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Re: Ultralight Radio DXing Go Bag December 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Just an update on this, I have made some changes and have reposted this (the original URL above does not work anymore)

New write up and photos here: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/12/ultralight-radio-dxing-go-bag-mk2.html


Re: Maybe I'm weird? Or strange ways that I enjoy the DX'ing hobby!

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for posting this.

I am also a bit "weird" in that I also like to hunt down TX sites and "see" what I am hearing.

I also like to run my longterm dxing project which I know is not everyone's cup of tea but I find it interesting and enjoyable.

On the FM side, I don't spend as much time on this band, I have some local stations I can hear all the time but I mostly listen to this band when in bed of a night time. 

Paul

On Thu, 30 Dec 2021, 2:27 am Johnny via groups.io, <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Maybe I'm weird?

But I guess we all have our different "ways" that we like to engage in our DX'ing hobby. 

The little things that we get a "kick" out of...  Stuff that would be hard to explain to other DX'ers (maybe?), but out of the question to try to explain to a non-DX'er.

I like to DX both the AM band and the FM band....  But I'm fickle and switch between both bands frequently.

I grew up deeply loving the FM dial and still get a kick out of DX'ing it and REALLY, REALLY got hooked DX'ing this band when I got my first long-distance FM reception this summer

That was really exciting for me and was while I was vacationing in Tennessee, and the station came in loud and clear from Texas!  Super cool!

Okay, so anyways....

One of the "niche" DX'ing activities that I have is that I like to DX the FM dial for just my state of Michigan.  But, I like to find where the transmitters are located and then take a "Sunday Drive" with my wife to see them in person or if we're on a vacation trip, if the location is further away, as we frequently vacation in our state.

Kind of kookie, I know...  Never said I was normal at all!  ;)

I was wondering, anyone of our group care to share a "niche" aspect of the DX'ing hobby that they enjoy?

If we share the more subtle aspects of our hobby, it just might give someone else a cool idea on how to further enjoy this fun hobby.


Just sharing with the group!  Happy *almost* New Year!



Johnny


Maybe I'm weird? Or strange ways that I enjoy the DX'ing hobby!

Johnny
 

Maybe I'm weird?

But I guess we all have our different "ways" that we like to engage in our DX'ing hobby. 

The little things that we get a "kick" out of...  Stuff that would be hard to explain to other DX'ers (maybe?), but out of the question to try to explain to a non-DX'er.

I like to DX both the AM band and the FM band....  But I'm fickle and switch between both bands frequently.

I grew up deeply loving the FM dial and still get a kick out of DX'ing it and REALLY, REALLY got hooked DX'ing this band when I got my first long-distance FM reception this summer

That was really exciting for me and was while I was vacationing in Tennessee, and the station came in loud and clear from Texas!  Super cool!

Okay, so anyways....

One of the "niche" DX'ing activities that I have is that I like to DX the FM dial for just my state of Michigan.  But, I like to find where the transmitters are located and then take a "Sunday Drive" with my wife to see them in person or if we're on a vacation trip, if the location is further away, as we frequently vacation in our state.

Kind of kookie, I know...  Never said I was normal at all!  ;)

I was wondering, anyone of our group care to share a "niche" aspect of the DX'ing hobby that they enjoy?

If we share the more subtle aspects of our hobby, it just might give someone else a cool idea on how to further enjoy this fun hobby.


Just sharing with the group!  Happy *almost* New Year!



Johnny


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New Logging - 1575kHz - HPON SEN

Paul Blundell
 

1575kHz has been a frequency which I have never had much luck with. Last night I was able to log the HPON station from NSW, I have rated this as "likely" as only the content was not 100% and even with the strong signal, I didn't hear anything to make it confirmed.


KJJR 880 kHz DX Test -- QSL INFORMATION

Les Rayburn
 



The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club & The International Radio Club of America is pleased to announce a special DX Test for distant listeners for KJJR 880 kHz in Whitefish, Montana. The test is scheduled for Saturday morning, January 8, 2022 at 00:01 AM MST (07:01 UTC). The test will run for two hours until 02:00 AM MST (09:00 UTC).
The Chief Engineer for KJJR, Todd Clark will be performing regular maintenance of the station's audio chain during the test. Listeners will hear Morse Code IDs at 10 WPM 800 Hz and 20 WPM 1,000 Hz. There will also be sweep tones, telephone off-hook indicators, long-duration tones at 1,000 Hz, music, jingles, and more.

Test will be conducted at their daytime power level of 10,000 watts.

RECEPTION REPORTS

Please send reports of your reception of the test to the attention of the CPC Chairman at:


The CPC will design a custom QSL card for the test (Thanks to the talents of Joe Miller, KJ80) and send those reports which are verified to be correct via email. The requirements for a reception report are as follows:

  • Please send a brief recording of your reception (2 minutes in length or less) in .mp3, .wav, or .mp4 video format.
  • Include a description of equipment used including antenna, receiver, etc.
  • Your report must include an email address, and location (city, state, country if outside US)
  • If DX’er uses a remote SDR to receive the test, they must include the location of the SDR used, and the owner of the remote receiver (if known).
  • QSLs are limited to one per DX’er. If you receive the test on multiple SDRs in different locations, that’s great—and we’ll include the results in the report, but only one QSL will be issued.
  • Written reports with details are welcome, but cannot be accepted as proof of reception without a recording.
  • Reception reports must be submitted within 30 days of the test. (February 8, 2022)

A detailed report of the receptions will be provided to KJJR for their information and evaluation.

The IRCA/NRC CPC would like to thank the owners of KJJR, Todd Clark, and Paul Walker for helping to arrange the test. Best of luck to DX’ers!


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

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…” 






Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

Johnny
 

Many of my radios do the same!

C'mon now FenDrifter, there are no stupid questions!!!  :)

We all love radios, so talking about them doesn't bother us!


Johnny  :)


Re: 1690 WVON Berwyn Il (Chicago) 13730km with ID

Peter 1956
 

:? 
Seems like I've been beamed down into Tennessee. 
https://youtu.be/FBYYi5LPlac
 
Peter


Re: 1690 WVON Berwyn Il (Chicago) 13730km with ID

Peter 1956
 

Another X-tra bander.
1650 KCNZ The Fan Cedar Falls IA14120km
https://youtu.be/mQrBsykIrUU
 
Peter


1690 WVON Berwyn Il (Chicago) 13730km with ID

Peter 1956
 

Received in Botswana. Airspy HF+ Discovery, SDR Console V3, random wire with balun. Good conditions around local sunrise today 28th Dec. A new one for me.
https://youtu.be/tl8j4N2TAD0

Peter


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Long Term DXing Project - 27/12/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Time: 22:45 - 23:00
Radio: Digitech AR-1733




Re: Faults with the Tecsun PL-330

Rémy Friess
 

Periodically, yeah... Actually every time I use the radio ;).

When I switch it off and on again after an hour or two the calibration is gone on LSB. On USB it remains constant over time and from one end to the other of the SW band.

73, Rémy.

Le 26/12/2021 à 16:57, biometuy a écrit :

Hi, you need to recalibrate on very sw band , not one an only calibration its possible for all sw band, and  don forget the need to recalibrate periodically on each sw band

cheers,

Jorge


1530 USA WCKY Cincinnati 13430km over 600kW STP VOA Pinheira 3841km

Peter 1956
 

Received in Botswana.
ID clearly audible "Cincinnati's Sports Station".
SDR Console V3 Binaural (AM) sync mode, Airspy HF+ Discovery, randon wire with balun. 03:27 UTC 27th Dec 2021.
https://youtu.be/osxeNpcxBtU
 
Peter


Faults with the Tecsun PL-330

biometuy
 

Hi, you need to recalibrate on very sw band , not one an only calibration its possible for all sw band, and  don forget the need to recalibrate periodically on each sw band

cheers,

Jorge


Why Your Hobbies Are Important – Finding Your Passion

Paul Blundell
 

Why Your Hobbies Are Important – Finding Your Passion

 

 



 

Having a hobby that we enjoy and for which you have a passion can really bring out joy and improve our lives. It can give us something fun and enjoyable to do during our leisure time and provides us the opportunity to learn new skills. Over the past two decades, hobbies in general seem to have dropped off, whereas in the past they were seen as an essential part of a “balanced life”, between work and other things, having a hobby (no matter what that is) does not seem to be as important as it was in the past.

The best way to cultivate a new hobby is to try different hobbies until one “sticks”. Of course, all of us are unique and, therefore, our interests and hobbies vary. But once we find a hobby that we truly enjoy and are passionate about, we become hooked. It becomes a real part of our lives and captivates us in a very personal way. What matters the most is that you enjoy your hobby, and you are doing it for the right reasons, your own sense of enjoyment and not due to pressure from any other people.

Your hobbies are a part of you, no less than your family, job, friends, or any other part of you. 

Is your hobby also your passion or has your passion become your hobby? Does it matter? What about interests, where do they fit in? A lot of people think that your hobby is your passion and that you must have a hobby you are passionate about; I disagree for several reasons.

What is the difference between a hobby and a passion? One definition I have heard is this: “A hobby is something you choose to do when you have a little spare time, but a passion is something that you consider fundamental to your life, something you make the time to be able to do on a regular basis”.

Expanding on this and relating it back to radios and me I have some thoughts this. A lot of people are involved in the radio hobby for several reasons. Some people have this as an extension of their professional work or volunteer work, for others it was a hobby passed on to them from family or friends. The main difference to me between a hobby, passions and interests is both how you feel about and how other people see it.

I first became involved in the radio hobby as a teenager listening to distant radio stations on the AM broadcast band of a night-time, as I grew older, I became involved in electronics at college and this grew to an interest in another radio related area which was radio scanning, this was about 25 years ago. Over the past 25 years while I have mostly been involved in radio scanning, I have a couple of times tried by hand at shortwave and medium wave listening with mixed success. In all these cases this was as an addition to the radio scanning hobby, now I have totally removed myself from the radio scanning hobby and I am concentrating on the broadcast bands, mostly medium wave Ultralight DXing.

The reason I decided to make this change after 20 years is based on a few things: 

- The public perception of radio scanning is not as good as shortwave listening or AM BCB DXing, most people know nothing about radio scanning and when you try and explain it to them either they think it should be illegal or they look at you like you are some sort of weirdo. Radio scanning is not really the sort of hobby that you can talk to other people about easily. When I was involved in the radio scanning hobby, I was more interested in the technical / procedure details and less about the content which is different to most people who only care about finding out what was going on.

- The cost of equipment is less, and it is easier to source locally. Whereas a scanner can start at $150 and go up into the thousands, ultralight broadcast band receivers are much cheaper and unless you want to get very serious a basic $60 radio will do 95% of what you need.

- After 20 years the radio scanning hobby has to me lost some of the appeal, you can only hear so many taxi drivers calling for jobs or rubbish trucks talking about bin pickups before you get sick of it. As I work during the day my scanning time is limited to a night-time or of a weekend, while you can sometimes hear interesting things during these times most of the radio traffic, I am interested in happens during the day, while I am at work. As medium wave broadcasting is a 24/7 business at any time of the day or night, I can be comfortable that I will be able to pick up something of interest. 

- I have recently become more active in the Ultralight DXing hobby and I am finding this to be a good match for my time, skills, and equipment. What you hear on a scanner can vary a lot based on your location; even 25km can make a huge difference. With the Ultralight DXing hobby you can hear something of interest no matter where you are. This is becoming a passion of mine.

Going back to my original question of the difference between a hobby, passion, and interest I have some thoughts, I will use fishing as an example, but this can be related back to almost anything.

If you go fishing a couple of times a year when you go away for a holiday, then this is an interest.

If you go fishing a couple of times a month and maybe read a magazine or two this is a hobby.

If you go fishing as often as you can, read magazines and books, maybe be a part of a club and plan things around fishing then this is a passion.

The second part of this is around other people and what they see of you from your interest, hobby, or passion. I work with computers as my job and while I enjoy the work it is not really a passion; it is what pays the bills. Some people I know work with computers but also play games, build websites, and build computers outside work, this then becomes a passion for them. Sometimes when I am talking to people, they are surprised to find I do not have a huge computer at home and that I do not play games much. A lot of people get defined by other people because of their work whereas in a lot of cases that is not all that is important to them. I would much rather talk about radios and radio DXing than computers for example.

Something to always be mindful of is that your interest, hobby, or passion does not become to the determent of your work, family, friends, or relationships. I have on more than one occasion seen how destructive a single focus can be to relationships. Balance is the key; however, you should not let somebody try and change you to suit what they perceive as being right or better. 

This leads to an interesting question: “How Much Is Too Much to Spend on Your Hobbies?”

Recently my wife and I have taken on the "minimalism" lifestyle by making the choice to live happily with less. 

The UltralightDX hobby is already focused on this, our radios are both small and cheap. As part of my research, I came across this article which I found very interesting, and which made me think: How much is too much to spend on a hobby? 

Is this from a financial point of view? What about the value you get from it? Can you put a value on this? What is your time worth? Where does it fit in to your overall life?

To me it is all about value, if I spend $1000 on something and use it every day for three years then it costs me about 91c a day. Spending $100 on something I use only 10 times a year is not good value. 

At the end of the day, we all need “something” to make life worth living, for me that is ultralight radio dxing.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/12/why-your-hobbies-are-important-finding.html


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Loggings - 25/12/2021

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 25/12/2021
TIME: 22:30 - 23:15
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania
RADIO: Digitech AR-1733 / Internal Aerial

FREQ CALLSIGN

0.585 7RN

0.594 3WV

0.621 3RN

0.693 3AW

0.702 2BL

0.747 7PB

0.756 3RN

0.774 3LO

0.882 3RPH

0.891 5AN

0.927 3UZ

0.936 7ZR

0.963 2RG

1008 HPON Launceston

1053 2CA

1089 3WM

1107 2EA

1152 2WG

1179 3RPH

1224 3EA

1242 3GV

1377 3MP

1422 HPON MELB

1503 3KND

1539 HPON (TAB SA)

1593 HPON (Rete Italia)


Re: Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021

FenDrifter
 

At the moment it’s in the car awaiting my next trip into the country, I’ll be interested to see how it works away from home-based interference. Meantime I’m trying to learn a bit more about my PL-330, although Christmas day has restricted that a bit!
Drifter


Re: Faults with the Tecsun PL-330.

Rémy Friess
 

As I said before mine is accurate on USB throughout the SW range, not on LSB. As ever so often with Chinese gear there are no two identical sets. They manufacture very good radios, but quality control leaves much to be desired.

Le 25/12/2021 à 20:13, radiojayallen a écrit :

I have found the calibration feature on these to only be accurate within a certain frequency range. Go beyond that and it has to be redone.

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