Re: G8 traveler II stock ferrite antenna bllues
Thanks for your comments, and welcome to the Ultralightdx group!
We were all pretty excited when the first Tecsun PL-300WT/ Grundig G8's arrived in North America, introducing the Si4734 DSP chip's various innovations. At the time we thought that the fixed 3 kHz DSP filtering was quite a breakthrough in comparison to traditional AM radio designs, since selectivity was greatly enhanced.
When the Kchibo D96L, Tecsun PL-310 and PL-380 models came out, however, we quickly became spoiled with the full range of DSP filtering options available from the chip, including the 1 kHz filtering used by transoceanic AM-DXing fanatics (like myself) to chase TA's and TP's. As a result, a lot of the experimentation being done on the PL-300WT/ G8 models was shifted over to the newer DSP radios. Although the PL-360 also has fixed 3 kHz filtering, it is popular with tinkerers because of the plug-in antenna jack, which provides a perfect way to test out different antennas without the need to modify the radio circuitry. The PL-300WT/ G8 models remain quite popular as FM receivers, however, with sensitivity and selectivity far superior to that of most FM portables.
There has been quite a lot of experimentation with both the PL-360 and PL-380 models recently, in case you wish to try some tinkering with either model after they arrive from Hong Kong. Welcome again to the group, Dave, and good luck in your DXing!
73, Gary DeBock, N7EKX (in Puyallup, WA)
In a message dated 8/4/2010 1:10:23 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, dmccorm@... writes: