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Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. Page 4: Introduction B Introduction Location of parts and controls Refer to the pages in the parentheses for details. Furthermore, do not use unnecessary force when storing the antenna. All buttons will be inoperative. Slide and open the battery compartment lid.
Insert four R6 size AA batteries in the battery compartment. Insert with correct polarity as shown. Close the battery compartment lid. Page 9 Otherwise, the clock setting will be cleared. In this case, set the time again. Preset stations, the time set by standby function and the time difference between your local time and the UTC are not erased. Using AC power adaptors with different specifications polarity of the plug, etc.
Set the clock to the current time. If daylight saving time is not used in your area, daylight saving time is not currently in effect, or to Step 4. Page 14 Finding out the time in other areas of the world continued Time difference between local time and UTC The table shows the time difference with the UTC for each area. Select the channel step according to your area. Page Directly Entering The Frequency - Direct Tuning Directly entering the frequency — Direct tuning If you know the frequency of the station you want to listen to, you can use the number buttons for quick and accurate tuning.
If you enter an invalid frequency You will hear two short beeps and the display will return to the frequency you are currently listening.
Check the frequency and repeat from Step 3. Page 19 Tips The unit will perform auto scan when —? K, and in ascending order when holding down k? This is convenient when you want to return to the previous reception after the unit has resumed scanning.Ver 1. Personal Audio Company. Recording output level approx. External power source Except Chinese.
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ATT attenuator control When using headphones, sound from the speaker will be muted. DC IN 6V! LIGHT button When the display is difficult to see, press this button to light up the display for approximately 10 seconds. Pressing the button again while the light is on will turn off the light. Performing button operations while the light is on will extend the lighting time. Telescopic antenna Always pull out the base of the antenna before use.
Furthermore, do not use unnecessary force when storing the antenna. At this time, be sure to push in the base as well. Number buttons 15, 16, 22, 23, Press again to return to the previous display. If you do not press the button, the display will return to the previous condition in about 10 seconds.
TUNE indicator 16, 18 Appears when a station is tuned in. All buttons will be inoperative. Time indicator 12 Appears when the time display is adjusted to the Daylight Saving Time. PAGE number display Appears constantly when the radio is on. Page of 26 Go.On Sundaywe discovered that mediumwave performance is lacking on the S Not so on shortwave! Check out this short video:. Click here to view on YouTube. Sensitivity is better than the PL, though, so the S can dig those signals out of the noise a little better.
Quite common for portables. After I returned home yesterday, it struck me that perhaps a longer telescopic whip gave the S an advantage. Next, I need to spend a little time with the S mapping out any birdies on HF—a tedious process. I hope to start on that today. To follow updates on this yet-to-be-released receiver, follow the tag: Tecsun S As a hobbyist project, any ideas for an existing cable or how to make such a cable with the appropriate power circuit?
I know a power cord can be created as long as polarity and the coaxial plug match what the Sony requires. As the GR supplies 6v DC to the external antenna jack to power their active loop antennas there seems to be a great deal of confusion on the web about whether one can or cannot use an external antenna such as a random length of wire attached to the center tip of a barrel connector.
I have been unable to locate the blog entry but I seem to remember you discussing this in one of your posts. In it you mentioned you had built a widget that killed the voltage and allowed you to use the external antenna of your choice. I would appreciate your thoughts on a random wire to center tip antenna and details of the widget you built when you have time.
Thank you for your question, Steven. Check out how it compared with other benchmark portables in our Mega Review. Still, I occasionally stumble upon reasonable deals online. Once new stock is depleted, though, I forecast prices will increase accordingly. Click here to search eBay. Be careful, though: some used units might have problems with the telescopic whip antenna or corrosion in the battery compartment for example. Though less frequently than in the past, Bling. Indeed, at time of posting, they actually have one in stock!!!
I buy from Blinq with confidence because their return policy is so flexible. Click here to search Blinq.
Click here to search Amazon. Keep in mind, though, that these are being sold by third parties, not directly by Amazon. Still: there are a number of new units available.But what radio should I pack? Typically, the reader has several models in mind and is curious how they compare. Moreover, all these radios have a similar form factor: they are portable enough to be operated handheld, sport a direct-frequency entry keypad, a dedicated external antenna jack, and a generous backlit display.
All of them also have SSB, and all but one have selectable sideband synchronous detection. I know their individual characteristics quite well and have used them in a variety of situations.
The X designers put a great deal of thought behind the design and ergonomics of the X; for instance, there are two indentations on the back of the radio which allow it to fit nicely in your hands. The X sports an internal speaker that produces excellent audio fidelity with a crisp response and even some distinct bass notes, especially notable if listening to an FM station. Of all of the radios listed here, the X has the the best variable receiver gain, tone control, largest display, and is the only radio with RDS Radio Data System.
When you store a Radio Australia frequency to memory, your X can display the full station name in large, easy-to-read characters. There is one omission from the X, though, that I find a bit surprising: it has no synchronous detection.
The display is smaller and more basic, although it does provide the most vital information. It also has a dedicated, stable line-out jack. Important controls are all accessible, and I can easily engage the key lock without fear of accidentally pressing the wrong button during the recording. The real test? If it was ever lost or broken, I would promptly repair or replace this radio.
Sony ICF-SW7600 Service Manual
When it came out, I figured it would be redundant, considering the many other portables I own with synchronous detection. The PL is a pleasure to operate, and a true performer. It locks onto a station and rarely loses that lock. Ergonomics are excellent on the PL, too—the buttons have a tactile response, are well marked, and all functions are simple to find. The right side-mounted tuning knob has a smooth action.
The Tecsun PL has been on the market since and has a dedicated following amongst SWLs, many of whom favor it above anything else in its class. It lacks a line-out jack, something I find essential for recording shortwave broadcasts. The Tecsun PL only started shipping in November It was highly anticipated as the new flagship portable in the Tecsun line. Out of the four portables evaluated here, I find the PL the most pleasurable to operate. One of my favorite features is its dedicated fine-tuning knob, just below the main tuning knob on the right side of the radio.
The PL also sports the most filter options of any other portable on the market. Indeed, in SSB mode, the filter can be narrowed all the way down to hz, making this CW operator, at least, quite contented. Yes, the PL has some. First of all, I feel like its current firmware version leaves room for improvement.
One such hidden feature is its synchronous detection, which is the least refined in this set of portables: it has difficulty maintaining a stable lock, thus audio is significantly compromised.
I find it rather distracting. Still, I do like the PL Its audio and overall quality make up for any annoyances.Discontinued Portable Shortwave Receivers. Direct access tuning is provided along with a multifunction LCD digital readout for unsurpassed convenience and accuracy 1 kHz step tuning on longwave, medium wave and shortwave.
Just press the numbered keys to match the frequency you want to hear. Manual and automatic scan tuning plus memory scanning is provided.
Sony ICF-SW7600GR Operating Instructions Manual
These memories are non-volatile and therefore will not be lost during the changing of batteries. A special Synchronous Detector circuit reduces fading and annoying "beat" frequency interference from adjacent stations as well as distortion due to fading shortwave reception.
FM stereo A record output jack is included for taping off the air. There is also a Sleep function which can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The side-lit dial light will illuminate the LCD green for 15 seconds when the dial light switch is pressed.
This radio has a 24 hour digital quartz clock with dual timer. You can set the radio audio to come on with Timer A and Timer B. The current time is displayed when the radio is off. To view the time while the radio is on simply press the [EXE] key. The time will then display automatically for 9 seconds. Please click here to view left and right sides. Click here to view front controls.
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I just happen to disagree, is all. For one thing, the audio is so pedestrian. It's not necessarily worse than other portables its size, and is in fact better than many, I am sure, but it's still raw and tinny no matter which tone setting you use, and even on FM which IS stereo through headphones it sounds a bit too trebly. With headphones, the audio is certainly better, but otherwise, it's mediocre.
Another thing, tuning is a bit non-standard and even if it's easy to learn and use, it never stops feeling counterintuitive. In fact, the is lightyears better than the G in almost every respect but that's another review. SSB is pretty solid, not drifty, but it has a bandwidth that sometimes seems the size of a barn door, and even with the narrow setting there is bleedover from nearby signals. And then, of course, setting the bandwidth to narrow makes the audio that much muddier.
The one thing I do have to say it has in common with the ICF is the useless display backlight. Even brand new and with fresh batteries or on wallwart power, it barely illuminates anything and unless you are in total darkness it's pretty pointless. It's just that it seems we're constantly being told this is one of the great portables, and I just don't quite get it. It's good, but not great. Over the last ten days or so, I've had occasion to use a like-new G made in I believe, so 'newer' than my first G by quite a few years and while I certainly enjoyed playing with a decent radio which it surely isI found more issues with which to contend.
It performs about as well as my earlier unit, perhaps a little quieter in the noise department, and that is a good thing. But it isn't much of an improvement in any other regard, I feel.
SSB performance is even more fatiguing than on my previous unit. The SSB filter is as wide as a barn-door for even a mildly busy band, and no amount of fiddling around with any feature can cure the heterodynes and desensitization from close signals above and below the desired one. I don't recall my first G being quite so wide open on SSB.
The synch is still pedestrian; like its predecessor, it works but doesn't lock as well as it ought to even on moderately solid signals, and growls and whines until it locks again. Of course, the G's synch has nothing on its big brother the 's dynamite synch detection.
Audio is marginally warmer but still typical for its size and quality, nothing bad, nothing great. I still find the display light to be far too dim for use in any environment short of pitch blackness. If you are a Sony collector or just have a thing for Sony receivers, it will be a decent addition to your radio room. But simply put, there are just plain better receivers available for about the same price point, and in some cases even less, especially on the used market.Tecsun PL880 Receiver
AK9S Rating: Amazing Time Owned: more than 12 months. I hate this little radio, as it resulted in a rather embarrassing finding.Discontinued Receiver. The first thing that hits you from the older black cased "G" model is the silver color. I'm not sure how well this is going to hold up in use I preferred the black color better.
You can also scan the memories as well, which for many is good news as well. So one can " preset" it, and switch it in when needed.
Very handy indeedespecially when using a external antenna of some sort. The "lock" switch is better implemented over the G model. It is not a "plastic" blocking piece that held the power button from being pushed as it was in the old "G" model. It now is a "real" button. Much better.
A bit of button cramming was needed to include these 2 new buttons on the front. These would be the "page" and "scan" additions. Other than that, we have pretty much have the same basic layout, with a exception on the left side.
Great plus here and works well. But Sony went one better with the added switch. A signal that could be heard weak on the also using it's attached whip but still very much listen-able was awash this Sony set. Of course on a external antenna all faired better. Also a certain but not serious amount of low-level white noise background noise was heard even with the strongest of signals.
Not excessive, but a comment that needs to be pointed out. Even with the sync on, it does not make a difference here with this noise. Serious spurious "image" signals Here is one that really surprised me. Test's with other strong signals in other higher bands proved this problem even stronger.
This was not overloading Mind you it takes a strong signal to hear this, but again on the ICF it hears no such image signals. The other 2 major problems with the "GR" to me is audio quality and muting when tuning see below.
One Bandwidth Filter.