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Re: Question about pl380/pl390 volume knobs..

Vimal
 

I too need suggestions for same decoder problem on my pl390.


On 29-Jul-2014, at 2:39 am, "cfa@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

 

On Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:12:20 +0200, you wrote:

>Hello,
>
>How can volume/tune knobs being used when faulty. Are there ways to
>connect the pins of the volume/tune knob, so that they can be tuned?
>
>I have added pictures under
>
>Files---->6 Alignment & Modification---->pl380-pl390 volume tune knobs
>
>Anybody any ideas? A simple try to connect some of these pins, and give
>some voltage to the volume knob didn't work ...
>
>Marc

The controls on my 390 get balky when I don't use them enough, or when
the batteries have just about lost power.

Ken


Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx

Richard Jones
 

This problem is specific to the PL880. I cant speak for any other models. There are pictures and/or posts that Gary posted when he dissected both versions of the radio to try to get to the bottom of the noise that was being noticed on newer models. It appered that Tecsun ran out of or changed to a different part in newer models that was not compatible with the original shield so they just simply stopped installing the shield. Trouble is, that part was clearly an oscillator or resonator can that really should be shielded. Without the shield, noise radiates through the lcd window and is able to get picked up in the rf front end. This can be proven or expierimented with by simply placing a thumb over the window while tuning around the lf band and parts of the am band. As you might expect, the problem is more noticable in quieter locations but many times is far above the local noise floor even in noisey locations. So what can you do about this if it bothers you? Well if you are really good you could perform surgury and fashion some sort of shield. You will need to be really good though because just getting to the area requires a complete disassembly of the radio and the area to shield is small with many chances to short out traces etc. Mere mortals may want to get their hands on an older model. Somewhere there is a post that explains the location of some identifying text on the box flap otherwise there is no other way to tell. Since I'm in a unique situation of having both models supercharged and I have access to some really nice equipment, I figured I'd do a quick measurement to confirm what has been heard. Do not take the data out of context though. The plots are just relative plots in the amplitude domain. I had to put each radio within inches of an antenna that is calibrated for 1 meter to get any results at all. If you are having problems with an active antenna overloading the front end of another model, the data on that plot will not help you at all. You are going to have to keep fishing for answers one of which may be switching to a real tabletop radio with a real 50 ohm antenna input.


Re: Question about pl380/pl390 volume knobs..

Ken Kizer
 

On Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:12:20 +0200, you wrote:

Hello,

How can volume/tune knobs being used when faulty. Are there ways to
connect the pins of the volume/tune knob, so that they can be tuned?

I have added pictures under

Files---->6 Alignment & Modification---->pl380-pl390 volume tune knobs

Anybody any ideas? A simple try to connect some of these pins, and give
some voltage to the volume knob didn't work ...

Marc
The controls on my 390 get balky when I don't use them enough, or when
the batteries have just about lost power.

Ken


Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx

Phillip Fimiani
 

No my issue isn't with noise from local sources... I used a pa0rdt active antenna this weekend.... The radio worked fine without it, but I wanted the added amplification. I used it on my 909 and it did the same thing.

I have to do a bit more troubleshooting. It shouldn't overdrive the radio.

The 380 works fine with the external ferrite sleeve antenna. I put the jack back in so I could use external antennas for LW and SW
 
 But the pic is the first I've heard of internal radio noise issues. Anyone have info on this shield or mods?... With my cover off there are no shields on the back... There are some in between the boards and on the front I think.


Best Regards
Phil
WA2069SWL
Lat: 40.8367633  Long: -74.1768412
 


From: "n3ikq@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 2:22 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] New file uploaded to ultralightdx

 
The picture shows nothing more then the noise being generated within the radio. The measurement was taken in a shield room that is free from all outside rf  signals. It has nothing to do with how the radio responds to wanted radio signals. Even with the noise issue, the supercharged PL-380 (old  or new) is a wondrous thing. You just have some noise pop up at certain frequencies as you tune the dial. If YOUR radio is overwhelmed by external noise the first thing you need to do is move to a park or other quiet location to make sure the problem is not coming from a local source of which there are thousands and go from there.



Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx

R. Mark Barnett
 

I hope this is not going to turn into a systemic penny pinching move across their entire line... I have always thought Tecsun cut corners mostly where it didn't matter, but this is something that will put them on the fast track to making pure junk! I'm down a radio and was thinking of getting another Tecsun PL-380... now I don't which one to buy.... I wonder if they have messed up the PL-310ET too??
 
Mark B.  N8PGV
 




Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx

Richard Jones
 

The picture shows nothing more then the noise being generated within the radio. The measurement was taken in a shield room that is free from all outside rf  signals. It has nothing to do with how the radio responds to wanted radio signals. Even with the noise issue, the supercharged PL-380 (old  or new) is a wondrous thing. You just have some noise pop up at certain frequencies as you tune the dial. If YOUR radio is overwhelmed by external noise the first thing you need to do is move to a park or other quiet location to make sure the problem is not coming from a local source of which there are thousands and go from there.


Question about pl380/pl390 volume knobs..

Marc Coevoet
 

Hello,

How can volume/tune knobs being used when faulty. Are there ways to connect the pins of the volume/tune knob, so that they can be tuned?

I have added pictures under

Files---->6 Alignment & Modification---->pl380-pl390 volume tune knobs

Anybody any ideas? A simple try to connect some of these pins, and give some voltage to the volume knob didn't work ...

Marc

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Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx [1 Attachment]

microcode@...
 

Thank you but there seems to be some kind of problem. Either yahoo groups
stripped the attachment or you forgot to attach it. Either way I didn't see
anything. But I am getting old and my eyes ain't what they used to be ;-)

On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 08:10:08AM -0700, Myamiphil myamiphil@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
Ive attached this pic.


Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx

Phillip Fimiani
 

Ive attached this pic.

Does anyone know about the details of these mods.... I connected a pa)rdt active antenna this weekend.... It overwhelmed the  radio.... I got the same sigs clear across all bands... not as bad after I connected an inline Broadcast Band filter....

I was outdoors and on battery
 
 
Best Regards
Phil
WA2069SWL
Lat: 40.8367633  Long: -74.1768412
 



From: "microcode@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] New file uploaded to ultralightdx

 
Would anybody mind hosting this somewhere else? I can't see it because I
don't have a yahoo id to sign in with. Thanks.

> https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ultralightdx/files/Tecsun%20PL-380.jpg




Re: New file uploaded to ultralightdx

microcode@...
 

Would anybody mind hosting this somewhere else? I can't see it because I
don't have a yahoo id to sign in with. Thanks.


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Logs July 25 - 26

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,




During the past few recent evenings and early mornings I have managed to add 3 new entries to the Ultralight Radio logbook as follows:




1485 - ENGLAND - Smooth Radio Berkshire, Newbury 00:15 UTC 7/25/14

w/ songs " Stand By Me", " Tonight I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, The Hollies " The Air That I Breathe", Michael Jackson - " Off The Wall " , ID - " The Sound Of Summer , Smooth Radio " by woman . // tunein.com webstream


Ultralight Station # 1273      Trans-Atlantic Station # 508




1360 - WSAI - Cincinnati, Ohio 7:20 UTC 7/25/14 w/ " Fox Sports 13-60" , Fox Sports Radio ID's , promos, ads, sportstalk ( peaking at times over WDRC Hartford, CT )


Ultralight Station # 1274





1340 khz - COLOMBIA - HJIS Radio Uno , Buenaventura 7:41 UTC 7/26/14 w/ Spanish announcements, numerous Radio Uno ID's, mentions of Colombia and Bogota , RCN LA Radio, tropicale and Spanish type music and vocals . // tunein.com webfeed


Ultralight Station # 1275        Latin Station # 286





Receiver: SRF - M37W barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear, Newfoundland

 


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July 13-19 Rockwork 4 Ocean Cliff DXpedition Loggings and MP3's

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
From July 13-19 another major ocean cliff DXpedition was conducted at the "Rockwork 4" site, located about 15 miles south of Cannon Beach, Oregon on a narrow Highway 101 turnoff. During the one-week search for South Pacific DX a 7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight radio was given inductive coupling boosts by a new 15" FSL antenna, which was set up right on the edge of a 400 foot (122m) straight-down plunge to the Pacific. On two of the days (July 16 and 17) I had the privilege of welcoming noted DXpeditioner Chuck Hutton to the narrow site, and he in turn enjoyed two days of exceptional New Zealand DXing results with his Perseus-SDR and 15' by 15' Flag antenna.
 
Listed below are my own South Pacific DXing results with the 7.5" loopstick PL-380 and 15" FSL antenna combo, which (like Chuck) received potent transoceanic DX signal boosts from the sheer ocean cliff. MP3 recording links for most of the receptions are listed with the loggings, and signals which pegged the PL-380's S/N display at the 25 maximum at least once during the recording are identified with a double asterisk (**). For those interested, a July 2014 Rockwork 4 DXpedition video has been posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNSSJIVV6Zg , and an "Apples and Oranges" DXpedition video showing Chuck's listening setup and mine is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAZaY8b4Eec . Finally, a demonstration video of the reception of the 5 kW Kiwi station 531-PI on the modified PL-380 at the ocean cliff site just after sunrise on July 19th has been posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITBJ31cEAH0  Chuck also had superb Perseus-SDR DXing results at the cliff, and we have a plan to combine our loggings for a final DXpedition report at a future date.   
 
     
**531   PI   Auckland, New Zealand  (5 kW)   The strength of this Samoan-language NZ station over the 7 day trip was
                exceptional-- it pegged the PL-380 S/N every morning, and always kept the Australian co-channels way down. 
                This particular signal at 1230 on 7-19 was the strongest DU signal that I've ever heard in any DXpedition.
 
531   UnID   Australian   In general the Australian stations on this frequency had a very rough time breaking through the
                 heavy 531-PI signal, but in this recording at 1233z on 7-17 there is an Australian pop music station mixing with
                 PI at a fair level, with a female presenter giving some speech from :08 until :17 into the recording. Not too much to
                 go with, but possibly 2PM in Kempsey, which was heard last July at this site (headphones recommended) 
 
531   UnID   Australian   Another Aussie signal under PI's overwhelming speech at 1258 on 7-16. Apparent male talk format,
                 but this may simply be news just prior to the TOH. Don't know if this is the same Aussie as above, or not
 
558   Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji   (10 kW)  A big surprise at 1233 on 7-18, this station was received for the first time in 4
                 years. As the last surviving Fiji MW outlet there is no parallel to check, but it's the only DU on this frequency with
                 a Polynesian mx format. Received at a fair level when South Pacific propagation was no so Kiwi-slanted    
 
**567   RNZ   Wellington, New Zealand   (50 kW)   This Kiwi big gun usually hit an exceptional strength level every morning,
                 although it occasionally had issues with 570-Seattle splatter. With music, news and interviews, it was a
                 convenient signal to confirm reception of other RNZ stations across the band. It almost always pegged the PL-380
                 S/N at least once a morning, and was the strongest RNZ outlet in the network
 
576   The Word   Hamilton, New Zealand   (2.5 kW)   Obscure, low-powered Kiwi station was a big surprise on 7-16 at 1246,
                 with Bible reading at a fairly good level because of a completely absent 2RN. This was an apparent all-time new
                 west coast DU logging by Chuck and I during this DXpedition, with Chuck also mentioning reception of the 1.5 kW
                 transmitter on 540
 
576   2RN   Sydney, Australia   (50 kW)   MIA during much of the DXpedition, this RN network big gun finally reclaimed its
                 usual spot over the low-powered Kiwi at 1241 on 7-18. Since The World broadcasts Bible reading 24 hours
                 a day, the Australian big gun was always easy to distinguish
 
585   Radio Ngati Porou   Ruatoria, New Zealand   (2 kW)   This underperforming Maori-language station is one of the
                 toughest Kiwis to track down, and it only appears during exceptional propagation. The only way to identify it is to
                 check its programming against late-night parallels on either 603 or 765, and it's rarely strong enough to do this.
                 Fortunately this was barely possible at 1236 on 7-15 (17 seconds each of 585 and the 603 // on the MP3)
 
585   UnID   Australian   This fairly weak signal was definitely not // 603, so it wasn't the weak Kiwi. Both male and
                 female presenters are audible, although it's tough to dig out any detail. "Outback Radio" 585-2WEB has
                 been heard here three times during previous DXpeditions, but ABC station 7RN in Hobart is also a possibility
    
**594   NZ's Rhema   Timaru/ Wanagnui, New Zealand   (5 kW/ 2 kW)   This relatively low-powered Christian music
                 broadcasting network blasted into the Cliff with this monster signal on 7-19-- the strongest that I've ever heard
                 it. Holding strong on the frequency all week, it never allowed to Aussie big gun 3WV to manage a trace
 
594   JOAK   Tokyo, Japan   (300 kW)   NHK1 big gun crashed the DU-DXing party for about 5 minutes around 1213 on
                 7-14 before quickly being evicted by NZ's Rhema. This was the first appearance of a Japanese station in July 
                 at the Rockwork 4 cliff; no Asian had ever shown up there for 2 full July DXpeditions 
 
**603   Radio Waatea   Auckland, New Zealand   (5 kW)   Maori language broadcaster plays a variety of Maori and
                 American R & B music, and is parallel with fellow Maori broadcasters on 585 and 765 in NZ's early morning.
                 This huge signal (with a Maori ID) showed up on the last day at the Cliff 
 
**657  Southern Star   Wellington/ Tauranga, New Zealand   (50 kW/ 10 kW)   This Christian hymn broadcaster was a real
                 Kiwi big gun on most mornings, although it typically had some domestic splatter issues. This potent signal was
                 recorded during exceptional Kiwi propagation on 7-16
 
675   RNZ   Christchurch, New Zealand   (10 kW)   The second strongest RNZ outlet (after 567), it features music, news and
                 interviews. Parallel to 567, 639, 756, 837 and other RNZ network frequencies
 
684   NZ's Rhema   Gisborne, New Zealand  (5 kW)   Usually slightly weaker than its parallel on 594, this station could also
                 be quite potent at times with its Christian contemporary music and sermons. Here it is at 1244 on 7-14
 
**702   Radio Live   Auckland, New Zealand   (10 kW)   The potent signal of this obscure Kiwi station was one of the biggest
                 surprises of the entire DXpedition. Usually buried by (or mixing with) Aussie big gun 2BL, it rode the freakish Kiwi
                 propagation to this exceptional S9 level on 7-13, pegging the PL-380 S/N readout for almost 3 minutes
 
702   2BL   Sydney, Australia   (50 kW)   In contrast to the potent Kiwi Radio Live, this RN network big gun usually sounded
                 pretty Dead. It didn't show up at all until the last day of the DXpedition, with a fair signal seemingly // 774
                
**738   Radio Polynesie   Mahina, Tahiti   (20 kW)   This French-language blowtorch had no trouble pounding in each
                 morning, completely shutting out both Aussie big gun 2NR and the obscure 5 kW Kiwi, Radio Live. When it really
                 blasted in (like with this pop music on 7-18), it could turn the tables, and throw splatter on the SF pest 740-KCBS
 
756   RNZ   Auckland, New Zealand   (10 kW)   Not one of the stronger RNZ outlets during this DXpedition, as is fairly
                 typical of its usual performance. Proximity to the major 750-Portland pest doesn't help matters
 
**765   Radio Kahungunu   Napier-Hastings, New Zealand   (2.5 kW)   The potent signals from this low-powered Maori
                 broadcaster were nothing short of amazing. Parallel to other Maori stations on 585 and 603 during the early
                 morning in NZ, it was almost always the strongest one of the three. It blasted in with this signal at 1217 on 7-14
 
774   3LO   Melbourne, Australia   (50 kW)   Another Aussie big gun completely shut out until the last day of the DXpedition.
                 Showing up at a fair level through 770-Seattle splatter, it provided an LR network parallel for a couple of other
                 Australian stations on 7-19, right before the trip wrapped up
 
783   Access Radio   Wellington, New Zealand   (10 kW)   Fairly good signals from this multi-ethnic Kiwi station all week
                 long as it enjoyed a complete lack of Australian competition. This temporarily strong music was received on
                 7-16, one of the most favorable days for NZ propagation
                 
792   Radio Sport   Hamilton, New Zealand   (5 kW)   Dominant on the frequency almost all week, this fairly obscure
                 Kiwi station shut out the Aussie big gun 4RN until the last day. This fair-level conversation about the WNBA
                 on 7-15 was typical programming
 
792   4RN   Brisbane, Australia   (25 kW)   Aussie big gun was MIA until the very last day (7-19), finally showing up with
                 this fair-level female speech // 576 at 1302
 
828   Live Sport   Palmerston No., New Zealand  (2 kW)   In this MP3 recorded across the 1300 TOH on 7-15 the station is
                 apparently relaying TAB TV, as per the PAL listing. Not thought to be the ABC station 3GI because of the
                 commercial ads ("brought to you by...") after the TOH pause
 
828  Radio Trackside   Palmerston No., New Zealand  (2 kW)   Same transmitter as above, but broadcasting horse racing
                 at an anemic level on 7-13 at 1156 (prior to the 1200 TOH when Trackside programming wraps up)
 
828   UnID-DU   This is almost certainly the Australian 10 kW LR network station 3GI in Sale showing up with
                 fair-level female speech on the last day (like many other Australians), but I wasn't able to confirm the 774 //
 
837   RNZ   Whangarei/ Kaitaia, New Zealand  (2.5/ 2 kW)   The weakest of the RNZ relays picked up during this trip,
                 but not surprising when only 3 kHz next to the semi-local 840-KSWB in Seaside. Heard // 567 at 1233 on 7-17
 
855  NZ's Rhema   Hamilton, New Zealand   (2 kW)   This station was received at an anemic level twice during the
                 DXpedition // 594, but I was waiting for a better signal to record an MP3. Of course, it never cooperated.      
 
**891   5AN   Adelaide, Australia   (50 kW)   Although many Australian big guns were MIA during the DXpedition, this
                 South Australian blaster certainly wasn't one of them. This blistering signal pounded into the Cliff at 1253 on 7-14,
                 as the LR network big gun apparently rode a different propagation path than the MIA eastern Australian stations
 
936   Chinese Voice   Auckland, New Zealand   (1 kW)   Exceptional Kiwi propagation on 7-17 finally made it possible to
                 record Chinese from this flea-powered station. This apparently was a new Ultralight radio DXing distance record
                 for 1 kW station reception in North America, and the first 1 kW New Zealand station I've ever received
 
936   UnID   Australian   Weak non-Chinese music showing up on the last day (7-19), one of the few days with any
                 Australian propagation. No real identity clues, but probably one of the 10 kW Aussies on the frequency (4PB or
                 7ZR). The flea-power Kiwi station Chinese Voice held down the frequency (weakly) on the other six days
 
963   Southern Star   Christchurch, New Zealand   (10 kW)   Usually not quite as strong as its 657 parallel, this Christian
                 hymn broadcaster could occasionally manage good signals. Unlike previous DXpeditions there was no
                 Australian competition all week long
 
1008   Newstalk ZB   Tauranga, New Zealand   (10 kW)   This Kiwi news station had a decent signal on most days but
                 didn't benefit from a blasting domestic pest on 1010. For some unknown reason its 1035 // was MIA despite
                 several searches during good Kiwi propagation.
 
1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga   (10 kW)   This somewhat obscure DU waited until the last day of the DXpedition before
                  showing up before a late sign off, but a Spanish pest on 1020 made reception a little dicey. The usual foreign-     
                  language male speaker rose up out of the 1020 splatter at a fair level at 1154 on 7-19 (headphones 
                  recommended), occasionally speaking "island-style" (bizarre pauses between sentences)
                  http://www.mediafire.com/listen/el5z3pufpapaf3n/1017-A3Z-1154z071914PL380.MP3  The station returned
                  with good-level interval music and the same male speaker at 1158 before the 1020 Spanish pest 
                  reclaimed the frequency-- dashing hopes of a vibrant sign-off recording 
 
1017   Radio Sport/ Newstalk ZB   Christchurch, New Zealand   (2.5 kW)   This was the best signal that I've ever heard
                  from this low-powered Kiwi station, with good level male conversation and a female commercial ("right here in
                  New Zealand") on the last day of the DXpedition at 1241
 
**1116   4BC   Brisbane, Australia   (16/ 7.3 kW)   This eastern Oz commercial big gun managed pretty potent signals but
                  had the misfortune of being only 4 kHz away from the 50 kW Oregon pest KPNW. Despite this it was one of the
                  few Aussies to provide decent signals each morning, and certainly worthy of a "Top Ten" spot of the strongest
                  DU signals throughout the DXpedition
 
1386   Radio Tarana   Auckland, New Zealand  (10 kW)   Female-voiced Hindu music at a good level from this ethnic station
                  at 1311 on 7-19 (the last day of the DXpedition). This signal (and other high-band DU's) got a serious boost from 
                  the new FSL's dual coil tuning system
 
1503   Radio Sport   Wellington, New Zealand  (5 kW)   The strongest signals that I've ever received from this high band Kiwi
                  station at 1248 on 7-13, with a female-voiced "I want some sports..."
            


Re: For sale: Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight with 7.5" loopstick.

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I am interested but would like to know more.  Tim  frnavin@...


Re: [IRCA] Rockworks - summary of Wed 7-16

Gary DeBock
 

<<<  I've done a scan of my Perseus files during the  best period of Wednesday, 16
July. It's my best night ever for NZ with 72 frequencies having identified
stations.    >>>
 
Chuck, you seem to have been bitten hard by the "Cliffhanger DXing" bug. Welcome to the wild side of DXing.
 
<<<   900 Southern Star under California and Hawaii1188 RNZ National with 400 Watts
1305 Radio Dunedin fair with ID from NZ's oldest broadcaster (1922)1359 More FM,
Queenstown (1 kw) 1305 and 1359 were totally unexpected. Now on to Thursday 17
July and then a write-up of the logs. Chuck
 
Well, I was 100 feet to the SE of you but never even made it up to those frequencies during my live DXing-- since there was so much exotic DX on the lower frequencies! My best catches of the 7 day DXpedition:
 
558  Radio Fiji One  (10 kW)  Last surviving Fiji MW outlet; only DU on frequency with Polynesian mx format
 
 
576  The Word  (2.5 kW)   Obscure Kiwi station almost always buried under 2RN; Bible reading 24 hours a day
 
 
585  Radio Ngati Porou  (2 kW), extremely weak Maori station, // 603  (17 seconds of each on MP3) 
 
 
702  Radio Live  (10 kW)   Obscure Kiwi station pounding in at S9 level for almost 3 minutes on the MP3
 
 
936  Chinese Voice  (1 kW)   Apparent new Ultralight radio DX distance record for 1 kW reception in N. America
 
 
 
I'll be eager to see your final list of loggings, Chuck, and will be happy to share mine after sorting through all the MP3's. The "Apples and Oranges" DXpedition seems to have really tracked down the Kiwis.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
  
 
 
            
   
 
 
Great loggings, Chuck. I was 100' south of you, and
 
 

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From: Chuck Hutton
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Sent: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 9:21 pm
Subject: [IRCA] Rockworks - summary of Wed 7-16




I've done a scan of my Perseus files during the  best period of Wednesday, 16
July. It's my best night ever for NZ with 72 frequencies having identified
stations.

Favorite moments:

900 Southern Star under California and Hawaii1188 RNZ National with 400 Watts
1305 Radio Dunedin fair with ID from NZ's oldest broadcaster (1922)1359 More FM,
Queenstown (1 kw) 1305 and 1359 were totally unexpected. Now on to Thursday 17
July and then a write-up of the logs. Chuck
 
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Re: Rockwork 4 DU-DXpedition-- South Pacific UnID's and Mysteries

Bill Whitacre
 

Hi Gary.  Now that we’ve established 531 as the ‘benchmark’ of our DXpeditions this year I’ve been listening to it a bit.  This morning, 7/23, at Sans Souci was pretty much an Aussie event.  Good time to check 531 for something other than PI!

Sure enough on my 1200utc TOH recording I’ve got an Aussie dominant with a program called ‘Help Line’ and a commercial for something with a ‘clubhouse’ near Frederickton with a phone # announced as 65-87-3020.  Nothing came up on Google for that, unfortunately.

Later in the 8 minute cut I’ve got a commercial for Litz’s [?] News Agency & Takewawy somewhere in NSW.

PAL shows only one station in NSW on 531, in Dempsey.  I’ll bet that’s what we’ve got.

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On Jul 23, 2014, at 4:47 PM, D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:


Hello All,
 
As usual, the recent visit to the Oregon ocean cliff site resulted in a mix of definite and not-so-definite DU loggings. Most of the mysteries were related to Australian stations trying to break through the strong NZ-slanted propagation.
 
Posted below are several MP3's of these mysteries, along with descriptions of what I can make out by myself. The 702 kHz recording is pretty strong, so anyone in NZ or Oz could probably tell me the accent of the female presenter. Any assistance would be appreciated!
 
531  UnID  Australian   In general the Oz stations on this frequency had a very rough time breaking through the heavy 531- 
            PI signal, but in this recording at 1233z on 7-17 there is an Australian pop music station mixing with PI at a fair level, 
            with a female presenter giving some speech from :08 until :17 into the recording. Not too much to go with, but does
            anyone in Oz recognize her voice? (headphones recommended)
 
 
531  UnID  Australian   Another Oz station trying to break through PI's hammerlock on the frequency. At 1258z on 7-16
            a male-voiced presenter on an Australian station is speaking under 531-PI's Samoan male presenter. Being close
            to the 1300 TOH, this may have been some type of news. Does anyone in Oz recognize his voice? (headphones
            recommended)
 
 
585  UnID  Australian   At 1238 on 7-17 a fairly weak station was received on 585, but it was clearly not // with 603-Waatea
            (i.e., it was not the 2 kW Kiwi station 585-Radio Ngati Porou). This leaves only two Oz stations as real possibilities--
            585-2WEB "Outback Radio" (received three times previously on the Cliffs) or the 10 kW ABC station 7RN in Hobart,
            Tasmania (never before received). Both male and female presenters are giving either an interview, or news. Any
            suggestions from Oz? (headphones recommended)
 
 
702  UnID  DU   This fairly strong station at 1211 on 7-19 is obviously either the Kiwi 10 kw station Radio Live or the Aussie
            50 kW big gun 2BL, but since an LR network // wasn't available at the time I couldn't confirm the ABC identity. My
            guess is that this is 2BL because of the complete lack of commercial advertising from the female presenter, but
            could someone in either NZ or Oz confirm her Aussie accent?
 
 
Thanks for any assistance!
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
  
              
 
            
             



Rockwork 4 DU-DXpedition-- South Pacific UnID's and Mysteries

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
As usual, the recent visit to the Oregon ocean cliff site resulted in a mix of definite and not-so-definite DU loggings. Most of the mysteries were related to Australian stations trying to break through the strong NZ-slanted propagation.
 
Posted below are several MP3's of these mysteries, along with descriptions of what I can make out by myself. The 702 kHz recording is pretty strong, so anyone in NZ or Oz could probably tell me the accent of the female presenter. Any assistance would be appreciated!
 
531  UnID  Australian   In general the Oz stations on this frequency had a very rough time breaking through the heavy 531- 
            PI signal, but in this recording at 1233z on 7-17 there is an Australian pop music station mixing with PI at a fair level, 
            with a female presenter giving some speech from :08 until :17 into the recording. Not too much to go with, but does
            anyone in Oz recognize her voice? (headphones recommended)
 
 
531  UnID  Australian   Another Oz station trying to break through PI's hammerlock on the frequency. At 1258z on 7-16
            a male-voiced presenter on an Australian station is speaking under 531-PI's Samoan male presenter. Being close
            to the 1300 TOH, this may have been some type of news. Does anyone in Oz recognize his voice? (headphones
            recommended)
 
 
585  UnID  Australian   At 1238 on 7-17 a fairly weak station was received on 585, but it was clearly not // with 603-Waatea
            (i.e., it was not the 2 kW Kiwi station 585-Radio Ngati Porou). This leaves only two Oz stations as real possibilities--
            585-2WEB "Outback Radio" (received three times previously on the Cliffs) or the 10 kW ABC station 7RN in Hobart,
            Tasmania (never before received). Both male and female presenters are giving either an interview, or news. Any
            suggestions from Oz? (headphones recommended)
 
 
702  UnID  DU   This fairly strong station at 1211 on 7-19 is obviously either the Kiwi 10 kw station Radio Live or the Aussie
            50 kW big gun 2BL, but since an LR network // wasn't available at the time I couldn't confirm the ABC identity. My
            guess is that this is 2BL because of the complete lack of commercial advertising from the female presenter, but
            could someone in either NZ or Oz confirm her Aussie accent?
 
 
Thanks for any assistance!
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
  
              
 
            
             


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

Tony Ward
 

This was a wonderful trip to follow, and an inspiration! The hobby has moved on a fair bit from some of us sitting on NZ beaches, listening to the "Yanks hosing in", at sunset,  as we explained it to our bemused friends. In my case this was with a National Panasonic "9 transistor radio", circa 1960 or so --- though MW DXing started a few years before with "mantle" receivers. KFI was pretty reliable listening from the beach, as were many others! The serious work was done from Lloyd Clayden's legendary Whangaparaoa antenna farm --- but that is another story altogether.

So the next step is to get KAZ and yourself to figure out how to phase these two marvellous cliffs, Perpetua and Rockwork4, to move the game up another notch or two! Well done!!

--- Tony (VE3NO)

Enhancing Universal Entropy since 1942...


Re: South Pacific DXing Demonstration Video-- 531-PI in Auckland, NZ

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Valjoy007,
 
Thanks for your comments!
 
<<<   I might have missed this in the file archive but....How are you determining the optimum amount of turns of litz for each side of the split band?    >>>
 
Well, during A/B experimentation with two 15" FSL test models the high and low band 1162/46 Litz wire turns were adjusted to cover different frequency ranges on each model, then the two models were tested against each other in actual weak signal daytime DX runoffs. Whenever one model would excel, both models were equalized to the optimal setting, then the turns would be adjusted again to a different range on one model, and the test repeated. Eventually the best Litz wire turns configuration for both the high and low bands was determined, and both models were finally secured in this configuration.
 
73, Gary
  
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: valjoy007@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:45 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: South Pacific DXing Demonstration Video-- 531-PI in Auckland, NZ

 
Wow Gary...All I can say is that your new 15"er is a MONSTER DX MAGNET!!!!

I did note a bit of a "sag" from all that additional weight. I meant the FSL...not you of course :)

I might have missed this in the file archive but....How are you determining the optimum amount of turns of litz for each side of the split band?

Lol...Kiwi Cliff...good one...V