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For sale: Tecsun PL-600/AM/FM/LW Shortwave Radio with SSB

Jerry Rappel <ww0e@...>
 

Like new, comes with original box, etc.
VG+ working condition. No scratches, nicks.

$50.00 + shipping.


Jerry  WWØE


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Jack
 

Hi,
I just thought that it was interesting to be able to read the firmware version.  Then if we see differences between different PL-380 receivers, we can see if they correspond with the firmware.  At least that was my thought when I posted.

Best wishes!


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Paul Blundell
 

Does somebody have a list of all the various keypress codes for the PL-380?


Re: Top Ten Signals from the South Pacific (Rockwork 4 DXpedition)

Paul Blundell
 

Sounds like a really productive time Gary, thanks for sharing.

Paul


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

----- Original Message -----

Subject: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

. . .is this really interesting? can we obtain any "practical benefits" with this knowledge?

Hans / LA2MOA
----------------------------

We have had previous postings about undocumented facilities in
receivers employing this family of chips; many have proved to be very useful.

Michael


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Hans Ostnell
 

Please excuse my ignorance - but is this really interesting? can we obtain any "practical benefits" with this knowledge?

just wondering...


Hans / LA2MOA
Vardo island,
Arctic Norway


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Oliver Lomax
 

Hi,

Contrary to what I wrote yesterday, maintaining the 1, 2 & 3 keys down does not make the PL-380 interpret it as multiple keystrokes, as this does not happen with the other number keys. So it must actually mean something, but what?

I tried to do the same thing with my PL-310ET, it also displays "11", "22" or "33" but it also does it with key 5, it shows "55", which the PL-380 doesn't do.

Also with the power off maintaining key 5 down for a few seconds shows "On" or "OFF" on the PL310ET. But I have no idea what actually goes on or off. Anyone know?

Maintaining the AM-BW down on the PL-310ET has the same effect as on the PL-380. Mine shows "31E3"

73,

Oli.




Le 13/07/2015 02:11, Oliver Lomax olom@... [ultralightdx] a crit:

Le 12/07/2015 18:19, germanium_jack@... [ultralightdx] a crit:

On my PL-380 (Dated 2015) with the power OFF, if I press down and continue to hold the (AM BW) button, two visible things happen:

1 - All of the LCD segments and icons switch on. I'm guessing that it is for a visual check of the LCD and related drive circuitry.

2 - While continuing to hold down the (AM BW) button, the display changes. The upper right corner of the LCD which is usually showing things like signal strength shows a four digit number. Mine shows 3809 which I'm guessing might be related to the firmware version(?). In another couple of seconds, the LCD goes back to its regular "powered off" display. This sounds similar to the PL-880 except that the four digit number appears in the upper right four digit display usually used for signal strength/quality or time instead of on the larger frequency display.

Yes, it must be the firmware version, mine shows 3808.

Another odd but not apparently useful thing is that when my PL-380 is powered ON, pressing and holding down the [1] [2] or [3] keys results in the display briefly showing 11 22 or 33 before reverting to the regular display. The other numeric keys only temporarily show a single digit.

I don't think this has any meaning, it's probably just that the set interprets it as multiple contacts of the key. Sometimes it also displays "err" a second later.


Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Gary DeBock
 

One more design photo, Hans (the 17" DXpedition FSL antenna).
 
73, Gary
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 9:15 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Hi Hans,
 
Thanks for your very generous comments on the recent DXpedition!
 
<<<   By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.    >>>
 
Yes, I have attached design photos for both of these mega-FSL models with this email. There haven't been any construction articles written for them yet, but I know that all of the required parts are still available on eBay, and other sources.
 
As for the 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave model, the modified Sony ICF-2010 SSB spotting receiver and the 17" and 15" FSL antennas used in the recent Rockwork 4 DXpedition, these are all shown in a Rockwork 4 Cliffside video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMajwIVPjuo . The New Zealand propagation had already collapsed by the time the video was shot, however, so I wasn't able to include an FSL antenna inductive coupling boost demonstration (like I did with 531-PI last July). Good luck in your antenna construction, Hans! 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
   
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: hans.ostnell@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 9:39 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Many thanks, Gary!

Yes, I've been following your last expedition to Rockwork 4 closely, and been studying your logs with envy, hi! I must admit, that DXing the mediumwave band in the beginning and mid July, is a totally new experience for me, since we have 100% daylight and the sun is above the horizon 24/7 until the end of this month. And, if I hadn't been trying the FSL last weekend, I would more or less still have beleived that the band is totally dead up here this time of the year... Nothing could be more wrong. There's plenty of signals for afew hours every evening, even this time of the year - the whole matter is to use a setup sensible enough to detect them...

By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.

If the A and K-indexes are f avourable, I will have another go to the "DX-caravan" also next weekend.


73!

Hans / LA2MOA


Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Hans,
 
Thanks for your very generous comments on the recent DXpedition!
 
<<<   By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.    >>>
 
Yes, I have attached design photos for both of these mega-FSL models with this email. There haven't been any construction articles written for them yet, but I know that all of the required parts are still available on eBay, and other sources.
 
As for the 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave model, the modified Sony ICF-2010 SSB spotting receiver and the 17" and 15" FSL antennas used in the recent Rockwork 4 DXpedition, these are all shown in a Rockwork 4 Cliffside video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMajwIVPjuo . The New Zealand propagation had already collapsed by the time the video was shot, however, so I wasn't able to include an FSL antenna inductive coupling boost demonstration (like I did with 531-PI last July). Good luck in your antenna construction, Hans! 
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
   
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: hans.ostnell@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 9:39 am
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Many thanks, Gary!

Yes, I've been following your last expedition to Rockwork 4 closely, and been studying your logs with envy, hi! I must admit, that DXing the mediumwave band in the beginning and mid July, is a totally new experience for me, since we have 100% daylight and the sun is above the horizon 24/7 until the end of this month. And, if I hadn't been trying the FSL last weekend, I would more or less still have beleived that the band is totally dead up here this time of the year... Nothing could be more wrong. There's plenty of signals for afew hours every evening, even this time of the year - the whole matter is to use a setup sensible enough to detect them...

By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.

If the A and K-indexes are f avourable, I will have another go to the "DX-caravan" also next weekend.


73!

Hans / LA2MOA


Re: Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Oliver Lomax
 

Le 12/07/2015 18:19, germanium_jack@... [ultralightdx] a écrit :
 

On my PL-380 (Dated 2015) with the power OFF, if I press down and continue to hold the (AM BW) button, two visible things happen:

1 - All of the LCD segments and icons switch on.  I'm guessing that it is for a visual check of the LCD and related drive circuitry.

2 - While continuing to hold down the (AM BW) button, the display changes.  The upper right corner of the LCD which is usually showing things like signal strength shows a four digit number.  Mine shows 3809 which I'm guessing might be related to the firmware version(?).  In another couple of seconds, the LCD goes back to its regular "powered off" display. This sounds similar to the PL-880 except that the four digit number appears in the upper right four digit display usually used for signal strength/quality or time instead of on the larger frequency display.

Yes, it must be the firmware version, mine shows 3808.

Another odd but not apparently useful thing is that when my PL-380 is powered ON, pressing and holding down the [1]  [2] or [3]  keys results in the display briefly showing 11 22 or 33 before reverting to the regular display.  The other numeric keys only temporarily show a single digit.

I don't think this has any meaning, it's probably just that the set interprets it as multiple contacts of the key. Sometimes it also displays "err" a second later.


Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Hans Ostnell
 

Many thanks, Gary!

Yes, I've been following your last expedition to Rockwork 4 closely, and been studying your logs with envy, hi! I must admit, that DXing the mediumwave band in the beginning and mid July, is a totally new experience for me, since we have 100% daylight and the sun is above the horizon 24/7 until the end of this month. And, if I hadn't been trying the FSL last weekend, I would more or less still have beleived that the band is totally dead up here this time of the year... Nothing could be more wrong. There's plenty of signals for afew hours every evening, even this time of the year - the whole matter is to use a setup sensible enough to detect them...

By the way, I'm pretty impressed of your 15" and 17" FSL:s. Do you have a good description of these antennas, as I'm planning to build a "monster size" FSL for myself.

If the A and K-indexes are favourable, I will have another go to the "DX-caravan" also next weekend.


73!

