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Re: Submission for New Barefoot UL world record!

robert ross
 

At 04:05 PM 10/10/2008, you wrote:



Hi all,

nailed it at last!

1557 WYFR Kouhu,Taiwan. US OM in religious talk 1911 utc 10/10/08
So I respectfully submit this catch as a new Barefoot world record with
reception distance being 6264 miles / 10081 km.
Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

Hi Paul...Man...you sure are making it difficult for us Poor Old Landlocked
ULR Dx'ers!!!! I heard some Chinese last week too.......but it was from CHIN Radio on 1540 in TORONTO!!!! AHHAHHAHHA.

TAIWAN to IRELAND.....on a BAREFOOT ULR....that is just TOO MUCH!!

A New World Record for Barefoot ULR's....where is this all gonna end????

I commend you Paul on an amazing Feat...you are doing all ULR DX'ers proud
with your continued efforts to Promote the ULR Hobby.

Great Work Paul........I don't think Gary Debock ever envisioned all of
this back last November when he first turned on his paltry little SONY
SRF-59....if only he had known!!

73....ROB.




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Re: World Record Distance

Allen Willie
 

 
 
  Congratulations on your world record catch Paul, WAY TO GO !!! Thats AMAZING . You've had some very impressive  catches from your location.
 
 
Best Wishes from the other side of the Atlantic
 
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Submission for New Barefoot UL world record!

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

nailed it at last!

1557 WYFR Kouhu,Taiwan. US OM in religious talk 1911 utc 10/10/08

Had seen reports of good east Asian reception via the MWC this afternoon so thought I'd try for this one which I've heard a few times in the past on other set ups.

First hint of success was at 1858 utc hearing a yl in Chinese. Was being careful as Lithuania carries China Radio International on this freq ( although at this time they are listed as being in Russian).

Finally at 1911 with my UL in the palm of my hand standing beside the window looking out at a very wet Irish autumn night and an American voice fades up with religious talk! Was dominant for about 20 seconds before sliding back under France. Ferrite bearing was right for Taiwan.

The timings of the English and Chinese fit the WYFR schedule at http://www.familyradio.com/international/frame/

So I respectfully submit this catch as a new Barefoot world record with reception distance being 6264 miles / 10081 km.

I'm thrilled especially since I had thought I had this one some time back only to be dashed with the realisation that Lithuania also carried Chinese here.

I cant see me bettering this one for a while!.

regards and good dx to all,

Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

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Re: Submission for New Barefoot UL world record!

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Paul,
 
     Congratulations on your outstanding reception of WYFR-1557 in Kouhu, Taiwan.  That certainly is an astonishing reception for an Ultralight, and the first time I've ever heard of a European DXer logging an east Asian.   You should be extremely happy, and justifiably so.
 
     I feel very reluctant to mention this, but in the competition for the all-time Ultralight barefoot world distance record, there have been three TP DXers (John Bryant, Dennis Vroom and myself) that have received VOA-1575 in Ban Rasom, Thailand, while DXing from Grayland, Washington with a stock Ultralight radio.  Dennis Vroom was the first to do it in the spring with an SRF-39FP, I was able to do it with both an SRF-T615 and DT-400W (an mp3 is posted in the Ultralightdx file area), and John Bryant just did it this week at Grayland with his SRF-T615.  These receptions all occurred at the Grayland Motel, a famous Washington state DXpedition site, and all were for a reception at a distance of 11,721 km, or 7,283 miles.  We just didn't update the record list yet to reflect this, and I'm very sorry for this oversight. 
 
      Once again, congratulations on your outstanding logging, which in my own humble opinion, is far more impressive than the routine loggings of VOA-1575 at Grayland.  Perhaps the distance advantages that TP DXers enjoy is some minor compensation for our severe lack of possible DX countries, as compared to those DXers in Europe, and the East Coast of North America  :>)
 
     73,  Gary DeBock   
 




Recent logs / calling John Bryant

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

latest new ones from this end -

those marked *** are using loops, otherwise barefoot receptions.

1040    WHO Des Moines, IA    50    USA    06:16    01/10/2008 ***
1180    WHAM Rochester, NY    50    USA    06:19    01/10/2008
1690    CHTO Toronto, ON    1    Canada    06:30    01/10/2008 ***
1570    XERF Ciudad Acuna    100    Mexico    06:50    01/10/2008
693    Radio Rossii, Ufa    150    Russia    22:45    02/10/2008
680    WRKO Boston, MA    50    USA    06:10    03/10/2008
790    WAXY South Miami, FL    25    USA    06:20    03/10/2008
1280    WCMN Arecibo, PR    1    Puerto Rico    06:30    03/10/2008
1584    BBC Radio Nottingham, Clipstone    1    England    16:19    03/10/2008
1521    Forest of Dean Community Radio, Coleford    0.2    England    16:47    03/10/2008
1278    949 The Rock, Dublin    ?    Ireland    17:30    05/10/2008
1539    VOA Radio Aap Ki Dunyaa, Al Dhabbaya    400    UAE    01:04    07/10/2008
1530    VOA Sao Tome    40    Sao Tome / Principe    19:45    07/10/2008
1620    AM 1620, Mar Del Plata    10    Argentina    23:30    08/10/2008 ***
1530    WCKY Cincinnati, OH    50    USA    06:28    10/10/2008
1700    KVNS, Brownsville, TX    1    USA    06:12    10/10/2008
890      WLS, Chicago,  IL          50   USA   07:35  10/10/2008

Sao Tome is Country 64 on UL with 61 being barefoot.
Texas is State 23 on UL most of those barefoot too.

The reception of KVNS this morning also looks like a new record for the 1 kw category - distance being 4789 miles / 7706 km. This is one of the easier X band stations from here, dominating this morning over presumed WEUP. They were playing "All right now" by "FREE" after an ID, weakish but easy copy on the barefoot SRF39FP.

WCKY on 1530 was a surprise  - dominating over the Euros with its usual late night religion.

Wasn't able to nail the Argentine barefoot although it was very very close - same with WLS this morning.

Solar indices low again tonight lets hope for more good stuff.

A message to John Bryant as well - did you get my email of a few days ago re awards / records - having some email difficulties this end.

regards and good dx to all

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marshall <marshallve3txt@...>
 

Have had 3 chances to dx this week 1/2-3/4 of an hour at a time
no new stations even some clear channels are not in the logg yet.
35 stations logged just over1/3 of the way to 100 hope to have 100
award by NOV 1 that means I completed it in 31/2 weeks.
by the way this will be 1005 BAREFOOT


marshall


Re: 300-in-30 Days Challenge: Day 1

robert ross
 

At 09:10 AM 10/10/2008, :John Cereghin Smyrna DE wrote..................


A very good first day to get my 300 stations in 30 days. I logged 125
stations on the DT-200VX barefoot yesterday

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

That's great John...I guess that means you will have the Award in 2 More
days at that rate eh??? HAHHAHHHA.......That should be 300 Stations in 3
Days..Right!!??

You've got a good start John..and I'm sure you'll be able to earn the
Award....and it's a nIce one too!! John Bryant did an Amazing Job designing
all of the ULR Awards....they look Real Nice hanging in the shack!!

It will be fun to keep tabs on how you are doing throughout the
month.....so make sure you update us on how it's progressing. I had fun
last January attempting this feat...and there wasn't even an Award to earn
back then!! It will be even more incentive now that there's a Fine Award to
Earn!!

Have Fun John.....

73................ROB.


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300-in-30 Days Challenge: Day 1

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

A very good first day to get my 300 stations in 30 days. I logged 125
stations on the DT-200VX barefoot yesterday, including two new ones
for the UL log:

WSMS-1200 Graham NC #348
WMPM-1270 Smithfield NC at sign-off #349

WKTE-1090 in King NC made a nigh appearance last night, under WBAL as
usual. I heard them for the first time last week but they were in
better last night and I was able to get more program details this time.

WOAI-1200 in San Antonio was also in, but KOA-Denver was not. Neither
was KNX in Los Angeles. :(

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


latest logs

Allen Willie
 

 
 Hi All
 
First of all , Welcome to John in Madison Wisconsin. Wishing you great Dxing success with that  E100
 
Developments here in the North  Atlantic  are making Ultralight DXing more interesting all the time . Local station CHVO on 560 khz in  Carbonear/Spaniards Bay has been silent the past couple nights.
 
They have moved to FM already so  not sure if they are officially gone from AM or not yet, but it has created an interesting spot on the dial for DXing.
 
