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Any Dxer's Hams out there?
Vanity | 3/30/08 | mylife

Posted on 03/30/2008 12:14:41 PM PDT by mylife

Any Dxer's Or HAMS out there interested in opening a Dxer Forum?

I'm new to this stuff and could use some FRiends to surf the waves with.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dx; dxham; ham; shortwave
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1 posted on 03/30/2008 12:14:43 PM PDT by mylife
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I hear this guy here in Tx

http://www.qrz.com/callsign?callsign=VE3EJ


2 posted on 03/30/2008 12:33:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Gee, wish I could help-- I was an SWL-er back in the seventies, but gradually lost interest and sold my equipment in the eighties...

Yers Trooly, 'way back when:


3 posted on 03/30/2008 12:37:20 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe
Wow! Thats a lot of gear. I'm listening on this Kaito 1103

Got line out into the computer and active loop antenna. 80 bucks! I dont think I would have the money to go active

4 posted on 03/30/2008 12:45:00 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: backhoe

Your own private MARS station!


5 posted on 03/30/2008 12:45:59 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

bump


6 posted on 03/30/2008 12:48:25 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: mylife
Thats a lot of gear. I'm listening on this Kaito 1103

My turn to go "wow!"

One of the members of our Canadian sister site is a Ham, and when he showed me pictures of this new, tiny gear I was amazed.

Those racks of mine held an R-390a as prime receiver and a Collins 51-J4 as secondary, and they weighed a ton, and needed forced draft for cooling ( tubes! )...

I'm tempted to look in to this new stuff- but I'd probably have to get one of my teenaged relatives to explain how to operate it...

7 posted on 03/30/2008 12:54:00 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: backhoe

I used to work on the R390 back in the day in the navy.
That thing is a boat anchor! tubes and mechanically tuned slugs but the most sensitive reciever ever built. I could tweak on to have a minimum discrernable signal at -127dbm

This little Kaito is pretty neat. Selectivity isnt stellar but it fits in your pocket.


8 posted on 03/30/2008 1:00:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: backhoe

A lot of people bitch about this Kaitos ergonomics.

I found it very intuitive to use. didnt have to read the manual.


9 posted on 03/30/2008 1:02:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I shoulda known...

I have my old TS120 on now.


10 posted on 03/30/2008 1:03:46 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (www.pinupsforvets.com)
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To: Professional Engineer

L0L! Geek!


11 posted on 03/30/2008 1:04:46 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I built my first receiver in 1959, a Heathkit DX-60. I’ve still got one but use a Kenwood R-2000 and a Realistic DX-200. I remember getting QSL cards from Cuba and Moscow back in the Fifties and my Dad went ballistic. I’m up for a forum.


12 posted on 03/30/2008 1:06:13 PM PDT by dljordan
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Cuba And Moscow and China are flamethrower stations.
It think people pick those up on the fillings in their teeth L0L. Its interesting to hear their spin on stuff. I am surprised how unabashedly nationalistic Moscow still is.
China pretends to be western friendly.
Cuba Pretends to be better than the US will adopting our methods.

I miss the old heathkit stuff. Ah well, I get plenty of tinkering at work


13 posted on 03/30/2008 1:13:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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I know that SW is archaic, but with the net there is a new dimension of contact. I have this guy up now http://callsign.73ham.net/NG3U


14 posted on 03/30/2008 1:24:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
I used to work on the R390 back in the day in the navy. That thing is a boat anchor! tubes and mechanically tuned slugs but the most sensitive receiver ever built. I could tweak on to have a minimum discernable signal at -127dbm This little Kaito is pretty neat. Selectivity isn't stellar but it fits in your pocket.

My Canadian friend calls them boat anchors, too-- I learned the "Bell Telphone Lineman's Trick" for setting gear like that in a relay rack- lay the danged rack down on its back, and drop the stuff straight down. Also used threaded rods ( studs ) with nuts instead of machine screws, so I didn't have to struggle to align the cuts in the front panels with screws and holes.

I tried to locate a link to that gear EdS on Free Dominion was talking about, but their "your posts" format is paged, and it was about two years ago- so I quit on page 38.

It was some sort of handheld transceiver that covered an amazing range of frequencies, voice, RTTY, SSB.

Just astounding how much technology was packed in to something smaller than an old bag telephone.

15 posted on 03/30/2008 1:30:34 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: mylife; backhoe
Not a DX-er myself but I have some nifty equipment that my Father left me.

Short history. My Father retired from the Marine Corps and was recuited by the U.S State Dept. to go to Laos as an adviser in 1963. We went and spent 10 years there. He passed away a little over a year ago at 89 and while sorting through a storage unit I found some interesting SSB radio equipment.

A Collins KWM-2A along with its PM-2 power supply and two sets of crystals. These are still in the original boxes. I suspect they were spares for the radio we had set up in our house. The radio was our link to Vientiane where my father's reporting and main office was. We lived in Savannakhet and the only way to get in and out of there was by Air America or by boat across the Mekong to Thailand. I also have the original Manuel and Log Books that came with it.

I suspect this radio was packed up and shipped with the house hold articles when he was told to bug out in early 1974.

Because KWA-2A was a company radio it was a dedicated link and kept on one freq. for coms. My Father decided that he would try getting into Ham radio with his own equipment. From Oct. 1972 to Feb. 1973 he purchased a Yaesu Munsen FT-101, FV-101 and a Sp-101P from a company in Hong Kong named Pacifica Products Limited. Apparently he got it set up and used it at some point while in Laos. Probably less than 3 or 4 months. This equipment is still in its original boxes along with supporting manuals and purchase receipts.

When he left Laos the radios were kept in storage, he never opened or used the radios.

They are for sale.

16 posted on 03/30/2008 1:36:56 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: backhoe

There was a fellow here a while back who “inherited” an r390 and was looking on advice to get it up and running. I came up empty. I havent seen one in 25 yrs.

These new receivers really are neat. pop a video decoder in the PC and you can pick up video transmissions as well.


17 posted on 03/30/2008 1:44:05 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Fascinating!
Your Father sounds like a very interesting fellow.

I can receive Vietnam from here.


18 posted on 03/30/2008 1:47:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red_Devil 232

You may wish to sell that gear on E-Ham.com


19 posted on 03/30/2008 1:50:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Have a yaseu FT 857d and A old R390a here


20 posted on 03/30/2008 1:51:47 PM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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Lot of R390 folks still out there.
Where can you get tubes? Many of them are unique.
The current limiter comes to mind. Where would you get a replacement part?


21 posted on 03/30/2008 1:54:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Yes, he was an adviser to the Laotian Army and Air Force. In the begining of the program he and about 20 other Ex-Military were recuited by the State Dept. They supplied the Lao through the State Dept. USAID. He was in the Marines for 25 years and worked in Laos for ten years after that. He passed away 16 months ago at 89.


22 posted on 03/30/2008 1:57:57 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: mylife

I have the 1103 with the Degen name on it, as given in the wiki. I generally find the long wire on the roof is superior in terms of signal strength (not surprising), but the active loop is definitely fun to play with and certainly will cut out the off-axis interference! I am not a ham, just play around.


23 posted on 03/30/2008 1:58:28 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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I love this little thing!

Where did you buy the degen? I have a friend in vietnam who needs that 220 ver.

Thanks


24 posted on 03/30/2008 2:01:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steve86

I am using the long wire currently. Other times the active loop works best to shut out unwanted interference.

This little thing is giving me the local college stations too!


25 posted on 03/30/2008 2:04:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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I did get an English translation of the Chinese Degen manual (offered by the seller in HK). Some functions at least on the Chinese version would have been a little obscure without it.


26 posted on 03/30/2008 2:04:39 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: mylife

Looks like that is a list of sites that sell used items. Which is ok. Good start.


27 posted on 03/30/2008 2:05:33 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: mylife

eBay. Rad and loop were about $55 but that was a couple years ago.


28 posted on 03/30/2008 2:05:52 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: backhoe
Gezz were you running a crypto lab? Your own Bletchly Park?

About all I remember is CQ,CQ,CQ. Oh and to key the mic button.

29 posted on 03/30/2008 2:09:08 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (John McCain - The Manchurian Candidate? http://www.usvetdsp.com/manchuan.htm)
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To: steve86

Just switched to Active loop. Bang! All interference gone.

Got K4EU up http://www.k3lp.com/fs5uq.htm clear as a bell


30 posted on 03/30/2008 2:13:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steve86

Excellent!


31 posted on 03/30/2008 2:15:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steve86

Yeah the tertiary functions like Alarms and such aremt all that clear. I like that I can set time in UTC


32 posted on 03/30/2008 2:17:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I’ll play.


33 posted on 03/30/2008 2:18:06 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: steve86

The degen is 220 isnt it?


34 posted on 03/30/2008 2:18:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Yes, it is inherently 220 but came with the 110/220 piggyback adapters.


35 posted on 03/30/2008 2:20:08 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: RFEngineer

Woohoo! More Geeks! L0L

Now who is gonna run this thing?
I just dont have the organizational skills to pull it off


36 posted on 03/30/2008 2:20:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steve86

Really? Thats a lot of bang for the buck!

I paid like 100 for the kaito and 3 antennas, headphones, rechargable batterys, ps and carry pouch.
No 220 ability provided.

The Degen sounds like a winner. Skeery what these chinese are making. The thing is hand tuned at the factory. A lot of work went into this little receiver


37 posted on 03/30/2008 2:24:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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I will try to find one if these. Thanks

I want the brother in India


38 posted on 03/30/2008 2:32:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steve86

Want one for the brother in India


39 posted on 03/30/2008 2:33:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: steve86
Best review I have read Degen 1103
40 posted on 03/30/2008 2:36:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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http://www.qrz.com/callsign?callsign=W1CU clear as a bell


41 posted on 03/30/2008 2:40:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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I found out that Grundig is now made by Degen in China.

DE1103 blows away the Grundig Yachtboy 400 and is can be found for 55 bucks as Steve said vice $190 for yachtboy


42 posted on 03/30/2008 2:44:05 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

“Now who is gonna run this thing?
I just dont have the organizational skills to pull it off”

You asked the question, you are in charge. What you did is even worse than volunteering.


43 posted on 03/30/2008 2:53:38 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

Never volunteer!


44 posted on 03/30/2008 2:54:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Grundig is still designed in Germany but I must say, the engineers at Degen have out done them.


45 posted on 03/30/2008 3:00:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Some one sending out beacon on 14187Khx now


46 posted on 03/30/2008 3:02:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I’ve got a Kaito 1102, works great and nice radio.

I like listening to radios and ham radio along with radio on wi-fi. And also CW.

Are you saying here your using your kaito 1103 connected to the computer, and also using an active loop for the 1103?. Are you using the computer for just audio?

***Got line out into the computer and active loop antenna. 80 bucks! I dont think I would have the money to go active***


47 posted on 03/30/2008 3:05:19 PM PDT by msnpatriot
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AC6X Location?

A4JM In so cal


48 posted on 03/30/2008 3:08:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: msnpatriot

Yeah I pipe it into the confuser for audio


49 posted on 03/30/2008 3:09:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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The 1102 is nicely priced


50 posted on 03/30/2008 3:10:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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