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Updates to Ultralight Firsts and Records Lists

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

There have been some exciting breakthroughs in Ultralight radio DXing
results recently, including several new distance records for certain
transmitter power levels, and new DX countries received on Ultralight
radios for the first time in North America.

Our most prolific Ultralight radio transoceanic DXer (Allen Willie of
Newfoundland) is preparing an update of both the Ultralight Firsts and
Records Lists, so if you have received any exceptional DX recently that
qualifies as an Ultralight radio "first" (new DX country received for
the first time in North America, first transoceanic reception of
certain continents from a specific location, etc.) or "record" (a
record-breaking distance for specific transmitter power levels, or for
certain propagation paths, etc.), please forward your details to Allen
at vo1_001_swl@... . The current Ultralight First and Records Lists are posted on both DXer.Ca, and the Ultralightdx Yahoo file site.

Please note that these Lists are currently limited to Medium Wave
loggings, although we are all aware that many new ULR countries have
been received on Longwave recently from North America (on both coasts).
The new ULR Longwave Awards program is still being organized, so until
the program is up and running, please keep accurate records of your ULR
Longwave DX loggings (both LWBC and NDB) until further notice.

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


SRF-59 showcased in season opener of House

Antonios Kekalos <akekalos@...>
 

Anyone happening to be watching the season opener of House? He's in prison, waiting for his parole in 5 days. One of the other convicts says he wants House's "stereo and headphones" which turns out to be a Sony SRF-59. The little wonder radio has made it to the big time!

--
Tony, N4RNI
Traverse City, MI

Not every conspiracy is a theory-AMC's Rubicon
Before you embark on a journey of revenge dig two graves-Confucius





Monday Morning DX

Kirk
 

This is the second try at posting this message here on the group. Hopefully this one will take. Last week I bought new batteries for the Sony T-615, so this week I hope to give that little radio a good work-out. This morning was great for starters. Two new station were captured by the little rig.

910, WPFB, Middleton, OH, 1135 UTC, 10/3/11, tuned in to local ads, one ment'd Cincinnati. ID of sorts hrd 1139, "WPFB....radio in Cincinnati..." . Minimal copy and was only discernable for a few minutes.

990, XEER, Ciu. Cuauhtemoc, CH, 1230 UTC, 10/3/11, playing mostly pop styled mx. Lcl ads w numerous Chihuahua mentions. Announcing a slogan I couldn't quite copy, "...nuevo setenta." Mentions of "Romantica nueve noventa" and one "Radio Lobo" ID copied just before fade out 1255 UTC. From 1240 or so, there was another XE in there that sure sounded like one of the Baja stations. I suspect it was XECL...they were playing some pretty good rock and roll jams. I hrd a few ments of Baja California, but nothing like an ID was copied before they faded out.

I hope everyone has a good week.
73 from northern Oklahoma,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: 800!

Kirk
 

Congratulations, John, on logging your 800th ulr station!! I've been hoping I'd read your report of the 800th station soon, and you didn't let me down! Hideeho, on ye go to 900.

73,
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin <jcereghin@...> wrote:

Finally got ultralight station #800 this morning on the PL-310. It
was another HAR station from south Jersey, but a new station is a new
station.

1620, WPTU717, Ocean City NJ, 1100, Ocean City Office of Emergency
Management, mentions of http://www.ocemergency.com/.

The last 4 of my 5 new logs have been TIS/HAR stations from south Jersey.

On to 900!

John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


Re: New Ultralight Country!

Kirk
 

Great going on the new country, Steve!! Good to see you're still hanging with the ultralighting. Wishing you many more great surprise catches down there in the nether-most regions of the USA, ha ha.

73,
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

--- In ultralightdx@..., Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...> wrote:

Heard on Sangean DT-400W
All times UTC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
800 CKLW Windsor, On, Canada - 01/10/2011 @ 0838 UTC w/ID "Right here on AM 800 CKLW Your Information Station." Signal was in the clear, no sign of co-channel "Radio Canon" XEROK.

Very surprised to hear this one with the disturbed solar condx on the band!

73 & Great DX'ing!

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
Clear Lake City, TX
----------------------
Sent from my iPhone


Ultralight CLE147 Final (Puyallup, WA)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

Despite modest conditions 5 new stations were logged here during this
CLE on the Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight, assisted by a 12" diameter Ferrite
Sleeve Loop antenna. Conditions were good to Canada on the last day,
but despite detailed efforts there was no reception of Hawaiian 332-POA
(previously heard here on Ultralights, but requiring special
propagation to get through the 332 maze of daytimers LBH and WC).
Thanks to Brian again for his excellent CLE organizational efforts.

YYYY MM DD UTC KHZ CALL LOCATION

2011 10 02 0614 320 YQF Red Deer, AB
2011 10 02 0620 325 YJQ Campbell Is., BC
2011 10 02 0618 326 DC Princeton, BC
2011 10 03 1333 326 XJ Fort St. John, BC
2011 10 02 0612 328 LAC Fort Lewis, WA
2011 10 03 0721 328 5J Coronation, AB (new station)
2011 10 03 1315 331 PS Pasco, WA (new station)
2011 10 02 0619 332 LBH Portland, OR
2011 10 02 0617 332 WC Abbotsford, BC
2011 10 02 0637 332 XH Medicine Hat, AB (new station)
2011 10 03 0716 332 XT Terrace, BC
2011 10 03 1235 332 VT Buffalo Narrows, SK
2011 10 03 1243 333 STI Mountain Home, ID (new station)
2011 10 03 1255 334 P2 Wetaskiwin, AB (new station)

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight + 12" FSL


4 new ones

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
profitant de l'insomnie 2h45 3h15 locale cette nuit
 
*558 Slovenija1 Murska Sobota SVN Slovenian //918  #252
 
*1575 Radio Farda, UAE Farsi //1314
 
*1440 BSKSA Damman Arabic // 1521 #253
 
*1368 Challenger Radio Padua I Italian #254
 
 
 
ce matin 06h55 locale
 
*1287 SER Lleida Catalan #255
 
Patrice


ULR AWARD Applications being accepted again..........

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

I have returned from my Vacation in Branson, Missouri today....and I am once again able to receive applications for ULR AWARDS.

If you have been holding any Award Apps til I got back.....Here I am!!

Please forward any applications to me and we'll get them processed.

Regards.......ROB (For the ULR AWARDS Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


2 MW log

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
711 COPE Murcia E football (merci Michel !) #250
 
720 WDR Langenberg D #251
 
Patrice
 
Beauvais
Tecsun PL-380 barefoot


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report Oct 2/11

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

Decent propagation is the norm again here in the "Hope" lately after the recent solar flare occurences. The mornings haven't been that great prior to sunrise however, the evenings continue to provide a few surprises here and there

Recent logs :

549-ALGERIA-Alger Chaine 1, Les Trembles 2:10UT/1 French talk, Arabic music
621-CANARY ISLANDS-R. Nacional Tenerife 6:10UT/1 news in Spanish
765-IRAN-IRIB1 Chahbahar 00:50UT/1 Farsi talk ***NEW***(DF-Overall)
820-ST. KITTS-R. Paradise 8:20UT/30 Religious program in English
828-Unidentified 1:30UT/30 Chants
837-CANARY ISLANDS-COPE Las Palmas 21:53UT/29 Spanish talk
846-IRELAND-R. North Cardonagh 00:52UT/1 Oldies song by Animals ***NEW***(DF-Overall)
900-IRAN-IRIB1 Tehran 1:07UT/1 Chants
936-IRAN-IRIB1 Urumiyeh 1:32UT/1 Chants (Very Strong) //1026
972-SPAIN-R. Nacional, various 21:52UT/30 woman in Spanish talk
972-GERMANY-NDR Info, Hamburg 00:55UT/1 German talk
990-IRAN-IRIB1 Shiraz 00:25UT/1 Chants & music (mixing w/ Spain) ***NEW***(AW-BH)
783-MAURITANIA-R. Mauritaine, Noukachott 00:41UT/1 Arabic music, talk
1008-CANARY ISLANDS-R. Punto Las Palmas 21:49UT/29 Spanish talk
1035-PORTUGAL-Star FM Belmonte 21:51UT/29 pop hits, ID in Portugeuse
1062-ITALY-RAI1 Cagliari 21:50UT/29 man in Italian talk
1080-IRAN-VOIRI Abadan 1:14UT/1 Chants
1170-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Sawa Al-Dhabbiya 1:02UT/1 Arabic music
1188-IRAN-R. Payam , Tehran 1:03UT/1 Chants, music (good)
1251-IRAN-IRIB1 Kiashar 1:17UT/1 Chants
1251-LIBYA-Voice of Africa, Tripoli 21:55UT/29 Arabic music & talk (Very Strong)
1278-IRAN-IRIB1 Kermanshah 1:15UT/1 Chants
1305-SPAIN-R. Nacional, various 21:55UT/29 Spanish talk (good) //1314
1314-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda Al-Dhabbiya 00:23UT/1 Arabic music (good)
1323-ENGLAND-Gold, Southwick 1:33UT/1 Gary Puckett & Union Gap song, ID
1332-IRAN-R. Tehran Tehran 1:08UT/1 Chants
1341-SPAIN-SER Leon 22:02UT/30 Spanish talk (mixing with R. Ulster)
1350-FRANCE-R. Oriente, Nice 2:08UT/1 Arabic music
1377-Unidentified 22:23UT/1 under France, Arabic or Persian on its own when radio turned and nulled
1440-SAUDI ARABIA-General Arabic Programme Dammam 1:09UT/1 Arabic talk
1449-LIBYA-Voice of Free Africa, Meserata 1:10UT/1 very expressive man in Arabic
1458-ALBANIA-China Radio Relay, Fllake 00:37UT/1 Chinese program ***NEW***(DF-BH)
1503-IRAN-IRIB1 Bushehr 00:21UT/1 man in Farsi, music (Very Strong)
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba 1:11UT/1 man in Arabic (Very Strong)
1539-UNITED ARAB EMIRAES-VOA Relay Al-Dhabbiya 22:22UT/1 man in Arabic talk
1548-KUWAIT-R. Sawa, Kuwait City 00:21UT/1 Arabic talk, ID (good)
1548-MOLDOVA-Voice of Russia Relay, Grigoriopol 22:17UT/1 Russian talk & programming
1557-FRANCE-France Info, Nice-Fontbonne 21:56UT/29 woman in French, promos
1566-BENIN-Transworld Radio, Conotou 21:57UT/29 French religious talk
1575-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES-R. Farda Al-Dhabbiya 1:11UT/1 Arabic talk & music (Strong)
1575-ITALY-RAI1 Genova 21:56UT/29 man in Italian talk, ID
1593-KUWAIT-Radio Free Iraq Relay, Kuwait City 22:50UT/1 man in Arabic

Receivers:
SRF-M37V, SRF-M37W, DT-210V, SRF-59, SRF-39FP Barefoot Mode


Good DX


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


Re: WDHP heard this AM in CT

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Thanks... I've been chasing WDHP since late 2006. In the last few years, WDCD (ex-WWLV) has been playing similar more-American-type young adult mix. They also have a // 93FM, and the only way I was certain I had WDHP was the two call signs heard. Turning the radio more E-W did reveal WDND, with a different singer and different *mix*. Complicating matters is that both stations have been known to run Day Pwr at nite.

There is also Spanish (Cuban?) here. This might be WDHP playing Carribbean flavor, or Don Fido playing some *Entertainment* on R. Rebelde. haven't heard *typical Rebelde* here, yet.

Paul S. in CT

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

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


Re: unidentified Spanish on 1220 kHz

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Also a possibility here is WDYT Kings Mtn., NC 25kW/106W, especially if near sunset/sunrise.

Paul S. in CT

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

? 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


Re: A new old cool ultralight radio

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Yes; I think comparing older analog radios with those with more modern circuitry such as DSP is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. I have a couple of Superadio II's and a Superadio I. I can't think of the last time I used either one.

I just pulled out my trusty Realistic 12-655 TRF; no slouch. The Sony is about the same. I think using a graveyard frequency is good because the signal levels are fairly steady. At least 1230 is here on the West Coast. I just compared it to another good one; the Kaito KA-1103. The Sony is slightly more sensitive. That Kaito is a real sleeper. Nick Hall-Patch reviewed it for IRCA a number of years ago and was impressed.

73 de WB6TNB

--- In ultralightdx@..., cfa@... wrote:

I just bought a Tecsun PL-390, the dual speaker model. I've been
impressed in several ways. It has an amazing list of features for a
~$70 radio.

All the bands seem clean of birdies and other IM mischief. It has 5 AM
bandwidths and good selectivity. It tunes in several ways, has tons of
memory, and I've read it corrects a more aggressive auto-mute on
slightly earlier Tecsun models. And a lot more.

Downsides? All the above, and it's still not quite as sensitive as a
Superadio II, though that may not be a fair comparison. I use a
Grundig AN-200 loop with it, which sometimes boosts the signal quite a
bit. I got the dual speaker model because it's supposed to have bigger
antennas (than the PL-310 or 380, for instance).

Ken

73


ULR logs

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
 
1332 Gold, Peterborough G  #248
 
1260 Cadena SER, various E #249
 
Patrice, Beauvais


Re: A new old cool ultralight radio

Ken Kizer
 

Dennis Gibson writes...

I've been away for quite awhile but unfortunately for all of you I'm back. :)

In 1981, right after the first Sony Walkmen came out (and before CD's!), I paid over $200.00 for a Sony SRF-80W. It was a hot little AM/FM stereo radio with headphones that could be used separately or fit into a slot between two amplified speakers, turning into a fun little and very decent (for its size) sounding boombox. I used to DX with it and it was hot. It pulled off tough splits with no problem and nulled very well. The volume control is set up so both channels go up at the same time or they can be changed independently of each other. I lost track of it when I moved ten years ago. Guess what I found?

Three AAA and four C batteries later it's sitting in the windowsill on 1230 and is keeping up with the best I've got including my Sony ICF-2010 and properly aligned (by Gary of course!) SRF-39FP prison radio, one of my favorites. Lots of great 1980's DX'ing memories are filling my head. Unfortunately I can't compare it to my stock Sangean DT-400W. I have a local on 1250 and selectivity is where it falls down. Is anyone still doing a selectivity mod for it? The last time I looked it was expensive. I don't take things apart. They never work as well as they did before. Here's a YouTube video showing the Sony in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SolhPqzthaU

I saw a small Sangean prison radio on Amazon recently and one should be here in a few days. I got the last one! I have no idea if it's any good or if they'll be getting any more but will be fun even if it's not great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LUW84K

I haven't kept up with what's hot these days. My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I got $$ for gifts. I sure don't need any more radios but that's never stopped me before. Any suggestions? I think the last time I was paying attention some relatively inexpensive Chinese radios with DSP were coming out. I have a Grundig G8 but I have three low power locals a mile away and the DSP does weird things in their part of the band.
I just bought a Tecsun PL-390, the dual speaker model. I've been
impressed in several ways. It has an amazing list of features for a
~$70 radio.

All the bands seem clean of birdies and other IM mischief. It has 5 AM
bandwidths and good selectivity. It tunes in several ways, has tons of
memory, and I've read it corrects a more aggressive auto-mute on
slightly earlier Tecsun models. And a lot more.

Downsides? All the above, and it's still not quite as sensitive as a
Superadio II, though that may not be a fair comparison. I use a
Grundig AN-200 loop with it, which sometimes boosts the signal quite a
bit. I got the dual speaker model because it's supposed to have bigger
antennas (than the PL-310 or 380, for instance).

Ken

73


My CKLW Reception

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

Oops!

The DATE for my CKLW reception should have been October 1st, 2011, not January 10th. Got my date format all messed up on my iPhone!

Sorry for the confusion!

BTW, what country is due south of Detroit, MI? Canada! Windsor, Ontario!
Neat Jeopardy Geograpjy question I remember...

