« Co-Worker Surprised How Big the 44mm Citizen Promaster Sky Played on His Wrist | Main | Smart Watch Craze Is On, But Not for Apple's »

February 22, 2015

Comments

Gary

Too bad it's even weaker on MW AM (AM broadcast band) than the PL-660. As I recall, Jay Allen was less than enthusiastic about the PL-660 on MW AM.

Of course, some of this might be sample-to-sample variation. Thomas only tested one sample of the PL-680.

herculodge

Gary, weak AM with a lot of AM noise makes that a deal breaker for both the 660 and 680. If I have to replace my 7-year-old bedside Sangean WR-2, I may go for the PL-880.

bill

I had a 660, and thought the MW wasn't very good. Mine also had a strong birdie, an internally generated whistle or signal of some kind, whatever you call it, obliterating one of the MW frequencies toward the center of the band. I get mixed answers when I ask others about that. Some say theirs doesn't act that way, some say they all do.

As I discovered when I tried it in the corner of the house farthest from the computer and router (yes, I am an idiot) the PL-880 can't hold a candle to the C Crane CCRadio 2E. The CCRadio was pulling listenable signals, during daylight, that were barely detectable on the 880.

That's during the day. At night either will pull something in on each 10KHz frequency. Note I am in a rural area in northern Michigan so I don't have any blowtorch signals to deal with.

The CCRadio has drawbacks as a DX machine, though. The display keeps going back to clock, no way to get it to keep displaying the frequency. Also it self-optimizes on each frequency you turn it to. In effect, this is a serious and rather strange-sounding version of the problem many digital sets have, or had, with muting themselves while tuning.

Therefore I hesitate to recommend the CCRadio for DXing, although you can do it. I do. If you want to listen to a given program so that you know what frequency you want beforehand, it's great.

herculodge

Bill, by mistake did you write 880? Did you mean 880 the two times you mentioned it regarding AM?

bill

I believe I meant 880 when I said 880. Earlier, I had two 660s, one I returned, one I gave away. I have an 880 now.

The 880 is reasonably good on AM. For you, in an urban area with stronger signals and more noise, you might not benefit from anything more sensitive, I don't know.

I have noticed what seem to be a couple of birdies even with the 880, unless they're from some other gadget around the house. (It has been very cold all the time I had the 880, and we have two feet of snow on the ground out there, so I haven't tried it outside yet.) If the noises I noticed are from the 880's internals, they are faint enough that even a faint, unlistenable signal overpowers them.

The 880 is also sounds good for its size.

However, the CCRadio outperforms it on AM and FM, and sounds better too. That is good because the CCRadio is very costly for an AM-FM rig, it's big, it's heavy, and it doesn't do shortwave. If it wasn't superior on what it DOES do, there would be little reason to have it.

I had been rather disappointed with the performance of my 880 AND the CCRadio, until I finally figured out that two distant corners of the house get much better reception. Should have thought to try that months ago.

herculodge

Bill, thanks for the clarification.

bill

I would love an imaginary radio you might call the Tecsun Utopia, since the literal meaning of Utopia is "nowhere."

It would be a mix and match of their existing designs, more or less. Take the basic layout and Bluetooth capability of their 398, the basic size and circuitry of the 880 (with TWO speakers), the sync off the 660 or 680, then finish it off with a few features of its own: A good handle, bass and treble controls, comprehensive selection of jacks and antenna connections, and a ferrite bar antenna the size of the Alaska Pipeline.

I'd pay two, three hundred for something like that, absent birdies and other such design stupidity. Although I hesitate to spend that much (or anything at all, for that matter) on a Tecsun product unless the seller has liberal return policies. Tecsun really ought to investigate this concept called "Quality Control" some day.

Drive-In-Freak

^^^ Put in an RF gain control and a notch filter, and I'm over that one too.

Gary

Jeff,

Regarding the PL-880, here is a quote from Jay Allen's review: "You cannot operate the radio on AM or SW with the supplied charger…noise obliterates even strong signals. It is meant for charging only."

It sounds like the PL-880 is best operated on battery only if you want to listen to MW or SW. Alternatively, you might be able to use the CCWitness Plus power adapter that Thomas has mentioned before on SWLing Post.

herculodge

Gary, I may just have to apply Deoxit to my sticky WR-2 buttons and eventually replace with another WR-2 since I imagine most radios will have the same sticky problem after 7 years.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Advertisements






  • Advertisements

Advertisements






  • Advertisements

Advertisements






  • Advertisements
My Photo

Advertisements






  • Advertisements

Advertisements






  • Advertisements

Advertisements






  • Advertisements

August 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          
Blog powered by Typepad

Pages

Companion Website: Breakthrough Writer

My Photo

Become a Fan