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.

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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.
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