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Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 17/03/2020

Paul Blundell
 

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**MWDXerDB - Report**
Report Date: 03/17/2020
Report Time: 10:27:27

RADIO: Digitech AR-1733 / AERIAL: 3" Baby FSL

Freq / Name: 0531kHz - 3GG
Site / Power: Warragul - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0540kHz - 7SD
Site / Power: Scottsdale -5000W
Notes: (Commercial) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0585kHz - 7RN
Site / Power: Hobart - 10000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0594kHz - 3WV
Site / Power: Horsham - 50000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0621kHz - 3RN
Site / Power: Melbourne - 50000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0693kHz - 3AW
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0747kHz - 7PB
Site / Power: Hobart - 3500W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0774kHz - 3LO
Site / Power: Melbourne - 50000W
Notes: (National) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0828kHz - 3GI
Site / Power: Sale - 10000W
Notes: (National) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0855kHz - 3CR
Site / Power: Melbourne - 3500W
Notes: (Community) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0864kHz - 7RPH
Site / Power: Hobart - 2000W
Notes: (Community) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0936kHz - 7ZR
Site / Power: Hobart - 10000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0963kHz - 2RG
Site / Power: Griffith - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1008kHz - HPON (Launceston)
Site / Power: Abels Hills, Launceston - 5000W
Notes: (Racing) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1071kHz - 3EL
Site / Power: Maryborough / 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1089kHz - 3WM
Site / Power: Horsham - 5000W
Notes: (Commerical) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1314kHz - 3BT
Site / Power: Ballarat - 5000W
Notes: (Commerical) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1341kHz - HPON (Geelong)
Site / Power: Geelong - 5000W
Notes: (HPON) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1422kHz - HPON (Melbourne)
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (HPON) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1503kHz - 3KND
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (Community) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1566kHz - 3NE
Site / Power: Wangaratta - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1593kHz - HPON (Melbourne)
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (HPON) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Notes: A good morning DXing session on my way to work. Band conditions were as I would expect.



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Re: Software - MWDXerDB

Paul Blundell
 

A new video with some information on the updates is below.


https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html 

 


On Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 8:23 PM Paul Blundell via Groups.Io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
*** Update 15th March 2020 ***
Due to a total rewrite of MWDXerDB, please check here for any updates on this project. At this stage I am not offering any technical support of the current (pre March 2020) version.
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html
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Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Lincoln Thormahlen
 

Thanks,

Glad to share.  I did change the bandwidth during the fading of the first morse code segment, but it was just before the first sweeps started.  I noticed that the sweeps were wider in bandwidth than the setting so I changed it back to normal and left it for the rest of the test.  Good thing you could see that on the kiwisdr waterfall.  Too bad I didn't make a video of that. 

I spent some time before the test looking at various western area kiwisdr's.  I have found that some folks setup the sdr to filter off the mw bcb signals, so I wanted to avoid that.  I also wanted to be sure that I was getting an over the air signal that was not a ground wave.  The kiwisdr used was in Spring City, UT, hosted by KA7EZO, located here: http://www.levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php?Grid=DM49gk

I am all for more!  Please let us know of future DX tests.  I will only use a ultralight radio if possible to hear the test at my location, but I will use a online sdr too if it allows me to hear a test I otherwise could not.

Lincoln


Re: Software - MWDXerDB

Paul Blundell
 

*** Update 15th March 2020 ***
Due to a total rewrite of MWDXerDB, please check here for any updates on this project. At this stage I am not offering any technical support of the current (pre March 2020) version.
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html
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Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Les Rayburn
 

Lincoln,

Congratulations! I can certainly confirm your reception of the KKOH DX test. Solid copy throughout the test. I’m always amazed at how well the sweep tones cut through noise and interference. 

Now to try to arrange some more of these. Give us all something to do during our quarantines! 


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…” 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 8:18 PM, Lincoln Thormahlen via Groups.Io <tlcfarmer@...> wrote:

I uploaded the file to Member sound files

Lincoln


Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Lincoln Thormahlen
 

I uploaded the file to Member sound files

Lincoln


Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Les Rayburn
 

Lincoln,

Paul and I will be happy to listen to the recording and attempt to verify your reception. We prepared all the test material, so we can compare it to the original recordings. 

Please send it directly to me, or upload it to the files section. 



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…” 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 2:10 PM, Lincoln Thormahlen via Groups.Io <tlcfarmer@...> wrote:

Was there a time limit on getting a QSL for the Dx test from KKOH??

If there was a time limit, and we are past it, I could upload the recording I made of the test to the files section of the group.

Lincoln


Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Lincoln Thormahlen
 

Was there a time limit on getting a QSL for the Dx test from KKOH??

If there was a time limit, and we are past it, I could upload the recording I made of the test to the files section of the group.

Lincoln


Re: November 2019 Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition Article

Paul Blundell
 

Another amazing report Gary. I really hope to join you all one day.

Paul

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 11:37 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
     In the first week of November two Americans and an Australian joined up on the prime Hawaiian beach of Poipu (Kauai) with an exciting agenda-- chase all corners of the world with a live DXing format. Australian Chris Rodgers brought along his Tecsun PL-880 and 20" PK Loop on the long distance flight from Sydney, while Craig Barnes and yours truly brought our "supercharged" CC Skywave Ultralights and 5" Frequent Flyer FSL antennas.
     For the first time in a Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition serious efforts were made both at sunrise and sunset, resulting in the reception of all continents except Europe on the ideally-positioned Poipu beach (one of few such spots in Hawaii). Chris, Craig and I gave it our best shot each sunrise and sunset, trying our best to concentrate on live DXing despite dazzling scenery, the best snorkeling beach in Kauai and famous luaus. We all had a blast, with the transoceanic DX incredible in both quality and quantity.
     My own personal 16-page DXpedition article has been posted at the link below, which includes MP3 links for 127 transoceanic receptions from Asia, Oceania, North America, South America and Africa. Several photos of the DXpedition team are included, as well as a bonus section of Chris' DXpedition loggings. If any of you are feeling bored with your DXing hobby, a quick trip to Hawaii will provide a permanent, thrilling cure!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/lcuery0po9xk5s9lu2jqwwj1zk4wmmqf

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Chris Rogers and Craig Barnes in Poipu from November 2-8, 2019)



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November 2019 Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition Article

Gary DeBock
 

     In the first week of November two Americans and an Australian joined up on the prime Hawaiian beach of Poipu (Kauai) with an exciting agenda-- chase all corners of the world with a live DXing format. Australian Chris Rodgers brought along his Tecsun PL-880 and 20" PK Loop on the long distance flight from Sydney, while Craig Barnes and yours truly brought our "supercharged" CC Skywave Ultralights and 5" Frequent Flyer FSL antennas.
     For the first time in a Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition serious efforts were made both at sunrise and sunset, resulting in the reception of all continents except Europe on the ideally-positioned Poipu beach (one of few such spots in Hawaii). Chris, Craig and I gave it our best shot each sunrise and sunset, trying our best to concentrate on live DXing despite dazzling scenery, the best snorkeling beach in Kauai and famous luaus. We all had a blast, with the transoceanic DX incredible in both quality and quantity.
     My own personal 16-page DXpedition article has been posted at the link below, which includes MP3 links for 127 transoceanic receptions from Asia, Oceania, North America, South America and Africa. Several photos of the DXpedition team are included, as well as a bonus section of Chris' DXpedition loggings. If any of you are feeling bored with your DXing hobby, a quick trip to Hawaii will provide a permanent, thrilling cure!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/lcuery0po9xk5s9lu2jqwwj1zk4wmmqf

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Chris Rogers and Craig Barnes in Poipu from November 2-8, 2019)


New Logging Database

Paul Blundell
 

Over the past week, I have been working on a new database for logging my Trans-Tasman reception reports.

