Tag Archives: Tecsun PL-380

Hot deal: Tecsun PL-380 $24.99 and free shipping

While browsing Amazon, I discovered a hot deal: a new Tecsun PL-380 for $24.99 including shipping.  I was very tempted to snatch this one up, but since I already have both a PL-380 and PL-310ET, I’d rather give the opportunity … Continue reading

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Tecsun PL-380: Murray’s new travel radio

SWLing Post reader, Murray, recently took the Tecsun PL-380 with him on a trip to view the solar eclipse and then to Morocco for an extended excursion. He writes: We flew out of Billund Denmark for the [solar] eclipse flight. A … Continue reading

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The SWLing Post 2014-2015 Shortwave Radio Buyer’s Guide

The following article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor magazine. Although many large government shortwave broadcasters are departing the shortwave radio scene, there’s no shortage of great products being introduced to it. Indeed, growth in … Continue reading

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Shoot-out results: Top ultra-portable shortwave

Thanks to all who participated in our ultra-portable shoot-out! A little over a week ago, I posted recordings of shortwave broadcasts, weak and strong, in an attempt to evaluate which recording–thus which radio–our listeners prefer. I conducted this test on … Continue reading

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Ultra Portable Shoot Out: Which radio do you prefer?

I’ve been traveling this week, but found the opportunity to hold another shortwave portable shoot-out. (You may recall the weak signal shoot out earlier this year.) This time, I’m comparing three popular ultra portable radios, namely, the: CountyComm GP5/DSP (a.k.a. Tecsun … Continue reading

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Tecsun PL-380: Displaying temperature in Fahrenheit

I have owned the Tecsun PL-380 for years now. When my buddy Mike (K8RAT) recently asked if the temperature display could be switched from Celsius to Fahrenheit, I gave him a firm “no” as a response. A few hours later, … Continue reading

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Transceivers, portables and foldable solar panels: our Virtual Radio Challenge II responses

Three weeks ago, I posted a virtual challenge for SWLing Post readers:  your opportunity to piece together the best, innovative $1200 (US) radio kit you might pack for two years in the remote off-grid village of Laya, Bhutan. You were tasked to … Continue reading

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