Category Archives: Accessories

Hamcrafters VLF Converter to be produced in Fall 2018

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ron, who notes that Hamcrafters appears to be planning a replacement for the Palomar VLF converter.

Here’s the product description:

The Hamcrafters VLF Converter is based on the original Palomar design and converts 10 KHz – 500 KHz to 4.010 to 4.5 MHz. This allows use of your HF Receiver or Transceiver and all its filters, noise blankers, DSP, and memories while tuning the VLF band. Modern HF radios have poor sensitivity in the VLF range (by design). Using this converter with a simple wire antenna will allow receiving of navigational beacons, time signals, and other VLF signals.

The Palomar is well-known among longwave DXers but hasn’t been in production for some time. Indeed, Ron adds, “The last two original Palomars went for $343 and $260 on eBay. Is there a demand? You bet!”

Thanks for the tip, Ron.

Click here to check out the Hamcrafters VLF Converter product page.

Dan discovers the STLTH EDC Bag on Etsy

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who shares a link to this interesting handmade EDC (Everyday Carry) bag on Etsy:

Dan knows well that I’m a certified pack geek, so I love discovering high-quality packs that are designed with organization that suits radios. I’m a very mobile guy throughout the day, so require a bag that can handle a couple of portable radios and my 13″ MacBook Air. I prefer over-the-shoulder bags like this one.

This pack looks the part, though it might be a wee bit small for my EDC gear (I doubt my laptop would fit inside, though my iPad Air might).

Dan noted that he just stumbled upon this listing and found it interesting–he has no experience with this seller who seems to be in the Ukraine. Based on the images, the quality and stitching looks quite good.

Click here to view on Esty.

My current EDC bags are the Tom Bihn Stowaway and Pilot. Both are more than double the price of this EDC bag. For my field kit and EDC, I use the Red Oxx Micro Manager.

Post readers: Do you have a radio EDC bag?  Please comment with details!

Muzuho SX-3 Preselector on eBay

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Rich Stahl (WR3V), who writes:

FYI, a Muzuho SX-3 preselector just showed up on eBay.

Rare as hens teeth, and said to be excellent units. Looks to be in nice condition.

Click here to view on eBay.

I’m not that familiar wit the Muzuho SX-3, but it does appear to be a quality unit and has great reviews. Preselectors can be incredibly useful to radio enthusiasts who live in the presence of blowtorch signals or who have sensitive receivers that can easily overload. Thanks for the tip, Rich!

SDRplay RSP1A Aluminum Metal Case kit now available on eBay

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mike Ladd, who notes that the SDRplay RSP1A aluminum metal enclosure kit is now available on eBay.

The price is $29.95 shipped and the kit includes:

  • 1x Black aluminum metal enclosure with two labelled side panels
  • 1x Black semi-hardshell carry case
  • 1x Thermal pad to keep the RSP1A cool and mechanically stable inside the enclosure
  • 1x Accessory set including enclosure screws, GND lug bolt set and 3M anti-slip rubber feet
  • 1x Tecsun AN03-L seven meter long wire antenna + 1x Matching SMA Adapter
  • 1x 11cm to 48cm portable SMA telescopic antenna

Click here to view on eBay.

Thanks for the tip, Mike. I’m definitely pulling the trigger. What a great upgrade and price!