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Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Paul Blundell
 

They are one brand I avoid, too many issues in the past.


On Thu, 5 Aug 2021, 17:57 Michael.2E0IHW via groups.io, <blumu=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
D' have a dubious reputation. In my painful experience, more leak than do others with unknown labels.
This may be due to  manufacturing locations and quality control. Best to check *all* batteries
regularly!

Michael UK

On 05/08/2021 07:28, Peter Jones wrote:
Not sure if it's a known brand elsewhere, but in the UK a respected battery brand is Duracell. They do a rechargeable compatible which seems to get good reviews.

https://www.partmaster.co.uk/bl-5c-mobile-phone-li-ion-battery/product.pl?pid=4700438


Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Peter Jones
 
Edited

You do need to make sure you are buying originals as there are many copies out there. Also as with all batteries, remove them from the appliance if you are not going to use it for a while.

I've never heard of mobile phone type batteries leaking. Are you talking about traditional types?

I've not had a battery leakage for a long long time with any brand of batteries. The last one was when I stupidly purchased some from a pound store! You have obviously been unlucky.


Re: MW DXing

Michael.2E0IHW
 

I concur : the PL-380 and AR-1733 are both good.
It was battery-leak that killed the latter :-(
Michael UK

On 05/08/2021 00:51, Paul Blundell wrote:
Personally, I have found the PL-380 and my Digitech AR-1733 both work well.


Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Michael.2E0IHW
 

D' have a dubious reputation. In my painful experience, more leak than do others with unknown labels.
This may be due to  manufacturing locations and quality control. Best to check *all* batteries
regularly!

Michael UK

On 05/08/2021 07:28, Peter Jones wrote:
Not sure if it's a known brand elsewhere, but in the UK a respected battery brand is Duracell. They do a rechargeable compatible which seems to get good reviews.

https://www.partmaster.co.uk/bl-5c-mobile-phone-li-ion-battery/product.pl?pid=4700438


Rockwork Cliff S9 DU Blasters

Gary DeBock
 

From my first couple of days at the wild and wacky Rockwork 4 plunging ocean cliff near Manzanita, OR, here is a small sample of Ultralight + 8" FSL antenna South Pacific DX. We were honored to welcome Bruce and Jeroen to the cliff for the first time this year, as well as hard-core "Cliffhangers" like Tom, Chuck and Craig (plus yours truly).

531  PI   Auckland, NZ, 5 kW   Samoan female call-in talk at blistering level at 1233 on 8-4; trace of an Aussie underneath  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/xs1z6jc5311dtv0ea6ruxa7hq9cb2lsa

558  Radio Fiji One   Suva, Fiji, 10 kW   Island music and Fijian speech at potent strength at 1314 on 8-4  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/mv6warsrd82yy6772ou377zz3lgq6h5c

585  7RN   Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 10 kW   Female speech at huge level // 576 at 1311 on 8-4  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/g5ifxt2uebv8cqv162qca9gnrjxdej2z
 
594  3WV   Horsham, Australia,  50 kW   Aussie big gun can't quite shake off the pesky NZ Star network (ID at 17 seconds) at 1311 on 8-4  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/ca2kuman0joko8e7ddse87c2bov14khj

603  Radio Waatea   Auckland, NZ,   5 kW   Maori net flagship station with potent strength island music at 1307 on 8-4  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8p56acvr09muwqmrugjfuwimworb9n6n

936  Chinese Voice   Auckland, NZ,  1 kW   Very low powered ethnic station blasting in over S9 with female Chinese speech at 1246 on 8-3-- best signal ever at the Cliff  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/wzxseegq4kapemsr6herf9e72ufx4j03

1017  A3Z   Nuku'alofa, Tonga   20 kW   The usual meltdown level signal with island music at 1318 on 8-4  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/i378fdbilz4j9ad709x0a47bkvvg08cb

Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 Cliff near Manzanita, OR, USA
7.5" loopstick CC Skywave and XHDATA D-808 portables + two 8" FSL antennas    


Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Zacharias Liangas
 

My parents v115 can operate to around 15 hrs playing mp3 music at 48kbit rate.Just a guess.
 FM reception is quite tricky and requires proper installation of external wire

It seems that none in this last used or owns a pl330 to verify the discharge time


Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Peter Jones
 

Not sure if it's a known brand elsewhere, but in the UK a respected battery brand is Duracell. They do a rechargeable compatible which seems to get good reviews.

https://www.partmaster.co.uk/bl-5c-mobile-phone-li-ion-battery/product.pl?pid=4700438


File /ULDXLogSheet_August2021.pdf uploaded #file-notice

main@UltralightDX.groups.io Notification <noreply@...>
 

The following files have been uploaded to the Files area of the main@UltralightDX.groups.io group.

By: Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...>

Description:
Latest log sheet, this has space for the station plus signal level, to support the ULDXIndex system.


Re: MW DXing

Paul S. in CT
 

For less money than the Tecsun PL-series radios, The R-909 and R9012 are top analogs for about US$20 each. They will go great with your AN-200 loop. Each of these two radios run on 2 AA's and the batteries will last OVER 400 HOURS.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: 1467 THA Sor. Wor. Sor. Rangsit barefoot XHDATA D-808 4th Aug 2021

Peter 1956
 

Thanks Frank


Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Paul S. in CT
 

I own a PL-330... expect 30-35 hours. Because the V115 also has a mp3 record/play probably closer to 30 hours.

I would find a reputable on-line seller (usually high # of comments) and look for the original Nokia BL-5c battery. Some will also sell a flat battery charger. I've seen 2 batts + charger go for about US$20, and 1 batt + charger for about US$15. IMHO I would not charge the battery using the radio.

Regards
Paul S. in CT FN31nl


Re: ULDXIndex - A Suggestion

Paul Blundell
 

Those are all very good points and I agree. I was just playing around with a way to include the signal level as well, so that it is not just about if you log a station but also how well the signal comes in. I also plan to include a weighting for internal v external to allow for the differences this makes.

I will share what I do and find but am in no way trying to force anybody to use this system, as you said we can all rate our catches how we want.

On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 1:30 PM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
<<<   Following some discussions on here and my own experiences, I have added an extra value to account for signal level. This rates the signal from poor, weak, average, good and excellent and assigned a value to this. It is weighted so that as the signal level improves, the ULDXIndex also increases. Below are some examples to show how it works.   >>>

Paul,

Of course everyone is welcome to chase DX any way they wish and rate their DX catches any way they want, but most of the experienced DXers value the challenge of long distance and low powered catches, and study propagation, antennas and tactics in order to increase their chances of success in this form of challenging DX. Long distance transoceanic DX and low powered DX do require a lot more effort on the part of the DXer, but the thrill of success is greater, and the ULDX Index was most likely designed by DXers who appreciate this challenge, and think it should be emphasized.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
  



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Paul


Re: PL330 battery discharge time

Paul Blundell
 

My radios are a mix of
AA = 1
AAA = 3
Internal = 2

I have found that provided I remember to charge them, the two with internal batteries are the less likely to have charge issues. My AR-1733 uses AA and I always keep a spare set but at times these have gone flat before I have used them.

On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 1:02 PM DXer <hfdxmonitor@...> wrote:
I dislike radios that 'deviate' from the AA battery 'standard', but if your radio has a USB port for charging, I've been using Dollar Store cellphone battery banks. They work a treat and last a long time.

Regards,

Vince
Ottawa, ON



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Paul


Re: ULDXIndex - A Suggestion

Paul Blundell
 

In MWDXerDB, I have used these values for the different signal levels.
Poor = 1.1
Weak = 1.4
Average = 1.9
Good = 2.4
Excellent = 3

The formula I use is: Distance/ Power * SignalLevel = ULDXIndex

These were only some rough figures, I am happy to adjust these to ensure it is a fair system.

On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 12:55 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
Sorry if I have missed it but what are you using to increase the value? It seems to not be a standard jump between signal levels? The second graph to me seems to make more sense.
 
 
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2021 at 11:39 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] ULDXIndex - A Suggestion

Following some discussions on here and my own experiences, I have added an extra value to account for signal level. This rates the signal from poor, weak, average, good and excellent and assigned a value to this. It is weighted so that as the signal level improves, the ULDXIndex also increases. Below are some examples to show how it works.

The last five entries shows how the index value increases as the signal level improves. 




This is another example but in this case the jump between the signal levels is greater. Does this better reflect the challenges of "pulling in" signals at greater signal levels?
 



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Paul


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

Paul Blundell
 

I like living here, what do you find is funny about what I share?


On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 12:53 PM Frank Standford <dxer2k1@...> wrote:
It is funny how much people share. I didn't know that was where he lived. Sounds like an interesting place. Good video too.
 
 
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2021 at 8:56 PM
From: "trrs73" <trrs73@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
Just posted video on my YouTube channel.  Here is the link.  Please comment with any corrections.

https://youtu.be/5XcrnLCJNic

Thanks,

Tom Stiles



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Paul


Re: ULDXIndex - A Suggestion

Gary DeBock
 

<<<   Following some discussions on here and my own experiences, I have added an extra value to account for signal level. This rates the signal from poor, weak, average, good and excellent and assigned a value to this. It is weighted so that as the signal level improves, the ULDXIndex also increases. Below are some examples to show how it works.   >>>

Paul,

Of course everyone is welcome to chase DX any way they wish and rate their DX catches any way they want, but most of the experienced DXers value the challenge of long distance and low powered catches, and study propagation, antennas and tactics in order to increase their chances of success in this form of challenging DX. Long distance transoceanic DX and low powered DX do require a lot more effort on the part of the DXer, but the thrill of success is greater, and the ULDX Index was most likely designed by DXers who appreciate this challenge, and think it should be emphasized.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
  


Re: ULDXIndex - A Suggestion

 

Sorry if I have missed it but what are you using to increase the value? It seems to not be a standard jump between signal levels? The second graph to me seems to make more sense.

 
 
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2021 at 11:39 AM
From: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] ULDXIndex - A Suggestion

Following some discussions on here and my own experiences, I have added an extra value to account for signal level. This rates the signal from poor, weak, average, good and excellent and assigned a value to this. It is weighted so that as the signal level improves, the ULDXIndex also increases. Below are some examples to show how it works.

The last five entries shows how the index value increases as the signal level improves. 




This is another example but in this case the jump between the signal levels is greater. Does this better reflect the challenges of "pulling in" signals at greater signal levels?
 


Re: MW DXing

 

Is the PL-380 the best of the Tecsun models?

 
 
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2021 at 10:04 AM
From: "Richard Allen via groups.io" <dx747j@...>
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] MW DXing
Paul:
 
I know little about the AR-1733, but have had good DX-ing success with the PL-380.  
Combined with an eight-inch FSL antenna I was able to log 3LO, Melbourne at 14,592 kilometers distance on a PL-380.  
 
Good DX.
 
Richard Allen, 
near Perry OK USA.  
 
 
 
On Aug 4, 2021, at 18:51, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
 

Personally, I have found the PL-380 and my Digitech AR-1733 both work well.
 
Paul
 
On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 12:39 AM Peter Jones <jonesypeter@...> wrote:
I've listened to shortwave for many year's, but I'm interested to get into MW DXing. Can I ask what are the accepted modern ultralights with the best performance. I'm in the UK so need to exclude C Crane. I have a Tecsun AM-200 on order to use alongside any radio.

Many thanks

Peter

 

 

 
 
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Paul
 


Re: 1467 THA Sor. Wor. Sor. Rangsit barefoot XHDATA D-808 4th Aug 2021

 

Loving your videos.

 
 
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2021 at 4:23 AM
From: "Peter 1956" <pe1etr@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] 1467 THA Sor. Wor. Sor. Rangsit barefoot XHDATA D-808 4th Aug 2021
Rangsit, Thailand 9238km. A fair peak is reached.
https://youtu.be/XrVWVJevATY

Peter


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

 

It is funny how much people share. I didn't know that was where he lived. Sounds like an interesting place. Good video too.

 
 
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2021 at 8:56 PM
From: "trrs73" <trrs73@...>
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] Retekess V-115 FM/AM/SW Radio Review – July 2021
Just posted video on my YouTube channel.  Here is the link.  Please comment with any corrections.

https://youtu.be/5XcrnLCJNic

Thanks,

Tom Stiles

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