Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New toy

With my main desktop out of action due to a failed (presumably) hard drive, I went ahead and bought myself a cheap Laptop from Ebay. I ended up with an IBM Lenovo Thinkpad R61e...
Photo sourced from Google Images.

Specifications at a glance:
- Dual core 1.8GHz processor
- 80GB Hard drive
- Wi-Fi
- DVD Burner

Works great and pretty much same specs as the desktop except not as large hard drive.

As for the desktop, I had considered replacing the hard drive with a new one - would be the cheapest and quickest option and something I could do myself, but a new desktop PC is what I will eventually get.

Reason being is hard drives being sold now are SATA3, my PC has SATA2 and those hard drives are getting hard to find.  RAM also is now DDR3 and the PC has DDR2.

The Laptop is just fine for now...I have replaced my standard ADSL2+ modem with a Wireless one (connected up to my old backup desktop), allowing me to access the internet from my Laptop.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Items for sale.

Two items that are not in use and needing a new home:

Denon TU-235RD AM/FM Tuner

This is a great little unit.  It is unmodified and single-bandwidth, but also was the first unit I used for DXing before I got the Sony and Onkyo tuners.

Despite the wide bandwidth and hence not as good selectivity, it is a sensitive unit.  Before I had the large outdoor antenna installed, I had this connected to an indoor ribbon "T" dipole antenna taped to the wall.  With that, I received E's and tropo out to 2,000km.  Proof that if you are on limited funds and/or just starting out, you can still DX with confidence.  Even if you are not a DXer this would make a great addition to your Hi-Fi setup.

This tuner is in excellent condition and fully working.  For more details on this click HERE (note that mine is the black coloured unit).  Indoor AM Loop antenna and power cable included.

I am unsure what to ask for this, so I am open to any reasonable offers.  Postage $15 anywhere in Australia and I would prefer to post this only in Australia.  Payment to be made via PayPal.

Second item up for grabs:
HS Publications D100 DX-TV Converter

Rather than try to explain this, check out this LINK (Once it loads, use the up, down button on the top right of the catalogue to scroll down to page 6).

Despite the move to Digital in many areas, I am sure there will be analogue TV signals around for some time to come, especially in more exotic areas.

This unit is pretty much new and unused.  It will be posted as I received it: original box, packaging and accessories (2 X RF Cables and instruction manual).  When checking the provided link, the one I am offering is the "D100 with multi-system sound" and it is the version with the DX alarm fitted.

Original cost was approx $280. I am offering it for $180 ono.  Postage $10 within Australia, overseas I am unsure, but will say tentatively $25. (All prices Australian dollars). Again, payment via Paypal.

**Please note: a power supply unit (PSU) is not included; this is how it is originally supplied.

Feel free to let me know if you are interested.