Thursday, March 23, 2017

QST MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

Hello and welcome back... March edition of American Radio hobby magazine 'QST'

We don't often get magazines like this in Australia and most news agents don't stock magazines like this... so here's a copy of one (in PDF format)

When clicking on the link below, when asked to log in, scroll down to 'No Thanks, continue' then on the top right corner will be the PDF download link..

LINKS (click the link below to download)  Enjoy

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ekwvspn49ldjd7/QST%20Magazine%20-%20March%202017.pdf?dl=0



RADCOM MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

Hello and welcome back... March edition of U.K Radio hobby magazine 'Radcom'

We don't often get magazines like this in Australia and most news agents don't stock magazines like this... so here's a copy of one (in PDF format)

When clicking on the link below, when asked to log in, scroll down to 'No Thanks, continue' then on the top right corner will be the PDF download link..

Enjoy

LINKS (click the link below to download)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ej0ysox1nvuqtgq/RadCom%20-%20March%202017.pdf?dl=0


 

ONE HANDED CB RADIO (Flashback)

Hello and welcome back... Never seen one of these before.

Back in the day when Tandy and Dick Smith Electronics were the place to go for gadgets and other goodies, comes this handy CB Radio that changes channels using the Mic... Neat


Sunday, March 19, 2017

TRACK TRAINS IN REAL TIME

Hello and welcome back....This is neat, its a live map showing current Trains, inc Electrics and Diesels with information on destination, run set, run No, current location and line occupation.
Map refreshes every 15sec

Electric Train on Strathfield line (above)..

Diesel on the Blue Mountains line (above)

The website you can find this info is = https://anytrip.com.au/map

Great for Train Enthusiasts.

#TrackTrains
#TrainTracker

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3801 TRAIN TOUR COMPANY EVICTED

Hello and welcome back... Sad news for Train lovers as the 3801 Vintage Tour Company were evicted from their Eveleigh warehouse.

The 3801 vintage train company runs mostly Diesel locos, similar to the train i used to catch from Campbelltown to Central back in the late 80s / early 90s.

These beautiful bullet nose (that's what i call them) diesels were a hoot to catch. The sheer raw power of these beasts were amazing, often going thru Minto / Ingleburn railway stations in 3 seconds flat.
I used to sit in the first carriage so i could hear the diesel, powering up after leaving the few stops it had.
(if i was rich, i would have one of these locos in my back yard :))

The 3801 tour company was locked out of the site (they even changed the padlocks) all thanks to latest NSW Government using 'safety standards' as the main reason.

Hope the 3801 can get back on their feet and find somewhere new to locate so these amazing engines can see the light of day again.

Read the full story here



Friday, March 10, 2017

TECSUN PL-300ET SHORTWAVE RADIO

Hello and welcome back... If you are looking for a cheap & portable Shortwave Radio... Read on.

I got this little radio in one of those Innovations Catlogs and must say... I'm pretty impressed.

Its a Tecsun (model PL300et) Shortwave Receiver.
Its main claim to fame is its world time dial (you can turn a dial on the front of the radio and it will show current time (where you were) and new time (where you are now)).
Cost around $79
Its portable, great sound and reception and it even shows the temp (i like this feature)

The only down-side i can find is the tuning part..
The Tecsun has 4 modes for tuning.. =
Jog dial manual tuning (good)
Auto scan tuning (ok)
Memory pre-setting auto scan tuning (don't like)
Memory pre-setting manual scan tuning (ok)
The problem is, this radio has 500 preset memories, which sounds impressive but is a pain when your using a thumb dial to go through 500 different stations (mind boggling and i've forgotten what each channels are)... Its probably me being picky but it something that annoys me.
Also the tuning will go at 1khz step then suddenly jumps to 10khz steps depending how fast you twiddle the knob.. takes a bit of getting used to.
It could also use a plug to connect an external antenna (kinda like a headphone socket)

But over all, its an amazing little radio and well worth the money..

For me its a 8/10

SPECS

  • FM : 64.0 ~ 108.0 MHz
  • MW : 520 ~ 1710KHz  (9K/10K tuning step selectable) 
  • SW : 3150~ 21950KHz
  • LW : 153 ~ 513KHz
  • Noise Limit Sensitivity: FM < 3µV, AM < 1mV/m, SW < 20µV, LW < 10mV/m

FM Stereo is impressive, sounds really good..

  •   500 Preset Memories
  • Multi-functions Digital Display for Frequency, Signal Strength, S/N, Clock & Alarm, Temperature & Battery
  • Rotary Digital Volume Control with 30 Levels
  • Alarm Clock Function (Buzzer or Radio Station)
  • Sleep timer (from 1 to 120 minutes)
  • World Traveling Clock 
  • Low power consumption
  • Signal strength, temperature and battery consumption display
  • 9K / 10K tuning steps for MW
  • Keylock function
  • Built-in rechargeable function via USB jack (excellent idea)
  • Reset button
  • DC jack (6V) (charger not included)  
  • Unit Size: 135 (L) x 86 (H) x 26(W) mm  
  •  Using DSP technology to enhance the highest sensitivity and selectivity, with excellent S/N ratio & anti-interference result in good reception & sound quality

Unit takes 3 AA battery's...

LINKS

http://www.innovations.com.au/p/electronics/audio-sound/world-band-radio-and-clock

https://www.tecsunradios.com.au/store/







*** Side-Note ***
This post is my own opinions and are not endorsed/paid by Tecsun.
#Tecsun
#NSWRadio&Communications
#Pl-330et



Thursday, March 9, 2017

A TAD CROWDED 2

A few posts back, i posted a car with a plethora of radios plastered all over the dash... I think this one is better.. what you think?

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There is even a radio on the steering wheel...