Re: Logs 10/22/08

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>


Don't I recognize your name from the "Good Old Days" in either NASWA, NRC, Fine Tuning or some such??? My problem is that I'm so old that there are too durn many Good Old Days :>)

I know what you mean about noise, though I am fortunate to live in a fairly noise-free environment right now. You, in the townhouse, and the E100 are excellent candidates for a couple of strategies in the Unlimited Class of Ultralighting.  First and easiest would be using a small air core loop inductively coupled to the E100: Something like the Terk or the Select-a-Tenna.  That route might give you a better S/N ratio plus a better chance to null at least some of the noise.  Kevin Schanilec has written a fairly advanced article on using such small loops in the last 6 weeks... a wonderful article that has been published in several of the club bulletins.  Kevin will be putting that article up on our Ultralight Files area on in the next few days.  He is also writing a more basic (near beginners') article that should be out soon.

The second route would be to turn your E100 into what will soon be a classic Unlimited set: the "Slider E100."  That amounts to transplanting a 7.5"x.5" Type 61 Amidon ferrite bar and sliding tuning coil onto the E100.  A brief look at how to do that is covered in one chapter of the four part series of short articles on hotrodding the E100 by Gary DeBock, Guy Atkins and me.  We are all so convinced that the Slider mod is the number one way to hotrod an Ultralight that Gary and I have spent quite a bit of time putting together an expanded step-by-step article (7 pages!) called "YOU CAN DO THIS! More About Building the Slider E100." We are flabbergasted that so few people seem interested (so far) in this wonderfully simple (two screws, two solder joints!) and relatively inexpensive mod (under $30).  The Slider mod. turns the already great E100 into a flat out DX Demon!

So, the second way to go might well be turning the E100 into a Slider version.. especially with the outboard antenna mod, too. That would allow you to use the full range of tricks to beat the urban signal to noise radio.... including two room-size single turn vertically-oriented loops (around the walls) that could even be phased together before insertion into the Slider E100.

If you get the idea that I'm running my own hobby with one eye firmly on the day when I, too, may be in a townhouse, you would be exactly right :>) Anyway, that YOU CAN DO THIS article will be announced and posted on the website soon.

So, John, keep us up on how you are doing with the E100 and don't forget about the Awards program (look on for details) and, if you are so inclined the FALL FOLLIES, which start tomorrow.

Best Regards,

John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Slider E100
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array NW
Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest

At 09:17 AM 10/23/2008 -0500, you wrote:

Hi John, yes I am very impressed with the E100 and have not really done much DXing in some years. My challenge now is noise. I live in a twelve unit town home, condo situation and the noise floor is very high. Might have to bundle up and sit on my small front porch or go hang out in the car somewhere. Not sure what else to do, but winter does get cold in Wisconsin.  LOL

Madison, WI

On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 10:20 PM, John H. Bryant < bjohnorcas@...> wrote:

Great Job, John...

That E100 is a real radio, eh?  I was sure having difficulties with my own patience and toleration of frustration using the SRF-39FP, though I still love it... Getting the E100 was like a dream come true!

John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Ultralights
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array SE/NW
Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest

At 10:05 PM 10/22/2008 -0500, you wrote:

Second night with the E100

1630 KCJJ IA Iowa City - 22-Oct-2008 2341 UTC - Talk, several ID's

560  WIND IL Chicago - 22-OCT-2008 2353 UTC - Talk, several ID's

620  WMTJ WI Milwuakee - 22-OCT-2008 2353 UTC - Sport talk about Bret Favre, ID's

630  CFCO ON Chatham-Kent -22-OCT-2008 0018 UTC - C&W Mx, one ID

650  WSM TN Nashville 22-OCT-2008 0013 UTC - C&W Mx, several ID's

660  WFAN NY New York 22-OCT-2008 0028 UTC - Sports Tx, one ID

670  WSCR IL Chicago 22-OCT-2008 0033  TC - Sport tx, several ID's

700  WLW  OH Cincinnati 22-OCT-2008 0035 UTC - Talk, one ID

740  CFZM ON Toronto 22-OCT-2008 0101 UTC - NOS Format, ID as "AM 740"

750  WSB  GA Atlanta 22-OCT-2008 0102  UTC - Nx in progress, several ID's

760  WJR   MI Detroit 22-OCT-2008 2353  UTC - Talk, several ID's

820  WBAP TX Forth Worth 22-OCT-2008 0116 UTC - Dallas Stars Hockey Game, several ID's

830 WCCO MN Minneapolis 22-OCT-2008 0124 UTC - Talk, several ID's

840 WHAS KY Louisville 22-OCT-2008 0125 UTC - Micheal Savage Show, one ID.

John Mosman
Madison, WI

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