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Re: DXing tomorrow AM from Pimentel, Peru

robert ross
 

At 07:12 PM 9/14/2008, you wrote:

I'm using a hotrodded E100 and a Kaito 1103 spotting receiver, both of
which have` been modified to connect directly to the BOG.h

I'm afraid that this will be my only opportunity to DX from the coast as
there are security problems in Trujillo (our next stop south of Chiclayo
and then we head into the Andes. I'll definitely do a night bandscan from
Macchu Picchu, tho.
John B.
Chiclayo, Peru

John....Glad to hear you are having Fun in Peru and getting to see lots of
Interesting Stuff....that most of us will never get to see!!

Good luck out on the pier.....hope the DX is wailing onto the Pier for
you...and be careful out there!!

You realize that you may very well make the VERY FIRST Ultralight
Logging from PERU!! Everything you hear will be a record for PERU!!

Let us know how you do.

73.......ROB.



Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Tonight's ULTRALIGHT Sunset Skip Loggings.....2 New Stations for ULR LOG

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Tonight the conditions seemed quite good......and I was able to log 2
New Stations for the ULR Log....but Both were on 1570 Khz!! This frequency
is a TOUGH ONE for me here ...as I live near a Hospital....and I get some
kind of interference on 1570 Khz constantly....which I believe comes from
the Hospital. I want to say the constant noise on that frequency sounds
like a Dialysis Machine.....even though I'm not sure exactly what they
sound like!! In any event...the Crud on 1570 wasn't as bad tonight...and 2
New ULR Stations are the result.

Radio used for these Loggings is...................SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Total ULR Stations Heard is now.................. 471 Stations
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73......ROB.

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1570 WFLR Dundee, NY Sept/14/08 1755 EDT EE GOOD
Nascar Race just ended. Sponsors Listed. ESPN Promos. ID as "Your Finger
Lakes Station for NASCAR" @ 1759. Also ID as "Finger Lakes News Network".

RELOG.........But NEW for ULR LOG ULR # 470 5 KW/442 Watts N.
ROSS, ONT.
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1570 WWCK Flint, MICH. Sept/14/08 1920 EDT EE GOOD
ID by Male DJ as "SUPERTALK 1570 WECK". Into Talk by Male Host.

RELOG......But NEW for ULR LOG ULR # 471 1 KW/179 Watts N.
ROSS, ONT.
***********************************************************************************************

73....................ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

Defy Physics.....Play Table Tennis!! (Ping Pong with an Attitude)
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Re: DXing tomorrow AM from Pimentel, Peru

Guy Atkins
 

Good luck with the DX locations, John! 
 
You weren't kiddin' when you said it was visible on Google Earth. It sticks out like a sore thumb. I also looked at all the photos associated with the pier, and I see that a powerline runs the full length of the pier...hope that's not a problem. I also noted that the boards in the pier look very treacherous--lots of big gaps and broken planks that you could twist an ankle on! Take care out there in the middle of the night.
 
I wonder if you'll encounter any fishermen at that early hour as they get ready to shove off for their fishing expedition for the day. They might think you're putting out 400 feet of free fishing line for them  :^)  
 
I have a suspicion you'll find the beaches to the south a lot more suitable, but good luck in any event; we look forward to hearing your results.
 
73,
 
Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA USA
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...]On Behalf Of John H. Bryant
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008 4:14 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] DXing tomorrow AM from Pimentel, Peru

We've been in Peru for four days, having a great time seeing pre-Inca archeology on the North Coast and staying at Chiclayo.  I've arranged through friends of friends (with a cousin or two thrown in) to be met by a car at our hotel at 2:30AM local time.  We'll drive about 20 minutes straight west of Chiclayo to the little beach community of Pimentel.  There is a 600 foot pier extending into the open Pacific, pointing SW  at Australia that is easily visible on Google earth. Unless the pier is too noisy, I'll string out a 400 foot BOG on the pier (that would be a BOP, I believe!) and DX from there from 0900 to 1200 UTC on Monday.

If the pier is too noisy, we'll go just south of Pimentel on the Pan-Am highway and string a 400 foot BOG onto the sand.

I'm using a hotrodded E100 and a Kaito 1103 spotting receiver, both of which have` been modified to connect directly to the BOG.h

I'm afraid that this will be my only opportunity to DX from the coast as there are security problems in Trujillo (our next stop south of Chiclayo and then we head into the Andes.  I'll definitely do a night bandscan from Macchu Picchu, tho.

