As reported earlier it was a pretty wild ocean cliff session, with both Tom and 
I judging it to have been the most thrilling ever at Rockwork 4. There was 
enhanced propagation to both Australia and New Zealand, with Fiji joining in 
the bonanza as well. Some highlights were the best-ever signals from both 
558-Fiji and 558-6WA (in a snarl much of the time), the best-ever signal from 
the 2.5 kW Radio Kahungunu, unusual Kiwi-Oz mixes across the band, and 558-Fiji 
sticking around at an S5 level until 1350, 15 minutes after Oz and NZ had 
bailed. The underperforming Fiji of the past 2 years has suddenly become a 
DU-DX powerhouse. 

There is no way to make a detailed report of such a wild session without 
extensive file review (which I assume that Tom will be doing for weeks), but 
some of the highlight signals are linked below. While still in total darkness 
Tom and I both noticed that Kiwi propagation was unusually good around 1200, 
and we thought it would turn out to be a great Kiwi morning. It was, but in the 
increasing daylight the Australian signals also got a major boost, along with 
558-Fiji. Snarling frequency fights broke out across the band as enhanced DU 
propagation kicked in throughout the entire South Pacific. Neither Tom or I had 
ever heard anything like it., but it certainly more than made up for Tom's 
dicey luck the past two days. His Perseus recordings from today may become real 

531 More FM? Sounds like another Kiwi ad string (minus the "Sheila") at 1258, 
but I'm certainly no expert on Kiwi English. In a mix with PI and an Oz talk 
station throughout the session 

531 UnID-Oz ABC-sounding talk hanging around at 1253 over and under PI and the 
rest. 558-6WA was in at the time but I didn't think to check for a parallel. 
Maybe 6DL? 

558 Radio Fiji One Suva, Fiji, 10 kW The real star of the session, pounding in 
with serious strength after its recent rejuvenation. Was still easily audible 
at 1350 during final antenna dismantling. These two MP3's (at 1307 and 1323) 
were the strongest recordings ever made of the station at the ocean cliff 

558 6WA Wagin, Australia, 50 kW In a snarl with Fiji for much of sunrise 
enhancement, the Western Australian station (with programming matching the 
"Overnights" podcast on the ABC website) made a return appearance at 1319 to 
repeat the North American Ultralight DXing distance record of 9,138 miles / 
14,705 km. First heard at this cliff in August of 2015 

603 Oz-Radio Waatea Mix For the first time ever, at 1254 an Oz station 
dominates the NZ Maori powerhouse Radio Waatea at the "Kiwi Cliff." Prior to 
this I had never even heard any competition for Radio Waatea on the frequency 
(during 12 ocean cliff DXpeditions here) 

765 Radio Kahungunu Napier-Hastings, NZ, 2.5 kW Yikes! The Kiwi Maori station 
melting down my CC Skywave's front end is running only 2.5 kW of power! Even 
with its reputation as an overachiever, this signal is straight out of science 
fiction. There is apparently a new Maori net ID at 1:30 into the recording at 
the 1300 TOH, but no Maori translator is currently available at the cliff 

73 and Good DX, 
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA) 
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 Ultralights + 
17 inch and 15 inch "Weightlifter Required" FSL antennas 

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