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Shortwave Pirate / XFM 6275 AM 0213 UTC 3Aug19
« on: August 03, 2019, 0221 UTC »
just signing on abt S9+10

0213  on abruptly w/ unid mx
0216  starting usual roll out mx w/ ann and IDS
0223  "XFM is on the air......My god, this is coming thru the air!"
0227  ID, and the new slogan "East of the Rockies, but west of normal."  .....  not bad.  The freq is clear here.
0235  shoutouts (TY redhat!)  Some occasional selective fading here.  Great audio, but I need to use ECSS LSB due to
         local QRN in the USB.
0246  Audible with a poor to fair sig on an Iceland Kiwi, nothing showing up on European SDRs so far.
0256  " No One"
0258  "XFM...like  you had a choice"
0311  reading an email from oly
0320  Green Day - When I Come Around   some deeper fades now

Good to hear you, redhat; thanks for the show!




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Longwave Loggings / Summer 2019 NDB Logs
« on: July 29, 2019, 2321 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois acquired during the past weekend's Coordinated Listening Event.  By no means are we at the real season start, but we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

2019-07-26  1704  240.0  CJ   -1044    +1045     Springfield, IL, USA  256 Km
2019-07-27  0631  242.0  EL   -1031              El Paso, TX, USA  1960 Km
2019-07-26  1743  242.0  LE   -1039    +1032     Lexington, KY, USA  513 Km
2019-07-27  0632  242.0  MMI  -1019    +1024     Athens, TN, USA  772 Km
2019-07-27  0948  242.0  XC            +404      Cranbrook, BC, CAN  2314 Km
2019-07-27  0319  244.0  TH            +410      Thompson, MB, CAN  1718 Km
2019-07-27  0952  245.0  ARM           +992      Wharton, TX, USA  1571 Km
2019-07-26  1707  245.0  FS   -1030    +1037     Sioux Falls, SD, USA  741 Km
2019-07-26  1708  245.0  HU   -1033    +1037     Terre Haute, IN, USA  270 Km
2019-07-26  1710  245.0  PWF           +1020     Batavia, OH, USA  443 Km
2019-07-26  1709  245.0  YZE           +402      Gore Bay, ON, CAN  636 Km
2019-07-26  1751  248.0  CG   -1036    +1025     Cape Girardeau, MO, USA  521 Km
2019-07-27  0314  248.0  FRT  -1031              Spartanburg, SC, USA  931 Km
2019-07-27  0954  248.0  PQF           +1038     Mesquite, TX, USA  1248 Km
2019-07-27  0154  248.0  UL            +400      Montreal, QC, CAN  1212 Km
2019-07-27  0636  250.0  FO            +405      Flin Flon, MB, CAN  1753 Km
2019-07-26  1759  250.0  UGS  -1021    +1022     Athens / Albany, OH, USA  573 Km
2019-07-27  0310  251.0  AM   -1033    +1033     Amarillo, TX, USA  1405 Km
2019-07-26  1716  251.0  JZY  -1040    +1034     Macomb, IL, USA  252 Km
2019-07-26  1716  253.0  DD   -1028    +1021     Columbus, OH, USA  479 Km
2019-07-26  1807  253.0  GB   -1058    +1041     Marshall, MN, USA  706 Km
2019-07-26  1812  254.0  HLB  -1018    +1013     Batesville, IN, USA  356 Km
2019-07-26  1812  254.0  MB   -1018    +1036     Manistee, MI, USA  319 Km
2019-07-27  0957  255.0  SW   -1026    +1027     Stillwater, OK, USA  998 Km
2019-07-28  1031  257.0  DT   -1042    +1045     Denton, TX, USA  1244 Km
2019-07-26  1719  257.0  FWC  -1013    +1009     Fairfield, IL, USA  377 Km
2019-07-26  1731  257.0  JYR           +1027     York, NE, USA  807 Km
2019-07-27  0638  257.0  XE            +380      Saskatoon, SK, CAN  1827 Km
2019-07-27  0641  258.0  ZSJ           +407      Sandy Lake, ON, CAN  1319 Km
2019-07-26  1739  420.0  FQ   -1077    +1023     Fairmont, MN, USA  559 Km
2019-07-27  0216  420.0  TU            +382      Tupelo, MS, USA  847 Km
2019-07-27  0156  423.0  PCW  -1012    +1019     Port Clinton, OH, USA  431 Km
2019-07-27  0642  426.0  IZS           +1015     Montezuma, GA, USA  1107 Km
2019-07-27  0645  428.0  POH           +1017     Pocahontas, IA, USA  343 Km



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Longwave Loggings / Spring 2019 NDB Logs
« on: April 30, 2019, 1417 UTC »
Logs acquired from Downers Grove, Illinois during last weekend's Coordinated Listening Event spanning the range of 270 to 320 kHz.  Loud spring storm QRN and iffy props prevailed.

2019-04-28  0524  270.0  PYG           +1025     Pageland, SC, USA  1031 Km
2019-04-28  0523  271.0  HXO  -1021    +1021     Huntsboro, NC, USA  1015 Km
2019-04-28  0517  272.0  GP            +1044     Grand Rapids, MN, USA  737 Km
2019-04-26  1701  272.0  IK   -1037    +1032     Kankakee, IL, USA  85 Km
2019-04-28  0516  272.0  LS            +1018     La Crosse, WI, USA  365 Km
2019-04-26  1701  272.0  OLY  -1022    +1016     Olney-Noble, IL, USA  339 Km
2019-04-26  1701  272.0  YQA           +405      Muskoka, ON, CAN  794 Km
2019-04-27  0433  272.0  ZMR           +388      Montreal, QC, CAN  1197 Km
2019-04-26  1703  273.0  FK   -1042    +1034     Fort Campbell (Hopkinsville), KY, USA  564 Km
2019-04-28  0531  274.0  AKQ           +1018     Wakefield, VA, USA  1086 Km
2019-04-27  0438  274.0  RG   -1028    +1027     Red Wing, MN, USA  488 Km
2019-04-27  0416  274.0  YPM           +367      Pikangikum, ON, CAN  1204 Km
2019-04-28  0515  275.0  AV            +378      St Andrews (Winnipeg), MB, CAN  1155 Km
2019-04-26  1704  275.0  DE   -1020    +1021     Decatur, IL, USA  236 Km
2019-04-27  0514  275.0  GEY  -1044    +1055     Greybull, WY, USA  1649 Km
2019-04-28  0526  275.0  RU   -1016              Salisbury, NC, USA  941 Km
2019-04-27  0107  276.0  YEL           +406      Elliot Lake, ON, CAN  669 Km
2019-04-28  0534  276.0  ZTH           +376      Thompson, MB, CAN  1715 Km
2019-04-27  0517  277.0  OT   -1050    +1042     Worthington, MN, USA  640 Km
2019-04-28  0538  277.0  VIT           +1020     Vinton, VA, USA  867 Km
2019-04-26  1706  278.0  ADG  -1020    +1026     Adrian, MI, USA  332 Km
2019-04-27  0442  278.0  AUR  -1039              Sulphur, LA, USA  1378 Km
2019-04-28  0542  278.0  CEP  -1050              Ruidoso, NM, USA  1781 Km
2019-04-28  0543  278.0  GPQ           +1017     Carrollton, GA, USA  949 Km
2019-04-28  0542  278.0  HFF  -1057              Camp Mackall, NC, USA  1060 Km
2019-04-27  0132  278.0  NM            +405      Matagami, QC, CAN  1193 Km
2019-04-27  0521  280.0  GYZ  -1036    +1031     Guernsey, WY, USA  1378 Km
2019-04-28  0530  280.0  QX            +406      Gander, NL, CAN  2703 Km
2019-04-28  0549  281.0  CA            +407      Cartwright, NL, CAN  2645 Km
2019-04-26  1707  281.0  DMO           +979      Sedalia, MO, USA  557 Km
2019-04-27  0443  282.0  ROS  -1041    +1042     Rush City, MN, USA  589 Km
2019-04-28  0519  284.0  BT   -1014    +1035     Baton Rouge, LA, USA  1279 Km
2019-04-27  0442  284.0  QD            +402      The Pas, MB, CAN  1665 Km
2019-04-28  0552  284.0  RQY  -1020    +1021     Elkins, WV, USA  763 Km
2019-04-27  0507  287.0  ZWG           +368      Medicine Rock (Winnipeg), MB, CAN  1156 Km
2019-04-27  0108  289.0  YLQ           +408      La Tuque, QC, CAN  1359 Km
2019-04-27  0429  290.0  QR            +363      Regina, SK, CAN  1587 Km
2019-04-27  0448  290.0  TYV           +1045     Jacksonville, AR, USA  837 Km
2019-04-27  0431  291.0  9Q            +376      Amos, QC, CAN  1079 Km
2019-04-26  1711  293.0  FBY           +1005     Fairbury, NE, USA  783 Km
2019-04-27  0523  293.0  TOR           +1036     Torrington, WY, USA  1331 Km
2019-04-26  1710  293.0  UI   -1028    +1022     Quincy, IL, USA  344 Km
2019-04-26  1712  299.0  HW   -1054    +1056     Wilmington, OH, USA  443 Km
2019-04-27  0526  299.0  TV            +412      Turner Valley, AB, CAN  2245 Km
2019-04-28  0601  300.0  SCR  -1020              San Cristobal, , GAL  4752 Km
2019-04-27  0419  300.0  YIV           +403      Island Lake, MB, CAN  1431 Km
2019-04-28  0603  302.0  HO            +1031     Huron, SD, USA  890 Km
2019-04-27  0533  302.0  QW            +400      North Battleford, SK, CAN  1955 Km
2019-04-29  0953  305.0  RO            +1020     Roswell, NM, USA  1721 Km
2019-04-27  0423  305.0  YQ            +408      Churchill / Eastern Creek, MB, CAN  1937 Km
2019-04-27  0440  309.0  GPI  -410     +404      Guapi, , CLM  4481 Km
2019-04-27  0451  311.0  GK   -1033              Fort Smith, AR, USA  910 Km
2019-04-27  0453  314.0  CVY           +1027     Fort Riley, KS, USA  802 Km
2019-04-27  0453  314.0  VTN           +1022     Valentine, NE, USA  1035 Km
2019-04-26  1714  315.0  AT   -1020    +1022     Dayton, OH, USA  375 Km
2019-04-27  0511  315.0  UBR           +1080     Cayo Las Brujas, , CUB  2290 Km
2019-04-28  0521  316.0  FFC           +1028     Peachtree City, GA, USA  993 Km
2019-04-27  0437  317.0  VC            +390      La Ronge, SK, CAN  1946 Km
2019-04-27  0436  317.0  ZMX           +379      Janvier / Mirabel (Montreal), QC, CAN  1213 Km
2019-04-27  0110  317.0  ZZR  -1034              Severn, ON, CAN  886 Km

NDBs this report 60  New NDBs 0

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Longwave Loggings / Winter 2018 NDB Logs
« on: October 30, 2018, 1657 UTC »
Given the big change in props over the last week, let's stop pretending that it is still Fall.

