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Re: A New Radio For Christmas

mediumwavedx
 

Hi Paul,
 
I have the R-108 and like it. It is heads above the Tecsun PL-380 I had. Sensitive enough for my needs, and very pleasant audio. Sensitivity can be augmented by an external loop of course. No SSB, however. I did find the battery a bit anemic and required charging often. Otherwise, it's very similar in performance to the original C.Crane Skywave, and apparently an Asian clone of that radio.
 
I looked at your site link for the R-108. I was shocked at the price - $130 Australian. I calculated the exchange rate and that's $96 U.S. You can get these on U.S. Amazon in the $45~ range. I wonder what gives there? Is the radio engineered differently?
 
Dan Robinson has a detailed review of the PL-330 on:
 
 
Jay Allen also has a nice PL-330 review:
 
 
Jay says the PL-330 suffers a bit in sensitivity on the MW band.
 
On the Tecsun PL-368, another Dan Robinson review:
 
 
Apparently it has some problems. Maybe they have been fixed.
 
Good luck with your purchase.
 
73s,
 
Bill


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Mark
 

Hi Gary, 

Thanks for this - it's everything I needed plus more, very helpful.

Good news that SSB is no longer a deal breaker and I wish you luck in wading through your list for FSL antennas!

Cheers, 
M. 


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Jorge Garzón
 

Hello M.I.H.0,
Additionally, here in Europe we keep two categories. One is Ultralight (de bolsillo, in Spanish) as Gary pointed; and 'Small portables" (portables pequeños) which are those up to 500 cm3 or 30, 5 cubic inches. This latest one allows receivers like XHDATA or DEGEN DE-1103,being used, as both are widely owned by several radiolisteners and DXers here in the Old World. 

You can find some receivers sizes in one of my posts, ordered as a table, here: https://iberiadx.wordpress.com/ulr-dxing-o-dx-de-bolsillo/

73's
Jorge

El sáb., nov. 6, 2021 a 23:57, Paul Blundell
<tanger32au@...> escribió:
That's pretty much it.

This is from my blog which is based on the "original" guide from when I first joined the Ultralight dxing hobby.

What is an Ultralight Receiver?
The ULR Definition Committee has come up with the following guidelines:
1. It is a simple shirt pocket-sized radio of not more than approximately 20 cubic inches.
2. It is an entertainment-grade radio, as opposed to enthusiast’s radio. As such, it will usually not have selectable filters, AM synchronous detection or SSB clarification.
3. It is readily available to the hobby in new or used markets at the time of its approval.
4. It costs no more than $100 retail at the time of approval.
5. It is primarily a radio. While it may have other features as well (MP3 recorder, etc.), the design and function should have radio reception as its focus.
6. It is not a "novelty radio" such as Coca Cola Can radio, Mr Potato Head, etc.


On Sun, 7 Nov 2021, 9:36 am M.I.H.0 via groups.io, <metagenetics=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
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: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Paul Blundell
 

That's pretty much it.

This is from my blog which is based on the "original" guide from when I first joined the Ultralight dxing hobby.

What is an Ultralight Receiver?
The ULR Definition Committee has come up with the following guidelines:
1. It is a simple shirt pocket-sized radio of not more than approximately 20 cubic inches.
2. It is an entertainment-grade radio, as opposed to enthusiast’s radio. As such, it will usually not have selectable filters, AM synchronous detection or SSB clarification.
3. It is readily available to the hobby in new or used markets at the time of its approval.
4. It costs no more than $100 retail at the time of approval.
5. It is primarily a radio. While it may have other features as well (MP3 recorder, etc.), the design and function should have radio reception as its focus.
6. It is not a "novelty radio" such as Coca Cola Can radio, Mr Potato Head, etc.


On Sun, 7 Nov 2021, 9:36 am M.I.H.0 via groups.io, <metagenetics=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
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


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:



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