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.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project - 14/02/2015 & 15/02/2015 - Hobart

Date: 14/2/2015 & 15/02/2015
Time: 23:35 - 23:50 & 7.25 - 7.40
Location: Hobart CBD, Tasmania
Weather:  Warm and overcast with recent rain
531 - 3GG            0
540 - 7SD              1
549 - 2CR              0
558 - 7BU             0
585 - 7RN             5
621 - 3RN             1
693 - 3AW            0
747 - 7PB              5
774 - 3LO              0
855 - 3CR              0
900 - 7AD             0
954 - 2UE             0
1008 - HPON LTON           1
1080 - HPON HBT              5
1116 - 3AK           0
1179 - 3RPH        0
1224 - 3EA           0
1260 - 3SR            0
1341 - HPON GLG             0
1377 - 3MP          1
1395 - 5AA           0
1440 - 1SBS         0
1503 - 3KND        0
1593 - HPON MELB          0
Notes: Over the weekend just been my wife, daughter and I spent a night in Hobart, about 180km south of my home DXing location. Due to a number of factors my DXing time was limited to a short period on the Saturday night and again the next morning from our hotel room. Overall the results from this location were very disappointing, except for the three local Hobart stations, a hint of 7SD on 540KHz and HPON on 1008KHz from Launceston and surprisingly a weak signal from 3MP on 1377KHz the band was dead. Most frequencies in my long term ultralight dxing project group were full of noise and in a couple of cases some very weak traces of a signal could be heard on other frequencies but nothing at a level where I could record them as anything more than a 0.

In the future I hope to explore some different areas of Hobart, as a reference point I had a look at my ultralight dxing report from when we were last down in Hobart in March 2014 (http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/ultralight-dxing-report-hobart-tasmania.html) in that case I logged 67 stations, we did stay at a different hotel that time on the other side of the CBD and I suspect this had a lot to do with the major difference in how many stations I was able to receive. A couple of photos and a graph showing the difference between my average signal level and what I received on the weekend is below.




Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 09/02/2015 - Tailrace Park

Date: 09/02/2015
Time:  17:00 - 17:15
Location:  Tailrace Park, Riverside. Tasmania
Weather:  Warm - hot with a strong breeze.
531 - 3GG 4
540 - 7SD 5
549 - 2CR 1
558 - 7BU 5
585 - 7RN 3
621 - 3RN 4
693 - 3AW 3
747 - 7PB 4
774 - 3LO 5
855 - 3CR 2
900 - 7AD 5
954 - 2UE 0
1008 - HPON LTON 5
1080 - HPON HBT 2
1116 - 3AK 0
1179 - 3RPH 0
1224 - 3EA 1
1260 - 3SR 0
1341 - HPON GLG 3
1377 - 3MP 1
1395 - 5AA 0
1440 - 1SBS 0
1503 - 3KND 0
1593 - HPON MELB 0
Notes: Yesterday afternoon I took our daughter for a walk to the Tailrace park, I found a nice cool spot under a tree (see map below) and logged some stations as part of my long term Ultralight DXing project. 

The results as seen above were very positive with most of the lower band stations coming in at good signal levels. Both 7BU and 7AD had excellent signal levels; close to the best I have heard them for this time of the day. 3GG was coming in very strong was a good solid 4. 3LO also easily hit a 5 and was a pleasure to listen to.

Below are some photos and video from this location.








video



Christopher Edmondson - In Jail

Former radio magazine editor and well known amateur radio operator Christopher Edmondson, VK3CE / VK4AA.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-03/former-scout-leader-who-abused-trust-sentenced-to-jail/6067226

