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External Speaker availability for ULRs

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

While carousing around from store to store today, I saw an Universal Stereo Speaker by Gigaware at one of the area Radio Shacks, part number 40-222 and which is intended for MP3 players. What got me was the fine print reading "or any other audio device that has 1/8" [3.5 mm] headphone jack".

Sounded great in theory, but practicality wins every time. For starters, there is a miniture amplifier in said unit requiring an AA battery, and a seperate ON-OFF switch. The jack itself actually slides, so it is possible to line up the speaker with whatever device it is connected to. However, the drawback is that it causes RFI probably due to it's very close positioning to the internal ferrite bar antenna.

Fortunately, the salesperson ta Radio Shack said that it could be returned if it doesn't work. I thought I would have enjoyed this miniature speaker as I really don't care for headphones, but it's going back.

73 de Joe Miller, KJ8O, Troy MI


Re: #500 heard on an ULR

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Richard,
 
     Thanks for your generous comments.
 
     Actually, except for a little ULR promotional work I enjoyed doing a year ago, it's been guys like you, John Bryant, Kirk Allen, Allen Willie, Rob Ross, Kevin Schanilec, John Cereghin and a multitude of other enthusiastic DXers carrying the Ultralight Radio cause forward, recently.  You guys are a phenomenal group, and I deeply appreciate the chance to watch the ULR group continue to boom, even if I spend most of my recent time tinkering with some bizarre new Slider loopstick transplants.  Congratulations on #500, Richard, and have a great Christmas!
 
     73,  Gary      
 
In a message dated 12/23/2008 8:08:08 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, richarda@... writes:

I accomplished my goal of hearing 500 stations on a barefoot,
unmodified ultralight receiver by Christmas. A few minutes ago, at
0334 UTC I heard XEFQ 680, in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now I can rest
peacefully through the holiday.

Since beginning 3/27/08 I have logged identified stations from 35
states, five provinces,11 estados, and nine countries (including
Croatia, Japan and Spain). I'm amazed at what I've been able to hear
on these tiny sets, especially the Sony SRF-T615.

I especially wish to thank Gary DeBock for introducing us to this
aspect of medium wave DXing. I'd been out of the hobby for almost two
decades and the ULR definitely revitalized my interest. I also want
to express my thanks to everyone who has helped me, especially Kirk
Allen and John Bryant. Congratulations to Kirk on reaching 400. He's
catching up with me at a rapid pace. Now I'm on to catching up with
Rob.

My hope is all of you have an enjoyable holiday.

Richard Allen,
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)





New logs

Carl DeWhitt
 

I have logged 4 new stations since my last post.Station totals now
stand at 240 here in Tennessee.
Here are the best 2 logs.
WKCM 1160 Hawesville,Ky. 2136-2141 EST on 12.22.08. fair to poor
with "1160 WKCM" i.d.,area wx and Real Country slogan.C&W mx.
WYLL 1160 Chicago,Il. 0843-0902 EST 0n 12.23.08.Truth for Life
program,lifechangers.org website,,car dealer ad, Chicago area
wx.i.d."Chicago,s Christian talk, WYLL 1160 am". good.
This may be my last post until after Christmas.May you all have the
best Christmas ever.
73 and good dx
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


Merry Christmas to all on the list

Carl DeWhitt
 

A very Merry Christmas to Kirk,John and Richard as well as to all on
the list.It will be just my wife and myself for Christmas day.But i
will get to spend Christmas eve with my brother that lives here in
Maryville.That,s for the first time in a long time.
re Quebec:
I have been hearing a French language station here in east Tennessee on
690 that is probably Quebec in spite of WLW IBOC.
73 and good dx
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


Re: Congratulations to Kirk Allen

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- I have a question concerning your internet radio stations.Please
contact me via e mail and i can ask the question off list.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.

In ultralightdx@..., Allen Willie <vo1_001_swl@...> wrote:

 
 
   First of all Congratulations to Kirk Allen on logging his 400th
station on Ultralights. That's an amazing accomplishment Kirk, I'm
sitting  at just over 400 stations myself but you managed the feat
in a lot less time than I did. Well Done !
 
Secondly I would like to  wish everyone  a very Merry Christmas and
Happy Holidays. I'm hoping to get back  into some serious Dxing with
the Ultralights after Christmas winds down.
 
