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Re: New loggings/antenna tinkering/update

Peter Laws
 

On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 12:11, Jerry <brianalexmiller@...> wrote:
Hello everyone -

I've gone far down the rabbit hole of dxing and radio tinkering in general. Each time I say that to myself, a few weeks later I find myself deeper still without much chance of finding my way out.

Yes, yes, yes. This is a GOOD thing. Tinker some, DX some more.
Tinker a little more, DX a little more. Repeat as necessary!


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


Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

bbwrwy
 

My recommendation would be the PL-310 followed in succession by the PL-606, then PL-380. Enjoy you stay in the PRC, and good DX-ing.

Richard.

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


Re: Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report April 5-6

Paul Logan
 

Hi Allen / Dianne,

wow what a great location! Im jealous!

Is it nice and quiet in rfi terms?

Heres hoping that the new location will bring you both lots of dx and happiness!

best wishes from the other side of the puddle (ps we now have about 30 miles of land between us !)

Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

Listening Homepage: http://band2dx.webs.com/


--- On Wed, 6/4/11, Allen wrote:

From: Allen
Subject: [ultralightdx] Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report April 5-6
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, 6 April, 2011, 21:33

 

Greetings to All,

Trans-Atlantic signals reigned supreme once again at our new location last evening. Many of the same stations from the previous two evenings were audible as well. We have listed some of the stations logged that were new and different at this location from the past evenings.
We have also put together by request from some members of the group some photos of our DX location and home at the following link below

http://cangoose.freehostia.com/bristolphotos.htm

A recorded video of our location is now also available
on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVukxbM9ZiE

Logs last night

612-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 2:18UT/6 Arabic chants
711-FRANCE-France Info Rennes 1:30UT/6 woman w/ French news
837-SPAIN-COPE Sevilla, 22:52UT/5 Spanish commentary by man
972-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah, Sirt 22:00UT/5 Arabic talk & music (Strong)
999-MOROCCO-RTM A Alger,22:57UT/5 Arabic and chants
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio,Brookman's Park 21:51UT/5 Football Talk
1134-CROATIA-Hrvatska Radio, Zadar 21:52UT/5 Rock Music,Croatian talk
1152-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5, 2:25UT/6 Lively Spanish music and talk (Very Strong)
1170-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Radio Sawa Al-Dhabbaya 22:47UT/5 Arabic music
1179-SPAIN-SER,Valencia 21:52UT/5 Spanish pop songs & talk
1242-FRANCE-France Info, Marseille 21:53UT/5 woman in French
1278-FRANCE-France Bleue,Selestat 22:47UT/5 woman in French talk
1296-ENGLAND-XL Radio, Birmingham 1:33UT/6 Indian language programming (Very Strong)
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Al Dhabbaya 22:48UT/5 Arabic music//1575
1323-IRAN-IRIB1,Jolfa 1:35UT/5 Persian talk, chanting (Good) **NEW**
1386-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia,Bilbao 21:54UT/5 woman in Basque talk
1413-SPAIN-Radio Nacional 5 Jaen 22:48UT/5 Spanish talk
1440-LUXEMBOURG-China Radio Relay via Marnach 21:54UT/5 Chinese lessons
1440-WRED-Westbrook,Maine 2:11UT/6 LendingTree.com Ad,"The JAB" ID
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba 21:57UT/5 Arabic talk & music
1548-KUWAIT-R. Sawa, Kuwait City 1:37UT/6 Arabic promos & music(Very Strong)

Receiver: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot

Good Dx to All

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47.75N 53:00W


Re: Chinese ultralight wish-list

keith beesley
 

Peter, good luck! When you get there, if you can access this group, please keep us apprised of the latest models that you come across (ultralight or receivers in general). Also, what you hear on the airwaves from the PRC. 

Regards, 

Keith B.


--- On Wed, 4/6/11, pe1etr wrote:

From: pe1etr
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Chinese ultralight wish-list
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 1:34 PM

 

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your prompt reply and comments.

I have brought with me my Eton G8 (aka Tecsun PL-300wt) that I purchased in the UK last year. The variant I have seems better than the Gundig and Tecsun versions.(I have never had any overload on MW/AM or SW, and certainly neither on FM) I might buy a genuine Tecsun PL-300wt (local market version) and do a comparison.

