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Re: New Stations Logged - 14/07/2015

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Paul,
 
That's a great collection of distant radio stations-- your new home location is a real winner!
 
Of your new Kiwi catches, the only one that I have heard from the Oregon state cliffs is an RNZ relay on 837 KHz, and I've only heard that once (last July).
 
Also, regarding the Kiwi networks, before our DXpedition we received the word from NZ experts Theo Donnelly and David Ricquish that "NZ Rhema" is now just "Rhema," and "Southern Star" is now just "Star." "Radio Live" is now dead, having been replaced by the oldies network "Magic" on most frequencies. 576-The Word is now 576-Star (although the chances of anyone receiving it in eastern Australia are probably nil).
 
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
   
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: tanger32au@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx Sent: Tue, Jul 14, 2015 6:55 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] New Stations Logged - 14/07/2015

 
Last night I had a fairly serious ultralight dxing session from my new home location, this is proving to be a great location. I logged five new stations last night, these were:

711kHz Radio Trackside Horokiwi I-NZ
837kHz RADIO NZ         Waipapakauri I -NZ
873kHz 6DB                         Derby WA
1233kHz Radio Live         Horokiwi I-NZ
1251kHz NZ Rhema         Henderson I-NZ

6DB on 873kHz was at a distance of 3503KM and is my new personal distance record.

I am now up to 206 stations logged on my ultralight radios, about 75% I am confidant about, the only 25% need more work to confirm.


New Stations Logged - 14/07/2015

Paul Blundell
 

Last night I had a fairly serious ultralight dxing session from my new home location, this is proving to be a great location. I logged five new stations last night, these were:


711kHz Radio Trackside Horokiwi I-NZ

837kHz RADIO NZ         Waipapakauri I-NZ

873kHz 6DB                         Derby WA

1233kHz Radio Live         Horokiwi I-NZ

1251kHz NZ Rhema         Henderson I-NZ


6DB on 873kHz was at a distance of 3503KM and is my new personal distance record.


I am now up to 206 stations logged on my ultralight radios, about 75% I am confidant about, the only 25% need more work to confirm.



Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - Final Session

Paul Blundell
 

Date : 14/07/2015

Time: 19:30 - 19:50

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania

Weather : Cool to cold with an overnight frost expected

531 - 3GG: 2

540 - 7SD: 4

549 - 2CR: 3

558 - 7BU: 5

585 - 7RN: 2

621 - 3RN: 5

693 - 3AW: 5

747 - 7PB: 4

774 - 3LO: 5

855 - 3CR: 2

900 - 7AD: 2

954 - 2UE: 2

1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5

1080 - HPON (Hobart): 4

1116 - 3AK: 3

1179 - 3RPH: 0

1224 - 3EA: 3

1260 - 3SR: 2

1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1

1377 - 3MP: 2

1395 - 5AA: 1

1440 - 1SBS: 0

1503 - 3KND: 2

1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 3

Notes : A good final session and close to this project.




PL-310 ET antenna tests-FARMERIK

Rik
 

I ran two sets of antenna tests using the ETM feature on my PL-310 ET today-

Mid afternoon-

Comparing SONY ANLP-1 SW indoor amplified Loop, which tunes in steps and the SONY AN-12 amplified LW AM SW  whip which was designed for outdoors, but mine is set up inside across the room from my radios.

Loop ETM counts 45 SW stations
Whip ETM counts 43 SW stations.
My impression from the audio is the Loop is just noticeably quieter on the stations.

After Sunset and before dark I repeated the test adding my 500 Foot BOG.

Loop ETM counts 53 with 14 in 41M or below
Whip ETM counts 63 with 19 in 41m or below
BOG ETM counts 59 with 28 in 41m or below


On 7315 MHz-RSSI numbers are-

Loop- 6423

Whip-6413

BOG-4224

Despite the RSSI numbers, my impression of the audio is the BOG has far less noise in the signal, and comparing the two amplified SONY antennas, the loop is still noticeably quieter than the whip. 


Enjoy- FARMERIK


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Re: Another UnID 531 kHz Australian MP3

Paul Blundell
 

Hi Gary.
I have had a listen, hard to be sure but I am thinking 3GG. Other options are 2PM and 4KZ.


From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx]
Sent: ‎14/‎07/‎2015 7:02 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Another UnID 531 kHz Australian MP3

 

Hello All,
 
After leaving a single 15" FSL to cover 531 kHz during sunrise DU openings on the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff during the recent DXpedition (and ending up with over 7 hours of 531 recordings), I'm beginning to sympathize with what Perseus-SDR DXers go through with their file review.
 
This fairly strong 531 Australian MP3 was recorded at 1236 UTC on June 25, and features multiple sports promotions-- unfortunately in Oz English, which is tough to decipher. Any suggestions or clues at to station identity would be greatly appreciated!
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Another UnID 531 kHz Australian MP3

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
After leaving a single 15" FSL to cover 531 kHz during sunrise DU openings on the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff during the recent DXpedition (and ending up with over 7 hours of 531 recordings), I'm beginning to sympathize with what Perseus-SDR DXers go through with their file review.
 
This fairly strong 531 Australian MP3 was recorded at 1236 UTC on June 25, and features multiple sports promotions-- unfortunately in Oz English, which is tough to decipher. Any suggestions or clues at to station identity would be greatly appreciated!
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

----- Original Message ----- From: germanium_jack

I just thought that it was interesting to be able to read the firmware version.
Then if we see differences between different PL-380 receivers, we can see
if they correspond with the firmware. At least that was my thought when I posted.
--------------------------
... which I found interesting - it also suggests we search for similar "hidden"
keystroke combinations on future models. Thanks!

Michael


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Peter Laws
 

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 6:32 PM, tanger32au@... [ultralightdx]
<ultralightdx@...> wrote:



Does somebody have a list of all the various keypress codes for the PL-380?
Or the PL-606 ... :-) Surely someone has a list.



--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific (Rockwork 4 DXpedition)

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary, yes 3LO does come in well to me :)

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Thanks Paul,
 
Actually there was one big gun station from Oz which made the "Top Ten Signal" list from the South Pacific, but I didn't know about it until reviewing all the recordings.
 
774-3LO in Melbourne (which I assume sounds pretty healthy in Launceston, Tasmania) had this vibrant pop music signal at 1215 UTC on 6-28, // 828-3GI in Sale.
https://app.box.com/s/hqfe4uonf1orypgap8og99nr8fnjaxvc  Generally, the "Kiwi Cliff" doesn't let too many non-NZ stations reach this strength.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: tanger32au@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 4:29 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific (Rockwork 4 DXpedition)

 
Sounds like a really productive time Gary, thanks for sharing.

Paul



Re: Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific (Rockwork 4 DXpedition)

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Paul,
 
Actually there was one big gun station from Oz which made the "Top Ten Signal" list from the South Pacific, but I didn't know about it until reviewing all the recordings.
 
774-3LO in Melbourne (which I assume sounds pretty healthy in Launceston, Tasmania) had this vibrant pop music signal at 1215 UTC on 6-28, // 828-3GI in Sale.
https://app.box.com/s/hqfe4uonf1orypgap8og99nr8fnjaxvc  Generally, the "Kiwi Cliff" doesn't let too many non-NZ stations reach this strength.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: tanger32au@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 4:29 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific (Rockwork 4 DXpedition)

 
Sounds like a really productive time Gary, thanks for sharing.

Paul


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Jerry Rappel <ww0e@...>
 

Like new, comes with original box, etc.
VG+ working condition. No scratches, nicks.

$50.00 + shipping.


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Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Jack
 

Hi,
I just thought that it was interesting to be able to read the firmware version.  Then if we see differences between different PL-380 receivers, we can see if they correspond with the firmware.  At least that was my thought when I posted.

Best wishes!


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Paul Blundell
 

Does somebody have a list of all the various keypress codes for the PL-380?


Re: Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific (Rockwork 4 DXpedition)

Paul Blundell
 

Sounds like a really productive time Gary, thanks for sharing.

Paul


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

----- Original Message -----

Subject: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

. . .is this really interesting? can we obtain any "practical benefits" with this knowledge?

Hans / LA2MOA
----------------------------

We have had previous postings about undocumented facilities in
receivers employing this family of chips; many have proved to be very useful.

Michael


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Hans Ostnell
 

Please excuse my ignorance - but is this really interesting? can we obtain any "practical benefits" with this knowledge?

just wondering...


Hans / LA2MOA
Vardo island,
Arctic Norway


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Oliver Lomax
 

Hi,

Contrary to what I wrote yesterday, maintaining the 1, 2 & 3 keys down does not make the PL-380 interpret it as multiple keystrokes, as this does not happen with the other number keys. So it must actually mean something, but what?

I tried to do the same thing with my PL-310ET, it also displays "11", "22" or "33" but it also does it with key 5, it shows "55", which the PL-380 doesn't do.

Also with the power off maintaining key 5 down for a few seconds shows "On" or "OFF" on the PL310ET. But I have no idea what actually goes on or off. Anyone know?

Maintaining the AM-BW down on the PL-310ET has the same effect as on the PL-380. Mine shows "31E3"

73,

Oli.




Le 13/07/2015 02:11, Oliver Lomax olom@... [ultralightdx] a crit:

Le 12/07/2015 18:19, germanium_jack@... [ultralightdx] a crit:

On my PL-380 (Dated 2015) with the power OFF, if I press down and continue to hold the (AM BW) button, two visible things happen:

1 - All of the LCD segments and icons switch on. I'm guessing that it is for a visual check of the LCD and related drive circuitry.

2 - While continuing to hold down the (AM BW) button, the display changes. The upper right corner of the LCD which is usually showing things like signal strength shows a four digit number. Mine shows 3809 which I'm guessing might be related to the firmware version(?). In another couple of seconds, the LCD goes back to its regular "powered off" display. This sounds similar to the PL-880 except that the four digit number appears in the upper right four digit display usually used for signal strength/quality or time instead of on the larger frequency display.

Yes, it must be the firmware version, mine shows 3808.

Another odd but not apparently useful thing is that when my PL-380 is powered ON, pressing and holding down the [1] [2] or [3] keys results in the display briefly showing 11 22 or 33 before reverting to the regular display. The other numeric keys only temporarily show a single digit.

I don't think this has any meaning, it's probably just that the set interprets it as multiple contacts of the key. Sometimes it also displays "err" a second later.


Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Gary DeBock
 

One more design photo, Hans (the 17" DXpedition FSL antenna).
 
73, Gary
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 9:15 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Hi Hans,
 
Thanks for your very generous comments on the recent DXpedition!
 
<<<   By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.    >>>
 
Yes, I have attached design photos for both of these mega-FSL models with this email. There haven't been any construction articles written for them yet, but I know that all of the required parts are still available on eBay, and other sources.
 
As for the 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave model, the modified Sony ICF-2010 SSB spotting receiver and the 17" and 15" FSL antennas used in the recent Rockwork 4 DXpedition, these are all shown in a Rockwork 4 Cliffside video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMajwIVPjuo . The New Zealand propagation had already collapsed by the time the video was shot, however, so I wasn't able to include an FSL antenna inductive coupling boost demonstration (like I did with 531-PI last July). Good luck in your antenna construction, Hans! 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
   
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: hans.ostnell@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 9:39 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Many thanks, Gary!

Yes, I've been following your last expedition to Rockwork 4 closely, and been studying your logs with envy, hi! I must admit, that DXing the mediumwave band in the beginning and mid July, is a totally new experience for me, since we have 100% daylight and the sun is above the horizon 24/7 until the end of this month. And, if I hadn't been trying the FSL last weekend, I would more or less still have beleived that the band is totally dead up here this time of the year... Nothing could be more wrong. There's plenty of signals for afew hours every evening, even this time of the year - the whole matter is to use a setup sensible enough to detect them...

By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.

If the A and K-indexes are f avourable, I will have another go to the "DX-caravan" also next weekend.


73!

Hans / LA2MOA


Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Hans,
 
Thanks for your very generous comments on the recent DXpedition!
 
<<<   By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.    >>>
 
Yes, I have attached design photos for both of these mega-FSL models with this email. There haven't been any construction articles written for them yet, but I know that all of the required parts are still available on eBay, and other sources.
 
As for the 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave model, the modified Sony ICF-2010 SSB spotting receiver and the 17" and 15" FSL antennas used in the recent Rockwork 4 DXpedition, these are all shown in a Rockwork 4 Cliffside video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMajwIVPjuo . The New Zealand propagation had already collapsed by the time the video was shot, however, so I wasn't able to include an FSL antenna inductive coupling boost demonstration (like I did with 531-PI last July). Good luck in your antenna construction, Hans! 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
   
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: hans.ostnell@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 9:39 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Many thanks, Gary!

Yes, I've been following your last expedition to Rockwork 4 closely, and been studying your logs with envy, hi! I must admit, that DXing the mediumwave band in the beginning and mid July, is a totally new experience for me, since we have 100% daylight and the sun is above the horizon 24/7 until the end of this month. And, if I hadn't been trying the FSL last weekend, I would more or less still have beleived that the band is totally dead up here this time of the year... Nothing could be more wrong. There's plenty of signals for afew hours every evening, even this time of the year - the whole matter is to use a setup sensible enough to detect them...

By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.

If the A and K-indexes are f avourable, I will have another go to the "DX-caravan" also next weekend.


73!

Hans / LA2MOA