Re: PL-360? anyone have one yet?

Gary DeBock

Hello Jack (and Tony),
Thanks for your question, and I'm happy to hear about your PL-380 purchase based on my articles.
Like Tony mentioned, the Tecsun PL-380 (like the PL-310) has a dual tuning rate on the AM and other bands, which is selected according to the user's rotation of the tuning thumbwheel. When the user rotates the thumbwheel at a fast rate on the AM band, the tuning is performed at 10 kHz steps. When the thumbwheel rotation slows down, the tuning rate is switched to 1 kHz steps. This dual tuning rate system cannot be switched off (like on the PL-300WT/ G8 models), and takes some time to master. As you might guess, it is not universally popular with DXers, but does seem to work fairly well in most situations.
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA) 
In a message dated 3/9/2010 4:30:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, jleonard@... writes:


Hello Gary, no I don't have a 360 but I just rec'd today a PL-380 based on your shoot out results and review but I'm having some trouble tuning it. I followed the manual and set 10Khz tuning steps and it will tune in 10khz steps using the "vf" key but I can't seem to get it to tune in 10khz uning the thumbwheel, when I hit the "vf" of course it is scanning quickly thru and only stops on strong signals. Is there any way to tune manually in 10Khz increments? Am I missing something here?
Jack Leonard

--- In, D1028Gary@... wrote:
> Hello Farmerik,
> The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the new models here, but unfortunately there
> hasn't been time yet to tinker around with external air core loops directly
> connected to the plug-in jack. There are several experimental projects
> competing for time here, but I hope to do this as part of the upcoming PL-360
> review article.
> The PL-360 (with the plug-in stock loopstick) does have great inductive
> coupling with the PVC-framed air core loops here, although the fixed 3 kHz DSP
> selectivity makes the model less than ideal for 9 kHz-split DXing. The
> PL-310 and PL-380 would be much better choices for those hobbyists interested
> in transoceanic DXing.
> 73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
> In a message dated 3/6/2010 1:52:57 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> farmerik@... writes:
> I was curious if anyone had the PL-360 yet, and if so how it works with an
> external loop antenna like the Terk or Tecsun directly connected to the
> radio. - FARMERIK

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