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Re: Holiday - Possible DXing Targets

William Renton
 

Hi Paul,

I live in Sydney, Australia, and have some experience DXing along the coast from Melbourne to Brisbane. The Tasman Sea coast (NSW) is better for overseas DX. Down near Melbourne you will likely only receive Australia and NZ stuff, unless you happen to get lucky with a freak opening to Asia. 

My favoured locations along the Tasman Sea coast, from south to north, are:

* Tathra Headland [-36.726430, 149.989649]. Large park with picnic tables. Tathra is a very nice place to spend a night also. 

* Dalmeny Headland [-36.171194, 150.134718]. There is a nice lookout over the water and it's not too crowded. You can go in front of the lookout onto a small grassed area and not be seen from the road also. Dalmeny is also a nice holiday town with plenty of Air BNB accommodation. 

* Wombarra Rock Pool [-34.2793039, 150.9561688]. Near Wollongong. Nice spot right on the beach with two picnic tables, plus a little area above the beach which has a stone slab to rest a loop on. Can get crowded, especially in the summer months. Other locations in the vicinity feature high cliffs with direct ocean frontage, similar to Gary De Bock's Oregon spots. 

* Tania Park, Balgowlah Heights [-33.8085494, 151.2689282]. Within the Sydney metropolitan area but away from the local blowtorches. High spot overlooking Manly Beach. I haven't tried this location personally but it's a favoured spot for amateur radio enthusiasts. I have tried nearby Mona Vale with good results. 

* Boambee Headland, Sawtell: [-30.3556314, 153.1017145]. Near Coffs Harbour. High headland with picnic tables. Can get very crowded even in winter. 

* Woolgoolga Headland, Woolgoolga [-30.131628, 153.1685083]. Just north of Coffs Harbour. High headland with central stone bench, lookout. Extremely crowded though. 

* North Stradbroke Island/Point Lookout. This large island is accessed by ferry from Brisbane's southern suburbs. I haven't tried it but I'm sure the results would be impressive, especially on the seaward side near the village of Point Lookout. Best to stay on the island as the last ferry back to the mainland is just after dark (which is why I didn't make the trip). I did go to Bribie Island, just north of Brisbane, but the results there weren't all that great. 

Hope this helps and have a great trip, 

William Renton
Sydney, Australia. 

(PS- If you do end up going to Wombarra or Balgowlah Heights, let me know!) 

 

 


Re: Yahoo Groups Notice- Content Removal

Phillip Fimiani
 

Yup theres Ultralight - main and Ultralight experimenters groups



On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:13:57 PM EDT, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


I believe that we moved all of our content across when we moved the group earlier this year.

Paul

On Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 1:22 a.m. Phil Pasteur, <ppasteur@q.com> wrote:
This was posted in the Celestron_AS group. The link is to software that allows one to download content from groups. I haven't checked into it further.

"

Yahoo groups are closing on December 14th.

 

All content will be deleted.

 

If you want to backup the posts, photos & files from this group you can use a program called PG Offline.

 

It has a 14 day free trial which will be ample time to download this group.

 

http://www.personalgroupware.com/downloads.htm

 

Cheers,

 

Wilson Logan (PGO Creator)."

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Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Andy ZL3AG
 

Private is the way to go, IMHO.

The group data transfer is easy, but no longer free. I imagine they're being bombarded with transfer requests right now, for the people who didn't see the writing on the wall years ago. groups.io is going down for maintenance soon for 2 hours- probably to upgrade their systems to cope with the onslaught!

The guy running groups.io is the one who originally built Yahoo Groups before Yahoo bought it out and screwed it up. Yahoo = Inverted Midas Touch.

On 17/10/19 5:36 pm, Todd via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi Gary,
With the demise of Yahoo Groups scheduled for Dec 14, 2019, I have the responsibility of transferring the ICDX, and ICDX Australia AM/FM/TV DX groups to the groups.io website.
I was automatically invited and transferred from the former Ultralight Radio Yahoo group. I didn't even need a password.
When creating a new groups.io group, there is the option of displaying all messages and content to anyone on the Internet. Even non-members can read posts. Does this create a potential problem with spam? If spammers have access to individual e-mail addresses in message posts, they could record this for later use. Has anyone had issues with increased spam associated with full public access DX discussion groups such as ultralightdx.groups.io? <https://ultralightdx.groups.io/>
If so, I may elect to create new groups as hidden from general public view, i.e. only members can view postings.
I gather the message posts and files transfer from Yahoo Groups was easy enough.
Regards,
Todd
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Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Todd,

<<<   When creating a new groups.io group, there is the option of displaying all messages and content to anyone on the Internet. Even non-members can read posts. Does this create a potential problem with spam? If spammers have access to individual e-mail addresses in message posts, they could record this for later use. Has anyone had issues with increased spam associated with full public access DX discussion groups such as ultralightdx.groups.io?
   >>>

To my knowledge there haven't been any issues with spam postings to our new Groups.io site, although the previous Yahoo group site did have quite a few spam messages (which the Moderators quickly deleted, before they were widely viewed).

Groups.io has a requirement that initial messages from a new member must be approved by a Moderator before they can be posted-- a requirement that is actually a pretty good "spam filter." Any spammer that attempts to post on a Groups.io site would probably be given the boot by the Moderator before their spam message would ever be posted, and seen. As such, Groups.io sites are relatively spam-free.

As for a spammer using a list of email addresses to send out their spam, there isn't much of a defense against this. Spam emails are pervasive, but once you get a spam message you can always mark it as such, after which your spam filter should kick in and delete all such messages from the same sender in the future.   

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
   


-----Original Message-----
From: Todd via Groups.Io <toddemslie@...>
To: main <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Sent: Wed, Oct 16, 2019 9:36 pm
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Group Stats / Future Plans

Hi Gary,

With the demise of Yahoo Groups scheduled for Dec 14, 2019, I have the responsibility of transferring the ICDX, and ICDX Australia AM/FM/TV DX groups to the groups.io website.

I was automatically invited and transferred from the former Ultralight Radio Yahoo group. I didn't even need a password.

When creating a new groups.io group, there is the option of displaying all messages and content to anyone on the Internet. Even non-members can read posts. Does this create a potential problem with spam? If spammers have access to individual e-mail addresses in message posts, they could record this for later use. Has anyone had issues with increased spam associated with full public access DX discussion groups such as ultralightdx.groups.io?

If so, I may elect to create new groups as hidden from general public view, i.e. only members can view postings.

I gather the message posts and files transfer from Yahoo Groups was easy enough.

Regards,

Todd


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Todd
 

Hi Gary,

With the demise of Yahoo Groups scheduled for Dec 14, 2019, I have the responsibility of transferring the ICDX, and ICDX Australia AM/FM/TV DX groups to the groups.io website.

I was automatically invited and transferred from the former Ultralight Radio Yahoo group. I didn't even need a password.

When creating a new groups.io group, there is the option of displaying all messages and content to anyone on the Internet. Even non-members can read posts. Does this create a potential problem with spam? If spammers have access to individual e-mail addresses in message posts, they could record this for later use. Has anyone had issues with increased spam associated with full public access DX discussion groups such as ultralightdx.groups.io?

If so, I may elect to create new groups as hidden from general public view, i.e. only members can view postings.

I gather the message posts and files transfer from Yahoo Groups was easy enough.

Regards,

Todd


Re: Yahoo Groups Notice- Content Removal

Paul Blundell
 

I believe that we moved all of our content across when we moved the group earlier this year.

Paul

On Thu, 17 Oct 2019, 1:22 a.m. Phil Pasteur, <ppasteur@q.com> wrote:
This was posted in the Celestron_AS group. The link is to software that allows one to download content from groups. I haven't checked into it further.

"

Yahoo groups are closing on December 14th.

 

All content will be deleted.

 

If you want to backup the posts, photos & files from this group you can use a program called PG Offline.

 

It has a 14 day free trial which will be ample time to download this group.

 

http://www.personalgroupware.com/downloads.htm

 

Cheers,

 

Wilson Logan (PGO Creator)."


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Re: Yahoo Groups Notice- Content Removal

Phil Pasteur
 

This was posted in the Celestron_AS group. The link is to software that allows one to download content from groups. I haven't checked into it further.

"

Yahoo groups are closing on December 14th.

 

All content will be deleted.

 

If you want to backup the posts, photos & files from this group you can use a program called PG Offline.

 

It has a 14 day free trial which will be ample time to download this group.

 

http://www.personalgroupware.com/downloads.htm

 

Cheers,

 

Wilson Logan (PGO Creator)."


Oklahoma TP DX 10-16-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

Reception of TP DX was improved here from yesterday (LSR 1238).
594 JOAK poor at 1211-1213.
603 unID barely audible talk at 1239-1240.
711 unID heterodyne at 1240-1241.
747 JOIB fair, EE lesson at 1204,
774 JOUB poor at 1155-1157.
828 JOBB heterodyne (no audio) at 1229; poor. talk at 1241-1242.
972 HLCA poor at 1143 (also audible on barefoot Skywave); fair at 1246 to fade out at 1249. Again the best signal from Asia.
1242 JOHR barely audible to poor at 1235-1237.
1566 HLAZ poor, JJ talk at 1245, fading away at 1246.
Receiver: Skywave and Skywave SSB with 8-inch FSL. I wasted too much time this morning switching between the two receivers only to find the Skywave is best suited listening to MW DX.

Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA


Yahoo Groups Notice- Content Removal

Paul S. in CT
 

I have copied this from the World of Radio Group this morning. It is formatted as 80 characters wide. email addresses removed.

