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Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

hamrad45
 


Thank you.

Tom

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Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 

<<<    Awesome response.  I will check out the links you sent me and will get back with you soon.  Do you mind is a show a few minutes of your video?  >>>
 
Sure, Tom, please feel free to show any portion of the video that you wish.
 
There are "spinoff" versions of the original 3" FSL model PL-380 that have been developed (a 2" FSL model, and 4.25" and 3" FSL models using the commonly available Russian surplus 62mm ferrite bars), and videos for those models are in the works. Good luck!
 
73, Gary N7EKX
 
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: 'hamrad' hamrad@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 

Awesome response.  I will check out the links you sent me and will get back with you soon.  Do you mind is a show a few minutes of your video?

Tom
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 
Hi Tom,
 
Unfortunately I'm a long way from Tampa, but I was the designer of the new FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antenna-enhanced Tecsun PL-380 models, and would be happy to provide any information that you need.
 
Currently there about 8 of these new models are in use throughout the world, 3 of which are in Japan. Most of them were constructed by the DXers using them (the full construction article for the PL-380 modification procedure is posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/download/w0gcek56f6aq7kr/3_Inch_FSL_Tecsun_PL.doc
 
There is also a video describing the construction and performance of the new models, posted at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY9u8MReGjk 
 
Thanks again for your interest, Tom, and please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions.
 
73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (in Puyallup, WA)
Ex-QRP CW fanatic (144 DXCC on Heathkit HW-8)
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: hamrad@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 4:15 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 
Thank you for posting this information.  Was wondering if anyone lives near me in the Tampa Bay in Florida that that could help me with doing a show on this subject on my YouTube channel (hamrad88)?  Or anyone?

Thanks for your time,

Tom Stiles


Posting Photos To A New Message

jerry_popiel
 

Can anyone i.e. the Moderator, or possibly Gary,  please explain how to post a photo to a new memo?  I realize it can be done to an Album or to a Reply. When I try to click on Attachments to add a photo the entire body of the original memo disappears??  The options above read; Conversations, Photos, Files, and More, but how do you attach a photo to the body of a new memo?  I believe this info could also benefit many others.  Any replies would be very much appreciated.


Jerry 


Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

Gary DeBock
 

<<<    Awesome response.  I will check out the links you sent me and will get back with you soon.  Do you mind is a show a few minutes of your video?  >>>
 
Sure, Tom, please feel free to show any portion of the video that you wish.
 
There are "spinoff" versions of the original 3" FSL model PL-380 that have been developed (a 2" FSL model, and 4.25" and 3" FSL models using the commonly available Russian surplus 62mm ferrite bars), and videos for those models are in the works. Good luck!
 
73, Gary N7EKX
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'hamrad' hamrad@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 

Awesome response.  I will check out the links you sent me and will get back with you soon.  Do you mind is a show a few minutes of your video?

Tom
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 
Hi Tom,
 
Unfortunately I'm a long way from Tampa, but I was the designer of the new FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antenna-enhanced Tecsun PL-380 models, and would be happy to provide any information that you need.
 
Currently there about 8 of these new models are in use throughout the world, 3 of which are in Japan. Most of them were constructed by the DXers using them (the full construction article for the PL-380 modification procedure is posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/download/w0gcek56f6aq7kr/3_Inch_FSL_Tecsun_PL.doc
 
There is also a video describing the construction and performance of the new models, posted at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY9u8MReGjk 
 
Thanks again for your interest, Tom, and please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions.
 
73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (in Puyallup, WA)
Ex-QRP CW fanatic (144 DXCC on Heathkit HW-8)
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: hamrad@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 4:15 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 
Thank you for posting this information.  Was wondering if anyone lives near me in the Tampa Bay in Florida that that could help me with doing a show on this subject on my YouTube channel (hamrad88)?  Or anyone?

Thanks for your time,

Tom Stiles


Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

hamrad45
 


Awesome response.  I will check out the links you sent me and will get back with you soon.  Do you mind is a show a few minutes of your video?

Tom

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 

Hi Tom,
 
Unfortunately I'm a long way from Tampa, but I was the designer of the new FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antenna-enhanced Tecsun PL-380 models, and would be happy to provide any information that you need.
 
Currently there about 8 of these new models are in use throughout the world, 3 of which are in Japan. Most of them were constructed by the DXers using them (the full construction article for the PL-380 modification procedure is posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/download/w0gcek56f6aq7kr/3_Inch_FSL_Tecsun_PL.doc
 
There is also a video describing the construction and performance of the new models, posted at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY9u8MReGjk 
 
Thanks again for your interest, Tom, and please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions.
 
73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (in Puyallup, WA)
Ex-QRP CW fanatic (144 DXCC on Heathkit HW-8)
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: hamrad@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 4:15 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 
Thank you for posting this information.  Was wondering if anyone lives near me in the Tampa Bay in Florida that that could help me with doing a show on this subject on my YouTube channel (hamrad88)?  Or anyone?

Thanks for your time,

Tom Stiles


Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Tom,
 
Unfortunately I'm a long way from Tampa, but I was the designer of the new FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antenna-enhanced Tecsun PL-380 models, and would be happy to provide any information that you need.
 
Currently there about 8 of these new models are in use throughout the world, 3 of which are in Japan. Most of them were constructed by the DXers using them (the full construction article for the PL-380 modification procedure is posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/download/w0gcek56f6aq7kr/3_Inch_FSL_Tecsun_PL.doc
 
There is also a video describing the construction and performance of the new models, posted at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY9u8MReGjk 
 
Thanks again for your interest, Tom, and please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions.
 
73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (in Puyallup, WA)
Ex-QRP CW fanatic (144 DXCC on Heathkit HW-8)
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: hamrad@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 4:15 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

 
Thank you for posting this information.  Was wondering if anyone lives near me in the Tampa Bay in Florida that that could help me with doing a show on this subject on my YouTube channel (hamrad88)?  Or anyone?

Thanks for your time,

Tom Stiles


Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with

kugellagers
 

Just use the Ruler tool on Google Earth. It will give great circle distance from any two points on the planet in kilometers, miles, meters, yards or feet. Just click in the two exact points of interest and it instantly gives you the distance.

John Bellini - Kugellager - Message from my tricorder.


Re: Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

hamrad45
 

Thank you for posting this information.  Was wondering if anyone lives near me in the Tampa Bay in Florida that that could help me with doing a show on this subject on my YouTube channel (hamrad88)?  Or anyone?

Thanks for your time,

Tom Stiles


Looking for Info

hamrad45
 

I started following this group a few weeks ago.  It sounds very interesting and I am looking for more info for my YouTube channel  (hamrad88).  Is there someone that sells these external antennas?  I have many radios including the PL-380 and would like to do some shows on this topic.

Thanks for your time,


Tom Stiles



Another Amazing AM DXing Catch with 3"FSL

jerry_popiel
 

This morning at 04:00 AM  I was looking for WSM Nashville, TN  at 650 kHz (over 1000 miles away) and captured it for a short time with a signal strength of 46/19 on the modified 3" FSL with the radio oriented in a South East Direction.  I then turned the Tecsun PL-380 with attached FSL in the South West Direction and received a station ID for 650 kHz Stn KGAB / Orchard Valley, Wyoming over 713 air miles away - George Norrie show was on.  Signal strength varied from  47/07 to 47/19 but was quite clear.  Lady meteorologist announcer said temps were forecast for the low to mid 50's for Orchard Valley today.  Looking up the station Transmit Power on Wikipedia it says it is: 8500 Watts Day and only 500 watts at night, just an amazing catch for the new 3" FSL!!  


Thanks

Jerry 


Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

jerry popiel
 

Thanks Tim (and Gary) excellent calculators. I like the way Tim’s calculator gives you 3 options i.e.: Driving, Air and Nautical miles - great info!!

Thanks
Jerry


Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

Bob Coomler
 


Hadn't seen this one before.  Very slick!  Thanks.

Bob Coomler W7SWL
Tucson, AZ




From: "timchandler2001@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

 
There are many sites that will give the great circle distance, you can even just do a search 'great circle distance x to y' where x and y are the place names.  Distance Between Cities Places On Map Distance Calculator is also a good site.
 
From Winnipeg to Nashville is about 1081 miles, from Winnipeg to Albuquerque is about 1130 miles.

Both are great catches!



Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

osage_archer
 

There are many sites that will give the great circle distance, you can even just do a search 'great circle distance x to y' where x and y are the place names.  Distance Between Cities Places On Map Distance Calculator is also a good site.

 

From Winnipeg to Nashville is about 1081 miles, from Winnipeg to Albuquerque is about 1130 miles.

Both are great catches!


Bizarre FSL Antenna Shootout (Part 2)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
Posted previously was a direct MP3 comparison of the relative reception capability during the exact same minute in receiving a weak-signal TP (603-HLSA) by a 15" FSL antenna inductively coupled to a CC Skywave model
(a $1000+ combination, posted at https://app.box.com/s/xq7bs7nvptf0d5ts1vxzli0izqza2ncf )
 
and a new stand-alone 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model (a $95 modified pocket radio, with a hard-wired 3" FSL antenna) posted at
 
There is a little more to the story, however. Although the modified PL-380 does generate somewhat of a heterodyne on 603, this type of issue is easily corrected by a DSP signal processor (such as the Timewave DSP 599zx), which is routinely used to remove TP heterodynes from DXpedition MP3's recorded on pocket radios. When this is done (filtering the 740 Hz heterodyne with a 5 Hz notch filter), the 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380's signal ends up sounding like this:
 
When comparing this "Science Fiction PL-380" signal with that of the inductively coupled 15" FSL (which already has a stellar DXpedition record on the lower frequencies at Rockwork 4), the implications are pretty obvious. Five of these little monsters covering different high priority frequencies at an ocean cliff site could dramatically increase the effectiveness of Ultralight transoceanic DXing.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

Gary DeBock
 

 Hi Jerry (and Neil),
 
<<<    Bottom line is Gary DeBock's new 3”FSL Antenna design attached to the Tecsun PL-380 radio is in fact an AM DXing powerhouse!   >>>
 
Thanks for your generous comment, and congratulations on your long-distance receptions on your homemade 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 at such strong signal levels! 
 
I typically use the distance calculator at  http://www.mapcrow.info/  to find air distances between cities. It works very well to calculate the bizarre distances between an ocean cliff turnoff and obscure Kiwi and Aussie cities (a.k.a. "shires").
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 

 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: jerry popiel jerry.popiel55@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Fri, Mar 18, 2016 11:14 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

 
KAZ, thanks for your comments, I tried your distance calculator and here is what I got:  Sorry, our database doesn't contain any places named "winnipeg,manitoba Canada”. 

If you go to www.distancefrom.com you will find that the distance from my location here in - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Nashville, Tennessee, USA is: 2127 Kilometres or 1370 miles. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA is: 2382 Kilometres or 1480 miles. In any event I think we are splitting hairs here, the distances from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Both USA cities is well over 1000 miles as stated in the Topic. 

Bottom line is Gary DeBock's new 3”FSL Antenna design attached to the Tecsun PL-380 radio is in fact an AM DXing powerhouse!

Thanks
Jerry 
 
On Mar 18, 2016, at 12:08 PM, Neil Kazaross neilkaz58@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


A snowstorm should have no effect on AM radio signals as their waves lengths are very long in comparison to snow.

Your distances are quite miscalculated. 

I recommend this site for accurate distances.  http://indo.com/distance/

Or use and input your home coordinates. http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/

73 KAZ

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:26 AM, jerry popiel jerry.popiel55@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


Guys here are the pictures from the 2 stations Rec’d last night at over 1000 + miles.

Jerry






Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

Neil Kazaross
 

Jerry your site is for driving distances! Type in Winnipeg Canada at my site and it will give you proper distances as the crow flies.


73 KAZ

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:13 PM, jerry popiel jerry.popiel55@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


KAZ, thanks for your comments, I tried your distance calculator and here is what I got:  Sorry, our database doesn't contain any places named "winnipeg,manitoba Canada”. 

If you go to www.distancefrom.com you will find that the distance from my location here in - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Nashville, Tennessee, USA is: 2127 Kilometres or 1370 miles. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA is: 2382 Kilometres or 1480 miles. In any event I think we are splitting hairs here, the distances from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Both USA cities is well over 1000 miles as stated in the Topic. 

Bottom line is Gary DeBock's new 3”FSL Antenna design attached to the Tecsun PL-380 radio is in fact an AM DXing powerhouse!

Thanks
Jerry 
 
On Mar 18, 2016, at 12:08 PM, Neil Kazaross neilkaz58@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


A snowstorm should have no effect on AM radio signals as their waves lengths are very long in comparison to snow.

Your distances are quite miscalculated. 

I recommend this site for accurate distances.  http://indo.com/distance/

Or use and input your home coordinates. http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/

73 KAZ

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:26 AM, jerry popiel jerry.popiel55@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


Guys here are the pictures from the 2 stations Rec’d last night at over 1000 + miles.

Jerry









Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

jerry popiel
 

KAZ, thanks for your comments, I tried your distance calculator and here is what I got:  Sorry, our database doesn't contain any places named "winnipeg,manitoba Canada”. 

If you go to www.distancefrom.com you will find that the distance from my location here in - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Nashville, Tennessee, USA is: 2127 Kilometres or 1370 miles. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA is: 2382 Kilometres or 1480 miles. In any event I think we are splitting hairs here, the distances from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Both USA cities is well over 1000 miles as stated in the Topic. 

Bottom line is Gary DeBock's new 3”FSL Antenna design attached to the Tecsun PL-380 radio is in fact an AM DXing powerhouse!

Thanks
Jerry 
 

On Mar 18, 2016, at 12:08 PM, Neil Kazaross neilkaz58@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


A snowstorm should have no effect on AM radio signals as their waves lengths are very long in comparison to snow.

Your distances are quite miscalculated. 

I recommend this site for accurate distances.  http://indo.com/distance/

Or use and input your home coordinates. http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/

73 KAZ

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:26 AM, jerry popiel jerry.popiel55@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


Guys here are the pictures from the 2 stations Rec’d last night at over 1000 + miles.

Jerry






Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

Neil Kazaross
 

A snowstorm should have no effect on AM radio signals as their waves lengths are very long in comparison to snow.

Your distances are quite miscalculated.

I recommend this site for accurate distances.  http://indo.com/distance/

Or use and input your home coordinates. http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/

73 KAZ

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:26 AM, jerry popiel jerry.popiel55@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


Guys here are the pictures from the 2 stations Rec’d last night at over 1000 + miles.

Jerry




3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 TP-DX for 3-18 (Low Band NHK Surge)

Gary DeBock
 

What seemed like a clunker band early on was rescued somewhat by a huge sunrise enhancement surge by the low band Japanese big guns, with 594-JOAK at a steady good level from 1330-1350 and 693-JOAB on a late surge to manage the same potent signal at 1355. 
 
At my 1300 start time only 1566-HLAZ had much of a signal, rising up and down with fair peaks in the 1560 splatter. Nothing else seemed very interested in the propagation until increasing sunlight around 1330 brought 594-JOAK up to a good level, with the Korean parallels on 558 and 603 also coming out of the noise to reach fair peaks. 1566-HLAZ and the other ghostly high band signals on 1503 and 1575 started to fizzle about this time, while the NHK big guns on 693, 747, 774 and 828 came out of the noise. The sunrise enhancement propagation seemed seriously slanted toward the low band, with 594-JOAK ridiculously strong compared to everything else from 1330-1350. Finally around 1355 the Chinese lessons on 693-JOAB tapped into the sunrise propagation surge, boosting its signal to the highest level ever received on the "Science Fiction PL-380." (good). The party was short lived, however, as both 594 and 693 hit the skids just prior to the 1400 TOH, with both of them sliding into the noise by 1405. Best overall signals were from 594-JOAK at 1344, and 693-JOAB at 1355 (both good, with a huge difference from their paltry levels at 1300).
 
594  JOAK   Tokyo, Japan   Japanese male speech at good level at 1344; steady signal at this level from 1330-1350 https://app.box.com/s/l360lj8xbisn1ni9p9vubj33dvskw0e0  
 
693  JOAB   Tokyo, Japan   Chinese lesson female and male speech at brief good level at 1355
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Stand-alone 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight (693-JOAB reception photo at


Re: 2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

jerry popiel
 

Guys here are the pictures from the 2 stations Rec’d last night at over 1000 + miles.

Jerry


2 Stations Rec'd over 1000 + Miles Distance In a Snowstorm with 3" FSL

jerry_popiel
 

During a major 12 hour snowfall here in Winnipeg last night reception with the 3" FSL was not affected at all??  Picked up 50,000 watt country music station WSM Nashville, Tennessee / 650 kHz 1340 miles distant reception continued for many hours. Another DX catch was KKOB / 770 kHz Albuquerque, New Mexico - 50,000 watts 1480 miles distant. KKOB reception lasted for about an hour. Inside the house reception of both stations was highly directional and could only be captured with the Tecsun PL-380 with attached  modified 3" FSL pointed high towards the south window. Will try to post pics of the captures in this post or in an album. 


Jerry 

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