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Group Stats / Future Plans

Paul Blundell
 

Hi all.

Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group, as can be seen in the link below.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG

What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous activity levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing of loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are we all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we do something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?

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Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - October 2019

Paul Blundell
 

This is an update on my previous case which has now been improved.

A month or so ago I was out doing some shopping when I called passed my local Super Cheap Auto. Here I found this case on special for $22, I decided to replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I would have liked and as it didn’t keep the radio the right way up it added the risk of the aerial breaking off. I have also recently been sent a baby 3" FSL aerial which I wanted to carry and protect.

Last night I had some spare time so I sat down and set up this case. I cut some large pieces of timber to hold the aerial in the right location and added some thin MDF to divide the aerial section off from the front part where I will be storing my radios.

Overall, I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store my baby 3" FSL plus two large radios plus log sheets, pens, notes, spare batteries and ear phones, everything I need for portable sessions. It is also small enough to fit in my back pack.

While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.

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.

Over the past few weeks I have been using this setup for a number of portable sessions, I am finding it works very well and being so compact I am taking it out with me more often than I have with other cases in the past.

Photos and video: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/10/ultimate-portable-ultralight-radio.html
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General ULDXing Chat #chat

Paul Blundell
 

A new chat has been created:

Hi all. Lets give this a try for some "real time" interaction.

View/Join This Chat


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Portable Ultralight DXing Session - 30/9/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Today at lunch time I happened to end up at Coles Beach near the Devonport bluff. Here I undertook a portable ultralight DXing session, my results are below.
 
531  - 3GG  - Warragul  - Commercial  - 5k
540  - 7SD  - Scottsdale  - Commercial  - 5k
549  - 2CR  - Cumnock  - National  - 50k
594  - 3WV  - Horsham  - National  - 50k
621  - 3RN  - Melbourne  - National  - 50k
630  - 2PB  - Sydney  - National  - 10k
693  - 3AW  - Melbourne  - Commercial  - 5k
774  - 3LO  - Melbourne  - National  - 50k
828  - 3GI  - Sale  - National  - 10k
927  - 3UZ  - Melbourne  - Commercial  - 5k
1116  - 3AK  - Melbourne  - Commercial  - 5k
1224  - 3EA  - Melbourne  - National  - 5k
1278  - 3EE  - Melbourne  - Commercial  - 5k
1341  - HPON  - Geelong  - HPON  - 5k
1422  - HPON  - Melbourne  - HPON  - 5k

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/portable-ultralight-dxing-session.html
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Re: Oklahoma TP DX 12-29-19

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent loggings Richard, I agree with your ID's.

792 4RN only runs 25kw so that is a great catch :)

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 11:07 PM Richard Allen via Groups.Io <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

I was able to re-log ABC National Melbourne this morning (14592 km / 9067 miles).

612 unID (4QR?) carrier (no audio) in KCSP 610 splash at 1207-1232.

702 unID (2BL?) carrier (no audio) with XEGD 700 QRM at 1218-1231.

774 3LO barely audible with man talking (//ABC internet stream) at 1213-1218 and barely audible at 1225-1226 (LSR @ 1224).

792 unID (4RN?) trace of a carrier at 1222.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.




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Oklahoma TP DX 12-29-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

I was able to re-log ABC National Melbourne this morning (14592 km / 9067 miles).

612 unID (4QR?) carrier (no audio) in KCSP 610 splash at 1207-1232.

702 unID (2BL?) carrier (no audio) with XEGD 700 QRM at 1218-1231.

774 3LO barely audible with man talking (//ABC internet stream) at 1213-1218 and barely audible at 1225-1226 (LSR @ 1224).

792 unID (4RN?) trace of a carrier at 1222.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.



Ultralight DXing Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

Some members might not be aware of this program, please check out the link below. It might give you some ideas on the awards we offer and give you something to aim for.

https://ultralightdx.groups.io/g/main/files/2%20General%20Information/Ultralight%20General%20Awards%20Program%20January%2015,%202010.pdf

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https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/


Re: Head Phones

radiojayallen
 

The CC Buds seem to boost the midrange compared to most of the buds I've compared them with. I think the goal is to enhance intelligibility and many peope love them but my personal preference is for a bit more top end clarity.


Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 28/09/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 28/09/2019
Frequency : 549KHz - 2CR / 2
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: / 2
Frequency : 783KHz - 6VA: / 0
Frequency : 783KHz - 8AL: / 0
Frequency : 792KHz - 4RN: / 0
Frequency : 1125KHz - 1RPH: / 2
Frequency : 1125KHz - 5MU: / 0
Frequency : 1170KHz - 2CH: / 2
Frequency : 1251KHz - 2DU: / 2
Frequency : 1296KHz - 4RPH: / 1
Frequency : 1296KHz - 6RN: / 1
Frequency : 1440KHz - 1EA: / 2
Frequency : 1494KHz - 2AY: / 2
Frequency : 1548KHz - 4QD: / 2
Frequency : 1575KHz - HPON - WOLLONGONG: / 1

Notes : [Location] Home, Launceston Tasmania - Dusk session at around 18:45 on the back desk. Signals were much better than what I was expecting.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/long-term-ultralight-dxing-project_28.html
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Re: Head Phones

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Steve, they sounds like it would be worth checking them out.


On Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 4:48 PM Steve Ponder <sponderdx@...> wrote:
Paul,

When the CCrane CCBuds first hit the market, I started using them right away. They were much better than the Koss Sparc Plug earbuds I had been using. One day at an audio store I saw several types of JLab earbuds for sale. I bought a blister pack JBuds2. I tried them with several ultralight radios. I’ve never used my CCBuds again. The JBuds2 have a higher treble response than the CCBuds, which is perfect for me. They also have offset earpieces that allow the earbuds to fit more “snug” into the ear. I bought more JBuds 2 from Amazon. Last time I checked the price was around $16. Hope this helps!

73 de Steve N5WBI
Houston, TX



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Re: Head Phones

Steve Ponder
 

Paul,

When the CCrane CCBuds first hit the market, I started using them right away. They were much better than the Koss Sparc Plug earbuds I had been using. One day at an audio store I saw several types of JLab earbuds for sale. I bought a blister pack JBuds2. I tried them with several ultralight radios. I’ve never used my CCBuds again. The JBuds2 have a higher treble response than the CCBuds, which is perfect for me. They also have offset earpieces that allow the earbuds to fit more “snug” into the ear. I bought more JBuds 2 from Amazon. Last time I checked the price was around $16. Hope this helps!

73 de Steve N5WBI
Houston, TX


Failed Radio Session

Paul Blundell
 

A short video of when it does not go to plan...
https://ultralightradiodxingtasmania.blogspot.com/2019/09/failed-radio-session.html
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Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 26/09/2019

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 26/09/2019
Frequency : 549KHz - 2CR / 2
Frequency : 558KHz - 4AM: / 1
Frequency : 558KHz - 6WA: / 2
Frequency : 594KHz - 3WV: / 2
Frequency : 612KHz - 4QR: / 1
Frequency : 612KHz - 6RN: / 0
Frequency : 711KHz - 4QW: / 0
Frequency : 729KHz - 5RN: / 2
Frequency : 783KHz - 6VA: / 0
Frequency : 783KHz - 8AL: / 1
Frequency : 792KHz - 4RN: / 2
Frequency : 1125KHz - 1RPH: / 2
Frequency : 1125KHz - 5MU: / 0
Frequency : 1170KHz - 2CH: / 2
Frequency : 1251KHz - 2DU: / 2
Frequency : 1296KHz - 4RPH: / 2
Frequency : 1296KHz - 6RN: / 1
Frequency : 1440KHz - 1EA: / 2
Frequency : 1494KHz - 2AY: / 2
Frequency : 1548KHz - 4QD: / 2
Frequency : 1575KHz - HPON - WOLLONGONG: / 2
Notes : [Location] Home, Launceston Tasmania - Night time session at around 9:30 pm, some of these loggings were at the start of the session, others were caught on a second trip around the dial. 6WA on 558Khz from WA (ABC) was a great catch late in the session at a distance of 2774km with a great signal from their 50KW transmitter.

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Re: Head Phones

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for that, I will need to check them out.


On Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 1:37 AM Al Short via Groups.Io <al.short51=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
The best I've encountered are CCrane's earbuds.  Mine came with my Skywave and Skywave SSB purchases, but they are also available via the catalog and website for $15.  I was very surprised and gratified with the quality of the sound for DXing, a good deal better than anything else I've tried.


On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 8:19, Paul Blundell
Does anybody have any recommendations for head phones? My previous in-ear ones have died and I am not sure what type provide the best DXing type sound.

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Re: Head Phones

Al Short
 

The best I've encountered are CCrane's earbuds.  Mine came with my Skywave and Skywave SSB purchases, but they are also available via the catalog and website for $15.  I was very surprised and gratified with the quality of the sound for DXing, a good deal better than anything else I've tried.


On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 8:19, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> wrote:
Does anybody have any recommendations for head phones? My previous in-ear ones have died and I am not sure what type provide the best DXing type sound.

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Re: Top of the band

Paul Blundell
 

Great loggings.


On Thu, 26 Sep 2019, 8:15 p.m. patrice.privat, <patrice.privat@...> wrote:
Hi

Good conditions on the top MW at sunrise with booming signals from Ontario.

CINA Mississauga 1650 khz, Hindi music.
CKPC Brantford, 1380 khz, very comfortable, pop rock, many ID's with local wx.
Unid on 1390 khz, American pop
Latina mx on 1660 khz 
Soft pop on 1690, most likely WPTX Maryland.

Patrice (ultralight Tecsun PL380)
Beauvais


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Head Phones

Paul Blundell
 

Does anybody have any recommendations for head phones? My previous in-ear ones have died and I am not sure what type provide the best DXing type sound.

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Top of the band

patrice.privat
 

Hi

Good conditions on the top MW at sunrise with booming signals from Ontario.

CINA Mississauga 1650 khz, Hindi music.
CKPC Brantford, 1380 khz, very comfortable, pop rock, many ID's with local wx.
Unid on 1390 khz, American pop
Latina mx on 1660 khz 
Soft pop on 1690, most likely WPTX Maryland.

Patrice (ultralight Tecsun PL380)
Beauvais


Re: Tecsun PL-380 Vs. XHDATA D-808

Paul Blundell
 

If you can, build a FSL, it will change your DXing life....


On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 2:25 PM Les Rayburn <les@...> wrote:
Gary & The Group

During last week’s DX Test, I had an opportunity to do an impromptu “shoot-out” between the Tecsun PL-380 (modified by Gary himself to include the FSL antenna) and a stock XHDATA D-808. 

To my surprise, I found them to be roughly equal with perhaps a slight edge to the XHDATA D-808.

This makes me wonder if I should attempt to transfer the FSL from the PL-380 to the XHDATA D-808 to make the ultimate portable? 

Or perhaps someone would suggest an alternative plan…you’re the experts and I bow to the wisdom of the masters. Thanks again! 


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

Member WTFDA, IRCA, NRC. Former CPC Chairman for NRC & IRCA. 

Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy SDR2, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 



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Tecsun PL-380 Vs. XHDATA D-808

Les Rayburn
 

Gary & The Group

During last week’s DX Test, I had an opportunity to do an impromptu “shoot-out” between the Tecsun PL-380 (modified by Gary himself to include the FSL antenna) and a stock XHDATA D-808. 

To my surprise, I found them to be roughly equal with perhaps a slight edge to the XHDATA D-808.

This makes me wonder if I should attempt to transfer the FSL from the PL-380 to the XHDATA D-808 to make the ultimate portable? 

Or perhaps someone would suggest an alternative plan…you’re the experts and I bow to the wisdom of the masters. Thanks again! 


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

Member WTFDA, IRCA, NRC. Former CPC Chairman for NRC & IRCA. 

Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy SDR2, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 

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