I already was considering the PL-606, as I like the tuning on the G8. I might find a PL-310 at a low price though....I am sure the local Chinese shops will be more competitive than the ebay sellers ;-)

Peter, HK

I must learn to type "ultralight" more carefully)

--- In ultralightdx@..., "dhsatyadhana" wrote:
>
> Hi Peter:
>
> First, we're all jealous that you are going to the Land of No Postage Fees!
>
> But seriously, for MW, the PL-310 and PL-606 are the most sensitive, then the PL-380, then the PL-300WT, PL-360 and others pull up the rear. The first three all have variable selectivity, while the last two just have the 3 khz setting. The PL-380's advantage is that the "soft mute", the decrease in volume when you tune off-frequency, is quite subtle, cimpared to the quite noticeable loss in volume on the PL-310 and PL-606; so, you need to turn the volume up and down, or get used to the volume differences. So, there is a trade-off here. I hope the PL-325 (or whatever they might decide to call the next model number) has the bigger ferrite bar antenna AND no soft-mute!
>
> For FM, the PL-300WT and PL310 are the most sensitive in stock form, with the PL-380 and PL-606 having shorter whip antennas, thus lesser sensitivity. However, the PL-606 comes with a clamp-on whip extension, allowing it to be the king of the hill, particularly on the lower end of the band. All of these have the same awesome selectivity of their common DSP chip. The PL-360 has a shorter, non-rotatable whip - not as good IMHO.
>
> If you get interested in LW and/or beacons, all would need serious sensitivity help from an external antenna on the LW frequencies, and the preference is the PL-380 since it does not have the soft-mute issue.
>
> For SW, the PL-300WT is very susceptible to overloads from local MW stations, while the others seem to perform very well; they don't have synchronous detection to control fades, but off-tuning the same number of khz as the filter is a pretty good stretegy, since it isolates one sideband or the other.
>
> All things considered, I would recomend the PL-310 and ride the volume control a bit as needed to compensate for the soft-mute.
>
> Hope this helps - Kevin S
>
>
>
> --- In ultralightdx@..., "pe1etr" wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am going to live in China for a while, so no need to get ultralights mail order and pay postage charges :-)
> >
> > Which, in the humble opinion of members, are the very best ultralights for overall performance on FM and AM? (especially when connectivity of external antennas is taken into account, but price isn't).
> >
> > Peter, now in Hong Kong...soon to be in China
> >
>


Re: Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report April 5-6

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Excellent ! Nice views, and good DX. Looks like a little low-angle blockage on the ocean side, but it's at a decent distance. Congratulations !

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'; Grundig G8
AM:  Modified Sony ICF 2010's barefoot


--- On Wed, 4/6/11, Allen <vo1_001_swl@...> wrote:

From: Allen
Subject: [ultralightdx] Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report April 5-6
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 5:33 PM

 

Greetings to All,

Trans-Atlantic signals reigned supreme once again at our new location last evening. Many of the same stations from the previous two evenings were audible as well. We have listed some of the stations logged that were new and different at this location from the past evenings.
We have also put together by request from some members of the group some photos of our DX location and home at the following link below

http://cangoose.freehostia.com/bristolphotos.htm

A recorded video of our location is now also available
on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVukxbM9ZiE

Logs last night

612-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 2:18UT/6 Arabic chants
711-FRANCE-France Info Rennes 1:30UT/6 woman w/ French news
837-SPAIN-COPE Sevilla, 22:52UT/5 Spanish commentary by man
972-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah, Sirt 22:00UT/5 Arabic talk & music (Strong)
999-MOROCCO-RTM A Alger,22:57UT/5 Arabic and chants
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio,Brookman's Park 21:51UT/5 Football Talk
1134-CROATIA-Hrvatska Radio, Zadar 21:52UT/5 Rock Music,Croatian talk
1152-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5, 2:25UT/6 Lively Spanish music and talk (Very Strong)
1170-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Radio Sawa Al-Dhabbaya 22:47UT/5 Arabic music
1179-SPAIN-SER,Valencia 21:52UT/5 Spanish pop songs & talk
1242-FRANCE-France Info, Marseille 21:53UT/5 woman in French
1278-FRANCE-France Bleue,Selestat 22:47UT/5 woman in French talk
1296-ENGLAND-XL Radio, Birmingham 1:33UT/6 Indian language programming (Very Strong)
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Al Dhabbaya 22:48UT/5 Arabic music//1575
1323-IRAN-IRIB1,Jolfa 1:35UT/5 Persian talk, chanting (Good) **NEW**
1386-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia,Bilbao 21:54UT/5 woman in Basque talk
1413-SPAIN-Radio Nacional 5 Jaen 22:48UT/5 Spanish talk
1440-LUXEMBOURG-China Radio Relay via Marnach 21:54UT/5 Chinese lessons
1440-WRED-Westbrook,Maine 2:11UT/6 LendingTree.com Ad,"The JAB" ID
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba 21:57UT/5 Arabic talk & music
1548-KUWAIT-R. Sawa, Kuwait City 1:37UT/6 Arabic promos & music(Very Strong)

