Tecsun PL-380: Murray’s new travel radio

Tecsun PL-380 in the Morocco desert.

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 couple of days after the eclipse we flew to Cassablanca Morocco, where we were to join our 2 week excursion.

Here is a shot of the radio [above] at our camp in the dunes south of Erfoud in south central Morocco. In total we spent 2 1/2 weeks in Morocco and the desert was the nicest Radio quiet location I have been in. No interference what so ever! And lots of stations. It was great. The battery consumption of the PL-380 was very good. Nice unit.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on the PL-380, Murray! It must have been bliss listening to the shortwaves in such an RFI-free area.

Like you, I think the PL-380 is a brilliant travel radio and one I often recommend (click here for my travel radio review). I also travel with the Tecsun PL-310ET and the new CCrane CC Skywave--all great compact portables.

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5 thoughts on “Tecsun PL-380: Murray’s new travel radio

  1. Chuck Lovett W7ACI

    I just noticed that on the anon-co.com website that it looks like they have dropped the $7.50 shipping fee to the US for both the PL310ET and the PL 380. So shipping now is free for both radios. At $43.99 for the PL380 and $40.85 for the PL310ET you cant really beat a deal like that. I have had the PL310ET for a few months now, and it is really an excellent travel radio.

  2. JAtl

    My travel radio is the Tescun 390. It is a slightly larger version of the 380, with dual speakers. The speaker quality is not great, and having stereo speakers is a little silly. I usually use a headset. But the extra size allows for a longer ferrite rod, and since MW DXing is my favorite radio activity, this is important.

    1. Tomas

      So PL-390 has a longer ferrite rod than the other tecsuns? Is the MW reception better than the other mentioned radios?

      1. JAtl

        I haven’t made or seen a head-to-head comparison, but was convinced by the reviews that I read that it might be superior. I can say that I am really happy with it. The MW sensitivity, variable band width, and the ETS feature are winners.


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