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Need Buying Advice For Ebay & Tecsun pl-380, VERY Confused

Michael <cglynn321@...>
 

I am taking the jump and buying a Tecsun pl-380 off e-bay but am confused as to who to buy it from. I see the seller anon-co mentioned alot on this forum but I note a number of sellers who offer it at a cheaper price when you factor in the shipping costs and they seem to have a high number of positive results also.I also see a seller listed under links in this forum called China Electronics, hygt369. The one thing I would like to be sure of is getting the best and most current version available, or should I wait a couple months to see if the manufacturer improves the internal antenna windings.
Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated as I can only afford to make this purchase once and am hoping this radio will give me a number of years service.
Thanks To All
Mike Glynn
Niagara Falls, Canada


South Florida loggings

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 

The band felt short last night and this morning, with no TAs or even hets heard last night. http://geomag.nrcan.gc.ca/common_apps/ssp-1-eng.php is showing intermittent moderate high-latitude disturbances; we got one day of grace, so I hope everyone took advantage of it!

Times in UTC, PL-380 with modified internal antenna.

03-09

2310

1120

WSME

Camp Lejeune

NC

C&W off 2316Z

 

2344

770

CMBA

?

Cuba

R Rebelde // 600 Cuba #99

 

2348

1120

CMBA

?

Cuba

R Rebelde // 600 Cuba #100

 

2350

920

CMBC

?

Cuba

R Progreso // 640 Cuba #101

03-10

0415

1230

WSBB

New Smyrna Beach

FL

Sinatra, "Fly Me…" ID 0418Z Florida #130

 

1050

540

HICM

Santo Domingo

Dom Rep

R ABC, M talking, mx, f/o 1050Z

 

1105

610

CMBD

Sancti Spiritus

Cuba

R Reloj Cuba #102 ULR #387

 

Operation Bay of Sigs wrapped up with a blitz across the band, looking for R Progreso and R Rebelde stations. While cross-checking Rebelde on 610 early this morning, trying to figure out what I was hearing on 860, the distinctive "RR" of R Reloj poppsed out, for Cuba #103.

A couple of notes on 540 kHz. Chris Black reported hearing HICM and YNOM the other night, with YNOM being 180 Hz off frequency. The tone was audible this morning, beating against WFLF*, but faded at Santo Domingo SR.

I'll have to build that quilt-hoop-loop to replace the internal antenna, or work some voodoo magic on WFLF if I want to log the weaker stations on 540. The internal antenna won't null well enough; even coupled into the Terk, there's enough stray pickup to offset the Terk's ability to null. Being at the bottom of the band, 540 kHz will benefit from the nulling ability of a larger loop. If you aren't trying to null a big signal, inductively coupling into the internal antenna works well enough. If you have a fire-breathing dragon on the frequency, getting the internal antenna out of the circuit is a must.

*WFLF 540 did not change patterns at SS last night and was very strong before sunrise, but I think they eventually switched sometime overnight, as they got even louder at SR. This could be a good candidate for anyone needing Florida. They consistently ID as "WFLA," not WFLF. WFLA 970 is in Tampa. Listening to two idiots talking about UFOs last night, when I was trying to dig out Honduras, I was thinking of all sorts of good mnemonics for "FLF," none of which are family-friendly!

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


Under XERF 1570

tonyzl <tonyzl@...>
 

Thanks for suggestions of which station this may be. I have uploaded a 60 sec sound clip to Files of the cumbia music with the repeated slogan. This may help someone identify the station.
XERF faded in occasionally with phone call in/dedications type program. Also in the mix at times a possible religious mix of choral items. An interesting evening day on 1570 !

Thanks for any help.

Tony King
Greytown
New Zealand


Re: unidentified Canadian on 540

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "Carl" wrote:
>
> ? Canada 540 2011-2107 EST 3.9.10 news talk presumed in French

Carl,

If it's French, it sounds more like CBGA in New Carlisle, Quebec. Good catch!

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


unidentified Canadian on 540

Carl DeWhitt
 

? Canada 540 2011-2107 EST 3.9.10 news talk presumed in French with man and woman.First there appeared to be monologue and dialogue between several people.CBC and Radio Canada i.d. in French on the hour and then apparent news with woman announcer.very poor-fair mostly in clear on E-100 barefoot.The two possibilities seem to be CHIC or CBEF.Both CBEF and CJBC on 860 carry the Première_Chaîne French network.So i will check CJBC for a //.This would be a new one if either station(CHIC or CBEF).
Carl DeWhitt
Maryville, Tn.


Re: Latest Loggings - March 9, 2010

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., Stephen Ponder wrote:

>
> 1110 KVTT Mineral Wells, TX

> � and at 0045, a short musical piece, then PFFT! Their signal was gone! Must have been a pattern change because they did not do a sign-off statement. Thanks to a tip from Kirk Allen, I was able to snag this one!

KVTT is a daytime-only station. You can get their hours through this link: http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/amq?call=KVTT    

It's not unusual for daytime stations to flip the switch mid-song. AM now stands for "Anarchy Modulation." WFLF540 in Orlando sure didn't change their pattern at sunset tonight. FCC doesn't care about the band anymore.

Congrats on the loggings!

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


Re: PL-360? anyone have one yet?

Tony Germanotta
 

i have the 310, so it might be different, but you get it to tune in 10Khz steps by turning the wheel quickly. It then automatically goes into that mode, then you can step along with each click. (and 5KHz on SW bands). It's quite a feel operation though, you never really know how fast you have to turn the dial to get onto the steps and then you can slow down just a fraction too much and you're back at 1KHz steps again. The 310 has a conventional knob for tuning on the side, which probably makes it easier to do this, than with the dial on the face of the 380.


On Mar 9, 2010, at 7:30 PM, franktowntrain wrote:

 

Hello Gary, no I don't have a 360 but I just rec'd today a PL-380 based on your shoot out results and review but I'm having some trouble tuning it. I followed the manual and set 10Khz tuning steps and it will tune in 10khz steps using the "vf" key but I can't seem to get it to tune in 10khz uning the thumbwheel, when I hit the "vf" of course it is scanning quickly thru and only stops on strong signals. Is there any way to tune manually in 10Khz increments? Am I missing something here?
thanks
Jack Leonard

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> Hello Farmerik,
>
> The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the new models here, but unfortunately there
> hasn't been time yet to tinker around with external air core loops directly
> connected to the plug-in jack. There are several experimental projects
> competing for time here, but I hope to do this as part of the upcoming PL-360
> review article.
>
> The PL-360 (with the plug-in stock loopstick) does have great inductive
> coupling with the PVC-framed air core loops here, although the fixed 3 kHz DSP
> selectivity makes the model less than ideal for 9 kHz-split DXing. The
> PL-310 and PL-380 would be much better choices for those hobbyists interested
> in transoceanic DXing.
>
> 73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
>
>
> In a message dated 3/6/2010 1:52:57 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> farmerik@... writes:
>
>
>
>
> I was curious if anyone had the PL-360 yet, and if so how it works with an
> external loop antenna like the Terk or Tecsun directly connected to the
> radio. - FARMERIK
>



Re: PL-360? anyone have one yet?

franktowntrain <jleonard@...>
 

Hello Gary, no I don't have a 360 but I just rec'd today a PL-380 based on your shoot out results and review but I'm having some trouble tuning it. I followed the manual and set 10Khz tuning steps and it will tune in 10khz steps using the "vf" key but I can't seem to get it to tune in 10khz uning the thumbwheel, when I hit the "vf" of course it is scanning quickly thru and only stops on strong signals. Is there any way to tune manually in 10Khz increments? Am I missing something here?
thanks
Jack Leonard

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

Hello Farmerik,

The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the new models here, but unfortunately there
hasn't been time yet to tinker around with external air core loops directly
connected to the plug-in jack. There are several experimental projects
competing for time here, but I hope to do this as part of the upcoming PL-360
review article.

The PL-360 (with the plug-in stock loopstick) does have great inductive
coupling with the PVC-framed air core loops here, although the fixed 3 kHz DSP
selectivity makes the model less than ideal for 9 kHz-split DXing. The
PL-310 and PL-380 would be much better choices for those hobbyists interested
in transoceanic DXing.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)


In a message dated 3/6/2010 1:52:57 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
farmerik@... writes:




I was curious if anyone had the PL-360 yet, and if so how it works with an
external loop antenna like the Terk or Tecsun directly connected to the
radio. - FARMERIK


Latest Loggings - March 9, 2010

Stephen Ponder <stephen_ponder@...>
 

Latest Loggings - March 9, 2010
Sangean DT-400W Barefoot
All Times UTC
 
780  XEWGR  Exa Radio, Monclova, Coahuila, MEXICO – March 8th at 0839 heard “Exa Mas Musica” ID’s and wall-to-wall pop music selections.  No local spots, no announcers, just fast-paced music.  Co-channel WBBM was nulled out.  Checked this frequency again on March 9th at 0530, heard local spot that mentioned "Monclova" and "Coahuila" along with "Exa Mas Musica," so I feel sure this is the station.

1100  XETGO  Radio Cañon, Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, MEXICO – February 28th at 0605 heard with “Somos … Radio Cañon” ID’s, checked signal against their webstream ( http://www.1100am.tv/ ) and it matched!  My very first Zacatecas station!  Special thanks to Kirk Allen with this one!

1110  KVTT  Mineral Wells, TX – March 8th 0029 – At tune-in, heard outro for rel pgm “Unshackled,” followed at 0030 by IDs, “The New KVTT” and “The New KVTT 1110 AM.”   Musical selections were Christian Contemporary.  ID’s heard at 0035, “It’s Music You can Wrap Your Soul In – The New KVTT and KVTT.Com” and at 0039, “The Songs that Draw You Closer and Closer to Abba Father – The New KVTT and KVTT.Com.”   At 0044, heard a singing ID, “KVTT” and at 0045, a short musical piece, then PFFT!   Their signal was gone!   Must have been a pattern change because they did not do a sign-off statement.   Thanks to a tip from Kirk Allen, I was able to snag this one!

1210  KGYN  Guymon, OK – March 5th  0623 – Heard with local spot for Farmer’s Credit of Western Oklahoma, then ID at 0624, “US Country 1210 KGYN.”   Into “Midnight Trucking Radio Network,” then another ID at 0633, “US Country 1210 KGYN,” followed by national weather forecast.   Good, strong signals with little fading.

1300  KSET  Beaumont, TX  – March 5th 1459 – Heard ID “The All-New 1300 AM KSET” and into CBS Radio News.   At 1503, announcer gave local time, “KSET News Time 9:03,” then into local weather forecast with outro by female announcer, “The All-New 1300 AM KSET, I’m Janice Stone.”  Good, clear signals.

73 and Good DX'ing!!
 
Stephen H. Ponder, N5WBI
Houston TX 
 


Re: Hong Kong Retail Price of the Tecsun PL-380

wa8lcz
 

hi gary,

Of course, it doesnt really cost 24 dollars to ship a small radio to the u.s., they're making about 15 dollars on the shipping costs. its an old ebay trick. sell something for 10 bucks and charge 30 dollars to ship it.

i wonder how many more radios they'ld sell, if the shipping costs were 10 or 12 bucks.

another cost comes if the radio doesnt work, and you have to ship it back, then wait for a replacement radio to come back again.
4-6 weeks maybe.

i wonder when they'll add a removable antenna to the 380, like they did on the 360 ? after everyone has already bought their 380's ???

byron

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

Hello All,

For those interested in the profit margins of the Chinese PL-380 sellers
on eBay, the actual retail price of the model in Hong Kong was confirmed to
be $293 HK, or about $37.56 US.

My XYL Ruth (KC7BAR) is currently visiting her parents there, and purchased
three PL-380's at the regular HK retail price for some local Puget Sound
DXers. Of course, I would have asked her to buy out the store's stock, but
didn't want to have her held up by US Customs upon her return :-)

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


Re: Hong Kong Retail Price of the Tecsun PL-380

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


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

> For those interested in the profit margins of the Chinese PL-380 sellers
> on eBay, the actual retail price of the model in Hong Kong was confirmed to
> be $293 HK, or about $37.56 US.


It may be more than that. I recently bought a battery charger from Hong Kong. It was smaller and lighter than a PL-380, but they charged me about USD1.00 for postage and it got here in about the same length of time as the PL-380. I think anon-co is hiking up the shipping charges to make a few more dollars on which they don't have to pay eBay commissions.

Based on the HK retail price it's costing Tecsun about USD8.00 to make a PL-380. You'd never know it from the antenna, would you? :)

Next time Ruth goes over, send along some good Litz wire and see if she can get it into the right hands. If Tecsun knew what they were missing they might stop wrapping their antennas with copper-plated egg noodles.

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


Re: PL-360? anyone have one yet?

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Jack (and Tony),
 
Thanks for your question, and I'm happy to hear about your PL-380 purchase based on my articles.
 
Like Tony mentioned, the Tecsun PL-380 (like the PL-310) has a dual tuning rate on the AM and other bands, which is selected according to the user's rotation of the tuning thumbwheel. When the user rotates the thumbwheel at a fast rate on the AM band, the tuning is performed at 10 kHz steps. When the thumbwheel rotation slows down, the tuning rate is switched to 1 kHz steps. This dual tuning rate system cannot be switched off (like on the PL-300WT/ G8 models), and takes some time to master. As you might guess, it is not universally popular with DXers, but does seem to work fairly well in most situations.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA) 
 

In a message dated 3/9/2010 4:30:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, jleonard@... writes:
 

Hello Gary, no I don't have a 360 but I just rec'd today a PL-380 based on your shoot out results and review but I'm having some trouble tuning it. I followed the manual and set 10Khz tuning steps and it will tune in 10khz steps using the "vf" key but I can't seem to get it to tune in 10khz uning the thumbwheel, when I hit the "vf" of course it is scanning quickly thru and only stops on strong signals. Is there any way to tune manually in 10Khz increments? Am I missing something here?
thanks
Jack Leonard

--- In ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com, D1028Gary@... wrote:
>
> Hello Farmerik,
>
> The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the new models here, but unfortunately there
> hasn't been time yet to tinker around with external air core loops directly
> connected to the plug-in jack. There are several experimental projects
> competing for time here, but I hope to do this as part of the upcoming PL-360
> review article.
>
> The PL-360 (with the plug-in stock loopstick) does have great inductive
> coupling with the PVC-framed air core loops here, although the fixed 3 kHz DSP
> selectivity makes the model less than ideal for 9 kHz-split DXing. The
> PL-310 and PL-380 would be much better choices for those hobbyists interested
> in transoceanic DXing.
>
> 73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
>
>
> In a message dated 3/6/2010 1:52:57 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> farmerik@... writes:
>
>
>
>
> I was curious if anyone had the PL-360 yet, and if so how it works with an
> external loop antenna like the Terk or Tecsun directly connected to the
> radio. - FARMERIK
>


Re: South Florida loggings

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "Kirk" wrote:
>
> Way to go, Jim! Tnx for posting your loggings. I have a whole page of notes for the Cubans tnx to you. Excellent catch on WBNW. I think I briefly had WBZ in last night, but it wasn't audible for long.

Hey, Kirk! You may recall from a recent post of mine that WBZ moves around a lot. :) Chris Black posted a couple he recorded last night, that look like good candidates from here, and one should be good from Tejas.

540   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   HICM R ABC, Santo Domingo  08Mar10 0259 - HICM sign off with National Anthem.  - Recorded - Fair with off frequency growl noted from YNOW, NCG. Thanks to Sylvain Naud via RealDX for anthem verification. [Black-MA]

540.18   NICARAGUA   YNOW R Corporación, Managua  08Mar10 0259 - Man in Spanish mixing with Dominican Republic National Anthem on 540. Fair after DOM signoff at 0300. - Recorded - Fair [Black-MA]

I've logged HIJM on 1090 but Nicaragua would be a new one. There's a 50-kW station in Orlando but their night pattern isn't too bad, and the usual Cuban (Rebelde). Going to try for both of these stations tonight and tomorrow morning.

Several times I've tried for Honduras and Nicaragua on 650, but WSM is a killer. The first day of the absorption event when WSM was weaker didn't pan out. Honduras is only 900 miles from me, mostly over water, so it shouldn't be too hard, but all I've heard is WSM and the usual Cuban. another Rebelde.

73 and good DX,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/ 


Re: New To Group

keith beesley
 

Hi Gordon, welcome to the group,

I had a D96L, and wouldn't recommend it. On mine, MW sensitivity/selectivity was good, and I enjoyed the variable bandwidths, but it suffered from extreme "pumping" on weaker stations. Also, build quality felt flimsy; the buttons felt as if they could break or wear out easily. FM performance was average and it was deaf on SW.

Of course, some of these issues may have been fixed in later versions (I got mine about 6 months ago); but if you're looking for another small radio, a better bet IMO would be the PL310 or the (non-DSP) G6 Aviator.

73,
your cross-Sound neighbor,

Keith Beesley
S.Seattle, WA

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

Hi Gordon,

Welcome to the group (and it's especially nice to welcome another Puget
Sound ULR DXer). We have a close group of Ultralight radio fanatics here in
western Washington (the birthplace of the ULR boom in late 2007), and we are
always eager to add more converts!

Your barefoot PL-380 should be able to receive quite a few TP's when
conditions improve, especially in the fall season. During the spring, conditions
may allow you to hear some of the "big guns" around sunrise, if you have
the chance to DX during that period. The PL-380 certainly is the Ultralight
radio of choice for transoceanic DXers, and should prove very successful in
DXing this year.

Kevin Schanilec of Bainbridge Island lives fairly close to you, and has
submitted various antenna articles to our Ultralightdx file section. Quite a
few enthusiasts like Keith Beesley live in Seattle, while Guy Atkins and I
live in Puyallup (a fairly good location for nulling out west coast QRM,
when chasing TP's :-)

Feel free to check out the numerous articles in our Ultralightdx file
section, many of which were written by our local Puget Sound DXers (a review of
the PL-380 is posted at _http://www.mediafire.com/?w4yuzhj2kyz_
(http://www.mediafire.com/?w4yuzhj2kyz) )
Good luck in ULR DXing!

73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (in Puyallup, WA)




In a message dated 3/9/2010 12:33:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
kitsaplorax@... writes:




I've got a PL-380, a DE1103, and am looking at one of the Kchibo DSP
models, either the 96 or the 95.

The only way in which the PL-380 does not outperform my DE1103 (using the
same external passive antennas) on mw is that without a bfo I can't very
well try to zero-beat a carrier and determine if there's another signal under
there.

Probably because of the antenna, the lw performance of the PL-380 is worse
than my DE1103, even with the DE1103 mw image problems. I haven't logged
any mw TP yet, but have gotten plenty of Idaho, California, Colorado,
British Columbia and Calgary stations. The PL-380 is my radio of choice for long
walks, displacing the venerable Sony SRF59 due to signal stability when
walking around corners.

Gordon Cooper
KE7RYM
Bremerton WA USA


Re: South Florida loggings

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

Way to go, Jim! Tnx for posting your loggings. I have a whole page of notes for the Cubans tnx to you. Excellent catch on WBNW. I think I briefly had WBZ in last night, but it wasn't audible for long.
Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX

--- In ultralightdx@..., "jim_kr1s" <jkearman@...> wrote:

Sunrise DXing in the Sunshine State, after a few days off while
conditions improved. A second look at my Cuba Centurian log showed a
dupe, so I only had 95 . If you look at WRTH, you'll see Cuba sometimes
sticks several stations of the same or different networks on the same
frequency. I'm sure they did this just to make things interesting for
DXers! The networks with some stronger stations make it easier to switch
back and forth looking for parallel broadcasts. When there are three
different networks on the same frequency the tuning buttons take a
beating. You can't log 100 Cubans without running into this problem.
Having more than one extra-sensitive radio would be a big help, except
that's even more buttons to push. Pre-dawn today I actually tried to
tune the PL-380 by mashing the buttons on my PDA's external keyboard,
which hosed one line of my log spreadsheet. Arrrggghh.

1030Z 550 CMBA PR Cuba R Rebelde 1050Z 1190
CMGL SS Cuba R Sancti Spiritus //1200 1210 1113Z
1060 CML IJ Cuba R Victoria ann not // 1020 R26
1130Z 1120 WBNW Concord MA Bus news, wx
The provinces are Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus and Isle de la
Juventud. As there are often two stations of the same network on the
same frequency, I sort them by province. Listen for echoes.

You can see the logic needed (before 6 a.m., no less) to sort out a
couple of them. The R Rebelde on 550 was a cinch, as it paralleled the
high-power Rebelde on 600 kHz, and in the background, Hugo Chavez was
gas-bagging on YVKE in Caracas. I had a hit list of Cubans this morning
and tried them all, but most of them were silent. Now I'm digging down
to the 1-kW stations, most of which will be under stronger U.S.
stations. I thought Operation Bay of Sigs would be fairly easy. Most
nights you'd swear there were a thousand Cuban stations on the band. I
started from scratch on January 25 when John Bryant announced the
Centurian, figuring it would take a couple of weeks at most. Might get
it done in two months.

The Cubans were nice, but WBNW was the highlight. Just on a whim I
decided to see what might show up in KMOX's null. There was a weather
report (temp 27°!) and a BOH ID, for ULR #380.

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://qrp.kearman.com/ <http://qrp.kearman.com/>


Hong Kong Retail Price of the Tecsun PL-380

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
For those interested in the profit margins of the Chinese PL-380 sellers on eBay, the actual retail price of the model in Hong Kong was confirmed to be $293 HK, or about $37.56 US.
 
My XYL Ruth (KC7BAR) is currently visiting her parents there, and purchased three PL-380's at the regular HK retail price for some local Puget Sound DXers. Of course, I would have asked her to buy out the store's stock, but didn't want to have her held up by US Customs upon her return :-)
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA) 


South Florida loggings

jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 

Sunrise DXing in the Sunshine State, after a few days off while conditions improved. A second look at my Cuba Centurian log showed a dupe, so I only had 95 . If you look at WRTH, you'll see Cuba sometimes sticks several stations of the same or different networks on the same frequency. I'm sure they did this just to make things interesting for DXers! The networks with some stronger stations make it easier to switch back and forth looking for parallel broadcasts. When there are three different networks on the same frequency the tuning buttons take a beating. You can't log 100 Cubans without running into this problem. Having more than one extra-sensitive radio would be a big help, except that's even more buttons to push. Pre-dawn today I actually tried to tune the PL-380 by mashing the buttons on my PDA's external keyboard, which hosed one line of my log spreadsheet. Arrrggghh.

1030Z 550 CMBA PR Cuba R Rebelde
1050Z 1190 CMGL SS Cuba R Sancti Spiritus //1200 1210
1113Z 1060 CML IJ Cuba R Victoria ann not // 1020 R26
1130Z 1120 WBNW Concord MA Bus news, wx

The provinces are Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus and Isle de la Juventud. As there are often two  stations of the same network on the same frequency, I sort them by province. Listen for echoes.

You can see the logic needed (before 6 a.m., no less) to sort out a couple of them. The R Rebelde on 550 was a cinch, as it paralleled the high-power Rebelde on 600 kHz, and in the background, Hugo Chavez was gas-bagging on YVKE in Caracas. I had a hit list of Cubans this morning and tried them all, but most of them were silent. Now I'm digging down to the 1-kW stations, most of which will be under stronger U.S. stations. I thought Operation Bay of Sigs would be fairly easy. Most nights you'd swear there were a thousand Cuban stations on the band. I started from scratch on January 25 when John Bryant announced the Centurian, figuring it would take a couple of weeks at most. Might get it done in two months.

The Cubans were nice, but WBNW was the highlight. Just on a whim I decided to see what might show up in KMOX's null. There was a weather report (temp 27°!) and a BOH ID, for ULR #380.

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://qrp.kearman.com/ 




New To Group

kitsaplorax
 

I've got a PL-380, a DE1103, and am looking at one of the Kchibo DSP models, either the 96 or the 95.

The only way in which the PL-380 does not outperform my DE1103 (using the same external passive antennas) on mw is that without a bfo I can't very well try to zero-beat a carrier and determine if there's another signal under there.

Probably because of the antenna, the lw performance of the PL-380 is worse than my DE1103, even with the DE1103 mw image problems. I haven't logged any mw TP yet, but have gotten plenty of Idaho, California, Colorado, British Columbia and Calgary stations. The PL-380 is my radio of choice for long walks, displacing the venerable Sony SRF59 due to signal stability when walking around corners.

Gordon Cooper
KE7RYM
Bremerton WA USA


Two New Stations Overnight

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

I listened quite a long while tonight and did come up with two more for the TX log. Hrd on SRF-59 w/ SAT.

970, XEO, Matamoros, TM, 0018 UTC, 3/9/10, I was parked on this freq for 2 solid hours, and this is the one new station I could pull out of a BIG SS station pile-up. I believe it was this sta playing pop type vcl mx. 0118 "Radio Gallito" ID by M ancr, then a W ancr gave the same ID. As big a jumble of stations that were here, it was tough to tell which sta was doing what. Also hrd XERFR w/ ID-a relog.

1100, R. Rebelde, site?, Cuba, 0325 UTC, 3/9/10, looking for Cad. Agramonte here, but hrd this one instead w/ IDs and tlk. Only audible for a few minutes until faded below WTAM. Didn't have time to check // freqs, but the IDs were unmistakable. WTAM VY strong tonight, but it faded down long enough to leave Rebelde in the clear briefly.

73 everyone.

Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX


Re: Congratulations to Kirk Allen-- 170 Latin American Stations Received

Kirk <kirk74601@...>
 

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

Kirk:

Felicitaciones a mi amigo para registrar 170 estaciones de América Latina.

Good DX.

Richard.

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

Gracias, Richard. ¡Conseguí esta noche afortunada con 2 más nuevos!
Kirk Allen
Pasadena, TX