Skip to comments.Tecsun PL-390
Posted on 06/16/2012 10:16:42 AM PDT by mylife
This is a pretty neat little radio.
The first thing I did was peel off the goofy ETM sticker in the lower left face of the thing, but this ETM is awesome.
It scans the entire SW band and puts all active stations into memory.
Then you just spin the tuning knob and it wheels through the memory.
It needs CW and SSB but this thing is pretty neat, especially for folks that don't want to futz around searching the bands.
Stereo speakers,SW LW MW FM, Recharges via USB, 2 alarms, thermometer, line input and 5 IF filter settings.
The PL 398 is the same price and has MP3
The new pl 600 is the shizzle its just a great radio,but this ETMS on the pl 390 is way useful.
I used to have to do pan scans in segments on expensive radios to see who was on air.
With ETMS it scans the entire SW spectrum and stores all active signals
How much is it?
What is etms? I’ve got a couple of those hand crank emergency SW/AM/FM receivers. One of them also has the GMRS/FRS transmitter in it. But I’m not familiar with etms.
Old Ham bump
Easy Tuning Method.
It impressed me.
It takes about 2.5 minutes to scan the entire spectrum on SW.
Takes like 30 seconds on AM or FM
Gotta have my CW. Sure, I have to crank the volume and run it through a processor and shift it into my frequency range, but I want to hear it.
I do pretty well with morse code for an old deaf guy. ;)
Good AM reception? Love my Super Radio but size and analog.
I don’t know why I added the “S” LOL
Easy tuning method system?
Still it’s pretty cool and saves a lot of time, but it ignore CW and SSB which is where I spend most my time on the SW bands
That’s the nice thing about morse...if you have to you can change frequency or convert to blinking light or vibration.
Would be better than thumb-typing for sending text messages on cellphones IMO.
The AM reception is excellent. That’s the main reason I bought it.
It has a big ol ferrite core antenna
SW performance is good.
FM seems a bit weak, bit I haven’t really put it through the paces yet
Use a DSP to shift it into the notch filter my hearing has become, and I'm right there on it.
Whats great about this thing is that ETM and the chip that bases this thing are American.
The chinese have done a good job with this ting but for everyone they sell an American designer gets a dollar LOL
I’m. Or much of a radio head. But I guess I should learn. One more skill and all that. The only SSB I have is on my Midland CB. Yea, I still own a CB radio.
Your wise to keep your CB
LOL! I always laugh about that! People act like texting is a technological marvel.
I’m always like, “folks that’s one step beyond telegraph” and you’re paying a premium for it!!??
The trick I use is to watch the light and automatically hear a tone in my mind when the light is on. Sounds odd but is easy to do.
It tunes itself? That’s pretty cool.
I assume it has a rechargeable battery. Can it use regular batteries as well?
Scans the entire band and stores the frequency’s into memory.
Then you can flip through them with the tuning dial.
It charges via mini usb
You can run it off any standard battery,but I have it loaded with 2450mah rechargeables
I have yet to find as good a SW receiver like my 25 year old Sony ICF-SW1. As I got all the accessories like powered antenna, hard case &c with it, was pretty expensive in it’s day.
I love the Tecsun Pl 600
About all it lacks is an IF output
If you re-scan, will it erase the stored signals? I’m wondering because, as you know, reception on a given freq varies with weather and time. It’d be nice if it had several different storage banks to account for that.
I think they said you can store previous scans
I like my Pl 600 better over all, but this ETM feature is pretty neat.
Nothin wrong with that
You bet, has to have SSB along with the AM/FM and full general coverage HF/SW
Yes thats the Pl 398 with the Mp3 player.
I have both the Grundig S350DL, and the Grundig S450DLX radios. No SSB, but AM/FM/Shortwave to 23MHZ.
Here is the S350DL:
It runs on 4 D- or AA-size batteries, or AC.
Here is the S450DLX:
It run on SIX D-size batteries or AC.
For either radio, obtain an 8 foot length of #22 insulated wire, strip one end for a length of 1/2 inch, twist it tight, and put a simple knot in the other end, and you have your antenna ground, once you insert the 1/2 inch end inside the ground clip, on the back of either radio. It will increase the ‘gain’ of your radio’s antenna.
For the money, if you can still get one, get the S350DL. It has that ‘table radio sound’, the newer one does not, with the knobs set at zero!
Go on EBay, and look under Shortwave antennas. There are some folks that make ‘electrical length’ indoor SW antennas, using PVC tubing, that are not obtrusive, and don’t cost an arm or a leg. Clip a small piece of that same #22 wire, stripped a 1/2 inch, into the antenna wire clip, strip the other end, and make a loop. When you get that indoor SW antenna, clip the antenna wire to the looped end, and you have a wonderful SW antenna!
Not familiar with the “Sky Buddy”, but the picture reminds me of the Hallicrafters S-38B. That was the “PX Special” in 1951, along with the Argus C-3 35mm camera. Those were the first two things I bought with my big Pvt-E1 (formerly “Recruit”) paycheck in early 1951. Probably got more use for the money from them than anything else. From the long gone days of American Made products.
Spent the entire afternoon working on Field Day antennas. I am bushed. I have an Eton ARC FR-500. Solar powered or crank/batteries. Not good for much but wx channels and AM/FM/SW but I use that to listen to the ball games when BBQing....If I wanna hear SW I fire up the IC-756 ProIII. Can even run it mobil with my voltage inverter or battery.
10 and 15 were really good today stateside....1st Q’s on new antenna. Ran off 200 contacts phone/cw/rtty. The TH7 @ 105’ is rockin’. Look for us this weekend. AA3E 1F EPA. 73
Thats what makes ETM so cool
Do you know what other differences between 390 and 398?
As near as I can tell the pl 398 has the MP3 option but doesn’t use the thermometer option.
They are based on the same silicon labs DSP chip
Uh, breaker 1-9..... You got a copy on me pigpen?
Looks like you need about a 2.5 ton A/C just to keep that room cool and comfy.
That Sony ICF-SW1 is a sweet little radio. I’ve heard good things about the PL-390 and plan on getting one.
Yep, thats it.
I really like the unit when we take the motor home up to the remote high country. Patch it into the RV stereo system late at night and get all kinds of reception, the AM/FM sound it pulls in is hard to beat too.
Nope, just 15kBTU for summer and a pellet stove for winter. 57 inch Mitsu diamond and kegerator for entertainment. My old man cave. :)
Happy Fathers Day Everyone!
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