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Re: Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Repoort April 6-7

MarkWA1ION
 

Allen, it sounds as though your new QTH is working out very well. Sort of a "DXpedition at home" site like that of Martin Hall in Clashmore (coastal northern Scotland) and Patrick Martin in Seaside, Oregon (and the late Richard Wood near Hilo, Hawaii).

Several of us in eastern Massachusetts are getting many of these TA signals but most require a Perseus rather than an ultralight!

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

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

Hello To All,

We are continuing to enjoy our new location and the Dxing has been providing very entertaining evenings. The RFI here is next to nil obviously compared to back in St. John's and the powerhouse stations of the city are nulled enough to allow signals on the European and African split frequencies nearby to dominate.
Most of the distant domestics have been audible more so in the early mornng hours and very few audible so far in the evenings as the Trans-Atlantics have dominated with amazing strength.

Logs from last night:


558-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 Valencia 00:16UT/7 Spanish commentary
621-CANARY ISLANDS- R. Nacional,Tenerife 22:57UT/6 two women in Spanish
675-LIBYA –Sawt Libya al Hurra – Voice of Free Libya , Benghazi 1:23UT/7
684-SPAIN-RNE1 Sevilla, 22:20UT/6 woman w/ Spanish talk
729-SPAIN-R. Nacional, Oveido 1:24UT/7 two men in Spanish
756-SPAIN-R. Euskadi, Bilbao 00:26UT/7 woman in Spanish commentary
837-SPAIN-COPE Sevilla, 00:18UT/7 two men in Spanish teletalk
864-FRANCE-France Beue Paris 1:14UT/7 French talk, American pop
909-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Moorside Edge 1:14UT/7 talk on US political scene
954-SPAIN-Onda Cero R. Madrid 1:16UT/7 Radio play in Spanish
972-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah, Sirt 23:03UT/6 songs in Arabic
981-ALGERIA-Alger Chaine 2, Alger 00:20UT/7 Arabic music,talk
999-SPAIN-COPE Madrid 22:22UT/6 two men in Spanish
1008-CANARY ISLANDS-R. Punto Las Palmas 22:54UT/6 Spanish by man
1035-PORTUGAL-Star FM Belmonte 1:16UT/7 Bobby Vinton song
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio, Brookman's Park 1:26UT/7 Medical talk (Strong)
1116-SPAIN-SER Pontevedra 22:24UT/6 Spanish commentary (Good)
1251-LIBYA-Voice of Africa,Tripoli 1:27UT/7 Arabic talk
1377-FRANCE-France Info Lille 1:08UT/7 piano music,talk (Like a Local)
1413-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5, Jaen 00:20UT/7 interview in Spanish
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba 1:12UT/7 woman in Arabic (Like a local)
1530-WCKY-Cincinnati,Ohio 00:37UT/7 Ads,Sports
1557-FRANCE-France Info,Nice 1:12UT/7 French talk
1602-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia R. Vitoria 23:00 news in Spanish

Receiver:
SRF-M37V barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope,Newfoundland
47:75N 53:00W


Re: Algeria - very strong

MarkWA1ION
 

Algeria 549 is much stronger than 531 on this side too. It often overwhelms 550 (WDEV, YVKE, et al.) at local shore sites around sunset and a bit after.

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

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

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: Chinese ulralight wish-list

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Vince, Kevin and Others,

The Chinese domestic market seems to include both bargains and ripoffs,
just like here in North America.

My wife comes very a very thrifty family in Hong Kong, and when I told
her that I could use a few bargain Tecsun PL-380's, she sent out her
relatives to track down the best PL-380 deals in Hong Kong. Her
brother-in-law scoured the stores, and eventually was able to find
brand new PL-380 models selling at a discount shop for about $35 US. He
bought three of them, and brought them to us during his spring vacation
last year (and are now being used by Patrick, Rob and Steve). The going
rate at the Hong Kong department stores was about $45 US, though.

My impression is that most of the Hong Kong eBay sellers try to make
their biggest profits on the shipping charges, not on the radio prices.

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

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 7:01 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

 
Hi Vince:

Thanks for the info on the domestic Chinese market, where it sounds
like the PL-310 and others are going for $50-60 (over 300 Yuan) or so
in Beijing. I guess in-city prices are like that: I was in New York
City recently, and the prices for radios at electronics outlets were
also much higher than from domestic mail order sources. Given the
relative per-capita income levels of the US and China, a radio such as
this is likely a more significant purchase.

It looks like the PL-310 can be had for about 200 Yuan on Taobao (about
$30) including domestic shipping to a Chinese address, although you
don't get to see it first: do Taobao sellers also sell seconds and
knock-offs?

Thanks again - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "DXer" <dxista@...> wrote:



Hi Kevin,
&gt; I'm currently living in Beijing, China. My experience with
consumer electronics in general and ultralights in particular, is that
you are still paying less on ebay - in some cases even after postage is
added, than buying the same item in the chinese domestic market.

