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WABC 770 Off-Air Period [ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 ]

Les Rayburn
 



DX OPPORTUNITY: WABC 770 kHz Off Air Period from the Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the NRC/IRCA. The tip was verified by Wayne Heinen and it comes from a very reliable source.
Please submit interesting loggings during the off-air period to:

Below is the original announcement with details:

The National Radio Club received a post on our website's contact form this morning concerning some upcoming maintenance at WABC-770. Per the post, they will begin on the evening of Tuesday, November 9, 2021, around 2200 (+/-) Eastern Local Time and will be working on things on and off until they are finished with the maintenance.
Hope all back east can take advantage of this opportunity!


73
Wayne Heinen N0POH
Editor
NRC AM Radio Log
Aurora, CO
73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
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NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
Member WTFDA, MWC

Perseus SDR, Elad FDM-S2 SDR, AirSpy + Discovery, SDRPlay RSP-2 Pro, Sony XDR-F1HD [XDR Guy Modified], Dennon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1X, Ray Dees RDS Decoders, Korner 9.2 Antenna, FM-6 Antenna, Kitz Technologies KT-501 Pre-amps, Quantum Phaser, Wellbrook ALA1530 Loop, Wellbrook Flag, Clifton Labs Active Whip. 

“Nothing but blues and Elvis, and somebody else’s favorite song…” 


Re: A New Radio For Christmas

Peter Jones
 

I tend to purchase direct from XHDATA. I've ordered lots of radios from them without issues. Not sure about other countries, but the ones in the UK are sent via Amazon Logistics and arrive next day. Prices very reasonable.

https://www.radiwow.com/

Only negative point is the Tecsun Radios offered aren't the export versions 


WABC 770 Maintenance Period Tomorrow

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Wayne Heinen <amlog@...>
Date: Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 7:37 AM
Subject: [nrc-am] WABC 770 Maintenance Period Tomorrow
To: NRC-AM <nrc-am@...>, <IRCA@groups.io>


Hi All

 

The National Radio Club received a post on our website’s contact form this morning concerning some upcoming maintenance at WABC-770. Per the post, they will begin on the evening of Tuesday November 9, 2021 around 2200 (+/-) Eastern Local Time and will be working on things on and off until they are finished with the maintenance.

 

Hope all back eat can take advantage of this opportunity!

 

73

 

Wayne Heinen N0POH

Editor

NRC AM Radio Log

Aurora, CO

 

 

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Re: Make the most of what you've got!

kevin asato
 

i do similar with a 300 Ohm (twinlead) FM dipole antenna that i take with me on travel - i use it for FM, Air Band, Marine/WX, and 2 Meters RX as well. i carry a small TV type balun (300 Ohm to 75 Ohm) to connect to radios with coax input. Works well enough. i usually tape mine up to the hotel window. Unfortunately, in many locations, the room Air Con is normally below the window so there is added noise when the unit is turned on.

i suppose i can also transmit through the antenna as well if i fabricate some sort of matching network. . . .
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 12:36 PM M.I.H.0 via groups.io <metagenetics=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

I just thought I'd share a very crude little antenna that I cobbled together this evening, whilst staying at a relatives in the spare bedroom! 

A small 2 core piece of wire, 5 minutes and a few bits of tape, was all it took to knock up a very makeshift little 4.9ft boost to my R-108's SW signal!

Hobbies are about having fun and sometimes not taking things overly seriously. I enjoyed playing around with this tonight and in fact, the results are really not bad at all! 

All the best, 
M. 



Re: Make the most of what you've got!

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the photo. That really shows what our hobby is about, making things "work" and having fun.

Paul

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 7:36 AM M.I.H.0 via groups.io <metagenetics=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all,

I just thought I'd share a very crude little antenna that I cobbled together this evening, whilst staying at a relatives in the spare bedroom! 

A small 2 core piece of wire, 5 minutes and a few bits of tape, was all it took to knock up a very makeshift little 4.9ft boost to my R-108's SW signal!

Hobbies are about having fun and sometimes not taking things overly seriously. I enjoyed playing around with this tonight and in fact, the results are really not bad at all! 

All the best, 
M. 




--
Paul


Re: A New Radio For Christmas

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the links, I will check them out. At this stage I am thinking theR-108 might fit the bill.

Paul

On Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 11:04 PM radiojayallen <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Paul,

The PL-330 and PL-368 perform quite similarly...their biggest difference is ergonomics. The R-108 lacks SSB but has great audio. I have reviews of all of these radio on my website...the R-108 I reviewed was badged Radiwow R-108 but is the same radio as the one you mentioned.

Jay

https://radiojayallen.com/tecsun-l-368/

https://wp.me/P1wpLu-1iR      PL-330

https://wp.me/P1wpLu-15R   Radiwow R-108



--
Paul


Make the most of what you've got!

Mark
 

Hi all,

I just thought I'd share a very crude little antenna that I cobbled together this evening, whilst staying at a relatives in the spare bedroom! 

A small 2 core piece of wire, 5 minutes and a few bits of tape, was all it took to knock up a very makeshift little 4.9ft boost to my R-108's SW signal!

Hobbies are about having fun and sometimes not taking things overly seriously. I enjoyed playing around with this tonight and in fact, the results are really not bad at all! 

All the best, 
M. 



Re: Alaska AM DX Nov 7th

Paul Blundell
 

Well Paul and nice loggings as always.

Paul

On Mon, 8 Nov 2021, 4:27 am Paul B. Walker, Jr., <walkerbroadcasting@...> wrote:
Things are rebounding nicely after a total wipe out last week

738, 2NR Grafton NSW was in real good for quite awhile, and they are very very very rare here.
I had an 1161 playing what I think is classic hits and presume to be a Filipino... it sounded english during live listening but I'll listen back to my recording.

I also had Magic, Tauranga, NZ on 1107 fairly well. Not new by any means, an old stalwart in fact but normally theyre only really good when theyre playing music on the weekends.  Today i had some super good speech peaks.

4BH 1116 was pretty decent, A3Z showed up a bit

Paul


Alaska AM DX Nov 7th

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Things are rebounding nicely after a total wipe out last week

738, 2NR Grafton NSW was in real good for quite awhile, and they are very very very rare here.
I had an 1161 playing what I think is classic hits and presume to be a Filipino... it sounded english during live listening but I'll listen back to my recording.

I also had Magic, Tauranga, NZ on 1107 fairly well. Not new by any means, an old stalwart in fact but normally theyre only really good when theyre playing music on the weekends.  Today i had some super good speech peaks.

4BH 1116 was pretty decent, A3Z showed up a bit

Paul


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Zacharias Liangas
 

I really wonder of this includes the Chibo radios
C330 was the best of all of its models with very sharp audio (sibilant in HIFi jargon) in its FM . Sad that later it was broke. Half size of Degen DE-1102
There is another model, quite smaller but fatter with very bad specifications. I later littered it


PL330 firmware 3306 enhancements question (repeat)

Zacharias Liangas
 

Does anyone know what are the enhancements of the 3306 version over  the previous?
I just received the PL330 from ebay As tested from the well known hidden features table this
thanks


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

K8HU and ex-NMN
 

The change in the SSB requirement is good to know, Gary as it opens the door to a few more radios. I used to tease John with the thought that my R390A ought to be grandfathered in because it does have handles.... 2 in fact.  You are buried in making FSL's, I'm in a similar situation restoring GE Super Radio's.  I located a line of audio grade capacitors which will fit in the space available allowing the 30 year old, dried up electrolytic to be pulled and replaced with the audio grades.  Audio is much more smooth and detailed.  Also am replacing the 280 kHz wide Chinese filter in the FM IF with a 180 kHz Murata.  Very helpful, does not change the response on these mono radios but makes them competitive on FM DX.  I want to add a super small but bright LED, out of sight but lighting up the dial pointer.  If it will fit AND not cause QRN, that'll be a winner.

Still have my hot-rodded PL-380 and 1 spare 7.5" ferrite bar.  That'll go on the D-808.
--
Chuck Rippel, K8HU
Chesapeake, VA
USCGR, ret.


Re: A New Radio For Christmas

radiojayallen
 

Paul,

The PL-330 and PL-368 perform quite similarly...their biggest difference is ergonomics. The R-108 lacks SSB but has great audio. I have reviews of all of these radio on my website...the R-108 I reviewed was badged Radiwow R-108 but is the same radio as the one you mentioned.

Jay

https://radiojayallen.com/tecsun-l-368/

https://wp.me/P1wpLu-1iR      PL-330

https://wp.me/P1wpLu-15R   Radiwow R-108


PL330 firmware 3306

Zacharias Liangas
 

Does anyone know what are the enhancements of the 3306 version over  the previous?
I just received the PL330 from ebay As tested from the well known hidden features table this
thanks


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

radiojayallen
 

Thanks Paul.


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

radiojayallen
 

Mark,

That 98 MHz was a typo on my part...I meant 8 MHz which is what my radio and your pictures show. I got my radio last December or in January since i wrote it up in January.

Jay


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Mark
 

Hi Paul, 

That's great - thank you.

M


Re: Official 'ultralight' specs?

Mark
 

Hi Jorge,

Thanks for this - interesting insights..

I'll have a look at your link!

All the best, 

M. 


Re: A New Radio For Christmas

Mark
 

Hi Paul, 

Like Bill I also have the R-108 - my one has the 'RADIWOW' branding. It's my go-to radio that I'll pick up whenever away from home for a night or more. 

I too find the sensitivity to be more than adequate and I must have been lucky with the battery, because mine performs quite well, I think. It's also not too shabby when scanning the airband. The build quality on these is really quite good, feeling solid and certainly not flimsy. 


All the best with your new purchase. 

M. 



Re: A New Radio For Christmas

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Bill.

I think with the prices, we are paying for a local supplier with a local warranty. I will have a good look over them.

Paul

On Sun, 7 Nov 2021, 8:47 pm mediumwavedx, <desertbilly@...> wrote:
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

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