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New Zealand Stations - MIA?

Paul Blundell
 

A couple of weekends ago my wife, daughter and I spent a weekend down at St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania, (http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/ultralight-dxing-st-helens-2722015.html). At the time I reported that New Zealand stations were missing from the band, at the time I was not sure of the reason for this, at the time I had not been doing much "pure" DXing before hand, instead my focus had been my long term ultralight dxing project.


Over the past two weeks I have been checking the band for New Zealand stations at various times between just before my local sunset to just after my local sunrise, this has been at many different times during this period to make sure that local conditions were not causing any issues.


Sadly I have not been able to log any New Zealand stations at anything more than a very poor signal level, this is with both my 7.5" loop stick PL-380 and Digitech AR-1733. In the past both of these radios have produced much better results. At times even the basic AR-1733 has produced reliable results on 1386KHz. 


I doubt both my receivers would have developed faults at the same time and all my Australian results are comparable to "normal". I suspect a change at the transmitters end (doubtful for multiple stations) or RF atmospheric conditions are not allowing these stations to be received. I shall undertake more research and post more results as I log them.


Paul


 


Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 15/03/2015

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 15/03/2015

Time: 13:55 - 14:10

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania

Weather: Fine and warm, some cloud cover

531 - 3GG: 2

540 - 7SD: 4

549 - 2CR: 1

558 - 7BU: 3

585 - 7RN: 5

621 - 3RN: 5

693 - 3AW: 3

747 - 7PB: 4

774 - 3LO: 4

855 - 3CR: 3

900 - 7AD: 3

954 - 2UE: 1

1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5

1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3

1116 - 3AK: 1

1179 - 3RPH: 0

1224 - 3EA: 0

1260 - 3SR: 0

1341 - HPON (Geelong): 3

1377 - 3MP: 1

1395 - 5AA: 1

1440 - 1SBS: 1

1503 - 3KND: 0

1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0

Notes: A good session at home, the first in about a week. Results were as I would expect with the signals between 1341KHz and 1440KHz being a bit of a surprise given the time of day and my location.


Paul



Re: New ULR station 3/15/15.

bbwrwy
 

Allen:

I didn't do much domestic DXing during the autumn and deep winter, concentrating more on TP DX.  So i don't have anyone to blame but myself.  

Richard.


Re: New ULR station 3/15/15.

Allen Willie
 


Richard,

Congrats on another new Ultralight catch for your logbook. Glad to see you're on a bit of a roll again lately pulling in those new ones.

Ironically, I was on a roll late last summer with new additions to the ULR log , then it seems to level off in the second half of October which is usually prime DX time here.

Ever since then it's been an occasional one here and there for me . Usually February and March I can hear more South American stations , however it hasn't turned out that way this year so far.

That's AM (Medium Wave DXing ) You never know what to expect.

Keep those new ULR catches coming Richard,

Good DX

Allen Willie
Carbonear, Newfoundland



On Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:29 AM, "richarda@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
I did it again, WXNT is actually barefoot station #1041.

Richard Allen.



Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-15

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Thanks to Richard and Brian for their TP reports this morning-- always an interesting comparison. It was another wild and wacky session this morning, despite a pretty late start time (1310). Low band Korean and Chinese stations were fighting it out on 603 and 657, with 738-BEL2 also managing good audio early on.
 
At my 1310 start time the Japanese big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774 and 828 were vibrant, but not quite at yesterday's torrid levels. 972-HLCA also had S9 peaks in and out, and the high band's 1566-HLAZ's Japanese service was fairly steady at a good level. Early on the second tier Chinese stations had some decent propagation, with 738-BEL2's Chinese having good peaks over the KCBS splatter, and 603-China temporarily dominant on the frequency over a subdued HLSA. That changed pretty dramatically around 1330, with the KBS2 station pounding in with very good peaks during its classic rock music (played by the deep-voiced male). 603-China continued to pester HLSA at times but never regained dominance. 657-Pyongyang was fighting a similar battle with China (Henan?), but unfortunately dominated the frequency with its dreary orchestra and spooky female vocals. 603-HLSA had some very strong peaks this morning, but couldn't quite match the level of 972-HLCA's bizarre singing practice around 1345. Signals generally tapered off by 1410, ending another interesting session.
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   "More Than a Feeling' (that there's Chinese QRM
                     on the frequency?) with very good peaks at 1330
 
603  China  (Hulun Buir?)   Temporarily dominant over HLSA with Chinese female speech at 1318
 
657  Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Female vocal music accompanied by the dreary
                     orchestra holding the edge over a weak China at 1348
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Re: Recording DX

bbwrwy
 

Jim:

What DX stations can you hear?  I'm sure you hear Indonesia.  
While haven't heard any audio from any stations DU, I have 
occasionally heard the carrier signal of 2BL-702.  I've also carriers 
of 3LO-774 and 5AN-891.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Recording DX

theboyd@...
 

I have rediscovered MW DX after moving from the US to Perth in Western Australia.  A good bit of the interesting stuff I can hear is in languages I don’t speak so would like to do some recording to play back (I’ve also been enjoying the recordings from Gary and others on here).  Back in the day, recording my DX was a matter of holding a cassette recorder up to the speaker, but I’m guessing better alternatives exist nowadays!  At the moment I’m using a Sangean PR-D5.  Thoughts anyone?  Thanks,  Jim


Re: New ULR station 3/15/15.

bbwrwy
 

I did it again, WXNT is actually barefoot station #1041.

Richard Allen.


New ULR station 3/15/15.

bbwrwy
 

Another new station was heard here.


3/15/15

1430 kHz  WXNT, Indianapolis IN (5 kW at 1055 km/656 mi).  Faded in at 0213 GMT with station slogan "CBS Sports 1430", followed by CBS Sports Radio talk, fading away beneath XEWD at 0215.  Returned briefly at 0221-0225.  Poor signal strength.  ULR station #1054 (barefoot #1054).


Receiver: C Crane Skywave (barefoot).


Yesterday I incorrectly reported XEQI as XEQT and it was station #1053.  I apologize for my proof reading errors.


Good DX.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



Oklahoma TP DX 3/15/15

bbwrwy
 

Probably the best morning of the winter here for TP DX.

693 unID (JOAB?) - slight het in KGGF-690 QRM at 1230. 

747 JOIB - from 1041 to 1123, barely audible to poor in WSB-750 

splatter, briefly peaking to fair at 1044.

774 JOUB - from 0953 to 1247 (LSR at 1241), poor to fair. 

828 unID (JOBB?) - slight het in WCCO-830 QRM at 1227. 

972 unID (HLCA?) - slight het at 1216. 

1053 ROK jammer - poor in XEG-1050 splash at 1219-1221. 


Checks of 567, 594, 666, 954, 1134, 1287, 1566, 1575 and 1593 

provided no signals.


Receiver: C Crane Skywave (1 kHz bandwidth).

Antenna: Quantum QX+.


Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.



Re: New ULR station 3/14/15.

Paul Blundell
 

Well done Richard, thanks for sharing your loggings.


From: richarda@... [ultralightdx]
Sent: ‎15/‎03/‎2015 3:00 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] New ULR station 3/14/15.

 

I logged another new station today.


3/14/15

1510 kHz. XEQT, Monterrey (Escobedo), Nuevo León, México (250 Watts @ 1204 km/748 mi). Heard at 0629-0735 GMT with música variada.  "Equis Ay Koo Ee" (XEQI) ID, including QTH "Monterrey, Nuevo León", at 0701.  Poor to fair signal strength.  ULR station #1052 (barefoot #1040, México #191).  


Receiver: C Crane Skywave (barefoot)


Good DX.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



Oklahoma TP DX 3/14/15.

bbwrwy
 

747 JOIB? - barely audible talking at 1042-1043.  Heard again in

WSB-750 splash.

774 JOUB - barely audible to poor talk fading in and out from 1029 

until 1116.

828 JOBB? - moderate heterodyne under WCCO-830.


Checks of 567, 594, 693 and 972 found no indication of signals.


Receiver:  Tecsun PL-310 with 7.5 ferrite rod.

Antenna: 8" (20 cm) FSL.


Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.



New ULR station 3/14/15.

bbwrwy
 

I logged another new station today.


3/14/15

1510 kHz. XEQT, Monterrey (Escobedo), Nuevo León, México (250 Watts @ 1204 km/748 mi). Heard at 0629-0735 GMT with música variada.  "Equis Ay Koo Ee" (XEQI) ID, including QTH "Monterrey, Nuevo León", at 0701.  Poor to fair signal strength.  ULR station #1052 (barefoot #1040, México #191).  


Receiver: C Crane Skywave (barefoot)


Good DX.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



972-HLCA on the Warpath

Gary DeBock
 

For anyone interested, here is another MP3 from the Korean big gun's huge signal from 1130-1200 UTC (very) early this morning. An SSB check of the band at the bizarre hour of 1125 revealed that HLCA had a carrier strength even greater than that of "Freedom 970" in Portland, Oregon at the time.
Korean female speech pounding in at 1147
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 


Re: Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-14

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent report as always. I am glad you are enjoying the amazing RF conditions.


