At sunrise after breakfast Krassy and I.wired in a 180 delay transformer that 
could be switched from the operating position to switch the 2 el array from 
BROADSIDE to end FIRE - and also to unidirectional NE or SW.

Thus night 2 at 1030z was  far better for us on Topband - DU7ET was there again 
and we were ON TIME at 1015z for our SUNSET at 1033z..  Instantly N4WW was 
worked with a respectable signal (this means we could hear.him at about RST 

Since Dragan YT3W has the logs and I am now doing this from memory, I do not 
remember if we then worked NO3M - or if it was the next night - but Eric became 
our Northeastern most qso on 160M - so congrats top Eric for hearing us and for 
making us be able to hear him (barely!)  Water-weak like would aptly describe 
our side of this qso (HI)

We worked quite a few USA mid-western and Far Western stations this night - 
plus at least 300 Europeans.  My son Patrick KK6ZM had a great signal near his 
SR peakl - it was among the loudest signals we worked on night two.

At SR after this night, Krassy and I decided to take down the runway 160M 
radiator, and use only the single 160m radiator - and we threw its 20 odd 
radials into the salt water lagoon.

We moved this spider pole to the north side of theisland and plavced it on the 
seawall - and used it fro 80M SSB  thereafter.

We also decided we had to try to find a way to get a beverage up on 160M for RX 
- even if it was only one that could be aimed at EU.

ZL3WW came up with a scheme to use the 2nd abandoned vertical feedline for this 
beverage and by relocating the coax slightly we started at the runway and got a 
NW beverage straight for about 800 feet toward the seawall - then we crossed a 
pathway in the air - and ran it at least another 500 feet along the seawall.

This turned out to be a real gem - as we ran the table for HOURS into EU after 
SR had passed in W6/W7.  It made a huge difference in our ability to work the 
2nd and 3rd tier EU callers.

It worked so well that ZL3WW and I tried our hand the next afternoon  on a USA 
beverage to the NE.

The plan was to switch the feedline to the USA at our SS and then at 1 430 
after W7 SR move the feedline over to the EU beverage again,  This was easy to 
do at 10:30PM in the dark as it was an open field and with a flashlight it took 
all of 5 mins.  

This was a pretty fair beverage - about 650 feet long - straight as an arrow - 
but it also ran close to the hotel complex for most of its run.  As I 
feared,this one was not stone cold quiet like the Eu beverage was - when I 
switched to it there was some kind of background hash that covered up most 
weaker signals.  Listening on the EU beverage did not work well either towards 
NA - as while it was super quiet - it was at least 90 degrees off of a true NE 
shortpath NA heading - some USA signals could be heard on it - but not the East 
Coast weaker guys we desperately wanted to work.

So night 4 we spent listening for NA on the single 160m vertical located at the 
seawall - and listened to EU on its quieter NW beverage.

AGAIN Eu was bedlam all night long - 160M to NA was only  so so - we worked 
into the mid west and then the NW USA at their SR pretty well.

Near SR Krassy who had departed for 80CW late into the EU opening - went to 
sleep - and YT3W took over near our SR grayline peak.

I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw his 80 CW Grayline contacts come onto 
my screen.

In the space of 10 mins, he logged K1CP (Maine), N1RJ (also Maine) - and W1JR 
(NH) - followed by PY5EG - Atilano - and then the LP sunset peak had passed on 
the eastern seaboard of NA because we went into daylight on our side at SR.

Next email I will talk about our final night on Topband - which was our last 
night at SS on Layang Layang.

Jeff Briggs
DXing on the Edge: The Thrill of 160 Meters 
Available worldwide through BookBaby, Array Solutions, DX Engineering, Royal 
Society of Great Britain, & Amazon

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