Iceland 207 Khz

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chipbutty
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Iceland 207 Khz

Post by chipbutty » 26 Sep 2019 19:32

Really impressed with this early 80s Realistic DX-360 I picked up for £10. Fantastic on all bands, especially SW and LW. I'm new to scanning long wave and this is the first time I'd tried to find Iceland. Probably beginner's luck it was coming in so clearly! Saying that, I tried on my PL-660 and had no luck. I then tried my Grundig Yacht Boy 400 which is pretty good on LW fully expecting it to more than match the DX-360. It came no where near! It's a really impressive radio. Very sensitive on SW as well.

It did require a bit of maintenance when I got it. Cleaned up all the contacts with Servisol. Also the spring was missing that connects the aerial to the board. At first I didn't realise this and thought SW and FM were distinctly average. Then I figured out how the antenna connects up and I fashioned a spring to connect it to the board. I then switched on the radio and it nearly deafened me such was the signal gain. It's testament to the radio that it was still functioning pretty well on FM and SW without a direct antenna connection to the board.

The recording volume from my phone is quite low so you'll need to turn your volume up. Iceland on 207 kHz. https://youtu.be/wf_5faGKLZk

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Re: Iceland 207 Khz

Post by chipbutty » 26 Sep 2019 22:27

Sangean ATS-909X, Roberts R861, Xhdata D-808, Tecsun PL-660, Tecsun R9700DX, Tecsun PL-310ET, Grundig City Boy 700, Grundig Yacht Boy 400, Philips D1835, Radiwow R-108, Realistic DX-360, Panasonic RF-3500, Sony XDR-P1DBP.

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Re: Iceland 207 Khz

Post by pe1etr » 26 Sep 2019 23:22

207 kHz is a bit buzzy here, so here is 252 kHz Algeria on the Sony ICF-M780SL
https://youtu.be/oTx5wY_-NPM

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Re: Iceland 207 Khz

Post by Julian Hardstone » 28 Sep 2019 14:57

I also like the DC-360, but mine was killed by static and is in the 'repair pending' pile so nowadays I use a Yacht-Boy 400 which is very good on LW so maybe yours needs a front-end tweak.

Clarkestown 252 is currently off air for maintenance and from late evening and Algeria Chaîne 3 is usually at domestic listening quality here, with a really good late-night music show. Iceland can be almost as good on 180 or 207 though usually one is much better than the other. Cesky Rozhlas can be good on 270, Poland and Roumania sometimes show up

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Re: Iceland 207 Khz

Post by chipbutty » 28 Sep 2019 16:49

Yes my YB400 is very good on LW. It's my go to LW radio and now the DX-360 is up there with it. Last night the YB400 actually did a little better with Iceland. It's funny how diificult it can be to compare radios as they can perform so differently in varying conditions. I really am amazed by the DX-360. It's the equal to my PL-660 and D-808 on SW and that's just on the telescopic. I find some of the modern digital radios, as good as they are, frustrating at times with some signals, that annoying pumping noise you get with the AGC.
Sangean ATS-909X, Roberts R861, Xhdata D-808, Tecsun PL-660, Tecsun R9700DX, Tecsun PL-310ET, Grundig City Boy 700, Grundig Yacht Boy 400, Philips D1835, Radiwow R-108, Realistic DX-360, Panasonic RF-3500, Sony XDR-P1DBP.

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