Field Recording with the Tecsun PL-380 and Transcend MP330

PL-380SWLing Post reader, London Shortwave, shared photos of his portable recording kit on Twitter yesterday. It consists of a Tecsun PL-380, Transcend MP330, in ear headphones, and a simple clip-on antenna (supplied with the PL-380). He recorded Radio New Zealand International with this gear.


I love the compact form factor of the Transcend MP330–ideal for field recording. I’m curious if there are other high-capacity USB memory/recording sticks on the market.


The PL-380 is a superb ultralight radio; my favorite small travel radio, in fact. The PL-380 can be found for about $42 US shipped via Amazon; an impressive value.

Many thanks to London Shortwave for sharing images of his ultralight DXing & recording kit!

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7 thoughts on “Field Recording with the Tecsun PL-380 and Transcend MP330

  1. John c.


    I received the MP-330 and put it right to work. It is a easy recorder to use and sounds great. Its small size is great for DXpeditions with portable radio packs. The only problem I have had so far is getting the EQ to function, but the recordings I did sound fine. I downloaded the full manual and I am reading it to get more info about the EQ. The weight and size is perfect.minhighly recommend this recorder/player.

    John c.

    1. Phil

      Hey thanks John

      That’s a glowing recommendation! Sounds like it’s a winner so I’ll take the plunge.
      Thank you so much for replying and providing the info. I really appreciate it.

      73 and Happy DXing


  2. WPC3JPC

    This gentileman has some very cool equipment ideas for portable DX ing and recording. I just purchased the MP 330 to go with my PL660 and Travelantenna I have started to use for DXexpeditions. I really liked the laptop setup he shared a few weeks ago with the SDR cube dongle.

    1. Phil

      Hi WPC3JPC,
      I’ve had my eye out for a reasonably priced MP3 recorder for a while so I can record broadcasts. I would be interested in your thoughts on the MP330. The only review on Amazon was somewhat negative; however, I’m not interested in playing back music and such.
      Phil from Darwin NT, AU

      1. John Cooper


        The MP 330! Should be here in about a week. I will let you know how it does. I got it thru Amazon also.


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