Sunday, 28 June 2015

ULDXing - Custom Hard Case

Some people who have known me for a while sometimes call me “the bag / case man”. This all started in 2006 when I purchased my first “Pelican” brand case, this was a 1450 which I used to store my radio scanners. Over the years as I moved on to amateur radio and then photography my “problem” with bags / cases only got worse.

Since being lucky enough to have Gary DeBock send me a 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380, I have been looking for a way to carry this and my other ultralight related radio and items. I have used a variety of bags and cases including a couple I have published the details of on my blog.

A well known saying is “cables only come in two lengths, too long and too short”; I have found the same to be true with bags and cases, they are either too big or too small. In regards to my own experiences with finding a suitable bag or case for my PL-380 I have approached this from two different angles, either something small enough to just carry the PL-380 or something much larger which will carry this and also my accessories  and bits and pieces. The first option fits in well with the “ultralight” part of the hobby but means carrying another case for my accessories. The second option of a larger case is much harder to carry; I have tried both and have not been 100% happy with either option.

Recently I found a suitable “medium” size case online; this was a Pelican brand case. The problem was that it had a three month wait time as none were in stock. Based on this I set about finding another case of a suitable size. Jaycar sell the ABS Instrument Case MPV2, this is slightly larger than the Pelican case I was looking at (Internal: 300(W) x 218(D) x 105(H)mm, External: 305(W) x 228(D) x 115(H)mm) but still small enough. The problem I have found with these cases is that the foam is not great, after some use it breaks down and does not do a good job of holding items in place. My local Jaycar had one of the MP2 cases in stock but with the middle foam sections missing, given my plans this was not an issue and as such I was able to purchase this case at a discounted price.

My plan was to reuse the hard foam blocks out of my current case, add a divider and some padding to the bottom and end up with a custom case which fits everything I want to carry without it being too large. Over the past few nights I have worked on this, first getting the side where my two radios are to be stored and then adding the divider between the two sections, this is a piece of pine wrapped in bubble wrap and then screwed to the front and rear plus from the bottom, the case is still “water resistant” but I would not risk fully submerging it in water, it will easily handle anything I can throw at it.

Overall I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store all my ultralight radios and related accessories in one case, the customised inside holds everything perfectly in place. 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 can be seen below.









Friday, 26 June 2015

About Depression

Credit to Merlin Salisbury

So, this has been on my mind for a little bit, so I'm gonna go and have a bit of a rant about depression.

Some of you may know exactly what depression is, suffering from it yourselves. Some of you may think you know what it is. For those of you who don't, let me explain. Depression is a lethal mental condition. You may scoff, but I dare you to name any cheerful suicides. It's a condition that makes you doubt your own self worth. Makes you think that everybody just puts up with you, that your friends don't really care, that your loved ones think you're nothing more than a burden. It convinces you of this. So on bad days you struggle to get out of bed, have no appetite, just want to sink into a hole and die because you can't think of anything that you may be able to do with your life but fill that hole with your corpse. So now that maybe you understand that bleak world a little better, let's talk about prevention and cure.
There is no cure. If you ever meet someone who says "Oh, I was depressed once, I just tried smiling and I got over it" they're either lobotomised or a liar. Nobody who ever has true depression ever gets over it, grows out of it, or otherwise stops depressive episodes without serious chemical help or a length of rope. Sorry to put it bluntly, but it's true. Speaking of chemicals, there are a number of anti-depressant medications. These can come with side effects, hilariously, depression is one of them. But they're not suitable for everyone, and if you do take them you could be on them for the rest of your life. Next, exercise has been shown to help some people with their depression. Again, this may not be suitable for everyone. Also, it can be hard for someone with depression to get involved in any kind of exercise. Exercise in itself shows a desire to improve oneself. When you don't feel like anything you do is ever going to be worth anything, and that at best you're a pile.of shit with no hope, talent or loved ones, it's a little difficult to convince yourself to work on your beach body. No, "just snapping out of it" has no effect, nor does smiling or thinking happy thoughts. Inside you still feel like dying. I have to mention this as it seems like a lot of people that think they know what depression is, will spout this crap at you.
Let's talk prevention. There's no real way to prevent it. Surrounding yourself with positive people, keeping up a positive attitude, tell jokes, loving life, these can help ease it, but sooner or later that black dog is gonna grab you and not let go till either you go or he's bored. Take Robin Williams for example. Who would've thought he was depressed? But inside he was, and no matter how hard he played the characters, no matter how much he tried to live the mask he showed the world, eventually he crumbled.
So let's close with this. Depression affects a lot of people. Some cope, some don't. Some find ways to help themselves, some have help given to them. But a lot don't cope, and a lot more don't get help. None of us are getting out of this alive, but the depressed ones might just be leaving sooner than the others. Remember that the next time you think someone is being moody.

Sorry for the essay. I'm not even sure it makes any sense.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Why Ultralight DXing is the perfect hobby (For me at least)

March 2014 - Updated June 2015

Over the past 17 years “hobbies” have been a major issue for me. As a teenager I became heavy involved in the radio scanning hobby, which lead me to UHF CB and then to me obtaining my amateur radio ticket (ex VK7FPGB) which I let lapse about 8 years ago due to a lack of time / equipment and a location suitable to do this.  Late in 2013 Gary DeBock offered to build for me a Tecsun PL-380 with this famous 7.5” Loopstick mod, when I received this in the mail my interest and passion for ultralight DXing really took off. In early 2014 I again returned to the LEGO Technic hobby, by late 2014 I had again sold off all my LEGO and this has been a really good decision on my part. I have also suffered from some health issues over the past 9 years and these mean that sometimes I am unable to get out and do things that I would like to do, ultralight DXing is a good reason to go out when I want to / can and it is also just as enjoyable if I am stuck at home too. Since the birth of our daughter in late 2014 I have found a new way to combine my ultralight DXing hobby with family life, often when I take her out for a walk I throw my ultralight DXing kit in the pram and take the chance to undertake some portable sessions when I am able to.

I find the ultralight DXing hobby to be a really good fit for me; this is for a number of reasons as it combines a number of my previous interests in to one hobby:

Radio Communications:
Back when I first got interested in radio as a teenager one of the things I most enjoyed was listening to distant stations on the AM and Short wave bands. This was something I have not done as much over the past few years and I have missed it. The cost of equipment is quite low and it is easy to source locally or via the Internet. Where as a scanner can start at $200 and go up in to the thousands, broadcast receivers are much cheaper and unless you want to get very serious a basic $60 radio will do 95% of what you need. I have been very happy with how well my AR1733 and modified PL-380 work.

After 15 years in the radio scanning hobby on and off, it had lost some of its appeal to me; you can only hear so many taxi drivers calling for jobs or a rubbish removal company talking about bin pick ups before you get sick of it. As I work during the day my scanning time is limited to a night time during the week or of a weekend, while you can sometimes hear interesting things during these times most of the radio traffic I am interested in happens during the day, while I am at work. As shortwave and medium wave broadcasting is a 24/7 business at any time of the day or night I can be comfortable that I will be able to pick up something of interest. In late 2013 I was quite sick and this has seen me take some time off work, even with having the whole day to myself for a couple of weeks on and off I still was not happy with what I was able to hear on my scanners. If I was not happy in a situation like this when I have the time to do it then I finally decided that I never really would be happy in that hobby.

Photography:
My various portable ultralight DXing sessions have allowed me to take some photos / videos which I have found really enjoyable. This also gives me a chance / excuse to get outside which is a positive for my health.

Computers / Programming:
I have always had a serious interest in computers (it is also my job) and programming. Ultralight DXing lets me continue with this due to my database I have created. I also enjoy the data analyst side of the hobby and again this is something I can do from home when I am unable to go out.

Writing:
The ultralight DXing hobby gives me a good reason to continue writing as I produce my reports from each of my sessions. I also communicate with various people online via forums and Yahoo groups and run my blog.

It was not until late 2013 that I really got serious about this hobby, the kindness and support I have received from many on the ultralight DXing group and other groups / forums have been very much appreciated. This is especially true for Gary who is a real asset to this hobby, even to the point of modifying radios for people all across the world including myself.

Ultralight DXing is the perfect hobby for me, it combines a number of my interests and it has been one of the main reasons I have been able to drag myself out from my illness and become the person who I used to be again.



Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

Link: Pocket Radio DX - Fourteen Years of Slaying Radio Myths

This is a very interesting read:
http://home.comcast.net/~phils_radio_designs/Pocket_DX.pdf

Pop'Comm Monitoring Station program

I am a part of the Pop'Comm Monitoring Station program and hold the call VKPC7PB.

http://popcommmonitors.blogspot.com.au/

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - Comparing Different Locations

Recently we have moved house, as part of this I have ran a small side project where I have compared the average signal level of these stations at the two locations and then graphed them.
All stations were logged at around the same time of day over a few days at each location and then the signal levels were averaged and graphed.

As can be seen below the new location generally provides better signals levels with only 7BU on 558KHz and 7AD on 900KHz being noticeably worse at this new location.






Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 21/06/2015

Date: 21/6/2015
Time: 20:30 - 21:00
Location: Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cool
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 4
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 5
747 - 7PB: 4
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 4
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 3
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 4
1116 - 3AK: 4
1179 - 3RPH: 3
1224 - 3EA: 4
1260 - 3SR: 4
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 3
1377 - 3MP: 3
1395 - 5AA: 3
1440 - 1SBS: 3
1503 - 3KND: 3
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 4
Notes: Results were much the same as the night before, a couple of stations were slightly improved on the night before.

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 20/06/2015

Date: 20/6/2015
Time: 22:00 - 22:20
Location: Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cold with a frost overnight
531 - 3GG: 5
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: 4
558 - 7BU: 2
585 - 7RN: 3
621 - 3RN: 3
693 - 3AW: 5
747 - 7PB: 5
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 4
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 4
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3
1116 - 3AK: 4
1179 - 3RPH: 4
1224 - 3EA: 4
1260 - 3SR: 3
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 4
1377 - 3MP: 4
1395 - 5AA: 2
1440 - 1SBS: 3
1503 - 3KND: 4
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 4
Notes: Very mixed results, a couple of signals were down on normal.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Ultralight DXing - Short Wave Loggings 16/06/2015

Below is a video of some of my ultralight dxing short wave loggings from the 16/06/2015. These were logged using the Digitech AR-1733.

video

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 16/6/2015

Date: 16/6/2015
Time: 14:05 - 14:30
Location: Riverside, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Raining and wet, heavy cloud cover
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 2
585 - 7RN: 3
621 - 3RN: 3
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 3
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 1
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1
1377 - 3MP: 0
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: As I expected the bottom half of the band produced signals of a good level, above 1080KHz signals dropped off badly. HPON Geelong on 1341KHz was down on normal but still audiable most of the time. 3LO was also up on normal.

Monday, 15 June 2015

DB4LTULDXProject - Custom Software

I have developed DB4LTULDXProject (Database 4 Long Term Ultralight DXing Project) to log my results of my long term ultralight dxing project, the latest version of this program can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxQZDVEbNCw9dEdhUWVXdHIxbUk/view?usp=sharing


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 13/06/2015

Date: 13/06/2015
Time: 18:30 - 18:50
Location: Riverside, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cooling off after a nice clear winters day
531 - 3GG: 1
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: 2
558 - 7BU: 5
585 - 7RN: 1
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 2
747 - 7PB: 1
774 - 3LO: 2
855 - 3CR: 0
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 1
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
1116 - 3AK: 1
1179 - 3RPH: 2
1224 - 3EA: 4
1260 - 3SR: 1
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1
1377 - 3MP: 3
1395 - 5AA: 2
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 1
Notes: I was able to do a quick check of my channels while watching our daughter. Results were as I expected with 7BU on 558KHz coming in at almost a local copy signal level, most other stations were down on normal.

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 12/06/2015 - Second Session

Date: 12/06/2015
Time: 21:25 - 21:40
Location: Riverside, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cold after a cool but sunny day
531 - 3GG: 5
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: 2
558 - 7BU: 2
585 - 7RN: 2
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 2
747 - 7PB: 1
774 - 3LO: 3
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 1
954 - 2UE: 3
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 4
1179 - 3RPH: 3
1224 - 3EA: 3
1260 - 3SR: 2
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 4
1377 - 3MP: 3
1395 - 5AA: 2
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 3
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 2
Notes: A quick check after dinner.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 12/06/2015

Date: 12/06/2015
Time: 9:00am - 9:20am
Location: Riverside, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cold, overnight frost.
531 - 3GG: 3
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 5
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 1
1179 - 3RPH: 1
1224 - 3EA: 1
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 1
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: My first session for this project after a three month break. Results were as I would expect with the bottom to middle of the band producing the best signals. HPON Geelong on 1341KHz produced a solid "2" which was good given the time of day and power output.

Monday, 16 March 2015

New Zealand Stations - MIA?

A couple of weekends ago my wife, daughter and I spent a weekend down at St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania, (http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/ultralight-dxing-st-helens-2722015.html). At the time I reported that New Zealand stations were missing from the band, at the time I was not sure of the reason for this, at the time I had not been doing much "pure" DXing before hand, instead my focus had been my long term ultralight dxing project.

Over the past two weeks I have been checking the band for New Zealand stations at various times between just before my local sunset to just after my local sunrise, this has been at many different times during this period to make sure that local conditions were not causing any issues.

Sadly I have not been able to log any New Zealand stations at anything more than a very poor signal level, this is with both my 7.5" loop stick PL-380 and Digitech AR-1733. In the past both of these radios have produced much better results. At times even the basic AR-1733 has produced reliable results on 1386KHz. 

I doubt both my receivers would have developed faults at the same time and all my Australian results are comparable to "normal". I suspect a change at the transmitters end (doubtful for multiple stations) or RF atmospheric conditions are not allowing these stations to be received. I shall undertake more research and post more results as I log them.

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 15/03/2015

Date: 15/03/2015
Time: 13:55 - 14:10
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Fine and warm, some cloud cover
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 5
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 4
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 3
954 - 2UE: 1
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3
1116 - 3AK: 1
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 3
1377 - 3MP: 1
1395 - 5AA: 1
1440 - 1SBS: 1
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: A good session at home, the first in about a week. Results were as I would expect with the signals between 1341KHz and 1440KHz being a bit of a surprise given the time of day and my location.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 6/3/2015

Date: 6/3/2015
Time: 6:10 - 6:22
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Pre sunrise, cool
531 - 3GG: 3
540 - 7SD: 3
549 - 2CR: 2
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 5
747 - 7PB: 1
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 4
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 2
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 3
1179 - 3RPH: 2
1224 - 3EA: 3
1260 - 3SR: 3
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 2
1395 - 5AA: 2
1440 - 1SBS: 1
1503 - 3KND: 2
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 2
Notes: Due to a change in my work hours I am now getting up a little bit earlier each morning, over the past few mornings I have noticed that it is still dark when I get up, this lead to me getting up a little bit earlier again this morning to undertake a session for my long term ultralight dxing project before going to work.

At my 6:10am (local) start time I started at the bottom of the band and logged the signal level of each of my 24 check frequencies. As can be seen from the list above, three of the four stations which I rated as a 5 were from Victoria, the only Tasmanian station to reach this level was the HPON station on 1008KHz which is local to me. Again the stations at the lower end of the band which run higher power levels were the stand outs, by 1080KHz all stations were only able to be rated as a 2 or 3. 

7SD on 540KHz was down in signal level and the best I could get this at was a 3. 7PB from Hobart on 747KHz was very poor with a lot of mixing; I suspect another station on this frequency was a cause of this, no ID of this could be heard.

Overall this was a very enjoyable session and the results were encouraging for future sessions at this time.

Paul
Launceston, Tasmania
7.5" loopstick equiped Tecsun PL-380
http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Loggings - 3/3/2015

Loggings - 3/3/2015
Time: 22:00 - 23:45 Local
I was having trouble sleeping Tuesday night so spent almost two hours searching the bands, below are my results from this. Overall I logged 126 stations using my 7.5" Loopstick equiped Tecsun PL-380.

531 2PM
531 3GG
540 4QL
540 7SD
549 2CR
558 7BU
567 2BH
576 2RN
585 7RN
594 3WV
603 2RN
612 4QR
621 3RN
630 2PB
639 2HC
639 5CK
648 2NU
657 2BY
666 2CN
666 4CC
675 2CO
684 2KP
693 3AW
702 2BL
711 4QW
720 3MT
729 5RN
738 2NR
747 7PB
756 3RN
765 2EC
765 5CC
774 3LO
783 6VA
792 4RN
801 0_HPON
801 5RM
810 2BA
819 2GL
828 3GI
837 4RK
846 2RN
855 3CR
864 4GR
864 7RPH
873 2GB
882 3YB
891 5AN
900 2LM
900 7AD
909 Radio NZ
918 2XL
927 3UZ
936 4PB
945 0_HPON
954 2UE
963 2RG
963 5SE
972 2MW
981 2NM
981 3HA
1008 0_HPON
1017 2KY
1026 3PB
1035 2EA
1044 2UH
1053 2CA
1062 5MV
1071 3EL
1080 2MO
1080 HPON - Hobart
1089 3WM
1098 2RN
1107 2EA
1116 3AK
1116 4BC
1125 1RPH
1125 5MU
1134 2AD
1134 3CS
1143 2HD
1152 2WG
1161 5PA
1170 2CH
1179 3RPH
1188 2NZ
1197 5RPH
1206 2CC
1215 0_HPON
1224 3EA
1233 2NC
1242 3GV
1242 5AU
1251 2DU
1260 3SR
1269 2SM
1278 3EE
1287 2TM
1296 6RN
1305 5RN
1314 3BT
1323 5DN
1332 3SH
1341 HPON - Geelong
1350 2LF
1368 2GN
1377 3MP
1386 Radio Tarana (Indian)
1395 5AA
1404 2PK
1413 2EA
1422 HPON - Melbourne
1431 2RN
1440 1SBS
1449 2MG
1458 2PB
1476 5MG
1494 2AY
1503 3KND
1512 2RN
1521 2QN
1530 2VM
1539 0_HPON
1557 2RE
1566 3NE
1593 HPON - Melbourne

Monday, 2 March 2015

Radio Monitoring - A How To Guide

I am now hosting this free PDF Ebook file.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxQZDVEbNCw9NTBDME4wVUw4T2c/view?usp=sharing

Ultralight DXing - St Helens - 27/2/2015 / 28/2/2015

Over the weekend just been my wife and I took our daughter away to St Helens for the weekend. St Helens is the largest town on the east coast of Tasmania and it is about a 2 hour drive from our home. This location has a very relaxed feel about it and is a very popular holiday spot. I have previously undertaken some ultralight DXing from this area but have not had a chance to get back since getting more serious about ultralight DXing and having my 7.5"loopstick equipped PL-380. This area is also one of the most eastern locations on the Tasmania coast; this I was hoping would produce some good New Zealand DX. I undertook an ultralight DXing session on the Friday night when we arrived and three sessions for my long term ultralight DXing project, the results are below.

General DXing Session - 27/02/2015 - St Helens Caravan Park - 20:40 to 21:35

I Logged 81 stations, a good mix of stations with a state by state break down below.
ACT - 6
NSW - 33
QLD - 3
SA - 2
TAS - 10
VIC - 26

Signal levles were fairly strong and it was only towards the top of the band that I noticed some local RFI, this I tracked down to the cabins AC unit. I checked my NZ check frequencies but heard no signals at all, this is a much worse result than what I normally get at home where 1386KHz is heard most nights. I checked a number of other possible frequencies but these also did not produce any NZ stations. I am unsure of the reason for this.


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Date: 27/02/2015
Time: 20:25 - 20:45
Location: Caravan Park, St Helens. Tasmania
Weather: Cool
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 1
549 - 2CR: 2
558 - 7BU: 1
585 - 7RN: 3
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 5
747 - 7PB: 2
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 5
954 - 2UE: 5
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 2
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
1116 - 3AK: 4
1179 - 3RPH: 3
1224 - 3EA: 3
1260 - 3SR: 5
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 4
1377 - 3MP: 3
1395 - 5AA: 1
1440 - 1SBS: 4
1503 - 3KND: 5
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 4
Notes: Session was undertaken in caravan park cabin, some good skywave results.
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Date: 28/02/2015
Time: 10:15 - 10:30
Location: St Helens Point Light, St Helens. Tasmania
Weather: Overcast with light winds and some sunny breaks.
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 2
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 1
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 2
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 0
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 0
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 0
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 1
Notes: This session was undertaken at the St Helens point light. Some good low band ground wave results with a number of Victorian stations coming in at very good signal levels.
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Date: 28/02/2015
Time: 15:00 - 15:15
Location: Caravan Park, St Helens. Tasmania
Weather: Cloudy with some light rain and windy.
531 - 3GG: 3
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 2
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 2
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 1
900 - 7AD: 1
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 0
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 0
1377 - 3MP: 0
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 1
Notes: An afternoon session at a picnic table at the rear of the caravan park. Results were much the same as at St Helens point light earlier in the day with only 7SD on 540KHz showing much of an increase in signal level and 7PB on 747KHz being down 2 signal points from a 4 to a 2.

Below are some photos of my sessions from these locations.







This is looking directly to New Zealand











Friday, 27 February 2015

Longterm Ultralight DXing Project Results - 26/02/2015


Date: 26/02/2014
Time: 17:20 - 17:35
Location: Tailrace Park, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Fine and warm, some cloud cover
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 0
558 - 7BU: 5
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 5
747 - 7PB: 5
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 4
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 2
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 3
1377 - 3MP: 2
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: Another good little session at the Tailrace park, most results were as to be expected with some stations coming in at very good signal levels.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Portable Ultralight DXing Session - Punchbowl Reserve - 22/02/2015

For the past few weeks I have been trying to get back to this location for another portable ultralight DXing session. Between other commitments, the weather (both excess heat and rain) and our new baby this has proved to me much harder than what I was expecting.

This morning I was looking after our daughter while my wife was attending a local market, this gave me the perfect chance to get back to the Punchbowl reserve. Being early on a Sunday morning not many people were around, I decided on the early start due to the expected high temperatures today. We parked in the main car park and then walked around the BBQ area and duck pound before arriving at my preferred location which is the bottom park area. I set up and undertook both another session for my long term ultralight dxing project and also a portable Ultralight DXing session. The results of these are below. On the way back to the car we took a detour bypassing the car park and headed along a very rough track to the cliff face and bridge which crosses the creek which runs along the side of this area.

Overall this was a really enjoyable session and a good excuse to get out and enjoy this area again.

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - Results - 22/02/2015
Date: 22/02/2015
Time: 8:45 - 9:00
Location: Punchbowl Reserve, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Warm with little cloud cover. A hot day expected.
531 - 3GG: 3
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 4
585 - 7RN: 5
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 4
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 1
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 3
1377 - 3MP: 1
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: A good session in a great location. Results were as I would have expected with most stations up until 900KHz coming it at good signal levels. 

I also had a general search of the band and was able to log these stations which were are not part of my long term ultralight dxing project.
594 - 3WV
828 - 3GI
864 - 7RPH
936 - 7ZR
1521 - POSSIBLE 2QN (This was very weak as can be seen in the video below but I did hear a few words)

Photos and video below.



















video


Friday, 20 February 2015

Long term Ultralight DXing Project - Results 20/02/2015

Date: 20/02/2015
Time: 11:35 - 11:50
Location: Riverside, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Fine and hot with some cloud cover
531 - 3GG: 1
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 0
558 - 7BU: 4
585 - 7RN: 3
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 3
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 0
1395 - 5AA: 0
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: A quick session when I had some free time. Results were as I would have expected with most of the lower band stations coming in well. 3RN was a real stand out and was easily the best of the trans bass strait stations from Victoria. HPON (Geelong) on 1341KHz was again audible at a low but hearable level.

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