Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Talk about radio and non radio stuff in here, a place for Genral Chit Chat

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby jmz01 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:13 pm

m0lsx wrote:
Or you could listen online via one of the SDR radios.


Thank you, yes I have just been playing with the University of Twente one, fascinating! and I will continue to use it.

...but, part of the enjoyment of listening is the 'struggle' to find a signal and that great feeling of success when you do.


Poland is so incredibly flat that I should pick something things up with a decent receiver.
We have a lot of land here and planning permission/consent can be resolved with a decent bottle of vodka so when I get my act together I'm going to put a decent antenna on one of our barns.

I'm currently scanning the Polish version of ebay: Allegro.pl and there are a few wide band receivers/scanners (Skaner radiowy szerokopasmowy) on there I may take a look at.

Cheers,
Jim
jmz01
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:36 am
Location: Śląskie, Polska - Silesia, Poland

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:40 am

With a SW RX it is all about sensitivity, but without being wide open. And by that I mean you want it to be sensitive on the frequency it is tuned to, but not picking up big signals else where, which many radios are terrible at doing. The Icom handheld scanners for example cover a lot of spectrum, but are wide open & not very good as a result.
There are plenty of radios around that cover SW, but many are of no real use as a SW RX. Finding a good RX is not about how much you spend, it is about getting the radio that does what it should & not just the one with the best brand or the best coverage. Some of the very cheap far east portable radios are really good. My Eton was only £100 & £50 or less could buy a very good SW RX. But if you want a decent SW RX that will not break the bank, but be great at what it does, look for a secondhand 1980's /90's big brand base radio. ie. Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, or even a nice simple Lowe which are very good, or a Realistic DX-394B. (& do buy the B model 394, & not the A model, as it is a whole lot better.) These all still sell for good money, so expect to pay £150 to £200 for a decent RX, but sometimes on ebay, £100 can find you a real bargain, but take care on the older (1970's) RX's, as some drift terribly, which makes SSB RX difficult.
I still run a Trio QR-666 I brought secondhand in about 1980. But avoid the older Trio 9R59DS, it drifts more than a modified Nissan. And the 1970's Yeasu FRG-7, also known as the Frog, is a brilliant RX & still in demand among keen SWL's.
The AKD (Also sold as NASA) HF-3 is another, good, but basic, base RX that can be brought for sensible money.
You will need SSB to listen to amateur radio stations & the antenna will need to be nothing more than a length of wire. I use around 10 meters of wire on my Eton as it's a portable radio & longer lengths quickly overload portable radios designed to work on a short telescopic.
Between 20 & 50 meters of wire plus a 9:1 balun which is earthed is all that you need for a good SWL antenna & the Balun is an option. I only use one on my base RX's. My portable radios simply have the 10 meters of wire clipped to the telescopic & in the 70's & 80's I never found any real benefit from a Balun as my background noise was not very high. But in todays world, a Balun helps to keep background noise lower & thus, under £15 helps to make the RX capable of hearing more.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 6128
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby jmz01 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:33 am

m0lsx wrote:With a SW RX it is all about sensitivity...

Wow thanks again for a very helpful post.

I was at a market yesterday where I noticed a load of older equipment but wasn't 'allowed' to have a root through what they had, we were there for something else!

Which Eton do you have? Are you familiar with the Tecsun pl-660, it appears to be very similar to some of the Eton portable radios?


This information is really helpful as I have seen older receivers for sale.
Many thanks
Jim
jmz01
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:36 am
Location: Śląskie, Polska - Silesia, Poland

Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:26 am

The Tecson, the Eton & Sony's are often all identical radios. Just badged differently. I believe Eton is the manufacturer & that they brought out Grundig. But don't expect the quality of it, or anything like a Sony to be any where near what they were in the 70's & early 80's. Especially with anything Sony.
My Eton is the Global Traveller, it is a nice radio. It has SSB & even has Civil Airband coverage, but it's now getting old. I have had my radio almost 10 years now. Together with a small cheap Tecsun MW loop I get some great MW reception & the VHF Band 2, (broadcast,) sensitivity is brilliant. I pick up loads of stations, complete with their RDS ID with the standard telescopic antenna.

Edited to add. The Tecsun PL-660 is a rebadged Eton Traveller.
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
73 De Alan (M0LSX.)
http://www.qrz.com/db/M0LSX"
User avatar
m0lsx
 
Posts: 6128
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Location: Norwich. TG21.

Previous

Return to General Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest