Re: C.Crane Skywave Vs. XHDATA D-808... 1 kHz DSP Audio Shootout

Gary DeBock

Thanks to all who have provided their opinion on the choice of 1 kHz DSP audio between the CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808 portables. Because the "voting" was done in two different sites (IRCA and Ultralight), for those interested, the final "score" was 5 in favor of the CC Skywave (Steve, Jim, Nick, Craig and yours truly) and 3 in favor of the XHDATA D-808 (Dave, Gord and Michael). The close voting confirms that these two portables have roughly similar performance in this aspect.

In the "extreme sport" of all-out transoceanic DXing with inexpensive portables, the odds are stacked against you, and you need every possible advantage from your modest radio and antenna. In a place like the Pacific Northwest there is strong domestic splatter next to almost every transoceanic DX frequency, and without effective 1 kHz DSP filtering (despite its "muffled" audio side effects) you are pretty much out of luck in chasing anything more than the "big gun" Asians. You are pretty much "stuck" in the 1 kHz DSP setting if you want to try out this "extreme sport," and also "stuck" with the audio that your portable provides in this setting. As such, you need to choose the radio that provides the best possible audio in an actual weak-signal transoceanic DXing situation-- which is why I set up this real-world comparison using the somewhat dicey 837-Harbin signal. Thanks again to all who participated!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA


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