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Re: X-band USA Listings

Les Rayburn
 

Paul,

Thank you so much for posting this. Very helpful as we begin another season. 


73,

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

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, 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…” 

On Sep 1, 2020, at 2:12 AM, Paul S. in CT <dxrx@...> wrote:

A lengthy list of USA/Canada X-Band Stations with programming & slogans

With thanks to Tony King  Sept. 1, 2020 via Glenn Hauser World of Radio

1610
XEUACH Chapingo MX Radio Chapingo
CHHA Toronto ON Punjabi 05-10 UTC
CHRN Montreal QC South Asian Format. Radio Humsafar

1620
KSMH W. Sacramento CA Rel. ‘IHR (Immaculate Heart Radio) Sacramento”.
R Rebelde Radio Rebelde CU (6 Tx ) SS .Distinctive 5 note chime on hour. Sync echo.
WNRP Gulf Breeze FL News/Talk Fox News “News Radio 1620”
KOZN Bellevue NE Fox Sport “The Zone”
WTAW College Station –Bryan TX ‘Newstalk 16-20 WTAW’ Takes C-to-C AM
WDHP St Croix USVI “ID 103.5 The Reef” rel/Tlk/Local music 0320.
KYIZ Renton WA Urban contemporary //KRIZ “ Z Twins”

1630
KCJJ Iowa City IA Oldies. “ The Mighty 16-30 KCJJ”
KKGM Ft Worth/Dallas TX ‘Country Gospel 1630 KKGM’ IRN News
KRND Fox Farm WY SS ‘regional mexican’ ID “La jota La Mexicana”

1640
KDIA Vallejo CA Talk/religious/life issues
WTNI Biloxi MS Classic Country
KZLS Enid OK News/Talk
KDZR Lake Oswego OR Conservative Talk “Talk 1640” “tha Patriot”
KBJA Sandy UT ‘K-Talk KBJA’
WSJP Sussex WI Rel. Catholic. “ Relevant Radio 1640 AM”

1650
KFSW Fort Smith AR Contemporary Christian “The Cross 98.7” [OKLAHOMA]
KFOX Torrance CA Radio Seoul. Korean/ EE ID on hour
KBJD Denver CO SS Rel. Radio Luz
KCNZ Cedar Falls IA “The Sports Station” 1650 The Fan
CKZW Montreal QC Regional
CINA Mississauga ON South Asian Format.
KSVE El Paso TX SS Mexican “Jose 1650 AM R. Suavecita”
XEARZ Mexico DF MX EZL orchestrals
WHKT Portsmouth VA GOS/rel ‘Praise 1049”

1660
KBRE Merced CA AOR ‘The Bear’
WCNZ Marco Is CA Relevant Radio
KWOD Kansas City FL Sport/Talk “ ‘The Score’
WQLR Kalamazoo MI Fox Sports. “ AM 1660, The Fan”
WBCN Charlotte NC Classical Rock
KQWB West Fargo ND Fox Sports
WWRU Jersey City NJ Korean Gospel
WGIT Canóvanas PR ‘Faro Santidad’ SS Religious
KRZI Waco TX ‘KRZI ESPN Central Texas’

1670
KHPY Moreno Valley CA SS religious . ESNE radio.
KQMS Redding CA “News Talk Airs C2C/Fox
WMGE Dry Branch GA UC/NWS/TLK Black Information Network
CJEU Gatineau QC Community/Children’s “Radio Oxygène 1670”
WOZN Madison WI CBS Sports Radio “The Zone”

1680
KGED Fresno CA News/talk ID slogan “”AM 1680 The Answer”
WOKB Winter Garden FL Rel/ UC “Gospel 1680” “inspiration Station”
KRJO Monroe LA “Classic Country” 99.7 The Legend”
WPRR Ada MI UC:AC “102.5” the Ride”
WTTM Lindenwold NJ SS Sport
KNTS Seattle WA SS rel.EE ID 00:10 after hr ‘1680AM Radio Luz’

