Bill R. writes:
Well, I ordered a PL-660 and I’m probably going to return it. I thought I might ask your personal advice, however, or the advice of your Herculodge followers.
My PL-660 is disappointing on MW. I gather they aren’t the greatest on MW, but mine is clearly outclassed by my PL-390 and some lesser radios. Even given the PL-660 doesn’t seem to have the best reputation for MW DX, I’d expected it to be a little better than it is.
I’d keep it if that was the only problem. I’ve also noted that the radio is hissy, especially using sync- more using sync on upper sideband than lower sideband. Although based on using the BFO to peak the center frequency displayed is right on where it should be, AM mode signals (by which I mean MW and SW both) are louder and clearer tuned up a bit above center frequency. I am no expert but this would seem to speak to alignment problems that I have no idea how to correct, if correcting them is possible.
Finally, the radio generates a spurious signal that blanks out 970 KHz on MW, sometimes down as far as 960 or up toward 980. This is some radio signal generated within the circuitry of the radio itself. When I tune another radio to the same frequency and bring it near the PL-660, the other radio will pick up the spurious signal too.
If this is how the PL-660 performs, I don’t want it. So I am going to return it to Amazon regardless. (Good thing that for once I ordered from Amazon instead of Hong Kong via Ebay!)
What I’d like to Ask the Hive Mind, though, is this: Is this the kind of behavior the PL-660 always exhibits, or did I just get a bad one? If such behavior is typical, I’m through with this set, but if mine is just a stinker I might order a replacement.
I was going to just try ordering a replacement, since I’m sure that if this behavior is typical of the PL-660 I would have heard of it. My Amazon order, though, was a “Fulfilled by Amazon.” I gather this means that Amazon is merely acting as an agent for someone else. In any case, while I can return this “Fulfilled by Amazon” order, I can’t just get a replacement from them directly. A little detail I hadn’t known.
Thanks for any advice.