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Sony ICF-S10MK2, ICF-38

lrdheat
 

Hi folks,

Decided to try the ICF-S10MK2, and ICF-38 (easily portable, but not ultralight). The S10MK2 is sensitive; daytime can hear (not a strong signal) KTRH Houston 310 miles ENE of Laredo. At night, I listened easily to KNX Los Angeles 1500 miles away, and KCBS San Francisco (1800 miles) on 740, in the null of KTRH Houston 740. In most situations, I could null the locals at night to hear stations 10 KHz away, and in one case, could hear an Austin station (220 miles) in the null on a local's frequency! In the daytime, it was more like 20 or 30 KHz away to null locals above about 1300 KHz on the dial. Didn't hear any mixing products on the dial. Nice crisp sound. Mono...either listen through one ear on a headphone, or get headphones that allow for mono. This set is rated to recieve only up to 1605 KHz, but my example reaches just beyond 1680! About $13 at K-Mart.

The ICF-38 is clearly more sensitive than the S10MK2 (bigger ferrite), is easier to fine tune, is more selective, has a volume control that is esaier to hit a medium volume level on, and is excellent (I'm impressed!) with regard to nulling. It has a high/low tone switch. No mixing products. I had a much easier time nulling our 1490 local to hear a signal on 1480 and 1500 than the S10MK2, and the null covered a greater portion of a 360 degree circle than the S10MK2. This set is also a mono set meaning the same as the S10MK2 when it comes to headphones. Just got this set today, so haven't tried daytime testing...I'm expecting diminished daytime selectivity above 1300 KHz with our locals on 1300,1340,1370,1410,1490,1550. I'll post on that on Tuesday. So far, pleasantly surprised for a $22 radio!

Heatwave


One New UL Log- WKCY 1300

John Cereghin <jcereghin@...>
 

Bit of a dry spell lately but bagged one new station for the UL log tonight:

1300 WKCY Harrisonburg VA, 1650, “Newstalk 1300 WKCY” quick upfade ID,
then gone, heard on the DT-400W barefoot.

UL log #753.


--
John Cereghin WDX3IAO  KB3LYP
Smyrna, Delaware
My radio page www.pilgrimway.org/dx
The Ultralight Scoreboard  www.pilgrimway.org/ulradio


Newfoundland Ultralight Trans-Atlantics Report December 20

Allen Willie
 

Greetings to All,

Another trek to Ladies Lookout on Signal Hill,Newfoundland completed today.

High winds kept this session limited to a half hour or so with one new one logged for the Ultralight and overall log. Time of session was 19:15 UT – 19:45 UT



684-SPAIN. RNE1 – Sevilla,Spain w/ woman in Spanish commentary
720-CYPRUS-BBC Relay Ladie's Mile w/ woman with News in Arabic, many BBC mentions **NEW** (Very Strong for a few minutes) ULR # 501 – Overall # 1425
855-SPAIN-R. Nacional,Murcia w/Spanish commentary by man
864-FRANCE-France Bleue Paris w/ French talk by man
882-ENGLAND-BBC Wales Washford w/ talk,commentary
909-ENGLAND-BBC 5 Live Moorside Edge w/talk
981-ALGERIA-Alger Chaine 2, Ouled Fayet w/ commentary by man
999-SPAIN-COPE Madrid w/ Spanish news
1008-CANARY ISLANDS-R. Punto w/ Spanish talk and music
1035-PORTUGAL-Star FM w/ pop songs ,Everly Brothers
1044-SPAIN-SER San Sebastian w/ commentary by woman in Spanish
1053-LIBYA-R. Jamahiriyah, Tripoli w/ Arabic talk (no England audible)
1098-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 w/ Spanish lively talk
1116-SPAIN-SER Pontevedra w/ Spanish talk
1134-CROATIA-Hrvatske Radio Zadar w/Croatian talk by man (Vy Strong)
1152-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 w/ Spanish talk by man
1314-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 w/ Spanish talk by man
1377-FRANCE-France Info Lille w/ French news by woman
1404-FRANCE-France Info Brest w/ French talk
1413-SPAIN-R. Nacional 5 Jaen w/ Spanish news
1458-ALBANIA-China Radio Relay via Fllake w/ Chinese music
1476-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia Biribilondo w/ Basque talk (Very Strong)
1521-SAUDI ARABIA-BSKSA Duba w/ Arabic talk
1602-SPAIN-Euskadi Irratia, R. Vittoria w/ Spanish commentary (Strong)

