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9kHz Log Sheet - A5, prints 2 per A4 sheet.


Re: FSL and Radio Stand

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Paul.

I just had a look at that, it only has a 1KG weight limit, between my 3" FSL, radio and the weight of the MDF on to the top to hold it all, I am going to be well over that.

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 5:11 AM Paul S. in CT <dxrx@...> wrote:
If you go the route of using a camera tripod, I recommend a Slik 500G model. These are less than two pounds (1kg) and collapse into a 10cm by 10cm by 40cm box. (4" x 4" x 16"). I've owned one for 35+ years, and are indispensable for photo use. You will need to fashion a camera mount. Look in the second-hand shops or try eBay.  I still see these at the latter for $25-35 US. When I bought mine new, they were of the same pricing. BTW and OT... if you have a smartphone, adapters are made for a camera tripod.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl







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Paul


Re: Loop Counterpoises

Guy Atkins
 

Thanks Paul! This is really interesting, and I may try the idea with the LoG connected to the ground terminal of a Bonito MegaDipol MD300DX. I don't think it will hurt reception and might actually be a boost, if the article author's experience holds true.
 
73,
Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA USA


Oklahoma TP DX 10-11-20

Richard Allen
 

TP DX this morning was the best here in quite some time (LSR at 1233 GMT).

567 JOIK fair at 1226, audible to 1235.

594 JOAK good at 1219.

693 JOAB fair at 1222 until 1237.

747 JOIB fair at 1201 until 1241; overall the best signal of the session.

774 JOUB poor 1159, signal ploughed under by semi-local KSPI on 780.

828 JOBB fair at 1208; poor at 1239.

972 HLCA audible from 1155 until 1238 often peaking at a good level.

1287 JOHR poor (fully readable) at 1230.

1566 HLAZ poor at 1241; barely audible at 1245.

Skywave SSB with 8-inch FSL.


Richard Allen,

near Perry OK USA.



Re: FSL and Radio Stand

Paul S. in CT
 

If you go the route of using a camera tripod, I recommend a Slik 500G model. These are less than two pounds (1kg) and collapse into a 10cm by 10cm by 40cm box. (4" x 4" x 16"). I've owned one for 35+ years, and are indispensable for photo use. You will need to fashion a camera mount. Look in the second-hand shops or try eBay. I still see these at the latter for $25-35 US. When I bought mine new, they were of the same pricing. BTW and OT... if you have a smartphone, adapters are made for a camera tripod.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


FSL and Radio Stand

Paul Blundell
 

I am looking for a portable method for using my 3" FSL and radios while out and about.

I have seen the stands that Gary uses, I was think something like a camera tripod, would this be too heavy for that?

Ideally a portable table / stand would be great, does anybody have any ideas?

Paul
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com


Guide to Airband Listening on Ultralight Radios

Paul Blundell
 

As some ultralight radios cover the VHF airband, I have written a short guide on this:

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/10/guide-to-airband-radio-listening-on.html


Loop Counterpoises

Paul Blundell
 

Maybe of interest.

http://www.crosscountrywireless.net/202010%20loop%20counterpoises.pdf


Re: DX750 - 1494kHz - 2AY

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the information. 
I had a good listen last night and was able to confirm this via call sign around 11:15pm. The night before I had nothing, this was around the same time.

Paul

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 6:33 PM Chris Rogers <crvee8@...> wrote:
I can confirm 2AY is still on 1494. Good signals at my house in Melbourne.



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Paul


Re: DX750 - 1494kHz - 2AY

Chris Rogers
 

I can confirm 2AY is still on 1494. Good signals at my house in Melbourne.


Re: Initial Review of the Tecsun PL-330

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Paul for the initial review. It sounds like for the money is a great little radio.

Paul

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 1:03 PM Paul S. in CT <dxrx@...> wrote:
I bought mine a week ago through eBay for about $80. Aliexpress also had/das them for a few $'s cheaper, but some sellers cannot ship to USA. The Box indicates 3/2020 build ver. 1. No serial number in the radio, or as a tag. Instruction manual in Chinese.

It sets up as my older Tecsun DSP's as far as time, and the English buttons are concerned. Placement of the buttons are a bit odd, and these function buttons are a bit small. Nonetheless things went smoothly. The "dial light" is a pleasant yellow, not too bright. The included battery is at least partially charged, and shows 2 of 3 bars right now. The case itself is good looking and of a solid build. For as light-weight as it is, it does not feel cheap. The buttons have a nice tactile feel to them, as opposed to a squishy feel. The rotary encoders for frequency and volume are a bit slow without a lot of indent.

The reception of AM-BCB is as good as the original PL-310, and better than the PL-310et I borrowed. I will say that the 330 is NOT a daytime DXer, and the 310 was also weak in this respect. This in regards to a habitually noisy suburban environment in Cent. CT USA. 1030 WBZ Boston (150mi) weak with hash, and WGY 810 in Schenectady, NY (140mi) non existant. WWKB Buffalo 1520 (225mi) illegible in the hash... 550 WGR Buffalo did better but still poor. Pointing the radio towards New York City (80-100mi) garnered good reception of 540 WLIE, 660 WFAN, 880 WCBS, 740 WNYH, 1010 WINS, and 1130 WBBR. Fair to poor on 820 WNYC. WWRL on 1600 didn't get here midday, but WWRU 1660 did, though fair. All these receptions were made offsetting the intended channel by 1kHz to avoid Soft-Mute.

Skywave RX at night brings out the Eastern USA with exeptions due to co-channel. All Chicago-5 heard well here 670, 720, 780, 890, and 1000. 650 WSM, and 750 WSB after 9PM, and KWKH and WDFN on 1130 duke it out behind big-sig WBBR on 1130. 1120 KMOX St Louis, KDKA Pittsburgh, KYW Philadelphia, CJMS 1040 Montreal when nulling WHO Des Moines and WVON Avon, NY. CHLO (ex-CIAO) Brampton, ON and R. enciclopedia Cuba on 530. Nighttime is the right-time for DX. No KOA or KPNW, or WWL just yet... its early in the season.

FM is just as good as it gets with DSP, picks up clean signals with meter readings like 03:01,02:00. If its there the PL-330 and PL-310 will get'em.

SW gets here too. I don't find too much different than an originaal PL-310,and a bit better than the "et" model. Being high-powered, all thats needed is that the transmitter is pointing in your direction. From here in the N. E. USA RRI, REE, CRI, and Greece all get here. Time signals on 3330, 5000, and 10000 all have their better reception periods, 3330 CHU is best almost all night here.

USB/LSB both work very well with the 330, a feature not found on the PL-310/et/380. This is where the extra $$'s go. And IMHO its worth it. Having owned a Grundig G5 (Degen 1103-PLL clone), aviation weather could be heard from NY/Gander and Trenton (Canada) military routinely. But the 50Hz increments were a bit coarse for "dialing it in". And Shannon (Ireland) Volmet was rather weak with volume bump needed. The PL-330 has a 10Hz tuning step, and does dial it in nicely. New York Aviation is off-air/silent, so only Gander gets here, and it does better than the G5. The mild surprise is Shannon Volmet gets here with improved legibility and signal. Trenton mil-Volmet has been dicey as reported in other "io" groups, and it did come in weakly once in several tries. It did have a weak meter reading with hash. Shannon had weak hash and Gander mild hash. If you want USB/LSB reports are the PL-365 and this PL-330 are both worth the extra US$30. For SYNC detection the PL-660 shines... the PL-330 DOES NOT. Much like Long Wave, its a selling point, nothing more. At least for US$70-80 I don't feel ripped-off. If I were buying a PL990(x) or H501, I'd be VERY dissatisfied to the point of returning it.

As for the Amateur bands, I'll leave that to the Amateurs that routinely receive such for their opiniion. As a civilian, I'll step aside. But I do think that the SSB on this model is worthy at least.

So there are my opinions as a newling to the PL-330. Its a good 4 of 5 with a little plus for the SSB, and a little minus for the SYNC and LW band.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl







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Paul


Re: DX750 - 1494kHz - 2AY

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Dan. I have logged it in the past. 
Last night I tried with my 3" FSL, still nothing.

On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 12:51 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
Hi Paul 
There's nothing about a closure on it's website. And the live stream is working. I'll try to listen from my Melb QTH tonight. 
It usually doesn't come into here very well. 
Dan.
 



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Paul


Initial Review of the Tecsun PL-330

Paul S. in CT
 

I bought mine a week ago through eBay for about $80. Aliexpress also had/das them for a few $'s cheaper, but some sellers cannot ship to USA. The Box indicates 3/2020 build ver. 1. No serial number in the radio, or as a tag. Instruction manual in Chinese.

It sets up as my older Tecsun DSP's as far as time, and the English buttons are concerned. Placement of the buttons are a bit odd, and these function buttons are a bit small. Nonetheless things went smoothly. The "dial light" is a pleasant yellow, not too bright. The included battery is at least partially charged, and shows 2 of 3 bars right now. The case itself is good looking and of a solid build. For as light-weight as it is, it does not feel cheap. The buttons have a nice tactile feel to them, as opposed to a squishy feel. The rotary encoders for frequency and volume are a bit slow without a lot of indent.

The reception of AM-BCB is as good as the original PL-310, and better than the PL-310et I borrowed. I will say that the 330 is NOT a daytime DXer, and the 310 was also weak in this respect. This in regards to a habitually noisy suburban environment in Cent. CT USA. 1030 WBZ Boston (150mi) weak with hash, and WGY 810 in Schenectady, NY (140mi) non existant. WWKB Buffalo 1520 (225mi) illegible in the hash... 550 WGR Buffalo did better but still poor. Pointing the radio towards New York City (80-100mi) garnered good reception of 540 WLIE, 660 WFAN, 880 WCBS, 740 WNYH, 1010 WINS, and 1130 WBBR. Fair to poor on 820 WNYC. WWRL on 1600 didn't get here midday, but WWRU 1660 did, though fair. All these receptions were made offsetting the intended channel by 1kHz to avoid Soft-Mute.

Skywave RX at night brings out the Eastern USA with exeptions due to co-channel. All Chicago-5 heard well here 670, 720, 780, 890, and 1000. 650 WSM, and 750 WSB after 9PM, and KWKH and WDFN on 1130 duke it out behind big-sig WBBR on 1130. 1120 KMOX St Louis, KDKA Pittsburgh, KYW Philadelphia, CJMS 1040 Montreal when nulling WHO Des Moines and WVON Avon, NY. CHLO (ex-CIAO) Brampton, ON and R. enciclopedia Cuba on 530. Nighttime is the right-time for DX. No KOA or KPNW, or WWL just yet... its early in the season.

FM is just as good as it gets with DSP, picks up clean signals with meter readings like 03:01,02:00. If its there the PL-330 and PL-310 will get'em.

SW gets here too. I don't find too much different than an originaal PL-310,and a bit better than the "et" model. Being high-powered, all thats needed is that the transmitter is pointing in your direction. From here in the N. E. USA RRI, REE, CRI, and Greece all get here. Time signals on 3330, 5000, and 10000 all have their better reception periods, 3330 CHU is best almost all night here.

USB/LSB both work very well with the 330, a feature not found on the PL-310/et/380. This is where the extra $$'s go. And IMHO its worth it. Having owned a Grundig G5 (Degen 1103-PLL clone), aviation weather could be heard from NY/Gander and Trenton (Canada) military routinely. But the 50Hz increments were a bit coarse for "dialing it in". And Shannon (Ireland) Volmet was rather weak with volume bump needed. The PL-330 has a 10Hz tuning step, and does dial it in nicely. New York Aviation is off-air/silent, so only Gander gets here, and it does better than the G5. The mild surprise is Shannon Volmet gets here with improved legibility and signal. Trenton mil-Volmet has been dicey as reported in other "io" groups, and it did come in weakly once in several tries. It did have a weak meter reading with hash. Shannon had weak hash and Gander mild hash. If you want USB/LSB reports are the PL-365 and this PL-330 are both worth the extra US$30. For SYNC detection the PL-660 shines... the PL-330 DOES NOT. Much like Long Wave, its a selling point, nothing more. At least for US$70-80 I don't feel ripped-off. If I were buying a PL990(x) or H501, I'd be VERY dissatisfied to the point of returning it.

As for the Amateur bands, I'll leave that to the Amateurs that routinely receive such for their opiniion. As a civilian, I'll step aside. But I do think that the SSB on this model is worthy at least.

So there are my opinions as a newling to the PL-330. Its a good 4 of 5 with a little plus for the SSB, and a little minus for the SYNC and LW band.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: DX750 - 1494kHz - 2AY

Dan Merta
 

Hi Paul 
There's nothing about a closure on it's website. And the live stream is working. I'll try to listen from my Melb QTH tonight. 
It usually doesn't come into here very well. 
Dan.
 


Re: Tecsun PL-330 available

Paul S. in CT
 

Yup, thats what I interpreted it to be. Its obviously looking for processed audio input.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


DX750 - 1494kHz - 2AY

Paul Blundell
 

While undertaking my DX750 project, I have come across a strange situation. 2AY on 1494kHz seems to be MIA. 
Over the past few days and nights, I have been trying to hunt this down with no luck so far, it is the only station in Australia on this frequency (black circle) and I am able to hear other stations which are close to this in frequency (green circles)

Does anybody know if they are having issues or have gone off the air?

Paul




Re: ODP: [UltralightDX] The RADIOWOW R-108 is in the Amazon Prime-Day deals for $41.57

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the ideas, I might give this a try with some of my radios.

Paul

On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 5:38 PM mediumwavedx <desertbilly@...> wrote:
I was thinking one might put some gold or brownish colored cellophane over the display. That would reduce the brightness and also eliminate the bluish tint. Sounds silly but it might work! Now, where can we find that?

Then it hit me that those grayish cellophane packets that ICs come in for experimenters might do it. I recently bought some parts and I had some so I tried it. It works. Some packets are darker than others and work better.

I'd hate to tear into my new little radio just yet!

Bill



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Paul


Re: The RADIOWOW R-108 is in the Amazon Prime-Day deals for $41.57

mariusz.dorota@gmail.com <mariusz.dorota@...>
 

That what i was thinking, but in the end I decided to open radio unit. It is easy to open, but then you have to separate pcb from Keys and finally take off white sticker with aluminium foil which cover the led. When you do this you can Simply change led to any 3mm led whatever color and brightness you want - there’s  a lot of space to solder  it or if you don’t want to mess with solder gun you can paint the led or cover it with some sort of filter. Overall not a very difficult task but a lot of tiny screws to deal with

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Wiadomość napisana przez mediumwavedx <desertbilly@...> w dniu 20.10.2020, o godz. 08:38:

I was thinking one might put some gold or brownish colored cellophane over the display. That would reduce the brightness and also eliminate the bluish tint. Sounds silly but it might work! Now, where can we find that?

Then it hit me that those grayish cellophane packets that ICs come in for experimenters might do it. I recently bought some parts and I had some so I tried it. It works. Some packets are darker than others and work better.

I'd hate to tear into my new little radio just yet!

Bill


Re: Tecsun PL-330 available

mediumwavedx
 

The CD1622CB seems to be a dual channel audio amp. The Chinese do make a Si4735 look-alike called a KT0936M. Has LW/MW/FM/SW. Similar specs.

Bill


Re: ODP: [UltralightDX] The RADIOWOW R-108 is in the Amazon Prime-Day deals for $41.57

mediumwavedx
 

I was thinking one might put some gold or brownish colored cellophane over the display. That would reduce the brightness and also eliminate the bluish tint. Sounds silly but it might work! Now, where can we find that?

Then it hit me that those grayish cellophane packets that ICs come in for experimenters might do it. I recently bought some parts and I had some so I tried it. It works. Some packets are darker than others and work better.

I'd hate to tear into my new little radio just yet!

Bill

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