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Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Frank,

Sorry that the waiting list is up to about 20 now, primarily due to my lack of free time to make these. But I will add your name to it.

An upcoming full construction article may help to satisfy some of the demand for these Baby FSL's, since the design isn't that difficult to construct.

Gary


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Gary DeBock
 

On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 10:34 AM, Jim B wrote:
I have an old 6" fsl with 5 1/2' rods and 100/44 litz wire. It works well, but I am wondering if rewinding it with 1162/46 Litz wire would make much of an improvement?  thanks  Jim
Hi Jim,

Replacement of 100/44 Litz wire with 1162/46 Litz wire in any FSL antenna design would result in a huge increase in MW sensitivity, and is well worth the effort.

The 1162/46 Litz wire requires a 60-watt soldering iron or gun for proper installation, though, and costs about $1 per foot-- resulting in about a $35 cost for the coil and "pigtails" (for soldering to the variable cap).

Gary


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Arthur Samel
 


interested in this

-----Original Message-----
From: FRANCIS WELCH via groups.io <n1fus@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jun 21, 2021 5:32 pm
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Gary  If you are going to make some of these could you please add my name to the list. I would be more than happy to pay in advance .
Thank you 
Frank Welch
Worcester,MA

On Monday, June 21, 2021, 01:34:15 PM EDT, Jim B <jim01028@...> wrote:


I have an old 6" fsl with 5 1/2' rods and 100/44 litz wire. It works well, but I am wondering if rewinding it with 1162/46 Litz wire would make much of an improvement?  thanks  Jim

On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 9:55 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
In the latest of the "lean and mean" FSL antennas developed during the Pandemic, the new 3 inch Baby FSL was an experiment to cram the most sensitive 1162/46 Litz wire and the sharpest-tuning "384P* variable cap onto the shortest yet ferrite material-- the 100mm x 8mm Russian surplus ferrite rods. The result is a tiny little DXing firecracker weighing only 2.4 pounds (1.1kg). In the video linked below the new antenna boosts a daytime DX fringe signal from 980-CKNW (50 kW at 156 miles) from S1 up to around S9. All the parts necessary to construct his little monster are readily available, so hopefully it will make a serious dent in the Baby FSL waiting list  (4) New 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL antenna-- a Tiny Thriller - YouTube

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

    


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

FRANCIS WELCH
 

Gary  If you are going to make some of these could you please add my name to the list. I would be more than happy to pay in advance .
Thank you 
Frank Welch
Worcester,MA

On Monday, June 21, 2021, 01:34:15 PM EDT, Jim B <jim01028@...> wrote:


I have an old 6" fsl with 5 1/2' rods and 100/44 litz wire. It works well, but I am wondering if rewinding it with 1162/46 Litz wire would make much of an improvement?  thanks  Jim

On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 9:55 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
In the latest of the "lean and mean" FSL antennas developed during the Pandemic, the new 3 inch Baby FSL was an experiment to cram the most sensitive 1162/46 Litz wire and the sharpest-tuning "384P* variable cap onto the shortest yet ferrite material-- the 100mm x 8mm Russian surplus ferrite rods. The result is a tiny little DXing firecracker weighing only 2.4 pounds (1.1kg). In the video linked below the new antenna boosts a daytime DX fringe signal from 980-CKNW (50 kW at 156 miles) from S1 up to around S9. All the parts necessary to construct his little monster are readily available, so hopefully it will make a serious dent in the Baby FSL waiting list  (4) New 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL antenna-- a Tiny Thriller - YouTube

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

    


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Jim B
 

I have an old 6" fsl with 5 1/2' rods and 100/44 litz wire. It works well, but I am wondering if rewinding it with 1162/46 Litz wire would make much of an improvement?  thanks  Jim

On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 9:55 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
In the latest of the "lean and mean" FSL antennas developed during the Pandemic, the new 3 inch Baby FSL was an experiment to cram the most sensitive 1162/46 Litz wire and the sharpest-tuning "384P* variable cap onto the shortest yet ferrite material-- the 100mm x 8mm Russian surplus ferrite rods. The result is a tiny little DXing firecracker weighing only 2.4 pounds (1.1kg). In the video linked below the new antenna boosts a daytime DX fringe signal from 980-CKNW (50 kW at 156 miles) from S1 up to around S9. All the parts necessary to construct his little monster are readily available, so hopefully it will make a serious dent in the Baby FSL waiting list  (4) New 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL antenna-- a Tiny Thriller - YouTube

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

    
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[mwcircle] Maximum DX

Les Rayburn
 

Paul,

Fascinating article on the “limits” of medium wave propagation. You might be in a position to challenge all the theories. Using Gary’s FSL antennas, your low-noise arctic location, skills, and uncanny ability to resist the cold who knows what is possible? 

See article link below. 


