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Re: Hi

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Welcome aboard, Dianne!

It must be interesting when a husband and wife share the same hobby.
My wife is into something called "scrapbooking" and making cards with
something called a "Cricut". I just can't relate if I can't plug a
wire into the back end of something. :)

But my wife patiently indulges me while I'm sitting in my easy chair
listening to static.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

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

Just joined this group but have been listening to ultra light radio for
oer a year now.... My significant other is Allen Willie who is VERY
well known within this group and for me it was a matter of joining him
at his favorite hobby or getting a divorce....
Joining this group was cheaper....lol...
I have however found it fascinating and have logged 54 stations in the
past month and still trying to reach 100 ......

Dianne


Re: Grundig Mini 300-- Mini AM Performance

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Gary,

I actually played with a mini-300 a year or so ago at a local Radio
Shack, but fortunately, I had the good sense to put it back on the
shelf. Now I am a complete technical n00b and I don't know which end
of a soldering iron to hold, but even I could figure out it was a
turkey when I saw I could dial the entire AM band in a half-turn on
the tuning dial.

Gobble gobble.

But it would be interesting to see which UL is the All Time Worst.
:evilgrin:

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

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

Hi John,

Well, you may be right about hearing Pyongyang-657 on an E100
Slider in
Maine :>) , but sometimes even I wonder about the "ethics" of making
Ultralight radios ultra-competitive. The latest E100 hotrods
certainly make it
easy to clean up on transoceanic DX, but that probably isn't the
main interest
of the Ultralight enthusiast group, who properly concentrate on
using "basic"
receivers. I will accept 100% of the blame for this vanity trip.

Anyway, you don't need to worry about using your hard-earned
money, to
purchase multiple pocket radio lemons (to pioneer an new class of
Ultralight
Turkey DXing). I already use my $$ to purchase these Turkeys
periodically for
Shootouts, and would be thrilled to ship the entire Turkey Farm to
you,
postage paid. I would even give you a money-back guarantee, that
if you are not
completely disgusted with the performance of any Turkey, I will
cheerfully
pay the postage for you to return it to me.

73, Gary




In a message dated 2/2/2009 7:08:31 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
jcereghin@... writes:




Gary, you just gave me an inspiration for a new UL DXing
sub-section- Turkey
Farm UL DXing. Anyone can pull in North Korea from Maine on an
E-100 with a
slider (ho hum!) but can I pull in a 50kw blowtorch at 100 miles at
night
with a UL off the turkey farm? THAT would be impressive- hi!

But I don't want to waste my hard-earned money pioneering this, tho.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 12:37 AM, <_D1028Gary@..._
(mailto:D1028Gary@...) > wrote:







Shortwave listeners may be attracted to this unit because of the 7
bands and
compact size, but AM-DXers should save their money, and avoid this
model.
It puts the thrill back into receiving your locals. Further details
(and
denigrations) are upcoming in the Shootout.

73, Gary DeBock


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Hi

dianne_froude <dianne_froude@...>
 

Just joined this group but have been listening to ultra light radio for
oer a year now.... My significant other is Allen Willie who is VERY
well known within this group and for me it was a matter of joining him
at his favorite hobby or getting a divorce....
Joining this group was cheaper....lol...
I have however found it fascinating and have logged 54 stations in the
past month and still trying to reach 100 ......

Dianne


Re: Grundig Mini 300-- Mini AM Performance

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Gary, you just gave me an inspiration for a new UL DXing sub-section- Turkey Farm UL DXing.  Anyone can pull in North Korea from Maine on an E-100 with a slider (ho hum!) but can I pull in a 50kw blowtorch at 100 miles at night with a UL off the turkey farm?  THAT would be impressive- hi!

