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Online Live Logging Website

Issac Quincey
 

I have an idea, I know some amateurs have this sort of system setup.

A live online logging website where in near real time, you can see what stations other people have logged recently. Would this idea work and would anybody be keen to add data to it? I have a background in web dev and have access to some server time on a AWS cluster which could be used.



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Re: Audio Switch

Paul Blundell
 

That looks like an interesting device. I will have a look for something like that.

Paul

On Fri, Jan 14, 2022 at 5:25 AM Phil Pasteur via groups.io <ppasteur=q.com@groups.io> wrote:
Something like this would work:
https://www.amazon.com/Maker-hart-Just-Mixer-Portable/dp/B0824Q3WY8/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B0824Q3WY8&psc=1
Not a recommendation as I have never used it, but the concept is there. If you are handy, you could just wire things up so each radio would be on either side of a single stereo pair and use a balance control to adjust levels. One radio in each ear with this.
You would only need a small project box, three jacks, a T pad, and a bit of wire.

Or you could do something like the above.



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Re: 50kw Station Challenge - 2022

Paul Blundell
 

Hi,

I am sitting at 10 out of 14. The ones in red are unlogged this year (so far)

Paul

FREQ
549 - 2CR
558 - 6WA
576 - 2RN
594 - 3WV
612 - 4QR
621 - 3RN
630 - 4QN
702 - 2BL
720 - 6WF
729 - 5RN
738 - 2NR
774 - 3LO
891 - 5AN
1548 - 4QD

On Fri, Jan 14, 2022 at 12:21 AM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

So far in 2022, I have received 17 of the 224 (ish) 50 kw stations in the US.   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_50_kW_AM_radio_stations_in_the_United_States)

I usually devote about 30 minutes a day with my DX'ing sessions at night (can't squeeze much more time in it seems).

How are you all doing with your loggings?


J



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Paul


Re: Audio Switch

Phil Pasteur
 

Something like this would work:
https://www.amazon.com/Maker-hart-Just-Mixer-Portable/dp/B0824Q3WY8/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=B0824Q3WY8&psc=1
Not a recommendation as I have never used it, but the concept is there. If you are handy, you could just wire things up so each radio would be on either side of a single stereo pair and use a balance control to adjust levels. One radio in each ear with this.
You would only need a small project box, three jacks, a T pad, and a bit of wire.

Or you could do something like the above.


Re: The secret to DX'ing?

Mike Irizarry
 

Yes and patience and have fun. I try to follow both but fail miserably.


On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 1:52 PM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

Okay, so I have acquired quite a few Ultralight DX Radios and must admit, that when you really boil it down, many of these little guys perform essentially the same (give or take, generalizing a bit here).

There really is no "magic bullet" radio that "rules them all" I don't think...

Maybe the secret to good/great DX'ing boils down to DXing OFTEN with the radio that YOU LIKE using the most?

Just an observation....  your mileage (kilometer-age?) may vary....!


Johnny  :)


Re: 50kw Station Challenge - 2022

Johnny
 

Hi all,

So far in 2022, I have received 17 of the 224 (ish) 50 kw stations in the US.   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_50_kW_AM_radio_stations_in_the_United_States)

I usually devote about 30 minutes a day with my DX'ing sessions at night (can't squeeze much more time in it seems).

How are you all doing with your loggings?


J


Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Johnny
 

Great point Jay!


Audio Switch

Paul Blundell
 

Below is the audio switch I am using for my head to head testing. This switches between INA and INB, would it be possible to find something like this that instead of switching them, allows them to be adjusted and output to a set of earphones? I would like to have a way to have two radios on the same frequency and mix the audio.



Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

radiojayallen
 

Although if the radio has a fine tuning mode (1 KHz steps) you could still tune everything. It's just in fast mode where 9 KHz steps vs 10 K makes a difference.

Jay


Loggings - 12/01/2022

Paul Blundell
 

Loggings - 12/01/2022

DATE: 12/01/2022

TIME: 22:15

LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania

RADIO: DIGITECH AR-1733

NOTES: Late night session at home. Between 1260kHz and 1566kHz I had a big gap in reception with a lot of band noise and very poor signals.

 531 - 3GG

 594 - 3WV

 621 - 3RN

 639 - 5CK

 720 - 3MT

 738 - 2NR

 747 - 7PB

 774 - 3LO

 810 - 2BA

 828 - 3GI

 855 - 3CR

 864 - 7RPH

 936 - 7ZR

 1008 - HPON - Launceston

 1053 - 2CA

 1089 - 3WM

 1224 - 3EA

 1260 - 3SR

 1566 - 3NE


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Paul


Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

kevin asato
 

You may catch a sideband enough to decode the signal properly if within the receiver passband. Or you may end up mistuned enough not to make it through the IF stage. YMMV as you will not end up on or near the 0s when tuning. Sometimes, in the presence of a stronger signal, it really is beneficial to tune "off center" to capture the desired signal.
73,
kevin 
kc6pob

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 10:48 AM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

What would one expect if they switched to 9 khz AM band channel spacing in the US on the Ultralight radio?

I have never even thought to do it...


Johnny


Re: The secret to DX'ing?

Issac Quincey
 

By that, I meant no ultralight radios. It would not be fair of me to share anything I have logged as the equipment used is not the same level as the rest of you.

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On Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 3:36 AM, Peter Laws <plaws0@...> wrote:

On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 8:03 PM Paul Blundell tanger32au@... wrote:

I think his point was that he does not have any "ultralight" radios at the moment.
What I hear you saying ... is that I am supposed to remember which of

the 532 radio lists to which I subscribe that I am posting to at any

given time. Hmm. I will consider it.

(you're right of course - my apologies - I just hate it when people

think their stuff isn't up-to-snuff when it's likely fine)


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Re: The secret to DX'ing?

Issac Quincey
 

Excellent reply, it sounds like it is an okay radio but nothing to write home about.

I have my eye on a couple of different models to get myself started. The only small radio I have hear only has manual tuning so it is very hard to know what I am listening to.

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On Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 6:46 PM, kevin asato <kc6pob@...> wrote:
it's an OK radio. I think the old Sony transistor AM radios i grew up with had better ears. Then again, i listened to the bigger signals in the LA area when growing up - KFI, KHJ, KNX, KMPC, KTNQ; now i am fishing for the weaker signals. FM and WX reception are best done with the little supplied tail (ground fly lead) or with earbuds/headset. AM seems a bit deaf but i have been using it in a noisy room with lots of electronics radiating. i need to take it for.a walk around the neighborhood to see if things improve.

Again, i bought it mainly for my emergency and travel bag. This is one in the same as i sometimes travel to Public Safety repeater sites and having the Weather Alert function is a good to have when working outside. (I also carry an emergency food cache and supplies inside the bag if there is need to camp out at the site). The radio can also be set for international AM stations with a 9KHz setting which i hope to use when i finally get the opportunity to travel to Guam. This will also extend the FM band. i used this feature on another radio when in Tokyo which has many FM broadcasters in this lower part of the FM band. May get to try this in Guam if I can DX the FM band.

73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 2:43 PM Issac Quincey via groups.io <IssacQuincey=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
The CC pocket looks like a cool little radio. Does it work well for you?

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On Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 5:39 PM, kevin asato <kc6pob@...> wrote:
That's what started it for me when i built a Radio Shack Globe Patrol. Not ultralight but i used to spend hours just randomly tuning around to find things. Later, i would go to the library to look things up in World Radio and TV to verify what i was hearing. This was all pre-internet of course.

Now, i tune around with smaller radios and somewhat do the same (just added a CC Crane Pocket to my emergency kit). Only now i can verify things much easier with online references. i also have a few more tuning aids available such as a Terk Advantage with wire antenna and ground connections plugged in but still run barefoot mostly; a challenge in the Los Angeles RF Alley. The first night with the CC Crane i heard KNX (Los Angeles, 1070, 50KW) from Spokane, WA from my hotel room. Currently am hearing KTNN, The Navaho Network, in Window Rock, AZ (660KHz, 50KW directional) at about an S1 level and fading. Sometimes i also hear KTAR in PHX (620KHz) but much harder as transmit power is much lower. Pretty good listening as i have to work around the 640-KFI 50KW blowtorch.

i don't hear nearly the amount of stations others do, but it's the amount of time i use for listening versus other activities.

