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NEW ULTRALIGHT Logging.....WPGR 1510 ..Listed as 1 Watt Nights ???

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

One New Ultralight Logging this morning.....New for ULR LOG but last
heard on Sept/22/1981 during a test when this station was a 250 Watt
DAYTIME only station!!

Station is listed as being only 1 WATT NIGHTS........5 KW DAYS.........not
very strong here this morning......but not sure if they are indeed using
only 1 WATT??? Been 27 Years since I last heard this station...and I am
less than 200 Miles from it!! Callsign was WPSL when last logged in 1981,
on a Radio Shack TRF Portable.

ULTRALIGHT Station # 455 Logged.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1510 WPGR Monroeville, PA. July/28/08 0125 EDT EE FAIR
Heard in WLAC Null. Male DJ with Gospel Talk. ID as "Pittsburgh's Gospel Radio
1510 WPGR". and "Inspiration thru the Gospel 1510 WPGR". Station Promos.
Into Instrumental Gospel Music.

RELOG But New to Ultralight Log EX WPSL 5 KW/1 WATT NIGHTS!!
ROSS, ONT.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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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Re: inductive coupling

satya@...
 

Hi Richard:

On analog sets, the tuning capacitor is never disconected from the antenna
coil, so the L-C circuit that makes the antenna resonate is always
completed. With a PLL set, a variable capacitance diode (varicap) is used
to dial up the right frequency, but the diode is only "on" when the radio
itself is on, so powering the radio down means you've got a ferrite loop
with no capacitor to tune it.

Hope this helps - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

I notice that both my digital SANGEAN PR-D5 and my analog SONY ICF-S5W and
EX5 all can be tuned to a given frequency, and then used to boost a signal
significantly on an ultralight tuned to the same frequency. My question
is, why do the analogs work as a booster even when off while the digital
works as a booster only when turned on?



inductive coupling

lrdheat
 

I notice that both my digital SANGEAN PR-D5 and my analog SONY ICF-S5W and EX5 all can be tuned to a given frequency, and then used to boost a signal significantly on an ultralight tuned to the same frequency. My question is, why do the analogs work as a booster even when off while the digital works as a booster only when turned on?


Re: Ultralight Modifications for DXpeditions

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Gary,

Thanks for the excellent overview of our work in modification and upgrading ULRs this Spring/Summer.  You probably intended to mention our upcoming series of articles on modifying the E100.  Gary, Guy Atkins and I will combine to produce three or four short articles, serialized, on the E100 and its modification.  Those should be out in late August and the first half of September to the clubs and we'll provide more detailed information here.

In the meantime, an update on obtaining E100: They still appear quite often on ebay... some unopened, from a dealer, with warrantee, others all the way down to non-working units.  That being said, the number available on ebay appears to be slowly drying up. If you are interested in a new E100, sealed, with warrantee, there is currently a good deal through DXer.ca to Durham Radio in Ontario.  You go to the dxer.ca website, click on the radio and that shifts you to the Durham website with the special price.  I tried this a couple of days ago and, at that time, the Durham software wouldn't accept a US location.... so, then I called the toll-free number and talked to The Man.  At first, he tried to charge me their current price of $69.95. However, when I explained that I had tried to come at them from dxer.ca, then he immediately accepted the $44.00 price. That is a substantial savings and will not be offered for too long, so......

I just completed my first-ever filter replacement on a solid-state radio.  The only radios that I've really worked on before were/are tube sets and I preferred 1930s consoles with 4" deep chassis about 18" square (its like doing plumbing!) Anyway, using photos that will be in the article and hand-holding/cheerleading from Guy and Gary, I DID IT to a tiny E100 and it worked the first time. I suspect that these mods and the E100 are going to be very popular.

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







At 07:44 PM 7/24/2008 -0400, you wrote:

Hello Guys,
 
     Some DXers have inquired about the recent success in modifying the Eton E100 and other Ultralights for DXpedition use, so here is a brief summary of the current progress.
 
SRF-39FP:  This analog model has had various modifications for improved tuning dials, digital readout, monster loopsticks and other changes, but the basic limitation of all these efforts is that without the availability of a commercial upgraded IF filter to improve selectivity, this model cannot receive the 9 kHz splits without the lucky combination of a strong DX signal and little (or no) domestic QRM.  The bizarre 50 kHz IF has been a real roadblock for selectivity mods, and without such a mod, the DXpedition potential of all the SRF-39FP (and SRF-59) models is greatly limited.  The recent Amidon 7.5" loopstick model, however, shows great promise for domestic DX use because of its extreme sensitivity, and for general TP chasing during which its superior nulling ability can be used, it may prove effective in chasing Asian TP's in the northwest, during the upcoming fall season.  One of these models recently received 5AN-891 in Australia, but this was only because of the total lack of domestic QRM on the frequency.
 
DT-200VX:  This digital model has had both transplanted loopsticks and 450 kHz selectivity mods, but not yet in combination.  Some efforts were made to replace the stock loopstick with 6.25" vintage ferrite-bar models, but the lack of broadband sensitivity in the digital design hampered the efforts (this was also an initial problem in the E100 modification efforts, until the development of the "sliding coil" loopstick).  To my knowledge, all modification efforts were suspended in the spring, in favor of the SRF-39FP and E100 models.  Since there has been great modification success with the E100 digital model since then, the DT-200VX, another digital design with similar performance,  could also presumably be greatly transformed by the application of upgraded IF filters and a large sliding-coil loopstick.
 
E100:   This model has undoubtedly become the major DXpedition breakthrough we were hoping for.  With its 1 kHz tuning ability, 200 memories and 455 kHz IF, its circuitry seems almost perfectly designed for modification into a DXpedition superstar.  John Bryant had great DX success in modifying his unit to receive signals from external antennas, such as his superb Wellbrook 4-element Array at Grayland.  But even as a stand-alone portable, recent developments have combined to make the E100 an extremely effective DX chaser.  The first big breakthrough was the development of the "sliding coil" loopstick, which overcomes the E100's lack of broadband (530-1700 kHz) sensitivity.  An offshoot of the alignment process, the "slider" loopstick simply allows the user to peak the loopstick coil on each received signal, instead of securing it at the 600 kHz peak position.  Although this concept can be used with any E100 (even stock models), when the mediocre E100 stock loopstick is replaced with a huge Amidon or Stormwise ferrite bar-based loopstick, the application of the "slider" concept provides an incredible increase in sensitivity, boosting the E100 well past the level of any stock portable on the planet.
     Another huge improvement was Guy Atkins' suggestion of a Murata CFJ455K5 premium IF ceramic filter, to replace the stock filter.  The CFJ455K5 is the same premium IF filer as used in the Eton E1, and it has similar performance in the E100.  It cuts through domestic QRM very effectively, and in combination with the larger "slider" loopsticks, the narrow IF filter makes split-frequency DX chasing a breeze.  Prior to development of the modified E100's, nobody on the west coast had been able to receive any type of DU signal with any type of modified Ultralight.  Now, with three hard-core Washington state DXers using modified E00's, all three of us have logged multiple DU's with ease.. and we can't wait for more  :>)
 
73,  Gary DeBock
 
 
                                                                 


Cape Spear, Newfoundland Ultralight DXing

Allen Willie
 

Hi Guys,


Took the opportunity on a beautiful evening here to run down to Cape
Spear (Most easterly point in North America ) for some sunset
ultralight dxing

Nothing new heard , but Transatlantic signals were in a bit earlier
and by half way through the session were very very strong for the
most part.


Using the SRF-M37V Ultralight barefoot


Logs were as follows:

621 khz Canary Islands 23:40 UTC 7/24 Spanish commentary by man ;
fair

693 khz Azores RDP1 23:39 UTC 7/24 Woman in portugeuse ; good

909 khz England BBC Five Live 23:22 UTC 7/24 man in english ; very
strong

999 khz Spain COPE Madrid 23:28 UTC 7/24 Spanish comment by man ,
Disco Hit ID ' good

1008 khz Canary Islands R. Punto 23:40 UTC Spanish comment by man,
R. Punto ID very strong

1035 khz Portugal R. Clube Portugeuse 23:31 UTC 7/24 2 men w/
portugeuse comment . good

1044 khz Spain SER , San Sebastian 23:32 UTC 7/24 Spanish by
woman //1080 good

1053 khz Libya LJB,Tripoli 23:38 UTC 7/24 Arabic chants , very
strong

1071 khz Spain R. Euskadi 23:20 UTC 7/24 Spanish Commentary man , fair

1251 khz Libya Voice of Africa Tripoli 23:30 UTC 7/24 Arabic
commentary by man, very strong

1314 khz Spain RNE Cuenca 23:44 UTC 7/24 Spanish by woman, Radio
Nac. Espana ID ,fair

1377 khz France France Info, Lille 23:17 UTC 7/24 French rpt on
Canada by man ; good

1431 khz Djibouti, R.Sawa 23:25 UTC 7/24 Arabic News by man, ment of
Iraq and Israel, good

1449 khz Libya , LJB Misurata 23:26 UTC 7/24 Arabic music , very
strong

1494 khz France France Bleue Bastia 23:45 UTC 7/24 French comment
by man and woman , fair

1521 khz Saud Arabia BSKSA 23:18 UTC 7/24 Arabic comment by man,
ment Arabie , very strong

1575 khz United Arab Emir R. Farda 23:26 UTC 7/24 Arabic music ,
ID , good



73
Allen Willie
St. John's Newfoundland @ Cape Spear ,Newfoundland
SRF-M37V barefoot


Re: Semi OT: Cutting Ferrite Bars?

ronshire2000
 

seems like i've read that some of you have purchased these bars from
some manufacturer. if so, they may be the logical persons to answer
this question.

I've run up against the need to reduce the length of the
stock ferrite bar by half.

Has anybody ever done this successfully??? Have you ever heard rumors
of someone doing this successfully? HOW????


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

bbwrwy
 

I checked out the Olympus WS100 recorder with a SRF-T615 and E100, and
am not totally satisfied with the results.

It seemed a normal listening volume overloaded the recorder a bit.

While recording R. Rebelde 1180 I noticed the recorder emitted noise
near that frequency. It wasn't noted on the other frequencies I
recorded (530, 670, 710 and 890 kHz). Some of the noise was eliminated
by increasing the distance between the receiver and recorder but it
was still evident at 1.2 meters (4 feet).

Richard Allen


Re: Semi OT: Cutting Ferrite Bars?

Guy Atkins
 

John,

Of the few links I spotted with info on this topic, this one was the most
concise:

http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=190262&page=4

Diamond blade cutting with lots of coolant seems to be the key. You don't
want to heat up the ferrite rod in the process, which will change its "Q"
and inductive properties.

73, Guy


Original Message:
-----------------
From: John H. Bryant bjohnorcas@...
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:55:36 -0700
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Semi OT: Cutting Ferrite Bars?


In the work that Gary DeBock, Guy Atkins and I are doing with mods to
the E100, I've run up against the need to reduce the length of the
stock ferrite bar by half.

Has anybody ever done this successfully??? Have you ever heard rumors
of someone doing this successfully? HOW????

I seem to remember that Ferrite is actually a ceramic product. Is
this true? If so, I just happen to have a professional tile cutters
say, water-cooled, with a diamond blade. Ideas, comments? Prayers
for the intrepid?

Thanks,

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


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Ultralight Modifications for DXpeditions

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Some DXers have inquired about the recent success in modifying the Eton E100 and other Ultralights for DXpedition use, so here is a brief summary of the current progress.
 
SRF-39FP:  This analog model has had various modifications for improved tuning dials, digital readout, monster loopsticks and other changes, but the basic limitation of all these efforts is that without the availability of a commercial upgraded IF filter to improve selectivity, this model cannot receive the 9 kHz splits without the lucky combination of a strong DX signal and little (or no) domestic QRM.  The bizarre 50 kHz IF has been a real roadblock for selectivity mods, and without such a mod, the DXpedition potential of all the SRF-39FP (and SRF-59) models is greatly limited.  The recent Amidon 7.5" loopstick model, however, shows great promise for domestic DX use because of its extreme sensitivity, and for general TP chasing during which its superior nulling ability can be used, it may prove effective in chasing Asian TP's in the northwest, during the upcoming fall season.  One of these models recently received 5AN-891 in Australia, but this was only because of the total lack of domestic QRM on the frequency.
 
DT-200VX:  This digital model has had both transplanted loopsticks and 450 kHz selectivity mods, but not yet in combination.  Some efforts were made to replace the stock loopstick with 6.25" vintage ferrite-bar models, but the lack of broadband sensitivity in the digital design hampered the efforts (this was also an initial problem in the E100 modification efforts, until the development of the "sliding coil" loopstick).  To my knowledge, all modification efforts were suspended in the spring, in favor of the SRF-39FP and E100 models.  Since there has been great modification success with the E100 digital model since then, the DT-200VX, another digital design with similar performance,  could also presumably be greatly transformed by the application of upgraded IF filters and a large sliding-coil loopstick.
 
E100:   This model has undoubtedly become the major DXpedition breakthrough we were hoping for.  With its 1 kHz tuning ability, 200 memories and 455 kHz IF, its circuitry seems almost perfectly designed for modification into a DXpedition superstar.  John Bryant had great DX success in modifying his unit to receive signals from external antennas, such as his superb Wellbrook 4-element Array at Grayland.  But even as a stand-alone portable, recent developments have combined to make the E100 an extremely effective DX chaser.  The first big breakthrough was the development of the "sliding coil" loopstick, which overcomes the E100's lack of broadband (530-1700 kHz) sensitivity.  An offshoot of the alignment process, the "slider" loopstick simply allows the user to peak the loopstick coil on each received signal, instead of securing it at the 600 kHz peak position.  Although this concept can be used with any E100 (even stock models), when the mediocre E100 stock loopstick is replaced with a huge Amidon or Stormwise ferrite bar-based loopstick, the application of the "slider" concept provides an incredible increase in sensitivity, boosting the E100 well past the level of any stock portable on the planet.
     Another huge improvement was Guy Atkins' suggestion of a Murata CFJ455K5 premium IF ceramic filter, to replace the stock filter.  The CFJ455K5 is the same premium IF filer as used in the Eton E1, and it has similar performance in the E100.  It cuts through domestic QRM very effectively, and in combination with the larger "slider" loopsticks, the narrow IF filter makes split-frequency DX chasing a breeze.  Prior to development of the modified E100's, nobody on the west coast had been able to receive any type of DU signal with any type of modified Ultralight.  Now, with three hard-core Washington state DXers using modified E00's, all three of us have logged multiple DU's with ease.. and we can't wait for more  :>)
 
73,  Gary DeBock
 
 
                                                                  




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Semi OT: Cutting Ferrite Bars?

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

In the work that Gary DeBock, Guy Atkins and I are doing with mods to the E100, I've run up against the need to reduce the length of the stock ferrite bar by half.

Has anybody ever done this successfully??? Have you ever heard rumors of someone doing this successfully?  HOW????

I seem to remember that Ferrite is actually a ceramic product. Is this true?  If so, I just happen to have a professional tile cutters say, water-cooled, with a diamond blade.  Ideas, comments? Prayers for the intrepid?

Thanks,

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


Re: New E-Skip Loggings 7/22/08

starship20012001 <starship_2001@...>
 

I understand its better to be at good receiver connected to a nice
rooftop and have RDS on the receiver. However the point of the
ultralight was to go to the park and enjoy DXing away from the house.
The Eskip hit me off guard i was never expecting it. I wish there was
an ultralight with RDS !!! The ultralight is taken along for my daily
excercise pedal bike ride and slips into my money belt thing AKA fanny
pack AKA belt bag or pouch. there was no car radio or house radio
nearby at the time .

