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Ross Challenge - Day 2

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi all:

With holiday visitors in the early evening and the need for sleep, I didn't get as much time in as the intial marathon the first night, but did manage to bag 27 more to get to 138 total.

Nothing horribly exotic, although the graveyard call-in show from KMOX-1120 was in for my 20th state, and I managed to get a new one for the overall log that I had never heard before (930-KAGI). The last few catches were on a barefoot SRF-39FP as I was drifting off. All catches barefoot at this point - I have resisted using an external antenna so far, which for me is akin to torture by deprivation, but I seem to be managing :-)

There's still a fair amount of low-hanging fruit to be had, especially since I have yet to have a daytime or sunrise/sunset session. I plan to start using the R-911 to take advantage of its sensitivity and nulling capabilities.

This little adventure is doing wonders for my DXing enthusiam - onward!

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


ANON-CO on eBay -- Tecsun PL-310 Sale

Stuart
 

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$29.95 vs. regular $39.95.

All accessories and details seem the same, would seem to be a great deal.
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Re: A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Well, the 7-Day has already netted one new UL log:

570 WSYR Syracuse NY, 1950, local car dealer ads, "Newsradio 570 WSYR" ID, into tape-delay Sean Hannity program.

PL-310 barefoot, UL log 755.

On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM, dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...> wrote:
 

Excellent! I look forward to reading your status reports, which will hopefully include a few new ones on your end.

Kevin

--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin wrote:
>
> I did the 30-day challenge a few years ago and got 305 stations.
>
> I have yet to do a 7-day so I think i will start that tomorrow night.
>
> On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:
>
> >
> >

John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
The Ultralight Scoreboard  www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio


Re: A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

Horacio Nigro <hanigrodx@...>
 

Lot of success, I just wonder for your audition response. Congrats OM!
 
                          
   Horacio A. Nigro

    Montevideo     
    Uruguay








De: dhsatyadhana
Para: ultralightdx@...
Enviado: lun,27 diciembre, 2010 21:39
Asunto: [ultralightdx] Re: A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

 

Excellent! I look forward to reading your status reports, which will hopefully include a few new ones on your end.

Kevin

--- In ultralightdx@..., John Cereghin wrote:
>
> I did the 30-day challenge a few years ago and got 305 stations.
>
> I have yet to do a 7-day so I think i will start that tomorrow night.
>
> On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > Kevin..........Congratulations on hearing over 100 Stations on a ULR in 7
> > 1/2 Hours in one evening!!!! Bravo...and you already have the 7 Day
> > Challenge in the bag!! I look forward to receiving your Award Application
> > for this award...as well as the 300 Stations award...which I'm sure you'll
> > earn in the next 29 Days!!!
> >
> > Hopefully more of the ULR Membership will take you up on the Ross Challenge
> > Award....and will give myself and Gary lots of work to do processing award
> > applications!! It's a great way to add new stations to your logbook, and to
> > help familiarize yourself with your own local band conditions!!! Along the
> > way you can also pick up Awards for States, Provinces, and total stations
> > heard. I see Kevin already has earned awards for 5 Provinces and 10 States
> > just by doing the Ross Challenge!!! Kevin you'll also get the 100 Stations
> > Heard Award to tag along with the Ross Challenge Award!!! That's how easy it
> > is......one evening of Dxing has earned Kevin no less than 4 Awards!!!
> >
> > So...why not take him up on his offer....and see how many members can earn
> > this Award!!!!
> >
> > Plus it's a FUN way to spend a few evenings instead of Shoveling Snow!!!!
> > Hint Hint for those on the East Coast!!! Believe me...I feel your pain with
> > over 5 Feet of Snow falling here in 3 Days in early December!!!
> >
> > 73.........ROB VA3SW ( For the ULR Awards Committee)
> >
> > Robert S. Ross
> > London, Ontario CANADA
> >
> >
> > ********************************************************
> >
> > On 27/12/2010 2:17 PM, dhsatyadhana wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Hi all:
> >
> > I decided to start a "Ross Challenge" last night, which is to log as many
> > stations as you can in a 7-day and/or 30-day period. The nominal goal is 100
> > stations in 7 days and/or 300 stations in 30 days. (It's how Rob Ross
> > started Ultralight DXing, thus the name!) Completing either Challenge not
> > only earns one an ULR Award certificate, but is also a great way to add some
> > juice to your DXing and may well add some new ones to your log.
> >
> > I used to keep a very detailed log and numerical tally, back when I
> > exclusively used a tabletop receiver. However, I really got burned out on
> > it, and almost on DXing in general. Thankfully, Ultralighting came along to
> > renew my enthusiasm, and I have been happy as a clam the last 3+ years using
> > these little wonders, as well as experimenting with antennas and other gear.
> > However, despite the renewal of interest in DXing, I never really kept a
> > good log or looked to get my numbers up, and have speculated as to whether I
> > would ever do so again.
> >
> > Well, after doing a Ross Challenge, the log is back!
> >
> > I started last night around 5:30 PM, using a barefoot Tecsun PL-310 and a
> > little Olympus digital recorder. Reception conditions were fortunately quite
> > good on the domestic front, and here's where I ended up when I finally
> > decided to get some sleep wwaayy past midnight (about 7.5 hours total DXing
> > time):
> >
> > # Stations heard: 111 (including 2 new ones never heard before)
> >
> > # US States heard: 19
> > AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MI, MN, MT, NE,
> > NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
> >
> > # Canadian Provinces heard: 5
> > AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
> >
> > So, the 100 Station mark has been reached. However, getting to 300 over the
> > next 29 days will be pretty challenging out here on the West Coast, since
> > there are essentially no stations to the west of me: here's hoping the
> > conditions hold up for another month.
> >
> > This is a ton of fun – who else wants to add some spice to their DXing and
> > join me in a Ross Challenge????
> >
> > Kevin S
> > Bainbridge Island, WA
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> John Cereghin WDX3IAO KB3LYP
> Smyrna, Delaware
> My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
> The Ultralight Scoreboard www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio
>



