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Re: Publication news

Phil Pasteur
 

Hi,
 I read the PDF from the link that you posted. Interesting reading (I read it all), but I did not see the FSL article in that document. I assume that it is s different publication from the Spectrum Monitor publication where the FSL article appears? Correct?

THX
Phil


1580 Canada CKDO Oshawa ON clear ID 13040km 2nd Oct 2021

Peter 1956
 

My best reception yet of 1580 CKDO.
Daryl MacLean's Friday Night Beach Party. Received in SE Botswana. Airspy HF+ Discovery, SDR Console V3, random wire with binocular balun.
https://youtu.be/TBPTird0DTg
Peter Wilson


Re: Publication news

Gary DeBock
 

On Fri, Oct 1, 2021 at 04:46 PM, Ray Mongrain wrote:
Hi,
 
The article was great.  I would like to build an antenna.  Please show me where I can find instructions.
 
Thanks,
Ray

 
 
Thanks Ray,

Depending on what antenna you wish to build, a couple of these links may prove useful.

If you would like an enhanced (7.5 inch) MW or LW loopstick for the XHDATA D-808 model, a full construction article is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5d0pi85jfptgmrj4pd0jsmaybgb6gteh
If you would like a 3" Baby FSL antenna (with the design photo and construction parts photo attached), a full construction article is currently being drafted. But if you have antenna building experience you can build off of the design photo posted in this message, substituting 100mm x 8mm Russian surplus ferrite rods (available on eBay) for the 160mm x 8mm rods called for in the very similar 3.5" Frequent Flyer FSL full construction article posted at  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/kawg0ae79yktfw6qzhuh0jw2npxdw80c

There have been numerous improvements in compact FSL design and survivability since the 3.5" Frequent Flyer article was drafted in July of 2017, so I don't recommend that you build that model. The recent improvements stop ferrite rod horizontal shifting and ferrite sleeve rotation, making the antenna far more rugged for survival in tough environments (ocean cliffs, Alaskan snowfields, or maybe United Airlines luggage ramps).

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 


Re: Puyallup, WA (Rainy Park) TP's for 9-30

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 11:32 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
It looks like this was good practice  for you :)
 
Paul
Yes, Paul-- DXing on a plunging ocean cliff in October is unlikely to be comfortable, and it's best to prepare for the worst.

Gary


Re: Publication news

Paul Blundell
 

Awesome work.


On Fri, 1 Oct 2021, 8:24 pm Jock Elliott, <jock.elliott@...> wrote:
My article on "Ultralight MW DXing with Ferrite Sleeve Loop Antennas" has been published in the October issue of Spectrum Monitor and would not have been possible without wonderful cooperation and interviews with Gary DeBock and Paul Walker. Thank you both!

swskeds provided a link to the October issue of Asian DX Review. Here's the link: https://idxci.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ADXR-Volume-39-No-564-October-2021.pdf

Among the interesting content is a list of private European SW stations. I was unaware of them and thought it might be really interesting to try to hear some of them.


Re: Publication news

Ray Mongrain
 

Hi,

The article was great.  I would like to build an antenna.  Please show me where I can find instructions.

Thanks,
Ray


On Oct 1, 2021, at 6:24 AM, Jock Elliott <jock.elliott@...> wrote:

My article on "Ultralight MW DXing with Ferrite Sleeve Loop Antennas" has been published in the October issue of Spectrum Monitor and would not have been possible without wonderful cooperation and interviews with Gary DeBock and Paul Walker. Thank you both!

swskeds provided a link to the October issue of Asian DX Review. Here's the link: https://idxci.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ADXR-Volume-39-No-564-October-2021.pdf

Among the interesting content is a list of private European SW stations. I was unaware of them and thought it might be really interesting to try to hear some of them.


Re: Publication news

Ray Mongrain
 




On Oct 1, 2021, at 6:24 AM, Jock Elliott <jock.elliott@...> wrote:

My article on "Ultralight MW DXing with Ferrite Sleeve Loop Antennas" has been published in the October issue of Spectrum Monitor and would not have been possible without wonderful cooperation and interviews with Gary DeBock and Paul Walker. Thank you both!

swskeds provided a link to the October issue of Asian DX Review. Here's the link: https://idxci.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ADXR-Volume-39-No-564-October-2021.pdf

Among the interesting content is a list of private European SW stations. I was unaware of them and thought it might be really interesting to try to hear some of them.


Re: [irca] FSL Antennas/Ultralights/Alaska In Spectrum Monitor

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, Oct 1, 2021 at 12:29 PM Paul B. Walker, Jr.
<walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:

If you subscribe to the magazine online, Gary, the FSL's, ultralights and I are featured in this months edition.

