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Re: Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

Paul Blundell
 

Well done. I hope to be back in to it in the near future, just need to get some equipment.


Rockwork 4 Ultralight DU's for 8-7-- Never a Dull Moment

Gary DeBock
 

Yesterday's superb Australian propagation continued for a second day, but there was a potent comeback by the Kiwi stations late on, resulting in one of the wackiest DXing sessions of the summer. To make matters more interesting both rain and wind pounded the cliff with increasing force as the Oz Vs. Kiwi mixes spread over the band, finally ending up just short of the "Japanese Welcome Session" storm level.

During FSL antenna setup at 1130 the rain and wind were mild, and only 531-PI was showing much strength in the predawn darkness. Both Oz and Kiwi signals came up dramatically by 1230, though, with a loud "big gun" snarl on 702 (2BL vs. Magic), 594 (3WV vs. Rhema) and 774 (3LO vs. Radio Sport). 531 even featured an all-Kiwi snarl (PI vs. an apparent More FM) at 1248. Around 1255 the high priority frequency of 558 once again featured a DU English station with an ABC-like format fighting it out with 560 splatter (almost certainly Australian, since 558-Radio Sport features Yankee English at this time from the Fox Sports network relay), and the 639 Oz pair of 5CK and 2CH were back again at a modest level. After 1300 all the Kiwis seemed to get a turbo boost along with the stormy weather, though, ending up with dominance over Australia on all frequencies except the ones with uneven matches (576, 585, 639 etc.). Late on around 1320 some unusually good Kiwi signals showed up on 675, 684 and 756, while an UnID DU English station showed up on 1026. By 1335 DU propagation was near collapse, and the FSL antennas seemed in a similar state as the stormy wind pounded them in their unsecured (not strapped down) condition. Overall the DU propagation during these past three days has been in a higher league than anything experienced in the one-week July DXpedition, providing further evidence (on top of last summer's results) that early August is the peak season for DU-DXing results at Rockwork 4.

531  PI + More FM (presumed)   PI's female Samoan speech getting trounced by urban techno rock from a presumed More FM (this music doesn't fit 4KZ's format) at 1248  https://app.box.com/s/v8gq3embjk3lgcv3yhgenipk6sy8t0se  

558  UnID-Australian   Male DU English speech with ABC-like format in and out of 560 splatter at 1250; 6WA a strong possibility (heard here last year) but no definite // available at the time  https://app.box.com/s/7eaj76zn4vhie4d39fdw7720w79iia29

594  3WV + Rhema Mix   The Oz big gun generally rules over the lower powered Kiwi Christian music network at 1243

657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ   Almost nuclear-level signal with Christian music at 1246; no Australian competition all morning

684  Rhema   Gisborne, NZ   Sounding very healthy (despite an impending eviction order) with Kiwi weather report, Bible reading and Christian music at 1303

702  2BL and Magic   The Oz and Kiwi big guns fight it our at a pretty equal level at 1234

702  Magic   Auckland, NZ   The Kiwi Oldies station finally dispatches the Oz big gun with a blowtorch ID ("Magic, feels good") at 1237

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralights (3) +
17" and 15" DXpedition FSL antennas
    


Re: Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

Peter Laws
 

On Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM, vo1_001_swl@... [ultralightdx]
<ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Ultralight Station # 1400


Really very impressive! Congratulations!

It saddens me that at a time when MW receiver technology is *so* good,
the industry is dying, more in Canada than the US but here, too.

I was just reading an article out of Montreal about how most of the
channels that I listened to as a kid are now *dark*. And Montreal, is
a metro of ~4M!! (2/3 of whom claim a "mother tongue" of French with
the rest primarily, but hardly exclusively, English). Crazy.


(This is the article if you are intereted:
http://blog.fagstein.com/2016/08/04/ttp-media-abandons-850-am/)



--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Envious congratulations from t'other side of The Pond!

Michael

On 07.08.16 18:18, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
. . .
Allen, you really rock!!! You are a great inspiration not only to the
Ultralight group, but to Ultralight transoceanic DXers as well (all 2 of
us)!! Keep up the great work, brother..

73, Gary


Re: Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Allen and Rob,

Greetings from the wacky and wild ocean cliff (where the rain and wind failed to knock the Ultralights out of action this morning),

Allen, you really rock!!! You are a great inspiration not only to the Ultralight group, but to Ultralight transoceanic DXers as well (all 2 of us)!! Keep up the great work, brother..

73, Gary
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Ross va3sw@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 9:47 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

 
Good Show Allen…..1400 ULR Stations, That's amazing!! I wonder if John Bryant could have ever imagined that someone would attain this level on an Ultralight???

I know Gary would…..because He knows almost anything is possible on a ULR!!!

Keep on Chugging…I'm sure # 1500 is out there somewhere!

73…ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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On 2016-08-07, at 12:16 PM, vo1_001_swl@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

 
Hello To All,
During this morning's Bristol Hope Ultralight radio  DXpedition another new entry was added to my Ultralight radio logbook.
Somewhat of a landmark entry after almost a month with no new entries
  900 - WJLG - Savannah, Georgia 8:00 UTC  8/7/16 w/ Fox Sports Radio, The Ticket ID's sportstalk about baseball
Ultralight Station # 1400   
Receiver: Sony SRF-M37W barefoot mode
Allen Willie VOPC1AA
Carbonear, Newfoundland


Re: Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

robert ross
 

Good Show Allen…..1400 ULR Stations, That's amazing!! I wonder if John Bryant could have ever imagined that someone would attain this level on an Ultralight???

