DX'ER Radio for Portable Use


Liam Wells
 

Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


keith beesley
 

Welcome, Liam. Our co-leaders are an American and an Australian; we have members on 5 or 6 continents. ūüôā¬†

Tecsun portables have been popular here for some time; lately a lot of us have been exploring the newer XHDATA and Sihaudon models. 

Regards,

Keith Beesley
Seattle Washington USA



On Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11:00:16 AM PDT, vk3xgw@... <vk3xgw@...> wrote:


Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


Paul Blundell
 

Hi Liam.

Another Aussie here, down in Tasmania.

I use both the AR-1733 and Tecsun PL-365. Both work well for me. For portable use walking, the PL-365 has a belt clip and fits in your pockets easier. I have not used mine much since I got it, so I am still working out the best way to use it and get the best results.

Paul

On Wed, 29 Mar 2023, 5:00 am , <vk3xgw@...> wrote:

Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


kevin asato
 

Don't be surprised if your unaided outdoors listening exceeds the ability of your indoors listening as you will get away from all the electronic hash present from the inside of your home!
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Tue, Mar 28, 2023 at 1:26‚ÄĮPM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Hi Liam.

Another Aussie here, down in Tasmania.

I use both the AR-1733 and Tecsun PL-365. Both work well for me. For portable use walking, the PL-365 has a belt clip and fits in your pockets easier. I have not used mine much since I got it, so I am still working out the best way to use it and get the best results.

Paul

On Wed, 29 Mar 2023, 5:00 am , <vk3xgw@...> wrote:

Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


Paul Blundell
 

That is a very good point and something that I have found very useful to keep in mind, even getting out to the backyard can make a huge difference.

Paul

On Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 8:27‚ÄĮAM kevin asato <kc6pob@...> wrote:
Don't be surprised if your unaided outdoors listening exceeds the ability of your indoors listening as you will get away from all the electronic hash present from the inside of your home!
73,
kevin
kc6pob

On Tue, Mar 28, 2023 at 1:26‚ÄĮPM Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...> wrote:
Hi Liam.

Another Aussie here, down in Tasmania.

I use both the AR-1733 and Tecsun PL-365. Both work well for me. For portable use walking, the PL-365 has a belt clip and fits in your pockets easier. I have not used mine much since I got it, so I am still working out the best way to use it and get the best results.

Paul

On Wed, 29 Mar 2023, 5:00 am , <vk3xgw@...> wrote:

Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam



--
Paul


Liam Wells
 

That all sounds very interesting and exciting. 

I see that Tecsun have the PL-360, PL-365 and PL-368, is it best just to go for the newest one or do they differ much between them?  I saw that one does SSB? I still listen on 80m and 40m at times, so this might be a nice feature for me.


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of keith beesley via groups.io <keith1226@...>
Sent: 29 March 2023 05:22
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use
 
Welcome, Liam. Our co-leaders are an American and an Australian; we have members on 5 or 6 continents. ūüôā¬†

Tecsun portables have been popular here for some time; lately a lot of us have been exploring the newer XHDATA and Sihaudon models. 

Regards,

Keith Beesley
Seattle Washington USA



On Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11:00:16 AM PDT, vk3xgw@... <vk3xgw@...> wrote:


Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


Liam Wells
 

Thank you Paul.
Where in Tasmania are you?

Did you purchase your PL-365 off eBay or locally? Do you find the interface hard to use and have you had any issues with it?



From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...>
Sent: 29 March 2023 07:25
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use
 
Hi Liam.

Another Aussie here, down in Tasmania.

I use both the AR-1733 and Tecsun PL-365. Both work well for me. For portable use walking, the PL-365 has a belt clip and fits in your pockets easier. I have not used mine much since I got it, so I am still working out the best way to use it and get the best results.

Paul

On Wed, 29 Mar 2023, 5:00 am , <vk3xgw@...> wrote:

Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


JAMET Paul
 


Please, consider this proposal:



De: "Liam Wells" <vk3xgw@...>
À: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Envoyé: Mercredi 29 Mars 2023 04:44:35
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

Thank you Paul.
Where in Tasmania are you?

Did you purchase your PL-365 off eBay or locally? Do you find the interface hard to use and have you had any issues with it?



From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of Paul Blundell <tanger32au@...>
Sent: 29 March 2023 07:25
To: main@ultralightdx.groups.io <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use
 
Hi Liam.

Another Aussie here, down in Tasmania.

I use both the AR-1733 and Tecsun PL-365. Both work well for me. For portable use walking, the PL-365 has a belt clip and fits in your pockets easier. I have not used mine much since I got it, so I am still working out the best way to use it and get the best results.

Paul

On Wed, 29 Mar 2023, 5:00 am , <vk3xgw@...> wrote:

Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam



JAMET Paul
 


Hi Liam

That's right ; There are three models of this atypical receiver in walkie-talkie format that can be handled with one hand!

PL-360: no SSB; no numeric keypad

PL-365: SSB but still no numeric keypad

PL-368: SSB with numeric keypad and also BL-5C rechargeable battery and synchronous detection mode

Despite the lack of a number pad, I like the PL-365 because it runs on AA batteries, which means it can be used anywhere while traveling without having to recharge a battery! It also works with AA rechargeable batteries.

All come with a small rotating ferrite

Future reading

Paul JAMET


De: "Liam Wells" <vk3xgw@...>
À: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Envoyé: Mercredi 29 Mars 2023 04:38:44
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

That all sounds very interesting and exciting. 

I see that Tecsun have the PL-360, PL-365 and PL-368, is it best just to go for the newest one or do they differ much between them?  I saw that one does SSB? I still listen on 80m and 40m at times, so this might be a nice feature for me.


From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of keith beesley via groups.io <keith1226@...>
Sent: 29 March 2023 05:22
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use
 
Welcome, Liam. Our co-leaders are an American and an Australian; we have members on 5 or 6 continents. \uD83D\uDE42 

Tecsun portables have been popular here for some time; lately a lot of us have been exploring the newer XHDATA and Sihaudon models. 

Regards,

Keith Beesley
Seattle Washington USA





Gary DeBock
 

On Tue, Mar 28, 2023 at 11:31 PM, Liam Wells wrote:
I see that Tecsun have the PL-360, PL-365 and PL-368, is it best just to go for the newest one or do they differ much between them?  I saw that one does SSB? I still listen on 80m and 40m at times, so this might be a nice feature for me.
Hi Liam,

This is Gary, the American co-founder of this group. I'm an ex-Navy sonar technician, and enjoy technical projects like portable radio loopstick transplants, FSL antenna construction and technical reviews of portable radios.

A very detailed article reviewing the AM, FM, SW and AIR band performance of five of the most popular Ultralight radios is posted at the following link, and might help you get started in choosing a model which meets your needs
https://dreamcrafts.box.com/s/8y6855bnfmy45rnk46mzr7hb4pwjz8u8

There are other new Ultralight radios coming out all the time, and usually the best (and latest) information on each new model can be found here in this group. We have members all around the world, and they are eager to help you get started. Welcome to the group, and have fun!

73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
Ultralight Radio group Co-Founder


Paul Blundell
 

I have the PL-365 and this does SSB. I have not used it much so can't comment on how well that feature works. I do find it's size and shape are good for portable sessions and I like how the memory system works.

Paul

On Wed, 29 Mar 2023, 5:31 pm Liam Wells, <vk3xgw@...> wrote:
That all sounds very interesting and exciting. 

I see that Tecsun have the PL-360, PL-365 and PL-368, is it best just to go for the newest one or do they differ much between them?  I saw that one does SSB? I still listen on 80m and 40m at times, so this might be a nice feature for me.

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of keith beesley via groups.io <keith1226=yahoo.com@groups.io>
Sent: 29 March 2023 05:22
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use
 
Welcome, Liam. Our co-leaders are an American and an Australian; we have members on 5 or 6 continents. ūüôā¬†

Tecsun portables have been popular here for some time; lately a lot of us have been exploring the newer XHDATA and Sihaudon models. 

Regards,

Keith Beesley
Seattle Washington USA



On Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11:00:16 AM PDT, vk3xgw@... <vk3xgw@...> wrote:


Greetings all.

Very keen DX'er here. Mostly been on the SWL side of the hobby for a long time. Got the golden ticket to TX but let this slide and only do RX these days.
Doctor has told me that I need to walk more, so keen to get something I can both listen to while I walk and also stop for some portable DX time. Never heard of this ultralight business until now but it sounds like a bit of fun.

Happy to buy instore or online. Prefer AA over battery packs. I see Jaycar have a few options. Any first hand experience with any of these models here?

I see a lot of references to the US of A, is this group worldwide or focused on this area? I see some people who look to be in Australia.

73's
Liam


JAMET Paul
 


Paul,

I do hope you know this hidden feature (PL-365), very useful to sort the memorized frequencies in ascending order:

When the receiver is OFF make a long press on this key¬† ‚ąá¬† SW¬† ¬†to sort the ATS memories whatever the band¬† (FM, MW or SW)

 I love very much this receiver easy to put in your pocket, easy to use:   Pull the antenna, Press power, (SCAN si nécessaire), Listen! 

Paul JAMET


De: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
À: "main" <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Envoyé: Mercredi 29 Mars 2023 10:10:00
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

I have the PL-365 and this does SSB. I have not used it much so can't comment on how well that feature works. I do find it's size and shape are good for portable sessions and I like how the memory system works.

Paul


K7DWI Art
 

I absolutely love the ATS function on the XHData D-808.
I use it to set all the local and semi local stations on the AM and FM Bands.
I can then concentrate between the memories for DXing.

Nice function 
73 Art


Paul Blundell
 

Thanks Paul,  did not know that little trick.

Paul

On Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 7:42‚ÄĮPM JAMET Paul <paul.jamet@...> wrote:

Paul,

I do hope you know this hidden feature (PL-365), very useful to sort the memorized frequencies in ascending order:

When the receiver is OFF make a long press on this key¬† ‚ąá¬† SW¬† ¬†to sort the ATS memories whatever the band¬† (FM, MW or SW)

 I love very much this receiver easy to put in your pocket, easy to use:   Pull the antenna, Press power, (SCAN si nécessaire), Listen! 

Paul JAMET


De: "Paul Blundell" <tanger32au@...>
À: "main" <main@ultralightdx.groups.io>
Envoyé: Mercredi 29 Mars 2023 10:10:00
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

I have the PL-365 and this does SSB. I have not used it much so can't comment on how well that feature works. I do find it's size and shape are good for portable sessions and I like how the memory system works.

Paul



--
Paul


Paul Blundell
 

I have not found the lack of a keypad to be much of an issue with my PL-365. I also like that it runs on AA batteries and these seem to last a decent amount of time.

Paul

On Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 6:29‚ÄĮPM JAMET Paul <paul.jamet@...> wrote:

Hi Liam

That's right ; There are three models of this atypical receiver in walkie-talkie format that can be handled with one hand!

PL-360: no SSB; no numeric keypad

PL-365: SSB but still no numeric keypad

PL-368: SSB with numeric keypad and also BL-5C rechargeable battery and synchronous detection mode

Despite the lack of a number pad, I like the PL-365 because it runs on AA batteries, which means it can be used anywhere while traveling without having to recharge a battery! It also works with AA rechargeable batteries.

All come with a small rotating ferrite

Future reading

Paul JAMET


De: "Liam Wells" <vk3xgw@...>
À: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Envoyé: Mercredi 29 Mars 2023 04:38:44
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

That all sounds very interesting and exciting. 

I see that Tecsun have the PL-360, PL-365 and PL-368, is it best just to go for the newest one or do they differ much between them?  I saw that one does SSB? I still listen on 80m and 40m at times, so this might be a nice feature for me.

From: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io> on behalf of keith beesley via groups.io <keith1226=yahoo.com@groups.io>
Sent: 29 March 2023 05:22
To: main@UltralightDX.groups.io <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use
 
Welcome, Liam. Our co-leaders are an American and an Australian; we have members on 5 or 6 continents. \uD83D\uDE42 

Tecsun portables have been popular here for some time; lately a lot of us have been exploring the newer XHDATA and Sihaudon models. 

Regards,

Keith Beesley
Seattle Washington USA






--
Paul


Phil Pasteur
 

One thing to note about the 36x radios. They are great for a pocket and hand holding, but they have a hard time with just being set on a table to listen. They are too tall and the bottom too small to be stable. Sometimes this bugs me, as I just want to set it down to listen and have my hands free.
I think I saw a base being sold that fixes this, but I don't have one.

Here it is:
https://countycomm.com/collections/radio/products/gp-5-anti-tip-stand-black-anodized
Just make sure it fits the radio that you buy...


Paul Blundell
 

I often rest mine against the wall or my desk.


On Thu, 30 Mar 2023, 10:29 am Phil Pasteur via groups.io, <ppasteur=q.com@groups.io> wrote:
One thing to note about the 36x radios. They are great for a pocket and hand holding, but they have a hard time with just being set on a table to listen. They are too tall and the bottom too small to be stable. Sometimes this bugs me, as I just want to set it down to listen and have my hands free.
I think I saw a base being sold that fixes this, but I don't have one.

Here it is:
https://countycomm.com/collections/radio/products/gp-5-anti-tip-stand-black-anodized
Just make sure it fits the radio that you buy...


JAMET Paul
 


I bought this one !


Cheaper than the base for County Comm GP-5/SSB but very stable 


De: "Phil Pasteur via groups.io" <ppasteur@...>
À: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Envoyé: Jeudi 30 Mars 2023 01:29:45
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

One thing to note about the 36x radios. They are great for a pocket and hand holding, but they have a hard time with just being set on a table to listen. They are too tall and the bottom too small to be stable. Sometimes this bugs me, as I just want to set it down to listen and have my hands free.
I think I saw a base being sold that fixes this, but I don't have one.

Here it is:
https://countycomm.com/collections/radio/products/gp-5-anti-tip-stand-black-anodized
Just make sure it fits the radio that you buy...


JAMET Paul
 


Try this one:

3D Cabin Desk Stand for Tecsun Pl-365 / Pl-360 Radio : Black Also Fits County Comm Gp-5/Ssb


Not expensive, it is very stable and it allows you to store the small rotating ferrite antenna behind the back of the receiver


De: "Phil Pasteur via groups.io" <ppasteur@...>
À: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Envoyé: Jeudi 30 Mars 2023 01:29:45
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

One thing to note about the 36x radios. They are great for a pocket and hand holding, but they have a hard time with just being set on a table to listen. They are too tall and the bottom too small to be stable. Sometimes this bugs me, as I just want to set it down to listen and have my hands free.
I think I saw a base being sold that fixes this, but I don't have one.

Here it is:
https://countycomm.com/collections/radio/products/gp-5-anti-tip-stand-black-anodized
Just make sure it fits the radio that you buy...


Paul Blundell
 

That is a very neat looking stand.


On Thu, 30 Mar 2023, 3:59 pm JAMET Paul, <paul.jamet@...> wrote:

I bought this one !


Cheaper than the base for County Comm GP-5/SSB but very stable 


De: "Phil Pasteur via groups.io" <ppasteur=q.com@groups.io>
À: "main" <main@UltralightDX.groups.io>
Envoyé: Jeudi 30 Mars 2023 01:29:45
Objet: Re: [UltralightDX] DX'ER Radio for Portable Use

One thing to note about the 36x radios. They are great for a pocket and hand holding, but they have a hard time with just being set on a table to listen. They are too tall and the bottom too small to be stable. Sometimes this bugs me, as I just want to set it down to listen and have my hands free.
I think I saw a base being sold that fixes this, but I don't have one.

Here it is:
https://countycomm.com/collections/radio/products/gp-5-anti-tip-stand-black-anodized
Just make sure it fits the radio that you buy...