With it silent , 550 up to 585 lends itself the opportunity to log new ones. Now maybe i'll have a shot to log once again  my very first long distance station back in 1968, KMON 560 khz Great Falls, Montana,but this time on an ultralight.!
 
Last night as follows:
 
555 khz - ZIZ  Radio, Basseterre Nevis St. Kitts   10/10/08  6:45 UTC w/ broadcast in Englsih with BBC World Service News  SRF-39FP barefoot *** NEW ONE ***
 
558 khz - RNE5 Radio Nacional Espana , Valencia Spain   10/10/08  1:26 UTC w/ spanish commentary, news by man ; RNE ID  SRF-M37V barefoot *** NEW ONE ***
 
 
73
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V / SRF-59 / SRF-39FP
 
 


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Re: New E100

robert ross
 

At 10:48 PM 10/9/2008, John - Madison, WI wrote:...................

Hello all:

I received a new Eton E100 this afternoon and had a little time to
give it a whirl this evening. I started with AM in the early 60's and
spent many years as a SWL. I have a ICOM R75, but now in a condo and
not doing well concerning a decent antenna. I happened to find out
about Ultralight DX which sounds exciting. I am not sure of the
protocol here, but here are my first five stations heard.
John - Madison, WI

John:

Welcome to the Ultralight Radio Group..and nice to have you aboard!!
Thanks for sharing your first 5 Loggings with your New E-100 Receiver! We
look forward to seeing many more Postings from you in the Future!! This ULR
Hobby is gonna grow on you John....and as it does I hope you have Lots of
FUN logging stations on your Tiny Pocket Radio Marvels!!

Great bunch of Guys here on the group.....I know you'll discover that on
your own in short notice!!

Nice to have you with us John.....

73...ROB.


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Re: Earbuds

texnote
 

Circuit City has the Sony MDR-ED12LP ear buds on sale now for $12 in
store. See
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=202909


New E100

John <john445@...>
 

Hello all:

I received a new Eton E100 this afternoon and had a little time to
give it a whirl this evening. I started with AM in the early 60's and
spent many years as a SWL. I have a ICOM R75, but now in a condo and
not doing well concerning a decent antenna. I happened to find out
about Ultralight DX which sounds exciting. I am not sure of the
protocol here, but here are my first five stations heard.

720 khz - WGN Chicago, IL 10/9/08 1605 UTC Afternoon talk show, many
ID's. E100 barefoot (1)

890 khz - WLS Chicago, IL 10/9/08 1610 UTC Afternoon talk show, many
ID's E100. barefoot (2)

780 khz - WBBM Chicago, IL 10/9/08 1616 UTC Traffic and weather on the
8's, many ID's. E100 barefoot (3)

740 khz - CFZM Tronoto, ON 10/10/08 0111 UTC Zoomer Radio, mx,
"Memphis to Mobile", Best of the Best 740. E100 barefoot (4)

1650 khz - KCNZ Cedar Falls, IA 10/10/08 0142 UTC Fox Sport Radio,
during break mention of University of Northern Iowa. E100 barefoot (5)

John - Madison, WI


eton E100 new TP catches

Dennis Vroom <dennisvroom@...>
 

 
Greetings,
 
It was a good morning for the Eton E100.  Three
new TP's...

567     JAPAN, JOIK 1342 fair with man in Japanese.
639     CHINA, CRN1 1346 weak with man/woman in Chinese.
           //4460.  Used the 1 kc method 638 to pull this one in.
972     REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HLCA 1148 woman in Korean
           made it though a lot of splatter from 970 local KCMD.  Again
           the 1 kc up to 973 helped log this one.

Dennis,
Salmon Creek, WA
Eton E100 NW ewe and Palstar preamp/tuner


OT: suggestion on how to putt away you earphones

huelbe_garcia@fastimap.com <huelbe_garcia@...>
 

This article

http://lifehacker.com/364054/top-10-ways-to-get-cables-under-control

lists 10 tips for organizing cables. Tip #4 is a video with a suggestion
on how to coil your earphone cord over an MP3 player or - in our case -
ultralight receiver :)

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last night's new logs

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Hi Guys,
 
 
A couple of new logs to add to the count last night
 
567 khz - RNE 5 Murcia, Spain  10/09/08  1:33 UTC  w/ man and woman reading news items in Spanish with time pips in between ; RNE ID ;  SRF-M37V barefoot
 
980 khz - WOFX  Troy, New York  10/09/08  1:22 UTC  w/ Fox Sports Network  ID , sports talk;
SRF-39FP barefoot
 
73
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 
 
 


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Re: Going to do the 300-in-30 Days Challenge

robert ross
 

At 11:55 AM 10/9/2008, you wrote:


I figure I might as well bite the bullet and try to log 300 stations
in 30 days with my SRF-59s and DT-200VX. The end of the 30 days ties
in with the end of the Fall Follies, so why not?

I'm currently at 347 UL stations, so hopefully, the more intensive
listening will push me over (or at least closer to) the magic 400
station mark. At worst, I'd like to be at 400 stations by the end of
the year.

I got 38 stations so far this morning, just mainly knocking off all my
locals and daytimers.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

John....Good Luck with the 300 in 30 Days Challenge!!! I'm sure you can
pull it off....several others have completed the Task since I originally
did back in Jan of 2008!! Just spend lots of time at the dials and they
will come!! Make sure you listen at various times..Sunrise, Sunset, Mid Day
and Evening...to maximize your chances. Also keep an eye on what everyone
else is hearing....especially Flash Tips for stations that are On Late, or
Testing or just coming in unusually well on certain nights!! That can help
to Bolster your Totals. At least you're taking on the Challenge at an
opportune time with Excellent Conditions at this time of the year!!

I look forward to checking your Logs in a month...and approving your "300
in 30 Days" Award from the ULR Awards Committee!!

Go Get "em John.....

73.....ROB.


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Eton E100 goes to Granite Pier (Ultralight Delight)

MarkWA1ION
 

On the evening of 8 OCT 2008, I did an after-work sunset period DX
outing to the Granite Pier site (GC= 42.667 N / 70.621 W) in
Rockport, MA. This is generally considered the best MW DXing
location in the metro-Boston area.

Besides the usual Drake R8A live tuning and SDR-IQ spectrum-capturing
(results to be published later), I took along an Eton
E100 "ultralight" portable receiver.

I was quite surprised at the number of "barefoot" loggings I could
manage on this tiny radio since, at home, results have been
unspectacular. As in real estate, it's "location, location,
location" with DXing too.

The following concise list of "barefoot" E100 logs made from 2331 to
0048 UTC (7:31 to 8:48 p.m. EDT) will be augmented by a greater-
detail list later on.

*** Transatlantic ***

549 Algeria - poor
603 France over Spain - good
612 Morocco - fair peak
684 Spain - occasionally through WRKO slop
747 Netherlands - fair peak past CBGY slop
756 Germany - fair
783 Mauritania - sometimes popping through CFDR slop
855 Spain - occasionally through WEEI-850 & CJBC-860 slop
864 France - fair
873 Spain - poor
882 UK - sometimes through WCBS slop
909 UK - tangling with similar strength WABI-910: audios taking
turns, plus screamer het. Tight filter would have helped.
954 Spain - fair peak
1116 Spain - poor
1134 Croatia - fair
1170 UAE - over WWVA after WFPB went off
1206 France - fair
1215 UK - good
1314 Spain - poor
1377 France - fair, WMYF-1380 (north) nulled
1422 Germany over Algeria - fair
1575 UAE - fair

*** Pan-Am besides common US, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela ***

555 St. Kitts & Nevis - fair peak
630 Puerto Rico - noted with radio pointed SE to null WPRO to the SW

I also tried coupling the car rooftop antenna (2 m by 2 m Micro-
SuperLoop) to the E100 with the Radio Shack model 15-1853 passive
loop. The coaxial cable from the SuperLoop's eastern lower corner
16:1 transformer was fed to the Radio Shack loop's external input
jack and the loop was tuned to the frequency of interest while placed
in close proximity to the E100. The other corner of the SuperLoop
was connected to a pot adjusted to reduce signals from the west and
southwest. This arrangement worked splendidly !

Many more TA stations could be heard this way since the cardioid
pattern of the rooftop SuperLoop drastically reduced domestic QRM
from NYC etc. that came in at full clout on the "barefoot" E100 since
Europe is in the opposite direction of many domestic pests. I
thought I would have to insert an RPA-1 amp in the line from the
SuperLoop to the Radio Shack loop but, no, that was not necessary as
the completely passive set-up coupled plenty of signal to the Eton.
Of course the Radio shack loop had minimal self pick-up since it was
being used inside the car. Had it been outdoors, I probably would
have needed the RPA-1 to make sure the SuperLoop pick-up swamped out
anything the Radio Shack loop might be getting itself.

Among stations noted with the "unlimited ultralight" set-up of
SuperLoop via Radio Shack loop air-coupled to the E100 was Djibouti-
1431 for the longest haul of the night.

The pre-sunset period (approx. 2200 UTC / 6 p.m. local) was totally
crazy as I was first getting set up. Monster TA's all over the
place. Midband (1000-1250) was unbelievable, almost "Newfie-
sounding". I should have left work earlier I guess.

The live Drake R8A listening uncovered the Nigerian (?) on 917
hetting Spain-918 and pushing audio once in a while. Also noted was
595 which I think is Morocco ex-594. I have a number of SDR-IQ
captures to wade through over the next week or two. It will be
interesting to compare with what's going on at DXpeditions in PEI
Canada and Grayland, WA.

The ultralight Eton E100 was just brought along as a sort of lark but
it added extra "zing" to the mini-DXpedition that I would not have
imagined.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA, USA


Going to do the 300-in-30 Days Challenge

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

I figure I might as well bite the bullet and try to log 300 stations
in 30 days with my SRF-59s and DT-200VX. The end of the 30 days ties
in with the end of the Fall Follies, so why not?

I'm currently at 347 UL stations, so hopefully, the more intensive
listening will push me over (or at least closer to) the magic 400
station mark. At worst, I'd like to be at 400 stations by the end of
the year.

I got 38 stations so far this morning, just mainly knocking off all my
locals and daytimers.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


E100 new TP receptions

Dennis Vroom <dennisvroom@...>
 

 
Hello,
 
A few new TP's heard on the Steve Ratzlaff modified E100 in
recent mornings.
 
558       Japan  JOCR 1258 utc fair with woman in Japanese. 10-08-08
1278     Japan  JOFR 1326 utc weak in Japanese. 10-07-08
1377     China  1356 utc fair with man/woman in Chinese.  //4460.  10-06-08
 
Dennis,
Salmon Creek, WA
E100 NW Ewe and Palstar MW550P tune/preamp


Re: Eton E100 IF Filter Modification Service Available

Steve Ratzlaff <steveratz@...>
 

As the person who will be doing the filter and external antenna mods on the E100, it may save a lot of emails to me if I state the costs in advance.
The filter mod is $53 for the filter, $50 for labor, plus shipping costs back to you.
The external antenna mod for the stock loopstick is $15 total plus shipping costs back to you.
I can't afford to stock more than a couple of filters at a time; you may have some wait to get your radio back if I'm out of filters when I receive your radio and have to order more filters.
73,
Steve Ratzlaff AA7U
NE Oregon

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 6:22 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Eton E100 IF Filter Modification Service Available

Hello Guys,
 
     Several requests have been received by DXers eager to have their Eton E100 Ultralight radios modified with the outstanding Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter (the same narrow filter used in the Eton E1 portable).  The replacement of the stock 455 kHz filter with this premium ceramic filter (as suggested by Guy Atkins in his superb technical article, recently published in NRC's DX News) truly makes the tiny E100 a super-selective receiver for all types of DXing missions, both foreign and domestic.
 
     The original designers of the E100 modifications (John Bryant, Guy Atkins and myself) have all used this outstanding ceramic filter in actual TP DXing sessions, and have been deeply impressed by its ability to split off weak TP stations adjacent to strong domestic QRM.
 
     Steve Ratzlaff, a highly qualified ex-Navy sonar repair technican with extensive professional electronic experience, has offered to perform this E100 modification for interested DXers.  Steve has already performed this modification for fellow TP-DXer Dennis Vroom, who was highly satisfied. Those having interest in this procedure should contact Steve directly at steveratz@..., to discuss terms.
 
     Steve is also able to perform the E100 modification of installing an external antenna inductive coupling loop to the stock loopstick, which would enable DXers to use their existing external antennas to chase DX with the E100 Ultralight (and compete in the Ultralight Awards program's "Unlimited Class").  For DXers with effective external antennas, this would be a quick way to experience the fun and excitement of Ultralight radio DXing, while maintaining the competitive edge of their directional EWE's, Conti Loops, K9AY's, etc. Please contact Steve with any questions about this procedure.
 
     73 and Good DX,
 
     Gary DeBock
 
   




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