Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 25/02/2014

Date: 25/02/2014
Time: 21:00 - 22:40 Local
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 119
New stations logged: 2. 585kHz - 2WEB / 675kHz - Radio NZ
Furthest station logged: 1296kHz - 6RN. 2768km

Notes: Last night’s session was very interesting with two new stations logged. Band conditions were an improvement on the normal for here and this meant that most stations received were producing very clear audio. 2WEB on 585kHz is only a possible as I had trouble nulling out other stations on this frequency but a name I heard matches up with information from the website. Radio New Zealand on 675kHz was a new logging and this raised out of the band noise and 2CO towards the end of my session around 22:30 local. Other New Zealand stations on 909, 1386, 1548 & 1602kHz were all received at good signal levels with 1602kHz being a real standout and only having slight mixing with another local station on 1611kHz.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 22/02/2014

Date: 22/02/2014
Time: 22:10 - 23:15 Local
Location: Home, Launceston - Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 111
New stations logged: 1
Furthest station logged: 1386kHz- Radio Tarana (2430km)

Notes: Last night was the first time in about a week that I have had the radio out. Checking my test frequencies of 711kHz, 909kHz and 1386kHz first all showed signals of a decent level with 1386 kHz being a little bit down in signal level compared to normal. I then started at the bottom of the band where I found a real surprise of a new station for the log, 4QL on 540kHz which is also used by a 7SD running 5KW about 45km from my location. This was the first time I have ever logged a second station on this frequency, I did notice the audio of 7SD was dropping in and out about every 5 seconds and this allowed me to hear enough audio to add 4QL to the logs.


Moving up the band didn’t produce any new stations to add to the logs and a number of stations I normally hear towards the top of the band were missing in the noise.  By the time I got back up to 1386kHz the signal levels had really dropped off and it was barely audible. At this point I called it a night, happy with a new station added to the logs.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Relay for Life

This year I have joined a team for relay for life. If you would like to donate please click on the link below:
http://tas.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/teamPage.aspx?Referrer=direct%2Fnone&TeamID=72522

More information on it can be found here:
http://www.relayforlife.org.au/#

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 08/02/2014 - Night Session

Date: 08/02/2014            
Time: 22:20 - 23:00 Local
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 140
New stations logged: 8
Furthest station logged: 783 kHz - 6VA - Albany- 2642Km

Notes: Last night was my latest session in quite a few months; the hot weather meant that I didn't go to bed until a lot later than normal. This was a huge benefit to me as I managed to log 140 stations and 8 new stations including a new distance record for myself of 2642Km which was 6VA from West Australian, the later time meant that they were also in darkness which would have been the reason for this logging. It was a quite enjoyable session except for the hot weather which was to the point of making me feel sick and very uncomfortable. The results from last night has given me a real boast and I am keen to try some different times of the night to see what I can hear.

Below are the new stations I logged.

783         6VA - Albany   WA
855         4QB - Pialba   QLD
1071       RADIO NZ   I-NZ
1107       Radio Live   I-NZ
1215       NewstalkZB   I-NZ
1242       5AU - Port Augusta   SA
1458       RADIO NZ   I-NZ
1557       HPON - Renmark/Loxton   SA

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 08/02/2014

Date: 08/02/2014
Time: 13:45 - 14:30 Local
Location: Freelands Lookout, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 46
New stations logged: 0
Furthest station logged:

Notes: As this was the middle of the day the signals I received were restricted to Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales stations. The purpose of this session was to test Freelands lookout as a location with a view to undertaking some ultralight DXing in the future between sunset and sunrise. The hut on the top of the lookout provides a good level of protection from the sun / wind and in the future this will make a good location. I have also recently discovered that the gates to the lookout are locked after hours so this will mean parking outside and walking in.


Below are some photos I took at the lookout today.









Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Video Loggings - 04/02/2014

For something a bit different I have created a short video of some of my loggings from last night - 04/02/2014



Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 03/02/2014

Date: 03/02/2014
Time: 20:45 - 22:15 Local
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 125
New stations logged: 2
Furthest station logged: 1386 kHz - Radio Tarana (NZ) - 2430km

Notes: last night I was lucky enough to be able to devote an hour and a half last night to DXing. This was done from the comfort of my lounge room chair. Starting around 20:45 local which was after sunset some good signals were receiving from Victoria and New South Wales stations up to 774 kHz, above this the band was a mess and signal levels were very low, even some of the stronger stations which I normally hear were missing or inaudible. Sitting on my two test frequencies of 909 kHz and 1386 kHz showed some traces of signals but they were mostly below the noise floor. As the night progressed and I kept searching the band around 21:15 local the band came alive and the next hour was spent logging a large number of stations, much more than the 80-100 that I can normally hear on an average night. By the end of my session I had logged 125 stations including two new ones:
981 kHz - 2NM  
1602 kHz - NZ PRINT RADIO


1602 kHz - NZ Print Radio was quite a catch as it is normally knocked out by a local station on 1611 kHz beaming from the same direction which makes nulling it out quite hard.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 02/02/2014

Date: 02/02/2014
Time: 21:15 - 22:00 Local
Location: Home, Launceston Tasmania
Radio: 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380
Total stations logged: 85
New stations logged: 1
Furthest station logged: 1386 kHz - Radio Tarana (NZ) - 2430km

Notes: Last night for a bit of a change and due to the high temperatures (Still showing 33c at 9pm) I decided to take my UL radio outside for a bit of a listen around the bands. After finding a good spot on our front steps I hit my two test frequencies of 909 kHz and 1386 kHz which both showed some weak signals but nothing which was strong enough to copy at that point. I then started off at the bottom of the band and gave each frequency a good check including multiple times for some where signal levels were not very strong the first time around. My total loggings were around the average with only a couple of the normal stations not appearing at all or at very weak levels.
The only new station logged was 567 kHz - 2BH from Broken Hill. This was mixing with 4JK on the same frequency but I was able to null this out to get enough audio to log it.





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