Re: Sony SRF-T615

Jay Heyl
 

On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 14:17, dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...> wrote:
Gary raises a good point on the cost of the R351.  I bought a T615 last year off of Taobao, for less than $100, although current Taobao prices are around $125 or so.  Alas, Taobao is apparently not the bargain it used to be.  I see a used R351 on Taobao for about $55, but that is a precious chunk of change for a 9 khz-only set that is not new...

My brother paid about $80 in Japan at one of those gigantic, multi-story electronics stores. 

 -- Jay 


Re: A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

Kevin Schanilec
 

Excellent! I look forward to reading your status reports, which will hopefully include a few new ones on your end.

Kevin

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

I did the 30-day challenge a few years ago and got 305 stations.

I have yet to do a 7-day so I think i will start that tomorrow night.

On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...>wrote:



Kevin..........Congratulations on hearing over 100 Stations on a ULR in 7
1/2 Hours in one evening!!!! Bravo...and you already have the 7 Day
Challenge in the bag!! I look forward to receiving your Award Application
for this award...as well as the 300 Stations award...which I'm sure you'll
earn in the next 29 Days!!!

Hopefully more of the ULR Membership will take you up on the Ross Challenge
Award....and will give myself and Gary lots of work to do processing award
applications!! It's a great way to add new stations to your logbook, and to
help familiarize yourself with your own local band conditions!!! Along the
way you can also pick up Awards for States, Provinces, and total stations
heard. I see Kevin already has earned awards for 5 Provinces and 10 States
just by doing the Ross Challenge!!! Kevin you'll also get the 100 Stations
Heard Award to tag along with the Ross Challenge Award!!! That's how easy it
is......one evening of Dxing has earned Kevin no less than 4 Awards!!!

So...why not take him up on his offer....and see how many members can earn
this Award!!!!

Plus it's a FUN way to spend a few evenings instead of Shoveling Snow!!!!
Hint Hint for those on the East Coast!!! Believe me...I feel your pain with
over 5 Feet of Snow falling here in 3 Days in early December!!!

73.........ROB VA3SW ( For the ULR Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


********************************************************

On 27/12/2010 2:17 PM, dhsatyadhana wrote:



Hi all:

I decided to start a "Ross Challenge" last night, which is to log as many
stations as you can in a 7-day and/or 30-day period. The nominal goal is 100
stations in 7 days and/or 300 stations in 30 days. (It's how Rob Ross
started Ultralight DXing, thus the name!) Completing either Challenge not
only earns one an ULR Award certificate, but is also a great way to add some
juice to your DXing and may well add some new ones to your log.

I used to keep a very detailed log and numerical tally, back when I
exclusively used a tabletop receiver. However, I really got burned out on
it, and almost on DXing in general. Thankfully, Ultralighting came along to
renew my enthusiasm, and I have been happy as a clam the last 3+ years using
these little wonders, as well as experimenting with antennas and other gear.
However, despite the renewal of interest in DXing, I never really kept a
good log or looked to get my numbers up, and have speculated as to whether I
would ever do so again.

Well, after doing a Ross Challenge, the log is back!

I started last night around 5:30 PM, using a barefoot Tecsun PL-310 and a
little Olympus digital recorder. Reception conditions were fortunately quite
good on the domestic front, and here's where I ended up when I finally
decided to get some sleep wwaayy past midnight (about 7.5 hours total DXing
time):

# Stations heard: 111 (including 2 new ones never heard before)

# US States heard: 19
AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MI, MN, MT, NE,
NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY

# Canadian Provinces heard: 5
AB, BC, MB, ON, SK

So, the 100 Station mark has been reached. However, getting to 300 over the
next 29 days will be pretty challenging out here on the West Coast, since
there are essentially no stations to the west of me: here's hoping the
conditions hold up for another month.

This is a ton of fun – who else wants to add some spice to their DXing and
join me in a Ross Challenge????

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA





--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
The Ultralight Scoreboard www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio


Re: A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

I did the 30-day challenge a few years ago and got 305 stations.

I have yet to do a 7-day so I think i will start that tomorrow night.


On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...> wrote:
 

Kevin..........Congratulations on hearing over 100 Stations on a ULR in 7 1/2 Hours in one evening!!!! Bravo...and you already have the 7 Day Challenge in the bag!! I look forward to receiving your Award Application for this award...as well as the 300 Stations award...which I'm sure you'll earn in the next 29 Days!!!

Hopefully more of the ULR Membership will take you up on the Ross Challenge Award....and will give myself and Gary lots of work to do processing award applications!! It's a great way to add new stations to your logbook, and to help familiarize yourself with your own local band conditions!!! Along the way you can also pick up Awards for States, Provinces, and total stations heard.  I see Kevin already has earned awards for 5 Provinces and 10 States just by doing the Ross Challenge!!! Kevin you'll also get the 100 Stations Heard Award to tag along with the Ross Challenge Award!!! That's how easy it is......one evening of Dxing has earned Kevin no less than 4 Awards!!!

So...why not take him up on his offer....and see how many members can earn this Award!!!!

Plus it's a FUN way to spend a few evenings instead of Shoveling Snow!!!! Hint Hint for those on the East Coast!!! Believe me...I feel your pain with over 5 Feet of Snow falling here in 3 Days in early December!!!

73.........ROB VA3SW ( For the ULR Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


********************************************************


On 27/12/2010 2:17 PM, dhsatyadhana wrote:
 

Hi all:

I decided to start a "Ross Challenge" last night, which is to log as many stations as you can in a 7-day and/or 30-day period. The nominal goal is 100 stations in 7 days and/or 300 stations in 30 days. (It's how Rob Ross started Ultralight DXing, thus the name!) Completing either Challenge not only earns one an ULR Award certificate, but is also a great way to add some juice to your DXing and may well add some new ones to your log.

I used to keep a very detailed log and numerical tally, back when I exclusively used a tabletop receiver. However, I really got burned out on it, and almost on DXing in general. Thankfully, Ultralighting came along to renew my enthusiasm, and I have been happy as a clam the last 3+ years using these little wonders, as well as experimenting with antennas and other gear. However, despite the renewal of interest in DXing, I never really kept a good log or looked to get my numbers up, and have speculated as to whether I would ever do so again.

Well, after doing a Ross Challenge, the log is back!

I started last night around 5:30 PM, using a barefoot Tecsun PL-310 and a little Olympus digital recorder. Reception conditions were fortunately quite good on the domestic front, and here's where I ended up when I finally decided to get some sleep wwaayy past midnight (about 7.5 hours total DXing time):

# Stations heard: 111 (including 2 new ones never heard before)

# US States heard: 19
AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MI, MN, MT, NE,
NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY

# Canadian Provinces heard: 5
AB, BC, MB, ON, SK

So, the 100 Station mark has been reached. However, getting to 300 over the next 29 days will be pretty challenging out here on the West Coast, since there are essentially no stations to the west of me: here's hoping the conditions hold up for another month.

