Thursday, July 26, 2007

Radio Eldorado, Sao Paulo SP 700 Verification

One night in October 2006 brought many excellent signals from Brazil, and Radio Eldorado was one of them. Received a full-data QSL-letter as a PDF attachement to an email this evening, signed Geraldo Nunes. Seems to cooperate with DX Clube do Brasil so Eldorado should be a good verifier.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

KLYC McMinnville OR 1260 Verification

KLYC surfaced briefly on the excellent DX morning October 10, 2006, amidst signals from Wyoming, Idaho and not least the dominant CFRN Edmonton AB. Amazing that 800 watts can penetrate a north-directional 50,000 watt signal like that of CFRN... A very friendly email from Stella Bonsack this evening confirmed my reception. Stella and her husband Larry have owned the station since 1990. McMinnville, to quote Stella, "is located about halfway between Portland and the Oregon Coast. To many of us there's no better place on earth to live. This is beautiful country with rolling hills of vineyards, filbert orchards and landscape nurseries. Tourists enjoy visiting the wineries and the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville featuring Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose."

KLYC is definately one of my best North America catches ever, and it was most rewarding to receive their verification.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Summer At The KONG DX Site

Not much to report these days, except I still test out the SDR-IQs with my ALA-100 large circumference loop. Above a picture of my DX location taken on July 1 at 2100 local; the view is due East. Lots of meadow buttercups and green grass form a nice colour balance with the blue house. Still snow on the distant plains, altitude 300-400 meters. To the right you see part of the house of the nearest neighbour. Not much RF noise to worry about from that end...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Recording Your DX Effectively

Further to the iriver DAP post some days ago, I have written a more comprehensive article about the iriver H100 and H300 series, and how to modify them to be excellent audio recorders for the DX-er. A small-sized pdf file is found here. Also, there is a more general (but older) article about MP3 players/recorders here.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Setting Up A Dual SDR-IQ Monitoring Station - Final Thoughts

The system has been up and running for many hours during this weekend; one session lasted more than 12 hours with many adjustments to setups and other parameters. Spectravue has not crashed once, and the two SDR-IQs haven't failed once. And the PC system with Vista Home Basic has been totally stable.

Total cost for this 380 kHz monitoring system, including a brand new PC, was around USD 1500, or approximately the same as a new Icom IC-746Pro or an IC-7000 costs. Much less than a new JRC NRD-545, and much less than a Flex-Radio SDR-1000 system. Good value for money. I am looking forward to the start of the coming season in September.