Date   

Mini-FSL for CCrane Skywave

Les Rayburn
 


I’m the proud owner of a “Mini-FSL” antenna that is attached to a Tecsun PL-380 that works very well for portable DXing. But I prefer the ergonomic touches of the CCrane Skywave model especially in regards to tuning. My focus isn’t on TA or TP signals, but rather domestic DXing. 

Has anyone modified a CCrane Skywave to add an external FSL antenna? Wondering if it might benefit from the addition of the FSL and how difficult the modification might be. 




73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


Long Term DX Project - 30/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

-------------------------

**MWDxerDB - Report**

Report Date: 02/01/2021

Report Time: 12:49:01

 

Details: 30/01/2021 - 22:15 / Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes: A good late night session. All except two stations where logged at good or excellent signals levels. 2CA on 1053kHz was logged the best I have in a long time. The HPON stations were also good performers.

 

Freq / Name: 0531 - 3GG
Details: Warragul - Commercial - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 0549 - 2CR
Details: Cumnock - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 0594 - 3WV
Details: Horsham - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 0621 - 3RN
Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 0774 - 3LO
Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - EXCELLENT

 

Freq / Name: 1053 - 2CA
Details: Canberra - Commercial - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - AVERAGE

 

Freq / Name: 1179 - 3RPH
Details: Melbourne - Community - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 1341 - HPON GEELONG
Details: Geelong - HPON - 5KW
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 1422 - HPON MELBOURNE
Details: Melbourne - HPON - 5KW
Notes: 30/01/2021 - GOOD 

 

Freq / Name: 1503 - 3KND
Details: Melbourne - Community - 5KW 
Notes: 30/01/2021 - AVERAGE


50KW Station Challenge - 31/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Details: 31/01/2021 - 23:00 / Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes:  A good late night session. Great signals across the band with all 50KW stations logged except 4QN on 630kHz, 2PB on the same frequency was blocking it. 

 

Freq / Name: 0549 - 2CR

Details: Cumnock - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0558 - 6WA

Details: Wagin - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0576 - 2RN

Details: Sydney - National - 50KW

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0594 - 3WV

Details: Horsham - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0621 - 3RN

Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0702 - 2BL

Details: Sydney - National - 50KW

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0729 - 5RN

Details: Adelaide - National - 50KW

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0738 - 2NR

Details: Grafton - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0774 - 3LO

Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021

 

Freq / Name: 0891 - 5AN

Details: Adelaide - National - 50KW

Notes: 31/01/2021 

 

Freq / Name: 1548 - 4QD

Details: Emerald - National - 50KW 

Notes: 31/01/2021


KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon --- TEST TONIGHT

Les Rayburn
 






  HARDCORE GRAVEYARD DX TEST THIS WEEKEND EXTENDED HOURS  

It just keeps getting better. Not only has Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP agreed to test on Saturday evening, January 30, 2021 starting at 10PM PST (0600 UTC) until 0600 AM PST (1400 UTC) on Sunday morning.





 The “Black Coffee, No Sugar, No Creme” AKA No Decaf Allowed Test is Here. Eight solid hours of only legal voice IDs, Morse Code, and sweeps, sweeps, sweeps.  
 
The Courtesy Program Committee has long dreamed of doing a test with absolutely no “filler” material. Normally we include jingles, vintage promos, music of various kinds…maybe some holiday themed content as well. This type of stuff is great fun if you’re close to the station, but for those on the fringe of reception every second “wasted” on a singing jingle is a second that may be the difference between a new log and noise. 

This weekend, we’ll be serving just straight java, piping hot from KCUP. Code, Code, Code, followed by sweeps, sweeps, sweeps. Only the top five pieces of source material that are proven to best cut through the noise. The only exception will be a voice ID that will run a few times each hour just to keep things legal. 

This is your best chance to put this station into your log book. Don’t miss it. 

VERIFICATIONS

Reception reports will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) at the request of KCUP. Reception reports should be e-mailed to: 


We strongly prefer that you include MP3 sound file recordings of the best 2-3 minutes of  your reception. If you cannot record the DX, then detailed written reports can also be accepted. If your report is confirmed, you will receive a custom designed QSL card as a PDF file attachment. It is suitable for printing. 

We will no longer accept reports via USPS mail. 

If you are interested in claiming the record, please include the following additional information: 

A.) NRC Member? YES or NO. 
B.) Exact longitude and latitude of your receiving location. If you use a remote SDR, you must use the lat/long of that receiver. 
C.) Claimed distance in miles to the transmitter location of KCUP. 

If anyone exceeds a reception of 542 miles, we’ll report that information to Tim Hall. 

SPECIAL THANKS 

Our special thanks to Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP for this rare DX test from Oregon and the opportunity for some lucky DXer to break Tim Hall’s record. 





73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon --- TEST EXTENDED & "BLACK COFFEE, NO SUGAR, NO CREME" TEST MATERIAL

Les Rayburn
 






  HARDCORE GRAVEYARD DX TEST THIS WEEKEND EXTENDED HOURS  

It just keeps getting better. Not only has Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP agreed to test on Saturday evening, January 30, 2021 starting at 10PM PST (0600 UTC) until 0600 AM PST (1400 UTC) on Sunday morning, but he’s also agreed to a special kind of test: 

 The “Black Coffee, No Sugar, No Creme” AKA No Decaf Allowed Test is Here. Eight solid hours of only legal voice IDs, Morse Code, and sweeps, sweeps, sweeps.  
 
The Courtesy Program Committee has long dreamed of doing a test with absolutely no “filler” material. Normally we include jingles, vintage promos, music of various kinds…maybe some holiday themed content as well. This type of stuff is great fun if you’re close to the station, but for those on the fringe of reception every second “wasted” on a singing jingle is a second that may be the difference between a new log and noise. 

This weekend, we’ll be serving just straight java, piping hot from KCUP. Code, Code, Code, followed by sweeps, sweeps, sweeps. Only the top five pieces of source material that are proven to best cut through the noise. The only exception will be a voice ID that will run a few times each hour just to keep things legal. 

This is your best chance to put this station into your log book. Don’t miss it. 



VERIFICATIONS

Reception reports will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) at the request of KCUP. Reception reports should be e-mailed to: 


We strongly prefer that you include MP3 sound file recordings of the best 2-3 minutes of  your reception. If you cannot record the DX, then detailed written reports can also be accepted. If your report is confirmed, you will receive a custom designed QSL card as a PDF file attachment. It is suitable for printing. 

We will no longer accept reports via USPS mail. 

If you are interested in claiming the record, please include the following additional information: 

A.) NRC Member? YES or NO. 
B.) Exact longitude and latitude of your receiving location. If you use a remote SDR, you must use the lat/long of that receiver. 
C.) Claimed distance in miles to the transmitter location of KCUP. 

If anyone exceeds a reception of 542 miles, we’ll report that information to Tim Hall. 

SPECIAL THANKS 

Our special thanks to Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP for this rare DX test from Oregon and the opportunity for some lucky DXer to break Tim Hall’s record. 





73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


50KW Station Challenge - 28/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Below is my loggings from last nights attempt at the 50KW station challenge.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

AREA

PURPOSE

POWER

DATE

TIME

RADIO

AERIAL

549

2CR

Cumnock

National

50k

28/01/2021

19:30

AR-1733

3" FSL

558

4AM

Atherton

Commercial

5k

 

 

 

 

558

4GY

Gympie

Commercial

5k

 

 

 

 

558

6WA

Wagin

National

50k

-

 

 

 

576

2RN

Sydney

National

50k

28/01/2021

19:30

AR-1733

3" FSL

594

3WV

Horsham

National

50k

28/01/2021

19:30

AR-1733

3" FSL

612

4QR

Brisbane

National

50k

-

 

 

 

612

6RN

Dalwallinu

National

10k

 

 

 

 

621

3RN

Melbourne

National

50k

28/01/2021

19:30

AR-1733

3" FSL

621

6EL

Bunbury

Commercial

2k

 

 

 

 

630

2PB

Sydney

National

10k

 

 

 

 

630

4QN

Townsville

National

50k

-

 

 

 

630

6AL

Albany

National

5k

 

 

 

 

630

7RN

Queenstown

National

400

 

 

 

 

702

2BL

Sydney

National

50k

-

 

 

 

702

6KP

Karratha

National

10k

 

 

 

 

720

2ML

Murwillumbah

National

400

 

 

 

 

720

2RN

Armidale

National

50

 

 

 

 

720

3MT

Omeo

National

2k

 

 

 

 

720

4AT

Atherton

National

4k

 

 

 

 

720

6WF

Perth

National

50k

-

 

 

 

729

5RN

Adelaide

National

50k

-

 

 

 

738

2NR

Grafton

National

50k

-

 

 

 

738

6MJ

Manjimup

National

5k

 

 

 

 

774

3LO

Melbourne

National

50k

28/01/2021

19:30

AR-1733

3" FSL

891

5AN

Adelaide

National

50k

-

 

 

 

891

HPON

Townsville

HPON

5k

 

 

 

 

1548

4QD

Emerald

National

50k

-

 

 

 

 


Re: The Daylight MW Challenge

Paul Blundell
 

That sounds very interesting, I just had a read over your blog post, well done.

Paul

On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 1:47 AM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi,
Once I finished the 'Ross DX Challenge' I would like to broad a little more the MW DXing stuff with the aim to show that the use of a ULR receiver can be as rewarding as an SDR at certain times. So I have started a new DXing challenge with one of my fave combos: The AirSpy HF+ and the Youloop antenna. 

My aim is testing the YouLoop and find a way to link it to a portable receiver in the coming future. In the meantime I am waiting for the Litz wire and the ferrites to build my first FSL antenna.

I will also have MW logs to check the differences in between receivers as I strongly think that an ULr with a FSL antenna or even with a AN-200 could get almost as many MW stations as some 'Big Brothers'.

This is just the precursor of the NDB exercises to come!


Hope you like it!

73

Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX



--
Paul


Re: Challenges

Paul Blundell
 

That is really good to hear, I love your enthusiasm for the hobby.

Paul

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 10:44 PM Pedro Porres <pporres@...> wrote:
Hi Paul, The Sangean DT250 is giving good results, I'm trying to get the most out of it without using an auxiliary antenna like the An200, I'll leave that for later. I have already received the signal from several European and African stations. These are the countries or regions from which I have heard and identified at least one station:
Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Italy, Great Britan, Isle of Man, Slovenia, Romania and Lithuania. Lithuania is the distance record so far with Radio Poland, via Baltic Waves International, about 2,970 kms from my location at home. I usually listen at sunset outside the city, and at night from home.



--
Paul


The Daylight MW Challenge

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi,
Once I finished the 'Ross DX Challenge' I would like to broad a little more the MW DXing stuff with the aim to show that the use of a ULR receiver can be as rewarding as an SDR at certain times. So I have started a new DXing challenge with one of my fave combos: The AirSpy HF+ and the Youloop antenna. 

My aim is testing the YouLoop and find a way to link it to a portable receiver in the coming future. In the meantime I am waiting for the Litz wire and the ferrites to build my first FSL antenna.

I will also have MW logs to check the differences in between receivers as I strongly think that an ULr with a FSL antenna or even with a AN-200 could get almost as many MW stations as some 'Big Brothers'.

This is just the precursor of the NDB exercises to come!


Hope you like it!

73

Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


Re: Challenges

Pedro Porres
 

Hi Paul, The Sangean DT250 is giving good results, I'm trying to get the most out of it without using an auxiliary antenna like the An200, I'll leave that for later. I have already received the signal from several European and African stations. These are the countries or regions from which I have heard and identified at least one station:
Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Italy, Great Britan, Isle of Man, Slovenia, Romania and Lithuania. Lithuania is the distance record so far with Radio Poland, via Baltic Waves International, about 2,970 kms from my location at home. I usually listen at sunset outside the city, and at night from home.


Re: World DX Day

Paul Blundell
 

I have not forgotten about this, I have just put in on the back burner for a while. Does a date around October / November work for those on the "other" side of the world?

Paul


Re: Video - Medium Wave Interference

Paul Blundell
 

Well in the past two weeks I have been keeping a log of the dates and times. It appears at random times during the day and of a night time it seems to be more common on the really hot nights, I am thinking a fan or AC unit? I have not noticed any external changes which this could relate to.

One thing I have noticed is that often the signal comes and goes very quickly, it will appear for a few seconds then go and come back for a minute then go again, it also varies in strength, this makes me think it might be something portable?


Re: Challenges

Paul Blundell
 

Hi Pedro,

How are you coming along with your challenges?

Paul


KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon --- TEST EXTENDED-- EIGHT HOURS LONG--UPDATE

Les Rayburn
 






GRAVEYARD DX TEST THIS WEEKEND EXTENDED HOURS 

Thanks to the seriously generous nature of Steve Rubin, KCUP will test on Saturday evening, January 30, 2021 starting at 10PM PST (0600 UTC) until 0600 AM PST (1400 UTC). Test material will include Morse Code, sweep tones, sound effects, etc. 
 
Eight full hours for DX’ers to attempt to log the station. Really grateful for the longer opportunity to log the station. 

This is a great opportunity for DX’ers to set a National Radio Club Graveyard DX Record for this station. Interested in getting your name in the record books? Read on: 

According to Tim Hall, who is the current editor of the NRC Graveyard DX Achievements, the current record for KCUP is actually held by Tim himself. Currently it is listed as: 


KCUP 
Toledo Tim Hall West Glacier, MT 542

That means that the maximum distance of a confirmed reception of KCUP is only 542 miles. The DX Test provides a great opportunity to break Tim’s record for this station. (Sorry, Tim) 

Some caveats: 

Only current (and deceased) NRC members are eligible to hold GY records, and loggings must be made after January 1, 1960.

OTHER NOTES: 

Multiple records may exist for a single station.  This is because of various rule changes that took place mostly in the 90s.  A separate category was created for DXers in AK and HI to compensate for their unique advantage after they started claiming records for all the west coast stations.  Then Canada migrated most of their graveyarders to FM, suddenly making it far easier for Canadians to log long-distance GY catches, so a separate category was created for them.  A handful of stations have records from DXers living outside the US and Canada.

Be sure to include the exact address (or latitude/longitude) where you were when you heard each station, so I can calculate the distance.

Please only submit catches you think might be records or maybe "near-misses."  I'm happy to help people get all the records they are entitled to, but I hope people won't just send me their whole GY logbook without first checking to see which ones might be records.

Of course we want people to report their loggings to DX News, so if your logging has appeared in DX News (even a long time ago), that's good.  If it hasn't, please send me some basic info from the logging. 

RECORD-SETTING: 

This means that there is an opportunity for multiple records to be set on Sunday morning. 

1. ) DXers who are NRC members in the United States or elsewhere in the world could claim a record shattering reception of KCUP 1230. 

2.) DXers in Canada could also claim the record if it’s further than receptions in the US or worldwide. 

3.) Likewise, DX’ers in Alaska (Paul Walker?) could claim a record if it bests the worldwide distance. 

Our hope is that this will light a fire under DX’ers to listen for this test, encourage you to join the National Radio Club, and to take an interest in Graveyard DXing which is super-fun. 


VERIFICATIONS

Reception reports will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) at the request of KCUP. Reception reports should be e-mailed to: 


We strongly prefer that you include MP3 sound file recordings of the best 2-3 minutes of  your reception. If you cannot record the DX, then detailed written reports can also be accepted. If your report is confirmed, you will receive a custom designed QSL card as a PDF file attachment. It is suitable for printing. 

We will no longer accept reports via USPS mail. 

If you are interested in claiming the record, please include the following additional information: 

A.) NRC Member? YES or NO. 
B.) Exact longitude and latitude of your receiving location. If you use a remote SDR, you must use the lat/long of that receiver. 
C.) Claimed distance in miles to the transmitter location of KCUP. 

If anyone exceeds a reception of 542 miles, we’ll report that information to Tim Hall. 

SPECIAL THANKS 

Our special thanks to Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP for this rare DX test from Oregon and the opportunity for some lucky DXer to break Tim Hall’s record. 


10PM PST TILL 6:00 AM PST

KCUP AM Coverage Map

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


Long Term DX Project - 27/01/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 27/01/2021
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Heritage Forest, Launceston Tasmania
Notes: A mid-day session at Heritage Forest. Signals were as I would expect for a mid-day session at this time of the year. 3RN on 621kHz and 3LO on 774kHz both produced good signal levels and were the standouts of the session. 3GG on 531kHz was not as strong as normal and the top end of the band suffered from some local interference, I checked this when I returned to my car and while the signals were not any better, the interference was gone. 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

AVERAGE

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

549

2CR

UNLOGGED

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

594

3WV

AVERAGE

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

621

3RN

GOOD

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

774

3LO

GOOD

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1053

2CA

UNLOGGED

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1179

3RPH

POOR

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1341

HPON GEELONG

WEAK

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

WEAK

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL

1503

3KND

POOR

27/01/2021

AR-1733

3" FSL


 


Ultralight Radio DXing Bag - January 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Over the past few years I have used (and abused) a number of different bags and cases for my radio DXing hobby. After getting my 3” FSL, I have only been using hard cases for carrying this and my Ultralight DXing kit.

Recently I have been undertaking more out and about / portable sessions. The weight of carrying a hard case has in some cases limited both what I can carry and how far I have been able to carry it. With this in mind I had been on the lookout for a suitable backpack.

My search led me to Amazon where I found this bag, for under $45, it was worth trying out.

(Neewer Camera Bag Water Resistant Shockproof Partition 11x6x14 inches/27x15x35cm Protection Backpack)

This bag arrived last week and after spending some time setting it up and testing it, I am happy to report that it works as well as I was expecting. It fits my full kit and allows room for this to expand in the future. Based on the setup as can be seen in the photos below, I can easily carry this as needed.

The use of this bag has a number of advantages:
- It is easier to carry over longer distances.
- It blends in more, I just look like any other photographer.
- I can change the setup as my needs and kit grows.
- I can take along a drink and snacks while also keeping these away from my radio equipment.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2021/01/ultralight-radio-dxing-bag-january-2021.html

--
Paul


KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon --- WHO WANT'S TO SET A GRAVEYARD RECORD?

Les Rayburn
 






GRAVEYARD DX TEST THIS WEEKEND 

Thanks to the generous nature of Steve Rubin, KCUP will test on Sunday morning, January 31, 2021 starting at midnight PST (0800 UTC) until 0100 AM PST (0900 UTC). Test material will include Morse Code, sweep tones, sound effects, etc. 

This is a great opportunity for DX’ers to set a National Radio Club Graveyard DX Record for this station. Interested in getting your name in the record books? Read on: 

According to Tim Hall, who is the current editor of the NRC Graveyard DX Achievements, the current record for KCUP is actually held by Tim himself. Currently it is listed as: 


KCUP 
Toledo Tim Hall West Glacier, MT 542

That means that the maximum distance of a confirmed reception of KCUP is only 542 miles. The DX Test provides a great opportunity to break Tim’s record for this station. (Sorry, Tim) 

Some caveats: 

Only current (and deceased) NRC members are eligible to hold GY records, and loggings must be made after January 1, 1960.

OTHER NOTES: 

Multiple records may exist for a single station.  This is because of various rule changes that took place mostly in the 90s.  A separate category was created for DXers in AK and HI to compensate for their unique advantage after they started claiming records for all the west coast stations.  Then Canada migrated most of their graveyarders to FM, suddenly making it far easier for Canadians to log long-distance GY catches, so a separate category was created for them.  A handful of stations have records from DXers living outside the US and Canada.

Be sure to include the exact address (or latitude/longitude) where you were when you heard each station, so I can calculate the distance.

Please only submit catches you think might be records or maybe "near-misses."  I'm happy to help people get all the records they are entitled to, but I hope people won't just send me their whole GY logbook without first checking to see which ones might be records.

Of course we want people to report their loggings to DX News, so if your logging has appeared in DX News (even a long time ago), that's good.  If it hasn't, please send me some basic info from the logging. 

RECORD-SETTING: 

This means that there is an opportunity for multiple records to be set on Sunday morning. 

1. ) DXers who are NRC members in the United States or elsewhere in the world could claim a record shattering reception of KCUP 1230. 

2.) DXers in Canada could also claim the record if it’s further than receptions in the US or worldwide. 

3.) Likewise, DX’ers in Alaska (Paul Walker?) could claim a record if it bests the worldwide distance. 

Our hope is that this will light a fire under DX’ers to listen for this test, encourage you to join the National Radio Club, and to take an interest in Graveyard DXing which is super-fun. 


VERIFICATIONS

Reception reports will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) at the request of KCUP. Reception reports should be e-mailed to: 


We strongly prefer that you include MP3 sound file recordings of the best 2-3 minutes of  your reception. If you cannot record the DX, then detailed written reports can also be accepted. If your report is confirmed, you will receive a custom designed QSL card as a PDF file attachment. It is suitable for printing. 

We will no longer accept reports via USPS mail. 

If you are interested in claiming the record, please include the following additional information: 

A.) NRC Member? YES or NO. 
B.) Exact longitude and latitude of your receiving location. If you use a remote SDR, you must use the lat/long of that receiver. 
C.) Claimed distance in miles to the transmitter location of KCUP. 

If anyone exceeds a reception of 542 miles, we’ll report that information to Tim Hall. 

SPECIAL THANKS 

Our special thanks to Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP for this rare DX test from Oregon and the opportunity for some lucky DXer to break Tim Hall’s record. 


MIDNIGHT PST TILL 1:00 AM PST

KCUP AM Coverage Map

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon DX Test-- Sunday Morning, January 31, 2021

Les Rayburn
 

Apologies to all concerned. Trying to get this notification out quickly and have not taken the proper care with proof reading. Hopefully this one is correct in all aspects. 




GRAVEYARD DX TEST THIS WEEKEND 

Many DX tests are months in the making and this one was no exception. CPC Member Paul Walker first reached out to station owner Steve Rubin in August of 2020 to see about the possibility DX tests for stations owned by Rubin Broadcasting. 

While Steve Rubin didn’t have any maintenance opportunities at that time, he promised to reach out if something developed. Steve was as good as his word. KCUP 1230 will be changing formats in February and will be performing some maintenance on the transmitter just prior to the switch. 

KCUP will test on Sunday morning, January 31, 2021 starting at midnight PST (0800 UTC) until 0100 AM PST (0900 UTC). Test material will include Morse Code, sweep tones, sound effects, etc. 

The station will be transmitting at 1,000 watts into their omnidirectional pattern. On crowded graveyard frequencies, it is difficult for stations to be heard at great distances usually—but past tests have proven that the addition of special test material can work wonders. 

Hopefully this will provide a solid opportunity for West Coast receptions and also DX’ers in NZ and Australia. Those of us back East will need more than a little luck. This is a one-hour duration test. Knowing how openings on graveyard frequencies can be very brief, we highly recommend recording the entire hour and reviewing multiple times. You may be amazed. 

VERIFICATIONS

Reception reports will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) at the request of KCUP. Reception reports should be e-mailed to: 


We strongly prefer that you include MP3 sound file recordings of the best 2-3 minutes of  your reception. If you cannot record the DX, then detailed written reports can also be accepted. If your report is confirmed, you will receive a custom designed QSL card as a PDF file attachment. It is suitable for printing. 

We will no longer accept reports via USPS mail. 

SPECIAL THANKS 

Our special thanks to Steve Rubin, owner of KCUP for this rare DX test from Oregon. Thanks also to Paul Walker for his months of work in setting up this test. And to Joe Miller, KJ8O for designing the special QSL card and handling the verifications. We’re blessed to have dedicated volunteers on the CPC—but always looking for more help. Please consider volunteering.  


MIDNIGHT PST TILL 1:00 AM PST

KCUP AM Coverage Map

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon DX Test-- Sunday Morning, January 31, 2021

Les Rayburn
 




GRAVEYARD DX TEST NEXT WEEKEND 

Many DX tests are months in the making and this one was no exception. CPC Member Paul Walker first reached out to station owner Steve Rubin in August of 2020 to see about the possibility DX tests for stations that Rubin owns. 

While Steve Rubin didn’t have any maintenance opportunities for stations that he owned at the time, he promised to reach out if something developed. Rubin was as good as his word. KCUP 1230 will be changing formats in February and will be performing some maintenance on the transmitter just prior to the switch. 

KCUP will test on Sunday morning, January 31, 2021 starting at midnight PST (0800 UTC) until 0100 AM PST (0900 UTC). Test material will include Morse Code, sweep tones, sound effects, etc. 

The station will be transmitting at 1,000 watts into their omnidirectional pattern. On crowded graveyard frequencies, it is difficult for stations to be heard at great distances usually—but past tests have proven that the additional of special test material can work wonders. 

 This provides a solid opportunity for West Coast receptions and also DX’ers in NZ and Australia. Those of us back East will need more than a little luck…but as many of us need Oregon and new stations on 1230, let’s give it a try. 

Reception reports will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) at the request of KCUP. Reception reports should be e-mailed to: 


We strongly prefer that you include MP3 sound file recordings of the best 2-3 minutes of  your reception. If you cannot record the DX, then detailed written reports can also be accepted. If your report is confirmed, you will receive a custom designed QSL card as a PDF file attachment. It is suitable for printing. 

We will no longer accept reports via USPS mail. 

Thanks to Steve ________ and the owners of KCUP for this rare DX test from Oregon. Thanks to Paul Walker for his months of work in setting up this test. Also to Joe Miller, KJ8O for designing the special QSL card and handling the verification. We’re blessed to have dedicated volunteers on the CPC—but always looking for more help. Please consider volunteering.  


MIDNIGHT PST TILL 1:00 AM PST

KCUP AM Coverage Map

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


Re: KCUP 1230 kHz Toledo, Oregon DX Test-- Sunday Morning, July 31, 2021 ... JANUARY 31

K7DWI Art
 

JANUARY 31, 2021 😁

It should be easy for me here in Southern Oregon.
Good luck
73 Art K7DWI

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