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Re: Gary DeBock Receives Ultralight Radio Founders Award

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Apparently the multi-talented John Bryant is capable of much more than superb organization and fantastic technical innovation--  he also appears to be a Master of secret scheming.
 
     It was a total surprise to receive the attractive and unique Founder Award, expertly prepared by John, and presented by Guy Atkins last night.  The secret planning for this group effort was entirely successful, resulting in the complete astonishment of the recipient.  John created a very stylish and memorable Award design (only partially visible in the photo), which is a perfect example of his unique creativity.  Signatures of 13 prominent Ultralight DXers (John Bryant, Rob Ross, Kirk Allen, Gil Stacy, Allen Willie, Guy Atkins, Nick Hall-Patch, Steve Ratzlaff, Kevin Schanilec, Steve Ponder, Olaf Haenssler, Russ Edmonds and Mark Gerwlivch) grace the Award, which are all deeply appreciated.  Thank you all for your signatures, and thanks also to others like Joe Miller, who wished to sign but were unable to fax their signatures to John.  The other 100 members on the Ultralightdx Yahoo team are referenced in the Award, and I deeply appreciate the contributions from each of you, in creating the exciting Ultralight DXing culture that we enjoy today.
 
     As mentioned previously to John, I feel somewhat unworthy of such a high Award, but that certainly will not stop me from prominently displaying it on the wall! 
 
     Ultralight Radio DXing is certainly a group sensation, fueled by the creative efforts of over 100 dedicated hobbyists.  Thanks to all who have contributed in making our first year so exciting and memorable, and I feel very honored to be a part of this innovative, creative team of highly enthusiastic DXers.
 
     73 and Best Wishes,
 
     Gary DeBock
 
 




India-1566 Received on a stock SRF-T615 Ultralight in Newfoundland

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     From Guy Atkins:  Chuck Hutton's reception of India-1566 on a stock Ultralight was made with the tiny Sony SRF-T615, not a Sangean model as earlier reported.  Chuck and Guy had lunch today, and discussed Chuck's experiences during the Newfoundland DXpedition, including this amazing reception.
 
     Both Chuck and Guy have had amazing gray-line receptions with Ultralights this month-- Guy successfully logged Radio Farda-1575 at Grayland, WA on a stock SRF-39FP for the first Ultralight reception of a TA on the west coast, and now Chuck has the first Ultralight logging of India.  No doubt the great DXpedition experience of these veteran DXers helped them choose the perfect propagation times for these breakthrough contacts.
 
    We hope Chuck will give us more details of this fantastic reception, which reportedly was at a good level for at least 20 minutes. Congratulations to him, and to all the Newfoundland DXers.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




Minimalist and Maximalist Ultralight DXing-- Try Them Both!

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Thanks to all (Kevin, Rob, Carl, Allen, John, Kirk, Richard, Dennis, Greg and many others) for your generous comments about the first anniversary of the Ultralight Radio boom, which are all greatly appreciated.  Our exciting new niche hobby has restored the interest of many AM DXers, and certainly has a very positive future.
 
     Perhaps the most fascinating advantage offered by ULR DXing is the chance to choose your own level of challenge.  There is never any reason to feel bored, when such a huge variety of radios, accessories and even modifications are available to provide new DXing challenges and opportunities-- all at reasonable prices.
 
     John Cereghin's recent comments about the "minimalist" approach (DXing with a stock SRF-59) very effectively described the challenge and rewards offered by using only a basic analog Ultralight to chase domestic and international DX.  Allen Willie has also thrilled us all with a minimalist approach to transoceanic DX, and Rob Ross, Greg Schoom and others have done the same with domestic DX.  There is a strong "work ethic" required in this type of DXing, but the rewards are certainly in proportion to the effort. Like most major projects, your success requires patience and perseverance-- but the reward of hearing rare DX on a stock Ultralight is an indescribable thrill that is unlike any other hobby experience.
 
     On the other side of the Ultralight enthusiast group are the "maximalist" DXers, who have been on a one-year mission to modify pocket radios into a state of supreme DXing effectiveness.  John Bryant and myself have perhaps led the charge in this, with serious assistance from Guy Atkins, Steve Ratzlaff, Kevin Schanilec and many others.  From the beginning of the Ultralight boom we have had filter modifications (SRF-M37V, DT-200VX and others) and loopstick transplants (SRF-39FP and DT-200VX), but serious performance boosts didn't happen until we learned to combine extreme sensitivity with extreme selectivity.  Today our modified E100's can embarrass classic DX portables on ocean beaches, and anywhere else.
 
     If you are looking for new DXing challenges this winter, you are certainly in the right group!  Try the "minimalist" approach, and se if you are up to the challenge.  The ultimate challenge is offered by the Sony SRF-S84, a radio half the size of an SRF-59 (with a loopstick only 1.2" long).  Think that this tiny radio would be useless for DX?  Guess again-- it has already received 3 TP's here in my modest location (JOAK-594, JOIB-747 and HLCA-972).  But you will have to learn to play the propagation peaks, and work hard to get rare DX on this tiniest of Ultralights.
 
     Have you logged a lot of DX on stock Ultralights, and are running out of possibilities?  West coast TP DXers had the same feeling-- about a year ago!  An exciting world of passive and active antennas awaits you.  Check out Kevin's excellent article "Using Tuned Passive Loop Antennas," posted on DXer.Ca.  Investigate the possibilities of inductively coupling your external antennas to stock Ultralight loopsticks (read John Bryant's several articles on the subject, also posted on DXer.Ca.).  Using an external antenna with an Ultralight radio provides an exciting change from the modest stock sensitivity, opening up a new world of weak-signal possibilities.
 
     Finally, if you would like to try the ultimate in stand-alone Ultralight performance, check out the E100 Four Variant Shootout article, also on DXer.Ca.  Full information is given on the relative performance of the amazing Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter, the innovative Slider loopstick, and a combination of the two improvements.  It's tough to imagine how a modified Ultralight could get more exciting than this-- receiving 49 TP's (and 5 UnID's) in one night at Grayland. 
 
     For new DXing challenges this winter, Ultralight DXers truly have a world of exciting possibilities.  Thanks again to all who made our first year so enjoyable, and best wishes to all for the most exciting season yet!
 
     73,  Gary DeBock        




Glas Hrvatske 1134 to DRM soon

bbwrwy
 

Rumors are Glas Hrvatske (The Voice of Croatia) will begin DRM only
broadcasts on 1134 kHz in the very near future. So, if you haven't
logged Glas Hrvatske yet, now is the time to listen for the station.

At present, Glas Hrvatsk, 1134 kHz, is the easiest to hear TA in
Oklahoma. The best time to listen seems to be between 0030 to 0330
UTC. There is moderate to severe digital (IBOC) QRM from KMOX HD on
1120 kHz. However, the 600 kW Croatian signal has been strong enough
to penetrate the IBOC noise.

I'm curious about how many regular Glas Hrvatsk listeners have DRM
capable receivers. I'd bet they're in the minority.

Best wishes for a good DXing weekend. May it be full of TA signals.

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


Re: First Anniversary of Ultralight Radio Boom-- November 20

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

I too want to say thanks to those intrepid DXers who started this new branch of the hobby a year ago. It has really restored my enthusiasm for DXing. And it really has been interesting seeing a new branch of the radio hobby be born and develop. Who would have thought a year ago that there was still any scope for something new in mediumwave DXing (which is, after all, the oldest branch of the hobby)? Or that in a hobby where so many of its participants seemed so pessimistic about its future, that it would be a development in mediumwave DXing that would bring back a sense of excitement and eager enthusiasm to so many?

So once again, thanks.
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL

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GS Ultralight Loggings Nov. 20, 2008

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>
 

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

Two more stations added to the ultralight log. Total ultralight count: 202.

580 CFRA ON Ottawa - 20-Nov-2008 1218 UTC - Talk about auto bailout. Weather forecast. Ads, including one for an Ottawa Subaru dealer and one for Alarm Force. ID. Business news. Sports. Sangean DT-400W. 50 kW (Poor).

790 WPIC PA Sharon - 20-Nov-2008 1230 UTC - News. Frequent IDs "News Talk 790 WPIC". Sangean DT-400W. 1.3 kW. (Poor)
--> New station for the overall log.

Best,
Greg Shoom
VE3LXL


Two New UL Stations at Sunset- Virginia and Florida

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Two new ones for the UL log tonight-

1270 WTJZ Newport News VA at 1620 with urban gospel programming. UL #414

690 WOKV Jacksonville FL at 1720 with Sean Hannity, ID of "690 AM
and 106.5 FM, News Radio, WOKV". UL #415.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Conditions Favoring SE Stations

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

Greetings Gents,

I listened a while after work last night and noticed with only a few
exceptions that conditions were favoring receptions from the south
and southeast of my QTH in northcentral Oklahoma. I caught 4 new
stations for the ULR log, all heard on the E-100 Slider.

710, R. Rebelde, (La Julia?) Cuba, 0420 UTC, 11/20. Clearly //5025.

890, R. Progreso, (Chambas?) Cuba, 0447-0505 UTC, 11/20. Clear full
IDs at TOH. Mostly tlk by several ancrs. VG signal throughout.

640, R. Progreso, Guanabacoa, Cuba, 0533, 11/20. //890 but with
weaker signal and more QRM here.

1560, KNGR, Daingerfield, TX, 0559, 11/20. Southern gospel
mx, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms", etc. "This is KNGR....Texas."
by M ancr at 0600. Topaz has this one listed at 60 watts night pwr.

That's it for now.
Good DX Everyone!!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, Oklahoma


nice UL catches last night

Tim Davisson
 

Guys....Picked up two new ULs last night on my little SRF-59, totally
barefoot and stock:

630 WPRO Providence, RI w/talk at 6:45pm EST with local WHLO 640
nulled. (Especially happy w/this one, because WHLO's xmtr is 3 miles
from my home...I'm in their main lobe!)

1510 WWZN Boston, MA w/Sporting News Radio net at 7:25pm EST with
WLAC nulled.

Happy Anniversary ULR!

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio


New UL Station at Sunrise- WNLK-1350

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Got WNLK-1350, Norwalk CT at 0720 this morning, Fairfield county
weather, ID as "News Radio 1400-WSTC and 1350 WNLK". UL Station #413
on the E100 barefoot.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


celebrate ULR anniversary by logging as many stations as possible

Carl DeWhitt
 

I am going to celebrate the anniversary by logging as many stations as
possible btween 12 A.M. EST-11:59 P.M. on Nov.20.Join me and let,s have
some fun!Maybe someone will log 100 stations in 24 hours!
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn.


New UL Station at Sunset- WNRI-1380

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Nice new one at sunset tonight on the DT-200VX barefoot:

1380 RI WNRI Woonsocket, 1700, weather report- 28 degrees, sung ID
"WNRI., Woonsocket", call-in show, "We're talking with you until 6
o'clock on WRNI".

UL station #412.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Happy Anniversary

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>
 

I really can't add much that's not already been said about the first
anniversary of this very fun aspect of the DXing hobby. I also have had
a renewed interest in MW DX'ing, something that in the past I would
only get into when there was a chance of hearing a new country. In
other words, I've never been into MW DX'ing like I am now. Ditto on the
thanks to Gary and all the guys who have been so instrumental in
getting this movement moving along. I'm having a blast, and it had been
many years since I'd enjoyed radio DX'ing. My life is a lot more fun
since John Bryant told me about the ULRs.
73's!!
Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: [IRCA] India-1566 on a Sangean ULR? (Was CBC radio one on 540Kc)

Tom Welch
 

Which Sangean did you use?

Tom Welch
Mesa, AZ USA


First Anniversary of Ultralight Radio Boom

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

I have to agree with these posts. Not everyone can afford a thousand
dollar boat anchor or put out a beverage and many of us don't have the
technical know-how to construct a EWE. But anyone can buy a $15-$75
ultralight and start DXing. And I think UL DXing taxes your skills
more than "standard" DXing. It's one thing for me to get France or
England on my FRG-7 with a 200-foot longwire. It's quite something
else to do it on a SFR-59 barefoot, while in my easy chair.

I've really been serious about UL DXing since July of this year and
have managed to hear 411 stations, 32 states and 12 countries on my
various UL radios. That is no small feat in itself.

I consider barefoot UL DXing as "minimalist DXing." Nothing against
using mega loopsticks and hooking up your UL to a beverage, but there
is something to be said for barefoot UL DXing, the ultimate challenge
in my opinion. What can you accomplish with a 1.5-inch ferrite bar
and a stock UL?

Onward and upward!

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Re: First Anniversary of Ultralight Radio Boom-- November 20

bbwrwy
 

Gary:

Thank you for discovering the DX capability of the tiny SRF-59. It
returned me to a hobby I'd neglected for many years. Now my R75 and
G313e communication receivers sit idle most of the time.

Happy anniversary and good DX.

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


Happy 1st Anniversary

Allen Willie
 

 
 My sentiments  are  the same as the previous posts regarding the anniversary of the Ultralight Radio movement. This past year has definitely been a very special one for me , having the opportunity to be involved in something new  in a hobby I've been passionate about for the last forty years.
 
 Having the chance to hear new stations and places I never dreamed I would ever hear on any type of receiver , let alone these mini marvels.
 
The AM broadcast band DX interest has been re-sparked to new heights  in this radio Dxer who like many got their start on the AM dial.
 
A personal thank you and Happy Anniversary goes out to the individuals such as Gary DeBock and others who started the Ultralight movement on it's fantastic journey
 
In closing I am honoured to be associated with such a wonderful membership of individuals that our group has become in the past year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Re: Improved propagation conditions

bbwrwy
 

Carl:

Thanks for the information. I will definitely check out KVI 570.
Back in the good old days, before the AM band became so overcrowded, I
use to hear KGA 1510 from Spokane. But that was a long time ago.

Good Dxing.

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


Re: First Anniversary of Ultralight Radio Boom-- November 20

Carl DeWhitt
 

--- I forgot to mention that i first read about the ULR movement
through the article that Popular Communications did on it back in
April(i think) of this year.I had not heard of it previously.I read
where John Bryant was involved and since i knew John and had met him
a time or two before,i went and bought one of the ULRs mentioned -the
Sony SRF -M37V.I have since bought the M37W version and the Sony SRF-
59 as well as the Eton E-100.I contacted a mutual friend of John,s
and mine,Kirk Allen,who lived in the same city as me,Ponca City,Ok,at
the time.John had told Kirk about ULRs and had given him a SRF-59.I
called John on the phone and we talked about the ULR movement just
before he left for Orcas Island,Wa.John recommened the E-100 to me as
well as Kirk.Kirk and i both ordered an E-100 from Durham Radio
within days of each other.And the rest they say is history:) hi!hi!
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn.

In ultralightdx@..., "Carl DeWhitt" <carl_elissa@...>
wrote:

---Happy 1st anniversary to all in the ultralight movement.I can
say
with many others for sure,that this is the most amazing niche of
the
hobby that i have ever been involved in.The fact that anyone can
receive TA and/or TP dx on a little pocket radio is amazing!Who
would
have thought this movement would have accomplished this much and
come
this far in just a short year.Just like it has with others on the
group,it has reawakened my interest in mw dxing.Thanks to
Gary ,Rob,John and all others who really contributed early on to
this
movement.73 and good dx and good luck for the next year of ULR
enjoyment.
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn.

In ultralightdx@..., Robert Ross <va3sw@> wrote:

At 08:24 PM 11/18/2008, Gary Debock wrote:

Hello Guys,

With the Ultralight radio niche hobby now being enjoyed
throughout
North America, Europe and many other areas of the world, some
enthusiasts
may be curious how this whole craziness started. It actually
started on
November 20, 2007 with some startling TP receptions on a humble
SRF-59,
but was fueled by some amazing coincidences that gave the
movement a
massive surge within just a month.

Happy 1st Anniversary/Birthday to the ULR Movement!!! Being one
of
the
Canadians who benefited from Gary's generosity last
December......I
am
happy and proud to have been able to see the growth of the
subculture over
this past year!! I don't think anyone...including Gary could have
ever
imagined where this would be 1 Year later. As a matter of
fact....I
doubt
anyone really gave it much thought at the beginning. It was just
something
that happened ...and as it progressed it opened a lot of eyes.
The real bonus of this Ultralight growth, is that it
brought
a lot
of Old Timers outta the woodwork and Re-exposed them to the FUN
they had
when they began BCB DXing years ago , many as Kids I reckon!!

So........Gary even though you had no idea where we were
going.....you had
enough insight to take us there!! Thanks for that...and Happy
Birthday to
everyone on the ULR Reflector....may our 2nd year be as much fun
as
the
first. I can only imagine where the ULR Hobby will be at the end
of
2009.......

A good show by all......and thanks for letting me be a part of it
all!!

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: First Anniversary of Ultralight Radio Boom-- November 20

Carl DeWhitt
 

---Happy 1st anniversary to all in the ultralight movement.I can say
with many others for sure,that this is the most amazing niche of the
hobby that i have ever been involved in.The fact that anyone can
receive TA and/or TP dx on a little pocket radio is amazing!Who would
have thought this movement would have accomplished this much and come
this far in just a short year.Just like it has with others on the
group,it has reawakened my interest in mw dxing.Thanks to
Gary ,Rob,John and all others who really contributed early on to this
movement.73 and good dx and good luck for the next year of ULR
enjoyment.
Carl DeWhitt
Walland,Tn.

In ultralightdx@..., Robert Ross <va3sw@...> wrote:

At 08:24 PM 11/18/2008, Gary Debock wrote:

Hello Guys,

With the Ultralight radio niche hobby now being enjoyed
throughout
North America, Europe and many other areas of the world, some
enthusiasts
may be curious how this whole craziness started. It actually
started on
November 20, 2007 with some startling TP receptions on a humble
SRF-59,
but was fueled by some amazing coincidences that gave the
movement a
massive surge within just a month.

Happy 1st Anniversary/Birthday to the ULR Movement!!! Being one of
the
Canadians who benefited from Gary's generosity last December......I
am
happy and proud to have been able to see the growth of the
subculture over
this past year!! I don't think anyone...including Gary could have
ever
imagined where this would be 1 Year later. As a matter of fact....I
doubt
anyone really gave it much thought at the beginning. It was just
something
that happened ...and as it progressed it opened a lot of eyes.
The real bonus of this Ultralight growth, is that it brought
a lot
of Old Timers outta the woodwork and Re-exposed them to the FUN
they had
when they began BCB DXing years ago , many as Kids I reckon!!

So........Gary even though you had no idea where we were
going.....you had
enough insight to take us there!! Thanks for that...and Happy
Birthday to
everyone on the ULR Reflector....may our 2nd year be as much fun as
the
first. I can only imagine where the ULR Hobby will be at the end
of
2009.......

A good show by all......and thanks for letting me be a part of it
all!!

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)
«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«