You have it right !!! I'm in SouthWest Connecticut. Down here you can get all the HD hssssssssssssssss from New York City. I'm just far enough away to avoid most as most NYC stations actually in New Jersey as to antennas except WFAN 660/WCBS 880.
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I have not been doing serious listening but mostly just using a car radio. Of coarse it's nice and sensitive but no way to null out allot of stuff.
I have been just re-stocking myself with some modern radios after being away from AM BCB DX for a long time.
I sit on allot of old stuff but some is getting ancient.
Boom-Box. I forget the model. It sits in Wal-Mart now. At least here it stunk. I could not even get 1260 Westport, Ct. and WNLK 1350 Norwalk, Ct. which are locals. Probably the FM I got WEBE 107.9 with it's 50kw almost next to me. It just seems the radios get worse not better.
Digital ? I think it even made it's own noise on that Boom-Box.
The old GE SuperRadio PLUS with digital--- The digital made some noise but it was not much. A signal would cover it up if strong enough.
G8 audio ? I find it lacking. Down here it'd hard to understand for example WHYN 560 and WTAG 580 and WPRO 630. The G5 much better at that. (Days)
That Sangean PR-D5P the above perfectly listenable.
Some might be selectivity in my 'higher' rf area.
Then to sound cheerful it's probably a new batch of Sangean PR-D5P from China and everybody will say---this stinks !!!
o-boom boxes ? The population might carry it out to the country when 'they get away' and uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ? where are the radio stations ?
So enuff. Have fun.
Logged a new one tonight. 1220 CJUN Cornwall,Ont. Probably common but can't remember hearing it.
--- In ultralightdx@..., "farmerik" <farmerik@...> wrote:
I am not sure any boombox was made for DXing, but rather made to play local music stations LOUD.So the money went into the speakers and amp, and the tape transport first. I have a SONY ICF-F10S, and it costs less than $50 and sounds pretty good, but is not a DX machine either.
I like the G8's ability to clearly hear the audio, without much interference, on a good number of AM stations. But without an external antenna, it's not for DXing. FM is extremely good though, and I can find quite a bit on SW from major broadcasters.
I noticed you hear the same local stations as I do, so you can't be far away from North East CT.
Sangean made a large part of my pile of dead digital radios, so I have been avoiding them. I'll have to look up that one you like. I am leaning toward analog when ever I can get it for AM and SW broadcasts. That's why I got the SONY. For SSB, as far as I know all modern portable sets are digital, which is fine as long as they work.
The new Analog AM FM radio expected from CCrane [?Sangean?] does sound interesting. I hope it is reliable and works well.
I enjoy almost all my radios, but each one I like is good at different things. - FARMERIK
--- In ultralightdx@..., "terribly wet" <zz4@> wrote:
Once if in a rural area one could pick up a GE Super-Radio at many places.
I don't know what they do now.
I'd swear anything bought out of a retail store (not internet) in 2010 is terrible. Even FM you might be lucky to get a couple of your strongest stations.
Those charts where they show AM Coverage ? maybe if your in the strongest area of alleged signal coverage you might get the AM station.
I just tried the Sony BoomBox that is being sold in many stores including Wal-Mart. The $49.99 thing. It has direct recording from the radio with a built in tape recorder. Wonderful until I found the receiver was a dud. Pay $50 and no receiver ?
As said I like the Grundig G8. The AM section on mine is not the best but alternative radios in 2010 ?
Radio Shack (bless me) had a clearance on the Grundig G5 at $39.99. I found 2 left and bought them. I found both were used 're-packaged' (sold as new) and one simply did not work. I was able to return that.
I made an earlier post wondering about Grundig warranties. It seems there is none unless someone says otherwise. All I got is 'nonsense' by email and telephone.
Taking a walk in the woods I compared the G5 and G8. The G5 is better as to picking up weak AM signals.(540-1700) At least it gets some weak ones days that the G8 there is nothing there.
The best radio I have reviewed at same time is the Sangean PR-D5P. It picks up the weak ones the Grundig's struggle for and it is perfectly listenable. ya know...here...560 WHYN 580 WTAG 630 WPRO etc. WBZ 1030 perfectly listenable on the Sangean and listenable on the G5 but difficult to understand anything on the G8.
As said I like the DT-400W but wish more uumph into the speaker.
For FM to me digital is necessary. I seem to know where I am on the AM dial but FM ? grrr 95.1 96.7 88.6 grrr don't know
I think that G8 is worth $25. Have a back-up !!! I wish I got the $5 off bargain. (where is it ?)
The Sony ICF-38 is regular $25 and does not have the features of the G8. I just like that because it sounds better but could be better as to sensitivity. ---but a radio from Walgreens (I mean a local big-box store radio if they have any)?
Radio Shack has some new ULTRA-RANGE portable. I never hear of anybody that tried it. I never had much luck with Radio Shack. There was once a popular Radio Shack TRF ? Radio. Buy some extras. They fall to pieces.
I'd assume many of these modern Chinese radios 'fall to pieces' or go into electrical dysfunction but----------- (any choice ?)
Excuse my departure from Ultra-Light conversation. (G8 ?)
--- In ultralightdx@..., "Powell E. Way III" <w4opw@> wrote:
The DT-400W is the little yellow one. It has an OK FM and excellent AM. It's not quite as good as the G8. The FM on the G8 is amazing. The G8 can play a lot
louder than the DT-400W because of a larger speaker. The DT-400 also has an
EXCELLENT weather band.
Don't buy any of that drug store garbage.....
POP email is powell at backroads DOT net
From: terribly wet <zz4@>
The problem is I guess 'plenty' that might be better. That Sangean ? DT44 ??????
-the yellow one- is better...
My G8 is not 'hot' on AM but beats some consumer junk from a big box store. At
night there must be something on every channel (if in a place like NE USA) but
daytime sensitivity is not dynamite. The audio is often hard to understand. (at
least from the speaker)