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Re: E100 Alignment Notes + Stuff

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Richard,

Sorry, I've been outta town and then weekend house guests have thrown me way behind in e-mail.  I have no idea what the problem is with speaker audio on your E-100.... beats me.  On dealing with the ferrite loopstick and its coil, Gary DeBock and I approach things just a bit differently.  We both use No.11 blades in Exacto knives. Gary is generally able to remove enough wax by careful scraping, with the bar in place, to loosen the coil and peak it up on 600... )and yes, you can use any weak station in the 550 to 700 kHz. area... the closer to the standard 600, the better, but its pretty forgiving.)

The difference between Gary's approach and mine is that I always first prise the bar out of its retainer clips..  I don't unsolder the wires, just prise the bar out of its clips and lay it atop the circuit board.  The bar is held in the clips with just a bit of some brown glue similar to strong rubber cement.  I remove as much of that as is easily possible and then carefully work the bar up and out with the Exacto. I just find it easier to free up that coil if I have more room to work.  Usually, all you need do is remove the surface wax and give the coil a firm push with a small blunt object and its free. However, on one of my E100s the wax pot must have been turned up on high and the wax was too fluid.... It ran clear under the length of the coil on one side and about half way on the other.... between the coil and the surface of the bar.  With the bar lifted up where I could really get at it, I took the Exacto blade out of the handle, held it flat against the surface of the bar and slowly forced it under the coil.  That eventually freed things up.

By the way, the buttons are pretty well marked on the circuit board, so once you get the batteries back in your naked E100, its pretty easy to turn it on and change the frequencies during alignment.

Hope this helps, Richard!

John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Ultralights
Antennas: Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest










At 03:51 PM 7/14/2008 +0000, you wrote:

I don't think I'll have any difficulty aligning the E100. I peeked
inside and it's less daunting than the Grundig Satellit 500 I'm
currently working on. Tecsun did a good job designing the little
receiver.

I do have questions however. What's the best way to remove the excess
wax holding the movable coil on the ferrite rod? I'm guessing it's
scraped away with something like an Exacto knife. Is that correct?

Since I don't have an audible daytime station on 600 kHz, is it all
right to use either 590 or 610?

If I goof up, I have a backup E100 available. From the outside it
appears to be from a different (later) production run. Already the
sound through the speaker of the first E100 has become distorted. I
have no idea how to fix that problem. Luckily, the audio is OK
through headphones.

Thanks all.

Richard Allen
DXing since 1960.


Re: E100 Notes + Stuff

ronshire2000
 

in my opinion the speakers in these e100's are very poor, to make mine
sound better i moved the tone switch to the low position

Already the
sound through the speaker of the first E100 has become distorted. I
have no idea how to fix that problem. Luckily, the audio is OK
through headphones.

Thanks all.

Richard Allen
DXing since 1960.


Committee Announces New Ultralight MW DXing Awards Program

Gary DeBock
 

The Ultralight DXing Awards Committee is pleased to announce a new and on-going Awards Program for the Ultralight MW DXing Community.  The Program is unique in several respects; first, it is the only Awards Program that is restricted to MW DXing accomplishments achieved with commonly available, inexpensive, entertainment-grade "Ultralight" pocket radios.  Secondly, the program is totally web-based.  Applications for awards are accepted by e-mail only and award certificates that are suitable for framing are distributed to the recipients as printable digital image files.  Thirdly, these certificates feature digitally re-mastered images of some of the most remarkable radio art from the first decade of broadcast radio.
 
The comprehensive Ultralight DX Awards Program features awards at various levels for Stations Heard, U.S. States Heard, Canadian Provinces Heard, Latin American Stations Heard, Trans-Atlantic Stations Heard, Trans-Pacific Stations Heard, Countries Heard and Continents Heard.  In each category, when a DXer reaches beyond what is normally considered high achievement, special "Master DXer" certificates are awarded;  for instance, in the Stations Heard category, certificates are available for stations heard at the 100, 200, 300, etc. station levels.  At 500 stations heard on an Ultralight receiver, an extraordinary achievement, a "Master Ultralight DXer Award" is conferred.
 
A complete description of the Ultralight DX Awards Program is available for download from the Ultralight Files area at http://www.dxer.ca/ or directly from Rob Ross of the Awards Committee at va3sw@...
 
If you have yet to experience the renewed thrill of DXing with an inexpensive Ultralight receiver, we invite you to share the excitement and satisfaction that comes from success in pocket radio DX.  Emphasizing DXing skill and knowledge over equipment innovation, Ultralight Radio DXing brings special rewards in proportion to the special challenges-- and has restored the original thrill of AM DXing to many radio enthusiasts.  The Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca has an extensive set of information and resources on the many aspects of Ultralight Radios, and enthusiasts' activities.  We hope you will accept the challenge, join in the fun, and share in the rewards!
 
The Ultralight DX Awards Committee:  Gary DeBock,  Rob Ross and John Bryant 




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Re: E100 Notes + Stuff

bbwrwy
 

I don't think I'll have any difficulty aligning the E100. I peeked
inside and it's less daunting than the Grundig Satellit 500 I'm
currently working on. Tecsun did a good job designing the little
receiver.

I do have questions however. What's the best way to remove the excess
wax holding the movable coil on the ferrite rod? I'm guessing it's
scraped away with something like an Exacto knife. Is that correct?

Since I don't have an audible daytime station on 600 kHz, is it all
right to use either 590 or 610?

If I goof up, I have a backup E100 available. From the outside it
appears to be from a different (later) production run. Already the
sound through the speaker of the first E100 has become distorted. I
have no idea how to fix that problem. Luckily, the audio is OK
through headphones.

Thanks all.

Richard Allen
DXing since 1960.


Re: digital display for $10.00

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Russ,
 
     Both the DT-200VX and the Eton E100 typically could use some tweaking out of the box, a fact that we didn't know so well back in January. Even when aligned (which involves significant disassembly on both units), these digital models typically favor either high or low band in sensitivity, but not both.  The SRF-59/39FP models have more broad-banded sensitivity, which is almost certainly related to the different way that analog and digital "front ends" process incoming RF signals.
 
     After considering how to solve this problem on the E100, the "sliding coil" loopstick was created (almost jointly, by John Bryant and me).  This solves the lack of digital broadband sensitivity by "aligning" the loopstick on each selected frequency--  thereby making the modified E100 far more sensitive than the stock unit.
 
                                                                                                    73,  Gary       




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Re: digital display for $10.00

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Sun, 7/13/08, D1028Gary@... <D1028Gary@...> wrote:


Ron and Others,
 
     I had the chance to view John's SRF-39FP digital display (from aade.com) in action, this week at Grayland, Washington. It was very impressive, but when the $$ are added up, it may not make much sense to purchase it, except perhaps as a curiosity.
 
     For domestic DXing purposes, the SRF-59/39FP analog family of units provide tremendous "bang for the buck," but not when combined with a $69 add-on accessory.  I'm sure John would agree with me that a better solution would be to purchase a digital E100 or DT-200VX, and save the cost of the digital conversion.  Either of these units can be purchased for less than the cost of converting an analog SRF-39/59 unit.
 
                                                                            73,  Gary 
 
 
*** But given that my out-of-the-box DT-200VX is clearly less sensitive and less selective than my peaked-up SRF-59, that doesn't seem like a viable alternative. Nor is the ultimate price differential all that significant. I can't speak for the Eton, however it seems that from most reports it is better than the Sangean in both respects.

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
    





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Re: digital display for $10.00

C B
 

Even though it's not an unltralight, I wonder if one of these digital displays could be added to one of my ICF-S5Ws. Thanks for the follow up discussion on this topic.

 

Craig Barnes

Wondervu, CO



--- On Sat, 7/12/08, D1028Gary@... wrote:

From: D1028Gary@...
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] digital display for $10.00
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 10:02 PM

Ron and Others,
 
     I had the chance to view John's SRF-39FP digital display (from aade.com) in action, this week at Grayland, Washington. It was very impressive, but when the $$ are added up, it may not make much sense to purchase it, except perhaps as a curiosity.
 
     For domestic DXing purposes, the SRF-59/39FP analog family of units provide tremendous "bang for the buck," but not when combined with a $69 add-on accessory.  I'm sure John would agree with me that a better solution would be to purchase a digital E100 or DT-200VX, and save the cost of the digital conversion.  Either of these units can be purchased for less than the cost of converting an analog SRF-39/59 unit.
 
     For split-frequency DXers, the SRF-39/59 family of units is easy to modify for increased sensitivity, but their bizarre IF makes conventional narrow IF filters useless, and useful selectivity mods have yet to be designed.  On the other hand, the digital Ultralights (with their 450 and 455 kHz IF's) can all be modified for increased selectivity AND sensitivity.
 
                                                                            73,  Gary 
 
 
    




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digital display for $10.00

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Ron,

Thanks very much for bringing this display to our attention. Its very interesting.  I was likely the one that mentioned that I'd added a digital display to an SRF-39.  I've got an article about 2/3 done and will be posting it early in the week. The N3ZI unit turns out to be a partial kit for $10... a very good deal for some folks.  A full kit with all parts is $30.00. It looks great and I'll bet that it works great on the receivers listed and a bunch of others.  I'll guarantee, though, that it will not work as offered on the SRF-39/49/59 family, though.  The Sony chip that is the heart of this family of radios uses some really spooky math and unusual relationships between what is on the chip and the rest of the RF section. Any digital dial accessory will require special programming that is unique for this family of radios....

The folks that I worked with, AADE, were kind enough to develop special programming for the SRF-39 family... I loaned them a set to base their work on.
Their full kit is $49 and a fully assembled unit is $20 more.

N3ZI's unit may be the better deal financially, but only if he is willing and able to do the chip programming necessary for his unit to work with the '39 family.... be sure to ask :>)

I'll get that article up on dxer.ca and announced here by Wednesday.


John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Ultralights
Antennas: Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest





 

i thought i read that someone here had added a digital display to the
UL and i thought some here may be interested in this item.

N3ZI is selling a very nice frequency counter/digital dial for only
$10. http://www.pongrance.com/

Ron


Re: digital display for $10.00

Gary DeBock
 

Ron and Others,
 
     I had the chance to view John's SRF-39FP digital display (from aade.com) in action, this week at Grayland, Washington. It was very impressive, but when the $$ are added up, it may not make much sense to purchase it, except perhaps as a curiosity.
 
     For domestic DXing purposes, the SRF-59/39FP analog family of units provide tremendous "bang for the buck," but not when combined with a $69 add-on accessory.  I'm sure John would agree with me that a better solution would be to purchase a digital E100 or DT-200VX, and save the cost of the digital conversion.  Either of these units can be purchased for less than the cost of converting an analog SRF-39/59 unit.
 
     For split-frequency DXers, the SRF-39/59 family of units is easy to modify for increased sensitivity, but their bizarre IF makes conventional narrow IF filters useless, and useful selectivity mods have yet to be designed.  On the other hand, the digital Ultralights (with their 450 and 455 kHz IF's) can all be modified for increased selectivity AND sensitivity.
 
                                                                            73,  Gary 
 
 
    




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Re: Grayland DXpedition Report: First Half

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 


Nick,

There wasn't much of a het on 612 and I don't even remember on the others.  In truth, with three Ultraliughts running and my 313E, I was too busy to give the T615 proper attention. Something about a one legged guy in a a** kicking contest.

John B.
from Grants Pass, southern Oregon


At 04:07 AM 7/10/2008 +0000, you wrote:

--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant"
wrote:
>
>
> I tried several times to catch the relatively louder Aussies with the
> Sony SRF-T615, Barefoot. No luck at all, so far, but I'm gonna keep
trying.
>
>
Presume you were at least hearing hets, John? 612 managed that here
the other morning on a barefoot SRF-39, so would assume you were
hearing those whistles at least at Grayland on your T615.

Nick


Re: modified E-100,s and TA, s

MarkWA1ION
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Carl DeWhitt" <carl_elissa@...>
wrote:

Does anyone have a modified E-100 they would be willing to sell to
me? If so,please contact me off list.I would need this in about 2 1/2
weeks.I do have a stock E-100 as well as 2 stock Sony SRF-M37W,S.
Some time in early August,i hope to be in North Carolina for a little
dx-pedition on the outer banks.Can someone clue me in on what to look
for in the way of TA dx.I don,t have a current WRTH.Can anyone suggest
a good on line list i can print out and take with me ? Thanks .73 and
good dx.
The report below was from about 600 miles farther northeast up the
Atlantic coast (therefore closer to Europe than the Outer Banks) and
using conventional receivers (SDR-IQ, R8A) but might still be of use to
you regarding targets. In general Saudi Arabia - 1521, Croatia - 1134,
France - 1206, Canary Islands - 621, Mauritania - 783, Morocco - 612,
several Spain (585, 684, 999), and several Algeria (549, 891, 981) are
the fire-breathers this time of year. Your local sunset and just after
would be prime time. Northerly countries (UK, Germany, etc.) can be
heard but are generally better from late August onward.