--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin <pastor@...> wrote:

I dunno. I just can't bring myself to use an ultralight when the Es
is in for FM DX. Gotta milk the opening for every station you can and
that usually means the top shelf radios. I got in on the Es from
yesterday and bagged 9 new stations from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri
and Arkansas, but I used the car radio since these things always
happen when I'm at lunch.

Using an ultralight during a strong tropo opening might be more
interesting since you aren't under the same time constraints as you
are with short-lived Es. You have to play around when the tropo is
in, unlike when the Es is in.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE
Proud daddy of twin SRF59s

Norbert 26 <starship_2001@...>
wrote:
All loggings and notes refer to Eton E-100 stock with stock whip.

Subject: New Logging 7/22/08 New DX record
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:25 PM


Heard on Eton E-100 barefoot at Conimciut Point Park Warwick R,I. .

Opening Notes: Today was the big one. A massive tropo duct opened
into the gulf coast. I found myself smack in the middle of it. The
dial was peppered with stations UNIDED mentioning tennesee,
Missisippi, the gulf coast including a weather report from the gulf
coast. UNided on several freqs 94.7 107.5 ,105.7, 103.9 and a few
others. uNFORTUNATLY i was called to WORK and had to drop this
massive seesion. i have at least one logged and possibly one or two
more IDed but the notes need to be picked thru. The single complete
logging below alone sets a new FM DX record. for me.

New Logging:

94.9 WKSJ Mobile Alabama 12:01 PM EDT heres another 50 minute music
maraton on 95 ksj also heard a mobile alabama weather report earlier.
battling i out with WHOM Mt Washington for channel ownership. 7/22/08

Subject: New Logging (2) 7-22-08
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:26 PM


94.5 WHOD Jackson Alabama 1:09 PM ET Jox or jocks fm jox is
moving from 1005 to 945 change your car presets website is here
http://wjox1005fm.com/ . An earlier AD block mentioned something in
or about missisipi. 7/22/08

Note: The station is in transition of moving from 100.5 to 94.5 .
100.5 is WJOX Alabama.

Subject: Last New Logging 7-22-08
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:29 PM


Heard on Eton E-100 barefoot from Warwick R.I.

Note: this is the last of the salvagable notes spilled soda on them
at work (had no choice but to take notes with me to work.)

94.7 WWJK Jackson Mississippi 12:32 PM EDT something about
mississippi foloowed by Jack 947 playing what we want followed by
blondie heart of glass 7/22/08


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

bbwrwy
 

Kevin & Brett:

I discovered yesterday that I'd purchased an Olympus Digital Voice
Recorder WS100 a couple of years ago to record meeting notes. Because
it didn't do well I put in a drawer and forgot it. I'm going to try
it out this evening with my SRF-T615.

I'm also going to check out the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder.

Thanks for the information.

Richard Allen.

P.S. for John Bryant: Be thankful you are in Washington state. I
just left Stillwater and it was 100°. According to KOSU, it was 102°
yesterday. -30-


Re: New E-Skip Loggings 7/22/08

MarkWA1ION
 

FM DXers would certainly benefit from something equivalent to the
spectrum-capturing receivers such as the Perseus and RFSpace SDR-IQ
that are all the rage with serious AM broadcast band DXers.

Of course that technology presently strains at the storage of 800 kHz
of bandwidth, so grabbing any significant chunk of the FM band for
later analysis will require a quantum leap in receiver, PC, and hard
drive capabilities.

I'm sure the NSA has stuff like this already, but it will be quite a
while before Joe Ham does.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA

<<
I dunno. I just can't bring myself to use an ultralight when the Es
is in for FM DX. Gotta milk the opening for every station you can
and that usually means the top shelf radios. I got in on the Es from
yesterday and bagged 9 new stations from Oklahoma, Tennessee,
Missouri and Arkansas, but I used the car radio since these things
always happen when I'm at lunch.

Using an ultralight during a strong tropo opening might be more
interesting since you aren't under the same time constraints as you
are with short-lived Es. You have to play around when the tropo is
in, unlike when the Es is in.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE
Proud daddy of twin SRF59s


Re: New E-Skip Loggings 7/22/08

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

I dunno.  I just can't bring myself to use an ultralight when the Es is in for FM DX.  Gotta milk the opening for every station you can and that usually means the top shelf radios.  I got in on the Es from yesterday and bagged 9 new stations from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, but I used the car radio since these things always happen when I'm at lunch.

Using an ultralight during a strong tropo opening might be more interesting since you aren't under the same time constraints as you are with short-lived Es.  You have to play around when the tropo is in, unlike when the Es is in.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE
Proud daddy of twin SRF59s

Norbert 26 wrote:

All loggings and notes refer to Eton E-100 stock with stock whip.

Subject: New Logging 7/22/08 New DX record
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:25 PM


Heard on Eton E-100 barefoot at Conimciut Point Park Warwick R,I. .

Opening Notes: Today was the big one. A massive tropo duct opened into the gulf coast. I found myself smack in the middle of it. The dial was peppered with stations UNIDED mentioning tennesee, Missisippi, the gulf coast including a weather report from the gulf coast. UNided on several freqs 94.7 107.5 ,105.7, 103.9 and a few others. uNFORTUNATLY  i was called to WORK and had to drop this massive seesion. i have at least one logged and possibly one or two more IDed but the notes need to be picked thru. The single complete logging below alone sets a new FM DX record. for me. 

New Logging:

94.9 WKSJ Mobile Alabama 12:01 PM EDT heres another 50 minute music maraton on 95 ksj also heard a mobile alabama weather report earlier. battling i out with WHOM Mt Washington for channel ownership. 7/22/08

Subject: New Logging (2) 7-22-08
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:26 PM


94.5 WHOD Jackson Alabama 1:09 PM ET    Jox or jocks fm jox is moving from 1005 to 945 change your car presets website is here
http://wjox1005fm.com/ . An earlier AD block mentioned something in or about missisipi. 7/22/08

Note: The station is in transition of moving from 100.5 to 94.5 . 100.5 is WJOX Alabama.

Subject: Last New Logging 7-22-08
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:29 PM


Heard on Eton E-100 barefoot from Warwick R.I.

Note: this is the last of the salvagable notes spilled soda on them at work (had no choice but to take notes with me to work.)

94.7 WWJK Jackson Mississippi 12:32 PM EDT something about mississippi foloowed by Jack 947 playing what we want followed by blondie heart of glass 7/22/08










   


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

satya@...
 

The Olympus seems to get 15-20 hours on a single AAA battery - I usually
just let it run for an hour or so at a time and get quite a few sessions
out of it.

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

I've been using it for several months, off and on, with the original
single
AAA battery. Not sure of the total record time on it, I would estimate
two-three hours (there are ~ 45 files, each one 2-5 minutes long). Seems
pretty energy thrifty,


Brett


On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 8:44 AM, MarkWA1ION <MarkWA1ION@...> wrote:

How is the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder on batteries ? Also how
is Kevin's Olympus recorder (model # ?) in this respect ?

Short battery life has been a complaint with the Pogo Radio YourWay
and Edirol recorders popular among DXpeditioners.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

Brett Saylor <bds2@...>
 


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

MarkWA1ION
 

How is the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder on batteries ? Also how
is Kevin's Olympus recorder (model # ?) in this respect ?

Short battery life has been a complaint with the Pogo Radio YourWay
and Edirol recorders popular among DXpeditioners.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA

<<

Hi Richard,

I've gone the minidisc route in the past. I've pretty much gotten
away from it due to the noise that
all my MD recorders create on AM. This year, I'm trying a combination
of the Sangean DT-200VX ultralight radio and Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo
recorder. The Sony recorder weighs less than 2 oz., has 1GB memory,
records at 128 kbps stereo and has a line-in jack that can
intelligently take either an external microphone or the line out
direct from the radio - no transformers or impedance adapters needed.
I plug a stereo splitter from Radio Shack into the headphone jack of
the radio and run my headphones out of one side and a stereo patch
cable to the Sony out of the other.


The Sony is absolutely the perfect mini-DX recorder - it auto-names
the files including the date, and has a USB
plug to transfer the recorded MP3 files to the computer directly from
the recorder. All I have to do is
write down the order of the recordings and I can match the times and
frequencies up later.


The Sony introduces a little noise on AM but if I separate it from
the radio by a foot or two of cable, and
move it with respect to the antenna, the noise drops to almost
nothing.


Brett Saylor

On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM, bbwrwy <richarda@...> wrote:

I have a question or two on recording DX from a ULR.

I realize the recorder has to share the receiver's audio output with
the headphones. But how do you handle the impedance mismatch between
the receiver and recorder?

In keeping with our ultralight theme, do you prefer a mini-disc or
solid-state digital recorders over cassette tape? Does anyone have
any recommendations in this area? Thus far I leaning toward a
mini-disc recorder which I understand is already obsolete.

Thanks for the help.

Richard N. Allen,
DXing since 1960.


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

Brett Saylor <bds2@...>
 


New E-Skip Loggings 7/22/08

Norbert 26 <starship_2001@...>
 

All loggings and notes refer to Eton E-100 stock with stock whip.

Subject: New Logging 7/22/08 New DX record
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:25 PM


Heard on Eton E-100 barefoot at Conimciut Point Park Warwick R,I. .

Opening Notes: Today was the big one. A massive tropo duct opened into the gulf coast. I found myself smack in the middle of it. The dial was peppered with stations UNIDED mentioning tennesee, Missisippi, the gulf coast including a weather report from the gulf coast. UNided on several freqs 94.7 107.5 ,105.7, 103.9 and a few others. uNFORTUNATLY  i was called to WORK and had to drop this massive seesion. i have at least one logged and possibly one or two more IDed but the notes need to be picked thru. The single complete logging below alone sets a new FM DX record. for me. 

New Logging:

94.9 WKSJ Mobile Alabama 12:01 PM EDT heres another 50 minute music maraton on 95 ksj also heard a mobile alabama weather report earlier. battling i out with WHOM Mt Washington for channel ownership. 7/22/08

Subject: New Logging (2) 7-22-08
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:26 PM


94.5 WHOD Jackson Alabama 1:09 PM ET    Jox or jocks fm jox is moving from 1005 to 945 change your car presets website is here
http://wjox1005fm.com/ . An earlier AD block mentioned something in or about missisipi. 7/22/08

Note: The station is in transition of moving from 100.5 to 94.5 . 100.5 is WJOX Alabama.

Subject: Last New Logging 7-22-08
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:29 PM


Heard on Eton E-100 barefoot from Warwick R.I.

Note: this is the last of the salvagable notes spilled soda on them at work (had no choice but to take notes with me to work.)

94.7 WWJK Jackson Mississippi 12:32 PM EDT something about mississippi foloowed by Jack 947 playing what we want followed by blondie heart of glass 7/22/08










   


Re: What is best method for recording DX from an ULR?

satya@...
 

Hi Brett:

On the Olympus model I use, if I go from the highest quality setting to
the medium quality settings, the emitted noise disappears, and at around
44,000 kbps, the fidelity still far exceeds what I need for DXing. Plus,
the files take up about a third of the room on the old hard drive and are
easier to edit.

It's good to know models don't need impedance matching - when the Olympus
dies, hello Sony!

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


The Sony introduces a little noise on AM but if I separate it from the
radio
by a foot or two of cable, and
move it with respect to the antenna, the noise drops to almost nothing.

Brett Saylor


On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM, bbwrwy <richarda@...> wrote:

I have a question or two on recording DX from a ULR.

I realize the recorder has to share the receiver's audio output with
the headphones. But how do you handle the impedance mismatch between
the receiver and recorder?

In keeping with our ultralight theme, do you prefer a mini-disc or
solid-state digital recorders over cassette tape? Does anyone have
any recommendations in this area? Thus far I leaning toward a
mini-disc recorder which I understand is already obsolete.

Thanks for the help.

Richard N. Allen,
DXing since 1960.