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Re: Eton Travelr III

James McVay <chemdude242@...>
 

Jay,
Are you going to post a review on your website?
I am really interested in the new eton lineup.
James

On Nov 9, 2014 9:26 AM, "policow6@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

 

Anyone here tried the new Eton Traveler III yet? I've had mine about a week and so far it seems much better than my original G8/Traveler II on AM...no audio pumping on varying signals and fewer dsp artifacts on AM. Also a hair more sensitive.


So far I'm really liking it.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com


Eton Travelr III

policow6@...
 

Anyone here tried the new Eton Traveler III yet? I've had mine about a week and so far it seems much better than my original G8/Traveler II on AM...no audio pumping on varying signals and fewer dsp artifacts on AM. Also a hair more sensitive.


So far I'm really liking it.


Jay

http://radiojayallen.com


Re: Degen DE1131

Ryan Martin
 

Dave,
I bought one about a month ago. It's a fun little radio with the ability to timer record one station and playback mp3's. It sounds amazing for how small the speaker is. FM/SW reception is above average while AM reception is only average. The only problem I have with it is it's not user friendly. It took me a couple days of messing with it to figure out all of the features. You'll also have to switch the language from Chinese to English which is a pain because that requires the user to contact Tecsun for a translation of the menu options and language options, which are all in Chinese. It does have the ability for a firmware upgrade which might make things easier in the future.
Ryan


Grayland, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-8 (Conclusion)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
An impromptu weekend run to Grayland kicked off with a bang this morning with Japanese, Korean and Chinese stations all pounding in for a wild 4 hour session. A new 17" FSL antenna was set up near the picnic table at the end of Grayland Beach road, and it managed to track down at least 15 Asians which pegged the PL-380's S/N readout.
 
The deserted beach was clear and cold at my 1115 UTC (0315 local) start time, but the big gun Japanese and Koreans on 594, 747, 972, 1134 and 1566 had already reached S9 levels an hour before inside my Grayland Motel Room 11 ($65 a night, with absolutely no frills). Hurrying to the cold beach I brought along the 30" loopstick ICF-2010 spotting receiver, 12" Longwave FSL and the new 17" DXpedition FSL-- all of them very large items that could never be accommodated in my Toyota Corolla during previous "family vacations." Despite Grayland's lack of any ocean cliff, the fanatical gear was out for bear.
 
Powerful Asian signals were all over the band in total darkness at 1115 UTC, three full hours before sunrise. Temporarily ignoring the Japanese and Korean big guns I went after some second-tier Asians like 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang, 1044-CRI and 1323-CRI, all of which pounded in with serious strength. Wild S9 snarls were on 1044 (CRI and KBS) and 1134 (JOQR and KBS), while the multiple 1035-CNR1 stations sounded like an echo chamber. Almost all the usual Asian big guns were at blowtorch levels, including the high band TP's on 1566 and 1575. As the wild session continued a sunrise enhancement boost around 1430 brought up the strength of Chinese middle and high band stations, with 936-Anhui, 981-CNR1, 1377-CNR1 and 1593-CNR1 all getting a serious boost. The Japanese second-tier stations like 954-JOKR also tapped into the boost, while 603-China finally managed to show up weakly under an S9+ HLSA. The CRI stations on the middle and high band were at awesome levels after the sunrise enhancement boost, and quickly took over contested frequencies like 1044. The big gun Japanese and Korean stations were still going strong in bright daylight after 1600, but I was not. My MP3 recorder was maxed out, and four hours in the 41 degree cold and wind had taken its toll. After returning to Room 11 at 1615 I checked 972-HLCA's signal, and it was still pounding in at an S9+ level right up until 1635. Overall, the ocean beach session was just what the doctor ordered-- for a land-locked DXer seriously bored by mediocre inland TP propagation. I wish that all the other inland TP-DXers could have been along for the wild ride-- especially the ones far inland (who patiently dig out weak TP audio in places like Oklahoma and Alberta).
 
(Stations which pegged the PL-380 S/N during the MP3 recording are marked with a double asterisk **) 
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   Pounding disco music at  1321; totally dominant over a weak 603-China this morning
 
657  Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Angry Korean tirade woman at irritating level around 1333
 
1035  CNR1   China Synchros   Multiple Chinese stations poorly synchronized, resulting in echo chamber effect during YL speech at 1401
 
**1044  KBS   (Samcheok, S. Korea) + CRI  (Changzhou, China)   The 10 kW Korean station fights it out with the 600 kW Chinese station in a wild S9+ snarl, holding its own temporarily at 1254 with Korean male speech over CRI's music
 
**1044  CRI   (Changzhou, China) + KBS  (Samcheok, S. Korea)    CRI's 600 kW Japanese service finally dispatches the 10 kW Korean station at 1355, finishing up with an S9+ level Japanese signal pegging the PL-380 S/N display
 
**1134  JOQR   (Tokyo, Japan) + KBS   (Hwaseong, S. Korea   Another wild fight-- the Japanese commercial station's giggly program holds the edge over the 500 kW Korean with an S/N pegging signal
 
**1206  CRI   Yanbian, China   CRI's Korean service at an awesome level after a sunrise enhancement boost around 1527
 
1323  CRI   Huadian, China   CRI's Russian service at an excellent level while still in total darkness around 1250
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing at Grayland, WA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight  
+ 17" DXpedition FSL antenna 
 
 
 


Re: Degen DE1131

keith beesley
 

Dave,

Looks very similar to the DE1126, which I have. Possibly with bigger buttons and a smaller speaker, and a new feature or two (ability to play back from SD card, for one).
My 1126 works well for FM and as a recorder/playback for sound files. MW/AM reception is okay for locals, plagued by noise on weaker MW and SW stations. I use it mainly as an mp3 player.

Regards,

Keith B.


On Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:57 PM, "Dave amstereofan@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
Apologies if this has been talked about before, but I see this radio is on special offer from aliexpress from the 11th - 25% off !

http://tinyurl.com/nqf3knc

Anyone got one ?



Degen DE1131

dave_m1ctk
 

Apologies if this has been talked about before, but I see this radio is on special offer from aliexpress from the 11th - 25% off !

http://tinyurl.com/nqf3knc

Anyone got one ?


Re: Grayland, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-8 (Preliminary)

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Gary, we are all still hoping you will soon win the lottery big-time
and provide one of these FSLs to each of us impoverished aficionados.

Methinks most of your winnings will go on the freight...

Michael

----- Original Message ----- From: D1028Gary

This session was the first test of the new 17" DXpedition FSL,
which has 129 Russian surplus 200mm x 10mm ferrite rods and weighs over 35 pounds

( http://www.mediafire.com/view/n85a6ppdz9a7uuo/17inchDXFSL.jpg ).


Re: Grayland, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-8 (Preliminary)

microcode@...
 

Gary,

http://www.mediafire.com/view/n85a6ppdz9a7uuo/17inchDXFSL.jpg
That is one godzilla of an antenna!

As usual have no idea if you got all my emails in our last offline
discussion several weeks ago. Had thanked you for the help and added a few
questions. Happy listening on your latest DXpedition!


Grayland, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-8 (Preliminary)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
It's now 1640 UTC in my motel room here in Grayland and 972-HLCA still had strong audio until about 5 minutes ago-- pretty wild. Nick was right-- Grayland exceeded my expectations this morning, with powerful TP audio all across the band, Japanese, Korean and Chinese stations were all well represented, including many second tier stations with S/N pegging power. Besides the usual Japanese and Korean big guns there were S9 snarls on 1044 (Korean and CRI's Japanese service) and 1134 (KBS and JOQR), along with multiple 1035-CNR1 stations sounding like an echo chamber. All of the upper frequency CRI stations (1017, 1044, 1206 and 1323) hit S9 levels from 1400-1500, while 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang, 1044-CRI, the 1053 Jammer, 1287-JOHR, 1566-HLAZ and 1575-VOA all pegged the PL-380 S/N readout during the session. The middle and upper band Chinese were far stronger than the lower band Chinese on 603 and 639, for some unknown reason. 936-Anhui and 981-CNR1 were vibrant, but 756-CNR1 was missing in action.
 
This session was the first test of the new 17" DXpedition FSL, which has 129 Russian surplus 200mm x 10mm ferrite rods and weighs over 35 pounds ( http://www.mediafire.com/view/n85a6ppdz9a7uuo/17inchDXFSL.jpg ). Full details and MP3's from the wild session will be posted later. Good luck to the LBI DXpedition crew-- I hope that you all had the same kind of productive session.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing in Grayland, WA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
17" DXpedition FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
 


Oklahoma TP DX Report 11/8/14

bbwrwy
 

A barely audible to poor signal from 774 JOUB between 1143
and 1248. No other signals heard although there was a trace
of one 693 kHz at 1253-1258.

At least it beat the silence of the past several days.

Receivers: Tecsun PL-310 & 7.5-inch loop-stick couple with
8-inch FSL.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-7

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Yesterday's improvement in Asian signals did not continue this morning, although a late sunrise enhancement boost did allow some big guns to be heard as late as 1510. With the exception of persistent signals from 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang the TP audio was limited to a few big guns, however, and they didn't sound as strong as they did yesterday.
 
At my 1335 start time the Japanese and Korean big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774, 972, 1053 and 1566 were in and out with fair to good signals, but propagation generally tapered off from there, leaving the big guns without much energy until a late sunrise enhancement boost around 1440 (which also brought 1575-VOA up to a fair level). 594-JOAK was the strongest of these like it was yesterday, but it could only manage good audio at best. 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang were the only second tier Asians to show up, and they both sounded pretty anemic until they also tapped into the late sunrise enhancement around 1440, bringing them up to fair levels. 603-HLSA was the only Asian with improved audio over yesterday, hitting a fair to good level with Korean conversation just before 1445. The Chinese stations were not at all impressed with this morning's propagation and stayed down in the noise, while the high band did feature 1566-HLAZ at a good level around 1335 and 1575-VOA at a fair level around 1500. With the late propagation boost 594-JOAK, 693-JOAB, 603-HLSA and 972-HLCA all continued to manage weak audio until around 1510, when the increasing daylight sent them down into the noise. It wasn't one of the season's better sessions, but probably nothing to complain about considering the low TP-DXing expectations that we have come to develop over the past few months.
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   Fair to good level Korean speech by KBS2's deep voiced male and female guest at 1442 after a late sunrise enhancement boost
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight + 
15" FSL antenna
 
 
 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-6

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian signals improved dramatically over yesterday's mediocre session, with an exceptional signal from 594-JOAK early on around 1415. The Korean big guns on 972, 1053 and 1566 also came back from yesterday's slump, while 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang made fair appearances for a brief time. Unlike most recent sessions the high band also showed some signs of life, with fair to good signals from 1566-HLAZ, 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 late in sunrise enhancement.
 
My session started at 1405 with an excellent signal already pounding in from 594-JOAK, along with very good signals from the NHK2 big guns on 693 and 774. 603-HLSA was in and out at a fair level with Korean pop music hosted by the deep-voiced male around this time, along with anemic Korean female tirades from 657-Pyongyang. 972-HLCA and the 1053-Jammer couldn't manage the same strength as the Japanese big guns during the predawn darkness but did hit occasional good levels. 594-JOAK hit its peak around 1414 with Japanese female conversation at an exceptional level-- far and away the best Asian signal of the morning. Sunrise enhancement around 1430 was pretty much of a fizzler on the low band but did give somewhat of a boost to the high band big guns on 1566 and 1575, both of which managed fair to good levels in and out around 1450. 1593-CNR1 also made a fair appearance in and out around this time but suffered badly from Seattle splatter. Poor to fair level Chinese on 936 late in the session was also somewhat of a surprise, although the Chinese stations on 603, 639 and 738 were still missing in action. Finally, 693-JOAB and 972-HLCA were both going strong as late as 1500, with the Korean at a very good level just prior to the TOH. Although the morning didn't feature very much variety in second-tier Asians it was a distinct improvement over yesterday's lackluster session, and hopefully a sign of better propagation to come.
 
594  JOAK   Tokyo, Japan   Exceptional signal at 1414 with NHK1 interval music and Japanese female conversation-- best Asian signal of the session (and one of its best all season)
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   Fair level Korean pop music hosted by the deep-voiced male at 1412; in and out at this anemic level all session long
 
972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea   Very good level pop music, Korean KBS network ID and 3 + 1 time pips on the 1500 TOH
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-5

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Despite the latest solar tantrum three low band Japanese big guns did make the trip this morning, with one of them reaching a fairly good level. The Koreans and Chinese were completely missing in action, however-- and even 738-Tahiti stayed away, despite the solar shenanigans.
 
At my 1415 start time 594-JOAK and 693-JOAB were the only Asians with audio (poor to fair), or even heterodynes. Both of these low band big guns were in and out throughout  the session, and were joined by a noise-plagued 747-JOIB around 1440. 594-JOAK hit a fair to good peak at 1425, while 693-JOAB did the same around 1438. 747-JOIB had a tough time getting through the mystery electrical noise (plaguing all of the south Puget Sound area), and only reached a poor level. The three Japanese big guns received no boost from the rise of the overactive sun, and collectively bailed around 1450. It was a far from exciting session, but probably the best that could be expected given the current solar tantrum.
 
