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Re: New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

mediumwavedx
 

I'll second that. What an amazing catch.

Just ran a plot on KNSS towards your direction. They are pumping only 1730 watts at you in their pattern null at the takeoff angle required to hit you. Some 2200+ miles. That, and about 30 other stations on 1330 between KNSS and you. Amazing! Congrats!

Bill


Re: New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

Rik
 

Congratulations! That is quite a barefoot  catch from your location. Also, 42 US states is an amazing accomplishment.  FARMERIK


New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

Allen Willie
 



Hello To All


New catch ,  US state # 42 on Ultralight radio early yesterday morning. 


1330 khz - KNSS - Wichita, Kansas 8:25 UTC 10/30/15 w/ " Coast to Coast AM" program then into promos and PSA's , " Newstalk 13-30 KNSS " ID followed by news and then return to "Coast to Coast " program

This catch was possible due to usually heard WRCA in Waltham, Massachusetts being temporarily off for a length of time.


Ultralight Station # 1333     US State # 42 on ULR


Receiver : Sony SRF - M37W barefoot


Good DX to All

Allen Willie VOPC1AA
Carbonear, Newfoundland
47'44"15N 53'11"46W


Re: Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

Stan Horzepa
 

990 WXCT is in Southington (just down the hill from me).

WACM on 1490 is its sister station and it is in Springfield.

73,

Stan, WA1LOU


On 10/30/15 7:51 PM, farmerik@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
On 990 WXCT, did you hear any mention of a sister station on 1490? I have been hearing a very local sounding  oldies station when I drive west over the ridge here in NE CT  during the day which serves Springfieds MA area , and gives two frequencies. The other freq is in the 900's I think and serves Meridan and Southington area of CT.

Great catches from your location! - FARMERIK


Re: Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

No I didn't but I may have missed it.  Definitely heard an ID for WACM plus mentions of Hartford and Springfield.

John Cereghin

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 7:51 PM, farmerik@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

On 990 WXCT, did you hear any mention of a sister station on 1490? I have been hearing a very local sounding  oldies station when I drive west over the ridge here in NE CT  during the day which serves Springfieds MA area , and gives two frequencies. The other freq is in the 900's I think and serves Meridan and Southington area of CT.

Great catches from your location! - FARMERIK



Re: Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

Rik
 

On 990 WXCT, did you hear any mention of a sister station on 1490? I have been hearing a very local sounding  oldies station when I drive west over the ridge here in NE CT  during the day which serves Springfieds MA area , and gives two frequencies. The other freq is in the 900's I think and serves Meridan and Southington area of CT.

Great catches from your location! - FARMERIK


Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

jcereghin@...
 

A real dry spell with ULR DXing due to something called life, but I was able to log two new ULR stations tonight:


970 WZAN Portland ME, 404 miles, 1800 Eastern.  "News Radio 970 WZAN" and local ads.  One of my most wanted stations.  ULR #942


990 WXCT Southington CT, 213 miles, 1815 Eastern.  IDed as WACM, mentions of "Your place for Good Time Oldies" and Hartford and Springfield.  ULR #943


Used my PL310 barefoot.


John Cereghin

Smyrna DE


SONY midday mini test-FARMERIK

Rik
 

I ran another midday AM station count test today. I just count the number of stations with understandable sound which could be identified  with more time. Tests conducted Fri 30 Oct 2015 starting at 12 noon and ending at 12:40 PM.

For a baseline comparison of band and location conditions I ran the automatic  ETM scan feature on my PL-310ET.

Pre test- ETM=11 Stations
Post test- ETM=12 Stations

The new SONY ICF-P36=29 Stations

The new SONY ICF-P26=33 Stations

This surprised me as the P36 is larger and has a horizontal layout with far more room for a longer ferrite antenna inside the case.

Based on factory specs, I did not expect the P36 to be less than the 20 cubic inches needed to qualify as an ULR. I took very careful measurements of 5.1 X 2.6 X 1.37 inches for the radio and the FM antenna lays along the outside of the back of the radio about 4.5 inches long and 0.2 inches in diameter. Maybe others can double check my math, but I think it is around 17 cubic inches. They say it is about 2 inches deep, including the FM whip.

The P36 is easier to tune with the thumb wheel. With the P26 I had to engage a finger nail in the thumb wheel.

They both look like they should be approve able as ULR sets, and seem quite competitive at least in my brief tests. Prices are below $50.

-FARMERIK



Puyalup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-30

Gary DeBock
 

Colin apparently picked the right time to tune in this morning as a clunker band at 1250 and 1330 finally received a potent sunrise enhancement boost. Asians which had been dead rose up out of the noise around 1400, including some relatively unusual stations like 603-China.
 
At first check around 1250 there was no Asian audio anywhere on the band, with only the somewhat unusual 1323 managing a decent carrier. Propagation didn't improve much by 1330, with only a few more decent carriers showing up on 972, 1017, 1044 and 1053. Just before 1400 the Asians got a potent boost, however, with 972-HLCA leading the show with good signals in and out.by 1405. 603-China came up out of the noise all alone (no HLSA) to reach fair levels in and out, along with a presumed 738-BEL2 and 1017-CRI. The Japanese big guns didn't seem all that impressed with the situation, though, with only 594 and 747 reaching fair audio between 1400-1430. The rejuvenated Asians didn't really stick around for long, however, with almost all of them bailing by 1435 here. Best signal of the bizarre session (by far) was from 972-HLCA, with good signals in and out just after the 1400 TOH.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Kansa TP DX 10-29-15

bbwrwy
 

JOIB and JOUB were heard in Garden City KS on a barefoot Skywave receiver this morning, 10-29-15.  


JOIB heard with barely audible to poor signal //774 at 1145-1147 UTC.

JOUB with a poor to fair signal at 1143-1145 and again at 1211-1213.  


Household QRM ended the session at 1214.


Good DX.


Richard Allen,

Garden City KS USA.


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-29

Gary DeBock
 

As Walt and Colin have reported most of the Asians had already bailed by around 1400 this morning, although there were quite a collection of them about 50 minutes earlier. Similar to a Halloween movie, they behaved like ghostly creatures scared off by the daylight, with the exception of 1575-VOA (the sole survivor of a negative sunrise enhancement).
 
At my 1310 start time several big gun Asians were managing fair audio (594, 747, 1053, 1566 and 1575) while second-tier stations on 603, 738, 1017, 1035 and 1044 seemed ready to reach threshold level. The typical swoon happened between 1330-1400, with all of these bailing except for 1575-VOA. This lone station rode out the rest of the session with fair signals in and out until 1445, when it also packed it in. Not exactly an exciting session, but definitely better than yesterday.
 
1575  VOA   Rasom, Thailand   Fair level female speech in Asiatic language in and out at 1405
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Late summer / early fall UL-loggings from Arctic Norway

Hans Ostnell
 

Group,


It's been a while since my last posting here. Due to work and other obligations, I've been too busy to compile my loogings made in late August and onwards. Anyhow, here's a few (and very happy that I finally also got a good ID on Premi1 Mayotte on 1458 kHz! Still no QSL, though...


24.08.2015 00:28:00 1458 Premiére Mayotte Mayotte
30.08.2015 15:37:00 1575 Voice of America, Ayutthaya Thailand

16:45:00 1467 TWR, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

16:45:00 1467 Radio Thailand, Nat. Educ. Sce., Pathum Thani Thailand

17:05:00 693 Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka Bangladesh

17:31:00 1242 All India Radio, Varanasi India

17:55:00 819 All India Radio, Delhi A India

18:05:00 810 Abu Dhabi FM, Maqtaa UAE

18:12:00 1404 Unid thai station Thailand

18:50:00 972 HLCA KBS, Dangjin So. Korea

19:08:00 1350 JOER RCC, Hiroshima Japan

19:53:00 1368 Challenger Radio, unknown location Italy

22:31:00 1584 Radio Vocea Spirantei, several tx Romania
31.08.2015 16:09:00 1566 HLAZ FEBC, Cheju So. Korea

16:10:00 1557 RTI «I Love Music», Kouhu Taiwan

17:15:00 1530 All India Radio, Agra India

17:55:00 1332 Radio Pakistan, Lahore Pakistan

18:10:00 1350 Radio Rossii, Respublika Altay, Siberia Russia

18:29:00 1305 Yan Kraw «Military Armoured Car» Radio Station Thailand

19:26:00 1197 Jor. Tor. Lor., Lop Buri Thailand
04.09.2015 18:30:00 1269 Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah UAE

19:08:00 1152 SIP Radio Indonesia, Ras al-Khaimah UAE

19:34:00 837 Radio Oromiya Ethiopia

19:40:00 1359 Voice of the Tigray Revolution, Mekele Ethiopia

19:50:00 918 Voice of the Dawn, Mekele Ethiopia

20:10:00 1530 Voice of America, Pinheira Sao Tomé

20:40:00 1305 KBC English Sce., Wajir Kenya
05.09.2015 16:20:00 891 Radio Thailand, Sara Buri Thailand

22:57:00 963 RTCI, Tunis Tunisia

23:10:00 1071 Radio Al Nour, Tartus Syria

23:43:00 1314 Radio Oltenia-Craiova, Craiova Romania
09.10.2015 12:00:00 680 KBRW, Barrow Alaska

13:39:00 1485 NRK Troms, Longyearbyen Svalbard / Spitsbergen


73 de Hans / LA2MOA

Vardo island, Arctic Norway

PL-380 (Supercharged) 

CC Skywave (Supercharged)

12" x 7.5" FSL


UL-loggings so far in 2015:

162 stations

54 countries


Puyallup, WA TP Carriers for 10-28

Gary DeBock
 

Asian conditions took a nosedive this morning as even decent carriers were tough to find. A band check at 1330 revealed only an anemic carrier on 972, with ghostly ones on 1053 and 1566. Increasing daylight at 1405 brought the 972 carrier up to a moderate level, but sank the ones on 1053 and 1566. The 972 carrier might even have reached ghostly audio for a few seconds after that if someone was inclined to stick around and wait for it-- which I definitely wasn't. Usually a clunker band here includes some type of carrier from 738-Tahiti, but even that was too much to ask for this morning. The clunker session at this lackluster location could well indicate a productive DU morning in Victoria.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Construction: how to shield CPU noise?

policow6@...
 

I think the Skywave already has the DSP noises well under control so I wouldn't expect much, if any improvement. But I got a huge improvement on the Eton Field 550 as I outlined in this article:


Eton/Grundig Field 550

and I would expect many other, especially earlier DSP radios with lots of spurious noises, could benefit greatly from some simple shielding.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com


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Re: Mid day Quick shoot out-FARMERIK

Rik
 

That is one I don't have [yet]. It looks nice though. All my SONY radios are very good on battery life, and the ones which come with SONY  batteries, those cells seem to last forever. If you go to one of the SONY Corp.  sites for different continents, they always list battery life on each band in the SPECS sections , some times for both Alkaline and 'regular' batteries. It looks like this new line may replace a number of SONY models. I could not find ANY Walkman radios on SONY USA recently, but maybe I missed them. The P26 is a little larger than the Walkmans, but shirt pocket size, and the newest tiny SONY speakers are better than before.

My ICF-B08 has a speaker opening only about 1 and 1/4 inches, but the sound is not nearly as bad as I expected. That is the wind up / USB charger / LED flashlight or area light / AM FM radio with USA tuning ranges. Lots of other versions on eBay with different  tuning ranges, some have solar cells on top instead of an area LED light. Too thick to be an ULR, like the P26, but about 3X5 inches. Since I had the ICF-B08 out, I plugged in stereo head phones and both channels work, so these new models are not the first SONY portables to have stereo compatible headphone jacks on mono radios as I thought.

There are just SO MANY SONY portables in production, I know I'll never have more than a small % of them.

-FARMERIK


Re: Mid day Quick shoot out-FARMERIK

Rik
 

Only the PL-310ET has the Easy Tuning Method scanning built in. Last time I did both a manually tuned AM 'scan' and used the ETM feature  with the PL-310ET and there was not a big difference in results. So I just did the one PL-310 ETM scan for comparison because I figure band conditions could be different on different days.

Remember this is just a quick test, so all results could be + or - maybe 10%?

I listed them in the order I did the scans too.  If I was focused on fewer radios the scans would be closer in time. Probably would not make much difference. 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM is all Midday.

The three new SONY radio models with extremely similar specs are looking promising. Unfortunately only the smallest, the P26 should qualify as an ULR. In the evening I definitely  hear more on the largest of the three, the ICF-306. The mid size P36 is still on its way from the UK. I will compare those three if there seems to be any interest. I still can not figure out exactly what is different about them as I tune from station to station.

-FARMERIK


Re: Mid day Quick shoot out-FARMERIK

m_a_schuster
 

Have you tried the SRF-18? A just-larger-than-ultralight with stereo speakers. I had gotten once just before the last big NEUS storm and is ran for days on batteries when we had no power. Handled very much like a grown-up SRF-59 with speakers.


 


Re: Construction: how to shield CPU noise?

m_a_schuster
 

Thanks - sounds like a plan.


 


Re: Mid day Quick shoot out-FARMERIK

Clyde Smith <hkryclyde@...>
 

question.  was the survey done using the radios scanning features or going up the band by hand???    thanks   clyde



On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:46 PM, "keith1226@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
Thanks Farmerik, that's useful information :-)


Keith B. 
Seattle WA 


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