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Re: KRLD 1080 Dallas Logged In Alaska!

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

And here's my audio of KRLD 1080, 3260 miles away on Thursday February 11th at 1004pm AK Time (0704UTC/1204am central Fri Feb 12th)

You'll hear traffic and weather during a pretty decent signal with very clear mentions of KRLD. Audio:

Paul Walker
CC Skywave
5" DeBock FSL antenna

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 10:20 PM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
1000pm tonight with legal id and CBS news .. kinda weak mixing with KFXX Portland OR.. but about 1003pm it POUNDS in for 2 Ian minutes with local traffic and weather 

Paul Walker 
CC Skywave and 5” DeBock FSL loop 


Re: Returning to the world of ULR DXing, what's on the approved list these days???

Gary DeBock
 

On Fri, Feb 12, 2021 at 07:24 PM, Alex wrote:
I tried to find the old ULR sites for a approved receiver list by the ULR committee, but struck out. Is their a 2020 /21 ULR accepted list???
Hi Alex,

Welcome back to the group!

Paul's explanation is accurate-- because of a lack of volunteers the Classifications Committee has been in limbo for years, and the list of officially accepted Ultralight Radios has not been updated. Despite this any Ultralight Radio that was approved in the past is still approved, and during the current situation (in the absence of a Classifications Committee) any pocket radio meeting all of the following criteria will be considered as an approved Ultralight Radio for award purposes:

1) No larger than 20 cubic inches in size
2) Less than $100 in cost (except for the C. Crane Skywave SSB model and the Sony SRF T-615, which have both already been approved)
3) Designed as a consumer-grade radio, and not a toy or other curiosity
4) Must be readily available for new purchase on the open market

Unlike in the original classifications system, SSB capability and/or multiple DSP filter selections do not disqualify a radio for Ultralight Radio qualification. In addition, any radio officially tested in an Ultralight Radio Shootout review automatically gains Ultralight Radio classification, with the exception of the XHDATA D-808 model in the upcoming 2021 Shootout (which is only included for reference purposes, since it clearly exceeds the 20 cubic inch size limit).

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


Re: Returning to the world of ULR DXing, what's on the approved list these days???

Paul Blundell
 

Hi.

Welcome back :)

The list has not been updated in a while, provided it meets the requirements below, it counts 

Less than 20 cubic inches
Less than $100
A radio (not a toy with a radio built in)
Available on the new / used market.

Paul


On Sat, 13 Feb 2021, 14:24 Alex via groups.io, <rifleman336=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello all,

I got a question for the collective. I was chasing DX with a old Sony SRF-39 that's giving up the ghost. Problem is the Sony has retired the SRF-59 and -47 joggers radios, and look like they are leaving AM/FM portables before too long.

   I tried to find the old ULR sites for a approved receiver list by the ULR committee, but struck out. Is their a 2020 /21 ULR accepted list???

 

   Thanks,

Alex N8UCN / KOH8IG

 

 

 


Returning to the world of ULR DXing, what's on the approved list these days???

Alex
 

Hello all,

I got a question for the collective. I was chasing DX with a old Sony SRF-39 that's giving up the ghost. Problem is the Sony has retired the SRF-59 and -47 joggers radios, and look like they are leaving AM/FM portables before too long.

   I tried to find the old ULR sites for a approved receiver list by the ULR committee, but struck out. Is their a 2020 /21 ULR accepted list???

 

   Thanks,

Alex N8UCN / KOH8IG

 

 

 


Re: Hello from the new guy . . . with a question

radiojayallen
 

Gary,

I can't wait to read your review...I have all of these except the PL-380 so it will be interesting to see what you come up with.

Jay


Re: Trans Tasman Logging - 11/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary, it was a bit of a shock to hear this station at such a strong signal level. 

I am working on a list of the most likely NZ stations to target. I did have a few nights planned away next month on the east coast but this has been pushed out until the middle of the year.

Paul

On Fri, Feb 12, 2021 at 11:37 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Nice logging, Paul!

Your peak time for tracking down Kiwi signals should be around your local sunset, especially if you can manage to try this on an eastern Tasmanian ocean beach. You'll probably find quite a few New Zealand signals hitting S9 peaks at those locations, and possibly 558-Fiji (now that 7BU has bailed). 1017-Tonga might also win the horse race with Sydney's 2KY. 

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



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Paul


Re: Trans Tasman Logging - 11/02/2021

Gary DeBock
 

Nice logging, Paul!

Your peak time for tracking down Kiwi signals should be around your local sunset, especially if you can manage to try this on an eastern Tasmanian ocean beach. You'll probably find quite a few New Zealand signals hitting S9 peaks at those locations, and possibly 558-Fiji (now that 7BU has bailed). 1017-Tonga might also win the horse race with Sydney's 2KY. 

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Trans Tasman Logging - 11/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Last night around 23:00 while undertaking my "DX2021" radio challenge, I was attempting to log 2EA from Wollongong on 1035kHz. As I was listening to this I noticed the signal was not great and after rotating my AR-1733 and 3" FSL, I was able to confirm it was not 2EA I was hearing.


1035kHz - NewsTalk ZB Wellington. (Confirmed by callsign and .co.nz domain name on air.) discussion regarding the PM and the Covid-19 job payments.
 
At the time we had a rain storm passing by and the signal levels were good. I also checked some other frequencies for New Zealand stations including 1386kHz which is not used in Australia. This and the other checked frequencies didn't show any traces of other stations. As the storm passed the signal levels dropped and 20 minutes later, the signal had gone.
 


DX2021 Radio Challenge - 11/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 11/02/2021
Time: 10:45 PM
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Notes: A night time session from home. My first “serious” night time session for my DX2021 radio challenge. Good signals across the band with some 5RN on 729kHz, 3GI on 828kHz and 2NC on 1233kHz all hitting excellent signal levels.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

666

2CN

GOOD

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

729

5RN

EXCELLENT

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

792

4RN

WEAK

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

828

3GI

EXCELLENT

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1035

2EA

UNLOGGED

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1107

2EA

WEAK

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1233

2NC

EXCELLENT

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1287

2TM

WEAK

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1377

3MP

WEAK

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1548

4QD

GOOD

11/02/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL


Re: Hello from the new guy . . . with a question

Paul Blundell
 

Welcome Jock, it is good to see you on here.

Paul

On Fri, 12 Feb 2021, 05:29 Jock Elliott, <jock.elliott@...> wrote:
Hi, Jock Elliott here. If that name seems vaguely familiar, I used to write for Passport to World Band Radio, PopComm, Monitoring Times, QST. My biggest radio activity right now is running the Commuter Assistance Net here in the Capital District of New York State -- https://thebig94.wordpress.com/commuter-assistance-net/

Three scanners are used in running the net, and I first became aware of the Ultralight group through Radio Reference . . . and through that reference, and some research, I became interested in AM BCB DX, and I recently ordered a CCRE2. So I am not an Ultralight hound yet, but I do "get" the challenge of doing more with less. Further, this seems to be an active group, so I thought I might join up and see what goes on.

Has anyone a shoot-out between a full-boogy ultralight with attendant inductive antenna and a full-size portable like the CCRE2? I'm just curious which has the edge in performance.

Finally, I thought I'd report my first attempt at AM BCD DX. Firing up my Satellite 800, tuning slooooooowly away from WGY 810 (50K watts clear channel), at 4 am I picked up a station in Michigan. No ID, but clearly talking about Michigan and Michigan local stuff. . . so about 500+ miles away.


Re: Hello from the new guy . . . with a question

Gary DeBock
 

The attached photo for the last post somehow got deleted


Re: Hello from the new guy . . . with a question

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 10:29 AM, Jock Elliott wrote:
Has anyone a shoot-out between a full-boogy ultralight with attendant inductive antenna and a full-size portable like the CCRE2? I'm just curious which has the edge in performance.
Hello Jock,

Welcome to the group, and thanks for your introduction!

Detailed comparison reviews between stock (or modified) Ultralight radios and full-sized portables are kind of rare, but Jay Allen has done a lot of comparison testing with all types of portables, so that might be a good place to check  —————AM Portables Mega Shootout – 2020 Update————— | radiojayallen

If you would like a detailed comparison review of four currently popular Ultralight radio models (and one very popular reference model, which is slightly too large to qualify), you are in luck. The major 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout is currently under way, and should be wrapped up in about a month (see photo).

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

 


Hello from the new guy . . . with a question

Jock Elliott
 

Hi, Jock Elliott here. If that name seems vaguely familiar, I used to write for Passport to World Band Radio, PopComm, Monitoring Times, QST. My biggest radio activity right now is running the Commuter Assistance Net here in the Capital District of New York State -- https://thebig94.wordpress.com/commuter-assistance-net/

Three scanners are used in running the net, and I first became aware of the Ultralight group through Radio Reference . . . and through that reference, and some research, I became interested in AM BCB DX, and I recently ordered a CCRE2. So I am not an Ultralight hound yet, but I do "get" the challenge of doing more with less. Further, this seems to be an active group, so I thought I might join up and see what goes on.

Has anyone a shoot-out between a full-boogy ultralight with attendant inductive antenna and a full-size portable like the CCRE2? I'm just curious which has the edge in performance.

Finally, I thought I'd report my first attempt at AM BCD DX. Firing up my Satellite 800, tuning slooooooowly away from WGY 810 (50K watts clear channel), at 4 am I picked up a station in Michigan. No ID, but clearly talking about Michigan and Michigan local stuff. . . so about 500+ miles away.


Portable Ultralight DXing Session - 10/02/2021 - Monash Reserve

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 10/02/2021
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Monash Reserve - Launceston
Notes: A mid-day session in a local park while I ate my lunch. Signals were “as expected” for a mid-day session with 3GG as always providing some great signals. The lower half of the band was outstanding with both 3RN on 621kHz and 3LO on 774kHz hitting excellent signal levels. Both of the HPON stations on 1341kHz and 1422kHz were heard well, hitting average signal levels.

This location was quiet and provided a nice spot for some lunch and DXing. 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

RADIO

AERIAL

Area Served

Purpose

Power

531

3GG

GOOD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Warragul

Commercial

5k

540

7SD

AVERAGE

AR-1733

3" FSL

Scottsdale

Commercial

5k

585

7RN

GOOD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

National

10k

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

AR-1733

3" FSL

Horsham

National

50k

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

National

50k

693

3AW

GOOD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

Commercial

5k

747

7PB

GOOD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

National

3500

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

National

50k

936

7ZR

AVERAGE

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

National

10k

1008

HPON

EXCELLENT

AR-1733

3" FSL

Launceston

HPON

5k

1314

3BT

AVERAGE

AR-1733

3" FSL

Ballarat

Commercial

5k

1341

HPON GEELONG

GOOD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Geelong

HPON

5k

1377

3MP

AVERAGE

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

Commercial

5k

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

GOOD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

HPON

5k

 

 





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DX2021 Challenge

Paul Blundell
 

I am just starting my next radio challenge, DX2021. For this I have collected a group of frequencies which I will be monitoring over a period of time. For this challenge, I have selected a wider range of stations, including different locations and power levels.

 


Re: 2EA on 1107kHz

Paul Blundell
 

Last night the signal from this (and other NSW stations) was much better, I was able to get a positive ID of it. This means I will be able to exclude this easier when trying to track down the NZ station.

Paul

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 7:28 PM 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)
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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



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Paul


Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

Nick Hall-Patch
 

Thanks to all for their comments.   I should have mentioned that I did do a couple of full resets at the time, with no change, I'm afraid.

Dave's observation of the audio muting in the presence of strong signals was interesting, as I was staying less than a mile away from a 30kw transmitter before and after this part of the trip.  But, that wasn't the place that I was trying to use the radio.

And, this Skywave must have been strengthened by its baptism of fire, because I've just taken it to within a mile (all salt water path) of my local 10kw, CFAX-1070, within its very directional lobe (nearly 2V/m field strength at 1 km supposedly).  It was happy to continue working on the AM band in that environment.

So, I'm back to its front end getting locked up by something else.   Best to take Gary's advice about taking it in the carry-on, it would appear.

Nick
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Re: dead CC Skywave followed by recovery

radiojayallen
 

That does seem odd and I haven't seen this but did you try a full reset? C. Crane issued this as an addendum and it may not have always been included. It may have nothing to do with what you experienced but resetting is always worth a try as a first thing to check whenever there is a problem

"With Power Off, press and hold Memory Buttons 4 and 6 until the radio beeps four times and the display flashes".

Jay

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