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  1. KW4TJ

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    The radio's construction is high quality and performance itself is great - Using a sloped dipole at 15
    feet with a tuner (Ant Gain switch turnded down on radio) I heard all the stations I could hear on
    my TS-430S ham rig and the audio quality was much better although not as mellow as larger radios.
    A few images appeared but otherwise little overload. Very little background noise for a portable.
    All India Radio 11620 came in well - much better than with the Grundig S350. Also I heard several
    Middle Eastern and Eastern Europeans broadcasts. I haven't really tried out AM or FM yet but but
    both have good audio. The Low tone setting works best for me.

    I had a few problems with the radio the first day. The radio would turn off after being on only
    10-20 seconds. After half an hour of trying various things it turned the out batteries that came
    with radio died (after only 3 hours). The AC adapter does not work but it could be because
    I don't have 220V here. It took awhile but I finally figured out Sys Set features and I loaded
    several memories. To load memories, you need to set the page number first (default is P 1)  
    on M Page button - this is best explained near the beginning of the manual. (By the way the
    maual for the YB-550PE [same features as PL-200] is downloadable at the Eton website -
    the PL-200 manual is in Chinese). After that forget the manual - it will mess you up - very
    confusing! Just tune to the frequency you want then press MEM EDIT and the frequency
    will automatically load at the first available memory - (P 1 01) after 3 seconds.  Deleting
    memories is easy also. Other explanations in the manual are easier to understand.

    I like the radio alot but it really doesn't have the feel of an analog radio that I was hoping for.
    When you tune up or down the bands using the tuning wheel or the UP DOWN 5 khz keys you
    hear a slight electronic clicking noise which gets to you after awhile. Also it takes several turns of
    the thumb wheel to go from the bottom to the top of each band - so I find myself pressing
    buttons about 95% of the time. I've always believed that digital sets are actually less user
    friendly than analog sets, despite all the extra features - they sure don't feel the same - just
    my opinion.  Maybe I'll feel diffently after using it awhile. 4 1/2 stars
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