I usually use a venerable Yaesu FRG-7 for the majority of my listening, but prior to having this, when I first started back listening to the shortwaves, I purchased a Tecsun PL-600. For a sub £100 portable, this is extremely capable. It even includes SSB, although it has to be said SSB transmissions come through a bit distorted. It’s listen-able but not for too long. However, for AM SW broadcast listening it is very good. So for a change I decided to use this tonight and try it on (mainly) the 41m band with my external antenna connected. I was pleased to say I didn’t hear many images, which is quite surprising as 41m is a heavily used band, with some very high power stations, especially CRI. This is the only bug bear with 41m as CRI has a multitude of channels and do tend to bleed over adjacent stations. Anyhow, the following is what I managed to catch tonight, not a bad log for a cheapish portable and a 15m external antenna. I connected it to the ‘600 using the homebrew coupler described in a previous post.
6970 Khz Taiwan Sound of Hope 21:45 UTC RFA relay, Taiwan. Male announcer. SINPO: 21122 2014-11-30
7240 Khz Tibet PBS Xizang 21:50 UTC Non-stop Chinese pop music. Lhasa relay SINPO: 44444 2014-11-30
7310 Khz Taiwan R. France Intl 22:10 UTC Chinese. Male and female announcers. Taiwan relay. Heavy ACI from CRI on 7315 SINPO: 43333 2014-11-30
7410 Khz Phillipines Vatican Radio 22:15 UTC Chinese. Talk and chanting. Phillippines relay. SINPO: 33333 2014-11-30
7470 Khz Tajikistan RFA 22:19 UTC Chinese. Male announcer. Jingles and announcements at 22:20. Dushanbe relay. SINPO: 43344 2014-11-30
7520 Khz Sri Lanka R. Farda 22:25 UTC Playing Elton Johns ‘Your Song’. Male announcer with ID at 22:26 followed by more music. Iranawila relay SINPO: 43344 2014-11-30
So don’t be put off if you only own a portable. Get it coupled to an external antenna and you never know what you will hear. Good luck.