Shortwave Radio - Toll-Free 1-516-765-2378

home| news| store| portables| faq| orion| testimonials| userguide| images| accessories| links|

Home

News

Store

RX-320D

RX-340

Orion

FAQ

Testimonials

User Guide

Images

Accessories

Portables

Links

Contact Us

Dxtra was voted into the top 5% of sites on the web

 Reseller
 Since 1999

The WorldStationTM 4.x series was released on January 10th 2006. WS 4.2 (January 2009) includes all-new powerful features for the radio enthusiast. It features on-line Chat and a Conference Server where you can automatically tune your radio to any frequency of a connected client. Another breakthrough in WS 4.0 is Dxtra's exclusive "multi-driver" technology.

 

With MD (multi-driver), you can seamlessly control up to four radios, each with a seperate GUI (Graphical User Interface). In addition, each radio can tune any other radio or tune as a group for the ultimate in diversity reception.

All databases have been enhanced in WS 4.2, now each database has an iTunes-like ability to do partial matches for whatever the user types in, instantly. In addition, WS 4.2 now includes the complete FCC North American AM database, with full browser capability. WS 4.0 is available now in the Dxtra store.

 

Click On Dxtra's Yahoo Group Link Below For Day to Day Company News

Read about the latest software drivers, radio purchases and the upcoming 4.0 version etc. Click below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/worldstation/

Most Recent Messages

  (View All)
New WS 3.4 RX-340 / RX-331 Driver Released - See Details
WS 3.4 customers can download an improved RX-340 / RX-331 driver. This release
Posted - Mon Oct 31, 2005  12:26 pm
WS 4.0 Tester Quota Achieved
I now have about 7 or so names in the test program. Thanks guys! I can still
Posted - Sun Oct 30, 2005  4:28 pm
Second Call For WS 4.0 Demo Program Testers
Seriously, I need at least six to twelve testers for the WS 4.0 demo program. I
Posted - Sat Oct 29, 2005  12:49 pm
WS 3.4 Driver / Ten-Tec RX-331 Shortly - Cost Benefit Analysis
I expect to have a certified driver for the RX-331 by next week. It will be
Posted - Sat Oct 29, 2005  10:03 am
Dxtra Acquires A TCI/BR 8174 HF Receiver - Driver Programmed
I won one of these units at auction on Ebay. There are other units currently
Posted - Fri Oct 28, 2005  11:36 pm

 

 

5/8/2005 - Dxtra Is Now A Licensed Distributor of the DREAM / DRM Digital Shortwave Software

For Only $19.95, you receive a licensed binary executable copy of the DREAM / DRM software covering all DRM patents. You get the software FREE if you purchase any radio from Dxtra. For your convenience Dxtra has created A "One Button Click" installer for the DREAM software. Available Now in our store.

DRM, short for Digitial Radio Mondiale, is a consortium of electronics manufacturers and radio broadcasters promoting a digital HF (i.e. shortwave) broadcast system. More details on the DRM standard can be obtained at www.drm.org.

Disclaimer: Dxtra Provides the DREAM software on an "as is" basis and does not support or warranty the software, since it is written and maintained by third parties. A purchased DREAM copy is for your own personal use, and may under no circumstances may be distributed by a customer to third parties.

 

2/24/2005 - Dxtra Ships the WorldStation™ 3.4 / Orion "Quad" System

Dxtra is now shipping the Ten-Tec Orion Quad system. This exiciting new control product marks Dxtra's entry into the amateur radio transceiver control market. The "Quad"" system is PC control software specifically designed for Ten-Tec's sophisticated Orion transceiver. The Orion features two fully-independent receivers and dual 32-bit SHARC DSP processors.

Dxtra's Quad system for the Orion combines the best of WorldStationTM software and has four major components:

Dxtra adds a custom designed "virtual vfo" or tuning capability where any of the three receivers can act as the tuning control point for the other two receivers. Additional flexibility is built-into the software, for example, you can use the auxuliary receiver to scan, but easily redicrect the scan output to the the main, sub or both recievers.

Out of the box, the software will automatically scan in background using the sub-receiver. The main receiver is always made available for listening. According to Bob Griffin from Dxtra the "Quad system is the first control product on the market that actually gives you full GUI control of each of the Orion's receivers - and an aux receiver. The addition of the auxiliary receive and scanner clustering round out the package. The ability to tune the entire group of radios from any receiver is the icing on the cake." A full resolution screen shot can be viewed by clicking here.

 

12/28/2004 - Dxtra Integrates the FCC "Clear Channel" AM Database Into WorldStation™ 3.4

The FCC "clear channel" file has been integrated into the WS 3.4 client. This is helpful to the AM band Dxer who wants to have this information at his or her fingertips. Now when band scanning the AM band, the clear channel information shows up as tooltips auotmatically. A clear channel station typically has a 50,000 watt transmitter that can be heard in a substantial portion of the continental US. Any WS 3.4 customers can request a free upgrade of the software with this new and exciting feature. A link to the relevant FCC page is alo provided as part of the Help menu in the WS 3.4 client GUI (Graphical User Interface).

 

12/24/2004 - Dxtra Ships WorldStation™ 3.4 For The ICOM R-75 Shortwave Receiver

The ICOM R-75 shortwave receiver is now supported by Dxtra. Dxtra is offering a special introductory price of only $29.95 through 12/31/04.

According to Robert Griffin from Dxtra "the ICOM R-75 user community now has full access to all the features of WS 3.4. The R-75 receiver has strong scanning capbilities, which WS 3.4 takes full advantage of. Special attention was paid to such unique R-75 features as the dual-passband controls and extended frequency coverage up to 60 MHz."

 

12/8/2004 - Dxtra Integrates the HFCC Database Into WorldStation™ 3.4

The HFCC database is now included as standard in the shipping version of WS 3.4. The High Frequency Coordination Committee (HFCC.org) produces a detailed set of frequency text files submitted by memebrs of the council. WS 3.4 seamlessly organizes these files into a sophisticated real-time database.

According to Robert Griffin from Dxtra "our customers can now view both the ILG and HFCC databases in real-time side by side. With these two excellent sources of frequency data, the ability to ID a station - on any broadcast frequency - is dramatically improved". In addition, the HFCC database is enhanced with additional columns such as Distance, Azimuth, Sunrise, Sunset times and DRM mode.

 

11/15/2004 - Dxtra Dxtra Ships WorldStation™ 3.4 Bonus Pack #2

Dxtra shipped bonus pack #2 to all 3.4 customers today. Any new purchases of WS 3.4 now include both bonus packs. The new version is availble for immediate purchase in Dxtr's store.

According to Robert Griffin, founder of Dxtra "this upgrade brings unprecedented real-time integration between scanning and the ILG shortwave database or Dxtra's Memory Channel database. Now you can simply "mouse over" an active scan and see program details updated in real-time. This is simply a 'must have' upgrade for the shortwave program listener."

Other features included in the bonus pack include:

- Integrates the "Astro" calculation library into WS 3.4. The ILG  tables now have two new computed columns - sunrise and sunset. Sunrise rows are color-coded "blue", sunset is "red". Good for grey-line propagation studies. Dxtra now adds three compute intensive columns to ILG: Distance, Sunrise and Sunset.

- BOTH ILG tables (i.e. "What's On" and "Frequency lookup" are now integrated in real-time with scanning. Just open the ILG tables as usual. Click on several prime shortwave band and start scanning. As you mouse over the scan panel the ILG data now appears as floating tooltips. This also works for a Memory Table scan as well. Note the cool feature that the mouse over ILG tooltip updates work and change while scanning takes place!

- Even if ILG is not running or there are no database "hits" on a given frequency from ILG - the frequency of a signal bar is computed dynamically as a tooltip as you mouse over. This is a new feature.

- You can now add a Scheduler entry directly from the ILG "What's On" table.

- Mouse-wheel support is now enabled.  The previous GUI release had a driver problem which was corrected in the release I'm using. You can also use the mouse-wheel to tune within the Scan Panels.

- You now have direct access to NOAA web alerts from the Tools menu

- You can see your Purchase ID in Tools now.

- You can now open a local copy of the documentation or refresh it from Dxtra's web site - see Help.

- Many tooltip upgrades

- Internal GUI logic refinments.

- Complete re-write of the core scanning engine routines for better throughput.

 

10/30/2004 - Dxtra Becomes Dealer for the Powermate USB TUning Knob

Dxtra has become a dealer for the Powermate machined aluminum USB tuning knob. The is valuable addition allows you to tune WorldStation™ 3.4 without touching your keyboard or mouse. The Powermate can be now purchased as part of an RX-320 bundle or separately in the store.

 

 

10/28/2004 - Dxtra Ships WorldStation™ 3.4 - Bonus Pack #1

Dxtra has shipped a free upgrade to WorldStation™ 3.4 customers. This valuable upgrade includes a number of unique additions to the program.

Some new WS 3.4 features in bonus pack #1 are:

  1. Added a DRM mode button to the RX-320 GUI. This button mutes the radio's speaker and line volume levels. DRM broadcast use the radio's IF output. Clicking another mode automatically restores the previous volume levels.
  2. Entering a frequency that is outside the range of a currently selected band now forces a reset of the main tuning sliders to the
    default lower and upper limits.
  3. Added an "Animation" toggle to the Tools menu. This allows the frequency display to show frequency changes when scanning. The default state is "on". Previously, only the Scan Panel mini-tuner showed the change.
  4. The configuration file now has an option for the ILG download URL (web site) - it is pre-loaded for you. In the Tools menu, you can now directly download the correct ILG zip database file. Clicking on this choice gives you a standard Windows "File save" dialog box.
  5. In the Help menu on the GUI - the WS 3.4 HTML documentation now automatically refreshes your local copy as a direct web-based download from the dxtra.com website. A local copy is stored in your working directory.
  6. The Scheduler / MP3 recording option now shows the full path of the file being recorded in the status bar of the GUI.

10/20/2004 - Dxtra Ships WorldStation™ 3.4 With New Lower Pricing In Effect

Dxtra is proud to release the latest generation of WorldStation™ software. There are many new ground-breaking features in the new release including:

The new release also has state of the art new "web controller" technology that allows the home user to access an RX-320 from any browser in the world. Please check out the User Guide for complete details on this powerful new generation of WorldStation™ technology.

 

8/15/2004 - Dxtra Releases Software Upgrade For RX-320 Customers

Dxtra has released a bug fix patch for RX-320 customers. All registered customers were sent an email providing the URL for the download. If any registered WS 3.11 customers have not received their upgrade email, they should email Dxtra directly.

10/4/2003 - Dxtra Now Supports the Ten-Tec Orion Transceiver

After five months of intensive development the first copies of WS 3.3 / Orion were distributed at the Ten-Etc factory festival in Reversible Tennessee. This exciting new product marks Dxtra's entry into the amateur transceiver market. The exciting new W 3.3 / Orion raises the technology bar by providing the customer with the world's first "dual GUI" transceiver control software. The Orion is Ten-Tec's new "super rig" high-end transceiver featuring dual 32-bit SHARC DSP processors. WS 3.3 will be available in general release at the end of October.

The latest details on the new Orion software are available on the "WorldStation" Yahoo group.

WS 3.5 / Orion Showing Dual GUI Controlling MAIN and SUB receivers


7/5/2003 - All WS 3.1 Customers Received a Free WS 3.11 Upgrade

Dxtra's WS 3.11 upgrade was rolled out to all WS 3.x customers this week. This was a promised bug fix and enhancement release with over 20 new or improved features. The bug fixes mainly concerned better coordination of the GUI with other parts of the program. Also, the fine tuning logic of the program was upgraded.

In addition, Dxtra's infrastructure was upgraded to support a new browser based software delivery system. In this approach, customers can conveniently click on a link in an email message and the software is automatically download by their browser.

The WS 3.11 software is currently shipping in the store. All new purchaser's will receive the WS 3.11 release. The WS 3.11 release completes the planned upgrades for the WS 3.1 series.

6/18/2003 - WorldStation™ 3.11 / RX-340 Package Now Available in our Store

Ten-Tec has named Dxtra as a re-seller for the RX-340. We previously announced the release of WS 3.1 for the incredible Ten-Tec RX-340 shortwave receiver. Now, Dxtra offers you "one-stop" shopping for your RX-340, bundled with WorldStation™ 3.1. If you are not already familiar with the RX-340, it is one of the highest performance shortwave receivers ever made available to the general public. It is a true "prosumer" high-end receiver. Dxtra now supports Ten-Tec's complete lineup of quality shortwave receivers: the RX-320D, the RX-340 and the RX-350 as a VAR. As you can see from the below screen shot, a great deal of customization was added to the WS 3.1 interface to support the unique features of the RX-340.

WS 3.1 / RX-340 Showing HyperScan scanning multiple bands simultaneously!

As a bonus to purchasers of WS 3.1 / RX-340 we are offering a new automatic mode - DRM (digital shortwave). Ten-Tec has outlined a spec for using the RX-340 to receive DRM transmissions and we have implemented that spec. Additional DRM software is required to decode the DRM transmission. See the User Guide for details. WS 3.1 / RX-340 is also sold separately. If you purchase your RX-340 through us, you receive a substantial discount on your software.

The Ten-Tec RX-340 ultra performance shortwave receiver with sapphire blue display


5/26/2003 - WorldStation™ 3.1 / JRC 535D Now Shipping - ONLY $29.95

We are pleased to release WS 3.1 for the Japan Radio 535D shortwave receiver. The JRC 500 series of radios has been in continuous production for over 10 years and are a mainstay of the SWL community. Now JRC users can enjoy the full benefits of the all-new WS 3.1! WS 3.1 brings unprecedented scanning support to the JRC with Dxtra's exclusive HyperScan™ and clustering technology. All features of WS 3.1 are available to the 535D user including our state-of-the-art real-time ILG database support, memory table scanning, remote networking capability and scheduled listening.

At a special introductory price of only $49.95, Dxtra offers the Drake user a low-cost entry point to enjoy the benefits of WS 3.1. This offer will run through the middle of June, 2003.

JRC users can also update their systems with an RX-320D receiver from Ten-Tec, with our Cluster option. This will provide unattended background scanning, freeing your 535D for listening. The RX-320D also provides a DRM capability as an added bonus. Contract us directly for details on this exciting new capability.

WS 3.1 / JRC 535D Showing HyperScan scanning multiple bands simultaneously!

5/19/2003 - WorldStation™ 3.1 / R8A / R8B Now Shipping - ONLY $49.95

We are pleased to release WS 3.1 for the respected Drake R8A and Drake R8B shortwave receivers. This series of radios has been in continuous production for over 10 years and are a mainstay of the SWL community. Now Drake users can enjoy the full benefits of the all-new WS 3.1! WS 3.1 brings unprecedented scanning support to the Drake with Dxtra's exclusive HyperScan™ and clustering technology. All features of WS 3.1 are available to the Drake user including our state-of-the-art real-time ILG database support, memory table scanning, remote networking capability and scheduled listening.

At a special introductory price of only $49.95, Dxtra offers the Drake user a low-cost entry point to enjoy the benefits of WS 3.1. This offer will run through the end of May, 2003.

Drake users can also update their systems with an RX-320D receiver from Ten-Tec, with our Cluster option. This will provide unattended background scanning, freeing your Drake for listening. The RX-320D also provides a DRM capability for the Drake customer. Contract us directly for details on this exciting new capability.

WS 3.1 / Drake R8A/B Showing HyperScan scanning multiple bands simultaneously!

5/12/2003 - WorldStation™ 3.1 / RX-340 Now Shipping

We are proud to release WS 3.1 for the incredible Ten-Tec RX-340 shortwave receiver. If you are not already familiar with the RX-340, it is probably the highest performance shortwave receiver ever made available to the general public. Dxtra now supports Ten-Tec's complete lineup of quality shortwave receivers: the RX-320D, the RX-340 and the RX-350.

WS 3.1 / RX-340 Showing HyperScan scanning multiple bands simultaneously!

As a bonus to purchasers of WS 3.1 / RX-340 we are offering a new automatic mode - DRM (digital shortwave). Ten-Tec has outlined a spec for using the RX-340 to receive DRM transmissions and we have implemented that spec. Additional DRM software is required to decode the DRM transmission. See the User Guide for details.

The Ten-Tec RX-340 ultra performance shortwave receiver with sapphire blue display

WS 3.1 / RX-340 supports all major features of the RX-340 and has a comprehensive collection of GUI controls (see the GUI screen shot). All WS 3.1 features including HyperScanTM and Clustering are available to the RX-340 customer. The powerful RX-340 with its amazing control suite is not the easiest radio to manually control. WS 3.1 / RX-340 gives you effortless control over this "king of radios".

Below is a flash demo of the WorldStation Cluster™ Edition, which allows the customer to control a bank of RX-320's for scanning. Using this software, scanning takes places in the background while you listen on your primary radio. Any number of RX-320's can be seamlessly added to the scanning cluster the only limiting factor is your number of serial ports! An RX-350 can act as the primary radio as well. A unique "Turbo" feature is also included that allows you to temporarily add your primary radio to the scanning bank for increased performance.

Click here for a flash demo of WorldStationTM 3.1!

WS 3.1 Brings Shortwave Listening to a Whole New Level of Power and Ease of Use

If you are still manually tuning your old shortwave radio, read on to see what you are missing.

  • Full network support for remote access to your RX-350 built-in
  • HyperScanTM scanning technology allow you to scan multiple bands simultaneously. WorldStationTM is the only product on the market with this capability, Our visualization software allows you to see "at a glance" which bands and frequencies are active. But there's more - we include a built-in Scan Manager that calculates statistics on the bands you are monitoring!
  • Extensive support for the ILG shortwave database is built-in, A "What's On" table is `updated every minute to tell you exactly what stations are on the air. Filtering by the language is supported. Negative keyword filtering is supported along with many other enhancements such as calculation of distance and heading from your location.
  • A real-time tuning feature that shows all stations currently broadcasting on a given frequency.
  • Advanced memory file management, including memory file scanning, with nearly 1000 included frequencies.
  • WS 3.1 adds a powerful listening scheduler. You can schedule listening
  • In the following time intervals: Today, Daily, Weekend, Weekday, day of the week, or a specific calendar date. The scheduler checks for active programs once a second when activated. The scheduler is fully integrated with the scanning subsystem and will automatically halt and resume scanning and control of mute and volume levels.