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1590 KMIC Radio Aleluya

Stephen H. Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

First, thanks to all on the various lists that answered my query as to the whereabouts of Houston's Radio Disney station - KMIC 1590. The info everybody provided turned out to be spot on!

If you haven't heard by now, Houston has a new Hispanic Gospel station! Tune to 1590 kHz and you will hear "Radio Aleluya, 1590 KMIC." I downloaded the Aleluya Broadcasting Network (ABN) app to my iPhone, but it doesn't have the KMIC stream added to it yet.

One of the ABN webpages that has the coverage maps for their stations is
http://radioaleluya.org/

73 & Good DX,

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
Houston, TX
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2015 US-Canadian Pattern Maps Available

mediumwavedx
 

Greetings DXers, and Happy 2015!


The 2015 US and Canadian mediumwave broadcast pattern reference is now available for download. You'll find the links on my web blog, RADIO-TIMETRAVELLER:


http://radio-timetraveller.blogspot.com/


I've spent much of the last year working on mediumwave pattern mapping. The updated maps presented many challenges.


Note: you must be online to view the maps!


Download the two .zips (one is daytime, one nighttime), unzip them to a folder of your choice, and click on the frequency files. Daytime groundwave and nighttime skywave maps are included.


Maps are GoogleMap-based, HTML-driven maps showing the most current pattern plots of all licensed US and Canadian mediumwave broadcast stations from 530 - 1700 KHz. The set includes all frequencies for the indicated services: Unlimited, Daytime, Nighttime, and Critical Hours. Individual maps are grouped by channel frequency: 540, 550, 560 KHz, etc.


Data for the pattern plots in this offering is based on the current FCC and Industry Canada databases available at the time of its creation (January 22, 2015).


Hope you enjoy! Good DX!


Bill

RADIO-TIMETRAVELLER

http://radio-timetraveller.blogspot.com/




Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-24

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian results here were similar to those reported by Dennis, but with the usual differences between Kalama and Puyallup. Whereas Dennis had good signals on 594, 774, 828 and 1566, here the best performers were on 594, 972, 1566 and 1593. The high band seemed to be favored here, with 1593-CNR1 having decent signals all the way up to 1600.
 
At my 1430 start time several low-band TP's had fair signals in and out, including 594, 603 (HLSA), 693, 738 (BEL2) and 828. These generally stayed at a modest level throughout the session, although 594-JOAK and 828-JOBB had brief good peaks just prior to 1500. 972-HLCA had its best signals of the new year (good) around 1505, while 1044-CRI's Japanese service hit some fair peaks around the same time. After 1500 the high band got a serious boost here, with 1566-HLAZ's Chinese service and 1593-CNR1 both having good strength in and out. 1575-VOA was also there, but not at the same vibrant strength as the other two. 1593-CNR1 really got a boost after 1520, staying at a strong level well past all the other Asians until it finally faded just after 1600. Altogether the session was pretty interesting, and certainly better than the typical late January doldrums.
 
1044  CRI   Changzhou, China   CRI's Japanese service with female announcer at a fair level at 1508; in and out for most of session
 
1566  HLAZ   Jeju, S. Korea   Chinese Christian program at good level at 1503
 
1593  CNR1   Changzhou, China   Chinese female speech at good level in and out at 1518; maintained strength at this level until 1600
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 
 


Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

Stan Horzepa
 

That was it! Thanks for that!

Stan


On 1/24/15 8:36 AM, policow6@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

Hmmm...not sure. Be sure you're not using a preset which retains the bandwidth setting for  each memory you save...could that be it?


Jay



Re: C, Crane Shywave Has Two DSP Chips

Phil Wheeler <w7ox@...>
 

It is indeed interesting. That explains how they use the Si4736 but still get performance not in its matrix of capabilities; I wondered about that.  OTOH -- the Si4736 seems a bit under utilized if only used for weather.

There are still some logical differences with other radios having a 4734 -- like the IF BW changing back to default when you tune. I suspect they have the chip customized in some way(s).

Phil W7OX

On 1/24/15 5:40 AM, policow6@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

 

A reader informed me that he found TWO DP chips in the Skywave so I asked C.Crane about this...here is their response:


"The Si4736 is used for the weather and alert functions only.  The Si4734 is used for the AM,SW, FM, and is also used for the IF on stage on the Air band."


Pretty interesting.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com



Oklahoma TP DX 1/24/15

bbwrwy
 

Brief TP reception here this morning.

774 JOUB Akita J - poor at 1306, fading away by 1312.

Receiver: C Crane Skywave with 8-inch FSL.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


C, Crane Shywave Has Two DSP Chips

policow6@...
 

A reader informed me that he found TWO DP chips in the Skywave so I asked C.Crane about this...here is their response:


"The Si4736 is used for the weather and alert functions only.  The Si4734 is used for the AM,SW, FM, and is also used for the IF on stage on the Air band."


Pretty interesting.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com


Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

policow6@...
 

Hmmm...not sure. Be sure you're not using a preset which retains the bandwidth setting for  each memory you save...could that be it?


Jay


Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

Stan Horzepa
 

Hi Jay,

I must be missing something because I cannot change the default from 3 kHz.

I shut the radio off, hold the BW button down for 5 seconds, then release it when it gets to 2 kHz. Turn the radio back on and the default is still 3 kHz.

Did I miss a step?

Stan


On 1/23/15 5:41 AM, policow6@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

Why not reset the Default Bandwidth setting to one you like better as described in the manual? With the radio off hold the bandwidth button down for 5 seconds, releasing the button to set the new default. See Pages 8 and 9.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com



ULR SW DX..PL606

Dan Sheedy <wpe6bvt@...>
 

How-D to all from the beach..
 
A nice start to mid-January with the following logs:
 
6060 CRI (Kunming) 1645-57* 21 Jan. "CRI News Plus Radio" promo, news/chat, "Chinese Studio" (lang. lessons) //9600 (Jinhua)..49M still open 'til 9A local.
 
6100 CRI (Beijing) 1704+ 20 Jan. EG w/ "Roundtable on Easy FM" after news.
 
7185.77 Myanmar Radio 1440-1500* 19, 20 Jan. 1445-1519* 21 Jan. Thanks to Ron Howard's info, MR has moved down here (ex-7200.1)..fair signal daily w/ QRhaM..on the 21st,  after "usual" 1500 closing anncts. had a long chat in BU & off mid-word.
 
7570 RMW (via WRMI) *0100+ 18 Jan. OK, they did it right today..old RNW IS + same pgm as hrd yesterday on 13700..
 
9280 RFA/SOH 1459-1502 23 Jan. End of (p) SOH broadcast w/ "This is Radio Free Asia" (EG/CH), & more SOH programming after TOH. (Aoki lists this as unID site on Taiwan, just N of "Tamsui District").
 
11665 Wai FM (via RTM-Kajang) 0002-15 19 Jan. Nice to hear a morning regular coming in an hour before my sunset w/ "warta berita", Wai-FM & "Radio Malaysia-Sarawak" IDs, ML pop w/ W DJ.
 
17580 VoKhaatumo (Issoudun) *1700-28* 20 Jan. *1700-05 21 Jan. OC, HOA opening tune into Somali programme, quick Qur'an recitation followed by news, commentary, correspondents' reports, occ. HOA music breaks..off mid-word on the 20th..much weaker on the 21st, so didn't linger..ACI from AWR-17575 *1700-28* not a factor either day (weird propagation or luck?)
 
19000 RA (Shepparton) 2339-2345+ 18 Jan. "Books & Art", promo for "Health Report here on RN" //17840/17795 (both poor @ best)..19000 + several other RA freq. will be gone as of 1 Feb..new sked shows 15240/15415/17840 @ 21-09 & 9580/12065/12085 09-21..all from Shepparton.
 
ULR veries: thanks to Uncle Eric @ The Mighty KBC for 4 f/d QSLs for 13/14/20/21 Dec. reception of KBC-6095 (Nauen) on their European sked..
 
good listening, "messing-about-with-antennas", &, of course, casual/fierce ULR DXpeditioning.
 
Dan
WB6FJD
 
 
 
 
 

 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-23

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 Although I missed most of yesterday's TP session (except for 1566-HLAZ, recorded with some good peaks in my absence) I was listening for almost all of this one. Whereas yesterday's conditions were reported to be something like the middle of October, this morning's conditions were more like the middle of December.
 
There was already poor to fair audio from several low-band Asians at my 1430 start time, including 594-JOAK, 603-HLSA, 693-JOAB, 747-JOIB, 828-JOBB, 972-HLCA and 1134-KBS, as well as fair signals from 1566-HLAZ. None of these Asians managed to build up very much steam, however, and most of them floundered until the band started to fold around 1540. 603-HLSA reached several fair peaks with long-set music hosted by KBS2's deep-voiced male from 1430-1510, but by 1530 the frequency seemed to have switched to 603-China (very common here, during fall conditions). Like Dennis reported 1566- HLAZ hit some very brief good peaks with its Chinese service around 1530, becoming the only Asian to reach this energetic level all morning long. Overall it was a pretty lackluster session, but probably nothing to complain about in late January 
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   Long-set music and the KBS2 deep-voiced male in conversation at fair level around 1503 
 
603  China   Hulun Buir?   Presumed the one with fair-level male-female speech in apparent Chinese at 1533 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C. Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

Phil Wheeler <w7ox@...>
 

Richard, if you've not done so you should try out a (new) PL-880 if you want issues with "The manner in which it was printed in the manual" because that manual is missing some key hidden commands I regard as essential to get it to function correctly.

PL-880 is the best radio I have in some respects, but not quite in the Ultralight class :-)

Phil W7OX

On 1/23/15 4:18 AM, richarda@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

 

Thanks Jay for the tip.  The manner in which it was printed in the manual I managed to overlook the instructions on resetting the default bandwidth.  I'm still learning my way around the receiver.  But, I'll stick by my initial conclusion that it's a very welcome addition to my ULR collection - definitely a "keeper".  


Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

Phil Wheeler <w7ox@...>
 

Yes, that's what I did on Day One, Jay.  Huge difference in usability :-)

Phil W7OX

On 1/23/15 2:41 AM, policow6@... [ultralightdx] wrote:

 

Why not reset the Default Bandwidth setting to one you like better as described in the manual? With the radio off hold the bandwidth button down for 5 seconds, releasing the button to set the new default. See Pages 8 and 9.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com



Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

bbwrwy
 

Thanks Jay for the tip.  The manner in which it was printed in the manual I managed to overlook the instructions on resetting the default bandwidth.  I'm still learning my way around the receiver.  But, I'll stick by my initial conclusion that it's a very welcome addition to my ULR collection - definitely a "keeper".  

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Re: C Crane Skywave observations.

policow6@...
 

Why not reset the Default Bandwidth setting to one you like better as described in the manual? With the radio off hold the bandwidth button down for 5 seconds, releasing the button to set the new default. See Pages 8 and 9.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com


Re: Long Term Station Monitoring Project

Paul Blundell
 

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:45 AM, tanger32au@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

I have just finished work on my Access 2007 database to use for this and have uploaded a copy to the groups file area. I had been working on a few different ways of storing this information but in the end found the Access database to be the best option.


I will be publishing these results on a fairly regular basis direct to this page: http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/p/research-project-ultralight-dxing.html
The more interesing results and research I undertake will be also posted to the group. I am looking at this as a long term (3-5 year) project.

Paul



A Radio Related Friday Funny

Paul Blundell
 


Planning a Portable Ultralight DXing Session - Updated January 2015

Paul Blundell
 

Planning a Portable Ultralight DXing Session

By Paul Blundell – August 2012

Updated March 2014, January 2015
http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/

 

 

For some people this would seem as easy as grabbing a radio and heading out the door; I find more planning is required to get the most from a portable Ultralight DXing session.

When I am planning a portable Ultralight DXing session my first step is to arrange a suitable day and time. I am happily married and we have recently had a baby so ensuring the domestic front is happy goes a long way to ensuring you have a good time. Having all your domestic duties done and ensuring you have been spending enough quality time with your better half and children (two and four legged) both make this easier. I like to try and arrange my outings around times when she won't be home or is busy; this makes it easier to be away from home. Normally I aim to have at least one portable Ultralight DXing session a month, normally a Friday night or Saturday afternoon however this can change based on the above.

Once a suitable day and time has been found the next step is to check the weather forecast for that day. In the past when I was involved in the radio scanning hobby and amateur radio I used to undertake quite a bit of out and about scanning / sitting on hill tops / lookouts / mountains, from doing this I learnt two VERY important lessons:
1) Sitting in the sun for hours at a time is not fun and this reduces your enjoyment.
2) Sitting in the cold in the winter for hours at a time is not fun and this reduces your enjoyment.

Based on this I like to make sure the weather will be suitable. While the cold can be overcome with extra clothes, being too hot is much harder to control and in extreme cases this can be quite bad for your health (dehydration, sun stroke and so on). Storms and other weather extremes are also not fun to be out in so I like to try and avoid this if possible. During our Australian summer’s bush fires are a very real risk and given most locations are prime fire spots, the fire danger rating (FDR) and a safe access / escape are very important to consider. The local sunrise / sunset are also checked and this helps with planning a suitable time to leave.

Next is to decide on a location, as I am still exploring various locations near me I like to have a mix of new locations and some proven ones. Some are quite close and others are quite a distance to drive. The things I consider when deciding on a location are:
- Distance to drive (The cost of fuel is a factor in this)
- Access (some areas are locked after hours)
- RF profile (Some locations are better due to distance from AM stations)
- Comforts (Shops, toilets, etc)
- Personal Security (See notes below)

Of these points, all are fairly easy to assess except for personal security, yet this is the most important. The city I live in is fairly safe and crime it is not always the first thing we think of, yet our personal security is very important. Sitting in your car or walking in the bush with multiple radios, by yourself, after dark, in locations such as lookouts or hill tops, beaches, parks or car parks can expose you to increased risks to your personal safety. These locations at times can be used by people for a number of reasons which may not be legal or which may cause you to witness things you didn't want to witness. Some of these locations are used for drug dealing, exchanges or people meeting others whom they are not married to in a "lover’s lane" type situation. Generally locations with a good level of passing traffic or close to houses are better than isolated spots.  Good lighting is also a benefit as is having multiple entry and exits points. Local knowledge is also helpful on knowing locations which are considered safe. The best advice is to keep your doors locked if in your car and to be aware of your surroundings both in your car and while on foot. If you feel unsafe or uneasy it is better to cut your session short than get caught up in somebody else's problems or risk your personal safety. Having a torch and a mobile phone plus telling somebody where you will be and when you will be home are all good safety tips.

My planning really starts the night before or early in the morning when I prepare everything I am going to take, charge batteries and pack up my gear. My normal kit consists of this:
- Receivers (1, 2, 3 or more in my carry case. Photos here: http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/diy-ultralight-radio-carry-case.html)
- Batteries (Fully recharged and also some spare alkaline AA's)
- Head phones (I prefer the ear bud type and these are easier to carry)
- Log book and pen + spares
- Wire with clip attached for some shortwave listening if I feel like it.
- Torch
- List of all Australian and NZ AM stations by frequency order.
- Multi-tool
- Blanket (if it is cold)
- Spare jacket / vest
- Digital camera
- Food and drinks

- Mobile phone / UHF CB radio

- Identification such as a driver’s licence (which you should be carrying anyway if you are driving)

 

In the past I have used digital camera bags and hard ABS type cases, these types of cases / bags standout and make it look like you are carrying expensive equipment. Recently I have started carrying my ultralight radios in a plastic container which I can fit in my normal backpack. This has the advantage of being easier to carry if going portable on foot and also blending in more. They are also very cheap and as I have a few different sizes I can customise them depending on what I am carrying. 

Before departing I check my kit and confirm I have everything. When I arrive onsite I do a quick recon of the area to make sure it is safe, no dodgy people around and I feel comfortable. Then I do a quick scan of the bands and check for the normal stations, now I can sit back, relax and get serious about logging. If it is going to be an extended session in the car I get out of the car every half hour and walk around just to keep the blood moving and to get some fresh air. I also try to eat something and drink to keep my fluids up. I like to also get some photos each time I go logging for the report on my blog. If I am going portable I like to try a few different spots and also interact with anybody I see, even if this is just a passing hello on a track.

On returning home I make sure I spend some time with my wife and daughter before checking my loggings and entering these in to my custom database.

 

Tested / Researched Ultralight DXing locations - Tasmania

 

Cataract Gorge / Gees Lookout

Distance from Launceston CBD: 10 minutes + 10 minute walk

Facilities: None. Nearest public toilet are Gorge grounds or CBD.

Notes: Access is via a rough dirt / gravel track. Lookout has a weight limit and grated open floor so you need to be careful not to drop items down.

 

Freelands Lookout - Trevallyn

Distance from Launceston CBD: 9 minutes. You can park at the very top.

Facilities: Paved parking area and viewing hut. Gates locked after sunset but able to park on the road and walk in. Nearest public toilets are at Cliff ground, Lions park or Riverside Woolworths shopping centre.

Notes: One of my regular ultralight dxing locations, this site has good access and views of the CBD and Tamar valley. Some UHF commercial two way equipment in a hut and close to a FM broadcast station so these bands do have issues at times at this location.

 

Newstead Reserve (off Amy Road)

Distance from Launceston CBD: 10 minutes. You can park directly out the front.

Facilities: Large open space and children’s play ground. Nearest public toilet is Punchbowl reserve or Newstead shopping centre.

Notes: Being in the middle of a residential area this is fairly heavily used. Some paved areas but mostly open grass.

Punchbowl Reserve

Distance from Launceston CBD: 12 minutes to main car park.

Facilities: Very large bushland park with children’s play ground, duck pond and lots of walking tracks. Public toilets located near BBQ area over a foot bridge. My preferred location is the bottom park behind the duck pond.

Notes: Excellent location and offers multiple possible dxing spots. Top of the cliffs can be accessed via Blamey Road or a walking track. During summer snakes are a common sight.

 

Talbot Road Lookout

Distance from Launceston CBD: 13 minutes

Facilities: Car park and lookout tower. Nearest public toilets is Punchbowl reserve or Newstead shopping centre.

Notes: Views from the lookout tower are amazing towards Mt Barrow and down the Tamar River.

 

West Tamar Trail

Distance from Launceston CBD: 5 minutes

Facilities: Multiple walking tracks. A viewing platform over the Tamar River. Nearest public toilets is Tailrace Park, open during daylight hours.

Notes: Very busy track and well known for snakes in summer.

 

Queechy Lake

Distance from Launceston CBD: 10 minutes

Facilities: Car park, small playground and seats. Nearest public toilets is Punchbowl Reserve or Newstead shopping centre.

Notes: One of my favourite locations growing up. Has good Ultralight DXing potential which is yet to be fully explored.

 

Bradys Lookout:

Distance from Launceston CBD: 20 minutes via West Tamar Highway + 5 minute walk.

Facilities: Public toilets open during daylight hours. BBQ and seating area. Multiple seats around the lookout and at the top. Viewing platform.

Notes: One of my preferred locations, a good distance from town but still easy to access. Highway noise can be an issue so headphones are recommended.

 

 

Mt George / Georgetown

Distance from Launceston CBD: 45 minutes via the East Tamar Highway

Facilities: Car park and lookout tower. Nearest public toilets are in Georgetown.

Notes: Steep drive to car park and then a short steep walk to lookout towers. Good views from the top. A number of mobile phone, commercial two way and FM broadcast stations have towers at this location.

Low Head

Distance from Launceston CBD: 52 minutes via East Tamar Highway and Georgetown.

Facilities: Car park and light house, extensive walking area around this and down to the rocks / water’s edge. Nearest public toilets are in Georgetown.

Notes: Most northerly point on East Tamar side of the river. Has a good take off towards mainland Australian. Gates locked after 6pm.

 

Mt Barrow

Distance from Launceston CBD: 1.15 hours via A3

Facilities: Small hut at the very top. Nearest public toilets are Myrtle Park hall.

Notes: One of my all time favourite locations. Road is 4WD only but passable when not snowing in a 2WD with caution. An amazing Ultralight DXing location. A number of commercial two way, UHF Television and FM broadcast stations have towers at this location on South Barrow Peak and North Barrow Peak.

 

Devonport Bluff

Distance from Launceston CBD: 1.15 hours.

Facilities: Multiple car parks, beach, playground, Light house. Public toilets and a cafe / shops are close by.

Notes: I have only undertaken one day time Ultralight DXing session from near the light house, this was very enjoyable.

 

Round Hill Burnie

Distance from Launceston CBD: 1.40 hours

Facilities: Two lookouts and a climbable lookout tower with views towards Bass Straight and mainland Australian. Nearest public toilets are in the Burnie city area.

Notes: A number of mobile phone, commercial two way, UHF television and FM broadcast stations have towers at this location. I have only undertaken one day time Ultralight DXing session from this location, weather conditions meant I had to cut it short.

 

Table Cape - Wynyard

Distance from Launceston CBD: 2.05 hours

Facilities: Two lookouts, sealed car parking, walking tracks, Light house. Nearest public toilets are at Wynyard or Boat Harbour Beach.

Notes: An excellent Ultralight DXing location, I have only undertaken one day time session from this location. Transmitter for 7BU on 558KHz is located close by.

 

 



Re: Long Term Station Monitoring Project

Paul Blundell
 

I have just finished work on my Access 2007 database to use for this and have uploaded a copy to the groups file area. I had been working on a few different ways of storing this information but in the end found the Access database to be the best option.

I have just entered my first results which can be seen here: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1KLpMsCO5ug/VMF7t69lpJI/AAAAAAAAFfw/kkR9cuRnODY/s1600/LTULDXProject_23012015.JPG

I will be publishing these results on a fairly regular basis direct to this page: http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/p/research-project-ultralight-dxing.html
The more interesing results and research I undertake will be also posted to the group. I am looking at this as a long term (3-5 year) project.

Paul


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