Re: The Challenge - Day 3

Kevin Schanilec

Thanks Russ - I trudged in and got my five locals plus 3 more DX graveyarders after the sun went down. The sixth local is difficult because it is on 1240, under Radio Disney's IBOC mess on 1250 :-(

It strikes me that certain graveyarders have always risen above the crowd, even though they are quite far away me, indicating that they have a very good engineer who has maximized their signal (assuming they aren't cheating on power). I did grab a new station on 1430 that was (perhaps not coincidentally) broadcasting a college basketball game - it looks like high school football games aren't the only broadcasts with a little extra oomph!


--- In ultralightdx@..., Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...> wrote:

Make sure to hit the graveyards while you're within the 7-day period as depending on your locals, you should be able to get 3-4+ on most of them at night.

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id
FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'; Grundig G8
AM:  Modified Sony ICF 2010's barefoot

--- On Wed, 12/29/10, dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...> wrote:

From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] The Challenge - Day 3
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 10:54 AM


Hi all:

I was able to put in about 3.5 hours in last night on the barefoot PL-310 and netted 19 more for the Challenge, including one new one (1260-KBLY out of Idaho Falls, ID) for the overall log. That brings the three-day Challenge total to 157 heard, which is already a lot higher than I thought I would get.

It's certainly getting more challenging to scare up new ones, but there are various spots on the dial which should still bear fruit, including the as-yet untouched graveyard frequencies. How many I end up with after 7 and 30 days is secondary to the renewed interest in mining the dial that the Challenge has brought!

I briefly tried the Tecsun 911 and Sangean DT400W last night. I was struck at how much more sensitive and selective the Tecsun PL-310 is, especially in the RF zoo near Seattle in which I live, so I went back to it. I think I will try to align the other two to make sure, since the various hets/tones on the PL-310 can be a bit wearing; the tones generally disappear with a little more signal, say from a passive loop like the Terk, but I am trying to resist the urge to use an external antenna and stay barefoot.

Kevin S

Bainbridge Island, WA

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