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Posted: 11/18/2012 3:57:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 3:59:05 PM EST by ProgressCheck]
So... I'm currently deployed and have a decent amount of free time at my disposal. Part of my free time has been dedicated to the study of amateur radio. Due to that interest, I am thinking that I would like to purchase a portable shortwave radio to hold me over during my deployment until I can get back to the states and get my actual license. It would also allow me to get a bit more SA on what's around me.

My two options on the table are currently a TECSUN PL380 and a TECSUN PL660..

The PL380 is about half the price of the PL660 but at the cost of several key features, such as AIR band. I'm not sure what to do.

I am very new to the study of radio technology; therefore, your greater wisdom and instruction is being requested in this endeavor.

Thank you.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:19:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2012 4:22:04 PM EST by SCWolverine]
Originally Posted By ProgressCheck:
So... I'm currently deployed and have a decent amount of free time at my disposal. Part of my free time has been dedicated to the study of amateur radio. Due to that interest, I am thinking that I would like to purchase a portable shortwave radio to hold me over during my deployment until I can get back to the states and get my actual license. It would also allow me to get a bit more SA on what's around me.

My two options on the table are currently a TECSUN PL380 and a TECSUN PL660..

The PL380 is about half the price of the PL660 but at the cost of several key features, such as AIR band. I'm not sure what to do.

I am very new to the study of radio technology; therefore, your greater wisdom and instruction is being requested in this endeavor.

Thank you.


me = neither
why? neither unit has access to SSB (Single SIdeband) that the majority of Hams utilize for phone (vox) comms.

If I could, I'd spend the extra and buy this one! YMMV

smarter posters to follow

ETA: Maybe this one if you need to save $20 and really want Airband
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 4:28:29 PM EST
The PL660 actually DOES use SSB, and the first link you provided links to a pole step.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:10:20 PM EST
Between those two I'd go with the PL-660 because it does SSB and has a jack for an external antenna.
Link Posted: 11/18/2012 6:11:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By SCWolverine:
Originally Posted By ProgressCheck:
So... I'm currently deployed and have a decent amount of free time at my disposal. Part of my free time has been dedicated to the study of amateur radio. Due to that interest, I am thinking that I would like to purchase a portable shortwave radio to hold me over during my deployment until I can get back to the states and get my actual license. It would also allow me to get a bit more SA on what's around me.

My two options on the table are currently a TECSUN PL380 and a TECSUN PL660..

The PL380 is about half the price of the PL660 but at the cost of several key features, such as AIR band. I'm not sure what to do.

I am very new to the study of radio technology; therefore, your greater wisdom and instruction is being requested in this endeavor.

Thank you.


me = neither
why? neither unit has access to SSB (Single SIdeband) that the majority of Hams utilize for phone (vox) comms.

If I could, I'd spend the extra and buy this one! YMMV

smarter posters to follow

ETA: Maybe this one if you need to save $20 and really want Airband


ignore my dumb a$$ (I just recommended a unit I just said not to buy!?), this new to me netbook is gonna be the death of me...

This SONY is what I was trying to link to.....?
Link Posted: 11/19/2012 8:38:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2012 8:41:16 AM EST by wdlsguy]

Nice little receiver (I have one of these). Add an external antenna and a pair of headphones for best results.

ETA:

eham reviews for Tecsun PL-660 PLL World Band Receiver
eham reviews for Sony World Band Receiver ICF-SW7600GR
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:08:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 3:20:07 AM EST by SCWolverine]
Meter Bands
November 19, 2012, Submitted by: Ken (Admin)

A list of shortwave radio and amateur radio (Ham radio) ‘meter’ bands. It is a general list of ‘bands’, their associated frequencies, and a general description of what to expect.

Depending on your specific shortwave radio, you can receive lots of international broadcasts as well as some or all of the amateur radio (Ham radio) bands. The bands (meter bands) vary regarding what is better during the day or better at night.

Your shortwave radio may have some of these ‘meter’ bands labeled, or the frequencies themselves. Other radios require that you enter the frequency directly.

By the way, the meter bands themselves represent the approximate height of the signal’s wavelength. For example the popular 31 meter international broadcast band consists of ‘invisible’ wavelengths of about 31 meters from bottom to top (about 100 feet!).

Download and/or print your own copy:
Shortwave and Amateur (Ham) Radio METER BANDS


Meter Band Frequency (kHz) Condition Comments:



120 2300 – 2495 Night Mainly used ‘locally’ in tropical regions
Also used by government in North America

90 3200 – 3400 Night Mainly used ‘locally’ in tropical regions
Used by various agencies of U.S. government

80 3500 – 4000 Night Amateur (Ham radio) band
LSB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode

75 3900 – 4000 Night Mainly used in Eastern Hemisphere
Mainly Europe, Africa

60 4750 – 5060 Night Mainly used ‘locally’ in tropical regions
Best reception during Fall and Winter

49 5900 – 6200 Night Popular band for nighttime broadcasting
The best overall nighttime band for Int’l broadcasting

41 7100 – 7350 Night / Day Int’l Broadcast, except North-South America
which is reserved for Amateur radio

40 7000 – 7300 Night / Day Amateur (Ham radio) band
LSB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode

31 9400 – 9990 Night / Day Most Popular Int’l broadcasting band
Best mid-afternoon to mid-morning

25 11600 – 12100 Mostly Day Popular Int’l band for daytime broadcasting
Good any time of day

22 13570 – 13870 Mostly Day Int’l broadcasting
Not heavily used

20 14000 – 14350 Mostly Day Amateur (Ham radio) band (Popular long-distance DX)
USB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode

19 15030 – 15800 Mostly Day Int’l broadcasting
The best overall daytime band for Int’l broadcasting

17 18068 – 18168 Day Amateur (Ham radio) band
USB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode

16 17480 – 17900 Day Int’l broadcasting

15 21000 – 21450 Day Amateur (Ham radio) band
USB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode

13 21450 – 21850 Day Int’l broadcasting
Seldom used

12 24890 – 24990 Day Amateur (Ham radio) band
USB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode, Best during sunspots

11 25670 – 26100 Day Int’l broadcasting
Seldom used

10 28000 – 29700 Day Amateur (Ham radio) band
USB (voice) and CW (Morse code) mode, Best during sunspots

Most popular portable shortwave radio, Sony ICF-SW7600GR



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ETA: Chart in PDF form for downloading
even after a couple of attempts that chart still don't look like it should....save your time and download the PDF chart
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 3:09:45 PM EST
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