Date   

new country logged last night

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Hi Guys,
 
Hope everyone had fun and logged a lot of new ones during the Fall Follies Ultralight affair.
I logged another new  country last night as follows:
 
864 khz - R. Liberty via Gavar, Armenia Relay  11/03/08  2:08 UTC w/ programming in Turkmen language  ; also mention of Ukraine by man , half hour later into Italian language program to Africa mentioned  *** NEW COUNTRY # 67 ***   SRF-M37V barefoot
 
Also 1 unidentified early this morning as follows:
 
950 khz - ?  in briefly @ 10:30 UTC  11/03/08 w/ Midnight Truckers Network mentioned (checked their website for clues) Anyone  know of the Network ID anywhere out there using 950 on the dial ?
 
 
Best Of DX
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 


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GUY'S FARDA IS A RECORD, AFTER ALL :>)

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Friends,

The third time is the charm!!!  I just added two entries to the Firsts and Records List.

While Guy's reception of Farda in UAE from Grayland is not quite the World Distance Record for Barefoot Ultralights, it is the very first instance of hearing what is considered a TA station from the North American West Coast.  Now, the only one of those very basic "Firsts" for us left to conquer is hearing a TP from on or near the eastern coast on NAm. 

The other new record was an Ultralight North American Record for Distance on a Graveyard Channel, Unlimited Class.... Kirk Allen's marvelous catch of Spartanburg, SC on 1400 from northern Oklahoma.... close to 900 miles.

I'm sort of wondering if we shouldn't add two "Firsts" from the Central Time Zone: TA and TP and maybe the same two from the MLT.  I remember that Richard Allen in Northern Oklahoma has a JJ station (774?) but does any ultralighter in the Central Time Zone have a TA yet????  

Well, in any case... congratulations to Kirk and Guy... both receptions were truly phenomenal!

John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Slider E100
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array NW
Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest


bcb report

marshall <marshallve3txt@...>
 

HI GUYS

THis just IN
after finishing 100 ultralight stations in 20 days but remember
that was maybe 6 hours of listenning time . I then spent last week
on the big radio Sattleite 800 covered full band scan logging 12 new
stations for my alltimelist . brings aqll time total 1135 stations
hope by spring toreach 1150 that shoulde be easy hit because between
now and the end of march I will do one full bandscan a mounth.thars 6-
9 nights a mounth.
Marshaqll
eastern ontario


WORLD RECORD OOPS!!!

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Well, that will teach me to keep two lists (Current and Overall) and only update one..... I checked the wrong, un-updated, list when I so happily declared Guy's Farda reception a World Record.... its not!

I missed the Current Record holder, Kevin Schanilec with his DU reception which is just about 200 miles farther. 

The current Barefoot Class Record is:

   12372 km/7684 miles Kevin Schanilec, Kenai Pen., AK 3LO-774, Melbourne, Australia  9/17//2008 (E100)  

Sorry for the error!

John B.


ATKINS SETS NEW WORLD RECORD

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Friends,

Guy's reception of Farda from Grayland on a barefoot SRF-39FP absolutely obliterates the old world record for distance in the Barefoot Class.  BRAVO, Guy!!!!  I've already entered it in the official records.

Guy Atkin's sez:

The highlight of my 2-night DXpedition over the weekend in Grayland, Washington was certainly the logging of Radio Farda, 1575 kHz in the UAE. This was during grayline conditions last night (Nov. 2 UTC date), less than an hour past local sunset and just before Al-Dhabbaya, UAE sunrise. It's a distance of 7,538 mi. / 12,131 km., per the Google Earth "Distance Tool" from the R. Farda antenna array to Grayland Beach State Park!




Worldwide Reception
Longest Distance Reception -Worldwide Reception
   8370 km/5201 miles Gary DeBock, Puyallup, WA HLCA-972, Dangjin, S.Korea 11/22/2007(SRF-59)
   8729 km/5424 miles Allen Willie, St. Johns, NF  BSKSA-1521, Duba, Saudi Arabia, 1/4/2008 (SRF-37V)
   9251 km/5748 miles Allen Willie, St. Johns, NF  Radio Farda-1575, Al Dabiya 1/21/2008 (SRF-37V)
   9504 km/5906 miles Allen Willie, St. Johns, NF  Radio Sawa-1431, Djibouti 2/2/2008 (SRF-37V)
  12131 km/7,538 miles Guy Atkins, Grayland, WA   Radio Farda-1575, Al-Dhabbaya, 11/02/2008 (SRF-39FP)
 **8810 km/5474 miles Dennis Vroom, Salmon Creek, WA HLAZ-1566, Cheju Is., South Korea, 1/24/2008
                                                                                                            (SRF-39FP** & SRF-M37V**)  
   **11721 km/7283 miles Dennis Vroom, Salmon Creek, WA VOA-1575, Ban Rasom, Thailand  3/16/2008
(SRF-39FP**)
  **13255 km/8230 miles John Bryant, Grayland, WA 5AN-891 Adelaide, SA 5/29/2008 (**E100)   


Radio Farda 1575 kHz / UAE Heard in Grayland WA on SRF-39FP

Guy Atkins
 

The highlight of my 2-night DXpedition over the weekend in Grayland, Washington was certainly the logging of Radio Farda, 1575 kHz in the UAE. This was during grayline conditions last night (Nov. 2 UTC date), less than an hour past local sunset and just before Al-Dhabbaya, UAE sunrise. It's a distance of 7,538 mi. / 12,131 km., per the Google Earth "Distance Tool" from the R. Farda antenna array to Grayland Beach State Park!
 
To my knowledge, R. Farda has not been heard before on the West Coast of North America with a receiver of any type, communications receiver OR a cheap portable.
 
I had R. Farda the previous night on my Perseus SDRs before 0200, but didn't realize what I was hearing. I first thought it was an early fade-in of an Asian, but of course 0130-0155 UTC is *far* too early! I never expected to hear a TA on a *barefoot* ultralight portable from Grayland, much less on my Perseus receivers and Wellbrook Phased Array antenna. When I realized that it might have been R. Farda after all, I was more prepared the next evening.
 
Sure enough, a het was first heard and seen on 1575 with the Perseus spectrum display at 0130, and audio faded up with dance / techno music at 0140. Five minutes later between music selections, I heard an Arabic language announcer with mentions of "Arabiyya". The best reception (poor-fair level at best) was around 0150 with a pounding, bass-heavy dance / techno tune and Arabic vocals.
 
Would it be possible to hear anything at all on a barefoot SRF-39FP? I had pre-tuned the Sony between a Spanish station on 1570 and 1 kw. KBAL, Lebanon, Oregon on 1280. The radio was ready to go, already rotated for best null of 1280, and waiting for me on the railing of the outside porch. When Farda seemed like it wouldn't get any stronger, I dashed outside the yurt (cabin) in Grayland and slapped on the headphones...woo-hoo!! There was the dance / techno music, in parallel to what I was hearing on Perseus! The signal (only moderately weaker than on Perseus) lasted only 15-20 seconds on the small Sony before it was gone into oblivion on both radios.
 
Here's a short MP3 of how this TA station sounded on the Perseus SDR:
 
As luck would have it, my Wellbrook Phased Array (prototype) antenna was oriented approximately correct for grayline reception of Radio Farda--to the Northwest at 300 degrees. Hmm...perhaps this wasn't technically a "trans-Atlantic" reception, as the grayline took the signal north-northeast over Russia, Siberia, across Alaska, and down along the British Columbia coastline.
 
The only other possible TA noted during this DXpedition was 1008 kHz, heard both nights with dance and electronica music before 0200 UTC, but not found on the Sony ultralight. 1008 may be a reactivated GrootNieuwsradio, Holland, or possibly a Spanish SER station.
 
This Grayland DXpedition was highly productive overall; I'll be sharing full details early this week.
 
Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA USA
 
 


Re: Grayland Ultralight DXpedition-- Nov. 2 (TP's by the Truckload)

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Great job, Gary!!!!  I'm glad that you finally hit one of the really good TP mornings down there... and I'm especially glad that you did so well with the DT-400W.  Bravo all the way around.

John Bryant







At 08:51 PM 11/2/2008 -0500, D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hello Guys,
 
     Sometimes everything just seems to fall into place!  Not only was I able to book Room 15 at the Grayland Motel on short notice, but I had the whole motel to myself, with no RF pollution of any kind.  I had always wondered what it would be like at Grayland on a fantastic TP morning, and today I found out!
 
     18 new TP's were received on the stand-alone Slider E100 (for a total of 70 now), with many second-tier Japanese, Korean and Chinese stations that never could make it to my inland Puyallup location.  The stock Sangean DT-400W also ran wild, with easy loggings of VOA-1575 in Thailand, VOV-675 in Vietnam and Taiwan-738, as well as about 12 other TP's.  The band was still going strong in broad daylight at 1545, and two new Ultralight countries were logged (Alaska and the Marshall Islands). A booming mp3 of choral music from 1098-Marshall Islands was obtained at 0741 on the Slider E100, along with many other recordings of obscure Japanese stations. Guy Atkins was set up at the Grayland Beach State Park about a mile south of me, and he also had a fantastic time with his Perseus, Wellbrook Array and SRF-39FP prison radio.
 
     One of the main objectives of this trip was to compare the performance of the different E100 modifications (stock, filter only, Slider loopstick only, and fully modified E100) in actual TP DXing conditions, and some very interesting information was obtained for an upcoming "E100 Four Variant Shootout" article, to be posted on DXer.Ca.  This should prove useful for any DXers considering E100 modifications of any kind.
 
     A heavily modified ICF-2010 (30" loopstick) was used as a spotting receiver for the Ultralights, and was extremely useful in checking all the booming frequencies.  Here are the loggings, all on the Slider E100 (7.5" Amidon loopstick + Murata CFJ455K5 narrow IF filter), unless otherwise noted. Carrier strength was checked on the modified ICF-2010:
 
