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Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-17

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
Asian propagation spent a third straight day in the tank this morning as the same collection of big gun TP's (along with a couple of others) struggled to get up to a fair level at peak sunrise enhancement. The same players as yesterday (594-JOAK, 693-JOAB, 774-JOUB, 828-JOBB and 972-HLCA) were fighting against the grain from 1345-1415 to manage fair audio in and out of the noise, although 594-JOAK did hit a very brief good peak at 1408 with Japanese male talk. Also similar to yesterday, 603-HLCA and 738-BEL2 joined the die-hard group with poor to fair audio during the same time period, as 738-BEL2 briefly rose above the noise at 1355 with the familiar-voiced male talk show host in anemic Chinese, and 603-HLCA (presumed) managed weak music in and out of the noise at 1357. Finally, 1575-VOA also joined the anemic group at 1405 with ghostly male speech in an Asiatic language--its first appearance here during the current clunker conditions. Overall it was another miserable morning, and no real improvement over yesterday's lackluster session.
 
 
738  BEL2  Penghu, Taiwan  Ghostly male Chinese speech at 1355
         from the usual call-in talk show host (headphones recommended)
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
    


Re: northern bay

robert ross
 


On 2013-10-16, at 9:08 AM, Allen Willie wrote:

 

 
Hello To All,
 
The Northern Bay Medium Wave Radio  Dxpedition commenced on schedule October 1 here in Northern Bay, Newfoundland .
 
During the first half of the event , DXing sessions have been completed daily from roughly 5:30 AM until daylight arrives as well as from around 4:30 PM afternoons until as late as 1:00 AM .
 
Here without benefit of closer contact with the outside world electronically (no internet, cable or phone) this update report has been compiled by yours truly, and is being forwarded to the group using another person's computer.
 
Good DX
 
Allen Willie  VOPC1AA
Northern Bay Medium Wave Radio DXpedition
Northern Bay, Newfoundland   47:56 N   53:04 W



Allen........Thanks for the Great Report from Northern Bay!!! Glad to hear that Conditions are just as good...or maybe even BETTER than Bristol's Hope. I think you are going to do just fine once you get settled into the New home in Carbonnear!! It seems like ALL OF NFLD must be a huge DX Magnet eh!!??  Log 'em while you can and I will look forward to your final report from Northern Bay!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: PL-380 screen noise?

Richard Jones
 

I think it's a very useful and topical thread. It's hard enough fighting noise in the low bands without having to DX a radio's own screen! Interesting thought concerning the manufacturer. They may well have sourced a different part due to availability or cost issues in later runs. Based on very little data, I'm thinking of getting one from an overseas vendor (with Chinese writing on the sticker) and trying my luck that it's an older model. Unfortunately, it may be easier to solve the problem by getting lucky with a radio then digging into a noisy one!



---In ultralightdx@..., <aunumero73@...> wrote:

Hello Group,

I own one of these modifed PL-380 (for LF), and I confirm that touching (or approaching) the display brings extra noise (kind of sizzling or hum, sorry I don't know the proper word to describe it).
Same happens when changing the display options : showing S/N is most noisy choice. Showing time gives a quieter frequency.

I never mentionned this before not to bother Gary with useless commentaries, assuming the radio is very fine otherwise.

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Feed back on Tecsun-PL-360

Paul Blundell
 

Hi all,

Does anybody own one of these and if so what do you think of it? I am looking at getting one for my self.

Paul


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-16

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
Propagation was still definitely in the tank this morning, with Asian signals generally limited to the same die-hard big guns that showed up yesterday. A very meager sunrise enhancement from 1345-1415 brought up 594-JOAK, 693-JOAB, 774-JOUB and 972-HLCA from the noise to fair levels (in and out), while 828-JOBB, the 1053-Jammer and 1134-KBS reached poor audio during the same period. In contrast to yesterday, though, a couple of second-tier Asians managed poor audio along with them-- as 603-HLSA rose out of the noise at 1358 for a few seconds with its typical soft music, and a presumed 738-BEL2 managed ghostly Chinese female speech at 1403. 657-Pyongyang also seemed to have a trace of tirade at 1407, although the strident speech sounded very similar to the irritating hash from the 660 domestic station. In summary it was another miserable morning for Asians, although the halfhearted appearance of a few second-tier TP's probably made the session a very slight improvement over yesterday's clunker.
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna  
 
   


northern bay

Allen Willie
 

 
Hello To All,
 
The Northern Bay Medium Wave Radio  Dxpedition commenced on schedule October 1 here in Northern Bay, Newfoundland .
 
During the first half of the event , DXing sessions have been completed daily from roughly 5:30 AM until daylight arrives as well as from around 4:30 PM afternoons until as late as 1:00 AM .
 
Here without benefit of closer contact with the outside world electronically (no internet, cable or phone) this update report has been compiled by yours truly, and is being forwarded to the group using another person's computer.
 
Regarding  just the Ultralight Radio results so far , mutiple new stations as well as 7 new countries have been heard in the first two weeks of DXpedition mode.
 
The overall totals heard during those first  two weeks using larger rigs and the ultralights combined are as follows:
 
Countries Heard 58   USA States heard  26     Canadian Provinces Heard  8
 
One noticeable difference in reception at this location is the lack of the usually strong signals from stations in the United Kingdom and other Europeans. Spain on the other hand has been very dominant regardless of solar disturbance or not.
 
 It has been an amazing start to this DXpedition. Two solar disturbances along the way have certainly helped in logging a larger number of stations from the south particularly Brazil and Argentina.
 
There was a spike in solar disturbance earlier in the first week as the Solar K Index level reached 6 ( via WWV Info) at one point thus producing S-9 / S-10 signals from the south.
 
The first new country logged was heard Saturday evening (Oct 5) as Radio Gibraltar on 1458 was heard with a very good signal and station identification. It has been heard a number of times since.
 
Other new ones heard , Radio Gotel on 917 from Nigeria, and VOA Relay on 909 from Botswana
 
Radio Provincia from Buenos Aires, Argentina on 1270 was also heard ,  Their signal was completely over CJCB in Nova Scotia at times and has been showing up a few additional times since.
 
Another station dominant here  has been Radio Tupi from Brazil on 1280.
 
CIWW  Ottawa, Ontario dominates 1310 here  WLOB in Maine dominated that channel most nights back in Bristol's Hope.
 
There are some unique and bizarre propagational differences experienced  here compared to reception in Bristol's Hope.
 
It seems as though  the lengthy high rocky cliffs located not far from DX headquarters with their steep dropoffs down to the ocean have an effect on radio waves similar to what Gary DeBock has experienced upon the Oregon cliffs. Signals from different locations also tend to change on certain frequencies very rapidly here as well.
 
As remote from the outside world ( technologically speaking ) as we are , we have been enjoying the free time during the mornings and afternoons for rest and relaxation.
 
With a front row view of the ocean and Northern Conception Bay waters , we await our next and final permanent move back to Carbonear scheduled for November 2 .
 
  Ironically from this location we can look a short distance across Conception Bay and see the small community of Bauline on the other side which we could also see from Bristol's Hope as well.
So as the crow flies, Carbonear and the "Hope" are only a short hop, skip and jump in distance by geo-coordinates  from Northern Bay compared to the winding road to have to travel by vehicle, They have nicknamed a portion of that road   " The Snake".
 
If I could use a single word to describe the " Hope" for reception it would be remarkable. To describe reception here in Northern Bay is " awesome". I say that because reception here is so uniquely different in comparison to  Bristol's Hope nor far away. I am constantly amazed at what a difference only a short distance in relocation and topography can make in AM radio reception here within Newfoundland.
 
I will send a  further update if circumstances permit . A complete summary log of the entire Dxpedition results will be posted online as soon as possible from Carbonear.
 
Good DX
 
Allen Willie  VOPC1AA
Northern Bay Medium Wave Radio DXpedition
Northern Bay, Newfoundland   47:56 N   53:04 W


Re: Emergency SW Portable

CM Lee
 

Thanks Paul.


Korean DXers don't seriously discuss the EMP issues than those in your country, though South Korea is at higher risk of nuclear attacks (probably by North Korea).


My choice is going towards the R911, since the R9702 may have a possibility of tempting me of taking the set in my own rather than being kept for my family (as a common utility) because the R9702 has a better appearance than the R911. So If I buy one, I would order a blue one of that model (I like the black one personally, though).


Andy Lee



---In ultralightdx@..., <ferrite61@...> wrote:

I like the R-911/R9012/WRX911 models... 2AA batteries last 400 hrs at moderate vol. setting. Farmeric has found another one the R-304 that certainly seems adequate given general tuning and Fine tuning wheel. I would toss digital anything out if Massive Solar EMP happens. Computers, laptops, and such internet toys might well be toast under such conditions, or rendered useless by way of infra-structure EMP-damage. (We will all get knocked back into the 20th Century... the 18th Centery if the Power-grid collapses)

Paul S. in CT


Re: Tecsun PL-606 broken tuning knob

CM Lee
 

The "jumpy" symptom is also applied to my "Made in Japan" Sony ICF-SW40, purchased in May 2007 (I still have it). I think tuning wheel components for  PLL radios are generally not durable in the long run. Rather, I think high-quality variable capacitors are more reliable than the "rotary" tuning wheel component.

I suppose that the best solution will be to ask the manufacturer to send you a new replacement component. 

Andy Lee
Seoul, ROK


Re: Tecsun PL-606 broken tuning knob

Vimal
 

Neil,see if this helps
"Tuning Knob
Some DE1103 owners reported that the tuning knob mechanism became jumpy. This
manifests itself as sudden "jumps" of several steps during the slow rotation of the tuning
knob, by gaps in tuning frequency or tuning in the wrong direction. There is no precise
information about the occurrence rate of this defect. In certain tuning knob cases it began
to fail soon after the receiver was purchased, while in others (including the author) it
works a long time without any failures. It must be pointed out that the manufacturer
reacted rapidly to the complaints received and conducted reliability spot checks on the
tuning knob problem. After simulating intensive use (rotation at high speed, a total
number of approximately 5 million revolutions.) the tuning knob remained operable.
Today when the tuning knob interference occurs, it is recommended that it be dismantled
and its mechanism be cleaned. It will operate after the clean mechanism is filled with
tuning knob with silicone lubricant. At this point it is unknown for how long this repair
will last. The process of dismantling and cleaning of manufacturer’s tuning knob was
repeatedly discussed on the forum.
Another solution to the manufacturer’s tuning knob problem is its replacement."

page 15 0n this link:


DX Tip....830 WFNO Norco, LOUISIANA Blasting in this morning @ 0100 EDT........

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

If anyone needs 830 WFNO Norco, LA, they are in with a Great Signal this morning at 0100 EDT. Listed at 5 KW/750 Watts Nights....Maybe on Day Power due to huge signal???

Heard on a SONY SRF-T615 ULTRALIGHT Barefoot!!

*******************************************************************************************
830 WFNO Norco, LOUISIANA Oct/16/13 0044-0100 EDT SPANISH VG
Mexican Regional Music. Spanish Vocals and Accordions. Male DJ with Talk between Songs
and Jingles. Legal ID on Hour as "WFNO Norco/New Orleans La Caliente". Other IDS as
La Caliente".

RELOG 5 KW/750 Watts Nights
ROSS, ONT.
********************************************************************************************

73......ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Emergency SW Portable

Paul S. in CT
 

I like the R-911/R9012/WRX911 models... 2AA batteries last 400 hrs at moderate vol. setting. Farmeric has found another one the R-304 that certainly seems adequate given general tuning and Fine tuning wheel. I would toss digital anything out if Massive Solar EMP happens. Computers, laptops, and such internet toys might well be toast under such conditions, or rendered useless by way of infra-structure EMP-damage. (We will all get knocked back into the 20th Century... the 18th Centery if the Power-grid collapses)

Paul S. in CT


Re: SW portable receivers good for emergency use?

Rik
 

I would look among the most sensitive analog sets because in my experience they are MUCH less likely to fail, as well as having excellant battery life and may be more likely to still work with weak batteries too.

Here in my area, there is a very active Ham radio group which operates in AM on 80m and usually radios with 75m would hear them too, but that is just here where I live. 

I would also consiter the Sangean SG-622 which has wide SW meter bands, and has stayed in production for many years. It also has a reputation for good sound for a small inexpensive radio. 

SONY makes some entertainment models with SW like the ICF-F11S 220 hours on 2 D cells. 

Tecsun makes the R-304 also uses 2 D cells and tunes SW in 2 bands 3.2-9 and 9-22 but since it has two speed vernier tuning, it is not hard to get SW stations.

-FARMERIK



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

I'm planning to order a SW portable set kept for emergency use (among ordinary receivers) OTHER THAN receivers with dynamos; I will also several sets of fresh dry batteries.

I have several SW receivers, so I won't use the new set for DXing.

My concerns are:
- Performance
- Durability / Reliability
- Battery running time
- SW bands are wide enough.

Candidates are Tecsun R9702, R911, and DR920.
I think the DR920 will be better since the set has a digital readout and a back-lit light. The concern is that the DR920's battery running time will be as long as that of the R911/R9702 and I doubt that SW bands might be narrower.

I want to know its defacto SW band coverage rather than "specification-stated" SW band coverage.

Andy Lee
Seoul


Tecsun PL-606 broken tuning knob

Neil Griffin
 

I have been using a Tecsun PL-606 radio for about 15 months, and the tuning knob has broken and just spins (with no detents).  Does anyone know of an fix for this?  Other than the knob, the radio works fine (luckily it is stuck on a station I like).  I don't mind opening it up and fooling with it since I don't have much invested in it.

If this has been covered before, feel free to direct me to the posting.  I just joined the group, and didn't find anything using the search box on the Yahoo Groups page.

Thanks all and 73...

Neil Griffin
Spartanburg, SC


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alfredsantee@ymail.com
 

I made a Faraday cage to put several backup radio in so an emp would not kill them> A Faraday cage is a MUST for anyone with radio if the want to be able to communicate.
They are easy to build and use.

ALF


Re: PL-380 screen noise?

Patrick <aunumero73@...>
 

Hello Group,

I own one of these modifed PL-380 (for LF), and I confirm that touching (or approaching) the display brings extra noise (kind of sizzling or hum, sorry I don't know the proper word to describe it).
Same happens when changing the display options : showing S/N is most noisy choice. Showing time gives a quieter frequency.

I never mentionned this before not to bother Gary with useless commentaries, assuming the radio is very fine otherwise.

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Anyone has Degen DE321 / Kaito KA321?

CM Lee
 

I have two of them, but my first DE321 cannot receive MW under 558kHz, while the second one can receive down to 531kHz, though the second one has a defect in dial indicator.


How about your DE321?

Andy Lee
Seoul


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-15

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
 
As Dennis has already reported, it was one of the worst clunker sessions of the entire season (and the term "mid-October anomaly" comes to mind). The Asians were comatose right up until around 1345, when a few carriers from the big guns on 594, 693, 774 and 972 started to flirt with audio. By 1400 the three NHK die-hards (594-JOAK, 693-JOAB and 774-JOUB) managed a few seconds of poor audio in and out, followed by 1503-JOUK at 1405 and 1575-VOA at 1407 (both of them at threshold levels). Finally at 1410 the Korean big gun 972-HLCA became the star of the morning by rising up out of the dead for a minute and managing a fair peak with Korean speech-- only to crash back down into the noise a few seconds later.  It was a thoroughly mediocre session overall, with all the second-tier Asians missing in action, and even the 1053-Jammer jammed up. At least the conditions can only get better tomorrow.
 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight +
12" Medium Wave FSL antenna
 
 
  


Re: SW portable receivers good for emergency use?

bwlietz
 

Check the Degen DE208 as a candidate as it's smaller than those you mentioned, the 2AA last forever, has a sleep timer, Backlight and digital readout of the analog tuner.  19.95 on Amazon.



From: "outerseoul1988@..."
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:21 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] SW portable receivers good for emergency use?

 
I'm planning to order a SW portable set kept for emergency use (among ordinary receivers) OTHER THAN receivers with dynamos; I will also several sets of fresh dry batteries.

I have several SW receivers, so I won't use the new set for DXing.

My concerns are:
- Performance
- Durability / Reliability
- Battery running time
- SW bands are wide enough.

Candidates are Tecsun R9702, R911, and DR920.
I think the DR920 will be better since the set has a digital readout and a back-lit light. The concern is that the DR920's battery running time will be as long as that of the R911/R9702 and I doubt that SW bands might be narrower.

I want to know its defacto SW band coverage rather than "specification-stated" SW band coverage.

Andy Lee
Seoul



Re: SW portable receivers good for emergency use?

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Andy, if you are considering the worst-case scenario, the effect of
a man-made or solar-generated EMP should also be considered. Only
a tube radio would be immune - but you would have difficulty finding
one nowadays and may have to build your own! Keeping your
Tecsun etc in a sturdy, waterproof metal box would probably protect
it sufficiently. Except in an EMP scenario, rechargeable batteries would
be a good idea if you have a wind or solar generator; otherwise the
best alkaline batteries would suffice. You are right to consider the
power consumption of a digital readout. A cord-and-pointer display
would be better in this respect, but not so accurate. To compensate
for reduced sensitivity, a long-wire antenna, loosly wrapped round the
telescopic aeria (NOT connected to it!) would help.

Let us know how you proceed. It is not over-reacting to make modest
preparations. I would have a few receivers to hand and hope that my PL-380
and my non-uldx Barlow-Wadley XCR30 would continue to serve me well if others failed.

Michael
UK

----- Original Message ----- From: outerseoul1988@...

I'm planning to order a SW portable set kept for emergency use (among ordinary receivers) OTHER THAN
receivers with dynamos; I will also several sets of fresh dry batteries.

I have several SW receivers, so I won't use the new set for DXing.

My concerns are:
- Performance
- Durability / Reliability
- Battery running time
- SW bands are wide enough.

Candidates are Tecsun R9702, R911, and DR920.
I think the DR920 will be better since the set has a digital readout and a back-lit light. The
concern is that the DR920's battery running time will be as long as that of the R911/R9702 and I
doubt that SW bands might be narrower.

I want to know its defacto SW band coverage rather than "specification-stated" SW band coverage.

Andy Lee
Seoul


SW portable receivers good for emergency use?

CM Lee
 

I'm planning to order a SW portable set kept for emergency use (among ordinary receivers) OTHER THAN receivers with dynamos; I will also several sets of fresh dry batteries.

I have several SW receivers, so I won't use the new set for DXing.

My concerns are:
- Performance
- Durability / Reliability
- Battery running time
- SW bands are wide enough.

Candidates are Tecsun R9702, R911, and DR920.
I think the DR920 will be better since the set has a digital readout and a back-lit light. The concern is that the DR920's battery running time will be as long as that of the R911/R9702 and I doubt that SW bands might be narrower.

I want to know its defacto SW band coverage rather than "specification-stated" SW band coverage.

Andy Lee
Seoul