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Re: Personal UL Distance Record

MarkWA1ION
 

Saudi Arabia on 1521 should be a slam-dunk. Of course it's easy up
here in the Boston area but I actually heard it on a Sony '2010
during a business trip in Dec. 1986 from my room at the Residence Inn
next to the airport in El Paso, Texas. It was muscling KOMA-1520
aside.

Other than that, you could try for Canaries on 621. This hits the
southeastern US pretty well. Spain on 585, 684, 774, 855, 1044,
1098, 1116 et al. should be in there too.

Saudi Arabia counts as Asia, Canaries as Africa, and Spain as Europe
so you should be able to knock off these 3 continents without much
sweat.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA

--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin <pastor@...> wrote:

My goal for 2500 miles? Anything European. :)

John Cereghin

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...> wrote: John,

Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment! When I lived in
North Carolina, some of the Venezuelan stations were "semi-
regulars" on my Realistic TRF, but that was back in the late
'70's before the FCC allowed the band to get clogged up.

Anyway, what's your target for breaking the 2500 mile barrier?

:0)

73 & Great DX,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Re: Summertime Shootout Produces New Ultralight Radio Sens...

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Starship 2001,
 
     The new Sangean DT-400W does output stereo FM signals through the headphone jack.  The radio is basically a DT-200VX with a completely redesigned RF board, giving it more wide-band sensitivity on AM (and possibly FM) compared to the DT-200VX. 
 
     The DT-400W only comes in a yellow color, but if you don't like it, try looking for an old DT-200VX. That unit's black cabinet should be interchangeable with the new yellow one....they are exactly the same size.
 
     73,  Gary
 
                               




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Re: Summertime Shootout Produces New Ultralight Radio Sensitiv...

starship20012001 <starship_2001@...>
 

Gary does this output stereo
thru the earphone jack ??? is
it available in any other
color then yucky bee
attracting yellow ???
--- In
ultralightdx@...,
D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hi Rob,

Thanks for your
comments, and glad to know
that you've ordered a new
DT-400W. The radio really
is an exceptional performer,
both on AM and FM.
During the FM testing, I
heard the "Jack FM" station
in Vancouver, BC (96.9 Mhz)
for the first time,
something I had never even
heard with an FM loop on my
40' tower.

I always thought that
the SRF-T615 would be
unbeatable in wide-band AM
sensitivity, until this
shocker. So, Ultralight
DXers, miracles do happen,
and now is the time to
secure your new DT-400W...
before the fall DX season
begins (and Sangean notices
the boom in orders :>)

73, Gary



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congratulations

Allen Willie
 

 
 
Congratulations John on  pulling out that Venezuelan  on 750 . I'm sure sooner or later you'll hear one of those 2500 milers from Europe also
 
 
 
Regards,
 
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Re: Personal UL Distance Record

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

My goal for 2500 miles?  Anything European.  :)

John Cereghin

Steve Ponder wrote:

John,

Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment! When I lived in
North Carolina, some of the Venezuelan stations were "semi-
regulars" on my Realistic TRF, but that was back in the late
'70's before the FCC allowed the band to get clogged up.

Anyway, what's your target for breaking the 2500 mile barrier?

:0)

73 & Great DX,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX



Re: Summertime Shootout Produces New Ultralight Radio Sensitivity Winner

robert ross
 

At 04:02 PM 8/18/2008, you wrote:


Hello Guys,
 
     Much to the astonishment of the reviewer, a new Ultralight digital radio model has finally managed to surpass the Sony SRF-T615 in wide-band stock AM sensitivity.  In doing so, it has also exceeded the stock sensitivity performance of the Eton E100.
 
     The new Sangean DT400W has a fully redesigned RF board, making it much more than just a DT200VX with a yellow cabinet.  The RF board AM components are nowhere near their DT200VX positions, and Sangean's engineers have obviously solved the problem of limited AM sensitivity bandwidth (evident in the DT200VX).
 
     The DT400W equals the SRF-T615 performance on low band, and the Eton E100 performance on high band, making it the only Ultralight model with unsurpassed sensitivity on all AM frequencies.  As a bonus, its image reception (900 Khz below locals) is negligible, and it has no detectable spurs in my suburban environment  Selectivity is superior to that of the SRF-T615, and approaches that of the E100.

Gary:

    After reading your message above.....all I can say is..."The Great and Mighty OZ has spoken!!"............

I have been looking at this new Sangean for a couple of weeks wondering what it was gonna do for ULR DX Enthuiasts????? Now that you have already let the cat outta the bag on how good this little ULR is....I have No Choice but to order one!!! So...That's just what I did.....not just because you gave it such a glowing report....but because I really like the Yellow Case!! HAHHAHA...just kidding!!

So....it should be here in a couple of days...and I will be able to let you know just what I think of it!! I have been tuning around on the band the last couple of nights....and things seem to be picking up ...edging towards the New Fall DX Season....so what better time to pick up a NEW TOY...just in time for the New DX Season!! Will this be the radio that will get me to 500 ULR Stations Heard??? We shall see???

Thanks for the Advance Shootout Report on this Sangean ULR Gary....I really was gonna order one anyway....you just sped up the process!!

I look forward to the entire Shootout report....and especially the results on this new Sangean.

Hey....I just bought a New SANGEAN HD AM/FM Tuner last week as well (Which I REALLY LIKE!!).........Never owned anything by Sangean til then.....now I have 2 Sangean Radios!!!

This being off work for 2 Months on the Sicklist....is really leaving me with way too much time on my hands....but I'm having a lot of fun being able to "Play Radio", whenever I want....and have added some nice new additions to the DX Gear in the Shack!!

73............ROB.



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Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

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Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Re: Personal UL Distance Record

Gary DeBock
 

Hello John,
 
     Congratulations on your outstanding reception of YVKS-750, at 2053 miles.  That is certainly a great accomplishment, and I'm sure you will make a 2500+ mile reception soon.
 
     Here in Washington state, we have little hope of logging Venezuela on an Ultralight, although we (John Bryant, Guy Atkins, Dennis Vroom and I) are lucky enough to live near Grayland, where Ultralights can log South Pacific DX with some serious mileage.  John B. is at Grayland right now, otherwise I'm sure he would congratulate you personally.
 
     Keep up the great work, and go get those TA's.
 
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Re: Summertime Shootout Produces New Ultralight Radio Sensitiv...

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Rob,
 
     Thanks for your comments, and glad to know that you've ordered a new DT-400W.  The radio really is an exceptional performer, both on AM and FM.  During the FM testing, I heard the "Jack FM" station in Vancouver, BC (96.9 Mhz) for the first time, something I had never even heard with an FM loop on my 40' tower.
 
     I always thought that the SRF-T615 would be unbeatable in wide-band AM sensitivity, until this shocker.  So, Ultralight DXers, miracles do happen, and now is the time to secure your new DT-400W... before the fall DX season begins (and Sangean notices the boom in orders :>)
 
                        73,  Gary 




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Re: Personal UL Distance Record

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...>
 

John,

Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment! When I lived in
North Carolina, some of the Venezuelan stations were "semi-
regulars" on my Realistic TRF, but that was back in the late
'70's before the FCC allowed the band to get clogged up.

Anyway, what's your target for breaking the 2500 mile barrier?

:0)

73 & Great DX,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


DX "Toys" Website - Caution: May Be Addictive!

Steve Ponder <n5wbi@...>
 

While digging through my closet the other night (no, my name
is not Fibber McGee, although it could be, I guess), I came
across a knee-board that I had long forgotten I had. I bought
it a few years ago when I was in much better health and was
active in the QRP side of ham radio.

What is a Knee-board? It's a sturdy clipboard that you place
on your upper leg, just above your knee, and secure with some
velcro straps. That way, as you sit and listen to the radio,
you have a handy notepad to jot notes, callsigns, etc. on.
Plus, if you have to change locations, it literally walks with
you.

