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Re: My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

DiamJ
 

OK, not a clone but we'll call it an upgrade.

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

Although on AM the CC Pocket has wide/narrow DSP filters and optional 1 kHz tuning, so it's not really a clone of the DT-400W either.




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

The CC Pocket Radio seems to be more a clone of the Sangean DT400W than the Tecsun PL210. My Sangean bit the dust and I replaced it with a Degen DE1105 which does not have NOAA, tunes to 1KHz on the MW band.also has SW. Much more satisfied. The Sangean did receive well but did not have the memory buttons of the CC Pocket otherwise appearance and specs and the LCD display are the same. The Sangean was Yellow not grey and rubberized as the CC Pocket.




From: "gmosherat@" <gmosherat@>
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 3:43 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio


Ultralightdx,
I received a CC Pocket Radio for a birthday gift on Saturday and well.. I'm presently surprised. I won't go into details on specs as that's been covered elsewhere - rather, more on performance in the AM space - I don't use FM.

I live in Western New York State, close to Rochester - This is all barefoot - stock everything - no external antenna. Over the course of 26 hour timespan I logged 101 AM stations. This consisted of a few hours of logging Sat eve, then a few hours Sunday during afternoon daylight, and a third session of 4 hours Sunday evening.

Furthest heard is AM 870 WWL in New Orleans. I Also heard the time ticks from Radio Reloj on a few frequencies - Not unheard of for good radios in my location. - Comparable to my Tecsun PL 310.

Regards,
Gregory


Re: My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

DiamJ
 

The CC Pocket is indeed a clone of both the Sangean DT400W (with WX) and DT200X (without WX). I haven't seen much discussion of the DT200X but I would recommend it if you don't wabt the WX band.
http://www.sangean.com/products/product.asp?mid=50.

The major difference is the CC pocket has the five memory buttons for 55 memories and a wide/narrow MW filter.
The older models have only the up/down buttons for 19 memories and no filter switch. I own the DT200X and find it to be excellent on MW and indeed I logged WWL from here in Massachusetts. The major drawback to all these models is there is no built-in FM antenna. You must insert an antenna wire or use the earphones as the FM antenna.

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Barry Lietz <bwlietz@...> wrote:

The CC Pocket Radio seems to be more a clone of the Sangean DT400W than the Tecsun PL210.  My Sangean bit the dust and I replaced it with a Degen DE1105 which does not have  NOAA,  tunes to 1KHz on the MW band.also has SW.  Much more satisfied.  The Sangean did receive well but did not have the memory buttons of the CC Pocket otherwise appearance and specs and the LCD display are the same.  The Sangean was Yellow not grey and rubberized as the CC Pocket.




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From: "gmosherat@..." <gmosherat@...>
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 3:43 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio



 
Ultralightdx,
I received a CC Pocket Radio for a birthday gift on Saturday and well.. I'm presently surprised. I won't go into details on specs as that's been covered elsewhere - rather, more on performance in the AM space - I don't use FM.
 
I live in Western New York State, close to Rochester - This is all barefoot - stock everything - no external antenna.  Over the course of 26 hour timespan I logged 101 AM stations. This consisted of a few hours of logging Sat eve,  then a few hours Sunday during afternoon daylight, and a third session of 4 hours Sunday evening.
 
Furthest heard is AM 870 WWL in New Orleans. I Also heard the time ticks from Radio Reloj on a few frequencies - Not unheard of for good radios in my location. - Comparable to my Tecsun PL 310.
 
Regards,
Gregory


Re: My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

Gary Kinsman
 

Although on AM the CC Pocket has wide/narrow DSP filters and optional 1 kHz tuning, so it's not really a clone of the DT-400W either.




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

The CC Pocket Radio seems to be more a clone of the Sangean DT400W than the Tecsun PL210.  My Sangean bit the dust and I replaced it with a Degen DE1105 which does not have  NOAA,  tunes to 1KHz on the MW band.also has SW.  Much more satisfied.  The Sangean did receive well but did not have the memory buttons of the CC Pocket otherwise appearance and specs and the LCD display are the same.  The Sangean was Yellow not grey and rubberized as the CC Pocket.



From: "gmosherat@..." <gmosherat@...>
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 3:43 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

 
Ultralightdx,
I received a CC Pocket Radio for a birthday gift on Saturday and well.. I'm presently surprised. I won't go into details on specs as that's been covered elsewhere - rather, more on performance in the AM space - I don't use FM.
 
I live in Western New York State, close to Rochester - This is all barefoot - stock everything - no external antenna.  Over the course of 26 hour timespan I logged 101 AM stations. This consisted of a few hours of logging Sat eve,  then a few hours Sunday during afternoon daylight, and a third session of 4 hours Sunday evening.
 
Furthest heard is AM 870 WWL in New Orleans. I Also heard the time ticks from Radio Reloj on a few frequencies - Not unheard of for good radios in my location. - Comparable to my Tecsun PL 310.
 
Regards,
Gregory



Re: My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

bwlietz
 

The CC Pocket Radio seems to be more a clone of the Sangean DT400W than the Tecsun PL210.  My Sangean bit the dust and I replaced it with a Degen DE1105 which does not have  NOAA,  tunes to 1KHz on the MW band.also has SW.  Much more satisfied.  The Sangean did receive well but did not have the memory buttons of the CC Pocket otherwise appearance and specs and the LCD display are the same.  The Sangean was Yellow not grey and rubberized as the CC Pocket.



From: "gmosherat@..."
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 3:43 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

 
Ultralightdx,
I received a CC Pocket Radio for a birthday gift on Saturday and well.. I'm presently surprised. I won't go into details on specs as that's been covered elsewhere - rather, more on performance in the AM space - I don't use FM.
 
I live in Western New York State, close to Rochester - This is all barefoot - stock everything - no external antenna.  Over the course of 26 hour timespan I logged 101 AM stations. This consisted of a few hours of logging Sat eve,  then a few hours Sunday during afternoon daylight, and a third session of 4 hours Sunday evening.
 
Furthest heard is AM 870 WWL in New Orleans. I Also heard the time ticks from Radio Reloj on a few frequencies - Not unheard of for good radios in my location. - Comparable to my Tecsun PL 310.
 
Regards,
Gregory



Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-22

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
There was somewhat of an improvement in Asian signal strength here this morning, although it seemed to benefit the Asian mainland stations at the expense of the Japanese big guns. Despite the improvement the Korean and Chinese signals still didn't quite reach the levels of Saturday and Sunday, although the generous sunrise enhancement continued right up until 1500 here. The session started off in a promising way with fair audio from 558-HLQH, 603-HLSA, 738-BEL2 and 1044-CRI from 1315-1330, along with very good audio from the Korean big guns on 972, 1053, 1134 and 1566. 648-VOR was also back in a big way this morning, reaching good audio (through a mystery buzzing noise) with its Chinese service from 1330-1355. The Japanese big guns were not especially strong during the same period, with 594, 747, 774 and 828 taking turns reaching good audio during brief moments. Unlike yesterday some second-tier Chinese stations on 603, 639, 936, 1017 and 1044 did have fair audio in and out from 1400-1455, with 936-Anhui (presumed) playing long music sets around 1410, and 639-CNR1 managing some fair audio (in KFI splatter) with Chinese news by a male announcer at the very late hour of 1450.
 
 
Unfortunately some other Chinese signals on 918, 927, 1323 and 1377 never rose above threshold level, but even that was an improvement over yesterday. 1575-VOA once again had a late rally from 1430-1445, reaching good audio for a few seconds in short cycles before it would dive into the noise. Overall the session was a definite improvement over yesterday's lackluster propagation, even though nothing new or exotic was in the mix. If tomorrow continues to show more improvement in Asian mainland propagation, the more obscure Chinese stations on frequencies like 918 and 927 should be able to break into the clear.
 
 
603  HLSA  Namyang, S. Korean  Good strength
           easy listening music sets around 1355 // 558,
         ; weak Chinese co-channel underneath at times
 
639  CNR1  China Synchros  Fair Chinese male
          speech (news) // 6030  in KFI splatter very late
          at 1450
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
     
      


Re: First Impression of CC Pocket Radio

Gary Kinsman
 

Paul,


I don't understand your comment about the CC Pocket being a PL-200 clone. They look like completely different radios to me. For starters, the CC Pocket is in vertical format and the PL-200 is in horizontal format.


-Gary




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

Not bad for a Tecsun Pl-200 Clone. I imagine the first 300 or so RX'x will be rather quick.
Nice catch of WWL, that a large chunk of dirt 2000 km +. Seldom heard here due Appalachians, but gets an ID 1 or 2 per year.

Paul S. in CT


Re: First Impression of CC Pocket Radio

Paul S. in CT
 

Not bad for a Tecsun Pl-200 Clone. I imagine the first 300 or so RX'x will be rather quick.
Nice catch of WWL, that a large chunk of dirt 2000 km +. Seldom heard here due Appalachians, but gets an ID 1 or 2 per year.

Paul S. in CT


New Loggings - 21/10/2013

Paul Blundell
 

Last night I decided to hit only those frequencies on which I have not logged a station before, I still have a few I need to try and ID, this might be a chance to go out one night later this week to a more rural location with less noise.

FREQ: 864
CALLSIGN: 7RPH
AREA: Hobart
STATUS: Community
POWER: 2000

FREQ: 918
CALLSIGN: 2XL
AREA: Cooma
STATUS: Commercial
POWER: 2000

FREQ: 990
CALLSIGN: 3RN
AREA: Albury/Wodonga
STATUS: National
POWER: 500

FREQ: 1044
CALLSIGN: 5AU
AREA: Port Pirie
STATUS: Commercial
POWER: 2000

FREQ: 1062
CALLSIGN: 5MV
AREA: Renmark/Loxton
STATUS: National
POWER: 2000

FREQ: 1080
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Hobart
STATUS: HPON
POWER: 5000

FREQ: 1134
CALLSIGN: 3CS
AREA: Colac
STATUS: Commercial
POWER: 5000

FREQ: 1422
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Melbourne
STATUS: HPON
POWER: 5000


My First Impressions on CC Pocket AM/FM Weather Radio

gmosherat
 

Ultralightdx,

I received a CC Pocket Radio for a birthday gift on Saturday and well.. I'm presently surprised. I won't go into details on specs as that's been covered elsewhere - rather, more on performance in the AM space - I don't use FM.

 

I live in Western New York State, close to Rochester - This is all barefoot - stock everything - no external antenna.  Over the course of 26 hour timespan I logged 101 AM stations. This consisted of a few hours of logging Sat eve,  then a few hours Sunday during afternoon daylight, and a third session of 4 hours Sunday evening.

 

Furthest heard is AM 870 WWL in New Orleans. I Also heard the time ticks from Radio Reloj on a few frequencies - Not unheard of for good radios in my location. - Comparable to my Tecsun PL 310.

 

Regards,

Gregory


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-21

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
Asian signals took a definite step backward this morning as vibrant audio was pretty much limited to the Japanese and Korean big gun TP's (with the exception of a potent late rally by 1575-VOA). The band started off around 1315 in average fashion with the usual big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774, 972 and 1053 taking turns producing good audio-- with 774-JOUB and 972-HLCA the best of the bunch managing excellent signals around 1350. During this early period all of the second-tier Asians except for 603-HLSA and 738-BEL2 were missing in action, a pretty stark contrast from yesterday (when 648, 657 and 1323 were all pretty vibrant during this period). The peak sunrise enhancement period from 1400-1430 didn't seem to enhance very much, with yesterday's collection of anemic Chinese on 639, 936, 963, 981, 1017, 1035, 1044 and 1593 staying at the strong carrier level for the most part. Only 639-CNR1 and 1017-CRI managed threshold audio out of this group, and that was only for a few seconds around 1405. Except for the NHK and Korean big guns, the only decent second-tier Asian audio was from the two overachievers 603-HLSA and 738-BEL2, both of which managed fair signals very briefly around 1335. The 603-HLSA parallel 558-HLQH was around at the same time, but almost inaudible in the 560-KPQ splatter.
  
 
1575-VOA made the lackluster session somewhat more interesting with a late rally from 1420-1440, continually fading in and out a for a few seconds at a time with good Asiatic language male-female speech. By 1445 all of the Asian signals were biting the dust here, finishing up a low-average session without any of yesterday's excitement.
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna 
 
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Ultralight TP-DX MP3's for 10-20

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
For anyone interested, five recording links of TP-DX signals from this morning's session are posted below. Limited time this morning made it impossible to include them with the morning's report.
 
 
648  VOR  Razdolnoye, Russia  Good strength with
              Chinese service at 1352, but with a strange
               buzzing sound on the frequency, This odd
               buzz has been on 648 here all season long
 
657  Pyongyang, N. Korea   Distinctive (and boring)
               music at good strength at 1356,and
               throughout most of sunrise enhancement
 
936  Anhui, China (Presumed)  This fair signal at 1412
               with Chinese female speech was typical of
               about 10 Chinese domestic and CRI stations this
               morning-- hanging around at a halfhearted level
 
972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea   Best TP signal of the
               session with Korean female-male conversation
               at 1410 pegging the PL-380 S/N readout
 
1323  CRI  Huadian, China   Presumed Russian service
               at fair-good level at 1320; best signals ever here
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
                  


Re: Tecsun PL-310ET first looks and first ever MW DX log

Rik
 

Sounds like you are having fun! THAT is what DXing is all about in my book. When I restarted my LOG [3X5 cards]  I tried to hear at least one station in each state in my region just to make up a reasonable challenge for myself. I consiter anything you can not hear easily on a radio  to be DX regardless of the distance. - FARMERIK



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

Well, after the fiasco of the PL-310ET adventure, and finally receiving one thru Amazon, here is the first operations results. Please note that while I have been DXing a couple years, this is the first time I have logged. I spend about 1 hour on any given night whenever I can( and yes, on the bed LOL).

First off, sensitivity is amazing for a little guy like this. Selectivity is pretty good. I do often catch 2 signals on one freq and it can't seem to pick one out. But that is more the exception. The bandwidth DSP is amazing. I did not know how the hell to use this with my previous radios being analog and old transistor. I usually leave it at 2 KHz which, which seems to leave me some fidelity. 1 KHz is great in case I really have to listen in.

Soft mute may be causing a problem, but I do not know what the hell is it, so I do not know if it is yet. Maybe someone can explain it. I cannot tell you if it is turned off in 1 KHz or not.

Here is the log. I am located in Swedesboro, NJ, about 30 miles south of Philadelphia, right where the NJ/Delaware borders meet.

10-8-13
7:32pm 580 KHz WHP Harrisburg, PA 5 kW
7:53pm 700 WLW Cincinnati, OH 50 kW
8:09pm 780 WBBM Chicago, IL 50 kW

10-9-13
7:55pm 930 WBEN Niagara Falls, NY 5 kW
8:25pm 960 WHYL Carlisle, PA 22 W at night !!!!!!!

10-19-13
7:15pm 1100 WTAM Cleveland, OH 50 KW
7:30pm 1120 WKAJ St. Johnsville, NY 400 W at night !!!!!!
7:35pm 1140 WRVA Richmond, VA 50kW
7:45pm 1170 WWVA Wheeling, WV 50kW

As you can see, most are on the east and most are the big gin 50 kW. But, got all excited at the 22 W and 400 W little guys! They were not that far away, but at that power, I seemed to get most satisfaction out of it.

Have not done the top of the dial, yet. Last night was especially good propagation until my wife and daughter got home, at which point a mailed it in for the night. One thing I may try next summer is baseball DX and try to pick up as many games as possible on their local station.

Vinnie


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-20

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
It was another interesting morning for signals from the Asian mainland, with overall results very similar to yesterday's. The big gun TP's were very vibrant again, with 594, 693, 747, 774, 828, 972, 1053, 1566 and 1575 all strong at times (774-JOUB and 972-HLCA especially so).  A generous sunrise enhancement lasted until about 1500 here, during which plenty of weak Chinese domestic and CRI stations came out of the woodwork (although none of them were especially energetic).
 
 
Early on (at 1320) 1323-CRI managed its best audio ever here, and 648-VOR and 657-Pyongyang were both acting like big guns throughout the session, hitting their peaks around 1350. VOR was breaking through CISL splatter with its Chinese service while Pyongyang pounded in with orchestral music during the extended sunrise enhancement, although nearby 639-CNR1 had the typical anemic Chinese signal this morning. 639, 918, 927, 936, 963, 981, 1017, 1035, 1044, 1323 and 1593 all had poor to fair Chinese audio at times during the extended sunrise enhancement, although none of them sounded very vibrant. 558-HLQH, 603-HLSA and 738-BEL2 were also around at fair levels in and out all morning, but never very strong. Best signal of the morning was again from 972-HLCA, pounding in as usual with Korean YL conversation around 1410. Overall it was another interesting session for the Asian mainland, although probably far more interesting at Grayland.
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
         


Tecsun PL-310ET first looks and first ever MW DX log

Vincenzo Sallustio
 

Well, after the fiasco of the PL-310ET adventure, and finally receiving one thru Amazon, here is the first operations results. Please note that while I have been DXing a couple years, this is the first time I have logged. I spend about 1 hour on any given night whenever I can( and yes, on the bed LOL).

First off, sensitivity is amazing for a little guy like this. Selectivity is pretty good. I do often catch 2 signals on one freq and it can't seem to pick one out. But that is more the exception. The bandwidth DSP is amazing. I did not know how the hell to use this with my previous radios being analog and old transistor. I usually leave it at 2 KHz which, which seems to leave me some fidelity. 1 KHz is great in case I really have to listen in.

Soft mute may be causing a problem, but I do not know what the hell is it, so I do not know if it is yet. Maybe someone can explain it. I cannot tell you if it is turned off in 1 KHz or not.

Here is the log. I am located in Swedesboro, NJ, about 30 miles south of Philadelphia, right where the NJ/Delaware borders meet.

10-8-13
7:32pm 580 KHz WHP Harrisburg, PA 5 kW
7:53pm 700 WLW Cincinnati, OH 50 kW
8:09pm 780 WBBM Chicago, IL 50 kW

10-9-13
7:55pm 930 WBEN Niagara Falls, NY 5 kW
8:25pm 960 WHYL Carlisle, PA 22 W at night !!!!!!!

10-19-13
7:15pm 1100 WTAM Cleveland, OH 50 KW
7:30pm 1120 WKAJ St. Johnsville, NY 400 W at night !!!!!!
7:35pm 1140 WRVA Richmond, VA 50kW
7:45pm 1170 WWVA Wheeling, WV 50kW

As you can see, most are on the east and most are the big gin 50 kW. But, got all excited at the 22 W and 400 W little guys! They were not that far away, but at that power, I seemed to get most satisfaction out of it.

Have not done the top of the dial, yet. Last night was especially good propagation until my wife and daughter got home, at which point a mailed it in for the night. One thing I may try next summer is baseball DX and try to pick up as many games as possible on their local station.

Vinnie


Re: Current "Best" UL radio

Paul Blundell
 

In the end I decided to go with the PL-606. Just ordered it now :)


On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM, <D1028Gary@...> wrote:
 

Hi Paul,
 
Three of those models (the PL-310, PL-380 and PL-606) were the subjects of a very detailed comparison article published a few years back ,and posted at http://www.mediafire.com/view/gcu6zgyxb724cy2/Tecsun606.doc  It will give you a four-band performance review of the three Tecsun DSP radios.
 
The PL-360's stock AM loopstick is one of the most deaf antennas on the planet, but the model has a plug-in AM and LW antenna socket, which is ideal for antenna experimentation. Unless you have such an interest, you should probably steer clear of the model for any serious AM-band DXing. On the other hand, if you (or anyone else) have such an interest, the article posted at http://www.mediafire.com/view/2cqwsqj0bvajf6k/7.5_inch-LS.doc  will give you all the information you need to turn the tiny Tecsun into a DXing sensation.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Paul <tanger32au@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 7:13 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Current "Best" UL radio

 
I am in the market for a new UL radio, what is the current pick as the "best" model to look for?

These are some that I have spotted online:
TECSUN PL-310
TECSUN PL-380
TECSUN PL-606
Tecsun PL-360

Paul



Re: Ultralight DX and Social Media

keith beesley
 

There is a Facebook group called "I Love AM Radio" that is pretty popular with MW DXers. There's also "I Love FM Radio" and "I Love Shortwave Radio" but they seem to get less traffic. 

Keith 


On Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:27 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
 
Thanks for the excellent reply Phil. I was not for one second saying that what we have here on this group and on the various other websites was not amazing, I have found so many excellent resources.

I have been / am a member of a number of Yahoo groups, forums, Facebook groups and mailing lists both professionally and also for my own personal interests. I have found that a number of these have a Facebook page which is used for less formal / more social interactions. A Facebook page can also be used to link back to the main group page and also as a backup in case anything was ever to happen to the Yahoo group (I have had to deal with this in the past, having a secondary contact method was very helpful)

Just my thoughts :)

Paul 


On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM, Myamiphil <myamiphil@...> wrote:
 
From what I've seen of the posting in the group and the info one can get from loggings etc. there's a lot covered here and on individual websites. I'm involved in several groups on FB... It depends what the subject is. Ultralight radio and DXing is not a big hobby per se. I'd think we're doing great here. Despite Yahoo's changing the look and feel.