Hans / LA2MOA


Undocumented (?) PL-380 keystrokes

Jack
 

On my PL-380 (Dated 2015) with the power OFF, if I press down and continue to hold the (AM BW) button, two visible things happen:

1 - All of the LCD segments and icons switch on.  I'm guessing that it is for a visual check of the LCD and related drive circuitry.

2 - While continuing to hold down the (AM BW) button, the display changes.  The upper right corner of the LCD which is usually showing things like signal strength shows a four digit number.  Mine shows 3809 which I'm guessing might be related to the firmware version(?).  In another couple of seconds, the LCD goes back to its regular "powered off" display. This sounds similar to the PL-880 except that the four digit number appears in the upper right four digit display usually used for signal strength/quality or time instead of on the larger frequency display.


-- Also --


Another odd but not apparently useful thing is that when my PL-380 is powered ON, pressing and holding down the [1]  [2] or [3]  keys results in the display briefly showing 11 22 or 33 before reverting to the regular display.  The other numeric keys only temporarily show a single digit.


I don't know if this was already posted.  I didn't see it so I thought it better to mention just in case.


Best wishes to all!


Re: Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Hans,
 
Thanks for the excellent, detailed report of your CC Skywave + FSL antenna DX from your "DX Caravan" 30 km south of Vardo Island. I'm happy that you were able to track down stations like the 1 kW 1314-Radio Oltenia Craiova in Romania, and 1521-CRI. Also, your description of the salmon anglers from the rest of Europe reminded me of the "sleeping squatters" at our DXpedition site on the Oregon state coast last month, as we chased South Pacific DX from a plunging ocean side cliff (photo attached). Perseus-SDR DXers Chuck Hutton and Tom Rothlisberger were also at the site. 
 
Like you, I was using a "Supercharged" CC Skywave and large FSL antenna (both a 17" and 15" model), and had a lot of fun with their excellent performance. The best DX was probably the 1 kW station 936-Chinese Voice in Auckland, New Zealand, at 11,031 km-- surprisingly strong for such low-power.
 
Thanks again for sharing your DXing success!
 
73 and Best Wishes,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: hans.ostnell@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx Sent: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 6:35 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

 
Hi again!

Well, I couldn't resist the temptation to pay another visit to my "DX Caravan", located some 30 km south of Vardo island, on the mainland, about 200 meters from the Komgvaer River. A very nice and quiet location, although the area right now is populated by numerous "hords" of salmon-anglers from all of Europe, who travels up here to do some really serious fly-fishing - hoping to catch one or two of our world famous arctic salmons (and they do - lots of them!). I will have my fair share of fly-fishing in late August, right before the season ends and most of the tourists have went back home - leaving the best catches for us "locals". Still waiting to catch that monster "mother of all arctic salmons"... pretty sure I will get it this year (something I say every year) ;)

So, armed with my 12" x 7.5" FSL and my brand new and supercharged Skywave CC, I went down there on the friday afternoon, and stayed for two evenings. A-index was 25 and K-index was 1, the geomagnetic field was reported to be very quiet, so I had good confidence to receive some signals also this weekend. The Skywave CC (more about that onen in a later posting) worked like a charm, teamed up with the FSL. As a recerence, I had attached my Wellbrook ALA-1530 on a camera tripod, some 20 meters from the caravan and connected the coax to my trusty old ICF-2010. Yet again, I noticed that the FSL and ultralight receiver easily outperformed the ALA-1530/ICF-2010 combo on all signals! Actually, weaker signals on the FSL was not there at all on the ALA-1530. No, the Wellbrook antenna works according to it's specs, but it seems that the FSL is much more sensitive...

Well, during the two evenings, I heard the usual bunch of Iranians and a lot of other stations from the middle east. Also some European signals later in the evenings, and among those I must mention Radio Oltenia Craiova, a small 1 kW station in Romania on 1314 kHz, which came up with a very nice ID at 21:41 UTC friday evening. This was a big surprise for me, and an all time new one as well. I've heard other romanian stations on 1314 kHz before, but never this one - it's usually Antena Satelor of Radio Romania Actualitate which is heard on this frequency. Also worth to mention, is China Radio International and their Xinjiang-transmitter on 1521 kHz, which was logged already at 19:00 UTC friday evening. I have never heard this station that early on the season, one month before the season actually starts. Nothing at all on ALA-1530/ICF-2010, but a pleasant signal on the FSL/Skywave CC combo. Strange... or..?

Here's the complete log from the two evenings:

10.07.2015 19:00:00 1521 China Radio Int., Ürümqi XJ China 35333 A-index: 25, K-index: 1. Very quiet

19:25:00 1413 BBC World Sce., A-Seela, Oman Oman 43433 QRM Vesti FM

19:30:00 1368 IRIB Radio Golestan, Gonbad Iran 45433 Local ID!

19:58:00 1269 Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah UAE 45433

20:00:00 1233 TWR, Cape Greco Cyprus 45433 Arabic

20:05:00 1215 IRIB Radio Mazandaran, Chalus Iran 35333 Phone-in programme

20:10:00 1188 IRIB Radio Payam, Tehran Iran 45444

20:15:00 1152 Voice of Kerala, Ras al-Khaimah UAE 45444 Lankesian programming and music.

20:30:00 1035 Radio Eli, Tartus Estonia 35433 Religious programmin in russian

20:40:00 918 Radio Mayak, Makhachkala, Dagestan Russia 35333

21:00:00 1593 Radio Romania Actualitate, Ion orvin Romania 34333

21:10:00 1557 France Inter, Nice France 35333

21:26:00 1458 Radio Romania Actualitate, Constanta Romania 35433

21:35:00 1404 ERT, Komitini Greece 34333 No local programming at this time

21:41:00 1314 Radio Oltenia-Craiova, Craiova Romania 34333 Surprise! Only 1 kW!! Good ID on rec.

22:15:00 1296 SRTC Sudan Radio, Reiba Sudan 45433 Very nice with vernacular music
11.07.2015 19:15:00 1548 TWR Europe, Grigoriupol Moldova 45444 Religious program in romanian

19:25:00 1440 SBC Radio, Ras-el-Zawr Saudi Arabia 45444 Recitation from the Quran

19:35:00 1377 TWR Asia, Gavar Armenia 45444 Arabic programming

19:55:00 1539 IRIB Radio Golestan, Gorgan Iran 34433

19:57:00 1512 IRIB Radio Ardabil, Ardabil Iran 34433

20:25:00 936 IRIB Radio Markaze Azerbaijaneh, Gharb Iran 45444 Big signal! Ex IRIB Urumiyeh

20:33:00 747 IRIB Radio Iran, Gonbad Iran 45444 Strong! No local programming here

20:35:00 702 VOIRI, Kiashahr Iran 35433 Ext. Sce. In central asian language

20:45:00 1593 Radio Sawa, Umm-al Rimam Kuwait 34333 Used to be VoA here, now Sawa

21:25:00 1098 SBC Radio, Damman Saudi Arabia 35433 Spoken words

21:49:00 1332 Radio Romania Actualitate, Galati Romania 45444 Huge signal!

22:15:00 1278 France Bleu, Strasbourg France 34433 Played «Mambo No. 5».

22:20:00 1233 Radio Dechovka, Libeznice Czech Republic 33333 Usual polka music. QRM Cape Greco

22:25:00 981 Radio Cesky Impuls, Libeznice Czech Republic 33333 Czech popular music ans ID

22:35:00 963 Cyprus BC, Nicosia Cyprus 35333 Greek music, «zorba style»

22:55:00 1053 Radio Libya, Tripoli Libya 35333 Arabic discussion programme

23:13:00 1278 IRIB Radio Khermanshah Iran 34433 Still on, with a nice ID at this odd time

23:19:00 1170 Radio Capodistria, Trieste Slovenia 35433 «Blues Notte – Radio Capodistria»

23:45:00 1503 Radio Beograd 202, Belgrade Serbia 33333 Un-even battle with IRIB. Now 10 kW.

73's de Hans / LA2MOA
Vardo island / Komagvær
Arctic Norway
12" x 7" FSL + Skywave CC (mod.)


Some more "Midnight Sun Ultralight DX:ing"!

Hans Ostnell
 

Hi again!


Well, I couldn't resist the temptation to pay another visit to my "DX Caravan", located some 30 km south of Vardo island, on the mainland, about 200 meters from the Komgvaer River. A very nice and quiet location, although the area right now is populated by numerous "hords" of salmon-anglers from all of Europe, who travels up here to do some really serious fly-fishing - hoping to catch one or two of our world famous arctic salmons (and they do - lots of them!). I will have my fair share of fly-fishing in late August, right before the season ends and most of the tourists have went back home - leaving the best catches for us "locals". Still waiting to catch that monster "mother of all arctic salmons"... pretty sure I will get it this year (something I say every year) ;)


So, armed with my 12" x 7.5" FSL and my brand new and supercharged Skywave CC, I went down there on the friday afternoon, and stayed for two evenings. A-index was 25 and K-index was 1, the geomagnetic field was reported to be very quiet, so I had good confidence to receive some signals also this weekend. The Skywave CC (more about that onen in a later posting) worked like a charm, teamed up with the FSL. As a recerence, I had attached my Wellbrook ALA-1530 on a camera tripod, some 20 meters from the caravan and connected the coax to my trusty old ICF-2010. Yet again, I noticed that the FSL and ultralight receiver easily outperformed the ALA-1530/ICF-2010 combo on all signals! Actually, weaker signals on the FSL was not there at all on the ALA-1530. No, the Wellbrook antenna works according to it's specs, but it seems that the FSL is much more sensitive...


Well, during the two evenings, I heard the usual bunch of Iranians and a lot of other stations from the middle east. Also some European signals later in the evenings, and among those I must mention Radio Oltenia Craiova, a small 1 kW station in Romania on 1314 kHz, which came up with a very nice ID at 21:41 UTC friday evening. This was a big surprise for me, and an all time new one as well. I've heard other romanian stations on 1314 kHz before, but never this one - it's usually Antena Satelor of Radio Romania Actualitate which is heard on this frequency. Also worth to mention, is China Radio International and their Xinjiang-transmitter on 1521 kHz, which was logged already at 19:00 UTC friday evening. I have never heard this station that early on the season, one month before the season actually starts. Nothing at all on ALA-1530/ICF-2010, but a pleasant signal on the FSL/Skywave CC combo. Strange... or..?


Here's the complete log from the two evenings:


10.07.2015 19:00:00 1521 China Radio Int., Ürümqi XJ China 35333 A-index: 25, K-index: 1. Very quiet

19:25:00 1413 BBC World Sce., A-Seela, Oman Oman 43433 QRM Vesti FM

19:30:00 1368 IRIB Radio Golestan, Gonbad Iran 45433 Local ID!

19:58:00 1269 Radio Asia, Ras al-Khaimah UAE 45433

20:00:00 1233 TWR, Cape Greco Cyprus 45433 Arabic

20:05:00 1215 IRIB Radio Mazandaran, Chalus Iran 35333 Phone-in programme

20:10:00 1188 IRIB Radio Payam, Tehran Iran 45444

20:15:00 1152 Voice of Kerala, Ras al-Khaimah UAE 45444 Lankesian programming and music.

20:30:00 1035 Radio Eli, Tartus Estonia 35433 Religious programmin in russian

20:40:00 918 Radio Mayak, Makhachkala, Dagestan Russia 35333

21:00:00 1593 Radio Romania Actualitate, Ion orvin Romania 34333

21:10:00 1557 France Inter, Nice France 35333

21:26:00 1458 Radio Romania Actualitate, Constanta Romania 35433

21:35:00 1404 ERT, Komitini Greece 34333 No local programming at this time

21:41:00 1314 Radio Oltenia-Craiova, Craiova Romania 34333 Surprise! Only 1 kW!! Good ID on rec.

22:15:00 1296 SRTC Sudan Radio, Reiba Sudan 45433 Very nice with vernacular music
11.07.2015 19:15:00 1548 TWR Europe, Grigoriupol Moldova 45444 Religious program in romanian

19:25:00 1440 SBC Radio, Ras-el-Zawr Saudi Arabia 45444 Recitation from the Quran

19:35:00 1377 TWR Asia, Gavar Armenia 45444 Arabic programming

19:55:00 1539 IRIB Radio Golestan, Gorgan Iran 34433

19:57:00 1512 IRIB Radio Ardabil, Ardabil Iran 34433

20:25:00 936 IRIB Radio Markaze Azerbaijaneh, Gharb Iran 45444 Big signal! Ex IRIB Urumiyeh

20:33:00 747 IRIB Radio Iran, Gonbad Iran 45444 Strong! No local programming here

20:35:00 702 VOIRI, Kiashahr Iran 35433 Ext. Sce. In central asian language

20:45:00 1593 Radio Sawa, Umm-al Rimam Kuwait 34333 Used to be VoA here, now Sawa

21:25:00 1098 SBC Radio, Damman Saudi Arabia 35433 Spoken words

21:49:00 1332 Radio Romania Actualitate, Galati Romania 45444 Huge signal!

22:15:00 1278 France Bleu, Strasbourg France 34433 Played «Mambo No. 5».

22:20:00 1233 Radio Dechovka, Libeznice Czech Republic 33333 Usual polka music. QRM Cape Greco

22:25:00 981 Radio Cesky Impuls, Libeznice Czech Republic 33333 Czech popular music ans ID

22:35:00 963 Cyprus BC, Nicosia Cyprus 35333 Greek music, «zorba style»

22:55:00 1053 Radio Libya, Tripoli Libya 35333 Arabic discussion programme

23:13:00 1278 IRIB Radio Khermanshah Iran 34433 Still on, with a nice ID at this odd time

23:19:00 1170 Radio Capodistria, Trieste Slovenia 35433 «Blues Notte – Radio Capodistria»

23:45:00 1503 Radio Beograd 202, Belgrade Serbia 33333 Un-even battle with IRIB. Now 10 kW.


73's de Hans / LA2MOA

Vardo island / Komagvær

Arctic Norway

12" x 7" FSL + Skywave CC (mod.)


Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

Oliver Lomax
 

Go for Radio Rebelde rather than RHC... ;-) The programme is much more interesting...

On MW you should choose 10 kHz, which is the normal spacing of stations there, but it does not make much difference as the 606 can tune in 1 kHz increments anyway.

73s,

Oli.


Le 11/07/2015 07:36, marcel.kunzmann@... [ultralightdx] a crit:

Thanks for your help! It really did me a huge favour!
Of course I know spanish at an advanced level (otherwise it wouldn't make any sense to study in Cuba), but I just enjoy listening to english radio stations it's just far easier and enjoyable for me to understand.

Although I really understand why Radio Havana is famous around the DX community, I like to get those suggestions how to get beyond that. I'll listen a lot to Cuban transmissions when I'll be there (it's not the first time for me in Cuba), but my plan now is to go specifically beyond that.

What is your advice to improve the reception for my Tecsun 606? I don't know how to place my wire antenna best and which setup options should I choose (9 or 10 KHz, and the other options) for best results?


Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

M
 

Thanks for your help! It really did me a huge favour!
Of course I know spanish at an advanced level (otherwise it wouldn't make any sense to study in Cuba), but I just enjoy listening to english radio stations – it's just far easier and enjoyable for me to understand.

Although I really understand why Radio Havana is famous around the DX community, I like to get those suggestions how to get beyond that. I'll listen a lot to Cuban transmissions when I'll be there (it's not the first time for me in Cuba), but my plan now is to go specifically beyond that.

What is your advice to improve the reception for my Tecsun 606? I don't know how to place my wire antenna best… and which setup options should I choose (9 or 10 KHz, and the other options) for best results?


Re: Kchibo antenna experiments installment 1

R. Mark Barnett
 

Thank you for taking the extra effort to record these audio clips Mike!
 
Mark B. N8PGV


From: "Mike Westfall mwdlanm@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 4:54 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Kchibo antenna experiments installment 1

 
I don't get much time for DXing these days but had a little time last night/early this morning to dust off the SRF-M37V when I noticed that my local 1350 was off the air for some reason.

Here's a couple of logs, heard from my house in La Serena, Chile:

1360 OCU4I PRU LIM Lima - 10 July 2015 0330 - R. Bienestar -- With adjacent 1350 Riquelme off the air, this one was easily heard, mixing at times with another that was probably the 1360 in Concepcion. Playing some religious folk music, station slogan / ID inserted, continued playing same song, which went on for a long time. 1 kW (10 kW days), M37V. (New - #49)

1350 LS6 ARG BA Burzaco - 10 July 2015 0255 - R. Buenos Aires -- Dominant station on the channel with local R.Riquelme off the air. Religious programming. "Esto es S.O.S. Espiritual, Radio Buenos Aires, Mil Trescientos Cinquenta A. M."  1 kW (10 kW days), M37V (New - #48)



Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

R. Mark Barnett
 

I started learning Spanish in my 50's... I'm 59 now and I'm still adding words.  IT REALLY adds lots of stations to listen to! There are SO many free resources online like Destinos and Coffee Break Spanish.  Instant Immersion Spanish is a great program to buy if, like me, endless grammar babel makes your eyes bleed... 

I have lots of fun when we go to Southern Florida! The news out of Cuba isn't much different than you will hear elsewhere these days IMHO.. Time was when the propaganda in English was entertaining... maybe I have just been missing them...
 
Mark B. N8PGV


From: "Bob Coomler w7swl@... [ultralightdx]"
To: "ultralightdx@..."
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

 
It may have been a combination of factors, but last year on a cruise that passed very near Cuba, I found the MW immediately post-sunrise reception to be anywhere between "interesting" and "spectacular".  Hope I left something in the ionosphere for you!  As Keith mentioned, even the most basic Spanish will be a huge benefit.  
Enjoy the people, the culture and the music.  All are top rate.

Bob Coomler W7SWL
Tucson, AZ USA


Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

Bob Coomler
 

It may have been a combination of factors, but last year on a cruise that passed very near Cuba, I found the MW immediately post-sunrise reception to be anywhere between "interesting" and "spectacular".  Hope I left something in the ionosphere for you!  As Keith mentioned, even the most basic Spanish will be a huge benefit.  
Enjoy the people, the culture and the music.  All are top rate.

Bob Coomler W7SWL
Tucson, AZ USA


From: "keith1226@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 3:00 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

 
Hi Marcel,

As Bruce said, on MW you should have no trouble hearing many U.S.A. stations, and a few from Canada, in English after dark. If you know Spanish, or can gain a working knowledge before you go, you'll have many more listening options. 

I don't know if any European or North African MW stations are strong enough to reach across the Atlantic at listenable levels; but I suspect at least a few are, especially as we approach the winter solstice.

On shortwave, Radio Havana Cuba (RHC) maintains an English-language service offering Cuban and international news from an official, i.e. Cuban government, perspective, through the evening and most of the night. I don't think BBC or DW broadcast in English to the Americas any longer; DW may, in Spanish or Portuguese. You may be able to pick up Australia or New Zealand in the early morning hours (local time) when conditions are favorable. 

Finally, this site has good time and frequency listings for SW: Prime Time Shortwave - Your guide for English shortwave broadcasts
 
 ...you can print out a few pages and bring them along. 

Also check out Glenn Hauser's pages to see what he's hearing from Oklahoma: Glenn Hauser's World of Radio
 

Good luck and best regards, 

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA



Re: What can I hear in Cuba? – Multi-band radio for receiving the news in Havana

keith beesley
 

Hi Marcel,

As Bruce said, on MW you should have no trouble hearing many U.S.A. stations, and a few from Canada, in English after dark. If you know Spanish, or can gain a working knowledge before you go, you'll have many more listening options. 

I don't know if any European or North African MW stations are strong enough to reach across the Atlantic at listenable levels; but I suspect at least a few are, especially as we approach the winter solstice.

On shortwave, Radio Havana Cuba (RHC) maintains an English-language service offering Cuban and international news from an official, i.e. Cuban government, perspective, through the evening and most of the night. I don't think BBC or DW broadcast in English to the Americas any longer; DW may, in Spanish or Portuguese. You may be able to pick up Australia or New Zealand in the early morning hours (local time) when conditions are favorable. 

Finally, this site has good time and frequency listings for SW: Prime Time Shortwave - Your guide for English shortwave broadcasts

 

 ...you can print out a few pages and bring them along. 

Also check out Glenn Hauser's pages to see what he's hearing from Oklahoma: Glenn Hauser's World of Radio

 


Good luck and best regards, 

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA

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