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Re: High-Q Mini-Loop for Ultralights

satya@...
 

Hi Russ and Huelbe:

That's the guy I did business with - quick shipment and a great coil.

Kevin

Hi Russ, Kevin

if you allow me, there are those homebrew coils at eBay, see:

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/noseknowsnose

They're products seems very well made. However, I've never made a deal
with this seller.

--hg


Russ Edmunds wrote: What was the cost of the
loop coil ?

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot

--- On Tue, 9/2/08, dhsatyadhana wrote:
From: dhsatyadhana
Subject: [ultralightdx] High-Q Mini-Loop for Ultralights
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 9:59 PM

Hi all:

I just posted a couple photos of a recent project on the UltraLight DX
Yahoo group. I recently got a high-Q basketweave loop on eBay from the
seller "noseknowsnose" . It's a 3.5" Litz coil with a Q around 800. I
popped it into a small plastic box designed for old PC diskettes, used
double-stick foam tape to put a 2x260 variable cap on, and Voila! I
stuffed some tissue in the box to keep the coil from bouncing around -
really high-tech at this point...

The high Q of the loop really adds tuning sharpness to UltraLights,
making it easier to shade one sideband over the other or notch a pest
out of the way. The gain is pretty good as well.

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA




Re: High-Q Mini-Loop for Ultralights

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

Hi Russ, Kevin

if you allow me, there are those homebrew coils at eBay, see:

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/noseknowsnose

They're products seems very well made. However, I've never made a deal with this seller.

--hg


Russ Edmunds wrote:

What was the cost of the loop coil ?

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot

--- On Tue, 9/2/08, dhsatyadhana wrote:
From: dhsatyadhana
Subject: [ultralightdx] High-Q Mini-Loop for Ultralights
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 9:59 PM

Hi all:

I just posted a couple photos of a recent project on the UltraLight DX
Yahoo group. I recently got a high-Q basketweave loop on eBay from the
seller "noseknowsnose" . It's a 3.5" Litz coil with a Q around 800. I
popped it into a small plastic box designed for old PC diskettes, used
double-stick foam tape to put a 2x260 variable cap on, and Voila! I
stuffed some tissue in the box to keep the coil from bouncing around -
really high-tech at this point...

The high Q of the loop really adds tuning sharpness to UltraLights,
making it easier to shade one sideband over the other or notch a pest
out of the way. The gain is pretty good as well.

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA




Re: Welcome to New Ultralight DX Group Members

Dennis Gibson <wb6tnb@...>
 

Jay - yours is the first complaint I've seen about poor selectivity on
an E100. How far away are these transmitter sites of your locals? I
have three 1 KW or less non-directionals (1290, 1340 and 1490) a
little more than a mile from me. My E100 (bought very recently from
Durham) doesn't handle the adjacent frequencies as well as most of my
other radios but it nulls very well which helps. Other than that the
selectivity is quite good and starts to behave normally around the
locals when I get about 5-6 miles away from them. It's amazing what
they've crammed into such a small radio. Selectivity wise it runs
circles around the Sangean DT-400W, a red hot receiver let down by a
barn door front end. It's a disaster with my locals until I'm at least
10 miles away, and they're non-directional! At night strong signals
hundreds of miles away sometimes spill over into the first adjacent
frequency up so badly that I can easily tell what's being said. I
haven't heard any other reports about that and would like to hear from
other DT-400W owners.

Either my E100 is hot or my DT-400W is a bit numb (I don't think it
is) but mine are equally sensitive all across the band. I've compared
them both in the middle of the day and at night. At full list price
($100.00) I don't think the E100 is a very good value. I was happy to
be able to take advantage of the Durham Radio price. Nor is the E10 at
$130.00; for just a few dollars more you can get the Sony 7600GR with
synchronous detection or an Eton/Grundig E5/G5. The only reason I got
the E10 was because it was $30.00 as a refurb. I like it a lot; more
than the E100 but it's way too big to qualify as an ultralight.

My main gripe about the E100 is the sound quality, which will be a
problem with any radio that has such a small speaker. Sometimes I have
to tune up 1 KHz. for better intelligibility.

