Newfoundland DXpedition 12
July 6 to 10,
by Jean Burnell
When the 11th Newfoundland DXpedition
had ended in the Fall of 2002, we wondered if that
was the end of the Newfoundland DXpeditions. Our
venue had been a house, dubbed the "DX Inn,"
in the tiny community of Cappahayden, but the house
had become so run-down that we decided that we would
not return. For non-hobby reasons I had to be in
Newfoundland in July of 2003, and, of course, I
could not resist the temptation to try DXing in
Cappahayden one more time.
I phoned the owners of
the house in Cappahayden. Might I stay for a couple
of days? I would sleep on the floor if necessary!
The reply was that there was no floor left to sleep
on. The DX Inn had been demolished. That was no
surprise, I thought, but might they suggest someone
in the vicinity who could put up with a paying visitor
for a few days? The only suggestion was the Round
Cove Bed and Breakfast, about two kilometres away.
This trip was at a poor time
of year for DX, so this was really just a test to
see if the location would be usable at better times
of the year. I set up a couple of longwire antennas,
one about 500 metres in length aiming roughly south,
and the other of about 150 metres only, aiming north-east
(towards Europe). The latter wire could not be longer
because it ended at the ocean.
I used my Drake R8A to scan the
bands. There was some noise from the electrical
power line that runs right behind the house, but
not at all as much as I had feared! This solo effort
was perhaps the least productive of any Newfoundland
DXpedition. There are not many logs, and most of
these are not rare stations by the normal standards
of DX at Cappahayden. Nevertheless, I was pleased
that I could DX at all, and there were some logs
that I would have been happy with at any time of
year. Radio 702 from South Africa was a "first-time"
log. Radio Asia from the UAE on 1575 kHz was another
new one. Although not "new," it was fun
to hear Lubango, Angola, on 1313 kHz. On short-wave;
I logged a bizarre 150-watt Hare Krishna station
from the Ukraine.
I thank Ollie and Ken Perry at
the Round Cove Bed and Breakfast in Cappahayden
for their kindness and hospitality. I did visit
the old DX Inn. Where our DX paradise had stood
was an untidy pile of old lumber. Nobody remembered
anything about my tables, which I had stored at
the DX Inn for almost ten years.
on DXing.info on March 14, 2005