DXpedition to Coorong, South Australia, Australia
by Craig Edwards
& Dave Onley
Jake (played by Dave Onley) has
just been released from prison, that is, he got
away from his wife and child for the weekend. So
Elwood (played by Craig Edwards) picks him up in
the Boozemobile. Craig reminded Dave that upon his
release from prison he promised he would go to Saint
Hilton of the Blessed Pub and visit our favourite
old barmaid 'the penguin' the day he got out. (If
you haven't seen the movie 'The Blues Brothers',
this won't make any sense!)
The Booze Brothers, Dave
Onley & Craig Edwards
The penguin told us "You're
such a disappointing pair, I prayed so hard for
you, it saddens and hurts me, that the two young
men whom I served have returned to me as 2 DXers
with filthy mouths and bad attitudes. Get out and
don't come back until you've redeemed yourselves!!
Suddenly Dave saw the light
Dave: "the AM band
Craig, the AM band!!! We get the DXpedition band
back together, do a few gigs, and bam - hundreds
Craig: "yeah well
getting the DXpedition band back together might
not be that easy Dave"
Dave: "What are you
Craig: "They split,
they all took straight jobs"
We went to an old abandoned warehouse
where the Southern Cross DX Club used to meet. We
came across an old vagrant woman called Miss Newlyn
and asked her where we might find some of the old
South Australian Coorong DXpeditioner's. She asked
"Are you the police?", "No ma'am
we're DXers" Craig replied.
On a red hot tip, we pulled into
the Soul Food Café, Dave ordered 4 fried
chickens & a coke and Craig asked for some dry
white toast. That's where we located a couple of
the old crew like Steve Perkins and Lew Chapman.
Craig told them "We're putting the band back
together, we're on a DXpedition from God".
Our ill fated quest turned bizarre
as we dined at the exclusive Mawson Lakes Hotel.
Dave pulled his chair over to a high-brow family
who were dining and asked the father "How much
for the little girl, the women, how much for the
women, your women, I want to buy your women, the
little girl, your daughters sell them to me, sell
me your children."
After posting bail we continued
on to Meningie where we had a drink at Bob's Country
Bunker, a strange ale house where they played both
kinds of music, country and western. Bob thought
we were the Good Ole Boys - the entertainment for
the evening. So it wasn't long before Dave and Craig
were in full merry song, however we knew our welcome
was worn out after the 5th version of us singing
Rawhide saw beer bottles being regularly flung in
our general direction. So we continued on our journey
dodging the police, Bob and the local National Park
authorities until we made it to the grand stage
for our next big gig - Parnka Point on the Coorong.
We gave ourselves the big thumbs up and decided
this was to be the place for the July DXpedition
a month later.
The caravan park cabin
will be the Taj Mahal compared to our tents
Craig writes - Well maybe this
isn't how it really happened, but why let the truth
get in the way of a good story. OK, now to reality
Following on from the travelling
DXpedition that saw my wife and I leave Queensland,
the relocation from Townsville to Adelaide was now
complete as my wife and I finally obtained the keys
to our house so we could get the two moving trucks
full of our belongings unloaded. For those of you
who have done an interstate relocation know of the
logistical nightmare and endless boxes and boxes
or stuff to deal with.
Dave on the compass, Craig
on the great circle map - could this be THE
With the new move also comes
a new job. I'm working at Murray Bridge in their
health service. On the down side, I have to drive
90 km each way between there and our home in Mawson
Lakes (Adelaide) - that's starting to lose it's
novelty. The up side is that Murray Bridge is only
70 km away from the start of the Coorong - the Mecca
of Mediumwave for South Australian DXers. So on
two Friday afternoons (April 16 and 30) after work
I stayed overnight at a caravan park cabin in Meningie,
the small town located at the start of the Coorong.
With a simple EWE antenna at an electrically noisy
caravan park cabin I did a little listening there
but the purpose was to see if the Coorong had some
potential new sites for a DXpedition.
Dave Onley seriously thinking about the prospective
This caravan park wasn't considered
as a potential DX site but was rather a nice comfortable
cabin with an ensuite to use as a home base. On
both Saturday mornings I went exploring around the
Coorong for possible overnight and more isolated
DXpedition sites. So after finding a potential site
my old partner in crime Dave Onley thought it would
be good to fly over from Geelong in Victoria for
the weekend to check out the site and plan our camping
DXpedition. This would mean using tents and roughing
it with no power, no facilities, no running water
or sewerage which meant not many campers to entangle
themselves in our beverages and no power lines.