594  JOAK   Tokyo, Japan   Female Japanese speech at a fair to good level around 1425; best Asian signal of the dreary session
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 
 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-4

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
It was a Japanese-dominated session this morning with potent signals from all the usual NHK big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774 and 828, and an exceptional signal from 693-JOAB late in sunrise enhancement around 1445. Signals from Korea and China were generally lackluster during the session, although 972-HLCA and the 1053-Jammer both reached occasional good levels, and there were brief appearances of 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang at fair levels prior to a moderate sunrise enhancement.
 
My session started off at 1340 with both 594-JOAK and 693-JOAB at steady good levels, along with fair audio from 747-JOIB, 774-JOUB, 828-JOBB, 972-HLCA, the 1053-Jammer and 1566-HLAZ in and out of the domestic splatter. Second-tier Asians showing up at the time were 603-HLSA (poor, mixing with China), 657-Pyongyang (poor to fair) and 738-BEL2 (poor, in KCBS splatter). The NHK big guns on 747, 774 and 828 all managed very good signals in the predawn darkness, with 828-JOBB hitting a brief excellent level around 1415 with its NHK2 Korean lessons (its best performance of the season).These signals pretty much stayed the same until a selective sunrise enhancement boost kicked in around 1430, raising 693-JOAB up to an exceptional level, and 594-JOAK up to excellent strength. The second-tier Asians and the Korean big guns on 972 and 1053 were not impressed by the sunrise enhancement and bailed early (around 1440), while 693-JOAB continued to build up strength until 1445, hitting its best level of the season (and most likely its best level ever, here). Pounding in with a Japanese female storyteller at the time, it sounded very much like it does during an ocean coast DXpedition. It quickly collapsed along with the other Japanese around 1450, though, ending a session completely dominated by the NHK big guns.
 
693  JOAB   Tokyo, Japan   Japanese female storyteller at excellent level at 1447; its best  signal of the season here (and strongest Asian signal of the session)
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Re: Ferrite Loop Stick Antenna For Sale

Everett N4CY
 

SOLD SOLD SOLD


On Nov 1, 2014, at 5:55 PM, everettsharp@... wrote:

 
I any one is interested I have a 15" Long X 1.4" Diameter Ferrite Tuned Loop antenna loop, that tunes from 375 KHz to 1,900 KHz. It is made up from 30 FT140-61 ferrite toroids and has 4 windings connect in a Pollydoroff configuration. The Stacked Toroid Loop Stick Tuned loop works very well.
 
I am asking $150 plus $15 shipping for shipment here in the States. If anyone has interest please contact me off list at everettsharp (at) AOL com.
 
There is an article that was posted in the files section of this site, but I can no longer find it. So if anyone is interested I will email you a copy of the article, which has pictures and detail of the construction.
 
Everett N8CNP


Re: Ferrite Loop Stick Antenna For Sale

Everett N4CY
 

SOLD  SOLD SOLD


On Nov 2, 2014, at 6:28 PM, Everett Sharp <everettsharp@...> wrote:

Guys,

This is the perfect antenna for DXing with your ULRs, only weights 3 pounds. 

Everett N8CNP


On Nov 1, 2014, at 5:55 PM, everettsharp@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

 

 
I any one is interested I have a 15" Long X 1.4" Diameter Ferrite Tuned Loop antenna loop, that tunes from 375 KHz to 1,900 KHz. It is made up from 30 FT140-61 ferrite toroids and has 4 windings connect in a Pollydoroff configuration. The Stacked Toroid Loop Stick Tuned loop works very well.
 
I am asking $150 plus $15 shipping for shipment here in the States. If anyone has interest please contact me off list at everettsharp (at) AOL com.
 
There is an article that was posted in the files section of this site, but I can no longer find it. So if anyone is interested I will email you a copy of the article, which has pictures and detail of the construction.
 
Everett N8CNP


Re: Oklahoma TP DX 11/3/14

Gary DeBock
 

Richard,
 
The Japanese big gun signals were not at very impressive strength here on the west coast this morning-- and it's a pretty big surprise to me that any of them could have made the trip to Oklahoma. As you noticed, they have been rather anemic recently, and barely showed up here yesterday.
 
Gary
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: 'richarda@...' richarda@... [ultralightdx]
To: icra ; ultralightdx
Sent: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 8:21 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Oklahoma TP DX 11/3/14

 
There's not much to report this morning, but I guess something
is better than the nothing of the past few days.

747 JOIB Sapporo - poor signal heard at 1114 (QRM: WSB).
774 JOUB Akita - poor to fair at 1114, fading out by 1117.

No signals heard on 567, 594, 693, 828, 972 or 1053 by local
sunrise at 1255.

Receivers: PL-606 with 8" FSL.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-3

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
As Richard has reported from Oklahoma Asian signals were improved overall this morning from yesterday's subdued levels, with moderately good TP signals from the both the Japanese and Korean big guns before and after sunrise. Although most of the second-tier Asians stayed at fairly weak levels, 1134-HLKC managed its best signals of the entire season, hitting fair to good strength after 1415 (while in occasional competition with 1134-JOQR).
 
My session started at 1400 with the usual Japanese and Korean big guns on 594, 693, 747, 774 and 972 in and out with fair signals, along with a somewhat unusual addition-- 1134-HLKC (which had been an underachiever all season long). After 1415 this KBS station seemed to get a boost with the increasing daylight, fading in at fair to good strength in an occasional snarl with 1134-JOQR. Other second-tier Asians showing up in the predawn darkness around 1410 were 603-China (poor), 657-Pyongyang (fair), 1503-JOUK (poor, // 594) and 1566-HLAZ (fair). The sunrise enhancement boost after 1430 didn't seem to do anything for most of the Asians, with the Japanese big guns and 972-HLCA staying at the same levels as in the predawn darkness (fair to good), although 603-HLSA joined 603-China in a weak mix around 1445. 1575-VOA also made a fair appearance just before the propagation started to fold around 1500 as the high band recovered somewhat from its recent doldrums. The late session Asian propagation was nothing to shout about, though, and the last survivor 972-HLCA was already sinking into the noise prior to the 1500 TOH. Overall the session was pretty routine, although the performance by 1134-HLKC did manage to make things interesting. Best Asian signal of the morning was a tie between 594-JOAK (very good around 1420) and 972-HLCA (very good around 1435).
 
1134  HLKC   Hwaseong, S. Korea + JOQR  Tokyo, Japan   Fair to good level mix of the Korean and Japanese commercial station at 1418 
 
1134  HLKC  Hwaseong, S. Korea   Korean male speech at fait to good level around 1427
Good level Korean female pop music at 1433
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Oklahoma TP DX 11/3/14

bbwrwy
 

There's not much to report this morning, but I guess something
is better than the nothing of the past few days.

747 JOIB Sapporo - poor signal heard at 1114 (QRM: WSB).
774 JOUB Akita - poor to fair at 1114, fading out by 1117.

No signals heard on 567, 594, 693, 828, 972 or 1053 by local
sunrise at 1255.

Receivers: PL-606 with 8" FSL.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 11-2

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
In almost a complete reversal of yesterday's situation, a band that was comatose during the predawn darkness revived somewhat during a bizarre sunrise enhancement boost, which selectively raised up a couple of second-tier Korean stations along with some low-band Japanese big guns. As such, Nigel's very late sunrise enhancement boost on the low band was repeated here on the coast, although with some different Asians.
 
First check at 1300 revealed a hopeless band, with no Asian audio or even carriers. This dreary state continued until around 1415, when 657-Pyongyang (of all stations) started managing a decent carrier, followed by fair level vocal music and even a weak Chinese co-channel (Henan?) at 1435. 603-HLSA did the same a short time later with Korean pop music and its own Chinese co-channel (Hulun Buir?), and these unlikely stations were the only Asians around until 1445, when 594-JOAK, 693-JOAB and 747-JOIB joined the late revival with fair to good audio. Strangely enough the Korean superstation 972-HLCA stayed down in the noise during this low-band enhancement, and the high band Asians were completely ignored (as Nigel also reported). 657-Pyongyang's ancient vocal music faded out around 1450, but 603-HLSA stuck around (along with the NHK big guns) at a fair level right until the 1500 TOH, when the Japanese started to bail. 603-HLSA was the sole Asian survivor after 1500, sticking around stubbornly until 1510, when all the other Asians had long since faded into the noise. Overall it was a very strange session, and another reminder that sunrise enhancement can sometimes bring unusual surprises.
 
603  HLSA   Namyang, S. Korea   Fair level 3 + 1 time pips, KBS fanfare and the deep-voiced male at the 1500 TOH; this station had been completely comatose right up until 1415
 
657  Pyongyang BS   Pyongyang, N. Korea   Fair level female vocal music over occasional Chinese co-channel (Henan?) at 1442; another late riser that had been dead until 1415 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 
 
 

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