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DX2020 Challenge - 04/05/2020

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 04/05/2020
TIME: 15:45
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL      
NOTES: A mid afternoon session from home. Signals were a good mix with 3LO on 774kHz really hitting excellent signal levels with its 50kw signal.
 
FREQ
 
Station
SIGNAL
531kHz
 -
3GG
AVERAGE
621kHz
 -
3RN
GOOD
693kHz
 -
3AW
AVERAGE
774kHz
 -
3LO
EXCELLENT
828kHz
 -
3GI
POOR
927kHz
 -
3UZ
NILL
1224KHz
 -
3EA
WEAK
1341kHz
 -
HPON
AVERAGE
1422kHz
 -
HPON
POOR
1566kHz
 -
3NE
NILL
 
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Re: Saying Hello

Paul Blundell
 

Welcome to the group.

What Ultralight radios do you own and where are you located?

Paul

On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 7:39 AM <trendingfindings@...> wrote:

Hey everyone, new to the group.
Excited for this group's content.
Hope you are all staying safe



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Re: Saying Hello

Andy ZL3AG
 

My "this is a spammer warming up" alarm just went off.

On 5/05/20 7:32 am, trendingfindings@gmail.com wrote:
Hey everyone, new to the group.
Excited for this group's content.
Hope you are all staying safe
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Saying Hello

trendingfindings@...
 

Hey everyone, new to the group.
Excited for this group's content.
Hope you are all staying safe


Win a Radio

Paul Blundell
 

This is still running and I would love to see some more people enter :)

Win a Radio
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/04/quiz-win-radio.html


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Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 3/05/2020

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 03/05/2020
TIME: 21:45 – 22:50
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL Aerial
NOTES: Last night I spent some time searching the band, my focus was on logging South Australia stations. 
As can be seen below, I logged 14 stations at varying signal levels. 5RN on 729kHz was the standout with several other stations towards the top of the band also being received at good signal levels. 
A few stations were missing, these are either very low power stations or suffer from bad overload / mixing from other stations. I am documenting these and will make tracking these down more of a focus.
 
FREQ
 
 
Station
SIGNAL
639
kHz
 -
5CK
average
729
kHz
 -
5RN
excellent
765
kHz
 -
5CC
average
801
kHz
 -
5RM
good
891
kHz
 -
5AN
average
963
kHz
 -
5SE
poor
972
kHz
 -
5PB
poor
1062
kHz
 -
5MV
weak
1125
kHz
 -
5MU
poor
1197
kHz
 -
5RPH
average
1323
kHz
 -
5DN
weak
1395
kHz
 -
5AA
good
1476
kHz
 -
5MG
good
1539
kHz
 -
5-HPON
good
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Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 02/05/2020

Paul Blundell
 

 
DATE: 02/05/2020
TIME: 22:10
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL Aerial
NOTES: Last night I spent some time searching the mediumwave band, my focus was on hunting down some of those stations which I don’t log that often.
 
Two highlights were logging 6WA on 558kHz at 2679km and also logging 2ST on 999kHz, this is my first station on 999kHz from home, normally our local TOTE HPON station on 1008kHz totally knocks out anything either side of this however last night I was able to null this out enough to get a good signal on 999kHz.
 
558
kHz
 -
6WA
Wagin
594
kHz
 -
3WV
Horsham
657
kHz
 -
2BY
Byrock
729
kHz
 -
5RN
Adelaide
756
kHz
 -
3RN
Wangaratta
765
kHz
 -
2EC
Bega
810
kHz
 -
2BA
Bega
828
kHz
 -
3GI
Sale
846
kHz
 -
2RN
Canberra
891
kHz
 -
5AN
Adelaide
900
kHz
 -
2LT
Lithgow
963
kHz
 -
2RG
Griffith
999
kHz
 -
2ST
Nowra
1017
kHz
 -
2KY
Sydney
1071
kHz
 -
3EL
Maryborough (Vic)
1125
kHz
 -
1RPH
Canberra
1125
kHz
 -
5MU
Murray Bridge
1458
kHz
 -
2PB
Newcastle
1467
kHz
 -
3ML
Mildura/Sunraysia

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/05/ultralight-radio-dxing-session-02052020.html


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Re: KKOO 1260 Idaho booming in

Mike Sanburn
 

Tony, that is great that you can participate in the reception remotely! --Mike


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Tony Magon <temagon@...>
Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2020 1:27 AM
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] KKOO 1260 Idaho booming in
 
Thanks Mike

Hearing it on San Deigo SDR

73

Tony Magon VK2IC



On Sat, May 2, 2020 at 6:15 PM Mike Sanburn <mikesanburn@...> wrote:
Hearing a loud KKOO Cool FM simulcast from Weiser ID into SoCal and fighting KSUR for dominance. Even heard well in the Sangean DT160.  Mike Sanburn Lakewood CA. 


Re: KKOO 1260 Idaho booming in

Tony Magon
 

Thanks Mike

Hearing it on San Deigo SDR

73

Tony Magon VK2IC



On Sat, May 2, 2020 at 6:15 PM Mike Sanburn <mikesanburn@...> wrote:
Hearing a loud KKOO Cool FM simulcast from Weiser ID into SoCal and fighting KSUR for dominance. Even heard well in the Sangean DT160.  Mike Sanburn Lakewood CA. 


KKOO 1260 Idaho booming in

Mike Sanburn
 

Hearing a loud KKOO Cool FM simulcast from Weiser ID into SoCal and fighting KSUR for dominance. Even heard well in the Sangean DT160.  Mike Sanburn Lakewood CA. 


KJJR 880 DX Test

Mike Sanburn
 

Montana DX test coming in fair with KKMC qrm into Lakewood CA even audible on my Sangean DT160 Ultralight.---Mike Sanburn KG6LJU. 


KJJR DX Test on Saturday (May 2, 2002)

Paul Blundell
 

https://swling.com/blog/2020/04/kjjr-dx-test-on-saturday-may-2-2002/

KJJR 880 Whitefish, MT(Kalispell) will test for 1 hour at 10kw non directional Saturday May 2nd 12:01am to 1am mountain time. It will consist of morse code, sweep tones, along with various telephone sound effects

There will be no paper QSL’s issued for this test. Only emailed confirmation. Send an email to walkerbroadcasting@... with “KJJR 880 DX Test” in the email (You MUST put that in that subject line so I don’t accidentally delete it thinking it’s spam!). The reply will likely be a simple email reply with details of the station and confirming the details of what/when you heard it. You WILL get a reply from me in due course, please give me some time!

This is done on short notice and being kept simple as to not burden anyone involved. Thanks to Les Rayburn for creating the test material and Todd Clark for generously offering up the station. I’ve already seen communication between him and the station, asking them to block out an hour from the logs, so he can tinker around with things at the tower site.

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Re: Article - Are You Promoting your Hobby in the Best Possible Way

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the excellent email and reply. You have clearly much the same thoughts and experiences as me with this.

Paul

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 9:12 AM Todd via groups.io <toddemslie=yahoo.com.au@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,

All but one of the DXers I have met at either my home, club meetings, or DXpeditions have looked presentable. The one exception was a DXer who at the time was long-term unemployed in a rural area, but even he eventually improved to an unacceptable standard of appearance years later.

The average DXer is of at least a conservative mindset, hence that is reflected in their appearance and personality. The same is generally true for other other individuals seriously involved with "geek" hobbies such as chess, computers, electronics, optical astronomy, radio astronomy, paranormal investigation, stamp collecting, robiotics, aircraft spotting, photography, weather forecasting, share trading, SETI, science fiction, stock market investing, software design, physics, kit models, astro photography, puzzles, intelligence tests, and more.

Bill Gates, in my opinion, could be considered the archetype nerd, especially back in the mid to late 1970s. By default, his appearance, personality, and choice of associations was on the conservative side.

But there are those very few exceptions to the rule. In Australia for example, there were two well known DXers who actively indulged in heavy drinking, and eagerly promoted this via their web pages.

Obscene language among DXers is in my experience rare. The real test is the largest sample available such as U.S. NRC, IRCA, and WTFDA meetings.

I have little experience with regards to the ham radio community. But from what sample I have seen, most of them are more conservative formal types. But there is also the minority that are exceptions.

The average person has no comprehension or emotional precedent for any DX related activity. In other words it is completely off their proverbial radar. The same can be said for the average DXer who happens upon a university geology student analysing rock samples. What we as DXers assume other people are thinking is usually inaccurate. Hence in a practical setting when a DXer is sitting at a public park bench table listening to distant signals using a ULR + FSL, virtually all onlookers don't even notice or care. That is the reality of life.

In terms of dress standards, these days a person really needs to go to great lengths in order to stand out from the universe of dress styles. I tend to only notice extreme examples such as alcoholic hobos with long unkempt beards and hair. The average DXer by default, looks acceptable. DX club photos confirms this.

Intuitively we may assume that we need to promote the hobby in an attractive light in order to maximise the chance of attracting others. But in reality, the hobby chooses us. Most DXers seek out the hobby from an early age. This is because our genetic makeup from birth dictates what interests are taken later in life. The broadcast band DXer occurrence rate is circa one in a million. This extreme rarity largely precludes environmental factors. For example, I only know of only circa 20 broadcast band DXers in all of Australia. The circa 1 in 10^6 occurrence rarity reflects the reality of extreme provisional genetic permutation.

Regards,

Todd



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Re: Article - Are You Promoting your Hobby in the Best Possible Way

Todd
 

Hi Paul,

All but one of the DXers I have met at either my home, club meetings, or DXpeditions have looked presentable. The one exception was a DXer who at the time was long-term unemployed in a rural area, but even he eventually improved to an unacceptable standard of appearance years later.

The average DXer is of at least a conservative mindset, hence that is reflected in their appearance and personality. The same is generally true for other other individuals seriously involved with "geek" hobbies such as chess, computers, electronics, optical astronomy, radio astronomy, paranormal investigation, stamp collecting, robiotics, aircraft spotting, photography, weather forecasting, share trading, SETI, science fiction, stock market investing, software design, physics, kit models, astro photography, puzzles, intelligence tests, and more.

Bill Gates, in my opinion, could be considered the archetype nerd, especially back in the mid to late 1970s. By default, his appearance, personality, and choice of associations was on the conservative side.

But there are those very few exceptions to the rule. In Australia for example, there were two well known DXers who actively indulged in heavy drinking, and eagerly promoted this via their web pages.

Obscene language among DXers is in my experience rare. The real test is the largest sample available such as U.S. NRC, IRCA, and WTFDA meetings.

I have little experience with regards to the ham radio community. But from what sample I have seen, most of them are more conservative formal types. But there is also the minority that are exceptions.

The average person has no comprehension or emotional precedent for any DX related activity. In other words it is completely off their proverbial radar. The same can be said for the average DXer who happens upon a university geology student analysing rock samples. What we as DXers assume other people are thinking is usually inaccurate. Hence in a practical setting when a DXer is sitting at a public park bench table listening to distant signals using a ULR + FSL, virtually all onlookers don't even notice or care. That is the reality of life.

In terms of dress standards, these days a person really needs to go to great lengths in order to stand out from the universe of dress styles. I tend to only notice extreme examples such as alcoholic hobos with long unkempt beards and hair. The average DXer by default, looks acceptable. DX club photos confirms this.

Intuitively we may assume that we need to promote the hobby in an attractive light in order to maximise the chance of attracting others. But in reality, the hobby chooses us. Most DXers seek out the hobby from an early age. This is because our genetic makeup from birth dictates what interests are taken later in life. The broadcast band DXer occurrence rate is circa one in a million. This extreme rarity largely precludes environmental factors. For example, I only know of only circa 20 broadcast band DXers in all of Australia. The circa 1 in 10^6 occurrence rarity reflects the reality of extreme provisional genetic permutation.

Regards,

Todd


Article - Are You Promoting your Hobby in the Best Possible Way

Paul Blundell
 

Updated – April 2020
 
 
 
What are you doing to promote your hobby? Forget about yourself for a second and consider if what you are doing is helping or hindering others who share the same hobby as you?
 
- Physical Appearance:
This might vary for some hobbies that have safety requirements or require wearing specific clothing. When undertaking your hobby, are you presentable in your clothing and appearance? While I am not suggesting for one second that you should go out in a three-piece suit, is your clothing neat and tidy? Are you presenting yourself as somebody you would want to talk to? Nobody wants to talk to somebody who looks “rough”.
 
Recently I was in a local take away outlet where I saw a couple of well know amateur radio operators, they looked like “homeless bums”, they had HT’s on their belt and club tops. They simply were not selling their hobby in a positive light.
 
Much like how employees are expected to represent their employer in a professional manner when wearing their uniform, should the same not also apply to those who are clearly representing / displaying their hobby (no matter what this is)?
 
- Attitude:
If somebody came up and spoke to you, would you welcome this interaction and provide them information on your hobby and answer any questions? Do you look for opportunities to both promote your hobby and demonstrate it in a positive light to anybody who shows an interest? Do you avoid the well known “old boys club” attitude which is so very clear in a lot of radio clubs?
 
- Language:
Do you speak in a tone and manner which is welcoming, and do you reframe from swearing, especially around children? If you are asked questions, can you answer them in a manner which would encourage more people to join into your hobby or would you be seen as pushing people away?
 
- Equipment:
Is your equipment stored and used in such a way as to not be a risk to others? Is it well kept and not dangerous? Do you consider other people when setting up in public spaces?
 
- Online presence:
If you have an online presence (website, blog, Facebook page), is it regularly updated and used to promote your hobby as something other people might like to be a part of?
 
The key point in all of this is that what you do as an individual reflects on everybody else who also undertakes that hobby, both in a positive and negative way.  Much like wearing a uniform with your employers branding, you need to present yourself and your hobby in a positive light.
 
While it is not right that we all “get painted with the same brush”, the reality is that it happens and what we each do can and does impact how your hobby is seen by the public and can impact others enjoyments of their hobby.
 
Recently I was out with my family when I noticed a man racing a remote-controlled car at a park, he didn’t seem out of place to start with. Over a short period of time he ran the car at a group of kids and then approached one child, it was clear from the parent’s reaction that this person was not known to this child.
 
What gets to me is that by a few actions, this person has now made these parents think twice when they see somebody with a remote-control car. What was this guy doing and why did he run his car at the group of kids? What could have been a positive interaction and a chance for this guy to promote his hobby instead turned in to a negative interaction. I know as I spoke to the parents of the child later.
 
Some hobbies are “mainstream” and easily explained, others look weird or geeky and it is these hobbies which we need to really take the time to paint in the best possible light. Making a geeky hobby more so, does nobody any favours and only pushes it and those who undertake it further in to the edge of society, make the gap even larger than what it needs to be, both now and in to the future.
 
Be smart and think about what you want your hobby to look like tomorrow and how what you do today is shaping this.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/are-you-promoting-your-hobby-in-best.html
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Re: DX2020 Challenge - 27/04/2020

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 27/04/2020 om 05:59 schreef Paul Blundell:
Launceston Tasmania

This tool can give you an idea ..

List of AM around Launceston

https://fmscan.org/main.php?qth=Launcestown&l=147.1666667&b=-41.45&csave=2



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DX2020 Challenge - 27/04/2020

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 27/04/2020
TIME: 13:15
LOCATION: St Georges Square, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL Aerial
NOTES: A early afternoon session for my DX2020 challenge. Signals were generally on the up, with both 3RN on 621kHz and 3LO on 774kHz hitting “good” signal levels during this session. As expected the stations above 1MHz were not great with only the two HPON stations from Geelong and Melbourne showing up at all.
 
 
FREQ
 
Station
SIGNAL
531kHz
 -
3GG
AVERAGE
621kHz
 -
3RN
GOOD
693kHz
 -
3AW
AVERAGE
774kHz
 -
3LO
GOOD
828kHz
 -
3GI
POOR
927kHz
 -
3UZ
NILL
1224KHz
 -
3EA
NILL
1341kHz
 -
HPON
AVERAGE
1422kHz
 -
HPON
POOR
1566kHz
 -
3NE
NILL



 
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Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 23/04/2020 - Take 2

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 23/04/2020
TIME: 23:50
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL Aerial
NOTES: A late night session I was focusing on some stations which I had not logged in a while. The 3” FSL aerial really did an amazing job of pulling in these stations, including a number of 1kw and 2kw stations.
 
558
kHz
 -
6WA
Wagin
567
kHz
 -
4JK
Julia Creek
612
kHz
 -
4QR
Brisbane
684
kHz
 -
2KP
Kempsey
783
kHz
 -
6VA
Albany
819
kHz
 -
2GL
Glen Innes
900
kHz
 -
2LM
Lismore
990
kHz
 -
3RN
Albury/Wodonga
1107
kHz
 -
2EA
Sydney
1197
kHz
 -
5RPH
Adelaide
1287
kHz
 -
2TM
Tamworth
1305
kHz
 -
5RN
Renmark/Loxton
1350
kHz
 -
2LF
Young
1368
kHz
 -
2GN
Goulburn
1404
kHz
 -
2PK
Parkes/Forbes
1431
kHz
 -
2RN
Wollongong
1449
kHz
 -
2MG
Mudgee
1476
kHz
 -
5MG
Mount Gambier
1485
kHz
 -
2EA
Wollongong
 
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Quiz - Win a Radio - https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/04/quiz-win-radio.html


Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 26/04/2020

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 26/04/2020
TIME: 15:30
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL Aerial
NOTES: A mid afternoon session from home. A good mix of signals with both 2AY on 1494kHz and 2QN on 1521kHz appearing late in the session at good signal levels. While 3GG on 531kHz was logged, it was not at a very good signal level.


531
kHz
 -
3GG
Warragul
540
kHz
 -
7SD
Scottsdale
585
kHz
 -
7RN
Hobart
594
kHz
 -
3WV
Horsham
621
kHz
 -
3RN
Melbourne
693
kHz
 -
3AW
Melbourne
747
kHz
 -
7PB
Hobart
774
kHz
 -
3LO
Melbourne
828
kHz
 -
3GI
Sale
855
kHz
 -
3CR
Melbourne
864
kHz
 -
7RPH
Hobart
927
kHz
 -
3UZ
Melbourne
936
kHz
 -
7ZR
Hobart
1008
kHz
 -
HPON
Launceston
1224
kHz
 -
3EA
Melbourne
1242
kHz
 -
3GV
Sale
1260
kHz
 -
3SR
Shepparton
1278
kHz
 -
3EE
Melbourne
1314
kHz
 -
3BT
Ballarat
1341
kHz
 -
HPON
Geelong
1377
kHz
 -
3MP
Melbourne
1422
kHz
 -
HPON
Melbourne
1494
kHz
 -
2AY
Albury
1503
kHz
 -
3KND
Melbourne
1521
kHz
 -
2QN
Deniliquin
1566
kHz
 -
3NE
Wangaratta
1593
kHz
 -
HPON
Melbourne
 
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Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 23/04/2020

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 23/04/2020
TIME: 7:50
LOCATION: Talbot Road Lookout, Launceston Tasmania.
RADIO / AERIAL: Digitech AR1733 / 3” FSL Aerial
NOTES: A morning session with a number of expected Victorian and Tasmanian stations logged.

531
kHz
 -
3GG
Warragul
540
kHz
 -
7SD
Scottsdale
585
kHz
 -
7RN
Hobart
594
kHz
 -
3WV
Horsham
621
kHz
 -
3RN
Melbourne
693
kHz
 -
3AW
Melbourne
747
kHz
 -
7PB
Hobart
756
kHz
 -
3RN
Wangaratta
774
kHz
 -
3LO
Melbourne
828
kHz
 -
3GI
Sale
855
kHz
 -
3CR
Melbourne
936
kHz
 -
7ZR
Hobart
1008
kHz
 -
HPON
Launceston
1026
kHz
 -
3PB
Melbourne
1224
kHz
 -
3EA
Melbourne
1278
kHz
 -
3EE
Melbourne
1341
kHz
 -
HPON
Geelong
1422
kHz
 -
HPON
Melbourne
1503
kHz
 -
3KND
Melbourne

 

 
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