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Re: Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX equipment.?

jcfontario
 

John,
 
I will be curious to see what sort of DX you can get from Anchorage. A few years ago, in mid May, I spent a couple of days up on the North Slope near Prudhoe Bay, and really all I heard was a couple of "locals" from Northern Alaska. Nothing even from Anchorage was audible. One of the challenges is that even in mid May, darkness is relatively short. By May 9 you are already at 17 hours of daylight in Anchorage. On the North Slope it was over 21 hours and what was considered darkness is really just an extended twilight.
 
But you never know until you try, hopefully your results will be better than mine.
 
John (in Ontario)

Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 12:02 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX equipment.?

 

I will probably be going to Anchorage, AK for a week on a business trip and want to bring my Tecsun PL-380 with external 7.5" loopstick and some extra wire to hook up a quick external longwire that I can throw out the hotel window/balcony etc if available. This might include 20 ft of RG-174, 30 ft of 20 awg wire for antenna and a few other minor things like electrical tape, clip leads etc..

Anyone ever do carry-on with this kind of stuff in their suitcase? Any issues? Would it be better to check the one bag (probably my only bag other than backpack)? Any issues with this stuff in checked baggage?

I can only imagine what these things might look like in the x-ray at the security check points. Wire rapped around a cylindrical object.

Any tips for DX'ing in Anchorage? Any chance of picking up TP BCB from there? I might try to NDB DX as well. Only 41 AM BCB stations in AK and only a few more over the border in Yukon Territory.I know there are mountains to the East and N...and it will be light until probably 10pm.

But I will have time after the days work is done...

Thanks,

John
];')


ULR Season Winding Down

Tony King <tonyzl@...>
 

Hi from Down Under. Our North American season is "on the cusp" of winter. Some interesting catches between seasons. WVON Berwyn Chicago 1690 heard here for about an hour 0600 UTC midnite EST; two cubans on 1620 and WDHP; Anguilla on 1610, and background snatches of CHHA (6.25kw). 1640 KDIA Vellejo CA heard year round.
Cheers Tony K


MP3 Player Instructions for Tecsun PL398BT

jerry_popiel
 

I recently purchased a Tecsun PL398BT radio (from HK Supplier ANON)  which came with a free Mini MP3 Player.  Unfortunately no instructions or info were included about how to operate this MP3 Player.  Does anyone know where instructions can be found for the use of this Mini Tecsun MP3 player, and whether it can even be used with the PL398 Radio?  Any replies would be very much appreciated.
 
Jerry


Re: Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX equipment.?

Gary DeBock
 

Hi John (and all),

The 7.5" loopstick PL-380's (with the orange plastic loopstick frames)
have also been taken by Colin Newell and Walt Salmaniw through airport
security during trips from Victoria, B.C. to the state of Hawaii,
apparently without any issues. To my knowledge, none of the 10 such
models (including the similar E100 Slider radios) currently in use have
ever raised any TSA eyebrows.

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Ratzlaff <ratzlaffsteve@gmail.com>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, May 3, 2012 9:38 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX
equipment.?


I'm currently in Tucson for a couple of weeks, having arrived Saturday,
flying from Boise with a stop in Las Vegas. I took my Tecsun PL-380
with
"Gary modified" 7.5" ferrite rod (and LF coil) and frame glued to the
radio. Not sure where to pack it I finally decided to bring it in the
carry on (along with a GPS, binoculars, digital camera and laptop). The
laptop has to be taken out and put separately for the security check
but
the others I left alone in the soft luggage. This is the first time
I'd
flown in 10+ years, and I was a little worried about how the security
check would go. Fortunately there was no interest at all taken in any
of
my stuff.
The airlines recommend you put anything fragile or valuable in your
carry on luggage.
I'm sure you could bring wire and whatever else you wanted; I'd put it
in the checked baggage.

Steve

On 5/3/2012 9:02 AM, kugellagers wrote:
I will probably be going to Anchorage, AK for a week on a business
trip
and want to bring my Tecsun PL-380 with external 7.5" loopstick and
some
extra wire to hook up a quick external longwire that I can throw out
the
hotel window/balcony etc if available. This might include 20 ft of
RG-174, 30 ft of 20 awg wire for antenna and a few other minor things
like electrical tape, clip leads etc..

