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Congratulations to Kirk Re:Graveyarder on 1490

Allen Willie
 

 
 couldn't believe my ears this morning. Details are below.

1490, KBLF, Red Bluff, CA, 1513-1530 UTC, 11/22. Audible here with a
decent signal up and down throughout the time frame I've listed.
 
 
Congratulations Kirk on logging the above graveyarder on 1490. I knew that it was just a matter of time before my previous graveyarder  distance record would be surpassed. Well Done ! 
 
Regards,
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Het on 1521

Allen Willie
 

Have any of you heard BSKSA, Duba? If so, what are it's
characteristics? Does it send a carrier signal during early evening
in eastern North America. What is the stations sign-on time.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks you.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)
 
 
Hi Richard,
 
That most likely is the het from BSKSA  Duba Saudi Arabia  that you've been hearing. Out here in the North Atlantic it's just the opposite  where we can hear full blown and very readible audio from  them most nights even on an ultralight  
 
It's usually the first DX heard in the afternoons here before it starts to get dark. It seems to be on all night long so they may not sign off at all but not sure of that. At times  Saudi Arabia can be so strong it will block out  WWKB in Buffalo on 1520
 
Regards,
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland 


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Congratulations to Gary DeBock

Allen Willie
 

 
 
 From the North Atlantic,  Congratulations Gary DeBock on your highly deserved award , your inspirations in developing the Ultralight phenomenon and taking it to new heights in only a year is an amazing accomplishment to be proud of. 
 
Pteviously this week I wrote a write up about my favorite school teacher from many years ago, at the end of it I wrote the following :
 
"It is truly an  honor and privelege to have crossed paths in life with such a wonderful, compassionate and caring individual like   __name__
 
Gary ,  your name  also most appropriately applies to the name blank above. Thanks so much for your insight, compassion for the ultralight DXing hobby and for sharing  it with all of us.
 
 
Sincerely
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 
 
 
 


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Re: Distant GY Reception This Morning

bbwrwy
 

Kirk:

Congratulations on hearing KBLF 1490, especially at mid-morning. The
frequency of 1490 kHz has proven a tough one for me to DX and hear
anything other than almost local KMFS.

Good DX and 73's.

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


Re: Distant GY Reception This Morning

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- Kirk:
Cogratulations on the super GY catch on the slider E-100.I will have
to get me one of those !I add my congrats to yours and others for
Gary,s excllent award.
One the anniversary date,I logged 37 stations,38 if i can confirm an
un i.d..I have decided to try for 100 stations in 7 days.My
unofficial count is now up to 59 with most of them relogs but with a
few new ones.
I logged a new frequency for Cuban Radio Reloj -960 at 2112-22114
EST .very poor reception with RR cw i.d.s heard on 11.21.08
I also logged WRVC 930 Huntington,WV(1 kw nights) from 2053-2100 EST
with poor to fair reception with i.d."Espn for the tri-states ,WRVC
930 AM"
heard on 11.21.08

Also another Radio Reloj frequency 870. -from
1921-1923 poor reception with voice i.d. "Radio Reloj' by
om ,possible nx in SS and RR cw i.d.heard on 11.20.08
Also another new one-WVOK 1580-Oxford,Alabama from 1435-1441 with
various ads and i.d. with website.very poor-poor on 11.20.08
Hopefully i will log more new ones as i try for 100 in 7.I am
currently dxing with the stock E-100 and Sony SRF -59 both barefoot
and with the Select-A-Tenna but mostly barefoot.
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn.

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

Hi Gang,

First of all, I was happy to be able to put faces with Gary and
Guy.
Good picture guys. Maybe some of the other members might consider
submitting a mugshot(?) Gary, your award is well deserved!

I couldn't believe my ears this morning. Details are below.

1490, KBLF, Red Bluff, CA, 1513-1530 UTC, 11/22. Audible here with
a
decent signal up and down throughout the time frame I've listed.
Quite separable from KMFS, Guthrie, OK with the e-100 slider.
Playing
adult standard easy listening styled mx. Very clear IDs were copied
at 1516 and 1527. I thought I'd misunderstood that first ID, but
the
one at 1527 confirmed it was correct. Distance from here (Unlimited
Class) is 2214.2 km, 1375 miles.

I've moved my main listening spot to an area in this apartment
that's
further away from the pc. That seems to have helped quite a lot.
This
morning I also added 5 other stations to the ULR log, most of which
are semi-locals that I'd missed so far.
73's and Good DX to All,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Distant GY Reception This Morning

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Kirk,

That is a fabulous catch, once again!!!  I spent alla last winter DXing only the Graveyard channels, and the farthest west I got was one reception in Northeast Arizona... and that was with the Wellbrook Phased Array and a hotrodded-to-da-max NRD-535. Geez, maybe golf lessons ARE in my future!

John B.


At 08:30 PM 11/22/2008 +0000, you wrote:

Hi Gang,

First of all, I was happy to be able to put faces with Gary and Guy.
Good picture guys. Maybe some of the other members might consider
submitting a mugshot(?) Gary, your award is well deserved!

I couldn't believe my ears this morning. Details are below.

1490, KBLF, Red Bluff, CA, 1513-1530 UTC, 11/22. Audible here with a
decent signal up and down throughout the time frame I've listed.
Quite separable from KMFS, Guthrie, OK with the e-100 slider. Playing
adult standard easy listening styled mx. Very clear IDs were copied
at 1516 and 1527. I thought I'd misunderstood that first ID, but the
one at 1527 confirmed it was correct. Distance from here (Unlimited
Class) is 2214.2 km, 1375 miles.

I've moved my main listening spot to an area in this apartment that's
further away from the pc. That seems to have helped quite a lot. This
morning I also added 5 other stations to the ULR log, most of which
are semi-locals that I'd missed so far.
73's and Good DX to All,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK



Distant GY Reception This Morning

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Hi Gang,

First of all, I was happy to be able to put faces with Gary and Guy.
Good picture guys. Maybe some of the other members might consider
submitting a mugshot(?) Gary, your award is well deserved!

I couldn't believe my ears this morning. Details are below.

1490, KBLF, Red Bluff, CA, 1513-1530 UTC, 11/22. Audible here with a
decent signal up and down throughout the time frame I've listed.
Quite separable from KMFS, Guthrie, OK with the e-100 slider. Playing
adult standard easy listening styled mx. Very clear IDs were copied
at 1516 and 1527. I thought I'd misunderstood that first ID, but the
one at 1527 confirmed it was correct. Distance from here (Unlimited
Class) is 2214.2 km, 1375 miles.

I've moved my main listening spot to an area in this apartment that's
further away from the pc. That seems to have helped quite a lot. This
morning I also added 5 other stations to the ULR log, most of which
are semi-locals that I'd missed so far.
73's and Good DX to All,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Gary DeBock Receives Ultralight Radio Founders Award

bbwrwy
 

Congratulations Gary, you richly deserve the award. Also, thanks for
the help you've given me since I joined the ULR fun.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"M / 97°26'35"W


Re: Gary DeBock Receives Ultralight Radio Founders Award

robert ross
 

Guy Atkins wrote:

November 21, 2008 [Puyallup, WA] - As the second year of the exciting ultralight radio (ULR) hobby begins, it's fitting to honor the DXer who started it all - Gary DeBock of Puyallup, Washington. On Friday night, Gary was the surprised recipient of an attractive, framed "Founders Award", beautifully designed and framed by John Bryant and presented by Guy Atkins on behalf of all ULR enthusiasts.









Gary.................Congratulations on the well deserved Award!! .......and thanks to Guy Atkins for the Official Press Release and photo of you and he during the Presentation.

No matter what they tell you..I had nothing to do with it!! AHHAHAHHAAA.......Blame John!! HAHAHAHA......

You da man Gary......hopefully our second year will be even more fabulous!!

I think that Award was signed by all the ULR Heavyweights Gary........so hang it proudly knowing it came from the Heart!!!

