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


Re: Friday Night Lights - and DX

Carl DeWhitt
 

---Thanks for the reminder,Richard.I will try some Friday night dx
next week when we are in Townsend,Tn. After that i will be back to
Maryville for a few days and probably back in Townsend for the next
Friday.Hopefully by that time i will know what city my new home will
be in.We are house hunting today and tomorrrow.
73 and good dx,
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn
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: SRF 59 Rises from dead

w2gjw <w2gjw@...>
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Dennis Gibson" <wb6tnb@...> wrote:

One of my friends has an SRF-59 that performs very poorly on a NiMH
battery but great with an alkaline. Go figure.

It's been my experience that the sensitivity of the SRF-59 is related
to battery voltage level. At one point, I too thought something had
happened to my SRF-59 as it had become "less-sensitive". Turned out my
battery voltage was down to 1.23v. Replacing the battery solved the
problem; i.e. the SRF-59's sensitivity was fully restored.

Typically, NiMH and NiCad batteries are rated at 1.2 volts although
they may be a bit higher immediately after a charge. Akaline batteries
are rated at 1.5v, although I've measured them as high as 1.657v when
taken right out of the package.

It just may be that the sensitivity of the SRF-59 is best when the
battery voltage is between 1.3-1.6v, that's just a guess! I would have
to run some tests to confirm this theory.

Interesting post, thanks for sharing.

73-
Gary
W2GJW


Re: Surprise Logging Tonight

Carl DeWhitt
 

-Nice catch,Kirk ! I will try to see what i can catch on 730 from here
(Maryville,Tn).It seems like states like Kentucky,North
Carolina,Georgia and ,of course, Tennessee will yield a lot more
loggings for me here than from Oklahoma.That is based on only a little
bit of dxing i have done since i arrived here .That has mostly been
done on my new Sony SRF-59.
73 and good dx,
Carl

-- In ultralightdx@..., "kirk74601" <kirk74601@...> wrote:

Greetings from Oklahoma,
730 khz has been driving me nuts (nuttier) lately. Tonight I finally
ID'd the easy XEX there, but then my surprise came along only for 4
minutes, At 0554-0600 UT a station in English (gasp) appeared. It
turned out to be WPIT, Pittsburgh, PA with a listed night power of 24
watts. I couldn't believe my ears. That's 955.5 miles/1538.6 km from
here. Probably my best QRP logging so far. Station #166 so far. I was
using my E100 along with the Select-a-Tenna. That's #166 stations so
far logged here at my apt.
73, Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Friday Night Lights - and DX

bbwrwy
 

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.


pre-sunrise catches

Allen Willie
 

 
 
  Logged early this morning
 
 
1380 khz - CKPC  Brantford, Ontario    9/22/08  8:38 UTC  w/ female announcer "Brantford's 13-80 CKPC " ID then into song "Listen to the Music " by Doobie Bros; good . *** NEW ONE *** on ULR
 
 
1160 khz - WYLL Chicago, Illinois    9/22/08  8:42 UTC w/ religious programming "Chicago's Word" ID  ; fair (KSL Salt Lake City  has been here also several mornings but has gotten much weaker again)
 
 
73
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V and SRF-39FP barefoot


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SRF-59 Notes and DX

starship20012001 <norbert_1226@...>
 

The new koss earbuds worked out great on the little silver bullet (AKA
SRF-59). the cord lenght of about 4 feet is enough for FM DX without
overloading the front end. Heard 102.3 the wolf out of CT (relog)
earier this AM. The armband case also worked out perfect. I pulled the
belt clip off the SRF 59 now it fits perfectly in the case with its
ear buds. the importance of this is it is now a portable complete
travel DX kit and can be pulled out anytime anywhere.
budget spent on srf-59:

SRF-59 unit : $25
Koss earbuds: $25
rechargable batteries (4): $10
armband case : $10
grand total $75 including sales tax
twilight zone DX out of this silver bullet : priceless


Dawn loggings - Sept 22

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

this morning was one of those which really cements a DXer's love for Medium Wave.

Had three personal firsts:

550    WSAU    Wausau, WI, ABC news, then weather and "55 SAU" id, started good then weak    G    06:05
570    WSYR    Syracuse NY, news and id. "570 WSYR"    W    05:06
570    CMDC    Radio Reloj, Santa Clara, Cuba, pips and interval type signal every minute    F/G    05:31 *

All of these were using the SRF39FP Ultralight and a 4 foot loop.

WSAU was particularly good when I first tuned to it with great audio through the little sony.

Others heard were:

555    ZIZ    ZIZ Basseterre, St. Kitts, sounded like BBC    W    05:46
560    CHVO    Spaniards Bay, NL, KIXX id and country mx    G    05:40 *
580    CFRA    Ottawa, ON, id and talk.    F/G    05:48 *
600    CBNA    St. Anthony, NL, talk.    G    05:30 *
810    CJVA    Caraquet NB, country under Radio Scotland FF OM. Phased on main set up - good.    F    06:30 *
820    TBN    Charlestown Nevis, apocalypse talk.    VG    06:14 *
860    CJBC    Toronto ON, light mx om in FF.    VG    06:16 *
1540    KXEL    Waterloo, IA, id / ads , midnight trucking network, dominant.    G    06:28 *

Logs included here marked with an asterix were also audible with the ultralight barefoot.

others like Chicago 670 / 1000
Rebelde 670
And very likely 580 WKAQ Puerto Rico were also noted.

Around dawn the bottom of the band was almost clear except for TA signals - dreamlike conditions with local type audio from the VOCM network stations, CHNC and others.

At 0730 local KXEL was thumping in on 1540 over CHIN and even this was audible on the barefoot ultralight!.

While all this was going on I was working on a lead to let me record from the Sony and an example can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UGyLBQHZtI  this was CHNC 610 about 30 minutes past local sunrise on a walkman type radio. It was much stronger at sunrise.

Looks like its going to be a great season.

Paul Logan,
Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

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Surprise Logging Tonight

kirk74601 <kirk74601@...>
 

Greetings from Oklahoma,
730 khz has been driving me nuts (nuttier) lately. Tonight I finally
ID'd the easy XEX there, but then my surprise came along only for 4
minutes, At 0554-0600 UT a station in English (gasp) appeared. It
turned out to be WPIT, Pittsburgh, PA with a listed night power of 24
watts. I couldn't believe my ears. That's 955.5 miles/1538.6 km from
here. Probably my best QRP logging so far. Station #166 so far. I was
using my E100 along with the Select-a-Tenna. That's #166 stations so
far logged here at my apt.
73, Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: New logging on my SRF-59

satya@...
 

Hey Joe:

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

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

Greetings everyone from Troy Michigan.


Work, family and amateur radio has kept me busy for the past few months,
and tonight I am happy to say that I found quality time with my trusty
SRF-59 and being rewarded with a new ULR logging.

820 WOSU Columbus Ohio 9:00-10:00 PM EST Bluegrass music with host Chris
Johnson. Had to wait a whole hour to get a station ID, but the music was
great, so no complaints from me, hi, hi. New on ULR of this relog from my
home. (Miller)


73 de Joe Miller, KJ8O, Troy, MI





Re: Sony SRF T615 vs. Sangean DT-400W Performance

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

Hi group!

I would love to see some day a few pictures of our beloved UL receivers together, maybe in a beach taking a sunbath and drinking beer hihihi This would reveal their sizes compared with each others. For example, I haven't found a "casual" pic of T615 (only studio and catalog photos).

--hg

D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hi Tom,
 
     Thanks for your question about the performance of the Sony SRF-T615, relative to the DT-400W and DT-200VX radios.  I assume you have already read the Summertime Shootout posted on dxer.ca, in which all these models are competitively graded.


New logging on my SRF-59

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

Greetings everyone from Troy Michigan.


Work, family and amateur radio has kept me busy for the past few months, and tonight I am happy to say that I found quality time with my trusty SRF-59 and being rewarded with a new ULR logging.

820 WOSU Columbus Ohio 9:00-10:00 PM EST Bluegrass music with host Chris Johnson. Had to wait a whole hour to get a station ID, but the music was great, so no complaints from me, hi, hi. New on ULR of this relog from my home. (Miller)


73 de Joe Miller, KJ8O, Troy, MI


Re: Dawn loggings - Sept 21

satya@...
 

Hi Paul:

Great going on the SRF-39! A clear ID from so far away attests to its
incredible abilities.

I record with an Olympus WS-300M recorder. It's got a MIC input which is
easily overloaded by the line-level output from the SRF, so I put an
attenuator on it. I monitor with headphones from the jack provided, which
allows me to make sure the recording level is proper. I have heard that
certain Sony pocket voice recorders (ICD-UX70 for one, I believe) are able
to handle line-level inputs. In either case, you may have to avoid the
highest quality setting, since these seems to give off a lot of RF.
However, even with the second-best setting, the fidelity is more than
enough for DX catches.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

Hi all,

more great conditions this morning and more TA's to my stations heard
tally..

I really cant express how amazed I am by the SRF39FP  - at 0730 local /
0630 utc I heard a weak but very clear id from WYLL in Chicago on 1160 "
Chicagos Christian Choice". I was stunned - this is a good one from here
with a BOG and an NRD 545! Nevermind a tiny radio in the palm of my hand.
I need to get some way of recording this stuff - I dont think people will
believe it otherwise!.

With the loop added this one was THUMPING in.

others heard were

670    WSCR Chicago, IL   06:02  -sports talk (needed the 4 foot
loop for this one)
540    CBGA New Carlisle, QC    06:05 - FF om in talk - good signal
650    CKGA Gander, NL   06:07 - VOCM country fair signal
610    CHNC, New Carlisle, QC  06:11 - FF om in comedy talk -
excellent signal
730    CKAC Montreal, QC   06:18 - French talk - fair
760    WJR, Detroit MI    06:20 - talk / id - weakish

Anyone got any tips on taping from one of the sony's without introducing
noise etc?

Paul Logan,

Lisnaskea, N. Ireland



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new SRF-59

Carl DeWhitt
 

On Sept.19, i purchased a new Sony SRF-59 from a K-Mart in Sand
Springs,Ok while i was on my way from Oklahoma to Tennessee.From what
little i have been able to use it,i am impressed with the sound from
such a small radio.It also seems to have good nullability.I will have
more time to seriously dx once we get settled in to our new home here
in Tennessee.The process of moving from one state to another has surely
taken up a lot of my time.I will also have to get used to a new dx
enviroment here with a lot of new stations.I am currently in
Maryville,Tn about a 30 minute road trip from Knoxville.I will post
what i hear from the local and semi-regular am stations.
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn
Sonys SRF-59,M37V,M37W and Eton E-100


Re: Sony SRF T615 vs. Sangean DT-400W Performance

Tom Welch
 

Thank you Gary for your input.  I do follow DXer on a daily basis,
 
Tom Welch > Author, Consultant and Researcher
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/pmcheatsheets/
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/rollator/


--- On Sun, 9/21/08, D1028Gary@... wrote:
From: D1028Gary@...
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Sony SRF T615 vs. Sangean DT-400W Performance
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008, 5:45 PM

Hi Tom,
 
     Thanks for your question about the performance of the Sony SRF-T615, relative to the DT-400W and DT-200VX radios.  I assume you have already read the Summertime Shootout posted on dxer.ca, in which all these models are competitively graded.
 
     Typically, the DT-400W will exceed the SRF-T615 in high-band sensitivity, although not by a great level.  There have been individual differences reported by enthusiasts in DT-400W sensitivity, so some variation is possible.  Before making the judgement in the Summertime Shootout for the DT-400W's top rating in wide-band sensitivity, I did order three different models, all of which had superior wide-band sensitivity to both the E100 and SRF-T615 in my competitive testing.
 
     The SRF-T615 has far superior nulling ability to the Sangean units, however.  It is much more compact, and has unexcelled audio and AGC among the Ultralight class.  A final point to consider is that there has never been a negative comment about the SRF-T615's sensitivity, among the 25+ estimated owners in the Ultralight radio enthusiast group.  All owners are overwhelmingly positive about the radio, despite the lofty price.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock  




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Re: earbuds for SRF 59

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...>
 

I absolutely LOVE my Koss "Sparkplug" earbuds. I use them
almost all the time with my ultralights. They are different
in design from all the other earbuds that I've seen because
they don't have anything that hangs down from your ear. They
fit completely into your ear canal and, in my case, actually
stay put better and have a noise-cancelling effect.

Here is the URL for them on the Koss web page ...

http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/p?openform&pc%5Eeb%5Esparkplug

I bought mine at my local Radio Shack store for less than $20 USD.

73,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX