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Re: Best "Value" DX Radio

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks.

Do the latest ones have the same issue of muting when changing frequencies?

On Mon, 7 Oct 2019, 1:51 p.m. Tony King, <dx4me2@...> wrote:
Csn recommend the Tecsun PL380. Have two of them and with the bandwidth down to  1khz on MW it is a real performer with a loop or preferably a directional EWE antenna via  a coil coupler. South Americans  and all frequencies on the  X band have been evident in recent weeks around 0600 UTC.
Tony King
Greytown NZ

On Mon, 7 Oct 2019 at 12:38, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Hi all.

I will soon be in the market for a "good" DX radio. I have used a few in the past (my AR1733 being a bit of a standout) but I am not limited to buying local (eBay is fine). In the past few years, has anything come along which is a real stand out / good value?

I would prefer something with AA batteries and if it includes the Airband, that is even better.
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Re: Best "Value" DX Radio

Michael.2E0IHW
 

I second this : the PL380 is a good all-rounder.

Gary : really good to see your YT presentation.
Please do this more often - using a tie-pin microphone
to improve audibility.

Michael UK

On 07/10/2019 03:51, Tony King wrote:
Csn recommend the Tecsun PL380. Have two of them and with the bandwidth down to  1khz on MW it is a real performer with a loop or preferably a directional EWE antenna via a coil coupler.
...
Tony King


Innovative Ferrite Antennas Speech (IRCA Convention)

Gary DeBock
 

For those who missed the September IRCA convention in Seattle, you still have a chance to catch one of the presentations. My wife kindly offered to record a video of my "Innovative Ferrite Antennas" speech at the convention, driving up to the Tukwila Marriott on September 7th to spend the entire day with a group of nerdy DXers (and take all of the convention group photos later in the day) . Having her record a video seemed like a great idea until I started discussing the $1000+ cost of the larger FSL antennas, at which point I recalled that this information was supposed to be kept secret from my wife, who suddenly came down with a serious scowl as she recorded.

Anyway, the 19-minue video discusses the start of the Ultralight Radio group in 2008, the discovery of FSL antennas, the relative capabilities of a 7.5 inch loopstick Ultralight, a TSA-friendly "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna and an "Airport Unfriendly" monster FSL, and also a brief history of "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna DXing around the world, based on the article posted at  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/kp487ahn3wm3dd7rkb6thvddyt7wixgb
Featuring cameo appearances by host Nick Hall-Patch, IRCA President Bruce Portzer, east coast DXers Bill Whitacre and Brett Saylor as well as Nigel Pimblett, Tom Rothlisberger, Guy Atkins, Craig Barnes and many others, the video should be interesting if you have ever dreamed of really pushing your DXing luck with portables-- or maybe if you need a quick cure for insomnia?   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJYhFLa9pk8&feature=youtu.be
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: Best "Value" DX Radio

Tony King <dx4me2@...>
 

Csn recommend the Tecsun PL380. Have two of them and with the bandwidth down to  1khz on MW it is a real performer with a loop or preferably a directional EWE antenna via  a coil coupler. South Americans  and all frequencies on the  X band have been evident in recent weeks around 0600 UTC.
Tony King
Greytown NZ

On Mon, 7 Oct 2019 at 12:38, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Hi all.

I will soon be in the market for a "good" DX radio. I have used a few in the past (my AR1733 being a bit of a standout) but I am not limited to buying local (eBay is fine). In the past few years, has anything come along which is a real stand out / good value?

I would prefer something with AA batteries and if it includes the Airband, that is even better.
--
Paul - Moderator
UltralightDX


Best "Value" DX Radio

Paul Blundell
 

Hi all.

I will soon be in the market for a "good" DX radio. I have used a few in the past (my AR1733 being a bit of a standout) but I am not limited to buying local (eBay is fine). In the past few years, has anything come along which is a real stand out / good value?

I would prefer something with AA batteries and if it includes the Airband, that is even better.
--
Paul - Moderator
UltralightDX


Oklahoma TP DX 10-6-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

Several Asian signal were audible here this morning (LSR @ 1229).
567 JOIK barely audible to poor at 1203-1205.
594 JOAK fair strength at 1216-1217.
612 unID (4QR?) carrier signal with KCSP-610 QRM at 1239-1243.
693 JOAB fair with severe KGGF-690 QRM at 1223-1225.
702 unID (2BL?) carrier signal at 1231-1243.
738 unID carrier with severe KRMG-740 QRM at 1225-1227.
747 JOIB fair at 1201-1203.
774 JOUB peaking to good strength at 1158 before fading away by 1200.
828 JOBB barely audible at 1227-1228.
972 unID (HLCA?) weak carrier at 1229.
1566 unID (HLAZ?) trace of audio with XERF-1570 QRM at 1232-1235.
Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.

Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.


Oklahoma TP DX 10-5-19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

Despite nearby thunderstorms I heard a some TP signals this morning (LSR @ 1229).

594 JOAK poor JJ talk at 1215-1217.

702 unID (2BL?) carrier (no audio) with XEGD 700 QRM at 1224, fading away at 1238.

747 JOIB fair at 1151-1201.

774 JOUB fair at 1055-1101; poor at 1120-1128.

828 JOBB fair at 1213-1215.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Gary DeBock
 

<<<   We're about "DX'ing" or long-distance reception using that particular group of rx, combining receiver-tech success with knowledge of propagation variables (and defined probabilities -- e.g. you ain't gonna hear daytime Brazil in Western Australia). 
Richard Allen in Oklahoma and Gary DeBock in Washington state still regularly support those ideals.   >>>

Kia Orana Theo,

I should be honest and admit that out of all of the Ultralight Radio DX-ploits over the past 11years, my biggest thrill has been to discover a plunging ocean side cliff that not only broke the west coast record for New Zealand reception, but shattered it completely. Kiwi signals rock at Rockwork!

Gary


DX500 Project - 4/10/2019

Paul Blundell
 


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UltralightDX


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Theo <theod438@...>
 

From memory, the original 'Yahoo!' group was about experiencing/testing/using a defined class (by physical size) of hand-held small receivers for DXing... that is, successfully catching stuff with same which for a lot of us would have been limited to more, um, professional/expensive equipment.  The receivers resulted from tech advances involving DSP micro-chips. 

Our 'founder' was undoubtedly the late John Bryant.

Leave it at that.

We're about "DX'ing" or long-distance reception using that particular group of rx, combining receiver-tech success with knowledge of propagation variables (and defined probabilities -- e.g. you ain't gonna hear daytime Brazil in Western Australia). 

Richard Allen in Oklahoma and Gary DeBock in Washington state still regularly support those ideals.

When the decision was made to switch to <groups.io>, I believe a discussion segment split off, though I never followed up on the opportunity.

Theo Donnelly
Burnaby, BC


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Keith. I guess with me being over the other side of the world, I am active when a lot of you are not and vice versa.


On Sat, 5 Oct 2019, 3:56 a.m. keith beesley via Groups.Io, <keith1226=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul and group, 

I have not been actively DXing much lately, aside from the occasional bandscan on the car radio, etc. Tried for some FM this past N. hemisphere summer but didn't hear anything this year. 

With our fall/winter season approaching, I want to get back into it. Will try to post some loggings here as time permits. 

Regards, 

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, 01:26:29 AM PDT, blumu via Groups.Io <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:


Paul an all :  this is probably to be expected. Most of the
possible DX catches will have been logged; there will
be few transmitters left which have not yet been heard.
This might change when sunspots allow, of course.

Not all of us will have a high-spec FSL, or be able
to travel to oceansidse sweet-spots.

One aspect which would merit ongoing exchanges
is building variants of all shapes, weights and
sizes of the FSL,  perhaps including versions
for 160m which would enhance listening to
ham traffic amidst otherwise swamping QRM.

Comments?

Michael UK


On 03/10/2019 06:23, Paul Blundell wrote:
> Hi all.
>
> Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group, as
> can be seen in the link below.
>
> https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG
>
> What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous activity
> levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing of
> loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are we
> all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we do
> something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?
>
> --
> Paul - Moderator
> UltralightDX




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UltralightDX


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Paul Blundell
 

That is a good idea and something I can make a start in.

Paul

On Sat, 5 Oct 2019, 12:33 a.m. Majid Hussain, <mhussaincov93@...> wrote:
hi there,
i'm a newbie to the list, i'm a lerker!
hows about radio reviews?
example the tecson pl310et?
and how good they are in regards to dxing?
note, the pl310et was an example, it's my fav radio!
it's the best i've got so far.
love the am filters on it!
I hope this is of some help!
thanks for letting me on this wonderful list! :) :)
Majid

On 04/10/2019, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
> Thanks for the reply.
>
> I love seeing and hearing about other people's loggings, results and
> adventures, I was hoping to see more of this. If conditions improve I would
> love to see us get some challenges happening. I know the SOTA crowd are
> running some monthly challenges in 2020.
>
> On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 6:26 PM blumu via Groups.Io <blumu=
> btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
>> Paul an all :  this is probably to be expected. Most of the
>> possible DX catches will have been logged; there will
>> be few transmitters left which have not yet been heard.
>> This might change when sunspots allow, of course.
>>
>> Not all of us will have a high-spec FSL, or be able
>> to travel to oceansidse sweet-spots.
>>
>> One aspect which would merit ongoing exchanges
>> is building variants of all shapes, weights and
>> sizes of the FSL,  perhaps including versions
>> for 160m which would enhance listening to
>> ham traffic amidst otherwise swamping QRM.
>>
>> Comments?
>>
>> Michael UK
>>
>>
>> On 03/10/2019 06:23, Paul Blundell wrote:
>> > Hi all.
>> >
>> > Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group, as
>> > can be seen in the link below.
>> >
>> >
>> https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG
>> >
>> > What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous
>> > activity
>> > levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing
>> > of
>> > loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are
>> > we
>> > all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we do
>> > something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?
>> >
>> > --
>> > Paul - Moderator
>> > UltralightDX
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> --
> Paul
>
>
>
>


--
kind regards,
Majid Hussain




--
Paul - Moderator
UltralightDX


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

keith beesley
 

Hi Paul and group, 

I have not been actively DXing much lately, aside from the occasional bandscan on the car radio, etc. Tried for some FM this past N. hemisphere summer but didn't hear anything this year. 

With our fall/winter season approaching, I want to get back into it. Will try to post some loggings here as time permits. 

Regards, 

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, 01:26:29 AM PDT, blumu via Groups.Io <blumu@...> wrote:


Paul an all :  this is probably to be expected. Most of the
possible DX catches will have been logged; there will
be few transmitters left which have not yet been heard.
This might change when sunspots allow, of course.

Not all of us will have a high-spec FSL, or be able
to travel to oceansidse sweet-spots.

One aspect which would merit ongoing exchanges
is building variants of all shapes, weights and
sizes of the FSL,  perhaps including versions
for 160m which would enhance listening to
ham traffic amidst otherwise swamping QRM.

Comments?

Michael UK


On 03/10/2019 06:23, Paul Blundell wrote:
> Hi all.
>
> Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group, as
> can be seen in the link below.
>
> https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG
>
> What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous activity
> levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing of
> loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are we
> all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we do
> something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?
>
> --
> Paul - Moderator
> UltralightDX




Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Majid Hussain
 

hey there gary!
thanks for the link going to give it a look!
thanks again!
Majid

On 04/10/2019, Gary DeBock via Groups.Io <D1028Gary@...> wrote:
Hello Majid,
Welcome to the group!
There is a detailed Tecsun PL-310ET review posted at the following link
(along with detailed reviews of four other Ultralight radios)
 https://swling.com/blog/2015/03/gary-debocks-2015-ultralight-radio-shootout-review/
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


-----Original Message-----
From: Majid Hussain <mhussaincov93@...>
To: main <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Oct 4, 2019 7:33 am
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Group Stats / Future Plans

hi there,
i'm a newbie to the list, i'm a lerker!
hows about radio reviews?
example the tecson pl310et?
and how good they are in regards to dxing?
note, the pl310et was an example, it's my fav radio!
it's the best i've got so far.
love the am filters on it!
I hope this is of some help!
thanks for letting me on this wonderful list! :) :)
Majid

On 04/10/2019, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Thanks for the reply.

I love seeing and hearing about other people's loggings, results and
adventures, I was hoping to see more of this. If conditions improve I
would
love to see us get some challenges happening. I know the SOTA crowd are
running some monthly challenges in 2020.

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 6:26 PM blumu via Groups.Io <blumu=
btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Paul an all :  this is probably to be expected. Most of the
possible DX catches will have been logged; there will
be few transmitters left which have not yet been heard.
This might change when sunspots allow, of course.

Not all of us will have a high-spec FSL, or be able
to travel to oceansidse sweet-spots.

One aspect which would merit ongoing exchanges
is building variants of all shapes, weights and
sizes of the FSL,  perhaps including versions
for 160m which would enhance listening to
ham traffic amidst otherwise swamping QRM.

Comments?

Michael UK


On 03/10/2019 06:23, Paul Blundell wrote:
Hi all.

Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group,
as
can be seen in the link below.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG

What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous
activity
levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing
of
loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are
we
all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we
do
something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?

--
Paul - Moderator
UltralightDX


--
Paul




--
kind regards,
Majid Hussain






--
kind regards,
Majid Hussain


Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Majid,

Welcome to the group!

There is a detailed Tecsun PL-310ET review posted at the following link (along with detailed reviews of four other Ultralight radios)  https://swling.com/blog/2015/03/gary-debocks-2015-ultralight-radio-shootout-review/

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



-----Original Message-----
From: Majid Hussain <mhussaincov93@...>
To: main <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Oct 4, 2019 7:33 am
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Group Stats / Future Plans

hi there,
i'm a newbie to the list, i'm a lerker!
hows about radio reviews?
example the tecson pl310et?
and how good they are in regards to dxing?
note, the pl310et was an example, it's my fav radio!
it's the best i've got so far.
love the am filters on it!
I hope this is of some help!
thanks for letting me on this wonderful list! :) :)
Majid

On 04/10/2019, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
> Thanks for the reply.
>
> I love seeing and hearing about other people's loggings, results and
> adventures, I was hoping to see more of this. If conditions improve I would
> love to see us get some challenges happening. I know the SOTA crowd are
> running some monthly challenges in 2020.
>
> On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 6:26 PM blumu via Groups.Io <blumu=
> btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
>> Paul an all :  this is probably to be expected. Most of the
>> possible DX catches will have been logged; there will
>> be few transmitters left which have not yet been heard.
>> This might change when sunspots allow, of course.
>>
>> Not all of us will have a high-spec FSL, or be able
>> to travel to oceansidse sweet-spots.
>>
>> One aspect which would merit ongoing exchanges
>> is building variants of all shapes, weights and
>> sizes of the FSL,  perhaps including versions
>> for 160m which would enhance listening to
>> ham traffic amidst otherwise swamping QRM.
>>
>> Comments?
>>
>> Michael UK
>>
>>
>> On 03/10/2019 06:23, Paul Blundell wrote:
>> > Hi all.
>> >
>> > Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group, as
>> > can be seen in the link below.
>> >
>> >
>> https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG
>> >
>> > What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous
>> > activity
>> > levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing
>> > of
>> > loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are
>> > we
>> > all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we do
>> > something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?
>> >
>> > --
>> > Paul - Moderator
>> > UltralightDX
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> --
> Paul
>
>
>
>


--
kind regards,
Majid Hussain




Re: Group Stats / Future Plans

Majid Hussain
 

hi there,
i'm a newbie to the list, i'm a lerker!
hows about radio reviews?
example the tecson pl310et?
and how good they are in regards to dxing?
note, the pl310et was an example, it's my fav radio!
it's the best i've got so far.
love the am filters on it!
I hope this is of some help!
thanks for letting me on this wonderful list! :) :)
Majid

On 04/10/2019, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Thanks for the reply.

I love seeing and hearing about other people's loggings, results and
adventures, I was hoping to see more of this. If conditions improve I would
love to see us get some challenges happening. I know the SOTA crowd are
running some monthly challenges in 2020.

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 6:26 PM blumu via Groups.Io <blumu=
btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Paul an all : this is probably to be expected. Most of the
possible DX catches will have been logged; there will
be few transmitters left which have not yet been heard.
This might change when sunspots allow, of course.

Not all of us will have a high-spec FSL, or be able
to travel to oceansidse sweet-spots.

One aspect which would merit ongoing exchanges
is building variants of all shapes, weights and
sizes of the FSL, perhaps including versions
for 160m which would enhance listening to
ham traffic amidst otherwise swamping QRM.

Comments?

Michael UK


On 03/10/2019 06:23, Paul Blundell wrote:
Hi all.

Over the past few years I have been keeping some stats on the group, as
can be seen in the link below.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_5JtXlNybI/XZWEJYTYEGI/AAAAAAAAK8g/5i7NwxlGAO4h_UcaqvxTt91CpyRa0HBIwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/GroupStats_October2019JPG.JPG

What I would love to see is the group to return to the previous
activity
levels of the past with some robust discussions going on, the sharing
of
loggings, DXing adventures, photos of these and more interaction. Are
we
all to a "comfortable" level where we are just going along or can we do
something to fire ourselves and the hobby back up?

--
Paul - Moderator
UltralightDX


--
Paul



--
kind regards,
Majid Hussain


Re: New file uploaded to main@UltralightDX.groups.io

radiojayallen
 

And many os us who are not hard-core DXers still love UL radios for general use while travelling or just catchibg a ball game while away from home or even just out on the deck.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Oklahoma TP DX 10/4/19

Richard Allen <dx747j@...>
 

Reception of TP signals here was much improved from recent mornings (LSR @ 1228).

612 unID (4QR?) strong carrier (no audio) with KCSP 610 QRM at 1226-1228.

702 unID (2BL?) strong carrier (no audio) with XEGD 700 QRM at 1232, fading away at 1238.

747 JOIB poor with English language lessons at 1212-1218.

774 JOUB poor fading in and out at 1141-1213; good at 1229 until 1231 fade out.

828 JOBB barely audible (// JOUB) at 1222-1223.

972 unID (HLCA?) carrier (no audio) at 1224-1225.

Receiver: Skywave with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen, near Perry OK USA.



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