Monday, 2 March 2015

Ultralight DXing - St Helens - 27/2/2015 / 28/2/2015

Over the weekend just been my wife and I took our daughter away to St Helens for the weekend. St Helens is the largest town on the east coast of Tasmania and it is about a 2 hour drive from our home. This location has a very relaxed feel about it and is a very popular holiday spot. I have previously undertaken some ultralight DXing from this area but have not had a chance to get back since getting more serious about ultralight DXing and having my 7.5"loopstick equipped PL-380. This area is also one of the most eastern locations on the Tasmania coast; this I was hoping would produce some good New Zealand DX. I undertook an ultralight DXing session on the Friday night when we arrived and three sessions for my long term ultralight DXing project, the results are below.

General DXing Session - 27/02/2015 - St Helens Caravan Park - 20:40 to 21:35

I Logged 81 stations, a good mix of stations with a state by state break down below.
ACT - 6
NSW - 33
QLD - 3
SA - 2
TAS - 10
VIC - 26

Signal levles were fairly strong and it was only towards the top of the band that I noticed some local RFI, this I tracked down to the cabins AC unit. I checked my NZ check frequencies but heard no signals at all, this is a much worse result than what I normally get at home where 1386KHz is heard most nights. I checked a number of other possible frequencies but these also did not produce any NZ stations. I am unsure of the reason for this.


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Date: 27/02/2015
Time: 20:25 - 20:45
Location: Caravan Park, St Helens. Tasmania
Weather: Cool
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 1
549 - 2CR: 2
558 - 7BU: 1
585 - 7RN: 3
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 5
747 - 7PB: 2
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 5
954 - 2UE: 5
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 2
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
1116 - 3AK: 4
1179 - 3RPH: 3
1224 - 3EA: 3
1260 - 3SR: 5
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 4
1377 - 3MP: 3
1395 - 5AA: 1
1440 - 1SBS: 4
1503 - 3KND: 5
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 4
Notes: Session was undertaken in caravan park cabin, some good skywave results.
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Date: 28/02/2015
Time: 10:15 - 10:30
Location: St Helens Point Light, St Helens. Tasmania
Weather: Overcast with light winds and some sunny breaks.
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 2
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 1
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 2
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 0
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 0
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 0
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 1
Notes: This session was undertaken at the St Helens point light. Some good low band ground wave results with a number of Victorian stations coming in at very good signal levels.
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Date: 28/02/2015
Time: 15:00 - 15:15
Location: Caravan Park, St Helens. Tasmania
Weather: Cloudy with some light rain and windy.
531 - 3GG: 3
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 2
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 2
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 1
900 - 7AD: 1
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 0
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 0
1377 - 3MP: 0
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 1
Notes: An afternoon session at a picnic table at the rear of the caravan park. Results were much the same as at St Helens point light earlier in the day with only 7SD on 540KHz showing much of an increase in signal level and 7PB on 747KHz being down 2 signal points from a 4 to a 2.

Below are some photos of my sessions from these locations.







This is looking directly to New Zealand











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