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First short review from the Degen DE1106

Fenu <fenu@...>
 

Hi, under http://fenu-radio.ch you find the first short review from the DE1106. I have short compare it with the ATS-909. The Degen DE1106 make realy a good figure!

73' Fenu


MI LOG - FM

wa8lcz
 

2JUL2010 FRI SFI=73-13-2 BAND OPENING 1916-2000EDT

103.9 CJBC-1 WINDSOR ONT french 0951EDT 6KW 14 MI (ONT21)
REBROADCAST FROM CJBC TORONTO 90.3
089.5 KMOC WICHITA FALLS TEXAS 1916EDT 3K 1036 MI (TX01)
089.5 KENW PORTALES NEW MEXICO NPR 2000EDT 100K 1241 MI (NM01)

TX and NM were fighting for the freq, NM won, with its 100,000 watts

TOTALS: 76, MI 40,OH 11,NC 1,PA 1,ONTARIO 21,TX01,NM01
RCVRS: SONY SRF-M40W, SONY MHC-C33
ANTS: A DOUBLE 1/2 wavelength loop cut for 88 mhz

Byron WA8LCZ nr Detroit


2 more MW

Randy B <randyebrown@...>
 

Added 2 more to my log.

1540 WNWR Philadelphia PA 6/30/2010 2020 EDT. 50kw daytimer Signed off at 2030 with call and Star Spangled Banner 71.3 mi. 114.8 km

1570 WPGM Danville PA 6/30/2010 2036 EDT. 78.4 mi. 126.3 km

Randy Brown
East Stroudsburg PA
G8 barefoot


Re: Oklahoma Loggings

osage_archer
 

Don't know if this one is possible given its low power and not sure of its schedule, but maybe 1560 WGLB in Elm Grove, WI? If you ever hear them again you might be able to verify by their 'Listen Live' on the web at
http://www.wglbam1560.com/

Tim C.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk" <kirk74601@...> wrote:


1560, UNID, 0600-0700+ UTC, 6/28,29/30, a sta playing back to back black gospel mx selections with never any anmts of any kind. No ads, no talk at all, even at the TOH. Anyone have any ideas??


Re: My 7.5 inch antenna from gary

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Tony,
 
Many thanks for your positive comments on the PL-360 7.5" plug-in loopstick, and I'm happy that it's bringing in far more stations for you than the stock ferrite bar! As far as the programming content of those stations, maybe someday in the future we will have a new filter for Ultra-boring content (right after DXers create an IBOC hiss filter, of course :-)
 
Your comments remind me of a nice opening to Australia last July 7th at Grayland, WA, during which 1116-4BC was booming in with the "Sharina the Psychic" program. This was probably the last type of program I cared to listen to while half asleep (at around 0500 local) on an ocean beach, but it was by far the strongest of the AM Aussies at the moment, and quite unavoidable  http://www.mediafire.com/?tinjn2wmmy4 . John Bryant was with me at Grayland at the time, and was surprised at the strength of the Sharina MP3. After returning home, I discovered on the Internet that Sharina has quite an empire in Australia (http://www.sharina.com.au), but this really didn't make me any more likely to want to listen to her :-)
 
73, Gary     
 

In a message dated 7/2/2010 7:02:46 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, tonyward@... writes:
 

Hi Gary: I did NOT mean to disappear on you after receiving my 7.5" ferrite, but other events here put DX and ULR matters very much on the back-burner for about 6 weeks. Allow me to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation! The little beast works beautifully on the PL-360 and I can report now that I can hear a very much larger number of stations than I could before. That these are stations that I wouldn't be caught dead listening to if I lived in their primary coverage area detracts not a jot from my enjoyment of the new enhanced antenna! We are (after all) DXers, and can stream any programs we actually want to listen to. (G) I look forward to the DX season, and to experimenting with the various new ways of extracting intelligence from the ether. Once more my thanks to you for your gifts to the hobby. Now if Croatia would only resume their evening transmissions on 1134 KHz.... (But there is an encouraging touch of Saudi Arabia on 1521)

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> Thanks Neil,
>
> It was a lot of fun to make up these 7.5" plug-in loopsticks for you, and
> many other PL-360 DXers. Yours was actually the very last AM plug-in
> loopstick made, in a production run of about 25 (starting in late May).
>
> I hope you will enjoy DXing with it, when conditions improve!
>
> 73, Gary
>
>
> In a message dated 7/1/2010 2:44:46 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> neil.bell@... writes:
>
>
>
>
> Thanks Gary! My antenna arrived, packed VERY well. Looking forward to
> nighttime to try it out.
>
> Neil Bell
> KJ6FBA
>


Oklahoma Loggings

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

Hi gang. Just a few loggings worth noting lately. Been working a lot of hours, so I've not been able to do much DXing lately. What times I have at the dials are still enjoyed as much as when I first got into ultralighting, almost two years ago. All logs were made on a Eton E-100 Slider w/ SAT.

