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ULR DX.......1060 CKMX Calgary, ALTA in tonight!!!!!! NEW STATION....

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

It's 0040 EDT and Conditions are good to the West. I have 1060 CKMX from Calgary Alta coming in well in KYW's Null!! This is a New Station for me for both the ULR and OVERALL Logs!! It was coming in so well I checked the Live Webfeed just to make sure..and it's them!!

Heard on SONY SRF-T615 ULR Barefoot
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1060 CKMX Calgary, ALBERTA Aug/29/11 0026-0040 EDT EE FR-GOOD
Classic Country Music @ 0026 EDT Tune In. ID by Male DJ @ 0029 as "Your Hometown
Classic Country". "Heaven's Just a sin away" Classic Country followed by ID as
"Classic Country AM 1060". Wiilie and Julio "All the Girls I've Loved before".
ID as "50 Years of Classic Country AM 1060" and "Southern Alberta's Classic Country
AM 1060".
Canadian Content Song...Anne Murray "Can I have this Dance".
Seemed to have a Canned ID/Slogan after each song!!
In Parallel to Live Webfeed!!

NEW STN ULR # 931 50 KW
ROSS, ONT.
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73.............ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: ULR LONGWAVE DX.....5 Longwave Trans-Atlantics in here tonight!!!

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Rob,

<<< Decent Opening to Europe heard with 5 Stations making it
through!! Unfortunately ...they are ALL RELOGS!! Nothing New heard
tonight...... >>>

Send them this way, Rob-- they wouldn't be relogs here!!! I'll send you
5 Radio Rossii LW-TP's, and a first-round draft choice next year..

73, Gary

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Ross <va3sw@...>
To: Ultralight List <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sun, Aug 28, 2011 8:31 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR LONGWAVE DX.....5 Longwave Trans-Atlantics
in here tonight!!!




Hi Guys:

Just spent about an hour tuning around on Longwave with the TECSUN
PL-380 ULR, with Gary DeBock 7.5 Inch Longwave Ferrite Antenna.

Decent Opening to Europe heard with 5 Stations making it through!!
Unfortunately ...they are ALL RELOGS!! Nothing New heard tonight......

198 BBC Radio 4, Droitwich, ENGLAND 0230 UTC GOOD EE
Male & Female with EE News items
3549 Miles

216 RMC Radio Monte Carlo, Roumoules, FRANCE 0235 UTC POOR FF
Music and French Talk
4167 Miles

162 France Inter, Allouis, FRANCE 0250 UTC POOR FF
French Talk
3887 Miles

171 Radio Medi Un, Nador, MOROCCO 0300 UTC FAIR FF
FF Talk and Music
4101 Miles

234 RTL, Beidweiler, LUXEMBOURG 0305 UTC POOR FF
FF Talk and Music
3963 Miles

Since these were all Relogs...I didn't hang around long to get Detailed
Logs. Some of these are the ONLY Stations on these Freqs as well.

Have had a few nights already with Decent Conditions over the Pond...so
hopefully this is a Good sign for the upcoming Season!!

73......ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


ULR LONGWAVE DX.....5 Longwave Trans-Atlantics in here tonight!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Just spent about an hour tuning around on Longwave with the TECSUN PL-380 ULR, with Gary DeBock 7.5 Inch Longwave Ferrite Antenna.

Decent Opening to Europe heard with 5 Stations making it through!! Unfortunately ...they are ALL RELOGS!! Nothing New heard tonight......

198 BBC Radio 4, Droitwich, ENGLAND 0230 UTC GOOD EE
Male & Female with EE News items
3549 Miles

216 RMC Radio Monte Carlo, Roumoules, FRANCE 0235 UTC POOR FF
Music and French Talk
4167 Miles

162 France Inter, Allouis, FRANCE 0250 UTC POOR FF
French Talk
3887 Miles

171 Radio Medi Un, Nador, MOROCCO 0300 UTC FAIR FF
FF Talk and Music
4101 Miles

234 RTL, Beidweiler, LUXEMBOURG 0305 UTC POOR FF
FF Talk and Music
3963 Miles

Since these were all Relogs...I didn't hang around long to get Detailed Logs. Some of these are the ONLY Stations on these Freqs as well.

Have had a few nights already with Decent Conditions over the Pond...so hopefully this is a Good sign for the upcoming Season!!

73......ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Ultralight Longwave Awards Program

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

Among various pending projects Rob Ross and I have been attempting to
get a new Ultralight Longwave Awards program publicized, and would encourage all Longwave enthusiasts (both LWBC and NDB-DXers) to keep
track of their Ultralight Longwave loggings during the upcoming DX
season for award purposes. The Award Categories will basically be the
same as the Medium Wave awards, except that the Award Classes will not
be the same as the in the MW system ("Barefoot" and "Unlimited"
classes), but rather the "Handheld" (all stock loopsticks and
ferrite-based antenna systems) and the "Unlimited" (all other antenna
systems). This change was made because of the cold reality that any
stock, unmodified Ultralight radio model will face extremely long odds
to receive serious Longwave DX.

Various awards have already been issued in the new Ultralight Longwave
Awards system, mainly to experienced NDB-DXers like Steve Ratzlaff,
Patrick Vignoud (of France), etc. But it's not necessary to receive
multiple LW stations for an award-- reception of even a single
Ultralight Longwave TP or TA will qualify a DXer for a "Trans-Pacific
Longwave DXer" award, or a "Trans-Atlantic Longwave DXer" award.
Records will also be kept (and awards given) for anyone breaking the
Ultralight Longwave DX Distance record (either by logging an LWBC or
NDB station). Possibly because the South African and New Zealand
Ultralight DXers have yet to seriously compete in Ultralight Longwave
DX (as far as I know), the Longwave distance record is still relatively
modest :-) Since we are still sorting out the specifics of the new
Longwave Awards program, your comments and suggestions will be welcome.
Sent as an attachment is the 10 Longwave States Heard Award Certificate
presented to Rob Ross last spring, showing the artwork design for the
new LW awards.

For those DXers still awaiting their previously-earned MW Award
Certificates, please be assured that you have not been forgotten! A
temporary time crunch has delayed completion of these, but they will be
completed as time allows.

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock


Re: Peter regarding Tanzania possibly heard on 1377

Allen Willie
 

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the reply regarding the unidentified on 1377. I didn't get a recording of the transmission and also heard much the same signal under France this evening as well again. I'll try and get a recording to help sort it out if possible. The transmission seemed to end or be unaudible by 22:55 UTC or so both evenings


Thanks

Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland


Re: Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report Aug 28

Peter 1956
 

Hello Allen,

Any recording of the unid on 1377? I used to live in Mwanza, Tanzania, I can tell the difference between Swahili and Arabic ;)

Peter Wilson
China

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

Greetings to All from the "Hope" for DX

Our thoughts today are with the folks in the areas affected by the hurricane and we wish them safety from all harm and pending danger.

Good propagation conditions continue heading towards September here in the North Atlantic. We are really looking forward to the new fall DX season.

So much so that we have two more Ultralight radios ordered and soon to arrive, first of all the Sangean DT-400W and another Sony, namely the SRF-M37W. As many of our Ultralight Dxers in the group can attest to, it's always nice to have some backup units on hand as well.

Here is a summary of the past couple of evening's logs:

603-FRANCE-France Info, Tramoyes 00:02UT/28 news by woman in French
612-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 22:40UT/27 Arabic music & chants
675-NETHERLANDS-R. Maria, Lopik 1:04UT/27 Chorale music,religious talk in Dutch or Flemish(good)
684-SPAIN-RNE1 Sevilla 23:52UT/26 woman in Spanish (good)
693-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Droitwich 23:15UT/26 British Parliamentary talk
801-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 23:06UT/26 Lively Spanish talk,ID ***NEW***(AW)
810-SCOTLAND-BBC Scotland, Burghead 23:04UT/26 musical program,talk
855-SPAIN-R. Nacional Murcia 23:24UT/26 two women in Spanish (good)
900-IRAN-IRIB 1 Tehran, 00:12UT/28 Chants, talk
909-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Moorside Edge 23:02UT/26 News in English
909-Unidentified 23:44UT/27 Vaudeville type music,man talk (tenative Romania Atualitati)
936-IRAN-IRIB1 Urumiyeh 00:19UT/28 woman in Farsi
945-FRANCE-France Info, Toulouse-Muret 00:48UT/27 news in French (Strong)
954-QATAR-QRTC Arabic,Al Arish 00:20UT/28 Arabic music,singing
1026-IRAN-IRIB1 Tabriz 00:51UT/27 Chants, Persian type talk (mixing with Spain)
1035-PORTUGAL-Star FM Belmonte, 00:04UT/27 Carole King song,Star FM ID
1044-SPAIN-SER San Sebastian, Monte Igueldo 00:03UT/26 News in Spanish (Very Strong)
1053-LIBYA- (presumed Libya TV Audio feed) 00:02UT/27 man in Arabic,ment. Libya
1080-IRAN-IRIB1 Abadan 00:25UT/28 Chanting // 1062
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio, Brookmans Park 22:57UT/26 talk on whether alien life exists (Very Strong)
1206-FRANCE-France Info, Bordeaux-Neac 00:20UT/27 woman in French (Strong)
1242-FRANCE-France Info Marseille-Cabries-Relator 22:54UT/26 French talk, ID (good)
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda, Al-Dhabbaya 22:52UT/26 Arabic pop,ID
1377-**(tenative)** TANZANIA-Mwanza 22:34 UT/27 Arabic or African type talk by woman (under France peaking at times)
1377-FRANCE-France Info, Lille-Camphin-en-Carembault 22:50UT/26 French talk & promos (Very Strong)
1422-GERMANY-Deutschlandfunk Heusweiler 22:30UT/27 Lite music,German talk
1431-DJIBOUTI-R. Sawa, Arta 22:47UT/26 Arabic pops (a bit stronger than previous evening)
1440-LUXEMBOURG-China Radio Relay, Marnach 22:40UT/26 English program about domestic violence
1449-LIBYA-Voice of Free Libya Meserata 22:18UT/26 upbeat music, Arabic talk
1467-FRANCE-Transworld Radio via Romoules Relay 22:15UT/26 English program ending transmission
1494-FRANCE-France Info, various 22:54UT/27 French talk, ID
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA-Duba 22:43UT/26 Arabic chants (Very Strong)
1557-FRANCE-France Info, Nice-Fontbonne 22:43UT/26 French talk (good)
1575-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda, Al-Dhabbaya 22:24UT/27 Arabic music,Farda ID


Receiver: SRF-39FP barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47:43N 53:11W
http://nldxers.110mb.com


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report Aug 28

Allen Willie
 

Greetings to All from the "Hope" for DX

Our thoughts today are with the folks in the areas affected by the hurricane and we wish them safety from all harm and pending danger.

Good propagation conditions continue heading towards September here in the North Atlantic. We are really looking forward to the new fall DX season.

So much so that we have two more Ultralight radios ordered and soon to arrive, first of all the Sangean DT-400W and another Sony, namely the SRF-M37W. As many of our Ultralight Dxers in the group can attest to, it's always nice to have some backup units on hand as well.

Here is a summary of the past couple of evening's logs:

603-FRANCE-France Info, Tramoyes 00:02UT/28 news by woman in French
612-MOROCCO-RTM Sebaa-Aioun 22:40UT/27 Arabic music & chants
675-NETHERLANDS-R. Maria, Lopik 1:04UT/27 Chorale music,religious talk in Dutch or Flemish(good)
684-SPAIN-RNE1 Sevilla 23:52UT/26 woman in Spanish (good)
693-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Droitwich 23:15UT/26 British Parliamentary talk
801-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 23:06UT/26 Lively Spanish talk,ID ***NEW***(AW)
810-SCOTLAND-BBC Scotland, Burghead 23:04UT/26 musical program,talk
855-SPAIN-R. Nacional Murcia 23:24UT/26 two women in Spanish (good)
900-IRAN-IRIB 1 Tehran, 00:12UT/28 Chants, talk
909-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Moorside Edge 23:02UT/26 News in English
909-Unidentified 23:44UT/27 Vaudeville type music,man talk (tenative Romania Atualitati)
936-IRAN-IRIB1 Urumiyeh 00:19UT/28 woman in Farsi
945-FRANCE-France Info, Toulouse-Muret 00:48UT/27 news in French (Strong)
954-QATAR-QRTC Arabic,Al Arish 00:20UT/28 Arabic music,singing
1026-IRAN-IRIB1 Tabriz 00:51UT/27 Chants, Persian type talk (mixing with Spain)
1035-PORTUGAL-Star FM Belmonte, 00:04UT/27 Carole King song,Star FM ID
1044-SPAIN-SER San Sebastian, Monte Igueldo 00:03UT/26 News in Spanish (Very Strong)
1053-LIBYA- (presumed Libya TV Audio feed) 00:02UT/27 man in Arabic,ment. Libya
1080-IRAN-IRIB1 Abadan 00:25UT/28 Chanting // 1062
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio, Brookmans Park 22:57UT/26 talk on whether alien life exists (Very Strong)
1206-FRANCE-France Info, Bordeaux-Neac 00:20UT/27 woman in French (Strong)
1242-FRANCE-France Info Marseille-Cabries-Relator 22:54UT/26 French talk, ID (good)
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda, Al-Dhabbaya 22:52UT/26 Arabic pop,ID
1377-**(tenative)** TANZANIA-Mwanza 22:34 UT/27 Arabic or African type talk by woman (under France peaking at times)
1377-FRANCE-France Info, Lille-Camphin-en-Carembault 22:50UT/26 French talk & promos (Very Strong)
1422-GERMANY-Deutschlandfunk Heusweiler 22:30UT/27 Lite music,German talk
1431-DJIBOUTI-R. Sawa, Arta 22:47UT/26 Arabic pops (a bit stronger than previous evening)
1440-LUXEMBOURG-China Radio Relay, Marnach 22:40UT/26 English program about domestic violence
1449-LIBYA-Voice of Free Libya Meserata 22:18UT/26 upbeat music, Arabic talk
1467-FRANCE-Transworld Radio via Romoules Relay 22:15UT/26 English program ending transmission
1494-FRANCE-France Info, various 22:54UT/27 French talk, ID
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA-Duba 22:43UT/26 Arabic chants (Very Strong)
1557-FRANCE-France Info, Nice-Fontbonne 22:43UT/26 French talk (good)
1575-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda, Al-Dhabbaya 22:24UT/27 Arabic music,Farda ID


Receiver: SRF-39FP barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47:43N 53:11W
http://nldxers.110mb.com


Re: Forgot to Mention

ginger_92@rocketmail.com
 

I used to know Rock n Roy when I was younger, got me in a lot of trouble.

Ginger OKC

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

Sorry for the addendum here. I meant to tell you all about this hilarious ad I hrd this morning on XEGAJ. It was an ad for a CD of 1950's-1960's "Rock and Roy" hits, all done in various SS renditions. (For only 8 Pesos)- So funny, I got a great laugh out of that. I know I might have misunderstood, but the ancr sure sounded like he said ROY rather than ROLL.

I think I might get hooked on this radio thing someday.

73,
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Forgot to Mention

kevin asato <kc6pob@...>
 

definitely funny. 
One has to remember that double-L in spanish is pronounced as we pronounce Y north of the border -
ex. - pollo (chicken) is pronouned POYO, not POLO.

73,
kevin
kc6pob


From: Kirk
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:09 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Forgot to Mention

 
Sorry for the addendum here. I meant to tell you all about this hilarious ad I hrd this morning on XEGAJ. It was an ad for a CD of 1950's-1960's "Rock and Roy" hits, all done in various SS renditions. (For only 8 Pesos)- So funny, I got a great laugh out of that. I know I might have misunderstood, but the ancr sure sounded like he said ROY rather than ROLL.

I think I might get hooked on this radio thing someday.

73,
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK




Forgot to Mention

Kirk
 

Sorry for the addendum here. I meant to tell you all about this hilarious ad I hrd this morning on XEGAJ. It was an ad for a CD of 1950's-1960's "Rock and Roy" hits, all done in various SS renditions. (For only 8 Pesos)- So funny, I got a great laugh out of that. I know I might have misunderstood, but the ancr sure sounded like he said ROY rather than ROLL.

I think I might get hooked on this radio thing someday.

73,
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


T Minus 10

Kirk
 

Hello fellow radionuts,

This morning I finally hit on ULR sta #790, just 10 more to reach that goal of 800 stations. I'm happy that some great DXers have blazed a trail for the rest of us to follow. Logged this on the T-615/SAT. This little radio is truly amazing at times!

790, XEGAJ, Guadalajara, Jalisco, 1200 UTC, 8/28/11, all tlk format with many "Grupo Formula" network IDs. A lcl M ancr broke in w/ call letter ID and ments of "Escuchas Primera Cadena en 9-70 kilohertz, Radio Formula." A quick TC ment'g "en Jalisco" and bk to network pgm'g. Very good sig until rapid fade out 1230 UTC.

73 everyone!
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: My 1st ULR

Kevin Schanilec
 

I agree with Michael - even a Tecsun AN-200 antenna, or something similar, will provide a substantial boost for the MW band without requiring any surgery.

Kevin S

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

You can obtain vastly improved reception without tampering with the Tecsun.
Use an inductively-coupled longer ferrite aerial, a loop - or a long wire inductively
coupled into the internal ferrite. See various postings on this site for details.

Try it - you will be convinced!

Michael UK

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


From: Fast Logger
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: 27 August 2011 17:59
Subject: re: [ultralightdx] Re: My 1st ULR

Hi

thanks for coming back
well me not being a DIY man, I don't think I'll ever open my Tecsun's belly to connect an external
ferrite, or whatever is used these days to boost these new generation receivers, but after all the
spirit of ultralight is barefoot-dx, you get what the factory's made, find a spot you like, put on
your headphones and go Kilohetz Alley up and down, up and down until Miss Delta X-Ray beams her
smile at you.
My Icom R75 and Indoor Loop (Wellbrook ALA1530) is my "heavy" gear , it revealed WWKB-1520 in LSB
this morning.
I went back to bed, turned on the Tecsun on 1520, facing the West to null Cadena SER on 1521 but
nothing heard even with 1 khz b/w .
Still there's a chance that when the season peaks this winter, I get the obvious ones (WBBR 1130/
WWZN-1510) in AM on the Tecsun even barefoot, I don't think it will go any further than that.
Digging into the Americas will remain a heavy (Icom R75/SSB) affair, methinks.
I think the real DX on the PL-380 will come from the East, no need to use SSB, stronger
broadcasters, so I keep a watch out on 1377, 1557 and 1566 khz in the evenings.
If I had some dough, I'd fly to Oregon next summer and try the magic cliff; I have fine
recollections from OR in 1992;
Me and my girlfriend rented a Chevy Cavalier and drove around the place (Crater Lake, Painted Hills,
etcc), that was fun !!

Cheers




Message du 27/08/11 18:06
De : "dhsatyadhana"
A : ultralightdx@...
Copie à :
Objet : [ultralightdx] Re: My 1st ULR


Thanks for the update Patrice. I hope it serves you well! On FM, I remember pressing the ATS
automatic memory button, and get some 60-70 stations when I was in Paris, some only 0.1 or 0.2 mHz
away from very strong local stations. I will be interested to read how it performs on MW and LW this
autumn, and the extent to which you need an external antenna on those bands.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "patrice privat" wrote:

Hi

just received my Tecsun 380;
haven't spent much time on it yet but amazingly good on FM for a stuff this side and, probablt
my only receiver not to drown me with local FM images between 68 and 86 mhz as my scanners and
tabletop were prone to do.only problem is it tends to shut down (turn off) if you press the frame
abit too much, not a set for lumberjacks then...

Will send logs and comments as the MW season unfolds.

Cheers


Re: New LAm Stations Heard Overnight

ginger_92@rocketmail.com
 

Well Kirk, thank you for hearing the same XESTN on 1540. I heard the same station 8/24/11 at 06:00 thru 06:15 utc with a very good signal. The loop helped me but it was still there barefoot with my WRX911.

Ginger OKC

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

Last night I spent a bit over four hours parked on just two frequencies, 1540 and 1480. I feel I must be certifiably nuts for spending that much time listening to interference, ha ha! Anyway, the overnight session ended with two new XE stations and several tentatives I'll be following-up on asap. Logged these on the T-615/SAT.

1540, XESTN, Monterrey, NL, 0430 UTC, 8/27/11, with an all tlk format, they were discussing all kinds of topics (wish I knew exactly WHAT they were). Taking phone calls at times. Hrd a few "Radio Red" IDs and a full call ltr ID @ 0450 UTC. // their online stream. ULR #788, LAm #159-

1480, XEHM, Ciu. Delicias, CH, 0820 UTC, 8/27/11, mostly playing pop styled mx. Long ad strings w/ many ments of Chihuahua. Noted several "La HM Radio" IDs. One sta promo ment'd "Su emisora en Chihuahua". ULR #789, LAm #160-

I hope everyone has a good weekend.
73 from northern Oklahoma-

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


New LAm Stations Heard Overnight

Kirk
 

Last night I spent a bit over four hours parked on just two frequencies, 1540 and 1480. I feel I must be certifiably nuts for spending that much time listening to interference, ha ha! Anyway, the overnight session ended with two new XE stations and several tentatives I'll be following-up on asap. Logged these on the T-615/SAT.

1540, XESTN, Monterrey, NL, 0430 UTC, 8/27/11, with an all tlk format, they were discussing all kinds of topics (wish I knew exactly WHAT they were). Taking phone calls at times. Hrd a few "Radio Red" IDs and a full call ltr ID @ 0450 UTC. // their online stream. ULR #788, LAm #159-

1480, XEHM, Ciu. Delicias, CH, 0820 UTC, 8/27/11, mostly playing pop styled mx. Long ad strings w/ many ments of Chihuahua. Noted several "La HM Radio" IDs. One sta promo ment'd "Su emisora en Chihuahua". ULR #789, LAm #160-

I hope everyone has a good weekend.
73 from northern Oklahoma-

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: My 1st ULR

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

You can obtain vasty improved reception without tampering with the Tecsun.
Use an inductively-coupled longer ferrite aerial, a loop - or a long wire inductively
coupled into the internal ferrite. See various postings on this site for details.

Try it - you will be convinced!

Michael UK

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


From: Fast Logger
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: 27 August 2011 17:59
Subject: re: [ultralightdx] Re: My 1st ULR

Hi

thanks for coming back
well me not being a DIY man, I don't think I'll ever open my Tecsun's belly to connect an external
ferrite, or whatever is used these days to boost these new generation receivers, but after all the
spirit of ultralight is barefoot-dx, you get what the factory's made, find a spot you like, put on
your headphones and go Kilohetz Alley up and down, up and down until Miss Delta X-Ray beams her
smile at you.
My Icom R75 and Indoor Loop (Wellbrook ALA1530) is my "heavy" gear , it revealed WWKB-1520 in LSB
this morning.
I went back to bed, turned on the Tecsun on 1520, facing the West to null Cadena SER on 1521 but
nothing heard even with 1 khz b/w .
Still there's a chance that when the season peaks this winter, I get the obvious ones (WBBR 1130/
WWZN-1510) in AM on the Tecsun even barefoot, I don't think it will go any further than that.
Digging into the Americas will remain a heavy (Icom R75/SSB) affair, methinks.
I think the real DX on the PL-380 will come from the East, no need to use SSB, stronger
broadcasters, so I keep a watch out on 1377, 1557 and 1566 khz in the evenings.
If I had some dough, I'd fly to Oregon next summer and try the magic cliff; I have fine
recollections from OR in 1992;
Me and my girlfriend rented a Chevy Cavalier and drove around the place (Crater Lake, Painted Hills,
etcc), that was fun !!

Cheers




Message du 27/08/11 18:06
De : "dhsatyadhana"
A : ultralightdx@...
Copie à :
Objet : [ultralightdx] Re: My 1st ULR


Thanks for the update Patrice. I hope it serves you well! On FM, I remember pressing the ATS
automatic memory button, and get some 60-70 stations when I was in Paris, some only 0.1 or 0.2 mHz
away from very strong local stations. I will be interested to read how it performs on MW and LW this
autumn, and the extent to which you need an external antenna on those bands.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "patrice privat" wrote:

Hi

just received my Tecsun 380;
haven't spent much time on it yet but amazingly good on FM for a stuff this side and, probablt
my only receiver not to drown me with local FM images between 68 and 86 mhz as my scanners and
tabletop were prone to do.only problem is it tends to shut down (turn off) if you press the frame
abit too much, not a set for lumberjacks then...

Will send logs and comments as the MW season unfolds.

Cheers


Re: My 1st ULR

patrice.privat
 

Hi

thanks for coming back
well me not being a DIY man, I don't think I'll ever open my Tecsun's belly to connect an external ferrite, or whatever is used these days to boost these new generation receivers, but after all the spirit of ultralight is barefoot-dx, you get what the factory's made, find a spot you like, put on your headphones and go Kilohetz Alley up and down, up and down until Miss Delta X-Ray beams her smile at you.
My Icom R75 and Indoor Loop (Wellbrook ALA1530) is my "heavy" gear , it revealed WWKB-1520 in LSB this morning.
I went back to bed, turned on the Tecsun on 1520, facing the West to null Cadena SER on 1521 but nothing heard even with 1 khz b/w .
Still there's a chance that when the season peaks this winter, I get the obvious ones (WBBR 1130/ WWZN-1510) in AM on the Tecsun even barefoot, I don't think it will go any further than that.
Digging into the Americas will remain a heavy (Icom R75/SSB) affair, methinks.
I think the real DX on the PL-380 will come from the East, no need to use SSB, stronger broadcasters, so I keep a watch out on 1377, 1557 and 1566 khz in the evenings.
If I had some dough, I'd fly to Oregon next summer and try the magic cliff; I have fine recollections from OR in 1992;
Me and my girlfriend rented a Chevy Cavalier and drove around the place (Crater Lake, Painted Hills, etcc), that was fun !!

Cheers



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> Thanks for the update Patrice. I hope it serves you well! On FM, I remember pressing the ATS automatic memory button, and get some 60-70 stations when I was in Paris, some only 0.1 or 0.2 mHz away from very strong local stations. I will be interested to read how it performs on MW and LW this autumn, and the extent to which you need an external antenna on those bands.
>
> Kevin S
> Bainbridge Island, WA
>
> --- In ultralightdx@..., "patrice privat" wrote:
> >
> > Hi
> >
> > just received my Tecsun 380;
> > haven't spent much time on it yet but amazingly good on FM for a stuff this side and, probablt my only receiver not to drown me with local FM images between 68 and 86 mhz as my scanners and tabletop were prone to do.only problem is it tends to shut down (turn off) if you press the frame abit too much, not a set for lumberjacks then...
> >
> > Will send logs and comments as the MW season unfolds.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
>
>



Re: PL310 vs PL380

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Francesco:

The PL-310 is a bit more sensitive than the PL-380. The ferrite loopstick antenna in the PL-310 is presumably much smaller than the one in the YB-400, and tuned more for MW than LW, so many of us have found that an external antenna on LW is a must.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "FrancescoP" <fparisi@...> wrote:

I just bought a PL310 and I am not enthusiast about its sensitivity both MW and SW: Degen 1102 does much better...

In LW band I can't listen nothing during daylight while my YB400 receives well several french stations.

Was wondering if PL380 performs better that PL310.

Thanks in advance.


Re: My 1st ULR

Kevin Schanilec
 

Thanks for the update Patrice. I hope it serves you well! On FM, I remember pressing the ATS automatic memory button, and get some 60-70 stations when I was in Paris, some only 0.1 or 0.2 mHz away from very strong local stations. I will be interested to read how it performs on MW and LW this autumn, and the extent to which you need an external antenna on those bands.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "patrice privat" <patrice.privat@...> wrote:

Hi

just received my Tecsun 380;
haven't spent much time on it yet but amazingly good on FM for a stuff this side and, probablt my only receiver not to drown me with local FM images between 68 and 86 mhz as my scanners and tabletop were prone to do.only problem is it tends to shut down (turn off) if you press the frame abit too much, not a set for lumberjacks then...

Will send logs and comments as the MW season unfolds.

Cheers


PL310 vs PL380

FrancescoP
 

I just bought a PL310 and I am not enthusiast about its sensitivity both MW and SW: Degen 1102 does much better...

In LW band I can't listen nothing during daylight while my YB400 receives well several french stations.

Was wondering if PL380 performs better that PL310.

Thanks in advance.


Re: MW Sensitivity of 554 uH 7.5" Loopstick Versus "G" Loopstick

jerry_popiel
 

Thanks, Gary I agree that swapping out a 7.5" Loopstick (for as often as it would need to be done), is probably not worth drilling into a PL 380 to install a Jack. When  the Loopstick is swapped out, the connections likely should be done in Series or Inline on the Litz wire  Outside   the Radio.  Big C Band Satellite Dish  LNB's have some of these type of Connectors that go in Line - a type of Butt Compression Connector, and in the Telephone Industry our Technicians carried a Telephone  wire splicing tool and connectors. Unfortunately, the old connection would have to be cut open & discarded   when installing a new Loopstick, but there is a few inches of extra Litz wire in my PL 380. These compression splices work outside  in all sorts of cold hot and rainy weather. Steve uses a very small type of Terminal Block Connector, I'll check back with him for advice.
 
Thanks
Jerry

From: "D1028Gary@..."
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 3:54:54 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] MW Sensitivity of 554 uH 7.5" Loopstick Versus "G" Loopstick

 
Hi Jerry,

<<< Also the innovative Steve Ratzlaff has mentioned he uses some
type of input jack switching method to changeout different 7.5"
Loopsticks on his Tecsun PL 380, without having to reopen the PL 380
radio each time. Would a Female Plug from a small Earphone Jack
drilled out and mounted on the side of the PL 380 Radio where the
current "G" Loopstick wires enter, which would then allow for a 3.5
mm (1/8 inch) Male Plug connected to the wired 7.5" Loopstick work?
Then we could simply change out 7.5 " Loopsticks on the Polymer frame
depending on our MW or LW listening preferences? >>>

In answer to your question, the concept of swapping out 7.5" MW and LW
loopsticks (whenever you wish change them) by plugging and unplugging
them into a jack mounted on the PL-380 cabinet is certainly possible,
and could be an option for someone with a single PL-380 to enjoy good
DX on both bands. The challenge would be to deal with the mechanical
issue of securing the 7.5" loopsticks after they are plugged in
(assuming that a DXer wishes to maintain the radio's portability while
using the larger loopsticks, instead of just laying them flat on a
table). In addition, soldering the loopstick coil Litz wires to a 1/8"
plug is OK as long as both the loopstick and plug are mechanically
secured (as in the PL-360 7.5" plug-in loopstick project), but if they
are not mechanically secured, the constant movement of the thin Litz
wires around the soldered connections in the plug could eventually lead
to issues. I have no doubt that an experienced technician like Steve
could make such a system work very well, but unless someone has the
extensive experience that he has, it might be a little ambitious to try
this loopstick-swapping system as a beginner's project.

For those with the resources, my own first choice would be to create
both a 7.5" Longwave "G" loopstick PL-380 to use for LWBC and
NDB-DXing, and a 7.5" Medium Wave loopstick PL-380 to use for domestic
and international AM-DXing. Although I'm aware that this approach would
be more expensive, it's much easier to reach for the optimum, fully
portable DXing model than it is to plug and unplug sizable 7.5"
loopsticks, while dealing with the mechanical and electrical issues
that may arise. This is just my own preference, however, and I
certainly respect other opinions. Rob Ross is another DXer who has both
a 7.5" fixed "G" Longwave loopstick PL-380 and a 7.5" fixed MW
loopstick PL-380, and he may have some ideas on this subject (if he's
not too busy chasing FM-DX, that is :-)

Also, Jerry, the 7.5" Longwave loopstick ("G" model) PL-380 that you
have already built is a highly effective DX chaser on all frequencies
from 150-500 kHz, so I'm not surprised that you are hearing lots of
Longwave signals with it. Every DXer owning one of these models has
received over 100 NDB stations with it, after a few weeks of DXing.

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

For my

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Popiel <jerry_popiel@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 11:21 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] MW Sensitivity of 554 uH 7.5" Loopstick
Versus "G" Loopstick

Thanks very much Gary, boy I sure appreciate your answers to this very
Technical issue.
 
Possible Method to Change Out 7.5 " Loopsticks:
So if I have 2 Amidon Type 61 Bars on order, then could I build a Bob
Ross type 554 uH / 2009 / 7.5" Loopstick with maybe 81 turns of 100/44
Litz wire that would now be optimized more for Medium Wave reception? 
 
Also the innovative Steve Ratzlaff  has mentioned he uses some type of
input jack switching method to changeout different 7.5" Loopsticks
on his Tecsun PL 380, without having to reopen the PL 380 radio  each
time.  Would a Female Plug from a small Earphone Jack drilled out and
mounted on the side of the PL 380 Radio where the current "G" Loopstick
wires enter, which would then allow for   a 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) Male
Plug  connected to the wired 7.5" Loopstick work?  Then  we could
simply change out 7.5 " Loopsticks  on the Polymer frame depending on
our MW or LW listening preferences? 
 
And last night listening conditions were amazing up here with your "G"
Loopstick receiving multiple Beacons  and high pitch sounds I have
never heard before between 153 and 200 kHz  and above, so I need to
learn more re that morse code stuff  (re Steve's advice) so I can ID
these Beacons.
 
Thanks
Jerry

From: "D1028Gary@..." <D1028Gary@...>
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 8:53:54 AM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] MW Sensitivity of 554 uH 7.5" Loopstick
Versus "G" Loopstick

 
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for your questions regarding the design of the two loopsticks,
which I'm happy to answer (and I've also been in contact with Steve,
regarding your situation).

The 554 uh Medium Wave loopstick (from the "Supercharging the PL-380"
article, using 554 uh of 40/44 Litz wire on a Type 61 ferrite bar) and
the "G" design Longwave loopstick (1700 uh of 100/44 Litz wire on a
Type 33 ferrite bar) are essentially quite different animals, since
they were optimized for different bands. Despite this, because of the
much larger ferrite bars that they use in comparison to the Tecsun
stock bars, they can often provide an improvement in performance over
the barefoot Tecsun models even on frequencies outside of their design
range.

A classic example was Rob Ross' use of a MW-design 7.5" loopstick
PL-380 (with a 554 uh coil loopstick) to chase Longwave NDB's last
spring from 198 kHz up to about 450 kHz. He was able to log about 80 of
them, before he switched over to a "G" design Longwave loopstick PL-380
model. The reverse idea seems to work also, but only up to a point. A
"G" Longwave loopstick PL-380 will perform acceptably on the lower MW
frequencies, but its coil inductance is too high for the PL-380's
Si4734 DSP chip varactor to operate properly on the high band. The
varactor will lock up on the "X" Band and other high frequencies,
resulting in poorer performance than that of a stock PL-380.

If you wish to convert a "G" Longwave loopstick into an MW-optimized
model, you simply need to subtract enough loopstick coil turns of the
100/44 Litz wire to get the coil inductance down to about 500 uh
(around 50 turns total, I would think). The loopstick should then
greatly outperform a stock PL-380 on all Medium Wave and Longwave
frequencies, although it would be slightly less sensitive than a 7.5"
Type 61 ferrite bar 500 uh loopstick on the high MW band, because of
the design of the Type 33 ferrite bar (which is optimized for
frequencies up to about 1000 kHz).

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

-----Original Message-----
From: jerry_popiel <jerry_popiel@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 1:49 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] MW Sensitivity of 554 uH 7.5" Loopstick Versus
"G" Loopstick

This is likely for Gary when you have time.

Gary, hope its okay to ask if you could please let us know how the
older 554 uh 7.5 Loopstick you designed in your Dec 2009 Writeup:
"Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380 Portable" compares in MW sensitivity
with your newly designed "G" /1700 uh Loopstick that I just constructed
with the 122 Turns of 100/44 wire from your June 2011: "Ultralight
Radio 7.5" Longwave Loopstick Experimentation" Writeup.

With the "G" 1700 uh Loopstick can we also expect to see the 20 dB or
any gain improvements in MW reception as shown in you last picture in
the 2009 writeup for 530kHz? Or is the new "G" Loopstick mainly built /
or geared for LW reception? What would be its frequency range
objective?

I ask this question re recent discussions with Steve R, and because on
a clear day I am seeing a 10 - 15 dB improvement on many MW stations,
when I place my newly modified PL 380 with your new "G" Loopstick on my
Longwave Antenna Coupler (designed by Michael in UK) that is connected
to my 80 ft Longwire Antenna. I also tried this with a Sony 2010
Receiver that a friend recently borrowed me and it also had a boost in
performance of 2-3 red lights when placed on the Antenna Coupler.

So just wondering if the MW sensitivity on the new 7.5" Loopstick
design is as good as the older 554 uh Loopstick was? Any comments would
be very much appreciated.

Thanks
Jerry



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