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Try Something New This DX Season!  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 20 2018

IRCA
.If you are looking for some new DXing excitement this season, why not try out one of the DIY antenna projects described in the links below? A great variety of projects are listed, all of which have proven to be popular and effective in the Ultralight Radio DXing community over the past ten years (with the exception of the new XHDATA D-808 "Supercharging" article, which was just written). Whether you would like to "homebrew" a low cost PVC air core loop, transform a modest portable into a dream travel DXing radio or become a "Frequent Flyer" DXer with a miniature FSL antenna that performs like gangbusters on exotic ocean beaches, an exciting DXing future is yours when you accept the challenge. So go ahead and take the plunge!


73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight Radio Group Co-Founder


1) Supercharging the Sony ICF-2010 (May 2008)
Using the loopstick transplant principles developed through extensive Ultralight radio experimentation, this article details how to replace the ICF-2010's stock 6.5" loopstick with a 19.5" composite transplant, thereby dramatically boosting MW band sensitivity (while providing a significant boost to Longwave reception as well).
http://www.mediafire.com/file/3msq1yx6hn7tm5g/SuperchargingtheICF2010LargeComplete.pdf

2) E100 Slider Loopstick (September 2008)
Co-authored with John Bryant, this article explains how to replace the E100 stock loopstick with a far more effective 7.5" Slider loopstick. Many of these highly sensitive models are still in DXing service today
http://www.mediafire.com/view/nqggfm2jymc/YOU_CAN_DO_THIS_Building_the_Slider_E100.pdf

3) PVC Loops-- The Low Cost Ticket to High DX Gain (August 2009)
Tired of expensive commercial antennas or pricey ferrite sleeve loops? This article will teach you how to build a dirt-cheap PVC air core loop with side sizes from 18 inches up to 9 feet... all of them (MW models) costing well under $ 100. The 9' monster size loop was used here to receive 7 Medium Wave TA's in 2009-2010.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/0bpbmda7lnhdy6p/PVCLoop-LCTtoHDXG-Article.doc/file

4) PL-360 Plug-in 7.5" Loopsticks (June 2010)
Do you have a PL-360 model (with its plug-in antenna jack for AM and LW loopsticks)? This article will teach you how to replace the deaf midget loopstick with extremely effective 7.5" Medium Wave and Longwave plug-in replacements-- with no modification required to the radio at all. 25 of the MW and 5 of the LW plug-in loopsticks were made here and sent out to PL-360 owners-- many of which are still in use.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/2cqwsqj0bvajf6k/7.5%20inch-LS.doc

5) 7.5" Longwave Loopsticks (June 2011)
Detailed technical article describing the challenge and success in developing 7.5" Longwave-optimized loopsticks for the Tecsun DSP Ultralights. Includes basic instructions for building your own 7.5" Longwave loopstick PL-380 model
http://www.mediafire.com/view/845snah2h4ek9z9/7.5inLWLS.doc

6) 7" FSL Antenna-- Detailed "Heathkit-like" Construction Article (October 2011)
Build your own 7" Ferrite Sleeve Loop antenna at a cost of under $ 200. This detailed article has multiple Photoshop-enhanced instructional photos to guide you in creating a highly effective 7" FSL antenna
http://www.mediafire.com/view/dshnqlbydf6qu25/7%20Inch%20Diameter.doc

7) 5" FSL Antenna-- Detailed "Heathkit-like" Construction Article (March 2012)
Build your own 5" Ferrite Sleeve Loop antenna at a cost of under $ 150. This detailed article has multiple Photoshop-enhanced instructional photos to guide you in creating a highly effective 5" FSL antenna
http://www.mediafire.com/view/9ze98h293s85p86/5%20inch%20FSL.doc

8) Supercharging the PL-380-- Detailed "Heathkit-like" Construction Article (October 2013)
Replace the midget stock loopstick in your Tecsun PL-380 with a far more effective 7.5" Medium Wave or Longwave loopstick transplant-- and enjoy a new level of DXing success. Multiple Photoshop-enhanced assembly photos to guide you in the process of creating your own highly sensitive DXing portable-- for under $ 100 in assembly parts.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/du3sr5cd9thqvau/7.5inch-LS-PL380.doc

9) 3 inch FSL Tecsun PL-380-- Detailed "Heathkit-like" Construction article (January 2016)
Replace the midget stock loopstick in your Tecsun PL-380 with a compact, lightweight 3" FSL antenna-- externally mounted and optimized for high-level Medium Wave DXing excitement . Multiple Photoshop-enhanced assembly photos guide you in the assembly process.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/w0gcek56f6aq7kr/3_Inch_FSL_Tecsun_PL.doc

10) 3.5 inch (89mm) "Frequent Flyer" FSL Antenna-- Detailed "Heathkit-like" Construction article (July 2017)
Specifically designed to routinely pass through airport security checkpoints and provide high-gain inductive coupling boosts for MW-DXing portables, the "Frequent Flyer" FSL's have already been used in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Hawaii for some exceptional DXing fun. During a recent visit to the Cook Islands one of these models tracked down 657-AIR (India), 693-Bangladesh, 918-Cambodia, 1431-Mongolia and 1000-Radio Record (Brazil). The detailed article uses multiple Photoshop-enhanced assembly photos to guide you in the construction process- all for about $ 150 in commonly available parts.
http://www.mediafire.com/file/pnfm8909c77zjoy/3.5inch-FF-FSL.doc

11) Supercharging the XHDATA D-808 AM-LW-FM-SW-AIR SSB Portable (September 2018)
Although the XHDATA D-808 is not an Ultralight Radio, it is a very sensitive AM-DXing portable that can be transformed into a dream AM or Longwave DX-chasing travel radio. It can also be used as an SSB "spotting receiver" on ocean beaches, to track the carrier strength of exotic DX stations for Ultralight Radio reception. "Supercharge" your D-808 with this detailed, illustrated article-- containing 20 pages of clear instructions to guide you in the process! http://www.mediafire.com/file/t2989hg61vbkb5h/Supercharging_the_XHDATA_D_-808-FinalMWLW.doc/file


 

West Coast TPs Sept 19  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 20 2018

IRCA
That is the norm here also Walt. This morning,
963 was quite good at times with a woman in
Russian, and that was parallel occasionally with
a much weaker 1323 (details a bit late). I
think that CRI Korean on 1323 beams to Korea, and
away from us on the west coast, whereas CRI Russian beams roughly towards us.

73,

Nick

At 02:07 2018-09-20, Volodya S wrote:


Chris (and Colin), I've always only heard CRI Russian on 1323 //963 during
our mornings here. Has something changed? 73, Walt

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Chris Kadlec <beaglebass@beaglebass.com>
wrote:

> Colin,

> Nice to see a video with the audio of what it really sounds like on this
> side of the ocean. Not many post a lot of the audio.

> 972 Dangjin is 750kw day, 1500 night. I lived about 40 miles from the
> tower (25 mi. to my FM site), so the power
change btw. night and day didnâ??t


> make much difference to me. They came on with their 1-hour sign-on sequence
> at noon and turned off the following morning. Henan often interfered with
> it at night and Iâ??d often hear 972 Pyongyang from atop the skyscrapers
> downtown (like with many stations, I could only hear them atop the towers
> *shrugs* - even though people say things like height make no difference
> with AM, something must explain that; perhaps steel conducts signals).

> 603 is indeed Hwaseong playing Do
Hyeon-yunâ??s â??Saranghaessnabwaâ?? (I Guess


> I Loved You). 250kw day, 500 night.

> 657 - I havenâ??t heard that song in a while. Naturally Pyongyang.

> 1098? I also cannot tell from the auddio which station it is.

> 1017 is CRI Korean, as you figured //1323.

> -Chris Kadlec

> Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:10:26 -0700
> From: "R. Colin Newell" <coffeecanuck@gmail.com>
> To: n.pimblett@gmail.com, Mailing list for the International Radio
> Club of America <irca@hard-core-dx.com>
> Subject: [IRCA] West Coast TP?s Sept 19 ?
> Message-ID: <EF05B845-2EC9-4EB4-AD6B-04EC4E11D493@gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii


> A good morning...

> https://youtu.be/gNKwy7TLk4U

> Colin Newell - Victoria - B.C. CANADA -

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West Coast TPs Sept 19  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 20 2018

IRCA
Why should there be a change, if there are three CRI transmitters on the
frequency at that time? One in Korean and two in Russian. There is also
CRI Urumqi supposedly beaming to 55Â, so that is possible, too.

73, Mauno


Nick Hall-Patch kirjoitti 20.9.2018 klo 6:09:

That is the norm here also Walt.ÂÂ This morning, 963 was quite good at
times with a woman in Russian, and that was parallel occasionally with
a much weaker 1323 (details a bit late).ÂÂÂ I think that CRI Korean on
1323 beams to Korea, and away from us on the west coast, whereas CRI
Russian beams roughly towards us.

73,

Nick

At 02:07 2018-09-20, Volodya S wrote:

Chris (and Colin), I've always only heard CRI Russian on 1323 //963
during

our mornings here. Has something changed? 73, Walt

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Chris Kadlec
<beaglebass@beaglebass.com>


wrote:

> Colin,

> Nice to see a video with the audio of what it really sounds like on
this


> side of the ocean. Not many post a lot of the audio.

> 972 Dangjin is 750kw day, 1500 night. I lived about 40 miles from the
> tower (25 mi. to my FM site), so the power change btw. night and
day didnÃâât
> make much difference to me. They came on with their 1-hour sign-on
sequence
> at noon and turned off the following morning. Henan often
interfered with
> it at night and IÃââd often hear 972 Pyongyang from atop the
skyscrapers
> downtown (like with many stations, I could only hear them atop the
towers
> *shrugs* - even though people say things like height make no
difference


> with AM, something must explain that; perhaps steel conducts signals).

> 603 is indeed Hwaseong playing Do Hyeon-yunÃââs
ÃâÅSaranghaessnabwaÃâ (I Guess


> I Loved You). 250kw day, 500 night.

> 657 - I havenÃâât heard that song in a while. Naturally Pyongyang.

> 1098â I also cannot tell from the auddio which station it is.

> 1017 is CRI Korean, as you figured //1323.

> -Chris Kadlec

> Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:10:26 -0700
> From: "R. Colin Newell" <coffeecanuck@gmail.com>
> To: n.pimblett@gmail.com, Mailing list for the International Radio
>ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Club of America <irca@hard-core-dx.com>
> Subject: [IRCA] West Coast TP?s Sept 19 ?
> Message-ID: <EF05B845-2EC9-4EB4-AD6B-04EC4E11D493@gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain;ÂÂÂÂÂÂ charset=us-ascii


> A good morning...

> https://youtu.be/gNKwy7TLk4U

> Colin Newell - Victoria - B.C. CANADA -

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> http://montreal.kotalampi.com/mailman/listinfo/irca

> Opinions expressed in messages on this mailing list are those of the
> original contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of
the


> IRCA, its editors, publishing staff, or officers

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West Coast TA alert  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 20 2018

IRCA
On thà West Flag of all things... but Iâm significantly closer to the ocean that either you or Nick.

Might be worthwhile getting a North flag in the air.

Colin Newell - Victoria - B.C. CANADA -

> On Sep 19, 2018, at 8:47 PM, Volodya S <canswl@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Colin, you are lucky. I can just barely see a signal/here a 1 kHz het on 1089. Certainly Nick's Fishbarrel shows barely anything. You have some magic setup going on in Gordon Head??? Walt
>
>> On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 3:27 AM R. Colin Newell <coffeecanuck@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 1089 in near audio at times...
>> 1179... 1458... 1575...
>>
>> All on West Flag! :-)
>>
>> Colin Newell - Victoria - B.C. CANADA -
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TP 19 Sep Victoria version.  View Printable Version 
Thursday, September 20 2018

IRCA
A rather frustrating morning here. Some less than usual signals peaked up, such as 657, but mostly things were splashy with lots of carriers, many with audio traces, and erratic fading. There was likely a fair bit of DX if one felt inclined to dig, but there's only so many hours in the day.


pretty darn good audio (all of it understandable by a native speaker, at least briefly):

594 JOAK woman in Japanese 1316UT, generally the kingpin today

603 HLSA soft music followed by woman in Korean 1326UT //558

774 JOUB Chinese lessons 1316UT

972 HLCA man in Korean, guitar music 1344UT; only briefly at this level

1566 HLAZ sign off of Japanese program 1344UT, dead air, and a pretty fair reprise with sign on of Chinese program.

Reasonable audio at times during the period (much of it understandable by a native speaker, though often battling w/splash or noise):

567 JOIK man talking //594 1315UT

612 4QR woman mentioning "round the dial Australia" hmmm. 1323UT

657 N. Korea assumed female operatic singing 1331UT

693 JOAB Chinese lessons 1317UT

747 JOIB Chinese lessons 1315 UT...brief break in 750 splatte

828 JOBB...Chinese lessons 1315UT

963 CRI woman in Russian 1344UT, // very weak 1323

not so reasonable audio, occasional words or phrases in splash or noise could be understood by a native speaker:


891 JOHK man talking //594 1338UT

1287 JOHR woman in Japanese 1343UT


Burbles in the splatter and noise (if lucky, language might be guessed at by cadence of talk, or parallel established by changes in talk or music)

531 JOQG woman talking //594 1316UT

549 2CR ballad //612 1338UT, one of the few possible Aussies not buried by a Japanese co-channel

558 HLQH 1326UT soft music, woman talking //603

621 man talking, Korean? 1321UT. Seemed //819 with orchestral music 1329UT, so N. Korea, but not according to schedule

639 CNR1 man talking//1098 1323UT, both pretty weak, with a slight offset

666 JOBK woman talking //594 1343UT. Very much second tier here, so nice to hear in the splash

702 NHK2 Chinese lessons //774 1321UT

738 Taiwan Fisheries pop music, woman talking //1143 1324UT

819 N. Korea orchestral music //621 1329UT; brief appearance

837 JOQK man talking //594 1334UT

864 man taking, Korean intonation 1321UT. One of the many channels with at least one other station mixing things up

1017 maybe CRI, man and woman mumbling in a possibly Korean way 1326UT, not too much better than the 1001 carriers with mumbly audio this morning

1098 CNR1 as //639

1134 pop vocal 1334UT

1143 Taiwan Fisheries, as //738

1206 man talking Korean intonation 1324UT, usual 40 Hz low

1503 JOUK man talking //594 1334UT

Strongish het, no or "near imaginary" audio (either undermodulated or ravaged by splatter)

675 711 729 756 846 855 918 936 954 1008 1044 1053 1089 1179 1242 1251 1314 1386 1422 1575 1593 seemed to be Asian;
585 738 909 1017 1098 1548 seemed to be DU

best wishes,

Nick


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC
Canada

 

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