"While on our September 1993 "Big Trip" in my van and eventually to tour the Canadian provinces
of Manitoba westward to British Columbia, Gail and I stopped in the eastern Nevada desert about
20 miles west of Wendover, Utah to catch several hours of sleep. Gail and I had driven most of the
night across the Silver State after a brief stop the evening before at another favourite natural radio
listening spot an hours's drive east of Reno, where we had heard and taped a marvelous variety
whistlers, some very strong like the ones recorded by the INSPIRE listening groups in March 1992.
Very sleepy and exhausted after 250 miles east-bound on Interstate 80, we took a remote exit off
the freeway and headed south down a wide, unpaved road running alongside some railroad tracks.
In the dark, we noticed there were powerlines running along the train tracks, but determined to stop
in a spot where we could get some sleep and record whistlers (which I was sure must still be roaring), we kept on going until we saw another smooth dirt road branching away at right angles away
from the tracks and pesky wires. Making occasional checks for powerline hum with my WR-3, we
drove far enough from the wires–at least 5 miles-to where I couldn't hear any hum with my WR-3
whatsoever. By this time, we was just too tired (and now cold) to even set up the better WR-4B
whistler receiver's antenna. I just had enough energy to get in the back of the van and tuck myself
under the covers, falling quickly asleep. Awaking a few hours later, I noticed it was somewhat light
with a slate- gray sky. Time to set up the WR-4's 10-foot copper-pipe antenna and check out the
whistler band. As predicted, there were wonderfully loud "growler" type whistlers roaring out of fairly light background sferic static. I hopped back into bed and switched on my cassette recorder, capturing these great whistlers onto a 90 minute tape."
Techie notes: (Eastern Nevada Big Growler Whistlers, a few with enormous strength with accompanying triggered emission chirp and faint echo. 17 Sept. 1993, 1330-1500 UTC Recorded 30 km
southwest of Wendover, NV. Some loud, semi-local lightning sferics initiating very breathy, windy
sounding whistlers, though not as loud as the big growlers. Several loud lightning static bursts digitally removed from track and edited/compiled into several whistlers per minute rate.
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