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Re: WION 1430 Stereo TESTING TONIGHT

DX Pedro
 

Nice initiative to be share. I won’t be able to listen here in Portugal, but I’ll bet some y’all that side of the pound, will help the station with its tests.
Have a great weekend.

On Sat, 24 Apr 2021 at 22:30 Les Rayburn <les@...> wrote:

WION 1430 kHz in Ionia, Michigan will be testing tonight. The purpose is to evaluate the matching of their night directional array to their transmitter. This will help ensure better bandwidth for their C-QUAM AM Stereo signal.

The signal will alternate between the night time power of 330 watts and their daytime power level of 4.7 kW starting at 11PM EDT and midnight. (0300 UTC) The duration of the testing is unknown, but probably not more than a couple of hours. Daytime power levels will occur during the experimental period so after Midnight EDT (0400 UTC). All transmissions will occur using their nighttime antenna pattern: 

WION AM Coverage Map

The station will mostly transmit their usual mix of music, but there will be some sweep tones designed to measure the transmitter performance and voice identifications. 

You can compare your reception to their live web stream which is at: 


See a more detailed listing of the testing tonight from their Chief Engineer Greg Buchwald below: 

Author
Update: The updated AM stereo tuner is now online. Less top end distortion. (The Carver needs alignment and probably a few caps changed). Carver tuners, with out a modification on the stereo decoder PLL also have increasing distortion on the bottom end around 50/60Hz. We ran an hour of difficult test music and confirmed it is working properly. Tomorrow night we will take the AM down to measure the night directional array network and finalize the new matching of it to the transmitter for better bandwidth. The current night array is 10.5dB down at 1440khz as compared to the lower sideband at 1420khz (10khz modulation). The resultant quadrature distortion equates to well over 10%; dropping to 4% at 5khz. I expect this to be well under 1% when we are finished. Saturday night is prep work only. We need final measurements to lock in some capacitor and inductor values. I expect the installation of the network will occur in June. After an hour measurements, I will do some audio work. The music will not be your normal selections; it will all be highly separated and chosen to really test the system and allow us to evaluate some minor component changes in the optimod processor and the CRL AGC that precedes it. Comments will be welcomed. Specifically to the DX association that wants to do some listening tomorrow night: carrier will be up and down at 4.7kw and 300W. I can't give specific timing of each power level but expect us to begin sometime between 11pm and midnight edt. There will be few if any tones as we will actually sweep the carrier frequency for some of the tests. Once we have the required data, I will run some tones to confirm the transmitter performance. That will be followed by extended music sets while we perform the audio processing mods and updates. When we install the network at a later date, it will be much easier for us to state specific times of carrier power levels and specific modulation.

Expect lots of reports and discussions on the Facebook group devoted to AM Stereo: 


Greg has discussed the possibility of a DX Test using Morse Code, sweep tones, etc. in June when the station will be doing additional testing during experimental hours. Stay tuned for that event. 

The CPC is not coordinating reception reports for tonights events, but we would appreciate receiving .MP3, .WAV, or .MP4 video recordings of your receptions. Send those to: 





73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC



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Re: Hi From Michigan, USA

DX Pedro
 

Thanks for the reference, mate 

On Tue, 27 Apr 2021 at 01:17 Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:

On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 10:13 AM Arthur Samel via groups.io <avram911=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
welcome to the group

Paul what are the award programs ?


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From: Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Apr 26, 2021 8:10 pm
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Hi From Michigan, USA

Welcome to the group. I am sure you will find us a welcoming and helpful group.

We have a couple of award programs which are on-going, I completed these in my early days.

We are the main focus group for the Ultra Light side of the hobby, I am a member of about 12 different "radio" groups.

Paul



On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 9:20 AM John Lochey via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

Just joined the group!  Have absolutely loved radios my whole life!

Getting back into AM ultralight DX'ing with my CCrane pocket, CCrane Skywave and Tecsun Pl-380.

Really enjoying reading all the posts!

Question #1
Are there any current "competitions" going on?

Question #2
Any online groups that I should join or subscribe to (magazines, etc) other than this group?


Thanks!


Johnny (KC8JDI)


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Re: Hi From Michigan, USA

DX Pedro
 

Sad I don’t see the 310et in the mix for the shootout, particularly after watching a few head to head between it and the radiwow on YouTube by a Turkish gentleman. I’ll always battle for my boy: 310et ;))
Kidding aside I’ll be waiting for that result.
73s

On Tue, 27 Apr 2021 at 01:34 Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 04:19 PM, John Lochey wrote:
Hi all,

Just joined the group!  Have absolutely loved radios my whole life!

Getting back into AM ultralight DX'ing with my CCrane pocket, CCrane Skywave and Tecsun Pl-380.

Really enjoying reading all the posts!

Question #1
Are there any current "competitions" going on?
Hi Johnny,

As for "competitions," (although your meaning isn't completely clear), if you are looking for competitions between Ultralight radios, your timing is phenomenal.

The 2021 Ultralight Radio Shootout (pictured) should be completed in a about a week (35+ pages), and will include extremely detailed reviews of the XHDATA D-808 (not an "official" Ultralight, by the way), Radiwow R-108, C. Crane Skywave (both versions), Tecsun PL-330 and Tecsun PL-380. They are in the final "shootout" process now-- and a couple of them have already bitten the dust on various bands (AM, FM, SW and AIR).

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

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Re: SDRs

DX Pedro
 

To each it’s own. I do t own and sdr, but I’m planning on it. I think they both can be fun, but in different circumstances.
I’ve just recently came across the concept of ULDx, and I’m  not looking back. Exception made maybe (emphasis) with the PL-680 and sdr (yet to be bought) and a desktop receiver made by myself.
So yeah, both fun but different ball games.
73s


On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 at 01:55 William Ode <ode13287@...> wrote:
Are there any out there that are using an SDR as an aid? 
Also, what is your opinion about using a low-cost SDR as an ultralightdx Radio? 
the cost of several Radios and Dongles for computer s is now in the $80 range

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// pedro andrade


Re: PortoDB

DX Pedro
 

What are the variables you punch in?
Thanks 


On Thu, 29 Apr 2021 at 02:22 Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
For a long time I have been looking for a way to log and store my ultralight DXing related information. Of late I had been using some paper log sheets and then transferring these to my custom database program on my laptop.

After using this method for the past year, I decided I was sick of the "double handling" and the errors / time delays this can bring. I was also finding that I was getting behind with my logs. Recently I was looking around and found this great (free) app for Android called PortoDB. I have now installed this on my phone and have setup a database.

A link to this is below and a how to guide.

Link: 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.portofarina.portodb&hl=en_US&gl=US

How to Guide: 
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-create-a-database-on-your-android-device-with-portodb/

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// pedro andrade


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

DX Pedro
 

Gosh, I feel an awful responsibility now. Well I gotta say i do enjoy the radio. One grippe is the chugging. But beautiful little performer. Nice sound. I hope you don’t feel disappointed. 
73s

On Fri, 30 Apr 2021 at 18:19 John Lochey via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Pedro,

Man you inspired me!

I was on the fence about the PL-310ET, but I pulled the trigger on Amazon.

I recently sold some tech stuff to make room for more radios, so it's not hitting my bank account too badly!  ;)


Thanks!


Johnny

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// pedro andrade


Re: Your current "personal" radio DX challenge?

Paul Blundell
 

For the past year I have been running a long term DX project, that is done now so about to start planning my next one, once we finish moving house next week.


On Sat, 1 May 2021, 03:34 John Lochey via groups.io, <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

I'm back to DX'ing after years away and kind of doing a "restart" of the hobby so to speak, now that the kids are older and I have a *tiny* bit more time...  :)

Question:  What is your current "personal" radio DX challenge/goal?  Maybe none?  Maybe one?

I set the bar low for myself, with 10 US states heard (AM).  That's my summer goal.  Might be hard, might be easy.  But an easy "win" won't make me sad either!  LOL!

I'm in Michigan (USA), so I can knock out Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in about 5 mins!  ;)

What're you "challenging" yourself with right now?  Anything?  Antennas?  Other?


Have a GREAT weekend everyone! 

We're pumped here in Michigan because we might actually get sun AND warmth at THE SAME TIME here in Southern Michigan this weekend! 

Hard to imagine!  ;)


Johnny


Re: Barefoot? "Modified" ?

Paul Blundell
 

That is spot on, we still have the two classes.

Paul

On Sat, 1 May 2021, 00:19 John Lochey via groups.io, <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

I had another question...

Is there still the concept of DX'ing "Barefoot" vs "Modified" ?

I have been out of the Ultralight DX'ing "scene" for awhile, so I wasn't sure?

I thought that "Barefoot" meant any unmodified "stock" radio that fit the Ultralight restrictions with size, etc.
Modified meant, "anything modification goes", while observing the Ultralight restrictions with size, etc.

Thanks,

Johnny


Re: FM DX? AM DX?

Paul Blundell
 

I am mostly AM but also a bit of FM at times.


On Sat, 1 May 2021, 00:13 John Lochey via groups.io, <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

Do most here primarily AM DX or FM DX?

Just curious.


Johnny


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

Paul Blundell
 

It is always good to hear about the excitement of a new Radio.

Paul

On Sat, 1 May 2021, 00:11 John Lochey via groups.io, <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

As new radio purchases are always exciting and difficult to explain to "non-radio" people, I thought I'd share with the group.

New additions to my UltralightDX team are:
  • C.Crane Skywave - Love it!  Just got it yesterday, so still learning it
  • Sangean DT-800 - On the way, but seems nice
  • A Vonidor cheap AM/FM "old school" radio - Vonidor
  • A PowerBear cheap AM/FM "old school" radio - PowerBear
  • Also purchased a rotatable turntable to use with my Tecsun AN-200 loop antenna

Thanks for sharing my excitement!  :)


Johnny


Re: Your current "personal" radio DX challenge?

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 2:03 PM Johnny via groups.io
<jlochey@...> wrote:

Hi Peter,

Wow, that is super helpful!
You're welcome - all credit to the site developer.

I like that one because the AM lists are what you "should" hear based
on distance and signal strength. You probably won't hear everything
on the list and you will probably hear some that aren't listed, but
it's a good starting point. When I was still commuting by car (I go
to work by fiber now) I printed it out the AM part and used it as a
checklist. :-)



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Re: Your current "personal" radio DX challenge?

Johnny
 

Hi Peter,

Wow, that is super helpful!

Thanks!


Johnny


Re: Your current "personal" radio DX challenge?

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 12:34 PM John Lochey via groups.io
<jlochey@...> wrote:


I set the bar low for myself, with 10 US states heard (AM). That's my summer goal. Might be hard, might be easy. But an easy "win" won't make me sad either! LOL!

I'm in Michigan (USA), so I can knock out Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in about 5 mins! ;)

Your goals are your goals. :-)

You can go to the link below, enter your ZIP or your city name, hit
"search", and Michi will output a list you can use for AM DXing -
note the separate day and night listings for AM. FM and TV are there,
too. Very handy. Shows bearing and distance as well.

https://fccdata.org


73,
Peter Laws
N5UWY
DXCC / VUCC / WAS / WAC
SCARS Exam Team Leader - https://w5nor.org/
Editor, DX Downstairs, LWCA's The LOWDOWN
CIDX / IRCA / TAPR / OKDXA
Net Manager, ARRL Oklahoma Section


Your current "personal" radio DX challenge?

Johnny
 

Hi all,

I'm back to DX'ing after years away and kind of doing a "restart" of the hobby so to speak, now that the kids are older and I have a *tiny* bit more time...  :)

Question:  What is your current "personal" radio DX challenge/goal?  Maybe none?  Maybe one?

I set the bar low for myself, with 10 US states heard (AM).  That's my summer goal.  Might be hard, might be easy.  But an easy "win" won't make me sad either!  LOL!

I'm in Michigan (USA), so I can knock out Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in about 5 mins!  ;)

What're you "challenging" yourself with right now?  Anything?  Antennas?  Other?


Have a GREAT weekend everyone! 

We're pumped here in Michigan because we might actually get sun AND warmth at THE SAME TIME here in Southern Michigan this weekend! 

Hard to imagine!  ;)


Johnny


Re: FM DX? AM DX?

Johnny
 

I kind of love both for different reasons!

Nice to have both options!  :)



Johnny


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

Johnny
 

Hi Keith,

Yeah, I'm a sucker for the old school am/fm handhelds every since I feel in love with the GE 7-2500B radio that I received as a Christmas present when I was about nine years old.  Ever since then I can't seem to shake the desire to buy them!  And they've gotten SO MUCH BETTER over the years!!!

My Vintage GE radio:  Radio-that-started-my-Radio-Love

I'll let you know what I think of the Vonidor and Power Bear.


Johnny


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

Johnny
 

Hi Pedro,

Man you inspired me!

I was on the fence about the PL-310ET, but I pulled the trigger on Amazon.

I recently sold some tech stuff to make room for more radios, so it's not hitting my bank account too badly!  ;)


Thanks!


Johnny


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

keith beesley
 

Congrats, John Lochey!!

I like Sangeans in general, haven't  bought any new ones in a while. I'll be interesting to hear what you think of the Vondior and the Power Bear.

Keith Beesley
Seattle USA

On Friday, April 30, 2021, 09:43:25 AM PDT, John Lochey via groups.io <jlochey@...> wrote:


Hi Emily!

Birthday radios are the BEST!!!  :)

You'll have to tell me how you like the HDR-14 for DX'ing, I'm very tempted on that one!

The PL-330 looks great also and I could easily be enticed to buy one of those!

I really like all my CCrane stuff. They make some great radios! 


Johnny


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

Johnny
 

Hi Emily!

Birthday radios are the BEST!!!  :)

You'll have to tell me how you like the HDR-14 for DX'ing, I'm very tempted on that one!

The PL-330 looks great also and I could easily be enticed to buy one of those!

I really like all my CCrane stuff. They make some great radios! 


Johnny


Re: Couple new radios on the way!!!

DX Pedro
 

I would think the Crane would be pricier... Good to know! I have the 310et, and love it! one of the best piece of technology i've ever bought. :)

// pedro andrade


On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 5:40 PM John Lochey via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Pedro,

Probably the Tecsun PL-330...  That one is nice, but a bit pricier!

I have the Eton Traveler III and the Tecsun PL-380 already, so they could have been contenders as well.

Johnny

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