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Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

Paul Blundell
 

That is good to know. We have had two cases here in Tasmania. 


On Mon, 9 Mar 2020, 10:47 a.m. keith beesley via Groups.Io, <keith1226=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's no joke. A lot of us in the U.S. are stocking up on those items while we can. 

I (and Gary DeBock, and several others) are in the Seattle area, which seems to be "ground zero" in North America, although I have seen reports from other coastal areas. Officials are asking people over age 60, or with underlying health problems, to stay home as much as possible. It will be made worse here by conflicting and misleading information coming from our federal health authorities. 

At least radio listening and DXing is a good way to pass the time if we end up under quarantine for a bit :-).

Keith Beesley
Seattle, WA USA
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, 02:56:25 PM PDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Hi all.

With the current issues around Coronavirus, has anybody noticed any impact around the ULDXing hobby? 

Here I have noticed more local news reports and more targeted information. For those overseas who might not have seen, here in Australia some of our population have gone a little bit silly and are bulk / emergency buying  toilet paper, baby wipes, nappies, tissues and other items of this type. This has made getting these items quite hard.

Paul

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Re: FSL Antenna Combo Models-- the "Hong Kong Solution"

Gary DeBock
 

<<<   So you have any plans to make a step by step building guide?   >>>

Not right now, Paul.

The PVC frames for these combo units require some skill in gluing multiple PVC pipes and fittings, which is a little trickier than simply gluing up one FSL's PVC frame, and not common knowledge in the radio community. In addition, the lightweight ferrite bars in these original FSL combo models are the Russian surplus 100mm x 20mm x 3mm bars, which have not been available for purchase on eBay since 2012. There are some heavier ferrite rod substitutes which are readily available, however, which could provide a DIY option for others in the future.

Gary

 

 


Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

keith beesley
 

It's no joke. A lot of us in the U.S. are stocking up on those items while we can. 

I (and Gary DeBock, and several others) are in the Seattle area, which seems to be "ground zero" in North America, although I have seen reports from other coastal areas. Officials are asking people over age 60, or with underlying health problems, to stay home as much as possible. It will be made worse here by conflicting and misleading information coming from our federal health authorities. 

At least radio listening and DXing is a good way to pass the time if we end up under quarantine for a bit :-).

Keith Beesley
Seattle, WA USA

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, 02:56:25 PM PDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Hi all.

With the current issues around Coronavirus, has anybody noticed any impact around the ULDXing hobby? 

Here I have noticed more local news reports and more targeted information. For those overseas who might not have seen, here in Australia some of our population have gone a little bit silly and are bulk / emergency buying  toilet paper, baby wipes, nappies, tissues and other items of this type. This has made getting these items quite hard.

Paul

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Coronavirus and ULDXing

Paul Blundell
 

Hi all.

With the current issues around Coronavirus, has anybody noticed any impact around the ULDXing hobby? 

Here I have noticed more local news reports and more targeted information. For those overseas who might not have seen, here in Australia some of our population have gone a little bit silly and are bulk / emergency buying  toilet paper, baby wipes, nappies, tissues and other items of this type. This has made getting these items quite hard.

Paul

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Re: Good night for DX

Paul Blundell
 

Great to hear Jim. I love hearing what others have logged.


On Mon, 9 Mar 2020, 12:40 a.m. Jim B, <jim01028@...> wrote:
From the causeway in Dunedin Florida, (it extends out into the Gulf of Mexico) I was able to log two stations in Alberta Canada using a barefoot Eton Grundig Executive Satellit. You can definitely have some fun with barefoot radios in the gulf area. Good luck.   Jim


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Re: FSL Antenna Combo Models-- the "Hong Kong Solution"

Paul Blundell
 

So you have any plans to make a step by step building guide?


On Sun, 8 Mar 2020, 10:06 p.m. C B via Groups.Io, <bevdxer=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Gary,

You have again come up with an imminently practical and portable approach for ultralight DXing while traveling! The combo unit looks great! 

73,

Craig Barnes
Wheat Ridge, CO

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, 08:53:06 PM HST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


That is a neat looking setup Gary and a good solution to that issue.

On Sun, 8 Mar 2020, 4:13 p.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
What can you do to chase DX on an overseas trip when all indoor locations have bad RFI, and almost all outdoor locations are overcrowded, making it difficult or impossible to set up a gain antenna?
You can push your luck with a "supercharged" 7.5" loopstick portable (if you have one), and if you know which stations to chase, you can sometimes do quite well (as Bruce did recently, during his trip to Israel and Jordan). But what if you want to boost your transoceanic DXing results with a gain antenna? You can attempt to set up a gain antenna on an overcrowded beach (as I made the mistake of doing in Hong Kong, ending up with a circle of 20 Chinese onlookers staring at me for the duration during the sunset skip session), or you can use one of these new, highly portable FSL "combo units."
These models combine a TSA-friendly small sized FSL (with the lightweight 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars) and a stock portable (CC Skywave or XHDATA D-808) on a common PVC frame. There are three plug-in slots for the portable on the PVC frame, with secure rubber mounting clamps to lock the portable in place so that it won't fall out, even if the combo is held upside down. The  three plug-in slots provide optimal FSL gain for either the low band, mid band or high band, with the rubber locking strips designed to grip either the CC Skywave or D-808. The combo can be carried around anywhere, and provides a medium-gain option for those places which are overcrowded, or where gain antennas are impossible to set up (like Hong Kong).

The TSA-friendly FSL's include both 4" and 5" models. The latter model was the main antenna for the recent Poipu, Hawaii DXpedition, during which all continents except Europe were received on MW. The concept of having such antenna gain available to carry around practically anywhere should inspire a lot of exciting exploration in the future!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Photo:  4" TSA friendly FSL and Stock CC Skywave Combo Model

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Re: FSL Antenna Combo Models-- the "Hong Kong Solution"

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Paul and Craig,

After our Hong Kong trip last April this FSL "combo" project was a top priority. Nasty indoor RFI and overcrowded outdoor areas are a bad DXing combination!

Of course someone chasing DX in Hong Kong right now would probably have a better chance of catching tear gas and/ or the Coronavirus, so it's no wonder that Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Air are both on life support.

Gary

   



Código ITU

Oliveira
 


Friends of the group need help, a little off the subject of the Group.
I need a list on the country ITU code for me to put on
bug reports and I haven't found it on the internet so far.
Does anyone know or have to send me?
I appreciate any help.
 
Oliveira pu2olt
QSL do Brasil




Oliveira 
http://qsldobrasil.blogspot.com


Re: Good night for DX

Jim B
 

From the causeway in Dunedin Florida, (it extends out into the Gulf of Mexico) I was able to log two stations in Alberta Canada using a barefoot Eton Grundig Executive Satellit. You can definitely have some fun with barefoot radios in the gulf area. Good luck.   Jim


Re: FSL Antenna Combo Models-- the "Hong Kong Solution"

C B
 

Hi Gary,

You have again come up with an imminently practical and portable approach for ultralight DXing while traveling! The combo unit looks great! 

73,

Craig Barnes
Wheat Ridge, CO

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, 08:53:06 PM HST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


That is a neat looking setup Gary and a good solution to that issue.

On Sun, 8 Mar 2020, 4:13 p.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
What can you do to chase DX on an overseas trip when all indoor locations have bad RFI, and almost all outdoor locations are overcrowded, making it difficult or impossible to set up a gain antenna?
You can push your luck with a "supercharged" 7.5" loopstick portable (if you have one), and if you know which stations to chase, you can sometimes do quite well (as Bruce did recently, during his trip to Israel and Jordan). But what if you want to boost your transoceanic DXing results with a gain antenna? You can attempt to set up a gain antenna on an overcrowded beach (as I made the mistake of doing in Hong Kong, ending up with a circle of 20 Chinese onlookers staring at me for the duration during the sunset skip session), or you can use one of these new, highly portable FSL "combo units."
These models combine a TSA-friendly small sized FSL (with the lightweight 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars) and a stock portable (CC Skywave or XHDATA D-808) on a common PVC frame. There are three plug-in slots for the portable on the PVC frame, with secure rubber mounting clamps to lock the portable in place so that it won't fall out, even if the combo is held upside down. The  three plug-in slots provide optimal FSL gain for either the low band, mid band or high band, with the rubber locking strips designed to grip either the CC Skywave or D-808. The combo can be carried around anywhere, and provides a medium-gain option for those places which are overcrowded, or where gain antennas are impossible to set up (like Hong Kong).

The TSA-friendly FSL's include both 4" and 5" models. The latter model was the main antenna for the recent Poipu, Hawaii DXpedition, during which all continents except Europe were received on MW. The concept of having such antenna gain available to carry around practically anywhere should inspire a lot of exciting exploration in the future!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Photo:  4" TSA friendly FSL and Stock CC Skywave Combo Model

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Video - Planning a Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Session

Paul Blundell
 


Re: FSL Antenna Combo Models-- the "Hong Kong Solution"

Paul Blundell
 

That is a neat looking setup Gary and a good solution to that issue.


On Sun, 8 Mar 2020, 4:13 p.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
What can you do to chase DX on an overseas trip when all indoor locations have bad RFI, and almost all outdoor locations are overcrowded, making it difficult or impossible to set up a gain antenna?
You can push your luck with a "supercharged" 7.5" loopstick portable (if you have one), and if you know which stations to chase, you can sometimes do quite well (as Bruce did recently, during his trip to Israel and Jordan). But what if you want to boost your transoceanic DXing results with a gain antenna? You can attempt to set up a gain antenna on an overcrowded beach (as I made the mistake of doing in Hong Kong, ending up with a circle of 20 Chinese onlookers staring at me for the duration during the sunset skip session), or you can use one of these new, highly portable FSL "combo units."
These models combine a TSA-friendly small sized FSL (with the lightweight 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars) and a stock portable (CC Skywave or XHDATA D-808) on a common PVC frame. There are three plug-in slots for the portable on the PVC frame, with secure rubber mounting clamps to lock the portable in place so that it won't fall out, even if the combo is held upside down. The  three plug-in slots provide optimal FSL gain for either the low band, mid band or high band, with the rubber locking strips designed to grip either the CC Skywave or D-808. The combo can be carried around anywhere, and provides a medium-gain option for those places which are overcrowded, or where gain antennas are impossible to set up (like Hong Kong).

The TSA-friendly FSL's include both 4" and 5" models. The latter model was the main antenna for the recent Poipu, Hawaii DXpedition, during which all continents except Europe were received on MW. The concept of having such antenna gain available to carry around practically anywhere should inspire a lot of exciting exploration in the future!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Photo:  4" TSA friendly FSL and Stock CC Skywave Combo Model


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FSL Antenna Combo Models-- the "Hong Kong Solution"

Gary DeBock
 

What can you do to chase DX on an overseas trip when all indoor locations have bad RFI, and almost all outdoor locations are overcrowded, making it difficult or impossible to set up a gain antenna?
You can push your luck with a "supercharged" 7.5" loopstick portable (if you have one), and if you know which stations to chase, you can sometimes do quite well (as Bruce did recently, during his trip to Israel and Jordan). But what if you want to boost your transoceanic DXing results with a gain antenna? You can attempt to set up a gain antenna on an overcrowded beach (as I made the mistake of doing in Hong Kong, ending up with a circle of 20 Chinese onlookers staring at me for the duration during the sunset skip session), or you can use one of these new, highly portable FSL "combo units."
These models combine a TSA-friendly small sized FSL (with the lightweight 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars) and a stock portable (CC Skywave or XHDATA D-808) on a common PVC frame. There are three plug-in slots for the portable on the PVC frame, with secure rubber mounting clamps to lock the portable in place so that it won't fall out, even if the combo is held upside down. The  three plug-in slots provide optimal FSL gain for either the low band, mid band or high band, with the rubber locking strips designed to grip either the CC Skywave or D-808. The combo can be carried around anywhere, and provides a medium-gain option for those places which are overcrowded, or where gain antennas are impossible to set up (like Hong Kong).

The TSA-friendly FSL's include both 4" and 5" models. The latter model was the main antenna for the recent Poipu, Hawaii DXpedition, during which all continents except Europe were received on MW. The concept of having such antenna gain available to carry around practically anywhere should inspire a lot of exciting exploration in the future!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Photo:  4" TSA friendly FSL and Stock CC Skywave Combo Model


Re: Good night for DX

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent report and good to hear about what you can get "bare foot".


On Sun, 8 Mar 2020, 8:57 a.m. micron327 via Groups.Io, <micron327=zoho.com@groups.io> wrote:
I live about 8 miles from the Gulf coast and DX here is excellent with lots of QRM free areas. Reception is pretty good here at my house even though there are 4 3,000 volt line 100 feet away. As long as I null the noise out I get good reception. I use a variety of commercial and home made antennas. Last night I was using my Kaito WRX-911 without any external antenna and picked up Fort De France radio RFO 1310 on the island of Martinique. It was clear and drifting a bit but not enough to loose the signal. 1,822 miles from here-not bad for $18.00 radio. Other stations WLS, WABC, KDKA, WHAS, and WSM to name a few. All in all a decent night.
73's
Ron


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Good night for DX

micron327@...
 

I live about 8 miles from the Gulf coast and DX here is excellent with lots of QRM free areas. Reception is pretty good here at my house even though there are 4 3,000 volt line 100 feet away. As long as I null the noise out I get good reception. I use a variety of commercial and home made antennas. Last night I was using my Kaito WRX-911 without any external antenna and picked up Fort De France radio RFO 1310 on the island of Martinique. It was clear and drifting a bit but not enough to loose the signal. 1,822 miles from here-not bad for $18.00 radio. Other stations WLS, WABC, KDKA, WHAS, and WSM to name a few. All in all a decent night.
73's
Ron


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing - 6/03/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary. Two weeks until my mini DXExpedition.


On Sat, 7 Mar 2020, 10:27 a.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 02:59 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Thank you. Over the next few months I am planning a lot more like this.
Paul,

If you can plan a visit to an ocean beach like this around sunset, you will probably be amazed at the long range DX that will show up from the eastern direction.

In Hawaii I was using gear very similar to yours, and came away with loggings of Egypt, Cuba, Bonaire (Caribbean), Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Stations like 558-Fiji and multiple Kiwis should be in play for you. Give it a try!

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


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Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing - 6/03/2020

Gary DeBock
 

On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 02:59 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
Thank you. Over the next few months I am planning a lot more like this.
Paul,

If you can plan a visit to an ocean beach like this around sunset, you will probably be amazed at the long range DX that will show up from the eastern direction.

In Hawaii I was using gear very similar to yours, and came away with loggings of Egypt, Cuba, Bonaire (Caribbean), Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Stations like 558-Fiji and multiple Kiwis should be in play for you. Give it a try!

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing - 6/03/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Thank you. Over the next few months I am planning a lot more like this.


On Sat, 7 Mar 2020, 1:46 a.m. radiojayallen, <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
What a beautiful setting!


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Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing - 6/03/2020

radiojayallen
 

What a beautiful setting!


Re: November Hawaii DXpedition Loggings & MP3's (530-783 kHz)

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Craig,

Yes, tracking down over 100 live transoceanic DX loggings (and MP3's) in Hawaii was a ton of fun, but completely sorting them out would take a professional linguist!

For me, even Kiwi English sounds pretty puzzling, and occasionally Chris and I had somewhat of a language barrier just talking over the phone in Poipu :-)

Gary
 

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