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Bahamas 1540 In Tonight

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Getting Bahamas-1540 in well, with R&B-type mx, IDs as "National Voice of the Bahamas" and "Bahamas Radio Network", also with some hurricane info.  Have them barefoot on the SRF-59 at 2015 EDT.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE



Re: Robert Ross 30 Day Challenge

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Fabulous, Allen!!!!

I'm only half kidding when I ask you if you were aware of the hobby of making/using very sophisticated crystal sets... Gill Stacy is involved in that and could get you started.  I wonder if you could hear 300 in 30 days on a crystal set.  If you do, I guarantee that the Awards Committee would get you a real trophy and name it after you, too!

In the mean time, you continue to set the bar very high for the rest of us.  BRAVO and WELL DONE!!


John Bryant








At 04:12 PM 9/6/2008 -0700, you wrote:

 
 
Hi Guys,
 
Good transatlantic DX in tonight early on . Logged 3 more  for the Robert Ross challenge to up my total to the Magic Number  #  300 stations and  in  just 13 days worth of Dxing the challenge.
 
The atmospheric conditions for the most part were excellent the past while which really helped.
 
 With a bit less sleep and  quite a few new  stations to add to my overall list , I can certainly attest to the folks thinking of  purchasing an ultralight radio, these  tiny machines certainly have a knack for pulling in long distance stations.
 
My final station logged for # 300 was on  756 khz,  namely  R. Euskadi  Bilbao, Spain
 
Thanks to Robert Ross and the Ultralight Comittee for coming up with a great idea for all of us to  strive for.  Really enjoyed the challenge and looking forward to cheering on  anyone else who may be attempting it now and in the future.
 
Regards
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V   SRF-39FP  barefoot


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Robert Ross 30 Day Challenge

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Hi Guys,
 
Good transatlantic DX in tonight early on . Logged 3 more  for the Robert Ross challenge to up my total to the Magic Number  #  300 stations and  in  just 13 days worth of Dxing the challenge.
 
The atmospheric conditions for the most part were excellent the past while which really helped.
 
 With a bit less sleep and  quite a few new  stations to add to my overall list , I can certainly attest to the folks thinking of  purchasing an ultralight radio, these  tiny machines certainly have a knack for pulling in long distance stations.
 
My final station logged for # 300 was on  756 khz,  namely  R. Euskadi  Bilbao, Spain
 
Thanks to Robert Ross and the Ultralight Comittee for coming up with a great idea for all of us to  strive for.  Really enjoyed the challenge and looking forward to cheering on  anyone else who may be attempting it now and in the future.
 
Regards
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V   SRF-39FP  barefoot


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Re: Robert Ross challenge

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Allen,

I'm also at 281 stations but your log is quite a bit more interesting than mine right now- I'm only a 6 countries and 27 states!

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

Allen Willie wrote:

 
 
Hi Guys,
 
Things were a bit tougher stations count  with the Robert Ross Challenge last night  with the noise level and A Index a bit higher and even higher today. Did manage to log a new country or two though on ultralight up to 281 stations now with 19 to go.
 
 
A few logs from last night:
 
1368 khz - Galei Zahel , Shivta Israel   9/3/08  23:51 UTC  w/ Hebrew announcements, a variety of song vocals in Hebrew and ID ; fair   *** NEW COUNTRY *** # 57 on ULR
 
 702 khz - RTM C  - Sebaa-Aouin Morocco   9/3/08  23:45 UTC  w/ arabic chants and talk ; good
 
1620 khz - WDHP - Frederikstad, US Virgin Islands   9/4/08  3:20 UTC  w/ Lionel Richie song ; island type song talk ,ID  fair  *** NEW COUNTRY # 58 on ULR
 
1062 khz - IRIB Kerman Iran   9/3/08  22:35 UTC  w/ persian chanting and talk ; fair
 
1467 khz - IRIB  Isfahan, Iran  9/4/08  00:15 UTC  w/ persian chants and talk ; fair
 
73
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V barefoot
 
 




Re: International MW DXing with Ultralights

satya@...
 

Yup! The SRF-59 was inside a passive loop, but RVC had taken the channel
over, so it would have been receivable barefoot that night.

Kevin

Thanks, Kevin,

Didn't you also hear RVC, Turks and Caicos???

John B.






At 11:34 AM 9/6/2008 -0700, you wrote:

Hey John:

A couple years ago I heard Radio Progresso on top of 900 khz - it was on
the Sony 7600GR, but would have been heard on just about anything. That
was a one-off, but shows that these signals do get through. I was just
after local sunset, when things like that from the East seem to make
there
way out here.

Kevin

Richard,

Thanks very much for that report on Cubans heard in the center of the
country.... I'll definitely include that in the tip sheet.

John B.


Re: International MW DXing with Ultralights

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Thanks, Kevin,

Didn't you also hear RVC, Turks and Caicos???

John B.






At 11:34 AM 9/6/2008 -0700, you wrote:

Hey John:

A couple years ago I heard Radio Progresso on top of 900 khz - it was on
the Sony 7600GR, but would have been heard on just about anything. That
was a one-off, but shows that these signals do get through. I was just
after local sunset, when things like that from the East seem to make there
way out here.

Kevin

> Richard,
>
> Thanks very much for that report on Cubans heard in the center of the
> country.... I'll definitely include that in the tip sheet.
>
> John B.
>
>


Re: International MW DXing with Ultralights

satya@...
 

Hey John:

A couple years ago I heard Radio Progresso on top of 900 khz - it was on
the Sony 7600GR, but would have been heard on just about anything. That
was a one-off, but shows that these signals do get through. I was just
after local sunset, when things like that from the East seem to make there
way out here.

Kevin

Richard,

Thanks very much for that report on Cubans heard in the center of the
country.... I'll definitely include that in the tip sheet.

John B.


Modified E100 Ultralight TP Loggings to Date

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Very shortly a series of articles will appear in the AM-DX club bulletins giving full details on the work of three Washington state experimenters (John Bryant, Guy Atkins and myself) to create a modified Ultralight radio with unprecedented sensitivity and selectivity.  This radically transformed E100 has already thrilled us with amazing TP and DU receptions, both with the new Slider loopsticks (40/44 Litz wire wound on movable coils, shifting along a ferrite bar to peak DX signals), and an extremely effective Murata CFJ455K5 narrow IF
filter, providing razor-sharp selectivity.  John has also succeeded in adding an inductive coupling loop to the stock ferrite bar, providing a method for transferring external antenna DX signals through a simple plug-in jack.
 
     In my own personal experience, this modified E100 can easily outperform any stock portable on the planet (ICF-2010, E1, etc.). Easily!
 
     To give an indication of what it can accomplish, here is a list of the loggings made on this DX-chasing monster, both in Grayland and Puyallup, WA.  All these were using the 7.5" Slider loopstick and CFJ455K5 narrow filter:
 
  STATION            LOCATION                 DATE             UTC TIME     DX VENUE
 
558  JOCR           Kobe, Japan               9-6-08                1310           Puyallup
567  JOIK**          Sapporo, Japan           6-29-08              1145           Grayland
       2YA             Wellington, N.Z.          6-30-08               1235           Grayland
594  JOAK**        Tokyo, Japan              6-29-08               1144           Grayland
612  4QR             Brisbane, Australia     6-29-08               1233           Grayland
639  R. Fiji           Lautoka, Fiji               7-31-08               1230           Grayland
648  VOR            Razdolnoye, Russia    9-3-08                1312           Puyallup
657  N.Korea       Pyongyang, N.K.         9-3-08                1305          Puyallup
       2YC             Wellington, N.Z.          8-1-08                1245          Grayland
666  JOBK          Osaka, Japan              9-6-08                1309           Puyallup
670  KPUA          Hilo, Hawaii                7-31-08               1300          Grayland
693  JOAB**        Tokyo, Japan              9-6-08                1304          Puyallup
702  2BL             Sydney, Australia        7-9-08                1212           Grayland
738  2NR**          Grafton, Australia        7-9-08                 1220          Grayland
       BEL2           Penghu, Taiwan          8-29-08                1305          Grayland
747  JOIB**         Sapporo, Japan           6-29-08               1142          Grayland
760  KGU           Honolulu, Hawaii         8-1-08                 1300          Grayland
774  JOUB**        Akita, Japan               6-29-08               1136          Grayland
       3LO             Melbourne, Australia    7-9-08                1221          Grayland
828  JOBB**        Osaka, Japan             6-29-08               1139          Grayland
891  5AN             Adelaide, Australia     6-30-08               1233          Grayland
963  CRI              Unknown, China          8-29-08               1309          Grayland
972  HLCA**        Dangjin, S. Korea        8-29-08               1312          Grayland
1017  A3Z            Nuku'alofa, Tonga       7-31-08                1225          Grayland
1035  2ZB            Wellington, N.Z.         7-31-08                1240          Grayland
1053  JOAR         Nagoya, Japan            9-3-08                 1314          Puyallup
1287  JOHR         Sapporo, Japan           6-29-08               1139          Grayland
1566  HLAZ**       Jeju, S. Korea             8-29-08               1252          Grayland
1575  VOA**        Ban Rasom, Thailand  8-29-08               1257          Grayland
1593  CRI            Changzhou, China      8-29-08               1249          Grayland
 
** Indicates logging was also made on a stock ULR at Grayland (SRF-T615 prior to 8-28, thereafter the new Sangean DT-400W.
 
     Total TP loggings on modified E100:  30 stations, 12 DX Countries...  and a lot of FUN!
 
     When the articles appear teaching you exactly how to transform your modest E100 into an outrageously effective DXing sensation, I hope you all will take advantage of this chance for a supremely exciting DX season.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock
 
 
 
 
 
 
     




Re: International MW DXing with Ultralights

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Richard,

Thanks very much for that report on Cubans heard in the center of the country.... I'll definitely include that in the tip sheet.

John B.




At 10:48 AM 9/6/2008 +0000, you wrote:

--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant"
wrote:
>
> I've gotten both Mark and Gary's comments/tips on TA and TP DXing
> gathered together to make a tip sheet for us, but I sure would like
> to add a similar section on Central and South American stations most
> likely heard. I wonder if Mark, you would give us a similar list
> there.... and maybe Rob Ross could add an inland perspective or
Kaz???
>
> Then I'll make a PDF and put it on dxer.ca.
>
> THANKS!
>
> John B.
>
John:

Several Cuban stations can be heard on an ULR in northern Oklahoma
almost every night. The best time seems to be in the hour after local
sunset.

Radio Rebelde 670, 710 and 1180 kHz.
Radio Enciclopedia 530 kHz (easy listening music).
Radio Musical 590 kHz (classical music).
Radio Reloj 570 kHz.
Radio Progresso 640 and 890 kHz.

Radio Rebelde on 670 is the easiest to hear and it has a short wave
parallel on 5025 kHz.

I've also noted the time pips and CW ID of Radio Reloj recently on
790, 930 and 950 kHz.

Maybe this will be helpful to other DXers in my region.

Richard Allen.


Re: Ultralights mentioned in Monitoring Times

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Sat, 9/6/08, Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...> wrote:

From: Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] Ultralights mentioned in Monitoring Times
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Saturday, September 6, 2008, 12:02 AM






On page 14 of the September issue of Monitoring Times there's an
article called "Medium Wave Listening - Can It Still Be Fun?". The
author is Ron Bailey (AA4S); his name doesn't look familiar to me.

His gave Ultralights some very nice press but unfortunately didn't
mention the spectacular Ultralight DX Yahoo Group. He specifically
mentioned the Sony SRF-59 and Sangean DT series radios.

Hopefully some of the readers will put "Ultralights" into Google,
become interested in Ultralights and/or MW DX'ing (or better yet
both!) and find this group. The more the merrier.

Did the author contact anyone in this Group? He is a long time MW
DX'er and the article is excellent.

____________


Ron is a longtime MW DX'er and ham from Shelby, NC. He was a member of NRC for a number of years. I haven't had any correspondence with him in a few years.



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: International MW DXing with Ultralights

bbwrwy
 

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

I've gotten both Mark and Gary's comments/tips on TA and TP DXing
gathered together to make a tip sheet for us, but I sure would like
to add a similar section on Central and South American stations most
likely heard. I wonder if Mark, you would give us a similar list
there.... and maybe Rob Ross could add an inland perspective or
Kaz???

Then I'll make a PDF and put it on dxer.ca.

THANKS!

John B.
John:

Several Cuban stations can be heard on an ULR in northern Oklahoma
almost every night. The best time seems to be in the hour after local
sunset.

Radio Rebelde 670, 710 and 1180 kHz.
Radio Enciclopedia 530 kHz (easy listening music).
Radio Musical 590 kHz (classical music).
Radio Reloj 570 kHz.
Radio Progresso 640 and 890 kHz.

Radio Rebelde on 670 is the easiest to hear and it has a short wave
parallel on 5025 kHz.

I've also noted the time pips and CW ID of Radio Reloj recently on
790, 930 and 950 kHz.

Maybe this will be helpful to other DXers in my region.

Richard Allen.


Re: Logging Your First Ultralight TA or TP

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Gary - thanks for your Logging Your First Ultralight TA or TP post.
I'm hoping it will help me bag my first TP this weekend. Too bad my
E100 hasn't arrived yet. I didn't know that asking for the older
version when ordering would increase my chance of getting one. I may
end up with the new and not so improved version.

My plan is to go to the beach (I can walk there in less than five
minutes) with my stock Sony 2010 acting as my spotting receiver. I'm
hoping the extreme sensitivity of the DT-400W will help overcome its
less than stellar selectivity and is good enough to pull in a TP. I
may bring my E10 along even though it doesn't qualify as an
ultralight. It's a little more selective than the DT-400W. I'm hoping
my three extreme locals between 1290 and 1490 (all relatively low
power) won't diminish my chance of success.

73

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

Hello Guys,

There are very few experiences in the AM-DX hobby more
thrilling than
logging your first TA or TP on an Ultralight radio. As the fall DX
season
approaches, propagation will slowly improve to make transoceanic
stations
stronger and stronger. Already there is much anticipation and
discussion in our
Ultralightdx group about how to make these thrilling catches.

Obviously, those lucky DXers living near ocean beaches will
have the
best chances of logging TA's or TP's on Ultralights, but there are
certain
general guidelines that will increase your odds, no matter where
you live.

1) Familiarize yourself with the strongest-signal TA (or TP)
stations and
their frequencies. Mark Connelly posted an excellent list of the 18
strongest
TA possibilities in a message to Richard Allen on August 27th,
complete with
extra information on other TA possibilities. To Mark's
outstanding advice,
I would submit the following list of great TP possibilities, all of
which
have been received on a stock ULR here on the west coast:

594 JOAK Tokyo, Japan (300 KW)
693 JOAB Tokyo, Japan (500 KW)
747 JOIB Sapporo, Japan (500 KW)
774 JOUB Akita, Japan (500 KW)
828 JOBB Osaka, Japan (300 KW)
972 HLCA Dangjin, S. Korea (1500 KW)
1566 HLAZ Jeju, S. Korea (250 KW)
1575 VOA Ban Rasom, Thailand (1000 KW)

Of these, the strongest bets are usually JOAK-594, JOIB-747 and
JOUB-774. Choose a few possibilities from this list, according to
your local QRM
situation. The stations in S. Korea and Thailand are more
challenging than the
Japanese stations, but are very possible on stock Ultralights.

2) If you are chasing TA's, you will need to listen around
sunset, and if
chasing TP's, you will need to lose some sleep like the rest of us by
listening around sunrise. (Note: If you actually end up logging
TP's, the loss of
sleep is easier to tolerate).

3) Use an SSB-equipped "spotting receiver" to check the signal
level of
the transoceanic stations you are attempting to log. Place the SSB
receiver
(E1, ICF-2010, ICF-SW7600GR etc.) in either USB or LSB mode, and
dial in the
transoceanic station's frequency. Then offset the dial about 500
Hz, and check
the strength of the heterodyne (whistling sound) to see if the
station is
strong, weak or non-existent. If you can hear audio on the
station's actual
frequency (on the SSB receiver in LSB or USB mode), then your
Ultralight has a
fighting chance to log the TA or TP.

4) Ultralights are always stuck in the AM mode. For this reason,
they
have trouble hearing TA's or TP's only 1 or 2 kHz away from strong
domestic
stations. If the TA or TP's frequency ends in a 3, 4 or 5, your
chances are
better than if the transoceanic frequency ends in a 1 or 2.

5) If you live in an east coast or west coast state and can drive
to the
ocean coast for a DXing session, you will increase your chances of
success
immeasurably (as long as it is reasonably isolated, without many local
stations). Salt water can make almost any Ultralight perform like a
champion.

6) Hot-rodded Ultralights need hot-rodded SSB spotting receivers.
These
Ultralights (with 7.5" or larger loopsticks) can easily exceed
stock SSB
receivers in sensitivity. The new E100 Slider Loopstick-equipped
models will
outperform any stock SSB receiver, making it necessary to use
something more
sensitive (table receiver with external antennas, or SSB portable
with huge
loopstick) for best results.

7) Experienced DXers will go out of their way to help you-- feel
free to
ask questions about languages, programming, ID's, etc.

8) Have fun! Receiving 3 TP's on a stock SRF-59 is what hooked me
on the
Ultralight concept. Be psychologically prepared for a similar
transformation
in AM-DXing excitement! :>)

73, Gary DeBock


International MW DXing with Ultralights

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I've gotten both Mark and Gary's comments/tips on TA and TP DXing gathered together to make a tip sheet for us, but I sure would like to add a similar section on Central and South American stations most likely heard.  I wonder if Mark, you would give us a similar list there....  and maybe Rob Ross could add an inland perspective or Kaz???

Then I'll make a PDF and put it on dxer.ca.

THANKS!

John B.


Ultralights mentioned in Monitoring Times

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

On page 14 of the September issue of Monitoring Times there's an
article called "Medium Wave Listening - Can It Still Be Fun?". The
author is Ron Bailey (AA4S); his name doesn't look familiar to me.

His gave Ultralights some very nice press but unfortunately didn't
mention the spectacular Ultralight DX Yahoo Group. He specifically
mentioned the Sony SRF-59 and Sangean DT series radios.

Hopefully some of the readers will put "Ultralights" into Google,
become interested in Ultralights and/or MW DX'ing (or better yet
both!) and find this group. The more the merrier.

Did the author contact anyone in this Group? He is a long time MW
DX'er and the article is excellent.

73


they're not TA's or TP's...but.....still fun

Tim Davisson
 

Guys...The little SRF-59's excellent nulling capability
is really making ultralight AM "DXing" fun!

I'm building up my few-days-old ultralight logbook.

A few loggings from today, Friday, 9/5/08, all EDT
from suburban Akron, Ohio. SRF-59, barefoot:

1150 WIMA/Lima, OH; 6:42am (I have a local on 1150...20 miles
NE of Norton...they were ON THE AIR at the time!).

1360 WBUC/Buckhannon, WV...6:39pm w/satellite country music.

1450 WDAD/Indiana, PA...7:09pm w/highschool football preview
show. (There are 2 1450's within 60 miles of my home).

930 WHON/Centerville, IN...9:13pm w/highschool football.
(Semi-local WEOL in Elyria, Ohio is also on 930, 30 miles
or less from here).

630 WLAP/Lexington, KY 9:38pm w/highschool football.
(Local WHLO 640's transmitter is 3 MILES north of me...and
they were on the air!).

560 CFOS/Owens Sound, ONT...10:14pm w/standards.

550 WSVA/Harrisonburg, VA...10:30pm w/Joe Bohannon Show
..."news radio 5-50 W S V A.".

Loggings were fun. Nothing exotic like TA's or TP's (not yet).

73's,

Tim Davisson, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio


Turkey on 1017 khz

Allen Willie
 

 
Hi Guys,
 
 
Tonight,  Turkey on 1017 has been in most of the night with very good signal. Unusual for it to be heard steady most of the night.It usually fades in and out  Those of you on the east coast may have your best shot at it.
 
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Re: Ultralights mentioned in Monitoring Times

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Dennis,
 
     John Bryant and I actually prepared a 2-page Ultralight Radio-related article for Monitoring Times back in the spring, but we have both been so busy with Ultralight tinkering, Grayland DXpeditions, Award Committee setup, and just plain DXing FUN that we still haven't sent it in to MT.
 
     It would have to be updated now, anyway.  Ultralight AM DXing (and this Yahoo group, and dxer.ca) are booming in popularity, and growing at a much faster rate than the general AM-DX community.  This upcoming fall DX season should be a real thriller.
 
     73,  Gary 




Re: Logging Your First Ultralight TA or TP

Gary DeBock
 

Hi John,
 
     You are right about the many DX countries available in Latin America and the Caribbean, but since most Northwest DXers (including me) have received very few of these stations on Ultralights, it certainly didn't seem suitable for me to write about them.  Maybe an experienced eastern US (or Canada) area Ultralight DXer can give us a list for the "best bets" for reception of these countries.
 
     One of the quirks of AM propagation is that it's much easier for the NW gang to receive Thailand (7,200 miles) or Australia (8,200 miles) than it is to receive Venezuela or Colombia (both about 4,000 miles).  Maybe this mileage bonus is compensation for the fact that we can't receive multiple DX countries as easily as somebody in Newfoundland or Massachusetts  :>)
 
     73,  Gary 




New ULR log 09-05-08,Sony SRF-M37W

Carl DeWhitt
 

I logged a new one all time this morning at 0657-0703
CDT.KTAR-620-Phoenix,Az was logged with poor to very poor signal at
tune out with several Sports Radio 620,KTAR i.d.,s and Espn Sports
Center.ULR #3 log in Az.Logged on barefoot Sony SRF-M37W.FCC says
5KW,day and night.


Re: Logging Your First Ultralight TA or TP

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Don't forget the Latin American, Mexican and Caribbean stations!  Cuba from the East Coast is a no-brainer and Venezuela isn't that tough.  Colombia is a frequent visitor and Mexico can be had on a good night.  Any list of TAs and TPs should also include our southern neighbors.  You can pick off a lot of new countries on a good night from the south.  I remember when El Salvador and Belieze were regulars back 20 years ago, in the good ol' days!  Even Nicaragua was a pest at times, if you can imagine that.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE