newbie with dx-375

newbie with dx-375

Post by Edmond Michael K » Mon, 24 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Ok, I'm a newbie at this shortwave stuff.  I just bought a radio shack
dx-375 and was playing with it, and to my dismay I was unable to find jack.
Well, actually I found one spanish station, but thats about it.. Is there a
faq or something out there?  Oh yeah.. when I bought the dx-375, the guy
told me i should get the 3 volt 200 millamp ac adapter?  I think its the
wrong one, in the manual, it said I need atleast 300 milliamp.  So whats up
with that?  
thanks for any hel, and any pointers you can give a person who has no idea
how to do this stuff.

 
 
 

newbie with dx-375

Post by Jon Van Alle » Mon, 24 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Quote:>Ok, I'm a newbie at this shortwave stuff.  I just bought a radio shack
>dx-375 and was playing with it, and to my dismay I was unable to find jack.
>Well, actually I found one spanish station, but thats about it.. Is there a
>faq or something out there?  Oh yeah.. when I bought the dx-375, the guy
>told me i should get the 3 volt 200 millamp ac adapter?  I think its the
>wrong one, in the manual, it said I need atleast 300 milliamp.  So whats up
>with that?  
>thanks for any hel, and any pointers you can give a person who has no idea
>how to do this stuff.

I'd suggest you subscribe to Monitoring Times, each month they have a
listing for many shortwave broadcast stations with times, frequences and
program contents. Mon Times is published by Grove at: http://www.grove.net
You wouldn't try to watch TV without a tv guide, why listen to shortwave
without one?

If you are letting the radio try to find stations for you while scanning,
most stations are passed over because the radio will only stop on the
strongest signals. I'd suggest manully tuning through the bands. Keep in
mind the higher frequencies are better in the day, the lower ones are
better at night. I don't know where you live, or what kind of stations you
wish to hear, but I'll email you a fairly decent list of frequencies to
listen to.

The DX-375 is a good radio for the money to listen to the major broadcast
stations. The trick is knowing when and where to listen.

Happy listening,

Jon

 
 
 

newbie with dx-375

Post by Kenj » Mon, 24 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Quote:> Ok, I'm a newbie at this shortwave stuff.  I just bought a radio shack
> dx-375 and was playing with it, and to my dismay I was unable to find jack.

If you are anywhere in a major metropolitian area you might need to wait
until after 6pm, if you are very close to flouroscent lights and metal
studs in an office you will have problems, also computer monitors, and ac
light dimming switches cause havoc.

Where are you tuning the radio from, city or rural?

Kenji

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newbie with dx-375

Post by James Richard LeQues » Tue, 25 Feb 1997 04:00:00


writes:



>> Ok, I'm a newbie at this shortwave stuff.  I just bought a radio
shack
>> dx-375 and was playing with it, and to my dismay I was unable to
find jack.

Also, the DX-375 is rather "easy" on the batteries.  You might be able
to get away with not buying an AC adaptor.  I'd also suggest spending
$20 for the book PASSPORT TO WORLD BAND RADIO.  There's another good
annual, WORLD RADIO/TV HANDBOOK [WRTH] but I fear it might be to
technical for you at this time.

--jim

 
 
 

newbie with dx-375

Post by T. J. » Tue, 25 Feb 1997 04:00:00


> Ok, I'm a newbie at this shortwave stuff.  I just bought a radio shack
> dx-375 and was playing with it, and to my dismay I was unable to find jack.
> Well, actually I found one spanish station, but thats about it.. Is there a
> faq or something out there?  Oh yeah.. when I bought the dx-375, the guy
> told me i should get the 3 volt 200 millamp ac adapter?  I think its the
> wrong one, in the manual, it said I need atleast 300 milliamp.  So whats up
> with that?
> thanks for any hel, and any pointers you can give a person who has no idea
> how to do this stuff.

You can get the appropriate adapter at any Radio Shack.

The first question I usually ask a beginner is what time of day they are
listening? Also which coast are you closest to?

Try a simple test. Tune 5975 kHz in the early , middle evening. This
should bring up BBC. (More East Coast the better)

        Remember...Shortwave tends to travel best when both you and the
area of the world you are seeking are BOTH in relative darkness. At least
as a beginner this will be the best way to log stations.
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newbie with dx-375

Post by Dave Go » Wed, 26 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Richard LeQuesne) writes:

> writes:



> >> Ok, I'm a newbie at this shortwave stuff.  I just bought a radio
> shack
> >> dx-375 and was playing with it, and to my dismay I was unable to
> find jack.

> Also, the DX-375 is rather "easy" on the batteries.  You might be able
> to get away with not buying an AC adaptor.  I'd also suggest spending
> $20 for the book PASSPORT TO WORLD BAND RADIO.  There's another good
> annual, WORLD RADIO/TV HANDBOOK [WRTH] but I fear it might be to
> technical for you at this time.

> --jim

     I'll second getting a copy of PASSPORT, it will give you the times and
freq's for broadcasts from around the world.  When I lived in the L.A. area, I
was able to get Australia, Japan, and other Pacific Rim countries on a regular
basis.

     Keep in mind that your best reception will be when darkness lies between
you and the country you're trying to hear, so Europe will usually be heard best
in the evening, and trans-Pacific in the early morning.

     Good luck.

Dave

--
Dave Gorz  LMAS Propulsion |        Lightning flashes, sparks shower.

 
 
 

newbie with dx-375

Post by Doug Eckar » Wed, 26 Feb 1997 04:00:00

I use my DX-375 to listen to all kinds of countries.  For example,
last night (2/24/97) at 10:20 p.m. CST (0420 UTC) I picked up
part of the memorial service of Deng Xiaoping (translated into English).

I found out about one of the frequencies for China Radio International (9730
0400 to 0500 UTC) from the following URL:

http://itre.ncsu.edu/radio/whatson.html

Another URL I found helpful is:

http://www.anarc.org/naswa/swlguide/

--Doug

PS  This is not meant to discourage you from using other resources,
especially those suggested by the others in this newsgroup.  This
is just to give you some *additional* suggestions you can implement
fairly easily if you have access to the WWW.
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