GS Ultralight Loggings Nov. 17, 2008 - Station 200

Gary DeBock

Hello Greg,
     Congratulations on your outstanding reception of Croatia-1134 on your stock SRF-59 in Toronto-  absolutely amazing.  It shows your skill and patience as an Ultralight DXer, to receive it as #200.
     Yes, the stock SRF-59 is certainly capable of some astonishing receptions, and was the radio that started the Ultralight boom exactly one year ago, with 2 shocking catches from Japan (JOIB-747 and JOUB-774) on November 20, 2007.
     Good luck on many more catches with your SRF-59.
     73,  Gary DeBock.

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>

After 199 stations heard on the Sony SRF-59, I was starting to take its amazing performance for granted. But station 200 blew me away. The radio gods decided to give me a present for station 200: my fourth country, my first transatlantic station, my first European station. And they convinced me that almost nothing is beyond the reach of these little radios.

Keep in mind that station 200, like the 199 preceding it, was heard on an unmodified Sony SRF-59 Walkman using only its built-in antenna. Keep in mind that this is a simple consumer-grade pocket AM/FM radio. Keep in mind that I'm located in Toronto, hundreds of miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. And then consider that I received an AM station from Croatia on this tiny thing. Unbelievable.


1134 Glas Hrvatske, Zadar, Croatia - 17-Nov-2008 0440-0510 UTC - Music with no talk up to the hour. Talk in Croatian - sounded like a newscast thereafter. Severe interference from U.S. stations on 1130 and 1140, but strong enough at times that the language was identifiable. 600 kW. (Poor-Very Poor).

I actually verified the identity of this in three steps. I'd read on the ultralightdx list that some other ultralight DXers had got Glas Hrvatske recently. So I tuned to between 1130 and 1140 to see if I could hear it. I did hear something that sounded like a station in there. So I went to the Internet and found Glas Hrvatske's web stream (through This was my reference. Then I tuned to 1134 on my Kaito KA-1103 and waited for the signal to come in strong enough to compare to the webcast. It took a few minutes but eventually the signal was strong enough to compare and I verified that what I was hearing on 1134 was indeed Croatia. Then finally, I started listening on the SRF-59 to compare it to what I was hearing on both the KA-1103 and on the webcast. It took about 15 minutes of listening but eventually the signal on the SRF-59 was strong enough that I could hear that it was the same programming as I was hearing on those other two sources.

I've gotten Glas Hrvatske here in Toronto several times in the past, in previous years. But it is the only transatlantic station I've ever received here (I have heard many more from Newfoundland). And now I've heard it on a little pocked radio. Very cool.

Kirk Allen <kirk74601@...>

Alright Greg!!

Good job and congrats!
This is very cool and exciting stuff we've all been enjoying this year
thanks to some guy up in the NE somewhere, lol!
You're doing fantastic, and if I don't get myself in gear, you're going
to get ahead of me.I've been hooked on this for a little over three
months. This is such good fun, and the camaraderie we experience here
is just fantastic. I enjoy the fact that we do this as a small
community and not in a competitive/hard core style at all. All for one
and one for all comes to mind here.
Keep up the great work, even if you surpass my totals, hi hi.
73 amigo,

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK

Greg Shoom <shoomg@...>

My thanks to Gary and Kirk for their kind comments.

Now that I've reached 200 I'm going to take a break from ultralight DXing for a few days. Then, when I return I'm going to start using my two new ultralight receivers - a Sangean DT-400W and an Eton E-100. I bought them both a month ago, but they've been sitting in a box unused until now. I wouldn't allow myself to DX with them until I got to 200 on the SRF-59. Introducing these two radios should help with the numbers.

When I started with this ultralight thing, I didn't expect that I'd get so into it. It seemed like a neat idea, but I figured I'd do it until I reached 100 and would then stop. But it has really revitalized my interest in mediumwave DXing and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I'd expected.

Greg Shoom

$ Greg Shoom - shoom@...
$ Toronto, Ontario, Canada