I know Gary would…..because He knows almost anything is possible on a ULR!!!

Keep on Chugging…I'm sure # 1500 is out there somewhere!

73…ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

***********************************************************************


On 2016-08-07, at 12:16 PM, vo1_001_swl@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

 

Hello To All,

During this morning's Bristol Hope Ultralight radio  DXpedition another new entry was added to my Ultralight radio logbook.

Somewhat of a landmark entry after almost a month with no new entries

  900 - WJLG - Savannah, Georgia 8:00 UTC  8/7/16 w/ Fox Sports Radio, The Ticket ID's sportstalk about baseball

Ultralight Station # 1400   

Receiver: Sony SRF-M37W barefoot mode

Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear, Newfoundland


South Side Bristol's Hope Ultralight Radio DXpedition Logs Day # 2

Allen Willie
 

 MORNING # 2 - SOUTHSIDE BRISTOL'S HOPE ULTRALIGHT AM RADIO DXPEDITION LOGS


  It was a somewhat rainy affair for this morning's Day # 2 Ultralight radio DXpedition near Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland.


  EVENT DURATION - 1 HOUR : 4:45 - 5:45 AM Newfoundland Local Time ( 7:15 UTC - 8:15 UTC )



  Five countries were heard amongst the stations logged this morning. One new station was added to the Ultralight Radio Logbook,  Ultralight station # 1400  Overall



  To avoid duplication of logs from yesterday, only different stations not previously listed are included in session # 2.



  530 - CUBA - Radio Enciclopedia w/ Spanish vocals, talk, ID
  610 - CUBA - Radio Rebelde // 670 w/ Spanish talk, ID
  660 - WFAN - New York, New York w/ Sportstalk, The Fan ID 
  680 - CFTR - Toronto, Ontario w/ talk, weather , news
  750 - CBGY - Bonavista, Newfoundland w/ CBC overnight program 
  820 - CHAM - Hamilton, Ontario w/ comedy format
  840 - CUBA - CMHW Dobleve, Santa Clara(under WHAS ) w/ Spanish , mention Cuba 
  850 - WFTL - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (under WEEI) ID and news
  870 - CFSX - Stephenville, Newfoundland, ID, music
  900 - CHML - Hamilton, Ontario w/ talk show, ID
  900 - WJLG - Savannah, Georgia w/ Fox Sports Radio, The Ticket ID's sportstalk about baseball ***NEW***
  930 - CJYQ - St. John's, Newfoundland  w/ country music, KIX country ID 
  970 - WZAN - Portland, Maine w/ news items, ID
 1000 - WMVP - Chicago, Illinois w/ Sportstalk, Chicagoland ads  
 1010 - CFRB - Toronto, Ontario w/ news, weather , ID (mixing with WINS)
 1020 - KDKA - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania w/ talk show , ID
 1090 - WBAL - Baltimore, Maryland  w/ news, ID Newstalk 10-90 WBAL
 1110 - WBT - Charlotte, North Carolina w/ news items, ID
 1140 - CBI -  Sydney, Nova Scotia w/ CBC Overnight programming
 1170 - WWVA - Wheeling, West Virginia w/ news,  ID Newstalk 11-70 WWVA
 1180 - WHAM - Rochester, New York, 11-80 WHAM ID , news
 1200 - CFGO - Ottawa, Ontario w/ sportstalk, (under WKXS)
 1220 - BRAZIL-Radio Globo w/ man in Portuguese talk, ID
 1240 - CKIM - Baie Verte, Newfoundland w/ VOCM programming relay
 1250 - WGAM - Manchester, New Hampshire w/ Sportstalk ESPN
 1260 - CKHJ - Fredericton, New Brunswick w/ country music, KHJ ID
 1260 - WBIX - Boston, Massachusetts w/ news items, ment. Boston
 1290 - WRNI - Providence, Rhode Island w/ Spanish programming 
 1420 - CKDY - Digby, Nova Scotia w/ country music, ID
 1430 - WNSW - Newark, New Jersey w/ religious programming 
 1490 - WBAE - Portland, Maine w/ Red Eye Radio Talk Show
 1490 - UNIDENTIFIED - Spanish speaking station
 1530 - WCKY - Cincinnati, Ohio w/ religious talk
 1550 - CBEF - Windsor, Ontario w/ CBC programming in French language
 1570 - CJLV - Laval, Quebec w/ mx, French talk, ment. Laval
 1610 - ANGUILLA - Caribbean Beacon w/ religious talk
 1670 - CJEU - Gatineau, Quebec w/ French alternative music  
 1690 - CJLO - Montreal, Quebec w/ 16-90 CJLO ID, mx , talk by man


 Receiver:  Sony SRF-M37W Ultralight barefoot


  Allen Willie  VOPC1AA
  Carbonear, Newfoundland   

 


Station # 1400 on Ultralight Radio

Allen Willie
 



Hello To All,


During this morning's Bristol Hope Ultralight radio  DXpedition another new entry was added to my Ultralight radio logbook.


