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Re: Oregon Cliff Ultralight DU's for 7-18

Guy Atkins
 

Thanks for the very interesting report, Gary! Is your ocean cliff the access drive to the Cape Perpetua Lighthouse as we speculated before hand? A mile marker number or GPS coordinates of where you DXed from would be helpful. As you know, I'll be back at Yachats again with my family in September.

Keep an ultralight ear out for 621 Tuvalu; I've been trying for them with the SDR the last couple of trips to the coast without success...but it sounds like you are having nice, targeted results toward Kiwi land! 

Have fun down in Yachats, and be sure to check out the excellent teas (and coffee) at The Green Salmon .

73,

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA


--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> Thanks to Dennis and Steve for their interesting DU-DXing reports this
> morning.
>
> After tracking down a steep ocean side cliff on Highway 101 just south
> of Yachats, OR (near Cape Perpetua), I was able to set up with a 7.5"
> MW loopstick Tecsun PL-380 and 8" Medium Wave FSL (on a 5' PVC base)
> around 1100 UTC this early morning.
>

<SNIP>


Re: Oregon Cliff Ultralight DU's for 7-18

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Might these observations in any way be linked to the
CME of recent days?

Michael UK

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

Longwave DX was a dud and only a couple of Hawaiian NDB's (332-POA and
353-LLD) showed much stength at all on the cliff this morning, . . .
. . . but in general Longwave DX was a disappointment.

Medium wave DX was an entirely different story, with an unusually good
opening to New Zealand and Tahiti. . . .
. . .An ID was recorded for the first time on the low-powered 594-NZ Rhema
stations, while the Aussie big guns (and all other Aussies) were
completely missing in action (even 891-5AN, which was highly unusual).
This upset grandiose plans to investigate the Aussie X-banders, but
there is always tomorrow to look forward to.

73, Gary DeBock (temporarily in Yachats, OR)


Re: Oregon Cliff Ultralight DU's for 7-18

robert ross
 

Hi Gary:

  Good work on your first morning at the Coast!! Hopefully tomorrow will bring something different and even more exotic!! Have Fun on the DX-Pedition!! I look forward to your daily reports.....

73...ROB VA3SW 

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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On 2012-07-18, at 6:00 PM, d1028gary@... wrote:

 

Hello All,

Thanks to Dennis and Steve for their interesting DU-DXing reports this
morning.

After tracking down a steep ocean side cliff on Highway 101 just south
of Yachats, OR (near Cape Perpetua), I was able to set up with a 7.5"
MW loopstick Tecsun PL-380 and 8" Medium Wave FSL (on a 5' PVC base)
around 1100 UTC this early morning.

Longwave DX was a dud and only a couple of Hawaiian NDB's (332-POA and
353-LLD) showed much stength at all on the cliff this morning, while
LWBC and South Pacific NDB-DX was completely missing in action. Several
Alaskan NDB's (233-ALJ, 266-ICK and 394-RWO) showed moderate stength,
but in general Longwave DX was a disappointment.

Medium wave DX was an entirely different story, with an unusually good
opening to New Zealand and Tahiti. 738-RFO, 603-Waatea and 675-Radio
National were all pegging the PL-380's S/N display at the 25 maximum at
times, while 531-PI, 567-RN, 684-NZ Rhema, 765-Kahungunu, 963-Southern
Star, 1008-Newstalk ZB and 1503-Radio Sport were all vibrant at times.
An ID was recorded for the first time on the low-powered 594-NZ Rhema
stations, while the Aussie big guns (and all other Aussies) were
completely missing in action (even 891-5AN, which was highly unusual).
This upset grandiose plans to investigate the Aussie X-banders, but
there is always tomorrow to look forward to.

Internet access is tricky here, but I'll try to upload a DU-DX once a
day. The estimated cliff elevation here is about 400', just the same as
the Rockwork viewpoint... a perfect way to enjoy fanatical Ultralight
radio DU-DX!

73, Gary DeBock (temporarily in Yachats, OR)



Oregon Cliff Ultralight DU's for 7-18

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

Thanks to Dennis and Steve for their interesting DU-DXing reports this
morning.

After tracking down a steep ocean side cliff on Highway 101 just south
of Yachats, OR (near Cape Perpetua), I was able to set up with a 7.5"
MW loopstick Tecsun PL-380 and 8" Medium Wave FSL (on a 5' PVC base)
around 1100 UTC this early morning.

Longwave DX was a dud and only a couple of Hawaiian NDB's (332-POA and
353-LLD) showed much stength at all on the cliff this morning, while
LWBC and South Pacific NDB-DX was completely missing in action. Several
Alaskan NDB's (233-ALJ, 266-ICK and 394-RWO) showed moderate stength,
but in general Longwave DX was a disappointment.

Medium wave DX was an entirely different story, with an unusually good
opening to New Zealand and Tahiti. 738-RFO, 603-Waatea and 675-Radio
National were all pegging the PL-380's S/N display at the 25 maximum at
times, while 531-PI, 567-RN, 684-NZ Rhema, 765-Kahungunu, 963-Southern
Star, 1008-Newstalk ZB and 1503-Radio Sport were all vibrant at times.
An ID was recorded for the first time on the low-powered 594-NZ Rhema
stations, while the Aussie big guns (and all other Aussies) were
completely missing in action (even 891-5AN, which was highly unusual).
This upset grandiose plans to investigate the Aussie X-banders, but
there is always tomorrow to look forward to.

Internet access is tricky here, but I'll try to upload a DU-DX once a
day. The estimated cliff elevation here is about 400', just the same as
the Rockwork viewpoint... a perfect way to enjoy fanatical Ultralight
radio DU-DX!

73, Gary DeBock (temporarily in Yachats, OR)


Re: Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380 (Ace Hardware 48" plastic level)

jerry_popiel
 

Jerry, just to add to Steve R's comments (how are you keeping Steve?) -  that 48" Plastic Level needs to be cut to 8" on Top and  5" on the Bottom, - got mine from a Canadian Tire Store  for about $13.00 - its best if you cut it up with a Miter Saw (or find a friend with one)  since  it makes for a real smooth cut, then carefully glue it to the Top of the Tecsun PL 380 with Superglue, but make sure you enough leave room to still be able to extend the PL 380's whip antenna for Shortwave and FM Reception.  Gary DeBock has an excellent downloadable Step by Step Writeup on how to construct the 7.5" Loopstick for Medium Wave, or you can also construct it  for Longwave Reception. I have it as a Word Doc. & if you need it I can send it to you.  Hope this helps.  
 
Jerry    

From: "ww0e@q.com"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:03:46 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380 (Ace Hardware 48" plastic level)

 
Thanks Steve.

Anyone happen to have any extra pieces left opver from the Ace Hardware level?

Jerry

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Ratzlaff" <mailto:ratzlaffsteve%40gmail.com>
To: mailto:ww0e%40q.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:40:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380 (Ace Hardware 48" plastic level)

Gary DeBock is on the road, traveling to his Oregon coast destination,
so I'll give some info.
He uses an Ace Hardware store 48" plastic level that he cuts up, sands,
etc. to the final form shape. He can get, I think, 2 or 3 of those
loopstick frames out of a 48" level.
Steve
NE Oregon

On 7/17/2012 7:40 PM, mailto:ww0e%40q.com wrote:
> What is used for the (orange) plastic frame that holds the
>
> 7.5" loopstick on the front top of the Tecsun PL-380?
>
>
> Jerry WWØE




Re: Kchibo D96L available it seems

chuck_rippel <Chuck.Rippel@...>
 

Glad you sold it Guido and best luck on the PL-380, another nice radio.

The USCG has sent me to Sector San Juan then over to Isabella several times. Never had time to do any DX'ing from there, however. For a good lunch, stop at one of the trucks parked under the over passes !

Best
Chuck Rippel

--- In ultralightdx@..., Guido Santacana <foxam2001@...> wrote:

The D96L was mine and it already sold hopefully to a member of this group.


Re: Loopstick question

chuck_rippel <Chuck.Rippel@...>
 

That would have been the loop last seen in automotive use, yes ?

Chuck

--- In ultralightdx@..., Tony Germanotta <germanotta.tony@...> wrote:

That's right. there used to be a NRC circuit that used a 1meg ohm variable resistor wired across the capacitor (connect to each end of the loop coil) as a Q spoiler. I used it on a 4-foot box loop to broaden the peak. Worked great and simple to use.


Re: Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380 (Ace Hardware 48" plastic level)

ww0e@...
 

Thanks Steve.

Anyone happen to have any extra pieces left opver from the Ace Hardware level?

Jerry

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Ratzlaff" <ratzlaffsteve@...>
To: ww0e@q.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:40:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380 (Ace Hardware 48" plastic level)

Gary DeBock is on the road, traveling to his Oregon coast destination,
so I'll give some info.
He uses an Ace Hardware store 48" plastic level that he cuts up, sands,
etc. to the final form shape. He can get, I think, 2 or 3 of those
loopstick frames out of a 48" level.
Steve
NE Oregon

On 7/17/2012 7:40 PM, ww0e@q.com wrote:
What is used for the (orange) plastic frame that holds the

7.5" loopstick on the front top of the Tecsun PL-380?


Jerry WWØE


Kchibo D96L for sale - UK only

dave_m1ctk
 

To UK members only I have a brand new boxed Kchibo D96L for sale, this is one of two I bought from Gary.  Email me for details if you are definitely interested


Supercharging the Tecsun PL-380

ww0e@...
 

What is used for the (orange) plastic frame that holds the

7.5" loopstick on the front top of the Tecsun PL-380?


Jerry  WWØE


Re: Loopstick question

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

That was a typo on my part, yes, 100K ohms to 1Meg ohm is proper.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@..., "gabevee" <gabevee@...> wrote:



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

The simplest rout is to install a resistor between the loop and the radio. If this is a remote loopstick, place a small potentiometer (100 ohm max) in parallel with the loopstick and its tuner. Beats the heck out of rewinding the coil, and allows some adjustment.

Paul S. in CT
100 ohms?????

I'd say 100 *K* ohms. 1 Meg better, if one can find a 1 meg pot these days. Or best idea: 100 or 250K pot with 10K in series, so the minimum shunt is 10k. 100 ohm would reduce the Q way too much and pretty much remove any semblance of selectivity and sensitivity, don't you think?

I don't know for sure.

Gabe


Re: Kchibo D96L available it seems

Guido Santacana <foxam2001@...>
 

The D96L was mine and it already sold hopefully to a member of this group. I also have a PL380 for sale at eBay. I am keeping my PL390. I guess with the RF59 this is enough ultralights in the shack. The D96L is great for medium wave but overloads easily on SW. I used it always with a finger over the antenna when SWLing with it. On FM it is a great receiver.

 BTW Puerto Rico is a US territory since 1898. Shipping from or to PR goes by any of the domestic mainland carriers including, of course, USPS. We are a domestic destination. Yes, I know that most people know this but believe me, many don't.

Best 73s

Guido KP4FAR


--- On Mon, 7/16/12, chuck_rippel wrote:

From: chuck_rippel
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Kchibo D96L available it seems
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, July 16, 2012, 6:30 PM

 

There is also one on Evil-Bay for $40 Buy it Now. Bidding starts at $10 and its located in Puerto Rico.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kchibo-D96L-Shortwave-Ultralight-Radio-Great-AMDX-radio-/110917254438?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Receivers&hash=item19d32efd26

--- In ultralightdx@..., Dave wrote:
>
> Hi all
>
> For anyone interested about buying a Kchibo D96L I appear to have found
> what seems a good source with plenty of stock. If you look at the link
> below there are 3 suppliers listed :-
>
> http://www.yoybuy.com/en/product/taobaokesearch?keyword=D96L
>
> Not called a Kchibo but as you can see it is the same radio / design etc
>


Re: Loopstick question

Gabriel Velez
 

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

The simplest rout is to install a resistor between the loop and the radio. If this is a remote loopstick, place a small potentiometer (100 ohm max) in parallel with the loopstick and its tuner. Beats the heck out of rewinding the coil, and allows some adjustment.

Paul S. in CT
100 ohms?????

I'd say 100 *K* ohms. 1 Meg better, if one can find a 1 meg pot these days. Or best idea: 100 or 250K pot with 10K in series, so the minimum shunt is 10k. 100 ohm would reduce the Q way too much and pretty much remove any semblance of selectivity and sensitivity, don't you think?

I don't know for sure.

Gabe


Re: Loopstick question

Tony Germanotta
 

That's right.  there used to be a NRC circuit that used a 1meg ohm variable resistor wired across the capacitor (connect to each end of the loop coil) as a Q spoiler. I used it on a 4-foot box loop to broaden the peak. Worked great and simple to use. 



On Jul 16, 2012, at 4:38 PM, "ferrite61" <dxrx@...> wrote:

 

The simplest rout is to install a resistor between the loop and the radio. If this is a remote loopstick, place a small potentiometer (100 ohm max) in parallel with the loopstick and its tuner. Beats the heck out of rewinding the coil, and allows some adjustment.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Larry" wrote:
>
> The peaks on my tunable loopsticks are way too sharp, I'd like to broaden the tuning out a good deal. I'm hoping someone can remind me how that's done - I believe its something along the lines of larger spacing between the turns, and then going back the other direction (and back again) until to the rod is full with the same amount of turns.
>
> Is that correct?
>
> You might wonder why I'd want to reduce the peaks. Its mainly an effort to get around a certain summertime interference I get here, which is strongly peaked also. I realize the signal strength would go down.
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> Larry
>


Re: Kchibo D96L available it seems

chuck_rippel <Chuck.Rippel@...>
 

There is also one on Evil-Bay for $40 Buy it Now. Bidding starts at $10 and its located in Puerto Rico.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kchibo-D96L-Shortwave-Ultralight-Radio-Great-AMDX-radio-/110917254438?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Receivers&hash=item19d32efd26

--- In ultralightdx@..., Dave <amstereofan@...> wrote:

Hi all

For anyone interested about buying a Kchibo D96L I appear to have found
what seems a good source with plenty of stock. If you look at the link
below there are 3 suppliers listed :-

http://www.yoybuy.com/en/product/taobaokesearch?keyword=D96L

Not called a Kchibo but as you can see it is the same radio / design etc


Re: Loopstick question

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

The simplest rout is to install a resistor between the loop and the radio. If this is a remote loopstick, place a small potentiometer (100 ohm max) in parallel with the loopstick and its tuner. Beats the heck out of rewinding the coil, and allows some adjustment.

Paul S. in CT

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Larry" <l.lanberg@...> wrote:

The peaks on my tunable loopsticks are way too sharp, I'd like to broaden the tuning out a good deal. I'm hoping someone can remind me how that's done - I believe its something along the lines of larger spacing between the turns, and then going back the other direction (and back again) until to the rod is full with the same amount of turns.

Is that correct?

You might wonder why I'd want to reduce the peaks. Its mainly an effort to get around a certain summertime interference I get here, which is strongly peaked also. I realize the signal strength would go down.

Thank you.


Larry


Re: URL Comparison Sony 615 v Panasonic 180

tadeyev
 

Hi everyone,
Just wanted to jump in here on this topic.
I got to see and handle these radios when I was in Japan, and I ended up buying 2x the T-615, which is absolutely fantastic and often able to perform like a large quality portable under most conditions for me. It goes all over the world in my luggage and always amazes me.

All the other Sony models had this roll up system as used in the Panasonic RF-ND180RA, and apart from the great quality of the 615, the regular detachable headphones were the reason I went for the 615 right away.

In the Panasonic and Japanese market non 615's, the earphones roll up on a sprung system inside the case. I didn't want the hassle and pretty big chance of the phones no longer rewinding correctly or anything else like that. Agreed, it is handy, but I know will at some point cause grief.

Anyway, just my 2 cents; do check it out before taking a decision.
73 Theo

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

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, it appears this is a Panasonic version of the T-615. After translating a few Japan websites, it appears the battery-life and sense/select are OK, and the Japan price translates to about US$90 (Y7000). However eBay has it for $120 + $18 S/H, which is above the price-limit of $100. Ebay Japan might be a better choice to get the radio under $100. Reviews seem to start with replace broken unit, all is well. Others think the controls are "flimzy" and subject to fail. But when the work, they work well. The Panasonic also uses 1 AAA Alkaline battery... using earphones is recommended for long battery life (claim is 75-100 hours AM band and 50-75 FM). There is another version the "188" model that seems to be priced over US$100 at about Y8500. Same comments and reviews (not identical) in general. On the positive side most reviews like the simplicity, and reception.

Paul S. in CT


--- In ultralightdx@..., "harrytaylor3" <harrytaylor3@> wrote:

Has anyone had the opportunity to compare the performance of the Sony SRF-T615 vs the Panasonic RF-ND180RA. Both have a similar appearance, and I know members of this group have had success with the 615. However, I can not seem to find a comparison of the two. Considering the price, I am not inclined to jump in until I understand the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the two. The 615 proved itself with the 1000+ DXers, however, I have read somewhere that the Panny was as selective and sensitive but quieter.

It does seem to me that Sony and Panasonic were in a competition since the 70s (good for radio aficionados)

Any feedback will be appreciated.

Harry


Re: Degen DE17

m_a_schuster
 

I know I'm responding to an oldish posting, but perhaps you're still reading.

There are lots of DE17's on eBay at close-out prices. I'd always been intrigued by this model - like the analog GP-4L and ETFR in appearance, but a true digital radio. Just received mine and figured out how to change frequency steps and limits.

Unfortunately my radio suffers from "Kchibo sickness" - that intensely annoying design/QC issue with cheap Chinese digital radios in which loud CPU noise leaks into the MW. On mine the upper half of the band has a loud whine which makes daytime DX all but impossible. The whine is punctuated by clicking noises - 2 per second - every other one coincides exactly with the clock on the screen. Dangit.

I once disassembled a Kchibo portable to see if I could fashion some kind of internal RF shield to keep the digi-hash from leaking into the RF, without success. I'm ready to toss this one too, so maybe that will embolden me to try again.

How's the noise floor on your DE-17?

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Wendy Evans" <w.evans98@...> wrote:


Thank You Garhard re the Degen DE 17 with that help the radio is now tuning down to 64 Mhz, on MW its very directional and AFN on 873 khz is coming in here better than my DE 1103 I think both have the same chip with the 1103 having a longer bar antenna, a nice ultralite radio I am very pleased with it.
Wendy.


Loopstick question

Larry <l.lanberg@...>
 

The peaks on my tunable loopsticks are way too sharp, I'd like to broaden the tuning out a good deal. I'm hoping someone can remind me how that's done - I believe its something along the lines of larger spacing between the turns, and then going back the other direction (and back again) until to the rod is full with the same amount of turns.

Is that correct?

You might wonder why I'd want to reduce the peaks. Its mainly an effort to get around a certain summertime interference I get here, which is strongly peaked also. I realize the signal strength would go down.

Thank you.


Larry


Re: Spanish station on 520kHz

Chris C.
 

Re: placing a radio near a wire antenna:
I used to do that also, on shortwave -- I'd place a DX-370's whip next to the longwire antenna where it went into my comm. receiver. The DX-370 would pick up a lot of stations, and the AC powerline hash was greatly reduced. I told a ham frind about this and he called it 'the proximity effect'.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "gabevee" <gabevee@...> wrote:

Hi Larry,
-- snip --

I love analog. ;-)

I occasionally put the Grundig near a wire that goes from an antenna to my desktop shortwave AM radio and stations come in far better. I even was able to receive a very fringe, I mean from Boston, 1710 kHz 1 Kw station. I was astonished. Makes me wish for the early days of radio when the airwaves weren't so crowded.

How do you get CIAO? It's only 1000 watts! 250 at night! WOW!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIAO_%28AM%29
http://radio-locator.com/info/CIAO-AM

Gabe

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