Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
My DT-400W arrived yesterday. Wow! The MW sensitivity is indeed
fantastic throughout the entire band. I'm a little disappointed with
the selectivity but I don't have anything similar to compare it to
(except a Sangean DT-110, which is on the turkey list and rightfully
so) so maybe I'm expecting too much. I have five locals within seven
miles (three are only a little over one mile away) but none are more
than 1 KW at night.
I can walk to the beach but I don't know anybody in California looking
for TP's so I don't know if hearing any from here (Santa Barbara) is
even feasible. I'd like suggestions on which frequencies I'd be the
most likely to find TP's on.
Are a stock DT-400W and a stock E100 even in the same league or fair
to compare to each other? I'm still thinking about getting one but I'm
hesitant because the MW on my E10 isn't that great. It was refurbished
so maybe that's why it was returned but it isn't aligned properly.
Gary has offered to have a look at it so maybe I'll let him. I guess
if I want an E100 I'd better get it while the single conversion type
is still available.
What type of batteries are you guys using? A friend says his SRF-59
isn't great with NiMH's but is really great with alkalines. I use
NiMH's in radios that charge them internally (Kaito KA1103 and E10)
and alkalines in everything else. Maybe my E10 would work better with
Thanks again to Gary for all of his hard work and imagination.
--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:
morning of DXing on the ocean beach, I couldn't wait to try out thethree top
performers from the Summertime Shootout-- the DT-400W, a modifiedE100, and
the tiny SRF-S84. I was especially interested in seeing how theDT-400W would
compete against the previous "sensitivity king," the SRF-T615.very pricey
compared to the DT-400W (about $120 including shipping compared toabout
$55). So how did these two perform in an actual DXpeditionenvironment? Well,
the two were similar on the low frequencies, and both could receiveJOAK-594,
JOIB-747 and JOUB-774 without too much trouble. HLCA-972 was slightlyHLAZ-1566 and
VOA Thailand-1575, the DT-400W was really superior, makingcrystal-clear mp3's
of both stations (that the SRF-T615 had at a pretty weak level).The stock
DT-400W was able to produce an mp3 of an ID from VOA-1575 (7,200miles) that
sounded like a local, and I'll try to upload the recording to theDX "countries" in one
early morning (Canada, USA, Mexico, Hawaii (KPUA-670), Japan, S.Korea, and
very fanatical sensitivity and selectivity improvements, so it'snot fair to
compare it to a stock Ultralight. During this trip to Grayland, itreceived
North Korea-657, China-1593 and a presumed Taiwan-738, which wouldbe its 22nd
TP catch. Developed here in Washington state together with JohnBryant and
Guy Atkins, this extremely effective E100 will be the subject of somethese "secret DX
its first TP with a reception of JOUB-774. When properly aligned(for free, by
me), this ridiculously small Ultralight has performance that canmake even a
paltry propagation morning seem like an absolute blast.before,
just take a few top-rated Ultralights to an ocean beach... andyou'll be
shocked and thrilled along with the rest of us.