One New Station
1560, KKAA, Aberdeen, SD, 0629 UTC, 6/30/10, hrd while trying to ID the UNID sta listed below. Religious talk and traditional Christian mx. IDs as "Family Radio." Presumed this one as I didn't actually hear call ltrs ancd. G sig and the first time I've ever had a hint of this sta here. Sta #668.

1560, UNID, 0600-0700+ UTC, 6/28,29/30, a sta playing back to back black gospel mx selections with never any anmts of any kind. No ads, no talk at all, even at the TOH. Anyone have any ideas??

1380, KBWD, Brownwood, TX, 0620 UTC, 7/2/10, hrd playing C&W mx and was simulcasting with sister station 101.3 KOXE. IDs as "101.3, KOXE." First time I've noted them simulcasting. They don't always do that, so it must be a late night thing they do.

73 everyone and good DX!

Kirk Allen
Ponca City, OK


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Stephen,
 
The new Kchibo KK-D6110 receiver doesn't constantly have the Tecsun-style RSSI/ S/N readings on the digital display, but seems to have a clock display instead (which could be useful, in some cases). There is a small display of RSSI (in dBu) available in certain situations, but the Chinese owner's manual (and Chinese control labels) make it a challenge to master all the digital display capabilities. Since John Washburn and Jim Zozzaro both also now have their KK-D6110 radios, I'm sure that we will sort it all out in time, perhaps with the cooperation of my Chinese XYL, Ruth.
 
Since Kevin, Gil and Joe of the Ultralight Definitions Committee have now given official approval of the KK-D6110 as an Ultralight model (thanks!), the DSP model may soon become an ideal candidate for 7.5" loopstick transplants (and other AM sensitivity-boosting modifications). But with the current PL-360 LW plug-in loopstick project (and related PL-380 cabinet modifications) ongoing, free time here to hot-rod the KK-D6110 may be limited. With its bargain price advantage over the PL-310 and PL-380 models, however, I'm sure that the new KK-D6110 will receive its fair share of attention from TA and TP DXers.         
 
Yes, I did see your earlier message, Stephen, regarding overloading on your PL-380. June was a very busy month here (with many PL-360 7.5" AM loopsticks being constructed and sent out), so there wasn't enough time to check out all your detailed suggestions. Our family is planning a one-week vacation to an Oregon ocean beach site later this month, though, so maybe some more radio and antenna testing time will free up (hopefully with the cooperation of Aussie and Kiwi AM stations).
 
73, Gary             
 

In a message dated 7/1/2010 8:15:58 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, pianoplayer88key@... writes:
 

Also, Gary, how does it (and the other DSP radios) behave near strong signals? I realize the apparent selectivity is good, but what's the RSSI when tuned 15-20kHz off a strong local like your 1450? In rural areas far from stations my PL-380 shows 15dBu RSSI on blank channels, but near strong signals it often shows 49 or 50 dBu across some of the dial, with signals that would sound fairly good otherwise being completely buried.
Last week, I took my PL-380 and Panasonic RQ-SW20 (selectivity grade F) to within about a wavelength or less of a semi-local on 1450 (far enough away from home that it's unlistenable at night, but close enough to be heard in the daytime), and there were many stations that were quite audible on the SW20 (which is less sensitive and MUCH less selective than the PL-380), that were non-existent on the PL-380. I recorded comparisons, and may post them sometime when I can organize & label them. BTW, anyone know of places besides the group's files area where I can upload MP3 files, and people have the choice of streaming or downloading, and they won't get corrupted? I've used box.net, which can stream or download but often corrupts my files, and skydrive, which doesn't stream, only downloads, but doesn't corrupt.
Did you ever see my msg on the list with a few selectivity/dBu/Grayland/etc questions? I posted it after you said you were getting ready to go to Grayland, and btw what's the status with that?

--- In ultralightdx@..., Richard Berler wrote:
>
> Hi Gary,
>  
> Attactive little set...is the soft mute off, reduced, or blatant?
>  
> Heatwave
>
> --- On Thu, 7/1/10, D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
>
> From: D1028Gary@...
> Subject: [ultralightdx] Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions
> To: ultralightdx@...
> Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 6:26 PM
>
>
>
> Hello All,
>  
> Although John Washburn (VT) and Jim Zozzaro (MA) have also ordered the Kchibo KK-D6110 model, apparently my radio was the first to arrive from the Far East, so I hope they won't mind if I give my initial impressions on the list.
>  
> The KK-D6110 model represents a serious effort by Kchibo to get back in the Ultralight DSP receiver market, after having seen their D96L model seriously outclassed by the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 radios. The KK-D6110 can essentially be described as a D96L with all the quirky issues corrected, although with AM sensitivity somewhat reduced from that provided by the D96L. It retains Kchibo's Chinese domestic market identity (with Chinese label controls and a Chinese owner's manual), and with length and height slightly exceeding that of the PL-310, seems right on the borderline of the current Ultralight radio standards based on size and weight (I'll defer to the Definitions Committee on that decision).
>  
> Despite earlier impressions, the KK-D6100 is indeed an Si4734 DSP chip model, and features the full range of DSP filtering options (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 kHz). The digital "chuffing noise" and RF hash of the D92L and D96L models have been corrected in the KK-D6110, and Kchibo has ditched the rechargeable batteries in favor of standard AA types (three total). The beveled cabinets of the D92L and D96L have been replaced with a rectangular cabinet in the KK-D6110, making the model appear like a Tecsun PL-310 with a Kchibo label.
>  
> A quick check of the KK-D6110's AM-band performance was made against the D96L and PL-310, and provided an interesting glimpse into where this model may eventually fit in the Ultralight niche market (assuming that it is approved by the Definitions Committee). Kchibo has retained the relatively pleasant audio of the D96L model, as well as the bright green digital display whenever a control is changed (which stays on for 4 seconds, and causes no digital "chuffing noise" like in the D96L). For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable. The new Kchibo model has numerous digital tuning functions, although it will take a Chinese expert to completely figure them out from the manual (my own Chinese reading ability is basic, although probably better than that of most ULR DXers
> :-)
>  
> The KK-D6110 model tested today has AM sensitivity somewhat weaker than that of either the D96L or PL-310 models, and this disadvantage extends throughout the AM frequency range from 530 to 1700 kHz. Further testing against other ULR models should give an accurate picture of where this model stacks up in the highly competitive genre, although the mediocrity of a stock loopstick in the KK-D6110 would not be a deal-breaker for transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, especially considering the effective 1 kHz DSP selectivity and other superb features. The Tecsun PL-380 also has a stock loopstick that is quite underwhelming, but it has managed to become quite popular among 9-kHz split DXing fanatics because of its effective 1 kHz DSP filtering. Like the PL-380, the KK-D6110 also has a flat, rectangular top cabinet surface ideal for attaching 7.5" loopstick frames, and other such fanatical antenna attachments-- but that's another story
> :-) Suffice it to say that the KK-D6110 would provide extremely stiff competition for the PL-380 among transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, assuming that the Definitions Committee gives its nod, and that the DXers could tolerate the Chinese labels on the radio. The Kchibo KK-D6110 is offered by the eBay seller "hygt369" for $51.99 with free shipping (which takes about 2 weeks, from Singapore), a significant bargain in comparison to the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 models. The radio will be fully featured in the upcoming 2010 Ultralight AM Shootout, along with the PL-310, PL-380, PL-360 and a couple of analog models.
>  
> 73 and Good DX,
> Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
>  
>                   
>


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions

DiamJ <jm392c@...>
 

My Kchibo KKI-D6110 arrived this morning, July 2, here in Massachusets. I agree so far with Gary DeBock that sensitivity is not quite as good as some others, but it's still pretty good, especially with the filter set to 1khz. There seems to be some soft mute. FM is very good. I'm glad that the committee has classified it as a ULR, so it can be compared with the PL-310/380. Once I have figured it out more and experimented with nighttime dxing, I will report further.

Jim Zozzaro
Milford, MA

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

Hello All,

Although John Washburn (VT) and Jim Zozzaro (MA) have also ordered the
Kchibo KK-D6110 model, apparently my radio was the first to arrive from the
Far East, so I hope they won't mind if I give my initial impressions on the
list.

The KK-D6110 model represents a serious effort by Kchibo to get back in the
Ultralight DSP receiver market, after having seen their D96L model
seriously outclassed by the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 radios. The KK-D6110 can
essentially be described as a D96L with all the quirky issues corrected,
although with AM sensitivity somewhat reduced from that provided by the D96L. It
retains Kchibo's Chinese domestic market identity (with Chinese label
controls and a Chinese owner's manual), and with length and height slightly
exceeding that of the PL-310, seems right on the borderline of the current
Ultralight radio standards based on size and weight (I'll defer to the
Definitions Committee on that decision).

Despite earlier impressions, the KK-D6100 is indeed an Si4734 DSP chip
model, and features the full range of DSP filtering options (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6
kHz). The digital "chuffing noise" and RF hash of the D92L and D96L models
have been corrected in the KK-D6110, and Kchibo has ditched the
rechargeable batteries in favor of standard AA types (three total). The beveled
cabinets of the D92L and D96L have been replaced with a rectangular cabinet in
the KK-D6110, making the model appear like a Tecsun PL-310 with a Kchibo
label.

