Tecsun PL-660: A simple hack to scan the air band

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bruce F, who writes:

HI Thomas, I thought I would put this idea out to your site – in case it isn’t already there. It’s a brilliant solution to the apparent lack of a working Air Band scan function on the Tecsun PL-660.  Note – I did not come up with this idea, but came across it in a Yahoo group.

It IS possible to scan the Air Band on the PL660, as long as you have picked out WHICH Air Band frequencies are in use in your area. There are websites which list these frequencies for each airport:

Here’s how to set up the PL-660:

  1. Pick an empty page in the Memory.
  2. Put in a shortwave frequency in the first empty space; the “00” slot.
  3. Then fill in the succeeding spaces on that page with the Air Band frequencies you’ve chosen.
  4. Now go back to the “00” slot and hold down the scan button.

Works on my set!

What a cool trick!  I’ve lent my PL-660 to a friend, but as soon as I get it back, I’ll also try this trick by setting up a page dedicated to my local aviation frequencies!

Thanks, Bruce!

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2 thoughts on “Tecsun PL-660: A simple hack to scan the air band

  1. Guy Teague

    i bought a pl-660 about two years ago and when looking for a portable with airband i realized the 660 has airband, so i dusted it off and put in batteries.

    bear in mind i’m just now going through the manual, but i don’t see how the procedure as described can work. if you’re in /air/ mode, you can’t input a /sw/ freq at all. if you go to /sw/ and store a freq in p0m0 you can’t enter /air/ freqs. so if you go to /air/ and store freqs in p0m1-p0m5, you can’t even see p0m0 anymore because it’s associated with /sw/. and if you go back to /sw/ and try scanning from p0m0, it won’t do it.

    i think either a step or two is missing from this, or the firmware has changed since it worked. but, i could just be too unfamiliar with the radio and am missing something important.

    tks! /guy (73 de kg5vt | wqpz784)

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