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Re: Eton E100 tuning via knob

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Gary,
 
     Thanks for your question.  I have four E100's (admittedly quite a fanatic) but have never run across this problem.  It sounds like friction due to a misaligned tuning shaft.  Have you tried further disassembly of the radio, after taking off the tuning knob?  There is a very detailed file on dxer.ca regarding E100 disassembly. 
     We would also be interested in the serial # of your E100, if you could give it.  To my knowledge, this problem has never been reported in any of the "old" E100's (serial numbers before E10-0709xxxxxx).
                                
      73, Gary DeBock
 
                                                                               




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Re: Robert Ross 30 day Challenge and logs

robert ross
 

At 10:38 AM 8/25/2008, you wrote:



Hi Everyone,

Thought I would start my attempt at the Robert Ross Challenge of logging
300 stations in 30 days last evening . Thus far I don't have a great
number added to the list, as I thought I would leave the commonly
heards for later on.
Atta Boy Allen..you're doing me Proud!! HAHHAHA.....



So I'm up for the challenge and looking forward to it.

OK Allen....Good luck, and see if you can't Smash the 300 Mark!! I think
you can......especially with Conditions starting to pick up again.



1450 khz - WENJ Atlantic City, New Jersey 8/25/08 4:06 UTC w/ Baseball
game audio replays, Welcome to Sportline on ESPN Radio, mentions of
Atlantic City ; fair *** NEW ONE*** (submitting record for graveyarder
at a distance of 1220 miles)

Excellent Log Allen!! This station seems to get out really well. I hear it
quite often here in London, Ontario as well!! If I remember correctly....it
is also my MOST DISTANT GRAVEYARDER as well........although not nearly as
far as your Record!!

Have Fun with the Challenge.....and try to get some sleep eh!! HAHAHHA....

73...ROB.


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

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Robert Ross 30 day Challenge and logs

Allen Willie
 

 
Hi Everyone,
 
Thought I would start my attempt at the Robert Ross Challenge of logging 300 stations in 30 days last evening . Thus far I  don't have a great number added to the list,  as I thought I would leave the commonly heards  for later on.
 
Last evening I concentrated more on logging some of the stations I've heard before but stations that don't come in that often, only now and then,  in case I don't have another shot at them  again within the 30 days.
 
I did manage to log 2 new domestics , one which I will be submitting for  a possible new graveyard frequency  distance record which will  outdistance my previous record by 500 miles or so.
 
So I'm up for the challenge and looking forward to it.
 
Just some of the  logs from last night as follows:
 
 
1467 khz - TWR via Monaco  8/24/08    22:59 UTC w/ religious programming in English, gospel songs ; fair
 
1512 khz - BSKSA Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  8/24/08  22:57 UTC w/ arabic chants and music ; fair
 
1053 khz - LJB  Tripoli, Libya   8/24/08   23:04 UTC  w/ song in arabic by wioman, cheering then into music; good (over usual Talksport England)
 
 972 khz - LJB  Sirte, Libya   8/24/08  23:43 UTC  w/ arabic chants  // 1449 good
 
1260 khz - WMKI Boston, Mass  8/24/08  23:54 UTC w/ R. Disney programming and ID's; fair
 
1413 khz - RNE5 Vigo, Spain   8/24/08  23:57 UTC w/ spanish pop songs and commentary // 1314 , fair
 
1310 khz - CIWW Ottawa, Ontario   8/25/08  00:04 UTC w/ oldies by Stevie Wonder and Stonebolt,CIWW Ottawa Oldies 13-10  ID ; good
 
1660 khz - WFNA Charlotte, North Carolina   8/25/08  3:25 UTC  w/ baseball game in progress, ID later ; fair
 
1062 khz - Danmarks Radio , Kalundborg  8/25/08   3:58 UTC w/ danish language and commentary with English songs between ; fair
 
1250 khz - WGAM  Manchester, New Hampshire   8/25/08   4:45 UTC  w/ ID by man ,WGAM 1250 The Game, sports programming; *** NEW ONE ** on UL's
 
1530 khz  - WCKY Cincinnati, Ohio   8/25/08   4:40 UTC  w/ "Homer The Sports Animal "ID, sports talk; fair
 
1170 khz - WWVA Wheeling, W. Virginia   8/25/08   5:02 UTC w/ Newsradio 11-70 WWVA  Wheeling " ID; good
 
1450 khz - WENJ Atlantic City, New Jersey   8/25/08  4:06 UTC  w/ Baseball game audio replays, Welcome to Sportline on ESPN Radio, mentions of Atlantic City ; fair  *** NEW ONE***  (submitting record for graveyarder at a distance of 1220 miles)
 
 
73
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V barefoot
 
 


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Re: DT-400W Performance

texnote
 

... also, for those of us who have a Sangean DT-200VX, is getting the
DT-400W worth it (AM and FM)?

Paul

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

Gary,

How's the DT-400W on FM as compared to other ultralights?

Paul


Re: DT-400W Performance

texnote
 

Gary,

How's the DT-400W on FM as compared to other ultralights?

Paul


Summertime Shootout File Uploaded to DXer.ca

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     The new Ultralight Radio AM-DX Summertime Shootout file has been uploaded to dxer.ca, including full information and photos on the SRF-S84, SRF-M97, E100, SRF-M37W, and DT-400W models.  Extremely detailed information is provided for sensitivity, selectivity, nulling ability, images/spurs, AGC, audio quality, digital tuning noise, and quality control record.  In addition, a bonus section is provided comparing all these models with all the other top-rated Ultralight radio models (SRF-59, SRF-39FP, SRF-T615, DT-210V and DT-200VX units).
 
     If you have any question at all about the top Ultralight radio models, the answer is probably available in this Shootout.  Get ready for a SUPER fall DX season!
 
     73 and Great Ultralight DX,     Gary DeBock




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Re: DT-400W Performance

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Paul,
 
     The DT-400W has an outstanding FM section, with sensitivity and selectivity equal to the best Ultralight models (E100 and the AM-turkey model DT-220V, which is outstanding on FM).
 
     The DT-200VX RF board has been completely redesigned in this new DT-400W, making the AM sensitivity significantly more wide-band than that of the DT-200VX.  It is also more wide-band than any other Ultralight model, including the previous best unit, the $100+ SRF-T615.  So yes, I do think it is worthwhile for a DT-200VX owner to purchase a DT-400W.  I am a DT-200VX owner, and I purchased three DT-400W models....to ensure that the great performance was no fluke, before rating it tops in the Shootout. It's no fluke!
 
     73,  Gary 




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WAS..... XEMF-780 Heard under WBBM..NOW...SANGEAN DT-400W

robert ross
 

At 11:29 PM 8/23/2008, you wrote:

BTW, I've been using my "yellow-jersey" Sangean DT-400W
and a pair of Koss "Sparkplug" earbuds.

I'm loving the DT-400W more and more each time I use it!

73 & Great DX,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX

Steve and others........I too am the proud owner of the SANGEAN DT-400W ULR
Receiver!! I have only had mine for a few days, and really have only
listened to it in a very casual manner since then. Partly due to watching
the Olympics whenever I could...which was a lot, since I am off work on
Sickleave!! Also the FM band has been very good with TROPO Conditions...and
in the summer I spend a ton of time FM/TV DX'ing.

However the little time I have spent using the DT-400W has left me very
impressed with this little set. It is VERY SENSITIVE...and although not as
Selective as the SRF-39 or SRF-59.....it is Much better than the
SRF-T615....and maybe almost as good as the E-100. The conditions here are
just starting to pick up a bit and it won't be long until we start hearing
some decent stuff on the AM BCB again. I know this set is gonna be a winner
once things get going again. It appears to be able to hear stations and the
Audio is quite nice too. I can hardly wait for the Fall......I think this
radio will be seeing a lot of airtime!!

I am very happy to add this little Gem to my ULR Stable of Receivers!!

Gary...Have you got a 6 Foot Ferrite attached to yours yet???? HAHAHHA...

73..ROB.


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

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Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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DT-400W Performance

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     The new Sangean DT-400W was the big surprise of the 5 models tested in the Summertime Shootout, and does indeed have wide-band sensitivity superior to all other Ultralight models (including the SRF-T615 and the E100).  In order to confirm that this was not a fluke, three DT-400W models were ordered, and all three had the same great AM performance.  Accordingly, Ultralight enthusiasts can have confidence in ordering this model, for highly sensitive Ultralight DXing this fall season.
 
     Full details on the DT-400W evaluation, including its relative performance against the E100 and SRF-T615 models (as well as all other top Ultralight models) will be contained in the Summertime Shootout review, which is in the final stages of completion and should be available very shortly to all enthusiasts.
 
     73, Gary DeBock 




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Re: Delayed Report :Grayland Day Four

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Dennis...

I believe the signature listed the receivers and antenna... but maybe I forgot.  I was using a E100 with a new Murata 2.6 kHz IF filter, directly connected to a Wellbrook Phased Array antenna system.... The Wellbrook is roughly equivalent to a couple of 750' to 900' Beverages, but with a better front-to-back ratio than I've ever achieved with Beverages...  The secrets of my success were the antenna, the IF filter and, most of all, being right on the open Pacific.

John Bryant





At 04:39 PM 8/24/2008 +0000, you wrote:

John - which ultralights were you using and were they stock and/or
aligned and/or using huge ferrite bars? I have ten thumbs when it
comes to building or modifying things so I use a Select-a-Tenna when I
need a little help.

I'm hearing great things about the Sangean DT-400W. If anyone has it
and one or more of the Sonys I'd like to hear about how they compare.
I guess all of them are yellow. Yuk.

73

--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant"
wrote:
>
> Friday morning was my last DX session for this trip to Room 15 at the
> Grayland Motel and it went much more as I had expected for
> yesterday... less intense, more gentlemanly (in modern-speak, would
> this be "personly?" Completely different meaning and poorly
> spelled.) Conditions were down noticeably from Wednesday and
> Thursday's excitement, so I cruised around the band from 1100 onward
> (LSR 1325). A goodly number of re-logs... Japan and China were doing
> better than anything else and, though the DUs showed after LSR, they
> were weak and spotty. Still, it was a great morning for me. Before
> dawn, I managed to add three more TPs to my Ultralight log.
>
> I pretty much though that was going to be it, but then I cruised by
> 801 just at dawn where a woman was reading a long Biblical quotation.
> I had noted a station in EE here at bandfade yesterday, but it was
> too weak to have a chance at ID. After 20 years of DXing TPs, I don't
> have anything heard, much less verified on 801, so I was very
> interested. I figgered it for an Aussie, though Aussie stations
> running religious programs are rare, and I noticed a an obscure
> 5-call in PAL that was at least a possibility.... excitement, plans
> for war dances, if it lasted until 1330 and I caught an ID. It was
> sloooowly fading by 1325 and I happened to reread that page of PAL
> and it all came clear.... KTWG, Agana Guam! It almost had to
> be! Almost everyone else of the NW TP DXers has heard Guam at least
> once, but I've tried so many times for so many years, that I'd given
> up several years ago and kind of wiped them out of my mind. At 1230,
> there was a station break with an announcer with a non-NAm accent and
> I THINK that I heard "Cornerstone." KTWG is "The Cornerstone, AM
> 800" and runs religious programs 24-7, most syndicated. I'll be
> reviewing the tape and sending KTWG a report this weekend with a
> recording and the name of the syndicated show.... here;'s
> hoping. This is a presumed logging for right now, but "I'd bet my
> pension...." Oh, by the way, the station was coming in so well that
> getting it on the E100 by off-tuning one kHz (802 kHz) was no
> problem.... thanks to Guy Atkins' Murata IF filter mod.
>
> Here are the Ultralight loggings:
>
> 567 JOIK, NHK1 Sapporo Japan 8/22/2008 1226 NHK1 //594
> 801 KTWG Agana Guam 8/22/2008 1328 Franchise Christian programs
> change at 1330
> 855 4QB Pialba Australia 8/22/2008 1340 // stronger 1548 with Local
> ABC net programming
> 936 Anhui RGD Hefei China 8/22/2008 1234 CC Talk
> 1314 JOUF Osaka Japan 8/22/2008 1248 JJ Romantic Play (Soap Opera)
> 1557 WYFR Fam.Rad Kouhu Taiwan 8/22/2008 1258 Hymn, Fam.Radio TS,
> then CC talk by fem
>
> Well, I'm up to 83 TP Ultralight loggings.... in 16 countries. I did
> some planning for the assault on 100 TPs... it might just be possible
> this season, but its going to take both work and luck. I'm sure going
> to try. Getting to twenty countries, TP may just not be possible...
> certainly not this season. After 20 years with the big radios, I'm
> only in the low 20s out here and several of those QSLed countries
> (Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomons, New Caledonia) are either off the MW
> air entirely or are unheard here in a number of years. I expect to
> get Viet Nam 675 when the fall season is in full cry, but from
> there.... Kiribati and Micronesia are possibilities at some point,
> but that leaves me at 19..... hummmmmm. Maybe China will break into
> at least three pieces as has been predicted at times. Hummmmm.
>
> Well, thanks to Ultralighting (and 4HI + KTWG) this was my most
> enjoyable DXpedition in many years... what a blast.
>
> I'll combine all my Ultralight loggings and get together a DXpedition
> report in the next few days.
>
> Thanks for discovering this stuff, Gary!!!
>
> John B.


Re: Delayed Report :Grayland Day Four

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

John - which ultralights were you using and were they stock and/or
aligned and/or using huge ferrite bars? I have ten thumbs when it
comes to building or modifying things so I use a Select-a-Tenna when I
need a little help.

I'm hearing great things about the Sangean DT-400W. If anyone has it
and one or more of the Sonys I'd like to hear about how they compare.
I guess all of them are yellow. Yuk.

73

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

Friday morning was my last DX session for this trip to Room 15 at the
Grayland Motel and it went much more as I had expected for
yesterday... less intense, more gentlemanly (in modern-speak, would
this be "personly?" Completely different meaning and poorly
spelled.) Conditions were down noticeably from Wednesday and
Thursday's excitement, so I cruised around the band from 1100 onward
(LSR 1325). A goodly number of re-logs... Japan and China were doing
better than anything else and, though the DUs showed after LSR, they
were weak and spotty. Still, it was a great morning for me. Before
dawn, I managed to add three more TPs to my Ultralight log.

I pretty much though that was going to be it, but then I cruised by
801 just at dawn where a woman was reading a long Biblical quotation.
I had noted a station in EE here at bandfade yesterday, but it was
too weak to have a chance at ID. After 20 years of DXing TPs, I don't
have anything heard, much less verified on 801, so I was very
interested. I figgered it for an Aussie, though Aussie stations
running religious programs are rare, and I noticed a an obscure
5-call in PAL that was at least a possibility.... excitement, plans
for war dances, if it lasted until 1330 and I caught an ID. It was
sloooowly fading by 1325 and I happened to reread that page of PAL
and it all came clear.... KTWG, Agana Guam! It almost had to
be! Almost everyone else of the NW TP DXers has heard Guam at least
once, but I've tried so many times for so many years, that I'd given
up several years ago and kind of wiped them out of my mind. At 1230,
there was a station break with an announcer with a non-NAm accent and
I THINK that I heard "Cornerstone." KTWG is "The Cornerstone, AM
800" and runs religious programs 24-7, most syndicated. I'll be
reviewing the tape and sending KTWG a report this weekend with a
recording and the name of the syndicated show.... here;'s
hoping. This is a presumed logging for right now, but "I'd bet my
pension...." Oh, by the way, the station was coming in so well that
getting it on the E100 by off-tuning one kHz (802 kHz) was no
problem.... thanks to Guy Atkins' Murata IF filter mod.

Here are the Ultralight loggings:

567 JOIK, NHK1 Sapporo Japan 8/22/2008 1226 NHK1 //594
801 KTWG Agana Guam 8/22/2008 1328 Franchise Christian programs
change at 1330
855 4QB Pialba Australia 8/22/2008 1340 // stronger 1548 with Local
ABC net programming
936 Anhui RGD Hefei China 8/22/2008 1234 CC Talk
1314 JOUF Osaka Japan 8/22/2008 1248 JJ Romantic Play (Soap Opera)
1557 WYFR Fam.Rad Kouhu Taiwan 8/22/2008 1258 Hymn, Fam.Radio TS,
then CC talk by fem

Well, I'm up to 83 TP Ultralight loggings.... in 16 countries. I did
some planning for the assault on 100 TPs... it might just be possible
this season, but its going to take both work and luck. I'm sure going
to try. Getting to twenty countries, TP may just not be possible...
certainly not this season. After 20 years with the big radios, I'm
only in the low 20s out here and several of those QSLed countries
(Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomons, New Caledonia) are either off the MW
air entirely or are unheard here in a number of years. I expect to
get Viet Nam 675 when the fall season is in full cry, but from
there.... Kiribati and Micronesia are possibilities at some point,
but that leaves me at 19..... hummmmmm. Maybe China will break into
at least three pieces as has been predicted at times. Hummmmm.

Well, thanks to Ultralighting (and 4HI + KTWG) this was my most
enjoyable DXpedition in many years... what a blast.

I'll combine all my Ultralight loggings and get together a DXpedition
report in the next few days.

Thanks for discovering this stuff, Gary!!!

John B.


Re: XEMF-780 Heard under WBBM

bbwrwy
 

Steve: I often hear "todas musica" XEMF here in north central
Oklahoma. Not too bad for a reported 0.25 kW at 1117 km (694 miles)
distance.

Richard Allen


XEMF-780 Heard under WBBM

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...>
 

For the past several nights, I have been able to hear
XEMF "780 Radio Nostalgia" under WBBM with a good, clear
signal. Early this morning (Saturday 23 Aug 2008 at
0330 AM CDT/0430 AM EDT) I heard a slogan that sounded
something like "La frecuencia del amor" and then a good
ID, "XEMF 780 Radio Nostalgia en Monclova, Coahuila."
BTW, I've been using my "yellow-jersey" Sangean DT-400W
and a pair of Koss "Sparkplug" earbuds.

I'm loving the DT-400W more and more each time I use it!

73 & Great DX,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Delayed Report :Grayland Day Four

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Friday morning was my last DX session for this trip to Room 15 at the Grayland Motel and it went much more as I had expected for yesterday... less intense, more gentlemanly (in modern-speak, would this be "personly?"  Completely different meaning and poorly spelled.)  Conditions were down noticeably from Wednesday and Thursday's excitement, so I cruised around the band from 1100 onward (LSR 1325).  A goodly number of re-logs... Japan and China were doing better than anything else and, though the DUs showed after LSR, they were weak and spotty.  Still, it was a great morning for me. Before dawn, I managed to add three more TPs to my Ultralight log.

I pretty much though that was going to be it, but then I cruised by 801 just at dawn where a woman was reading a long Biblical quotation. I had noted a station in EE here at bandfade yesterday, but it was too weak to have a chance at ID. After 20 years of DXing TPs, I don't have anything heard, much less verified on 801, so I was very interested.  I figgered it for an Aussie, though Aussie stations running religious programs are rare, and I noticed a an obscure 5-call in PAL that was at least a possibility.... excitement, plans for war dances, if it lasted until 1330 and I caught an ID.  It was sloooowly fading by 1325 and I happened to reread that page of PAL and it all came clear.... KTWG, Agana Guam!  It almost had to be!  Almost everyone else of the NW TP DXers has heard Guam at least once, but I've tried so many times for so many years, that I'd given up several years ago and kind of wiped them out of my mind.  At 1230, there was a station break with an announcer with a non-NAm accent and I THINK that I heard "Cornerstone."  KTWG is "The Cornerstone, AM 800" and runs religious programs 24-7, most syndicated.  I'll be reviewing the tape and sending KTWG a report this weekend with a recording and the name of the syndicated show.... here;'s hoping.  This is a presumed logging for right now, but "I'd bet my pension...."  Oh, by the way, the station was coming in so well that getting it on the E100 by off-tuning one kHz (802 kHz)  was no problem.... thanks to Guy Atkins' Murata IF filter mod.

Here are the Ultralight loggings:

567 JOIK, NHK1 Sapporo Japan 8/22/2008 1226 NHK1 //594
801 KTWG Agana Guam  8/22/2008 1328 Franchise Christian programs change at 1330
855 4QB Pialba Australia 8/22/2008 1340 // stronger 1548 with Local ABC net programming
936 Anhui RGD Hefei China 8/22/2008 1234 CC Talk
1314 JOUF Osaka Japan 8/22/2008 1248 JJ Romantic Play (Soap Opera)
1557 WYFR Fam.Rad Kouhu Taiwan 8/22/2008 1258 Hymn, Fam.Radio TS, then CC talk by fem

Well, I'm up to 83 TP Ultralight loggings.... in 16 countries.  I did some planning for the assault on 100 TPs... it might just be possible this season, but its going to take both work and luck. I'm sure going to try.  Getting to twenty countries, TP may just not be possible... certainly not this season.  After 20 years with the big radios, I'm only in the low 20s out here and several of those QSLed countries (Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomons, New Caledonia) are either off the MW air entirely or are unheard here in a number of years.  I expect to get Viet Nam 675 when the fall season is in full cry, but from there.... Kiribati and Micronesia are possibilities at some point, but that leaves me at 19..... hummmmmm.  Maybe China will break into at least three pieces as has been predicted at times. Hummmmm.

Well, thanks to Ultralighting  (and 4HI + KTWG) this was my most enjoyable DXpedition in many years... what a blast.

I'll combine all my Ultralight loggings and get together a DXpedition report in the next few days.

Thanks for discovering this stuff, Gary!!!

John B. 


Re: Station identification.

bbwrwy
 

Gary;

I guess it's the difference between direct and circumstantial
evidence. In case of the latter it's up to the jury.

So for the moment I'm listing WOMN-1110 as tentative. Looking at my
log, I'd already logged KGFL-1110. But I did hear KDIS, KYKK, WBT and
Radio Guadalupana for the first time, all for the first time. The
down side was having to listen to KFAB QRM!

Overall it wasn't a bad week with 15 new stations logged.

I hope you've had as good a week DXing as me.

Richard Allen.


Topsail Beach logs

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Sunset Dxing and later under the stars  at Topsail Beach, Newfoundland last evening with the SRF-M37V and SRF- 39FP barefoot.
 
Nothing new of any sort but conditions were excellent and very low noise being out and  away from St. John's. Unusual evening in that strong transatlantics which usually occur to start with were weaker and Canadian and American stations dominated early on.
 
A few logs as follows:
 
760 khz  - WJR Detroit, Michigan   8/22/08   23:40 UTC  w/ Talk Show and 760 -WJR ID , fair
 
780 khz - CFDR Dartmouth,Nova Scotia   8/22/08  23:41 UTC  w/ religious program ; very good
 
790 khz - CFNW Port Aux Choix,Newfoundland   8/22/08  23:44 UTC  w/ country music (relay of CFCB) ; good
 
810 khz - CJVA  Carraquet, New Brunswick  8/22/08  23:46  UTC  w/ french and country music songs in french; good
 
1008 khz  - Radio Punto , Las Palmas Canary Islands   8/22/08   23:48  UTC  w/ spanish commentary and music , ID ; good
 
1160 khz - WSKW Showhegan, Maine  8/22/08  23:37 UTC  w/ JC Penney AD , college day promo, ESPN Radio ID, mentions of Maine; good
 
1580 khz - CKDO Oshawa, Ontario  8/22/08  23:50 UTC w/ local ads , 1580-CKDO ID; oldies played, good
 
1600 khz - WNRB Boston, Mass  8/22/08  23:47 UTC  w/ spanish programming ( Usually second harmonic from local   800 khz  covers this one up in St. John's)
 
 
73
 
Allen Willie
Dxing at Topsail Beach,Newfoundland
SRF-M37V and SRF - 39FP barefoot


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Re: Personal UL Distance Record

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Great  going, John!!!  Very nice logs.

John B.





At 06:47 AM 8/18/2008 -0700, you wrote:

Finally broke the 2000-mile barrier with my DT-200VX last night, running barefoot.

2200 EDT   750     YVKS Caracas, Venezuela, gave a list of network of stations at TOH, many in Caracas, mentions of "R. Gramma".  Good with WSB nulled.  2053 miles.  Also tentative logs of Colombia on 770 and another Venezuelan on 910 but no IDS on what seemed to be a good Latin American evening. 

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Station identification.

bbwrwy
 

How much lee-way is permitted in claiming reception of a station? In
the past it's been my practice to only claim reception of a stations
if I heard something unmistakably identifying the station. But I've
noticed some DXers claiming reception on sketchy information.

I really never thought much about it until yesterday. While listening
on 1110 kHz, at 1100 UTC, I heard a partial call through Radio
Guadalupana and KFAB's signals. All I heard was "K?FL Studios". My
guess it was KGFL, Clinton AR (6 kW @ 458 km). That was immediately
followed by a seven-day weather forecast from another station. There
was nothing remarkable about it other than a low/high tide forecast.
No location was heard and the signal quickly faded out. I've checked
weather/tide forecasts on the Internet and looks like it could be New
Orleans. So, is it enough to claim I heard KOWN, Chalmette LA (21
Watts at 911 km)?

While listening on 790 kHz last evening, I heard the unmistakable time
pips and CW ID of Radio Reloj under KXXX, Colby KS. Even though I
didn't hear a voice, can I claim reception of the Cuban station?

In the past, I would have just listened again on the frequency until I
heard the questionable station.

What is allowable? In the end I realize it's an "honor" system. What
are your feeling on the matter?

Good DX,
Richard Allen.


Re: Station identification.

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Richard,
 
     Our Ultralight DX Awards program does indeed emphasize the honor system in station identification, and this concept certainly assumes that the DXer will fully investigate and evaluate all possibilities before claiming a reception.  In general, each DXer has the responsibility to ensure that his loggings are trustworthy beyond a reasonable doubt, and that the claimed loggings are reasonable in consideration of propagation, language, format, etc  The general principle is that the value of the loggings is only as good as the DXer's standard of station identification (and investigative work, if necessary).
 
     AM-DXers will usually go out of their way to answer questions about station formats, ID slogans and other programming clues, in efforts to help someone with an UnID question.  Although every DXer must set his own standard of station identification, it's necessary to have conclusive evidence before logging, although this may delay the process.  Eventually 99% of the mysteries clear up, although some never do, unfortunately.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock    
 
    




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A better Sony SRF-M37V?

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

I just found a couple of radios that I'd forgotten I owned. One is a
Sony SRF-M80V. It's the predecessor of the Sony SRF-M85V, which is in
the turkey farm; it's described as cute but deaf.

This is cute too but definitely not deaf. It's as sensitive as my
DeBock souped-up SRF-59! It's not as selective but I wouldn't call it
barn-door selectivity like the SRF-M37V. I have three AM's one mile
away all using the same tower; seeing three STL antennas on one tower
is weird. All are 1 KW or less and non-directional. It behaves less
well around them than almost all of my non ultralight radios. I'll
have to get it a few miles away from them and see what happens. It
also has TV sound for all the good that will do in about six months,
FM and the weather band.

The other is also in the turkey farm but it deserves to be there. It's
the Sangean DT-110. It's described as "Xin and Amazon say Turkey".
Dennis says turkey too. It's fairly numb and has barn-door
selectivity. Local AM's sound great through good headphones. The only
good part is that it was free. I got it free at the Discovery Channel
store when I spent more than $50.00. It has the Discovery Channel logo
on it.

Does anybody here have both an Eton E100 (the old version) and E10? I
think my refurbished E10 should do better on MW. It's great on SW. At
least I only paid $30.00 for it. Everyone's description of how
sensitive the E100 is sounds better than my E10 is. The Sony SRF-M80V
leaves it at the starting line.

73 de WB6TNB

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hi Kevin,

The Sony SRF-M37V is indeed a puzzle-- an Ultralight with fairly
decent sensitivity but barn-door selectivity, in stock form. Allen
Willie in
Newfoundland has used it to receive more new TA countries than all
other
Ultralight DXers combined, but for most of us, it's just not as
competitive as an
SRF-T615, E100 or DT-200VX.

During a recent visit to Oregon, I noticed the new SRF-M37W
model for
sale at a Fred Meyer, so I picked up one for the Ultralight Summertime
Shootout. It looks almost identical to the SRF-M37V, but the TV
audio coverage has
been replaced by weather band coverage (like the DT-200VX and
DT-400W).
Price was $34.95, like the old SRF-M37V. It hasn't been tested out
yet, but if
Sony improves the AM IF filter in this new model, it would make a huge
difference for us (even though it's probably wishful thinking).

The 450 kHz IF of the model makes some decent filter
modifications
possible (as you and Jim have experienced), but the E100's 1 kHz
tuning steps
provide a huge advantage for 9 kHz split-frequency DXing, to chase
TP's and
TA's. The 455 kHz IF of the E100 also makes installation of some
VERY effective
IF filters possible, such as the Murata CFJ455K5 ceramic filter.

Your modified SRF-M37V's would make a very interesting project
for a
large loopstick transplant, Kevin. We have discovered that whenever a
selectivity boost is combined with a major sensitivity boost, an
Ultralight suddenly
becomes an Ultra-effective DX chaser.

73, Gary