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FM Radio Testing x 4

Paul Blundell
 

 

Recently I have been undertaking some testing of four Ultralight radios on the FM broadcast band, this focused on five FM frequencies. Below is a table which shows the results on each frequency for each radio. These were all undertaken with their standard aerials.


The Flea Market FMRAD2 is the radio which I use the least and is my "poorest" radio on the largewave band, here on the FM broadcast band it worked better than I was expecting and surprised me. I am glad I didn't write this radio off totally without testing it on the FM broadcast band.


Both the Teac PR130 and Digitech AR1733 worked as well I expected, neither was a standout in any way but both were around the performance I was expecting.


My new Digitech AR1690 was easily the standout, it preformed well on all frequencies and on all frequencies except one, it pulled in the best signals. The fact this is a FM / DAB+ only radio means it is tuned for these bands and does not have the compromises that also including the largewave band bring.



FREQUENCY - STATION
DIGITECH AR1690
TEAC PR130
FLEA MARKET FMRAD2
DIGITECH AR1733
87.6MHz - TOTE SPORT RADIO
EXCELLENT
POOR
GOOD
GOOD
95.3MHz - TAMAR FM
NILL
NILL
NILL
FAINT
96.9MHz - MEANDER VALLEY FM
FAINT
NILL
NILL
NILL
98.9MHz - 7AD
FAINT
NILL
NILL
NILL
107.7MHz - SEAFM
WEAK
NILL
WEAK
NILL
 

 
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Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - March 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Michael.

I am a big fan of these cases and like to find different ways to use them.

We are up to 42 cases here in Tasmania so just doing what I can to stay at home and only head out for work as needed. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:57 PM Michael.2E0IHW via Groups.Io <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for the nudge, Paul.

Last week I was about to throw out a similar plastic case.
Glad I didn't (although the XYL wished I had...).

Nighttime bedside listening has brought in some TA.
Not bad with walls and domestic QRM in the way!

Almost local, I can still get the latest from
France and Spain on MW and LW.

We now have one suspected infection in the village,
so up drawbridge and up DXing!

Michael UK

On 26/03/2020 10:10, Paul Blundell wrote:

> ...Here I found this new case for $50, I decided to
> replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I
> would have liked.
...
> While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could
> be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.
> Photos:
> https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/03/portable-ultralight-radio-dxing-case.html
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Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - March 2020

Michael.2E0IHW
 

Thanks for the nudge, Paul.

Last week I was about to throw out a similar plastic case.
Glad I didn't (although the XYL wished I had...).

Nighttime bedside listening has brought in some TA.
Not bad with walls and domestic QRM in the way!

Almost local, I can still get the latest from
France and Spain on MW and LW.

We now have one suspected infection in the village,
so up drawbridge and up DXing!

Michael UK

On 26/03/2020 10:10, Paul Blundell wrote:

...Here I found this new case for $50, I decided to replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I would have liked.
...
While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.
Photos: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/03/portable-ultralight-radio-dxing-case.html
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Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - March 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Recently I have been looking for a way to carry my portable radio collection and my other ultralight related items. I have used a variety of bags and cases in the past, my most recent case worked very well but it has recently become too small for everything I wanted to carry with me. I had added a bottom section to this for my notes but even with that I was struggling to fit everything in.
 
 
I was out doing some shopping yesterday when I called passed my local Super Cheap Auto. Here I found this new case for $50, I decided to replace my previous case as I found it was not working as well as I would have liked.
 
 
Last night I had some spare time so I sat down and set up this case. I have added some pieces of timber to divide my radios and give each of them a location.
 
 
Overall, I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store my baby 3" FSL plus two radios, log sheets, pens, notes, spare batteries and ear phones, everything I need for portable sessions. It is also small enough to fit in my back pack. For $50 it provides a great level of protection.
 
 
While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.
 
Photos: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/03/portable-ultralight-radio-dxing-case.html
 
 
 
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Re: COVID-19 and DXing

Michael.2E0IHW
 

On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 Phillips <phillicom@hotmail.com wrote:
Stay safe Paul.
...
Still using slow old QWERTY?
Why don't you join the 21st Century?
Try Colemak(recommended) or Dvorak.
Time to leave the Victorian era behind!
...................

Yea, how about a 21st Century upgrade :
tiny screen, RSI-precursory one-thumb operation ?

:-)

But chin-up - there is a new uldx sub-category :
reception at home amidst the QRM fog.

Now that is a *real* challenge !

Michael UK


Re: COVID-19 and DXing

Paul Blundell
 

Yeah, it is getting bad with how far the lock down is going.


On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 11:06 AM Phillips <phillicom@...> wrote:
Stay safe Paul.  Tassie is likely to be the least affected of Aussie states but thems that takes chances will pay the price.

 
Still using slow old QWERTY?
Why don't you join the 21st Century?
Try Colemak (recommended) or Dvorak.
Time to leave the Victorian era behind!


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 7:51 AM
To: UltralightDX@groups.io <UltralightDX@groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] COVID-19 and DXing
 
Based on the latest advice locally, I am cancelling all portable Ultralight Radio DXing sessions for the foreseeable future.


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Re: COVID-19 and DXing

Phillips
 

Stay safe Paul.  Tassie is likely to be the least affected of Aussie states but thems that takes chances will pay the price.

 
Still using slow old QWERTY?
Why don't you join the 21st Century?
Try Colemak (recommended) or Dvorak.
Time to leave the Victorian era behind!


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 7:51 AM
To: UltralightDX@groups.io <UltralightDX@groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] COVID-19 and DXing
 
Based on the latest advice locally, I am cancelling all portable Ultralight Radio DXing sessions for the foreseeable future.


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COVID-19 and DXing

Paul Blundell
 

Based on the latest advice locally, I am cancelling all portable Ultralight Radio DXing sessions for the foreseeable future.


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MiniDXpedition - Scamander, Tasmania - March 2020

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend of March 20th - 22nd 2020, I undertook an Ultralight Radio miniDXpedition to Scamander on the East coast of Tasmania.
 
This location is one of the closest locations in Tasmania to New Zealand so I made this the focus on this miniDXpedition. I undertook three sessions over the Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday, the results of these sessions are below. 
 
This location was very nice and it is somewhere I will make a point of returning to in the future.
 
Loggings, photos and a video can be found here: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/03/minidxpedition-scamander-tasmania-march.html
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Re: Coronavirus and ULDXing

Paul Blundell
 

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/nation_leading_border_restrictions_to_protect_tasmanians

"From midnight, Friday 20 March, all non-essential travellers departing for Tasmania will be required to quarantine for 14 days."

This will impact myself as I have a DX trip planned for late next month :(


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Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Session - 17/03/2020

Paul Blundell
 

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**MWDXerDB - Report**
Report Date: 03/17/2020
Report Time: 10:27:27

RADIO: Digitech AR-1733 / AERIAL: 3" Baby FSL

Freq / Name: 0531kHz - 3GG
Site / Power: Warragul - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0540kHz - 7SD
Site / Power: Scottsdale -5000W
Notes: (Commercial) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0585kHz - 7RN
Site / Power: Hobart - 10000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0594kHz - 3WV
Site / Power: Horsham - 50000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0621kHz - 3RN
Site / Power: Melbourne - 50000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0693kHz - 3AW
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0747kHz - 7PB
Site / Power: Hobart - 3500W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0774kHz - 3LO
Site / Power: Melbourne - 50000W
Notes: (National) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0828kHz - 3GI
Site / Power: Sale - 10000W
Notes: (National) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0855kHz - 3CR
Site / Power: Melbourne - 3500W
Notes: (Community) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0864kHz - 7RPH
Site / Power: Hobart - 2000W
Notes: (Community) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0936kHz - 7ZR
Site / Power: Hobart - 10000W
Notes: (National) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 0963kHz - 2RG
Site / Power: Griffith - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1008kHz - HPON (Launceston)
Site / Power: Abels Hills, Launceston - 5000W
Notes: (Racing) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1071kHz - 3EL
Site / Power: Maryborough / 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1089kHz - 3WM
Site / Power: Horsham - 5000W
Notes: (Commerical) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1314kHz - 3BT
Site / Power: Ballarat - 5000W
Notes: (Commerical) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1341kHz - HPON (Geelong)
Site / Power: Geelong - 5000W
Notes: (HPON) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1422kHz - HPON (Melbourne)
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (HPON) -Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1503kHz - 3KND
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (Community) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1566kHz - 3NE
Site / Power: Wangaratta - 5000W
Notes: (Commercial) Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Freq / Name: 1593kHz - HPON (Melbourne)
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (HPON) - Logged 17/03/2020 - 8am - Talbot Road Lookout

Notes: A good morning DXing session on my way to work. Band conditions were as I would expect.



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Re: Software - MWDXerDB

Paul Blundell
 

A new video with some information on the updates is below.


https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html 

 


On Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 8:23 PM Paul Blundell via Groups.Io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
*** Update 15th March 2020 ***
Due to a total rewrite of MWDXerDB, please check here for any updates on this project. At this stage I am not offering any technical support of the current (pre March 2020) version.
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html
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Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Lincoln Thormahlen
 

Thanks,

Glad to share.  I did change the bandwidth during the fading of the first morse code segment, but it was just before the first sweeps started.  I noticed that the sweeps were wider in bandwidth than the setting so I changed it back to normal and left it for the rest of the test.  Good thing you could see that on the kiwisdr waterfall.  Too bad I didn't make a video of that. 

I spent some time before the test looking at various western area kiwisdr's.  I have found that some folks setup the sdr to filter off the mw bcb signals, so I wanted to avoid that.  I also wanted to be sure that I was getting an over the air signal that was not a ground wave.  The kiwisdr used was in Spring City, UT, hosted by KA7EZO, located here: http://www.levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php?Grid=DM49gk

I am all for more!  Please let us know of future DX tests.  I will only use a ultralight radio if possible to hear the test at my location, but I will use a online sdr too if it allows me to hear a test I otherwise could not.

Lincoln


Re: Software - MWDXerDB

Paul Blundell
 

*** Update 15th March 2020 ***
Due to a total rewrite of MWDXerDB, please check here for any updates on this project. At this stage I am not offering any technical support of the current (pre March 2020) version.
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/software-mwdxerdb.html
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Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Les Rayburn
 

Lincoln,

Congratulations! I can certainly confirm your reception of the KKOH DX test. Solid copy throughout the test. I’m always amazed at how well the sweep tones cut through noise and interference. 

Now to try to arrange some more of these. Give us all something to do during our quarantines! 


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 8:18 PM, Lincoln Thormahlen via Groups.Io <tlcfarmer@...> wrote:

I uploaded the file to Member sound files

Lincoln


Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Lincoln Thormahlen
 

I uploaded the file to Member sound files

Lincoln


Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Les Rayburn
 

Lincoln,

Paul and I will be happy to listen to the recording and attempt to verify your reception. We prepared all the test material, so we can compare it to the original recordings. 

Please send it directly to me, or upload it to the files section. 



73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 2:10 PM, Lincoln Thormahlen via Groups.Io <tlcfarmer@...> wrote:

Was there a time limit on getting a QSL for the Dx test from KKOH??

If there was a time limit, and we are past it, I could upload the recording I made of the test to the files section of the group.

Lincoln


Re: KKOH NV DX Test Heard in Central Indiana

Lincoln Thormahlen
 

Was there a time limit on getting a QSL for the Dx test from KKOH??

If there was a time limit, and we are past it, I could upload the recording I made of the test to the files section of the group.

Lincoln


Re: November 2019 Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition Article

Paul Blundell
 

Another amazing report Gary. I really hope to join you all one day.

Paul

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 11:37 PM Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
     In the first week of November two Americans and an Australian joined up on the prime Hawaiian beach of Poipu (Kauai) with an exciting agenda-- chase all corners of the world with a live DXing format. Australian Chris Rodgers brought along his Tecsun PL-880 and 20" PK Loop on the long distance flight from Sydney, while Craig Barnes and yours truly brought our "supercharged" CC Skywave Ultralights and 5" Frequent Flyer FSL antennas.
     For the first time in a Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition serious efforts were made both at sunrise and sunset, resulting in the reception of all continents except Europe on the ideally-positioned Poipu beach (one of few such spots in Hawaii). Chris, Craig and I gave it our best shot each sunrise and sunset, trying our best to concentrate on live DXing despite dazzling scenery, the best snorkeling beach in Kauai and famous luaus. We all had a blast, with the transoceanic DX incredible in both quality and quantity.
     My own personal 16-page DXpedition article has been posted at the link below, which includes MP3 links for 127 transoceanic receptions from Asia, Oceania, North America, South America and Africa. Several photos of the DXpedition team are included, as well as a bonus section of Chris' DXpedition loggings. If any of you are feeling bored with your DXing hobby, a quick trip to Hawaii will provide a permanent, thrilling cure!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/lcuery0po9xk5s9lu2jqwwj1zk4wmmqf

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Chris Rogers and Craig Barnes in Poipu from November 2-8, 2019)



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November 2019 Poipu, Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition Article

Gary DeBock
 

     In the first week of November two Americans and an Australian joined up on the prime Hawaiian beach of Poipu (Kauai) with an exciting agenda-- chase all corners of the world with a live DXing format. Australian Chris Rodgers brought along his Tecsun PL-880 and 20" PK Loop on the long distance flight from Sydney, while Craig Barnes and yours truly brought our "supercharged" CC Skywave Ultralights and 5" Frequent Flyer FSL antennas.
     For the first time in a Hawaii Ultralight DXpedition serious efforts were made both at sunrise and sunset, resulting in the reception of all continents except Europe on the ideally-positioned Poipu beach (one of few such spots in Hawaii). Chris, Craig and I gave it our best shot each sunrise and sunset, trying our best to concentrate on live DXing despite dazzling scenery, the best snorkeling beach in Kauai and famous luaus. We all had a blast, with the transoceanic DX incredible in both quality and quantity.
     My own personal 16-page DXpedition article has been posted at the link below, which includes MP3 links for 127 transoceanic receptions from Asia, Oceania, North America, South America and Africa. Several photos of the DXpedition team are included, as well as a bonus section of Chris' DXpedition loggings. If any of you are feeling bored with your DXing hobby, a quick trip to Hawaii will provide a permanent, thrilling cure!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/lcuery0po9xk5s9lu2jqwwj1zk4wmmqf

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (DXing with Chris Rogers and Craig Barnes in Poipu from November 2-8, 2019)

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