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Re: Loopstick Antenna

Barry M Gelb
 

Hello all and a healthy and happy New Year

Does anyone have a source for 2" J & J waterproof tape that sells single rolls? I really don't think I'll ever use six rolls of it, which is the only lot sold anywhere on the internet, and 1" tape really doesn't do the job.

Thanks,

Barry

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hi Steve,

The 7.5" external loopsticks that you heard about were initially designed
for the Tecsun PL-360 model, which has an ideal antenna plug-in socket (and
a very deaf stock loopstick). 22 of the MW plug-in loopsticks were sent out
to various DXers last spring, but it wasn't until recently that there was
time here to run A/B tests to design an LW version of the plug-in
loopstick.

The construction and design of the MW version is described in the file
posted at _http://www.mediafire.com/?yummxhqeyjy_
(http://www.mediafire.com/?yummxhqeyjy) . Although designed for the PL-360, the external loopsticks
work equally well with modified PL-380's and PL-310's, and the MW plug-in
version has been used with both of these models to receive various TP's
(Trans-Pacific DX stations).

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


In a message dated 1/2/2011 4:24:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
dhsatyadhana@... writes:




Hi Steve:

Welcome to the Group! As it turns out, my first DX receiver purchase was a
7600GR about 5 years ago, when I got back into DXing after a long hiatus.
The 7600GR is a fine receiver, although its size and features disqualify it
from being an Ultralight; nevertheless, we'd like to hear how your DXing
goes (and of course encourage you to look into an Ultralight for your next
radio).

We don't have an absolutely strict "Ultralight only", but do ask that
posts generally concern these types of receivers. For an explanation of what
Ultralight DXing is all about, please look over at the left-hand side of the
site here to the Files section, and in the folder marked "1. Start Here"
you will find a handful of files that discuss what an Ultralight is, what the
top models are, etc.

As for the inquiry regarding the external loopsticks, I'll let Gary
elaborate, but at this point they are for the Tecsun PL-360 Ultralight, as well
as other receivers that can be modified to accept them.

Again, welcome aboard!

Kevin S
Moderator

--- In _ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com)
, "sultis@" <steve438@> wrote:

Hi, my name is Steve Ultis, new to this group & DXing
recently purchased a Sony ICF-7600GR
not sure if if that qualifies
I read in a post that Gary (I think) makes external loopstcks for
MW & LW, I'd like to know more
Thanks
STeve
Morris, Illinois


Daytime DX catches this afternoon

Brian Miller
 

I'm at work right now, and I didn't get a chance to listen at sunset, but around 13:50 EST I was casually scanning on my PL-606 and heard more than the usual daytime signal I hear on 1370, WSPD in Toledo. So I nulled it out to hear WXXI from Rochester NY.

I then grabbed my now-favorite DX'ing machine, the Sony SRF-T615 and spent a few minutes seeing if anything else would happen. I didn't have much time, but I managed two more after that - 1420 WACK in Newark, NY and then 1470 WNYY in Ithaca, NY.

I'm not sure if I could log those at that time in the afternoon on an average day, but it was a surprise today.

That brings my total stations heard to 221.

Good Times.


ULR DX....Amazing Conditions again @ SUNSET Tonight!!!!....2 NEW STATIONS LOGGED!!.........+ a UNID!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Tonight at Sunset was a repeat of last night with lots of Stuff being heard under the Big Guns!! Lucky for me some of it was different from last night and resulted in 2 NEW STATIONS being logged for both the ULR and OVERALL LOGS!! One of these stations is a relatively Low Powered Station!! Also had a UNID SPANISH Station on 1210 Khz!!