73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 9:35 PM Issac Quincey via groups.io <IssacQuincey=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
For me, it is just listening and seeing what I can hear. My equipment is not within scope for this group but will be in the very near future.

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On Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 10:09 AM, Peter Laws <plaws0@...> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 1:52 PM Johnny via groups.io
>
> jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io wrote:
>
> > Maybe the secret to good/great DX'ing boils down to DXing OFTEN with the radio that YOU LIKE using the most?
>
> Gilles, every week on the International Radio Report, says that the
>
> best way to know what's on is to turn on your radio and tune around.
>
> Sound advice, I'd say.
>
> Antennas really are where the "money" is. Best receiver in the world
>
> doesn't mean much if the antenna is a straightened out paperclip.
>
>
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Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Peter Laws
 

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 1:25 PM Peter Laws <plaws0@...> wrote:

Seems like one of my non-ultralight receivers (he said, noting which
list he's replying to) erased all the memories I had set up on the
band when I switched to 9-kHz steps - be forewarned. I don't think my
Tecsun PL-606 does that but don't remember. If it hits 60 F here
today, and it's headed that way, I may take the PL-606 out on the deck
while I work and will test.
Made it to 60 F (just) and fiddled with the PL-606 a bit on the back
deck. Switching steps from 10 to 9 didn't erase the memory presets but
did also change the lower end of FM broadcast to 64 MHz and the
thermometer to degrees C!

I can't recall if it's the default, but the PL-606 tunes in 1-kHz
steps *anyway* unless you start thumbing the wheel quickly and then it
moves by 10 kHz or 9 kHz per step.



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Re: The secret to DX'ing?

Paul Blundell
 

Yeah. Difference between "my radio is not very good" and "my radio is not within the guidelines for this group".

It is hard to keep track of who is who and who has what gear / previously posted about subject x or y.

On Thu, 13 Jan 2022, 3:36 am Peter Laws, <plaws0@...> wrote:
On Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 8:03 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
>
> I think his point was that he does not have any "ultralight" radios at the moment.

What I hear you saying ... is that I am supposed to remember which of
the 532 radio lists to which I subscribe that I am posting to at any
given time.  Hmm.  I will consider it.



(you're right of course - my apologies - I just hate it when people
think their stuff isn't up-to-snuff when it's likely fine)


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Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Johnny
 

Yeah, I'm not getting my hopes up!  ;)


J


Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

With no external antenna and just an ultralight in Michigan, based upon my expierience and knowledge.. id say nothing more then whining hetrodynes.

Paul


On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 10:20 AM Johnny via groups.io <jlochey=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,

Michigan, USA

No external antenna planned.

Thx!


J


Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Johnny
 
Edited

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the great explanation!

We're at a balmy 37 here, but no complaints, the other morning it was 3 little degrees!

I'll give the 9 khz spacing a try!


J


Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Peter Laws
 

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 1:25 PM Peter Laws via groups.io
<plaws0@...> wrote:

If you are in a location that can receive "TA" or "TP" stations, it's
probably worth a listen to see if you can hear any DX on the 9-kHz
channels. Every 10th channel -- i.e., every 90 kHz -- the two channel
schemes meet and you are unlikely to hear anything but a domestic
station on those channels
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Q6On6hYRBcy14v-1LVW5oXGJhmU7L08o0jbNOElEN7g/edit?usp=sharing

I forgot I'd made this. Good I found it before making another! Shows
how both channel schemes mesh.



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Re: What to expect in the US - 9 khz AM band spacing?

Peter Laws
 

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 12:48 PM Johnny via groups.io
<jlochey@...> wrote:

What would one expect if they switched to 9 khz AM band channel spacing in the US on the Ultralight radio?
Every 10th channel would be clear? :-)

If you are in a location that can receive "TA" or "TP" stations, it's
probably worth a listen to see if you can hear any DX on the 9-kHz
channels. Every 10th channel -- i.e., every 90 kHz -- the two channel
schemes meet and you are unlikely to hear anything but a domestic
station on those channels

Seems like one of my non-ultralight receivers (he said, noting which
list he's replying to) erased all the memories I had set up on the
band when I switched to 9-kHz steps - be forewarned. I don't think my
Tecsun PL-606 does that but don't remember. If it hits 60 F here
today, and it's headed that way, I may take the PL-606 out on the deck
while I work and will test.


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