Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 9/4/2014

Date: 09/04/2014
Time: 5:50am - 6:25am
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 75
New stations logged: 0
Furthest station logged: 612kHz - 4QR Brisbane. 1644km
Medium wave radio challenge 2014 Score: 89

Notes: This morning I was awake early so I undertook a pre-sunrise ultralight dxing session. Band conditions were very good with good to excellent signal levels from most stations. I did notice a number of NSW / SA stations mostly between 1000km and 1500km were missing and those just below this had much weaker signals than what I had expected. I did a quick check of my two New Zealand check frequencies (909kHz and 1386kHz), both showed some very weak audio peaking in and out of the band noise but not enough to be able to add them to the logs. I managed to log 75 stations total, a breakdown of these by state:
ACT - 6
NSW - 21
QLD - 1
SA - 6
TAS - 10
VIC - 31

Out of these stations, 4QR from Brisbane was a bit of a surprise and peaked with good audio towards the end of my session, right before sunrise. I suspect if I had of kept listen I would have been able to add a couple more stations but domestic duties and work meant I had to end the session, my plan for the future is to aim for some more sessions around this time of the morning.

Overall it was a very enjoyable session and a good use of having woken up early.

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