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Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Rik
 

Thanks everyone!

I too had a pile of dead C Crane radios some years ago and I think most or all were Sangean made. I was hoping for better reliability by now. The Skywave does use an updated chip but it looks like the speaker is smaller than the PL-310ET at least in the photos. I use the ETM all the time to test and compare  antennas and I am used to it so maybe I will just get a back up. - FARMERIK


Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

R. Mark Barnett
 

An outrageous price given the features IMHO. Which chip is it using? With these "radio on a chip" radios, THAT'S really what you are buying.. NOT to say there isn't software and implementation variation, but it isn't THAT huge.  Silicon Labs chip based radios are largely the same.. AGAIN IMHO..
 
Mark B.


From: "tw78216@... [ultralightdx]"
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, November 1, 2015 10:41 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

 
For $100, there's a lot better radios in the marketplace , 
like CCrane Skywave



Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Emily Keene
 

I have had bad luck with CCrane radios - out of the many I have purchased, all but two either failed or fell apart. The one I have used almost every day and have enjoyed the most is the Skywave, and it is one of the two that have kept working.


Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Stan Horzepa
 

I have been using the Skywave just about daily since Christmas and today, it still works the same as it did when I removed it from its blister pack.

73,

Stan, WA1LOU

On 11/1/15 10:50 AM, farmerik@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
My guess is the Skywave is popular on this group. How have they been holding up? I think I looked at that radio and the ETON trav III and chose the ETON back in the Spring which has already failed to tune properly.

I would think others here have many hours on their Skywave. - FARMERIK


Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Rik
 

My guess is the Skywave is popular on this group. How have they been holding up? I think I looked at that radio and the ETON trav III and chose the ETON back in the Spring which has already failed to tune properly.

I would think others here have many hours on their Skywave. - FARMERIK


Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Rik
 

Thanks, I am sure I read those reviews before but forgot about the not so good SW performance. One says the PL-310ET beats the ATS 405 on SW I think. It is supposed to have good audio for a portable its size. It's probably not for me, but an interesting SWLing radio just the same. -FARMERIK


Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Tom Welch
 

For $100, there's a lot better radios in the marketplace , 
like CCrane Skywave


Re: SONY midday mini test-FARMERIK

K8HU and ex-NMN
 

Thats an interesting test.

--

Chuck Rippel - K8HU
Chesapeake, VA


Re: Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

keith beesley
 

I don't have one, but Jay gave it a generally favorable review. He reports it is good on AM, so-so on SW but better with a clip on antenna (there is no built-in antenna jack). Cabinet LOOKS very similar to my RS 20-629, but has some features that that one lacks (multiple bandwidths on AM and FM) and vice versa (no SSB or LW on the Sangean).


Keith




Re: New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

neilkaz <neilkaz@...>
 

Good catch. KNSS has been running day pattern at night all season and more of you can catch it! 73 KAZ

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From: "vo1_001_swl@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Oct 31, 2015 7:39 AM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook





Hello To All

New catch , US state # 42 on Ultralight radio early yesterday morning.


1330 khz - KNSS - Wichita, Kansas 8:25 UTC 10/30/15 w/ " Coast to Coast AM" program then into promos and PSA's , " Newstalk 13-30 KNSS " ID followed by news and then return to "Coast to Coast " program
This catch was possible due to usually heard WRCA in Waltham, Massachusetts being temporarily off for a length of time.


Ultralight Station # 1333 US State # 42 on ULR

Receiver : Sony SRF - M37W barefoot

Good DX to All
Allen Willie VOPC1AA
Carbonear, Newfoundland
47'44"15N 53'11"46W


Puyallup, WA Ultralight TP's for 10-31-- Asian Sunset

Gary DeBock
 

Halloween delivered somewhat of a treat this very early morning as several Asian signals reached vibrant levels during their local sunset period from 0910-1005 UTC. The Korean big guns on 972, 1053 and 1566 were managing S9 peaks, along with the NHK powerhouses on 747 and 774. Several second-tier Asians were also in audio, including 603-HLSA and 738-BEL2.
 
Weather was pretty frightful during the session, with the back yard full of rain and wind as the more sensible DXers were sleeping (at 0210 local time). The session was conducted in part to test out some new waterproofing modifications to make FSL antennas more survivable during ocean cliff DXpeditions. At 0910 UTC the Asian sunset propagation must have been near its peak, with both 972-HLCA and 1566-HLAZ at S9 levels, along with 747-JOIB and 774-JOUB. The 1053-Jammer, 1134-KBS and 1287-JOHR were also at decent levels, while a whole collection of second tier Asians were in and out with weak audio, including 603-HLSA, 657-Pyongyang, 738-BEL2, a presumed 936-Anhui, 1017-CRI and 1035-CNR1. Propagation during the session was pretty wild (like the weather) as stations faded in and out with no real pattern, except that by 1005 UTC most of the signals had tapered off somewhat. After a couple of hours of sleep I checked the band again at 1355-- and found that almost all of these Asian signals were a poor shadow of what they had been three hours earlier. I did notice promising audio on both 603-HLSA (like Colin reported) and 738-BEL2, but after DXing the Asian sunset session motivation was lacking to track these throughout the sunrise period. Although Asian signals were far stronger during the 0910-1005 UTC period the obvious drawback to such a strategy is the socially unacceptable practice of DXing around 0230 local time-- a situation which would not apply to DXers much farther east. I recall that during a Prince Edward Island DXpedition a few years back Nick was able to time the local sunrise with the Asian sunset period, and come away with several NHK big guns riding the grey line propagation. Maybe such a strategy could work in the Midwest, or other locations?
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
15" FSL antenna
 
 
 
 


Sangean ATS-405 thoughts?

Rik
 

Although not an ULR, I am looking for an under $100 radio with SW and pretty good audio for program listening


Does anyone have this model Sangean?


Is there something else I should look at?


-FARMERIK


Re: New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

mediumwavedx
 

I'll second that. What an amazing catch.

Just ran a plot on KNSS towards your direction. They are pumping only 1730 watts at you in their pattern null at the takeoff angle required to hit you. Some 2200+ miles. That, and about 30 other stations on 1330 between KNSS and you. Amazing! Congrats!

Bill


Re: New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

Rik
 

Congratulations! That is quite a barefoot  catch from your location. Also, 42 US states is an amazing accomplishment.  FARMERIK


New Ultralight radio catch, US State # 42 for the Ultralight logbook

Allen Willie
 



Hello To All


New catch ,  US state # 42 on Ultralight radio early yesterday morning. 


1330 khz - KNSS - Wichita, Kansas 8:25 UTC 10/30/15 w/ " Coast to Coast AM" program then into promos and PSA's , " Newstalk 13-30 KNSS " ID followed by news and then return to "Coast to Coast " program

This catch was possible due to usually heard WRCA in Waltham, Massachusetts being temporarily off for a length of time.


Ultralight Station # 1333     US State # 42 on ULR


Receiver : Sony SRF - M37W barefoot


Good DX to All

Allen Willie VOPC1AA
Carbonear, Newfoundland
47'44"15N 53'11"46W


Re: Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

Stan Horzepa
 

990 WXCT is in Southington (just down the hill from me).

WACM on 1490 is its sister station and it is in Springfield.

73,

Stan, WA1LOU


On 10/30/15 7:51 PM, farmerik@... [ultralightdx] wrote:
On 990 WXCT, did you hear any mention of a sister station on 1490? I have been hearing a very local sounding  oldies station when I drive west over the ridge here in NE CT  during the day which serves Springfieds MA area , and gives two frequencies. The other freq is in the 900's I think and serves Meridan and Southington area of CT.

Great catches from your location! - FARMERIK


Re: Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

No I didn't but I may have missed it.  Definitely heard an ID for WACM plus mentions of Hartford and Springfield.

John Cereghin

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 7:51 PM, farmerik@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

On 990 WXCT, did you hear any mention of a sister station on 1490? I have been hearing a very local sounding  oldies station when I drive west over the ridge here in NE CT  during the day which serves Springfieds MA area , and gives two frequencies. The other freq is in the 900's I think and serves Meridan and Southington area of CT.

Great catches from your location! - FARMERIK



Re: Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

Rik
 

On 990 WXCT, did you hear any mention of a sister station on 1490? I have been hearing a very local sounding  oldies station when I drive west over the ridge here in NE CT  during the day which serves Springfieds MA area , and gives two frequencies. The other freq is in the 900's I think and serves Meridan and Southington area of CT.

Great catches from your location! - FARMERIK


Two New ULR Logs- It's Been a While...

jcereghin@...
 

A real dry spell with ULR DXing due to something called life, but I was able to log two new ULR stations tonight:


970 WZAN Portland ME, 404 miles, 1800 Eastern.  "News Radio 970 WZAN" and local ads.  One of my most wanted stations.  ULR #942


990 WXCT Southington CT, 213 miles, 1815 Eastern.  IDed as WACM, mentions of "Your place for Good Time Oldies" and Hartford and Springfield.  ULR #943


Used my PL310 barefoot.


John Cereghin

Smyrna DE


SONY midday mini test-FARMERIK

Rik
 

I ran another midday AM station count test today. I just count the number of stations with understandable sound which could be identified  with more time. Tests conducted Fri 30 Oct 2015 starting at 12 noon and ending at 12:40 PM.

For a baseline comparison of band and location conditions I ran the automatic  ETM scan feature on my PL-310ET.

Pre test- ETM=11 Stations
Post test- ETM=12 Stations

The new SONY ICF-P36=29 Stations

The new SONY ICF-P26=33 Stations

This surprised me as the P36 is larger and has a horizontal layout with far more room for a longer ferrite antenna inside the case.

Based on factory specs, I did not expect the P36 to be less than the 20 cubic inches needed to qualify as an ULR. I took very careful measurements of 5.1 X 2.6 X 1.37 inches for the radio and the FM antenna lays along the outside of the back of the radio about 4.5 inches long and 0.2 inches in diameter. Maybe others can double check my math, but I think it is around 17 cubic inches. They say it is about 2 inches deep, including the FM whip.

The P36 is easier to tune with the thumb wheel. With the P26 I had to engage a finger nail in the thumb wheel.

They both look like they should be approve able as ULR sets, and seem quite competitive at least in my brief tests. Prices are below $50.

-FARMERIK


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