So on June 3rd he flew over and
we headed to Meningie for an overnight stay. After
checking into the Lake Albert Caravan Park cabin
we headed out to our potential DXpedition site at
Parnka Point. This baron place had room for 100m
wires over the sand to Africa (even more with the
tide out) and when it comes to the Middle East and
Asia/Europe the wires can stretch out to 500m or
Craig Edwards, looks out
over to Europe
After we gave the site the big
thumbs up we headed back to the cabin and figured
we may as well set the Icom R75's up with a EWE
to Asia just for interest. By now it was 6pm, the
antenna worked OK and we took a 2-0 vote to hit
the Meningie Hotel for Bundy Rum, Coopers Pale Ale,
a roaring wood fire and the Coorong Fisherman's
Basket for dinner. A dozen cordials later we managed
to stagger our way back to the cabin in the dark
without falling over the antenna to do a little
Asian listening before a 4am wake up call to check
out pre-dawn offerings. Despite our ale-induced
hangovers, we managed to wake up and hear some interesting
catches. Dave managed to master the art of listening
for 15 minutes then crawling back into bed for 10
minutes to reflect on this logging. This practice
was continued for an hour or two until his body
decided to finally wake up!
The lads having a quiet
drink at the dials before having a serious drink
at the pub.
Later after an interesting morning's
listening we pondered the Coorong over a couple
of meat pies for breakfast from the Meningie bakery.
We figured if we could get Kenya 1386 and Djibouti
1539 (along with the powerhouse Botswana 909 and
Sao Tome 1530) this morning on a little EWE at a
noisy caravan park cabin, then surely a beverage
in a tent in the middle of nowhere should produce
some exciting African action next month at our July
DXpedition. We know that European DX is possible
from the Coorong from previous trips in the early
1990's, so for July it's just going to be a mix
of good luck and good propagation. Only time will
tell. So the trail that follows reflects a mere
entrée to the July DXpedition which will
be the big meal.
Meningie Hotel - Our daytime
Icom R75 (off 12V DC), pre-amp
Craig Edwards DXing on April
16th and April 30th
Dave Onley and Craig Edwards
DXing on June 3rd
549 1115 CNR Fujian, China. Good
in CC with radio musical and FA talk. June 3
621 1136 DXDC Davao City, Philippines.
Fair mixing with 3RN with RMN IDs. June 3
630 2116 RRI Makassar, Sulawesi.
Poor under 4QN as the band was just about dead after
sunrise, noted with male talks in Indo // 4750 April
666 2045 DZRH Metro Manila, Philippines.
Fair over the mush with Tagalog news & weather
then canned DZRH IDs April 16
765 2035 CNR Fujian, China. Fair
for only a couple of minutes with typical CNR musical
show, noted during a period of dead air after the
news on 5CC April 16
774 2030 RRI Fak Fak, Irian Jaya.
Nice signal here with ID and then into music program,
easy catch despite big 50kW 3LO powerhouse also
on 774 April 16
855 2033 DXZH Zamboanga City,
Philippines. Fair signal mixed with Aussies with
DZRH canned IDs and relaying overnight DZRH network.
909 1233 CNR Fujian, China. Chinese
commentary // to SW and in the mix with RRI Sorong
and unid Philippines. June 3
Craig Edwards - Serious
DXer - logging Djibouti 1539 kHz
909 2015 DYLA Cebu City, Philippines.
Good signal in Tagalog with "DYLA Super"
IDs mixing in and out with RRI Sorong. June 3
909 1141 RRI Sorong, Irian Jaya.
Good here in the clear with fairly subdued Indo
talks and easy listening music show April 16
909 2017 VOA, Sebele Pikwe, Botswana.
Poor with VOA Africa pgm in EE with surprising no
sign of RRI Sorong April 16
954 1132 DZEM Bulacan, Philippines.
Fair at times but only noticed during talkback bits
on 2UE, usual Tagalog religious program April 16
999 1230 DYSS Cebu City, Philipines.
Good with lots of IDs and news items. June 3
1035 2003 CNR1, China. Fair and
in the clear with Chinese musical // 6030 April
1053 1223 JOAR Nagoya, Japan.
Fair strength mixing with 2CA, non-stop MA &
FA Japanese talks. June 3
Dave Onley - still requiring
sunglasses at 530am while trying to log VOA
Botswana, RRI Sorong and DYLA Philippines on
1053 2006 RRI Jayapura, Indonesia.
Poor in the mix with 2CA with male talks in Indonesian
and then local ID. June 3
1089 1215 CNR Fujian, China.