Very encouraged about the reports of TP conditions this morning, even if you guys couldn't get up at a reasonable hopur :>)

John B.
Chiclayo, Peru


Re: another SRF-59

Guy Atkins
 

Hi Tim,
 
Actually, most if not all modern, portable AM radios have the same adjustment point. I've made the 1400 kHz trimmer adjustment on the SRF-T615, DT-200VX, and the E100 models, for example.
 
These adjustment trimmer caps really vary in accessibility though, from very easy to impossible to do with out a custom extender board or jumper wires (in the case of radios like the Sangeans with dual PCBs).
 
73,
 
Guy Atkins
Puyallup, WA USA
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: ultralightdx@... [mailto:ultralightdx@...]On Behalf Of Tim Davisson
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008 3:22 PM
To: ultralightdx@...
Subject: [ultralightdx] another SRF-59

Today I purchased another SRF-59 at the Tallmadge (Ohio) K-Mart store.
$14.99 + tax. And, they had 2 or 3 of them.

So, I now have 2 good 59's, and my original one...with the scratching
noise/defective capacitor, I believe it is. So, I have a back-
up/spare.

Thanks Gary for alignment info. In older radios I've heard about a
screw you could turn to peak a signal on 1400kHz...but I hadn't
thought about that in decades. I'm sure there's no screw for such an
adjustment in modern radios!

.


DXing tomorrow AM from Pimentel, Peru

John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
 

We've been in Peru for four days, having a great time seeing pre-Inca archeology on the North Coast and staying at Chiclayo.  I've arranged through friends of friends (with a cousin or two thrown in) to be met by a car at our hotel at 2:30AM local time.  We'll drive about 20 minutes straight west of Chiclayo to the little beach community of Pimentel.  There is a 600 foot pier extending into the open Pacific, pointing SW  at Australia that is easily visible on Google earth. Unless the pier is too noisy, I'll string out a 400 foot BOG on the pier (that would be a BOP, I believe!) and DX from there from 0900 to 1200 UTC on Monday.

If the pier is too noisy, we'll go just south of Pimentel on the Pan-Am highway and string a 400 foot BOG onto the sand.

I'm using a hotrodded E100 and a Kaito 1103 spotting receiver, both of which have` been modified to connect directly to the BOG.h

I'm afraid that this will be my only opportunity to DX from the coast as there are security problems in Trujillo (our next stop south of Chiclayo and then we head into the Andes.  I'll definitely do a night bandscan from Macchu Picchu, tho.

Very encouraged about the reports of TP conditions this morning, even if you guys couldn't get up at a reasonable hopur :>)

John B.
Chiclayo, Peru


another SRF-59

Tim Davisson
 

Today I purchased another SRF-59 at the Tallmadge (Ohio) K-Mart store.
$14.99 + tax. And, they had 2 or 3 of them.

So, I now have 2 good 59's, and my original one...with the scratching
noise/defective capacitor, I believe it is. So, I have a back-
up/spare.

Thanks Gary for alignment info. In older radios I've heard about a
screw you could turn to peak a signal on 1400kHz...but I hadn't
thought about that in decades. I'm sure there's no screw for such an
adjustment in modern radios!

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio (near Akron)


Re: DXing tomorrow AM from Pimentel, Peru

Gary DeBock
 

Hi John,
 
     Good luck on chasing the TP's and DU's tomorrow-- or maybe down there they are UP's and HU's?? (Upper Pacifics and Here Unders). 
 
     It will be very interesting to know what your modified E100 and the Kaito 1103 can hear from Pimentel, Peru.  If this morning's superb conditions continue tomorrow, you should have a fantastic time right on that ocean beach pier.
 
     Yes, it was the worst possible morning to sleep in, although at 1330 there was still enough exceptional propagation to log 639-CNR1 in Beijing, 675-Hohhot (presumed), and 918-Shandong, all on the modified E100 with the 7.5" Slider loopstick.  Only 5 more Ultralight TP's, and I'll be ready for the "Master Ultralight TP DXer" award--  which you qualified for way back in July after two trips to Grayland with the Wellbrook array :>)
 
     73,  Gary




Re: Question about Sony ICF-S5W

texnote
 

Gary,

Great information! Thanks.

Here are some photos I found:

http://radiokobo.sakura.ne.jp/G/tr-radio2/sony.html

Paul


Re: Gary: "alignment"??

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Tim,
 
     Alignment of the SRF-59 (or any portable) involves these steps:
 
1)  Ensure standard frequency coverage of 520- 1750 kHz, and ensure that the tuner's 530 kHz position matches that of the dial needle.  If necessary, tweak the necessary components (trimmer on the tuner and slug in the circuit board's AM transformer) to provide necessary coverage and/or dial needle matching.  
 
2)  Peak the low-band sensitivity by sliding the smaller loopstick coil along the ferrite bar, to maximize the signal from a weak station anywhere from 570- 630 kHz.
 
3)  Peak the high-band sensitivity by adjusting the 1400 kHz trimmer cap on the tuner, to maximize the signal from a weak station anywhere from 1360-1440 kHz.
 
4)  Reassemble the radio, and check the high and low-band sensitivity against a radio known to be very sensitive.  If sensitivity is comparable to the test radio, the procedure is a success, and maximum DXing fun is guaranteed!
 
     73,  Gary     




Re: Scratchy noises while tuning (was: Re: get 'em while they'...

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Dennis,
 
     Rob Ross and I are "war buddies" from the earliest days of Ultralight radio DX, so we get a little enthusiastic when we talk to each other.
 
     Back in December when the general AM-DX community thought we were a temporary fad, I sent 7 SRF-59 samples to Canada, in appreciation of Colin Newell's support of Ultralight Radio (and the posting of the SRF-59 review on dxer.ca).  I don't know if the other 6 samples to Canada were ever used much, but I DO know that the one sent to Rob Ross was absolutely MAXED OUT as he started logging 300 stations in 30 days, to prove to anybody and everybody that Ultralight Radio DXing was here to stay!
 
     After that, Rob and I have gone on to buy E100's together on eBay, serve on the Awards Committee together, and currently plan to attempt injecting some Ultralight radio enthusiasm into a certain AM-DX club that could really use it.
 
     If you think the emails to the Yahoo list are pretty wild, you should see the private ones we send to each other :>)
 
     73, Gary




Late Night ULTRALIGHT DX Loggings......2 NEW STNS ...Plus a BEACON!!!!

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Did some Late Night/Early Morning ULTRALIGHT DX'ing last night and
logged a couple of Nice Catches plus another AERO BEACON!!! Since there are
a few Aero Beacons very close to the start of the Broadcast Band near 530
Khz......it's possible to hear some of them even though you are not exactly
on the Beacon's Frequency!! This is the 2nd Beacon I have logged on my
Ultralights.....

Radio Used for these Loggings is..............SANGEAN DT-400W Ultralight.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

ULTRALIGHT TOTAL Stations Heard is now.......................469 Stations.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Here's what I Logged last night.......

73..............ROB.

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529 LYQ Manchester, TENN. Sept/14/08 0019 EDT MORSE/EE GOOD
Continuous Loop Morse Code ID as "LYQ". Slow Speed Morse Code. Under the 2
Stations on 530 Khz.

NEW BEACON #2 50 WATTS
ROSS, ONT.
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940 CJGX Yorkton, SASK. Sept/14/08 0113 EDT EE FAIR
Under CINW Montreal. Nice ID by Male DJ as "Here on GX-94". Male DJ Spoke.
Into Post Game Football Show for the BC Lions VS Sask RoughRiders Game
@ 0117. Massey Ferguson Combine Ad @ 0118 EDT.Back to Post Game Show.

RELOG.....But NEW to ULR LOG........ ULR # 468 50/10KW
ROSS, ONT.
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1330 WYRD Greenville, SC Sept/14/08 0159 EDT EE GOOD
ID as "Here's the WORD FORECAST" by Female DJ @ 0159 EDT.
ID given at the beginning and End of the WEather. Male DJ with "WORD NEWS"
@ 0200 EDT.

This Station runs Parallel to WORD 950 Khz.

NEW CALLS for OVERALL LOG....NEW to ULR LOG.........ULR # 469 5 KW
ROSS, ONT.
*****************************************************************************************************

73......ROB.


Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

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Gary: "alignment"??

Tim Davisson
 

OK...I'll make myself look stupid. But, I want to know the answer,
LOL, hi, hi:

Gary...when you say you "aligned" a radio...what do you mean? Align
the dial so the frequencies of the stations heard line up with the
painted dial numbers?

Some how, I don't think that's it. What's inside a solid state radio
otherwise that needs alignment?

Yep...I feel really dumb, but want to know. Thanks.

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio

P.S.: Oh, yes...for sure I'm buying another SRF-59 when I can find
one in a local store. Never thought the "scratchy" problem in my 1st
SRF-59 is worth fixing. And, it only effects 530-640...last time I
used it. FM works fine, so I assume the problem is AM only?????


Puyallup, WA TP's for 9-14.. Exceptional!

Gary DeBock
 

Hello Guys,
 
     Like everybody else, I also got up late this morning (at 1330), and thought that with pretty strong sunlight already outside, the fun was probably over.  I sure was wrong!
 
     It was obviously the best TP morning of the young season so far.  During a quick check from 1330-1335, the modified ICF-2010 had strong Chinese audio on 639, 675 and 918, all of which were logged quickly on the modified E100 Ultralight for new Ultralight TP's (which makes 35 so far this season).  Strong carriers on 558, 756, 1017, 1035 and 1134 indicted that all probably had audio, before the sunlight-induced fade.  I hope that somebody on the west coast had a chance to fully enjoy this morning's outstanding conditions.  For the Ultralight Yahoo group members trying to hear their first TP on a pocket radio, this would have been the morning to try!
 
     73,  Gary
 
Modified ICF-2010:  30" loopstick constructed of four Amidon 7.5" x .5" ferrite bars, wound with 40/44 Litz
Modified E100:  7.5" Amidon Slider loopstick with Murata CFJ455K5 IF filter   




Re: get 'em while they're hot....errr: available

starship20012001 <starship_2001@...>
 

My local walmart has the sony sv37w (the walkman with weather band)
and they have abother yellow one with a speaker (think its a sony) .
another area store has lots of sony srf 59s in stock. CC has them too.

--- In ultralightdx@..., "Tim Davisson" <kd8gz@...> wrote:

Get 'em while they're even available.]

OK...maybe I'm over-reacting...but: I was stunned tonight to go in a
super Walmart near a big city and the lady in electronics told me
they nolonger carry portable, walkman-sized radios. None. Zip.

And, the Radio Shack in the same area had one little, $39.95 Grundig
small multi-band radio.

No Sony's. No Sangean's. No nothings.

Me...I'm gonna buy another SRF-59 just to stock up. I still have my
original one that won't tune below 640 without scratchy noises (that
part that's known to be bad in the earlier models), and the current
one I use all the time.

So, because we live in an iPod/MP3 world...perhaps we ultraligh
lovers should take heed and buy one or two of our favorite
inexpensive radios while they're available.

Good listening to all.

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio


Question about Sony ICF-S5W

texnote
 

I've read that the Sony ICF-S5W was the top end of the Sony SSP series
of portable AM/FM sets ("sensitivity, selectivity, portability"). My
question is, what other SSP radios did Sony produce? Does anybody know?

Paul


Re: Question about Sony ICF-S5W

Gary DeBock
 

Hi Paul,
 
     Yes, I know all about the SSP series of Sony portables, because I have owned all three (and still have two of the models).
 
     The ICF-S5W was the only one of the three models exported from Japan-- the other two models were the Japanese-market ICF-S3 (an AM-FM unit), and the ICR-S2 (an AM-only unit).
 
     The ICF-S3 has a design very similar to that of the ICF-S5(W), but I found the AM sensitivity to be quite a bit worse, when I purchased a unit in Japan around 1980.  Apparently it lacked the ICF-S5(W)'s innovative FET RF amplifier circuitry, and I wasn't much impressed with it.
 
     The tiny ICR-S2, on the other hand, is a phenomenal pocket radio. It has awesome sensitivity for its size, surpassing all of the current Ultralight models except the SRF-T615 and DT-400W.  It has been one of my favorites for 27 years, as is still available on the Japanese Yahoo auctions, going for about $50 worth of Japanese yen.  By using my Japanese language ability, I was able to sign up for the Japanese Yahoo auctions and bid on various items, although I needed a friend in Japan to actually ship the items to me.  Using this method, I obtained many ICF-S5's (the Japanese-market equivalent of the ICF-S5W), which go for as little as $20 in Japan for very good units.  If you have a friend in Japan, you can do the same thing.
 
     73,  Gary 




Re: Ultralight Radio Summit Meeting

robert ross
 

At 06:57 PM 9/13/2008, you wrote:


Hello Guys,
 
     DXer.ca's Colin Newell, Master Filter Guru Guy Atkins and myself, Gary DeBock, has a very enjoyable meeting at a downtown Seattle coffee shop this afternoon, during which the future campaign strategy of the Ultralight Radio enthusiast group was extensively discussed.  Running against DXing boredom (and sedentary servitude to oppressive knobs and switches) the Ultralight Radio Party stands for total liberty, freedom and DX for all.  From the humble shores of Grayland to the hallowed beaches of Newfoundland, our international coalition pledges to continue promoting these supremely egalitarian receivers, providing the ultimate in DXing bang for the buck.  On to total victory!
 
     73,  Gary DeBock 


Gary...You don't have a Chance!!! You're not half as good looking as McCain's Running Partner!! HHAHAHHA I know who I'm voting for...and I'm not even in the right Country!! AHHAHHAHHA......

Glad to hear the DX Summit Meeting was Successful...and it's nice to see it included International Dignitaries from both USA and CANADA. I'm sure only Good Things can come from this first meeting of the Minds. That's a heck of a place to hold our ULR PARTY CONVENTION though......a Coffee Shop!!??? Were there any protestors outside (Geezers)!!...and I wanna know if Wolfe Blitzer showed up to do Interviews!!?? HAHHAHA...

Good work guys......hope everyone had a great time talking ULR's......

73....ROB.



Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

Defy Physics.....Play Table Tennis!! (Ping Pong with an Attitude)
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get 'em while they're hot....errr: available

Tim Davisson
 

Get 'em while they're even available.]

OK...maybe I'm over-reacting...but: I was stunned tonight to go in a
super Walmart near a big city and the lady in electronics told me
they nolonger carry portable, walkman-sized radios. None. Zip.

And, the Radio Shack in the same area had one little, $39.95 Grundig
small multi-band radio.

No Sony's. No Sangean's. No nothings.

Me...I'm gonna buy another SRF-59 just to stock up. I still have my
original one that won't tune below 640 without scratchy noises (that
part that's known to be bad in the earlier models), and the current
one I use all the time.

So, because we live in an iPod/MP3 world...perhaps we ultraligh
lovers should take heed and buy one or two of our favorite
inexpensive radios while they're available.

Good listening to all.

73's,

Tim, KD8GZ
Norton, Ohio


Tonight's ULTRALIGHT Sunset Skip Loggings.....1 NEW STN!!...........

robert ross
 

Hi Guys:

Just one New Station logged tonight...but it's a NEW STN for both the
OVERALL LOG and the ULR Log!! Surpised to hear this one as it's supposed to
be a DAYTIMER only as far as I can see......but they are still on the Air
as of 2030 EDT tonight...as I'm listening to their LIVE Stream .......which
I also used to CONFIRM it was them I heard!!

RADIO USED for this reception was ....SONY SRF-T615 Ultralight
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Ultralight Radio Totals now..........467 STATIONS HEARD
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

73.....ROB.

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1540 WACA Wheaton, MARYLAND Sept/13/08 1945 EDT SPANISH GOOD
Nice ID by Male Announcer as "RADIO AMERICA". Into DC UNITED FUTBOL Game Live
Broadcast. Rapid Fire Play by Play in Spanish. Long, Loud
GOOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!!! Heard
at 1946 EDT!!. Checked their Website Live Stream...and sure enough..they're
still on the air
with the DC UNITED FUTBOL Game.
Have these guys changed to 24 Hour Broadcasts...or just on late???

NEW STATION for Both Overall Log and ULR Log......ULR # 467 Heard 5 KW
Days???
ROSS, ONT.
****************************************************************************************************

73.....ROB.

Robert S. Ross VA3SW
Box 1003, Stn. B.
London, Ontario
CANADA N6A5K1

Antique/Vintage Radio Enthusiast
Amateur Radio Stations VA3SW/VE3JFC

Defy Physics.....Play Table Tennis!! (Ping Pong with an Attitude)
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Re: Scratchy noises while tuning (was: Re: get 'em while they'...

Gary DeBock
 

Huelbe and Tim,
 
     The SRF-59 "scratchy tuning control" is a malady that afflicts about 15% of the units I have aligned (or 8 out of the 51 I have aligned).  The only cure for the problem is replacement of the tuner component-- obviously not a practical solution in a $15 radio.  Unless you can return the unit for warranty repair service, your best option is to shell out $15 for a new unit, I'm afraid.
 
     By the way, after aligning 24 SRF-39FP "prison radios" and a couple of SRF-49's, it appears that this scratchy tuner issue is limited to the SRF-59's--  obviously a situation where a cheaper component fails more quickly than a quality one.
 
     73,  Gary DeBock