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Re: A new old cool ultralight radio

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Yes; I think comparing older analog radios with those with more modern circuitry such as DSP is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. I have a couple of Superadio II's and a Superadio I. I can't think of the last time I used either one.

I just pulled out my trusty Realistic 12-655 TRF; no slouch. The Sony is about the same. I think using a graveyard frequency is good because the signal levels are fairly steady. At least 1230 is here on the West Coast. I just compared it to another good one; the Kaito KA-1103. The Sony is slightly more sensitive. That Kaito is a real sleeper. Nick Hall-Patch reviewed it for IRCA a number of years ago and was impressed.

73 de WB6TNB

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

I just bought a Tecsun PL-390, the dual speaker model. I've been
impressed in several ways. It has an amazing list of features for a
~$70 radio.

All the bands seem clean of birdies and other IM mischief. It has 5 AM
bandwidths and good selectivity. It tunes in several ways, has tons of
memory, and I've read it corrects a more aggressive auto-mute on
slightly earlier Tecsun models. And a lot more.

Downsides? All the above, and it's still not quite as sensitive as a
Superadio II, though that may not be a fair comparison. I use a
Grundig AN-200 loop with it, which sometimes boosts the signal quite a
bit. I got the dual speaker model because it's supposed to have bigger
antennas (than the PL-310 or 380, for instance).

Ken

73


ULR logs

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
 
1332 Gold, Peterborough G  #248
 
1260 Cadena SER, various E #249
 
Patrice, Beauvais


Re: A new old cool ultralight radio

Ken Kizer
 

Dennis Gibson writes...

I've been away for quite awhile but unfortunately for all of you I'm back. :)

In 1981, right after the first Sony Walkmen came out (and before CD's!), I paid over $200.00 for a Sony SRF-80W. It was a hot little AM/FM stereo radio with headphones that could be used separately or fit into a slot between two amplified speakers, turning into a fun little and very decent (for its size) sounding boombox. I used to DX with it and it was hot. It pulled off tough splits with no problem and nulled very well. The volume control is set up so both channels go up at the same time or they can be changed independently of each other. I lost track of it when I moved ten years ago. Guess what I found?

Three AAA and four C batteries later it's sitting in the windowsill on 1230 and is keeping up with the best I've got including my Sony ICF-2010 and properly aligned (by Gary of course!) SRF-39FP prison radio, one of my favorites. Lots of great 1980's DX'ing memories are filling my head. Unfortunately I can't compare it to my stock Sangean DT-400W. I have a local on 1250 and selectivity is where it falls down. Is anyone still doing a selectivity mod for it? The last time I looked it was expensive. I don't take things apart. They never work as well as they did before. Here's a YouTube video showing the Sony in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SolhPqzthaU

I saw a small Sangean prison radio on Amazon recently and one should be here in a few days. I got the last one! I have no idea if it's any good or if they'll be getting any more but will be fun even if it's not great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LUW84K

I haven't kept up with what's hot these days. My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I got $$ for gifts. I sure don't need any more radios but that's never stopped me before. Any suggestions? I think the last time I was paying attention some relatively inexpensive Chinese radios with DSP were coming out. I have a Grundig G8 but I have three low power locals a mile away and the DSP does weird things in their part of the band.
I just bought a Tecsun PL-390, the dual speaker model. I've been
impressed in several ways. It has an amazing list of features for a
~$70 radio.

All the bands seem clean of birdies and other IM mischief. It has 5 AM
bandwidths and good selectivity. It tunes in several ways, has tons of
memory, and I've read it corrects a more aggressive auto-mute on
slightly earlier Tecsun models. And a lot more.

Downsides? All the above, and it's still not quite as sensitive as a
Superadio II, though that may not be a fair comparison. I use a
Grundig AN-200 loop with it, which sometimes boosts the signal quite a
bit. I got the dual speaker model because it's supposed to have bigger
antennas (than the PL-310 or 380, for instance).

Ken

73


My CKLW Reception

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

Oops!

The DATE for my CKLW reception should have been October 1st, 2011, not January 10th. Got my date format all messed up on my iPhone!

Sorry for the confusion!

BTW, what country is due south of Detroit, MI? Canada! Windsor, Ontario!
Neat Jeopardy Geograpjy question I remember...

73 & Great DX'ing,

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
Clear Lake City, TX
----------------------


New Ultralight Country!

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

Heard on Sangean DT-400W
All times UTC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
800 CKLW Windsor, On, Canada - 01/10/2011 @ 0838 UTC w/ID "Right here on AM 800 CKLW Your Information Station." Signal was in the clear, no sign of co-channel "Radio Canon" XEROK.

