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790 ARG LR6 Radio Mitre barefoot XHDATA D-808

Peter 1956
 

790 Argentina Radio Mitre Buenos Aires/ Hurlingham 7968km 25kW
https://youtu.be/TO6H51G_Fhs

Peter Wilson
Botswana


940 Brazil Super RBV barefoot pocket radio Roberts R9995

Peter 1956
 

This radio is a re-badged Sangean DT-210 (old PLL version). 6910 km 940 B Super RBV Rio de Janeiro/Magé 100kW
https://youtu.be/wD_Gg8oLOG0

Peter Wilson
Botswana


Well new radio....three new loggings.....was I fighting with one Hand behind my back???

Alex
 

Well as you've read in the past I've been known to use a Sony ICF-P26 Pocket AM/FM for my for some of my AM DXing. I had a suspicions my first example was on the fritz....it was off scale and having trouble RX a local it had no problem in the past.

 

   So I bought a new ICF-P26 today and at sunset in addition to My Select-A-Tenna I logged the following

 

   560 KHz WVOC Columbia,SC

   570 KHz  WAAX Gadsden, Alabama

   570 KHz WKVN Youngstown, OH 

 

   Yes the scale is correct, and many more stations on the dial. It makes me wonder if I was "fighting" with one hand behind my back with the other unit!!!! Now I have a dx chaser!!!

 

   Well I wish I could give more but 4 AM comes very early and I'm about ready to turn into a pumpkin!!!!!

 

GN,

Alex N8UCN / KOH8IG  in SW OH

 


Re: Air Band Receivers

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Peter. I have had one of these in the past. I was was looking for something that "looks" like a normal radio.



On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 8:17 PM Peter 1956 <pe1etr@...> wrote:
Your welcome Paul,

There are some small scanners that cover airband.
eg Uniden Bearcat EZI-33XLT 
Peter



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Re: XHDATA D-808 Squelch Capability

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Dave,

<<<   You observed that “In the Squelch mode you can also toggle the Squelch speed by short pressing the Tuning knob to switch between “Off, Fast and Slow””.
On my example a short press in of the tuning knob toggles between Off, Fast and Slow tuning (not squelch), e.g. on SW Fast = 5KHz steps, Slow = 1KHz steps, Off = 0KHz steps (i.e. tuning knob inoperative). This is as described in the manual and works the same regardless of squelch setting.   >>>

You are absolutely correct-- a short inward press of the D-808's tuning knob toggles between fast, slow and locked tuning-- and does this on all bands, with the current status of this setting shown in the center right area of the display after the frequency readout. This function has no relation to Squelch, and the full D-808 review article at the following link has been corrected and updated    https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

The confusion over the D-808's Squelch capability was related to the total lack of any information on the subject in my 10 page, tiny-print owner's manual. There are apparently some D-808 owner's manuals that are more detailed and include information on this subject, but it's pretty obvious that providing highly detailed and informative owner's manuals was not  a top XHDATA priority. Even the "economy model" Radiwow R-108 (from the same company) has a fairly decent 23-page owner's manual.

<<<   BTW, impressed that you've disassembled and inspected 12 samples of this radio - that's probably more than the manufacturer :)   >>>

Thanks! Actually the Navy electronics training that Steve. R., Dale P. and I went through was probably far tougher than anything the Chinese repair technicians experienced. No stock loopstick has ever been safe in this environment-- they all get replaced sooner or later!

73, Gary


Re: Video-- March 2021 Rockwork 2 Ocean Cliff DXpedition

C B
 

Gary,

You and Paul in McGrath have certainly exhibited TP dxing intrepidity! Thanks for the great recordings to you both. Rockwork in March must seem like a long way from Brennecke’s Beach in Kauai!

73,

Craig Barnes
Wheat Ridge, CO (with snow forecasted on Friday!)


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Another great video. This location seems to really "work" for you.

Paul

On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 7:50 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
 With nasty weather forecast for 3 out of 4 days I knew that the latest DXing trip to Manzanita, Oregon would never be boring!  The weather was indeed the most severe ever faced during ocean cliff live DXing, but on the very first morning (March 3rd) the Rockwork 2 cliff was deceptively calm, with only a 36 degree (F) temperature somewhat less than ideal. Reminding myself of Paul Walker in Alaska I gratefully set up my gear in the clear weather (thankful to be just above freezing), and noticed that the Pacific Ocean sunrise scenery was awesome from the top of the plunging cliff, complete with a lofty view of Manzanita far below. Figuring that this was the first, last and only chance that I would have during this trip to shoot a video without subjecting my phone to all-out combat, I interrupted the DU-oriented session to record the moment  (6) March 2021 Rockwork 2 Ocean Cliff DXpedition - YouTube
     The twin 6" (15cm) FSL setup with two "supercharged" portables (a CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808) is at the top of the DU-oriented cliff face of the Rockwork 2 site-- the only one with a "dual personality" (featuring both South Pacific and Asian-facing cliffs). The Asian-facing cliff site was the venue of last October's breakthrough TP-DXpedition, although this week the biggest breakthrough was probably in surviving vicious weather.

Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 2 ocean cliff from March 3-6)



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Paul


JOAB 693 Tokyo Sign Off Boomed Into Alaska

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

On Mon Mar. 8 and tues. Mar 9, I specifically went looking for the strongest NHK2 radio signal I could find right before sign off with the least amount of adjacent channel splatter I could find so I could record it and here you go. I mean, sure it's 500KW but still.. its fairly unwavering and fairly strong!

Here's JOAB from Tuesday March 9th:

Here's JOAB from Monday March 8th:

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska  
CC Skywave & 5" DeBock FSL Antenna


Re: XHDATA D-808 Squelch Capability

Dave613
 

Just compared your review comments on squelch to the way my D808 behaves and have a couple of comments:


You observed that “While still pressing in the Tuning knob you can adjust the Squelch level by turning the Tuning knob clockwise to raise the squelch level from 1 to 9.”
On my example you do not need to hold the Tuning knob pressed in to adjust the squelch level (although it still works if you do hold the knob in while adjusting).


You observed that “In the Squelch mode you can also toggle the Squelch speed by short pressing the Tuning knob to switch between “Off, Fast and Slow””.
On my example a short press in of the tuning knob toggles between Off, Fast and Slow tuning (not squelch), e.g. on SW Fast = 5KHz steps, Slow = 1KHz steps, Off = 0KHz steps (i.e. tuning knob inoperative). This is as described in the manual and works the same regardless of squelch setting.

BTW, impressed that you've disassembled and inspected 12 samples of this radio - that's probably more than the manufacturer :)


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Michael.2E0IHW
 

A very impressive record, Paul!
Michael UK

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Re: Air Band Receivers

Peter 1956
 

Your welcome Paul,

There are some small scanners that cover airband.
eg Uniden Bearcat EZI-33XLT 
Peter


Re: Air Band Receivers

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Peter. I am looking for something small / pocket sized.


On Tue, 9 Mar 2021, 18:41 Peter 1956, <pe1etr@...> wrote:
Hello Paul,

I have one of these, performance is mediocre. The XHDATA D-808 is much better on Airband, CB band, MW and FM.
eg this was inaudible on the Hanronda HRD-737
https://youtu.be/UDNI0QY_v6s
Peter


Re: Air Band Receivers

Peter 1956
 

Hello Paul,

I have one of these, performance is mediocre. The XHDATA D-808 is much better on Airband, CB band, MW and FM.
eg this was inaudible on the Hanronda HRD-737
https://youtu.be/UDNI0QY_v6s
Peter


1296 E COPE Valencia 7652km barefoot XHDATA D-808

Peter 1956
 

Football commentary in Spanish.
https://youtu.be/2AGwBx_4XYg

Peter Wilson
Botswana


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Re: MW from Brazil received in Botswana on a barefoot Tecsun PL-398MP

Peter 1956
 

Thanks Gary,
I've had the Bahamas, but only playing music with no speech. I had Grenada last year.

Peter


Re: New member looking for help

Alex
 

A quick Starter radio that is still readily available from say Wal-Mart is a Sony ICF-P26 Pocket AM/FM radio. Costs under $20. Here is a picture or one next to my Select-A-Tenna on a Turn table as my DXing set-up. It's a good starter radio till you read through all of Gary's Shootout candidates.


Re: 30 photos uploaded #photo-notice

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Jerry, I have been meaning to do this for ages.

Paul

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Paul


Coronavirus and ULDXing - A Year On

Paul Blundell
 

Of late I have been spending more time listening to "content", not just getting an ID and moving on. The current vaccine discussion / roll out process have given me a good chance to log some different stations as it appears like more "local" news is being reported as the roll out continues. This was very helpful last week in splitting some stations, due to the local nature of the roll out.

From your point of view / part of the world, have things returned to normal (the new normal) or have you / are you still noticing any changes on the broadcasting side?

Paul


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Jerry Rappel
 

Good stuff Paul!

Jerry WW0E


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