Fair here in Chinese with typical musical. June
1107 1104 JOCF Kagoshima, Japan.
Good mixing with 2EA, JJ female talks over another
unid, possibly RRI. June 3
1143 1209 BEL3 Penghu, Taiwan.
Fair mixing with the Aussies with Taiwan Area Fishery
weather reports. June 3
1169 1933 IRIB Sarasary, Iran.
This one still here off-channel with male talks
in presumed Farsi April 16
1170 2013 DXMR Zamboanga, Philippines.
Good here with news items and dramatic music between
each piece April 30
1179 1156 JOOR Osaka, Japan.
Fair mixing with 3RPH, animated JJ talks between
MA & FA then mixing with unid CC station. June
1215 1110 DYRF Cebu City, Philippines.
Poor here with religious programming in Tagalog
under 4HI April 16
1233 1948 TWR Cape Greco, Cyprus.
Nice signal here in Arabic well over 2NC. Noted
at 2125 with possible Radio Canada International
ID (but didn't have tape running) in Arabic then
into male commentary April 30
1251 1205 Voice of Russia, Primorskiy,
Russia. Good under 2DU with news items in Chinese.
1260 1100 DZEL Lucena City, Philippines.
Poor under 3SR with Eagle Broadcasting Corporation
ID & DZEL canned IDs April 16
1260 2043 DXRF Davao City, Philippines.
Fair here on a nice peak over mush of 3SR, 6KA and
Sawa. News items and DZRH canned IDs so obviously
relaying DZRH 666 overnight April 30
1260 2001 Radio Sawa, Dodecanese Islands. Good strength
but big interference from 3SR, noted with news service
in Arabic April 16
1287 1850 JOHR Sapporo, Japan.
Fair in Japanese with pop music show. June 3
1287 2040 DXRC Zamboanga City,
Philippines. Fair with series of Super Radyo IDs
1296 1040 DXAB Davao City, Philippines.
Good heard with program from the Vatican about Pope
John Paul II in Tagalog April 16
1323 1858 BBC Zyyi, Cyprus. Poor
here with interval signal & BBC World Service
news, heard under SEN Adelaide. Fortunately SEN
was a wobbly signal and wouldn't surprise me if
they are operating well under 2kW. April 16
1359 1033 Family Radio, Taiwan.
Good hear in Indo with sermon over 4WK April 16
1359 2050 CNR, China. Fair in
Chinese // 1035 mixing with Family Radio Taiwan
in English April 30
1386 1358 NHK2 Network, Japan. Fair here over another
unid Asian, maybe HLAM. English language lessons
then into NHK ID and English news April 16
1386 1150 HLAM Mokpo, South Korea.
Fair signal in KK mixing with Radio Tarana but didn't
last long due to 5AA splatter. June 3
1386 1830 KBC Maralal, Kenya.
Fair signal in the clear except for occasional HLAM
appearances. FA in English with "KBC"
IDs and closing credit to education like program
then into EE pop music. June 3
1404 1141 JOQL or JOVR Japan.
No ID but one of these two outlets, fair with brief
discussions in JJ followed by pop music mixing with
2PK. June 3
1413 2005 BBC Masirah Island,
Oman. Poor here with BBC World Service news noted
in a slight delay to 2EA also covering BBC WS. April
1449 1924 IRIB Bandar-e-Torkamen,
Iran. Poor signal with presumed Farsi chants under
2MG April 16
1512 2055 DYAB Cebu City, Philippines.
Good signal with IDs every few seconds, more IDs
than program content - wish more stations did this!!!
1530 1911 VOA, Pinheira, Sao
Tome & Principe. Poor in French here mixing
with 2VM April 16
1539 1845 Radiodiffusion Vision
Djibouti, Djibouti. Great surprise to hear this
in presumed Afar language with sensational exotic
music. Took a wild guess and checked 4780 to find
this in // but 1539 was stronger - amazing!!! Heard
well throughout the morning, including commentaries
at 1915, thank goodness 5TAB 1539 is not 24 hours
yet April 16
1557 1123 Family Radio Kouhu,
Taiwan. Strong here in presumed Taiwanese well over
co-channel Aussies. June 3
1566 2112 AIR Nagpur, India.
Good here with typical Indian music show // 9425
1575 1830 Radio Farda, Al-Dhabbaya,
United Arab Emirates. Nice signal in presumed Farsi
with IDs and then into funky music well over 2RF.
1593 1957 CNR1 China. Big signal
here with interval signal then into ID & male
talks in Chinese April 30
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