Friday, 6 February 2015

Long term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 05/02/2015

Date: 5/2/2015
Time:  15:00 - 15:10
Location: Bradys Lookout, West Tamar. Tasmania
Weather: Fine and warm to hot, very clear sky.
531 - 3GG                            2
540 - 7SD                              4
549 - 2CR                              1
558 - 7BU                             4
585 - 7RN                             2
621 - 3RN                             5
693 - 3AW                            3
747 - 7PB                              2
774 - 3LO                              5
855 - 3CR                              2
900 - 7AD                             4
954 - 2UE                             0
1008 - HPON LTON           5
1080 - HPON HBT              1
1116 - 3AK                           1
1179 - 3RPH                        0
1224 - 3EA                           1
1260 - 3SR                            0
1341 - HPON GLG             3
1377 - 3MP                          0
1395 - 5AA                           0
1440 - 1SBS                         0
1503 - 3KND                        0
1593 - HPON MELB          0
Notes: Yesterday afternoon I had to head out of the office down to another one of our sites which was a 40km round trip, this would take me past one of my favourite Ultralight DXing spots which is Bradys Lookout, based on this I grabbed my radio case and took this with me. On the drive back I stopped and had my afternoon break sitting at this location where I did some loggings for my long term ultralight dxing project.

As you can see from the results above the signals were comparable to what I normally log at this time of the day. Some loggings of note are below.
- 7SD on 540KHz was slightly down being “good” not “excellent”.
- 7BU on 558KHz was up slightly on its average of 3.2 at 4.
- 7AD on 900KHz was also up to 4, 2.2 being the average for this station.
- HPON (Geelong) on 1341KHz was again a good performer, coming in at a good solid 3, above its average of 1.5

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Project - Storage Clipboard Ultralight DXing Carry Case

Update - 6/2/2015:
This case is no more, it broke along the hinge this morning, I suspect I was putting too much in it :(
I am now back to using my old case, I have also resized some of my log sheets and other info down to A5 so that it will fit inside the case.

Over the past 18 months to 2 years I have tried a few different ways of carrying my Ultralight DXing radios and associated equipment. I firstly started off using a ABS type carry case, this worked really well and provided excellent protection to my radios, being large, heavy and standing out meant that it really went against the whole "ultralight dxing" idea and purpose. I also found that due to its size I didn't carry it with me that often.

Next I tried a digital SLR camera bag, this was much lighter and meant that I didn't stand out anywhere near as much; I just looked like another photographer or tourist. I was fairly happy with this but found that it didn't provide good protection to my 7.5" Loopstick equipped Tecsun PL-380 radio; the last thing I wanted was to break this...

In March last year I found a bag which was suitable size wise, with some modifications I came up with my "DIY Stealth Ultralight DXing Bag" (http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/diy-stealth-ultralight-dxing-bag.html), with some changes after using it I was to the point that I was happy with it, the only issue being it meant  that I had to carry another bag with me, sometimes this was not always possible. 

Late last year I was shopping at our local Shiploads when I came across a case which I thought would solve my problems, it was big enough to hold my radios and would easily fit inside my normal backpack. (http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/diy-ultralight-radio-carry-case.html) I have used this for the past couple of months and was happy with it, the only issue being that I couldn't fit any notes / information sheets inside it and the top was not flat so it was not a good writing   surface.

Recently I was at our local Bunnings store, I was browsing when I noticed this, (http://www.bunnings.com.au/tactix-clipboard-organiser_p5810592) which is designed for tradesmen and others to keep paper work together while on the road or at a job site. This looked to be a good size and had a good writing surface; I thought the internal size would be big enough for my two ultralight radios but was not 100% sure. I kept this in the back of my mind and was hoping to get back one day and measure this up.

Earlier this week I took our daughter for a walk, I had my Ultralight DXing radios with me so decided to walk over to Bunnings (over 7.5km return pushing a pram) to see if they would fit. I did A quick check in the store and it looked to be a close fit if I could remove the middle internal clipboard section. Based on this I purchased it.

Over the past two nights I have worked on this and I am now very happy to present the finished product. 
The general work log was:
- Remove middle internal clipboard section (I did this by removing the hinge pins enough to get it out)
- Remove the plastic container from my stealth ultralight dxing bag and repurpose this to hold my 7.5" Loopstick equipped Tecsun PL-380 in the clipboard storage area.
- Attach the plastic container using four bolts.
- Attach some bubble wrap to the front of this which also folds over to protect the top of the aerial bar
- Sort all my parts and accessories and put these in the case
- Put my Digitech AR-1733 in its case which sits above the Tecsun PL-380
- Add my sticker to the front :)
- Add some bubble wrap to the back to cover the bolts and make it sit on my lap better
- Add a rubber band to help keep it closed during transport

I have not had a chance to use this for a portable Ultralight DXing session as yet but I think it will work well; it covers all my needs of:
- Not standing out
- Protecting my radios
- Having a good writing surface

For $20 plus a few hours work I am very happy with how it has turned out.


Photos

Front View

Rear View

Front View with notebook removed

Internal view, notes on the left and two radios and accessories on the right

Notes storage area

Radio storage area with the Digitec AR1733 removed

Radio storage area with the Digitec AR1733 removed (Close up)

Tecsun PL-380 storage area

Accessories storage area

Storage for pens 


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 03/02/2015

Date: 03/02/2015
Time: 15:35 - 15:55
Location: Royal Park, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 14
New stations logged: 0
Notes: Yesterday afternoon my wife was unwell and resting following her operation last week. I took our daughter for a walk and sort of just kept going where I ended up at our local Bunnings. On the walk back I stopped at Royal Park and did a quick portable ultralight DXing session. 
I logged the following stations:
531 3GG
540 7SD
558 7BU
585 7RN
594 3WV
621 3RN
693 3AW
747 7PB
774 3LO
828 3GI
855 3CR
864 7RPH
900 7AD
1008 0_HPON (Launceston)

Signals were fairly good with most stations being up at around the normal signal level or even in some cases a little bit better. This location was really enjoyable and I am hoping to undertake a night time session from this location shortly. Photos below.







Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 03/02/2015 - Session 2

Date: 03/02/2015
Time:  15:25 - 15:40
Location: Royal Park, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Fine, warm - hot with no clouds and moderate winds.
531 - 3GG: 4
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 0
558 - 7BU: 5
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW:4
747 - 7PB: 4
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 4
954 - 2UE: 0
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
1116 - 3AK: 0
1179 - 3RPH: 0
1224 - 3EA: 0
1260 - 3SR: 0
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1
1377 - 3MP: 1
1395 - 5AA: 1
1440 - 1SBS: 0
1503 - 3KND: 0
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 0
Notes: Yesterday afternoon my wife was unwell and resting following her operation last week. I took our daughter for a walk and sort of just kept going where I ended up at our local Bunnings. On the walk back I stopped at Royal Park and did a quick session. Results were an improvement on what I normally hear with some signal levels in the lower parts of the band, most stations were a signal point better than normal. 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Long Term UltraLight DXing Project - Graph until 3/2/2015

I have just started to graph the results of my sessions to date. I have found that the bottom half of the band generally preforms better and this is reflected in this graph.


Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 03/02/2015

Date: 03/02/2015
Time: 9:40 - 9:55
Location: Windsor Park, Riverside. Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Fine. Warm with light cloud cover
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 4
549 - 2CR: c
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 3
747 - 7PB: 3
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 1
900 - 7AD: 1
954 - 2UE: c
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: c
1179 - 3RPH: c
1224 - 3EA: c
1260 - 3SR: c
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1
1377 - 3MP: c
1395 - 5AA: c
1440 - 1SBS: c
1503 - 3KND: c
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): c
Notes: A quick session while out and about from the office. Results were as expected with 7SD on 540KHz being a little bit down in signal level compared to normal.

Monday, 2 February 2015

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

Date: 02/02/2015
Time: 8:05 - 8:20am
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cool to mild with some cloud cover
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: c
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 3
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: n
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: c
1179 - 3RPH: c
1224 - 3EA: 1
1260 - 3SR: n
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 1
1395 - 5AA: c
1440 - 1SBS: c
1503 - 3KND: c
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): c
Notes: A good morning session before getting in to my jobs for the day. Signals received were as expected with 7BU and 7AD again producing very poor signals. The top half of the band was again dead.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 01/02/2015

Date: 01/02/2015
Time: 20:30 - 20:50
Location: Backyard, Home Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 58
New stations logged: 0
Notes: This has been my first serious Ultralight DXing session in a few weeks. Tonight our daughter is staying with her grandparents so I took the chance to do a session from my backyard around sunset, this session was undertaken just after my long term ultralight dxing project frequencies were checked. Overall I logged 58 stations; these were all stations I have logged in the past. I noticed some interesting signals around 1200KHz - 1300KHz with the signals being received at very strong levels compared to normal. A number of “regular” copy stations from Victoria and NSW were missing in bad band noise; this was most noticeable up until 800KHz where signals stated to improve again. 7BU and 7AD were both very quite again, they were heard but not at anywhere near the signal level I would have expected, this has been an issue for a little while now. 
Overall this was a really enjoyable session and it was nice to get my “DXing” feet wet again. 




video




Long term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 01/02/2015

Date: 01/02/2015
Time: 20:10 - 20:30
Location: Backyard, Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Cooling down after a warm day, some cloud cover and light winds
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 2
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 5
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: 1
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3
1116 - 3AK: 1
1179 - 3RPH: c
1224 - 3EA: 2
1260 - 3SR: 2
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 3
1377 - 3MP: 4
1395 - 5AA: 1
1440 - 1SBS: 2
1503 - 3KND: 3
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 1
Notes: A good session in my backyard, away from domestic noise. Good signals from 1224KHz up were a surprise given the normal results for this part of the band, these good results were also repeated during my "full band" Ultralight DXing session which I undertook just after this.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ultralight DXing Facebook Group

I have just created a Facebook group for the Ultralight DXing hobby. Feel free to join it.
This will mostly be used to promote the Yahoo group to a different range of people, it is not designed to be used instead of the Yahoo group or take it's place in any way, shape or form.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1604530559767076/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ultralightdx/info

Long term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 25,26,27 January 2015

Date: 25/01/2015
Time: 10:35 - 10:45
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Sunny with recent rain. Warm and some cloud cover.
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 4
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 5
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 4
774 - 3LO: 5
855 - 3CR: 3
900 - 7AD: 3
954 - 2UE: n
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 3
1116 - 3AK: c
1179 - 3RPH: c
1224 - 3EA: n
1260 - 3SR: c
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1
1377 - 3MP: c
1395 - 5AA: n
1440 - 1SBS: n
1503 - 3KND: n
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): n
Notes: Session produced some interesting results with 3RN again powering in with a great signal,  much better than a number of Tasmanian stations. The top end of the band was again dead with only one station logged (poorly) above 1100KHz

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Date: 26/01/2015
Time: 6:15 - 6:35
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: A cool morning with a clear sky and fine weather.
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 2
585 - 7RN: 3
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 3
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 1
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: c
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 3
1179 - 3RPH: 2
1224 - 3EA: 3
1260 - 3SR: 2
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 1
1377 - 3MP: 3
1395 - 5AA: c
1440 - 1SBS: 1
1503 - 3KND: c
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 2
Notes: A nice early morning session with some good signals received in the mid - high end of the band. 3AW on 693KHz was a stand out signal with good audio.

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Date: 27/01/2015
Time: 20:10 - 20:25
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Mild with heavy cloud cover and an approaching storm front.
531 - 3GG: 2
540 - 7SD: 5
549 - 2CR: 1
558 - 7BU: 3
585 - 7RN: 4
621 - 3RN: 4
693 - 3AW: 4
747 - 7PB: 3
774 - 3LO: 4
855 - 3CR: 2
900 - 7AD: 2
954 - 2UE: c
1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
1080 - HPON (Hobart): 2
1116 - 3AK: 1
1179 - 3RPH: 1
1224 - 3EA: 2
1260 - 3SR: c
1341 - HPON (Geelong): 2
1377 - 3MP: 2
1395 - 5AA: c
1440 - 1SBS: c
1503 - 3KND: 1
1593 - HPON (Melbourne): 2
Notes: Signals were generally good for the time of night. 3GG on 531KHz had bad mixing with 2PM on the same frequency. 7BU on 558KHz was very weak. 7AD on 900KHz was also very weak and signal level was very poor. 3AK on 1116KHz was down in the noise and had some mixing from 4BC from Brisbane. Overall an enjoyable session and I hope to be able to undertake a session slightly later in the night soon to compare results.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Long Term Ultralight DXing Project Results - 23/01/2015

Date: 23/01/2015
Time: 14:15 - 14:30
Location: Riverside, Launceston Tasmania
Weather: Hot (25.5c) with no clouds and light winds.
    531 - 3GG: 2
    540 - 7SD: 5
    549 - 2CR: c
    558 - 7BU: 2
    585 - 7RN: 3
    621 - 3RN: 4
    693 - 3AW: 3
    747 - 7PB: 2
    774 - 3LO: 4
    855 - 3CR: 1
    900 - 7AD: c
    954 - 2UE: c
    1008 - HPON (Launceston) : 5
    1080 - HPON (Hobart): 1
    1116 - 3AK: c
    1179 - 3RPH: 1
    1224 - 3EA: c
    1260 - 3SR: c
    1341 - HPON (Geelong): c
    1377 - 3MP: c
    1395 - 5AA: c
    1440 - 1SBS: 1
    1503 - 3KND: c
    1593 - HPON (Melbourne): c   
Notes: Signals were a mixed bag with some signals improving from last night and others dropping off badly. Generally Tasmanian stations did worse today and Victorian stations were slightly better.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 6/12/2014

Date: 6/12/2014
Time: 19:00 – 19:40
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 36
New stations logged:
Furthest station logged: 2RN (New Castle) 1032km

Notes: Tonight I managed to grab a 40 minute block of time to myself, our daughter was born this week so I have been spending a lot of time at the hospital, her and my wife have come home today so things can now become the “ new” normal. For the foreseeable future most of my sessions will be at home or very close by.

In the 40 minutes I had I was able to log 36 stations, all of these I have logged previously. All the normal Tasmanian / Victorian stations I would expect to hear came in with fair to good audio, some NSW stations were also logged with the top end of the band between 1152kHz and 1512kHz being where these were mostly found. A number of these NSW stations maxing out the PL380's signal meter. I did a quick listen on my NZ check frequencies but no signals were heard, given the early time this session was undertaken this was to be expected.





Sunday, 30 November 2014

DIY - Ultralight Radio Carry Case

Back in March 2014 I designed and built a custom "stealth ultralight dxing bag", this was designed to carry my 7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 ultralight radio, my AR1733 radio and the various other bits and pieces I carry for portable ultralight dxing sessions. The details of this can be seen here: (http://ultralightdxing.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/diy-stealth-ultralight-dxing-bag.html)

Since recently returning to the ultralight DXing hobby after a few months being away, I decided to try and find a better carry solution, while the bag served me well and was cheap at around a $50 total cost, I have changed my approach and having to carry a separate bag (especially when also carrying other bags) became an issue to the point that I stopped carrying it as often.

Yesterday while shopping at our local Ship Loads I came across this case: (http://www.dinga.com.au/tackle-box-jw-197-utility-box-large.html) for $9.95. When I returned  home I found that it was the perfect size, however the foam sheet I had at home that I was planning on using for this was about 1cm too small the whole way around. 

After going to Bunnings to try and find some suitable foam and not having any luck, I happened to call past Kmart on the way home and found a Yoga block for $6 which was the perfect size. 

When I returned home I sat down to work on it and within 3/4 of an hour  I had the case set up how I wanted it. Materials used were:
- Jarvis Walker 197 Utility Box Large: $9.95
- Yoga form block: $6
- Black tape: $2.95
- Bubble wrap: $0.50

The foam block was cut to suit the size of the case and then I cut out sections to allow me to securely store both my AR1733 and 7.5" loopstick Tecsun PL-380 ultralight radios plus my aerial, notepad, pens and ear phones. This fits nicely in my backpack where I keep my logs sheets and larger accessories. It is still very 
stealthy and much easier to carry. I am really happy with how well this has turned out and for under $20 it is great value.









Update: 29/01/2015.
After using this for a couple of months I have now made some changes as can be seen in the photos below. These changes include:
- Added a rubber-band to hold my logging notepad and sheets. This is attached to the rear of the case via a cable tie which has been drilled in to the case via two small holes.
- Added one of my stickers to the top :)
- Replaced the bubble wrap with a better fitting and quality type.
- Added earphones to my kit.








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