XHDATA D-808 Longwave fix?

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XHDATA D-808 Longwave fix?

Post by AMDXHUN »

Almost deaf on LW, but very good on MW. Any suggestions to fix it?

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Re: XHDATA D-808 Longwave fix?

Post by KPC850 »

You could simply put a greater number of windings on its ferrite rod, so it will work properly on LW.

However you will loose a big portion of MW which will become deaf.

It is impossible for the one winding that it has on the ferrite rod to properly cover LW as well as MW (which is why it goes deaf below approx 350 kHz).

Ideally replace current ferrite rod arrangement with one with seperate LW and MW windings and a switch to switch between them when you change bands.

(These DSP radios automatically match to the ferrite rod winding inductance if it is in within range, so there is no alignment needed,)

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Re: XHDATA D-808 Longwave fix?

Post by Jean-Luc »

Hi there,

An easy fix for the XHDATA deafness on longwave ;-)


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Re: XHDATA D-808 Longwave fix?

Post by chipbutty »

LW is so bad on the 808 I disabled it. MW is a different story of course.
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Re: XHDATA D-808 Longwave fix?

Post by KPC850 »

not about LW but SW :

I notice the low end of shortwave / HF on the XHDATA D808 can have images of strong shortwave signals on much higher frequencies. These images are more likely to be noticed (depending on frequency) on the wider AM bandwidth settings as they may not fall exactly on frequency.

These images are very 'narrow' and moving up or down just by 1kHz can cause them to disappear - a tell-tale sign of images of much higher frequencies and useful to know to eliminate any image effects on actual AM transmissions in the low end of HF.

so for example 1734kHz had an image of 11780
other images I have noted: (image and the originating frequencies with strong signals)
1766< 12005


(the strength of images appears to diminish with increasing frequency)

The relationship seems to be: to get the originating frequency multiply your image frequency by 7 and then subtract 360 kHz.You will now have the originating freq, or at least within a couple of kHz if not exact.

The same images are likely to be noticed on other radios using the same DSP chip. A filter could of course be effectively used if using an external aerial, if images are a problem.

It is useful to know the above in case these usually weak images are mistaken by DXers as an actual transmission on the frequency! I am not criticizing the receiver, no other receiver I have used is free of some image effects or other. The listener can improve matters with an external aerial and filter to deal with any images

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