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Re: August 2019 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary, I look forward to trying it out down here.


On Sat, 3 Aug 2019, 7:04 p.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Paul,

Your comment and portable session report are appreciated!

Sorry for the delay in sending out your portable FSL antenna. One of the participants in the November Hawaii DXpedition had to cancel out for health reasons, so I'll be sending you the top-of-the-line Baby FSL that was prepared for him (once I get back home to Washington state).

73, Gary

 


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Re: August 2019 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Art,

Your comment is appreciated!

We would love to have you join us here at the Rockwork Cliff someday-- the perfect cure for any hobby boredom :-)

73, Gary


Re: August 2019 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Paul,

Your comment and portable session report are appreciated!

Sorry for the delay in sending out your portable FSL antenna. One of the participants in the November Hawaii DXpedition had to cancel out for health reasons, so I'll be sending you the top-of-the-line Baby FSL that was prepared for him (once I get back home to Washington state).

73, Gary

 


Re: August 2019 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition

K7DWI Art
 

Loved the report.
One of these days, I would like to join you guys.
I just moved here in Southern Oregon from Prescott Arizona. I am currently rebuilding the Ham Shack and that will be my priority for me the next year.
Hopefully Dave N7NZH will get me to take a break and join you all on a future expedition.
Have fun, keep up the nice work.
73 Art Jackson K7DWI (ex-KA5DWI) GP Oregon


Re: August 2019 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent report as always Gary. I have also had a bit of a portable session today:

On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 7:49 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Once again the largest FSL antenna collection on the planet made its way across the Columbia River bridge during an overnight trip to NW Oregon, finally being deployed at the original Highway 101 plunging cliff turnoff-- Rockwork 4. There has been a drastic decrease in the squatter population, so that Craig Barnes and I were able to easily set up all four PVC bases for all-out DU-DXing at the dream site this morning (see photo). Unfortunately Chris Black came down with a health issue at the last minute, and needed to cancel out.

Craig and I had some excellent signals from the regulars (including 531-More FM, 558-Fiji and 1017-Tonga), although it wasn't quite a stellar morning for rare DX. We were kind of spoiled last year with 1017-Tonga staying a S9 practically throughout the session, but this morning it was "only" at S9 for a few minutes at a time. This meant that as soon as I notified Craig of 1017's potent status, the signal tended to nosedive. Maybe the cumulative effects of humidity and salt water exposure are beginning to take their toll on the Tongan big gun? 558-Fiji showed up with decent signals for a couple minutes at a time, which meant that Craig got the short end of the stick after I notified him of the potent signal. 531-More FM hit an awesome S9 peak around 1312 (including the usual split-second female ID), making it once again seem totally bizarre that no trace of the 2 kW modern rock station has ever been received at Grayland for the duration. The Rockwork Cliff is typically focused in like a laser on New Zealand, and this was a typical morning!

531   More FM   Alexandra, NZ  2 kW   The star of the session-- potent S9 modern rock signal from this Rockwork regular, with female "More FM" ID at 19 seconds  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ew1w1ukdwbpndr80tjpb5vc10ldj92a0

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji  10 kW   Island music at temporary potent level at 1257; typically hit the skids after reaching this level  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/2gc5jvz16hw04pbrpg82tcjhwtbn7sz6

702  2BL   Sydney, Australia   50 kW   Oz big gun with meltdown level signal at 1315; Auckland apparently ran out of Magic  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/1d01x2womxzqacy1f1ooqf91zqbqwn0p

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga   20 kW   Female Tongan speech at S9+ level at 1317  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/e5ks9f27zqofjhonqmpnup88v6ml4yzh

1017  Newstalk ZB   Christchurch, NZ   10 kW   Presumed the one under A3Z's meltdown-level signal at 1321  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/jacrz1jc8c9vjzpwbbjoxwewrvn50tv1

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ   5/ 2.5 kW   Yankee-accented relay of Fox Sports Network after midnight NZ time (1315)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/cebgbgw96tepsp2atq2ezw4tbrcjcs4i

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Craig Barnes at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon)
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB and XHDATA D-808 Ultralights
15", 15" and 17" Airport Unfriendly FSL antennas (see photos)



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August 2019 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

Once again the largest FSL antenna collection on the planet made its way across the Columbia River bridge during an overnight trip to NW Oregon, finally being deployed at the original Highway 101 plunging cliff turnoff-- Rockwork 4. There has been a drastic decrease in the squatter population, so that Craig Barnes and I were able to easily set up all four PVC bases for all-out DU-DXing at the dream site this morning (see photo). Unfortunately Chris Black came down with a health issue at the last minute, and needed to cancel out.

Craig and I had some excellent signals from the regulars (including 531-More FM, 558-Fiji and 1017-Tonga), although it wasn't quite a stellar morning for rare DX. We were kind of spoiled last year with 1017-Tonga staying a S9 practically throughout the session, but this morning it was "only" at S9 for a few minutes at a time. This meant that as soon as I notified Craig of 1017's potent status, the signal tended to nosedive. Maybe the cumulative effects of humidity and salt water exposure are beginning to take their toll on the Tongan big gun? 558-Fiji showed up with decent signals for a couple minutes at a time, which meant that Craig got the short end of the stick after I notified him of the potent signal. 531-More FM hit an awesome S9 peak around 1312 (including the usual split-second female ID), making it once again seem totally bizarre that no trace of the 2 kW modern rock station has ever been received at Grayland for the duration. The Rockwork Cliff is typically focused in like a laser on New Zealand, and this was a typical morning!

531   More FM   Alexandra, NZ  2 kW   The star of the session-- potent S9 modern rock signal from this Rockwork regular, with female "More FM" ID at 19 seconds  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ew1w1ukdwbpndr80tjpb5vc10ldj92a0

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji  10 kW   Island music at temporary potent level at 1257; typically hit the skids after reaching this level  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/2gc5jvz16hw04pbrpg82tcjhwtbn7sz6

702  2BL   Sydney, Australia   50 kW   Oz big gun with meltdown level signal at 1315; Auckland apparently ran out of Magic  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/1d01x2womxzqacy1f1ooqf91zqbqwn0p

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga   20 kW   Female Tongan speech at S9+ level at 1317  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/e5ks9f27zqofjhonqmpnup88v6ml4yzh

1017  Newstalk ZB   Christchurch, NZ   10 kW   Presumed the one under A3Z's meltdown-level signal at 1321  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/jacrz1jc8c9vjzpwbbjoxwewrvn50tv1

1503  Radio Sport   Wellington/ Christchurch, NZ   5/ 2.5 kW   Yankee-accented relay of Fox Sports Network after midnight NZ time (1315)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/cebgbgw96tepsp2atq2ezw4tbrcjcs4i

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Craig Barnes at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near Manzanita, Oregon)
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave SSB and XHDATA D-808 Ultralights
15", 15" and 17" Airport Unfriendly FSL antennas (see photos)


Long Term FM Radio Project - 26/07/2019

Paul Blundell
 

https://tassieradiorxer.blogspot.com/2019/07/long-term-fm-radio-project-26072019.html
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Re: Wanted: Digitech ar1780 original

Rémy Friess
 

OK. But apart from that they seem to be strictly identical.

Rémy.

Le 26/07/2019 à 12:18, Paul Blundell a écrit :

I think that does not use AA batteries.

On Fri, 26 Jul 2019, 5:39 p.m. Rémy Friess, <rfriess@...> wrote:

And what's the diffrence with the XHDATA D-808?

Rémy.

Le 26/07/2019 à 04:59, Paul Blundell a écrit :
What is the difference between the two versions?

On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:44 PM Dypete via Groups.Io <dypete=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all....
Looking for a NEW first version of the Digitech ar1780 original . Not interested in the newer no name version. 
Thanks!
Pete


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Re: Wanted: Digitech ar1780 original

Paul Blundell
 

I think that does not use AA batteries.


On Fri, 26 Jul 2019, 5:39 p.m. Rémy Friess, <rfriess@...> wrote:

And what's the diffrence with the XHDATA D-808?

Rémy.

Le 26/07/2019 à 04:59, Paul Blundell a écrit :
What is the difference between the two versions?

On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:44 PM Dypete via Groups.Io <dypete=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all....
Looking for a NEW first version of the Digitech ar1780 original . Not interested in the newer no name version. 
Thanks!
Pete


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Re: Wanted: Digitech ar1780 original

Rémy Friess
 

And what's the diffrence with the XHDATA D-808?

Rémy.

Le 26/07/2019 à 04:59, Paul Blundell a écrit :
What is the difference between the two versions?

On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:44 PM Dypete via Groups.Io <dypete=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all....
Looking for a NEW first version of the Digitech ar1780 original . Not interested in the newer no name version. 
Thanks!
Pete


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Re: Wanted: Digitech ar1780 original

Paul Blundell
 

What is the difference between the two versions?


On Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:44 PM Dypete via Groups.Io <dypete=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all....
Looking for a NEW first version of the Digitech ar1780 original . Not interested in the newer no name version. 
Thanks!
Pete



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Wanted: Digitech ar1780 original

dypete
 

Hello all....
Looking for a NEW first version of the Digitech ar1780 original . Not interested in the newer no name version. 
Thanks!
Pete


