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Portable Radio RXing Awards Program.


Re: Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Johnny, I don't see the admin side of this being too much at this stage, it is more about getting enough people keen and deciding how the program will work / look.


On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 9:25 PM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

I'd love be a part of an awards program!

Let me know if I can help!  I could volunteer 2-4 hours a week if needed to help.

Love the ParkRX idea!  My wife and I are avid hikers.

Thanks,

Johnny



--
Paul


Re: Awards Program

Johnny
 

Hi all,

I'd love be a part of an awards program!

Let me know if I can help!  I could volunteer 2-4 hours a week if needed to help.

Love the ParkRX idea!  My wife and I are avid hikers.

Thanks,

Johnny


Re: Awards Program

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 12:45 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
The ULR Group awards, as it is now, is a real gem, with beautiful classic designs and challenges to be beaten. I am awaiting to prepare the first awards and maybe we could first issue the two Ross DX Challenge awards we got, Paul Logan and me, at the end of year 2020. That interesting exercise was, in a way, what allowed to spread this fascinating side of DXing aroud here. 
Thanks Jorge,

The original ULR group Awards program was indeed a real gem, and it was extremely popular. In fact. it was so popular that the demand for the Award Certificates eventually overwhelmed the two volunteers.

Your generous offer to administer a European Awards Program is greatly appreciated, and thank you for your comment on the original Award Certificates! In the ULR-DXing community, the demand has always been for awards honoring long range DXing accomplishments-- especially transoceanic or transcontinental DXing receptions. The State and Province awards here in North America were also extremely popular.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



Re: Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

All really good points and I am not suggesting in any way that we try to be just like amateurs but instead have something we can all work towards. 

Paul

On Thu, 27 May 2021, 17:45 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's true that Ham world gives much importance to awards and certificates. Almost 100% of them are issued by National Ham Clubs (ARRL, URE,...) or radio clubs. Something allowing the credibility of these documents is that they are issued to somebody holding a Call. My name is Jorge but I get an IOTA award to EB7EFA (my ham call). 

SWLers used to work awards when 'diexism' was in its golden years with powerful DXing Clubs that now are dismantled or survive as just e-bulletins or e-groups like us. Personal social interaction has been an important rol with awards and most of the times were given in meetings, or in the Club facilities, etc... 

I am officially EA1036-swl. This is my International SWL call. This can be asked here: http://swarl.org/ but it is mainly focused to ham contests, but also widely used in SW listening. That's important as Radioamateur world is still important as they feed corporativism and interaction with authorities, these giving rules to properly use the radioelectric spectrum. Unfortunately, despite e-bulletins or e-groups, DXers are mainly solitary people when listening. 

Transmitting a wave involves minimal tech skills. When a SOTA, or IOTA grid is activate, requires to erect an aerial, test it, adjust the SWR and balance the system to be heard by somebody. Getting the place is itself a challenge and be heard away it is also, and be heard by many is again a challenge. That's why DXing awards include a real challenge (number of countries, numbers of stations heards, counties or ### stations in a given time). But getting the same signals from different places is probably not as stations can be widely heard with a pocket portable. It is easy to listen to MW stations every season so not a challenge anymore. Regarding this, and working f. i. FM band, the challenge wouldn't be listen to many stations from a summit, but listen to the same stations from the bottom of the valley and test better aerials to get the better when propagation arrives. 

I also feel that NA and maybe Oz are more on getting awards than here in the Old World. People has found other means to show what they get (FB, Whatt'sApp, Instagram forums and so on...). 

The ULR Group awards, as it is now, is a real gem, with beautiful classic designs and challenges to be beaten. I am awaiting to prepare the first awards and maybe we could first issue the two Ross DX Challenge awards we got, Paul Logan and me, at the end of year 2020. That interesting exercise was, in a way, what allowed to spread this fascinating side of DXing aroud here. 

Sorry if you find some typo, but am writing on a mobile screen, too small in my opinion! 

Saludos


El jue., may. 27, 2021 a 2:08, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
Thanks for all the replies.

The below is something I have started in the past but never got off the ground, do you think this might make a good start? The name and details of it are all "up in the air" so I would welcome any and all feedback.

"ParkRXing is an awards program for anybody interested in the radio hobby, which encourages portable operation in parks and similar areas.

 

ParkRXing has been designed to make participation possible for anybody interested in the radio hobby. The rules are very simple and the awards have been designed to be achievable. The purpose is to encourage portable operation in parks and other similar locations, making the radio hobby more public and allow radio hobbyists to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

How do I start?

Get out in a local park with your radios and log what you hear, it really is that simple. A log file is available for download on this site.

 

Rules:

These rules are simple and have been designed to enhance the enjoyment of this awards program and ensure fairness.

 

1) All ParkRXing activity must take part in a public park, lookout, beach, mountain top or other such public location. All equipment must be portable and carried by the participant to their operating location.

 

2) No ParkRXing activity is permitted on private property for award purposes.

 

3) 5/10/15 rule:

- You must walk a minimum of 5 metres from any motorised mode of transport for a valid ParkRXing activity.

- You must log a minimum of 10 frequencies for a valid ParkRXing activity.

- You must remain in your location for a minimum of 15 minutes for a valid ParkRXing activity.

 

4) All frequencies must carry voice traffic. Data / paging frequencies are not permitted for award purposes.

 

5) All HF/VHF/UHF frequency bands are all permitted for award purposes.

 

6) Each location may only be counted once in a 48 hour period for award purposes.

 

7) Each frequency may only be counted once per location per ParkRXing activity.

 

8) All decisions of the ParkRXing administrator are final

 

Scoring:

Each activity counts for 1 point, bonus points are awarded for the first ParkRXing activity at each location (to encourage ParkRXing activity from different locations.) This adds 5 points to your tally.

 

Logging Process:

Below is an example of a valid log.

 

Awards:

Certificates will be emailed to all participants on the receipt of a valid log for the achievement levels below:

10 Activities

25 Activities

50 Activities

100 Activities" 


On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 10:17 PM Harold Cheetham via groups.io <hcheetham=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I think an awards program would be great. Like you said ham radio has all kinds of different awards so why shouldn't we. It might as you said help to get more people in the hobby. Will offer my help in any way I can.

Harold Cheetham




On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 08:02:59 AM EDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Thanks for the information Gary. I was thinking something along the lines of the SOTA program which is very popular in the amateur radio world.

As you said, we need to decide on what awards we want to offer, this is the main thing I am looking for feedback on.

Paul

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 19:20 Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 12:09 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
Hi Paul, 
Gary was trying to activate this some time ago and I offered myself as a volunteer for that. Perhaps he could refresh the steps we made! 
73!
Hello Jorge and Paul,

As most of you know, the original Ultralight Radio Awards program has been inactive for quite a few years due to a lack of volunteers. Previously we had a list of categories (U.S. States, Canadian Provinces, Graveyard Frequency Catches, etc.) which qualified for Award Certificates, and each category had certain levels of accomplishment (10 States, 20 States, etc.).

After John Bryant's accident in February of 2010 I volunteered to do the processing of the Award Certificates, which is probably the most time-consuming volunteer position, requiring Adobe Photoshop software skill, and enough free time to draft multiple certificates. As is typical in any volunteer position, occasionally there will be complaints from certain individuals wondering why their Award Certificates are not received as soon as they would like to receive them. Since I was already pretty much "maxed out" on hobby time around 2013, there really wasn't any option for me to devote more time to process the Award Certificates, despite a steadily increasing demand for them. In addition, my long time Ultralight Radio collaborator Rob Ross was reviewing the applications prior to sending them to me, and he and I both agreed that certain individuals were making it tough for us by requesting multiple certificates in each category, despite the increasing demand by all-new applicants. With well over 1,000 members in the group our volunteer efforts seemed to be taking up more and more of our free time, and the situation reached the point where it couldn't continue. As such, the program went into limbo around 2014.

For a new Ultralight Awards Program to kick off, there would first need to be a consensus on which Award Certificates to offer, and after that, at least two volunteers with plenty of free time (one for reviewing the applications, and the other for processing the Award Certificates with the Adobe Photoshop software). Jorge and I discussed having a separate Awards Program for Europe and North America, and of course if there are volunteers in other areas such as Australia, South America or Japan, those areas can also have their own separate awards.

They key point in planning for a new Awards Program is to have qualified volunteers. The second key point is to respect the volunteer work that is done, because those guys are using their own free time to perform a free service for you. Unfortunately, I don't currently have the free time to volunteer for the North American Awards Program, but I've already provided Jorge with several sample Award Certificates, and would be happy to provide them to any other volunteer for new Awards Programs in other continents. Since the DXing challenges are different in each continent, my recommendation would be for each separate continent to determine which Award Certificates to offer-- after they have enough qualified volunteers to start off off their own program.

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

  



--
Paul


Re: Awards Program

Jorge Garzón
 

It's true that Ham world gives much importance to awards and certificates. Almost 100% of them are issued by National Ham Clubs (ARRL, URE,...) or radio clubs. Something allowing the credibility of these documents is that they are issued to somebody holding a Call. My name is Jorge but I get an IOTA award to EB7EFA (my ham call). 

SWLers used to work awards when 'diexism' was in its golden years with powerful DXing Clubs that now are dismantled or survive as just e-bulletins or e-groups like us. Personal social interaction has been an important rol with awards and most of the times were given in meetings, or in the Club facilities, etc... 

I am officially EA1036-swl. This is my International SWL call. This can be asked here: http://swarl.org/ but it is mainly focused to ham contests, but also widely used in SW listening. That's important as Radioamateur world is still important as they feed corporativism and interaction with authorities, these giving rules to properly use the radioelectric spectrum. Unfortunately, despite e-bulletins or e-groups, DXers are mainly solitary people when listening. 

Transmitting a wave involves minimal tech skills. When a SOTA, or IOTA grid is activate, requires to erect an aerial, test it, adjust the SWR and balance the system to be heard by somebody. Getting the place is itself a challenge and be heard away it is also, and be heard by many is again a challenge. That's why DXing awards include a real challenge (number of countries, numbers of stations heards, counties or ### stations in a given time). But getting the same signals from different places is probably not as stations can be widely heard with a pocket portable. It is easy to listen to MW stations every season so not a challenge anymore. Regarding this, and working f. i. FM band, the challenge wouldn't be listen to many stations from a summit, but listen to the same stations from the bottom of the valley and test better aerials to get the better when propagation arrives. 

I also feel that NA and maybe Oz are more on getting awards than here in the Old World. People has found other means to show what they get (FB, Whatt'sApp, Instagram forums and so on...). 

The ULR Group awards, as it is now, is a real gem, with beautiful classic designs and challenges to be beaten. I am awaiting to prepare the first awards and maybe we could first issue the two Ross DX Challenge awards we got, Paul Logan and me, at the end of year 2020. That interesting exercise was, in a way, what allowed to spread this fascinating side of DXing aroud here. 

Sorry if you find some typo, but am writing on a mobile screen, too small in my opinion! 

Saludos

El jue., may. 27, 2021 a 2:08, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
Thanks for all the replies.

The below is something I have started in the past but never got off the ground, do you think this might make a good start? The name and details of it are all "up in the air" so I would welcome any and all feedback.

"ParkRXing is an awards program for anybody interested in the radio hobby, which encourages portable operation in parks and similar areas.

 

ParkRXing has been designed to make participation possible for anybody interested in the radio hobby. The rules are very simple and the awards have been designed to be achievable. The purpose is to encourage portable operation in parks and other similar locations, making the radio hobby more public and allow radio hobbyists to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

How do I start?

Get out in a local park with your radios and log what you hear, it really is that simple. A log file is available for download on this site.

 

Rules:

These rules are simple and have been designed to enhance the enjoyment of this awards program and ensure fairness.

 

1) All ParkRXing activity must take part in a public park, lookout, beach, mountain top or other such public location. All equipment must be portable and carried by the participant to their operating location.

 

2) No ParkRXing activity is permitted on private property for award purposes.

 

3) 5/10/15 rule:

- You must walk a minimum of 5 metres from any motorised mode of transport for a valid ParkRXing activity.

- You must log a minimum of 10 frequencies for a valid ParkRXing activity.

- You must remain in your location for a minimum of 15 minutes for a valid ParkRXing activity.

 

4) All frequencies must carry voice traffic. Data / paging frequencies are not permitted for award purposes.

 

5) All HF/VHF/UHF frequency bands are all permitted for award purposes.

 

6) Each location may only be counted once in a 48 hour period for award purposes.

 

7) Each frequency may only be counted once per location per ParkRXing activity.

 

8) All decisions of the ParkRXing administrator are final

 

Scoring:

Each activity counts for 1 point, bonus points are awarded for the first ParkRXing activity at each location (to encourage ParkRXing activity from different locations.) This adds 5 points to your tally.

 

Logging Process:

Below is an example of a valid log.

 

Awards:

Certificates will be emailed to all participants on the receipt of a valid log for the achievement levels below:

10 Activities

25 Activities

50 Activities

100 Activities" 


On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 10:17 PM Harold Cheetham via groups.io <hcheetham=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I think an awards program would be great. Like you said ham radio has all kinds of different awards so why shouldn't we. It might as you said help to get more people in the hobby. Will offer my help in any way I can.

Harold Cheetham




On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 08:02:59 AM EDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Thanks for the information Gary. I was thinking something along the lines of the SOTA program which is very popular in the amateur radio world.

As you said, we need to decide on what awards we want to offer, this is the main thing I am looking for feedback on.

Paul

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 19:20 Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 12:09 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
Hi Paul, 
Gary was trying to activate this some time ago and I offered myself as a volunteer for that. Perhaps he could refresh the steps we made! 
73!
Hello Jorge and Paul,

As most of you know, the original Ultralight Radio Awards program has been inactive for quite a few years due to a lack of volunteers. Previously we had a list of categories (U.S. States, Canadian Provinces, Graveyard Frequency Catches, etc.) which qualified for Award Certificates, and each category had certain levels of accomplishment (10 States, 20 States, etc.).

After John Bryant's accident in February of 2010 I volunteered to do the processing of the Award Certificates, which is probably the most time-consuming volunteer position, requiring Adobe Photoshop software skill, and enough free time to draft multiple certificates. As is typical in any volunteer position, occasionally there will be complaints from certain individuals wondering why their Award Certificates are not received as soon as they would like to receive them. Since I was already pretty much "maxed out" on hobby time around 2013, there really wasn't any option for me to devote more time to process the Award Certificates, despite a steadily increasing demand for them. In addition, my long time Ultralight Radio collaborator Rob Ross was reviewing the applications prior to sending them to me, and he and I both agreed that certain individuals were making it tough for us by requesting multiple certificates in each category, despite the increasing demand by all-new applicants. With well over 1,000 members in the group our volunteer efforts seemed to be taking up more and more of our free time, and the situation reached the point where it couldn't continue. As such, the program went into limbo around 2014.

For a new Ultralight Awards Program to kick off, there would first need to be a consensus on which Award Certificates to offer, and after that, at least two volunteers with plenty of free time (one for reviewing the applications, and the other for processing the Award Certificates with the Adobe Photoshop software). Jorge and I discussed having a separate Awards Program for Europe and North America, and of course if there are volunteers in other areas such as Australia, South America or Japan, those areas can also have their own separate awards.

They key point in planning for a new Awards Program is to have qualified volunteers. The second key point is to respect the volunteer work that is done, because those guys are using their own free time to perform a free service for you. Unfortunately, I don't currently have the free time to volunteer for the North American Awards Program, but I've already provided Jorge with several sample Award Certificates, and would be happy to provide them to any other volunteer for new Awards Programs in other continents. Since the DXing challenges are different in each continent, my recommendation would be for each separate continent to determine which Award Certificates to offer-- after they have enough qualified volunteers to start off off their own program.

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

  



--
Paul


Re: Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for all the replies.

The below is something I have started in the past but never got off the ground, do you think this might make a good start? The name and details of it are all "up in the air" so I would welcome any and all feedback.

"ParkRXing is an awards program for anybody interested in the radio hobby, which encourages portable operation in parks and similar areas.

 

ParkRXing has been designed to make participation possible for anybody interested in the radio hobby. The rules are very simple and the awards have been designed to be achievable. The purpose is to encourage portable operation in parks and other similar locations, making the radio hobby more public and allow radio hobbyists to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

How do I start?

Get out in a local park with your radios and log what you hear, it really is that simple. A log file is available for download on this site.

 

Rules:

These rules are simple and have been designed to enhance the enjoyment of this awards program and ensure fairness.

 

1) All ParkRXing activity must take part in a public park, lookout, beach, mountain top or other such public location. All equipment must be portable and carried by the participant to their operating location.

 

2) No ParkRXing activity is permitted on private property for award purposes.

 

3) 5/10/15 rule:

- You must walk a minimum of 5 metres from any motorised mode of transport for a valid ParkRXing activity.

- You must log a minimum of 10 frequencies for a valid ParkRXing activity.

- You must remain in your location for a minimum of 15 minutes for a valid ParkRXing activity.

 

4) All frequencies must carry voice traffic. Data / paging frequencies are not permitted for award purposes.

 

5) All HF/VHF/UHF frequency bands are all permitted for award purposes.

 

6) Each location may only be counted once in a 48 hour period for award purposes.

 

7) Each frequency may only be counted once per location per ParkRXing activity.

 

8) All decisions of the ParkRXing administrator are final

 

Scoring:

Each activity counts for 1 point, bonus points are awarded for the first ParkRXing activity at each location (to encourage ParkRXing activity from different locations.) This adds 5 points to your tally.

 

Logging Process:

Below is an example of a valid log.

 

Awards:

Certificates will be emailed to all participants on the receipt of a valid log for the achievement levels below:

10 Activities

25 Activities

50 Activities

100 Activities" 


On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 10:17 PM Harold Cheetham via groups.io <hcheetham=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I think an awards program would be great. Like you said ham radio has all kinds of different awards so why shouldn't we. It might as you said help to get more people in the hobby. Will offer my help in any way I can.

Harold Cheetham




On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 08:02:59 AM EDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Thanks for the information Gary. I was thinking something along the lines of the SOTA program which is very popular in the amateur radio world.

As you said, we need to decide on what awards we want to offer, this is the main thing I am looking for feedback on.

Paul

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 19:20 Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 12:09 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
Hi Paul, 
Gary was trying to activate this some time ago and I offered myself as a volunteer for that. Perhaps he could refresh the steps we made! 
73!
Hello Jorge and Paul,

As most of you know, the original Ultralight Radio Awards program has been inactive for quite a few years due to a lack of volunteers. Previously we had a list of categories (U.S. States, Canadian Provinces, Graveyard Frequency Catches, etc.) which qualified for Award Certificates, and each category had certain levels of accomplishment (10 States, 20 States, etc.).

After John Bryant's accident in February of 2010 I volunteered to do the processing of the Award Certificates, which is probably the most time-consuming volunteer position, requiring Adobe Photoshop software skill, and enough free time to draft multiple certificates. As is typical in any volunteer position, occasionally there will be complaints from certain individuals wondering why their Award Certificates are not received as soon as they would like to receive them. Since I was already pretty much "maxed out" on hobby time around 2013, there really wasn't any option for me to devote more time to process the Award Certificates, despite a steadily increasing demand for them. In addition, my long time Ultralight Radio collaborator Rob Ross was reviewing the applications prior to sending them to me, and he and I both agreed that certain individuals were making it tough for us by requesting multiple certificates in each category, despite the increasing demand by all-new applicants. With well over 1,000 members in the group our volunteer efforts seemed to be taking up more and more of our free time, and the situation reached the point where it couldn't continue. As such, the program went into limbo around 2014.

For a new Ultralight Awards Program to kick off, there would first need to be a consensus on which Award Certificates to offer, and after that, at least two volunteers with plenty of free time (one for reviewing the applications, and the other for processing the Award Certificates with the Adobe Photoshop software). Jorge and I discussed having a separate Awards Program for Europe and North America, and of course if there are volunteers in other areas such as Australia, South America or Japan, those areas can also have their own separate awards.

They key point in planning for a new Awards Program is to have qualified volunteers. The second key point is to respect the volunteer work that is done, because those guys are using their own free time to perform a free service for you. Unfortunately, I don't currently have the free time to volunteer for the North American Awards Program, but I've already provided Jorge with several sample Award Certificates, and would be happy to provide them to any other volunteer for new Awards Programs in other continents. Since the DXing challenges are different in each continent, my recommendation would be for each separate continent to determine which Award Certificates to offer-- after they have enough qualified volunteers to start off off their own program.

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

  



--
Paul


Re: This DX'er Got Fan Mail!

John
 

Best QSL ever!

John K5MO

On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 12:52 AM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
That's really nice Paul, I am glad she sent this to you.

Paul

On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 2:21 PM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
Some of you may remember I picked up 7ZR 936khz ABC Hobart from 8000 miles away here in Alaska, ending up live on the morning show a few days later and about a week later, on an Australian National morning tv show, News Breakfast. Well, a Hobart area grandmother looked me up online, found my address and sent me a very nice, hand written card!

Here's a picture of the card:

P.s. Because of my location, job and hobby... im not too hard to find.




--
Paul


Re: UL FM reception

Peter 1956
 


Re: Good source for 18650 batteries?

Phil Pasteur
 

I use lots of 18650 batteries and have purchased from lots of different sources. I like to get Japanese cells from Panasonic, LG, or Sony. They are labeled accurately and usually you can find hard test data for them online.
These folks:
https://www.orbtronic.com/ 
are a real good source. They carry real brand name batteries along with some they rebrand. But they usually tell you what is under the wrapper.
Pricing is good and they do run sales from time to time. Customer service has always been great as well.


Re: Improving Pocket UL FM reception

Jorge Garzón
 

You are right Jay! Very good pointed! That's why I will test it further choosing different stations where bandwidth filtering is more critical.
73!
J


Re: Good source for 18650 batteries?

radiojayallen
 

It would seem to be a problem with your specific radio not the model in general because mine does not exhibit this kind of drain. I can leave it for a month with no problems.

FWIW,
Jay


Re: Radio's For Sale

radiojayallen
 

If the Sony M37V is still available I'd love to have it...let me know! You can email me  at radiojayallen@...

Thanks,

Jay


Re: Improving Pocket UL FM reception

radiojayallen
 

Just remember that in FM a narrow bandwidth has a much different effect than it does on AM and may be less noticeable unless you are specifically checking for selectivity. Forgive me if you already know this, but on AM a narrower bandwidth, in addition to providing better selectivity, also reduces high frequency response as the  high frequencies are contained in the sidebands.

But on FM there is no apparent change in frequency response...only a subtle change (by portable radio standards) in distortion. So on a casual listen you may hear no difference e between a wider or narrower FM bandwidth but in tight selectivity cases you should see a big increase in selectivity. In my location the DT-800 does a better job at separating tightly spaced FM stations in its Narrow FM mode.

Again, forgive me if this is old news to you.

Jay


Re: Awards Program

Harold Cheetham
 

I think an awards program would be great. Like you said ham radio has all kinds of different awards so why shouldn't we. It might as you said help to get more people in the hobby. Will offer my help in any way I can.

Harold Cheetham




On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 08:02:59 AM EDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Thanks for the information Gary. I was thinking something along the lines of the SOTA program which is very popular in the amateur radio world.

As you said, we need to decide on what awards we want to offer, this is the main thing I am looking for feedback on.

Paul

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 19:20 Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 12:09 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
Hi Paul, 
Gary was trying to activate this some time ago and I offered myself as a volunteer for that. Perhaps he could refresh the steps we made! 
73!
Hello Jorge and Paul,

As most of you know, the original Ultralight Radio Awards program has been inactive for quite a few years due to a lack of volunteers. Previously we had a list of categories (U.S. States, Canadian Provinces, Graveyard Frequency Catches, etc.) which qualified for Award Certificates, and each category had certain levels of accomplishment (10 States, 20 States, etc.).

After John Bryant's accident in February of 2010 I volunteered to do the processing of the Award Certificates, which is probably the most time-consuming volunteer position, requiring Adobe Photoshop software skill, and enough free time to draft multiple certificates. As is typical in any volunteer position, occasionally there will be complaints from certain individuals wondering why their Award Certificates are not received as soon as they would like to receive them. Since I was already pretty much "maxed out" on hobby time around 2013, there really wasn't any option for me to devote more time to process the Award Certificates, despite a steadily increasing demand for them. In addition, my long time Ultralight Radio collaborator Rob Ross was reviewing the applications prior to sending them to me, and he and I both agreed that certain individuals were making it tough for us by requesting multiple certificates in each category, despite the increasing demand by all-new applicants. With well over 1,000 members in the group our volunteer efforts seemed to be taking up more and more of our free time, and the situation reached the point where it couldn't continue. As such, the program went into limbo around 2014.

For a new Ultralight Awards Program to kick off, there would first need to be a consensus on which Award Certificates to offer, and after that, at least two volunteers with plenty of free time (one for reviewing the applications, and the other for processing the Award Certificates with the Adobe Photoshop software). Jorge and I discussed having a separate Awards Program for Europe and North America, and of course if there are volunteers in other areas such as Australia, South America or Japan, those areas can also have their own separate awards.

They key point in planning for a new Awards Program is to have qualified volunteers. The second key point is to respect the volunteer work that is done, because those guys are using their own free time to perform a free service for you. Unfortunately, I don't currently have the free time to volunteer for the North American Awards Program, but I've already provided Jorge with several sample Award Certificates, and would be happy to provide them to any other volunteer for new Awards Programs in other continents. Since the DXing challenges are different in each continent, my recommendation would be for each separate continent to determine which Award Certificates to offer-- after they have enough qualified volunteers to start off off their own program.

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

  


Re: Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the information Gary. I was thinking something along the lines of the SOTA program which is very popular in the amateur radio world.

As you said, we need to decide on what awards we want to offer, this is the main thing I am looking for feedback on.

Paul

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 19:20 Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 12:09 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
Hi Paul, 
Gary was trying to activate this some time ago and I offered myself as a volunteer for that. Perhaps he could refresh the steps we made! 
73!
Hello Jorge and Paul,

As most of you know, the original Ultralight Radio Awards program has been inactive for quite a few years due to a lack of volunteers. Previously we had a list of categories (U.S. States, Canadian Provinces, Graveyard Frequency Catches, etc.) which qualified for Award Certificates, and each category had certain levels of accomplishment (10 States, 20 States, etc.).

After John Bryant's accident in February of 2010 I volunteered to do the processing of the Award Certificates, which is probably the most time-consuming volunteer position, requiring Adobe Photoshop software skill, and enough free time to draft multiple certificates. As is typical in any volunteer position, occasionally there will be complaints from certain individuals wondering why their Award Certificates are not received as soon as they would like to receive them. Since I was already pretty much "maxed out" on hobby time around 2013, there really wasn't any option for me to devote more time to process the Award Certificates, despite a steadily increasing demand for them. In addition, my long time Ultralight Radio collaborator Rob Ross was reviewing the applications prior to sending them to me, and he and I both agreed that certain individuals were making it tough for us by requesting multiple certificates in each category, despite the increasing demand by all-new applicants. With well over 1,000 members in the group our volunteer efforts seemed to be taking up more and more of our free time, and the situation reached the point where it couldn't continue. As such, the program went into limbo around 2014.

For a new Ultralight Awards Program to kick off, there would first need to be a consensus on which Award Certificates to offer, and after that, at least two volunteers with plenty of free time (one for reviewing the applications, and the other for processing the Award Certificates with the Adobe Photoshop software). Jorge and I discussed having a separate Awards Program for Europe and North America, and of course if there are volunteers in other areas such as Australia, South America or Japan, those areas can also have their own separate awards.

They key point in planning for a new Awards Program is to have qualified volunteers. The second key point is to respect the volunteer work that is done, because those guys are using their own free time to perform a free service for you. Unfortunately, I don't currently have the free time to volunteer for the North American Awards Program, but I've already provided Jorge with several sample Award Certificates, and would be happy to provide them to any other volunteer for new Awards Programs in other continents. Since the DXing challenges are different in each continent, my recommendation would be for each separate continent to determine which Award Certificates to offer-- after they have enough qualified volunteers to start off off their own program.

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

  


Re: UL FM reception

Paul Blundell
 

Yeah I had a AR-1733 that also died last year.


On Wed, 26 May 2021, 17:42 Michael.2E0IHW via groups.io, <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks, Paul,
I have a 1733. Unfortunately, it appears dead - probably battery leakage :-(
I will take  it apart and see if it can be revived!

If not, I will be interested in the most sensitive FM  rx known to the group.

Michael UK


On 26/05/2021 01:22, Paul Blundell wrote:
I ran a three way test on the weekend, this might help a bit:

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 07:59 Michael.2E0IHW via groups.io, <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Which is the FM dx ultralight with the best sensitivity and selectivity?

Michael UK



Re: Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks. I don't want to take anything away from the previous awards program, this was more about starting something new and different.

Paul

On Wed, 26 May 2021, 17:09 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul, 
Gary was trying to activate this some time ago and I offered myself as a volunteer for that. Perhaps he could refresh the steps we made! 
73!


El mié., may. 26, 2021 a 8:27, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
I am thinking about trying to launch a new "awards" program. It seems that every other week SOTA, IOTA, SiOTA or another awards program pops up in the amateur radio space. I would love to see us do something to make us stand out and get a focus / our own identity in the broad "hobby radio" space.

I am happy to do the work and run the admin side of this, if we can decide on how we want it to work / look like. It would need to allow anybody to participate and account for the different areas of the world and the challenges of this.

Thoughts?

Paul
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/


Re: UL FM reception

Michael.2E0IHW
 

Thanks, Peter. Logged for if-7313-is-dead!

I couldn't  find the shootout reviews. Could you give me a link, please.

Michael

On 26/05/2021 10:27, Peter 1956 wrote:
Hello Michael,
According to Gary's recent shootout, the Radiwow R-108 came tops on FM, but it doesn't have RDS.

Peter


Re: Awards Program

Jorge Garzón
 

Thank you Gary for your explanation. As I made in the past, my commitment is always ON and I will proud to share my spare time with the Club and other members, helping with this Award program.
Saludos
J

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