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Re: Congratulations to Chris Knight-- 30 Latin American Stations Heard

Alex
 

Congratulations, Chris great work!!!

I wish I could log just one!!


Alex N8UCN / KOH8IG / SWLR-RN037


Re: TA is hot tonight!

Greg H <ad4re@...>
 

Thanks Jim for the tip. Listening now to R Farda 1575 on my D96L barefoot, in North Florida, fades in and out but sometimes amazing strong.

Greg


To: ultralightdx@...
From: jkearman@...
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 01:15:05 +0000
Subject: [ultralightdx] TA is hot tonight!

 
The geomag disturbances of the last few days have abated and mid-latitude TAs are very strong into South Florida tonight. Right now I'm listening to R Farda 1575 on the speaker. Earlier, Croatia 1134 was also speaker-level copy, and I picked up France on 1557 for a new country, though not as strong as Croatia. I'll have recordings of Croatia and Farda tomorrow. Right now, fire up those ULRs. I'm using my PL-380 with modified internal loop antenna 330 uH.

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://qrp.kearman.com/ 


TA is hot tonight!

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 

The geomag disturbances of the last few days have abated and mid-latitude TAs are very strong into South Florida tonight. Right now I'm listening to R Farda 1575 on the speaker. Earlier, Croatia 1134 was also speaker-level copy, and I picked up France on 1557 for a new country, though not as strong as Croatia. I'll have recordings of Croatia and Farda tomorrow. Right now, fire up those ULRs. I'm using my PL-380 with modified internal loop antenna 330 uH.

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://qrp.kearman.com/ 


Re: Tecsun PL-310 rechargeable batteries

Tony Germanotta
 

I just checked the ones that came with my PL-310 and they were the same model batteries. I believe they are rechargeable due to the voltage specified and the fact that they declared their capacity in mAH.  I never did use them, though, because they are only 1000mAH and I had three 2500 mAH batteries here. They give 2 1/2 times the run time and charge up just fine in the radio.


On Feb 23, 2010, at 8:04 PM, jim_kr1s wrote:

 


--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "kg4lac" wrote:
>
> New Tecsun PL-310 from China was supposed to include rechargeable batteries. 3 Tecsun QN1000m Size R6 1.2 volt batteries were included. Are these rechargeable? Or, are they regular batteries?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Kraig, KG4LAC
>

Hi, Kraig,

Non-rechargeable alkaline cells are 1.5 V. Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd/Nicad) and Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) cells are 1.2 V, and both are rechargeable. Yours are probably NiMH. "Size R6" is another name for "AA."

73,

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



Re: Tecsun PL-310 rechargeable batteries

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "kg4lac" wrote:
>
> New Tecsun PL-310 from China was supposed to include rechargeable batteries. 3 Tecsun QN1000m Size R6 1.2 volt batteries were included. Are these rechargeable? Or, are they regular batteries?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Kraig, KG4LAC
>

Hi, Kraig,

Non-rechargeable alkaline cells are 1.5 V. Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd/Nicad) and Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) cells are 1.2 V, and both are rechargeable. Yours are probably NiMH. "Size R6" is another name for "AA."

73,

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


Traverse City, MI Loggings, All Times Eastern

Antonios Kekalos <akekalos@...>
 

2.23.10, 0059, AM 880, WCBS, New York, NY, 656mi/1057km, 50k/50k, "News Radio 880", CCRadio-SWP


--
Tony Kekalos
Traverse City, MI
SWLR-RN072
EN74es



ULR DX...One NEW STATION @ SUNSET.......

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

It's been pretty slim pickens with absolutely Nothing NEW logged in the last 7 days...despite many hours of DXing at different times of the day!! Conditions here have been quite noisy...and the extended Daylight Hours are slowing things down quite a bit it seems.

Tonight at SUNSET though, I did manage a NEW LOG for the ULR LOG....it is a RELOG for the OVERALL LOG however.

This is the infamous station that has been throwing the massive het on 1040 Khz for the past Month or so......Finally got some Audio out of these guys after listening to their Off Frequency Het every night for quite some time!!

RADIO USED............SONY SRF-T615 ULR Barefoot
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR LOG TOTALS are now.....811 STATIONS Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73..........ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

***************************************************************
1040 WJTB North Ridgeville, OHIO Feb/23/10 1738 EST EE FAIR
Black Gospel Music Program @ Tune In. "The Afternoon Praise Party
with Ace Alexander". (Matches their Program Schedule)
Throwing a loud het as well on the frequency.
In WHO Null...but mixing at times with WHO. More Gospel Music til
1800 EST then ID as WJTB.

RELOG......But NEW ULR # 811 5 KW DAYS
ROSS, ONT.
***************************************************************


Tecsun PL-310 rechargeable batteries

kg4lac <kg4lac@...>
 

New Tecsun PL-310 from China was supposed to include rechargeable batteries. 3 Tecsun QN1000m Size R6 1.2 volt batteries were included. Are these rechargeable? Or, are they regular batteries?

Thanks.

Kraig, KG4LAC


Re: Congratulations to Chris Knight-- 30 Latin American Statio

Gary DeBock
 

Well Rob,
 
Since John was frequently on my case about not applying for awards (even after qualifying for a slew of them), it feels kind of weird to be making up the Award Certificates now!
 
Like John, most of my Ultralight DXing was done chasing TP's with monster antennas, and both of us had logged well over 100 of them. We were both really only competing with each other-- but John's TP-DXing experience (over the decades) certainly gave him the edge. He was the resident authority on which TP's to expect on which frequency, but once in a great while I could sneak in a TP that he had never heard before (like 594-KBS1 on the 9' PVC Loop, an apparent all-time west coast first). It's going to be tough heading to Grayland without him around.
 
73, Gary     
 
In a message dated 2/23/2010 6:52:21 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, va3sw@... writes:

 

D1028Gary@aol.com wrote:

 

Hello All,
 
Chris Knight of Fort Lupton, Colorado has certainly had great success this past DX season, qualifying for no fewer than 7 Award Certificates from our newly restored Ultralight Awards Committee! This may set a record for applications approved at one time, and Rob Ross and I certainly admire Chris' success in receiving great transoceanic and Latin American DX.

No Gary....the record is actually 19 Awards at once issued to James Kearman, of Florida..........John Bryant was a very Busy Boy that week!!!

Congratulations to Chris on earning 7 ULR AWARDS!!

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



Congratulations to Chris Knight-- 30 Latin American Stations Heard

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Chris Knight of Fort Lupton, Colorado has certainly had great success this past DX season, qualifying for no fewer than 7 Award Certificates from our newly restored Ultralight Awards Committee! This may set a record for applications approved at one time, and Rob Ross and I certainly admire Chris' success in receiving great transoceanic and Latin American DX.
 
In the first group of Award Certificates, Chris has been issued the following three awards:
 
1) Ten Latin American Stations Heard (unlimited class)
2) Twenty Latin American Stations Heard (unlimited class)
3) Thirty Latin American Stations Heard (unlimited class)
 
Chris has also qualified for several other Award Certificates, which should be issued to him shortly. Rob and I take pleasure in recognizing Chris' fine DXing accomplishments, and are happy to award him these unique certificates, based on John Bryant's original artwork. We wish the best of DX to him in the future, and thank him for his support of our program to honor John's legacy.
 
73, Gary DeBock
(in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
 
   An extensive group of awards certificates is available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files>General Information area of dxer.ca and our own file area here at ultralightdx. Applications go directly to Rob Ross com


Correction

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

Just for the record, 1450, KCTI, Gonzales, TX I just dicovered is a RELOG here. So my total is at 392 rather than 393. Sri abt that.
73!

Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX


Re: Good DXing Night in SE Texas

bbwrwy
 

Kirk:

Congratulations. Lucky you to hear five new stations in a single DX session. Like you I've been to be caught in a rut. I don't think it because the signals aren't there, I'm just listening in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

Good DX to all.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)
Sony SRF-T615 SRF-39FP (barefoot)


Good DXing Night in SE Texas

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

After a real drought for the past 3 or 4 weeks, I finally was under the headphones when conditions really opened up and allowed a few new stations to roll in this way. I'm making like an inchworm and inching my way up to 400 stations hrd for the TX log. The last 10 have been tough for sure. "I don't think we're in Oklahoma anymore, Toto."

1580, Cadena Agramonte, CMHA, Camaguey, Cuba, 0005 UTC, 2/23/10, Tnx very much to a tip from Jim Kearman, hrd this w/ all tlk mostly by a W ancr. Seemed to be talking abt some Cuban history from what I could decipher. Ments of Agramonte and many ments of Cuba. Reception deteriorated after 0030 UTC. Tnx, Jim!

1580, XELI, Chilpancingo, Guerrero, 0050 UTC, 2/23/10, Fading in around 0030 and began to dominate over the Cuban. Very long deep fades made it challenging for sure. Finally a clear ment of "Radio Super 94..." (missed the rest of the ID). Mixing at times with XEDM plus an UNID EWTN sta plus an UNID ESPN sta. This freq was really hopping tonight! (ULR LAm sta #164)

1290, KCUB, Tucson, AZ, 0700 UTC, 2/23/10, sounded like a zillion stations here, but this one really came up @ the TOH w/ a good KCUB, Tucson ID. Hard to follow the pgm'g. Caught the tail end of a lcl ad then ID followed. Over and under several semi-strong SS stations, one of which sounded like a Cuban.

1380, KPLZ, Parker, AZ, 0720 UTC, 2/23/10, hrd an ad (not much copied) followed by a clear sta ID, then into more yak not copied. QRM from KDXE and XECO. Got vy lucky tonight on some of these IDs.

1450, KCTI, Gonzales, TX, 0800 UTC, 2/23/10, jumbled and mixing w/ a ESPN sta. Caught a call ltr ID plus "....sound?? of Texas..." Not hrd in quite a while and a first for the TX logbook. ULR Sta #393.

That's it from here, gang. Hope everyone is well and gettin' some good catches from time to time. 73!

Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX
Loggings above hrd on Sony SRF-59 and SAT


Re: Hacking the Si4734: two more PDFs

Roy <roy.dyball@...>
 

Hi Phil

Having a look at the SW pre-amp/filter in the G8 there appears to be two transistors built around a small toroid transformer. To the right of that are the 2 transistors used to switch the (diode) signal onto the AM line. In the PL-380 the surface mount transistors for the filter/amp have been replaced with three leg non surface mount devices.

Phil I finally had a chance to look at the capacitor values when set on SW. The programming manual recommends the varactor be set to 1 which means the capacitor will read 7.095pf for all frequencies above 1710Khz. But just for the heck of it I left it in automatic. Here is what it read.

2.3Mhz   141.6pf
5.0Mhz   25.25pf
8.0Mhz   11.56pf
8.5Mhz   7.095pf

Cheers Roy.


--- In ultralightdx@..., "just_rtfm" wrote:
>
> hi everyone,
>
> i added two more Si4734 PDFs to my site:
>
> 1) KK-D48L circuit description
> 2) shortwave antenna musings
>
> http://home.comcast.net/~phils_radio_designs/index2.htm
>
> regards,
> phil :)
>
> PS error reports welcomed
>


Hacking the Si4734: two more PDFs

just_rtfm
 

hi everyone,

i added two more Si4734 PDFs to my site:

1) KK-D48L circuit description
2) shortwave antenna musings

http://home.comcast.net/~phils_radio_designs/index2.htm

regards,
phil :)

PS error reports welcomed


Re: ULR FM Dxing

Pilgrimway <pastor@...>
 

Chris,

I build a Moxon for the FM band just today! I built it mainly for my new Sony XDRF1HD but I also intend to hook it up to my PL 310 and 380 and see how well it works.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Chris Knight" <chris@...> wrote:

Thanks for the info, John! Your study seems to agree with my observation
last December that the PL-380 is better on FM than the Grundig G8/Tecsun
PL-300WT. I was able to hear good MS pings at times on both the G8 and
PL-380 with just the radio's whip antenna. Reception was further enhanced on
a G8 with a Moxon antenna (Kevin Schanilec's design).

73,

Chris

Chris Knight (N0IJK)
Fort Lupton, Colorado
http://sites.google.com/site/ftluptonulrlogs/

-----Original Message-----
From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On
Behalf Of grace123moscow
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 7:45 AM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR FM Dxing

Valentine's Day, 2010. We (Sheryl and John Washburn) decided to have some
radio fun together. From 10am to 2pm we would test some ultralight radios to
see how they would be for FM DXing.

We live in Newport, Vermont. Specifically, a housing development on a ridge
overlooking Lake Memphremagog and Canada to the North. This part of Vermont
is characterized by granite mountains up to 3300 feet above sea level. These
mountains are divided by swift flowing streams and lots of ponds and lakes.
Our home is high enough to have a clear 360 degree view of the horizon.
Ideal for FM Dxing.

Our focus for FM Dxing is northeast US and Canada. Our primary receiver has
been the Sony HDR-F1HD digital FM Tuner. We are able to switch between two
FM antennas: an omni directional FanFare FM2G and a highly directional
APS-13 that is mounted on an antenna rotator.

We have been using these resources:
Girard Westerberg has a wonderful web site on FM Dxing (DxFM.com).
Bruce Elving's book: FM Atlas.
The web site of Fmscan.org.

We decided that we would start with producing a list of FM stations as
candidates for our testing. Based on our location, the Fmscan.org site gave
us a list of 52 stations above the threshold of 35db. This was our starting
point. How would each receiver do in identifying these stations?

The resulting list included 24 cities within a 90-mile radius within
Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Quebec.

Here are the results showing name of receiver, approximate cost, size,
percentage of stations identified, and number of additional stations
identified (but not on the Fmscan list).

The non-URL Sony became a reference receiver and was attached to the omni
directional FanFare FM2G antenna and produced these results: 98% + 18

The URLs were tested as is. No modifications were made. No special antennas
used.

Degen DE15 ($45; 16.6cu ci): 98% +5

Tecsun PL380 ($45; 18.1cu ci): 98% + 2

Tecsun PL310 ($40; 19.9cu ci): 92% + 0

Grundig G8 ($50; 18.6cu ci): 83% + 5

Sangean DT120 ($30; 4.8cu ci): 81% +0

Eton E100 ($70; 16.6cu ci): 73% +1

Grundig G6 ($87; 16.2cu ci): 71% +2

Kaito KA1101 ($55; 16.5cu ci): 60% +0

We are sure there are other ULRs we could have tested. These are the ones we
had or barrowed. "Your test results may vary"

John Washburn
Jewashburn(at)Comcast.net




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

Yahoo! Groups Links


Two New Logs Tonight

Pilgrimway <pastor@...>
 

The new UL station drought has continued through February, but I did snag two new stations tonight:

1150 WWDJ Boston MA, 1800, Spanish religious talk under local pest WDEL, presumed ID but too weak to make out all of it. UL log 676

970 WFSR Harlan KY, 2100, southern gospel music, "It's a little slice of
heaven, AM 970, WFSR, Harlan, Kentucky". On late with day power? Listed at only 24 watts of night power. UL log 677.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE
www.pilgrimway.org/dx


Re: MI LOG

BILLY PAGE
 

OOOPS - My goof - your are CORRECT - WARE is the one !!

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 3:59 PM, Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...> wrote:

 

Are you maybe thinking of WARE in Ware MA ? WREN is in Alabama.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>
FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot

--- On Mon, 2/22/10, BILLY PAGE <djbilly2@...> wrote:

From: BILLY PAGE <djbilly2@...>
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] MI LOG
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 3:20 PM


 

and some other oddball info - Only (2) AM stations in USA - have call letters identical to their location
 
WACO in Waco, TX
WREN in Wren, MA
 
and would be a great catch if somebody has logged both of these !!
============ ========= ========= ========= ========= =======

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 10:01 AM, wa8lcz <wa8lcz@yahoo. com> wrote:
 


Feb 21 Sunday
1410 WPOP Hartford CT 1759 EST 5k 5k espn sports 528 mi #243
1410 KQV Pittsburg PA 2100 EST 5k 5k news w/old time radio 210 mi #244

had 3 dry days, glad thats finally over.

if you copied KILO in Colorado and WATT in Michigan, you would have a KILO WATT

Byron wa8lcz nr Detroit Mi stations heard 244
Kenwood TS450S litz loop 34 in sq and Sony SRF-M40W





Re: ULR FM Dxing

Chris Knight <chris@...>
 

Thanks for the info, John! Your study seems to agree with my observation
last December that the PL-380 is better on FM than the Grundig G8/Tecsun
PL-300WT. I was able to hear good MS pings at times on both the G8 and
PL-380 with just the radio's whip antenna. Reception was further enhanced on
a G8 with a Moxon antenna (Kevin Schanilec's design).

73,

Chris

Chris Knight (N0IJK)
Fort Lupton, Colorado
http://sites.google.com/site/ftluptonulrlogs/

-----Original Message-----
From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On
Behalf Of grace123moscow
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 7:45 AM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR FM Dxing

Valentine's Day, 2010. We (Sheryl and John Washburn) decided to have some
radio fun together. From 10am to 2pm we would test some ultralight radios to
see how they would be for FM DXing.

We live in Newport, Vermont. Specifically, a housing development on a ridge
overlooking Lake Memphremagog and Canada to the North. This part of Vermont
is characterized by granite mountains up to 3300 feet above sea level. These
mountains are divided by swift flowing streams and lots of ponds and lakes.
Our home is high enough to have a clear 360 degree view of the horizon.
Ideal for FM Dxing.

Our focus for FM Dxing is northeast US and Canada. Our primary receiver has
been the Sony HDR-F1HD digital FM Tuner. We are able to switch between two
FM antennas: an omni directional FanFare FM2G and a highly directional
APS-13 that is mounted on an antenna rotator.

We have been using these resources:
Girard Westerberg has a wonderful web site on FM Dxing (DxFM.com).
Bruce Elving's book: FM Atlas.
The web site of Fmscan.org.

We decided that we would start with producing a list of FM stations as
candidates for our testing. Based on our location, the Fmscan.org site gave
us a list of 52 stations above the threshold of 35db. This was our starting
point. How would each receiver do in identifying these stations?

The resulting list included 24 cities within a 90-mile radius within
Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Quebec.

Here are the results showing name of receiver, approximate cost, size,
percentage of stations identified, and number of additional stations
identified (but not on the Fmscan list).

The non-URL Sony became a reference receiver and was attached to the omni
directional FanFare FM2G antenna and produced these results: 98% + 18

The URLs were tested as is. No modifications were made. No special antennas
used.

Degen DE15 ($45; 16.6cu ci): 98% +5

Tecsun PL380 ($45; 18.1cu ci): 98% + 2

Tecsun PL310 ($40; 19.9cu ci): 92% + 0

Grundig G8 ($50; 18.6cu ci): 83% + 5

Sangean DT120 ($30; 4.8cu ci): 81% +0

Eton E100 ($70; 16.6cu ci): 73% +1

Grundig G6 ($87; 16.2cu ci): 71% +2

Kaito KA1101 ($55; 16.5cu ci): 60% +0

We are sure there are other ULRs we could have tested. These are the ones we
had or barrowed. "Your test results may vary"

John Washburn
Jewashburn(at)Comcast.net




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

Yahoo! Groups Links


Re: ULR FM Dxing

John Cereghin <pilgrimway.geo@...>
 

I used the PL-310 for chasing FM Es last season and was regularly picking off stations over 1000 miles using just the whip.  I am looking forward to see how the PL-380 stacks up this upcoming Es season, but I suspect it will be at least as good as the PL-310.  I haven't used my E-100 to chase Es, so I can't say.

I haven't really used any UL to try DXing FM tropo, but some DX should be possible using just the built-in whips.

Both the 310 and the 380 are great FM radios, well worth the money.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE  


--- On Mon, 2/22/10, grace123moscow wrote:

From: grace123moscow
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULR FM Dxing
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 9:45 AM

 

Valentine's Day, 2010. We (Sheryl and John Washburn) decided to have some radio fun together. From 10am to 2pm we would test some ultralight radios to see how they would be for FM DXing.

We live in Newport, Vermont. Specifically, a housing development on a ridge overlooking Lake Memphremagog and Canada to the North. This part of Vermont is characterized by granite mountains up to 3300 feet above sea level. These mountains are divided by swift flowing streams and lots of ponds and lakes. Our home is high enough to have a clear 360 degree view of the horizon. Ideal for FM Dxing.

Our focus for FM Dxing is northeast US and Canada. Our primary receiver has been the Sony HDR-F1HD digital FM Tuner. We are able to switch between two FM antennas: an omni directional FanFare FM2G and a highly directional APS-13 that is mounted on an antenna rotator.

We have been using these resources:
Girard Westerberg has a wonderful web site on FM Dxing (DxFM.com).
Bruce Elving's book: FM Atlas.
The web site of Fmscan.org.

We decided that we would start with producing a list of FM stations as candidates for our testing. Based on our location, the Fmscan.org site gave us a list of 52 stations above the threshold of 35db. This was our starting point. How would each receiver do in identifying these stations?

The resulting list included 24 cities within a 90-mile radius within Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Quebec.

Here are the results showing name of receiver, approximate cost, size, percentage of stations identified, and number of additional stations identified (but not on the Fmscan list).

The non-URL Sony became a reference receiver and was attached to the omni directional FanFare FM2G antenna and produced these results: 98% + 18

The URLs were tested as is. No modifications were made. No special antennas used.

Degen DE15 ($45; 16.6cu ci): 98% +5

Tecsun PL380 ($45; 18.1cu ci): 98% + 2

Tecsun PL310 ($40; 19.9cu ci): 92% + 0

Grundig G8 ($50; 18.6cu ci): 83% + 5

Sangean DT120 ($30; 4.8cu ci): 81% +0

Eton E100 ($70; 16.6cu ci): 73% +1

Grundig G6 ($87; 16.2cu ci): 71% +2

Kaito KA1101 ($55; 16.5cu ci): 60% +0

We are sure there are other ULRs we could have tested. These are the ones we had or barrowed. "Your test results may vary"

John Washburn
Jewashburn(at) Comcast.net