If I may, I'd like to add that TSM is WELL worth the $24/year
subscription price. The best part about it, to me, is that they cover
the entire RF spectrum.

https://www.thespectrummonitor.com/

I have no connection to TSM other than as a very happy subscriber
since the first issue.

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


FSL Antennas/Ultralights/Alaska In Spectrum Monitor

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

If you subscribe to the magazine online, Gary, the FSL's, ultralights and I are featured in this months edition.

Paul Walker
Just east of the ass end of gods creation nowhere aka McGrath Alaska


Publication news

Jock Elliott
 

My article on "Ultralight MW DXing with Ferrite Sleeve Loop Antennas" has been published in the October issue of Spectrum Monitor and would not have been possible without wonderful cooperation and interviews with Gary DeBock and Paul Walker. Thank you both!

swskeds provided a link to the October issue of Asian DX Review. Here's the link: https://idxci.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ADXR-Volume-39-No-564-October-2021.pdf

Among the interesting content is a list of private European SW stations. I was unaware of them and thought it might be really interesting to try to hear some of them.


Re: Puyallup, WA (Rainy Park) TP's for 9-30

Paul Blundell
 

It looks like this was good practice  for you :)

Paul

On Fri, 1 Oct 2021, 11:42 am Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
What better way to prepare for a wild ocean cliff DXpedition than chase TP's with portables and FSL's in the rain at a local park? Like at Grayland the Chinese were putting in good signals, although the primary benefit here was foul weather training for the Rockwork 2 cliff in mid-October.

Asian conditions were decent but not really up to last September's usual standard, with a lot of obscure stations staying down in the noise. The CRI stations in the middle band were the best performers with 963, 1017 and 1323 all managing potent signals at times, and the others on 1044 and 1206 having their decent moments. 837-Harbin was having good musical peaks until local 850-KHHO wiped out both it and 864-KBS with its open carrier sign on at 1345. A presumed 936-Anhui had fair level Chinese conversation at 1350 but bailed before a decent recording. Best Asian signal of the morning here (S9) was from 738-BEL2 at 1326, with animated male-female conversation at that silenced all of the KCBS splatter. Overall it was an interesting morning, if only to rediscover how to chase DX in the rain.

657  Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Ancient, sleep-inducing orchestral music enhancing the dreary rain at 1344  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/k3o215cn2x9i5g7q77f1ka5fqgpd82c0
738  BEL2   Penghu, Taiwan   The star of the session-- energetic S9+ Chinese conversation dominating over HLKG at 1326  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/p3nbrgv56fyyoc8eky4yv0yovtxlwbky
1017  CRI   Changchun, China   Chinese lessons for Korean speakers hitting S9 peaks at 1355  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/sb8duejscwu2at324jd02kfm799zgxep
1323  CRI   Heilongjiang, China   Chinese music during Russian service at a good level at 1345  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/paml6o5bq8ct26owcuo3znsx15ckv64s

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at Peach Park in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808 portables + Two 6 inch FSL antennas


Puyallup, WA (Rainy Park) TP's for 9-30

Gary DeBock
 

What better way to prepare for a wild ocean cliff DXpedition than chase TP's with portables and FSL's in the rain at a local park? Like at Grayland the Chinese were putting in good signals, although the primary benefit here was foul weather training for the Rockwork 2 cliff in mid-October.

Asian conditions were decent but not really up to last September's usual standard, with a lot of obscure stations staying down in the noise. The CRI stations in the middle band were the best performers with 963, 1017 and 1323 all managing potent signals at times, and the others on 1044 and 1206 having their decent moments. 837-Harbin was having good musical peaks until local 850-KHHO wiped out both it and 864-KBS with its open carrier sign on at 1345. A presumed 936-Anhui had fair level Chinese conversation at 1350 but bailed before a decent recording. Best Asian signal of the morning here (S9) was from 738-BEL2 at 1326, with animated male-female conversation at that silenced all of the KCBS splatter. Overall it was an interesting morning, if only to rediscover how to chase DX in the rain.

