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One "TP" This Morning!

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Woohoo, jumps for joy.. was the first one in over a month, I think.....

1449 Iran at 1817UTC right before their sign off and my local sunrise . Fading in and out a little, but some good fade ups. Fair signal.

And no, in this case this TP doesnt stand for Trans-Pacific... this is Trans-Polar!

Paul
McGrath, Alaska


Re: World Radio History - wow!

FenDrifter
 

Hi Peter
The amount of work that’s gone into this is phenomenal, and I’m with you, if I find a PayPal link I’ll gladly make a donation!
Drifter


Re: World Radio History - wow!

Peter Laws
 

On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 5:27 AM FenDrifter via groups.io
<essexmarshman@...> wrote:

Hi all
I found this site by accident yesterday, and because it’s so unreal I just wanted to be sure everyone knew about it. To a newbie like myself who happens to be interested in the past (probably because I’m old 😊) it’s an absolute gold mine! I’ll give a link to the site and another link from it to a random page, which just happens to be relevant to call signs we’ve been discussing. Have fun!

https://worldradiohistory.com/
Isn't it awesome?

It used to be "Americanradiohistory.com" but he's expanded. And it
seems to be large enough to have it's own gravitational field now with
more and more archives being added which attracts yet more archives.

If there is a donation link, I haven't found it, but I'd kick in a few
bucks to help keep the (server's) lights on.

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


Re: My Final Verdict - Eton/Grundig Elite Mini

FenDrifter
 

I loved that Johnny! All reviews should be that way 😊
Drifter


Re: 50kw Station Challenge - 2022

mediumwavedx
 

Johnny-

Looks like 129 nighttime and 288 daytime per my list.

Good luck!

Bill


Re: 50kw Station Challenge - 2022

Johnny
 

I'm up to 29 of 220+ (???) 50kw stations in US/Canada - so far in 2022!

*not sure the actual number of 50kw stations in the US?


Re: AM Radio has some of the most UNORIGINAL "Slogans" !!!

Johnny
 

Those are GREAT examples guys!

Very encouraging!  :)

J


My Final Verdict - Eton/Grundig Elite Mini

Johnny
 
Edited

Hi all,

Last night I decided to try a very informal test between the (CCrane) CCRadio 2E and the Eton Elite Mini.

I have been using the "Mini" as my only radio for all of my Ultralight AM/FM DX'ing so far in 2022.

The test last night was only on AM and was a bit of a "popcorn test", where I randomly picked frequencies on the dial and compared the two radios in a side by side audio test.

My audio test is simple:
Which radio allows me to identify a distant station easier.  After all, that is kind of my goal in DX'ing!  :)  Thus no formalities were needed, if the radio "hears" better, it IS better to me for DX'ing.

All stations that I tested on/with were very low on the hearing/audibility threshold.

For ALL stations the CCrane was only SLIGHTLY better with hearing the distant station.  The CCRadio 2E had a slightly lower noise floor, but otherwise the two radios were amazingly similar in their abilities to hear a very "fringy" station.

Is the "2E" a Cadillac/Mercedes?  Yes!  Is the sound quality richer, yes!  Does it have more features, yes!   Does it cost more, yes!  :)   All of these things are generally known by this group.

My tests were just to see if there was a very dramatic, "glaring" difference between the two radios.  Honestly, I wanted to see if I was missing distant stations with the "Mini" that the "2E" could receive.  I found that I was not missing anything that was available to hear.

I can wholeheartedly say that the "Mini" is definitely a good radio for Ultralight DX'ing on both AM and FM (my opinion only, your results may vary!).  Is it simple, yes!  Is it cheap, yes!  Is it perfect, no!  Is it fun, yes (at least I think so!)!

Thanks for reading!  Remember, all tests were very informal and all of this is just "one guys opinion".  Please weigh it accordingly!  :)

P.S.  CCRadio 2E is no longer available...  CCRadio 3 is the current model.  CCRadio 3 - $209   Eton Elite Mini - $29


Johnny


Re: AM Radio has some of the most UNORIGINAL "Slogans" !!!

kevin asato
 

KTNN is an interesting mix of Dine (Navajo Language) music and CW!
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 1:26 AM mediumwavedx <desertbilly@...> wrote:
Unusual ones....

KKOB-770 Albuquerque, New Mexico's is: The Talk Monster.  I have heard them use "blowtorch". It's the only one I know of. They are 50 KW.

KKTN-660 Window Rock, Arizona. Interesting 50 KW Navajo station: "The Voice of the Navajo Nation". Often in native language.

Bill


Re: Farthest US DX logging so far in 2022 - Eton Elite Mini

Johnny
 

Hi all,

One more logging last night to beat my personal 2022 record...

AM 1060 @ 21:14 EST - KFIT - "Gospel 1060" - Lockhart, Texas - 1133 miles from my location

Radio:  Eton Elite Mini


Johnny


World Radio History - wow!

FenDrifter
 
Edited

Hi all
I found this site by accident yesterday, and because it’s so unreal I just wanted to be sure everyone knew about it. To a newbie like myself who happens to be interested in the past (probably because I’m old 😊) it’s an absolute gold mine! I’ll give a link to the site and another link from it to a random page, which just happens to be relevant to call signs we’ve been discussing. Have fun!

https://worldradiohistory.com/

https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Radio-Listeners-Guide/Radio-Listeners-Guide-1929-Winter.pdf

And the following page has loads of interest to ultralighters 😊

https://worldradiohistory.com/BOOKSHELF-ARH/Author-Groups/Edwin-Bradley/Miniature-Radio-Equipment-Conststruction-Manual-Bernard-85-Edwin-Bradley.pdf

 

Drifter

 


Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

FenDrifter
 

Hi Paul
That link you sent is brilliant! I’ve just looked at it more closely and found the live audio sub links, which will prove extremely useful for narrowing down what I’m listening to. Once again many thanks. 

Drifter


Re: Alpha Numeric confusion!

Paul Blundell
 

Here we have / had some interesting callsigns.

7LA was on 1098khz, it stood for Launceston.

7NT was on 711kHz, it stood for Northern Tasmania.

7EX was on 1008kHz, it stood for examiner, this is the name of our local newspaper.

I spend a lot of time listening to various VK7 stations on our various repeaters, VK7RAA and VK7RJG are both local to me.


Re: AM Radio has some of the most UNORIGINAL "Slogans" !!!

mediumwavedx
 
Edited

Unusual ones....

KKOB-770 Albuquerque, New Mexico's is: The Talk Monster.  I have heard them use "blowtorch". It's the only one I know of. They are 50 KW.

KTNN-660 Window Rock, Arizona. Interesting 50 KW Navajo station: "The Voice of the Navajo Nation". Often in native language.

Bill


Re: AM Radio has some of the most UNORIGINAL "Slogans" !!!

kevin asato
 

KFWB in Los Angeles - "All news, all the time" and "You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world". 
Unfortunately they are no longer all news (news is still their centerpiece) since CBS purchased them and the 2nd slogan was not originally theirs but in use. Something to look forward to when you try to ID this flamethrower at 1070KHz

No longer heard - 
KTNQ Los Angeles - Not only the obvious "Ten-Q" but a play on Thank You (TenQue) as well. Miss that one as i went to see the studio with a group from my high school radio station in decades past.

Boss Radio - KHJ (930 AM)

The Mighty 690 - XETRA, Tijuana, MX (Eh-kess-eh Te Errey Ah, Tijuana Mehico - was their ID) - sorry having trouble spelling Spanish in phonetics.

73,
kevin
kc6oob



On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 2:25 PM FenDrifter via groups.io <essexmarshman=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
I think you’re right Johnny, but jingle writers must be well paid if they’re on royalties - get in there! 😊


Re: Alpha Numeric confusion!

Phillips
 

VK, VJ and VL are prefixes identifying amateur radio operators in Australia. 

As of July 29th 2020 - the following AR callsign structure is in place in Australia:[8][9]

Advanced VK$aa, VJ$a, VK$a, VL$a

Advanced/Standard/Foundation VK$aaa-VK$zzz

Repeater / Beacon VK$Raa-VK$Rzz




From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Peter Laws <plaws0@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 25 January 2022 9:21 AM
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Alpha Numeric confusion!
 
On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 4:22 PM FenDrifter via groups.io
<essexmarshman@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Peter
> Thanks for such an extensive reply! So these are ham radio call signs? Being totally ignorant of this area of interest I have a couple of questions. As this is an ultralight group I’m assuming these logs are picked up on sideband? If so then it’s something I’ve not yet investigated, although I do have a couple of sideband capable sets. Bear in mind I’m a (very) late starter in this game, added to that I’m in the UK. If I chose to look, where would be a good place to start?

The Number-Letter-Letter calls are Australian broadcast callsigns.
Because I'm goofy, now I *have* to know if they were once
VL-number-letter-letter or if that's urban legend.  Given geography,
Australian broadcast stations are unlikely to be confused, on air,
with another country, so there wasn't a pressing need to ever have
used them.

Australian broadcasters are like those in North America and --
DAB/DAB+ or LW aside the UK.  Medium Wave (520-1710 kHz give or take)
using AM and VHF (88-108 MHz give or take) using FM. Even the few
remaining shortwave broadcasters use AM.  Longwave broadcasting, which
was never a thing in the Americas, but that you all still have is also
AM.  I think BBC 4 is at 198 kHz?

As for where to start ... you kind of already have.  :-)

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






Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

FenDrifter
 

Well thanks for that link Paul, more grist to the mill!
Drifter


Re: Alpha Numeric confusion!

FenDrifter
 

Hi there
Very many thanks for such a time consuming and informative reply! The ham game is another world and at this stage I’m not thinking of going in that direction, but never say never! From what you say there’s a whole lot of research opportunities in the history, and almost by accident I came across a site today that you almost certainly know about, but I went bananas when I found it! Here’s the link:
https://worldradiohistory.com/index-Bookshelfl.htm
Drifter


Re: Alpha Numeric confusion!

Peter Laws
 

On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 4:22 PM FenDrifter via groups.io
<essexmarshman@...> wrote:

Hi Peter
Thanks for such an extensive reply! So these are ham radio call signs? Being totally ignorant of this area of interest I have a couple of questions. As this is an ultralight group I’m assuming these logs are picked up on sideband? If so then it’s something I’ve not yet investigated, although I do have a couple of sideband capable sets. Bear in mind I’m a (very) late starter in this game, added to that I’m in the UK. If I chose to look, where would be a good place to start?
The Number-Letter-Letter calls are Australian broadcast callsigns.
Because I'm goofy, now I *have* to know if they were once
VL-number-letter-letter or if that's urban legend. Given geography,
Australian broadcast stations are unlikely to be confused, on air,
with another country, so there wasn't a pressing need to ever have
used them.

Australian broadcasters are like those in North America and --
DAB/DAB+ or LW aside the UK. Medium Wave (520-1710 kHz give or take)
using AM and VHF (88-108 MHz give or take) using FM. Even the few
remaining shortwave broadcasters use AM. Longwave broadcasting, which
was never a thing in the Americas, but that you all still have is also
AM. I think BBC 4 is at 198 kHz?

As for where to start ... you kind of already have. :-)

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


Re: Alpha Numeric confusion!

Peter Laws
 

On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 4:28 PM Phillips <phillicom@...> wrote:

As for the letters of the broadcast call signs; some refer to the operators and some have historical interest.
Know anything about VL as a prefix for broadcast (not amateur)
stations? The article at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_signs_in_Australia casually
mentions VL but it's tagged [citation needed] ...

US stations in the pre-license era before 1912 were often ops'
initials as well. I believe that I've read that this was still
semi-true after the Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Navigation started
issuing licenses but that it was up to the district inspector. I
guess a search of old US gov't station lists (most of which are online
now) would tell.



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

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