RADIO USED is.......................................SONY SRF-T615 ULR Barefoot

ULR LOG TOTALS are now.....................864 STATIONS Heard

73..............................ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

********************************************************************************************
850 WWJC Duluth, MINN. Jan/03/11 1646-1731 EST EE FAIR-GOOD
Mixing with WKNR and WKGE at times. At 1730 EST.......WWJC was ON TOP!!
Christian Pop Music from 1646-1701 EST. IRN/SRN News with Female Announcer @ 1701-1706 EST.
More Christian Pop Music song..."In Your Life" by Female . Male DJ with ID @ 1728 EST as "The Light".
More Christian Music. Full ID at 1731 EST as "At home, In your Car, we're where you are.....AM 850 WWJC
The Light". Spot for Religious Show on the station "Dr. Marshall" @ 1731 EST.


NEW STATION ULR # 863 10 KW Days
ROSS, ONT.
**********************************************************************************************
810 WJJQ Tomahawk, WISCONSIN Jan/03/11 1808-1818 EST EE FAIR
Under WGY. 2 Males with Sports/Football talk @ 1808-1814 EST.Nice fade up over WGY during this time.
Local Wisconsin Ads. Talk about the Green Bay Packers @ 1815 EST. Recycle Wisconsin Spot @ 1817 EST
In // to Live Webfeed.

NEW STATION ULR # 864 980 WATTS Days/13 WATTS Nights
ROSS, ONT.
************************************************************************************************
1210 UNID Unknown Location Jan/03/11 1752-1755 EST SPANISH FAIR
Under WPHT. Spanish Ballad by Male DJ @ 1752-1755 EST.

This may be WNMA Miami Springs FLORIDA?????? Not enough here to ever know???

UNID
ROSS, ONT.
*************************************************************************************************


Re: OOPS!

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Steve,
 
Thanks for your interest in the 7.5" LW plug-in loopstick, and yes, I will be happy to reserve one for you. With about 15 orders so far, you were about the last to sneak in under the wire, before the LW loopstick orders are wrapped up.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA) 
 

In a message dated 1/2/2011 4:35:32 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, stephen_ponder@... writes:
 

Please forgive my last post. I was trying to send a private e-mail to Gary, but "fat-fingered" the keyboard on my new iPhone 4 (Christmas present from my lovely wife).

So, now that I've made a huge group blunder, Gary, if you're still taking orders for the 7.5" loopsticks, please add my name to the list. Thanks!

Chagrinned,

73,
Steve Ponder, N5WBI
----------------------


Re: ferrite antennas

Gary Kinsman
 

Plus, with the Twin Coil you can move the antenna independently from the radio, which adds to its convenience.

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "dhsatyadhana" <dhsatyadhana@...> wrote:

Hi Gary:

Sorry to hear about the Radio West loop's demise: there are a couple options currently. The Twin Coil works pretty well, in my experience about the same as a much-cheaper Terk air-core loop (or its Grundig or Select-a-tenna equivalent). I did some tests in an article entitled "Comparing Small MW DXing Antennas.pdf", in "Folder 5. Antennas and Equipment" of the "Files" section here, if you want to see what I concluded. Both the Twin Coil and Terk Loop/similar are generally compatible will all portables, with the Twin Coil having an amplified output for a tabletop receiver.

Kevin S


Re: Someone TESTING on 940 Khz Correction............

robert ross
 

On 03/01/2011 7:47 AM, Scott Fybush wrote:
Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:

Heard a Station Testing on 940 Khz early this morning..No idea
who it was??? Did anyone else hear this Test??? Or have any idea if
a Station had a Test planned early this morning???
This sounds very much like the "CBS Radio Network, channel 43" tones
that were/are frequently heard. When that happens, it's not a station
testing - it's just automation gone wrong. What's usually going on is
that a station is taking a network feed of a football game, and after
the game the automation fails to switch the station back to its usual
program source, so whatever's on the satellite channel where the game
was just keeps playing, sometimes all night until someone comes in the
next morning.

Unless you can find someone local to the station that's running the
wild satellite feed, the odds are pretty low that you'll ever figure
out who it was - though at least you've narrowed down who it wasn't.
Keep in mind that even the station itself may not know that they were
broadcasting this loop overnight!

s
_____

Thanks Scott, for this info........I do recal hearing several of these Satellite Feeds in the past and I did wonder if maybe that was what I had??? However......I was not able to copy all of the text the Male Announcer said....so I wasn't sure if he gave a Callsign....or a Radio Feed type of ID. In the past when I have heard these, it seemed like it was a continuous loop with lots of IDs quite frequently. In this case...there was only the one ID heard, and the tones I heard didn't seem to be a continuous loop...more random in nature???

Anyways........another mystery Station for the log!!!

Regards...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


(No subject)

sultis@sbcglobal.net
 

Thanks


Re: ferrite antennas

Pollock,Raphael E <rpollock@...>
 

These are pretty easy to make--take a look at Youtube using the search term "ferrite rod antenna"--you will find several video examples. If you would like more specific plans/instructions email me (rpollock@...). The 19" unamplified ferrite rod antenna provides significantly more gain than my AN 200 or my Select-a-tenna, and has much sharper nulls than my homebrew 3' air core loop. It is much quieter than my Twin Coil. At 2 feet long x 2 inches diameter it is very transportable...
 

From: terribly wet [mailto:zz4@...]
Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2011 08:59 PM
To: ultralightdx@... <ultralightdx@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] ferrite antennas
 
 

(I posted this also in another group)

I know this is not buy/sell here but any suggestions as to a ferrite antenna and who sells them and any economical ?

C Crane..theirs ?? $99 ??? Any Good ?

(anybody have one ??)

It can be a miracle on AM BCB to reduce some signals to hear others.

My old Radio West Ferrite Loop sort of 'imploded'. (or exploded ?)

I was outside at about 4am and heard sounds in the house. I had the thing 'sitting on something'. I find the antenna in 50 million pieces. (hmmm..does ferrite get brittle with age ?)

o--nobody admits to anything... It's like somebody took a hammer to it)

I still wish to re-construct the thing if I had the 'ferrite values' of rods and got the time to study the 'inductor' over the rods and the pre-amp.

Ferrite antennas. Anybody market them besides C Crane ? or maybe theirs is wonderful ??

Here in Ultra-Light world do they all have to be matched to a specific radio ? (what is available)


Re: Someone TESTING on 940 Khz Correction............

robert ross
 

Whoops...sorry for the typo..........One of the Stations mixing with the Testing Station should read CJGX....Not CFGX as shown in the original logging.

I heard the Test Tone again at 0230 EST......with no Talk or ID heard. Also heard KSPZ give an ID........and it was not the testing station......so CJGX, WMAC and KSPZ were not the station testing!!

73......ROB VA3SW

On 03/01/2011 2:17 AM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:
Hi Guys:

Heard a Station Testing on 940 Khz early this morning..No idea who
it was??? Did anyone else hear this Test??? Or have any idea if a
Station had a Test planned early this morning???

Any help appreciated................

RADIO USED............................SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight Barefoot


73........................ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

**********************************************************************************************

940 UNID UNID Location Jan/03/2011 0146-0155 EST
FAIR EE
In the Mix with WMAC (ID'd) with Talk and CJGX (ID'd) with Country Music.
Test Tone heard at 0146 EST. Male Gave ID as "This is the
????????Radio Service ??? and more Text that
was not copyable??? @ 0146 EST. Intermittent Test Tones and variable
SQUEAKY Test Tones
til about 0155 EST.....then not heard any longer. Signal seemed best
to the NW/SE from here.

Help Needed??????
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************


Someone TESTING on 940 Khz @ 0146-0200 EST Jan/03/2011?????........................

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Heard a Station Testing on 940 Khz early this morning..No idea who it was??? Did anyone else hear this Test??? Or have any idea if a Station had a Test planned early this morning???

Any help appreciated................

RADIO USED............................SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight Barefoot


73........................ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

**********************************************************************************************
940 UNID UNID Location Jan/03/2011 0146-0155 EST FAIR EE
In the Mix with WMAC (ID'd) with Talk and CFGX (ID'd) with Country Music.
Test Tone heard at 0146 EST. Male Gave ID as "This is the ????????Radio Service ??? and more Text that
was not copyable??? @ 0146 EST. Intermittent Test Tones and variable SQUEAKY Test Tones
til about 0155 EST.....then not heard any longer. Signal seemed best to the NW/SE from here.

Help Needed??????
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************


Re: Loopstick Antenna

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Steve,
 
The 7.5" external loopsticks that you heard about were initially designed for the Tecsun PL-360 model, which has an ideal antenna plug-in socket (and a very deaf stock loopstick). 22 of the MW plug-in loopsticks were sent out to various DXers last spring, but it wasn't until recently that there was time here to run A/B tests to design an LW version of the plug-in loopstick.
 
The construction and design of the MW version is described in the file posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/?yummxhqeyjy . Although designed for the PL-360, the external loopsticks work equally well with modified PL-380's and PL-310's, and the MW plug-in version has been used with both of these models to receive various TP's (Trans-Pacific DX stations).
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
 

In a message dated 1/2/2011 4:24:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, dhsatyadhana@... writes:
 

Hi Steve:

Welcome to the Group! As it turns out, my first DX receiver purchase was a 7600GR about 5 years ago, when I got back into DXing after a long hiatus. The 7600GR is a fine receiver, although its size and features disqualify it from being an Ultralight; nevertheless, we'd like to hear how your DXing goes (and of course encourage you to look into an Ultralight for your next radio).

We don't have an absolutely strict "Ultralight only", but do ask that posts generally concern these types of receivers. For an explanation of what Ultralight DXing is all about, please look over at the left-hand side of the site here to the Files section, and in the folder marked "1. Start Here" you will find a handful of files that discuss what an Ultralight is, what the top models are, etc.

As for the inquiry regarding the external loopsticks, I'll let Gary elaborate, but at this point they are for the Tecsun PL-360 Ultralight, as well as other receivers that can be modified to accept them.

Again, welcome aboard!

Kevin S
Moderator

--- In ultralightdx@..., "sultis@..." wrote:
>
> Hi, my name is Steve Ultis, new to this group & DXing
> recently purchased a Sony ICF-7600GR
> not sure if if that qualifies
> I read in a post that Gary (I think) makes external loopstcks for
> MW & LW, I'd like to know more
> Thanks
> STeve
> Morris, Illinois
>


Re: ferrite antennas

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Gary:

Sorry to hear about the Radio West loop's demise: there are a couple options currently. The Twin Coil works pretty well, in my experience about the same as a much-cheaper Terk air-core loop (or its Grundig or Select-a-tenna equivalent). I did some tests in an article entitled "Comparing Small MW DXing Antennas.pdf", in "Folder 5. Antennas and Equipment" of the "Files" section here, if you want to see what I concluded. Both the Twin Coil and Terk Loop/similar are generally compatible will all portables, with the Twin Coil having an amplified output for a tabletop receiver.

Kevin S

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "terribly wet" <zz4@...> wrote:

(I posted this also in another group)



I know this is not buy/sell here but any suggestions as to a ferrite antenna and who sells them and any economical ?


C Crane..theirs ?? $99 ??? Any Good ?


(anybody have one ??)



It can be a miracle on AM BCB to reduce some signals to hear others.



My old Radio West Ferrite Loop sort of 'imploded'. (or exploded ?)


I was outside at about 4am and heard sounds in the house. I had the thing 'sitting on something'. I find the antenna in 50 million pieces. (hmmm..does ferrite get brittle with age ?)

o--nobody admits to anything... It's like somebody took a hammer to it)


I still wish to re-construct the thing if I had the 'ferrite values' of rods and got the time to study the 'inductor' over the rods and the pre-amp.


Ferrite antennas. Anybody market them besides C Crane ? or maybe theirs is wonderful ??


Here in Ultra-Light world do they all have to be matched to a specific radio ? (what is available)


Re: ULR DX......GREAT Conditions @ SUNSET....3 NEW STATIONS tonight!!!

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Those are excellent. Only thing here is a re-log of WIZZ Greenfield, MA before WWKB 1520 kHz booms in. WTUB (ex-WJOE) still eludes me here.
Nice work.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Robert S.Ross VA3SW" <va3sw@...> wrote:

Hi Guys:

Did a few hours of Sunset Skip DXing tonight and Conditions were
amazing in the EAST/WEST directions!!! I knew something was up when I
heard 700 WTUB Orange-Athol, MASS, blasting in at 1630 EST with 2.5
KW......Taking out WLW Cincinnati!!!! That was a Relog.....but not often
heard!!

Almost all of the Old Clear Channel frequencies had other stations under
them. Many I was not able to ID including stations on 760, 780, and 1100
Khz.

However.......I was able to log 3 NEW STATIONS for the ULR Log
tonight....all from the WEST!! Only one of these was NEW for the OVERALL
LOG......and the other 2 were CALL LETTER CHANGES for the RELOGS!!

It's been a long time since I logged 3 New Stations at one sitting with
the ULTRALIGHT!!!

RADIO USED is....................................SONY SRF-T615 ULR Barefoot
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR LOG TOTALS are now..................862 Stations Logged
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73...................ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

**************************************************************************************
860 KKOW Pittsburg, KANSAS Jan/02/11 1746 EST EE VG+++ Amazing
Signal!!!
In CJBC Toronto's Null. Blasting in .......Stronger than CJBC Toronto!!
Classic Country Music. Male DJ spoke @ 1750 EST asking for Requests.
ID as "860 AM and a 4:53 Time Check @ 5:53 EST. Also gave ID as "We're a
Mighty Big Station on
your Tiny Little Radio......Classic Country AM 860 KKOW". Played Country
Songs "Queen of the
Silver Dollar" and Ferlin Husky's "Wing's of a Snow White Dove".

Last heard in SEPT 1977!!!! as KOAM

RELOG NEW CALLS....................But NEW ULR #860 10/5 KW
ROSS, ONT.
***************************************************************************************
1210 WSKR Denham Springs, LOUISIANA Jan/02/11 1803 EST EE FAIR
In WPHT Null. 2 Males with Sports Talk and Football Scores @ 1803 EST
Tune In. IDs as "FOX SPORTS RADIO".
Football Highlights and more Football Talk. In and out under WPHT. Was
able to match the Live Feed on the Website.
They are the Only Fox Sports Radio Station on the Frequency I believe.

NEW STATION ULR # 861 10/1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
****************************************************************************************
1520 KOKC Oklahoma City, OKLAHOMA Jan/02/11 1818 EST EE GOOD+
No sign of Semi-Local Buffalo.....just these guys!!!! Oklahoma Sooners
Women's Basketball @
Tune In 1818 EST. Oklahoma VS TCU (Texas Christian Univ??). Local Ad
for Oklahoma Agriculture.
Sooners lead the game 18-10 @ 1821 EST. ID's as "Oklahoma Women's
Basketball"
Some National Ads (Budweiser).....but several Local Oklahoma Ads too.

Last Heard in JAN 1977!! as KOMA

RELOG NEW CALLS.......................But NEW ULR # 862 50 KW
ROSS, ONT.
*****************************************************************************************


ferrite antennas

terribly wet
 

(I posted this also in another group)



I know this is not buy/sell here but any suggestions as to a ferrite antenna and who sells them and any economical ?


C Crane..theirs ?? $99 ??? Any Good ?


(anybody have one ??)



It can be a miracle on AM BCB to reduce some signals to hear others.



My old Radio West Ferrite Loop sort of 'imploded'. (or exploded ?)


I was outside at about 4am and heard sounds in the house. I had the thing 'sitting on something'. I find the antenna in 50 million pieces. (hmmm..does ferrite get brittle with age ?)

o--nobody admits to anything... It's like somebody took a hammer to it)


I still wish to re-construct the thing if I had the 'ferrite values' of rods and got the time to study the 'inductor' over the rods and the pre-amp.


Ferrite antennas. Anybody market them besides C Crane ? or maybe theirs is wonderful ??


Here in Ultra-Light world do they all have to be matched to a specific radio ? (what is available)


ULR DX......GREAT Conditions @ SUNSET....3 NEW STATIONS tonight!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Did a few hours of Sunset Skip DXing tonight and Conditions were amazing in the EAST/WEST directions!!! I knew something was up when I heard 700 WTUB Orange-Athol, MASS, blasting in at 1630 EST with 2.5 KW......Taking out WLW Cincinnati!!!! That was a Relog.....but not often heard!!

Almost all of the Old Clear Channel frequencies had other stations under them. Many I was not able to ID including stations on 760, 780, and 1100 Khz.

However.......I was able to log 3 NEW STATIONS for the ULR Log tonight....all from the WEST!! Only one of these was NEW for the OVERALL LOG......and the other 2 were CALL LETTER CHANGES for the RELOGS!!

It's been a long time since I logged 3 New Stations at one sitting with the ULTRALIGHT!!!

RADIO USED is....................................SONY SRF-T615 ULR Barefoot
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR LOG TOTALS are now..................862 Stations Logged
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73...................ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

**************************************************************************************
860 KKOW Pittsburg, KANSAS Jan/02/11 1746 EST EE VG+++ Amazing Signal!!!
In CJBC Toronto's Null. Blasting in .......Stronger than CJBC Toronto!!
Classic Country Music. Male DJ spoke @ 1750 EST asking for Requests.
ID as "860 AM and a 4:53 Time Check @ 5:53 EST. Also gave ID as "We're a Mighty Big Station on
your Tiny Little Radio......Classic Country AM 860 KKOW". Played Country Songs "Queen of the
Silver Dollar" and Ferlin Husky's "Wing's of a Snow White Dove".

Last heard in SEPT 1977!!!! as KOAM

RELOG NEW CALLS....................But NEW ULR #860 10/5 KW
ROSS, ONT.
***************************************************************************************
1210 WSKR Denham Springs, LOUISIANA Jan/02/11 1803 EST EE FAIR
In WPHT Null. 2 Males with Sports Talk and Football Scores @ 1803 EST Tune In. IDs as "FOX SPORTS RADIO".
Football Highlights and more Football Talk. In and out under WPHT. Was able to match the Live Feed on the Website.
They are the Only Fox Sports Radio Station on the Frequency I believe.

NEW STATION ULR # 861 10/1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
****************************************************************************************
1520 KOKC Oklahoma City, OKLAHOMA Jan/02/11 1818 EST EE GOOD+
No sign of Semi-Local Buffalo.....just these guys!!!! Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball @
Tune In 1818 EST. Oklahoma VS TCU (Texas Christian Univ??). Local Ad for Oklahoma Agriculture.
Sooners lead the game 18-10 @ 1821 EST. ID's as "Oklahoma Women's Basketball"
Some National Ads (Budweiser).....but several Local Oklahoma Ads too.

Last Heard in JAN 1977!! as KOMA

RELOG NEW CALLS.......................But NEW ULR # 862 50 KW
ROSS, ONT.
*****************************************************************************************


OOPS!

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

Please forgive my last post. I was trying to send a private e-mail to Gary, but "fat-fingered" the keyboard on my new iPhone 4 (Christmas present from my lovely wife).

So, now that I've made a huge group blunder, Gary, if you're still taking orders for the 7.5" loopsticks, please add my name to the list. Thanks!

Chagrinned,

73,
Steve Ponder, N5WBI
----------------------


Re: Loopstick Antenna

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Steve:

Welcome to the Group! As it turns out, my first DX receiver purchase was a 7600GR about 5 years ago, when I got back into DXing after a long hiatus. The 7600GR is a fine receiver, although its size and features disqualify it from being an Ultralight; nevertheless, we'd like to hear how your DXing goes (and of course encourage you to look into an Ultralight for your next radio).

We don't have an absolutely strict "Ultralight only", but do ask that posts generally concern these types of receivers. For an explanation of what Ultralight DXing is all about, please look over at the left-hand side of the site here to the Files section, and in the folder marked "1. Start Here" you will find a handful of files that discuss what an Ultralight is, what the top models are, etc.

As for the inquiry regarding the external loopsticks, I'll let Gary elaborate, but at this point they are for the Tecsun PL-360 Ultralight, as well as other receivers that can be modified to accept them.

Again, welcome aboard!

Kevin S
Moderator

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "sultis@..." <steve438@...> wrote:

Hi, my name is Steve Ultis, new to this group & DXing
recently purchased a Sony ICF-7600GR
not sure if if that qualifies
I read in a post that Gary (I think) makes external loopstcks for
MW & LW, I'd like to know more
Thanks
STeve
Morris, Illinois


Re: Ultralight Longwave NDB-DX

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Larry and Marc,
 
Thanks for your interest in the 7.5" LW plug-in loopstick project.
 
A 7.5" longwave loopstick will be reserved for both of you (and for Phil, Kevin, and Tony). The model currently in production is the design with a 1900 uh coil of 100/45 Litz wire on a Type 33 ferrite bar, which is the preferred design for the 153-279 kHz broadcast band, as well as the middle NDB (beacon) frequencies, up to about 450 kHz. Two of these models have already been sent out, and more are being produced (a photo album of the project is in the Ultralightdx photo section).
 
The loopstick frame design and frame construction process are exactly the same as the 7.5" MW plug-in loopsticks, described in the full article posted at http://www.mediafire.com/?yummxhqeyjy . They will plug directly into the PL-360 models, replacing the deaf stock loopstick with a very sensitive LW antenna.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
 

In a message dated 1/2/2011 3:28:13 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, lfravel@... writes:
 

Gary -
 
I would be interested as well.  The MW one does wonders. 
 
 
 
 
Larry K8YYY
Shinnston, WV


Loopstick Antenna

sultis@sbcglobal.net
 

Hi, my name is Steve Ultis, new to this group & DXing
recently purchased a Sony ICF-7600GR
not sure if if that qualifies
I read in a post that Gary (I think) makes external loopstcks for
MW & LW, I'd like to know more
Thanks
STeve
Morris, Illinois


A 7-Day Ross Challenge Comes to a Close

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi all:

Well, it was a fun and productive 7-day portion of the Ross Challenge. I heartily recommend it as a way to renew enthusiasm and get some more new loggings!

I stayed "barefoot" and almost exclusively used the Tecsun PL-310. Since I didn't have to work a couple of the days, or be particularly well-rested at any point it time, I probably got about 50 hours of DXing in over the 7 days. Remarkably, the alkaline AA batteries in the PL-310, which had been in there for quite some time already prior to this, made it for the duration, a testament to the battery life of this receiver. Even better, it recharged my personal DXing batteries, and I look forward to completing the 30-day Challenge and beyond.

With less time available and so-so conditions yesterday, I managed seven more, bringing the final 7-day total to 244 stations heard. A quick summary of the 244:
- By country: 192 US, 47 Canadian, 5 Mexican
- By state: 21 US States, 5 Canadian Provinces, 3 Mexican States
- By source: 173 confirmed with ID/slogans, 33 with parallel frequencies or Web streams, and 38 with specific content (local advertisements, etc.)
- 16 new stations never heard on anything here before

With 56 left to hit 300 stations heard in 30 days, and work and other commitment kicking back in, I may start using a passive loop in order to get 2-3 each day – we'll see how the propagation conditions hold up!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA