Hello Skooter Blog readers. Today I talk about a Radio Multi-Banda Mundial Tecsun PL-660 FM, AM (Medium Wave), Shortwave, Long Waves and Escuta Aeronautics (TECSUN PL-660 (Black) AIR/FM/SW/MW/LW World Band Radio), acquired on eBay from the seller it.box, directly from Hong Kong.
The Tecsun is a Chinese manufacturer that produces various radio lines, the most basic, like Tecsun R-909 that I have shown here in Skooter Blog, even the most sophisticated, like Tecsun PL-660 I will now present. The Tecsun also manufactures some radios with Eton brand, Custom Eton Corporation, two Americas, who sell in the US market.
But what is special on a radio as the Tecsun PL-660 that differentiates it from other? A lot. To begin, it covers a lot of tracks. Not only FM (from 76 MHz a 108 MHz), but also AM (or Ondas Media, from 520 KHz a 1710 KHz), Long Waves (from 100 KHz a 519 KHz) and all shortwave bands (from 1.711 KHz a 29.999 KHz), covering the tracks of 120, 90, 75, 60, 49, 41, 31, 25, 22, 19, 16, 15, 13 and 11 meters). It also has aircraft listening (from 118 MHz a 137 MHz).
Of no use so many tracks if the tuner is not good. And this is the best tuner I've seen in a radio, he can get the most distant radio easily only with the telescopic antenna. The FM band takes all the stations in the region with excellent quality, even those that are bad or even not take up cheaper radios. In radio with lower quality tuners is easy to hear the same local radio across the frequency band, and it does not happen with the Tecsun PL-660. In shortwave radio could tune various international and even some amateurs in the range of 11 meters (of the PX). In aviation range could already hear some communications between pilot and tower, but not heard enough to know that it was airport.
You can tune stations by turning the traditional way button or typing directly the frequency. The digital display shows the exact frequency that is tuned to the illuminated LCD display. The analog stick is intelligent and changes the frequency in very short intervals (from 1 in 1 KHz) when we are slowly turning the button, but uses larger jumps quickly we turn. You can store up to 2.000 stations.
If the telescopic antenna is not enough, You can connect another antenna, wire, accompanying. She has several meters and can be coupled to the telescopic antenna extended and the environment, further increased the number of stations that Tecsun PL-660 can tune. If that does not suffice, there is still a connector for external antenna.
The digital display also has a signal strength indicator. With it you can see how the signal is coming from the radio being tuned. A side key lets you easily choose the sensitivity of the tuner. The options are Local, Normal e DX. The first has a low gain and tunes only local radio stations with very strong signal, the second keeps the gain in an intermediate value, and the third gives an extra gain in signal to get the most distant stations.
The digital display also shows a clock, that is functional even when the radio is off. He accepts the format 12 e 24 hours. You can also set two alarms, connecting the radio at pre-programmed times, and include function “nap” (snooze). A timer 1 a 120 minutes is available to automatically turn off the radio, ideal for those who like to sleep listening to the radio.
The Tecsun PL-660 works with 4 AA size batteries. And he is already accompanied by 4 AA rechargeable batteries and a 6V power supply to turn on the electricity and recharge the batteries. Reloading is automatic when connecting the source, and the load is done wisely, stopping itself when it is completed. The digital display shows the battery level and is configurable for NiMH or alkaline batteries, in other words, it will not get indicating that NiMH batteries are weak to wait the higher voltage of alkaline.
In AM you can set the interval between stations 9 KHz or 10 KHz, by region. In Brazil and the rest of America is used 10 KHz. You can also set the FM range is 88 a 108 MHz (as in Brazil) or 76 a 108 MHz (for some countries such as Japan). The range of long waves can also be deactivated. A LOCK function allows you to lock all buttons to prevent accidental key presses.
The sound quality is good. For a radio only 187 x 144 x 33 mm, with a small speaker, we can say that is great. And you can connect the headphones that come with it and listen to the stereo. There is a button to select a more serious sound (bass) or acute (treble). Or do weight Tecsun PL-660 is only 470 grams, not including batteries.
Among the most special functions, we have the SSB (Shortwave Single-Sideband), com USB (Upper Sideband) e LSB (Lower Sideband). What these functions allow is tune to stations on shortwave transmitting using a different modulation, using only the upper or lower band (with respect to the carrier) and leaves the receiver the task of recreating the other band. Some stations use this function to achieve a more efficient signal or even to make two simultaneous transmissions on the same track.
Another interesting feature is the synchronization detection and double conversion technology that are applied in the AM band. This improves the sensitivity and prevents radio interference. It is useful when we are tuning into a station and she begins to suffer interference from other stations with strong signals on nearby frequencies, for example.
And you think all these functions leave Tecsun PL-660 difficult to move? On the contrary, almost everything is well designed and managed to do just about everything I needed without consulting the manual. I've seen similar radios, other manufacturers, they were much more complex.
The Tecsun PL-660 comes with:
- Synthetic leather cover to save the radio.
- Power supply, is monovolt, but you can choose the version 110V or 220V. In my case, chose to 110V which is the voltage used in my region.
- External Antenna, a wire consisting of several meters with a connector to attach the telescopic antenna, which is wrapped in the very case when not in use. There is also a clip to easily hang it on mobile, handles, etc.
- 4 rechargeable AA nickel-metal hydride (NiMH).
- Stereo Headphones.
- Mini CD with user manual in English in PDF and JPG
The only thing you can do lack in Tecsun PL-660 is that it is not an MP3 Player. Indeed, never seen a radio of this category was also MP3 Player. But I found a cool way to use it when I am in order to hear any radio station. When I'm home, sometimes I connect Full Range FM Transmitter with USB Port C007B Black (Fm Transmitter Full Range USB Port C007B Black) on the computer and leave Spotify playing some station with songs like. Tune the Tecsun PL-660 at the frequency you chose on the transmitter (normally 88,5 MHz) and so I can hear the whole house.
When I went to buy the Tecsun PL-660 had several sellers on eBay with his ads. Most with values around US $ 85,00. I ended up choosing the it.box for being a reputable seller who was at the lowest price. The announcement it is in Australian dollars, I was with a favorable price at the time, getting cheaper than that of other advertisers. At the time of writing, the US dollar appreciated slightly against the Australian dollar, then the situation is reversed. But as exchange is something unstable, all may have changed again now that you are reading. In just 15 days Tecsun PL-660 was already in my hand, no taxes.
And do now with some pictures:
And the tracking information, according to the Post:
|19/07/2013 11:50||CSD (Removed)||Delivery Effected|
|19/07/2013 09:09||CSD (Removed)||Out for delivery to the recipient|
|15/07/2013 07:41||INTERNATIONAL TRAT Unidade PARANA – CURITIBA/PR||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
|07/07/2013 11:38||HONG KONG||Routed|
|M traveling to TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL|
|04/07/2013 10:22||HONG KONG||Posted|
It, finally, the purchase summary table:
|Product Name:||Radio Multi-Banda Mundial Tecsun PL-660 FM, AM (Medium Wave), Shortwave, Long Waves and Escuta Aeronautics|
|Name Original:||TECSUN PL-660 (Black) AIR/FM/SW/MW/LW World Band Radio|
|Store:||eBay | Seller: it.box | Store: itbox|
|Value:||AU $ 94,50|
|Current value:||AU $ 95,00|
|Payment Method:||PayPal w / Credit Card Visa International|
|Shipping Type:||Standard International Flat Rate Postage|
|Shipping Fee:||AU $ 29,00|
|Package Home Country:||Hong Kong / China|
|Time in Transit:||15 days|
|Declared content:||FM Radio|
|Type Marked Content:||Gift|
|Declared Value:||US$ 20,00|
And here I close the article on Radio Multi-Banda Mundial Tecsun PL-660 FM, AM (Medium Wave), Shortwave, Long Waves and Escuta Aeronautics (TECSUN PL-660 (Black) AIR/FM/SW/MW/LW World Band Radio), acquired on eBay, either with a positive recommendation for the product and for the seller it.box. If you also want to shop in eBay, Direct from Hong Kong and other countries, click the article links and good shopping. And all I ask is that you indidicate the article (or the blog) for at least a friend. It take time to enjoy the Skooter Blog on Facebook and always stay on top of updates.