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unidentified Spanish on 1220 kHz

Carl DeWhitt
 

? 1220 0908-0911 EDT 9/29/2011
While listening to WCPH 1220 Etowah ,TN,I heard underneath them an unidentified Spanish language station.When the broadside of my new homebrew 4 foot loop was turned mostly east-west,I could null out WCPH to hear the Spanish station in the clear at fair level.I could not stay with it to i.d. time.Music and talk were heard.One possibility maybe WOTS Kisssimmee,FL a Spanish language station relaying WPRD Winter Park,FL.This is the only possibility I could find in a nearby state.
Carl DeWhitt KI5SF
Maryville,TN


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report Sep 29

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

With the current topsy turvy atmospheric indices , propagation has been a long way from ideal at times lately at this location . Some early mornings have shown poor results while some evenings tend to be improving since the last solar disturbance occured .
Here are some recent logs, with the Spanish stations dominant last evening

684-SPAIN-Radio Nacional 1, Sevilla 23:50UT/28 Spanish tak by man & woman
810-SPAIN-SER Madrid, Ctra Carabanchel 23:32UT/27 news in Spanish (mixing with BBC Scotland
882-SPAIN-COPE various 4:20UT/29 Spanish talk
900-ITALY-RAI1 Milano, 4:10UT/29 Italian talk, ID, promos
909-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Moorside Edge 23:47UT/28 various talk (Very Good)
918-SPAIN-R. Intercontinental, Ctra Humera 4:21UT/29 news in Spanish
954-SPAIN-Onda Cero Radio, Ctra Humera 4:22UT/29 Spanish talk , ment. Espana
963-TUNISIA-R. Tunisia Cultural, Tunis 23:34UT/27 woman in Arabic (good)
981-PORTUGAL-R. Sim various 4:22UT/29 two men in Portugeuse
990-SPAIN-SER various 4:12UT/29 Spanish talk, oldies music feature
1053-LIBYA-Libya TV Audio, Tripoli 23:37UT/28 Arabic talk (this one has covered up England completely the last two evenings)
1062-ITALY-RAI1 Cagliari 4:02UT/29 news in Italian, ID
1080-SPAIN-SER various 4:24UT/29 woman in Spanish //1044
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio, Brookmans Park 23:52UT/28 Football talk (Very Strong)
1107-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 00:20UT/28 Spanish talk by man //1125
1116-SPAIN-SER Pontevedra 00:20UT/28 Spanish teletalk //1179
1134-SPAIN-COPE various 4:02UT/29 news in Spanish
1224-SPAIN-COPE Albecete 23:15UT/28 Spanish talk about Mallorca (Very Strong)
1242-FRANCE-France Info Marseille Cabries-Realtor 23:15UT/28 French talk (good)
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda, Al-Dhabbiya 23:17UT/28 Arabic music, R. Farda ID
1377-FRANCE-France Info Lille-Camphin-en-Carembault 23:17UT/28 French talk & news (Very Strong)
1386-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia, Bilbao 23:46UT/28 man & woman in Basque talk (good)
1413-SPAIN-R. Nacional, Jaen 23:17UT/28 Spanish talk about Barcelona (good)
1422-GERMANY-Deutschlandfunk, Heusweiler 00:22UT/29 Classical music, German talk (good)
1431-DJIBOUTI-R. Sawa , Arta 23:18UT/28 news in Arabic
1440-LUXEMBOURG-China Radio Relay, Marnach 23:45UT/28 English program, Chinese stories (Very Good)
1449-LIBYA-Voice of Africa, Tripoli 23:19UT/28 Arabic talk by man & woman ( Like A Local)
1485-SPAIN-SER Santander 23:19UT/28 Spanish talk & promos
1521-SAUDI RABIA-BSKSA Duba 23:20UT/28 Arabic singing & chants (Very Strong)
1548-ENGLAND-BBC Bristol. Mangotsfield 1:01UT/29 news in English( mixing with Kuwait)
1557-FRANCE-France Info, Nice-Fontbonne 23:21UT/28 Broadway music,French talk
1575-ITALY-RAI1 Genova 21:58UT/28 Italian commentary by man
1584-SPAIN-SER R. Orense 22:02UT/28 Spanish talk
1602-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia, R. Vitoria , Cerro Estibaliz 1:03UT/29 Jingle ID in Spanish

Receivers:

Sony SRF-M37V, SRF-M37W, SRF-59, SRF-39FP,
Sangean DT-210V
Barefoot Mode


Good DX

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


New XE Logged This Morning

Kirk
 

Hi everyone,

Yet again, tips from Richard Allen helped me bag one new XE station this morning. He's been hearing this one for a while now, but for some reason it's eluded me until now. This was the only freq I listened to after work this morning. Logged this on the Eton E-100 Slider w/ SAT.

920, XEHQ, Hermosillo, Sonora, 1134-1230 UTC, 9/29/11, playing many back to back vcl mx selections with no breaks in between. A wide variety of songs were hrd including pops, bandera, and musica romantica. Finally at 1227 a woman announcer was hrd w/ a clear "R. Capital" ID! A G sig from 1215-1230. During this time IDs were also noted from XEQD (Chihuahua) and XECQ (Sinaloa). Sta #810, LAm #172-

At one point this morning I had at least 4 different XE stations audible on this channel. I hrd the Himno Nacional from a station at 1215 and from another one at 1213.

73 from Okieland.

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: WDHP heard this AM in CT

Kirk
 

Hi Paul,

Congratulations on hearing WDHP!! That's a great catch. I heard them once while I lived in the Houston area, but here in Okieland, they're one tough station to hear. I'd almost forgotten about the X band...been a long time since I even tuned that high on the band.

Keep up the great DX!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Spanish regions

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
936.0 RNE1 Alicante, regional news of the Valencia area
 
990.0 "Cadena SER, Radio Bilbao"
 
774.0 RNE1 Valencia, finally fading to let another station with frequent mentions of Extramadura.
 
774.0 RNE1 Caceres (see above) #243
 
900.0 Radio Popular de Bilbao, Herri Irratia,Spanish
 
Cheer
 
Patrice
 
Beauvais
 
Tecsun PL-380


STP

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
Wednesday Night
 
603 Antena Satelor Bucharest ROU  #240
 
630 Radio Timisoara ROU  #241
 
1530 VOA Pinheira, Sao Tomé #242 ****NEW COUNTRY** (41)
 
The Gold-2 diploma is mine !
 
Cheers
 
Pat


Re: 4 foot homebrew loop

Carl DeWhitt
 

This is 4 feet across and about 7 high from the bottom of the base to the top of the loop.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Carl" <carl_elissa@...> wrote:

While at the Ten-Tec Factory Hamfest in Sevierville,TN ,I purchased a homebrew loop from Chuck Roswell,K2MGL of Georgia for $20.The loop does not cover the entire band but does cover over 50%.He says it can be modified for the whole band.It consists of a wooden pole which fits into a wooden turntable type base.It has 8 wooden bars radiating out from the wooden square center piece.The receiving element consists of 4 loops of coaxial cable.There is a metal box at the base of the loop elements with a variable tuning capacitor inside the metal box and a small tuning knob on top of the box.The loop tunes 995-1760 kHz.Chuck,K2MGL made the loop himself.He told me he used to work for Trans World Radio from both Bonaire,Netherlands Antilles and from Monaco.While with the Bonaire station he says he helped maintain the 500kw mw transmitter there.
You can look him up on the qrz.com call sign search box to read his story.


4 foot homebrew loop

Carl DeWhitt
 

While at the Ten-Tec Factory Hamfest in Sevierville,TN ,I purchased a homebrew loop from Chuck Roswell,K2MGL of Georgia for $20.The loop does not cover the entire band but does cover over 50%.He says it can be modified for the whole band.It consists of a wooden pole which fits into a wooden turntable type base.It has 8 wooden bars radiating out from the wooden square center piece.The receiving element consists of 4 loops of coaxial cable.There is a metal box at the base of the loop elements with a variable tuning capacitor inside the metal box and a small tuning knob on top of the box.The loop tunes 995-1760 kHz.Chuck,K2MGL made the loop himself.He told me he used to work for Trans World Radio from both Bonaire,Netherlands Antilles and from Monaco.While with the Bonaire station he says he helped maintain the 500kw mw transmitter there.
You can look him up on the qrz.com call sign search box to read his story.


Re: new ULR catch tonight!

Carl DeWhitt
 

I logged this station tonight 9/28/2011.I believe this is a new one for me.Here are the details:
WTAB 1370 Tabor City,N.C. 2205-2210 EDT good signal on tune in fading to poor.Country Music ,WTAB i.d. followed by more country.Not bad for 109 watts. Heard on Eton E-100 and homebrew 4 foot loop.
Carl DeWhitt, KI5SF
Maryville,TN.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Tim" <kd8gz@...> wrote:

Just about ready to go to bed...but, plugged in the headphones into the SRF T615...picked up a new ULR logging:

1370 WTAB Tabor City, N.C. at 10:16pm EDT,9-25-11; "hometown radio"....CnW music. Station is licensed for 109 watts nights, non-directional.

Also heard oldies on frequency....a Barry White tune....no sign of WSPD Toledo. Couldn't stick around to try to figure out who the oldies was.

Still, one new ULR catch: cool!

Tim, KD8GZ
near Akron, Ohio


Re: Armenia on 1377

Allen Willie
 

RE:

Hi

1377.0 TWR Gavar, ARM, Farsi 1715 UT.

Armenia is my 39th nation on the ultralight Tecsun PL-380.
Tough to pull out underneath France Info Lille.

Patrice


Hi Patrice,

Nice catch on Armenia for your 39th nation. I have a feeling we were hearing that one here as well a few weeks ago when solar conditions were better. Could hear something in Arabic or Farsi under France but couldn't catch an ID on it.


Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland


39th Nation tonight

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
1377.0 TWR Gavar, ARM, Farsi 1715 UT.
 
Armenia is my 39th nation on the ultralight Tecsun PL-380.
Tough to pull out underneath France Info Lille.
 
Patrice
 
 
 


Tecsun DR-920 - A Review 5 Years Later

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

I was digging around in my "radio vault" (the closet) and found my
Tecsun DR-920.  For those of you who may remember, I did a quick
"mini-review" of the DR-920 back in December 2005 when I first
received it.  I dug around on Bing and found that review.  I cannot
believe it was so positive!  Chalk it up to inexperience, the Christmas
spirit, and never having actually used it in a DX session, I guess.

Here are the radio's physical details from my "mini-review" for those
who are not familiar with the radio ...

The DR-920 is an analogue radio with a digital
> frequency counter display.The right side of the
radio has a "real" tuning knob (one that twists
instead of rolling up/down) and a slide switch
that allows the user to switch between a buzzer
and the radio for the alarm function.
The left side of the radio has a volume knob
(the "up/down" rolling type), a 3.5 mm mono
headphone jack, and a 3VDC jack in case you
wanted to use one of those "wall-warts."
The bands covered by the DR-920 are:
MW - 525 to 1640 kHz (1 kHz steps)
FM - 76.0 to 108.0 MHz (100 kHz steps)
SW - 3.90 to 21.85 MHz (5 kHz steps)
The SW coverage is not continuous.  Instead, it is divided into 10 bands.
> The bandswitch is a slide switch that takes you through FM, MW, and
> SW1-SW10.
Here are the SW bands:
SW1 - 3.90 to 4.00 MHz (75 Metre Band)
SW2 - 4.75 to 5.06 MHz (60 Metre Band)
SW3 - 5.95 to 6.20 MHz (49 Metre Band)
SW4 - 7.10 to 7.30 MHz (41 Metre Band)
SW5 - 9.50 to 9.90 MHz (31 Metre Band)
SW6 - 11.65 to 12.05 MHz (25 Metre Band)
SW7 - 13.60 to 13.80 MHz (22 Metre Band)
SW8 - 15.10 to 15.60 MHz (19 Metre Band)
SW9 - 17.55 to 17.90 MHz (16 Metre Band)
SW10 - 21.45 to 21.85 MHz (13 Metre Band)
The DR-920 does not have SSB capability,
but for a less-than-$20 USD radio, it does
a pretty good job.
It's approximately the same size as the
Tecsun DR-910 (a.k.a. Grundig G1000A),
which is 74 x 116 x 28 mm, and weighs
approximately 200 grams.
The DR-920 uses 2 AA batteries and has
a detachable battery cover on the back
of the radio.  The flip-stand, also on
the back, has the SW bands printed on it.

In that first review, I forgot to mention that the DR-920 has a sleep timer,
which is a "plus" for any radio that I purchase.  Also, the dial backlight
briefly illuminates whenever you turn the tuning knob.  That way it doesn't
draw down the batteries by staying on all the time, but allows you to see
which frequency you're on.

Now to my "5 Years Later" review ...

Mediumwave - Since the DR-920 is an analogue radio with a digital display,
it just doesn't compare to the newer DSP Ultralights.  One thing in its favor,
though, is that the tuning knob is fairly stiff, so once you tune to a frequency,
the radio tends to stay there.  The MW band does not cover the entire X-band,
so that's a bummer.  The upper limit is "around" 1640 kHz.

The DR-920's selectivity is fairly broad, which, to me, is a disappointment,
because I've gotten spoiled by the newer PL-310 with the variable bandwidth.
Sensitivity is poor.  Semi-local KLVI-560 in Beaumont, TX, which puts out a
booming signal on almost every radio I own, could barely be heard on the DR-920.
Can you say, "epic failure?"

FM - Once again, the tight tuning knob helps, but the selectivity is poor, which
means the local stations come in loud and clear, but cover several MHz of the
display.  No "in-between" stations on this radio!

Shortwave - The good thing is that the SW coverage includes the 75 and 60 metre
bands, which many newer radios ignore.  The bad thing is that those bands, along
with the rest of the SW bands, are pretty deaf.  Cuba's Radio Rebelde on 5025 kHz
puts out a smoking signal at night to my QTH.  Just like the KLVI issue on MW, it
could barely be heard on the DR-920.  The afternoon (local time) soccer matches
on Radio Nacional Amazonia from Brasil on 11780 kHz are usually an easy catch
on my Grundig Mini-World 200 analogue radio (see David Reeder's review on
RadioIntel, http://www.radiointel.com/review-grundig200.htm), but I can barely hear
them on the DR-920.

Let me give my DR-920 the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe I got a bad radio in sore
need of an alignment.  It's interesting, though, that when I did my search in Bing,
I didn't find very many reviews of the radio.  Hmmm ...

As with all reviews and reviewers, your mileage may vary.

73 and Great DX!
 
Stephen H. Ponder, N5WBI
Houston, Texas, USA - EL29kn
E-Mail:
stephen_ponder@...





The eve of a major breakthrough

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
Just a few words to tell you that I am on the edge of a major breakthrough in Ultralight DXing as the X-band is now alive almost every day at sunrise.
My record distance is still 5,983 km with WWKB-1520 Buffalo, New York but again this morning there was a flutter with the DSP bravely trying to root out WCNZ-1660, Marco Island, FL.
I know that this is going to happen, it's a matter of days.
 
Monday morning, I was on the heavy gear, listening to WPLA-1670 "Fox Sports 16-70" from Dry Branch,GA, and I did not have the time to check with the PL-380 but I'm sure it must have been audible on it.
 
So expect a mail about that major break thru any day now !!
 
Pat
 
238 stations logged, getting closer to 242 (Gold-2 diploma)
 


855 khz

patrice.privat
 

Hello All
 
855.0  RNE Santander, local "noticias" Cantabria 0755 LT
 
Cheers de Pat
 
Ultra light Tecsun PL-380
 
(238 stations logged)


new log

Carl DeWhitt
 

I caught this one a homebrew loop I bought for $20 at the Ten Tec Hamfest in Sevierville,TN.I will post a description of this loop later.
WILB 1060 Canton,Ohio
0757-0800 EDT,9/27/2011
"Truth Matters" program from Living Bread Radio.
I.D. as WILB AM 1060,Canton ,? Radio for Northeast Ohio.
Eton E-100 and homebrew 4 foot loop.poor.FCC says 15KW.new.


585-2WEB Verification Letter (and goodies)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

Received from Production Director (and Breakfast Announcer) David Sharp
was a very welcome verification letter (and two bumper stickers) from
585-2WEB, a 10 kw station in Bourke, Australia. This DU station was
received on August 15th at the "Rockwork" ocean viewpoint cliff at Cape
Falcon on the NW Oregon coast, with a PL-380 Ultralight radio and new
8" diameter FSL antenna. To my knowledge, it was the first reception of
2WEB on Ultralight radios in North America (John Bryant and I never had
a trace of it during joint DXpeditions at Grayalnd, WA).

David mentioned that mine was the first report that he has received
from the USA during the 12 years that he's worked there, and that the
only other report that 2WEB has received from North America during that
time was one from Alberta (maybe Nigel?). Unlike many other stations
2WEB and David (an avid DXer who once lived in Florida) seem very
motivated to promptly answer reception reports, so those who have heard
their music programs (classic rock, soft rock, country, etc.) shouldn't
hesitate to report reception. David also keeps close records of each
song played, so it was easy for him to confirm my reception both last
month, and in July of last year (at Seaside, OR). By an amazing
coincidence, he is also a current member of our Ultralightdx Yahoo
group!

Thanks again to Chuck and Bruce, who listened to MP3's of both of these
receptions, and suggested the identity of the station (which was right
on, even back in July of last year).

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


ULR DX........LONGWAVE BEACONS logged in Branson, MISSOURI........

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

We're on Vacation in Branson, MISSOURI...and I brought a few ULRs along to do a little DXing after everyone has gone to bed!! Last night was the first night I was able to stay awake long enough to actually turn on the radio and do any DXing!!|

Not sure if these Beacons are actually DX as far as difficulty goes....as I'm not familiar with normal conditions here .........but these are all NEWLY Heard for me as it's my first visit to this area. Of course they won't count for my Home Logbook...but maybe they will be something others can hear from their location???

The Condo we're staying in is a little Noisy RF wise...but I was still able to log a few beacons before crashing out!!

RADIO USED is.......TECSUN PL-380 with Debock Frankensteiner 7.5 Inch Longwave External Loop

73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA
(But in Branson, MISSOURI @ Present)

*************************************************************************************
512 HMY Lexington, OK Sept/27 0517 UTC 25 Watts

263 RO Rogers, AR Sept/27 0520 UTC

314 GGU Prague, OK Sept/27 0523 UTC 25 Watts

349 GW Greenwood, MS Sept/27 0525 UTC

350 RG Okla City, OK Sept/27 0524 UTC

353 LI Little Rock, AR Sept/27 0525 UTC 400 Watts

356 LLU Lamar, MO Sept/27 0530 UTC

370 OUN Norman, OK Sept/27 0533 UTC

375 DW Tulsa, OK Sept/27 0535 UTC 20 Watts

379 FSK Ft. Scott, KS Sept/27 0537 UTC 25 Watts

385 HO Hot Springs, AR Sept/27 0539 UTC

395 HR Harrison, AR Sept/27 0541 UTC

***************************************************************************************


Mobile antenna !!!!!

Brian
 

Hi,
    I came across this loop antenna variation  on the Internet,
it even has a platform for your radio to stand on hi!
 

R&S®HM020 Antenna (Rohde & Schwarz UK - Products - Radiomonitoring ...

 
www.rohde-schwarz.co.uk › Products  Radiomonitoring  Antennas 
R&S®HM020 Antenna. Triple-Loop Antenna. Key Facts; Details. Features ...
 
No price quoted but the  R & D simple active loop antenna
is around $6,500 !!!!!!
                                        72, Brian, G0NSL-QRP.


Re: A New Sensitive 10 " MW FSL Designed By Steve R

jerry_popiel
 

Thanks Michael think I got it, yes there are definately Stations ie at 1600 kHz in the evening where there are 2 stations heard at the same time so I'll try to null one of them out and rotate the FSL to see what happens. Thanks for the great info & Tip.
 
Jerry

From: Michael
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 2:55:17 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: A New Sensitive 10 " MW FSL Designed By Steve R

 

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

From: "Jerry Popiel" <jerry_popiel@...>
To: <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: 26 September 2011 20:29
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: A New Sensitive 10 " MW FSL Designed By Steve R

Thanks a lot Michael for the great comments & ideas. Not sure I completely understand your last
paragraph, but I'll carefully read your memo again. Guess there's also the option of transferring
the 80 ft Longwire Antenna's raw Leadin in & Ground connections to the FSL as well?

Jerry

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

Sorry if I wasn´t clear, Jerry. Let me know if I can help further.

Search unter "Quantum Phaser" and links for the basic principles
of cancellation of unwanted signals. My suggestion is the
poor man' s (my) surrogate...

Attaching the longwire to the FSL will probably give you free heating
from the local AM transmitter :-) It would certainly give the precious
PL-380 a headache.

Michael UK



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