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Re: 940 Brazil Super RBV barefoot Tecsun PL-360 6910km

Gary DeBock
 

Awesome reception with the PL-360, Peter.

Once the shipping complications clear up I'll be honoured to supply you with a new model for your DXing adventures. You certainly get the maximum long range performance from each portable!

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


940 Brazil Super RBV barefoot Tecsun PL-360 6910km

Peter 1956 <pe1etr@...>
 

Clear reception.
https://youtu.be/NCrHmcVE8vw

Peter Wilson
Botswana


Long Term DX Project - Results to 19/03/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Over the past two weeks I have undertaken nine sessions for my long term DX project.

Below are the results, over nine sessions, the average signal levels (out of five) are shown. These are about what I would expect.
I note that 2CA on 1053kHz and 3KND on 1503kHz both have the lowest average signal levels. The HPON station from Melbourne on 1422kHz is slightly better than the one on 1341kHz from Geelong which I find interesting. I will keep an eye on this over the next few months.


FREQ

Callsign

Area Served

Purpose

Power

 AVG

531

3GG

Warragul

Commercial

5k

4.6

549

2CR

Cumnock

National

50k

4.4

594

3WV

Horsham

National

50k

5

621

3RN

Melbourne

National

50k

5

774

3LO

Melbourne

National

50k

4.9

1053

2CA

Canberra

Commercial

5k

3.4

1179

3RPH

Melbourne

Community

5k

3.8

1341

HPON GEELONG

Geelong

HPON

5k

3.9

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

Melbourne

HPON

5k

4

1503

3KND

Melbourne

Community

5k

3.4

 


Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Paul Blundell
 

I have recently updated and improved my "Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case". As my radio collection has increased, I have needed to find a suitable way to carry my radios while still providing them with a good level of protection.

I ended up placing my 3" FSL at one end and using a piece of pine to divide this off, to the top of this I have attached a small piece of foam wrap, this goes over the top of my 3" FSL and provides some extra protection to this.

On the left hand side, I have added some dividers to keep my radios in place, this is thick cardboard which has been wrapped in duct tape, this is about the best tradeoff I could make for weight / protection. I also have my earphones, spare batteries, log sheets and notebook on this side. As my radio collection increases, I can keep adding more dividers as needed.

Overall, I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store multiple radios, log sheets, pens, notes, spare batteries and ear phones, everything I need for portable sessions. It is also small enough to fit in my backpack. For $30 it provides a great level of protection. 


While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other radio storage need.

 

 







Re: Trans Tasman Logging - 11/02/2021

Paul Blundell
 

For the last week or so, this station has been down in signal level with only some faint traces being heard. Last night around 23:00, the signal jumped up for a couple of minutes before dropping back down. I will be keeping a closer ear out for this and see how the signal changes.

Paul


Re: AM BCB DX....... 1 NEW Station Heard.......

Paul Blundell
 

Well done.

Paul

On Thu, 18 Mar 2021, 21:25 robert ross, <va3sw@...> wrote:
Hi Guys

        The AM BCB Season is starting to wind down here now, and soon I’ll be switching over to FM DXing for the Spring and Summer.  Nicer weather has me outside doing Yard Work, so I can have that all done before the FM DX Season starts. Nonetheless, I have ONE NEW ULR LOGGING for the  1090 WENR DX Test.


RECEIVER is………SONY SRF-T615 ULR

ANTENNA is………BAREFOOT

TOTAL ULR AM BCB STNS HEARD is………  1,120    Stns

73………ROB VA3SW

Robert Ross
London, Ontario CANADA



***************************************************************************************************************************
1090    WENR    Englewood, TN.    MAR/13/21   2356 EST      FR-VG        EE
DX TEST HEARD
Morse Code IDS at Tune in @ 2356 EDT. Test started Early! WENR Repeated in Code. Step Tones @ 2357.
Phone Off Hook Sound @ 2357. WENR Repeated in Code again 2357. Sweep Tones 2358 and again @ 0002.
More Code IDs WENR 0004. Sweeps @ 0005. Code IDS 0006. Sweep Tones 0009. Mixing with KAAY @ times.
Still going strong with above programming at 0020 EST.

 Easily heard on my Ultralight Rec’r SONY SRF-T615 BAREFOOT. ULR STN # 1120 Heard

Thanks to all involved in orchestrating this DX Test!

NEW STN                        1 kW DAYTIMER
ROSS, ON.
***********************************************************************************************************************


AM BCB DX....... 1 NEW Station Heard.......

robert ross
 

Hi Guys

        The AM BCB Season is starting to wind down here now, and soon I’ll be switching over to FM DXing for the Spring and Summer.  Nicer weather has me outside doing Yard Work, so I can have that all done before the FM DX Season starts. Nonetheless, I have ONE NEW ULR LOGGING for the  1090 WENR DX Test.


