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96.3 OFM 209km D-808 with yagi aerial

Peter 1956
 

Schweizer-Reneke 209km https://youtu.be/KFvHKetXt2M Peter Botswana


Re: Recent FSL Antenna Experimentation

Gary DeBock
 

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 07:46 AM, Peter Laws wrote:
If you are ever looking for a test site in, say, the southern plains
... near a man-made lake ... in a state park ... let's just say "I
know a guy" that would be willing to host your test antenna. :-D
Thanks Peter,

After Paul Walker's DX-ploits in Alaska the demand for compact FSL's has gone off the charts, but I appreciate your interest, and will put you on the waiting list.

73, Gary


Re: Review - TEAC PR130 Portable AM/FM Radio

Paul Blundell
 

I have just updated this review with some new information and findings.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/review-teac-pr130-portable-amfm-radio.html

Paul


Long Term DX Project - 13/05/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 13/05/2021
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
Radio: AR-1733 / 3” FSL
Notes: A mid-afternoon session. Signals were much as I would expect with only 2CA and 3RPH not being logged at all. 3KND on 1503kHz was a very poor signal but was heard late in the session.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

Area Served

Purpose

Power

531

3GG

AVERAGE

Warragul

Commercial

5k

549

2CR

WEAK

Cumnock

National

50k

594

3WV

GOOD

Horsham

National

50k

621

3RN

GOOD

Melbourne

National

50k

774

3LO

GOOD

Melbourne

National

50k

1053

2CA

UNLOGGED

Canberra

Commercial

5k

1179

3RPH

UNLOGGED

Melbourne

Community

5k

1341

HPON GEELONG

AVERAGE

Geelong

HPON

5k

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

GOOD

Melbourne

HPON

5k

1503

3KND

POOR

Melbourne

Community

5k

 


Re: Headphones?

Paul S. in CT
 

Because its AM/SW with limited fidelity I use the $2 Vido eaerbuds from aliexpress. Quite good for the purpose, and not too bad im ny mp3player.

Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: Loggings - 1404kHz - 1494kHz - 10/05/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Yes after sunset would make a huge difference, for me my station count goes from 15 to 100+ after dark.


On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 10:37 PM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,

It was an easy test.  ;)

Zero.  I heard nothing at 6:30 PM EST on the frequencies 1400 KHZ to 1500 KHZ.  Or 1300 KHZ to 1400 KHZ.  Or 1500 KHZ to 1600 KHZ.  On three radios. : (

I had intended to try after sunset, but ran out of time.  That may have been a deciding factor.  After sunset could have been a game changer, so I'll try again tonight.


Johnny



--
Paul


Re: Headphones?

Phil Pasteur
 

For anyone considering the Sony ZX model. I just noticed that Best Buy has them on sale for 50% off. Basically $10.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-zx-series-wired-on-ear-headphones-black/8618232.p?skuId=8618232


Re: Loggings - 1404kHz - 1494kHz - 10/05/2021

Johnny
 

Hi Paul,

It was an easy test.  ;)

Zero.  I heard nothing at 6:30 PM EST on the frequencies 1400 KHZ to 1500 KHZ.  Or 1300 KHZ to 1400 KHZ.  Or 1500 KHZ to 1600 KHZ.  On three radios. : (

I had intended to try after sunset, but ran out of time.  That may have been a deciding factor.  After sunset could have been a game changer, so I'll try again tonight.


Johnny


DXing Time V Results

Paul Blundell
 

This is more of a "thrown it out to the universe type question.

What is the "right" amount of time to spend DXing against the results you get? This plays in to the law of "Diminishing Returns". You could spend hours listening and not hear much or only listen for a short period and get excellent results.
What have you found to to be the "sweet spot"?

Paul


Portable Ultralight DXing Session - 12/05/2021 - Tunbridge Community Park

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 12/05/2021
Time: 10:15am
Location: Tunbridge Community Park, Tasmania.
Radio: AR-1733 / 3” FSL
Notes: A mid-morning session on my drive to Hobart for work. Tunbridge is about the midway point between Launceston and Hobart and is a very small town, it has only a few houses and a community centre.

Results (as shown below) were much as I would expect with 2CR on 549kHz being a bit of a surprise, but I really had to work hard to get this. The weather was average with some rain starting just as I pulled up. 3RN on 621kHz was the standout signal with 3LO on 774kHz not being far behind it.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

Area Served

Purpose

Power

531

3GG

Warragul

Commercial

5k

549

2CR

Cumnock

National

50k

585

7RN

Hobart

National

10k

594

3WV

Horsham

National

50k

621

3RN

Melbourne

National

50k

747

7PB

Hobart

National

3500

774

3LO

Melbourne

National

50k

864

7RPH

Hobart

Community

2k

936

7ZR

Hobart

National

10k

1008

HPON LAUNCESTON

Launceston

HPON

5k

1080

HPON HOBART

Hobart

HPON

5k

1341

HPON GEELONG

Geelong

HPON

5k

1422

HPON

Wagin

HPON

2k









Allowance for Cassette Player

Paul Blundell
 

Recently I was contacted via my blog about the ultralight dxing hobby and the equipment we use.
 
They asked me an interesting question, if they are using a "walkman" type device which has a cassette player, do we make any allowance for this in the size guidelines? As in, do we allow the removal of the size that the cassette player part takes up when deciding if a radio is "allowed" or not?

It is an interesting question and not something I have ever considered myself.

Paul 


Re: Loggings - 1404kHz - 1494kHz - 10/05/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Good luck with it Johnny, I will be keen to hear what you manage to log.

Paul

On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 5:47 AM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,

I'm impressed that you get so many stations!

I will try that frequency range tonight at 6:30 PM EST with my:
  • CCrane Skywave
  • Sangean DT-800
  • Sihuadon R-108
Should be interesting to determine my "net" reception in that range...


Johnny



--
Paul


Re: Headphones?

Neil Griffin
 

I bought several pairs of those Sony headphones up on sale at Walgreen's or CVS several years ago on a trip. I agree that they sound decent for the price.  They fold up, which is good for traveling with your portable radio.  The kids liked them for tablets, too.  

Neil Griffin NØSKG
Spartanburg, SC

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 10:24 PM John Dusek <johndusek3@...> wrote:

I have several pairs of a great set of Sony over the ear headphones that are good quality.  Highly recommended, very comfortable to wear and light to travel around with.

 

They are Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones , the plain back ones are only US $10 – model MDR-ZX110.  Can get them on Amazon.

I have one set for my ham radio and 2 other sets for other devices I have.

 

 

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Johnny via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, May 8, 2021 1:50 PM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Headphones?

 

Hi all,

What do most people like for headphones?

Ear Buds?

Over the Ear?

Any brands that you like?

I'm trying to decide if I should "bite the bullet" on some good over the ear headphones or not.


Johnny


Re: Loggings - 1404kHz - 1494kHz - 10/05/2021

Johnny
 

Hi Paul,

I'm impressed that you get so many stations!

I will try that frequency range tonight at 6:30 PM EST with my:
  • CCrane Skywave
  • Sangean DT-800
  • Sihuadon R-108
Should be interesting to determine my "net" reception in that range...


Johnny


Re: Headphones?

Wolfgang von Poellnitz
 

Dear John, for ultralight without reading your recommendation this would have been also my choice for a small light weight cheap on-ear headphone, surely I will try one of those for my Tecsuns, Degen, etc. For stereo I have an AKG K182 studio set, but ear pads impossible to find at normal prices. This I might replace with the otherwise highly recommended Sony MDR7506, same price range. The cheap Sony suits surely very well to the idea of ultralight dx.
But another question: has anyone good experience with real ham set headphones as e.g. Kenwood HS-5 or similar? An idea for my larger rigs...

73, Wolfgang
Austria


Re: Recent FSL Antenna Experimentation

Peter Laws
 

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 9:23 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io
<D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

The recent FSL experimentation is based on the premise that even a small FSL can run wild when it is in the right place at the right time.
If you are ever looking for a test site in, say, the southern plains
... near a man-made lake ... in a state park ... let's just say "I
know a guy" that would be willing to host your test antenna. :-D



--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: Recent FSL Antenna Experimentation

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 08:09 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Thanks for the information Gary, your FSL's skills are well honed and I use my 3" FSL as often as I can. It came for a trip down south today.
I find that it produces amazing results and often brings in signal from nothing to really good.The tuning is critical and I often need to adjust this and it's location to get the best results.
 
