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Re: Sony SRF-59

Richard Allen
 

It was the first ultralight receiver many of us early ULR DXers began with.  A very low-cost receiver with minimal controls.  My only complaint with it was the stiff, recessed tuning control making it difficult to change frequencies especially at the high-end of the band, and many of us soon tuned to alternatives.

Good DX.

Richard Allen.


On Dec 4, 2021, at 09:03, M.I.H.0 via groups.io <metagenetics@...> wrote:

Hi all, 

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the above pocket radio as an ultralight MW DX machine?

I picked one of these up on ebay, on a recommendation and it's arrived this afternoon. It's in fantastic condition.

Many thanks, 
Mark. 


KJJR 880 DX Test - Saturday Morning, 00:01 AM MST January 8, 2022

Les Rayburn
 



The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the National Radio Club & The International Radio Club of America is pleased to announce a special DX Test for distant listeners for KJJR 880 kHz in Whitefish, Montana. The test is scheduled for Saturday morning, January 8, 2022 at 00:01 AM MST (07:01 UTC). The test will run for two hours until 02:00 AM MST (09:00 UTC).
The Chief Engineer for KJJR, Todd Clark will be performing regular maintenance of the station's audio chain during the test. Listeners will hear Morse Code IDs at 10 WPM 800 Hz and 20 WPM 1,000 Hz. There will also be sweep tones, telephone off-hook indicators, long-duration tones at 1,000 Hz, music, jingles, and more.
More details regarding reception reports, verifications, etc. will be sent in the coming days. We are rushing to make this announcement to give as many DX'ers notification of the upcoming test as possible.
The IRCA/NRC CPC would like to thank the owners of KJJR, Todd Clark, and Paul Walker for helping to arrange the test.




73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

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: Sony SRF-59

Phillip Fimiani
 

I saw pics once of someone that gutting the radio and mounted it on some wood... to put a CD disk on the dial... improved the tuning control immensely.  I prepped a cd in the microwave... about 15 to 30 seconds... it crackles the disk coating.. Looks cool. Only a few lightning bolts in the microwave lol...

Mortimer says "Stay Safe"
Best Regards
Phil
KD2HTN / WA2069SWL
Long: 34.210293 Lat:-78.057048
FM04xf 30dl
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On Sunday, December 5, 2021, 09:19:39 PM EST, Phil Pasteur via groups.io <ppasteur@...> wrote:


What Gary said is the reason I bought my first one. I think I purchased 8 of them over time. Mostly for under $10 a piece. <SIGH>I found a guy that recommended swapping a few caps for better audio with good instructions. I did that and that really made a difference in the sound quality. I did that to 4 or 5 of them. Gave most to friends, but still have 3 of them.  I use one on average 20 hours per week. Lasts forever on a single AA. Great radio except for the tuning. I used to keep two set to specific locals so I didn't have to search for them. Lots of info on how to mitigate that out there if you look. Using a FSL with one makes for amazing sessions!
A great toy to use to  play with Ultra Light DXing. 
Good buy. Have fun!

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


Re: Sony SRF-59

Phil Pasteur
 

What Gary said is the reason I bought my first one. I think I purchased 8 of them over time. Mostly for under $10 a piece. <SIGH>I found a guy that recommended swapping a few caps for better audio with good instructions. I did that and that really made a difference in the sound quality. I did that to 4 or 5 of them. Gave most to friends, but still have 3 of them.  I use one on average 20 hours per week. Lasts forever on a single AA. Great radio except for the tuning. I used to keep two set to specific locals so I didn't have to search for them. Lots of info on how to mitigate that out there if you look. Using a FSL with one makes for amazing sessions!
A great toy to use to  play with Ultra Light DXing. 
Good buy. Have fun!


Re: Sony SRF-59

radiojayallen
 

My original one is still going strong too.

Jay


Re: Sony SRF-59

Gary DeBock
 

On Sat, Dec 4, 2021 at 07:03 AM, Mark wrote:
Hi all, 

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the above pocket radio as an ultralight MW DX machine?

I picked one of these up on ebay, on a recommendation and it's arrived this afternoon. It's in fantastic condition.

Many thanks,
Hi Mark,

The SRF-59 was the Ultralight radio that kicked off the Ultralight radio craze in late 2007. A full review of the model is posted on the DXer.Ca website at Sony SRF-59 Reviewed (dxer.ca)

My own interest in the model happened because of the chance receptions of the transoceanic DX stations 594-JOAK, 747-JOIB and 972 HLCA on a stock SRF-59 shortly after local midnight in November of 2007. The 1000+ DXer craze happened after Colin published my SRF-59 review on DXer.Ca, and a mass stampede into the Ultralight radio niche group kicked off, "hijacking" the IRCA list until the SDR users politely asked us to form our own Yahoo group.

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

 


Re: Sony SRF-59

earl tasca
 

Yes it is a good am dx toy for at night I had one and think I may still have a new one they came blister packed playing with a new 368👍


On Sat, Dec 4, 2021, 10:03 AM M.I.H.0 via groups.io <metagenetics=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all, 

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the above pocket radio as an ultralight MW DX machine?

I picked one of these up on ebay, on a recommendation and it's arrived this afternoon. It's in fantastic condition.

Many thanks, 
Mark. 


Re: Sony SRF-59

Michael.2E0IHW
 

I use mine for many hours every day and often at  night.
I superglued a better clip onto the back as it kept coming off the belt.

It out-performs anything of its size - or bigger -  that I have.

The innards could be re-purposed with an air-spaced tuning capacitor
and dial,  and an AF amp to make a superb little radio.

Michael UK


On 04/12/2021 15:03, M.I.H.0 via groups.io wrote:
Hi all, 

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the above pocket radio as an ultralight MW DX machine?

I picked one of these up on ebay, on a recommendation and it's arrived this afternoon. It's in fantastic condition.

Many thanks, 
Mark. 


Re: Sony SRF-59

Les Rayburn
 

I keep a Sony SRF-59 in the bedstead with a small pair of earbuds. While the tuning is tricky, the radio has several advantages. Super share nulls by rotating the until slowly both in a circle, and also be tilting it to various angles. It’s also very sensitive, and fairly selective despite the wide-open filters. 

My wife loves it because it produces no dial light, and doesn’t keep her awake while I DX. I’ve put quite a few new ones in the book with it. Even have a brand-new until still sealed in the back for the day when my bedside model finally gives up the ghost. Great value. 


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
121 Mayfair Park
Maylene, AL 35114
EM63nf

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…” 

On Dec 4, 2021, at 9:46 AM, M.I.H.0 via groups.io <metagenetics@...> wrote:

Hi Bob, 

Thanks for this, I'm happy to hear that you still like to switch your one on from time to time - I've read great reports about these online.

Looking forward to the darker hours tonight. 

All the best, 
Mark. 


Re: Sony SRF-59

M.I.H.0 <metagenetics@...>
 

Hi Bob, 

Thanks for this, I'm happy to hear that you still like to switch your one on from time to time - I've read great reports about these online.

Looking forward to the darker hours tonight. 

All the best, 
Mark. 


Re: Sony SRF-59

Bob Coomler
 

That is the little guy that pulled a number of us into ULR DXing years ago. The tuning is a little touchy, but the SRF-59 definitely punches way above it's weight. I still have my first one and enjoy pulling it out of the drawer to give it some exercise. Have fun.

Bob Coomler W7SWL
Tucson, AZ


On Saturday, December 4, 2021, 08:03:22 AM MST, M.I.H.0 via groups.io <metagenetics@...> wrote:


Hi all, 

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the above pocket radio as an ultralight MW DX machine?

I picked one of these up on ebay, on a recommendation and it's arrived this afternoon. It's in fantastic condition.

Many thanks, 
Mark. 


Sony SRF-59

M.I.H.0 <metagenetics@...>
 

Hi all, 

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with the above pocket radio as an ultralight MW DX machine?

I picked one of these up on ebay, on a recommendation and it's arrived this afternoon. It's in fantastic condition.

Many thanks, 
Mark. 


Ultralight Radio DXing Go Bag December 2021

Paul Blundell
 

Over the past few months I have been looking at improving the way I carry my ultralight DXing kit. I started a new job in September which sees me more office bound at our CBD office and also working from home a few days a week, this has meant that my ad-hoc portable sessions (such as during my lunch breaks when I was close to a park) have now stopped. Any portable sessions are now only when I have planned them or on the rare chance I get time to do them. I used to keep my kit in my car in a hard carry case and grab it out as needed, now I don't have a car, this has been sitting at home, not getting used that often.

Due to my lack of transport, I have been focusing on portable sessions closer to home. To undertake these, I have been carrying my kit by hand. Due to the size and weight of my case, I have limited these to the areas close to home.

Over the weekend I undertook a potable session and noticed that my arm got sore on the walk home. I was looking in the shed and found my old camera bag. I decided to find a way to use this to carry my ultralight DXing kit.

After trying a few different layouts, I decided that having my 3" FSL in the bottom with my radios above this was the best layout. I cut a plastic container to act as a shield for this and added some foam to the bottom and back to keep it in place and protect my 3" FSL.

This provides a good level of protection, it does not stand out as much as a hard case and it is easier to carry over longer distances, it also has enough spare room for any extra radios I get.

 


Alaska AM DX Audio

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

It's been somewhat meager transpolar openings but what I've had, has been good.  All recorded in McGrath, Alaska 250 miles NW of Anchorage with a CC Skywave (non SSB model), 5" DeBock tunable FSL antenna and Zoom H1 handheld digital recorder connected directly to the output of the radio. Sorry, no URLK shorteners this time for my audio links.. was taking topo much time to create them and always came up with a few errors each time.


1026kHz Radio Tabriz, Azarshahr, Iran at 1819UTC on Sat Nov 27th with 2 men talking.  Not the best signal I've ever had from them, but far form the worst and certainly understandable by a native farsi speaker.  200KW via 5377 mile transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17yTf120o2FOG_lprtYaeFCpKMk_5u1hI/view?usp=sharing

1053kHz Radio lasi. Lasi Romania at 1738UTC on Sun Nov 28th with woman talking in romanian. No idea what kind of show this is.  You can clearly hear my local airport beacon, VTR 350kHz beeping away in the background. 1050khz is its 3rd harmonic and it runs a blistering 1KW from barely 2 miles away! 400kw via 4827 mile transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OcieBA7ZiRJbFUv3MqcI63-3sD2B9sev/view?usp=sharing

1062kHz TRT Radyo 1, Diyarbakir Turkey at 1657UTC on Sat Nov 27th with a man loudly and excitedly talking then what sounds like possibly a program promo. Signal wasn't that great and didnt last long. I've had them much better for much longer later in the winter, last year. 300kw via 5392 mile transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YAmuWPS_MWsW4hGoywkBL1vXuKpVFUgR/view?usp=sharing

1089kHz Talk Sport UK at 1742UTC on Sun. Nov 28th with man talking on the phone with british accent.  First time heard this season and not nearly as strong as I've heard it before.  500kw via 4417 mile transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1az5Y30bjAwXjNXPI9R9BUim9EaQf6eWs/view?usp=sharing
(assuming 500kw Droitwich transmitter, no echo heard)

1215kHz Absolute Radio UK on Sun. Nov 28th at 1745UTC with "Mysterious Ways" by U2 4417 or so mile transpolar path depending on which of the two higher powered 1215 transmitters I heard. This one is rare here, 1089 Talk Sport is my most common UK signal. 1215 audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1az5Y30bjAwXjNXPI9R9BUim9EaQf6eWs/view?usp=sharing

1386kHz Radio Baltic Waves International, Viesintos Lithuania at 1725UTC on Sat Nov 27th with an absolutely glorious signal during some instrumental music during a Radio Poland program.  75KW via 4240 mile transpolar path

1413kHz Vesti FM, Grigoriopol Moldova, at 1728UTC on Mon Nov 22 with man talking in Russian by phone. Later in the recording is a female doing a news report.  Nolt a bad signal this time, but not the best I've ever heard them because the signal can be very clear at times, almost like a semi local.  400kw via 4820 mile transpolar path.  Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SKdeEivAtRPOL-qy9QkXqDSRqsWVAH1Y/view?usp=sharing

1485kHz NRK P1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway at 1645UTC on Wed Nov 24th. The station playing pop music held out fairly well on and off for over 5 minutes, about the clearest I've ever heard it and the longest too. Most times they aren't as good and only last 10-20-30 seconds.  1KW via 2675 mile transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1moKNULk_LPfLRedW3N_jBQnpRY5MeV4A/view?usp=sharing 

1530kHz Radio Romania Actualitati, Radauti Romania on Sun Nov 28th at 1803UTC. Starts off with woman talking, sounds like some kind of news report of some kind, but just a guess based upon the inflection of the voice and the time. Man starts talking at 29 seconds and at 39 seconds, you hear him say the name of the station, "Radio Romania Actualitati". Two 1530kHz transmitters exist in Romania but this is the only one on the Actualitati network, the other runs programming from their Constanta network. 15KW non directional via 5017 miel transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SKdeEivAtRPOL-qy9QkXqDSRqsWVAH1Y/view?usp=sharing

1548kHz Radio Sawa, Al-Kuwayt, Kuwait at 1723UTC on Mon Nov 22nd. Signal isn't the best, but at times good enough a native speaker would easily understand what's being said during this talk or interview show.  600kw via 5928 mile transpolar path. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TZZceDus3VeukDkgy9rFH6q4bIDS5ruF/view?usp=sharing



Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Nick B.
 

It's certainly possible to push the boundaries as you guys have demonstrated. I've modified a PL-310ET to accept an external MW or LW antenna using a shielded transformer in place of the ferrite that is still tuned by the varactor diode in the Si4734 chip. This allows me to use any antenna I wish. I've managed to hear a number of North Americans with this.

Yesterday evening on my SDR, a trace on the waterfall on 680 between approx 1735 and 1830, but too weak for any audio. Nothing this evening. Spain isn't the big signal problem here, it's Droitwich on 693 I need to be able to null.

Regards,
Nick


1170 South Korea

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

From Koji Shimotori on dxing.info facbeook group:
According to the website of KBS World Radio Japanese language broadcast in South Korea, 1170kHz will be suspended from December 1 to 31 due to facility construction.
Currently, in Tokyo, Japan, I can receive Mongolian broadcasts from Chifeng Radio and Television Station Mongolian General Radio (赤峰广播电视台蒙古语综合广播) in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China and Chinese broadcasts from the unknown Chinese station on 1170kHz. These are not usually received.



Re: Radio Plans - 2022

Tammy Walker
 

Another thanks for posting this, Paul.  Hope the new V-115 works better for you.

My main radio project for 2022 is putting together a show for shortwave radio, Postcard Panorama, a listener mailbag program about all aspects of radio with a focus on monthly themes.  Working on the first episode this evening, actually.  (Your original post is the type of story I'm looking for, Paul, since January's theme is "In with the New," so I thought I'd mention this here.)

And since M. mentioned a Radiwow R-108, I have to say I'm looking forward to taking mine (and my Tecsun PL-380) somewhere well away from all the neighborhood noise in the coming year.  Not sure if I'll find such a place, but I'll definitely keep looking.

Tammy



Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Nov 30, 2021 at 12:19 PM, Steve Whitt wrote:

Hi Nick

Last winter I managed what I thought I’d never do at my home location. That was reception of KBRW on Tecsun PL380 boosted by a Gary DeBock outrigger ferrite rod at my location just east of York.

 

Reception was only just possible due to Euro interference and noise but none the less amazed me.

 

So it can be done but it might take a silly number of hours listening.

 

Rgds

Steve

Nick and All,

Steve has certainly exceeded the expectations of the wacky designer of the modified PL-380, for which a full construction article is posted at the following link   https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/m10hxsm6eo6x8w9t4pbog1ohpqe2hrwz

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Steve Whitt
 

Hi Nick

Last winter I managed what I thought I’d never do at my home location. That was reception of KBRW on Tecsun PL380 boosted by a Gary DeBock outrigger ferrite rod at my location just east of York.

 

Reception was only just possible due to Euro interference and noise but none the less amazed me.

 

So it can be done but it might take a silly number of hours listening.

 

Rgds

Steve

 

 

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io [mailto:main@UltralightDX.groups.io] On Behalf Of Nick B.
Sent: 30 November 2021 15:20
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

 

Hi Steve,
I realise from this part of the East Midlands with urban noise I'm being rather optimistic with an ultralight. Around 6100km from here on the great circle route on a bearing of 351 degrees.

Nick


Re: WOW!! Alaska AM DX Nov 28

Nick B.
 

Hi Steve,
I realise from this part of the East Midlands with urban noise I'm being rather optimistic with an ultralight. Around 6100km from here on the great circle route on a bearing of 351 degrees.

Nick

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