Tecsun PL-360 Plug-in Loopsticks-- Huge AM Sensitivity Boosts


Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
The Tecsun PL-360 is one of the smallest Si4734 DSP-chip Ultralights, with a rather modest stock loopstick. It has fixed 3 kHz DSP selectivity, and fully enabled soft mute-- similar to the Tecsun PL-300WT/ Grundig G8 models. But is does one have one stellar quality that is unique among the DSP Ultralights produced so far-- the loopstick is of a plug-in variety, using a standard RCA phono plug. The owner can switch to an extremely sensitive 7.5" Amidon loopstick within a couple of seconds, without doing any "surgery" to the radio at all.
 
Today the first Amidon 7.5" plug-in loopstick for the PL-360 was created here, and it transforms this modest radio into a extremely sensitive DX chaser, fully equal to the E100 Sliders, 7.5" loopstick PL-380's and other DXing sensations. Both sensitivity and nulling ability are the equal of any other modified Ultralight, and the fact that a user can obtain this massive AM sensitivity boost without any modification to the radio is very exciting. For domestic DXers who don't usually need 1 kHz DSP selectivity, this radio may become a dream machine.
 
The stock 300 uh loopstick coil can easily be replaced with a plug-in design of the user's choice, and besides the 450 uh type 61 7.5" loopstick model shown, a medium-sized loopstick (on a different length of type 61 bar) will shortly be tested out here. The plug-in loopsticks may well make this model one of the most popular Ultralights for domestic DXers, and an ideal platform for loopstick experimentation.
 
73 and Good DX, 
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
                                                                         
                                                                                 

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