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Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Thanks to all the DXers who have responded with excellent comments and suggestions concerning the concept of Ultralight radio LW-DXing awards. 
 
There seems to be a universal consensus that such awards would be a good idea, although further discussion regarding the types of LW awards desired (International Broadcast countries, NDB states/provinces, or both) would certainly be useful in helping us set up a program with the greatest popularity. Please keep your suggestions coming!
 
Thanks especially to Rick, Bill and Mark for their expert comments on east coast LWBC TA reception. Here on the west coast the LW-TP possibilities are much less diverse, although Radio Rossii in Far East Russia (on 189 and 279 kHz), is a regular during the DX season, with the 279 kHz transmitter having been heard here on a stock PL-310.  
 
Even though the stock Tecsun PL-300WT, PL-310, PL-380 and PL-360 loopsticks are unlikely to provide much LW mileage, LW-oriented replacement loopsticks (and external loops) already exist to greatly boost sensitivity in these models, and should provide a lot of LW-DXing excitement this coming season for ULR DXers. With the introduction of the Tecsun LW-capable models, the LW situation now is similar to the beginning of the MW-DX Ultralight Radio boom in early 2008-- interested DXers may wish to get in on the ground floor!
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)               
 
In a message dated 7/16/2010 1:54:38 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, lfravel@... writes:

 

As difficult as they are to receive (except for perhaps the north east) I think there should be a separate category for LW Broadcast Stations.  Maybe set up the awards in increments of 5 due to to work it takes for most of of us to of receive them.
 
Just my 2 cents.
 
 
Larry N4SEA
Shinnston, WV


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

jcereghin@...
 

I agree with Richard. For LW Broadcast stations, I think it would be better to include that with MW broadcast loggings. Beacons would be a different story!


John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


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Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

bbwrwy
 

Gary:

I've always felt stations in the long wave broadcast band (153 - 279 kHz) should be included in the medium wave awards. This should not include NDB and other utilities heard below 530 kHz. Thus far very few listeners, including myself, have heard a long wave broadcast station with an ULR. Only a few of the ultralight receivers are capable of receiving long wave broadcasts. These are primarily the Tecsun receivers.

I do not favor any type of awards for short wave. It is too much to add to the responsibilities of the awards committee. There are other places for people to go if they wish to receive such awards.

Good DX everyone.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Rik
 

Thanks for the frequencies to look for. I guess at heart I am more of a long range program listener, than a hard core DXer. I do keep a 'log' on 3X5 cards, and get a kick out of hearing skip or any rarely heard station. My home is inland between 60 and 80 miles, depending on the direction to the Atlantic. I will be right on the coast in Maine for a few days in the Fall. It would really help to know the frequency, and then focus on adjusting the antenna.

I wish I spoke other languages, but I do not. I do enjoy some music I hear. - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@..., "MarkWA1ION" <MarkWA1ION@...> wrote:

The European longwave stations are audible pretty much anytime when I listen right after sunset from out at the Granite Pier DXpedition site in Rockport, MA. Of course they are somewhat weaker and definitely more static-plagued this time of year versus October / November.

UK on 198 and Ireland on 252 are about the only European broadcasters in English. Others that are in German, French, Arabic, and other languages can sometimes run in parallel to medium wave and shortwave outlets. This simplifies identification. It should be noted that some of the frequencies have more than one possible station but seldom are there multiple stations with the same language, so ID'ing is straightforward if you can recognize the language or find parallels.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION

--- In ultralightdx@..., Bill M <radioexray@> wrote:

farmerik wrote:
I guess it's the wrong time of year, but I am on the east coast [CT],
and experimenting with new antennas. Are there any LW BC stations
using English I should look for this time of year? - FARMERIK
Only if you are very lucky. LW BC has 'band openings' just like the
higher frequencies but they are scarce this time of year. They are
still infrequent during the winter, you just have to keep slogging away
at it checking nightly or checking the reflector groups that might alert
you to activity.

Don't let English language be a criteria. BBC on 198 is pretty much the
only thing you'll hear in English. French dominates, even from the
North African stations since they are serving the French listening
market. Its not like the AM-BC in the US where you have to sort out
'which' station. The super-power West European and North Africans have
the frequencies all to themselves. Basically, if you hear it you'll
know what station it is.

GL,
Bill


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

MarkWA1ION
 

The European longwave stations are audible pretty much anytime when I listen right after sunset from out at the Granite Pier DXpedition site in Rockport, MA. Of course they are somewhat weaker and definitely more static-plagued this time of year versus October / November.

UK on 198 and Ireland on 252 are about the only European broadcasters in English. Others that are in German, French, Arabic, and other languages can sometimes run in parallel to medium wave and shortwave outlets. This simplifies identification. It should be noted that some of the frequencies have more than one possible station but seldom are there multiple stations with the same language, so ID'ing is straightforward if you can recognize the language or find parallels.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION

--- In ultralightdx@..., Bill M <radioexray@...> wrote:

farmerik wrote:
I guess it's the wrong time of year, but I am on the east coast [CT],
and experimenting with new antennas. Are there any LW BC stations
using English I should look for this time of year? - FARMERIK
Only if you are very lucky. LW BC has 'band openings' just like the
higher frequencies but they are scarce this time of year. They are
still infrequent during the winter, you just have to keep slogging away
at it checking nightly or checking the reflector groups that might alert
you to activity.

Don't let English language be a criteria. BBC on 198 is pretty much the
only thing you'll hear in English. French dominates, even from the
North African stations since they are serving the French listening
market. Its not like the AM-BC in the US where you have to sort out
'which' station. The super-power West European and North Africans have
the frequencies all to themselves. Basically, if you hear it you'll
know what station it is.

GL,
Bill


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Alex
 

Ever though it's not my personal cup of tea, I'd support a LW or even a SW category if theirs interest. For I'm all for the promoting of this club and for drawing the interest of future members.

You may see from time to time in the winter, another member of this club is Mark Meece. Mark started a club in the 80's called the Cincinnati Monitoring Exchange (or Monix for short). He is President of the club and he's not been voted out since he very likable a
and their are no dues! :) MONIX is an ALL band radio Club, Whether it's the traditional police and fire, railroad, maritime, civil and military aviation. But we cover TV DX, Shortwave, AM/FM DX, if it transmits .... Our member listen to it.

So when we go to a meeting their a subject or two covered for the night. and even though I might not have a particular interest in a given subject, I still listen, learn, and respect a great deal the members interest and continued pursuit of his chosen niche of the hobby.

So it boils down to, yes I'll support it if the administrators of the awards willing to support it.

Alex N8UCN / KOH8IG / SWLR-RN037


Re: Best, simplist, FM ultralight radio?

Lanoue, Joseph (Times Microwave, US) <jlanoue@...>
 

Sony SRF-T615 Pocket Radio … but it’s $150.  I like mine.

 

Joe Lanoue

jlanoue@...

 


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

pianoplayer88key
 

Sounds like it could be interesting... except I can't get anything on LW at all on my PL-380 - I'm basically getting 15,00 readings across the entire LW band (although a few higher frequencies may have a little higher RSSI due to strong local MW stations).
Is there some website I could use to try to find nearby LW beacons or other transmissions to try for, in case I may have missed something, or don't know what to listen for?
Also, I can't remember, but is skywave a major factor on LW like it is on MW, or is it primarily groundwave? If so... then it would be an interesting challenge to do TP DX of LWBC stations.

Speaking of TP, more specifically in the AM and FM bands... As I've said before, I'm near San Diego, CA. If you look at a map, you'll see that there is a curve in the coastline. All of the following stations at least partially go across an ocean (salt water) path to get to me, and I have received them all from here around mid daytime (11am to 2pm approximately)...
670 KIRN Simi Valley, CA
740 KBRT Avalon, CA
990 KTMS Santa Barbara, CA (heard under dominant XECL Mexicali)
1070 KNX Los Angeles, CA
1250 KZER Santa Barbara, CA
1280 KFRN Long Beach, CA
1290 KZSB Santa Barbara, CA
1340 KCLU Santa Barbara, CA
1490 KIST Santa Barbara, CA
1520 KVTA Port Hueneme, CA
93.7 KDB Santa Barbara, CA
103.3 KVYB Santa Barbara, CA
(There are also a few others I left off the list, as only a small portion of the path was over water.)
Considering the fact that much of the path to those stations is over a portion of the Pacific Ocean (I used the ruler in Google Earth to verify this), do any of those stations count as TPs? :)
It looks like due to the high RF near where I live, and the possibility that I have a somewhat dud PL-380, that those may be the only "TPs" I will ever receive from here. :(

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hello All,

As most of you are aware, the Ultralight Awards Program was originally set
up by John, Rob and me (in early 2008) to provide incentives for DXers to
accept the challenge of Ultralight MW-DXing, and has proven to be one of the
most popular attractions of our Ultralightdx Yahoo Group. Although we were
all saddened by the sudden loss of John, Rob and I have been honored to
continue the program, and have recently agreed to expand the incentive
program to offer new Award Certificates for FM-DXing on approved Ultralight
Radios (as soon as we can both find the spare time to discuss and organize the
new program).

Since there is general agreement that offering Ultralight FM-DXing awards
is a good idea, it would be interesting to hear your comments regarding the
possibility of additionally expanding the program to include LW-DXing on
approved Ultralight radios. As most of you know, this would not have been
practical two years ago, since there weren't any commonly available ULR's that
had LW coverage. The situation has changed greatly with the introduction
of the Tecsun Si4734-chip DSP radios like the PL-300WT, PL-310, PL-380 and
PL-360, however. All of these units offer LW coverage, with the new PL-360
the first to offer full coverage from 150-530 kHz. LW-DXing on Ultralights
will probably become increasing popular as new loopsticks and external loops
are developed to enhance LW reception, the first of which are already
providing great boosts in the Tecsun radios' LW sensitivity. The upcoming fall
LW season looks like a thriller!

Your comments regarding the possibility of LW-DXing awards and the type of
awards desired (countries, TA/TP, NDB states, provinces, etc.) will be
greatly appreciated. With input from all interested DXers, the program (if
adopted) can provide a new way to enjoy exciting DX on Ultralight Radios.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Bill M <radioexray@...>
 

farmerik wrote:
I guess it's the wrong time of year, but I am on the east coast [CT],
and experimenting with new antennas. Are there any LW BC stations
using English I should look for this time of year? - FARMERIK
Only if you are very lucky. LW BC has 'band openings' just like the higher frequencies but they are scarce this time of year. They are still infrequent during the winter, you just have to keep slogging away at it checking nightly or checking the reflector groups that might alert you to activity.

Don't let English language be a criteria. BBC on 198 is pretty much the only thing you'll hear in English. French dominates, even from the North African stations since they are serving the French listening market. Its not like the AM-BC in the US where you have to sort out 'which' station. The super-power West European and North Africans have the frequencies all to themselves. Basically, if you hear it you'll know what station it is.

GL,
Bill


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Rik
 

I guess it's the wrong time of year, but I am on the east coast [CT], and experimenting with new antennas. Are there any LW BC stations using English I should look for this time of year? - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@..., Rick Robinson <w4dst@...> wrote:

Sounds like a great idea to me. I've already logged several NDBs and
would like to see what other folks can do on LW. I logged a few LWBC
stations back in the winter with a modified G8 and external antennas and
I"m sure others here in the east can too when better conditions return.
Some of these LWBC stations can actually be a real pest when trying to
DX the non-directional beacons on LW.

If you count anything below 530kHz, ZLS in the Bahamas on 526 is an easy
barefoot/stock catch along the east coast with good conditions. I
logged ZLS the first night I had my G8.

Rick W4DST


Re: Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Rick Robinson <w4dst@...>
 

Sounds like a great idea to me. I've already logged several NDBs and would like to see what other folks can do on LW. I logged a few LWBC stations back in the winter with a modified G8 and external antennas and I"m sure others here in the east can too when better conditions return. Some of these LWBC stations can actually be a real pest when trying to DX the non-directional beacons on LW.

If you count anything below 530kHz, ZLS in the Bahamas on 526 is an easy barefoot/stock catch along the east coast with good conditions. I logged ZLS the first night I had my G8.

Rick W4DST


Re: Best, simplist, FM ultralight radio?

sdwillingham
 

If you want smaller and inexpensive, then you may be out of
luck. But if you're willing to pay the price, the 5th-gen
iPod Nano may be the ultimate ultralight FM-only DX machine.
You also don't get a speaker and the headphone cables double
as the antenna, but that's generally better than most
portable whips.

-Scott-

--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@...> wrote:

Hey, thanks!

I have one of those, and they are awesome.

Believe it or not I was looking for something that was even smaller, but still decent.

As usual, I'm looking for something that doesn't exist! Ha, ha!


John

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stu" <StuMorri0@> wrote:


The National Geographic offer (see previous posts) of the Grundig G8 Traveler II Digital would seem to be right up your alley....


--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@> wrote:

Group,

If I had to buy a very simple ultralight FM DX machine for a beginner, what would be your choice?

Simple is better.

Low price is good too.


Thanks!



John
KC8JDI


Expand the Ultralight Awards Program to Include LW-DX?

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
As most of you are aware, the Ultralight Awards Program was originally set up by John, Rob and me (in early 2008) to provide incentives for DXers to accept the challenge of Ultralight MW-DXing, and has proven to be one of the most popular attractions of our Ultralightdx Yahoo Group. Although we were all saddened by the sudden loss of John, Rob and I have been honored to continue the program, and have recently agreed to expand the incentive program to offer new Award Certificates for FM-DXing on approved Ultralight Radios (as soon as we can both find the spare time to discuss and organize the new program).
 
Since there is general agreement that offering Ultralight FM-DXing awards is a good idea, it would be interesting to hear your comments regarding the possibility of additionally expanding the program to include LW-DXing on approved Ultralight radios. As most of you know, this would not have been practical two years ago, since there weren't any commonly available ULR's that had LW coverage. The situation has changed greatly with the introduction of the Tecsun Si4734-chip DSP radios like the PL-300WT, PL-310, PL-380 and PL-360, however. All of these units offer LW coverage, with the new PL-360 the first to offer full coverage from 150-530 kHz. LW-DXing on Ultralights will probably become increasing popular as new loopsticks and external loops are developed to enhance LW reception, the first of which are already providing great boosts in the Tecsun radios' LW sensitivity. The upcoming fall LW season looks like a thriller!
 
Your comments regarding the possibility of LW-DXing awards and the type of awards desired (countries, TA/TP, NDB states, provinces, etc.) will be greatly appreciated. With input from all interested DXers, the program (if adopted) can provide a new way to enjoy exciting DX on Ultralight Radios. 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
 
 
            


Re: Grundig G8 for $25 at National Geographic site plus 20% off coupon!

George Sherman
 

Sure the G8 is not as sensitive as a full sized portable due to no room for a long MW ferrite bar. But on my Tecsun PL-300 (G8) I heard Voice of Russia via Germany on 1323, yes from Minnesota! The pocket portables can be boosted in signal strength with a Tecsun/Grundig loop antenna that costs $27.99 shipped.

I've never seen any radio on FM get only 2 stations if in/near a metro area. But inside a store that may be the case. 73, George S., MN

--- 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.....

Powell

NNNN
POP email is powell at backroads DOT net




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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)


Re: Grundig G8 for $25 at National Geographic site

Mike Mayer <mwmayer@...>
 

I wonder how many they have left? I couldn’t resist at $25.91 total with shipping and ordered one yesterday.

 

==========================================================
Mike Mayer
mwmayer@...


From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...] On Behalf Of ws1k.rm
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 3:20 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Grundig G8 for $25 at National Geographic site

 

 



--- In ultralightdx@..., "surveyor6180" >
> Here's the link.
> I paid $50 for mine and I like it.
> For $25 it's a good deal.
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> http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/sale/gear-and-gadgets/traveler-shortwave-radio
>
Smoking deal and the 20% off was a major bonus! Thanks for the heads up!
I ordered mine last night and can't wait to play it.

Jon


Re: Grundig G8 for $25 at National Geographic site

WS1K
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "surveyor6180" <hmgaffney@...> wrote:

Here's the link.
I paid $50 for mine and I like it.
For $25 it's a good deal.

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/sale/gear-and-gadgets/traveler-shortwave-radio
Smoking deal and the 20% off was a major bonus! Thanks for the heads up!
I ordered mine last night and can't wait to play it.

Jon


Re: Best, simplist, FM ultralight radio?

George Sherman
 

I urge you to resist buying anything smaller, unless there is a unit that is DXer reviewed that I don't know about. I did try the Best Buy Insignia $49 micro but less sensitive & internally generated noises like I've found on Insignia MP3s with FM. G8=great! But the Tecsun PL-310 is better on MW & SW, & just as good on FM. 73, George S., MN

--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@...> wrote:

Hey, thanks!

I have one of those, and they are awesome.

Believe it or not I was looking for something that was even smaller, but still decent.

As usual, I'm looking for something that doesn't exist! Ha, ha!


John

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stu" <StuMorri0@> wrote:


The National Geographic offer (see previous posts) of the Grundig G8 Traveler II Digital would seem to be right up your alley....


--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@> wrote:

Group,

If I had to buy a very simple ultralight FM DX machine for a beginner, what would be your choice?

Simple is better.

Low price is good too.


Thanks!



John
KC8JDI


Re: recommend good AM radio + mp3 player combo?

jlochey <john.lochey@...>
 

Yeah, pretty massive for the shirt pocket! : )

You sound like me, always wanting something that no one has made yet!

I feel your pain...



John

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stephen" <pianoplayer88key@...> wrote:

Unfortunately, that one is much too big... unless you've found a way to fit it in your shirt pocket. :) I'm looking for something pocket sized and preferably not too far above $100 (although I think maybe $200 might be ok if it's a very good radio/mp3 player).

So is there an "all-in-one" mp3 player / radio that would do both those functions well AND fit in a shirt pocket (or at least a pants pocket), for under $100-150 (maybe $200 if it's exceptionally good - does everything the ipod touch does (except the GUI) and more, and is more sensitive and selective than the 7.5" loopstick PL-380, for example)? (I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but as far as I know he (my uncle) probably woudn't care about album art, so a color graphical display wouldn't be necessary.) Or, should I recommend two separate things - an AM radio and a MP3 player? If I go that route, the mp3 player would need good enough shielding so it doesn't interfere with the AM radio, even when both devices are simultaneously in the same shirt pocket.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@> wrote:

I know this doesn't meet all of your specs, but I really like my Sangean PR-D8. It records perfectly to an SD card automatically. I found it to be quite sensitive and easy to use. Got it on Amazon for about $110.

Your mileage may vary! ; )


John

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stephen" <pianoplayer88key@> wrote:

My uncle is looking for something like in the title for his birthday coming up the end of this month. I've heard there's a Degen radio (DE1123 or DE1125, I forget) that has the Si4734 chip in it, but he also wants something with fairly high capacity. If that one doesn't accept SDHC cards (I'm going to look after I post this) or have at least 16GB or 32GB memory built in, is there another recommended one that has Si4734-like selectivity (but without the elevated RSSI near strong signals that my PL-380 is plagued with - btw he lives about 10-12 mi or so NW of me), good capacity (preferably at least 8GB with a SDHC slot, or 16GB if it has no slot), and a good antenna (but not a slider, as it would be too big)?

