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Re: The Iberian Reto URL Long Term Project

Paul Blundell
 

Well done and thanks for sharing this, it is good to see this has had such a good response.

Paul

On Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 06:51 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi again,
Maybe details of this long-term project are not relevant for folks in Oz or overseas, but at least I would like to add some details our listening exercise in Spain and Portugal.

Eight people from Spain and Portugal have been involved in the first listening session in March. They are marked as a red dot in the Iberian Peninsula map that I am sending here. The Iberian Peninsula includes three countries; Andorra, Portugal and Spain, but just two, Spain and Portugal keep MW transmissions. It measures, more or less, 1.200 km (axis SW-NE) by 935 km (axis NW-SE). Unfortunately we haven't any monitors in the Northwest quadrant so we cannot cover the entire territory.

I work the IN83ag grid square in Cantabria (the northernmost red dot in the map). From there I monitored the entire MW band on 1st March at local cenit time. Midday time was 13:31UTC. We fixed a one hour window including 30 minutes before and after the central time. Our intention choosing that midday time was minimize the ionospheric component of the wave (which is not always possible in winter time, due to the shorter daylight period).

I used the XHDATA 808 and the Tecsun AN-200 loop. That two small pieces of gear pairs really well and the already known good Medium Wave performance of the XHDATA is boosted by the passive loop. I logged 60 stations with the loop and just thirty-six ones without the AN-200. No more to say!

Maximum distance was Radio Béchar from Algeria at 1.308 km, with a weak signal and quick fading. This shows a double component in the wave, the ionospheric and the ground one (this one weaker I guess). But I wonder if the QSB was noticeable because of the interaction of two waves travelling by the ionosphere and arriving here (almost) together. Any idea? 90% of the distance from Béchar to Cantabria is ground (sand, rocks and mountains) so, despite its 400 kW it's a long way to jump!

We will be listening to the band every first week of the month until the end of 2021. We will try to get series and study the propagation and stations heard. 

I also attach a screenshot of the excel sheet with the compiled stations ordered in columns showing the distance got, given signal (S1-5) and some comments (NOTAS). Records in red are those from abroad.

¡73 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)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En jueves, 25 de febrero de 2021 8:05:55 CET, Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez <iberiadx@...> escribió:


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)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


Re: The Iberian Reto URL Long Term Project

Jorge Garzón
 
Edited

Hi again,
Maybe details of this long-term project are not relevant for folks in Oz or overseas, but at least I would like to add some details to our listening exercise in Spain and Portugal.
 
Eight people from Spain and Portugal have been involved in the first listening session in March. They are marked as a red dot in the Iberian Peninsula map that I am sending here. The Iberian Peninsula includes three countries; Andorra, Portugal and Spain, but just two, Spain and Portugal keep MW transmissions. Unfortunately we haven't any monitors in the Northwest quadrant so we cannot cover the entire territory. Iberia measures, more or less, 1.200 km (axis SW-NE) by 935 km (axis NW-SE). 
 
I work the IN83ag grid square in Cantabria (the northernmost red dot in the map). From there I monitored the entire MW band on 1st March at local cenit time. Midday time was 12:31UTC. We fixed a one hour window including 30 minutes before and after the central time. Our intention choosing that midday time was minimize the ionospheric component of the wave (which is not always possible in winter time, due to the shorter daylight period).
 
I used the XHDATA 808 and the Tecsun AN-200 loop. That two small pieces of gear pairs really well and the already known good Medium Wave performance of the XHDATA is boosted by the passive loop. I logged 60 stations with the loop and just thirty-six ones without the AN-200. No more to say!
 
Maximum distance was Radio Béchar from Algeria at 1.308 km, with a weak signal and quick fading. This shows a double component in the wave, the ionospheric and the ground one (this one weaker I guess). But I wonder if the QSB was noticeable because of the interaction of two waves travelling by the ionosphere and arriving here (almost) together. Any idea? 90% of the distance from Béchar to Cantabria is ground (sand, rocks and mountains) so, despite its 400 kW it's a long way to jump!
 
We will be listening to the band every first week of the month until the end of 2021. We will try to get series and study the propagation and stations heard. 
 
I also attach a screenshot of the excel sheet with the compiled stations ordered in columns showing the distance got, given signal (S1-5) and some comments (NOTAS). Records in red are those from abroad.
 
¡73 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)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX
 
 
En jueves, 25 de febrero de 2021 8:05:55 CET, Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez <iberiadx@...> escribió:
 
 
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)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


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

Dave613
 

The D-808 manual is obviously a place where some cost savings were made, e.g. mine refers to a Charge button to enable battery charging, there is no such button on my example of the radio, just plug in and it charges.
Re pricing: radiwow.com currently lists it as available for 75USD with free shipping (at least to Canada). I bought mine from that site, took a while to arrive but otherwise all was good. I think your review overall verdict is spot on; if you can live with the effectively non-existent warranty and sketchy manual then it's a lot of radio for 75US.
Dave.


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

Zacharias Liangas
 

Hello Gary  I just entered to  this group
My proposal: tit is better to post your files in pdf form for security reasons

Here is my report /review  for the XHdata 808 with a few interesting opinions after along test before giving it back - I was not impressed for its ...sound
https://zachs-radiopage.blogspot.com/2020/11/808-xh-data-important-notices.html


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

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 11:32 AM, hamrad45 wrote:
Thanks.  Just uploaded a quick video on your great article.  Have a great day.
Thanks Tom (and Paul),

Your interest is appreciated!

73, Gary


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

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 10:48 AM, Dave613 wrote:
Thanks for the great review, glad you highlighted the possible design plagiarism (I feel less guilty about owning the 808 since I also have the CC Crane original...). One thing I noticed is you wrote that your radio did not have squelch on Air Band; mine (bought about 18mo ago) actually does.
On my example:
Hardware: squelch available on all bands (including air);
Manual: states squelch only available on air.
Hi Dave,

Hmm-- very interesting! My D-808 manual says nothing about a squelch capability, so apparently not all D-808 manuals are created equal.

I'm current on an ocean coast DXpedition and unable to investigate further, but the 2021 Shootout article will be updated to include your information. Thanks!

Gary DeBock (in Manzanita, OR, USA)


Hobby Time

Paul Blundell
 

I have recently come across this article which I found very interesting.
https://blog.rescuetime.com/hobbies-schedule-leisure-time/

Generally speaking, how time do you spend per week on your hobbies? Has this changed in the past year due to Covid-19 and the effects of this?


Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 02/03/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 02/03/2021
Time: 10:00am
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
Notes: A mid-morning session on a rare week day off. I logged 24 stations, these were a mix of Tasmanian and Victorian stations. All signals were as I expected with the bottom half of the band producing the best results and signal strengths. As I moved up in the band signals dropped off, again the two HPON stations on 1341 and 1422kHz were the standouts above 1MHz. 7SH on 1584kHz was a bit of a struggle but I was able to log it in the end.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

RADIO

AERIAL

Area Served

Purpose

Power

531

3GG

AR-1733

3" FSL

Warragul

Commercial

5k

540

7SD

AR-1733

3" FSL

Scottsdale

Commercial

5k

585

7RN

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

National

10k

594

3WV

AR-1733

3" FSL

Horsham

National

50k

621

3RN

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

National

50k

693

3AW

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

Commercial

5k

747

7PB

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

National

3500

774

3LO

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

National

50k

828

3GI

AR-1733

3" FSL

Sale

National

10k

855

3CR

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

Community

3500

864

7RPH

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

Community

2k

936

7ZR

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

National

10k

1008

HPON LAUNCESTON

AR-1733

3" FSL

Launceston

HPON

5k

1080

HPON HOBART

AR-1733

3" FSL

Hobart

HPON

5k

1134

3CS

AR-1733

3" FSL

Colac

Commercial

5k

1161

7FG

AR-1733

3" FSL

Fingal

National

1k

1224

3EA

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

National

5k

1242

3GV

AR-1733

3" FSL

Sale

Commercial

5k

1314

3BT

AR-1733

3" FSL

Ballarat

Commercial

5k

1341

HPON GEELONG

AR-1733

3" FSL

Geelong

HPON

5k

1377

3MP

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

Commercial

5k

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

HPON

5k

1584

7SH

 

 

St Helens

National

100

1593

HPON

AR-1733

3" FSL

Melbourne

HPON

5k

 

 

 


https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/03/ultralight-radio-dxing-session-02032021.html


DAYTIMER DX TEST--WENR 1090 kHz Englewood, TN

Les Rayburn
 



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The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the IRCA and NRC are pleased to announce a DX Test for WENR 1090 kHz in Englewood, TN. The test will run on Sunday, March 14, 2021 starting at Midnight EST (05:00 UTC) until 3:00 AM EDT. 

*This is a two-hour duration test. The change to daylight savings time occurs just as the test is ending. 

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. 


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. 
  • All reception reports must be received by April 12th, 2021. 
  • 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 this test after a recent upgrade of the station’s automation equipment. Chief Engineer George Hudson encouraged the station to use the testing of new remote and automation controls as the bias for this special event. 

Phil Bytheway of the International Radio Club of America 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 members, Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH, and George Santulli . These folks do all the real work of the CPC and never get enough credit. 


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

Paul Blundell
 

I have just had a chance to read this in fully, an excellent review Gary.

Paul

On Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 6:48 AM 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)



--
Paul


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

hamrad45
 

Thanks.  Just uploaded a quick video on your great article.  Have a great day.

Tom Stiles


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

Dave613
 

Thanks for the great review, glad you highlighted the possible design plagiarism (I feel less guilty about owning the 808 since I also have the CC Crane original...). One thing I noticed is you wrote that your radio did not have squelch on Air Band; mine (bought about 18mo ago) actually does.
On my example:
Hardware: squelch available on all bands (including air);
Manual: states squelch only available on air.
A bug on my example is that this sequence leaves the backlight on even with the radio off and keyboard lock activated:
  1. Switch off (press and hold orange button);
  2. Allow light to go out then press light button - light goes on (will stay on - does not respond to momentary light button press);
  3. Press and hold INFO button to activate keyboard lock;
  4. Light stays on - does not go out after a delay.
The battery is large but obviously will eventually discharge in storage if you activate the KB lock and expect the light to go out after a delay, something to be aware of when travelling.
Thanks again for sharing the review!


Re: A bit of info from the Medium Wave Circle

Jorge Garzón
 

As a MW Circle member and MW DX'er since the 80's I just add 'It' s certainly alive' 😉

¡73 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)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 1 de marzo de 2021 21:44:29 CET, Steve Whitt <mwneditor@...> escribió:


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

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

 

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