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Re: ETON Traveler III MISS tuning- FARMERIK

mediumwavedx
 

Hi FARMERIK,

Mine does the same thing. It's annoying. I have heard of others having the same problem. Seems to be the nature of the beast.

It's a beautifully made radio otherwise. They really skimped on the tuning encoder. I expect it will fail totally in short order.

Bill



ETON Traveler III MISS tuning- FARMERIK

Rik
 

My ETON Trav III miss tunes either by skipping steps or not responding to turning the knob, and sometimes changing step after I have stopped turning the knob. Could either compressed air or DeOxit help? Or is it hopeless? - FARMERIK



Re: Hot Rodding the C Crane Skywave

Rik
 

Thanks for the excellent article. Let us know how it DXes tuning your crate loops. - FARMERIK


Re: Sony ICF-P26

Rik
 

Tunes and behaves differently than the SRF59. Probably competitive with it, but I no longer have the walkmen here to compare. It is close enough so it would take quite a bit of time DXing to compare them. I could do additional day time station counts, besides the PL-310 and R9012, but I have no idea what other radios people are interested in, and I don't have all that many.  I should have an ETON Traveler III here, but haven't seen it  lately.

I spent hours DXing with the SONY ICF-S22 and never heard any interest it that after I posted results here. I'd be glad to do a station count though. Just ask if I have the radio you have. - FARMERIK


Re: Sony ICF-P26

Lee
 

Anyone find out if it`s processed like the SRF59 et al ???

Lee... G6ZSG


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-25

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks to Colin and Nigel for their earlier reports. Unfortunately there was no dramatic improvement in Asian signal strength this morning (at least not at this mediocre location). Some promising signals around 1310 took a swoon by 1330, and a lackluster sunrise enhancement brought up very few second tier TP's.
 
In the total darkness at 1310 both the 1053-Jammer and 1566-HLAZ were managing fair to good signals, along with fair audio from the Japanese big guns and the somewhat unusual 558-HLQH. These all took a dive by 1330, with very little Asian audio across the band. Around 1400 the Japanese on 594 and 747 came back up to fair strength, while 603 came out of the noise with a weak mix of China and HLSA around 1405. 657-Pyongyang also managed threshold audio around the same time, while 738-Tahiti (a sure sign of substandard Asian conditions here) confirmed the dreary propagation with weak audio at 1430. Late on in the session around 1435 both 1575-VOA and 1593-CNR1 came out of the noise to manage ghostly audio, but bailed very quickly after that. Overall the session was pretty lackluster, and fairly typical of the dreary propagation during this lean solar year. Hopefully the group at Rockwork had much better Asian results than this mediocre location provided, but I'm not very optimistic about that.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 


Re: Hot Rodding the C Crane Skywave

jcfontario
 

Nice article, Chuck.
 
I picked up a Skywave, mainly for travel to Europe, however, hotel rooms there are extremely noisy with BPL and general QRM, so having the ability to throw a wire out the window might be useful.
 
Alas, my soldering skills are in such a sad state that I might end up being a customer for a second radio after I mis-soldered the first one!
 
It does give me hope though............
 
John Fisher,
Kingston, ON

Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2015 2:54 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Hot Rodding the C Crane Skywave

 

Hi all.  This morning was devoted to "Hot Rodding" my C Crane Skywave by adding an input for an external medium wave antenna.  Aimed primarily at accommodating the addition of a loop, the capability of the varactor in Si4734 DSP chip to tune a loop is taken advantage of.

I'll upload it after posting this message so I expect everyone wil get the notice.

Best
Chuck Rippel
Chesapeake, VA



New file uploaded to ultralightdx

ultralightdx@...
 

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Hot Rodding the C Crane Skywave

K8HU and ex-NMN
 

Hi all.  This morning was devoted to "Hot Rodding" my C Crane Skywave by adding an input for an external medium wave antenna.  Aimed primarily at accommodating the addition of a loop, the capability of the varactor in Si4734 DSP chip to tune a loop is taken advantage of.

I'll upload it after posting this message so I expect everyone wil get the notice.

Best
Chuck Rippel
Chesapeake, VA



Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-24

Gary DeBock
 

Here in Puyallup it was also a clunker session for sure, with all the Asian big guns except for 1566-HLAZ turning their nose up at the lackluster propagation. 
 