 

While this is designed for my own needs, it would be easy to change this to work with other stations and frequencies.




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Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

Larry Smith
 

I agree with Paul. Could result in sched changes, times, alerts, "interesting" programming, more time for listening due to "quarantines", etc. But then, there is always "that guy", eh?  ever go to a town/village hall meeting? yep, "that guy" is always there.


Re: Good night for DX

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the update and this information. At times I have had to revise my loggings.

Paul

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 1:11 PM micron327 via Groups.Io <micron327=zoho.com@groups.io> wrote:
I need to make an apology to the group. My id of a DX catch was incorrect. I was informed that the French language broadcast I thought was Fort de France on the island of Martinique was not RFO. All French AM broadcasts were shut down some time ago. SO it was either a Caijun, French or Haitian language program in south Florida. I go the coast quite often since its 8 miles from my house and do a bit of late night DX. Its amazing what I pick up "bareback" let alone when I put up my magnetic loop. I hear a lot of southern Florida stations, tons of Spanish and once in a while something that sounds like Portuguese. Brazil, perhaps? My favorite beach radios are my trusty PL-600 and as of late my Kaito WRX-911. In the future I'll be more careful of ID's before I post.
PS 760 WHAS, Louisville, KY and 760 WJR Detroit, M were booming in last night on my WRX-911 using a vintage 7 inch x 1/4 inch tunable ferrite rod antenna similar to the Greek model for sale on eBay. I got the plans from a You Tube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gc8HZLz5Ng&t=359s It actually works very good on both the high end and low end of the MW band. I had to re-wrap the rod  few times until it balanced out on both ends of the band. 26 gauge enameled magnet wire was all I have at hand so I used it instead of Litz wire.



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Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the message.

I believe that discussion around world events which may / are impacting the Ultralight DXing hobby are relevant to the group. If stations are providing more local information (much like with bush fire alerts), are changing programming or may go off the air / have less / no staff, this worth discussing. If the discussion gets a bit "off topic", so be it.

Paul  



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Re: Good night for DX

micron327@...
 

I need to make an apology to the group. My id of a DX catch was incorrect. I was informed that the French language broadcast I thought was Fort de France on the island of Martinique was not RFO. All French AM broadcasts were shut down some time ago. SO it was either a Caijun, French or Haitian language program in south Florida. I go the coast quite often since its 8 miles from my house and do a bit of late night DX. Its amazing what I pick up "bareback" let alone when I put up my magnetic loop. I hear a lot of southern Florida stations, tons of Spanish and once in a while something that sounds like Portuguese. Brazil, perhaps? My favorite beach radios are my trusty PL-600 and as of late my Kaito WRX-911. In the future I'll be more careful of ID's before I post.
PS 760 WHAS, Louisville, KY and 760 WJR Detroit, M were booming in last night on my WRX-911 using a vintage 7 inch x 1/4 inch tunable ferrite rod antenna similar to the Greek model for sale on eBay. I got the plans from a You Tube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gc8HZLz5Ng&t=359s It actually works very good on both the high end and low end of the MW band. I had to re-wrap the rod  few times until it balanced out on both ends of the band. 26 gauge enameled magnet wire was all I have at hand so I used it instead of Litz wire.


Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

Theo <theod438@...>
 

Could we 'please' return the group to a tighter recognition (and moderation) of its subject?

That is: the use, capabilities, possible input methods (antenna enhancement), and successes of 'long distance'/DX reception with rx's qualifying with the agreed parameters.

As serious as the COVID-19 outbreak might be, its symptoms/transmission have no relevance to these small radios or how we use them, unless they suddenly become the chosen communication vehicle for sufferers in quarantine.  I'll hold my breath on that.


Re: Good night for DX

Jim B
 

Thanks Paul, even though I do not own any ultralight radios, I enjoy reading all the posts and information people share on this forum, especially the exotic dx from ocean side locations.    Jim


Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

dave_m1ctk
 

Yes I've been watching the Today show often on ch9 here in the UK. they even gave away 12 pallets worth of toilet paper as a prize ! Karl is hilarious btw sorry for going off topic! 


On Mon, 9 Mar 2020, 02:48 Paul Blundell, <tanger32au@...> wrote:
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: Coronavirus and ULDXing

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the replies, it sounds like at this point not much has changed from a radio point of view.


On Mon, 9 Mar 2020, 3:54 p.m. kevin asato, <kc6pob@...> wrote:
i thought it rather amusing when i read that Costco in Honolulu had placed limits on purchases of cases of water and toilet paper. Now the Costcos in the Los Angeles Area are doing the same. Where i live, there is a large Asian population; some of who normally where face masks for allergy reasons. However, due to a mild public panic, face masks have also been sold out in the mainstream drugstores and home improvement stores; not just the traditional Asian outlets. 

From a listening perspective, it is the start of Baseball Spring Training and the Lakers are finishing their season. Both sports are ending up on my AM. From a DX perspective KTAR (620) in Phoenix makes it into Los Angeles regularly. KNBR (680) makes it down to Los Angeles every now and then. 

73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 9:30 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Greetings from the USA's Coronavirus Hot Spot,

Even here in Washington state there is still widespread skepticism about the risk of a Coronavirus epidemic, at least in this suburban location about 50 miles south of the Kirkland epicenter. The vast majority of the public is still going about their everyday activities, as if nothing has changed.

By coincidence my wife works at Life Care Center on South Hill, Puyallup, the sister facility of the disastrous Kirkland nursing home (responsible for 17 of the USA deaths). A nursing home is the worst possible place for the Coronavirus to strike, since there are always many elderly patients with serious health issues, even before a contagious virus attacks. The Coronavirus was just the final straw for many of those sick patients.

My wife is from Hong Kong, where they had a deadly SARS epidemic in 2003 which killed over 300 people. That virus also came from China, but the CCP hushed up any information about the disease until over 300 Hong Kong citizens were already dead. It has left a legacy of deep distrust among Hong Kong citizens toward the Beijing regime, and disbelief of any information they disseminate.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 


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Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

kevin asato
 

i thought it rather amusing when i read that Costco in Honolulu had placed limits on purchases of cases of water and toilet paper. Now the Costcos in the Los Angeles Area are doing the same. Where i live, there is a large Asian population; some of who normally where face masks for allergy reasons. However, due to a mild public panic, face masks have also been sold out in the mainstream drugstores and home improvement stores; not just the traditional Asian outlets. 

From a listening perspective, it is the start of Baseball Spring Training and the Lakers are finishing their season. Both sports are ending up on my AM. From a DX perspective KTAR (620) in Phoenix makes it into Los Angeles regularly. KNBR (680) makes it down to Los Angeles every now and then. 

73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 9:30 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Greetings from the USA's Coronavirus Hot Spot,

Even here in Washington state there is still widespread skepticism about the risk of a Coronavirus epidemic, at least in this suburban location about 50 miles south of the Kirkland epicenter. The vast majority of the public is still going about their everyday activities, as if nothing has changed.

By coincidence my wife works at Life Care Center on South Hill, Puyallup, the sister facility of the disastrous Kirkland nursing home (responsible for 17 of the USA deaths). A nursing home is the worst possible place for the Coronavirus to strike, since there are always many elderly patients with serious health issues, even before a contagious virus attacks. The Coronavirus was just the final straw for many of those sick patients.

My wife is from Hong Kong, where they had a deadly SARS epidemic in 2003 which killed over 300 people. That virus also came from China, but the CCP hushed up any information about the disease until over 300 Hong Kong citizens were already dead. It has left a legacy of deep distrust among Hong Kong citizens toward the Beijing regime, and disbelief of any information they disseminate.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 

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