Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
John - which ultralights were you using and were they stock and/or
aligned and/or using huge ferrite bars? I have ten thumbs when it
comes to building or modifying things so I use a Select-a-Tenna when I
need a little help.
I'm hearing great things about the Sangean DT-400W. If anyone has it
and one or more of the Sonys I'd like to hear about how they compare.
I guess all of them are yellow. Yuk.
--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant" <bjohnorcas@...>
Friday morning was my last DX session for this trip to Room 15 at the
Grayland Motel and it went much more as I had expected for
yesterday... less intense, more gentlemanly (in modern-speak, would
this be "personly?" Completely different meaning and poorly
spelled.) Conditions were down noticeably from Wednesday and
Thursday's excitement, so I cruised around the band from 1100 onward
(LSR 1325). A goodly number of re-logs... Japan and China were doing
better than anything else and, though the DUs showed after LSR, they
were weak and spotty. Still, it was a great morning for me. Before
dawn, I managed to add three more TPs to my Ultralight log.
I pretty much though that was going to be it, but then I cruised by
801 just at dawn where a woman was reading a long Biblical quotation.
I had noted a station in EE here at bandfade yesterday, but it was
too weak to have a chance at ID. After 20 years of DXing TPs, I don't
have anything heard, much less verified on 801, so I was very
interested. I figgered it for an Aussie, though Aussie stations
running religious programs are rare, and I noticed a an obscure
5-call in PAL that was at least a possibility.... excitement, plans
for war dances, if it lasted until 1330 and I caught an ID. It was
sloooowly fading by 1325 and I happened to reread that page of PAL
and it all came clear.... KTWG, Agana Guam! It almost had to
be! Almost everyone else of the NW TP DXers has heard Guam at least
once, but I've tried so many times for so many years, that I'd given
up several years ago and kind of wiped them out of my mind. At 1230,
there was a station break with an announcer with a non-NAm accent and
I THINK that I heard "Cornerstone." KTWG is "The Cornerstone, AM
800" and runs religious programs 24-7, most syndicated. I'll be
reviewing the tape and sending KTWG a report this weekend with a
recording and the name of the syndicated show.... here;'s
hoping. This is a presumed logging for right now, but "I'd bet my
pension...." Oh, by the way, the station was coming in so well that
getting it on the E100 by off-tuning one kHz (802 kHz) was no
problem.... thanks to Guy Atkins' Murata IF filter mod.
Here are the Ultralight loggings:
567 JOIK, NHK1 Sapporo Japan 8/22/2008 1226 NHK1 //594
801 KTWG Agana Guam 8/22/2008 1328 Franchise Christian programs
change at 1330
855 4QB Pialba Australia 8/22/2008 1340 // stronger 1548 with Local
ABC net programming
936 Anhui RGD Hefei China 8/22/2008 1234 CC Talk
1314 JOUF Osaka Japan 8/22/2008 1248 JJ Romantic Play (Soap Opera)
1557 WYFR Fam.Rad Kouhu Taiwan 8/22/2008 1258 Hymn, Fam.Radio TS,
then CC talk by fem
Well, I'm up to 83 TP Ultralight loggings.... in 16 countries. I did
some planning for the assault on 100 TPs... it might just be possible
this season, but its going to take both work and luck. I'm sure going
to try. Getting to twenty countries, TP may just not be possible...
certainly not this season. After 20 years with the big radios, I'm
only in the low 20s out here and several of those QSLed countries
(Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomons, New Caledonia) are either off the MW
air entirely or are unheard here in a number of years. I expect to
get Viet Nam 675 when the fall season is in full cry, but from
there.... Kiribati and Micronesia are possibilities at some point,
but that leaves me at 19..... hummmmmm. Maybe China will break into
at least three pieces as has been predicted at times. Hummmmm.
Well, thanks to Ultralighting (and 4HI + KTWG) this was my most
enjoyable DXpedition in many years... what a blast.
I'll combine all my Ultralight loggings and get together a DXpedition
report in the next few days.
Thanks for discovering this stuff, Gary!!!