The meager signals that showed up were all from Korea and Thailand, the best of which was from 1566 during its Japanese service at 1335 (fair to good). 558-HLQH also managed a few gasps past the 560 splatter around 1405, and ghostly audio from both 603-HLSA and 657-Pyongyang surfaced around 1425. Finally,1575-VOA also managed fair audio at 1438 for about 5 minutes, but that was about it. Even the Japanese big guns took the day off (like we should have done).
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Re: Anyone heard of a Kaito KA268? -FARMERIK

Rik
 

I was never able to find too much, but I do think it is a new model. Now there are two brief 'reviews' on Amazon. One sounds like it may be connected to the seller, Kaito USA and the other is pretty vague. I't's only $20 + $7 shipping, in the price range of the R9012, but larger than a ULR powered by 4 AA cells. So I ordered one today. I am hoping for a cheap radio to listen to SW in the car while my wife is shopping.

Amazon.com: Kaito KA268 12 Band World Receiver with AM/FM and 10 Shortwave Bands 3.8 Mhz - 22Mhz: Electronics

 


Puyallp, WA UltralightTP's for 10-23

Gary DeBock
 

For once Victoria and Puyallup were in full agreement as the below average season produced another below average session. With the exception of the Japanese and Korean big guns TP signals were going against the grain, and those that did manage to show up lacked any energy.
 
In the predawn darkness at 1310 the NHK big guns and 1566-HLAZ were all fairly strong, and 972-HLCA, the 1053-Jammer and 1566-HLAZ were having their moments of fair audio. Unfortunately things pretty much stayed this way throughout the session, with very little else showing up during a lackluster sunrise enhancement. Around 1400 there were weak gasps of audio from a presumed 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang and a presumed 738-BEL2, none of which could stick around for more than a few seconds. 1134-JOQR, 1503-JOUK and 1575-VOA also reached threshold levels in and out during a dreary sunrise enhancement, but bailed very quickly whenever investigated. Only 594, 693 and 774 reached very good levels, although even these big guns weren't as strong as yesterday. Altogether it was another very forgettable session in a pretty lackluster October.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 


Puyallup, WA Ultraight TP's for 10-22

Gary DeBock
 

The dreary reports from Victoria this morning were kind of puzzling, with the Asians sounding about average here this morning (for this below average season, that is). A fairly good sunrise enhancement boost at 1400 brought the usual Japanese big guns and 972-HLCA up to respectable levels, along with weak audio from 558-HLQH, 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang and 1134-JOQR. 972-HLCA even had several S9+ peaks, reaching its best level of the season here so far.
  
At my 1310 start time the band was bizarre indeed, with 1323-CRI the only Asian with decent audio (and that at a fair to good level, no less, with its Russian service). Unfortunately the gear wasn't set up yet in the back yard for a recording. The Japanese big guns and 972-HLCA had several fair to good peaks during the predawn darkness, along with weaker audio from 1053, 1134 (JOQR) and 1566. Just before 1400 the Japanese big guns and 972-HLCA began to get a serious boost, with 972 pounding in at S9+ levels between 1420 and 1430 with its variety program. Second-tier TP's on 558, 603 (HLSA), 657 and 1134 (JOQR) weren't nearly as strong, but did make weak appearances in and out of the noise before bailing around 1430.The big guns on 594, 693 and 972 stuck it out much later, though, with 594 and 972 both maintaining weak audio here as late as 1450 (unprecedented this month, for this mediocre location). Overall the session was fairly average, but kind of bizarre considering the lackluster reports from Victoria.
 
972  HLCA   Korean female speech at S9+ level during variety program at 1416
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-21

Gary DeBock
 

A dreary band in the predawn darkness was rescued somewhat by a potent sunrise enhancement boost after 1400, bringing the usual Japanese and Korean big guns up to respectable levels, and several second-tier Asians out of the noise.
 
Around 1305 the Asians were anemic indeed, with only 1566-HLAZ managing fair audio in and out. During the predawn darkness all the NHK big guns seemed to be struggling to get out of the noise, and the Koreans on 972 and 1053 were missing in action. Things began to improve dramatically around 1400 when the Japanese on 594, 693, 747, 774 and 828 came out of the noise to reach fair to good levels in and out, while the Koreans on 972 and 1053 got a serious boost. Around 1405 both 603-China (with weak male-female Chinese speech, all alone without HLSA) and 657-Pyongyang managed fair audio peaks, while a presumed 1134-KBS also came out of the noise with variety show programming sounding like 972. Although the Japanese big guns followed Nick's script by staying at relatively modest levels 972-HLCA became pretty strong, with Korean female speech temporarily hitting a very good level around 1410. Neither 603-China nor 657-Pyongyang could hold their fair strength for any length of time, though, and sunk into the noise around 1420. The Japanese big guns also bailed shortly thereafter, but 972-HLCA was still in audio as late as 1445 here-- pretty much unprecedented for this mediocre location so far this season. Overall the session was moderately interesting because of the dramatic sunrise enhancement boost-- which turned a clunker band into something pretty decent.
      
972  HLCA   Dangjin, S. Korea   Korean female speech at very good level at 1410
https://app.box.com/s/8t8k0ve0pa11fmfjnk4gsg76ohauzfpc  
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 


Re: SHORTWAVE ultralight dxing

Gary DeBock
 

Hello,
 
<<<  my main question is if the community of ULR dxing supports the SW band as an option and if the awards program can support SW. Is the awards program alive?????   >>>
 
In answer to your questions, the ULR community does indeed support SW listening as part of our hobby interest, and welcomes your SWL reports. As a matter of fact, we have typically allowed DXing reports made using ANY portable to be posted on our site, although the Records and Awards programs are limited to receptions made on officially approved Ultralight radios (of 20 cubic inches or less, and without SSB capability).
 
The Ultralight Radio Awards Program currently does not include any provision for receptions made on the Shortwave frequencies. The Awards Program was originally set up to cover Medium Wave and Longwave receptions on Ultralight radios, but is currently in great need of another volunteer qualified in Adobe Photoshop software usage and composition. There really isn't any way that one person (yours truly) can process Awards Applications from 1,617 members, especially when certain applicants don't understand why they can't receive their awards immediately. As with most radio hobby groups the Ultralight Radio group has been sustained by the same volunteer workers for many years-- who have worked in the background to provide the services that are taken for granted. Many of our original volunteers have dropped out for various reasons, unfortunately. Until we can have the volunteer services of another Photoshop-qualified applicant, I regret that we can no longer take new applications for Ultralight Radio Awards, except in highly unusual cases.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight Radio group Co-Founder
 
 
       
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: gvastianos@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Oct 20, 2015 1:40 pm
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] SHORTWAVE ultralight dxing

 
Thanks for your replies

my main question is if the community of ULR dxing supports the SW band as an option and if the awards program can support SW. Is the awards program alive?????

73


Re: SHORTWAVE ultralight dxing

gvastianos
 

Thanks for your replies

my main question is if the community of ULR dxing supports the SW band as an option and if the awards program can support SW. Is the awards program alive?????

73


Puyallup, WA Ultrlight TP's for 10-20

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks to Mark for his TP report from Vancouver, WA. Colin and Nick's Victoria script played out here in Puyallup as well, as a halfhearted Asian recovery benefited somewhat from a sunrise enhancement boost around 1400. The big gun NHK stations came up to respectable levels, although the second tier Asians barely came out of the noise.
 
As Colin descibed the Asians seemed to be back with some variety around 1300, with the usual Japanese on 594, 693, 747 and 828 managing some audio in the predawn darkness, and 1566-HLAZ actually sounding energetic. A typical October signal swoon then took over, and nothing really sounded very healthy until daylight broke just before 1400. 594-JOAK and 693-JOAB were the main beneficiaries, with the former reaching a very good level with NHK news at 1404. 747-JOIB, 972-HLCA, the 1053-Jammer and 1134-JOQR all managed fair audio around 1405, and both 603-HLSA and a presumed 657-Pyongyang came out of the noise to reach threshold audio. Nothing much changed for the next 15 minutes as these regulars continued to rise up and down in strength before bailing around 1430. The session was certainly an improvement over yesterday, although far from exciting.
 
594  JOAK   Tokyo, Japan   NHK news at very good level at 1404; best Asian signal of the session
https://app.box.com/s/naioudkwo0ff3b2oq13vev7luahk9kdf  
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna 
 
 
 


Re: Vancouver, WA Ultralight TP for 10/20/15

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Mark,
 
Congratulations on your reception of 594-JOAK this morning on your Eton Traveler III and Terk Loop in Vancouver! I'm happy that you were able to receive it around 1309, especially because it wasn't too strong here around that time. In addition, it's always a challenge to chase TP's with a portable antenna setup away from home.
 
The station hit a pretty strong peak this morning around 1405 UTC (0705 PDT), which was about an hour after you tracked it down  https://app.box.com/s/naioudkwo0ff3b2oq13vev7luahk9kdf  In general, your best chance at tracking down TP's this time of year is to try for the "sunrise enhancement" period of 1400-1415 UTC (0700-0715 PDT), during which the Asians usually reach their best strength of the morning.
 
Thanks again for your report, and good luck in tracking down more Asians!
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
 
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: mark_stalcup@... [ultralightdx] To: ultralightdx
Sent: Tue, Oct 20, 2015 7:46 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Vancouver, WA Ultralight TP for 10/20/15

 
I live in Portland, OR but today brought my Eton Traveler III and Terk Loop along with my Sony SW55 spotter to work in Vancouver, WA this morning to try to catch 594-JOAK during its sunrise boost.  No sun here today so far :-)  but from 1309 to 1315 GMT I was able to receive poor-to-fair reception of a male announcer in what I presume to be Japanese - both on the Eton as well as the Sony.  I wasn't sure how things would go since I was only getting a het around 1300 GMT, but I stuck with it and it popped in at 1309 and dropped off very quickly at 1315.  I didn't try for any other frequencies - I was happy to focus on 594 to see what I could get.  I'm very impressed with the Eton so far - it is a fun little radio that is pretty sensitive and works really well coupled with my various loop antennae.  Very exciting!

Mark Stalcup
Portland, OR
Eton Traveler III - ultralight
Sony SW55, Sony 2010, Eton E1 - non-ultralights
Terk loop, C Crane Twin Coil, Quantum Q-Stick rod - antennae


Vancouver, WA Ultralight TP for 10/20/15

Mark Stalcup
 

I live in Portland, OR but today brought my Eton Traveler III and Terk Loop along with my Sony SW55 spotter to work in Vancouver, WA this morning to try to catch 594-JOAK during its sunrise boost.  No sun here today so far :-)  but from 1309 to 1315 GMT I was able to receive poor-to-fair reception of a male announcer in what I presume to be Japanese - both on the Eton as well as the Sony.  I wasn't sure how things would go since I was only getting a het around 1300 GMT, but I stuck with it and it popped in at 1309 and dropped off very quickly at 1315.  I didn't try for any other frequencies - I was happy to focus on 594 to see what I could get.  I'm very impressed with the Eton so far - it is a fun little radio that is pretty sensitive and works really well coupled with my various loop antennae.  Very exciting!


Mark Stalcup

Portland, OR

Eton Traveler III - ultralight

Sony SW55, Sony 2010, Eton E1 - non-ultralights

Terk loop, C Crane Twin Coil, Quantum Q-Stick rod - antennae


Re: SHORTWAVE ultralight dxing

Rik
 

I use my ULR's on SW regularly. Some will overload on a large outdoor or amplified antenna connected to the radios whip or plugged into an antenna jack. A simple way to reduce the overloading is to buy one of the very inexpensive in line volume controls for head phones with a 1/8th inch jack and plug on the ends.

It is pretty unlikely a 20 foot or so wire clipped to the whip will over load an ULR on SW.

 If your ULR does not have an antenna input jack there are also on eBay short cables with a 1/8th jack on one end and a clip to fit the whip on your radio on the other. If you have trouble finding those, post a reply and I can add links.

Overloading can show up in several ways. It could make strong stations very distorted, or it could just cause poor quality of the sound, or add images of signals  from other frequencies.  One place it often shows up on SW  is on the bands around 3 MHz and 4 MHz with images of stations on one band appearing on the other.

-FARMERIK

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