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2008 Fall Follies RESULTS ANNOUNCED

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

The Ultralight Contest Committee has compiled the results from each of the six contests in the Fall Follies.  The complete Final Report has been posted in the Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca.  The Final Report contains all loggings (and some were quite spectacular) of the four contests related to the "five most distant" stations as well as a selection of the best loggings from the rather massive "Total Stations Heard" contests.  The loggings themselves are quite interesting and worth a trip to dxer.ca.

Below are an abbreviated compilation of the result of Fall Follies 2008:


2008 Fall Follies
Ultralight MW DX Contests
FINAL TALLY SHEET
 
Barefoot Receiver Class
STATIONS HEARD - Barefoot
      
Allen Willie, St. Johns, NF                             134 stations     Sony M37V
        Ira Elbert New III , Watkinsville, GA                68 stations       Sony SRF-M37
       John Glover, Naperville, IL                              33 stations       Sangean DT-400W
 
NORTH AMERICAN DX - Barefoot
           
Allen Willie, St. Johns, NF                             17,782 km       Sony M37V
            Kevin Schanilec, Bainbridge Island, WA       16,183 km.      Sony SRF-39FP and Eton e100
            Nick Kucij, S. Burlington, VT                           7,879 km         Eton Mini 300
            John Glover, Naperville, IL                               7,517 km         Sangean DT-400W
            Ira Elbert New III, Watkinsville, GA                  6,946 km         Sony SRF-M37
 
WORLD-WIDE DX - Barefoot
      
Guy Atkins, Grayland Beach S.P., WA         48,351 km.      Sony SRF-39FP
       Allen Willie, St. Johns, NF                             45,170 km       Sony M37V
 
Unlimited Receiver Class
STATIONS HEARD - Unlimited
       
Kirk Allen, Ponca City, OK                99 Stations      Eton e100/Select-A-Tenna
 
NORTH AMERICAN DX - Unlimited
        
No entries submitted

WORLD-WIDE DX - Unlimited
           
Gary DeBock, Puyallup, WA              51,699 km       Slider e100 + Murata CFJ455K5 IF Filter
            John Bryant, Eastsound, WA             50,664 km.      Slider e100 + Wellbrook Array
            Dennis Vroom, Vancouver, WA         48,143 km       Slider e100 + EWE-NW


Congratulations to all involved in the Fall Follies

The Ultralight Contest Committee
John Bryant, Kevin Schanilec, Allen Willie


Re: My 1st TRANS-ATLANTIC on an ULTRALIGHT!!! 1134 Khz Hrvatksi Radio CROATIA!!!

Paul Logan
 

Good things come to those who wait...

Well done Robert :-)

Paul Logan,
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last night

Allen Willie
 

 
 
 Hi Guys,
 
Added another domestic to the list last night as follows:
 
1630 KCJJ - Iowa City, Iowa  11/08/08  3:30 UTC  w/ Bank America Ad,  CJ Oil Company Ad,, mention of Colona, Iowa; KCJJ ID Jingle   SRF-M37V barefoot  # 398 on ULR
 
Good DX
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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GS Ultralight Loggings Nov 5 to 7, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight Loggings for Wed. Nov. 5 to Fri. Nov. 7, 2008. All stations logged on a stock Sony SRF-59 from Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Three more stations added to the ultralight log. Total ultralight count: 190.

1040 WHO IA Des Moines - 05-Nov-2008 2349 UTC - Ads. Traffic report. ID. (Fair)
--> This would have been an easy one, except for the severe interference from local 50 kW CHUM on 1050.

1500 WFED DC Washington - 06-Nov-2008 2335 UTC - Federal government talk. ID as Federal News Radio, plus one callsign ID. Promo spots for U.S. government agencies. (Fair).

570 WSYR NY Syracuse - 07-Nov-2008 0225 UTC - ID heard and not much else. (Poor)

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


Re: JOUB audible in Oklahoma

bbwrwy
 

Dennis:

Sadly conditions have deteriorated since Thursday morning. This
morning there was little sign of JOUB 774, only a het around local
sunrise. Also noticed a het on 828 kHz. Reception seemed to favor
the southern states and Mexico this morning. The exceptions were CKRM
620, Regina, and CJGX 940, Yorkton, both with decent signals.

