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Rare DX

Paul Blundell
 

Recently I was talking with an old friend (who is an active amateur operator) and my interest in ultralight DXing came up. He was keen on this and to him it sounds like a very interesting hobby and a possible extension of this SOTA activities.

What he asked and this got me thinking is what do we (as a hobby) consider rare DX? In the amateur radio world, this can be defined easily by various countries being less / non active on the air or the use of various modes / power levels (QRP). For somebody to say X is rare DX, what criteria can we use? Do we allow for things like stations being off the air which then allows another station to be heard in their place? What about those areas without / limited MW broadcasters, do you consider this is an advantage to those DX'ers?

I don't have the answers, just a mind that does not stop thinking.

Paul 


New Zealand Frequency Listing

Paul Blundell
 

What is the more up to date / confirmed list of New Zealand stations? I have the below link, is this still the best source?
http://www.radioheritage.net/NZRG.asp?band=AM&lorder=F


Re: AR-1733 Fault

Paul Blundell
 

You should be ok. My AR1780 was solid.


On Tue., 24 Nov. 2020, 04:59 Gord Seifert, <gks61711@...> wrote:

  Hope that does not effect the AR-1780! Just had one arrive yesterday and am pretty impressed. It seems just as good as either the PL-310et or the Eton Satellit Grundig Edition in reception. The AGC is far better than that in theTecsun where it is way too slow to keep up with fluttery fading. Also the bandwidth filters seem much more usable than those in the Tecsun where they seem to accentuate the high pitched background hiss. Audio is better than the Tecsun but not as good as the Satellit. The SSB is far better than the Satellit's. In the Satellit it is mainly useless for use on a normal signal to select one sideband or the other to avoid interference from a nearby signal. The AR-1780's SSB is very useful for that. Exremely stable! And the separate fine tuning wheel is wonderful. With SSB, on it is just like the extremely fine tuning of the Satellit, plus or minus very small amounts, which should be excellent for a true SSB signal. WIth SSB off, the fine tuning is in 1kHz steps so you almost never need to chose between fast and slow on the main tuning knob. ATS works but is not near as useful as in either of the others. There is no provision for deleting, copying or pasting a frequency that I can find. Do a scan and you need to keep your eyes on it since it just flashes up a message that it is saving something into a particular slot. If you miss the message you won't know how many frequencies it saved. You can not browse through saved frequencies with the tuning knob like you can with the PL-380et. You need to press 0 through 9 and then switch to another page and again press 0 through 9 again to scan through them. But least there are 10 slots per page, a bit more sensible than the Satellit where a page has seven slots. Nice radio! I would not like to see it die like the AR-1733 seems to do.

  Regards,
  Gord


Re: AR-1733 Fault

Paul Blundell
 

I have owned a few of these and this is the first one that has done this.

Paul

On Mon., 23 Nov. 2020, 22:56 Michael.2E0IHW via groups.io, <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
The same happened to mine. I was happy with it until then...
Before donating it to landfill, I will probably tear it apart and
see if any bits can be recycled. Maybe the speaker...

Michael UK

On 23/11/2020 10:25, Paul Blundell wrote:
Over the weekend, my AR-1733 died. The display went off, thinking it was flat batteries I swapped these over, this made no difference.

Today I returned it to Jaycar, they have seen this before, if the batteries go dead flat, they can lock up and even with new batteries they won't work.

End rest is a new radio which does work. If you have one of these, please keep this in mind.

Paul



Re: AR-1733 Fault

Paul Blundell
 

I guess you don't let them go dead flat or remove the batteries before this happens.

Paul

On Mon., 23 Nov. 2020, 22:39 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
That's a crazy bug, as batteries go flat oftenly. How do you avoid that? 

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2020 11:25:22 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Over the weekend, my AR-1733 died. The display went off, thinking it was flat batteries I swapped these over, this made no difference.

Today I returned it to Jaycar, they have seen this before, if the batteries go dead flat, they can lock up and even with new batteries they won't work.

