Author Archives: Thomas

Tecsun PL-880: Evans notes signal meter and other discrepencies

SWLing Post reader, Evans (in Greece) writes: I would like your opinion regarding two strange points we noticed in two different Tecsun PL-880 models, which a friend and I have recently purchased. In particular: The signal meter is supposed to measure … Continue reading

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Tecsun cautions against using Lithium AA cells in the PL-606

SWling Post reader, Philip Dickinson, recently contacted me with the following question: “I have just bought a Tecsun 606 which takes two AA batteries which I think are normally rated at 1.2 volts. I have just ordered some lithium ion AA and notice that … Continue reading

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Guy’s review of the Babson DS-858

SWLing Post contributor, Guy Atkins, writes: My “bargain bin” $13.99 portable Basbon DSP receiver arrived yesterday from China while I was out of town. That was fortunate for the little radio, as my absence allowed it another day of life … Continue reading

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Hamfest find: Griffin Technology PowerMate Controller

A few weeks ago, I attended the WCARS hamfest in near Waynesville, North Carolina. I walked out of that hamfest carrying way more goods than I had intended to purchase (more on that in a future post–!). One of the … Continue reading

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Moshe restores a Ben-Gal “Duet-Stereo”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Moshe, who writes: About 2 weeks ago, a very good friend called me and exclaimed, “you just have to see this radio…I’m keeping it for you!”–so, I drove to his aunt’s house and saw … Continue reading

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Lansing Named CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors

(Source: Broadcasting Board of Governors Press Release) WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media, today announced the appointment of John Lansing as Chief Executive Officer and Director … Continue reading

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DSP noise may come from clock and data line harmonics

In response to our review of the Sangean ATS-405–which noted DSP noises on 800 and 1600 kHz–SWLing Post reader, Steve Yothment, comments: “Yes, modern radios usually have a micro communicating with the DSP IC through I2C communications. The inter-IC communications … Continue reading

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