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Re: Expanded Band DXing

william yim
 

As far as I know that some of the community radio channels are using the Extended Band for boardcasting in Australia.

在 2020年10月28日週三 11:03,Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> 寫道:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AM_expanded_band

Is used much around the world? Is it more of a US thing? 


Re: Expanded Band DXing

kevin asato
 

Not sure about the world outside of Los Angeles but i hear commercial Chinese and Korean broadcasters and local/community (TIS) low power broadcasts in beach cities south of LAX. The TIS broadcasts are mostly local road closures and health warnings but can be several hours old.
73,
kevin
kc6pob


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Larry Smith
 

 Understood. Same here, the only scanner I own now is a portable unit and that only gets used when the wife breaks it out during storms, or most recently, riots.


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Paul Blundell
 

Pretty much a post 9-11 overreaction, what they didn't like was the fact that my website at the time had step by step instructions on how to program a trunk tracker.
The problem these days is more the "character" of some member of the radio scanning hobby. While I do own a scanner, it now gets very little use...

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 9:52 AM Larry Smith via groups.io <larfla2=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
 Interesting, Paul. Are scanners a problem for them or was it just post 9-11 over reaction thing? In the US, home and potable scanners are allowed almost everywhere. Vehicle mounted scanners are regulated State by State and area by area. Most of the laws for vehicle scanners are hold overs from the "Bonnie and Clyde" era. They never "updated" when scanners got smaller and portable.



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Paul


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Larry Smith
 

 Interesting, Paul. Are scanners a problem for them or was it just post 9-11 over reaction thing? In the US, home and potable scanners are allowed almost everywhere. Vehicle mounted scanners are regulated State by State and area by area. Most of the laws for vehicle scanners are hold overs from the "Bonnie and Clyde" era. They never "updated" when scanners got smaller and portable.


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Larry Smith
 

 Yeah Max, I could see that happening, although now a days, they would probably think you were piloting a drone.


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Paul Blundell
 

That is a great point Max, I often choose to undertake my portable sessions at locations based on who is around and if possible I pick locations where I am less likely to come across anybody else.


On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 5:53 AM Max Heidel <max.heidel@...> wrote:
It's a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. I've missed whole satellite passes while being questioned by law enforcement as to why I'm standing in a field pointing an antenna into the sky.
With my other operations, people don't seem to notice or care. I do tend to try to operate in places where the chance of being bothered, or even seen, is negligible. 

Max



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Paul


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Larry.

I have attached a piece out of a magazine from 18 years ago which is about me. I had two CIB officers pay me a visit as I worked out how to use a trunk tracker scanner to listen to their communications. They were very surprised when I showed them how easy it was. At the time they were told that all their communications were secure, not so...

Between the big T word, "stranger danger" and COVID-19, more and more our activities are being watched / observed by others and what years ago would have been seen as nothing to be concerned about, these days can be seen as worrying.

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 5:26 AM Larry Smith via groups.io <larfla2=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
 I  take out my FT-817ND for hamming along with my Crane Skywave for MW. The interest is usually from my CW ops, antenna, and key. Usually  both older people and younger people. I'll just tell them about Ham radio and explain the set up a bit. Usually leads to them asking and me telling "war stories" about my 30 years in the military. On the other hand, some people just glance, shrug shoulders, don't pat any attention, etc, which is fine with me. Never have had a "authority figure" ask to see my license card or even ask what I'm up to. Although, years ago, a State Trooper asked to see my license because I had a scanner mounted in my car, which was legal for Hams and journalists, but not "civilians".



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Paul


Re: Expanded Band DXing

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Max. 

I had a bit of a listen last night. Barefoot on my AR-1733, I was able to hear stations on most of the frequencies, once I get the 3" FSL setup for it, I am sure this will really help.

On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 2:34 AM Max Italy <max2013@...> wrote:
Only pirates in europe. Mainly from Greece and Holland.



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Paul


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Dan,

I am glad you were able to get out and about today. While I have not had any issues myself much (except some crazy women on a hens night), as i get out and about more, I want to be prepared.

We have a long weekend coming up and I am hoping to get out and about during this.

Paul

On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 9:11 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
I went out today for some listens on the beach with the easing of restrictions and no body seemed to notice what I was doing.
With a small radio, like the AR-1780 it's not intrusive to others. I just make sure to keep the volume down when people are walking past ect. I've never had anyone show any interest of what I'm doing.
So I think people just think I'm doing normal listens to the radio.
Today there were no signs of upper level E skip effects on the high end of the MW band. 3RN Wangaratta 756kHz was coming in at listenable levels though. A faint carrier on 1008kHz 7EX 
Daytime SW conditions seem to be bad atm with Radio NZ barely audible on 15.720 MHz today.
The next few months should see the 10 meter band (28.000MHz ) opening up which should be interesting when going out for coastal listens, provided there are no more covid-19 spikes here & no more lockdowns. 

Dan. 



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Paul


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Max Heidel
 

It's a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. I've missed whole satellite passes while being questioned by law enforcement as to why I'm standing in a field pointing an antenna into the sky.
With my other operations, people don't seem to notice or care. I do tend to try to operate in places where the chance of being bothered, or even seen, is negligible. 

Max


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Larry Smith
 

 I  take out my FT-817ND for hamming along with my Crane Skywave for MW. The interest is usually from my CW ops, antenna, and key. Usually  both older people and younger people. I'll just tell them about Ham radio and explain the set up a bit. Usually leads to them asking and me telling "war stories" about my 30 years in the military. On the other hand, some people just glance, shrug shoulders, don't pat any attention, etc, which is fine with me. Never have had a "authority figure" ask to see my license card or even ask what I'm up to. Although, years ago, a State Trooper asked to see my license because I had a scanner mounted in my car, which was legal for Hams and journalists, but not "civilians".


Re: Expanded Band DXing

Max Italy
 

Only pirates in europe. Mainly from Greece and Holland.


Re: Hobbies in Public Areas

Dan Merta
 

I went out today for some listens on the beach with the easing of restrictions and no body seemed to notice what I was doing.
With a small radio, like the AR-1780 it's not intrusive to others. I just make sure to keep the volume down when people are walking past ect. I've never had anyone show any interest of what I'm doing.
So I think people just think I'm doing normal listens to the radio.
Today there were no signs of upper level E skip effects on the high end of the MW band. 3RN Wangaratta 756kHz was coming in at listenable levels though. A faint carrier on 1008kHz 7EX 
Daytime SW conditions seem to be bad atm with Radio NZ barely audible on 15.720 MHz today.
The next few months should see the 10 meter band (28.000MHz ) opening up which should be interesting when going out for coastal listens, provided there are no more covid-19 spikes here & no more lockdowns. 

Dan. 


Re: Ovation Auroral View

keith beesley
 

Thanks for the tip, Paul S.

Keith Needles
Seattle WA USA


On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 8:19 PM, Paul S. in CT
<dxrx@...> wrote:
As of this past day Oct. 28, 2020 swpc noaa gov has changed the location of 'the big picture' for the Auroral Forecast. Newly designed graphics and an https address to boot. The link below connects to N. Hemisphere most recent view. Changing the word north to the word south will illustrate S. Hemisphere.

The service now claims Kp=9 as maximum value as opposed to the old model with Kp=7.

For those not acquainted with the Aurora effect, it can be generally explained as yet another noise/interference factor that cannot be removed. Yes those pretty lights in the night sky spell doom for any DX pointed north of either West or East. Reletively stong Auroral Energy can be used for DXing to the South, as northern signals get reduced. From experience, it even causses my Western DX like Chicago or St. Louis to go missing. But then, I might log Cuba, Cent. Am., Mexico or the Carribean, or even S. America when this happens.


Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl





Hobbies in Public Areas

Paul Blundell
 

How do people who undertake their hobbies in public areas handle any questions from members of the public? 

With the Covid-19 restrictions easing up in a lot of areas, I see that more people will be out and about. What steps do you take to ensure you are undertaking this in such a manner as to not cause anybody else any issues?

Paul


Ovation Auroral View

Paul S. in CT
 

As of this past day Oct. 28, 2020 swpc noaa gov has changed the location of 'the big picture' for the Auroral Forecast. Newly designed graphics and an https address to boot. The link below connects to N. Hemisphere most recent view. Changing the word north to the word south will illustrate S. Hemisphere.

The service now claims Kp=9 as maximum value as opposed to the old model with Kp=7.

For those not acquainted with the Aurora effect, it can be generally explained as yet another noise/interference factor that cannot be removed. Yes those pretty lights in the night sky spell doom for any DX pointed north of either West or East. Reletively stong Auroral Energy can be used for DXing to the South, as northern signals get reduced. From experience, it even causses my Western DX like Chicago or St. Louis to go missing. But then, I might log Cuba, Cent. Am., Mexico or the Carribean, or even S. America when this happens.

https://services.swpc.noaa.gov/images/animations/ovation/north/latest.jpg

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Long Term DX Project - 29/10/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 29/10/2020

 

Time: 1:45am

Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania

Notes: A middle of the night session at home, prior to bed time. Using the TEAC PR130 “barefoot” I was able to log all stations at least average signal levels, only 2CA on 1053kHz struggled, only hitting a weak signal level.

 

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

DATE

RADIO

AERIAL

531

3GG

GOOD

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

549

2CR

GOOD

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

594

3WV

EXCELLENT

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

621

3RN

EXCELLENT

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

774

3LO

EXCELLENT

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

1053

2CA

WEAK

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

1179

3RPH

AVERAGE

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

1341

HPON GEELONG

AVERAGE

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

GOOD

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal

1503

3KND

AVERAGE

28/10/2020

TEAC PR130

Internal


https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/10/long-term-dx-project-29102020.html


DXing Locations

Paul Blundell
 

I have started putting together a bit of a list of some Ultralight DXing locations around Tasmania: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/10/dxing-locations.html

Generally, what information would you like / need to help when deciding on locations?

Paul


Oklahoma TP DX 10-28-20

Richard Allen
 

TP DX remains stagnant here.

594 JOAK barely audible // Haida Gwaii Kiwi SDR 1227.

747 JOIB barely audible at 1242.

828 JOBB carrier signal with KUYO 830 QRM at 1230; poor at 1234 peaking to fair by 1236.

Skywave receiver with ice coated ALA1530LNP aerial.


Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.

1981 - 2000 of 31851