531   JOQG   NHK1 program strong throughout morning. Logged on DT-400W at 1127
549   Strong carrier throughout morning, but too much 550 slop to ID
558   JOCR  Up and down after 0820, heard on DT-400W at 1231 (fair signal)
567   JOIK   NHK1 booming in all morning;  strong on DT-400W at 1205
576   R. Mayak synchros up and down in strength; weak on DT-400W at 0906
585   JOPG  strong throughout morning with NHK1 program
594   JOAK  blowtorch signal from 0704 straight through to 1535; easy on DT-400W
603   HLSA at moderate level after 0800 until past sunrise
612   Decent carrier, but never came up to audio
621   Presumably Pyongyang at 1220 with good KK audio under KPOJ slop
639   CNR1 with moderate strength after 0830; weak on DT-400W at 1421
648   VOR  Somewhat weaker than expected on this stellar morning
657   Pyongyang  Booming as usual; heard on DT-400W at 1403
666   JOBK  Near blowtorch level all morning; easy on DT-400W at 1425
675   VOV great signal late; weakly heard on DT-400W at max dawn (1436)
684   Weak audio at 1431 presumed Pyongyang, with typical obsolete music
693   JOAB Booming in with NHK2 all morning, easy catch on DT-400W at 1233
702   NHK2 synchros very tough catch in domestic splatter at 1117, // 747
711   Very strong carrier here in KIRO splatter at 1428, but too much KIRO to ID
729   Another strong carrier that never quite made it to audio
738   BEL2 moderate to strong all morning; weak on DT-400W at max dawn (1434)
747   JOIB  As expected, incredibly strong on every Ultralight in the room
750   KFQD over/ under KXL during SSS (0400) on the Slider-only E100
756   KBS at a decent level around dawn enhancement (1413)
765   Weak Korean at 0826, presumed HLCQ
774   JOUB King of the NHK blowtorches all morning long, well past 1515
792   Weak Chinese at 1501;  Shenyang?
819   Obviously NK with extremely ragged carrier in KGNW slop, but no audio
828   JOBB another NHK2 blowtorch causing hearing damage to careless DXers
837   Chinese mystery station at decent level all morning; DT-400W at 1445
846   NHK1 synchros heard weakly at 1139
855   Pyongyang at 1141 with female vocal music and ragged carrier
864   HLKR decent signal after 0900 through to sunrise, with KBS program
873   JOGB NHK2 powerhouse most of morning, strong on DT-400W at 1205
890   KBBI  Homer, Alaska easiest of the Alaskans during SSS at 0303
891   JOHK and another weak station (CC?) fighting it out at max dawn (1432)
909   Decent carrier for most of morning, but no audio
918   Shandong CC at good level around sunrise, 1417
927   Not as strong as 918, but audible in CC at 1421
936   Anhui CC audio pretty strong around 1445; weak on DT-400W at 1450
945   CNR audio easily audible through KJR splatter, 1411
954   JOKR heard with difficulty through KJR splatter at 0847 due to IF filter mod
963   CRI signal weaker than expected throughout the morning
972   HLCA blowtorch as usual on every Ultralight in sight, DT-400W at 0835
981   CNR1 strong in CC with some domestic splatter, 1256
999   Strong carrier right next to KOMO, but way too much splatter to ID
1008  JONR heard in JJ through KOMO splatter at 1212; on DT-400W at 1214
1017  Good DU carrier at 0727, but never came to audio (presumably Tonga)
1035  Monster carrier with no modulation heard throughout morning
1044  China as expected around sunrise (1445), but not very strong
1053  Jammer + JOAR + unID Chinese fighting it out around 1431
1062  UnID CC at fairly good level, 1355
1098  Radio Marshalls booming in with choral music for nice mp3 at 0741
1134  JOQR very strong all morning; strong on the DT-400W at 1149
1206  China Yangbyan Korean service strong at 1206 for nice mp3
1242  JOLF suddenly came up in JJ through graveyard splatter at 1405
1278  JOFR weakly heard at 1225 with local JJ program in domestic hash
1305  UnID weak Chinese audio at 1421 (max dawn enhancement)- CNR1?
1332  JOSF weak with JJ female audio at 0843, but strong at 1434
1422  JORF finally came up to audio at 1504 in JJ, after hours as carrier
1467  HLKN strong in Korean KBS program at max dawn (1417)
1475  RTM Sabah E.Malaysia heard in weak audio only on ICF-2010, 1453
1566  HLAZ true blowtorch for most of morning, strong on DT-400W at 1451
1575  VOA Thailand very strong late, with booming mp3 on DT-400W (1455)
1593  CNR weak signal on DT-400W at max dawn enhancement, 1433
 
     With all this DX fun on stand-alone Ultralight portables, it's hard to imagine how this hobby can get any more exciting!  Thanks to John Bryant and Walt Salmaniw for their recent DXpedition reports, which helped provide identification for many of the above TP's. Thanks also to Guy Atkins and Steve Ratzlaff for their assistance in developing these modified E100's, which truly provide outstanding DX performance in a very tiny package.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock     
   
     
      
 
    




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Re: Grayland Ultralight DXpedition-- Nov. 2 (TP's by the Truckload)

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Hola Gary,

Pardon my southern hickish sounding expression here, but HOLY COW!! I
just looked in the mirror and I do believe I see some greenish
discoloration of my pigmentation goin' on. Seriously, YOUR REPORT WAS
NOTHING SHORT OF FANTASTIC!! My hat's off to you techie types who
understand and can implement these wild mods to the ULR's. Congrats
to all you guys up there on both coasts for some ground breaking
loggings in the last year. My hat is off!
73's Gents,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

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

Hello Guys,

Sometimes everything just seems to fall into place! Not only
was I
able to book Room 15 at the Grayland Motel on short notice, but I
had the whole
motel to myself, with no RF pollution of any kind. I had always
wondered
what it would be like at Grayland on a fantastic TP morning, and
today I found
out!

18 new TP's were received on the stand-alone Slider E100 (for
a total
of 70 now), with many second-tier Japanese, Korean and Chinese
stations that
never could make it to my inland Puyallup location. The stock
Sangean DT-400W
also ran wild, with easy loggings of VOA-1575 in Thailand, VOV-675
in
Vietnam and Taiwan-738, as well as about 12 other TP's. The band
was still going
strong in broad daylight at 1545, and two new Ultralight countries
were logged
(Alaska and the Marshall Islands). A booming mp3 of choral music
from
1098-Marshall Islands was obtained at 0741 on the Slider E100,
along with many
other recordings of obscure Japanese stations. Guy Atkins was set
up at the
Grayland Beach State Park about a mile south of me, and he also
had a fantastic
time with his Perseus, Wellbrook Array and SRF-39FP prison radio.

One of the main objectives of this trip was to compare the
performance
of the different E100 modifications (stock, filter only, Slider
loopstick
only, and fully modified E100) in actual TP DXing conditions, and
some very
interesting information was obtained for an upcoming "E100 Four
Variant Shootout"
article, to be posted on DXer.Ca. This should prove useful for
any DXers
considering E100 modifications of any kind.

A heavily modified ICF-2010 (30" loopstick) was used as a
spotting
receiver for the Ultralights, and was extremely useful in checking
all the
booming frequencies. Here are the loggings, all on the Slider
E100 (7.5" Amidon
loopstick + Murata CFJ455K5 narrow IF filter), unless otherwise
noted. Carrier
strength was checked on the modified ICF-2010:

531 JOQG NHK1 program strong throughout morning. Logged on DT-
400W at
1127
549 Strong carrier throughout morning, but too much 550 slop to
ID
558 JOCR Up and down after 0820, heard on DT-400W at 1231 (fair
signal)
567 JOIK NHK1 booming in all morning; strong on DT-400W at
1205
576 R. Mayak synchros up and down in strength; weak on DT-400W
at 0906
585 JOPG strong throughout morning with NHK1 program
594 JOAK blowtorch signal from 0704 straight through to 1535;
easy on
DT-400W
603 HLSA at moderate level after 0800 until past sunrise
612 Decent carrier, but never came up to audio
621 Presumably Pyongyang at 1220 with good KK audio under KPOJ
slop
639 CNR1 with moderate strength after 0830; weak on DT-400W at
1421
648 VOR Somewhat weaker than expected on this stellar morning
657 Pyongyang Booming as usual; heard on DT-400W at 1403
666 JOBK Near blowtorch level all morning; easy on DT-400W at
1425
675 VOV great signal late; weakly heard on DT-400W at max dawn
(1436)
684 Weak audio at 1431 presumed Pyongyang, with typical obsolete
music
693 JOAB Booming in with NHK2 all morning, easy catch on DT-400W
at 1233
702 NHK2 synchros very tough catch in domestic splatter at
1117, // 747
711 Very strong carrier here in KIRO splatter at 1428, but too
much KIRO
to ID
729 Another strong carrier that never quite made it to audio
738 BEL2 moderate to strong all morning; weak on DT-400W at max
dawn (1434)
747 JOIB As expected, incredibly strong on every Ultralight in
the room
750 KFQD over/ under KXL during SSS (0400) on the Slider-only
E100
756 KBS at a decent level around dawn enhancement (1413)
765 Weak Korean at 0826, presumed HLCQ
774 JOUB King of the NHK blowtorches all morning long, well past
1515
792 Weak Chinese at 1501; Shenyang?
819 Obviously NK with extremely ragged carrier in KGNW slop, but
no audio
828 JOBB another NHK2 blowtorch causing hearing damage to
careless DXers
837 Chinese mystery station at decent level all morning; DT-400W
at 1445
846 NHK1 synchros heard weakly at 1139
855 Pyongyang at 1141 with female vocal music and ragged carrier
864 HLKR decent signal after 0900 through to sunrise, with KBS
program
873 JOGB NHK2 powerhouse most of morning, strong on DT-400W at
1205
890 KBBI Homer, Alaska easiest of the Alaskans during SSS at
0303
891 JOHK and another weak station (CC?) fighting it out at max
dawn (1432)
909 Decent carrier for most of morning, but no audio
918 Shandong CC at good level around sunrise, 1417
927 Not as strong as 918, but audible in CC at 1421
936 Anhui CC audio pretty strong around 1445; weak on DT-400W at
1450
945 CNR audio easily audible through KJR splatter, 1411
954 JOKR heard with difficulty through KJR splatter at 0847 due
to IF
filter mod
963 CRI signal weaker than expected throughout the morning
972 HLCA blowtorch as usual on every Ultralight in sight, DT-
400W at 0835
981 CNR1 strong in CC with some domestic splatter, 1256
999 Strong carrier right next to KOMO, but way too much splatter
to ID
1008 JONR heard in JJ through KOMO splatter at 1212; on DT-400W
at 1214
1017 Good DU carrier at 0727, but never came to audio (presumably
Tonga)
1035 Monster carrier with no modulation heard throughout morning
1044 China as expected around sunrise (1445), but not very strong
1053 Jammer + JOAR + unID Chinese fighting it out around 1431
1062 UnID CC at fairly good level, 1355
1098 Radio Marshalls booming in with choral music for nice mp3 at
0741
1134 JOQR very strong all morning; strong on the DT-400W at 1149
1206 China Yangbyan Korean service strong at 1206 for nice mp3
1242 JOLF suddenly came up in JJ through graveyard splatter at
1405
1278 JOFR weakly heard at 1225 with local JJ program in domestic
hash
1305 UnID weak Chinese audio at 1421 (max dawn enhancement)- CNR1?
1332 JOSF weak with JJ female audio at 0843, but strong at 1434
1422 JORF finally came up to audio at 1504 in JJ, after hours as
carrier
1467 HLKN strong in Korean KBS program at max dawn (1417)
1475 RTM Sabah E.Malaysia heard in weak audio only on ICF-2010,
1453
1566 HLAZ true blowtorch for most of morning, strong on DT-400W
at 1451
1575 VOA Thailand very strong late, with booming mp3 on DT-400W
(1455)
1593 CNR weak signal on DT-400W at max dawn enhancement, 1433

With all this DX fun on stand-alone Ultralight portables,
it's hard to
imagine how this hobby can get any more exciting! Thanks to John
Bryant and
Walt Salmaniw for their recent DXpedition reports, which helped
provide
identification for many of the above TP's. Thanks also to Guy
Atkins and Steve
Ratzlaff for their assistance in developing these modified E100's,
which truly
provide outstanding DX performance in a very tiny package.

73, Gary DeBock





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Grayland Ultralight DXpedition-- Nov. 2 (TP's by the Truckload)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Sometimes everything just seems to fall into place!  Not only was I able to book Room 15 at the Grayland Motel on short notice, but I had the whole motel to myself, with no RF pollution of any kind.  I had always wondered what it would be like at Grayland on a fantastic TP morning, and today I found out!
 
     18 new TP's were received on the stand-alone Slider E100 (for a total of 70 now), with many second-tier Japanese, Korean and Chinese stations that never could make it to my inland Puyallup location.  The stock Sangean DT-400W also ran wild, with easy loggings of VOA-1575 in Thailand, VOV-675 in Vietnam and Taiwan-738, as well as about 12 other TP's.  The band was still going strong in broad daylight at 1545, and two new Ultralight countries were logged (Alaska and the Marshall Islands). A booming mp3 of choral music from 1098-Marshall Islands was obtained at 0741 on the Slider E100, along with many other recordings of obscure Japanese stations. Guy Atkins was set up at the Grayland Beach State Park about a mile south of me, and he also had a fantastic time with his Perseus, Wellbrook Array and SRF-39FP prison radio.
 
     One of the main objectives of this trip was to compare the performance of the different E100 modifications (stock, filter only, Slider loopstick only, and fully modified E100) in actual TP DXing conditions, and some very interesting information was obtained for an upcoming "E100 Four Variant Shootout" article, to be posted on DXer.Ca.  This should prove useful for any DXers considering E100 modifications of any kind.
 
     A heavily modified ICF-2010 (30" loopstick) was used as a spotting receiver for the Ultralights, and was extremely useful in checking all the booming frequencies.  Here are the loggings, all on the Slider E100 (7.5" Amidon loopstick + Murata CFJ455K5 narrow IF filter), unless otherwise noted. Carrier strength was checked on the modified ICF-2010:
 
531   JOQG   NHK1 program strong throughout morning. Logged on DT-400W at 1127
549   Strong carrier throughout morning, but too much 550 slop to ID
558   JOCR  Up and down after 0820, heard on DT-400W at 1231 (fair signal)
567   JOIK   NHK1 booming in all morning;  strong on DT-400W at 1205
576   R. Mayak synchros up and down in strength; weak on DT-400W at 0906
585   JOPG  strong throughout morning with NHK1 program
594   JOAK  blowtorch signal from 0704 straight through to 1535; easy on DT-400W
603   HLSA at moderate level after 0800 until past sunrise
612   Decent carrier, but never came up to audio
621   Presumably Pyongyang at 1220 with good KK audio under KPOJ slop
639   CNR1 with moderate strength after 0830; weak on DT-400W at 1421
648   VOR  Somewhat weaker than expected on this stellar morning
657   Pyongyang  Booming as usual; heard on DT-400W at 1403
666   JOBK  Near blowtorch level all morning; easy on DT-400W at 1425
675   VOV great signal late; weakly heard on DT-400W at max dawn (1436)
684   Weak audio at 1431 presumed Pyongyang, with typical obsolete music
693   JOAB Booming in with NHK2 all morning, easy catch on DT-400W at 1233
702   NHK2 synchros very tough catch in domestic splatter at 1117, // 747
711   Very strong carrier here in KIRO splatter at 1428, but too much KIRO to ID
729   Another strong carrier that never quite made it to audio
738   BEL2 moderate to strong all morning; weak on DT-400W at max dawn (1434)
747   JOIB  As expected, incredibly strong on every Ultralight in the room
750   KFQD over/ under KXL during SSS (0400) on the Slider-only E100 
756   KBS at a decent level around dawn enhancement (1413)
765   Weak Korean at 0826, presumed HLCQ
774   JOUB King of the NHK blowtorches all morning long, well past 1515
792   Weak Chinese at 1501;  Shenyang?
819   Obviously NK with extremely ragged carrier in KGNW slop, but no audio
828   JOBB another NHK2 blowtorch causing hearing damage to careless DXers
837   Chinese mystery station at decent level all morning; DT-400W at 1445
846   NHK1 synchros heard weakly at 1139
855   Pyongyang at 1141 with female vocal music and ragged carrier
864   HLKR decent signal after 0900 through to sunrise, with KBS program
873   JOGB NHK2 powerhouse most of morning, strong on DT-400W at 1205
890   KBBI  Homer, Alaska easiest of the Alaskans during SSS at 0303
891   JOHK and another weak station (CC?) fighting it out at max dawn (1432)
909   Decent carrier for most of morning, but no audio
918   Shandong CC at good level around sunrise, 1417
927   Not as strong as 918, but audible in CC at 1421
936   Anhui CC audio pretty strong around 1445; weak on DT-400W at 1450
945   CNR audio easily audible through KJR splatter, 1411
954   JOKR heard with difficulty through KJR splatter at 0847 due to IF filter mod
963   CRI signal weaker than expected throughout the morning
972   HLCA blowtorch as usual on every Ultralight in sight, DT-400W at 0835
981   CNR1 strong in CC with some domestic splatter, 1256
999   Strong carrier right next to KOMO, but way too much splatter to ID
1008  JONR heard in JJ through KOMO splatter at 1212; on DT-400W at 1214
1017  Good DU carrier at 0727, but never came to audio (presumably Tonga)
1035  Monster carrier with no modulation heard throughout morning
1044  China as expected around sunrise (1445), but not very strong
1053  Jammer + JOAR + unID Chinese fighting it out around 1431
1062  UnID CC at fairly good level, 1355
1098  Radio Marshalls booming in with choral music for nice mp3 at 0741
1134  JOQR very strong all morning; strong on the DT-400W at 1149
1206  China Yangbyan Korean service strong at 1206 for nice mp3
1242  JOLF suddenly came up in JJ through graveyard splatter at 1405
1278  JOFR weakly heard at 1225 with local JJ program in domestic hash
1305  UnID weak Chinese audio at 1421 (max dawn enhancement)- CNR1?
1332  JOSF weak with JJ female audio at 0843, but strong at 1434
1422  JORF finally came up to audio at 1504 in JJ, after hours as carrier
1467  HLKN strong in Korean KBS program at max dawn (1417)
1475  RTM Sabah E.Malaysia heard in weak audio only on ICF-2010, 1453
1566  HLAZ true blowtorch for most of morning, strong on DT-400W at 1451
1575  VOA Thailand very strong late, with booming mp3 on DT-400W (1455)
1593  CNR weak signal on DT-400W at max dawn enhancement, 1433
 
     With all this DX fun on stand-alone Ultralight portables, it's hard to imagine how this hobby can get any more exciting!  Thanks to John Bryant and Walt Salmaniw for their recent DXpedition reports, which helped provide identification for many of the above TP's. Thanks also to Guy Atkins and Steve Ratzlaff for their assistance in developing these modified E100's, which truly provide outstanding DX performance in a very tiny package.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock      
   
     
       
 
    




954 khz

Allen Willie
 

Hi Allen,

nice catch on 954 - have you heard Turkey or Qatar here they dominate after CR goes off at night.

Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland
 
 
Hi Paul
 
Up to yesterday  I had only  Qatar and Spain on 954  , on ULR and overall for both. Nothing heard  from Turkey yet.
 
 
Regards,
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland



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Re: 2 new logs + 1 new country

Paul Logan
 

Hi Allen,

nice catch on 954 - have you heard Turkey or Qatar here they dominate after CR goes off at night.

Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

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--- On Sun, 2/11/08, Allen Willie wrote:
From: Allen Willie
Subject: [ultralightdx] 2 new logs + 1 new country
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Sunday, 2 November, 2008, 4:31 PM

 
 
 
Hi Guys,
 
A couple new logs last night and early this morning  plus a new country added  to my list
 
Radio Used : SRF-M37V barefoot
 
 
954 khz - Cesky Rozhlas (CRO2) Brno, Czech Republic   21:57 UTC  11/1/08
                   man in slovak with news items, several mentions of Czechoslovak *** NEW COUNTRY *** # 66   Transatlantic  # 196
 
 
610 khz - CMHI ; Radio Reloj ,  Trinidad, Cuba   7:43 UTC  11/2/08
                        man in spanish commentary , familiar time pips 
                                                     STATION # 394 on ULR
 
 
 
Good DX
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 
 
 
 


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2 new logs + 1 new country

Allen Willie
 

 
 
 
Hi Guys,
 
A couple new logs last night and early this morning  plus a new country added  to my list
 
Radio Used : SRF-M37V barefoot
 
 
954 khz - Cesky Rozhlas (CRO2) Brno, Czech Republic   21:57 UTC  11/1/08
                   man in slovak with news items, several mentions of Czechoslovak *** NEW COUNTRY *** # 66   Transatlantic  # 196
 
 
610 khz - CMHI ; Radio Reloj ,  Trinidad, Cuba   7:43 UTC  11/2/08
                        man in spanish commentary , familiar time pips 
                                                     STATION # 394 on ULR
 
 
 
Good DX
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
 
 
 
 


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Re: UNID Solved

bbwrwy
 

Like Kirk, I've heard KOTC, 830 kHz. They are simulcasting KXOQ,
104.3 MHz, Kennett MO. I'm assuming from their new transmitter site
near Memphis TN. The programming is classic rock with identifications
like "The Heart of Rock, 104.3, The Quake" or simply "The Quake". Too
bad reception of the station isn't better because they are
broadcasting my kind of music.

The word is KOTC will eventually go to a classic country music format
serving the Jonesboro AR/Poplar Bluff MO listening area

Thanks to Kirk for the tip on this one. It also allowed me to log
KUYO, 830, Evansville WY.

Best wishes to everyone for a great DXing week. Just remember the
rooster crows an hour earlier in the morning now!

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


GS Ultralight Loggings Nov. 1, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight Loggings for Sat. Nov. 1, 2008. All stations logged on a stock Sony SRF-59 from my home in Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Two more stations added to the ultralight log. Total ultralight count: 187.

1640 WKSH WI Sussex - 01-Nov-2008 0255 UTC - Radio Disney (Poor)

900 WBRV NY Boonville - 01-Nov-2008 1114 UTC - Weather forecast. Ad for Lee Pontiac Buick in Boonville. Several items mentioning Boonville. Oldies music. Vying with CHML for dominance of the frequency. (Fair)

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


E100 filter mod--filters on backorder

Steve Ratzlaff <steveratz@...>
 

Hi,
If any of you are contemplating sending me your E100 for a narrow filter mod, please be aware that filters are currently on about 3 week+ backorder delay. Apparently we have used up Icom America's stock of these filters. I have since learned they have only been re-ordering filters in the amount that the customer requests, not extras to have more in stock. Orders go to the parent Icom company in Japan, and are also only placed usually once a week. They told me I can expect a new filter order about 2 weeks after that, so it could be 3 weeks, maybe more, before I see the filters I've ordered. I placed an order for 4 more filters last week; they told me the order wouldn't go out until next week. Thus it will probably be at least 3 weeks before I receive any more filters. I wish I could order 10 at a time to have some on hand, but I can't afford that.
So be aware that if you send me your radio today, for instance, it will probably be at least 3 weeks before I have it modified ready to send back to you.
Steve


Re: No Distance Records But Having Fun

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Kirk,

That is a great set of loggings!!!  But, I've been meaning to write to you about two things since you heard that Spartanburg, SC station on 1400, you RAT!  Last winter, I had a ball doing the Graveyard Niche of the Hobby.... with the GY yahoo group, you listen to one of the 6 Graveyard channels each week in rotation and the group helps you with UNIDs, etc. I used the occasion to test the Wellbrook array some more (all winter) I'd listen to one of the four directions each night in succession.  Most of us (me included) left the radio on all night and recorded all TOH periods from before dusk until well after dawn. I plotted all my catches on each GY freq on a sheet from the NRC nightime pattern book for most of the winter.  Here is my 1400 map as of mid-Feb 2008.



The light blue listing are prior loggings from other "1400 Weeks" last winter. The dark blue loggings are relogs during the 1400 week in February (when this map was drawn) and the three red ones were new loggings that week. The gray circle is the 600-pluss mile circle that about 90% of my loggings on the GY channels fell within. Kirk is just 40 miles due north of me in Ponca City, OK.... Look what an achievement that Spartanburg reception is....  DURNIT!!!  This winter, I'm going to set up my Wellbrook antennas NE-SE-SW-NW, rather than "straight" NSEW and, on 1400, I'm hoping to do better in Mississippi and Colorado... and Kirk is getting South Carolina on a Select-a-Tenna and an E100!!!! Goes to show you that DXing talent and Being There beats fancy equipment every time!

KIRK, your Spartanburg reception should be entered in the Ultralight Record book under the Western Hemisphere Records as the farthest Unlimited reception of a Graveyard station.  PLEASE submit that reception to me for the record book.... just send me the station info, time of reception and the distance in miles and kilometers and mark the e-mail Ultralight Record Submission. You can look up your distance to any station quite easily on http://topazdesigns.com/ambc/  If you haven't used that site before, just enter Ponca City's geo-coordinates in the left side of the web page (and tell it to SAVE) and then any look-up of a station on that site will always give you a distance.  It will do all sorts of other good things, as well, as you probably all ready know..

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU RAT!!!


John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Slider E100
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array NW
Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest






At 08:43 AM 11/1/2008 +0000, you wrote:

During the Fall Follies, my combined distance with the best 5 stations
heard would equal about a mile or two compared to you heavy-hitters on
the coasts, but I've really been having a blast during the last week
just logging new stations. The Follies have helped me to check the band
more thoroughly, and consequently that's yielded some new stations.
Since all the fun started a little over a week ago, I've been able to
add 26 new stations to the ULR log. Thanks to you guys who came up with
the idea. I really understand it's purpose better than I originally
did. Some of the more interesting ones (just my opinion) are listed
below (all times/dates in UTC):

550, XEPL, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, 0615-0630+, 11/1, full
ID, playing back to back great old Beatles tunes from "Yesterday"
to "Woman" to "Yellow Submarine". Quite fun to actually enjoy a MW pgm,
ha ha.

550, KLLV, Breen, CO, 0021-0036, 11/1, lcl ads for the Four Corners
area plus one for a business in Durango. Richard Allen and I have both
been finding some new ones here in the last day or two. He's logged
some just in the past day or so that I've yet to hear.

550, KTRS, St. Louis, MO, 0036, 11/1, "and now here's a musical
interlude" W ancr says into brief C&W mx, then lcl ads and references
to St. Louis and some surrounding towns/suberbs.

790, WSGY, Saginaw, MI, 2222-2300+, 10/31, poor copy with stiff
competition from KURM, Rogers, AR. Lcl ads gave this one away.

590, KCSJ, Pueblo, CO, 1230, 10/30, never had a hint of this sta
before, but very clear copy that morning w/ lcl ads and ID.

960, XEK, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 0544-0615, 10/30, Full ID
then NA at 0600. Uses the slogan "Radio Nueve Sesenta" often.

1590, KGAS, Carthage, TX, 0310, 10/30, ESPN pgm'g. Unexpected ID by lcl
ancr at 0313.

1510, XEQI, Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 0201-0230+, 10/30, ID and
slogan "La Grande" hrd often.

1030, KTWO, Casper, WY, 0353, 10/28, very poor copy considering the 50
kw power. lcl ads, nx, and ID.

860, CJBC, Toronto, 2335-0000, 10/27-28, FR CBC progm'g.

1400, WSPG, Spartenburg, SC, 0031+, 10/26, ESPN pgms and ID 0100.

650, KGAB, Orchard Valley, WY, 0000, 10/25, caught nice ID and lcl ads,
good copy.

Sorry this posting is a little long. Great DX to you all!!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

John B.
Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Slider E100
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array NW
Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest


Ultralight Sunrise Skip....2 NEW ONES this morning...NEW STATE # 35 VERMONT!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Not much time for listening the past week..but managed to crawl outta
bed early this morning for some SUNRISE Skip and Bagged 2 NEW ONES for the
ULR Log which are Also NEW for the OVERALL LOG as well!! One of these
stations is a NEW STATE # 35 for ULTRALIGHT with VERMONT Logged.

Radio used for this mornings receptions was.......SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight
Barefoot
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ultralight LOG TOTALS are now........................525 Stations Logged
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73..........ROB.

********************************************************************************************
1330 WFIN Findlay, OHIO NOV/01/08 0605 EDT EE GOOD
ID by Male DJ @ 0605 as "1330 WFIN". Into Local Weather by Chris Vickers
Meteoroligist. ID as "Your Sports authority is 1330 WFIN".

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 524 1KW/79Watts Nights
ROSS, ONT.
**********************************************************************************************
1390 WCAT Burlington, VERMONT NOV/01/08 0650 EDT EE GOOD
"ESPN 1390 Weather" @ 0650. ESPN 1390 IDS by male DJ.
Spot for "ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio DOT COM". Spot for ESPN News.
Spot for "The Herd on ESPN".
Beaming East/West

NEW STATION NEW ULR #525 NEW ULR STATE # 35 5 KW
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************

73...............ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC
Enjoy Ultralight Radio DXing......It's like being a KID again!!

