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The Allen Boys Ride Again: Three Awards Conferred

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Congratulations, again, to both the Allens from Oklahoma:

Richard Allen just received his certificate for 400 Stations Heard Barefoot, becoming only the 4th DXer to do so.

Kirk Allen just received two awards with his Unlimited Class Receivers: 300 Stations Heard and 40 Latin Stations heard. Kirk was the first DXer in Unlimited ranks to make it to 300 stations and the first in either Class to hit the 40 Latins Heard mark.

John Bryant
for The Awards Committee

These Awards are examples of the 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 1/2" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca


Re: SEVEN Awards Conferred on Allen Willie

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Congratulations Allen! That's nothing short of amazing. I'm looking
forward to more great loggings from you in the year ahead!
73's!
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant"
<bjohnorcas@...> wrote:

"Congratulations" is a very inadequate word for this situation!
Like
most other DXers, Allen had "saved up" his awards and applied for a
bunch of them, all at once. Rob Ross and I just completed
processing
Allen's submission four SEVEN, count'em, S*E*V*E*N awards.
Further,
several of those are unprecedented, even in ULR circles and, a year
ago, assumed to be totally impossible by folks in the radio hobbies.

We just sent Allen Willie the following:

65 Trans-Atlantic Countries Heard (!!!)
200 Trans-Atlantic Stations Heard (!!!)
300 Stations Heard
400 Stations Heard
25 US States Heard
Latin American DXer
10 Latin American Stations Heard

Allen really ought to get that Sony SRF-M37V bronzed and mounted on
a
very nice pedestal!

CONGRATULATIONS FROM US ALL, ALLEN!!!

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 Ultralight Files area of
dxer.ca


Re: Trans-Oceanic DX from Oklahoma

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Sat, 11/29/08, John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...> wrote:


Russ,

I completely agree with you, including your conclusion.. .. but it is not relevant to the paths from Oklahoma as the two graphics demonstrate. .. The southerly offset of the magnetic pole is taken into account in that graphic, for each route.

__________________


Going back to your earlier post, you indicated that the pix didn't reflect the distoritoon of the absorption zone due to the expansion of the zone on the darkenss side. That lack is quite apparent. I still believe that were we to have a reasonably representative diagram which took that factor into account as well, it would support my contention, but we don't.

As with anything having to do with propagation of radio waves, there are always multiple factors at work, and that may also be the case here.



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


Re: Trans-Oceanic DX from Oklahoma

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

At 12:34 PM 11/29/2008 -0800, you wrote:
The solar 'pressure' would be equal, however on the TA route, we have the North Magnetic Pole located south of the actual geographical pole. This exaggerates the effect because the starting point for the auroral zone is further south at that point than at any other. As the absorption zone 'rotates' around the magnetic pole as the earth rotates, its effect moves westward, however because of that, the maximum southward extension has already been achieved and as the zone moves westward, it also recedes northware as the distance from the longitude of the magnetic pole becomes greater.

Therefore, given the same level of geomagnetic activity, the most significnt effect is in the Eastern part of North America.


Russ,

I completely agree with you, including your conclusion.... but it is not relevant to the paths from Oklahoma as the two graphics demonstrate... The southerly offset of the magnetic pole is taken into account in that graphic, for each route.

John B.


Re: Trans-Oceanic DX from Oklahoma

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Sat, 11/29/08, John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...> wrote:


It appears that we in north central Oklahoma are in an almost perfect
symmetrical situation... where our dawn and dusk transoceanic DX
routes penetrate the average auroral position exactly the same
amount. True, solar pressure would push things farther south, but I
think that it would do so similarly for the two routes. Sooooo......

How come we get wiped out over the Atlantic route and, SOMETIMES can
still hear Asian DX?

Beats the heck outta me!

_______________________

The solar 'pressure' would be equal, however on the TA route, we have the North Magnetic Pole located south of the actual geographical pole. This exaggerates the effect because the starting point for the auroral zone is further south at that point than at any other. As the absorption zone 'rotates' around the magnetic pole as the earth rotates, its effect moves westward, however because of that, the maximum southward extension has already been achieved and as the zone moves westward, it also recedes northware as the distance from the longitude of the magnetic pole becomes greater.

Therefore, given the same level of geomagnetic activity, the most significnt effect is in the Eastern part of North America.

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


SEVEN Awards Conferred on Allen Willie

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

"Congratulations" is a very inadequate word for this situation!  Like most other DXers, Allen had "saved up" his awards and applied for a bunch of them, all at once. Rob Ross and I just completed processing Allen's submission four SEVEN, count'em, S*E*V*E*N awards.  Further, several of those are unprecedented, even in ULR circles and, a year ago, assumed to be totally impossible by folks in the radio hobbies.

We just sent Allen Willie the following:

65 Trans-Atlantic Countries Heard (!!!)
200 Trans-Atlantic Stations Heard (!!!)
300 Stations Heard
400 Stations Heard
25 US States Heard
Latin American DXer
10 Latin American Stations Heard

Allen really ought to get that Sony SRF-M37V bronzed and mounted on a very nice pedestal!

CONGRATULATIONS FROM US ALL, ALLEN!!!

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 Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca


Re: Ultralight Anniversary Award for Kevin Schanilec

robert ross
 

At 10:21 PM 11/27/2008, Gary Bebock wrote:

Hello Guys,



     In appreciation of Kevin's outstanding contributions to the Ultralight Radio DX movement, he will now have a new radio to enjoy during this winter DX season--  a new, fully modified E100 Ultralight (Slider loopstick and Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter), designed as the ultimate stand-alone AM-DXing portable for both 9 KHz split DXing, and for domestic DXing.  This fanatical creation will hopefully express the appreciation of all Ultralight Radio DXers for Kevin's generous and innovative efforts, in promoting our exciting new niche hobby.
 
     On behalf of the Ultralight Radio leadership, I take great pleasure in presenting Kevin with this Founders Award, and know that other ULR DXers will join me on this Thanksgiving Day in expressing their gratitude for his many contributions!
 
     73 and Good DX,
 
     Gary DeBock and John Bryant  (for the Ultralight Radio DXing Group)


Kevin...Congratulations on the ULR Founders Award!!! Well Deserved and I'm glad to see you recognized as one of the Shakers and Movers in our Organization. Enjoy the Slider E-100....and I hope you log a Bunch of new Ones with it!! Thanks for all the work you have done to assist ULR DX'ers around the Globe. From the Canadian ULR Contingent....Good Work Kevin!!


73...ROB.


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

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Enjoy Ultralight Radio DXing......It's like being a KID again!!

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Trans-Oceanic DX from Oklahoma

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Richard Allen's original question was how come active solar conditions sometimes wipe out TAs from Oklahoma, but we can still hear TPs, 12 hours later at dawn? Russ E. postulated that the routes over the North Atlantic were more likely to be more disturbed because the North magnetic pole is so far South of the planetary pole, and skewed toward the Atlantic rather than the Pacific side of North America. I questioned that, knowing that the routes from Oklahoma to Japan were quite similar to those from the Vancouver, BC area which are clearly affected by active conditions.

Attached are two views merged into one file from a program called Azmap I ran it for the situation about 2 hours before dawn and two hours after sunset. The red line indicates the Great Circle route from north central Oklahoma to central Europe and to the Tokyo area. The auroral rings shown are simply a fixed "average" location.... average geomagnetic conditions and centered over the magnetic poles... not diverted somewhat southward due to solar pressures.

It appears that we in north central Oklahoma are in an almost perfect symmetrical situation... where our dawn and dusk transoceanic DX routes penetrate the average auroral position exactly the same amount. True, solar pressure would push things farther south, but I think that it would do so similarly for the two routes. Sooooo......

How come we get wiped out over the Atlantic route and, SOMETIMES can still hear Asian DX?

Beats the heck outta me!



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


GS Ultralight Loggings, Nov. 28, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

Ultralight loggings for Fri. Nov. 28, 2008. All stations logged from Toronto, ON. Dates and times in UTC.

Two more stations added to the ultralight log. Total ultralight count: 206.

1410 WELM NY Elmira - 28-Nov-2008 1223 UTC - Ads. Promo for Elmira Hockey. Ad for Maguire something - sounded like an automotive business. Sports talk. 5 kW day/ 1 kW night. Sangean DT-400W (Poor)
--> New station for the overall log. Elmira Hockey would be the Elmira Jackals, a AA hockey team in the ECHL network. The Maguire thing is probably one of the Maguire family of car dealerships in Ithaca, NY (near Elmira).

1410 WNER NY Watertown - 28-Nov-2008 1238 UTC - Sports talk. ID as "ESPN 1400 The Winner" and as "ESPN 1400 WNER The Winner". Ad for a business (Black River?) located in downtown Watertown. Sangean DT-400W (Poor)
--> Relog, callsign change. Last time I logged this it was still WOTT, which it stopped using many years ago.

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


Re: One New XE and UNID

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Kirk,

Using the Topaz site, righthand side, to search 1300 for religious stations, they show two SS religious stations in Texas...  KKUB, Brownfield (SW of Lubbock) at night power of 120w. and KLAR Laredo at 80 watts. night power. Given that you were hearing Nuevo Laredo on 1370 at about the same time, I'd guess that you were hearing KLAR.... but, who knows.  Maybe one or both of them stream on the web an you can nail it that way.

Good luck!

John B.




At 03:37 PM 11/29/2008 +0000, you wrote:

Last night I heard for the second time an UNID sta that has me
intrigued. I've listened to them for a total of at least 2 or more
hours. Details below.

1300, UNID, 0158-0305 UTC, 11/29. Also 0237-0400+, 11/27. The station
sometimes IDs itself as Radio Vida and airs religious pgms in SS.
They mostly play contemporary Christian music in SS. Several mentions
of "musica de Dios." The music is really pleasant to listen to. I've
a feeling this may be a U.S. station, but I'm not at all sure. They
didn't seem to give any call letters and often are playing mx thru
the TOH and BOH. Any ideas out there?

One new XE last night.

1370, XEGNK, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, 0109-0145 UTC, 11/29. Mostly
SS talk was heard. A few songs were hrd. "Radio Mexicana" jingles
noted. I found a site to listen to this sta online, and it was
definitely // to what I hrd online...naturally with about a 10 second
delay in cyber world. Is this cheating? HAHA

Couldn't do any real DXing this morning. The electrical noise here
was the worst I've hrd it in a long time.

73,s
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


One New XE and UNID

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Last night I heard for the second time an UNID sta that has me
intrigued. I've listened to them for a total of at least 2 or more
hours. Details below.

1300, UNID, 0158-0305 UTC, 11/29. Also 0237-0400+, 11/27. The station
sometimes IDs itself as Radio Vida and airs religious pgms in SS.
They mostly play contemporary Christian music in SS. Several mentions
of "musica de Dios." The music is really pleasant to listen to. I've
a feeling this may be a U.S. station, but I'm not at all sure. They
didn't seem to give any call letters and often are playing mx thru
the TOH and BOH. Any ideas out there?

One new XE last night.

1370, XEGNK, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, 0109-0145 UTC, 11/29. Mostly
SS talk was heard. A few songs were hrd. "Radio Mexicana" jingles
noted. I found a site to listen to this sta online, and it was
definitely // to what I hrd online...naturally with about a 10 second
delay in cyber world. Is this cheating? HAHA

Couldn't do any real DXing this morning. The electrical noise here
was the worst I've hrd it in a long time.

73,s
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Gray Line Propagation

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Gary,

Thank you very much for posting that link. That's handy dandy for
sure!! Somewhere in this unorganized filing cabinet I have that old
world map with overlays for each month showing the same thing as that
website. I think they called it the "DX Edge" if memory serves me
correctly.

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

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

Richard and Others,

An excellent web site for checking current gray line
propagation is
_http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/greyline.html_
(http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/greyline.html) . It has a map that
refreshes every 5 minutes, and shows where
sunset and sunrise are occurring in the world at any given moment.

Of course, there are only certain times of the year that
these gray
line paths allow great propagation from TP or TA transmitters to
North American
DXers with Ultralight radios. But if you are lucky enough to have
a gray
line path as well as good solar conditions, you can have a
fantastic logging.
One of these occurred for me on August 28th, with a booming signal
from
VOA-1575 in Thailand on a stock DT-400W at Grayland, WA.

73, Gary
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Re: Another morning of good TP reception

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Fri, 11/28/08, John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...> wrote:

Actually, Russ, your observation sounds good and may have some truth in it... but maybe not as much as you think.  Our Great Circle route to Japan from Northern Oklahoma runs right over the Pacific NW.... In fact, it runs fairly far north of Seattle/Vancouver through central British Columbia and out through the Queen Charlotte Islands.  A path that far north is affected quite strongly by the auroral ring during active conditions. 

When in the NW, I can even tell quite a difference between my location just south of Vancouver, BC and that of Patrick, Martin, Steve Ratzlaff and Dennis Vroom, all basically 200 miles south of me in(or near) northern Oregon.  There were four or five times this fall where we in the Vancouver area were wiped out by active conditions and those guys to our south (by just a bit in planetary terms) had a normal morning. With the route from here to Japan being substantially north of Vancouver (by maybe 300 hundred miles), there is sure to be auroral control on our route. 

I think what we'll have to do is look at the routes to middle Europe from here at 0000 to 0200UTC and to Japan at 1000 to 1200 UTC and see where the auroral ring falls.  I've got some fairly crude software that can do that.... I'll look at it tomorrow band report.

  

______________

John, I think you're going to find that it requires much less of a disturbance for the zone to impact the TA paths than it does for the TP paths - again largely on account of the location of the North Magnetic Pole. The combination of the southward extension over the TA paths vs. a westward one - and requiring a substantially greater distance - for the TP.

Regardless, I'll be interested in what your software comes up with.



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


Re: Another morning of good TP reception

bbwrwy
 

Using a map program on my computer, it looks like the signal from JOAB
594 passes through the lower edge of the Auroral Zone.

If my calculations are correct the midpoint of the signal path is
61°53'34"N,164°40'34"W. That would be in the Bethel AK area. The
midpoint for a signal from JOUB 774 is a bit southeast at 58°33&#8242;28&#8243;N,
156°11&#8242;05&#8243;W, near the upper Alaska peninsula.

Sunset in Tokyo is approximately 0733 UTC while sunrise here is around
1321 UTC, almost five hours later.

Before last summer, I never imagined I be able to hear Japan or Europe
on a tiny receiver like the SRF-T615. I sort of took it on as a
challenge.

The best of DX to all.

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


Four New Ones Tonight!

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

I said in a post this morning things had been slow for me this week,
but bam! Four new UL logs at sunset tonight:

1370 WSHV South Hill VA, 1645, presumed, Weather Channel wx for "north
central North Carolina and Southside Virginia", ads for funeral parlor
in Farmville VA. Also a new over-all station.

1470 WRWB Huntington WV, 1650, "WRWB, broadcasting from Huntington,
West Virginia..." then fade out. A new over-all station, my 750th.

1540 WACA Wheaton MD, 1605, Spanish, with "Radio America" IDs

1070 WNCT, Greenville NC, 1600, with nice TOH ID

All on the DT-200VX barefoot. Total count is now at 429 UL stations.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Re: Another morning of good TP reception

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

One thing I don't understand is why I'm able to hear TP signals when
geomagnetic activity blocks TA reception. From what I can find much
more has been written about how to receive European AM stations than
Asians.

Have a good weekend.

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

This has to do with the geography of the auroral zone. The auroral zone, given that it is a geomagentic phenomenon, is roughly centered around the magnetic North Pole, which is located in Northern Canada somewhat more South of the geographic Pole than one might at first think.

Thus as the absorption zone is located around it, and the zone is 'pushed' to the darkness side of the earth by the sun, and when NA is on the dark side, we also have to work with that Southward location of the magnetic pole, there is much more absorption on the usual TA paths than there is on similar TP paths, simply because the absorption that gets 'pushed' southward from the magnetic pole interferes more with those paths.

TP paths to your location don't run far enough to the North to encounter the absorption, as on those paths, the location of the geomagnetic pole doesn't impact them.

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )

Actually, Russ, your observation sounds good and may have some truth in it... but maybe not as much as you think.  Our Great Circle route to Japan from Northern Oklahoma runs right over the Pacific NW.... In fact, it runs fairly far north of Seattle/Vancouver through central British Columbia and out through the Queen Charlotte Islands.  A path that far north is affected quite strongly by the auroral ring during active conditions. 

When in the NW, I can even tell quite a difference between my location just south of Vancouver, BC and that of Patrick, Martin, Steve Ratzlaff and Dennis Vroom, all basically 200 miles south of me in(or near) northern Oregon.  There were four or five times this fall where we in the Vancouver area were wiped out by active conditions and those guys to our south (by just a bit in planetary terms) had a normal morning. With the route from here to Japan being substantially north of Vancouver (by maybe 300 hundred miles), there is sure to be auroral control on our route. 

I think what we'll have to do is look at the routes to middle Europe from here at 0000 to 0200UTC and to Japan at 1000 to 1200 UTC and see where the auroral ring falls.  I've got some fairly crude software that can do that.... I'll look at it tomorrow band report.

  

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


Re: Another morning of good TP reception

bbwrwy
 

Russ:

Thank you for the explanation.

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


Re: Another morning of good TP reception

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Fri, 11/28/08, bbwrwy <richarda@...> wrote:


One thing I don't understand is why I'm able to hear TP signals when
geomagnetic activity blocks TA reception. From what I can find much
more has been written about how to receive European AM stations than
Asians.

Have a good weekend.

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





This has to do with the geography of the auroral zone. The auroral zone, given that it is a geomagentic phenomenon, is roughly centered around the magnetic North Pole, which is located in Northern Canada somewhat more South of the geographic Pole than one might at first think.

Thus as the absorption zone is located around it, and the zone is 'pushed' to the darkness side of the earth by the sun, and when NA is on the dark side, we also have to work with that Southward location of the magnetic pole, there is much more absorption on the usual TA paths than there is on similar TP paths, simply because the absorption that gets 'pushed' southward from the magnetic pole interferes more with those paths.

TP paths to your location don't run far enough to the North to encounter the absoprtion, as on those paths, the location of the geomagnetic pole doesn't impact them.

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


Re: Gray Line Propagation

Gary DeBock
 

Richard and Others,
 
      An excellent web site for checking current gray line propagation is http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/greyline.html. It has a map that refreshes every 5 minutes, and shows where sunset and sunrise are occurring in the world at any given moment.
 
     Of course, there are only certain times of the year that these gray line paths allow great propagation from TP or TA transmitters to North American DXers with Ultralight radios.  But if you are lucky enough to have a gray line path as well as good solar conditions, you can have a fantastic logging.  One of these occurred for me on August 28th, with a booming signal from VOA-1575 in Thailand on a stock DT-400W at Grayland, WA.
 
     73,  Gary




Re: Another morning of good TP reception

bbwrwy
 

Gary:

Thanks for all the assistance you've provided in hearing TP stations.

I can't believe how easy it has been to hear them with the SRF-T615
and E100. The E100 definitely has a selectivity edge which makes it
easier to hear the Japanese stations. When coupled to my old Space
Magnet antenna it is quite good, especially at the lower end of the AM
band where the E100 sensitivity falls off. I imagine it's very
similar to a slider E100.

Through the years, JOUB 774 has been the most consistently heard
trans-oceanic station here. But, I have a problem that probably
doesn't bother Kirk who is about 30 miles northeast of me. It is KSPI
780, Stillwater OK, which signs on after 1100 UTC. I'd think he has
an easier time nulling their signal and hearing JOUB later than me.

One thing I don't understand is why I'm able to hear TP signals when
geomagnetic activity blocks TA reception. From what I can find much
more has been written about how to receive European AM stations than
Asians.

Have a good weekend.

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