Very surprised to hear this one with the disturbed solar condx on the band!

73 & Great DX'ing!

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
Clear Lake City, TX
----------------------


A new old cool ultralight radio

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

I've been away for quite awhile but unfortunately for all of you I'm back. :)

In 1981, right after the first Sony Walkmen came out (and before CD's!), I paid over $200.00 for a Sony SRF-80W. It was a hot little AM/FM stereo radio with headphones that could be used separately or fit into a slot between two amplified speakers, turning into a fun little and very decent (for its size) sounding boombox. I used to DX with it and it was hot. It pulled off tough splits with no problem and nulled very well. The volume control is set up so both channels go up at the same time or they can be changed independently of each other. I lost track of it when I moved ten years ago. Guess what I found?

Three AAA and four C batteries later it's sitting in the windowsill on 1230 and is keeping up with the best I've got including my Sony ICF-2010 and properly aligned (by Gary of course!) SRF-39FP prison radio, one of my favorites. Lots of great 1980's DX'ing memories are filling my head. Unfortunately I can't compare it to my stock Sangean DT-400W. I have a local on 1250 and selectivity is where it falls down. Is anyone still doing a selectivity mod for it? The last time I looked it was expensive. I don't take things apart. They never work as well as they did before. Here's a YouTube video showing the Sony in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SolhPqzthaU

I saw a small Sangean prison radio on Amazon recently and one should be here in a few days. I got the last one! I have no idea if it's any good or if they'll be getting any more but will be fun even if it's not great.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LUW84K

I haven't kept up with what's hot these days. My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I got $$ for gifts. I sure don't need any more radios but that's never stopped me before. Any suggestions? I think the last time I was paying attention some relatively inexpensive Chinese radios with DSP were coming out. I have a Grundig G8 but I have three low power locals a mile away and the DSP does weird things in their part of the band.

73


Re: 800! Part 2

Gary DeBock
 

Congratulations John,

Great work on logging 1620-WPTU717 in Ocean City, NJ, and reaching the
lofty level of 800 stations received on Ultralight radios! Your
accomplishment was even more challenging because of your East Coast
location, in the middle of concentrated RF splatter.

The core group of fellow December 2007 Ultralight radio fanatics (and
many others) salute you, and wish you the best in your autumn and
winter DXing efforts!

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

-----Original Message-----
From: John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 7:23 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] 800! Part 2




In going over my log after finally hitting 800 ULR stations this
morning, I came up with some interesting stats:

1. I started my ULR log on December 13, 2007, so it took a little
less than 4 years to get to 800 stations.
2. I've heard 34 states, 4 provinces and 22 countries
3. Pennsylvania leads the state count with 112 stations, followed by
New York (95), Virginia (86), North Carolina (70) and Maryland (46).
4. I have 67 graveyarders. My best frequency is 1340.
5. My farthest log is 1521-Saudi Arabia at 6057 miles.
6. I have 24 Cubans and 39 Canadians logged. But I only have 2 Mexicans
logged.

--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


800! Part 2

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

In going over my log after finally hitting 800 ULR stations this
morning, I came up with some interesting stats:

1. I started my ULR log on December 13, 2007, so it took a little
less than 4 years to get to 800 stations.
2. I've heard 34 states, 4 provinces and 22 countries
3. Pennsylvania leads the state count with 112 stations, followed by
New York (95), Virginia (86), North Carolina (70) and Maryland (46).
4. I have 67 graveyarders. My best frequency is 1340.
5. My farthest log is 1521-Saudi Arabia at 6057 miles.
6. I have 24 Cubans and 39 Canadians logged. But I only have 2 Mexicans logged.


--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


Re: 800!

robert ross
 




From: John Cereghin
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Saturday, October 1, 2011 12:36:40 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] 800!

 
Finally got ultralight station #800 this morning on the PL-310. It
was another HAR station from south Jersey, but a new station is a new
station.

1620, WPTU717, Ocean City NJ, 1100, Ocean City Office of Emergency
Management, mentions of http://www.ocemergency.com/.

The last 4 of my 5 new logs have been TIS/HAR stations from south Jersey.

On to 900!

John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Congratulations John!!! Great Work.......and welcome to the 800 Club.......there are only a handful of Dx'ers that have achieved this feat on a ULR Receiver!!!

I'm sitting here in a Hotel in Ft. Wayne, Indiana after a weeks vacation in Branson, Missouri. I'll be home tomorrow and ready to receive your 800 Award Application then!!

Good Luck on your way to # 900!!

73.............ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


1134-Croatia to Cease Transmitting This Month?

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

According to a report posted on the ODXA reflector by Andre,
1134-Croatia will cease transmitting on October 29th. If so, this will
take away one of the very few "big gun" TA signals that west coast
DXers could hope to hear when conditions were good.

To my knowledge, 1134-Croatia was the only to TA to have been received
on barefoot Ultralights here on the west coast, having been heard here
(and by Dennis Vroom and others) on a barefoot PL-310 (and Eton E100)
in the autumn of 2009. Andre's original message is pasted below.

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

Hi everyone,

According to a news item carried today on the European mail reflector
Euroradio, also carried on the French language mail reflector Rglobe,
Croatia is to shut down its MW station on 1134 kHz on the 29th of
october.

Regards,

André


Re: 800

Allen Willie
 

RE: Finally got ultralight station #800 this morning on the PL-310. It
was another HAR station from south Jersey, but a new station is a new
station.

1620, WPTU717, Ocean City NJ, 1100, Ocean City Office of Emergency
Management, mentions of http://www.ocemergency.com/.

The last 4 of my 5 new logs have been TIS/HAR stations from south Jersey.

On to 900!

John Cereghin WDX3IAO KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


John,

Congrats on reaching the 800 stations heard with the latest one logged. Good Luck in your endeavour towards that 900 mark.

Regards

Allen Willie & Dianne Froude
From the "Hope for DX"


Re: 800!

Kevin Schanilec
 

Way to go, John! 800 is one of those stratospheric numbers that most will never see, so congratulations on your perseverance and skill. On to 900!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin <jcereghin@...> wrote:

Finally got ultralight station #800 this morning on the PL-310. It
was another HAR station from south Jersey, but a new station is a new
station.

1620, WPTU717, Ocean City NJ, 1100, Ocean City Office of Emergency
Management, mentions of http://www.ocemergency.com/.

The last 4 of my 5 new logs have been TIS/HAR stations from south Jersey.

On to 900!

John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


Re: Digest Number 1361

n2_ss
 

Thanks much for sharing, John. Your approach to logging is really interesting. Hope you don't mind if I plagiarize some of it!
Regards, Tony

Anthony R Gargano

On Oct 1, 2011, at 12:16 PM, ultralightdx@... wrote:

Re: Logging Question From: kugellagers
1a.

Re: Logging Question

Posted by: "kugellagers" kugellager@...   kugellagers

Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:42 am (PDT)

I also use excel to log all my DX.

Take a look at the link below to my logs in the WTFDA forum to get an idea of how mine are set up.

http://www.wtfda.info/showthread.php?5078-Kugellager-s-Logs

I also create a Google Earth kmz file for everything I log. If you go to the second page in the above link you can see my log from a recent trip to Michigan to get an idea of how it looks. i have my full logs from my home qth done the same way. You can compare the excel version of the Michigan log to its GE kmz.

Cheers,

John
];')

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Anthony R Gargano wrote:
>
> Wondering what most are using for logging. A logging program? If so, which? A simple homemade spreadsheet? If so, what does your entries layout look like?
> Thanks, Tony
> 
> Anthony R Gargano
> n2ss@...
>







800!

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Finally got ultralight station #800 this morning on the PL-310. It
was another HAR station from south Jersey, but a new station is a new
station.

1620, WPTU717, Ocean City NJ, 1100, Ocean City Office of Emergency
Management, mentions of http://www.ocemergency.com/.

The last 4 of my 5 new logs have been TIS/HAR stations from south Jersey.

On to 900!

John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/ (please note NEW site!)
The Ultralight Scoreboard
http://wdx3iao.wordpress.com/the-ultralight-scoreboard-2/ (NEW site!)


I'm back - Two new ones for the log tonight

gmosherat
 

I've not been listening much lately - but what do you know, it's DX season again!

Two new ones for the log tonight

AM 1340, WENT Gloversville, NY - A Graveyard frequency station.
AM 1420 WRSA Saint Albans, VT

Tecsun PL 310 with a Debock version "G" Amidon antenna, peaked for LW frequencies

WENT logged 7:02PM Friday evening 165 miles away
WRSA logged 7:56PM Friday evening 252 miles away

That's numbers 302 & 303 for the Ultralight log

Twist those knobs and listen real hard
Gregory


Re: Logging Question

kugellagers
 

I also use excel to log all my DX.

Take a look at the link below to my logs in the WTFDA forum to get an idea of how mine are set up.

http://www.wtfda.info/showthread.php?5078-Kugellager-s-Logs

I also create a Google Earth kmz file for everything I log. If you go to the second page in the above link you can see my log from a recent trip to Michigan to get an idea of how it looks. i have my full logs from my home qth done the same way. You can compare the excel version of the Michigan log to its GE kmz.

