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Re: Anybody get a new radio recently?

Ola Fredriksson
 

Not a new one and not a regular ultralight but got a preowned Degen 1103. Very happy with it. Compared it to my bigger Tecsun 8800 on mediumwave and no doubt that Degen 1103 is a very sensitive DX machine

73 Ola in Sweden 


Re: Anybody get a new radio recently?

Paul R. Stoetzer
 

Just got an HRD-747 in today's mail (took about 3 weeks via AliExpress to get to the East Coast of the United States). Impressive so far for what it is. It does seem to overload with MW station images appearing in the SW band when plugged into the MLA-30+ on my balcony, but I plan to use it while walking around with the whip antenna anyway. Neat to have so many bands available in such a small form factor, even if the UI is a bit clunky.

73,

Paul, N8HM




On Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 3:31 PM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
I did but not an Ultralight...


Re: Anybody get a new radio recently?

Paul Blundell
 

I did but not an Ultralight...


Re: First time am catch!

Johnny
 

Thanks Bob, very informative and appreciated!

J


Re: First time am catch!

dwight richardson
 

Johnny

There are numerous stations that broadcast music. A number of them just simulcast their sister fm stations. For example KKOW in Joplin, MO. But they are of course lower power. Clear channel music - only WSM 650 and CFZM 740.  And CFZM may simulcast. IMHO WSM is just a throwback to the golden era of am broadcast. Tight programming, live broadcast of the Opry, live broadcasts from music row late Saturday nights. AM radio still done right. 

Bob

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Bob Richardson


Anybody get a new radio recently?

Johnny
 

New radios/gear are fun...

Anybody get any new gear to report on recently?

I picked up some little lazy-susans recently so that my radios can be easily rotated.

J


Re: First time am catch!

Johnny
 

Hi Bob (all),

That statement that you made, "I read that there are only two clear channel stations in North America that broadcast music."...

Is that true?  Kind of amazing!  I guess I never "noticed" that there was very little music!  Very interesting...


Johnny


All Continental US States - 2022

Johnny
 

Hi all,

I'm trying to hear all US states in the continental US in 2022.

Don't know how far I'll get but I've made some decent progress so far.  :)

Anyone else doing this or have already done it?


Johnny


Re: ATS100 (Interesting) Initial observations

FenDrifter
 

I have to agree with you Earl, I’m using my 368 every day now. 


Re: ATS100 (Interesting) Initial observations

earl tasca
 

Every day I play with the 747 after a few minutes I just feel it's not worth all the trouble so small I can hardly read the settings, back to the 330 368 or 880.Good luck.


Re: ATS100 (Interesting) Initial observations

dave_m1ctk
 

Well I've actually decided to keep my ATS100 as it's fairly good on the amateur bands and FM isn't as bad as I thought really plus the HRD 747 arrived today which I am also quite happy with


On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 17:20, dave_m1ctk via groups.io <amstereofan=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes sure, how do you mean bad ? 

On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 10:12, earl tasca <Etasca227@...> wrote:
Please let us know about the 747,I hope it is good for you and I have a couple of  bad ones,good luck.

On Thu, Feb 24, 2022, 3:33 AM dave_m1ctk <amstereofan@...> wrote:
Yes the big brother the ATS25 seems a much better radio btw

On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 08:09, FenDrifter via groups.io <essexmarshman=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

Appreciate the reply Dave, I didn’t even get the strap! But in seriousness I think this tells a story, this is a mass (?) produced prototype sold exorbitantly, to interested people like us to test for them. 

Drifter


Re: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

Ron Layton <micron327@...>
 

Hi J
Yes. They are the same radio with slight difference such as whip antenna and markings. I see County Comm just came out with a solid aluminum case but its $35. Kind of expensive and the silicon rubber case is just fine.
Ron


Case for 368

earl tasca
 

The county comm case fits perfect,good luck


Re: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

Johnny
 

Hi Ron,

If I get a case for the GP-7 will it fit the PL-368 do you think?


J


MW Frequency Challenge - Week 15 Frequency: 920 kHz

DX Central - Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH)
 

Week 14/1150 kHz is now closed.  Week 15 is underway as we explore 920 kHz.  Loggings will be accepted for receptions made on 920 kHz between 0300 UTC Monday February 28 and 0300 UTC Monday, March 7th.  

Google Form:  https://forms.gle/8qdPB2KYHHs6rsiL8

Week 14 results will be posted soon.  Good luck!
--
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: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

Ron Layton <micron327@...>
 

When I bought the County Comm GP-7 I also bought the stand and the extra battery set with charger. The stand works perfect and fits in a jacket/shirt/pants pocket easily until you get where you are going to set up. Also, I have been using a Tecsun AN-200 with the GP-7 and it fits perfectly inside the loop leaning up at an angle. I get some good DX reception with this setup. I either take off the ferrite or leave it on. Leaving it on makes a bit of difference in signal strength. I get a lot better results using my DIY milk crate box loop so go figure.
73's
Ron


Re: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

myteaquinn
 

When I purchased my Country Comm version they offered a hockey puck stand for it. Expensive and really not worth it but it has its own charm. Here is their current stand on their website.


myteaquinn, west of Cleveland


On Friday, February 25, 2022, 05:50:14 PM EST, earl tasca <etasca227@...> wrote:


I picked up some plastic stands years ago at the dollar store after breaking a stand on an 1103.the 330 has no stand but is an excellent radio for my needs the 368 also great is small so the ergonomics are a bit harder I bought the rubber case from county comm  and it is perfect, good luck.


On Fri, Feb 25, 2022, 4:11 PM Phil Pasteur via groups.io <ppasteur=q.com@groups.io> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I have two of the previous generation of the County Comm radios with the same form factor as the 368. I like the radios quite well, but for my use case the form factor is not good. It is not really possible to just let the radio stably stand by itself on a table, so you are constrained to hold it. This becomes tedious, for me anyway. I guess some sort of stand could be made or purchased.  I made a simple stand and sit it on a lazy Susan to aim the radio. 
I was lucky enough to get a 7 inch ferrite antenna on a frame from Gary DeBock that fits the 368 and earlier models. It does make a big difference. It has a sleeve that slips over the FM/SW antenna to stabilize it pretty well taking the stress off of the antenna socket. It makes a significant difference in reception. But it then becomes nearly impossible to stand the radio up by itself.
I haven't read too much about the PL-330, though I do see that it is about 20% cheaper than the GP7/368. If it really is the same internals and performs as well, and  if it were me, just for the form factor alone (for my use case) I would lean towards the 330.
That being said, for carry in a holster on the belt, or the like, the 368 is pretty slick.
It all depends on how you want to use the radio. Just some things to think about.


Re: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

earl tasca
 

I picked up some plastic stands years ago at the dollar store after breaking a stand on an 1103.the 330 has no stand but is an excellent radio for my needs the 368 also great is small so the ergonomics are a bit harder I bought the rubber case from county comm  and it is perfect, good luck.


On Fri, Feb 25, 2022, 4:11 PM Phil Pasteur via groups.io <ppasteur=q.com@groups.io> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I have two of the previous generation of the County Comm radios with the same form factor as the 368. I like the radios quite well, but for my use case the form factor is not good. It is not really possible to just let the radio stably stand by itself on a table, so you are constrained to hold it. This becomes tedious, for me anyway. I guess some sort of stand could be made or purchased.  I made a simple stand and sit it on a lazy Susan to aim the radio. 
I was lucky enough to get a 7 inch ferrite antenna on a frame from Gary DeBock that fits the 368 and earlier models. It does make a big difference. It has a sleeve that slips over the FM/SW antenna to stabilize it pretty well taking the stress off of the antenna socket. It makes a significant difference in reception. But it then becomes nearly impossible to stand the radio up by itself.
I haven't read too much about the PL-330, though I do see that it is about 20% cheaper than the GP7/368. If it really is the same internals and performs as well, and  if it were me, just for the form factor alone (for my use case) I would lean towards the 330.
That being said, for carry in a holster on the belt, or the like, the 368 is pretty slick.
It all depends on how you want to use the radio. Just some things to think about.


Re: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

Phil Pasteur
 
Edited

I have two of the previous generation of the County Comm radios with the same form factor as the 368. I like the radios quite well, but for my use case the form factor is not good. It is not really possible to just let the radio stably stand by itself on a table, so you are constrained to hold it. This becomes tedious, for me anyway. I guess some sort of stand could be made or purchased.  I made a simple stand and sit it on a lazy Susan to aim the radio. 
I was lucky enough to get a 7 inch ferrite antenna on a frame from Gary DeBock that fits the 368 and earlier models. It does make a big difference. It has a sleeve that slips over the FM/SW antenna to stabilize it pretty well taking the stress off of the antenna socket. It makes a significant difference in reception. But it then becomes nearly impossible to stand the radio up by itself.
I haven't read too much about the PL-330, though I do see that it is about 20% cheaper than the GP7/368. If it really is the same internals and performs as well, and  if it were me, just for the form factor alone (for my use case) I would lean towards the 330.
That being said, for carry in a holster on the belt, or the like, the 368 is pretty slick.
It all depends on how you want to use the radio. Just some things to think about.


Re: Today I join the Tecsun PL-368 owners club!

Ron Layton <micron327@...>
 

I've been told by one of the folks at County Comm NOT to use the oversized aftermarket plug in ferrite antenna because it will weaken and eventually break the jack on the radio. I won't take that chance. However, I have the self contained ferrite loop with the variable cap, its white with red caps on the end made in Greece and sold by eBay seller "bigapple59". It has a jack so you can plug an extension cable into it,set it up on a windowsill or if outdoors set it up as high as you want and plug the other end into the 368 where the ferrite plugs in. Or you can lay it along side the bottom of the 368 since the internal ferrite lays horizontal to the bottom. I have used a ferrite probe attached to the portable ferrite from Greece and laid it against the bottom of my 368 and it couples just fine. Just remember, ferrite rods are directional. Hope this helps.Link to the eBay antenna for reference: https://www.ebay.com/itm/184737576452?hash=item2b0337b604:g:AH8AAOSwJHlfx35M
73's
Ron

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