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Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

Paul Blundell
 

That was a very interested read.

Paul

On Fri, 17 Jan 2020, 7:02 p.m. Tony King, <dx4me2@...> wrote:
Interested to read Mike and Garcias comments on  receiver suggestions. I own a Realistic TRF and forty + years ago it was the pick of MW rx. Also owned a GE Model 2 and 3 which were superb for MW above 1600 and logged many US stations ast taht time. Today my line up are Tecsun PL380 and PL606 coil-coupled to EWE antennas. Down at the 1 khz bandwidth they excel in logging US, Central American and SA DX.
I attach the EWE antena design. They are simple , directional, small, and very effective.

Regards Tony NZ


On Fri, 17 Jan 2020 at 12:30, Mike Sanburn <mikesanburn@...> wrote:
C.Crane seems to be pretty awesome these days.....I still have my old analog dial G.E. Superadio 2 that I bought in the 80s, it is a dx champ for the money....Its modern version is the RCA Superadio which sensitivity wise is not as good but does cover the entire X Band......My first ever ULTRALIGHT was a Sony M40W (no longer made) which lasted for 20 years (1989-2009) it was a hand held DX champ. (drawback again was it only tuned up to 1670 but the absence of the upper three new frequencies was more than made up on the rest of the band).   For many years Sony made the ICF2010 (digital) which had many bells and whistles and was a bit more pricey but a great DX investment.  Finally, when Radio Shack ruled, they had the little Realistic TRF small AM portable (analog) Super performance with tuned RF filter and I think it was in the $30 or less range. Maybe these are still making the rounds on eBay or flea markets.....Good luck and good DX!!!  73  

Mike Sanburn
Lakewood CA


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Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:57 AM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)
 
Hello everyone,

Too long, wont read version 😊 I'm looking for suggestions of ultralight or mid-sized analog portable receivers that you recall having very good performance in both AM and FM. Feel free to recommend models from 60-70-80s as well.

I really like to listen to AM and FM weak stations. My main receivers include an ultralight (C.Crane Skywave), a booksized one (XHData-808) and a car stereo (GM media center, lots of exciting findings commuting to/from work)

However, I'm a bit either nostalgic or bored with the digital VFO steps and DSP behaviour. At home, most of the time I end up using an analog Sony ICF-38. It's is a joy to the ears listening stations slowing and softly coming in and out of of the IF passband. ICF-38 sensitivity is very good, however its filter __wiiiiiiiide__ in AM and FM. Local stations easily obliterate 2 channels below and 2 channels above the nominal frequency. 

Stephen Grossklass ( http://stephan.win31.de/rx-eval.htm ) mentioned the Panasonic RF-B11 as a good analog receiver. It uses ceramic filters in both AM and FM sections Its competitor - Sony ICF-SW11 - does a good job on LW, MW and SW (tuned frontend+ceramic filter), but FM is subpar (Stephen explains Sony decided standard LC filtering in FM in SW11).

Have a great one!

pu3hag garcia


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Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

Tony King <dx4me2@...>
 

Interested to read Mike and Garcias comments on  receiver suggestions. I own a Realistic TRF and forty + years ago it was the pick of MW rx. Also owned a GE Model 2 and 3 which were superb for MW above 1600 and logged many US stations ast taht time. Today my line up are Tecsun PL380 and PL606 coil-coupled to EWE antennas. Down at the 1 khz bandwidth they excel in logging US, Central American and SA DX.
I attach the EWE antena design. They are simple , directional, small, and very effective.

Regards Tony NZ


On Fri, 17 Jan 2020 at 12:30, Mike Sanburn <mikesanburn@...> wrote:
C.Crane seems to be pretty awesome these days.....I still have my old analog dial G.E. Superadio 2 that I bought in the 80s, it is a dx champ for the money....Its modern version is the RCA Superadio which sensitivity wise is not as good but does cover the entire X Band......My first ever ULTRALIGHT was a Sony M40W (no longer made) which lasted for 20 years (1989-2009) it was a hand held DX champ. (drawback again was it only tuned up to 1670 but the absence of the upper three new frequencies was more than made up on the rest of the band).   For many years Sony made the ICF2010 (digital) which had many bells and whistles and was a bit more pricey but a great DX investment.  Finally, when Radio Shack ruled, they had the little Realistic TRF small AM portable (analog) Super performance with tuned RF filter and I think it was in the $30 or less range. Maybe these are still making the rounds on eBay or flea markets.....Good luck and good DX!!!  73  

Mike Sanburn
Lakewood CA


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To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)
 
Hello everyone,

Too long, wont read version 😊 I'm looking for suggestions of ultralight or mid-sized analog portable receivers that you recall having very good performance in both AM and FM. Feel free to recommend models from 60-70-80s as well.

I really like to listen to AM and FM weak stations. My main receivers include an ultralight (C.Crane Skywave), a booksized one (XHData-808) and a car stereo (GM media center, lots of exciting findings commuting to/from work)

However, I'm a bit either nostalgic or bored with the digital VFO steps and DSP behaviour. At home, most of the time I end up using an analog Sony ICF-38. It's is a joy to the ears listening stations slowing and softly coming in and out of of the IF passband. ICF-38 sensitivity is very good, however its filter __wiiiiiiiide__ in AM and FM. Local stations easily obliterate 2 channels below and 2 channels above the nominal frequency. 

Stephen Grossklass ( http://stephan.win31.de/rx-eval.htm ) mentioned the Panasonic RF-B11 as a good analog receiver. It uses ceramic filters in both AM and FM sections Its competitor - Sony ICF-SW11 - does a good job on LW, MW and SW (tuned frontend+ceramic filter), but FM is subpar (Stephen explains Sony decided standard LC filtering in FM in SW11).

Have a great one!

pu3hag garcia


Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (

keith beesley
 

I second the recommendation for the Tecsun 920 for something ultralight size (for AM and SW, not especially for FM). I have had good luck with all three versions of the GE Superadio. Several Radio Shack models from the 80's and 90's are good. Just about any analog Sony or Panasonic model is good.

Keith Beesley


On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 3:30 PM, Mike Sanburn
<mikesanburn@...> wrote:
C.Crane seems to be pretty awesome these days.....I still have my old analog dial G.E. Superadio 2 that I bought in the 80s, it is a dx champ for the money....Its modern version is the RCA Superadio which sensitivity wise is not as good but does cover the entire X Band......My first ever ULTRALIGHT was a Sony M40W (no longer made) which lasted for 20 years (1989-2009) it was a hand held DX champ. (drawback again was it only tuned up to 1670 but the absence of the upper three new frequencies was more than made up on the rest of the band).   For many years Sony made the ICF2010 (digital) which had many bells and whistles and was a bit more pricey but a great DX investment.  Finally, when Radio Shack ruled, they had the little Realistic TRF small AM portable (analog) Super performance with tuned RF filter and I think it was in the $30 or less range. Maybe these are still making the rounds on eBay or flea markets.....Good luck and good DX!!!  73  

Mike Sanburn
Lakewood CA


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of h. garcia <pu3hag.l@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:57 AM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)
 
Hello everyone,

Too long, wont read version 😊 I'm looking for suggestions of ultralight or mid-sized analog portable receivers that you recall having very good performance in both AM and FM. Feel free to recommend models from 60-70-80s as well.

I really like to listen to AM and FM weak stations. My main receivers include an ultralight (C.Crane Skywave), a booksized one (XHData-808) and a car stereo (GM media center, lots of exciting findings commuting to/from work)

However, I'm a bit either nostalgic or bored with the digital VFO steps and DSP behaviour. At home, most of the time I end up using an analog Sony ICF-38. It's is a joy to the ears listening stations slowing and softly coming in and out of of the IF passband. ICF-38 sensitivity is very good, however its filter __wiiiiiiiide__ in AM and FM. Local stations easily obliterate 2 channels below and 2 channels above the nominal frequency. 

Stephen Grossklass ( http://stephan.win31.de/rx-eval.htm ) mentioned the Panasonic RF-B11 as a good analog receiver. It uses ceramic filters in both AM and FM sections Its competitor - Sony ICF-SW11 - does a good job on LW, MW and SW (tuned frontend+ceramic filter), but FM is subpar (Stephen explains Sony decided standard LC filtering in FM in SW11).

Have a great one!

pu3hag garcia


Australian Stations - January 2020

Paul Blundell
 

FREQ STATION AREA SERVED USAGE PW STATE
531 2PM Kempsey Commercial 5k NSW
531 3GG Warragul Commercial 5k VIC
531 4KZ Innisfail Commercial 5k QLD
531 6DL Dalwallinu National 10k WA
531 HPON Adelaide HPON 500 SA
540 4QL Longreach National 10k QLD
540 7SD Scottsdale Commercial 5k TAS
549 2CR Cumnock National 50k NSW
558 4AM Atherton Commercial 5k QLD
558 4GY Gympie Commercial 5k QLD
558 6WA Wagin National 50k WA
567 2BH Broken Hill Commercial 500 NSW
567 4JK Julia Creek National 10k QLD
567 6MN Newman National 100 WA
567 6PN Pannawonica National 100 WA
567 6PU Paraburdoo National 100 WA
567 6TP Tom Price National 100 WA
576 2RN Sydney National 50k NSW
585 2WEB Bourke Community 10k NSW
585 6PB Perth National 10k WA
585 7RN Hobart National 10k TAS
594 3WV Horsham National 50k VIC
603 2RN Nowra National 10k NSW
603 4CH Charleville National 10k QLD
603 6PH Port Hedland National 2k WA
612 4QR Brisbane National 50k QLD
612 6RN Dalwallinu National 10k WA
621 3RN Melbourne National 50k VIC
621 6EL Bunbury Commercial 2k WA
630 2PB Sydney National 10k NSW
630 4QN Townsville National 50k QLD
630 6AL Albany National 5k WA
630 7RN Queenstown National 400 TAS
639 2HC Coffs Harbour Commercial 5k NSW
639 4MS Mossman National 1k QLD
639 5CK Port Pirie National 10k SA
639 8RN Katherine National 2k NT
648 2NU Tamworth National 10k NSW
648 6GF Kalgoorlie National 2k WA
657 2BY Byrock National 10k NSW
657 8RN Darwin National 2k NT
657 HPON Perth HPON 2k WA
666 2CN Canberra National 5k NSW
666 4CC Biloela Commercial 2k QLD
666 4LM Mount Isa Commercial 2k QLD
666 6LN Carnarvon Commercial 1k WA
675 2CO Corowa National 10k NSW
675 6BE Broome National 5k WA
684 2KP Kempsey National 10k NSW
684 6BS Busselton National 5k WA
684 8RN Tennant Creek National 1k NT
693 3AW Melbourne Commercial 5k VIC
693 4KQ Brisbane Commercial 5k QLD
693 4KZ Tully Commercial 500 QLD
693 4LM Cloncurry Commercial 1k QLD
693 5SY Streaky Bay National 1k SA
693 6WR Kununurra Community 5k WA
702 2BL Sydney National 50k NSW
702 6KP Karratha National 10k WA
711 4QW St George National 10k QLD
720 2ML Murwillumbah National 400 NSW
720 2RN Armidale National 50 NSW
720 3MT Omeo National 2k VIC
720 4AT Atherton National 4k QLD
720 6WF Perth National 50k WA
729 5RN Adelaide National 50k SA
738 2NR Grafton National 50k NSW
738 6MJ Manjimup National 5k WA
747 4QS Toowoomba National 10k QLD
747 6SE Esperance Commercial 5k WA
747 7PB Hobart National 3500 TAS
747 8JB Jabiru National 200 NT
756 2TR Taree National 2k NSW
756 3RN Wangaratta National 10k VIC
756 6TZ Margaret River Commercial 2k WA
765 2EC Bega Commercial 5k NSW
765 4GC Hughenden Commercial 500 QLD
765 5CC Port Lincoln Commercial 5k SA
765 8HOT Katherine Commercial 500 NT
774 3LO Melbourne National 50k VIC
783 6VA Albany Commercial 2k WA
783 8AL Alice Springs National 2k NT
792 4RN Brisbane National 25k QLD
801 4QY Cairns National 2k QLD
801 5RM Renmark/Loxton Commercial 2k SA
801 HPON Gosford HPON 5k NSW
810 2BA Bega National 10k NSW
810 6RN Perth National 20k WA
819 2GL Glen Innes National 10k NSW
819 6KW Kununurra National 5k WA
828 3GI Sale National 10k VIC
828 4GC Charters Towers Commercial 1k QLD
828 6GN Geraldton National 10k WA
837 4RK Rockhampton National 10k QLD
837 6ED Esperance National 1k WA
837 7XS Queenstown Commercial 500 TAS
846 2RN Canberra National 10k NSW
846 4EL Cairns Commercial 5k QLD
846 6CA Carnarvon National 2500 WA
855 3CR Melbourne Community 3500 VIC
855 4QB Pialba National 10k QLD
855 4QO Eidsvold National 10k QLD
864 4GR Toowoomba Commercial 2k QLD
864 6AM Northam Commercial 2k WA
864 7RPH Hobart Community 2k TAS
873 2GB Sydney Commercial 6k NSW
873 6DB Derby (WA) National 2k WA
873 HPON Innisfail HPON 2k QLD
882 3RPH Warrnambool Community 2k VIC
882 3YB Warrnambool Commercial 2k VIC
882 4BH Brisbane Commercial 5k QLD
882 6PR Perth Commercial 10k WA
891 5AN Adelaide National 50k SA
891 HPON Townsville HPON 5k QLD
900 2LM Lismore Commercial 5k NSW
900 2LT Lithgow Commercial 5k NSW
900 6BY Bridgetown Commercial 2k WA
900 8HA Alice Springs Commercial 2k NT
918 2XL Cooma Commercial 2k NSW
918 4VL Charleville Commercial 2k QLD
918 6NA Narrogin Commercial 2k WA
927 3UZ Melbourne Commercial 5k VIC
927 4CC Gladstone Commercial 5k QLD
936 4PB Brisbane National 10k QLD
936 6FX Fitzroy Crossing Community 5k WA
936 7ZR Hobart National 10k TAS
945 4HI Dysart Commercial 1k QLD
945 HPON Bendigo HPON 2k VIC
954 2UE Sydney Commercial 5k NSW
954 4EL Gordonvale Commercial 350 QLD
963 2RG Griffith Commercial 5k NSW
963 4WK Warwick Commercial 5k QLD
963 5SE Mount Gambier Commercial 5k SA
963 6TZ Bunbury Commercial 2k WA
972 2DU Cobar Commercial 300 NSW
972 2MW Murwillumbah Commercial 5k NSW
972 5PB Adelaide National 2k SA
981 2NM Muswellbrook Commercial 5k NSW
981 3HA Hamilton Commercial 2k VIC
981 6KG Kalgoorlie Commercial 2k WA
990 3RN Albury/Wodonga National 500 VIC
990 4RO Rockhampton Commercial 5k QLD
990 8GO Nhulunbuy National 500 NT
999 2NB Broken Hill National 2k NSW
999 2ST Nowra Commercial 5k NSW
1008 4TAB Brisbane Commercial 10k QLD
1008 HPON Launceston HPON 5k TAS
1017 2KY Sydney Commercial 5k NSW
1017 6WH Wyndham National 500 WA
1017 HPON Bunbury HPON 1k QLD
1026 3PB Melbourne National 10k VIC
1026 4AA Mackay Commercial 5k QLD
1035 2EA Wollongong National 2k NSW
1044 2UH Muswellbrook National 2k NSW
1044 4WP Weipa National 500 QLD
1044 5AU Port Pirie Commercial 2k SA
1044 6BR Bridgetown National 1k WA
1053 2CA Canberra Commercial 5k NSW
1053 HPON Brisbane HPON 500 QLD
1062 4TI Torres Strait National 2k QLD
1062 5MV Renmark/Loxton National 2k SA
1071 3EL Maryborough (Vic) Commercial 5k VIC
1071 4SB Kingaroy Commercial 2k QLD
1071 6WB Katanning Commercial 2k WA
1080 2MO Gunnedah Commercial 2k NSW
1080 6IX Perth Commercial 2k WA
1080 HPON Hobart HPON 5k TAS
1089 2EL Orange Commercial 5k NSW
1089 3WM Horsham Commercial 5k VIC
1098 2RN Goulburn National 200 NSW
1098 4LG Longreach Commercial 2k QLD
1098 6MD Merredin Commercial 2k WA
1107 2EA Sydney National 5k NSW
1116 3AK Melbourne Commercial 5k VIC
1116 4BC Brisbane Commercial 6300 QLD
1116 6MM Mandurah Commercial 2k WA
1125 1RPH Canberra Community 2k ACT
1125 5MU Murray Bridge Commercial 5k SA
1134 2AD Armidale Commercial 2k NSW
1134 3CS Colac Commercial 5k VIC
1134 6TZ Collie Commercial 2k WA
1134 6TZ/T Collie Commercial 2k WA
1143 2HD Newcastle Commercial 2k NSW
1143 4HI Emerald Commercial 5k QLD
1152 2WG Wagga Wagga Commercial 2k NSW
1152 6PB Busselton National 10k WA
1161 4FC Maryborough (Qld) Commercial 2k QLD
1161 5PA Naracoorte National 10k SA
1161 7FG Fingal National 1k TAS
1170 2CH Sydney Commercial 5k NSW
1179 3RPH Melbourne Community 5k VIC
1188 2NZ Inverell Commercial 2k NSW
1188 6XM Exmouth National 2k WA
1197 4YB Brisbane Community 500 QLD
1197 5RPH Adelaide Community 2k SA
1206 2CC Canberra Commercial 5k NSW
1206 2GF Grafton Commercial 5k NSW
1206 HPON Perth HPON 2k WA
1215 4HI Moranbah Commercial 250 QLD
1215 6NM Northam National 500 WA
1224 2RPH Sydney Community 5k NSW
1224 3EA Melbourne National 5k VIC
1233 2NC Newcastle National 10k NSW
1242 3GV Sale Commercial 5k VIC
1242 4AK Oakey Commercial 2k QLD
1242 5AU Port Augusta Commercial 2k SA
1242 HPON Darwin HPON 2k NT
1251 2DU Dubbo Commercial 2k NSW
1260 3SR Shepparton Commercial 2k VIC
1260 4MW Torres Strait Community 2k QLD
1269 2SM Sydney Commercial 5k NSW
1269 6RN Busselton National 5k WA
1278 3EE Melbourne Commercial 5k VIC
1287 2TM Tamworth Commercial 2k NSW
1296 4RPH Brisbane Community 5k QLD
1296 6RN Wagin National 10k WA
1305 5RN Renmark/Loxton National 2k SA
1314 3BT Ballarat Commercial 5k VIC
1314 HPON Wollongong HPON 5k NSW
1323 5DN Adelaide Commercial 3300 SA
1323 HPON Canberra HPON 400 ACT
1332 3SH Swan Hill Commercial 2k VIC
1332 4BU Bundaberg Commercial 5k QLD
1341 HPON Geelong HPON 5k VIC
1350 2LF Young Commercial 5k NSW
1359 4WK Toowoomba (City) Commercial 250 QLD
1359 HPON Mildura/Sunraysia HPON 200 VIC
1368 2GN Goulburn Commercial 2k NSW
1377 3MP Melbourne Commercial 5k VIC
1386 HPON Penrith HPON 300 NSW
1395 2LG Lithgow (City) National 200 NSW
1395 5AA Adelaide Commercial 5k SA
1404 2PK Parkes/Forbes Commercial 2k NSW
1404 HPON Busselton HPON 4k WA
1413 2EA Newcastle National 5k NSW
1422 4AM Port Douglas Commercial 1k QLD
1422 HPON Melbourne HPON 5k VIC
1431 2RN Wollongong National 2k NSW
1431 HPON Kalgoorlie HPON 2k WA
1440 1EA Canberra National 2k ACT
1449 2MG Mudgee Commercial 5k NSW
1449 HPON Mandurah HPON 2k WA
1458 2PB Newcastle National 2k NSW
1467 3ML Mildura/Sunraysia Commercial 2k VIC
1476 4ZR Roma Commercial 2k QLD
1476 5MG Mount Gambier National 1k SA
1485 2EA Wollongong National 150 NSW
1485 2RN Wilcannia National 100 NSW
1485 4HU Hughenden National 50 QLD
1485 5LN Port Lincoln National 200 SA
1494 2AY Albury Commercial 2k NSW
1503 2BS Bathurst Commercial 111 NSW
1503 3KND Melbourne Community 5k VIC
1512 2RN Newcastle National 10k NSW
1512 6BAY Morawa Retransmission 5k WA
1521 2QN Deniliquin Commercial 2k NSW
1530 2VM Moree Commercial 2k NSW
1539 HPON Adelaide HPON 5k SA
1548 4QD Emerald National 50k QLD
1557 2RE Taree Commercial 2k NSW
1557 HPON Renmark/Loxton HPON 500 SA
1566 3NE Wangaratta Commercial 5k VIC
1566 4GM Gympie National 200 QLD
1575 HPON Wollongong HPON 5k NSW
1584 2EC Narooma Commercial 200 NSW
1584 2WA Wilcannia National 100 NSW
1584 4CC Rockhampton Commercial 500 QLD
1584 4VL Cunnamulla Commercial 161 QLD
1584 5WM Woomera National 50 SA
1584 7SH St Helens National 100 TAS
1593 HPON Melbourne HPON 5k VIC
1602 2CP Cooma National 396 NSW
1602 3WL Warrnambool National 250 VIC
1602 5LC Leigh Creek South National 200 SA

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UltralightDX


Portable Radio DXing Field Day

Paul Blundell
 

I would like to throw around some ideas for us to run our own "Portable Radio DXing Field Day" at some point in 2020. This would NOT be a contest, simply a way to encourage portable DXing on a single day, let us compare our results and build some connections with other radio groups (if we want).

While I have a lot of ideas and ways I could see this working, I would like to get some feedback to make this the best it can be.
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UltralightDX


Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

Mike Sanburn
 

C.Crane seems to be pretty awesome these days.....I still have my old analog dial G.E. Superadio 2 that I bought in the 80s, it is a dx champ for the money....Its modern version is the RCA Superadio which sensitivity wise is not as good but does cover the entire X Band......My first ever ULTRALIGHT was a Sony M40W (no longer made) which lasted for 20 years (1989-2009) it was a hand held DX champ. (drawback again was it only tuned up to 1670 but the absence of the upper three new frequencies was more than made up on the rest of the band).   For many years Sony made the ICF2010 (digital) which had many bells and whistles and was a bit more pricey but a great DX investment.  Finally, when Radio Shack ruled, they had the little Realistic TRF small AM portable (analog) Super performance with tuned RF filter and I think it was in the $30 or less range. Maybe these are still making the rounds on eBay or flea markets.....Good luck and good DX!!!  73  

Mike Sanburn
Lakewood CA


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of h. garcia <pu3hag.l@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:57 AM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: [UltralightDX] Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)
 
Hello everyone,

Too long, wont read version 😊 I'm looking for suggestions of ultralight or mid-sized analog portable receivers that you recall having very good performance in both AM and FM. Feel free to recommend models from 60-70-80s as well.

I really like to listen to AM and FM weak stations. My main receivers include an ultralight (C.Crane Skywave), a booksized one (XHData-808) and a car stereo (GM media center, lots of exciting findings commuting to/from work)

However, I'm a bit either nostalgic or bored with the digital VFO steps and DSP behaviour. At home, most of the time I end up using an analog Sony ICF-38. It's is a joy to the ears listening stations slowing and softly coming in and out of of the IF passband. ICF-38 sensitivity is very good, however its filter __wiiiiiiiide__ in AM and FM. Local stations easily obliterate 2 channels below and 2 channels above the nominal frequency. 

Stephen Grossklass ( http://stephan.win31.de/rx-eval.htm ) mentioned the Panasonic RF-B11 as a good analog receiver. It uses ceramic filters in both AM and FM sections Its competitor - Sony ICF-SW11 - does a good job on LW, MW and SW (tuned frontend+ceramic filter), but FM is subpar (Stephen explains Sony decided standard LC filtering in FM in SW11).

Have a great one!

pu3hag garcia


DX500 - 17/01/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Johnsons Beach, Penguin, Tasmania - 7:30am

Freq / Name: 0531kHz - 3GG
Site / Power: Warragul - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Commercial) - Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 0621kHz - 3RN
Site / Power: Melbourne - 50000W
Notes: (DX500) (National) - Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 0693kHz - 3AW
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Commercial) -Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 0720kHz - 3MT
Site / Power: Omeo - 2000W
Notes: (DX500) (National)


Freq / Name: 0774kHz - 3LO
Site / Power: Melbourne - 50000W
Notes: (DX500) (National) -Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 0828kHz - 3GI
Site / Power: Sale - 10000W
Notes: (DX500) (National) -Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 0855kHz - 3CR
Site / Power: Melbourne - 3500W
Notes: (DX500) (Community) -Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 0927kHz - 3UZ
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Commercial) - Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 1179kHz - 3RPH
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Community) - Logged 17/01/2019


Freq / Name: 1224kHz - 3EA
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (National) - Logged 17/01/2019


Freq / Name: 1242kHz - 3GV
Site / Power: Sale - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Commercial) - Logged 17/01/2019


Freq / Name: 1278kHz - 3EE
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Commercial) Logged 17/01/2019


Freq / Name: 1341kHz - HPON (Geelong)
Site / Power: Geelong - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (HPON) -Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 1377kHz - 3MP
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Commercial) - Logged 17/01/2019


Freq / Name: 1422kHz - HPON (Melbourne)
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (HPON) -Logged 17/01/2020


Freq / Name: 1503kHz - 3KND
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (Community) - Logged 17/01/2019


Freq / Name: 1593kHz - HPON (Melbourne)
Site / Power: Melbourne - 5000W
Notes: (DX500) (HPON) - Logged 17/01/2019


Notes: An early morning session at around 7:30am on the North West Coast. Band conditions were good with all stations except for 1026 (3PB), 1116 (3AK) and 1134 (3CS) being received at good signals levels. I have found this location to produce excellent results and over the next few months I will be making more of an effort to use it on my trips down this way. My session was cut short by the cold weather, even with us being in the middle of summer and most of Australia suffering bush fires, it was cold enough that I sought the warmth of my car as soon as I could.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/dx500-17012020.html

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UltralightDX


Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

Hans Stam
 

Hi..

 

I have just bought the Tecsun DR- 920C

 

https://www.anon-co.com/index.aspx?pageid=2010170&chainID=217539&txtQuickSearch=920c

 

And I was surprised what you get for 24 dollar, a good small radio with excellent selective reception on the shortwave bands.
I use a long wire of 8 meters outside connected with a clip on the antenna

 

FM is also OK.

 

Best regards

 

Hans

 

Van: main@UltralightDX.groups.io [mailto:main@UltralightDX.groups.io] Namens h. garcia
Verzonden: donderdag 16 januari 2020 20:57
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Onderwerp: [UltralightDX] Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

 

Hello everyone,

Too long, wont read version 😊 I'm looking for suggestions of ultralight or mid-sized analog portable receivers that you recall having very good performance in both AM and FM. Feel free to recommend models from 60-70-80s as well.

I really like to listen to AM and FM weak stations. My main receivers include an ultralight (C.Crane Skywave), a booksized one (XHData-808) and a car stereo (GM media center, lots of exciting findings commuting to/from work)

However, I'm a bit either nostalgic or bored with the digital VFO steps and DSP behaviour. At home, most of the time I end up using an analog Sony ICF-38. It's is a joy to the ears listening stations slowing and softly coming in and out of of the IF passband. ICF-38 sensitivity is very good, however its filter __wiiiiiiiide__ in AM and FM. Local stations easily obliterate 2 channels below and 2 channels above the nominal frequency. 

Stephen Grossklass ( http://stephan.win31.de/rx-eval.htm ) mentioned the Panasonic RF-B11 as a good analog receiver. It uses ceramic filters in both AM and FM sections Its competitor - Sony ICF-SW11 - does a good job on LW, MW and SW (tuned frontend+ceramic filter), but FM is subpar (Stephen explains Sony decided standard LC filtering in FM in SW11).

Have a great one!

pu3hag garcia


Looking for analog receiver suggestions (not necessarily modern nor ultralight)

h. garcia
 

Hello everyone,

Too long, wont read version 😊 I'm looking for suggestions of ultralight or mid-sized analog portable receivers that you recall having very good performance in both AM and FM. Feel free to recommend models from 60-70-80s as well.

I really like to listen to AM and FM weak stations. My main receivers include an ultralight (C.Crane Skywave), a booksized one (XHData-808) and a car stereo (GM media center, lots of exciting findings commuting to/from work)

However, I'm a bit either nostalgic or bored with the digital VFO steps and DSP behaviour. At home, most of the time I end up using an analog Sony ICF-38. It's is a joy to the ears listening stations slowing and softly coming in and out of of the IF passband. ICF-38 sensitivity is very good, however its filter __wiiiiiiiide__ in AM and FM. Local stations easily obliterate 2 channels below and 2 channels above the nominal frequency. 

Stephen Grossklass ( http://stephan.win31.de/rx-eval.htm ) mentioned the Panasonic RF-B11 as a good analog receiver. It uses ceramic filters in both AM and FM sections Its competitor - Sony ICF-SW11 - does a good job on LW, MW and SW (tuned frontend+ceramic filter), but FM is subpar (Stephen explains Sony decided standard LC filtering in FM in SW11).

Have a great one!

pu3hag garcia


Photo Collection Page - Best of DXing Photos

Paul Blundell
 

I am creating a page for "best of DXing photos". I would like other radio DX'ers to send me their "best" DXing photo which I can add to my page. Please include a title, location, your blog / website address and your name to have added below the photo.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/best-of-dxing-photos.html


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918KHz- 2XXL Cooma - Now on FM

Paul Blundell
 

Last night I was turning around the bands when I came across an announcement on 918KHz which I normally hear 2XXL from Cooma on. They have now moved to FM and on their previous frequency they are running an announcement that they have moved to the FM band (as per this link: https://www.2xl.com.au/)

I am unsure how long they will be continuing to run this announcement for, once it stops this will open up this frequency for a couple DX targets:

4VL - Charleville - Commercial - 2k
6NA - Narrogin - Commercial - 2k

While it is always sad when another station moves to the FM band, it does have the benefit for me of clearing another frequency for other stations to be tracked down.

Paul
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Review - Digitech AR-1733 DSP MW/FM/LW/SW/Air World Band Radio Receiver

Paul Blundell
 

Written October 2012
Updated January 2020

Yesterday I walked in to my local Jaycar outlet and spotted this radio which had only just been placed on the shelf. Being quite involved in the Ultralight dxing hobby I am a big fan of these types of cheaper pocket size radios, for the cost which is between $30 and $60 they respect good value.


The specs of this radio are:
FM: 87.5MHz - 108 MHz
AM (MW): 522 - 1620 kHz (9K) / 520 - 1710 kHz (10K)
SW: 2300 - 26100 kHz
LW: 153 - 279 kHz
AIR: 118 - 137 MHz

500 programmable memory bank
Sleep timer
Manual, auto and preset station search
Battery indicator
Lock button
Requires 2 x A batteries
Dimensions: 120W x 75H x 20D mm 


After getting home and opening the box I was quite impressed by the size, it is a dead ringer for the AR1745 and looks to even use the same style case only with a couple of different buttons on the front and side. 

Starting with the front panel the normal 0-9 number keys are nicely spaced and serve a dual purpose, they both allow you to enter frequencies and also recall memories from the PAGE memory system. The 0 key also allows switching between 9 and 10kHz steps on the medium wave band when the key is held for 3 seconds or more. The first thing I noticed is that the keys are much easier to press, a common issue with the AR1745 is that the keys take a lot of pressure to register the key press, this is not a problem with the AR-1733. 


Moving on to the other 9 keys on the front panel, these all have multiple functions which the owners guide explains well. The top red button is the power button; a tap turns the radio on. A short press while the AR-1733 is on cycles through the sleep timer of various times, a longer press turns the AR-1733 off. Below this is the key lock button, a short press enables the keypad lock and a longer press disables this. Next are the two arrow keys, these keys move up and down the bands in the default "fast" steps. 

Starting at the top bedside these is the AM BW / 12/24H / FM ST key. On the AM bands this key selects either the wide or narrow DSP setting. On the FM band it enables / disables the FM Stereo option. Pressing and holding this key while the power is off changes between 12 and 24 hour time display. Below this is the PAGE / ALARM key. Pressing this key when the AR-1733 is on scrolls between the pages of the memory system, when off it allows the alarm clock to be set. The final key on this row is the CHARGE METER / AIR SQUELCH key, this key is used to control the onboard charging system which I have not used. If the AR-1733 is on the air band this key controls the squelch setting between off, 1 - 9. I run mine on 1 and this seems to work well. 

The last two multi function keys are the FREQ / T.SET and BAND / ATS keys which are either side of the 0 key. Pressing the FREQ key allows you to use the keypad to set the receive frequency, pressing and holding this allows you to set the time on the AR-1733. Pressing the band key cycles between the receive bands, LW, MW, SW, AIR & FM. Holding this key enables the "Auto Tuning System" (which is not covered at all in the manual) this system searches the current band and saves any active frequencies to the pages memory system for that band. I ran this on the SW band and it found quite a few active stations which you can scroll through with the keypad. 

Moving on to the right side panel you have the volume control and the tuning wheel, at first I could not work out how to use this until I tried pressing it in, this switches between slow, fast and stop. The left side panel has a 3.5mm ear phone socket and a USB charging socket which takes a normal mini A type connector to charge the batteries.

The screen is automatically back lighted every time you press a key or turn the tuning knob for about 5 seconds. The screen also has a 3 segment battery meter and a 9 segment signal meter.

Now on to how it works. My test bed for last night was sitting in my lounge chair with our LCD TV on, my wife on her laptop and my laptop charging but not switched on. I repeated the same tests later in the night with all these switched off and the results were the same. Firstly I started on the air band and after programming in the various ATC and company frequencies I have a listen to these, while the AR-1733 does not have any sort of scan system you can use the keypad to change frequencies by pressing the key for each memory. I have 118.7MHz in mem 1, 123.45MHz in mem 2 and so on up to130.35MHz in mem 0. By pressing 1 I can tune to 118.7MHz or pressing 3 brings up 123.8MHz. The audio for this is quite good and I can just hear the ATIS on 134.75MHz. Even running my laptop right beside the radio I have not found any problems with the frequencies in this band I normally listen to. The squelch has a short tail noise and this is not at all annoying.
Next was the FM broadcast band, all our normal stations were received and sounded as good as I have ever heard them.
I have little experience with the long wave band so I have not looked at this yet. 

Using the ATS on the shortwave band about 11pm last night found about 74 stations between 2300 kHz and 14500 kHz. These sounded good with the wide DSP setting but much better with the narrow DSP setting. I have little experience with the shortwave bands. The various time stations on 5000kHz and 10000kHz were both nice and clear with much tighter audio with the narrow DSP setting.

Moving on to the Medium wave band which is where I spend most of my time in a 1 hour period I logged 77 stations including two new ones which I had never logged before. The DSP really "cleaned up" the signals and comparing it beside the AR1745 it was much easier to hear multiple stations on the AR-1733. Scrolling between frequencies with the tuning knob was a pleasure and except for the slight break in audio as the DSP kicks in on each frequency it was a smooth process. I have a 5KW station on 1008kHz on the other side of town from me and normally this takes out most stations about 30kHz either side, with the AR-1733 using the narrow DSP setting I was able to copy stations on 981kHz and 1026kHz easily. Trying the same on the AR1745 didn't hear anything except the station on 1008kHz. 

For a radio costing less than $60 it is hard to fault it, everything works as you would expect and using it can only be described as a pleasure. They have really gotten this one right.

Update - March 2014
After my original AR-1733 died recently (due to external forces, nothing to do with the radio itself) I was tempted to look at a different radio to replace this. After checking online and some stores locally nothing came close to this for the features I wanted and price, based on this I purchased another AR-1733.


After 18 months of use my original AR-1733 was working as well as the day I got it. After doing some side by testing between my new AR-1733 and my 7.5” Loopstick Tecsun PL-380 the results are consistent with what I experienced with my previous AR-1733.  The audio quality of the AR-1733 has a slight edge, where as the PL-380 has a clear advantage with signal levels and the ability to pull in weak signals, a station that is an easy copy on the PL-380 can be a mixed bag on the AR-1733, sometimes the AR-1733 won’t hear anything, other times very little separates them. 

The advantages of the AR-1733 is VHF air band coverage and the ability to lock the tuning steps to 9kHz on the medium wave broadcast band, this at times can be a huge advantage over the PL-380. The battery life of the AR-1733 is also amazing; I could not recall the last time I had to change the batteries in my original AR-1733. 

Overall both radios are now the main stay in my portable ultralight dxing kit, the Tecsun PL-380 is used for serious dxing and the AR-1733 is used mostly to spot check frequencies such as when tracking down stations carrying the same programming (mostly ABC stations) and also for listening to the VHF air band. 





 

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DX500 - 10/01/2020

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 2020-01-10
TIME: 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Talbot Road Lookout, Launceston Tasmania

 

531 - 3GG: x

621 - 3RN: x

693 - 3AW: x

774 - 3LO: x

828 - 3GI: x

855 - 3CR: x

927 - 3UZ: x

1341 - HPON GEELONG: x

1422 - HPON MELB: x

 

NOTES:  A mid day session at the Talbot Road lookout. it was very overcast / smoky and started to rain at the end of my session. As I expected the bottom end of the band preformed well with on 3MT on 720KHz not making any appearance. 

