DEGEN DE1103 DIGITAL RECEIVER & DE 31MS LOOP ANTENNA

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I read thread 74768 with interest and will probably buy a Degen De1103. But I have also seen a DEGEN DE1103 DIGITAL RECEIVER with an ANTENNA on Ebay, is this the same radio as was discussed in this thread? They specifically mention "Digital".

Is there any advantage in having the antenna?

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Russ.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 07:50

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 07:50
Russ,

Following thread 74768 we bought one, including the antenna. The radio is an excellent little unit. The only downside I have found so far is that it doesn't come with a car charger. It uses an 8V mains charger, so I'll have to make up a 12V to 8V adapter to charge the batteries when on the road. ( Easy, if you decide to buy the radio send me an MM.)

The external amplified antenna doesn't look much and is a bit fiddly. I've set it up but haven't used it yet. The sensitivity of the radio is such that I can't see us ever using it.

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 07:52

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 07:52
Ooops - We bought the DE1103.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 08:12

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 08:12
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Jaycar sell little voltage stepper units pretty cheap, they have both fixed and adjustable outputs, made in Europe from memory. I've got a couple providing 12v from 24v and another providing 9v from 12v for a camera. Been working fine for about 5 years now.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 08:55

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 08:55
Thanks Peter - Yes, the Jaycar devices would be a good off-the-shelf answer, but all that's really needed is a 7808 voltage regulator IC. Costs less than a couple of dollars and fits inside a cigarette lighter plug.

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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 09:03

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 09:03
I've done away with fag plugs as much as possible, useless things constantly losing contact even with the sockets mounted vertically with the plug assisted by gravity.
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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:30

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:30
Thanks John (will contact you when purchase made) and others.
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 10:30

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 10:30
Gooday,
Have the Std Degen DE1103, find I have to use the manual when i use it as I only use it occasionally, it has so many Multi Function buttons and the print is very small.
However I would be wary about a" DIGITAL" model as digital signal is so far only available in some Capital Cities.
Just check whether it is AM FM etc or true "DIGITAL".
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:16

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:16
Don't think this beast is what the radio stations call "digital". It's a serious radio, no doubt using digital technology for frequency synthesis, display etc. It tunes from 100kHz through to 30MHz in 1kHz steps, handles AM, FM, and SSB over this range, plus has the standard entertainment broadcast band and the usual FM band (88-108 ? MHz).

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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 13:25

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 13:25
I have a Degen De1103 and use it a lot. Mine came with the active antenna but I have never opened that.

I had a look on ebay and the DEGEN DE1103 DIGITAL RECEIVER looks like the same unit I have and reading the specs I don't think it is a digital radio for AM reception.

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Follow Up By: Member - Prickle (SA) - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:32

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:32
Thanks Pete, I suspected this.

Will probably go for no antenna.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:59

Monday, Feb 08, 2010 at 16:59
Russ,
I have the DE 31ms antenna and have only used it on MW during the day.
It doesn't do a lot. I haven't tried it at night or on short wave. The Tecsun PL 600 I use is very pretty good on its internal ariels anyway.
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