Here's the website from which I bought my knee-board:

http://flyboys.com/

They're primarily used by pilots, but another QRP operator
was using one of their knee-boards. I liked it so much, he
gave me the URL and I ordered one for myself.

WARNING - the website is addictive! There are so many neat
things one can buy. BEWARE!

I use my knee-board now for "dashboard dx'ing" or just
sitting around the house. Mine holds a 5x8 inch pad, so I'm
thinking of buying one that holds a standard size notepad.

Enjoy!

73 & Great DX,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Re: Personal UL Distance Record

robert ross
 

At 09:47 AM 8/18/2008, you wrote:


Finally broke the 2000-mile barrier with my DT-200VX last night, running
barefoot.

2200 EDT 750 YVKS Caracas, Venezuela, gave a list of network of
stations at TOH, many in Caracas, mentions of "R. Gramma". Good with WSB
nulled. 2053 miles. Also tentative logs of Colombia on 770 and another
Venezuelan on 910 but no IDS on what seemed to be a good Latin American
evening.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

John....Great Logging....way to go!! Yes I did notice last night was good
to the Caribbean and South America. 750 Caracas is a very dependable
station from South America. They get out quite well over WSB ....especially
in the Long Winter Nights!! Logging them in August is extra special!! Glad
to see you cracked the 2000 mile barrier.....I've logged the 750 and the
770 stations on ULR Radios....but I've never heard the 910
Venezuelan.....try and get an ID on that one...that would be a nice logging !!!

Congratulations on the fine loggings.....

Regards....ROB.


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Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Summertime Shootout Produces New Ultralight Radio Sensitivity Winner

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Much to the astonishment of the reviewer, a new Ultralight digital radio model has finally managed to surpass the Sony SRF-T615 in wide-band stock AM sensitivity.  In doing so, it has also exceeded the stock sensitivity performance of the Eton E100.
 
     The new Sangean DT400W has a fully redesigned RF board, making it much more than just a DT200VX with a yellow cabinet.  The RF board AM components are nowhere near their DT200VX positions, and Sangean's engineers have obviously solved the problem of limited AM sensitivity bandwidth (evident in the DT200VX).
 
     The DT400W equals the SRF-T615 performance on low band, and the Eton E100 performance on high band, making it the only Ultralight model with unsurpassed sensitivity on all AM frequencies.  As a bonus, its image reception (900 Khz below locals) is negligible, and it has no detectable spurs in my suburban environment  Selectivity is superior to that of the SRF-T615, and approaches that of the E100.
 
     As a stock unit offered at $52.59 (Amazon), the DT-400W not only has unsurpassed AM performance, but an extremely sensitive FM section with outstanding audio quality and 19 programmable memories  Ultralight radio enthusiasts are encouraged to give this innovative AM receiver a serious look.
 
     The full Summertime Shootout article should be finished shortly, and includes detailed reviews of the DT-400W, E100, SRF-S84, SRF-M97, and SRF-M37W Ultralight models..
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




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Personal UL Distance Record

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Finally broke the 2000-mile barrier with my DT-200VX last night, running barefoot.

2200 EDT   750     YVKS Caracas, Venezuela, gave a list of network of stations at TOH, many in Caracas, mentions of "R. Gramma".  Good with WSB nulled.  2053 miles.  Also tentative logs of Colombia on 770 and another Venezuelan on 910 but no IDS on what seemed to be a good Latin American evening. 

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE



Re: New E100: First impressions

huelbe_garcia@fastimap.com <huelbe_garcia@...>
 

Stephan Grossklass wrote:
So they took the PL450, shrank it a bit, and there was an OEM-only set.
Following the brilliant work made by Stephan, I played around with Google Images and find this page:

http://www.5bcl.com/Article/Class11/200802/2059.html

It has internal pictures of Tecsun PL350 and Tecsun PL450.

I quickly compared the E100 old/new pictures in group's photo area [1] posted by John. There is no direct comparison, you soon realize PL3/450 are 4.5v receivers. However, here my quick findings:
. PL-350 and old-E100 share the same ferrite rod antenna (a small coil on the right of the rod);
. PL-350 and old-E100 have a 'eye-catchy' integrated circuit in square format;
. PL-450 and new-E100 have a centered, spread coil over the ferrite rod plus a pick-up coil at the right.

Stephan, your hypothesii make completely sense.

Besides that, if only constructional details could rate the performance of a receiver, I would say Tecsun's PL450 is good. It was nice to see a number of RF shields and real micro-switches (instead of membrane-kind) on the PCB.

--hg

[1] http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/ultralightdx/photos/view/7293?b=2


Re: Grundig G6

satya@...
 

I'm with John, and also wondering if with the small SSB tuning steps, one
can tune a couple khz down from a station and then zero beat back in, thus
prefering the lower sideband over the upper? Maybe even shaving the upper
one off? The ability to mimic true ECSS on the G6 would be incredibly
valuable.

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

If there are any G6 owners out there, I'm still wondering about the
MW tuning steps with the jog dial. The review that Steve pointed me
to talks of "small steps" or such, but I'm really hoping for at least
100 Hz as the smallest step in Slow.... for SSB use, natch. Anybody got
one??

John B.




At 12:24 AM 8/16/2008 -0500, you wrote:

John,

Read the G6 review by Ann E. Revelle on the Amazon webpage ...

<http://www.amazon.com/Grundig-G6-Aviator-aircraft-Shortwave/dp/B0014T5UM4>http://www.amazon.com/Grundig-G6-Aviator-aircraft-Shortwave/dp/B0014T5UM4

<snip>
"Unlike some other radios, SSB tuning is also available on the
G6 on the AM band as well as on SW which is a very useful feature.
The separate ability to step tune in very small increments with the
jog dial setting is also excellent in my opinion once a signal of
interest has been located."
<snip>

Sounds like this person may have answered your questions!

73,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Re: Grundig G6

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

If there are any G6 owners out there, I'm still wondering about the MW tuning steps with the jog dial.  The review that Steve pointed me to talks of "small steps" or such, but I'm really hoping for at least 100 Hz as the smallest step in Slow.... for SSB use, natch.  Anybody got one??

John B.




At 12:24 AM 8/16/2008 -0500, you wrote:

John,

Read the G6 review by Ann E. Revelle on the Amazon webpage ...

http://www.amazon.com/Grundig-G6-Aviator-aircraft-Shortwave/dp/B0014T5UM4


"Unlike some other radios, SSB tuning is also available on the
G6 on the AM band as well as on SW which is a very useful feature.
The separate ability to step tune in very small increments with the
jog dial setting is also excellent in my opinion once a signal of
interest has been located."


Sounds like this person may have answered your questions!

73,

Steve N5WBI
Houston TX


Re: New E100: First impressions

Stephan Grossklass
 

--- In ultralightdx@..., "John H. Bryant" <bjohnorcas@...>
wrote:

I would love to hear the manufacturer's explanation of this
design/marketing decision!!
Redesigns "under the hood" are not uncommon among Chinese
radio manufacturers. Just think of the Tecsun PL550 which
originally wasn't so hot on shortwave but was reworked
after the PL350 (with generally better performance) came
out. Similar moves resulted in the previous E100 (PL200)
versions. Admittedly a complete redesign isn't common.

A distinct advantage of the current design for the
manufacturer is that it has far fewer alignment points.
In addition, full shortwave coverage does not require
RF tracking on at least 2 ranges, as it would be necessary
for a single conversion set. The effort saved there can be
invested into a good 1st mixer, the ones integrated into
the usual ICs do not tend to be so great in terms of strong
signal handling. (That a wideband design is more
susceptible to intermod generated by further-off stations
is another matter.)

Basically the old design, being all single conversion, was
anachronistic even when it came out. Building a competitive
shortwave portable with single conversion just isn't
possible. (Mediumwave is a different story.) Tecsun could
only pull this off with very cheap labor.

I would guess that Tecsun wanted to discontinue the PL200
in order to harmonize radio production, but contracts for
the E100 weren't ending any time soon. So they took the
PL450, shrank it a bit, and there was an OEM-only set.
(Degen now makes a number of OEM-only models as well. This
reflects the changed role of these Chinese manufacturers.)
Since all of Tecsun's PLL portables are operated almost
identically anyway, this area could be left virtually
unchanged.

Stephan


OOPS! Sorry! Re: New E100: First impressions

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Stephan,

I just noticed that I made a spelling error with your given name. Sorry.  I'm a bit familiar with that, being known as John/Jon/Jack/Juan :>)

I noted that your serial number was only a couple of thousand above my NEW one, both starting 070903.

Thanks again!

John B.  (aka Big Juan)


At 02:26 PM 8/16/2008 +0000, you wrote:

After the report of the new, all-different E100s, I decided
to finally snatch one up before it was too late to get an
"old" version.

I received my sample (Lextronix branded over here) today,
which was originally bought in March this year and only
saw one vacation of use. Old enough, I thought.

After an initial performance check, I compared the serial
number to the others given - 0709032118, which means that
it's a new sample, unfortunately. This was later confirmed
by opening up the set. (Getting it back together was not
that much fun since sliding the volume control wheel back
in is not entirely trivial.) BTW, you can basically leave
the antenna screw alone.

My initial impressions are that while this set won't win
any awards with regard to audio fidelity (channel balance
seems noticeably off, and judging by noise level there's
the usual CXA1622 amp IC), it is a pretty decent performer.
Pitted against a Sony ICF-SW7600 on mediumwave, it didn't
come in far behind, just a little more noisy audio.
Shortwave sensitivity compares well to a DE1102, and the
3-step attenuator is neat. The IF filter seems to be a
6-element job with a medium bandwidth, judged by ear.
While background noise levels tend to be higher, AGC range
seems better than on the DE1102 (which is a little weak
in this regard). AM audio is similar to the DE1102, so
I assume the TA8132/CD8132 IC also found use here. (No
idea what that big squarish IC on the old E100 could be.)
AM is nice and clear over the speaker.

The carry pouch is nice, similar to what the Redsun RD1220
has on the outside but with more padding. The rubberized
coating also feels nice, but I'll be careful with it since
it has been reported to wear off. System settings are
non-volatile, while the clock is not kept if power is
removed for too long. Frequency entry has no apparent way
of cancelling other than waiting. Timeouts seem more user
friendly though.

Then I started chasing LO hets in order to determine
the IFs.

Nothing. Really nothing. Not at +/-450 or +/-455 kHz, not
at +/-10.7 MHz, not at +21.45 MHz. No traces of 10.25 MHz,
21 MHz or 21.9 MHz crystals either. There is some
internal oscillator around 11.15 MHz but it's always on
regardless of waveband and not especially stable.

This can only mean that the new E100 is DUAL CONVERSION
with a high 2st IF, presumably the standard 55.845 MHz. No
wonder that the MW section had to be changed, it is now
wideband. It is to be assumed that the set is more related
to Tecsun PL450 and PL600 than to older concepts, my guess
would be that it's a shrunk-down PL450.

Image rejection on shortwave appears to be better than
average - not as bulletproof as the DE1102, but better than
the ICF-SW7600.

Overall, this means good news for shortwave listeners
(which now have another small and well-performing set to
choose from) but not so good news for ultralight MW DXers.

Looks like distribution in North America is quite slow.

Stephan


Re: New E100: First impressions

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

Steven,

Thanks for the comments on the newer version of the E100.  I'm sure that they will be helpful to Gary and I'll put your Serial Number in  the database.

 I would love to hear the manufacturer's explanation of this design/marketing decision!!

John B.



At 02:26 PM 8/16/2008 +0000, you wrote:

After the report of the new, all-different E100s, I decided
to finally snatch one up before it was too late to get an
"old" version.

I received my sample (Lextronix branded over here) today,
which was originally bought in March this year and only
saw one vacation of use. Old enough, I thought.

After an initial performance check, I compared the serial
number to the others given - 0709032118, which means that
it's a new sample, unfortunately. This was later confirmed
by opening up the set. (Getting it back together was not
that much fun since sliding the volume control wheel back
in is not entirely trivial.) BTW, you can basically leave
the antenna screw alone.

My initial impressions are that while this set won't win
any awards with regard to audio fidelity (channel balance
seems noticeably off, and judging by noise level there's
the usual CXA1622 amp IC), it is a pretty decent performer.
Pitted against a Sony ICF-SW7600 on mediumwave, it didn't
come in far behind, just a little more noisy audio.
Shortwave sensitivity compares well to a DE1102, and the
3-step attenuator is neat. The IF filter seems to be a
6-element job with a medium bandwidth, judged by ear.
While background noise levels tend to be higher, AGC range
seems better than on the DE1102 (which is a little weak
in this regard). AM audio is similar to the DE1102, so
I assume the TA8132/CD8132 IC also found use here. (No
idea what that big squarish IC on the old E100 could be.)
AM is nice and clear over the speaker.

The carry pouch is nice, similar to what the Redsun RD1220
has on the outside but with more padding. The rubberized
coating also feels nice, but I'll be careful with it since
it has been reported to wear off. System settings are
non-volatile, while the clock is not kept if power is
removed for too long. Frequency entry has no apparent way
of cancelling other than waiting. Timeouts seem more user
friendly though.

Then I started chasing LO hets in order to determine
the IFs.

Nothing. Really nothing. Not at +/-450 or +/-455 kHz, not
at +/-10.7 MHz, not at +21.45 MHz. No traces of 10.25 MHz,
21 MHz or 21.9 MHz crystals either. There is some
internal oscillator around 11.15 MHz but it's always on
regardless of waveband and not especially stable.

This can only mean that the new E100 is DUAL CONVERSION
with a high 2st IF, presumably the standard 55.845 MHz. No
wonder that the MW section had to be changed, it is now
wideband. It is to be assumed that the set is more related
to Tecsun PL450 and PL600 than to older concepts, my guess
would be that it's a shrunk-down PL450.

Image rejection on shortwave appears to be better than
average - not as bulletproof as the DE1102, but better than
the ICF-SW7600.

Overall, this means good news for shortwave listeners
(which now have another small and well-performing set to
choose from) but not so good news for ultralight MW DXers.

Looks like distribution in North America is quite slow.

Stephan


Re: New E100: First impressions

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Stephan (and John),
 
     Thank you very much, Stephan, for the excellent and thorough technical description of the "new" (serial # 0709XXXXXX) E100 model.  Until your detailed report, only John had reported receiving one of these radically redesigned E100's, which caused consternation here in North America due to the changes in the MW components.
 
     As you may be aware, the "old" E100's, with their 455 kHz IF, two-lead loopstick coil connection, and other refinements have proven ideal here in North America for DXpedition modifications, enabling the stock sensitivity and selectivity to be greatly enhanced.  Specifically, these involve replacement of the stock IF filter with a Murata CFJ455K5 ceramic-type upgrade, and the mediocre stock loopstick with an Amidon 7.5" x .5" ferrite-bar based sliding-coil loopstick.  According to your description of the revamped MW section in the "new" E100 model, these modifications may no longer be possible.
 
     I recently ordered my fourth E100 from Durham radio in Canada to investigate their willingness to screen serial numbers, to avoid sending out "new" models.  While not absolutely promising to send me an "old" model, Jamie and the Durham crew did indeed send me an "old" E100 (at $44.00 US, the current dxer.ca special price), which was very promptly shipped   European enthusiasts might try that source, if all else fails.
 
                                                                                                 73,  Gary DeBock 




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