XHDATA D-808 Portable Digital Radio FM stereo/SW/MW/LW SSB RDS Air Band Multi Band Radio Speaker with LCD Display Alarm Clock External Antenna

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XHDATA D-808 Portable Digital Radio FM stereo/SW/MW/LW SSB RDS Air Band Multi Band Radio Speaker with LCD Display Alarm Clock External Antenna

XHDATA D-808 Portable Digital Radio FM stereo/SW/MW/LW SSB RDS Air Band Multi Band Radio Speaker with LCD Display Alarm Clock External Antenna

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The answer? Build yourself a Long Wave induction antenna as shown in the second video [below]. I made one some time ago, as I grew frustrated at how poor the Tecsun radios were on this part of the band & that there were no LW induction antennas available to buy. I tried a signal on 207 kHz which is RÚV Rás 2 from Iceland. Either a radio with a very good internal antenna or a good external antenna is needed to receive this station at my QTH in southern England. SWLing Post reader Mike reported a loud “pop” when changing bands. I can replicate that but it’s not that loud here. I’m getting a much louder pop (independent from the volume setting like Mike’s pop) when using the band scan function though. If I’m tuned to a station and another station (strong enough to stop the scan) is quite close (10-15 kHz) to the station where the scan was started, a loud pop will be heard when the scan stops at the other station. Operation/Ergonomics

I have the XHdata D-808 and find it a good radio for the money, I have no issues with battery life and have left it for weeks without use and still plenty of battery life. The PL-880 has the dreaded distortion on SSB which can be annoying, on the D-808 it’s hardly noticeable. The S-8800 suffers the same on SSB. I improved my D-808 receiver. I removed the magnetic antenna and made the input external on long and medium waves. On all bands the telescopic antenna works perfectly. https://cloud.mail.ru/public/8MpN/5KEdTSpDo Absolutely amazing! Thank you for taking the time to put this procedure together and describing the process in such fine detail, Gary! Hats off to you! The PL-880 is decent on LW, Good on MW and very good on SW, it’s a joy to use. Audio is ok. I find the Audio on the PL-880 better to my ears in general.

Signal handling capabilities

This is truly a deep dive featuring five popular ultralight portable radios and examining mediumwave, shortwave, FM, and AIR Band performance.

Here are some of the key points I gleamed from a digital copy of the owner’s manual: Radiwow R108 Features: Placing the D-808 on the induction antenna resulted in a very pleasing result, which was it did get reception of Iceland on 207 kHz. So this shows that it is possible to DX on the LW bands with the D-808 with some “external help”. Direct frequency input needs to be initated with the “Freq” button though, and in some cases (shortwave frequency <10,000kHz) you need to hit it again to enter the frequency. The D-808 has up/down buttons in addition to the main tuning knob, they are stepping through the bands in the “Fast” step width so you can pretty much always leave the tuning knob on “Slow” . Pressing these buttons longer than 3s starts the band scan. Holding each of the left side band buttons starts the “ATS” scan-and-save-to-memory automatic. Although the XHDATA D-808 is styled differently than the Skywave and is a bit larger, it is based on the same Silicon labs Si4735 DSP Chip, which is used in many radios including the popular C. Crane Skywave SSB, Eton Satellit and Traveler III. And while the D-808 eliminates the NOAA Weather Band of the Skywave radios (since that is a US-service it would make no sense in a radio not intended for the US market), there were a few enhancements which elevate the D-808’s performance up a notch – RDS on FM along with better sound quality and slightly better AM sensitivity. The primary reason for the superior AM is the D-808’s 3 7/8” ferrite rod antenna versus the 2 ¾” ferrite in the Skywave radios…this larger ferrite rod easily accounts for the difference I hear. I did only a few minutes test on LW and MW, and it seemed OK, even if I don’t have a lot of experience on these bands.

The second pair of digits is a crude calculation of receiver (not audio!) SNR, which can be useful in conjunction with the signal strength meter, e.g. for adjusting or comparing antennas and so on, and it works best with AM and FM signals. LW is poor, better than the PL-660 but still poor, Good on MW and Very good on SW. I hate the soft muting. It is a noisier radio than the PL-660 which is less fatiguing. But due to the differences in the audio/speaker sometimes the D-808 can be more intelligible on weak signals than the PL-880 or PL-660 and even the S8800. Switchable Display: Time (Default), Signal Strength/Signal To Noise ratio, Temp (Fahrenheit or Centigrade) and Alarm Time.



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