But I don't want to waste my hard-earned money pioneering this, tho.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 12:37 AM, <D1028Gary@...> wrote:


 
     Shortwave listeners may be attracted to this unit because of the 7 bands and compact size, but AM-DXers should save their money, and avoid this model.  It puts the thrill back into receiving your locals. Further details (and denigrations) are upcoming in the Shootout.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock   


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Re: Grundig Mini 300-- Mini AM Performance

Gary DeBock
 

Hi John,
 
     Well, you may be right about hearing Pyongyang-657 on an E100 Slider in Maine :>)  , but sometimes even I wonder about the "ethics" of making Ultralight radios ultra-competitive.  The latest E100 hotrods certainly make it easy to clean up on transoceanic DX, but that probably isn't the main interest of the Ultralight enthusiast group, who properly concentrate on using "basic" receivers.  I will accept 100% of the blame for this vanity trip.
 
     Anyway, you don't need to worry about using your hard-earned money, to purchase multiple pocket radio lemons (to pioneer an new class of Ultralight Turkey DXing). I already use my $$ to purchase these Turkeys periodically for Shootouts, and would be thrilled to ship the entire Turkey Farm to you, postage paid.  I would even give you a money-back guarantee, that if you are not completely disgusted with the performance of any Turkey, I will cheerfully pay the postage for you to return it to me.
 
    73,  Gary  
 
          
 
In a message dated 2/2/2009 7:08:31 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, jcereghin@... writes:

Gary, you just gave me an inspiration for a new UL DXing sub-section- Turkey Farm UL DXing.  Anyone can pull in North Korea from Maine on an E-100 with a slider (ho hum!) but can I pull in a 50kw blowtorch at 100 miles at night with a UL off the turkey farm?  THAT would be impressive- hi!

But I don't want to waste my hard-earned money pioneering this, tho.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 12:37 AM, <D1028Gary@aol.com> wrote:


 
     Shortwave listeners may be attracted to this unit because of the 7 bands and compact size, but AM-DXers should save their money, and avoid this model.  It puts the thrill back into receiving your locals. Further details (and denigrations) are upcoming in the Shootout.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock   


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Re: Recorder Advice Still Needed - Badly

kcmuthumani <kelvinm@...>
 

Hi,

Another option you might want to consider is a minidisc recorder, I
have been using them for years for shortwave broadcasts. Minidisc's
are not to popular these days but a lot of them have proper line level
and mic level recording inputs and and are pretty cheap used these days.

I use a MZ-R700 which is a small portable unit which sells used on
ebay for around $30, in the LP4 mode you can get around 300mins of
recording at good quality for voice. If you need any more info pls let
me know. Go to http://www.minidisc.org for a good deal of info.




Kelvin


Grundig Mini 300-- Mini AM Performance

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     The Grundig Mini 300 is one of the Ultralight radios to be reviewed in the upcoming 2009 Shootout, and is an analog AM-FM radio with 7 shortwave bands, using a somewhat erratic digital readout system. It retails for around $35 in the USA.
 
     Prompted by a request on the dxer.ca forum for a Mini 300 alignment procedure, I went ahead and performed one early, peaking the loopstick and 1400 kHz trimmer (in the dubious hope of improving upon AM performance that was absolutely abysmal).  The alignment made a marginal difference in the unit's high-band sensitivity, but this model is obviously not designed for any type of AM-DXing, and there's no way to cure a total turkey by giving it a minor tweak.
 
     Shortwave listeners may be attracted to this unit because of the 7 bands and compact size, but AM-DXers should save their money, and avoid this model.  It puts the thrill back into receiving your locals. Further details (and denigrations) are upcoming in the Shootout.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock   


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Re: Recorder Advice Still Needed - Badly

Brett Saylor <bds2@...>
 




Can the signal being recorded be monitored through the speakers on
the Sony (rather than using a splitter and headphones)?

The recorder doesn't have a speaker built-in, only a headphone output.
 

My mistake... the recorder *does* have a speaker but I don't think it can play back during recording - however, I will check that out and report back. I never play it back using the speaker so I didn't pay much attention to that capability!

Brett


Re: Recorder Advice Still Needed - Badly

Brett Saylor <bds2@...>
 



On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 2:35 PM, Gary Kinsman <gkinsman@...> wrote:
Hi Brett,

Hi Gary...


Does the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 recorder do timer recordings (like a
VCR)? If so, how many on/off times can be selected?

No, it does not - at least I haven't found out how to.
 


Can the signal being recorded be monitored through the speakers on
the Sony (rather than using a splitter and headphones)?

The recorder doesn't have a speaker built-in, only a headphone output.
 


BTW, Amazon has the red version for under $76, with free shipping.
 

I also saw some new-in-box on eBay for around $60. Not a bad price,

Brett


Re: Recorder Advice Still Needed - Badly

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Brett,

Thank you very much for your note...

Yes, the amount of RF noise generated is the main problem with many of the entertainment grade MP3 players... great for their intended uses, but almost impossible for us to use.  That is why actual field experiences of other DXers like us are so important.

You are the third person (and the second actual user) to speak highly of the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 recorder.  I googled that unit...they must be at the end of that model in the Sony line.  I noticed some prices just above $50.00.  An excellent price, since people seem to be able to use this unit when DXing Barefoot.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER GOOD OR BAD RECOMMENDATIONS OUT THERE FOR >$150 AUDIO RECORDERS TO USE WITH ULTRALIGHTS???

Thanks, everybody!

John Bryant



At 01:50 PM 2/1/2009 -0500, you wrote:

Hi John,

Many of the older Samsung MP3 players that had built-in FM radios would do line-in recordings via a 1/8 inch "ENC" input jack. I have two models, the YP-MT6 and YP-T7 that I picked up cheap on eBay. The issue I had with them was the amount of RF noise they generated, which could not always be reduced by seperating the radio from the recorder. But if one can find them cheap, it's worth experimenting.

I have, however, successfully recorded audio from my ULR's using the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder. The Sony recorder weighs less than 2 oz., has 1GB memory, records at 128 kbps stereo and has a line-in jack that can intelligently take either an external microphone or the line out direct from the radio - no transformers or impedance adapters needed. I plug a stereo splitter from Radio Shack into the headphone jack of the radio and run my headphones out of one side and a stereo patch cable to the Sony out of the other.

The Sony is absolutely the perfect mini-DX recorder - it auto-names the files including the date, and has a USB
plug to transfer the recorded MP3 files to the computer directly from the recorder. All I have to do is
write down the order of the recordings and I can match the times and frequencies up later.

The Sony introduces a little noise on AM but if I separate it from the radio by a foot or two of cable, and
move it with respect to the antenna, the noise drops to almost nothing.

It's available for around $80 direct from Sony or other online sources, so it comes close to your price range.


Brett Saylor

On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 10:25 PM, John H. Bryant < bjohnorcas@...> wrote:
Thanks to all who responded to the initial plea for the experience of
folks who have successfully recorded audio from Ultralights. Some
people replied via the group, others directly to me.... In either
case, they were really helpful.

Unfortunately, most of the replies dealt with fairly high=-dollar
semi-professional solid state recorders.  HAS ANYONE HAD SUCCESS
USING ONE OF THE MANY MP3 PLAYERS as an audio recorder for
ULtralights.... things that run in the $50 to $75 dollar range, at
least at close-out??? If you've had success, please let me know so
that I can include such valuable experience in the almost finished article.

THANKS!


John B.



Re: 1 subtraction and one addition

Carl DeWhitt
 

--
This log was at 1848-2006 EST on 1.30.09.

- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, "Carl DeWhitt" <carl_elissa@...>
wrote:


I recently realized that my log of WMOX 1010 Meridian,Ms. was a
relog.Drats ! However,i logged a replacement wwhich brings my totals
back up to 331.The following log was with an E-100 and Select-A-Tenna:

WXNT 1430 Indianapolis,In. Butler basketball pre-game show.Control
Pac ? Heating and Air at 873-5737.Indiana Member Credit Union.Palmer
Dodge.Upcoming telecast of Butler basketball on WHMB -TV 40.Butler
vs.Valparaiso baketball.slogan"News -talk 1430".good to very poor.

73 and good dx

Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


1 subtraction and one addition

Carl DeWhitt
 

I recently realized that my log of WMOX 1010 Meridian,Ms. was a
relog.Drats ! However,i logged a replacement wwhich brings my totals
back up to 331.The following log was with an E-100 and Select-A-Tenna:

WXNT 1430 Indianapolis,In. Butler basketball pre-game show.Control
Pac ? Heating and Air at 873-5737.Indiana Member Credit Union.Palmer
Dodge.Upcoming telecast of Butler basketball on WHMB -TV 40.Butler
vs.Valparaiso baketball.slogan"News -talk 1430".good to very poor.

73 and good dx

Carl DeWhitt
Maryville,Tn.


Re: Recorder Advice Still Needed - Badly

Gary Kinsman
 

Hi Brett,

Does the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 recorder do timer recordings (like a
VCR)? If so, how many on/off times can be selected?

Can the signal being recorded be monitored through the speakers on
the Sony (rather than using a splitter and headphones)?

BTW, Amazon has the red version for under $76, with free shipping.

Thanks,
Gary

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, Brett Saylor <bds2@...> wrote:

Hi John,

I have, however, successfully recorded audio from my ULR's using
the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder. The Sony recorder weighs
less than 2 oz., has 1GB memory, records at 128 kbps stereo and
has a line-in jack that can intelligently take either an external
microphone or the line out direct from the radio - no transformers
or impedance adapters needed. I plug a stereo splitter from Radio
Shack into the headphone jack of the radio and run my headphones
out of one side and a stereo patch cable to the Sony out of the
other.
The Sony is absolutely the perfect mini-DX recorder - it auto-
names the files including the date, and has a USB
plug to transfer the recorded MP3 files to the computer directly
from the recorder. All I have to do is
write down the order of the recordings and I can match the times
and frequencies up later.

It's available for around $80 direct from Sony or other online
sources, so it comes close to your price range.


Brett Saylor


Re: Recorder Advice Still Needed - Badly

Brett Saylor <bds2@...>
 

Hi John,

Many of the older Samsung MP3 players that had built-in FM radios would do line-in recordings via a 1/8 inch "ENC" input jack. I have two models, the YP-MT6 and YP-T7 that I picked up cheap on eBay. The issue I had with them was the amount of RF noise they generated, which could not always be reduced by seperating the radio from the recorder. But if one can find them cheap, it's worth experimenting.

I have, however, successfully recorded audio from my ULR's using the Sony ICD-UX70 MP3 stereo recorder. The Sony recorder weighs less than 2 oz., has 1GB memory, records at 128 kbps stereo and has a line-in jack that can intelligently take either an external microphone or the line out direct from the radio - no transformers or impedance adapters needed. I plug a stereo splitter from Radio Shack into the headphone jack of the radio and run my headphones out of one side and a stereo patch cable to the Sony out of the other.

The Sony is absolutely the perfect mini-DX recorder - it auto-names the files including the date, and has a USB
plug to transfer the recorded MP3 files to the computer directly from the recorder. All I have to do is
write down the order of the recordings and I can match the times and frequencies up later.

The Sony introduces a little noise on AM but if I separate it from the radio by a foot or two of cable, and
move it with respect to the antenna, the noise drops to almost nothing.

It's available for around $80 direct from Sony or other online sources, so it comes close to your price range.


Brett Saylor


On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 10:25 PM, John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...> wrote:
Thanks to all who responded to the initial plea for the experience of
folks who have successfully recorded audio from Ultralights. Some
people replied via the group, others directly to me.... In either
case, they were really helpful.

Unfortunately, most of the replies dealt with fairly high=-dollar
semi-professional solid state recorders.  HAS ANYONE HAD SUCCESS
USING ONE OF THE MANY MP3 PLAYERS as an audio recorder for
ULtralights.... things that run in the $50 to $75 dollar range, at
least at close-out??? If you've had success, please let me know so
that I can include such valuable experience in the almost finished article.

THANKS!


John B.


40 LATINS Heard Award.....Just Issued to JOHN BRYANT!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

  While John is busy issuing Awards today to all those who have earned them in the past week, I felt I should also mention that John himself has earned a Fine Award. John recently submitted Logs to me for the 40 LATINS Heard Award UNLIMITED CLASS....and I am happy to announce that John has been Issued that same Award!! This is a very difficult Award to achieve with an Ultralight Radio...so please help me congratulate John on a Job well done!!  John has  just recently Re-Discovered Domestic ULR DXing after  setting us all on our ears  with his Fine TransPacific  DXploits out on the West Coast during the Summer!!

Good Work John...enjoy the Award!!


An extensive group of awards certificates is available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca


Rob (For the Ultralight Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
London, Ontario CANADA


OKIES RECEIVE SLEW OF LATIN AWARDS

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Kirk Allen just became the first Ultralighter to receive a Heard 60 Latin Stations award, accomplishing that special feat with his trusty E100 Slider.  Further, I just realized that we owe Kirk the first-ever "Master  DXer of Latins" award for having past the 50 station barrier about a month ago. He went past that 50 barrier so quickly that we just didn't realize that he should be recognized as a Master!

 I'm also following along quietly in Kirk and Richard Allen's footsteps, qualifying for the 40 Latin Stations Heard, Unlimited Class this past week.

John Bryant
for The Awards Committee

An extensive group of awards certificates is available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca
 


CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN MALLERY!

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

John Mallery just received the third certificate issued so far for 30 US STATES HEARD, BAREFOOT CLASS!

Great going, John. Lets have some more award applications, soon!



John Bryant
for The Awards Committee

An extensive group of awards certificates is available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca
 


CONGRATULATIONS TO ROB ROSS

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Congratulations to Rob Ross for being the first Ultralighter to receive the Heard 4 Continents, Unlimited Class award with his recent reception of Radio Farda.

Even the Grand Old Man of Awards gets a new one from time to time.  Great going, Rob!



John Bryant
for The Awards Committee

An extensive group of awards certificates is available from the Ultralight MW DXing Awards Committee. Each recipient receives a digital file which may be used for electronic display or is suitable for framing when printed at 8 12" x 11" on good quality paper. Information on the Awards Program and the simple application procedures are found in the Downloads>Ultralight Files area of dxer.ca
 


ULR Loggings

Jim <va3jno@...>
 

I have been doing a lot of listening and not much logging. It is amazing the number of times that a station will come in quite well for a long period of time and then fade out right when the station IDs.

940 WKGM Smithfield, VA. Baptist preacher with a long drawn out message. "9-40 WKGM ... Smithfield" ID at 1701 Jan 31. Very poor and muffled for the preacher, poor for the ID and following program. 10kW/3.1kW. ULR# 211.

960 WHAK Rogers City, MI. C&W music. ID as "Thunder Country 99.1 and 100.7" at 2011 Jan 31. WHAK is // WHAK FM 99.9 and WWTH 100.7. Poor. 5kW/136W. ULR# 212.

Stations logged using a barefoot E100.

Jim Orcheson
Burlington, ON


1120 KMOX St. Louis QSL

freetodx
 

Hi Folks

I thought I'd share News Director John Butler's brief but kind reply to the unusual barefoot T/A ultralight reception of 1120 KMOX here in South Africa :

"Gary,That's pretty amazing. From your description it certainly sounds like you had KMOX on.I'm forwarding this on to our engineering team. Again,Thank you."

John M. Butler
News Director
KMOX/CBS

I was also fortunate to receive e-mail replies from the T/A ultralight reception of 830 WCRN Worcester MA and 1100 WTAM Cleveland OH. Details at www.capedx.blogspot.com

73

Gary Deacon - Fish Hoek - Cape Peninsula - South Africa