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Re: Radio Canada (RCI) to close SW down

bbwrwy
 

It is very sad news indeed. Sackville was the very first station I heard on short wave more than 50 years ago. Short wave radio then opened the door to the world for me. Thankfully I still possess the QSL card for that first reception.

Richard.

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


NZ4O "Daily" Condensed MF Radiowave Propagation Forecast

Thomas F. Giella <thomasfgiella@...>
 

The NZ4O "Daily" Condensed MF Radiowave Propagation Forecast has been published on Wednesday Jun 01, 2012 at 1300 UTC and is valid for the next 24 hours.
The NZ4O "Daily Condensed MF Radiowave Propagation Forecast can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/SolarCycle24org/139198369462931 and http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/spaceweather .


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

Magnetic Equator-

Low 0-25 degrees

Mid 25-60 degrees

High 60-90 degrees

http://www.wcflunatall.com/geomagneticequator.gif



FORECASTED NORTHERN HEMISPHERE-




East <-> West To 1100 mi/1800 km-Fair

North <-> South To 1100 mi/1800 km- Poor To Fair

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

FORECASTED SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE-

East <-> West To 1100 mi/1800 km-Fair To Good

North <-> South To 1100 mi/1800 km- Fair To Good

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

Forecasted 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

Mid Latitude- Fair

Low Latitude- Poor



Forecasted 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


FORECASTED GLOBAL LIGHTNING NOISE (QRN)-

Northern hemisphere low latitude regions can expect VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to winter season proximity

to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) as well as cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low

pressure systems.

Northern hemisphere mid latitude regions can expect HIGH TO VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to winter

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems.



Northern hemisphere high latitude regions can expect MODERATE TO HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to winter

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems.



Southern hemisphere low latitude regions can expect VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to summer season

proximity to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and tropical warm core low pressure systems.

Southern hemisphere mid latitude regions can expect HIGH TO VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to summer

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems, as well as tropical warm core low pressure systems.

Southern hemisphere high latitude regions can expect MODERATE TO HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to summer

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems.



Lightning Induced Noise (QRN) Forecast Scale-

Very High >+1 db Over S9

High- S7-9

Moderate- S4-6

Low- S1-3

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 radiowave propagation forecast. 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 Amateur & SWL Radio Autobiography: http://www.nz4o.com
NZ4O MF/HF/6M (600-6 Meters) Radiowave Propagation Forecast: http://www.solarcycle24.org
Harmful Man Induced (Anthropogenic) Climate Change (Global Warming) Refuted: http://www.globalwarminglie.org





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Re: Radio Canada (RCI) to close SW down

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: JRTENN

"Newsline" reports that in a cost-cutting move, RCI is planning to shut down all shortwave and
satellite broadcasts
. . . leaving the World Wide Web as its only means of reaching the world.


Joe

-------------------------------------
Sad indeed. There will soon be no SW from western countries.
If the facilities are decommissioned (to save budget...) there would
be next to no facilities available at short notice, should there be
a major disruption of www. uldx might be the last vestige, as we
seek out the remaining AM transmitters in far places :-)

I do wonder if, in view of solar mischief and anything spawned by
"Flame" etc, "we" are wise to make ourselves increasingly dependent
on control and communications through www.

Michael


Another addition to the ULR Logbook

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,


Decent conditions last evening as a new one was added to the list

On this frequency Spain or United Arab Emirates usually dominates

1314 - IRAN - IRIB, Ardibil 00:06 UTC June 1 chanting heard with UAE barely audible // 1251, 1323

Ultralight Station # 743


Receiver : SRF-M37W barefoot


Good DX

Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47:43N 53:11W
http://nldxers.fav.cc


Radio Canada (RCI) to close SW down

JRTENN <josephrot@...>
 

Update from various news sources...seen 27 May to 29 May 2012...

"Radio Canada QRT on Shortwave and Satellite

For many [SWL and] hams starting out as shortwave listeners, one of the first and loudest stations logged was often Radio Canada International. Not for much longer.

"Newsline" reports that in a cost-cutting move, RCI is planning to shut down all shortwave and satellite broadcasts and abandon its legendary transmitter facility in Sackville, New Brunswick, leaving the World Wide Web as its only means of reaching the world.