The internet radio stations that we run and operate from
St. John's  have kept us busy here with temorary format change on one
to all Christmas music and the other switching to an adult
comtemporary format in the new year from 70's and 80' soft rock.
 
Our all - Christmas station hit a record today as we now have had
listeners from 130 countries since  it began Nov 22
 
Wish I could  log that many countries on  the Ultralights !!!!
 
Best of the Season to all and Good Dx
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 
 


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Re: ULR Station #400 Heard

Carl DeWhitt
 

---Congrats,Kirk on making 400!I am still working on 300 here in
Tennessee.I started my log here on Oct.8,i hope to be at 300 before
Jan.8 or 300 in 3 months.
73 and good dx
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.
In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk Allen" <kirk74601@...> wrote:

Ho Ho Ho,

I'm happy to report station #400 made its way into my headphones
this
morning. About a month ago when I nailed #300, Rob Ross told me
that
now I could shoot for 400 by the end of the year. I truly didn't
believe I could pull it off. Well...somehow it happened anyway
despite my thinking.

900, KPYN, Atlanta, TX, 1305, 12/23, faded up to a good lvl abt a
minute before the ID by a southern accented M ancr...and I DO mean
Southern with a capital S! Ancd several phone numbers to call for
their trading post pgm (area code 903). Lcl wx, high today of 61
degrees...wow, that sounds good. Birthday greetings announced to
what
I speculate might have been the entire population of Atlanta, ha
ha.
By the way, Atlanta is in the extreme NE corner of TX, very close
to
both AR and LA.

I'd like to send my best wishes to everyone here for a Merry
Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Here's to 2008, it's
been a good year. I hadn't had this much radio fun in about 15
years.
Thank you to all who participate here sharing their tech insight
and
DX saavy.
Merry Christmas,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: ULR Station #400 Heard

bjohnorcas@...
 

Congratulations, Kirk!! For a kid with no talent at DXing, you are doing
quite well! (He is one of the finer DXers I've known.... very talented at
the dials!)

We are in Ft. Worth at our daughter's to enjoy the holidays with she and
her family. Real sorry that you can't make it to your son's.... may a
heavily disguised Santa surproise you at work!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

John Bryant


I'm happy to report station #400 made its way into my headphones this

morning. About a month ago when I nailed #300, Rob Ross told me that
now I could shoot for 400 by the end of the year. I truly didn't
believe I could pull it off. Well...somehow it happened anyway
despite my thinking.

900, KPYN, Atlanta, TX, 1305, 12/23, faded up to a good lvl abt a
minute before the ID by a southern accented M ancr...and I DO mean
Southern with a capital S! Ancd several phone numbers to call for
their trading post pgm (area code 903). Lcl wx, high today of 61
degrees...wow, that sounds good. Birthday greetings announced to what
I speculate might have been the entire population of Atlanta, ha ha.
By the way, Atlanta is in the extreme NE corner of TX, very close to
both AR and LA.

I'd like to send my best wishes to everyone here for a Merry
Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Here's to 2008, it's
been a good year. I hadn't had this much radio fun in about 15 years.
Thank you to all who participate here sharing their tech insight and
DX saavy.
Merry Christmas,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Congratulations to Kirk Allen

Allen Willie
 

 
 
   First of all Congratulations to Kirk Allen on logging his 400th station on Ultralights. That's an amazing accomplishment Kirk, I'm sitting  at just over 400 stations myself but you managed the feat in a lot less time than I did. Well Done !
 
Secondly I would like to  wish everyone  a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I'm hoping to get back  into some serious Dxing with the Ultralights after Christmas winds down.
 
The internet radio stations that we run and operate from St. John's  have kept us busy here with temorary format change on one to all Christmas music and the other switching to an adult comtemporary format in the new year from 70's and 80' soft rock.
 
Our all - Christmas station hit a record today as we now have had listeners from 130 countries since  it began Nov 22
 
Wish I could  log that many countries on  the Ultralights !!!!
 
Best of the Season to all and Good Dx
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 
 


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Re: ULR Station #400 Heard

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...>
 

Kirk,

I had to laugh when I read your description of the programming
on KPYN 900 in Atlanta, TX. When I was growing up in Bossier
City, LA, the station used the call KALT. The "thrill" (if
you can call if that, hi) was hearing the announcer read off
the agri-news and local trading post items. They went dark
for a long time. Glad to hear that they are back!

My great-grandparents lived in Ida, LA, which is right on the
LA-AR state line. They would go to the "big" city of Atlanta,
TX, to shop. Even though Shreveport, LA, was closer, they
didn't like the "big city" traffic.

I spent many Christmas holidays in Ida back in the 1960's with
my Mom and Dad, aunts, uncles, and cousins at the "old home
place." Times were very different back then.

Thanks for bringing some cherished Christmas memories back
to mind!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-or-

as they say in SE Texas,

"Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo"

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


ULR Station #400 Heard

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Ho Ho Ho,

I'm happy to report station #400 made its way into my headphones this
morning. About a month ago when I nailed #300, Rob Ross told me that
now I could shoot for 400 by the end of the year. I truly didn't
believe I could pull it off. Well...somehow it happened anyway
despite my thinking.

900, KPYN, Atlanta, TX, 1305, 12/23, faded up to a good lvl abt a
minute before the ID by a southern accented M ancr...and I DO mean
Southern with a capital S! Ancd several phone numbers to call for
their trading post pgm (area code 903). Lcl wx, high today of 61
degrees...wow, that sounds good. Birthday greetings announced to what
I speculate might have been the entire population of Atlanta, ha ha.
By the way, Atlanta is in the extreme NE corner of TX, very close to
both AR and LA.

I'd like to send my best wishes to everyone here for a Merry
Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Here's to 2008, it's
been a good year. I hadn't had this much radio fun in about 15 years.
Thank you to all who participate here sharing their tech insight and
DX saavy.
Merry Christmas,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: The Three Okies Need Some Help: Quebec

bbwrwy
 

Thanks Claudio. Yes, the WLW HD signal is a problem on 690 kHz. IBOC
reminds me of the Soviet jammers I heard in Europe in the sixties. After my listening session this morning I swear the entire band is
being jammed. My ears are still ringing. It may be the way of the
future, but it's not a very well thought out system.

Have a very merry Christmas.

Richard Allen,
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)


Re: For the Oklahoma guys , Quebec stations possible

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Hi Allen,

Thanks very much for the list of Quebec stations. We definitely
appreciate that.
It's beginning to look like I have more stations on my hit list than I
do actual loggings, hi hi.
Merry Christmas,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


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Re: [IRCA] DEC 23 - Eton E100 slider drop test and TPs

Gary DeBock
 

Wow Colin,
 
     Your Slider E100 seems not only to have survived the drop test, but is now meaner than ever!
 
     To be honest, I spent all summer DXing with a Slider E100 having the 2 Litz wires dangling out to a loose loopstick, just like yours (the plastic frame wasn't designed until September).  John Bryant saw it once at Grayland, and probably thought I was nuts. The monster radio doesn't seem to care-- it will still be a mean DX performer either way. It logged many Aussies, Kiwis, Tonga and Fiji for me at Grayland in the summer, despite the bizarre "configuration."
 
     When you return to Victoria, I can retain the DX-proven RF section of the radio, and simply install a new front panel having a new plastic frame. Your veteran Slider E100 should look brand new.
 
     73 and Have Fun,
 
     Gary (in the Puget Sound deep freeze)
 
     
 
In a message dated 12/23/2008 12:27:58 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, cafe@... writes:

Was up at 1400UTC there about.... 5AM Hawaii time...
with the now hand-held-together E100 slider...
to describe the dial as chock-a-block would be fair:
Truk on 1593, Thailand on 1575, Korea on 1566, Tawian WYFR
on 1557, Australian on 1548 and so on... Malaysia on 1476 (tent), unid on 1314
JOWF on 1440, JJ on 1386, China on 1296, Japan on 1287  and 1278...
something on every channel down to 1143 and 1134 where there were pile-ups...
1098 Marshall one of the loudest non-Hawaii on the band...
etc etc etc etc...
Will get a notebook today at an ABC store and take some notes.
Lots of MP3 recorded last night.

Highly recommend this QTH for Pacific DXing. Very quiet...
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Re: The Three Okies Need Some Help: Quebec

Claudio Leite
 

* bbwrwy (richarda@...) wrote:
The other would be 690 kHz. If I remember correctly, there use to be a
French language station on 690 that was sometimes heard. Presently,
690 kHz is available because nearby KGGF signs off between 0600 and
1100 UTC.
Yep--CINF 690 is still a 50kW French-language news station that should be
easy to ID, but it is obliterated by IBOC hash from (I believe) 700 WLW in
Cincinnati.


Re: For the Oklahoma guys , Quebec stations possible

bbwrwy
 

Thanks Allen. Best wishes to you for happy holidays.

Richard Allen,
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)


For the Oklahoma guys , Quebec stations possible

Allen Willie
 

Hello to the Oklahoma Guys looking for Quebec stations
 
Here's the Quebec stations I've logged here in Newfoundland on ultralights. Depending of course on your locals there and DX conditions you may or may not have a shot at some of these over time.
 
I've included what you might hear from each one for possible  clues.
 
540 khz - CBGA1 New Carlisle, Quebec  French,CBC programs
610 khz - CHNC New Carlisle, Quebec  Montreal Canadiens hockey in french
690 khz - CINF Montreal, Quebec   french news
730 khz - CKAC Montreal, Quebec  french news, possible hockey
800 khz - CHRC Quebec City, Quebec  french
940 khz - CINW Montreal, Quebec  oldies , english
990 khz - CKGM Montreal, Quebec   sports talk, english
1040 khz - CJMS Montreal, Quebec  french,country music
1150 khz - CJRC  Gatineau, Quebec  french talk, pop songs
1150 khz - CHGM Gaspe, Quebec  french talk , CJRC often mixes with this here
1270 khz - CFGT Alma, Quebec  french talk, think this might be FM now
1280 khz - CFMB Montreal, Quebec  ethnic programs
1570 khz - CFAV  Laval, Quebec   french talk , oldies Boomer ID
1610 khz - CJWI Montreal, Quebec  french talk
1650 khz - CJRS Montreal, Quebec  Jewish programs
1690 khz - CJLO  Montreal,, Quebec  french talk
 
Best of Quebec DX to all,
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Re: ULR Station #400 Heard

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Kirk,
 
     Congratulations on the logging of KPYN-900 in Atlanta, Texas, and the great accomplishment of hearing 400 stations on Ultralight radios within a year!  When John Bryant and I were trying to organize this niche group a year ago, we had no idea it would be so enormously popular, and inject a major enthusiasm boost into the general AM-DX community.  DXers like you are the reason we are so successful, and continuing to grow at a booming pace.  Thanks!
 
     73,  Gary    
 
In a message dated 12/23/2008 11:34:17 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, kirk74601@... writes:

Ho Ho Ho,

I'm happy to report station #400 made its way into my headphones this
morning. About a month ago when I nailed #300, Rob Ross told me that
now I could shoot for 400 by the end of the year. I truly didn't
believe I could pull it off. Well...somehow it happened anyway
despite my thinking.

900, KPYN, Atlanta, TX, 1305, 12/23, faded up to a good lvl abt a
minute before the ID by a southern accented M ancr...and I DO mean
Southern with a capital S! Ancd several phone numbers to call for
their trading post pgm (area code 903). Lcl wx, high today of 61
degrees...wow, that sounds good. Birthday greetings announced to what
I speculate might have been the entire population of Atlanta, ha ha.
By the way, Atlanta is in the extreme NE corner of TX, very close to
both AR and LA.

I'd like to send my best wishes to everyone here for a Merry
Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Here's to 2008, it's
been a good year. I hadn't had this much radio fun in about 15 years.
Thank you to all who participate here sharing their tech insight and
DX saavy.
Merry Christmas,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK





Re: [IRCA] Eton E100 slider drop test

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Colin,
 
     No problem at all.  The plastic frame Slider E100's are designed to take some severe shocks, and still operate. They were made this way because the designer knew he would drop one, eventually :>).  I assume the plastic frame protected the loopstick from damage.  Even if not (as Kirk Allen has proved), you can still hear a lot of great DX on a Slider E100 as long as you can peak the signals (even with a cracked ferrite bar). The sliding coil system actually compensates for any pieces of ferrite missing, and the unit operates at near 100% sensitivity.
 
     Temporarily, I would recommend that you use strong rubber bands to hold the plastic frame on the top of the radio, until you return to Victoria.  A second attempt at a Superglue bonding would be kind of dicey, because the surfaces are no longer flat.  The front cabinet section of the E100 can be easily swapped out (there is an extra one here, to which I can attach another plastic frame), and your Slider E100 will be as good as new after a checkup, and alignment.
 
     Anyway, the "TSA insurance model" is still ready and waiting, should you desire to swap models now, or in the future.  This would not delay sending the new Slider E100 to the other Victoria DXer, since two more models should be finished here this week.    
 
     73 and Have Fun,
    Gary
 
In a message dated 12/23/2008 1:20:48 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, cafe@... writes:
Murphy DX Law #1 -

day 2 of 10 day Kona DXped.

You drop your best radio early on in the
dxped after you have been listening for hours,
are tired and put the radio down and walk away
with the headphones still plugged in.

Boom. Antenna assembly separated from E100
but wires intact. unit still works.

will get some crazy glue or strong rubber bands to piece back together.

yup. idiot moment for sure.
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Re: The Three Okies Need Some Help: Quebec

bbwrwy
 

At my QTH, 940 is one of two open frequencies for hearing Quebec. The
only obstacles are CJGX, Yorkton SK, and XEYJ, Sabinas CO MEX. In the
good old days I use to hear CBM once in awhile on 940 kHz.

The other would be 690 kHz. If I remember correctly, there use to be a
French language station on 690 that was sometimes heard. Presently,
690 kHz is available because nearby KGGF signs off between 0600 and
1100 UTC.

Something can be heard on 1610 kHz on some nights, but it's barely
above the noice level.

Thanks everyone, I'll keep listening. If I can hear Washington state,
I sure Quebec will be heard.

Have a happy holiday.

Richard Allen,
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK)


ULR logs from Southern California

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

Greetings to all:

We're here in Hermosa Beach for a week, and first two day's of loggings:

530 WHNV296 Los Angeles 12/21/08 1350 LAX Airport info
540 XESURF Tijuana 12/21/08 1355 NewsTalk 1260 and 540 ID
570 KLAC Los Angeles 12/21/08 1318 Sports
600 KOGO San Diego 12/21/08 1324 Local ads
620 XESS Ensenada 12/21/08 1326 SS Music Seis Veinte ID
710 KSPN Los Angeles 12/21/08 2030 ESPN Radio and the Herd ID
740 KBRT Avalon 12/22/08 2110 Religious
760 KFMB San Diego 12/22/08 2115 Sean Hannity
790 KABC Los Angeles 12/22/08 2122 Sean Hannity
830 KLAA Orange 12/22/08 2123 SS-organic food talk
870 KRLA Los Angeles 12/22/08 2130 Stn ID
900 KALI West Covina 12/22/08 2132 SS-Religious
930 KHJ Los Angeles 12/22/08 2134 La Ranchera ID
980 KFWB Los Angeles 12/22/08 2135 Traffic and news, ID
1020 KTNQ Los Angeles 12/22/08 2137 SS-health foods talk
1070 KNX Los Angeles 12/22/08 2139 News
1090 XEPRS Rosarita 12/22/08 2142 SS-sports, Double X ID
1110 KDIS Pasadena 12/22/08 2147 Radio Disney
1150 KTLK Los Angeles 12/22/08 2149 K-Talk ID
1630 Unid. Redondo Beach 12/22/08 2152 TIS for Redondo Beach
1620 Unid. Torrance 12/22/08 2153 TIS for Torrance
1650 KFOX Torrance 12/22/08 2154 Korean, stn ID
1670 WHPY Moreno Valley 12/23/08 0032 SS-Religious
1680 Unk. 12/23/08 0032 Asian
1530 KFBK Sacramento 12/23/08 0036 Wine talk, local traffic
1460 KTYM Inglewood 12/23/08 0037 Gospel music
1330 KWKW Los Angeles 12/23/08 0038 SS-ESPN sports
1260 KGIL Santa Barbara 12/23/08 0052 "NewsTalk 1260 & 540" Lars
1160 KSL Salt Lake City 12/23/08 0107 Utah news, stn ID
1160 XEQIN San Quintin 12/23/08 0130 SS Traditonal Mex. music
670 KIRN Los Angeles 12/23/08 0144 Iranian language, EE ID
660 KTNN Window Rock 12/23/08 0155 Country music, st ID
640 KFI Los Angeles 12/23/08 0200 50kw of brain candy ID
580 KMJ Fresno 12/23/08 0206 News and stn ID
1100 KFAX San Francisco 12/23/08 0230 Eric Hove, Spirit of Bay ID
1140 KSFN North Las Vegas 12/23/08 0238 Sporting news radio and ID

California total = 36 using the SRF-39. Hope to make 100 before leaving.

73 de