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KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Dave Hascall
 

At about 0304 ET I heard unmistakable CW ID for KKOH, Reno Nevada.  Thank you to Paul Walker, the station and everyone else involved. 
 
The code ID was under WBBM.  I never heard anything else and I know that Paul has provided various stations with sound affects and tones designed to cut through the QRM.  I was actually surprised by the CW.  I had started to pay more attention to what they were saying on WBBM's newscast when suddenly I noticed pulsing somewhat messing with Chicago's news story then I heard the definite CW.
 
First Nevada log.
 
Logged on my barefoot Tecsun PL-606, making it one of my farthest Domestic logs on a ULR.
 
KKOH 780 Reno NV 2/16 0304 CW ID WAY under WBBM IL. First Nevada log. Dave Hascall Noblesville I


Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Todd.

I am planning a bit of a mini DX trip next month to the east coast, my goal being to log some NZ stations.

On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 11:32 AM Todd via Groups.Io <toddemslie=yahoo.com.au@groups.io> wrote:
1566 KHz 3NE at 319 miles is my main mid winter noon daytime skywave test signal. When the D layer is temporarily weakened in terms of density, 3NE will be one of the first to show up.

1566 KHz 3NE is also one of the last skywave signals to fade out most mornings. During the breakfast time window up to circa 0900 LT, 3NE is received at fair levels into Sydney. That said, the D layer is absorbing most of the E layer refracted signal, hence a quality loop and sensitive receiver are needed. I use a 26 inch diameter PK loop for casual DX listening. This suffices for residual noon daytime skywave.

Noteworthy is how PK loop signal nulls peak towards the top end of the FM band. This is mostly because of the relatively small loop diameter. 1566 4GM Gympie (500 watts) can be easily received in the 1566 KHz 3NE perpendicular null.

1593 KHz Melbourne is still on air, but not with Rete Italia program.

With the gradual Australian MW to FM transition, new channels have opened up for DX reception from further afield. Some examples are:

558 KHz Fiji, 918 KHz Cambodia, 1359 KHz New Zealand, and 1575 KHz Thailand. All these signals are frequent into Sydney.

Regards,

Todd Emslie
Sydney, AU



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Complete Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Kit - Feburuay 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Recently I have been looking for a way to carry my portable radio collection and my other ultralight related items. I have used a variety of bags and cases in the past, my most recent case worked very well but it has recently become too small for everything I wanted to carry with me. I had added a bottom section to this for my notes but even with that I was struggling to fit everything in.

I was out doing some shopping yesterday when I called passed my local Super Cheap Auto. Here I found this new case for $50, I decided to replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I would have liked, my main focus being to protect my baby 3" FSL aerial. It is longer and wider but not quite as high as my previous case, after checking the dimensions, I decided it would be a good fit.

Last night I had some spare time so I sat down and set up this case. I pulled out the main foam block and tested a few different configurations before settling on this one. The main advantage is that by removing the required amount of foam for each item, I can protect them well but also have them easily accessible.
Overall, I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store my baby 3" FSL plus two radios, log sheets, pens, notes, spare batteries and ear phones, everything I need for portable sessions. It is also small enough to fit in my back pack. For $50 it provides a great level of protection.

While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/02/complete-portable-ultralight-radio.html
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Re: 918-Australian UnID in the Cook Islands-- 2XL in Cooma?

Gary DeBock
 

<<<   Hi Gary,
2XL runs automated music overnight with no talkback, hence you most likely had 4VL. 
Regards,
Will.    >>>

Thanks Will,

Your information is appreciated.

Listeners in Oz around Sydney will probably have a much easier time tracking down 918-RNK in Cambodia now, as Todd has mentioned. The station is a real "big gun" in Hawaii every sunrise, with a very distinctive sign off (with National Anthem) at 1702 UTC daily. This was its signal last November 3rd, it the back yard of Oz DXpedition partner Chris Rogers' condo in Poipu, Hawaii   https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/3s5i2y1xmqs8dqpk3wt8tdqjn6as7d6j

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

 


Re: 918-Australian UnID in the Cook Islands-- 2XL in Cooma?

William Renton
 

Hi Gary,

2XL runs automated music overnight with no talkback, hence you most likely had 4VL. 

Regards,

Will. 


Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Todd
 

1566 KHz 3NE at 319 miles is my main mid winter noon daytime skywave test signal. When the D layer is temporarily weakened in terms of density, 3NE will be one of the first to show up.

1566 KHz 3NE is also one of the last skywave signals to fade out most mornings. During the breakfast time window up to circa 0900 LT, 3NE is received at fair levels into Sydney. That said, the D layer is absorbing most of the E layer refracted signal, hence a quality loop and sensitive receiver are needed. I use a 26 inch diameter PK loop for casual DX listening. This suffices for residual noon daytime skywave.

Noteworthy is how PK loop signal nulls peak towards the top end of the FM band. This is mostly because of the relatively small loop diameter. 1566 4GM Gympie (500 watts) can be easily received in the 1566 KHz 3NE perpendicular null.

1593 KHz Melbourne is still on air, but not with Rete Italia program.

With the gradual Australian MW to FM transition, new channels have opened up for DX reception from further afield. Some examples are:

558 KHz Fiji, 918 KHz Cambodia, 1359 KHz New Zealand, and 1575 KHz Thailand. All these signals are frequent into Sydney.

Regards,

Todd Emslie
Sydney, AU


Re: Reports of 1st Dx-Camp 15.61 Crew Radio Listeners' Marajó Island - Amazon Rainforest Northern Brazil - November 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2019 Ivan Dias da Silva Junior & Martin Butera

Theo <theod438@...>
 

Interesting!

By semi-coincidence, I was cruising on Holland America's 'Volendam' up the Amazon in late November/early December 2019.  I had my Tecsun PL-380 with me but really didn't do much listening.

While waiting for pilots at Macapá (sort of the opposite side of Ilha de Marajó which is big), I was out on deck around 10 am local/1300 UT.  Only two AM'ers were audible and both were carrying the same programming: 630 was strong and presumably R. Difusora Macapá ZYH422; 590 was weak, again presumably R. Difusora but from Boa Vista, though distance-wise in daylight I'm a bit dubious.

In the early hours of the following morning, the Volendam ran aground... and took seven hours to get free.  It was ordered to Santarém where in daylight all I could grab were three AM'ers: 580/630/890... 650/R. Clube Tapajós and 890/R. Pontanegra made sense... but 580 was a mystery as was the absence of expected 710.

After dinner and night-time at Santarém, the two shining stars were 560/Voice of Guyana and 1400/Harbour Light/Grenada.


DX2020 Project Logs

Paul Blundell
 


Re: Reports of 1st Dx-Camp 15.61 Crew Radio Listeners' Marajó Island - Amazon Rainforest Northern Brazil - November 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2019 Ivan Dias da Silva Junior & Martin Butera

Paul Blundell
 

That sounds very interesting, I am going to have a good read of it. 


On Thu, 13 Feb 2020, 4:58 p.m. martin butera via Groups.Io, <martin_butera=yahoo.com.ar@groups.io> wrote:
Hi guys here Martin Butera writes, to share a Report and Log of a Dxcamp that I organize together with my partner Ivan Dias, on an Amazonian island in northern Brazil.

We use ULR Radio CCrane Skywave SSB (x2) and Radiwow R-108, with their original antennas and also with external antennas such as Cross Country Wireless Loop Antenna Amplifier, 

Indoor or Mobile Antennas

COMPACtenna SW, C.Crane (Shotwave Reel Antenna), Loop DZ.

Anyone who likes to read a complete story with photos and the entire trip experience, together with the Log, can enter this link



who only wants to see the log can enter this link



Remembering that every month we will give an update to the log, because we have many hours of recording that we are processing, we believe it will be ready by August 2020, so do not forget to visit the official Dxcamp site, month by month in this link





Thank you very much friends 73

Martin Butera
(15.61 Crew founders)





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Reports of 1st Dx-Camp 15.61 Crew Radio Listeners' Marajó Island - Amazon Rainforest Northern Brazil - November 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2019 Ivan Dias da Silva Junior & Martin Butera

martin butera <martin_butera@...>
 

Hi guys here Martin Butera writes, to share a Report and Log of a Dxcamp that I organize together with my partner Ivan Dias, on an Amazonian island in northern Brazil.

We use ULR Radio CCrane Skywave SSB (x2) and Radiwow R-108, with their original antennas and also with external antennas such as Cross Country Wireless Loop Antenna Amplifier, 

Indoor or Mobile Antennas

COMPACtenna SW, C.Crane (Shotwave Reel Antenna), Loop DZ.

Anyone who likes to read a complete story with photos and the entire trip experience, together with the Log, can enter this link



who only wants to see the log can enter this link



Remembering that every month we will give an update to the log, because we have many hours of recording that we are processing, we believe it will be ready by August 2020, so do not forget to visit the official Dxcamp site, month by month in this link





Thank you very much friends 73

Martin Butera
(15.61 Crew founders)





OUTAGE NOTICE: This Weekend KKOH 780 Reno, Nevada

Les Rayburn
 

SPECIAL OUTAGE NOTICE [ DX OPPORTUNITY ] 
 
This Saturday night/Sunday Morning, starting at 12 AM pacific KKOH 780 in Reno, Nevada will be off the air for about 6 hours to do some maintenance. KKOH is 50,000 watts into a directional array that favors the West Coast of the United States. 
 
Thanks to Chief Engineer Daniel Appellof and broadcaster/DX’er Paul Walker for providing advance notification. If anyone has contacts in Japan or the Far East, it would be great to notify them as well. 
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73,

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


Re: Project - TBDX - 10/02/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Yeah we seem to be in a good spot here for some frequencies but not others.


On Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 10:17 p.m. Dan Merta, <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
Interesting 2AY 1440kHz usually doesn't get into Melb all that well. 3ML on 1462kHz comes in here well. Must be a different path. 


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Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Hopefully they don't as I find them a good target.


On Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 10:09 p.m. Dan Merta, <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
I sent a  message to 3NE's FB page asking about the proposed move to FM. And they replied that there are no plans to turn off 1566Khz. 
Remains to be seen if this person is correct, or may not know about it. 


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Re: Project - TBDX - 10/02/2020

Dan Merta
 

Interesting 2AY 1440kHz usually doesn't get into Melb all that well. 3ML on 1462kHz comes in here well. Must be a different path. 


Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Dan Merta
 

I sent a  message to 3NE's FB page asking about the proposed move to FM. And they replied that there are no plans to turn off 1566Khz. 
Remains to be seen if this person is correct, or may not know about it. 


Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Chris Rogers
 

It is 1566 3NE that is tipped to move to FM. The government ABC stations aren't moving from AM to FM in the proposals.


Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Dan Merta
 

In terms of Wangaratta in VIC it doesn't state wherever 756KHz 3RN or 1566KHz 3NE is earmarked for closure. 
It would be a pity for 3NE to be shut down as it has a unique groundwave and skywave propagation pattern. 
I recorded about 2 hours of 3NE last year, i'd better make some more recordings this year.  


Re: Logging - 1548kHz - 4QD

Dan Merta
 

On Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 03:27 PM, Paul Blundell wrote:
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/logging-1548khz-4qd.html
That's a good catch for that time of day. This station has a steady signal into Melbourne at night. 


Project - TBDX - 10/02/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Project - TBDX - 10/02/2020

 
DATE:
2020-02-10
TIME:
08:10 PM
LOCATION:
Home, Launceston Tasmania
1350 - 2LF (5KW):
WEAK
1440 - 1EA (2KW):
WEAK
1458 - 2PB (2KW):
GOOD
1467 - 3ML (2KW):
WEAK
1494 - 2AY (2KW):
EXCELLENT
1503 - 3KND (5KW):
GOOD
1521 - 2QN (2KW):
WEAK
1530 - 2VM (2KW):
GOOD
1548 - 4QD (50KW):
GOOD
1575 - HPON (5KW):
POOR
NOTES:
A evening time session in my backyard in suburban Launceston. Due to the weather (rain and wind) I decided to stay at home instead of heading out. Signals were good in most cases with 2AY on 1440kHz being a real standout.


Photos and video: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/02/project-tbdx-10022020.html


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Kit 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Richard, it has taken some time and a few attempts but finally it is working for me how I want.


On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 2:30 PM Richard Allen via Groups.Io <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:
Nice setup Paul.  

Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.


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Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Kit 2020 - An Update

I have made another change to my "portable ultralight radio dxing kit". After buidling my radio testing stand, I decided I wanted to try and add a stand to this case, the idea being that it would make it more portable. The results are below:



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