Eton AM/FM Radio Weather Radio User Manual

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S350DL
O P E R AT I O N M A N UA L
A M / F M / S H O RT WAV E R A D I O
S 3 5 0 D L O P E R AT I O N M A N UA L
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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WARNING
• Do not submerge or expose for extended period to water.
• Only operate within specified temperature range (0 °C to 40 °C).
• Unplug immediately if liquid has been spilled or object have fallen
into the apparatus.
• Clean only with a dry cloth. Do not use detergents or chemical
solvents as this might damage the finish.
• Unplug and disconnect external antennas during lightning storms.
• Do not remove cover [or back].
• Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
ENVIRONMENT
Disposal
According to the European Directive 2002/96/EC all electrical and electronic products must be collected separately by
a local collection system.
Please act according to your local rules and do not dispose of your old products with your normal household
waste.
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INTRODUCTION ......................................................................4
MAJOR FEATURES OF THE MODEL S350DL ..............................
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CONTROL LOCATIONS ..............................................................
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CONNECTING TO POWER .......................................................8
PRELIMINARY CONTROL SETTINGS ........................................
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TURNING THE RADIO ON AND OFF .......................................11
SIGNAL STRENGTH INDICATOR ...............................................
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TUNING IN FM STATIONS .......................................................
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TUNING IN AM STATIONS .......................................................
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TUNING IN SHORTWAVE STATIONS .........................................
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SETTING THE CLOCK .............................................................15
USING THE SLEEP TIMER ..................................................... 15
ALARM CLOCK ..................................................................... 16
USING THE BACKLIGHT ....................................................... 17
USING THE RESET .................................................................17
USING THE LINE OUT SOCKETS ........................................... 18
USING THE EARPHONE JACK ................................................18
USING SUPPLEMENTARY ANTENNAS .................................. 19
INTRODUCTION TO SHORTWAVE ........................................ 20
FINDING DESIRED STATIONS ............................................... 20
WHAT ARE BANDS? ..............................................................21
SHORTWAVE BANDS .............................................................22
DAY BANDS / NIGHT BANDS .................................................23
DAYTIME LISTENING ........................................................... 24
EVENING LISTENING ..............................................................25
WARRANTY REGISTRATION ................................................. 26
LIMITED WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL CUSTOMER ........... 26
SERVICE INFORMATION ...................................................... 27
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1 INTRODUCTION
2 MAJOR FEATURES OF THE MODEL S350DL
This owner's manual is conveniently divided
• AM 530-1710 KHz
• Variable RF Gain Control
into two sections, BASIC OPERATION and
• FM 88-108 MHz
• Rotary volume control
INTRODUCTION TO SHORTWAVE. Both
• SHORTWAVE – continuous coverage from 3
• Variable, independent bass and treble
sections are important.
to 28 MHz. This includes 13 international
broadcast bands. 11, 13, 15, 16, 19, 22, 25,
If you are new to shortwave listening, the
INTRODUCTION TO SHORTWAVE section will
give you all the information that you need to
31, 41, 49, 60, 75 and 90 meters.
• Highly sensitive and selective analog tuner
circuitry
controls
• Low-pass filter for shortwave and AM
reception
• Left/Right line level outputs (stereo in FM)
• Stereo/Mono switch
be successful enjoying broadcasts from
• Digital frequency readout
• Stereo earphone socket
around the world.
• Liquid Crystal Display, (LCD), for frequency
• Carrying handle/convertible shoulder strap
and clock
• Digital clock with selectable 12/24 hour
format
• Wake-up timer (use as radio-play alarm
clock)
• Power failure backup feature
• Built-in telescopic antenna for FM and
shortwave
• Built-in ferrite bar antenna for AM
• Jacks for supplementary AM, FM and
Shortwave antennas
• Powered by 4 D or 4AA batteries (not
• Sleep timer
included), AC adaptor (included) or DC car or
• Main tuning knob and independent fine-
boat adaptor (not included)
tuning control knob
IMPORTANT NOTE: While using the owner’s manual, refer to the diagram titled CONTROL LOCATIONS to
locate controls, switches, sockets, and parts that are referred to in the text.
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3 CONTROL LOCATION
1 Power & Sleep Button
17 Volume Knob
2 Alarm Set Button
18 Bass Knob
3 Time Set Button
19 MW/SW1/SW2/SW3 Band Select
4 Hour Set Button
20 Bandwidth/FM Band Select
5 Minute Set Button
21 Telescopic Antenna for FM/SW
6 Alarm On/Off Button
22 Carrying Handle
7 Backlight/Snooze Button
23 Shoulder Strap
8 Battery Power Indicator
24 DC Jack
9 Signal/Strength Indicator
25 Battery Compartment
10 Digital Frequency Readout
26 MW/SW Antenna Jack
11 LCD Display
27 FM Antenna Jack
12 Turning Knob (fast)
28 SW LPF On/Off
13 Turning Knob (slow)
29 Stereo/Mono switch
14 Reset Button
30 L & R Line Out
15 MW/SW RF Gain Knob
31 Stereo Earphone Jack
16 Treble Knob
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4 CONNECTING TO POWER
U S I N G B AT T E R I E S
Open the battery compartment and insert 4 size D
batteries (also called UM-1) according to the
polarity diagram imprinted on the battery compartment floor.
Please note the following regarding
battery operation:
• Check the batteries periodically for leakage.
As a precaution, remove the batteries to
prevent possible leakage if it is to be stored
for long periods without use.
• Turn off the radio while replacing the batteries.
USING AC POWER
• The S350DL has a battery power indicator in
the LCD. Fresh batteries will show a full power
level of three bars. If the indicator shows only
one bar or the sound becomes week and distorted, replace the batteries.
• The radio will turn off automatically if the
batteries become too weak.
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POWERING FROM A CAR OR
B O AT 1 2 V O LT D C B AT T E RY
SOURCE
The S350DL is supplied with an AC adaptor that
converts AC voltage to the DC voltage used by
the radio. Only use the adaptor that is supplied
with the S350DL or one that meets the generic
specifications required by this product: output of
6 volts, DC, negative polarity; plug-tip outer diameter of 5.5 millimeter, inner diameter of 2.1 millimeter; capable of 300 milliamperes or greater.
Contact Etón for the name and location of a
retailer that sells the proper adaptor.
NEVER USE AN ADAPTOR THAT DOES NOT MEET
THESE SPECIFICATIONS, AS IT MAY CAUSE DAMAGE NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY.
This requires a DC converter that converts the 12
volt DC source to the 6 volts required by the
radio. The output of such an adaptor is 6 volts,
DC, negative polarity. The plug-tip must have an
outer diameter of 5.5 millimeter and an inner
diameter of 2.1 millimeter.
The plug-tip is plugged into the radio’s DC jack.
It must be capable of handling at least 200
milliamperes of current. Contact Etón for the
name and location of a retailer that sells the
proper converter.
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5 SETTING THE PRELIMINARY CONTROL SETTINGS
6 TURNING THE RADIO ON AND OFF
Use these controls as initial guidelines. As you get
to know the radio, you will develop your own
‘favorite’ settings.
There are two ways to turn the radio on, with the
90-minute timer feature or without the 90-minute
timer. To turn it off at any time, press the ‘POWER
& SLEEP’ button for about one second.
• Turn the VOLUME control down to no
greater than 3 so that the radio does not play
loudly when first turned on.
• Turn the AM/SW RF GAIN control to the
10 position.
• Turn the BASS-TONE-TREBLE controls into
the 5 position.
• Turn the SW LPF switch to the OFF position
it off automatically (to minimize excess battery drain). To change this automatic turn-off
time from 90 minutes to a shorter time, see
the section titled USING THE SLEEP TIMER.
(right side of the radio).
• Turn the STEREO MONO switch to the
MONO position.
NOTE: When SLEEP Times is off, the clock
always shows in the display.
2. WITHOUT TIMER: A long press of approximately 3 seconds of the ‘POWER & SLEEP’
1. WITH TIMER: A quick, short press of the
‘POWER & SLEEP’ button turns the radio on.
‘90’ shows in the display for about three seconds, then the radio’s normal frequency display shows. Turning it on this way causes it
button turns the radio on without engaging
the automatic 90-minute timer feature, causing the radio to play indefinitely when using
the AC adaptor, and turning off only when the
batteries drain or the radio is turned off.
play for 90 minutes, after which its timer turns
7 SIGNAL STRENGTH INDICATOR
When you are listening to stations, the signal
strength meter, in the upper right area of the display, will show the strength level of reception.
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8 TUNING IN FM STATIONS
Fully extend the telescopic antenna and turn on
the radio. Switch the BAND WIDTH FM AFC selector to the FM AFC ON position. FM appears in the
display, as well as FM frequency numbers in the
range of about 87-108 megahertz, abbreviated
MHz. Use the outer ‘fast’ tuning knob to find stations, fine tuning with the inner ‘slow’ knob when
needed. When Automatic Frequency Control (AFC)
is ON, strong signals will automatically be captured and given precedence over weaker ones.
With AFC turned OFF, the weak stations inbetween stronger ones will be tuned in easier. AFC
ON is generally the preferred position.
• Placing the STEREO MONO switch in the
STEREO position enables FM reception
in stereo.
9 TUNING IN AM STATIONS
NOTE: The stereo is heard from earphones or
headphones and it is also heard from the stereo
line-level outputs when feeding their output to
amplified speakers or a stereo system.
• Placing the STEREO MONO switch in the
MONO position will improve the quality of a
poorly received station, but it will not be
heard in stereophonic sound from the line
level outputs.
T U N I N G I N A M S TAT I O N S ( M W )
Turn on the radio and set the AM/SW BAND
switch to the AM position and the bandwidth
switch to wide or narrow. MW appears in the display. Use the outer ‘fast’ tuning knob to find stations, fine tuning with the inner ‘slow’ knob when
needed.
• If a station is not being received clearly,
swiveling the telescopic antenna may result in
improved reception.
extended for AM reception. The radio has an
internal, directional, ferrite-bar antenna for
AM reception.
• To optimize AM reception, swivel the radio
until maximum signal strength is achieved.
• If there is interference from adjacent
stations, place the BAND WIDTH control in the
• When listening through the built-in speaker,
stereophonic sound is not heard. Only monaural sound is heard from the built-in speaker.
• The telescopic antenna does not have to be
NARROW position. If there is no interference,
leave it in the WIDE position.
• If there is excess background noise, turn on
the SW LPF switch, which may minimize
the noise.
THE FREQUENCY LOCK
F E AT U R E
The S350DL uses a unique circuit for AM and SW
tuning to optimize frequency stability and minimize signal drifting. While turning either tuning
knob, ‘Khz’ flashes in the display. It stops flashing
about 3 seconds after a station is tuned-in,
engaging frequency-lock.
• If a station is so strong that audio distortion
occurs, reduce the gain level with the AM/SW
RF GAIN control knob by turning it counterclockwise.
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10 TUNING IN SHORTWAVE STATIONS
IF YOU ARE ALREADY
FA M I L I A R W I T H S H O R T W AV E :
Fully extend the telescopic antenna and turn on
the radio. Set the AM/SW BAND switch to the
SW1, SW2 or SW3 position and the BANDWIDTH
switch to wide or narrow. SHORTWAVE 1, 2
or 3 appears in the display. Use the outer ‘fast’
tuning knob to quickly go to a desired frequency
that you already know or to the band that you
want to tune around in, then fine tune stations
with the inner ‘slow’ knob when needed. If a station is so strong that audio distortion occurs,
reduce the gain level with the AM/SW RF
GAIN control knob by turning it
counter-clockwise.
IF YOU ARE NEW TO SHORTW AV E O R N E E D A R E F R E S H E R
(also see the section titled INTRODUCTION TO
SHORTWAVE, later in this manual) Fully extend
the telescopic antenna and turn on the radio.
Get close to a window and fully extend the telescopic antenna. Follow the instructions below,
depending on day or night listening.
If it is daytime, turn the AM/SW BAND switch
to the SW2 position. Use the fast tuning knob
and tune to 15100 KHz. This is the beginning of
the shortwave 19 meter band, one of the three
best daytime bands, extending from 15100-15600
KHz. Using the slow tuning knob, tune through
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this band, carefully listening for stations.
Also try the 13 meter band (21450-21850 KHz)
and 16 meter band (17480-17900 KHz),
both in SW3.
If it is night, turn the AM/SW BAND switch to
the SW1 position. Use the fast tuning knob and
tune to 5800 KHz. This is the beginning of the
shortwave 49 meter band, one of the four best
night bands, extending from 5800-6200 KHz.
Using the slow tuning knob, tune through this
band, carefully listening for stations. Also try the
25 meter band in SW2 (11600-12200 KHz), 31
meters in SW2 (9400-9900 KHz) and 41 meters in
SW1 (7150-7600 KHz).
NOTE: If there is interference from adjacent stations, place the BAND WIDTH control in the NARROW position. If there is no interference, leave it
in the WIDE position. If there is excess background noise, turn on the SW LPF switch, which
may minimize the noise. If a station is so strong
that audio distortion occurs, reduce the gain level
with the AM/SW RF GAIN control knob by turning
it counter-clockwise.
The Frequency Lock feature, described on page
13, also works with shortwave.
11 SETTING THE CLOCK
The S350DL's clock is a selectable 12-hour
AM/PM mode or 24-hour mode time system. To
toggle between 12 and 24 hour modes, turn off
the S350DL. Then, press the Hour button for
about 3 seconds until 12 or 24 flashes in the display. Then release the Hour button. When AM or
PM appears in the display, it is set in the 12-hour
AM/PM mode. If they are not in the display, it is
in the 24-hour mode.
The radio can be turned on/off to set the clock.
With the radio turned on/off, hold down the TIME
button for two seconds, then release it. The time
display will flash. While it is flashing press the
HOUR and MINUTE buttons to set the correct
time. After setting the correct time, immediately
press the TIME button to finalize the entry. If the
TIME button is not pressed, the display will auto-
matically finalize the entry after about five seconds. While setting the time, the HOUR and
MINUTE buttons can be held down to advance
the time faster.
NOTE: When the radio is turned off, the display
panel shows the time. When it is turned on, it
shows a radio frequency. While on, pressing the
TIME button causes the display to change from
frequency to time for about three seconds, after
which it shows frequency again.
P O W E R FA I L U R E B A C K U P
F E AT U R E
If batteries are in the S350DL and it is powered
via its AC adaptor, it will automatically switch to
battery use if there is an AC power failure.
12 USING THE SLEEP TIMER
The S350DL includes a sleep timer, which lets you
set the radio to turn off after an amount of time
of your choice. On the S350DL, the sleep timer is
automatically activated for 90 minutes whenever
the radio is turned on. After pressing the
POWER&SLEEP button to turn on the radio, notice
that ‘90’ appears in the display as well as the
SLEEP symbol. This means that
the radio’s sleep timer is engaged, allowing the
radio to automatically turn off after 90 minutes.
To change the amount of minutes that the radio
plays before automatically shutting off, press the
POWER&SLEEP button to switch on the radio.
After 90 appears, immediately do quick, short,
repeated presses on the POWER & SLEEP button
until the desired time is reached. Note that the
sleep timer changes from 90 to 75 to 60 to 45
to30 to15 to10 to 01 minutes and finally to off,
with each successive press.
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13 ALARM CLOCK
S E T T I N G , A C T I VAT I N G A N D
D E A C T I VAT I N G ( A L A R M
CLOCK)
The S350DL includes a programmable turn-on
timer, which allows it to turn on at preset times,
like an alarm clock. With the radio powered on or
off, hold down the ALARM button for about three
seconds or until the time digits start flashing,
then release it. While they are still flashing press
the HOUR and MINUTE buttons to set the turn-on
time, then immediately press the AL ARM button.
If the ALARM button is not pressed, the turn-on
time will automatically be set at the time you
selected after 5 seconds.
To activate/deactivate the turn-on timer feature,
with the radio turned on or off, press the AL
ON/OFF button, causing the symbol of a speaker
to appear in the lower right corner of the display.
When the speaker symbol is in the display, the
turn-on timer feature is activated. When it is not
in the display, it is deactivated.
When the alarm radio is on, press power & sleep
button to turn it off.
14 USING THE BACKLIGHT
U S I N G T H E S N O O Z E F E AT U R E
When the timer activates and turns the radio on,
the timer activation symbol appears flashing the
display. While it is flashing, press/release
SNOOZE/LIGHT button. The radio will turn off and
then turn on again in 10 minutes. This process
can be repeated 3 times.
To see the turn-on time at any time, with the
radio on or off, press the ALARM button. The turnon time will then appear in the display for about
four seconds.
The S350DL has a backlight to light the display in
low light situations. It can be activated with the
following two methods.
1. To temporarily light the display, perform a
quick, short press on the BACKLIGHT button.
seconds (ALARM SET button, TIME SET button, HOUR or MINUTE SET button, AL ON/OFF
button and BACKLIGHT button)
4. Moreover, when the radio turns on, rotate
the tuning knob (fast & slow) can also turn on
2. To permanently light the display, press and
second. The backlight will be turned on until
the backlight for 8 seconds.
CAUTION: leaving the backlight permanently
on will drain the batteries more rapidly.
the BACKLIGHT button is pressed again.
• The radio can be turned on/off for the turn-on
timer feature to function.
• The radio will automatically turn off after
playing for 30 minutes.
U S I N G T H E S N O O Z E F E AT U R E
When the timer activates and turns the radio on,
the timer activation symbol appears flashing in
the display. While it is flashing, press/release the
SNOOZE/LIGHT button. The radio will turn off and
then turn on again in 10 minutes. This process
can be repeated 3 times.
15 USING THE RESET
S350DL incorporates with a computer microchip
(the component that controls how the radio operates). If the radio has been subjected to abnormal
environmental conditions, the computer microchip
may malfunction and the following symptoms
may appear.
• The display shows nothing and the radio
cannot be turned on by pressing POWER &
SLEEP button.
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following keys can turn on the back light for 8
The backlight automatically turns off after
eight seconds.
hold BACKLIGHT button for more than one
I M P O R TA N T N O T E S A B O U T
T H E T U R N - O N T I M E R F E AT U R E
3. When the radio turn on/off, press the
• The display shows random characters or
does not work properly although the radio
can receive stations normally.
In these cases, you might need to reset the radio.
To reset the S350DL, unplug the external adaptor
(if one is being used) and remove the batteries
from the battery compartment. Insert a pointed
object, such as straightened paper clip, into the
RESET hole on the right, front side of the radio
and gently press and release the button inside the
hole. Then plug in the AC adaptor or reinstall the
batteries.
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16 USING THE LINE OUT SOCKETS
18 USING SUPPLEMENTARY ANTENNAS
The line out sockets (RCA sockets), labeled L, R,
provide industry standard left and right stereo
line level outputs that can be used to feed audio
to a tape recorder, stereo system, or any device
SHORTWAVE ANTENNAS. This radio can be
used with basic, long wire antennas and other
high impedance shortwave antennas (optimally
500 ohm). The length of a long-wire antenna
should be anywhere from about 30-100 feet (1030 meters). Best performance is from copper wire.
The antenna should be above ground, preferably
running in a straight line. Non-conductive
insulators should be used on both ends of the
wire to prevent signal loss. The wire is plugged
into the red colored spring socket, AM,SW
ANT., on the back of the radio. Connecting a
ground wire to the black spring socket, GND,
often helps reception, but is not mandatory. The
ground wire should be connected to a cold water
pipe or a ground rod. If no water pipe or ground
rod is available, connect a wire about the same
length as the antenna wire and lay it on the
ground. NEVER CONNECT THE GROUND WIRE TO
A GAS PIPE.
17 USING THE EARPHONE JACK
The earphone jack can be used with stereo headphones using a 1/8 inch (3.5 millimeter) plug.
Sound is in stereo.
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with audio line level inputs. The output is stereo
when the radio is tuned to an FM station broadcasting in stereo.
AM ANTENNAS: Any high impedance (optimally 500 ohm) AM antenna can be used, including long-wires and tuned loops. A ground wire, as
discussed under SHORTWAVE ANTENNAS, is even
more helpful during AM reception and often
improves reception considerably, even when no
supplementary AM antenna is used.
FM ANTENNAS: Connect FM antennas to the
FM ANT. CABLE FM socket on the back of the
radio. These antennas should have an impedance
of 75 ohms. Most antennas fed with coaxial cable
are 75 ohm antennas. If your coaxial cable has a
‘F’ plug, like that used on North American TV’s
and VCR’s, use a F to PAL converter plug to fit the
European style PAL socket on the radio. (Radio
Shack part number 278-265).
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19 INTRODUCTION TO SHORTWAVE
21 WHAT ARE BANDS?
Shortwave enables you to hear stations from
around the world. Now that you have a shortwave radio, no doubt you’ll want to hear
worldwide stations right away. If you’re new to
shortwave, please take some time to learn the
basics outlined below. To successfully listen to
shortwave stations you must know how to find
T O F U L LY E N J O Y S H O R T W AV E
LISTENING, THIS IS THE MOST
I M P O R TA N T C O N C E P T T O
L E A R N R I G H T A W AY.
AM and FM radio, one simply gets into the
shortwave band and tunes around, looking
for stations.
If you have ever listened to AM or FM radio, then
you already know what a band is. The AM band is
a frequency range stretching form 530 to 1600
kilohertz, the FM band is 88-108 megahertz. A
band is simply a frequency range where stations
are located. When you look for stations in these
‘bands’, you simply tune around with the tuning
knob until you find a station you like. Shortwave
is similar and the shortwave bands have names
like 25 meters, 31 meters, 49 meters, etc. These
are abbreviated 25m, 31m and 49m. Just like in
For example, the 19 meter shortwave band
encompasses the frequency range of 15100 to
15600 kilohertz. On the next page is a list of
the shortwave bands used for international
shortwave broadcasts and their corresponding
frequency ranges. Since some radios show
frequency in megahertz and some in kilohertz,
both are shown here. The S350DL shows shortwave frequencies in kilohertz, abbreviated KHz.
them. They are found in the shortwave ‘bands’. If
you’re an experienced shortwave listener, you’ll
already know what bands are and how to use
them, but if you’re new, you’ll need to learn
about bands first. After that, you will have excellent success. Please read on.
20 FINDING DESIRED STATIONS
H O W T O I D E N T I F Y W H AT
YOU’RE LISTENING TO AND
H O W T O F I N D S TAT I O N S T H AT
YOU WANT TO HEAR
We recommend the use of a comprehensive
shortwave directory, especially if you want to hear
specific countries or to identify the station you’re
listening to. Such a directory will alphabetically
list the countries broadcasting on shortwave,
showing their language, target area, broadcast
time, and frequency that is used. The best short-
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wave directory is PASSPORT TO WORLD BAND
RADIO, available in major bookstores. Published
by International Broadcasting Services, Ltd., Box
300, Penn's Park, Pennsylvania 18943 or available
at www.passband.com. This publication has separate chapters for English and non-English broadcasts, titled World-Wide Broadcasts In English and
Voices From Home.
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22 SHORTWAVE BANDS
23 DAY BANDS / NIGHT BANDS
BAND
MEGAHERTZ (MHz)
(as on some radios)
KILOHERTZ (KHz)
S350DL
(as on the model S350DL) switch setting
120 meters
2,300-2,500 MHz
2300- 2500 KHz
SW1
90 meters
3,20-3,40 MHz
3200-3400 KHz
SW1
75 meters
3,90-4,00 MHz
3900-4000 KHz
SW1
60 meters
4,750-5,060 MHz
4750-5060 KHz
SW1
49 meters
5,950-6,20 MHz
5950-6200 KHz
SW1
41 meters
7,10-7,60 MHz
7100-7600 KHz
SW1
31 meters
9,20-9,90 MHz
9500-9900 KHz
SW2
25 meters
11,600-12,200 MHz
11600-12100 KHz
SW2
22 meters
13,570-13,870 MHz
13570-13870 KHz
SW2
19 meters
15,10-15,80 MHz
15100-15800 KHz
SW2
16 meters
17,480-17,90 MHz
17480-17900 KHz
SW3
13 meters
21,450-21,850 MHz
21450-21850 KHz
SW3
11 meters
25,60-26,10 MHz
25600-26100 KHz
SW3
10 meters
26,965-27,41 MHz
26965-27410 KHz
SW3
also called ’citizens band’ or CB
D AY B A N D S / N I G H T B A N D S –
T H E D I F F E R E N C E I S V E RY
I M P O R TA N T
Because shortwave signals depend on such factors as the sun, the ionosphere and interaction
with the earth itself, signals cannot be heard on
all bands throughout the day. Some bands are
best during the daylight hours, and some are best
at night. Here are some good ‘rules of thumb’.
• In the summer time, the day bands often are
good into the early night.
• While most shortwave stations are found
within the frequency limits of these defined
bands, some are found outside of them. It
pays to take the time to tune in-between
bands too.
• In general, the bands with frequencies
below 13000 KHz are better at night and the
bands with frequencies above 13000 KHz are
best during the day. This guideline is not ‘cast
in concrete’ but is a useful general rule of
thumb.
• These guidelines can be used worldwide and
are not dependent on location.
Listed on the next page are the characteristics of
the major shortwave bands. Follow these guidelines for best listening results.
• Around sunrise and sunset, both the day
and night bands might be good, sometimes
exceptionally good.
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24 DAYTIME LISTENING
25 EVENING/NIGHT LISTENING
Shortwave listening is generally at its poorest during the daylight hours of about two hours after sunrise until
about two hours before sunset. The major reason for this is that the broadcasters are not transmitting to North
America at this time, assuming that we are all either at work or at school and are not able to listen during the
day. If you want to try daytime listening, use the guidelines below. Typically, daytime shortwave tends to be better in Eastern North America than in Western North America.
This is the best time to listen, because the broadcasters are deliberately transmitting to North America. These
bands may be extremely good around sunset and sunrise too.
DAY BANDS
CHARACTERISTICS
13meters
Results vary. Worth trying. Sometimes extremely good around sunrise and sunset.
16meters
Similar to 19m.
19meters
The best overall daytime band. May also be good at night in the summer months.
Sometimes extremely good around sunrise and sunset. Sometimes good at night in the
summer.
22meters
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Similar to 19m.
NIGHT BANDS
CHARACTERISTICS
25 meters
Similar to 31m.
31 meters
Good all night, everywhere. Often extremely good at sunrise and sunset. Good results
often start about an hour before sunset.
41 meters
Similar to 49m. Good all night in Eastern North America; varies in Western North
America.
49 meters
The best overall night band.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Getting close to a window may substantially improve your reception. The construction
materials of some buildings simply do not let signals in very well. Signals penetrate wood frame buildings easiest, while concrete and brick buildings usually block signals. If you are in a building with one or more stories
above you, signals can also be impaired in strength. In such a situation, situate the radio as close to a window
as possible while listening. Holding the radio while close to a window may also improve reception.
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26 WARRANTY REGISTRATION
LIMITED WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL CUSTOMER
To ensure full warranty coverage or product updates,
registration of your Etón product should be complete
as soon as possible after purchase or receipt. To
register your radio, please select one of the
following methods:
3. Mail your registration information to the
following address:
1. Register by visiting our website at
http://www.etoncorp.com
PRODUCT REGISTRATION
Include your name, full mailing address, phone
number, model purchased, date purchased, retail
vendor name and product serial number (typically
located in or near the battery compartment).
2. Call our toll-free registration number
anywhere in the United States or Canada at
(888) 889-4391 or world-wide by dialing
(204) 336-6547. French and English speaking
operators available.
Etón Corporation
1015 Corporation Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
O N E ( 1 ) Y E A R PA R T S A N D
LABOR
This limited warranty begins on the original date of
purchase, and is valid only on products purchased
through an authorized Etón retailer and does not
include transportation, installation, removal or
reinstallation. Warranty repairs must be performed
by Etón or Etón’s authorized service center. To
receive warranty service, the original dated bill of
sale must be presented upon request as proof of
purchase to Etón or Etón’s authorized service center.
Transportation to Etón or Etón’s authorized service
center is the responsibility of
the purchaser.
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which may create an acid leak with irreversible
circuit damage); damage caused by acid leakage;
product alteration or modification; or use of
unauthorized parts, supplies, accessories, or
equipment which damage this product or result
in service problems.
28 LIMITED WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL CUSTOMER
27 LIMITED WARRANTY TO THE ORIGINAL CUSTOMER
This Etón product, as supplied and distributed by
Etón is warranted by Etón against
manufacturing defects in material and workmanship
for the following limited warranty period:
apply to the following, including, but not limited to:
damage which occurs due to applications and uses
for which the product was not intended;
failures or problems which are caused by products
or equipment not supplied by Etón; accidents,
misuse, abuse, neglect, misapplication, fire, water,
lightning, or other acts of nature; incorrect line voltage, fluctuations or surges; damage caused by
improper or faulty installation (including batteries,
continued
Etón will repair or replace this product, at our
option and at no charge with new or reconditioned
parts, if found to be defective during the limited
warranty period specified above. The product must
be returned no later than 15 days beyond the
expiration of the warranty period with transportation
charges prepaid to Etón or Etón’s designated service
center for warranty coverage. Prior to returning any
product for warranty service, the purchaser must
contact Etón for problem determination and service
procedure. All replaced parts and products become
the property of Etón. Replacement parts and products assume the remaining original warranty, or
ninety (90) days, whichever is longer.
SERVICE YOUR ETÓN PRODUCT
To obtain service for your Etón product we
recommend first contacting a Etón service
representative at 800-872-2228 US, 800-637-1648
Canada or (650) 903-3866 for problem determination and trouble-shooting. Many of the common
questions can be resolved quickly over the phone.
THERE ARE TWO SERVICE TYPES SHOULD
YOUR ETÓN PRODUCT NEED REPAIR.
1. WARRANTY – If your product is still in warranty
and the Etón service representative determines
that warranty service is needed, a return
authorization will be issued and instructions for
shipment to an authorized warranty repair facility.
Do Not ship your radio back without obtaining
the return authorization number.
2. NON-WARRANTY – If your product is no
longer under warranty and requires service our
technical staff will refer you to the nearest repair
facility that will be able to best handle the repair.
This limited warranty covers manufacturing defects
in material and workmanship encountered in normal,
noncommercial use of this product and shall not
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w w w. e t o n c o r p. c o m
etón Corporation
Corporate Headquarters
1015 Corporation Way
Palo Alto, California 94303 USA
tel +1 650-903-3866
tel +1 800-872-2228
fax +1 650-903-3867
etón Europe/Lextronix Germany
Rosenstrasse 2
D-10178 Berlin, Germany
tel +49 [0]30 243102149
etón Canada
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7 Canada
tel +1 416-214-6885
v. 07-19-06