This post is rather belated, but I thought I would finally write about the ARRL International DX Phone Contest, the weekend of March 4th. Basically, as a U.S. mainland station the goal was to contact as many people outside the U.S. mainland in as many countries as possible, and for non-mainland the goal was to contact as many people as possible in the lower 48 states. Continue reading
I’m still working on the second part of the 6-meter Yagi video series, so I decided to show an example of trans-Pacific AM broadcast band reception using the RTL-SDR based AM BCB receiver detailed in Episode 006. This was from an SDR recording on the morning of September 21st, 2016 and was a pretty good session. Unfortunately, the audio was rather uneven because I was trying for the first time to “internally” record my laptop screen instead of shooting with the video camera. That part worked great, but the audio didn’t go quite as well. Still, this gives a nice flavor for what I have been able to from Arizona with the RTL-SDR based AM BCB receiver, and the Conti Superloop antenna featured in earlier videos.
Forgot to put this up earlier, but Episode 006 of my Arizona Signal Watcher video blog is up. This one is a brief “tour” of the RTL-SDR based receiver that I use for AM broadcast band DXing. If you think you need to spend several hundred dollars to do well on the AM BCB, you might want to have a look. A $20 RTL-SDR, plus a $45 upconverter, and maybe some amplification (depending on your antenna), and you may do as well as possible considering the crowding on the band and other issues.
Between work and being sick for a week, I haven’t had a chance to post anything about the current trans-Pacific reception season. But, it has been a pretty good one, and this day provided the best audio of the season.
Here is a comparison between quiet conditions and some weak-to-medium level E-skip this morning on the waterfall display from my Airspy: Continue reading
A significant sporadic-E (E-skip or Es) opening or openings occurred on June 13. From Arizona, Es was present on the FM broadcast band for more than 9 hours total (all times MST, which is UT-7).
Taking a break from the Superloop antenna series, here is some retro DXing. As noted in this previous blog post, back in the 1980s I used to do television DXing. I’ve finally put together some video clips from 1986 and 1987 showing some of the best “catches” I made back then, along with some comments about the clips. Enjoy!