Receiver: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot

Good Dx to All

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47.75N 53:00W


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report April 5-6

Allen Willie
 

Greetings to All,

Trans-Atlantic signals reigned supreme once again at our new location last evening. Many of the same stations from the previous two evenings were audible as well. We have listed some of the stations logged that were new and different at this location from the past evenings.
We have also put together by request from some members of the group some photos of our DX location and home at the following link below

http://cangoose.freehostia.com/bristolphotos.htm

A recorded video of our location is now also available
on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVukxbM9ZiE

Logs last night

612-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 2:18UT/6 Arabic chants
711-FRANCE-France Info Rennes 1:30UT/6 woman w/ French news
837-SPAIN-COPE Sevilla, 22:52UT/5 Spanish commentary by man
972-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah, Sirt 22:00UT/5 Arabic talk & music (Strong)
999-MOROCCO-RTM A Alger,22:57UT/5 Arabic and chants
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio,Brookman's Park 21:51UT/5 Football Talk
1134-CROATIA-Hrvatska Radio, Zadar 21:52UT/5 Rock Music,Croatian talk
1152-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5, 2:25UT/6 Lively Spanish music and talk (Very Strong)
1170-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Radio Sawa Al-Dhabbaya 22:47UT/5 Arabic music
1179-SPAIN-SER,Valencia 21:52UT/5 Spanish pop songs & talk
1242-FRANCE-France Info, Marseille 21:53UT/5 woman in French
1278-FRANCE-France Bleue,Selestat 22:47UT/5 woman in French talk
1296-ENGLAND-XL Radio, Birmingham 1:33UT/6 Indian language programming (Very Strong)
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Al Dhabbaya 22:48UT/5 Arabic music//1575
1323-IRAN-IRIB1,Jolfa 1:35UT/5 Persian talk, chanting (Good) **NEW**
1386-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia,Bilbao 21:54UT/5 woman in Basque talk
1413-SPAIN-Radio Nacional 5 Jaen 22:48UT/5 Spanish talk
1440-LUXEMBOURG-China Radio Relay via Marnach 21:54UT/5 Chinese lessons
1440-WRED-Westbrook,Maine 2:11UT/6 LendingTree.com Ad,"The JAB" ID
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba 21:57UT/5 Arabic talk & music
1548-KUWAIT-R. Sawa, Kuwait City 1:37UT/6 Arabic promos & music(Very Strong)

Receiver: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot

Good Dx to All

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47.75N 53:00W


Re: Chinese ultralight wish-list

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

I will 3rd the vote on the DSP Radio of choice, the Tecsun PL-310.

However, there is the "traditional PLL models" with digital tune. As far as these go, either the Tecsun PL-210 or its ancestor the PL-200 are excellent choices. Since the introduction of the PL-210, the elder PL-200 might be going the way of the "Clearence Sale". I would definately haggle for a PL-200 if found. Besides being a rather quiet set, it boasts an FM/SW DX switch (Lo-Med-High). But then you have to push a button before entering a frequency, which all newer model radios avoid. But like I said, its an older model, and might be quite a bargain there.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@..., "pe1etr" <pe1etr@...> wrote:

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your prompt reply and comments.

I have brought with me my Eton G8 (aka Tecsun PL-300wt) that I purchased in the UK last year. The variant I have seems better than the Gundig and Tecsun versions.(I have never had any overload on MW/AM or SW, and certainly neither on FM) I might buy a genuine Tecsun PL-300wt (local market version) and do a comparison.

I already was considering the PL-606, as I like the tuning on the G8. I might find a PL-310 at a low price though....I am sure the local Chinese shops will be more competitive than the ebay sellers ;-)

Peter, HK

I must learn to type "ultralight" more carefully)

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

Hi Peter:

First, we're all jealous that you are going to the Land of No Postage Fees!

But seriously, for MW, the PL-310 and PL-606 are the most sensitive, then the PL-380, then the PL-300WT, PL-360 and others pull up the rear. The first three all have variable selectivity, while the last two just have the 3 khz setting. The PL-380's advantage is that the "soft mute", the decrease in volume when you tune off-frequency, is quite subtle, cimpared to the quite noticeable loss in volume on the PL-310 and PL-606; so, you need to turn the volume up and down, or get used to the volume differences. So, there is a trade-off here. I hope the PL-325 (or whatever they might decide to call the next model number) has the bigger ferrite bar antenna AND no soft-mute!

