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Re: Is the Sony ICF-SW10 an ultralight?

 

From my maths it works out to be about 31 cubic inches so about 50% too big.
 
What they tell me, the group is okay with any portable radios and the fixed rule on the size is for the awards they issues. I know nothing about they or how they work. Good bunch on the group and I hope to be more active in the future.

 
 
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 1:32 PM
From: "Winston Smith" <cz111954@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Is the Sony ICF-SW10 an ultralight?

We are cleaning out our house getting ready to move.

I found an old Sony ICF-SW10 12 band radio.  The tuning knob was missing but a small plastic
plug just happens to fit into the location.

It's dimensions (w/h/d) are:  Approx: 162 x 93.8 x 33.3 mm                                   
                                              6 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1 5/16 inches
                                 
Is it too big to be an 'ultralight'?
 


Is the Sony ICF-SW10 an ultralight?

Winston Smith
 

We are cleaning out our house getting ready to move.

I found an old Sony ICF-SW10 12 band radio.  The tuning knob was missing but a small plastic
plug just happens to fit into the location.

It's dimensions (w/h/d) are:  Approx: 162 x 93.8 x 33.3 mm                                   
                                              6 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1 5/16 inches
                                 
Is it too big to be an 'ultralight'?


Re: Air Band Receivers

 

Thank you everybody.
I will make a list and see what is close enough for me to hear.

 
 
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 at 7:23 AM
From: "Joseph Rotman via groups.io" <N9JCQ@...>
To: "jock.elliott@..." <jock.elliott@...>, "main@ultralightdx.groups.io" <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Air Band Receivers

This is what I use for airport frequencies:https://www.airnav.com/
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Jock Elliott <jock.elliott@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Jul 22, 2021 4:34 am
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Air Band Receivers
 
Radio Reference -- https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/ -- is an excellent source of frequency information of all sorts, including aviation.
 
I have used it for United States information, and there are pull-downs on the right for other countries, although I don't know how complete or accurate the information is for other countries.


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - July 2021

 

Great looking case. That looks like a very secure way to store and carry them.

 
 
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 at 1:11 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - July 2021

Recently I have been on the lookout for a suitable carry case for my ultralight radios. I have found that carrying my 3" FSL plus all my radios was overkill, mainly when I find I am mostly DXing "barefoot". 

My local Bunnings has a range of cases and I found that this one was the best size for my needs, it cost $16. The foam that comes with it is pretty poor so I replaced this with a much better piece of foam, this cost $33. The total is under $50. I also added the velcro strap to help keep the case closed securely.

I have setup the foam today with cutouts for my three main ultralight radios plus spare batteries and charger, ear phones and notebook / log sheets.

I am very happy with how this has turned out and think it will serve me well.

 

 
 
 
 


Re: Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index

 

This whole thing sounds very exciting.

 
 
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 at 5:29 PM
From: "Jorge Garzón via groups.io" <iberiaDX@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index
I am going to give a close eye to your software, Paul. Maybe could be translated into Spanish and be offered for Spanish MW stations, which is the largest network remaining in Europe. 
 
Something interesting with the UL DXing Index is the possibility to check the real capacity of our ULR and small portables to receive a signal. We could set that 'this or that receiver' is able to achieve the ### UL DXing Index. Also make a comparison in between them. 
 
Any of you are interested to send me his/her 5 best UL DXing Index by this coming Monday? With that I will produce the first Log chart to be shared here. 
¡Buen DX! 
   
El jue., jul. 22, 2021 a 7:28, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
I have not updated the "public" version as yet, I want to make sure this new feature works before I publish it, it should only be a day or so as I have already added 25% of my loggins using it with no issues so far.
Sorry but it is Windows only.
 
On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Where do I find this to use? Can it run on a MAC or PC only?
 
 
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index
I have just updated MWDXerDB to include this and have started to add this index against all my loggings, this might take a while.
 
 
On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 9:26 AM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for that, I am really excited about this. I will be updating my log file to also include this information.
 
Paul
 
On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 6:50 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,
I am including the Excel spreadsheet to log the records. Feel free to use it and even add new lines.

The idea is to publish the results monthy in our e-groups and also in my blog. any other blog will be welcome to publish the chart with personal comments on the DX-listening made during the month, if any. This is also a personal tool to check conditions when DXing outdoors. All this info is valuable to be shared with other folks.

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






En miércoles, 21 de julio de 2021 8:49:22 CEST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:





Do you have a template file or spreadsheet to use for this? Where would be the best place to post results and will you also be adding these to your blog?

On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:24 PM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
> This sounds really exciting, I wish you the best of luck with this. I will be interested to see how some of my loggings relate to this index score.
>
> Paul
>
> On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:15 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
>> Contests and awards are some of the valid tools that radioclubs offer to promote the hobby and the joy of listening and/or transmitting. They are sill alive in the ham world, but have been vanishing little by little at our side of the hobby. 
>>
>> I am sure that we can awake some kind of activity to recover a kid of 'chart', not just with a competitive way to understand radiolistening, but also to share knowledge and promote DXing with our 'little ones'. 
>>
>> From the 'IberiaDX' group, we would like to propose an ULR DXing Log Chart to show the possibities in using ULR and small portables. So, that's why we launch what we call 'THE DXing ULR Index'. 
>>
>> This is a score log to be revisited monthly. The goal is to promote the listening skills and personal DXing challenges including the use of new antennas, or explore outdoors and find new listening spots to be used. 
>>
>> The DXing ULR Index will have two categories:
>> 1. ULR* and small portables** with built-in ferrite (MW-LW) or whip attached (FM-DAB). 
>> 2. ULR and small portables with external inductive antennas (MW-LW) or FM aerials connected to plug-in socket
>>
>> (*) ULR are non SDR receivers up to 328 cm3 (20in3).
>> (**) Small portables are non SDR receivers up to 500 cm3 (30.5 in3). 
>> There is a table of receivers sizes on the blog http://iberiadx.wordpress.com by clicking on the 'ULR DXing /DX de bolsillo' menu. 
>>
>> The way to calculate the right index is easy:
>>
>> DXing ULR Index=distance (in km) / txer power (in watts). 
>> Example 1: 2,000 km / 80,000 W = 0.025 Index= 0.025.
>> Example 2: 2,000 km / 1,500 W = 1.33.
>> Overall index: 0.025+1.33 = 1.355.
>>
>> The example nr 2 would be a best DX index. The different indexes will be added to get an overall score. The higher score will give us the best DXing and most effective DXer. Records would be published monthly in our groups and blogs. Of course this has no connection with the Awards Program and has to be seen as a new proposal to be added. 
>>
>> I would need some volunteers to build the first chart to be issued this coming august. 
>>
>> We could also propose national coordinators (if any) in order to check some records or to help with any doubt about the rules. 
>>
>> 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)
>> ..................................................................................
>> Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Paul
>
>
>
>


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Re: Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021

 

Mine should only be a week or so away. I hope I get a good example with no issues.
 

 
 
Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 7:02 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
Thanks for the information, it matches much of what I have found so far.
 
Paul
 
On Sun, 25 Jul 2021, 11:34 Mark Roberts, <markrobt@...> wrote:
This radio originally came out as the Tivdio V-115 and has gone by numerous other names. This page has extensive information about this model: https://www.qsl.net/n9ewo/v115.html
 
I have a Tivdio V-115 - the AM and FM performance is so-so, with odd digital noises popping up here and there. On the other hand, the recording function does a very good job, better than comparable products from Tecsun, though not as good as a separate, dedicated recorder such as one of the Tascam models. The speaker sound is surprisingly good for a radio of its size. The user interface is quirky and you can't press the buttons too fast, otherwise the radio will just ignore you.
 
On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
 

 

First Impressions:
I recently ordered the Retekess V-115 FMAMSW Radio off eBay, for under $30 it seemed like good value and the built-in recorder to an SD card seemed like a feature I could make use of.
Physical – The radio is fairly small / light and seems to be built as well as you would expect for a radio at this price point.
Usage – from my testing so far, it seems to work as I would expect and pulls in signals “barefoot” as well as my Teac PR130. I feel so far that my Digitech AR-1733 still has the edge in RF performance.
Issues – So far, I have found a few issues. The tuning modes are that you either manually enter a frequency via the keypad or you use the auto tune modes, you can’t scroll from frequency to frequency, say from 531kHz to 540kHz, you need to either enter each frequency or use the auto tune modes, these only work on the strongest signals so for serious DXing, this is a huge disadvantage. The display backlight is VERY bright which means it is not easy to use in bed, it lights up the whole room, this reduces the “wife approval factor” as it looks like aliens are in the room. I have also noticed that the buttons are hard to press and have a noise with them, this also makes bedtime use less than ideal. The recorder works well but names the files RAD001, RAD002, this means I need to keep a record of what frequency each recording relates to.

Overall, I am on the fence with this so far, while it has some good features, the tuning mode is going to be harder to use and the file name for the recordings is a pain.

 

 

 

 


ULDXIndex - 26/07/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Please see my best logs below.

-------------------------
**MWDxerDB - Report**
Report Date: 07/26/2021
Report Time: 12:22:34
-------------------------

Freq / Name: 1395 - 2LG
Details: Lithgow (City) - National - 200w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 4.605

Freq / Name: 1098 - 2RN
Details: Goulburn - National - 200w
Notes: ULDXIndex = 3.875 

Freq / Name: 1602 - 3WL
Details: Warrnambool - National - 250w - 523km
Notes: ULDXIndex = 2.092 

Freq / Name: 1584 - 7SH
Details: St Helens - National - 100w - 96km
Notes: ULDXIndex = 0.960 

Freq / Name: 1476 - 5MG
Details: Mount Gambier - National - 1000w
Notes: ULDXIndex = 0.676 

Freq / Name: 1044 - 2UH
Details: Muswellbrook - National - 2000w
Notes: ULDXIndex = 0.5375

Freq / Name: 1197 - 5RPH
Details: Adelaide - Community - 2000w
Notes: ULDXIndex = 0.524 

 


Re: New Zealand SENZ Sports Network Kicks Off Monday

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Gary, I will be making a point to keep an ear out for these stations. A couple of the frequencies only have one Australia station on them so it should be easy to sort these new SEN signals out from the rest of them.

Paul

On Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 6:22 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Just in time for the Rockwork Cliff DXpedition in a couple of weeks, the new Kiwi SENZ sports network is the replacement for the old TAB Trackside network. It starts operations on July 19th, and the list of frequencies and locations is attached. The FB home page is at (20+) SENZ | Facebook

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)



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Re: Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the information, it matches much of what I have found so far.

Paul

On Sun, 25 Jul 2021, 11:34 Mark Roberts, <markrobt@...> wrote:
This radio originally came out as the Tivdio V-115 and has gone by numerous other names. This page has extensive information about this model: https://www.qsl.net/n9ewo/v115.html

I have a Tivdio V-115 - the AM and FM performance is so-so, with odd digital noises popping up here and there. On the other hand, the recording function does a very good job, better than comparable products from Tecsun, though not as good as a separate, dedicated recorder such as one of the Tascam models. The speaker sound is surprisingly good for a radio of its size. The user interface is quirky and you can't press the buttons too fast, otherwise the radio will just ignore you.

On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:

 

First Impressions:
I recently ordered the Retekess V-115 FMAMSW Radio off eBay, for under $30 it seemed like good value and the built-in recorder to an SD card seemed like a feature I could make use of.
Physical – The radio is fairly small / light and seems to be built as well as you would expect for a radio at this price point.
Usage – from my testing so far, it seems to work as I would expect and pulls in signals “barefoot” as well as my Teac PR130. I feel so far that my Digitech AR-1733 still has the edge in RF performance.
Issues – So far, I have found a few issues. The tuning modes are that you either manually enter a frequency via the keypad or you use the auto tune modes, you can’t scroll from frequency to frequency, say from 531kHz to 540kHz, you need to either enter each frequency or use the auto tune modes, these only work on the strongest signals so for serious DXing, this is a huge disadvantage. The display backlight is VERY bright which means it is not easy to use in bed, it lights up the whole room, this reduces the “wife approval factor” as it looks like aliens are in the room. I have also noticed that the buttons are hard to press and have a noise with them, this also makes bedtime use less than ideal. The recorder works well but names the files RAD001, RAD002, this means I need to keep a record of what frequency each recording relates to.

Overall, I am on the fence with this so far, while it has some good features, the tuning mode is going to be harder to use and the file name for the recordings is a pain.


Re: Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021

Mark Roberts
 

This radio originally came out as the Tivdio V-115 and has gone by numerous other names. This page has extensive information about this model: https://www.qsl.net/n9ewo/v115.html

I have a Tivdio V-115 - the AM and FM performance is so-so, with odd digital noises popping up here and there. On the other hand, the recording function does a very good job, better than comparable products from Tecsun, though not as good as a separate, dedicated recorder such as one of the Tascam models. The speaker sound is surprisingly good for a radio of its size. The user interface is quirky and you can't press the buttons too fast, otherwise the radio will just ignore you.

On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:

 

First Impressions:
I recently ordered the Retekess V-115 FMAMSW Radio off eBay, for under $30 it seemed like good value and the built-in recorder to an SD card seemed like a feature I could make use of.
Physical – The radio is fairly small / light and seems to be built as well as you would expect for a radio at this price point.
Usage – from my testing so far, it seems to work as I would expect and pulls in signals “barefoot” as well as my Teac PR130. I feel so far that my Digitech AR-1733 still has the edge in RF performance.
Issues – So far, I have found a few issues. The tuning modes are that you either manually enter a frequency via the keypad or you use the auto tune modes, you can’t scroll from frequency to frequency, say from 531kHz to 540kHz, you need to either enter each frequency or use the auto tune modes, these only work on the strongest signals so for serious DXing, this is a huge disadvantage. The display backlight is VERY bright which means it is not easy to use in bed, it lights up the whole room, this reduces the “wife approval factor” as it looks like aliens are in the room. I have also noticed that the buttons are hard to press and have a noise with them, this also makes bedtime use less than ideal. The recorder works well but names the files RAD001, RAD002, this means I need to keep a record of what frequency each recording relates to.

Overall, I am on the fence with this so far, while it has some good features, the tuning mode is going to be harder to use and the file name for the recordings is a pain.


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - July 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Sounds good. I have always had a thing for cases, this was more of an issue when I was serious about photography.

Paul

On Sat, 24 Jul 2021, 14:22 Alex via groups.io, <rifleman336=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Nice set up Paul, I'll have to take a pic of mine sometime this weekend if I can, we'll and compare notes.

 

Alex N8UCN

"The Ear of the Cin-Day Corridor!!!"

 


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - July 2021

Alex
 

Nice set up Paul, I'll have to take a pic of mine sometime this weekend if I can, we'll and compare notes.

 

Alex N8UCN

"The Ear of the Cin-Day Corridor!!!"

 


Re: Malachite DSP Software Defined Radio

John
 

The Belka DX is an amazingly good receiver for not much more money. 


On Fri, Jul 23, 2021 at 9:21 PM Dean wayman <dx_plains@...> wrote:
Thanks for the reply :

Yup I finally got that figured out after several hours of Regret ? and the radio got here 3 days after the tassle thingy .

So far it seems good on SW at least around the 5000"s as for LW &Mw it's pretty dead but I think I just need to find the antenna setup that works well with it .
The swivel on the antenna was very tight and even though I was very careful i busted the thing off today so Iv'e been trying a few things today ,I have an idea to hook up and old loop stick I have ,but don't have any idea how to attach it to the SMA connection yet ,I'll have to try a few things .

I'm  kinda disappointed by the hash the screen put's into it but i guess being small/cheap that's to be expected.Maybe someday there will be a 4" screen version with full features ? 

We can only hope ,I might try to get one of the real Russian ones soon .
Dean


Re: Malachite DSP Software Defined Radio

Dean wayman
 

Thanks for the reply :

Yup I finally got that figured out after several hours of Regret ? and the radio got here 3 days after the tassle thingy .

So far it seems good on SW at least around the 5000"s as for LW &Mw it's pretty dead but I think I just need to find the antenna setup that works well with it .
The swivel on the antenna was very tight and even though I was very careful i busted the thing off today so Iv'e been trying a few things today ,I have an idea to hook up and old loop stick I have ,but don't have any idea how to attach it to the SMA connection yet ,I'll have to try a few things .

I'm  kinda disappointed by the hash the screen put's into it but i guess being small/cheap that's to be expected.Maybe someday there will be a 4" screen version with full features ? 

We can only hope ,I might try to get one of the real Russian ones soon .
Dean


Re: Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index

Paul Blundell
 

Yes I would be happy to look at doing that.

I will be updating all of my log stations with the new index number and will post my best ones, once I have them all done.

On Fri, 23 Jul 2021, 17:30 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I am going to give a close eye to your software, Paul. Maybe could be translated into Spanish and be offered for Spanish MW stations, which is the largest network remaining in Europe. 

Something interesting with the UL DXing Index is the possibility to check the real capacity of our ULR and small portables to receive a signal. We could set that 'this or that receiver' is able to achieve the ### UL DXing Index. Also make a comparison in between them. 

Any of you are interested to send me his/her 5 best UL DXing Index by this coming Monday? With that I will produce the first Log chart to be shared here. 
¡Buen DX! 


El jue., jul. 22, 2021 a 7:28, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
I have not updated the "public" version as yet, I want to make sure this new feature works before I publish it, it should only be a day or so as I have already added 25% of my loggins using it with no issues so far.
Sorry but it is Windows only.

On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Where do I find this to use? Can it run on a MAC or PC only?
 
 
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index
I have just updated MWDXerDB to include this and have started to add this index against all my loggings, this might take a while.
 
 
On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 9:26 AM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for that, I am really excited about this. I will be updating my log file to also include this information.
 
Paul
 
On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 6:50 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,
I am including the Excel spreadsheet to log the records. Feel free to use it and even add new lines.

The idea is to publish the results monthy in our e-groups and also in my blog. any other blog will be welcome to publish the chart with personal comments on the DX-listening made during the month, if any. This is also a personal tool to check conditions when DXing outdoors. All this info is valuable to be shared with other folks.

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






En miércoles, 21 de julio de 2021 8:49:22 CEST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:





Do you have a template file or spreadsheet to use for this? Where would be the best place to post results and will you also be adding these to your blog?

On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:24 PM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
> This sounds really exciting, I wish you the best of luck with this. I will be interested to see how some of my loggings relate to this index score.
>
> Paul
>
> On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:15 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
>> Contests and awards are some of the valid tools that radioclubs offer to promote the hobby and the joy of listening and/or transmitting. They are sill alive in the ham world, but have been vanishing little by little at our side of the hobby. 
>>
>> I am sure that we can awake some kind of activity to recover a kid of 'chart', not just with a competitive way to understand radiolistening, but also to share knowledge and promote DXing with our 'little ones'. 
>>
>> From the 'IberiaDX' group, we would like to propose an ULR DXing Log Chart to show the possibities in using ULR and small portables. So, that's why we launch what we call 'THE DXing ULR Index'. 
>>
>> This is a score log to be revisited monthly. The goal is to promote the listening skills and personal DXing challenges including the use of new antennas, or explore outdoors and find new listening spots to be used. 
>>
>> The DXing ULR Index will have two categories:
>> 1. ULR* and small portables** with built-in ferrite (MW-LW) or whip attached (FM-DAB). 
>> 2. ULR and small portables with external inductive antennas (MW-LW) or FM aerials connected to plug-in socket
>>
>> (*) ULR are non SDR receivers up to 328 cm3 (20in3).
>> (**) Small portables are non SDR receivers up to 500 cm3 (30.5 in3). 
>> There is a table of receivers sizes on the blog http://iberiadx.wordpress.com by clicking on the 'ULR DXing /DX de bolsillo' menu. 
>>
>> The way to calculate the right index is easy:
>>
>> DXing ULR Index=distance (in km) / txer power (in watts). 
>> Example 1: 2,000 km / 80,000 W = 0.025 Index= 0.025.
>> Example 2: 2,000 km / 1,500 W = 1.33.
>> Overall index: 0.025+1.33 = 1.355.
>>
>> The example nr 2 would be a best DX index. The different indexes will be added to get an overall score. The higher score will give us the best DXing and most effective DXer. Records would be published monthly in our groups and blogs. Of course this has no connection with the Awards Program and has to be seen as a new proposal to be added. 
>>
>> I would need some volunteers to build the first chart to be issued this coming august. 
>>
>> We could also propose national coordinators (if any) in order to check some records or to help with any doubt about the rules. 
>>
>> 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)
>> ..................................................................................
>> Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Paul
>
>
>
>


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Re: Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index

Jorge Garzón
 

I am going to give a close eye to your software, Paul. Maybe could be translated into Spanish and be offered for Spanish MW stations, which is the largest network remaining in Europe. 

Something interesting with the UL DXing Index is the possibility to check the real capacity of our ULR and small portables to receive a signal. We could set that 'this or that receiver' is able to achieve the ### UL DXing Index. Also make a comparison in between them. 

Any of you are interested to send me his/her 5 best UL DXing Index by this coming Monday? With that I will produce the first Log chart to be shared here. 

El jue., jul. 22, 2021 a 7:28, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
I have not updated the "public" version as yet, I want to make sure this new feature works before I publish it, it should only be a day or so as I have already added 25% of my loggins using it with no issues so far.
Sorry but it is Windows only.

On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Where do I find this to use? Can it run on a MAC or PC only?
 
 
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index
I have just updated MWDXerDB to include this and have started to add this index against all my loggings, this might take a while.
 
 
On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 9:26 AM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for that, I am really excited about this. I will be updating my log file to also include this information.
 
Paul
 
On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 6:50 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,
I am including the Excel spreadsheet to log the records. Feel free to use it and even add new lines.

The idea is to publish the results monthy in our e-groups and also in my blog. any other blog will be welcome to publish the chart with personal comments on the DX-listening made during the month, if any. This is also a personal tool to check conditions when DXing outdoors. All this info is valuable to be shared with other folks.

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)
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En miércoles, 21 de julio de 2021 8:49:22 CEST, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> escribió:





Do you have a template file or spreadsheet to use for this? Where would be the best place to post results and will you also be adding these to your blog?

On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:24 PM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
> This sounds really exciting, I wish you the best of luck with this. I will be interested to see how some of my loggings relate to this index score.
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> Paul
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> On Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:15 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
>> Contests and awards are some of the valid tools that radioclubs offer to promote the hobby and the joy of listening and/or transmitting. They are sill alive in the ham world, but have been vanishing little by little at our side of the hobby. 
>>
>> I am sure that we can awake some kind of activity to recover a kid of 'chart', not just with a competitive way to understand radiolistening, but also to share knowledge and promote DXing with our 'little ones'. 
>>
>> From the 'IberiaDX' group, we would like to propose an ULR DXing Log Chart to show the possibities in using ULR and small portables. So, that's why we launch what we call 'THE DXing ULR Index'. 
>>
>> This is a score log to be revisited monthly. The goal is to promote the listening skills and personal DXing challenges including the use of new antennas, or explore outdoors and find new listening spots to be used. 
>>
>> The DXing ULR Index will have two categories:
>> 1. ULR* and small portables** with built-in ferrite (MW-LW) or whip attached (FM-DAB). 
>> 2. ULR and small portables with external inductive antennas (MW-LW) or FM aerials connected to plug-in socket
>>
>> (*) ULR are non SDR receivers up to 328 cm3 (20in3).
>> (**) Small portables are non SDR receivers up to 500 cm3 (30.5 in3). 
>> There is a table of receivers sizes on the blog http://iberiadx.wordpress.com by clicking on the 'ULR DXing /DX de bolsillo' menu. 
>>
>> The way to calculate the right index is easy:
>>
>> DXing ULR Index=distance (in km) / txer power (in watts). 
>> Example 1: 2,000 km / 80,000 W = 0.025 Index= 0.025.
>> Example 2: 2,000 km / 1,500 W = 1.33.
>> Overall index: 0.025+1.33 = 1.355.
>>
>> The example nr 2 would be a best DX index. The different indexes will be added to get an overall score. The higher score will give us the best DXing and most effective DXer. Records would be published monthly in our groups and blogs. Of course this has no connection with the Awards Program and has to be seen as a new proposal to be added. 
>>
>> I would need some volunteers to build the first chart to be issued this coming august. 
>>
>> We could also propose national coordinators (if any) in order to check some records or to help with any doubt about the rules. 
>>
>> 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)
>> ..................................................................................
>> Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX
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Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - July 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Recently I have been on the lookout for a suitable carry case for my ultralight radios. I have found that carrying my 3" FSL plus all my radios was overkill, mainly when I find I am mostly DXing "barefoot". 

My local Bunnings has a range of cases and I found that this one was the best size for my needs, it cost $16. The foam that comes with it is pretty poor so I replaced this with a much better piece of foam, this cost $33. The total is under $50. I also added the velcro strap to help keep the case closed securely.

I have setup the foam today with cutouts for my three main ultralight radios plus spare batteries and charger, ear phones and notebook / log sheets.

I am very happy with how this has turned out and think it will serve me well.

 




 


Loggings - 22/07/2021 - With ULDXIndex

Paul Blundell
 

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**MWDxerDB - Report**
Report Date: 07/23/2021
Report Time: 10:44:52
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Freq / Name: 0576 - 2RN
Details: Sydney - National - 50000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0179 

Freq / Name: 0594 - 3WV
Details: Horsham - National - 50KW 
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0158 

Freq / Name: 0639 - 5CK
Details: Port Pirie - National - 10000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1192 

Freq / Name: 0657 - 2BY
Details: Byrock - National - 10000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1198 

Freq / Name: 0675 - 2CO
Details: Corowa -National - 10000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0611 

Freq / Name: 0702 - 2BL
Details: Sydney - National - 50000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.01788

Freq / Name: 0720 - 3MT
Details: Omeo - National - 2000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.239

Freq / Name: 0738 - 2NR
Details: Grafton - National - 50KW 
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.02862

Freq / Name: 0756 - 3RN
Details: Wangaratta - National - 10000
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0578 

Freq / Name: 0801 - HPON
Details: Gosford - HPON - 5000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1956 

Freq / Name: 0855 - 3CR
Details: Melbourne - Community - 3.5k
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1274 

Freq / Name: 0873 - 2GB
Details: Sydney - Commercial - 6000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 01518

Freq / Name: 0927 - 3UZ
Details: Melbourne - Commercial - 5k 
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.089

Freq / Name: 0963 - 2RG
Details: Griffith - Commercial - 5000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1588 

Freq / Name: 1008 - HPON (LTON)
Details: Launceston - HPON - 5k
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0012 

Freq / Name: 1026 - 3PB
Details: Melbourne - National - 10000w 
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0445 

Freq / Name: 1071 - 3EL
Details: Maryborough (Vic) - Commercial - 5000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.113

Freq / Name: 1089 - 3WM
Details: Horsham - Commercial - 5000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1312 

Freq / Name: 1179 - 3RPH
Details: Melbourne - Community - 5000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.089

Freq / Name: 1224 - 3EA
Details: Melbourne - National - 5k 
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0928 

Freq / Name: 1242 - 3GV
Details: Sale - Commercial - 5k
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.075

Freq / Name: 1314 - 3BT
Details: Ballarat - Commercial - 5k
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.104

Freq / Name: 1341 - HPON GEELONG
Details: Geelong - HPON - 5KW
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0858 

Freq / Name: 1395 - 2LG
Details: Lithgow (City) - National - 200w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 4.605

Freq / Name: 1422 - HPON MELBOURNE
Details: Melbourne - HPON - 5KW
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0898 

Freq / Name: 1593 - HPON
Details: Melbourne - HPON - 5000w
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0918 

Freq / Name: 1611 - HPON LAUNCESTON
Details: Launceston - HPON - 2000w 
Notes: 22/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.00325


Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021

Paul Blundell
 


 

First Impressions:
I recently ordered the Retekess V-115 FMAMSW Radio off eBay, for under $30 it seemed like good value and the built-in recorder to an SD card seemed like a feature I could make use of.
Physical – The radio is fairly small / light and seems to be built as well as you would expect for a radio at this price point.
Usage – from my testing so far, it seems to work as I would expect and pulls in signals “barefoot” as well as my Teac PR130. I feel so far that my Digitech AR-1733 still has the edge in RF performance.
Issues – So far, I have found a few issues. The tuning modes are that you either manually enter a frequency via the keypad or you use the auto tune modes, you can’t scroll from frequency to frequency, say from 531kHz to 540kHz, you need to either enter each frequency or use the auto tune modes, these only work on the strongest signals so for serious DXing, this is a huge disadvantage. The display backlight is VERY bright which means it is not easy to use in bed, it lights up the whole room, this reduces the “wife approval factor” as it looks like aliens are in the room. I have also noticed that the buttons are hard to press and have a noise with them, this also makes bedtime use less than ideal. The recorder works well but names the files RAD001, RAD002, this means I need to keep a record of what frequency each recording relates to.

Overall, I am on the fence with this so far, while it has some good features, the tuning mode is going to be harder to use and the file name for the recordings is a pain.


Re: Question on Retekess V-115

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks.

I had a play around with it last night, I found some issues but it seems to work well enough. I will be posting a review once I have given it a good work out.

Paul

On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 6:51 PM DX Pedro <pmm.andrade@...> wrote:
"Brace yourselves!" xD enjoy that little radio, Paul.

// pedro andrade


On Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 7:08 AM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
So mine has arrived today, it is charging at the moment.
So far I have made sure it turns on but that is all. I will advise how it goes once I get a chance to test it.

Paul



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