Receiver: SRF-M37V barefoot

Good Dx to All

Allen Willie
St. John's,Newfoundland


Re: White Noise PL 606

ef.johnson <ef.johnson@...>
 

Kevin,

You're right, using the Koss equalizer with the G6 introduced noise that was absent on the headphones alone. Also I had a pair of Radio Shack headphones with built in volume controls and tried those--problem solved- no white noise on the PL-606 at all. I don't think there is anything wrong with my PL 606, I just needed a better headphone. For example, WSM booming in tonight like a local, and no background noise with the Radio Shack headphones. Thanks, EF

--- In ultralightdx@..., "dhsatyadhana" <dhsatyadhana@...> wrote:

I just got one of the Koss equalizers, and they too introduce white noise, in fact noticeably more than the radio. Again, the little headphone volume control on the output of the equalizer takes care of it. And yeah, shipping the PL-606 back to Joyce would probably cost quite a pretty penny.

I just tested my Tecsun DSP ULRs. The PL-300WT, PL-310, PL-380 and PL-390 all have about the same amount of the white noise at low volume levels, while the PL-360 has noticeably more (presumably because it has a somewhat lesser audio stage). I don't own the PL-606, so can't say where it falls in the pecking order, although I suspect strongly that it is like the PL-310 et al.

Using the headphone attenuator, all of them (the PL-360 included) needed about 75 ohms of attenuation before the white noise was basically gone. So, it is a cure-all from that perspective, and would be my recommendation rather than shipping the PL-606 back to Joyce.

Kevin



--- In ultralightdx@..., "ef.johnson" <ef.johnson@> wrote:

Thanks for the replies. Since we basically import these radios ourselves for 39.95 I don't know if an exchange is worth it, but I may e-mail Joyce and see. I do have one of the Koss headphone equalizers that I might try to see if it helps.

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@ wrote:

<< Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the breed?
Hi EF,

My Tecsun PL-606 review unit doesn't have the white noise problem you
described. Even with very sensitive headphones plugged in, the volume control
can always reduce the audio level completely down to zero, on all bands.
None of the other PL-606 owners (three that I'm aware of) have reported the
problem, either. Sorry about the inconvenience, but even though Tecsun
generally has a good quality record, not every model comes out trouble-free from
the factory. You might consider asking for repair, or an exchange.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)



In a message dated 12/19/2010 5:23:02 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
ef.johnson@ writes:




Hi all,

I've had this receiver for a few days now, and am bothered by the white
noise in the background, it's especially noticeable when using headphones. I
would describe it as a steady rain sound that's always there, even on the
strong locals. If I turn the volume down to zero, it's still there. There's
nothing like this on my G6 or E-1, so it's not noise coming from in or
around the house. It's on all bands,all selectivity positions, and on the FM as
well. Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the
breed? All the functions work, I have it set for the 10 khz spacing, the
receiver seems to be as sensitive as the G6, but the white noise is distracting
to say the least. At this point, for general listening as well as a travel
radio the G6 wins hands down.

EF


Completion of 7.5" Longwave Plug-in Loopstick Experiments

Gary DeBock
 

Hello All,
 
Thanks to all who have expressed interest in the project to design and create sensitive 7.5" LW plug-in loopsticks for the Tecsun PL-360, and other Tecsun DSP models. Since most of the traditional LW-capable portables (ICF-2010, ICF-SW7600GR, PL-600 etc.) use a broad-banded loopstick design for the reception of both MW and LW signals, the chance to design a unique LW-optimized loopstick for the 153-279 kHz broadcast band (and NDB frequencies) was fascinating, and resulted in several loopstick models which should make the Tecsun DSP Ultralights quite serious LW-DX performers.
 