Anyone ever do carry-on with this kind of stuff in their suitcase? Any
issues? Would it be better to check the one bag (probably my only bag
other than backpack)? Any issues with this stuff in checked baggage?

I can only imagine what these things might look like in the x-ray at
the
security check points. Wire rapped around a cylindrical object.

Any tips for DX'ing in Anchorage? Any chance of picking up TP BCB from
there? I might try to NDB DX as well. Only 41 AM BCB stations in AK
and
only a few more over the border in Yukon Territory.I know there are
mountains to the East and N...and it will be light until probably
10pm.

But I will have time after the days work is done...

Thanks,

John
];')

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Re: Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX equipment.?

Steve Ratzlaff
 

I'm currently in Tucson for a couple of weeks, having arrived Saturday, flying from Boise with a stop in Las Vegas. I took my Tecsun PL-380 with "Gary modified" 7.5" ferrite rod (and LF coil) and frame glued to the radio. Not sure where to pack it I finally decided to bring it in the carry on (along with a GPS, binoculars, digital camera and laptop). The laptop has to be taken out and put separately for the security check but the others I left alone in the soft luggage. This is the first time I'd flown in 10+ years, and I was a little worried about how the security check would go. Fortunately there was no interest at all taken in any of my stuff.
The airlines recommend you put anything fragile or valuable in your carry on luggage.
I'm sure you could bring wire and whatever else you wanted; I'd put it in the checked baggage.

Steve

On 5/3/2012 9:02 AM, kugellagers wrote:
I will probably be going to Anchorage, AK for a week on a business trip
and want to bring my Tecsun PL-380 with external 7.5" loopstick and some
extra wire to hook up a quick external longwire that I can throw out the
hotel window/balcony etc if available. This might include 20 ft of
RG-174, 30 ft of 20 awg wire for antenna and a few other minor things
like electrical tape, clip leads etc..

Anyone ever do carry-on with this kind of stuff in their suitcase? Any
issues? Would it be better to check the one bag (probably my only bag
other than backpack)? Any issues with this stuff in checked baggage?

I can only imagine what these things might look like in the x-ray at the
security check points. Wire rapped around a cylindrical object.

Any tips for DX'ing in Anchorage? Any chance of picking up TP BCB from
there? I might try to NDB DX as well. Only 41 AM BCB stations in AK and
only a few more over the border in Yukon Territory.I know there are
mountains to the East and N...and it will be light until probably 10pm.

But I will have time after the days work is done...

Thanks,

John
];')


Re: Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX equipment.?

Gabriel Velez
 

Ship it USPS priority mail to where you are going. It might be cheaper and it'll get there in two or three days. And no having to explain what it is to security.

Gabe

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "kugellagers" <kugellager@...> wrote:

I will probably be going to Anchorage, AK for a week on a business trip and want to bring my Tecsun PL-380 with external 7.5" loopstick and some extra wire to hook up a quick external longwire that I can throw out the hotel window/balcony etc if available. This might include 20 ft of RG-174, 30 ft of 20 awg wire for antenna and a few other minor things like electrical tape, clip leads etc..

Anyone ever do carry-on with this kind of stuff in their suitcase? Any issues? Would it be better to check the one bag (probably my only bag other than backpack)? Any issues with this stuff in checked baggage?

I can only imagine what these things might look like in the x-ray at the security check points. Wire rapped around a cylindrical object.

Any tips for DX'ing in Anchorage? Any chance of picking up TP BCB from there? I might try to NDB DX as well. Only 41 AM BCB stations in AK and only a few more over the border in Yukon Territory.I know there are mountains to the East and N...and it will be light until probably 10pm.

But I will have time after the days work is done...

