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Re: A Few Logs

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Byron,

We aren't making any difference between unlimited and otherwise in ultralight logs.  We count it, no matter how you log it.

And I have never logged South Dakota on AM, but I have on FM!



On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 7:19 PM, wa8lcz <wa8lcz@...> wrote:
 

Hi John,

I wont be sending you anymore logs, since i have now crossed over to the Dark Side. thats right, i'm now in the unlimited class. got tired of listening to static and dupes. wanted to get back into the game and log some new ones often. i'm using a 38x38 inch litz loop.

i have added a 6 to 1 vernier to the Sony SRF-59 and its tuning is sooo much improved, that i can hardly believe it. still thinking about adding another ferrite rod antenna to it. i'm also starting to DX on the FM band.

still chasing states on AM, working on AL and SD and local MI stations. I hope you add an unlimited section, but if you dont, thats ok.

was wondering if you have logged SD, if so what freq ?

byron wa8lcz


--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin wrote:
>
> After a few days chasing FM tropo (and bagging 15 new stations), it's back
> to the ultralights and I've managed to add two new stations to the UL log:
>
> 920 WURA, Quantico VA, 4/9 at 2035, tejano music
>
> 1260 WHYM, Lake City SC, 4/10 at 0730, call ID, Fox Sports Radio, announced
> a FM parallel, probably 93.7
>
> Now at 692 ultralight stations.**
>
> --
> John Cereghin WDX3IAO KB3LYP
> Smyrna DE
> My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
> The Ultralight Scoreboard www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio
>




--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna DE
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
The Ultralight Scoreboard  www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio


Re: Georgia and South Carolina coast ulr dx sessions,part 3

Gil Stacy
 

Carl,

I've found the simplest way to couple bog to URL is the Gary Deacon method of just winding a few turns around the RX along the axis of the internal ferrite.

I DXed a couple of times at Tybee during October. One night I was able to pick up England, Spain and Duba. Spain was barefoot. I need to try it more. Laziness keeps me home. ;)

Tybee has beach walkers all hours of the night, year round.

73, Gil


Re: A Few Logs

wa8lcz
 

Hi John,

I wont be sending you anymore logs, since i have now crossed over to the Dark Side. thats right, i'm now in the unlimited class. got tired of listening to static and dupes. wanted to get back into the game and log some new ones often. i'm using a 38x38 inch litz loop.

i have added a 6 to 1 vernier to the Sony SRF-59 and its tuning is sooo much improved, that i can hardly believe it. still thinking about adding another ferrite rod antenna to it. i'm also starting to DX on the FM band.

still chasing states on AM, working on AL and SD and local MI stations. I hope you add an unlimited section, but if you dont, thats ok.

was wondering if you have logged SD, if so what freq ?


byron wa8lcz

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

After a few days chasing FM tropo (and bagging 15 new stations), it's back
to the ultralights and I've managed to add two new stations to the UL log:

920 WURA, Quantico VA, 4/9 at 2035, tejano music

1260 WHYM, Lake City SC, 4/10 at 0730, call ID, Fox Sports Radio, announced
a FM parallel, probably 93.7

Now at 692 ultralight stations.**

--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO KB3LYP
Smyrna DE
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
The Ultralight Scoreboard www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio


Re: Tecsun PL-360 Plug-in Loopsticks-- Huge AM Sensitivity Boosts

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "Carl" wrote:
>
> It would be great if they made a bandwith selectable DSP ulr that had a plug in loop stick.Something like a PL-380 with a plug in for a loop stick.

About half an hour with a butter knife and a soldering iron is all it takes. Even better if you go the toroid-Hoop Loop route, as then you can use a real antenna. Being more than 3 times the width of a 7.5" rod, the Hoop Loop just blows it away. Plus, it looks nice in the living room. Your friends will think you're into modern sculpture.  Oh, that reminds me. Chris Knight had the idea of pinning a quilt on the frame to stealth-i-fy the Hoop Loop. You could change the fabric to suit the season. It's not just a DX magnet, it's a decorator's delight!  ;)

http://kr1s.kearman.com/html/hooploop.html
 

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


Re: PL-360? - FARMERIK

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "farmerik" wrote:
>
> I noticed in the eBay listing, the 360 only tunes LW in 9kHz. steps. Are these the standard ones used in Europe? I am on the East coast, and with the help of a really big LW antenna I was hoping to tune broadcasts from across the pond. - FARMERIK

It probably  defaults to 9/1 on LW. The PL-380 does as well. It will tune 1-kHz steps, but if you spin the knob it defaults to 9. I haven't tried but I don't think you can set it to 1/10  as you can on MW.

You'd want the ability to tune in 1-kHz steps. Most European LW BCers use the 9-kHz plan, but there are exceptions. The plan is: 153, 162, 171, 180, 189, 198, 207, 216, 225, 234, 243, 252, 261, 270, 279.

But the Germans Deutschlandradio Kultur - 177, and Radio Europe 1 - 183 are off the beam.

You aren't really on the East Coast, you're more like 85 miles inland. Before you go for a big LW antenna, how many TA MW stations can you hear? From much experience I can tell you that the difference between on the beach and ten miles inland is dramatic. From Canton, CT, about 40 miles farther west than you, I could hear MW TAs in winter, with a long Beverage and a preamp connected to an SP-600, but they were never as strong as they are here on a 23-inch loop + PL-380. From the northern Bahamas I could hear Cuban LW beacons with a barefoot DX-440 that I still haven't heard from home here in Florida. Location, location, location.

Just got around to checking on Google Earth. Turns out that looking at Europe, I'm a little over 10 miles inland, and it's 6 miles to the ocean looking at North Africa. Seems closer when there's a hurricane!

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


Re: Tecsun PL-360 Plug-in Loopsticks-- Huge AM Sensitivity Boosts

Carl DeWhitt
 

It sounds great,Gary ! I will await the results of your experimentation eagerly.It would be great if they made a bandwith selectable DSP ulr that had a plug in loop stick.Something like a PL-380 with a plug in for a loop stick.
73
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville, Tn.

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

Hello All,

The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the smallest Si4734 DSP-chip Ultralights, with
a rather modest stock loopstick. It has fixed 3 kHz DSP selectivity, and
fully enabled soft mute-- similar to the Tecsun PL-300WT/ Grundig G8 models.
But is does one have one stellar quality that is unique among the DSP
Ultralights produced so far-- the loopstick is of a plug-in variety, using a
standard RCA phono plug. The owner can switch to an extremely sensitive 7.5"
Amidon loopstick within a couple of seconds, without doing any "surgery" to
the radio at all.

Today the first Amidon 7.5" plug-in loopstick for the PL-360 was created
here, and it transforms this modest radio into a extremely sensitive DX
chaser, fully equal to the E100 Sliders, 7.5" loopstick PL-380's and other
DXing sensations. Both sensitivity and nulling ability are the equal of any
other modified Ultralight, and the fact that a user can obtain this massive AM
sensitivity boost without any modification to the radio is very exciting.
For domestic DXers who don't usually need 1 kHz DSP selectivity, this radio
may become a dream machine.

The stock 300 uh loopstick coil can easily be replaced with a plug-in
design of the user's choice, and besides the 450 uh type 61 7.5" loopstick model
shown, a medium-sized loopstick (on a different length of type 61 bar)
will shortly be tested out here. The plug-in loopsticks may well make this
model one of the most popular Ultralights for domestic DXers, and an ideal
platform for loopstick experimentation.

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Georgia and South Carolina coast ulr dx sessions,part 3

Carl DeWhitt
 

Gil:
The next time i plan to be in your area,I will let you know.
How do you couple the bogs to your ulrs ? I have a Q-Stick + that should work for that.Do you find the fall to be the best time for the best dx from your area both propagation wise and for the lack of tourists who may get in the way ?
Thanks and 73.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville ,Tn.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "nn4cw" <gilstacy@...> wrote:


Carl and others vacationing in Low Country,

I live 13 miles from Tybee Island. If I can't get out to dx with you, I can lend you my bogs and direct you to a good location to stretch'em out.

73 Gil


Re: PL-360? - FARMERIK

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Farmerik,
 
The PL-360 can tune LW in 1 kHz steps, although this must be done manually, with the tuning knob rotated at a slow rate. When rotated at a fast rate, the tuning knob shifts to the standard 9 kHz step frequencies. In LW the digital tuning functions only work in 9 kHz steps, and there is no distinct "LW" band on the PL-360 (or "LW" selection on the front panel), since the frequencies are simply added to the MW frequencies on the 9 kHz band plan. In this arrangement, the user can tune from 153 kHz all the way up to 1620 kHz in 9 kHz steps. Slowing down the tuning knob rotation can allow the user to tune down to 150 kHz, however. The lack of any "LW" selection on the front panel can mislead new users into thinking the radio lacks LW coverage (even me, originally). 
 
As might be expected, the improved plug-in MW loopsticks also boost up LW performance dramatically over the midget stock loopstick, although I've yet to record detailed "Shootout" results. An LW-band specialist could easily construct an LW-optimized loopstick for great performance on this band, if desired. A dedicated ULR-DXer could even assemble a "tool kit" of serious PL-360 plug-in loopsticks, to use for maximum versatility on both LW and MW.
 
73, Gary   
 
  
 

In a message dated 4/13/2010 12:20:24 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, farmerik@... writes:
 

I noticed in the eBay listing, the 360 only tunes LW in 9kHz. steps. Are these the standard ones used in Europe? I am on the East coast, and with the help of a really big LW antenna I was hoping to tune broadcasts from across the pond. - FARMERIK


Nice package from CKOC, Oldies 1150 :)

Rick Garrett <IndyRick@...>
 

A couple of months ago I logged CKOC, oldies 1150.  Sent them a reception report via email and, quite frankly, forgot about it.

Today, I opened up my mailbox to a very nice veri letter, window clings, air fresheners, and an ice scraper, all with the station logo on them. WAY cool!  I love unexpected surprises like that!

Happy Dxing, everyone!

Rick N9GSU

http://patchworkstringband.com
http://facebook.com/thedulcimerguy
http://twitter.com/indycacher


PL-360? - FARMERIK

Rik
 

I noticed in the eBay listing, the 360 only tunes LW in 9kHz. steps. Are these the standard ones used in Europe? I am on the East coast, and with the help of a really big LW antenna I was hoping to tune broadcasts from across the pond. - FARMERIK


Re: Georgia and South Carolina coast ulr dx sessions,part 3

Gil Stacy
 

Carl and others vacationing in Low Country,

I live 13 miles from Tybee Island. If I can't get out to dx with you, I can lend you my bogs and direct you to a good location to stretch'em out.

73 Gil


Re: Tecsun PL-360 Plug-in Loopsticks-- Huge AM Sensitivity Boosts

john445 <john445@...>
 

I would buy one too!  :)


On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:53 AM, Jeff <jeff@...> wrote:
 



Knowing that mw can be quite good with this little radio, how is fm and sw reception? How does it compare to the 310 and 380 as well as any other small and portable Eton or Degen receivers? It sure looks like an ideal "carry everywhere you go" radio. I have the Degen 1105, Grundig G6, and Eton 100 for small, all around portables along with the Grundig G8. The 360 could be a great addition.
Jeff



--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the smallest Si4734 DSP-chip Ultralights, with
> a rather modest stock loopstick. It has fixed 3 kHz DSP selectivity, and
> fully enabled soft mute-- similar to the Tecsun PL-300WT/ Grundig G8 models.
> But is does one have one stellar quality that is unique among the DSP
> Ultralights produced so far-- the loopstick is of a plug-in variety, using a
> standard RCA phono plug. The owner can switch to an extremely sensitive 7.5"
> Amidon loopstick within a couple of seconds, without doing any "surgery" to
> the radio at all.
>
> Today the first Amidon 7.5" plug-in loopstick for the PL-360 was created
> here, and it transforms this modest radio into a extremely sensitive DX
> chaser, fully equal to the E100 Sliders, 7.5" loopstick PL-380's and other
> DXing sensations. Both sensitivity and nulling ability are the equal of any
> other modified Ultralight, and the fact that a user can obtain this massive AM
> sensitivity boost without any modification to the radio is very exciting.
> For domestic DXers who don't usually need 1 kHz DSP selectivity, this radio
> may become a dream machine.
>
> The stock 300 uh loopstick coil can easily be replaced with a plug-in
> design of the user's choice, and besides the 450 uh type 61 7.5" loopstick model
> shown, a medium-sized loopstick (on a different length of type 61 bar)
> will shortly be tested out here. The plug-in loopsticks may well make this
> model one of the most popular Ultralights for domestic DXers, and an ideal
> platform for loopstick experimentation.
>
> 73 and Good DX,
> Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
>




--
John Mosman
Discover joy in life and savor it everyday
847-350-9566


Re: Georgia and South Carolina coast ulr dx sessions,part 3

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

In all 7 countries were logged in 3 nights on this vacation.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville ,Tn.
Congratulations on all the loggings, Carl. You caught some really good ones for sure!
Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX


The Mystery on 1570

tonyzl <tonyzl@...>
 

Thanks to US ultralighters for input on the station under 100kw XERF on 1570 that is being heard in NZ.

It has been identified as Radio Nueva Q in Lima Peru which is new and has been on since February according to Rafael Rodriguez in Bogota. Cumbia programming is from the FM outlet 107.1 also // 1360 kHz.
Another great logging for me on the PL380.

Rgards,


Tony King
Greytown NZ


Re: question about Grundig G8 volume

Lst.Servs
 

Thanks, Jim! I've never seen this as part of a radio feature set
description; it is such a unique and inventive way to handle volume on
the radio, I'm surprised it's not standard. Indeed, the article
indicates "Most modern home and car stereos use mechanical rotary
encoders for volume"; perhaps we are not talking about the same thing,
or perhaps Grundig's implementation is a bit different in that it freely
rotates in either direction without a positive stop (like a wheel mouse).




-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: question about Grundig G8 volume
From: jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, April 12, 2010 7:46:01 AM



Clarence,

This should explain it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_encoder
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_encoder>

The major consumer portable manufacturers have been slow to adopt DSP.
Sony, which once led the way with synchronous detection, has practically
fallen off the planet. Japanese amateur radio equipment incorporates
DSP, but the other guys haven't caught on. We're all waiting for the
Next Big Thing from China, which is using DSP chips made right here in
the U.S.A.

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ <http://kr1s.kearman.com/>


Re: Tecsun PL-360 Plug-in Loopsticks-- Huge AM Sensitivity Boosts

Jeff <jeff@...>
 

Knowing that mw can be quite good with this little radio, how is fm and sw reception? How does it compare to the 310 and 380 as well as any other small and portable Eton or Degen receivers? It sure looks like an ideal "carry everywhere you go" radio. I have the Degen 1105, Grundig G6, and Eton 100 for small, all around portables along with the Grundig G8. The 360 could be a great addition.
Jeff

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

Hello All,

The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the smallest Si4734 DSP-chip Ultralights, with
a rather modest stock loopstick. It has fixed 3 kHz DSP selectivity, and
fully enabled soft mute-- similar to the Tecsun PL-300WT/ Grundig G8 models.
But is does one have one stellar quality that is unique among the DSP
Ultralights produced so far-- the loopstick is of a plug-in variety, using a
standard RCA phono plug. The owner can switch to an extremely sensitive 7.5"
Amidon loopstick within a couple of seconds, without doing any "surgery" to
the radio at all.

Today the first Amidon 7.5" plug-in loopstick for the PL-360 was created
here, and it transforms this modest radio into a extremely sensitive DX
chaser, fully equal to the E100 Sliders, 7.5" loopstick PL-380's and other
DXing sensations. Both sensitivity and nulling ability are the equal of any
other modified Ultralight, and the fact that a user can obtain this massive AM
sensitivity boost without any modification to the radio is very exciting.
For domestic DXers who don't usually need 1 kHz DSP selectivity, this radio
may become a dream machine.

The stock 300 uh loopstick coil can easily be replaced with a plug-in
design of the user's choice, and besides the 450 uh type 61 7.5" loopstick model
shown, a medium-sized loopstick (on a different length of type 61 bar)
will shortly be tested out here. The plug-in loopsticks may well make this
model one of the most popular Ultralights for domestic DXers, and an ideal
platform for loopstick experimentation.

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Tecsun PL-360 3" Loopstick Testing

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
A medium-sized replacement loopstick for the Tecsun PL-360 was wound on a 3" x 3/8" type 61 Amidon ferrite bar, using 40/44 Litx wire at an inductance of 315 uh (which practically maxed out the length of this shorter bar, making it impractical to add more turns). The loopstick was mounted with rubber shock mounts on a cut piece of plastic carpenter's level, with a Radio Shack 1/8" phone plug to match the stock loopstick jack.
 
Live signal testing of this new loopstick confirms that it boosts the AM sensitivity of the modest PL-360 well past that of either the stock PL-310 or PL-380 on all frequencies from 530-1600 kHz, with excellent nulling qualities. Even though this loopstick is much shorter than the 7.5" long model tested yesterday, it apparently is a huge improvement over any of the stock loopsticks used by Tecsun, and thereby outperforms all of them on the AM band.
 
The total cost of this loopstick upgrade is about $15 in parts, a real bargain considering the increase in AM-DXing capability.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
 
 
 
                                         


Re: Tecsun PL-360 Plug-in Loopsticks-- Huge AM Sensitivity...

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Jeff,
 
Thanks for your interest in the Tecsun PL-360 model.
 
The FM and SW reception capabilities of the PL-360 fall somewhat short of the PL-310 and PL-380 models because of the shorter (by 3") whip antenna. As an Si4734-chip based radio the PL-360 still does have above-average FM reception for its size, however, especially in comparison to non-DSP portables. A detailed "Shootout" on FM and SW will be included in the upcoming PL-360 review, which will give a thorough comparison with these other Tecsun models to benefit potential purchasers.
 
The PL-360 does not have LW coverage or the numeric keypad of the other models, and the fixed 3 kHz DSP selectivity follows the design of the PL-300WT/ G8 units. Except for the plug-in loopstick design the radio would be quite ordinary, but the opportunity to plug in highly sensitive AM replacement loopsticks without any radio modification is unique among the DSP Ultralights. A huge AM sensitivity boost can certainly compensate for a multitude of other shortcomings, especially when the radio is so compact and user-friendly. With a 7.5" loopstick the PL-360 can provide enough thrills to satisfy almost any domestic DXer. 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)    
 
 
 

In a message dated 4/12/2010 10:58:53 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, jeff@... writes:
 



Knowing that mw can be quite good with this little radio, how is fm and sw reception? How does it compare to the 310 and 380 as well as any other small and portable Eton or Degen receivers? It sure looks like an ideal "carry everywhere you go" radio. I have the Degen 1105, Grundig G6, and Eton 100 for small, all around portables along with the Grundig G8. The 360 could be a great addition.
Jeff

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> Hello All,
>
> The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the smallest Si4734 DSP-chip Ultralights, with
> a rather modest stock loopstick. It has fixed 3 kHz DSP selectivity, and
> fully enabled soft mute-- similar to the Tecsun PL-300WT/ Grundig G8 models.
> But is does one have one stellar quality that is unique among the DSP
> Ultralights produced so far-- the loopstick is of a plug-in variety, using a
> standard RCA phono plug. The owner can switch to an extremely sensitive 7.5"
> Amidon loopstick within a couple of seconds, without doing any "surgery" to
> the radio at all.
>
> Today the first Amidon 7.5" plug-in loopstick for the PL-360 was created
> here, and it transforms this modest radio into a extremely sensitive DX
> chaser, fully equal to the E100 Sliders, 7.5" loopstick PL-380's and other
> DXing sensations. Both sensitivity and nulling ability are the equal of any
> other modified Ultralight, and the fact that a user can obtain this massive AM
> sensitivity boost without any modification to the radio is very exciting.
> For domestic DXers who don't usually need 1 kHz DSP selectivity, this radio
> may become a dream machine.
>
> The stock 300 uh loopstick coil can easily be replaced with a plug-in
> design of the user's choice, and besides the 450 uh type 61 7.5" loopstick model
> shown, a medium-sized loopstick (on a different length of type 61 bar)
> will shortly be tested out here. The plug-in loopsticks may well make this
> model one of the most popular Ultralights for domestic DXers, and an ideal
> platform for loopstick experimentation.
>
> 73 and Good DX,
> Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
>


Re: A new station this evening

Rik
 

Great catch!- FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@..., "ferrite61" <dxrx@...> wrote:

Caught a new one for te log tonite just before local sunset. Tuning from 720 upwards I found a religious station on 750kHz at 1935 EDT. Listened for 8 minutes until fade away at 1943 EDT... just barely there another 2-3 minutes, down in the noise-floor. Reception was made using the PL310 in due E-W orientation. Very good RX of "Catholic Answers Live" program taking calls. Also many mentions of Catholic (dot) com. NoID or call-sign. Since 750kHz has limited listings, I looked this up on AMLogBook, and found that WQOR Olyphant, PA is very well matched being an EWTN affiliate. WQOR is Day-only ND and FCC look-up indicates 271 degrees reletive at 215 km. Power is listed at 1600 Watts. I decided to log this as Station #425.

Paul S. in CT


Re: Georgia and South Carolina coast ulr dx sessions,part 3

ferrite61 <dxrx@...>
 

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

Here are a few loggings from Litchfield Beach ,S.C. I did not do much dxing from there.

1620 WDHP Frederiksted ,U.S.V.I. 1945-2006 EDT Caribbean style music.i.d." You are listening to WDHP-AM..U.S. Virgin Islands.good to fair mixing with presumed Cuban and U.S. station.E-100 with SAT.
This one still eludes me after 4 years :( Being in the X-Band I always thought this an easy target, but utility noise always seems about. At Rocky Neck St. Park, its easy at dusk even on a WRX911 barefoot. Haven't gotten this inland 12 miles, though Cuba on many frequencies makes it here.

I have yet to hear this from Maryville ,Tn.
1550 Radio Rebelde Cuba 2019-2029 EDT.fair//670.E-100 barefoot.
Thanks for the tip, I usually get local Disney by day and CBE(?) at night... the Cuba station might squeeze into the CBE null.Will try for this tomorrow night if possible.

1540 ZNS-1 National Voice of the Bahamas 2029-2035 EDT. Carribean style music.i.d."Absolutely no one plays more..AM 1540,The National Voice of The Bahamas"fair-good.E-100 barefoot.
Too much Canada and WDCD, always trying for this one here, and have gotten this at RNSP.

Paul S. in CT comments

In all 7 countries were logged in 3 nights on this vacation.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville ,Tn.