A new photo album has been uploaded to the Ultralightdx photo site showing several images of the experimentation, including the five LW loopstick models that were constructed on Type 33 ferrite bars, and compared using signal generator and live signal inputs (also pasted below, and posted at http://www.mediafire.com/i/?iv32u55b1ieyd5p ). Although the experimental details will be contained in an upcoming article, the two 1900 uh loopstick models were found to provide the best performance on the 153-279 kHz LW broadcast frequencies, while the two 1400 uh models were found to have a sensitivity edge on the higher NDB frequencies. Those DXers who have expressed interest an interest in ordering the LW plug-in loopsticks will have a choice of which style they prefer, and the first of the new LW loopsticks should be shipped out this week.. 
 
73 and Good DX,
Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
                                                                                
 
 


Newfoundland Ultralight Mini-Dxpedition @ Old Perlican,Newfoundland Dec 18-19

seta <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Sorry, forgot to confirm QTH : southwest coast of the UK
Michael

----- Original Message -----
From: "seta" <michael.setaazul@...>
To: <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:50 PM
Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Newfoundland Ultralight Mini-Dxpedition @ Old Perlican,Newfoundland Dec 18-19


Strange propagation. A few days ago, I was looking for local weather on my SRF-59 at local daybreak
and happened on clear Newfoundland weather instead :-) Being a SRF-59, I am not sure of the frequency,
but reception was almost local in quality.

Michael


----- Original Message -----
From: "vo1_001_swl" <vo1_001_swl@...>
To: <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:33 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Newfoundland Ultralight Mini-Dxpedition @ Old Perlican,Newfoundland Dec 18-19


Hello To All,

This past weekend Dianne and I headed out to Old Perlican ,Newfoundland for a pre-Christmas get together with family where we
once again completed yet another mini-Dxpedition using the ultralight machines.

This time propagation was very similar to the last time we were out, in that Trans-Atlantics signals really didn't
materialize again and the night's activity quickly changed to chasing domestic DX.


Re: Newfoundland Ultralight Mini-Dxpedition @ Old Perlican,Newfoundland Dec 18-19

seta <michael.setaazul@...>
 

Strange propagation. A few days ago, I was looking for local weather on my SRF-59 at local daybreak
and happened on clear Newfoundland weather instead :-) Being a SRF-59, I am not sure of the frequency,
but reception was almost local in quality.

Michael

----- Original Message -----
From: "vo1_001_swl" <vo1_001_swl@...>
To: <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:33 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Newfoundland Ultralight Mini-Dxpedition @ Old Perlican,Newfoundland Dec 18-19


Hello To All,

This past weekend Dianne and I headed out to Old Perlican ,Newfoundland for a pre-Christmas get together with family where we
once again completed yet another mini-Dxpedition using the ultralight machines.

This time propagation was very similar to the last time we were out, in that Trans-Atlantics signals really didn't
materialize again and the night's activity quickly changed to chasing domestic DX.


Newfoundland Ultralight Mini-Dxpedition @ Old Perlican,Newfoundland Dec 18-19

Allen Willie
 

Hello To All,

This past weekend Dianne and I headed out to Old Perlican ,Newfoundland for a pre-Christmas get together with family where we once again completed yet another mini-Dxpedition using the ultralight machines.

This time propagation was very similar to the last time we were out, in that Trans-Atlantics signals really didn't materialize again and the night's activity quickly changed to chasing domestic DX.

Dianne added 7 new stations to her totals and I logged another 8 new ones plus one new state … Oklahoma. With the new additions to the log I finally reached the 500 stations heard mark on the ULR's


Here are the completed logs below of what was heard.


http://cangoose.freehostia.com/perlican2.htm




Receivers: SRF-M37V & SRF-39FP barefoot

Good DX

Allen Willie/Dianne Froude
St. John's,Newfoundland


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

Brian
 

Kevin,
         Thank you for the comments and comparison.
It was an emotive subject for me trying to get a DT-400W after joining the ultralightdx group
none of the companies I contacted in the US wanted to sell me one.
Their answers ranged from too expensive to ship to it will not work in the UK !!!!!
One Canadian company offered me one at $59 plus $79 shipping hi!
Eventually via the kindness of a group member I had one brought over by hand from the US.
Along the way Sangean HQ told me sadly they were not allowed to sell in Europe.
The whole business seemed an odd sales strategy, any way I got one in the end.
                                                     Regards,
                                                        72, Brian.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 4:33 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

 


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi Brian:

It looks like the Sangean DT-250 is the Euro version of the DT400W:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/SANGEAN-SG0033-Sangean-DT-250-pocket/dp/B001F4ZWKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292862462&sr=1-1

It's silver rather than yellow, has no weather band, and presumably has full 520-1710 coverage when switched to 10 khz spacing.

Kevin

--- In ultralightdx@..., "brian nsl" <brian.nsl@...> wrote:

Peter,
I obviously somehow misinterpreted your comments regarding the Tecsun.
When I was trying to buy a Sangean DT-400W and contacted Roberts about their
equivalent model, they said they had never heard of Sangean thus could not offer
a comparison !!!!!
All a bit odd hi!
72, Brian.

----- Original Message -----
From: pe1etr
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:41 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

seta <michael.setaazul@...>
 

This would be ideal fodder to leak to wicked leaks...

Michael

----- Original Message -----------------------------------------

From: "brian nsl" <brian.nsl@...>

Subject: Re: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio


. . . . When I was trying to buy a Sangean DT-400W and contacted Roberts about their
equivalent model, they said they had never heard of Sangean thus could not offer
a comparison !!!!!
All a bit odd hi!
72, Brian.


Re: White Noise PL 606

Kevin Schanilec
 

I just got one of the Koss equalizers, and they too introduce white noise, in fact noticeably more than the radio. Again, the little headphone volume control on the output of the equalizer takes care of it. And yeah, shipping the PL-606 back to Joyce would probably cost quite a pretty penny.

I just tested my Tecsun DSP ULRs. The PL-300WT, PL-310, PL-380 and PL-390 all have about the same amount of the white noise at low volume levels, while the PL-360 has noticeably more (presumably because it has a somewhat lesser audio stage). I don't own the PL-606, so can't say where it falls in the pecking order, although I suspect strongly that it is like the PL-310 et al.

Using the headphone attenuator, all of them (the PL-360 included) needed about 75 ohms of attenuation before the white noise was basically gone. So, it is a cure-all from that perspective, and would be my recommendation rather than shipping the PL-606 back to Joyce.

Kevin

--- In ultralightdx@..., "ef.johnson" <ef.johnson@...> wrote:

Thanks for the replies. Since we basically import these radios ourselves for 39.95 I don't know if an exchange is worth it, but I may e-mail Joyce and see. I do have one of the Koss headphone equalizers that I might try to see if it helps.

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@ wrote:

<< Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the breed?
Hi EF,

My Tecsun PL-606 review unit doesn't have the white noise problem you
described. Even with very sensitive headphones plugged in, the volume control
can always reduce the audio level completely down to zero, on all bands.
None of the other PL-606 owners (three that I'm aware of) have reported the
problem, either. Sorry about the inconvenience, but even though Tecsun
generally has a good quality record, not every model comes out trouble-free from
the factory. You might consider asking for repair, or an exchange.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)



In a message dated 12/19/2010 5:23:02 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
ef.johnson@ writes:




Hi all,

I've had this receiver for a few days now, and am bothered by the white
noise in the background, it's especially noticeable when using headphones. I
would describe it as a steady rain sound that's always there, even on the
strong locals. If I turn the volume down to zero, it's still there. There's
nothing like this on my G6 or E-1, so it's not noise coming from in or
around the house. It's on all bands,all selectivity positions, and on the FM as
well. Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the
breed? All the functions work, I have it set for the 10 khz spacing, the
receiver seems to be as sensitive as the G6, but the white noise is distracting
to say the least. At this point, for general listening as well as a travel
radio the G6 wins hands down.

EF


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

Brian
 

Peter,                
         I obviously somehow misinterpreted your comments regarding the Tecsun.
When I was trying to buy a Sangean DT-400W and contacted Roberts about their
equivalent model, they said they had never heard of Sangean thus could not offer
a comparison !!!!!
All a bit odd hi!
                                                 72, Brian.
 

----- Original Message -----
From: pe1etr
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:41 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio


ULR DX......NEW Station heard at SUNRISE Today..........1460 WKAM Goshen, INDIANA

robert ross
 

HI Guys:

Tuned around a little at Sunrise today since I am on Holidays and didn't have to leave early for work. One New Station logged on the ULR, however it is a RELOG for the OVERALL LOG. I last heard WKAM on Dec. 05 1979...so it has been quite a while since this station made it to my location!!!

Radio Used..........................SONY SRF-T615 ULR BAREFOOT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULR LOG TOTALS are now...............855 STATIONS Heard
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73....ROB VA3SW

Robert S. Ross
London, Ontario CANADA

*********************************************************************************************
1460 WKAM Goshen, INDIANA Dec/20/10 0701 EST SPANISH FAIR
Male DJ with English ID @ 0701 EST as "WKAM". Into spirited SPANISH TALK by male DJ
0701-02 EST. Mixing with several other stations @ 0702. Female with SPANISH TALK @
0704 when it faded out.

RELOG.........But NEW ULR # 855 2.5 KW/500 Watts Nights
ROSS, ONTARIO
**********************************************************************************************


Re: White Noise PL 606

ef.johnson <ef.johnson@...>
 

Thanks for the replies. Since we basically import these radios ourselves for 39.95 I don't know if an exchange is worth it, but I may e-mail Joyce and see. I do have one of the Koss headphone equalizers that I might try to see if it helps.

--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

<< Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the breed?
Hi EF,

My Tecsun PL-606 review unit doesn't have the white noise problem you
described. Even with very sensitive headphones plugged in, the volume control
can always reduce the audio level completely down to zero, on all bands.
None of the other PL-606 owners (three that I'm aware of) have reported the
problem, either. Sorry about the inconvenience, but even though Tecsun
generally has a good quality record, not every model comes out trouble-free from
the factory. You might consider asking for repair, or an exchange.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)



In a message dated 12/19/2010 5:23:02 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
ef.johnson@... writes:




Hi all,

I've had this receiver for a few days now, and am bothered by the white
noise in the background, it's especially noticeable when using headphones. I
would describe it as a steady rain sound that's always there, even on the
strong locals. If I turn the volume down to zero, it's still there. There's
nothing like this on my G6 or E-1, so it's not noise coming from in or
around the house. It's on all bands,all selectivity positions, and on the FM as
well. Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the
breed? All the functions work, I have it set for the 10 khz spacing, the
receiver seems to be as sensitive as the G6, but the white noise is distracting
to say the least. At this point, for general listening as well as a travel
radio the G6 wins hands down.

EF


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

Peter 1956
 

Roberts are an old, established British Radio manufacturer. These days they don't manufacturer their own radios, they sell re-badged Sangean Radios. Roberts and Sangean are not the same company.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "brian nsl" <brian.nsl@...> wrote:

Michael,
It was the Tecsun bit that surprised me most.
All the models I have seen mentioned in use are US based.
I have been told Sangean are alleged the same as Roberts
( though Roberts deny this fact ).
Brian.
----- Original Message -----
From: bty49514
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 9:07 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

Peter 1956
 

Brian,
No, I never said that! I said Maplin sell the Eton G8, which is actually a Tecsun PL-300wt, and Comet sell the Sony SRF-59. Clear now? :-)

Peter

--- In ultralightdx@..., "brian nsl" <brian.nsl@...> wrote:

Peter,
Are you saying that Maplin and Comet both sell Tecsun ????
That would surprise me from my search results.
72, Brian.
----- Original Message -----
From: pe1etr
To: ultralightdx@...
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 11:25 AM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio



The Eton G8 aka Tecsun PL-300wt (£50) and Sony SRF-59 (£20)are both still available (I have both) via well-known UK retailers Maplin and Comet respectively.

Peter, Blackpool UK


Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

Brian
 

Michael,
            It was the Tecsun bit that surprised me most.
All the models I have seen mentioned in use are US based.
I have been told  Sangean are alleged the same as Roberts 
( though Roberts deny this fact ).
                                         Brian.

----- Original Message -----
From: bty49514
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 9:07 PM
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio

 


 


Re: White Noise PL 606

Kevin Schanilec
 

Hi EF:

I too hear the white noise - my high-frequency hearing is still quite good, so I am very sensitive to it. I hear it on all of my ULRs to one extent or another, and even on larger portables.

Fortunately there is a cheap and effective fix for headphone use: a volume attenuator, such as the Radio Shack model:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102975
There are dual 470 ohm potentiometers in there.

By adding some attenuation and then turning up the radio's volume a couple more notches to compensate, the white noise is gone. There are apparently two reasons: one is that the radio's volume is much higher above its own noise floor. Also, my forays into audiophile-dome indicate that part of the problem is that many headphones have low impedances, which also leads to the noise; the attenuator adds a bunch more impedance.

At any rate, I now have 2-3 of these headphone volume attenuators here at home to make sure I can find at least one of them to listen with, and couldn't live without them. Since they have a very fine degree of control, I also use them to cut the volume wwaayy low when drifting off to sleep with ear buds on, and also to provide the proper signal level for recording into my little Olympus digital voice recorder (which would otherwise distort when fed through the MIC jack). I also use one to pipe the radio's audio into a nice 3-piece computer speaker system.

If the speaker also has the white noise, prying the case open and placing a small-value resistor in series with the speaker may do the trick, mimicking what the headphone volume attenuator does.

Hope this helps - Kevin S

--- In ultralightdx@..., "ef.johnson" <ef.johnson@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I've had this receiver for a few days now, and am bothered by the white noise in the background, it's especially noticeable when using headphones. I would describe it as a steady rain sound that's always there, even on the strong locals. If I turn the volume down to zero, it's still there. There's nothing like this on my G6 or E-1, so it's not noise coming from in or around the house. It's on all bands,all selectivity positions, and on the FM as well. Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the breed? All the functions work, I have it set for the 10 khz spacing, the receiver seems to be as sensitive as the G6, but the white noise is distracting to say the least. At this point, for general listening as well as a travel radio the G6 wins hands down.

EF


Re: White Noise PL 606

Gary DeBock
 

<< Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the breed?  >>
 
Hi EF,
 
My Tecsun PL-606 review unit doesn't have the white noise problem you described. Even with very sensitive headphones plugged in, the volume control can always reduce the audio level completely down to zero, on all bands. None of the other PL-606 owners (three that I'm aware of) have reported the problem, either. Sorry about the inconvenience, but even though Tecsun generally has a good quality record, not every model comes out trouble-free from the factory. You might consider asking for repair, or an exchange.
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)
 
 

In a message dated 12/19/2010 5:23:02 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, ef.johnson@... writes:
 

Hi all,

I've had this receiver for a few days now, and am bothered by the white noise in the background, it's especially noticeable when using headphones. I would describe it as a steady rain sound that's always there, even on the strong locals. If I turn the volume down to zero, it's still there. There's nothing like this on my G6 or E-1, so it's not noise coming from in or around the house. It's on all bands,all selectivity positions, and on the FM as well. Anyone else have this, or is this 606 just a bad example of the breed? All the functions work, I have it set for the 10 khz spacing, the receiver seems to be as sensitive as the G6, but the white noise is distracting to say the least. At this point, for general listening as well as a travel radio the G6 wins hands down.

EF