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Re: Radio Plans - 2022

Tammy Walker
 

Another thanks for posting this, Paul.  Hope the new V-115 works better for you.

My main radio project for 2022 is putting together a show for shortwave radio, Postcard Panorama, a listener mailbag program about all aspects of radio with a focus on monthly themes.  Working on the first episode this evening, actually.  (Your original post is the type of story I'm looking for, Paul, since January's theme is "In with the New," so I thought I'd mention this here.)

And since M. mentioned a Radiwow R-108, I have to say I'm looking forward to taking mine (and my Tecsun PL-380) somewhere well away from all the neighborhood noise in the coming year.  Not sure if I'll find such a place, but I'll definitely keep looking.

Tammy



Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Nov 30, 2021 at 12:19 PM, Steve Whitt wrote:

Hi Nick

Last winter I managed what I thought I’d never do at my home location. That was reception of KBRW on Tecsun PL380 boosted by a Gary DeBock outrigger ferrite rod at my location just east of York.

 

Reception was only just possible due to Euro interference and noise but none the less amazed me.

 

So it can be done but it might take a silly number of hours listening.

 

Rgds

Steve

Nick and All,

Steve has certainly exceeded the expectations of the wacky designer of the modified PL-380, for which a full construction article is posted at the following link   https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/m10hxsm6eo6x8w9t4pbog1ohpqe2hrwz

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Steve Whitt
 

Hi Nick

Last winter I managed what I thought I’d never do at my home location. That was reception of KBRW on Tecsun PL380 boosted by a Gary DeBock outrigger ferrite rod at my location just east of York.

 

Reception was only just possible due to Euro interference and noise but none the less amazed me.

 

So it can be done but it might take a silly number of hours listening.

 

Rgds

Steve

 

 

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io [mailto:main@UltralightDX.groups.io] On Behalf Of Nick B.
Sent: 30 November 2021 15:20
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

 

Hi Steve,
I realise from this part of the East Midlands with urban noise I'm being rather optimistic with an ultralight. Around 6100km from here on the great circle route on a bearing of 351 degrees.

Nick


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Nick B.
 

Hi Steve,
I realise from this part of the East Midlands with urban noise I'm being rather optimistic with an ultralight. Around 6100km from here on the great circle route on a bearing of 351 degrees.

Nick


Re: Just HOW STURDY Are The FSL Antennas?

radiojayallen
 

Agreed...they are built like a tank.


Re: Just HOW STURDY Are The FSL Antennas?

Paul Blundell
 

That shows just how well these are made :)


On Tue, Nov 30, 2021 at 8:33 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:

Gary.. sorry, but I accidentally tested the Paul Walker variant in a way you hadnt intended, yet proved how sturdy this thing is in the process. 

I was coming in from outside, and put the tote container down that had the FSLs on top and the toe tipped backwards and one of the FSL's hit the ground... it had been so cold outside the schedule 40 pvc pipe leg broke off on the right side, where it's holding the tuner knob .. when the device hit the floor.

I grabbed a zip tie and some tape, secured the leg.. and i'm back in business. The tuner knob, the metal parts, the wiring, all still completely intact, unharmed and working just fine!

Paul



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Re: Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the information Ken, it sounds like you have found what length works best for you.

Paul

On Tue, Nov 30, 2021 at 8:28 AM Ken Baird <kenalbertbaird@...> wrote:
My recent test on a PL330 when I started with 20m wire and cutting off 5m at a time and testing reception across the SW bands showed that the optimum length of the external wire for this DSP was about 10m. No significant improvement was apparent using a longer wire - noise increased and eventually, some overloading.
Cheers,
Ken Baird, NZ



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Paul


Just HOW STURDY Are The FSL Antennas?

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 


Gary.. sorry, but I accidentally tested the Paul Walker variant in a way you hadnt intended, yet proved how sturdy this thing is in the process. 

I was coming in from outside, and put the tote container down that had the FSLs on top and the toe tipped backwards and one of the FSL's hit the ground... it had been so cold outside the schedule 40 pvc pipe leg broke off on the right side, where it's holding the tuner knob .. when the device hit the floor.

I grabbed a zip tie and some tape, secured the leg.. and i'm back in business. The tuner knob, the metal parts, the wiring, all still completely intact, unharmed and working just fine!

Paul


Re: Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Ken Baird <kenalbertbaird@...>
 

My recent test on a PL330 when I started with 20m wire and cutting off 5m at a time and testing reception across the SW bands showed that the optimum length of the external wire for this DSP was about 10m. No significant improvement was apparent using a longer wire - noise increased and eventually, some overloading.
Cheers,
Ken Baird, NZ


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Steve Whitt
 

Hi Nick

 

I’m guessing you are somewhere in the UK? If so the best chance of hearing Alaska on MW is KBRW 680.

 

It needs special conditions and the best time to listen isn’t obvious. Just before UK sunset is a possibility. It helps to reduce interference from Spain on 684. Reception of KBRW has occurred at almost every hour of the day in deep winter in northern Scotland.

 

But reception further south is exceptional.

 

Good luck

 

STeve

 

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io [mailto:main@UltralightDX.groups.io] On Behalf Of Nick B.
Sent: 29 November 2021 17:06
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

 

On Sun, Nov 28, 2021 at 06:37 PM, Paul B. Walker, Jr. wrote:

Talk Sport 1089 and Absolute on 1215 were in fairly to pretty good in decent spurts.

Great stuff, if you're hearing those where should I be listening for stuff from Alaska?

Nick?


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 


I’m really not up on how that works in the reverse 



On Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 8:06 AM Nick B. <nick@...> wrote:
On Sun, Nov 28, 2021 at 06:37 PM, Paul B. Walker, Jr. wrote:
Talk Sport 1089 and Absolute on 1215 were in fairly to pretty good in decent spurts.
Great stuff, if you're hearing those where should I be listening for stuff from Alaska?

Nick?


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Nick B.
 

On Sun, Nov 28, 2021 at 06:37 PM, Paul B. Walker, Jr. wrote:
Talk Sport 1089 and Absolute on 1215 were in fairly to pretty good in decent spurts.
Great stuff, if you're hearing those where should I be listening for stuff from Alaska?

Nick?


Re: Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Jock Elliott
 

Gary, very useful.

I don't know about others here, but I have a tendency to apply the "prune juice theory" to antennas -- ie, if a little bit is good, then a whole lot more ought to be great, right? (Don't try this with prune juice).

Cheers, Jock


Re: Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Gary DeBock
 

On Sun, Nov 28, 2021 at 12:58 PM, Zacharias Liangas wrote:
As in result can such so high signals damage to the internal electronics?
Zacharias and All,

It is very unlikely that an Ultralight's internal electronics would be damaged by strong signals received by the stock loopstick, However, directly connecting external antennas with strong RF levels (in place of the stock loopstick) is risky.

In 2016 I tried a project of directly connecting a small FSL antenna to a Tecsun PL-380, and it worked very well as long as the FSL diameter was only 3 inches or smaller   https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/aq40d24dt7yawrf8qvi2zehoi8evej3g
Connecting FSL's larger than 3" in diameter was risky, with one PL-380 having its DSP chip destroyed by a directly connected 4 inch FSL. The CC Skywave was very intolerant of directly-connected FSL's, with two models destroyed by experiments to connect a 3 inch and 2 inch FSL. It's much better to use inductively-coupled FSL's (or air core loops) if you really want high DXing gain with Ultralights.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Paul Blundell
 

Hi.

I suspect that they would have some level of protection, so unless you are standing next to a high power transmitter site, you should not "damage" your radio.

Paul

On Mon, Nov 29, 2021 at 7:58 AM Zacharias Liangas via groups.io <zliangas=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello
these days i have seen signal readouts of 80 and 90/xx in not only PL330 but also on PL380 .These signal can cause overloads to the specific band if not to the whole spectrum .This can happen when it is connected to an external antenna via the plug or by connecting it on the telescopic antenna
This i not only for the Tescun models but also other as the XHData 108 and 808

As in result can such so high signals damage to the internal electronics?