This is a ton of fun – who else wants to add some spice to their DXing and join me in a Ross Challenge????

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA





--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
The Ultralight Scoreboard  www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio


Re: Sony SRF-T615

Kevin Schanilec
 

Gary raises a good point on the cost of the R351. I bought a T615 last year off of Taobao, for less than $100, although current Taobao prices are around $125 or so. Alas, Taobao is apparently not the bargain it used to be. I see a used R351 on Taobao for about $55, but that is a precious chunk of change for a 9 khz-only set that is not new...

Kevin

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

Hi Richard,

The ICF-R351 listing (from the eBay seller "joynetcafe") looks
interesting, but the current $125 price would seem to disqualify it for official
Ultralight radio status.

The wildly popular Sony SRF-T615 was originally sold for $92 at the time I
purchased one in December of 2007 (for the Spring 2008 Ultralight Radio
Shootout), but because it was the top-rated ULR model in the review, a
stampede of orders ensued-- and the price went into the stratosphere. The
original $92 price was "grandfathered," though, and the radio kept its ULR status.
Some DXers like Rob and I bought 2 of them, and even non-ULR DXers like
Chuck Hutton used them to make amazing catches-- like 1566-India during a
November 2008 Newfoundland DXpedition.

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


In a message dated 12/27/2010 1:16:46 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
lrdheat@... writes:




I'm wondering if it's the ICF-R351? If you go on e-bay, it's $125
(probably much lower in Japan...when googleing that model, a Japanese consortium of
stores came up with prices as low as $84). It is listed as high
sensitivity due to longer ferrite which offers 3db greater sensitivity.

Heatwave

--- On Mon, 12/27/10, Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...> wrote:



From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...>
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Sony SRF-T615
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 3:10 PM



On 27/12/2010 2:48 PM, Jay Heyl wrote:

A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping
twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a
look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't
mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go
shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we
exchanged gifts.


He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then
spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English.
The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was
better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He
decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the
T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better"
model.


-- Jay



_Reply to send_
(http://us.mc658.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=yahoogroups@...&subject=Re:%20Sony%20SRF-T615)





Jay...I hope you enjoy the T-615..........I wouldn't trade mine for
anything!!! If there's a Better Sony out there....I'm not aware of it. But...if
you find one...please let us know, as I'd definitely be interested!!!

Have Fun with the T-615!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Sony SRF-T615

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Richard,
 
The ICF-R351 listing (from the eBay seller "joynetcafe") looks interesting, but the current $125 price would seem to disqualify it for official Ultralight radio status.
 
The wildly popular Sony SRF-T615 was originally sold for $92 at the time I purchased one in December of 2007 (for the Spring 2008 Ultralight Radio Shootout), but because it was the top-rated ULR model in the review, a stampede of orders ensued-- and the price went into the stratosphere. The original $92 price was "grandfathered," though, and the radio kept its ULR status. Some DXers like Rob and I bought 2 of them, and even non-ULR DXers like Chuck Hutton used them to make amazing catches-- like 1566-India during a November 2008 Newfoundland DXpedition.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)   
 
In a message dated 12/27/2010 1:16:46 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, lrdheat@... writes:

 

I'm wondering if it's the ICF-R351? If you go on e-bay, it's $125 (probably much lower in Japan...when googleing that model, a Japanese consortium of stores came up with prices as low as $84). It is listed as high sensitivity due to longer ferrite which offers 3db greater sensitivity.
 
Heatwave

--- On Mon, 12/27/10, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:

From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Sony SRF-T615
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 3:10 PM

 
On 27/12/2010 2:48 PM, Jay Heyl wrote:
 
A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we exchanged gifts. 

He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model. 

  -- Jay


Jay...I hope you enjoy the T-615..........I wouldn't trade mine for anything!!! If there's a Better Sony out there....I'm not aware of it. But...if you find one...please let us know, as I'd definitely be interested!!!

Have Fun with the T-615!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Sony SRF-T615

Kevin Schanilec
 

I just found the owner's manual for the ICF-R351, and unfortunately it's only got 9 khz tuning. Argh...

Kevin

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

I'm wondering if it's the ICF-R351? If you go on e-bay, it's $125 (probably much lower in Japan...when googleing that model, a Japanese consortium of stores came up with prices as low as $84). It is listed as high sensitivity due to longer ferrite which offers 3db greater sensitivity.
 
Heatwave

--- On Mon, 12/27/10, Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...> wrote:


From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...>
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Sony SRF-T615
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 3:10 PM


 



On 27/12/2010 2:48 PM, Jay Heyl wrote:
 

A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we exchanged gifts. 


He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model. 


  -- Jay


Reply to send


Jay...I hope you enjoy the T-615..........I wouldn't trade mine for anything!!! If there's a Better Sony out there....I'm not aware of it. But...if you find one...please let us know, as I'd definitely be interested!!!

Have Fun with the T-615!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Sony SRF-T615

Antonios Kekalos <akekalos@...>
 

I currently have a T615 on order from Audio Cubes II. Have been curious to know if the body is metal or plastic?

Tony
Traverse City, MI


On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM, Richard Berler <lrdheat@...> wrote:
 

I'm wondering if it's the ICF-R351? If you go on e-bay, it's $125 (probably much lower in Japan...when googleing that model, a Japanese consortium of stores came up with prices as low as $84). It is listed as high sensitivity due to longer ferrite which offers 3db greater sensitivity.
 
Heatwave

--- On Mon, 12/27/10, Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...> wrote:

From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW <va3sw@...>
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Sony SRF-T615
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 3:10 PM


 
On 27/12/2010 2:48 PM, Jay Heyl wrote:
 
A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we exchanged gifts. 

He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model. 

  -- Jay


Jay...I hope you enjoy the T-615..........I wouldn't trade mine for anything!!! If there's a Better Sony out there....I'm not aware of it. But...if you find one...please let us know, as I'd definitely be interested!!!

Have Fun with the T-615!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA




--
Tony, N4RNI
Traverse City, MI
EN74dq
FISTS #14949, SKCC# 7117, NAQCC# 4774, QRP ARCI 7407, SWLR-RN072, WA8050SWL

Not every conspiracy is a theory-AMC's Rubicon




Re: Sony SRF-T615

lrdheat
 

I'm wondering if it's the ICF-R351? If you go on e-bay, it's $125 (probably much lower in Japan...when googleing that model, a Japanese consortium of stores came up with prices as low as $84). It is listed as high sensitivity due to longer ferrite which offers 3db greater sensitivity.
 
Heatwave


--- On Mon, 12/27/10, Robert S.Ross VA3SW wrote:

From: Robert S.Ross VA3SW
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Sony SRF-T615
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Monday, December 27, 2010, 3:10 PM

 
On 27/12/2010 2:48 PM, Jay Heyl wrote:
 
A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we exchanged gifts. 

He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model. 

  -- Jay


Jay...I hope you enjoy the T-615..........I wouldn't trade mine for anything!!! If there's a Better Sony out there....I'm not aware of it. But...if you find one...please let us know, as I'd definitely be interested!!!

Have Fun with the T-615!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Sony SRF-T615

Jay Heyl
 

On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 12:19, dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...> wrote:

At any rate, rest assured you have the best of that type of Sony receiver!

It's been tough finding a spot to listen that isn't bombarded with noise, which is kind of interesting since when I used to live three doors down from my brother this was an incredibly quiet neighborhood RF-wise. Sitting in my brother's back yard yields loads of noise, I suspect from the TV, which is ALWAYS on. Listening in my hotel is even worse, though I had trouble sleeping the other night and turned the T615 on for a while at about 4am. I wouldn't call it quiet, but it was way quieter than I'd heard previously and I was able to hear some of the big guns from the north -- WGN, WLW, WCBS. They were all regulars in the winter when I lived here in Orlando, but on such a small radio in a hotel room near the airport, it's not bad. 

My experience so far follows what most have reported. The T615 seems very sensitive with an extremely sharp null on the antenna, but the selectivity leaves a bit to be desired. The sharp, deep null does help, making it possible to null out even most of the locals.

I would also add I was surprised at how small the T615 is. Maybe I just hadn't been paying attention with the pictures I'd seen before, but I was not expecting something about a quarter the volume of most of my other ultralights. Truly amazing that such performance can be packed into such a tiny package.

  -- Jay


Re: Sony SRF-T615

robert ross
 

On 27/12/2010 2:48 PM, Jay Heyl wrote:
 

A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we exchanged gifts. 


He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model. 

  -- Jay


Jay...I hope you enjoy the T-615..........I wouldn't trade mine for anything!!! If there's a Better Sony out there....I'm not aware of it. But...if you find one...please let us know, as I'd definitely be interested!!!

Have Fun with the T-615!!

73...ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


Re: Sony SRF-T615

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hey Jay:

Congrats on the T615! Hopefully it will add a new weapon to your arsenal.

I did some research on the T615-like Sony models before I bought my T615, and while there are newer models like the M607, they either don't do both 9 and 10 khz spacing, did not cover out to 1700 khz, or for some other reason were not as functional as the T615. I will try and find the comparisons that I did.

At any rate, rest assured you have the best of that type of Sony receiver!

Kevin

--- In ultralightdx@..., Jay Heyl <yahoogroups@...> wrote:

A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice
in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look
for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention
anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go
shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we
exchanged gifts.

He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend
a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The
young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was
better. Sadly,
my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick
with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm
curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model.

-- Jay


Sony SRF-T615

Jay Heyl
 

A couple months ago my brother was in Asia for several weeks, stopping twice in Japan. Before he left I asked if he got some time if he could take a look for a Sony SRF-T615, with an upper price limit of $100. He didn't mention anything about it on his return so I figured he didn't get time to go shopping. To my surprise, it showed up under the Christmas tree when we exchanged gifts. 

He said he had to take three trains to get to the right place and then spend a bunch of time in the store trying to find someone who spoke English. The young woman who waited on him said Sony had a newer model that was better. Sadly, my brother didn't think to ask about the model number. He decided to stick with what I had specified. Not that I'm not happy with the T615, but I'm curious if anyone has any knowledge of this newer, "better" model. 

  -- Jay


Re: A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

robert ross
 

Kevin..........Congratulations on hearing over 100 Stations on a ULR in 7 1/2 Hours in one evening!!!! Bravo...and you already have the 7 Day Challenge in the bag!! I look forward to receiving your Award Application for this award...as well as the 300 Stations award...which I'm sure you'll earn in the next 29 Days!!!

Hopefully more of the ULR Membership will take you up on the Ross Challenge Award....and will give myself and Gary lots of work to do processing award applications!! It's a great way to add new stations to your logbook, and to help familiarize yourself with your own local band conditions!!! Along the way you can also pick up Awards for States, Provinces, and total stations heard.  I see Kevin already has earned awards for 5 Provinces and 10 States just by doing the Ross Challenge!!! Kevin you'll also get the 100 Stations Heard Award to tag along with the Ross Challenge Award!!! That's how easy it is......one evening of Dxing has earned Kevin no less than 4 Awards!!!

So...why not take him up on his offer....and see how many members can earn this Award!!!!

Plus it's a FUN way to spend a few evenings instead of Shoveling Snow!!!! Hint Hint for those on the East Coast!!! Believe me...I feel your pain with over 5 Feet of Snow falling here in 3 Days in early December!!!

73.........ROB VA3SW ( For the ULR Awards Committee)

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA


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On 27/12/2010 2:17 PM, dhsatyadhana wrote:

 

Hi all:

I decided to start a "Ross Challenge" last night, which is to log as many stations as you can in a 7-day and/or 30-day period. The nominal goal is 100 stations in 7 days and/or 300 stations in 30 days. (It's how Rob Ross started Ultralight DXing, thus the name!) Completing either Challenge not only earns one an ULR Award certificate, but is also a great way to add some juice to your DXing and may well add some new ones to your log.

I used to keep a very detailed log and numerical tally, back when I exclusively used a tabletop receiver. However, I really got burned out on it, and almost on DXing in general. Thankfully, Ultralighting came along to renew my enthusiasm, and I have been happy as a clam the last 3+ years using these little wonders, as well as experimenting with antennas and other gear. However, despite the renewal of interest in DXing, I never really kept a good log or looked to get my numbers up, and have speculated as to whether I would ever do so again.

Well, after doing a Ross Challenge, the log is back!

I started last night around 5:30 PM, using a barefoot Tecsun PL-310 and a little Olympus digital recorder. Reception conditions were fortunately quite good on the domestic front, and here's where I ended up when I finally decided to get some sleep wwaayy past midnight (about 7.5 hours total DXing time):

# Stations heard: 111 (including 2 new ones never heard before)

# US States heard: 19
AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MI, MN, MT, NE,
NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY

# Canadian Provinces heard: 5
AB, BC, MB, ON, SK

So, the 100 Station mark has been reached. However, getting to 300 over the next 29 days will be pretty challenging out here on the West Coast, since there are essentially no stations to the west of me: here's hoping the conditions hold up for another month.

This is a ton of fun – who else wants to add some spice to their DXing and join me in a Ross Challenge????

Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA



A Ross Challenge Starts - Join Me?

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi all:

I decided to start a "Ross Challenge" last night, which is to log as many stations as you can in a 7-day and/or 30-day period. The nominal goal is 100 stations in 7 days and/or 300 stations in 30 days. (It's how Rob Ross started Ultralight DXing, thus the name!) Completing either Challenge not only earns one an ULR Award certificate, but is also a great way to add some juice to your DXing and may well add some new ones to your log.

I used to keep a very detailed log and numerical tally, back when I exclusively used a tabletop receiver. However, I really got burned out on it, and almost on DXing in general. Thankfully, Ultralighting came along to renew my enthusiasm, and I have been happy as a clam the last 3+ years using these little wonders, as well as experimenting with antennas and other gear. However, despite the renewal of interest in DXing, I never really kept a good log or looked to get my numbers up, and have speculated as to whether I would ever do so again.

Well, after doing a Ross Challenge, the log is back!

I started last night around 5:30 PM, using a barefoot Tecsun PL-310 and a little Olympus digital recorder. Reception conditions were fortunately quite good on the domestic front, and here's where I ended up when I finally decided to get some sleep wwaayy past midnight (about 7.5 hours total DXing time):

# Stations heard: 111 (including 2 new ones never heard before)

# US States heard: 19
AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MI, MN, MT, NE,
NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY

# Canadian Provinces heard: 5
AB, BC, MB, ON, SK

So, the 100 Station mark has been reached. However, getting to 300 over the next 29 days will be pretty challenging out here on the West Coast, since there are essentially no stations to the west of me: here's hoping the conditions hold up for another month.

This is a ton of fun – who else wants to add some spice to their DXing and join me in a Ross Challenge????


Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: Happy Holidays to Everyone

Kevin Schanilec
 

Allen & Diane:

Thanks for the holiday greetings, and a very nice DX site! The ultra-sophisticated receiving equipment that you have on display there (a total of $60 for the three of them?) has pulled in an impressive amount of DX.

Hope to read/hear more of your catches as you pad your totals in 2011.

Kevin S

--- In ultralightdx@..., Allen Willie <vo1_001_swl@...> wrote:

Greetings from the North Atlantic,

We would like to wish everyone the Happiest of the Holiday Season and all the best in the upcoming New Year.

The Ultralight radio niche of the Radio Dxing hobby has brought us personally many moments of thrills and excitement in hearing a new station or country that we haven't heard before.

It has also been very enjoyable to see the Ultralight Radio group expanding rapidly with many new members and equally as heartwarming to see so many members having great fun and success with these mini machines.

Dianne and I have recently put together a website(a work in progress) for a New Year project with photos of our Dxing locations here in Newfoundland, our personal Ultralight Dxing records and totals thus far, as well as logs from our past Ultralight Radio mini-Dxpedition endeavours to Old Perlican, Newfoundland and up to Ladies Lookout on Signal Hill.

It is now available for viewing

http://nldxers.110mb.com/


Once again, wishing everyone all the best in 2011 !

Allen Willie @ Dianne Froude
St. John's,Newfoundland


Happy Holidays to Everyone

Allen Willie
 

Greetings from the North Atlantic,

We would like to wish everyone the Happiest of the Holiday Season and all the best in the upcoming New Year.

The Ultralight radio niche of the Radio Dxing hobby has brought us personally many moments of thrills and excitement in hearing a new station or country that we haven't heard before.

It has also been very enjoyable to see the Ultralight Radio group expanding rapidly with many new members and equally as heartwarming to see so many members having great fun and success with these mini machines.

Dianne and I have recently put together a website(a work in progress) for a New Year project with photos of our Dxing locations here in Newfoundland, our personal Ultralight Dxing records and totals thus far, as well as logs from our past Ultralight Radio mini-Dxpedition endeavours to Old Perlican, Newfoundland and up to Ladies Lookout on Signal Hill.

It is now available for viewing

http://nldxers.110mb.com/


Once again, wishing everyone all the best in 2011 !

Allen Willie @ Dianne Froude
St. John's,Newfoundland