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Five DXer Session at the Rockwork Cliff  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, August 08 2018

IRCA
It's safe to say that this morning's ocean cliff transoceanic propagation provided a real thrill for all five of us. Despite the need to dodge the squatters and spread out over three different Highway 101 turnoffs, the exceptional Kiwi propagation reminded us again how unique this wild cliff can be.

Antenna setup in total darkness right next to total strangers is never boring, and this morning Tom and Chuck needed some reasonable space to set up their broadband loops. When I drove up at 1150 (0450 local time) I noticed that Tom was setting up at Rockwork 4, and Chuck at Rockwork 3 (apparently along with Nick, who was testing out propagation at various places with verticals). By now Craig had become fully accustomed to my vehicle, and he showed up at a perfect time to follow me to Rockwork 6, which had just enough space in between the squatters to set up four large FSL's and PVC bases.

After enjoying 6 days of thrilling DU-DX on the cliff Craig had become a pretty skillful live DXer and Baby FSL user, and by now he was fully capable of running independently on his own. During the DXpedition he had switched to a new-design, TSA friendly 3.5" FSL with a rubber locking collar to keep all the ferrite rods securely in place-- and he was using it to track down almost as much DU-DX as I was. He alerted me when stations on 531, 585, 936 and 1017 were coming in, and mentioned that this type of DXing was so thrilling that he needed to book a return trip next August right away.

After the session all 5 DXers got together at Rockwork 4 to discuss the exceptional results. 1 kW Kiwi stations like 936-Chinese Voice were as strong as they've ever been, with Nick mentioning reception of 540-Rhema (a low-powered NZ network). Tom said he had great Kiwi conditions all over the band, so after he and Chuck review their Perseus files this DXpedition could well compete for the all-time Kiwi MW-DX record on the west coast (established here in July of 2014).

Photos from this morning's session are posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/0wxcc0b1cvt3220ir7htdouddcmnngp4 (Craig, Chuck, Tom and Nick at Rockwork 4) and at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/y9j42u9c7pg9ey7e6n7vnmd69dquw522

(Craig and me alongside "FSL Row" at Rockwork 6)


73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (in Nehalem, OR for two more days)

 

Like Downtown Auckland  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, August 07 2018

IRCA
Here are some more "Kiwi Cliff" recordings from yesterday morning's session at Rockwork 3-- once again demonstrating the unique transoceanic signal boost that the wacky site provides for New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. All of these MP3's (except for the 531 signals) were recorded on the new XHDATA D-808 portable, which is getting the "acid test" in this very rough DXpedition environment. So far two hot-rodded D-808 models have performed superbly! Yesterday morning's photo of a hot-rodded D-808 model next to the largest known FSL antenna on the planet (a 17 inch model) is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/gb01w0pramps7kfn84b1jim4d578ngzd A full report on the D-808's DXpedition performance will be made after the trip.


531 PI Auckland, NZ Cook Island Maori program ("Kia Orana" at 7 seconds) dominating over More FM at 1241 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/corkss7eozvso7igmkzhgewp2ornv531

531 More FM Alexandra, NZ Modern rock format station equal with PI for female-voiced ID (at 17 seconds) at 1321 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/pwqph0o7bj8t7zevlzq267hpuayjkl6j

558 Radio Fiji One Suva, Fiji Pushing S9 with island choral music and female-voiced ID (at end) at 1310 https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/wa7w6ewm4298pqrs6h348dklqs6ojnls

603 Radio Waatea Auckland, NZ Thunderous level with Maori music at 1245-- its strongest performance in several years https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/czow74byhg8m6e3selthpxvam8pqov98

657 Star Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ Another blistering signal with Christian music and Star ID at 1238 ("Star, playing the Christian music you love to hear" https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/i5q311ii09gbni9dnxzyojrmh62x7616

1017 A3Z Nuku'alofa, Tonga Male island speech at potent level at 1258-- the new "Big Gun" Pacific island station https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/x13lettk1ct4ejt2f0f8d504drowvdsr


73 and Good DX,

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

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave & XHDATA D-808 portables + 15", 15" and 17" Airport-unfriendly FSL antennas


 

Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 3) Ultralight DU's for 8-6  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, August 07 2018

IRCA

     The "sleeping squatters" jammed up most of the prime DXing real estate once again this morning, but Craig and I were able to squeeze onto Rockwork 3, which featured only a truck with an Alberta license plate. Judging from our experiences with Nick we figured that Canadians should be relatively well mannered, so we took a chance and set up about 20 feet (6 meters) from him. Tom squeezed onto Rockwork 4, however, while Nick was setting up propagation comparison equipment down at the ocean beach (gulp) and at Rockwork 4.

     Although yesterday's rare Kiwi stations stayed down in the noise there were some exceptional DU signals from both NZ and Oz, with 585-7RN getting a freakish boost to pound in at S9 around 1306. This was far and away its most impressive signal ever here. The Kiwi big guns on 531 (PI), 603 and 657 were also at huge levels in and out, while 531-4KZ made its first appearance of the trip at a more modest level. 558-Fiji was in at a good level (for the sixth day in a row) at 1303, while 1017-Tonga continued to play the part of a DU big gun with potent signals in and out.

     Overall the session had quite a bit less drama than yesterday's rare Kiwi bonanza, but still very enjoyable for live DXers like Craig and me (who had an ocean cliff DXing blast, as usual). A session photo with the four FSL's (including Craig's 3.5" baby model, which has been astonishingly competitive) is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/qz9uxroq8ac2vu6zez087yvctl5a6pao

585  7RN   Hobart, Tasmania, Australia   Female speech at S9 level // 576 at 1306; its strongest performance ever at the cliff  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/santvgc0qi9txyz0pbzn93d9h72jczmo


73 and Good DX,

Gary DeBock (DXing with Craig Barnes at the Rockwork 3 ocean cliff turnout on Highway 101, near Manzanita, OR)

7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB & XHDATA D-808 portables + 15", 15" and 17" DXpedition FSL's



          

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Monday, August 06 2018

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