Experience report Tecsun S-8800e
By Georg Morawski from Hiddenhausen-Eilshausen, Germany
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the hobby colleague (Fernando "Fenu" and Henry Mohr), whether I could test the Tecsun S8800e in detail and compare with existing portable radios. This task I have gladly taken over and here my experience report.
The radio has roughly the size of the Grundig Satellite 700. Included are a German-language BDA, remote control (including batteries) and a USB connection cable. The unit is solid on the table. The weight makes it possible to hold and operate the radio easily in the hand.
When the radio arrived, I immediately unpacked it and turned it on. The service is self-explanatory (very good!), So I could test the reception briefly. From the reception I was very positively surprised. However, there was also a small disillusionment. The control dials and the tuning wheels have a very big game and "egg" partly. That's too bad. With the Tecsun S-2000, the control knobs and tuning wheel are fixed, are more massive and work very precisely.
After the first "Aha"
I unpacked the remote control. This is very well processed, clear,
has big and very well marked keys.
The radio offers from LW to KW a good to very good reception. Unfortunately, this positive picture is clouded by extremely many intrinsic disturbances. The manufacturer has now taken up this topic and reworked it. The best results I have achieved with the built-in antennas. My test device did not tolerate external antennas and did not improve the reception. Another look at VHF. Here, on all test devices, the smallest tuning step is 10 kHz (except for satellite 25 kHz). The S8800e brings here rather average reception. The modified S-2000 emerges as the winner, followed closely by S-700 and ATS909X. The PL-660 and S8800e share the last place.
One more word about the S-meter of the radio:
It is similar to the S-meter of the PL-660 and S-700 and works similarly. The S-Meter of the S-2000 is clearer (larger, with pointer and S-meter scale).
The radio I got with fully charged batteries and did not have to recharge them during the entire test! Furthermore, the radio can be connected to a PC via the USB port. This I have not tested, since I have no suitable software.
A portable radio with good to very good reception performance from LW to KW in AM and SSB. The processing of the rotary control / switch as well as tuning wheels should be improved.
The receiving concept would give a better quality image in the other case, for example, of the Tecsun S-2000. A DSP filter selection as well as RDS for FM, synch. For AM and separate antenna inputs for FM as well as range (20 kHz to 30 MHz). But also the reception from the air traffic (with the S-2000 it works very well) and DAB + ...