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A New Radio For Christmas

Paul Blundell
 

Hi all.

2021 has been a very up and down year, for me it has ended with a new job which has better pay, conditions and work from home 60 - 80% of the time :)

As a bit of a celebration of this, I am planning on getting a new Ultralight Radio for Christmas.

After the issues with my last purchase, these are the options I am looking at:




Any thoughts on the above or reasons to avoid any of them?

Paul


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Gary DeBock
 

Hello M.I.H.0,

There is no way to keep a list of all "official" Ultralight radios currently on the market because this information changes so rapidly that such a list would be outdated as soon as it is drafted. In addition, all of our previous volunteers in the Ultralight Classifications Committee are no longer active in the group, and I lack the free time to assist in this (with a waiting list of over 20 DXers hoping to get an FSL antenna).

For now, just go by the common rules of under $100 US in price, under 20 cubic inches in volume and readily available for purchase on the open market. The radio should also be a "consumer model, " and not a novelty radio. SSB function is no longer a deal breaker, as long as all the other criteria are met. Also, "official" Ultralight radio status only applies to the Ultralight Awards program and the Ultralight Records List-- both of which are currently in limbo because of (you guessed it) a lack of volunteers. As for reporting DX loggings on this list, you are free to report any loggings made with any portable you wish-- nobody will quibble about it.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Official 'ultralight' specs?

Mark
 

Good evening everyone -

Can anybody tell me what the 'official' specifications of an ultralight DX radio are?

The only consistent stat I can find is that it must not exceed 20 cubic inches. Other things I've seen online is that the radio must be a hobby grade receiver with no SSB capacity and also must not have or had a value in excess of 100$£€, when new on the market. 

Other than this I can't see too much. 

Thanks in advance. 
M.I.H.0


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

Paul Blundell
 

I had a look at your review, a nice write up.


On Sun, 7 Nov 2021, 1:39 am radiojayallen, <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Mark,

Great post & pictures on the Retekess V 117...nice report. I agree with your comments but one thing surprised me - that you were able to tune to 3510, 4625 and 6070 MHz on SW as it is spec'd down to only 8 MHz and mine bottomed out just a little below that. If yours were just a small amount lower in frequency I would suspect unit to unit differences but to reach into the 3 Meg range makes me wonder if there has been a change, although I note in your pictures the back of the radio still shows98 MHz on SW. I guess you're lucky!

I wrote a review of this radio early this year:

https://wp.me/P1wpLu-1jk

Jay


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

Paul Blundell
 

Sounds like a good plan.

I am planning a mega head to head showdown between all my radios during our holidays.

Paul

On Sun, 7 Nov 2021, 1:16 am M47K1, <markhay968@...> wrote:
I read your thoughts Paul and it seems we are of pretty much the same opinion, regarding the v115. The v117 is the only analogue radio I currently own, so I might put it to the test against something else in the not so distant future. 

Cheers, 
Mark 


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

M47K1 <markhay968@...>
 

Hi Jay, 

Thanks for your reply - wow that's quite something. I can see that your technical knowledge is far better than mine, I'm a mere casual listener! What do you suppose is the difference between mine and yours, have you had it a while? I bought mine in October. Although the back stating 98MHz is bizarre. 

I'll try these again tonight - however I'm now back in the UK. 

Keep you posted. 

Cheers, 
Mark. 


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

radiojayallen
 

Mark,

Great post & pictures on the Retekess V 117...nice report. I agree with your comments but one thing surprised me - that you were able to tune to 3510, 4625 and 6070 MHz on SW as it is spec'd down to only 8 MHz and mine bottomed out just a little below that. If yours were just a small amount lower in frequency I would suspect unit to unit differences but to reach into the 3 Meg range makes me wonder if there has been a change, although I note in your pictures the back of the radio still shows98 MHz on SW. I guess you're lucky!

I wrote a review of this radio early this year:

https://wp.me/P1wpLu-1jk

Jay


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

M47K1 <markhay968@...>
 

I read your thoughts Paul and it seems we are of pretty much the same opinion, regarding the v115. The v117 is the only analogue radio I currently own, so I might put it to the test against something else in the not so distant future. 

Cheers, 
Mark 


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 


6070 comes out of Germany not America

Paul 


On Sat, Nov 6, 2021 at 1:47 AM M47K1 <markhay968@...> wrote:
Hi all - my name is Mark and I'm a new member here in the group, this is my first post. 

I noticed that there's a thread focusing on the Retekess V115, but not much mention of 'the other brother' - the AA powered analogue V117, from the same brand. 
I own both of these units and I must say that despite the online reviews claiming that the 115 is one of the best radios on a budget, without doubt I do get a lot more enjoyment from the superior build quality and user friendliness of the V117.
The smooth analogue tuning knob is a hugely better than the loud clicky hard plastic buttons on the 115 and, because of this you therefore don't have to go through the tuning 'fiasco' that's mentioned on the original post. Of course being analogue you don't have the precision of inputting directly, however this process on the V115 can sometimes prove to be a bit problematic anyway. The V117 unit as a whole has IMHO a far nicer feel to it and is both easy and enjoyable to scan the bands, old school! 
I've not had much use of the radio in AM or FM, however the performance in the SW band is admirable, for such a cheap unit (I paid £16 UK).
From a recent trip to central France, I had no problems locking onto UVB-76 on 4625khz, the Russian Air Horn on 3510 kHz, Brother Stair coming out of North America on 6070kHz and China Radio International on 7415 kHz, but to name a few. Signals were good, interference mild and there was little in the way of bleed over from nearby frequencies. This was all using nothing but the unit's built in 48cm antenna and listening through the small (fairly good quality) speaker, without earphones. 
All in all I'd say that this portable definitely fits the bill of an 'ultralight dx' radio, being about as basic as you can be. However there's something very nice about that and it works as it should do with no fuss or niggles. 
I'll look forward to having a bit more time with it in the future exploring the AM and FM bands. 


Longterm DXing Project- 05/11/2021

Paul Blundell
 

20:35

Home, Launceston Tasmania 
Radio: Digitech AR-1733 plus 3" FSL

Freq(MHz)CallsignLTDXP
0.5313GG4
0.5492CR3
0.6213RN5
0.6933AW4
0.7743LO5
0.8283GI3
0.8553CR5
0.8915AN3
1341HPON GEEL4
1422HPON MELB5


Re: Retekess V117 analogue SW/MW/FM radio receiver

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for your thoughts on  the V117. I have the V115 which I am not a huge fan of, my thoughts on this are documented on my blog.

I have a couple of analogue tuning radios so am not looking to add any more to my collection at this time.

Paul

On Sat, 6 Nov 2021, 8:47 pm M47K1, <markhay968@...> wrote:
Hi all - my name is Mark and I'm a new member here in the group, this is my first post. 

I noticed that there's a thread focusing on the Retekess V115, but not much mention of 'the other brother' - the AA powered analogue V117, from the same brand. 
I own both of these units and I must say that despite the online reviews claiming that the 115 is one of the best radios on a budget, without doubt I do get a lot more enjoyment from the superior build quality and user friendliness of the V117.
The smooth analogue tuning knob is a hugely better than the loud clicky hard plastic buttons on the 115 and, because of this you therefore don't have to go through the tuning 'fiasco' that's mentioned on the original post. Of course being analogue you don't have the precision of inputting directly, however this process on the V115 can sometimes prove to be a bit problematic anyway. The V117 unit as a whole has IMHO a far nicer feel to it and is both easy and enjoyable to scan the bands, old school! 
I've not had much use of the radio in AM or FM, however the performance in the SW band is admirable, for such a cheap unit (I paid £16 UK).
From a recent trip to central France, I had no problems locking onto UVB-76 on 4625khz, the Russian Air Horn on 3510 kHz, Brother Stair coming out of North America on 6070kHz and China Radio International on 7415 kHz, but to name a few. Signals were good, interference mild and there was little in the way of bleed over from nearby frequencies. This was all using nothing but the unit's built in 48cm antenna and listening through the small (fairly good quality) speaker, without earphones. 
All in all I'd say that this portable definitely fits the bill of an 'ultralight dx' radio, being about as basic as you can be. However there's something very nice about that and it works as it should do with no fuss or niggles. 
I'll look forward to having a bit more time with it in the future exploring the AM and FM bands. 


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Loggings - Hobart - 1/11/2021

Paul Blundell
 

We recently spent a couple of nights down in Hobart. I had limited radio time and our hotel was not the best for DXing, due to all the electrical noise. These are the stations I logged barefoot on my Digitech AR-1733.
 
Freq(MHz) Callsign
0.549 2CR
0.585 7RN
0.729 5RN
0.747 7PB
0.864 7RPH
0.891 5AN
0.936 7ZR
1008
HPON Launceston
1080 HPON
1224 3EA
1422 HPON MELB
1593
HPON (Rete Italia)


Re: A Station ID From Iran

Paul Blundell
 

Well done Paul and another great logging.


