So I have this SWEET Pioneer SX-780 that I bought off of eBay a while back and I like everything about it but the lights are kind of yellowish and I keep seeing pics of Pioneers with Bright White or even Blue tints. What gives?
So first of all this is an easy modification. The old Pioneer incandescent lamps are 8V lamps and over time they get a little smokey looking and tinted. All you really have to do is replace them with an LED lamp. The lamp fixture in the amp is the same one in a lot of modern automobiles today. So what you need is a T10 5 watt lamp such as this one.
So this is where it gets dicey. People will tell you on the internet that this is a 12 volt lamp and the Pioneer wants 8 volts therefore it will be dim. NOT TRUE. Almost any modern T10 LED has a voltage regulator inside of it which means it will work GREAT at any voltage between say 5 and 15 volts.
First you need to download the latest Raspberry Pi Raspbian OS from here. Get whichever version you want but I like to get the desktop version so I can VNC into it as it makes it easier.
If you have never done this connect your Raspberry Pi to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. If you are an old salt with Linux then just run headless and SSH into your Pi.
Once you download that file UNZIP IT. UNZIP IT. The file will end with an extension of .img
Do NOT try to burn the zip file to your SD card. UNZIP IT AND GET THE .IMG FILE.
Just got my XHData D-808 the other day and was able to give it a good shootout the last few days. It’s a sweet little radio. It SHOULD cost about $70 from Aliexpress however the radio is available there but won’t ship to the US. I bought mine on eBay for slightly over $100 (which hurts me to do that) but it seemed to be the only available source that I could find.
So with all that being said it shipped from Hong Kong and went to Israel, why I have no idea, and then it was reshipped. It took about a month but I got it and it is in perfect condition. God forbid I want to send it back though I guess. I might not live that long enough to get it back
Well, picked up yet another radio. The Tecsun S-8800. Purchased from anon-co in Hong Kong which is pretty much the only place to get one of these. Anon-co is AWESOME and I received this radio in like 3 or 4 days. They provide super fast Fed-Ex shipping and if everything isn’t to your liking they will fix it quick (or so I’ve been told, I’ve never had a problem).
Okay, first impressions time. The “first” short wave radio I owned after years of being away from the hobby was a Radio Shack purchased Grundig Eton S350. With the exception of the badge and maybe the color this radio looks EXACTLY like the S350. In fact I was a little hesitant to buy the S-8800 because of concerns that it might be the EXACT same radio as the S350. It isn’t. They are just capitalizing on a tried and true form factor. There are other radios that look just like this as well. That is where the similarity ends.
Okay, I have a dozen or more radios now and technically not all of them are short wave radios such as the C Crane 2E. I am prepared to name my favorite radio of the bunch. Note that all of the radios I own are NOT in the picture below.
You need to bear in mind that I said that this is MY FAVORITE RADIO and not that it is the best radio in the world.
This is at best a non-technical review. I’ll leave that to the other guys. One thing I’ve noticed about this hobby is that it is always about the hardware more so than the listening.