 

The top of the band was pretty much dead, except for the two HPON stations on 1341KHz and 1422KHz which normally come in at good signals levels on the 3" FSL aerial.

 



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Ultralight Radio DXing Go Case - January 2020

Paul Blundell
 

This is an update on my previous case which has now been improved.

I have recently been sent a baby 3" FSL aerial which I wanted to carry and protect, this was my main reason for changing how this case is setup. In the past I had the 3" baby FSL mounted to the bottom of the case, I have now mounted this to the aerial to the lid of the case and use it up side down.

This has the benefits of protecting the 3" FSL aerial from damage, keeping it off the ground and also allowing me to lean my radio against it, this provides a great level of coupling to the aerial and leaving my hands free for logging. I have also added a section for my clipboard and notes to be stored under the bottom of the lid.

Overall, I am very pleased with how well this case has come out, I am able to carry and store my baby 3" FSL plus two radios, log sheets, pens, notes, spare batteries and ear phones, everything I need for portable sessions. It is also large enough to fit in my back pack.

While this case was designed for ultralight DXing the same ideas could be used for amateur radio, radio scanning or any other storage need.

Over the past few weeks I have been using this setup for a number of portable sessions, I am finding it works very well and being so compact I am taking it out with me more often than I have with other cases in the past.

Photos: https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/01/ultralight-radio-dxing-go-case-january.html

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Loggings - 7/1/2020

Paul Blundell
 

Last night I was searching the band around 9pm local time, I logged a number of stations across the band and found the band around 1500KHz-1600KHz had a real spike with the below stations being logged at great signal levels. These were all logged with my TEAC PR130 barefoot.

 

1503KHz - 3KND (Melbourne, 5k)
1521KHz - 2QN (Deniliquin,  2k) For a 2kw station, this was coming in at an amazing signal level.
1566KHz - 3NE Wangaratta, 5k)
1593KHz - HPON (Melbourne, 5k)


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DX500 - Setting Up a 500km Target List

Paul Blundell
 

DX500 - Setting Up a 500km Target List

I started ultralight DXing in 2011. My goal was to hear as many stations as I could. Now almost 8 years later, I am more focused and these days I like to have more purpose about my radio hobby. I have run a couple of “long term” projects where I focus on various stations, this has been a mix of logging stations both in total number and also trying for “DX”, that is stations a long way away.

Over the past 20 years “hobbies” have been a major issue for me. I find the ultralight DXing hobby to be a really good fit for me; this is for a number of reasons as it combines a number of my previous interests in to one hobby:

Radio Communications:
Back when I first got interested in radio as a teenager one of the things I most enjoyed was listening to distant stations on the AM and Shortwave bands. This was something I have not done as much over the past few years and I have missed it. The cost of equipment is quite low and it is easy to source locally or via the Internet. Whereas a scanner can start at $200 and go up in to the thousands, broadcast receivers are much cheaper and unless you want to get very serious a basic $60 radio will do 95% of what you need. I have been very happy with how well my ultralight radios have worked over the years.

After 15 years in the radio scanning hobby on and off, it had lost some of its appeal to me; you can only hear so many taxi drivers calling for jobs or a rubbish removal company talking about bin pickups before you get sick of it. As I work during the day my scanning time is limited to a night time during the week or of a weekend, while you can sometimes hear interesting things during these times most of the radio traffic, I am interested in happens during the day, while I am at work. As shortwave and medium wave broadcasting is a 24/7 business at any time of the day or night, I can be comfortable that I will be able to pick up something of interest

Photography:
My various portable ultralight DXing sessions have allowed me to take some photos / videos which I have found really enjoyable. This also gives me a chance / excuse to get outside which is a positive for my health.
Ultralight DXing is the perfect hobby for me, it combines a number of my interests and it has been one of the main reasons I have been able to drag myself out from my illness and become the person who I used to be again.

 
 
DX500 Project.
I have recently started a new project, I call this “DX500”, this is a challenge to attempt to log all AM BCB stations within 500km of my home.

I have exported all stations within 500km from the ACMA database and after cleaning up this data, I have produced the below data:


From this data I have also created a log sheet which I can use to record each session and what I am able to log. All distances are from my home, I will be able to adjust these based on where each of my sessions take place.

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Re: Other DXing Groups

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks, I will join up to them now.

Paul

On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:28 PM radiojayallen <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Here are some for you:

https://groups.io/g/shortwave-radio

https://groups.io/g/SonyICF20102001Dusergroup

https://groups.io/g/odxa

I also belong to several radio-specific groups if you need any of those such as Zenith Trans-oceanic, Sony 2010, Panasonic, Grundig etc...let me know.

Jay



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Re: Loggings - 5/1/2020 - Mt Direction

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Jay, yeah the snakes down here are not too bad but if they get upset you can be in trouble.


On Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:23 PM radiojayallen <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Great pictures Paul...but the wildlife around you looks pretty scary!

Jay



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Re: Other DXing Groups

radiojayallen
 

Here are some for you:

https://groups.io/g/shortwave-radio

https://groups.io/g/SonyICF20102001Dusergroup

https://groups.io/g/odxa

I also belong to several radio-specific groups if you need any of those such as Zenith Trans-oceanic, Sony 2010, Panasonic, Grundig etc...let me know.

Jay


Re: Loggings - 5/1/2020 - Mt Direction

radiojayallen
 

Great pictures Paul...but the wildlife around you looks pretty scary!

Jay

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