On Tue, 2 Nov 2021, 7:03 pm Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul! Congratulation for your DXing activity and catches. Well, it is clear that is just the chance and not the polar (ID) absorption ;-) 

I have heard Radio Payam quite a few times during the night when Hungary fades in and out. Irani waves have a very recognizable music and talk rythm, Farsi is also a recognizable tongue most of the times. 

Something that puzzles me is that you haven't recorded any station from Spain or Portugal. Some of them reach well Greenland and remote receivers in Lapland, so maybe the ones transmitting from medium latitudes are a kind of 'shadow area' for you? Any explanation? 

I am redirecting your listening reports to our IberiaDX e-mail list to spread your work and audios to promote outdoor ULDXing here in Europe. 

Hope your time, even darker and colder now, be warm enough with the arrival of  stations IDs. 

Take care y buen DX! 
Jorge


El lun., nov. 1, 2021 a 18:18, Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Radio geekdom moment: When DXing international AMs 5000-6000-7000-8000 miles away from Alaska, I rarely catch a top of hour station ID and even more rare is a staiton ID I can understand when I have a tunnel open to Europe or the Middle East.

But I caught one last week. One tone, a station ID and then more tones.. which according to my notes it’s several seconds AFTER the top of hour.

This is audio from the 300,000 Watt Tehran, Iran transmitter of Radio Payam on 1188khz:




Re: A Station ID From Iran

Jorge Garzón
 

Hi Paul! Congratulation for your DXing activity and catches. Well, it is clear that is just the chance and not the polar (ID) absorption ;-) 

I have heard Radio Payam quite a few times during the night when Hungary fades in and out. Irani waves have a very recognizable music and talk rythm, Farsi is also a recognizable tongue most of the times. 

Something that puzzles me is that you haven't recorded any station from Spain or Portugal. Some of them reach well Greenland and remote receivers in Lapland, so maybe the ones transmitting from medium latitudes are a kind of 'shadow area' for you? Any explanation? 

I am redirecting your listening reports to our IberiaDX e-mail list to spread your work and audios to promote outdoor ULDXing here in Europe. 

Hope your time, even darker and colder now, be warm enough with the arrival of  stations IDs. 

Take care y buen DX! 

El lun., nov. 1, 2021 a 18:18, Paul B. Walker, Jr.
<walkerbroadcasting@...> escribió:
Radio geekdom moment: When DXing international AMs 5000-6000-7000-8000 miles away from Alaska, I rarely catch a top of hour station ID and even more rare is a staiton ID I can understand when I have a tunnel open to Europe or the Middle East.

But I caught one last week. One tone, a station ID and then more tones.. which according to my notes it’s several seconds AFTER the top of hour.

This is audio from the 300,000 Watt Tehran, Iran transmitter of Radio Payam on 1188khz:




A Station ID From Iran

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Radio geekdom moment: When DXing international AMs 5000-6000-7000-8000 miles away from Alaska, I rarely catch a top of hour station ID and even more rare is a staiton ID I can understand when I have a tunnel open to Europe or the Middle East.

But I caught one last week. One tone, a station ID and then more tones.. which according to my notes it’s several seconds AFTER the top of hour.

This is audio from the 300,000 Watt Tehran, Iran transmitter of Radio Payam on 1188khz:




Re: Alaska AM DX Audio Logs

Zacharias Liangas
 


Hello just a language notice .
Gharbi in Greek is the SW wind used solely by sailors. The word is derived from older Persian with the meaning of south and passed thru older English as mentioned in Wikipedia . this is also a surname in Greek. One very famous female singer and an old schoolmate of me!


On Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 04:08 AM, Paul B. Walker, Jr. wrote:
936kHz IRIB Radio Azarbyajan Gharbi via 300KW transmitter in Fesanduz,


Alaska AM DX Audio Logs

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 


My location: McGrath, Alaska using a C.Crane Skywave,  5” DeBock FSL antenna, Zoom H1 digital recorder and Sony MDR7506 headphones. All were confirmed either by a match to a web stream or known to me with 100 percent certainty that’s what I was hearing.  This isn't all, but is most of what I’ve logged, some stuff is left out such as weaker stuff I’ve reported already. I try to keep my logs to stuff that’s interesting for one reason or another, a new log, exceptionally strong signal given the circumstances.. something like that!


 

864kHz Trans World Radio via 1,000,000 Watt Gavar, Armenia transmitter site on Wed Oct 27 at 1708UTC with some singing by a man and woman followed by a brief Interval Signal interlude then the start of another program. Signal is VERY good at times, but does fade out a bit. 5209 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Armenia864Oct27_1708utc

 

936kHz IRIB Radio Azarbyajan Gharbi via 300KW transmitter in Fesanduz, Iran on Wed Oct 27 at 1640UTC with music followed by a man talking, maybe over the phone. The signal was good enough and clear enough that Soundhound and Shazam were able to correctly ID the song.  It was getting beat up by splatter from other stations but overall, a good signal otherwise. 5460 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Iran936Oct27_16

 

1053kHz Radio Iași via 400KW transmitter in Iași, Romania on Wed Oct 27 at 1628UTC with some real good Romanian music, good audio quality and good signal but my local NDB beacon in the background. You see, VTR is running a blistering 1KW on 350kHz and 1050 is square on it’s 3rd harmonic. 4827 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.lyRomania1053Oct27_1628utc

 

NEW! 1179kHz IRIB Radio Iran via 50KW transmitter in Chah Bahar on Wed Oct 27 at 1557utc. This was initially an unknown as MWlist says its on 558kHz but WRTH still has it on 1179khz.  Someone also ID’d the language as Farsi and said its much more likely to be Iran then the other 1179 in the Middle east, KuwaitStarts with a woman talking, a music interlude then a man talking. Near the end of the recording, you can hear it give way to a Chinese language station.  Poor to fair at times, but other times, a good signal.  5484 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Iran1179Oct27_1557utc

 

NEW! 1188kHz IRIB Radio Payam via 300KW transmitter in Tehran, Iran on Wed Oct 27 at 1559UTC with music and some talking interspersed. A few seconds past 1600UTC top of hour, there’s a brief time tone, “Radio Payam” station id and a few more tones. So rare for me to get a station ID from a non English speaking station that I can so easily understand. 5460 mile transpolar path. Audio:  

http://bit.ly/Iran1188Oct27_1559utc

 

NEW! 1260kHz SBA Radio Riyadh via 500KW transmitter in Damman, Saudi Arabia on Oct 27 at 1602UTC with a woman reading what sounds like a news report and playing some sound bites followed by some music later on. Not too bad of a signal for over 6 minutes! 6102 mile transpolar path.

Audio: http://bit.ly/SaudiArabia1260Oct27_1602utc

 

 

NEW! 1278kHz IRIB Radio Kermanshah via 200KW transmitter in Kermanshah, Iran on Wed Oct 27 at 1624UTC with a musical interlude then a female talking. Weak/noisy signal.  5600 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Iran1278Oct27_1624utc

 

NEW! 1368kHz IRIB Radio Golestan via 150KW transmitter in Gonbad-e Qabus, Iran on Wed Oct 27 at 1623UTC with some talking, a brief musical interlude and more talking. Noisy and poor signal. 5308 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Iran1368Oct27_1623utc

 

1395kHz Public Radio of Armenia via 400kw transmitter in Gavar, Armenia on Wed Oct 27 at 1617UTC with man talking. The signal fades out a bit and comes back with music for a bit, before yet another fade down and rise up. On peaks, pretty good signal. 5209 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Armenia1395Oct27_1617utc

 

1449kHz IRIB World Service via 400kw transmitter in Bandar-e Torkman, Iran on Sat Oct 23 at 1637UTC with female in turkmen language, with what sounded like a news report. Slight het from 250 Watt KLAM 1450 but pretty good signal for nearly 3 minutes. 5835 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/Iran1449Oct23_1637utc

 

NEW! 1467kHz IRIB Radio Qom via 100KW Transmitter in Qom, Iran on Oct 27 at 1650UTC with music.  Signal was brief but very good! 5460 mile transpolar path. Audio:

http://bit.ly/Iran1467Oct27_1650utc

 

1512kHz IRIB Radio Ardabill via 50KW transmitter in Ardabill, Iran on Wed Oct 27 at 1611UTC with a man talking, sounds like he’s on the phone.  There’s a musical interlude, and more talking. The signal is exceptionally clear and strong at times especially considering the power level! I’ve yet to log the 1 megawatt Saudi on 1512! 5320 mile transpolar path. Audio: http://bit.ly/1512IranOct27_1611utc


Re: Alaska AM DX Wed Oct 27..WOW!

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

When i have something interesting, I will :)

Paul


On Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 6:40 AM Winston Smith <cz111954@...> wrote:

Paul,

those are great catches!


Please keep posting your reception reports.  Living, as I do, so close to a big city means a lot of QRM so I really enjoy finding out what others can hear.


Re: Alaska AM DX Wed Oct 27..WOW!

Winston Smith
 

Paul,

those are great catches!


Please keep posting your reception reports.  Living, as I do, so close to a big city means a lot of QRM so I really enjoy finding out what others can hear.

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