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No Distance Records But Having Fun

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

During the Fall Follies, my combined distance with the best 5 stations
heard would equal about a mile or two compared to you heavy-hitters on
the coasts, but I've really been having a blast during the last week
just logging new stations. The Follies have helped me to check the band
more thoroughly, and consequently that's yielded some new stations.
Since all the fun started a little over a week ago, I've been able to
add 26 new stations to the ULR log. Thanks to you guys who came up with
the idea. I really understand it's purpose better than I originally
did. Some of the more interesting ones (just my opinion) are listed
below (all times/dates in UTC):

550, XEPL, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, 0615-0630+, 11/1, full
ID, playing back to back great old Beatles tunes from "Yesterday"
to "Woman" to "Yellow Submarine". Quite fun to actually enjoy a MW pgm,
ha ha.

550, KLLV, Breen, CO, 0021-0036, 11/1, lcl ads for the Four Corners
area plus one for a business in Durango. Richard Allen and I have both
been finding some new ones here in the last day or two. He's logged
some just in the past day or so that I've yet to hear.

550, KTRS, St. Louis, MO, 0036, 11/1, "and now here's a musical
interlude" W ancr says into brief C&W mx, then lcl ads and references
to St. Louis and some surrounding towns/suberbs.

790, WSGY, Saginaw, MI, 2222-2300+, 10/31, poor copy with stiff
competition from KURM, Rogers, AR. Lcl ads gave this one away.

590, KCSJ, Pueblo, CO, 1230, 10/30, never had a hint of this sta
before, but very clear copy that morning w/ lcl ads and ID.

960, XEK, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 0544-0615, 10/30, Full ID
then NA at 0600. Uses the slogan "Radio Nueve Sesenta" often.

1590, KGAS, Carthage, TX, 0310, 10/30, ESPN pgm'g. Unexpected ID by lcl
ancr at 0313.

1510, XEQI, Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 0201-0230+, 10/30, ID and
slogan "La Grande" hrd often.

1030, KTWO, Casper, WY, 0353, 10/28, very poor copy considering the 50
kw power. lcl ads, nx, and ID.

860, CJBC, Toronto, 2335-0000, 10/27-28, FR CBC progm'g.

1400, WSPG, Spartenburg, SC, 0031+, 10/26, ESPN pgms and ID 0100.

650, KGAB, Orchard Valley, WY, 0000, 10/25, caught nice ID and lcl ads,
good copy.

Sorry this posting is a little long. Great DX to you all!!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: UNID Solved ONE MORE TIME!!

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Guys,
I'm sitting in the corner w/ my cute little pointy dunce cap on. Geesh,
Kennett is MO, not AR as I contradicted myself in this earlier report.
Maybe I need a secretary, hi hi.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk Allen" <kirk74601@...> wrote:

The "silent" KTOC, Kennett, AR used to be active w/ a SP lang format.
This evening from 2233, I heard a station on 830 carrying identical
pgm'g from what I hrd earlier in the day.

Kirk "Dunce Cap" Allen
Ponca City, OK


2008 Fall Follies Ultralight DX Contests to End Monday at Local Dawn + 30 Minutes

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

This is just a reminder that all of the contests within the Ultralight Fall Follies will close at your own local sunrise + 30 minutes on this coming Monday morning.  We have had well over 200 people download the Participant's Packet from dxer.ca, so we expect quite a number of entries.  Please remember that ALL entries are due in my e-mail box by local dawn on Wednesday.  I'll then be passing along the entries to Kevin Schanilec and Allen Willie for checking, compilation, etc. We hope to announce the high scorers in each of the six contests by the end of the following weekend, at the latest.

You may submit your entries at any time from now, as a matter of fact. They need not be held to the end of the contest period, if they are your final entries.

When ever you turn in your entry, please do, first, check over the rules once again for compliance and do, PLEASE follow the entry format that is described in the Rules and is listed for your convenience directly below.

Thanks... and we hope that everyone has had fun with this event.  You'll each receive certificates, suitable for framing, within a few days of your entry.


John Bryant for Kevin Schanilec and Allen Willie
The Ultralight Contest Committee

FROM THE RULES:



Entries shall be made by e-mail (only) and shall include the name, address of the entrant or entrants, and longitude and latitude of your location, and email address.  Description of radio and Class entered shall be specified.  If Unlimited Class, describe all antennas and peripherals, etc. utilized. Separate entry logs per Category, please.  Log shall contain total number of stations identified and top five distance DX in Americas and World-wide categories, if any.



EXAMPLE SUBMISSION:

_______________

Fred Jones, Dry Gulch AZ  45:03:4N 89:00:05W  FredJones@...

RADIO: Sony SRF-59 Barefoot Class.

 

STATIONS LOGGED CATEGORY: 45 stations   (the total number of stations is all that is                                                                                           required here)

 

NORTH AMERICAN DX CONTEST:

1.  1200 2/29 850 KOA Denver, CO 1015 km.

2.  1201 2/29 870 WWL New Orleans, LA 1432 km.

3 .  1205 2/30 1520 KOKC Oklahoma City 2123 km.

4.   1210 2/30 900 XEWA, Monterrey, Mexic0 3635 km.

5.   1215 2/30 1000 KOMO Seattle WA 904 km.

                          Total: 8109 km.

 

WORLD-WIDE DX CATEGORY:  No Entry

(Fred didnt hear any stations from outside the Americas from his QTH in Dry Gulch, AZ, so he had no submission in the World-wide category. Had there been an entry, the same format would be used as shown above for his North American DX submission.)

 

Please also note that the two top scorers in the Total Stations Heard Contest will be asked for an abbreviated station log for publication. That log should contain frequency, call letters, location and time heard for each station logged. No program details are necessary.