Date   

April 20 Grayland, WA Ultralight DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Thanks to all who have commented on the unidentified 531-DU station heard on the SRF-T615 last Sunday at Grayland, Washington.  Actually, for a one-night DXpedition this late in the season, the total results on the stock Sony SRF-T615 were much better than expected.
 
     Checking into Room 10 of the Grayland Motel around 10:00PM, it was quickly apparent that this small room in the center of the building was far from an ideal DX location.  Loud TV heterodynes covered the band, and QRM from wild weekend parties covered the audio frequencies.  Serious consideration was given to taking some radios and a flashlight to the beach, prior to sunrise.  Attempts were made to get some rest before 3 AM (1000 UTC), but whenever sleep was near, the QRM from Rooms 9 and 11 suddenly increased in intensity. Right up until 1200 UTC, the TP carriers (in between the TV heterodynes) were very anemic.  738-Tahiti was nowhere near audio level.  It seemed like  the trip would be a lesson in humility.
 
     Suddenly around 3:15 AM (1015), everything seemed to change.  Rooms 9 and 11 suddenly went quiet, with no more TV heterodynes (or loud AF QRM).  The Japanese powerhouses (594, 693, 747, 774 and 828) suddenly boomed in like locals, with the Koreans (972 and 1566) following them.  Just before sunrise, VOA-1575 in Thailand made an appearance.  Despite the shaky start, the logbook was filling up with stock SRF-T615 TP receptions, and various mp3 recordings were made.  It turned out to be a very exciting and successful Dxpedition, even if the 531-DU station didn't ID, during the 5 minutes the SRF-T615 received it. 
 
     The final Ultralight TP log, all on the stock SRF-T615 was
:
531  UNID Looping DU direction, fair audio (repeated songs with no breaks), heard at 1308, gone by 1315 
594  JAPAN Tokyo JOAK strong Japanese talk 1245
693  JAPAN Tokyo JOAB fair with NHK program 1220
747  JAPAN Sapporo JOIB fair with Japanese talk in KXL-750 slop, 1122
774  JAPAN Akita JOUB extremely strong with Japanese talk and TIS signal, 1200
828  JAPAN Osaka JOBB weak audio at 1050, strong NHK program at 1215
972  S. KOREA Dangjin HLCA fading in shortly after the Japanese with Korean conversation, 1236
1566 S. KOREA Jeju HLAZ good signal with FEBC Japanese-language program, 1239 (mp3 recorded)
1575 THAILAND Ban Rasom VOA briefly fading in with Asian language program around sunrise, 1246
 
     Two ICF-2010's were used as "spotting receivers," one a stock unit, and one having a 19.5" transplanted loopstick.  The "monster 2010" was responsible for catching the DU opening at 1303 (with weak audio on both 531 and 612), when the stock unit had only weak carriers. 
 
                                                                                       73,  Gary DeBock 
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Re: E100 may be On The Way OUT!

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Fry's isn't selling any E10's on their web site. I really didn't need
another radio but last November when they were selling them for $29.99
on their web site I couldn't resist. After that they raised the price
to $39.90, still a great deal. It was a refurb but not advertised as
such. That really didn't bother me; mine has a few very minor scratches.

I didn't think I'd ever buy a single conversion radio but the very
clever IF shift really works. I have a local on 1490 (one mile away)
and it moves the image from 580 (listenable station there) to 590 (no
signal there). Images of really strong SW stations are very weak;
definitely unexpected in a single conversion radio. SW reception is
excellent off the whip and it handles an indoor wire with no problems.
The wide filter is too wide but it makes for great fidelity on strong
stations.

A couple of oddities. What's with the antenna trim? Why is it needed?
Also the 1100mah AA NiMh (no, that's not a misprint) batteries. They
were .70 VDC upon arrival and the radio wouldn't charge them. There
are quite a few postings on Eton/Grundig Yahoo Groups from people who
had the same experience. I charged them outside the radio the first
time around and they've been fine ever since.

