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Re: 2015 Ultralight Radio Shootout Article

Daniel Sekerak
 

Did you ever encounter any issues with the ccrane Skywave front end overloading on SW/Air when operating near strong stations?


Re: My Portable Radio Kit

Nick Hall-Patch
 

OT: 
I wonder about the history of the "hyaku-en" stores Kevin.   I first ran into them in 2001 when visiting my daughter in Japan; she said she had heard that they dated back to the early '90s after the big economic crash, and when Japanese entrepreneurs started getting things made inexpensively in China.    I wonder if they pre-dated the "dollar stores" in North America, may even have been their inspiration.   So much social history, so much speculation.  Would be curious about those Japanese CQ articles.

And now, back to our regular program.

best wishes,

Nick



---In ultralightdx@..., <kc6pob@...> wrote :

Cool!
I see several similar ideas in the Japanese CQ (amateur radio) magazine where they feature 100-Yen Shop projects. (Yes, hams tend to be thrifty in other countries!).

The 100-Yen Shop is similar to the $1USD shops here in the States. For those that live in the States near Japanese communities, Daiso, is the local edition of the 100-Yen Shop although with duties and exchange rates it is more like the $1.50 shop.
73,
kevin
kc6pob
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On Wed, 5/13/15, tanger32au@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Subject: [ultralightdx] My Portable Radio Kit
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:25 PM


 









These are some photos of my portable
scanning kit. The smaller carry case is my "daily
carry" which goes with me most of the time. The larger
black case is for more serious scanning or overnight
trips.
Launceston
Radio Scanning: My Portable Scanning Kit


Launceston
Radio Scanning: My Portable Scanning Kit My
Portable Scanning Kit These are some photos of my portable
scanning kit. The smaller carry case is my "daily
carry" which goes with me most of the time...




Re: SW DX with the PL606

wpe6bvt@...
 

..here are 2 more ULR SW logs + a "slight" correction for the 6 May log of Puntland Radio One-13800..

9720 FEBA (Trincomalee) 1336-1405+ 12 May. Inspirational chat/hymns in (p) Kuvi w/ some EG ("Bible Learning Center, our telephone number 0861 2364550..") + yahoo email addr, FEBA Radio ID/web addr. @ 1346, "What A Friend.." IS, & more inspirational chat/hymns..

17790 BBC (Al Seela) 1340-58* 12 May. EG world news (Moscow, Afghanistan, offshore drilling OK'd for AK), ID/stn promo //15310.

correction: 13800 is Puntland Radio One NOT Radio Puntland One as in my 6 May report..typing fingers ahead of brain, alas.

SOH 7730 has been somewhat intermittent lately during checks @ 1335-1420 or so..heard this morning (15 May) after a few days absence //7600, 7800 & the usual 25M hang-outs as well..& one more SOH freq. to check with the PL606 is 15340 where RBA's Urdu programme was mixing about 75/25 w/ SOH today when messing about with the "big" radio--so stay tuned for another SOH-filled rpt--maybe even a quick walk-through of 49M.

happy mid-May to all..good listening/experimenting

Dan
WB6FJD


Re: 2015 Ultralight Radio Shootout Article

m_a_schuster
 

I took a full month for them to exchange my III for the (curiously named0 "Grundig Edition" but it was worth the wait. Not only is the fully articulated whip more versatile, the rotary encoder tuning knob is a lot more predictable in its response - with the original it was hit-or-miss many times.


Re: My Portable Radio Kit

kevin asato <kc6pob@...>
 

Cool!
I see several similar ideas in the Japanese CQ (amateur radio) magazine where they feature 100-Yen Shop projects. (Yes, hams tend to be thrifty in other countries!).

The 100-Yen Shop is similar to the $1USD shops here in the States. For those that live in the States near Japanese communities, Daiso, is the local edition of the 100-Yen Shop although with duties and exchange rates it is more like the $1.50 shop.
73,
kevin
kc6pob
--------------------------------------------

On Wed, 5/13/15, tanger32au@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Subject: [ultralightdx] My Portable Radio Kit
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:25 PM


 









These are some photos of my portable
scanning kit. The smaller carry case is my "daily
carry" which goes with me most of the time. The larger
black case is for more serious scanning or overnight
trips.
Launceston
Radio Scanning: My Portable Scanning Kit


Launceston
Radio Scanning: My Portable Scanning Kit My
Portable Scanning Kit These are some photos of my portable
scanning kit. The smaller carry case is my "daily
carry" which goes with me most of the time...



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Re: Tecsun PL880

sarmento2k
 

Hy Jay, your site is a reference for me for a long time.

Let's make DX!

Regards
Sarmento
PS:I'm checking this group and the material posted, and I agree with you!


