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Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 18/09/2019 - Take 2

Paul Blundell
 

Date:18/9/2019
Frequency : 549KHz - 2CR / 0
Frequency : 558KHz - 4AM: / 0
Frequency : 558KHz - 6WA: /
Frequency : 594KHz - 3WV: / 2
Frequency : 612KHz - 4QR: / 1
Frequency : 612KHz - 6RN: / 0
Frequency : 711KHz - 4QW: / 0
Frequency : 729KHz - 5RN: / 0
Frequency : 783KHz - 6VA: / 0
Frequency : 783KHz - 8AL: / 0
Frequency : 792KHz - 4RN: / 0
Frequency : 1125KHz - 1RPH: / 2
Frequency : 1125KHz - 5MU: / 0
Frequency : 1170KHz - 2CH: / 1
Frequency : 1251KHz - 2DU: / 1
Frequency : 1296KHz - 4RPH: / 0
Frequency : 1296KHz - 6RN: / 0
Frequency : 1440KHz - 1EA: / 0
Frequency : 1494KHz - 2AY: / 2
Frequency : 1548KHz - 4QD: / 1
Frequency : 1575KHz - HPON - WOLLONGONG: / 0
Notes : [Location] Lillico Beach, Devonport, Tasmania - A late afternoon session around 4:30 pm on my way home from Burnie. Comparing the signals side by side to my morning session at the Devonport Bluff, a couple of stations were missing totally and overall all signals except 1RPH on 1125kHz and 2AY on 1494kHz were down. 4QD on 1548kHz which was a standout in the morning session was way down, barely being audible. This location which was very nice to look at, didn't produce the results I expected.

Photos and Video: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/long-term-ultralight-dxing-project_19.html
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Oklahoma TP DX 9-18-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

747 JOIB barely audible talk at 1158; poor signal at 1159 with music and woman talking, followed by  NHK TS and English language lesson at 1200.

774 JOUB poor signal at 1147 with man talking, fading out by 1159; barely audible briefly at 1152.

828 JOBB barely audible talking at 1154, not heard afterward.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, 

near Perry OK USA.



Re: Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

Dennis Breda
 

Now you've given me an idea.  Thank you


On Sep 17, 2019, at 9:32 PM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:

Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

Update - 18/9/2019: After using this case with my 3" FSL aerial for a few weeks I have made a couple of changes.
I have now removed most of my log sheets from the foam in the lid and now keep these behind the 3" FSL aerial. This allows the foam to sit level and better protect the aerial.
I have also screwed my 3" FSL aerial to the base of the case and use this in the case. This has the benefits of protecting the 3" FSL aerial from damage, keeping it off the ground and also allowing me to lean my radio against it, this provides a great level of coupling to the aerial and leaving my hands free for logging.


Re: Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 18/09/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary, it was a real thrill this morning to get a few of those stations at such good signal levels.

I head down the North West coast every few weeks for work, If I can arrange it I will try to get away a bit early one day to have some more time, as it was I hit road works this morning so it was good I didn't extend my session any longer.

On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 3:27 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Paul,

Congratulations on your exciting receptions with the 3" FSL antenna at Devonport Bluff on the northwest coast of Tasmania.

That location would really be ideal for long range DXing around sunrise or sunset, especially now that the old 558-7BU has switched to FM. If you could set up around local sunset you should have a good chance of receiving 558-Fiji (native language and island music) and around local sunrise you would have a good chance at 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia (ABC format like 594-3WV, but with a possible time delay).

All of those stations have enough signal strength to make it across the Pacific to our Rockwork Cliff DXpedition site on the Oregon state coast-- in fact 558-6WA and Radio Fiji One occasionally fight it out on frequency, such as on an 8" FSL antenna on August 22, 2017 at "Oz Hill" in Lincoln City, Oregon  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/s61prkhip2d6f3y32qz84b9wdq4xf9ey

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



 



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Re: Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 18/09/2019

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Paul,

Congratulations on your exciting receptions with the 3" FSL antenna at Devonport Bluff on the northwest coast of Tasmania.

That location would really be ideal for long range DXing around sunrise or sunset, especially now that the old 558-7BU has switched to FM. If you could set up around local sunset you should have a good chance of receiving 558-Fiji (native language and island music) and around local sunrise you would have a good chance at 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia (ABC format like 594-3WV, but with a possible time delay).

All of those stations have enough signal strength to make it across the Pacific to our Rockwork Cliff DXpedition site on the Oregon state coast-- in fact 558-6WA and Radio Fiji One occasionally fight it out on frequency, such as on an 8" FSL antenna on August 22, 2017 at "Oz Hill" in Lincoln City, Oregon  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/s61prkhip2d6f3y32qz84b9wdq4xf9ey

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



 


Re: Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

Paul Blundell
 

Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - September 2019

Update - 18/9/2019: After using this case with my 3" FSL aerial for a few weeks I have made a couple of changes.
I have now removed most of my log sheets from the foam in the lid and now keep these behind the 3" FSL aerial. This allows the foam to sit level and better protect the aerial.
I have also screwed my 3" FSL aerial to the base of the case and use this in the case. This has the benefits of protecting the 3" FSL aerial from damage, keeping it off the ground and also allowing me to lean my radio against it, this provides a great level of coupling to the aerial and leaving my hands free for logging.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/ultimate-portable-ultralight-radio.html
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Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 18/09/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Date:18/09/2019
Frequency : 549KHz - 2CR / 1
Frequency : 558KHz - 4AM: / 0
Frequency : 558KHz - 6WA: / 0
Frequency : 594KHz - 3WV: / 2
Frequency : 612KHz - 4QR: / 1
Frequency : 612KHz - 6RN: / 0
Frequency : 711KHz - 4QW: / 0
Frequency : 729KHz - 5RN: / 1
Frequency : 783KHz - 6VA: / 0
Frequency : 783KHz - 8AL: / 0
Frequency : 792KHz - 4RN: / 0
Frequency : 1125KHz - 1RPH: / 1
Frequency : 1125KHz - 5MU: / 0
Frequency : 1170KHz - 2CH: / 2
Frequency : 1251KHz - 2DU: / 2
Frequency : 1296KHz - 4RPH: / 0
Frequency : 1296KHz - 6RN: / 0
Frequency : 1440KHz - 1EA: / 2
Frequency : 1494KHz - 2AY: / 2
Frequency : 1548KHz - 4QD: / 2
Frequency : 1575KHz - HPON - WOLLONGONG: / 0
Notes : [Location] Devonport Bluff - This morning on my way to work down the Northwest coast, I stopped at the Devonport bluff and undertook a portable session, this was around 7:30am. My results as above were good with both 2AY on 1494kHz and 4QD on 1548kHz being the standout, this is around 1970km from my location. I was amazed at the signal level 4QD was able to be received at, a few hours after sunrise (as can be seen in the video below). This was a very enjoyable session and the amazing power of the 3" FSL aerial really stood out. I will be making a point of heading back to this location in the future.

Photos and Videos: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/long-term-ultralight-dxing-project_18.html
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Software - db4uldx (Database 4 Long Term Ultralight DXing Project)

Paul Blundell
 

db4uldx is a custom database program which has been designed and coded using JustBasic.

This program has been developed by myself over the past few years for the purpose of logging radio DXing related information. 

db4uldx is freeware and freely distributable, please note that I can accept no responsibility for how it is used and any issues it might cause on your computer as setups and configurations vary so much. db4uldx is self contained in it's own folder and does not write any files outside it's own folder or reg keys, this means it is totally portable and will happily run off a USB key.

While db4uldx is designed for my purpose of logging the results of my Long Term Ultralight DXing Project results, it can be easily converted for other purposes.

https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/software-db4uldx-database-4-long-term.html

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ZNS-1 and ZNS-3 From Bahamas

Paul S. in CT
 

Richard Langley in the W.O.R. group is reporting that ZNS-3 in Freeport, Bahamas has returned on-air in the last day or two. Freeport was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. ZNS-3 is B'cast on 810kHz, and the more familiar ZNS-1 from Nassau (nat damaged) on 1540kHz.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Changes to DXing Location

Paul Blundell
 

Recently we have moved house, as a lot of my DXing is done from home, this has had some impact on my results.
My old location was 10.5km from the nearest Mediumwave station, a HPON station on 1008KHz, running 5kW, this was normally directly behind me.
 
My new location is now only 3.9km from this station, it however is at a 90 degree angel, while this has made little difference to the fact that this station also overloads frequencies either side, I am now able to null it out easier, while the signal is still there, it is much weaker.

Map: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/changes-to-dxing-location.html
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IRCA Slogans List is now available.

Phil Bytheway <phil_tekno@...>
 

IRCA Slogans List (September 2019)

The 2019 Slogans List includes radio slogans from the US and Canada
(over 4600) as gleaned from various DX publications and monitoring.
The 2019 IRCA Slogans List is posted on the IRCA website for all to download.

The link is:
https://www.ircaonline.org/editor_upload/File/2019_IRCA_slogans.pdf

For those preferring a hard copy, one can be ordered from the IRCA.
Prices: IRCA/NRC members – $4.00 (US), $5.00 (Canada) $7.00 (México),
$7.50 (rest of the world). Non-IRCA members – add $1.00.

To order from the IRCA, send the correct amount (in US funds payable
to Phil Bytheway) to: IRCA Bookstore, 9705 MARY NW, SEATTLE WA  98117-2334.
Or, order through PayPal to Email: phil_tekno@... (Phil Bytheway).
Please state club affiliation when ordering.

Phil Bytheway
IRCA Bookstore/Goodie Factory


Re: Innovative Ferrite Antennas Article

Jerry H. Neves
 

Hello Gary,
Always enjoy reading your articles, specially the ones on FSL ANTENNAS. Thanks so much.
Would like to contact you via e.mail. 
Always the best to you.
Jerry Neves


Re: 1510 khz

radiojayallen
 

Of course that was a typo...I meant 1520.


re 1510 khz Spanish

patrice.privat
 

Thank you guys; yes Paul, Santo Domingo is the most likely culprit as signal was a trifle stronger while I beamed to the SW from here, Northern France.

 

I will return in the coming weeks if I get a firm ID.

 

Meanwhile Taiwan Internl was strong last night on 1557 round 2100 UTC.

Also around 0200 UTC this morning a couple of peaks in Spanish on 1350 with between extremely long total fadings (8 to 10 mns, making monitoring difficult); last autumn, I had LS6 Buenos Aires there, my only 11,000 km ++ station so far.

 

Patrice

Beauvais


Re: 1510 khz

Andy
 

re: "Wasn't WMEX on 1150 (in the 1980s anyway) with an oldies format?"

I think it was.  After the original WMEX (1510) abandoned "WMEX" and changed to WITS, followed by a string of other callsigns, someone else took over the "WMEX" moniker since it was up for grabs.  I think that station was the original WCOP, and is now WWDJ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWDJ).

There is also a WMEX-LPFM, on the FM band in New Hampshire (https://radio-locator.com/info/WMEX-FL), having no actual relationship to either the original or the current WMEX (AM) owners.  These days, the FCC allows unrelated owners to have the same root callsign on different bands, with an -FM or -LP suffix for the one that's on FM.  The original WMEX never had an FM counterpart.

It's interesting to see how many radio stations have used "WMEX" since 1981: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WMEX

Andy



Re: 1510 khz

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 11:14 PM Andy <ai.egrps@...> wrote:

I used to work at WMEX (very long time ago).

and much less at night. They have a new owner since last year. The format will be "oldies" rock, with English-speaking announcers. If you heard anything
Wasn't WMEX on 1150 (in the 1980s anyway) with an oldies format?



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Re: 1510 khz

radiojayallen
 

Exciting. I would love to hear WMEX 1520 again.

Jay


Re: 1510 khz

Paul S. in CT
 

I did a search at mwlist.org and found one other possibility being Dominican Republic near Santo Domingo. Google maps shows the tower.
Name is Radio Pueblo HIC67 (former HIBL). Might be what you heard.
Power is 10000 Watts.

Regards
Paul S. in CT


Re: 1510 khz

Paul Blundell
 

That is some great information. I am sure we all appreciate it.


On Sat, 14 Sep 2019, 2:14 p.m. Andy, <ai.egrps@...> wrote:
I used to work at WMEX (very long time ago).

Indeed they have been "silent" (not broadcasting) for the last two years, with few exceptions which were very brief and at greatly reduced power.  They are awaiting new power distribution to their newest transmitter location, which has moved from Quincy to Waltham and back to a new Quincy location (all near Boston), where it will share a tower with another radio station.  Its transmitted power once was 50 KW, but no more.  I think it will eventually be 10 KW in the day, and much less at night.  They have a new owner since last year.  The format will be "oldies" rock, with English-speaking announcers.  If you heard anything recently in Spanish, it wasn't WMEX.

Many in the Boston area have been waiting for months for WMEX 1510 to return to on-air status.  It hasn't yet.  New studios need to be built from scratch.  I believe the new 10 KW transmitter is in place, but the AC power feed to it might not be finished yet, based on what I read elsewhere.  People keep asking them "when", and the answer always is "later" or "soon".  The last estimate I saw was "September" but that was a month ago and it seems the estimates are always 1-2 months away.

It will have lower power than before and a non-directional antenna, so it is no longer beaming its signal away from other stations to the west that it was protecting from interference.

There were and I think still are other powerful USA radio stations on 1510.

Regards,
Andy
(former WMEX transmitter engineer, in another lifetime)



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Re: 1510 khz

Andy
 

I used to work at WMEX (very long time ago).

Indeed they have been "silent" (not broadcasting) for the last two years, with few exceptions which were very brief and at greatly reduced power.  They are awaiting new power distribution to their newest transmitter location, which has moved from Quincy to Waltham and back to a new Quincy location (all near Boston), where it will share a tower with another radio station.  Its transmitted power once was 50 KW, but no more.  I think it will eventually be 10 KW in the day, and much less at night.  They have a new owner since last year.  The format will be "oldies" rock, with English-speaking announcers.  If you heard anything recently in Spanish, it wasn't WMEX.

Many in the Boston area have been waiting for months for WMEX 1510 to return to on-air status.  It hasn't yet.  New studios need to be built from scratch.  I believe the new 10 KW transmitter is in place, but the AC power feed to it might not be finished yet, based on what I read elsewhere.  People keep asking them "when", and the answer always is "later" or "soon".  The last estimate I saw was "September" but that was a month ago and it seems the estimates are always 1-2 months away.

It will have lower power than before and a non-directional antenna, so it is no longer beaming its signal away from other stations to the west that it was protecting from interference.

There were and I think still are other powerful USA radio stations on 1510.

Regards,
Andy
(former WMEX transmitter engineer, in another lifetime)


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