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Re: Basic newbie questions

Paul Blundell
 

That all sounds about right. I have found on the FM band that height is one of the most important factors.

Paul



On Sun, 21 Mar 2021, 19:46 Jock Elliott, <jock.elliott@...> wrote:

It was Robert Ross who set off this train of thought. He said: " 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. "

I'm trying to assemble a set of basic assumptions about AM and FM dxing. I've come up with the following . . . please have a look and point me in the  right direction.

AM DX
Season: Fall/winter
Time: night/dawn
Frequency "holes" where it is easier to search: 1540-1700 (fewer stations)
Location: near the ocean, if you can manage it

FM DX
Season: Spring/summer?
Time: daytime?
Frequency holes: ??
Location: highest elevation??
Also: does ducting occur on the FM band? (I know it does on ham 2 meter).



Basic newbie questions

Jock Elliott
 

It was Robert Ross who set off this train of thought. He said: " 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. "

I'm trying to assemble a set of basic assumptions about AM and FM dxing. I've come up with the following . . . please have a look and point me in the  right direction.

AM DX
Season: Fall/winter
Time: night/dawn
Frequency "holes" where it is easier to search: 1540-1700 (fewer stations)
Location: near the ocean, if you can manage it

FM DX
Season: Spring/summer?
Time: daytime?
Frequency holes: ??
Location: highest elevation??
Also: does ducting occur on the FM band? (I know it does on ham 2 meter).



792 Jeddah 5377 km and 1377 Mwanza 2638km Tecsun PL-360

Peter 1956
 

Barefoot ultralight. Received indoors in Botswana.
https://youtu.be/TksTEw92WYc
Peter Wilson


Re: Using Tuned Passive Loop Antennas

radiojayallen
 

Good overview.

Jay

On Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 7:58 PM Phil EVG <phil@...> wrote:
 
hi 
All you wanted to know about Passive Loop Antennas and then some!

Using Tuned Passive Loop Antennas
http://www.dxing.info/equipment/passive_loop_antennas_schanilec.pdf  Using Tuned Passive Loop Antennas.
I’ve heard it said that successful Medium Wave DXing is 50% antenna and 50% receiver. In order to get the most out of the antenna factor, those with sufficient real estate will erect a EWE, Beverage, KAZ or other outdoor antenna. For those like me with little space or who have restrictive homeowners associations, one of the antennas of choice will likely be an indoor loop antenna. This might be a home-made box loop or a desktop ferrite loop such as the Quantum Loop. Those whose passion lies in using portable receivers, including the popular Ultralights, rely on the ferrite loop inside the receiver.
An often-overlooked asset is a tuned passive loop used to augment the primary loop antenna. A tuned passive loop is readily available commercially from manufacturers such as DXTools.com, Terk, Select-A-Tenna, and others. Alternately, one can be made quickly by the home hobbyist. This article is a summary of several techniques by which a tuned passive loop antenna can help DXers solve common problems.
Summary
Whether you are using a stock UltraLight or the Sony ICF-2010, judicious use of a passive loop (or two!) can make a huge difference. Additionally, for those like me who like to use a Quantum Loop or similar as the primary antenna for a communications receiver, all of these techniques are available. Optimum results are typically obtained when you employ the largest, most selective (highest Q) loop possible, your space and budget allowing. However, as described above, even an inexpensive commercial loop can be very effective. To find out more about loop design and construction, the document “Air Core Loop Designs” provides information on and links to a variety of different designs, and is available at the DXer.ca website in the Ultralight File Area. With all these tools in the toolbox, hopefully, one or two will work for you in a given situation.
Good DXing to you! Kevin S. Bainbridge Island, WA October 2008  satya(at)sounddsl.com


Re: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Paul Blundell
 

This is mostly just to stop the rods moving around too much. Gary does a great job of building these but I like to give it as much protection as possible.

Paul

On Sat, 20 Mar 2021, 20:06 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I see your FSL antenna partially wrapped with American Tape on one side. Did you have any mechanical issue or just extra protection? 

Jorge

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 viernes, 19 de marzo de 2021 03:25:05 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


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: DX'er Interviewed On air By Station He Logged

Jock Elliott
 

Well done! Nice catch, excellent interview.


Re: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Jorge Garzón <iberiaDX@...>
 

I see your FSL antenna partially wrapped with American Tape on one side. Did you have any mechanical issue or just extra protection? 

Jorge

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 viernes, 19 de marzo de 2021 03:25:05 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


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.

 

 







Tecsun PL-360 MWDX compilation 19th March 2021 evening

Peter 1956
 

Barefoot ultralight DX. 1053 Romania 8027km 540 Hungary 8013km 1350 Armenia 7550km 1431 Djibouti 4496km Received in Botswana
https://youtu.be/UjgN-tTLkB8

Peter Wilson


Re: DX'er Interviewed On air By Station He Logged

Timothy Zamora
 

Love these moments where distance barriers are bridged.

Timothy 


On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:08 PM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Great job Paul.

On Sat, 20 Mar 2021, 12:43 Paul B. Walker, Jr., <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
I picked up 1233kHz 2NC Newcastle, NSW, Aus from 7220 miles/12000KM away in McGRath, Alaska and recorded an interview with them a day later that aired during their afternoon show.

Take a listen here


Re: DX'er Interviewed On air By Station He Logged

Paul Blundell
 

Great job Paul.


On Sat, 20 Mar 2021, 12:43 Paul B. Walker, Jr., <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
I picked up 1233kHz 2NC Newcastle, NSW, Aus from 7220 miles/12000KM away in McGRath, Alaska and recorded an interview with them a day later that aired during their afternoon show.

Take a listen here


DX'er Interviewed On air By Station He Logged

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

I picked up 1233kHz 2NC Newcastle, NSW, Aus from 7220 miles/12000KM away in McGRath, Alaska and recorded an interview with them a day later that aired during their afternoon show.

Take a listen here


Re: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Sadly given all the issues around COVID-19, I think it will be a while before I am undertaking any air travel.

Paul

On Fri, 19 Mar 2021, 20:58 Michael.2E0IHW via groups.io, <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Your hunting is always impressive, Paul!

I wonder what  happens at airports when they see the uranium rods . . .

Michael UK

On 19/03/2021 02:25, Paul Blundell wrote:

I have recently updated and improved my "Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case".






Re: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Tomorrow will be its first real world test.

Paul

On Fri, 19 Mar 2021, 20:30 Alex K., <rifleman336@...> wrote:
"And it will soon be "Standard Issue"  to all Double O's in the field".......  :D 


On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 10:25 PM, 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: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Michael.2E0IHW
 

Your hunting is always impressive, Paul!

I wonder what  happens at airports when they see the uranium rods . . .

Michael UK

On 19/03/2021 02:25, Paul Blundell wrote:

I have recently updated and improved my "Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case".






Re: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - March 2021

Alex
 

"And it will soon be "Standard Issue"  to all Double O's in the field".......  :D 


On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 10:25 PM, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> wrote:

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

Peter 1956
 

Thanks Gary.
Unfortunately conditions were poor this morning, so nothing else was received clearly.
I hope the shipping complications clear up soon.

Peter Wilson
Botswana


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
 

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.

 

 






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