8a. Yahoo Groups
From: Dan Robinson
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 23:38:02 EDT

For anyone still using Yahoo groups, see this post which was put up by someone on
the Kenwood R-5000 group:

*Attention:* Starting December 14, 2019 Yahoo Groups will no longer host user
created content on its sites. New content can no longer be uploaded after October
28, 2019. Learn More at
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_GRPS&locale=en_US&id=SLN31010&
actp=email

In short, any files and photos on any yahoo group will go away as of
December 14 so if there is any content you want or need from any of your yahoo
groups you had better get it now.

Jim Pruitt
==================================================================================

This was posted to a owners/moderators groups.io group for which I am a member;

******************************************
Understand what's changing in Yahoo Groups
******************************************

Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the
Yahoo Groups site. Beginning October 21, you won't be able to upload any more
content to the site, and as of December 14 all previously posted content on the
site will be permanently removed. You'll have until that date to save anything
you've uploaded.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What features will go away?
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN31010.html?impressions=true#cont1

* Files
* Polls
* Links
* Photos
* Folders
* Calendar
* Database
* Attachments
* Conversations
* Email Updates
* Message Digest
* Message History

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

What will happen to the site?
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN31010.html?impressions=true#cont1

The Yahoo Groups site will continue to exist, however, all public groups will be
made private or restricted. Any new group members will need to request an invite
or be invited by an admin. Admins will still be able to manage various group
settings, though some functionality will be limited.

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

What will happen on October 21st?
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN31010.html?impressions=true#cont1

On October 21st, you will no longer be able to upload any content to the site.
To share info with members of your groups, you'll continue to be able to do so
via email.

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

How can I keep my Yahoo Groups content?
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN31010.html?impressions=true#cont1

Photos and files can be saved
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/photos-files-saved-sln2526.html
right from the Yahoo Groups site, or you can download your data from the Privacy
Dashboard located here;
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/download-data-privacy-dashboard-sln28671.html

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

Will I be able to use Yahoo Groups going forward?
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN31010.html?impressions=true#cont1

You'll still be able to communicate with your groups via email and search for
private groups on the site. In addition, admins will continue to have limited
access to group settings and administration tools.
https://help.yahoo.com/kb/groups/SLN31010.html

End of Message
===================================================================================

Understand that content must be downloaded and saved elsewhere, or removed from
the Y-Groups site.

Sadly, and with regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: DX500 Project - Reports x 3

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Dennis. I have been a bit behind of late but now starting to get back in a flow.


On Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 11:03 AM Dennis Breda <dbbi@...> wrote:
Paul,  I thoroughly enjoy receiving your posts.  Great work.  Thank you. Dennis B


On Oct 15, 2019, at 6:22 PM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:



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Re: DX500 Project - Reports x 3

Dennis Breda
 

Paul,  I thoroughly enjoy receiving your posts.  Great work.  Thank you. Dennis B



DX500 Project - Reports x 3

Paul Blundell
 


Re: Ultimate Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - October 2019

Paul Blundell
 

Update - 15/10/2019:
After using this case for a couple of weeks, I have now added a section on the top made out of MDF to store my clipboard with my logs sheets and other related information.

On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 1:22 PM Paul Blundell via Groups.Io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
This is an update on my previous case which has now been improved.

A month or so ago I was out doing some shopping when I called passed my local Super Cheap Auto. Here I found this case on special for $22, I decided to replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I would have liked and as it didn’t keep the radio the right way up it added the risk of the aerial breaking off. I have also recently been sent a baby 3" FSL aerial which I wanted to carry and protect.

Last night I had some spare time so I sat down and set up this case. I cut some large pieces of timber to hold the aerial in the right location and added some thin MDF to divide the aerial section off from the front part where I will be storing my radios.

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 large radios plus 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.

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

I have also screwed my 3" FSL aerial to the base of the case and use this in the case. This has the benefits of protecting the 3" FSL aerial from damage, keeping it off the ground and also allowing me to lean my radio against it, this provides a great level of coupling to the aerial and leaving my hands free for logging.

Over the past few weeks I have been using this setup for a number of portable sessions, I am finding it works very well and being so compact I am taking it out with me more often than I have with other cases in the past.



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Re: Oklahoma TP DX 10/14/19

Paul Blundell
 

Great to hear you had such a good session.


On Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 12:27 a.m. Richard Allen via Groups.Io, <dx747j=me.com@groups.io> wrote:

This morning was the best TP DX session of the season thus far, with two new Japanese stations logged (LSR 1236).

567 JOIK poor, JJ talk at 1202.

594 JOAK poor at 1212; poor at 1250 before fading away at 1252 (16 minutes past sunrise).

693 JOAB fair at 1220 with severe KGGF 690 QRM.

702 unID heterodyne (no audio) at 1203.

729 JOCK poor, man in JJ // JOAK at 1225. 

738 unID weak het below KRMG 740.

747 JOIB fair, EE lesson at 1215.

774 JOUB fair // JOIB at 1216.

828 JOBB fair // JOIB at 1221; poor at 1248.

873 JOGB barely audible // JOIB at 1217.

972 HLCA fair at 1158-1239; poor at 1242, fading out at 1246.  The best TP of the morning.

1287 JOHR fair, man in JJ at 1235-1237.

1566 HLAZ poor, talk in JJ at 1242 to 1245 fade-out.

 Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.



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Oklahoma TP DX 10/14/19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

This morning was the best TP DX session of the season thus far, with two new Japanese stations logged (LSR 1236).

567 JOIK poor, JJ talk at 1202.

594 JOAK poor at 1212; poor at 1250 before fading away at 1252 (16 minutes past sunrise).

693 JOAB fair at 1220 with severe KGGF 690 QRM.

702 unID heterodyne (no audio) at 1203.

729 JOCK poor, man in JJ // JOAK at 1225. 

738 unID weak het below KRMG 740.

747 JOIB fair, EE lesson at 1215.

774 JOUB fair // JOIB at 1216.

828 JOBB fair // JOIB at 1221; poor at 1248.

873 JOGB barely audible // JOIB at 1217.

972 HLCA fair at 1158-1239; poor at 1242, fading out at 1246.  The best TP of the morning.

1287 JOHR fair, man in JJ at 1235-1237.

1566 HLAZ poor, talk in JJ at 1242 to 1245 fade-out.

 Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.



Re: Holiday - Possible DXing Targets

Paul Blundell
 

On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 10:37 AM Paul Blundell via Groups.Io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Next month I have two holidays booked:
- The first is a cruise with my wife, for this I will be taking my TEAC PR130 and going "bare foot". 
- The second is a driving holiday with my wife and children, for this I am hoping to be able to bring my 3" FSL and kit.

What experience do others have with taking radios on a cruise boat, I think trying to get my 3" FSL on board might be an issue? I am preparing a list of frequencies to try and those that should be "clear" for some possible DX.

With my second trip, we are driving so will be able to stop on the way, between Melbourne and Brisbane, any good radio spots worth trying to get to / see? I am thinking of making the focus on DX more on the way back down. We are getting the boat across bass straight.

Paul

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Holiday - Possible DXing Targets

Paul Blundell
 

Next month I have two holidays booked:
- The first is a cruise with my wife, for this I will be taking my TEAC PR130 and going "bare foot". 
- The second is a driving holiday with my wife and children, for this I am hoping to be able to bring my 3" FSL and kit.

What experience do others have with taking radios on a cruise boat, I think trying to get my 3" FSL on board might be an issue? I am preparing a list of frequencies to try and those that should be "clear" for some possible DX.

With my second trip, we are driving so will be able to stop on the way, between Melbourne and Brisbane, any good radio spots worth trying to get to / see? I am thinking of making the focus on DX more on the way back down. We are getting the boat across bass straight.

Paul

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Oklahoma TP DX 10-13-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

TP DX was a tad better here this morning especially near LSR at 1235.

567 JOIK barely audible to poor talk at 1222-1224.

594 JOAK poor-to-fair // JOIK at 1225-1227.

693 JOAB poor with moderate KGGF 690 splash at 1235-1236.

702 unID (JOKD?) carrier heard at 1231; barely audible talk (woman) at 1232 to 1233 fade out.

747 JOIB poor at 1203 fade-in until 1211 tune out.

774 JOUB barely audible at 1155-1156, not heard afterward.

828 JOBB poor at 1228-1230.

No signals detected on 873, 972 or 1566 when checked.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Good DX all.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA>



Oklahoma TP DX 10-11-16

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

TP DX was mediocre again this morning (LSR 1234)
594 JOAK barely audible signal at 1226.
747 JOIB barely audible to poor at 1158 and 1214.
828 JOBB poor at 1217-1225, severe WCCO 830 QRM.
972 unID (HLCA?) carrier signal (no audio), WDAY 970 QRM.
1566 HLAZ barely audible to poor at 1230-1238.
Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.

Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.


Oklahoma TP DX 10-10-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

TP reception was subdued this morning (LSR 1233).

612 unID (4QR?) carried heard at 1226; barely audible audio (talk & music) beneath severe KSCP 610 QRM at 1239-1242.  

702 unID (2BL?) weak carrier with XEGD 700 QRM at 1229.

747 JOIB poor with CJVR 750 splash at 1157

828 unID (JOBB?) weak carrier with severe WCCO 830 QRM.

972 unID (HLCA?) weak carrier with moderate WDAY 970 QRM.

1116 unID (4BC?) trace of signal at 1234.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inchFSL.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.


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