A quick check of the KK-D6110's AM-band performance was made against the
D96L and PL-310, and provided an interesting glimpse into where this model
may eventually fit in the Ultralight niche market (assuming that it is
approved by the Definitions Committee). Kchibo has retained the relatively
pleasant audio of the D96L model, as well as the bright green digital display
whenever a control is changed (which stays on for 4 seconds, and causes no
digital "chuffing noise" like in the D96L). For those who have complained
about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob
rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10
kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable. The new Kchibo model has
numerous digital tuning functions, although it will take a Chinese expert to
completely figure them out from the manual (my own Chinese reading ability is
basic, although probably better than that of most ULR DXers :-)

The KK-D6110 model tested today has AM sensitivity somewhat weaker than
that of either the D96L or PL-310 models, and this disadvantage extends
throughout the AM frequency range from 530 to 1700 kHz. Further testing against
other ULR models should give an accurate picture of where this model stacks
up in the highly competitive genre, although the mediocrity of a stock
loopstick in the KK-D6110 would not be a deal-breaker for transoceanic DXers
with effective external antennas, especially considering the effective 1 kHz
DSP selectivity and other superb features. The Tecsun PL-380 also has a
stock loopstick that is quite underwhelming, but it has managed to become
quite popular among 9-kHz split DXing fanatics because of its effective 1 kHz
DSP filtering. Like the PL-380, the KK-D6110 also has a flat, rectangular
top cabinet surface ideal for attaching 7.5" loopstick frames, and other
such fanatical antenna attachments-- but that's another story :-) Suffice it
to say that the KK-D6110 would provide extremely stiff competition for the
PL-380 among transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, assuming
that the Definitions Committee gives its nod, and that the DXers could
tolerate the Chinese labels on the radio. The Kchibo KK-D6110 is offered by the
eBay seller "hygt369" for $51.99 with free shipping (which takes about 2
weeks, from Singapore), a significant bargain in comparison to the Tecsun
PL-310 and PL-380 models. The radio will be fully featured in the upcoming
2010 Ultralight AM Shootout, along with the PL-310, PL-380, PL-360 and a
couple of analog models.

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


The Kchibo KK-D6110 - it's an ULR!

dhsatyadhana <satya@...>
 

Hi all:

Thanks to Gary DeBock's insights as to the size and features of the new KK-D6110, it is indeed an Ultralight as per the Definitions. The Definitions Committee (Gil Stacy, Joe Miller and myself) would like to thank Gary for frequently being the first to order and evaluate the various technological wonders coming out of China which keep this hobby so interesting!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: My 7.5 inch antenna from gary

Tony Ward
 

Hi Gary: I did NOT mean to disappear on you after receiving my 7.5" ferrite, but other events here put DX and ULR matters very much on the back-burner for about 6 weeks. Allow me to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation! The little beast works beautifully on the PL-360 and I can report now that I can hear a very much larger number of stations than I could before. That these are stations that I wouldn't be caught dead listening to if I lived in their primary coverage area detracts not a jot from my enjoyment of the new enhanced antenna! We are (after all) DXers, and can stream any programs we actually want to listen to. (G) I look forward to the DX season, and to experimenting with the various new ways of extracting intelligence from the ether. Once more my thanks to you for your gifts to the hobby. Now if Croatia would only resume their evening transmissions on 1134 KHz.... (But there is an encouraging touch of Saudi Arabia on 1521)

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

Thanks Neil,

It was a lot of fun to make up these 7.5" plug-in loopsticks for you, and
many other PL-360 DXers. Yours was actually the very last AM plug-in
loopstick made, in a production run of about 25 (starting in late May).

I hope you will enjoy DXing with it, when conditions improve!

73, Gary


In a message dated 7/1/2010 2:44:46 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
neil.bell@... writes:




Thanks Gary! My antenna arrived, packed VERY well. Looking forward to
nighttime to try it out.

Neil Bell
KJ6FBA


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions

pianoplayer88key
 

Also, Gary, how does it (and the other DSP radios) behave near strong signals? I realize the apparent selectivity is good, but what's the RSSI when tuned 15-20kHz off a strong local like your 1450? In rural areas far from stations my PL-380 shows 15dBu RSSI on blank channels, but near strong signals it often shows 49 or 50 dBu across some of the dial, with signals that would sound fairly good otherwise being completely buried.
Last week, I took my PL-380 and Panasonic RQ-SW20 (selectivity grade F) to within about a wavelength or less of a semi-local on 1450 (far enough away from home that it's unlistenable at night, but close enough to be heard in the daytime), and there were many stations that were quite audible on the SW20 (which is less sensitive and MUCH less selective than the PL-380), that were non-existent on the PL-380. I recorded comparisons, and may post them sometime when I can organize & label them. BTW, anyone know of places besides the group's files area where I can upload MP3 files, and people have the choice of streaming or downloading, and they won't get corrupted? I've used box.net, which can stream or download but often corrupts my files, and skydrive, which doesn't stream, only downloads, but doesn't corrupt.
Did you ever see my msg on the list with a few selectivity/dBu/Grayland/etc questions? I posted it after you said you were getting ready to go to Grayland, and btw what's the status with that?

--- In ultralightdx@..., Richard Berler <lrdheat@...> wrote:

Hi Gary,
 
Attactive little set...is the soft mute off, reduced, or blatant?
 
Heatwave

--- On Thu, 7/1/10, D1028Gary@... <D1028Gary@...> wrote:


From: D1028Gary@... <D1028Gary@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 6:26 PM



Hello All,
 
Although John Washburn (VT) and Jim Zozzaro (MA) have also ordered the Kchibo KK-D6110 model, apparently my radio was the first to arrive from the Far East, so I hope they won't mind if I give my initial impressions on the list.
 
The KK-D6110 model represents a serious effort by Kchibo to get back in the Ultralight DSP receiver market, after having seen their D96L model seriously outclassed by the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 radios. The KK-D6110 can essentially be described as a D96L with all the quirky issues corrected, although with AM sensitivity somewhat reduced from that provided by the D96L. It retains Kchibo's Chinese domestic market identity (with Chinese label controls and a Chinese owner's manual), and with length and height slightly exceeding that of the PL-310, seems right on the borderline of the current Ultralight radio standards based on size and weight (I'll defer to the Definitions Committee on that decision).
 
Despite earlier impressions, the KK-D6100 is indeed an Si4734 DSP chip model, and features the full range of DSP filtering options (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 kHz). The digital "chuffing noise" and RF hash of the D92L and D96L models have been corrected in the KK-D6110, and Kchibo has ditched the rechargeable batteries in favor of standard AA types (three total). The beveled cabinets of the D92L and D96L have been replaced with a rectangular cabinet in the KK-D6110, making the model appear like a Tecsun PL-310 with a Kchibo label.
 
A quick check of the KK-D6110's AM-band performance was made against the D96L and PL-310, and provided an interesting glimpse into where this model may eventually fit in the Ultralight niche market (assuming that it is approved by the Definitions Committee). Kchibo has retained the relatively pleasant audio of the D96L model, as well as the bright green digital display whenever a control is changed (which stays on for 4 seconds, and causes no digital "chuffing noise" like in the D96L). For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable. The new Kchibo model has numerous digital tuning functions, although it will take a Chinese expert to completely figure them out from the manual (my own Chinese reading ability is basic, although probably better than that of most ULR DXers
:-)
 
The KK-D6110 model tested today has AM sensitivity somewhat weaker than that of either the D96L or PL-310 models, and this disadvantage extends throughout the AM frequency range from 530 to 1700 kHz. Further testing against other ULR models should give an accurate picture of where this model stacks up in the highly competitive genre, although the mediocrity of a stock loopstick in the KK-D6110 would not be a deal-breaker for transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, especially considering the effective 1 kHz DSP selectivity and other superb features. The Tecsun PL-380 also has a stock loopstick that is quite underwhelming, but it has managed to become quite popular among 9-kHz split DXing fanatics because of its effective 1 kHz DSP filtering. Like the PL-380, the KK-D6110 also has a flat, rectangular top cabinet surface ideal for attaching 7.5" loopstick frames, and other such fanatical antenna attachments-- but that's another story
:-) Suffice it to say that the KK-D6110 would provide extremely stiff competition for the PL-380 among transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, assuming that the Definitions Committee gives its nod, and that the DXers could tolerate the Chinese labels on the radio. The Kchibo KK-D6110 is offered by the eBay seller "hygt369" for $51.99 with free shipping (which takes about 2 weeks, from Singapore), a significant bargain in comparison to the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 models. The radio will be fully featured in the upcoming 2010 Ultralight AM Shootout, along with the PL-310, PL-380, PL-360 and a couple of analog models.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
                  


Re: My 7.5 inch antenna from gary

Gary DeBock
 

Thanks Neil,
 
It was a lot of fun to make up these 7.5" plug-in loopsticks for you, and many other PL-360 DXers. Yours was actually the very last AM plug-in loopstick made, in a production run of about 25 (starting in late May).
 
I hope you will enjoy DXing with it, when conditions improve! 
 
73, Gary
 
 

In a message dated 7/1/2010 2:44:46 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, neil.bell@... writes:
 

Thanks Gary! My antenna arrived, packed VERY well. Looking forward to nighttime to try it out.

Neil Bell
KJ6FBA


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 (Tuning step workaround for PL-380)

Gary Kinsman
 

Hi Gary,

I think the lack of a way to tune up or down one 10 kHz increment by pushing a single button or rotating the tuning wheel one click is the thing that annoys me the most about the PL-380. (Way to go, Kchibo; maybe Tecsun will get the hint.)

To get around this -- to some extent -- I programmed all of the MW frequencies from 520 kHz to 1510 kHz into the memories. If there were 20 more MW memories, then the whole band up to 1710 kHz could be accommodated.

I did the same thing with almost all of the FM frequencies; I think 5 more FM memories are needed to cover the whole band.

It's too bad we can't take some of the SW memories and allocate them to MW and FM as needed.

Regards,
Gary

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable.


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions

lrdheat
 

Hi Gary,
 
Attactive little set...is the soft mute off, reduced, or blatant?
 
Heatwave


--- On Thu, 7/1/10, D1028Gary@... wrote:

From: D1028Gary@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 6:26 PM

Hello All,
 
Although John Washburn (VT) and Jim Zozzaro (MA) have also ordered the Kchibo KK-D6110 model, apparently my radio was the first to arrive from the Far East, so I hope they won't mind if I give my initial impressions on the list.
 
The KK-D6110 model represents a serious effort by Kchibo to get back in the Ultralight DSP receiver market, after having seen their D96L model seriously outclassed by the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 radios. The KK-D6110 can essentially be described as a D96L with all the quirky issues corrected, although with AM sensitivity somewhat reduced from that provided by the D96L. It retains Kchibo's Chinese domestic market identity (with Chinese label controls and a Chinese owner's manual), and with length and height slightly exceeding that of the PL-310, seems right on the borderline of the current Ultralight radio standards based on size and weight (I'll defer to the Definitions Committee on that decision).
 
Despite earlier impressions, the KK-D6100 is indeed an Si4734 DSP chip model, and features the full range of DSP filtering options (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 kHz). The digital "chuffing noise" and RF hash of the D92L and D96L models have been corrected in the KK-D6110, and Kchibo has ditched the rechargeable batteries in favor of standard AA types (three total). The beveled cabinets of the D92L and D96L have been replaced with a rectangular cabinet in the KK-D6110, making the model appear like a Tecsun PL-310 with a Kchibo label.
 
A quick check of the KK-D6110's AM-band performance was made against the D96L and PL-310, and provided an interesting glimpse into where this model may eventually fit in the Ultralight niche market (assuming that it is approved by the Definitions Committee). Kchibo has retained the relatively pleasant audio of the D96L model, as well as the bright green digital display whenever a control is changed (which stays on for 4 seconds, and causes no digital "chuffing noise" like in the D96L). For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable. The new Kchibo model has numerous digital tuning functions, although it will take a Chinese expert to completely figure them out from the manual (my own Chinese reading ability is basic, although probably better than that of most ULR DXers :-)
 
The KK-D6110 model tested today has AM sensitivity somewhat weaker than that of either the D96L or PL-310 models, and this disadvantage extends throughout the AM frequency range from 530 to 1700 kHz. Further testing against other ULR models should give an accurate picture of where this model stacks up in the highly competitive genre, although the mediocrity of a stock loopstick in the KK-D6110 would not be a deal-breaker for transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, especially considering the effective 1 kHz DSP selectivity and other superb features. The Tecsun PL-380 also has a stock loopstick that is quite underwhelming, but it has managed to become quite popular among 9-kHz split DXing fanatics because of its effective 1 kHz DSP filtering. Like the PL-380, the KK-D6110 also has a flat, rectangular top cabinet surface ideal for attaching 7.5" loopstick frames, and other such fanatical antenna attachments-- but that's another story :-) Suffice it to say that the KK-D6110 would provide extremely stiff competition for the PL-380 among transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, assuming that the Definitions Committee gives its nod, and that the DXers could tolerate the Chinese labels on the radio. The Kchibo KK-D6110 is offered by the eBay seller "hygt369" for $51.99 with free shipping (which takes about 2 weeks, from Singapore), a significant bargain in comparison to the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 models. The radio will be fully featured in the upcoming 2010 Ultralight AM Shootout, along with the PL-310, PL-380, PL-360 and a couple of analog models.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
                  


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 (Tuning step workaround for PL-380)

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Gary,
 
Yes, it's true that the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310, PL-380 and PL-360 models is very unpopular with some DXers, although most hobbyists eventually learn to tolerate it. The otherwise stellar features of these Tecsun  DSP models make most of us consider this tuning quirk to be a minor inconvenience.
 
Tuning around with the KK-D6110 is likely to be very predictable and enjoyable, especially to someone who loves to hate the Tecsun dual-rate tuning system :-)
 
73, Gary 
 

In a message dated 7/1/2010 7:49:57 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, gkinsman@... writes:
 



Hi Gary,

I think the lack of a way to tune up or down one 10 kHz increment by pushing a single button or rotating the tuning wheel one click is the thing that annoys me the most about the PL-380. (Way to go, Kchibo; maybe Tecsun will get the hint.)

To get around this -- to some extent -- I programmed all of the MW frequencies from 520 kHz to 1510 kHz into the memories. If there were 20 more MW memories, then the whole band up to 1710 kHz could be accommodated.

I did the same thing with almost all of the FM frequencies; I think 5 more FM memories are needed to cover the whole band.

It's too bad we can't take some of the SW memories and allocate them to MW and FM as needed.

Regards,
Gary

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable.


Re: Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Richard,
 
My initial comparisons with the PL-310 and PL-380 models indicated that the KK-D6110's soft mute threshold is similar to that of the PL-380, so that weak AM signals do not cut in and out as frequently as in the PL-310 (or PL-300WT/ G8). Tuning 1 kHz up or down from a weak station also does not seem to result in a drastic reduction in signal strength, as it does in the "full-blown soft mute" models. 
 
Unfortunately the KK-D6110's AM sensitivity (as provided by the stock loopstick) does not keep up with either the PL-310 or PL-380 models, making an external antenna seem almost a necessity for serious DXing. The Kchibo's effective 1 kHz DSP selectivity and (apparently) reduced soft mute would be very attractive for transoceanic DXers with tuned passive loops, mega-loopsticks, Beverages and other serious DX antennas.
 
73, Gary    
 

In a message dated 7/1/2010 7:18:26 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, lrdheat@... writes:


Hi Gary,
 
Attactive little set...is the soft mute off, reduced, or blatant?
 
Heatwave

--- On Thu, 7/1/10, D1028Gary@... wrote:

From: D1028Gary@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 6:26 PM

Hello All,
 
Although John Washburn (VT) and Jim Zozzaro (MA) have also ordered the Kchibo KK-D6110 model, apparently my radio was the first to arrive from the Far East, so I hope they won't mind if I give my initial impressions on the list.
 
The KK-D6110 model represents a serious effort by Kchibo to get back in the Ultralight DSP receiver market, after having seen their D96L model seriously outclassed by the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 radios. The KK-D6110 can essentially be described as a D96L with all the quirky issues corrected, although with AM sensitivity somewhat reduced from that provided by the D96L. It retains Kchibo's Chinese domestic market identity (with Chinese label controls and a Chinese owner's manual), and with length and height slightly exceeding that of the PL-310, seems right on the borderline of the current Ultralight radio standards based on size and weight (I'll defer to the Definitions Committee on that decision).
 
Despite earlier impressions, the KK-D6100 is indeed an Si4734 DSP chip model, and features the full range of DSP filtering options (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 kHz). The digital "chuffing noise" and RF hash of the D92L and D96L models have been corrected in the KK-D6110, and Kchibo has ditched the rechargeable batteries in favor of standard AA types (three total). The beveled cabinets of the D92L and D96L have been replaced with a rectangular cabinet in the KK-D6110, making the model appear like a Tecsun PL-310 with a Kchibo label.
 
A quick check of the KK-D6110's AM-band performance was made against the D96L and PL-310, and provided an interesting glimpse into where this model may eventually fit in the Ultralight niche market (assuming that it is approved by the Definitions Committee). Kchibo has retained the relatively pleasant audio of the D96L model, as well as the bright green digital display whenever a control is changed (which stays on for 4 seconds, and causes no digital "chuffing noise" like in the D96L). For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable. The new Kchibo model has numerous digital tuning functions, although it will take a Chinese expert to completely figure them out from the manual (my own Chinese reading ability is basic, although probably better than that of most ULR DXers :-)
 
The KK-D6110 model tested today has AM sensitivity somewhat weaker than that of either the D96L or PL-310 models, and this disadvantage extends throughout the AM frequency range from 530 to 1700 kHz. Further testing against other ULR models should give an accurate picture of where this model stacks up in the highly competitive genre, although the mediocrity of a stock loopstick in the KK-D6110 would not be a deal-breaker for transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, especially considering the effective 1 kHz DSP selectivity and other superb features. The Tecsun PL-380 also has a stock loopstick that is quite underwhelming, but it has managed to become quite popular among 9-kHz split DXing fanatics because of its effective 1 kHz DSP filtering. Like the PL-380, the KK-D6110 also has a flat, rectangular top cabinet surface ideal for attaching 7.5" loopstick frames, and other such fanatical antenna attachments-- but that's another story :-) Suffice it to say that the KK-D6110 would provide extremely stiff competition for the PL-380 among transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, assuming that the Definitions Committee gives its nod, and that the DXers could tolerate the Chinese labels on the radio. The Kchibo KK-D6110 is offered by the eBay seller "hygt369" for $51.99 with free shipping (which takes about 2 weeks, from Singapore), a significant bargain in comparison to the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 models. The radio will be fully featured in the upcoming 2010 Ultralight AM Shootout, along with the PL-310, PL-380, PL-360 and a couple of analog models.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
                  


Re: super super sized antenna

sarmento2k
 

Hi Richard

I have used 36 ferrite rods material type 61, dimensions: diameter 0,40 length 9 inches. I have put together two bundles of 18 ferrite rods to achive better diameter / lenght rate.

The total weigh is about 8 kg / 17,6 lbs.

Well, it's not so easy to rotate but I'm using a rotatory dish that I've stolen from the kitchen used initially to serve food.

All in name of dxing.

Regards

Sarmento Campos
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
http://www.sarmento.net.br
http://www.sarmento.blog.br

--- In ultralightdx@..., "RichardA" <richarda@...> wrote:

Thank for the linking the interesting article to our group.

I don't see it mentioned, but do you know how many kilograms the super antenna weigh?

Good DX.

Richard.

Richard Allen
36°22'51"N / 97°26'35"W
(near Perry OK USA)

--- In ultralightdx@..., "mmaghakian" <mmaghakian@> wrote:

this is an interesting antenna construction article I came across for MW reception

http://www.sarmento.eng.br/Loop_Ferrite_Rod_Antenna.htm


My 7.5 inch antenna from gary

neilbellgroups <neil.bell@...>
 

Thanks Gary! My antenna arrived, packed VERY well. Looking forward to nighttime to try it out.

Neil Bell
KJ6FBA


Kchibo KK-D6110 AM-FM-SW DSP Receiver- First Impressions

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Although John Washburn (VT) and Jim Zozzaro (MA) have also ordered the Kchibo KK-D6110 model, apparently my radio was the first to arrive from the Far East, so I hope they won't mind if I give my initial impressions on the list.
 
The KK-D6110 model represents a serious effort by Kchibo to get back in the Ultralight DSP receiver market, after having seen their D96L model seriously outclassed by the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 radios. The KK-D6110 can essentially be described as a D96L with all the quirky issues corrected, although with AM sensitivity somewhat reduced from that provided by the D96L. It retains Kchibo's Chinese domestic market identity (with Chinese label controls and a Chinese owner's manual), and with length and height slightly exceeding that of the PL-310, seems right on the borderline of the current Ultralight radio standards based on size and weight (I'll defer to the Definitions Committee on that decision).
 
Despite earlier impressions, the KK-D6100 is indeed an Si4734 DSP chip model, and features the full range of DSP filtering options (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 kHz). The digital "chuffing noise" and RF hash of the D92L and D96L models have been corrected in the KK-D6110, and Kchibo has ditched the rechargeable batteries in favor of standard AA types (three total). The beveled cabinets of the D92L and D96L have been replaced with a rectangular cabinet in the KK-D6110, making the model appear like a Tecsun PL-310 with a Kchibo label.
 
A quick check of the KK-D6110's AM-band performance was made against the D96L and PL-310, and provided an interesting glimpse into where this model may eventually fit in the Ultralight niche market (assuming that it is approved by the Definitions Committee). Kchibo has retained the relatively pleasant audio of the D96L model, as well as the bright green digital display whenever a control is changed (which stays on for 4 seconds, and causes no digital "chuffing noise" like in the D96L). For those who have complained about the quirky dual tuning rate of the PL-310 and PL-380 based on tuning knob rotation, the KK-D6110 comes to the rescue with a selectable 1 or 9/10 kHz tuning rate, making DXing very predictable. The new Kchibo model has numerous digital tuning functions, although it will take a Chinese expert to completely figure them out from the manual (my own Chinese reading ability is basic, although probably better than that of most ULR DXers :-)
 
The KK-D6110 model tested today has AM sensitivity somewhat weaker than that of either the D96L or PL-310 models, and this disadvantage extends throughout the AM frequency range from 530 to 1700 kHz. Further testing against other ULR models should give an accurate picture of where this model stacks up in the highly competitive genre, although the mediocrity of a stock loopstick in the KK-D6110 would not be a deal-breaker for transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, especially considering the effective 1 kHz DSP selectivity and other superb features. The Tecsun PL-380 also has a stock loopstick that is quite underwhelming, but it has managed to become quite popular among 9-kHz split DXing fanatics because of its effective 1 kHz DSP filtering. Like the PL-380, the KK-D6110 also has a flat, rectangular top cabinet surface ideal for attaching 7.5" loopstick frames, and other such fanatical antenna attachments-- but that's another story :-) Suffice it to say that the KK-D6110 would provide extremely stiff competition for the PL-380 among transoceanic DXers with effective external antennas, assuming that the Definitions Committee gives its nod, and that the DXers could tolerate the Chinese labels on the radio. The Kchibo KK-D6110 is offered by the eBay seller "hygt369" for $51.99 with free shipping (which takes about 2 weeks, from Singapore), a significant bargain in comparison to the Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 models. The radio will be fully featured in the upcoming 2010 Ultralight AM Shootout, along with the PL-310, PL-380, PL-360 and a couple of analog models.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
                  


Re: Will BlackBerry charger work on PL-380?

Gary Kinsman
 

Hi Gil,

Thanks for the info.

Yes, my BB charger has the trapezoidal shaped plug.

Regards,
Gary

--- In ultralightdx@..., "nn4cw" <gilstacy@...> wrote:


I use a BB charger on mine and it works fine. The old Motorola Razr charger works as well. However, make sure the charger plug that fits in the rx is the trapezoidal shape and not the flattened version (micro?) that is used on some cellphones from both BB and Motorola. 73 Gil