Newbie

Newbie

Post by JERRYHARKE » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Hi!  I am a newbie to shortwave radio.  I have a couple of questions.  
1) What can you really hear on shortwave radio?
2) What is a good radio for a new person?  I am in midwestern U.S.    

 
 
 

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Post by AC6V » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00



> Hi!  I am a newbie to shortwave radio.  I have a couple of questions.
> 1) What can you really hear on shortwave radio?
> 2) What is a good radio for a new person?  I am in midwestern U.S.


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Hi Mike --- take a look at URL:
http://pw2.netcom.com/~ac6v/pagej.html
Has a SWL FAQ and lots of links to study.

Good listening
Regards
Rod in San Diego
--
AC6V INDEX TO DX AND HAM RADIO
FEATURING 70 PAGES AND 2000 LINKS
http://pw2.netcom.com/~ac6v/pageas.html

 
 
 

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Post by Howard N. Lu » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


says...

>>>Hi!  I am a newbie to shortwave radio.  I have a couple of questions.  
>>>1) What can you really hear on shortwave radio?
>>>2) What is a good radio for a new person?  I am in midwestern U.S.    


You can hear anything from anywhere...not just your local DJ and local
news. The "truth" at a distance. The best programming on the air, BBC,
Radio India, Japan, name it and it's there! A good way to go for a
beginner is a used portable SW receiver, inexpensive, sensitive,
selective and portable so you can spend some time with it when you are
away from home. It becomes a connection with the rest of the world like
nothing else can be.
friend,
--
Howard N. Lute,
aka. "Lute"
Electronics Instructor, Terrible Mechanic, Worse Plumber
 
 
 

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Post by T.. » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00


>Hi!  I am a newbie to shortwave radio.  I have a couple of questions.  
>1) What can you really hear on shortwave radio?

  Anlmost anything. Shortwave broadcasters, hams, military, utility stations,
airports.

>2) What is a good radio for a new person?  I am in midwestern U.S.    


 Go to your local bookstore and get the book called "Passport to world band
radio". IT has radio reviews and details as well as scheduals of broadcasters.

Tom

   Tom Randall            Amateur Radio - KB2SMS              

                          APRS on 145.790 - Moving to 144.390 soon....
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   REMOVE the P in the address above for my correct E-mail address.

   My Astronomy/Ham radio site: http://www1.mhv.net/~trandall/welcome.html                                  

   Opinions herein are mine and may not be that of MHV.NET!  

 
 
 

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Post by hmk~~ar.. » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00



>Hi!  I am a newbie to shortwave radio.  I have a couple of questions.  
>1) What can you really hear on shortwave radio?
>2) What is a good radio for a new person?  I am in midwestern U.S.    


Mike,
There are a variety of programs from news to cultural and music from
many nations.  You will also find religious programming and the WWV
time signals.  This is with a receiver for am signals.  If you get a
receiver that includes sideband reception (upper and lower sideband, a
form of transmission in which the carrier wave is suppressed and one
'sideband' of audio info also suppresed) you open the field to
amaateur radio reception and utilities.  Utilities are such things as
the 'global' radio system used the the US government, long distance
air traffic (several transmission sites in the US) and 'pirate' radio
stations (broadcasters who are not licensed).  When I started
shortwave listening (SWL) in the seventies it was in Michigan, a small
town with little electrical noise, and the dial was crammed full with
stations.  Many broadcasters have left the air since then or are not
directing their signals to the US - but there is still quite a bit out
there to have fun with.

If you can swing it, Radio Shack has the DX398 on sale for $199, the
DX398 is the same as a Sangean ATS909 only under the Ratshack name.
You would also do well with a Sony 7600GS (includes an amplified
indoor antenna) or Grundig YB400.  Having both the 398 and the 7600
(got it before they included the antenna) I have found the 7600 to be
a bit more sensitive and the feature called 'synchronous detection'
makes it easier to get rid of adjacent signals.  However, with a good
outside antenna the sensitivity issue goes away and I like the fact
that the 398 has so many more memories and it does have better sound
and a few other features such as a tuning knob and a clock that shows
local and world time.  After using them both side by side now for a
couple months, it is hard for me to discern any major differences in
performance.  Neither one has received a signal the other wouldn't and
the only difference was in the sound quality (again, both were on an
outside antenna).  So, in short, of the three go for the DX398.  If
possible put up an outside antenna, and when you do that - do NOT hook
it up to the whip, rather, use the 1/8-inch jack and connect the
antenna to the center conductor of a plug and hook up the outer
conductor to a ground. {more on antennas later, first get the radio
and get acquainted with it} Until you get an antenna outside, use the
little reel-up antenna and be careful to keep it clear of appliances.

I highly recommend "Passport to World Band Radio" as a good starter
reference book, it has radio reviews, talks about SWL as a hobby and
what it offers and has a very comprehensive listing and schedule of
broadcasters and frequencies.

Hope that this very wordy posting has helped you some.

Howard

 
 
 

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Post by JBerszon » Wed, 25 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I got the so-called extras with my 398 at no charge.........I've had no
problems with my 398....and I hate Rat Shack. Either I'm lucky, or since I
leave well enough alone,andI havent opened the back and looked inside messing
with all the stuff that it came with, its a good quality machine. I just read
the instruction book FIRST and then wached it do its thing. Or maybe I have a
realistic idea about what this rig can do. Too many comments I've read here,
expected a real DX machine....a $2900 rig for $200.00. Aint gonna happen guys.
This rig does what it was designed for....a medium quality DX radio. Nothing
more/nothing less