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Friday morning beacons - meh

Kevin Schanilec
 

I got out to the park under overcast skies, which meant it was positively balmy (36 degrees). However, in comparison to the good propagation yesterday, the DX conditions this morning were not so hot, with nothing new received.

The normally shy K-338 out of Port Angeles came in right around local sunrise, and 375-FS was in for a while out of Fort Simpson, NW Territories, but overall it was as if there was at atmospheric wet blanket over my QTH.

To work!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: ULR DX.....BEACONS.....6 Beacons Logged in my Basement Family Room tonight!!!.................

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Rob,

Congratulations on receiving the 9 LW beacons on your 7.5" MW loopstick
PL-380 (which actually is fairly sensitive for LW reception in
comparison to stock ULR's, although nothing like the new 7.5" LW
loopstick ULR models). And congratulations on joining the
ultra-fanatical ULR NDB-chasing group (or maybe I should give you my
deepest sympathy? :-)

If you wish to be as competitive as possible in Ultrralight NDB chasing
(while keeping the model fairly compact, and portable) I would
recommend the 7.5" fixed LW loopstick PL-380, since you obviously don't
need a plug-in loopstick arrangement unless you plan to use the same
PL-380 for both MW and LW DXing (like I do on ocean beach DXpeditions).
I'm a little backlogged in responding to multiple LW loopstick
requests at the moment, but will place a high priority on youir request.

By the way, any of the 28 DXers who received 7.5" MW loopsticks from
here (either plug-in or fixed) will find them quite competitive in
sensitivity for Tecsun LW-DXing, both for LWBC and NDB-chasing. The
extra ferrite length makes them far more sensitive on LW than any stock
Ultralight, and they will give any DXer a very good start in beacon
chasing "as is." The LW sensitivity of these models approaches that of
a stock ICF-2010 (although they will perform best on frequencies close
to the BCB). By way of comparison, a new 7.5" LW loopstick ULR model
will run circles around the 2010 in beacon chasing and LWBC-DXing (and
that's what you will get eventually, buddy!) .

73, Gary

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@rogers.com>
To: Ultralight List <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 10:57 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR DX.....BEACONS.....6 Beacons Logged in my
Basement Family Room tonight!!!.................

 
Hi Guys:

OK...I promised Kevin that if I got over 900 AM Stations logged on
ULR, I would do some Beacon DXing!!!! So, here it is!!!

I logged these 6 Beacons while sitting on my Couch in my Basement
Family
Room. (About 6 Feet BELOW GROUND LEVEL!!!) The TV was on and so were
the
Computers......and the Florescent Lights....so the Noise Level was
horrible!! I'm surprised I heard any of these....especially the one
from
HUDSON'S BAY!!!!! WOW!!

Radio used was the Tecsun PL-380 with 7.5 Inch MEDIUM WAVE FERRITE
ANTENNA that Gary DeBock made for me!! It's not a Plug In Antenna....it
is Hardwired to the set. This is NOT a PROPER ANTENNA for LONGWAVE
DX!!!!!

In spite of all these Negatives....I was able to hear some
stuff........In a quiet Environment with a Proper Antenna....I should
be
able to do a lot better.

So Gary.....If you are listening out there???? HAHHAHAHA.......We are
gonna have to talk!! Looks like if I'm going to join you guys in this
Crazy Offshoot of ULR DXing....I'm going to need a RADIO and ANTENNA
that will work!!! I haven't really been paying too much attention to
what you and Kevin and the others are using...but whatever it is...I
need one!!

So.......with the 2 other Beacons I logged just below 530 Khz a couple
of years ago.....my ULR Beacon Log now stands at................

8 STATIONS HEARD

1 PROVINCE.......ONT.

1 STATE...............TENNESSEE

Here is a list of what I heard down in the Dungeon tonight.............

201 Khz ZXU London, ONT. Feb/11/11 0525
UTC LOCAL Beacon

375 Khz 7B St. Thomas, ONT. Feb/11/11 0529 UTC 25
WATTS
13 MILES

382 Khz XU London, ONT. Feb/11/11 0530 UTC 50
WATTS LOCAL Beacon

401 Khz YPO Peawanuk, ONT. Feb/11/11 0533 UTC 125
WATTS 834 MILES!! (Located on HUDSON'S BAY!!)

404 Khz ZR Sarnia, ONT. Feb/11/11 0533 UTC
50 WATTS 58 MILES

413 Khz YHD Dryden, ONT. Feb/11/11 0535 UTC
250
WATTS 728 MILES (Located in NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO!!)

Gary, Kevin.........I'm gonna crown you guys for getting me started on
this!!!!! HAHHAHHAHA. Like I don't spend enough time playing with
Radios
already!!

Gary...I'll await your email on the possibilities of getting a Proper
rig and antenna for NDB DXing!!!????

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


(No subject)

Pollock,Raphael E <rpollock@...>
 

Try a single layer of 38 turns tightly wound and terminating on 384 pfd worth of capacitance.


Re: A Cold but Productive DX Commute - 3 New Beacons

Peter Laws
 

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 18:59, <d1028gary@aol.com> wrote:
Hi Peter,

The Ultralight General Awards Program information is contained in a file
under Section 2 (General Information) of the Ultralightdx File Section,
linked at
http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/AHxUTdVkNIjF_FdlNlFdmCPrZn4_GGYi6P4jl0T3FeXwa1xU10BSFYwx1lspEg0aeQHaGoQSHQMyNNwp3QWlw4sQLLlc0Go/2%20General%20Information/Ultralight%20General%20Awards%20Program%20January%2015%2C%202010.pdf

Appears to be a one-time URL. Found it by going to Section 2 of the
Files on the Yahoo! page as you suggest. Thanks!




--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way

Rik
 

Raph - Off the top of my head, I did not have a guess how many turns to try. The number you picked is close to a 6X6 multi layer coil with 6 layers of 6 turns each. I am not sure with a multilayer coil where the next turn is wound when you go to the next layer. I suppose it is wound like rope or thread on a spool or bobbin, starting on top of the last winding, and working back across in the opposite direction. Anyone understand what I am trying to say, and happen to know?

I should try a single layer closely spaced and widely spaced too I suppose. If anyone has opinions about which might work best, I'd like to hear them.

It was a week or so ago I experimented with the AM ferrite antenna from Stormwise. With the 2 section cap, it tuned the top of the band, and down to some where in the 700 Kc. range I believe. I am sure it would not tune AM 650 WSM, which I often use to check band conditions, since I listen more on the lower 'half' of the AM BCB more than the upper 'half'.

-FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Pollock,Raphael E" <rpollock@...> wrote:

Farmerik: If you are using variable two sections, each 384 pfd, then presumably you are using 768 pfd worth of capacitance to tune your antenna. When you state that this enables you to tune "about 60% of the band" what part of the band are you unable to tune? The basic principle is that to lower the frequency range tuned you can either add more turns on the primary pick up coil or add more capacitance, whereas to tune higher frequencies removing turns or decreasing capacitance is the needed maneuver. If you have any wire at home you might want to try a simple test, which would be to wrap 38 turns tightly around the center of the pvc housing the rod and terminating that on 384 pfd worth of variable capacitance. This might give some insights into the modest performance you are reporting. I was using my 19"er at 5 am Houston time this morning listening to KFI 640 kHz (L.A.)-the peaking was so strong I had to turn the RF gain down to the "almost off" position on my Satellit 750...

From: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of farmerik
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:43 PM
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way



Raph - I don't know why Stormwise made these antennas to need nearly 1000 pF to tune the whole AM BCB, but that is what they say.

I am using 2 sections [of about 384 pF each] on a cap from Crystal Radio Supply, which look like identical construction to the ones Stormwise sells, and it tuned about 60 % of the band.

If I get time, I may play with winding over the top of the PVC with enough turns to tune with a single section cap. I have both the vernier and non-vernier models to experiment with. I am glad to hear the excellent results you are having, so I will listen for ideas.
Thanks for experimenting and reporting your results. - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>, "Pollock,Raphael E" <rpollock@> wrote:

Dear Farmerik: I am very disappointed at this result, as I am certain you are as well. The Stormwise source ferrite rods antennas that I have wound used 125 mu rather than 800 mu ferrite, although that should not explain the modest performance you are experiencing. There are other possible confounding factors.My primary pick up coils are made of 660/46 Litz wire. I do not know what type of wire is used in the Stormwise AM ferrite. Finally, my coils are placed in the center of the rod and are tight wound; I am not certain what is the coil situation in the Stormwise AM ferrite. More knowledgeable people like Kevin, Steve, or Gary might have better explanations.

I can tell you that in direct comparison tests versus my SAT, my CCRane twin coil, and my homebrew 3' x 3' air core box loop both my 19" 125 mu and 27" 125 mu knock the socks off the other antennas. The tuning is extremely sharp; without the verniers they would be darn near impossible to peak. Using my Sony 2010 with the RF gain set at mid point (slider switch on the side) and tuning to stations that at noon here in Houston will light up 1 of 10 LEDS, the SAT, when peaked, will typically light up 3 of 10 LEDS, the twin coil antenna comes in at 6-7 of 10, and either of my ferrites will light up 9-10 of the 10 LEDs when peaked. This extra gain has made a difference in reception of daytime long distance MW stations so it is not simply amplifying the noise floor of the receiver, as it were.

I wonder if the 800 pfd variable capacitor is the problem? Perhaps a 365 pfd variable capacitor, which is more what is typically used to cover the MW band (although I am no expert!), would give you sharper peaking when you tune the MW band?

Raph



________________________________
From: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com> [ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf Of farmerik [farmerik@]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:54 PM
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way



As far as the AM ferrite antenna I bought from Stormwise, it is not a big improvement on AM over a SAT or TERK aircores or Gary's 8 inch ferrite for the PL-360. It does not tune sharply either, so there is no need to use a cap with a vernier. Even the two section cap of nearly 800 pF is less touchy than resonating the TERK or SAT.
I hope you guys who wind your own coils on the Stormwise ferrite can get better results. It is easier to pack than a large air core though for mountain top picnics. It is pretty rugged too, inside the PVC pipe with the caps on both ends glued on. - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>, "dhsatyadhana" <dhsatyadhana@> wrote:

Hi Raph:

The 800 mu permeability is still fine for resonating on MW, as far as I can tell. I have been comparing the 800 mu stick to my Q Stick, and the signal gain is substantially leap better on the Monster. The guy at Stormwise mentioned that to get max Q for the upper part of the band, the windings should be spaced out along the ferrite as much as possible: I will likely convert the "little" 18-inch ferrite to MW-only, in which case I can do just that. Both of our MW coils are close-spaced, which minimizes the amount of Litz wire one needs, but apparently Q suffers. So, you might want to try spacing out the coils on yours, using a longer length of Litz?

I am thinking that if I were to take it on a trip and try to carry it onto a plane, I would bring a copy of the construction article to show them what it is. I would have it in a mailing tube, and I would go to the post office at the airport and mail it back to myself rather than have them confiscate it. If I were to check it in a bag, I might use a stand-alone shipping tube of some sort, perhaps one made for a fishing rod, again with a copy of the construction article in there should they decide to check it out. Using a hard-sided suitcase, with the antenna put in diagonally, might also work.


Kevin


--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>, "Pollock,Raphael E" <rpollock@> wrote:

Hi Kevin!

Glad to see you becoming even more addicted to monster ferrites as well! I am wondering how well the 800 mu ferrites will work on MW as compared to the 125 mu--I don't know enough radio electronics to answer my own question. I also wonder about transporting the completed ferrite rod antennas. There is too much effort to make one of these things only to have it confiscated by Homeland Security at the airport, thinking that it might be a pipe bomb or some damn thing. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to take a chance of ferrite breakage by putting it in checked luggage...

Your thoughts, my friend?

Raph

From: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com> [mailto:ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>] On Behalf Of dhsatyadhana
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 5:39 PM
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com><mailto:ultralightdx%40yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [ultralightdx] An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way



Hi all:

I just got off the phone with Stormwise, intending to order another 18" "Monster" ferrite, since I have a few other ideas about what to do with them. As it turns out, they are available in 2" increments, so I special-ordered a 24" inch model of the 800u permeability type (Model VFR24J). I think they're all made to order, so it's just a matter of him telling the fabricator how long to make it.

He wasn't exactly sure of the price, likely $10 or so more than the 18" (which runs $33.75), but he'll let me know as soon as he gets a firm price on it. So, in about a week I should have an even larger Monster ferrite on hand, which I will likely devote to longwave with regeneration.

Looks like I'm going to have to find a longer backpack for my morning commute DXpedition gear...

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way

Pollock,Raphael E <rpollock@...>
 

Farmerik: If you are using variable two sections, each 384 pfd, then presumably you are using 768 pfd worth of capacitance to tune your antenna. When you state that this enables you to tune “about 60% of the band” what part of the band are you unable to tune? The basic principle is that to lower the frequency range tuned you can either add more turns on the primary pick up coil or add more capacitance, whereas to tune higher frequencies removing turns or decreasing capacitance is the needed maneuver.  If you have any wire at home you might want to try a simple test, which would be to wrap 38 turns tightly around the center of the pvc housing the rod and terminating that on 384 pfd worth of variable capacitance. This might give some insights into the modest performance you are reporting. I was using my 19”er at 5 am Houston time this morning listening to KFI 640 kHz (L.A.)—the peaking was so strong I had to turn the RF gain down to the “almost off” position on my Satellit 750…

 

From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of farmerik
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:43 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way

 

 

Raph - I don't know why Stormwise made these antennas to need nearly 1000 pF to tune the whole AM BCB, but that is what they say.

I am using 2 sections [of about 384 pF each] on a cap from Crystal Radio Supply, which look like identical construction to the ones Stormwise sells, and it tuned about 60 % of the band.

If I get time, I may play with winding over the top of the PVC with enough turns to tune with a single section cap. I have both the vernier and non-vernier models to experiment with. I am glad to hear the excellent results you are having, so I will listen for ideas.
Thanks for experimenting and reporting your results. - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Pollock,Raphael E" wrote:
>
> Dear Farmerik: I am very disappointed at this result, as I am certain you are as well. The Stormwise source ferrite rods antennas that I have wound used 125 mu rather than 800 mu ferrite, although that should not explain the modest performance you are experiencing. There are other possible confounding factors.My primary pick up coils are made of 660/46 Litz wire. I do not know what type of wire is used in the Stormwise AM ferrite. Finally, my coils are placed in the center of the rod and are tight wound; I am not certain what is the coil situation in the Stormwise AM ferrite. More knowledgeable people like Kevin, Steve, or Gary might have better explanations.
>
> I can tell you that in direct comparison tests versus my SAT, my CCRane twin coil, and my homebrew 3' x 3' air core box loop both my 19" 125 mu and 27" 125 mu knock the socks off the other antennas. The tuning is extremely sharp; without the verniers they would be darn near impossible to peak. Using my Sony 2010 with the RF gain set at mid point (slider switch on the side) and tuning to stations that at noon here in Houston will light up 1 of 10 LEDS, the SAT, when peaked, will typically light up 3 of 10 LEDS, the twin coil antenna comes in at 6-7 of 10, and either of my ferrites will light up 9-10 of the 10 LEDs when peaked. This extra gain has made a difference in reception of daytime long distance MW stations so it is not simply amplifying the noise floor of the receiver, as it were.
>
> I wonder if the 800 pfd variable capacitor is the problem? Perhaps a 365 pfd variable capacitor, which is more what is typically used to cover the MW band (although I am no expert!), would give you sharper peaking when you tune the MW band?
>
> Raph
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: ultralightdx@... [ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of farmerik [farmerik@...]
> Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:54 PM
> To: ultralightdx@...
> Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way
>
>
>
> As far as the AM ferrite antenna I bought from Stormwise, it is not a big improvement on AM over a SAT or TERK aircores or Gary's 8 inch ferrite for the PL-360. It does not tune sharply either, so there is no need to use a cap with a vernier. Even the two section cap of nearly 800 pF is less touchy than resonating the TERK or SAT.
> I hope you guys who wind your own coils on the Stormwise ferrite can get better results. It is easier to pack than a large air core though for mountain top picnics. It is pretty rugged too, inside the PVC pipe with the caps on both ends glued on. - FARMERIK
>
> --- In ultralightdx@..., "dhsatyadhana" wrote:
> >
> > Hi Raph:
> >
> > The 800 mu permeability is still fine for resonating on MW, as far as I can tell. I have been comparing the 800 mu stick to my Q Stick, and the signal gain is substantially leap better on the Monster. The guy at Stormwise mentioned that to get max Q for the upper part of the band, the windings should be spaced out along the ferrite as much as possible: I will likely convert the "little" 18-inch ferrite to MW-only, in which case I can do just that. Both of our MW coils are close-spaced, which minimizes the amount of Litz wire one needs, but apparently Q suffers. So, you might want to try spacing out the coils on yours, using a longer length of Litz?
> >
> > I am thinking that if I were to take it on a trip and try to carry it onto a plane, I would bring a copy of the construction article to show them what it is. I would have it in a mailing tube, and I would go to the post office at the airport and mail it back to myself rather than have them confiscate it. If I were to check it in a bag, I might use a stand-alone shipping tube of some sort, perhaps one made for a fishing rod, again with a copy of the construction article in there should they decide to check it out. Using a hard-sided suitcase, with the antenna put in diagonally, might also work.
> >
> >
> > Kevin
> >
> >
> > --- In ultralightdx@..., "Pollock,Raphael E" wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Kevin!
> > >
> > > Glad to see you becoming even more addicted to monster ferrites as well! I am wondering how well the 800 mu ferrites will work on MW as compared to the 125 mu--I don't know enough radio electronics to answer my own question. I also wonder about transporting the completed ferrite rod antennas. There is too much effort to make one of these things only to have it confiscated by Homeland Security at the airport, thinking that it might be a pipe bomb or some damn thing. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to take a chance of ferrite breakage by putting it in checked luggage...
> > >
> > > Your thoughts, my friend?
> > >
> > > Raph
> > >
> > > From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of dhsatyadhana
> > > Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 5:39 PM
> > > To: ultralightdx@...
> > > Subject: [ultralightdx] An even More Monstrous ferrite on the way
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Hi all:
> > >
> > > I just got off the phone with Stormwise, intending to order another 18" "Monster" ferrite, since I have a few other ideas about what to do with them. As it turns out, they are available in 2" increments, so I special-ordered a 24" inch model of the 800u permeability type (Model VFR24J). I think they're all made to order, so it's just a matter of him telling the fabricator how long to make it.
> > >
> > > He wasn't exactly sure of the price, likely $10 or so more than the 18" (which runs $33.75), but he'll let me know as soon as he gets a firm price on it. So, in about a week I should have an even larger Monster ferrite on hand, which I will likely devote to longwave with regeneration.
> > >
> > > Looks like I'm going to have to find a longer backpack for my morning commute DXpedition gear...
> > >
> > > Kevin S
> > > Bainbridge Island, WA
> > >
> >
>


Re: SONY SRF-T615 ULR.......Wow....it's here....that only took 32 Days!!!!!

antemilisa <antemilisa@...>
 

Hi Robert;
Is SONY SRF T 615 much better on FM and AM in comparison to other radios, say SANGEAN pocket radio, or some TECSUN radios. It certainly costs lot more. However, if it's much better performer, I wouldn't mind spending a bit more for it.
Thx and best regards from Bosnia!

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

Hi Guys:

Today, the Post Man brought the New SONY SRF-T615 ULR I ordered from
AudioCubes on JAN/08/2011.......It took 32 Days from the day I placed my
order!!!

Not sure what's going at Audio Cubes these days...... I guess maybe the
Shipper is on Holidays.....or went to Vegas for the Winter!!???

In any event...It has arrived..I tested it to make sure it works....and
it does!! So now I'll just put it back in the Package and salt it away
for the future in case something happens to my other 2!! These Radios
are the King as far as I'm concerned.....and I wanna make sure I have
enough of them to last my lifetime!!

I guess the other source for these JAPAN MARKET Only ULRs is from
Joynetcafe on Ebay.........the last I saw they delivered much faster
than the 32 Days I waited from AudioCubes!! Anyone looking for a T-615
might consider checking them out on Ebay!!

Spent the Afternoon on a Ladder using a ROOF RAKE to pull Snow of of the
Roof!! Boy....that was FUN!!! At least when I got around to the front of
the house.........the Post Man was there to greet me with the package
from JAPAN!!!

Happy......... and in snow up to my Ying Yang here in ONTARIO!!!

Hey Kirk and Richard.......Welcome to ONTARIOHOMA!!!!! HAHAHHAHHA......

Salute...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


A Final Farewell to Greenland on the AM Dial

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

Last evening will be a memorable one for both Dianne and myself as we were entertained with what would be, according to recent reports if correct, the last night of AM broadcasting from KNR Greenland, the National Broadcaster of the country

. With external speaker attached to the SRF-M37V barefoot we spent an hour or so listening to the varied programming that has been a part of Greenland's history for the past 50 years on the AM dial.

It's varied programs include Inuit /Danish type talk and news mixed with musical selections from Elvis to Shania Twain to Nat King Cole at times. Also heard are many native folk songs as well as gospel type programs on Sundays.

We are very fortunate to have had the chance to often hear the AM signals of Greenland but especially lucky to have heard it utilizing ultralight radios.

They have used 4 main AM frequencies , 570, 650, 720 and 900 khz. . The most easily heard frequency here is 720 although we have logged them on all but 900 at various times.

The exotic signal of Greenland has remained a very elusive catch to many DXers in other parts of North America over the years. Now that their programming will be moving to FM broadcast, the coming days and weeks will prove interesting as to what other stations will be audible on 720. WGN in Chicago is the second most common signal heard here on that frequency


Good DX

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
St. John's,Newfoundland and Labrador
47:37N 52:45W
http://nldxers.100mb.com


stock is a purists challenge

Tim Davisson
 

Granted...in many hobbies...that that is stock/barebones and pure can be very subjective. I.E.: in QRP ham radio...how high/big is your antenna?

It's easy with ULR AM DXing: a stock radio is what it was when it came out of the box or off the dealer's shelf...and has not been modified in any way.

I read all the posts about the various modifications to DXers ULR radios with quite a bit of humor (no offense, guys).

Modifying ULR's to me, is like an athlete taking steriods. Yes, people do it...but, doing so really kinda changes the game.

My view on DXing "purity" cetrainly isn't everyone's....and that's fine. Just giving my 2-cents-worth for everyone's consideration.

There's something really cool about getting DX catches with a totally stock radio.

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
near Akron, Ohio


Re: ULR DX...........NEW STATION Logged at SUNRISE Today...........500 Watter from OHIO!!

Tim Davisson
 

WNIO is now Fox Sports Net...and their end-fire array is heavily directional north (right at you)...so, nice catch!

Tim, KD8GZ
near Akron, Ohio

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

HI Guys:

Although Sunset Skip has been Tremendous since the beginning of
January........Sunrise Skip has been somewhat less spectacular. I am
usually up by 5 AM or so every day...and always tune around a little to
see what it is happening on the band, but lately pickings have been slim
in the mornings!! However, this morning I managed to squeeze out a NEW
ONE from OHIO, a 500 WATTER!!!!

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

ULR LOG TOTALS are now.................908 STATIONS Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

********************************************************************************
1390 WBLL Bellfontaine, OHIO Feb/10/11 0721 EST EE FAIR
Alone on the Frequency....no sign of Regular WNIO!!!
Male DJ with ID at Tune In as "WBLL" @ 0721 EST. 2 Males with Sports
Talk......
Basketball talk. Several ESPN and ESPN dot Com Mentions. Walmart Valentines
Day Ad @ 0727 EST. Faded out by 0728 EST.

NEW STATION ULR # 908 500 Watts/81 Watts
Nights
ROSS, ONT.
*********************************************************************************


ULR DX...BEACONS...OK..the last 3 NEW ONES for the Night!!!!............NEW STATE Michigan!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

OK..this is it for tonight..gotta get a few hours sleep!!!

Tecsun PL-380 with DeBock 7.5 Inch Ferrite Rod External Antenna (Not made for Longwave!!)


338 DE Detroit (Madds), MICHIGAN Feb/11/11 0835 UTC 120 MILES (NEW STATE # 2)

398 ZHA Ancaster (Hamilton), ONT. Feb/11/11 0849 UTC 74 MILES

419 RYS Grosse Ile (Detroit), MICHIGAN Feb/11/11 0855 UTC 25 WATTS 120 MILES



ULR LOG TOTALS are Now.................14 Beacons Heard

2 Provinces (Ontario and Quebec)

2 States (Tennessee and Michigan)

73........ROB VA3SW

London, Ontario CANADA


ULR DX...BEACONS........Way to go guys!! Another 3 New Beacons Logged...and my 2nd Province!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Now you've done it Gary and Kevin!!!!!! I just went out and dug 3 More Beacons out of the Mud......and they were all from QUEBEC!!! That's Province # 2 Heard..........

Same Useless setup as the first batch of Loggings...and just as noisy...But these 3 made it through!!

366 YMW Maniwaki, QUEBEC Feb/11/11 0726 UTC 500 WATTS 351 MILES

378 RJ Roberval, QUEBEC Feb/11/11 0728 UTC 500 WATTS 579 MILES

392 ML Charlevoix, QUEBEC Feb/11/11 0729 UTC 500 WATTS 930 MILES



ULR BEACON TOTALS are now.............11 Beacons Logged

2 Provinces

1 State

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

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


ULR DX.....BEACONS.....6 Beacons Logged in my Basement Family Room tonight!!!.................

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

OK...I promised Kevin that if I got over 900 AM Stations logged on ULR, I would do some Beacon DXing!!!! So, here it is!!!

I logged these 6 Beacons while sitting on my Couch in my Basement Family Room. (About 6 Feet BELOW GROUND LEVEL!!!) The TV was on and so were the Computers......and the Florescent Lights....so the Noise Level was horrible!! I'm surprised I heard any of these....especially the one from HUDSON'S BAY!!!!! WOW!!

Radio used was the Tecsun PL-380 with 7.5 Inch MEDIUM WAVE FERRITE ANTENNA that Gary DeBock made for me!! It's not a Plug In Antenna....it is Hardwired to the set. This is NOT a PROPER ANTENNA for LONGWAVE DX!!!!!

In spite of all these Negatives....I was able to hear some stuff........In a quiet Environment with a Proper Antenna....I should be able to do a lot better.

So Gary.....If you are listening out there???? HAHHAHAHA.......We are gonna have to talk!! Looks like if I'm going to join you guys in this Crazy Offshoot of ULR DXing....I'm going to need a RADIO and ANTENNA that will work!!! I haven't really been paying too much attention to what you and Kevin and the others are using...but whatever it is...I need one!!

So.......with the 2 other Beacons I logged just below 530 Khz a couple of years ago.....my ULR Beacon Log now stands at................

8 STATIONS HEARD

1 PROVINCE.......ONT.

1 STATE...............TENNESSEE

Here is a list of what I heard down in the Dungeon tonight.............

201 Khz ZXU London, ONT. Feb/11/11 0525 UTC LOCAL Beacon

375 Khz 7B St. Thomas, ONT. Feb/11/11 0529 UTC 25 WATTS 13 MILES

382 Khz XU London, ONT. Feb/11/11 0530 UTC 50 WATTS LOCAL Beacon

401 Khz YPO Peawanuk, ONT. Feb/11/11 0533 UTC 125 WATTS 834 MILES!! (Located on HUDSON'S BAY!!)

404 Khz ZR Sarnia, ONT. Feb/11/11 0533 UTC 50 WATTS 58 MILES

413 Khz YHD Dryden, ONT. Feb/11/11 0535 UTC 250 WATTS 728 MILES (Located in NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO!!)


Gary, Kevin.........I'm gonna crown you guys for getting me started on this!!!!! HAHHAHHAHA. Like I don't spend enough time playing with Radios already!!

Gary...I'll await your email on the possibilities of getting a Proper rig and antenna for NDB DXing!!!????

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Kevin and All,

Good luck in your NDB chasing tomorrow morning, Kevin. One mistake in
my previous post was listing "239-M9," which really should have been
"240-M9."

For Kevin, Steve and anyone else fanatical enough to consider chasing
NDB's on Ultralight radios, my updated log of the 100 NDB's received on
the 7.5" LW plug-in loopstick PL-380 is posted at
http://www.mediafire.com/?m1c638xr51jj0at . These were received on the
"barefoot' modified PL-380, but as Kevin can imagine, I'm getting
seriously tempted to use the new 6.5' LW tuned passive loop to go after
"big game."

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@yahoo.com>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 8:42 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

 
Thanks Gary - I have looked a few times for 200-UAB, and you list gives
me a couple leads for tomorrow morning.

Yeah, this NDB bug really bites hard :-) I stopped beaconing a couple
years ago because of the noise in my townhouse development, but now
that I have an easily portable set-up to get out to a quiet location,
it's just dits and dahs all over the place...

Kevin

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

Hello Kevin and All,

Congratulations on the logging of 371-TVY, Kevin, and your 7th NDB
state-- glad to provide the tip.

This morning was one of the wildest NDB-DXing sessions ever
observed
here, with booming signals from almost any station to the north.
Besides distant Alaskan 233-ALJ (heard for the first time on the
"barefoot" 7.5" LW loopstick PL-380), 200-UAB (a very tough
logging
because of 200-YJ), 222-WY, 239-M9, 248-QH and 375-FS were
received for
new stations (and 2 new provinces, Yukon and NT). Tonight I was
able to
dig 2 more stations out of the "junk pile" from 290-325 kHz
(312-UNT
and 317-VC) to finally receive my 100th NDB station on the 7.5"
plug-in
loopstick PL-380. I've found that the "junk pile" really has a lot
of
NDB's hiding among the RTTY hash, and it provided most of my new
NDB
loggings during the past week.
&gt; It's very interesting that your NDB state and province count is
now
&gt; exactly the same as mine, Kevin. I'll be updating my NDB log to
include
the new Far North and "junk pile" NDB loggings, which together
gave me
enough to finally reach #100. For those of you considering this
new
kind of Ultralight DXing, be forewarned that once the NDB bug
"bites,"
it bites pretty hard :-)

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

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com&gt;
Sent: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 7:21 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

 
Having been to a local park in the mornings for DXing, it occurred
to
me that I have to pass the park on the way home, too! So, since I
got
back to the island around local sunset, I stopped off at the
picnic
table for another short session. As soon as the sun set, the
temperature really plummeted, but I did manage one more at 0200
UTC:

371- TVY, Tooele, UT (PL-380 w/Monster Stick)
New State (#7), #96 for the ULR LW log.

This was mixing it up with at least one other beacon on the
frequency.
I know that Gary, who is about 35 miles closer to Tooele as the
crow
flies, heard it a few days ago, so I was watching or it.

I did notice that, at least tonight, the DX didn't start until the
sun
had actually set, and perhaps a little afterwards, whereas on MW
it
usually starts up well before actual sunset.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


New loggings 2/10 & 2/11.

bbwrwy
 

I added four new stations to my log, all with a barefoot SRF-T615 (date & time UTC).

2-10-11
1250 KNEU, Roosevelt UT (0.5 kW) @ 1319 (#803).
1240 KDOK, Kilgore TX (1 kW) @ 1349 (#804).
2-11-11
1240 WBCF, Florence AL (1 kW) @ 0000 (#805).
1240 KLLV, Louisville KY (1 kW) @ 0000 (tentative)
1240 KVRC, Arkadelphia AR (1 kW) @ 0000 (re-log).
1240 KXYL, Brownwood TX (1 kW) @ 0018 (#806).

Not bad for the coldest day I can ever remember. My thermometer displayed -25°C/-°13F at breakfast time. Several record lows were recorded in Oklahoma this morning. But there is good news. Global Warming is forecast to return next week.

Good DX all.

Richard.

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


Re: Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

Kevin Schanilec
 

... and congratulations on hitting 100 LW loggings! It's certainly harder to hit that mark on LW, and your Amidon modification really is doing the trick for you. At some point the big box loop might be the answer for more loggings, but for now I think that "smaller" antennas may still pull in quite a few new ones.


Kevin

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

Hello Kevin and All,

Congratulations on the logging of 371-TVY, Kevin, and your 7th NDB
state-- glad to provide the tip.

This morning was one of the wildest NDB-DXing sessions ever observed
here, with booming signals from almost any station to the north.
Besides distant Alaskan 233-ALJ (heard for the first time on the
"barefoot" 7.5" LW loopstick PL-380), 200-UAB (a very tough logging
because of 200-YJ), 222-WY, 239-M9, 248-QH and 375-FS were received for
new stations (and 2 new provinces, Yukon and NT). Tonight I was able to
dig 2 more stations out of the "junk pile" from 290-325 kHz (312-UNT
and 317-VC) to finally receive my 100th NDB station on the 7.5" plug-in
loopstick PL-380. I've found that the "junk pile" really has a lot of
NDB's hiding among the RTTY hash, and it provided most of my new NDB
loggings during the past week.

It's very interesting that your NDB state and province count is now
exactly the same as mine, Kevin. I'll be updating my NDB log to include
the new Far North and "junk pile" NDB loggings, which together gave me
enough to finally reach #100. For those of you considering this new
kind of Ultralight DXing, be forewarned that once the NDB bug "bites,"
it bites pretty hard :-)

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

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 7:21 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

 
Having been to a local park in the mornings for DXing, it occurred to
me that I have to pass the park on the way home, too! So, since I got
back to the island around local sunset, I stopped off at the picnic
table for another short session. As soon as the sun set, the
temperature really plummeted, but I did manage one more at 0200 UTC:

371- TVY, Tooele, UT (PL-380 w/Monster Stick)
New State (#7), #96 for the ULR LW log.

This was mixing it up with at least one other beacon on the frequency.
I know that Gary, who is about 35 miles closer to Tooele as the crow
flies, heard it a few days ago, so I was watching or it.

I did notice that, at least tonight, the DX didn't start until the sun
had actually set, and perhaps a little afterwards, whereas on MW it
usually starts up well before actual sunset.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

Kevin Schanilec
 

Thanks Gary - I have looked a few times for 200-UAB, and you list gives me a couple leads for tomorrow morning.

Yeah, this NDB bug really bites hard :-) I stopped beaconing a couple years ago because of the noise in my townhouse development, but now that I have an easily portable set-up to get out to a quiet location, it's just dits and dahs all over the place...

Kevin

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

Hello Kevin and All,

Congratulations on the logging of 371-TVY, Kevin, and your 7th NDB
state-- glad to provide the tip.

This morning was one of the wildest NDB-DXing sessions ever observed
here, with booming signals from almost any station to the north.
Besides distant Alaskan 233-ALJ (heard for the first time on the
"barefoot" 7.5" LW loopstick PL-380), 200-UAB (a very tough logging
because of 200-YJ), 222-WY, 239-M9, 248-QH and 375-FS were received for
new stations (and 2 new provinces, Yukon and NT). Tonight I was able to
dig 2 more stations out of the "junk pile" from 290-325 kHz (312-UNT
and 317-VC) to finally receive my 100th NDB station on the 7.5" plug-in
loopstick PL-380. I've found that the "junk pile" really has a lot of
NDB's hiding among the RTTY hash, and it provided most of my new NDB
loggings during the past week.

It's very interesting that your NDB state and province count is now
exactly the same as mine, Kevin. I'll be updating my NDB log to include
the new Far North and "junk pile" NDB loggings, which together gave me
enough to finally reach #100. For those of you considering this new
kind of Ultralight DXing, be forewarned that once the NDB bug "bites,"
it bites pretty hard :-)

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

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 7:21 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

 
Having been to a local park in the mornings for DXing, it occurred to
me that I have to pass the park on the way home, too! So, since I got
back to the island around local sunset, I stopped off at the picnic
table for another short session. As soon as the sun set, the
temperature really plummeted, but I did manage one more at 0200 UTC:

371- TVY, Tooele, UT (PL-380 w/Monster Stick)
New State (#7), #96 for the ULR LW log.

This was mixing it up with at least one other beacon on the frequency.
I know that Gary, who is about 35 miles closer to Tooele as the crow
flies, heard it a few days ago, so I was watching or it.

I did notice that, at least tonight, the DX didn't start until the sun
had actually set, and perhaps a little afterwards, whereas on MW it
usually starts up well before actual sunset.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Kevin and All,

Congratulations on the logging of 371-TVY, Kevin, and your 7th NDB
state-- glad to provide the tip.

This morning was one of the wildest NDB-DXing sessions ever observed
here, with booming signals from almost any station to the north.
Besides distant Alaskan 233-ALJ (heard for the first time on the
"barefoot" 7.5" LW loopstick PL-380), 200-UAB (a very tough logging
because of 200-YJ), 222-WY, 239-M9, 248-QH and 375-FS were received for
new stations (and 2 new provinces, Yukon and NT). Tonight I was able to
dig 2 more stations out of the "junk pile" from 290-325 kHz (312-UNT
and 317-VC) to finally receive my 100th NDB station on the 7.5" plug-in
loopstick PL-380. I've found that the "junk pile" really has a lot of
NDB's hiding among the RTTY hash, and it provided most of my new NDB
loggings during the past week.

It's very interesting that your NDB state and province count is now
exactly the same as mine, Kevin. I'll be updating my NDB log to include
the new Far North and "junk pile" NDB loggings, which together gave me
enough to finally reach #100. For those of you considering this new
kind of Ultralight DXing, be forewarned that once the NDB bug "bites,"
it bites pretty hard :-)

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

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@yahoo.com>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 7:21 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

 
Having been to a local park in the mornings for DXing, it occurred to
me that I have to pass the park on the way home, too! So, since I got
back to the island around local sunset, I stopped off at the picnic
table for another short session. As soon as the sun set, the
temperature really plummeted, but I did manage one more at 0200 UTC:

371- TVY, Tooele, UT (PL-380 w/Monster Stick)
New State (#7), #96 for the ULR LW log.

This was mixing it up with at least one other beacon on the frequency.
I know that Gary, who is about 35 miles closer to Tooele as the crow
flies, heard it a few days ago, so I was watching or it.

I did notice that, at least tonight, the DX didn't start until the sun
had actually set, and perhaps a little afterwards, whereas on MW it
usually starts up well before actual sunset.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Afternoon Beaconing in NW Washington

Kevin Schanilec
 

Having been to a local park in the mornings for DXing, it occurred to me that I have to pass the park on the way home, too! So, since I got back to the island around local sunset, I stopped off at the picnic table for another short session. As soon as the sun set, the temperature really plummeted, but I did manage one more at 0200 UTC:

371- TVY, Tooele, UT (PL-380 w/Monster Stick)
New State (#7), #96 for the ULR LW log.

This was mixing it up with at least one other beacon on the frequency. I know that Gary, who is about 35 miles closer to Tooele as the crow flies, heard it a few days ago, so I was watching or it.

I did notice that, at least tonight, the DX didn't start until the sun had actually set, and perhaps a little afterwards, whereas on MW it usually starts up well before actual sunset.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: DXing Drought Concludes

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Its been a lot tougher since the hurricanes of 2008. I had what I considered to be a reliable listing of network/location prior. It seems the networks are now more dynamic, and the locations differ depending upon state of equipment. So now, I log them all as Havana at 10kW. If i catch a network ID I report it. There are some changes to the old listings on my homebrew DX log for sure.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Kirk" <kirk74601@...> wrote:



--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "ferrite61" <dxrx@> wrote:

Some further research yields the following:
970 CMHD Camaguay 10kW
970 CMAI Consolacion 1kW
970 XEMH Merida (NW Yucatan Pen.) 5kW

Best three found. The Mexican station J.I.C.

Paul S. in CT
Thanks, Paul. I have to be honest with the group, Cuba confuses the hell out of me. When there's listings of more than one Cuban sta on a given freq, how do we know which one to count, if any?? (Especially confusing when the stations are both listed running the same power!) I've had a long day, I better tackle this issue when I'm better rested, ha ha.

Tnx again, Paul!!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK