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compact recievers?

Post by va3sax » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:39 pm

I was wondering if anyone in the group knows of any compact CW receivers that won't break the bank. I'd like to be able to have a listen around on the bands while I'm riding on the bus.

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Post by W5ALT » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:48 pm

I use my FT-817 as a receiver all the time, but the problem for HF is always the antenna.

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Post by va3sax » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:01 pm

Yes the 817 is a fine radio. I would definitely add one to my collection if I could afford one.

I had considered the issue of the antenna as well. Fortunately I'm not too concerned about the fact that I might not be able to hear many stations. I just thought it would be a fun activity for the ride to and from the university

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Post by NT9K » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:36 pm

You could burn some cd's of the CW books that are posted on the SKCC website.
There are several books converted to CW at different speeds. Would be easy and a lot cheaper. Look here:
http://www.skccgroup.com/learn/

Click on where it says Full File Listings and then the Audio Directory.
You have to keep clicking to get to the individual files, choose your speed and save it to your hard drive.

Just a suggestion..
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http://www.nt9k.com

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Post by W5ALT » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:55 pm

If you just want to do general SWL-ing, I've used a portable radio attached to a mag-mount CB antenna and a tuner to listen to some things while traveling. My Sangean portable does respectfully well an does receive CW, although it's not quite communications quality. The biggest problem is ignition noise in the car, but you'll have to try it out to see if it's a show stopper.

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Post by va3sax » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:25 pm

Thanks everyone. It looks like NT9K's idea which I had already been considering will be the best idea. My other thought, in places where my laptop is a viable option, is the use of a softrock receiver to record a spectrum block for a period of time.

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Small Receiver

Post by VK4TJ » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:17 am

For the budget conscious, check out:

http://www.hanssummers.com/poundshop.html

GQRP group figured out how to mod these receivers, which I have seen in Canada for the princely sum of $1 Cdn, to cover 40 mtrs. Even better, the antenna is the headphone cord, or an inconspicuous loop which you can wear around your neck.

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