73

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

Thanks for the welcome, Gary. I guess in some ways I was involved with
ultralight radio long before anyone considered it a category with any
distinction from just listening to the radio. For years I've taken
my DT200V
to the park with me at lunch to listen to local favorite programs and
sometimes see what else I could catch from greater distances.

Much more recently I picked up a SRF-59. Initially I was very put
off by the
awkward tuning and the virtual impossibility of knowing where you're
tuned
from the dial reading. Then I gave it a couple more chances and
eventually
realized what a truly awesome little radio it is. I bought two more as
refurbs from the Sony store with the idea of modding them. One is
just as
good as my original one, but the other is barely average at best. One of
these days I'm going to cut the case open and glue on a much bigger
tuning
knob.

Just this week I took delivery of a E100 from Durham Radio. I really
want to
like this radio. It's a great size. It feels solid and well made.
But the
barn door-wide AM filter is a huge negative. It makes DXing on
either side
of a local station an extraordinary challenge.

Not an ultralight, but another fairly recent acquisition I'm very
happy with
is the Sony ICF-S5W. I got it off ebay, formerly owned by a little
old lady
from Sarasota. The tone and volume switches were dirty to the point
of being
non-operational. I took it apart, hit the switches with some
De-Oxit, and
now it's almost good as new. If anyone is interested, I took some
photos as
I disassembled the S5W and annotated them with things to look out
for when
taking the radio apart. You can see the photos
here<http://public.fotki.com/JayHeyl/radio/>.
Be warned that the full size images are VERY large. I uploaded the
originals
so anyone wanting to get a good look inside could zoom in without
everything
going fuzzy. If you click on the "Get Original Uploaded Photo" link
you may
be in for a wait if you don't have a fast connection.

I'm looking forward to loads of fun with these little radios.

-- Jay


Re: High-Q Mini-Loop for Ultralights

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

What was the cost of the loop coil ?

Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id

FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot


--- On Tue, 9/2/08, dhsatyadhana wrote:
From: dhsatyadhana
Subject: [ultralightdx] High-Q Mini-Loop for Ultralights
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 9:59 PM

Hi all:

I just posted a couple photos of a recent project on the UltraLight DX
Yahoo group. I recently got a high-Q basketweave loop on eBay from the
seller "noseknowsnose" . It's a 3.5" Litz coil with a Q around 800. I
popped it into a small plastic box designed for old PC diskettes, used
double-stick foam tape to put a 2x260 variable cap on, and Voila! I
stuffed some tissue in the box to keep the coil from bouncing around -
really high-tech at this point...

The high Q of the loop really adds tuning sharpness to UltraLights,
making it easier to shade one sideband over the other or notch a pest
out of the way. The gain is pretty good as well.

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA



Technically Experienced Volunteers Needed for E100 Mods

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Although the technical articles have yet to appear in the AM-DX club bulletins, the DXing reputation of the new fully modified E100 models is already creating serious demand among both Ultralight Radio enthusiasts and traditional DXpeditioners.  While the creators of the modifications (John Bryant, Guy Atkins, and I) are flattered by the demand and reputation of these new DXing dynamos, unfortunately none of us have the free time to satisfy the current demand for E100 modification work, not to mention the demand after the articles appear in the club bulletins.
 
     As such, if any enthusiast has experience in electronic repair, especially the replacement of miniature components in closely-spaced circuit board work,  the opportunity to perform such E100 modification work for a serious number of paying individuals would exist.  The payment and terms would be negotiated directly between the technician and the E100 owner.
 
     One of the modifications, the installation of the Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter, requires experience in detailed circuit board work, as well as the preparation and installation of miniature shielded wires to exact specifications.  The 7.5" Amidon "Slider" loopstick transplant work is much less critical, and can be performed by the average radio hobbyist with limited experience.  The same would be true for John's modification to allow inductive coupling for external antennas to the E100 stock loopstick.
 
     If you have the ability and interest to do this type of work, please contact me directly.  An advance copy of the applicable technical articles will be forwarded for your consideration, if necessary.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock      




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loggings last night

Allen Willie
 

 
 
  Hi Guys,
 
Last night was pretty decent for Transatlantics  for most of the night as they were in here a lot earlier and stayed strong until past 11PM local time .
 
 I managed to log 2 new Transatlantics both from Iran. Heard a few other stations also that haven't been here in a while.
 
Logs as follows:
 
747 khz -      23:36 UTC        9/19/08    IRIB Gonbad-e Qabus , Iran  w/ persian chants and commentary  // 1503 khz ; good  *** NEW ON ULR and overall ***
 
1026 khz -     00:01 UTC       9/20/08     IRIB Tabriz, Iran w/ persian chants  and commentary, mention of Iran  ; good
  *** NEW ON ULR and overall ***
 
1350 khz  -    23:47 UTC    9/19/08   WOYK - York Pennsylvania w/ "Sports Radio 13-50 WOYK " ID, baseball game ; fair (only 2nd time to ever here this one )
 
   702 khz -   23:40 UTC    9/19/08    RTM C Sebaa-Aouin Morocco w/ arabic chants by man for long time ( This one was very strong  like a  local .... Monster signal )
 
  1395 khz -  20:45 UTC    9/19/08    Transworld Radio via Flakke ,Albania  w/ commentary and sign off interval signal ; good ( Haven't heard this one in  a while either )
 
1017 khz -   00:34 UTC     9/20/08    TRT1 Mundaya, Turkey w/ Turkish language, songs and music, chants ; fair   ( This one has been a regular visitor lately )
 
1575 khz    00:45 UTC      9/20/08    R. Farda , Al Dhabbiya  United Arab Emirates w/ Arabic commentary and pop type music; good
 
A footnote : I'm still hearing KSL Salt Lake City, Utah on 1160 most early mornings but signal seems to have weakened. For those fellows on the east coast who need Utah and don't have a local pest try  for it around 3:30 AM Eastern
 
 
73
 
Allen Willie
St. John's, Newfoundland
SRF- M37V and SRF-39FP barefoot
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Re: Panasonic RF-U700

texnote
 

More technical details here:

http://www.avitela.lt/images/Katalogai/Panasonic_2006.pdf

- Big Size AM Gyro Antenna for High Sensitivity
- RDS Functions with Station Name
- Amp section: Preset EQ (4-Step)
- Tuner Section: Digital Synthesizer Tuner with 32-Stations (20-FM/12-
AM) Manual Preset Memory
- My Memory: 3-Stations
- Auto Tuning
- Speaker Section: 8cm Full Range, 2-Speaker System
- Other Section: Sleep Timer (30min/60min/90min/120min/Off)
- LCD Back lit On-Off
- Standard Accessories: AC Cord
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 276.5 x 175 x 149.5 mm
- Weight: (with Batteries) 2000g, (without Batteries) 1800g



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

The Panasonic RF-U700 (Japan) or RF-U700EG-S (Europe) is not an
ultralight, but it's notable in many ways: it has a large
rotatable/gyro antenna for AM, digital readout (PLL), and stereo
speakers for FM.

See specs at
http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/jn050426-
4/jn050426-4.html

See high resolution photo at
http://panasonic.net/press-
room/contents/download/products/av/hi_res/RF-
U700.jpg

The reviews on amazon.co.jp are uniformely good. Does anybody know
how can one order this radio from abroad?


Panasonic RF-U700

texnote
 

The Panasonic RF-U700 (Japan) or RF-U700EG-S (Europe) is not an
ultralight, but it's notable in many ways: it has a large
rotatable/gyro antenna for AM, digital readout (PLL), and stereo
speakers for FM.

See specs at
http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/jn050426-
4/jn050426-4.html

See high resolution photo at
http://panasonic.net/press-room/contents/download/products/av/hi_res/RF-
U700.jpg

The reviews on amazon.co.jp are uniformely good. Does anybody know
how can one order this radio from abroad?


Re: Sangean DT 200VX & DT-400 Pouch

Jay Heyl
 


Re: Sangean DT 200VX & DT-400 Pouch

Gary Kinsman
 

Here's another case I found that might be the right size for a DT-
200VX or DT-400W: the Case Logic Universal Pockets Medium (UP-2).

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-Universal-Pockets-
Medium/dp/B000JJSQ8U/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-
garden&qid=1221879895&sr=8-3

Amazon has them in blue for $4.88 and black for $6.99. Shipping is
free if you place an order of $25 or more.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Tom Welch" <tw78216@...> wrote:

Click http://cgi.ebay.ca/CARRYING-POUCH-FOR-POCKET-RADIO-ANTENNA-MP3-
MP4-
PLAYER_W0QQitemZ140138456307QQihZ004QQcategoryZ15051QQtcZphotoQQcmdZVie
w
Item to view.

Tom Welch
Mesa, Arizona USA


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony ICF-S5W

lrdheat
 



--- On Fri, 9/19/08, D1028Gary@... wrote:
From: D1028Gary@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony ICF-S5W
To: ultralightdx@..., irca@...
Date: Friday, September 19, 2008, 7:04 PM

 
     In summary, the ICF-S5W is the most sensitive stock AM portable I have ever owned, and is certainly capable of providing great DX thrills even now, for those few DXers fortunate enough to find a model.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 
 
     73   
 
 I agree with the caveat that the Radio Shack set (why did that set get away...don't even know what I did with it) was out of my hands before I got the ICF-S5W in 1980 (still enjoy this exceptional set...). I remember that I got Radio Paradise from I believe Antigua in the Caribbean from Duluth, MN on 1265 KHz in 1976 or so. Is that station even on? It would be fun to have the 2 sets together for head to head daytime testing. I did have a 2010, and the ICF-S5W smoked the 2010 head to head daytime. A RadioWest shotgun loop on the 2010 brought it about even with the S5W! (That loop deteriorated long ago with lots of use!) I would GUESS that the S5W would top the Shack's effort. The PR-D5 has a similar amount of native sensitivity, but is not as selective, and has issues in an urban setting with a am dial filled with locals.
 
Heatwave




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Final Day in Kenai

satya@...
 

Hi all:

I had about an hour, well before LSR, to get in some final DXing in Kenai
before heading out. While it was warmer and drier, the DX was definitely
not as good as the first two days. VOA on 1575 was almost listenable on
the barefoot Eton e100, and HLAZ-1566 was blaring in as usual, but going
any lower showed that only the powerhouse Japanese on 828, 774, 693, 594
etc. were in. Also, it was still early enough in the morning that the
domestic stations from the lower 48 were still making the band rather
crowded.

As Gary said in an earlier post, the better the DX, the longer one will
stay at the receiver despite the weather. It was perhaps coincidental
that I had to catch a plane this morning, as I would not have persevered
much longer anyway.

In all, my first true TP DXpedition was a fabulous introduction to what
greets those who follow the well-worn path to Grayland and other sites,
especially my first couple mornings when Asiatics were on every channel.
I may be asking my boss if there are any more trips to be made to
Alaska...

73 - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony ICF-S5W

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

"In summary, the ICF-S5W is the most sensitive stock AM portable I
have ever owned, and is certainly capable of providing great DX
thrills even now, for those few DXers fortunate enough to find a
model."

______________________




Even if I substitute "Used" for "Owned" I'm not sure I could say that. My vote would have to go to the original RS TRF 12-655, although the S5W, 2010 and the Hammarlund HR-10 are all close.


Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@...>
FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony ICF-S5W

Gil Stacy
 

"In summary, the ICF-S5W is the most sensitive stock AM portable I
have ever owned, and is certainly capable of providing great DX
thrills even now, for those few DXers fortunate enough to find a
model."

Gary,
You are preaching to the choir, and I thank you, again.
Gil


Re: Finally reached 300 stations

bbwrwy
 

Thanks Robert and John.

I feel reaching 400 may be easier as we go into autumn and propagation
conditions improve. It was the first 200 that nearly got me. It had
been about two decades since I'd last DXed seriously and I was
definitely out of practice.

Best wishes for a good DX weekend.

Richard Allen


my ultra-light stats

Tim Davisson
 

After 3 weeks of very casual listening on my little SRF-59 I have:

92 stations heard
23 states
3 provinces

Among what I consider the better catches:

* 940 KPSZ Des Moines, IA
*1350 WOYK York, PA (I have a local on 1350)
*1150 WIMA Lima, OH (I have a local on 1150)
*1450 WDAD Indiana, PA (2 stations on freq w/in 50 miles)
* 930 WHON Centerville, IN (a semi-local on 930)
*1420 WCED Du Bois, PA (I have a local on 1420)
* 850 KOA Denver, CO (I have a local on 850)
*1110 KFAB Omaha, NE (I have a 50kw local on 1100)

Outstanding nulling is what I consider to be by far the little SPR-
59's best feature. In AM DXing to me that's the most-important
feature for a stock AM portable with an unmodified internal antenna.

Happy weekend DXing guys!

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio (near Akron)


Re: Finally reached 300 stations

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

Good job on reaching 300!  They say that getting to 400 is a lot tougher.  I'm currently at 319 stations, making the push for 400.

When I look at all the stations in a 500-mile radius of me that I have yet to log, I realize that 400 or even 500 stations shouldn't be that tough, given enough time and effort.

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE

bbwrwy wrote:

I finally logged the 300th station Wednesday evening. Local pest
KOKB-1580 was off so I was able to hear KKKK, Colorado Springs CO, for
station #300 heard. Oddly, QRM on the frequency was from KHGG, the
200th station logged back on July 19th. Early the next morning I
heard KMIK-1580, Tempe AZ, for station #301.

It took me almost six-months to reach this goal. I still can't
imagine logging 300 stations in 30 days. It must require a large cup
of coffee! I might have had 300 sooner if I understood Spanish.

Now it's on to 400 stations heard. With the earlier sunsets and later
sunsets are making things easier.

Good DX everyone.

Richard Allen



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony ICF-S5W

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Thanks to Jay and Russ for their comments on the ICF-S5W.  As probably the top fanatic on the ICF-S5W, I thought you guys might like to hear a little of its history.
 
     The Japanese-market version, the ICF-S5, was introduced in Japan in October of 1979--  and was immediately a super seller.  The first of the SSP (sensitivity, selectivity, portability) series in Japan, the ICF-S5 has an innovative FET RF amplifier design which gives it amazing sensitivity on the AM band. It also has a Murata 455 kHz IF filter which provides quite good selectivity, for a consumer portable.  The tuning system features both green and red LED's, which alternate in illumination depending on signal strength.  In Japan, the ICF-S5 also had the Japanese FM band 76-88 Mhz), plus crystal-controlled reception of the Japanese NSB shortwave frequencies on 3, 6 and 9 Mhz (6 stations total). It had a map of Japan on the back of the cabinet, and a drum rotation system displaying Japanese stations in ten different areas of Japan, for tuning purposes. For the Japanese, who have far more radio enthusiasts per capita than do North Americans, the ICF-S5 was an overnight sensation, with AM sensitivity superior to anything else on the market at the time.  It gained the nickname of the "Superstar," and when I was stationed at Yokosuka, Japan in the Navy (in early 1980), its photo was displayed in train stations and shopping centers, similar to those of the most popular Japanese actresses and pop singers.
 
     Based on the phenomenal sales in Japan, Sony designed an ICF-S5W model for the American market, retaining the outstanding FET RF amplifier for the AM band.  There was a map of the USA on the back panel, however, and the drum rotation tuning system showed ten American areas, which correspond to the ten amateur radio area numerals.  In comparison to the ICF-S5, the ICF-S5W was a rather stripped-down model, with no NSB shortwave coverage.  There were shiny tuning and volume/tone controls, however, which are not found in the ICF-S5.
 
     Introduced in America in the middle of 1980, the ICF-S5W retailed for just over $50 at the time, and was extensively reviewed for IRCA by Bruce Portzer, Mark Connelly, Gerry Thomas and others.  Its major competition at the time were the TRF's, Supperadios and RF-2200. Most of the ICF-S5W reviews were positive as far as sensitivity, but one serious issue showed up repeatedly--  strong image reception 910 kHz below strong local stations.  Sony never did address this problem in the ICF-S5(W) series.  Otherwise, the radio's phenomenal sensitivity made it extremely popular with those North Americans who actually purchased it, and it has retained a certain cult status even until today, with decent units on eBay going for $200- $300 or more.  Unfortunately, the actual sales in North America apparently did not satisfy Sony, and the ICF-S5W model was discontinued after only about a year, in 1981.  This has produced the current situation of limited supply for the AM-DXers' demand, with the resulting high resale value.
 
     Sony took many of the ICF-S5W concepts and incorporated them in their new ICF-EX5 model, which was introduced in 1985 in the Japanese market (only).  The ICF-EX5 has also been a runaway best seller in Japan, and is still currently in production--  23 years later!  It has a double conversion system on the AM band (which reduces image reception somewhat), and a synchronous detector also (one of the very few analog designs so endowed).  Performance is very similar to that of the ICF-S5(W), and full details may be obtained in the ICF-EX5 review posted on dxer.ca.
 
     Before becoming an Ultralight Radio fanatic, i was an ICF-S5 fanatic, importing 9 sets from Japan obtained via the Japanese Yahoo auctions (where great units go for about $25, because of the huge supply). A friend in Japan is usually necessary to do this, because the Japanese typically will not ship outside of Japan (or even wish to communicate with foreigners who are strangers).  Fortunately, the ICF-S5 has all of the innovative AM circuitry found in the ICF-S5W, and is a great substitute.  Most of my supply of the ICF-S5(W) models have been given away to friends now, but if any owners have questions on the radio's alignment or conversion to 530-1700 kHz, I will be happy to give information (a service manual is definitely required for disassembly and adjustments).
 
     In summary, the ICF-S5W is the most sensitive stock AM portable I have ever owned, and is certainly capable of providing great DX thrills even now, for those few DXers fortunate enough to find a model.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 
 
     73   
 
      




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Sangean DT 200VX & DT-400 Pouch

Tom Welch
 

Click http://cgi.ebay.ca/CARRYING-POUCH-FOR-POCKET-RADIO-ANTENNA-MP3-
MP4-
PLAYER_W0QQitemZ140138456307QQihZ004QQcategoryZ15051QQtcZphotoQQcmdZView
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Mesa, Arizona USA


Re: Welcome to New Ultralight DX Group Members

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Fri, 9/19/08, Jay Heyl <yahoogroups@...> wrote:

Thanks for the welcome, Gary. I guess in some ways I was involved with ultralight radio long before anyone considered it a category with any distinction from just listening to the radio. For years I've taken my DT200V to the park with me at lunch to listen to local favorite programs and sometimes see what else I could catch from greater distances.

Much more recently I picked up a SRF-59. Initially I was very put off by the awkward tuning and the virtual impossibility of knowing where you're tuned from the dial reading. Then I gave it a couple more chances and eventually realized what a truly awesome little radio it is. I bought two more as refurbs from the Sony store with the idea of modding them. One is just as good as my original one, but the other is barely average at best. One of these days I'm going to cut the case open and glue on a much bigger tuning knob.

Just this week I took delivery of a E100 from Durham Radio. I really want to like this radio. It's a great size. It feels solid and well made. But the barn door-wide AM filter is a huge negative. It makes DXing on either side of a local station an extraordinary challenge.

Not an ultralight, but another fairly recent acquisition I'm very happy with is the Sony ICF-S5W. I got it off ebay, formerly owned by a little old lady from Sarasota. The tone and volume switches were dirty to the point of being non-operational. I took it apart, hit the switches with some De-Oxit, and now it's almost good as new. If anyone is interested, I took some photos as I disassembled the S5W and annotated them with things to look out for when taking the radio apart. You can see the photos here. Be warned that the full size images are VERY large. I uploaded the originals so anyone wanting to get a good look inside could zoom in without everything going fuzzy. If you click on the "Get Original Uploaded Photo" link you may be in for a wait if you don't have a fast connection.

I'm looking forward to loads of fun with these little radios.



Hi Jay - I remember having the opportunity when the S5W first came out back in the 1970's to test drive one for a week as part of a group test. It was a great radio for its time, but I didn't buy one, being somewhat short of cash at the time and also as I had the RS TRF still and also the Hammarlund HR-10 so I couldn't justify a third portable.


Russ Edmunds
Blue Bell, PA ( 360' ASL )
[15 mi NNW of Philadelphia]
40:08:45N; 75:16:04W, Grid FN20id
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FM: Yamaha T-80 & Onkyo T-450RDS w/ APS9B @15'
AM: Modified Sony ICF 2010 barefoot;
Stock Sony SRF-59 & Sangean DT-200vx barefoot;
Hammarlund HR-10