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thylton@...
 

What headphones do you guys use>


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP''s for 1-25

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Nick apparently got his wish this morning-- a major drop off in Asian propagation compared to yesterday (so that he could sort out his recordings). My session started off at 1500 with only 972-HLCA very vibrant (good signals in and out), but that was about the same as yesterday's situation during the predawn darkness. Unfortunately the sunrise enhancement this morning was far less potent than yesterday's, generally nudging both the high and low band Asians only up to slightly better levels.
 
Around 1520 the low band received its moderate boost, raising 594-JOAK, 603-HLSA, 639-CNR1 and 738-BEL2 up to fair levels (in and out from 1530-1540). None of these sounded particularly vibrant like during yesterday's session, and they didn't stick around for long when they did fade up. The high band also received a moderate sunrise enhancement boost with 1377-CNR1 and 1503-JOUK reaching fair levels in and out around 1540, and 1566-HLAZ, 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 reaching brief good levels as well (in domestic splatter). There were no exceptional signals like yesterday, and the entire session seemed pretty mediocre by comparison. Welcome back to Dennis this morning, and thanks for your detailed report (from another DXer on the same "planet" :-)
 
639 CNR1  China Synchros   Fair Chinese speech
         at 1532 during a meager sunrise enhancement
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
C.Crane SWP 7.5" Slider loopstick Ultralight +
12" medium Wave FSL antenna
 
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better radio

thylton@...
 

I am fairly new to ULR dxing and have a grundig g8. Would like to get another radio that will give better mw performance. I would like to keep the price around 50 dollars and any suggestions will be appreciated.


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-24

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Both the low and high band had some very potent Asian signals this morning, making it seem like something straight out of October. The low band suddenly went on a romp during sunrise enhancement from 1530-1545, when 603 kHz became an S9 battleground between HLSA and China-- the most vibrant mix of those two ever recorded here.. 594-JOAK, 639-CNR1, 648-VOR and 657-Pyongyang were also all fair to good during the same period, while the star performer on the high band during sunrise enhancement here was 1593-CNR1.
 
My listening session started off at 1430, when only 603-HLSA and 972-HLCA were the only Asians showing any real energy (both with good signals, in and out). During the darkness period before 1500 both the low and high bands were relatively subdued, with only 1593-CNR1 having fair audio on the upper frequencies. Around 1520 the increasing sunlight seemed to boost up low band propagation in a major way, with 603-HLSA leading the way with very good long-set music // 558, which was in and out of 560-KPQ splatter with fair signals. 594-JOAK also got a major boost (up to good level), while 639-CNR1 and 657-Pyongyang raised up to fair levels. Suddenly 603-China joined HLSA with potent signals around 1530, and the two collectively went on an S9 romp around 1535, with HLSA usually dominant. Fortunately the C.Crane SWP Slider model (with its relatively good narrow filter audio) was being used for the MP3 recording of this 603 mix, which was far more impressive than any other TP mix recorded here this season. 9 minutes of live DXing time was spent here listening on the 603 mix from 1530-1539, so there wasn't too much time to go after other unusual TP signals (like the ones that Nick reported). A brief check of the low band around 1545 had 594-JOAK with good signals, 603-HLSA/ China still with a very good mix, 639-CNR1 fair to good, 648-VOR fair, and 657-Pyongyang fair to good. Shifting to the high band at 1546 I noticed 1593-CNR1 at a good level in and out (with no Japanese co-channel), and 1575-VOA at a fair-to good level. By this time the sunrise enhancement propagation was losing steam at this landlocked location, and the low band collectively bailed out around 1550. 1593-CNR1 stuck around with fair signals in and out until just before 1600, though, once again becoming the last Asian survivor. Quite a morning-- it will be interesting to read Nick's, Dennis' and Bruce's report (and maybe Nigel's?). 
 
603  HLSA  Namyang, S. Korea + 603  China (Hun Buir?)
         Dominant HLSA with pop music over Chinese female
         speech in S9 mix at 1534; strongest mix of these two
         ever recorded here (and strongest TP's of the morning) 
 
1593  CNR1  Changzhou, China   Good level Chinese
        male speech (// 6125) over 1590-Seattle splatter at
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
C.Crane SWP 7.5" Slider loopstick Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
             


Re: PL380 SW DX

wpe6bvt@...
 

Hi Pat..

 

your Athmeeya Yathra logs inspired me to check them out this morning on the PL380 barefoot w/ the whip 1/2 extended..

 

15235 AY Radio (Nauen) 1510-1528* 23 Jan. In (p) listed Magathi w/ chat, nice song w/ tabla/horns & chorus, closing program w/ AY Post Box in Bihar, then new language (Mundari listed) w/ (p) religious chat w/ occ. EG words (Sunday, Monday..), apparently an SMS # w/ numbers in EG ("0-9-9..."), closing broadcast with AY Post Box in Gorapur & off @ :28 after brief annct. Signal peaking 27/25 on '380 readout w/ whip & 57/25 with the 6m X wire clipped on.

 

15150 AY Radio (Nauen) *1530+ SItar AY theme, opening annct. w/ ID by W followed by program in (p) Maithili..signal peaking 25/19 barefoot & 56/25 with the X wire..

 

also found Sarawak FM (via RTM)-9835, Wai FM (via RTM)-11665  @ 1540+ & Klasik Nasional (via RTM)-5965a @ 1557 after CRI(Beijing)-5965 closes their RU broadcast @ 1556 using the '380 barefoot..

 

not sure where you found the AYR via Trincomalee info, but the latest Aoki B13 info shows both 15235/15150 from Nauen, GERMANY (also 15385 1230-1500 in various sub-cont. languages)--if AY's coming from Trincomalee again, I wonder when they switched sites.

 

thanks for providing me with a bit of fun @ the beach this morning--I'll try for additional DX w/ the PL380 barefoot over the weekend..never know what may slide down the whip..

 

cheers from Encinitas..

 

Dan

WB6FJD

 

 

 

 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-23

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian results here were somewhat different from those reported by Dennis, probably because of a very late start time. A short listening session from 1530-1550 was all that was possible here this morning, and it certainly seemed like I had missed the boat for peak Asian propagation, at least on the low band.
 
Right at 1530 there were some interesting signals from 594-JOAK (fair), 603-HLSA (fair to good), 639-CNR1 (poor to fair) and 648-VOR (fair), but these were all long gone within 5 minutes as sunlight increased. The high band propagation stuck around a little bit longer as 1377-CNR1 (poor), 1503-JOUK (poor), 1575-VOA (very good) and a mix of 1593-CNR1 (fair) and the Japanese co-channel (poor) were dropping in and out from 1535-1550. Out of this standard high band group only 1575-VOA had any real energy, and it was the last Asian survivor at 1550. The earlier sunrise recently seems to have resulted in the Asians collectively bailing out well before they did a few weeks back, at least in this landlocked valley location.
 
1575  VOA  Ban Rassom, Thailand    Good strength
           female speech in Asiatic language at 1542
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
C.Crane SWP 7.5" Slider loopstick Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna 
 
     


PL380 SW DX

patrice.privat
 

Hi

 

1515 UTC 15235 khz Mundari language by Athmik Yatra Radio from Trincomalee, Srilanka

 

1530 UTC 15150 khz Maithili language by the same

 

1545 UTC 15150 khz Bagheli language by the same, all barefoot with half-extended rod.

 

Pat (Beauvais, France)


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-22

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Asian results here this morning seemed similar to Dennis' report, with a few variations. Unlike recent mornings the low band had some audio from Asian mainland TP's, and was at least as good as the high band here.
 
My session started off at 1425, when both 594-JOAK and 603-HLSA already had some fair audio in and out. 972-HLCA was also managing fair audio during this early time, as well as 1593-CNR1 (the strongest high band Asian all morning). The Korean big gun 972-HLCA rose up to a very good level around 1445 with pop music, ending up as the strongest signal of the session (by far). During its peak HLCA also had a TP co-channel (apparent deep-voiced male Chinese) at a weak level to make things more interesting. Around 1520 sunrise enhancement started to kick in, which didn't do very much for the high band  but did make the low band moderately more interesting. 603 kHz ended up with a mix of HLSA and China around 1540 (both at a fair level), and like Dennis reported, 648-VOR was in and out with fair signals around this time also. The high band featured fair signals from 1566-HLAZ and 1575-VOA and an occasional good signal from 1593-CNR1 during sunrise enhancement, none of which sounded anything like their potent signals of the past few days. Overall the session was fairly interesting, primarily because of the low and middle band activity during the darkness hours.
 
For a change this morning I was DXing with the C.Crane SWP 7.5" Slider model, which is fairly unique among the hot-rodded Ultralights in having relatively good audio for MP3 recordings (with its transplanted CFJ455K5 IF filter, the same narrow filter as in the Eton E1 model that Colin uses). The drawback in using the model (compared to the 7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380) is that the 7.5" Slider loopstick coil must be peaked with each frequency change--- a hassle that seems to increase according to the rarity of the TP being chased.
 
603  HLSA Namyang, S. Korea   Fair
        Korean pop music at 1535 during
        sunrise enhancement
 
603  China  (Hulun Buir?)   Fair Chinese
        female speech at 1537
 
972  HLCA  Namyang, S. Korea   Very
       good Korean female pop music at
       1445; best TP signal of the morning
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
C.Crane SWP 7.5" loopstick Slider model
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: solar flairs

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Now that I see where you are located, you will not see as much of the effects I described
as we do farther North. Typically, you could expect to lose whatever of the Chicago/Detroit/Minneapolis
high power stations on the clear channels in an aurora.

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>

AM:  Modified Sony ICF 2010's barefoot
FM: Yamaha T-80 & T-85, each w/ Conrad RDS Decoder;
Onkyo T-450RDS; Tecsun PL-310 ( 2);
modified Sony ICF2010 w/APS9B @ 15';
Grundig G8 w/whip; modified Sony ICF2010 w/whip

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On Wed, 1/22/14, thylton@... <thylton@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] solar flairs
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 7:27 AM
















 









Thanks Ross. Being new to this hobby I have so much
to learn and will be relying on this forum to answer many
questions. Be back soon with more questions.

thyltonSulphur,
LA


Re: solar flairs

thylton@...
 

Thanks Ross. Being new to this hobby I have so much to learn and will be relying on this forum to answer many questions. Be back soon with more questions.


thylton

Sulphur, LA


How To Fix Defective Volume Control on Tecsun PL 398MP Radio

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
This message is forwarded from Jerry Popiel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, regarding a problem with his PL-398MP model.
 
Jerry, I ran across this same volume control problem in a PL-380 model last month, but because I needed to repair the radio right away for a loopstick transplant, I simply swapped the RF board (which contains the volume control) with the same RF board from a parts radio, which corrected the problem. Since I don't own a PL-398MP, I'm hoping that someone else can give you more detailed assistance.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
FORWARDED:
 
 
Gary, I tried to post this message to the Ultralite group but I guess because I am on Gmail now and not on Yahoo mail it will NOT go thru.  I can still receive Yahoo mail but I guess I can’t send to it. Can you please help or do you know the solution to this Volume Control problem with my dual Speaker Tecsun PL 398MP Radio?

Guys I purchased a new Tecsun PL 398 MP  dual speaker radio with Bluetooth from an ebay seller about a year ago and I have hardly used it.  The radio has a so called 30 position Electronic Volume Control that does not work properly.  That is every time I adjust it say from Volume position 9 or up or down the Volume immediately goes down to zero and I have to try about 10 to 15 times before it will finally click in and then I am able to finally hear a station.  The radio was good when I got it.  Does anyone know if this Volume Control problem can be fixed?  Any replies would be very much appreciated.

Jerry  


Re: solar flairs

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

Solar activity can have a very pronounced effect on both MW and LW. When there is a large
enough auroral storm, higher latitude signals on these bands will be absorbed. How low in
latitude depends on the severity of the storm. The result is that stations which normally are
inaudible due to interference from the northerly directions may become audible as a result
of the absorption of the interference. Thus "auroral conditions" generally means a perceived
enhancement from the South.


Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>

AM:  Modified Sony ICF 2010's barefoot
FM: Yamaha T-80 & T-85, each w/ Conrad RDS Decoder;
Onkyo T-450RDS; Tecsun PL-310 ( 2);
modified Sony ICF2010 w/APS9B @ 15';
Grundig G8 w/whip; modified Sony ICF2010 w/whip

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On Tue, 1/21/14, thylton@... <thylton@...> wrote:

Subject: [ultralightdx] solar flairs
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 1:10 PM
















 









I am new to am dxing and ultralight dxing, I know
the sun activity effects sw but, does in have a
significant  on am.


recent PL380 SW DX

wpe6bvt@...
 

here are a few of the better loggings from the beach..

 

3990 Xinjiang PBS (Urumqi) 1454-1500+ 21 Jan. XPBS' Uyghur program JBA //4980 (slightly better)/7205 (marginal @ best)..chat, nice flute instrumental @ :56 & clear 5+1 pips @ TOH. XPBS' CH service on 3950 is always easier to hear--dunno why, tho as they're both ND & 100 kW.

 

5040 RHC 0018+ 20 Jan. Arnie Coro's "DXer's Unlimited" program in EG with notes about using simple radios for SW reception..no //s heard on 49M @ this time.

 

5060 Xinjiang PBS (Urumqi) 0115-0205+ 18 Jan. Weak but readable //7310 (a LOT easier to hear) with XPBS' CH program..mostly anncr chat/interviews/short speeches :27-:29 ad string (music/enthusiastic yak), 1 pip @ :30, back to chat/phone calls until :51 ad string w/ horse whinney starting the 1st one, more studio chat/phone calls w/ what sounded like 3 pips (cut off, it seems) @ 0200..7310 w/ QRM f/ Vatican Radio-7305 (in SP via Greenville) & WHRI-7315 (EG) after 0200.

 

5910 Shiokaze/Sea Breeze (via Yamata, Japan) 1603-1617+ 17 Jan. EG on Fridays with usual short news items/sounders + "This is Shiokaze-Sea Breeze from Tokyo, Japan.." @ :17, & back to more news.

 

6040 RRI (Tiganesti-Saftica) *1458+ Trumpet IS/anthem & opening annct JBA..sked 1500-1527 in IT..would've missed this one completely but their IS cuts thru the morning noise pretty well.

 

6050 Salam FM (via RTM-Kajang) 1500-1547* 16 Jan.  Running especially late today with Negaraku @ TOH, Salam FM jingles, qira'ut, commentary (in Malaysian today w/ some prose readings as well) 'til :15 then ML pop/M DJ/jingles to abrupt close.

 

11665 Wai FM (via RTM-Kajang) 2357-0015 19/20 Jan. Another afternoon reception of these guys..local percussion tune to TOH, 1+1 pips & TC into news w/ Kuching items & quick "Sarawak, Wai FM.." @ 0004..W DJ w/ canned stn promo, ML pop, phone requests, occ. mentions of Wai FM.

 

**12759U AFN-Diego Garcia 0050 20 Jan. Since the PL380 doesn't do SSB, all i can log is Donald Duck quacks + bits of music..the non-ULR G5 had AFN poor but readable..still no luck on their afternoon (UT) freq. of 4319U with the PL380, tho.

 

15140 RSO 1510-1535 t/out 21 Jan. Surprised to find RSO in EG (usually sked 14-15 EG, 15-22 in AR) doing interview w/ an Islamic scholar about the importance of reading for Islamic youth, break @ :29 with phone # for listener comments (24 60 20 58), program ID as "The Modern Family", song in EG praising Allah, phone # given again w/ "we'd love to hear some voices, inshallah.." & continuing interview with questions/advice about parentlng.

 

still tidying up the notes on 3950/5060 XPBS for 20 Jan. & chasing more data for (p) AIR (Mumbai)-4840..the new beach location (Moonlight Beach instead of Swami's) is a lot quieter which makes for 'way more enjoyable listening, i just have to get up by 1330 UT to get a parking place.

 

cheers to the rest of the fine ULR crew from warm (sorry.....) & dry Encinitas.

 

Dan

WB6FJD

 

 


solar flairs

thylton@...
 

I am new to am dxing and ultralight dxing, I know the sun activity effects sw but, does in have a significant  on am.


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 1-21

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
A very short sunrise enhancement session from 1530-1550 this morning didn't nearly produce the superb Japanese results that Dennis reported (as usual), but there was one new surprise from that area.
 
Around 1530 there were modest Asian signals from 1503-JOUK, 1565-HLAZ, 1575-VOA and a mix of two stations on 1593-- one of them obviously CNR1 in Chinese, but the other one in Japanese. That was the first time that there has ever been any Japanese signal on 1593 here, but since there was no NHK2 parallel available on the low band at the time, there was no way to confirm its identity. The low band had a mediocre revival around 1545 with 594-JOAK, 603-HLSA and an apparent 738-BEL2 coming out of the noise briefly to reach a weak level before the band collapsed a few minutes later. Congratulations to Dennis for his new reception of 1539-CNR1 in Geermu-- unfortunately that frequency is pretty much hopeless here, with semi-local KXPA on 1540.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 
     


ULR DX…..Callsign Change for 1450 Graveyarder…..WPGG Atlantic City. NEW JERSEY

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Looking around last night netted Nothing New, but I did get a Call Letter change for a Graveyarder……….

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

73…………ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

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1450 WPGG Atlantic City, NEW JERSEY Jan/21/14 0015 EST EE FAIR
ID given by Male DJ as "WPG Talk Radio" @ 0015 EST. Into Talk Show with
a Male Host. In for about 3 Minutes.

RELOG….NEW CALLS EX-WENJ 1 KW
ROSS, ONT.
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Re: Morse Code on 668-669 kHz

Bruce Conti
 

Only 666 Portugal and 670 WSCR/R.Rebelde here.  There is a R.Reloj station received on 670 occasionally, but not being received this evening.  R.Reloj broadcasts "RR" in Morse code.

--
Bruce Conti
B.A.Conti Photography www.baconti.com
¡BAMLog! www.bamlog.com


Re: Morse Code on 668-669 kHz

Paul S. in CT
 

Further investigations with the Grunddig G5 and the PL-310 indicate the signal is present on 166kHz, 333kHz, aand 1002kHz. Looks like the 166-169kHz reserved spectrum is fundamental freq. Still ongoing as of this post. BTW the PL-310 catches this signal nicely, so it must be strong on 166 and 333 kHz.


Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Morse Code on 668-669 kHz

Paul S. in CT
 

As I came into the room and picked up the R-911 Receiver and tuned to WFAN 660kHz... there is Morse Code in the direction of SW or NE from location FN31nl. An obvious recheck in order with the PL-310 and 1kHz Bandwidth confirms maximum signal on 668 kHz. The general bandwith of QRM is wide on the cheap set perhaps +/- 10kHz. On the PL-310 DSP set standard BW of 3kHz indicaates RX up to 680 kHz. 670kHz is still quiet as Chicago hasn't kicked in yet.

Time 2345UT (1845 EST) and still on-going with brief pauses. Now drifting up to 669kHz max RX.

Paul  S. in CT


Exceptional 1593-CNR1 Signal Yesterday

Gary DeBock
 

For those interested, a new one-minute MP3 of 1593-CNR1's huge signal during peak propagation yesterday at 1531 here in Puyallup is available at the following link. This was the strongest MW signal ever received from China here in 7 years of TP-DXing, and was also noticed by Dennis in Kalama, WA (about 100 miles to the south).
 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
 
 

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