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November 29, 2010

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Steve

A few months ago I purchased a S350DL from my local Radio Shack for the $100 street price.

I didn't have good luck with the first one. The tuning mechanism failed after just a few weeks; it would tune up when you tried to go down, and vice versa. I had been using it a lot, but was gentle with it. Fortunately I was still well within the return period and took it back for a replacement.

That was some months ago, and radio #2 is still doing well. I am still very gentle with the tuning knob, though...let's face it, these things aren't exactly built like tanks.

As far as performance, I use mine mostly indoors, and it does reasonably well. There are serious imaging problems on the shortwave bands, with some frequencies bleeding into other ones. It's tolerable though, and the sensitivity is quite good for a $100 radio (I managed to pick up, in the middle of the afternoon, a broadcast of Koran readings from Saudi Arabia that was aimed at western Europe...this little sucker really can DX!) AM is very good; I'm in Tampa and can get nighttime broadcasts from as far away as Nashville, Cincinnati, and Chicago. FM is good as well, althouh I have experienced imaging on this band as well.

I wish Grundig/Eton would fix the imaging problems, slap sturdier knobs on it, and re-market it. I know I'd be willing to pay more for an upgraded version. As much as I like to radio (it looks great), the flimsy tuning knob bugs me.

Nice website, by the way!

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