Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Jamet, who shares the following article that was originally published in the Radio Club du Perche Newsletter.
Note that Paul also includes information about the new XHDATA D-109 and an XHDATA sale in the addendum of his article!
Let’s discover the XHDATA D-219
by Paul JAMET
A truly incredible performance/price ratio
A year ago, many people wondered if it was wise to resume short wave broadcasts to Russia and Ukraine (CIRAF Zone 29). Although a century old, this technology is still widely used around the world. Moreover, the world market for Short Wave receivers is apparently doing well because new models are regularly arriving on the market, in particular ultra-portable DSP receivers with surprising performance. As proof, the latest XHDATA model: the D-219, marketed since November 2022. This is a very easy-to-use receiver, with a vintage look and a needle dial, which is available in gray or silver, for less than $7 (excluding shipping and batteries) on the XHDATA company website.
The D-219 is a “Full DSP” receiver which allows it to be very sensitive and power efficient. It is powered by two AA/R6 rechargeable batteries or by the mains (batteries and 220/5.0 volt adapter not supplied). A small multilingual manual – including French – is provided.
From my point of view, the most important innovation – on a DSP receiver of this price – is the possibility of precise tuning when searching for stations with a pointer dial; there is absolutely no play, which allows perfect and stable tuning to the desired frequency. This receiver has a 3.5 mm jack, a rear stand and a hand strap. The 7-core telescopic antenna is about 55 cm long and provides good reception of FM and SW stations. The sound quality is very good for this 150g receiver (without batteries)! It has two FM bands (87-108 and 64-87 MHz), the AM band (Medium Waves) from 522 to 1620 kHz and nine SW bands from 4750 to 22000 kHz. See photo above.
For a SWL, it’s a real pleasure to explore the 9 Short Wave bands. For instance, I have already easily tuned to international stations several thousand kilometers away only with the telescopic antenna, such as RFA – Radio Free Asia – broadcasting from Agignan Point and Tinian Island in the Pacific Ocean.
VoA in Dari from Udon Thani on 12075 kHz (250 kW; 9900 km):
RSI in English from Kall Krekell on 6005 kHz (1 kW; 350 km)
Note: A 23-foot wire antenna was clipped onto the whip antenna
recordings made by placing my smartphone near the speaker of the receiver.
I received two QSLs (Year of the Rabbit) sent by RFA. See attached images below. These QSL confirm my reception reports (recordings made with the XHDATA D-219 and sent to RFA)
In conclusion, the XHDATA D-219 is really very easy to use. I can only recommend it to anyone who wants to start exploring the wide world of shortwave with a receiver that offers a truly amazing performance/price ratio!
NB: DSP technology – Digital Signal Processing – allows, among other things, to reduce noise and limit distortion; it is perfectly adapted to the processing of radio signals.
Addendum: XHDATA sale and new D-109
1.) The RADIWOW web site is no longer updated and will be closed soon
30% discount on D-808 (65$) and R-108 (37.80$) for instance, till Feb, 16th.
Have a glance to this website : https://xhdata.com.cn/
NB : I have no affiliation with XHDATA!
2.) The new XHDATA D-109 is a new radio that will release in 2023:
Let say in one or two weeks … It could be only an upgrade of the R-108 with news features (Bluetooth and micro SD card)
Wait and see …
The D-109 has mysteriously disappeared from XHDATA website ( https://xhdata.com.cn/products/2023-new-xhdata-d-109?variant=44524515426622 ) overnight. I was thinking of ordering it just a day ago. There is no mentioning of it anywhere on their website anymore.
However, their Facebook posts about it (several times, including a 5% off coupon) were still up on their XHDATA account.
What happened to it?
Thanks for this news! I see the D-219 is also on sale.
My comments were about the D-219 and error in my typing.
The D-219 is defectve!
I bought two d-229 and both lasted about a week …..they started working and them stared making a winning noise so they are defective or go into no audio….how did I get two defective ones? Have other XHDATA radios and they all work but this model is defective!
I ment to say D-219….this model is defective !
Not for me. Stay with the 909 and 405. Too cheap for me.
Could be a very bad batch! This can unfortunately happen… For now, mine which I received on January 11th still works very well… And I use it every day in FM and SW.
In your place, I would write to XHDATA: [email protected]
by attaching a short video showing the defects you cite.
Your two receivers are under warranty…
Paul. I sent a video of both radios going onto a winning noise and them stopping to work completely and the are going to credit the money towards another different model.
It seems this is a very good radio for your buck. But this review has something very important missing. How this radio performs in environments with extreme intermode interference such as FM spurious. All DSP based portable receivers I know have very low noise rejection, specially to intermode interference. I believe that is the case with the XHData D-219. One positive thing is that it this radio does not have that false peaking on AM, a feature programmed into their chips that supposedtly would help you tune in stations, but is a nightmare when you are AMDxing. I also presume it doesn’t have auto squelch, another infamous feature that used to plague many DSP based radios.
To complete the reading of my first but good impressions, take a look at this video:
Just purchased the D-219 on their website for grand total of…wait for it…here it comes… US $11.38 (includes shipping, and the website uses PayPal, which will give you an option of just paying via your own credit/debit card and no PayPal account).
wow! I I saw they announced d109’s official release date today……..https://xhdata.com.cn/products/2023-new-xhdata-d-109?variant=44524515426622
The New XHDATA D-109 is now officially available: https://xhdata.com.cn/products/2023-new-xhdata-d-109?variant=44520177697086
XHDATA is now announcing on its website that the preferential price of the D-109 will be $30.95 i.e. €28.84 from Feb. 16th to Feb. 26 instead of $49.98.
Shipping costs must be added!
English language manual:
Re: The XHDATA D-109
The AM band tunes only to 1620…?
The MW (AM) tuning is also probably in 9 kHz steps. 9 kHz tuning steps bring in surprisingly many AM stations at my location in east-central Missouri.
Agrees. This radio is designed for all of the world International Telecommunications Union regions 1 and 3. Region 2 which is North and South America has different bands.
Region 1 Europe/Africa
Low frequency band 152 – 279 kHz with 9 kHz steps. Modulation AM (bandwidth 18 kHz) (DRM 9 or 18 kHz)
Region 1, Region 3 Asia, Oceania
Medium frequency band which is 530 – 1602 kHz at 9 kHz steps Modulation AM, DRM (bandwidth 18 kHz)
High frequency bands 3.2 MHz – 26.1 MHz 5 kHz steps Modulation AM (10 kHz), DRM (bandwidth 5 ,10, or 20 KHz)
VHF Band 1 – 47 – 50, 54 – 68 MHz is designated for broadcasting and was used for analog TV. and currently vacant. It could be used for digital radio mondiale using 100 kHz steps (bandwidth 96 kHz) . 50 – 54 is the 6 metre amateur band.
VHF band 2 87.0 – 108 MHz For frequency modulation broadcasting uses 200 kHz steps and if used by digital radio mondiale is in 100 kHz steps.
VHF band 3 174 – 230 MHz is Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) using steps of around 1.762 MHz.
Medium Frequency 520 – 1700 kHz, 10 kHz steps. AM bandwidth 20 kHz and HDRadio® (bandwidth 30 kHz)
VHF band 2 88 – 108 MHz, 200 kHz steps FM and HDRadio® (bandwidth 400 kHz)
Digital Radio Mondiale https://www.drm.org/drm-technical-specification/
Owners of new radios please send this information to their manufacturers to give the greatest listening choice worldwide.
Hello, I cannot find/confirm these parameters in the technical data sheet (https://cdn.shopifycdn.net/s/files/1/0670/0443/2702/files/D-219_Manual.pdf?v=1673918869) – the data are different. Please confirm the correct technical data.
NO … Please, read at this URL:
Frequency range for XHDATA D-109 :
* FM: 64-108MHZ / 76-108MHZ / 87-108MHz / 87.5-108MHz
* LW: 153-513KHz (9K)
* MW: 522-1620KHz (9K) / 520-1710KHz (10k)**
* SW: 1711-29999KHz (5K)
Exactly the same Frequency range than the R-108 …
The first D-109 will be soon in the hands of the first customers …
as of 02/11 1500z this is on amazon for $12 with a 5% coupon. /guy (73 de kg5gt | wqpz784)