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Re: From the 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout-- XHDATA D-808 Full Review

Gary DeBock
 

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 12:36 PM, hamrad45 wrote:
Awesome review.  Do you mind if I show a quick look at your review and my YouTube channel and then give my subscribers the link to it?

Tom Stiles (YouTube channel "hamrad88")
Thanks Tom,

I would be highly honored to share this XHDATA D-808 review with your subscribers, as well as the full 2021 Shootout review later on. Your interest is greatly appreciated!

73, Gary DeBock  (N7EKX)
Puyallup, WA, USA


Re: A bit of info from the Medium Wave Circle

Paul Blundell
 

That is great to hear Steve, I hope our hobby continues to grow in to the future.

Paul

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 7:44 AM Steve Whitt <mwneditor@...> wrote:

Who says MW listening is dead?

 

I’m very proud to say that the latest issue of Medium Wave News is the large issue in its 66 year history.

 

The March issue distributed to members today tops out at 94 pages – we couldn’t afford to print & post beyond 64 so had to resort to a digital supplement.

 

73 and good listening

Steve

 



--
Paul


A bit of info from the Medium Wave Circle

Steve Whitt
 

Who says MW listening is dead?

 

I’m very proud to say that the latest issue of Medium Wave News is the large issue in its 66 year history.

 

The March issue distributed to members today tops out at 94 pages – we couldn’t afford to print & post beyond 64 so had to resort to a digital supplement.

 

73 and good listening

Steve

 


Re: From the 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout-- XHDATA D-808 Full Review

hamrad45
 

Awesome review.  Do you mind if I show a quick look at your review and my YouTube channel and then give my subscribers the link to it?

Tom Stiles (YouTube channel "hamrad88")


Re: From the 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout-- XHDATA D-808 Full Review

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary, looking forward to your full shootout.


On Tue, 2 Mar 2021, 06:48 Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
For those of you not on Facebook, there will be a 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout completed soon, providing extensive reviews of the XHDATA D-808, the Radiwow R-108, the C. Crane Skywave, the Tecsun PL-330 and the Tecsun PL-380.

Although the 27.2 cubic inch size of the XHDATA D-808 model places it outside of the "official" Ultralight Radio guidelines it is still a very popular AM-FM-SW-LW-AIR band portable providing excellent value for the $100 price-- and was included in the full article as a "reference model." Read the full details on this popular model in the full 6-page review posted at the following link, which is an excerpt from the full Shootout article to be published soon 
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


From the 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout-- XHDATA D-808 Full Review

Gary DeBock
 

For those of you not on Facebook, there will be a 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout completed soon, providing extensive reviews of the XHDATA D-808, the Radiwow R-108, the C. Crane Skywave, the Tecsun PL-330 and the Tecsun PL-380.

Although the 27.2 cubic inch size of the XHDATA D-808 model places it outside of the "official" Ultralight Radio guidelines it is still a very popular AM-FM-SW-LW-AIR band portable providing excellent value for the $100 price-- and was included in the full article as a "reference model." Read the full details on this popular model in the full 6-page review posted at the following link, which is an excerpt from the full Shootout article to be published soon 
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


DX500 Challenge - 26/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 26/02/2021
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
Notes: A night time session at home for my 500KM DX Challenge. All stations within 500km of my location were logged. 7SH on 1584kHz at 100W was a bit of a struggle but was successfully logged late in the session.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

AREA

TYPE

POWER

531

3GG

Warragul

Commercial

5000

540

7SD

Scottsdale

Commercial

5000

585

7RN

Hobart

National

10000

621

3RN

Melbourne

National

50000

630

7RN

Queenstown

National

400

693

3AW

Melbourne

Commercial

5000

720

3MT

Omeo

National

2000

747

7PB

Hobart

National

3500

774

3LO

Melbourne

National

50000

828

3GI

Sale

National

10000

855

3CR

Melbourne

Community

3500

864

7RPH

Hobart

Community

2000

927

3UZ

Melbourne

Commercial

5000

936

7ZR

Hobart

National

10000

1008

HPON LAUNCESTON

Launceston

HPON

5000

1026

3PB

Melbourne

National

10000

1080

HPON HOBART

Hobart

HPON

5000

1116

3AK

Melbourne

Commercial

5000

1134

3CS

Colac

Commercial

5000

1161

7FG

Fingal

National

1000

1179

3RPH

Melbourne

Community

5000

1224

3EA

Melbourne

National

5000

1242

3GV

Sale

Commercial

5000

1278

3EE

Melbourne

Commercial

5000

1341

HPON GEELONG

Geelong

HPON

5000

1377

3MP

Melbourne

Commercial

5000

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

Melbourne

HPON

5000

1503

3KND

Melbourne

Community

5000

1584

7SH

St Helens

National

100

1593

HPON

Melbourne

HPON

5000

 


KBLA 1580 Los Angeles

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Making it to McGrath Alaska under pest KGAL Lebanon OR


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500KM DX Challenge Log Sheet - March 2021


Portable Ultralight DXing Session - 25/02/2021 - Conara Park

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 25/02/2021
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Conara Park, Midlands, Tasmania.
Notes: A portable late afternoon session. I had a day trip to Hobart yesterday for work. I was limited for time on the way down but was able to stop on the way back. In the days prior to this, I had spent some time on Google Maps researching some locations for a portable Ultralight DXing session on the drive back.  Below is some information on each location, sadly I was unable to undertake a portable Ultralight DXing session at any, except for the last one.

Benjafield Park: This was my preferred location as it was close to where I was working for the day. When I drove past, the council were mowing and had the car park blocked. Based on this I kept driving.

Granton Park: This is near the entry to Hobart, I was unable to stop due to the flow of traffic and being in the wrong lane.

Ross Bridge Park: I pulled up and started to setup but found that somebody had dumped some rubbish near the tables, the smell from this was disgusting.

Pedder Street Park: I drove past but found that the picnic table had been removed, not allowing anywhere to setup.

Conara Park: This was my last location, I found a parking spot and setup on a table. I logged 14 stations, all were as I would expect with 3CR on 855kHz being a bit of a surprise, for a 3.5KW station, it had a good signal. 3GG on 531kHz was also logged at a good signal levels and with the help of my 3” FSL, it’s callsign and station slogan was logged well.

Over all it was an enjoyable session and gave me a nice break on the drive home.

FREQ

CALLSIGN

531

3GG

585

7RN

594

3WV

621

3RN

747

7PB

774

3LO

828

3GI

855

3CR

864

7RPH

936

7ZR

1008

HPON LAUNCESTON

1080

HPON HOBART

1341

HPON GEELONG

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

 




https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/02/portable-ultralight-dxing-session_26.html


Re: The Iberian Reto URL Long Term Project

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Jorge, the best of luck with your project.

--
Paul


The Iberian Reto URL Long Term Project

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi, 
Paul's (Blundell) projects unfolded our wings and we start a LT project in Spain. Pedro and me (both also members at IberiaDX e-group) proposed the following to Iberian DXers:

Name: Reto OM Iberia Diurna. (Daylight Iberian MW Challenge) 
Dates: 1st week of each month of the year. 
Times: On the Sun cenit time, with a 30' window before and after the exact time. 
Equipment: ULR receivers or small portables. External loops, ferrites, or wires inductively coupled are allowed. Receiver+Antenna system will remain the same every listening session. 
Place: Same grid locator during sessions. 

This activity is aimed to check daylight propagation and variations on groundwave/sky wave components during the year. Also to get up-to-date info on Iberian (E+POR) MW stations. Of course it will show the outstanding performing of small receivers when a good listening spot is chosen, promoting its use. 

¡Saludos y 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


1017 UNID

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Reception was REAL weird today (Wed Feb 24th) in McGrath, AK before sunrise.  Things have started to rebound after a solar flare, but today even the big guns on 945 and 981 from China were noisy/weak.

But I had this ... on 1017. It sounds very middle eastern-y to me and looking on MWList seems like IRIB .. but thats only 100kw

I warn you the signals arent great and get noisy and fade completely out at times but i left the recordings mainly intact instead of chopping them into 4 or 5 sections each. Here's audio recordings made between 1625UTC and 1650UTC.

It seems ODD with even the big fun asian's kinda weak and noisy with no other trans-polar/transpacific signals, that the lone one I get is a mere 100kw from Iran.. ntoe ven the 500kw 1413 from Moldova was present







State Based DXing Challenge - 2021

Paul Blundell
 

I would like to propose a medium wave radio dxing challenge to run for the rest of the year. This is not a competition and it is not about beating anybody else except yourself, it is a trust based challenge and the rules are not too complex.  I see it working along these lines.

 

- Each station I receive in each dxing session is scored based on the distance from my location to the transmitter; For Australian stations, I am scoring based on each state having a value as below:

Tasmania = 1

Victoria = 2

NSW = 3

Queensland = 4

South Australia = 3

West Australia = 4

Northern Territory = 4

 

- You also receive a bonus based on the location of your medium wave dxing session. If it is a new location then you double your total score. Again this is trust based as to what counts as a new location. I would say a 1km radius around each location would be a fair guide. This is to encourage portable / mobile operation.

 

- Each location can only be counted once in a 24 hour period and the double score bonus only counts the first time you log from each location.

 

- Full logs do not need to be kept, just a total for each session (with location) and a running total of your score. A simple spreadsheet can do this.

 

- Any and all equipment capable of receiving the medium wave broadcast band can be used.

If others would like to be a part of this, we could work out a scoring system for the USA and other areas.


DAYTIMER DX TEST--WENR 1090 kHz Englewood, TN--- TEST POSTPONED

Les Rayburn
 



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The WENR 1090 kHz DX Test scheduled for this Saturday, February 27th is postponed. 

While this is disappointing to the DX community, there is a silver lining. Station owner Michael Beverly and Chief Engineer George Hudson will be installing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on the transmitter PC later this week and testing it in the coming days. This will enable the transmitter to be switched remotely and provide an opportunity for a “traditional” DX Test that will begin at midnight in the near future. 

The later start time will increase the number of DX’ers who may be able to log the station during the test. We will announce a new test date in the near future. 

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. 


THANK YOUS 

George Hudson continues with his incredible generosity towards the hobby. While he was excited to provide a “Daytime DX Test”, he continued to look for options that would allow for more DX’ers to hear WENR. A special thank you to George for all he’s done for us this season. 

Also, the station owner Michael Beverly who agreed to the test and has arranged to install the VPN quickly. 

Phil Bytheway of the International Radio Club of America who started all this rolling by reaching out to George Hudson months ago. In recent weeks, we’ve heard from other members who also have contacts in the broadcast industry and are helping the CPC to arrange future tests. Cannot thank our ‘rank & file’ members enough. 

Paul Walker of the CPC also contributed to this situation, with his knowledge of FM translator operations and remote switching. This points out the value of having a true “committee” again. Each member brings talent and experience that contributes to our overall success. 

Stay tuned for an announcement soon on the new test date. 


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: Ultralight DXing Man Song

radiojayallen
 

Ha! Very good Paul.


Re: Experiments with ferrite rod loop antennas for MW

Jorge Garzón
 

Thank you Paul. An extensive source of radio stuff indeed! 
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 martes, 23 de febrero de 2021 03:19:27 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


This might be of interest to some members:
http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm


Experiments with ferrite rod loop antennas for MW

Paul Blundell
 

This might be of interest to some members:
http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm


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

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