Date   

Oklahoma TP DX 1/11/21

Richard Allen
 

I listened from 1133 until 1247 and TP reception this morning was dismal, going downhill early.

774 JOUB poor at 1133 and not heard after 1217.

828 unID (JOBB?) weak heterodyne below WCCO-830 at 1201, but nothing later.

972 HLCA  with strong heterodyne at 1155; barely audible talking at 1212 soon fading away.

Receivers: Skywave SSB and PL-310 with FSL.


Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Oklahoma TP DX 1-10-21

Richard Allen
 

Listening from 1135 through 1241 I found TP reception here was a bit disappointing this morning.
567 JOIK poor-to-fair at 1223; fair at 1238.
594 JOAK poor at 1225 and 1330-1341.
774 JOUB good on barefoot receiver at 1135; fair-to-good at 1216.
Receiver: Skywave SSB with FSL.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Long Term DX Project - 10/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 11:15 PM
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Notes: A late night session from home. Really good signals on the 50kw power house frequencies which were all logged at excellent signal levels. A good mix of signals across the band with the top end having a slight drop off, the 3” FSL really improves these signals when I use it.

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

GOOD

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

549

2CR

WEAK

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1053

2CA

WEAK

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1179

3RPH

GOOD

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1341

HPON GEELONG

GOOD

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

GOOD

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1503

3KND

AVERAGE

10/01/2021

AR-1733

Internal


Re: Challenges

Pedro Porres
 

Hi Gary, thanks for your extensive response, I think it's a good idea to start little by little, from less to more, so I will spend a while testing the Sangean DT-250 without antenna (many recommend the An-200), also Due to its size and portability, it is ideal to get away from the city and its electrical noise, it suits me well for walks with my dog. I have already experienced the sensation of picking up a distant station for only a few seconds during the sunset propagation. Thanks for the article on ferrite antennas that you invented. I hope to build one one day.
A warm greeting.

Pedro Porres Oliva.
Cordoba, Spain.


Re: Video - Medium Wave Interference

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Jay, never met them before...


On Sun., 10 Jan. 2021, 02:11 radiojayallen, <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Good luck with that Paul. I don't know how well you know your neighbor but the first prerequisite will be to remain friendly and try to explain why you are doing what you're doing and of course offer to help in any way you can. Dealing with neighbors is of primary importance in these situations...again...good luck! Not all such situations end well.

Jay


Re: Video - Medium Wave Interference

radiojayallen
 

Good luck with that Paul. I don't know how well you know your neighbor but the first prerequisite will be to remain friendly and try to explain why you are doing what you're doing and of course offer to help in any way you can. Dealing with neighbors is of primary importance in these situations...again...good luck! Not all such situations end well.

Jay


Oklahoma TP DX 1-9-21

Richard Allen
 

I listened from 1051 to 1401 GMT this morning. Reception of Asian signals was best early in the session and seemed to deteriorate later (LSR at 1342).

594 JOAK fair at 1301; fair-to-good at 1343; fade-out at 1401.
693 JOAB fair at 1151.
702 JOKD poor at 1318.
711 unID carrier (het) at 1338.
747 JOIB fair with WSB-750 QRM at 1136
774 JOUB fair-to-good on barefoot ULR 1052-1227.
828 JOBB fair at 1151.
873 JOGB poor at 1131; fair at 1334.
972 HLCA good on barefoot ULR at 1054, and still audible until 1359.
1044 unID (China?) poor (//Haida Gwaii SDR) at 1320-1327 with WHO-1040 splash.
1566 HLAZ fair on barefoot ULR at 1056; fair at 1330.

Does anyone have any idea what Chinese station I might have been hearing on 1044?

Receiver: Skywave SSB with FSL and barefoot as noted.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Re: Challenges

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 01:48 PM, Pedro Porres wrote:
What challenges do you propose to start me on the medium wave? I just got a Sangean Dt-250 as a gift and I'm testing it. Thank you.
Hello Pedro, Jorge and all,

Ultralight radio DXing is full of exciting challenges, and I've very happy that European DXers are having renewed interest in the sport. Even Steve Whitt (the editor of Medium Wave News in the U.K.) has recently been pushing his luck chasing North American TA"s around sunrise with his 19cm loopstick Tecsun PL-380 model.

There are certain Ultralight radio challenges which require great propagation and enhanced antennas, but most members of our group have lots of fun simply chasing DX stations with a "stock" pocket radio. Around sunrise and sunset you can usually find some distant stations because of enhanced propagation, and if you become skillful in this type of DXing, you can always upgrade your antennas to provide even more excitement. Some lucky Ultralight radio DXers live near an ocean beach where they can easily receive transoceanic DX, but most of us need to do the best we can with inland locations, many interfering stations and RFI noise. Even with these challenges you can often receive a lot of interesting DX, and if you really get "hooked" on the hobby (like me), you can take vacations on prime ocean beaches during peak propagation periods.

There are different levels of antenna gain to boost Ultralight radio reception, including the relatively new FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antennas, which provide amazing tuned gain for their size. A detailed article explaining how these different ferrite antennas perform is posted at the following link. Welcome again to our group, and good luck in your DXing!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/kp487ahn3wm3dd7rkb6thvddyt7wixgb

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

    


Re: Video - Medium Wave Interference

Paul Blundell
 

Well today I had a chance to look in to this more as I was home alone and the signal was back, very strong at times.

I turned off each circuit, walking around I was able to find the strongest signal was in one room which is closest to our neighbours.

I headed outside and when I was against our side fence, this signal overloaded on many frequencies.

So I now know where the source is, now to log the dates and times to see if I can find out what is causing it.

Paul

On Mon., 4 Jan. 2021, 05:31 Paul Blundell via groups.io, <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for the suggestion on turning off the power on each circuit, next time I am home alone I will give this a try.

Paul

On Sun., 3 Jan. 2021, 21:38 Ken Kizer, <ken@...> wrote:
On Sun, 3 Jan 2021 19:46:41 +1100, "Paul Blundell via groups.io"
<tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

>Over the past few weeks I have noticed some interference on the medium wave
>band. This seems to be more noticable during the day but a couple of times
>overnight it has appeared at random times. I have walked around the house
>and can't find the source.
>
>The video below shows it:
>https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/01/video-medium-wave-interference.html

When I'm tracking interference, I usually cycle through the circuit
breakers, turning off one at a time, in the house breaker box. At
least I can tell if it's in the house or not.

The last time, I isolated it to the garage breaker, then, unplugging
one thing at a time, found it was the cable TV provider's box outside
(Verizon FIOS ONT)- not the power supply, the actual converter box.
Swapping in a new one didn't fix it however, so now I just turn it
(and the garage door opener) off if I want to dx.






Re: Challenges

Pedro Porres
 

It is a good idea to start with Spain and Portugal, knowing that it is possible that the OM is in decline in Spain, it will be a challenge to catch them against the clock. I like British and Irish stations, especially since I've been able to listen to the Isle of Man station. I like the ones that broadcast in Arabic less, but it's just because I don't know the language. Well, Jorge, I'll go testing. Thanks for the info.


Re: Challenges

Pedro Porres
 

I don't have beaches nearby, but I do have lookouts and high and clear points in the Sierra de Córdoba. Kind regards, Paul.


Re: Challenges

Pedro Porres
 

I think Europe will be a good start. Especially Great Britain and Ireland, (I have already managed to listen to a station from the Isle of Man) and also Spain and Portugal, Thanks Keith.


Long Term DX Project - 9/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 8/01/2021
Time: 9:30 PM  
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Notes: A night time session, just on night fall. Seven stations were logged at excellent signal levels. HPON from Geelong on 1341kHz was down and only hit average signal levels, other stations around this were logged at much better signal levels.

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

549

2CR

WEAK

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1053

2CA

WEAK

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1179

3RPH

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1341

HPON GEELONG

AVERAGE

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1503

3KND

EXCELLENT

8/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

 


Re: Challenges

Jorge Garzón <iberiaDX@...>
 

Hi Pedro, 
Most of the EU DXers dream to get NA stations but this is not the only challenge to beat, and in my opinion there are more rewarding ones even closer than the Americas! 

Using an ULR, at the latitude you are and the place where you live, reception of TA stations are almost entirely rely on propagation conditions. The use of a small loop by induction helps very much and can brings a whisper into a readable signal. 

For me there are 4 main challenges that could be interesting to achieve, mainly for EU members of this group. 

1. Iberia on MW. Hear all radiocountries in Iberia and associated territories with Spanish provinces and Portuguese districts/regions. 
2. UK & Ireland on MW. Trying to get the more UK counties and/or territories in and around the British Isles. 
3. The Arabic MW Challenge. Hear all the countries/territories broadcasting in Arabic or from Arab countries on MW. 
4. The EU MW Challenge. Get all radiocountries in Europe and associated territories (Gibraltar is not a country, but a valid radiocountry, as the Canaries are, for instance). 

Paul Logan and I are thinking to propose some of these awards to the group and Gary is already informed to know your opinion.

The 'IberiaDX' group that I manage on groups.io has the Iberia DX on MW award that maybe could be also adapted to an ULR category. 

Why I am pointing to these kind of challenges? Spain and the UK are by far the only EU countries keeping a very decent MW stations networks, but this is starting to change. The UK has closed at least 10 MW transmitters in the latest year and a half, Spain a couple of them and there are at least 8 more with technical faults or antenna mismatching. At the beginning of fall this 2021 new programs will be announced and being in the COVID era, we could see many RNE (the Spanish National Radio) txers switching off forever. Czech republic has already announced 31dec2021 as the final date for its MW transmissions. The two remaing txers in France (Roumoules on 1467 and  Bretagne 5 on 1593 are in a countdown), so Europe walks firmly to the end of MW radio broadcastings. 

Is then, our last choice to enjoy and try these challenges while last!! 

Of course after a door bang with no challenges at sight; a new one will open with more challenges to come! 😉

Happy and safe 2021 crossing to everybody in the group! 

J

Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En jueves, 7 de enero de 2021 22:48:59 CET, Pedro Porres <pporres@...> escribió:


What challenges do you propose to start me on the medium wave? I just got a Sangean Dt-250 as a gift and I'm testing it. Thank you.

Pedro Porres Oliva
Córdoba, Spain.


Re: Challenges

Paul Blundell
 

Start off by logging as many stations as you can, focus on the closest ones first and then expand on this.
Do you have any beaches or lookouts close by?

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 8:48 AM Pedro Porres <pporres@...> wrote:
What challenges do you propose to start me on the medium wave? I just got a Sangean Dt-250 as a gift and I'm testing it. Thank you.

Pedro Porres Oliva
Córdoba, Spain.



--
Paul


Re: Challenges

keith beesley
 

Dear Pedro,

For a relatively modest challenge, you could try to hear any nearby European or North African country. (on mediumwave, at night, of course). For a bigger challenge, you could try for one of the powerful US east coast stations, eg WFAN 660, WOR 710, WABC 770, WCBS 880 from New York City. You will have the best luck for transatlantic stations if you listen in the early morning hours, just before your local sunrise. Also keep in mind that North American stations are spaced 10 kHz apart.

Cheers,
Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA


On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 1:48 PM, Pedro Porres
<pporres@...> wrote:
What challenges do you propose to start me on the medium wave? I just got a Sangean Dt-250 as a gift and I'm testing it. Thank you.

Pedro Porres Oliva
Córdoba, Spain.


Challenges

Pedro Porres
 

What challenges do you propose to start me on the medium wave? I just got a Sangean Dt-250 as a gift and I'm testing it. Thank you.

Pedro Porres Oliva
Córdoba, Spain.


Re: [irca] 4QD 1548 Emerald, QLD Into Alaska Quite Nicely

Paul Blundell
 

Launceston Tasmania.


On Thu., 7 Jan. 2021, 13:41 Eric Floden, <eric.f99999@...> wrote:
I cannot see where you are. Maybe it is staring me in the face....

On Wed, 6 Jan 2021 at 18:34, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Well done Paul, I log this station nightly here.


"DX-Test" from JOE in Erlangen, Germany 1485 kHz

Les Rayburn
 

Very unlikely to be received in the United States but for the hard-core TA DXers a potential target: 


The small medium-wave transmitter JOE of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen, Germany broadcasts its programme with 6 W (emrp) on 1485 kHz. Since the programme provider is currently not broadcasting and therefore no modulation can be supplied, the transmitter is broadcast a 1 kHz test tone.

The operator Ralph Oppelt (DL2NDO) writes about this today January 6, in my A-DX Mailing List: 

The Funklust people are certainly on winter holiday, on DAB+ there is only "service not available". i.e. no programme, and I ultimately get no modulation signal. Last year it was already like this (at that time 1476 kHz) and so that not only the carrier is now lonely on 1485 kHz, I modified the transmitter in such a way that after 1 min. of modulation failure modulation loss, the 1 kHz tone is automatically transmitted. This allows groundwave reception during the day, where otherwise the music would no longer be identifiable from the noise. 

When you hear this special DX-Test please send a short MP3 recording and your report to mw-joe@... for an electronic QSL card. More information about the station can be found at: https://am-radio-stations.de/mittelwellen-sender-joe/

Good luck with this "DX-Test" and take care of yourselves.

73 from Salzburg, Austria
Christoph Ratzer


73,

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

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

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Oklahoma TP DX 1-4-21

Richard Allen
 

Best TP reception of the morning was of the ROK powerhouses using a barefoot Skywave SSB.

594 kHz JOAK poor at 1328 (using eight-inch FSL).

828 kHz unID (JOBB?) moderate strength carrier (no audio) at 1332.

972 kHz HLCA barely audible to poor at 1318 and 1338; poor to fair at 1348-1349.

1566 kHz HLAZ poor at 1333; fair at 1338-1344 close.  Best reception of HLAZ ever. 

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.

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