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Re: VITE VT-111 ordered

keith beesley
 

I have had one for a couple of months. Very nice on FM (though it's a bit annoying to have to press another button if I want to listen to FM in stereo; with the Tecsuns of course it's automatic if the signal is strong enough. AM and SW average at best. Haven't figured out how to access LW, though it is claimed to have it. 

Regards,

Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA




On Thursday, April 28, 2016 4:24 PM, "ferrite61@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
I got the VT-111 yesterday in the mail.

FM is very good as are most DSP radios. Don't toss out your Tecsun PL's yet, but competitive.

AM indoors is plagued with noise... and birdy noises from lack of internal shielding. Good on locals... not a DX machine by any stretch. It does beat the R-911 without a loop. Add a loop, and the local noise is reduced/AM-rx improves on the R-911. More evaluation needed on the VT-111 with loop. I will note here that a PL-210/no loop is a clear winner below 600kHz, beating even the Tecdun DSP's. 540kHz and 560kHz daytime are swamped in digi-noise on any DSP owned here. The R-911 + loop is faint. But the PL-210/no loop picks up both stations with good volume.

SW not evaluated yet.

The radio itself is  a bit weird to operate, selecting the sub-bands on set-up, It does work fine once completed on FM. I do note the set has images on the low sub-band of 30-50 MHz from the FM band, and on the campus band. There is also a TV band with a few more images/mixing-products from FM.

Functions/buttons are a nice tactile feel/click. Nice in a cheap radio.



Re: VITE VT-111 ordered

Paul S. in CT
 

I got the VT-111 yesterday in the mail.

FM is very good as are most DSP radios. Don't toss out your Tecsun PL's yet, but competitive.

AM indoors is plagued with noise... and birdy noises from lack of internal shielding. Good on locals... not a DX machine by any stretch. It does beat the R-911 without a loop. Add a loop, and the local noise is reduced/AM-rx improves on the R-911. More evaluation needed on the VT-111 with loop. I will note here that a PL-210/no loop is a clear winner below 600kHz, beating even the Tecdun DSP's. 540kHz and 560kHz daytime are swamped in digi-noise on any DSP owned here. The R-911 + loop is faint. But the PL-210/no loop picks up both stations with good volume.

SW not evaluated yet.

The radio itself is  a bit weird to operate, selecting the sub-bands on set-up, It does work fine once completed on FM. I do note the set has images on the low sub-band of 30-50 MHz from the FM band, and on the campus band. There is also a TV band with a few more images/mixing-products from FM.

Functions/buttons are a nice tactile feel/click. Nice in a cheap radio.


Japanese Ultralight DXer Receives 1008-4TAB with Awesome Signal

Gary DeBock
 

For those interested, Satoshi Miyauchi has posted a link to a local-like reception of horse racing on 1008-4TAB (Brisbane, Australia) received on his homemade 4.25 inch "Pest Control" PL-380 during the combined Ultralight Radio/ Perseus-SDR DXpedition to Chigasaki, Kanagawa (Japan) this past weekend.
 
From Satoshi-san:
 
The shorter bars of 62mm x 12mm x 4 mm FSL powered Tecsun PL-380 could dominate the busy frequency of 1008kHz with only voices from 4TAB "s exciting announcer!
 
Just right below the wire antenna used for SDR helped a bit to put RF power into the FSL.. ...
@Chigasaki beach Kanagawa / 16APR

 
Satoshi Miyauchi's photo.
 
Satoshi-san has not only successfully completed the 4.25 inch "Pest Control" FSL PL-380 model but has also constructed the first 3" Bar FSL PL-380 model in Japan.
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)


Re: VITE VT-111 ordered

josephrot
 

Having seen / used / sold again the Vita VT-111...
 
Actually, not a bad little receiver at "more or less rock bottom price" ...a fair performer both short and long term.

HOWEVER, I must say that a tenderly used or new Tecsun PL-380 or PL-390 (the FM Stereo capable unit) DSP's runs almost-rings around the Vita unit, covers more frequency(s), better specs overall, more useful features / LCD display, and they are not that big, either, regardless of the so-called R-111 dimensions, as the PL-380 is about the Vita size, and the PL-390 not much larger..
 
Yes, really...and very much worth at least an inspection up-close if at all possible.

Understood of course, the Tecsun's will cost more, used or new. Compared to the Vita and other like units, they appear in print and physical short and long-term use to be very well worth it.

Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA


VITE VT-111 ordered

Paul S. in CT
 

Well, a further look around ebay for a dirt-cheap DSL radio turned up a 'generic' labled as in the subject. Runs on 2AA cells. Cost $14-$15 depending upon vendor and sales. The reviews are fairly good for this model, although a bit tricky for SW bands. Size is R-911 (5x3x1 inch), so it qualifies as UL.

Much more intrigued with this one. I'll skip the 909TV for now. A report will follow when received.

Regards
Paul S. in CT



Re: Tecsun R-909TV

kevin asato <kc6pob@...>
 

My Grundig G6 is useless in the US for the former analog TV band starting at 76MHz (Channel 5). I used to listen to the audio carrier of Channel 5, KTLA, in Los Angeles. Now it is good for listening to Japanese FM stations when I am over there as the use the 76 to 88MHz band for FM broadcast.
73,
kevin
kc6pob
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It's only going to to be of
use for analogue TV sound where band I is still being used
and that's very few countries left now who use
it, maybe just Russia left now ? Also could be used for the
Russian OIRT FM band from 66 - 73 Mhz if you live in Europe
but I wold think the sensitivity would be fairly poor
:(
On 13
April 2016 at 22:51, cfa@...
[ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...>
wrote:


Re: Tecsun R-909TV

keith beesley
 

I still have several older portables around that get AM, FM, and the old analog VHF TV band and/or the weather band. I've kept them because most seem to have superior AM and FM reception. Don't know if there's any correlation, or just coincidence; and of course the weather band is nice to have :-). One is a Magnavox AE 2145. 


Keith Beesley
Seattle WA USA


On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:02 PM, "Dave amstereofan@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
It's only going to to be of use for analogue TV sound where band I is still being used and that's very few countries left now who use it, maybe just Russia left now ? Also could be used for the Russian OIRT FM band from 66 - 73 Mhz if you live in Europe but I wold think the sensitivity would be fairly poor :(

On 13 April 2016 at 22:51, cfa@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 
>I've just started seeing these at eBay. Essentially AM/FM/VHFTV (2-13).
>Theres no SW or dedicated USA Weather channels. Price comparable to
>a Tecsun R-911, and in fact looks like a R-911, but the tuning dial indicates
>the two VHF bands (2-6, and 7-13). Price looks like US$15.
>
>Anyone got one of these?

No, but looking at the dial face, it looks like this is a set for the
Chinese market? It only goes to 1610 on AM, and the two TV bands are
channels 1-4 and 6-12 (channel 5 is somewhere around 92mhz). I don't
know if it receives the audio from our HDTV system.

>Paul S. in CT

Ken




Re: Tecsun R-909TV

dave_m1ctk
 

It's only going to to be of use for analogue TV sound where band I is still being used and that's very few countries left now who use it, maybe just Russia left now ? Also could be used for the Russian OIRT FM band from 66 - 73 Mhz if you live in Europe but I wold think the sensitivity would be fairly poor :(

On 13 April 2016 at 22:51, cfa@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

>I've just started seeing these at eBay. Essentially AM/FM/VHFTV (2-13).
>Theres no SW or dedicated USA Weather channels. Price comparable to
>a Tecsun R-911, and in fact looks like a R-911, but the tuning dial indicates
>the two VHF bands (2-6, and 7-13). Price looks like US$15.
>
>Anyone got one of these?

No, but looking at the dial face, it looks like this is a set for the
Chinese market? It only goes to 1610 on AM, and the two TV bands are
channels 1-4 and 6-12 (channel 5 is somewhere around 92mhz). I don't
know if it receives the audio from our HDTV system.

>Paul S. in CT

Ken



Re: Tecsun R-909TV

Ken Kizer
 

I've just started seeing these at eBay. Essentially AM/FM/VHFTV (2-13).
Theres no SW or dedicated USA Weather channels. Price comparable to
a Tecsun R-911, and in fact looks like a R-911, but the tuning dial indicates
the two VHF bands (2-6, and 7-13). Price looks like US$15.

Anyone got one of these?
No, but looking at the dial face, it looks like this is a set for the
Chinese market? It only goes to 1610 on AM, and the two TV bands are
channels 1-4 and 6-12 (channel 5 is somewhere around 92mhz). I don't
know if it receives the audio from our HDTV system.

Paul S. in CT
Ken


Tecsun R-909TV

Paul S. in CT
 

I've just started seeing these at eBay. Essentially AM/FM/VHFTV (2-13). Theres no SW or dedicated USA Weather channels. Price comparable to a Tecsun R-911, and in fact looks like a R-911, but the tuning dial indicates the two VHF bands (2-6, and 7-13). Price looks like US$15.

Anyone got one of these?
Paul S. in CT



Re: New Tecsun PL-365 tested also with 20 cm ferrite

Paul Juarez
 

Hi,
Thank you for a nice review of your new radio. I have the Country Comm GP5/SSB RADIO. It is the U. S. GOVERNMENT issued radio. It looks exactly like the PL365. I think it was designed for the Government by Tecsun. Anyways, it is a good little radio. Very portable also. I face the same problem as you. I live in Chicago. The condominium I live in has a great amount of RF noise. But not to far away, I can walk to a forest preserve. The noise level there is much lower. It really makes a difference for DX.
You review post is in Italian. But it translated well with my Android Firefox plug in. Again,  thank you.
Thank you and best regards,
Paul Juarez
Sent from my HP Slate 7 Extreme Tablet

On Apr 11, 2016 5:17 AM, "g.bernardini@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

 

I got a new Tecsun PL-365. I like it because it can receive in SSB and can install an external ferrite antenna, as PL-360. Here my impressions and some tips while testing it. I also tested a 20 cm long ferrite made in Greece

Ciao

Giampiero


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Giampiero Bernardini 

Milano, Italia



New Tecsun PL-365 tested also with 20 cm ferrite

Giampiero Bernardini
 

I got a new Tecsun PL-365. I like it because it can receive in SSB and can install an external ferrite antenna, as PL-360. Here my impressions and some tips while testing it. I also tested a 20 cm long ferrite made in Greece

Ciao

Giampiero


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Giampiero Bernardini 

Milano, Italia



Oklahoma TP DX 4/8/16.

bbwrwy
 

Because of the increased geomagnetic activity last evening, I didn't expect to hear any signals from Asia this morning. However, there was a good carrier signal on 702 kHz (approximately 245°) at 1151 GMT, fading away by 1209 (LSR 1205). I suspect it was from 2BL, Sydney NSW.
Receiver: Tecsun PL-606 with 8-inch FSL.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.
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3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 TP-DX for 4-7

Gary DeBock
 

This morning's Asian propagation wasn't bad overall, although what sounded like a promising band around 1300 failed to get much of a sunrise enhancement boost. Energetic audio was once again limited to the NHK big guns, 972-HLCA and 1566-HLAZ.
 
An initial band check at 1300 showed a serious carrier from 1206-Yanbian, which soon fizzled before the FSL-enhanced PL-380's could be set up in the back yard. At my 1305 start time it was once again 594, 693, 747, 774, 972 and 1566 as the only TP's with fair to good audio, although the CRI stations on 1017, 1044 and 1206 were at threshold levels in and out for much of the session. Like yesterday the 1053-Jammer was on a roll, reaching one of its best signals ever on these hot-rodded PL-380's at 1317. And also like yesterday a presumed 738-BEL2 was in and out with weak Chinese speech and music, to be joined at 1320 with 603-HLSA, having similar weak signals. Weak audio from 657-Pyongyang around 1310 fizzled quickly, and increasing daylight didn't help bring up anything new, although the Japanese big guns on 594, 693 and 774 sounded a little more vibrant. Overall it was a fairly typical April session, which might have been pretty exciting on the ocean coast but pretty routine here.
 
1053  Korean Jammer   One of its best jams of the season at 1317 (very good)
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Stand-alone 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 Ultralight
 
 


Re: Oklahoma TP DX 4/7/15

Paul Juarez
 

Hi  Richard,
Thanks for the reports. I cannot believe you are hearing trans Pacific 🌏 📻 radio stations.
Here in the Chicago suburbs I cannot achieve TP or TA 📶 reception. However, it is nice to know someone in the middle of the US can. As the weather warms I may go to a forest preserve and try. Again, thank you for the updates.
Thank you and best regards,
Paul Juarez
Sent from my HP Slate 7 Extreme Tablet

On Apr 7, 2016 7:39 AM, "Richard N Allen richarda@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

 

TP signals only audible briefly here this morning. Barely audible JJ talk heard on JOUB 774 at 1144-1145. The jamming signal on 1053 faded in and out at 1205.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.



Oklahoma TP DX 4/7/15

bbwrwy
 

TP signals only audible briefly here this morning. Barely audible JJ talk heard on JOUB 774 at 1144-1145. The jamming signal on 1053 faded in and out at 1205.

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


Oklahoma TP DX 4/6/16

bbwrwy
 

Indicative of TP DX for this time of year there is little to report for this morning, only a couple of signals were observed here on the Skywave and 8-inch FSL.

1153 JOUB 774 with barely audible talk fading out at 1156.
1205 ROK Jammer with barely audible to poor signal (LSR @ 1208).

Richard Allen,
near Perry OK USA.


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Grayland, WA Ultralight TP's for 4-4

Gary DeBock
 

Walt certainly picked the right date to return to Victoria. Yesterday's DU propagation was long gone, and the anemic Asians that did manage to show up didn't stick around for long. There was a lackluster sunrise enhancement which brought up some second-tier Asians from 1315-1400 but none of these sounded especially healthy. What was energetic was the wind and rain-- which pounded the makeshift ocean beach DXing site to make up for the calm weather of the previous three days.

A predawn check of TP carriers at 1030 revealed the distinct possibility of an infamous Grayland shutout session, with neither Asians nor DU's managing any carriers. By 1230 the NHK big guns on 594, 693 and 774 did show up weakly, though, so the Ultralight DXing gear was set up as usual on the ocean beach at 1300. It was probably a mistake. Stiff wind kicked up in addition to the steady rain, while nothing on the band except for 1566-HLAZ was especially strong. In search of DU propagation one of the hot-rodded PL-380's was set up on 531 kHz around 1315, and a signal on the frequency around 1320 provided some hope-- until some distinct Japanese speech was made out from JOQG. About this time the stiff wind was shaking the entire DXing setup so viciously that I wondered whether the 15" FSL (about $1 K in construction cost) would survive the session. Two of the "Science Fiction PL-380's" threatened to go airborne, and fly away to Mars. Although 531-JOQG, 558-HLQH and 603-HLSA were managing fair to good peaks they were doing much better than the soaked and shaken DXer, who couldn't see the wisdom in finishing out this dead-end session. In Chinese the number 4 has the same sound as "death," and I reminded myself that today's date was 4-4 (meaning that the Chinese would consider this date especially prone to disasters). That was enough motivation for me to pack up all the DXing gear at 1355, and make a quick retreat back to Puyallup.

Overall the 4-day Grayland DXpedition wasn't bad at all, though. The first day (4-1) had exceptional Asian propagation, and after listening to my 1377-UnID TP recording made at the end of the session a couple of Japanese DXers say that it sounds like RRI Toli Toli (not bad for a 3" x 4" antenna). The DU propagation yesterday was very good (congratulations to Walt for his 1152-6PNN reception), and it was a thrill to receive 531-4KZ not only on a "Science Fiction PL-380" model but even on a stand-alone 7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight. Antenna A/B test recordings for all of these different antennas were made, so DXers can actually hear the difference between receiving 531-4KZ on a 15" FSL, a 3" FSL Tecsun PL-380 and a 7.5" loopstick CC Skywave. Antenna testing was the main objective of the trip, and from that standpoint it was highly successful!

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