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GS Ultralight Loggings Dec. 21, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight loggings for Sun. Dec. 21, 2008. All stations logged from Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Three more stations added to the ultralight log, including the third Cuban. Total ultralight count: 230.

570 CMDC Radio Reloj CUBA Santa Clara - 21-Dec-2008 0805 UTC - Nothing heard except the Morse code "RR" identifier, which I heard several times over a span of 15 minutes. 30 kW. Eton E-100 (Very Poor).
--> New station for the overall log. A long time ago I logged R. Rebelde on this freq from Santa Clara, but not R. Reloj.

1650 CINA ON Mississauga - 21-Dec-2008 2030 UTC - Brand new station playing South Asian music. IDs included phone number (416-777-1650) and request for listeners to call the station. ID as "CINA Radio" with CINA pronounced like "Seena". At 2200 ID included statement "This is CINA Radio, for thinking persons who are proud to be South Asians". Supposedly 1 kW but a lot weaker than that would indicate - maybe not at full power yet? Sangean DT-400W (Fair)
--> New station for the overall log.

1360 WKYO MI Caro - 21-Dec-2008 2228 UTC - ID and weather forecast. 1 kW. Sangean DT-400W (Very Poor).

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


New Toronto area radio station

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

For the mediumwave DXers out there: CINA 1650, Mississauga, Ontario, is now on the air. I heard them this afternoon playing south asian music and making periodic IDs with the station telephone number. The NRC station log has them located in Mississuaga, but the telephone number is a Toronto one (416 area code). This station is supposedly 1 kW but it sounded pretty weak to me. Maybe they're not on full power yet? I think they must have just recently come on the air - I haven't heard them before. The station is IDing as "CINA Radio", with CINA being pronounced like "seena". All the talk I heard was in English, but all the music was south asian.

So, another DX target for you folks, and yet another frequency now blocked for me by a local or semi-local station.

Greg S.

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2 new logs today

Carl DeWhitt
 

I logged 2 new ones on SRF-59 with Select-A-Tenna today.
WZAP 690-Bristol,Va. 1427-1445 EST on 12.21.08.Southern Gospel mx from
Crossbeat program,i.d."Serving the mountain empire since 1982,we,re 690
WZAP"plus a later i.d. with location.Christmas mx. good
WGCR-720-Pisgah Forrest,N.C. 1553-1600 EST on 12.21.08 Antioch Church
broadcast from ? North Carolina,Christmas Heritage moment, and
i.d."This is WGCR am 720 ,Pisgah Forrest,N.C." local area wx sponsored
by Wolf Creek Baptist Church.fair-poor in semi-local WLIL splatter.
Both stations are 10 kw.
Station totals here now are at 230 stations.
To whoever posted the fmscan.org site:Thanks !From the am scan
section ,i printed out a list of 185 stations that should be audible
here all within 270 km of here.There were 133 stations on the list that
i had not logged.That is now at 131 stations.There are lot more targets
left to hear from less than 200 miles away.Just logging these would
give me a total of over 300 stations.The list will be very helpful in
ading to my totals i am sure.
73 and good dx,
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


G6, E100, DT-200VX sensitivity comparison

Gary Kinsman
 

Hello all,

I did a quick sensitivity comparison of a G6, an E100 and a DT-
200VX. "0" means Nil, "1" means Poor, "2" means Fair, "3" means Good.

Station (G6, E100, DT-200VX)
530 Simi Valley TIS (2, 0.5, 0)
530 LAX TIS (1.5, 0, 0)
550 KUZZ (2, 1, 0.5)
980 KFWB (3, 3, 2.5)
1700 XEKTT (2, 2, 1)

The G6 is much more sensitive than the E100 at the low end of the
band, and the E100 is more sensitive than the DT-200VX across the
band. These are all stock, unaligned units. I've tested one other DT-
200VX that performed essentially the same as this one.

I compared the low band sensitivity of the G6 to my 7600GR, and it
was almost as sensitive. For such a small radio, the G6 has
outstanding low band sensitivity.

Unfortunately, the G6 has some nasty birdies on 580, 770, 1160 and
1350 kHz. They sound like computer noise (whirring), and they can't
be tuned around. Using an external loop like the Terk or the C.
Crane Twin Coil can overcome them. Without an external antenna,
reception on these four frequencies will be very difficult.

