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Re: C.Crane Skywave Vs. XHDATA D-808... 1 kHz DSP Audio Shootout

daiche
 

Hi Gary, great comparison!

To me the D-808 wins. I think the Skywave has a bit 'sharper' sound, but there is more noise getting thru the filter and in certain types of fading, the Skywave has an almost raspy, hissy sound for short intervals. The D-808 sounds a bit more muffled, but steadier, with less noise getting thru the filter.....

I think both radios are great for portables, as is the Satellit Elite. The Sat doesn't have a 1Khz filter, but it pretty much matches the E5/G5/1103 in performance, as long as RF levels don't get high enough to mute it, which happens here in Grants Pass during the daytime. Those three are my current digital favorites. BTW, I think the Sangean DT-800 is a great radio for it's size too, with a good narrow bandwidth and no muting.

Dave Aichelman     N7NZH     Grants Pass, Oregon


C.Crane Skywave Vs. XHDATA D-808... 1 kHz DSP Audio Shootout

Gary DeBock
 

For those who have ever wondered what the difference is between the narrowest (1 kHz) DSP audio on the basic (non-SSB) C. Crane Skywave and the XHDATA D-808 during all out TP-DXing, here is your chance to find out! These two models cost about the same (around $90), and are currently the most popular radios for portable, split frequency DXing. 

A t 1307 UTC this morning I recorded the signal from 837-Harbin (which provided a nice "Harbin" ID at 1300) on both portables at exactly the same time, using the exact same 6" FSL antennas, with optimal inductive coupling at exactly the same distances.

The XHDATA D-808 audio is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/nri81cfsj8vjt5jg8o9qwjrc62vnd5g4
The C. Crane Skywave (non-SSB model) audio is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ohir8dxsqt1jkgmk3dx9o2krndrccsxt

Although these audio clips may sound "muffled" to an SDR-DXer, this a congenital issue with the current state of the DSP art in inexpensive portables, especially in the 1 kHz (narrowest) setting. Between the two models, however, there is one with superior 1 kHz DSP audio, in my opinion. But I won't spoil your own assessment by telling you which one I prefer :-)

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


WNJC-1360 DX Test --- TONIGHT

Les Rayburn
 


Chief Engineer Duke Hamann is assuring a place on the Christmas card list of every DX’er by conducting another DX Test tonight. 

WNJC, 1360 kHz, in Washington Township, NJ, will conduct a DX test from 0000 EDT (0400 UTC) until 0100 EDT (0500 UTC) tonight. 

The station will transmit with a power of 800 watts and their normal night antenna pattern, which is directly primarily to the SSE. There is also a smaller lobe to the NNW. 

Program material will be a mix of voice identification, Morse Code IDS at 10 and 12 WPM, sweep tones, telephone off-hook sounders, etc. 

For those on the East Coast of the United States, the test begins tonight at Midnight. 
It is possible that the test will run longer than one hour—but the first hour is guaranteed. If you don’t happen to log it by 0500 UTC, keep trying—and watch e-mail and real-time reflectors for reports that the test is continuing. 

According to CE Duke Hamann  if all goes well with this test, he plans to conduct additional DX tests during each of the three following Sundays.  Reception reports and notes of appreciation for conducting these tests may be sent to Duke at kc2dux@....

Thanks to Duke, the owners of WNJC, the IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee, Bruce Wickert and Steve Howe for all their help in arranging this test, coordinating with the station, producing test materials, etc. 


Antenna Pattern for WNJC (Nighttime) 
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73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC




NRC/IRCA CPC High School Football & COVID-19 [ SEP. 17, 20 ]

Les Rayburn
 

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club and the International Radio Club of America are tracking the status of high school football in all 50 states during the 2020 DX season. 

COVID-19 has impacted sports at all levels. Some states have opted to delay their seasons until later in the fall or even the spring. Many have delayed the start of the season, and some have cancelled. 

This means a lot of unique opportunities for DX’ers this Fall and Winter. You may also want to check individual station websites if you’re targeting a particular station. For example, here in Alabama HSFB is being played, but individual cancellations due to COVID-19 are common.

