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Re: G8 Sleep switch question

Roy <roy.dyball@...>
 

Hi Russ

Turn the G8 Off as soon as you turn it back on immediately rotate the tune Knob the numbers will change after 01 it will say ON. Stop moving the wheel. That's all.

Cheers Roy.

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

Somehow I got the sleep switch engaged without intending to and despite trying to follow the instructions, I can't turn it back off - the instructions really don't make much sense on this.


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


Re: Degen DE1106?

Joshua Everett
 

Reminds me of the 1103


On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:52 PM, texnote <texnote@...> wrote:


G8 Sleep switch question

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Somehow I got the sleep switch engaged without intending to and despite trying to follow the instructions, I can't turn it back off - the instructions really don't make much sense on this.


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


Hey .....France Info on 1377 was COUNTRY # 16 on ULR!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

In all the excitement last night I failed to recognize that FRANCE was Country # 16 on Ultralight Radio!!!

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1377 France Info Lille, FRANCE Oct/20/09 2303 EDT FRENCH FAIR
Female with FF Talk. Read News Items. Male also Read News Items. Seemed
to Alternate between News Readings. In for Solid 5 Minutes til 2308 EDT.

NEW STN NEW ULR # 721 ULR TA # 6 ULR Country # 16 300 KW
ROSS, ONT.
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73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: What is best FM frequency for meteor scatter DX?

bbwrwy
 

Rob and Russ:

Thanks for the help. I'm going to give it a shot.

There were a lot fewer stations when I DXed in the 1970's, and they weren't all on around-the-clock.

Best of DX to you.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop.


Re: What is best FM frequency for meteor scatter DX?

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Generally the lower the frequency the longer the bursts will be. That said, I usually try one in the educational band and one in the commercial band, using the lowest of each which is the quietest, and least prone to troposcatter of fringe stations.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot


--- On Wed, 10/21/09, RichardA wrote:

From: RichardA
Subject: [ultralightdx] What is best FM frequency for meteor scatter DX?
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 7:18 PM

 

It's been a long time since I DXed the FM band. What is the best frequency for meteor scatter DX? I like to try it with a ULR.

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop.




Re: What is best FM frequency for meteor scatter DX?

robert ross
 

RichardA wrote:
 

It's been a long time since I DXed the FM band. What is the best frequency for meteor scatter DX? I like to try it with a ULR.

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop.















Richard............There is no Best Frequency per se......just find the Clearest Frequency you can that has no Stations on it...and just sit there and wait for the MS to pop in!! Some times the Commercial Freqs above 91.9 can be better as there is a Better Chance of getting an ID during a Short Burst. The Educational Stations below 92.1 seldom give IDs when the MS Burst happens!! They're usually playing Classical, Jazz or Alternate Rock!!

73.......ROB VA3SW


New State Logged

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

Hi Gang,

Managed to log state #24 here last night, Alabama. (14 more to catch up w/ my total states hrd in OK)
Hrd on the Eton E-100 Slider and Select-a-Tenna.

930, WGAD, Rainbow City, AL, 0946, 10/21/09, oldie R&R, several IDs hrd but also mixing with another (UNID) oldies sta. Also mixing with a sportstalk station who was carrying SNR pgm'g at the time. I'll be checking this freq a lot more often! WKY (Okla City) wasn't as much a problem this time.

Also logged some new stations, a few of which are detailed below. Totals after one month plus 18 hours in TX are 200 total stations, 6 countries, 24 US states, 2 Canadian provinces, and 73 Latin Americans.

Radio Reloj has been recently logged on the following frequencies:
820, 860, 870, and 930-the latter was very weak and audible only by detecting the time pip and RR in Morse at 0952 and from 1020-1024 on 10/21/09.

820, XEDRD, Durango, Mexico, 0122, 10/21/09, hammered by WBAP (Dallas) QRM but managed to catch enough of the call letter ID at 0132 to be sure of this one. Mixing at times with another sta I suspect was also an XE.

1170, XERT, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, 1148, 10/21/09, All tlk. IDs and slogan as "Radio Formula....la uno radio."

CONGRATS to everyone logging TA's and TP's. I've been diligently checking the most likely ones, and they're just not happening down here at this QTH. There's nothing like the thrill of hearing great DX!! I guess that's why we're all here!!!
73's everyone!!

Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX


latest DX

Allen Willie
 

RE: These were TA's #2 and #3 here, all received on the 9' box loop. Only 67 more TA's to go before reaching the "Master TA DXer" level-- watch out, Allen Willie and Mark Connelly  :-)
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
 
 
Congratulations Gary Debock on  logging the TA's your  way . Some outstanding reception at times lately including those of you lucky enough in  catching the Japan signals.
 
 Heck ! Dianne and I are still trying to log India here for the first time on ULR's.  Have been trying to spend more time checking the band lately so hopefully we'll cache in on the some of action also
 
Best of DX to all
 
Allen Willie and Diane Froude
St. John's, Newfoundland


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What is best FM frequency for meteor scatter DX?

bbwrwy
 

It's been a long time since I DXed the FM band. What is the best frequency for meteor scatter DX? I like to try it with a ULR.

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop.


ULR DX.....6 NEW ONES!! ....3 TA's, a CUBAN, a GY'er, and more!! Great Conditions Last Night!!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Conditions last night were absolutely amazing on the AM BCB!!! I wanted to stay up later and keep logging them....but I had to get up early today for a 10 Hour Shift of In-Service Training at work (Local Police Service)......and thought it may be wise to actually stay awake for the entire shift!!! HAHHAHA Otherwise I think I woulda pulled an ALL-NIGHTER and bagged some more.

Trans-Atlantic Conditions were GREAT...and I added 3 NEW TA's to the ULR Logbook...2 of those are NEW to the OVERALL LOG...and the other was a Call Change.

I also Logged a NEW CUBAN for both the ULR and OVERALL Log, a NEW GRAVEYARDER for both Logs...and a New Station on a tough Frequency!!

This brings my ULR Trans-Atlantic count up to 7 Stations Heard now.

There were also all kinds of neat stuff being heard that were RELOGS....Like CFAC CALGARY on 960, and KWKH Shreveport on 1130.....and more!! I sure hope conditions are the same tonight...as I have a Day Off tomorrow....and can stay up as late as it warrants tonight!!! What's the Chances???

All 6 of these NEW ONES were heard with BAREFOOT Ultra Light Radios!!!!

This sure helped the Log Totals!!!!!

Radios Used................TECSUN PL-310 and SONY SRF-T615 ....both BAREFOOT!!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR LOG TOTALS are now..............725 Stations Heard.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I see a lot of others also got in on the Great TA Conditions last night as well.....

73........ROB

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
London, Ontario CANADA

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1215 Absolute Radio Synchros UK Oct/20/09 2244 EDT EE FAIR
EE Pop Music. Male and Female DJs with British Accents. More Pop/Rock Vocals.
Signal Nice at times...and in for a while!!

RELOG....EX-VIRGIN RADIO......NEW to ULR # 720 ULR TA # 5
ROSS, ONT.
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1377 France Info Lille, FRANCE Oct/20/09 2303 EDT FRENCH FAIR
Female with FF Talk. Read News Items. Male also Read News Items. Seemed
to Alternate between News Readings. In for Solid 5 Minutes til 2308 EDT.

NEW STN NEW ULR # 721 ULR TA # 6 300 KW
ROSS, ONT.
*****************************************************************************
855 RNE1 Synchros, SPAIN Oct/20/09 2325 EDT SPANISH FAIR
Spanish Pop Music and Vocals 2325-29. Male DJ with SS Talk.
Slop from CJBC Toronto.

NEW STN NEW ULR # 722 ULR TA # 7
ROSS, ONT.
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610 Radio Rebelde CMAN Bahia Honda, CUBA Oct/20/09 2339 EDT SS FAIR
Cuban Pop Music. Female Spoke SS with several mentions of CUBA and HAVANA.
Male with LONG SS Talk.
in PARALLEL to Rebelde on 600 KHZ.

NEW STN NEW ULR # 723 ULR LATIN # 38
ROSS, ONT.
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1560 WBYS Canton, ILLINOIS Oct/21/09 0013 EDT EE GOOD
Over WQEW NYC!! 2 Males with Baseball Talk. IDS as "Sporting News Radio".
Then into Football Talk. "SNR" Promos. Ads String at 0019 EDT.

NEW STN NEW ULR # 724 250w/18w Nights
ROSS, ONT.
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1490 WXTG Hampton, VA. Oct/21/09 0044 EDT EE FAIR
Mixing it up in the Sludge. NICE ID surfaced @ 0044 EDT as "1490 THE GAME".
Male into Sports talk...and back into the mix!

NEW STN NEW ULR # 725 ULR GY # 75 970 Watts ROSS, ONT.
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Re: Degen DE1106?

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

From what I could gather it has a sync detector like the Sony 7600GR, but can't be made using Sony parts. After that, it appears to be identical to an Eton or Grundig E5/G5. The blog I read indicated it should be in the field for testing. Note: I couldn't find this page availible for translation. I'll try a backdoor method.

Paul S.

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

See photos at
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4c78586c0100g92o.html


Re: Best ever signal from JOUB this morning

gerfmon
 

Hi all, yes signals from both Japan and Europe have been good into Colorado during the last 24 hours. I was able to copy both JOUB-774 and JOIB-747 this morning barefoot using my PL-310. Both were weak, but at peaks I was able to copy. Using my Palomar antenna both were fairly strong. I listened for a couple of the South Korean flamethrowers, but heard nothing.

Yesterday evening I was able to copy Croatia-1134 and France-1377 using the PL-310 and Palomar antenna. Both were weak, but readable.

BTW, I listened to FM last night and like another poster noted, I don't think the meteor shower has peaked yet. Pings per minute seemed only slightly higher than normal.

73,
Jerry, KD0GS
Longmont, CO

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

This morning I received JOUB 774 with the best signal ever heard here. It was first noted on my ICOM R75 at 0906 UTC with Radio Japan news in English. I changed to the SRF-T615 at 0910, listening until 1032. News in Spanish was broadcast at 0915, followed by Portuguese at 0930. From 0945, there were three 15-minute English lessons. Sometimes the signal peaked to good strength. There were occasional random deep fades, but fewer than usually experienced. The signal eventually faded under WBBM 780 at 1028, leaving only a weak heterodyne whistle.

At 1224, JOUB was heard again with a poor signal in the sideband of nearby KSPI 780 on an E100. Tuning to 747 at 1227, I found JOIB at fair strength with slight KRMG 740 QRM, eventually fading away at 1230. The stations were broadcasting a repeat of the English language lessons heard earlier.

There was a strong het on 972 kHz which didn't disappear until 1256, about 13 minutes after local sunrise. Also, were also weak hets on 594, 693, 702 and 828.

Thus far, this has been the best week of the current DX season. I hope other ULR DXers on the southern Great Plains were able to catch an NHK station this morning.

Good DX to all,

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop


Re: HK Japan 774 Copied In Colorado

Chuck.Rippel@...
 

Your NHK audio sounds excellent. Congrats!

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM, gerfmon wrote:

Hi all, had my first decent copy of a TP from Japan around 6:45 AM (12:45 UTC) this morning. The program was a English language lesson called "Radio English Conversation".
A little internet research confirms that NHK does broadcast such a program. The program ended at 13:00 UTC, followed by what sounded like a weather forcast in Japanese. The signal faded out for good around 13:20.

Used my Tecsun PL-310, 1 KHz bandwidth, connected to a Palomar Engineers ferrite loop. With the 1 KHz bandwidth I still had quite a bit of splatter from 770 KHz.

I made a recording using a cheap MP3 recorder held up to the speaker of the radio. It's not a great recording, but it is generally understandable. You can listen to the file under:

Files>Member Sound Files>NHK_Japan_774_10_20_2009.mp3
Absolutely amazing what you can do with a $39.99 radio!! Now I need a good copy on a TA!

73,
Jerry, KD0GS
Longmont, CO


Degen DE1106?

texnote
 


Re: G8 and other DSP radio?

Chuck.Rippel@...
 

Like you I have the G8 which sounds incredible for its size. Bought a PL-310 and a Kchibo D96L. Stacking them side by side, I give the performance nod the the D96L.

In discussing it here on the forum, it seems like the D96L I received is from another build (newer??). F'instance, when a filter is selected, it actually matches the display. The D96L reviewed here noted the bandwidths did not match the display.

Just an opinion for your consideration.

Roger on the old dog, new tricks. I'm in the process of building a crate loop. SWBC DX'ers are not known for their inovative skills on loop design, construction or even use. I can assure you that is the case here. However, my long time friend Tony Germanotta who also now suffers from the Ultralight'itis and is local has loop knowledge. We spoke last night, might finish up the loops this Saturday and take a short drive to the VA Beach Oceanfront just before sundown and see what we can hear.

Its also rather disquieting to have a "stable of radios" whose total cost is under $100. My wife thinks "I'm up to something" and is waiting for some big box to show up from Universal Radio or other purveyor of exotic electronics.

Fooled her, huh?

Chuck Rippel
Chesapeake, VA

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 10:11 PM, farmerik wrote:

The G8 is really nice, and it cleans up the audio on moderately weak stations. It does not hear the weak ones my old Zenith and RCA portables get though.

I am just trying to get the hang of it, and wondering if I should go ahead and order the PL-310, or now the 380, for better sensitivity. An old dog TRYING to learn new tricks-FARMERIK


Re: Best ever signal from JOUB this morning

keith beesley
 

Congratulations, Richard, Gary, and Deane on your amazing receptions!

73,
Keith B.

--- On Wed, 10/21/09, RichardA <richarda@...> wrote:

From: RichardA <richarda@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] Best ever signal from JOUB this morning
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 10:27 AM
This morning I received JOUB 774 with
the best signal ever heard here. It was first noted on my
ICOM R75 at 0906 UTC with Radio Japan news in English. I
changed to the SRF-T615 at 0910, listening until 1032. News
in Spanish was broadcast at 0915, followed by Portuguese at
0930. From 0945, there were three 15-minute English
lessons.  Sometimes the signal peaked to good strength.
There were occasional random deep fades, but fewer than
usually experienced.  The signal eventually faded under
WBBM 780 at 1028, leaving only a weak heterodyne whistle.

At 1224, JOUB was heard again with a poor signal in the
sideband of nearby KSPI 780 on an E100. Tuning to 747 at
1227, I found JOIB at fair strength with slight KRMG 740
QRM, eventually fading away at 1230. The stations were
broadcasting a repeat of the English language lessons heard
earlier. 

There was a strong het on 972 kHz which didn't disappear
until 1256, about 13 minutes after local sunrise. Also, were
also weak hets on 594, 693, 702 and 828.

Thus far, this has been the best week of the current DX
season. I hope other ULR DXers on the southern Great Plains
were able to catch an NHK station this
morning.   

Good DX to all,

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop     



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Best ever signal from JOUB this morning

bbwrwy
 

This morning I received JOUB 774 with the best signal ever heard here. It was first noted on my ICOM R75 at 0906 UTC with Radio Japan news in English. I changed to the SRF-T615 at 0910, listening until 1032. News in Spanish was broadcast at 0915, followed by Portuguese at 0930. From 0945, there were three 15-minute English lessons. Sometimes the signal peaked to good strength. There were occasional random deep fades, but fewer than usually experienced. The signal eventually faded under WBBM 780 at 1028, leaving only a weak heterodyne whistle.

At 1224, JOUB was heard again with a poor signal in the sideband of nearby KSPI 780 on an E100. Tuning to 747 at 1227, I found JOIB at fair strength with slight KRMG 740 QRM, eventually fading away at 1230. The stations were broadcasting a repeat of the English language lessons heard earlier.

There was a strong het on 972 kHz which didn't disappear until 1256, about 13 minutes after local sunrise. Also, were also weak hets on 594, 693, 702 and 828.

Thus far, this has been the best week of the current DX season. I hope other ULR DXers on the southern Great Plains were able to catch an NHK station this morning.

Good DX to all,

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N/97° 26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 & Etón E100
ICOM R75/Quantum QX Loop


Two TP's (JOIB and JOAK) heard in Calgary AB on barefoot SRF-59 this morning!

Deane McIntyre <Deane@...>
 

*This message was transferred with a trial version of CommuniGate(tm) Pro*
After the success yesterday of hearing JOIB-747 on the GE Superadio II, my
Filipina wife Amy was not surprised to find I had placed three radios on the
breakfast table when she got up early this morning: the Superadio II, the
Gary DeBock supplied and aligned Sony SRF-59, and for luck the Sony TR-6400 (the
same model that Gary had used many years ago to hear his first TP).

Switching on the Superadio at 1330 UT, as I tuned above CBX-740, Amy exclaimed
"Thats Japanese" as JOIB-747 boomed in with a signal way above CBX. Much better
than yesterday's reception. Again with English language lessons. I had pretuned
the SRF-59 to 747 yesterday, and as soon as I switched it on I had my first
TP on a UL with armchair quality reception! A DX real thrill comparing
with my reception in Ontario of BBC television from London in 1980,
before they closed down the 405 line service

Checking the TR-6400 JOIB was also logged. Ditto for the realistic TRF, a
Sanyo MGR-61 walkman like portable, and a old Panasonic pocket transistor
radio.

Next, after checking 693 on the Superadio for audio (too much CBU but the
3 kHz het was strong) I tuned to 594 and found JOAK at armchair level.
Again, wnet to the SRF-59 and had my second barefoot ULR logging!
JOAK was also heard on the TR-6400 and the Realistic TRF.

Going to 774, I heard a strong 4 kHz ket against 50 kW local CHQR-770
but too much slop from nulled CHQR to get audio.

I wonder what tomorrow morning will bring? Amy would love to hear a
station from her homeland, the Philippines.

Many thanks to Gary for providing the aligned SRF-59!

73,

Deane McIntyre VE6BPO


Re: G8 and other DSP radio?

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Thanks for that observation, Kevin. I've noted that and hadn't yet come to that conclusion due to only having played with the G8 and loop combination once. Your explanation seems to fit with my observations in that somewhat brief session.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot


--- On Wed, 10/21/09, dhsatyadhana wrote:

From: dhsatyadhana
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: G8 and other DSP radio?
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 8:29 AM

 

Hey Farmerik:

I agree - the AGC plus the lag time with the digital readout is such that I have to more or less play it by ear in determining the proper tuning with a passive loop. If the tuning sweet spot on the loop is difficult to determine, maybe separate the radio and loop more in order to sharpen the tuning peak? Compared to other radios, the G8 seems to more easily start to decouple from the loop if it gets too close, perhaps a function of the shape of the internal ferrite.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@ yahoogroups. com, "farmerik" wrote:
>
> On my new G8, the AGC is so seamless, I have no idea of the signal strength, by how loud the radio is. The numerical readout for signal strength and S/N ratio is nice, but it takes too long the change the reading when fine tuning an external loop like the Terk or Select-a-tenna. Am I missing some simple way to fine a loop or even the 1 Kc. steps for the strongest signal?
>
> The G8 is really nice, and it cleans up the audio on moderately weak stations. It does not hear the weak ones my old Zenith and RCA portables get though.
>
> I am just trying to get the hang of it, and wondering if I should go ahead and order the PL-310, or now the 380, for better sensitivity.
> An old dog TRYING to learn new tricks-FARMERIK
>