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Re: ULR DX.....2 New Stations heard last night!!

bbwrwy
 

Rob:

Congratulations.

We were in sync. I likewise heard Radio Rebelde 1620 for the first time last evening. It had KOZN and WTAW QRM. I also heard a clear ID @ 0502 UTC (#766/LAm #135/Cuba #22/Rebelde #10). Anyone have a QTH for this station?

While listening, I added WNRP 1620 to my ULR log (#767/FL #6).

All on a barefoot SRF-T615.

Storms in OK promise noisy listening here tonight.

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(16 km NW of Perry OK USA)


Re: ULR DX.....2 New Stations heard last night!!

Gary DeBock
 

"Who wants to fund this little project?  ;)"
 
Hi John,
 
Well, John, I would certainly volunteer to fund this project.. if you would volunteer to fund a new SRF-T615 for any DXer logging 100 TP's on ULR's...  :-)
 
73, Gary
 
In a message dated 4/22/2010 7:27:23 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, jcereghin@... writes:

 

I think anyone who logs 700 stations should receive a free '615.  Seeing I'm still at 696, maybe that would some motivation for me to get busy and finally log those final 4 stations I need?


Who wants to fund this little project?  ;)

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 9:49 PM, <D1028Gary@aol.com> wrote:
 

"Is anyone else paying any attention to the T615's in action??? Or are we the Only Believers??? HAHHAHHAHA"
 
Hi Rob & Richard,
 
Well, count one more Believer! I have two of them myself, even though I don't have two floors like Rob. Come to think of it, maybe it was my negative influence that brought Rob into the SRF-T615 Cult originally?? Of course, I do have a few other ULR's too :-)
 
73, Gary
 
In a message dated 4/22/2010 5:56:41 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, va3sw@rogers.com writes:
 

Richard A wrote:

 

Rob:

Congratulations.

We were in sync. I likewise heard Radio Rebelde 1620 for the first time last evening. It had KOZN and WTAW QRM. I also heard a clear ID @ 0502 UTC (#766/LAm #135/Cuba #22/Rebelde #10). Anyone have a QTH for this station?

While listening, I added WNRP 1620 to my ULR log (#767/FL #6).

All on a barefoot SRF-T615.

Storms in OK promise noisy listening here tonight.

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(16 km NW of Perry OK USA)

OK Richard ...that's pretty cool!! Looks like the SONY T615 Twins are joined at the hip!!! HAHAHHAHA.....Not sure if we're in the Twilight Zone or what........but could this just be Mere Co-Incidence????

Is anyone else paying any attention to the T615's in action??? Or are we the Only Believers??? HAHHAHHAHA....

Richard...No Power and No City known for this Rebelde Outlet yet.

Good Work Richard.....you're getting awfully close to 800 heard!! Keep chugging......

73...ROB VA3SW




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John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna DE
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
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Re: ULR DX.....2 New Stations heard last night!!

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "Robert S.Ross VA3SW" wrote:
>
> 1620 RADIO REBELDE

Rob,

Congrats on the Rebelde. WRTH lists it but doesn't give a city or power level.

73,
 
Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 
http://qrp.kearman.com/ 


Re: ULR DX.....2 New Stations heard last night!!

Gary DeBock
 

"Is anyone else paying any attention to the T615's in action??? Or are we the Only Believers??? HAHHAHHAHA"
 
Hi Rob & Richard,
 
Well, count one more Believer! I have two of them myself, even though I don't have two floors like Rob. Come to think of it, maybe it was my negative influence that brought Rob into the SRF-T615 Cult originally?? Of course, I do have a few other ULR's too :-)
 
73, Gary
 
In a message dated 4/22/2010 5:56:41 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, va3sw@... writes:

 

Richard A wrote:

 

Rob:

Congratulations.

We were in sync. I likewise heard Radio Rebelde 1620 for the first time last evening. It had KOZN and WTAW QRM. I also heard a clear ID @ 0502 UTC (#766/LAm #135/Cuba #22/Rebelde #10). Anyone have a QTH for this station?

While listening, I added WNRP 1620 to my ULR log (#767/FL #6).

All on a barefoot SRF-T615.

Storms in OK promise noisy listening here tonight.

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(16 km NW of Perry OK USA)

OK Richard ...that's pretty cool!! Looks like the SONY T615 Twins are joined at the hip!!! HAHAHHAHA.....Not sure if we're in the Twilight Zone or what........but could this just be Mere Co-Incidence????

Is anyone else paying any attention to the T615's in action??? Or are we the Only Believers??? HAHHAHHAHA....

Richard...No Power and No City known for this Rebelde Outlet yet.

Good Work Richard.....you're getting awfully close to 800 heard!! Keep chugging......

73...ROB VA3SW


ULR DX.....2 New Stations heard last night!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

After a drought of 11 Days...I finally put something NEW in the ULR Logbook last night at Bedtime. Both of these Logs are NEW to the ULR and OVERALL LOGBOOKS.

The Cuban is ULR LATIN # 41 Heard.

Radio Used.......SONY SRF-T615 ULR Barefoot

ULR LOG TOTALS are.......831 Stations Logged

73.....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

***************************************************************
1550 WEVR River Falls, WISC. Apr/22/10 0017 EDT EE FAIR
Female with Station Promo @ 0017 EDT...."Thank You to WEVR....."
Male DJ then said ...."Weekdays on WEVR" @ 0018 EDT.
Into MOR Music @ 0018 EDT.

NEW STATION ULR # 830 920/4 Watts Nights (On DayPower??)
ROSS, ONT.
*****************************************************************
1620 RADIO REBELDE ???, CUBA Apr/22/10 0048 EDT SPANISH FAIR
Mix with WDND South Bend, INDIANA. Male and Female with Alternating
Spanish talk 0048-0100 EDT. Mentions of CUBA and CASTRO. Radio
Rebelde ID and Interval Signal/Jingle @ 0100 EDT. Mentions of Castro
@ 0101 EDT.

NEW STATION ULR # 831 ULR LATIN # 41 Unknown Power???
ROSS, ONT.
******************************************************************


Re: Strange night on the radio

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Toast only in the sense that the documentation is not recoverable and therefore not observable. To my knowledge, the FCC has not gone after any stations on account of the FCC's failure to keep the records -- nor the station's, given the age of the original authroizations.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot


--- On Thu, 4/22/10, Powell E. Way III wrote:

From: Powell E. Way III
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Strange night on the radio
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:35 PM

 

Hi Mark,

Didn't know you were on this list also!!!

However a few years ago the FCC "lost" a lot of this information. If you have your paperwork you are fine, if not your pre and post authorization is ...... TOAST! 

Powell
 NNNN
POP email is powell at backroads DOT net

----- Original Message ----
From: Mark Roberts <markrobt@gmail. com>
To: ultralightdx@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Thu, April 22, 2010 12:36:50 AM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Strange night on the radio

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM, Powell E. Way III <w4opw@yahoo. com> wrote:
>
>
> Some daytime stations have a post sunset, up to 10 PM but never at full power. The AM Query on the FCC site often will NOT show these powers.

You should be able to find them by clicking on the "Correspondence"
link in the full listing for the station - i.e. the full-page entry
for a specific station. You will get a new CDBS window and, among any
other correspondence for a station, there will be entries for "PSRA"
and "PSSA." They'll contain the actual authorizations (in PDFs).

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Re: Strange night on the radio

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

That is true for some fraction of such stations. Many of the stations which had been granted these were done 30+ years ago and those records were paper and were not all transferred to the database. That's where it would be if the records exist and were entered. But it isn't at all conclusive if there's nothing found.

Post Sunset authority is good for up to 2 hours past the monthly local sunset prescribed for the station. Some were further restricted due to interference. So, for a station whose local sunset time in July is 2030 local, they could run PSSA for up to a max of 2230.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot


--- On Thu, 4/22/10, Mark Roberts wrote:

From: Mark Roberts
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Strange night on the radio
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:36 AM

 

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM, Powell E. Way III <w4opw@yahoo. com> wrote:
>
>
> Some daytime stations have a post sunset, up to 10 PM but never at full power. The AM Query on the FCC site often will NOT show these powers.

You should be able to find them by clicking on the "Correspondence"
link in the full listing for the station - i.e. the full-page entry
for a specific station. You will get a new CDBS window and, among any
other correspondence for a station, there will be entries for "PSRA"
and "PSSA." They'll contain the actual authorizations (in PDFs).



Re: Strange night on the radio

Powell
 

Hi Mark,

Didn't know you were on this list also!!!


However a few years ago the FCC "lost" a lot of this information. If you have your paperwork you are fine, if not your pre and post authorization is ...... TOAST! 


Powell
 NNNN
POP email is powell at backroads DOT net

----- Original Message ----
From: Mark Roberts <markrobt@...>
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Thu, April 22, 2010 12:36:50 AM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Strange night on the radio

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM, Powell E. Way III <w4opw@...> wrote:


Some daytime stations have a post sunset, up to 10 PM but never at full power. The AM Query on the FCC site often will NOT show these powers.
You should be able to find them by clicking on the "Correspondence"
link in the full listing for the station - i.e. the full-page entry
for a specific station. You will get a new CDBS window and, among any
other correspondence for a station, there will be entries for "PSRA"
and "PSSA." They'll contain the actual authorizations (in PDFs).


------------------------------------

Yahoo! Groups Links


Re: PL-360 Plug-in Loopstick Experimentation Update

Rik
 

THANKS! - FARMERIK

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

Hello All,

The new Tecsun PL-360 AM-LW-FM-SW receiver (the latest Si4734 DSP chip
model) has somewhat average specifications in stock form, but it does offer one
unique advantage to AM-DXers-- a plug-in loopstick, which can be replaced
and greatly improved, to provide huge AM sensitivity boosts without any
need to modify the radio itself (or even open up the back cabinet).

After receiving a second PL-360 from the eBay seller Anon-co. yesterday,
PL-360 plug-in loopstick testing is now much easier to perform here, and
live-signal "shootouts" can now be conducted at will. One fact that
immediately became apparent is that the plug-in loopsticks provide better RSSI and
S/N readings when the ferrite bar is facing away from the front panel (that
is, as far removed from the digital display as possible), as shown in the
photo below. This orientation provides significantly better signal quality in
all cases, perhaps confirming the tests of many experimenters showing that
coil "Q" rises when the loopstick separation from the radio increases.

As might be expected, the PL-360 7.5" plug-in loopstick provides a huge AM
sensitivity boost over the stock model, which has been found to equal that
provided by the 7.5" loopstick E100 Sliders and 7.5" loopstick PL-380's.
The fact that a DXer can obtain this superb AM sensitivity boost without any
need to modify the radio itself is fascinating indeed.

DXers switching plug-in loopsticks will need to re-tune the PL-360
off-frequency and then back on, an Si4734 chip quirk that requires this practice
before maximum AM sensitivity is provided (as most PL-310 and PL-380 owners
already know). Since the likelihood of Tecsun (or Anon-co.) providing these
upgraded PL-360 loopsticks is probably quite low :-) extensive
experimentation is being conducted to determine the best physical and electrical
loopstick designs for DXing success. Since the PL-360 earphone jack is located
on the top panel adjacent to the plug-in loopstick jack, a design allowing
free access to either function will be required. When fully developed,
however, the system should provide unique opportunities for greatly improved
PL-360 AM and LW sensitivity, especially for those DXers not thrilled with
the idea of performing "surgery" on their radio.

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


Re: Strange night on the radio

Mark Roberts
 

On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM, Powell E. Way III <w4opw@...> wrote:


Some daytime stations have a post sunset, up to 10 PM but never at full power. The AM Query on the FCC site often will NOT show these powers.
You should be able to find them by clicking on the "Correspondence"
link in the full listing for the station - i.e. the full-page entry
for a specific station. You will get a new CDBS window and, among any
other correspondence for a station, there will be entries for "PSRA"
and "PSSA." They'll contain the actual authorizations (in PDFs).


PL-360 Plug-in Loopstick Experimentation Update

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
The new Tecsun PL-360 AM-LW-FM-SW receiver (the latest Si4734 DSP chip model) has somewhat average specifications in stock form, but it does offer one unique advantage to AM-DXers-- a plug-in loopstick, which can be replaced and greatly improved, to provide huge AM sensitivity boosts without any need to modify the radio itself (or even open up the back cabinet).
 
After receiving a second PL-360 from the eBay seller Anon-co. yesterday, PL-360 plug-in loopstick testing is now much easier to perform here, and live-signal "shootouts" can now be conducted at will. One fact that immediately became apparent is that the plug-in loopsticks provide better RSSI and S/N readings when the ferrite bar is facing away from the front panel (that is, as far removed from the digital display as possible), as shown in the photo below. This orientation provides significantly better signal quality in all cases, perhaps confirming the tests of many experimenters showing that coil "Q" rises when the loopstick separation from the radio increases.
 
As might be expected, the PL-360 7.5" plug-in loopstick provides a huge AM sensitivity boost over the stock model, which has been found to equal that provided by the 7.5" loopstick E100 Sliders and 7.5" loopstick PL-380's. The fact that a DXer can obtain this superb AM sensitivity boost without any need to modify the radio itself is fascinating indeed.
 
DXers switching plug-in loopsticks will need to re-tune the PL-360 off-frequency and then back on, an Si4734 chip quirk that requires this practice before maximum AM sensitivity is provided (as most PL-310 and PL-380 owners already know). Since the likelihood of Tecsun (or Anon-co.) providing these upgraded PL-360 loopsticks is probably quite low :-)   extensive experimentation is being conducted to determine the best physical and electrical loopstick designs for DXing success. Since the PL-360 earphone jack is located on the top panel adjacent to the plug-in loopstick jack, a design allowing free access to either function will be required. When fully developed, however, the system should provide unique opportunities for greatly improved PL-360 AM and LW sensitivity, especially for those DXers not thrilled with the idea of performing "surgery" on their radio. 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
 
 
                                                                                    


Re: Strange night on the radio

Powell
 

Some daytime stations have a post sunset, up to 10 PM but never at full power. The AM Query on the FCC site often will NOT show these powers. But there's a lot that, well, just CHEAT.   The Orlando area 1680 is one that comes to mind.  The FCC has beat them up before.
 
 
Powell
 
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POP email is powell at backroads DOT net



From: jim_kr1s
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Wed, April 21, 2010 4:47:19 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Strange night on the radio




--- In ultralightdx@..., "nn4cw" wrote:
> I don't know if the FCC got involved, but it was probably pumping out more than its nighttime 1kW max.

Gil,

I've got that HP 312B (has to be one of the heaviest transistor radios ever made). I know what I know about a few, but haven't called any engineers yet. I'd give them a chance, as once the station knows they're being watched they might clean up their act. This is so blatantly done I'm surprised there isn't more action. You can't always be sure about a distant 24h station, but a daytime-only shouldn't still be going at 10 pm in its local time zone (which isn't in the Arctic!).  Too bad there isn't a bounty!

73,
 
Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 
http://qrp.kearman.com/ 



Re: Strange night on the radio

Gil Stacy
 

Jim,
The FCC website is sometimes in error. A coastal Ga station was listed as off the air, but there it sat on my dial. It was late in paying the license fee; lost the license; paid it late; got reinstated; but the FCC didn't update the site until I inquired.
Gil


Re: Strange night on the radio

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "nn4cw" wrote:
> I don't know if the FCC got involved, but it was probably pumping out more than its nighttime 1kW max.

Gil,

I've got that HP 312B (has to be one of the heaviest transistor radios ever made). I know what I know about a few, but haven't called any engineers yet. I'd give them a chance, as once the station knows they're being watched they might clean up their act. This is so blatantly done I'm surprised there isn't more action. You can't always be sure about a distant 24h station, but a daytime-only shouldn't still be going at 10 pm in its local time zone (which isn't in the Arctic!).  Too bad there isn't a bounty!

73,
 
Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 
http://qrp.kearman.com/ 


Ultralight Radio-related Column in IRCA's DX Monitor

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Thanks to Phil Bytheway (IRCA Editor-in-Chief) for his generous support of our Ultralight DX group, as shown by his initiative in drafting and publishing "The World of Ultralight DXing" column in the current issue of IRCA's DX Monitor.
 
Contained in this first column is information regarding Joseph Trapasso's recent qualification for 3 Award Certificates (10 US States Heard, 20 US States Heard, and 5 Latin American Stations Heard, all in the Barefoot Class), John Cereghin's current ULR-DXer Scoreboard Totals, Rob Ross' qualification for the 40 Latin American Stations Heard Award Certificate (Unlimited Class), and the qualification of Chris Knight and Jim Kearman for the 10 Countries Heard and 10 States Heard Award Certificates, both for stations heard during outdoor DXing in the Unlimited Class.
 
All of the medium-wave DXing clubs (IRCA, NRC, and MWC) have been very generous in supporting the Ultralight DXing movement, and in publishing our ULR-related equipment reviews (and other articles). Thanks to Phil for once again demonstrating the IRCA's support.
 
73 and Good DX to All,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
ULR Group Co-founder  
 
 


Re: Strange night on the radio

Gil Stacy
 

Jim,
A ham friend was asked by an out of state extended band station to monitor with a field strength meter the output of a station located in the ham's hometown to determine if there was a night/day difference. The out of state station was receiving listenor complaints of interference at night from the ham's hometown station. (He declined the request.) The station was almost a 1000 miles from my home and I could hear it regularly on my xtl set during the winter--apparently this was when the complaints were being made by the affected station. I found this out when I told my ham friend that I could no longer hear his hometown on my xtl set. Apparently the complaints resulted in compliance. I don't know if the FCC got involved, but it was probably pumping out more than its nighttime 1kW max.
73 Gil


Re: Strange night on the radio

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 

Gil,

--- In ultralightdx@..., "nn4cw" >
>
>
> Jim,
> KDIA is listed 10kW, 24/7. At the time I heard it, I believe it was running 1kW at night.
> Gil
>

Can't help thinking many stations take those night-time powers with a grain of salt. I listen to a fair number of Florida stations at their specified sunsets and there is often no drop in signal level. Even if they're dropping in increments, it should be obvious over 15-20 minutes. They must figure a fine, if they get caught, is a cost of doing business, and being stronger in their local area is worth the risk.

73,
 
Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 
http://qrp.kearman.com/  


Re: Altazimuth base for loop

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 

Scott,


--- In ultralightdx@..., "sdwillingham" wrote:

>
> For a tilting support, it seems to me that some of the mini camera tripods on the market could be ideal.

As a birder/photographer, I have several tripods! Here in the condo though, the loops want to be near a window, and the best window is obstructed by my workbench. They must have used metal studs when they built the place, because even a few feet inside the window, signals drop off. That's why the Hoop Loop  stands atop the parts cabinet on my bench in the photo. Actually, right now it's on top of the freq counter, which is on top of the signal generator, which is on a shelf on top of the sweep generator... :)  Anyone building a Hoop Loop should consider a tripod, though. There's a gap between the sides of the clamp on the outer hoop. You can sweat-solder a 1/4-20 brass nut to a piece of hard copper alloy and fasten that to the clamp with wood screws. I had my PVC loop on a tripod when I was using it outdoors, but it was  too top heavy for single-point mounting. Quilting hoops have almost no mass above the clamp, so even a lightweight tripod would be fine.

The 9-inch Copco #2555-0191 turntable I found on Amazon.com for $5.99 works very well with small radios and loops. Perfect accessory if you have a Terk or similar antenna, and much cheaper than the ones sold for radio use.

73,
 
Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 
http://qrp.kearman.com/   


Re: Strange night on the radio

Gil Stacy
 

Jim,
KDIA is listed 10kW, 24/7. At the time I heard it, I believe it was running 1kW at night.
Gil


Re: Strange night on the radio

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 

Hi, Gil,


--- In ultralightdx@..., "nn4cw" wrote:

> I was looking at Whamlog and noticed that extended band in the US now permits 10kW power at night.

According to FCC, WTNI is still 1 kW night.

http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?list=0&facid=87159 

I heard them after their sunset. They make it through occasionally, but my comment related to how well the loop now nulls the TIS a few miles away. It isn't running much power, though. TIS stations annoy me. They have two in Melbourne, broadcasting essentially the same info. One is on 1610, and kept Chris and me from hearing the Ghost of Gene Scott.

> homebuilt one tube superhet

Nice going on that one! ULRs are fun, but homemade radios are better!

73,
 
Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 
http://qrp.kearman.com/