From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx]
Sent: ‎15/‎03/‎2015 10:00 AM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-14

 

Hello All,
 
It was another wild and wacky morning for huge signals from the big gun Japanese and Korean TP's, but aren't we getting somewhat used to it by now? A spot check of the band at 1125 UTC revealed thunderous signals from the NHK big suns and 972-HLCA-- prompting a quick FSL antenna setup in the rainy back yard (at a pretty bizarre hour).
 
972-HLCA was the main star of the predawn darkness with S9+ signals in and out, but 594, 693, 747, 774, 828 and 1566 were all pounding in with excellent strength from 1130-1230. Usually the second-tier Asians have trouble managing much audio here before traces of daylight but during the predawn darkness there were also good signals in and out from 603-HLSA (mixing with China at times), 657-Pyongyang and the 1053-Jammer-- which was fortunate, because the sunrise enhancement period after 1400 was somewhat of a fizzler here. Unlike during the previous two exciting days this week (Tuesday and Thursday) the high band also shared somewhat in the TP bonanza, with 1566-HLAZ's Japanese service managing excellent peaks in and out between 1300-1340, and both 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 fair at times. The propagation for second-tier Asians on the low band was best between 1300 and 1350, with most of the signals dropping off with the increasing daylight. Overall the session was far superior to the usual March mediocrity, with 972-HLCA reaching some of the most potent TP levels ever recorded here in Puyallup. 
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   American classic pop music at a good level played by the KBS2 deep-voiced male at 1320
 
603  China   (Hulun Buir?)    Weak male speech mixing with HLSA's Korean music at 1348
 
657   Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Intense Korean female speech with good peaks at 1345
 
747  JOIB   Sapporo, Japan   3+1 pips and intro music at S9 level at 1200; typical of the NHK big guns
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/jbg1516le7k2nnu/747-JOIB-1200z031415CCSW.MP3
 
972  HLCA   Dangjin, S, Korea  S9+ Korean pop music at 1135; best TP signal of the morning 
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/qlozjc3cqcu99dj/972-HLCA-1135z031415CCSW.MP3 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" & 17" FSL antennas
 
 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 3-14

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
It was another wild and wacky morning for huge signals from the big gun Japanese and Korean TP's, but aren't we getting somewhat used to it by now? A spot check of the band at 1125 UTC revealed thunderous signals from the NHK big suns and 972-HLCA-- prompting a quick FSL antenna setup in the rainy back yard (at a pretty bizarre hour).
 
972-HLCA was the main star of the predawn darkness with S9+ signals in and out, but 594, 693, 747, 774, 828 and 1566 were all pounding in with excellent strength from 1130-1230. Usually the second-tier Asians have trouble managing much audio here before traces of daylight but during the predawn darkness there were also good signals in and out from 603-HLSA (mixing with China at times), 657-Pyongyang and the 1053-Jammer-- which was fortunate, because the sunrise enhancement period after 1400 was somewhat of a fizzler here. Unlike during the previous two exciting days this week (Tuesday and Thursday) the high band also shared somewhat in the TP bonanza, with 1566-HLAZ's Japanese service managing excellent peaks in and out between 1300-1340, and both 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 fair at times. The propagation for second-tier Asians on the low band was best between 1300 and 1350, with most of the signals dropping off with the increasing daylight. Overall the session was far superior to the usual March mediocrity, with 972-HLCA reaching some of the most potent TP levels ever recorded here in Puyallup. 
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   American classic pop music at a good level played by the KBS2 deep-voiced male at 1320
 
603  China   (Hulun Buir?)    Weak male speech mixing with HLSA's Korean music at 1348
 
657   Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Intense Korean female speech with good peaks at 1345
 
747  JOIB   Sapporo, Japan   3+1 pips and intro music at S9 level at 1200; typical of the NHK big guns
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/jbg1516le7k2nnu/747-JOIB-1200z031415CCSW.MP3
 
972  HLCA   Dangjin, S, Korea  S9+ Korean pop music at 1135; best TP signal of the morning 
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/qlozjc3cqcu99dj/972-HLCA-1135z031415CCSW.MP3 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" & 17" FSL antennas
 
 


Re: CCrane is Disrupting the Marketplace!!

Jay Heyl
 

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 6:07 AM, Stephen Ponder stephen_ponder@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

When I ordered my first CCPocket Radio, one of the no-cost "extas" in the box was a pair of their Voz-P earbuds. These are 'good' earbuds, better than the average ones in the same price range on the market today. They look like they have wood-grain earpiece bodies. However, IMHO, the CCBuds outdo the Voz-P buds, hands-down.  The CCBuds, according to the CCRadio online catalog, are designed with talk radio listeners in mind.  They even post the frequency response graph on their webpage!

When I purchased my second CCPocket Radio (long story with happy ending), it was exciting to note that the CCBuds earbuds are now standard "in the box" (http://www.ccrane.com/CC-Pocket-Radio-w-AMFMWX-55-Presets) items.  Note - there are other pages that describe this radio that still state that the "no-cost in-box" earbud is the Voz-P earbuds.

I have a very tough time resisting a buy-one-get-two-free sale so I went ahead and ordered two pairs of the CCBuds and one pair of the Voz-P. They arrived yesterday.  I'm afraid my opinion of the two is the exact opposite of yours. I've only tried them so far with one radio, my Sony SRF-T615. 

The Voz-P is clearly a higher efficiency earbud, achieving reasonable volume at a much lower output setting. But the thing that really differentiates them is the CCBuds have a clearly noticeably hiss at all volume settings. With the volume turned down, with the Voz-P I hear nothing. With the CCBuds there is hiss, and this hiss asserts itself at all volume levels whenever there is silence in the broadcast. I'm afraid my audio electronic knowledge is insufficient to know if this is due to some mismatch between the radio and the earbuds or is simply a characteristic of the earbud. Regardless, I find the hiss rather annoying.

For the price it's hard to complain. This hiss is a big negative, but it hardly renders them useless. At a minimum I can give them to one of the kids when they inevitably lose the earbuds from their MP3 players.
 

All that to say this ... I have been diagonsed with moderate hearing deficit in both ears.

I'm wondering if this might explain our differing opinions. Perhaps you simply can't hear the hiss.

I also ordered one of the pillow speakers. On reflection after using it I should have realized it would be next to useless with an ultralight. Somewhere in there is a speaker and no matter how efficient it might be it's going to take a lot more energy to drive it than it will almost any earbud. Paired with the T615 I had to crank the volume to the point of distortion before the pillow speaker produced enough volume to make the inline volume control of any use whatever. Unless connected to a radio capable of driving very inefficient headphones this pillow speaker is of questionable utility. I'm considering whether I should return it.

  -- Jay
 



Re: Supercharged TP's Again (1130-1200 UTC)

Rich Dalton
 

For got to mention. This was on a GE SRII barefoot and a PL-380 with 18 box loop.

Radio Exterior de España this morning on 1570 khz at 11:30Z strong signal for over 10 min. sounded like a local.

Rich, Far N Eastern MD at the Wedge.



-----Original Message-----
From: Rich Dalton wd3c@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 9:26 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Supercharged TP's Again (1130-1200 UTC)

 
Radio Exterior de España this morning on 1570 khz at 11:30Z strong signal for over 10 min. sounded like a local.

Rich, Far N Eastern MD at the Wedge.



-----Original Message-----
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 8:50 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Supercharged TP's Again (1130-1200 UTC)

 
Hello All,
 
For those of you on the west coast who have access to a decent radio, please check out the Asian signals ASAP! Both Japanese and Korean big guns were pounding in from 1130-1230 UTC already. (I just came in to get out of the rain for a while).
 
747  JOIB   Sapporo, Japan   3+1 pips and intro music at S9 level at 1200
 
972  HLCA   Dangjin, S, Korea  S9+ Korean pop music at 1135
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 


Re: Supercharged TP's Again (1130-1200 UTC)

Rich Dalton
 

Radio Exterior de España this morning on 1570 khz at 11:30Z strong signal for over 10 min. sounded like a local.

Rich, Far N Eastern MD at the Wedge.



-----Original Message-----
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 8:50 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Supercharged TP's Again (1130-1200 UTC)

 
Hello All,
 
For those of you on the west coast who have access to a decent radio, please check out the Asian signals ASAP! Both Japanese and Korean big guns were pounding in from 1130-1230 UTC already. (I just came in to get out of the rain for a while).
 
747  JOIB   Sapporo, Japan   3+1 pips and intro music at S9 level at 1200
 
972  HLCA   Dangjin, S, Korea  S9+ Korean pop music at 1135
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 


Supercharged TP's Again (1130-1200 UTC)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
For those of you on the west coast who have access to a decent radio, please check out the Asian signals ASAP! Both Japanese and Korean big guns were pounding in from 1130-1230 UTC already. (I just came in to get out of the rain for a while).
 
747  JOIB   Sapporo, Japan   3+1 pips and intro music at S9 level at 1200
 
972  HLCA   Dangjin, S, Korea  S9+ Korean pop music at 1135
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 

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