This might seem like an unfair comparison but I put it up against my
Kaito KA1103. The Kaito is a little more sensitive but the E10 is
pretty damn close.

I don't think the E10 is worth full price, which is $130.00. For
another $20.00 the Eton E5/Grundig G5 are supposedly as good as the
KA1103 (almost identical circuitry and both are built by Degen/Kaito)
and have SSB reception (the E10 doesn't).

The E10 has exceeded my expectations. The build quality is excellent.
I think it will replace the KA1103 as my travel radio.

73

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Guy Atkins" <dx@...> wrote:

Don't forget the similar, but larger E10 model, which is a hot performer
also. It's size perhaps takes it out of UL status, yet it has a lot
of good
things going for it. The radio has TWO bandwidths, including a very
effective narrow filter (actually there are two narrow filters to choose
from in addition to wide...one is 455 kHz IF, so it's a candidate for a
mods). Factory refurbs of the E10 are selling for $29.99 at Fry's
stores (I
don't know if they are available on the Fry's Web site for that price).

73, Guy


Re: E100 may be On The Way OUT!

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Guy,

Thanks for the Heads UP on the refurb E10 at Frye's for $30. That is a great price for a nice radio. Unfortunately both the selectable filtering and the size rule it out of the Ultralight category, as you suggest.

The E100 was really a slightly modified Tecsun PL-200, so Eton was really at the mercy of Tecsun (a giant Chinese electronics mfg.) as to when to discontinue the E100.  I just found this morning that the E1100 $60 replacement radio is also a dressed up Tecsun.  Both have about the same case as the E100, but without numeric keypad entry. The E1100 may well be an excellent Ultralight... and the E100 was one of the few with direct numerical entry, so maybe all is not lost... if the E1100 measures up.

Time will tell.

John B.





At 07:58 AM 4/23/2008 -0700, you wrote:

Don't forget the similar, but larger E10 model, which is a hot performer also. It's size perhaps takes it out of UL status, yet it has a lot of good things going for it.  The radio has TWO bandwidths, including a very effective narrow filter (actually there are two narrow filters to choose from in addition to wide...one is 455 kHz IF, so it's a candidate for a mods). Factory refurbs of the E10 are selling for $29.99 at Fry's stores (I don't know if they are available on the Fry's Web site for that price).
 
73, Guy
 
-----Original Message-----
From: ultralightdx@... [ mailto:ultralightdx@...]On Behalf Of D1028Gary@...
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:47 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] E100 may be On The Way OUT!

Hello Guys,
 
     This was very surprising news, but it now seems a reality.  The E100 was the best digital Ultralight I've ever tested for selectivity, and its sensitivity (after full alignment, which always improves the low band greatly on those models with a movable loopstick coil) is superior to any other Ultralight on the high band, and just a shade lower than the SRF-T615 on the low band.
 
     If you have interest in this model, it's recommended that you act quickly to nail one down, even at the price of $80 to $100.  They are fully worth it, and the Ultralight enthusiasts may not see another such full-featured pocket radio for a long time to come.
 
     It's a shame they are being discontinued, as I personally had plans to hot-rod this model with super loopsticks, as an ideal digital DX platform.  It also has a 455 kHz IF, which makes it suitable for conventional IF filter selectivity modifications.  Along with the highly competitive SRF-T615, its value as an Ultralight DXpedition portable is unsurpassed.  So if you would like one of these exceptional units, it's time to search around.
 
                                                                    73,  Gary


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Re: E100 may be On The Way OUT!

Guy Atkins
 

Don't forget the similar, but larger E10 model, which is a hot performer also. It's size perhaps takes it out of UL status, yet it has a lot of good things going for it.  The radio has TWO bandwidths, including a very effective narrow filter (actually there are two narrow filters to choose from in addition to wide...one is 455 kHz IF, so it's a candidate for a mods). Factory refurbs of the E10 are selling for $29.99 at Fry's stores (I don't know if they are available on the Fry's Web site for that price).
 
73, Guy
 

-----Original Message-----
From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...]On Behalf Of D1028Gary@...
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:47 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] E100 may be On The Way OUT!

Hello Guys,
 
     This was very surprising news, but it now seems a reality.  The E100 was the best digital Ultralight I've ever tested for selectivity, and its sensitivity (after full alignment, which always improves the low band greatly on those models with a movable loopstick coil) is superior to any other Ultralight on the high band, and just a shade lower than the SRF-T615 on the low band.
 
     If you have interest in this model, it's recommended that you act quickly to nail one down, even at the price of $80 to $100.  They are fully worth it, and the Ultralight enthusiasts may not see another such full-featured pocket radio for a long time to come.
 
     It's a shame they are being discontinued, as I personally had plans to hot-rod this model with super loopsticks, as an ideal digital DX platform.  It also has a 455 kHz IF, which makes it suitable for conventional IF filter selectivity modifications.  Along with the highly competitive SRF-T615, its value as an Ultralight DXpedition portable is unsurpassed.  So if you would like one of these exceptional units, it's time to search around.
 
                                                                    73,  Gary 


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Re: Get yourself an SRF-59 (or a spare) for $9.99!!!

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Very interesting. This radio has been out for quite some time. Some
refurbs are units there's nothing wrong with; the customer didn't like
it but it can't be sold as new. Other refurbs were returned because
there was a problem. Refurbs are supposedly brought up to factory spec.

Richard Berler wrote:

There is a store in downtown Laredo, TX selling refurbished 59s...my
small sample suggests that the refurbished units are not brought up to
intended specs...i tried a nearly deaf unit in the store, and took
another unit. It is of average sensitivity (clearly could still
benefit from an alignment), and has a scratchy sounding tuning
thumbwheel. I'm guessing that the "refurbished" 59's are not getting a
thorough check out.


Re: E100 may be On The Way OUT!

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     This was very surprising news, but it now seems a reality.  The E100 was the best digital Ultralight I've ever tested for selectivity, and its sensitivity (after full alignment, which always improves the low band greatly on those models with a movable loopstick coil) is superior to any other Ultralight on the high band, and just a shade lower than the SRF-T615 on the low band.
 
     If you have interest in this model, it's recommended that you act quickly to nail one down, even at the price of $80 to $100.  They are fully worth it, and the Ultralight enthusiasts may not see another such full-featured pocket radio for a long time to come.
 
     It's a shame they are being discontinued, as I personally had plans to hot-rod this model with super loopsticks, as an ideal digital DX platform.  It also has a 455 kHz IF, which makes it suitable for conventional IF filter selectivity modifications.  Along with the highly competitive SRF-T615, its value as an Ultralight DXpedition portable is unsurpassed.  So if you would like one of these exceptional units, it's time to search around.
 
                                                                    73,  Gary 




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E100 may be On The Way OUT!

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Like Gary,

I can't decide just which radio I'd take with me on a DXpedition if I could only take one.... I love my T615.... However, as an all-around radio that I use to DX and to set on my desk to listen to.... and prop by the bed at times, the E100 wins hands down. I love that radio.

After Dennis mentioned having trouble finding one locally in Washington, I wondered once again at the great deal that Gary and Robb got on those two units that they bought ($27!) Now why would a good company be selling a $100 radio for $27? I went on line to buy mine about 6 weeks ago and didn't find that $27.00 deal, but I saw several outlets had them for $39.00. I got one of those... still, a great deal for a $100 radio. With Dennis looking for one and me about to recommend an E100 (has SW, too) to friend Kirk Allen, I decided to look on line. A lot of things have changed in 6 weeks since I last looked. I could Google only one $39.00 deal and that was at Overstock.com.... when I went there, it was marked "temporarily out of stock." Yeah, right. There were very few places left that had E100 at any price.... and showed them in stock. There were a couple of places, ebay stores and Amazon stores that seemed to have them at about $65 to $75. I did notice that two were being auctioned on ebay... one had a "Buy It Now" button for $49.95 for a NIB unit. I bought it.... I really wanted one totally stock unit and, as I say, I love this radio.