657  Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Ancient, sleep-inducing orchestral music enhancing the dreary rain at 1344  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/k3o215cn2x9i5g7q77f1ka5fqgpd82c0
738  BEL2   Penghu, Taiwan   The star of the session-- energetic S9+ Chinese conversation dominating over HLKG at 1326  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/p3nbrgv56fyyoc8eky4yv0yovtxlwbky
1017  CRI   Changchun, China   Chinese lessons for Korean speakers hitting S9 peaks at 1355  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/sb8duejscwu2at324jd02kfm799zgxep
1323  CRI   Heilongjiang, China   Chinese music during Russian service at a good level at 1345  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/paml6o5bq8ct26owcuo3znsx15ckv64s

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at Peach Park in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808 portables + Two 6 inch FSL antennas


Logged My FIRST "D" Station

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Had english classic hits music on 1611khz shortly after 1400UTC here in Alaska and it in theory could've been a few stations based upon a broad oldies/classic hits definition.  I wasnt having any luck finding a matching webstream.. then i heard some commercials in what I presume to be Filipino.... DING!  DWNX Milaor (Caramines Sur)

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska


Re: MW from USA and Canada 22-09-2021

Peter 1956
 

Thanks Paul
Peter


Re: MW from USA and Canada 22-09-2021

Paul Blundell
 

Nice work and a great video.

Paul

On Sat, 25 Sep 2021, 4:24 pm Peter 1956, <pe1etr@...> wrote:
1220 WHKW The Word Cleveland 13230km
https://youtu.be/U1UhUdR4uII

This is now my 2nd best distance on MW.

Peter
Botswana


Re: 2.8 inch (71mm) Micro FSL Antenna Demo Video

Paul Blundell
 

Again you continue to impress us with your experiments with FSL's and this looks like a great little project.

Paul

On Sat, 25 Sep 2021, 11:12 am Gary DeBock via groups.io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Since its modern introduction 10 years ago the Ferrite Sleeve Loop antenna has provided a compact AM-DXing breakthrough for portable and traveling listeners, and was directly related to the "discovery" of the Rockwork and other ocean side DXing cliffs in Oregon state.

The "compact DXing breakthrough" aspect was emphasized in the development of the all-new 2.8 inch (71mm) Micro FSL antenna, which is the smallest and lightest high-performance FSL ever developed here. Using Amidon 3/8" x 4" ferrite rods instead of Russian surplus ferrite, the Micro FSL weighs in at 1 pound 13 ounces (.82 kg), and can fit in a large coat pocket. Despite this compact size the antenna is a tiny firecracker for AM-DXing gain, as demonstrated in the YouTube video at the following link. A weak signal from the daytime DX station 980-CKNW (50 kW at 160 miles/ 254 km) is boosted up to the S9+ level  2.8 inch (71mm) Micro FSL Antenna Demonstration - YouTube

Since all of the construction parts for the 2.8" Micro FSL are readily available here in the USA, the airport-friendly antenna should provide a great new option for traveling DXers looking for a huge gain boost in exotic locations overseas.

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


East Coast New Zealand Loggings - 24/09/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend, we spent some time away on the East Coast at Scammander. I was able to get in some DXing time. Below are all the New Zealand stations I logged. These were all logged barefoot using my Digitech AR-1733.
 
657 Star Wellington
702 Magic Auckland
882 Star Auckland
909 Star Napier
1035 NewstalkZB Wellington
1287 NewstalkZB Wellport
1386 Radio Tarana NZ

 

 


Re: MW from USA and Canada 22-09-2021

Peter 1956
 

1220 WHKW The Word Cleveland 13230km
https://youtu.be/U1UhUdR4uII

This is now my 2nd best distance on MW.

Peter
Botswana


2.8 inch (71mm) Micro FSL Antenna Demo Video

Gary DeBock
 

Since its modern introduction 10 years ago the Ferrite Sleeve Loop antenna has provided a compact AM-DXing breakthrough for portable and traveling listeners, and was directly related to the "discovery" of the Rockwork and other ocean side DXing cliffs in Oregon state.

The "compact DXing breakthrough" aspect was emphasized in the development of the all-new 2.8 inch (71mm) Micro FSL antenna, which is the smallest and lightest high-performance FSL ever developed here. Using Amidon 3/8" x 4" ferrite rods instead of Russian surplus ferrite, the Micro FSL weighs in at 1 pound 13 ounces (.82 kg), and can fit in a large coat pocket. Despite this compact size the antenna is a tiny firecracker for AM-DXing gain, as demonstrated in the YouTube video at the following link. A weak signal from the daytime DX station 980-CKNW (50 kW at 160 miles/ 254 km) is boosted up to the S9+ level  2.8 inch (71mm) Micro FSL Antenna Demonstration - YouTube

Since all of the construction parts for the 2.8" Micro FSL are readily available here in the USA, the airport-friendly antenna should provide a great new option for traveling DXers looking for a huge gain boost in exotic locations overseas.

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


Re: Testing the 5" FSL in Spain

Phil Pasteur
 

Nice report Jorge. A good read!
I am interested to see more of the comparison with better conditions.
Phil P.

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