RECEIVER is………SONY SRF-T615 ULR

ANTENNA is………BAREFOOT

TOTAL ULR AM BCB STNS HEARD is………  1,120    Stns

73………ROB VA3SW

Robert Ross
London, Ontario CANADA



***************************************************************************************************************************
1090    WENR    Englewood, TN.    MAR/13/21   2356 EST      FR-VG        EE
DX TEST HEARD
Morse Code IDS at Tune in @ 2356 EDT. Test started Early! WENR Repeated in Code. Step Tones @ 2357.
Phone Off Hook Sound @ 2357. WENR Repeated in Code again 2357. Sweep Tones 2358 and again @ 0002.
More Code IDs WENR 0004. Sweeps @ 0005. Code IDS 0006. Sweep Tones 0009. Mixing with KAAY @ times.
Still going strong with above programming at 0020 EST.

 Easily heard on my Ultralight Rec’r SONY SRF-T615 BAREFOOT. ULR STN # 1120 Heard

Thanks to all involved in orchestrating this DX Test!

NEW STN                        1 kW DAYTIMER
ROSS, ON.
***********************************************************************************************************************


Re: New Aussie Logs In Alaska

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Here is 2N 1233kHz Newcastle, NSW from Mar. 16th at 134&UTC here in Alaska.. not great, but.. you can tell it's them.

Audio:


On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 7:02 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
2RN, 1512 Newcastle NSW
2EL, 1089 Orange NSW

Also of note, I had 2NC 1233 Newcastle again.  Also logged a few not new to me Kiwis... Magic talk 1107, and ZB on 1080.

Paul 


Walk Radio DAB–P9 – Review March 2021

Paul Blundell
 

 

 


 

The Walk Radio DAB –P9 is a breed of new cheap Chinese radio (CCR) which offer an amazing range of features at a rock bottom price. This specific model covers the FM broadcast band and DAB+, it does not cover the medium wave band at all.

Technical Details:

Brand

Irforay

Manufacturer

Irforay

Part Number

QYIRFORAYV6456CGAU

Display Type

LCD

GSM frequencies

240 MHz

Package Dimensions

12 x 8 x 4 cm; 155.5 Grams

Item Weight

156 g

Manufacturer

Irforay

ASIN

B08W2CX2B8

Manufacturer reference

QYIRFORAYV6456CGAU

Date First Available

4 February 2021

 

Specification:
Type: DAB Digital Radio
Model: P9
Color: Yellow
Support radio modes: DAB+ digital radio, FM analog radio
DAB+ frequency: Band III (170-240mhz)
FM frequency band: 87.5-108mhz with RDS
Preset channels: 10 DAB channels and 10 FM channels
TF card player: Max 32G
The built-in speakers power: 2W 4 ohm
Power input: DC 5V
Battery: 3.7V 1000mAh lithium ion battery
Battery life: 22h headset mode, 10h speaker
Charging time: 3h
Item size: 10.5 * 6.2 * 1.5cm / 4.1 * 2.4 * 0.6in
Item weight: 92g / 3.2oz
Package size: 12.5 * 7.5 * 3.5cm / 4.9 * 3.0 * 1.4in
Package weight: 157g / 5.5oz

Package List:
1 * DAB Digital Radio
1 * Portable Rope
1 * USB Charging Cable
1 * English User Manual


Physical:
This radio is tiny and very light, it easily fits in the palm of your hand. The weight is next to nothing. It has a 1000mAh battery and this recharges via the supplied USB cable.

Given the low cost, I am pleasantly surprised by the build quality and feel of the DAB-P9, it does not feel at all “cheap” and the yellow colour really makes it stand out. It weighs less than 100g, this makes it very easy to carry around.


Tuning / Reception:
I have spent a lot of time tuning FM band. Given the lower numbers of stations on the FM band, this works well and with the help of the auto scan feature, I was able to locate all the local FM stations I would expect.

The only issue I have found with the tuning is that you either run it is auto scan mode where it finds stations automatically and you can then tune between these or manual mode where each button press moves you up in 100kHz tuning steps. Both modes work well and the addition of RDS helps with confirming stations.

As we don’t have DAB+ where I live, I took the chance on the weekend when I was travelling down to Hobart to test this out. Sitting about 12km from the Mt Wellington transmitter, I was able to log over 40 DAB+ stations. Signal levels were great as I would expect.

Usage:
The interface of the radio seems to work well, I have noticed some slight delay when pressing buttons and this is more pronounced when tuning on the FM band. The audio both via the speaker and ear phones has a pleasant tone and the volume is more than acceptable.


Positives / Negatives:
+ Price
+ Size
+ Built-in Battery
+ Physical construction
- Tuning mode requires the use of the menu to change
- Slight delay from some buttons via the interface.

Overall:
For the price, this is a great value FM/DAB+ radio. It works well, is cheap enough to be replaced if needed.

 




Re: [ICDX-AM] [UltralightDX] New Aussie Logs In Alaska

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

1089 may not be worth logging in the end today, I’ll have to review my audio but it may have been so weak and noisy it just isn’t worth it.  I heard a .gov.au ad and I was hearing other stuff from that region so it was easy to figure out but the reception just may not meet my “standards” which vary...from log to log!


On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 2:21 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Good loggings as always. 
I hear 2RN on 1512kHz often. On 1089kHz, I log 3WM most of the time but i have also got 2EL at times.

Paul


On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 2:02 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
2RN, 1512 Newcastle NSW
2EL, 1089 Orange NSW

Also of note, I had 2NC 1233 Newcastle again.  Also logged a few not new to me Kiwis... Magic talk 1107, and ZB on 1080.

Paul 



--
Paul


Re: New Aussie Logs In Alaska

Paul Blundell
 

Good loggings as always. 
I hear 2RN on 1512kHz often. On 1089kHz, I log 3WM most of the time but i have also got 2EL at times.

Paul


On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 2:02 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
2RN, 1512 Newcastle NSW
2EL, 1089 Orange NSW

Also of note, I had 2NC 1233 Newcastle again.  Also logged a few not new to me Kiwis... Magic talk 1107, and ZB on 1080.

Paul 



--
Paul


Re: [ICDX-AM] New Aussie Logs In Alaska

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Oh, also 2NR 738 grafton NSW

PAUL 

On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 7:02 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. via groups.io <walkerbroadcasting=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

2RN, 1512 Newcastle NSW
2EL, 1089 Orange NSW

Also of note, I had 2NC 1233 Newcastle again.  Also logged a few not new to me Kiwis... Magic talk 1107, and ZB on 1080.

Paul 


New Aussie Logs In Alaska

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

2RN, 1512 Newcastle NSW
2EL, 1089 Orange NSW

Also of note, I had 2NC 1233 Newcastle again.  Also logged a few not new to me Kiwis... Magic talk 1107, and ZB on 1080.

Paul 


Re: Initial impressions of the CCrane Skywave SSB

Alex
 

How Ironic the day after I ordered one, and you write your review....LOL!!! Mine should be at my QTH Thursday of Friday.

 

 

Alex N8UCN

 

 


Re: 2NC 1233kHz In Alaska!

Paul Blundell
 

Great logging Paul.


On Tue, 16 Mar 2021, 02:04 Paul B. Walker, Jr., <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
Between 1430 and 1500UTC heard some phone chat then a lady telling some kind of story.  Heard ABC fanfare and newsreader say “ABC” going into the news intro. 20kw at 7220 miles!

Paul walker 
McGrath Alaska 
Cc Skywave and 5” DeBock fsl antenna


Re: "Disco Inferno" On 1107kHz In Alaska!

Gary DeBock
 

Paul's 1107-Magic Talk clip from 1441 UTC on March 13th (at 7,250 miles on a 5 inch antenna) was already awesome... but if you are going to record a classic Disco-Era tune like that, you definitely need a strong, punchy bass line to fit in with the genre!

I've taken the liberty of providing that for Paul on his 1107 MP3-- with a little audio processing from the Audacity program  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/94unt9038m11uaq3csc9elrprx0zsfh0
Rock on!

Gary


WENR 1090-TN DX Test

Dave Hascall
 

Not sure if this went out or not.

Heard the DX Test perfectly on my Tecsun PL-606 barefoot.  In fact when I first tuned in at 0002, EST (standard at that time), it sounded like the sweep tones made it the only station on the frequency.  But in reality, there was a small break in programming from (apparent) KAAY-AR.  

New station.  Thanks to Les and Phil and everyone involved.

73,
Dave in Indy (Noblesville)


Re: "Disco Inferno" On 1107kHz In Alaska!

K7DWI Art
 

Recently revived my Gerrard Turntable.
I didn't want to injure a good album testing it out.
So I picked up my "Saturday Night Fever" album and put on "Disco Inferno" 😁
By the way, the Tecsun, Kaito and my Radio Shack (I have that one) MW Loops works great with the Pioneer.
Hoping the weather clears out (snowing today) to have a good DXing session before FM BC begins.
73 Art 


2NC 1233kHz In Alaska!

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Between 1430 and 1500UTC heard some phone chat then a lady telling some kind of story.  Heard ABC fanfare and newsreader say “ABC” going into the news intro. 20kw at 7220 miles!

Paul walker 
McGrath Alaska 
Cc Skywave and 5” DeBock fsl antenna


Re: NEW LOG: Rhema Radio 1251kHz

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Here’s my audio of Rhema Raido 1251 Auckland.  Not great but it’s there:


On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 3:23 PM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
The 5000 Watt Auckland transmitter for Rhema Radio on 1251khz made the 7100 mile/11410km journey to McGrath, Alaska on Sunday March 14th between 1545 and 1605UTC. I had some music that sounded like english language music.. just starting to bubble up slightly above the noise. Pulling up the Rhema stream, it sounded like a cadence match but I couldn't be for absolute sure, but the only other english language 1251 was in Australia and running all talk at the moment, I certainly had music here.  

About 1703UTC give or take I had a fade up of accented english reading a weather.. I grabbed my phone and hit play on the Rhema stream and had a MATCH with weather playing on the stream about 45 seconds later as I stood outside at -5F below.  (amazing considering I was using wifi on my phone thats connected to satellite internet.. amazing that the delay was only 45 seconds!)

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska
CC Skywave & DeBock 5" FSL Antenna

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