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Getting back into shortwave

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May 24, 2007
Greenwich, CT
After not really being all that happy with my Sony ICF-SW35 I was looking at the Techsun-PL660

Anyways I can get CHU Canada but I can't get any of the other time stations here like WWV and WWVH.


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Jul 22, 2002
Bowie, Md.
The Tecsun might be a newer model, but there is a little on it...

Tecsun PL-660 « radiojayallen

Tecsun PL-660 PLL World Band Receiver Product Reviews

A quick check of the discontinued models in the Universal website shows that the SW35 does have an attenuator - make sure that's not turned on. However keep in mind that HF is nowhere near like scanning - the bands are NOT generally open 24 hours a day. 2.5 and 5 mhz would be audible only during darkness hours, 10 mhz would probably be on day and night with the flux as high as it is now, and 15/20 mhz would be open during the daylight hours.

In addition clipping say 20 or 30 foot of wire to the whip would likely wake this radio up - but be VERY careful of static discharges - if one hits the whip, the likely result would be a blown RF amp. This is quite common of many portables, and hopefully that hasn't happened to you (yet).

bvest regards...Mike
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