Re: Tecsun PL-360 7.5" Plug-in Loopstick Project Update

Gary DeBock

Thanks Tony,
Your 7.5" plug-in loopstick package is traveling faster than expected, considering that it's a weekend with NHL playoff distractions :-) A Monday arrival would be great.
Yes, 1134-Croatia made a few booming appearances even right here in western Washington last fall, and it's too bad they cut their hours. On peak evenings they would fade in around 5 PM here in October, and stick around until about 8:30 PM. I was able to receive it barefoot on a stock PL-310 (the only TA ever received barefoot here), and boost up its signal to a very healthy level with the 6' PVC tuned passive loop in the back yard.
Tony, I hope you will have as much fun with your 7.5" plug-in loopstick as I've had making them (and sending them out). There is something weirdly fun about boosting up the AM sensitivity of this "Clark Kent" radio, and making it a super DX performer!  
73, Gary   
In a message dated 5/15/2010 12:41:59 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, tonyward@... writes:

Mine is sitting in  Mississauga Postal Centre (the other side of Toronto), where it arrived at 3 am this morning, according to tracking. I am looking forward to plugging it in when it finishes the final 65 miles of its journey Gary, possibly as early as Monday as it is through Customs already. I am also warming up a few of my classic Sonys --- like the 2010 --- and hope to have time to play with this little beauty on other, less elaborate circuits. No doubt I will have to prod it to resonate it off the 360. Now if only 1134 Croatia hadn't chopped their evening hours a couple of months ago --- I was hearing that barefoot nightly on the PL380 not so vry long ago ...
Your efforts, and contribution to the hobby, is very much appreciated by me, and all others whose opposing thumbs are opposed mostly (it seems) to fine work Gary, and I thank you on behalf of Klutzes everywhere!
Tony (VE3NO) ComputerViz, NYAA Starfest On-Line


Now spending the BBQ Season channelling the Inner Carbon of Cows...

From: "D1028Gary@..."
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sat, May 15, 2010 3:12:29 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Tecsun PL-360 7.5" Plug-in Loopstick Project Update

Hello All,
Thanks to Richard and Kevin for their initial DXing reports on these PL-360 7.5" upgrade loopsticks. The concept of plugging in a highly sensitive loopstick to this DSP model appears to be very popular, and serious orders have been placed with Amidon (and other suppliers) to keep up with the demand.
7.5" Loopsticks have already been shipped to Richard, Kevin, Tony, Greg, and Barry. Phil's package will go out today, and John's should go out Monday. Many more loopsticks are currently being constructed for deserving DXers, and the "mini-factory" here should be in operation for at least another month. Those DXers who have expressed interest in the loopsticks may receive them a little sooner than expected, due to improvements in the construction process.
Since the project offers a rare opportunity for non-technical DXers to receive a huge AM (or LW) sensitivity boost without any radio modification, these 7.5" plug-in loopsticks are being offered at cost only, with charges only for material and shipping ($31 total, for North American DXers). With over 20 orders already, however, a maximum of 25 loopsticks for the current project is planned, to provide time for other upcoming hobby and family projects.
Initial work has also started on a new project to modify Tecsun PL-380 units (with their awesome 1 kHz DSP selectivity) to accept these 7.5" plug-in loopsticks, designed for the PL-360. The electrical modification is very simple, and only a few more mechanical refinements in the design will be necessary. Those who have purchased these monster plug-in loopsticks for the PL-360 may have yet another transoceanic DX-chasing option, just in time for the Fall TA and TP-chasing season :-)
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

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