The E100 is a "cleaner" receiver; it has only one birdie around 640
kHz (varies by temperature). It is just a pure tone, and tuning up
or down 1 or 2 kHz can usually get around it.

I haven't noticed any birdies on the DT-200VX, which is a good
thing, given its 10 kHz tuning step.

The E100 has slightly better audio than the G6, at least on AM, and
I prefer its rotary volume control. If you need SSB or standalone
low band sensitivity, then the G6 is the way to go, otherwise the
E100 is a better value at current prices.

Regards,
Gary


Laredo srf-59 log barefoot

lrdheat
 

Standing in the driveway...
 
Sat night 6:32 pm CST WYLD 940 KHz 500 watts New Orleans faded in...first english speaking station heard on that frequency!  588 miles away.
 
Sat night 7:20 pm CST KVET 1300 KHz Austin sports radio 1 Kw about 220 miles away...was able to null out my local Laredo 1300 Khz station!!
 
Sat night 7:25 pm CST WLS 890 KHz Chicago 50 KW about 1,000 miles away...was able to null out my local Laredo 890 KHz station!! both of these on the smallest window imaginable of a null. What fun!


Overnight (12-21-08)

bbwrwy
 

I finally snagged a station in Washington last evening on a barefoot
SRF-T615.

I was trying to hear KIRO on 710 kHz, but QRM from Radio Rebelde
caused me to give up. I moved on up to 1000 kHz where I heard, at
0009 UTC, a man (in studio) talking to a woman reporter about a snow
storm and high winds in the area, including the mountains. She also
mentions travel on Highway 18. She was followed by a male reporter
talking about the affects of the storm on events and shopping. The
signal suddenly faded to barely audible, under nearby KTOK, at 0012,
and was inaudible by 0013. A check of the KOMO website found there
was a significant snow storm in the Seattle area. That led me to the
Washington state DOT site that showed Highway 18 is in the Seattle
metro area. FCC site indicated local sunset, hence change from
daytime to night pattern, is 0015 UTC.

I've learned more about Washington geography since than I knew before.

Later, I heard a weather forecast from CKWX 1130, Vancouver BC, for
snow in the city and warning of blizzard conditions in the mountains.
The temperature was -8° (17° F).

I was surprised to hear KSLL 1080, Price UT, under pest KRLD, at 0650
paying Christmas music, with an ID "KSLL" at 0700, followed by a two-
minute ABC newscast. I was surprised because KSLL is a daytime
station, although they do have Critical Hours authorization. Then I
heard them again this morning at 1300-1306 through the KRLD signal.

I hope everyone stayed warm overnight. I know it's warmer here than
where most of you are listening, but I felt -12.5° (9° F) was a dang
bit cold.

Good DX, and remember headphones will keep your ears warm.

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


Re: G6, E100, DT-200VX sensitivity comparison

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Gary,
 
     Thanks for your detailed comparison testing of the G6, E100, and DT-200VX.  Although there is no G6 here, your findings of the relative sensitivity of the E100 and DT-200VX confirm my own testing, done for the Shootout articles on DXer.Ca.
 
     The low-band sensitivity weakness of the E100 has been well documented, and is entirely due to the tiny, flat stock loopstick. It was the major reason for the development of the Slider loopstick modification during the summer, which completely solved the problem.
 
     The DT-200VX also has a sensitivity limitation on either high or low band, depending upon which segment the alignment technician wishes to favor (on yours, it is apparently weak on low band).  A DT-200VX unit also had a Slider loopstick transplanted into it here recently, which made it equally sensitive with the Slider E100's all across the AM band (although much trickier to make than the Slider E100's).
 
     The Sangean DT-400W seems to have the best wide-band sensitivity of any stock Ultralight tested here recently, although still far short of the Slider models on every frequency. For stock units, it seems a fairly good value at around $55. 
 
     73  Gary DeBock
 
 
  
 
In a message dated 12/21/2008 1:08:54 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, gkinsman@... writes:

Hello all,

I did a quick sensitivity comparison of a G6, an E100 and a DT-
200VX. "0" means Nil, "1" means Poor, "2" means Fair, "3" means Good.

Station (G6, E100, DT-200VX)
530 Simi Valley TIS (2, 0.5, 0)
530 LAX TIS (1.5, 0, 0)
550 KUZZ (2, 1, 0.5)
980 KFWB (3, 3, 2.5)
1700 XEKTT (2, 2, 1)

The G6 is much more sensitive than the E100 at the low end of the
band, and the E100 is more sensitive than the DT-200VX across the
band. These are all stock, unaligned units. I've tested one other DT-
200VX that performed essentially the same as this one.

I compared the low band sensitivity of the G6 to my 7600GR, and it
was almost as sensitive. For such a small radio, the G6 has
outstanding low band sensitivity.

Unfortunately, the G6 has some nasty birdies on 580, 770, 1160 and
1350 kHz. They sound like computer noise (whirring), and they can't
be tuned around. Using an external loop like the Terk or the C.
Crane Twin Coil can overcome them. Without an external antenna,
reception on these four frequencies will be very difficult.

The E100 is a "cleaner" receiver; it has only one birdie around 640
kHz (varies by temperature). It is just a pure tone, and tuning up
or down 1 or 2 kHz can usually get around it.

I haven't noticed any birdies on the DT-200VX, which is a good
thing, given its 10 kHz tuning step.

The E100 has slightly better audio than the G6, at least on AM, and
I prefer its rotary volume control. If you need SSB or standalone
low band sensitivity, then the G6 is the way to go, otherwise the
E100 is a better value at current prices.

Regards,
Gary





GS Ultralight Loggings Dec. 20, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight loggings for Sat. Dec. 20, 2008. All stations logged from Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Two more stations added to the ultralight log. Total ultralight count: 227.

1370 WELG NY Ellenville - 20-Dec-2008 1245 UTC - Talk. ID "on News Talk 1450 WKIP". WKIP in Poughkeepsie NY is WELG's sister station - they both have the same street address. 5 kW D. Sangean DT-400W (Poor).
--> New station for the overall log.

1260 WCHV VA Charlottesville - 20-Dec-2008 2245 UTC - Kim Komando show. ID as "1260 AM and 94.1 FM WCHV Charlottesville" 5 kW/ 2.5 kW. Sangean DT-400W. (Poor)
--> New station for the overall log.

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


WOON 1240....NOT Heard in Ontario!!! One UNID heard though...and help???

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Listened on 1240 last night from 0200 to 0300 EST for the
WOON Test..but nothing at all heard that could be attributed to
WOON!! Thanks to all that helped to arrange the test....but NO CIGAR here
in ONTARIO!! Would have been a good one to log!!

However...I did Log a UNID while I was waiting for WOON to show up. Any
help with this one is appreciated!!

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1240 UNID Beaming East/West Dec/21/08 0203 EST EE FAIR
ID by Male DJ and Female DJ (Split the ID between them) @ 0203 EST as
"News as it Happens...This is FOX NEWS TALK". Then into the Mud!!

UNID...Any Help??
ROSS, ONT.
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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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ULTRALIGHT DX..Sunset Skip...4 NEW ONES Tonight!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Well after going all last night and Sunrise today with NOTHING NEW Heard
at all.......I hit Pay Dirt tonight at Sunset with some Great East/West
Conditions that nabbed me 4 NEW Stations on ULR!! Man...I really needed an
evening like this..and could still use a few more before the end of the
year!! Logged some neat stuff tonight like a Vermont Graveyarder for ULR
Graveyard # 43!! Two of these are NEW to the OVERALL LOG as well!!

Radio used tonight was....SONY SRF-T615 with 2 1/2 Foot Homebrew Tuneable
Box Loop.

ULR LOG TOTALS are now.........587 Stations Heard.
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1490 WIKE Newport, VERMONT Dec/20/08 1556 EST EE FAIR
Country Music @ tune in 1556-1600 EST. ID by Male DJ as "Your ??? Station
WIKE Newport". @ 1600 EST. Into More CW Music. Surprised to hear this one!!

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 584 ULR GY'er # 43 1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
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1310 WTLC Indianapolis, IND. Dec/20/08 1635 EST EE GOOD
Gospel Music. Mention of "Sound of Glory Ministries?? @ 1638 EST.
ID as "AM 1310 The Light" Into Church Announcements Spot @ 1640 EST.
"AM 1310 The Light" IDs and More Gospel Music.

RELOG...But NEW to ULR # 585 5/1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
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1180 WSQR Sycamore, ILL. Dec/20/08 1646 EST EE GOOD
Christmas Song.."Bells of St. Mary's". Female DJ Spoke. Ads for Office max and
Therma Care. Into "Weather Watch" by Female DJ . Gave an 815 Area Code
Phone Number. ID by Female as "For WSQR..I'm ???" (Gave Name).
Into another ID as "This is 1180 WSQR". More Christmas Music.

NEW STATION NEW ULR # 586 900 Watts/ 1 Watt Nights
ROSS, ONT.
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1110 WMBI Chicago, ILL. Dec/20/08 1655 EST SPANISH GOOD
In from 1655 til 1745 EST!! With "Radio Esperanza" Spanish Pgm??
Male and Female DJs spoke Spanish. Lively Spanish Vocals and Music.
Didn't sound very Religious .....for a MOODY BIBLE STATION!!
Mixing with KFAB Omaha, NEBRASKA @ 1745 EST. Local Ad for
"J&A Auto Repair in Chicago".

RELOG....But New to ULR # 587 4.2 KW Days
ROSS, ONT.
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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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Phillipines to Ireland on an UL!

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

have been out of the UL loop recently but had one logging yesterday which made me very very happy and got my interest going again.

VOA Poro Point, Luzon, Phillipines, 1170, 1635 UTC om in special English talk about Pakistan / Afghan politics - fair peak, distance: 6658 miles / 10715 km

I first logged this a few days back on my regular set up ( even that was a shock) and wondered could I manage it with the barefoot SRF 39FP. After about twenty minutes of listening around sunset the English local Magic 1170 went into a deep fade revealing VOA in the clear.

It was a really thrilling moment. Almost makes me ashamed of playing with bigger radios!.

Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

Listening Homepage: http://geocities.com/yogi540/
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/radiofotos/
Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/yogi540



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1 new log

Carl DeWhitt
 

Yesterday ,i added 1 new log with the Sony SRF-59 barefoot.
WIOD 610 Miami,Fl.1959-2000 EST 12.19.08 in briefly with i.d."news
talk...WIOD Miami...Ft.Lauderdale, South Florida,s ..station into
apparent local nx at fade out.poor.
Log totals are now at 228 stations here in Tennessee.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


Re: recent logs

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- Because i was running out of time on this post,i forgot to
mention that they were all with a Sony SRF-59.Both barefoot and
Select-A-Tenna configurations were used.
WXIC 660 is 1 KW.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.
In ultralightdx@..., "Carl DeWhitt" <carl_elissa@...>
wrote:

My am stations totals here in east Tennessee are now at 227 all
heard
on a combination of a Eton E-100 or Sony SRF-59 with Select-A-Tenna
or
barefoot.
Here are the latest logs since my last post.
WCKA -810-Jacksonville,Al. 0857-0905 EST on 12.18.08 with
i.d. 'Alabama
810 is WCKA,Jacksonville"Central Alabama Community College and
other
ads.fair to very poor at fade out.
WAIK-1590 Galesburg,Il.1658-1705 EST on 12.18.08 Dave Ramsey
Show,insurance ad and i.d."1590,WAIK,Galesburg.ABC nx. fair-poor.
WAUK 540 Jackson,Wi 1855-1914 EST on 1218.08
i.d."WAUK,Jackson,Milwaukee,s ESPN 540' national and local
sports.fair
to very poor.Wi no.3 400 watts per FCC.
XEMU 580 Piedras Negras,Coahuila,Mexico.2101-2111 ESt on 12.18.08
with
full i.d. and La Racherita slogan.Announcements in SS.XE no.4.poor-
very poor.
WXIC 660 Waverly,Ohio 0859-0907 EST on 12.19.08 full i.d. and local
ads.ABC nx.fair to very poor.


ULTRALIGHT Sunset Skip....One NEW STATION......

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Not a banner evening for sunset skip tonight..but I did get ONE NEW
STATION out of 3 Hours of listening from 2-5 Pm!! I'll take it!!..I need
every one I can log!!

Radio used tonight was....SONY SRF-T615 with 2 1/2 Foot Homebrew Tuneable
Box Loop.

ULR LOG TOTALS are now.....583 Stations Heard.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Gonna hit the Dials again tonight for as long as I can. We have a Ton of
Snow on the Ground....it's Cold..and I got nowhere to go .....hopefully the
Band will be good tonight!!


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1370 WELG Ellenville, NY Dec/19/08 1601 EST EE GD
Male DJ Spoke @ 1601. ID @ 1602 as "Newstalk 1370 WELG".
Into "Frosty the Snowman" Instrumental Version.

RELOG NEW CALLS NEW ULR # 583 5 KW Days
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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Re: Anybody know a quiet mid-atlantic area?

Claudio Leite
 

Thanks, folks. Looks like the eastern shore of MD is the place to go.
I'll take a trip to Assateague Island State Park on Sunday. The MW scan
map is totally blank for a pretty big radius. The website says it's open
year-round and you can park by the beach.

I'll report whatever my results are.

The only major downside I can see is that you still have Philadelphia,
NY and Boston near or at the same angles as most of Europe, from a quick
look at a great-circle map. But at least no close-by BCB transmitters.

And wow--Kevin, that map makes me amazed that I've managed to DX from my
home location.

Thanks again.
-Claudio

* satya@... (satya@...) wrote:

Hi Claudio:

I would also recommend the "BC Map" software from
http://www.tonnesoftware.com/
You can have it plot all of the known MW stations and see where the
sparsest areas are. On my version it looks like the SE part of Maryland
(around Salisbury) and the piece of Viginia just south of that on the
peninsula are about the sparsest. If you're going south of that, Stumpy
Point, NC looks like an RF-desolate place.

I've copied the screen image and sent it to your email address, so
hopefully you'll get it.

73 - Kevin Schanilec
Bainbridge Island, WA (the audio phasing guy)



Try http://fmscan.org/form.php?r=m&m=m&ex=1 , and enter the
co-ordinates (or location; it will find co-ordinates) of the area you
would like to DX from, Claudio. If the link doesn't work, go to
http://fmscan.org/, then go to: maps, expert mode, AM, and the same
page will appear. A lot of good stuff on that site, though I wouldn't
swear to it having NRC log accuracy.

Good luck.

best wishes,

Nick

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--- In ultralightdx@..., Claudio Leite <cpleite@...> wrote:

Hi ULR'ers,


Also, if anybody knows of a good resource for plotting locations of MW
transmitters that'd be very helpful, too, so I can just look for a spot
that's far away from anything powerful. I don't know of any such tool
for AM, but for FM and TV there are the tvfool/fmfool sites that have
Google Earth maps of transmitter locations for those services.

Thanks.
-Claudio, KB3RMJ
Washington, DC

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Re: Anybody know a quiet mid-atlantic area?

satya@...
 

Hi Claudio:

I would also recommend the "BC Map" software from
http://www.tonnesoftware.com/
You can have it plot all of the known MW stations and see where the
sparsest areas are. On my version it looks like the SE part of Maryland
(around Salisbury) and the piece of Viginia just south of that on the
peninsula are about the sparsest. If you're going south of that, Stumpy
Point, NC looks like an RF-desolate place.

I've copied the screen image and sent it to your email address, so
hopefully you'll get it.

73 - Kevin Schanilec
Bainbridge Island, WA (the audio phasing guy)

Try http://fmscan.org/form.php?r=m&m=m&ex=1 , and enter the
co-ordinates (or location; it will find co-ordinates) of the area you
would like to DX from, Claudio. If the link doesn't work, go to
http://fmscan.org/, then go to: maps, expert mode, AM, and the same
page will appear. A lot of good stuff on that site, though I wouldn't
swear to it having NRC log accuracy.

Good luck.

best wishes,

Nick

***********************************************
--- In ultralightdx@..., Claudio Leite <cpleite@...> wrote:

Hi ULR'ers,


Also, if anybody knows of a good resource for plotting locations of MW
transmitters that'd be very helpful, too, so I can just look for a spot
that's far away from anything powerful. I don't know of any such tool
for AM, but for FM and TV there are the tvfool/fmfool sites that have
Google Earth maps of transmitter locations for those services.

Thanks.
-Claudio, KB3RMJ
Washington, DC


Re: Anybody know a quiet mid-atlantic area?

Nick Hall-Patch
 

Try http://fmscan.org/form.php?r=m&m=m&ex=1 , and enter the
co-ordinates (or location; it will find co-ordinates) of the area you
would like to DX from, Claudio. If the link doesn't work, go to
http://fmscan.org/, then go to: maps, expert mode, AM, and the same
page will appear. A lot of good stuff on that site, though I wouldn't
swear to it having NRC log accuracy.

Good luck.

best wishes,

Nick

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

--- In ultralightdx@..., Claudio Leite <cpleite@...> wrote:

Hi ULR'ers,


Also, if anybody knows of a good resource for plotting locations of MW
transmitters that'd be very helpful, too, so I can just look for a spot
that's far away from anything powerful. I don't know of any such tool
for AM, but for FM and TV there are the tvfool/fmfool sites that have
Google Earth maps of transmitter locations for those services.

Thanks.
-Claudio, KB3RMJ
Washington, DC


recent logs

Carl DeWhitt
 

My am stations totals here in east Tennessee are now at 227 all heard
on a combination of a Eton E-100 or Sony SRF-59 with Select-A-Tenna or
barefoot.
Here are the latest logs since my last post.
WCKA -810-Jacksonville,Al. 0857-0905 EST on 12.18.08 with i.d. 'Alabama
810 is WCKA,Jacksonville"Central Alabama Community College and other
ads.fair to very poor at fade out.
WAIK-1590 Galesburg,Il.1658-1705 EST on 12.18.08 Dave Ramsey
Show,insurance ad and i.d."1590,WAIK,Galesburg.ABC nx. fair-poor.
WAUK 540 Jackson,Wi 1855-1914 EST on 1218.08
i.d."WAUK,Jackson,Milwaukee,s ESPN 540' national and local sports.fair
to very poor.Wi no.3 400 watts per FCC.
XEMU 580 Piedras Negras,Coahuila,Mexico.2101-2111 ESt on 12.18.08 with
full i.d. and La Racherita slogan.Announcements in SS.XE no.4.poor-
very poor.
WXIC 660 Waverly,Ohio 0859-0907 EST on 12.19.08 full i.d. and local
ads.ABC nx.fair to very poor.


Overnight (12/19/08)

bbwrwy
 

At John Bryant's suggestion, I am posting what heard four new stations
overnight (12/19/08) with my barefoot SRF-T615:

1059-1107 UTC 970 kHz WGIK, Louisville KY (5kW) Local news @ 1100.
Frequent ID's including "Newstalk 9-70 WGTK". "Morning in America"
program @ 1106.

1110-1140 UTC 980 kHz WYFN, Nashville TN (5 kW) Bible B/C Network
programming.

1158-1206 UTC 940 kHz XEO, Mexico DF (50 kW) "XEO" ID @ 1158,
national anthem, 1201-1202, then music.

1405-1439 UTC 1060 kHz WMCL, Leansboro IL (2.5 kW) ad for Ford dealer
in Mt. Vernon. WX rpt @ 1410. NASCAR Report @ 1413, sponsored by
White County Ford-Chrysler of Carmi.

I also have a probable for KVOI 690, Tucson AZ, at 0931-0935 with
nationally syndicated news talk. Ad for Moscow Ballet @ 0932. (The
Moscow Ballet is scheduled to perform in Phoenix on 12-23 and El Paso
on 12-26.). KTSM, El Paso, is another possibility.

I also heard the following:

0436-0519 UTC 940 kHz KVSH, Valentine NE broadcasting Univ. of
Nebraska Lady Cornhuskers volleyball.

0956-1006 UTC 690 kHz CBU, Vancouver BC with CBC "Overnight".

0937-0942 & 0953-0956 UTC 690 kHz WIST, New Orleans LA, Midnight
Radio Network programming.

1027-1032 UTC 690 kHz XERG, Monterrey NL, with music.

1049-1107 UTC 972 kHz Heterodyne of varying strength coming from
northwest.

1049-1058 UTC 970 kHz KQAQ, Austin MN, with Bloomberg Radio business
news.

1113-1114 UTC 980 kHz Unid. with brief patch of audio about smoking
in western Canada. It was on a northeast-southwest bearing, possibly
CFPL, London ON.

1137 UTC 980 kHz Unid., poor signal strength with ad for Columbia
(carpet) Foam. Possibly CKNW, Vancouver BC.

1145-1146 UTC 940 kHz CJGX, Yorkton SK, with local ads for
Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba businesses.

1221-1222 UTC 980 kHz CJME, Regina SK, with Saskatchewan weather.
(Too dang cold for me!)

1355-1400 UTC 990 kHz CBW, Winnipeg MB at a poor signal strength.

1400-1405 UTC 1060 kHz Unid., Spanish language Christian programming
to fade-out. Probably KIJN, Farwell TX.

1413 & 1440-1443 UTC 1060 kHz KRCN, Longmont CO, with business news.

1448-1450 UTC 770 kHz KKOB, Albuquerque NM, local news, traffic rpt
& weather.

1450-1453 UTC 680 kHz KNBR, San Francisco CA, ESPN Radio "Mike &
Mike in the Morning."

1455-1457 UTC 1000 kHz KKIM, Albuquerque NM, Christian programming.

1458-1500 UTC 1010 kHz KXEN, St. Louis MO, Christian programming.
ID "Good News for St. Louis" and "10-10 AM.". Call letters mentioned
a few times.

1501-1512 UTC 1030 kHz KWTO, Casper WY, FOX and local news. ID
"This is Wyoming's radio station 10-30 KWTO"

1513-1524 UTC 1190 kHz KVCU, Boulder Co, with adult contemporary
music.

I didn't make note in my log, but KWAM 990, Memphis TN, was heard
between 1400 and 1500 UTC. Also there was a weak het on 594 kHz
around sunrise (1337 GMT).

Overall it was a good night for DXing. I spent too much time
listening to 940 kHz trying to hear CINW, Montreal. I would like to
log Quebec and that appears to be my best bet.

It's suppose to turn very cold here tomorrow morning. So, that means
I have no excuse to wander far away from my little ULR's. Best wishes
for a good DXing weekend to all.

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


Timed Recordings With an Ultralight

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I'll be putting together a little report on doing timed recordings from an Ultralight.  As I mentioned previously, I've wanted to apply the techniques that many GY DXers use to general hands-off DXing with an Ultralight. The general idea is to set the radio and antenna combination up on a specific frequency, with nulling, etc. set for an interesting direction and then leave the radio on all night. You connect the audio of the radio to a computer (laptop in my case) and use one of the software audio recorders that can be programmed to record periodically to  record TOH audio from the radio.

With Ultralights... unless you own a LOT of batteries, you need to supply a DC source to the radio, since it may run 24/7. The Eton e100 that I use has an input port for 3 vDC and Eton sells an aftermarket wall wart sized appropriately.  I was unable to find the specs of that little power brick, so I've ordered one to test.  In the meantime, I've been feeding the E100 with regulated 3.0 VDC from a regulated bench power supply.  I wound the feed line through a ferrite torroid 8 or 9 times as a noise choke, just to be cautious and I've not been able to detect any noise induced in the radio by running on "mains power."

I connected the headphone jack of the e100 to the microphone jack of the laptop with an audio cord that also had a ferrite noise choke. Since there is an impedance mismatch, setting the recording level and the volume of the receiver audio takes some care, but is easily accomplished. I use High Criteria's Total Recorder software. It is one of the two most popular amongst the GYers, I believe The other is ReCall Pro.  either recorder is easy to program for timed recordings and works like a charm.  I record from xx:58 before TOH until xx:08, well after any five-minute news plus commercials is over.

I'm using the Slider E100 with an outside antenna, so having the E100 close to the laptop is not a problem.  I think that this same strategy could work well with the Ultralight and the computer separated by a long audio cord (10'?  25'?)

I've got Total Recorder set so that it automatically titles each recording with the date and time of the recording, so I just have to know what frequency the radio was tuned to.  It takes me about 20 minutes to go through a complete over-night TOH recording and, so far, I've been getting one or, usually, two new stations each night.  I find it particularly interesting to watch the mix of stations change as the night passes from sunset through evening to very late night and then to dawn and post-dawn. Its often quite a parade.

As one of the older mossbacks in this hobby, I share the mossback concern as to whether this remote recording strategy is "really DXing at all," and I avoided it for years for that reason.  Last year, though, when I got involved with Graveyarding, I quickly concluded that it was really the only way to DX GY and maintain any sanity at all; after I began the remote recording, I found that I quite liked it.

In any case, once I have the data on the e100 wall wart and give a try to remote recording a Barefoot unit with a long audio cable, I'll do a more formal report...  If you are curious and have a bit of time over the Holidays, you might give remote recording a try!

I hope each of you and yours are enjoying this Holiday Season and are not too trapped by the weather! 

John B.
Stillwater, OK, USA
Rcvrs: Hotrodded NRD-535, Slider e100's
Antennas: Wellbrook Phased Array