April 2019 Hong Kong Ultralight DXpedition Article

Gary DeBock
 

     Hong Kong has been in the news a lot recently, but for me the major excitement happened in April, as I decided to accompany my Hong Kong Chinese wife to one of the toughest DXpedition venues on the entire planet. Hong Kong has a well-deserved reputation of being a DXing wasteland, with an overload of Chinese pest stations, overcrowded public beaches, prolific RFI and the most skyscrapers and high rise buildings to be found anywhere.
     Ultralight radios and portable antennas have one key advantage in such a tough venue, however-- they can go practically anywhere, and track down exciting DX in the most unusual and bizarre locations. For me, this meant setting up on a polluted waterfront beach in the gambling enclave of Macau, on an awesome plunging cliff at the southeastern tip of Hong Kong island, on a wild waterfront beach with multiple Chinese spectators, and by shoving a souped-up Ultralight radio outside the security window on the 12th floor of a downtown high rise apartment building. These wild and wacky locations were the key to tracking down a diverse haul of 103 DX stations, including several from eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as many exotic Southeast Asian stations. For those interested, a full 19-page article with multiple photos, narrative and 120 DX MP3 recording links is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/85pzdmvuzgzi2rwsghqubyxvi5rwj9t0

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA, but shifting to the "Cliffhanger" mode next week)


Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

Paul S. in CT
 

On my Vite VT111 (Dirt-Cheap DSP) or Tecsun R9012 any/all 5 from Chicago at 775 Miles, WSB Atlanta at 820 miles, KMOX St. Louis at 920 miles or WHO Des Moines at 1050 miles. These are Clear and 50Kw at night. About twice or 3 times each winter, KPNW "the mighty KP" from Eugene, OR. A real transcontinental from Oregon to Connecticut at 2500 miles. Skip happens!

Regards
Paul S.in CT FN31nl


Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 12:07 AM Andy ZL3AG via Groups.Io
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After having a wee think about this...

For AM - anything that you can't hear every night of the year.
For FM - anything that you can't hear 24/7/365.
I look at everything as a ham and broadcast DXer (and any other band -
i.e. FDNY on 154 MHz when I lived in Boston in the 80s). I think what
is above is a good, succinct description. For amateur stuff, it's
always distance for me (DX being very early telegraphy shortcut for
that word) but it's distance modulated by what Andy says - I am more
excited to work a station 1000 km away on 144 MHz than I am to work a
station 10000 km away on 14 MHz. The former is rare while the latter
is .. pretty much every day.



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Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks.

As I am focusing more on the FM band this makes sense. 

On Fri, 19 Jul 2019, 3:07 p.m. Andy ZL3AG via Groups.Io, <zl3ag=radioengineering.com@groups.io> wrote:

After having a wee think about this...

For AM - anything that you can't hear every night of the year.
For FM - anything that you can't hear 24/7/365.

Andy
CHCH NZ
Life Member, NZRDXL




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Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

Nick Hall-Patch
 

and with medium wave and shortwave, it is dependent on the time of day, and the season, and even the strength that it is heard,  so "anything that you can't hear every night of the year" can be subdivided into "anything you don't normally hear at this strength, at this time of day, or this month", or even "this point in the solar cycle".

Examples:  CBK-540 from Saskatchewan can be pretty regularly heard here on the Canadian west coast at night, particularly in the winter.   But it has also been heard here at 2pm on a July afternoon; that's DX.  But perhaps I'm wrong....I haven't listened for it every July afternoon ever since, but when I have, it hasn't been there.

Hearing JOUB-774 from Japan at this location is also DX, but not really if it is around sunrise on a fall or spring morning.   Around sunrise on a summer morning, particularly at good strength, that's DX, but not quite so much during the last couple of summers at the bottom of the solar cycle.

It gets complicated....

best wishes,

Nick


Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

K7DWI Art
 

Replying to Andy's comment....
In 1961, I heard on my 6-Traansistor radio from my front yard in Houston Texas clear channels WHO, WMAQ, WLS, WLW, WSM, KDKA and many others.
It was DX for me :)
It is, what it is for you.
73 Art
K7DWI ex-KA5DWI Oregon 


Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

Andy ZL3AG
 

After having a wee think about this...

For AM - anything that you can't hear every night of the year.
For FM - anything that you can't hear 24/7/365.

Andy
CHCH NZ
Life Member, NZRDXL


Re: What do you class as 'DX"?

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the excellent reply.

I am focusing on the FM BCB and have been getting some interesting results. I need to spend more time logging what is "normal" to know what is abnormal. 

On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 5:41 AM Paul S. in CT via Groups.Io <ferrite61=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Rather tricky, and unique answers abound. Since you didn't post ANY information, there are two basic ways... by distance, or a formula that factors distance and TX power. Some folks think a 50kW station at 500km is NOT the same as 1kW at 500km. Thats why formulas abound. Theres a measure of sensitivity using a formula. But I would also state catching R. Australia in the North East USA is DX no matter what. (And I have using a barefoot Tecsun R911 and R9012, a distance of 16750 km 10400 mi)

Regardless of choice, the easy way by distance is to take the total number of receptions, divide by 19, then multiply by 3. Thats what "qualifies" by statistics as being outside of the main body of RX. So, the furthest 3/19 ths of all your RX is DX.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl





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