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Re: 2019 Shootout?

Tom Crosbie G6PZZ <tom@...>
 

Hi Les,

Not an answer to your query but just saying welcome to the Medium Wave Circle. Caught your name in magazine, which I knew from IRCA. Now you pop up here too. Small world, made smaller by radio ūüėä.

Cheers

Tom G6PZZ

 

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Les Rayburn
Sent: 23 January 2020 19:41
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] 2019 Shootout?

 

Spent some time today digging through the files for this group--and found the enthusiasm for MW DXing with Ultralights to be contagious. I've been a member of this group from afar for years, and own
several of the Ultralight approved radios. But honestly, I always thought "Nice for travel but no way these things compare to my SDR's and large antennas back home." But reading through the articles today makes me think that I am very wrong. 

Time to get serious about these little gems! 

Right now, my inventory includes a CC Crane Skywave (Original model, non-SSB), Sony SRF-T615, Sony SRF-59, Tecsun PL-310, and a few others. Spent time looking for recent shootouts to see which models were the best performers currently available, but can't find anything recent. 

Is there a recent shootout available somewhere? Is there a consensus on which models are the best for MW DXing? My main interest is in domestic stations. I'm five hours from the nearest beach, so TA and TP are not a high priority. 

It's clear that the URL guys are having fun with MW DXing--and that is why I got into this hobby. To have fun. Keep it up! 

Les Rayburn, N1LF
Birmingham, AL 


Re: 2019 Shootout?

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the message and encouragement. I don't think we have any recent shootouts but Gary might be able to confirm this.

Paul

On Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 6:41 AM Les Rayburn <les@...> wrote:
Spent some time today digging through the files for this group--and found the enthusiasm for MW DXing with Ultralights to be contagious. I've been a member of this group from afar for years, and own
several of the Ultralight approved radios. But honestly, I always thought "Nice for travel but no way these things compare to my SDR's and large antennas back home." But reading through the articles today makes me think that I am very wrong. 

Time to get serious about these little gems! 

Right now, my inventory includes a CC Crane Skywave (Original model, non-SSB), Sony SRF-T615, Sony SRF-59, Tecsun PL-310, and a few others. Spent time looking for recent shootouts to see which models were the best performers currently available, but can't find anything recent. 

Is there a recent shootout available somewhere? Is there a consensus on which models are the best for MW DXing? My main interest is in domestic stations. I'm five hours from the nearest beach, so TA and TP are not a high priority. 

It's clear that the URL guys are having fun with MW DXing--and that is why I got into this hobby. To have fun. Keep it up! 

Les Rayburn, N1LF
Birmingham, AL 



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Re: Software - MWDXerDB

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for letting me know.

I have just tested it on a computer here and it downloaded in about 20 seconds.

On Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 5:39 AM Declan Mayock via Groups.Io <declan169=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Wont allow me download just stays at 0% all the time?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Paul Blundell
Sent: 22 January 2020 04:28
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Software - MWDXerDB

 

The latest version of MWDxerDB is now avaiable online for download:

This version includes a remplate database and all the latest code updates as of 22/01/2020.

 



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Re: Video - About Ultralight Radio DXing

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary.

I hope this might encourage more people to join and be active in the hobby. I am planning on producing more of these videos in the future.

Paul

On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 7:55 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 07:53 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
For the last little while I have been thinking about making a short video which explains a bit about the Ultralight radio DXing hobby, what it is and why I enjoy it so much. I have recently had some time to work on this and below is the end result.
Thanks for the great introductory video, Paul!

Of course I agree with you that our Ultralight radio DXing hobby has great potential for the future, especially since we seem to have spun off a new niche of "travel DXing," where even confirmed SDR-DXers are using modified (7.5 inch loopstick transplant) portables during international travel by air and cruise ship, simply because of the ease of chasing AM-DX with reasonable sensitivity in unfamiliar or crowded overseas environments-- without needing to set up any external antennas.

I had the thrill of doing this in Hong Kong last April, and it was a reasonable solution to the "double whammy" of nasty RFI indoors and overcrowded public areas outdoors. Fairly long range stations like 1413-BBC (Oman), 1413-Vesti FM (Moldova), 1431-Radio Sawa (Djibouti) and 1548-TWR (Moldova) were tracked down around sunrise in the downtown concrete jungle.

It's especially satisfying to welcome the strong Australian contingent to our Ultralight group, with many Oz experimenters and long range DXers making major contributions. Our Japanese contingent is also very strong, and of course the Canadian contribution to our group has been essential from the beginning. The joint international Ultralight DXpeditions on exotic ocean beaches have been some of my most thrilling hobby experiences, resulting in lifetime friendships with Japanese and Australian DXers. We have a great future ahead of us!

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

    



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Re: 2019 Shootout?

Chris Rogers
 

After a recent trip dxing with the Ultralight expert Gary Debock in Kauai, this same topic was discussed. Gary has tested extensively nearly all the serious radios that fit into the Ultralight category, and the current receiver of choice that gives the best performance and fits into the Ultralight class is still the CC Crane Skywave, both SSB and non SSB models.


Re: 2019 Shootout?

Les Rayburn
 

Spent some time today digging through the files for this group--and found the enthusiasm for MW DXing with Ultralights to be contagious. I've been a member of this group from afar for years, and own
several of the Ultralight approved radios. But honestly, I always thought "Nice for travel but no way these things compare to my SDR's and large antennas back home." But reading through the articles today makes me think that I am very wrong. 

Time to get serious about these little gems! 

Right now, my inventory includes a CC Crane Skywave (Original model, non-SSB), Sony SRF-T615, Sony SRF-59, Tecsun PL-310, and a few others. Spent time looking for recent shootouts to see which models were the best performers currently available, but can't find anything recent. 

Is there a recent shootout available somewhere? Is there a consensus on which models are the best for MW DXing? My main interest is in domestic stations. I'm five hours from the nearest beach, so TA and TP are not a high priority. 

It's clear that the URL guys are having fun with MW DXing--and that is why I got into this hobby. To have fun. Keep it up! 

Les Rayburn, N1LF
Birmingham, AL 


Re: Software - MWDXerDB

Declan Mayock
 

Wont allow me download just stays at 0% all the time?

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Paul Blundell
Sent: 22 January 2020 04:28
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Software - MWDXerDB

 

The latest version of MWDxerDB is now avaiable online for download:

This version includes a remplate database and all the latest code updates as of 22/01/2020.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html
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UltralightDX

 


Tropo from IRL and NI Eton Elite Traveler portable

Peter 1956
 

93.8 BBC R. Ulster Brougher Mountain 10kW (next to 93.7 BBC R4 Holme Moss)
https://youtu.be/9-L9KqGW6pY

100.0 Today FM Truskmore 25kW
https://youtu.be/n_6FFxpwdqg

Peter Wilson
Blackpool UK


Re: Video - About Ultralight Radio DXing

Gary DeBock
 

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 07:53 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
For the last little while I have been thinking about making a short video which explains a bit about the Ultralight radio DXing hobby, what it is and why I enjoy it so much. I have recently had some time to work on this and below is the end result.
Thanks for the great introductory video, Paul!

Of course I agree with you that our Ultralight radio DXing hobby has great potential for the future, especially since we seem to have spun off a new niche of "travel DXing," where even confirmed SDR-DXers are using modified (7.5 inch loopstick transplant) portables during international travel by air and cruise ship, simply because of the ease of chasing AM-DX with reasonable sensitivity in unfamiliar or crowded overseas environments-- without needing to set up any external antennas.

I had the thrill of doing this in Hong Kong last April, and it was a reasonable solution to the "double whammy" of nasty RFI indoors and overcrowded public areas outdoors. Fairly long range stations like 1413-BBC (Oman), 1413-Vesti FM (Moldova), 1431-Radio Sawa (Djibouti) and 1548-TWR (Moldova) were tracked down around sunrise in the downtown concrete jungle.

It's especially satisfying to welcome the strong Australian contingent to our Ultralight group, with many Oz experimenters and long range DXers making major contributions. Our Japanese contingent is also very strong, and of course the Canadian contribution to our group has been essential from the beginning. The joint international Ultralight DXpeditions on exotic ocean beaches have been some of my most thrilling hobby experiences, resulting in lifetime friendships with Japanese and Australian DXers. We have a great future ahead of us!

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

    


Video - About Ultralight Radio DXing

Paul Blundell
 

For the last little while I have been thinking about making a short video which explains a bit about the Ultralight radio DXing hobby, what it is and why I enjoy it so much. I have recently had some time to work on this and below is the end result.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/about-ultralight-radio-dxing.html


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Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

Michael Schuster
 

Despite its more fully realized DSP feature set, I find the ATS-405 to be a mostly average receiver for the price. For one thing, its relatively high noise floor limits the useable sensitivity on MW/SW.


Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

mediumwavedx
 

Thanks for that tip h.garcia. I'll look into it.

Bill.


Re: Try Something New This Winter!

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Todd.

I have been getting some great signals from Qld the past few nights at the top end of the band.

On Wed, 22 Jan 2020, 8:10 p.m. Todd via Groups.Io, <toddemslie=yahoo.com.au@groups.io> wrote:
I judge my DX receiving systems by distance, but not quantity of logs received.

For a contest over a given n period:

Longest distance winter groundwave MW reception.

Longest distance residual noon daytime skywave reception.

Longest distance regular evening skywave reception.

Longest distance rare evening skywave reception.

Brisbane MW has been received around noon into NE Tasmania at ~ 1400 km. The main contributor was the high conductive saltwater path.

Todd
Sydney, AU




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Re: Try Something New This Winter!

Todd
 

I judge my DX receiving systems by distance, but not quantity of logs received.

For a contest over a given n period:

Longest distance winter groundwave MW reception.

Longest distance residual noon daytime skywave reception.

Longest distance regular evening skywave reception.

Longest distance rare evening skywave reception.

Brisbane MW has been received around noon into NE Tasmania at ~ 1400 km. The main contributor was the high conductive saltwater path.

Todd
Sydney, AU




Software - MWDXerDB

Paul Blundell
 

The latest version of MWDxerDB is now avaiable online for download:
This version includes a remplate database and all the latest code updates as of 22/01/2020.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html
--
Paul - Moderator
UltralightDX


Re: Try Something New This Winter!

Paul Blundell
 

That sounds like a good idea but I don't know how that would work here. I was thinking something that anybody could be a part of.

Paul

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 2:01 PM Peter Laws <plaws0@...> wrote:
On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 8:43 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
>
> I would like to encourage us as a group to look at running some form of "challenge" or contest in 2020 to really get our group moving and encourage more operations.
>
> Does anybody have any ideas?


IRCA has a stations heard contest.  This year (I think it's different
every year?  Not sure) the stations' calls need to have certain
letters in them to "count".  A little easier for IRCA since most
members are in North America, so targets are somewhat limited.  One of
the rules is that you have to hear the callsign spoken.  :-)   Fun,
but I don't know if it translate to a group with world-wide -- well,
at least in the Anglosphere, anyway -- membership.

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Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!





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Re: Try Something New This Winter!

Peter Laws
 

On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 8:43 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@gmail.com> wrote:

I would like to encourage us as a group to look at running some form of "challenge" or contest in 2020 to really get our group moving and encourage more operations.

Does anybody have any ideas?

IRCA has a stations heard contest. This year (I think it's different
every year? Not sure) the stations' calls need to have certain
letters in them to "count". A little easier for IRCA since most
members are in North America, so targets are somewhat limited. One of
the rules is that you have to hear the callsign spoken. :-) Fun,
but I don't know if it translate to a group with world-wide -- well,
at least in the Anglosphere, anyway -- membership.

--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: Try Something New This Winter!

Paul Blundell
 

I would like to encourage us as a group to look at running some form of "challenge" or contest in 2020 to really get our group moving and encourage more operations.

Does anybody have any ideas?

Paul
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Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

h. garcia
 

Hey Bill.

Awesome article! Looking at the picture, it seems they used 2 ceramic filter for the AM section.

You reported about dial stiffness or tightness. I could not find the article, but I remember another colleague complaining about it and how he got it solved: it seems you can move dial string off one of the anchor posts or pulleys. This gives just the exact amount of looseness that keeps the tuning knob lighter and proper traction at the variable capacitor wheel.




On Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 01:38 mediumwavedx <desertbilly@...> wrote:
Check out the Panasonic RF-562DD. Newer, outstanding sensitivity, Some drawbacks though.

Check out my extensive review at RADIO-TIMETRAVELLER.

https://radio-timetraveller.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-of-panasonic-rf-562dd-receiver.html

Bill


Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

Paul S. in CT
 

In the world of digial/DSP receivers there is ONE that stands above all the Tecsun radios of $US75 price or less, and that is the Sangean ATS-405. This radio, especially after reading the previous link to the Panasonic RF562, shines for two important reasons.

1.) Soft Muting can be switched OFF
2.) AGC can then be set to 30/Auto/50 slew (50 is best for weak, 30 for strong, and Auto for general listening).

There are also a few more options BW, Squelch, 1kHz tune, etc., but no SSB. I have seen this receiver recently at amazon for under $US70. I paid about $85 for 1st release.

If going digital DSP, though not an UL, this is a good choice.

Regards
Paul S. in CT fn31nl

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