I hope things improve in the next day or so.

Best of DX.

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


Re: My 1st TRANS-ATLANTIC on an ULTRALIGHT!!! 1134 Khz Hrvatksi Radio CROATIA!!

bbwrwy
 

Robert:

Congratulations on your first ULR reception of a signal from across
the Atlantic.

Have a great weekend.

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


Re: My 1st TRANS-ATLANTIC on an ULTRALIGHT!!! 1134 Khz Hrvatksi Radio CROATIA!!!

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Congratulations Rob!!! 

We told ya da Slider e100 was a marvel, eh?

Oh darn it!  Now, I'm gonna have to make another of those "Trans-Atlantic DXer" awards!

John B.




At 08:31 PM 11/7/2008 -0500, you wrote:

Hi Guys:

Well....it is with Great pleasure that I announce I have Logged my FIRST
Trans-Atlantic AM BCB Station on an Ultralight Radio this evening.

From 1915 to 1948 EST I had a Nice reception of Hrvatski Radio from ZADAR
CROATIA on 1134 Khz.

This was logged on my Brand New ETON E-100 SLIDER Ultralight that just
arrived in the mail earlier this afternoon from the West
Coast Modification Team of Steve Ratzlaff and John Bryant with some
Coaching from Gary Debock.

I saw on the Reflectors that this was a good evening for
Trans-Atlantics...so I thought what better time to try it out....the first
place I looked was 1134 Khz...as I have heard this before on the BIG Radios
, and knew it does a good job into Ontario when the band is good.

So...thanks to the efforts of the above mentioned DX'ers who were
instrumental in me obtaining this Ultralight DX Monster Machine...I present
my logging......

********************************************************************************************************
1134 Hrvatski Radio Zadar, CROATIA Nov/07/08 1915-1948
EST Croatian PR-GOOD
Male and Female in Slavic Language at tune in presumed Croatian language.
Deep Fades
but Real Nice Peaks in Audio. Talk from 1915-1922. Mention of "Hrvatski" by
Female at 1922.
2 males Spoke at 1926-27. Instrumental Music @ 1927-1929. 2 males spoke
again @ 1929-
1930. Another Mention of "Hrvatski" at 1930. Into POP Music with male
Vocals @ 1932-1934.
Still in @ 1945-1948. Female with Croatian Vocals/Music. Signal peaking at
4 out of 5 on the
E-100's Meter!!!

Is this the Farthest WEST in North America for a Trans-Atlantic on an
Ultralight????

RELOG....But NEW on ULTRALIGHT # 526 Country # 11 on Ultralight 600 KW
4520 MILES
7274 KMS
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************************

What a Great Early Christmas Present this E-100 Slider has turned out to
be!!! I am on Holidays for the next 9 days...and I think I'm gonna have me
some FUN with this Radio!!

73..ROB.

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

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC
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First Transatlantic station for Robert Ross

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Congratulations Robert
 
Way to go on your first Trans-Atlantic tonight . It's a thrill to accomplish that first one. With the way things are going lately you're very likely to bag some others in the near future. I had a feeling  that it wouldn't be very long before some of the guys inland would be logging them. Conditions today seemed  condusive to it, i was hearing France on 1377 khz in here  over two hours before sunset today.
Keep those TA's coming  Robert !
 
 
Good DX
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Re: JOUB audible in Oklahoma

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Wow!! I hope conditions are that good tomorrow morning. I'll be at
Ledbetter Beach in Santa Barbara a couple of hours before sunrise.
I'll have my Sony 2010 and Select-a-Tenna as a spotter and DT-400W and
SRF-39FP in case conditions are good enough that a stock ultralight is
all that's needed. Ledbetter Beach looks like this:

Ledbetter Beach:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Leadbetter_beach.jpg

That photo tells the story of why it's so freaking expensive to live
here. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it.

73

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

This morning KSPI, 780 kHz, didn't switch on their transmitter at the
usual time of 1100 UTC. That permitted me to hear JOUB, 774 kHz,
using a barefoot SRF-T615. At times the signal had fair copy with some
XEMF and WBBM spill over. I was able to listened to part of an
English lesson at 1223-1226. Sadly KSPI fired up the transmitter at
1227 and JOUB was lost until another day.

Also had hets on 594, 693 and 747 kHz. The latter was strong at
times, but no audio punched its way past the WSB and CKJH QRM. The
strongest het of the morning was heard on 972 kHz for a few minutes
after local sunrise. But no audio was heard through the KCFO and WDAY
QRM.

Folks on the west coast should have been able to hear JOUB with a
crystal set this morning. Anyone west of the Mississippi River could
have heard it depending on their local QRM situation.

Good DX to everyone.

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


My 1st TRANS-ATLANTIC on an ULTRALIGHT!!! 1134 Khz Hrvatksi Radio CROATIA!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Well....it is with Great pleasure that I announce I have Logged my FIRST
Trans-Atlantic AM BCB Station on an Ultralight Radio this evening.

From 1915 to 1948 EST I had a Nice reception of Hrvatski Radio from ZADAR
CROATIA on 1134 Khz.

This was logged on my Brand New ETON E-100 SLIDER Ultralight that just
arrived in the mail earlier this afternoon from the West
Coast Modification Team of Steve Ratzlaff and John Bryant with some
Coaching from Gary Debock.

I saw on the Reflectors that this was a good evening for
Trans-Atlantics...so I thought what better time to try it out....the first
place I looked was 1134 Khz...as I have heard this before on the BIG Radios
, and knew it does a good job into Ontario when the band is good.

So...thanks to the efforts of the above mentioned DX'ers who were instrumental in me obtaining this Ultralight DX Monster Machine...I present
my logging......

********************************************************************************************************
1134 Hrvatski Radio Zadar, CROATIA Nov/07/08 1915-1948
EST Croatian PR-GOOD
Male and Female in Slavic Language at tune in presumed Croatian language.
Deep Fades
but Real Nice Peaks in Audio. Talk from 1915-1922. Mention of "Hrvatski" by
Female at 1922.
2 males Spoke at 1926-27. Instrumental Music @ 1927-1929. 2 males spoke
again @ 1929-
1930. Another Mention of "Hrvatski" at 1930. Into POP Music with male
Vocals @ 1932-1934.
Still in @ 1945-1948. Female with Croatian Vocals/Music. Signal peaking at
4 out of 5 on the
E-100's Meter!!!

Is this the Farthest WEST in North America for a Trans-Atlantic on an
Ultralight????

RELOG....But NEW on ULTRALIGHT # 526 Country # 11 on Ultralight 600 KW
4520 MILES
7274 KMS
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************************

What a Great Early Christmas Present this E-100 Slider has turned out to
be!!! I am on Holidays for the next 9 days...and I think I'm gonna have me
some FUN with this Radio!!

73..ROB.

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

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC
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Stronger Transatlantic possibilities

Allen Willie
 

 am wondering what might be my best possibilities for receiving TAs
here in East Tennessee on ULRs ?I would think Algeria 891 and Saudi
Arabia 1521 might be possibilities. Other suggestions ?
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn
 
Hi Carl,
 
Some of the  stronger  transatlantics I hear here on a nightly basis  in the North Atlantic are as follows:
 
684 Spain,
693 & 1053  England,
1134 Croatia
1179 Sweden
1377 France (by the way heard this one 2 hours before sunset today )
1440 Luxembourg (Relay of China Radio )
1530 Vatican Radio
1575 R. Farda United Arab Emirates
and of course
 
1521 BSKSA Saudi Arabia (2 Million Watts output  )
 
Good Luck and Good DX. Hope this helps you out Carl,
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 


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TA possibilities on ULRs from east Tennessee

Carl DeWhitt
 

I am wondering what might be my best possibilities for receiving TAs
here in East Tennessee on ULRs ?I would think Algeria 891 and Saudi
Arabia 1521 might be possibilities.Other suggestions ?
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn


Re: New State

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- Nice going ,Kirk.I once heard the St.Petersburg station on 620
back in Oklahoma.At the time their call sign was WSUN if i recall
correctly.Here in the Knoxville,Tn area we have WRJZ in Knoxville on
620.However, their signal seems weaker at night and i am not sure
they are a 24/7 station.They air Christian talk and preaching.In the
evening,it might be possible to log something else on that frequency
here.
Carl DeWhitt
Walland ,Tn.
In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk Allen" <kirk74601@...> wrote:

For the life of me, I'd never ever been able to hear a MW sta from
Florida until this morning. A very tough frequency at the time. I
monitored 620 from 1120-1210, 11/7. I was hearing Fox Sports net
pgm'g
when the signal would fade up for a bit. Finally at apx 1148 UTC, I
copied a lcl trfc report, lcl ads, and an ID.

620, WDAE, St. Petersburgh, FL, 1120-1210 UTC, 11/7.

Also this morning on 540,from 1107-1115 I heard Radio Australia
pgm'g
much to my surprise. It was CBK, Regina, SK airing some of their
pgms
until back to their side of the big pond at 1115. Regional wx rpt
for
SK, especially the southern part of SK. Makes me hunger for some TP
loggings!

Have a good one, gents,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: 400 UL Stations!

robert ross
 

At 10:32 PM 11/6/2008, you wrote:



A great night with my new E100. Got my 399th and 400th UL stations
tonight:

#399 Absolute Radio-1215 England. Barefoot!
#400 WCLE-1570 Cleveland TN with Sporting News Radio

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

Good Work John.....Looks like you're gonna really be wallpapering your
Shack with Awards in the next few days!!!!!

400 is a tough achievement.....and I commend you on this John!!

Gary Debock is looking like a Prophet as a result of all the amazing DX
guys are logging on these little Pocket Rockets!! HAHHHAHA...

73...ROB.



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

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC
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Re: DXing East Asia in the Heartland

bbwrwy
 

I've found JOUB 774 has long been the easiest of all trans-oceanic
stations to receive here at my rural QTH. I agree with Gary, from my
experience November is the best month for hearing Japanese stations,
followed closely by December. Listen from around 1000 UTC until past
your local sunrise. My log book shows the earliest I've ever heard
the station was 0841 UTC on 11-22-86. Much is dependent on your local
QRM situation. And, expect long fades.

Yesterday (11-6-08) was my best reception of JOUB ever, and hopefully
that will improve in the coming weeks. But this morning nothing more
than a trace of a het, around 1100 UTC, was audible.

I'll admit surprise when I heard JOUB on a SRF-T615 on 9/30/08. Since
then I've heard the station several times, once on a barefoot, factory
aligned E100.

Good luck.

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


CBK Regina, Saskatchewan

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Also this morning on 540,from 1107-1115 I heard Radio Australia pgm'g
much to my surprise. It was CBK, Regina, SK airing some of their pgms
until back to their side of the big pond at 1115. Regional wx rpt for
SK, especially the southern part of SK. Makes me hunger for some TP
loggings!

Have a good one, gents,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK
 
 
Kirk
 
Amazing !
 
 I must have been hearing CBK Regina around the same time as
you were this morning.
 
Heard it in here too although it was under the CBC station in Grand Falls, Newfoundland It's my 2nd furthest west station on ULR, other than KNX Los Angeles
 
 
Regards
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland



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DXing East Asia in the Heartland

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

As you may know, Richard Allen of north central Oklahoma has recently received Japan on at least two occasions on a BAREFOOT ULTRALIGHT! Receiving East Asia on MW in the Heartland is not unheard of, though it is rarely reported and the receptions on a hand-held ultralight transistor radio simply must be unique.  East Asian DX in the Heartland is rarely reported, I'm convinced, primarily because very few people even try for it occasionally.  More of us on the Prairie are aware of the possibilities of TA DX from Europe and North Africa in early to mid-evening during the Fall Seasion... hence we try for it and occasionally report it. 

I think that it is fairly possible that East Asian DX is available in the central US during this part of the Fall Season during all but the worst propagational years. I'm also coming to think that the most reliable part of the year to try for such East Asian DX is RIGHT NOW, when here in Washington state the Japanese tend to peak a full hour before our local dawn...  That would be peaking around 1400 UTC or a bit earlier, rather than, classically at our dawn around 1500 or later.  Right now, China and the Koreas are USUALLY peaking around 1500 here.  With the current sunrise in Oklahoma at about 1300, the early peak of the Japanese here may relate to Richard's success.

In hopes that a few of you folks in the center of the continent will give the TPs a try this weekend or in the coming week, here is a cheat sheet for the strongest of the East Asians, rated from A+ being "the best" to D- being "worth trying but don't hope too much":

531 Japan NHK1 C
594 Japan NHK1 A-
666 Japan NHK1 C
693 Japan NHK2 A-
747 Japan NHK2 A
774 Japan NHK2 A+
828 Japan NHK2 A
873 Japan NHK2 C
945 China CNR1 C
963 China CRI Russian Service B
972 South Korea B
1017 China CRI Korean Service C
1206(low) China "local" Korean Svc C
1377 China CNR1 C
1475 Malaysia's Tagalog Propaganda Station on North Borneo (yes, 1475) D-
1566 South Korea HLAZ, Christian broadcaster FEBC in various languages B-
1575 Thailand V. of America megawatt blaster B-

If you want to try for North Korea, they mostly play western orchestral martial music and are usually off frequency enough to really mess up a channel and reduce your chances of actually hearing anything intelligible. the best frequencies, all D-, are 657, 819 and 855.

Good luck.... and by the way, the NHK stations are all excellent QSLers.  The CNR and CRI stations should be reported to the proper address in Beijing and have been good QSLers, though that MAY have changed recently.

John Bryant
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Slider E100
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array NW
Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest


New State

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

For the life of me, I'd never ever been able to hear a MW sta from
Florida until this morning. A very tough frequency at the time. I
monitored 620 from 1120-1210, 11/7. I was hearing Fox Sports net pgm'g
when the signal would fade up for a bit. Finally at apx 1148 UTC, I
copied a lcl trfc report, lcl ads, and an ID.

620, WDAE, St. Petersburgh, FL, 1120-1210 UTC, 11/7.

Also this morning on 540,from 1107-1115 I heard Radio Australia pgm'g
much to my surprise. It was CBK, Regina, SK airing some of their pgms
until back to their side of the big pond at 1115. Regional wx rpt for
SK, especially the southern part of SK. Makes me hunger for some TP
loggings!

Have a good one, gents,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: DXing East Asia in the Heartland

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     As John has explained, whenever your local sunrise coincides with a DX station's sunset, amazing receptions can occur on Ultralights.  Currently the Asian sunset propagation peaks are shifting to an earlier time frame, and not coinciding with the west coast sunrise propagation peaks as they did in September and October.  This makes west coast sunrise TP DXing not as productive as in the previous two months, but for those Ultralight DXers in the heartland, local sunrise should more closely coincide with the Asian sunset, producing the greatest chance for Ultralight TP loggings.
 
     West coast Ultralight TP-DXers can also still hear a lot of Asian DX during the Far East sunset, especially from 0745-1015 UTC.  The original SRF-59 loggings of JOIB-747 and JOAK-594 (which kicked off the Ultralight boom late last year) were made in November, during the Asian sunset peak.  Good luck to all DXers trying for their first Ultralight TP catches.
 
     73,  Gary  




Re: Another UNID 550 Station Solved

Mesa Mike <mike@...>
 

Down here in the southwest, hearing German on XEPL (and a couple other
Mexican stations)is a regular occurrence. There is a fairly sizable
German Mennonite population in Chihuahua.

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

"I was looking at http://www.xepl.com.mx/. The program schedule for
XEPL 550 shows "Menonita (Aleman Bajo)" or "Menonite (Low German)" at
0000-0500 UTC. I'll have to listen again to the recording because
it didn't sound much like German to me.