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Re: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

rel.ative@...
 

Hi Gary,


Bit of a late post, but thanks for putting these up. The Korean Jammer is particularly interesting. Any clues on which side is jamming which?


r


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-6

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Although it certainly wasn't a stellar morning there were some moderate signs of life from low-band Asians here this morning. Around 1400 both 594-JOAK and 603-HLSA had fair audio in and out, and both 639-CNR1 and 648-VOR were weakly showing up at times under the KFI and CISL splatter. Nothing else sounded particularly vibrant at this time during the predawn darkness, as the middle and high band seemed to be in hibernation.
 
In contrast to the past few days the low-band TP's did not crash dive around 1430, but stayed at a mediocre level right through sunrise enhancement until around 1550. During this period 1575-VOA came up to a fair level, and 972-HLCA joined the low-band TP's with fair signals in and out. Although none of the Asians were particularly vibrant here this morning, it was unusual to have the low-band TP's stick around at a fairly steady level for almost two hours.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstiuck Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
  


ULR DX…..NEW GRAVEYARDER 1450 KATE Albert Lea, MINNESOTA

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Just tuning around looking for stations maybe broadcasting Snow Storm Info etc and stumbled onto a New Graveyarder on 1450 Khz!! Was surprised when I heard a "K" Call ID!! This is NEW for both the ULR and OVERALL LOGS!! Also have 950 CFAM Altona, MANITOBA blasting in….so this makes sense….good Conditions to the North West tonight! Thought I may have had 1250 Steinbach, Manitoba too with EZ Listening Inspirational Music….but I couldn't get an ID!!

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

ULR LOG TOTALS are now…………1066 Stations Heard

73………..ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

******************************************************************************
1450 KATE Albert Lea, MINNESOTA Jan/05/14 2207 EST EE FAIR
All alone on the frequency. Male DJ gave ID as "Your Source for Weather
and Sports…AM 1450 KATE". Into Adult Standards Music. Frank Sinatra Type Tune,
Barry Manilow, NOS Type stuff.


NEW STN ULR # 1066 ULR GY # 117 GY # 153 1KW 614 Miles
ROSS, ONT.
*******************************************************************************


570 WSYR Syracuse instead of 570 WMCA both NYC here in CT.

Rik
 

WSYR 570 is booming in here in NE CT, while I have WMCA in my log from NYCity on that frequency. - FARMERIK


Newfoundland Ultralights back in business after storm and blackout

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

The snowstorm and blackout seems to be over for the most part here in Newfoundland. At least here in Carbonear power has been restored in many places. We were without power for 24 or 26 hours straight until mid day today.

 

Other places may not have power service until Monday or Tuesday officials had said. The winds were vicious yesterday morning and were the main weather problem causing major drifting. The snow had been predicted to be more but turned out to be a not as much here as St. John's received.

The ultralights on battery power were a saving grace for listening, DXing and helping to limit the boredom during the hours with no power.

Our local station on 800 was off the air last evening and in it's place I could hear TransWorld Radio in the Netherland Antilles as well as CJAD in Montreal, both relogs.

Still looking for my first new log of the New Year on Ultralight

Good DX

Allen Willie

Carbonear, Newfoundland


Re: Digitech AR-1733

Paul Blundell
 

I also have the AR-1733, what issues are we talking about?

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Michael" <michael.setaazul@...> wrote:

I have an AR-1733. What is the issue referred to here?

I didn't get the message previous to this.

Michael


----- Original Message -----From: birawa2011@...

To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: 03 January 2014 10:55
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Digitech AR-1733

Same here for the SW reception. Why so? Can it be fixed?


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-3

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
Some energetic Asian signals presented themselves around 1400 UTC this morning (while the coast was still in total darkness), but unfortunately the sunrise enhancement period didn't really enhance much except for 1575-VOA.
 
 
828-JOBB and 972-HLCA were both at very good strength around 1350, and some second-tier Asians like 558-HLQH, its // 603-HLSA and 738-BEL2 were also managing fair audio at times. Shortly after 1400 other Japanese big guns like 693-JOAB and 747-JOIB were in and out with good signals, along with 648-VOR and 657-Pyongyang.  The band stayed in this promising state until around 1430, when most of the second-tier Asians started to slide into the noise. By 1500 things had calmed down considerably, although 1575-VOA went against the trend by rising up to a decent level. Sunrise enhancement was pretty much of a fizzler, with only 1575-VOA (good), 1503-JOUK (fair) and a couple of weak Chinese stations (1377 and 1593) managing to survive until 1530. At least the band was showing some signs of life after yesterday's mediocre performance.
 
 
972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea  Good level Korean female
           speech at 1348; recorded indoors on a 7" FSL 
           despite a minor household noise issue
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
 
  


Re: Digitech AR-1733

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

I have an AR-1733. What is the issue referred to here?

I didn't get the message previous to this.

Michael

----- Original Message -----From: birawa2011@...

To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: 03 January 2014 10:55
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Digitech AR-1733

Same here for the SW reception. Why so? Can it be fixed?


Re: Digitech AR-1733

birawa2011@...
 

Same here for the SW reception. Why so? Can it be fixed?


PL-380 noise floor

ve7aul
 

Has anyone here with a barefoot, unmodified Tecsun PL-380 ever seen it display a signal strenght of less than 15 dBu? That's the lowest value I have seen after trying several different locations at many different times so I have been wondering if it's still worth looking for quieter sites or if I am up against its internal noise floor.


Re: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Peter,
 
Thanks for sharing the links to your impressive videos, and congratulations on your success is receiving some excellent DX catches on your portable radios.
 
Regarding the relative audio reception quality of your Sangean PR-D1 and the Sony ICF-SW7600GR compared to the Tecsun PL-380 in the 1 kHz DSP setting, the PL-380 is also quite capable of decent audio fidelity, but not in the 1 kHz DSP setting. Those who own any of the Tecsun DSP Ultralights capable of switching down to the 1 kHz DSP option know that this narrow filtering will clip off some of the high audio frequencies, but that is part of the tradeoff in obtaining the sharpest selectivity available in the pocket radio class. I also own the Sony ICF-SW7600GR and SRF-59 models, but using either of those radios (with their wide filtering) to chase transoceanic DX in our Vancouver-Seattle-Portland splatter would be an exercise in frustration. It's basically a question of which is worse-- domestic splatter covering up the transoceanic DX, or rudimentary DSP filtering reducing the audio quality of your DX recordings? In any case, I do admire anyone who chases transoceanic DX with any type of portable (like you do, Peter). Some of us live in more challenging DXing environments than others, though, and need to make the best use of whatever resources we have to give us a reasonable chance of success.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
       
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: petersouthport1956
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Wed, Jan 1, 2014 10:38 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] RE: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

 
Hello Gary,

I think you misunderstood. I was talking about the audio level being too high, not the quality of reception. I certainly don't expect a $50 DSP radio to sound like an expensive SDR! (I don't own a Perseus btw)

I know all about the challenges of receiving distant MW catches on portable radios under trying circumstance,s as these videos illustrate :)


Regards

Peter



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

Hello Peter,
 
Thanks for your comment on the MP3 recordings.
 
When the Tecsun PL-380 ultralight radio is recording in the 1 kHz DSP setting (as is necessary when DXing in North America, with heavy domestic splatter), the DSP processing tends to clip off the high audio frequencies, resulting in audio recording quality that is less impressive than that possible on the Perseus-SDR, or other communication receivers. Switching to a wider DSP filter setting (2 or 3 KHz, for example) will improve the audio quality of the MP3 recording, but also allow more domestic splatter to interfere with the DX signal. Several of the MP3's had both challenges to deal with (limited audio fidelity in the 1 kHz DSP setting, plus heavy domestic splatter).
 
Basically, it's a question of tradeoffs-- how many challenges and limitations are you willing to face (and tolerate) in order to chase transoceanic DX in the presence of heavy domestic splatter with a $50 Ultralight radio? If a DXer doesn't want to face the challenges, there are always $1000+ communication receivers with superior filtering and better audio quality around. Not everyone is up to the challenge of Ultralight radio transoceanic DXing--  so to each his own, Peter.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)      
-----Original Message-----
From: petersouthport1956 <petersouthport1956@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Wed, Jan 1, 2014 7:14 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] RE: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

 
Hello Gary,

Unfortunately your recordings are distorted. Maybe you should try decreasing the volume of the radio, or adjust the recording level of your IC recorder.

Regards

Peter
Pattaya, Thailand


Re: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

Peter 1956
 

Hello Gary,

I think you misunderstood. I was talking about the audio level being too high, not the quality of reception. I certainly don't expect a $50 DSP radio to sound like an expensive SDR! (I don't own a Perseus btw)

I know all about the challenges of receiving distant MW catches on portable radios under trying circumstance,s as these videos illustrate :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFvbDKibc4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fub5lyBmWE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKLyrYGlz7Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSP1tMD1ylI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJemC-Y_bGU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1QiChxgS4s


Regards


Peter




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

Hello Peter,
 
Thanks for your comment on the MP3 recordings.
 
When the Tecsun PL-380 ultralight radio is recording in the 1 kHz DSP setting (as is necessary when DXing in North America, with heavy domestic splatter), the DSP processing tends to clip off the high audio frequencies, resulting in audio recording quality that is less impressive than that possible on the Perseus-SDR, or other communication receivers. Switching to a wider DSP filter setting (2 or 3 KHz, for example) will improve the audio quality of the MP3 recording, but also allow more domestic splatter to interfere with the DX signal. Several of the MP3's had both challenges to deal with (limited audio fidelity in the 1 kHz DSP setting, plus heavy domestic splatter).
 
Basically, it's a question of tradeoffs-- how many challenges and limitations are you willing to face (and tolerate) in order to chase transoceanic DX in the presence of heavy domestic splatter with a $50 Ultralight radio? If a DXer doesn't want to face the challenges, there are always $1000+ communication receivers with superior filtering and better audio quality around. Not everyone is up to the challenge of Ultralight radio transoceanic DXing--  so to each his own, Peter.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)      

-----Original Message-----
From: petersouthport1956 <petersouthport1956@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Wed, Jan 1, 2014 7:14 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] RE: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

 
Hello Gary,

Unfortunately your recordings are distorted. Maybe you should try decreasing the volume of the radio, or adjust the recording level of your IC recorder.

Regards

Peter
Pattaya, Thailand


Re: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Peter,
 
Thanks for your comment on the MP3 recordings.
 
When the Tecsun PL-380 ultralight radio is recording in the 1 kHz DSP setting (as is necessary when DXing in North America, with heavy domestic splatter), the DSP processing tends to clip off the high audio frequencies, resulting in audio recording quality that is less impressive than that possible on the Perseus-SDR, or other communication receivers. Switching to a wider DSP filter setting (2 or 3 KHz, for example) will improve the audio quality of the MP3 recording, but also allow more domestic splatter to interfere with the DX signal. Several of the MP3's had both challenges to deal with (limited audio fidelity in the 1 kHz DSP setting, plus heavy domestic splatter).
 
Basically, it's a question of tradeoffs-- how many challenges and limitations are you willing to face (and tolerate) in order to chase transoceanic DX in the presence of heavy domestic splatter with a $50 Ultralight radio? If a DXer doesn't want to face the challenges, there are always $1000+ communication receivers with superior filtering and better audio quality around. Not everyone is up to the challenge of Ultralight radio transoceanic DXing--  so to each his own, Peter.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)      

-----Original Message-----
From: petersouthport1956
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Wed, Jan 1, 2014 7:14 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] RE: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

 
Hello Gary,

Unfortunately your recordings are distorted. Maybe you should try decreasing the volume of the radio, or adjust the recording level of your IC recorder.

Regards

Peter
Pattaya, Thailand


Re: Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

Peter 1956
 

Hello Gary,

Unfortunately your recordings are distorted. Maybe you should try decreasing the volume of the radio, or adjust the recording level of your IC recorder.

Regards

Peter
Pattaya, Thailand


Ultralight Longwave DX- One More New NDB (California)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
The good Longwave conditions tonight brought in a flea-powered beacon from California that had been a long-term target--  526-RWE. This beacon had been heard frequently during Oregon cliff DXpeditions, but never with very much strength. I'm kind of surprised that it ever could make it up here to be heard on the PL-380 Ultralight (and 12" Longwave FSL antenna).
 
526-RWE  Camp Roberts, CA  (Ultralight NDB # 253)
(headphones recommended)
 
73 and Happy New Year,
Gary DeBock, N7EKX
Puyallup, WA, USA
7.5" Longwave loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Longwave FSL antenna
 
 


Ultralight Longwave DX-- One New NDB (Alberta)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Very good Longwave conditions to Canada prevailed tonight, with beacons 328-YTL, 335-YLD and 346-YXL all being heard from Ontario (or, as Rob calls it, "almost Manitoba"). One new beacon from Alberta showed up at 0710 UTC (2301 PST), the first new beacon here for 2014...
 
388  MM  Fort McMurray, AB    125 watts  (Ultralight NDB # 252)
 
Don't know why this beacon has never showed up here before, but only nineteen more beacons to go before catching the Canadian champion. Do you have your snowmobile suit ready yet, Rob??  :-)
 
73 and Happy New Year,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" Longwave loopstick Tecsun PL-380 +
12" Longwave FSL antenna
 
 
 
  


Asian Mainland TP-DX... Best of Season

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
Although chasing Asian TP's in the back yard each morning doesn't exactly provide the same level of excitement as tracking down exotic DU's on an ocean side cliff while dodging 18-wheelers on Highway 101, this season provided some surprisingly strong TP's from China, Korea and Russia. Many of the MP3's linked below pegged the PL-380's S/N display at the 25 maximum (indicated with a double asterisk**) and some of them were the strongest ever received here in 7 years (indicated with a triple asterisk***). In general the signals from the Asian mainland have seemed significantly stronger here than last year, although that may be due to a new 12" FSL antenna being used (which provides a major sensitivity boost over last year's 8" model). Unlike the locations where the other TP-DXers live, this particular spot has always seemed to favor signals from the Asian mainland, and is only moderately favorable for Japanese signals. 
  
 
***603  China (Hulun Buir?)  Strong male-female
                   Chinese conversation at 1314 on 10-1
 
***603  HLSA  Namyang, S. Korea  Excellent strength
                   Korean male conversation // 558 at 1328 on 9-22
 
***639  China Synchros   Strong male Chinese
                   news // 6125 at 1308 on 11-3; recorded on 638
                   (due to a strong 640-KFI at the time)
 
648  VOR  Razdolnoye, Russia   Chinese service at strong
                  level at 1325 on 11-2; did not peg PL-380 S/N,
                  but strongest signal of the season
 
***657  Pyongyang  N .Korea   Excellent strength orchestral
                   music at 1355 on 9-29
 
738  BEL2  Penghu, Taiwan  Strong male-hosted Chinese
                   call-in talk program with female caller at 1327
                   on 9-21, Did not peg the PL-380 S/N display,
                   but equaled its strongest signal ever here
  
963  CRI  Huadian, China  Russian service at fair strength
                   on 1348 on 9-30; not especially strong, but best
                   signal ever here
 
**972  HLCA  Dangjin, S. Korea   Korean big gun with typical
                   monster signal at 1332 on 9-16 playing Korean pop
                   music; this station usually pegs the PL-380 S/N
                   daily here during September and October
 
1017  CRI  Changchun, China  Korean service at fair to good
                   level at 1342 on 9-26; best signal of the season 
 
1044  CRI  Changzhou, China  Japanese service at fair to good
                   level at 1323 on 10-14; best signal of the season 
 
**1053  Korean Jammer  Monster buzz at 1348 on 9-28; best
                   jam of the season
 
  
73 and Happy New Year,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
(Design photo posted at
 
 
 
 
 


Re: New Station on 840kHz tonite

gmosherat
 

Hey Paul,


I bet I logged the same thing tonight - tuning the dial around 10:00 PM eastern here in Rochester, NY with a few radios and the DX tools Quantum Loop.   I had inductively coupled it to a CC Pocket radio and on 840 I heard WHAS but also w/ quantum pointed SSE there was a Spanish station.


Gregory in Rochester


Re: ULR DX 1600 WLRS Eminence, KENTUCKY 320 Watts Daytimer on now!!!

Paul S. in CT
 

ID at ToH about 0101 EST. WTTF is semi-regular in winter. Theres a lot of stuff on 1600, but not much E-W. Didn't get the target station tho. I don't record, nor do I have a recorder.


Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: ULR DX 1600 WLRS Eminence, KENTUCKY 320 Watts Daytimer on now!!!

alfredsantee@ymail.com
 

19 watts WTtf ? Flea power. Are you sure ? Do you have a recording if it. This is a great catch

Alf

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