Cheers,

John
];')

--- In ultralightdx@..., Anthony R Gargano <n2ss@...> wrote:

Wondering what most are using for logging. A logging program? If so, which? A simple homemade spreadsheet? If so, what does your entries layout look like?
Thanks, Tony

Anthony R Gargano
n2ss@...


Spanish Regions

patrice.privat
 

hello
 
*567 RNE Murcia
 
*612 RNE Vitoria
 
*900 COPE Vigo
 
*936 RNE Valladolid #247
 
Cheers
 
Patrice


2 new ones on 1530

patrice.privat
 

Hi
 
1530 Romania Actualitati, Mihaileni, ROU Romanian #245
 
1530 Pulse 2 Huddersfield, G, Rock #246
 
CHEERS
 
Patrice
 
Tecsun PL-380


Sony SRF-T615 ($150) Meets the 7" FSL ($150)

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,

With Canadian Customs (and eventually Rob Ross) about to receive the
first of the new Gatling-gun-like Ferrite Sleeve Loop antennas, it was
time to give Rob's new 7" FSL a final test before it heads north of the
border. To honor (honour) Rob, I chose his favorite (favourite)
Ultralight radio to run the inductive coupling demonstration-- the
legendary Sony SRF-T615.

The SRF-T615 is famous primarily because of its unique combination of
very high AM sensitivity in an extremely compact cabinet, although it
has earned additional fame because of its outstanding audio
reproduction and nulling ability. Selectivity isn't exactly its strong
point, but its enthusiastic owners tend to overlook this shortcoming.
At a cost of $150 before shipping, this Japanese-market model also
leads the Ultralight market in another dubious category-- purchasing
price.

The 7" FSL was designed to provide the performance of a full-sized 4'
(air core) box loop in an extremely compact antenna that would easily
fit on a small desk or table (with under 1 cubic foot of total volume),
all at a price of under $150. Extensive testing and refinement of
various FSL designs made this dream a reality this summer, although the
increasing demand for FSL parts (especially the ferrite rods) may cause
the construction cost to inch up in the future. A photo of Rob's new 7"
FSL next to the Sony SRF-T615 (the team used for the following MP3's)
is posted at http://www.mediafire.com/i/?kkyim1dyypt6qyg

In the following inductive coupling demonstrations a barefoot Sony
SRF-T615 is used to receive a fringe daytime DX station by itself for
the first 15 seconds, then it receives an inductive coupling boost from
the 7" FSL to receive the same fringe station for the next 20 seconds.
The tests were conducted around local noon here in Puyallup, WA, about
35 miles south of Seattle.

610-KONA Pasco, WA (5 kw at 160 miles)
http://www.mediafire.com/?7c78sybokl078yw

980-CKNW New Westminster, BC (50 kw at 170 miles)
http://www.mediafire.com/?kdh4h211kg96kqs
Note: The barefoot SRF-T615 could not receive this station at all, but
only slop from 1000-KOMO. The FSL boosted CKNW's signal, without
boosting the slop from KOMO (both stations directly to the north)

1070-CFAX Victoria, BC (10 kw at 90 miles)
http://www.mediafire.com/?id6dyp3c89k82mn

1640-KDZR Lake Oswego, OR (10 kw at 140 miles)
http://www.mediafire.com/?f2zm4ipqpriqb8f

For those interested in the 7" FSL ("Affordable") model, I've uploaded
the first part of an upcoming article, containing a parts list, a
general overview of construction, and the steps necessary to build the
antenna up through the ferrite sleeve. Because of other ongoing
projects the article is still unfinished, but it should be sufficient
for DXers to make a decision about whether to build the 7" FSL model,
and get well into construction if they choose to begin ordering parts.
The first part of the article is posted at
http://www.mediafire.com/?23tu5st7hxncnwp

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


Re: Logging Question

Bob Coomler <w6rjc@...>
 

Tony, Over the years I've used a number of commercial logging programs (still do for hamming), but  a basic Excel log works the best for me for listening applications.  It can be set up how I want, the data is easily sorted and even for a card carrying Luddite like me, it is easily put together.  For MW, I generally have columns for station, frequency, city, s/p, country, signal, date, time, power, distance and remarks.  Other applications can include bearing, programming, equipment used, last heard, etc. Not an aesthetic wonder of the world, but Excel gets the job done.
 
Bob Coomler
Tucson, AZ

From: Anthony R Gargano
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:02 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Logging Question

 
Wondering what most are using for logging. A logging program? If so, which? A simple homemade spreadsheet? If so, what does your entries layout look like?
Thanks, Tony

Anthony R Gargano
n2ss@...



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