I'm sure Alan Willie's logs from Newfoundland could also be useful.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA

<<
DXpeditions: Rowley, MA + Rockport, MA

SDR-IQ adventures at the salt-marsh and at the pier ...

Report from Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Times / dates = UTC / 2008
e-mail = "MarkWA1ION@..."

[Connelly*rw-MA] = Rowley, MA, USA
(GC= 42.7436 N / 70.8367 W) (= 42° 44' 36.9" N / 70° 50' 12.2" W)
(salt-marsh: Stackyard Road - Nelson Island, Parker River NWR)
site-related info: <http://home.comcast.net/~markwa1ion/rowley_ma.htm>

[Connelly*R-MA] = Rockport, MA, USA
(GC= 42.667 N / 70.621 W) (= 42° 40' N / 70° 37' W)
(Granite Pier)
site-related info: <http://home.comcast.net/~dx_lab/dx_clams_2005.htm>

Receivers: RFSpace SDR-IQ, Drake R8A

Phasing Unit: DXP-6A
Splitter: Mini-Circuits ZSC-2-2

Antennas: cardioid array on roof of car =
Vertical: 3.7 m whip (MFJ-1956) to 81:1 xfmr to DX Engineering RPA-1
amp
+
Loop: Micro-SuperLoop, square, 2 m per side, with 16:1 xfmr (to DX
Engineering RPA-1 amp) on east bottom corner and 5K potentiometer on
west corner


*** TRANSATLANTIC DX ***

531 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, JUN 26 0107 - // 621 with music, then
fast Spanish talk; poor to fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

549 | ALGERIA | Alger Chaine 1, Les Trembles, MAY 7 0018 - Arabic talk
by man including a segment of a phone conversation; fair. [Connelly*rw-
MA]

576 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0112 - // 621
with woman in Spanish; poor. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0106 - // 621
with piano music; to fair peak. [Connelly*R-MA]

585 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Madrid, MAY 7 0107 - // 621 with woman in
Spanish; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0106 - // 621 & 774 with fast
talk, fanfare, then segment of piano music; to good peak. [Connelly*R-
MA]

594 | PORTUGAL | R. Renascenca, Muge, JUN 26 0103 - Portuguese talk by
man & woman; poor. [Connelly*R-MA]

603 | FRANCE | France Info, Lyon-Tramoyes, MAY 7 0020 - woman in
French, fanfare music, then talk by man; over others. + MAY 7 0109 - //
711 with classical music; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0103 - // 945
with news; fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

612 | MOROCCO | RTM A, Sebaa-Aioun, MAY 7 0017 - high-energy Arabic
vocal; fair. + MAY 7 0111 - two men in Arabic; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] +
JUN 26 0104 - woman in Arabic; to fair peak. [Connelly*R-MA]

621 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, Santa Cruz de
Tenerife et al., MAY 7 0019 - woman in Spanish; fair to good over WZON
slop. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0103 - // 585 with jazzy vocal; fair.
[Connelly*R-MA]

639 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, La Coruna et al., MAY 7 0103 - // 621 with news,
musical flourish; in bad CBN slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

657 | SPAIN | RNE R.5, Madrid, MAY 7 0021 - // 621 with woman in
Spanish; poor. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0100 - Spanish news; briefly
over tough WFAN slop. [Connelly*R-MA]

657 | unID | JUN 26 0101 - religious folk male vocal; mixing with
Spain. R. Pulpit (South Africa) suspected. [Connelly*R-MA]

666 | PORTUGAL | RDP Antena 1 synchros, MAY 7 0109 - man & woman in
Portuguese; poor, over unID music station. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26
0055 - // 720 with bluesy female vocal; poor. [Connelly*R-MA]

684 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Sevilla, MAY 7 0104 - news by woman in Spanish;
in bad WRKO slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

693 | AZORES | Centro Regional da RDP, Terceira, JUN 26 0059 - // 720
with chanting monks; poor, over UK. [Connelly*R-MA]

693 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R. 5, Droitwich et al., MAY 7 0017 - marine
weather forecast: "very calm"; fair. + MAY 7 0109 - US news from ABC
radio network correspondents: stock market report, court case about
executions by lethal injection, etc.; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

711 | FRANCE | France Info, Rennes, MAY 7 0021 - // 603 with new-age
music; to good peak. + MAY 7 0100 - music fanfare, France Info ID by
woman, then news items including US Democratic primary elections; good,
over Western Sahara rumble. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0103 - // 603
with French news about a discovery; fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

720 | CANARY ISLANDS | RNE R.5, Finca Espana, MAY 7 0019 - // 621 with
woman in Spanish; poor to fair, dominant. [Connelly*rw-MA]

720 | PORTUGAL | RDP Antena 1 synchros, JUN 26 0055 - // 666 with
female blues vocal; poor, in jumble. + JUN 26 0059 - // 693 with
chanting monks; slightly under Brazil. [Connelly*R-MA]

738 | SPAIN | RNE R.1, Barcelona, MAY 7 0103 - fast Spanish newstalk by
woman; in heavy CHCM slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

747 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0013 - Spanish
teletalk; poor to fair. + MAY 7 0101 - // 774 with news; over Holland.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

747 | NETHERLANDS | R. 5, Flevoland, MAY 7 0101 - Dutch news by man;
under RNE and slop from CBGY. [Connelly*rw-MA]

756 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Braunschweig & Ravensburg, MAY 7 0015 -
folk-blues vocal, man in German; poor. + MAY 7 0104 - German newstalk;
fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0100 - 3 short pips, 1 long pip, then
news in German; poor. [Connelly*R-MA]

765 | SWITZERLAND | RSR Option Musique, Sottens, MAY 7 0015 -
Beatles "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"; good. + MAY 7 0100 -
Option Musique jingle and ID by woman, then news headlines by man in
French; good. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0052 - romantic female vocal;
loud. + JUN 26 0100 - Option Musique jingle, French news; fair to good.
[Connelly*R-MA]

774 | EGYPT | Middle East R., Abis, MAY 7 0105 - Arabic talk,
orchestral flourish, then female vocal; evenly mixing with Spain.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

774 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, MAY 7 0014 - // 855 with Spanish
discussion; fair with some echo. [Connelly*rw-MA]

783 | MAURITANIA | R. Mauritanie, Nouakchott, MAY 6 2318 - // 4845 with
Arabic talk by woman in large echoey room. + MAY 7 0012 - rustic North
African male vocal and steel guitar or similar instrument; good.
[Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0058 - woman in Arabic; through CFDR slop.
[Connelly*R-MA]

792 | FRANCE | France Info, Limoges, JUN 26 0053 - French news by
woman; in 790 RI slop. [Connelly*R-MA]

801 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, JUN 26 0051 - // 774 with Spanish
discussion; poor to fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

819 | EGYPT | ERTU, Batra, JUN 26 0051 - Koranic chant (not // 612
Morocco); fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

837 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, MAY 7 0013 - woman in
Spanish; over others. [Connelly*rw-MA]

837 | FRANCE | France Info, Nancy, MAY 7 0015 - French talk; now over
COPE. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0040 - // 1377 with French music.
[Connelly*R-MA]

855 | SPAIN | RNE R.1 synchros, MAY 7 0014 - // 774 with discussion;
poor in WEEI slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

864 | EGYPT | ERTU, Santah, MAY 7 0015 - Arabic preaching and
occasional chanting; over France for a while. [Connelly*rw-MA]

864 | FRANCE | France Bleu, Villebon-sur-Yvette, MAY 7 0010 - US pop /
soul vocal; to good peak. + MAY 7 0028 - Bleu jingle, then Celine Dion
doing French version of "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic".
[Connelly*rw-MA]

873 | SPAIN | SER synchros, MAY 7 0015 - Spanish teletalk; fair.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

882 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | COPE synchros, MAY 7 0010 - fast
Spanish talk by man; briefly over UK. + MAY 7 0022 - // 999 with talk;
over UK. [Connelly*rw-MA]

882 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R. Wales, Washford, MAY 7 0015 - man & woman
discussing methods of learning, comment "a lot of people would give a
lot of money for that"; over COPE. + MAY 7 0058 - talk about the role
of the BBC World Service, especially in Africa; fair to good.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

891 | ALGERIA | Chaine 1, Algiers, MAY 7 0024 - shrill reverberated
female Arabic vocal and orchestra; loud. + MAY 7 0058 - pop rock Arabic
female vocal; huge. [Connelly*rw-MA]

909 | UNITED KINGDOM | BBC R.5 Live synchros, MAY 7 0022 - news about
diplomatic attempts to coordinate humanitarian aid to Myanmar cyclone
victims, unwillingness of regime to cooperate; good signal. + MAY 7
0059 - discussion of high fuel costs cutting into the casino business
and tourism in the USA and Caribbean. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0114 -
talk about soaring crude prices, inflation; to good peak over WABI
slop. [Connelly*R-MA]

936 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0022 - woman in Spanish, telco-
type audio; poor to fair over others. [Connelly*rw-MA]

945 | FRANCE | France Info, Toulouse, MAY 7 0023 - // 837 with light
classical music; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0047 - // 1377
with man in French; good. [Connelly*R-MA]

954 | SPAIN | Onda Cero, Madrid, MAY 7 0025 - man & woman in Spanish;
fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0047 - Spanish talk; fair. [Connelly*R-
MA]

954 | unID | MAY 7 0027 - Koranic vocal coming up over Spain. Qatar
suspected. [Connelly*rw-MA]

963 | PORTUGAL | R. Renascenca, Seixal, MAY 7 0028 - Portuguese folk-
pop vocal; poor to fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

981 | ALGERIA | RTVA Chaine 2, Algiers, MAY 7 0028 - talk by woman,
then Arabic music; loud. + MAY 7 0057 - Arabic female group vocal &
drumming; excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]

999 | SPAIN | COPE, Madrid, MAY 7 0026 - // 837 with man & woman in
Spanish; fair, slightly over Arabic station. [Connelly*rw-MA]

999 | unID | MAY 7 0024 - man ranting in Arabic with either a political
or religious harangue; covering Spain. + MAY 7 0051 - Koranic vocal;
briefly atop Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1008 | CANARY ISLANDS | Punto Radio, Las Palmas, MAY 7 0053 - non-SER
Spanish talk, phone numbers, music. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0046 -
fast Spanish talk (not // 1116 SER); through WINS slop. [Connelly*R-MA]

1053 | UNITED KINGDOM | TalkSport synchros, MAY 7 0053 - sports
teletalk; poor. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1071 | SPAIN | Euskadi Irratia, Bilbao, JUN 26 0036 - mellow pop/soul
vocal, Spanish talk; fair. + JUN 26 0109 - talk about South American
countries; to good peak. [Connelly*R-MA]

1080 | SPAIN | SER synchros, MAY 7 0053 - // 1116 with woman in
Spanish, light music; under WTIC. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1089 | UNITED KINGDOM | TalkSport synchros, JUN 26 0109 - "number to
call is 08717 double 2 double 3 double 4", discussion of worries about
fuel, blighted areas, government. Presenter wondered "if I should get
out of bed in the morning." To good peak. [Connelly*R-MA]

1098 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 6 2347 - man in Spanish; huge
signal, minimal echo. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0027 - echoey Spanish
talk by two men; good. [Connelly*R-MA]

1107 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0050 - Spanish // 1152; poor to
fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1116 | SPAIN | SER synchros, MAY 7 0052 - // 1080 with talk & teletalk
by woman; poor to fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0027 - // 1179 with
newstalk by man; fair. + JUN 26 0109 - // 1179 with "La Bamba" by
Ritchie Valens, fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

1125 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0051 - Spanish // 1152; mixed
with music station. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0027 - talk // 1098;
fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

1125 | unID | MAY 7 0051 - remake of Cat Stevens song "Wild World"; now
over Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1134 | CROATIA | Glas Hrvatske, Zadar, MAY 7 0051 - Slavic pop rock;
good, over Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0113 - Slavic talk
interview with two men; very good, over Spain. [Connelly*R-MA]

1134 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, MAY 7 0051 - Spanish talk; under Croatia.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

1143 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, MAY 7 0052 - fast Spanish talk // 999;
fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1152 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0001 - woman with news,
interview with man; poor. + MAY 7 0050 - // 1107 with man in Spanish;
fair with some echo. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0036 - // 1098 with
talk, romantic group vocal; fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

1161 | SPAIN | Euskadi Irratia, San Sebastian, MAY 7 0044 - woman in
Spanish, short segment of classical music; to fair peak. [Connelly*rw-
MA]

1179 | CANARY ISLANDS // SPAIN | SER synchros, MAY 7 0044 - fast
Spanish talk; mixed with Romania. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0027 - //
1116 with newstalk by man; fair. + JUN 26 0109 - // 1116 with "La
Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

1179 | ROMANIA | Romania Actualitata, Galbeni-Bacau et al., MAY 7 0044 -
Romanian talk by man (almost Portuguese-sounding), then blues vocal;
mixed with SER synchros. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1188 | MOROCCO | RTM B, Casablanca, MAY 7 0048 - Arabic talk by man;
poor. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1196.6 | ANGOLA | Emissora Provincial de Malanje, Malanje, JUN 26 0037 -
bit of vocal music; poor with 1197 (Spain?) growl and 1200 WKOX slop.
[Connelly*R-MA]

1206 | FRANCE | France Info, Bordeaux, MAY 7 0002 - woman in French
with news about political meetings; to good peak. + MAY 7 0047 - France
Info ID, then woman read a story which originated from Radio Canada;
good. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0038 - showtune male vocal "Bewitched";
good. [Connelly*R-MA]

1215 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, JUN 26 0033 - Spanish // 1224; poor to
fair, dominant. [Connelly*R-MA]

1215 | UNITED KINGDOM | Virgin R. synchros, MAY 7 0001 - advert for
tanning products; fair. + MAY 7 0045 - mention of polo match, auto
centre advert "... for more information, call 06 double 3 double 6",
Listerine mouthwash advert, talk "Some stations play music like a car
alarm going off. (segment of techno-dance instrumentation inserted) We
don't. Virgin Radio.", Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved" followed.
Very good. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0109 - "Money for Nothing" by Dire
Straits; fair, over Spain. [Connelly*R-MA]

1224 | SPAIN | COPE synchros, MAY 7 0043 - fast Spanish talk, then a
bit of music; to fair peak. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1242 | FRANCE | France Info, Marseille, MAY 7 0048 - // 1206 with woman
in French talking about money; poor in WBUR/WCNM slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1251 | LIBYA | Libyan Jamahiriya, Tripoli, MAY 7 0046 - man in Arabic;
just getting by dual IBOC's from WBUR (1240) and WMKI (1260).
[Connelly*rw-MA]

1287 | ISRAEL (t) | Galei Zahal, Tel Aviv, MAY 7 0047 - probably this
with slow, somewhat Middle Eastern sounding, pop female vocal;
sometimes over Spain. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1287 | SPAIN | SER synchros, MAY 7 0048 - woman in Spanish; under
suspected Israel. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1296 | SPAIN | COPE, Valencia, JUN 26 0026 - woman in Spanish; poor.
[Connelly*R-MA]

1305 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0045 - Spanish // 1314; fair.
[Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0025 - man in Spanish; fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

1314 | SPAIN | RNE R.5 synchros, MAY 7 0045 - // 1305 with man in
Spanish; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1377 | FRANCE | France Info, Lille, MAY 6 2335 - // 1557 with woman in
French; fair to good. + MAY 7 0036 - woman in French, then folk-style
male vocal; good to excellent. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1422 | ALGERIA | RTA, Algiers, JUN 26 0021 - Arabic teletalk; dominant.
[Connelly*R-MA]

1422 | GERMANY | Deutschlandfunk, Heusweiler, MAY 7 0040 - avant garde
jazz, then man in German; good. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1431 | DJIBOUTI | R. Sawa, Arta, MAY 7 0037 - woman in Arabic, Sawa
mentions, then pop Arabic female vocal; good. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26
0023 - Arabic talk by two men; fair. [Connelly*R-MA]

1467 | unID | MAY 7 0039 - soft talk not // 1521 Saudi. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1485 | MELILLA // SPAIN | SER synchros, MAY 7 0040 - man & woman with
Spanish teletalk; poor to fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1494 | FRANCE (CORSICA) | France Bleu, Bastia, MAY 7 0038 - romantic
French vocal; poor in WBAE slop. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1521 | SAUDI ARABIA | BSKSA, Duba, MAY 6 2305 - newstalk by man in
Arabic; pre-sunset fade-up. + MAY 7 0031 - Arabic interview; huge.
[Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 25 2345 - good with reverberated Arabic talk by
man. [Connelly*R-MA]

1557 | FRANCE | France Info, Fontbonne, MAY 6 2335 - // 1377 with woman
in French; poor to fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0010 - French music;
through WQEW slop. [Connelly*R-MA]

1575 | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | R. Farda, Al Dhabiya, MAY 7 0030 - Radio
Farda ID by man, musical fanfare; fair with some hash from WQEW IBOC.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

1584 | CEUTA | RadiOle, MAY 7 0030 - pips on half hour, a few words in
Spanish, then high-energy dance club music; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1602 | SPAIN | R. Vitoria, Vitoria, JUN 25 2348 - Spanish rock; fair.
[Connelly*R-MA]



*** PAN-AMERICAN DX ***

530 | TURKS & CAICOS | R. Vision Cristiana Internacional, South Caicos,
MAY 7 0109 - salsa influenced religious group vocal, then preacher in
Spanish with Cristo, gloria, and iglesia mentions; excellent, alone on
channel, some 531 het. [Connelly*rw-MA]

550 | VENEZUELA | Mundial, YVKE, Caracas, MAY 7 0111 - Venezuelan
political speech; poor, in mix with WDEV. [Connelly*rw-MA]

555 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | R. ZIZ, Basseterre, MAY 7 0018 - reggae
vocal; fair over WGAN slop. + MAY 7 0109 - soca song about sunshine;
fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

570 | CUBA | R. Reloj, JUN 26 0103 - single beep, then two "RR" beeps;
under WMCA. [Connelly*R-MA]

620 | ANTIGUA | ABS, St. John's, JUN 26 0105 - female soul vocal, then
Caribbean-accented shouting man; way under WZON. Also noted in mix:
WVMT. [Connelly*R-MA]

630 | PUERTO RICO | WUNO, San Juan, MAY 7 0100 - NotiUno ID, fast
Spanish newstalk; under WPRO. [Connelly*rw-MA]

640 | GUADELOUPE | R. Guadeloupe, Pointe-a-Pitre, JUN 26 0058 - French
folk-blues song, French talk by man; briefly noted in jumble with CBN,
WNNZ, and YVQO. [Connelly*R-MA]

670 | CUBA | R. Rebelde, CMQ, Arroyo Arenas, JUN 26 0101 - // 710 with
Spanish news by woman, items separated by an electronic sound; under
presumed YVLL. [Connelly*R-MA]

670 | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | R. Dial, HIBS, San Pedro de Macoris, MAY 7
0100 - Radio Dial ID, "en la familia" and "noticias" mentions;
dominant. [Connelly*rw-MA]

670 | VENEZUELA | R. Rumbos, YVLL, Caracas, JUN 26 0055 - Venezuelan
sports coverage, apparently baseball. [Connelly*R-MA]

690 | BRAZIL | R. Dragao do Mar, ZYH587, Fortaleza, JUN 26 0051 -
highly-reverberated Portuguese man & woman, ray-gun sounds like a
cheesy '50s sci-fi movie; under CINF. [Connelly*R-MA]

700 | BRAZIL | R. Eldorado AM, ZYK686, Sao Paulo, MAY 7 0017 - fast
possibly sport-related talk by man in Portuguese; poor, in mix with
unID Caribbean music station (St. Vincent or Jamaica?). + MAY 7 0103 -
excited Portuguese sportstalk by man, crowd sounds; now dominant.
[Connelly*rw-MA]

700 | unID | MAY 7 0101 - Caribbean music station; briefly atop
Brazil. Jamaica and St. Vincent are about equally likely. [Connelly*rw-
MA]

710 | CUBA | R. Rebelde synchros, JUN 26 0101 - // 670 with news having
electronic sounds between items; under WOR. [Connelly*R-MA]

720 | BRAZIL | R. Guaiba, ZYK276, Porto Alegre, MAY 7 0111 - man in
Portuguese, children praying or scouts reciting patriotic verses, Radio
Guaiba ID; just over jumble. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0100 - Guaiba
ID, Portuguese talk; over Portugal, others. [Connelly*R-MA]

720 | VENEZUELA | R. Oriente, YVQE, Porlamar, MAY 7 0011 - "en
Venezuela, Oriente" ID; slightly over jumble. [Connelly*rw-MA]

740 | BRAZIL | R. Sociedade da Bahia, ZYH446, Salvador, JUN 26 0053 -
fast Portuguese talk and shouting by man; noted in the background
during brief CHCM fade. [Connelly*R-MA]

750 | VENEZUELA | RCR, YVKS, Caracas, JUN 26 0053 - Spanish talk about
baseball teams from Valencia and Maracaibo; excellent, over CBGY. + JUN
26 0100 - "deportiva de Venezuela" slogan. [Connelly*R-MA]

760 | BRAZIL | R. Uirapuru, ZYH588, Fortaleza, MAY 7 0011 - religious
vocal, then woman in Portuguese; fair. + MAY 7 0015 - man mentioned
Fortaleza, then Uirapuru jingle followed. + MAY 7 0102 - religious
Portuguese talk, ID "760 kHz, Radio Uirapuru, Fortaleza"; fair /
dominant. [Connelly*rw-MA]

760 | COLOMBIA | RCN, HJAJ, Barranquilla, JUN 26 0053 - // 770 with man
in Spanish with sports coverage; slightly over Brazil & others for a
while. [Connelly*R-MA]

770 | COLOMBIA | RCN, HJJX, Bogota, JUN 26 0053 - // 760 with Spanish
talk sports coverage; briefly over WABC. [Connelly*R-MA]

800 | NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Trans-World Radio, PJB, Bonaire, JUN 26
0052 - Spanish preaching; good, over VOWR/CJAD/WNNW. [Connelly*R-MA]

820 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | Trinity Broadcast Network / R. Paradise,
Charlestown, MAY 7 0015 - promo for the "TBN Holy Land Experience" in
Orlando, FL "where you can step back 2000 years in time"; loud.
[Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0046 - talk about wrath and tribulation to
come, the rapture liberating believers from it, "We're in the last
days." [Connelly*R-MA]

840 | BRAZIL | R.Bandeirantes, ZYK687, Sao Paulo, MAY 7 0010 -
reverberated man in Portuguese; poor to fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

840 | HAITI | 4VEH, Cap Haitien, MAY 7 0028 - joyful African-influenced
group religious vocal, then excited Creole French talk by man; over
Brazil. [Connelly*rw-MA]

860 | BRAZIL | R. CBN, ZYJ459, Rio de Janeiro, MAY 7 0024 - man & woman
in Portuguese; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0046 - Portuguese
sportstalk / futebol coverage; really blasting in now. [Connelly*R-MA]

860 | unID | JUN 26 0041 - Spanish preaching; briefly atop Brazil,
others. [Connelly*R-MA]

870 | CUBA | R. Reloj, MAY 7 0057 - Reloj news, ticks, beeps; over WLVP
and second domestic. [Connelly*rw-MA]

880 | VENEZUELA | R. Venezuela, YVYM, Puerto Ordaz, JUN 26 0044 - Radio
Venezuela jingles & ID, festive music; under WCBS. [Connelly*R-MA]

895 | ST. KITTS & NEVIS | V. of Nevis, Bath Village, MAY 7 0026 -
segment of soca music, adverts, Carib-accented talk by man & woman;
poor to fair. + MAY 7 0058 - "You're listening to VON Radio.", then
advert for home remodelling store; fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]

910 | VENEZUELA | YVRQ, Caracas, MAY 7 0024 - Caracas adverts mixing
with WABI. [Connelly*rw-MA]

960 | CUBA | R. Reloj, MAY 7 0057 - man & woman in Spanish with news,
clock ticks, beeps; slightly over jumble. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1000 | BRAZIL | R. Record, ZYK522, Sao Paulo, MAY 7 0025 - rapid-fire
screaming by man in Portuguese, "goal!" shout; slightly over pile of
others. + MAY 7 0051 - fast Portuguese sportstalk by man, crowd sounds;
slightly over jumble. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0042 - Portuguese
adverts, Sao Paulo mentions; over WCMX. [Connelly*R-MA]

1100 | BRAZIL | R. Globo, ZYK694, Sao Paulo, JUN 26 0033 - reverberated
fast Portuguese talk by man about futebol; good, dominant. + JUN 26
0112 - extremely fast Portuguese talk; loud. [Connelly*R-MA]

1130 | BRAZIL | R. Nacional, ZYJ460, Rio de Janeiro, JUN 26 0033 -
Radio Nacional ID, Portuguese talk; just a bit under WBBR. [Connelly*R-
MA]

1140 | BRAZIL | R. Cultura, ZYH449, Salvador, JUN 26 0000 - ID "Radio
Cultura, Salvador, Bahia"; fair to good and pretty much in the clear
(no CBI or YV). [Connelly*R-MA]

1160 | BERMUDA | VSB3, Hamilton, MAY 7 0045 - BBC discussion of books,
male presenter gave UK postal address for sending correspondence;
briefly over WSKW. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1170 | BRAZIL | JUN 26 0111 - apparent Portuguese talk jumbled with the
Venezuelan. Mossoro (ZYJ598) most likely, but several other
possibilities as well. [Connelly*R-MA]

1170 | VENEZUELA | (probably) YVQV, Acarigua, JUN 26 0111 - timecheck
ending in "cuarante uno" (:41), so Venezuela which has a half-hour skew
relative to normal time zones. Over apparent Brazil. [Connelly*R-MA]

1180.12 | unID | JUN 26 0036 - het against 1180 jumble. [Connelly*R-MA]

1190 | ARGENTINA | R. America, LR9, Buenos Aires, JUN 26 0034 - man in
Spanish, two Radio America ID's; through WLIB. Best on lower sideband
to dodge Colombia growl. [Connelly*R-MA]

1190.34 | COLOMBIA | L. V. de la Costa, HJCT, Barranquilla, MAY 7 0044 -
Spanish talk; momentarily splittable from WLIB. ID'ed previously.
[Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0036 - fast Spanish talk by man; through
slop. [Connelly*R-MA]

1210.14 | unID | JUN 26 0037 - growl against WPHT. [Connelly*R-MA]

1220 | BRAZIL | R. Globo, ZYJ258, Rio de Janeiro, MAY 7 0043 -
Portuguese talk mentioning cities including Parana; over WHKW, WPHX,
others. [Connelly*rw-MA] + JUN 26 0035 - sports-related Portuguese
talk; to good peak over domestics. + JUN 26 0110 - two men with
Portuguese talk, '50s type echo chamber and ray-gun sounds; up to huge
peak. [Connelly*R-MA]

1280 | BERMUDA | VSB2, Hamilton, MAY 7 0047 - religious program with
talk about people visiting the station to talk about the gospel
with "our staff at BBN"; strong peak, coming up over Brazil and
domestics. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1280 | BRAZIL | Super R. Tupi, ZYJ455, Rio de Janeiro, MAY 7 0044 -
fast Portuguese talk by man & woman with Sao Paulo mentions; briefly
popping up over Bermuda and domestics. [Connelly*rw-MA]

1620 | US VIRGIN ISLANDS | WDHP, Fredriksted, St. Croix, MAY 7 0033 -
DJ with old soul hits including Al Green "I'm Still in Love With You";
fair. [Connelly*rw-MA]


Re: Grayland DXpedition Report: First Half

Nick Hall-Patch
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant" <bjohnorcas@...>
wrote:


I tried several times to catch the relatively louder Aussies with the
Sony SRF-T615, Barefoot. No luck at all, so far, but I'm gonna keep
trying.

Presume you were at least hearing hets, John? 612 managed that here
the other morning on a barefoot SRF-39, so would assume you were
hearing those whistles at least at Grayland on your T615.

Nick


digital display for $10.00

ronshire2000
 

i thought i read that someone here had added a digital display to the
UL and i thought some here may be interested in this item.

N3ZI is selling a very nice frequency counter/digital dial for only
$10. http://www.pongrance.com/

Ron


Outstanding DU Morning at Grayland

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     John was DXing from his comfortable Room 12 at the Grayland Motel, and I was out in the windy fog at the Grayland Beach Road picnic table, but we both came up with the same conclusion--  it was by far the best DU morning we have experienced this summer.  As Dennis guessed, the Aussies and Kiwis were really strong at the ocean today.
 
     John logged multiple new Aussies with his Wellbrook Array, both on his 313 and E100, and mentioned that the upper band was especially favorable.  With his four optimally-spaced loop elements,  John certainly had an exciting morning logging one new DU after another.
 
     But with such great conditions, the stand-alone Ultralights were really able to shine.  5AN-891 was so strong at 1225 that is was audible on every portable at the picnic table-- the 30" loopstick ICF-2010, the modified Eton E100 (more later), the 7.5" loopstick SRF-39FP "prison radio,"  and even a stock Sony SRF-T615.  This equaled John's all-time Ultralight distance record (or perhaps exceeded it very slightly, since the picnic table is about half a mile farther from Australia  :>)
 
     Received on the hard-core modified ICF-2010 was audio from the following DU's, with approximate carrier levels:
 
1141 UTC   2YA-567   (7)
1149          2YC-657   (7)
1204          2BL-702   (8)   presumed
1218          3AK-1116 (7)  presumed
1220          2NR-738  (9) 
1225          5AN-891  (9)
1241          3LO-774  (8)
 
     Received on the modified Eton E100 were 2BL-702 (presumed) at 1205, 2NR-738 at 1221, 5AN-891 at 1226, and 3LO-774 at 1242.  The sensitivity of the modified E100 was just a shade under that of the modified ICF-2010, a very pleasant surprise.  Selectivity was comparable, despite the E100's AM-only mode design.
 
     The modified SRF-39FP "prison radio" and the stock Sony SRF-T615 both managed to receive audio from a booming  5AN-891 around 1226, but could not receive the other DU's due to modest selectivity, which allowed domestic slop to interfere.  891 is a special frequency at Grayland, with no local slop after sunrise (at least until KIXI-880 goes IBOC, hi).   
 
     The newly modified Eton E100 (kind of a special project for John, Guy Atkins and me) was able to receive multiple DU's with a relatively compact 7.5" "slider coil" loopstick, and a premium 455 kHz narrow filter (the Murata CFJ455K5, the same narrow filter as used in the Eton E1).  This filter was suggested by Guy,  and has proved extremely effective in separating the 9 kHz split DX from domestic QRM.  The "slider-coil" loopstick, an innovative offshoot of the alignment process, has made a huge difference in the E100's full-band sensitivity.  When combined with a frequency-optimized Amidon 7.5" ferrite bar and 40/44 Litz wire, the various modifications combine to produce a compact, effective DXpeditioner's Dream Ultralight.  John, Guy and I plan to write a series of articles on this new "Monster E100"...  when we are not having fun with it on an ocean beach :>)
 
                                                          73,   Gary DeBock                                                      .           




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modified E-100,s and TA, s

Carl DeWhitt
 

Does anyone have a modified E-100 they would be willing to sell to
me? If so,please contact me off list.I would need this in about 2 1/2
weeks.I do have a stock E-100 as well as 2 stock Sony SRF-M37W,S.
Some time in early August,i hope to be in North Carolina for a little
dx-pedition on the outer banks.Can someone clue me in on what to look
for in the way of TA dx.I don,t have a current WRTH.Can anyone suggest
a good on line list i can print out and take with me ? Thanks .73 and
good dx.


Grayland DXpedition Report: First Half

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I've made it down to the favorite NW DXpedition site: Grayland, WA, 40 miles north of the Columbia river mouth on Washington's Pacific Coast for another 4-day DU extravaganza. My main purposes are general DU DXing with my WinRadio 313e and testing various Ultralights in various stages of modification. However, I've been also trying to add to my list of TPs heard, Unlimited Class.

The first morning down here, Monday, July 7, showed very poor conditions, with few DUs making it to good audio, even using the big radio and the Wellbrook Phased Array.  I did manage to add three new DUs and two Hawaiians to the Ultralight, Unlimited list: 594-JOAK NHK1, Tokyo; 738-2NR, Grafton, NSW, Australia and 783-Access Radio, Wellington, NZ.  The Hawaiians were 900-KNUI Kahului and 990-KHBZ, honolulu  

DU conditions rebounded here somewhat this morning. Unlike yesterday, there was a decent amount of recognition-level audio around when I drug myself out of the warm bed at 1045 UTC. By 1100, several of the Big Gun Japanese were HUGE. Early on, there were a decent number of DU audios, as well.

As the morning wore on toward 1220 dawn, the JJs faded away and the Aussie Usual Suspects came up fairly strong.   Between 1200 and 1220, I had arm chair Level 8 copy on 612, 4QR Brisbane, 702-2BL, Sydney; 738 2NR Grafton, 774 3LO Melbourne, 783 Access Radio, Wellington, 792 4RN Brisbane, 891 5AN Adelaide (there has been no sign of 4TAB, Adelaide's co-channel these last two AMs) All of these were audible on my E100, attached to the Wellbrook Array, with 702-2BL Sydney and 612-4QR being brand new to the Ultralight list.

Finally, I put the standard Grayland West BOG down yesterday as a WSW BOG and compared it several times to the SW Array.  They were pretty close, but the Array was the winner the times that they weren't tied..... yes, I still have trouble believing that two little delta loops can beat the Beloved Grayland Bevs... or even stay with them, but there you are.

I tried several times to catch the relatively louder Aussies with the Sony SRF-T615, Barefoot. No luck at all, so far, but I'm gonna keep trying.

As far as testing goes, I have two versions of E100s linked to the Wellbrook Array down here with me, as well as two very different modified SRF-39s. One is my "National" SRF-39, with the big National ACN analog dial and reduction drive tuning. The other '39 is a Digital SRF-39 with Digital Frequency Display from AADE and a reduction drive for tuning ( this will be in article form within a week.) I've spent a decent amount of time with each one and am really pleased with the overall results.  The National SRF-39 big dial is spot-on frequency-wise and I can read it to the exact channel, even up in  the 1300 and 1400 range. The Digital SRF-39 is a dream to use, although I see now that having the read-out accurate to the one-tenth of a kHz. is really unnecessary. a one-kHz. dial would do just fine.

In truth, I think that I'll abandon SRF-39s in general for TP work. Although they are wonderfully sensitive, they are just not as selective as even the un-modified E100s. The SRF-39 is also more prone to overload problems than is the E100. I still feel that the '39 is an excellent radio for domestic DXing, either Barefoot if you are a masochist or with a modified dial mechanism. Unfortunately, the '39s IF frequency is odd, so fitting after-market IF filters seems to be not really in the cards, either. So...... I think that I'll concentrate on various versions of the E100, unless Gary DeB's Mid-Summer Shootout kicks up a seriously superior receiver.

There were a couple of times over the past two mornings where there was no adjacent channel interference at all (even on the E100) for DU signals that were just at or almost at language recognition (but no more) on the 313e. I could not hear them at all on the E100, despite being hooked to the same antenna. I look forward to doing the Atkins filter mod on the E100 in hopes that the improved signal/noise ratio might get the E100 up into the Top DX Machine category.... wouldn't that be something!

Two more mornings to come....  Here's hoping for continued improvement in conditions.

John B.
WinRadio 313e + Ultralights
Wellbrook Phased Arrays, SW and NW
Grayland, WA, USA


Re: Did I hear HOKS from Korea

bbwrwy
 

WFTD, 1080 kHz, Marietta-Atlanta GA, broadcasts in a Korean language
format.

Their web address is http://www.atlantaradiokorea.com/

Richard Allen


Re: Day / Night power levels

kg4ruw <p_weiss@...>
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "bbwrwy" <richarda@...> wrote:

Most often it is around sunset and sunrise. Maybe the following site
will help you, http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/daytime.html.

Richard Allen.

That is exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you,

Paul


Re: Day / Night power levels

bbwrwy
 

Most often it is around sunset and sunrise. Maybe the following site
will help you, http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/daytime.html.

Richard Allen.


Re: Did I hear HOKS from Korea

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Paul,
 
     I'm glad you are having fun with your new E100, and hope that you will enjoy lots of great DX with it.
 
     Concerning whether you received Korea on 1080 at 1100 UTC, it would be the first reception of this station by Ultralight DXers anywhere in America, or Canada.  Only three Korean stations have been logged by ULR DXers here on the west coast:  HLCA-972 (by many), HLAZ-1566 (by many), and the Korean Jammer-1053 (by Nick Hall-Patch).  Also, Korean stations in Korea typically do not ID in English at the top of the hour, unless they are affiliated with the USFK miliotary forces.  They typically ID in Korean, with the time also given in Korean.
 
     Thanks again for the report, and I hope this information will be useful. Good luck in chasing DX with your E100.
 
                                                                    73, Gary 
 
                                                                 




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