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Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

surveyor6180@...
 

No worries, you're not alone!


Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

Johnny
 

Hi all,

I'm embarrassed to say it, but I find this radio so "handy" that I bought addition units to put in different places in my house/car for "quick ultralight DX'ing"....

Johnny


Re: Welcome to All New Members

Johnny
 

Great points by all!

Gary,
Really appreciate the post Gary to clarify and refocus somewhat!  I'm still a bit "newish" here, so thanks!


Alfredo,
Really appreciate your comment "without being a slave to a monitor!!" ...

I sit at a monitor all day, so "getting away from it" is important for me.




Johnny


Re: My Final Verdict - Eton/Grundig Elite Mini

Johnny
 

Hi Jay!

GREAT point!  I never even thought to try it during the day, as I almost NEVER DX during the day!  I figured it had to be better in some way!


Hi Paul!

Thanks!  I appreciate your comment, it makes me want to post more "reviews", although I hesitate to call them that as others on this forum are so much more thorough when reviewing.

I guess there's room for all.  Mine aren't reviews, but more "snapshots of performance"!  ;)



Johnny


TA MWDX with ID 25th Jan 2022

Peter 1956
 

1580 CKDO 1250 WMTR 1030 WBZ 1020 KDKA 1300 WOOD 1150 CKOC
Received in Botswana.
Airspy HF+ discovery, SDR Console V3, random wire with binocular balun.
https://youtu.be/s_FuID05Zzk
On some frequencies I had three stations, so identifying anything was difficult.
Probably my best MW opening from N Am here.
Peter Wilson


Re: Welcome to All New Members

surveyor6180@...
 

Not really new here but thanks so much for your post Gary. I've been following your work here for years and it is greatly appreciated.
Harold.


Re: Welcome to All New Members

radiojayallen
 

Agreed!

Jay


Re: My Final Verdict - Eton/Grundig Elite Mini

radiojayallen
 

Johnny,

Two things:

The CC-2E is still a current model on C.Crane's website and  at Amazon US. The CC-3 is an upgrade which is essentially identical but adds Bluetooth. 

Also, the differences between them and the Eton Mini be much more apparent if you check for weak midday signals. At night, sensitivity differences are often less of an issue.

Jay


Re: Welcome to All New Members

Alfredo Gallerati
 

Dear GARY, thank you very much for your very interesting
message here in our Community “ULTYRALIGHT DX”.
It’s  really important to do and to experiment the DX’ing
without being a slave to a monitor!!
Only that it’s the best and right way to the Best experience.
HI ! Of course we need to know and study the Propagation ,
the frequencies, to check DX and so to LEARN the basic of the
Propagation for having much changes od best DX signals!
So we follow the Ultralight DX and FSL ANTENNA !
Please all my best greetings and Best DX to all members.
de IK7JGI, Alfredo GALLERATI (Italian Amateur Radio Association /A R I ).
 
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From: Gary DeBock via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:48 AM
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Subject: [UltralightDX] Welcome to All New Members
 
For those of you who have recently joined our Ultralight DX group and also for those who have been with us for the duration (since late 2007), we are honored to have you in one of the radio community's fastest growing groups!

Ultralight radio DXing is all about accepting the challenge of chasing distant radio stations with basic equipment, and relying on one's own skill and propagation knowledge instead of depending upon computer-controlled software for DXing success. YOU need to make the decisions about when to chase DX and what frequencies to check, and this forces you to learn the basics of propagation in order to have much chance of long range DXing success. Since you can only tune one frequency at a time, this also forces you to research which frequencies are likely to be the most productive, and choose those frequencies during enhanced (and very brief) propagation openings around sunrise and sunset. These are the keys to transoceanic DXing success with Ultralights, although they are also the key to success chasing long range domestic AM-DX, whether you are in North America, Europe or Australia.

For those who have recently joined there is an extensive 39-page review of the top Ultralight radios in the current market, with extremely detailed reviews of the XHDATA D-808, the Radiwow R-108, the C. Crane Skywave (Basic and SSB), the Tecsun PL-330 and the Tecsun PL-380. The radios' relative performance on MW (AM), FM, Shortwave and AIR bands is thoroughly reviewed, with MP3 links provided so you can make your own judgement. A technical review and final verdict is given for each model, describing each radio's advantages and disadvantages in the current market. This "2021 Ultralight Radio Shoutout" review is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

For those who are technically inclined this hobby is a paradise, with Ultralight Radio enthusiasts leading the radio community in the design of FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antennas, enhanced loopstick antenna transplants and ocean cliff transoceanic propagation research. The FSL antennas used by Paul in Alaska (and Paul in Australia) were designed here, as well as multiple XHDATA D-808, Pl-380 and CC Skywave "supercharged" portables with enhanced 7.5 inch (19cm) transplanted AM and Longwave loopsticks. A full construction article for the XHDATA D-808 upgrade loopstick transplant is posted at 
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5d0pi85jfptgmrj4pd0jsmaybgb6gteh
and the one for the Tecsun PL-380 is posted at
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/m10hxsm6eo6x8w9t4pbog1ohpqe2hrwz

If you are just starting out in AM-DX and want to know how to greatly increase your long range DXing results, the following article will describe all the expert technical tricks on how to boost your chances of success. Good luck!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/kp487ahn3wm3dd7rkb6thvddyt7wixgb

73 and Good Ultralight DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight DXing Group Co-Founder

    


Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

surveyor6180@...
 

That's what happened to mine and a Grundig Traveller ll 
I cleaned off the Mini as Kevin described and also used a single edge razor blade to scape off the sticky rubber stuff.
The radio looks rough but feels and works great.


Re: Welcome to All New Members

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Jerry and Paul,

It's great to have both of you in the group-- as well as 1000+ others!

Gary


Re: One "TP" This Morning!

Paul Blundell
 

Great to see you have logged this, I know you had not been having much luck of late.


Re: My Final Verdict - Eton/Grundig Elite Mini

Paul Blundell
 

Nice testing and write up, often this is what a review should cover, how well the radio works for the use that you will be making of it.

Paul


Re: Farthest US DX logging so far in 2022 - Eton Elite Mini

Paul Blundell
 

Nice loggings Johnny, my record for 2022 is about 1900km.


Re: Alpha Numeric confusion!

Paul Blundell
 

I should add that almost all AM stations use either the call sign, 3GG as an example or a more generic call, such as ABC Melbourne. These are more common when the same content is transmitted on different frequencies.


Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

kevin asato
 

The rubberized coating will eventually get rather nasty to the touch. It can be removed with a rubdown with rubbing alcohol. the 90% concentration will work faster but the 70% will work as well. Both require a bit of the armstrong method (aka elbow grease) to successfully remove the coating.
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 3:44 PM <surveyor6180@...> wrote:
They are so light. The only thing I didn't like was the rubberized coating .


Re: Welcome to All New Members

Jerry Rappel
 

 Gary is one of the best !


Jerry

On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 7:06 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
You are a true gentleman man Gary and an asset to the ultralight dxing hobby.

Paul


Re: Welcome to All New Members

Paul Blundell
 

You are a true gentleman man Gary and an asset to the ultralight dxing hobby.

Paul


Welcome to All New Members

Gary DeBock
 

For those of you who have recently joined our Ultralight DX group and also for those who have been with us for the duration (since late 2007), we are honored to have you in one of the radio community's fastest growing groups!

Ultralight radio DXing is all about accepting the challenge of chasing distant radio stations with basic equipment, and relying on one's own skill and propagation knowledge instead of depending upon computer-controlled software for DXing success. YOU need to make the decisions about when to chase DX and what frequencies to check, and this forces you to learn the basics of propagation in order to have much chance of long range DXing success. Since you can only tune one frequency at a time, this also forces you to research which frequencies are likely to be the most productive, and choose those frequencies during enhanced (and very brief) propagation openings around sunrise and sunset. These are the keys to transoceanic DXing success with Ultralights, although they are also the key to success chasing long range domestic AM-DX, whether you are in North America, Europe or Australia.

For those who have recently joined there is an extensive 39-page review of the top Ultralight radios in the current market, with extremely detailed reviews of the XHDATA D-808, the Radiwow R-108, the C. Crane Skywave (Basic and SSB), the Tecsun PL-330 and the Tecsun PL-380. The radios' relative performance on MW (AM), FM, Shortwave and AIR bands is thoroughly reviewed, with MP3 links provided so you can make your own judgement. A technical review and final verdict is given for each model, describing each radio's advantages and disadvantages in the current market. This "2021 Ultralight Radio Shoutout" review is posted at https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

For those who are technically inclined this hobby is a paradise, with Ultralight Radio enthusiasts leading the radio community in the design of FSL (ferrite sleeve loop) antennas, enhanced loopstick antenna transplants and ocean cliff transoceanic propagation research. The FSL antennas used by Paul in Alaska (and Paul in Australia) were designed here, as well as multiple XHDATA D-808, Pl-380 and CC Skywave "supercharged" portables with enhanced 7.5 inch (19cm) transplanted AM and Longwave loopsticks. A full construction article for the XHDATA D-808 upgrade loopstick transplant is posted at 
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/5d0pi85jfptgmrj4pd0jsmaybgb6gteh
and the one for the Tecsun PL-380 is posted at 
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/m10hxsm6eo6x8w9t4pbog1ohpqe2hrwz

If you are just starting out in AM-DX and want to know how to greatly increase your long range DXing results, the following article will describe all the expert technical tricks on how to boost your chances of success. Good luck!  https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/kp487ahn3wm3dd7rkb6thvddyt7wixgb

73 and Good Ultralight DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight DXing Group Co-Founder

    


Re: Eton/Grundig Elite Mini - Initial Observations

surveyor6180@...
 

They are so light. The only thing I didn't like was the rubberized coating .

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