End rest is a new radio which does work. If you have one of these, please keep this in mind.

Paul


Re: AR-1733 Fault

Gord Seifert
 


  Hope that does not effect the AR-1780! Just had one arrive yesterday and am pretty impressed. It seems just as good as either the PL-310et or the Eton Satellit Grundig Edition in reception. The AGC is far better than that in theTecsun where it is way too slow to keep up with fluttery fading. Also the bandwidth filters seem much more usable than those in the Tecsun where they seem to accentuate the high pitched background hiss. Audio is better than the Tecsun but not as good as the Satellit. The SSB is far better than the Satellit's. In the Satellit it is mainly useless for use on a normal signal to select one sideband or the other to avoid interference from a nearby signal. The AR-1780's SSB is very useful for that. Exremely stable! And the separate fine tuning wheel is wonderful. With SSB, on it is just like the extremely fine tuning of the Satellit, plus or minus very small amounts, which should be excellent for a true SSB signal. WIth SSB off, the fine tuning is in 1kHz steps so you almost never need to chose between fast and slow on the main tuning knob. ATS works but is not near as useful as in either of the others. There is no provision for deleting, copying or pasting a frequency that I can find. Do a scan and you need to keep your eyes on it since it just flashes up a message that it is saving something into a particular slot. If you miss the message you won't know how many frequencies it saved. You can not browse through saved frequencies with the tuning knob like you can with the PL-380et. You need to press 0 through 9 and then switch to another page and again press 0 through 9 again to scan through them. But least there are 10 slots per page, a bit more sensible than the Satellit where a page has seven slots. Nice radio! I would not like to see it die like the AR-1733 seems to do.

  Regards,
  Gord


Re: AR-1733 Fault

Michael.2E0IHW
 

The same happened to mine. I was happy with it until then...
Before donating it to landfill, I will probably tear it apart and
see if any bits can be recycled. Maybe the speaker...

Michael UK

On 23/11/2020 10:25, Paul Blundell wrote:
Over the weekend, my AR-1733 died. The display went off, thinking it was flat batteries I swapped these over, this made no difference.

Today I returned it to Jaycar, they have seen this before, if the batteries go dead flat, they can lock up and even with new batteries they won't work.

End rest is a new radio which does work. If you have one of these, please keep this in mind.

Paul



Sangean DT-120 / SR-35 / DT-800

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi, 
I saw by chance an informal review about the Sangean DT-120. I also found some references to these others: DT-800 and SR-35. Have you tested any of these regarding selectivity and sensitivy? Pros, cons? 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


Re: AR-1733 Fault

Jorge Garzón
 

That's a crazy bug, as batteries go flat oftenly. How do you avoid that? 

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2020 11:25:22 CET, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:


Over the weekend, my AR-1733 died. The display went off, thinking it was flat batteries I swapped these over, this made no difference.

Today I returned it to Jaycar, they have seen this before, if the batteries go dead flat, they can lock up and even with new batteries they won't work.

End rest is a new radio which does work. If you have one of these, please keep this in mind.

Paul


AR-1733 Fault

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend, my AR-1733 died. The display went off, thinking it was flat batteries I swapped these over, this made no difference.

Today I returned it to Jaycar, they have seen this before, if the batteries go dead flat, they can lock up and even with new batteries they won't work.

End rest is a new radio which does work. If you have one of these, please keep this in mind.

Paul


CKMX 1060 Calgary AB

Mike Sanburn
 

Strong here with standup comedians doing their shtick. String of ads including one for 5G cell phones from Bell Canada. Ironic that they are heard much clearer on my little Sangean DT160 than the Superadio which seemed to be experiencing some KNX 1070 overload. Pipeline to the north tonight. Logged previously here as CFCN. 
Mike Sanburn  (Cat lover)
Lakewood CA U.S.A. 


