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

Paul Blundell
 

Six Days In:
Yesterday I focused on the FM band. Running some side by side comparisons showed that this has the edge over the AR-1733 for audio quality but the AR-1733 was able to pick up more stations. I used a couple of the CBD translators as the test signals for this. The AR-1733 was able to hear these with a much stronger signal, compared to the V-115.

I have also been using the recorder more and am getting the hang of this and the functions to delete recordings. I have also attempted copying some recordings off and playing these on my laptop, that has worked very well.

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 7:18 PM Paul Blundell via groups.io <tanger32au=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Much the same as me. I find FM is good of a night time as I go to sleep.

On Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 16:41 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Both. FM for fun, AM for DXing.
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:07 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
I will be very interested to see how it goes for you and your thoughts. Will you be using it mostly for AM or FM?
 
On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 11:57 AM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
 
Mine should only be days away.
 
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 4:11 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
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
 

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 



--
Paul


Re: Africian MW DXing

 

I think it is AFS.

 
 
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 12:27 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Africian MW DXing
Can anybody help, on this page, what is the country code for South Africa (so I can filter my results)?
https://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=1&kHz=9999
 
On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 9:18 PM Peter 1956 <pe1etr@...> wrote:
You're welcome Paul.
When you get your list of likely targets together send it to me and I'll check if they are still on air.
Peter

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 


Re: Tecsun Australia Items

 

In the past I have picked up a few stickers and the like. I did get a few keyrings at one point. Most are in the basement so I will need to dig them out.

 
 
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 11:46 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Tecsun Australia Items
Recently Tecsun Australia sent me a few items, they are a good seller of various radios and I have always found them excellent to deal with. 
What have been some of the best "radio freebies" you have received?
 


Re: Loggings - 28/07/2021

 

4JK looks to be the best log?

 
 
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10:33 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Loggings - 28/07/2021
-------------------------
**MWDxerDB - Report**
Report Date: 07/28/2021
Report Time: 10:20:42
-------------------------

Freq / Name: 0567 - 4JK
Details: Julia Creek - National -10000w
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.2358 

Freq / Name: 0828 - 3GI
Details: Sale - National - 10k 
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.036

Freq / Name: 0954 - 2UE
Details: Sydney - Commercial - 5000w
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1824 

Freq / Name: 1107 - 2EA
Details: Sydney - National - 5k
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1822 

Freq / Name: 1242 - 3GV
Details: Sale - Commercial - 5k
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.075


Re: Mobile Table Top

 

Jay, that sounds like a great method and something I might be able to also try.

 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 9:30 PM
From: "radiojayallen" <radiojayallen@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Mobile Table Top
I just use a regular folding card table...they cost around $30-$40 and are very rugged. The fact it folds up makes it easy to carry and store. I often go out into the back yard or drive to nearby parks and I bring this and a  folding chair with me. I also bring a large lazy susan which is big enough to hold a radio and antenna which makes the experience very deluxe feeling.

Jay


Re: Mobile Table Top

 

You have done well with it. Does it weigh much? How many pounds?

 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:18 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Mobile Table Top
It was built from an old towel rail and a scrap piece of MDF. 
 
On Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 16:42 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
How much did the parts cost? That looks like a good way to keep them at a good height.
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:15 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Mobile Table Top
 
On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 1:11 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
I am really very excited about being able to spend some more time outside on the air.
Has anybody had a look at a way to make a table top that can be moved around from the radio shack to the yard and even take it on a road trip. I am guessing it would need to be foldable or break down easily. EBAY has not given me many choices.

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 

 

 


Re: Africian MW DXing

Paul Blundell
 

Can anybody help, on this page, what is the country code for South Africa (so I can filter my results)?
https://www.mwlist.org/mwlist_quick_and_easy.php?area=1&kHz=9999

On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 9:18 PM Peter 1956 <pe1etr@...> wrote:
You're welcome Paul.
When you get your list of likely targets together send it to me and I'll check if they are still on air.
Peter



--
Paul


Re: Tecsun Australia Items

trrs73
 

Pretty nice.  Tell us more about the Guide. 

Thanks,

Tom Stiles


Tecsun Australia Items

Paul Blundell
 

Recently Tecsun Australia sent me a few items, they are a good seller of various radios and I have always found them excellent to deal with. 
What have been some of the best "radio freebies" you have received?
 


Loggings - 28/07/2021

Paul Blundell
 

-------------------------
**MWDxerDB - Report**
Report Date: 07/28/2021
Report Time: 10:20:42
-------------------------

Freq / Name: 0567 - 4JK
Details: Julia Creek - National -10000w
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.2358 

Freq / Name: 0828 - 3GI
Details: Sale - National - 10k 
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.036

Freq / Name: 0954 - 2UE
Details: Sydney - Commercial - 5000w
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1824 

Freq / Name: 1107 - 2EA
Details: Sydney - National - 5k
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.1822 

Freq / Name: 1242 - 3GV
Details: Sale - Commercial - 5k
Notes: 28/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.075


Re: Mobile Table Top

Paul Blundell
 

That sounds like a great setup, do you have photos of it you could share?


On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:30 PM radiojayallen <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
I just use a regular folding card table...they cost around $30-$40 and are very rugged. The fact it folds up makes it easy to carry and store. I often go out into the back yard or drive to nearby parks and I bring this and a  folding chair with me. I also bring a large lazy susan which is big enough to hold a radio and antenna which makes the experience very deluxe feeling.

Jay



--
Paul


Re: Mobile Table Top

Phillip Fimiani
 

I bought a small table from Wallmart... 3 ft wide.... variable height. Use for a lot of things... Plastic table top is a bit slippery, it would need a cover or mat to make it non-slip.

Mortimer says "Stay Safe"
Best Regards
Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
FM04xf 30dl
______________________________

On Monday, July 26, 2021, 11:11:55 PM EDT, Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:


I am really very excited about being able to spend some more time outside on the air.
Has anybody had a look at a way to make a table top that can be moved around from the radio shack to the yard and even take it on a road trip. I am guessing it would need to be foldable or break down easily. EBAY has not given me many choices.

--
73
Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
FM04xf 30dl


Re: Mobile Table Top

radiojayallen
 

I just use a regular folding card table...they cost around $30-$40 and are very rugged. The fact it folds up makes it easy to carry and store. I often go out into the back yard or drive to nearby parks and I bring this and a  folding chair with me. I also bring a large lazy susan which is big enough to hold a radio and antenna which makes the experience very deluxe feeling.

Jay


Re: Introducing the ULR DXing Chart-Index

radiojayallen
 

An amazing looking location...be careful there!


Re: ABC DRM Transmissions

Paul Blundell
 

That's interesting. I wonder if it is part of a plan for it to be more common on the AM band.


On Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 16:59 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul, 
I think remote receivers in the WebSDR network are DRM decoding capable. In case they are, you could decode it directly. 

In my opinion DRM is senseless and just adds noise to our already 'overnoised' AM band. India was one of the nations supporting this and they decided to give it up abruptly some months back. 
¡Saludos! 
J


El mar., jul. 27, 2021 a 3:36, Richard Allen via groups.io
<dx747j=me.com@groups.io> escribió:
I agree.  They only reason I can hear DRM is because it was included in the software I use to listen to my WiNRADiO SDR.  

You can have a listen to the difference between DRM and AM by going to:  https://www.drm.org/what-can-i-hear/

It seems their is a push to put DRM receivers in automobiles in some countries.  Here in the USA a lot of modern car radios can receive digital signals (not DRM) which are piggy-backed on the existing channels in the FM (88-108 MHz) band.  The receiver in my Toyota Tacoma can receive them where available.  They have tried something similar on the AM (540-1700 kHz) band here but it has fizzled.

Richard.

On Jul 26, 2021, at 18:34, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Thanks Richard, I don't have anything that can decode it. I am not sure why they are doing this as I don't think many people would be able to hear it.


Re: Mobile Table Top

Paul Blundell
 

It was built from an old towel rail and a scrap piece of MDF. 


On Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 16:42 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
How much did the parts cost? That looks like a good way to keep them at a good height.
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:15 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Mobile Table Top
 
On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 1:11 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
I am really very excited about being able to spend some more time outside on the air.
Has anybody had a look at a way to make a table top that can be moved around from the radio shack to the yard and even take it on a road trip. I am guessing it would need to be foldable or break down easily. EBAY has not given me many choices.

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 


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

Paul Blundell
 

Much the same as me. I find FM is good of a night time as I go to sleep.


On Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 16:41 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Both. FM for fun, AM for DXing.
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:07 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
I will be very interested to see how it goes for you and your thoughts. Will you be using it mostly for AM or FM?
 
On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 11:57 AM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
 
Mine should only be days away.
 
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 4:11 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
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
 

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 


Re: Loggings - 27/07/2021 - Heritage Forest

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Frank. I am going back over my previous logs and adding it in where I can.


On Tue, 27 Jul 2021, 16:41 Frank Standford, <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Those index scores make it easier to tell how good of a catch some of these are.
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:05 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Loggings - 27/07/2021 - Heritage Forest

-------------------------
**MWDxerDB - Report**
Report Date: 07/27/2021
Report Time: 13:43:35
-------------------------

Details: 27/07/2021 -12:30 / Heritage Forest, Launceston 
Notes: Radio: Digitech AR-1733 / V-115 Aerial: Internal. A mid day
session at a local park, running some head to head testing of my
Digitech AR-1733 and Retekess V115.Each radio preformed well
and the V115 had the slight edge for signal strength and audio
quality.


Freq / Name: 0585 - 7RN
Details: Hobart - National - 10k
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0168 

Freq / Name: 0621 - 3RN
Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.00918

Freq / Name: 0747 - 7PB
Details: Hobart - National - 3.5k
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.048

Freq / Name: 0774 - 3LO
Details: Melbourne - National - 50KW 
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.00918

Freq / Name: 0936 - 7ZR
Details: Hobart - National - 10000w
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0168

Freq / Name: 1008 - HPON (LTON)
Details: Launceston - HPON - 5k
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.0012 

Freq / Name: 1467 - 3ML
Details: Mildura/Sunraysia - Commercial - 2000w
Notes: 27/07/2021 - ULDXIndex = 0.459

Freq / Name: 1611 - HPON LAUNCESTON
Details: Launceston - HPON - 2000w 
Notes: 27/07/2021 -ULDXIndex = 0.00325 

 

 
 
 
 

 


Re: ABC DRM Transmissions

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Paul, 
I think remote receivers in the WebSDR network are DRM decoding capable. In case they are, you could decode it directly. 

In my opinion DRM is senseless and just adds noise to our already 'overnoised' AM band. India was one of the nations supporting this and they decided to give it up abruptly some months back. 
¡Saludos! 

El mar., jul. 27, 2021 a 3:36, Richard Allen via groups.io
<dx747j@...> escribió:
I agree.  They only reason I can hear DRM is because it was included in the software I use to listen to my WiNRADiO SDR.  

You can have a listen to the difference between DRM and AM by going to:  https://www.drm.org/what-can-i-hear/

It seems their is a push to put DRM receivers in automobiles in some countries.  Here in the USA a lot of modern car radios can receive digital signals (not DRM) which are piggy-backed on the existing channels in the FM (88-108 MHz) band.  The receiver in my Toyota Tacoma can receive them where available.  They have tried something similar on the AM (540-1700 kHz) band here but it has fizzled.

Richard.

On Jul 26, 2021, at 18:34, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:


Thanks Richard, I don't have anything that can decode it. I am not sure why they are doing this as I don't think many people would be able to hear it.


Re: Mobile Table Top

 

How much did the parts cost? That looks like a good way to keep them at a good height.

 
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:15 PM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Mobile Table Top
 
On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 1:11 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
I am really very excited about being able to spend some more time outside on the air.
Has anybody had a look at a way to make a table top that can be moved around from the radio shack to the yard and even take it on a road trip. I am guessing it would need to be foldable or break down easily. EBAY has not given me many choices.

 

 

 
 
--
Paul
 

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