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Re: FM DX thumbnail?- FARMERIK

Peter Laws
 

n Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 09:24, farmerik <farmerik@cox.net> wrote:
I have stumbled across some relatively distant FM stations recently, and was wondering if some one here could write a brief paragraph outlining FM DXing, or give a link to an over view page. Nothing filled with detail or exotic antenna or modified radios, but some general idea on how far away is FM DX.

I like the Radio Locater for AM, so I used that for these new finds on FM. - FARMERIK
http://www.spegweb.com/radiotv/

My friend and coworker, Doug KC5JUS, also of Norman, Okla, is an avid
FM DXer and recently logged his 1000th FM station. He has a nice map
at the link above. Basically, DX on FM comes from tropospheric
ducting (the green dots on his map) or Sporadic E (the red dots).
Lots of details beyond that, but others have pointed to websites that
are more in-depth.

I have no info on what he uses for an antenna (I should ask!). I'd
really like to have him do a program at the local ham club meeting.
:)


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


ULR DX....Beacons.......

robert ross
 

On 12/02/2011 1:58 PM, D1028Gary@... wrote:
 

Hi Rob,

I'm happy that you are having fun chasing NDB beacons on longwave with
the 7.5" MW loopstick PL-380,, and congratulations on your 24 loggings.

Thanks......Now up to 26 Beacons.....2 more logged this afternoon!!

I've known for quite a while that the MW plug-in loopsticks are
reasonably competitive on LW (and far better than any stock ULR), and
they are certainly the best option for those without LW antennas. But
to be honest with you, it's kind of like a hockey player trying to
score goals using a baseball bat. As long as he doesn't try using a
real hockey stick he'll probably have a lot of fun, and never know what
he's missing :-) Anyway, I'll plan to send you a "real hockey stick"
soon!!!

Well...it works...the signals aren't real strong but they are copyable. With beacons you don't need a Booming Signal to ID them. That's the other nice Thing about Beacon DXing....they ID every 2 Seconds!!! HAHAHA

I was never much of a Hockey Player...in spite of growing up in the Land of Ice and Snow!! I am a Great Fan of the Montreal Canadiens (Habs) however. I was always a Baseball player growing up.....so I am quite good with a Bat!!! The Old Bat sure does vibrate when it comes into contact with the Puck though!!!

I am anxiously awaiting my New Hockey Stick.........Like an 8 Year Old Pee Wee Hockey Player!!!



As both Kevin and I can assure you, it's all too easy to get drawn into
the NDB orbit-- and once it happens, resistance is futile :-) I never
planned to chase 100 NDB stations as a top priority, but got distracted
by them during LW loopstick experimentation (because the LW-TP's
weren't coming in). Now that I have 7 states, 6 provinces and 100 NDB's
in the log, I'll be taking a slight break-- to wind more LW loopsticks
for other DXers (maybe to get them addicted, too ??).


Yeah Gary.....I'm well aware!!!! HAHAHAHA...I have actually DX`d the NDB Longwave band since 1977.....except using a ULR to DX them is a whole new Ball Game.....'er I mean Hockey Game!!

I have only been DXing Beacons on the ULR for about 36 Hours now ......(Maybe 2 Hours Total Listening).....and I have heard.......

26 beacons
3 States
2 Provinces

And....I've added 4 NEW Beacons to my OVERALL Log as well............

Lord...what have you done?????

Sure beats Shoveling Snow!!!!


73.................ROB VA3W

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


ULR DX.........BEACONS....2 More NEW Beacons this afternoon!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Just got finished shoveling snow out of 2 Driveways.....and needed to come in for a break!! I grabbed the Tecsun PL-380 and did a couple of Sweeps across the Longwave NDB Band. Logged 2 more New Beacons for the ULR Log...and one of these is NEW to the OVERALL LOG!! WOW!! I can't believe I have 4 New Ones to the Overall Log in less than 2 days!! These 2 Beacons were both heard between 1300 and 1330 EST........In Full Daylight!!

RADIO USED.........................TECSUN PL-380 with Gary DeBock 7.5 Inch External MW Ferrite Antenna

ULR BEACON LOG TOTALS are now.......................26 Beacons Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73.....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

******************************************************************************************
278 ADG Adrian, MICH. Feb/12/11 1803 UTC ?? Power 162 Miles NEW BEACON to Both Logs


283 PT Pelee Island, ONT. Feb/12/11 1805 UTC 100 Watts 100 Miles NEW ULR Beacon
(This is a small Island in Lake Erie just South of Leamington, ONTARIO)

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


Re: ULR DX....Beacons.......3 of these were NEW to the OVERALL LOG!!!!

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Rob,

I'm happy that you are having fun chasing NDB beacons on longwave with
the 7.5" MW loopstick PL-380,, and congratulations on your 24 loggings.
I've known for quite a while that the MW plug-in loopsticks are
reasonably competitive on LW (and far better than any stock ULR), and
they are certainly the best option for those without LW antennas. But
to be honest with you, it's kind of like a hockey player trying to
score goals using a baseball bat. As long as he doesn't try using a
real hockey stick he'll probably have a lot of fun, and never know what
he's missing :-) Anyway, I'll plan to send you a "real hockey stick"
soon!!!

As both Kevin and I can assure you, it's all too easy to get drawn into
the NDB orbit-- and once it happens, resistance is futile :-) I never
planned to chase 100 NDB stations as a top priority, but got distracted
by them during LW loopstick experimentation (because the LW-TP's
weren't coming in). Now that I have 7 states, 6 provinces and 100 NDB's
in the log, I'll be taking a slight break-- to wind more LW loopsticks
for other DXers (maybe to get them addicted, too ??).

73, Gary

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@rogers.com>
To: Ultralight List <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sat, Feb 12, 2011 7:19 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR DX....Beacons.......3 of these were NEW to
the OVERALL LOG!!!!

 
Hi Guys:

I was just checking my OVERALL Beacon Log and I see that 3 of the 24
Beacons I logged on my First Day of "ULR" Beacon Dxing, are actually
NEW BEACONS for my OVERALL LOG, which began way back in 1977. Although
there were many LONG Stretches of Inactivity from 1977-2011 ......It's
been Fun getting back at it again!! The 3 NEW Beacons bring the OVERALL
LOG to 340 Beacons Heard. (24 ULR Beacons Heard)

It will be interesting to see how many of the Previously logged Beacons
I will be able to eventually hear with the ULRs?????

For those who only DX "AM BCB"........you may consider giving this a
Try!!! It's a little off the beaten track....but it is quite
addictive......and you can hear some amazing DX with Minimal Effort.
The
other advantage of DXing Multiple Bands is that there is always
something to hear!! When one band is Dead one of the others may be
hopping!! Personally, I DX Everything from DC-Daylight. When the
Spring
gets here and the AM BCB starts to drop off for the summer.....I
concentrate my Efforts on FM and TV. Throughout the last 35 years or so
of DXing.......I have DX''d ..........AM-FM-TV-LW-UTILITY-HAM-SCANNER
VHF-UHF-BEACONS and pretty much anything I can hear!! The Variety has
helped to keep The DX Hobby FRESH!!!! Like they say.......... a change
is as Good as a Rest!!!

Retiring at the end of January has luckily left me with a little more
time to devote to Dxing.......and I'm hoping to get back into DXing
some
of the Bands I have been a little Inactive on lately!! ( Like NDB
BEACONS!!!)

The Signals there are in CW Morse Code....but even if you're not good
at
copying Code....the IDs are VERY SLOW......and you should be able to
pick out the IDs...even if you have to write the Dits and Dahs down as
you hear them....and Translate them later.

Thanks to Gary and Kevin for "Rattlin' My Chain" and getting me back i
NDB BEACON DXing using my ULR!!! (At least I think I want to thank
them!!) HAHAHHAHAHA!!

Keep having FUN with ULRs Guys.......

73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report Feb 10-11

MarkWA1ION
 

The 531 and 549 Algerians and the 621 Canaries station were very strong last night here, swamping the adjacent domestics on pretty much any radio tried. High end TA's were spotty, even on the Perseus + SuperLoop.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
Billerica, MA, USA
15 miles / 24 km NW of Boston

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Allen" <vo1_001_swl@...> wrote:

Hello to All,

Propagation conditions have been decent over the past number of days, included a listing of logs below, mostly from last evening and also with a few from the evening before.
1 new one for the ULR log as we had been hoping for quite a while to pull out South Dakota for a new state and finally succeeded.


549-ALGERIA-Alger Chaine 1, Hamadouche 00:52UT/11 Arabic chants and music
560-WGAN-Portland, Maine 4:24UT/11 WGAN.com,Advertising PSA,ID
684-SPAIN-RNE 1 Sevilla 22:42UT/9 Spanish talk interview (Very good)
693-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Droitwich 22:41UT/9 Talk,ID
700-WLW-Cincinnati,Ohio 3:43UT/11 Autozone Ad,ID
720-GREENLAND-KNR Simuitaq 3:30UT/11 Inuit talk, music (Very Strong)
720-WGN-Chicago,Illinois 5:02UT/11 Jewellery Exchange Ad, ID,Weather (Greenland nulled)
747-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 Cadiz 00:24UT/10 man and woman in Spanish
750-VENEZUELA-YVKS Caracas 3:31UT/11 man in Spanish,mention Venezuela
810-CJVA-Carraquet, New Brunswick 3:15UT/11 French talk and country music(local on 800 nulled)
850-WEEI-Boston, Mass 3:35UT/11 Celtics NBA Basketball game
860-CJBC-Toronto,Ontario 4:25UT/11 woman in French talk
870-WWL-New Orleans,Louisiana 3:30UT/11 Talk show ,Legal ID
890-WLS-Chicago,Illinois 3:20UT/11 Talk show,US Politics
990-CKGM-Montreal,Quebec 7:49UT/11 Sports talk Two Minute Defense Prg(mixing w/ semi-local CBY)
999-SPAIN-COPE, Madrid 23:15UT/10 Spanish commentary
1000-WMVP-Chicago,Illinois 3:07UT/10 Basketball Talk ,Bulls Radio Network (Very Strong)
1040-CJMS-St. Constant,Quebec 4:27UT/11 French country music, talk (WHO Des Moines 5 minutes earlier was all alone)
1044-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 23:16UT/10 Arabic chants and music
1050-WEPN-New York, NY 3:06UT/10 Sports talk (Very Strong)
1089-ENGLAND- Talksport Radio, Brookman's Park 20:50UT/9 English Football brcst
1120-KMOX-St. Louis,Missouri 7:59UT/11 Physicians of St. Louis Univ promo,ID
1134-CROATIA-Hrvatska Radio Zadar 21:48UT/10 Spanish program
1150-WHBY-Kimberley,Wisconsin 4:30UT/11 News,ID mixing with CKOC Hamilton
1160-WYLL-Chicago,Illinois 3:06UT/10 Religious programming,ID
1200-WXKS-Newton,Mass 3:05UT/10 Fox Radio News,Legal ID,weather
1280-CFMB-Montreal,Quebec 7:42UT/11 Haitian program, ID
1280-WFAU-Gardiner,Maine 7:44UT/11 Sports talk, (mixing with CFMB Montreal)
1290-WRNI-Providence,Rhode Island 7:47UT/11 Public Radio programming
1320-CJMR-Mississauga,Ontario 3:12UT/10 Indian language programming
1360-WDRC-Hartford,Conn 7:45UT/11 National Pet Adoption PSA,talk
1370-WDEA-Ellsworth,Maine 21:19UT/9 "AM 1370 WDEA" ID,weather
1380-CKPC-Brantford,Ontario 3:39UT/11 "News Country AM-13-80" ID Country music

1380-KOTA-Rapid City,South Dakota 3:58UT/11 talk show discussing Pres. Obama then into ID and CBS News @ TOH (CKPC nulled) ***NEW STATE **
STATE #35 ON ULR /ULR STATION # 517 (AW)

1390-WEGP-Presque Isle,Maine 3:40UT/11 talk show on education (Very good)
1395-ALBANIA-Transworld Radio via Fllake Relay 20:56UT/10 Croatian program
1410-WPOP-Hartford,Conn 7:29UT/11 ESPN Radio, sportstalk
1410-Unidentified 7:31UT/11 religious programming (mixing w/ WPOP Hartford)
1430-WENE-Endicott,New York 3:41UT/11 Sports talk
1480-WSAR-Falls River,Mass 8:04UT/11 American Health Care PSA,ment. Falls River
1540-CHIN-Toronto,Ontario 4:18UT/11 Relaying China Radio program in English (Very Good)
1570-CJLV-Laval,Quebec 7:35UT/11 Elvis song,French talk, ment. Laval
1580-CKDO-Oshawa,Ontario 7:21UT/11 Casino promo,CKDO Jingle ID,oldies
1590-WARV-Warwick,Rhode Island 7:56UT/11 Turning Point prgm, religious talk
1610-CJWI-Montreal,Quebec 4:17UT/11 Haitian music & French talk (Very Good)
1650-WHKT-Portsmouth,Virginia 7:23UT/11 talk show on US politics
1650-CJRS-Montreal,Quebec 4:16UT/11 Hebrew/Jewish music & talk
1660-WWRU-Jersey City,New Jersey 3:25UT/11 Korean programming
1690-CHTO-Toronto,Ontario 8:02UT/11 Greek programming and music (Good)

Receivers: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot


Good DX to All

Allen Willie/Dianne Froude
St. John's,Newfoundland and Labrador
47:37N 52:45W
http://nldxers.110mb.com


720 without Greenland

MarkWA1ION
 

Besides Greenland and WGN, here are some other 720 kHz signals I have heard at various locations in eastern Massachusetts:

VENEZUELA: YVQE, R. Oriente, Porlamar (common)
CANARY ISLANDS: RNE R.5, Finca Espana (// 621)
PORTUGAL: RDP Antena 1 synchros (// 666)
GERMANY: Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Langenberg
BRAZIL: R. Guaiba, ZYK276, Porto Alegre
BRAZIL: R. Clube de Pernambuco, ZYI770, Recife
COLOMBIA: HJAN

At the coastal sites such as Granite Pier, there is nothing to prevent an ultralight from hearing any of these, especially in the early evening before WGN co-channel incursion and adjacent WOR slop / IBOC can build up.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
Billerica, MA + South Yarmouth, MA, USA

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Allen" <vo1_001_swl@...> wrote:

Hello To All,

Checking 720 khz last evening around sunset it was noticeable that Greenland was missing from the frequency or at least that's what it appeared . Later on , checking the frequency occasionally it seems that maybe they haven't quite pulled the switch on things just yet on AM . The signal reappeared off and on for stretches through the evening.
It could be just a case of final tweaking to get things rolling on their FM feed, perhaps some of our comrades in Europe can shed more light on this for us.

I did manage to log a couple of other stations on that frequency while Greenland was absent or at least not propagating our way.

Logs last night

549-ALGERIA- Alger Chaine 1 , Hamadouche 2:46UT/12 Arabic talk and music (Very Good)
720-CYPRUS-BBC World Service Relay, Ladies Mile 21:55/11 tele-talk about Egypt situation in Arabic , mentions of BBC
720-GERMANY- (tentative )WDR2 – Langenberg 22:14/11 woman with news in German
1020-KDKA-Pittsburgh, PA 2:26/12 "Newsradio 1020-KDKA" ID,talk show(Very Good)
1044-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 23:54UT/11 Arabic chants,talk
1100-WTAM-Cleveland, Ohio 00:01UT/12 "Newsradio 11-Hundred WTAM" ID,weather
1251-LIBYA-Voice of Africa,Tripoli 23:56UT/11 man in Arabic talk (Good)

1490-WERE-Cleveland Heights,Ohio 00:05UT/11 Newstalk 14-90 ID ment. Ohio
** This one is in the current ULR distance records for both the Grayeyarder barefoot and unlimited categories ***

*** Check over your logs for graveyard stations as you may have a listing that may replace the one above in distance

Receivers: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
47:37N 52:45W
http://nldxers.110.mb.com


Re: For Farmerik........Here's another Good FM Frequency List.......

Rik
 

Thanks - Those are good links. Anyone know of an FM list sorted more by region of the USA? States are small around Connecticut, and I could be getting stations from several. So far lists are all of USA or by state, and I would have to check several state lists. I am using an analog set with a whip right now, so I don't know the exact frequency or direction.

I should build a MOXON antenna from the article in the files section. Is anyone here using one of those? - FARMERIK

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

On 12/02/2011 12:36 PM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:

On 12/02/2011 10:24 AM, farmerik wrote:

I have stumbled across some relatively distant FM stations recently,
and was wondering if some one here could write a brief paragraph
outlining FM DXing, or give a link to an over view page. Nothing
filled with detail or exotic antenna or modified radios, but some
general idea on how far away is FM DX.

I like the Radio Locater for AM, so I used that for these new finds
on FM. - FARMERIK
Here's another FM Frequency List which is maintained and Up to date!!!!

http://www.w9wi.com/fm-channel-index.html

73........ROB VA3SW


For Farmerik........Here's another Good FM Frequency List.......

robert ross
 

On 12/02/2011 12:36 PM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:
 

On 12/02/2011 10:24 AM, farmerik wrote:

 

I have stumbled across some relatively distant FM stations recently, and was wondering if some one here could write a brief paragraph outlining FM DXing, or give a link to an over view page. Nothing filled with detail or exotic antenna or modified radios, but some general idea on how far away is FM DX.

I like the Radio Locater for AM, so I used that for these new finds on FM. - FARMERIK


Here's another FM Frequency List which is maintained and Up to date!!!!

http://www.w9wi.com/fm-channel-index.html

73........ROB VA3SW


Re: FM DX thumbnail?- FARMERIK

robert ross
 

On 12/02/2011 10:24 AM, farmerik wrote:
 

I have stumbled across some relatively distant FM stations recently, and was wondering if some one here could write a brief paragraph outlining FM DXing, or give a link to an over view page. Nothing filled with detail or exotic antenna or modified radios, but some general idea on how far away is FM DX.

I like the Radio Locater for AM, so I used that for these new finds on FM. - FARMERIK


Hi Farmerik:

   Check out this Article on FM Propagation....it should tell you all you need to know to be an FM Dxer..........

73....ROB VA3SW


http://www.anarc.org/wtfda/propagation.htm


Re: ULR DX....NDB BEACONS.....2 More New Beacon Logged last night...................

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hey Rob:

Keep going! Next thing you know, you'll be outside in the cold in your back yard or at a picnic bench, straining to hear that next dit or dah... A more comfortable option may be to wind a quick box loop, say 24x24 inches with about 250-300 feet of wire on a cardboard box, and see how that works?

340-YY has been heard here on my full-size equipment (Icom R75, Ratzlaff 7 hz audio filter, etc.) - I hope/wonder if I'll hear it on the PL-380 at some point.

Kevin

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

Hi Guys:

I'm not finding the LW Beacon Band real "Crowded" using my Tecsun
PL-380.....but what I do find is that it really goes in Spurts! On some
sweeps I hear next to nothing.....then on the next sweep I hear numerous
stations......and they seem to come from the same Area quite often.
Quite often there are 2-3 Stations from a 100 Mile Radius of each other.
Conditions on this Band seem to CHANGE quickly and often. It still
amazes me that these Beacons are being logged in my Basement Family
Room, 6 Feet below Ground Level at Distances of 500-1000 Miles with
powers of usually less than 100 Watts....and being heard with a Handheld
ULR!!

RADIO USED..........................TECSUN PL-380 ULR with Gary DeBock
7.5 Inch External MW Ferrite Antenna

ULR BEACON LOG TOTALS are now........................24 Beacons Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

************************************************************************************
340 YY Mont Joli, QUEBEC Feb/12/11 0504 UTC 500
WATTS 736 MILES

332 QT Thunder Bay, ONT. Feb/12/11 0720 UTC 1000
WATTS 541 MILES

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


FM DX thumbnail?- FARMERIK

Rik
 

I have stumbled across some relatively distant FM stations recently, and was wondering if some one here could write a brief paragraph outlining FM DXing, or give a link to an over view page. Nothing filled with detail or exotic antenna or modified radios, but some general idea on how far away is FM DX.

I like the Radio Locater for AM, so I used that for these new finds on FM. - FARMERIK


ULR DX....Beacons.......3 of these were NEW to the OVERALL LOG!!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

I was just checking my OVERALL Beacon Log and I see that 3 of the 24 Beacons I logged on my First Day of "ULR" Beacon Dxing, are actually NEW BEACONS for my OVERALL LOG, which began way back in 1977. Although there were many LONG Stretches of Inactivity from 1977-2011 ......It's been Fun getting back at it again!! The 3 NEW Beacons bring the OVERALL LOG to 340 Beacons Heard. (24 ULR Beacons Heard)

It will be interesting to see how many of the Previously logged Beacons I will be able to eventually hear with the ULRs?????

For those who only DX "AM BCB"........you may consider giving this a Try!!! It's a little off the beaten track....but it is quite addictive......and you can hear some amazing DX with Minimal Effort. The other advantage of DXing Multiple Bands is that there is always something to hear!! When one band is Dead one of the others may be hopping!! Personally, I DX Everything from DC-Daylight. When the Spring gets here and the AM BCB starts to drop off for the summer.....I concentrate my Efforts on FM and TV. Throughout the last 35 years or so of DXing.......I have DX''d ..........AM-FM-TV-LW-UTILITY-HAM-SCANNER VHF-UHF-BEACONS and pretty much anything I can hear!! The Variety has helped to keep The DX Hobby FRESH!!!! Like they say.......... a change is as Good as a Rest!!!

Retiring at the end of January has luckily left me with a little more time to devote to Dxing.......and I'm hoping to get back into DXing some of the Bands I have been a little Inactive on lately!! ( Like NDB BEACONS!!!)

The Signals there are in CW Morse Code....but even if you're not good at copying Code....the IDs are VERY SLOW......and you should be able to pick out the IDs...even if you have to write the Dits and Dahs down as you hear them....and Translate them later.

Thanks to Gary and Kevin for "Rattlin' My Chain" and getting me back i NDB BEACON DXing using my ULR!!! (At least I think I want to thank them!!) HAHAHHAHAHA!!

Keep having FUN with ULRs Guys.......

73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


ULR DX....NDB BEACONS.....2 More New Beacon Logged last night...................

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

I'm not finding the LW Beacon Band real "Crowded" using my Tecsun PL-380.....but what I do find is that it really goes in Spurts! On some sweeps I hear next to nothing.....then on the next sweep I hear numerous stations......and they seem to come from the same Area quite often. Quite often there are 2-3 Stations from a 100 Mile Radius of each other. Conditions on this Band seem to CHANGE quickly and often. It still amazes me that these Beacons are being logged in my Basement Family Room, 6 Feet below Ground Level at Distances of 500-1000 Miles with powers of usually less than 100 Watts....and being heard with a Handheld ULR!!

RADIO USED..........................TECSUN PL-380 ULR with Gary DeBock 7.5 Inch External MW Ferrite Antenna

ULR BEACON LOG TOTALS are now........................24 Beacons Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

************************************************************************************
340 YY Mont Joli, QUEBEC Feb/12/11 0504 UTC 500 WATTS 736 MILES

332 QT Thunder Bay, ONT. Feb/12/11 0720 UTC 1000 WATTS 541 MILES

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


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report Feb 11-12

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

Checking 720 khz last evening around sunset it was noticeable that Greenland was missing from the frequency or at least that's what it appeared . Later on , checking the frequency occasionally it seems that maybe they haven't quite pulled the switch on things just yet on AM . The signal reappeared off and on for stretches through the evening.
It could be just a case of final tweaking to get things rolling on their FM feed, perhaps some of our comrades in Europe can shed more light on this for us.

I did manage to log a couple of other stations on that frequency while Greenland was absent or at least not propagating our way.

Logs last night

549-ALGERIA- Alger Chaine 1 , Hamadouche 2:46UT/12 Arabic talk and music (Very Good)
720-CYPRUS-BBC World Service Relay, Ladies Mile 21:55/11 tele-talk about Egypt situation in Arabic , mentions of BBC
720-GERMANY- (tentative )WDR2 – Langenberg 22:14/11 woman with news in German
1020-KDKA-Pittsburgh, PA 2:26/12 "Newsradio 1020-KDKA" ID,talk show(Very Good)
1044-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 23:54UT/11 Arabic chants,talk
1100-WTAM-Cleveland, Ohio 00:01UT/12 "Newsradio 11-Hundred WTAM" ID,weather
1251-LIBYA-Voice of Africa,Tripoli 23:56UT/11 man in Arabic talk (Good)

1490-WERE-Cleveland Heights,Ohio 00:05UT/11 Newstalk 14-90 ID ment. Ohio
** This one is in the current ULR distance records for both the Grayeyarder barefoot and unlimited categories ***

*** Check over your logs for graveyard stations as you may have a listing that may replace the one above in distance

Receivers: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
47:37N 52:45W
http://nldxers.110.mb.com


Re: A Final Farewell to Greenland on the AM Dial

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

----- Original Message -------

From: "Tony Ward"

Subject: A final farewell to Greenland on the AM Dial

......Much better to Europe than when Dave had the big farm though. ....
________________________________________________________

That reminded me : some may not know that the UK government
plans to switch off AM (and FM except for community radio) sometime
after 2015, once the DAB network is fully operational. There is some
doubt as to how realistic this plan is, but anyone logging UK
MW and LW stations has a few years yet to get their Olympic Gold...

Michael


Web Site Warning

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

I just wanted to warn the group about a trojan horse that's located on a website I just clicked into while searching for listings of Cuban radio stations. The website is:
www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147270-i91-k2369685-Radio_stations-Cuba.html

I urge everyone not to go there! Fortunately my anti-virus software blocked the cyber-nasty before it did any damage.
73,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: New loggings 2/10 & 2/11.

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

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

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

Wow! Excellent loggings, my friend. I gotta get myself in gear and start hitting the dials more often. If only I didn't have that inconvenience of having to work for a living...ha ha.
You continue to be one of those inspirational-type DX'ers for this old kid. Thanks!
73 to you, neighbor!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: A Final Farewell to Greenland on the AM Dial

robert ross
 

On 11/02/2011 11:10 PM, Tony Ward wrote:
 
Well I logged Greenland on 3815U almost exactly a year ago Rob, and heard it (detected it?) 2 days later again. Threw out about 500' of wire (BOG) to try and log Simuliaq on 720 with WGN phased in recent weeks, but wasn't successful. (I am not a purist, and don't, unfortunately,  live in St John's Newfoundland) My SS Longpath from Whitby ON to Indonesia on 60 and 90 m was better than Dave Clark's but his morning shortpath was much better, though the sites are only about 40 miles apart. I can only throw longwires towards the east from about 345 deg around to 170 deg, but the Wellbrook K9AY helps a lot in Western directions. Detecting the big Asians on MW every morning during season, but not close to audio yet. Much better to Europe than when Dave had the big farm though. I got him a Tecsun 380 via Joyce and have a Terk loop here for him  awaiting his return from wherever he is hibernating for winter (Panama probably) , so he may get active with a ULR someday. John Fisher, Dave C and I did lunch here in December I think it was, and we are all active in our own ways. I am trying not to go over to the Dark Side and get into NDB's but .... If Dave gets back soon we will get in a car and come down and perform an intervention on you! Still a kick after all these years eh!?
 
Tony (VE3NO) ComputerViz, NYAA Starfest

tonyward@...
http://www.nyaa.ca

Tony....I knew there was another name I forgot to mention in my earlier post!!!!! YOU!!!!! HAHHAHAHHA.....I knew you'd remember Clarkie's DX Barn!!!! I used to LOVE going up there...I would drive up there on a Friday Night...DX all Night and early morning til after Sunsrise...then Drive home....a Good 4 Hours Plus round trip just to hook up to those wires!!! 

Dave Clark's getting a ULR???????? Now that's Funny Tony!!! HHAHHAHA.......Is he gonna hook it up to a 90 Meter Delta Loop 100 Feet off the Ground!!??? 

Tell me....has Dave still got all of his Radios????? Or did he unload everything when he became somewhat inactive?? John Fisher was telling me that you guys had Lunch a couple of months ago........

Hey....when you see Clark...say HELLO to him for me....and tell him I wish he still had the Antenna farm so I could come up and hook my T615 to it!!! That would be cool!!

Maybe I'll see him when I pass through the Panama Canal in March on the Cruise??? Has he got a Part Time job working one of the Locks down there??? Man...some guys will do anything to be closer to the Bolivian Regionals eh???? HAHAHAHA.......

No use You and Clark coming down here to perform VooDoo on me!!! It's too late I fear...Once you start DXing NDB's on a ULR.....there's no hope for you!! Who woulda thunk eh Tony???

Take a picture of Clark twiddlin' the Dials on a ULR......I gotta see that!!! HAHAHA. Maybe we can use his Photo on a ULR AWARD....maybe for the Master Indonesian Award!!

Have Fun....and thanks for adding to the Memories Tony.

Salute....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London,Ontario CANADA


Re: stock is a purists challenge

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Richard,

Well, I can't think of anyone whose DXing hasn't helped in antenna
experimentation more than you, Richard, both with the MW plug-in
loopsticks (multiple TP's in Oklahoma), and LW plug-in loopsticks
(multiple LW-TA's). Your efforts and success have made a huge
difference, and are appreciated.

As far as the current Barefoot/ Unlimited Class discussion, as you
probably know, it's actually been going on for about 3 years in our ULR
group. Both ULR Classes have different challenges, but we all use the
same radios. We all have the freedom to choose our category, and
compete accordingly. We've generally had great mutual respect between
the two classes for 3 years, which is probably why our Ultralightdx
group is one of the most enthusiastic segments of the AM-DXing hobby.
Thanks again for your contributions to the effort, Richard, and please
feel free to share your opinions at any time.

73, Gary

-----Original Message-----
From: RichardA <richarda@perryisp.net>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 7:28 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: stock is a purists challenge

 
Gary:

I didn't mean to sound as if I don't appreciate yours and the others
efforts because I do. I have probably benefited more than most DXers
because of them. But I feel we occasionally need to have this
discourse in order to keep our unique hobby reined in.

Richard.

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


Re: A Final Farewell to Greenland on the AM Dial

Tony Ward
 

Well I logged Greenland on 3815U almost exactly a year ago Rob, and heard it (detected it?) 2 days later again. Threw out about 500' of wire (BOG) to try and log Simuliaq on 720 with WGN phased in recent weeks, but wasn't successful. (I am not a purist, and don't, unfortunately,  live in St John's Newfoundland) My SS Longpath from Whitby ON to Indonesia on 60 and 90 m was better than Dave Clark's but his morning shortpath was much better, though the sites are only about 40 miles apart. I can only throw longwires towards the east from about 345 deg around to 170 deg, but the Wellbrook K9AY helps a lot in Western directions. Detecting the big Asians on MW every morning during season, but not close to audio yet. Much better to Europe than when Dave had the big farm though. I got him a Tecsun 380 via Joyce and have a Terk loop here for him  awaiting his return from wherever he is hibernating for winter (Panama probably) , so he may get active with a ULR someday. John Fisher, Dave C and I did lunch here in December I think it was, and we are all active in our own ways. I am trying not to go over to the Dark Side and get into NDB's but .... If Dave gets back soon we will get in a car and come down and perform an intervention on you! Still a kick after all these years eh!?
 
Tony (VE3NO) ComputerViz, NYAA Starfest

tonyward@...
http://www.nyaa.ca

Ah Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be ...

From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW
To: ultralightdx@...
Cc:
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 9:43:28 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] A Final Farewell to Greenland on the AM Dial

 
On 11/02/2011 9:10 PM, John Cereghin wrote:
 
I never heard Greenland, either on MW or SW.  I never bagged them from Nova Scotia, either.

:(
 Yes John....A Country we'll never hear on AM. However.....I did Log Greenland back in the 1980's on SHORTWAVE...........on 3999 Mhz I think it was??? Not sure of the Frequecy without looking it up....I was on a DX-Pedition with the Ontario DX Association at Longford Mills, Ontario.  I may have heard it once at Dave Clark's Antenna Farm  in Newmarket Ontario as well.........Without looking back at the Logbooks...I can't remember (Old Age!!). Dave had a HUGE ANTENNA Farm......Full Sized Dipoles for 120, 90, 60 Meters. Delta Loops for the same Bands and Many Beverage Antennas. Also had MANY Top Notch Receivers of the Day....and all Antennas could be switched to ANY of the Receivers through an elaborate Antenna Switching System. Dave and Cedric Marshall ...also of the ODXA  Constructed this Massive Antenna Farm to DX Indonesian Regionals, and other Exotic DX on the Shortwave Bands!! We heard some amazing stuff up at the Farm!! Man....I miss those Days!! We heard all the Low Power Japanese Regionals, Peruvian Low Powered Statons, Bolivians, Papua New Guinea Regionals, 2 Mhz Australians.......and other cool stuff. We would go up there in the Winter....and the shack was out in the DX Barn behind the house........it was heated...but just barely....with Electric heaters. I can remember Cedric DXing with a Collins R-388 TUBE Receiver, sitting in a Lawn Chair, with his entire Body in a Down Filled Sleeping Bag (And Cedric was about 6 Foot 7 ")!!!...........to keep from Freezing to death.........and Logging Indo Regionals on Grayline DX. Hey Kirk......some of this must be bringing back memories for you...and Guy Atkins too....if you are out there??? John Bryant would have remembered some of the Legendary DX that was logged at Dave Clark's DX ANTENNA FARM!!

Man..........this is getting to me!!! DX Memories I'll never forget!!

73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA




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