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3" Bar FSL Tecsun PL-380 Model-- 100mm Ferrite Bars

Gary DeBock
 

Priority Mail shipments of the 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bar sets (of 8) have been made to all the DXers in the USA who have ordered and paid for them (Steve, Stan, Les, Ryan and Scott). Individual USPS tracking numbers will be sent by private email. The international shipments to Tony and Claudio should be made shortly.
 
For others who are interested in the 3" Bar FSL PL-380 project but who have yet to find a source for the 100mm x 20mm x 3mm bars, please wait until the detailed construction procedures for the project have been completed and published (a top priority now). Those who will receive their 100mm ferrite bar shipments this week are advised to wait until these detailed construction procedures are available before starting the procedure.
 
My Kiwi Ultralight DXing buddy Tony King has tracked down a source of Funnoodles in NZ, so we may be "swimming" in these foam inner cores shortly. I also plan to cut more of the orange plastic FSL antenna frames, as time allows (but you can do this yourself, by following the instructions in the PL-380 "Supercharging" article).
 
A source for the 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars may yet reappear on eBay; those Eastern European sellers have a confirmed habit of "sitting" on stock until they are able to get the price that they want. They have apparently learned the principles of capitalism all too well.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
 
  


Re: Funnoodle. 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 Project Update

Gary DeBock
 

<<< Funnoodle. Plentiful down under. How many miles would you like ?  My piece is dia 67mm or  2 3/4 inches. centre hole 1/2 inch   >>>>
 
Wow, perfect size, Tony. We need these desperately in the Northern Hemisphere-- nobody wants to swim in the icy lakes and beaches this time of year!
 
If you can send me a few tubes (cut to fit in a package) I can send you payment immediately. Any color (colour) is fine-- even All Black!  :-)
 
73, Gary
 
    
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony King tonyzl@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 5:27 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Funnoodle. 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 Project Update

 
Funnoodle. Plentiful down under. How many miles would you like ?  My piece is dia 67mm or  2 3/4 inches. centre hole 1/2 inch

Tony


Re: Funnoodle. 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 Project Update

Tony King <tonyzl@...>
 

Funnoodle. Plentiful down under. How many miles would you like ?  My piece is dia 67mm or  2 3/4 inches. centre hole 1/2 inch

Tony


Re: 8 Years Later and more fun ahead

Tony Ward
 

Congratulations Allen! We miss the conditions that gave rise to your amazing reports, but things are on the turn once more perhaps. I was wondering if you had noted the return of the 3 KNR Greenland stations to the air? 570, 650, and particularly Simiutaq on 720 that you used to hear fairly regularly I think.

--- Tony Ward (VE3NO), Whitby, ON


Re: 8 Years Later and more fun ahead

afritsch1@...
 

Hello Allen,
 
I saw some of the replies to you and thought they were for me, Ha!
I am in Milford Ohio, USA and I go back lots of years, I am 85.  My first sw radio was a Star Roamer Kit.  I had more fun with it than many others.
 
In the 50’s there was many more stations on SW and it was easy to log lots of DX with a cheap receiver and a longwire antenna.
 
Those were the days. 
 
Regards,  Allen Fritsch
 

Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 9:49 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] 8 Years Later and more fun ahead
 
 


Hello To All,


Well it was 8 years this week that I was first introduced to Ultralight Radio DXing through the encouragement of the late John Bryant and Ultralight radio extraordinaires, Gary DeBock and Robert Ross . They asked me if I would be interested in posting some logs of what I had been hearing on my newly acquired Sony SRF-M37V  Ultralight . As they say the rest is history.


It has been a fun run here in the North Atlantic DXing along with these great people and marvellous machines searching for distant DX. I look forward to many more wonderful years ahead in this unique niche of the radio DXing hobby.


Good DX to All



Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Re: Items for portable operations

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent replies, thanks.


Re: 8 Years Later and more fun ahead

robert ross
 

Yes Allen…and in those 8 Years, you have eclipsed all reasonable boundaries of what should be possible using a Pocket Radio!!! You have left us all in the Dust and we all bow to you as one of the ULR DX Greats!!! It looks like we may have created an East Coast ULR Monster without even realizing it!! HAHAHHAHHA…..

Glad you have had such great fun Allen, after all, that is what the Hobby is all about…having Fun!! And we've had great fun reading all of your amazing Logs from the Rock!! Keep up the good work and many more years with your trusted M37V……

73…ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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On 2016-01-05, at 9:49 PM, vo1_001_swl@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

 


Hello To All,


Well it was 8 years this week that I was first introduced to Ultralight Radio DXing through the encouragement of the late John Bryant and Ultralight radio extraordinaires, Gary DeBock and Robert Ross . They asked me if I would be interested in posting some logs of what I had been hearing on my newly acquired Sony SRF-M37V  Ultralight . As they say the rest is history.


It has been a fun run here in the North Atlantic DXing along with these great people and marvellous machines searching for distant DX. I look forward to many more wonderful years ahead in this unique niche of the radio DXing hobby.


Good DX to All



Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland




8 Years Later and more fun ahead

Allen Willie
 


Hello To All,


Well it was 8 years this week that I was first introduced to Ultralight Radio DXing through the encouragement of the late John Bryant and Ultralight radio extraordinaires, Gary DeBock and Robert Ross . They asked me if I would be interested in posting some logs of what I had been hearing on my newly acquired Sony SRF-M37V  Ultralight . As they say the rest is history.


It has been a fun run here in the North Atlantic DXing along with these great people and marvellous machines searching for distant DX. I look forward to many more wonderful years ahead in this unique niche of the radio DXing hobby.


Good DX to All



Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Re: Items for portable operations

Emily Keene
 

I agree with Keith's list with the following exceptions : I always have two ultralight radios with me ( at least ) - one digital and one analog, and I use my phone to confirm information and to look up station info, so my phone replaces the "list of stations".
Emily Keene
New Jersey


Re: Items for portable operations

keith beesley
 

1. an ultralight radio :-)

2. an external antenna or two (if you use them). 

3. notebook and pencil (or hand-held electronic device) for recording loggings. 

4. list of potential dx targets

5. maybe a printed map or two of the area where you are 

6. radio station lists. 

Regards, 

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA


Items for portable operations

Paul Blundell
 

I am becoming more interested / active in portable operations so am making up a list of suggestions for items to carry for portable operations which you have found necessary or useful. I am normally within an hour of home and prefer to be as light weight as possible.


Paul

http://goo.gl/DFn1ix



January 5 TP-DX with the New 3" Bar FSL Tecsun PL-380

Gary DeBock
 

One of my experimental projects over the holiday period was to design a breakthrough "travel portable," with unsurpassed sensitivity, selectivity and portability in the hand-held class. This was the new 3" Bar FSL Tecsun PL-380 model, using a lightweight, hard-wired 3" diameter FSL antenna in place of the stock loopstick. The radio's Si4734 DSP chip tunes the highly sensitive antenna, resulting in breakthrough sensitivity in the portable class. A photo of the new model is posted at https://app.box.com/s/bpv03wvwpjbicvytw9euicg1hellda3g 
 
This morning I had the chance to test out the new "science fiction PL-380" in actual TP-DXing, with potent signals from both 1566-HLAZ and 1593-CNR1 during sunrise enhancement around 1545. As a stand-alone portable this hand-held model provided signal quality approaching that of mid-size external FSL antennas-- quite a thrill for a quirky designer of souped-up DXing portables.
 
1593  CNR1   Changzhou, China   Male Chinese speech with S9 peaks at 1546
 
1566  HLAZ   Jeju, S. Korea   Chinese Christian music with S7 peaks at 1550
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
3" Bar FSL Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight (hand-held and "barefoot")
 
 


3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 Project Update

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks to all who have expressed interest in building this breakthrough model.
 
After daytime testing over the holiday period I'm convinced that this model provides a unique combination of MW sensitivity, selectivity and portability, and as such should be a popular modification for those who need a high-performing "travel portable" or a stand-alone DXing radio for casual ocean beach DXpeditions. For those who can track down the construction parts the modification should be fairly routine, especially for those with experience building the 7.5" loopstick PL-380 models (since much of the modification process duplicates that procedure). Unfortunately a couple of the construction parts (the Russian surplus 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite rods and the Funnoodle 2.25" diameter inner foam core) are currently not available on eBay, so we are scrambling to find alternative sources.
 
I have enough of the ferrite bars to provide sets of 8 for all who have ordered from me, but we need to find an alternative source for others who are interested in the project. There are multiple sellers of the 62mm ferrite bars on eBay, but the sensitivity of those bars will not match that of the 100mm long variety. The Funnoodle inner cores are swimming floatation aids typically sold in the summer season in North America, and unfortunately I have only one tube on hand (which is mostly used up). If any of our members in the Southern hemisphere (NZ or Oz) can track down some of these swimming floatation aides (of approximately 2.25 inches, or 56mm diameter) it would be greatly appreciated. Of course members are welcome to substitute material to build their own custom FSL, but they will be on their own as far as design and performance.
 
The detailed construction procedures are being drafted at the same time as the ferrite bar shipments are being sent out, so if you have ordered the bars please be patient during this process. The finished project is well worth the construction effort, and as the summer months approach we will surely be swimming in "Funnoodles."  :-)
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
         


DX Test: 600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL [Corrected]

Brandon Jordan
 

600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL DX Test

Time/Date: 0500-0800 UTC, Sunday, January 10, 2016
EST: Midnight - 3 AM, January 10, 2016
CST: 11 PM - 2 AM, January 9/10, 2016
MST: 10 - 1 AM, January 9/10, 2016
PST9 - Midnight, January 9, 2016

Mode of Operation:  Daytime antenna pattern, with power  possibly up to 35 kw. Equipment performance during the test  will dictate the maximum transmitter power to be used.  The test will include morse code, sweep tones, big band  & orchestral music, and selected program audio.

QSL Information: Reception reports are only accepted  via  e-mail, and can be submitted to jerry [at] jerrysmith  [dot]  net.  Correct reports will be answered with an e-QSL  by  Station Engineer Jerry Smith.

Credits: Many thanks to J.D. Stephens of Hampton  Cove, AL  for arranging the test and WBOB Engineer Jerry Smith  for  making this test possible! Please share the details of  this  DX Test with your contacts.

73,
Brandon Jordan
IRCA/NRC DX Test Committee


SW DX with the CCrane "Skywave"

wpe6bvt@...
 

Happy New Year to the ULR group--if the last few days are any indication, 2016 may be an "interesting" year for ULR SW DX..the CCrane "Skywave" rolled in just after the holiday from Universal Radio & after reading the manual & pushing various buttons, i can mostly use it in a responsible manner..all logs @ Moonlight Beach, CA (33'2"N 117'17"W) with the well-worn 6m X wire alli-clipped to the 'wave's antenna.


5020 SIBC 1545-1606+ 31 Dec. 1st log w/ the 'wave & it was a nice one--SIBC on late w/ NY greetings (phone calls/texts) & relaxed chat by the 2 announcers in EG/Pijin.

9835//11665 RTM (Kajang) 1540-1605+ 31 Dec. Another year listening to RTM count-down the NY w/ "lima, ampat, tiga, dua, satu..selamat tahun baru" + big gongs..11665 closes just after TOH & since no clear Sarawak FM ID heard on 9835, perhaps this was the RTM net-wide program & not a locally produced one.

4885 VoH 1528-58+ 1 Jan. Still unjammed (using this QRG since 21 Dec. or so) w/ KR chat/music, jingle/chimes just before BOH/TOH & ID spelled out @ TOH..tnx Ron Howard for the complete ID.

6200 XPBS (Lhasa-Baiding) 1604+ 1 Jan. Pleased to find XPBS w/ their EG "Holy Tibet" program just sneaking through the morning QRN.

9630 R. Aparecida 2325-0005+ 3/4 Jan. After being off for a few days, 9630 back today w/ OK signal //11855/11935/9725 (last 2 are RB2, but they run // programming around 2300), nice IDs @ BOH/TOH, UT-2 TCs (Brasilian Summer Time), & their neat long list of affiliated stations read out @ 0000+.

6015 RRI (Galbeni) 2338-57* 3 Jan. Breaking the surface w/ their 23-2357 EG program..chat, some music & closing with sked (& off mid-sentence, too).

..some casual "test" logs @ 2350-58 31 Dec. CFRX-6070*, RA-17840/15240, RNZI-15720 & a few more  0002-0050 1 Jan. CNR1-6125/7275, Voz Missionaria 9665a/5940, CNR1 (Geermu)-6080 regular sked to 01*  // 11945 which is a jammer v.VOA (Tinang) in CH 00-01..


*& from a Jan. '15 log, my only ULR SW QSL for 2015, but a very welcome addition to the collection.


more thoughts on the 'wave as i get a bit more accustomed to fiddling around with it..for now, good listening/experimenting to all & cheers from the beach.


Dan WB6FJD




Re: DX Logging 6/2/16

D R
 

Hi:

There is a ferrite bar in the PL-380 


Which makes DXing using just the radio even more amazing.


Jay's new GP-5/SSB review

Rik
 

Jay Allen has a new review of the PL-365 or County Comm GP-5/SSB which I have been using a lot lately.-


Tecsun PL-365/CountyComm GP-5/SSB AM/FM/SW Radio With SSB



I like it very much for being able to connect a loop for it to tune directly without modifying the radio, the ETM feature for quickly checking the SW BCB's each hour as programs end and begin or change frequency. Also ETM a quick way to compare antennas. Just today I did a midday AM antenna comparison in just a few minutes-


Highly directional Litz 3 coil loop = 43 [without turning the loop]

50 foot aerial = 44

500 foot unterminated BOG=90


-FARMERIK


Re: DX Test: 600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL

Bruce Conti
 

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 11:44 PM, Brandon Jordan swl.tn.usa@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL DX Test
Time/Date: 0600-0900 UTC, Saturday, January 10, 2016
EST: Midnight - 3 AM, January 10, 2016...

Saturday, January 9, or Sunday, January 10?  Midnight - 3 a.m. EST is 0500-0800 UTC, and January 10 is Sunday.

--
Bruce Conti
B.A.Conti Photography www.baconti.com
¡BAMLog! www.bamlog.com


DX Test: 600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL

Brandon Jordan
 

600 WBOB Jacksonville, FL DX Test

Time/Date: 0600-0900 UTC, Saturday, January 10, 2016
EST: Midnight - 3 AM, January 10, 2016
CST: 11 PM - 2 AM, January 9/10, 2016
MST: 10 - 1 AM, January 9/10, 2016
PST: 9 - Midnight, January 9, 2016

Mode of Operation:  Daytime antenna pattern, with power possibly up to 35 kw. Equipment performance during the test will dictate the maximum transmitter power to be used.  The test will include morse code, sweep tones, big band & orchestral music, and selected program audio.

QSL Information: Reception reports are only accepted via e-mail, and can be submitted to jerry [at] jerrysmith [dot] net.  Correct reports will be answered with an e-QSL by Station Engineer Jerry Smith.

Credits: Many thanks to J.D. Stephens of Hampton Cove, AL for arranging the test and WBOB Engineer Jerry Smith for making this test possible! Please share the details of this DX Test with your contacts.

73,
Brandon Jordan
IRCA/NRC DX Test Committee


Re: DX Logging 6/2/16

afritsch1@...
 

Is there a built in ferrite bar on the PL380?   Or do you just mean the telescoping whip antenna?
 

Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2016 1:26 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] DX Logging 6/2/16
 
 

Logged WPRO 630 am 5000 watts Providence, RI, listening in Ulster County, NY using a Tecsum PL-380 with built-in ferrite bar last night 2:00 am-2:30 am.  Signal was clear for most of the time.  Amazing radio the 380.


D. Raff.


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