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Re: Hello everyone

Albert
 

Last night and this morning logged 6 stations from around the states on my SRF-M37W.

Now understand I never thought of these little radio's as DX finders! :-) So I just did a little listening last night to the Sony SFR-49 and the SRF-M37W which I prefer with a set of Koss noise cancelling buds.

Both of these little radio's were outstanding in performance and where as good as my GE Super Radio 1, which isn't a slouch! Amazing they have been laying around the house for 5 or 6 years and barely used.

I have been verifying the SRF-49 frequency count with a Grundig G3 and it is having a hard time keeping up with the hard to hear signals the two Sony's are digging out!

Thanks to all who have opened this old Hams eyes to a new fascination.

Last Note, awaiting a new Tecsun PL-310 in the mail. Does anyone have one of these and how do you like it.

Big Al,
N0CEK

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Albert" <aherb62@...> wrote:

Have been enjoying this thread for the last two days, I find it amazing what can be done with the Ultralight radio's.

We have been in Boston for the last two weeks, new grandson visit with my son. Normally my QTH is near St.Louis, Missouri. For whatever reason I am getting a lot of QRM here at his house on my Grundig G5 which makes me believe this is not the best DXing spot.

Guess I never realized it but I have a few UL rigs, including the Sony Sony SRF-49, SRF-M37W, ICF-S10MK2 and a very old Sony TR-620(1963). Don't know if it would qualify as UL but also a Zenith Royal 500H which is a pretty good receiver.

Until later, good DX.

Big Al
N0CEK


Re: Hello everyone

Albert
 

I have a 3000-1 Ultra heavy! It is one fine AM receiver and great on all bands. It was bought by a friend in 1964 and on his passing his son gave it to me. Just by chance I mentioned I had one long ago back in the military and wish I could find another, he gave it to me for free.

Big Al

--- In ultralightdx@..., Peter Laws <plaws0@...> wrote:

On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 11:30, jaypolicow@... <jaypolicow@...> wrote:
Your Royal 500H is indeed too big to be an Ultralight, but it is one hot receiver...I have most of the 500 series, all recapped and aligned and I love them.

Ultraheavy, if you have a Zenith Royal 2000, which I do. :-)

--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: Coby CX-CB91 - My New Ultralight DX Radio

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Adam:

From the reviews, it looks like if you get a fully-functioning set out of the box [in my experience, you can't always count on that from COBY :-) ], it might be pretty good. Based on the data available on the COBY web site, it appears to meet the Ultralight criteria, including maximum size. It would be good to get a comparison to your Grundig G8, itself an Ultralight, to see if the lower-priced COBY models can keep up!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Adam E" <gccengineering@...> wrote:


I just bought a new Coby CX-CB91 for about less than $20.00. I had to open it up and retune the shortwave bands using a tuning tool. It does receive alot of good DX signals. I will submit a pic after I post here. I also have the CX-CB12 which is a very good radio. And also the Grundig G8, and Grundig G6.

Adam Ebel
Virginia Beach, VA


Coby CX-CB91 - My New Ultralight DX Radio

Adam E
 

I just bought a new Coby CX-CB91 for about less than $20.00. I had to open it up and retune the shortwave bands using a tuning tool. It does receive alot of good DX signals. I will submit a pic after I post here. I also have the CX-CB12 which is a very good radio. And also the Grundig G8, and Grundig G6.

Adam Ebel
Virginia Beach, VA


Re: Station #750 Logged

bbwrwy
 

Kirk:
 
Congratulation on reaching the #750 milestone.  May you have many more.  Happy DX.
 
Richard.
 


Re: Hello everyone

Peter Laws
 

On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 11:30, jaypolicow@... <jaypolicow@...> wrote:
Your Royal 500H is indeed too big to be an Ultralight, but it is one hot receiver...I have most of the 500 series, all recapped and aligned and I love them.

Ultraheavy, if you have a Zenith Royal 2000, which I do. :-)

--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


Re: Hello everyone

jaypolicow@snet.net <jaypolicow@...>
 

Your Royal 500H is indeed too big to be an Ultralight, but it is one hot receiver...I have most of the 500 series, all recapped and aligned and I love them.

Jay

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Albert" <aherb62@...> wrote:

Have been enjoying this thread for the last two days, I find it amazing what can be done with the Ultralight radio's.

We have been in Boston for the last two weeks, new grandson visit with my son. Normally my QTH is near St.Louis, Missouri. For whatever reason I am getting a lot of QRM here at his house on my Grundig G5 which makes me believe this is not the best DXing spot.

Guess I never realized it but I have a few UL rigs, including the Sony Sony SRF-49, SRF-M37W, ICF-S10MK2 and a very old Sony TR-620(1963). Don't know if it would qualify as UL but also a Zenith Royal 500H which is a pretty good receiver.

Until later, good DX.

Big Al
N0CEK


Re: Productive DXing Overnight

Kirk
 

Re: Productive DXing Overnight


Wow Kirk, that's an incredible haul, especially with your log already so long!

Let's see... at that rate... 800 by the end of next week? :-)

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

LOL!! Please don't wager anything on THAT happening. Kevin, tnx for the laugh!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Productive DXing Overnight

Kevin Schanilec
 

Wow Kirk, that's an incredible haul, especially with your log already so long!

Let's see... at that rate... 800 by the end of next week? :-)

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk" <billybobhuxley@...> wrote:

Greetings,

Not being overly-optimistic abt finding any new stations lately, I was surprised to find the MW band really ALIVE this morning, espcially above 1250 kHz! My T-615 definitely got a good workout. I was also using a SAT this morning.

960, WABG, Greenwood, MS, 0930 UTC, 5/6/11, playing some oldies R&R followed by a clear call letter ID. This sta has some interesting info on it's website regarding the station's history. The addy is:
http://www.awesomeam.com/
ULR Sta #751

1320, KOLT, Scottsbluff, NE, 1030 UTC, 5/6/11, caught the last of a nxcast. This was only briefly copiable as there's so much congestion on 1320. "...from the newsroom of KOLT, I'm Jerry...." A special THANKS to Richard Allen for tipping me on this one...been trying to hear it for a couple of months now! ULR Sta #752

1590, KMOZ, Rolla, MO, 1124 UTC, 5/6/11, In and out with a slew of other stations. Religious talk by a radio evangelist and some occasional gospel mx. Finally an ID which also mentioned their sister sta on 91.5 FM. Another THANKS to Richard Allen for info on this one. Not sure why it's taken so darned long to finally get an ID out of 'em. ULR Sta #753

1310, XEAM, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1145 UTC, 5/6/11, VP copy all-in-all and only audible on and off for about 10 minutes. I got really lucky and heard several very copiable "La Grande M" IDs. Terrible QRM from KZRG, Joplin and an UNID sta which I finally identified (see below). ULR Sta #754, LAm #144.

1310, KMKY, Oakland, CA, 1152 UTC, 5/6/11, After I lost XEAM, I spun the T-615 around a little and found a total null from the pest in Joplin, KZRG. In that null I began hearing Radio Disney pgm'g! To my knowledge this is the only Disney outlet on 1310. ULR Sta #755.

Wow, that was a blast this norning! Sessions like this morning just don't come along that often unless you're just getting started.
Today I might have some time to kill, so I think I'm going to attempt to get a longwire antenna up and fire up the NRD-515 SW rcvr. I haven't had that baby fired up in several years.

Wishing you all the best of DX and 73!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Productive DXing Overnight

Kirk
 

Greetings,

Not being overly-optimistic abt finding any new stations lately, I was surprised to find the MW band really ALIVE this morning, espcially above 1250 kHz! My T-615 definitely got a good workout. I was also using a SAT this morning.

960, WABG, Greenwood, MS, 0930 UTC, 5/6/11, playing some oldies R&R followed by a clear call letter ID. This sta has some interesting info on it's website regarding the station's history. The addy is:
http://www.awesomeam.com/
ULR Sta #751

1320, KOLT, Scottsbluff, NE, 1030 UTC, 5/6/11, caught the last of a nxcast. This was only briefly copiable as there's so much congestion on 1320. "...from the newsroom of KOLT, I'm Jerry...." A special THANKS to Richard Allen for tipping me on this one...been trying to hear it for a couple of months now! ULR Sta #752

1590, KMOZ, Rolla, MO, 1124 UTC, 5/6/11, In and out with a slew of other stations. Religious talk by a radio evangelist and some occasional gospel mx. Finally an ID which also mentioned their sister sta on 91.5 FM. Another THANKS to Richard Allen for info on this one. Not sure why it's taken so darned long to finally get an ID out of 'em. ULR Sta #753

1310, XEAM, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 1145 UTC, 5/6/11, VP copy all-in-all and only audible on and off for about 10 minutes. I got really lucky and heard several very copiable "La Grande M" IDs. Terrible QRM from KZRG, Joplin and an UNID sta which I finally identified (see below). ULR Sta #754, LAm #144.

1310, KMKY, Oakland, CA, 1152 UTC, 5/6/11, After I lost XEAM, I spun the T-615 around a little and found a total null from the pest in Joplin, KZRG. In that null I began hearing Radio Disney pgm'g! To my knowledge this is the only Disney outlet on 1310. ULR Sta #755.

Wow, that was a blast this norning! Sessions like this morning just don't come along that often unless you're just getting started.
Today I might have some time to kill, so I think I'm going to attempt to get a longwire antenna up and fire up the NRD-515 SW rcvr. I haven't had that baby fired up in several years.

Wishing you all the best of DX and 73!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Station #750 Logged

Kirk
 

Last evening conditions seemed pretty good to the south. I didn't have long to listen, but did happen to run across a radio Progreso outlet never hrd here before.

810, R. Progreso, Guantanamo, Cuba, 0152 UTC. I almost missed hearing this one. There were two other fairly strong LAm stations fighting it out on this same freq (XEFW and XERI). Hrd a low-keyed M ancr with several IDs and some politcal yak...then into some mellow instr mx. Noted //890 kHz. ULR Sta #750. Logged on the trusty Sony T-615.Onward to 800!!

73 everyone!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


New Wyoming Sta Logged in Oklahoma

Kirk
 

Last night just after our lcl SS, Lady Luck helped me stumble across another new station. Conidering the time of the reception, I was rather skeptical at first. However, after reviewing my notes and a bit of research, I can claim this sta as a new one I believe. The little Sony T-615 came through for me with flying colors...running it barefoot.

1290, KOWB, Laramie, WY, 0148-0208 UTC, 5/5/11, tuned into one signal dominating the freq who proved to be this one carrying the Rockies vs Diamond Backs baseball teams. Excellent sig at first w/ no sign of any QRM, despite the usual pests which usually doninate on 1290 here, (KKAR and KIVY). During breaks from the game, they aired ads from Colorado AND for Wyoming business. Just after 0200 UTC, I lost this one to who I presume was KIVY...carrying an Astros game. ULR Sta #749

I've got to be honest with you all about the little T-615 compared to the Eton E-100 Slider alone or SAT enhanced....

The T615 does a considerably better job of rejecting adjacent channel noise than most any other rig I own, and course, the 615 directionality is far superior to anything I've ever had my grubby little paws on:-)
I want to get an early start on the evening skip, so I'm outta here for now. Best of 73 and good DX to you my friends.

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Hello everyone

Albert
 

Just went through the files and can see the Zenith is to big.

correction on the old Sony 620 it is really a TR-630 which I have had since high school. It still performs like new. Of course I think it would perform with a lot of these rigs you have listed in files, but not worth going on Ebay to find one, because I am sure the SRF-59 probably would out perform it. However it tickles my fancy that an old radio can still cut the mustard!

Big Al

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Albert" <aherb62@...> wrote:

Have been enjoying this thread for the last two days, I find it amazing what can be done with the Ultralight radio's.

We have been in Boston for the last two weeks, new grandson visit with my son. Normally my QTH is near St.Louis, Missouri. For whatever reason I am getting a lot of QRM here at his house on my Grundig G5 which makes me believe this is not the best DXing spot.

Guess I never realized it but I have a few UL rigs, including the Sony Sony SRF-49, SRF-M37W, ICF-S10MK2 and a very old Sony TR-620(1963). Don't know if it would qualify as UL but also a Zenith Royal 500H which is a pretty good receiver.

Until later, good DX.

Big Al
N0CEK


Hello everyone

Albert
 

Have been enjoying this thread for the last two days, I find it amazing what can be done with the Ultralight radio's.

We have been in Boston for the last two weeks, new grandson visit with my son. Normally my QTH is near St.Louis, Missouri. For whatever reason I am getting a lot of QRM here at his house on my Grundig G5 which makes me believe this is not the best DXing spot.

Guess I never realized it but I have a few UL rigs, including the Sony Sony SRF-49, SRF-M37W, ICF-S10MK2 and a very old Sony TR-620(1963). Don't know if it would qualify as UL but also a Zenith Royal 500H which is a pretty good receiver.

Until later, good DX.

Big Al
N0CEK


NE Oregon, ULR NDB, Tuesday night

Steve Ratzlaff <steveratz@...>
 

Static was low enough to do some listening this evening--first time in quite awhile. A few signals out to about 1200 miles (stronger Canadians) heard. A seasonal beacon from Yellowstone National Park was heard for a new one--first time I've heard it this year, for the start of its summer-fall season, maybe it got turned on early if all the snow has already melted from that airport. 292 logged now.
Steve
NE Oregon
PL-380, 14" foam tuned loop

415 LO MT 336 Miles


Re: Non-ultralight owner question(s)...

Mark/airchecklover
 

Greetings to everyone. Thanks for the responses. You've convinced me it's what the realtors say ... location location location. OK, maybe I can't move to Newfoundland right now, or even to a quieter part of town, but I think I can swing an URL. I've had alot of fun in the past inductively coupling the 2 ft open loop to the Crane Twin-Ferrite to the Redsun/Kaito 2100. Lots of gain and amazing nulling, playing one antenna against the other. One of my best DX catches here in Milwaukee was Richardson, Texas on 1700 Khz at 1000 watts, so I know surprises can happen. And I've heard strange heterodynes on occasion ... guessing Europe ... but never spent any time 'digging in the dirt' :) I'll continue to monitor this group ... by far the most exciting and fun of all the radio groups.

Happy DX'ing to all.

Mark

++++++++++++++++++++++

--- In ultralightdx@..., "airchecklover" <mdh@...> wrote:

Hey all and Allen in Newfoundland in particular; I've been reading this group for a while and am amazed at the DX reports, esp. for MW. As subject line states, I don't own an Ultralight but I do have several good non-DSP radios incl. an Eton E1, a Sony 2010 and Drake R4C. I've built several multi-turn open loops, own the Palstar amplified ferrite system and also a CCrane Twin-Ferrite - and I've been hamming on and off for 45 years. So I'm not new to radio. But i'm new to reading and believing you can hear MW stations from around the world while sitting on the eastern edge of the N. American continent. How si this possible? Is it the QTH allowing this? A 1 khz DSP-defined bandwidth? The advantage of a "super-Q" homebrew long ferrite antenna? In my experience, a 2.3 khz "SSB filter" is almost too narrow for intelligible Amplitude Modulation (AM) recovery while a 1 khz "CW filter" is too narrow. Yet I'm seeing reports of stations at 909 khz or 1089 khz or 1341 khz. How is this possible? Is there something about the DSP filter - with perhaps super-steep skirts that is allowing for this? But still, a 1 khz RF passband is not going to allow more than 1 khz audio, which is too narrow to discern anything more than vowels (ie, no consonant differentiation possible). Or have I been a student of theory too long and simply need to 'try it'?? Anyone care to take a swing at enlightenment? :)

Thanks in advance, Mark


Re: Saturated ground

dave_hackwell <dave_hackwell@...>
 

Low Frequency ground waves bend with the curvature of the earth when the lower part of the wave loses energy as a result of currents induced in the ground/water. So ground waves should improve.

Solar conditions play such a big part on the skywaves so ground dampness would be academic but happy to be proved wrong.

With the driest spring since records began, here in the UK, it has crossed my mind !

Dave
NW England, UK

--- In ultralightdx@..., "ginger_92@..." <ginger_92@...> wrote:

Could the totally saturated ground thru the midwest and south east be helping in anyway on signal strength? I know night is skywave and day is ground wave, just wondering though, could the soaked ground be helping in anyway for either?

Ginger OKC


Saturated ground

ginger_92@rocketmail.com
 

Could the totally saturated ground thru the midwest and south east be helping in anyway on signal strength? I know night is skywave and day is ground wave, just wondering though, could the soaked ground be helping in anyway for either?

Ginger OKC


Newfoundland Ultralight Radio Trans-Atlantics & Domestics Report May 1-2

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All

Varied propagation conditions last evening along with static and noise levels still quite high. Managed to log a good number of stations considering the noisy conditions, including Louisiana for a new state on ULR at this location.



684-SPAIN-Radio Nacional 1, Sevilla 00:11UT/2 Spanish talk & music
810-ENGLAND-BBC Scotland, Burghead 2:27UT/2 Music prgm, BBC Scotland ID
864-FRANCE-France Bleue Paris Villebon-sur-Yvette 23:19UT/1 French talk, Chubby Checker song
870-WWL-New Orleans,Louisiana 2:25UT/2 talk,ID
882-ENGLAND-BBC Wales Washford 2:25UT/2 talk (good)
972-LIBYA, R. Jamahiriyah, Sirte 23:19UT/1 Arabic music & talk
999-SPAIN-COPE Madrid 23:39UT/1 Spanish talk by 2 men
1008-CANARY ISLANDS-R. Punto Las Palmas 23:19UT/1 Spanish commentary & teletalk
1026-IRAN-IRIB1 Tabriz, 00:11UT/2 Chants
1044-SPAIN-SER San Sebastian, Monte Igueldo 22:28UT/1 Spanish talk two men
1053-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah,Tripoli 22:24UT/1 man in Arabic
1080-SPAIN-SER various 23:50UT/1 man in Spanish //1044,1116
1089-ENGLAND-Talksport Radio Brookmans Park, 22:25UT/1 talk about movies (very good)
1098-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA2 Dammam 23:24UT/1 Arabic talk (mixing w/ Spain)
1107-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 23:24UT/1 Spanish music,talk (Like a Local) //1098,1017,1125
1116-SPAIN-SER Pontevedra 23:17UT/1 Spanish teletalk
1152-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 23:36UT/1 group in Spanish talk
1161-IRAN-VOIRI Abadan 00:09UT/2 Chants
1170-SLOVENIA-R. Slovenija Intl, Bel-Kriz 00:55UT/2 Slovenian talk & music
1179-ROMANIA-Romania Actualitati, Galbeni-Bacau 22:28UT/1 Romanian talk,pop music
1179-SPAIN-SER Valencia 23:30UT/1 news in Spanish, ment. Valencia (very good)
1197-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia Vitoria 23:3!UT/1 woman w/ news in Basque lang.
1224-SPAIN-COPE various 23:30UT/1 man w/news in Spanish
1242-FRANCE-France Info Marseille-Cabries-Realtor 23:58UT/1 music & talk //1377 (good)
1251-LIBYA-Voice of Africa 22:05UT/1 Arabic music (good)
1305-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 23:34UT/1 group in Spanish talk,ID //1314
1314-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 23:31UT/1 group in Spanish talk, ID
1314-UNITED ARAB eMIRATES-R. Sawa, Al Dhabbaya 23:59UT/1 Arabic music & talk,ID
1341-NORTHERN IRELAND-BBC R. Ulster Lisnagarvey 23:17UT/1 talk & music
1377-FRANCE-France Info, Lille-Camphin en Carembault 222:27UT/1 woman in French talk (Like a Local)
1413-SPAIN-R. Nacional various 2:22UT/2 Spanish talk by group
1431-DJIBOUTI-Radio Sawa, Arta 23:15UT/1 Arabic pop & talk, ID
1440-LUXEMBOURG-KBS Korea Relay via Marnach 22:04UT/1 English program
1449-LIBYA-Voice of Free Libya Meserata, Al-Assah 00:10UT/2 Chants
1458-ALBANIA-China Radio Relay via Fllake 22:04UT/1 Chinese string music,talk
1467-FRANCE-Trans World Radio via Romoules 22:27UT/1 Religious talk in English
1476-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia, Biribilondo 23:26UT/1 woman in Basque talk
1485-SPAIN-SER Santander 23:26UT/1 two men in Spanish (very good)
1494-FRANCE-France Bleue, Bastia 23:33UT/1 music,French talk
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA, Duba 22:04UT/1 talk by two men in Arabic
1557-FRANCE-France Info, Nice-Fontbonne 2:20UT/2 French talk


Receivers: SRF-M37V, SRF-39FP, SRF-59 barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie
Bristol's Hope, Newfoundland
47:43N 53:11W
http://nldxers.110mb.com


Id's fading out

ginger_92@rocketmail.com
 

Propagation wasn't too bad here last night, it just decided to not be good at all whenever a station was giving call letters. I did manage to snag two new ones though. I know I was picking up more new ones, especially between 540-600, I was getting at least two spanish stations I havent't heard.

550 KSTA, San Antonio TX, 5000watts, 420 miles, 12:30 cst

560 KWTO, Springfield MO, 4000watts, 260 miles, 01:40 cst

WRX911
Ginger OKC

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