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Paul


Re: Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 28/11/2021 om 21:58 schreef Zacharias Liangas via groups.io:
Hello
these days i have seen signal readouts of 80 and 90/xx in not only PL330 but also on PL380 .These signal can cause overloads to the specific band if not to the whole spectrum .This can happen when it is connected to an external antenna via the plug or by connecting it on the telescopic antenna
This i not only for the Tescun models but also other as the XHData 108 and 808
For SW:
I have never had overload problems when signals above 80dbu. I have never seen more that 90dbu ...


I only forgot a 380 in the rain ....


Marc

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Overloads in Tescun radios (and other DSP radios )

Zacharias Liangas
 

Hello
these days i have seen signal readouts of 80 and 90/xx in not only PL330 but also on PL380 .These signal can cause overloads to the specific band if not to the whole spectrum .This can happen when it is connected to an external antenna via the plug or by connecting it on the telescopic antenna
This i not only for the Tescun models but also other as the XHData 108 and 808

As in result can such so high signals damage to the internal electronics?


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Paul Blundell
 

Great loggings Paul.


On Mon, 29 Nov 2021, 5:37 am Paul B. Walker, Jr., <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
Well, today was INTERESTING!

Had a weak but readable NRK P1 Svalbard on 1485, Iran was pretty strong and clear in short spurts on 1449 when escaping the 1khz het from KLAM 1450 thats 350 miles away! both occurred between 1640 and 1730.

Then shortly after 1740utc, the door flew open to more.. Talk Sport 1089 and Absolute on 1215 were in fairly to pretty good in decent spurts.

I also had Moldova on 1413 decently enough but not great. Radio Sawa, Kuwait on 1548khz showed up fairly well.

I also had what i'm nearly 100 percent positive is from Romania, but unsure yet if its Radio romania Actualitati or Radio Constanta. It was definately "slavic" in nature and I even heard the word Romania, but couldnt make out much else while live listening

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska
CC skywave & 5" DeBock FSL antenna


Re: [FLARC monitoring SIG] WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

The Romania log is on 1530 by the way, forgot to include that



On Sun, Nov 28, 2021 at 9:37 AM Paul B. Walker, Jr. via groups.io <walkerbroadcasting=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Well, today was INTERESTING!

Had a weak but readable NRK P1 Svalbard on 1485, Iran was pretty strong and clear in short spurts on 1449 when escaping the 1khz het from KLAM 1450 thats 350 miles away! both occurred between 1640 and 1730.

Then shortly after 1740utc, the door flew open to more.. Talk Sport 1089 and Absolute on 1215 were in fairly to pretty good in decent spurts.

I also had Moldova on 1413 decently enough but not great. Radio Sawa, Kuwait on 1548khz showed up fairly well.

I also had what i'm nearly 100 percent positive is from Romania, but unsure yet if its Radio romania Actualitati or Radio Constanta. It was definately "slavic" in nature and I even heard the word Romania, but couldnt make out much else while live listening

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska
CC skywave & 5" DeBock FSL antenna


WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Well, today was INTERESTING!

Had a weak but readable NRK P1 Svalbard on 1485, Iran was pretty strong and clear in short spurts on 1449 when escaping the 1khz het from KLAM 1450 thats 350 miles away! both occurred between 1640 and 1730.

Then shortly after 1740utc, the door flew open to more.. Talk Sport 1089 and Absolute on 1215 were in fairly to pretty good in decent spurts.

I also had Moldova on 1413 decently enough but not great. Radio Sawa, Kuwait on 1548khz showed up fairly well.

I also had what i'm nearly 100 percent positive is from Romania, but unsure yet if its Radio romania Actualitati or Radio Constanta. It was definately "slavic" in nature and I even heard the word Romania, but couldnt make out much else while live listening

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska
CC skywave & 5" DeBock FSL antenna

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