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Author Topic: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns  (Read 775 times)

Offline Teotwaki

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Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2022, 1624 UTC »
When I'm lying in the bunk of the campervan in a remote location, there's definitely something magical associated with receiving the signals from these distant (and probably also remote) beacons. I know I don't need to explain that kind of magic to you!

I was planning to head up to Silverton. A fellow camper was sending videos and pictures of the free camping locations there, and it looked beautiful. He sent me a video of a moose that was just 20 or 30 feet from their campsite. I had a fuel pump issue though and, by the time it was fixed, decided to head east into Utah instead. I do intend to make it to Silverton one day though.

Utah has an awesome array of great areas: Moab, Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Grand Staircase. A few weeks ago I was deep into the Maze District and could hear DW there.
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Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2022, 2350 UTC »
Hello Dave

Thanks for  sharing your mobile DX. I have a Belka DX too, and it's an absolutely amazing little box (though the telescoping whip flopping around is a bit annoying, but..... )

Utah is great. How's listening there?
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Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2022, 0526 UTC »
syfr - yes, the Belka-DX is a very handy little radio. There are quite a few birdies throughout the spectrum but other than that, the performance for such a small receiver is excellent. As for the telescopic whip flopping around, there are 2 solutions that I know of. The first is to gently bend the lugs in the BNC jack, as shown in this video -

https://youtu.be/93Az-Y92yf0

The second is to fabricate a support bracket, details of which can be seen by joining the FB group called, "Belka DX Users" and performing a search for "antenna".

Other than listening for specific beacons, I haven't done any general SWL'ing while here in Utah yet. I need to rectify that!
« Last Edit: June 20, 2022, 0528 UTC by Dave Richards »
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Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2022, 2235 UTC »
Ive taken the narrow gauge up to Silverton many yrs ago. Timelessly beautiful country.

Kiwsdr x 2. TenTec Paragon/NRD535