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Re: 30 photos uploaded #photo-notice

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Jerry, I have been meaning to do this for ages.

Paul

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Coronavirus and ULDXing - A Year On

Paul Blundell
 

Of late I have been spending more time listening to "content", not just getting an ID and moving on. The current vaccine discussion / roll out process have given me a good chance to log some different stations as it appears like more "local" news is being reported as the roll out continues. This was very helpful last week in splitting some stations, due to the local nature of the roll out.

From your point of view / part of the world, have things returned to normal (the new normal) or have you / are you still noticing any changes on the broadcasting side?

Paul


Re: 30 photos uploaded #photo-notice

Jerry Rappel
 

Good stuff Paul!

Jerry WW0E


30 photos uploaded #photo-notice

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Added album Best of Paul&#39;s Radio Photos #photo-notice

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Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> added the album Best of Paul's Radio Photos: A collection of my "best" radio photos.


Air Band Receivers

Paul Blundell
 


Radio Security

Paul Blundell
 

Given the values of some of our radio collections (both Ultralight and more generally), what if anything have you done to protect these?
While they are not exactly highly desirable, like an iPhone or laptop, they are small enough to be easily stolen.

Do you have these insured as a separate item and have coverage for when they are out of the house? If traveling with them, do you consider both the risk of theft as well as damage?

Paul


Re: [irca] NHK2 EARLY sign off?

Nick Hall-Patch
 

The big gun NHK2 stations do leave their carriers on for quite some time after the actual s/off, Paul, even if the s/off is at 1540UT, but I don't know why.  

Nick





At 15:52 2021-03-08, Paul B. Walker, Jr. wrote:


Had 693 at 1435UTC peeling the paint off in Alaska today, and at 1440UTC, they did their usual sign off... station id, some official sounding song then the sign off music/chimes.   They arent listed as signing off till 1540UTC.  And whats odd is Id swear at least the 774 transmitter is still on air an hour later with a dead/open carrier.

Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC
Canada


Re: XHDATA D-808 Squelch Capability

Paul Blundell
 

That is an interesting find and just shows that often these manuals can not be trusted. 

Paul
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/


XHDATA D-808 Squelch Capability

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks to Satoshi Miyauchi of Sagamihara, Japan for detailed information on the Squelch capability of the XHDATA D-808 portable. My 10-page mouse print manual for the D-808 said nothing about a Squelch capability, but Satoshi-san has provided all the details, which have been included in the updated D-808 review article excerpt (from the 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout review) which is posted at  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: New member looking for help

Paul Blundell
 

Hi John,

I can't help with any local sources but this seems to be a popular radio: https://ccrane.com/cc-skywave-am-fm-shortwave-weather-alert-and-vhf-airband-small-portable-travel-radio/

Paul

On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 7:59 AM John S <jrstubley@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I’d like to get involved in Ultralight Dxing and I’m looking for a good radio that qualifies. I have a CCPocket and a PL880. I know the PL880 doesn’t qualify and the CCPocket isn’t ideal. Could some of you recommend a legit Ultralight? If it helps, I live in Western NY State.

Thanks,
John







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Paul


Re: Video-- March 2021 Rockwork 2 Ocean Cliff DXpedition

Paul Blundell
 

Another great video. This location seems to really "work" for you.

Paul

On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 7:50 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
 With nasty weather forecast for 3 out of 4 days I knew that the latest DXing trip to Manzanita, Oregon would never be boring!  The weather was indeed the most severe ever faced during ocean cliff live DXing, but on the very first morning (March 3rd) the Rockwork 2 cliff was deceptively calm, with only a 36 degree (F) temperature somewhat less than ideal. Reminding myself of Paul Walker in Alaska I gratefully set up my gear in the clear weather (thankful to be just above freezing), and noticed that the Pacific Ocean sunrise scenery was awesome from the top of the plunging cliff, complete with a lofty view of Manzanita far below. Figuring that this was the first, last and only chance that I would have during this trip to shoot a video without subjecting my phone to all-out combat, I interrupted the DU-oriented session to record the moment  (6) March 2021 Rockwork 2 Ocean Cliff DXpedition - YouTube
     The twin 6" (15cm) FSL setup with two "supercharged" portables (a CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808) is at the top of the DU-oriented cliff face of the Rockwork 2 site-- the only one with a "dual personality" (featuring both South Pacific and Asian-facing cliffs). The Asian-facing cliff site was the venue of last October's breakthrough TP-DXpedition, although this week the biggest breakthrough was probably in surviving vicious weather.

Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 2 ocean cliff from March 3-6)



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Paul


Re: Video-- Subfreezing Wind Chill Rocks Rockwork 2

Paul Blundell
 

That is a great video Gary, it looks like you are having a good time (given the weather).


On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 7:47 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Paul Walker is indeed the Master of live FSL DXing in subzero temperatures, but the Rockwork cliff in Oregon has far more tricks up its sleeve to put Extreme DXers to the test! This video shows the highly exposed Rockwork 2 ocean cliff DXing setup on March 4th, with 30 mph wind gusts pushing the wind chill to around 25 degrees F. Although that might seem like like a tropical heat wave in McGrath, Alaska, the wind came very close to making "Frequent Flyers" out of the two 6 inch (15cm) FSL antennas, threatening to topple them and their 5 foot (1.52m) PVC bases onto the solid concrete. This was actually one of the more moderate weather days last week!  (4) Subfreezing Wind Chill Rocks Rockwork 2 - YouTube

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



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Paul


Re: New member looking for help

Gary DeBock
 

On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 12:59 PM, John S wrote:
Hi all,

I’d like to get involved in Ultralight Dxing and I’m looking for a good radio that qualifies. I have a CCPocket and a PL880. I know the PL880 doesn’t qualify and the CCPocket isn’t ideal. Could some of you recommend a legit Ultralight? If it helps, I live in Western NY State.

Thanks,
John
Hi John,

If you are looking for a "legit" Ultralight, any of the 5 models covered in the 2015 Ultralight Radio Shootout will fit the bill. One of those is your CCPocket-- which I agree isn't exactly ideal for all-out DXing  Gary DeBock’s 2015 Ultralight Radio Shootout Review | The SWLing Post

Your timing in looking for a new Ultralight radio is excellent-- within a month, the new 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout review should be complete. This 20+ page major article will include very detailed reviews of the XHDATA D-808 (which is not a "legit" Ultralight, but is included for reference purposes), the Radiwow R-108 (a,k,a. Sihuadon R-108), the CC Skywave, the Tecsun PL-330 and the Tecsun PL-380. The 6-page XHDATA D-808 part of the review has already been completed, and is posted at the following link, for those who are interested  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
  


Re: NHK2 EARLY sign off?

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

At 1556UTC, 1 hour 16 minutes after todays sign off at 1440UTC and even after the usual 1540UTC scheduled sign off, 774khz Akita was still on the air, it appeared.. with an open/dead carrier.

Here's the.. audio, or lackthereof. You can tell there's something there that is "surpressing" the other audio you hear and that whine is a het form KCHU 770 Valdez beating on the 774khz open/dead carrier.

Audio:

Paul



On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 6:52 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
Had 693 at 1435UTC peeling the paint off in Alaska today, and at 1440UTC, they did their usual sign off... station id, some official sounding song then the sign off music/chimes.   They aren’t listed as signing off till 1540UTC.  And what’s odd is I’d swear at least the 774 transmitter is still on air an hour later with a dead/open carrier. 



New member looking for help

John S <jrstubley@...>
 

Hi all,

I’d like to get involved in Ultralight Dxing and I’m looking for a good radio that qualifies. I have a CCPocket and a PL880. I know the PL880 doesn’t qualify and the CCPocket isn’t ideal. Could some of you recommend a legit Ultralight? If it helps, I live in Western NY State.

Thanks,
John


Video-- March 2021 Rockwork 2 Ocean Cliff DXpedition

Gary DeBock
 

 With nasty weather forecast for 3 out of 4 days I knew that the latest DXing trip to Manzanita, Oregon would never be boring!  The weather was indeed the most severe ever faced during ocean cliff live DXing, but on the very first morning (March 3rd) the Rockwork 2 cliff was deceptively calm, with only a 36 degree (F) temperature somewhat less than ideal. Reminding myself of Paul Walker in Alaska I gratefully set up my gear in the clear weather (thankful to be just above freezing), and noticed that the Pacific Ocean sunrise scenery was awesome from the top of the plunging cliff, complete with a lofty view of Manzanita far below. Figuring that this was the first, last and only chance that I would have during this trip to shoot a video without subjecting my phone to all-out combat, I interrupted the DU-oriented session to record the moment  (6) March 2021 Rockwork 2 Ocean Cliff DXpedition - YouTube
     The twin 6" (15cm) FSL setup with two "supercharged" portables (a CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808) is at the top of the DU-oriented cliff face of the Rockwork 2 site-- the only one with a "dual personality" (featuring both South Pacific and Asian-facing cliffs). The Asian-facing cliff site was the venue of last October's breakthrough TP-DXpedition, although this week the biggest breakthrough was probably in surviving vicious weather.

Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 2 ocean cliff from March 3-6)


Video-- Subfreezing Wind Chill Rocks Rockwork 2

Gary DeBock
 

Paul Walker is indeed the Master of live FSL DXing in subzero temperatures, but the Rockwork cliff in Oregon has far more tricks up its sleeve to put Extreme DXers to the test! This video shows the highly exposed Rockwork 2 ocean cliff DXing setup on March 4th, with 30 mph wind gusts pushing the wind chill to around 25 degrees F. Although that might seem like like a tropical heat wave in McGrath, Alaska, the wind came very close to making "Frequent Flyers" out of the two 6 inch (15cm) FSL antennas, threatening to topple them and their 5 foot (1.52m) PVC bases onto the solid concrete. This was actually one of the more moderate weather days last week!  (4) Subfreezing Wind Chill Rocks Rockwork 2 - YouTube

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


Re: MW from Brazil received in Botswana on a barefoot Tecsun PL-398MP

Gary DeBock
 

On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 10:08 AM, Peter 1956 wrote:
Barefoot XHDATA D-808.
1400 Brazil Rádio Rio de Janeiro 6917km
https://youtu.be/GVY7ltZjzQY

Peter wilson
Botswana
Those are awesome DXing results, Peter!

Good luck tracking down more long range DX on your barefoot XHDATA D-808.

73, Gary DeBock (N7EKX)
Ultralight Group Co-Founder
Puyallup, WA, USA


Re: MW from Brazil received in Botswana on a barefoot Tecsun PL-398MP

Peter 1956
 

Barefoot XHDATA D-808.
1400 Brazil Rádio Rio de Janeiro 6917km
https://youtu.be/GVY7ltZjzQY

Peter wilson
Botswana

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