Edwards, Coorong, South Australia
September 9, 2005
After being released
from 30 days home detention after the August
Coorong DXpedition I thought it was time to return
again. This time it was only to be a single Friday
night/Saturday morning in order to get home again
for the AFL Football finals game Saturday night.
So I had to pack a lot of listening into a short
period of time. Realising this it didn't take long
to get into DXpedition character as soon as I left
work Friday afternoon.
A unique coastal DX phenomenon
has been occurring in the last few visits to my
spot in the Coorong. Each time the theory has been
tested it has shown to be correct. You see there
are two Emu's that live around Parnka Point in the
Coorong. They are two unique wild birds that are
around 7 feet tall and are not frightened to approach
the DX van. The mystical ionospheric theory is that
if I see them both on an afternoon then the next
morning's African DX is great, if they aren't seen,
then it's very ordinary. With such magical DX power
I've formally named one of them 'Kongsfjord' and
the other one 'Lemmenjoki.' In fact after one afternoon
they both hung around so long, I started calling
them by their nicknames 'King Kong' and 'Lemon Chicken'.
DX Emu's 'King Kong' and 'Lemon Chicken'
So it was with great excitement
that I first saw 'Lemon Chicken' crossing the dirt
road and a few moments later 'King Kong' appeared
- I knew I was in for a good morning of DX on Saturday.
So DX camp was quickly established with the EWE
to Africa. Although I modified the null at sunset
so that I could try for a bit of North American
activity. Early indications were interesting with
a couple coming in nicely KHPY 1670 and KXOL 1660.
Why did the Lemon Chicken cross the road?
But a regular crackle in this
zero noise location meant one possibility - lightning.
Very quickly the wind picked up and as I gazed out
over the sand dunes I could see the sunset being
lit up as a storm approached from the Southern Ocean.
Seeing though DX wasn't THAT GOOD, I pulled out
the antenna and went to bed at 7pm. The wind was
at it's strongest I've ever experienced at the Coorong.
Thank goodness I was in the van instead of the tent!
It wasn't long before the storm was on top of me
as I tried to sleep in the van.
The second phenomenon of the
weekend was about to occur - the trauma of the storm
shut down a compartment of my subconscious and when
I awoke, it sent me into a temporary stupor where
my psyche was controlled by two key influences.
Firstly it was the fact that I was a DXpeditioner,
and secondly by a DVD I had watched the previous
evening - 'Castaway' starring Tom Hanks. As far
as my storm ravaged brain knew, I was now DXpeditioner
Tom Hanks, stranded at Parnka Point on a DXpedition!!!!!
A strange object is sighted across the water
There was no time to fight this,
it was 2:30am (1700 UTC) and Djibouti 1539 was already
coming in, so I accepted it and hit the dials. 'King
Kong' and 'Lemon Chicken' were right, DX was excellent
After numerous hours at the dial,
sleep deprivation had made we weary and I felt very
alone. All there was to keep me company was the
exotic African music on the AM band. My final and
probably favourite log was that of Radio Free Africa
Tanzania on 1377 with US Urban rap and lots of English
and Swahili IDs around an hour after local sunrise.
The object washes ashore...
As I put down the headphones
at the end of the morning DX session, I peered out
across the water:
I could see a round object on
I wonder I wonder what it could be.
Was it danger, maybe I should flee,
Or could it be, a friend for me.
As a DX Castaway, I needed mental
stimulation as a coping mechanism, so when the object
came ashore I knew I had a new friend - WILSON!!!!!!!!!!
Ah finally as a DXer I had a
friend, what a merry old time we had. We spoke about
our lives, me talking about my wife, and Wilson
telling me about his time as a basketball on a navy
boat before going overboard - ah yes we shared many
a tale about women and seamen.
It's all a bit of a blur really.
I remember waking up at noon back to my normal self.
Phew that was a close call. I remembered who I was,
farewelled King Kong and Lemon Chicken and departed
the Coorong for home once again.
Craig Edwards DXing at Parnka
Point, Coorong, South Australia.
DXing with Icom R75 off 12V, pre-amp and EWE to
Me teaching Wilson how to use the R75
666 2057 Rdiff Vision Reunion,
St Pierre, Reunion. I was actually doing a report
for DZRH when all of a sudden conditions swung to
Africa and Reunion was in the clear over DZRH and
2CN with French animated talks and laughter nad
French and English pop songs. Sep 9 (CE)
774 1800 unid. Heard only for
a few minutes in the clear after a program feed
problem on news time from 3LO with Arabic talks,
probably Morocco or Egypt. Sep 9 (CE)
792 1740 Radio Aden, Al-Isawah,
Yemen. Male talks in AA over unid Chinese station.
Sep 9 (CE)
936 1845 RTM Agadir, Morocco.
Fair with Arabic male talks mixing with the 4PB
and unid Asian. Sep 9 (CE)
954 1832 QBS Al Arish, Qatar.
Quite good at times over 2UE with Arabic music show
and female announcer. Sep 9 (CE)
.ahhhh he's a funny
1170 1730 Radio Sawa, Al-Dhabbaya,
United Arab Emirates. Fair here despite 1169 Iranian.
Now carrying Radio Sawa in AA // 990 and 1260 after
previously being Radio Farda outlet // 1575. Sep
1188 2120 Radio Sana'a, Yemen.
Poor under 2NZ with usual non-stop Arabic music
show. Sep 9 (CE)
1214 1925 Radio Tanzania, Arusha,
Tanzania. Favourite log from the July trip back
here with male talks in Swahili noted // 5050 with
IDs on half hour. Sep 9 (CE)
1295 1720 Radiodif Vision Guinea,
Conakry, Guinea. Tentaltive only but reliable audio
from this usual het only signal, exotic Afro music
and brief bits of male talk in French. Sep 9 (CE)
1377 2105 Radio Free Africa,
Arusha, Tanzania. Fair here well after local sunrise
with 3MP signal faded out, US English rap songs
in English then a series of Radio Free Africa and
RFA jingles in English and Swahili. Sep 9 (CE)
1413 1710 BBC Masirah Island, Oman. Fair in Hindi
mixing with Vision and 2EA. Sep 9 (CE)
1458 2045 Radio Vision Mayotte,
Pamandzi, Mayotte. Good here during late morning
African opening with French talks. Sep 9 (CE)
1512 1809 BSKSA Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia. Usual AA prayers from this Saudi mega station.
Sep 9 (CE)
1530 1845 Voice of America, Sao
Tome. Fair with male talks in French. Sep 9 (CE)
1539 1657 Radiodiffusion Vision
Djibouti, Djibouti. Good early African with ID on
the hour then into North African music // 4780.
Sep 9 (CE)
1548 1705 Deutsche Welle,
Trincomalee, Sri Linka. Good here in German mixing
with 4QD, no sign of Kuwait or Moldova. Sep 9 (CE)
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