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Re: Grundig Yacht Boy 500 / YB-500 Notes

Joe
 

Hi Joe-

Where did you get the information that the YB-500 is single-conversion? I have an article from
Grundig "Radio Boy" with an updated (from 2005) review of the 500 which states it's dual conversion.
If you have other info I'd really like a copy for my files. Thanks in advance.

73, Joe-WA9LAE


Grundig Yacht Boy 500 / YB-500 Notes

josephrot
 

14 August 2015...

UPDATED: After two weeks spent with a well-maintained previously owned Grundig YB-500...

Was and am surprised that even though the YB-500 seems to be known as a single-conversion receiver, it's actually dual conversion on LW / AM / SW bands -- 455KHz / 45MHz -- and single conversion on FM. Explains its remaining acceptably sensitive, good selectivity, and spurious images do not seem to present particularly nasty problems. Audio quality is a pleasant positive surprise, though not stunning, as the speak is small but with a heavy magnet and rubberized cone edge.

Sometimes wish that it had an external antenna connector, but you can clip connect external SW antenna to a collapsed whip antenna, or use a tuned loop on AM broadcast band. The Tune Up / Down press-button method sometimes "feels" strange, but it too works overall OK, and direct key entry is easy and straightforward..

SSB reception is clear, easy to tune, as are the other FM, LW, AM and SW bands.

Being a little "top heavy", I find using the YB-500 in a plastic stand is a positive. The unit is a good "traveler" as well, and quite suitable for vacation, "field DX" use and camping trips. Battery "thirst" is moderate, and definitely do NOT use a switching AC adapter.

It's size and "heft" likely places it near or outside of the Ultralight category, yet the overall performance and functionality appears to make it a good "hefty Ultralight" choice.

Sometime will compare to the Tecsun PL-660 as a "modern" receiver, yet the humble opinion here is that the YB-500 was and remains a capable all around receiver even today.

Comments and other users findings most welcome and appreciated.

Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA



Re: Grundig Yacht Boy YB-500 comments, ideas

josephrot
 

Greets...

 

RE: <<  What do YOU think, Joe? I've had a couple of large Portuguese Grundigs (one good, one not-so-good), but never a small one...YB-500s can be found cheap second-hand... >>

 

That's part of building what I think, is contacting others for feed back, opinion...and that such feedback and user opinion, like /dislike, etc. is VERY much needed and welcomed...

 

It appears we will be adding a "Better Benefits from the Grundig YB-500" sort of a white-paper / report being compiled, but more importantly is gathering ideas, comments from others, especially those that have had longer-term association with the likes of the YB-500 than I have, mine going on a second week now..

 

...some impressive ideas seen in my YB-500, regardless that it was a product I believe of the late 1990's / early 2000's.

 

Again, opinion, ideas, comments welcome, but knowing we are all busy, not needing to "write a book" about it.


And yes, I will leave a few of my findings, opinion and comments as well.

 

Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA



Re: Grundig Yacht Boy YB-500 comments, ideas

keith beesley
 

What do YOU think, Joe? I've had a couple of large Portuguese Grundigs (one good, one not-so-good), but never a small one...YB-500s can be found cheap second-hand...

73,

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA



On Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:56 AM, "joerotello@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
Not a loaded question, but part of a multi-area discussion on the Grundig Yacht Boy 500 receiver ,aka Grundig Yacht Boy YB-500.
 
Aside from possibly being a terrible engineering decision, was or is the YB-500 being a single-conversion receiver all THAT bad ?  Or does it still acquit itself well or at least acceptable ?
 
Any comments on that it seems to have "almost one of everything" EXCEPT an external antenna connector ?
 
Any consensus or "irritations" in its being used or categorized as an Ultralight or for use in DX work ?
 
Again, not trying to incite riots, but more wanting and needing to know others ideas, comments and findings.
 
Thank you in advance...
 
Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA




Grundig Yacht Boy YB-500 comments, ideas

josephrot
 

Not a loaded question, but part of a multi-area discussion on the Grundig Yacht Boy 500 receiver ,aka Grundig Yacht Boy YB-500.

 

Aside from possibly being a terrible engineering decision, was or is the YB-500 being a single-conversion receiver all THAT bad ?  Or does it still acquit itself well or at least acceptable ?

 

Any comments on that it seems to have "almost one of everything" EXCEPT an external antenna connector ?

 

Any consensus or "irritations" in its being used or categorized as an Ultralight or for use in DX work ?

 

Again, not trying to incite riots, but more wanting and needing to know others ideas, comments and findings.

 

Thank you in advance...

 

Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA



Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-9 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Tony,
 
<<<   Ok Gary, great Weat Australian catch.     
Now try 1566 where 100w Norfolk Island has been heard in NZ in recent weeks.
Tony   >>>
 
I would love to try for the 100w station 1566-Norfolk Island, Tony, but unfortunately I'm back home at my lackluster inland location-- where I'll be lucky to hear Hawaii :-)
The information is appreciated, however, and I'll pass it on to the other ocean coast DXing fanatics!
 
73, Gary  
    
   
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony King tonyzl@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 9:56 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-9 (Conclusion)

 
Ok Gary, great Weat Australian catch.

Now try 1566 where 100w Norfolk Island has been heard in NZ in recent weeks.
Tony


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Re: August Rockwork 4 DXpedition-- Top 7 Exotic DU Loggings

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent recording Gary, I am just downloading them now.

Paul

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Hello All,
 
From August 6-10th another wild "Cliffhanger DXpedition" was conducted on side of the plunging ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon by three transoceanic DXers (Chuck, Tom and I). A photo of the narrow, highly exposed DXpedition site is posted at https://app.box.com/s/84h2dg1euqgkftzm0mhmbzld17z0t0yx 
 
Exceptional South Pacific propagation combined with acceptable summer weather, and breakthrough DU loggings were made on many frequencies. The 7 most exotic South Pacific DX catches made with the C.Crane Skywave Ultralight radio and 17" DXpedition antenna are posted below, along with a brief description of the station and reception conditions.
 
531  More FM   Alexandra, New Zealand  (2 kW)   Very rare Kiwi R & B music station heard for the first time in North America in June at this location, it rarely sneaks through the more powerful (5 kW) Auckland Maori language station (PI). This MP3 features a "More PM" ID 3 seconds into the recording
 
558  Radio Fiji   Suva, Fiji  (10 kW)   Listed as inactive in the 2015 WRTH and not listed in the current PAL, the station was heard weakly in June at this location by Tom and I. This powerful (near S9) signal recorded on the last day of the DXpedition features the station's typical Polynesian choral music format, and is solid evidence that the transmitter has been repaired.
 
558  6WA   Wagin, Australia  (50 kW)   Relatively weak logging made at the end of a session featuring Australian-slanted propagation, this recording features the typical LR network male-female interview format and announcer voices, with programming identical to that heard on the LR network station 774-3LO 30 minutes earlier (there is an programming delay between eastern and western Australia on the LR network). Fortunately, 6WA is the only LR network station on the frequency. A new Ultralight radio worldwide DX distance record at 9,137 miles / 14,704 km.
 
585  Radio Ngati Porou  Ruatoria, New Zealand  (2 kW)   This Maori-language Kiwi station a legendary reputation for weakness, and has only been heard with FSL antennas at this Rockwork 4 site. The only was to identify it is to match its Maori-language programming with late-night parallels on 603 or 765, and this is rarely possible. For some unknown reason wacky Kiwi propagation on 8-9 boosted its signal up to a relatively healthy level, even stronger than its 603 parallel recorded at the end of the MP3.
 
585  7RN   Hobart, Australia  (10 kW)   The only Tasmanian station ever to be heard with FSL antennas, this potent RN network signal on 8-9 was matched with the 576-2RN parallel for identity confirmation. The announcer gives a laid-back introduction to jazz music, dominating the frequency completely
 
585  2WEB   Bourke, Australia  (Presumed, 10 kW)   During wacky Australian-slanted propagation on 8-8 this signal featuring the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" temporarily broke through 7RN's exotic music, and was not parallel to either 576 or 603 (i.e. not 7RN nor Radio Ngati Porou). Since this song is typical of that played in 2WEB's format, the evidence definitely points to that station (which has been heard twice before at this location).
 
936  Chinese Voice  Auckland, New Zealand  (1 kW)   Wacky ocean cliff propagation boosted the signal of this very low powered Kiwi station up to quite a potent level on 8-10, providing a good example of how almost every New Zealand station can come into play when Cliff provides its DU signal boost
 
Many more South Pacific stations were received at the plunging ocean cliff during the five day DXpedition, but these were 7 of the more interesting ones. Thanks to my partners Chuck and Tom for information on their loggings, and we do plan a full DXpedition report after all the recorded signals have been reviewed.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
DXing at the Rockwork 4 Ocean Cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
17" DXpedition FSL antenna (photo posted at https://app.box.com/s/wi78hlmofflefzd2bd897gy0vvqvvxdu )
 
 



August Rockwork 4 DXpedition-- Top 7 Exotic DU Loggings

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
From August 6-10th another wild "Cliffhanger DXpedition" was conducted on side of the plunging ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon by three transoceanic DXers (Chuck, Tom and I). A photo of the narrow, highly exposed DXpedition site is posted at https://app.box.com/s/84h2dg1euqgkftzm0mhmbzld17z0t0yx 
 
Exceptional South Pacific propagation combined with acceptable summer weather, and breakthrough DU loggings were made on many frequencies. The 7 most exotic South Pacific DX catches made with the C.Crane Skywave Ultralight radio and 17" DXpedition antenna are posted below, along with a brief description of the station and reception conditions.
 
531  More FM   Alexandra, New Zealand  (2 kW)   Very rare Kiwi R & B music station heard for the first time in North America in June at this location, it rarely sneaks through the more powerful (5 kW) Auckland Maori language station (PI). This MP3 features a "More PM" ID 3 seconds into the recording
 
558  Radio Fiji   Suva, Fiji  (10 kW)   Listed as inactive in the 2015 WRTH and not listed in the current PAL, the station was heard weakly in June at this location by Tom and I. This powerful (near S9) signal recorded on the last day of the DXpedition features the station's typical Polynesian choral music format, and is solid evidence that the transmitter has been repaired.
 
558  6WA   Wagin, Australia  (50 kW)   Relatively weak logging made at the end of a session featuring Australian-slanted propagation, this recording features the typical LR network male-female interview format and announcer voices, with programming identical to that heard on the LR network station 774-3LO 30 minutes earlier (there is an programming delay between eastern and western Australia on the LR network). Fortunately, 6WA is the only LR network station on the frequency. A new Ultralight radio worldwide DX distance record at 9,137 miles / 14,704 km.
 
585  Radio Ngati Porou  Ruatoria, New Zealand  (2 kW)   This Maori-language Kiwi station a legendary reputation for weakness, and has only been heard with FSL antennas at this Rockwork 4 site. The only was to identify it is to match its Maori-language programming with late-night parallels on 603 or 765, and this is rarely possible. For some unknown reason wacky Kiwi propagation on 8-9 boosted its signal up to a relatively healthy level, even stronger than its 603 parallel recorded at the end of the MP3.
 
585  7RN   Hobart, Australia  (10 kW)   The only Tasmanian station ever to be heard with FSL antennas, this potent RN network signal on 8-9 was matched with the 576-2RN parallel for identity confirmation. The announcer gives a laid-back introduction to jazz music, dominating the frequency completely
 
585  2WEB   Bourke, Australia  (Presumed, 10 kW)   During wacky Australian-slanted propagation on 8-8 this signal featuring the Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" temporarily broke through 7RN's exotic music, and was not parallel to either 576 or 603 (i.e. not 7RN nor Radio Ngati Porou). Since this song is typical of that played in 2WEB's format, the evidence definitely points to that station (which has been heard twice before at this location).
 
936  Chinese Voice  Auckland, New Zealand  (1 kW)   Wacky ocean cliff propagation boosted the signal of this very low powered Kiwi station up to quite a potent level on 8-10, providing a good example of how almost every New Zealand station can come into play when Cliff provides its DU signal boost
 
Many more South Pacific stations were received at the plunging ocean cliff during the five day DXpedition, but these were 7 of the more interesting ones. Thanks to my partners Chuck and Tom for information on their loggings, and we do plan a full DXpedition report after all the recorded signals have been reviewed.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
DXing at the Rockwork 4 Ocean Cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
17" DXpedition FSL antenna (photo posted at https://app.box.com/s/wi78hlmofflefzd2bd897gy0vvqvvxdu )
 
 


Re: Ultralight DXing Report - Denison Road Scenic Lookout

Paul Blundell
 

Hi Steve.

Yes I have found that it seems to work well, being able to move the loopstick in different directions seems to allow better control over which signals are received.

Paul

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM, Steve Ratzlaff ratzlaffsteve@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Thanks for the report and the interesting photos.
Apparently the capacitance of the long coax cable from the loopstick to the radio doesn't prevent the radio's DSP from tuning to the top of the MW band? That's the first time I've heard of anyone doing that before!
Steve

On 8/12/2015 3:15 PM, tanger32au@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
 

Date: 12/08/2015

Time: 16:10 – 16:50 Local

Location: Denison Road Scenic Lookout Launceston

Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-360

Total stations logged: 27

New stations logged: 0



Photos: http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/ultralight-dxing-report-denison-road.html





Re: Ultralight DXing Report - Denison Road Scenic Lookout

Steve Ratzlaff
 

Thanks for the report and the interesting photos.
Apparently the capacitance of the long coax cable from the loopstick to the radio doesn't prevent the radio's DSP from tuning to the top of the MW band? That's the first time I've heard of anyone doing that before!
Steve

On 8/12/2015 3:15 PM, tanger32au@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
 

Date: 12/08/2015

Time: 16:10 – 16:50 Local

Location: Denison Road Scenic Lookout Launceston

Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-360

Total stations logged: 27

New stations logged: 0



Photos: http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/ultralight-dxing-report-denison-road.html




Ultralight DXing Report - Denison Road Scenic Lookout

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 12/08/2015

Time: 16:10 – 16:50 Local

Location: Denison Road Scenic Lookout Launceston

Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-360

Total stations logged: 27

New stations logged: 0


Notes: Recently while out driving I came across the sign (first photo) for a lookout that I had not heard of before, I made a mental note to return and check it out. Yesterday I had a couple of hours of spare time so decided to go and undertake a portable ultralight DXing session from this location.


I parked my car and set off up the rough track, I arrived at the seat (second photo) and thought “this can’t be it” so kept going, soon the track ended so I walked back and set up on the seat. In the 40 minute period I logged 27 stations which were a mix of Tas, VIC, NSW and some SA stations. No new stations were logged and overall I was not that impressed with the location or the medium wave stations I heard on Medium Wave. 


I also did some listening on the shortwave bands and logged the following stations:

7405KHz   Radio Marti

7455KHz   RMI

7555KHz   EWTN

9790KHz   Radio France International

11520KHz EWTN

11580KHz RMI

11625KHZ Vatican Radio

11775KHz China Radio International

11850KHz Radio Free Europe

13635KHz Voice of Turkey

15595KHz Vatican Radio

15700KHz Radio Romania International

17615KHz China Radio International


Photos: http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/ultralight-dxing-report-denison-road.html




Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-9 (Conclusion)

Tony King <tonyzl@...>
 

Ok Gary, great Weat Australian catch.

Now try 1566 where 100w Norfolk Island has been heard in NZ in recent weeks.
Tony


Re: Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-10 (Conclusion)

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent report Gary, it sounds like you have had a really fruitful time.

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Hello All,
 
I wish that Nigel and Nick had a chance to sample the New Zealand DX at the ocean cliff this morning-- which was primarily a "challenge" of choosing which S9 signals to record. The Australian signals seemed to fall off of a cliff compared to yesterday (um, maybe I should use a different term?), leaving the Kiwi signals to run wild all over the band.
 
531-More FM (2 kW on the South Island) made its first appearance during this trip with a near-S9 signal around 1315, while 936-Chinese Voice (1 kW in Auckland) had a similarly potent signal around 1325. 774-Radio Sport was a solid S9+ with its relay of American-accented Fox Sports News at 1248, while the Maori language twins 603-Waatea (5 kW) and 765-Kahungunu (2.5 kW) both sounded like big guns all session long. The star of the session was an obscure station outside of New Zealand which suddenly came through with a near-S9 signal of its own, though-- 558-Fiji. Pounding through with a signal that sounded every bit as strong as the listed 10 kW, its Polynesian choral music ran wild over the obscure Kiwi station Radio Sport around 1256. Listening to its distinctive music at such a potent volume brought back fond memories of the venerable 639-Radio Fiji One signal of old, which was a coastal regular back around 2009 even on a hot-rodded 7.5" loopstick Eton E100.
 
This was the last session of the August Rockwork 4 DXpedition, and it was my great pleasure and honor to have enjoyed exceptional Australian and New Zealand propagation together with my DXpedition partners, Chuck and Tom. When all of the DU signals are reviewed and identified I'm sure that all three of us with remember this ocean cliff DXpedition with the fondest of memories.
 
531  More FM   Alexandra, New Zealand (2 kW)   Very rare South Island Kiwi with potent R & B music and male "More FM" ID 3 seconds into the recording
 
558  Radio Fiji   Suva, Fiji   Distinctive Polynesian choral music near S9 level at 1256; signals far improved from late June DXpedition
 
567  RNZ   Wellington, NZ   Female-voiced movie review at usual S9+ level at 1228; strongest Kiwi of the session
 
603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ   Maori vocal music with S9 peaks // equally strong 765-Kahungunu at 1234
 
774  Radio Sport   New Plymouth, NZ   5 kW Kiwi station with S9 relay of American Fox Sports news at 1248-- way over anemic 3LO
 
936  Chinese Voice   Auckland, NZ  (1 kW)   Wild Kiwi propagation boosted even this obscure station up to a potent level at 1225
 
1008  Newstalk ZB   Tauranga, NZ   Talk program booming in at (you guessed it) S9 level at 1319; its best signal of the DXpedition
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
17" and 12" DXpedition FSL antennas
 
 



Re: 558-Fiji Rocking On at Rockwork 4

Paul Blundell
 

A really good catch again Gary.


Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-10 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
I wish that Nigel and Nick had a chance to sample the New Zealand DX at the ocean cliff this morning-- which was primarily a "challenge" of choosing which S9 signals to record. The Australian signals seemed to fall off of a cliff compared to yesterday (um, maybe I should use a different term?), leaving the Kiwi signals to run wild all over the band.
 
531-More FM (2 kW on the South Island) made its first appearance during this trip with a near-S9 signal around 1315, while 936-Chinese Voice (1 kW in Auckland) had a similarly potent signal around 1325. 774-Radio Sport was a solid S9+ with its relay of American-accented Fox Sports News at 1248, while the Maori language twins 603-Waatea (5 kW) and 765-Kahungunu (2.5 kW) both sounded like big guns all session long. The star of the session was an obscure station outside of New Zealand which suddenly came through with a near-S9 signal of its own, though-- 558-Fiji. Pounding through with a signal that sounded every bit as strong as the listed 10 kW, its Polynesian choral music ran wild over the obscure Kiwi station Radio Sport around 1256. Listening to its distinctive music at such a potent volume brought back fond memories of the venerable 639-Radio Fiji One signal of old, which was a coastal regular back around 2009 even on a hot-rodded 7.5" loopstick Eton E100.
 
This was the last session of the August Rockwork 4 DXpedition, and it was my great pleasure and honor to have enjoyed exceptional Australian and New Zealand propagation together with my DXpedition partners, Chuck and Tom. When all of the DU signals are reviewed and identified I'm sure that all three of us with remember this ocean cliff DXpedition with the fondest of memories.
 
531  More FM   Alexandra, New Zealand (2 kW)   Very rare South Island Kiwi with potent R & B music and male "More FM" ID 3 seconds into the recording
 
558  Radio Fiji   Suva, Fiji   Distinctive Polynesian choral music near S9 level at 1256; signals far improved from late June DXpedition
 
567  RNZ   Wellington, NZ   Female-voiced movie review at usual S9+ level at 1228; strongest Kiwi of the session
 
603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ   Maori vocal music with S9 peaks // equally strong 765-Kahungunu at 1234
 
774  Radio Sport   New Plymouth, NZ   5 kW Kiwi station with S9 relay of American Fox Sports news at 1248-- way over anemic 3LO
 
936  Chinese Voice   Auckland, NZ  (1 kW)   Wild Kiwi propagation boosted even this obscure station up to a potent level at 1225
 
1008  Newstalk ZB   Tauranga, NZ   Talk program booming in at (you guessed it) S9 level at 1319; its best signal of the DXpedition
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
17" and 12" DXpedition FSL antennas
 
 


Re: All-Time Worldwide Ultralight Radio DX Distance Record Broken

Gary DeBock
 

Allen and Guy,
 
Thanks very much for your generous comments on the reception of 558-6WA.
 
The signal was recorded on a whim at the very end of the sunrise session, with DU propagation collapsing on all other frequencies. I was curious how this signal could possibly be so persistent, and why it seemed to be riding some unusual propagation. But I thought nothing of it at the time-- in fact, Chuck and I were having an end-of-session discussion during the recording, since we both figured that DU propagation had fizzled out.
 
Gary
 
  
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Allen Willie vo1_001_swl@... [ultralightdx] To: ultralightdx
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 1:29 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: All-Time Worldwide Ultralight Radio DX Distance Record Broken

 


Congratulations on attaining that new ULR  World record Gary. Awesome job !!






On Monday, August 10, 2015 2:20 PM, "Guy Atkins dx@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


 
VERY impressive accomplishment, Gary! Congratulations on your persistence paying off. You continue to show that it's a DXer's skills that are the #1 factor in chasing down the rare signals.

73,

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA

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dxergary


Hello All,

My transoceanic DXing buddy Tony King of Greytown, New Zealand (the "Kiwi X-Band King") shocked us all with his phenomenal reception of 1 kW 1690-CJLO from Montreal, Quebec about a year ago, breaking the all-time Ultralight Radio DX Distance record (at 14,631 km / 9,091 miles). But as Tony knows very well, the South Pacific-- North American propagation pipeline works both ways :-) 

Yesterday morning at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon a persistent Australian station was hanging around on 558 kHz just as propagation was crashing, ma king me wonder exactly where it was coming from. After some investigation of the MP3 by my DXpedition partner Chuck Hutton he determined that the format matched that of Aussie LR network parallels on 774 and other frequencies, leaving only one possibility on the frequency-- 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia (at 14,704 km / 9,147 miles). This was received on a C.Crane Skywave model boosted by a 17" FSL antenna. Although this 50 kW ABC station is nowhere near the type of exotic 1 kW catch that Tony had with 1690-CHLO, I'll take it anyway!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)



558-Fiji Rocking On at Rockwork 4

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
For those interested, 558-Fiji had an S9 signal on peaks during this morning's (final) Ultralight DXing session at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon. This was much stronger than it had been heard during the June DXpedition.
 
https://app.box.com/s/vq9768fgfvqdjeuc30dtqkt2m6p9u7rh  
 
73, Gary DeBock
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
17" FSL antenna
 


Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-10 (Preliminary)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Although Australian signals cooled off considerably from yesterday's torrid session the Kiwis were as energetic as ever, leading to the best signal ever heard here from the 1 kW station 936-Chinese Voice in Auckland. But the real star of the session was 558-Fiji, with a potent signal around 1300 reminiscent of the old 639 transmitter a few years back. Because of travel back to the DU-DXing wasteland of Puyallup, WA this morning I'll need to post full details later, but here are a couple of MP3's.
 
558  Fiji   Strong Polynesian choral music at 1256
https://app.box.com/s/vq9768fgfvqdjeuc30dtqkt2m6p9u7rh  
 
936  Chinese Voice   Auckland, NZ (1 kW) Strong Chinese female speech and music at 1327
https://app.box.com/s/bm3eodygfugsnvpjvwe0b9cqqtsxfktz  
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock DXing at Rockwork 4 with a 17" FSL)
 


Re: All-Time Worldwide Ultralight Radio DX Distance Record Broken

Allen Willie
 



Congratulations on attaining that new ULR  World record Gary. Awesome job !!






On Monday, August 10, 2015 2:20 PM, "Guy Atkins dx@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
VERY impressive accomplishment, Gary! Congratulations on your persistence paying off. You continue to show that it's a DXer's skills that are the #1 factor in chasing down the rare signals.

73,

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA

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All-Time Worldwide Ultralight Radio DX Distance Record Broken

Sun Aug 9, 2015 6:59 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

dxergary


Hello All,

My transoceanic DXing buddy Tony King of Greytown, New Zealand (the "Kiwi X-Band King") shocked us all with his phenomenal reception of 1 kW 1690-CJLO from Montreal, Quebec about a year ago, breaking the all-time Ultralight Radio DX Distance record (at 14,631 km / 9,091 miles). But as Tony knows very well, the South Pacific-- North American propagation pipeline works both ways :-) 

Yesterday morning at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon a persistent Australian station was hanging around on 558 kHz just as propagation was crashing, making me wonder exactly where it was coming from. After some investigation of the MP3 by my DXpedition partner Chuck Hutton he determined that the format matched that of Aussie LR network parallels on 774 and other frequencies, leaving only one possibility on the frequency-- 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia (at 14,704 km / 9,147 miles). This was received on a C.Crane Skywave model boosted by a 17" FSL antenna. Although this 50 kW ABC station is nowhere near the type of exotic 1 kW catch that Tony had with 1690-CHLO, I'll take it anyway!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)


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