PL-360? - FARMERIK


Rik
 

I noticed in the eBay listing, the 360 only tunes LW in 9kHz. steps. Are these the standard ones used in Europe? I am on the East coast, and with the help of a really big LW antenna I was hoping to tune broadcasts from across the pond. - FARMERIK


Gary DeBock
 

Hello Farmerik,
 
The PL-360 can tune LW in 1 kHz steps, although this must be done manually, with the tuning knob rotated at a slow rate. When rotated at a fast rate, the tuning knob shifts to the standard 9 kHz step frequencies. In LW the digital tuning functions only work in 9 kHz steps, and there is no distinct "LW" band on the PL-360 (or "LW" selection on the front panel), since the frequencies are simply added to the MW frequencies on the 9 kHz band plan. In this arrangement, the user can tune from 153 kHz all the way up to 1620 kHz in 9 kHz steps. Slowing down the tuning knob rotation can allow the user to tune down to 150 kHz, however. The lack of any "LW" selection on the front panel can mislead new users into thinking the radio lacks LW coverage (even me, originally). 
 
As might be expected, the improved plug-in MW loopsticks also boost up LW performance dramatically over the midget stock loopstick, although I've yet to record detailed "Shootout" results. An LW-band specialist could easily construct an LW-optimized loopstick for great performance on this band, if desired. A dedicated ULR-DXer could even assemble a "tool kit" of serious PL-360 plug-in loopsticks, to use for maximum versatility on both LW and MW.
 
73, Gary   
 
  
 
In a message dated 4/13/2010 12:20:24 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, farmerik@... writes:

 

I noticed in the eBay listing, the 360 only tunes LW in 9kHz. steps. Are these the standard ones used in Europe? I am on the East coast, and with the help of a really big LW antenna I was hoping to tune broadcasts from across the pond. - FARMERIK


jim_kr1s <jkearman@...>
 


--- In ultralightdx@..., "farmerik" wrote:
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> I noticed in the eBay listing, the 360 only tunes LW in 9kHz. steps. Are these the standard ones used in Europe? I am on the East coast, and with the help of a really big LW antenna I was hoping to tune broadcasts from across the pond. - FARMERIK

It probably  defaults to 9/1 on LW. The PL-380 does as well. It will tune 1-kHz steps, but if you spin the knob it defaults to 9. I haven't tried but I don't think you can set it to 1/10  as you can on MW.

You'd want the ability to tune in 1-kHz steps. Most European LW BCers use the 9-kHz plan, but there are exceptions. The plan is: 153, 162, 171, 180, 189, 198, 207, 216, 225, 234, 243, 252, 261, 270, 279.

But the Germans Deutschlandradio Kultur - 177, and Radio Europe 1 - 183 are off the beam.

You aren't really on the East Coast, you're more like 85 miles inland. Before you go for a big LW antenna, how many TA MW stations can you hear? From much experience I can tell you that the difference between on the beach and ten miles inland is dramatic. From Canton, CT, about 40 miles farther west than you, I could hear MW TAs in winter, with a long Beverage and a preamp connected to an SP-600, but they were never as strong as they are here on a 23-inch loop + PL-380. From the northern Bahamas I could hear Cuban LW beacons with a barefoot DX-440 that I still haven't heard from home here in Florida. Location, location, location.

Just got around to checking on Google Earth. Turns out that looking at Europe, I'm a little over 10 miles inland, and it's 6 miles to the ocean looking at North Africa. Seems closer when there's a hurricane!

73,

Jim, KR1S
http://kr1s.kearman.com/