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Re: PL-368 Has this fault been sorted?

FenDrifter
 

Well what a turn up, brilliant, yes it worked Earl! Thanks a million, there’s so much to learn about this little gem. It would appear I have the latest firmware (3684) so hopefully all the latest hidden features will apply? I’ll have more time tomorrow to look more closely. 

All the best 
Drifter


Re: PL-368 Has this fault been sorted?

earl tasca
 

I think long press display to lock when off ,hope it works


On Fri, Feb 18, 2022, 12:06 PM FenDrifter via groups.io <essexmarshman=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Hi all, well my beastie arrived this morning, and I’ve been able to spend a little time with it. To clear one thing up immediately, the previously discussed problem is no longer present 🤙. I have had loads of fun with this so far and expect to have loads more in the future. My first big love is it’s clarity of speech, it’s the best I have to date. It seems to be on a par with my Etón E5 in terms of shortwave reception, but in terms of clarity the 368 wins easily. I’m not going to do a full review of this, because I agree with just about everything Jay’s said here: https://radiojayallen.com/tecsun-l-368/
My only minor gripe is the inability to lock it when it’s off, and for something I’ll be carrying in my pocket, that’s a problem. I’ve obviously got loads to learn about this yet but at this early stage I’m very happy. If anyone should have any questions they think I could answer, I’d be more than happy to. 
Drifter


Re: Recording from portable receiver

Ola Fredriksson
 

Thanks Martin for this information 

73 Ola 

18 feb. 2022 kl. 22:37 skrev Martin Courcel <courcel@...>:



Hi,

Personnally I use a Metronic 477210. It is a small FM receiver with a built-in recording device and it also has a line-in jack. It produces 32kHz/128kbps stereo MP3 files, so quality is excellent.

When I'm away for home it serves me as an FM receiver. At home I use it to record stuff from my SW receivers.

Intrestingly, when you record via the line-in device you car listen to the audio on the loudspeaker at the same time. So if your receiver doesn't have a line-out jack you can use the headphone jack and listen to the programme simultaneously via the Metronic.

I have also tried to connect two SW receivers simultaneouly, one on the left channel and the other on the right channel. It worked perfectly. The two channels are perfectly independent, it's real stereo not "joint-stereo" as is often the case with modern devices.

One more thing: the files are labelled MP3, but it seems they are actually MP2 files.

73,

Martin.


Le 18/02/2022 à 08:59, Ola Fredriksson via groups.io a écrit :
Hi all, I’m curious what kind of recording devices you are using when you recording from portable receiver. It is a”jungle” of different devices. Looking for an easy operate  but good recorder. Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend 

73 Ola located on west coast of Sweden 


Re: Recording from portable receiver

Martin Courcel
 

Hi,

Personnally I use a Metronic 477210. It is a small FM receiver with a built-in recording device and it also has a line-in jack. It produces 32kHz/128kbps stereo MP3 files, so quality is excellent.

When I'm away for home it serves me as an FM receiver. At home I use it to record stuff from my SW receivers.

Intrestingly, when you record via the line-in device you car listen to the audio on the loudspeaker at the same time. So if your receiver doesn't have a line-out jack you can use the headphone jack and listen to the programme simultaneously via the Metronic.

I have also tried to connect two SW receivers simultaneouly, one on the left channel and the other on the right channel. It worked perfectly. The two channels are perfectly independent, it's real stereo not "joint-stereo" as is often the case with modern devices.

One more thing: the files are labelled MP3, but it seems they are actually MP2 files.

73,

Martin.


Le 18/02/2022 à 08:59, Ola Fredriksson via groups.io a écrit :
Hi all, I’m curious what kind of recording devices you are using when you recording from portable receiver. It is a”jungle” of different devices. Looking for an easy operate  but good recorder. Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend 

73 Ola located on west coast of Sweden 


Re: Modified xhdata 808 ferrite

Ola Fredriksson
 

Thanks Ron, appreciate your tips 

73 Ola 


Re: Modified xhdata 808 ferrite

Ron Layton <micron327@...>
 
Edited

  
Ola Fredriksson I've used a jumper that plugs into the jack on this and the other end go's to my external antenna jack. I set the ferrite on the window sill or if I'm outside on something at head level and the reception is much better.
Ron


Re: PL-368 Has this fault been sorted?

FenDrifter
 
Edited

Hi all, well my beastie arrived this morning, and I’ve been able to spend a little time with it. To clear one thing up immediately, the previously discussed problem is no longer present 🤙. I have had loads of fun with this so far and expect to have loads more in the future. My first big love is it’s clarity of speech, it’s the best I have to date. It seems to be on a par with my Etón E5 in terms of shortwave reception, but in terms of clarity the 368 wins easily. I’m not going to do a full review of this, because I agree with just about everything Jay’s said here: https://radiojayallen.com/tecsun-l-368/
My only minor gripe is the inability to lock it when it’s off, and for something I’ll be carrying in my pocket, that’s a problem. I’ve obviously got loads to learn about this yet but at this early stage I’m very happy. If anyone should have any questions they think I could answer, I’d be more than happy to. 
Drifter


Re: Why is it?

FenDrifter
 

Well many thanks to all, this is proof of how helpful this group is to a beginner! A lot of this seems obvious when you’re told it, but that’s true of a lot of things. I suppose in my case I just didn’t give it enough thought. Having said that, there’s stuff above I certainly wouldn’t have worked out!
Once again, thanks to all
Drifter
p.s. My new PL-368 just came through the door, watch for update!


Re: Vendor of FSLs?

DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

Gary,

Happy to do so!  Thank you very much for your help!

73,

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


On Fri, Feb 18, 2022 at 2:31 AM Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 10:24 PM, DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) wrote:
I just rolled the dice tonight and put in an order for enough ferrite to put together a 7" FSL from Gary's link.  I will be sure to total up all of the costs and report for anyone thinking of following suit.  I will probably work up a construction video if everything works out for those to get here from Ukraine.  Let's hope Vlad is just PUTIN us on.....
 
73 and best of DX!

Loyd Van Horn
Hi Loyd,

The 7" FSL construction article was published in October of 2011, and there have been numerous improvements in construction techniques and materials since then.

Once your ferrite rods come in from the Ukraine, please contact me directly about these improved FSL construction procedures and materials.

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


Re: Vendor of FSLs?

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 10:24 PM, DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) wrote:
I just rolled the dice tonight and put in an order for enough ferrite to put together a 7" FSL from Gary's link.  I will be sure to total up all of the costs and report for anyone thinking of following suit.  I will probably work up a construction video if everything works out for those to get here from Ukraine.  Let's hope Vlad is just PUTIN us on.....
 
73 and best of DX!

Loyd Van Horn
Hi Loyd,

The 7" FSL construction article was published in October of 2011, and there have been numerous improvements in construction techniques and materials since then.

Once your ferrite rods come in from the Ukraine, please contact me directly about these improved FSL construction procedures and materials.

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


Re: Recording from portable receiver

Paul Blundell
 

My V115 had a built in recorder but I was not a fan of that radio.

I personally take videos of anything "special" but mostly I don't record my loggings. I do keep written notes of these which I save in MWDxerDB.

On Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 6:59 pm Ola Fredriksson via groups.io, <of674=yahoo.se@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all, I’m curious what kind of recording devices you are using when you recording from portable receiver. It is a”jungle” of different devices. Looking for an easy operate  but good recorder. Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend 

73 Ola located on west coast of Sweden 


Recording from portable receiver

Ola Fredriksson
 

Hi all, I’m curious what kind of recording devices you are using when you recording from portable receiver. It is a”jungle” of different devices. Looking for an easy operate  but good recorder. Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend 

73 Ola located on west coast of Sweden 


Re: Long Term DXing Project - 18/02/2022

Paul Blundell
 


On Fri, 18 Feb 2022, 4:34 pm Issac Quincey via groups.io, <IssacQuincey=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I am going to take a wild guess and say that stand is home made? Does the top rotate?

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

------- Original Message -------
On Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 2:10 PM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
-------------------------
**LongTermDXingProject - Report**
Report Date: 02/18/2022
Report Time: 14:01:02
-------------------------
DATE: 18/02/2022
TIME: 13:30
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania
RADIO: Digitech AR-1733 + 3" FSL
NOTES: Mid day session at home outside. Due to the weather of late, my portable session have been limited. This was undertaken in my backyard.

531KhZ - 3GG - ULDXIndex = 0.384
549KhZ - 2CR - ULDXIndex = 0.01908
594KhZ - 3WV - ULDXIndex = 0.0679
621KhZ - 3RN - ULDXIndex = 0.0459
774KhZ - 3LO - ULDXIndex = 0.0459
1053KhZ - 2CA - ULDXIndex = 0
1179KhZ - 3RPH - ULDXIndex = 0
1341Khz - HPON GEELONG - ULDXIndex = 0.0858
1422KhZ - HPON MELBOURNE - ULDXIndex = 0.3592
1503KhZ - 3KND - ULDXIndex = 0.089
ULDXIndex Total: 1.09678



--
Paul



Re: Vendor of FSLs?

DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

I just rolled the dice tonight and put in an order for enough ferrite to put together a 7" FSL from Gary's link.  I will be sure to total up all of the costs and report for anyone thinking of following suit.  I will probably work up a construction video if everything works out for those to get here from Ukraine.  Let's hope Vlad is just PUTIN us on.....

73 and best of DX!

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


On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 11:33 PM Issac Quincey via groups.io <IssacQuincey=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
It sounds like the total cost of them is increasing to such a point that most people won't be able to afford the parts, even if they have the time and skills to build one.

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.


------- Original Message -------
On Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 1:49 PM, Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 05:26 PM, James Buttons wrote:
I've been interested in building an FSL, but I've always been blocked when it comes to sourcing the ferrite rods. I've seen very little concrete info on where to obtain except some vague references to eB from some Russian guy.... Are there docs that address where/how to source?

Thanks,
Jim
Hi Jim,

Since FSL antennas require so many ferrite rods there has always been a demand for inexpensive rods, since the cost of the American-made material is considered too expensive by most DXers. The Russian surplus ferrite rods have usually been the preferred source, which are sold on eBay by sellers in the Ukraine.

Unfortunately the current political tensions are making this source seem uncertain for the future. Even before the current political problems the primary Ukrainian seller raised his prices about 10 times, and cut the quantity of rods that he offers. Multiple Chinese vendors are on eBay, but the quality of their material is uncertain.

If you wish to order from the Ukraine and take your chances, a typical listing is linked below
6 pcs Ferrite Rod NiZn 8 x 125mm for Amateur and Crystal Radio Coils, AM SW USSR | eBay

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


MW Frequency Challenge - Week 12 Results and Week 13 Announcement - 810-891 kHz!

DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

MW FREQUENCY CHALLENGE - WEEK 12 RESULTS AND WEEK 13 ANNOUNCEMENT

Congrats to Rob Keeney for climbing back to the top spot of the challenge with the most receptions from 1080 kHz.  Also a big congrats to Stephanie Battaglino for taking our top mileage spot this week with her reception of Radio Cadena Habana-Cuba which she pulled in during our DX Central Live! livestream on Sunday night.  We will have a lot fo celebrate this coming week on our stream Sunday @ 1945 CST / 0145 UTC Monday.

All results and stats from Week 12/1080 kHz are in the link below as well as the link for the Week 13 form.

https://www.dxcentralonline.com/post/mw-frequency-challenge-week-12-results-and-week-13-announcement
--
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: Long Term DXing Project - 18/02/2022

Issac Quincey
 

I am going to take a wild guess and say that stand is home made? Does the top rotate?

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

------- Original Message -------
On Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 2:10 PM, Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
-------------------------
**LongTermDXingProject - Report**
Report Date: 02/18/2022
Report Time: 14:01:02
-------------------------
DATE: 18/02/2022
TIME: 13:30
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania
RADIO: Digitech AR-1733 + 3" FSL
NOTES: Mid day session at home outside. Due to the weather of late, my portable session have been limited. This was undertaken in my backyard.

531KhZ - 3GG - ULDXIndex = 0.384
549KhZ - 2CR - ULDXIndex = 0.01908
594KhZ - 3WV - ULDXIndex = 0.0679
621KhZ - 3RN - ULDXIndex = 0.0459
774KhZ - 3LO - ULDXIndex = 0.0459
1053KhZ - 2CA - ULDXIndex = 0
1179KhZ - 3RPH - ULDXIndex = 0
1341Khz - HPON GEELONG - ULDXIndex = 0.0858
1422KhZ - HPON MELBOURNE - ULDXIndex = 0.3592
1503KhZ - 3KND - ULDXIndex = 0.089
ULDXIndex Total: 1.09678



--
Paul



Re: Vendor of FSLs?

Issac Quincey
 

It sounds like the total cost of them is increasing to such a point that most people won't be able to afford the parts, even if they have the time and skills to build one.

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.


------- Original Message -------
On Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 1:49 PM, Gary DeBock via groups.io <D1028Gary@...> wrote:
On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 05:26 PM, James Buttons wrote:
I've been interested in building an FSL, but I've always been blocked when it comes to sourcing the ferrite rods. I've seen very little concrete info on where to obtain except some vague references to eB from some Russian guy.... Are there docs that address where/how to source?

Thanks,
Jim
Hi Jim,

Since FSL antennas require so many ferrite rods there has always been a demand for inexpensive rods, since the cost of the American-made material is considered too expensive by most DXers. The Russian surplus ferrite rods have usually been the preferred source, which are sold on eBay by sellers in the Ukraine.

Unfortunately the current political tensions are making this source seem uncertain for the future. Even before the current political problems the primary Ukrainian seller raised his prices about 10 times, and cut the quantity of rods that he offers. Multiple Chinese vendors are on eBay, but the quality of their material is uncertain.

If you wish to order from the Ukraine and take your chances, a typical listing is linked below
6 pcs Ferrite Rod NiZn 8 x 125mm for Amateur and Crystal Radio Coils, AM SW USSR | eBay

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


Re: Vendor of FSLs?

John Bishop
 

 
Gary ...

Thank you for responding to Zacharias and leaving the link to your article ... much appreciated.

... John
 

On 2/17/2022 9:36 PM, Gary DeBock via groups.io wrote:
On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 12:00 AM, Zacharias Liangas wrote:
Hello Gary
have you  even compared your antenna with the AN 200  in terms of signal enhancement?
older times I also used my basketena https://sites.google.com/site/zliangas/mw-basket-antenna  which added around 15 more db than the commercial loop and thinking later as far as i can have interest to extend that to the LW band by tripling the wire length
Hello Zacharias,

I don't have a Tecsun AN-200, but I do have a Terk Advantage loop, which is considered by most DXers to be superior to the AN-200. All of the Baby FSL models here outperform the Terk Advantage when chasing weak DX stations, primarily because of lower noise in the signal-to-noise ratio.

Any DXer with even basic homebrewing skills can build an air core loop which will run circles around the AN-200. Before FSL's were introduced (by the U.K.'s Graham Maynard in 2011) I concentrated on these type of loops, and published a major article on how to build them (from 18 inches side length up to 9.1 foot side length).  
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/28nwynjluvrtr00nwzkr27x4ek9ha7w5

Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Long Term DXing Project - 18/02/2022

Paul Blundell
 

-------------------------
**LongTermDXingProject - Report**
Report Date: 02/18/2022
Report Time: 14:01:02
-------------------------
DATE: 18/02/2022
TIME: 13:30
LOCATION: Home, Launceston Tasmania
RADIO: Digitech AR-1733 + 3" FSL
NOTES: Mid day session at home outside. Due to the weather of late, my portable session have been limited. This was undertaken in my backyard.

531KhZ - 3GG - ULDXIndex = 0.384
549KhZ - 2CR - ULDXIndex = 0.01908
594KhZ - 3WV - ULDXIndex = 0.0679
621KhZ - 3RN - ULDXIndex = 0.0459
774KhZ - 3LO - ULDXIndex = 0.0459
1053KhZ - 2CA - ULDXIndex = 0
1179KhZ - 3RPH - ULDXIndex = 0
1341Khz - HPON GEELONG - ULDXIndex = 0.0858
1422KhZ - HPON MELBOURNE - ULDXIndex = 0.3592
1503KhZ - 3KND - ULDXIndex = 0.089
ULDXIndex Total: 1.09678



--
Paul


Re: Vendor of FSLs?

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Feb 17, 2022 at 05:26 PM, James Buttons wrote:
I've been interested in building an FSL, but I've always been blocked when it comes to sourcing the ferrite rods. I've seen very little concrete info on where to obtain except some vague references to eB from some Russian guy.... Are there docs that address where/how to source?

Thanks,
Jim
Hi Jim,

Since FSL antennas require so many ferrite rods there has always been a demand for inexpensive rods, since the cost of the American-made material is considered too expensive by most DXers. The Russian surplus ferrite rods have usually been the preferred source, which are sold on eBay by sellers in the Ukraine.

Unfortunately the current political tensions are making this source seem uncertain for the future. Even before the current political problems the primary Ukrainian seller raised his prices about 10 times, and cut the quantity of rods that he offers. Multiple Chinese vendors are on eBay, but the quality of their material is uncertain.

If you wish to order from the Ukraine and take your chances, a typical listing is linked below
6 pcs Ferrite Rod NiZn 8 x 125mm for Amateur and Crystal Radio Coils, AM SW USSR | eBay

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

741 - 760 of 34098