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Tecsun PL-390
mylife ^ | 6/16/12 | mylife

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


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: etm; etms; shortwave; tecsun
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Some one stole my PL 600 last october and I finally replaced it this week.
I ordered the pl 390 at the same time

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

1 posted on 06/16/2012 10:16:56 AM PDT by mylife
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To: LurkedLongEnough; AlexW; bikerman; Blue_Spark; bitterohiogunclinger; Bobalu; buccaneer81; ...

SW Ping


2 posted on 06/16/2012 10:18:56 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

How much is it?


3 posted on 06/16/2012 10:19:06 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mmogamer

$65


4 posted on 06/16/2012 10:19:52 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

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.

Thanks.


5 posted on 06/16/2012 10:20:22 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: mylife

Old Ham bump


6 posted on 06/16/2012 10:22:23 AM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Lurker

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


7 posted on 06/16/2012 10:23:06 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
No side-tone for CW or SSB? AM and FM only? Do not want.

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. ;)

/johnny

8 posted on 06/16/2012 10:23:26 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mylife

Good AM reception? Love my Super Radio but size and analog.


9 posted on 06/16/2012 10:24:15 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Lurker

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


10 posted on 06/16/2012 10:26:50 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


11 posted on 06/16/2012 10:27:46 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Vinnie

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


12 posted on 06/16/2012 10:31:21 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Bobalu
I cannot follow morse with blinking lights. Don't know what the block is in my brain. My squid friends point and laugh at me because of that.

Use a DSP to shift it into the notch filter my hearing has become, and I'm right there on it.

/johnny

13 posted on 06/16/2012 10:33:29 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: All

Whats great about this thing is that ETM and the chip that bases this thing are American.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/9410

The chinese have done a good job with this ting but for everyone they sell an American designer gets a dollar LOL


14 posted on 06/16/2012 10:37:51 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

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.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 10:40:25 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Your wise to keep your CB


16 posted on 06/16/2012 10:43:38 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Bobalu
Would be better than thumb-typing for sending text messages on cellphones IMO.

Texting Vs. Morse Code

17 posted on 06/16/2012 10:43:41 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

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!!??


18 posted on 06/16/2012 10:49:18 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


19 posted on 06/16/2012 10:49:18 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Hilarious!


20 posted on 06/16/2012 10:52:02 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

It tunes itself? That’s pretty cool.

I assume it has a rechargeable battery. Can it use regular batteries as well?


21 posted on 06/16/2012 10:52:50 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

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


22 posted on 06/16/2012 11:01:45 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

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.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 11:02:00 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: Sea Parrot

I love the Tecsun Pl 600

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=tecsun+pl+600&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=15644661370682815166&sa=X&ei=LcvcT5_pCYOY2AXJ1eTEDQ&ved=0CIUBEPMCMAA

Great radio.
About all it lacks is an IF output


24 posted on 06/16/2012 11:07:32 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

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.


25 posted on 06/16/2012 11:07:43 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Sea Parrot
Sweet!
26 posted on 06/16/2012 11:11:06 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: FlyVet

I think they said you can store previous scans

I like my Pl 600 better over all, but this ETM feature is pretty neat.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 11:14:14 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
I may have to upgrade.


28 posted on 06/16/2012 11:21:46 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: mylife
It looks like a good radio. This is the one, right? Radio - HAM - Antenna: Part 4 - Shortwave listening on Tecsun PL-
29 posted on 06/16/2012 11:22:07 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: smokingfrog

Nothin wrong with that


30 posted on 06/16/2012 11:23:43 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JRandomFreeper
No side-tone for CW or SSB? AM and FM only? Do not want.

You bet, has to have SSB along with the AM/FM and full general coverage HF/SW

31 posted on 06/16/2012 11:29:48 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sawdring

Yes thats the Pl 398 with the Mp3 player.

Same price


32 posted on 06/16/2012 11:35:36 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Bobalu
I've tried it all. No workee for me. It's a personal limit. So I'll live with it. Not like it's a 50 year sentence or anything. ;)

/johnny

33 posted on 06/16/2012 11:56:00 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mylife
Actually, I have an old/analog Sony ICF-7601. It still works fine, and batteries last a long time. Scrolling through the SW bands to find something worth listening to is a bit tedious though.
34 posted on 06/16/2012 12:01:08 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: mylife
I want my Sky Buddy back, damn it!

35 posted on 06/16/2012 1:01:25 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: smokingfrog

I have both the Grundig S350DL, and the Grundig S450DLX radios. No SSB, but AM/FM/Shortwave to 23MHZ.

Here is the S350DL:
http://www.etoncorp.com/product_card/?p_ProductDbId=6265

It runs on 4 D- or AA-size batteries, or AC.

Here is the S450DLX:
http://www.etoncorp.com/product_card/?p_ProductDbId=1757302

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!

Have fun!


36 posted on 06/16/2012 1:07:06 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: SERKIT

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.


37 posted on 06/16/2012 1:37:37 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: All

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


38 posted on 06/16/2012 2:36:59 PM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: halfright
Whoops...forgot to include the obligatory photo.. Radio Shack circa 2009
39 posted on 06/16/2012 2:41:53 PM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: SERKIT

Awesome!


40 posted on 06/16/2012 3:52:11 PM PDT by mylife (The RoaAwesome!r Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smokingfrog
Scrolling through the SW bands to find something worth listening to is a bit tedious though.

Thats what makes ETM so cool

41 posted on 06/16/2012 3:55:45 PM PDT by mylife (The RoaAwesome!r Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Pl 398 with the Mp3 player.\

Do you know what other differences between 390 and 398?

42 posted on 06/16/2012 4:08:57 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

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


43 posted on 06/16/2012 6:37:37 PM PDT by mylife (The RoaAwesome!r Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: halfright

Awesome.


44 posted on 06/16/2012 6:43:08 PM PDT by mylife (The RoaAwesome!r Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Right Wing Assault

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=pl+398&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1416&bih=742&tbm=isch&tbnid=UI0Cc0P7KpY6kM:&imgrefurl=http://www.tecsun-radio.com/tecsun-pl-398mp-fm-mw-sw-shortwave-portable-mp3-dsp-world-band-radio-receiver-black/&docid=3PThdf8reN27dM&imgurl=http://www.tecsun-radio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/tecsun-pl-398mp-fm-mw-sw-shortwave-portable-mp3-dsp-world-band-radio-receiver-black-09.jpg&w=710&h=320&ei=7jbdT4yNFIH28gSvn-2DCw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=950&vpy=297&dur=4580&hovh=151&hovw=335&tx=182&ty=78&sig=100446357873415823376&page=1&tbnh=73&tbnw=161&start=0&ndsp=33&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:0,i:117


45 posted on 06/16/2012 6:48:30 PM PDT by mylife (The RoaAwesome!r Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: halfright

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.


46 posted on 06/16/2012 7:28:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: mylife

That Sony ICF-SW1 is a sweet little radio. I’ve heard good things about the PL-390 and plan on getting one.


47 posted on 06/16/2012 8:11:51 PM PDT by mak5
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To: mylife

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.


48 posted on 06/16/2012 10:28:32 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: smokingfrog

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!


49 posted on 06/17/2012 6:48:22 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: 19th LA Inf
I had a 5R10, which is like a S38D but without a BFO (a home made BFO was easy to do)! That's what got me started in SWLing and ham radio back in the ‘60s. Didn't get my ticket ‘til 1978, that's when the real fun began!
50 posted on 06/17/2012 7:17:54 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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