Why are reviews like this one http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/8521#123136 being posted in the reviews section? Shouldn't it be in the forums? The reviewer doesn't own the item reviewed and as far as we can tell has never even used one.
I purchased one of these from an ebay vendor. When I installed it it couldn't find a driver. Downloading prolific drivers was a waste of time none of them worked. Finally I went back to the vendor's web page and found a download link for a driver which I had missed. It worked fine.
I have used both the Tecsun PL600 and PL660 and both are quite sensitive. The eBay one must be a bummer. You were wise to send it back. IMHO both models are as good as any of the portables in their class.
Thanks for the tips, Terry. The FTM-350AR is a bit pricey for me. The FTM-10R says "bluetooth coming soon". I'll keep an eye on it. At least there is some movement in the bluetooth department. After all you could connect a bluetooth headset to a mobile phone for years. With all the "hands free" regulations coming into effect there should be a big demand for this. 73, Jack
Does anyone know of a 2 meter or 2M/440 mobile radio with bluetooth built in? I have been expecting (hoping?) to see this for some time now. The manufacturers still produce rigs with microphones with all the controls on the mic, even if you implement your own bluetooth solution you can't control the rig without it. We're past due for a change in thinking about how mobile rigs are used.
I don't see any problem with giving it a try. If it gets rid of your RF you've succeeded! I use those clip-on cores on my feedline as baluns and have no RF in my shack. In one case I go directly from the ladderline of a G5RV to 50 ohm coax using several ferrite cores as chokes and it works great.
A few years ago I bought an Ameritron RCS-8V remote antenna switch which works great. Recently I looked at the outdoor switch unit and found that several small screws holding the bottom plate to the case were rusted. I emailed Ameritron and complained. Surely they should have used better hardware for a unit designed for outdoor use. Their response was to suggest that I go to my local hardware store and buy new screws!
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