A school may be forced to forfeit one or two games in a row due to a coronavirus outbreak on their team. This too means a cancellation of the local radio broadcast. 

The CPC hopes this aids DX’ers in their pursuit to log new ones this year. 




73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


New Weekly DX Test from WNJC 1360 in Washington Township, NJ

Les Rayburn
 

Steve Howe relayed a message from WNJC Chief Engineer Duke Hamann:

"I am planning on doing another DX Test this Sunday at midnight EDT (0400 UTC) for one hour at our nighttime power and pattern. If all goes well, I am planning on doing it over the next 4 Sundays to give people something to listen for :)”

CPC NOTE: This is late night Saturday night-early Sunday on the East Coast of the United States and Europe. WNJC’s normal night power is 800 watts, with an antenna pattern that favors the SSE. There is also a smaller lobe towards the NNW. 






73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


Oklahoma TP DX 9-16-20

Richard Allen
 

TP signals were better here this morning (LSR 1213).

594 JOAK barely audible to poor.

603 unID barely audible trace of signal at 1207.

693 JOAB fair with severe KGGF QRM at 1213.

702 unID carrier signal heard between 1154 and 1216.

747 JOIB fair at 1051 with WSB splash; again at 1127 with CKJH splatter.

774 JOUB fair at 1041 with WBBM splatter; fair at 1127 with severe KSPI QRM.

828 JOBB fair with heterodyne at 1203.

972 HLCA poor with strong heterodyne at 1132.

1134 unID (either Japanese or Korean language) poor at 1156-1202.

1566 HLAZ poor fading in and out at 1147-1151.

Skywave SSB with ALA1530LNP.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



1630 WNJC DX Test Heard in N Minnesota

Jim Townley
 

I was able to hear the CW tones and sweeping tones sound on 1630 kHz for the DX test here in Chisholm, Mn on my Kaito KA1103 and a 7” FSL. The time was 0754 UTC 0254 CDT. Last night was a mess on 1630, so I didn’t think I’d hear it tonight, but got lucky. 

Jim Townley


Oklahoma TP DX 9/12/20

Richard Allen
 

The best morning of the new TP DX season thus far (LSR 1210),
594 JOAK poor at 1205.
747 JOIB good at 1200-1157 (audible on barefoot ULR)
774 JOUB fair-to-good at 1212-1158 with severe QRM from nearby KSPI-780.
828 JOBB good-to-fair at 1155-1204.
873 JOGB fair at 1152; poor at 1208.
972 HLCA good at 1151 (audible on barefoot ULR).
Skywave SSB and PL-310 with ALA1530LNP.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Re: 1360 New Jersey DX Test heard in Indiana

Dennis Breda
 

Late night work. Great.

Dennis Breda

On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:51 AM, Dave Hascall <dhinfomedia@...> wrote:


Very faint sweep / sound affect tones noted from the presumed WNJC 1360-NJ. I had this in my logbook from about 15 years ago but it wasn't in my ULR logbook. Way under WMOB who never seems to power down.  Not heard at 0000 but I heard starting at 0030 EDT.
 
1360 WNJC Washington Township NJ 9/12 0032 heard sweep tones and CW ID way under WMOB-AL. (DLH-IN)
 
Dave Hascall Noblesville IN Tecsun PL-606


Re: AM 1620 Radio Rebelde Cuba booming into Western New York Tonight

Dennis Breda
 

Good find

Sent from my IPad
Dennis Breda

On Sep 12, 2020, at 1:16 AM, Gregory Mosher <gpsfool@...> wrote:



Ultralight DX rocks!  

Laying on the couch in the stove room - tonight was the first wood fire of the season - decided to tweak the knobs on my radio - see what’s out there.  One empty freq not yet logged was AM 1620.  What do I find?  Radio Rebelde all the way from Cuba is booming into Western NY! Loud and clear on my stock Radiwow R-108.  Not too shabby! 

Have a rocking good time DX’ing

Regards,
Gregory


AM 1620 Radio Rebelde Cuba booming into Western New York Tonight

Gregory Mosher
 

Ultralight DX rocks!  

Laying on the couch in the stove room - tonight was the first wood fire of the season - decided to tweak the knobs on my radio - see what’s out there.  One empty freq not yet logged was AM 1620.  What do I find?  Radio Rebelde all the way from Cuba is booming into Western NY! Loud and clear on my stock Radiwow R-108.  Not too shabby! 

Have a rocking good time DX’ing

Regards,
Gregory


1360 New Jersey DX Test heard in Indiana

Dave Hascall
 

Very faint sweep / sound affect tones noted from the presumed WNJC 1360-NJ. I had this in my logbook from about 15 years ago but it wasn't in my ULR logbook. Way under WMOB who never seems to power down.  Not heard at 0000 but I heard starting at 0030 EDT.
 
1360 WNJC Washington Township NJ 9/12 0032 heard sweep tones and CW ID way under WMOB-AL. (DLH-IN)
 
Dave Hascall Noblesville IN Tecsun PL-606


Oklahoma TP DX 9-10-20

Richard Allen
 

I listened for TP signals from 1138 until 1210 GMT today.
594 JOAK barely audible talking at 1151; poor at 1156; barely audible at 1209 (sunrise).
693 JOAB poor // 747 at 1152.
747 JOIB poor at 1143, peaking to fair at 1144; fair at 1154.
774 JOUB poor // 747 at 1140; barely audible in nearby KSP-780 splash at 1205-1207.
828 JOBB? carrier (het) at 1146-1210.
972 HLCA? carrier (het) at 1204.
Receiver: Skywave SSB with 8-inch FSL.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Upcoming DX test WNJC 1360 AM

Paul S. in CT
 

From the WoR dot io group, this DX test from New Jersey on 1360kHz...

WNJC 1360 kHz Washington Twp, NJ Long-Duration DX Test
From: Les Rayburn
Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:30:05 PDT

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of America (IRCA) and the National Radio Club are pleased to announce the following long-duration DX Test:

From Duke Hamann, Chief Engineer, WNJC 1360 AM in Washington Twp, New Jersey:

For the second time in the station`s history, this Saturday September 12 at 12 AM EDT till 6AM EDT and Sunday September 13 at 12 AM EDT to 6 AM EDT WNJC 1360 AM in Washington Twp, NJ will be running a 2 night DX test.

0400-1000 UTC

We will be running our full daytime power of 5000 watts. Listen for sweep tones, CW
Morse code and other material created by Les Rayburn to hear our station over the noise. Reception reports can be sent to KC2DUX@....

Duke will provide a QSL card if you email and specifically ask for them be, otherwise it may be a simple email reply. If you want a paper QSL, it will require an SASE.

Paul Walker, CPC member passes along a personal appeal: “Give Duke time to reply. He’s a busy guy."

The NRC and IRCA would like to thank Duke Hamann and the owners of WNJC for this unique DX Test. Long duration DX tests are very rare, especially on multiple nights. This is a real opportunity for brief openings to large parts of the world to have a shot at receiving this test.

Please spread the word.

73, Les Rayburn, N1LF

With thanks to Les, Paul W., and Glenn among others behind-the-scenes.
Paul S. in CT FN31nl (Note: in CT USA WDRC Hartford is co-channel)


WNJC 1360-NJ DX Test

Dave Hascall
 

This is from Paul Walker on the IRCA list. This might be a great chance to log New Jersey. I have this station in my log from a 06-07 series of DX Tests but not in my seldomly updated ULR logbook. It might be a great chance for PNW and European DXers.  This winter, I hope to consolidate and edit both my ULR and regular logbooks.

73,
Dave in Indy

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From Duke Hamann, Chief Engineer:
 
For the 2nd time in the stations history, this Saturday September 12 at 12 AM EST till 6AM EDT and Sunday September 13 at 12 AM EDT to 6 AM EDT WNJC 1360 AM in Washington Twp, NJ will be running a 2 night DX test.  We will be running our full daytime power of 5000 watts. Listen for sweep tones, CW and other material created by Les Rayburn to hear our station over the noise. Reception reports can be sent to KC2DUX@...


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

lamontcranston17
 

"One more link, dated 2005. The design itself is probably much earlier.
http://www.rxcontrol.org/Receivers/AN510/index.html"

Could someone explain the purpose of the stepper relay?

Doesn't look like it has anything to do with controling AL or AZ.

                             Mikek


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Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

Phillip Fimiani
 

The russian site translated very well in Google Translate

Mortimer says "Stay Safe"
Best Regards
Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
FM04xf 30dl
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On Monday, September 7, 2020, 11:37:06 PM EDT, vbifyz <3ym3ym@...> wrote:


38lbs! That's not quite UltraLight :)
You mention 2012 as the  year when FSL was introduced.
Here is a design from 2006 by UA6CA, the link still works:
http://www.cqham.ru/ant6.htm
It is in Russian, but the pictures are informative enough. They also used it for TX on 160 and 80m, up to 10W.

73, Mike AF7KR

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Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
FM04xf 30dl


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

vbifyz
 

One more link, dated 2005. The design itself is probably much earlier.
http://www.rxcontrol.org/Receivers/AN510/index.html


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

vbifyz
 

38lbs! That's not quite UltraLight :)
You mention 2012 as the  year when FSL was introduced.
Here is a design from 2006 by UA6CA, the link still works:
http://www.cqham.ru/ant6.htm
It is in Russian, but the pictures are informative enough. They also used it for TX on 160 and 80m, up to 10W.

73, Mike AF7KR


Re: Howdy - it’s been awhile

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Gregory,

Your question is very similar to one by J.P. Tuttle on July 29th, concerning the currently approved Ultralight Radio models. Of course there have been many new pocket radios introduced since 2009, some of which were reviewed in the detailed 2015 Ultralight Radio Shootout posted at https://swling.com/blog/2015/03/gary-debocks-2015-ultralight-radio-shootout-review/
All of those models are "officially" approved Ultralight radios. As for the current state of the Ultralight Radio Classification Committee and Ultralight Radio group administration in general, I'll re-post the comments I made to J.P. Tuttle back in July.

During the worldwide Ultralight Radio Boom in early 2008 we had a very dedicated group of volunteers to handle administration, a classification and awards program, numerous Ultralight technical modifications (loopstick transplants and upgrade IF filters) and breakthrough Ultralight-related DXing antenna experimentation.

Unfortunately we have lost a lot of our volunteers since then. John Bryant provided most of our administration, but he was lost in a tragic accident in February of 2010. Kevin Schanilec also assisted in the early Ultralight Group administration, but he has been inactive in the hobby since 2015. Most of the original "super DXers" who contributed to the Ultralight Radio Boom (Rob Ross, Allen Willie and Richard Allen) are still with us, although they may currently enjoy DXing outside the Ultralight Radio niche group (which is fine with me, of course). We will always hold their accomplishments in the highest honour, regardless of how they are currently enjoying the hobby.

So, to summarize, even though the Ultralight Radio attraction is still booming throughout the world after twelve years, we suffer from the same limitation that almost every radio hobby group struggles with-- a severe shortage of volunteers. I am the only original survivor of the Ultralight Radio administrative group in early 2008, but my personal focus has always been on transoceanic DXing and antenna experimentation, not on administration. The fascinating new challenges of ocean cliff transoceanic propagation, FSL antenna development and "Frequent Flyer" Ultralight Radio DXpeditions are thrilling to the extreme-- and more than enough to keep this fanatic fully occupied.

Concerning the original Ultralight Radio Classification rules posted by J.P., they are still currently valid, although multiple DSP filters and SSB capability are now acceptable (primarily due to a decision concerning the new C.Crane Skywave model). The 20 cubic inch size limit is a guideline which is unlikely to be ever changed, however. In the absence of any currently functional Ultralight Awards program this limitation may seem irrelevant, but there have already been many top-performing Ultralight Radio models fully approved in years past, several of which have been used to receive over 1,000 stations in stock form. My strong advice to anyone who really wishes to experience a new thrill in the hobby is to focus on the challenge of receiving rare DX with minimal equipment, rather than on attempting to change the equipment to make the challenge easier.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight Radio Group Co-Founder