rockwork DXpedition it was somewhat of a challenge to track down 1017-A3Z in Tonga here at the cliff, primarily because of its very early morning sign off at around 1100 UTC. We normally arrive at the Highway 101 turnoffs around that time for antenna setup, and Tonga had usually bailed by the time the broadband loops were set up. The quick set up FSL's usually could catch the Tonga sign off, but without the sunrise enhancement boost that dramatically boosts up DU signals.

All that has changed completely with 1017-Tonga's new 24/7 broadcast schedule. The signals from Nuku'alofa have transformed into something like the old 738-Tahiti, becoming the most powerful and reliable DU big gun on the cliff. Like 558-Fiji, it seems to have somehow tapped into the Kiwi propagation pipeline to this wild site.

This morning Tonga pounded in with its best-ever signal at the Rockwork cliff at 1305 with beautiful island music, hitting S9+ on even a hot-rodded XHDATA D-808 portable https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/radzvqalieda4gnakw8l34kwd4z1n9lf

Tonga wasn't the only DU on the warpath this morning. At the 1300 the rare 2 kW Kiwi station 531-More FM pounded in with an S9 ID at the TOH, managing to completely bury its more common Kiwi co-channel PI https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/9o43ydwob8pwwi98303rdelm23k83fig

The squatters once again were out in force, making three DXers spread out to three different turnoffs (Tom at Rockwork 4, Chuck at Rockwork 2 and me at Rockwork 3). Despite the somewhat ragged-looking California vehicle parked only 15 feet away from me the session was uneventful (except for the good Longwave and Medium Wave DU-DX). As posted earlier, the 500 watt Longwave NDB (air navigation beacon) 260-NF on Norfolk Island, an Australian territory, showed up on a hot-rodded Tecsun PL-380 and 15" Longwave FSL at 1210 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/209sk7dvhkfglpqv50gs1ehypgmxz2m2 This was my first Ultralight South Pacific NDB reception in over 5 years, and was quite a thrill.

73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 3 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB & XHDATA D-808 & Longwave Tecsun PL-380 portables +

17" & 15" Medium Wave and 15" Longwave FSL antennas (a.k.a. "Financial Sinkhole Loops")


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