1690
KFSG Roseville CA Contemporary Christian
KDMT Arvada CO Relevant Radio
WMLB Atlanta GA “Classic Hits 1680 “LA105”
WVON Berwyn IL Talk ‘WVON Berwyn AM 1690”
WPTX Lexington Park MD Adult standards
CHTO Toronto ON C & W
CJLO Montreal QU Oldies.
WIGT Charlotte Amalie USVI News/talk. Nets NPR 100w.(05/19)

1700
WEUP Huntsville AL Contemp Gos. .’Huntsvilles Heritage Station’
WJCC Nth Miami Beach FL World ethnic.’ Radio Mega 1700.’
KBGG Des Moines IA CBS Sport 1700
XEPE Tecate BCN MX Heraldo Radio Nwk
WRCR Ramapo NY Community station. 250w 05/19
KKLF Richardson-Dallas-Ft Worth TX Tejano/Conjunto SS/EE ‘Banda 13’
KVNS Brownsville TX Fox Sports Radio 1700’

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl





logs from Beauvais

patrice.privat
 

Hi

Tecsun PL380 + AN200 mini loop, monday night.

918 IRIB Kerman
917 Radio Gotel, Nigeria with very long fading, to the point where the Iran generated heterodyne disappeared
but some very strong re surfacings in African vernacular. Best time round 1945Z

1539 Hindustani music, presumed Bahrati Pravasi, UAE
1494 Radio Revolution ? Rock hits.
1476 Radio Seagull with US Indie pop from obscure bands.

Any comment, correction welcome

Patrice
Beauvais


X-band USA Listings

Paul S. in CT
 

A lengthy list of USA/Canada X-Band Stations with programming & slogans

With thanks to Tony King Sept. 1, 2020 via Glenn Hauser World of Radio

1610
XEUACH Chapingo MX Radio Chapingo
CHHA Toronto ON Punjabi 05-10 UTC
CHRN Montreal QC South Asian Format. Radio Humsafar

1620
KSMH W. Sacramento CA Rel. ‘IHR (Immaculate Heart Radio) Sacramento”.
R Rebelde Radio Rebelde CU (6 Tx ) SS .Distinctive 5 note chime on hour. Sync echo.
WNRP Gulf Breeze FL News/Talk Fox News “News Radio 1620”
KOZN Bellevue NE Fox Sport “The Zone”
WTAW College Station –Bryan TX ‘Newstalk 16-20 WTAW’ Takes C-to-C AM
WDHP St Croix USVI “ID 103.5 The Reef” rel/Tlk/Local music 0320.
KYIZ Renton WA Urban contemporary //KRIZ “ Z Twins”

1630
KCJJ Iowa City IA Oldies. “ The Mighty 16-30 KCJJ”
KKGM Ft Worth/Dallas TX ‘Country Gospel 1630 KKGM’ IRN News
KRND Fox Farm WY SS ‘regional mexican’ ID “La jota La Mexicana”

1640
KDIA Vallejo CA Talk/religious/life issues
WTNI Biloxi MS Classic Country
KZLS Enid OK News/Talk
KDZR Lake Oswego OR Conservative Talk “Talk 1640” “tha Patriot”
KBJA Sandy UT ‘K-Talk KBJA’
WSJP Sussex WI Rel. Catholic. “ Relevant Radio 1640 AM”

1650
KFSW Fort Smith AR Contemporary Christian “The Cross 98.7” [OKLAHOMA]
KFOX Torrance CA Radio Seoul. Korean/ EE ID on hour
KBJD Denver CO SS Rel. Radio Luz
KCNZ Cedar Falls IA “The Sports Station” 1650 The Fan
CKZW Montreal QC Regional
CINA Mississauga ON South Asian Format.
KSVE El Paso TX SS Mexican “Jose 1650 AM R. Suavecita”
XEARZ Mexico DF MX EZL orchestrals
WHKT Portsmouth VA GOS/rel ‘Praise 1049”

1660
KBRE Merced CA AOR ‘The Bear’
WCNZ Marco Is CA Relevant Radio
KWOD Kansas City FL Sport/Talk “ ‘The Score’
WQLR Kalamazoo MI Fox Sports. “ AM 1660, The Fan”
WBCN Charlotte NC Classical Rock
KQWB West Fargo ND Fox Sports
WWRU Jersey City NJ Korean Gospel
WGIT Canóvanas PR ‘Faro Santidad’ SS Religious
KRZI Waco TX ‘KRZI ESPN Central Texas’

1670
KHPY Moreno Valley CA SS religious . ESNE radio.
KQMS Redding CA “News Talk Airs C2C/Fox
WMGE Dry Branch GA UC/NWS/TLK Black Information Network
CJEU Gatineau QC Community/Children’s “Radio Oxygène 1670”
WOZN Madison WI CBS Sports Radio “The Zone”

1680
KGED Fresno CA News/talk ID slogan “”AM 1680 The Answer”
WOKB Winter Garden FL Rel/ UC “Gospel 1680” “inspiration Station”
KRJO Monroe LA “Classic Country” 99.7 The Legend”
WPRR Ada MI UC:AC “102.5” the Ride”
WTTM Lindenwold NJ SS Sport
KNTS Seattle WA SS rel.EE ID 00:10 after hr ‘1680AM Radio Luz’

1690
KFSG Roseville CA Contemporary Christian
KDMT Arvada CO Relevant Radio
WMLB Atlanta GA “Classic Hits 1680 “LA105”
WVON Berwyn IL Talk ‘WVON Berwyn AM 1690”
WPTX Lexington Park MD Adult standards
CHTO Toronto ON C & W
CJLO Montreal QU Oldies.
WIGT Charlotte Amalie USVI News/talk. Nets NPR 100w.(05/19)

1700
WEUP Huntsville AL Contemp Gos. .’Huntsvilles Heritage Station’
WJCC Nth Miami Beach FL World ethnic.’ Radio Mega 1700.’
KBGG Des Moines IA CBS Sport 1700
XEPE Tecate BCN MX Heraldo Radio Nwk
WRCR Ramapo NY Community station. 250w 05/19
KKLF Richardson-Dallas-Ft Worth TX Tejano/Conjunto SS/EE ‘Banda 13’
KVNS Brownsville TX Fox Sports Radio 1700’

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


WCSZ DX Test Operator Name and Address?

Les Rayburn
 

The DX Test was operated by engineer Al Hajny. His e-mail address is: 


Mr. Hanjy has a history of being very friendly to DX’ers. Let’s be respectful of that relationship. He has not stated if he plans to verify reception reports. I know he’s a busy guy, so if he doesn’t respond quickly, please be patient. 

This was an unexpected mid-summer treat, and we’re grateful. Thanks also to Paul Walker who learned of the testing of daytime facilities and helped to spread the word. Can’t think of anyone who has done more to help arrange tests recently. We’re in your debt, Paul. 

I’m in the process of preparing a report on the test which will be published on DX sites and publications and also sent to WCSZ. That should be ready later today. The test was heard as far West as Seattle and also in Norway and Iceland. Impressive! 

73,

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

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, 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…” 

On Aug 22, 2020, at 11:44 AM, Jim Renfrew <jim.renfrew@...> wrote:

In the dozens of e-mails and FB posts that have gone out I suspect there was contact information for the test operater in one of them, but I'm not seeing it.  Can anyone help with that please?  Thanks, Jim Renfrew
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KERR 750 Polson MT

Mike Sanburn
 

Per a tip from Paul Walker, KERR just huge into SoCal this morning on the Sangean Ultralight. Strong ID at 4am PDT: Montana's most powerful country station, KERR Polson. Later played classic country tune " I like beer " by Tom T. Hall. NICE. 
Mike Sanburn


KERR Country 750 Kalispell MT Automation Problem?

Les Rayburn
 

DX Tip. 

Paul Walker is reporting that KERR 750 in Kalispell, MT may have an automation problem tonight—appearing to be running their full daytime power of 50 kW. Mixing with WSB at his location in Wyoming. 

If you need KERR, go get ‘em! 




73,

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

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, 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…” 


KRKK 1360 Rock Springs WY

Mike Sanburn
 

Per tip from Martin Foltz a couple nights ago, I decided to tune the Sangean DT160 over to 1360 tonight and sure enough, KRKK was just booming into SoCal/L.A. County. 
Numerous lengthy IDs. 'Heard "Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra. 'Grabbed a napkin and scribbled down a good reception report.(hi).  I don't remember if I tried verifying this one in the past. I first logged them here back when they were KVRS (Voice of Rock Springs). They were way over KLSD San Diego tonight. Not too shabby.

'Happy to read that many folks heard the 1070 test out of South Carolina tonight. I checked that frequency for a moment. All KNX whose tower site is in Torrance CA just west of me. 

Mike Sanburn


Preparing for Tonights WCSZ 1070, Sans Souci, SC DX Test

Les Rayburn
 

As we prepare for tonights upcoming test of WCSZ, thought it might be helpful for DX’ers to have some background on the station. 

Starting at midnight tonight EDT (0400 UTC), the station will shift to high power, running at least 25 kW and possibly full day power of 50 kW. Listen for station ID’s of “La Jefa 94.9 FM and 1070 AM”. 

The station will play a mix of songs but no test material. So don’t listen for Morse Code IDs, sweeps, etc. Listen for IDs instead. 

Normally the station runs 1,500 watts at night and can be difficult hear especially in the Southeast with WFLI and WAPI competing. In the West, KNX dominates…so this is a rare chance to log this one. 

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO E-GROUPS, FACEBOOK GROUPS, SLACK Etc. 

———————————
Below from Wikipedia: 

WCSZ (1070 kHz "La Jefa 94.9FM & 1070AM") is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Sans Souci, South Carolina and serving the Greenville-Spartanburg media market in Upstate South Carolina. WCSZ is owned by Tama Broadcasting and airs a Spanish Top 40 radio format
The station is simulcast on FM translator W235BM at 94.9 MHz located on Paris Mountain in Travelers Rest and licensed to Mauldin, South Carolina.[1] The station identifies itself as "La Jefa" which means "The Boss" in Spanish.
By day, WCSZ is licensed to broadcast at the maximum power allowed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 50,000 watts non-directional.[2] But because AM 1070 is a clear-channel frequency reserved for Class A KNX Los Angeles and a now-dark station in Canada, WSCZ must reduce power at night to 1500 watts using a directional antenna to avoid interference. 

The station's transmitter, a three-tower antenna array, is off West Duncan Road (U.S. Route 25) in Greenville.[3] 



73,

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

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, 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…” 


Rockwork Ocean Cliff DXpedition-- Memorable South Pacific Receptions

Gary DeBock
 

Tom Rothlisberger and I had the thrill of conducting the tenth annual Rockwork Cliff DXpedition this month, and once again lucked out with some exceptional South Pacific signals, especially on Longwave. 25 watt and 50 watt New Zealand Longwave aeronautical beacons were received on an Ultralight + FSL antenna combo, while other beacons in the Cook Islands, Micronesia and Alaska managed S9 levels. 558-Radio Fiji One had the best signal that any TP-DXer seems to have heard so far on the west coast, while 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia was received at over 9,153 miles (14,736 km) at a good level.

The recordings below were all special for a reason-- either a very strong signal, very low power or over a very great distance. Recordings which reached an S9 level are identified with a double asterisk (**). The ocean cliff was an awesome place for Tom and I to relax and enjoy the hobby right in the middle of the Pandemic-- and also to enjoy the record-breaking transoceanic propagation to New Zealand and the South Pacific islands. Rock on, Rockwork!

**277  ACE   Homer, Alaska   Semi-rare Alaskan beacon had no trouble reaching an S9 level at 1158 on 8-12; this was typical when Alaskans had the NDB edge at Rockwork  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/fmtrbam2hyxe7y558kvltkwz5x2hdm5x

**320  AI   Aitutaki, Cook Islands   Low powered airport beacon hit an awesome S9+ level during freakish Longwave South Pacific propagation at 1307 on 8-13  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/83kn9n4tvusd0vjrm2dbzoxn0odbt02c

362  WK   Whakatane, New Zealand   25 watts   The freakish Longwave propagation on 8-13 at 1315 allowed reception of this flea-powered NDB across 6,846 miles (11,017 km) of ocean on a PL-380 Ultralight radio and 12" FSL antenna-- quite a shocker! This was only the third North American reception of this beacon in history-- on any equipment. The second was by my DXpedition partner Tom R. last year at this same cliff (with a Perseus SDR and broadband loop)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/excs4zktu7gt6hrrhjf9lh9aeb2wi848

366  SF   Springfield, New Zealand   50 watts   Another flea-powered signal boosted by the ocean cliff advantage and freakish Longwave propagation at 1312 on 8-8, resulting in a very good signal over 6,822 miles (10,977 km). Wacky!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ynbromyfcfor6lxwmrhy941pukhq3vu5

366  PNI   Pohnpei, Micronesia   Very good signal at the start of the session at 1212 on 8-9  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/onm2ku8238l2aoeupnswmxoyzi5rrnfa

**531  More FM   Alexandra, New Zealand   2 kW   Obscure Kiwi rocker gets a Longwave propagation boost to pound in at a monster level at 1251 on 8-8; female-voiced ID at 16 seconds:  "More FM, hanging out, all night"  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/qf7glg0lcrr24lq98y9zibzydw70noge

**531  PI   Auckland, New Zealand   5 kW   Female Samoan speech at 1309 on 8-13 gets another Longwave propagation boost from freakish propagation, resulting in a blowtorch signal  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/28nnmv6la5axbint83hsk5ptj01uc02s

558  6WA   Wagin, Western Australia   50 kW  Female speech at a good level during an ABC program was matched to the ABC website at 1329 on 8-9, providing the longest range DX of the trip at 9,153 miles (14,736 km) 

**558  Radio Fiji One  Suva, Fiji   10 kW   Monster signal at 1312 on 8-5 with island music and a native language ID at 7 seconds: "Radio Fiji One, na domoiviti." This seems to be the strongest 558-Fiji recording ever made in North America, according to Chuck  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ybwhzde15u5yjb2n9yqytlmcl3pl4819

**585  7RN   Hobart, Australia   10 kW   Tasmanian ABC relay // 792 seems to tap into the Kiwi propagation pipeline to reach an S9 level with female conversation at 1327 on 8-6  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/u65zy7q5zkwsrmqbsylf80wwhskk4gcb

**603  2RN   Nowra, Australia   10 kW   Bizarre reception as the ABC relay silences the Kiwi regular Radio Waatea to pound in at an S9 level all alone with female speech // 792 at 1307 on 8-9  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5w13jz5haottgrpse2g1d0dbrkgb3sqx

**657  Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, New Zealand   50/ 10 kW   This is the "binary Star," with disastrous audio sounding like something strait out of China at 1302 on 8-11. Apparently a programming synchronization issue between the two transmitters, the problem was still in evidence during my last session on 8-13  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/eaqxhm8bybd4ch80ibr2ozunt38j7ex2

**765  Radio Kahungunu   Napier-Hastings, New Zealand   2.5 kW   As usual, an awesome island music signal for the power level from this overachieving Maori language station // 603 at 1235 on 8-9  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/qk7c4bmgku07f6rxbxl861egpto0xor0

**936  Chinese Voice   Auckland, New Zealand   1 kW   Chinese female speech at an S9 level demonstrates the strength of this Kiwi ethnic station, but it then gets blitzed by an overwhelming S9 signal from the Australian co-channel 4PB at 1315 on 8-13, resulting in the wildest frequency fight of the entire DXpedition  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/zipzgkph3dfp6ip4ltdg7chffnaui3rh

**1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga   10 kW   A daily blowtorch during the sunrise sessions, here is a typical signal with island music at 1251 on 8-7  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/6fvm9i42tll17n7skya4o16k5gp07hai

**1107  Magic Talk   5 kW   Male host and female caller pound in at overwhelming strength at 1255 on 8-5  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/mcxmmvakqalh3izhdlg4fs68vcffxrhb

**1503  Gold   Wellington/ Christchurch, New Zealand   5/ 2.5 kW   The old Radio Sport network was a victim of the Coronavirus pandemic, and is now replaced by this rocking oldies-format  network. It typically plays a little more energetic music than the Magic Network (702-738-891) competition. This recording at 1305 on 8-6 features an ID at 24 seconds which I think says "Gold, the greatest hits"  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/jm5gujou20zvlsh1yxttpgvcu6f1es68

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Tom Rothlisberger at the Rockwork Ocean Cliff from August 5-13)
7.5" Longwave loopstick Tecsun PL-380 + 12" Longwave FSL (all Longwave loggings)
7.5" MW loopstick CC Skywave and 7.5" MW loopstick XHDATA D-808 portables +
15" and three new-design 8" FSL antennas
Rockwork 2020 DXpedition video (with ocean cliff scenery) is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea0oEWlC6UM&t


Marathon Ultralight Radio Track Down of 362-WK (25 watts at 11,017 km)

Gary DeBock
 

If anyone ever wondered why a DXer would want to set up on the side of a plunging ocean cliff at 0500 local time and go all-out to track down "impossible" transoceanic DX on "hopelessly" humble gear, the Rockwork ocean cliff on the Oregon state coast delivered a perfect example on August 13th-- the last day of my DXpedition with Tom Rothlisberger.

The Longwave NDB-DXing hobby is based on advanced SDR receivers and state-of-the-art filters, which can track down and isolate extremely weak NDB's at long range when assisted by large broadband loop antennas. On the other hand the Ultralight Radio NDB-DXing hobby is based on a cheap, AM-mode-only $50 pocket radio, which gets somewhat of a boost from a 12 inch (30cm) diameter Longwave FSL antenna if a live DXer is lucky enough to track down a long range beacon during good propagation while stuck in the AM mode (with a wimpy DSP filter, which allows reception of anything within 3 kHz). So why does this wacky hobby exist? Because of the supreme challenge of tracking down any long range Trans-Equatorial NDB's with such basic gear, and the supreme feeling of accomplishment when you beat all the odds and score a rare success.    

On August 13th the South Pacific longwave propagation was exceptional at the cliff, and I knew I had a fighting chance to score some choice DX with the Ultralight + FSL combo. I had uploaded a list of Tom's record-breaking 2019 South Pacific NDB results into my phone, and during peak propagation the New Zealand and Cook Island beacons seemed to be scoring big, while others were MIA. The 50 watt flea-powered New Zealand beacon 366-SF in Springfield had just made a return appearance at a weak level (after 8-8) at 6,822 miles (10,977 km). So why not push my luck for all it's worth and go after a 25 watt beacon in the same area-- 362-WK in Whakatane? (6,846 miles/ 11,017 km)

On 362 kHz there was indeed some weak Morse code from the South Pacific, but even after 2 minutes I still couldn't be completely sure of the call letters in the wickedly noisy ocean cliff environment. The signal seemed to tank just when I had identified a "W," and I thought my chances might be toast. But the weak signal came back gradually, and while going through this marathon I thought to myself, "WK must stand for "weak!" But finally there was a boost in signal strength, and I could clearly make out the "WK" signal identification after the thrilling 3 minute marathon (which was fully recorded, and is posted at the following link for those who wish to relive the excitement of the ultimate live DXing challenge without the ocean cliff's 18-wheeler noise, which made it much more difficult at the time)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xjhugy27gzmza3zdjdw3hyrszr9lf4qk

25 watts at 6,846 miles-- I almost felt like jumping into the Pacific for joy!

Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)
7.5inch loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight + 12 inch Longwave FSL

 


Re: Review - Digitech AR-1780 Multi-band Radio Receiver - battery choice

Phil Pasteur
 

Great resource. Thanks.
I did not see how the batteries are verified, but it seems they must quote test results as the numbers seem very specific.


Re: Review - Digitech AR-1780 Multi-band Radio Receiver - battery choice

Michael Schuster
 

Here is a quick guide of verified cells from a flashlight expert:

http://batteries.parametrek.com/index.html?size=18650


August 2020 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition Video

Gary DeBock
 

Take a break from the wacky Pandemic and escape with Tom Rothlisberger and me to a wild, plunging cliff on the Oregon coast-- 500 feet (150m) straight down to the Pacific.

Shot right in the middle of an intense South Pacific DU-DXing session Monday morning at 1316 UTC, the video features the usual overcrowded conditions with squatters, 18-wheelers and tight real estate-- not to mention Tom's record-breaking broadband loop and 5 of my FSL antennas on PVC bases-- all crammed into any remaining space. Ocean scenery was awesome just after sunrise from our highly elevated perch, but my focus was on three of the all-new design 8 inch (20 cm) Medium Wave FSL antennas, designed to replace the 15" and 17" monster FSL's. The new 9.5 lb. wonders have provided ALL of the AM-DX recordings posted during this trip, proving that you can have awesome FSL-based DXpedition fun without having to go through a weightlifter training course. The 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808 portables are also featured in their actual DXing setup modes, and my partner Tom makes a brief appearance, in full agreement with my assessment that we wouldn't trade this wild place for anywhere else in the world!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea0oEWlC6UM&feature=youtu.be

Gary DeBock (DXing with Tom Rothlisberger at the Rockwork 4 Ocean Cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)


Re: Review - Digitech AR-1780 Multi-band Radio Receiver - battery choice

Paul S. in CT
 

Wow, over 20 replies... I'd like to chime in, now that a few things are brought to the front.
1.) Some Chinese battery lables are in mWhr, not mAhr. Thus the claim of "9900 mA hr" when divided by the 3.7V battery specification is about 2700mA hr.
2.) I will agree to the opinion that there are "genuine" batteries, because there are "knock-offs" of dubious, if not poor quality disguised as high quality.
3.) Even the "genuine" batteries are a little over-rated. Subtract 300mA hr from the claim as a general rule.
So, if the battery is 3000mAhr, figure it as 2700 mAhr, and divide by 60ma... this means 45 hrs, and at 100ma its 27 hrs. Thats what I would expect of a Genuine battery.

Therefore, I submit the following point #4... TOSS the supplied battery and get a "genuine" one. Also one final point #5... buy a reputable charger NiteCore or LiIto Kala. DO NOT use the radio to charge the battery.

Now having said all this I snoop around candlepowerforums dot com, and post a link to quality measurements at
https://lygte-info.dk/review/batteries2012/Common18650IndividualTest%20UK.html
that goes through MANY manufaturers over the last 8 years. This is a good heads-up IMHO and worth the time. One can also check different sized batteries such as the newer 26650 or 21700 sizes. Those of us that like to tinker, might hard-wire a different size battery at the cost of a battery door.

At the extreme, test the radio with 2 AA cells as 3 volts. If the radio works, it will probably cut-off at 2.5 Volts (the usual cutoff for Li-Ion batteries). So, no harm there. If true, a safer LiFePO4 (lithium-Iron-Phosphate or IFR type) battery can substitute and there are some REALLY GOOD ones, again at the expense of the battery door.

Regards and stay safe
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: Review - Digitech AR-1780 Multi-band Radio Receiver - battery choice

Phil Pasteur
 

I have used these folks. Even called and talked to the owner. He sources his batteries directly from Japan. He also does verification testing.
I have bought at least 60 batteries from them and never been disappointed.
Not sure about international shipping...

https://www.orbtronic.com/


Re: Review - Digitech AR-1780 Multi-band Radio Receiver - battery choice

Gord Seifert
 


     Well, if you don't buy off eBay or Amazon, where do you buy them?


Re: Review - Digitech AR-1780 Multi-band Radio Receiver - battery choice

Michael Schuster
 

Perhaps the most knowledgeable folks regarding cylindrical Li-Ion batteries, and 18650's in particular (because of their enduring popularity starting as components of computer battery packs) are the flashlight enthusiasts. To paraphrase the common wisdom:

  • Stick to brand names (Panasonic, LG, Samsung, Nitecore, KeepPower, Sony, Fenix, Aspire, Efest, etc)
  • Don't buy off eBay or Amazon as there are too many fakes
  • Don't buy any battery or charger having "Fire" in its brand name


Re: 558-6WA Received on an 8 inch FSL at Rockwork (9,153 miles)

Jerry Rappel
 

Always a great report Gary,

Jerry WW0E

On Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 9:33 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Australian stations kicked into high gear at the plunging Rockwork cliff this morning as 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia managed a pretty decent signal on a new-design 8 inch (20cm) FSL antennas (design photo attached) at 1328 UTC.

The ABC "Nightlife" program features the female host Indira Naidoo interviewing a lady named Karen concerning the gold mine riots in New South Wales in 1861, with the full 4 hour Podcast (very temporarily) posted at https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/nightlife/12517014

The phrase "November of 1860" is spoken by the interviewee Karen at 1:52 in the radio recording of 6WA posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/h66frtuns42ykkpvw27ck2no3u22dtb5
The same "November of 1860" phrase is spoken by Karen at :59 in the ABC Podcast segment (at somewhat stronger strength) posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/bd7cnf7fpzj9ddbx0gdio6y5w361xjli

For those needing to use the ABC website to confirm an Australian reception, you should be aware that ABC has drastically reduced the time that these Podcasts are posted, so you need to track them down ASAP!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Tom at the Rockwork 4 Ocean Cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)


558-6WA Received on an 8 inch FSL at Rockwork (9,153 miles)

Gary DeBock
 

Australian stations kicked into high gear at the plunging Rockwork cliff this morning as 558-6WA in Wagin, Western Australia managed a pretty decent signal on a new-design 8 inch (20cm) FSL antennas (design photo attached) at 1328 UTC.

The ABC "Nightlife" program features the female host Indira Naidoo interviewing a lady named Karen concerning the gold mine riots in New South Wales in 1861, with the full 4 hour Podcast (very temporarily) posted at https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/nightlife/12517014

The phrase "November of 1860" is spoken by the interviewee Karen at 1:52 in the radio recording of 6WA posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/h66frtuns42ykkpvw27ck2no3u22dtb5
The same "November of 1860" phrase is spoken by Karen at :59 in the ABC Podcast segment (at somewhat stronger strength) posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/bd7cnf7fpzj9ddbx0gdio6y5w361xjli

For those needing to use the ABC website to confirm an Australian reception, you should be aware that ABC has drastically reduced the time that these Podcasts are posted, so you need to track them down ASAP!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Tom at the Rockwork 4 Ocean Cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA)


Antenna Hi Q Compensation -- Audio Bandwidth Fidelity Reprocessing

Alex P
 

I have read with interest the recent posts regarding Hi Q FSL results.

Of note is the very high Q and degradation of audio intelligibility as a result of the resulting audio bandwidth reduction.

Comments have been made that audio processing / reprocessing can, will or may be used to recover the audio intelligibility.

My question:  What audio processing / software is available to recover the loss of frequencies  and bandwidth intelligibility due to the Hi Q bandwidth reduction of antennas?    

TIA

Alex

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