Tom and I had all the real estate we wanted at the ocean cliff this morning as 
all the "visitors" cleared out. When you drive up to the cliff in total 
darkness you never really know what to expect, and you need to be prepared for 
bizarre weather, strange "visitors" and loud audio frequency QRM from 

Propagation pulled a sudden switch this morning as moderate Oz propagation 
suddenly morphed into excellent Kiwi conditions. The relatively obscure NZ 
stations 576-Star (2.5 kW) and 936-Chinese Voice (1 kW) finally showed up on 
the cliff after 6 days, along with a blistering signal from the relatively 
obscure Oz station 639-5CK. The Kiwi bonanza occurred late in the session, 
however, so there was no time to go after other exotic fare like 585-Ruatoria 
(Radio Ngati Porou). Like 531-More FM, that is an another ultra-rare Kiwi 
station that has never shown up anywhere else on the west coast. 

This was Tom's last session at the cliff, and it has been a lot of fun to chase 
DU-DX with him at this awesome site. This was by far the most thrilling trip we 
have ever experienced here, with two Western Australians (531-6DL and 558-6WA), 
multiple receptions of 531-More FM, 558-Fiji (over and over), 639-5CK at 
monster level, 936-Chinese Voice, 1017-Tonga (over and over) and many others. 
The choice of early August for optimal Rockwork 4 DU propagation proved to be 
spot on, and Tom will probably enjoy reviewing his Perseus files from the 
dazzling August 4th session for months to come. 

531 PI Auckland, NZ, 5 kW Strong Samoan music and speech at 1319; occasionally 
in a mix with 4KZ and More FM 

576 Star Hamilton, NZ, 2.5 kW The "dwarf star" finally shows up with music // 
657 late at 1327 

594 3WV-Star mix The Oz big gun had a serious edge over the falling Stars with 
a health related LR network program at 1253 

639 5CK Port Pirie, Australia, 10 kW One of the big surprises of the session 
with a blowtorch signal // 891 at 1307 from this obscure DU 

936 Chinese Voice Auckland, NZ, 1 kW The rare, low-power Kiwi station finally 
makes a decent appearance at 1307 during enhanced conditions 

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 + 
TSA-spooking 17 inch and 15 inch FSL antennas 

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