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Re: Newcomer from Spain

Richard Allen
 

Welcome to our group Jorge.  I look forward to reading your posts.

Good DX.

Richard Allen,
near Perry, Oklahoma, USA.

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Re: Awards Program

Jorge Garzón
 

It sounds interesting. Which are the rules to get them? I mean list of receivers allowed. I saw a list but it seems to be an old one (Tecsun PL-330, Sangean HDR-14, and other recent seems to lack, or maybe I did not get the right list.
Saludos

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2020 6:58:29 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Some members might not be aware of this program, please check out the link below. It might give you some ideas on the awards we offer and give you something to aim for.

https://ultralightdx.groups.io/g/main/files/2%20General%20Information/Ultralight%20General%20Awards%20Program%20January%2015,%202010.pdf


Re: What to Log

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Paul,
I keep my MW logs in MWLIST and periodically I download the .csv files in my computer. Same with FM logs. For NDB DXing I keep my logs in WWSU logger and also int he NDB Cluster (classaxe.com) run by Martin and others. However I also keep excel files for stations logged from 1.700 > 30.000 kHz. For them I have:

QRG (in kHz)
Date
UTC/z
QRA/Call
ITU/IARU
Rec/Antenna
QSL
Notes

I have the excel with title fields marking the spectrum. For it I am following the ECA Table (EU table of frequency allocations and applications in the frequency range 8,3 kHz to 3.000 GHz).

Hope this helps!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2020 6:05:28 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


 I am in the process of sorting / updating my loggings with a view to in 2010, having a better / easier to use system.

What information do you log yourself?


So far I have:
Frequency
Callsign
Area
Power
Type
Receiver Used
Confirmed (stays)
Notes

Any do you log / keep a record of?

Thanks
Paul


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Jorge Garzón
 

You are right Gary!
I also own a Sony ICF-2010, a Lowe HF150 and an ICOM R75 and no doubt about their performances (with good antennas, for sure!

My former comment was more on the side of that 'cascade' of Tecsum portables in the PL-### series. I have run comparatives carefully sharing the same antenna and trying to corroborate or refuting the 'obvious'. I have been shocked to discover how a result of a non-serious testing can spread the community as the real truth. Of course most of the times would depend on the chosen external conditions and real balance in between the receiver itself, the antenna and othr units (tuner, balun, ...).
Saludos

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2020 11:34:27 CET, Gary Sargent <garysargent@...> escribió:


Jorge

I have an Eton E1 and have had (and sold) a Sony 2010. So I have experience with what is arguably two of the best portable SW receivers. But they don't (or didn't) get much use. I'm more of a casual listener of these types of radios. A more of a true DXer type of person would surely more likely benefit from a larger, higher quality, feature rich and better performing receiver. I like the PL330 because its relatively inexpensive for what it does, lots of features and performance in a small package and it gives me SSB capability when I take it along on my daily neighborhood walk.

Gary KE8WO


Re: Long Term DX Project - 8/11/2020

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Paul,
Sorry to ask this as perhaps you already explained here. I browsed your webpage but I could not find the first post regarding your long-term project.

What's the main goal and for how long areyou monitoring the fxs?

Thank you!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En domingo, 8 de noviembre de 2020 4:06:26 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Date: 8/11/2020

 

Time: 1:30pm

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes: A mid afternoon session at home. Signals were generally the same as yesterday with only HPON Melbourne on 1422kHz and 3KND on 1503kHz showing any improvements, from weak to average and poor to weak. I did notice some slight fading of 3GG on 531kHz, this required some retuning.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

EXCELLENT

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

549

2CR

UNLOGGED

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1053

2CA

UNLOGGED

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1179

3RPH

UNLOGGED

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1341

HPON GEELONG

AVERAGE

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

AVERAGE

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

1503

3KND

WEAK

8/11/2020

AR-1733

3" FSL

 


Re: Newcomer from Spain

Jorge Garzón
 

Thanks to all folks!

73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En domingo, 8 de noviembre de 2020 16:09:08 CET, C B via groups.io <bevdxer@...> escribió:


Bienvenido Jorge!

Craig Barnes
Wheat Ridge, CO, USA




On Nov 8, 2020, at 7:13 AM, Mike Sanburn <mikesanburn@...> wrote:


Welcome Jorge!
Mike Sanburn KG6LJU
Lakewood Cailfornia USA 


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX@...>
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:31 PM
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Newcomer from Spain
 
Hi, 
My name is Jorge and I write you from Northern Spain, region of Cantabria. I live in a quiet rural area where I have a lovely countryside, a beautiful landscape and something very important for a radiolistener and DXer: low to very low QRM and noise. In the past I lived in Australia, New Zealand and France. I am a ham operator with call EB7EFA and SWL EA1036. 

I will try to express myself in English, so I apologize for any written misleading that I make, and PSE tell me in case of this happens. 

I am involved in radiolistening since 1980 mainly devoted to LW (Utilities and NDB) and MW broadcasting and maritime comms. Now that I already have 35 yr as a DXer, I remember when I started in 1999 to run LW/MW DXP to the Coast of Portugal that after a long discontinued period, I started them again in 2019. 

Would be extremely long and maybe boring to bring here my different times as a DXer but I will highlight my first receiver in 1980 offered by my parents, an analog Grundig YB300 which one I discovered the (radio)world. Years later I got a Sony ICF-2010, an after an ICOM R71A and a smaller SONY SW55 (this one much better to fit in my rucksack as I often go walking and I am a keen bycicle tourer). Unfortunately, these two latests were lost when I moved in 2006 to Granada, as the moving services lost one of my boxes with these stuff and part of my QSL collection. A real loss!! 

Later on SDR arrived, and the technology overwhelmed the planet and changed our hobby forever. Recalling the song "Video killed the radio star" by The Buggles, I often say that "Tech killed the hobby of DX" because the challenge of hearing distant and weak signals counting on the propagation and antennae has been dramatically changed to constantly try new software solutions and more powerful computers. If I need a computer and a screen to hear, that's not radio for me, but a signal processing instead, which obviously it's not the same.

In a real sense the hobby has now exceed our own human capacity to store and analyse thing in the right dimension (in a way seems to me a self-lying). I see my external HD with several Gb of recorded I/Q and think.. Uhhhmmm, what for? Is this a kind of storing obsession? So, as I love the simplicity and managing my own time and capabilities, I started looking back to the essentials. 

Years back, when I travelled to Southern Spain where my family's home is, I used to listen in some spots by the coastal cliffs (not far from where my diving club is) and tested that I heard better African MW stations and NDB signals. One day, searching the web I found an article by Gary deBock describing a similar effectbut with stunning results, so actually that's why I am here! 

I am re-thinking now my DXing techniques to come back exclusively to portable and start to re-design my goals after have been able to hear hundreds of countries, much of them on MW and also on VHF Band II. 

I have now a DEGEN 1103 (non DSP) portable and a Sangean HDR-14. I am waiting a Tecsun PL-330 to arrive in a few days. 

I would like to build a FSL antenna and I probably have some question to share with you. I am also here to help (if requested) to collaborate with some areas of the group. 

Thank you very much for having created this DXing corner. 

¡Saludos desde España! 

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Gary Sargent
 

Jorge

I have an Eton E1 and have had (and sold) a Sony 2010. So I have experience with what is arguably two of the best portable SW receivers. But they don't (or didn't) get much use. I'm more of a casual listener of these types of radios. A more of a true DXer type of person would surely more likely benefit from a larger, higher quality, feature rich and better performing receiver. I like the PL330 because its relatively inexpensive for what it does, lots of features and performance in a small package and it gives me SSB capability when I take it along on my daily neighborhood walk.

Gary KE8WO


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Gary, 
I am still waiting for it as I ordered a few days ago. 

Sometimes I wonder to myself whether it worth buying a greater and more expensive model when most of the features are already implemented in smaller ones. I am thinking on the Tecsun wide portable collection in the market. Often overall result is a tie, as shown.

¡Saludos! (73!)

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 9 de noviembre de 2020 00:46:39 CET, Gary Sargent <garysargent@...> escribió:


I received my new Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com in two weeks after ordering it for under $70. I have used it for the last couple of days and I am very satisfied with its build quality and performance on all bands. It looks to be a solid little radio that packs quite a lot of features. The speaker sounds very good for it being on the very small side. A casual comparison of it with my Eton / Grundig Executive Satellit radio on a few SW BCB and ham SSB stations was pretty much a tie. Typical of a DSP based design, FM performance is very good. AM BCB performance is ok for a small radio and comes alive at night. The operation of the PL330 is reasonably straightforward for such a full featured radio. All-in-all I think it is a very good value if you are in the market for tiny all band radio with a full set of modern features.


Awards Program

Paul Blundell
 

Some members might not be aware of this program, please check out the link below. It might give you some ideas on the awards we offer and give you something to aim for.

https://ultralightdx.groups.io/g/main/files/2%20General%20Information/Ultralight%20General%20Awards%20Program%20January%2015,%202010.pdf


2021 Radio Challenges

Paul Blundell
 

I would love to see us try and undertake some radio challenges in 2021, I am happy to undertake the admin / running of these, if I can get some ideas of what would be interesting / worth putting the time in to.

Any ideas?

Paul


What to Log

Paul Blundell
 

 I am in the process of sorting / updating my loggings with a view to in 2010, having a better / easier to use system.

What information do you log yourself?


So far I have:
Frequency
Callsign
Area
Power
Type
Receiver Used
Confirmed (stays)
Notes

Any do you log / keep a record of?

Thanks
Paul


Re: DIY Ultralight DXing Stand

Paul Blundell
 


On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 1:31 PM kevin asato via groups.io <kc6pob=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

How is the tripod arrangement holding up? i would think it would be prone to tipping, especially when being rotated.
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, 02:27:44 PM PST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Update - November 2020 - MK3
After using this stand for the past week, I have now added a plastic turntable to the top of this. The advantage of this is that I am now able to easily spin my 3" FSL and radio a full 180 degrees, this makes aligning this for the best signal level much easier.
 


 



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Re: DIY Ultralight DXing Stand

kevin asato <kc6pob@...>
 


How is the tripod arrangement holding up? i would think it would be prone to tipping, especially when being rotated.
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, 02:27:44 PM PST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Update - November 2020 - MK3
After using this stand for the past week, I have now added a plastic turntable to the top of this. The advantage of this is that I am now able to easily spin my 3" FSL and radio a full 180 degrees, this makes aligning this for the best signal level much easier.
 


 


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Paul Blundell
 

That sounds promising. While I do prefer AA and AAA's, if this works well, I guess I might need to move with the times.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 11:33 AM Gary Sargent <GarySargent@...> wrote:
Still shows 3 full bars after about 5 hours of usage, Compared to my new RadiWow R108 that quickly loses one of the three bars. This is very crude guess  in that I've not totally discharged either radio's battery yet!
KE8WO 



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Paul


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Gary Sargent
 

Still shows 3 full bars after about 5 hours of usage, Compared to my new RadiWow R108 that quickly loses one of the three bars. This is very crude guess  in that I've not totally discharged either radio's battery yet!
KE8WO 


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Paul Blundell
 

I just noticed it uses this:  BL-5C
How is the battery life so far? I have always preferred AA or AAA's.

Paul

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 10:58 AM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Great to hear it is working so well for you Gary. I suspect this might be one of my next radio purchases.

Paul

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 10:46 AM Gary Sargent <GarySargent@...> wrote:
I received my new Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com in two weeks after ordering it for under $70. I have used it for the last couple of days and I am very satisfied with its build quality and performance on all bands. It looks to be a solid little radio that packs quite a lot of features. The speaker sounds very good for it being on the very small side. A casual comparison of it with my Eton / Grundig Executive Satellit radio on a few SW BCB and ham SSB stations was pretty much a tie. Typical of a DSP based design, FM performance is very good. AM BCB performance is ok for a small radio and comes alive at night. The operation of the PL330 is reasonably straightforward for such a full featured radio. All-in-all I think it is a very good value if you are in the market for tiny all band radio with a full set of modern features.



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Paul


Re: Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Paul Blundell
 

Great to hear it is working so well for you Gary. I suspect this might be one of my next radio purchases.

Paul

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 10:46 AM Gary Sargent <GarySargent@...> wrote:
I received my new Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com in two weeks after ordering it for under $70. I have used it for the last couple of days and I am very satisfied with its build quality and performance on all bands. It looks to be a solid little radio that packs quite a lot of features. The speaker sounds very good for it being on the very small side. A casual comparison of it with my Eton / Grundig Executive Satellit radio on a few SW BCB and ham SSB stations was pretty much a tie. Typical of a DSP based design, FM performance is very good. AM BCB performance is ok for a small radio and comes alive at night. The operation of the PL330 is reasonably straightforward for such a full featured radio. All-in-all I think it is a very good value if you are in the market for tiny all band radio with a full set of modern features.



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Paul


Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com

Gary Sargent
 

I received my new Tecsun PL330 from Radiwow.com in two weeks after ordering it for under $70. I have used it for the last couple of days and I am very satisfied with its build quality and performance on all bands. It looks to be a solid little radio that packs quite a lot of features. The speaker sounds very good for it being on the very small side. A casual comparison of it with my Eton / Grundig Executive Satellit radio on a few SW BCB and ham SSB stations was pretty much a tie. Typical of a DSP based design, FM performance is very good. AM BCB performance is ok for a small radio and comes alive at night. The operation of the PL330 is reasonably straightforward for such a full featured radio. All-in-all I think it is a very good value if you are in the market for tiny all band radio with a full set of modern features.


Re: DIY Ultralight DXing Stand

Paul Blundell
 

Update - November 2020 - MK3
After using this stand for the past week, I have now added a plastic turntable to the top of this. The advantage of this is that I am now able to easily spin my 3" FSL and radio a full 180 degrees, this makes aligning this for the best signal level much easier.
 


 


Re: AM BCB DX..........1150 KSEN Shelby MONTANA DX TEST Heard!

Paul Blundell
 

Well done, it is always good to get another one in the log.

Paul

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 1:49 AM robert ross <va3sw@...> wrote:
Hi Guys - 

     Here is my Report for the 1150 KSEN DX Test last night!

It’s been a LONG Time since I logged a NEW ULTRALIGHT Station let alone a NEW ULR STATE! But….here is my Report for the 1150 KSEN Shelby MONTANA DX TEST from last night!



RECEIVER is……….SONY SRF-T615 ULR BAREFOOT

ANTENNA is………BAREFOOT

TOTAL ULR BCB STNS HEARD is……… 1,118

73………ROB VA3SW

Robert Ross
London, Ontario CANADA




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1150   KSEN   Shelby, MONTANA   Nov/08/20   0202-0238 EST      POOR-FAIR        EE
DX TEST Heard.
Mixing with CKOC Hamilton, ON and several other Stations. 
SLOW SPEED Morse Code @ 0202-0203 EST. KSEN IDs repeated. Solid 1000 hZ TONE @0203.
SWEEP TONES @ 0205-0206 EST. More SWEEP TONES @ 0208-0210. STEP TONES @ 0215.
More Morse Code KSEN IDs @ 0218. SWEEP TONES @ 0220 and 0223 EST. Morse Codes KSEN
IDs @ 0228. SWEEP TONES @ 0232. STEP TONES @ 0233. SWEEP TONES @ 0233. Signal getting
Stronger at this point. Morse Code KSEN IDs @ 0238 EST.
The test from the Previous night was NOT heard at all.

I heard this Test on my ULR RADIO SONY-SRF-T615 Ultralight BAREFOOT for NEW STATE 
#44 on ULTRALIGHT RADIO.

Thanks to all involved in making this test possible!! Much appreciated.

All I need now for Continental USA is IDAHO…..would love to see a TEST from there!!

NEW STN              MONTANA # 1 Heard   on ULR           10/5 kW
ROSS, ON.
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