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Re: CC-EP radio -FARMERIK

Rik
 

Yes. I eagerly read your excellent review and also your update radio comparisons for 2015 where I see you rated the CC-EP noticeably higher than the SONY ICF-EX5MK2, which had been my 'best' modern portable on AM. I am not disappointed with the CC-EP performance at all.

I do have a technical question. Near both ends of the tuning range the radio goes quiet, instead of hearing at least noise and some very weak signal. Is there a cut off filter at each end of the  AM band? Does it tune by variactor and that is why it does that?  I had been listening to TIS/HAR stations on 1710 from NJ when Springfield Armory [MA] is off the air on the Sangean CL-100, and most better radios hear some Spanish sounding stations here if they tune low enough on the AM band. This is not a complaint, the CC-EP hears VERY well within the entire  AM band.  - FARMERIK


Re: CC-EP radio -FARMERIK

policow6@...
 

I like the EP too...in fact I consider it to be the current day Superadio. One note: The Twin Coil Fine Tune knob on the right also affects external antennas so be sure to try that out. When trying to hunt down tough signals it can make all the difference affecting sensitivity and selectivity dramatically in some cases.


Here's a review I wrote when it first came out and I haven't changed my opinions on it since:


CC Radio-EP


Jay


Re: PL-380 issue

Andy Gardner <ceo@...>
 

On 26/07/2015, at 11:02 AM, Andy Gardner ceo@... [ultralightdx] wrote:


From the PDF manual...

MW(AM) step setting


Re: PL-380 issue

Andy Gardner <ceo@...>
 

From the PDF manual...

MW(AM) step setting

Turn off the radio, long press [9/10kHz] button until "9kHz" or "10kHz" appear in the display. By long pressing again, the alternative band step would be shown. The temperature is also shown on screen at the same time. In general practice, the frequency step of 10kHz is to be used for broadcasting MW(AM) as well as the temperature in the degree of Fahrenheit (°F) to be used in the North America.

In order to provide convenience to the end users, the “10kHz” of frequency step is default to be displayed with temperature in the degree of Fahrenheit (°F) together as well as "9kHz" to be displayed with temperature in the degree of Centigrade (°C) together. If the display shows "10kHz" with degree of Fahrenheit (°F), which means this
radio is set to 10 kHz step for MW(AM) with temperature in Fahrenheit (°F) which is for the North America region..

Turn LW on/off

Turn off the radio. Press and hold the [MW/LW] button until "LW ON" or "LW OFF" appears in the display,If " LW OFF" appears in the display, which means LW is turned off. If :LW ON” appears in the display, which means LW is turned on.

Turn off the "Bi" sound

Turn off the radio, press and hold the [ ] button until "OFF" or "ON" appears in the display; If " OFF" appears in the display, which means "Bi" sound is turned off.

Turn on / off intelligent lighting function

This radio bears the intelligent lighting function which backlight would be on for 3 seconds during tuning or any key to be pressed. With radio is off, press & hold [ ] key, then symbol “OFF” being displayed and means this intelligent lighting function is off. By pressing & hold [ ] key again, symbol “ON” is displayed and means the intelligent lighting function is on now.

Special note: After shutting off the intelligent lighting function, the [LIGHT/SNOOZE] key is still workable for turning on or off the backlight.

Turning on / off the charging function

Press & hold [ ] key , symbol of“ ”&“ ”to be shown and means rechargeable batteries to be used and the charging to be started at the same time.
Press & hold [ ] key , symbol of“ ” & “ regular batteries to be used and charging function to be turned off..
Special note: This radio is default to use regular batteries for supplying power,. In case of using rechargeable batteries, you should switch radio to the status of rechargeable batteries being used. The correct power capacity of rechargeable batteries would be shown.

APPLYING THE INTELLIGENT CHARGING FUNCTION (Rechargeable batteries & external power connectors are sold separately. 1. Under radio being in the powered off status, installing 3 x UM3 (AA) rechargeable
batteries , press & hold [ ] key to display symbol“ ”&“ the charging function is on.
”, this means
”to be lost on screen and means
2. Using any USB 5v external DC power sources to connect this radio, symbol“ advance from the bottom to top during power charging. It stops when batteries are
fully charged.

On 26/07/2015, at 10:53 AM, 'pu3hag - h. garcia' pu3hag.l@... [ultralightdx] wrote:


I don't have the receiver with me now. I remeber that - with the receiver in off position - you may long press the different buttons to enable/disable features. LW range was indeed one of them.

On Jul 25, 2015 16:47, "kc8iqz@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

Has any user of the PL-380 ran into a situation where you cannot select the LW band? My radio can't be set to LW for some reason. Is this just a non-reparable issue?
Thanks
Gary KC8IQZ


Re: PL-380 issue

pu3hag - h. garcia <pu3hag.l@...>
 

I don't have the receiver with me now. I remeber that - with the receiver in off position - you may long press the different buttons to enable/disable features. LW range was indeed one of them.

On Jul 25, 2015 16:47, "kc8iqz@... [ultralightdx]" <ultralightdx@...> wrote:

 

Has any user of the PL-380 ran into a situation where you cannot select the LW band?  My radio can't be set to LW for some reason.  Is this just a non-reparable issue?
Thanks
Gary KC8IQZ



Re: Yet Another 531 kHz DU Mystery from Rockwork 4

Gary DeBock
 

The UnID South Pacific station in the MP3 clip has been identified as 531-4KZ in Queensland, Australia by Paul Walker, Bryan Clark and Dene Lynneberg. Thanks to all that listened to the recording!
 
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: D1028Gary@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 3:16 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Yet Another 531 kHz DU Mystery from Rockwork 4

 
Hello All,
 
After sorting through five hours of remote recordings of 531 kHz at Rockwork 4 only two hours remain, but they are still full of surprises. This DU English weather report at 1205 UTC on June 28th (a day which featured a mix of Oz and Kiwi propagation) apparently contains various place names, which of course are tough to decipher by a DXer accustomed to North American English. The station itself seems to feature classic popular music, such as "You Can't Hurry Love" (or apparently, sorting through remote 531 recordings, either):
 
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
 
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near
Manzanita, OR)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
12" FSL antenna (for this recording)
 
 


Re: Stables of Radios

Bob Coomler
 

Thanks, Emily.  As a DXer and being the somewhat passionate cook in the house, I should be able to use this both ways.  I may need a note from you to my wife however.  :-)

Bob Coomler W7SWL
Tucson, AZ


From: "Emily Keene comprimario@... [ultralightdx]"
To: "ultralightdx@..."
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Stables of Radios

 
I tell my husband that radios are like pots. You can cook with one pot, but it won't fry as well as a skillet or make a crepe as well as a crepe pan. If you want to have the best results and you want to have the most fun cooking, you need the right equipment. My poor husband has a wife who cooks with three old pans, but has hundreds of radios which all hear in different ways. ( We eat out a lot...)

Emily Keene
New Jersey


From:"lantareamon@... [ultralightdx]"
Date:Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 16:34
Subject:[ultralightdx] Stables of Radios

 


> Perfect analogy. After we own many radios we don't really NEED more...we just WANT them.

> Jay

Jay, you are an honest man.

Chuck Rippel
Chesapeake, VA  USA



CC-EP radio -FARMERIK

Rik
 

The CC-EP radio is not a new product, and has gotten rave reviews for its performance, so I finally ordered one and got to try it out last evening. Audio is very good for any portable, and can be tailored with the Bass and Treble controls and the two selectivity settings to cut out AM noise on distant stations. The power supply which came with mine seems completely quiet, and is labelled with the model radio it fits. First time I have seen that, and it is really nice for some one like me who normally uses batteries. Power supplies end up in a box some where. FM is also very good, and I can get my favourite weak FM station from Block Island which is on a frequency between two much closer and more powerful stations. I can listen on the whip, but the FM-6 is better still. The  AM ferrite can be disconnected by a switch, and my 500 foot BOG does not over load the radio, even on strong signals, although I do not have any really close transmitters here. This IS a DXer on both AM and FM I'd say, and the audio for strong stations is very good too. Build quality is a little weak, but for the money and all it does very well, I am satisfied. So far the only little problem is the tuning gets more difficult here and there on the dial. I wonder if some debris is getting caught in the dial string mechanism? Tuning is just a little spongy, but rock it slightly and you can easily tune right in.

 I did get one new log last night-

WABY AM 900 slope tuned slightly off one side of CHML  which made WABY stronger than CHML, but I could still hear both. I listened to several songs. 400 Watts Days/70 Watts night, and it was just before 9 PM so it should have been night power I think. Only 97 miles from me, not far from Albany and Troy NY in Watervliet.

-FARMERIK



Re: France on AM

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

----- Original Message ----- From: Dave amstereofan

The BBC and the others should do the same but certain areas in the UK
apparently still rely solely on am ?
-----------------------

In low population-density and low-lying areas in the UK, due to propagation
at vhf frequencies, FM coverage can be very patchy. DAB even more so.
Particularly for local BBC radio, a number of AM stations are therefore
still on the air. Many listeners still prefer the better audio quality of
FM compared to the low-bitrates and drop-outs of DAB, particularly
on the road. Government still plans to displace FM and AM, but
faces continued resistance from the peasants :-)

Michael

--------------------------------------------



On 24 July 2015 at 22:38, 'Michael' wrote:

Radio France has announced that its medium-wave
frequencies will be switched off at the end of 2015,
and its longwave transmitter on 162kHz one year later.

The remaining German AM stations are also due to
terminate. The UK is thinking along similar lines -
including the transfer of most FM services to DAB.


Yet Another 531 kHz DU Mystery from Rockwork 4

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
After sorting through five hours of remote recordings of 531 kHz at Rockwork 4 only two hours remain, but they are still full of surprises. This DU English weather report at 1205 UTC on June 28th (a day which featured a mix of Oz and Kiwi propagation) apparently contains various place names, which of course are tough to decipher by a DXer accustomed to North American English. The station itself seems to feature classic popular music, such as "You Can't Hurry Love" (or apparently, sorting through remote 531 recordings, either):
 
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
 
Gary DeBock (DXing at the Rockwork 4 ocean cliff near
Manzanita, OR)
7.5" loopstick C.Crane Skywave Ultralight +
12" FSL antenna (for this recording)
 
 


Re: France on AM

dave_m1ctk
 

The BBC and the others should do the same but certain areas in the UK apparently still rely solely on am ?

On 24 July 2015 at 22:38, 'Michael' michael.setaazul@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Radio France has announced that its medium-wave
frequencies will be switched off at the end of 2015,
and its longwave transmitter on 162kHz one year later.

The remaining German AM stations are also due to
terminate. The UK is thinking along similar lines -
including the transfer of most FM services to DAB.

The reasons given are always to do with the growth of
digital broadcasting and the costs of duplication.

A major disaster could result in widespread power
and communications outage, including the collapse
of digital networks.

It would be feasible to maintain a small number of AM
transmitters with back-up generators and microwave
or other links, to broadcast to battery-powered receivers.
Unless mothballed for such an eventuality, this option
may well be lost.

Hmm. . .

Michael



Re: France on AM

dave_m1ctk
 

Very very radical move but it makes sense I guess... though no more France Blue in AM Stereo then :(






On 24 July 2015 at 22:38, 'Michael' michael.setaazul@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Radio France has announced that its medium-wave
frequencies will be switched off at the end of 2015,
and its longwave transmitter on 162kHz one year later.

The remaining German AM stations are also due to
terminate. The UK is thinking along similar lines -
including the transfer of most FM services to DAB.

The reasons given are always to do with the growth of
digital broadcasting and the costs of duplication.

A major disaster could result in widespread power
and communications outage, including the collapse
of digital networks.

It would be feasible to maintain a small number of AM
transmitters with back-up generators and microwave
or other links, to broadcast to battery-powered receivers.
Unless mothballed for such an eventuality, this option
may well be lost.

Hmm. . .

Michael



Re: France on AM

Michael <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Radio France has announced that its medium-wave
frequencies will be switched off at the end of 2015,
and its longwave transmitter on 162kHz one year later.

The remaining German AM stations are also due to
terminate. The UK is thinking along similar lines -
including the transfer of most FM services to DAB.

The reasons given are always to do with the growth of
digital broadcasting and the costs of duplication.

A major disaster could result in widespread power
and communications outage, including the collapse
of digital networks.

It would be feasible to maintain a small number of AM
transmitters with back-up generators and microwave
or other links, to broadcast to battery-powered receivers.
Unless mothballed for such an eventuality, this option
may well be lost.

Hmm. . .

Michael


Re: Stables of Radios

Emily Keene
 

I tell my husband that radios are like pots. You can cook with one pot, but it won't fry as well as a skillet or make a crepe as well as a crepe pan. If you want to have the best results and you want to have the most fun cooking, you need the right equipment. My poor husband has a wife who cooks with three old pans, but has hundreds of radios which all hear in different ways. ( We eat out a lot...)

Emily Keene
New Jersey


From:"lantareamon@... [ultralightdx]" Date:Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 16:34
Subject:[ultralightdx] Stables of Radios

 

> Perfect analogy. After we own many radios we don't really NEED more...we just WANT them.


> Jay

Jay, you are an honest man.

Chuck Rippel
Chesapeake, VA  USA


Re: Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 21/07/2015

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Paul.

On 909KHz I normally get STAR network from 
Napier-Hastings, as I have a station on 900KHz 87KM away this does also bleed over at times.

Paul
 

On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 6:37 PM, pphilbro@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

Great report Paul, I look forward to your observations.


BTW what do you hear on 909khz? this is a clear frequency in Australia, and here in Adelaide I can copy most nights CNR-6 from China. 

At 600 KW probably not much of a catch, but it is consistent most nights on my tiny SRF-T615 barefoot.

73's Paul P.



Stables of Radios

K8HU and ex-NMN
 

> Perfect analogy. After we own many radios we don't really NEED more...we just WANT them.


> Jay

Jay, you are an honest man.

Chuck Rippel
Chesapeake, VA  USA


Art Bell Midnight in the Desert

Paul S. in CT
 

Howdy all,

Recently on Monday, Art Bell of C2C fame started his own show again. Usual topics and some guests. There are at least 4 targets to try for on the ULR's. Time is Mon - Fri 04UT to 07UT (Midnite to 3AM EDT, 9PM to midnite PDT Sun-Thurs).

AM: 1010 CFRB Toronto 50kW
SW: 6070 CFRX Toronto 1kW

9330//7490 WBCQ possible //5110 50kW
5085 WTWW 100kW

Paul S. in CT FN31nl



Re: Ultralight DXing Report - Launceston Tasmania - 21/07/2015

Paul VK5PC
 

Great report Paul, I look forward to your observations.

BTW what do you hear on 909khz? this is a clear frequency in Australia, and here in Adelaide I can copy most nights CNR-6 from China. 

At 600 KW probably not much of a catch, but it is consistent most nights on my tiny SRF-T615 barefoot.

73's Paul P.


Relays over the weekend 6070kHz

Hobart Radio International <hriradio@...>
 

CHANNEL 292 RELAYS ALL TIMES IN UTC

SATURDAY 25/07: 
16:00 Hobart Radio International

SUNDAY 26/07: 
8:00 Superclan Radio
9:00 DARC (Via Moosbrunn, Austria)
12-16:00 Beatspektrum


MONDAY 27/07:
15:00 DARC
16-18:00 Pop Radio Ostfriesland
18:00 DARC


Kind regards,

Rob Wise.
Hobart Radio International - The Voice of Tasmania
North Hobart, 7002 Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
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Re: New Zealand Station on 1566KHz?

Paul Blundell
 

Time would have been between 1100 UTC and 1200UTC.

On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 2:14 PM, nhp@... [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@...> wrote:
 

What time was the reception Paul?     I believe that HLAZ in South Korea tends to be directional away from Australia, but, never say never.  It is a powerful transmitter.

best wishes,

Nick



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

I have just been reviewing my loggings from the weekend, on 1566KHz I heard a new signal which I have noted as "Asian lang, slow like reading"


The only Australian stations on this frequency are 3NE which runs a classic hits type program and 4GM which is an ABC station running 200W about 1700km away from me.


My spreadsheet shows this entry but according to their website they are not using this frequency at the moment?

1566KHz - World TV Ltd Wellington 


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