Dave Schmarder's 2006 Crystal Set Contest Entry

2006 crystal set contest setup

My location:   N 42 15 3    W 76 57 5, Beaver Dams, NY 14812


Dave's 63rd Crystal Set Page

Hobby Class Entry

Crystal radio schematic

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Jan 11,2006 Just getting set up. Put radio in position and connected the antenna and ground. Gave a brief test before starting this page. Just getting in the mood. I plan on updating this several times a day during the contest during my ear recovery rest periods. For several reasons, I decided to enter this years contest in the hobby class. I am also entering the loop contest too. This will keep me busy enough. Last year, I spent too much time on the open class, and not enough time with my loop.

Jan 14,2006 At first I was wondering how a newly built and mostly untested radio would work. I got up early on Friday morning so I could get on at the top of the hour. After the first day I am assured that my new radio is a dx hound.

Jan 15,2006 Where are the Cubans? Sure liked those big points last year. Had a good dx night last night. Using my experience on the AM band, I was able to maximize my loggings. That is, I knew when I should hear a particular station, and until that time came around, I went elsewhere. My 100 station goal was reached. When I started, I didn't think I would get that far. The next 20 stations will be based on luck and being on the right frequency at the right time.

Jan 16,2006 Just a few comments before going to bed. I have found the selectivity control (differential capacitor) to work rather well in conjunction with the tracking trimmer capacitor. I can hear the selectivity sharpen (loss of high audio frequencies) as I turn the control. The sensitivity goes down at the same time. It is easy to find a balance. Still not many Cuban stations. I heard a couple, but nothing worth writing. 119 stations received. I better raise my goal. It is getting difficult now. I found the grayline is my friend. During this light to dark period is when I am picking up all time new stations.

Jan 18,2006 Not much to hear last night. It is getting down to finding the ones that slipped through. I can't complain as I have heard a lot of never before heard stations. Heard a 41 watt in CT tonight. Heard a Cuban tonight well enough to enter in my log. Back to the headphones.

Jan 20,2006Nearly to the end. I was going to do the loop entry. My dads big loop is in the middle of my living room. I spent too much time on the hobby class entry. Guess I will wait until next year. I want to make a 6 foot loop for the next effort. I had one duplicate logging but otherwise the entry looks good.

Jan 23,2006 It's all over now! I did ok this year. I did much better than I expected I would. The band conditions were ok but not real wonderful. Very little aurora activity. A couple of nights the band was just weak. In a few weeks, I plan on using my #63 multi radio in the 1AD contest. This time it will be with a 1625 and two coils, the full Monty.

Description

Hobby Class
660/46 litz coil and one dual gang tuning capacitor.
differential coupling capacitor
FO-215 Diode Detector
Sound powered headphones
Antenna length: 40 meters, up 3 - 4 meters running east to west.
Parallel LC wave trap (pictured on left).

Entry
#   Time(UTC) Call  Freq  Location   Distance(km) Power(kW)  Points 
Jan 13
---   ----   ----   ----  --------------   ----     --.-     ----       
001   1200   CFLO    610  Mont-Laurier,QU   492      1       1640  
002   1202   WFAN    660  New York, NY      305     50        646 
003   1303    WLW    700  Cincinnai, OH     736     50       1487
004   1205    WGN    720  Chicago, IL       914     50       1944
005   1206    WJR    760  Detroit, MI       516     50       1098
006   1207   WABC    770  New York, NY      284     50        604
007   1208   CKLW    800  Windsor, ON       499     50       1062
008   1210   WWLZ    820  Horseheads, NY     14      4.1      200
009   1213   CHML    900  Hamilton, ON      285     50        607
010   1215   WCBS    880  New York, NY      305     50        650
011   1222   CINW    940  Montreal, QU      436     50        928 
012   1228   WINS   1010  New York, NY      286     50        609
013   1230   CFRB   1010  Toronto, ON       259     50        551
014   1231   KDKA   1020  Pittsburgh, PA    313     50        666
015   1232   WLNL   1000  Horseheads, NY     14      5        200
016   1233    WBZ   1030  Boston, MA        500     50       1064
017   1233    ?     1030  (spanish)                           200
018   1234    KYW   1060  Philadelphia, PA  278     50        592 
019   1236   WBAL   1090  Baltimore, MD     320     50        681
020   1237   WTAM   1100  Cleveland, OH     402     50        856
021   1239   WPIE   1160  Ithaca, NY         38      5        200
022   1240   WWVA   1170  Wheeling, WV      302     50        643
023   1247   WAGE   1200  Leesburg, VA      352      5        952
024   2105   WEHH   1600  Horseheads, NY     18      5        200  
025   2106   WFLR   1570  Dundee, NY         33      5        200
026   2106   WTYX   1490  Watkins Glen, NY   13       .4      200
027   2108   WNYY   1470  Ithaca, NY         42      5        200
028   2109   WENI   1450  Corning, NY        17      1        200
029   2109   WELM   1410  Elmira, NY         19      5        200
030   2110   WABH   1380  Bath, NY           27      2.5      200
031   2111   WCBA   1350  Corning, NY        17      1        200
032   2113   WHHO   1320  Hornell, NY        60      5        200
033   2114   WNBF   1290  Binghamton, NY     90      9.3      200
034   2115   WENY   1230  Elmira, NY         24      1        200
035   2123   WATS    960  Sayre, PA          47      5        200
036   2125   WHCU    870  Ithaca, NY         31      5        200
037   2127   WHEN    620  Syracuse, NY      112      5        303
038   2134   WINR    680  Binghamton, NY     92      5        341
039   2149   WCDL   1440  Carbondale, PA    144      5        389   
040   2153   WWKB   1520  Buffalo, NY       165     50        352 
041   2155   WQEW   1560  New York, NY      305     50        649
042   2200   WWRU   1660  Jersey City, NJ   288     10        720
043   2208   WTTM   1680  Princeton, NJ     279      1        930           
044   2210   WDSS   1680  Ada, MI           700       .68    2471       
045   2216   WWRL   1600  New York, NY      290      5        784
046   2236   WPTX   1690  Lexington Pk,MD   442      1       1473
047   2245   WTOP   1500  Washington, DC    357     50        759
048   2305   WICK   1400  Scranton, PA      141      1        470
049   2319   WXXI   1370  Rochester, NY     107      5        289 
050   2326   WNJC   1360  Vineland, NJ      314       .8     1082
051   2332   WNNJ   1360  Newton, NJ        228       .32     910
Jan 14
052   0023   CINF    690  Montreal, QU      436     50        928
053   0025   CKAC    730  Montreal, QU      434     50        923 
054   0025   CHWO    740  Toronto, ON       276     50        587
055   0028   CKRS    590  Jonquiere, QU     816      5       2206  
056   0029   WICC    600  Bridgeport, CT    337       .5     1248
057   0030   WMAL    630  Washington, DC    224      5        605
058   0032    WOR    710  New York, NY      288     50        613
059   0057   CHTX    990  Montreal, QU      426     50        907
060   0101   WMVP   1000  Chicago, IL       912     50       1941
061   0105   WEPN   1050  New York, NY      289     50        615
062   0107   WTIC   1080  Harford, CT       365     50        737
063   0108    WBT   1110  Charlotte, NC     862     50       1834
064   0110   WBBR   1130  New York, NY      290     50        626
065   0136   WPHT   1210  Philadelphia, PA  301     50        641
066   0234   WHKT   1650  Portsmouth, VA    608      1       2026 
067   0238   WCKY   1530  Cincinnati, OH    736     50       1566
068   0325   WHKW   1220  Cleveland, OH     651     50       1385
069   0326   CFGO   1200  Ottawa, ON        351     50        746
070   0400   WBYN   1160  Lehighton         191      1        637  
071   0406   WRVA   1140  Richmond, VA      540     50       1148
072   1354    CBE   1550  Windsor, ON       541     10       1352
073   1357   WNSW   1430  Newark, NK        283      5        765
074   2310   CFCH    600  North Bay, ON     480      5       1304  
075   2320    WIP    610  Philadelphia, PA  307      5        830
076   2323   WBBM    780  Chicago, IL       913     50       1943
077   2325    WGY    810  Schenectady, NY   248     50        528
078   2327   WHAS    840  Louisville, KY    844     50       1796
079   2333   WYLF    850  Dundee, NY         48       .045    200
080   2337   CJBC    860  Toronto, ON       276     50        587
081   2346   CKOC   1070  Sardinia, ON      435     10       1112
082   2359   WLIB   1190  New York, NY      289     30        641
Jan 15
083   0003   WOWO   1190  Ft. Wayne, IN     712      9.8     1783
084   0011   CJBK   1290  London, ON        357     10        892
085   0036   WJAS   1320  Pittsburgh, PA    320      5        865 
086   0100   WFNN   1330  Erie, PA          255      5        689
087   0121   WHKZ   1440  Warren, OH        345      5        933
088   0200   KXEL   1540  Waterloo, IA     1262     50       2686
089   0215    WHO   1040  Des Moines, IA   1355     50       2884
090   0239    WSM    650  Nashville, TN    1096     50       2333
091   0300   CFMJ    640  Richmond Hill, ON 227     50        483
092   0304   WWJZ    640  Mt. Holley, NJ    313       .95    1051
093   0340    RVC    530  Grand Turk Is.   2306    100       4612 
094   0345    ?      530                                      200
095   0430   WFIL    560  Philadelphia, PA  278      5        751
096   0440   WSCR    670  Chicago, IL       918     50       1953
097   0448   KMOX   1120  St. Louis, MO    1174     50       2498
098   0500   WEAE   1250  Pittsburgh, PA    325      5        878
099   0504    WLS    890  Chicago, IL       904     50       1925
100   0544   CKNX    920  Wingham, ON       399      1       1330
101   0613   WADO   1280  New York, NY      287      7.2      744
102   1258   WSYR    570  Syracuse, NY      105      5        284 
103   1305   WHAM   1180  Rochester, NY     112     50        238
104   2134   CFOS    560  Owen Sound, ON    408      5       1103
105   2146   CFCO    630  Chatham, ON       438     10       1095
106   2236   WOYK   1350  York, PA          258      1        860
107   2300   WJFK   1300  Baltimore, MD     325      5        878
108   1805   WERE   1300  Cleveland, OH     410      5       1108
Jan 16
109   0338    WSB    750  Atlanta, GA      1096     50       2232
110   2132   WCHB   1200  Taylor, MI        525     50       1117
111   2138    WHP    580  Harrisburg, PA    217      5        587
112   2139   CFRA    580  Ottawa, ON        343     50        730
113   2144   WNNZ    640  Westfiled, MA     346     50        736
114   2150   WKDL    730  Alexandria, VA    501      8       1284
115   2157   CIGM    790  Sudbury, ON       562     50       1196
116   2200   WTEM    980  Washington, DC    366      5        989 
117   2204   WKOK   1070  Sunbury, PA       153      1        510
118   2210   WDZY   1290  Col. Hts., VA     556       .041   3447
Jan 17 
119   2146   WKRT    920  Cortland, NY       74      1        247
Jan 19
120   0120   CMLC    710  Victoria Tun CU  2372     10       5930
121   0141   WIZR    930  Johnstown, NY     228       .028   1575
122   0154   WMRD   1150  Middletown, CT    228       .046   1371
123   0323   WWZN   1510  Boston, MA        473     50       1006
124   0333    WHK   1420  Cleveland, OH     403      5       1089
125   0347   WMID   1340  Atlantic Ciry NJ  383       .89    1298
126   0445   CMEA    570  Santa Clara, CU  2218     30       4954 
127   0453   WLIE    540  Islip, NY         383       .22    1365
128   2205   WPTF    680  Raleigh, NC       735     50       1564
Jan 20
129   0129    WWL    870  New Orleans, LA  1814     50       3860 
130   0153   WBEN    930  Buffalo, NY       183      5        494 
131   0205   WEAV    960  Plattsburgh, NY   383      5       1035
132   1805   WSFW   1110  Seneca Falls, NY   75      1        251 
133   2210   WKCW   1420  Warrenton, VA     409       .06    2300
Jan 21
134   0200   WFBR   1590  Glen Burnie, MD   343      1       1143              
Jan 22 
135   2250   WENE   1430  Endicott, NY       78      5        211
Jan 23 
136   0211   CHIN   1540  Toronto, ON       249     30        556
             
   
Claimed Score ------------------------------------------    143190
Statiions heard: 136
Stations ID    : 134
Stations NO ID :   2