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Re: 2EA on 1107kHz

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks, it sounds like you had a good time when you were down here. 


On Wed, 3 Feb 2021, 19:28 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul, 
While I was reading your message I remembered my days in 'Oz'. I lived in Sydney (Croydon) for a year and a half and then I travelled across the country for six months more. Fascinating country! At that time I was a proud member of the 'Coast & Mountain Walkers of NSW' who helped me to discover the outstanding wild Australia. In one of my trips I made some FM and MW scans from Mount Kosciuszko, it was 1990... Unfortunately that documents are gone now but I still keep the stickers that the stations kindly sent.

I had a small 3el yagi (DIY) and a Sony 7600DS. I sketched a 360° compass in a paper showing the beams to Sydney, Camberra, Melbourne and others in order to know where the signals were coming from. A few signals, weak ones, but that 'Azimuth map' helped very much. 

So I remembered that when I saw your beam lines to Sydney and North NZ and would like to point the importance to briefly study beams to work with directional antennae and ferrites, most of the times unlike us, they are right. 😉

¡Buen DX! 

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 martes, 2 de febrero de 2021 23:56:46 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Thanks Dan.

I had a good listen last night, the signal from 2EA was much better.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 9:19 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 06:09 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Magic Talk Tauranga
According to their website a talkback program is on overnight from 11.00pm. 

https://www.magic.co.nz/home/shows/talk/magic-overnights.html

2EA has the BBC world service on at night I think. 
Dan.



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Paul


Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Paul Blundell
 

Good points and not something that I had thought of.


On Wed, 3 Feb 2021, 17:15 daiche via groups.io, <daiche=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Nick and all! I may be able to shed some light on the radio problem. Here In Grants Pass, OR I have two HP MW stations, 10KW and 5KW, just 2+ miles away on a river bottom. During the day and sometimes at night, the RF level is high enough to blank out/mute the audio, sometimes completely on all of my digital portables. I have a CCrane 2E and Skywave SSB, an XHDATA D808 and an ETON Elite radio that all have this problem. This appears to be a common problem for all of them, that if the RF level is too high, they start shutting down their audio and sometimes completely muting, making you think they are dead. Depending on RF levels you can sometime rotate a radio and null the RF source getting the audio to at least partly restore slowly. The muting, when it happens, seems to lock on until the RF source goes away, perhaps protecting the front end of the radios. It has always made it very hard to compare performance or DX at post-sunrise or pre-sunset, without getting away from the Grants Pass area 20-30 miles. That problem even shows up here with My ELAD SW2 and G33DDC radios during the day if I aim my 1530LN loop toward the two stations that seem to be on the same tower or at least in the same field. Of course this is made worse using an amplified antenna or FSL, which further aggravates the problem.

Dave Aichelman     N7NZH     Grants Pass, Oregon


Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 3/02/2021 om 03:27 schreef Nick Hall-Patch:
Has anyone run into such a problem as this?
I was lucky enough to spend some time in Malawi about six weeks ago, and took along a CC Skywave for some of the more adventurous portions of the trip, intending to get an idea of the AM and FM bands there, away from city noise.     Unfortunately, it didn't work.   It would switch on OK, indicate and tune frequencies, but, dead quiet.   Tried replacing the batteries, but still, no signals.

Maybe the radio must be left without batteries fr some days, to empty the voltages inside, eg for memories ...


Marc
PS: I do have a Rotel rt11 tuner with defect memories ... always starts up with a dab scan ..

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Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Michael.2E0IHW
 

This is somewhat disconcerting!  Possible explanations posted here need further investigation.  My Digitech AR1733 died of an unidentified malady some time back. Our high-tech radios are  susceptible to humidity, knocks,  airport x-ray (?), hungry ants, QC,  component failure, RF overload quirks etc.   The fact that it recovered suggests humidity leading to pcb or smd  bridging.  Have others experienced similar failures in tropical humidity and temperatures? It might be possible to expose an affected radio to RF from a dummy load placed close to record  whether at increased RF  the UL shuts down.

Michael UK

... the RF level is high enough to blank out/mute the audio, sometimes completely on all of my digital portables. I have a CCrane 2E and Skywave SSB, an XHDATA D808 and an ETON Elite radio that all have this problem. This appears to be a common problem for all of them, that if the RF level is too high, they start shutting down their audio and sometimes completely muting, making you think they are dead.
Dave Aichelman     N7NZH  


Re: 2EA on 1107kHz

Jorge Garzón <iberiaDX@...>
 

Hi Paul, 
While I was reading your message I remembered my days in 'Oz'. I lived in Sydney (Croydon) for a year and a half and then I travelled across the country for six months more. Fascinating country! At that time I was a proud member of the 'Coast & Mountain Walkers of NSW' who helped me to discover the outstanding wild Australia. In one of my trips I made some FM and MW scans from Mount Kosciuszko, it was 1990... Unfortunately that documents are gone now but I still keep the stickers that the stations kindly sent.

I had a small 3el yagi (DIY) and a Sony 7600DS. I sketched a 360° compass in a paper showing the beams to Sydney, Camberra, Melbourne and others in order to know where the signals were coming from. A few signals, weak ones, but that 'Azimuth map' helped very much. 

So I remembered that when I saw your beam lines to Sydney and North NZ and would like to point the importance to briefly study beams to work with directional antennae and ferrites, most of the times unlike us, they are right. 😉

¡Buen DX! 

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 martes, 2 de febrero de 2021 23:56:46 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Thanks Dan.

I had a good listen last night, the signal from 2EA was much better.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 9:19 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 06:09 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Magic Talk Tauranga
According to their website a talkback program is on overnight from 11.00pm. 

https://www.magic.co.nz/home/shows/talk/magic-overnights.html

2EA has the BBC world service on at night I think. 
Dan.



--
Paul


Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

daiche
 

Hi Nick and all! I may be able to shed some light on the radio problem. Here In Grants Pass, OR I have two HP MW stations, 10KW and 5KW, just 2+ miles away on a river bottom. During the day and sometimes at night, the RF level is high enough to blank out/mute the audio, sometimes completely on all of my digital portables. I have a CCrane 2E and Skywave SSB, an XHDATA D808 and an ETON Elite radio that all have this problem. This appears to be a common problem for all of them, that if the RF level is too high, they start shutting down their audio and sometimes completely muting, making you think they are dead. Depending on RF levels you can sometime rotate a radio and null the RF source getting the audio to at least partly restore slowly. The muting, when it happens, seems to lock on until the RF source goes away, perhaps protecting the front end of the radios. It has always made it very hard to compare performance or DX at post-sunrise or pre-sunset, without getting away from the Grants Pass area 20-30 miles. That problem even shows up here with My ELAD SW2 and G33DDC radios during the day if I aim my 1530LN loop toward the two stations that seem to be on the same tower or at least in the same field. Of course this is made worse using an amplified antenna or FSL, which further aggravates the problem.

Dave Aichelman     N7NZH     Grants Pass, Oregon


Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 06:27 PM, Nick Hall-Patch wrote:
Has anyone run into such a problem as this?

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Malawi about six weeks ago, and took along a CC Skywave for some of the more adventurous portions of the trip, intending to get an idea of the AM and FM bands there, away from city noise.     Unfortunately, it didn't work.   It would switch on OK, indicate and tune frequencies, but, dead quiet.   Tried replacing the batteries, but still, no signals.
Nick,

I'm very sorry that your CC Skywave chose such an awful time to come down with issues. In general, the radio has a high reliability record, and I have used it repeatedly during exotic overseas trips to places like the Cook Islands, Hong Kong and Hawaii.  Both the stock and SSB Skywave models have a "Reset" button on the bottom of the cabinet-- did you try this in Malawi?

<<<   The radio had been packed in checked luggage.   Is there any known failure for radios like this from whatever they use to scan checked luggage these days?   (We had also been over some rough roads in Malawi previous to discovering this, though it had been reasonably securely packed, I thought.)
Would be happy to hear any ideas, so that I don't have such a disappointment in the future.   >>>

The only suggestions that I could make, Nick, are to always pack any radio gear in hand-carry luggage, and always carry along a backup radio on exotic vacations like this. The travel bumps, heat and humidity in places like Malawi are notorious for enhancing Murphy's Law, and you need to assume that the worst will happen, and be ready for it. A backup radio will keep you in the game. Any local DXer going on such an exotic trip is more than welcome to any of the "supercharged" Ultralights here, which have been provided to Walt, Colin, Bruce, Pete, Phil, Chris and many others.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
  

 


Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Paul Blundell
 

Hi,

My Digitech AR1733 died a couple of months ago, after the batteries went flat, it would not turn on at all. I returned it as it was only a month old and it was replaced. At the time they said they had seen this happen before.
I am not sure if this is the same for your model?

Paul

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 1:27 PM Nick Hall-Patch <nhp@...> wrote:
Has anyone run into such a problem as this?

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Malawi about six weeks ago, and took along a CC Skywave for some of the more adventurous portions of the trip, intending to get an idea of the AM and FM bands there, away from city noise.     Unfortunately, it didn't work.   It would switch on OK, indicate and tune frequencies, but, dead quiet.   Tried replacing the batteries, but still, no signals.

Oh well, plenty else to do there, but it had worked fine the last time that I'd used it at home, though I hadn't tested it on the way out the door.   The bigger mystery is that maybe the air band did work, because ot certainly worked about two weeks later, after I had returned home, but, I hadn't checked it in Malawi.  I did spin through shortwave there, but nothing heard there either. 

Or, maybe it was just the first band to recover, because...AM and FM functionality returned a few days after that, as if nothing had happened.

The radio had been packed in checked luggage.   Is there any known failure for radios like this from whatever they use to scan checked luggage these days?   (We had also been over some rough roads in Malawi previous to discovering this, though it had been reasonably securely packed, I thought.)

Would be happy to hear any ideas, so that I don't have such a disappointment in the future.

Thanks.

Nick



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Paul


dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Nick Hall-Patch
 

Has anyone run into such a problem as this?

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Malawi about six weeks ago, and took along a CC Skywave for some of the more adventurous portions of the trip, intending to get an idea of the AM and FM bands there, away from city noise.     Unfortunately, it didn't work.   It would switch on OK, indicate and tune frequencies, but, dead quiet.   Tried replacing the batteries, but still, no signals.

Oh well, plenty else to do there, but it had worked fine the last time that I'd used it at home, though I hadn't tested it on the way out the door.   The bigger mystery is that maybe the air band did work, because ot certainly worked about two weeks later, after I had returned home, but, I hadn't checked it in Malawi.  I did spin through shortwave there, but nothing heard there either. 

Or, maybe it was just the first band to recover, because...AM and FM functionality returned a few days after that, as if nothing had happened.

The radio had been packed in checked luggage.   Is there any known failure for radios like this from whatever they use to scan checked luggage these days?   (We had also been over some rough roads in Malawi previous to discovering this, though it had been reasonably securely packed, I thought.)

Would be happy to hear any ideas, so that I don't have such a disappointment in the future.

Thanks.

Nick


Re: China Radio Int'l 1080khz English Heard In Alaska Over "Semi Local"

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Noi idea, actually.


On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 5:14 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Nice catch Paul. What happened to your local station? Did they have an outage?

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 12:41 PM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
On Fri. Jan 29th, China Radio International's 200KW transmitter on 1080khz in Kunming, China made it here to McGrath, Alaska at 1603UTC/703AM AK time. No actual ID was heard, but there were quite a few news stories mentioning china and their 1080 Kunming transmitter does have english scheduled at this hour. Normally, i have a "Semi local" on this frequency.. KOAN Anchorage is 10kw and "only" 230 miles away and usually pretty loud, but not this time.
Heard with a CC Skywave and 5" DeBock FSL loop antenna



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Paul


Re: China Radio Int'l 1080khz English Heard In Alaska Over "Semi Local"

Paul Blundell
 

Nice catch Paul. What happened to your local station? Did they have an outage?


On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 12:41 PM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
On Fri. Jan 29th, China Radio International's 200KW transmitter on 1080khz in Kunming, China made it here to McGrath, Alaska at 1603UTC/703AM AK time. No actual ID was heard, but there were quite a few news stories mentioning china and their 1080 Kunming transmitter does have english scheduled at this hour. Normally, i have a "Semi local" on this frequency.. KOAN Anchorage is 10kw and "only" 230 miles away and usually pretty loud, but not this time.
Heard with a CC Skywave and 5" DeBock FSL loop antenna



--
Paul


China Radio Int'l 1080khz English Heard In Alaska Over "Semi Local"

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

On Fri. Jan 29th, China Radio International's 200KW transmitter on 1080khz in Kunming, China made it here to McGrath, Alaska at 1603UTC/703AM AK time. No actual ID was heard, but there were quite a few news stories mentioning china and their 1080 Kunming transmitter does have english scheduled at this hour. Normally, i have a "Semi local" on this frequency.. KOAN Anchorage is 10kw and "only" 230 miles away and usually pretty loud, but not this time.
Heard with a CC Skywave and 5" DeBock FSL loop antenna


Long Term DX Project - 02/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 02/02/2021
Time: 10:15 PM
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Notes: A night time session from home. Good signals across the band and both NSW stations were logged at decent signal levels.

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

GOOD

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

549

2CR

AVERAGE

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1053

2CA

AVERAGE

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1179

3RPH

GOOD

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1341

HPON GEELONG

GOOD

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

GOOD

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

1503

3KND

GOOD

2/02/2021

AR-1733

Internal

 


Re: 2EA on 1107kHz

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Dan.

I had a good listen last night, the signal from 2EA was much better.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 9:19 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 06:09 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Magic Talk Tauranga
According to their website a talkback program is on overnight from 11.00pm. 

https://www.magic.co.nz/home/shows/talk/magic-overnights.html

2EA has the BBC world service on at night I think. 
Dan.



--
Paul


Re: 2EA on 1107kHz

Dan Merta
 

On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 06:09 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Magic Talk Tauranga
According to their website a talkback program is on overnight from 11.00pm. 

https://www.magic.co.nz/home/shows/talk/magic-overnights.html

2EA has the BBC world service on at night I think. 
Dan.


2EA on 1107kHz

Paul Blundell
 

Last night I was listening around the bands, my focus was attempting to track down Magic Talk Tauranga on 1107kHz. The only Australian station on this frequency is 2EA from Sydeny which is an SBS staion running 5KW. As I have not spent a lot of time in the past listening to this frequency, I am not sure if what I heard was "normal".
 
Last night around 11pm, I was listening when I heard what sounded like young children "playing around", I listened for 10 minutes and this continued. The signal was very weak and unlike silimar 5KW stations from the same distance away.
 
- Can anybody confirm if they also heard the same?
- Can anybody confirm if the signal level for them is normal?
 
The attached map shows my location, the black line is the path to Sydney, I was getting a better signal with my 3" FSL in the direction of the red line.


Re: Mini-FSL for CCrane Skywave

Les Rayburn
 

Thanks Gary—that’s what I was afraid of. Good to know. 


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 Feb 1, 2021, at 6:15 PM, Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary@...> wrote:

On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 09:50 AM, Les Rayburn wrote:
I’m the proud owner of a “Mini-FSL” antenna that is attached to a Tecsun PL-380 that works very well for portable DXing. But I prefer the ergonomic touches of the CCrane Skywave model especially in regards to tuning. My focus isn’t on TA or TP signals, but rather domestic DXing. 
 
Has anyone modified a CCrane Skywave to add an external FSL antenna? Wondering if it might benefit from the addition of the FSL and how difficult the modification might be. 
Hi Les,

Back during the 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 experimentation in 2016 I did transplant the same 3" FSL antenna into a couple of C.Crane Skywave models, but the higher RF levels "smoked" the Skywaves' Si4735 DSP chips. The Tecsun PL-380 uses a different (Si4734) DSP chip, which is why it can handle the higher RF levels from the hard-wired FSL antenna (in place of the stock loopstick).

Although I have a pretty generous experimental budget, destroying the pricey CC Skywaves was definitely not part of the master plan, and they have since been excused from the hard-wired FSL mission.

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



Re: Mini-FSL for CCrane Skywave

Gary DeBock
 

On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 09:50 AM, Les Rayburn wrote:
I’m the proud owner of a “Mini-FSL” antenna that is attached to a Tecsun PL-380 that works very well for portable DXing. But I prefer the ergonomic touches of the CCrane Skywave model especially in regards to tuning. My focus isn’t on TA or TP signals, but rather domestic DXing. 
 
Has anyone modified a CCrane Skywave to add an external FSL antenna? Wondering if it might benefit from the addition of the FSL and how difficult the modification might be. 
Hi Les,

Back during the 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 experimentation in 2016 I did transplant the same 3" FSL antenna into a couple of C.Crane Skywave models, but the higher RF levels "smoked" the Skywaves' Si4735 DSP chips. The Tecsun PL-380 uses a different (Si4734) DSP chip, which is why it can handle the higher RF levels from the hard-wired FSL antenna (in place of the stock loopstick).

Although I have a pretty generous experimental budget, destroying the pricey CC Skywaves was definitely not part of the master plan, and they have since been excused from the hard-wired FSL mission.

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


Mini-FSL for CCrane Skywave

Les Rayburn
 


I’m the proud owner of a “Mini-FSL” antenna that is attached to a Tecsun PL-380 that works very well for portable DXing. But I prefer the ergonomic touches of the CCrane Skywave model especially in regards to tuning. My focus isn’t on TA or TP signals, but rather domestic DXing. 

Has anyone modified a CCrane Skywave to add an external FSL antenna? Wondering if it might benefit from the addition of the FSL and how difficult the modification might be. 




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…” 


Long Term DX Project - 30/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

-------------------------

**MWDxerDB - Report**

Report Date: 02/01/2021

Report Time: 12:49:01

 

Details: 30/01/2021 - 22:15 / Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes: A good late night session. All except two stations where logged at good or excellent signals levels. 2CA on 1053kHz was logged the best I have in a long time. The HPON stations were also good performers.

 

Freq / Name: 0531 - 3GG
Details: Warragul - Commercial - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 0549 - 2CR
Details: Cumnock - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 0594 - 3WV
Details: Horsham - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 0621 - 3RN
Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 0774 - 3LO
Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 1053 - 2CA
Details: Canberra - Commercial - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - AVERAGE

 

Freq / Name: 1179 - 3RPH
Details: Melbourne - Community - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 1341 - HPON GEELONG
Details: Geelong - HPON - 5KW
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 1422 - HPON MELBOURNE
Details: Melbourne - HPON - 5KW
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 1503 - 3KND
Details: Melbourne - Community - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - AVERAGE

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