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  1. #11
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    Default Your DX Equipment Photos (K3PHL)

    Here's my station for 2012 in Eastern Pennsylvania.

    First pic shows 6 of the 9 radios I'm using for Es season.

    2 Sony XDR-S3HD
    2 Sony XDR-F1HD
    1 Denon TU-1500RD fitted with 150 kHz filters
    1 Tecsun PL-310 (with external antenna jack)
    NTE Rotor Conrol Box
    Audio selector box to listen to any of the six radios live

    All radios are run through audio splitters to PC sound cards recording through Total Recorder to MP3 in one hour data files 24/7.

    Second pic shows two other receivers on a shelf

    1 Onkyo T-4500 fitted with 150 kHz filters
    1 Kenwood T-45, a horrible tuner with terrible selectivity

    Third pic is a classic Marantz Model 2216 with Quad output that I restored several years ago (cuz sometimes DX just sounds better with "Gyro Touch Tuning").

    Fourth pic is my APS-9B on a rotor mounted just above the roof line.

    Fifth pic is a Winegard HD-6000 mounted in my attic. One of three strategically placed dipoles are shown in the background.

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    K3PHL - Steve W
    Milford Square, PA (near Allentown) (FN20)


    Sony XDR-F1HD, Sony XDR-S3HD, Denon TU-1500RD, Sangean HDT-1, Tecsun PL-310
    APS-9B @ 33'
    http://home.comcast.net/~k3phl

  2. #12
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    Well thanks for showing me. I guess I will have to keep my old TV sitting in the living room. Old TV's are great for DXing weak signals. But how do you connect a communications receiver to a TV? Old TV's are getting easy to get than new TV's. Check the Thrift Store I have seen so many there than flat screens.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike-CT View Post
    I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Antennas and stuff, I mean.

    We had a thread on the old forums but all the attachments are gone and besides, it's 2012 and equipment comes and goes, so what we use may be different from last year.

    The first on the left is a 4 element antenna cut for chA3. Not sure at this point if I'll use it. I made it out of spare junk over the winter.

    Second from the left is a Winegard PR-9032 UHF yagi at the top with a highband Winegard YA-1713 just below it. On another mast in front of them is what remains of an old rusted out Winegard PR-5030. I had lost continuity in 5 or 6 places on the harness, so I drilled out the bolts and installed new bolts, nuts and washers. I took off the highband elements since I have the YA-1713 now. What is left is the lowband elements and the antenna has already seen Cuba and some unknown analog 2 via Es, so I know it works. This will stay up for Es season then I will probably put up the scanner antenna again.

    Third from the left is a Marantz amp, a NAD 4155 tuner with narrow filters, a cassette deck on top (real hi-tech) and on top of that, a XDR-F1HD and a Ray Dees RDS unit which shows PI codes. It also plugs into the computer with a USB cable.

    The Photo on the right shows am ICom R7000, a 14" Sony Trinitron TV (bought at garage sale for $5 two days ago). On top of the TV is a Insignia DTV box and a D100 converter for lowband. The antenna coax gets split to the Icom and to the DTV box or the D100. Seems I can get video down to S4 on the Icom and very shaky video down to S3. S5-S7 yields decent video. I have all offsets on 2,3,4,5 and 6 programmed into the Icom. I have 2,3,4,5,6 DTV pilots programmed as well as all the lowband audio frequencies.

    This is all I want for equipment this summer.

    Oh yeah. FM antenna. It's an APS-11. Never heard of it? Well, back in October 2011 we had this really nasty storm that took down trees and limbs and left us without power for 6 days. It also bent the heck out of my APS-13, so much that I had to remove the first two directors with boom. So now I have an 11 element antenna and it works just fine. Good enough for me.

    Now, your turn.

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ID:	12485 Here are the radios I use for FM DX this year. There is a plan that I am going to get a Sangean HD radio tuner this month or next month coming up. I just built this antenna for FM DXing and it's already picking stations from Eastern NC and VA on the Radiosophy HD-100 that they don't make anymore. WKJX is from Elizabeth City, NC using the antenna on the tripod via RDS. The 2 tuners are the Sony tuner and the Kenwood KT-45 with Toko 150 kHz filters.
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    Default Dunne's stuff

    Hi

    Was finally able to snap these....camera battery issue.

    Picture A: Broksonic 9" TV/VCR combo (VCR rarely used, though) + Sharp VCR made around 1990 (but excellent in reproducing DX, even E-skip)*
    Picture B: Recoton audio switcher (4 inputs--one I need to hear TV audio due to Broksonic muting when analog picture is not strong) + Sony XDR-F1HD + JVC receiver + JVC double cassette deck
    Picture C: Insignia CECB + Teknika TVC-22 tuner (purchased from a WTFDA member on eBay) + Realistic scanner (thank you Mike-CT for alerting me that it goes 30-50 MHz!)

    *picture onscreen is that of an LD owned by a WTFDA member

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  5. #15
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    Here are some tuners that I use here for DX:

    Yamaha T-85 (stock):
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    Kenwood KT-1100SD (with 180-180-150-150-110 filters):
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    Yamaha T-2 (stock, a bit better than the T-85 for DXing):
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    I also have a Denon TU-800L but I haven't got round to taking a picture of this one yet.

    You can also see a Sony XDR-F1HD on a couple of the pictures, which tends to get used during the Sporadic E season.

    Regards,
    Nick

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    The Yamaha T-2 sounds like an interesting tuner. Once the weather warms up and the garage sales begin again, I'll be on the lookout for one. That will be at least April up here.
    Mike B.
    Enfield, CT
    -72° 30' W/41° 59' N
    FN31RX

    Online since 1999 and still going at
    mikesdx.com

    Archives: The Original Mike's TV/FM Page with Tuner Mods and Lots of Old Stuff

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike-CT View Post
    The Yamaha T-2 sounds like an interesting tuner. Once the weather warms up and the garage sales begin again, I'll be on the lookout for one. That will be at least April up here.
    Yes Yamaha quote an alternate channel selectivity of 100 dB for the T-2 vs 90 dB for the T-85, so that probably explains my observations when DXing with it. It's the best selectivity spec of any Yamaha tuner. I only realised this when I started using it and looked the specs up.
    Good DX.

    Nick, Whitchurch, Hampshire.

    Yamaha T-2, Denon TU-800L, Kenwood KT-1100SD (modified), Yamaha T-85, Sony XDR-F1HD tuners, Triax FM5 horizontal beaming east.

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    Welcome to my Dx Shack in the Hollows of northwest Pennsylvania.

    Photo one:
    The circa 1993 Hitachi TV is fed by the ICOM R-7000 with TV-R7000
    TV receiver adapter. Next is my Acer laptop.

    Photo two:
    An Emerson HDTV setting on 2 Insignia converter boxes one VHF the other
    for UHF. Above the ICOM is a Prime DTV PHD-8VX ATSC and NTSC
    TV tuner. I run the 2 Insignias boxes thru the PHD-8VX and into the
    Emerson. The PHD-8VX will decode a DTV signal before the Insignias will
    and produce a better analog picture then the ICOM. But there is a down side.
    You must receive a station on the channel to have it lock into tuner memory.
    On analog channels there’s a signal threshold but all it takes is a frame-bar to
    go over the threshold. Next to the R-7000 there’s a ICOM R70 receiver and
    on top a GRECOM PSR-400 scanner. The rotor is a Yaesu G-400RC.
    Lastly there’s (from bottom to top) a Carver TX-11, Sangean HDT-1 with a
    webcam in front of the display for RDS photos, a Luxman R-404 receiver and
    on top a JVC dubbing cassette deck.

    Antenna photo 1:
    Channel Master 3617-B into a Winegard DA-205 distribution amp.

    Antenna photo 2:
    Finco P-7 with a Winegard PA-4975 preamp, above CM 4408 Stereo Probe 9

    Antenna photo 3:
    Channel Master scanner ant. & a ?? scanner ant.

    Drop by if you’re in the area and thanks for the visit.

    Dave N.
    BFD, PA

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  9. #19
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    Here's a glimpse of my stacked Winegard 6065p's for FM. Gotta get up there and re-align the bottom one.

    Stellar Labs 4 element yagi, Stellar Labs halo omni directional loop, Kenwood KT591 tuner with 110khz Murata IF filters, Sansui G-5700 tuner/amp.

  10. #20
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    Default My new DX corner

    I finally have my own DX corner:

    On the desk, from left to right: Quantum QX Loop v 2.0, ICOM R-8500, CM9510A rotor control box, JVC amplifier, Technics equalizer, Sangean HDT-1 FM receiver.

    On the shelves: Omage speakers, Bearcat BC370CRS scanner.




    On the wall, well, this poster I really like:


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