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Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-18 (1593-CNR1 Monster Signal)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Dennis is absolutely right about the huge signal from 1593-CNR1 this morning-- it pegged the PL-380 S/N display for the first time ever here around 1530-- completely smothering the wimpy 1590-Seattle splatter. This was the strongest reception here of any Chinese station (by far) for the past 7 years... pretty legendary stuff. It will be interesting to hear how the signal sounded for for Nick, Bruce, Nigel and others this morning! A full report of the other TP signals will follow later, but here is one of the 1593-CNR1 MP3's (from 1532 this morning):
 
1593  CNR1  Changzhou, China  Monster signal pegging
           the PL-380 S/N display with Chinese YL speech
           at 1532; Seattle splatter completely smothered
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
 


Newfoundland Ultralight Log Jan 18

Allen Willie
 

Hello to All,

Last night I noticed that 1390 - WEGP in Presque Isle, Maine was off air. Monitoring that frequency off and on all evening and early this morning I was able to catch a new log for the Ultralight list. A station carrying religion was also heard along the way but no ID on that one.

1390 - WZHF - Arlington, Virginia 4:57 UTC 1/18/14 w/ Voice of Russia programs in English, VR Radio ID's, Voice of Russia ID's, news in English

Ultralight Station # 1225

 

Receiver: SRF-M37W barefoot

 

Good DX

 

Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Re: ULR DX…1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA …NEW STATION!!

Powell
 

I had a chat with the CE of WBT.  

Powell
 
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From: "ferrite61@..."
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 6:28 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] RE: ULR DX…1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA …NEW STATION!!



Glad to see you and others are RXing this. I've only got the usual WBT rather strong as of ate. Nice catch.

Paul S. in CT FN31nl






Sleazy Spam Onslaught

Gary DeBock
 

Rob,
 
It looks like we might need to ask Kevin to take a break from his EPA job again-- to clean up some toxic waste on the Ultralightdx reflector.
 
73, Gary
 
 


Re: ULR DX…1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA …NEW STATION!!

Paul S. in CT
 

Glad to see you and others are RXing this. I've only got the usual WBT rather strong as of ate. Nice catch.


Paul S. in CT FN31nl



Puyallup WA Ultralight TP's for 1-17

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian results here this morning were somewhat similar to Dennis' report, although the high band TP's did seem to get an extra kick from 1530-1550 here during sunrise enhancement.
 
What had been a comatose band from 1420-1500 began to show signs of life with the first appearance of daylight here around 1510, with the usual high band regulars coming out of the noise. 1503-JOUK, 1566-HLAZ, 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 slowly rose up in strength until around 1545, when 1575-VOA had a good level in and out, while the other Asians managed a fair level in domestic splatter. 1503-JOUK and 1593-CNR1 never reached yesterday's good levels, and only 693-JOAB (fair) was showing any sign of life on the low band during the sunrise propagation peak (around 1545). The Asians bailed early compared to yesterday, with 1593-CNR1 once again the last one to slide into the noise (around 1555). Not a particularly exciting session, but much better than it started out in the predawn darkness.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
 


Re: WHPY 1590

Allen Willie
 

RE:

 

1590 WHPY Clayton, NORTH CAROLINA Jan/16/14 1600 EST EE FAIR-GOOD
ID on Hour as WHPY. Female with Bible Verses til 1604 EST. Then into a Sermon with a
Male Preacher from the "Northview Baptist Church" in Fayetteville, NC……Just down the
road a piece!!

RELOG…BUT NEW ULR # 1072 5 KW/25 Watts Nights
ROSS, ONT.

 

Hi Rob,

 

Nice catch on logging WHPY. I maged to hear that one for a new one myself during the Northern Bay Dxpedition on the night of Oct 28. Keep logging them Rob !

 

73

 

Allen Willie

Carbonear, NL


Re: [IRCA] Gary DeBock interview in the New Yorker..(SRF-39FP)

Gary DeBock
 

-----Original Message-----
From: coffee_canuck <coffeecanuck@...>
To: Mailing list for the International Radio Club of America
<irca@...>
Cc: irca <irca@...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 6:04 pm
Subject: [IRCA] Gary DeBock interview in the New Yorker...

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2014/01/the-ipod-of-prison-sony-radio.html?utm_source=www&utm_medium=tw&utm_campaign=20140116 

Thanks Colin, Eric and Steve,
 
For those interested in the full email interview with the New Yorker's Josh Hunt regarding the Sony SRF-39FP "Prison Radio," it is pasted below. All during the correspondence, I was wondering how a promising young writer like Josh could possibly have any interest in a pocket Sony transistor radio with a thumb wheel tuning dial... but it turned out that he had some real world "personal experience" with the model :-)
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
Hello Joshua,
 
<<<   I was told that you are the expert on the Sony SRF-39FP radio in North America.
I’m pleased to meet you and thankful for your time.   >>>
 
Well, thanks for the compliment. It's probably true that I've had more exposure to the radio than anyone else (who has managed to stay out of prison, that is).
 
<<<   Basically, the article is highlighting the fact that for prison inmates, radio
is still king, and that among them, the Sony SRF-39FP is kind of the king of
portable prison radios. The problem is that Sony doesn’t want to cooperate much
with the article, as it associates their company with prison. That makes PR
people gun-shy.   >>>
 
Sony's lack of cooperation is probably also related to the fact that their SRF-39FP model is based on mid-1990's technology, and is hardly a model that is likely to turn around their lackluster financial situation.
 
<<<   So, what can you tell me about the SRF-39FP? For instance, what year did it
first appear? Do you have any idea how many units have been produced throughout
the years or where it fits in the context of Sony walkman-style radios? What
makes it special and unique?   >>>
 
The Sony SRF-39FP is just one member of a family of analog AM-FM "Walkman" pocket radios introduced by Sony around 1995. The primary innovation (and attraction) of these radios is the CXA1129N integrated circuit, a "radio on a chip" breakthrough which provided unprecedented sensitivity, selectivity and image rejection on the AM band. This breakthrough CXA1129N chip is the master component in the entire Sony analog "Walkman" family, which includes the SRF-29, SRF-39, SRF-39FP, SRF-49, SRF-59 (the most widely marketed model) and the SRF-S84.
 
My own fascination with these radios was based on the casual purchase of a $17 Sony SRF-59 model in November of 2007, which shocked me with the reception of three Japanese and Korean AM stations (594-JOAK, 747-JOIB and 972-HLCA) all the way across the Pacific Ocean to my home in Puyallup, Washington. Having received extensive Navy training in electronics, I was extremely interested in how Sony could possibly pack such performance in a small pocket radio, and then market it for the ridiculously low price of $17. The CXA1129N chip was the reason-- and the radio instantly became a "cult item" among those of us in the "Ultralight Radio" Yahoo group in late 2007.
 
Despite its dubious user market, the SRF-39FP is actually the top-of-the-line member of this Sony analog "Walkman" family, with higher quality components than the SRF-59. Sony apparently had a contract to manufacture the SRF-39FP for the California prison system starting around 2002, and of course with the "booming" customer base, Sony had every incentive to ensure top performance in every model. Unlike the SRF-59 the SRF-39FP "Prison radio" almost always comes out of Sony's Chinese factories in top alignment, and has high quality components that will last indefinitely. Both the radio's case and the supplied ear phones are completely transparent to make it impossible for prisoners to hide contraband, giving the radio a bizarre "naked" appearance (unique in the Sony analog Walkman class). As far as I know, the first SRF-39FP models to be available for prison use appeared in California around 2002. 
 
The Sony SRF-39FP "Prison Radio" became a very big hit in our Ultralight Radio Yahoo group in early 2008, although it was only available through eBay sellers, who would only ship the radio to purchasers in the USA. Apparently these eBay sellers had supply sources in the California prison system, since the radios were always sold with the same packing material, original instructions, and refusal to sell outside of the USA. The going rate for the new SRF-39FP radios on eBay was a reasonable $25 in early 2008, but it has since jumped to about $40. The eBay sellers' refusal to sell these popular radios outside of the USA created a serious demand for them in Canada and elsewhere, but these Canadian hobbyists were out of luck unless they could find a purchaser in the USA to assist in their procurement. I personally shipped about 15 of them to Canada, where they became extremely popular as AM DXing (long distance reception) radios.
 
Currently the SRF-39FP retains its popularity as the top-of-the-line Sony analog "Walkman" radio, and although it continues to be in very demand in Canada, Europe and elsewhere, the eBay sellers continue to market the radios only in the USA. Part of the radio's charm is the extremely limited supply, apparently provided only by sellers who have siphoned off the radios from the California prison supply system, and who are paranoid about international sales. To my knowledge, Sony has never marketed the radios to the general public, so at least in this one ironic aspect, it's probably a unique form of "contraband" to those of us who have never broken the law :-)
 
73 and Best Wishes,
Gary DeBock
Ultralight Radio Group Co-Founder (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
. ----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Hunt <joshhunt@...>
To: d1028gary <d1028gary@...>
Sent: Tue, Jan 7, 2014 6:37 pm
Subject: SRF-39FP info for New Yorker article

Gary,

I was told that you are the expert on the Sony SRF-39FP radio in North America.
I’m pleased to meet you and thankful for your time.

I’m a journalist working on an article all about the Sony SRF-39FP, for The New
Yorker’s technology blog.

Basically, the article is highlighting the fact that for prison inmates, radio
is still king, and that among them, the Sony SRF-39FP is kind of the king of
portable prison radios. The problem is that Sony doesn’t want to cooperate much
with the article, as it associates their company with prison. That makes PR
people gun-shy.

So, what can you tell me about the SRF-39FP? For instance, what year did it
first appear? Do you have any idea how many units have been produced throughout
the years or where it fits in the context of Sony walkman-style radios? What
makes it special and unique?

I’d love to hear any and all facts that you can offer. I also talk about its
secondary market amongst DXers in the article, so feel free to comment on that
as well.

Thanks.

Joshua Hunt
 

 


 


ULR DX…1 NEW STN @ Sunset for the ULR LOG 1590 WHPY Clayton, NC

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Nothing too spectacular at Sunset today, but I did Log a Station on 1590 Khz that is NEW for the ULTRALIGHT LOG…but is a RELOG for the OVERALL LOG!! I Haven't heard this station since FEB 1977…….so I am happy to hear it again and add it to the ULR LOG!! I wonder if they missed me tuning in the last 37 Years!!!!

RADIO USED…………………SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight Barefoot

ULR LOG TOTALS are now………….1072 Stations Logged

73………….ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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1590 WHPY Clayton, NORTH CAROLINA Jan/16/14 1600 EST EE FAIR-GOOD
ID on Hour as WHPY. Female with Bible Verses til 1604 EST. Then into a Sermon with a
Male Preacher from the "Northview Baptist Church" in Fayetteville, NC……Just down the
road a piece!!

RELOG…BUT NEW ULR # 1072 5 KW/25 Watts Nights
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-16

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian signals had a revival this morning, especially on the high band. 1566-HLAZ was the star of the morning (with its Chinese service hitting an excellent level around 1415), and a collection of other high band Asians were boosted by a generous sunrise enhancement from 1515-1550.
 
Early on (from 1415-1500) not much more than 1566-HLAZ was showing much energy, but the dawn of daylight around 1515 also boosted 1287-JOHR, 1377-CNR1, 1503-JOUK, 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 up to good levels in and out of the domestic splatter. A brief check of the low band at 1540 also revealed fair signals from 594-JOAK and 603-HLSA in and out, although both were pretty anemic compared to the high band Asians. 1503-JOUK had one of its best signals of the winter here around 1545, along with 1287-JOHR at 1550. If Dennis was listening this morning he must have received quite a few of high band Japanese, since he typically has much better propagation from that area than I do. The sole survivor here at 1600 was again the overachieving 1593-CNR1, which managed to get through the 1590-Seattle splatter with fair to good signals for most of sunrise enhancement. Overall it was a pretty average morning, but after the last couple of miserable days it seemed like quite a breakthrough.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
    


Re: ULDX Down Under

Paul Blundell
 

Nice catch Tony.

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


Hi Tony,

Great DX as usual, from the "Kiwi King" of the X-band! Your PL-380 and box loop are really having a great summer so far.

After receiving New Zealand stations at local-like levels on the Oregon cliffs last July and August I've been stuck here in a landlocked location, totally shut out from anything south of the Equator (except for 738-Tahiti). I'm starting to feel a little like Theo Donnelly and Tony Ward-- transplanted Kiwis.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)






-----Original Message-----
From: tonyzl <tonyzl@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Tue, Jan 14, 2014 3:44 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULDX Down Under






'Tis summer and good DX at times from the Americas. The year has opened with my PL380 + box loop logging KUDL 1660 Kansas City KS 1kw around 2.a.m. MST 0830UTC with Bloomberg Live in London, numerous investment, DIY, Security and Goldmine ads and ID KUDL AM1650 plus KMBD Business channel. Conditions gave no trace of the usual domination 1660 here KRZI. This catch of 1 kw compliments CJLO 1690 Montreal heard 31 October last.

73,
Tony


new catch Wisconsin station # 6 on Ultralight

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

 

Good propagation from the west early this morning here. Strong signals from many of the Chicago stations including WBBM, WGN, WLS, WSCR and WYLL.

Between 4:45 - 6:30 AM Local time the following stations were heard as well as a new catch of

WISN 1130 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Ultralight

1130 - WISN - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8:37 UTC 1/15/14 w/ local ads, ID , promos, PSA then into Coast to Coast AM program ( mixing with and under WBBR New York )

Ultralight Station # 1224 Wisconsin Station # 6 on Ultralight

Receiver: SRF-M37W barefoot

 

Others heard

 

860 - CJBC - Toronto, Ontario (Very Strong)

1130 - WISN - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1160 - KSL - Salt Lake Citty, Utah

1190 - CFSL - Weyburn, Saskatchewan

1220 - CJRB - Boissevain, Manitoba

1250 - CHSM - Steinbach, Manitoba

1320 - KOZY - Grand Rapids, Minnesota

 

Good DX

Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear. Newfoundland


Re: ULDX Down Under

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Tony,
 
Great DX as usual, from the "Kiwi King" of the X-band! Your PL-380 and box loop are really having a great summer so far.
 
After receiving New Zealand stations at local-like levels on the Oregon cliffs last July and August I've been stuck here in a landlocked location, totally shut out from anything south of the Equator (except for 738-Tahiti). I'm starting to feel a little like Theo Donnelly and Tony Ward-- transplanted Kiwis.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: tonyzl
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Jan 14, 2014 3:44 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] ULDX Down Under

 
'Tis summer and good DX at times from the Americas. The year has opened with my PL380 + box loop logging KUDL 1660 Kansas City KS 1kw around 2.a.m. MST 0830UTC with Bloomberg Live in London, numerous investment, DIY, Security and Goldmine ads and ID KUDL AM1650 plus KMBD Business channel. Conditions gave no trace of the usual domination 1660 here KRZI. This catch of 1 kw compliments CJLO 1690 Montreal  heard 31 October last.
73,
Tony


More on 1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA……..

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VA. is still coming in quite well here at 2340 EST. I just copied more of the ID previously heard……..

@ 2340 EST after some Religious Inspirational Instrumental Music…..the Male DJ said "WMUX Hurricane, West Virginia is currently OFF the Feed for EWTN". He said another sentence after that….but couldn't copy what he said.

So…..Even though they are ON the Air way past their Sign-Off time….they ARE NOT carrying any kind of a feed from EWTN at this time. They are just playing Inspirational and Choir Music and inserting the odd ID as I listed above.

Whatever they are doing…it is a NEW STN for me and a good opportunity for other to log a 1 KW Daytimer from West Virginia!!

73……….ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


ULR DX…1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA…NEW STATION!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Several DXers have been chasing a Mystery Station on 1110 Khz playing Religious Music the past few nights. Tonight it is coming in a lot better and I was finally able to hear an ID for WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA!! This is a NEW STN for both the ULR and OVERALL LOGS!! It is a 1 KW DAYTIME Station that is obviously ON LATE!!

RADIO USED……………..SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight Barefoot

ULR LOG TOTALS are now……………1071 Stations Heard

73……ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

***************************************************************************************
1110 WMUX Hurricane, WEST VA. Jan/14/14 2045-2146 EST EE FAIR-GOOD
Mostly a Mix of Christian Inspirational Instrumental Music and Female Choir Music.
Under and at times over WBT Charlotte!! Music was very Catholic Sounding..like what
would be heard in a Catholic Mass. Nice ID heard at 2145 EST by a Male DJ in a Subdued
Voice as "This is WMUX Hurricane, WEST VIRGINIA" Then right into more Female Choir Music.

NEW STN ULR # 1071 1 KW DAYS
ROSS, ONT.
*****************************************************************************************


ULDX Down Under

tonyzl@...
 

'Tis summer and good DX at times from the Americas. The year has opened with my PL380 + box loop logging KUDL 1660 Kansas City KS 1kw around 2.a.m. MST 0830UTC with Bloomberg Live in London, numerous investment, DIY, Security and Goldmine ads and ID KUDL AM1650 plus KMBD Business channel. Conditions gave no trace of the usual domination 1660 here KRZI. This catch of 1 kw compliments CJLO 1690 Montreal  heard 31 October last.

73,
Tony


Second new Ultralight log of 2014

Allen Willie
 

Hello To all,

Another new catch last night for my second of 2014.

1160 - WPIE - Trumansburg, New York 1:43 UTC 1/14/14 w/ ESPN Sports ID's , mention of Ithaca, AM 1160 & 107.1 FM mentions , sports talk

Ultralight Station # 1223

Receiver: SRF-M37W barefoot

 

Also of mention was hearing 1320 - WJAS - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania w/ Beatles song "When I'm 64 " , Legal ID by man ( A relog however I've only heard this one about 3 times in the past 6 years. )

 

Good DX

Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-13

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian results here were very similar to Dennis's report, with TP's that were totally comatose at 1420 coming to life on both the low and high bands during a generous sunrise enhancement.
 
Not even a decent Asian carrier was around at 1420, but a second check at 1535 revealed a fair-level 603-HLSA with the music that Dennis mentioned, along with its weaker Chinese co-channel dropping in and out. Other low band stations that managed audio at this time were 594-JOAK (fair), 648-VOR (fair) and 693-JOAB (poor to fair). The high band was considerably more vibrant with 1377-CNR1, 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 all in and out with good signals from 1540-1600, although there were some domestic splatter issues here on 1377 and 1593. Best signal of the morning was an overachieving 1593-CNR1, which maintained good signals (in and out of 1590-Seattle splatter) right up until 1605.  By that time it was the sole Asian survivor here, although 972-HLCA had also been boosted by sunrise enhancement to carry on with fair signals until the 1600 TOH. Overall it was an unusual Asian morning, saved completely by an unusually potent sunrise propagation boost.
 
1593  CNR1  Changzhou, China   Good-strength
          Chinese vocal music (through 1590-Seattle
          splatter) at 1557; best TP signal of the morning
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight + 
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 


First new Ultralight log of 2014

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

I finally bagged my first new Ultralight log of 2014 early this morning.

 

1380 - KAGE - Winona, Minnesota 9:16 UTC 1/13/14 w/ various country songs including Tanya Tucker , "AP K-G Country" ID's , ads

Listed as low power but it's suspect , signal was mixing with CKPC in Brantford, Ontario

Ultralight Station # 1222          Minnesota Station # 9 on Ultralight

 

 

Receiver: SRF-M37W barefoot

 

Good DX

Allen Willie VOPC1AA

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Re: why does my 7.5" loopstick favor one direction above 1000 KHz?

Jay <jaypolicow@...>
 

What you say makes perfect sense. I have read discussions about this before and in my experience loops are generally very equal from one lobe to the other. However, in a few very isolated circumstances I have noticed some differences from one lobe to the next which I attributed to local conditions (local meaning quite close to the radio), because those effects were impossible to duplicate in another spot. If a particular radio or loopstick seems noticeably asymmetrical I also suspect something is wrong.

Jay
http://radiojayallen.com

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


Andy and Chuck,

The 7.5" loopstick PL-380 antenna design has a completely symmetrical coil (not offset to one side,) and is well isolated from the receiver circuitry (much more so than the internal stock loopstick), as shown in the attached photo. It has also been successfully built and/or used by at least a dozen DXers (including Patrick Martin, not a member of our Ultralight Yahoo group), all of whom have reported good results with it. None of the users have reported any issue with nulling or loopstick directivity, as Ryan has mentioned. The evidence would indicate that Ryan either has nearby metallic objects (indoors) which are skewing the symmetrical loopstick reception pattern, or a unique issue related to his own loopstick construction.

Ryan, as I recall, you originally had asked me to build the 7.5 loopstick PL-380 model for you. I have a couple of the models finished now, neither of which have any loopstick directivity issue (like you describe). As a final check, I would recommend that you get outdoors and check to see if your loopstick directivity issue still exists. If so, you may either send your finished model here for loopstick replacement, or simply exchange your finished model for one of the two finished MW test models here (both of which operate normally).

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) .


-----Original Message-----
From: charlesh3 <charlesh3@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] why does my 7.5" loopstick favor one direction above 1000 KHz?







I agree with Andy. A ferrite loop figure 8 is normally very close to a figure 8. If something is wrong to the point where you notice it casually, something is badly wrong. This can also be confirmed if the nulls are not 180 degrees apart. The normal culprits are nearby objects and a lot of pickup (contamination) between the loop and the radio.


One question I'd like to know the answer to is the performance of a proper 7.5 inch replacement to the PL-380 rod. As far as I know, no one has reported the values for standard pattern skewing tests.


Chuck

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