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
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NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 

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Begin forwarded message:

From: "Steve Whitt" <mwneditor@...>
Subject: [mwcircle] Maximum DX
Date: June 21, 2021 at 5:03:35 AM CDT

When you listen to faraway MW radio stations 20km doesn't seem very far. 200km likewise. And 2000km is relatively easy to achieve. But what is the limit?
What if you could hear a station from 20000km away - half a world away? Find out how it might be possible.
 
We’ve republished a feature from MWN onto our new website here
 
 
because we have an interesting follow up planned for members in the next MWN due out at start of July.
 
73
Steve
 


Re: Question about your mobile/remote DX'ing procedure.

Paul Blundell
 

As I am in Australia, I do my own research, mostly from the ACMA website, this group and some other groups I am a member of.


On Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 15:50 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Are any handbooks still in production? WRTH was a popular one.


Re: LONG TERM DX Projects

Paul Blundell
 

I have ran a few DX challenges and projects in the past.

This one is where I log the same 10 stations at different times and days and keep a record of the signal strength. It is only for my own enjoyment. 

At times I run seperate ones which are more for focused, I am about to start one to log all commercial stations within 400 miles of my location.

I am happy to assist anybody who wants to run their own, including help with research and development of it.



On Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 15:48 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:

I have seen more than a few posts about this while looking over some of the group messages. What is it all about? Can I join in? 

In the past I chased QSL cards, is it like that? 


Re: Multi-Use Radio DXing Kit - June 2021

Paul Blundell
 

This one came from Bunnings which is a large hardware store chain here in Australia. It cost me $35, they are around $50 now.


On Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 15:46 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Once I get some radios, I might need a tool case like this. Where did you buy it?


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Paul Blundell
 

Yes Gary designs and builds these, they are amazing and I love using mine.


On Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 15:44 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Wow. That sounds like an interesting idea. It looks to work well. I assume they are custom built? 


Re: Question about your mobile/remote DX'ing procedure.

 

Are any handbooks still in production? WRTH was a popular one.


LONG TERM DX Projects

 

I have seen more than a few posts about this while looking over some of the group messages. What is it all about? Can I join in? 

In the past I chased QSL cards, is it like that? 


Re: Multi-Use Radio DXing Kit - June 2021

 

Once I get some radios, I might need a tool case like this. Where did you buy it?


Re: DX

 

That is awesome. I will download and have a good read. I am super keen to get some more radios.

Best supplier?


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

 

Wow. That sounds like an interesting idea. It looks to work well. I assume they are custom built? 


Grouping Stations

Paul Blundell
 

Hi all.

I am in the process of setting up some groups in my database, at this point I am grouping them by these types:
National (ABC)
Commercial
Racing
Community

This will be used for my next round of radio challenges. Any other suggestions?

Paul


Re: DX

Gary DeBock
 

On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 08:09 PM, Frank Standford wrote:
I have been mostly listening to HF aero and some broadcast stations.
That looks like a good radio, can you buy them here in the US of A? I had a redsun radio, that worked well.
Hi Frank,

I don't know if you have seen the 35 page major article linked below, but it features extremely detailed reviews of five popular DXing portables (with four of them "official" Ultralights)  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


   


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Gary DeBock
 

On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 07:03 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Well done and thanks for sharing this, it looks like it works very well.
I love my 3" FSL and use it often.
 
Paul
Thanks Paul,

As you may know, your 3" FSL antenna was actually the "movie star" in the video posted 2 years ago at the following link. Your model uses 125mm long ferrite rods, while the new model uses 100mm long ferrite rods. As it works out with the Ukrainian ferrite selling cartel, the shorter rods are significantly cheaper  New Design 3 Inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna Demo Video - YouTube

Gary


Re: DX

Paul Blundell
 

On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 1:09 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
I have been mostly listening to HF aero and some broadcast stations.
That looks like a good radio, can you buy them here in the US of A? I had a redsun radio, that worked well.
 
 
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2021 at 11:39 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX
Hi,
I use a few different radios. My main Ultralight radio is my Digitech AR-1733. I also use my Teac PR130 at times. What radios do you own?
I see you are a new member on here, welcome to the group. What have been your main radio interests until now?
 
Paul
 
On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 10:49 AM <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
HELLO.
 
What do you use for ultralight dx?
 
My radios are too big, what is a good starter radio?

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 



--
Paul


Re: New Design 3 inch (76mm) Baby FSL Antenna-- a Tiny Thriller

Gary DeBock
 

On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 08:11 PM, Frank Standford wrote:
How do you connect that to the radio? Does the radio needs to be fiddled with to allow this to work?
Hi Frank,

No wire connection is necessary between the radio and FSL antenna-- it uses inductive coupling.

The FSL antenna can dramatically boost up any radio signal received on a portable, once the FSL antenna is tuned to the same frequency as the radio. A detailed guide on using the FSL antenna is posted at  .FSL (Ferrite Sleeve Loop) Antenna Tuning Course - YouTube

 Gary

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