Using the PL-360 AM 7.5" Plug-in Loopsticks on LW

Gary DeBock

Hello All,
For those 7 DXers who have already received the 7.5" AM plug-in loopsticks for the Tecsun PL-360 model (and for the 18 who will), those interested in LW beacon reception should be aware that the AM 7.5" loopsticks also provide quite sensitive LW reception on the frequencies down to about 300 kHz.
Although an LW-optimized 7.5" plug-in loopstick (using a 2000 uh coil of 40/44 Litz wire on a type 33 ferrite bar) has already been tested here, and found to provide optimal reception on the lower (international broadcast) LW frequencies, the AM 7.5" loopstick can also provide quite sensitive LW reception in relation to the stock Tecsun PL-300WT, PL-310, PL-380 and PL-360 models, by virtue of its much longer 7.5" ferrite bar. This can provide a lot of fun for those who wish to chase LW beacons, even without using a custom LW loopstick.
An example of the 7.5" AM loopstick's capability on LW is this recording of the 350-NY and 352-RNT beacons mixing together in Puyallup, WA, shortly after local midnight:  The experimental LW-optimized loopstick is of course more sensitive for beacon reception, but those of you who have already received the 7.5" AM plug-in loopsticks can probably have a lot of fun chasing beacons on the higher LW frequencies, just by using the AM plug-in model you already have.
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

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