FB is changing personal rights again, opening it up more and more. Ive been doing much less on FB these days. I just "listen in" mostly, I post very litttle. The groups I  do belong to are somewhat chatty... again depending on the subject. Some are local groups others are on a more national scale. But I don't see what going on FB would do for us.... I don't see people discovering the hobby because we're there.... Radio listening is a very small percentage of hobbies. Smaller than ARRL and Hams and their activities. FB will give you a place for pics, vids, texting.. same as here....

Twitter....I can't say..... I don't use it.
YouTube is a video gold mine for everything....

Doesn't matter what resource (FB, YouTube, Twitter) they're all mining your data in some form...

I do make use of audio podcasts and wondered if that would be of use....

I listen to a model railroad podcast (ModelRailRadio.com) that is very successful..... They get together on Skype and have conversations. The key element is the host. He manages the conversations, leads the talker on to discuss all types of topics. There are usual folks that are always on....but newcomers are always about. The thing that amazes me is the listenership.. Its worldwide! Its grown from the US to Europe to Australia and NZ. Of course different times are needed to accommodate the various time zones. I think the listenership is upwards of 5000 people now. That's only a small percentage of a very big hobby worldwide. Of course there are limits to how many can be on Skype at any one time but the show accommodates 10-15 listeners usually. No video... It can't be done with the usual throughput of the net as it is and still have 10-15 listeners logged in. The podcasts have been growing up to 5 hour duration periods now... Takes days to listen to it all while I'm driving...What is overwhelming is they use FB (1000 members), a webpage, with a running discussion forum too, and of course Skype.

But it takes a dedicated announcer and post editor for the audio. That's a lot of work. From podcasts that I've listened to, ... one way discussions don't last long.... they're boring. But two way discussions can be very interesting... literally conversations from all over the world brought into one room. It doesn't have to be reviews of products, that's easy reading on many websites. But discussing techniques, locations, technical problems, antennas, reception. If pics or vids are needed they can be linked to YouTube or a website. Ideas can be traded from many perspectives.
 
I was listening to a programming lecture from Cornell Univ. last night. It was more than several years old. Although the whole course was lecture and lab, the lectures were recorded and on YouTube. Most college level course these days are online..  Very little in the way of books. Maybe pieces(chapters) of books that are downloaded. Lectures outlines. notes references, labs, instructions and even discussions are done online. Facebook was the popular communication tool, Twitter was out. Way too many posts to overwhelm the phone contracts of the time. And the prof warned that if he posted something to FB you better read it within 24 hours! That's how quick information came out and was relevant.

In contrast I watched a YouTube vid on the Arduino microcomputer and it was done well. Even though one way, it covered material clearly.

So to me YouTube is of more value for information than one way conversations. Skype is great for two way conversations, even if small. Once a month, like a club meeting, and the recordings are posted for all to listen to.

My problem I like SWL, NDB listening, Natural Radio listening, ultralights, regular SW radios and now there's those little USB SDR radios that are coming up everywhere. Even in areas of Radio Astronomy, Ham radio is probably playing with them too! But a USB SDR needs a computer... no longer an ultralight rig! But hold on, there's now small microcomputers the size of credit cards running Linux derivatives, Android, etc with all kinds of interfaces... USB, Ethernet, SATA for HDs, serial ports, video, (HDMI, DVI, VGA)...audio I/O, camera input. (e.g Beagle Board, UDOO, RasberryPi, CubieBoard etc)

So imagine a small micro and USB stick running on a 9V battery, with a small display (touch screen if you want).....a fitting in a small tin box (OK maybe two Altoid tins)  That can tune from the AM Band all the way up to 2 GHz! (antennas not included!) Can two Altoid tins qualify as an Ultralight???

So much stuff.. so little time....
Best Regards
Phil
Lat: 40.8367633  Long: -74.1768412
 



From: Paul <tanger32au@...>
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:19 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Ultralight DX and Social Media

 
Hi all,

Has anybody considered the use of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter) to promote our hobby? These days more and more people are using these technologies and from some quick searching I have done I have noticed that our hobby does not have any presence on these.

Thoughts?

Paul







Re: Ultralight DX and Social Media

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the excellent reply Phil. I was not for one second saying that what we have here on this group and on the various other websites was not amazing, I have found so many excellent resources.

I have been / am a member of a number of Yahoo groups, forums, Facebook groups and mailing lists both professionally and also for my own personal interests. I have found that a number of these have a Facebook page which is used for less formal / more social interactions. A Facebook page can also be used to link back to the main group page and also as a backup in case anything was ever to happen to the Yahoo group (I have had to deal with this in the past, having a secondary contact method was very helpful)

Just my thoughts :)

Paul 


On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM, Myamiphil <myamiphil@...> wrote:
 

From what I've seen of the posting in the group and the info one can get from loggings etc. there's a lot covered here and on individual websites. I'm involved in several groups on FB... It depends what the subject is. Ultralight radio and DXing is not a big hobby per se. I'd think we're doing great here. Despite Yahoo's changing the look and feel.

FB is changing personal rights again, opening it up more and more. Ive been doing much less on FB these days. I just "listen in" mostly, I post very litttle. The groups I  do belong to are somewhat chatty... again depending on the subject. Some are local groups others are on a more national scale. But I don't see what going on FB would do for us.... I don't see people discovering the hobby because we're there.... Radio listening is a very small percentage of hobbies. Smaller than ARRL and Hams and their activities. FB will give you a place for pics, vids, texting.. same as here....

Twitter....I can't say..... I don't use it.
YouTube is a video gold mine for everything....

Doesn't matter what resource (FB, YouTube, Twitter) they're all mining your data in some form...

I do make use of audio podcasts and wondered if that would be of use....

I listen to a model railroad podcast (ModelRailRadio.com) that is very successful..... They get together on Skype and have conversations. The key element is the host. He manages the conversations, leads the talker on to discuss all types of topics. There are usual folks that are always on....but newcomers are always about. The thing that amazes me is the listenership.. Its worldwide! Its grown from the US to Europe to Australia and NZ. Of course different times are needed to accommodate the various time zones. I think the listenership is upwards of 5000 people now. That's only a small percentage of a very big hobby worldwide. Of course there are limits to how many can be on Skype at any one time but the show accommodates 10-15 listeners usually. No video... It can't be done with the usual throughput of the net as it is and still have 10-15 listeners logged in. The podcasts have been growing up to 5 hour duration periods now... Takes days to listen to it all while I'm driving...What is overwhelming is they use FB (1000 members), a webpage, with a running discussion forum too, and of course Skype.

But it takes a dedicated announcer and post editor for the audio. That's a lot of work. From podcasts that I've listened to, ... one way discussions don't last long.... they're boring. But two way discussions can be very interesting... literally conversations from all over the world brought into one room. It doesn't have to be reviews of products, that's easy reading on many websites. But discussing techniques, locations, technical problems, antennas, reception. If pics or vids are needed they can be linked to YouTube or a website. Ideas can be traded from many perspectives.
 
I was listening to a programming lecture from Cornell Univ. last night. It was more than several years old. Although the whole course was lecture and lab, the lectures were recorded and on YouTube. Most college level course these days are online..  Very little in the way of books. Maybe pieces(chapters) of books that are downloaded. Lectures outlines. notes references, labs, instructions and even discussions are done online. Facebook was the popular communication tool, Twitter was out. Way too many posts to overwhelm the phone contracts of the time. And the prof warned that if he posted something to FB you better read it within 24 hours! That's how quick information came out and was relevant.

In contrast I watched a YouTube vid on the Arduino microcomputer and it was done well. Even though one way, it covered material clearly.

So to me YouTube is of more value for information than one way conversations. Skype is great for two way conversations, even if small. Once a month, like a club meeting, and the recordings are posted for all to listen to.

My problem I like SWL, NDB listening, Natural Radio listening, ultralights, regular SW radios and now there's those little USB SDR radios that are coming up everywhere. Even in areas of Radio Astronomy, Ham radio is probably playing with them too! But a USB SDR needs a computer... no longer an ultralight rig! But hold on, there's now small microcomputers the size of credit cards running Linux derivatives, Android, etc with all kinds of interfaces... USB, Ethernet, SATA for HDs, serial ports, video, (HDMI, DVI, VGA)...audio I/O, camera input. (e.g Beagle Board, UDOO, RasberryPi, CubieBoard etc)

So imagine a small micro and USB stick running on a 9V battery, with a small display (touch screen if you want).....a fitting in a small tin box (OK maybe two Altoid tins)  That can tune from the AM Band all the way up to 2 GHz! (antennas not included!) Can two Altoid tins qualify as an Ultralight???

So much stuff.. so little time....
Best Regards
Phil
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From: Paul <tanger32au@...>
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:19 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Ultralight DX and Social Media

 
Hi all,

Has anybody considered the use of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter) to promote our hobby? These days more and more people are using these technologies and from some quick searching I have done I have noticed that our hobby does not have any presence on these.

Thoughts?

Paul





Re: Ultralight DX and Social Media

Paul Blundell
 

I am also one of those weird people, active on Facebook and in the radio hobby :)


On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM, <D1028Gary@...> wrote:
 

Andy (and Paul),
 
Believe it or not, some of us are weird enough to be active in both DXing and Facebook :-)
 
73, Gary DeBock 
-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Gardner <ceo@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 19, 2013 8:21 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Ultralight DX and Social Media

 

Hmmm. Facebookers are weird in a different way to DXer's. :^)

On 20/10/2013, at 4:19 PM, Paul wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Has anybody considered the use of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter) to promote our hobby? These days more and more people are using these technologies and from some quick searching I have done I have noticed that our hobby does not have any presence on these.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Paul



Loggings: October 2013 - Launceston Tasmania.

Paul Blundell
 

My first set of loggings since I got back in to the hobby. Already cracked the 100 station mark for the second time.

FREQ: 531
CALLSIGN: 3GG
AREA: Warragul
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: The party shuffle

FREQ: 540
CALLSIGN: 7SD
AREA: Scottsdale
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 549
CALLSIGN: 2CR
AREA: Cumnock
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 558
CALLSIGN: 7BU
AREA: Burnie
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 567
CALLSIGN: 4JK
AREA: Julia Creek
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: QLD
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 576
CALLSIGN: 2RN
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 585
CALLSIGN: 7RN
AREA: Hobart
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 594
CALLSIGN: 3WV
AREA: Horsham
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 603
CALLSIGN: 2RN
AREA: Nowra
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 612
CALLSIGN: 4QR
AREA: Brisbane
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: QLD
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 621
CALLSIGN: 3RN
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 630
CALLSIGN: 7RN
AREA: Queenstown
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 400
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 639
CALLSIGN: 2HC
AREA: Coffs Harbour
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: Station announcement
FREQ: 639
CALLSIGN: 5CK
AREA: Port Pirie
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES: Very weak.

FREQ: 648
CALLSIGN: 2NU
AREA: Tamworth
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 657
CALLSIGN: 2BY
AREA: Byrock
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 657
CALLSIGN: 8RN
AREA: Darwin
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: NT
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES: Local address

FREQ: 666
CALLSIGN: 2CN
AREA: Canberra
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 5000
STATE: ACT
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 675
CALLSIGN: 2CO
AREA: Corowa
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 684
CALLSIGN: 2KP
AREA: Kempsey
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 693
CALLSIGN: 3AW
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 702
CALLSIGN: 2BL
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 720
CALLSIGN: 3MT
AREA: Omeo
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 729
CALLSIGN: 5RN
AREA: Adelaide
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 738
CALLSIGN: 2NR
AREA: Grafton
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 747
CALLSIGN: 7PB
AREA: Hobart
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 3500
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 756
CALLSIGN: 3RN
AREA: Wangaratta
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 765
CALLSIGN: 2EC
AREA: Bega
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 765
CALLSIGN: 5CC
AREA: Port Lincoln
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 774
CALLSIGN: 3LO
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 801
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Gosford
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 810
CALLSIGN: 2BA
AREA: Bega
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 819
CALLSIGN: 2GL
AREA: Glen Innes
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 828
CALLSIGN: 3GI
AREA: Sale
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 846
CALLSIGN: 2RN
AREA: Canberra
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: ACT
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 855
CALLSIGN: 4QB
AREA: Pialba
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: QLD
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 873
CALLSIGN: 2GB
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 882
CALLSIGN: 3YB
AREA: Warrnambool
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 891
CALLSIGN: 5AN
AREA: Adelaide
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 900
CALLSIGN: 7AD
AREA: Devonport
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 927
CALLSIGN: 3UZ
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 936
CALLSIGN: 7ZR
AREA: Hobart
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: TAS
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 945
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Bendigo
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 954
CALLSIGN: 2UE
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 963
CALLSIGN: 2RG
AREA: Griffith
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 972
CALLSIGN: 2MW
AREA: Murwillumbah
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 981
CALLSIGN: 2NM
AREA: Muswellbrook
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 981
CALLSIGN: 3HA
AREA: Hamilton
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1026
CALLSIGN: 3PB
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1035
CALLSIGN: 2EA
AREA: Wollongong
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1044
CALLSIGN: 2UH
AREA: Muswellbrook
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1053
CALLSIGN: 2CA
AREA: Canberra
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: ACT
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: Station ID
FREQ: 1071
CALLSIGN: 3EL
AREA: Maryborough (Vic)
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1089
CALLSIGN: 3WM
AREA: Horsham
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1107
CALLSIGN: 2EA
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1116
CALLSIGN: 3AK
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1125
CALLSIGN: 1RPH
AREA: Canberra
PURPOSE: Community
POWER: 2000
STATE: ACT
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1143
CALLSIGN: 2HD
AREA: Newcastle
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1152
CALLSIGN: 2WG
AREA: Wagga Wagga
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1170
CALLSIGN: 2CH
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: Station ID

FREQ: 1179
CALLSIGN: 3RPH
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Community
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: Station ID

FREQ: 1188
CALLSIGN: 2NZ
AREA: Inverell
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: Station ID

FREQ: 1197
CALLSIGN: 5RPH
AREA: Adelaide
PURPOSE: Community
POWER: 2000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1206
CALLSIGN: 2CC
AREA: Canberra
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: ACT
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 1215
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Bowral
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 350
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 1224
CALLSIGN: 2RPH
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: Community
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1224
CALLSIGN: 3EA
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1233
CALLSIGN: 2NC
AREA: Newcastle
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1242
CALLSIGN: 3GV
AREA: Sale
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES: Station ID

FREQ: 1251
CALLSIGN: 2DU
AREA: Dubbo
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1260
CALLSIGN: 3SR
AREA: Shepparton
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1269
CALLSIGN: 2SM
AREA: Sydney
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1278
CALLSIGN: 3EE
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1287
CALLSIGN: 2TM
AREA: Tamworth
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1296
CALLSIGN: 4RPH
AREA: Brisbane
PURPOSE: Community
POWER: 5000
STATE: QLD
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1305
CALLSIGN: 5RN
AREA: Renmark/Loxton
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1314
CALLSIGN: 3BT
AREA: Ballarat
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1323
CALLSIGN: 5DN
AREA: Adelaide
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 3300
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:

FREQ: 1332
CALLSIGN: 3SH
AREA: Swan Hill
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1341
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Geelong
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1350
CALLSIGN: 2LF
AREA: Young
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1368
CALLSIGN: 2GN
AREA: Goulburn
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1377
CALLSIGN: 3MP
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1395
CALLSIGN: 5AA
AREA: Adelaide
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1404
CALLSIGN: 2PK
AREA: Parkes/Forbes
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1413
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Shepparton
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 500
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1431
CALLSIGN: 2RN
AREA: Wollongong
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1440
CALLSIGN: 1SBS
AREA: Canberra
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: ACT
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1449
CALLSIGN: 2MG
AREA: Mudgee
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1458
CALLSIGN: 2PB
AREA: Newcastle
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1467
CALLSIGN: 3ML
AREA: Mildura/Sunraysia
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1494
CALLSIGN: 2AY
AREA: Albury
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1503
CALLSIGN: 3KND
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: Community
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1512
CALLSIGN: 2RN
AREA: Newcastle
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 10000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1521
CALLSIGN: 2QN
AREA: Deniliquin
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1530
CALLSIGN: 2VM
AREA: Moree
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1539
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Adelaide
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 5000
STATE: SA
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1548
CALLSIGN: 4QD
AREA: Emerald
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 50000
STATE: QLD
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1557
CALLSIGN: 2RE
AREA: Taree
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 2000
STATE: NSW
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1566
CALLSIGN: 3NE
AREA: Wangaratta
PURPOSE: Commercial
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: LIKELY
NOTES:

FREQ: 1593
CALLSIGN:
AREA: Melbourne
PURPOSE: HPON
POWER: 5000
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: CONFIRMED
NOTES:

FREQ: 1602
CALLSIGN: 3WL
AREA: Warrnambool
PURPOSE: National
POWER: 250
STATE: VIC
RX STATUS: TENTATIVE
NOTES:


Re: Ultralight DX and Social Media

Phillip Fimiani
 

From what I've seen of the posting in the group and the info one can get from loggings etc. there's a lot covered here and on individual websites. I'm involved in several groups on FB... It depends what the subject is. Ultralight radio and DXing is not a big hobby per se. I'd think we're doing great here. Despite Yahoo's changing the look and feel.

FB is changing personal rights again, opening it up more and more. Ive been doing much less on FB these days. I just "listen in" mostly, I post very litttle. The groups I  do belong to are somewhat chatty... again depending on the subject. Some are local groups others are on a more national scale. But I don't see what going on FB would do for us.... I don't see people discovering the hobby because we're there.... Radio listening is a very small percentage of hobbies. Smaller than ARRL and Hams and their activities. FB will give you a place for pics, vids, texting.. same as here....

Twitter....I can't say..... I don't use it.
YouTube is a video gold mine for everything....

Doesn't matter what resource (FB, YouTube, Twitter) they're all mining your data in some form...

I do make use of audio podcasts and wondered if that would be of use....

I listen to a model railroad podcast (ModelRailRadio.com) that is very successful..... They get together on Skype and have conversations. The key element is the host. He manages the conversations, leads the talker on to discuss all types of topics. There are usual folks that are always on....but newcomers are always about. The thing that amazes me is the listenership.. Its worldwide! Its grown from the US to Europe to Australia and NZ. Of course different times are needed to accommodate the various time zones. I think the listenership is upwards of 5000 people now. That's only a small percentage of a very big hobby worldwide. Of course there are limits to how many can be on Skype at any one time but the show accommodates 10-15 listeners usually. No video... It can't be done with the usual throughput of the net as it is and still have 10-15 listeners logged in. The podcasts have been growing up to 5 hour duration periods now... Takes days to listen to it all while I'm driving...What is overwhelming is they use FB (1000 members), a webpage, with a running discussion forum too, and of course Skype.

But it takes a dedicated announcer and post editor for the audio. That's a lot of work. From podcasts that I've listened to, ... one way discussions don't last long.... they're boring. But two way discussions can be very interesting... literally conversations from all over the world brought into one room. It doesn't have to be reviews of products, that's easy reading on many websites. But discussing techniques, locations, technical problems, antennas, reception. If pics or vids are needed they can be linked to YouTube or a website. Ideas can be traded from many perspectives.
 
I was listening to a programming lecture from Cornell Univ. last night. It was more than several years old. Although the whole course was lecture and lab, the lectures were recorded and on YouTube. Most college level course these days are online..  Very little in the way of books. Maybe pieces(chapters) of books that are downloaded. Lectures outlines. notes references, labs, instructions and even discussions are done online. Facebook was the popular communication tool, Twitter was out. Way too many posts to overwhelm the phone contracts of the time. And the prof warned that if he posted something to FB you better read it within 24 hours! That's how quick information came out and was relevant.

In contrast I watched a YouTube vid on the Arduino microcomputer and it was done well. Even though one way, it covered material clearly.

So to me YouTube is of more value for information than one way conversations. Skype is great for two way conversations, even if small. Once a month, like a club meeting, and the recordings are posted for all to listen to.

My problem I like SWL, NDB listening, Natural Radio listening, ultralights, regular SW radios and now there's those little USB SDR radios that are coming up everywhere. Even in areas of Radio Astronomy, Ham radio is probably playing with them too! But a USB SDR needs a computer... no longer an ultralight rig! But hold on, there's now small microcomputers the size of credit cards running Linux derivatives, Android, etc with all kinds of interfaces... USB, Ethernet, SATA for HDs, serial ports, video, (HDMI, DVI, VGA)...audio I/O, camera input. (e.g Beagle Board, UDOO, RasberryPi, CubieBoard etc)

So imagine a small micro and USB stick running on a 9V battery, with a small display (touch screen if you want).....a fitting in a small tin box (OK maybe two Altoid tins)  That can tune from the AM Band all the way up to 2 GHz! (antennas not included!) Can two Altoid tins qualify as an Ultralight???

So much stuff.. so little time....
Best Regards
Phil
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From: Paul
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:19 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Ultralight DX and Social Media

 
Hi all,

Has anybody considered the use of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter) to promote our hobby? These days more and more people are using these technologies and from some quick searching I have done I have noticed that our hobby does not have any presence on these.

Thoughts?

Paul



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