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AR-1733 Fault

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend, my AR-1733 died. The display went off, thinking it was flat batteries I swapped these over, this made no difference.

Today I returned it to Jaycar, they have seen this before, if the batteries go dead flat, they can lock up and even with new batteries they won't work.

End rest is a new radio which does work. If you have one of these, please keep this in mind.

Paul


CKMX 1060 Calgary AB

Mike Sanburn
 

Strong here with standup comedians doing their shtick. String of ads including one for 5G cell phones from Bell Canada. Ironic that they are heard much clearer on my little Sangean DT160 than the Superadio which seemed to be experiencing some KNX 1070 overload. Pipeline to the north tonight. Logged previously here as CFCN. 
Mike Sanburn  (Cat lover)
Lakewood CA U.S.A. 


CFAC 960

Mike Sanburn
 

Heard clear ID: AM 960 The Fan, Calgary's only all sports radio. Decent signal mixing with Phoenix and others. Reception was on my little Sangean DT160. ( I just looked outside, it is foggy here tonight ).
Mike Sanburn  KG6LJU
Lakewood CA. DM03


Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

Over the weekend I spent some time testing the AR-1458 with my 3" FSL aerial.
Using my Teac PR130 as a spotting receiver, I was able to confirm a number of stations during the afternoon, a video of these are below.

https://ultralightradiodxing.blogspot.com/2020/11/digitech-ar-1458-loggings-22112020.html


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Jorge Garzón
 

Well, I am glad to inform that the Ross DX Challenge achieved on 20th. Just 11 days to score 300 stations. Nevertheless I will be adding more stations until the end of the 30 days period. Now it is already 310, but progression is slower than before!
The DEGEN DE1103 is a real jewel and it's a real pity they discontinued the PLL model. Some people told me than the newer DSP one does not bright on MW. Did you noticed this? 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
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Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 23:06:39 CET, Jorge Garzón via groups.io <iberiadx@...> escribió:


I can understand their worries. Fortunately the world is not made in a 'DXing mode'... Imagine every country in Europe switching off their electric power stations to avoid noise and let weakest signals coming in! 

DXing local Spanish stations is a rewarding experience, somretimes more difficult for Europeans that record some TAs signals. 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 17:45:19 CET, Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> escribió:


Op 20/11/2020 om 14:25 schreef Jorge Garzón via groups.io:
> Thank you very much Gary and the group.
> I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I
> hope) about awards.
>

Some of my Belgian dx hobbyists find all those powerful Spanish radios a
pest, and ask "when will Spain start to put off AM?"

Marc
--
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Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

That is interesting, I didn't know that they had a store in the UK.


On Sat., 21 Nov. 2020, 09:17 Marc Coevoet, <sintsixtus@...> wrote:
Op 20/11/2020 om 18:05 schreef Michael Schuster:
> Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do
> much more.
> Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the
> AR-1458:
>
> https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm


These Digitech radios are available in Eurupe through a UK shop by Jaycar !

https://www.jaycar.co.uk/sound-video/radios-music-players/world-band-other-radios/c/8HA?sort=popularity-desc&q


Marc

--
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For former Windows users: Lubuntu.org (menu's down left)






Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 20/11/2020 om 18:05 schreef Michael Schuster:
Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do much more.
Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the AR-1458:
https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm

These Digitech radios are available in Eurupe through a UK shop by Jaycar !

https://www.jaycar.co.uk/sound-video/radios-music-players/world-band-other-radios/c/8HA?sort=popularity-desc&q


Marc

--
The "Penguin" has arrived - and he's not going away - ever.
For former Apple users: Xubuntu.org (menu's up left)
For former Windows users: Lubuntu.org (menu's down left)


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Jorge Garzón
 

I can understand their worries. Fortunately the world is not made in a 'DXing mode'... Imagine every country in Europe switching off their electric power stations to avoid noise and let weakest signals coming in! 

DXing local Spanish stations is a rewarding experience, somretimes more difficult for Europeans that record some TAs signals. 
73!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En viernes, 20 de noviembre de 2020 17:45:19 CET, Marc Coevoet <sintsixtus@...> escribió:


Op 20/11/2020 om 14:25 schreef Jorge Garzón via groups.io:
> Thank you very much Gary and the group.
> I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I
> hope) about awards.
>

Some of my Belgian dx hobbyists find all those powerful Spanish radios a
pest, and ask "when will Spain start to put off AM?"

Marc
--
The "Penguin" has arrived - and he's not going away - ever.
For former Apple users: Xubuntu.org (menu's up left)
For former Windows users: Lubuntu.org (menu's down left)






Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Michael. His videos were one of the reasons I decided to get this.


On Sat., 21 Nov. 2020, 04:05 Michael Schuster, <schuster.ma@...> wrote:
Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do much more.
Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the AR-1458:

https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm


Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Michael Schuster
 

Interestingly this radio uses a BK1198 receiver-on-a-chip which can do much more.
Here is one experimenter's experience with receiving shortwave on the AR-1458:

https://vk3ye.com/projects/projbk1198.htm


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Marc Coevoet
 

Op 20/11/2020 om 14:25 schreef Jorge Garzón via groups.io:
Thank you very much Gary and the group.
I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I hope) about awards.
Some of my Belgian dx hobbyists find all those powerful Spanish radios a pest, and ask "when will Spain start to put off AM?"

Marc
--
The "Penguin" has arrived - and he's not going away - ever.
For former Apple users: Xubuntu.org (menu's up left)
For former Windows users: Lubuntu.org (menu's down left)


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Jorge Garzón
 

Thank you very much Gary and the group.
I would like to pay your attention about some interesting proposal (I hope) about awards.

There is an "European Centurian Award" but there is no a 'reverse' one for Europeans (or others) listening to American stations. Also, there is a extremely interesting challenge on MW rband elated with Spanish MW stations. We have about 200 MW stations in Spain and all of them have local and regional slots daily. It's not easy to record all of them of at least a large number when they are not networked. That involves to previously check the slots, knowing the propagation behaviour, how long do they air micro slots, even check phone codes sometimes to confirm doubtful ones. The UK MW panorama has also many stations, most of them low-powered and probably dangerously tilting to broadcast networked in a future, so we are still on time. May we think about it, propose something and maybe be taken into account?

I strongly thing that we could help to raise interest in DXing or perhaps our hobby will be buried into techs and computers forever!!!

¡Muchas gracias!

Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


En jueves, 19 de noviembre de 2020 13:21:19 CET, Gary DeBock via groups.io <d1028gary@...> escribió:


On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 01:54 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
The Ultralight DX Challenge is going on! Paul Logan has already achieve it in just 8 days, and I am now at 225 stations heard. I decided to listen to the band twice a day a couple of hours each as I am working and also love going bushwalking. 

We are still using the tag #ultralightdx in Twitter, and now there are three more people in the Challenge, from Germany, Spain and Portugal. Some people seem to have embraced the idea with interest! In my blog 'IberiaDX' I post daily to keep the records up-to-date. 
Wow, awesome news, Jorge!

Thanks for letting us all know of the Ultralight DX Challenge excitement spreading across Europe-- it is similar to our excitement here in North America during the Ultralight Radio boom year of 2008. We were posting so much Ultralight-related news on the North American IRCA club list that they secretly asked John Bryant (a famous DXer) to persuade us to move away from the IRCA list, and form our own email list-- which we did. John Bryant himself then caught the "Ultralight bug," and became one of our group's leaders!

As for the Ultralight DX Challenge awards for you and your friends in Europe, please feel free to review their information, and issue the Award Certificates for them and yourself at any time, Jorge. We are thrilled at your progress, and wish all of you in Europe the best of Ultralight DX!

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


Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Dan.

I am going to put some time in to testing this over the next few nights and see how it goes, at this stage it seems to be working well.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 9:30 PM Dan Merta <dnmerta0@...> wrote:
Nice. I find tuning to 3GG sometimes it tunes it in and then after a few seconds it loses it and I have to tune it again. 
Also it's an interesting thing to listen to a night time skywave station and as it fades out the radio goes silent. Then as the signal comes back it locks back in again..
Next week covid permitting I'll be travelling up to Echuca so I'll see how it performs up there.
Dan. 



--
Paul


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Paul Blundell
 

Well done and it great to see you all so enthusiast about this.

Paul

On Thu., 19 Nov. 2020, 20:54 Jorge Garzón via groups.io, <iberiaDX=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
The Ultralight DX Challenge is going on! Paul Logan has already achieve it in just 8 days, and I am now at 225 stations heard. I decided to listen to the band twice a day a couple of hours each as I am working and also love going bushwalking. 

We are still using the tag #ultralightdx in Twitter, and now there are three more people in the Challenge, from Germany, Spain and Portugal. Some people seem to have embraced the idea with interest! In my blog 'IberiaDX' I post daily to keep the records up-to-date. 

Something we talked Paul and me was to log stations to the end of the 30 days period in order to check how many stations could be heard (a kind of challenge extension). Hopefully we could even offer overall results as a kind of a "MW Listening Guide" for the time being. Perhaps a practise tool for newcomers? "What to hear on MW in autumn" (or so). 

Very funny and enriching activity! 
73!

--
Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge / Hello / Tecsun PL310 ET question.

robert ross
 

Great Job Paul!!! Yes…the Challenge can still be done by anyone willing to put in the hours and work. Hopefully more DX'ers will take part as well. Glad to see things getting back in the groove with ULR Radio!!

Hard to believe that was 12 Years ago!!

73..ROB VA3SW 

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA



On Nov 19, 2020, at 15:31, mariusz.dorota@... wrote:

I had Tecsun PL310 and it was quite ok on MW, I would say almost at level of vintage larger transistor radios. There’s not much space inside for a longer ferrite bar. So I would say go for external loop antenna. If you dont want do make yourself one Tecsun has two in offer. Another option is to make external AM antenna jack or external ferrite bar antenna. Now I have Radiwow R-108 and I must say that despite shorter ferrite bar inside it is noticable better on MW than Tecsun.
 
Wysłane z aplikacji Poczta dla Windows 10
 
Od: Paul Logan via groups.io
Wysłano: czwartek, 19 listopada 2020 20:11
Do: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Temat: Re: [UltralightDX] Ultralight DX Challenge / Hello / Tecsun PL310 ET question.
 
Hi all,
 
just a little note to say hello after a long long time away. The UL bug has bitten again!
 
Jorge in Spain and myself have been doing the Ross Challenge and I managed to complete it in eight busy DX days -  I was actually surprised since so many European stations have disappeared.
Really good fun (for the second time - 12 years later)
 
Also good news that the awards program is to be revamped. Look forward to taking part in this.
 
And now a plea for some help - I bought a Tecsun PL310et on ebay and it seems a bit deaf on Medium Wave ( I think maybe this was a common complaint with some runs of this radio) - anyone know if there are any sensitivity mods for this radio - or antenna tweaks. It's so long since I followed things that I can't remember if there were any.
 
Anything would be of interest.
 
regards to everyone, great to see you are all stll here.
 
be safe - 
 
 
 
Paul Logan, Lisnaskea, N. Ireland 
 
 
 

 
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ODP: [UltralightDX] Ultralight DX Challenge / Hello / Tecsun PL310 ET question.

mariusz.dorota@gmail.com <mariusz.dorota@...>
 

I had Tecsun PL310 and it was quite ok on MW, I would say almost at level of vintage larger transistor radios. There’s not much space inside for a longer ferrite bar. So I would say go for external loop antenna. If you dont want do make yourself one Tecsun has two in offer. Another option is to make external AM antenna jack or external ferrite bar antenna. Now I have Radiwow R-108 and I must say that despite shorter ferrite bar inside it is noticable better on MW than Tecsun.

 

Wysłane z aplikacji Poczta dla Windows 10

 

Od: Paul Logan via groups.io
Wysłano: czwartek, 19 listopada 2020 20:11
Do: main@UltralightDX.groups.io
Temat: Re: [UltralightDX] Ultralight DX Challenge / Hello / Tecsun PL310 ET question.

 

Hi all,

 

just a little note to say hello after a long long time away. The UL bug has bitten again!

 

Jorge in Spain and myself have been doing the Ross Challenge and I managed to complete it in eight busy DX days -  I was actually surprised since so many European stations have disappeared.

Really good fun (for the second time - 12 years later)

 

Also good news that the awards program is to be revamped. Look forward to taking part in this.

 

And now a plea for some help - I bought a Tecsun PL310et on ebay and it seems a bit deaf on Medium Wave ( I think maybe this was a common complaint with some runs of this radio) - anyone know if there are any sensitivity mods for this radio - or antenna tweaks. It's so long since I followed things that I can't remember if there were any.

 

Anything would be of interest.

 

regards to everyone, great to see you are all stll here.

 

be safe -

 

 

 

Paul Logan, Lisnaskea, N. Ireland

 

 

 

 


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge / Hello / Tecsun PL310 ET question.

Paul Logan
 

Hi all,

just a little note to say hello after a long long time away. The UL bug has bitten again!

Jorge in Spain and myself have been doing the Ross Challenge and I managed to complete it in eight busy DX days -  I was actually surprised since so many European stations have disappeared.
Really good fun (for the second time - 12 years later)

Also good news that the awards program is to be revamped. Look forward to taking part in this.

And now a plea for some help - I bought a Tecsun PL310et on ebay and it seems a bit deaf on Medium Wave ( I think maybe this was a common complaint with some runs of this radio) - anyone know if there are any sensitivity mods for this radio - or antenna tweaks. It's so long since I followed things that I can't remember if there were any.

Anything would be of interest.

regards to everyone, great to see you are all stll here.

be safe -



Paul Logan, Lisnaskea, N. Ireland




Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Gary DeBock
 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 01:54 AM, Jorge Garzón wrote:
The Ultralight DX Challenge is going on! Paul Logan has already achieve it in just 8 days, and I am now at 225 stations heard. I decided to listen to the band twice a day a couple of hours each as I am working and also love going bushwalking. 

We are still using the tag #ultralightdx in Twitter, and now there are three more people in the Challenge, from Germany, Spain and Portugal. Some people seem to have embraced the idea with interest! In my blog 'IberiaDX' I post daily to keep the records up-to-date. 
Wow, awesome news, Jorge!

Thanks for letting us all know of the Ultralight DX Challenge excitement spreading across Europe-- it is similar to our excitement here in North America during the Ultralight Radio boom year of 2008. We were posting so much Ultralight-related news on the North American IRCA club list that they secretly asked John Bryant (a famous DXer) to persuade us to move away from the IRCA list, and form our own email list-- which we did. John Bryant himself then caught the "Ultralight bug," and became one of our group's leaders!

As for the Ultralight DX Challenge awards for you and your friends in Europe, please feel free to review their information, and issue the Award Certificates for them and yourself at any time, Jorge. We are thrilled at your progress, and wish all of you in Europe the best of Ultralight DX!

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


Re: Digitech AR-1458 Review - Work In Progress

Dan Merta
 

Nice. I find tuning to 3GG sometimes it tunes it in and then after a few seconds it loses it and I have to tune it again. 
Also it's an interesting thing to listen to a night time skywave station and as it fades out the radio goes silent. Then as the signal comes back it locks back in again..
Next week covid permitting I'll be travelling up to Echuca so I'll see how it performs up there.
Dan. 


Re: Ultralight DX Challenge. News from Spain.

Jorge Garzón
 

The Ultralight DX Challenge is going on! Paul Logan has already achieve it in just 8 days, and I am now at 225 stations heard. I decided to listen to the band twice a day a couple of hours each as I am working and also love going bushwalking. 

We are still using the tag #ultralightdx in Twitter, and now there are three more people in the Challenge, from Germany, Spain and Portugal. Some people seem to have embraced the idea with interest! In my blog 'IberiaDX' I post daily to keep the records up-to-date. 

Something we talked Paul and me was to log stations to the end of the 30 days period in order to check how many stations could be heard (a kind of challenge extension). Hopefully we could even offer overall results as a kind of a "MW Listening Guide" for the time being. Perhaps a practise tool for newcomers? "What to hear on MW in autumn" (or so). 

Very funny and enriching activity! 
73!

--
Jorge Garzón (EB7EFA · EA1036 SWL) 
QTH: IN83ag / 43º15' N · 03º56' W
Urb. San Roque 95, casa 5 (Villasevil)
39698 Santiurde de Toranzo (ESPAÑA - SPAIN)
..................................................................................
Blog: IberiaDX  · Twitter: @IberiaDX

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