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Re: Australian Stations - January 2020

Theo <theod438@...>
 

2XL/918 Cooma, NSW is no more.  They've gone to the Great FM Heaven in the sky.

Another group reports the tx switched off on 13 January.


Re: New for 2020- Hand Held Radio + FSL DXing Combos

radiojayallen
 

Another impressive project!

Jay


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

radiojayallen
 

Todd,

I have a question and a comment. The question: Does the PR-D3 have any soft muting...can you slightly tune off center on AM and not lose any volume?

The comment: I agree that the CC-2E and the OEM version PR-D3 as well as the PR-D15 are hot radios but it's too bad your DR-22 is not...that clearly is not right. It should run neck and neck with your top radios. I know it is packed way in storage but tell me - do you recall if it is only slightly less sensitive or grossly so? I would think that if it was working properly you would love it. Can you or do you know someone near you who could bring it back to its full glory?

Jay
https://radiojayallen.com


Re: New for 2020- Hand Held Radio + FSL DXing Combos

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Paul,
 
<<<   Excellent work Gary. Are the radios attached to the frames or just sitting on them?    >>>
 
The radios will have a Velcro mounting system to the frames, which means they can either be attached securely for transport inside a backpack or plastic tote, or removed for optimal peaking of the tuned gain boost. For chasing DX on the higher MW frequencies the radios can simply be left in the securely mounted position, and the FSL tuned for maximum gain. On the middle and lower MW band frequencies the radio's distance from the FSL should be adjusted for the peak gain boost, and the multiple Velcro straps on the PVC frame will allow mounting of the radio at this optimal-gain position. 
 
For unattended DX signal recording, once the radio and FSL are tuned to the same frequency and the radio is secured at the optimal-gain position, the entire assembly can be deployed outside a window (to escape RFI) with a plug-in PVC mounting base attachment. For travel overseas to a location like Hong Kong, this capability should dramatically increase the long range transoceanic DXing potential around sunrise or sunset.
 
73, Gary     


Re: New for 2020- Hand Held Radio + FSL DXing Combos

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent work Gary. Are the radios attached to the frames or just sitting on them? 

My solution to keeping my kit together and making portable session's as easy as possible is this:


On Sat, 18 Jan 2020, 1:31 p.m. Gary DeBock via Groups.Io, <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
     Last April during a trip to Hong Kong I was highly motivated to chase long range AM-DX, but there was a bizarre "Catch 22" problem-- all of the buildings had nasty indoor RFI, while almost all of the outdoor areas were overcrowded, and unsuitable for setting up an elevated 5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna. For the entire week I pushed a 7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave to the absolute limit, taking it on daytime DX trips to Macau and HK's plunging Cape D'Aguilar, as well as shoving it outside a 12th floor security window to escape the indoor RFI. For the first 5 days "long range DX" was a laughable term-- my farthest catch was 693-Bangladesh, at about 1,500 miles. 
 
     Finally I sacrificed some sleep and shoved the souped-up Ultralight outside the security window prior to sunrise, and somehow managed to track down 1431-Radio Sawa (Djibouti), 1413-BBC (Oman), 1413-Vesti FM (Moldova) and 1548-TWR (Moldova) on the 7.5" loopstick. The performance of the souped-up Ultralight was thrilling, but the harsh lessons of the Hong Kong trip had already been taken to heart. A fully portable, hand held DXing combo was needed which could provide more gain than a 7.5" loopstick, but which could be easily carried anywhere in a backpack, and which would not attract too much unwanted attention on crowded public beaches. In addition, it would need to routinely pass through TSA inspections at airports, and need to be capable of deployment outside of windows (with a PVC support system) in order to escape interior RFI.
 
     Only one type of hand held antenna could satisfy all of these requirements--- a portable radio + tuned FSL combination attached to a compact PVC frame. Since the TSA-friendly FSL's are all relatively lightweight, combining them with a compact portable radio on a common PVC frame is well within reason for hand held capability. Such a DXing combo would be the master of convenience-- it can track down MW-DX (with decent gain) while being held in the hands, placed on a picnic table, placed on a 5' PVC base, or even elevated to a higher level. The combo's PVC frame can be supported (with attachments) to provide decent DXing gain outside of an apartment window to escape indoor RFI. And even for those who usually have no interest in live DXing, it can check transoceanic propagation and even go after exotic targets prior to broadband antenna setup.
 
     Current experimentation has resulted in four different FSL sizes for combo frames (see photos)-- a 3 inch model (10 Russian surplus 100mm bars), a 3.5 inch model (13 bars), a 4 inch model (16 bars) and the standard 5 inch "frequent Flyer" model (20 bars). The latter FSL is the same model which was used a couple of months ago in Hawaii, tracking down AM-DX from all continents except Europe during sunrise and sunset sessions. The option of having one of these high gain FSL's in a go-anywhere, hand-held combo is pretty thrilling. Future experimentation will use some of the new R40C1 ferrite to make up another series of compact FSL's for this project, as well as drafting a few of the 3 inch "Baby FSL's" with Russian surplus 125mm ferrite rods into the effort. It's looking like an exciting experimental year is coming!
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

 


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New for 2020- Hand Held Radio + FSL DXing Combos

Gary DeBock
 

     Last April during a trip to Hong Kong I was highly motivated to chase long range AM-DX, but there was a bizarre "Catch 22" problem-- all of the buildings had nasty indoor RFI, while almost all of the outdoor areas were overcrowded, and unsuitable for setting up an elevated 5 inch "Frequent Flyer" FSL antenna. For the entire week I pushed a 7.5 inch loopstick CC Skywave to the absolute limit, taking it on daytime DX trips to Macau and HK's plunging Cape D'Aguilar, as well as shoving it outside a 12th floor security window to escape the indoor RFI. For the first 5 days "long range DX" was a laughable term-- my farthest catch was 693-Bangladesh, at about 1,500 miles. 
 
     Finally I sacrificed some sleep and shoved the souped-up Ultralight outside the security window prior to sunrise, and somehow managed to track down 1431-Radio Sawa (Djibouti), 1413-BBC (Oman), 1413-Vesti FM (Moldova) and 1548-TWR (Moldova) on the 7.5" loopstick. The performance of the souped-up Ultralight was thrilling, but the harsh lessons of the Hong Kong trip had already been taken to heart. A fully portable, hand held DXing combo was needed which could provide more gain than a 7.5" loopstick, but which could be easily carried anywhere in a backpack, and which would not attract too much unwanted attention on crowded public beaches. In addition, it would need to routinely pass through TSA inspections at airports, and need to be capable of deployment outside of windows (with a PVC support system) in order to escape interior RFI.
 
     Only one type of hand held antenna could satisfy all of these requirements--- a portable radio + tuned FSL combination attached to a compact PVC frame. Since the TSA-friendly FSL's are all relatively lightweight, combining them with a compact portable radio on a common PVC frame is well within reason for hand held capability. Such a DXing combo would be the master of convenience-- it can track down MW-DX (with decent gain) while being held in the hands, placed on a picnic table, placed on a 5' PVC base, or even elevated to a higher level. The combo's PVC frame can be supported (with attachments) to provide decent DXing gain outside of an apartment window to escape indoor RFI. And even for those who usually have no interest in live DXing, it can check transoceanic propagation and even go after exotic targets prior to broadband antenna setup.
 
     Current experimentation has resulted in four different FSL sizes for combo frames (see photos)-- a 3 inch model (10 Russian surplus 100mm bars), a 3.5 inch model (13 bars), a 4 inch model (16 bars) and the standard 5 inch "frequent Flyer" model (20 bars). The latter FSL is the same model which was used a couple of months ago in Hawaii, tracking down AM-DX from all continents except Europe during sunrise and sunset sessions. The option of having one of these high gain FSL's in a go-anywhere, hand-held combo is pretty thrilling. Future experimentation will use some of the new R40C1 ferrite to make up another series of compact FSL's for this project, as well as drafting a few of the 3 inch "Baby FSL's" with Russian surplus 125mm ferrite rods into the effort. It's looking like an exciting experimental year is coming!
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

 


Re: Other DXing Groups

Paul Blundell
 

Perfect, I will join up.


On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 6:12 AM Paul S. in CT <dxrx@...> wrote:
There is also World of Radio hosted by Glenn Hauser at groups io
https://groups.io/g/WOR

Glenn's been at this since the 70's writing the "Whats on Shortwave?" column for Pop. Electronics.

Regards
Paul S. in CT fn31nl





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

Paul Blundell
 

Excellent information Todd.


On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 10:40 PM Todd via Groups.Io <toddemslie=yahoo.com.au@groups.io> wrote:
Hello All,

I own the following portable radios:

Panasonic DR-22 (Australian version of the RF-2200).
Tandy Realistic TRF radio.
Tecsun PL-380 / 390.
Sangean PR-D3 (Australian version of the Crane CC 2E).
Sangean PR-D15.

My Panasonic DR-22, and Realistic TRF radios are insensitive compared to the other Tecsun and Sangean radios. Moreover, I don't bother using any radio that doesn't feature digital frequency readout to minimum 1 KHz steps. They are both packed away in storage.

My favourite radio for general MW DX reception from home is the Sangean PR-D3. When used 'barefoot' it is the most sensitive of all six radios. From a single 5 inch diameter speaker, it produces the best overall audio fidelity. As expected the CC Crane 2E reportedly also sounds excellent. The 200 mm length internal ferrite rod couples well to external air core loops. It features nominal 6 KHz wide, and 3 KHz narrow bandwidths. The SiLab 4734 3 KHz narrow bandwidth setting improves weak signal S/N. Narrow bandwidth also assists when peaking loop antenna. Optimal inductive signal pickup is when the radio is placed to the side centre of an air core loop. It doesn't suffer from any overload in my city area. Selectivity is good, but not as good as the PR-D15.

My next MW favourite is the Sangean PR-D15. Its main attribute is high MW selectivity when attempting to receive split channels (e.g. weak 1580 KBLA California next to strong Australian 1584 KHz), or a 9 KHz weak signal adjacent to a strong local. Selectivity is better than all six radios. SiLab 4731 chip default selectivity is ~ 4 KHz. The 200 mm length internal ferrite rod couples well to external air core loops. Fair audio quality. Optimal inductive signal pickup is when the radio is placed to the side centre of an air core loop. Signal overload rejection is better than all six radios.

Tecsun PL-380 / 390 are mainly used for their excellent digital signal strength meter. Potential applications include determining relative ambient RF noise on blank channels. Internally generated spurious hets are a disadvantage unique to these two radios. None of the other four radios generate signal spurs. Audio quality via the speaker is arguably relatively poor. Quality headphones would improve this. Shorter length internal ferrite rod inductive signal coupling is fair to air core loops.

FM:

The most sensitive radio: Sangean PR-D3.

The most selective radio: Sangean PR-D15.

Regards,

Todd
Sydney, AU



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X-Band

Paul Blundell
 

I am starting to get interested in listening to the X-Band (1611 - 1702kHz). What I am trying to track down is a good list of the active stations in Australia on that band.


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Re: Other DXing Groups

Paul S. in CT
 

There is also World of Radio hosted by Glenn Hauser at groups io
https://groups.io/g/WOR

Glenn's been at this since the 70's writing the "Whats on Shortwave?" column for Pop. Electronics.

Regards
Paul S. in CT fn31nl


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

Paul S. in CT
 

As for analog radios I have found these two are of good quality, good reception, and have LOOOOONG battery life (400+ hours). Each one US$20 or less depending upon vendor. For about US$25 you can add a Tecsun AN-200 Passive Loop to improve AM reception.

Tecsun R-9012 (Own this one about 3 years)
Tecsun R-911 (Owned one for 11 years, just replaced)

Both of these models have been in production a long time about 15 years. Similar models at a higher price include these 3, but may not be easy to find (usually US$25-30).

Kaito WRX-911
Tecsun R-9710
Tecsun R-912

Regards
Paul S. in CT fn31nl


Re: Looking for analog receiver suggestions (

Declan Mayock
 

Very interesting ewe antenna I'll be giving that a go myself do you adjust the variable resistor to achieve the desired null? 


On Fri, 17 Jan 2020 at 11:40, Todd via Groups.Io
<toddemslie@...> wrote:
Hello All,

I own the following portable radios:

Panasonic DR-22 (Australian version of the RF-2200).
Tandy Realistic TRF radio.
Tecsun PL-380 / 390.
Sangean PR-D3 (Australian version of the Crane CC 2E).
Sangean PR-D15.

My Panasonic DR-22, and Realistic TRF radios are insensitive compared to the other Tecsun and Sangean radios. Moreover, I don't bother using any radio that doesn't feature digital frequency readout to minimum 1 KHz steps. They are both packed away in storage.

My favourite radio for general MW DX reception from home is the Sangean PR-D3. When used 'barefoot' it is the most sensitive of all six radios. From a single 5 inch diameter speaker, it produces the best overall audio fidelity. As expected the CC Crane 2E reportedly also sounds excellent. The 200 mm length internal ferrite rod couples well to external air core loops. It features nominal 6 KHz wide, and 3 KHz narrow bandwidths. The SiLab 4734 3 KHz narrow bandwidth setting improves weak signal S/N. Narrow bandwidth also assists when peaking loop antenna. Optimal inductive signal pickup is when the radio is placed to the side centre of an air core loop. It doesn't suffer from any overload in my city area. Selectivity is good, but not as good as the PR-D15.

My next MW favourite is the Sangean PR-D15. Its main attribute is high MW selectivity when attempting to receive split channels (e.g. weak 1580 KBLA California next to strong Australian 1584 KHz), or a 9 KHz weak signal adjacent to a strong local. Selectivity is better than all six radios. SiLab 4731 chip default selectivity is ~ 4 KHz. The 200 mm length internal ferrite rod couples well to external air core loops. Fair audio quality. Optimal inductive signal pickup is when the radio is placed to the side centre of an air core loop. Signal overload rejection is better than all six radios.

Tecsun PL-380 / 390 are mainly used for their excellent digital signal strength meter. Potential applications include determining relative ambient RF noise on blank channels. Internally generated spurious hets are a disadvantage unique to these two radios. None of the other four radios generate signal spurs. Audio quality via the speaker is arguably relatively poor. Quality headphones would improve this. Shorter length internal ferrite rod inductive signal coupling is fair to air core loops.

FM:

The most sensitive radio: Sangean PR-D3.

The most selective radio: Sangean PR-D15.

Regards,

Todd
Sydney, AU


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

Todd
 

Hello All,

I own the following portable radios:

Panasonic DR-22 (Australian version of the RF-2200).
Tandy Realistic TRF radio.
Tecsun PL-380 / 390.
Sangean PR-D3 (Australian version of the Crane CC 2E).
Sangean PR-D15.

My Panasonic DR-22, and Realistic TRF radios are insensitive compared to the other Tecsun and Sangean radios. Moreover, I don't bother using any radio that doesn't feature digital frequency readout to minimum 1 KHz steps. They are both packed away in storage.

My favourite radio for general MW DX reception from home is the Sangean PR-D3. When used 'barefoot' it is the most sensitive of all six radios. From a single 5 inch diameter speaker, it produces the best overall audio fidelity. As expected the CC Crane 2E reportedly also sounds excellent. The 200 mm length internal ferrite rod couples well to external air core loops. It features nominal 6 KHz wide, and 3 KHz narrow bandwidths. The SiLab 4734 3 KHz narrow bandwidth setting improves weak signal S/N. Narrow bandwidth also assists when peaking loop antenna. Optimal inductive signal pickup is when the radio is placed to the side centre of an air core loop. It doesn't suffer from any overload in my city area. Selectivity is good, but not as good as the PR-D15.

My next MW favourite is the Sangean PR-D15. Its main attribute is high MW selectivity when attempting to receive split channels (e.g. weak 1580 KBLA California next to strong Australian 1584 KHz), or a 9 KHz weak signal adjacent to a strong local. Selectivity is better than all six radios. SiLab 4731 chip default selectivity is ~ 4 KHz. The 200 mm length internal ferrite rod couples well to external air core loops. Fair audio quality. Optimal inductive signal pickup is when the radio is placed to the side centre of an air core loop. Signal overload rejection is better than all six radios.

Tecsun PL-380 / 390 are mainly used for their excellent digital signal strength meter. Potential applications include determining relative ambient RF noise on blank channels. Internally generated spurious hets are a disadvantage unique to these two radios. None of the other four radios generate signal spurs. Audio quality via the speaker is arguably relatively poor. Quality headphones would improve this. Shorter length internal ferrite rod inductive signal coupling is fair to air core loops.

FM:

The most sensitive radio: Sangean PR-D3.

The most selective radio: Sangean PR-D15.

Regards,

Todd
Sydney, AU


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


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


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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


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


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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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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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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