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February 12, 2011

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Keith Beesley

Thanks for the review, Jason. I've enjoyed my S350DL; I've had it for about 2 or 3 years now. FM is not particularly sensitive to weak/fringe stations on mine, but AM is very good in the "narrow" bandwidth setting for hearing weaker stations. I don't use mine very much on shortwave because of the clumsy analog/digital tuning. Nice audio. I have had no major issues with the display or frequency drift. Definitely worth picking up for $50.

Jerry

Great review Jason. I've also had my S350DL for a couple years and really like it. Haven't had any problems at all. I just hate the strap on the top, but understand it's partly what differentiates it from other radios. The Shack $49 price is a great deal. The 450 looks cool, but I'm also staying away from it unti the FM and other issues are fixed.

Angelo

Jason: I really enjoyed the read. My guess is that you might never have to tighten those screws again. This sounds like (surpise, surprise) shoddy Chinese manufacturing. I'm thinking it was a missed step at the factory, one of many. This is fine and dandy for a $50.00 radio, loaded with features and otherwise very good. This is definitely NOT acceptable on a $100.00 radio. For that price, quality control and stringent inspections are mandatory. Does this happen to made in Japan products? Sure it does, just not enough to have a Yahoo Group correctly diagnosing the problems. My Sony 7600GR (Made In Japan) was bought used and has been flawless. You made a smart buy and luckily, you had the ability to correct something that should have been caught at the factory.

Jason

Thanks, everyone. I have noticed tonight that on batteries (4D's - not AA's) that there is some occasional drift 1 kHz in either direction on weak AM stations. I also had 2 kHz drift after about 10 minutes on 25m this afternoon on batteries. I'm still getting zero drift on FM.

It seems that the drift is less frequent running the radio with the AC adapter vs. batteries.

So, the radio is a little quirky with the drift but still a winner in my book, especially at the price I paid!

Angelo

Jason: When you run it on AC, do you notice any interference that is eliminated when you run it on batteries instead? On some of my radios, when I use electric and they are close to other electronics, I get interference. Swtiching to batteries solves it, usually. Just wondering about the 350. Wall wart or hard wired?

Jason

Angelo - I notice no difference in sound ac vs. batteries across any of the bands, which surprises me. It is a wall wart. I did notice interference when I got my netbook within about 2 feet of the radio just a minute ago while listening to AM.

Years ago, I had an Ambassador 2020 (Sangean ATS-803A) that had a terrible hum on shortwave and AM if you ran it off of the wall wart. I believe that my Toshiba RP-F11 did the same. Both of those radios are from the mid-80's. I have a Radio Shack DX-66 and, like the 350DL, I can tell no difference on it running AC vs. batteries. It is probably 20 or 25 years old now.

Angelo

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I wonder if I'd get subcarrier signals in my area near Washington, DC? Is this "carrier current" like one of the college radio stations I worked at? If so, doesn't the signal only travel a mile or so? I'm not familiar with this---always like receieving signals I haven't heard before, but I wonder if this (or similar radios) would actually pull random signals in for me?

vimal oberoi

I have a Panasonic 4 bands(1AM & 3SW) radio with cassette recorder(5310)with a built in power supply.The set is with me for last 35 years.I find no interference on it running AC vs. batteries as Jason has mentioned.May be current manufacturers can learn something from those sets.

TomWc

I performed this adjustment two days ago and am happy to report that it has completely eliminated all drift problems that my 350 had!

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