Anyway, I went to the Eton corporate site and they showed the E100 in their gallery of Past Models!!! They show a $60 E1100 now in the Line that looks exactly like the E100, with the numerical entry pad removed and few to no memories, apparently. It did show four outlets where you could buy the E100... J&R, Universal SW, National Geographic and some sports/outdoor store. I went to two of them and they were "Temporarily Out of Stock." Universal seemed to still have them for $100, but I wonder.

So, if you want to join the ranks of the E100 owners, it looks like you better get busy



John B.
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, NRD-535(kiwa-mods)
Antennas: 700' NE/SW mini-Bev, Wellbrook Phased Array (pre-production version)


Adding an External Antenna to an Ultralight.

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I've now "successfully" added an external antenna port to the SRF-39FP, my DT-200VX and my E100. In each case, the units seem to work marvelously well with the external antenna, but each also seems to have picked up a bit of some sort of distortion when the receiver is used without the external antenna plugged in.... The audio seems muddy/dirty and I'm not certain that the sensitivity matches stock, either...... yet everything is better than good with the external antenna hooked up.

My goal was a means of attaching an external antenna that would:

1. Give me full effect of whatever external antenna was attached
2. Suppress or bypass all of the RF crud that is normally flying around in the shack when I DX... computers, TVs, digital read-outs, etc.
3. Let the radio operate normally when an external antenna was not in use
4. Either did not modify the radio at all or was easily reversible

If I had to give up one of those goals, it would be #3.... I don't mind having these radios as specialist DX machines, but I'd rather not. The new distortion seems worst on the E100, though at least a bit of weirdness is apparent in all three models.

As I thought about this, it also occurred to me that I'd not adequately tested the Gil Stacy approach of using a coupling coil on a tuned ferrite boosted bar (see his article at dxer.ca.) I've got a 12" x .75" version of the Booster Bar and I think that I'll put together a small one like Gil's and attach pick-up coils and BNC connectors on both. That would then give me five different things to test.

I think that I'll delay my testing until I get out to the NW where I can test their performance in a strong RF environment (my house near Vancouver, BC) and at Grayland. So, the "Rest of the Story" will be done sometime in early June. In the mean time, I'd love to hear from anyone else who has tackled this problem.

John B.
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, NRD-535(kiwa-mods)
Antennas: 700' NE/SW mini-Bev, Wellbrook Phased Array (pre-production version)


Disassembly of E100

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I've posted the illustrated disassembly instructions for the E100 that I promised on the second page of our Ultralight Files on dxer.ca and put a copy on our files for this e-group, too. I think that you'll find them very helpful (iffin you have an E100) , as a couple of the moves are counter-intuitive.

John B.


Re: Get yourself an SRF-59 (or a spare) for $9.99!!!

lrdheat
 

There is a store in downtown Laredo, TX selling refurbished 59s...my small sample suggests that the refurbished units are not brought up to intended specs...i tried a nearly deaf unit in the store, and took another unit. It is of average sensitivity (clearly could still benefit from an alignment), and has a scratchy sounding tuning thumbwheel. I'm guessing that the "refurbished" 59's are not getting a thorough check out.

--- On Mon, 4/21/08, Dennis Gibson wrote:
From: Dennis Gibson
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Get yourself an SRF-59 (or a spare) for $9.99!!!
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, April 21, 2008, 10:29 PM

That URL I posted last night doesn't work anymore but this one should:

http://www.sonystyl e.com/webapp/ wcs/stores/ servlet/ProductD isplay?catalogId =10551&storeId= 10151&productId= 8198552921665089 553&langId= -1

--- In ultralightdx@ yahoogroups. com, "Dennis Gibson" wrote:
>
> Sony is selling refurbished SRF-59's for $9.99!!! I'm sure there's a
> charge for shipping but what the hey. If I didn't already have an
> SRF-39FP I'd pick up another one.



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Re: Disassembly of E100

Gary DeBock
 

Hi John and Others,
 
     Thanks to John for the detailed disassembly instructions for the Eton E100, in the dxer.ca Ultralight File area.  These instructions would have proven useful, when alignments on two E100's were performed here recently.
 
     My first experience with E100 disassembly was back in February, shortly after the 2008 Shootout file was written (and the E100 barely missed the cutoff).  Kevin Schanilec sent me a unit to align, and right away I could see that the E100 was something really special.  Kevin had already used his E100 to make some phenomenal X-band receptions, and his unit had the highest upper-band sensitivity (and selectivity) that I had ever heard in a stock Ultralight.  Low-band performance, however, was an embarrassment.
 
     Upon disassembly, I discovered that the loopstick in Kevin's E100 was a type without a movable coil, i.e. individual windings wrapped around an immovable form.  This was the first time I had ever seen this configuration in a portable, although I later discovered that the ICF-2010 has the same type of loopstick.  Anyway, I had to admit to Kevin that I could not align the low band, because of the loopstick design.
 
     One month later, Rob Ross and I together bid on two E100's on eBay from Durham Radio, and got them for $27.01 apiece.  When I disassembled these, I discovered a different type of loopstick, with a moveable form.  Accordingly, both Rob and I now have E100's which are fully aligned, making the units the most sensitive and selective stock Ultralights around, with the exception of the SRF-T615's low-band sensitivity.
 
     The alignment procedure involves peaking the loopstick coil on a 600 kHz weak signal (thank goodness for CKBD-600!) by sliding it along the ferrite bar, after removing all wax.  High band is peaked by adjusting the red-bordered square- shaped trimmer capacitor located at the extreme left center position on John's photos.  A weak 1400 kHz (or thereabouts) signal is tuned in, and peaked for maximum signal.  I discovered that it is not necessary to completely disassemble the radio to get at this trimmer cap, but you do need to pull out some slack in the large bundle of wires under the center clamp, in order to flip the circuit board over enough to adjust the trimmer.   It worked well for Rob's (and my) unit.
 
     It's a tossup which stock Ultralight I would most like to have on a DXpedition-- the E100 or an SRF-T615.  The E100 has better selectivity and better high-band sensitivity, while the SRF-T615 has a lower noise lfloor, and better low-band sensitivity.  The E100 has far more memories, but the SRF-T615 has better nulling ability.  I guess the choice comes down to an intangible decision.. which radio is the most thrilling to use?  For me, it's the SRF-T615, a tiny overachiever.
 
                                                                                            73,  Gary
 




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Re: Get yourself an SRF-59 (or a spare) for $9.99!!!

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis Gibson" <wb6tnb@...> wrote:

Sony is selling refurbished SRF-59's for $9.99!!! I'm sure there's a
charge for shipping but what the hey. If I didn't already have an
SRF-39FP I'd pick up another one.


Re: Congrats to Gary on the AUSSIE on the Sony T615........

Gary DeBock
 

Dennis, Rob and Allen,
 
     Thank you all very much for your congratulations on the 531-DU logging.  Unfortunately, the west coast DU experts all say that there are at least two good possible Australians on the frequency, and even a New Zealand possibility.  Since there was no ID heard (only repeated music, with no voice breaks), the station will remain an "unID" until somebody (hopefully me) receives it again on an Ultralight, and hears a positive ID.
 
     Actually,  I'm quite happy to have shown that Ultralight radios are capable of breaking the "DU barrier."  Sooner or later one of the "Northwest Gang" (or maybe a lucky DXer elsewhere) will have a solid ID on an Australian, and I'll be the first to congratulate him.  Nick, Guy, Dennis and Steve all are very capable and experienced in DU DXing, and all have a great chance to hear the first Aussie ID on an Ultralight.  John B. is also coming back to Washington, and is sure to try his luck.  Good luck, guys!
 
                                                                                             73,  Gary




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Dial Face Uploaded

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 


As I was thinking about a second project similar to the National SRF-39 Table Model, but designed as  a hand-held portable with a smaller dial face, it came to me: Anyone using any kind of pointer on an SRF-39/59 tuning knob and wanting to have direct frequency readout could use my dial that I spent so many hours on....  All you really need to do is have a file without all of the town names, etc., and print it on bright white paper... Then its off to the local copy shop to have them make a color copy at the size that you need, on white card stock (like I did for my table model.)

I think that this dial will work on any SRF-39/59 family radio and be quite accurate. You may need to do a bit of alignment at the upper end to get that part of the dial spot-on, but I think that is fairly easy.  The file now in our Files area looks like this:


The above image is optimized as a very small file and won't print well.  The file in our Files area is at 150 dpi and prints great. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ultralightdx/files/

Let me know if you have problems with it.



John B.
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, NRD-535(kiwa-mods)
Antennas: 700' NE/SW mini-Bev, Wellbrook Phased Array (pre-production version)


Congratulations to Gary and my loggings with SRF-M37V

Allen Willie
 

First of all Congratulations ! to Gary on his success in possible hearing Australia from Grayland
 
My logs from here as follows:
April 20/08 - Logged on the SRF-M37V barefoot
 
23:22 UTC - 1008 khz - CANARY ISLANDS , R. Punto w/ Spanish commentary, R Punto mentioned ; good
 
22:23 UTC - 1053 khz - ENGLAND , TalkSport Radio w/ Engish  talk about new football stadium ; good - parallel to 1089 khz
 
23:25 UTC - 1134 khz - CROATIA , Voice of Croatia  with ID and commentary; good
 
23:32 UTC - 1341 khz - NORTHERN IRELAND , R. Ulster w/ ID and program promo about Jazz Festival ; fair
 
23:37 UTC - 1053 khz - LIBYA , Libyan Jamahiriya, Tripoli  w/ arabic chants ; strong over England on 1053
 
 
Allen Willie VO1-001-SWL
St. John's , Newfoundland
SRF-M37V barefoot


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Re: Aussie-531 Audio Heard on SRF-T615 Ultralight at Grayland

Guy Atkins
 

Hi Gary,
 
Hearing that probable Aussie on 531 with the stock T-615 is really cool!
 
I checked the Grayland Master logs (skillfully compiled and maintained by Chuck Hutton) as well as my own logs for 531. The Australian most often heard on 531 has been 2PM Kempsey in New South Wales, but there was one log by Walt Salmaniw of 4KZ Innisfail.
 
I had a log of 2PM in 2oo5, with a slogan of "Easy Listening 531". 
 
If the music you noted was "island" music or Maori style, it would almost certainly have been 1XPI Auckland, NZ.
 
Congrats again on the fine Ultralight catch!
 
73,
 
Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA USA
 


Get yourself an SRF-59 (or a spare) for $9.99!!!

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Sony is selling refurbished SRF-59's for $9.99!!! I'm sure there's a
charge for shipping but what the hey. If I didn't already have an
SRF-39FP I'd pick up another one.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&productId=8198552921665089553&langId=-1yr

Gary - you've started the biggest craze in MW DX'ing in a couple of
decades; all because you were curious about how good a dinky radio
might be.


Re: Congrats to Gary on the AUSSIE on the Sony T615........

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

I don't seem to have received the e-mail describing Gary's log of an
Aussie on a stock ULR (which one?).

Due to a major medical issue with my wife (she'll be fine eventually)
I've had less time to spin the dials. I need to get my Sonys up to
Gary to work his magic on.

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Robert Ross <va3sw@...> wrote:

Gary:

Way to go Man.......that is great. Hopefully you can figure out
which
Aussie you had. Whichever one it is....that is amazing DX on a stock
ULR!!
I'm proud of you Gary.....all your work to promote the ULR Hobby has
paid
off with a World Class Logging on your Sony ULR!!

I had an Aussie on my Sony T615 this morning as well........I fell
asleep
on the couch while listening to the T615....and it fell on the
floor. When
I woke up..my Dog "TRAMMELL" .....who is an Austrailian Shepard (AKA An
Aussie).....was laying on the Radio!!! So I guess I'm the first
person in
Ontario to have an Aussie on his ULR!!! HAHAHHHA.........True story
Gary.....but my Aussie is greatly overshadowed by your GREAT Reception
from Grayland!!

Gary put your Team Canada hat on and parade around the
neighbourhood.......be proud !!

73.......ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1


Grayland Mini-DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Sorry about the earlier blank message--  I tried to forward my original IRCA list post to the Yahoo Ultralightdx group site, which obviously didn't work.
 
     For those not subscribing to the IRCA list, a one-night DXpedition was made to Grayland, WA (about 2 hours driving time from here), primarily to test out the growing collection of hot-rodded Ultralight radios with 7", 14" and 20" loopstick transplants.  The idea was to have a "shootout" between the 14" and 20" SRF-39FP units, and a newly-created 19.5" ICF-2010 monster.. for ultimate sensitivity honors..
 
     The DX conditions were so good, however, that the stock SRF-T615 was used to make reception of eight TP's (JOAK-594, JOAB-693, JOIB-747, JOUB-774, JOBB-828, HLCA-972, HLAZ-1566, and VOA-1575 (Thailand).  But the best was yet to come.
 
     Around local sunrise (1305 UTC), things were quieting down, and it looked like the fun was over.  Then the monster 2010 started receiving weak audio from the South Pacific on 531, one of the "Aussie frequencies" that I had been instructed to monitor by experienced "Down Under" DXers.  The 531 signal, with music only, became stronger and stronger, until even the Sony SRF-T615 ultralight radio could receive it (weakly).  Unfortunately, there was no ID heard, so I could not claim a reception.  The signal, definitely coming from the South Pacific (due to loopstick bearing)  soon faded out, as did another Australian station with weak audio, 4QR-612, heard only on the monster 2010. On the IRCA list, various DXers have discussed what the 531 Aussie presumably was, but to me it's just an unID Australian, and a future target.
 
     The 14" and 20" loopstick-enabled SRF-39FP radios do have a sensitivity edge over the monster 2010, but without SSB capability to check carriers (and without digital readout to confirm a 531 frequency rather than a domestic 530 frequency), they were not used in this situation.  Anyway, the DXpedition as a whole was great fun, and hopefully more of you living near the coasts will try your DX luck overnight by the ocean! 
 
                                                                              73 and Good DX,
 
                                                                              Gary DeBock   .




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Congrats to Gary on the AUSSIE on the Sony T615........

robert ross
 

Gary:

Way to go Man.......that is great. Hopefully you can figure out which
Aussie you had. Whichever one it is....that is amazing DX on a stock ULR!!
I'm proud of you Gary.....all your work to promote the ULR Hobby has paid
off with a World Class Logging on your Sony ULR!!

I had an Aussie on my Sony T615 this morning as well........I fell asleep
on the couch while listening to the T615....and it fell on the floor. When
I woke up..my Dog "TRAMMELL" .....who is an Austrailian Shepard (AKA An
Aussie).....was laying on the Radio!!! So I guess I'm the first person in
Ontario to have an Aussie on his ULR!!! HAHAHHHA.........True story
Gary.....but my Aussie is greatly overshadowed by your GREAT Reception
from Grayland!!

Gary put your Team Canada hat on and parade around the
neighbourhood.......be proud !!

73.......ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

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