2018-10-29  2339  201.0  ZXU           +387     London, ON, CAN  584 Km
2018-10-30  1121  203.0  AB   -1035             Aberdeen, SD, USA  919 Km
2018-10-30  0126  204.0  YFY           +400     Forbay-Iqaluit, NU, CAN  2750 Km
2018-10-30  1031  206.0  AP   -1019    +1019    Alpena, MI, USA  510 Km
2018-10-30  1032  206.0  SOW  -1033             Show Low, AZ, USA  2095 Km
2018-10-30  1116  211.0  HDG           +1018    Gooding, ID, USA  2190 Km
2018-10-30  1032  212.0  LIU           +1015    Littlefield, TX, USA  1529 Km
2018-10-30  0222  216.0  ME            +402     Matane, QC, CAN  1779 Km
2018-10-30  1019  220.0  DCM           +1024    Chester, SC, USA  981 Km
2018-10-30  0736  221.0  YAS           +409     Kangirsuk, QC, CAN  2375 Km
2018-10-30  0133  223.0  DAA           +1027    Fort Belvoir, MD, USA  991 Km
2018-10-30  1057  223.0  FS   -1045    +1050    Fort Smith, AR, USA  893 Km
2018-10-30  1034  234.0  TX   -1037    +1028    Texarkana, AR, USA  1056 Km
2018-10-30  0139  239.0  BBB  -1020             Benson, MN, USA  728 Km
2018-10-30  1104  263.0  LB            +1038    Angleton / Lake Jackson, TX, USA  1552 Km
2018-10-30  1115  264.0  SZT           +1018    Sandpoint, ID, USA  2341 Km
2018-10-29  1002  281.0  CX            +1020    Conroe, TX, USA  1426 Km
2018-10-30  0206  302.0  HO            +1028    Huron, SD, USA  890 Km
2018-10-29  1053  310.0  9V2S41        +402     UNID, , XUC
2018-10-30  1050  321.0  YSY           +408     Sachs Harbour, NT, CAN  3919 Km  NEW
2018-10-30  1034  328.0  LC            +1032    Laconia, NH, USA  1363 Km
2018-10-30  1137  344.0  YOP           +393     Rainbow Lake, AB, CAN  2858 Km
2018-10-27  0108  346.0  LW            +1021    Lewisburg, WV, USA  787 Km
2018-10-30  1011  365.0  MA            +395     Mayo, YT, CAN  3897 Km
2018-10-27  0021  401.0  Y8            +401     Drummondville, QC, CAN  1336 Km


NDBs this report 25  New NDBs 1

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Longwave Loggings / Fall 2018 NDB logs
« on: August 05, 2018, 1436 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois

With a slight abatement in storm noise and the need to continue testing antennae, we declare the Fall NDB season as officially open.

2018-08-03  1701  218.0    AL     -1020     +1021   Alton (St Louis MO), IL, USA  363 Km
2018-08-03  1715  227.0    SQ    -1038     +1039   Connersville, IN, USA  332 Km
2018-08-03  1727  239.0    HKF   -1020     +1016   Middletown, OH, USA  396 Km
2018-08-03  1730  240.0    CJ     -1045     +1045   Springfield, IL, USA  256 Km
2018-08-03  1736  245.0    FS     -1031     +1039   Sioux Falls, SD, USA  741 Km
2018-08-03  1739  245.0    YZE                 +401    Gore Bay, ON, CAN  636 Km
2018-08-05  0212  248.0    UL                   +401    Montreal, QC, CAN  1212 Km
2018-08-03  1746  251.0    JZY    -1040     +1037   Macomb, IL, USA  252 Km
2018-08-03  1749  253.0    DD     -1030     +1020   Columbus, OH, USA  479 Km
2018-08-03  1755  254.0    MB     -1041     +1038   Manistee, MI, USA  319 Km
2018-08-03  1758  257.0    FWC   -1010     +1011   Fairfield, IL, USA  377 Km
2018-08-03  1801  257.0    MB     -1053     +1044   Saginaw, MI, USA  367 Km
2018-08-05  0218  260.0    YAT                  +406    Attawapiskat, ON, CAN  1311 Km
2018-08-03  1808  263.0    CVM    -1047    +1009   Alton, IL, USA  362 Km  weak LSB
2018-08-03  1809  263.0    GR      -1034    +1024   Grand Rapids, MI, USA  253 Km
2018-08-05  0226  263.0    ZQT                 +392    Thunder Bay, ON, CAN  743 Km
2018-08-05  0230  266.0    YFH                 +407    Fort Hope, ON, CAN  1090 Km
2018-08-03  1812  269.0    BEX     -995     +996    Bloomfield, IA, USA  387 Km
2018-08-03  1820  272.0    IK       -1035    +1035   Kankakee, IL, USA  85 Km
2018-08-03  1821  272.0    OLY     -1013    +1005   Olney-Noble, IL, USA  339 Km
2018-08-03  1824  272.0    YQA                 +405    Muskoka, ON, CAN  794 Km
2018-08-05  0235  274.0    YPM                 +363    Pikangikum, ON, CAN  1204 Km
2018-08-03  1834  275.0    DE                   +1020   Decatur, IL, USA  236 Km
2018-08-05  0237  276.0    YEL                  +407    Elliot Lake, ON, CAN  669 Km
2018-08-03  1836  278.0    ADG    -1030    +1020   Adrian, MI, USA  332 Km
2018-08-05  0238  278.0    NM                  +404    Matagami, QC, CAN  1193 Km
2018-08-03  1845  281.0    DMO   -1045    +955    Sedalia, MO, USA  557 Km
2018-08-03  1848  293.0    UI      -1030    +1017   Quincy, IL, USA  344 Km
2018-08-03  1853  299.0    HW     -1052    +1058   Wilmington, OH, USA  443 Km
2018-08-05  0245  300.0    YOG                +398    Ogoki Post, ON, CAN  1112 Km
2018-08-05  0247  305.0    YQ                  +405    Churchill / Eastern Creek, MB, CAN  1937 Km
2018-08-03  1901  315.0    AT      -1022    +1020   Dayton, OH, USA  375 Km
2018-08-03  1906  326.0    VV      -398      +402    Wiarton, ON, CAN  642 Km
2018-08-05  0252  326.0    YQK                 +412    Kenora, ON, CAN  1024 Km
2018-08-05  0253  328.0    YTL                  +402    Big Trout Lake, ON, CAN  1347 Km
2018-08-03  1907  329.0    AAA    -995      +1001   Lincoln, IL, USA  213 Km still miskeying
2018-08-05  0256  329.0    YEK                 +422    Arviat, NU, CAN  2190 Km
2018-08-03  1911  329.0    YHN                 +407    Hornepayne, ON, CAN  872 Km
2018-08-03  1915  332.0    DN     -1056     +1046   Danville, IL, USA  172 Km
2018-08-03  1915  332.0    QT                   +406    Thunder Bay, ON, CAN  741 Km
2018-08-03  1920  332.0    SG      -1053    +1023   Green Bay, WI, USA  292 Km
2018-08-05  0257  332.0    YFM                 +401    La Grande 4, QC, CAN  1703 Km
2018-08-05  0259  334.0    YER                 +403    Fort Severn, ON, CAN  1582 Km
2018-08-03  1924  335.0    LUK    -1045    +1028   Cincinnati, OH, USA  426 Km
2018-08-05  0301  335.0    YLD                 +398    Chapleau, ON, CAN  763 Km
2018-08-03  1930  338.0    LM      -1043    +1025   St Louis, MO, USA  388 Km
2018-08-03  1930  338.0    UMP    -1022    +1024   Indianapolis, IN, USA  265 Km
2018-08-05  0304  338.0    YPX                 +404    Puvirnituq, QC, CAN  2165 Km
2018-08-05  0305  338.0    ZEM                +394    Eastmain, QC, CAN  1367 Km
2018-08-05  0306  340.0    YY                   +402    Mont Joli, QC, CAN  1718 Km
2018-08-04  2233  341.0    DB     -1038     +1033   Dubuque, IA, USA  222 Km
2018-08-04  2227  341.0    SB     -1040     +1048   South Bend, IN, USA  153 Km
2018-08-04  2223  344.0    ES     -1055     +1040   Escanaba, MI, USA  446 Km
2018-08-04  2229  344.0    UNU  -1030      +987    Juneau, WI, USA  193 Km
2018-08-05  0310  344.0    YGV                 +393    Havre St Pierre, QC, CAN  2099 Km
2018-08-05  0311  346.0    YXL                  +415    Sioux Lookout, ON, CAN  974 Km
2018-08-04  2333  350.0    CP     -1058     +1037   Cahokia / St Louis, IL, USA  400 Km
2018-08-05  0313  351.0    YKQ                +406    Waskaganish, QC, CAN  1293 Km
2018-08-05  0318  353.0    QG    -392       +386    Saint Clair Beach (Windsor), ON, CAN  431 Km
2018-08-05  0319  355.0    YWP                +401    Webequie, ON, CAN  1249 Km
2018-08-04  2340  356.0    IUL    -1045     +1027   La Porte, IN, USA  109 Km
2018-08-04  2340  356.0    PI      -1032     +1031   Peoria, IL, USA  186 Km
2018-08-04  2347  362.0    MT     -1050     +1027   Manitowac, WI, USA  270 Km
2018-08-05  0324  362.0    SB                  +403    Sudbury, ON, CAN  783 Km
2018-08-05  0328  362.0    YZS                +401    Coral Harbour, NU, CAN  2509 Km
2018-08-04  2350  365.0    JN      -402      +399    Muncie, IN, USA  291 Km
2018-08-03  2123  365.0    SYZ    -1054    +1010   Shelbyville, IL, USA  274 Km  back on the air
2018-08-04  2355  366.0    EOK    -987      +1015   Keokuk, IA, USA  321 Km
2018-08-05  0006  368.0    VIQ                 +1021   Neillsville, WI, USA  371 Km
2018-08-05  0011  371.0    AZ      -1058     +1024   Vicksburg, MI, USA  211 Km
2018-08-05  0011  371.0    RYV     -1013    +1024   Watertown, WI, USA  167 Km

NDBs this report 71  New NDBs 0

Joe Farley, Downers Grove, IL  jfarley44 at att.net
SDR-IQ, Remote Ferrite Regenerative Loop on a rotator
48 inch Active Whip with Ratzlaff Amplifier
GSQ:  EN51xs



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Longwave Loggings / Illinois NDB Roundup
« on: July 24, 2018, 2346 UTC »
Proof of Life logs from the Pay to Play State checking those thought to still be active.

2018-07-22  1609  218.0  AL   Alpos' Alton (St Louis MO), IL, USA  363 Km
2018-07-22  1610  240.0  CJ   Calde' Springfield, IL, USA  256 Km
2018-07-22  1611  251.0  JZY  Macomb, IL, USA  252 Km
2018-07-22  1615  257.0  FWC  Wayne County' Fairfield, IL, USA  377 Km
2018-07-22  1616  263.0  CVM  Civic Memorial' Alton, IL, USA  362 Km
2018-07-22  1617  272.0  IK   Kankakee, IL, USA  85 Km
2018-07-22  1617  272.0  OLY  Olney' Olney-Noble, IL, USA  339 Km
2018-07-22  1618  275.0  DE   Elwin' Decatur, IL, USA  236 Km
2018-07-22  1619  293.0  UI   Quincy, IL, USA  344 Km
2018-07-22  1621  329.0  AAA  Abraham' Lincoln, IL, USA  213 Km  keys .----.- with harmonics
2018-07-24  1839  332.0  DN   Julip' Danville, IL, USA  172 Km
2018-07-22  1624  350.0  CP   Acore' Cahokia / St Louis, IL, USA  400 Km
2018-07-22  1625  356.0  PI   Tungg' Peoria, IL, USA  186 Km
2018-07-22  1628  375.0  LQ   Licol' Springfield, IL, USA  248 Km
2018-07-22  1629  379.0  UG   Wauke' Waukegan (Chicago), IL, USA  82 Km
2018-07-22  1632  382.0  MW   Jonny' Marion, IL, USA  443 Km
2018-07-22  1631  382.0  SP   Huskk' Springfield, IL, USA  267 Km
2018-07-22  1633  385.0  JD   Gooey' Belleville, IL, USA  393 Km
2018-07-22  1635  391.0  PLX  Palestine' Robinson, IL, USA  308 Km
2018-07-24  0307  397.0  CIR  Cairo, IL, USA  534 Km
2018-07-22  1637  400.0  SLO  Salem, IL, USA  356 Km
2018-07-22  1638  407.0  CM   Veals' Champaign / Urbana, IL, USA  200 Km
 
NDBs this report 22  New NDBs 0

Also checked for the following w/o luck:

254  BOZ  Generally dependable
334  LH   Has been intermittent this summer
365  SYZ  Generally dependable
388  MD   Status unknown

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Longwave Loggings / Why we don't DX LW NDBs in the summer
« on: June 30, 2018, 1423 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois acquired during a Coordinated Listening Event covering 335 - 349.9 kHz over the period 22Jun to 25Jun18.

2018-06-22  2355  335.0  LUK  Cincinnati, OH, USA  426 Km
2018-06-23  0241  335.0  YLD  Chapleau, ON, CAN  763 Km
2018-06-23  0703  336.0  BV    Champlain, QC, CAN  1446 Km
2018-06-23  0707  336.0  MA   Cadillac, MI, USA  341 Km
2018-06-22  1703  338.0  LM    St Louis, MO, USA  388 Km
2018-06-22  1704  338.0  UMP  Indianapolis, IN, USA  265 Km
2018-06-23  0713  338.0  YPX   Puvirnituq, QC, CAN  2165 Km
2018-06-23  0657  338.0  ZEM  Eastmain, QC, CAN  1367 Km
2018-06-23  0239  340.0  YY     Mont Joli, QC, CAN  1718 Km
2018-06-22  1705  341.0  DB    Dubuque, IA, USA  222 Km
2018-06-22  1705  341.0  SB    South Bend, IN, USA  153 Km
2018-06-23  0659  341.0  YYU   Kapuskasing, ON, CAN  958 Km
2018-06-23  0717  342.0  PFT   Pinecreek, MN, USA  1012 Km
2018-06-23  0721  344.0  BKU   Baker, MT, USA  1394 Km
2018-06-23  0711  344.0  JA     Jacksonville, FL, USA  1376 Km
2018-06-22  1706  344.0  UNU  Juneau, WI, USA  193 Km
2018-06-23  0725  344.0  YGV    Havre St Pierre, QC, CAN  2099 Km
2018-06-23  0650  346.0  YXL    Sioux Lookout, ON, CAN  974 Km

NDBs this report 18  New NDBs 0 (out of the 102 NDBs logged in this freq span this last season)


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Equipment / What's all this regenerative loop stuff?
« on: April 20, 2018, 1311 UTC »
I have just verified the operation of a resonant NDB loop which uses positive feedback to enhance the Q which can be attained with commonly available real world components, namely, tuning diodes and Litz-wound ferrite rods.  A working prototype is up and running in the basement here and is showing great promise.

I have re-tooled my ferrite loop so that it is now tuned remotely by a pair of back to back NTE618 tuning diodes (4 diodes total) via a control signal of 0 - 15 VDC.  These diodes resonate a wound ferrite rod (160 turns of Litz) over the NDB band.  The loop output is amplified by a balanced JFET differential amp.  Tuning diodes work great with one caveat: they have a Q which increases with frequency, and vicey-versey.  At the top end of the band (around 400 kHz) they have enough Q to produce a reasonable but not great loaded Q of around 180.  I would really like this to be higher; Q = 250 would be acceptable .  At the low end of the band (around 200 kHz) the loaded Q is only around 90, and the loop, well, the loop sucks.  There is just too much loss due to series resistance in the loop tank, and this needs to be reduced for the loop to perform as desired.  One could use lower loss components in the tank, but this is not practical.  Instead, one can trick the loop into believing that it has lower losses.  If one replaces some of the energy burned up in the lossy tuning diodes and ferrite rod with some energy derived from the loop amp output, then the loop Q should increase.  The loop now becomes a regenerative loop which employs positive feedback for Q augmentation.

The best way to see this is through an understanding of what Q represents.  We have all probably seen that the Q of a resonant loop is the ratio of the loop's resonant frequency to the width of the response curve between its -3 dB points.  As the Q is increased, the loop tunes more sharply, and its -3 dB points move in towards the center frequency.  This is really a result of Q and is not a formal definition of Q.  In electrical engineering, the Q of an LC circuit is defined as the ratio of the energy stored in the L and the C per cycle to the energy dissipated in losses per cycles.   If one can replace some or all of the losses dissipated as heat, then the loop Q must increase.   As one adds controlled positive feedback to the LC tank, one is in effect adding negative resistance to the loss elements in the LC tank.

In practice, I take the output of the loop amp and split it using a toroidal splitter.  One port goes to the coax back to the SDR.  The other port is attenuated in a 75 ohm 20 dB attenuator and passed to a variable attenuator comprised of a PIN diode and load resistor.  This voltage is then applied to a one turn tickler winding on the ferrite rod.  The biasing of the PIN diode is set up so that a 0.7 - 5V control signal will cause a current of 0 to 150 uA to flow through the PIN diode, thus changing its effective AC series resistance.

I have observed 3 regions of operation.  Below a PIN diode current of 1 uA, the loop behaves like the underlying loop without regeneration, and has a generally depressed Q due to the Q of the NTE618 diodes.  If the PIN diode current is increased to a value of typically 100 uA, the loop breaks into oscillation (as it should) and the SDR waterfall goes bat-guano crazy.  Between these 2 points, one can observe the loop Q increasing smoothly above the default level with increasing PIN diode current.  The response in the spectrum pane of the SDR begins to peak higher, and the response skirts narrow.  The object viewed near the resonant peak (carrier or offset) in the waterfall begins to brighten with increasing PIN diode current.  I can typically see an increase of up to 20 dBm in this middle region with increasing PIN diode current before it breaks into oscillation.

The regeneration process seems to be well behaved and stable as the Q operating point is varied, and this bodes well for the future. I am not anticipating running the loop at insanely high Qs such as 10000; I simply would like to enhance the Q of a deficient loop to around 250 which experience has shown is about what is required to make the loop competitive with the amplified whip which I also employ.

Interesting sidebar: if the sense of the tickler winding is reversed - negative feedback - then the regeneration will produce increasing attenuation of received signals as the PIN diode current is increased.

What I now have is a resonant NDB loop with software programmable (and knobless) control of:
    - The loop azimuthal position, with an accuracy of better than 1 degree.
    - The loop resonant frequency with a resolution of typically 100 Hz.
    - The loop Q and thus its Effective Height.

Further details will be posted after it is sited outdoors and fully shaken down.


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Longwave Loggings / Spring NDB Logs
« on: March 14, 2018, 1740 UTC »
I begrudgingly accept the fact the the NDB season is just about over.

2018-03-14  1153  332.0  VT  Buffalo Narrows, SK, CAN  2152 Km

NDBs this report 1  New NDBs 0


10
Longwave Loggings / Winter NDB Logs
« on: November 11, 2017, 1615 UTC »
All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, so time to change threads.

Recent logs from Downers Grove, Illinois

2017-11-09  1131  212.0  LIU  Littlefield, TX, USA  1529 Km
2017-11-09  1126  221.0  HYE  Fort Rucker (Ozark), AL, USA  1179 Km
2017-11-11  0211  227.0  AB   Albany, GA, USA  1198 Km
2017-11-09  0154  233.0  AG   Augusta, GA, USA  1087 Km
2017-11-11  0526  240.0  MJL  Mejillones (Antofagasta), , CHL  7446 Km    New
2017-11-09  0202  245.0  LUA  Luray, VA, USA  883 Km
2017-11-11  0130  269.0  GN   Gainesville, FL, USA  1444 Km
2017-11-10  0231  315.0  IMPEX  UNID, , XUN   New  poss SAC testing, +/- 400 offsets
2017-11-10  0038  335.0  CK   Clarksville, TN, USA  587 Km
2017-11-10  0025  341.0  OW   Owensboro, KY, USA  466 Km

NDBs this report 10  New NDBs 2


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Longwave Loggings / Fall NDB Logs
« on: August 30, 2017, 1538 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois submitted for a recent Coordinated Listening Event which was looking for logs from your home state and DX logs greater than 2000 kM.  A surprise was the re-activation of ZSJ 281 in BAH which returned after a 10 year hiatus.

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2017-08-25  1830  218.0  AL    Alton (St Louis MO), IL, USA  363 Km
2017-08-25  1830  240.0  CJ    Springfield, IL, USA  256 Km
2017-08-25  1831  251.0  JZY   Macomb, IL, USA  252 Km
2017-08-25  1831  254.0  BOZ  Sterling / Rock Falls, IL, USA  145 Km
2017-08-25  1831  257.0  FWC  Fairfield, IL, USA  377 Km
2017-08-25  1831  263.0  CVM  Alton, IL, USA  362 Km
2017-08-25  1832  272.0  IK     Kankakee, IL, USA  85 Km
2017-08-25  1832  272.0  OLY  Olney-Noble, IL, USA  339 Km
2017-08-25  1832  275.0  DE    Decatur, IL, USA  236 Km
2017-08-25  1832  275.0  RF    Rockford, IL, USA  97 Km
2017-08-25  1832  293.0  UI    Quincy, IL, USA  344 Km
2017-08-25  1832  329.0  AAA  Lincoln, IL, USA  213 Km
2017-08-25  1833  332.0  DN   Danville, IL, USA  172 Km
2017-08-25  1834  350.0  CP   Cahokia / St Louis, IL, USA  400 Km
2017-08-25  1834  356.0  PI     Peoria, IL, USA  186 Km
2017-08-25  1834  365.0  SYZ  Shelbyville, IL, USA  274 Km
2017-08-25  1835  375.0  LQ   Springfield, IL, USA  248 Km
2017-08-25  1835  379.0  UG   Waukegan (Chicago), IL, USA  82 Km
2017-08-25  1937  382.0  MW   Marion, IL, USA  443 Km
2017-08-25  1836  382.0  SP   Springfield, IL, USA  267 Km
2017-08-25  1836  385.0  JD    Belleville, IL, USA  393 Km
2017-08-25  1836  391.0  PLX  Robinson, IL, USA  308 Km
2017-08-26  0206  397.0  CIR  Cairo, IL, USA  534 Km
2017-08-25  1837  400.0  SLO  Salem, IL, USA  356 Km
2017-08-25  1837  407.0  CM   Champaign / Urbana, IL, USA  200 Km

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2017-08-29  1046  266.0  XD    Edmonton, AB, CAN  2303 Km
2017-08-26  0732  281.0  ZSJ   San Salvador (San Salvador Island), , BAH  2334 Km    New
2017-08-28  1041  290.0  YYF   Penticton, BC, CAN  2583 Km
2017-08-26  1007  299.0  TV    Turner Valley, AB, CAN  2245 Km
2017-08-26  0621  309.0  GPI  Guapi, , CLM  4481 Km
2017-08-29  1001  311.0  9Y    Pincher Creek, AB, CAN  2180 Km
2017-08-26  1011  320.0  YQF  Red Deer, AB, CAN  2260 Km
2017-08-26  0957  329.0  YEK  Arviat, NU, CAN  2190 Km
2017-08-29  0402  332.0  FIS   Key West, FL, USA  2001 Km
2017-08-29  1051  332.0  YTE  Cape Dorset, NU, CAN  2607 Km
2017-08-29  0904  338.0  YPX  Puvirnituq, QC, CAN  2165 Km
2017-08-28  1046  344.0  YC   Calgary, AB, CAN  2221 Km
2017-08-26  0619  344.0  YGV  Havre St Pierre, QC, CAN  2099 Km
2017-08-26  0622  350.0  DF    Deer Lake, NL, CAN  2506 Km
2017-08-26  1001  350.0  NY    Enderby, BC, CAN  2556 Km
2017-08-29  0602  350.0  RB    Resolute Bay, NU, CAN  3686 Km
2017-08-29  1006  359.0  YQZ  Quesnel, BC, CAN  2844 Km
2017-08-26  0229  360.0  PN    Port-Menier / Ile Anticosti, QC, CAN  2034 Km
2017-08-29  0951  362.0  YZS  Coral Harbour, NU, CAN  2509 Km
2017-08-29  1051  368.0  SX    Skookum (Cranbrook), BC, CAN  2319 Km
2017-08-28  0937  368.0  ZP    Sandspit, BC, CAN  3465 Km
2017-08-26  0811  369.0  ZDX  Coolidge Saint Johns, , ATG  3710 Km
2017-08-29  0812  378.0  UX    Hall Beach, NU, CAN  3032 Km
2017-08-26  0619  385.0  TKL  Santa Elena Y Flores (Peten), , GTM  2775 Km
2017-08-26  0954  385.0  WL   Williams Lake, BC, CAN  2792 Km
2017-08-28  0249  390.0  JT     Stephenville, NL, CAN  2401 Km
2017-08-26  0158  391.0  DDP  San Juan / Dorado / Luiz Munoz Marin Intl, PR, PTR  3308 Km
2017-08-26  1005  400.0  QQ   Comox, BC, CAN  2969 Km
2017-08-26  1007  406.0  YLJ   Meadow Lake, SK, CAN  2049 Km
2017-08-26  0158  415.0  CBC  West End (Cayman Brac), , CYM  2576 Km

NDBs this report 55  New NDBs 1



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Longwave Loggings / Summer NDB Logs
« on: July 31, 2017, 2352 UTC »
Logs from Downers Grove, Illinois acquired during a recent Coordinated Listening Event.


2017-07-29  0452  370.0  YBV    Berens River, MB, CAN  1359 Km
2017-07-28  1803  371.0  AZ     Austn' Vicksburg, MI, USA  211 Km
2017-07-29  0500  371.0  FQW  Walter Hill' Murfreesboro, TN, USA  661 Km
2017-07-29  0446  371.0  GW    Jarpik Kuujjuarapik, QC, CAN  1678 Km
2017-07-28  1803  371.0  RYV    Rock River' Watertown, WI, USA  167 Km
2017-07-31  0551  372.0  UQN   Onyun' Vidalia, GA, USA  1178 Km
2017-07-29  0501  373.0  2Q     Mont-Laurier, QC, CAN  1138 Km
2017-07-29  0505  373.0  YXK    Rimouski, QC, CAN  1698 Km
2017-07-30  0323  374.0  EE     Tamie' Alexandria, MN, USA  736 Km
2017-07-29  0120  375.0  7B     St Thomas, ON, CAN  581 Km
2017-07-28  1804  375.0  LQ     Licol' Springfield, IL, USA  248 Km
2017-07-29  0515  375.0  OGM  Ontonagon, MI, USA  576 Km
2017-07-30  0522  375.0  SPH   Springhill, LA, USA  1090 Km
2017-07-29  0521  376.0  BHC   Baxley, GA, USA  1226 Km
2017-07-28  1843  376.0  LC     Pickl' Columbus, OH, USA  483 Km
2017-07-29  0448  376.0  YAG    Fort Frances, ON, CAN  882 Km
2017-07-31  0501  377.0  EHA    Elkhart, KS, USA  1301 Km
2017-07-29  0511  377.0  YRR    Greely (Ottawa), ON, CAN  1081 Km
2017-07-29  0141  378.0  RJ      Roberval, QC, CAN  1445 Km
2017-07-29  0453  379.0  BRA   Broad River' Asheville, NC, USA  871 Km
2017-07-29  1002  379.0  DL     Pykla' Duluth, MN, USA  663 Km
2017-07-30  0507  379.0  LRR    Allen Parish' Oakdale, LA, USA  1307 Km
2017-07-29  0159  379.0  MDE   Madeira' Cincinnati, OH, USA  420 Km
2017-07-28  1921  379.0  OW    Tonna' Owatonna, MN, USA  487 Km
2017-07-28  1805  379.0  UG     Wauke' Waukegan (Chicago), IL, USA  82 Km
2017-07-31  0541  380.0  GC     Deryk' Gillette, WY, USA  1449 Km
2017-07-31  0542  380.0  OEL   Oakley, KS, USA  1119 Km
2017-07-31  0547  381.0  MNI   Manning, SC, USA  1140 Km
2017-07-28  1805  381.5  SJX    St James' Beaver Island, MI, USA  480 Km
2017-07-30  0354  382.0  7P     Iroquois Falls, ON, CAN  964 Km
2017-07-28  1805  382.0  IRS    Sturgis, MI, USA  215 Km
2017-07-29  0451  382.0  MW    Jonny' Marion, IL, USA  443 Km
2017-07-30  0316  382.0  XU     London, ON, CAN  581 Km
2017-07-29  0449  382.0  YPL    Pickle Lake, ON, CAN  1089 Km
2017-07-30  0337  383.0  CNP   Chappell, NE, USA  1205 Km

NDBs this report 35  New NDBs 0



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HF Beacons / M Beacon 13528.4 1758 UTC 5Jul17
« on: July 05, 2017, 2010 UTC »
Popped up to very solid level for a cupla minutes

14
Longwave Loggings / Spring 2017 NDB Logs
« on: April 25, 2017, 1535 UTC »
Logs acquired during a Coordinated Listening Event this past weekend.  Moderate to high storm noise and very sticky props made this an extremely challenging event.  A very poor showing from our friends to the North.

2017-04-23  0641  335.0  AWS  Columbus, GA, USA  1086 Km
2017-04-22  0532  335.0  BK     Brookings, SD, USA  780 Km
2017-04-22  0421  335.0  BV     Batesville, AR, USA  751 Km
2017-04-21  1843  335.0  LUK   Cincinnati, OH, USA  426 Km
2017-04-24  0802  335.0  MK     Marion, VA, USA  797 Km
2017-04-22  0254  335.0  YLD   Chapleau, ON, CAN  763 Km
2017-04-22  0216  335.0  ZKF    Kitchener (Wellington), ON, CAN  663 Km
2017-04-22  0636  336.0  BV     Champlain, QC, CAN  1446 Km
2017-04-24  0753  336.0  LF     La Salle, MB, CAN  1132 Km
2017-04-22  0351  336.0  MA    Cadillac, MI, USA  341 Km
2017-04-22  1010  337.0  FF     Fergus Falls, MN, USA  810 Km
2017-04-24  0616  338.0  CYR   Cairo, GA, USA  1260 Km
2017-04-22  0224  338.0  DE     Detroit, MI, USA  414 Km
2017-04-22  1031  338.0  HR     Harlingen, TX, USA  1932 Km
2017-04-21  1845  338.0  LM     St Louis, MO, USA  388 Km
2017-04-24  0807  338.0  RYN   Tucson, AZ, USA  2306 Km
2017-04-23  0642  338.0  SHL   Sheldon, IA, USA  663 Km
2017-04-23  0617  338.0  TT     Stuttgart, AR, USA  863 Km
2017-04-21  1845  338.0  UMP   Indianapolis, IN, USA  265 Km
2017-04-22  0233  338.0  ZEM   Eastmain, QC, CAN  1367 Km
2017-04-23  0537  339.0  OP     Thomaston, GA, USA  1040 Km
2017-04-22  0223  340.0  GN     Lexington, KY, USA  506 Km
2017-04-24  0923  340.0  JES    Jessup, GA, USA  1262 Km
2017-04-22  0213  340.0  YY     Mont Joli, QC, CAN  1718 Km
2017-04-22  0237  341.0  CCJ    Springfield, OH, USA  417 Km
2017-04-21  1854  341.0  CQN   Chattanooga, TN, USA  780 Km
2017-04-21  1851  341.0  DB     Dubuque, IA, USA  222 Km
2017-04-24  0532  341.0  DNI    Denison, TX, USA  1168 Km
2017-04-23  0741  341.0  FO     Fort Dodge, IA, USA  523 Km
2017-04-23  0611  341.0  OIN   Oberlin, KS, USA  1075 Km
2017-04-24  0516  341.0  OW   Owensboro, KY, USA  466 Km
2017-04-21  1850  341.0  SB    South Bend, IN, USA  153 Km
2017-04-22  0220  341.0  YYU   Kapuskasing, ON, CAN  958 Km
2017-04-24  0532  342.0  PFT   Pinecreek, MN, USA  1012 Km
2017-04-22  0346  344.0  BKU   Baker, MT, USA  1394 Km
2017-04-23  0602  344.0  IWJ   Blakely, GA, USA  1186 Km
2017-04-22  0332  344.0  JA     Jacksonville, FL, USA  1376 Km
2017-04-23  0722  344.0  SKB   Wichita Falls, TX, USA  1276 Km
2017-04-23  0821  344.0  TKH   Vicksburg, LA, USA  1095 Km
2017-04-21  1859  344.0  UNU   Juneau, WI, USA  193 Km
2017-04-23  0631  346.0  VU     Albemarle, NC, USA  986 Km
2017-04-22  0251  346.0  YXL    Sioux Lookout, ON, CAN  974 Km
2017-04-22  0301  347.0  AFK    Nebraska City, NE, USA  669 Km
2017-04-23  0746  347.0  ATA    Atlanta, TX, USA  1107 Km
2017-04-23  0617  347.0  YK     Yankton, SD, USA  771 Km
2017-04-22  0617  348.0  MC     Mason City, IA, USA  455 Km
2017-04-23  0622  349.0  AAF    Apalachicola, FL, USA  1367 Km
2017-04-23  0606  349.0  GW     Greenwood, MS, USA  927 Km

NDBs this report 48  New NDBs 0

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QSLs Received / Rave On Radio eQSL
« on: April 25, 2017, 0210 UTC »
Just received from ROR; thanks Rave On!


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