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Oklahoma TP DX 9/12/20

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

The best morning of the new TP DX season thus far (LSR 1210),
594 JOAK poor at 1205.
747 JOIB good at 1200-1157 (audible on barefoot ULR)
774 JOUB fair-to-good at 1212-1158 with severe QRM from nearby KSPI-780.
828 JOBB good-to-fair at 1155-1204.
873 JOGB fair at 1152; poor at 1208.
972 HLCA good at 1151 (audible on barefoot ULR).
Skywave SSB and PL-310 with ALA1530LNP.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Re: 1360 New Jersey DX Test heard in Indiana

Dennis Breda
 

Late night work. Great.

Dennis Breda

On Sep 12, 2020, at 12:51 AM, Dave Hascall <dhinfomedia@...> wrote:


Very faint sweep / sound affect tones noted from the presumed WNJC 1360-NJ. I had this in my logbook from about 15 years ago but it wasn't in my ULR logbook. Way under WMOB who never seems to power down.  Not heard at 0000 but I heard starting at 0030 EDT.
 
1360 WNJC Washington Township NJ 9/12 0032 heard sweep tones and CW ID way under WMOB-AL. (DLH-IN)
 
Dave Hascall Noblesville IN Tecsun PL-606


Re: AM 1620 Radio Rebelde Cuba booming into Western New York Tonight

Dennis Breda
 

Good find

Sent from my IPad
Dennis Breda

On Sep 12, 2020, at 1:16 AM, Gregory Mosher <gpsfool@...> wrote:



Ultralight DX rocks!  

Laying on the couch in the stove room - tonight was the first wood fire of the season - decided to tweak the knobs on my radio - see what’s out there.  One empty freq not yet logged was AM 1620.  What do I find?  Radio Rebelde all the way from Cuba is booming into Western NY! Loud and clear on my stock Radiwow R-108.  Not too shabby! 

Have a rocking good time DX’ing

Regards,
Gregory


AM 1620 Radio Rebelde Cuba booming into Western New York Tonight

Gregory Mosher
 

Ultralight DX rocks!  

Laying on the couch in the stove room - tonight was the first wood fire of the season - decided to tweak the knobs on my radio - see what’s out there.  One empty freq not yet logged was AM 1620.  What do I find?  Radio Rebelde all the way from Cuba is booming into Western NY! Loud and clear on my stock Radiwow R-108.  Not too shabby! 

Have a rocking good time DX’ing

Regards,
Gregory


1360 New Jersey DX Test heard in Indiana

Dave Hascall
 

Very faint sweep / sound affect tones noted from the presumed WNJC 1360-NJ. I had this in my logbook from about 15 years ago but it wasn't in my ULR logbook. Way under WMOB who never seems to power down.  Not heard at 0000 but I heard starting at 0030 EDT.
 
1360 WNJC Washington Township NJ 9/12 0032 heard sweep tones and CW ID way under WMOB-AL. (DLH-IN)
 
Dave Hascall Noblesville IN Tecsun PL-606


Oklahoma TP DX 9-10-20

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

I listened for TP signals from 1138 until 1210 GMT today.
594 JOAK barely audible talking at 1151; poor at 1156; barely audible at 1209 (sunrise).
693 JOAB poor // 747 at 1152.
747 JOIB poor at 1143, peaking to fair at 1144; fair at 1154.
774 JOUB poor // 747 at 1140; barely audible in nearby KSP-780 splash at 1205-1207.
828 JOBB? carrier (het) at 1146-1210.
972 HLCA? carrier (het) at 1204.
Receiver: Skywave SSB with 8-inch FSL.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Upcoming DX test WNJC 1360 AM

Paul S. in CT
 

From the WoR dot io group, this DX test from New Jersey on 1360kHz...

WNJC 1360 kHz Washington Twp, NJ Long-Duration DX Test
From: Les Rayburn
Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:30:05 PDT

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of America (IRCA) and the National Radio Club are pleased to announce the following long-duration DX Test:

From Duke Hamann, Chief Engineer, WNJC 1360 AM in Washington Twp, New Jersey:

For the second time in the station`s history, this Saturday September 12 at 12 AM EDT till 6AM EDT and Sunday September 13 at 12 AM EDT to 6 AM EDT WNJC 1360 AM in Washington Twp, NJ will be running a 2 night DX test.

0400-1000 UTC

We will be running our full daytime power of 5000 watts. Listen for sweep tones, CW
Morse code and other material created by Les Rayburn to hear our station over the noise. Reception reports can be sent to KC2DUX@duxpond.com.

Duke will provide a QSL card if you email and specifically ask for them be, otherwise it may be a simple email reply. If you want a paper QSL, it will require an SASE.

Paul Walker, CPC member passes along a personal appeal: “Give Duke time to reply. He’s a busy guy."

The NRC and IRCA would like to thank Duke Hamann and the owners of WNJC for this unique DX Test. Long duration DX tests are very rare, especially on multiple nights. This is a real opportunity for brief openings to large parts of the world to have a shot at receiving this test.

Please spread the word.

73, Les Rayburn, N1LF

With thanks to Les, Paul W., and Glenn among others behind-the-scenes.
Paul S. in CT FN31nl (Note: in CT USA WDRC Hartford is co-channel)


WNJC 1360-NJ DX Test

Dave Hascall
 

This is from Paul Walker on the IRCA list. This might be a great chance to log New Jersey. I have this station in my log from a 06-07 series of DX Tests but not in my seldomly updated ULR logbook. It might be a great chance for PNW and European DXers.  This winter, I hope to consolidate and edit both my ULR and regular logbooks.

73,
Dave in Indy

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From Duke Hamann, Chief Engineer:
 
For the 2nd time in the stations history, this Saturday September 12 at 12 AM EST till 6AM EDT and Sunday September 13 at 12 AM EDT to 6 AM EDT WNJC 1360 AM in Washington Twp, NJ will be running a 2 night DX test.  We will be running our full daytime power of 5000 watts. Listen for sweep tones, CW and other material created by Les Rayburn to hear our station over the noise. Reception reports can be sent to KC2DUX@...


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

lamontcranston17
 

"One more link, dated 2005. The design itself is probably much earlier.
http://www.rxcontrol.org/Receivers/AN510/index.html"

Could someone explain the purpose of the stepper relay?

Doesn't look like it has anything to do with controling AL or AZ.

                             Mikek


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Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

Phillip Fimiani
 

The russian site translated very well in Google Translate

Mortimer says "Stay Safe"
Best Regards
Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
FM04xf 30dl
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On Monday, September 7, 2020, 11:37:06 PM EDT, vbifyz <3ym3ym@...> wrote:


38lbs! That's not quite UltraLight :)
You mention 2012 as the  year when FSL was introduced.
Here is a design from 2006 by UA6CA, the link still works:
http://www.cqham.ru/ant6.htm
It is in Russian, but the pictures are informative enough. They also used it for TX on 160 and 80m, up to 10W.

73, Mike AF7KR

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KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
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Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

vbifyz
 

One more link, dated 2005. The design itself is probably much earlier.
http://www.rxcontrol.org/Receivers/AN510/index.html


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

vbifyz
 

38lbs! That's not quite UltraLight :)
You mention 2012 as the  year when FSL was introduced.
Here is a design from 2006 by UA6CA, the link still works:
http://www.cqham.ru/ant6.htm
It is in Russian, but the pictures are informative enough. They also used it for TX on 160 and 80m, up to 10W.

73, Mike AF7KR


Re: Howdy - it’s been awhile

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Gregory,

Your question is very similar to one by J.P. Tuttle on July 29th, concerning the currently approved Ultralight Radio models. Of course there have been many new pocket radios introduced since 2009, some of which were reviewed in the detailed 2015 Ultralight Radio Shootout posted at https://swling.com/blog/2015/03/gary-debocks-2015-ultralight-radio-shootout-review/
All of those models are "officially" approved Ultralight radios. As for the current state of the Ultralight Radio Classification Committee and Ultralight Radio group administration in general, I'll re-post the comments I made to J.P. Tuttle back in July.

During the worldwide Ultralight Radio Boom in early 2008 we had a very dedicated group of volunteers to handle administration, a classification and awards program, numerous Ultralight technical modifications (loopstick transplants and upgrade IF filters) and breakthrough Ultralight-related DXing antenna experimentation.

Unfortunately we have lost a lot of our volunteers since then. John Bryant provided most of our administration, but he was lost in a tragic accident in February of 2010. Kevin Schanilec also assisted in the early Ultralight Group administration, but he has been inactive in the hobby since 2015. Most of the original "super DXers" who contributed to the Ultralight Radio Boom (Rob Ross, Allen Willie and Richard Allen) are still with us, although they may currently enjoy DXing outside the Ultralight Radio niche group (which is fine with me, of course). We will always hold their accomplishments in the highest honour, regardless of how they are currently enjoying the hobby.

So, to summarize, even though the Ultralight Radio attraction is still booming throughout the world after twelve years, we suffer from the same limitation that almost every radio hobby group struggles with-- a severe shortage of volunteers. I am the only original survivor of the Ultralight Radio administrative group in early 2008, but my personal focus has always been on transoceanic DXing and antenna experimentation, not on administration. The fascinating new challenges of ocean cliff transoceanic propagation, FSL antenna development and "Frequent Flyer" Ultralight Radio DXpeditions are thrilling to the extreme-- and more than enough to keep this fanatic fully occupied.

Concerning the original Ultralight Radio Classification rules posted by J.P., they are still currently valid, although multiple DSP filters and SSB capability are now acceptable (primarily due to a decision concerning the new C.Crane Skywave model). The 20 cubic inch size limit is a guideline which is unlikely to be ever changed, however. In the absence of any currently functional Ultralight Awards program this limitation may seem irrelevant, but there have already been many top-performing Ultralight Radio models fully approved in years past, several of which have been used to receive over 1,000 stations in stock form. My strong advice to anyone who really wishes to experience a new thrill in the hobby is to focus on the challenge of receiving rare DX with minimal equipment, rather than on attempting to change the equipment to make the challenge easier.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight Radio Group Co-Founder


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Mike,

<<<   A couple more ideas for experiments. Maybe you or somebody else tried these already?
1. Place the rods "in series", creating an arbitrary long stick. Say, 4x140mm=560mm.
2. Leave spaces between the rods on the sleeve. The diameter stays the same with fewer rods, or the diameter can be increased with the same number of rods.
Combining the 2 ideas, one can make a long and wide ferrite antenna with fewer rods.   >>>

Thanks for the experimental suggestions, Mike. Unfortunately all of these have been tried previously by myself or others, and never did result in any gain boost (or even equivalent performance) with the "standard" tightly packed ferrite rod cylindrical sleeve.

When the early FSL antenna experimentation was going on (2011-2012) all the major experimenters were trying every possible way to save money, since the cost of multiple ferrite rods was already extremely steep, even when purchased on eBay from eastern Europe. We tried every possible way to get equivalent gain by spending less money, including some wacky ideas which were never publicized. Unfortunately there were only two guaranteed ways to improve FSL antenna sensitivity-- use longer ferrite rods (or bars) in the sleeve, or increase the diameter of the ferrite sleeve by adding more rods (or bars) in the cylindrical assembly. The most sensitive FSL antennas turned out to be models which were tweaked in both ways-- although that started the infamous search for the Ultimate Gain Monster FSL (38 pound models costing over $1K to build).

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



 

   


Re: electronic goldmine ferrite rods on sale

vbifyz
 

Hi Gary,
Very interesting experiments, great work.
A couple more ideas for experiments. Maybe you or somebody else tried these already?
1. Place the rods "in series", creating an arbitrary long stick. Say, 4x140mm=560mm.
2. Leave spaces between the rods on the sleeve. The diameter stays the same with fewer rods, or the diameter can be increased with the same number of rods.
Combining the 2 ideas, one can make a long and wide ferrite antenna with fewer rods.

73, Mike AF7KR


Re: Howdy - it’s been awhile

Paul S. in CT
 

A lot of things change, and people have moved on. Right now there is no "official" specification enforced. The 2009 document is a clear guideline for a small, lightweight radio. A more universal (to metric and and US measures) is 340 grams and 340 cubic centimeters that translates to 12oz and 21 cubic inches.

MHO is to be as close as possible to the original specs from 2009. As written above, I am just a little more above specs, but not much. Tecsun 880 = no, Tecsun PL310et = Yes for example.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl.


Howdy - it’s been awhile

Gregory Mosher
 

Howdy everyone - it’s been while since I’ve been around - life gets in the way.  I hope all is well with everyone.  Do you guys have a updated list of official ultralight models - looking I only see a doc for 2009?  I just got a Radiwow R-108 this is a hot little number on MW!  Anyways - happy Dx’ing to all.
Gpsfool


Re: Australian Assistance Needed

Gary DeBock
 

<<<   I listened to that recording multiple times and the signal is to low down for my ears. I was able to pick out a couple of words but unfortunately no clue as to who it was or an id. I heard 4KZ in Poipu on 531 so it could have been that, or 2PM.   >>>

Thanks again for listening, Chris.

On that Oregon cliff it's tough to get much signal strength from the Australian stations on 531, although the Kiwi stations (531-More FM and 531-PI) usually hit S9 peaks every morning. By some quirk of propagation, the transoceanic signal boost on the Kiwi stations (and 558-Fiji) at the Rockwork cliff is usually stronger than any reception I've had in Poipu, Hawaii. The Oz and Kiwi reception is far more balanced in Hawaii, and not freakishly twisted toward New Zealand, like on the Oregon cliff.

My Rockwork DXpedition partner Tom Rothlisberger and I have discussed a Hawaii DXpedition later this year, but it depends on how the Pandemic shakes out. Both Hawaii and the Cook Islands are desperate for tourists, I understand. Stay safe!

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
    


Re: Oklahoma TP DX 9-5-20

Peter Laws
 

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 10:34 AM Gord Seifert <gks61711@gmail.com> wrote:


What is 'JJ'? Usage seems to indicate a language.

JJ - Japanese
SS - Spanish
EE - English
TAABM - There Are A Bunch More

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Re: Oklahoma TP DX 9-5-20

Gord Seifert
 


   What is 'JJ'?   Usage seems to indicate a language.

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