73..........ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
London, Ontario CANADA


Photo of Gary DeBock and Founder's Award

Guy Atkins
 

For those who may not be able to view the embedded photo in the recent
ULR Yahoogroup message about Gary's award, I've added the picture to
the photos section of the group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ultralightdx/photos/album/222017189/pic/li
st

The album's title is "Gary DeBock Receives Founder's Award".


Gary DeBock Receives Ultralight Radio Founders Award

Guy Atkins
 

November 21, 2008 [Puyallup, WA] - As the second year of the exciting ultralight radio (ULR) hobby begins, it's fitting to honor the DXer who started it all - Gary DeBock of Puyallup, Washington. On Friday night, Gary was the surprised recipient of an attractive, framed "Founders Award", beautifully designed and framed by John Bryant and presented by Guy Atkins on behalf of all ULR enthusiasts.
 
Gary's initiative, drive, and enthusiasm has given dozens and dozens of DXers new-found excitement for DXing. His reception of Japanese stations JOIB (747 kHz) and JOAK (594 kHz) in Puyallup on November 20, 2007 lit a fire in Gary, and he's done all he can to share the excitement with others since then. Gary's numerous articles on ultralight radio and many upbeat, helpful forum postings and emails have encouraged DXers to push the boundaries of what UL radios can accomplish. His discovery of the "slider coil" technique provided a simple way to greatly boost the sensitivity of small radios, helping to make them capable of eyebrow-raising DX formerly expected only of communications receivers.
 
Gary, thank you for almost single-handedly starting a new niche of the DXing hobby, and for your enthusiasm that has spread around the world in only a year!
 

Gary DeBock (right) receives Ultralight Radio Founder's Award from Guy Atkins
 
 


Re: Gary DeBock Receives Ultralight Radio Founders Award

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

A big fat
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
to Gary for a richly deserved recognition.... what a wonderful thing Ultralighting has become in the lives of many of us... rejuvenating a much-beloved hobby, letting us rewind the clock, or at least the log book, and START OVER.  Life doesn't let you wipe the slate clean very often. Thank you, Gary. When you heard that first NHK station, you could very easily said "Huh, how 'bout that!"  and then gone on with your normally busy life. You didn't and we all have this community of DXers, thanks to your leadership. Bravo!

Also, a huge
WELL DONE!
to the entire ultralightdx membership for managing to 100% keep a secret and let this little surprise play out.  It would have been so easy to accidently screw up and say something, or hit the wrong button as you sent your signatures. Really a great job, folks!

Thanks to all of you who signed the certificate and an apology to those who wished to do so, but either did not possess the technology or who couldn't meet the Draconian time schedule..............  The wording on the certificate ended with the phrase "and all of the more than one hundred members of the ultralightdx community. You were there, too!

John Bryant,
for the Awards Committee 


What am I hearing on 1521 kHz?

bbwrwy
 

For some time I've been hearing what I thought was a het during the
early evening whenever I listen to nearby KOKC 1520. It usually begin
around sunset and eventually fades aways an hour or so later. Last
evening is lasted until 0259:50 UTC when the strong whistle I was
hearing suddenly stopped. It didn't fade out, it simply stopped. I
didn't hear anything audible afterward.

Was I hearing a carrier signal? It's too close to KOKC's 50 kW signal
to separate the two. I've long thought it was from the BSKSA station
at Duba, Saudi Arabia.

Have any of you heard BSKSA, Duba? If so, what are it's
characteristics? Does it send a carrier signal during early evening
in eastern North America. What is the stations sign-on time.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks you.

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


Re: Gary DeBock Receives Ultralight Radio Founders Award

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Apparently the multi-talented John Bryant is capable of much more than superb organization and fantastic technical innovation--  he also appears to be a Master of secret scheming.
 
     It was a total surprise to receive the attractive and unique Founder Award, expertly prepared by John, and presented by Guy Atkins last night.  The secret planning for this group effort was entirely successful, resulting in the complete astonishment of the recipient.  John created a very stylish and memorable Award design (only partially visible in the photo), which is a perfect example of his unique creativity.  Signatures of 13 prominent Ultralight DXers (John Bryant, Rob Ross, Kirk Allen, Gil Stacy, Allen Willie, Guy Atkins, Nick Hall-Patch, Steve Ratzlaff, Kevin Schanilec, Steve Ponder, Olaf Haenssler, Russ Edmonds and Mark Gerwlivch) grace the Award, which are all deeply appreciated.  Thank you all for your signatures, and thanks also to others like Joe Miller, who wished to sign but were unable to fax their signatures to John.  The other 100 members on the Ultralightdx Yahoo team are referenced in the Award, and I deeply appreciate the contributions from each of you, in creating the exciting Ultralight DXing culture that we enjoy today.
 
     As mentioned previously to John, I feel somewhat unworthy of such a high Award, but that certainly will not stop me from prominently displaying it on the wall! 
 
     Ultralight Radio DXing is certainly a group sensation, fueled by the creative efforts of over 100 dedicated hobbyists.  Thanks to all who have contributed in making our first year so exciting and memorable, and I feel very honored to be a part of this innovative, creative team of highly enthusiastic DXers.
 
     73 and Best Wishes,
 
     Gary DeBock
 
 




India-1566 Received on a stock SRF-T615 Ultralight in Newfoundland

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     From Guy Atkins:  Chuck Hutton's reception of India-1566 on a stock Ultralight was made with the tiny Sony SRF-T615, not a Sangean model as earlier reported.  Chuck and Guy had lunch today, and discussed Chuck's experiences during the Newfoundland DXpedition, including this amazing reception.
 
     Both Chuck and Guy have had amazing gray-line receptions with Ultralights this month-- Guy successfully logged Radio Farda-1575 at Grayland, WA on a stock SRF-39FP for the first Ultralight reception of a TA on the west coast, and now Chuck has the first Ultralight logging of India.  No doubt the great DXpedition experience of these veteran DXers helped them choose the perfect propagation times for these breakthrough contacts.
 
    We hope Chuck will give us more details of this fantastic reception, which reportedly was at a good level for at least 20 minutes. Congratulations to him, and to all the Newfoundland DXers.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




Minimalist and Maximalist Ultralight DXing-- Try Them Both!

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Thanks to all (Kevin, Rob, Carl, Allen, John, Kirk, Richard, Dennis, Greg and many others) for your generous comments about the first anniversary of the Ultralight Radio boom, which are all greatly appreciated.  Our exciting new niche hobby has restored the interest of many AM DXers, and certainly has a very positive future.
 
     Perhaps the most fascinating advantage offered by ULR DXing is the chance to choose your own level of challenge.  There is never any reason to feel bored, when such a huge variety of radios, accessories and even modifications are available to provide new DXing challenges and opportunities-- all at reasonable prices.
 
     John Cereghin's recent comments about the "minimalist" approach (DXing with a stock SRF-59) very effectively described the challenge and rewards offered by using only a basic analog Ultralight to chase domestic and international DX.  Allen Willie has also thrilled us all with a minimalist approach to transoceanic DX, and Rob Ross, Greg Schoom and others have done the same with domestic DX.  There is a strong "work ethic" required in this type of DXing, but the rewards are certainly in proportion to the effort. Like most major projects, your success requires patience and perseverance-- but the reward of hearing rare DX on a stock Ultralight is an indescribable thrill that is unlike any other hobby experience.
 
     On the other side of the Ultralight enthusiast group are the "maximalist" DXers, who have been on a one-year mission to modify pocket radios into a state of supreme DXing effectiveness.  John Bryant and myself have perhaps led the charge in this, with serious assistance from Guy Atkins, Steve Ratzlaff, Kevin Schanilec and many others.  From the beginning of the Ultralight boom we have had filter modifications (SRF-M37V, DT-200VX and others) and loopstick transplants (SRF-39FP and DT-200VX), but serious performance boosts didn't happen until we learned to combine extreme sensitivity with extreme selectivity.  Today our modified E100's can embarrass classic DX portables on ocean beaches, and anywhere else.
 