I just looked at a few google links for the DE1123 and DE1125, and while I still can't tell if it has an SD card, there are some things I already don't like about it. Could someone recommend another one? The only other one I'm aware of is something like Radio YourWay, or something that CCrane company sells, and while I can't remember accurately, I (think) my aunt (his wife) told me he knew of that model but there was something he didn't like about it, but I forget.

Any recommendations? While he didn't specify, I would prefer to keep the price and size (including any external AM antenna, although I would prefer it be internal) limits within ultralight specifications, even if there are other reasons the radio doesn't qualify as an ultralight.


Re: recommend good AM radio + mp3 player combo?

pianoplayer88key
 

Unfortunately, that one is much too big... unless you've found a way to fit it in your shirt pocket. :) I'm looking for something pocket sized and preferably not too far above $100 (although I think maybe $200 might be ok if it's a very good radio/mp3 player).

So is there an "all-in-one" mp3 player / radio that would do both those functions well AND fit in a shirt pocket (or at least a pants pocket), for under $100-150 (maybe $200 if it's exceptionally good - does everything the ipod touch does (except the GUI) and more, and is more sensitive and selective than the 7.5" loopstick PL-380, for example)? (I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but as far as I know he (my uncle) probably woudn't care about album art, so a color graphical display wouldn't be necessary.) Or, should I recommend two separate things - an AM radio and a MP3 player? If I go that route, the mp3 player would need good enough shielding so it doesn't interfere with the AM radio, even when both devices are simultaneously in the same shirt pocket.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@...> wrote:

I know this doesn't meet all of your specs, but I really like my Sangean PR-D8. It records perfectly to an SD card automatically. I found it to be quite sensitive and easy to use. Got it on Amazon for about $110.

Your mileage may vary! ; )


John

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stephen" <pianoplayer88key@> wrote:

My uncle is looking for something like in the title for his birthday coming up the end of this month. I've heard there's a Degen radio (DE1123 or DE1125, I forget) that has the Si4734 chip in it, but he also wants something with fairly high capacity. If that one doesn't accept SDHC cards (I'm going to look after I post this) or have at least 16GB or 32GB memory built in, is there another recommended one that has Si4734-like selectivity (but without the elevated RSSI near strong signals that my PL-380 is plagued with - btw he lives about 10-12 mi or so NW of me), good capacity (preferably at least 8GB with a SDHC slot, or 16GB if it has no slot), and a good antenna (but not a slider, as it would be too big)?

I just looked at a few google links for the DE1123 and DE1125, and while I still can't tell if it has an SD card, there are some things I already don't like about it. Could someone recommend another one? The only other one I'm aware of is something like Radio YourWay, or something that CCrane company sells, and while I can't remember accurately, I (think) my aunt (his wife) told me he knew of that model but there was something he didn't like about it, but I forget.

Any recommendations? While he didn't specify, I would prefer to keep the price and size (including any external AM antenna, although I would prefer it be internal) limits within ultralight specifications, even if there are other reasons the radio doesn't qualify as an ultralight.


Re: Best, simplist, FM ultralight radio?

jlochey <john.lochey@...>
 

Hey, thanks!

I have one of those, and they are awesome.

Believe it or not I was looking for something that was even smaller, but still decent.

As usual, I'm looking for something that doesn't exist! Ha, ha!


John

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Stu" <StuMorri0@...> wrote:


The National Geographic offer (see previous posts) of the Grundig G8 Traveler II Digital would seem to be right up your alley....


--- In ultralightdx@..., "jlochey" <john.lochey@> wrote:

Group,

If I had to buy a very simple ultralight FM DX machine for a beginner, what would be your choice?

Simple is better.

Low price is good too.


Thanks!



John
KC8JDI