In addition, Newsline reports, RCI will stop producing its own programming and will shut down its news department."

Sadly...yet another SW broadcaster bites the proverbial dust.

Joe


Re: RGP3 antenna

jerry_popiel
 

Those Brazilian DX Club folks have a number of very interesting Tunable Ferrite Rod Antennas on YouTube. One in particular is called "The Bomb" and is big with a Tuning Capacitor built into the end of it. Yeah it would be interesting to test their other big 18 or more Ferrite Rod Antenna encased in a PVC pipe with a tuning Capacitor -  against the big 8 inch Ferrite Rod FSL that Gary recently posted on YouTube. 
 
Jerry   

From: Steve
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:32:54 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: RGP3 antenna

 
Nice to see there is some interest in a comparison between the RGP3 and the FSL. If the theory is correct the FSL should beat the RGP3 due to the separation of the ferrites and the gap between the coil and the core - if I've understood this right.

Steve




Re: Different stuff tonite

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Sometimes the music is all I need to distinguish between the two (Cuba vs. Mexico), but, for example R. Musica (Cuba) plays a variety of styles from a more Classical approach to a modern approach. RX wasn't good, but the 1040 station seemed a strong one. Later that night, I went hunting for parallels, and found none, but I did finally log the Cuban 540 kHz station with a good mention of "Radio Habana". It checks as a Rebelde network, but who knows what daily progamming is, or special notices. When I went back to 1040 kHz, there was evedently a soccer (futbol) match being replayed (it was just after midnight EDT). In the 20 or so minutes of listening, I didn't hear a network mentioned. And no ID tonite.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "renton481" <renton481@...> wrote:

I can't comment on DX conditions back East, but one thing that can be helpful in telling a Cuban station from Mexican stations (or a lot of domestic Spanish stations, which -- at least in the West -- are mostly aimed at a Mexican audience) is listening for the accent. The Mexicans seem to sound a bit different from the other Spanish speaking countries.

Chris

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "ferrite61" <dxrx@> wrote:



--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Allen Willie <vo1_001_swl@> wrote:
That could be, I've had this happen in the X-Band on occasion. Trying N-S gets too much QRM from 1050 NYC and 1030 Boston. I did look around the AM-LOGBOOK list, and there are 1 or 2 other possibilities, so I won't log this as yet. I will eliminate Mexico and Puerto Rico as being unlikely, but there is a Southern Station at I can't rule out (WPBS), and two (WLVJ & WSGH) if on Day Power by accident.

Paul S. in CT



Hello Paul,

That sounds a lot like what I hear occasionally as well, Cuba is also my guess.

Like you�, I haven't been able to catch an ID, however every so often I do hear that�Spanish on 1040. I wonder sometimes when so much emphasis is put on which�direction signals may be from according to antenna direction.

I've had several catches that didn't add up as to direction on larger rigs and obviously more so on the ultralights, i.e. half a turn to the left or right.
�
Good DX
Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland �
�


Re: RGP3 antenna

Steve <steve@...>
 

Nice to see there is some interest in a comparison between the RGP3 and the FSL. If the theory is correct the FSL should beat the RGP3 due to the separation of the ferrites and the gap between the coil and the core - if I've understood this right.

Steve


Re: RGP3 antenna

Pollock,Raphael E <rpollock@...>
 

Yes, I think that you are correct--so I am really interested in seeing how your antenna works in a head-to-head with a FSL antenna...
 


From: ultralightdx@... [ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of Michael [michael.setaazul@...]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:36 AM
To: everettsharp@...; ultralightdx@...
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] RGP3 antenna

 


Subject: [ultralightdx] RGP3 antenna

Ralph,

I think that the Stormwise Ferrite rods, are either made up of stacked toroids, or stacked ferrite
slugs.
That is why they have them inside of PVC pipe. If you will measure the ID of the Stormwise
that you have that will be the diameter of the ferrite that is inside. I noticed that the
put epoxy in each end of the rod.

Everett
----------------------------------------------------------

If the Stormwise were made up of juxtaposed toroids, it would
have been the precursor of the FSL. Has anyone evere seen inside???

It would certainly be interesting to be able to compare a diy antenna
using a number of ferrite or iron-core toroidal rings with a standard FSL
and bundled ferrite rods or slugs.

Anyone?

Michael UK


Re: RGP3 antenna

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Subject: [ultralightdx] RGP3 antenna

Ralph,

I think that the Stormwise Ferrite rods, are either made up of stacked toroids, or stacked ferrite
slugs.
That is why they have them inside of PVC pipe. If you will measure the ID of the Stormwise
that you have that will be the diameter of the ferrite that is inside. I noticed that the
put epoxy in each end of the rod.

Everett
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If the Stormwise were made up of juxtaposed toroids, it would
have been the precursor of the FSL. Has anyone evere seen inside???

It would certainly be interesting to be able to compare a diy antenna
using a number of ferrite or iron-core toroidal rings with a standard FSL
and bundled ferrite rods or slugs.

Anyone?

Michael UK


NZ4O Medium Frequency (300-3000 KC) Radiowave Propagation Forecast #2012-23

Thomas F. Giella <thomasfgiella@...>
 

NZ4O Medium Frequency (300-3000 KC) Radiowave Propagation Forecast #2012-23
A Radiowave Propagation Forecast For Hams As Well As Shortwave Radio DXers And Listeners



Published on Friday Jun 01, 2012 at 0000 UTC. Valid 0000 UTC Saturday Jun 02, 2012 through 2359 UTC Friday Jun 08, 2012.



The NZ4O "Complete" MF/HF/6M Radiowave Propagation Forecast can be found at http://www.solarcycle24.org , http://www.wcflunatall.com/propagation.htm and http://www.facebook.com/pages/SolarCycle24org/139198369462931 .


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 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

http://www.wcflunatall.com/geomagneticequator.gif

FORECASTED NORTHERN HEMISPHERE-




East <-> West To 1100 mi/1800 km-Fair

North <-> South To 1100 mi/1800 km- Poor To Fair

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

FORECASTED SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE-

East <-> West To 1100 mi/1800 km-Fair To Good

North <-> South To 1100 mi/1800 km- Fair To Good

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

Forecasted 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

Mid Latitude- Fair

Low Latitude- Poor



Forecasted 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


FORECASTED GLOBAL LIGHTNING NOISE (QRN)-

Northern hemisphere low latitude regions can expect VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to winter season proximity

to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) as well as cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low

pressure systems.

Northern hemisphere mid latitude regions can expect HIGH TO VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to winter

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems.



Northern hemisphere high latitude regions can expect MODERATE TO HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to winter

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems.



Southern hemisphere low latitude regions can expect VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to summer season

proximity to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and tropical warm core low pressure systems.

Southern hemisphere mid latitude regions can expect HIGH TO VERY HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to summer

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems, as well as tropical warm core low pressure systems.

Southern hemisphere high latitude regions can expect MODERATE TO HIGH thunderstorm lightning induced QRN tied to summer

season cold/warm/occluded fronts and associated extra-tropical cold core low pressure systems.



Lightning Induced Noise (QRN) Forecast Scale-

Very High >+1 db Over S9

High- S7-9

Moderate- S4-6

Low- S1-3

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 radiowave propagation forecast. 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 Amateur & SWL Radio Autobiography: http://www.nz4o.com
NZ4O MF/HF/6M (600-6 Meters) Radiowave Propagation Forecast: http://www.solarcycle24.org
Harmful Man Induced (Anthropogenic) Climate Change (Global Warming) Refuted: http://www.globalwarminglie.org





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Re: RGP3 antenna

Everett N4CY
 

Ralph,
 
I think that the Stormwise Ferrite rods, are either made up of stacked toroids, or stacked ferrite slugs. That is why they have them inside of PVC pipe. If you will measure the ID of the Stormwise that you have that will be the diameter of the ferrite that is inside. I noticed that the put epoxy in each end of the rod.
 
Everett
 

In a message dated 5/31/2012 7:49:32 A.M. Central Daylight Time, rpollock@... writes:
 

Not sure if this Brazilian antenna is exactly comparable with a Stormwise monster ferrite bar antenna. My 19" 125 mu permiability ferrite bar antenna wrapped with a primary coil of 38 turns of 660/46 Litz beats the pants off of my Crane twin coil, regarding peaking (Q) and depths of nulling. It is contained in a 2' long piece of pvc and travels easily...
 

From: ultralightdx@... [ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of Steve [steve@...]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:26 AM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] RGP3 antenna

 

Not wishing to knock the ferrite sleeve antenna - far from it! But has anyone tried the Brasilian RGP3 ferrite rod antenna?

It looks ike it could fit in a suitcase more easily - it would be interesting to know how it performs against an FSL.

Here a link in English

http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm

Steve


Re: RGP3 antenna

Pollock,Raphael E <rpollock@...>
 

Not sure if this Brazilian antenna is exactly comparable with a Stormwise monster ferrite bar antenna. My 19" 125 mu permiability ferrite bar antenna wrapped with a primary coil of 38 turns of 660/46 Litz beats the pants off of my Crane twin coil, regarding peaking (Q) and depths of nulling. It is contained in a 2' long piece of pvc and travels easily...
 


From: ultralightdx@... [ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of Steve [steve@...]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:26 AM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] RGP3 antenna

 

Not wishing to knock the ferrite sleeve antenna - far from it! But has anyone tried the Brasilian RGP3 ferrite rod antenna?

It looks ike it could fit in a suitcase more easily - it would be interesting to know how it performs against an FSL.

Here a link in English

http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm

Steve


Re: RGP3 and LoopStick GE+

Eduardo
 

Besides the antenna Loopstick RGP3, GE is also the LoopStick with excellent yields in the range 520 to 1710 khz, look at www.radiodx.qsl.br or youtube search for Loopstick GE or this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lpSNiirUVk&list=UUgkWzGcxWDC3ULOzVo5GXtA&index=2&feature=plcp
respectfully,
 
 
Eduardo
GG66qq
 

From: Steve
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:26 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] RGP3 antenna
 
 

Not wishing to knock the ferrite sleeve antenna - far from it! But has anyone tried the Brasilian RGP3 ferrite rod antenna?

It looks ike it could fit in a suitcase more easily - it would be interesting to know how it performs against an FSL.

Here a link in English

http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm

Steve


Re: RGP3 antenna

Everett N4CY
 

Steve,

Would bet that the 15" Stacked Toroid Loop Stick Antenna that I and you are experimenting with would work as well as the RGP3. Later I am planing on installing the loop stick and varicaps inside a Poly Styrene tube. I am thinking of going with a 3 coil contra, dual band. But before I do that I want to try a 4 coil contra to see if I could make tri band. To cover LW, MW and Tropical bands. 

Everett


On May 31, 2012, at 7:26 AM, "Steve" <steve@...> wrote:

 

Not wishing to knock the ferrite sleeve antenna - far from it! But has anyone tried the Brasilian RGP3 ferrite rod antenna?

It looks ike it could fit in a suitcase more easily - it would be interesting to know how it performs against an FSL.

Here a link in English

http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm

Steve


RGP3 antenna

Steve <steve@...>
 

Not wishing to knock the ferrite sleeve antenna - far from it! But has anyone tried the Brasilian RGP3 ferrite rod antenna?

It looks ike it could fit in a suitcase more easily - it would be interesting to know how it performs against an FSL.

Here a link in English

http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm


Steve


new one for the ULR log late last night

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

A new one to add to the ULR logbook as follows:


970-WSTX-Christiansted, US Virgin Islands 4:36 UTC May 31

Song - " One Moe Blackbird" then into Legal ID w/ " This is WSTX 9-70 The Most Powerful Voice of the Virgin Islands " followed by Island/Calypso music

Something like this was heard a couple of weeks ago on same frequency but no ID at that time was heard.


Receiver: SRF-M37W barefoot

Ultralight Station # 739


By the way here also is a link to a photo of a recent visitor we've had that can be seen from our new outdoor ULR Dxing location of Bristol Cove Lookout. There are several of these wandering around our area now.

http://nldxers.fav.cc/vistor.htm

Good DX

Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47:43N 53:11W


Re: Different stuff tonite

Chris C.
 

I can't comment on DX conditions back East, but one thing that can be helpful in telling a Cuban station from Mexican stations (or a lot of domestic Spanish stations, which -- at least in the West -- are mostly aimed at a Mexican audience) is listening for the accent. The Mexicans seem to sound a bit different from the other Spanish speaking countries.

Chris

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "ferrite61" <dxrx@...> wrote:



--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Allen Willie <vo1_001_swl@> wrote:
That could be, I've had this happen in the X-Band on occasion. Trying N-S gets too much QRM from 1050 NYC and 1030 Boston. I did look around the AM-LOGBOOK list, and there are 1 or 2 other possibilities, so I won't log this as yet. I will eliminate Mexico and Puerto Rico as being unlikely, but there is a Southern Station at I can't rule out (WPBS), and two (WLVJ & WSGH) if on Day Power by accident.

Paul S. in CT



Hello Paul,

That sounds a lot like what I hear occasionally as well, Cuba is also my guess.

Like you�, I haven't been able to catch an ID, however every so often I do hear that�Spanish on 1040. I wonder sometimes when so much emphasis is put on which�direction signals may be from according to antenna direction.

I've had several catches that didn't add up as to direction on larger rigs and obviously more so on the ultralights, i.e. half a turn to the left or right.
�
Good DX
Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland �
�


Re: Any Sony SRF-42 users?

Chris C.
 

I have two SRF-42's, and of the two of them, one has higher sensitivity (will hear a little more barefoot), and the second one is a hair less sensitive as the first one, but separates the stations better, and because of that it is easier to use with an external loop.

For example, with the first one KGA-1510 will start to swamp KSTP-1500 when KSTP fades and weakens. It's like the stereo chip begins to capture the stronger signal for a moment. This especially happens when I use an external loop (usually a Radio Shack loop).

On the second radio, KGA just creates splash, which is placed somewhere in the stereo spectrum, and it makes it easier to ignore.

So, from my experience there seems to be a difference from radio to radio. It may be due to the factory alignment of the radio.

I don't think the SRF-42 has enough selectivity to catch foreign splits. Plus, its fiddly tuner would make it a bear to tune a foreign station in on a 9 khz frequency. I've found it's useable for domestic DX, though.

Just my two cents worth.

Chris

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "m_a_schuster" <schuster@...> wrote:
Back when I joined this group, I had pulled a bunch of tiny AM stereo radios from storage and asked about them here. Since the equipment discussion focuses on current (or near current) models, there wasn't much discussion - so it's nice to see this revived.

I own (or have owned) a number of ultralight AM stereo portables: Sony SRF-A1, SRF-42, SRF-SX100RV; Aiwa CR-D60, CR-DS805; Sangean SR-66.

From the standpoint of DX, the Sony and AIWA models all suffered from the same design issue: overload broad IF filtering (for better audio) which made them pretty unselective. Especially the SRF-42 which came during AM radio's last hurrah in the form of the AMAX standard. They also had pretty awful FM sections - almost an afterthought.

The Sangean was a unique beast - from the old SR "Slide Rule" analog-tuned line. Unfortunately the IF section was prone to mechanical shock, so that virtually any movement of the set when locked to an AM stereo signal was sufficient to de-tune it all over again.

Of the lot, I eventually sold the Sangean, and the Sony SRF-SX100RV (a Japanese JDM model with hardwired headphones and internal reel-in storage).


Two Stations Just before Sunset

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

Such a nice evening, I took the PL-210 out to the picnic table for a scan starting at 19:00 EDT. I started with 1040 kHz and went up the band. It took a bit, but at 19:37 while on 1380 kHz was a nice call for WSYB and a return to the Boston Red Sox broadcast. This stayed up for about two minutes, then presumed local WFNW faded in. WSYB is a 5kW daytimer with 1kW nights located in Rutland, VT at about 236 km distance. The log represents Day RX, and is #572.

Up to the top of the band, and on 1690kHz caught a nice "The following segment was recorded earlier on WJLO", and into some Rock either modern or alternate. Surprised this was spoken in English, as I know CJLO is in Montreal. Its the first ID of the station, and was heard just before ToH at 19:57/8. CJLO is a 1kW Day?nite from Montreal, PQ at a distance of 445.5 km. This is logging #573.

Will try later on 1040 and 1520. Recently (last Sat.) I did hear some Mid-East/Cent. Asian music... female on 1520. Might be Cuba or Saudi, not sure. RX was heard about 22:00-22:20 EDT Strong and in good competitopn with E.Coast blowtorch WKBW(WWKB) No heterodynes noted.


Paul S. in CT

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