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Did I hear HOKS from Korea

kg4ruw <p_weiss@...>
 

Hello,

I have been having a lot of fun logging stations with my new E100.

On Saturday between 0541-0606 CST I heard a station on 1080 in Korean.

0541-0555 CST - Male speaking Korean
0555-0600 CST - Female speaking Korean
O600 CST - Male speaking English ID'd with "HOKS Korea"
0601 CST - Female in English
0606 CST - deep fade (then gone)

The radio was pointing to the west from my home near Huntsville, AL
and I could null by turning the radio and pointing to the north and
hear WKJK (Louisville, KY).

I could also hear this with the same nulls from my Sony SRF-59.

So, I either heard HOKS from Korea or a relay.


Can anyone help clear up this mystery?


Thank you,
73's Paul


Day / Night power levels

kg4ruw <p_weiss@...>
 

Hello,

Does anyone know what time (I would guess local time) a station must
change power levels?


Thank you,

Paul


Added Photo Album of My Ultralight Radios

Steve Ponder N5WBI <n5wbi@...>
 

I added a photo album yesterday of some of my ultralight
radios. It includes photos I took of my new Sangean DT-400W.

I included some of the DT-400W alongside the older DT-200V
and the Sony SRF-59 and Sony SRF-M37V for size comparison.

Sorry for the focus issues. My photography skills have never
been good. Should have used a tripod!

73 & Great DX'ing!

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Re: Added Photo Album of My Ultralight Radios

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Steve,
 
     Thanks for adding the photos of your Ultralight collection (SRF-59, SRF-M37V, DT-200V, and DT-400W) to the group photo site.  Also, welcome to the Ultralight radio DXer group, and we are happy to have you as part of our innovative team!
 
     I also have a few Ultralights, but will refrain from taking a group collection photo, as it would probably look like an Amazon.com store room  :>)
 
                                                              73,  Gary DeBock 




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Ultralight trip to Old Perlican ,Newfoundland

Allen Willie
 

 

 

Greetings All,

 

Just returned from a mini type dxpedition trip from the town of Old Perlican which is 102 miles Northwest of St. John's, Newfoundland  Latitude 48 N 53 W and is right along the ocean looking out towards Trinity Bay .

 

 Dxed with the Ultralight SRF-M37V  for 3 nights consecutively, the first night being the best of the 3 hearing quite a number of stations during the evening. Have a few photos also  of some of the sites I dxed from around the area, will post those to the photo section soon.

 

Here are only a few of the catches heard  during the time spent away  from home.

 

July 2 -

 

00:22 UTC  1179 khz - SWEDEN, R. Sweden w/ rock music , ID's ,good

 

00:59 UTC 1422 khz - GERMANY, Deutschlandradio, Heusweiler w/ classical music , good

 

01:13 UTC -  930 khz - CANADA, CFBC St. John, New Brunswick w/ oldies music and 930

 CFBC ID, fair after nulling  a St. John's NL station by turning the radio

 

01:20 UTC - 1170 khz - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - R. Farda w/ Arabic commentary and ID , music  ; fair

 

01:23 UTC - 1431 khz - DJIBOUTI, R. Sawa Arta w/ woman commentary in arabic, ID, good

 

02:07 UTC - 920 khz - CANADA - CKNX Wingham, Ontario  w/ This is your Home for Blue Jays Baseball 920 CKNX"  ID baseball scores; fair ***NEW ONE***

 

02:25 UTC - 790 khz - CANADA - CIGM, Sudbury, Ontario w/ Baseball game;Akim Optical Ad, Royal Tire Promo, CIGM Sudbury ID ; fair  ***NEW ONE***

 

03:00 UTC - 1200 khz - USA - KFNW,  West Fargo North Dakota w/ "Youre listening to KFNW Serving West Fargo" , religious prgrmaing then dropped off  ; good

 

03:12 UTC - 1290 khz - CANADA - CFRW - Winnipeg, Manitoba w/ oldies, ad for Marlboro Hotel, ID  ; fair

 

03:40 UTC - 1440 khz - USA - WJAB - Portland, Maine w/ Sears Ad, Morning JAB promo, good

 

 

 

 

July 3/08

 

 

01:58 UTC - 1180 khz - USA - WHAM - Rochester, New York w/ Talk show on Miltary, ID ; good

 

0133 UTC -   800 khz - CANADA - CHRC - Quebec City, Quebec  w/ Info 800 ID, french commentary with some english transcripts; fair

 

All stations heard on the SRF-M37V barefoot.

 

**** NOTE *****  The logging on 930 khz is a prime example of how with a single twist of the radio  you can null one station to hear another. I was able to null a St. John's station out completely to hear  the other in New Brunswick.on it's own

 

Regards,

 

Allen Willie

St. John's, Newfoundland

 

 



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2008 Ultralight Radio Summertime Shootout

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     The "Summer Olympics" of pocket radio glory is about to begin!  Just in time to help you choose your dream DX machine before the upcoming fall season, these amazing little receivers are ready to "go for the gold," and banish DX boredom in true Olympian fashion.
 
     NOW is the time to submit your contenders for this ultimate Ultralight extravaganza.  Already making the "cut" are the gallant Sony Team of the SRF-M97 and SRF-S84, and the yellow-jersey Sangean DT-400W. The Eton E100, with long memories (200 of them), plans to seek revenge for being left out of the January Olympics.  These four gallant contestants will fight to the finish, then face the reigning world champions from the January competition (SRF-T615, DT-200VX, SRF-39FP, SRF-59, and DT-210V).
 
     Possible contenders should meet the Olympic standards set by the Ultralight Definitions Committee (promulgated on dxer.ca), and be available for new (or routine NOS) purchase by Olympic enthusiasts.  No visit to China is required.
 
     For those of you yet to experience the thrilling excitement of "pocket rocket" DXing, why not "Go For the Gold" this summer, and join the winning Ultralight DX Team?  Break a few DXing records of your own, and enjoy the most fun this side of Beijing!
 
                                                                                         73,  Gary DeBock     




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Eton E 100 FM Tropo Loggings

Norbert 26 <starship_2001@...>
 

Subject: New Loggings 6/30/08
Date: Monday, June 30, 2008 2:57 PM

 All heard on eton e-100 barefoot at Conimecuit Point Park Warick R.I. 6/30/08.

Opening Notes: arrived at park for start of session at 7 AM EDT left at 1 PM ET however at about 10 AM EDT the FM band closed and all tropo ceased . Upon arrival at 7 AM a MW band scan showed 1560 WQEW still fading up 2 hours after LSR . 1500 out of CT (the one carrying religion) was also coming in decent !!!! a weak 1520 WIZZ (other side of worcestor near NH somewhere) also punching thru weakly unusaul in mid summer. It was then onto the FM band. about 8:30 AM EDT the NH's 94.9 WHOM 97.5 country and 101.1 and a tad later 107.5 portland maine dropped in for a visit. all are relogs. also WALK was again heard briefly for a relogging. the CT stations ere poking thru as well all relogs.
there are some NEW loggings that were had just before the band closed up tight. It did not reopen after it closed.

New Loggings:

106.1 WBLI Long Island NY 9:15 AM EDT hip hop song ending then ided WBLI 106.1 6/30/08

102.9 WBLM Portland Maine 9:00 AM EDT TOH ID WBLM 102.9 and WBLM HD . (Might be relog from grundig mini 300 earlier this year) 6/30/08

98.7 WMAS Springfield MA 9:50 AM EDT caught an id wmas 98.7 as bnd was getting ready to close. 6/30/08

Subject: New Loggings 6/28/08
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:08 PM

Heard on Eton E-100 at Conimcuit Point Park Warwick R.I. 6/28/08.

100.5 WRCH New Britian CT 7:55 AM EDT wrch 100.5 lite 100 your place to relax followed by news 6/28/08

107.9 WEBE Westport CT 10:16 AM EDT played sexual healing then another song then mentioned call 1-800-WEBE108 tell us where you are and visit webe108.com. Very interesting logging it knocked out WXKS 107.9 Medford MA !!!! 6/28/08   

Subject: New Loggings 6/27/08 New record set
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008 12:48 PM

heard on eton e-100 barefoot at Conimecuit Point Park Warwick R.I. . New record was set today on number of DX stations heard during single DX session. Yes the DX gods were smiling !!!!

Opening Notes: the following were heard however they are all kaito 1103 relogs from summer '06 and ETON e-100 at the park last few weeks summer '08......... WHOM 94.9 MT Washington NH , WKCQ 97.5 NH ,WGIR 1011 NH . these were heard early in the session around 9 AM EDT 6/27/08. of course this wouldn't be complete without frank FM 107.5 Portland Maine  pounding in... Kaito 1103 (summer '06) and Eton E-100 relogs 100.9 , 105.5, 106.5 and 107..7 were also heard from CT (Groton New London market areas). But it doesn't end here yet. below are several NEW loggings.   
  
106.9 WCCC Hartford CT 9:24 AM EDT gave calls 106.9 WCCC then an ad. 6/27/08

98.7 WNLC East Lyme CT.  9:45 AM EDT said 98.7 WNLC classic hits. (May be a Kaito 1103 relog summer '06). 6/27/08

97.5 WALK Long Island NY 9:55AM EDT 97.5 long islnds greatest variery walk  6/27/08

102.9 WDRC Hartford CT 10:09 AM EDT hartfords best (something) then played house of rising sun followed by jackie blues at some point gave calls as well. 6/27/08

105.9 WHNC Hartford CT  10:30 AM EDT 105.9 fm the river followed by old time rock and roll 6/27/08 
FM Tropo logs all heard on a stock eton e-100 .
  
Subject: New Loggings 6/25/08 REPOST
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 1:47 PM

the first time looks like yahoo broke it up im retrying by direct email.
-----------------------------------

Heard at Conimcuit Point park Warwick R.I. All notes also heard at same location.

First these Notes:
WHOM 94..9 NH 97.5 (country) NH and frank FM 107.5 Portland Maine all made honorable vistits this AM (all relogs). The NH opening which also has a new logging was open when i arrived about 9:20 AM. started closing after 10 EXCEPT for frank FM 107.5. more on that later.  below are NEW Loggings.....

101.1 WGIR Manchester N.H. 9:44 am EDT the buzz is on rock 101 and rock101fm dot com. was an ad block later with ads NH area. 6/25/08 excellant signal at opening height.

100.9 WKNL New London CT 11:00 am EDT caught entire ID WKNL New London CT..... fair signal proberly water path enhancement.

Final Note: a bit after 11 AM noted frank 107.5 FM Portland Maine (relog) swapping channel with WFCC Cape Cod. The NH opening had closed by this time. I got a stable portland signal for a few minutes and noted this . moving away from the park bench i was sitting on more then two feet in any direction and portland was gone you must sit on the bench and tilt radio forward 45 degree angle due south for best 107.5 portland reception. th same was noted at time of original Portland 107.5 logging at same location.


Quick FM Bandscan - Bossier City, LA - 22 Jun 2008

Steve Ponder N5WBI <n5wbi@...>
 

While in Bossier City, Louisiana, for family business, I did a very quick FM bandscan starting at 12:00 AM CDT on
Sunday, June 22nd, using my Sangean DT-200V and a pair of headphones as my antenna.

Here's my list of stations heard in a quick 30 minute period.

If I'd had more time and not been so sleepy, I probably could have heard more stations by orienting the headphone
cord (a.k.a. "antenna") in various directions ...

MHzCallLocationKWWebsite
89.1KFLOShreveport, LA20.0http://www.miracle891.org/
89.9KDAQShreveport, LA100.0http://www.redriverradio.org/
91.3KSCLShreveport, LA2.6http://www.centenary.edu/life/kscl/
91.7KMSLMansfield, LA12.0http://www.afr.net/
92.1KSYRBenton, LA6.0http://www.ksyr.fm/
93.7KXKSShreveport, LA95.0http://www.kisscountry937.com/
94.5KRUFShreveport, LA99.0http://www.k945.com/
95.7KLKLMinden, LA50.0http://www.oldies957.com/
96.5KVKIShreveport, LA95.0http://www.965kvki.com/
97.3KQHNWaskom, TX42.0http://www.mixfm973.com/
98.1KTALTexarkana, TX100.0http://www.98rocks.fm/
98.9KTUXCarthage, TX100.0http://www.ktux.com/
99.7KMJJShreveport,LA50.0http://www.997kmjj.com/
101.1KRMDOil City, LA97.7http://www.krmd.com/
102.1KDKSBlanchard, LA20.0http://www.kdks.com/
102.9KVMAShreveport, LA42.0http://www.magic1029fm.com/
103.7KBTTHaughton, LA6.0http://www.1037thabeat.fm/
104.5KBEFGibsland, LA6.0http://www.todayschristianmusic.com/
105.7KYKXLongview, TX100.0http://www.kykx.com/
106.7KYLAHomer, LA50.0http://www.klove.com/
107.5KXKZRuston, LA100.0http://www.z1075fm.com/

If the list doesn't come out formatted properly, it's most likely because I imported a CSV file into this e-mail.

The Shreveport-Bossier City area is a fantastic location for DX'ing.

There aren't a lot of local AM/FM stations and the northern states really boom in loud and clear on AM at night.

73 and GREAT DX!

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Grayland TP's and DU's, 6-29 and 6-30

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
     With eternal optimism despite the recent poor DU conditions, a two-day DXpedition to Grayland, Washington was scheduled over the weekend, primarily to test out the latest hot-rodded Ultralight radio, a modified Eton E100.  This supercharged model, containing the latest twisted tinkering ideas of John Bryant, Guy Atkins and myself, has the new combination of extreme sensitivity AND selectivity, something very new in hot-rodded Ultralights.  It was indeed fortunate that the pocket-sized modified radio was well prepared, because the DX conditions were generally awful.
 
     The SSB receiver used to "spot" Ultralight radio targets was a modified ICF-2010 (with a 19.5" loopstick). When in Grayland, this radio can usually pull in some DU audio, even on John's "golfing mornings."
 
     The Sunday (6-29) morning conditions were modest at best, although there was an unusual summertime opening to Japan around 1125, which took me completely by surprise.  A booming JOIK-567 was heard on the modified 2010, the modified E100, and even on a stock Sony SRF-T615 midget radio.  The Japanese powerhouses on 747, 774, 828, 1134 and 1287 were then all heard on both the 2010 and E100, at equivalent signal strength and quality.  This was a real breakthrough in hot-rodded Ultralights--  a modified pocket radio that could match the "supercharged" 2010 in both sensitivity and selectivity.
 
     Sunday morning's DU's were limited to weak DU English on 738 at 1215 (presumed 2NR) and to equally weak 4QR-612 audio at 1220.  There were many DU carriers that never reached audio, but that's been typical for the recent trips to Grayland.  When you are only using stand-alone portables with hot-rodded loopsticks, you need to be thankful for what you get.
 
     Monday (6-30) morning was pretty much a repeat of Sunday's lackluster conditions, minus the rare summertime opening to Japan.  567-2YA rolled in with weak music around 1215, and provided a stiff test for the modified E100's new narrow filter (up against a loud KVI-570 that could not be nulled).  The newly hot-rodded Ultralight again matched the 2010 in selectivity,  receiving New Zealand with very little KVI slop.  This was despite the E100's lack of SSB capability-- quite a surprise.   Weak 738 DU English was then again received at 1221, and finally, a very weak talk program on 891 at 1227, which actually had audio first on the modified E100, a few seconds before the monster 2010 could produce it.  This was the final surprise of a very interesting weekend.
 
     Thanks to John and Guy for their suggestions on creating this new DXpedition Ultralight, the details of which will be fully promulgated to the Ultralight enthusuast group (and others) in a series of upcoming articles. I feel very fortunate to be associated with such creative, innovative tinkerers.  This weekend's results proved that modified pocket radios can provide DX excitement and success in very tough conditions-- and maybe even keep a few confirmed DXers off the golf courses.
 
                                                                                    73,  Gary DeBock              




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FM comparison between E-100 and 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix car radio

Carl DeWhitt
 

This evening, following a picnic at the local lake,(Lake Ponca),i sat
in our Pontiac and did a comparison between the car radio and the
E-100 on FM.The E-100 heard almost every station that the car radio
could except one.Not bad as in excess of 60 stations were heard.Some
of the stations were heard better on the car radio but most were heard
as well on the E-100. On some stations,i had to off tune the E-100 to
hear the station but most of them i did not.Of course the Pontiac car
radio has the advantage of having the RDS to help identify
stations.Sony,Sangean,Eton or some other manufacturer ought to
incorporate this into an ultralight radio.An E-100 with RDS ? That
would be sweet ! I wonder if there is an outboard RDS unit that could
be added to one ?I did not have the time this evening to test the car
radio vs. the E-100 on AM.That will be for an upcoming test.


Re: "Prison Radio" Locked Out of eBay?

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Ron,

I know for sure that the standard (non-FP) SRF-39 is a perfect replacement for the SRF-39FP. The non-FP has a black case and a black tuning wheel that is otherwise identical to the clear wheel on the FP.  The only thing that MIGHT be different on the SRF-59 is that same tuning wheel.... The dimple/depression in the '39 wheel perfectly mates with the 1/4" shaft coupler that I use to hook the 39 to a serious tuning knob.  The '59 wheel might have a smaller diameter depression.  If so, one would have to carefully glue the coupler on the surface of the tuning wheel and really be careful to get it centered. Gary also feels that the quality control on the SRF-59 is not quite as good as the '39.

There are still SRF-39s, both new and used available on ebay, too, by the way.... just not the FPs, as far as I know.

John B.



At 04:16 PM 6/27/2008 +0000, you wrote:

well i found what appears to be a source. something like the
California state prison system operates a store that can supposedly
supply those srf39fp's and other items but only does so to be sent to
one of the prisons for inmate use. i sent an email a few weeks ago to
them and they replied such.

this brings out a question i had. is the current srf59 a suitable
alternate replacement for the 39fp?? for instance to build a "National
SRF-39 Table Model" such as the one John recently has been working on.

> If anyone else can suggest
> an alternative source, it would be most appreciated.
>
>

> 73, Gary DeBock
>
>
>
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Re: "Prison Radio" Locked Out of eBay?

ronshire2000
 

well i found what appears to be a source. something like the
California state prison system operates a store that can supposedly
supply those srf39fp's and other items but only does so to be sent to
one of the prisons for inmate use. i sent an email a few weeks ago to
them and they replied such.

this brings out a question i had. is the current srf59 a suitable
alternate replacement for the 39fp?? for instance to build a "National
SRF-39 Table Model" such as the one John recently has been working on.


If anyone else can suggest
an alternative source, it would be most appreciated.

73, Gary DeBock



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Re: E100 Notes + Stuff

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

I'm really glad that you like it, Richard!

The more I diddle with it, the better that I like it, myself. Its also very amenable to a number of easy modifications, for those who are interested in going that route.

Its great just stock, but usually the sensitivity can be improved a bit by careful alignment.  The instructions are on the dxer.ca website and can be done by anybody with a small Phillips screwdriver.  You do not need a signal generator, but can align things quite well using weak stations near 600 kHz. and 1400 kHz. Not using a signal generator drives purists nuts, but it sure works for us out here on the Left Coast.

There are still lots of NIB E100s on ebay at under $50.... one of these days this no-longer-produced little RF Rocket will disappear from the market....

Great news, Richard.  If you don't feel comfortable aligning it, I'll happily do so in December. It won't help much, but every little bit....

John B.

Orcas Island, WA, USA
Rcvrs: WiNRADiO 313e, Eton e1, Ultralights
Antennas: Two 70' x 100' Conti Super Loops, West and Northwest






At 12:35 AM 6/27/2008 +0000, you wrote:

Because of painful arthritis in my thumbs I find it difficult to tune
the Sony SRF-59 receiver. So, after reading John's report, I decided
the Etón E100 might be the answer. First, I can't believe its
minuscule size - 17.64 cubic inches. One could almost hide it in the
battery compartment of a Grundig Satellit 800. However, it's still a
larger than my other ULRs, especially the SRF-t615.

Within a few minutes of first turning the power on it was obvious how
good its sensitivity and selectivity were. During the day the most
powerful signal received at my QTH is from KOKP-1020 (400 Watts @ 24
km.). It rocks the S-meter on my IC-R75 over to S9+40dB. So, imagine
my surprise when I was able to hear KBUF-1030 (1 kW @ 355 km) in the
KOKP slop on the E100 at mid-day. I estimate it was SIO=242 compared
to SIO=131 on the SRF-T615. Using my ancient Space Magnet fed through
a Sony ANC-2 antenna coupler, the signal was an estimated SIO=443.
Admittedly I had to detune the receiver to 1031-1032 kHz to clean up
the QRM.

The biggest plus of this hot little receiver is the ability to be
tuned without the difficult thumb wheel used on the SRF-39FP and SRF-59.

Thank you John for the glowing report on the E100. It is a winner. I
recommend everyone get one before they are gone from the market.

Richard Allen
near Perry OK USA
WiNRADiO G313e, ICOM IC-R75 and too many ULRs.


Re: E100 Notes + Stuff

bbwrwy
 

Because of painful arthritis in my thumbs I find it difficult to tune
the Sony SRF-59 receiver. So, after reading John's report, I decided
the Etón E100 might be the answer. First, I can't believe its
minuscule size - 17.64 cubic inches. One could almost hide it in the
battery compartment of a Grundig Satellit 800. However, it's still a
larger than my other ULRs, especially the SRF-t615.

Within a few minutes of first turning the power on it was obvious how
good its sensitivity and selectivity were. During the day the most
powerful signal received at my QTH is from KOKP-1020 (400 Watts @ 24
km.). It rocks the S-meter on my IC-R75 over to S9+40dB. So, imagine
my surprise when I was able to hear KBUF-1030 (1 kW @ 355 km) in the
KOKP slop on the E100 at mid-day. I estimate it was SIO=242 compared
to SIO=131 on the SRF-T615. Using my ancient Space Magnet fed through
a Sony ANC-2 antenna coupler, the signal was an estimated SIO=443.
Admittedly I had to detune the receiver to 1031-1032 kHz to clean up
the QRM.

The biggest plus of this hot little receiver is the ability to be
tuned without the difficult thumb wheel used on the SRF-39FP and SRF-59.

Thank you John for the glowing report on the E100. It is a winner. I
recommend everyone get one before they are gone from the market.

Richard Allen
near Perry OK USA
WiNRADiO G313e, ICOM IC-R75 and too many ULRs.


"Prison Radio" Locked Out of eBay?

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     For three consecutive weeks, the highly popular SRF-39FP analog Ultralight radio has not been listed on eBay by the notorious Florida seller, Greg Stanbury. 
 
     The SRF-39FP has been the analog Ultralight of choice both for casual domestic DXers and hard-core transoceanic DX chasers, and has certainly had more hot-rodding attention than any other pocket-radio design.  However, it was discontinued by Sony long ago (mid-1990's), and has become popular in the enthusiast group solely because of its NOS availability on eBay.
 
     It would be most unfortunate if this model is no longer available for new purchase by the Ultralight enthusiast group.  If anyone else can suggest an alternative source, it would be most appreciated.
 
                                                                                         73,  Gary DeBock




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Re: New radios

bbwrwy
 

In the past these little wide-band receivers have not been good at
receiving medium wave signals. I owned one of these tiny ICOM
receivers and it did everything they advertised, just not very well.


New radios

Joseph Miller <radiodxer2000@...>
 

While doing my periodic review of the Universal Radio website, I saw a new product announcement for the Icom IC-RX7 Wideband receiver.

 

Details include:

   modes: AM, FM (Narrow), FM (wide)

   frequency range 150 kHz to 1,300 MHz (some gaps)

   power: lithium battery (provided)

   physical dimension: 2.5 X 3.1 X 0.8 or 5.58 cubic inches (excludes projections)

 

This unit has not been approved by the FCC and no price is stated at this time.

 

With the Icom name, I imagine this will be pricey, but will be interesting to see and hear how they perform.

 

More details at: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/widerxvr/5007.html

 

Note: I am not affiliated with Universal Radio other than being a happy customer.

 

73 de Joe Miller, KJ8O

 



sunrise logging

Allen Willie
 

Logged this one this morning at sunrise on the SRF-M37V barefoot


June 24/08 6:45 UTC - 1290khz - CFRW Winnipeg, Manitoba w/ oldies,
Birds Of A Feather by Mark Lindsey & Philadelphia Freedom by Elton
John, CFRW Jingle ID ; mixing with WRNI Providence R.I. ; fair
(New One) on the ultralights.


Allen Willie VO1-001-SWL
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF-M37V barefoot


Re: DT-200VX vs.E100 Comments

MarkWA1ION
 

I am willing to send my E100 out there to Gary for whatever
alignments and antenna super-sizing experiments he may wish to try.
Presumably I could get back a seriously-hotrodded ultralight DX
machine by September or so, perhaps for a modification cost in the
sub-$100 range. But we can work out that detail later and, of
course, if the performance is truly jaw-dropping, price would be less
critical.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA

<<
Mark and Others,

E100 experimentation here has already produced models
significantly more sensitive than a stock 2010, but we (John, Guy and
I) are attempting to create radios with both sensitivity and
selectivity improvements, which will be capable of receiving multiple
DU's on ocean beaches this summer.

Receiving DU's on Ultralights is a tough challenge, because not
only are signal levels generally weak, but the directional bearings
are usually in-line with Seattle and Vancouver adjacent QRM, making
it impossible to null the locals. It's almost the same situation as
you described a few months ago, referring to QRM from NYC and other
semi-locals, as you chase TA's in Massachusetts-- only in this case,
the DX is much weaker. John was able to log multiple DU's at
Grayland with his directional Wellbrook array hooked up to an E100,
but for stock Ultralights, the DU action has been rare indeed. Last
Sunday at Grayland I was able to barely hear audio on 738-Tahiti on
an SRF-T615, and on April 20th, had unID audio on 531 looping in the
DU direction. But the tinkerers here in WA are looking for a lot
more than that, hi.

In about a month or so, Mark, it should be clear how successful
we will be, in creating the "Ultimate DXpedition Ultralight."
Assuming there is progress, I would be happy to modify an E100 for
you, although it would be primarily for fun, not $$. We hope many
more highly successful DXpeditioners like yourself will take up the
challenge of Ultralight TA chasing, especially if the E100 can be hot-
rodded into a "dream machine."


73, Gary


Re: Possible Contenders for the Ultralight Radio Summertime Shootout

Carl DeWhitt
 

---So,Gary,do i understand correctly that am MP3 recorder or other
type of recorder built into the unit would disqualify the radio being
an ultralight ? But an external connection of a recorder to an
ultralight would be ok,maybe?
In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hello Dave,

Thank you for your suggestions of the GE #7-1637A radio, and
the Sony
WM-FS493 radio-cassette combo unit, for the Ultralight Summertime
Shootout.

As you may be aware, the rules for shootout "contenders" are
very close
to the rules set by the Ultralight Classifications Committee for
Sprint
contests, and for competition for John Bryant's List of Firsts and
Records.
Basically, this means that possible contenders must qualify as an
Ultralight
radio (as defined by the Definitions Committee), and must be
generally available
for purchase (as new units) by interested AM-DX hobbyists.

In some instances, such as the E100 and SRF-39FP units, there
is a
constant possibility that approved but discontinued units may no
longer be
available for purchase, but once the model is approved by the
Committee, the
model's qualification will almost certainly be "grandfathered" by
the Committee,
for future qualification. Otherwise, the Firsts and Records List
would need to
be altered each time an approved unit was unavailable for NOS
purchase on
eBay.

As you may be aware, the Classifications Committee has issued
a general
guideline that radios in combination with peripheral devices (cassette
recorders, cameras, mp3 players, etc.) are not currently being
considered as
qualified for Ultralight Radio designation. This guideline is also
being observed
for qualification as an Ultralight Radio shootout contender.
Radios that
follow the definitions guidelines set by the Committee AND
available for new or
NOS purchase by AM-DX hobbyists will be considered for the Summertime
Shooutout, although if the units are not generally available from
eBay or other
common sources, they may fail to qualify. As such, your suggestion
of the GE
#7-1637A model will be accepted if the radio can be purchased from
eBay (or
other common sources) as an NOS unit. The reason for this
requirement is so
that interested hobbyists can easily order any shootout contender
they desire,
rather than face the frustration of tracking down a rare
discontinued unit.

73, Gary DeBock





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