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846-Kiribati Back on Air

Gary DeBock
 

The rejuvenated 846-Kiribati is managing a decent carrier and some anemic audio even through local KHHO slop in this DU-dead zone. It must be a powerful transmitter! Colin's video of the 846 weather report has the same lady announcer (and accent) as the 1440-Kiribati sign off MP3 recorded in Kona, Hawaii.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave + 15" FSL antenna



Rockwork File Review-- 558-7BU I.D.

Gary DeBock
 

It's weird how you can listen to a DX station recording 10 times and not hear any ID, but on the 11th time it suddenly jumps out at you. This recording of classic rock ("So Lonely" by the Police) from 558-7BU (2 kW in Tasmania, Australia) was made around 1304 on August 9th at the Rockwork 4 cliff, but after listening to the jumble after the end of the song about 5 times I wrote it off as undecipherable. Even after Todd Emslie of Australia said that he heard a muffled 7BU ID by a male voice I still couldn't dig it out. After wrapping up my own file review and hearing DXpedition partner Tom R.'s 558-7BU MP3 with a clear ID at 1300 on 8-4 (when my own FSL antennas were not on the 558 frequency), I decided to give it another try. 558-Fiji was smothering the frequency for most of the morning of August 9 at the cliff, and the classic rock station could barely get in a few songs edgewise.
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8kkdih6ws4wx5fv73usae0f40p2z2pjr

Well, the recording's muffled "...oldies, 7BU" in the male voice at 1:07 suddenly wasn't hiding in the noise anymore. Todd was right.. I could finally dig it out! This reminds me of a very strong DX recording on 531 made during the August 2012 Rockwork 4 DXpedition that I puzzled over for 4 years. The modern rock format didn't match anything I had ever heard on 531, but the station was pounding in at an S9 level. In between songs at :53 a female voice said something weird, but I couldn't decipher it. Paul Walker took one listen of the MP3 and immediately pronounced it as "More FM." Paul was right-- this 2012 MP3 was apparently the first reception of the very rare 2 kW Kiwi station on the west coast-- at an S9 level.
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/9juolp6ocfgelchbizmhqzrn0nqk5b55

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


Re: Radio Caroline on 4" FSL.

steven
 

Hi,
Here is another short video of my 4 " FSL antenna, more just to show how it looks out from behind the radio.
My findings are that the 4" FSL antenna is more or less on a par with my 2 foot box loop.
Steven.
Scotland.





On Saturday, 25 November 2017, 22:44, "Steven mont633@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
Hi,
I have been a lurker on here for a wee while now, but today made a short video of a test transmission from Radio Carolines new TX site in England, received at my QTH in Scotland (approx 350 miles) using my 4" FSL and my 1957 Bush Valve Radio.
Kind Regards,
Steven,
Scotland.









Radio Caroline on 4" FSL.

steven
 

Hi,
I have been a lurker on here for a wee while now, but today made a short video of a test transmission from Radio Carolines new TX site in England, received at my QTH in Scotland (approx 350 miles) using my 4" FSL and my 1957 Bush Valve Radio.
Kind Regards,
Steven,
Scotland.







Re: Congratulations to DXpedition Partner Tom R.

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Neil,

Thanks for your comments.

<<<   There is little doubt that limiting radio capabilities and cost has stimulated the experimentation and implementation of novel new antenna development.  It has also thereby provided the opportunity to apply these great new antennas to radios not meeting the standards for being "ultralight" and thereby helping all of us in our hobby.

I hope this antenna development continues and that some company decides to use the designs created by Gary and others to make these available to all of us.  I hope Gary and others have sought patents for their creative work.   >>>

Well, at least for myself, antenna experimentation has always been a labor of love with no thought of commercial applications, although I'm well aware that there is very serious demand for several of the recently developed projects (7.5 inch loopstick PL-380's and CC Skywaves, 3.5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antennas, etc.). I certainly wish that I had the time to build one of these models for anyone who wants one, but in consideration of family time and other ongoing projects about the best that I can do currently is to draft detailed instructions for DXers who wish to build the models themselves. As for seeking patents it would probably make sense for someone who had profit in mind, but that certainly isn't me. All of the articles and construction projects that I've written have been freely shared on the Internet to all interested DXers, and the best "compensation" that I could ever have for my efforts is the knowledge that my designs have helped others enjoy greater hobby satisfaction.

We do face a challenge in keeping our hobby relevant and exciting in the 21st century, and discoveries like the FSL antennas and ocean cliff propagation enhancement really have put the Ultralight group among the leaders in MW-DXing innovation. I think that you will see more of that in the next couple of years, as the "Frequent Flyer" FSL antennas open up an entirely new world of long-range Ultralight radio travel DXing!

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)        
  


-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Bell neil.neilbell@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 11:39 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Congratulations to DXpedition Partner Tom R.

 
Quite an accomplishment with obviously high quality antennas feeding a high-end radio.  To me the real value in this group is the research on antenna designs and placement.  Personally it does not matter whether a radio fits some arbitrarily specified dimensions or has or lacks "illegal" features like SSB.  What matters to me is the reception of signals, even just carriers, in difficult circumstances.

There is little doubt that limiting radio capabilities and cost has stimulated the experimentation and implementation of novel new antenna development.  It has also thereby provided the opportunity to apply these great new antennas to radios not meeting the standards for being "ultralight" and thereby helping all of us in our hobby.

I hope this antenna development continues and that some company decides to use the designs created by Gary and others to make these available to all of us.  I hope Gary and others have sought patents for their creative work.

Neil Bell, KJ6FBA


Re: Congratulations to DXpedition Partner Tom R.

Neil Bell <neil.neilbell@...>
 

Quite an accomplishment with obviously high quality antennas feeding a high-end radio.  To me the real value in this group is the research on antenna designs and placement.  Personally it does not matter whether a radio fits some arbitrarily specified dimensions or has or lacks "illegal" features like SSB.  What matters to me is the reception of signals, even just carriers, in difficult circumstances.

There is little doubt that limiting radio capabilities and cost has stimulated the experimentation and implementation of novel new antenna development.  It has also thereby provided the opportunity to apply these great new antennas to radios not meeting the standards for being "ultralight" and thereby helping all of us in our hobby.

I hope this antenna development continues and that some company decides to use the designs created by Gary and others to make these available to all of us.  I hope Gary and others have sought patents for their creative work.

Neil Bell, KJ6FBA


Congratulations to DXpedition Partner Tom R.

Gary DeBock
 

During exceptional propagation my August Rockwork 4 DXpedition partner Tom Rothlisberger was able to record a bonanza on his Perseus-SDR, including 64 New Zealand MW stations (once again surpassing the all-time Grayland record), 35 from Australia (including such obscurities as 531-6DL, 558-6WA, 558-7BU and 1161-7FG) as well as the huge signal from 558-Radio Fiji One, for a total of 100 DU stations on MW. In addition he also came away with multiple Longwave NDB and DGPS stations from the South Pacific, including several that had never been reported from North America. Even though Tom wasn't using an Ultralight radio, he and I frequently shared tips and recordings of exceptional DU-DX stations that were being received, especially on the lower frequencies like 531 and 558 (where the monster FSL's seem to really shine). Congratulations, Tom-- you have turned into an exceptional "Cliffhanger DXer!"
http://www.qsl.net/k7wv/RockworkDX4.htm

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


SSB with the C.Crane CC Skywave SSB

Stan Horzepa
 

I wanted to make sure I was not hearing things and I wanted to make sure I was passing along good information. So I contacted C.Crane Customer Service and asked them point blank does the new Skywave SSB do SSB on the AM/MW bands, as well as the SW bands.

Good news is that C.Crane Customer Service confirmed what I found... that the new Skywave SSB does do SSB on the AM/MW bands, as well as the SW bands!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stan, WA1LOU


Re: 10th Anniversary

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Allen (and Paul),

It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since the first wild receptions of three TP's (594-JOAK, 747-JOIB and 972-HLCA) on a $15 Sony SRF-59 back in November of 2007.

A series of amazing coincidences helped us get the niche group off of the ground ten years ago. Colin Newell published my enthusiastic review of the SRF-59 on DXer.Ca the next month (December), and suddenly the dirt-cheap SRF-59 was the talk of the IRCA list. In appreciation of Colin's contribution I send about 15 free SRF-59 models to any Canadian who asked for one-- one of which went to Rob Ross in London, Ontario-- who promptly received 300 stations in 30 days with it. We quickly discovered other pocket radio models like the Eton E100 and Sony SRF-T615, and by January of 2008 our wild enthusiasm had "hijacked" the IRCA list. John Bryant was apparently recruited to politely ask us to move away from the IRCA list and form our own Yahoo group, but when he tried out a gift Sony SRF-T615 that I sent him, he became as "hooked" as any of us! John decided to use his superb organizational skills to make sure that the new Yahoo group was a smash success.

As most of you know we lost John in an accident in February of 2010, but in credit to his outstanding insight in setting up the Ultralight classification guidelines, Firsts and Records lists, DXing awards and other features, our Ultralight group has not only survived but thrived, becoming a major force in promoting innovation and creativity in the MW-DXing community. The FSL antenna was introduced by Graham Maynard shortly after John's passing, and three antenna fanatics in our group (Steve R., Kevin S. and me) devoted some serious resources to optimize it. Within a few months it was tracking down DU-DX in a wacky new location where DXers had never dared to set up-- an ocean side cliff. A few years later SDR-DXers followed us to the cliffs-- and quickly broke the all-time record for reception of New Zealand stations during a west coast DXpedition (87, compared to the previous record of 61 at Grayland). Rob Ross, Allen Willie and Richard Allen have all received over 1000 MW stations on Ultralight radios, and we are the leaders in pocket radio modification, long-range travel DXing and joint DXpeditions with the Japanese. Congratulations to all who have contributed to an exciting ten years!

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

   


-----Original Message-----
From: 'Paul S.' ferrite61@... [ultralightdx]
To: uldx
Sent: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 11:36 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] 10th Anniversary

 
Happy 10th Anniversary! Good things do indeed come in small packages.

At the end of the 20th Century Crystal Radios had become resurgent: there were several websites devoted to building them. As part of that group I was more involved in building a "1-Active-Device" radio using a single transistor. Several of members of the "Xtal Set Society" had begun their DXing using a 1-tube radio. I was just a youngin' and was taking apart defunct transistor radios and recycling them as a 1-Transistor radio.

By 2004 the 1-Tubers and 1-Q'ers got our own contest. Key to logging these stations was the use of a spotter radio to confirm the RX. As such, I had a WRX-911 (new in 2005) and a Radio Shack DX350. I will note here that this was the 50th Anniversary of the first commercial transistor radios like the Regency TR-1, Motorola, Sony, etc.

In 2007 word spread of the SONY SRF49 pocket radio having amazing Receptions when based on the W. Coast USA/Canada. Word got to us at Crystal Radios, and even Y-Groups like Glenn Hauser's World of Radio.
Before I knew it there was the Ultralightdx Y-group similar to Colin's
B.C. based coffee and DX club (sorry, cant off-the-top-of-my-head remember his web-group). A few of my logs actually predate the group from Feb. 2006 using the Kaito WRX911. A few others at the time of the Club's beginning use the Tecsun PL-200.

It has been a rather marvelous experience here, these simpler sets are really quite good, and the ultralightdx group has/is a good place to share one's experiences. My thanks to the late John Bryant, and to Gary, Rob, et al for bring attention to, and providing a forum for these little receiver gems.

Also, thanks for advancing the "science" of DXing. The ferrite "ring-core" antennas, and new U/L products have a place for test and review.

Regards
Paul S. in CT

--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 11/20/17, <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Subject: [ultralightdx] Digest Number 3260
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, November 20, 2017, 8:12 PM

10th Anniversary Congratulations to the ULTRALIGHT DX Group

Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:48 pm(PST) Posted by: vo1_001_swl

Hello To All,

Ten years ago I was approached by our late friend and great
radio DXer , John Bryant who had noticed my posting of
radio logs on a group site and who had asked me to share
some station logs which I heard using a recently received
birthday gift, a brand new Sony SRF-M37V Ultralight radio.

For yours truly this was the start of my exploits in
"Ultralight radio DXing ".

Given my great DXing location, it was the perfect
opportunity to find out just what could be heard on these
mighty "mini-receiver s" .

It definitely was an added unique nitch to something that I
had been doing for the past 40 years at that time.

Recently hearing Alaska and China from here in Newfoundland
using an ultralight radio really demonstrates that there are
no boundaries to what can be heard with them.

The past ten years of being involved with the Ultralight
radio community has not only brought added personal
satisfaction to a hobby that I have enjoyed for several
decades but also good friendships and comradery along the
way, as well as helping others discover the excitement and
thrill of Ultralight Radio DXing.

My Thanks to Gary DeBock , Robert Ross and others for
getting me involved in the group , it has been a wonderful
journey and I look forward to many more years of
involvement ahead in this fascinating niche to a great hobby.

Congratulations on the 10th Anniversary to the Founders and
all members of the ULTRALIGHT DX Group

Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland


10th Anniversary

Paul S. in CT
 

Happy 10th Anniversary! Good things do indeed come in small packages.

At the end of the 20th Century Crystal Radios had become resurgent: there were several websites devoted to building them. As part of that group I was more involved in building a "1-Active-Device" radio using a single transistor. Several of members of the "Xtal Set Society" had begun their DXing using a 1-tube radio. I was just a youngin' and was taking apart defunct transistor radios and recycling them as a 1-Transistor radio.

By 2004 the 1-Tubers and 1-Q'ers got our own contest. Key to logging these stations was the use of a spotter radio to confirm the RX. As such, I had a WRX-911 (new in 2005) and a Radio Shack DX350. I will note here that this was the 50th Anniversary of the first commercial transistor radios like the Regency TR-1, Motorola, Sony, etc.

In 2007 word spread of the SONY SRF49 pocket radio having amazing Receptions when based on the W. Coast USA/Canada. Word got to us at Crystal Radios, and even Y-Groups like Glenn Hauser's World of Radio.
Before I knew it there was the Ultralightdx Y-group similar to Colin's
B.C. based coffee and DX club (sorry, cant off-the-top-of-my-head remember his web-group). A few of my logs actually predate the group from Feb. 2006 using the Kaito WRX911. A few others at the time of the Club's beginning use the Tecsun PL-200.

It has been a rather marvelous experience here, these simpler sets are really quite good, and the ultralightdx group has/is a good place to share one's experiences. My thanks to the late John Bryant, and to Gary, Rob, et al for bring attention to, and providing a forum for these little receiver gems.

Also, thanks for advancing the "science" of DXing. The ferrite "ring-core" antennas, and new U/L products have a place for test and review.

Regards
Paul S. in CT

--------------------------------------------

On Mon, 11/20/17, <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [ultralightdx] Digest Number 3260
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, November 20, 2017, 8:12 PM

10th Anniversary Congratulations to the ULTRALIGHT DX Group

Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:48 pm(PST) Posted by: vo1_001_swl

Hello To All,

Ten years ago I was approached by our late friend and great
radio DXer , John Bryant who had noticed my posting of
radio logs on a group site and who had asked me to share
some station logs which I heard using a recently received
birthday gift, a brand new Sony SRF-M37V Ultralight radio.

For yours truly this was the start of my exploits in
"Ultralight radio DXing ".

Given my great DXing location, it was the perfect
opportunity to find out just what could be heard on these
mighty "mini-receiver s" .

It definitely was an added unique nitch to something that I
had been doing for the past 40 years at that time.

Recently hearing Alaska and China from here in Newfoundland
using an ultralight radio really demonstrates that there are
no boundaries to what can be heard with them.

The past ten years of being involved with the Ultralight
radio community has not only brought added personal
satisfaction to a hobby that I have enjoyed for several
decades but also good friendships and comradery along the
way, as well as helping others discover the excitement and
thrill of Ultralight Radio DXing.

My Thanks to Gary DeBock , Robert Ross and others for
getting me involved in the group , it has been a wonderful
journey and I look forward to many more years of
involvement ahead in this fascinating niche to a great hobby.

Congratulations on the 10th Anniversary to the Founders and
all members of the ULTRALIGHT DX Group

Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland


10th Anniversary Congratulations to the ULTRALIGHT DX Group

Allen Willie
 



Hello To All,



Ten years ago I was approached by our late friend and great radio DXer ,  John Bryant who had noticed my posting of radio logs on a group site  and who had asked me to share some station logs which I heard using a recently received birthday gift, a brand new Sony SRF-M37V  Ultralight radio.


For yours truly this was the start of my exploits in "Ultralight radio DXing ".


Given my great DXing  location, it was the perfect opportunity to find out just what could be heard on these mighty "mini-receivers" .

It definitely was an added unique nitch to something that I had been doing for the past 40 years at that time.


Recently hearing Alaska and China from here in Newfoundland  using an ultralight radio really demonstrates that there are no boundaries to what can be heard with them.


The past ten years of being  involved with the Ultralight radio community has not only brought added personal satisfaction to a hobby that I have enjoyed for several decades but also good friendships and comradery along the way, as well as helping others discover the excitement and thrill of Ultralight Radio DXing.



My Thanks to Gary DeBock , Robert Ross and others for getting me involved in the group , it has been a wonderful journey and  I look forward to many more years of involvement ahead in this fascinating niche to a great hobby .


Congratulations on the 10th Anniversary to the Founders and all members of the ULTRALIGHT  DX Group


Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland




Re: CC Skywave SSB second impressions

Jim Trame
 

I agree.  The SSB works fine. I had no problems tuning in conversations on 80 and 40 meters with just the built in whip.  The fine tuning feature is a little different, but it works fine in touching up the speech for better intelligibility. 

I have used the original Skywave for a couple of years and this one definitely matches it on MW reception.

I was hoping for a worthy replacement for the G6 I let go a couple of years ago.  It certainly does that and a whole lot more considering the DSP bandwidths.  A great travel radio.

Jim, W4FJT


CC Skywave SSB second impressions

Stan Horzepa
 

After spending Friday afternoon playing with my new C.Crane CC Skywave SSB receiver, I tried it out after dark and logged a new station at 0210Z: WFUN on 970 kHz in Ashtabula, Ohio, transmitting 1 kW, 404 miles to the west broadcasting the Cleveland Cavaliers game.

With nightime conditions, the Skywave SSB performs like the original Skywave. Like the original, the SSB was able to pull out stations on 1070 despite the slop from 50-kW WTIC on 1080, 12 miles away. Using the SSB mode, I was also able to dig out a station on 980 from under the slop from WPRX on 990, 4 miles away.

IMHO, the sensitivity and selectivity of the Skywave SSB and original Skywave is about the same, but the addition of the SSB option on the AM and SW bands makes the Skywave SSB a better radio.

Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Wolcott, CT
horzepa.com


Re: CC Skywave SSB first impressions

Stan Horzepa
 

Hi John,

Dunno how well it will monitoring ECARS, but it has 10 Hz. resolution on SSB, so that seems promising.

73,

Stan, WA1LOU 

On 11/17/17 9:09 PM, John Leonardelli ve3ips@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
Thanks Stan for the time to put forth a review

How selective is the radio for monitoring the ECARS net on 7255 or for cw?

I am tired of these radios with a 15khz fm filter used for SSB


John ve3ips

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Re: CC Skywave SSB first impressions

John
 

Thanks Stan for the time to put forth a review

How selective is the radio for monitoring the ECARS net on 7255 or for cw?

I am tired of these radios with a 15khz fm filter used for SSB


John ve3ips

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CC Skywave SSB first impressions

Stan Horzepa
 

I ordered the new C.Crane CC Skywave SSB AM/FM/WX/Air/SW radio online Wednesday morning. I had a 15% discount coupon, so the radio only cost $127.49 plus $12.40 for Priority Mail shipping. The USPS delivered the radio late this morning and these are my first impressions (the unit I received is S/N A1710000223).

Despite some scuttlebutt I’ve read on the Internet, the SSB mode works on the AM band as well as the SW bands.

Compared to the original CC Skywave, the SSB has a longer telescoping antenna by 2.5 inches.

The SSB is colored grey, whereas the original is black.

The SSB and accessories come in a nice cardboard box, whereas the original Skywave came in a clear plastic package.

I compared the SSB and original Skywave side-by-side on the air on each band this afternoon for about two hours and I noted the following:

The SSB is more sensitive on the Air band than the original Skywave.

The sensitivity and selectivity of the SSB and original Skywave are about the same on the WX and FM bands.

The sensitivity of the SSB and original Skywave are about the same on the SW and AM bands.

Note that these are first impressions over a few hours out of the box, so my opinion may change over a longer period of use.

Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Wolcott, CT
horzepa.com


Re: Happy 10 Year Ann ivarsary of Organi zed ULR DXing………….

osage_archer
 

As a longtime SWL I have not been happy to see SW broadcasts lessen, with long-time stations dying off one by one.  But AM broadcast band DXing thanks to all of you who have shown the way, can be just as fun and rewarding for me, even though I may not pursue it as often.  I always follow with interest what people in this group are tracking down and hearing - keep up the good work!  


Re: Happy 10 Year Annivarsary of Organized ULR DXing………….

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Rob,

<<<  Yes,  Gary is the only Captain the "Canadian Ultralight DX Team" has ever had!! His early efforts, along with John's earned him that Designation. If John were still here he would be a Co-Captain!! I hope you still wear that Hat with pride Gary!!   >>>

Yes, I still have both the Team Canada ball cap and the red and black Team Canada shirt that I received in 2008 from London, Ontario-- and I still wear them with pride (especially when I think about you, Allen, Colin, Saul, and many others who helped us get off the ground)!

<<<   Man, hard to believe it's been 10 years now……..but when I look in the Mirror, I can better grasp it!! HAHHAHAHA…..
Although I have wandered off into the Wasteland of SDRs and Wellbrook Loops, I still have a great affection for ULR DXing……Little Radios Rule!!   >>>

No problem, Rob-- I've even depended on SDR-DXers to provide some DU-DX parallels on occasion during Rockwork 4 DXpeditions-- so maybe we both need to apologize?

<<<  Yes, Gary…I'm sure you and I are totally responsible for jacking up the Prices on the SONY T-615 ULRs……..You say you bought 3, and I still have 4 of them. 2 of mine are almost worn out from many hours of use, but I still have 2 NEW in the BOX Models which I kept as backups should the other two ever kick the bucket!!   >>>

Well, Rob, the Sony SRF-T615 has a little more history than what most Ultralight DXers realize. A strange but true story from early 2008 is that when Ultralight DXers were being accused of "hijacking" the IRCA list, John Bryant was persuaded to ask us to move off into our own Yahoo group. At the time (early January) he was a staunch traditionalist, probably thinking that wild pocket radio fanatics like us were a little nuts. I offered to send him a new SRF-T615 as a gift-- if he would only keep an open mind about Ultralight DXing, and give the tiny radio a try. To his credit he did just that-- and became totally hooked!! Within a couple of weeks he was not only setting up the new Yahoo group, but using his superb organizational skills to make sure it was a great success. Almost overnight, he changed from an Ultralight radio skeptic into a raging fanatic-- mostly because of his experience with the gift SRF-T615.

<<<   Allen continues to lead the pack out there on the East Coast, and has proven there are No Limitations as to what can be heard, given the right conditions and an Ideal Location! They should run a Longwire between Newfoundland and Oregon….so you guys can exchange receptions with each other!!! That's about the only thing you haven't done!   >>>

Yes, Allen has been phenomenally successful with Ultralight DXing in Newfoundland, and a true leader in the entire TA-DXing community. John B. and I knew that he would be such a tremendous asset to the Ultralight group-- which was why we gave up two first round draft choices to recruit him! I've always thought of myself as the #2 transoceanic DXer in the Ultralight community-- needing to try harder (like Hertz and Avis) by going out on wild ocean cliffs to track down something special. Maybe someday Allen and I can have a joint DXpedition-- if the Monster FSL's don't sink the boat on the way to Newfoundland. 

<<<  So…..Congratulations to the ULTRALIGHT DX group on it's 10th Anniversary…..and to all the DXers who had a role in getting it off the ground, and to all the Dxers who have had FUN with ULRs ever since!!   >>>

Yes, congratulations, Rob-- you are one of the most deserving celebrants!!

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, somewhere south of BC)


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Ross va3sw@... [ultralightdx]
To: Ultralight List
Sent: Thu, Nov 16, 2017 2:16 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Happy 10 Year Annivarsary of Organized ULR DXing………….

Hi Guys:

Yes, Gary is the only Captain the "Canadian Ultralight DX Team" has ever had!! His early efforts, along with John's earned him that Designation. If John were still here he would be a Co-Captain!! I hope you still wear that Hat with pride Gary!!

Man, hard to believe it's been 10 years now……..but when I look in the Mirror, I can better grasp it!! HAHHAHAHA…..

Although I have wandered off into the Wasteland of SDRs and Wellbrook Loops, I still have a great affection for ULR DXing……Little Radios Rule!!

Yes, Gary…I'm sure you and I are totally responsible for jacking up the Prices on the SONY T-615 ULRs……..You say you bought 3, and I still have 4 of them. 2 of mine are almost worn out from many hours of use, but I still have 2 NEW in the BOX Models which I kept as backups should the other two ever kick the bucket!!

Allen continues to lead the pack out there on the East Coast, and has proven there are No Limitations as to what can be heard, given the right conditions and an Ideal Location! They should run a Longwire between Newfoundland and Oregon….so you guys can exchange receptions with each other!!! That's about the only thing you haven't done!

So…..Congratulations to the ULTRALIGHT DX group on it's 10th Anniversary…..and to all the DXers who had a role in getting it off the ground, and to all the Dxers who have had FUN with ULRs ever since!!

73….ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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On 2017-11-16, at 2:35 AM, d1028gary@... wrote:

> Thanks Colin,
>
> But to be honest, the real movers behind the early Ultralight radio boom were you (providing DXer.Ca support to the new group), Rob Ross (receiving 300 stations on an SRF-59 in 30 days) and Allen Willie (running wild in transoceanic DX with his SRF-37M model). The "center of gravity" of the early Ultralight movement was always somewhat north of the border. I even received a "Team Canada" ball cap from Rob for being the "Captain" of the Canadian Ultralight team in 2008 :-)
>
> Gary
>
>> Hi Guy,
>>
>>
>> In the 10-year history of the Ultralight DXing group (with this month
>> being the anniversary of the original SRF-59 receptions of 594-JOAK,
>> 747-JOIB and 972-HLCA, that kicked off the craze in 2007) the only pricey
>> exception to the $100 limit was the Sony SRF-T615, which was originally $95
>> U.S. before the booming Ultralight group stampeded to buy it, raising up
>> the price to around $165 (are you listening, Rob?). Of course I'm as guilty
>> as anyone, buying 3 of the models, one of which was given to John Bryant as
>> a gift. Because the original price was $95 U.S., though, it has always
>> retained its "approved" status, despite the price going into the
>> stratosphere (if not the ionosphere).
>>
>> Gary
>>
>>
>> -
>



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For Sale 7.5" X 7.5" FSL (This is the DX time of the year)

Everett N4CY
 

I have for sale a 7.5" X 7.5" FSL. The FSL is wound as a 2 coil Polydorff configuration. The 2 windings were wound with 660/46 Litz wire. The variable capacitor is one of the high Q, 2 gang, Russian units with a 3:1  ratio. I added a band switch so the second gang can be switched in for extended band coverage. The FSL is mounted on a Lazy Susan base.
 
Band (1) tunes from 2,000 to 420 KHz and Band (2) tunes from 575 to 275 KHz. The tuning is sharp and the rotational nulls are quite sharp. The FSL is setup for induction coupling only. This will, by far, outperform my One Meter Loop.
 
I am asking $330, which includes the shipping to the lower 48. Below are pictures of the FSL. If interested please contact me off list everettsharp@.... This is the last one I will build, as I have sold all of the ferrite bars that had on hand.
 
Everett N4CY
 


Re: New CC Skywave SSB Model is Unchanged on the MW Band

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

On Donnerstag, 16. 11 17 20:02, D1028Gary@aol.com [ultralightdx] wrote:
We will look forward to reading your full review of the CC Skywave SSB model.
Since the new SSB capability is limited to the SW bands, however, the model will probably have limited appeal to MW-DXers who could have used the radio as a compact replacement for the venerable ICF-2010.
........................................

Interesting indeed, Jay and Gary!

Maybe a pundit will investigate whether it will be possible to
mod the new CC Skywave to extend SSB to MW...

Michael UK

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