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Re: 870 WWL New Orleans received on a barefoot Tecsun DSP portable in the UK

Chris Rogers
 

Just got WWL at Poipu on one of Gary's supercharged C Crane skywave and FSL. Was expecting it to be a West Coast station but got a big surprise when I got the I'd on the hour. 


870 WWL New Orleans received on a barefoot Tecsun DSP portable in the UK

Peter 1956
 

7208 km
Not bad reception for a portable radio at such a distance!​
https://youtu.be/1kXZVFggedo​
Peter Wilson​
Blackpool UK


Poipu, Hawaii DXpedition Team at Full Strength

Gary DeBock
 

   Poipu, Hawaii is a very interesting place for DXers, with lots of long range action going on at both sunrise and sunset. There is ocean-based propagation enhancement coming from all four directions, and propagation shutdowns seem to ignore the place. You typically have a smorgasbord of choice DX coming at you twice a day, with limited time to process and adjust to this amazing new propagation bonanza-- let alone keep up with the more mundane necessities of eating and sleeping.
     Craig Barnes, Australian Chris Rogers and yours truly have suddenly found ourselves in this weird DXing paradise for 6 days (November 2-7), and we finally got together for a sunset session Sunday night in the back yard of Chris' condo. A retired L.A. County sheriff living next door helped us take a group photo (which is attached), and also shared with us how relaxing in Hawaii is the perfect way to decompress from the stress of his ex-job. Kauai has gorgeous beaches, lush green scenery and very friendly people, but for DXers looking for "guaranteed" ocean-fueled propagation, it's very tough to beat!

Gary DeBock (DXing in Poipu, Hawaii)

 

 


Re: Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedittion Kicks Off

radiojayallen
 

Sounds like lots of fun...enjoy and watch your footing on those ocean-side cliffs!!

Jay


Re: Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedittion Kicks Off

Peter 1956
 

Hello Gary
The audio recording is very clear. Thanks for uploading it.
I am undertaking very minor DXpediations stood up outside around 50 metres from home to escape the noise. I am mainly using an XHDATA X-808 which is not quite an ultralight. For anyone interested I have posted several recent videos of my transatlantic reception on my YouTube channel. I use an XHDATA D-318BT for making audio recordings. Works fine with ultralights too without causing QRN.
Peter Wilson
Blackpool UK
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From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 3, 2019 12:19 AM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedittion Kicks Off
 
     Our DXpedition group still isn't at full strength and we are still separated, but the Hawaiian TP-DX this morning was enough to convince any west coast DXer that he has suddenly been elevated into an entirely higher propagation league! South Pacific and Asian signals were fighting it out at S9 levels, with several like 630-DZMM, 918-RNK and 927-BCC testing out the crunch resistance of the Ultralight.
     As Walt has called it the session had a strong DU influence, with Australian stations dominating many frequencies when the FSL was turned their way. Bu just as easily the Japanese and Chinese big guns had their way on the same frequencies when the 5" antenna was turned (which takes about a second to accomplish). The DU-slanted propagation seemed to have taken a toll on exotic west Asians like 702-BBC, and the 1530 UTC AIR English news parallel received last year (927-954 kHz) was plastered by Taiwan on 927 and JOKR on 954. During a slight fade of 927-BCC the same AIR lady's English voice from last year seemed to squeak through at 1535, but this morning obviously wasn't the session to go after exotic west Asians or Indians.
     Since I hadn't yet met up with Australian (and South American DX expert) Chris Rogers I had an extra set of 5" FSL antenna and 5' PVC base to play with-- and play they did! They tracked down 918-RNK (Cambodia) at an S9 level for most of the session, as it completely plastered Shandong and the Filipino. What better way to make someone completely forget about west coast propagation? Here it was at 1629 UTC, all alone with Cambodian pop music    https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5oigynv2zemzgmbtiyszjhwour2y8tvp

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at Poipu, Hawaii)
Two 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
Two 5" Frequent Flyer FSL antennas (on 5' PVC bases)
Photo attached with Australian DXpedition partner Chris Rogers (we plan a sunset session together today!) 


Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedittion Kicks Off

Gary DeBock
 

     Our DXpedition group still isn't at full strength and we are still separated, but the Hawaiian TP-DX this morning was enough to convince any west coast DXer that he has suddenly been elevated into an entirely higher propagation league! South Pacific and Asian signals were fighting it out at S9 levels, with several like 630-DZMM, 918-RNK and 927-BCC testing out the crunch resistance of the Ultralight.
     As Walt has called it the session had a strong DU influence, with Australian stations dominating many frequencies when the FSL was turned their way. Bu just as easily the Japanese and Chinese big guns had their way on the same frequencies when the 5" antenna was turned (which takes about a second to accomplish). The DU-slanted propagation seemed to have taken a toll on exotic west Asians like 702-BBC, and the 1530 UTC AIR English news parallel received last year (927-954 kHz) was plastered by Taiwan on 927 and JOKR on 954. During a slight fade of 927-BCC the same AIR lady's English voice from last year seemed to squeak through at 1535, but this morning obviously wasn't the session to go after exotic west Asians or Indians.
     Since I hadn't yet met up with Australian (and South American DX expert) Chris Rogers I had an extra set of 5" FSL antenna and 5' PVC base to play with-- and play they did! They tracked down 918-RNK (Cambodia) at an S9 level for most of the session, as it completely plastered Shandong and the Filipino. What better way to make someone completely forget about west coast propagation? Here it was at 1629 UTC, all alone with Cambodian pop music    https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5oigynv2zemzgmbtiyszjhwour2y8tvp

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at Poipu, Hawaii)
Two 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave Ultralights +
Two 5" Frequent Flyer FSL antennas (on 5' PVC bases)
Photo attached with Australian DXpedition partner Chris Rogers (we plan a sunset session together today!) 


Innovative Ferrite Antennas- Part Two

Gary DeBock
 

At the IRCA convention in Tukwila, WA (USA) last month I was honored to give a presentation on creative ferrite antennas-- and creative DXing locations to use them for maximum effectiveness. The "Part One" video was uploaded immediately after the convention on YouTube, at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJYhFLa9pk8
 
Some have asked whether there was a "Part Two" video of the speech, and in fact there was another video recorded at the time by my wife, who was probably struggling to stay awake while spending most of the day with a group of nerdy DXing fanatics. As with the first video, the presentation should be interesting to those eager to learn of the latest DXing tricks with FSL antennas and enhanced loopsticks-- and for those who lack such interest, maybe as a cure for insomnia?  https://youtu.be/pc_NpUbCetU

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


Re: Fw:

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 28/10/19 om 09:37 schreef Michael.2E0IHW via Groups.Io:
I assume the main issue would be performance at 160m of ferrite
rods nominally designed for lower BC frequencies. It would
be interesting to know if anyone has tried it. I had an offer
of ferrites some time back, but my pocket-money fell woely short
of the asking price :-)
Michael
I've had a small SW/AM tuner from "Crown", that performed well with its ferrite from 1.6-6,2Mhz ...

AM and two SW bands!

Marc
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Re: Fw:

Michael.2E0IHW
 

I assume the main issue would be performance at 160m of ferrite
rods nominally designed for lower BC frequencies. It would
be interesting to know if anyone has tried it. I had an offer
of ferrites some time back, but my pocket-money fell woely short
of the asking price :-)

Michael
......................................

On 28/10/2019 00:50, Paul Blundell wrote:
Not something I have done but keen to see how it works out.
Paul
https://tassieradiorxer.blogspot.com/
On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 11:44 AM Dean wayman wrote:
...
At this point I'd  be just guessing,all my building has been focused
on MW and below ,, but it should be possible to make a FSL that
tunes those freq"s?
Surely some one else has more experience here .
Dean


Re: Fw:

Paul Blundell
 

Not something I have done but keen to see how it works out.

Paul


On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 11:44 AM Dean wayman <dx_plains@...> wrote:
Hi Michael :

At this point I'd  be just guessing,all my building has been focused on MW and below ,, but it should be possible to make a FSL that tunes those freq"s?
Surely some one else has more experience here .

Dean



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Re: Fw:

Dean wayman
 

Hi Michael :

At this point I'd  be just guessing,all my building has been focused on MW and below ,, but it should be possible to make a FSL that tunes those freq"s?
Surely some one else has more experience here .

Dean


Re: Fw:

Dean wayman
 

Hi:

Phil , as a matter of fact that was going to be my next experiment I have the AN 200 that i can sacrifice . hopefully soon I'll get to it ?

Dean


Re: Fw:

Michael.2E0IHW
 

Good to see your images, Dean!
The range 150-1700kHz raises a query:
how well do they work a bit higher, ie
for reception of amateur/ham signals in
the 16m band?

In urban areas, interference levels can
be so high as to thwart working on 160m.
Using a "regular" dipole for tx and a
remote FSL for receive might be an option.
A magloop can do this, but needs to be
quite large. Although heavy, a FSL might
offer greater feasibility - if if works :-)

Michael

On 27/10/2019 02:41, dean wayman wrote:
...
The largest loop ( 8 inch red Litz ) Tunes from 150-1700 Khz....
...
The middle loop (blue litz ) is just for MW freqs.
The small loop (3 inch blue litz) tunes from about 250- 1710 Khz
...
Glad to be back in the loop 😋
...
Dean W.


Re: Fw:

phil@...
 

hi 
Would it be feasible to upgrade small commercial loops like the Select A Tenna, Terk AM-1000(Advantage)
& the Tecsun/Kaito AN 100/AN 200 by placing short rods around the circumference

On Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 7:44 PM dean wayman <dx_plains@...> wrote:



Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:08 PM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject:
Found u 😋

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 Glad i found the group again .I've been away for a few years ,but I've been busy at times fooling around with various FSL and other antenna"s. Since I was last here I have built 5 FSL loop's, Because of the lack of Ferrite  over time 2 of those have sacrificed their parts to build other loop"s.


The largest loop ( 8 inch red Litz ) Tunes from 150-1700 Khz. with some vodoo from several fixed caps  and a gang switch  ,😋

The middle loop (blue litz ) is just for MW freqs.

The small loop (3 inch blue litz) tunes from about 250- 1710 Khz


At the moment I'm working on a new design involving Ferrite rods ,And using a very high Q capacitor .I finished the mock-up phase and did a little testing yesterday AM ,I found some interesting results ,More on this later at some point.


Several years ago Steve Ratslaff (sry spelling) and I , talked back and forth ,at the time I was building the biggest loop ,and he gave my great advice to achieve my objective ,of course over time I've lost his e.mail  etc .   Hope he is still around ?


Just finished watching Gary's Convention speech I hope there will be a Part 2 ?


Glad to be back in the loop 😋 

Thanks Gary ,,,,,,,All


Dean W.






Fw:

Dean wayman
 




Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:08 PM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject:
Found u 😋

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 Glad i found the group again .I've been away for a few years ,but I've been busy at times fooling around with various FSL and other antenna"s. Since I was last here I have built 5 FSL loop's, Because of the lack of Ferrite  over time 2 of those have sacrificed their parts to build other loop"s.


The largest loop ( 8 inch red Litz ) Tunes from 150-1700 Khz. with some vodoo from several fixed caps  and a gang switch  ,😋

The middle loop (blue litz ) is just for MW freqs.

The small loop (3 inch blue litz) tunes from about 250- 1710 Khz


At the moment I'm working on a new design involving Ferrite rods ,And using a very high Q capacitor .I finished the mock-up phase and did a little testing yesterday AM ,I found some interesting results ,More on this later at some point.


Several years ago Steve Ratslaff (sry spelling) and I , talked back and forth ,at the time I was building the biggest loop ,and he gave my great advice to achieve my objective ,of course over time I've lost his e.mail  etc .   Hope he is still around ?


Just finished watching Gary's Convention speech I hope there will be a Part 2 ?


Glad to be back in the loop 😋 

Thanks Gary ,,,,,,,All


Dean W.






Oklahoma TP DX 10-23-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

Only high powered Japanese and Korean stations heard again this morning (LSR 1245).

567 JOIK poor at 1122.

594 JOAK barely audible at 1130; poor at 1219 and 1236.

693 JOAB fair with severe KGGF 590 slop at 1237,

702 unID carrier at 1200.

738 unID carrier at 1202.

747 JOIB fair at 1204.

774 JOUB fair at 1053 and 1228.

828 JOBB poor at 1246.

972 HLCA fair at 1055.

1098 unID carrier at 1208, barely audible talking at 1211-1203.

1134 JOQR barely audible talking at 1209.

1566 HLAZ fair, hymn at 1235; poor at 1247.

Receiver: Skywave with ALA1530LNP aerial.


Good DX.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.



Oklahoma TP DX 10-22-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

A few TP signals were heard here this morning (LSR 1244).

567 JOIK poor // JOAK at 1233.

594 JOAK poor at 1222.

747 JOIB poor // JOUB at 1052 and 1213.

774 JOUB poor at 0846; fair at 1048 and 1225.

828 JOBB poor at 1216.

972 HLCA poor at 1045 and 1120; fair at 1241 gradually fading to barely audible at 1251.

1134 unID (JOQR?) poor talking at 1236; barely audible man talking at 1247.

1566 HLAZ poor at 1231 and 1248; barely audible at 1252.

Receiver: Skywave with ALA1530LNP aerial.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.



Re: Cairns, Queensland DXpedition with XHDATA D-808 & 28 inch/70 cm loop

William Renton
 

Hi Gary,

I suspected that. Are there any ULRs with full SSB functionality on MW that you would recommend (if they exist at all)? I presume the CC Skywave also falls foul of the size limit for ULRs. The SSB on the D-808 produces quite good audio when set at the higher bandwidths (3-4 kHz) and I actually prefer it to the rather muffled sound of the Tecsuns at 1 kHz (really ~3 kHz). 

For me personally, the aim is to receive trans-oceanic DX on an inexpensive mass-market receiver; the D-808 clearly fits this brief. 

Looking forward to your next DXpedition- maybe you should go to somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean like the Maldives or the Seychelles, if finances allow (and before they disappear!) 2BL Sydney has been received in the Seychelles on a barefoot Tecsun PL-390- phenomenal! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABacWz8jTLg). 


Best regards,

William.





Re: Oklahoma TP DX 10-20-19

Neil Kazaross
 

I had a bit of 4QD audio here in IL this morning thru massive slop (KXEL at sunrise is like a super-local) . This with DKAZ aimed west and Perseus. As for 3LO..I am 17 miles from WBBM and haven't been able to beat the slop. 
Re: 702...it is more often 2BL, but NZ can also come in. NZ is the higher carrier, but one cannot tell that with a ULR.

73 KAZ Barrington IL
.

On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 6:15 PM Tony Magon <temagon@...> wrote:
Yes - I would also agree that it is 4QD

73

Tony VK2IC

On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 9:59 AM Richard Allen via Groups.Io <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
William:

Yes, I managed to receive 3LO back in 2016., and at a level that I could be identified.  At the time it was broadcasting a program in parallel with Radio Australia (later heard via a podcast).  Sadly the ABC deemed its short wave service obsolete and shut down a few months later.   Since then,  I’ve heard 3LO  again - earlier this month.

I heard audio 2BL a couple of times in 2016.  Its carrier signal is frequently heard here local sunrise in the form of a heterodyne.  But chances of hearing audio on 702 kHz are impeded by XEGN and another Mexican station.  

Also, in 2016, I heard bits and pieces of audio from 4BC,  but not enough to confirm it.

I often hear a strong heterodyne on 612 kHZ, especially around the autumnal equinox.  It has remained elusive owning to KCSP on 610.  

Good DX.

Richard.


On Oct 20, 2019, at 16:25, William Renton via Groups.Io <william_renton=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Hi Richard,

Interesting results. Have you ever managed to receive Australia at audible levels from Perry, OK? The carrier was most likely 4QD Emerald. 

There is one guy from Michigan (kilokat7 on YT) who regularly receives Australia around the equinox months. 

Best regards,

William. 

On Monday, 21 October 2019, 12:27:58 am AEDT, Richard Allen via Groups.Io <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:


TP DX was somewhat improved here today (LSR 1242).
567 unID (JOIK?) trace of signal at 1201 and 1232.
594 JOAK poor with what sounded like a sports event at 1217.
603 unID trace of signal at 1231.
693 JOAB barely audible in KGGF slop at 1229.
702 unID strong carrier from NW at 1219.
738 unID weak carrier in KRMG slop at 1220.
747 JO|B poor at 1002 and 1216.
774 JOUB poor at 1026; fair at 1048 on R75; fair on Skywave at 1100; poor at 1215.
828 JOBB poor // JOUB at 1229.
972 HLCA barely audible on R75 at 1046; fair on Skywave at 1102.
1134 JOQR barely audible to poor at 1136-1144s; fading in and out barely audible at 1209-1212.
1287 JOHR barely audible talk heard on Skywave with FSL at 0931-0934, not heard afterward.
1548 unID carrier from DU at sunrise.
Most of the stations heard today were with the Skywave receiver coupled to an ALA1530LNP aerial.  Its advantage over the FSL is it doesn’t require tuning.

Good DX.

Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA>



Re: Cairns, Queensland DXpedition with XHDATA D-808 & 28 inch/70 cm loop

Gary DeBock
 

Hi William,
<<<   A final point- is the D-808 considered a UL radio? I do have a Tecsun PL-380 but haven't used it in years. I need to use the XH-DATA's SSB down here to get rid of splatter from the Aussie domestics.    >>>

Unfortunately the D-808 is too large too be within the 20 cubic limit for Ultralight Radio qualification, although it is an effective DXing portable based on the CC Skywave SSB model (from which the Chinese gained a lot of "inspiration," to use a very generous term).

Both the XHDATA D-808 and the CC Skywave SSB model are manufactured in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, with D-808 coming out from the new XHDATA company a few months after the Skywave came out of the factory of Redsun, C.Crane's manufacturing partner in Shenzhen, China. Despite its dubious design pedigree the D-808 is a real bargain with its SSB performance, especially considering the $169.99 price of the Skywave SSB. 

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
   



-----Original Message-----
From: William Renton via Groups.Io <william_renton@...>
To: main <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Oct 20, 2019 6:01 pm
Subject: [UltralightDX] Cairns, Queensland DXpedition with XHDATA D-808 & 28 inch/70 cm loop

Hi all,

Back in June, I travelled to Cairns, Queensland for a mini break/DXpedition with another DXer (don't think he's in the group). Some of you may have seen the footage already but for those who haven't, the videos are contained in this YT playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVhguPkHv5WOYui8gOCL9cv6oSQVsKwlB

We were fairly pleased with the performance of this loop/radio combination. Conditions are much better in Cairns compared to Sydney; e.g. of the US stations, only KBLA 1580 and KUAU 1570 are regulars down here. There is also much less QRM from domestics as Cairns is well away from most of the big gun stations. 

A final point- is the D-808 considered a UL radio? I do have a Tecsun PL-380 but haven't used it in years. I need to use the XH-DATA's SSB down here to get rid of splatter from the Aussie domestics. 

Best regards,

William. 

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