Somewhat of a landmark entry after almost a month with no new entries


  900 - WJLG - Savannah, Georgia 8:00 UTC  8/7/16 w/ Fox Sports Radio, The Ticket ID's sportstalk about baseball



Ultralight Station # 1400   



Receiver: Sony SRF-M37W barefoot mode



Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-6-- The Land of Oz

Gary DeBock
 

Typical Kiwi-slanted propagation took a day off at the plunging ocean cliff this morning as elevated solar activity made Australian DX the order of the day. Oz big guns on 576, 594, 702, 774 and 792 pushed the NZ regulars off of their frequencies, while 558, 585 (two Oz stations), 639 and 675 featured unusual (for the cliff) Australian DX of varying strength.

The session started off at 1100 with a mediocre 1017-Tonga already in its sign-off routine (rather early for its late Saturday night pattern). Prior to sunrise enhancement the session sounded very ordinary, with only 531-PI showing much staying power (in a mix with a presumed 4KZ). Unlike yesterday the Kiwi big guns never really got untracked, and by 1230 it was obvious that it would be an Australian-dominated session, with the Oz big guns on 594, 702, 774 and 792 in and out with powerful signals. At 1254 a fair-strength DU English station on 585 wasn't // with 576 or 603 (indicating 2WEB) but by 1305 it was replaced by another Oz station definitely // 792 (585-7RN). Around 1300 the most interesting Oz station showed up on 558 with DU English under domestic splatter, but the splatter was too rough to track down a parallel. 639 delivered a DU English mix of 5CK // 891 and apparent 2CH around 1312 , along with some mystery electrical noise. Finally around 1328 a weak DU English mix showed up on 675 as an unusually anemic RNZ was pestered by a likely 2CO. One interesting mystery was island-type music under a potent 774-3LO around 1227 (heard before here, but never ID'ed), and of course the ABC-sounding Oz station on 558 under splatter-- quite possibly a repeat appearance from 6WA (heard by three of us here a year ago) . Best signals of the session were all from Oz, with 792-4RN the overall winner around 1305. 

585  7RN   Hobart, Australia   RN network jazz music // 792 at 1305 (the parallel MP3 from the stronger 792-4RN is linked below)
 
594  3WV   Horsham, Australia   Pop music at strong level // 774 at 1242; the usual Kiwi regular Rhema was MIA all morning

639  5CK   Port Pirie, Australia   Female ABC commentary // 891 at 1312; apparent commercial station (2CH?) and mystery noise underneath

738  Radio Polynesie   Mahina, Tahiti   The usual powerhouse signal with R&B music at 1317; 2NR strangely absent

774  3LO   Melbourne, Australia   Potent level sports play-by-play recording with mystery island music station (and speech late on) at 1227-- Philippines?

792  4RN   Brisbane, Australia   Jazz music at potent level // 585 at 1305; the usual Kiwi occupant Radio Sport was evicted for the duration

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralights (3) +
17" and 15" DXpedition FSL antennas
   


Re: A new approach to building a Ferrite Sleeve Loop (FSL) antenna

Dean Wayman
 

Hi :
Sry i dont have any pics but i can tell you a bit more about the setup,This is a Model K 615 Zenith radio .
On the front it says {Filter Magnet antenna}, i don't remember if the loop stick is inside the electrified tube but i think it is ?
The way i understand it ,This was done to cancel electrical power line noise ,so it would'nt be any help with static as i said before .

Dean_0


South Side Bristol's Hope Ultralight AM Radio DXpedition Logs Day # 1

Allen Willie
 

MORNING # 1 - SOUTHSIDE BRISTOL'S HOPE ULTRALIGHT AM RADIO DXPEDITION LOGS



It was a dreary looking, but non raining occasion to start off this multi-morning Ultralight radio DXpedition near Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland.



EVENT DURATION - 1 HOUR : 5:00 - 6:00 AM Newfoundland Local Time ( 7:30 UTC - 8:30 UTC )



MEDIUM WAVE STATIONS LOGGED


(SUMMARY - 4 COUNTRIES, 14 US STATES, 5 CANADIAN PROVINCES logged )




530 - Unidentified - w/ Ethnic sounding program CIAIO - Brampton, Ontario likely
540 - CBT - Grand Falls- Windsor, Newfoundland w/ CBC Overnight programming
560 - WGAN - Portland, Maine w/ New Radio 5-60 ID
570 - CUBA - Radio Reloj, Santa Clara CMDC w/ time pips
570 - CFCB - Cornerbrook, Newfoundland w/ CBC Overnight programming
570 - WMCA - New York, New York w/ AM 5-70 ID religious talk
580 - CFRA - Ottawa, Ontario w/ Newstalk 5-80 CFRA ID
580 - WKAQ - PUERTO RICO - San Juan w/ Spanish talk, mention Puerto Rico
600 - CBNA - St. Anthony, Newfoundland w/ CBC Overnight programming
620 - CKCM - Grand Falls, Newfoundland w/ VOCM programming relay
670 - CUBA - Radio Rebelde w/ Spanish talk, ment. Cuba
680 - WRKO - Boston, Massachusetts w/ talk program , ID
690 - CKGM - Montreal, Quebec w/ sports talk
700 - WLW - Cincinnati, Ohio w/ talk program, ID
730 - CKAC - Montreal, Quebec w/ traffic reports in French
760 - WJR - Detroit, Michigan w/ political talk, ID
770 - WABC - New York, New York w/ talk program, ID
780 - WBBM - Chicago, Illinois w/ ads, ID, WBBM mentions
830 - WCRN - Worcester, Massachusetts w/ talk program, ID
840 - WHAS - Louisville, Kentucky w/ talk program
850 - WEEI - Boston, Massachusetts w/ Sports talk
860 - CJBC - Toronto, Ontario w/ French commentary by man , French vocal
880 - WCBS - New York, New York w/ NewsRadio 8-80 ID, weather
890 - WLS - Chicago, Illinois w/ talk show, ID
890 - WAMG - Dedham, Massachusetts w/ Spanish programming
900 - CUBA - Radio Progresso CMKB w/ Spanish programming
910 - WAEI - Bangor, Maine w/ Classic rock songs
950 - CKNB - Campbellton, New Brunswick w/ 95-CKNB ID's , mx
980 - CHRF - Montreal, Quebec w/ pop songs, French talk
1030 - WBZ - Boston, Massachusetts w/ talk program
1040 - WHO - Des Moines, Iowa w/ talk program
1050 - WEPN - New York, New York w/ Spanish sports
1050 - CHUM - Toronto, Ontario w/ Sports talk, TSN 10-50 ID
1060 - WQOM - Natick, Massachusetts w/ religious talk
1070 - WTWK - Plattsburgh, New York w/ Business news, Bloomberg ID's
1080 - WTIC - Hartford, Connecticut w/ talk program
1100 - WTAM - Cleveland, Ohio w/ talk program, 1100 WTAM ID
1120 - KMOX - St. Louis, Missouri , Student loan promo, ID
1130 - WBBR - New York, New York w/ Business news, Bloomberg ID's
1150 - WHBY - Kimberley, Wisconsin w/ talk show
1160 - WSKW - Skowhegan, Maine w/ Patsy Cline song, Classic Country 11-60 ID's
1180 - CUBA - Radio Rebelde w/ programming in Spanish, ment. Havana
1190 - WLIB - New York, New York w/ Gospel vocals, religious programming , ID
1200 - WXKS - Newton, Massachusetts w/ Business news
1270 - CJCB - Sydney, Nova Scotia w/ country music, Jingle ID
1310 - WLOB - Portland, Maine w/ talk program
1310 - CIWW - Ottawa, Ontario w/ talk program
1330 - WRCA - Waltham, Massachusetts w/ adult standards songs
1350 - CKAD - Middleton, Nova Scotia w/ country music, AVR Network ID
1370 - WDEA - Ellsworth, Maine w/ adult standards mx, 13-70 WDEA ID
1390 - WEGP - Presque Isle, Maine w/ religious programming
1410 - CJWI - Montreal, Quebec w/ programming in French
1440 - WRED - Westbrook, Maine w/ sports talk
1450 - CFAB - Windsor, Nova Scotia w/ country music, ID
1460 - KXNO - Des Moines, Iowa w/ sportstalk , NFL Football , 14-60 KXNO ID's (last time heard October 30, 2012)
1470 - WLAM - Lewiston, Maine w/ adult standards mx , ID
1480 - WSAR - Fall River, Massachusetts w/ talk show, ID
1500 - WFED - Washington, DC , w/ Federal news
1510 - WMEX - Boston, Massachusetts w/ ID by woman, talk
1560 - WFME - New York, New York w/ religious programming
1570 - WMVX - Beverly, Massachusetts w/ Portuguese programming, mx
1580 - CKDO - Oshawa, Ontario w/ oldies, ID
1590 - WARV - Warwick, Rhode Island w/ religious programming
1600 - WUNR - Brookline, Massachusetts w/ Spanish programming
1660 - WWRU - Jersey City, New Jersey w/ Korean program and talk
1700 - WRCR - Ramapo, New York w/ 1700 WRCR ID, mx, ads



Receiver: Sony SRF-M37W Ultralight barefoot



Allen Willie VOPC1AA



   Carbonear, Newfoundland


Oregon Cliff (Rockwork 4) Ultralight DU's for 8-5

Gary DeBock
 

A five day "family vacation" to the NW Oregon coast kicked off yesterday, which of course was planned to be within convenient range of the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita. This morning the "Kiwi Cliff" delivered its usual potent New Zealand signals (on 531, 702, 792, 1035 and 1044) plus a few odds and ends like a 576-2RN / 585-7RN parallel (late, at 1313), and a modest signal from 1017-Tonga (early, at 1055).

531 kHz was pounding in with a 2 DU mix (apparently PI and 4KZ) as early as 1100, along with the usual lackluster signal from 1017-Tonga in and out of the L.A. Spanish splatter until its relatively late sign off around 1200. The Kiwi big guns and 738-Tahiti really went on the warpath after 1230, with blistering signals from both 702-Magic and 1035-Newstalk ZB around 1300. Lower-powered NZ stations were also well represented, with 765-Kahungunu acting like a big gun (as usual) and the 1 kW 936-Chinese Voice joining in at 1303. A parallel check to nail down the identity of a 576 station at 1313 revealed that it wasn't // 657, however, so it wasn't the "Dwarf Star." A quick check of 585 did match 576, though, so both 576-2RN and 585-7RN had somehow made it through the Kiwi-slanted propagation. 585-7RN had apparently stuck around for some time, since it earlier wasn't // 603 during a check made around 1250 in search of the rare 585-Radio Ngati Porou. There were loads of other Kiwi signals on 558, 567, 594, 603, 657, 675, 684, 756, 774, 963, 1008 and other frequencies, with the propagation seemingly in a higher league than what we experienced last month in the International DXpedition. Three more days of "family vacation" fun is yet to come...

531  PI   Auckland, NZ   R&B Music at potent level at 1241; occasionally in a mix with either 4KZ or More FM

702  Magic    Auckland, NZ   Oldies station at blowtorch level with "Magic-- feels good"  ID in between songs over the 1300 TOH

765  Radio Kahungunu   Napier-Hastings, NZ   The 2.5 kW Kiwi that thinks it's a big gun; vibrant music // 603 at 1243

936  Chinese Voice   Auckland, NZ   Fair Chinese male speech from this 1 kW overachiever at 1303

1035  Newstalk ZB   Wellington, NZ   Kiwi advertisement string at blistering level // 1044 at 1317 (sure wish I could understand all they are saying) https://app.box.com/s/qdvv5d0adtclylvyny0igs2gccalerxb 

1044  Newstalk ZB   Dunedin, NZ   Call-in talk program at potent level // 1035 at 1235

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Ultralights (3) +
17" and 15" FSL antennas


Re: A new approach to building a Ferrite Sleeve Loop (FSL) antenna

Alex P
 

Dean:

Wondering if you could elaborate in further detail about part of your post:

  "...I have an older radio That has a cardboard tube in it about the size of a paper towel roll , that is actually powered by the plug in ,don't ask how i know this :P but i'm pretty sure it has a coating of iron powder on it ,it was made that way to cancel the static that gets to the Ferrite antenna..."

 As I interpret what you wrote:

1) A ferrite/iron powder cylinder encompasses the ferrite rod.
2) The encompassed ferrite rod is the antenna.
3) The ferrite/iron powder cylinder is electrically connected and powered by some electronic circuit of the radio.
4) Bullets 1,2 and 3 act as a system to cancel 'static' before it gets to the ferrite rod antenna.

A photo or sketch of this setup and electronic circuit would be appreciated.
 
Thanks

Alex
 


Joint American-Japanese Ultralight DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

The largest collection of hot-rodded Ultralight radios on the planet hit the Oregon state ocean coast last month, as four 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave models (three of them mine), two 3" FSL PL-380 models (belonging to the Japanese DXers Hiroo Nakagawa and Satoshi Miyauchi) and one 7.5" loopstick PL-380 model (belonging to Hiroo-san) set up on the plunging ocean cliff known as Rockwork 4, just north of Manzanita.

Of course we had several huge FSL (Ferrite Sleeve Loop, a.k.a. Financial Sinkhole Loop) antennas set up to give the hot-rodded Ultralights a "turbo boost," making them pretty competitive in all-out transoceanic DXing with the broadband loop and active whip-assisted SDR's used by our DXpedition partners Tom and Nick (well, at least on single frequencies).

After surviving vicious, stormy weather on July 10th we are pleased to report that both the CC Skywave and Tecsun PL-380 models have superior rain resistance, even when thunderous rain is assisted by gale-force wind in futile attempts to knock out our Ultralight radios. And after all, wouldn't you rather be risking a $50 Ultralight than an expensive table receiver when the weather is the worst you have ever seen during a DXpedition (either here, or in Japan?).

Congratulations to Satoshi-san, who overcame the nasty weather and made an awesome video of his 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model receiving an S9 signal from 738-Tahiti on the last day. We all had a great time together, and the hot-rodded Ultralights received their fair share of DU-DX (including stations from New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti and Tonga). For those interested, the full 8-page DXpedition report with multiple photos, loggings, MP3/ Video links and 4-man commentary is posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/download/6zl1ls6896zqquh/July_2016_Rockwork_4_Ocean_Cliff_DXpedition.doc  

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
      


Re: A new approach to building a Ferrite Sleeve Loop (FSL) antenna

Dean Wayman
 

Felix :
Hi ,as a brand new member I am very interested in this  idea , having just purchased some Ferrite rods from the net, in anticipation of building a 5-8 inch loop .
I'm not sure how i found that article from Maynard long ago but I've been thinking on it for several years and now have decided to go ahead and test the loop myself.
I think I've seen most of Gary's Vids on U-tube, great stuff !
A couple things come to mind ,in order to pulverize the Ferrite, one way would be to take a heavy wall piece of steel pipe and another piece that fits just inside of it and use it as a pounding press , I've seen people do this for gold refining ,another crazy idea would be some kind of hammer mill ,however it might be a problem considering the volume of material and losses ,but what a great idea ?
A person could purchase any rods,bars and grind/smash, them up .what permability do you think is best ? or have we thought that isn't very important ?
I have an older radio That has a cardboard tube in it about the size of a paper towel roll , that is actually powered by the plug in ,don't ask how i know this :P but i'm pretty sure it has a coating of iron powder on it ,it was made that way to cancel the static that gets to the Ferrite antenna ,not sure how the whole thing works but if they had a way to make this component surely we can reproduce it ? ,maybe on a piece of the heavy cardboard  like carpet comes on ?
Having said all that I'll have to wait until i have built the rod loop and then i may try to make a version like you suggest .Good Luck :P
Dean-0


Re: July Rockwork 4 DU-DXpedition-- Ultralight Radio + FSL Antenna Loggings

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Michael,
 
Your generous comments are appreciated.
 
<<<   I linger with my suspicion that the wire-mesh holding
the rockface and the rockface itself (any iron content?)
may afford a huge natural reflector.   >>>
 
There's no doubt that some serious transoceanic DX collection is performed by the cliff and/ or the wire mesh above the DXing site, but exactly how this happens is still somewhat controversial. For this first time in one of these DXpeditions, though, a transoceanic DX relative signal strength test was made (by Nick Hall-Patch) with a nearby sea level site, during which the Rockwork 4 results really kicked the sea level results "off of the cliff." During this testing our final day session was filled with potent New Zealand DX, while according to Nick, the sea level site could only manage a few heterodynes.
 
73, Gary
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael michael.setaazul@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Jul 26, 2016 2:55 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] July Rockwork 4 DU-DXpedition-- Ultralight Radio + FSL Antenna Loggings

 

Gary, hard to believe you are on the same planet.
Very impressive loggings, superbly documented!
Such that few of us can emulate, sadly.

I linger with my suspicion that the wire-mesh holding
the rockface and the rockface itself (any iron content?)
may afford a huge natural reflector.

Keep listening, if you are not hired by men in black
to monitor the Middle Kingdom, you might be the first
to record over-the-horizon signals from a distant galaxy :-)))

Michael


Re: July Rockwork 4 DU-DXpedition-- Ultralight Radio + FSL Antenna Loggings

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Gary, hard to believe you are on the same planet.
Very impressive loggings, superbly documented!
Such that few of us can emulate, sadly.

I linger with my suspicion that the wire-mesh holding
the rockface and the rockface itself (any iron content?)
may afford a huge natural reflector.

Keep listening, if you are not hired by men in black
to monitor the Middle Kingdom, you might be the first
to record over-the-horizon signals from a distant galaxy :-)))

Michael


July Rockwork 4 DU-DXpedition-- Ultralight Radio + FSL Antenna Loggings

Gary DeBock
 

From July 5-11 another wild ocean cliff DXpedition was conducted at the Rockwork 4 turnoff on Highway 101, a sweeping ocean view site about 419 feet (158 meters) above the Pacific. Most of the DXpedition participants were from other countries-- in addition to Tom Rothlisberger and I, we had Nick Hall-Patch from Victoria, BC, and the noted Japanese DXers Hiroo Nakagawa and Satoshi Miyauchi.
 
Propagation definitely favored New Zealand (in one of the most Kiwi-slanted trips that has ever been observed here). Although we had a near-daily blowtorch signal from 738-Tahiti and occasional reception from 1017-Tonga, Australian signals generally had a rough time in the NZ-slanted conditions. Tom and I both agree that overall propagation was down somewhat from the exceptional conditions we enjoyed last summer (with good reception of stations like 558-6WA and 558-Fiji) but the chance to welcome the Japanese DXers made the experience especially memorable, and their skill and determination was an inspiration to us all. Listed below are the DU loggings made with my Ultralight radio + FSL antenna combos, which performed quite well throughout the vicious weather challenges on July 10th (better than the drenched and shivering DXer that created them, actually). The DU loggings made by the other DXers will no doubt exceed these, but we all had great fun together, and are looking forward to the next joint DXpedition (either here, or in Japan).
 
531   4KZ   (Innisfail, Australia, 10 kW)   MIA during Kiwi-slanted propagation on most mornings, it made it through at a modest level with its classic oldies format and interval signal during PI fade at 1209 on 7-5
 
531   More FM   (Alexandra, NZ, 2 kW)   Rare low-powered Kiwi station played hard to get, but did show up during a deep PI fade in Kiwi-slanted propagation at 1222 on 7-6. This Kiwi English monolog sounds mostly garbled to me, but the first 5 seconds certainly sounds like "Welcome time to More FM's blog..." (headphones recommended)
 
531   PI   (Auckland, NZ, 5 kW)   Samoan broadcaster dominated on all 7 days with good signals, although 4KZ and More FM did manage to get through at times. This good-level Samoan female speech on 7-5 was typical
 
567   RNZ   (Wellington, NZ, 50 kW)   Most of this big gun's legendary transoceanic signal seems to have been destroyed along with its old tower (during the recent demolition). It showed up weakly on all 7 days, although always inferior in strength to its 675 parallel
 
576   2RN   (Sydney, Australia, 50 kW)   Kiwi-slanted propagation hit this RN-network big gun pretty hard, but it did show up with mediocre signals not // 657 at 1237 on 7-8
 
576   Star   (Hamilton, NZ, 2.5 kW)   The "Dwarf Star" (ex-The Word) was strong enough with its Christian female vocal music to confirm the parallel with 657 at 1244 on 7-11. The first 12 seconds in the recording are 576-Star, and the last 12 seconds are the 657 parallel  https://app.box.com/s/m548dxdvwu1ke99z4e1y2r12prfdf809 
 
585   Radio Ngati Porou  (Ruatoria, NZ, 2 kW)   Wispy male speech was received at 1234 on 7-6 sounding like the usual Maori announcer, but the 603 // apparently started a new song right during the parallel check. Signal nosedived thereafter.
 
594   Rhema   (Timaru/ Wanganui, NZ, 5/ 2 kW)   Modest level Christian music // 684 at 1250 on 7-6. Usually a little stronger than the 684 parallel, with no sign of Aussie big gun 3WV during the Kiwi-slanted conditions https://app.box.com/s/m2d7qbws87z5z1jg8d8n4lvqmz298p8k     
 
603   Radio Waatea   (Auckland, NZ, 5 kW)   Usually the strongest of the Maori network, this vibrant regular plays a mix of Maori and Motown music. Its strongest signal was on the last day (7-11) at 1218
 
657   Star   (Wellington/ Tauranga, NZ, 50/ 10 kW)   Christian hymn broadcaster owned the frequency during the Kiwi-slanted conditions, with this good-level music at 1211 on the last day of  7-11
 
675   RNZ National   (Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW)   The new kingpin of RNZ network transoceanic strength (after the demise of 567's old tower), this relay consistently outperformed its 50 kW parallel. This signal at 1257 on 7-8 was typical
 
684   Rhema   (Gisborne, NZ, 5 kW)   Christian contemporary music broadcaster with fairly good signals // 594 at 1247 on 7-9; Tony W. says that the tower property has been sold and eviction is forthcoming
 
702   2BL   (Sydney, Australia, 50 kW)   Easily pushing 702-Magic aside whenever it showed up, this Oz big gun was the dominant station on both 7-7 and 7-10. The interview format was much different from Magic's oldie music
 
702   Magic   (Auckland, NZ, 10 kW)   Capable of blistering signals when Kiwi propagation was enhanced, this oldie music broadcaster was the only DU on the frequency on 5 of 7 days 
 
738   Radio Polynesie   (Mahina, Tahiti, 20 kW)   A real blowtorch on most days, this French-language signal at 1233 on 7-9 was the strongest DU recording made during the trip, and seriously tested the crunch resistance of my Ultralight radio
 
756   RNZ   (Auckland, NZ, 10 kW)   Pretty good signal with music // 675 at 1212 on 7-8, a good demonstration of the cliff's ability to cut down splatter from the 750-Portland pest (50 kW and only 70 miles away)
 
765   Radio Kahungunu   (Napier-Hastings, NZ, 2.5 kW)   Once again this low-powered Maori network station acted very much like a Kiwi big gun throughout the week. Maori and Motown music is the norm, as in this recording // 603 at 1215 on 7-8
 
774   3LO   (Melbourne, Australia, 50 kW)   LR Network big gun was strong at 1222 on 7-5 but missing in action under Radio Sport on most days
 
774   Radio Sport   (New Plymouth, NZ, 5 kW)   Not nearly as strong as its 792 parallel, it was hit hard by Seattle splatter on most mornings, and never came up in strength for a decent recording
 
783   Access Radio   (Wellington, NZ, 10 kW)   Multi-cultural station with varied ethnic programming, this apparent Samoan language music and speech was received at 1241 on 7-7  https://app.box.com/s/yg4xp9r7er4hyul4jvcpsr5x747vqkf2
 
792   Radio Sport   (Hamilton, NZ, 5 kW)   Fairly strong on most mornings with its network relay of Fox Sports News, the Yankee-accented English owned the frequency on all 7 days (over the MIA Oz big gun 4RN) 
 
828   3GI   (Sale, Australia, 10 kW)   On a couple of occasions this LR network big gun was just strong enough to confirm the parallel with 774, but most often it was in a ghostly mix with a presumed Radio Trackside (which never came up in strength for a decent recording).
 
891   5AN   (Adelaide, Australia, 50 kW)   Another underperforming Oz big gun, it was usually in a threshold-level mix with another DU English station (probably 4TAB).
 
936   Chinese Voice   (Auckland, NZ, 1 kW)   A prime target during enhanced Kiwi propagation, this low-powered ethnic station came through with fairly good-level music and Chinese speech during exceptional propagation at 1243 on 7-6
 
1008   Newstalk ZB   (Tauranga, NZ, 10 kW)   Getting through the 1010 splatter at a modest level // 1035 at 1220 on 7-7. Generally not as strong as either the 1035 or 1044 parallel
 
1017   A3Z   (Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 kW)   Rushed antenna setup prior to 1130 on 7-9 paid off with a fairly good-level logging of male speech from this station, the only foreign language DU on the frequency. Since A3Z's sign off is usually prior to sunrise enhancement at the cliff, the best chance to track it down is during its late Saturday night transmission, when it typically stays on a little later
 
1035   Newstalk ZB   (Wellington, NZ, 20 kW)   The flagship relay of this talk radio network had potent signals on most mornings, including this excellent-level discussion concerning NZ real estate at 1222 on 7-8
 
1044   Newstalk ZB   (Dunedin, NZ, 10 kW)   Fairly strong on most mornings with the usual call-in talk program and occasional music // 1035. This recording was at 1210 on 7-9
 
1386   Radio Tarana   (Auckland, NZ, 10 kW)   Hindu music broadcaster pounded in when Kiwi propagation was enhanced (as in this recording at 1246 on 7-6), otherwise it got lost in splatter
 
1503   Radio Sport   (Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ, 5/ 2,5 kW)   Yankee English from the relay of Fox Sports News (// 792) was usually audible on this frequency on all 7 days
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.crane SWP Ultralights (3) +
15" and 17" FSL antennas


July Rockwork 4 DXpedition-- Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific

Gary DeBock
 

The ocean cliff DXpedition conducted this month from the Rockwork 4 Highway 101 turnoff (near Manzanita, Oregon) from July 5-11 featured an international DXing group, with most of the members coming from other countries. We were especially honored to welcome the noted Japanese DXers Hiroo Nakagawa and Satoshi Miyauchi, who certainly had full exposure to the thrills of ocean cliff DXing (in more ways than one).    
As is typical at this ocean cliff site South Pacific propagation was seriously slanted toward New Zealand, although we had several good Australian signals, an almost daily blowtorch signal from 738-Tahiti and occasional reception of 1017-Tonga. The recordings below were all made on my Ultralight radio + FSL antenna systems, and represent the ten strongest DU signals observed over the 7-session trip. Both Tom and Nick were at the cliff for 3 sessions (July 9-11), while the Japanese were with us on July 10th and 11th. As most of you know by now, the July 10th session was notable for vicious rain and wind, making our antenna setup and DXing session a legendary struggle against the weather. Trying hard to adjust during their first session at the cliff, the Japanese probably wondered if a tsunami would hit us next.
 
531   PI   (Auckland, NZ, 5 kW)   Samoan broadcaster dominated on all 7 days with good signals, although 4KZ and More FM did manage to get through at times. This good-level Samoan female speech on 7-5 was typical
 
603   Radio Waatea   (Auckland, NZ, 5 kW)   Usually the strongest of the Maori network, this vibrant regular plays a mix of Maori and Motown music. Its strongest signal was on the last day (7-11) at 1218
 
675   RNZ National   (Christchurch, NZ, 10 kW)   The new kingpin of RNZ network transoceanic strength (after the demise of 567's old tower), this relay consistently outperformed its 50 kW parallel. This signal at 1257 on 7-8 was typical
 
702   2BL   (Sydney, Australia, 50 kW)   Easily pushing 702-Magic aside whenever it showed up, this Oz big gun was the dominant station on both 7-7 and 7-10. The interview format was much different from Magic's oldie music
 
702   Magic   (Auckland, NZ, 10 kW)   Capable of blistering signals when Kiwi propagation was enhanced, this oldie music broadcaster was the only DU on the frequency on 5 of 7 days 
 
738   Radio Polynesie   (Mahina, Tahiti, 20 kW)   A real blowtorch on most days, this French-language signal at 1233 on 7-9 was the strongest DU recording made during the trip, and seriously tested the crunch resistance of my Ultralight radio
 
765   Radio Kahungunu   (Napier-Hastings, NZ, 2.5 kW)   Once again this low-powered Maori network station acted very much like a Kiwi big gun throughout the week. Maori and Motown music // 603 is the norm, as in this recording at 1215 on 7-8
 
774   3LO   (Melbourne, Australia, 50 kW)   LR Network big gun was strong at 1222 on 7-5 but missing in action under Radio Sport on most days
 
1035   Newstalk ZB   (Wellington, NZ, 20 kW)   The flagship relay of this talk radio network had potent signals on most mornings, including this discussion concerning NZ real estate at 1222 on 7-8
 
1386   Radio Tarana   (Auckland, NZ, 10 kW)   Hindu music broadcaster pounded in when Kiwi propagation was enhanced (as in this recording at 1246 on 7-6), otherwise got lost in splatter
 
Of course many other DU signals were heard during the DXpedition, and a full report will be drafted after all of the recordings are reviewed.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralights (3)+
17" and 15" DXpedition FSL antennas (Tom R.'s DXpedition Team Photo posted at https://app.box.com/s/xd8j1u7a7k5w9wvyflmrgjo49356203d )
 


531-More FM and Kiwi English Translation

Gary DeBock
 

File review after the fact uncovered the very rare 2 kW New Zealand station 531-More FM in Alexandria received at 1227 on 7-6 during our Rockwork 4 DXpedition, but the Kiwi English accent is so thick that it's hopeless for me to decipher. The "More FM" ID is at 5 seconds into the recording, in a phrase that sounds to me like, "Welcome time to More FM's blood..."  He then apparently starts talking about the Better Business Bureau, or something like that. Strangely enough, 531-PI was absent from the frequency almost the entire morning. This was received on a 7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight and 15" FSL antenna
 
73, Gary DeBock (back in Puyallup, WA, USA)

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