Paul
Thanks Paul,

Yes, it does take some time to become skillful at tuning an FSL antenna-- but I guess that if Paul Walker can do it like an expert in subfreezing Alaskan weather we should be able to figure it out in our comfortable back yards :-)

Gary
 


945 Radio Nacional de Sāo Tomé e Principe ID Etón Elite Traveler 3481km

Peter 1956
 

The barefoot ultralight was used in the house. The International Service of RNA (Angola) in English was competing.
https://youtu.be/9Q6mE_lSWBE

Peter Wilson
Botswana


Re: Recent FSL Antenna Experimentation

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the information Gary, your FSL's skills are well honed and I use my 3" FSL as often as I can. It came for a trip down south today.
I find that it produces amazing results and often brings in signal from nothing to really good.The tuning is critical and I often need to adjust this and it's location to get the best results.

Paul



On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 12:23 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Noted MW-DXing antenna expert Dave Eichelman recently asked me about the latest FSL designs, which have emphasized compact DXing gain. The recent FSL experimentation is based on the premise that even a small FSL can run wild when it is in the right place at the right time. As such, its portability and quick setup nature become its primary advantages over other types of antennas. Paul Walker has run wild in Alaska over the winter with a modest-sized 5" FSL primarily because he tapped into Trans-Arctic propagation that has rarely been exploited. In the same way, another modest-sized 6" FSL was tested out at the Asia-facing Rockwork 2 cliff last October during exceptional propagation, and came away with apparent west-coast-first loggings of 594-Myanmar and 675-AIR (although the former was received frequently in Masset shortly thereafter, and later in the season).

The early experimentation to build monster FSL antennas was probably a little misguided, since even modest sized FSL's (from 4 to 6 inches) can be extremely effective if they have the advantage of great propagation. On the other hand, if you are chasing breakthrough transoceanic DX, when propagation is average or mediocre even the largest of antennas will put you to sleep. The FSL antenna's portability, quick setup and rugged survival give it a critical edge in harsh or wild environments like Alaskan snowfields or ocean side cliffs-- and since even modest-sized FSL's can run wild when conditions are great, the current mindset is to enhance portability by making the antennas lean, mean and capable of surviving any kind of nasty weather. Paul's FSL-DXing experience in the harsh Alaskan environment has been a bonanza for these efforts, as well as transoceanic DXing in gale-force winds and rain last March at Rockwork 2.

As such, during the Pandemic, the focus has been on producing compact new FSL designs like the 5 inch (13cm) FSL ("the Paul Walker variant"), a new 6 inch (15cm) FSL (the "Six Appeal" model) which tracked down the Asian DX last October at Rockwork 2, and a new 8 inch (20cm) FSL model tested out last summer for DU-DXing at Rockwork 4. These antennas are relatively cheap to construct, lightweight to carry, and provide a stunning gain boost whatever the conditions. But when the conditions are great, they can be the ultimate DXing thrillers for their tiny size. Since their mission includes survival in wicked ocean cliff storms, though, the current challenge is to make them "bulletproof" to survive even the nastiest rain, wind and cold. Sooner or later, a DXer needs to "pay the price" for enhanced ocean cliff propagation, and prove that he and his gear are up to the challenge.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

    



--
Paul


Re: Headphones?

John Dusek
 

I have several pairs of a great set of Sony over the ear headphones that are good quality.  Highly recommended, very comfortable to wear and light to travel around with.

 

They are Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones , the plain back ones are only US $10 – model MDR-ZX110.  Can get them on Amazon.

I have one set for my ham radio and 2 other sets for other devices I have.

 

 

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> On Behalf Of Johnny via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, May 8, 2021 1:50 PM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Headphones?

 

Hi all,

What do most people like for headphones?

Ear Buds?

Over the Ear?

Any brands that you like?

I'm trying to decide if I should "bite the bullet" on some good over the ear headphones or not.


Johnny

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