Date   

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
 

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Tom Welch
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
<wb2bjh@...>
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


Re: Finally reached 300 stations

robert ross
 

At 01:09 PM 9/19/2008, you 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.


Way to go Richard....good work!! It takes a lot of patience and time at the
dials to log 300 on one of these guys!! Everyone who has logged 300 has a
different way of getting there..depending on where they live, their
closeness to bodies of water, Local Stations, The time you have available
to DX and a multitude of other factors!! Some can log 300 in less than 2
weeks and some it takes 6 months......doesn't really matter......end result
is you got there..and had a Bag o' Fun in the Process!! Don't forget to
submit your Logs for the 300 Stations heard award Richard!! John Bryant
will be looking for some work when he gets back from Peru...and I have a
few other awards people have submitted that are waiting for him when he
gets back!!


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.

Well Richard....from my own experience being the first to log 300 in 30
Days....(unless someone else did it before Jan/30 2008...and didn't tell
anyone!!) I know I spent a TON of time at the dials. I DX'd at Sunrise...I
DX'd at Sunset...I DX'd at Noon hour and After Supper...and before I went
to Bed!! Heck....a few nights I'm not even sure I went to bed!!! Being able
to ID some of the Spanish Stations sure did help too...Lots of
Cubans.....and a few South Americans thrown in the mix too! Being located
in the Central part of the continent helped too..as there are possibilities
in all directions. Is it easy to get 300 in 30 Days??...Nope...but it sure
was a relief when the 30 days ended......


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

Well Richard...300 was tough....400 is when it starts getting even tougher.
I think it took me twice as long to get the next 100 as it did the first
300!! I am now just 19 Stations shy of 500 heard..and believe me.......it's
really getting tough now..you are basically at the mercy of the Propagation
Gods...and LUCK has just as much to do with it now as skill!! Being at the
right place at the right time is the key...and that of course involves a
lot of time at the dials. What has helped me lately is the fact that I was
put on SICK LEAVE from work by my Doctor since July..and that has given me
a lot of time to Play Radio...time I normally would not have had!! I am
scheduled to return to work Oct/20.....so I still have another month to
make Hay while the Sun Shines...and have been taking advantage of the extra
time to DX!!

Congratulations Richard...and Welcome to the 300 Club.......I look forward
to hearing of your 400th Station Heard real soon....and remember...it's all
about the Fun!! Anyone can hear 300 Stations with a Drake R8B and a 1000
Foot Bog......Using a Radio the size of a Deck of Cards BAREFOOT.....now
that's FUN!!

73........ROB.


Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Re: Welcome to New Ultralight DX Group Members

Jay Heyl
 


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Fri, 9/19/08, nn4cw <gilstacy@...> wrote:

Either my Sony's aren't up to snuff or my DT200VX is exceptionally
good on MW. The large numerals with back light is superior to the
Sony's (none) and Eton E100 (too short of duration, and doesn't
illuminate when tuning). FM sensitivity and selectivity is superior
to the Sony's; the Eton 100 is better, but not sound quality. Each
have shortcomings and strengths.
Gil

_________________


Once again, I suspect uneven QC is the issue. My SRF-59 was one of the first batch Gary aligned and distributed. I may be the first or second non-Canadian to get one of those. My DT-200vx is stock. As has been noted, the Sony has better nulls, and is more selective on AM. I have never seriously compared the two on FM, but I think that the Sangean will prove similarly less selective when I do.



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


Finally reached 300 stations

bbwrwy
 

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


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

bbwrwy
 

One thing that wasn't mentioned about the SRF-T615 receiver is its
sometimes useful noise reduction feature. I normally don't switch it
one, but on occasion have found it useful.

I'm lucky enough to have two T615's and use one most of the time. One
is set to 10 kHz steps and the other to 9 kHz. As I live in Oklahoma,
I may have to travel to Newfoundland use the 9 kHz steps. But I
continue to hope.

While I don't know the exact battery life, the T615 give a good amount
of DX on two AAA batteries.

Richard Allen


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

Gil Stacy
 

Either my Sony's aren't up to snuff or my DT200VX is exceptionally
good on MW. The large numerals with back light is superior to the
Sony's (none) and Eton E100 (too short of duration, and doesn't
illuminate when tuning). FM sensitivity and selectivity is superior
to the Sony's; the Eton 100 is better, but not sound quality. Each
have shortcomings and strengths.
Gil


New >> Sony SRF-T615 Resource

Tom Welch
 

Check this link for Sony ULR @ $115:
 


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--- On Thu, 9/18/08, D1028Gary@... wrote:
From: D1028Gary@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] Welcome to New Ultralight DX Group Members
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 11:58 PM

Hello Guys,
 
     Our Ultralight Radio enthusiast group continues its booming growth, as we enter the new DX season.  Welcome to new members Tom Welch, Jay Heyl and K.J. Tunnsky.  We hope you will enjoy the close comradery of our Ultralight DX group, which stands ready to answer any questions you may have, and assist you in choosing the best pocket radios for your DXing goals.
 
     Please also take advantage of the extensive Ultralight Radio-related files on dxer.ca, including the latest Ultralight Radio Summertime Shootout review, which gives full competitive details on all the top-rated pocket radio models.  We are happy to have you all in our special group, as we enter our first full Ultralight DXing season. Prepare for some great DXing fun!
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




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Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Fri, 9/19/08, w2gjw <w2gjw@...> wrote:


Gary, Tim, Rob & all who chimed in about the Sony SRF-T615:

I just wanted to thank everyone for their comments and thoughts. I
agree that the price of the Sony T-615 is steep, but considering what
I've spent on Ham gear over the years, feel its a bargin - even at the
$149 price tag.

I'm anxiously awaiting to receive it & will post my comparison review
here on the group. It'll be compared against my two Sony SRF-59s and my
Sangean DT-200VX, which I feel is slightly less sensitive than the 2
Sonys.



_______________________


I certainly agree as to comparing the performance of the Sangean 200 to the SRF59. I had initially had high hopes for the Sangean because it had the ability to swicth to the European bandplan, but I strongly doubt I'll be able to hear a TA on it, and therefore it'll be of little use as a spotter for the SRF 59 in that regard.



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; SOny SRF-59; Sangean DT-200vx


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

--- On Fri, 9/19/08, nn4cw <gilstacy@...> wrote:

Gary,
Hopefully the 400 in the Sangean series allows tuning away from preset
frequencies when using the memory recalls. The Sony T615 does. With
the Sangean DT200VX, if one uses the memory button to lock into a
station, one can't go up or down without exiting the memory feature--
once that is done, one ends up with the previous station tuned in
before the memory button was used.
With the Sony, one can use the presets to move from one end of the
band to the other and tune from the preset station. Does the 400 allow
one to do the same as the T615? Another great feature of the Sony is
tiny size. Nothing does better per cubic inch.
73 Gil



One of the annoying features on the DT-200vx is that the memory erases itself when you change band or khz offset. I suspect it may do the same when you power off although having discovered the erasures on band and offset. Does the 400 do that also ?


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 SRF-T615

w2gjw <w2gjw@...>
 

Gary, Tim, Rob & all who chimed in about the Sony SRF-T615:

I just wanted to thank everyone for their comments and thoughts. I
agree that the price of the Sony T-615 is steep, but considering what
I've spent on Ham gear over the years, feel its a bargin - even at the
$149 price tag.

I'm anxiously awaiting to receive it & will post my comparison review
here on the group. It'll be compared against my two Sony SRF-59s and my
Sangean DT-200VX, which I feel is slightly less sensitive than the 2
Sonys.

73-
Gary
W2GJW


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

Gil Stacy
 

Gary,
Hopefully the 400 in the Sangean series allows tuning away from preset
frequencies when using the memory recalls. The Sony T615 does. With
the Sangean DT200VX, if one uses the memory button to lock into a
station, one can't go up or down without exiting the memory feature--
once that is done, one ends up with the previous station tuned in
before the memory button was used.
With the Sony, one can use the presets to move from one end of the
band to the other and tune from the preset station. Does the 400 allow
one to do the same as the T615? Another great feature of the Sony is
tiny size. Nothing does better per cubic inch.
73 Gil


3 New UL Stations

John Cereghin <pastor@...>
 

New stations have been rolling in here hot and heavy, all heard on the DT-200VX barefoot

September 18

930     VA      WLLL  Lynchburg, 0605, ads for businesses in Lynchburg and Appomattox

1390   VA      WKPA  Lynchburg, 1845, The Ministry Station, Kenneth Hagin into Prophecy for Today with Perry Rockwood.   My 700th overall station.

1050   MD      WFED  Silver Spring, 1930, heard at sunset on DT-200VX barefoot, good sig.  Relog but new for UL
 
September 19, 2008

1390   VT       WCAT  Burlington, Sports Radio 13-90, WCAT, ESPN

Current UL total now sitting at 319 stations, 31 states and 8 countries.  On to 400!

John Cereghin
Smyrna DE


Re: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sony SRF-T615

bbwrwy
 

Regarding the DT-400W, I simply feel mine is a less than perfect
example. I've noticed no two of any ULR model are equal. I blame it
on uneven quality control. But I'm planning to buy another one. I've
found it the easiest to use of all my ultralights. I'm sure the
experimenters will soon discover its secrets and may turn it into a DX
animal.

Good DX everyone,

Richard Allen


Welcome to New Ultralight DX Group Members

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Our Ultralight Radio enthusiast group continues its booming growth, as we enter the new DX season.  Welcome to new members Tom Welch, Jay Heyl and K.J. Tunnsky.  We hope you will enjoy the close comradery of our Ultralight DX group, which stands ready to answer any questions you may have, and assist you in choosing the best pocket radios for your DXing goals.
 
     Please also take advantage of the extensive Ultralight Radio-related files on dxer.ca, including the latest Ultralight Radio Summertime Shootout review, which gives full competitive details on all the top-rated pocket radio models.  We are happy to have you all in our special group, as we enter our first full Ultralight DXing season. Prepare for some great DXing fun!
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 




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Correction on the City for WYNE....Should be NorthEast...not ERIE...sorry for the Slip!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Correction on the City for WYNE....Should be NorthEast...not ERIE...sorry
for the Slip!!
******************************************************************************************************
1530 WYNE NORTHEAST, PA. Sept/18/08 1721 EDT EE FR
Oldies Music. Song "Game of Love" @ 1721 . "Riders on the Storm" @ 1724.
Fading behind WLCO Lapeer, Mich..which is Country.More Oldies at 1730-32
...but mixing badly. Beaming SE.
This station brings back memories when logged in the Early 80's as WHYP RADIO
a Very primitive Local Broadcaster at that time!! To say the least!! A Cult
Hero!!!

NEW CALLS RELOG....but NEW to ULR LOG ULR # 479 1 KW DAYS
ROSS, ONT.
*********************************************************************************************************

73...ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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