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Re: Richard Allen...... An introduction

robert ross
 

At 01:31 PM 6/18/2008, Richard Allen wrote:

I recently join the group and thought an introduction might be in order.
Richard...Welcome to the ULR Group!!!!! Nice to have another fellow who's
been around for a while in the group!!

I own a coupleof dozen other receivers including several ultralights
(SRF-39FP, -59,
-M35, -M37V, -M37W and -T615). I belong to the IRCA, NRC and MWC.
That's a great stable of ULR Radio's you have there Richard. I also have
the Sony SRF-39P, SRF-59, and the T-615......as well as a few more. I love
the T-615....and it is my Main DX Rig. The others are just as good.....but
the Digital Readout of the T-615......gives it the edge.

I see you're in Oklahoma.....as is one of our other Prominent
Members....John Bryant. I'm not sure how far you are from him....I'm sure
he will comment though! Give Richard a yell John......

Thanks for the Short History of your DX Carreer...it's always nice to read
how others got interested in the Hobby. Also glad to see you enjoy ULR
DX'ing.....it really is a pile of fun...and as you say....takes us back to
our younger days DX'ing with minimalistic Radios!


I would have to describe myself as a casual (or lazy) medium wave
DXer. Over the years I have logged stations on five continents from
my present QTH. But I only bothered to QSL a two of my trans-oceanic
loggings (BBC-1214 and WDR-1586) back in the 1970s.

Well.....ULR DX'ing fits right in with the "Lazy DX'er Theory"....you can
take your ULR to the Lazy Boy Chair.......the Picnic Table....or even to
Bed and still DX with little effort!! It really is quite amazing what you
can hear with a single AA Battery!!


Well that is enough boring stuff for now. Best of DX.

Not boring at all Richard...thanks for taking the time to post...and glad
to have you in the group. There is a great bunch of guys on this
reflector...much knowledge....and lots of helping hands with anything you
may need to know about ULR DX'ing.......

Have Fun...and Good DX.

73....ROB.


Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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An introduction

bbwrwy
 

I recently join the group and thought an introduction might be in order.

I'm retired a few years ago after working three decades for the
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Most of my listening today
is from my rural home northwest of Perry OK. The primary receivers is
a WiNRADiO G313e connected to a 21-meter wire aerial. I own a couple
of dozen other receivers including several ultralights (SRF-39FP, -59,
-M35, -M37V, -M37W and -T615). I belong to the IRCA, NRC and MWC.
I'm also a railfan and serve as secretary/webmaster of the Enid
Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

I don't remember when I first became interested in the hobby. My guess
is when I first heard a "Northern Messenger" program on CBW-990. That
was probably in the winter of 1960. I know it was late Friday night
and was cold outside. It was really something for a boy in Oklahoma to
hear station from so far away. But it wasn't long until I'd logged
CBK-540 and CBX-1010 as well. The receiver was a General Electric
"All-American Five", a gift from the Christmas before. Tuning around
on my SRF-59 often reminds me of those days.

In January, 1961, I started listening to short wave broadcasts on an
ancient set my grandmother owned and have been hooked since. Although
it's not as much fun as when a teenager, I still listen everyday. I'd
have to say my favorite station today is Radio Australia.

My all-time favorite receiver was the Yaesu FRG7700. Favorite
portable would have to be the Telefunken Bajazzo TS used to hear
CBA-1070, WINS-1010 and CFRB-1010 from England in the late 1960s. I
still listen on a Bajazzo Junior from time to time. The Telefunken
sets had good sensitivity and great sound.

I would have to describe myself as a casual (or lazy) medium wave
DXer. Over the years I have logged stations on five continents from
my present QTH. But I only bothered to QSL a two of my trans-oceanic
loggings (BBC-1214 and WDR-1586) back in the 1970s.

Well that is enough boring stuff for now. Best of DX.

Richard Allen.


Re: An introduction

dypete
 

 
 
Pete Giacopelli
"Carpe Diem"
"Seize the day"
"It's OK to think about what you want(ed) to do but it's time to do what you were meant to do."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards" - Søren Kierkegaard
"Nature does nothing uselessly" Aristotle
"Improvise, Adapt, Overcome" movie " Heartbreak Ridge"
"Remember, Progress not perfection!"
 
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Re: Strange Observation

kirk74601 <kirk74601@...>
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...> wrote:

Thanks Russ, I'm heeding your advice because you obviously have a
lot more experience in this department than I ever thought of having.
I can adapt to sitting in a rather weird area of the kitchen (just on
the other side of the T-box) better than I could handle screwing up
my radios! I certainly appreciate your feedback on this! 73 to you,
Kirk-
*** What's occurring here is that the telephone wiring is serving
as an antenna. Placing a portable near it creates an inductive
coupling, much the same as if the telephone box were a longwire
antenna or a loop.

I would NOT try to connect directly because you'll potentially get
noise, unwanted voltage etc. Continuing to use it inductively is
reasonable to do however.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>
FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot; Sony SRF-59 barefoot


Re: An introduction

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Richard,
 
     Thanks for the introduction, and welcome to the Ultralight DX group!  We all have differing reasons for taking up the challenge of pocket radio DXing, but the common denominator seems to be that it reminds us of our childhood days, when we thrilled to the reception of distant AM stations on a pocket transistor radio.
 
     My own experience was typical, having received a pocket transistor as an 8-year old for Christmas, in 1961.  The excitement of hearing stations in different states and provinces is something I'll never forget, and today's Ultralight DX competition is something that brings back that original excitement, at least for me.
 
     Most of us moved on to bigger and better radios, large antennas, and even ham radio's multiple challenges, but we have never forgotten our childhood fun of DXing with a pocket portable. Since the SRF-59-related Ultralight phenomena started in November, the explosive growth in the enthusiast group has primarily been related to nostalgia, in my opinion. Today's pocket radios have fantastic innovation and technical superiority, but we are the same excited operators that we were 40 years ago.  The only difference is that now, we are using them to receive Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia  :>)
 
                                                                 73,    Gary DeBock




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Re: Strange Observation

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Wed, 6/18/08, kirk74601 <kirk74601@...> wrote:

From: kirk74601 <kirk74601@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] Strange Observation
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 2:34 AM

Greetings Everyone,

Last evening (around 0000) UTC),I was walking around the kitchen here
in the apt., and then I stepped outside to check for a MW station ID. I
noticed that every time I got within a few feet of the telephone
connection box out back, I suddenly started getting a huge amount of
increased signal strength and clarity on any MW station. I'm seriously
thinking about trying to tap into this. After all, the box clearly
says "customer access" and is only shut by one little screw. I'll let
you know what I can find out on this as soon as I have the time to mess
with it. Obviously this isn't illegal because there's not a lock nor
seal on the box like there is on our typical electrical meters here. My
main concern is that it may overload the E-100 or the SRF-59. You guys
ever had this experience before?? I don't know for sure, but I might
accidentally be onto something pretty good here. Will try this tomorrow
and get back to you all on it.

*** What's occurring here is that the telephone wiring is serving as an antenna. Placing a portable near it creates an inductive coupling, much the same as if the telephone box were a longwire antenna or a loop.

I would NOT try to connect directly because you'll potentially get noise, unwanted voltage etc. Continuing to use it inductively is reasonable to do however.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>
FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot; Sony SRF-59 barefoot


Strange Observation

kirk74601 <kirk74601@...>
 

Greetings Everyone,

Last evening (around 0000) UTC),I was walking around the kitchen here
in the apt., and then I stepped outside to check for a MW station ID. I
noticed that every time I got within a few feet of the telephone
connection box out back, I suddenly started getting a huge amount of
increased signal strength and clarity on any MW station. I'm seriously
thinking about trying to tap into this. After all, the box clearly
says "customer access" and is only shut by one little screw. I'll let
you know what I can find out on this as soon as I have the time to mess
with it. Obviously this isn't illegal because there's not a lock nor
seal on the box like there is on our typical electrical meters here. My
main concern is that it may overload the E-100 or the SRF-59. You guys
ever had this experience before?? I don't know for sure, but I might
accidentally be onto something pretty good here. Will try this tomorrow
and get back to you all on it.


Re: UNID 1600 khz

kirk74601 <kirk74601@...>
 

Hi Richard,
Thanks for the help with this! I've not been able to listen for them
since that one morning. By the way, I'm very interested in reading
about your observations of that weird mystery test staion at Chilocco.
Glenn Hauser has been keeping me informed on this oddity in the past
few days. --- In ultralightdx@..., "bbwrwy" <richarda@...>
wrote:


It was probably KVRA, Cockrell Hill TX (25 kW). They broadcast
programs to the Asian community in Dallas. The station is often heard
well in north central Oklahoma around sunrise/sunset. They identify
themselves hourly in English, "Sixteen hundred, KRVA, Cockrell
Hill-Dallas."

Richard


Re: UNID 1600 khz

bbwrwy
 

It was probably KVRA, Cockrell Hill TX (25 kW). They broadcast
programs to the Asian community in Dallas. The station is often heard
well in north central Oklahoma around sunrise/sunset. They identify
themselves hourly in English, "Sixteen hundred, KRVA, Cockrell
Hill-Dallas."

Richard


new Eton E-100

Carl DeWhitt
 

I received my new Eton E-100 from Durham Radio yesterday.I want to say
that i am very pleased with Durham,s quick and excellent customer
service.I ordered my E-100 Thursday morning and it was on it,s way to
me that afternoon.It arrived in great shape and i am starting to test
it out.The FM sounds great and i like it over the FM on the Sony
M37W.I have not had the time to give it a good test on AM and SW.I
will check back in on this when i have had time to test it out.


Re: UNID 1600 khz

Carl DeWhitt
 

--Kirk:
I think i ran across this station last Thursday evening when i did a
little dxing out at Wentz Camp and the Ponca Lake area.i did not have
time to stay with them.They had a fair to good signal at the time even
over the static crashes.The language had a sing songy sound to me but
not sure what is was.I had not heard this before as far as i
know.Anyway the fm e-skip that evening diverted my attentions
elsewhere.HI!HI!
I will try to check this frequency again and hopefully catch an i.d.
around the top of the hour.
Carl

- In ultralightdx@..., "kirk74601" <kirk74601@...> wrote:


1600 khz, 6/16/08, 1248-1310 fade.
Ran across a station this morning bdcsting in an Asian language. I
wasn't able to ID the language either because I'm rusty on them(very)
and I had many lightning crashes to deal with. Do any of you out there,
especially in this general area (Okla), have any ideas? I'm thinking
perhaps KRVA, Cockrell, TX. But I'm not at all sure. Thanks for your
help. I was using the E-100. 73!


Off-topic: the UL receiver I'd like to own

Huelbe Arizon Garcia <huelbe_garcia@...>
 

Hi,

I found this receiver soooooo nice:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/meckel/2072295418/sizes/o/

It's the Sony ICF-J40. Actually perhaps this receiver is a little big
for an UL...

So far, I learnt ICF-J40 is only available in Asia and Middle East. I
still have to find a supplier able to sell it overseas. Suggestions are
welcome :)

--hg
--
Huelbe Arizon Garcia
huelbe_garcia@...


UNID 1600 khz

kirk74601 <kirk74601@...>
 

1600 khz, 6/16/08, 1248-1310 fade.
Ran across a station this morning bdcsting in an Asian language. I
wasn't able to ID the language either because I'm rusty on them(very)
and I had many lightning crashes to deal with. Do any of you out there,
especially in this general area (Okla), have any ideas? I'm thinking
perhaps KRVA, Cockrell, TX. But I'm not at all sure. Thanks for your
help. I was using the E-100. 73!


Re: Daytime DX, experience in South Brazil

Huelbe Arizon Garcia <huelbe_garcia@...>
 

Hi John, group.

Thank you for your kind reply.

I think it is nice to give the credits for the original idea: the site
says the "RGP3 Long & Medium Wave ferrite small loop antenna" (named
after its first builder initials Rene Passold) is based on article "Loop
Experiments: The Super Booster Bar" by Gerry Thomas published by
National Radio Club.

RGP3 is a nice work. It covers 150KHz - 1750KHz in two bands.

--hg



On Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:23:42 -0700, "John H. Bryant"
<bjohnorcas@...> said:

Very nice loggings for daytime, Huelbe!

AND FELLAS, TAKE A LOOK AT THAT ANTENNA ON THE LINK!!! Now that is
my kinda ferrite booster bar!!!

John B.
--
Huelbe Arizon Garcia
huelbe_garcia@...


Re: Daytime DX, experience in South Brazil

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Very nice loggings for daytime, Huelbe! 

AND FELLAS, TAKE A LOOK AT THAT ANTENNA ON THE LINK!!!  Now that is my kinda ferrite booster bar!!!

John B.



At 10:17 PM 6/15/2008 -0300, you wrote:

Hello groups,

This saturday, between 12:02-12:30 PM local time, I was at beach (29 41S, 49
58W) with a SRF-59. It was possible to hear AM stations from Rio de Janeiro,
627 miles / 1010 kilometers northeast from my position. Stations heard were:

860KHz, 100KW, Radio CBN Rio SIO 232
940KHz, 100KW, Radio Super Brasil Rio, SIO 232
1220KHz, 150KW, Radio Globo Rio SIO 444
1280KHz, 100KW, Radio Tupi Rio SIO 343

The path was completely over the ocean.

Using an external ferrite antenna (like this one:
http://paginas.terra.com.br/arte/sarmentocampos/LoopFerriteRGP3.htm ), the
signals were almost local :)

Regards,

Huelbe
Brazil


Re: Daytime DX, experience in South Brazil

huelbe_garcia@...
 

Hello groups,

This saturday, between 12:02-12:30 PM local time, I was at beach (29 41S, 49 58W) with a SRF-59. It was possible to hear AM stations from Rio de Janeiro, 627 miles / 1010 kilometers northeast from my position. Stations heard were:

860KHz, 100KW, Radio CBN Rio SIO 232
940KHz, 100KW, Radio Super Brasil Rio, SIO 232
1220KHz, 150KW, Radio Globo Rio SIO 444
1280KHz, 100KW, Radio Tupi Rio SIO 343

The path was completely over the ocean.

Using an external ferrite antenna (like this one: http://paginas.terra.com.br/arte/sarmentocampos/LoopFerriteRGP3.htm ), the signals were almost local :)

Regards,

Huelbe
Brazil


DT-200VX vs.E100 Comments

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Two days ago, Paul Weiss and I had a brief private exchange related to the DT-200VX and the E100. Paul was kind enough to allow me to post the relevant parts here. John Bryant

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 8:46 PM, John H. Bryant < bjohnorcas@...> wrote:
Hi, Paul, answers below:

At 08:03 PM 6/13/2008 -0500, you wrote:
Hi John,

What do you think about the DT-200VX unmodified?

Nice radio, but needs sharper IF filter. Guy Atkins is the one who knows the details of the filter and could maybe send you an internal photo.

I am looking at a simple digital ULr to run barefoot.

I really think that the one to get is the Eton E100.  They are still available on Ebay for about $40... Lots of advantages over the DT-200VX. Its as sharp, filtering, STOCK as is my DT-200VX modified.  Has 1 kHz tuning (channel by channel w/no off-tuning for the DT-200VX)

I have one DT-200VX. I have FOUR E100s. :>)

I currently have an SRF-59 and it rocks other than not having a digital readout. I have looked at the SRF-M37V but have heard it has some problems. Gary posted that a modified 37 is not better than a barefoot 200VX.

Although Allen Willie has set a huge number of records with the M37V, it does not offer many important advantages that the 200VX provides stock.... and I think that the 200VX is a distant second place to the E100, myself. I think that Gary may do a mid-summer shoot-out that will expand on some of my observations.  I own all three digitals that you mention. I love the E100!!!



Also, in case I might want to modify the 200VX can you explain the filters please. And also your booster bar.

The booster bar is similar to the one that Gil Stacy wrote about. His article is in the Ultralight files at dxer.ca.

Thanks for asking, Paul.  Please let me know if I can forward a copy of this to the Ultralight group.  I think that several people might be interested in the answer.

John B.

Paul then asked:

        Couple of questions about the E100. Does it qualify as a ULr? I see in the documents that they do not list SW as a band that a ULr can have although it is in   the ULr Gallery pdf.

         Yes, Paul, the E100 was accepted by the Committee as an Ultralight.  I believe that it is the only digitally-dialed ULR with one kHz tuning steps... Very handy for slight off-tuning, of course.  It is certainly acceptable for the Barefoot Class for Records and Awards.

Since the E100 is no longer part of the Eton Line, I'd guess that the availability of them on Ebay, new-in-box, is very finite.

John Bryant



Re: Daytime DX

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Does anyone out there have both an E100 and an E10? If so I'd like to
hear about how they compare.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "kirk74601" <kirk74601@...> wrote:

Hello everyone,

I'm pretty new to the MW ultralight hobby. This morning, being prompted
by Carl's postings, I had about 30 minutes to tune around a bit. I
heard nothing that earth-shattering (but new stations for the new kid
on the block). Logged KFRM, 550 kHz, Salina, KS from 1540-1553 UTC.
Then heard KCSP "61 Sports" on 610 kHz, Kansas City, MO, from 1554-1610
UTC. Both were clear and steady with a little lightning crashes at
times. I'm really enjoying this group and thought I ought to contribute
something now and then, hi hi. I was using the new E-100 I recently
purchased. Running barefoot. Thanks to all for all the very useful tips
and loggings! I live in the same town as Carl, Ponca City, OK. 73, Kirk


Re: 40 years of Dxing

robert ross
 

At 07:39 PM 6/13/2008, Allen Willie wrote:




Hi Everyone,
This coming Tuesday, June 17th will mark my 40th anniversary as a radio dxer.


Allen....Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary of DX'ing!! You're 8
Years ahead of me....Does that mean I'm younger??? HAHHAHHA........

The 40 Years of spinning the Dials....and the Amazing accomplishments you
have made in Trans-Atlantic ULR DX'ing.....are something to be Truly proud
of!! Great work Allen.......and Many more years of Enjoyment in a
fascinating hobby!!

Regards...ROB.



Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Re: 40 years of Dxing

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

Hello everyone,

 

All this talk of 40th anniversaries of DXing got me going.  My dad brought home a three band solid state portable radio in the summer of 1967, and I asked him "Dad, I know what AM and FM are but what is SW?" and I've been hooked ever since.

 

Unfortunately, the only artifact I have of this period is my first QSL card issued by CFRX in Toronto and is dated February 1968.

 

73 de Joe, KJ8O



--- On Fri, 6/13/08, Guy Atkins wrote:

Wow, great post, Allen! It brought back fond memories of my early days at the dials for me, too. As luck would have it, this summer will be my own 40th anniversary of DXing. It was on a camping trip sometime in the summer of 1968 that I started tuning around on a Wards Airline portable. I wish I knew the exact date like you do for your experience.