73 & Great DX'ing,

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
Clear Lake City, TX
----------------------


New Ultralight Country!

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

Heard on Sangean DT-400W
All times UTC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
800 CKLW Windsor, On, Canada - 01/10/2011 @ 0838 UTC w/ID "Right here on AM 800 CKLW Your Information Station." Signal was in the clear, no sign of co-channel "Radio Canon" XEROK.

Very surprised to hear this one with the disturbed solar condx on the band!

73 & Great DX'ing!

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
Clear Lake City, TX
----------------------


A new old cool ultralight radio

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

I've been away for quite awhile but unfortunately for all of you I'm back. :)

In 1981, right after the first Sony Walkmen came out (and before CD's!), I paid over $200.00 for a Sony SRF-80W. It was a hot little AM/FM stereo radio with headphones that could be used separately or fit into a slot between two amplified speakers, turning into a fun little and very decent (for its size) sounding boombox. I used to DX with it and it was hot. It pulled off tough splits with no problem and nulled very well. The volume control is set up so both channels go up at the same time or they can be changed independently of each other. I lost track of it when I moved ten years ago. Guess what I found?

Three AAA and four C batteries later it's sitting in the windowsill on 1230 and is keeping up with the best I've got including my Sony ICF-2010 and properly aligned (by Gary of course!) SRF-39FP prison radio, one of my favorites. Lots of great 1980's DX'ing memories are filling my head. Unfortunately I can't compare it to my stock Sangean DT-400W. I have a local on 1250 and selectivity is where it falls down. Is anyone still doing a selectivity mod for it? The last time I looked it was expensive. I don't take things apart. They never work as well as they did before. Here's a YouTube video showing the Sony in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SolhPqzthaU

I saw a small Sangean prison radio on Amazon recently and one should be here in a few days. I got the last one! I have no idea if it's any good or if they'll be getting any more but will be fun even if it's not great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LUW84K

I haven't kept up with what's hot these days. My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I got $$ for gifts. I sure don't need any more radios but that's never stopped me before. Any suggestions? I think the last time I was paying attention some relatively inexpensive Chinese radios with DSP were coming out. I have a Grundig G8 but I have three low power locals a mile away and the DSP does weird things in their part of the band.

73


Re: 800! Part 2

Gary DeBock
 

Congratulations John,

Great work on logging 1620-WPTU717 in Ocean City, NJ, and reaching the
lofty level of 800 stations received on Ultralight radios! Your
accomplishment was even more challenging because of your East Coast
location, in the middle of concentrated RF splatter.

The core group of fellow December 2007 Ultralight radio fanatics (and
many others) salute you, and wish you the best in your autumn and
winter DXing efforts!

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

-----Original Message-----
From: John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 7:23 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] 800! Part 2




In going over my log after finally hitting 800 ULR stations this
morning, I came up with some interesting stats:

1. I started my ULR log on December 13, 2007, so it took a little
less than 4 years to get to 800 stations.
2. I've heard 34 states, 4 provinces and 22 countries
3. Pennsylvania leads the state count with 112 stations, followed by
New York (95), Virginia (86), North Carolina (70) and Maryland (46).
4. I have 67 graveyarders. My best frequency is 1340.
5. My farthest log is 1521-Saudi Arabia at 6057 miles.
6. I have 24 Cubans and 39 Canadians logged. But I only have 2 Mexicans
logged.

--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


800! Part 2

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

In going over my log after finally hitting 800 ULR stations this
morning, I came up with some interesting stats:

1. I started my ULR log on December 13, 2007, so it took a little
less than 4 years to get to 800 stations.
2. I've heard 34 states, 4 provinces and 22 countries
3. Pennsylvania leads the state count with 112 stations, followed by
New York (95), Virginia (86), North Carolina (70) and Maryland (46).
4. I have 67 graveyarders. My best frequency is 1340.
5. My farthest log is 1521-Saudi Arabia at 6057 miles.
6. I have 24 Cubans and 39 Canadians logged. But I only have 2 Mexicans logged.


--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)

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