A five day trip to Aitutaki in the Southern Cook Islands kicked off this
evening after the successful deployment of a 5" TSA-friendly FSL antenna and
two 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave Ultralight models. As with all other of these
"Frequent Flyer" FSL models, the antenna breezed through TSA screening at three
different airports, and is ready to provide inductive coupling gain similar to
that of a 4' air core box loop during this ocean beach trip.
The first DXing session this evening was primarily designed to check out
propagation, and conditions within the DU area were phenomenal. A 7.5"
loopstick model alone had an S9 mix of 531-PI and More FM, S9 signals from
540-Samoa, 558-Fiji, 630-Cook Islands, 846-Kiribati, 1017-Tonga and
1098-Marshalls, an S9 Newstalk ZB in the null of 1017-Tonga, an S9 Newstalk ZB
in the null of 1098-Marshalls, an S9 signal from the 1 kW 936-Chinese Voice in
Auckland, etc. I had planned to set up the 5" FSL this evening but the
hot-rodded CC Skywave was receiving almost every target station at a huge
level, making it seem like overkill. The conditions here are like a potent mix
of Kona, Hawaii Pacific island propagation and Rockwork 4 New Zealand
propagation (only much better). Really wild performance from just a 7.5"
loopstick-- more details and MP3's to follow.
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing in Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB models (2) +
5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna
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