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Ultralight DXing Man Song

Paul Blundell
 

To the tune of piano man. 

 

 


 

Its nine o’clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There’s an old man sitting next to me
DXing radios with patience and grace
He says, son, can you fix my PL-380 
I’m not really sure how it goes
But I want a Loopstick I knew it complete
When I soldered with a younger man’s eyes


Program us a radio, you’re the Ultralight DXing man
Program us a radio tonight
Well, we are all in the mood for some big DX
And you’ve got us all programmed just right

Now Mitch at Jaycar is a friend of mine
He gets me my radios cheap
And he’s quick with a joke and to program in the right mode
But there’s someplace that he’d rather be
He says, Paul, I believe this is killing me.
As the smile ran away from his face
Well I’m sure that I could be a radio tech
If I could get out of this place

Now Gary is a Ultralight DXing guru
Who always has time for a chat
And he’s talking with Davey who’s still building a loop stick
And probably will be for life......

And the waitress is doing a band search

As the businessmen gets his loop just right 
Yes, they’re sharing a game they call Ultralight DXing
But it’s better than playing radios alone

Program us a radio, you’re the Ultralight DXing man
Program us a radio tonight
Well, we are all in the mood for some big DX
And you’ve got us all programmed just right

It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been coming to see
To get radios programmed with style
And the radio, it sounds like some major DX
And the crowd, well they shed a tear
And they sit at the bar and ask why you depart?
And say, man, we are going to miss you radio skills here......

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/02/ultralight-dxing-man-song.html



1090 KHz KAAY Little Rock, Arkansas being heard here in SW OH...02/21/21

Alex
 

I'm hearing KAAY better than I've ever heard them since I logged them last in January of 2010. MY QTH is Springboro, OH.

 

Alex N8UCN


Re: DAYTIMER DX TEST--WENR 1090 kHz Englewood, TN

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 21/02/2021 om 02:31 schreef Les Rayburn:
AthensClassicRock-Logo2.png
The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the IRCA and NRC are pleased to announce a special Daytime DX Test for WENR 1090 kHz in Englewood, TN. The hope is that DX’ers in Europe,
Here near the UK, we have Talk Radio 1089khz, very strong stations on the same freq ...


Marc

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Re: DAYTIMER DX TEST--WENR 1090 kHz Englewood, TN

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Les,
Thank you very much for your efforts and interest with DXing tests. 

At that time, on that day the terminator will be over Newfoundland (Canada), far enough from Tennessee. Very difficult for us Europeans, I'm afraid!

73

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 domingo, 21 de febrero de 2021 3:23:57 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Thanks for arranging this, it is great to see these happening.

Paul

On Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 12:32 Les Rayburn, <les@...> wrote:


AthensClassicRock-Logo2.png


The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the IRCA and NRC are pleased to announce a special Daytime DX Test for WENR 1090 kHz in Englewood, TN. The test will run on Saturday, February 27, 2021 starting at 5:00 PM EST (22:00 UTC) until 6:15 PM EST (23:15 UTC). 

This unique DX Test was inspired by a recent article in the MW Circle by Barry Davies and Steve Whitt, entitled “Catch a US Daytimer.” It discusses the possibility of logging daytime-authorized stations in the US during brief time periods as they near the end of their broadcast day. 

The hope is that DX’ers in Europe, along with some in the United States in the Eastern, Central and possibly Mountain Time Zone will be able to take advantage of enhanced propagation near sunset to log this station as well. The station will run only legal voice identification, Morse Code identifications, sweep tones and sound effects. No music, announcements or other material. This should maximize the chances of DX’ers hearing this rare daytime station. 

Running the test near the end of the broadcast day, rather than during normal testing hours overnight has some unique advantages:

  • Allows DX’ers in Europe to take advantage of grayline propagation. 
  • Less interference to Europe and the East Coast from KAAY in Little Rock. 
  • More convenient for Chief Engineer. No late night trip to the transmitter site. 

WENR normally runs a classic rock and roll format that is simulcast with their 250 watt FM translator, W285CG. They identify the station using the FM branding, 104.9, “The Mountain.” It transmits during daytime hours on a 1,000 watt signal with good coverage into one of East Tennessee’s mid-sized market of Athens. 

Starting at 5:00 PM EST, WENR will sign off it’s normal format of classic rock, and begin running the DX test material for the next 1.25 hours. Listeners will be advised to switch to the FM translator on 104.9 to continue enjoying the music they normally hear. 

QSL INFORMATION

Reception reports and verifications will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee of the NRC/IRCA. You can send them via e-mail only to: 


We are modifying our rules for verifications to reflect the reality of limited time and resources. Please read carefully: 

  • Reports via e-mail only: les@...
  • Reports must include a recording of the best two minutes or less of your reception in .MP3 or .WAV formats. 
  • Short video clips of your reception on an SDR screen, your equipment and/or antennas are also welcome. E-mail for details on sending very large files if need be. 

  • Must include your location, receiver and antenna used. Other details welcome. 
  • Written details of the test welcome, but verifications will not be provided unless a recording is included. No exceptions. 
  • No reports accepted via US Mail. 
  • Please be patient. Replies and verifications could take 6-8 weeks. Our priority is in scheduling additional tests, not providing QSLs. 



A LONG LIST OF THANK YOUS 

This test would not be possible with the generosity of many. First, the station owner Michael Beverly who agreed to act as our first “test case” for a daytime DX test. Chief Engineer George Hudson who helped us convince the station on short notice was also critical to success. 

Phil Bytheway of the International Radio Club of America who started all this rolling by reaching out to George Hudson months ago as part of his specialized sub-interest of collection radio station promotional materials. Paul Walker, Joe Miller, KC80, and our newest member, Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH. These folks do all the real work of the CPC and never get enough credit. 

And lastly the authors of the article that inspired the idea to begin with, Barry Davies and Steve Whitt. 



WENR AM Coverage Map





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…” 


Re: DAYTIMER DX TEST--WENR 1090 kHz Englewood, TN

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for arranging this, it is great to see these happening.

Paul

On Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 12:32 Les Rayburn, <les@...> wrote:


AthensClassicRock-Logo2.png


The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the IRCA and NRC are pleased to announce a special Daytime DX Test for WENR 1090 kHz in Englewood, TN. The test will run on Saturday, February 27, 2021 starting at 5:00 PM EST (22:00 UTC) until 6:15 PM EST (23:15 UTC). 

This unique DX Test was inspired by a recent article in the MW Circle by Barry Davies and Steve Whitt, entitled “Catch a US Daytimer.” It discusses the possibility of logging daytime-authorized stations in the US during brief time periods as they near the end of their broadcast day. 

The hope is that DX’ers in Europe, along with some in the United States in the Eastern, Central and possibly Mountain Time Zone will be able to take advantage of enhanced propagation near sunset to log this station as well. The station will run only legal voice identification, Morse Code identifications, sweep tones and sound effects. No music, announcements or other material. This should maximize the chances of DX’ers hearing this rare daytime station. 

Running the test near the end of the broadcast day, rather than during normal testing hours overnight has some unique advantages:

  • Allows DX’ers in Europe to take advantage of grayline propagation. 
  • Less interference to Europe and the East Coast from KAAY in Little Rock. 
  • More convenient for Chief Engineer. No late night trip to the transmitter site. 

WENR normally runs a classic rock and roll format that is simulcast with their 250 watt FM translator, W285CG. They identify the station using the FM branding, 104.9, “The Mountain.” It transmits during daytime hours on a 1,000 watt signal with good coverage into one of East Tennessee’s mid-sized market of Athens. 

Starting at 5:00 PM EST, WENR will sign off it’s normal format of classic rock, and begin running the DX test material for the next 1.25 hours. Listeners will be advised to switch to the FM translator on 104.9 to continue enjoying the music they normally hear. 

QSL INFORMATION

Reception reports and verifications will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee of the NRC/IRCA. You can send them via e-mail only to: 


We are modifying our rules for verifications to reflect the reality of limited time and resources. Please read carefully: 

  • Reports via e-mail only: les@...
  • Reports must include a recording of the best two minutes or less of your reception in .MP3 or .WAV formats. 
  • Short video clips of your reception on an SDR screen, your equipment and/or antennas are also welcome. E-mail for details on sending very large files if need be. 

  • Must include your location, receiver and antenna used. Other details welcome. 
  • Written details of the test welcome, but verifications will not be provided unless a recording is included. No exceptions. 
  • No reports accepted via US Mail. 
  • Please be patient. Replies and verifications could take 6-8 weeks. Our priority is in scheduling additional tests, not providing QSLs. 



A LONG LIST OF THANK YOUS 

This test would not be possible with the generosity of many. First, the station owner Michael Beverly who agreed to act as our first “test case” for a daytime DX test. Chief Engineer George Hudson who helped us convince the station on short notice was also critical to success. 

Phil Bytheway of the International Radio Club of America who started all this rolling by reaching out to George Hudson months ago as part of his specialized sub-interest of collection radio station promotional materials. Paul Walker, Joe Miller, KC80, and our newest member, Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH. These folks do all the real work of the CPC and never get enough credit. 

And lastly the authors of the article that inspired the idea to begin with, Barry Davies and Steve Whitt. 



WENR AM Coverage Map





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…” 


DAYTIMER DX TEST--WENR 1090 kHz Englewood, TN

Les Rayburn
 



AthensClassicRock-Logo2.png


The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the IRCA and NRC are pleased to announce a special Daytime DX Test for WENR 1090 kHz in Englewood, TN. The test will run on Saturday, February 27, 2021 starting at 5:00 PM EST (22:00 UTC) until 6:15 PM EST (23:15 UTC). 

This unique DX Test was inspired by a recent article in the MW Circle by Barry Davies and Steve Whitt, entitled “Catch a US Daytimer.” It discusses the possibility of logging daytime-authorized stations in the US during brief time periods as they near the end of their broadcast day. 

The hope is that DX’ers in Europe, along with some in the United States in the Eastern, Central and possibly Mountain Time Zone will be able to take advantage of enhanced propagation near sunset to log this station as well. The station will run only legal voice identification, Morse Code identifications, sweep tones and sound effects. No music, announcements or other material. This should maximize the chances of DX’ers hearing this rare daytime station. 

Running the test near the end of the broadcast day, rather than during normal testing hours overnight has some unique advantages:

  • Allows DX’ers in Europe to take advantage of grayline propagation. 
  • Less interference to Europe and the East Coast from KAAY in Little Rock. 
  • More convenient for Chief Engineer. No late night trip to the transmitter site. 

WENR normally runs a classic rock and roll format that is simulcast with their 250 watt FM translator, W285CG. They identify the station using the FM branding, 104.9, “The Mountain.” It transmits during daytime hours on a 1,000 watt signal with good coverage into one of East Tennessee’s mid-sized market of Athens. 

Starting at 5:00 PM EST, WENR will sign off it’s normal format of classic rock, and begin running the DX test material for the next 1.25 hours. Listeners will be advised to switch to the FM translator on 104.9 to continue enjoying the music they normally hear. 

QSL INFORMATION

Reception reports and verifications will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee of the NRC/IRCA. You can send them via e-mail only to: 


We are modifying our rules for verifications to reflect the reality of limited time and resources. Please read carefully: 

  • Reports via e-mail only: les@...
  • Reports must include a recording of the best two minutes or less of your reception in .MP3 or .WAV formats. 
  • Short video clips of your reception on an SDR screen, your equipment and/or antennas are also welcome. E-mail for details on sending very large files if need be. 

  • Must include your location, receiver and antenna used. Other details welcome. 
  • Written details of the test welcome, but verifications will not be provided unless a recording is included. No exceptions. 
  • No reports accepted via US Mail. 
  • Please be patient. Replies and verifications could take 6-8 weeks. Our priority is in scheduling additional tests, not providing QSLs. 



A LONG LIST OF THANK YOUS 

This test would not be possible with the generosity of many. First, the station owner Michael Beverly who agreed to act as our first “test case” for a daytime DX test. Chief Engineer George Hudson who helped us convince the station on short notice was also critical to success. 

Phil Bytheway of the International Radio Club of America who started all this rolling by reaching out to George Hudson months ago as part of his specialized sub-interest of collection radio station promotional materials. Paul Walker, Joe Miller, KC80, and our newest member, Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH. These folks do all the real work of the CPC and never get enough credit. 

And lastly the authors of the article that inspired the idea to begin with, Barry Davies and Steve Whitt. 



WENR AM Coverage Map





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…” 


Re: Ferrite Rods for FSL

Jorge Garzón
 

Excellent Gary! So I could try the 5 inches instead! 

Saludos
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 sábado, 20 de febrero de 2021 22:19:55 CET, Gary DeBock via groups.io <d1028gary@...> escribió:


On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 04:50 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:

Hi,
Just some words to inform that the ferrite rods for my future FSL antenna are on the way from Ukraine. I hope will have the first 'official' Spanish FSL antenna before summer. LOL.
73
Congratulations, Jorge!

These are the same ferrite rods used in the "Paul Walker variant" 5 inch (12.7cm) diameter FSL currently being used in McGrath, Alaska (design photo attached).

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


  


Re: Ferrite Rods for FSL

Gary DeBock
 

On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 04:50 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
Hi,
Just some words to inform that the ferrite rods for my future FSL antenna are on the way from Ukraine. I hope will have the first 'official' Spanish FSL antenna before summer. LOL.
73
Congratulations, Jorge!

These are the same ferrite rods used in the "Paul Walker variant" 5 inch (12.7cm) diameter FSL currently being used in McGrath, Alaska (design photo attached).

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


  


Re: Ferrite Rods for FSL

Paul Blundell
 

Awesome, looking forward to it.


On Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 23:50 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi,
Just some words to inform that the ferrite rods for my future FSL antenna are on the way from Ukraine. I hope will have the first 'official' Spanish FSL antenna before summer. LOL.
73

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


Re: 1620 mystery.....2 UNID Spanish stations..... need help.

Paul S. in CT
 

With WDND silent, you probably have two Cuban Radio Stations. Last time I heard WDHP, they were English, but on Sundays they did b'cast in Creole and Spanish on occasion. Since the hurricanes through that area, they have only recently reactived (I don't know when).

Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: 1620 mystery.....2 UNID Spanish stations..... need help.

bsherman11
 

There are 3 Radio Rebelde transmitters from Cuba on 1620.  Powers are not listed in 2021 WRTH.  You can listen to Radio Rebelde on 5025 kHz shortwave and parallel with 1620.  There is also a Radio Bayamo from Cuba on 1620, poer unknown.  

WDHP from St Croix, Virgin Islands was in English when I logged them years ago.

Not sure on the East-West signal.

Bruce
KI4PAC


Ferrite Rods for FSL

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi,
Just some words to inform that the ferrite rods for my future FSL antenna are on the way from Ukraine. I hope will have the first 'official' Spanish FSL antenna before summer. LOL.
73

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


1620 mystery.....2 UNID Spanish stations..... need help.

Alex
 

Hey the time I write this I has two strong Spanish language stations from my location in Springboro, Ohio. One due East-West, the other SSW. The only infor I can find is one station in Mexico and the other US Virgin Islands.... And other possibilities???

 

 

Alex N8UCN

 


2 more 1560 KHz logings for 02/18/21

Alex
 
Edited

 Well, when I turned on the radio when I got home this evening, it was still parked on 1560 KHz, and I logged the 2 following stations. This now gives me 19 new stations for the month. The used Select-A-Tenna I bought is give me is worth the $25 I paid for it. 

 

********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Freq: 1560 KHz  STN C/S: WCNW Location: Fairfield, OH DATE LOGGED (L): 02/18/21 TIME L / UTC: 1800-1815(L) 2300-2315 (UTC)  LAN: EE SIGNAL: Good  HEARD: A OM quoting scripture and appealing for $ to support the taping of broadcasts. STN S/O @ 1815 (L)  STN PWR: 5Kw / 1Kw CH  LOG#218  AMP: 25 mi (40 Km)  ULR CAT: Unlimited Equip: Sony ICF-P26 / S-A-T   Comments: Not really a far DX, but never a logged stn, and makes 2nd STN heard on 1560KHz.

********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Freq: 1560 KHz STN C/S: WKDO  Location: Liberty, KY DATE LOGGED (L) : 02/18/21  TIME L / UTC: 1815-1830(L) 2315-2330 (UTC)  LAN: EE SIGNAL: Fair  HEARD: After WCNW S/O , Stn came more audible various CW songs from the 40's-80's BOH ID, STN promo for FM outlet 98.7 FM "The Buck", Kenny Rogers song "Stuck on you",  STN PWR: 1 Kw LOG# 219 AMP: 162 mi (261 Km)  ULR CAT: Unlimited Equip: Sony ICF-P26 / S-A-T Comments: 3rd stn heard on 1560KHz for log. Day Time Only Stn, didn't hear S/O.

*********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

That's it for tonight 73,

Alex N8UCN / KOH8IG

 

 


Re: NHK1/891khz-JOHK

K7DWI Art
 

No problem.
thanks


Re: 02/17/21 logging.... I had to earn this one.

Alex
 

Yeah, my typing handicap shows doesn't it....


Re: Trans Tasman Logging - 11/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Last night I was having a listen on my Teac PR130 and was able to confirm this again. The Teac PR130 is a good performer but I am still a little shocked by how well it has worked. 

Paul


Re: 02/17/21 logging.... I had to earn this one.

Paul S. in CT
 

Alex... thats WGLB for the call-sign according to FCC. Nonetheless, a fine catch.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: 02/17/21 logging.... I had to earn this one.

Paul Blundell
 

Well done and thanks for sharing.


On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 1:21 PM Alex via groups.io <rifleman336=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Freq: 1560 KHz  STN C/S: WBGL  Location: Elm Grove, WI  DATE LOGGED: 02/17/21 TIME L / UTC: 1900-2011( L) 0000-0111 (UTC) LAN: EE SIGNAL:  Fair to VG   HEARD: UC Gospel mixed with QRM from at least 7 other stations. Verified station by syncing audio with web-stream audio. STN PWR: 2.5 kW D/ 250 w N / 700w CH.  LOG# 217  First logging on 1560 KHz frequency l AMP= 309 Mi ( 497  Km) ULR CAT: UNLIMITED  Equip:  Sony ICF-P26 / S-A-T



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Paul


Re: TEST: sending a few small files as attachments

Paul Blundell
 

They look fine for me (via Gmail on the web)


On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 12:50 PM Steve Ratzlaff <ratzlaffsteve@...> wrote:
Let's see how these four files do, posting to this list; posting to IRCA
list with them causes the files to become larger plus compressed
resulting in them looking fuzzy. They're all loopamps I tested on the
bench for gain and frequency response and input impedance listed in
order of highest input impedance to lowest. The red trace is the gain,
10 kHz-30 MHz; blue is the input impedance. W6LVP file is 27.4 kb; SMD
M0AYF is 26.4 kb; ALA1530 is 26.0 kB; SMD LZ1AQ is 23.6kb--all very
small files. Groups.io IRCA doubles the size and as noted makes them fuzzy.

Steve AA7U








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