Re: Tecsun PL880

policow6@...
 

Well said. I also like to play both within and outside the UL definition...when I feel like an Ultralight that's what I use...when I feel like dragging out a vintage monster that's what I use. But I completely agree with the UL'er's right to set their criteria and it is up to each individual to follow them or not as the moment dictates. That way everyone is happy!


Also I have to say that I find this group one of the most positive, vibrant and informative of all of the many groups I follow.


jay

http://radiojayallen.com


Re: Tecsun PL880

sarmento2k
 

Hi Folks

I think I got the concept of ultra light dx. Last week I attended a dxcamp in São Paulo, and indeed, I saw one MW dxer using a pocket analog sony (walkman style) using a loop antenna (like this one I have been testing : Just checking magnetic loop antennas – RGP3 for MW | Radioescuta, DX e Telecomunicações

 

 ) 

And I became pleased looking how it performed.

I have made two very small loop antennas using ferrite rods (just 3 rods about 4 inches long) and used enameled copper wirer and Litz wire, and the results are very promising using portable radios for MW dxing.

Thats why I posted my doubt about the PL880.

In fact, I would like to have a small radio (no SSB, no additional features) and together with my ultra light loop portable to make dx everywhere, without space limitations.

And I think I got the message.

I will try some catches using ultralight and check the results, because as long as the shortwave is declining I'm focusing on MW dx).

Regards
Sarmento Campos
 


Eton/Grundi G8 question

Russ Edmunds
 

I have two of these. On one, I have set the sleep control to "on" several times, only to have the radio go off at some point between 18 & 24 hours later. I'm running on AC, and have fresh batteries in it as well, and the other G8, running almost side-by-side and from the same power strip, works as it should - stays on.

Has anyone had this problem and/or have any ideas ?

Thanks-

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NW Phila
Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>

AM: Modified Sony ICF2010's (2) barefoot w/whip
FM: Yamaha T-80 & T-85, each w/ Conrad RDS Decoder;
Onkyo T-450RDS; Tecsun PL-310 ( 2);
modified Sony ICF2010 w/APS9B @ 15';
Grundig G8 w/whip; modified Sony ICF2010 w/whip


Re: Tecsun PL880

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Neil, your postings are a delight!

It is admissible to be a uldx aficionado who strictly adheres to the sacred rules - and
at the same time to detached and separately purr whilst fiddling the knobs on a
boatanchor or anything else inbetween.

There is, indeed, a philosophical view as to the reverential merits of using a tiny
receiver inductively or galvanically connected to a Beverage, FSL or other reception "aid"
as compared to, say, a boatanchor with a clothes-hanger aerial.

In a minority of one, I could envisage a category of uldx radios defined by the
length of the internal ferrite devoid of any boosting gizmos - and one or more
other categories for uldx radios as defined hitherto with performance enhancement
by any cunning device.

But let us not rock the boat that has given us all contentment!

Michael

----- Original Message ----- From: neilbell

Having once made observations about the definitions of of "ultralight" and the arbitrary exclusions
of things like USB/LSB and being basically booted from this group and later re-admitted I have no
intention of causing problems again!

That being said, the definitions are those made and enforced by the founders and group owners and
they certainly have the right to do that. I also greatly applaud the contributions to antenna
design and research and the evaluations of newly announced radios, even those excluded from bearing
the title of "ultralight". When attached or coupled to a monster antenna. or to a 3000 foot BOG or
used "barefoot" it is still just a radio, so use it and enjoy it.

You may, or may not, be interested in distant trans-pacific stations at 0300 local time in a
language you don't speak but some people are interested in these techniques and that is fine by me.
I love seeking out low-powered graveyard MW stations and if a radio needs SSB to help ferret one
from the noise, then I use it. My favorite small radios are the Sangean 909X, which allows for an
external MW antenna which shuts down the built in ferrite rod and the Tecsun PL-880 which is just a
darn good radio which doesn't have easy access to external MW antennas other than induction
coupling. Neither of these qualify for "ultralight" status, but I enjoy them and what more can I
ask? My boat anchor ICOM R75, while an really excellent radio in most all respects (and destined to
be sold shortly if I find a buyer) isn't exactly ultralight by a large margin, I have enjoyed using
it also.

So I hope Gary continues his experiments with FSL monsters and minis, and reporting his adventures
in braving the elements of weather and slippery hillsides. For those expecting me to stir the pot
again -- well, I tried not to!

Neil Bell, KJ6FBA


Re: Tecsun PL880

neil.neilbell@...
 

Having once made observations about the definitions of of "ultralight" and the arbitrary exclusions of things like USB/LSB and being basically booted from this group and later re-admitted I have no intention of causing problems again!

That being said, the definitions are those made and enforced by the founders and group owners and they certainly have the right to do that.  I also greatly applaud the contributions to antenna design and research and the evaluations of newly announced radios, even those excluded from bearing the title of "ultralight".  When attached or coupled to a monster antenna. or to a 3000 foot BOG or used "barefoot" it is still just a radio, so use it and enjoy it.  

You may, or may not, be interested in distant trans-pacific stations at 0300 local time in a language you don't speak but some people are interested in these techniques and that is fine by me.  I love seeking out low-powered graveyard MW stations and if a radio needs SSB to help ferret one from the noise, then I use it.  My favorite small radios are the Sangean 909X, which allows for an external MW antenna which shuts down the built in ferrite rod and the Tecsun PL-880 which is just a darn good radio which doesn't have easy access to external MW antennas other than induction coupling.  Neither of these qualify for "ultralight" status, but I enjoy them and what more can I ask?  My boat anchor ICOM R75, while an really excellent radio in most all respects (and destined to be sold shortly if I find a buyer) isn't exactly ultralight by a large margin, I have enjoyed using it also.

So I hope Gary continues his experiments with FSL monsters and minis, and reporting his adventures in braving the elements of weather and slippery hillsides.  For those expecting me to stir the pot again -- well, I tried not to!

Neil Bell, KJ6FBA


My Portable Radio Kit

Paul Blundell
 

These are some photos of my portable scanning kit. The smaller carry case is my "daily carry" which goes with me most of the time. The larger black case is for more serious scanning or overnight trips.


Launceston Radio Scanning: My Portable Scanning Kit



Re: Tecsun PL880

Guy Atkins
 

Hi Troy,

Thanks for your thoughtful additions to the conversation. 

I'm not the best person to delve into the details of ULR definitions, as I'm mostly in the SDR radio camp right now and just somewhat dabble in the ULR side of things. However, I've been with this Yahoo Group from the beginning so I've seen a lot of conversations and topics come and go over the years. I do have the benefit living in the same town as one of the group's co-founders-- Gary DeBock, the driving force behind the growing Ultralight Radio niche and the key proponent of FSL antennas and experimentation. I have certainly learned a lot about this side of the radio hobby simply by being in close contact with Gary!

I would agree that the "Unlimited" category has an allure to it. I like to think of crazy-big antennas feeding simple portable radios as a kind of Frankenstein experimentation; you'll never know what kind of "DXing monster" you'll create until you try it! It is also akin to the fringes of the drag race / hot rodding / muscle car fraternity. I'm sure we've all seen (at least in pictures) very small economy cars with humongous V8 engines stuffed under the hood, turning a meek grocery-getter into a wild beast of a car. Why would a hot rod enthusiast do this? Because he CAN! There's no practical reason... it's all about the fun factor, and in the end, a hobby is what you want to make of it. 

A few years ago, moderator Kevin Schanilec made this statement about the ULR definitions, which I think was very good:

-------------------------------
The definition of what constitutes an "Ultralight" went through significant deliberation and review, and the definitions are where we ended up. There is some flexibility built in, as you have observed, and when a new radio comes along, it is looked at on its own merits, a decision is made, and we move on. I can appreciate that not everyone would necessarily choose these criteria, and DXers are of course free to use whatever they like: however, in this corner of the hobby, this is what we've settled on. At the same time, we welcome participation from DXers of all types, and only ask that the choices made here are respected. In the end, the intent is to provide criteria for this niche of the hobby which, like QRP and crystal sets, involves placing voluntary constraints on the gear you use in order to provide extra challenge and interest.

-------------------------------

So in the end, what really  matters is how an individual chooses to enjoy the radio hobby, Troy, whether your radio choices fall within the definitions of the Ultralights Yahoo Group or not. 

73,

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA



Re: 10KHz steps in PL-3x0 series? [1 Attachment]

Ken Kizer
 

On Wed, 13 May 2015 17:22:43 +0000 (UTC), you wrote:

I have a pl380.... There has to be a way of running thru the MW band
for Europe and the US.. Europe is 9kHz steps, the US is 10 kHz steps....
The op manual shows how to do it by rotating the freq knob at different
speeds.... Ive copied the section of the manual (see attachment)
There's no way I can determine to tune slowly in 10khz steps. The
method you referenced (the same for the pl390) doesn't work, or I'm
doing it wrong.

Ken

Ive had a hard time myself.... I have an Sangean ATS909 and that has
a slide switch to change the stepping...  Best Regards Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Lat: 40.8367633  Long: -74.1768412


Re: 10KHz steps in PL-3x0 series?

Phillip Fimiani
 

I have a pl380.... There has to be a way of running thru the MW band for Europe and the US.. Europe is 9kHz steps, the US is 10 kHz steps.... The op manual shows how to do it by rotating the freq knob at different speeds.... Ive copied the section of the manual (see attachment)


Ive had a hard time myself.... I have an Sangean ATS909 and that has a slide switch to change the stepping...
 
 
Best Regards
Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Lat: 40.8367633  Long: -74.1768412
 


From: "cfa@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] 10KHz steps in PL-3x0 series?

 
I gave up trying to figure it out. Now I just manually enter each
frequency. That takes fewer movements than dealing with the tuning
knob.

Ken

>Good morning all!
>
>I'm a bit frustrated with my PL-390
>
>(390 is not a ultralight due its size, but it shares a lot with PL310 and
>380, that's why I thought writing to you).
>
>The VFO configuration is torturing me! I don't have the dexterity needed to
>move across the dial, it's either too slow or too fast.
>
>Have anybody found a way or even a mod to have the VFO always in 10KHz
>steps mode? I would love to be certain that each click of the knob is the
>previous/next AM channel.
>
>Thank you!
>
>-- pu3hag huelbe



Re: 10KHz steps in PL-3x0 series?

Ken Kizer
 

I gave up trying to figure it out. Now I just manually enter each
frequency. That takes fewer movements than dealing with the tuning
knob.

Ken

Good morning all!

I'm a bit frustrated with my PL-390

(390 is not a ultralight due its size, but it shares a lot with PL310 and
380, that's why I thought writing to you).

The VFO configuration is torturing me! I don't have the dexterity needed to
move across the dial, it's either too slow or too fast.

Have anybody found a way or even a mod to have the VFO always in 10KHz
steps mode? I would love to be certain that each click of the knob is the
previous/next AM channel.

Thank you!

-- pu3hag huelbe


10KHz steps in PL-3x0 series?

h. garcia
 

Good morning all!

I'm a bit frustrated with my PL-390 

(390 is not a ultralight due its size, but it shares a lot with PL310 and 380, that's why I thought writing to you).

The VFO configuration is torturing me! I don't have the dexterity needed to move across the dial, it's either too slow or too fast. 

Have anybody found a way or even a mod to have the VFO always in 10KHz steps mode? I would love to be certain that each click of the knob is the previous/next AM channel. 

Thank you!

-- pu3hag huelbe 


Re: Tecsun PL880

Troy Riedel
 

Guy,

This is only semi-related to Sarmento's post ...

As shortwave stations have waned, I've become more interested in AM DX & I joined this group less than 6-months ago.  I receive & read the daily postings (I've always had interest in pulling-in that distant AM station since childhood).  I have five "pocket portable", "compact portable" and "portable" shortwave receivers but none would meet the group's ultralight definition.  I'd disagree that my G6 Aviator is an ultralight as I don't use SSB for AM DX (I tried after reading the group's definition and I didn't find it helped) - and I paid under $100 for it new but I won't argue that the MSRP was over $100 when released, yada yada yada (no debate necessary - I've read the old posts re: the G6 debate ... there were several from a couple of years ago so I'm caught-up re: the history so no need to re-visit "why", I'm up-to-speed).

Anyway, I have a difficult time understanding the "Unlimited" category.  Or maybe more succinctly maybe it's the allure?  Maybe a DX-pedition would change my mind?  But when you start adding/modifying with extra antennas ... especially four-foot high pvc platforms with hundreds of feet of wire (or more?), that's still an [Unlimited] "Ultralight" but a G6 unaided [stock OEM antenna] pulling-in a 1500-2000 mile away AM station still doesn't qualify as a [Barefoot] Ultralight seems strange.

I don't want to cause a long or even a short debate (especially an argument!).  It's more a respectful observation/opinion I suppose.  I very much enjoy the daily emails, I learn a lot from the group (that I must move to the Bay of Fundy on the East Coast to get the best DX) and I marvel at what everyone has accomplished - even the four-foot high monster contraptions via the youtube vids!  But I can still enjoy my G6 Aviator, Tecsun PL-390, and my other three pocket/compact portables and I suggest Sarmento and others enjoy their Tecsuns and other small radios and log their accomplishments with or without Ultralight "validation".

Respectfully,

Troy
 


Re: Tecsun PL880

Guy Atkins
 

Hi Sarmento,

The PL-880 is a fine portable receiver, but does not meet the agreed-upon definition for an Ultralight radio. Two matters in particular where it "transgresses" are the overall cubic inches of the case dimensions, and the extra modes like SSB and CW.

You can read about the Ultralight requirements in the "ULR Definitions" PDF that is found in the "General Information" folder in the Files section of this Yahoo Group.

Best DX,

Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA USA


Tecsun PL880

sarmento2k
 

Gentlemen, should we consider this model as ultralight DX ?

Regards

Sarmento Campos

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