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Re: Fry's sale on CCrane Antenna

Larry Fravel
 

They don't even show any availability in WV.
 
Larry K8YYY
 
 
 
 


Re: Ferrite rod quality- Question for Gary DeBock, and fav...

Nick Hall-Patch
 

Do you know the Pacific Asian Log, Stephen? It will tell you pretty much anything you need to know about such stations.

It can be found at http://www.radioheritage.net/PAL.asp and there is a downloadable pdf.

Nick

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stephen" <pianoplayer88key@...> wrote:

Now... where can I find a comparable list of Australian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. stations from the west side of the Pacific Ocean? I have a lot of local pests here, so being able to have multiple frequencies to choose from (upper frequencies generally work better for me at night) would help. I will say Gary DeBock's efforts are good, but knowing transmitter powers, directional antenna patterns (if a station's 250kW but mostly aimed west, I may as well not try for it, but if a station's 25kW and aimed east or northeast and far enough away from domestic pests, it may be something to try), formats, etc, would help. :)


Fry's sale on CCrane Antenna

Jeff <jeff@...>
 

Fry's is clearing out the C. CRANE AM TWIN COIL at $19.95, which is 80% off. The catch is that you must order online and pick up in the store. I live in Madison, Wisconsin and don't have a Fry's anywhere close so I called the Anaheim store and a couple others. They all refused to let me order and pay a little extra to have it shipped. If you have been looking for this antenna, here is you chance to get it for a steal. If there is anyone out there who would be willing to pick one up and ship it to me, that would be wonderful. I would send you the cost of the item plus what it would cost for shipping and handling. The folks in the store told me that the antenna was being cleared out and would not be back in stock so when they are gone, there gone.
Please let me know if anyone has had success in the purchase of this item or if you might be willing to help me secure one for my radios.
The link is:
http://www.frys.com/product/4633338?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Stores:
http://www.frys.com/ac/storelocator/index.jsp

Thanks,
Jeff


Re: New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)

lrdheat
 

Given that Universal Radio descibed the 450DLX as analog (yet the closeup picture of it's keys says PLL synthesized), I wonder if it is indeed dual conversion! Still sounds very much like the RP2100...not saying anything bad about the 2100, just that I fear that it is not much of a "new" offering to swl's. Here's hoping that it will be a great offering!
 
I note the EXACT same words describing the 350DL concerning that the set would be great for the am dx enthusiast was used for the 450DLX.
 
Heatwave
 


--- On Sun, 8/15/10, Powell E. Way III wrote:

From: Powell E. Way III
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2010, 2:20 PM

 
The 2100 is NOT dual conversion.

Powell
 
NNNN
POP email is powell at backroads DOT net



From: Richard Berler


The decription says analog with digital display, yet, I see the enlarged picture of the keys has the caption PLL synthesized...also having memories would seem to be difficult on an analog...looks like the GRUNDIG take on the RP-2100.
 
Heatwave

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Re: Fry's sale on CCrane Antenna

dypete
 

David......
 
The same hold true for me.
 
Please let me know.
 
73!
Pete
KB2DY
 
Peter Giacopelli
"Carpe Diem"
"Seize the day"
"It's OK to think about what you want(ed) to do but it's time to do what you were meant to do."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards" - Søren Kierkegaard
"Nature does nothing uselessly" Aristotle
"Improvise, Adapt, Overcome" movie " Heartbreak Ridge"
"Remember, Progress not perfection!"
“Success is not something to wait for : it is something to work for.”
"The best way to help yourself is to help someone else"
 
In a message dated 8/15/2010 6:28:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jeff@... writes:

 

David,

The Anaheim store had eight in stock yesterday and the Woodland Hills Store had four. I called both stores and verified that they had them in stock and they did but would not send one out. If you find that they have several I would pay you to pick one up for me. If not, let us know that you were successful.
Best of luck,
Jeff


Re: Awards Question - does it matter where you listen?

zak11527
 

Thank you Robert, this is exactly what I needed to understand better. I appreciate your response.

Sincerely, Mark Tran

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Robert S.Ross VA3SW" <va3sw@...> wrote:

zak11527 wrote:


I have been working on my first one hundred since mid July when I
bought Tecsun's awesome little PL-380 and a R-9012.

Soon I am heading up to Osoyoos, BC and will take the radios to see
what we can pull in around the Canadian Okanagan Valley. For the
purposes of the awards can I log and count stations that I receive up
there, or only from my homebase in Puyallup, WA? Right now I have
received about 96 stations from WA, ID, OR, CA, NV, UT, BC, ALBERTA,
SAS and one from Tecate, MX. Most have been on the PL-380 without an
antenna.

Thanks in advance for your answers and for this great group, it has
been a great source for a novice like me.

Sincerely,

Mark Tran
Puyallup, WA

Hello Mark:

For Awards purposes we would like to keep the Stations heard within a
certain geographical area. Once you start getting away from home too
far....everything starts to change reception wise. The Local Stations
change and with that interference changes as well. Different areas yield
different stations for a variety of reasons. What you count in your
logbook is fine, but if submitting it for Awards......the general rule
of thumb is to keep all listening within a 25 Mile Radius of your home.
This leaves you room to DX in your Car to and from work for instance, or
to go to a nearby high hill or cliff , or to just get away from the
Local Man made noise at home. A 25 Mile Radius is basically a 50 Mile
Circle around your home base.

If you do a lot of DXing from another location that is MORE than 25
Miles from home....it may be best to keep a separate log from there as
well. Most of what I have said refers mainly to DOMESTIC DXing. If you
are keeping track of Trans Pacifics or Caribbean DX, or Trans
Atlantics......moving around a little may not have as much bearing on
what you hear at other locations....or then again it just may!!

So......please try to keep all Award submission loggings within the 25
Mile Radius.

Hope this helps explain what we're trying to do here ........

73...ROB VA3SW (For the ULR Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)

Powell
 

The 2100 is NOT dual conversion.

Powell
 
NNNN
POP email is powell at backroads DOT net



From: Richard Berler


The decription says analog with digital display, yet, I see the enlarged picture of the keys has the caption PLL synthesized...also having memories would seem to be difficult on an analog...looks like the GRUNDIG take on the RP-2100.
 
Heatwave

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Re: Awards Question - does it matter where you listen?

robert ross
 

zak11527 wrote:
 

I have been working on my first one hundred since mid July when I bought Tecsun's awesome little PL-380 and a R-9012.

Soon I am heading up to Osoyoos, BC and will take the radios to see what we can pull in around the Canadian Okanagan Valley. For the purposes of the awards can I log and count stations that I receive up there, or only from my homebase in Puyallup, WA? Right now I have received about 96 stations from WA, ID, OR, CA, NV, UT, BC, ALBERTA, SAS and one from Tecate, MX. Most have been on the PL-380 without an antenna.

Thanks in advance for your answers and for this great group, it has been a great source for a novice like me.

Sincerely,

Mark Tran
Puyallup, WA



Hello Mark:

   For Awards purposes we would like to keep the Stations heard within a certain geographical area. Once you start getting away from home too far....everything starts to change reception wise. The Local Stations change and with that interference changes as well. Different areas yield different stations for a variety of reasons. What you count in your logbook is fine, but if submitting it for Awards......the general rule of thumb is to keep all listening within a 25 Mile Radius of your home. This leaves you room to DX in your Car to and from work for instance, or to go to a nearby high hill or cliff , or to just get away from the Local Man made noise at home. A 25 Mile Radius is basically a 50 Mile Circle around your home base.

If you do a lot of DXing from another location that is MORE than 25 Miles from home....it may be best to keep a separate log from there as well. Most of what I have said refers mainly to DOMESTIC DXing. If you are keeping track of Trans Pacifics or Caribbean DX, or Trans Atlantics......moving around a little may not have as much bearing on what you hear at other locations....or then again it just may!!

So......please try to keep all Award submission loggings within the 25 Mile Radius.

Hope this helps explain what we're trying to do here ........

73...ROB VA3SW (For the ULR Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Awards Question - does it matter where you listen?

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Mark,
 
Thanks for the detailed answer, Rob, and I hope that you are now ready to jump into the Ultralight Awards Program, Mark!
 
It's great to have another ULR group member here in Puyallup, in addition to Guy Atkins and me. If you need any assistance in fanatical loop antennas or loopstick modifications, Mark, you certainly live in the right place!! Enjoy your visit to Osoyoos, and if you care to chase TP's with your PL-380 later this fall, there are several extra PVC tuned passive loops here that would really boost up your chances (and that would be free for the asking). Have fun, and Rob and I will be only too eager to make out some nice awards for you, after you pile up the DX!!
 
73, Gary DeBock (N7EKX)
Puyallup, WA
 
 
 
In a message dated 8/15/2010 12:20:40 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, va3sw@... writes:

 

zak11527 wrote:

 

I have been working on my first one hundred since mid July when I bought Tecsun's awesome little PL-380 and a R-9012.

Soon I am heading up to Osoyoos, BC and will take the radios to see what we can pull in around the Canadian Okanagan Valley. For the purposes of the awards can I log and count stations that I receive up there, or only from my homebase in Puyallup, WA? Right now I have received about 96 stations from WA, ID, OR, CA, NV, UT, BC, ALBERTA, SAS and one from Tecate, MX. Most have been on the PL-380 without an antenna.

Thanks in advance for your answers and for this great group, it has been a great source for a novice like me.

Sincerely,

Mark Tran
Puyallup, WA



Hello Mark:

   For Awards purposes we would like to keep the Stations heard within a certain geographical area. Once you start getting away from home too far....everything starts to change reception wise. The Local Stations change and with that interference changes as well. Different areas yield different stations for a variety of reasons. What you count in your logbook is fine, but if submitting it for Awards......the general rule of thumb is to keep all listening within a 25 Mile Radius of your home. This leaves you room to DX in your Car to and from work for instance, or to go to a nearby high hill or cliff , or to just get away from the Local Man made noise at home. A 25 Mile Radius is basically a 50 Mile Circle around your home base.

If you do a lot of DXing from another location that is MORE than 25 Miles from home....it may be best to keep a separate log from there as well. Most of what I have said refers mainly to DOMESTIC DXing. If you are keeping track of Trans Pacifics or Caribbean DX, or Trans Atlantics......moving around a little may not have as much bearing on what you hear at other locations....or then again it just may!!

So......please try to keep all Award submission loggings within the 25 Mile Radius.

Hope this helps explain what we're trying to do here ........

73...ROB VA3SW (For the ULR Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Awards Question - does it matter where you listen?

zak11527
 

I have been working on my first one hundred since mid July when I bought Tecsun's awesome little PL-380 and a R-9012.

Soon I am heading up to Osoyoos, BC and will take the radios to see what we can pull in around the Canadian Okanagan Valley. For the purposes of the awards can I log and count stations that I receive up there, or only from my homebase in Puyallup, WA? Right now I have received about 96 stations from WA, ID, OR, CA, NV, UT, BC, ALBERTA, SAS and one from Tecate, MX. Most have been on the PL-380 without an antenna.

Thanks in advance for your answers and for this great group, it has been a great source for a novice like me.

Sincerely,

Mark Tran
Puyallup, WA


Re: Confusion ! Sangean not know to Roberts.

Michael Evans - Mike MBR <michaelrae65@...>
 

Take care Brian. I'll leave it there. Mike MBR UK.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "brian nsl" <brian.nsl@...> wrote:

Mike,
Thank you for the comments.
As you quote telephoning anywhere these days is a lottery, it is rare to get a human to answer,
when you do it is still difficult to extract information hi!
My enquiries to the US about a Sangean DT 400 W was met with either, ' we don't ship outside the USA ',
' it would be pointless as the radio would not work in the UK ' or the single one who quoted a price of $59
with $90 carriage from Canada !!!!
Certainly ' badge engineering ' is rife these days in all commodities.
Regards,
Brian.
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Evans - Mike MBR
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 10:23 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: For Robert read Sangean read confusion ! Sangean not know to Roberts.


Off topic Question - Toroid winding

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

for a number of years I have used my own 9:1 baluns based on some of the articles written by John Bryant. These have opposite windings and seem to do pretty good up to about 10 mhz. However, I want to wind some that will cover as much of mf / hf as possible. So, heres my question, how do I find out the turns count on a trifilar common ground winding. I have some FT 114-43's to hand and a T-200-2 ( although I know this isnt going to be much use below say 2 mhz).

Any help or suggestions on or maybe off list would be very gratefully received


Paul


Re: Ferrite rod quality- Question for Gary DeBock, and fav...

Laurence Mann
 

Hi Stephen,

I'm in Perth Western Australia and I wish I had heard any of the stations you listed. My brother Tony, also in Perth, may well have received some of these stations (I'm still checking that).

As far as Australia goes, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) maintains station databases. For MW lists please see their July 2010 list:
http://www.acma.gov.au/webwr/_assets/main/lib100059/radio_3.pdf

You are correct; the maximum power is 50 kW and these ones are owned by our national broadcaster the ABC in both capital cities and major regional centres. Commercial MW stations in Australia are typically 5kW or less.

Good luck with your overseas DX attempts.

Best regards,
Laurie Mann
Perth, Western Australia.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stephen" <pianoplayer88key@...> wrote:

I've noticed that at least here in the USA (I have yet to log any overseas stations, unless you count logging Santa Barbara, CA in San Diego, CA, due to the curve of the coastline as "overseas"), the upper band frequencies seem to have better signals. For example, the farthest station I can hear consistently at night from near San Diego, CA, is 1520 KOKC in Oklahoma City, OK.
Is Australia limited to 50kW on mediumwave like the USA is, or are some Australian stations allowed higher transmitter power?

Also, all this talk of us here in the US hearing various Australian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. stations, has gotten me curious. What stations from the USA, Canada or Mexico can you guys hear over in your part of the world? I'll list a few stations that either are fairly powerful, or use directional antennas aimed west (or thereabouts)... have you over there heard any of these? (Transmitter powers given are for nighttime operation where applicable (or when not specified what time of day), although I will also list some daytime powers when they are much higher or directional aimed west or thereabouts, due to the fact that there still may be skip heading west in the early morning (west coast USA) hours.)
580 KMJ Fresno, CA - 50kW directional aimed west fulltime (24/7) - news/talk
640 KFI Los Angeles, CA - 50kW non-directional 24/7 - news/talk
670 KIRN Simi Valley, CA - 3kW directional aimed south (has had CP for 35kW for a while, don't know if it's active or cancelled; currently 5kW daytime with a similar pattern) - Iranian language format, I think
680 KNBR San Francisco, CA - 50kW non-directional - sports (San Francisco Giants baseball)
710 KSPN Los Angeles, CA - 10kW directional aimed south/southwest (50kW non-directional daytime) - sports (ESPN)
720 KDWN Las Vegas, NV - 50kW directional aimed west/southwest in a wide pattern (non-directional daytime) - talk
750 KXL Portland, OR - 20kW directional with one of the lobes aimed southwest (50kW daytime, slightly different pattern)
760 KFMB San Diego, CA - 50kW directional aimed west/southwest (5kW non-directional daytime so it would be a much tougher catch if it's past sunrise here in San Diego) (a little more NNW/SSE than WSW), wide pattern - talk
830 KLAA Orange, CA - 20kW directional aimed southwest (50kW non-directional daytime) - sports (baseball - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, otherwise sometimes a parallel of 710 KSPN)
840 KXNT North Las Vegas, NV - 25kW directional aimed southwest (also has a lobe aimed north, as well as two minor east/west lobes; 50kW similar pattern daytime) - talk
860 XEMO Tijuana, BCN - 7.5kW directional aimed somewhat southwest - Spanish
860 KTRB San Francisco, CA - 50kW directional aimed west - news/talk? (I don't hear that station from here due to XEMO being a local for me)
890 KDXU St. George, UT - 10kW directional, wide pattern aimed west/southwest - news/talk
910 KNEW Oakland, CA - 5kW directional aimed slightly counter-clockwise of west (20kW daytime aimed more west/southwest) - unknown format (I have a local on the same channel, mentioned below)
910 KECR El Cajon, CA - 5kW directional aimed more southwest - religious (Family Radio)
940 KYNO Fresno, CA - 50kW directional aimed mostly west (but slightly more NNW and SSW than west) - talk
1000 KOMO Seattle, WA - 50kW directional aimed SSW/NNE - news/talk
1020 KTNQ Los Angeles, CA - 50kW directional, somewhat narrow lobe aimed slightly counter-clockwise of due west - Spanish
1050 KTCT San Mateo, CA - 10kW directional, has a partial lobe aimed south/southwest (50kW daytime, aimed mostly west/northwest but some of the lobe also does point southwest) - sports (sister station to 680 KNBR, not sure if it's a parallel though)
1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA - 50kW non-directional - news (carries a talk show or two on the weekends if I remember correctly)
1100 KFAX San Francisco, CA - 50kW directional, mostly aimed northwest, some portion of the lobe does go southwest
1110 KDIS Pasadena, CA - 20kW directional aimed west/southwest (50kW daytime, more ESE/WNW but does't really have any deep nulls in any direction) - pop music (Radio Disney)
1130 KSDO San Diego, CA - 10kW directional aimed southwest - Spanish religious (Radio Nueva Vida)
1130 KRDU Dinuba, CA - 6.2kW directional aimed west - religious
1140 KNWQ Palm Springs, CA - 2.5kW directional aimed southwest (10kW daytime) - news/talk
1140 KYDZ North Las Vegas, NV - 2.5kW directional aimed southwest (but with a much narrower lobe than KNWQ) - music (similar to Radio Disney but not on the same network)
1150 KTLK Los Angeles, CA - 44kW directional aimed slightly counter-clockwise (CCW) of west (50kW daytime) - talk
1160 KSL Salt Lake City, UT - 50kW non-directional - news/talk
1170 KLOK San Jose, CA - 5kW directional, wide pattern aimed west (although a little more NNW/SSW) - probably Spanish IIRC
1170 KCBQ San Diego, CA - 2.9kW directional aimed southwest (50kW same direction with a slightly narrower lobe during local daytime hours) - talk
1180 KERN Wasco-Greeenacres, CA - 10kW directional, center of wide lobe pointed southwest (50kW daytime, has a fairly wide lobe aimed southwest) - talk
1190 KEX Portland, OR - 50kW directional, some west, slightly more NNW/SSW (non-directional daytime)
1210 KPRZ San Marcos-Poway, CA - 10kW directional mostly south (has CP for 30kW slightly more SSW; is 20kW daytime) - mostly religious
1260 KGIL Beverly Hills, CA - 7.5kW directional aimed south/southwest (20kW daytime but mostly favors areas to the east)
1290 KKDD San Bernardino, CA - 5kW directional aimed southwest - music (Radio Disney)
1310 KMKY Oakland, CA - 5kW directional aimed west/southwest - music (Radio Disney)
1320 KCTC Sacramento, CA - 5kW directional, one of the lobes does aim southwest
1330 KWKW Los Angeles, CA - 5kW directional, one of the lobes aimes west - spanish (Sports?)
1370 KWRM Corona, CA - 2.5kW directional aimed southwest
1390 KLTX Long Beach, CA - 3.6kW directional, one of the lobes somewhat aimed southwest - Spanish religious (Radio Nueva Vida). Note that XEKT Tecate, BCN, is also on this frequency with, I believe, 5kW or 10kW, even though it's listed as being on 1380 on some websites and databases.
1410 KCAL Redlands, CA - 4kW directional aimed south/southwest - Spanish
1430 KMRB San Gabriel, CA - 9.8kW directional aimed southwest (50kW daytime aimed more west) - Asian language
1480 KVNR Santa Ana, CA - 5kW directional aimed southwest - Asian language
1500 KSJX San Jose, CA - 5kW directional, wide lobe aimed west/southwest
1530 KFBK Sacramento, CA - 50kW directional mostly north/south - news/talk
1540 KMPC Los Angeles, CA - 37kW directional aimed mostly south/southwest (50kW daytime, also has lobes in other directions) - Asian language
1560 KNZR Bakersfield, CA - 10kW with a semi-minor lobe aimed west/southwest (25kW non-directional daytime)
1580 KBLA Santa Monica, CA - 50kW aimed west/southwest (aimed more south daytime) - Spanish
1580 KMIK Tempe, AZ - 50kW aimed a little more southwest with a narrower lobe than KBLA (non-directional daytime) - music (Radio Disney). (As far as I know, KBLA and KMIK are the two closest co-channel stations geographically to both have 50kW nighttime authorization.)
1670 KHPY Moreno Valley, CA - 9kW mostly aimed southwest (10kW daytime, similar pattern) - Spanish
1700 XEPE Tecate, BCN - 10kW (not sure if it's directional aimed west or non-directional - sports (San Diego Padres baseball). Usually parallel of 50kW 1090 XEPRS Rosarito, BCN (which isn't listed above due to a deep null over the Pacific), but does occasionally carry its own programming, one being mid mornings 9am to noon local (Pacific) time.

That actually isn't a comprehensive list, but maybe something on that list can be heard there.
Now... where can I find a comparable list of Australian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. stations from the west side of the Pacific Ocean? I have a lot of local pests here, so being able to have multiple frequencies to choose from (upper frequencies generally work better for me at night) would help. I will say Gary DeBock's efforts are good, but knowing transmitter powers, directional antenna patterns (if a station's 250kW but mostly aimed west, I may as well not try for it, but if a station's 25kW and aimed east or northeast and far enough away from domestic pests, it may be something to try), formats, etc, would help. :)


--- In ultralightdx@..., "lmann98" <lmann98@> wrote:



Thanks Nick.

You are right, 6WA Wagin on 558 kHz (it is 50 kW) is a much better bet for avoiding US domestic frequencies. The transmitter is about 120 miles SE of where I am and is a powerhouse, being local strength here in Perth on any decent MW portable. 6DL-531 (at Dalwallinu) is only 10kW; you might also try 6RN-1296 also 10 kW and also in Dawallinu (approx 150 miles NNE of Perth).

Best regards from Perth,
Laurie Mann

--- In ultralightdx@..., "nhpdxr" <nhp@> wrote:

Unfortunately, both 720 and 810 are domestic frequencies here in North America, Laurie, though I seem to recall that 720 has been heard on a DXpedition.

I wonder if 6WA on 558 would be our best bet, being 50 kw? Both it and 6DL-531 were heard at home in Victoria, BC, using an umamplified loop antenna with a heavily modified National HRO (NOT ultralight!) back in the '80s. But down under conditions seemed much better in those days.

best wishes,

Nick




--- In ultralightdx@..., "lmann98" <lmann98@> wrote:









Thanks guys for the feedback.

I must defer to my brother Tony Mann who has logged Bermuda in Perth using a large loop (4 x 3 m) and an ICOM R75 at his home QTH in Perth as reported by Glenn Hauser in 2006 http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld6056.txt

I'd imagine a big gun target from Perth for the West Coast US would be our local ABC station 720 ABC (formerly 6WF) on 720 kHz. It runs 50kW 24/7, omnidirectional from Hamersley in the northern suburbs of Perth, 14 km from the CBD. As far as I know this is the highest power MW station in Perth. Next would probably be another ABC station 810RN (Radio National 810 kHz) at 10kW.


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

Hello Laurie, Billy and Mike,

Thanks for sharing the details of your brother's reception of various North
American AM stations, Laurie. Concerning the opposite direction, the
reception of Perth AM stations on the west coast of North America is also
difficult, but it has been accomplished by DXers using communication receivers
and beverage antennas at our local Grayland, WA DXpedition site. This "gray
line" long distance propagation doesn't occur very often, though.

I'm pretty sure that no west coast Ultralight DXer has ever received a
Perth, Australia AM station, even with monster antennas. The closest station
to Perth that John Bryant and I have managed to receive is 891-5AN in
Adelaide, South Australia, a "big gun" that is quite an easy catch on west coast
ULR's. It produced a vibrant signal for me last month during the Oregon
beach DXpedition (on a 7.5" loopstick PL-380 and 3' portable loop), and is
usually notable for the lack of any west coast domestic splatter anywhere near
the frequency (at least in the Washington/ Oregon area)
_http://www.mediafire.com/?7024pszgdr8vs4o_ (http://www.mediafire.com/?7024pszgdr8vs4o) .

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Ferrite rod quality- Question for Gary DeBock, and fav...

pianoplayer88key
 

I've noticed that at least here in the USA (I have yet to log any overseas stations, unless you count logging Santa Barbara, CA in San Diego, CA, due to the curve of the coastline as "overseas"), the upper band frequencies seem to have better signals. For example, the farthest station I can hear consistently at night from near San Diego, CA, is 1520 KOKC in Oklahoma City, OK.
Is Australia limited to 50kW on mediumwave like the USA is, or are some Australian stations allowed higher transmitter power?

Also, all this talk of us here in the US hearing various Australian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. stations, has gotten me curious. What stations from the USA, Canada or Mexico can you guys hear over in your part of the world? I'll list a few stations that either are fairly powerful, or use directional antennas aimed west (or thereabouts)... have you over there heard any of these? (Transmitter powers given are for nighttime operation where applicable (or when not specified what time of day), although I will also list some daytime powers when they are much higher or directional aimed west or thereabouts, due to the fact that there still may be skip heading west in the early morning (west coast USA) hours.)
580 KMJ Fresno, CA - 50kW directional aimed west fulltime (24/7) - news/talk
640 KFI Los Angeles, CA - 50kW non-directional 24/7 - news/talk
670 KIRN Simi Valley, CA - 3kW directional aimed south (has had CP for 35kW for a while, don't know if it's active or cancelled; currently 5kW daytime with a similar pattern) - Iranian language format, I think
680 KNBR San Francisco, CA - 50kW non-directional - sports (San Francisco Giants baseball)
710 KSPN Los Angeles, CA - 10kW directional aimed south/southwest (50kW non-directional daytime) - sports (ESPN)
720 KDWN Las Vegas, NV - 50kW directional aimed west/southwest in a wide pattern (non-directional daytime) - talk
750 KXL Portland, OR - 20kW directional with one of the lobes aimed southwest (50kW daytime, slightly different pattern)
760 KFMB San Diego, CA - 50kW directional aimed west/southwest (5kW non-directional daytime so it would be a much tougher catch if it's past sunrise here in San Diego) (a little more NNW/SSE than WSW), wide pattern - talk
830 KLAA Orange, CA - 20kW directional aimed southwest (50kW non-directional daytime) - sports (baseball - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, otherwise sometimes a parallel of 710 KSPN)
840 KXNT North Las Vegas, NV - 25kW directional aimed southwest (also has a lobe aimed north, as well as two minor east/west lobes; 50kW similar pattern daytime) - talk
860 XEMO Tijuana, BCN - 7.5kW directional aimed somewhat southwest - Spanish
860 KTRB San Francisco, CA - 50kW directional aimed west - news/talk? (I don't hear that station from here due to XEMO being a local for me)
890 KDXU St. George, UT - 10kW directional, wide pattern aimed west/southwest - news/talk
910 KNEW Oakland, CA - 5kW directional aimed slightly counter-clockwise of west (20kW daytime aimed more west/southwest) - unknown format (I have a local on the same channel, mentioned below)
910 KECR El Cajon, CA - 5kW directional aimed more southwest - religious (Family Radio)
940 KYNO Fresno, CA - 50kW directional aimed mostly west (but slightly more NNW and SSW than west) - talk
1000 KOMO Seattle, WA - 50kW directional aimed SSW/NNE - news/talk
1020 KTNQ Los Angeles, CA - 50kW directional, somewhat narrow lobe aimed slightly counter-clockwise of due west - Spanish
1050 KTCT San Mateo, CA - 10kW directional, has a partial lobe aimed south/southwest (50kW daytime, aimed mostly west/northwest but some of the lobe also does point southwest) - sports (sister station to 680 KNBR, not sure if it's a parallel though)
1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA - 50kW non-directional - news (carries a talk show or two on the weekends if I remember correctly)
1100 KFAX San Francisco, CA - 50kW directional, mostly aimed northwest, some portion of the lobe does go southwest
1110 KDIS Pasadena, CA - 20kW directional aimed west/southwest (50kW daytime, more ESE/WNW but does't really have any deep nulls in any direction) - pop music (Radio Disney)
1130 KSDO San Diego, CA - 10kW directional aimed southwest - Spanish religious (Radio Nueva Vida)
1130 KRDU Dinuba, CA - 6.2kW directional aimed west - religious
1140 KNWQ Palm Springs, CA - 2.5kW directional aimed southwest (10kW daytime) - news/talk
1140 KYDZ North Las Vegas, NV - 2.5kW directional aimed southwest (but with a much narrower lobe than KNWQ) - music (similar to Radio Disney but not on the same network)
1150 KTLK Los Angeles, CA - 44kW directional aimed slightly counter-clockwise (CCW) of west (50kW daytime) - talk
1160 KSL Salt Lake City, UT - 50kW non-directional - news/talk
1170 KLOK San Jose, CA - 5kW directional, wide pattern aimed west (although a little more NNW/SSW) - probably Spanish IIRC
1170 KCBQ San Diego, CA - 2.9kW directional aimed southwest (50kW same direction with a slightly narrower lobe during local daytime hours) - talk
1180 KERN Wasco-Greeenacres, CA - 10kW directional, center of wide lobe pointed southwest (50kW daytime, has a fairly wide lobe aimed southwest) - talk
1190 KEX Portland, OR - 50kW directional, some west, slightly more NNW/SSW (non-directional daytime)
1210 KPRZ San Marcos-Poway, CA - 10kW directional mostly south (has CP for 30kW slightly more SSW; is 20kW daytime) - mostly religious
1260 KGIL Beverly Hills, CA - 7.5kW directional aimed south/southwest (20kW daytime but mostly favors areas to the east)
1290 KKDD San Bernardino, CA - 5kW directional aimed southwest - music (Radio Disney)
1310 KMKY Oakland, CA - 5kW directional aimed west/southwest - music (Radio Disney)
1320 KCTC Sacramento, CA - 5kW directional, one of the lobes does aim southwest
1330 KWKW Los Angeles, CA - 5kW directional, one of the lobes aimes west - spanish (Sports?)
1370 KWRM Corona, CA - 2.5kW directional aimed southwest
1390 KLTX Long Beach, CA - 3.6kW directional, one of the lobes somewhat aimed southwest - Spanish religious (Radio Nueva Vida). Note that XEKT Tecate, BCN, is also on this frequency with, I believe, 5kW or 10kW, even though it's listed as being on 1380 on some websites and databases.
1410 KCAL Redlands, CA - 4kW directional aimed south/southwest - Spanish
1430 KMRB San Gabriel, CA - 9.8kW directional aimed southwest (50kW daytime aimed more west) - Asian language
1480 KVNR Santa Ana, CA - 5kW directional aimed southwest - Asian language
1500 KSJX San Jose, CA - 5kW directional, wide lobe aimed west/southwest
1530 KFBK Sacramento, CA - 50kW directional mostly north/south - news/talk
1540 KMPC Los Angeles, CA - 37kW directional aimed mostly south/southwest (50kW daytime, also has lobes in other directions) - Asian language
1560 KNZR Bakersfield, CA - 10kW with a semi-minor lobe aimed west/southwest (25kW non-directional daytime)
1580 KBLA Santa Monica, CA - 50kW aimed west/southwest (aimed more south daytime) - Spanish
1580 KMIK Tempe, AZ - 50kW aimed a little more southwest with a narrower lobe than KBLA (non-directional daytime) - music (Radio Disney). (As far as I know, KBLA and KMIK are the two closest co-channel stations geographically to both have 50kW nighttime authorization.)
1670 KHPY Moreno Valley, CA - 9kW mostly aimed southwest (10kW daytime, similar pattern) - Spanish
1700 XEPE Tecate, BCN - 10kW (not sure if it's directional aimed west or non-directional - sports (San Diego Padres baseball). Usually parallel of 50kW 1090 XEPRS Rosarito, BCN (which isn't listed above due to a deep null over the Pacific), but does occasionally carry its own programming, one being mid mornings 9am to noon local (Pacific) time.

That actually isn't a comprehensive list, but maybe something on that list can be heard there.
Now... where can I find a comparable list of Australian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc. stations from the west side of the Pacific Ocean? I have a lot of local pests here, so being able to have multiple frequencies to choose from (upper frequencies generally work better for me at night) would help. I will say Gary DeBock's efforts are good, but knowing transmitter powers, directional antenna patterns (if a station's 250kW but mostly aimed west, I may as well not try for it, but if a station's 25kW and aimed east or northeast and far enough away from domestic pests, it may be something to try), formats, etc, would help. :)

--- In ultralightdx@..., "lmann98" <lmann98@...> wrote:



Thanks Nick.

You are right, 6WA Wagin on 558 kHz (it is 50 kW) is a much better bet for avoiding US domestic frequencies. The transmitter is about 120 miles SE of where I am and is a powerhouse, being local strength here in Perth on any decent MW portable. 6DL-531 (at Dalwallinu) is only 10kW; you might also try 6RN-1296 also 10 kW and also in Dawallinu (approx 150 miles NNE of Perth).

Best regards from Perth,
Laurie Mann

--- In ultralightdx@..., "nhpdxr" <nhp@> wrote:

Unfortunately, both 720 and 810 are domestic frequencies here in North America, Laurie, though I seem to recall that 720 has been heard on a DXpedition.

I wonder if 6WA on 558 would be our best bet, being 50 kw? Both it and 6DL-531 were heard at home in Victoria, BC, using an umamplified loop antenna with a heavily modified National HRO (NOT ultralight!) back in the '80s. But down under conditions seemed much better in those days.

best wishes,

Nick




--- In ultralightdx@..., "lmann98" <lmann98@> wrote:









Thanks guys for the feedback.

I must defer to my brother Tony Mann who has logged Bermuda in Perth using a large loop (4 x 3 m) and an ICOM R75 at his home QTH in Perth as reported by Glenn Hauser in 2006 http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld6056.txt

I'd imagine a big gun target from Perth for the West Coast US would be our local ABC station 720 ABC (formerly 6WF) on 720 kHz. It runs 50kW 24/7, omnidirectional from Hamersley in the northern suburbs of Perth, 14 km from the CBD. As far as I know this is the highest power MW station in Perth. Next would probably be another ABC station 810RN (Radio National 810 kHz) at 10kW.


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

Hello Laurie, Billy and Mike,

Thanks for sharing the details of your brother's reception of various North
American AM stations, Laurie. Concerning the opposite direction, the
reception of Perth AM stations on the west coast of North America is also
difficult, but it has been accomplished by DXers using communication receivers
and beverage antennas at our local Grayland, WA DXpedition site. This "gray
line" long distance propagation doesn't occur very often, though.

I'm pretty sure that no west coast Ultralight DXer has ever received a
Perth, Australia AM station, even with monster antennas. The closest station
to Perth that John Bryant and I have managed to receive is 891-5AN in
Adelaide, South Australia, a "big gun" that is quite an easy catch on west coast
ULR's. It produced a vibrant signal for me last month during the Oregon
beach DXpedition (on a 7.5" loopstick PL-380 and 3' portable loop), and is
usually notable for the lack of any west coast domestic splatter anywhere near
the frequency (at least in the Washington/ Oregon area)
_http://www.mediafire.com/?7024pszgdr8vs4o_ (http://www.mediafire.com/?7024pszgdr8vs4o) .

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: For Robert read Sangean read confusion ! Sangean not know to Roberts.

Brian
 

Mike,
       Thank you for the comments.
As you quote telephoning anywhere these days is a lottery, it is rare to get a human to answer,
when you do it is still difficult to extract information hi!
My enquiries to the US about a Sangean DT 400 W was met with either, ' we don't ship outside the USA ',
' it would be pointless as the radio would not work in the UK ' or the single one who quoted a price of $59
with $90 carriage from Canada !!!!
Certainly ' badge engineering ' is rife these days in all commodities.
                                                Regards,
                                                     Brian.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 10:23 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: For Robert read Sangean read confusion ! Sangean not know to Roberts.


Re: For Robert read Sangean read confusion ! Sangean not know to Roberts.

Michael Evans - Mike MBR <michaelrae65@...>
 

Hi Brian. Depending on the age of the person you spoke to, my guy was 60+ a young guy would not know or care, or is there some kind of embarrassment to hide a few facts about Sangean, for who would want to recommend another brand, there can be a number differance between these two brands but the guts inside is the same you have to find out which is which and I am sure someone within the group can tell you, if I recall Roberts have a RDS model one of there better radios and Sangean have the clone or the other way round think it's the 9920 but not sure of the number, the fact that you have heard the same "story" I think over distance proves a point, badgeing means little, Brian next time you call ask what do they think of Degen and Tecsun or any other brand.
Mike.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "brian nsl" <brian.nsl@...> wrote:

Hi,
Having been given the same story about Roberts locally, I contacted the company
at their headquarters in South Yorkshire, UK enquiring if they did a UK version of
the Sangean DT 400 W,
( only one company in Canada was willing to ship me one at $90 carriage only !!!!! )
Roberts said they had never heard of Sangean so could not comment on a possible
comparison for the radio.
Fortunately a group member stepped forward and got me a DT 400 W brought over
from the US by hand.
Brian, G0NSL-QRP.
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Evans - Mike MBR
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 11:33 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] For Robert read Sangean. Re: Grundig been and gone.


Re: For Robert read Sangean read confusion !!!!!!

Brian
 

Hi,
    Having been given the same story about Roberts locally, I contacted the company
at their headquarters in South Yorkshire, UK  enquiring if they did a UK version of
the Sangean DT 400 W,
( only one company in Canada was willing to ship me one at $90 carriage only !!!!! )
Roberts said they had never heard of Sangean so could not comment on a possible
comparison for the radio.
Fortunately a group member stepped forward and got me a DT 400 W brought over
from the US by hand.
                                                  Brian, G0NSL-QRP.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 11:33 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] For Robert read Sangean. Re: Grundig been and gone.

 


Re: New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)

Tao Qu
 

Hi Kevin,
 
Actually I don't have any information about that new radio, so I am not sure if the tg37 will works on it or not, if not, then will need to do some design change...-:)
 
Regards,
- Tao Qu


From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of Kevin S
Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:48 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: RE: [ultralightdx] Re: New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)

 

Hi Tao Qu:

Thanks for the word of caution - you probably know more about them than I do!

If/when the S450DLX actually starts to be sold, hopefully the old TG37
adapter will work, or perhaps someone will come out with a new adapter
that does work.

Kevin

> The TG37 ssb adapter may will not works on the other models if they have
> fully different internal design on 455KHz output circuit...:(
>
> -Tao Qu
>
> _____
>
> From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...]
> On
> Behalf Of dhsatyadhana
> Sent: Saturday, August 14, 2010 8:18 AM
> To: ultralightdx@...
> Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)
>
>
>
>
> Provided they are using a 455 khz IF (a good bet), the 2100's SSB adapter
> should work. The 2100 had PAL connectors/jacks, whereas the 450 now has
> more
> standard (at least for over here...) F connectors.
>
> I bought an adapter but never got a 2100: does this mean I absolutely,
> positively HAVE to get a 450?
>
> Kevin
>
> --- In ultralightdx@...
>
> , "farmerik" wrote:
>>
>> It's an interesting improvement of the S-350, S-350DL from Tecsun, and
> then the RP-2100 from Redsun. I believe both Tecsun built models were
> analog
> and single conversion, and the Redsun was dual conversion and PLL. The 450
> has dual conversion but goes back to analog tuning. I wonder if the SSB
> converters sold for the Redsun will work with the new radio? Also, I
> wonder
> who is building them? They even have a stereo line input for room filling
> sound from an ULR! - FARMERIK
>>
>> --- In ultralightdx@...
> , "dhsatyadhana" >> >
>> > For DXers, I would offer that a Tecsun PL-310 or 380, mated to a
>> modest
> Terk loop (or jacked up with a 7.5" Amidon ferrite), would likely have
> better sensitivity and (by far) better selectivity. FM on the Tecsuns is
> of
> course superb.
>> >
>> > The case on the S450DLX is reminiscent of the to-be-released CCrane
> CCRadio-EP. It appears that the Chinese factories have a "new look", more
> understated with lots of black and no shiny panels, that they are using
> now??
>> >
>> > Kevin S
>> > Bainbridge Island, WA
>> >
>> > --- In ultralightdx@...
> , "texnote" wrote:
>> > >
>> > > Introducing the Grundig S450DLX:
>> > > http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/portable/5450.html
>> > >
>> >
>>
>
>
>
>
>


Re: New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)

lrdheat
 

The decription says analog with digital display, yet, I see the enlarged picture of the keys has the caption PLL synthesized...also having memories would seem to be difficult on an analog...looks like the GRUNDIG take on the RP-2100.
 
Heatwave


--- On Fri, 8/13/10, texnote wrote:

From: texnote
Subject: [ultralightdx] New "Ultra-Heavy" Radio :)
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Friday, August 13, 2010, 3:28 PM



Re: Ferrite rod quality- Question for Gary DeBock, and fav...

Laurence Mann
 

Thanks Nick.

You are right, 6WA Wagin on 558 kHz (it is 50 kW) is a much better bet for avoiding US domestic frequencies. The transmitter is about 120 miles SE of where I am and is a powerhouse, being local strength here in Perth on any decent MW portable. 6DL-531 (at Dalwallinu) is only 10kW; you might also try 6RN-1296 also 10 kW and also in Dawallinu (approx 150 miles NNE of Perth).

Best regards from Perth,
Laurie Mann

--- In ultralightdx@..., "nhpdxr" <nhp@...> wrote:

Unfortunately, both 720 and 810 are domestic frequencies here in North America, Laurie, though I seem to recall that 720 has been heard on a DXpedition.

I wonder if 6WA on 558 would be our best bet, being 50 kw? Both it and 6DL-531 were heard at home in Victoria, BC, using an umamplified loop antenna with a heavily modified National HRO (NOT ultralight!) back in the '80s. But down under conditions seemed much better in those days.

best wishes,

Nick




--- In ultralightdx@..., "lmann98" <lmann98@> wrote:









Thanks guys for the feedback.

I must defer to my brother Tony Mann who has logged Bermuda in Perth using a large loop (4 x 3 m) and an ICOM R75 at his home QTH in Perth as reported by Glenn Hauser in 2006 http://www.worldofradio.com/dxld6056.txt

I'd imagine a big gun target from Perth for the West Coast US would be our local ABC station 720 ABC (formerly 6WF) on 720 kHz. It runs 50kW 24/7, omnidirectional from Hamersley in the northern suburbs of Perth, 14 km from the CBD. As far as I know this is the highest power MW station in Perth. Next would probably be another ABC station 810RN (Radio National 810 kHz) at 10kW.


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

Hello Laurie, Billy and Mike,

Thanks for sharing the details of your brother's reception of various North
American AM stations, Laurie. Concerning the opposite direction, the
reception of Perth AM stations on the west coast of North America is also
difficult, but it has been accomplished by DXers using communication receivers
and beverage antennas at our local Grayland, WA DXpedition site. This "gray
line" long distance propagation doesn't occur very often, though.

I'm pretty sure that no west coast Ultralight DXer has ever received a
Perth, Australia AM station, even with monster antennas. The closest station
to Perth that John Bryant and I have managed to receive is 891-5AN in
Adelaide, South Australia, a "big gun" that is quite an easy catch on west coast
ULR's. It produced a vibrant signal for me last month during the Oregon
beach DXpedition (on a 7.5" loopstick PL-380 and 3' portable loop), and is
usually notable for the lack of any west coast domestic splatter anywhere near
the frequency (at least in the Washington/ Oregon area)
_http://www.mediafire.com/?7024pszgdr8vs4o_ (http://www.mediafire.com/?7024pszgdr8vs4o) .

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)