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Re: One-touch presets

mattpeed
 

That looks great if I could get it in the 3.5 X 5 inch size. There is a new one for $30 at Radio Shack that is the right size, but I checked it out and it looked like it would last about a week. I just ordered a KA105 to test. Hopefully it won't be too tinny and weak.

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "farmerik" <farmerik@...> wrote:

Yes, that's it. I could not spot a model number, just a stock number. You can read the manual on line. For SW there are two pages for 18 presets. The other bands just have 9. It is definitely not a ULR in size, about 8.4 X 5 X 1+ inches. I wonder who makes it? - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, ww0e@ wrote:

Is this it?

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=21589936#




Jerry
----- Original Message -----
From: "farmerik" <farmerik@>
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2013 8:33:29 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: One-touch presets






A member here just pointed out to me by email a new Radio Shack portable which has only a total of 45 presets, 9/band I think, so it may only take one key stroke. It also receives SSB, and lists for $79. Surely Radio Shack will put it on sale. - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com , "ferrite61" <dxrx@> wrote:

IIRC, there is a way to store up to 50 (?) stations on the PL-380 using the AUTO-SCAN button. Holding it down for about 1 sec. will start the radio scanning in the band you are listening. When finished all the stations found are in a "Page Zero" memory. By simply rotating the tuning knob, the stations will be recalled. These can be cleared by holding down the DELETE button until ALL flashes, then press DELETE again. Before tossing the 380, try this and see if its satisfactory.

Paul S. in CT


--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com , "mattpeed" <mattpeed@> wrote:

Hello everyone,

I'm getting back into radio after a long hiatus and am hoping someone can help me find the right model. I've had a Radio Shack DX-396 for over ten years I want to replace with something in the 5"X3.5" range. After reading lots of reviews and comments here, I bought a PL-380. There are two things that have been bugging me though. First, there is a half-second delay when you turn it on before you hear the station, unlike the DX-396, which just pops right on. The other, more annoying issue is presets. I understand the value of hundreds of presets for DX'ing, but I love how on the DX-396, which has only 10 presets per band, you can push 1-10 on the face of the radio and it instantly jumps to that channel. In other words, no entering 0-0-1 or 1-return. The buttons on the PL-380 are also very stiff, unlike the DX-396, but that's a minor issue.

So, does anyone know of a decent PL-380 size radio with 10 presets, or at least a way to have one-button-press preset tuning?

Thanks in advance for your input!

Matt



--

Jerry WWØE

"Dots and Dashes" -
the original digital mode.


Re: Shouyu SY-X5 AM FM SW Radio

Rick W4DST <w4dst@...>
 

I didn't know Nature Boy Ric Flair was selling radios on ebay.  I'll bet he doesn't either.

Rick


On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM, texnote <texnote@...> wrote:
 

Another new Chinese DSP radio, Shouyu SY-X5:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121128084806



Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

Rick W4DST <w4dst@...>
 

I tried 2 G3s and took both of them back to Radio Shack for a refund.  There were too many problems to go into here.  I suspect some serious production problems since other owners have good opinions.  The 2 I had were consecutive serial numbers and had the same naughty behavior.

Rick


Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

Lee
 

Thanks for the url Joe... I have the PL600 and am thinking about
the PL660.. I have PL380 and Eton G8 also .

Lee...G6ZSG.

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "josephrot" <joerotello@...> wrote:

Jerry...not your only choice, but you should then include the Tecsun PL-660 in your hunt for non-red october receiver.

If you haven't done so,suggest you join and enter discussion/see past messages on the PL-660 over at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TecsunPL660TecsunPL600/

The PL-660 Group comments are very honest, with a lot of interesting ideas and tips on its ownership and operation. Amateurs and SWL's included seem to like it "one of the best" for a variety of sensible reasons. FWIW, I own one as well.

Joe


Re: Shouyu SY-X5 AM FM SW Radio

elimixpro83 <elimixpro83@...>
 

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "texnote" <texnote@...> wrote:

Another new Chinese DSP radio, Shouyu SY-X5:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121128084806


Shouyu SY-X5 AM FM SW Radio

texnote
 

Another new Chinese DSP radio, Shouyu SY-X5:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121128084806


Grundig G3

ww0e@...
 

Universal Radio has one with this serial number: S/N E310005606.

Jerry  WW0E


From: "gkinsman1"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2013 2:28:44 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

 

I tried two current-production G3 units when Amazon had them on sale for about $50 recently. Here are the problems I noticed:

1) Shrill sound on AM except when using sync (worse on first sample)
2) Lots of strange internally-generated tones on MW and SW, even on strong signals. This made listening very unpleasant.
3) First sample was off frequency by 1 kHz for sync and SSB (this can be adjusted)
4) Harsh and distorted sound on SSB
5) Erratic keypad operation (press one key but the radio thinks you pressed another key)

All things considered, I decided to send back both units for a refund.

There seems to be a high variation across samples and production runs with the G3. I've heard of some people getting units that work well, but that wasn't the case with the two I tried. My suggestion is that if you want one, buy it from a vendor that will refund your money if you're not happy.

-Gary

--- In ultralightdx@..., keith beesley wrote:
>
> My take on the G3:
>
> Good overall mid-sized, mid-priced "all-in-one" portable. Not the best choice for MW DXing; other radios are more sensitive on MW; good enough for general listening. Wide/narrow bandwidth switch. FM and SW very good. Sync and SSB seem to work well. RDS on FM. VHF air band so-so, but a scanner is a better choice for monitoring that band, anyway. Thumbs up. 
>
> 73, 
>
> Keith B.
> Seattle USA



--
Jerry  WWØE
 
"Dots and Dashes"  -
the original digital mode.




Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

Gary Kinsman
 

I tried two current-production G3 units when Amazon had them on sale for about $50 recently. Here are the problems I noticed:

1) Shrill sound on AM except when using sync (worse on first sample)
2) Lots of strange internally-generated tones on MW and SW, even on strong signals. This made listening very unpleasant.
3) First sample was off frequency by 1 kHz for sync and SSB (this can be adjusted)
4) Harsh and distorted sound on SSB
5) Erratic keypad operation (press one key but the radio thinks you pressed another key)

All things considered, I decided to send back both units for a refund.

There seems to be a high variation across samples and production runs with the G3. I've heard of some people getting units that work well, but that wasn't the case with the two I tried. My suggestion is that if you want one, buy it from a vendor that will refund your money if you're not happy.

-Gary

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, keith beesley <keith1226@...> wrote:

My take on the G3:

Good overall mid-sized, mid-priced "all-in-one" portable. Not the best choice for MW DXing; other radios are more sensitive on MW; good enough for general listening. Wide/narrow bandwidth switch. FM and SW very good. Sync and SSB seem to work well. RDS on FM. VHF air band so-so, but a scanner is a better choice for monitoring that band, anyway. Thumbs up. 

73, 

Keith B.
Seattle USA


Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

keith beesley
 

My take on the G3:

Good overall mid-sized, mid-priced "all-in-one" portable. Not the best choice for MW DXing; other radios are more sensitive on MW; good enough for general listening. Wide/narrow bandwidth switch. FM and SW very good. Sync and SSB seem to work well. RDS on FM. VHF air band so-so, but a scanner is a better choice for monitoring that band, anyway. Thumbs up. 

73, 

Keith B.
Seattle USA


From: josephrot
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2013 6:26 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

 
Jerry...not your only choice, but you should then include the Tecsun PL-660 in your hunt for non-red october receiver.

If you haven't done so,suggest you join and enter discussion/see past messages on the PL-660 over at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TecsunPL660TecsunPL600/

The PL-660 Group comments are very honest, with a lot of interesting ideas and tips on its ownership and operation. Amateurs and SWL's included seem to like it "one of the best" for a variety of sensible reasons. FWIW, I own one as well.

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@..., ww0e@... wrote:
>
> I do have the Tecsun PL-380, with the 7" ferrite outboard loop.
> I mainly want another radio for monitoring th e ham bands while away from home, or sitting on the patio..
>
> Jerry WW0E
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "josephrot"
> To: ultralightdx@...
> Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:07:30 PM
> Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler
>
> From memory....fairly sensitive, had AM sync detector, Air band was included, not REALLY impressive selectivity, seemed "easier" to overload than more modern receives from Grundig/Tecsun, decent and sometimes "enjoyable" audio qualities.
>
> I would NOT toss one out the door if I had one, but today 's Tecsun PL-600 and especially 660 seem "better" in most of the departments than the G3 was, save for the PL's have "almost" terribly small speakers.
>
> Joe
>
> --- In ultralightdx@... , ww0e@ wrote:
> >
> > Opinions on this radio, pros and cons.
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Jerry WWØE




Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

josephrot
 

Jerry...not your only choice, but you should then include the Tecsun PL-660 in your hunt for non-red october receiver.

If you haven't done so,suggest you join and enter discussion/see past messages on the PL-660 over at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TecsunPL660TecsunPL600/

The PL-660 Group comments are very honest, with a lot of interesting ideas and tips on its ownership and operation. Amateurs and SWL's included seem to like it "one of the best" for a variety of sensible reasons. FWIW, I own one as well.

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, ww0e@... wrote:

I do have the Tecsun PL-380, with the 7" ferrite outboard loop.
I mainly want another radio for monitoring th e ham bands while away from home, or sitting on the patio..

Jerry WW0E

----- Original Message -----
From: "josephrot" <joerotello@...>
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:07:30 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

From memory....fairly sensitive, had AM sync detector, Air band was included, not REALLY impressive selectivity, seemed "easier" to overload than more modern receives from Grundig/Tecsun, decent and sometimes "enjoyable" audio qualities.

I would NOT toss one out the door if I had one, but today 's Tecsun PL-600 and especially 660 seem "better" in most of the departments than the G3 was, save for the PL's have "almost" terribly small speakers.

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com , ww0e@ wrote:

Opinions on this radio, pros and cons.


Thanks,

Jerry WWØE


Re: farmerik RCA Globetrotter

Rik
 

I don't have any of the tube versions, or the earliest couple of transistor models, but at least 5 or of the 6 models after that. They all have tuned RF amps and extremely narrow selectivity for an entertainment portable. They do not look impressive, but for listening to distant stations in bad AM conditions that is the radio I reach for. - FARMERIK

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "josephrot" <joerotello@...> wrote:

Holy Moly... you don't mean the late 40's and 50's vacuum tube RCA radio's that sometimes looked like a thin lunch pail ?

MY dad had one, and I think he "inherited" it from my grandfather on Mom's side. I do remember seeing it in a family picture, and it was something like brushed metal looking or finish.

We "lost track of it" when I was age 6 and we moved in 1956 to that then new and last home that we had. I suspect it flew off the truck back then, LOL, Dad said he "misplaced it" on one of the truck trips.

From what I remember Dad saying about it, it was indeed impressive in what we would now call the DX department, but alas, I was too young to really get the DX bug -- heck, I still hated girls(!)

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "farmerik" <farmerik@> wrote:

True, but the RCA Globetrotters are much better DXers. - FARMERIK


Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

I own a G3 and I love it! It's WAY too big to be classified as an ultralight, but it's probably one of the best SW portables that I've owned.

Here's a link to a review ...

http://swling.com/blog/2009/08/the-grundig-g3-first-impressions/

You can search on that website for other blog articles on the G3.

Hope this helps!

73 & Good DX,

Steve Ponder, N5WBI
----------------------


Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

ww0e@...
 

I do have theTecsun PL-380, with the 7" ferrite outboard loop.
I mainly want another radio for monitoring the ham bands while away from home, or sitting on the patio..

Jerry  WW0E



From: "josephrot"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:07:30 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

 

From memory....fairly sensitive, had AM sync detector, Air band was included, not REALLY impressive selectivity, seemed "easier" to overload than more modern receives from Grundig/Tecsun, decent and sometimes "enjoyable" audio qualities.

I would NOT toss one out the door if I had one, but today's Tecsun PL-600 and especially 660 seem "better" in most of the departments than the G3 was, save for the PL's have "almost" terribly small speakers.

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@..., ww0e@... wrote:
>
> Opinions on this radio, pros and cons.
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jerry WWØE
>



--
Jerry  WWØE
 
"Dots and Dashes"  -
the original digital mode.




Re: Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

josephrot
 

From memory....fairly sensitive, had AM sync detector, Air band was included, not REALLY impressive selectivity, seemed "easier" to overload than more modern receives from Grundig/Tecsun, decent and sometimes "enjoyable" audio qualities.

I would NOT toss one out the door if I had one, but today's Tecsun PL-600 and especially 660 seem "better" in most of the departments than the G3 was, save for the PL's have "almost" terribly small speakers.

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, ww0e@... wrote:

Opinions on this radio, pros and cons.


Thanks,

Jerry WWØE


Re: farmerik RCA Globetrotter

josephrot
 

Holy Moly... you don't mean the late 40's and 50's vacuum tube RCA radio's that sometimes looked like a thin lunch pail ?

MY dad had one, and I think he "inherited" it from my grandfather on Mom's side. I do remember seeing it in a family picture, and it was something like brushed metal looking or finish.

We "lost track of it" when I was age 6 and we moved in 1956 to that then new and last home that we had. I suspect it flew off the truck back then, LOL, Dad said he "misplaced it" on one of the truck trips.

From what I remember Dad saying about it, it was indeed impressive in what we would now call the DX department, but alas, I was too young to really get the DX bug -- heck, I still hated girls(!)

Joe

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "farmerik" <farmerik@...> wrote:

True, but the RCA Globetrotters are much better DXers. - FARMERIK


Grundig G3 Globe Traveler

ww0e@...
 

Opinions on this radio, pros and cons.

Thanks,



Jerry  WWØE





Kugellagers Stuff folder

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

"Inductive Antenna Coupler Module"

A promising approach, however this will be more efficient
if the aluminium foil is like a "C" seen end-on.
Wrapping the foil all round constitutes a shorted turn
on the ferrite and will degrade performance.

This arrangement will probably work well without
the foil - unless there is significant RF interference
sneaking in. Non-closed screening works well.

The PL380 has a tuned loopstick coil, so any
modification may affect optimal tracking by
the clever chip.

I have left the internal loopstick in place and
added a few turns with external lead-outs
for external antenna enhancements.
The chip-tuned winding stays in tune and
gain and selectivity are enhanced by a second
external tuned ferrite or loop for MW and LW.
A long wire, dipole or vertical (as depicted)
all work well if the front-end of the PL380
is not overloaded. The dipole is in effect
a long wire with counterpoise in this instance
and probably not better than a random-length
longwire or vertical - except where it happens to be
resonant at specific shortwave frequencies.

Michael


Re: use of loop antennas

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Very true - but most radios, ultralight or "heavies", will perform
near miracles on AM with front-end boosting - ie appropriate coupling
to an external antenna.

Shortwave - with or without SSB - is a different ball-game, where
both good RF signal handling (intermodulation, selectivity etc)
and IF performance are more critical.

Michael

----- Original Message ----- From: Rick Robinson

On 6/14/2013 10:31 PM, Dennis Gibson wrote:

The GE Superadio I and II benefit very little. I have both and a RS TRF and agree. I really really
wish I had an RF-2200!!

You're correct Dennis, I forgot all about the Superadios. Those big boys have 8" ferrite bars in
them if I remember correctly.

Rick


Re: use of loop antennas

Rik
 

True, but the RCA Globetrotters are much better DXers. - FARMERIK

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

On 6/14/2013 10:31 PM, Dennis Gibson wrote:

The GE Superadio I and II benefit very little. I have both and a RS
TRF and agree. I really really wish I had an RF-2200!!
You're correct Dennis, I forgot all about the Superadios. Those big
boys have 8" ferrite bars in them if I remember correctly.

Rick


Re: use of loop antennas

Rick Robinson <w4dst@...>
 

On 6/14/2013 10:31 PM, Dennis Gibson wrote:
 

The GE Superadio I and II benefit very little. I have both and a RS TRF and agree. I really really wish I had an RF-2200!!

You're correct Dennis, I forgot all about the Superadios.  Those big boys have 8" ferrite bars in them if I remember correctly. 

Rick

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