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Re: ++++SPAM++++ Newbie

satya@...
 

Hi John:

Welcome to the group! This is a wonderful little community that I hope
you will enjoy. I read your bio, and it's great top have someone with so
much DX experience checking in. Good luck with not spending more of your
childrens' inheritance on assembling an arsenal of Ultralights: they are
habit-forming!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

Hi all - this is my first post to this group
A group of very kind ultralighters in the Western USA sent a few of us
South
African DXer's some ultralights and I ended up with one.


Welcome

Allen Willie
 

John Plimmer wrote:
Hi all - this is my first post to this group
A group of very kind ultralighters in the Western USA sent a few of us South
African DXer's some ultralights and I ended up with one.
 
 
Hello from Newfoundland ,  John  . looking forward to your logs of  what you are hearing there in South Africa also. Welcome to our group of Ultralight DXers.
 
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland 


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Re: Newbie

robert ross
 

John Plimmer wrote:

Hi all - this is my first post to this group
A group of very kind ultralighters in the Western USA sent a few of us South
African DXer's some ultralights and I ended up with one.


John Plimmer, Montagu, Western Cape Province, South Africa











Hi John:

   Welcome to the Ultralight Radio Reflector...Nice to have you in the group, and great to have a South African Member join the group!!

Nice loggings with your little Sony SRF-39P ULR...and we look forward to seeing more of your logs soon!!

I have a funny feeling that we may just know that group of very kind Ultralighters in the Western USA!! HAHHAHAHA....

Jump in anytime John.....a pretty friendly bunch of guys in this group!!

Happy New Year from CANADA John...

Regards.....ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
London, Ontario CANADA







Happy Ultralight New Year (read at own risk)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     One of the primary culprits for the Ultralight radio craze would like to wish every one of you an exciting, DX-filled 2009, with thrilling pocket radio DX to fill your new year!  May you all have the productivity of Rob Ross, the luck of Allen Willie, the DXing knowledge of John Bryant, and the technical wizardry of Steve Ratzlaff!
 
     Back from New Year's Day in 2008 (and completely without any popular demand), for those of you with strong stomachs, I offer this awful selection of poetry from the very early days of Ultralight Radio.  Feel free to read it at your own risk, and have a wonderful New Year!
 
HAPPY ULTRALIGHT NEW YEAR (1-1-2008)
 
The weather is icy, the snow is quite deep...

The TA's and TP's have fallen asleep.

The bands they are dreary, the Asians are gone...

The current conditions provoke a big yawn.

But deep in our hearts,  we know there is hope..

A new day is dawning, no reason to mope.

We hold in our hands the key to success..

A tiny receiver that banishes stress.

It warms the winter like cookies from Mom,

And zaps IBOC gloom like a nuclear bomb.

It nulls all your pests, eats locals for lunch...

And of all of your toys is the best of the bunch!

When winter is over, and spring shall appear..

We all know DXers will jump with great cheer.

For tiny receivers will lead us to joy...

And make us all feel like we did as a boy.

We may not be young now, and over the hill..

But these tiny toys still provoke a great thrill.

The Club, it has hope now, the future is bright..

Happy New Year to All... with a new Ultralight!

  
73 and Apologies to All,  Gary DeBock




Newbie

John Plimmer <plimmer@...>
 

Hi all - this is my first post to this group
A group of very kind ultralighters in the Western USA sent a few of us South African DXer's some ultralights and I ended up with one.

Vince had his father-in-law deliver the Sony SRF-39FP to me yesterday and I
gave it a run this morning. In parallel with giant Cyclops II I was able to
get:
1575 R Farda AA and Arabic music
1557 France Inter Nice FF talk and light music
1521 AA Saudi Arabia
1350 // 1215 Botswana VV and Afro music
1197 Lesotho Gospel tunes
Not bad for a first run with conditions not too good, but I wouldn't have
got most of that without it being // to the big radio.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and good DX to all of you.

John Plimmer, Montagu, Western Cape Province, South Africa
South 33 d 47 m 32 s, East 20 d 07 m 32 s
Icom IC-7700, Icom IC-756 PRO III with MW mods
ERGO software
Drake SW8. Sangean 803A
Sony 7600D, GE SRIII, Redsun RP2100
Antenna's RF Systems DX 1 Pro Mk II, Datong AD-270
Kiwa MW Loop.
http://www.dxing.info/about/dxers/plimmer.dx


One Last New One for 2008

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Was looking for 890-WFKJ Cashtown PA for the ultralight log last
night, instead got unexpected 890-WBAJ Blytheville SC with "Bible
Answers Live" with good TOH ID at 1700. Brand spanking new station
for the master log and UL station 446, so a good way to end 2008.
Heard barefoot on the DT-400W.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Target UL DXing for 2009

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Looking over my UL log (I started seriously UL DXing on July 16,
2008), I am currently at 445 stations. In my vain attempt to somehow
catch up to Robert Ross (ha!), I am naturally looking to break the
magic 500 station mark. As Robert already noted in his recent
missive, it gets plenty tough to add new stations when you get to a
certain level. It's even worse here in Delaware, as I can only DX in
three directions for domestic DX (Europe and Africa are, of course,
wide open!).

So how to get to 500 stations? By specific target DXing.

First, I went to the FCC database and downloaded all stations within
500 miles of Smyrna (not counting Canadian stations). After
organizing that data, I went through it again and pulled out all
stations that I have yet to log within, say, 225 miles. That leaves
me with 211 stations within 225 miles that I have not logged on my UL
radios. I figured 225 miles is a good radius to start with in using
my UL radios barefoot. So instead of randomly cruising the dial, I
will specifically target various frequencies and look for definite
stations, especially at sunrise and sunset. At night, I'll probably
sit on one of the graveyard stations and hope I get lucky. I'm
currently 21 graveyard stations in the UL log, so I'm naturally trying
to reach that magic 30-station level.

Of course, if any stations come through that aren't my target list,
I'm not too proud to count them!

Happy New Year everyone!

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


3 new stations

Carl DeWhitt
 

I have added to 3 new logs to my total here in Tennessee which brings
the station total to 263.
Radio Reloj 1020 2350-2353ESt 0n 12.30.08 weakm with ss talk and rr cw
i.d.


Re: [IRCA] Durham Radio Runs Out of Eton E100's

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Colin,
 
     Thanks for your very positive comments on the DXing performance of the E100 Slider models, during your Kona vacation.  John, Guy and I have already known about the monster performance of these tiny wonders, and it's nice to have another TP-DXer thrilled with the results.
 
     Your suggestion of the E-100S designation for the Slider models is great :>)   Since there are two versions of the E100 Sliders, maybe we could call John's plywood-frame model the E100SJ, and my plastic-frame model the E100SG?   :>)
 
     It's unfortunate that Durham Radio has run out of the E100's, but since Eton had officially discontinued this model since June, it shouldn't be a big surprise to anybody.  The NOS E100's are still routinely available from other sources, although at a higher price.  There are also several outlets selling demo and used models, some offering guarantees of proper operation.
 
     For those of you already owning an E100 and considering DX performance modifications, there is currently no shortage of the Murata CFJ455K5 IF filters (Steve Ratzlaff is still doing the modifications) or parts to make Slider loopsticks (Amidon is still selling type 61 ferrite bars 7.5" long, and Dave Schmarder is still selling 40/44 Litz wire).  During 2009, I think there will be plenty of new monster E100's created, hopefully providing great new portable DXing excitement for transoceanic and domestic DXers.
 
     73 and Good DX,   Gary DeBock
   
 
In a message dated 12/30/2008 8:45:47 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, cafe@... writes:
>
> Might you have one or three tucked away somewhere that you're willing to part with for a price? Inquiring minds want to know.Bert New

I have 2 - and in the interest of science and good will,
I would be willing to loan my E100 Slider (now almost fresh from
its Hawaiian adventure...) to any of you -

Anyone have a sense if there is a little brother or sister
to the E100?

In retrospect I am glad that I did not bring the Eton E1
all this way - the E100 is very directional and has helped
null out some unpleasant QRN - the E1's whip on MW would
not have done anything.

The Grundig G6 and Kaito 1103, also along for the ride,
have been virtually useless on MW against the slider -
and the Sony Prison has been an utter non-starter -

It too needs some large ferrite ears to dig into
that soft RF zone we call the pacific.

>From what I have experienced with the E100-Slider,
heretofore to be referred to the now discontinued
E100-s (I hope Gary, John an Guy approve...) or
the E100-S - it has performed about as well as
a Drake R8 locked on a 1.2 khz filter position
connected to a Wellbrook ALA100 and suitable loop
of wire -- actually and in all fairness - it
is BETTER than that.
The E100-s is more sensitive than the Sony 2010
by about 6db (or more) [using my ears here after all folks]
and a clear notch above the Eton E1 -

It is a shame that the E100 and E100-s are now slipping into
the real of legend... and my trip isn't even over yet...

Best 73 and Aloha,

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GS Ultralight Loggings Dec. 30, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight loggings for Tues. Dec. 30, 2008. All stations logged from Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

First time in a week that I've been able to spend enough time listening to be able to add another station to the ultralight log. Added one more station this morning. Total ultralight count: 231.

950 WROL MA Boston - 30-Dec-2008 1245 UTC - Religious show ("A Season for Miracles" ?) with religious music, talk, and an interview. ID on hour with callsign and slogan "The Spirit of Boston" and "a service of Salem Communications". Then into another religious program. 5 kW / 90W. Shortly after sun-up on daytime power. Eton E-100. (Fair).

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


Re: ULTRALIGHT DX..More GRAVEYARD Goodies..+ UNID HELP NEEDED!!!

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

************ ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* ****
1450 UNID Beaming South/SE DEC/30/08 1516 EST EE FAIR
ID by Male DJ @ 1516 EST as "AM 1450 and 1400" Into a TALK Show.
It could have been Sports talk...but I think just Talk. Also the 2nd Freq
in the ID sounded like 1400...but coulda been 1500 or 1300 ??

Only thing I can see on the net with those 2 freqs (1450 & 1400)
is a station in IDAHO.....and I don't think it was them!!

************ ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* ********* ********
1490 UNID Beaming South/SE DEC/30/08 1633 EST EE GOOD
Oldies Music. Sonny & Cher...Baby Don't Go. Male DJ spoke and gave
"Today's Health Tip"...on Blueberries. ID as "Your Home for Timeless
Favourites". Then into "Timeless Community Calender" Sung out by
Females, then Male DJ with Community Events".

********* ********* ********* ********* *********



Too many talk/news/sports stations on 1450 to



1490 sounds like WMPX-MI. They're one of two stations on 1490 using the "Timeless Favorites" slogan and programming. The other is in California.


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


ULTRALIGHT DX..More GRAVEYARD Goodies..+ UNID HELP NEEDED!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Well today was my day off work so after I went and got my 2 License
Plate Stickers, my new Driver's License...and my New Health Card ....(Yes
my Birthday is in January!!).....I found a few minutes this afternoon for
some SUNSET SKIP DX with the ULR......

I spent a good part of the time on the GRAVEYARD Freqs again and was
rewarded with ONE NEW STN.....and maybe a few more if anyone can help to
ID a couple of UNIDS. I also heard a Pile of RELOGS on the GY Freqs. Today
was one of those days where the stations jump out of the mud at you!!

RADIO used today was.........SONY SRF-T615 with 2 1/2 Foot Homebrew Tunable
Box Loop.

ULR LOG TOTALS are now......603 Stations Heard.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Here's the 2 UNIDS first if anyone can Help........The Internet didn't help
me much with these......but maybe they are someone's LOCALS!!??

*******************************************************************************
1450 UNID Beaming South/SE DEC/30/08 1516 EST EE FAIR
ID by Male DJ @ 1516 EST as "AM 1450 and 1400" Into a TALK Show.
It could have been Sports talk...but I think just Talk. Also the 2nd Freq
in the ID sounded like 1400...but coulda been 1500 or 1300 ??

Only thing I can see on the net with those 2 freqs (1450 & 1400)
is a station in IDAHO.....and I don't think it was them!!

UNID...Need Help Please!!
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************
1490 UNID Beaming South/SE DEC/30/08 1633 EST EE GOOD
Oldies Music. Sonny & Cher...Baby Don't Go. Male DJ spoke and gave
"Today's Health Tip"...on Blueberries. ID as "Your Home for Timeless
Favourites". Then into "Timeless Community Calender" Sung out by
Females, then Male DJ with Community Events".

UNID...Need Help Please!!
ROSS, ONT.
************************************************************************************
1340 WEPM Martinsburg, W.VA. DEC/30/08 1500 EST EE FAIR
ID by Male DJ @ 1500 EST as "The very best in Sports....WEPM
Martinsburg". Into ESPN Sports talk@ 1500 EST. ESPN DOT COM IDS.

NEW STN NEW ULR # 603 NEW ULR GY # 52 1 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!!

Defy Physics.....Play Table Tennis!! (Ping Pong with an Attitude)
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one new log

Carl DeWhitt
 

I have added 1 new log today bringing my totals here in Tennessee to
260 stations.
WKLB 1290 Manchester,Ky. 0900-0907 EST on 12.30.08 Community
Calendar,wx and i.d."1290 WKLB in Manchester" poor.Radio used:E-100
barefoot.
73 and good dx.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


Re: [IRCA] How Many ULR Loggings are Possible?????

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- I have been ULR dxing with one of my SRF-59,s + my e-100 since i
moved here to Tennesee.I plan to get my other SRF-59 out along with
my SRF-M37V and M37W in my quest to greatly improve my station totals.
I concur with Rob that the sky may be the limit on ULR dxing.There
will always be something new to log because their will be new
stations to come on the air and others will go dark or change antenna
patterns or power levels.That will open new dx oppurtunities on their
respective frequencies or on adjacent channels.
One thing that might help is to make yourself a list of northern
indicator stations which are normally heard from your north.If a
aurora occurs,it can sometimes be severe enough to wipe out all or
most stations to your north and reveal stations to your south not
normally heard.Once,i noticed the effects of an aurora when i lived
in Oklahoma.It was in February and WHAS 840 Louisville,Ky. was
weakened to the point where it was easily nullable revealing Radio
Nacional de Panama.Guatemala on 1210 and some others were heard this
same night as i recall.In summary,a radio effecting aurora can be a
good oppurtunity to log new ones.I think they are most likely to
occur around the Spring and Autumnal equinoxes.Any one else here have
any experience dxing mw during an aurora ?
73 and good dx.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.

In ultralightdx@..., "John Cereghin" <jcereghin@...>
wrote:

You hit the bullseye with that, Gary! I realized that I have
neglected by
trio of SRF-59s of late for the fancy digital readouts of my DT-
200/400 and
E100. I feel so dirty! :)

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE



Even stock SRF-59 DXing is alive and well, despite the
fact that lazier DXers (like yours truly) have bailed out :>)



Happy New Year!

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...>
 

Happy New Year 2009 to all of my friends
on the Ultralight DX List!

May this next year be one of promise, hope,
and blessing!

Oh, and lots of new DX would be good, too!

73,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Re: [IRCA] How Many ULR Loggings are Possible?????

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 


Happy New Year

Allen Willie
 

 
 
  Hi Guys,
 
Just a short note to wish everyone and their families all the best in the New Year . This past year has been extra special with the fabulous ultralights added into the mix for Dxing. Like many others  I was totally blown away at what could be heard on these gems.
 
My thanks to Gary,John, Robert and the entire membership of the Good Ship Ultralight for making my 40 th year in radio Dxing  such a  memorable one
 
Wishing everyone good things and good Dxing  in 2009
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland .


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Re: How Many ULR Loggings are Possible?????

w2gjw <w2gjw@...>
 

Robert,

Firstly, my congratulations on you logging 602 stations using ULRs.
That's a very impressive feat in itself, let alone when using hi-end
table top receivers. I truly admire your dedication and perseverance
to a task such as this, and you're absolutely correct saying time
and location means everything in this hobby. Lets also not forget
good propagation!

I don't think I'd ever be able to log that many stations using an
ULR, at least not from this poor location. I live just miles north of
many of the hi-power towers for the NYC stations. It's taken me
decades to log my near 800 station count from this location here in
northern NJ. My second problem is the lack of time to devote to this
great hobby.

Never-the-less, you've been such a a great inspiration to the ULR DX
hobby and I for one have enjoyed reading all your posts. My
suggestion to you is don't stop now! Keep logging new ones! It'll be
interesting to see just how many you can log and I have no doubt that
you'll be able to snag new ones every now and then while your total
continues to grow. Why not shoot for 1000 stations as your next
target point?

Thanks so much for your contributions to the ULR hobby. People such
as yourself, Colin, Gary and the others have made this a most
enjoyable and most importantly FUN addition to the MW DX-ing
community!!

Happy New Year to all and good luck with your new loggings!

73- Good DX!
Gary Wilt- W2GJW
NRC Webmaster
Wood Ridge, NJ FN20wu


How Many ULR Loggings are Possible?

Gary DeBock
 

Rob and Nick,

     Rob's discussion is downright profound, and should  be read by all ULR
enthusiasts!

     Of course, we all have different DXing goals, and  reasons why we enjoy
using these little radios.  600 ULR stations  received in one year is
phenomenal from any location, but from the west  coast... well, it's about as likely
as receiving WOON-1240 (or  maybe MOON-1240  :>)

     To be honest, Rob has taken the ULR focus  into a direction that I never
would have considered, since from the beginning,  my own ULR interest has
been receiving TP's on these tiny wonders-- an  absolutely thrilling experience. 
Catching the tail end of the 2007 fall  season with my humble stock SRF-59, I
managed to log 3 of them (JOAK-594,  JOIB-747, and HLCA-972), before the band
went into the winter hibernation period  in December (which we are now
experiencing again, one year later).

     Greatly missing the TP's (and having some moderate  Navy technical
experience), a fascinating challenge developed-- no doubt equally  fascinating to
Rob's multiple station challenge--  I wanted to make the ULR  radios
ultra-competitive for TP reception!  Yes, make them,  ultra-sensitive, ultra-selective
and ultra-effective for transoceanic DXing...  so that they could outperform
even the full-sized stock portables like the  ICF-2010 and E1.  This challenging
goal was probably equally daunting to  Rob's goal of logging many hundreds of
stations in one year-- and equally  fascinating.

     Along the way, some outstanding technicians like  John Bryant, Guy
Atkins and Steve Ratzlaff joined in-- as we pursued the common  goal of creating an
Ultralight radio with unprecedented 9 kHz-split DX  capability.  I had a lot
of "education" along the way--  SRF-39FP  loopstick transplants that boosted
sensitivity but degraded selectivity, vintage  ferrite loopsticks that needed
to be retired, etc.  But eventually,  working together, we found the perfect
way to combine extreme sensitivity  with extreme selectivity in a modified
Ultralight (with extreme nulling ability  as a bonus).  The Slider loopstick E100's
(with the Murata CFJ455K5 IF  filter) are now astonishing ever DXer who tries
one out-- and like Rob, I  can truthfully say that this year has provided
great Ultralight radio  thrills for me, for John Bryant, and many other TP DXers.

     We all have differing reasons for enjoying these  tiny wonders, but like
Rob eloquently wrote, we all have one great thing in  common-- FUN!  It's a
total blast to hold a tiny modified E100 in your  hand, and receive 5AN-891 in
Adelaide, Australia (8,230 miles from  Grayland).  It's equally fun for Allen
Willie to log new European, African  and Asian countries on his stock
SRF-M37V, or John Bryant to log multiple  Aussies and Kiwis with his E100, assisted by
a Wellbrook  array. Even stock SRF-59 DXing is alive and well, despite the
fact  that lazier DXers (like yours truly) have bailed out :>)

     So in addition to thanking Rob again for his  phenomenal
accomplishments, I would like to thank all of you for setting  the standard in AM-DXing fun
this past year, and for giving this hobby a huge  enthusiasm boost.  Our best
days are yet to come, and 2009 looks like  an ultra-exciting year for our
booming niche group.

     73 and Best Wishes,    Gary  DeBock   

       
In a message dated 12/30/2008 11:34:04 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, 
nhp@... writes:


At 18:24  12/30/2008, you wrote:

>Hi Guys:
>
>  After logging  # 602 I have found myself in another Drought...not
>hearing anything New  on ULRs for the last 2 Days!! Several people have
>asked the Million  Dollar Question....Is there a limit to how many
>stations can be logged  using ULR Radios??


a great write-up, Rob.  Your  basic  DXing technique is universally
applicable (you don't hear 'em if the radio  isn't switched on; a couple of hundred
brand new stations in a single year  after many years of DXing attests to that),
but your observations concerning  regional "spotlights" certainly bear
repeating as well. 

Thanks,  and Happy New  Year.

Nick



*****************************
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Victoria, BC
Canada 

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Re: Durham Radio Runs Out of Eton E100's

Gary Kinsman
 

Hello all,

Well, if some of you guys hadn't bought half a dozen of these, then
there might be more left for everyone else. (You know who you are.)

Regards,
Gary

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

Hello Guys,

Russ Johnson advised me this morning that Durham Radio of
Whitby, Ontario has sold out their stock of the discontinued Eton
E100, and that they will no longer be available. Their web site
confirms this. Durham Radio has sold a great number of these NOS
E100's to the Ultralight Radio AM-DXing group at the special
price of $44.93 (plus shipping), but unfortunately hobbyists
desiring to purchase these outstanding compact models will now
need to track one down from other sources (at a much higher
price).

73, Gary DeBock