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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.

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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.



Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Claudio,
 
Thank you for your interest in the project. I will send you a private message about the ferrite bars.
 
Best wishes for health and DX in 2016.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: i2ndt@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sat, Jan 2, 2016 5:18 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

 
Hi Gary
do you think you can send those ferrite bars also to Italy???

best 73
de
i2NDT Claudio


DX Logging 6/2/16

D R
 

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.



Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

i2NDT Claudio
 

Hi Gary
do you think you can send those ferrite bars also to Italy???

best 73
de
i2NDT Claudio


Re: Meet the 3" FSL C.Crane Skywave Portable

 

Wow, Gary.. Happy New Year!!! :) ..Fantastic new developments and results!! ..C.Crane should be supporting you with all the research you've been doing and also the additional sales they'll be getting, lol's.. Great work!!

73, John S.


---In ultralightdx@..., <D1028Gary@...> wrote :

Hello All,
 
Eagerly violating my first portable radio warranty of the New Year, I celebrated 2016 by tearing apart an unsuspecting CC Skywave portable and installing one of the new 3" bar FSL's in place of the pedestrian stock loopstick. No doubt C.Crane would have had multiple cardiac arrest cases if they had seen their innovative new portable subjected to such rude treatment (after banning me for life from future purchases).
 
This particular Ultralight radio has the dubious feature of antenna connection points located in one of the most awkward positions possible for loopstick modifications, and as a bonus feature they are in a very crammed circuit board spot, and extremely close together. This (together with the $89 stock price) has made 7.5" loopstick modifications pretty rare for this particular model-- which actually is next to ideal as a platform for increased antenna sensitivity. The 1 kHz DSP selectivity is excellent, and the DX audio quality with this narrow filtering is unsurpassed in the Ultralight class.
 
The 3" FSL modification went about as well as could be expected (considering the radio's congenital challenges). This radio is the second of an all-new class of directly connected FSL antenna-enhanced Ultralights, which seem to provide breakthrough MW sensitivity and nulling capability for the portable class. The 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model has already been constructed and tested, and detailed construction procedures are being drafted. The all-new 3" FSL CC Skywave portable will be tested extensively against this Tecsun model, and of course against other modified and stock portables. Photos of these models (and of the wild CC Skywave modification procedure) are attached. It's looking like a very exciting New Year!
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)  


Meet the 3" FSL C.Crane Skywave Portable

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Eagerly violating my first portable radio warranty of the New Year, I celebrated 2016 by tearing apart an unsuspecting CC Skywave portable and installing one of the new 3" bar FSL's in place of the pedestrian stock loopstick. No doubt C.Crane would have had multiple cardiac arrest cases if they had seen their innovative new portable subjected to such rude treatment (after banning me for life from future purchases).
 
This particular Ultralight radio has the dubious feature of antenna connection points located in one of the most awkward positions possible for loopstick modifications, and as a bonus feature they are in a very crammed circuit board spot, and extremely close together. This (together with the $89 stock price) has made 7.5" loopstick modifications pretty rare for this particular model-- which actually is next to ideal as a platform for increased antenna sensitivity. The 1 kHz DSP selectivity is excellent, and the DX audio quality with this narrow filtering is unsurpassed in the Ultralight class.
 
The 3" FSL modification went about as well as could be expected (considering the radio's congenital challenges). This radio is the second of an all-new class of directly connected FSL antenna-enhanced Ultralights, which seem to provide breakthrough MW sensitivity and nulling capability for the portable class. The 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 model has already been constructed and tested, and detailed construction procedures are being drafted. The all-new 3" FSL CC Skywave portable will be tested extensively against this Tecsun model, and of course against other modified and stock portables. Photos of these models (and of the wild CC Skywave modification procedure) are attached. It's looking like a very exciting New Year!
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)  


Hobart Radio International on shortwave this weekend

Hobart Radio International <hriradio@...>
 

The Buzz Variety Show with Pirate News & Logs No.19
On today’s show we start with the latest music from Coldplay and Enya, satire news, audio from the Muppet Show “Pigs in Space” and launch off the plank into the world of pirate radio news and logs.

We are on air this weekend 03/01/2016 (SW + FM):
MV Baltic 9485 11-11h30UTC Sunday (Europe)
WRMI 9955 4h30-5h00UTC Sundays (N.Am/S.Am/India)
WBCQ 5110 4h30-5h00UTC Sundays (N.Am)
World FM 88.2MHz 3h30UTC Thursdays (New Zealand)


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Rain in Central Australia - heads up!

Phillips
 

G'day group,


The weather boffins have predicted extensive rains in central Australia over the next couple of days.  These rains are very rare and are expected to drop between 100 and 150mm of rain in some parts.  That's a year's worth of rain in two days.
This means that much of the area will shallow flood or, at least, turn from dust to mud.  I can't offer any guarantees but this may improve signal propagation for signals from the west, south and centre of Australia to the north and north-east until the ground dries out (give it a week).

It is unlikely that such rains will occur again for a number of years and it might just be the time to take advantage of the rare conditions  to see if any new Aussie stations can be heard in North America/Central Pacific.

If anyone does brave the northern winter chasing what I think is a rare opportunity - I hope your chase is not in vain.  If you freeze your nethers off for nothing - well, I tried.


All the best,
Ray




 
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Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Ryan,
 
I'll hold a set of 8 of the 100mm x 20mm x 8mm bars for you. When you are ready,you may send payment via PayPal to d1028gary@... .
The step-by-step instructions for the 3" FSL PL-380 project are being drafted, but with holiday activities going on it might take a while before completion. There will also be a 3.7 inch "Baby FSL" project written up using the ultra-sensitive 1162/46 Litz wire (which makes the tiny antenna perform like a much larger model). By coincidence both of these projects can be completed for around $95 in parts.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
    
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: rmartin100@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Mon, Dec 28, 2015 4:17 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

 
Hi Gary,
I'm trying to find your email address on yahoo groups but all I see is dxergary. Can you please shoot me an email at rmartin100@...? I also want to reimburse you for the variable air capacitor you so graciously sent me awhile ago.
I plan on waiting for your instructions before I build it but I want to have the materials ready beforehand.
Thanks,
Ryan


Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

 

Ryan,

Gary's email address is below..

d1028gary@...


73, John S.



---In ultralightdx@..., <rmartin100@...> wrote :

Hi Gary,

I'm trying to find your email address on yahoo groups but all I see is dxergary. Can you please shoot me an email at rmartin100@...? I also want to reimburse you for the variable air capacitor you so graciously sent me awhile ago.

I plan on waiting for your instructions before I build it but I want to have the materials ready beforehand.

Thanks,

Ryan


Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Ryan Martin
 

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Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Ryan Martin
 

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Ryan


Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Ryan Martin
 

Hi Gary,

I'm trying to find your email address on yahoo groups but all I see is dxergary. Can you please shoot me an email at rmartin100@...? I also want to reimburse you for the variable air capacitor you so graciously sent me awhile ago.

I plan on waiting for your instructions before I build it but I want to have the materials ready beforehand.

Thanks,

Ryan


Re: where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Gary DeBock
 

 Hi Ryan,
 
<<<   I plan on building your new direct-connect FSL/PL-380. However, I can't seem to locate the 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars on Ebay or anywhere else. Can you please post a link to the Russian seller who has them for sale?   >>>
 
The Russian surplus 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars are not listed on eBay, but I do have a large number of them in stock here. Any DXer who needs them to complete the project may get a set of 8 bars (NOS) from me at my own cost ($25, including shipping to the USA). Please send me a private email if you wish to order them, and I will send them after payment to my PayPal account. This offer is limited to those who actually plan on building the 3" FSL PL-380 model, and the limit is one set (8 bars) per DXer. Please also remember that the detailed construction information for this project has not yet been published, so early builders are completely on their own.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
  
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: rmartin100@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Mon, Dec 28, 2015 8:05 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

 
Gary,
I plan on building your new direct-connect FSL/PL-380. However, I can't seem to locate the 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars on Ebay or anywhere else. Can you please post a link to the Russian seller who has them for sale?
BTW, thanks for your generosity to this group! Over the last few years I have built an 18", 26", 40" box loop and a 5" FSL, all of them using your very detailed and easy-to-follow instructions. Without your sharing of antenna knowledge, I'd still be using a boring old select-a-tenna.
Ryan


where to buy 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars?

Ryan Martin
 

Gary,

I plan on building your new direct-connect FSL/PL-380. However, I can't seem to locate the 100mm x 20mm x 3mm ferrite bars on Ebay or anywhere else. Can you please post a link to the Russian seller who has them for sale?

BTW, thanks for your generosity to this group! Over the last few years I have built an 18", 26", 40" box loop and a 5" FSL, all of them using your very detailed and easy-to-follow instructions. Without your sharing of antenna knowledge, I'd still be using a boring old select-a-tenna.

Ryan

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