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Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

FenDrifter
 
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Hi Johnny
You and I seem similar in one respect then, I get a hell of a kick out of stuff that I bought cheaply which turns out to be good! Particularly if something is just dirty and need a clean; I love it, and it’s the only part of perfectionism that stays with me after all my years. 

Clear waves
Drifter


What is your personal challenge for 2022?

Johnny
 

Hi all,

What is/are your personal DX'ing challenge(s) for 2022?

Is it to...
1)  Hear all states/provinces/etc in your country?
2)  Hear the most stations you can?
3)  Just spin the dials a bit?
4)  Other?


I'll go first...

AM challenges
1)  To hear the most "Clear Channel" stations in the US that I can
2)  To hear all continental states in the US (sorry Hawaii and Alaska!)


FM challenges:
1)  To hear as many Michigan-only stations as I can
2)  To hear as many LPFM and Translators in Michigan as I can


Let's hear yours!


Johnny


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Johnny
 

Hi Drifter,

Yep, I have a few radios (3 ish) that I seem to "keep coming back to", so I guess they are my favorites, LOL!

I really like all my radios generally, but these three are special!  :)

Funny thing is, they are probably some of the cheapest I own!

This hobby does not have to be expensive, it can be, but it doesn't have to be for sure!


Johnny


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

FenDrifter
 

Hi Johnny 

I suspect that your opening sentence applies to all of us, it certainly applies to me! Having caught the bug I went mad, buying all sorts of radios, any that included shortwave. From monsters to littlies, mostly analog readout just learning really. I then discovered Tecsun, digital readout, and this group. It still didn’t stop me buying a Panasonic RF-2200, which is soon to be opened to have it’s switches cleaned. My latest acquisition is the old Etón E5 which I’ve already posted about. Like you I’ve quickly realised there’s no ‘master of all’, you just have to decide which radio has a set of features that you enjoy using

Drifter


Re: Interesting?

h. garcia
 

Hello everyone. 
 
The UI and control firmware that took by storm all these recent DIY or pre-built receivers based on SiLabs has been developed by PU2CLR Ricardo Caratti in Brazil. I'd be surprised if Portuguese was included in the UI code.
 
Ricardo keeps two Facebook groups, another Groups.io reflector and a GitHub repo for the project. It's got a lot of traction and love from other RF and programming experimenters.
 
https://github.com/pu2clr/SI4735
 
 
 


1490kHz: 1715 Mile Log!

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
 

Heard KLOG 1490 again late last week. Sounded like a news report on a bridge re opening and some story involving a disturbance involving a man and a woman: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DL6ph-Ko4AfNuVBo-ujF7nS44RwWbPWl/view?usp=sharing

This is my second log of them, the first one just a few months ago.. even clearer than last weeks log. Audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10mL2PnYBMowG-vk_CSg6_FTdhqQsE77Y/view?usp=sharing

Paul Walker
McGrath, Alaska.


Radio "News" sites?

Johnny
 

Hi all,

I get a little weekly email blip from RadioWorld (Radioworld.com) that tells a super high level "what's going on in the US Radio World" kind of thing.

Anybody else frequent any similar sites that you might recommend for radio news?

Always neat to hear the "future of radio".


Johnny


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Johnny
 

One more note...

I have acquired other radios as well (more than one person needs!), and I have tried HARD to find one radio that kind of "rules them all", like a super Jack of all Trades....  but it's true, then that radio is "master of none"...

I love Jay's Toolbox Analogy...


J


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Johnny
 

Hi all,

Honestly, I bounce between my Skywave, Radiwow R-108 and Eton Mini.  Love them all for different reasons.

All fun!


Johnny


Re: Radio Options

Johnny
 

Also like the Radiwow R-108

Very nice!

J


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Issac Quincey
 

Those are some really good articles and I have a lot of reading to do of them.

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On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 10:22 AM, Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary@...> wrote:
On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 08:47 AM, Nick Hall-Patch wrote:
According to Gary DeBock's extensive review at IRCA Reprint U-023 there is no soft mute on the Skywave.

IRCA Reprint index is at https://www.ircaonline.org/editor_upload/File/reprints/irca-reprint-index.pdf    There is a lot of worthwhile information in the Reprints, and not just about Ultralights.

best wishes,

Nick
Thanks Nick,

I had almost forgotten that I had written some of those articles (lol).

The early days of FSL antenna experimentation were indeed fascinating, and if we had not used so much time trying to outdo each other in building the biggest gain monster we probably could have designed more practical FSL antennas a lot sooner!

Gary
  


MW Frequency Challenge - Week 10 Results and Week 11 Announcement

DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

What a week, more than 500 loggings reported by DXers this past week from the expanded band!  Congrats to Rob Keeney for taking this week's top spot for most logged stations.  Details on this and much more on the blog post below.  This week we turn our sights to another graveyarder frequency and 1490 kHz.  Always challenging, what will DXers......ahem.....dig up this week?  Google Form for loggings and rules are also in the blog post, below.

https://www.dxcentralonline.com/post/mw-frequency-challenge-week-10-results-and-week-11-announcement 
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73 and best of DX!

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, Louisiana
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 08:47 AM, Nick Hall-Patch wrote:
According to Gary DeBock's extensive review at IRCA Reprint U-023 there is no soft mute on the Skywave.

IRCA Reprint index is at https://www.ircaonline.org/editor_upload/File/reprints/irca-reprint-index.pdf    There is a lot of worthwhile information in the Reprints, and not just about Ultralights.

best wishes,

Nick
Thanks Nick,

I had almost forgotten that I had written some of those articles (lol).

The early days of FSL antenna experimentation were indeed fascinating, and if we had not used so much time trying to outdo each other in building the biggest gain monster we probably could have designed more practical FSL antennas a lot sooner!

Gary
  


Loggings - 01/02/2022

Paul Blundell
 

DATE: 1/02/2022

TIME: 22:45

LOCATION: Home Launceston Tasmania

RADIO: DIGITECH AR-1733

NOTES: A late night session at home.

 531 - 3GG

 549 - 2CR

 585 - 7RN

 621 - 3RN

 747 - 7PB

 774 - 3LO

 828 - 3GI

 855 - 3CR

 882 - 3RPH

 891 - 5AN

 927 - 3UZ

 954 - 2UE

 1008 - HPON - Launceston

 1026 - 3PB

 1053 - 2CA

 1062 - 5MV

 1071 - 3EL

 1080 - HPON

 1116 - 3AK

 1134 - 3CS

 1224 - 3EA

 1233 - 2NC

 1242 - 3GV

 1314 - 3BT

 1341 - HPON - GEEL

 1377 - 3MP

 1422 - HPON - MELB

 1494 - 2AY

 1503 - 3KND

 1521 - 2QN

 1566 - 3NE

 1593 - HPON - (Rete - Italia)

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2022/02/loggings-01022022.html


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Paul


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Paul Blundell
 

You have made a really good point Jay. I love reading your reviews and find them helpful.

The radio market and the radio spectrum in all parts of the world is very different. I have a 5kw station on 1008kHz about 7km LOS from me, if I go even a couple of km closer, it knocks out stations on both sides on my AR-1733, but my TEAC PR130 does not suffer as badly. Somebody with a 50KW station close by, might have a different experience...

Different radios, in different locations, produce different results.

On Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 12:28 AM radiojayallen <radiojayallen@...> wrote:
Just be careful not to fall into the trap of trying to choose any one radio as the best or most popular. No radio is perfect...they each have strengths and weaknesses. The key is to find which one most suits your personal preferences and modes of use. I consider radios to be like tools in a tool box...you don't want a wrench when you need a screwdriver. As a long time collector/reviewer I have way too many radios but would be hard pressed to pick one as my favorite.

FWIW.

Jay



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Paul


MW Frequency Challenge - Week 11 (1490 kHz)!

DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

Don't forget about our MW Frequency Challenge for this week:  1490 kHz!
I am still working on the results from last week, with more than 500 logs, it is taking me a bit longer than usual though to cleanup and sort through everything.
Also don't forget that starting this week, DX Central Live! moves to SUNDAY night at 1945 CST / Monday at 0145 UTC (9pm Sunday night, Central time).  So, you have through 0300 UTC Monday to get those 1490 logs in at the link, below:
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73 and best of DX!

Loyd Van Horn
W4LVH - Mandeville, Louisiana
Member:  IRCA/NRC Courtesy Program Committee (CPC)
Founder: DX Central - Because we're all about radio
Twitter:  @DXCentral


Re: Interesting?

FenDrifter
 

Thanks for those insights David, very informative. I for one have no intention of buying one, certainly at that price! 

Drifter


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

FenDrifter
 

Wow, what a resource! Very many thanks for that treasure trove of knowledge Nick, I’ll seek out and read the relevant review.  And Jay, I fully understand where you’re coming from, because not only am I a newbie here, I’m also an old man 😊.
Drifter


Re: Most used ULTRAlight Radio

Nick Hall-Patch
 

According to Gary DeBock's extensive review at IRCA Reprint U-023 there is no soft mute on the Skywave.

IRCA Reprint index is at https://www.ircaonline.org/editor_upload/File/reprints/irca-reprint-index.pdf    There is a lot of worthwhile information in the Reprints, and not just about Ultralights.

best wishes,

Nick


Re: Interesting?

David McCormick
 

Great concept. Radio firmware is “Beta”, no manual frequency adjust implemented “yet”, ALL band setting says “TUDO” <Portuguese>, RDS display is tiny and in red, hard to read. A sketch is available but not supported. Buyer beware.

73’s,
David K9DV 

On Feb 1, 2022, at 9:57 AM, FenDrifter via groups.io <essexmarshman@...> wrote:



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ATS100-Radio-Receiver-SI4732-Portable-Receiver-FM-RDS-AM-LW-MW-SW-SSB-/234263258912?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0


An odd little beast whose initial drawback is built in battery. I’d be interested to hear other opinions please. 

Drifter

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