Recovering from Dayton

A couple of the goodies that "followed me home" from Dayton. So I’ve been home from Dayton for a few days now, and i am only now starting to feel like I’m returning to normal. I guess three days of long drives, eating like crap, hiking through the tailgate multiple times, and sleeping on a couch will take its toll on you.

Of course, I would do it all again tomorrow if I had the chance. It was great to hang out with some old friends, not to mention talk a lot of radio with all kinds of like minded people. All in all, I’d say this was  a great experience, one I’m looking forward to doing again in the future.

As you can see, I didn’t leave Dayton empty handed. (Hey, who does?) The good folks over at  Universal Radio had the Perseus SDR deeply discounted for the show, so I decided to take the plunge and see if it lives up to its rep. I’ve had more than one DXer tell me it’s the best receiver they’ve ever used. I will be letting you know what I think over the next few weeks.

On a completely different side of things is this beautiful Hallicrafters SX-62a. I’ve seen these radios on eBay for about $300, and they looked like they’d been drug behind a truck. This one is clean and seems to work, and it only set me back $175. It’s probably not much of a DX machine, but it will be an awful lot of fun. I can’t wait to hear Radio Nacional da Amazonia played through those tubes!

Besides these finds and a few books, I also ordered a couple of receive only antennas that will be arriving at the home listening post here in a few weeks. The first one is a Pixel Technologies RF-PRO1B magnetic loop, which should be a nice addition to my existing long wire.

The second one is worthy of its own write up, as it is new to the market from Array Solutions. They have taken the foundation laid by the K9AY Loop and come up with what they’re calling the ‘Shared Apex Loop Array’. Not exactly the catchiest of names, but it could be a beast of a receive antenna. It’s four loops can be steered to one of eight directions, as well as omni and bi-directional as well. It also fits into a circle with an 18′ radius, meaning it will fit in a pretty modest back yard. I have been in lust with the K9AY for about 15 years now, so it didn’t take much arm twisting to get me to pick up their latest and greatest. Expect a full write up about this antenna after it arrives sometime early this summer.

So there you have it, my trip to Dayton in a nutshell. If you’ve never made the trip, you really owe it to yourself to make the effort. Your bank book may never be the same, but your radio room will thank you.

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3 Responses to Recovering from Dayton

  1. George says:

    Please tell me your results with the SAL. Moving to Oregon soon and I want to put one of these ib the back yard. Which model do you recommend for mw/sw that will have the least effect on the wife?

    I also saw on some youtube video an on screen control for the SAL in addition to the control box. Is this antenna worth the money.

    Thanks for any thoughts you might have.

    Regards,
    George

  2. timrahto says:

    Hi George,

    I’ve had the SAL 20 up for over a year now and it’s still going strong. It never ceases to amaze me what this thing can hear. If you have the real estate (and an understanding XYL), I say go for it. You’ll be logging trans-Pacific mediumwave stations in no time, and that’s no exaggeration. It’s that good.

    • George says:

      Hi Ron, thanks for the endorsement of the SAL. I might be able to sell the shorter model, but don’t have a feel for how much of a compromise it will be over (or is it under) the 20.

      In your judgement is there an easy way to set it up where the sloping wires could be unhooked at the ground and moved toward the pole when not needed? This would give the appearance of trying not to hog the whole backyard. Any construction tips like that would be helpful. Fell free to write at nj3h at yahoo dot com to keep this site free from questions like mine.

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