For FM, the PL-300WT and PL310 are the most sensitive in stock form, with the PL-380 and PL-606 having shorter whip antennas, thus lesser sensitivity. However, the PL-606 comes with a clamp-on whip extension, allowing it to be the king of the hill, particularly on the lower end of the band. All of these have the same awesome selectivity of their common DSP chip. The PL-360 has a shorter, non-rotatable whip - not as good IMHO.

If you get interested in LW and/or beacons, all would need serious sensitivity help from an external antenna on the LW frequencies, and the preference is the PL-380 since it does not have the soft-mute issue.

For SW, the PL-300WT is very susceptible to overloads from local MW stations, while the others seem to perform very well; they don't have synchronous detection to control fades, but off-tuning the same number of khz as the filter is a pretty good stretegy, since it isolates one sideband or the other.

All things considered, I would recomend the PL-310 and ride the volume control a bit as needed to compensate for the soft-mute.

Hope this helps - Kevin S



--- In ultralightdx@..., "pe1etr" <pe1etr@> wrote:

Hi all,

I am going to live in China for a while, so no need to get ultralights mail order and pay postage charges :-)

Which, in the humble opinion of members, are the very best ultralights for overall performance on FM and AM? (especially when connectivity of external antennas is taken into account, but price isn't).

Peter, now in Hong Kong...soon to be in China


Re: New loggings/antenna tinkering/update

Brian Miller
 

Good point Raphael -

When I said travel anywhere I wasn't thinking about airport security concerns. I rarely travel in airplanes. When I made that statement I had not even thought about the fact that although these antennas are not weapons or bombs, they could easily draw unwanted attention at an airport.

When I commented that they double as a home security system - I was referring to the size, shape and weight of mine. It's like a very heavy club that could be used to ward off a home invasion or a Jehovah's Witness when they come knocking on my door every fifth week despite my NO SOLICITORS sign! No offense to any Witnesses, just the ones knocking on my door. :)

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

In summary I love these ferrite antennas! They are much more practical than air-core loop antennas. Not as cumbersome and much easier to maintain.

I totally agree. If you go to You Tube and search under "ferrite rod antenna" you will find several videos of monster ferrite bar antennas at work (play?)...including US as well as several films of some Brazilian models. I agree with the practicality issue, and enjoy mine tremendously...plus the thrill of making something oneself, something that works better than a "made somewhere else" version...

They also double as a home self-defense system and can travel with you anywhere!

I hope that you are right about the travel anywhere statement. I have not yet taken mine on an air plane flight for fear that the Homeland Security folks would confiscate it, much as I would like to take mine with on a trip to Boston later this Spring. If I could, I would love to take it with and go out to Essex or Glouchester for some Dxing on the shore of the Great Pond...

I'll post some pics soon.

Please do, or consider posting a video if you get ambitious!

Raph Pollock


From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of Jerry
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 12:12 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] New loggings/antenna tinkering/update



Hello everyone -

I've gone far down the rabbit hole of dxing and radio tinkering in general. Each time I say that to myself, a few weeks later I find myself deeper still without much chance of finding my way out.

The truth is at this point, I've gone so far that I doubt I could ever find my way back and even if I could, I think I would choose to continue.

I love dxing with my SRF-T615, and I usually do that barefoot, but I also have really enjoyed experimenting with the many antenna designs posted on this site and elsewhere. I've built many crate antennas with varying success, I've built a couple of different PVC loops and while I am happy with them I am also interested in the monster ferrite antenna and the FSL antennas that have been written about and constructed by members of the ULR DX group.

I'm still waiting on some ferrite ordered from the Ukraine for my FSL. While I've been waiting I have constructed two ferrite antennas using the 18" "monster" ferrite from Stormwise.

Both were constructed as outlined by Kevin S. in the files section of this website.

One is enclosed in PVC like Kevin shows in the .pdf - that one covers the BCB while my second one is attached to the largest lazy susan that Bed Bath and Beyond sells. The second one is set up for the BCB as well as longwave band. It also has a sense coil and I can easily connect it to my FRG-7 or other ULRs.

I have a PL-310 and a PL-390. I've opened up both of them and put a few turns of magnet wire around the internal ferrite antennas. I've fed the wire through the slots under the stands, as suggested elsewhere on this site.

Last night from around 19:30 edt until around 20:30 edt I finally had a chance to get 'em all together to see what all of the time spent on this might yield.

Four new stations on my first session with this set-up, not to mention all of the fun that trial and error provides...

