Re: No Distance Records But Having Fun

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>


That is a great set of loggings!!!  But, I've been meaning to write to you about two things since you heard that Spartanburg, SC station on 1400, you RAT!  Last winter, I had a ball doing the Graveyard Niche of the Hobby.... with the GY yahoo group, you listen to one of the 6 Graveyard channels each week in rotation and the group helps you with UNIDs, etc. I used the occasion to test the Wellbrook array some more (all winter) I'd listen to one of the four directions each night in succession.  Most of us (me included) left the radio on all night and recorded all TOH periods from before dusk until well after dawn. I plotted all my catches on each GY freq on a sheet from the NRC nightime pattern book for most of the winter.  Here is my 1400 map as of mid-Feb 2008.

The light blue listing are prior loggings from other "1400 Weeks" last winter. The dark blue loggings are relogs during the 1400 week in February (when this map was drawn) and the three red ones were new loggings that week. The gray circle is the 600-pluss mile circle that about 90% of my loggings on the GY channels fell within. Kirk is just 40 miles due north of me in Ponca City, OK.... Look what an achievement that Spartanburg reception is....  DURNIT!!!  This winter, I'm going to set up my Wellbrook antennas NE-SE-SW-NW, rather than "straight" NSEW and, on 1400, I'm hoping to do better in Mississippi and Colorado... and Kirk is getting South Carolina on a Select-a-Tenna and an E100!!!! Goes to show you that DXing talent and Being There beats fancy equipment every time!

KIRK, your Spartanburg reception should be entered in the Ultralight Record book under the Western Hemisphere Records as the farthest Unlimited reception of a Graveyard station.  PLEASE submit that reception to me for the record book.... just send me the station info, time of reception and the distance in miles and kilometers and mark the e-mail Ultralight Record Submission. You can look up your distance to any station quite easily on  If you haven't used that site before, just enter Ponca City's geo-coordinates in the left side of the web page (and tell it to SAVE) and then any look-up of a station on that site will always give you a distance.  It will do all sorts of other good things, as well, as you probably all ready know..


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 08:43 AM 11/1/2008 +0000, you wrote:

During the Fall Follies, my combined distance with the best 5 stations
heard would equal about a mile or two compared to you heavy-hitters on
the coasts, but I've really been having a blast during the last week
just logging new stations. The Follies have helped me to check the band
more thoroughly, and consequently that's yielded some new stations.
Since all the fun started a little over a week ago, I've been able to
add 26 new stations to the ULR log. Thanks to you guys who came up with
the idea. I really understand it's purpose better than I originally
did. Some of the more interesting ones (just my opinion) are listed
below (all times/dates in UTC):

550, XEPL, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, 0615-0630+, 11/1, full
ID, playing back to back great old Beatles tunes from "Yesterday"
to "Woman" to "Yellow Submarine". Quite fun to actually enjoy a MW pgm,
ha ha.

550, KLLV, Breen, CO, 0021-0036, 11/1, lcl ads for the Four Corners
area plus one for a business in Durango. Richard Allen and I have both
been finding some new ones here in the last day or two. He's logged
some just in the past day or so that I've yet to hear.

550, KTRS, St. Louis, MO, 0036, 11/1, "and now here's a musical
interlude" W ancr says into brief C&W mx, then lcl ads and references
to St. Louis and some surrounding towns/suberbs.

790, WSGY, Saginaw, MI, 2222-2300+, 10/31, poor copy with stiff
competition from KURM, Rogers, AR. Lcl ads gave this one away.

590, KCSJ, Pueblo, CO, 1230, 10/30, never had a hint of this sta
before, but very clear copy that morning w/ lcl ads and ID.

960, XEK, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 0544-0615, 10/30, Full ID
then NA at 0600. Uses the slogan "Radio Nueve Sesenta" often.

1590, KGAS, Carthage, TX, 0310, 10/30, ESPN pgm'g. Unexpected ID by lcl
ancr at 0313.

1510, XEQI, Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 0201-0230+, 10/30, ID and
slogan "La Grande" hrd often.

1030, KTWO, Casper, WY, 0353, 10/28, very poor copy considering the 50
kw power. lcl ads, nx, and ID.

860, CJBC, Toronto, 2335-0000, 10/27-28, FR CBC progm'g.

1400, WSPG, Spartenburg, SC, 0031+, 10/26, ESPN pgms and ID 0100.

650, KGAB, Orchard Valley, WY, 0000, 10/25, caught nice ID and lcl ads,
good copy.

Sorry this posting is a little long. Great DX to you all!!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

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

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