Monday, 21 April 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Table Cape / Boat Harbour Tasmania

Date: 20/04/2014
Time: 15:30 - 20:45
Location: Table Cape / Boat Harbour Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 136
New stations logged: 2- 783kHz (8AL) / 1602kHz (5LC)
Furthest station logged: 1296kHz - 6RN (Wagin) - 2636km
Medium wave radio challenge 2014 Score: 516

Notes: My wife and I have just returned from a nice weekend away at Boat Harbour / Table Cape on the North West coast of Tasmania. After arriving at our accommodation and having a quick lunch we took a trip to the Table Cape lookout / light house where I undertook a quick portable ultralight dxing session, while I did this my wife was taking photos around this area. This was mid afternoon so I was not expecting amazing results; I managed to log 27 stations which I think was a good result. I also took some photos from here (see below)

Next we headed down to Boat Harbour Beach, as we arrived a large storm could be seen up on Table Cape, we timed leaving there very well. My wife again took some photos while I have a listen to the radio, sadly nothing of any interest was logged so I went for a walk with her out and around the point, from here we got some excellent photos. By this time the daylight was almost over so we headed back to our accommodation to have a walk in the gardens before we lost the last light of the day.

Later in the night after dinner, I went and sat outside and undertook a session from the back deck of our accommodation. Here I logged 134 stations, including a large number which I had logged earlier in the afternoon so these have only been included in my loggings once. This location proved to be excellent RF wise and I managed to log two new stations before the rain set in again:
- 783kHz (8AL) Alice Springs (2KW) @ 2210km. This is my first Northern Territory station on an ultralight radio and I have now managed to log a station from every Australian mainland state and territory.
- 1602kHz (5LC) Leigh Creek South (200W) @ 1322km. This is a low power station which I was able to pull out of the noise on this frequency.

Overall this was a very enjoyable weekend away and I hope to get back to this location again in the future. I had planned on heading down to the beach after dark for a portable ultralight dxing session but the rain put a stop to this. Hopefully next time the weather is better.

Full Loggings:
531         3GG       Warragul
540         7SD        Scottsdale
549         2CR        Cumnock
558         7BU        Burnie
567         2BH        Broken Hill
567         4JK         Julia Creek
576         2RN        Sydney
585         7RN        Hobart
594         3WV      Horsham
603         2RN        Nowra
603         4CH        Charleville
612         4QR        Brisbane
621         3RN        Melbourne
630         2PB        Sydney
639         2HC        Coffs Harbour
639         5CK        Port Pirie
648         2NU       Tamworth
657         2BY         Byrock
666         2CN        Canberra
675         2CO        Corowa
684         2KP        Kempsey
693         3AW      Melbourne
693         4KQ        Brisbane
702         2BL         Sydney
711         4QW      Roma/St George
720         3MT       Omeo
729         5RN        Adelaide
738         2NR        Grafton
747         7PB        Hobart
756         3RN        Wangaratta
765         5CC        Port Lincoln
774         3LO        Melbourne
783         6VA        Albany
783         8AL         Alice Springs
792         4RN        Brisbane
801         HPON GOSFORD              Gosford
810         2BA        Bega
819         2GL        Glen Innes
828         3GI         Sale
837         4RK        Rockhampton
846         2RN        Canberra
855         3CR        Melbourne
855         4QB        Pialba
864         4GR        Toowoomba
864         7RPH     Hobart
873         2GB        Sydney
882         3YB         Warrnambool
891         5AN       Adelaide
900         7AD        Devonport
918         2XL         Cooma
927         3UZ        Melbourne
936         7ZR         Hobart
945         HPON BENDIGO               Bendigo
954         2UE        Sydney
963         2RG        Griffith
963         5SE         Mount Gambier
972         2MW     Murwillumbah
972         5PB        Adelaide
981         3HA        Hamilton
990         3RN        Albury/Wodonga
999         2ST         Nowra
1008       HPON Launceston           Launceston
1017       2KY         Sydney
1026       3PB        Melbourne
1035       2EA        Wollongong
1044       2UH       Muswellbrook
1044       5AU       Port Pirie
1053       2CA        Canberra
1062       5MV      Renmark/Loxton
1071       3EL         Maryborough (Vic)
1080       HPON - Hobart  Hobart
1089       3WM     Horsham
1098       4LG        Longreach
1107       2EA        Sydney
1116       3AK        Melbourne
1125       1RPH     Canberra
1125       5MU      Murray Bridge
1134       2AD        Armidale
1134       3CS         Colac
1143       2HD        Newcastle
1152       2WG      Wagga Wagga
1161       5PA        Naracoorte
1170       2CH        Sydney
1179       3RPH     Melbourne
1188       2NZ        Inverell
1197       5RPH     Adelaide
1206       2CC        Canberra
1206       2GF        Grafton
1215       HPON Bowral     Bowral
1224       3EA        Melbourne
1233       2NC        Newcastle
1242       3GV       Sale
1251       2DU       Dubbo
1260       3SR         Shepparton
1269       2SM       Sydney
1278       3EE         Melbourne
1287       2TM       Tamworth
1296       4RPH     Brisbane
1296       6RN        Wagin
1305       5RN        Renmark/Loxton
1314       3BT         Ballarat
1314       HPON    Wollongong
1323       5DN       Adelaide
1332       3SH        Swan Hill
1341       HPON - Geelong               Geelong
1350       2LF         Young
1359       HPON    Mildura/Sunraysia
1368       2GN       Goulburn
1377       3MP       Melbourne
1386       Radio Tarana (Indian)     Henderson
1395       5AA        Adelaide
1404       2PK        Parkes/Forbes
1413       HPON    Shepparton
1422       HPON - Melbourne         Melbourne
1440       1SBS      Canberra
1449       2MG      Mudgee
1458       2PB        Newcastle
1467       3ML       Mildura/Sunraysia
1476       5MG      Mount Gambier
1476       HPON    Penrith
1485       5LN        Port Lincoln
1494       2AY        Albury
1503       3KND     Melbourne
1512       2RN        Newcastle
1521       2QN       Deniliquin
1530       2VM      Moree
1539       HPON    Adelaide
1548       4QD       Emerald
1557       2RE         Taree
1557       HPON    Renmark/Loxton
1566       3NE        Wangaratta
1575       HPON    Wollongong
1584       2EC         Narooma
1593       HPON - Melbourne         Melbourne
1602       3WL       Warrnambool
1602       5LC         Leigh Creek South


Photos: (These were taken by my wife / me)

Link to photos my wife took: 
http://photosbysabrinaandco.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/boat-harbour-table-cape.html

Lookout on the side of the road heading to Table Cape

Driving up the road towards Table Cape

Air Services Australia Tower

Air Services Australia Tower

Me on the Table Cape Lookout doing some ultralight dxing

Heading down the path

Table Cape Light House

Boat Harbour Beach - Looking to Table Cape in the distance

View from the point at Boat Harbour Beach looking towards main land of Australia


Looking out towards Stanley Nut 

Outdoor table on the rear deck



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