Prices are generally lower, if you have good bargaining skills, in
the many markets around town, but there is a chance that you are buying
"knock-offs" or "seconds".

The other surprise for me was that, ultralights in this case, are
not as easy to find as I expected.

I saw the PL-310 and PL-606 in only one place so far. The price
was higher than ebay plus postage. The PL-600 in two places with the
price higher than ebay before postage.
&gt;
The only deals, so to speak, were the R-911 for $10 and the R-9012
for $13. Not too impressed with the R-911, but still worth every penny.
If one can afford the additional 30% :^) for the R-9012, you get a
radio than run circles around the R-911.

The above comparisons are based on US/Canada prices. I don't know
if they apply to other countries.
&gt; Regards,

Vince
Beijing, PRC

--- In ultralightdx@..., "dhsatyadhana"
<dhsatyadhana@> wrote:
&gt; > First, we're all jealous that you are going to the Land of No
Postage Fees!


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Repoort April 6-7

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

We are continuing to enjoy our new location and the Dxing has been providing very entertaining evenings. The RFI here is next to nil obviously compared to back in St. John's and the powerhouse stations of the city are nulled enough to allow signals on the European and African split frequencies nearby to dominate.
Most of the distant domestics have been audible more so in the early mornng hours and very few audible so far in the evenings as the Trans-Atlantics have dominated with amazing strength.

Logs from last night:


558-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 Valencia 00:16UT/7 Spanish commentary
621-CANARY ISLANDS- R. Nacional,Tenerife 22:57UT/6 two women in Spanish
675-LIBYA –Sawt Libya al Hurra – Voice of Free Libya , Benghazi 1:23UT/7
684-SPAIN-RNE1 Sevilla, 22:20UT/6 woman w/ Spanish talk
729-SPAIN-R. Nacional, Oveido 1:24UT/7 two men in Spanish
756-SPAIN-R. Euskadi, Bilbao 00:26UT/7 woman in Spanish commentary
837-SPAIN-COPE Sevilla, 00:18UT/7 two men in Spanish teletalk
864-FRANCE-France Beue Paris 1:14UT/7 French talk, American pop
909-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Moorside Edge 1:14UT/7 talk on US political scene
954-SPAIN-Onda Cero R. Madrid 1:16UT/7 Radio play in Spanish
972-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah, Sirt 23:03UT/6 songs in Arabic
981-ALGERIA-Alger Chaine 2, Alger 00:20UT/7 Arabic music,talk
999-SPAIN-COPE Madrid 22:22UT/6 two men in Spanish
1008-CANARY ISLANDS-R. Punto Las Palmas 22:54UT/6 Spanish by man
1035-PORTUGAL-Star FM Belmonte 1:16UT/7 Bobby Vinton song
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio, Brookman's Park 1:26UT/7 Medical talk (Strong)
1116-SPAIN-SER Pontevedra 22:24UT/6 Spanish commentary (Good)
1251-LIBYA-Voice of Africa,Tripoli 1:27UT/7 Arabic talk
1377-FRANCE-France Info Lille 1:08UT/7 piano music,talk (Like a Local)
1413-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5, Jaen 00:20UT/7 interview in Spanish
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba 1:12UT/7 woman in Arabic (Like a local)
1530-WCKY-Cincinnati,Ohio 00:37UT/7 Ads,Sports
1557-FRANCE-France Info,Nice 1:12UT/7 French talk
1602-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia R. Vitoria 23:00 news in Spanish

Receiver:
SRF-M37V barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope,Newfoundland
47:75N 53:00W


Re: Could the iPhone become an Ultralight ?

Graeme Zimmer <gzimmer@...>
 

I need some clarity on this.
It's explained very clearly on the web site.

specifically:

"iSDR does not require Internet connectivity, a cellular network, Bluetooth, or WiFi. What you will need in order to receive live signals is an external device (known as an "RF front-end") that converts radio signals into audio signals that can be fed into the iPhone's microphone input"


............ Zim


Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Vince:

Thanks for the info on the domestic Chinese market, where it sounds like the PL-310 and others are going for $50-60 (over 300 Yuan) or so in Beijing. I guess in-city prices are like that: I was in New York City recently, and the prices for radios at electronics outlets were also much higher than from domestic mail order sources. Given the relative per-capita income levels of the US and China, a radio such as this is likely a more significant purchase.

It looks like the PL-310 can be had for about 200 Yuan on Taobao (about $30) including domestic shipping to a Chinese address, although you don't get to see it first: do Taobao sellers also sell seconds and knock-offs?

Thanks again - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "DXer" <dxista@...> wrote:



Hi Kevin,

I'm currently living in Beijing, China. My experience with consumer electronics in general and ultralights in particular, is that you are still paying less on ebay - in some cases even after postage is added, than buying the same item in the chinese domestic market.

Prices are generally lower, if you have good bargaining skills, in the many markets around town, but there is a chance that you are buying "knock-offs" or "seconds".

The other surprise for me was that, ultralights in this case, are not as easy to find as I expected.

I saw the PL-310 and PL-606 in only one place so far. The price was higher than ebay plus postage. The PL-600 in two places with the price higher than ebay before postage.

The only deals, so to speak, were the R-911 for $10 and the R-9012 for $13. Not too impressed with the R-911, but still worth every penny. If one can afford the additional 30% :^) for the R-9012, you get a radio than run circles around the R-911.

The above comparisons are based on US/Canada prices. I don't know if they apply to other countries.

Regards,

Vince
Beijing, PRC

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

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


Re: Chinese ultralight wish-list

Peter 1956
 

Hi ll,

Thanks for all the comments...it probably is a question of what is available in the local market. I shall endeavour to inform the Group of my findings.

Peter, HK


NE Oregon ULR NDB DX, Wednesday night

Steve Ratzlaff <steveratz@...>
 

Conditions didn't seem great yet I added 3 more tonight. Static was manageable too. It seemed to help listening a little earlier. 284 heard.
My PL-380 died, with a broken tuning wheel and the buttons wouldn't do anything, but Gary DeBock had a spare to sell me, so I saved several weeks without having to order one from Hong Kong. Thanks, Gary!
Steve
NE Oregon
new PL-380; 14" foam non-ferrite loop

203 ZKI BC 752 Mi
257 HCY WY 416 Mi
373 TF CO 860 Mi


Re: -- finally....

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

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

From: "terribly wet"

Aluminum Shield so you gotta 'crimp' for connectors vs. soldering.

Aluminum oxidizes. grrrr Probably copper (center conductor) in the copper shortage is copper plated
steel. (?)

Crimping. I don't wanna pay $100 for a crimping tool. Anybody locate a cheap one that is
semi-reliable ?

---------------------------------------------

Solutions Ive found satisfactory :-

1. saw a coax-plug in half and use its crimp end; seal with varnish or similar to prevent corrosion
problems.
2. wrap tinned solid wire round the alu shield, lightly (sic!) solder, seal.
3. buy a crimp-tool - but still seal.

Michael UK


-- finally....

terribly wet
 

I've gotta get away from the noise at this address.


It was winter. Still cold around here.


Outside work.




So from my comfortable 'inside' and 'noise' to outdoor antennas....



Common coaxial cable.. RG6 Available Wal-Mart and everywhere.

I think it's 75 ohm.


Aluminum Shield so you gotta 'crimp' for connectors vs. soldering.

(or become a professional welder)

Receive only. (although RG6 seems to have high power limits ?)


Aluminum oxidizes. grrrr Probably copper (center conductor) in the copper shortage is copper plated steel. (?)




My question if anybody traveled this far in the post ?


Crimping. I don't wanna pay $100 for a crimping tool. Anybody locate a cheap one that is semi-reliable ?



Other questions ::::::::



A source for cheap Variac's ??


Any ideas for cheap 'rotators' ??


Cheap = In-expensive


Overnite log on 1160

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

This evening 1160 kHz seemed active on general scanning, so I came back to it after midnite EDT. I found 3 new stations here and will be going to 1400 kHz shortly after posting.

First was an ID-only of "ESPN 1160 Ithaca" that turns out to be WPIE from Trumansburg, NY. Heard the ID just before 0030 EDT in a jumble of others. Power is 310 Watts and distance 335.5 km.

Nothing much until 0200 EDT ToH's when two more were heard.

The second station is WKCM "Country 1160" (might be partial) heard at 0204 EDT. This does fit the Country music heard fading in and out during the session. WKCM is from Hawesville, KY broadcasting at 1000 Watts at a distance of 1247.5 km. Several other sources reference Owensboro, KY as well. Lotsa clutter here at ToH.

About a minute later near the tradional end of the ToH ID period was a nice call of WOBM "Oldies 1160 and 1310". This was not listed as a parallel in several sources, but Wikipedia and WOBM website confirms // to WADB 1310. WOBM is from Lakewood, NJ 8900 Watts at 185.35 km. Again other stations in the mix.

MHO:The radio used is the PL-210, and its doing a good job logging. I note a keypad birdie on the DSP PL-310 on-channel, with reduced RX capacity. Both the PL-200 and PL-210 do not have birdies./MHO

Paul S. in CT


Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

d4g7johnson
 

I would dis-recommend the Redsun RP300 for most people, but if you
can pick it up for a song it does have one good point: it is at least
as sensitive on AM-BCB as the Eton E100, and it is almost exactly the
same size (maybe 2 good points). I have not noticed any overload, but
the con list is significant: (1) not very selective on any band and worst is (2) there are WAY too many internally-generated heterodynes
in the AM and SW bands. I find it amusing that one of them lands
squarely on top of China Radio International in the 31m band.

--- 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

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

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