WWVH compared on five ultralights in South Africa


Andre
 

I picked up WWVH from Hawaii twice over the past week, it is more than 12000 miles or 19300 kilometres from me. I pick up WWV (I think) fairly regularly, but usually I cannot hear the voice, so I can't really ID it. This time the female voice was very clear.

I compared my reception on the five ultralight receivers I have. I thought some of the members here might enjoy the comparison. I do seem to be quite lucky at the moment, maybe the WWVH signal is angled just right to reach South Africa at this point in time, because 12000 miles are really far away from me, and, as far as I know, the transmitter in Hawaii is not particularly strong.

I used an external wire, 30 feet, 7 metres. I was quite surprised by the Retekess V115, which is not one of my favourites (except for music listening, nice sound), it picked up the signal fairly well. The Tecsun R9012 did not pick up anything. I compared the Eton Elite Traveler, XHDATA D-808, Retekess V115, Tecsun R808 and the Tecsun R9012. The Eton and XHDATA did very well, not really surprising.

The little R808, which is exactly the same as the Grundig Mini 100 PE, picked up the signal really well, it was the greatest surprise, so I was very disappointed by the R9012. I know many people like the R9012 a lot, but I have had mixed results with it.

WWVH compared on five ultralights


Paul Blundell
 

Thanks for the post, that is some interestingĀ information and loggings.

Paul

On Thu, 6 Oct 2022, 8:56 am Andre, <strydenburg@...> wrote:
I picked up WWVH from Hawaii twice over the past week, it is more than 12000 miles or 19300 kilometres from me. I pick up WWV (I think) fairly regularly, but usually I cannot hear the voice, so I can't really ID it. This time the female voice was very clear.

I compared my reception on the five ultralight receivers I have. I thought some of the members here might enjoy the comparison. I do seem to be quite lucky at the moment, maybe the WWVH signal is angled just right to reach South Africa at this point in time, because 12000 miles are really far away from me, and, as far as I know, the transmitter in Hawaii is not particularly strong.

I used an external wire, 30 feet, 7 metres. I was quite surprised by the Retekess V115, which is not one of my favourites (except for music listening, nice sound), it picked up the signal fairly well. The Tecsun R9012 did not pick up anything. I compared the Eton Elite Traveler, XHDATA D-808, Retekess V115, Tecsun R808 and the Tecsun R9012. The Eton and XHDATA did very well, not really surprising.

The little R808, which is exactly the same as the Grundig Mini 100 PE, picked up the signal really well, it was the greatest surprise, so I was very disappointed by the R9012. I know many people like the R9012 a lot, but I have had mixed results with it.

WWVH compared on five ultralights


Andre
 

Thanks Paul. I had some fun comparing the five sets with this signal.


mediumwavedx
 

Fascinating, Andre. Thanks for posting this and also the video link.

Many years ago, about 1980, I was on the island of Kauai and toured the WWVH station. I walked through the front door and asked for a tour. The engineer appeared and took me around. Fascinating stuff. Cesium beam clock in those days. Maybe still.

I hear them pretty regularly here in western New York. Currently in darkness at 5 AM local time, they are coming in on 10.000 MHz with an S4 to S5 signal. They are faint on 5.000 MHz and even fainter on 2.500 MHz..

Though I lived in Denver for a lot of years, I never got to the Ft. Collins site of WWV.

--
Bill, WE7W near Rochester, NY
https://radio-timetraveller.blogspot.com


Andre
 

Sounds like an amazing tour, would love to do that one day...