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Re: Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index

Paul Blundell
 

Those are some crazy high values Gary, I can't wait to hear about how your sessions go.

Paul

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 7:17 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 11:15 PM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
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.
Jorge and All.

My highest scoring Ultralight Radio catches would be a couple of New Zealand Longwave beacons (NDB's) received during the August 2020 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition in Oregon state  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/mj6i4e4sg9j9gd54273nb35gb8r555fo
 
362-WK is a 25 watt beacon received on a Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight and 12 inch Longwave FSL antenna at 11,017 km for an index of 440.68  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/excs4zktu7gt6hrrhjf9lh9aeb2wi848

366-SF in Springfield, New Zealand is a 50 watt beacon received with the same gear at 10,977 km for an index of 219.54  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/fq8evx3btcenj14tonbpe5vcge2gufvq

We plan to go to the same wacky ocean cliff in one week to try our luck again!

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
  
 



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Paul


Re: ABC DRM Transmissions

Richard Allen
 

You need a special receiver capable of decoding DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale).  Or, special decoding software if using a SDR.  I used to listen to DRM transmissions from Radio New Zealand using a WiNRADiO G313 SDR.  A decade or so ago DRM broadcasts were quite common.  As the plug has been pulled on most shortwave transmissions it has became rare.  RNZ is one of the few still using DRM on some of their broadcasts to the Pacific islands.  When properly decoded, the sound can sound almost FM quality, sometimes in stereo. Fading will cause occasional signal drop out.  It sometimes tricky.

The only DRM signal received regularly here now is data transmission from Radio Marti, Greenville NC.  

Richard Allen


On Jul 26, 2021, at 17:00, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


What equipment do you need to decode this?

Paul_._,_._,_


Re: ABC DRM Transmissions

Paul Blundell
 

What equipment do you need to decode this?

Paul

On Mon, 26 Jul 2021, 22:49 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
[bdxc-news] DRM test on MW in Austral
  • Alan Pennington via groups.io
  • 26 jul. a las 14:02

    Australia: ABC Radio National (RN) is testing DRM on 747 kHz MW.

    This is reported to be from Wangaratta VIC (re griffinboi on YouTube and Twitter, who reported receiving it in Melbourne 21 July)
    (747 kHz is not on an existing RN frequency from this site, but 747 is a frequency used by 4 other stations in Australia).

    Was decodable yesterday evening with some drop outs using the Kiwi SDR in Croydon VIC 25 July at 2030 UTC (0630 AEST).
    Carrying RN programming with texts:

    "ABC Radio National"

    "ABC is testing the future of radio"

    "You're listening to the ABC DRM demonstration"

    "ABC is looking to the future of radio"

    "Today is 2021-7-25"

    "Now it is 6:30 AEST"

    (also a short thread on this at: https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/opvol1/new_abc_drm_test/ )

    (as posted on BDXC e-group). Jorge
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


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

K7DWI Art
 

Add a couple of points.
Likes: 
1. Excellent MP3 player via the internal speaker.
2. Very good battery life and holding of charge over time.
3. I like the backlight.
4. Nice quality sound out of its internal speaker, whether the radio or from a "Line In" (Used on several occasions with other radios).
5. Nice to have recorder.
Dislikes:
1. DX'es like a bag of rocks. Not good for finding weak signals.
2. Easily overloads on strong nearby stations.
3. The stand is useless. Always breaks loose.
4. Not good with external antennas. My Select-A-Tenna does not play well with it. Strengthens signal, but you can't null it out.

Tuning takes getting use to, but is fine when you figure it out.

I bought mine for $18 via Walmart. It's a good $18 radio and is a nice utility backup to my more DXing portables.
Serious DX with something else.
73
Art K7DWI Southern Oregon


Re: Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 11:15 PM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
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.
Jorge and All.

My highest scoring Ultralight Radio catches would be a couple of New Zealand Longwave beacons (NDB's) received during the August 2020 Rockwork Cliff DXpedition in Oregon state  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/mj6i4e4sg9j9gd54273nb35gb8r555fo
 
362-WK is a 25 watt beacon received on a Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight and 12 inch Longwave FSL antenna at 11,017 km for an index of 440.68  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/excs4zktu7gt6hrrhjf9lh9aeb2wi848

366-SF in Springfield, New Zealand is a 50 watt beacon received with the same gear at 10,977 km for an index of 219.54  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/fq8evx3btcenj14tonbpe5vcge2gufvq

We plan to go to the same wacky ocean cliff in one week to try our luck again!

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
  
 


ABC DRM Transmissions

Jorge Garzón
 

[bdxc-news] DRM test on MW in Austral
  • Alan Pennington via groups.io
  • Parabdxc-news@groups.io
    26 jul. a las 14:02

    Australia: ABC Radio National (RN) is testing DRM on 747 kHz MW.

    This is reported to be from Wangaratta VIC (re griffinboi on YouTube and Twitter, who reported receiving it in Melbourne 21 July)
    (747 kHz is not on an existing RN frequency from this site, but 747 is a frequency used by 4 other stations in Australia).

    Was decodable yesterday evening with some drop outs using the Kiwi SDR in Croydon VIC 25 July at 2030 UTC (0630 AEST).
    Carrying RN programming with texts:

    "ABC Radio National"

    "ABC is testing the future of radio"

    "You're listening to the ABC DRM demonstration"

    "ABC is looking to the future of radio"

    "Today is 2021-7-25"

    "Now it is 6:30 AEST"

    (also a short thread on this at: https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/opvol1/new_abc_drm_test/ )

    (as posted on BDXC e-group). Jorge
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


Re: ULDXIndex - 26/07/2021

Paul Blundell
 

Yes they are both barefoot in the Ultralight group.

Paul

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 4:42 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Great, both barefoot (Category 1) aren't they? 



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Paul


Re: ULDXIndex - 26/07/2021

Jorge Garzón
 

Great, both barefoot (Category 1) aren't they? 


Re: ULDXIndex - 26/07/2021

Paul Blundell
 

No problems.
I will need to look at a better way to do it as my software had some issues with some of them (which is why I removed most of them). Receiver was my AR-1733 and Retekess V-115.

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 4:23 PM Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thank you veru much Paul! Could you add distance for every station, and also the receiver used? 
Very interesting these low-powered ones!! 



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Paul


Re: ULDXIndex - 26/07/2021

Jorge Garzón
 

Thank you veru much Paul! Could you add distance for every station, and also the receiver used? 
Very interesting these low-powered ones!! 


Re: Is the Sony ICF-SW10 an ultralight?

Jorge Garzón
 

It is also slightly bigger to be considered as a 'Small portable' which is here in Europe 500cm3 (30,5 in3) as maximum size. The Sony is 506.013 cm3. 


Re: Is the Sony ICF-SW10 an ultralight?

Paul Blundell
 

While that radio would be too big for the official awards program, you are welcome to post about it and any loggings from it on here. It is not "technically" an "ultralight", it still fits in this group.

Paul

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 3:44 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
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'?
 



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Paul


Re: Portable Ultralight Radio DXing Case - July 2021

Paul Blundell
 

So far I am very happy with it. The next job is to sort out a case for my 3" FSL, I think having this in a separate case will make things easier.

Paul

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 12:57 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
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.

 

 
 
 
 



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Paul


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

Paul Blundell
 

Mine seems to work well enough. I need to spend some more time testing all the features but so far I am happy with it.

Paul

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 12:54 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
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.

 

 

 

 



--
Paul


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.

 

 

 

 

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