Thanks,

John
];')


Any Travel Tips on flying with modified DX equipment.?

kugellagers
 

I will probably be going to Anchorage, AK for a week on a business trip and want to bring my Tecsun PL-380 with external 7.5" loopstick and some extra wire to hook up a quick external longwire that I can throw out the hotel window/balcony etc if available. This might include 20 ft of RG-174, 30 ft of 20 awg wire for antenna and a few other minor things like electrical tape, clip leads etc..

Anyone ever do carry-on with this kind of stuff in their suitcase? Any issues? Would it be better to check the one bag (probably my only bag other than backpack)? Any issues with this stuff in checked baggage?

I can only imagine what these things might look like in the x-ray at the security check points. Wire rapped around a cylindrical object.

Any tips for DX'ing in Anchorage? Any chance of picking up TP BCB from there? I might try to NDB DX as well. Only 41 AM BCB stations in AK and only a few more over the border in Yukon Territory.I know there are mountains to the East and N...and it will be light until probably 10pm.

But I will have time after the days work is done...

Thanks,

John
];')


NZ4O MF/HF/6M Radiowave Propagation Forecast #2012-19

Thomas F. Giella <thomasfgiella@...>
 

The NZ4O MF/HF/6M (600-6 Meters) Radiowave Propagation Forecast #2012-19 has
been published at 0000 UTC on Friday May 04, 2012, valid 0000 UTC Saturday
May 05, 2012 through 2359 UTC Friday May 11, 2012.

I'm disseminating the propagation forecast one day earlier than normal as I
will be out of town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This condensed forecast can also be found on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SolarCycle24org/139198369462931

The complete MF/HF/6M forecast can be found at http://www.solarcycle24.org
and http://www.wcflunatall.com/propagation.htm .

Note! This forecast is based upon quiet solar, space and geomagnetic weather
conditions. Geomagnetic storming Kp-5> and energetic proton storms >10 MeV
(10+0) can at times render the forecast temporarily inaccurate.

FORECASTED NORTHERN HEMISPHERE GLOBAL HF CONDITIONS-
Low Latitude- Normal
Mid Latitude- Normal
High Latitude- Normal

FORECASTED SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE GLOBAL HF CONDITIONS-
Low Latitude- Normal
Mid Latitude- Normal
High Latitude- Normal

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 80, 60, 40, 30 METERS-
East -> West To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
West -> East To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
North -> South To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
South -> North To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 80, 60, 40, 30 METERS-
East -> West To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
West -> East To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
South -> North To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
North -> South To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 20, 17, 15 METERS-
East -> West To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
West -> East To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
North -> South To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
South -> North To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 20, 17, 15 METERS-
East -> West To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
West -> East To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
South -> North To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
North -> South To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE 12, 10 METERS-
East -> West To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
West -> East To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
North -> South To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good
South -> North To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Fair To Good

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE 12, 10 METERS-
East -> West To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
West -> East To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
South -> North To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good
North -> South To 2000 Mi/3200 km- Good

HF Propagation Forecast Scale-
Excellent S9+1 Or Better
Good S7-S9
Fair S4-S6
Poor S1-S3
None S0


From the Northern Hemisphere-

(TA) Trans Atlantic, (TI) Trans Indian, (TP) Trans Pacific and cross Equatorial HF propagation conditions greater than 2000 mi/3200 km will be FAIR TO GOOD on 80, 60, 40 and 30 meters, FAIR TO GOOD on 20, 17, 15 and FAIR on 12 and 10 meters.

From the Southern Hemisphere-

(TA) Trans Atlantic, (TI) Trans Indian, (TP) Trans Pacific and cross Equatorial HF propagation conditions greater than 2000 mi/3200 km will be GOOD on 80, 60, 40 and 30 meters, GOOD on 20, 17, 15 and GOOD on 12 and 10 meters.


HF Propagation Forecast Scale-
Excellent S9+1 Or Better
Good S7-S9
Fair S4-S6
Poor S1-S3
None S0


GLOBAL 50-54 MC (6 Meters) PROPAGATION MODES EXPECTED FORECAST-

F2- None
Sporadic E (Es)- Yes
Aurora E High Latitude- Yes
Aurora E Mid Latitude- No
Troposphere Ducting- Yes
Trans Equatorial (TE) F2/F3- Yes
Meteor Scatter- YES, Eta Aquarids Peaking on May 05, 2012


Meter Band Equivalents

Ham SWL
160 90
80 75
60 60
40 49, 41
30 31, 25
20 22, 19
17 16, 15
15 13
12, 10 11


Standard Disclaimer-

Note! I use error prone RAW public domain data from the NOAA Space
Environment Center, as well as other U.S. government organizations, to
produce my propagation forecasts. This data is gathered and made public by
the U.S. Government using taxpayer $$$. However the propagation forecast
that I produce from the RAW public domain data is my personal intellectual
property. Therefore this propagation forecast contained herein is
copyrighted 1988-2012 by Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O. Reproduction of and
distribution of the propagation forecast herein is allowed without advanced
permission as long as proper credit is given.

Also space weather forecasting is still an inexact science. The forecasts
are not official but for hobby related purposes only and are subject to
human error and acts of God, therefore no guarantee or warranty implied.

73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA
thomasfgiella@tampabay.rr.com


NZ4O MF/HF/6M (600-6 Meters) Radiowave Propagation Forecast:
http://www.solarcycle24.org
NZ4O Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Data Archive:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o1.htm
NZ4O Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Data Dashboard:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o2.htm
NZ4O Solar Cycle 24 Forecast Discussion & Archive:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o4.htm
NZ4O 160 Meter (MF) Radio Propagation Theory Notes:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o5.htm
NZ4O Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Raw Forecast Data Links:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o6.htm






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NZ4O MF Radiowave Propagation Forecast #2012-19

Thomas F. Giella <thomasfgiella@...>
 

NZ4O MEDIUM FREQUENCY (300-3000 KC) RADIOWAVE PROPAGATION FORECAST #2012-19

A Radiowave Propagation Forecast For Hams As Well As Shortwave DXers And
Listeners

Published on Friday May 04, 2012 at 0000 UTC

Valid 0000 UTC Saturday May 05, 2012 through 2359 UTC Friday May 11, 2012

I'm disseminating the propagation forecast one day earlier than normal as I
will be out of town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Medium frequency (300-3000 kc) radiowave propagation conditions are impacted
in a negative manner not by variations in the maximum usable frequency (MUF)
along a particular propagation path and time but rather due to geomagnetic
disturbances (Kp-3-4) and geomagnetic storms (Kp-5 & >) that increase signal
absorption via the E layer (the general altitude of the radio aurora). Also
increases in the lowest usable frequency (LUF) via D layer signal absorption
due to elevated background solar flux levels (>A0), proton flux levels at
energies greater than 10 MeV (10+0) and galactic cosmic rays.

There is also the issue of magneto ionic power coupling. Antenna
polarization plays a large role in the success of a long haul DX contact. As
a medium frequency RF signal traverses Earth's magnetic lines of force in a
perpendicular manner on high and mid latitude paths say between W3 land and
SM, higher angle horizontally polarized signals are more readily absorbed
than lower angle vertically polarized signals. On other propagation paths on
the globe opposite results can be found, i.e., horizontally polarized
signals suffer less absorption on a propagation path between VK6 and W6 or
S9 and W4.

For more information on MF radiowave propagation theory check out
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o5.htm .


GLOBAL MEDIUM FREQUENCY (300-3000 KC) PROPAGATION CONDITIONS EXPECTED WITH
AN EMPHASIS ON 600 METERS, THE MF AM BROADCAST BAND AND 160 METERS-

Note! This forecast is based upon quiet solar, space and geomagnetic weather
conditions. Geomagnetic storming Kp-5> and energetic proton storms >10 MeV
(10+0) can at times render the forecast temporarily inaccurate.

Magnetic Equator-

Low 0-25 degrees

Mid 25-60 degrees

High 60-90 degrees


NORTHERN HEMISPHERE-

East <-> West To 1100 Mi /1800 km- Fair
North <-> South To 1100 Mi /1800 km- Fair
South <-> North To 1100 Mi /1800 km- Fair

SOUTHERN
East <-> West To 1100 Mi / 1800 km- Fair To Good
South <-> North To 1100 Mi /1800 km- Fair To Good
North <-> South To 1100 Mi / 1800 km- Fair To Good


Northern Hemisphere (TA) Trans Atlantic, (TI) Trans Indian, (TP) Trans
Pacific and cross Equatorial propagation conditions in excess of
approximately 3200 mi / 5200 km

High Latitude- Poor To Fair
Mid Latitude- Fair
Low Latitude- Poor To Fair


Southern Hemisphere (TA) Trans Atlantic, (TI) Trans Indian, (TP) Trans
Pacific and cross Equatorial propagation conditions in excess of
approximately 3200 mi / 5200 km

High Latitude- Fair
Mid Latitude- Fair To Good
Low Latitude- Fair

HF Propagation Forecast Scale-
Excellent S9+1 Or Better
Good S7-S9
Fair S4-S6
Poor S1-S3
None S0


Note! I use error prone RAW public domain data from the NOAA Space
Environment Center, as well as other U.S. government organizations, to
produce my propagation forecasts. This data is gathered and made public by
the U.S. Government using taxpayer $$$. However the propagation forecast
that I produce from the RAW public domain data is my personal intellectual
property. Therefore this propagation forecast contained herein is
copyrighted 1988-2012 by Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O. Reproduction of and
distribution of the propagation forecast herein is allowed without advanced
permission as long as proper credit is given.

Also space weather forecasting is still an inexact science. The forecasts
are not official but for hobby related purposes only and are subject to
human error and acts of God, therefore no guarantee or warranty implied.

73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA
thomasfgiella@tampabay.rr.com

NZ4O MF/HF/6M (600-6 Meters) Radiowave Propagation Forecast:
http://www.solarcycle24.org
NZ4O Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Data Archive:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o1.htm
NZ4O Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Data Dashboard:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o2.htm
NZ4O Solar Cycle 24 Forecast Discussion & Archive:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o4.htm
NZ4O 160 Meter (MF) Radio Propagation Theory Notes:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o5.htm
NZ4O Solar Space Weather & Geomagnetic Raw Forecast Data Links:
http://www.wcflunatall.com/nz4o6.htm




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Re: ULR DX Season winding down.........

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Guy,

Yes, chasing South Pacific AM-DX in the middle of summer probably
sounds pretty weird-- at least until someone tries it out (and gets
hooked). Strangely enough, both the Ultralight AM-DXing distance record
(from North America) and the Ultralight NDB-DXing distance record
(worldwide) were set during this type of bizarre DXing on the west
coast-- right in the middle of summer.

<<< Besides the potential for reception of Australia and New Zealand,
summer time DXing from the Washington and Oregon coast has the
advantage of much more pleasant weather. It makes up for the misery of
the cold, drizzle, and sometimes sideways rain when DXing at Pacific
Northwest beaches in the winter and spring. >>>

Well, your dedication to set up in the Grayland yurts during all kinds
of foul weather probably gives you a unique perspective on coastal
DXing, Guy. As I recall, you even went through an earthquake in one of
the recent Grayland sessions. Fair-weather DXers (like me) could
probably learn a lot from your determination.

<<< I have DXed every month of the year multiple times at the coast
since I started going on DXpeditions in 1987-88. In my opinion, every
month has potential for DX; it's a non-stop "DX season". Even when the
solar cycle is not favorable (like right now), there's always hope that
an interesting or unusual DX catch will surface. If not, well, you can
try antenna experiments, compare different receivers, or investigate
other radio related pursuits. >>>

Yes, last year the Solar Cycle usually didn't cooperate very well with
our DXpedition agendas, did it? It's always been the luck of the draw,
but recently the deck seems stacked against us. Fortunately South
Pacific DX is less dependent on solar cooperation than Asiatic TP
propagation (according to Chuck, and other experts).

<<< BTW Gary, wish me luck next week as I return t o Grayland on the
6th through the 9th. Your 7-inch FSL antenna will be part of the
DXpedition supplies :^) >>>

Thanks for taking the 7" FSL along, and good luck in Grayland next
week, Guy. You certainly can't do any worse than we did in our May 2008
(one-night) Dxpedition, when we received nothing except curious stares
from the clam diggers :-)

73, Gary

-----Original Message-----
From: thinkdx <dx@guyatkins.com>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wed, May 2, 2012 11:04 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: ULR DX Season winding down.........





Hi Gary,


You have a delightful and accurate way of describing the excitement of
DU DXing!


Besides the potential for reception of Australia and New Zealand,
summer time DXing from the Washington and Oregon coast has the
advantage of much more pleasant weather. It makes up for the misery of
the cold, drizzle, and sometimes sideways rain when DXing at Pacific
Northwest beaches in the winter and spring.


I have DXed every month of the year multiple times at the coast since I
started going on DXpeditions in 1987-88. In my opinion, every month has
potential for DX; it's a non-stop "DX season". Even when the solar
cycle is not favorable (like right now), there's always hope that an
interesting or unusual DX catch will surface. If not, well, you can try
antenna experiments, compare different receivers, or investigate other
radio related pursuits.


BTW Gary, wish me luck next week as I return t o Grayland on the 6th
through the 9th.  Your 7-inch FSL antenna will be part of the
DXpedition supplies  :^)


Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA  USA





--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, D1028Gary@... wrote:

A weird quirk in propagation makes summer the best time to chase
South
Pacific AM and Longwave DX on Pacific Ocean beaches, and I wish that
you could both experience the thrill of how the bands miraculously
change from static-filled wastelands into DXing paradises for a few
short hours around sunrise on high cliffs overlooking the Pacific
surf.
If you hit it just right, Australia and New Zealand can both boom in
like locals, right in the middle of July and August.

When John Bryant first told me about this, it sounded like science
fiction... but if anything, he was understating the excitement. The
new
FSL antennas (high gain and highly portable) have made Ultralight
radios pretty competitive DU-DXing machines on their frequency of
choice, and unlike multi-element arrays or beverages, they can be set
up on the highest of cliffs. Recently-developed models have the gain
of
a 9-foot box loop crammed into one cubic foot of space, with a
"footprint" of only one cubic yard (on their 5' PVC bases). I wish
that
both of you could enjoy at least one of these Summer Supercharged
DXing
sessions... you might change your attitude about the season :-)

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


Re: ULR DX Season winding down.........

Guy Atkins
 

Hi Gary,

You have a delightful and accurate way of describing the excitement of DU DXing!

Besides the potential for reception of Australia and New Zealand, summer time DXing from the Washington and Oregon coast has the advantage of much more pleasant weather. It makes up for the misery of the cold, drizzle, and sometimes sideways rain when DXing at Pacific Northwest beaches in the winter and spring.

I have DXed every month of the year multiple times at the coast since I started going on DXpeditions in 1987-88. In my opinion, every month has potential for DX; it's a non-stop "DX season". Even when the solar cycle is not favorable (like right now), there's always hope that an interesting or unusual DX catch will surface. If not, well, you can try antenna experiments, compare different receivers, or investigate other radio related pursuits.

BTW Gary, wish me luck next week as I return to Grayland on the 6th through the 9th.  Your 7-inch FSL antenna will be part of the DXpedition supplies  :^)

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA  USA



--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

> A weird quirk in propagation makes summer the best time to chase South
> Pacific AM and Longwave DX on Pacific Ocean beaches, and I wish that
> you could both experience the thrill of how the bands miraculously
> change from static-filled wastelands into DXing paradises for a few
> short hours around sunrise on high cliffs overlooking the Pacific surf.
> If you hit it just right, Australia and New Zealand can both boom in
> like locals, right in the middle of July and August.
>
> When John Bryant first told me about this, it sounded like science
> fiction... but if anything, he was understating the excitement. The new
> FSL antennas (high gain and highly portable) have made Ultralight
> radios pretty competitive DU-DXing machines on their frequency of
> choice, and unlike multi-element arrays or beverages, they can be set
> up on the highest of cliffs. Recently-developed models have the gain of
> a 9-foot box loop crammed into one cubic foot of space, with a
> "footprint" of only one cubic yard (on their 5' PVC bases). I wish that
> both of you could enjoy at least one of these Summer Supercharged DXing
> sessions... you might change your attitude about the season :-)
>
> 73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: ULR Season Winding Down

Rik
 

Perhaps we are going from DX season to outdoor antenna building season!

-FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Dave Hascall <dhinfomedia@...> wrote:

I do some summertime AM band twirling as stations have known to be on late
with MLB games.

73
Dave in Indy


Re: ULR Season Winding Down

Dave Hascall
 

I do some summertime AM band twirling as stations have known to be on late with MLB games.

73
Dave in Indy


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jm392c <jm392c@...>
 

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Re: What happened to the C Crane EP radio? -FARMERIK

Rik
 

Thanks Keith

I went and looked at Herculodge. It seems the new analog AM FM Sangean PR-D6 only has one review which is bad, and I it found there. It must be quite new. The NYC camera shops have those starting around $40. Wal-mart on line lists them. I think it would be safer to buy one locally where it can be returned. It looks like it has a 5 inch or so ferrite rod, comes with both bass and treble controls, and an LED tuning indicator.

It would be too bad if Sangean can't have reasonable QC on either radio, while SONY makes portables which sell for less and my dozen or so at least work correctly. Any inexpensive radio off the shelf may not be peaked as well as an enthusiast would like, but it should work.

I figured someone here would know something about any potential inexpensive DXing portable, even if they are not ULR's.

-FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, keith beesley <keith1226@...> wrote:

I don't know, Rik. There were some comments on the "Herculodge" blog recently that some owners have been disappointed in the performance of the EP; maybe some owners are selling them.  Others maintain it is the best AM/FM portable since the GE Superadios. It may be the luck of the draw whether you get a "good" one or not. Somebody, I believe it was Kevin Raper, mentioned that he ordered two of them and both needed alignment to achieve maximum performance; neither was a good performer "out of the box."

Keith 


________________________________
From: farmerik <farmerik@...>
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:15 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] What happened to the C Crane EP radio? -FARMERIK


 
I just noticed a whole bunch of the C Crane EP analog AM FM portables on eBay. Some might be returns, and others look more like individuals selling them. Anyone here hear anything?

Also I spotted a new analog AM FM portable from Sangean listing around $60. I wonder if there is any connection.

-FARMERIK


Re: What happened to the C Crane EP radio? -FARMERIK

keith beesley
 

I don't know, Rik. There were some comments on the "Herculodge" blog recently that some owners have been disappointed in the performance of the EP; maybe some owners are selling them.  Others maintain it is the best AM/FM portable since the GE Superadios. It may be the luck of the draw whether you get a "good" one or not. Somebody, I believe it was Kevin Raper, mentioned that he ordered two of them and both needed alignment to achieve maximum performance; neither was a good performer "out of the box."

Keith 


From: farmerik
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:15 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] What happened to the C Crane EP radio? -FARMERIK

 
I just noticed a whole bunch of the C Crane EP analog AM FM portables on eBay. Some might be returns, and others look more like individuals selling them. Anyone here hear anything?

Also I spotted a new analog AM FM portable from Sangean listing around $60. I wonder if there is any connection.

-FARMERIK




What happened to the C Crane EP radio? -FARMERIK

Rik
 

I just noticed a whole bunch of the C Crane EP analog AM FM portables on eBay. Some might be returns, and others look more like individuals selling them. Anyone here hear anything?

Also I spotted a new analog AM FM portable from Sangean listing around $60. I wonder if there is any connection.

-FARMERIK


Re: ULR DX Season winding down.........

Gary DeBock
 

Richard and Rob,

You guys have both had phenomenal Ultralight DXing results recently,
and certainly are deserving of a break. With 1000 AM stations heard on
ULR's, you both are entitled to a leisurely, relaxing summer (and I
know that Rob shivered with me through the winter, too, chasing NDB's
outside in the freezing cold). But it may surprise you both that summer
is the most productive time for both AM and Longwave DXing here.

A weird quirk in propagation makes summer the best time to chase South
Pacific AM and Longwave DX on Pacific Ocean beaches, and I wish that
you could both experience the thrill of how the bands miraculously
change from static-filled wastelands into DXing paradises for a few
short hours around sunrise on high cliffs overlooking the Pacific surf.
If you hit it just right, Australia and New Zealand can both boom in
like locals, right in the middle of July and August.

When John Bryant first told me about this, it sounded like science
fiction... but if anything, he was understating the excitement. The new
FSL antennas (high gain and highly portable) have made Ultralight
radios pretty competitive DU-DXing machines on their frequency of
choice, and unlike multi-element arrays or beverages, they can be set
up on the highest of cliffs. Recently-developed models have the gain of
a 9-foot box loop crammed into one cubic foot of space, with a
"footprint" of only one cubic yard (on their 5' PVC bases). I wish that
both of you could enjoy at least one of these Summer Supercharged DXing
sessions... you might change your attitude about the season :-)

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Ross <va3sw@rogers.com>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tue, May 1, 2012 8:05 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR DX Season winding down.........








On 2012-04-30, at 7:33 PM, RichardA wrote:


 
Rob:

I wouldn't worry much about me. My favorite time day for DXing is
around sunrise, but it's about that time year when the sun is up before
me. Usually at the end of the day I too tired to DX and fall asleep bu
sunset. So until August I won't be doing much AM DXing until August.
Hopefully their is lots of e-skip and tropo this year to fill the gap.

Good DX.

Richard.






Same here Richard............I won't be doing much AM BCB DXing with
the ULRs as the FM/TV Season is just starting to get going here. Once
the E-Skip and Tropo starts going Crazy......I find it hard to pry
myself away from that!!


I don't use the ULRs for FM DXing however. With 2,154 FM Stations
Logged to date...I just can't force myself to start from scratch with
the ULRs. When things are hopping with E-Skip....you gotta bag 'em as
quick as you can, and the RDS/HD Capabilities of the Big Rigs make it
so much easier to ID Stations!! I have a 50 Foot Tower and a HUGE FM
Beam, an APS-14, 14 Element FM Beam ...which also helps pull in the DX.


Looks like we may both be sitting stagnant on AM over the Summer....and
we'll get back to the Dials in Late August or September........


Have Fun with the FM DX!!


73...ROB VA3SW


Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Sunset Skip in early May.......

robert ross
 


On 2012-04-30, at 7:53 PM, neilkaz wrote:

 

For the first couple days of May you guys may want to DX sunset skip since sunset switch times tend to be at least 30 minutes later tomorrow than today. After early May I basically don't DX AM til late August except to test antennas.

73 KAZ

Hi Kaz:

 Thanks for the reminder .....I'm gonna try and do some Sunset Skip DXing during Early May. Who knows what can be found.....it would be nice to bag a few New Ones before the AM DX Season ends!!

73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


ULR DX Season winding down.........

robert ross
 


On 2012-04-30, at 7:33 PM, RichardA wrote:

 

Rob:

I wouldn't worry much about me. My favorite time day for DXing is around sunrise, but it's about that time year when the sun is up before me. Usually at the end of the day I too tired to DX and fall asleep bu sunset. So until August I won't be doing much AM DXing until August. Hopefully their is lots of e-skip and tropo this year to fill the gap.

Good DX.

Richard.



Same here Richard............I won't be doing much AM BCB DXing with the ULRs as the FM/TV Season is just starting to get going here. Once the E-Skip and Tropo starts going Crazy......I find it hard to pry myself away from that!!

I don't use the ULRs for FM DXing however. With 2,154 FM Stations Logged to date...I just can't force myself to start from scratch with the ULRs. When things are hopping with E-Skip....you gotta bag 'em as quick as you can, and the RDS/HD Capabilities of the Big Rigs make it so much easier to ID Stations!! I have a 50 Foot Tower and a HUGE FM Beam, an APS-14, 14 Element FM Beam ...which also helps pull in the DX.

Looks like we may both be sitting stagnant on AM over the Summer....and we'll get back to the Dials in Late August or September........

Have Fun with the FM DX!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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