Category Archives: Radio Modifications

Silicon Labs DSP chip homebrew receiver

The Silicon Labs Si4730 series DSP receiver chip powers many of the portable shortwave radios currently on the market. Manufacturers are not the only ones implementing the chip in receiver design, however; radio enthusiasts are too. I recently discovered this … Continue reading

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Review of the SSTRAN AMT3000 AM transmitter kit

Regular SWLing Post readers know that I’m a sucker for vintage radios––especially those of the WWII era. Indeed, I’m pretty much a fan of anything from the 1930s and 40s. I love the technology of that era and have an affinity … Continue reading

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Pete gives Kaito high marks for customer service

SWLing Post reader, Pete Jernakoff (K3KMS), writes: “I purchased two PL-880 radios from Amazon about a year ago and before the soft muting issue became a hot topic. Both of my radios (8819 firmware version) suffered from this most annoying problem … Continue reading

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Mike’s RadioShack Model 2000669 modification to prevent station memory loss

SWLing Post contributor, Mike (W5RST), writes: This is a follow-up to my mini-review of the new Radio Shack model 2000669 receiver. Overall, I continue to be quite happy with this receiver, however, I think the loss of memories and time when … Continue reading

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Tecsun PL-380: Displaying temperature in Fahrenheit

I have owned the Tecsun PL-380 for years now. When my buddy Mike (K8RAT) recently asked if the temperature display could be switched from Celsius to Fahrenheit, I gave him a firm “no” as a response. A few hours later, … Continue reading

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PL-880 Hidden Feature: Adjusting FM muting threshold

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Hector (AD4C) for discovering and sharing this hidden feature of the Tecsun PL-880. Hector writes: “I have been using the Tecsun PL-600 for some time but never was satisfied with its performance in SSB, … Continue reading

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Portables, SDRs, dongles, kits, and a spy radio: our virtual radio challenge responses

Two weeks ago, I posted a virtual challenge for SWLing Post readers:  I asked you to imagine you were placed on a one-year research assignment on one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands, namely, Tristan Da Cunha, in the South Atlantic. Your goal … Continue reading

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