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Re: Two good catches on a barefoot ETÓN ELITE TRAVELER 25-05-2021

Jorge Garzón
 

Am I wrong?




Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En martes, 25 de mayo de 2021 19:51:08 CEST, Peter 1956 <pe1etr@...> escribió:


Hello Jorge,
Are you sure you have the correct radio? Those prices are way too high. The Eton Elite Executive is NOT the same radio as the Eton Elite Traveller!

Peter


Re: Improving Pocket UL FM reception

Jorge Garzón
 

I did it Jay, but I didn't find a noticeable improvement. I must say that I have to test better both filters on FM, as there are better stations to be chosen and test.

Narrow/wide positions are useful on MW band as I check this feature regularly with NA TA channels. 

El mar., may. 25, 2021 a 14:02, radiojayallen
<radiojayallen@...> escribió:
Interesting project! Did you try the DT-880's Narrow FM bandwidth setting for improved selectivity?

Jay


Re: Two good catches on a barefoot ETÓN ELITE TRAVELER 25-05-2021

Peter 1956
 

Hello Jorge,
Are you sure you have the correct radio? Those prices are way too high. The Eton Elite Executive is NOT the same radio as the Eton Elite Traveller!

Peter


Re: Two good catches on a barefoot ETÓN ELITE TRAVELER 25-05-2021

Jorge Garzón
 

Everything has become more complicated now, what I do not understand Emoji

Amazon UK has a price of 107 pounds and do not serve to the Continent!!!!
Amazon Spain offers the receiver for 135 €.
Amazon USA 100$ including shipping to Spain.
Amazon Canada 70$CAN and they do not ship to Spain. (Pity, best price!)

So, bought it in the US is the best option. Final price: 82€ against 135€ from Spain. Unbelievable!!!

I will orden then to the US!

73!

Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)

39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En martes, 25 de mayo de 2021 18:01:03 CEST, Peter 1956 <pe1etr@...> escribió:


[Edited Message Follows]

Thanks Jorge.
I bought mine from Amazon UK in 2019 when it was on special offer for GBP 37.

Maybe Amazon ES might stock it?

Peter


Re: FM DXing - Sangean PR-D18 vs CCRadio-2E - Simple Side-by-Side Test

Jorge Garzón
 

Right Jay! Well, I browsed  the internal PR-D19 receiver but not a P18. Are their ferrites identical?

On the other hand, is there a good way to extra screen internal circuits by wrapping copper foil?

73!


Re: Two good catches on a barefoot ETÓN ELITE TRAVELER 25-05-2021

Peter 1956
 
Edited

Thanks Jorge.
I bought mine from Amazon UK in 2019 when it was on special offer for GBP 37.
Maybe Amazon ES might stock it?

Peter


Re: FM DXing - Sangean PR-D18 vs CCRadio-2E - Simple Side-by-Side Test

radiojayallen
 

It may be a matter of how low the noise floor is in your area but when I compare the PR-D18 and PR-D19 I get slightly better AM reception on the PR-D19.

Jay


Re: Two good catches on a barefoot ETÓN ELITE TRAVELER 25-05-2021

Jorge Garzón
 

Well done Peter! This June I will order one to benefit of PI decoding pn FM. And why not, also for MW DXing when the seaspn arrives!
Jorge


Two good catches on a barefoot ETÓN ELITE TRAVELER 25-05-2021

Peter 1956
 

800 TWR Bonaire Etón Elite Traveler 10960km
https://youtu.be/8BEuedpp1o8
1400 Rádio Rio de Janeiro Etón Elite Traveler
Becomes stronger!
https://youtu.be/_oFz2defP4A
Received indoors in Botswana

Peter


Re: Good source for 18650 batteries?

Jorge Garzón
 

As Jay pointed, I don't remove batteries but havevin mind that I do not have dozens of radios to use. I have a couple of them, a Panasonic RF-2200 and a Grundig Yacht Boy 300, both with batteries always in place. I switch them on at least 15 minutes a month. Everything run smooth with no drainage at all and batteries are still wealthy after a year!!! 

El mar., may. 25, 2021 a 14:10, radiojayallen
<radiojayallen@...> escribió:
For radios I use with any regularity I don' remove the batteries...too inconvenient. I only had the two radios which drained batteries fast while off (they would be down in a few days) were both defective and replacements eliminated the problem, so this shouldn't normally be an issue. With one such radio the audio amp was staying on all the time...the cause of the second one (a PL-990) is yet to be determined but I am waiting for an answer on that from the seller. The replacement PL-990 doesn't have this problem).

To be clear, digital radios do use a small amount of power to keep the clock running but this kind of drain should take a long time to show up so if you use the radio even once a month you shouldn't notice it.

Jay


Re: Good source for 18650 batteries?

radiojayallen
 

For radios I use with any regularity I don' remove the batteries...too inconvenient. I only had the two radios which drained batteries fast while off (they would be down in a few days) were both defective and replacements eliminated the problem, so this shouldn't normally be an issue. With one such radio the audio amp was staying on all the time...the cause of the second one (a PL-990) is yet to be determined but I am waiting for an answer on that from the seller. The replacement PL-990 doesn't have this problem).

To be clear, digital radios do use a small amount of power to keep the clock running but this kind of drain should take a long time to show up so if you use the radio even once a month you shouldn't notice it.

Jay


Re: Improving Pocket UL FM reception

radiojayallen
 

Interesting project! Did you try the DT-880's Narrow FM bandwidth setting for improved selectivity?

Jay


Re: Good source for 18650 batteries?

DX Pedro
 

That's actually works nicely. I do that in my radios and also in my
old car that I drive only on special occasions. From my experience, it
actually prolongs battery life

// pedro andrade

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 12:19 AM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@gmail.com> wrote:

I wonder if people remove batteries when their radios are not in use? I have started doing that as I have more radios than batteries at the moment.

Paul

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:01 AM vbifyz <3ym3ym@gmail.com> wrote:

My PL-880 started draining batteries while off recently. Before this began, the battery would stay charged for months if not used. Now there is 15mA constant discharge current. The worst part is that it doesn't stop when the voltage is below 3V, killing the cell. I had to throw away 2 cells before I realized what's wrong.
As for the source of 18650 cells, the best source for me is tested cells from discarded laptop batteries.

73, Mike AF7KR


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Paul


940 Brazil Super RBV in daylight barefoot Tecsun PL-360 6910km

Peter 1956
 

Received in Botswana after local sunrise. 25-05-2021.
https://youtu.be/57f_GCL0HhI

Peter


Re: Improving Pocket UL FM reception

Jorge Garzón
 

Thanks Johnny and Paul!


El mar., may. 25, 2021 a 1:18, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
I found that a very interesting read.

Paul

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:16 AM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Following the subject about the Sangean DT-800 I tested it with a longer whip against my autoradio SKODA. Hope you find the ppst useful.


Saludos

Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX



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Paul


Re: FM DXing - Sangean PR-D18 vs CCRadio-2E - Simple Side-by-Side Test

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Johnny, 
Both Sangean, PR-D18 and PR-D19 are excellent performers on FM and very good on MW (AM). The bigger one with two speakers offers a deep and rich sound that fill a room, but because of that is a battery eater, so better use an AC/DC adaptor. Battery life when connecting earphones is much longer then.

Both models have identical performance on both bands despite the size, and both are out of UL and Small Portable categories, strictly speaking. 

As 'Sangeans' their features come into the scene: Very good sensitivity and reliable selectivity. Surprisingly here sensitivity on FM is brilliant and beats easily the CC pocket, being even slightly better than the DT-800. Also selectivity is better than the Sangean average as they offer an useful narrow/wide filter position and 100/50 kHz steps. It is a pity that the whip reaches just 67 cm unfolded and undoubtely with a longer one (100/115 cm), signals would be even better. 

I tested Sangean PR-D19 on MW with excellent results and some of the videos I made can be found in my Yotube channel. I recorded one about its FM performance Vs a big TECSUN S-8800. That was one of the first clips I recorded and my poor skills as a cameraman are noticeable there but I wanted to test both receivers with a close FM txer and two more, a low-powered and one afar.

Have in mind that the TECSUN telescopic reaches 100 cm and PR-D19 reaches just 67 cm. The price of the bigger radio multiplies by three Sangean's. And even more important, I discovered here that even switching off a receiver, the unfolded whip interacts with the unit being tested, so telescopic antennas must be keep apart to avoid a coupling effect. 


¡ Buen DX! 

El mar., may. 25, 2021 a 1:14, Johnny via groups.io
<jlochey@...> escribió:
Hi all,
 
Just picked up a Sangean PR-D18 purely for it's FM reception.
 
I have to admit that this little radio, while ever so slightly bigger that the true UL definition (very close though), has EXCELLENT FM reception!
 
I would say that in my recent (very non-professional) tests between the PR-D18 and the CCRadio-2E, the PR-D18 was very equal to the CCrane, with each radio sometimes hearing a few things that the other could not.  

The Sangean definitely was as good as the R-108.
 
Reminder:  This test was only performed on the FM band as this was my target!!!
 
Costs:
  • Sangean PR-D18 - $50-ish USD
  • CCRadio-2E - $160-ish USD
 
For what it's worth!
 
Johnny


WNJC 1360 Summertime High-Octane DX Tests

Les Rayburn
 



The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the NRC & IRCA is pleased to announce that WNJC 1360 kHz in Washington Township, New Jersey will be conducting maintenance tests on their automation systems and other equipment during the summer, resulting in some opportunities for DX’ers to log this station. 

Chief Engineer Duke Hamann sent the following notice regarding the summer schedule: 

JUNE SCHEDULE

Nightly for the entire month. June 1-June 30th starting at Midnight EDT (0400 UTC) for one hour. The Burke Controller will be programmed to switch to daytime pattern and power during that hour. Daytime power is 5,000 watts. 

The test material will consist of a brief voice announcement, followed by nothing but Morse Code ID’s at 800 hz, 900 hz, and 1,000 hz. Most of the CW will be high speed at 25 WPM. 

There will also be plenty of sweep tones, 1,000 hz long duration tones, and off hook sound effects. No music, voice, or other distractions. Similar to the KCUP test earlier this year, it should provide the optimum chance to cut through the summer static. 

WNJC AM Coverage Map

JULY SCHEDULE 

July 1st through 7th. Midnight EDT (0400 UTC) to 5 AM EDT (0900 UTC) “Hybrid” DX Test. Test will be daytime power, 5kw but into an omnidirectional pattern. 

Test material will be limited to CW only at 800 hz, 900 hz, and 1,000 hz along with simultaneous transmission of FT-8 computer mode transmissions. 

FT8 is used by amateur radio operators to communicate over long distances at very low power levels. Receiving it is even easier, and can literally be done by putting a microphone from your computer close to your receiver’s speaker. Using FT8 WNJC was received nationwide and in several countries last year. How to get started, try these tutorials or search Google for “Getting Started in FT8.” 


July 4th Special Test. On July 4th WNJC will conduct a special Independence Day event starting at 8 PM EDT (00:00 UTC) until 6 AM EDT (1000 UTC). 

Test material will consist of voice ID’s, jingles, Morse Code IDs, sweep tones, along with special patriotic music and sound effects. 

To assist in keeping DX’ers informed of last minute changes and to better track receptions of the station during it’s maintenance, CE Hamann has created a Facebook group: 

WNJC DX Test Facebook Group:


QSL INFORMATION

QSL’s for the June tests and July 1-7 Tests will be handled by the Courtesy Program Committee of the NRC/IRCA. Our QSL requirements are very specific: 

  • All requests must be submitted via e-mail to: les@...
  • QSL requests must include a recording of the best two minutes of your reception in either .MP3, .WAV, or .MP4 video. No written reports will be accepted for verification. 
  • Requests must be received by August 1st. 
  • Only one QSL per DX’er regardless of how many times you receive the test (s). 
  • If you use a remote SDR or receiver to log the test, we will honor only one QSL per DX’er. No multiple QSL requests. You must clearly state the location of the receiver that you used to receive the station. 

The July 4th Special Test QSL requests will be processed directly by John “Duke” Hamann, Chief Engineer of WNJC. The requirements are: 

  • All requests must be submitted via e-mail to: duxpond.kc2dux@...
  • Only one QSL per DX’er. You may apply for the July 4th Special QSL even if you have already received the test earlier. 



73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


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Long Term DX Project - 25/05/2021 - Heritage Forest

Paul Blundell
 

Date: 25/05/2021
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Heritage Forest, Launceston Tasmania.
Radio: AR-1733
Notes: A early afternoon session during my daily walk. Signals were down on normal with nothing being received at anything better than an “average” signal level. 3GG on 531kHz was only logged at a weak signal level. 3WV on 594kHz was also only logged at weak signal level, this was surprising for a 50kw station, the other two 50kw stations hit average signal levels.

 

Long Term DX Project Loggings:

FREQ

CALLSIGN

LOGGED

Area Served

Purpose

Power

531

3GG

WEAK

Warragul

Commercial

5k

549

2CR

UNLOGGED

Cumnock

National

50k

594

3WV

WEAK

Horsham

National

50k

621

3RN

AVERAGE

Melbourne

National

50k

774

3LO

AVERAGE

Melbourne

National

50k

1053

2CA

UNLOGGED

Canberra

Commercial

5k

1179

3RPH

UNLOGGED

Melbourne

Community

5k

1341

HPON GEELONG

WEAK

Geelong

HPON

5k

1422

HPON MELBOURNE

POOR

Melbourne

HPON

5k

1503

3KND

UNLOGGED

Melbourne

Community

5k

 

 

 



Re: Good source for 18650 batteries?

Paul Blundell
 

I wonder if people remove batteries when their radios are not in use? I have started doing that as I have more radios than batteries at the moment.

Paul

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 2:01 AM vbifyz <3ym3ym@...> wrote:
My PL-880 started draining batteries while off recently. Before this began, the battery would stay charged for months if not used. Now there is 15mA constant discharge current. The worst part is that it doesn't stop when the voltage is below 3V, killing the cell. I had to throw away 2 cells before I realized what's wrong.
As for the source of 18650 cells, the best source for me is tested cells from discarded laptop batteries.

73, Mike AF7KR



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Paul


Re: Improving Pocket UL FM reception

Paul Blundell
 

I found that a very interesting read.

Paul

On Tue, May 25, 2021 at 1:16 AM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Following the subject about the Sangean DT-800 I tested it with a longer whip against my autoradio SKODA. Hope you find the ppst useful.


Saludos

Jorge Garzón Gutiérrez "IberiaDX" 
(EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL · BDXC Member 1409) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX



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Paul

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