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Re: Radio Corporacion, Managua 540 kHz on E100 Slider

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- Hi,Brandon:
I live on the opposite site of the state from you in Maryville,Tn.
My wife has a sister that lives in Memphis.Maybe when we make it that
way sometime ,we can meet up.
We just moved here in the last few month,s from Ponca City,Ok. where
i knew Kirk Allen and had several dx get togethers with him.I also
have met John Bryant and Richard Allen while there.I will try to
check for Radio Corparacion here.
73,
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.

In ultralightdx@..., Brandon Jordan <bcdx.org@...> wrote:

Hi Kirk,

Thank you for the kind words. Radio Corporacion has long seemed to
make
it here to Memphis with decent signal at times, over-riding Monroe,
LA
and Mexico regulars, as I have logged them many times since the
mid-80's. Perhaps it is only because their ~160 Hz het is really
noticeable and when it starts booming in is a good indicator of an
impending opening.

73,
Brandon

Kirk Allen wrote:

*BRANDON:*

*CONGRATS!!!! THAT'S NOT A BAD WAY TO START OUT THE ULR FACET OF
THE
RADIO HOBBY! TNX FOR THE TIP. WE'LL BE KEEPING AN EAR OUT FOR
THAT ONE
HERE IN OKLAHOMA NO DOUBT. By the way, welcome to the
group...not
sure how long you've been around, but I only recently started
seeing
your technical reports.
73's
**

*

*Kirk Allen, Ponca City, OK*


Re: Radio Corporacion, Managua 540 kHz on E100 Slider

Brandon Jordan <bcdx.org@...>
 

Hi Kirk,

Thank you for the kind words. Radio Corporacion has long seemed to make it here to Memphis with decent signal at times, over-riding Monroe, LA and Mexico regulars, as I have logged them many times since the mid-80's. Perhaps it is only because their ~160 Hz het is really noticeable and when it starts booming in is a good indicator of an impending opening.

73,
Brandon

Kirk Allen wrote:


*BRANDON:*

*CONGRATS!!!! THAT'S NOT A BAD WAY TO START OUT THE ULR FACET OF THE RADIO HOBBY! TNX FOR THE TIP. WE'LL BE KEEPING AN EAR OUT FOR THAT ONE HERE IN OKLAHOMA NO DOUBT. By the way, welcome to the group...not sure how long you've been around, but I only recently started seeing your technical reports. 73's ** *

*Kirk Allen, Ponca City, OK*


Re: Radio Corporacion, Managua 540 kHz on E100 Slider

bbwrwy
 

Congratulation Brandon. I've been trying to hear stations from
Central America without success. I'll have to figure out a way to get
around XEWA and CBK to hear Nicaragua.

Good DX.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'25"W
(near Perry OK)


One New Station Worth Mentioning

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Just one new station out of four that I managed to log in the last day
that's really worth mentioning:

660, XEEY, Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1248-1315, 12/17/08, Naturally @
1300 the sig faded below a copiable lvl. They made it up to me by
announcing several "...la Consentida.." This sta was mixing with
another presumed XE right at first, but it gradually took total
control of 660. Terribly messy freq this morning.

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Radio Corporacion, Managua 540 kHz on E100 Slider

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

BRANDON:

CONGRATS!!!! THAT'S NOT A BAD WAY TO START OUT THE ULR FACET OF THE RADIO HOBBY! TNX FOR THE TIP. WE'LL BE KEEPING AN EAR OUT FOR THAT ONE HERE IN OKLAHOMA NO DOUBT.  By the way, welcome to the group...not sure how long you've been around, but I only recently started seeing your technical reports.  73's                                                                                                                                                                                    

Kirk Allen,  Ponca City, OK


--- In ultralightdx@..., Brandon Jordan wrote:
>
> Tonight is the first real chance I have had to do much listening on the
> newly built E100 Slider. When tuning up the band from 530 kHz a little
> after 0300 UTC, I noticed a very strong, low frequency het on 540 kHz
> from presumed perennial off-frequency Radio Corporacion in Managua,
> Nicaragua (usually around 540.16 kHz). I tuned back right before the
> bottom of the hour to find Radio Corporacion dominant on the frequency
> with the ending of a lively studio talk program, including one high
> pitched guy with a really goofy laugh. Then a few clear Radio
> Corporacion ID's into what sounded like a string of program promos,
> including clear mentions of Pancho Madrigal, a program I have heard on
> this station a few times in the past. Station faded back down at 0335m
> and then another strong peak at 0350 with ballads and a male announcer
> with TC's and mentions of Managua between songs. This is my first
> official Ultralight log!
>
> 73,
> Brandon
>


Re: The First Ultralight Graveyard DX Award Conferred on Rob Ross!

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

WOW, Congrats to you, Rob, for yet another outstanding achievement in the ULR World-O-Fun!! FORTY Graveyarders!! I may never hit that number.  73's Amigo, Kirk Allen, Ponca City, OK




> I have just completed processing two very difficult to achieve awards
> for Rob Ross of Ontario. The most newsworthy is conferring the very
> FIRST Ultralight Graveyard DX Award on Rob. He qualified not at the
> first plateau of that award (30 stations heard) but rather at the
> second level, FORTY Graveyard Stations heard with an Ultralight radio
> of the Unlimited Class.
>
> Rob's second award was for Three Continents Heard (N & S America +
> Europe.) The latter is quite an accomplishment at Rob's decidedly
> inland site with any receiver, much less an Unlimited Ultralight.
>
> WAY TO GO, ROB!
>
> I doubt that anyone else has yet heard 40 Graveyarders with our
> limited equipment, but I'll bet that several people are approaching
> 30 Stations Heard.... check your log!
>
> John Bryant
> for The Awards Committee
>
> This Award is one of an extensive group of awards certificates
> available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each
> recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic
> display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on
> good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple
> application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files
> area of dxer.ca
>


Re: The PVC Slider e100

Brandon Jordan <bcdx.org@...>
 

Hi Kevin,

Very nice idea you have there! Sometimes I too have issue with capacitance from my fingers, and I think this concept can also work very well with my version of the Slider. Now to pick up some pvc pipe and felt pads tomorrow...

Thanks!
Brandon

satya@... wrote:


Hi all:

Just posted to DXer.ca is a cheap and easy project I completed tonight
which modifies the ferrite "tuning" mechanism on the Debock Slider design.
The modification allows those like me who have clumsy, capacitance-laden
fingers to tune more easily and precisely. If you've got 20 minutes some
night, give it a try!


Re: srf-59

satya@...
 

Hey Richard:

Of the 4 that I have purchased, two SRF-59's were well-aligned out of the
gate, so you're running about average. The SRF-39s have virtually always
been properly aligned - sounds like Sony changed their QA procedures at
some point. I think you probably had a bad one for the first one - I had
a bad one that was not only much less sensitive, but also worse in the
nulling department. I allowed it to have a dignified burial in the
landfill.

My take on the SRF-59's prowess in nulling is that it appears to come from
the fact that the ferrite is up and away from the circuit board which
would otherwise distort the RF field and/or reflect signal into the
ferrite. If you have a picture of the Prison SRF-39, you can see that
there ain't much circuitry in the top where the antenna is - nice design
by Sony. Other models (the Sangeans, etc.) have the ferrite a lot closer
to the circuit board, speaker, etc., which degrades the nulls. Larger
portables like the Sony S5W have the ferrite smack in the middle of
everything, and so the nulls aren't as good as on the mightly little SRF.

Your new SRF-59 sounds like a keeper!

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

My 59 died on mw...went to CCity, and got a new one. I think I was
lucky...must be well aligned as it is hot across the mw range. What
surprised me is that it appears to be even better at nulling than what I
remember of myearlier samples (59's). Is there varience in nullability
from one unit to another? Also, what is it that makes a 59 so good at
nulling? Other ulr's similar in size are not nearly as good. My larger
radios are not as good in that capacity either.

The 59 is a marvel!

Heatwave

Laredo, TX



The PVC Slider e100

satya@...
 

Hi all:

Just posted to DXer.ca is a cheap and easy project I completed tonight
which modifies the ferrite "tuning" mechanism on the Debock Slider design.
The modification allows those like me who have clumsy, capacitance-laden
fingers to tune more easily and precisely. If you've got 20 minutes some
night, give it a try!

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Radio Corporacion, Managua 540 kHz on E100 Slider

Brandon Jordan <bcdx.org@...>
 

Tonight is the first real chance I have had to do much listening on the newly built E100 Slider. When tuning up the band from 530 kHz a little after 0300 UTC, I noticed a very strong, low frequency het on 540 kHz from presumed perennial off-frequency Radio Corporacion in Managua, Nicaragua (usually around 540.16 kHz). I tuned back right before the bottom of the hour to find Radio Corporacion dominant on the frequency with the ending of a lively studio talk program, including one high pitched guy with a really goofy laugh. Then a few clear Radio Corporacion ID's into what sounded like a string of program promos, including clear mentions of Pancho Madrigal, a program I have heard on this station a few times in the past. Station faded back down at 0335m and then another strong peak at 0350 with ballads and a male announcer with TC's and mentions of Managua between songs. This is my first official Ultralight log!

73,
Brandon


Re: The SRF-39FP Slider loopstick-- Optimism Slides Away

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Excellent report, Gary!

I was just going to write to you suggesting that, after you complete the 2009 Winter Shootout, you try the Slider mod on a DT-400VX. Although the lack of the e100s 1 kHz resolution tuning might inhibit the DT-400 as a transoceanic DX machine, a "Slider 400" might be a superb domestic DX machine, with or maybe even without an IF Filter mod.

I've been spending a lot of time domestic DXing in the last three weeks and I'm beginning to conclude that I like the Slider e100 with a stock filter about as well as one with the Murata filter upgrade for domestic DXing. With the Murata filter, it is a must to off-tune one kHz to get the higher audio frequencies so necessary when trying to sort out a domestic furball... the standard filter seems to operate quite well in those circumstances.  Of course, when trying for DX between the 9 and 10 kHz. spacing worlds, the Murata remains the ONLY way to go, IMHO.

In either case, I look forward to The Maestro trying a "Slider 400"  It could be wonderful!

John B. 





At 10:21 PM 12/16/2008 -0500, you wrote:

Hello Guys,
 
     Because of the success of the Eton E100 Slider loopstick in providing an incredible sensitivity boost to the stock unit, John Bryant and others have wondered how the newly-developed slider loopstick would benefit other Ultralight radio designs, like the SRF-39FP.  Having two identical "Amidon SRF-39FP' units with 7.5" loopsticks wound with 40/44 Litz wire (the same material as the E100 slider loopsticks), I decided to run a few tests to find out.
 
     The SRF-39FP "prison radios" were the primary focus of Ultralight radio experimentation early this year, with many transplanted loopsticks providing huge boosts in sensitivity.  The most sensitive of these were the "Amidon SRF-39FP" units, with sensitivity far superior to that of the ICF-2010, and roughly equal to the current E100 slider units. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to upgrade selectivity in these units, primarily due to the unusual IF of around 50 kHz.  Consequently, as TP-DXing receivers, they fall far short of the E100 sliders, and their great sensitivity is useful only on relatively clear frequencies, or when the loopstick's superior nulling ability can be used to advantage.  During DU DXing in the summer, for example, the E100 slider model could receive 11 DU's from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, while the Amidon SRF-39FP could receive only 1 (5AN-891, on a completely clear frequency).
 
     The SRF-59/39FP analog series has a smaller loopstick coil which is used for aligning the 600 kHz peak position, and theoretically this coil can be also used as a "slider," to peak frequencies other than 600 kHz (like in the E100 slider design).  Unfortunately, the SRF-39FP smaller loopstick coil behaves far differently than the E100 coil when it is shifted, making an SRF-39FP "slider" system marginal at best.
 
     In the E100 slider system, shifting the coil a very slight amount will provide a huge difference in sensitivity, making the bar-graph signal strength meter rise from nothing to maximum level within a tiny fraction of an inch.  On the SRF-39FP, the peak is nowhere near as sharp, but sounds more like a change in audio, as the coil is shifted as much as half an inch.  The shifting of the coil on the SRF-39FP away from the 600 kHz peak also seems to induce spurious reception of whistles and shortwave signals, apparently upsetting the alignment of the analog radio.  The marginal improvement in sensitivity on higher frequencies is more than outweighed by the negative side effects, no doubt due to the unique design of the RF front end inside the CXA1129N IC chip.
 
     Certain other digital ultralights like the DT-200VX and the DT-400W have a loopstick quite similar to that of the E100, in which the coil(s) are peaked (at 600 kHz) very close to the end of the ferrite bar on the stock unit, and which have extremely sharp peaks over a very narrow range.  These designs can be expected to behave like that of the E100 slider, when an Amidon ferrite bar having a movable coil of 40/44 Litz wire is transplanted into the circuitry (a nice winter project!).
 
     73,   Gary DeBock             




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The First Ultralight Graveyard DX Award Conferred on Rob Ross!

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I have just completed processing two very difficult to achieve awards for Rob Ross of Ontario.  The most newsworthy is conferring the very FIRST Ultralight Graveyard DX Award on Rob.  He qualified not at the first plateau of that award (30 stations heard) but rather at the second level, FORTY Graveyard Stations heard with an Ultralight radio of the Unlimited Class.

Rob's second award was for Three Continents Heard (N & S America + Europe.) The latter is quite an accomplishment at Rob's decidedly inland site with any receiver, much less an Unlimited Ultralight.

WAY TO GO, ROB!

I doubt that anyone else has yet heard 40 Graveyarders with our limited equipment, but I'll bet that several people are approaching 30 Stations Heard.... check your log!

John Bryant
for The Awards Committee

This Award is one of an extensive group of awards certificates available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca


srf-59

lrdheat
 

My 59 died on mw...went to CCity, and got a new one. I think I was lucky...must be well aligned as it is hot across the mw range. What surprised me is that it appears to be even better at nulling than what I remember of my earlier samples (59's). Is there varience in nullability from one unit to another? Also, what is it that makes a 59 so good at nulling? Other ulr's similar in size are not nearly as good. My larger radios are not as good in that capacity either.
 
The 59 is a marvel!
 
Heatwave
 
Laredo, TX


Re: The PVC Slider e100

Gary DeBock
 

Kevin and Brandon,
 
     You guys both come up with some great ideas, and I admire your innovative projects.
 
     As you can tell by looking at the Slider E100's designed by John and I,  we each went our own way in creating these little DX monsters, and I'm sure that creativity and innovation are a trademark of the Ultralight enthusiast group.
 
     Have fun with your DXceptional creations this winter, and be sure to let us all know of your fantastic loggings!
 
     73 and Great Ultralight DX, 
 
     Gary
 
 
 
 
  




Re: The SRF-39FP Slider loopstick-- Optimism Slides Away

Gary DeBock
 

Hi John,
 
     Thanks for your comments.  The SRF-39FP Slider project was probably irrelevant anyway, since until we can find a way to upgrade selectivity in the Sony analog units, these highly sensitive Amidon SRF-39FP's will be useful only on relatively clear frequencies-- a poor choice, compared to the fully-modified E100's.
 
     A DT-400W Slider project is definitely planned here for the winter, in which piggybacked 40/44 Litz wire coils are shifted along a Type 61 Amidon 7.5" ferrite bar.  My guess is that it will equal the E100 Sliders in sensitivity, although it's doubtful that we can find any 450 kHz IF filter that will provide a selectivity upgrade to compare with the phenomenal 455 kHz Murata filters in the fully-modified E100's.  There are some modest 450 kHz filters that Guy has tried in the DT-200VX (and a 450 kHz DT-400W filter project posted on dxer.ca) that might at least provide a moderate selectivity boost, in addition to the presumed massive sensitivity boost provided by slider loopstick.  Without 1 kHz tuning resolution, the fully-modified DT-400W's will probably not compete seriously with the Monster E100's, but they should at least be interesting enough to keep fanatical tinkerers from complaining about the bad TP conditions during the winter doldrums :>)
 
     John, I still have a "Slider-only" E100 here, and really enjoy using it during domestic DX, and on daytime band scans in unfamiliar locations.  The Slider-only E100 would be a real blast for domestic DXers, combining great sensitivity with outstanding audio fidelity.  Unless the user is a hard-core transoceanic DX chaser (or an urban dweller with many troublesome locals), it may well be the ideal hot-rodded Ultralight.
 
     73,  Gary
 
 
 
      




Re: Monday Evening New Stations

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- Kirk:
Nice going on all those XE stations !I miss that here.I hear a lot of
Cubans.But i have heard only 3 XE stations here so far.It seems the
Canadians do a better job making it in here so far.I remember hearing
WCRV when i was back in Oklahoma but not on a ULR.The west part of
Tennessee is difficult here in east Tennessee.I do a better job with
the nearby states ,so far,than with the distant other side of the
state.
73,
Carl
In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk Allen" <kirk74601@...> wrote:

Greetings,

I hope everyone is staying warm this Winter. The guys in the north
have nothing on us down here in Oklahoma. With this latest blast of
Arctic air, we've been just as cold here as some areas way north of
us have been.

Carl, way to go on your double coverage of WI. I just recently
logged
the Disney station up there (WKSH, 1640) for the first time. Also
to
Greg, Robert, John B, Richard A, and everyone that is continuing to
log new stations, GOOD GOING. Rob, that's cool that you are
still "digging up" those new stations on the GY freqs! As far as
numbers are concerned, I'm weak in that area of Ultralighting.

Here's a few loggings from last evening. Thanks to John nad Richard
for the tips on most of these stations, all hrd on the Eton E-100
slider. (Times/dates in UTC)

1140, CHRB, High River, Alberta, 0346-0430 UTC, 12/16, Very pretty
vcl mx hrd. "Back to the Bible" pgm. They played one of my favorite
Christian songs, "Give Thanks (With a Grateful Heart)". IDs as "AM
1140", so it took a while to get enough info to say this was the
station. Finally at 0428 they gave a phone number to call during a
promo listing area code 403 which matches.

1140, UNID XE, 0237-0310, 12/16, Another XE station was here mixing
with XEMR. It was hard to tell which of the stations I was hearing
at
any given time because they were, at times, of equal strength. I
hrd
some references to what I think was a slogan "...11-40..." I really
think it was XETE, Tehuacan, Pueblo but I'm not certain. I THINK it
was them that played some really decent pop mx and even one by
Shania
Twain with her great song, "Still the One."

690, XERG, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 0131-0230, 12/16, first started
checking this freq at 0007 UTC. Many ments of Monterrey and Nuevo
Leon. Taking phone calls in an all talk format when I listened.
Finally hrd a reference to "RG 6-90". At times mixing with what I
think was XEN. Surprisingly this one was dominant by 0200. XE #48

640, WCRV, Collierville, TN, 2230-2245, 12/15, hrd an entertaining
black preacher with a good sense of humor. I definitely got some
chuckles from this guy, short sta promo hrd. Night cut in power at
2245, and not heard after that.

1320, KELO, Souix Falls, SD, 2230-2240, 12/15, talk show, IDs hrd
2236.

1050, KLOH, Pipestone, MN, 2218-2230, 12/15, variety of mx played
from C&W to Christmas songs. ID 2222.

Take care, guys, and best of 73's to ya!
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


The SRF-39FP Slider loopstick-- Optimism Slides Away

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Because of the success of the Eton E100 Slider loopstick in providing an incredible sensitivity boost to the stock unit, John Bryant and others have wondered how the newly-developed slider loopstick would benefit other Ultralight radio designs, like the SRF-39FP.  Having two identical "Amidon SRF-39FP' units with 7.5" loopsticks wound with 40/44 Litz wire (the same material as the E100 slider loopsticks), I decided to run a few tests to find out.
 
     The SRF-39FP "prison radios" were the primary focus of Ultralight radio experimentation early this year, with many transplanted loopsticks providing huge boosts in sensitivity.  The most sensitive of these were the "Amidon SRF-39FP" units, with sensitivity far superior to that of the ICF-2010, and roughly equal to the current E100 slider units. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to upgrade selectivity in these units, primarily due to the unusual IF of around 50 kHz.  Consequently, as TP-DXing receivers, they fall far short of the E100 sliders, and their great sensitivity is useful only on relatively clear frequencies, or when the loopstick's superior nulling ability can be used to advantage.  During DU DXing in the summer, for example, the E100 slider model could receive 11 DU's from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, while the Amidon SRF-39FP could receive only 1 (5AN-891, on a completely clear frequency).
 
     The SRF-59/39FP analog series has a smaller loopstick coil which is used for aligning the 600 kHz peak position, and theoretically this coil can be also used as a "slider," to peak frequencies other than 600 kHz (like in the E100 slider design).  Unfortunately, the SRF-39FP smaller loopstick coil behaves far differently than the E100 coil when it is shifted, making an SRF-39FP "slider" system marginal at best.
 
     In the E100 slider system, shifting the coil a very slight amount will provide a huge difference in sensitivity, making the bar-graph signal strength meter rise from nothing to maximum level within a tiny fraction of an inch.  On the SRF-39FP, the peak is nowhere near as sharp, but sounds more like a change in audio, as the coil is shifted as much as half an inch.  The shifting of the coil on the SRF-39FP away from the 600 kHz peak also seems to induce spurious reception of whistles and shortwave signals, apparently upsetting the alignment of the analog radio.  The marginal improvement in sensitivity on higher frequencies is more than outweighed by the negative side effects, no doubt due to the unique design of the RF front end inside the CXA1129N IC chip.
 
     Certain other digital ultralights like the DT-200VX and the DT-400W have a loopstick quite similar to that of the E100, in which the coil(s) are peaked (at 600 kHz) very close to the end of the ferrite bar on the stock unit, and which have extremely sharp peaks over a very narrow range.  These designs can be expected to behave like that of the E100 slider, when an Amidon ferrite bar having a movable coil of 40/44 Litz wire is transplanted into the circuitry (a nice winter project!).
 
     73,   Gary DeBock              




Monday Evening New Stations

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Greetings,

I hope everyone is staying warm this Winter. The guys in the north
have nothing on us down here in Oklahoma. With this latest blast of
Arctic air, we've been just as cold here as some areas way north of
us have been.

Carl, way to go on your double coverage of WI. I just recently logged
the Disney station up there (WKSH, 1640) for the first time. Also to
Greg, Robert, John B, Richard A, and everyone that is continuing to
log new stations, GOOD GOING. Rob, that's cool that you are
still "digging up" those new stations on the GY freqs! As far as
numbers are concerned, I'm weak in that area of Ultralighting.

Here's a few loggings from last evening. Thanks to John nad Richard
for the tips on most of these stations, all hrd on the Eton E-100
slider. (Times/dates in UTC)

1140, CHRB, High River, Alberta, 0346-0430 UTC, 12/16, Very pretty
vcl mx hrd. "Back to the Bible" pgm. They played one of my favorite
Christian songs, "Give Thanks (With a Grateful Heart)". IDs as "AM
1140", so it took a while to get enough info to say this was the
station. Finally at 0428 they gave a phone number to call during a
promo listing area code 403 which matches.

1140, UNID XE, 0237-0310, 12/16, Another XE station was here mixing
with XEMR. It was hard to tell which of the stations I was hearing at
any given time because they were, at times, of equal strength. I hrd
some references to what I think was a slogan "...11-40..." I really
think it was XETE, Tehuacan, Pueblo but I'm not certain. I THINK it
was them that played some really decent pop mx and even one by Shania
Twain with her great song, "Still the One."

690, XERG, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 0131-0230, 12/16, first started
checking this freq at 0007 UTC. Many ments of Monterrey and Nuevo
Leon. Taking phone calls in an all talk format when I listened.
Finally hrd a reference to "RG 6-90". At times mixing with what I
think was XEN. Surprisingly this one was dominant by 0200. XE #48

640, WCRV, Collierville, TN, 2230-2245, 12/15, hrd an entertaining
black preacher with a good sense of humor. I definitely got some
chuckles from this guy, short sta promo hrd. Night cut in power at
2245, and not heard after that.

1320, KELO, Souix Falls, SD, 2230-2240, 12/15, talk show, IDs hrd
2236.

1050, KLOH, Pipestone, MN, 2218-2230, 12/15, variety of mx played
from C&W to Christmas songs. ID 2222.

Take care, guys, and best of 73's to ya!
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Brandon's E100 Slider + mount

Brandon Jordan <bcdx.org@...>
 

Hi John,

Thanks for the kind words! I was wracking my brain trying to think of a good way to mount the ferrite rod the the stand while wandering around the hardware store and spotted those "brackets". It might be this weekend before I can make it back up there and find out what in the heck these things are called and what they are used for. One thing I do remember is that they were less than a dollar each! I'll post an update as soon as I have the info. I really am impressed how well they support the ferrite rod, and with plenty of clearance above the edge of the base. I am curious to hear what other ideas you have for them...

Regarding the stand and the turntable, the back verticle support of the stand fits in the grooves of the turntable perfectly and keeps the stand oriented without having to attach the stand in any way.

Thank you for the ideas and suggestions. I will definitely look at the Radio Shack terminal blocks. As I would like to be able to break the entire thing down, I believe I will look for some nylon screws to attach the brackets and get rid of as much metal as possible. I will post updated photos and description when further progress is made.

73,
Brandon



John H. Bryant wrote:


Hey, Brandon!!!

Fabulous job on the Slider!!! Good looking and sure to be an excellent DX machine. Several suggestions:

1. When you are done, please re-photograph it and update the verbiage.... I'd very much like to add it to a gallery of Sliders on dxer.ca. Your differing ideas on the construction details will be enormously helpful to others heading down this road. PLEASE do let us know what those brackets are called and what section of the hardware store you found them in.... even a part number and store name would be nice. Those things were a great find!

2. If you want to be a purist, changing out those bolts holding the white brackets is probably worth doing.... BUT actually they may be far enough away not to affect the bar. You could either use brass machine screws (aka small bolts) or nylon ones. Both are available in the horizontal hardware drawers of most hardware and big-box home stores.

3. The white four-hole terminal blocks that I use for quick-change of coils or radios is a Radio Shack terminal block that comes as a 10 or 12 holer. It cuts apart into smaller units quite easily. I use a utility knife.

Eventually, somebody has GOT to make an SRF-39FP Slider on one of those gorgeous transparent Universal mini-stands.... an artistic high point, for sure.

Brandon, that thing looks so good that I'm tempted to make one myself, just to look at.... *yours has the major advantage over my design of not requiring a table saw and woodworking.*.... much more doable for many folks.... all you need is a 1/4" electric drill and Superglue. BRAVO! The only advantage of mine is that the base and mounting board come apart for transportation or storage... a real advantage for a few folks, but meaningless to most.

Do let us know the details of the white brackets as soon as is convenient.... I've got other plans for those puppies :>)

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


Re: Best site for Latin American am information ?

Gil Stacy
 

Carl,
While the list is not up todate, Dxing Vermont's old site
athttp://web.archive.org/web/20041216030810/http://www.sover.net/~hackm
ohr/

is one that I found useful. Note that the site is no longer active,
but was retreived using the "wayback machine" at www.archive.org

73 Gil