Stations logged -

from Berkley MI

Tecsun PL-310 w/ 18" ferrite loop antenna

4-5-2011 from 19:30 edt - 20:30 edt

1280 WJST New Castle, PA Pittsburgh Penguins v New Jersey Devils NHL Hockey

1280 WHTK Rochester, NY New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins MLB

940 KPSZ Des Moines, IA Des Moines Buccaneers v Youngstown Phantoms - USHL Hockey

960 WFIR Roanoke, VA - Heard a male announcer give station ID and local weather then back to Dave Ramsey.

I also relogged something during the day with the pl-310/MF ant combo previously only heard in my car - WMMI Shepherd MI on 830 kHz. I logged that one during some daytime testing of the antenna. During this testing I also noted that 670 WSCR in Chicago could be heard using my new antenna, but barefoot it could not be heard at all!

In summary I love these ferrite antennas! They are much more practical than air-core loop antennas. Not as cumbersome and much easier to maintain. They also double as a home self-defense system and can travel with you anywhere! I'll post some pics soon.

Brian Miller

Berkley MI


Re: Chinese ultralight wish-list

Peter 1956
 

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your prompt reply and comments.

I have brought with me my Eton G8 (aka Tecsun PL-300wt) that I purchased in the UK last year. The variant I have seems better than the Gundig and Tecsun versions.(I have never had any overload on MW/AM or SW, and certainly neither on FM) I might buy a genuine Tecsun PL-300wt (local market version) and do a comparison.

I already was considering the PL-606, as I like the tuning on the G8. I might find a PL-310 at a low price though....I am sure the local Chinese shops will be more competitive than the ebay sellers ;-)

Peter, HK

I must learn to type "ultralight" more carefully)

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

Hi Peter:

First, we're all jealous that you are going to the Land of No Postage Fees!

But seriously, for MW, the PL-310 and PL-606 are the most sensitive, then the PL-380, then the PL-300WT, PL-360 and others pull up the rear. The first three all have variable selectivity, while the last two just have the 3 khz setting. The PL-380's advantage is that the "soft mute", the decrease in volume when you tune off-frequency, is quite subtle, cimpared to the quite noticeable loss in volume on the PL-310 and PL-606; so, you need to turn the volume up and down, or get used to the volume differences. So, there is a trade-off here. I hope the PL-325 (or whatever they might decide to call the next model number) has the bigger ferrite bar antenna AND no soft-mute!

For FM, the PL-300WT and PL310 are the most sensitive in stock form, with the PL-380 and PL-606 having shorter whip antennas, thus lesser sensitivity. However, the PL-606 comes with a clamp-on whip extension, allowing it to be the king of the hill, particularly on the lower end of the band. All of these have the same awesome selectivity of their common DSP chip. The PL-360 has a shorter, non-rotatable whip - not as good IMHO.

If you get interested in LW and/or beacons, all would need serious sensitivity help from an external antenna on the LW frequencies, and the preference is the PL-380 since it does not have the soft-mute issue.

For SW, the PL-300WT is very susceptible to overloads from local MW stations, while the others seem to perform very well; they don't have synchronous detection to control fades, but off-tuning the same number of khz as the filter is a pretty good stretegy, since it isolates one sideband or the other.

All things considered, I would recomend the PL-310 and ride the volume control a bit as needed to compensate for the soft-mute.

Hope this helps - Kevin S



--- In ultralightdx@..., "pe1etr" <pe1etr@> wrote:

Hi all,

I am going to live in China for a while, so no need to get ultralights mail order and pay postage charges :-)

Which, in the humble opinion of members, are the very best ultralights for overall performance on FM and AM? (especially when connectivity of external antennas is taken into account, but price isn't).

Peter, now in Hong Kong...soon to be in China


Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Peter:

First, we're all jealous that you are going to the Land of No Postage Fees!

But seriously, for MW, the PL-310 and PL-606 are the most sensitive, then the PL-380, then the PL-300WT, PL-360 and others pull up the rear. The first three all have variable selectivity, while the last two just have the 3 khz setting. The PL-380's advantage is that the "soft mute", the decrease in volume when you tune off-frequency, is quite subtle, cimpared to the quite noticeable loss in volume on the PL-310 and PL-606; so, you need to turn the volume up and down, or get used to the volume differences. So, there is a trade-off here. I hope the PL-325 (or whatever they might decide to call the next model number) has the bigger ferrite bar antenna AND no soft-mute!

For FM, the PL-300WT and PL310 are the most sensitive in stock form, with the PL-380 and PL-606 having shorter whip antennas, thus lesser sensitivity. However, the PL-606 comes with a clamp-on whip extension, allowing it to be the king of the hill, particularly on the lower end of the band. All of these have the same awesome selectivity of their common DSP chip. The PL-360 has a shorter, non-rotatable whip - not as good IMHO.

If you get interested in LW and/or beacons, all would need serious sensitivity help from an external antenna on the LW frequencies, and the preference is the PL-380 since it does not have the soft-mute issue.

For SW, the PL-300WT is very susceptible to overloads from local MW stations, while the others seem to perform very well; they don't have synchronous detection to control fades, but off-tuning the same number of khz as the filter is a pretty good stretegy, since it isolates one sideband or the other.

All things considered, I would recomend the PL-310 and ride the volume control a bit as needed to compensate for the soft-mute.

Hope this helps - Kevin S

--- In ultralightdx@..., "pe1etr" <pe1etr@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I am going to live in China for a while, so no need to get ultralights mail order and pay postage charges :-)

Which, in the humble opinion of members, are the very best ultralights for overall performance on FM and AM? (especially when connectivity of external antennas is taken into account, but price isn't).

Peter, now in Hong Kong...soon to be in China


Algeria - very strong

dave_hackwell <dave_hackwell@...>
 

Propagation from Algeria was excellent last night, Tuesday

Algeria Chaine 1 was much stronger on 549KHz than the parallel transmission on
531KHz. That strong it wiped DLF Germany off the dial, just couldn't null it !

Anyone noted Algeria transatlantic last night?
If not it could be worth a checking 549KHz on the American East Coast tonight.

Dave
Sony ICF-S22
North West England, UK


Re: New loggings/antenna tinkering/update

Pollock,Raphael E <rpollock@...>
 

In summary I love these ferrite antennas! They are much more practical than air-core loop antennas. Not as cumbersome and much easier to maintain.

 

I totally agree. If you go to You Tube and search under “ferrite rod antenna” you will find several videos of monster ferrite bar antennas at work (play?)…including US as well as several films of some Brazilian models. I agree with the practicality issue, and enjoy mine tremendously…plus the thrill of making something oneself, something that works better than a “made somewhere else” version…

 

They also double as a home self-defense system and can travel with you anywhere!

 

I hope that you are right about the travel anywhere statement. I have not yet taken mine on an air plane flight for fear that the Homeland Security folks would confiscate it, much as I would like to take mine with on a trip to Boston later this Spring. If I could, I would love to take it with and go out to Essex or Glouchester for some Dxing on the shore of the Great Pond…

 

I'll post some pics soon.

 

Please do, or consider posting a video if you get ambitious!

 

Raph Pollock

 

From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of Jerry
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 12:12 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] New loggings/antenna tinkering/update

 

 

Hello everyone -

I've gone far down the rabbit hole of dxing and radio tinkering in general. Each time I say that to myself, a few weeks later I find myself deeper still without much chance of finding my way out.

The truth is at this point, I've gone so far that I doubt I could ever find my way back and even if I could, I think I would choose to continue.

I love dxing with my SRF-T615, and I usually do that barefoot, but I also have really enjoyed experimenting with the many antenna designs posted on this site and elsewhere. I've built many crate antennas with varying success, I've built a couple of different PVC loops and while I am happy with them I am also interested in the monster ferrite antenna and the FSL antennas that have been written about and constructed by members of the ULR DX group.

I'm still waiting on some ferrite ordered from the Ukraine for my FSL. While I've been waiting I have constructed two ferrite antennas using the 18" "monster" ferrite from Stormwise.

Both were constructed as outlined by Kevin S. in the files section of this website.

One is enclosed in PVC like Kevin shows in the .pdf - that one covers the BCB while my second one is attached to the largest lazy susan that Bed Bath and Beyond sells. The second one is set up for the BCB as well as longwave band. It also has a sense coil and I can easily connect it to my FRG-7 or other ULRs.

I have a PL-310 and a PL-390. I've opened up both of them and put a few turns of magnet wire around the internal ferrite antennas. I've fed the wire through the slots under the stands, as suggested elsewhere on this site.

Last night from around 19:30 edt until around 20:30 edt I finally had a chance to get 'em all together to see what all of the time spent on this might yield.

Four new stations on my first session with this set-up, not to mention all of the fun that trial and error provides...

Stations logged -

from Berkley MI

Tecsun PL-310 w/ 18" ferrite loop antenna

4-5-2011 from 19:30 edt - 20:30 edt

1280 WJST New Castle, PA Pittsburgh Penguins v New Jersey Devils NHL Hockey

1280 WHTK Rochester, NY New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins MLB

940 KPSZ Des Moines, IA Des Moines Buccaneers v Youngstown Phantoms - USHL Hockey

960 WFIR Roanoke, VA - Heard a male announcer give station ID and local weather then back to Dave Ramsey.

I also relogged something during the day with the pl-310/MF ant combo previously only heard in my car - WMMI Shepherd MI on 830 kHz. I logged that one during some daytime testing of the antenna. During this testing I also noted that 670 WSCR in Chicago could be heard using my new antenna, but barefoot it could not be heard at all!

In summary I love these ferrite antennas! They are much more practical than air-core loop antennas. Not as cumbersome and much easier to maintain. They also double as a home self-defense system and can travel with you anywhere! I'll post some pics soon.

Brian Miller

Berkley MI


Chinese ulralight wish-list

Peter 1956
 

Hi all,

I am going to live in China for a while, so no need to get ultralights mail order and pay postage charges :-)

Which, in the humble opinion of members, are the very best ultralights for overall performance on FM and AM? (especially when connectivity of external antennas is taken into account, but price isn't).

Peter, now in Hong Kong...soon to be in China


New loggings/antenna tinkering/update

Brian Miller
 

Hello everyone -

I've gone far down the rabbit hole of dxing and radio tinkering in general. Each time I say that to myself, a few weeks later I find myself deeper still without much chance of finding my way out.

The truth is at this point, I've gone so far that I doubt I could ever find my way back and even if I could, I think I would choose to continue.

I love dxing with my SRF-T615, and I usually do that barefoot, but I also have really enjoyed experimenting with the many antenna designs posted on this site and elsewhere. I've built many crate antennas with varying success, I've built a couple of different PVC loops and while I am happy with them I am also interested in the monster ferrite antenna and the FSL antennas that have been written about and constructed by members of the ULR DX group.

I'm still waiting on some ferrite ordered from the Ukraine for my FSL. While I've been waiting I have constructed two ferrite antennas using the 18" "monster" ferrite from Stormwise.

Both were constructed as outlined by Kevin S. in the files section of this website.

One is enclosed in PVC like Kevin shows in the .pdf - that one covers the BCB while my second one is attached to the largest lazy susan that Bed Bath and Beyond sells. The second one is set up for the BCB as well as longwave band. It also has a sense coil and I can easily connect it to my FRG-7 or other ULRs.

I have a PL-310 and a PL-390. I've opened up both of them and put a few turns of magnet wire around the internal ferrite antennas. I've fed the wire through the slots under the stands, as suggested elsewhere on this site.

Last night from around 19:30 edt until around 20:30 edt I finally had a chance to get 'em all together to see what all of the time spent on this might yield.

Four new stations on my first session with this set-up, not to mention all of the fun that trial and error provides...

Stations logged -

from Berkley MI


Tecsun PL-310 w/ 18" ferrite loop antenna

4-5-2011 from 19:30 edt - 20:30 edt

1280 WJST New Castle, PA Pittsburgh Penguins v New Jersey Devils NHL Hockey

1280 WHTK Rochester, NY New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins MLB

940 KPSZ Des Moines, IA Des Moines Buccaneers v Youngstown Phantoms - USHL Hockey

960 WFIR Roanoke, VA - Heard a male announcer give station ID and local weather then back to Dave Ramsey.

I also relogged something during the day with the pl-310/MF ant combo previously only heard in my car - WMMI Shepherd MI on 830 kHz. I logged that one during some daytime testing of the antenna. During this testing I also noted that 670 WSCR in Chicago could be heard using my new antenna, but barefoot it could not be heard at all!



In summary I love these ferrite antennas! They are much more practical than air-core loop antennas. Not as cumbersome and much easier to maintain. They also double as a home self-defense system and can travel with you anywhere! I'll post some pics soon.

Brian Miller

Berkley MI


Two more on 1400 kHz GL

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Two more new statioon ID's this AM before Sunrise. I missed the 0500 EDT ToH, but caught these at BoH near 0530 EDT.

First was a nice call of a local WILI Willimantic, CT that has evaded the ULR-DX log for 5 years (but was on the homebrew log since 2004). All I got was an ID no real programming ideas given the crowded channel. WILI has 1000 Watt power located 66 km to the East. Time was 0525 EDT using the PL-210.

The seconnd log is a known "Christian" programming heard here often recently that revealed itself as WBFN this morning at 0528 EDT. They went into a non-network news update. WBFN is located in Battle Creek, MI with a 1000 Watt liscense at a distance of 1020 km.

Still not finished yet on 1400... there's at least an ESPN sports station I've regularly heard, and either a classic 70's R&B station or Motown format.

Station count now at 494.

Paul S. in CT


ULR DX....Another NEW COUNTRY Station Heard on 1520 KHZ.......WKVI Knox, INDIANA Daytimer Only??????

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Woke up at 0300 am with no where to go!!!!! So I did some more listening on 1520 Khz. WWKB is virtually NON EXISTENT on the frequency this morning. I heard a station playing COUNTRY Music and assumed I was hearing WMLM from St. Louis, MICHIGAN as per my earlier Logging last evening. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard an ID for "AM 1520 WKVI Country Favourites" !!!!

WKVI is a DAYTIME ONLY STATION with 1.8 KW and 350 Watts for Critical Hours......so I don't know why they are on the air at 0330 am in the morning???? I tried to get the live feed for AM 1520 WKVI......but it wouldn't work. I heard 2 Distinct IDs..One at 0327 and another at 0400 AM EDT...so it is them!!! Anyone close to KNOX INDIANA who can comment on this station and their practice of being on overnight??? Don't see anything in the FCC Database showing them as Night Time Operation either???

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

ULR LOG TOTALS are now................................929 Stations Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

**********************************************************************************
1520 WKVI Knox, INDIANA Sept/06/11 0324-0400 EDT EE FAIR
All Alone on the Frequency....NO Sign of WWKB Buffalo!! Classic CW at Tune In
0324-27. Nice ID by Male DJ @ 0327 EDT as "AM 1520 WKVI...Country Favourites".
Continuous Classic and Older CW Music til 0400 EDT. Another Clear ID by Male DJ as
"AM 1520 WKVI" @ 0400 EDT.

Should be Daytime Only???????

NEW STATION ULR # 929 1.8 KW/350 watts Critical Hours???
ROSS, ONT.
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NE Oregon ULR NDB DX, Tuesday night

Steve Ratzlaff <steveratz@...>
 

Much better conditions this evening than recently and much lower static too. One new one. 281 logged.
Steve
NE Oregon
PL-380, 14" foam loop (no ferrite)

329 PMV, NE 1149 Mi


Re: Grundig G8 Problem...

sisonpyh
 

Tried that but it did not work...

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Michael" <michael.setaazul@...> wrote:


I found this counter-intuitive initially on my Eton G8.

Section 7 on page four of the Operations Manual states :
Short press of light/snooze button : LCD backlight illuminates for 3 seconds.
Long press ... on permanently. To turn it off, short press on light/snooze button again.

Some receivers require a button-press whilst pressing the on button. Other members
may know sequences to try. It might be that there is a fault, however.

Michael UK

----- Original Message ----- From: "sisonpyh"


I just purchased a Grundig G8 on ebay. Everything works fine except for the Display Backlight
stays on all of the time. I tried the reset but that did not do it. Does anyone any way
to turn the Backlight off? Aside from opening it up and disconnecting the bulb.


Re: Grundig G8 Problem...

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

I found this counter-intuitive initially on my Eton G8.

Section 7 on page four of the Operations Manual states :
Short press of light/snooze button : LCD backlight illuminates for 3 seconds.
Long press ... on permanently. To turn it off, short press on light/snooze button again.

Some receivers require a button-press whilst pressing the on button. Other members
may know sequences to try. It might be that there is a fault, however.

Michael UK

----- Original Message ----- From: "sisonpyh"


I just purchased a Grundig G8 on ebay. Everything works fine except for the Display Backlight
stays on all of the time. I tried the reset but that did not do it. Does anyone any way
to turn the Backlight off? Aside from opening it up and disconnecting the bulb.


ULR DX...Another NEW STATION Tonight.......1520 WMLM St. Louis, MICHIGAN ...1 KW!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Just Logged another New Station tonight........with 1520 WWKB Buffalo looking like it's still at REDUCED POWER???? I was able to hear a Country Station in the clear for about 20 Minutes at varying levels. Finally got some Local Ads and was able to ID it as WMLM St. Louis, MICHIGAN @ 1 KW!!

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

ULR LOG TOTALS are now.............928 Stations Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

*********************************************************************************
1520 WMLM St.Louis, MICHIGAN April/05/11 2215-2236 EDT EE FAIR
In the clear with No WWKB QRM. In/Out with Country Music. Mix of Classic and Newer
Country from 2215-2232 EDT. Into Classic Country Song "You ain't Woman enough to
take my Man" by Loretta Lynn. @ 2232-34 EDT. Into Local Ad String @ 2234 EDT.
One ad was for "Bailey's Home Care" mentioned Locations in Lower Michigan and 2 Counties....
One of which was GRATIOT COUNTY. (St. Louis) is in Gratiot County. Several other Local
Ads but couldn't copy Business names.

NEW STATION ULR # 928 1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
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