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The Future of Australian Shortwave Radio in the Asia Pacific

In 2017, the shortwave radio airwaves fell silent with the cessation of Australian domestic and international shortwave radio broadcasts. This was the culmination of withdrawing funding from a variety of Australia Government Departments including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ultimately the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The ABC labeled shortwave radio an antiquated technology and opted instead to reallocate resources and funding to local FM transmissions focused in Papua New Guinea. As a result of this, China promptly and actively moved to fill the Australian Government’s earlier role of broadcasting Shortwave Radio into the Asia Pacific region via the ABC. A large number of the people living in some of the most remote communities of the Pacific Islands actively rely on shortwave radio broadcasts to keep in touch with the world.

Without Shortwave Radio, many individuals are left isolated. The positive impact shortwave radio can have on many individuals in the Asian Pacific region is demonstrated through the example of  Chief Ben Lovo and his family of Bongkil Village on Erromango, Vanuatu, said that “shortwave broadcasts from RNZI during Cyclone Pam, allowed him to warn four villages of the danger and save hundreds of lives.”

Shortwave radio is so effective at providing long range communications because the radio waves bounce off the ionosphere and back down to the ground allowing a single shortwave radio broadcast to be heard thousands of kilometres away from the transmitter. It is because of this that shortwave radio works particularly well distributing signals to the many remote islands throughout the Pacific region, where there is no other means of low cost mass communication.

China, already aware of this and in light of Australia’s withdrawal from shortwave broadcasting, increased their existing broadcasts into the region fully understanding that if shortwave coverage is present, their sphere of influence and subsequent “soft power”would be immediately increased. The notion, that the Chinese immediately adopted the frequencies that the Australian Government, and indeed the ABC cut funding towards, “comes at a time of heightened speculation in Australian media and the commentariat about the motives behind China’s growing influence in the Pacific.”

The growing Chinese interest in the Asia Pacific region has led to the Australian Government,  to conduct a review of the broadcast services available in the region and whether Australia should reintroduce Australian international Shortwave Radio broadcasts.

The Review, will analyse:

  • The coverage and access of existing Australian media services in the Asia Pacific region, including examining whether shortwave radio technology should be used

The review will cover:

  • All media distribution platforms (i.e. Television, radio and online)
  • Commercial, community and publicly funded services and
  • Different types of technologies such as analogue, digital and satellite radio and television services and online services.

Supporters of Shortwave Radio, are encouraged to engage in the review hosted by the Australian Government. Tecsun Radios, as firm believers in the vital service that shortwave provides, believes that this review will act as a catalyst in encouraging Australia, to re-enter the Asian Pacific market in providing the vital service that shortwave allows.

Tecsun, will actively engage in the review process, in the hope that this reinvigorates Australia’s interest in the Pacific region. We firmly believe that shortwave radio through its modern evolution digital radio mondiale (DRM) provide the optimum technology to delivery broadcast style communications to island in the Pacific region.

The review is open until the 3rd of August. You can use the link provided below to add your comments and ‘Have your Say Now’, in regards to re-establishing Australia’s presence in the Asia Pacific region, for shortwave radio broadcasting.

https://www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/review-australian-broadcasting-services-asia-pacific

 

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Everything you need to know about DAB+ Broadcasts in Australia

What is Digital Audio Broadcasting + (DAB+) Radio?

Digital Audio Broadcasting or DAB+ as the name implies is a new digital audio broadcast technology used to provide terrestrial radio services. DAB+ offers a user experience resembling internet streaming or listening to a podcast but without a potentially costly internet connection.

“DAB + effectively bridges the gap between broadcast and digital technology to efficiently provide high quality audio to the audience without impacting their data downloads.”

DAB + radio, is the most widely adopted digital radio standard worldwide, on air in more than 40 countries, including Australia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Norway to name a few. Increasingly as DAB + garners greater popularity there is widespread interest in rolling it out in the Asia Pacific and Southern Africa, as well as aiming to develop DAB + in regional and rural areas.

Furthermore, DAB+ lowers the barriers of new radio stations by offering a collaborative platform where broadcasters can partner to get their content on the air. DAB+ offers a dramatically increased number of radio stations and genres for listeners to tune into.

What are the benefits of DAB+ Broadcasts?

The promise of DAB+ is greatly improved audio quality and vastly improved reception characteristics when compared to traditional FM and AM broadcasts.

The broadcasting of AM occurs through the use of “longer wavelengths in the medium bands which allows for the signal to travel further.” However, to the detriment of AM, the band suffers interference, particularly when the signals come into contact with dense urban areas.

FM reception suffers from reflections caused by buildings and metal objects, particularly in a mobile situation, this results in a characteristic called “picket fencing” where the reception chops in and out, a very undesirable characteristic.

To combat the problems associated with AM and FM  reception, DAB + uses a “far more advanced and technically robust transmission system and operates in Australia in VHF Band III (Ch9A/9B/9C). To overcome interference, DAB + uses a robust modulation which is “designed for radio reception in mobile environments, such a vehicles and public transport.”

Recognising this advantage many traditional AM broadcasters are now simulcasting in DAB+.

There is also an economical advantage for broadcasters, as each allocated spectrum “Channel” can support 18 DAB+ channels, reducing the transmission cost.

Unlike AM or FM broadcasts that decrease in audio clarity depending on your distance from the transmitter, time of day, and geographical terrain, DAB+ offers ‘digital’ reception, listeners will have either a perfect user experience or no experience at all, mimicking that of digital television.

How can you listen to DAB+?

The exponential growth of DAB + Radio through 2017 and into 2018, can be epitomised where the number of DAB + radios in used in Australia rose to 3.8 million at the end of 2017, up 24%, from the previous 12 months. The increase in use of DAB + can also be seen where 56% of new cars sold are now fitted with DAB + radio.

Tecsun Radios Australia has released its first DAB+ radio the Apogee DAB+ Digital FM Radio. The Apogee DAB+ Digital FM Radio is a desktop radio capable of listening to DAB+ and traditional FM broadcasts. Additionally, the Apogee DAB+ Digital FM Radio includes the ability to bluetooth pair with a device such as smartphone and the radio also supports auxiliary input of audio via a cable. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the ability to use an external antenna to improve DAB+ reception. DAB+ transmission can be picked up with a band III VHF antenna oriented for reception of the vertical polarity, this extends the potential audience of DAB+ to people living outside of the current reception areas listed below.

https://www.tecsunradios.com.au/store/product/tecsun-d-008-dab-digital-radio/

Where can you listen to DAB+?

DAB+ is being rolled out progressively, today you can listen to DAB+ in the following list of Australia cities with more locates being added to the list every year:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
  • Hobart
  • Canberra
  • Darwin

Here is a link, which is useful in finding stations of DAB + in the cities listed above. You can also listen live through this link. Find stations through the search bar on the right hand side of the website.

http://www.digitalradioplus.com.au/listen.aspx?region=Hobart

The recent installation of DAB + radio in Hobart, now gives individuals access to more stations, particularly SBS and ABC stations. Use the link above to find these stations.

Where can you find DAB+ in the future?

Over the next five years, DAB + intends to extend their broadcasting capacity into 13 regional centres. Some of these regional centres include

  • Dubbo
  • Goulburn
  • Newcastle
  • Albury

The extension of DAB+ into these regional areas can be highlighted where “Radio is the leading audio platform consumed by Australians with 85% of people having listened to an AM/FM or DAB+ radio station on average in a week.” This is in comparison to Spotify 21%, Podcasting 10%, Pandora 8%, Apple Music 6%.

This is an image of the Apogee DAB+ Digital FM Radio used by Tecsun Radio’s. Get your DAB+ Radio today.

https://www.tecsunradios.com.au/store/product/tecsun-d-008-dab-digital-radio/

 

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The Importance of Shortwave Radio in the Modern Technology Mix

Shortwave Radio is ‘everywhere’

Natural Disaster is often unpredictable, yet life threatening and devastating. Papua New Guinea (PNG), Tonga and Vanautu, have all experienced trauma through natural disasters this year. Papua New Guinea experienced a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and Tonga and Vanuatu enduring cyclones, Cyclone Gita and Hola respectively. It is crucial during times like these that there is effective, efficient communication that enables residents to gain both local and international news, informing all individuals of the most current and up to date situation. To prevent a delay in action following the natural disaster, ensure you are equipped with adequate forms of communication.

Tecsun Radios Australia, actively promotes the continued accessibility of Shortwave Radio, where it primarily forms and lays the foundation of communication in both rural and developing countries. In essence, it is through the availability of Shortwave Radio, that these isolated locations remain informed of the world they live in and that which surrounds them.

Shortwave Radio is an effective radio form that allows you to actively listen to world events from differing perspectives, where news items are normally broadcast in real time to provide all listeners with accurate information. Shortwave will allow you to stay informed during times like natural disaster, where power related infrastructure in inevitably destroyed and unable to be utilised. Whilst a large proportion of Short-wave Radio is broadcast using English as their primary language, few short-wave radios broadcast in a foreign language. By engaging with and diversifying the production of radio through a foreign language, a larger target market is developed, establishing a greater audience.

A mobile phone and communications tower located in Vanuatu, damaged by one of this years cyclones. Image by: dailypost.vu

Recently, funding by the ABC towards Shortwave Radio, was in contention as “The ABC ceased its domestic shortwave broadcasting services to the Northern Territory and international shortwave services to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.” Although and whilst it can be argued that an ever-growing proportion of individuals in the Pacific and Rural Australia increasingly have access to the use of mobile devices, it is vital that in times of devastation, they have an effective, reliable and efficient form of communication. The breadth of reach that Shortwave Radio penetrated in the Northern Territory is enhanced where the “three transmission sites across the Territory, at Roe Creek (Alice Springs), Tennant Creek and Katherine, covered approximately 74% of the Northern Territory Population.” Discussion and Opposition towards the cessation of Shortwave Radio was promulgated by varying individual organisations, companies and politicians, where Nick Xenophon argues that the ABC is “ignoring the bush and Australia’s neighbours,” and that Shortwave Radio is a “form of soft diplomacy that is very effective, where it wins the hearts and minds in the region,” and without shortwave radio, Australians in remote communities are left isolated.

However, the recent funding cuts of Shortwave Radio, by DFAT and subsequently the ABC, have been combated by the establishment of Ozy Radio, which currently broadcasts on 4835 kHz. Tecsun Radios, supports Ozy Radio, where both Tecsun Radios and Ozy Radio are aware of the life changing impact that Shortwave Radio can have in informing individuals who may be isolated from the adequate infrastructure that can transmit much of the information heard by society today, whether this be for individuals living in remote areas, or for individuals to utilise during and after a natural disaster.

Following the earthquake that struck PNG on February 25, the director of PNG’s National Disaster Centre Martin Mose stated “communication networks were down and that was making it hard to assess the impact of the earthquake.” The anger penetrating from the residents of PNG stems primarily from the lack of information and adequate communication resources, which alongside the damage is ultimately “paralysing whole communities”. Had the ABC’s international Shortwave Radio services been active it could have provided a rapid and an effective method to broadcast information to communities impacted by the earthquake. The long distances that can be covered by Shortwave Radio lends itself perfectly to natural disasters, which are typically geographically concentrated. The rapid dissemination of information can inform communities where to meet emergency personnel who are trying to reach them to receive food, health care, and essential aim.

Tecsun Radios Australia firmly believes in the benefits of Shortwave Radio and how it can help remote and rural communities, the recent natural disasters in the Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu draw attention to the strengths of Shortwave Radio and its place in the modern technology mix for broadcasters.

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Ezvid Wiki Top 10 Shortwave Radios of 2017

We are thrilled to announce that TWO Tecsun radios have been awarded places on the Ezvid Wiki Top 10 Shortwave Radios of 2017!

The PL360 holds the #4 spot, with reviewers praising its comprehensive frequency scanning and four available tuning methods – most of you will know, however, that the even more superior PL365 is now available!

The PL880 goes a step further to take #3 on the list, and is described as having “unparelled sensitivity”.

The shortlist is compiled with thirty-five hours of research, and is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of shortwave radio options available to consumers in the United States.

View the entire shortlist here: https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-shortwave-radios.

To buy these models from Tecsun Radios Australia, follow the links below:

PL365: http://bit.ly/AUPL365

PL880: http://bit.ly/AUPL880

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Tecsun S-8800 Review

Review of the Tecsun S-8800

by Garry Cratt VK2YBX

The S-8800 High Performance AM/FM Radio is the latest radio to be released by Tecsun, and we think it has been worth the wait. The Tecsun S-8800 High Performance AM/FM Radio has been designed to provide maximum performance on the AM (MW) bands, allowing listeners to receive fringe AM radio stations with unmatched audio clarity. Being the authorised distributor for Australia and the Pacific, we obtained a handmade sample for evaluation and gave it to our radio expert Garry Cratt (VK2YBX) for evaluation. Read on for Garry’s review.

General features

Like many other models, the unit is battery operated, but in this case the batteries are 2 x 18650 lithium cells, which are charged via the USB socket on the side of the receiver. This ensures adequate DC power to sustain long periods of listening at good audio level. Users may recall that both the Tecsun BCL-3000 and the Tecsun S2000 use expensive C or D cells, and obviously customer feedback has led to this change to lithium cells.

The receiver even has a built in battery tester, in the form of two LEDs recessed into the battery compartment. If the LED does not illuminate, replace and recharge the offending cell. There is also a battery indicator as part of the front panel LDC display.

The second most obvious new feature of the Tecsun S-8800 is the inclusion of an infrared remote control. No other Tecsun model has this feature which allows the receiver to be controlled without having to touch it. This is an advantage when receiving AM stations , where the receiver has been physically oriented for best reception.

All the Tecsun S-8800’s features can be controlled using the remote control, including power, display (changing between frequency or time), memory (store or recall frequencies), tuning, VF/VM modes, scanning, mode (AM, FM (mono or stereo) USB or LSB, bands (AM, FM or shortwave, 9/10kHz setting for MW, AM bandwidth, and a keypad to allow direct entry of frequencies.

Fortunately, or perhaps part of the good overall design, the remote control operates from regular AAA batteries. Some of the receivers I have tested use special button batteries that are expensive to replace.

AM features

Ever since the demise of the Tecsun BCL-3000, and prior to that the Tecsun BCL-2000, there has been a need for a receiver capable of providing good fringe reception of AM broadcast band signals.

Other desirable features that go hand in hand with good AM sensitivity are frequency stability and those features which affect the tonal quality of sound. The Tecsun S-8800 fills this requirement by having separate volume, bass, treble and bandwidth controls. It also has the advantage of a 120mm speaker rated at two watts output, which provides superior sound, even when compared to the Tecsun PL-880 portable which has been used by many as a benchmark.

The Tecsun S-8800 has provision for the connection of an external AM antenna via the commonly encountered push button “speaker connectors”. This is a high impedance connection, so you can connect your longwire antenna directly.

However, most listeners will appreciate that an external antenna, which includes a matching balun and fed with shielded coaxial cable helps eliminate the effect of interference caused by many household items. The low impedance external BNC antenna connections can also be used for shortwave reception. One great feature that has been included is AM bandwidth selection. The only other model Tecsun receiver with this feature is the Tecsun PL-310ET, and it makes a world of difference. When an AM signal is noisy, being able to adjust the bandwidth from 6kHz down to 3 or even 2.3kHz means the difference between annoying noise and an intelligible signal, even if it does mean some loss in fidelity. This is of no consequence when most of the programming is “talkback”.

Although the frequency range is stated as 520-1620kHz (when the receiver is set to 9kHz spacing), it can be extended by setting the receiver to 10kHz spacing and then it will be possible to tune 520-1710kHz. By using slow tuning steps (1kHz), and station can be tuned.

FM features

Like previous Tecsun models the S-8800 allows the user to select between 64-108MHz, 76-108MHz and 88-108MHz frequency coverage.

There is also provision for connection to an external FM antenna, and many users already know the trick of connection to their household TV antenna to improve reception. Forcing the receiver into the FM mono mode will also improve weak signals.

Shortwave (SW) Features

SSB (single sideband) is used by what shortwave listeners call “utility” services. This can include amateur radio operators, aircraft, marine weather, 4WD clubs, The Flying Doctor (in Australia), as well as being used by mining camps, police etc for regular outback communications.

The Tecsun S-8800 allows independent selection of USB or LSB, and facilitates either 1kHz or 10Hz tuning steps in this mode.

The receiver covers 100-519kHz (LW), 520-1710kHz (AM using 10kHz channel spacing), 1711-29999kHz (SW).

Other features

There are a myriad of other features offered by the Tecsun S-8800 including those found in most models such as clock, timer, snooze and alarms. In total 650 stations can be stored in memory across all bands (there are limits for each band) and recalled in real time or at some time in the future. There are also the usual store, recall and delete memory functions as well as auto sort (handy for removing duplicate frequencies.

The receiver offers frequency “browsing”, similar to the ETM function found on smaller portables like the Tecsun PL-310ET and Tecsun PL-365, as well as semi-automatic storage (the receiver stops when it finds a signal and you have 4 seconds to store it), and ATS (Auto Tuning Storage) where the receiver stores every signal it discovers. It is these operations where the use of the remote control makes the process much easier.

To prevent signal overload, the receiver has “DX/Local” switch.

Like all computer driven receivers, things do sometimes get confused between operator and machine. To remedy this, there is a reset switch hidden under the main tuning knob. Pulling the knob off the shaft reveals this. A small pointed device is required, most uses find a paper clip is suitable.

Initial testing:

Testing so far has centred around fringe AM reception. My test site is 200Km from Sydney and I have found 2UE (954kHz) to be the weakest Sydney station. They transmit 5kW using an omnidirectional antenna.

For the test I decided to compare the Tecsun PL-660, Tecsun PL-880, Tecsun S2000 and Tecsun S-8800. Each receiver was placed in the same position on a test bench, located in an open area, and operating from batteries.

Using the 954kHz reference frequency, I compared all receivers. The Tecsun S-8800 performed better than all the others. I was very surprised that it performed better than the Tecsun S2000 which has a much larger ferrite rod antenna.

Tecsun PL-660 results: signal barely discernible

Tecsun PL-880 results: noisy but intelligible (using reduced bandwidth).

Tecsun S2000 results: signal discernible

Tecsun S-8800 results: entertainment quality signal (using reduced bandwidth)

Further testing on all bands will be performed in coming weeks and the results added to this review.

The Tecsun S-8800 is due to arrive at the Tecsun Radios Australia Sydney warehouse in mid-March (date TBC) with an initial batch of 20. It is available to pre-order now on the Tecsun website – eleven have sold already, so get in quick for the best chance of securing yours!

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Tecsun PL365 Radio Jay Allen review

The Tecsun PL365 was recently reviewed by Radio Jay on his blog.

Here are just a few of the things he had to say about the PL365

“The ETM has its own, temporary 100 station memory which is perfect for travelling to new areas where you can quickly populate that memory bank with receivable signals in that location leaving all your other 450 presets untouched…very convenient.”

“Tecsun has done an incredible job of making SSB tuning as precise and easy as can be”

“Its overall performance is excellent for the size and price”

“Its layout and design were carefully considered and well executed”

“The general shape and layout of the radio make one-handed tuning as easy as possible”

We’ve had a bit of a play around with the Tecsun PL365 today too!

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Thanks to Radio Jay for this review very detailed review. Read the full review here.

Garry VK2YBX has prepared some great tips and tricks for using the Tecsun PL365. You can read them here.

Treat yourself to a great new radio today. Buy the PL365 now.

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AN100 Loop Antenna Top Tips

Radio reviewer Gary Ryan VK2ZKT has put together this great list of top tips for using the Tecsun AN100 Loop Antenna to help get the best AM reception with your radio.

AN100 Loop Antenna being tuned with the PL880 Radio

AN100 Loop Antenna being tuned with the PL880 Radio

Tecsun AN100 Loop Antenna Top Tips by Gary Ryan:

  • Place the radio and loop outside the house if possible on your veranda or outdoor entertaining area.
  • If used inside always switch off all light dimmers.
  • Switch off energy saving lamps; these produce all kinds of noise.
  • Keep the loop as far as possible away from home entertainment systems like DVD players, LCD and Plasma TVs, set top boxes and the like, as the majority all use switch mode power supplies.
  • Keep the loop as close as possible to the radio; within 30mm.
  • Keep mobile phones away from the loop.
  • First tune the frequency of interest then tune the loop for best reception.
  • Try different locations in your home; remember you may have insulation that is backed with foil in your walls and or ceiling. This greatly attenuates the signals on the AM broadcast band.
  • Always rotate both the radio and loop to gain the best-received signal strength along with the best noise reduction.
  • Keep iPods and other MP3 players away from your radio and loop, the RF hash they generate even when switched off is huge.
AN100 Loop Antenna being tuned with the PL880 Radio

AN100 Loop Antenna being tuned with the PL880 Radio

Thanks to Gary Ryan VK2ZKT for this excellent list of top tips. Gary has also written a review of the AN100 Loop Antenna. Read his review here: AN100 Loop Antenna Review

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AN100 Loop Antenna Review

AN100 Loop Antenna Review

Michael using the AN100 Loop Antenna

Radio Reviewer Gary Ryan VK2ZKT wrote a AN100 Loop Antenna review

Here are just a few of the things he had to say in his AN100 Loop Antenna review

“Being a keen AM Broadcast Band listener the opportunity to purchase a loop antenna for AM reception cannot be overlooked.”

“The AN100 Loop Antenna … looks like a piece of artwork … the finish is first grade.”

“By far the best performance was with the loop”

“The AN100 Loop Antenna is a pleasure to use”

“Excellent value and makes a big difference to your listening pleasure to AM radio.”

Read the full AN100 Loop Antenna Review by Gary Ryan VK2ZKT

Being a keen AM Broadcast Band listener the opportunity to purchase the Tecsun AN100 loop antenna for AM reception cannot be overlooked.

I recently purchased the Tecsun AN100 Loop Antenna from Sydney-based Tecsun Radios Australia. The Tecsun loop, unlike other loop antennas on the market, actually works so well and also looks like a piece of artwork. This is important if you want to use the loop in your lounge room or kitchen table. The finish is first grade. The antenna is self-supporting and only has one control, a simple calibrated tuning knob to cover the broadcast band.

What’s in the box?

You get the AN100 loop antenna, interconnecting cable for receivers with external antenna connection and a single sheet of comprehensive yet simple to understand instructions. The instructions are actually quite good and describe the operation of the loop, suggested mounting arrangements and some basic information on AM reception. It should be noted that the loop antenna is designed for the AM Broadcast band only.

AN100 Loop Antenna Review

AN100 Loop Antenna being tuned with the PL880 Radio

Performance and use

The performance was checked during the day and night. First I checked the frequency coverage of the loop. To do this I used my RF Dip Meter and Frequency counter. Frequency coverage was measured at 515 KHz to 1.85 Mhz. Tuning was smooth and quite stable once a frequency was tuned.

I set the loop up to sit at a right angle to my radio and checked out the performance during daylight hours on a number of local stations. The loop made a considerable difference and improved the signal to noise ratio of the received signal. Tuning across the band in between the stations and peaking the “loop tuning control” peaked the reception across the band.

Next night time performance was checked. The performance at night was excellent with the ability to both peak and null out stations allowing the best possible reception available. By far the best performance was with the AN100 loop antenna as shown in the photo below.

AN100 Loop Antenna Review

Best AN100 Loop Antenna configuration with the PL880 radio

Conclusion

I found the AN100 Loop Antenna a pleasure to use. It does not look out of place in the lounge room and I am sure it will be a talking point amongst your friends when they come over. The price is excellent value and makes a big difference to your listening pleasure to AM radio both day and night.

It is also nice to see a local family business importing products like these for the enjoyment of everyone and to enhance their AM reception experience. Plus you get to talk to and have access to local knowledge and support as well. The loop antenna is available from Tecsun Radios Australia.

Thanks to Gary Ryan VK2ZKT for the excellent AN100 Loop Antenna Review. Read Gary’s AN100 Loop Antenna Top Tips here!

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Michael and Garry DXing with the AN100 Loop Antenna

AN100 Loop Antenna Review

Michael and Garry DXing with the AN100 Loop Antenna

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Tecsun PL880 Radio Firmware 8820

Checking your Tecsun PL880 Radio Firmware

1/ The radio should be turned off. Press and hold ‘AM BW’. The display panel will turn on and display all functions.

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2/ Press and hold ‘AM BW’ again. Your Tecsun PL880 Radio firmware will display as a 4-digit number.

tecsun pl880 radio firmware 2

The latest firmware version is 8820. All of our Tecsun PL880 Radios come installed with the latest firmware.

This hidden feature is one of many that can be read about here in the Tecsun PL880 Hidden Features post.

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Supporting Australian Amateur Radio Clubs

CQ VK Amateur radio clubs!

With over 15,000 members of the Australian amateur radio clubs and societies, we believe that it’s important to support these amateur radio clubs and societies which bring welcome and together hobbyists, amateurs and licensed amateurs. Best of all, these amateur radio clubs introduce the interest to new members of the community creating great friendships and sharing knowledge.

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We regularly offer group-buy discounts and inform clubs and their members first of any upcoming sales before the general public.

If you or your club would like to find out more about how Tecsun Radios Australia can support your amateur radio club and its members, please contact us using the form below. Our friendly team will get in contact with you shortly after.
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