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ULTRALIGHT Sunset DX Logging....ONE NEW ONE tonight.........

robert ross
 

HI Guys:

Well....I'm trying to hit #500 by the end of Sept...but it's going pretty
slow here lately. I'm only averaging 1 to 2 New stations a day....on those
days I listen!! I need to average 3-4 a day til the end of the month if I
wanna hit 500....so unless things get cooking here soon......it may be some
time in October when I hit the Big 500!! My other problem right now is that
I am also a TV/FM DXer...and the Bands have been going pretty good with
some nice Fall Tropo.....that has been keeping my attention on those
Bands...and away from The AM BCB!!

I was lucky to bag one new tonight though.....and this one had me puzzled
at first....a West Virginia Station....carrying CINCINNATI REDS Baseball!!!

Radio used for this one was......ETON E-100 Ultralight BAREFOOT.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR Log Total is now........................483 Stations Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73.........ROB.

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800 WVHU Huntington, W.VA. Sept/23/08 1935 EDT EE FR
In CKLW NULL. Highlites of the Reds/Marlins game. Several Multi Call ID's
(For the Red's Network??). ID as "On the Red's Radio Network". Cinci area Ads.
Spot for the Red's Community Fund. Show was called "The Inside Pitch".
Many IDs as the "Red's Radio Network". Huntington is the ONLY Station on
800 Khz with Red's baseball...and I was Beaming SE from here which is right
at West Virginia!.

RELOG NEW CALLS for Overall Log NEW ULR # 483 5 KW/185 Watts N
ROSS, ONT.
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Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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recent loggings

Tim Davisson
 

Guys...I'm up to 114 stations logged in just under 4 weeks of very
casual (not every day) DXing....24 US states, 3 Canadian provinces.

All logged on SRF-59, barefoot, and unmodified/stock, all EDT:

1390 WLCM/Charlotte, MI, religious; 7:05pm, Sun. 9/21/08.
1470 WMBD/Peoria, IL, "news-talk", 6:56am, Tues. 9/23/08.
1570 WPGM/Danville, PA, religious, 6:33pm, Tues. 9/23/08.
890 WKNV/Fairlawn, Va. "Joy" religious @ s/off; 7:30pm, Tue.9/23/08.


73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
near Akron, Ohio


Re: Dawn loggings - Sept 23

bbwrwy
 

Outstanding reception, Paul. It looks like you're in the right
location for DXing with a ULR.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
North Central Oklahoma USA


Nice catches of Paul Logan

Allen Willie
 

Got to love ultralighting!


Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland
 
Nice catches you had  Paul ! ,
 
Those Manitoba stations  seem to be showing up here too lately at dawn or so. Greenland on 570 is a bit tougher here but I finally did manage to log that too recently.
 
 Not sure if you have 1160 KSL in Salt Lake City , Utah in the books  , it's been showing up lately at dawn also but was noticeably weaker yesterday than previous days. Also KOA in Denver, Colorado has been reported lately but no luck here with that one yet.
 
 
73
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland


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Dawn loggings - Sept 23

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

well what a surprise this morning was - a new UL country for me- Greenland on 570 and an opening to Manitoba at dawn.

Heres what was heard (those marked ** were audible on a barefoot SRF39FP Ultralight - otherwise RX was the same radio with a 4 foot loop)

570 KNR Nuuk, Greenland, om in slow talk, low audio. W/F 05:00
950 CFAM Altona, MB, classics // 1250 CHSM, music played right through TOTH. VG / Fair barefoot 05:50 **
920 CFRY Portage La Prarie, MB, local news and weather then id " CFRY - Real Country Radio" Vg / Fair barefoot 05:58 **
1000 WMVP Chicago, IL, sports talk, in clear. VG / Fair barefoot 06:33 **
1580 CKDO Oshawa, ON, oldies, id. F / Fair barefoot 06:19 **

Got to love ultralighting!


Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

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Re: Nice catches of Paul Logan

Gary DeBock
 

Paul and Allen,
 
     I'm happy that both of you seem to be hearing great DX with your SRF-39FP's, which are no doubt the most successful Prison Radios since the Ultralight Boom began.
 
     Congratulations on your outstanding DX loggings, and I hope you two guys are having as much fun as I am, chasing TP's with a hot-rodded E100.
 
     73, Gary




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last night's catches

Allen Willie
 

 
 
    Hi Guys,
 
 
Caught a couple of new transatlantics last night as follows:
 
 
1566 khz -  County Sound Radio  Guildford, England   9/23/08   1:26 UTC w/ commentary in English , song  "Release Me" by Engelbert ; good 
 
  1602 khz - R. Vitoria  , Vitoria Spain    923/08  00:26 UTC w/ woman with ID "R. Vitoria" in Spanish, then into a few spanish vocals; good 
 
 
Trans-Atlantic Stations total  now stands @ 175 stations
 
 
73
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V  barefoot


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32nd UL State- Minnesota

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Got WCCO-830 this morning for my 32nd UL State.  I spotted it on my FRG-7 and it was also there on the DT-200VX.

WBAP-820 was also in from Texas this morning but I couldn't pull it through on the DT-200 although it was there on the FRG-7, so a good morning to the west.  I already have Texas on the UL (thanks to WOAI).

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE



Great Morning for TP's; Modified E100 Receives TP #41

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     With great propagation to Asia this morning, the 7.5" Slider loopstick E100 managed to receive JOQR-1134 and China-1062 (Zhujiang EBS), for TP's #40 and #41.  This compact modified Ultralight has been a total blast here so far this season, having DX performance way out of proportion to its size.  This makes it competitive even in a place like Puyallup, WA--  hardly a choice location for TP DX.
 
     The Slider loopstick modification is very easy to make, with only two highly accessible connections to make on the back circuit board.  The Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter installation probably requires some detailed circuit board soldering experience, however.  The technical articles for both of these modifications should appear in the AM-DX club bulletins shortly.
 
     I wish you all could have this much DX fun!  It's time to apply for John's "Master Ultralight TP DXer" award  :>)
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




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Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-...

Gil Stacy
 

Gary,
Thanks for the info, and thanks for doing the shootout this summer on
the rx which I had missed until a day or two ago.
73 Gil


Re: E100

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

That's great news! At first I was disappointed with mine but after a
couple of sessions it seemed to improve and now except for the audio
quality from the speaker I'm very happy with mine. Maybe they need a
little break in time.

73

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Jay Heyl" <yahoogroups@...> wrote:

I may have been a bit premature in my judgment of my E100. Today I
took it
with me to lunch at a place I know is a huge challenge for radio
reception.
I eat at this restaurant about once a week and there are only a couple
tables in the whole place where my DT200V can get a listenable
signal, and
that only on two stations and with the radio very precisely aligned
to null
out the local noise and maximize the signal. I don't know if it's
the two
plasma TVs, the neon signs, some equipment they have in the kitchen,
or all
of the above, but this place is just loaded with noise.

The E100 gave me a very listenable signal on both of the usual
stations and
a noisy but clearly there signal on another local I sometimes listen
to. I
didn't take the DT200V in with me to do a head-to-head comparison.
I've been
going to this place for almost a year and it has always had the same
noise,
so I doubt it suddenly got that much less of an issue today. That third
station is absolutely not receivable on the DT200V inside this
restaurant.

Also, I flipped on the KA-2100 this morning and tuned to that local
station
that has been an issue with the E100. The KA-2100 had the same
bleed-over
problem, possibly even worse than the E100.

Maybe the accolades caused me to have unrealistic expectations.

-- Jay


The Ultralight DX Phenomenon - Bruce Conti, Popular Communications, May 2008

texnote
 

(apologies if this article has already appeared here before - I could
not locate it)

Excerpt from
http://www.popular-communications.com/PC%20Highlights%20May08.html

The Ultralight DX Phenomenon

by Bruce A. Conti

First there were crystal radios, then one-tube sets, and now there
are "ultralights." Sparked by the popularity of the Sony SRF-59 AM/FM
Walkman, a very capable retrograde pocket radio, ultralight DXing has
ignited an explosion of experimentation and interest in radio
electronics. In this digital age of endless entertainment options,
including cable TV, the Internet, and wireless phones, the rapid
growth of ultralighting is quite remarkable.

Ultralight Defined

"The sudden boom in ultralight radio interest took everybody by
surprise, and the AM DX community is only now trying to sort out the
definitions, and create some guidelines about this new phenomena,"
said Gary DeBock, a Washington State DXer and ultralight enthusiast,
in response to my inquiries about the subject. "We are still
attempting to create an administrative framework that will give
support and direction to the enthusiasts in this new niche of the AM
DX hobby, and not every decision will be without controversy." DeBock
continued:

DXpedition enthusiasts in particular are already creating a lively
forum of discussion about how these tiny receivers should be used,
and what should be allowed. This is healthy, in my humble opinion. We
have very serious experimentation currently with antenna transplants
into ultralight radios, and one of my own projects transplanted a
6.25-inch loopstick from a Sony ICF-S5 into an SRF-39FP ultralight,
resulting in a huge boost in sensitivity. It certainly isn't a stock
ultralight, but is it on a different DXing level than the Sony ICF-
2010, for example? What if we transplant an even bigger antenna into
an ultralight radio, along with filter mods and other refinements,
making it a DXpedition superstar...would it still be an ultralight?
Whether we agree on this or not, that is the direction that Guy
Atkins, John Bryant, and myself are inclined to go.

World-renowned mediumwave DXers Atkins and Bryant are two co-
conspirators at the forefront of the ultralight movement. Though not
an ultralight, the Sony ICF-2010 is a classic portable communications
receiver best known for its unparalleled AM synchronous detection
circuitry. The 2010 was discontinued in 2003, yet it's still the
reference for comparison of portables to date.
Regarding ultralight experiments, DeBock said:

The "hot-rodded" SRF-39FP already has sensitivity at least up to the
ICF-2010 level, but it is analog and obviously will not be the first
choice of DXpeditioners. We plan to modify a Sangean DT-200VX to make
it a super-sensitive, super-selective digital wonder, but if we
succeed in this, some will obviously question what kind of animal we
have created, and whether it is really an ultralight. Since there is
no judge that can satisfy everybody, the current scramble seems to be
in the direction of making these tiny radios as competitive as
possible for DXpeditions, and letting the AM DX community sort out
the definition concepts later.

The Sangean DT-200VX, like the SRF-39, SRF-59L and others in the Sony
Walkman lineup, has quickly gained superstar status among ultralight
DXers. The "P" version of the SRF-39 was manufactured with a clear
plastic chassis for prisoner use. The clear chassis allowed easy
inspection for contraband by prison security.

Ultralight Classifications

What is ultralight DXing? In its most basic form, ultralighting is
done with a pocket radio reminiscent of the classic transistor radios
from years gone by. Consider it an upgrade from the good old days of
DXing with oatmeal-box crystal radios, a back-to-nature minimalist
movement for radio hobbyists, and for some simply a rekindled youth.


Re: Friday Night Lights - and DX

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

It seems that a fair number of these stations carrying high school
football games "forget" to drop power or change pattern at local sunset.

73

--- In ultralightdx@..., "bbwrwy" <richarda@...> wrote:

From early September to mid-November in the United States, Friday
night offers a good time to DX. It's usually the only time stations
that ordinarily have no local content broadcasts the football games of
the area high schools. An example is my local station, KOKP-1020,
broadcasts the games of the Perry (Okla.) HS Maroons. Their sister
station, KOKB-1580 carries the games of the Blackwell HS Maroons.

Good DX.

Richard Allen.


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-...

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Gil,
 
     The DT-400W is basically a DT-200VX with an improved RF board (and yellow cabinet), so all of the memory quirks of the DT-200VX have been passed down to the new DT-400W, including the inability to tune away from a memory station without leaving the memory mode.  With the exception of the new "Weather Alert," the functions are about the same.
 
     The DT-400W would be a nice model to have for its wide-band AM sensitivity, although urban users may not be thrilled with the selectivity.  In a place like Grayland away from local sloppers, it really performs well. There are two mp3 recordings of HLAZ-1566 (S. Korea) and VOA-1575 (Thailand) posted on DXer.ca from my stock DT-400W.
 
     73, Gary 




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Re: Sony SRF-T615 Photo Album Uploaded

huelbe_garcia@fastimap.com <huelbe_garcia@...>
 

Gary,

thank you sooooo much! The pictures are vivid, detailed, clear. And the captions are perfect, they seem they came from a professional ad brochure. And yes, T616 is *really* thin!

--hg

D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hello Guys,
 
     For Huelbe Garcia and others who always wondered how the tiny Sony SRF-T615 Ultralight appears in relation to competitive radios, a 5-photo album has been uploaded to the group site.  Its major competition for the top Ultralight honors in the Summertime Shootout, the Eton E100 and the Sangean DT-400W, are the supporting actors.  Hope this helps, Huelbe.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




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Ultralight SUNSET DX Logging...ONE NEW ONE!!....................

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

The FM Band has been going pretty good the past few nights....so I
haven't been doing much AM DX'ing...but tonight I managed to put in an hour
or so and logged ONE NEW Station for the ULR Log.........

Radio Used for this reception was ....SONY SRF-T615 BAREFOOT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ultralight Log Total is now........................482 Stations Heard.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73...............ROB.

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870 WPWT Colonial Hts, TENN. Sept/22/08 1943-45* EDT EE VG
Staples Ad @ 1943. Max Motors Ad @ 1944. Male DJ with Full ID and Abrupt
Signoff at 1945 EDT. "870 WPWT Power Talk for the Tri-Cities WPWT Colonial
Heights". Same ID again and off the air!! No Sign of WWL yet!!

NEW CALLS for OVERALL LOG NEW ULR # 482 10 KW DAYS
ROSS, ONT.
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Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Sony SRF-T615 Photo Album Uploaded

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     For Huelbe Garcia and others who always wondered how the tiny Sony SRF-T615 Ultralight appears in relation to competitive radios, a 5-photo album has been uploaded to the group site.  Its major competition for the top Ultralight honors in the Summertime Shootout, the Eton E100 and the Sangean DT-400W, are the supporting actors.  Hope this helps, Huelbe.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




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E100

Jay Heyl
 


Re: all the obvious DXing stuff?

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

Thx Tim,

--- On Sun, 9/21/08, Tim Davisson <kd8gz@...> wrote:

*DX away from computers, TVs that are on, and cable/DSL
boxes. Why?
These devices put interference/whistles onto the AM band if
you're
too close by while listening. Your DX location needs to be
at least
20 feet from computers, TVs, cable boxes, microwave ovens
that are
in use, and so forth. When possible, turn off those
devices.
I tired to use a wireless notebook computer to look up some stations last night, and the interference is exactly as you described. If I can suggest one of the great DXing resources, the 29th Edition of the National Radio Club AM Log is now available, and I can personally vouch that it does not cause any QRM, hi, hi.

73 de KJ8O, Joe in Troy, MI


Re: New logging on my SRF-59

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

Thx Kevin,

I was looking back at some of my older e-mails and saw the one from July announcing the Ultralight DX Awards. While my QTH is only about 100 miles from Robert Ross VA3SW, I am much closer to Detroit's high-powered stations, and not as good of a location for MW DXing, but I still can't see any reason why I can't log 200 or 300 stations from here. I am currently at about 70 and hope to be at least 200 before year's end.

Take care es 73 de Joe, KJ8O, Troy, MI

--- On Sun, 9/21/08, satya@... <satya@...> wrote:

From: satya@... <satya@...>
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] New logging on my SRF-59
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008, 11:32 PM
Hey Joe:

Welcome back to the land of tiny wonders! Glad to see you
getting some quality time on the barefoot 59.