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Re: JOUB 774 heard in Oklahoma on barefoot E100

bbwrwy
 

Dennis:

I feel it is the definite advantage of living in a rural location.
There is no electrical noise, except my computer. My only problem
hearing the station is a nearby station on 780 kHz operating with pre-
sunrise authorization. They are suppose to at reduced power but I've
seen no indication of it.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)


UL Posts and Whatnot- Last Night

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Broke out the SFr-59 for some barefoot DXing last night, in
conjunction with the Follies and the 300-in-30 Days Challenge.
Observations:

1. WQAM-560 Miami in well last night, with "Newsradio 610" and Miami
traffic reports

2. Is WQTM-740 in Orlando in Spanish now? If so, I probably hand them
under Toronto, so a good Florida night last night.

3. Who was running classic country on 770 under WABC at 2145 Eastern?
Couldn't get an ID but still a rather decent signal.

Got 15 more stations for the challenge yesterday, including
WQAM-560 Miami
WJRZ-620 Knoxville TN
KOA-850 Denver, in very well yesterday at sunrise. A relog but they
have been very regular so far this season.
WWDR-1080 Murfreesboro NC under WTIC
WYRM-1110 Norfolk VA. Somehow, this one has always eluded me, despite
50 kw daytime power and only 170 miles away.
WMET-1160 Gaithersburg MD with James Madison University football
WHVR-1280 Hanover PA with Penn State football. The Spanish station in
NYC usually dominates here
WBOB-1320 Jacksonville FL- a new station

I now have 266 stations for the challenge after 18 days- 12 days and
34 stations to go!

John Cereghin WDX3IAO
Smyrna DE


Re: Puyallup, WA TP's for 10-26-- Ultralights Rule

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Gary,

Up here, I'm always hearing standard Chinese, not JJ or KK on 837.  They were loud this AM, at and after dawn.

John B.


At 01:03 PM 10/26/2008 -0400, you wrote:

Good Morning,
 
     Decent TP conditions continued here again today, with a new barefoot TP country provided by a booming VOR-648 (Russia) logging on a Sangean DT-400W Ultralight at 1419.  The modified E100 (Slider loopstick + IF filter) also managed a couple of fairly distant re-logs for the Ultralight contest, with VOV-675 at 1437, and Taiwan Fisheries-738 at 1413.
 
     The most interesting logging, however, was audio on 837 on both the modified ICF-2010 and E100 at 1413.  Expecting to hear Japanese or Korean, the audio was apparently neither, but sounded like Mandarin Chinese.  Did anyone else hear 837 audio this morning?
 
     I'm happy John is using his Slider E100 at Orcas, which really opens up a thrilling new world of weak-signal Ultralight DX.
 
     73,  Gary.


Re: JOUB 774 heard in Oklahoma on barefoot E100

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Incredible!!

--- In ultralightdx@..., "bbwrwy" <richarda@...> wrote:

This morning I heard JOUB 774 kHz at 1118 UTC on a barefoot, factory
aligned E100. Also heard hets on 594, 693 and 774 kHz around 1130
UTC.

Good DX everyone.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)


new state on ULR

Allen Willie
 

 
 
  Hi Guys,
 
Early this morning  I logged my 28th state with a new station to the ULR log. I'm surprised this one had eluded me this long
 
830 khz - WCCO  Minneapolis, Minnesota   10/26/08  9:09 UTC  w/ News by woman , items about Housing starts in Minnesota and US election 
 SRF-39FP barefoot
 
 
 
Also 1 more new transatlantic  last night
 
873 khz - AFN Power Network Weisskirchen Frankfurt Germany   10/25/08  23:55 UTC  w/ Id and country song
SRF-M37V barefoot
 
 
 
 
Good Dx to All
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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GS Ultralight Loggings Oct. 25, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight Loggings for Sat. Oct. 25, 2008. All stations logged on a stock Sony SRF-59 from my home in Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Three more stations added to the ultralight log, all on 1160 kHz and all logged within a few minutes of each other. Total ultralight count: 175.

1160 WPIE NY Trumansburg - 25-Oct-2008 1040 UTC - ID heard in a jumble of stations. (Poor)
--> New station for my overall log.

1160 WYLL IL Chicago - 25-Oct-2008 1042 UTC - Religious. URL heard: wyll.com. (Poor)

1160 WBYN PA Lehighton - 25-Oct-2008 1046 UTC -Religious - gospel/inspirational music. Weather forecast with callsign ID. (Poor)

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


Puyallup, WA TP's for 10-26-- Ultralights Rule

Gary DeBock
 

Good Morning,
 
     Decent TP conditions continued here again today, with a new barefoot TP country provided by a booming VOR-648 (Russia) logging on a Sangean DT-400W Ultralight at 1419.  The modified E100 (Slider loopstick + IF filter) also managed a couple of fairly distant re-logs for the Ultralight contest, with VOV-675 at 1437, and Taiwan Fisheries-738 at 1413.
 
     The most interesting logging, however, was audio on 837 on both the modified ICF-2010 and E100 at 1413.  Expecting to hear Japanese or Korean, the audio was apparently neither, but sounded like Mandarin Chinese.  Did anyone else hear 837 audio this morning?
 
     I'm happy John is using his Slider E100 at Orcas, which really opens up a thrilling new world of weak-signal Ultralight DX.
 
     73,  Gary.




Ultralight SUNRISE SKIP........One NEW ONE for the Log

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Sunrise brought one new one for the ULTRALIGHT Log....which is also NEW
for the OVERALL Log as well!! Also one RElog included here from late last
night.

Radio used for these receptions is................SANGEAN DT-400W Barefoot
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR Log TOTALS are now...........................522 STATIONS Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73........ROB.

************************************************************************************************
730 WFMC Goldsboro, NC OCT/26/08 0555 EDT EE FAIR
ID given by Male DJ as...."The best mix of Gospel Music 730 WFMC".
Into Gospel Music 0555-0558. Then into the Mix....

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 522 1 KW/94 Watts Nights
ROSS, ONT.
**************************************************************************************************
1310 WDOD Chattannooga, TENN. OCT/25/08 2223 EDT EE GOOD
Oldies Music. "Let me be there". ID as "You're listening to WDOD
Chattannooga.....
The True Oldies Channel". Into more Oldies Music @ 2226 EDT

RELOG 5 KW
ROSS, ONT.
****************************************************************************************************

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


Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC
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ULTRALIGHT Sunset Skip.....4 NEW Ones Tonight....Graveyarders included!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Some decent conditions to the West tonight at Sunset brought 4 New
Stations to the ULTRALIGHT Radio Log. All 4 Stations are Also NEW to the
OVERALL Log as well....so that was a Bonus!! Two of the new Ones are
GRAVEYARDERS!!

Radio used tonight was.........SANGEAN DT-400W ULTRALIGHT Barefoot
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ultralight Log Totals are now...................521 STATIONS Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73......ROB.

******************************************************************************************
1230 WGRY Grayling, MICH. OCT/25/08 1756 EDT EE GOOD
Mixing with WSOO Sault Ste. Marie, MICH...which was also ID'd...but is a
RELOG.
Soft Pop NOS Music. Several songs in succession ...the last of which was
interrupted @ 1801 EDT for the ID as "AM 1230 WGRY Grayling". Into
News at 1801 EDT.

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 518 750 WATTS
ROSS, ONT.
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1340 WMBN Petoskey, MICH. OCT/25/08 1807 EDT EE GOOD
ID sung out by Female @ 1807 EDT as "1340 WMBN". Into Oldies Standard
"You are so Beautiful"...Joe Cocker??

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 519 1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
*********************************************************************************************
810 WMJH Rockford, MICH. OCT/25/08 1828 EDT SPANISH GOOD
Female talking to Excited Man on Phone in SPANISH. Spanish Jingles and Music.
Female with Long talks in Spanish and Phone calls from Listeners. Mixing
with an
ESPN Station.
Beaming DUE WEST from here......Towards Grand Rapids, Mich.

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 520 3.6 KW
ROSS, ONT.
**********************************************************************************************
1110 WJML Petoskey, MICH. OCT/25/08 1851 EDT EE GOOD
Michigan Spartans VS Michigan Wolverines Football Game from Ann Arbor, MICH.
IDs as "The Spartans Network". Insurance Ad @ 1851. "MSU Football Promo @ 1852.
Back to Football Game at 1854 EDT.
Only Station on 1110 Listed an an Affiliate for MSU Spartans Football.

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 521 10 KW/10 Watts Nights.
ROSS, ONT.
**************************************************************************************************
810 WHB Kansas City, MO. OCT/25/08 1832 EDT EE GOOD
IDs as "ESPN RADIO, and "Log onto ESPN Dot Com". Football talk
Mixing with an Spanish Station.

RELOG 50/5 KW
ROSS, ONT.
****************************************************************************************************
880 KRVN Lexington, NEB. OCT/25/08 1838 EDT EE GOOD
Football Talk about West Va. Mountaineers...Talk to Radio Voice of the Team on
Phone. Gave a 1-800 456-3121 Phone Number. ADs.
Promo for NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS/Oklahoma Game.

RELOG 50 KW
ROSS, ONT.
******************************************************************************************************

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


Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC
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Re: ICFSW12

satya@...
 

Hi Ray:

Welcome to the fun! Be prepared to have your enthusiasm for DXing
ratcheted up a few notches.

Coincidentally, I just published an updated list of definitions that we
use to approve receivers as Ultralights - see the downloads section at
DXer.ca. These are used to determine which receivers can be entered into
contests and set new records, but of course we can DX on a regular basis
with any receiver we choose.

In looking a the Definitions for the Sony ICF-SW-12, its overall size and
functionality appear to meet the requirements. Unfortunately, I was not
able to find any for sale new or used, and it looks like it retailed for
$129 when it was on the market, so these would preclude it from being able
to be considered a contest/recordbook UltraLight. The intent behind these
availability and cost criteria is that we would like others in the hobby
to be able to use the same rig.

So, for the current Fall Follies and the world records, the SW12 wouldn't
be eligible, although I would be curious how this vintage rig works as a
daily receiver, so feel free to keep racking up the DX. Also, if you
would like a free, no strings attached Sony SRF-59 (the one that started
all this) that's been fully aligned, contact me off-line at
satya@... with your address and I will get one in the mail to you
ASAP. As it turns out, I have more radios than..., well, let's say more
than two...

Regards - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

Being new to Ultralight DX ,I'm a bit confused about which radios
are considered to be legitimate Ultralight DX rigs? Are legitimate
Ultralight Radios defined by cost,size or lack of external antenna?

I've recently acquired a Sony ICF SW12 and I've been pleasantly
surprised by its performance on Medium Wave. Its performance nearly
matches the reception that I get on the Grundig Satellit 800!

So, is a Sony ICFSW12, a legitimate rig?

Ray


Re: JOUB 774 heard in Oklahoma on barefoot E100

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "bbwrwy" <richarda@...> wrote:

This morning I heard JOUB 774 kHz at 1118 UTC on a barefoot, factory
aligned E100. Also heard hets on 594, 693 and 774 kHz around 1130
UTC.

Good DX everyone.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)
Way to go Richard!! I need to start paying more attention to that freq
when I'm up at that hour.

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, Oklahoma


First Day of the Follies Pays Off in Cold Hard...NEW LOGS!

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Not much last night- just racking up a lot of stations for the
Barefoot contest. But this morning, at sunrise, I got two new
stations for the overall log:

1320 FL WBOB Jacksonville 0630, Florida News Network
1080 NC WWDR Murfreesboro, 0640, North Carolina News Network

Nice start for the Follies, as well as adding new stations for the
300-in-30 Days Challenge (now at 252 stations) and the overall UL log
(now at 382 stations).

John Cereghin WDX3IAO
Smyrna DE


Puyallup, WA TP's for 10-25-- Four Barefoot Ultralight TP's

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     The Fall Follies contest will certainly have some serious distance mileage complied by the Northwest TP-chasing group, unlike the March Sprint contest.
 
     With fairly decent conditions here, the usual powerhouses were booming in, providing solid loggings on a stock Sangean DT-400W of JOAK-594 (141`7 UTC), JOIB-747 1431), JOBB-828 (1419) and HLCA-972 (1433).  The big distance prizes,  Thailand -1575 and Vietnam-675, were below the Sangean's audio threshold level, however.  Somebody at Grayland probably could have logged them easily. 
 
     The fully modified (Slider + Murata IF filter)  E100 had no new TP's logged this morning, but with 50 received already, they are becoming more challenging.  With KHHO-850 IBOC silent again, 837 had weak audio on the 30" loopstick ICF-2010 (presumed NHK1), but not on the E100.  HLKR-864 had a decent signal again on both radios, and at 1410, JOHK-891 was the strongest it has been all season.
 
     Hopefully these productive conditions will continue throughout the Ultralight DX contest.
 
     73,  Gary   




JOUB 774 heard in Oklahoma on barefoot E100

bbwrwy
 

This morning I heard JOUB 774 kHz at 1118 UTC on a barefoot, factory
aligned E100. Also heard hets on 594, 693 and 774 kHz around 1130
UTC.

Good DX everyone.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)


Great evening for ULR Fall Follies

Allen Willie
 

 
 
  Hi Guys,
 
Really good evening and early morning to start off the Fall Follies . Notably  the Cuban stations  were present .  Managed to log 5 new ones for the ULR log , 4 of which were new overall
 
As follows:
 
570 khz - CMDC  R. Reloj  Santa Clara Cuba   10/25/08   1:52 UTC w/ spamish commentary by man , announcements  and familar time pips
 
870 khz - CMDT  R. Reloj  Sancti Spiritus Cuba  10/25/08  2:10 UTC w/ spanish by man, time pips
 
710 khz - CMW  R. Rebelde  La Julia  Cuba  10/25/08    8:20 UTC w/ spanish talk and commentary by man  // 670
 
740 khz - CFZM Toronto, Ontario  10/25/08   8:15 UTC  w/ song by Neil Diamond , adult standards format muci, ID AM-740
 
1570 khz - CKMW  Winkler, Manitoba  10/25/08  9:10 UTC w/ country music, "CKMW brings you sports at quarter past the hour" ID
 
 
73
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V barefoot


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ICFSW12

rayh.boyle
 

Being new to Ultralight DX ,I'm a bit confused about which radios
are considered to be legitimate Ultralight DX rigs? Are legitimate
Ultralight Radios defined by cost,size or lack of external antenna?

I've recently acquired a Sony ICF SW12 and I've been pleasantly
surprised by its performance on Medium Wave. Its performance nearly
matches the reception that I get on the Grundig Satellit 800!

So, is a Sony ICFSW12, a legitimate rig?

Ray


First Evening of Fall Follies

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

This evening I started tuning around a little after our lcl sunset,
and discovered that at least for this evening, I couldn't really get
into logging mass quantities of stations. One of the reasons for that
is because I noticed some signals on certain frequencies that I'd
never logged before. The first 90 minutes, or maybe a bit less,
yielded 3 new stations. 2 more new ones were logged later listening
at a leisurely pace. I was using the stock E-100 barefoot.

650, KGAB, Orchard Valley, WY, 0000 UT, ID very clear then lcl ads.
Hvy QRM from WSM, Nashville.

730, KLOE, Goodland, KS, 0011-0022 UT, high school football game. Lcl
ads for the Goodland area were hrd during a one minute time-out from
the game.

730, KKDA, Grand Prarie, TX, 0108+ UT, playing older and a few newer
sounding 'soul'/urban mx tunes. Mixing with many other stations
fading up and down.

790, WMC, Memphis, TN, 0158-0230+, Hard to follow the pgm'g on this
freq as there were many different stations mixing it up. This sta
played country mx. ID finally noted at 0216 and again at 0230 UT
using the slogan, "Country Legands WMC..." or something like that.

960, WKVX, Wooster, OH, 0444-0510 UT, playing some good older R&R
hits.ID 0500 then M ancr w/ yak, mentioning other towns in Ohio.
Listed 32 watts night pwr.

You all take care, and best of DX to you-

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, Oklahoma


Detailed New Article on Building the Slider E100 Posted

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Gary, Guy and I found the two-page per subject format of our serialized article on modifying the E100 quite restrictive.  We were able to give enough information in those articles for the experienced tinkerer to do the modification, but there was not nearly enough room to provide the step-by-step instructions or the thorough photographic coverage that most of us need to do an unfamiliar project.

Gary and I were particularly frustrated with the article on doing the "Slider E100" mod. Adding the 7.5" ferrite bar and the innovative "Slider" coil turns an already wonderful Ultralight into what the authors consider, pound-for-pound, the best MW DX radio on the planet for domestic DXing.... all for the low price of about $30. What is doubly frustrating is the Slider mod is about the easiest, simplest radio modification that either of us has ever seen.  It takes a bit of time to gather the parts, wind the coil and build some sort of support for the new bigger ferrite bar, but all of that is really simple to accomplish. Attaching the slider coil to the E100 is the only "difficult" part and that requires dealing with two screws and two solder joints.

So, in hopes that a number of other semi-crazy Ultralighters will join us in driving Slider E100s, we have uploaded a seven-page article to the Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca.  It is titled "YOU CAN DO THIS: More About Constructing the Slider E100 Loopstick"

Download at your own risk :>)

While you are there, if you are one of the few that has not yet downloaded Kevin Schanilec's wonderful article on small passive loops, you might want to get it, too. It is a true classic for our hobby!


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


E100 Slider Loopstick Article Uploaded to DXer.Ca

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     As John Bryant has mentioned, our 7-page joint article describing the development, construction and performance of the innovative E100 Slider loopstick has just been uploaded on DXer.Ca.
 
     The Slider loopstick uses a movable coil which slides along a 7.5" Amidon ferrite bar, providing the ability to peak the loopstick on each DX station's own frequency.  This loopstick tuning function, similar to that of a preselector, boosts the E100's wideband sensitivity up to an astonishing level, far out of proportion to the antenna's size.  A Slider-modified E100 has this outstanding sensitivity on all frequencies from 520-1710 kHz, without the sensitivity drop-off typical of other digital RF front end designs.  It has been tested against the RF-2200, ICF-S5W and other legendary portables, and has been found competitive (or superior) to them all.
 
     As a very cost-effective modification, the Slider loopstick can be constructed for under $40, and the project itself should be routine even for beginners--  it is simply the winding of a movable coil on a 7.5" ferrite bar, with two simple soldering connections to replace the mediocre E100 stock loopstick.  How does it perform?  Well, in combination with a Murata IF filter modification, a 7.5" Slider loopstick has enabled my tiny E100 to receive 50 TP's and DU's this season at Grayland, and at my home in Puyallup, Washington.  I have a stock ICF-2010, and have checked its performance against this Slider E100 during some of these TP receptions--  often finding the stock 2010 with only heterodynes, when the modified E100 had solid TP audio.  Even without the IF filter modification, the Slider E100 can typically receive about 80% of the TP's audible on the Slider + IF filter E100.  As such, it truly provides a very economic performance boost for any E100 owner interested in legendary weak-signal DX capability.
 
     John and I both hope that many E100 owners will take the opportunity to build one of these innovative Slider loopsticks, and discover for themselves the amazing DXing performance boost it provides.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock   




Sony ICFSW12 -- is it a legitimate Ultralight DX Rig?

rayh.boyle