Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Love2cam » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 06:09:01

First of all, thanks for the advice I have received here and the answers to my
questions.  You treated a newcomer very nicely.

I received my Sangean ATS818ACS Thursday.  First thought out of the box was "IT
IS HUGE!"  Of course, that was comparing it to my Grundig  Yacht Boy 400.
Actually it is just slightly larger than our CCRadio, and not as bulky.

The box showed the black radio (yuck!) but it was indeed the metallic colored
one instead (yippee!)  That is the color I preferred.  (probably a girl thing!)

The hum on MW that I had on the YB is not present on the Sangean.  The actual
reception on MW is slightly better on the Sangean, but the sound is so much
nicer and far more volume.  I can work around the house and hear the radio just
fine;  I guess a portable was just not for me.

The shortwave reception is much, much better than the YB.  I have listened to
Radio China International, Radio Sweden, the BBC, and Radio Canada Intl. both
mornings - and with the YB  I couldn't get any stations in well enough to
listen in the morning hours.  ALso with the YB, no matter how strong the
station sounded, there was always that nice "sshhh" sound over top of the
signal.  These strong SW stations come in crystal clear on the Sangean.

No success with SSB yet, I will have to fiddle with that and figure out how to
tune them in.

I am also getting FM stations like crazy.  I am very pleased with the radio.

The cassette tape part of the unit works very well.  The light stays on for
several seconds when you push the button; apparently no way to keep the light
turned on.

Since there is no "DX" or "Local" switch, does the "RF Gain" knob accomplish
the same thing?

The radio has such a long whip antenna that is hit the ceiling in my kitchen
with the radio on the counter.  I can either not extend it entirely, or tilt it
a little.

Anyway, I am pleased.  Yesterday morning I heard "Life in China" for the first
time.  Interesting.

Now the Yacht Boy will be sold.

Thanks again,
Linda
Pennsylvania

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Sanjay » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 06:31:41


Quote:"Love2camp5" wrote...
> First of all, thanks for the advice I have received here and the answers to my
> questions.  You treated a newcomer very nicely.

> I received my Sangean ATS818ACS Thursday.

[happy camper post snipped]

Congrats on the new radio.
May you have many wonderful
hours of listening : )

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Gray Shockle » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 07:19:26

On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 15:09:01 -0600, Love2camp5 wrote

Quote:> The box showed the black radio (yuck!) but it was indeed the metallic colored
> one instead (yippee!)  That is the color I preferred.  (probably a girl
> thing!)

Naw; it's the "new style". Imo, it looks better and, also, it doesn't show up
dust so badly (I clean the radios [grin]).

Quote:> The hum on MW that I had on the YB is not present on the Sangean.  The actual
> reception on MW is slightly better on the Sangean, but the sound is so much
> nicer and far more volume.  I can work around the house and hear the radio
> just fine;  I guess a portable was just not for me.

> The shortwave reception is much, much better than the YB.  I have listened to
> Radio China International, Radio Sweden, the BBC, and Radio Canada Intl. both
> mornings - and with the YB  I couldn't get any stations in well enough to
> listen in the morning hours.  ALso with the YB, no matter how strong the
> station sounded, there was always that nice "sshhh" sound over top of the
> signal.  These strong SW stations come in crystal clear on the Sangean.

> No success with SSB yet, I will have to fiddle with that and figure out how
> to tune them in.

Turn the BFO pot to the center position, turn on the BFO switch (located
right above the pot) and, then, use the pot as a "fine tuning" knob.

If it's more elusive than usual, use the tuning knob to peak the signal.
Another thing to try is the "AM Wide/Narrow" switch.

Quote:> I am also getting FM stations like crazy.  I am very pleased with the radio.

> The cassette tape part of the unit works very well.  The light stays on for
> several seconds when you push the button; apparently no way to keep the light
> turned on.

> Since there is no "DX" or "Local" switch, does the "RF Gain" knob accomplish
> the same thing?

> The radio has such a long whip antenna that is hit the ceiling in my kitchen
> with the radio on the counter.  I can either not extend it entirely, or tilt
> it a little.

< http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/misc/0022.html>

The number "0022" stand.

  /gray/

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Maximu » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 08:06:01

I don't have that receiver but am wishing I did <s>.
For sideband, I use Upper Sideband mostly, and turn down the gain for really
strong signals, as that makes it easier to clarify the sideband signal. Some
amateurs use AM, and some use Lower sideband. Most everyone else use upper
sideband - dunno why.

I am glad you have something that actually has good sound. That makes it all
worthwhile. My DX 394 does not have good sound <S>. I run the sound to some
stereo speakers I salvaged from a boombox that quit working - the speakers
still work fine.

If you ever get teh "antenna itch" be careful about plugging the antenna
lead into the receiver as that can be fragile.

You might want to get Passport to Worldband Radio, Popular Communications
magazine or Monitoring Times magazine to help identify stations you hear.

Lastly, ENJOY !!! Please let us know what you are finding.

Strength and Honor


> On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 15:09:01 -0600, Love2camp5 wrote

> > The box showed the black radio (yuck!) but it was indeed the metallic
colored
> > one instead (yippee!)  That is the color I preferred.  (probably a girl
> > thing!)

> Naw; it's the "new style". Imo, it looks better and, also, it doesn't show
up
> dust so badly (I clean the radios [grin]).

> > The hum on MW that I had on the YB is not present on the Sangean.  The
actual
> > reception on MW is slightly better on the Sangean, but the sound is so
much
> > nicer and far more volume.  I can work around the house and hear the
radio
> > just fine;  I guess a portable was just not for me.

> > The shortwave reception is much, much better than the YB.  I have
listened to
> > Radio China International, Radio Sweden, the BBC, and Radio Canada Intl.
both
> > mornings - and with the YB  I couldn't get any stations in well enough
to
> > listen in the morning hours.  ALso with the YB, no matter how strong the
> > station sounded, there was always that nice "sshhh" sound over top of
the
> > signal.  These strong SW stations come in crystal clear on the Sangean.

> > No success with SSB yet, I will have to fiddle with that and figure out
how
> > to tune them in.

> Turn the BFO pot to the center position, turn on the BFO switch (located
> right above the pot) and, then, use the pot as a "fine tuning" knob.

> If it's more elusive than usual, use the tuning knob to peak the signal.
> Another thing to try is the "AM Wide/Narrow" switch.

> > I am also getting FM stations like crazy.  I am very pleased with the
radio.

> > The cassette tape part of the unit works very well.  The light stays on
for
> > several seconds when you push the button; apparently no way to keep the
light
> > turned on.

> > Since there is no "DX" or "Local" switch, does the "RF Gain" knob
accomplish
> > the same thing?

> > The radio has such a long whip antenna that is hit the ceiling in my
kitchen
> > with the radio on the counter.  I can either not extend it entirely, or
tilt
> > it a little.

> < http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/misc/0022.html>

> The number "0022" stand.

>   /gray/

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Telamo » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 08:27:14



> I don't have that receiver but am wishing I did <s>.
> For sideband, I use Upper Sideband mostly, and turn down the gain for really
> strong signals, as that makes it easier to clarify the sideband signal. Some
> amateurs use AM, and some use Lower sideband. Most everyone else use upper
> sideband - dunno why.

I usually hear USB above 10 MHz and LSB below 10 MHz. It's a non-formal
ham rule.

--
Telamon
Ventura, California

 
 
 

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Post by Stinge » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 08:38:56

Thanks for that insight, Telamon.

I read in the manual for one of my radios that "advanced" hams tend to use
USB, but having listened to some of them, I doubted that theory.

Yours makes much more sense.

-- Stinger




> > I don't have that receiver but am wishing I did <s>.
> > For sideband, I use Upper Sideband mostly, and turn down the gain for
really
> > strong signals, as that makes it easier to clarify the sideband signal.
Some
> > amateurs use AM, and some use Lower sideband. Most everyone else use
upper
> > sideband - dunno why.

> I usually hear USB above 10 MHz and LSB below 10 MHz. It's a non-formal
> ham rule.

> --
> Telamon
> Ventura, California

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Frank Dresse » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 12:38:57


Quote:> Thanks for that insight, Telamon.

> I read in the manual for one of my radios that "advanced" hams tend to
use
> USB, but having listened to some of them, I doubted that theory.

> Yours makes much more sense

> -- Stinger

It goes back to the first generation SSB transmitters which often
generated SSB around 9 Mc.  Heterodyning the frequency lower inverts the
frequencies, which turned the USB at 9 Mc to LSB at 7 or 3 Mc.
Heterodyning up doesn't change the frequency relationship, and USB
remains USB.

Frank Dresser

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by tom Hold » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 23:20:04


Quote:> I am glad you have something that actually has good sound. That makes it all
> worthwhile. My DX 394 does not have good sound <S>. I run the sound to some
> stereo speakers I salvaged from a boombox that quit working - the speakers
> still work fine.

If you are handy with a soldering iron (or have a friend who is), you
can make major improvements in the sound quality of the DX-394 with
the following mods found at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RADIOSHACKDX394/ :
1. AGC mod for slower release speed - really cleans up distortion on
AM stations with heavy bass modulation
2. Mod to defeat the Automatic Noise Limiter - ANL is permanently in
circuit and distorts on heavy amplitude modulation (>90 - 95%
modulation)
3. Extended bass mod - increases size of output coupling capacitor for
better bass response.

There are around 50 other mods described on the site -plenty to keep
you busy and rewarded with a small investment in parts. ;-)

73, Tom

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Stinge » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 23:40:07

Gray,

As a final effort, it might be worthwhile to try that "phone line as
antenna" solution various people have been kicking around, or a "slinky"
that you only deploy across your apartment when you're listening to radio.

-- Stinger


> On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 17:06:01 -0600, Maximus wrote

> > I don't have that receiver but am wishing I did <s>.

> I may have one of the old black ones for trade or sell soon.As I've
> chronicled lately, my new apartment - basically - doesn't allow shortwave
> reception (wipes tears from face).

> However, though I don't smoke in the radio/computer room, plenty of smoke
> (cigarette that is) certainly drifts in from the other rooms.

> I'm prolly gonna get rid of the DX-392 or the DX-398, a Grove SP-200, a
> Select-A-Tenna and a RS Loop.

> > For sideband, I use Upper Sideband mostly, and turn down the gain for
really
> > strong signals, as that makes it easier to clarify the sideband signal.
Some
> > amateurs use AM, and some use Lower sideband. Most everyone else use
upper
> > sideband - dunno why.

> > I am glad you have something that actually has good sound. That makes it
all
> > worthwhile. My DX 394 does not have good sound <S>. I run the sound to
some
> > stereo speakers I salvaged from a boombox that quit working - the
speakers
> > still work fine.

> > If you ever get teh "antenna itch" be careful about plugging the antenna
> > lead into the receiver as that can be fragile.

> > You might want to get Passport to Worldband Radio, Popular
Communications
> > magazine or Monitoring Times magazine to help identify stations you
hear.

> > Lastly, ENJOY !!! Please let us know what you are finding.

> > Strength and Honor

> Retirement and war stories,

>      Gray Shockley
>   ----------------
>     DX-392    DX-398
>     RX-320    DX-399
>   CCradio+ w/RS Loop
>   Justice AM Antenna
>  Torus Tuner (3-13 MHz)
>      Select-A-Tenna
> ---------------------
>    Vicksburg, MS US



> >> On Sat, 28 Feb 2004 15:09:01 -0600, Love2camp5 wrote

> >>> The box showed the black radio (yuck!) but it was indeed the metallic
> > colored
> >>> one instead (yippee!)  That is the color I preferred.  (probably a
girl
> >>> thing!)

> >> Naw; it's the "new style". Imo, it looks better and, also, it doesn't
show
> > up
> >> dust so badly (I clean the radios [grin]).

> >>> The hum on MW that I had on the YB is not present on the Sangean.  The
> > actual
> >>> reception on MW is slightly better on the Sangean, but the sound is so
> > much
> >>> nicer and far more volume.  I can work around the house and hear the
> > radio
> >>> just fine;  I guess a portable was just not for me.

> >>> The shortwave reception is much, much better than the YB.  I have
> > listened to
> >>> Radio China International, Radio Sweden, the BBC, and Radio Canada
Intl.
> > both
> >>> mornings - and with the YB  I couldn't get any stations in well enough
> > to
> >>> listen in the morning hours.  ALso with the YB, no matter how strong
the
> >>> station sounded, there was always that nice "sshhh" sound over top of
> > the
> >>> signal.  These strong SW stations come in crystal clear on the
Sangean.

> >>> No success with SSB yet, I will have to fiddle with that and figure
out
> > how
> >>> to tune them in.

> >> Turn the BFO pot to the center position, turn on the BFO switch
(located
> >> right above the pot) and, then, use the pot as a "fine tuning" knob.

> >> If it's more elusive than usual, use the tuning knob to peak the
signal.
> >> Another thing to try is the "AM Wide/Narrow" switch.

> >>> I am also getting FM stations like crazy.  I am very pleased with the
> > radio.

> >>> The cassette tape part of the unit works very well.  The light stays
on
> > for
> >>> several seconds when you push the button; apparently no way to keep
the
> > light
> >>> turned on.

> >>> Since there is no "DX" or "Local" switch, does the "RF Gain" knob
> > accomplish
> >>> the same thing?

> >>> The radio has such a long whip antenna that is hit the ceiling in my
> > kitchen
> >>> with the radio on the counter.  I can either not extend it entirely,
or
> > tilt
> >>> it a little.

> >> < http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/misc/0022.html>

> >> The number "0022" stand.

> >> /gray/

 
 
 

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Post by Telamo » Tue, 02 Mar 2004 05:22:33



> Gray,

> As a final effort, it might be worthwhile to try that "phone line as
> antenna" solution various people have been kicking around, or a "slinky"
> that you only deploy across your apartment when you're listening to radio.

< snip >

I wish that McFarland guy would stop posting that phone line antenna
every month. It is a very bad idea to use even the inactive wires
because the inductance between the inactive and active wires is great
enough to couple a voltage pulse that occures when the phone rings that
can destroy the front end of a portable radio. The voltage pulse varies
according to region but is usually in the 100-volt range. The filter
circuit he outlines to protect the radio effectively reduces the signals
you want and even you build it according to his instructions you can
still cause yourself a problem. You could get a *** shock if you are
handling the wires when the phone rings. It is also illegal to connect
unapproved devices to the phone lines.

I strongly advise against connecting a radio to the phone line with or
without a filter.

Why take the chance. String up a wire in a room or outside.

--
Telamon
Ventura, California

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Love2cam » Tue, 02 Mar 2004 23:37:49

Quote:>Naw; it's the "new style". Imo, it looks better and, also, it doesn't show up

>dust so badly (I clean the radios [grin]).

True, in that the black looks like the electronic equipment I had years ago.

Quote:>Turn the BFO pot to the center position, turn on the BFO switch (located
>right above the pot) and, then, use the pot as a "fine tuning" knob.

>If it's more elusive than usual, use the tuning knob to peak the signal.
>Another thing to try is the "AM Wide/Narrow" switch.

Okay, I'll give it a try.

Quote:>< http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/misc/0022.html>

>The number "0022" stand.

>  /gray/

My radio has the foldout stand on the back to tilt the radio, and, well, the
antenna is still too long.  Perhaps the ceilings in our house are extra low!

Linda

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by Love2cam » Tue, 02 Mar 2004 23:41:51

Some of the posts on this thread are coming through with lines straight across
them - is this me or the person typing the post???

Linda

 
 
 

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Post by Diverd47 » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 06:17:04

I see them too; ( strikethrough )

-so it's probably the other posters..



>Some of the posts on this thread are coming through with lines straight
>across
>them - is this me or the person typing the post???

>Linda

 
 
 

Received my new radio yesterday (long)

Post by WShoot » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:22:39

I calibrated the BFO of my DX-392 by tuning in WWV with the BFO on and then
zero beating the BFO signal with WWV's. I then marked the spot on the BFO dial
to indicated zero, and referenced my CW and SSB/FAX offsets from that.

Bill, K5BY