     If you are looking for new DXing challenges this winter, you are certainly in the right group!  Try the "minimalist" approach, and se if you are up to the challenge.  The ultimate challenge is offered by the Sony SRF-S84, a radio half the size of an SRF-59 (with a loopstick only 1.2" long).  Think that this tiny radio would be useless for DX?  Guess again-- it has already received 3 TP's here in my modest location (JOAK-594, JOIB-747 and HLCA-972).  But you will have to learn to play the propagation peaks, and work hard to get rare DX on this tiniest of Ultralights.
 
     Have you logged a lot of DX on stock Ultralights, and are running out of possibilities?  West coast TP DXers had the same feeling-- about a year ago!  An exciting world of passive and active antennas awaits you.  Check out Kevin's excellent article "Using Tuned Passive Loop Antennas," posted on DXer.Ca.  Investigate the possibilities of inductively coupling your external antennas to stock Ultralight loopsticks (read John Bryant's several articles on the subject, also posted on DXer.Ca.).  Using an external antenna with an Ultralight radio provides an exciting change from the modest stock sensitivity, opening up a new world of weak-signal possibilities.
 
     Finally, if you would like to try the ultimate in stand-alone Ultralight performance, check out the E100 Four Variant Shootout article, also on DXer.Ca.  Full information is given on the relative performance of the amazing Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter, the innovative Slider loopstick, and a combination of the two improvements.  It's tough to imagine how a modified Ultralight could get more exciting than this-- receiving 49 TP's (and 5 UnID's) in one night at Grayland. 
 
     For new DXing challenges this winter, Ultralight DXers truly have a world of exciting possibilities.  Thanks again to all who made our first year so enjoyable, and best wishes to all for the most exciting season yet!
 
     73,  Gary DeBock        




Glas Hrvatske 1134 to DRM soon

bbwrwy
 

Rumors are Glas Hrvatske (The Voice of Croatia) will begin DRM only
broadcasts on 1134 kHz in the very near future. So, if you haven't
logged Glas Hrvatske yet, now is the time to listen for the station.

At present, Glas Hrvatsk, 1134 kHz, is the easiest to hear TA in
Oklahoma. The best time to listen seems to be between 0030 to 0330
UTC. There is moderate to severe digital (IBOC) QRM from KMOX HD on
1120 kHz. However, the 600 kW Croatian signal has been strong enough
to penetrate the IBOC noise.

I'm curious about how many regular Glas Hrvatsk listeners have DRM
capable receivers. I'd bet they're in the minority.

Best wishes for a good DXing weekend. May it be full of TA signals.

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


Re: First Anniversary of Ultralight Radio Boom-- November 20

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

I too want to say thanks to those intrepid DXers who started this new branch of the hobby a year ago. It has really restored my enthusiasm for DXing. And it really has been interesting seeing a new branch of the radio hobby be born and develop. Who would have thought a year ago that there was still any scope for something new in mediumwave DXing (which is, after all, the oldest branch of the hobby)? Or that in a hobby where so many of its participants seemed so pessimistic about its future, that it would be a development in mediumwave DXing that would bring back a sense of excitement and eager enthusiasm to so many?

So once again, thanks.
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL

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GS Ultralight Loggings Nov. 20, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight loggings for Thurs. Nov. 20, 2008. All stations logged from Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Two more stations added to the ultralight log. Total ultralight count: 202.

580 CFRA ON Ottawa - 20-Nov-2008 1218 UTC - Talk about auto bailout. Weather forecast. Ads, including one for an Ottawa Subaru dealer and one for Alarm Force. ID. Business news. Sports. Sangean DT-400W. 50 kW (Poor).

790 WPIC PA Sharon - 20-Nov-2008 1230 UTC - News. Frequent IDs "News Talk 790 WPIC". Sangean DT-400W. 1.3 kW. (Poor)
--> New station for the overall log.

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


Two New UL Stations at Sunset- Virginia and Florida

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Two new ones for the UL log tonight-

1270 WTJZ Newport News VA at 1620 with urban gospel programming. UL #414

690 WOKV Jacksonville FL at 1720 with Sean Hannity, ID of "690 AM
and 106.5 FM, News Radio, WOKV". UL #415.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE