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Re: Local Power Lines and DXing

kevin asato <kc6pob@...>
 


It certainly does.
I have a similar situation in which the utility pole which has power and POTS/xDSL runs in back of my house and does similar. The good thing is that the transformer on the pole was replaced a couple of years ago which took care of some of the noise and arcing due to local salt fog (beach weather!). Still does not clear it all up as my power drop runs diagonal across the yard to the back and middle of the house.
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Sunday, December 6, 2020, 02:46:03 PM PST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Over the weekend we had a small power outage (due to weather). During this time I noticed a real drop in the background noise on the band. Before I could do much testing, the power came back on.

Below is a photo of the power lines outside my house, would this be adding to my issues?



Re: Local Power Lines and DXing

Phillips
 

Hi Paul,

If you need a bit of exercise, tune a radio to a dead frequency and go for a walk around your neighbourhood.

You will find dirty/faulty insulators, poor junctions, plasma TV sets and others; all contributing to QRM.

If you take the radio on a tour inside your house, you might surprise yourself with how much QRM some of your household appliances generate.

At my location in Adelaide, QRM is never below S7 and frequently above S9 unless there is a power outage.  When the power fails, I can pull in just about all SA and many Victorian and Tassie stations in the day time but, when the power is on, I simply give up on any DX.  We've just had 3 days of horrendous winds and not even a single flicker on the mains, very disappointing.


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Sent: Monday, 7 December 2020 9:15 AM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Local Power Lines and DXing
 
Over the weekend we had a small power outage (due to weather). During this time I noticed a real drop in the background noise on the band. Before I could do much testing, the power came back on.

Below is a photo of the power lines outside my house, would this be adding to my issues?



Local Power Lines and DXing

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend we had a small power outage (due to weather). During this time I noticed a real drop in the background noise on the band. Before I could do much testing, the power came back on.

Below is a photo of the power lines outside my house, would this be adding to my issues?



Long Term DX Project - 6/12/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 06/12/2020

 

Time: 6:30 PM  

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes: An early evening session at home. Most signals were down due to the local weather (stormy with some heavy rail).

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

GOOD

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

549

2CR

WEAK

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

594

3WV

GOOD

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

621

3RN

GOOD

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

774

3LO

GOOD

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1053

2CA

POOR

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1179

3RPH

WEAK

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1341

HPON GEELONG

AVERAGE

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

AVERAGE

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1503

3KND

POOR

6/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

 


Re: South Australian DX Loggings - November 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Dan.

I have 7FG on 1161Khz which is 1KW, I will see how I go with nulling it out. I will also check out 963Khz.

On Sun, Dec 6, 2020 at 9:47 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
Good logging's there. The Adelaide one's seem to come in fairly well here too. I'll have to try logging 5CK & 5MV here too.
Some others you may be able to log may be 5SE on 963Khz, A commercial station at Mt Gambier. Where I am it's a battle for supremacy between that one & 2RG Griffith. Depending on how you orientate the radio. 
The other one to try for is 1161Khz 5PA National from Naracoorte 10k. 
Dan.



--
Paul


Re: South Australian DX Loggings - November 2020

Dan Merta
 

Good logging's there. The Adelaide one's seem to come in fairly well here too. I'll have to try logging 5CK & 5MV here too.
Some others you may be able to log may be 5SE on 963Khz, A commercial station at Mt Gambier. Where I am it's a battle for supremacy between that one & 2RG Griffith. Depending on how you orientate the radio. 
The other one to try for is 1161Khz 5PA National from Naracoorte 10k. 
Dan.


Re: AM/MW daytime reception test from Echuca VIC.

Dan Merta
 

That's a good catch. It is an interesting station. It usually comes in here reliably at night. 
And when I was in Sydney in 2011 it boomed in at night as a local strength signal. 

Dan. 


Re: ULR DX Report 12/4/20

Richard Allen
 

Thank you Paul.


On Dec 4, 2020, at 14:00, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Nice log Richard.

On Sat., 5 Dec. 2020, 03:09 Richard Allen via groups.io, <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

I logged the following new station using a barefoot SRF-T615 receiver.


Friday, 4 December 2020

1360 kHz KRKK, Rock Spring WY (1 kW @ 1174 km/730 mi).  Heard at 0217-0251 UTC with an ad for University of Wyoming Cowboy football followed by oldies music and occasional station identifications including “Unforgettable Memories, 1360 KRKK” at 0236.  Signal strength was variable frequently peaking at good.  


Good DX all.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



Re: ULR DX Report 12/4/20

Paul Blundell
 

Nice log Richard.


On Sat., 5 Dec. 2020, 03:09 Richard Allen via groups.io, <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

I logged the following new station using a barefoot SRF-T615 receiver.


Friday, 4 December 2020

1360 kHz KRKK, Rock Spring WY (1 kW @ 1174 km/730 mi).  Heard at 0217-0251 UTC with an ad for University of Wyoming Cowboy football followed by oldies music and occasional station identifications including “Unforgettable Memories, 1360 KRKK” at 0236.  Signal strength was variable frequently peaking at good.  


Good DX all.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



ULR DX Report 12/4/20

Richard Allen
 

I logged the following new station using a barefoot SRF-T615 receiver.


Friday, 4 December 2020

1360 kHz KRKK, Rock Spring WY (1 kW @ 1174 km/730 mi).  Heard at 0217-0251 UTC with an ad for University of Wyoming Cowboy football followed by oldies music and occasional station identifications including “Unforgettable Memories, 1360 KRKK” at 0236.  Signal strength was variable frequently peaking at good.  


Good DX all.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



Re: New Tecsun PL-398

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi,
Peter (DXChannel) has extensively tested the Tecsun PL-390 and also PL-398. The three-part unboxing video can be viewed here: PL-398MP unboxing Part 1


In the forums (DX Skywaves) he has always highlighted this Tecsun model -at least for FM recption- but I know he could get more than decent TA MW stations from Africa, where he is now based (Botswana, I reckon!).

¡Buen DX!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2020 20:24:28 CET, Les Rayburn <les@...> escribió:


I’ve been considering the purchase of the Tecsun PL-398mp DSP so this modification really intrigues me. Can you provide some more details? As the kids say, “Pix or it didn’t happen.” :-) Pictures would be great. 

You mentioned a reception of WJR 760 at 220 miles. Where are you located? How does that compare to the stock perfoilrmance of the radio? 

Details, man! We need details. Just kidding. Grateful for any additional information. 

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 

On Dec 3, 2020, at 11:20 AM, gordrstaples <gordrstaples@...> wrote:

The Tecsun PL390 and PL398mp to me are real winners.  I replaced the internal ferrites with a Russian ferrite rod and the litz wire with 40/44 internally and it really shines on AM band.  I can easily receive clearly wjr 760 in the daytime which is over 220 miles.  




On Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 3:56 PM Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> wrote:
Op 14/11/2020 om 21:53 schreef Marc Coevoet via groups.io:
>
> - Tecsun 390
> - Tecsun 390mp  the one with the mp3 player (not recorder!)

Tecsun 398mp  is the real name ;-)



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Re: New Tecsun PL-398

Les Rayburn
 

I’ve been considering the purchase of the Tecsun PL-398mp DSP so this modification really intrigues me. Can you provide some more details? As the kids say, “Pix or it didn’t happen.” :-) Pictures would be great. 

You mentioned a reception of WJR 760 at 220 miles. Where are you located? How does that compare to the stock perfoilrmance of the radio? 

Details, man! We need details. Just kidding. Grateful for any additional information. 

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 

On Dec 3, 2020, at 11:20 AM, gordrstaples <gordrstaples@...> wrote:

The Tecsun PL390 and PL398mp to me are real winners.  I replaced the internal ferrites with a Russian ferrite rod and the litz wire with 40/44 internally and it really shines on AM band.  I can easily receive clearly wjr 760 in the daytime which is over 220 miles.  




On Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 3:56 PM Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> wrote:
Op 14/11/2020 om 21:53 schreef Marc Coevoet via groups.io:
>
> - Tecsun 390
> - Tecsun 390mp  the one with the mp3 player (not recorder!)

Tecsun 398mp  is the real name ;-)



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Re: New Tecsun PL-398

gordrstaples
 

The Tecsun PL390 and PL398mp to me are real winners.  I replaced the internal ferrites with a Russian ferrite rod and the litz wire with 40/44 internally and it really shines on AM band.  I can easily receive clearly wjr 760 in the daytime which is over 220 miles.  




On Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 3:56 PM Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> wrote:
Op 14/11/2020 om 21:53 schreef Marc Coevoet via groups.io:
>
> - Tecsun 390
> - Tecsun 390mp  the one with the mp3 player (not recorder!)

Tecsun 398mp  is the real name ;-)



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South Australian DX Loggings - November 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Over the past few weeks I have been focusing on logging stations from South Australia, these are all between 1000 - 1300 km away. From my attempts so far, just after our local sun set seems to produce the best results.


FREQ

CALLSIGN

AREA

TYPE

POWER

LOGGED

NOTES

639

5CK

Port Pirie

National

10k

weak

 

729

5RN

Adelaide

National

50k

good

 

891

5AN

Adelaide

National

50k

good

 

1062

5MV

Renmark/Loxton

National

2k

weak

 

1125

5MU

Murray Bridge

Commercial

5k

average

 

1197

5RPH

Adelaide

Community

2k

good

Confirmed via ID and URL

1305

5RN

Renmark/Loxton

National

2k

weak

 

1323

5DN

Adelaide

Commercial

3300

average

 

1395

5AA

Adelaide

Commercial

5k

good

via ad

1476

5MG

Mount Gambier

National

1k

average

ODI cricket broadcast

1539

HPON

Adelaide

HPON

5k

good

Horse racing


https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/12/south-australian-dx-loggings-november.html


Long Term DX Project - 2/12/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 02/12/2020

 

Time: 8:30 PM  

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes: A sunset session at home. Really good signals across the band with only 3KND on 1503kHz being a little down in signal. 2CA on 1053kHz was heard late in the session but had some bad fading at times.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

EXCELLENT

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

549

2CR

AVERAGE

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1053

2CA

AVERAGE

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1179

3RPH

GOOD

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1341

HPON GEELONG

AVERAGE

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

AVERAGE

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1503

3KND

WEAK

2/12/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

 


Re: Future of Radio DXing Hobby

Paul Blundell
 

Very true and something that people have said to me in the past, we love the hobby and it does take us all in different directions.

Paul

On Wed, Dec 2, 2020 at 1:15 PM kevin asato via groups.io <kc6pob=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have to laugh about the term ultralight, Paul!

While the radio itself is shirt pocket sized, the accessories we attach make this not so light at all!. Kind of like making a DX/Contest grade crystal receiver. The receiver starts off at the size of a match box. Let's see. Add a larger coil. Add an impedance matching transformer on the audio section. Add an rf trap or two. And so on and so on until you need a Radio Flyer wagon to carry it all in.

Then again, it's all part of the fun to see what performance can be gained from a small building block.
73,
kevin
kc6pob


On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 03:35:56 PM PST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


The great thing about this hobby is that you can start off with very basic equipment and build on it. A FSL would also be a great help.



--
Paul


Re: Future of Radio DXing Hobby

Gord Seifert
 

On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 06:55 AM, radiojayallen wrote:
.................
Occasionally I find I have to stream something which cannot be received in my local area and I do that out of necessity but streaming gives me no radio excitement.....
FWIW,

Jay

 Hi Jay, 
I agree that it is more interesting to actually receive radio broadcasts over the air. But I have found that I often hear something over the air, that I want to listen to, that is on a station in Los Angeles, or Sacramento or Portland or Boise or someplace else. And of course that is just about the time fading sets in. I have found internet radios (the battery powered Ocean WR336N is the most useful I have found) allow me to pick up those stations as if they were local and I can hear the whole program without any interference or fading. It can save up to 100 stations, much like on a digital radio, and of course there are thousands of other stations available. Dozens of old time radio stations too! All clean and clear at any time of day. I find it interesting to hear what is going on in other areas of the county or even other countries. And it looks and sounds just like a normal old wooden radio. I also use an FM transmitter, but only to broadcast TV sound so that I can hear things like the news anywhere in the house. When I want to broadcast something locally (say an audio book) I use bluetooth. I have a couple of Soundcore Motion Plus bluetooth speakers for stereo and the Eton Field BT works great for mono. I can also connect through the TV or directly to my AV receiver. All via bluetooth. Sometimes I even use an audio cable! Anyway, there are so many new ways to listen to audio that I don't spend much time trying to understand distant, weak, radio broadcasts anymore. But I do have a list of around 90 AM broadcast stations I have identified and can recieve most evenings. And I actually heard a listenable signal from VOA Korea, Udon Thani on 9975 a couple of days back. I'm telling myself that the shortwave bands are coming back with the new sunspot cycle, but I am probably fooling myself.
  Regards,
  Gord


Re: Future of Radio DXing Hobby

kevin asato <kc6pob@...>
 

I have to laugh about the term ultralight, Paul!

While the radio itself is shirt pocket sized, the accessories we attach make this not so light at all!. Kind of like making a DX/Contest grade crystal receiver. The receiver starts off at the size of a match box. Let's see. Add a larger coil. Add an impedance matching transformer on the audio section. Add an rf trap or two. And so on and so on until you need a Radio Flyer wagon to carry it all in.

Then again, it's all part of the fun to see what performance can be gained from a small building block.
73,
kevin
kc6pob


On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 03:35:56 PM PST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


The great thing about this hobby is that you can start off with very basic equipment and build on it. A FSL would also be a great help.


Re: Future of Radio DXing Hobby

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the excellent reply Bruce and your thoughts on where radio is going.

It is great that you had a radio in your classroom and tried to get some students interested. Sadly I don't see this happening much these days. Our hobby is a by-product of the main reason radio broadcasting even exists so our hobby has little pull as far as what the future (whatever that looks like) will be.

Paul

On Wed, Dec 2, 2020 at 11:19 AM Bruce Conti <contiba@...> wrote:
On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 7:11 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
 How seriously do you take the radio hobby? Do you see yourself taking on a more active / driving role in the future? Where do you see the radio hobby in 10 – 20 years’ time...

I'm primarily a silent member (or "lurker" as some might say) in the Ultralight group.  However, I am an active hard-core medium wave broadcast DX'er.  I'm also 62 years old, therefore part of the aging demographic in the radio hobby.  As a hard-core DX'er and radio enthusiast, I've done my best to support the hobby as the international DX columnist for NRC DX News, a former broadcast columnist for Popular Communications, building a broadcast DX website from scratch at the html/css code level, participating in DX'peditions, and experimenting with antennas leading to the development of the SuperLoop.  Yup, that's me, an all-in kinda guy.  Been doing this since 1970 or thereabouts, when I built my first crystal radio.  The only radio station it received was XERB broadcasting Wolfman Jack.  My first DX receiver was a Heathkit SW-717.  First hard-core DX receiver was the Sony ICF-2010 with the Kiwa filter upgrade.

I have tried to inspire youngsters to enter the radio hobby by highlighting the many benefits such as development of a career in electronics, learning computer languages, and study of earth sciences including solar activity and the ionosphere.  As a 5th grade math and science teacher years ago, I set up a shortwave radio in the classroom with a simple random wire antenna hanging out the window.  Caught the interest of many students, but one I remember in particular was so excited to listen to the WWV clock.

Still, these days it's a tough sell.  Why listen to static when it's much easier to listen to a clear feed on the internet, on a smart speaker, or via a phone app?  Besides, nobody really listens to radio in the home anymore.  Take a walk through the neighborhood early in the morning or in the evening, and notice how the overwhelming majority if not all homes have a TV on.  Not like I remember growing up, when my parents would always have the radio on during breakfast, listening for news, traffic, weather, and music, before heading out.  Back then, the only thing on TV in the morning was Romper Room, Captain Kangaroo, and cartoon reruns.  Now everyone gets news, traffic, and weather on TV in the morning.  I also remember when everyone my age was listening to Top 40 music on AM radio.  What remains on AM radio now besides right wingnut talk, sports talk, oldies music, and too many commercials?  No new music to capture the interest of young people on AM radio today.  FM radio isn't doing much better either.  There's so much money involved with broadcasting these days, it seems beyond repair.  So sad.

Currently I'm 100% an SDR receiver DX'er.  Can't beat the advantage of overnight automated top of the hour recording of the entire medium wave broadcast band, to later tune around at my own convenience.  SDR receivers might be a glimmer of hope for the radio hobby too, as the technology has many applications beyond AM/FM and amateur radio.  73 and Good DX!

--
Bruce Conti
B.A.Conti Photography www.baconti.com
¡BAMLog! www.bamlog.com



--
Paul


Selling a Brand New Tecsun PL880

Alfred Rugel <rugelj2002@...>
 
Edited

I have a brand new Tecsun PL-880 purchased 3 1/2 weeks ago for a family
member as a gift which did not work out.  Bought from Miss Anna at Anon.
Latest firmware 8820.  Asking $149.00 with free shipping in 48 States.              Paypal F&F OK.  Personal Email.........rugelj2002@..........Alfred  W6JHO  Santa Clara CA

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