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Thank you very much for your note...
Yes, the amount of RF noise generated is the main problem with many of
the entertainment grade MP3 players... great for their intended uses, but
almost impossible for us to use. That is why actual field
experiences of other DXers like us are so important.
You are the third person (and the second actual user) to speak highly of
the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 recorder. I googled that unit...they must be
at the end of that model in the Sony line. I noticed some prices
just above $50.00. An excellent price, since people seem to be able
to use this unit when DXing Barefoot.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER GOOD OR BAD RECOMMENDATIONS OUT THERE FOR >$150
AUDIO RECORDERS TO USE WITH ULTRALIGHTS???
At 01:50 PM 2/1/2009 -0500, you wrote:
Many of the older Samsung MP3 players that had built-in FM radios would
do line-in recordings via a 1/8 inch "ENC" input jack. I have
two models, the YP-MT6 and YP-T7 that I picked up cheap on eBay. The
issue I had with them was the amount of RF noise they generated, which
could not always be reduced by seperating the radio from the recorder.
But if one can find them cheap, it's worth experimenting.
I have, however, successfully recorded audio from my ULR's using the Sony
ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder. The Sony recorder weighs less than 2 oz.,
has 1GB memory, records at 128 kbps stereo and has a line-in jack that
can intelligently take either an external microphone or the line out
direct from the radio - no transformers or impedance adapters needed. I
plug a stereo splitter from Radio Shack into the headphone jack of the
radio and run my headphones out of one side and a stereo patch cable to
the Sony out of the other.
The Sony is absolutely the perfect mini-DX recorder - it auto-names the
files including the date, and has a USB
plug to transfer the recorded MP3 files to the computer directly from the
recorder. All I have to do is
write down the order of the recordings and I can match the times and
frequencies up later.
The Sony introduces a little noise on AM but if I separate it from the
radio by a foot or two of cable, and
move it with respect to the antenna, the noise drops to almost nothing.
It's available for around $80 direct from Sony or other online sources,
so it comes close to your price range.
On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 10:25 PM, John H. Bryant
- Thanks to all who responded to the initial plea for the experience
- folks who have successfully recorded audio from Ultralights.
- people replied via the group, others directly to me.... In
- case, they were really helpful.
- Unfortunately, most of the replies dealt with fairly
- semi-professional solid state recorders. HAS ANYONE HAD
- USING ONE OF THE MANY MP3 PLAYERS as an audio recorder for
- ULtralights.... things that run in the $50 to $75 dollar range,
- least at close-out??? If you've had success, please let me know
- that I can include such valuable experience in the almost finished
- John B.