CFAC 960

Mike Sanburn
 

Heard clear ID: AM 960 The Fan, Calgary's only all sports radio. Decent signal mixing with Phoenix and others. Reception was on my little Sangean DT160. ( I just looked outside, it is foggy here tonight ).
Mike Sanburn  KG6LJU
Lakewood CA. DM03


Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend I spent some time testing the AR-1458 with my 3" FSL aerial.
Using my Teac PR130 as a spotting receiver, I was able to confirm a number of stations during the afternoon, a video of these are below.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/11/digitech-ar-1458-loggings-22112020.html


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Jorge Garzón
 

Well, I am glad to inform that the Ross DX Challenge achieved on 20th. Just 11 days to score 300 stations. Nevertheless I will be adding more stations until the end of the 30 days period. Now it is already 310, but progression is slower than before!
The DEGEN DE1103 is a real jewel and it's a real pity they discontinued the PLL model. Some people told me than the newer DSP one does not bright on MW. Did you noticed this? 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 23:06:39 CET, Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiadx@...> escribió:


I can understand their worries. Fortunately the world is not made in a 'DXing mode'... Imagine every country in Europe switching off their electric power stations to avoid noise and let weakest signals coming in! 

DXing local Spanish stations is a rewarding experience, somretimes more difficult for Europeans that record some TAs signals. 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 17:45:19 CET, Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> escribió:


Op 20/11/2020 om 14:25 schreef Jorge Garzón via groups.io:
> Thank you very much Gary and the group.
> I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I
> hope) about awards.
>

Some of my Belgian dx hobbyists find all those powerful Spanish radios a
pest, and ask "when will Spain start to put off AM?"

Marc
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Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

That is interesting, I didn't know that they had a store in the UK.


On Sat., 21 Nov. 2020, 09:17 Marc Coevoet, <sintsixtus@...> wrote:
Op 20/11/2020 om 18:05 schreef Michael Schuster:
> Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do
> much more.
> Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the
> AR-1458:
>
> https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm


These Digitech radios are available in Eurupe through a UK shop by Jaycar !

https://www.jaycar.co.uk/sound-video/radios-music-players/world-band-other-radios/c/8HA?sort=popularity-desc&q


Marc

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Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 20/11/2020 om 18:05 schreef Michael Schuster:
Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do much more.
Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the AR-1458:
https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm

These Digitech radios are available in Eurupe through a UK shop by Jaycar !

https://www.jaycar.co.uk/sound-video/radios-music-players/world-band-other-radios/c/8HA?sort=popularity-desc&q


Marc

--
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Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Jorge Garzón
 

I can understand their worries. Fortunately the world is not made in a 'DXing mode'... Imagine every country in Europe switching off their electric power stations to avoid noise and let weakest signals coming in! 

DXing local Spanish stations is a rewarding experience, somretimes more difficult for Europeans that record some TAs signals. 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 17:45:19 CET, Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> escribió:


Op 20/11/2020 om 14:25 schreef Jorge Garzón via groups.io:
> Thank you very much Gary and the group.
> I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I
> hope) about awards.
>

Some of my Belgian dx hobbyists find all those powerful Spanish radios a
pest, and ask "when will Spain start to put off AM?"

Marc
--
The "Penguin" has arrived - and he's not going away - ever.
For former Apple users: Xubuntu.org (menu's up left)
For former Windows users: Lubuntu.org (menu's down left)






Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Michael. His videos were one of the reasons I decided to get this.


On Sat., 21 Nov. 2020, 04:05 Michael Schuster, <schuster.ma@...> wrote:
Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do much more.
Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the AR-1458:

https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm


Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Michael Schuster
 

Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do much more.
Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the AR-1458:

https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 20/11/2020 om 14:25 schreef Jorge Garzón via groups.io:
Thank you very much Gary and the group.
I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I hope) about awards.
Some of my Belgian dx hobbyists find all those powerful Spanish radios a pest, and ask "when will Spain start to put off AM?"

Marc
--
The "Penguin" has arrived - and he's not going away - ever.
For former Apple users: Xubuntu.org (menu's up left)
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