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Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

FenDrifter
 

Thanks all. I’m beginning to think Gary’s right and it might actually be beneficial. Anyway, Merry Christmas!
Drifter


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

Paul Blundell
 

I have had other radios which also do this. 

Paul

On Sat, 25 Dec 2021, 8:46 am Ron Layton via groups.io, <micron327=zoho.com@groups.io> wrote:
I own a Sangean ATS 803A that I bought in 1986. It did the same thing from day 1 and is still plugging along and still has about half a second of audio fade out after the power switch is pressed. I would imagine its a capacitance discharge. Obviously not a serious issue as far as harming the radio.


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

Ron Layton <micron327@...>
 

I own a Sangean ATS 803A that I bought in 1986. It did the same thing from day 1 and is still plugging along and still has about half a second of audio fade out after the power switch is pressed. I would imagine its a capacitance discharge. Obviously not a serious issue as far as harming the radio.


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

Gary Sargent
 

Mine does the slow audio fade as well .. I believe many consider it a feature! I'd choose the slow fad over an abrupt cut off of audio and perhaps with an audio click or pop.

Gary KE8WO


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

FenDrifter
 

You’re right Dave, it does fade away on the speaker also. I still find it odd even though it’s not a fault.
Thanks for your help
Drifter


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

FenDrifter
 

I have to admit that even with my extremely limited knowledge, it did occur to me that it might possibly be related to a discharging capacitor Dave. I’ll check if mine does the same thing with the speaker.


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

Guero
 

Actually a very interesting question! My pl330 does the same whether I am using headphones or the internal speaker. Maybe a capacitor to the audio amp is losing the last of it's charge after the switch is thrown?

--Dave


On Thu, Dec 23, 2021, 17:54 FenDrifter via groups.io <essexmarshman=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Many thanks Réme for answering such a stupid question!


Re: FSL Antenna

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Dec 23, 2021 at 01:12 AM, John Vinther Nielsen wrote:
i just waiting on better propagation to USA and Canada, It have been very bad for a long time.
Yes John,

The transoceanic propagation this season has been very poor compared to last year at this time, and even the best FSL's cannot receive much transoceanic DX under such bad conditions.
When the propagation improves, I am sure that you will have a lot of DXing success with your new 3.5 inch FSL antenna. Good luck, and happy new year!

73, Gary
 


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

FenDrifter
 

Many thanks Réme for answering such a stupid question!


Re: Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

Rémy Friess
 

Hi,
Mine does the same. This doesn't seem to be a fault.
73, R.F.

Le 23/12/2021 à 18:35, FenDrifter via groups.io a écrit :

Hi all
My first post here, and bear in mind I know nothing! To compound that problem I’m an OLD man. Okay, a brand new PL-330 turned up yesterday and I realised that was a lot more complicated than my previous Tivdio V-115. I will probably have a 1001 more questions, but for now just one. When using with headphones for the first time last night I was a bit surprised to find that when I switched the radio off (headphones still on) the sound didn’t immediately stop, but faded away. Is this a feature of this radio or a fault please?
Any help greatly appreciated. 


Tecsun PL-330 Absolute beginner!

FenDrifter
 

Hi all
My first post here, and bear in mind I know nothing! To compound that problem I’m an OLD man. Okay, a brand new PL-330 turned up yesterday and I realised that was a lot more complicated than my previous Tivdio V-115. I will probably have a 1001 more questions, but for now just one. When using with headphones for the first time last night I was a bit surprised to find that when I switched the radio off (headphones still on) the sound didn’t immediately stop, but faded away. Is this a feature of this radio or a fault please?
Any help greatly appreciated. 


Re: FSL Antenna

John Vinther Nielsen
 

Thanks Gary for your help, yes this was the one I trye to copy with 200x10mm suplus and 660/46 Linz wire and 384 pf Capacitor from Mike in USA. its seem to be okay on the hole mediumband
so now i just waiting on better propagation to USA and Canada, It have been very bad for a long time.
73*s John


Re: FSL Antenna

Gary DeBock
 

John,

After some research I found the FSL design that you used to build your antenna-- it is the 3.5 inch Long Rod model used in the 2012 FSL Antenna Optimization article-- both of which are attached with this email. You probably used the 660/46 Litz wire for this model, as in the design photo.

The number of 200mm x 10mm Russian surplus ferrite rods depends on the diameter of your inner core material, which is probably a little larger than mine. So, 24 ferrite rods is no problem in your design, as long as you have 530-1700 kHz coverage from your Litz wire coil. Best wishes for great DX!

73, Gary
 


Re: FSL Antenna

Gary DeBock
 

On Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 11:52 AM, John Vinther Nielsen wrote:

I have built an FSL antenna 3.5 Long rod, on the drawing it seems that 23 surplus is needed, I have used 24 must there be  changed on 27 tuns Linz wire or is this OK. and I use a 384 pf capacitor.  

 Another issue is there is too much noise indoors for this type of antenna.

 

73*s from

John Vinther Nielsen

Herning, Denmark

Hello John,

Congratulations on your FSL antenna construction, and thank you for the photo.

The number of ferrite rods and Litz wire turns necessary for Medium Wave (530-1700 kHz) band coverage in an FSL antenna depend on which type of ferrite rods you are using (the permeability, inductance and diameter) and also which type of Litz wire you are using (the inductance and diameter). Different manufacturers use different materials for construction, so if you want to use an FSL design photo as your guide in building your own FSL, it is only accurate for duplication if you use the exact same type of ferrite rods and Litz wire as the FSL in the design photo. The diameter of the material you use for an inner core also can affect the number of ferrite rods you will need to make a cylindrical shape of ferrite rods.

In my own FSL antennas, for standardized design, I always use Russian surplus ferrite rods or bars (400 permeability), 1162/46 Litz wire from the eBay seller "Mkmak222," and a "384P" variable cap from Mike's Electronic Parts. If you are not using these components, or if you are not using a rubber plumbing coupler of the same diameter as mine for the inner core, then your design will be different than mine, and you may need a different number of ferrite rods, or a different number of Litz wire turns to have the full 530-1700 kHz coverage. Your FSL will probably work very similar to mine, but just have slightly different components. If somebody wants to make an all-new FSL design, my recommendation would be to use whatever ferrite rods and support material you have on hand, and then wind a Litz wire coil that will give you full 530-1700 kHz coverage, regardless of the type of Litz wire. Experimentation can be a lot of fun, so be creative, and your FSL will probably be very effective in tracking down the DX, John!

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


FSL Antenna

John Vinther Nielsen
 

 

 

I have built an FSL antenna 3.5 Long rod, on the drawing it seems that 23 surplus is needed, I have used 24 must there be  changed on 27 tuns Linz wire or is this OK. and I use a 384 pf capacitor.  

 Another issue is there is too much noise indoors for this type of antenna.

 

73*s from

John Vinther Nielsen

Herning, Denmark


Re: KQKD 1380 Redfield, SD MAINTENANCE DX TEST -- JANUARY 15, 2022 -- CORRECTION

Peter Laws
 

Back to Back (well, a week apart) DX Tests?  What is this?  1977?


(I wish)

On Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 12:24 PM Les Rayburn <les@...> wrote:


CORRECTION: KQKD is in Eastern, SD, located in the Central Time Zone. The error is mine. Corrected times below:

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of America and the National Radio Club is pleased to announce a special maintenance test with KQKD 1380 Redfield, SD. The test will be conducted by Ron Schacht, Chief Engineer/Owner.
The test is scheduled for early Saturday morning January 15, 2022, starting at one minute after midnight and continuing for the next three hours (0001 Central Standard Time until 0300AM CDT.) This is 0601 UTC until 0900 UTC.

During the test, the station will be operating on their daytime power of 500 watts on 1380 kHz. The test will consist of Morse Code identifications, sweep tones, and other content designed to aid reception at great distances.
Morse will be transmitted at 1,000 Hz, there will also be long-duration tones at 1,000 Hz, and other material that centers on this audio frequency.

RECEPTION REPORTS & QSL REQUESTS

All reception reports will be verified through the CPC. Reception reports along with MP3 recordings or .MP4 video recordings of your reception should be emailed to:
with the subject line: "KQKD 1380 RECEPTION REPORT."

The following requirements are in effect in order to receive an electronic QSL verifying your report:

  • Reports via email only. Email must include an MP3 file attachment of your reception (best two minutes or so in length) or an MP4 video clip. While written descriptions will be considered along with the recording, they will not suffice alone for verification.
  • Reports must be submitted within 30 days of the test.
  • The report must include your name, location, and return e-mail address, clearly grouped together at the top of the verification request.
  • Please also include a description of your receiver, antenna, and any interference noted.
  • If you use a remote SDR to receive the test, you must clearly indicate that in your verification request. We will only accept one such report per DX'er. You cannot log the test on multiple remote SDRs and request multiple verifications.

TIME MACHINE DX TEST

Due to a miscommunication from myself, KQKD already conducted a maintenance test on December 11, 2021 from 1AM until 4AM CDT but no advance publicity was given to the test. I regret greatly the error and apologize to Ron Schacht.
If any DX'ers recorded on that night during the overnight hours, please review your recordings of 1380 kHz. You may have already logged the station. If so, please submit those to my email for verification now. It's not often we get to time travel to conduct a DX Test.
Best of luck to all who are attempting to hear this test. The NRC and IRCA would like to thank Ron Schacht and the staff of KQKD for agreeing to run our special material during their maintenance testing.


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…” 



--
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!


KQKD 1380 Redfield, SD MAINTENANCE DX TEST -- JANUARY 15, 2022 -- CORRECTION

Les Rayburn
 



CORRECTION: KQKD is in Eastern, SD, located in the Central Time Zone. The error is mine. Corrected times below:

The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of America and the National Radio Club is pleased to announce a special maintenance test with KQKD 1380 Redfield, SD. The test will be conducted by Ron Schacht, Chief Engineer/Owner.
The test is scheduled for early Saturday morning January 15, 2022, starting at one minute after midnight and continuing for the next three hours (0001 Central Standard Time until 0300AM CDT.) This is 0601 UTC until 0900 UTC.

During the test, the station will be operating on their daytime power of 500 watts on 1380 kHz. The test will consist of Morse Code identifications, sweep tones, and other content designed to aid reception at great distances.
Morse will be transmitted at 1,000 Hz, there will also be long-duration tones at 1,000 Hz, and other material that centers on this audio frequency.

RECEPTION REPORTS & QSL REQUESTS

All reception reports will be verified through the CPC. Reception reports along with MP3 recordings or .MP4 video recordings of your reception should be emailed to:
with the subject line: "KQKD 1380 RECEPTION REPORT."

The following requirements are in effect in order to receive an electronic QSL verifying your report:

  • Reports via email only. Email must include an MP3 file attachment of your reception (best two minutes or so in length) or an MP4 video clip. While written descriptions will be considered along with the recording, they will not suffice alone for verification.
  • Reports must be submitted within 30 days of the test.
  • The report must include your name, location, and return e-mail address, clearly grouped together at the top of the verification request.
  • Please also include a description of your receiver, antenna, and any interference noted.
  • If you use a remote SDR to receive the test, you must clearly indicate that in your verification request. We will only accept one such report per DX'er. You cannot log the test on multiple remote SDRs and request multiple verifications.

TIME MACHINE DX TEST

Due to a miscommunication from myself, KQKD already conducted a maintenance test on December 11, 2021 from 1AM until 4AM CDT but no advance publicity was given to the test. I regret greatly the error and apologize to Ron Schacht.
If any DX'ers recorded on that night during the overnight hours, please review your recordings of 1380 kHz. You may have already logged the station. If so, please submit those to my email for verification now. It's not often we get to time travel to conduct a DX Test.
Best of luck to all who are attempting to hear this test. The NRC and IRCA would like to thank Ron Schacht and the staff of KQKD for agreeing to run our special material during their maintenance testing.


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…” 


KQKD 1380 Redfield, SD MAINTENANCE DX TEST -- JANUARY 15, 2022

Les Rayburn
 



The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) of the International Radio Club of America and the National Radio Club is pleased to announce a special maintenance test with KQKD 1380 Redfield, SD. The test will be conducted by Ron Schacht, Chief Engineer/Owner.
The test is scheduled for early Saturday morning January 15, 2022, starting at one minute after midnight and continuing for the next three hours (0001 Mountain Time until 0300AM CDT.) This is 0601 UTC until 0901 UTC.
During the test, the station will be operating on their daytime power of 500 watts on 1380 kHz. The test will consist of Morse Code identifications, sweep tones, and other content designed to aid reception at great distances.
Morse will be transmitted at 1,000 Hz, there will also be long-duration tones at 1,000 Hz, and other material that centers on this audio frequency.

RECEPTION REPORTS & QSL REQUESTS

All reception reports will be verified through the CPC. Reception reports along with MP3 recordings or .MP4 video recordings of your reception should be emailed to:
with the subject line: "KQKD 1380 RECEPTION REPORT."

The following requirements are in effect in order to receive an electronic QSL verifying your report:

  • Reports via email only. Email must include an MP3 file attachment of your reception (best two minutes or so in length) or an MP4 video clip. While written descriptions will be considered along with the recording, they will not suffice alone for verification.
  • Reports must be submitted within 30 days of the test.
  • The report must include your name, location, and return e-mail address, clearly grouped together at the top of the verification request.
  • Please also include a description of your receiver, antenna, and any interference noted.
  • If you use a remote SDR to receive the test, you must clearly indicate that in your verification request. We will only accept one such report per DX'er. You cannot log the test on multiple remote SDRs and request multiple verifications.

TIME MACHINE DX TEST

Due to a miscommunication from myself, KQKD already conducted a maintenance test on December 11, 2021 from 1AM until 4AM CDT but no advance publicity was given to the test. I regret greatly the error and apologize to Ron Schacht.
If any DX'ers recorded on that night during the overnight hours, please review your recordings of 1380 kHz. You may have already logged the station. If so, please submit those to my email for verification now. It's not often we get to time travel to conduct a DX Test.
Best of luck to all who are attempting to hear this test. The NRC and IRCA would like to thank Ron Schacht and the staff of KQKD for agreeing to run our special material during their maintenance testing.

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF CPC Chairman



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…” 


Merry Christmas

Paul Blundell
 

I just wanted to wish all the members of the Ultralight radio DXing community a safe and merry Christmas. I hope that radio Santa comes to you.
I am heading off for a few days away so won't be online until after the 25/12.

Good luck in 2022, with whatever it might bring for you. I am looking forward to being more active and undertaking more portable sessions.

Paul
https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/


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

Paul Blundell
 

I don't know and have never really looked in to it. I use mine 95% on the MW band so it is not stereo anyway.


On Fri, 17 Dec 2021, 9:32 pm Rémy Friess via groups.io, <remy.friess=laposte.net@groups.io> wrote:

I used to have a Retekess. The recording function was supposed to be stereo, but it was not. It was actually "dual mono".

Does yours record in real stereo?

Regards,

Rémy.

Le 17/12/2021 à 00:51, Paul Blundell a écrit :
December 2021 Update:
Recently I was sent a replacement V-115. After undertaking some testing I can confirm:
- The battery life is better and it does not seem to discharge as much when not in use.
- AM reception is about the same, the lower end of the band really struggles, even when using my 3" FSL. 3GG on 531kHz, which is one of my reference stations is very hard to hear, even compared to my lower end radios.
- FM reception is borderline, most stations work well enough but a number have a much lower signal level.
- The controls on this one seem worse, with the buttons being harder to press and a number not seeming to register the buttons being pressed at times. 

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