Free download: A Tecsun PL-880 hidden features booklet

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, S. Thomas Bradley, who shares the following:

I just upgraded my receiver from my trusty old FRG-7 (I bought it new back in the 70’s) to a Tecsun PL-880. For my own benefit I have gathered together all of the PL-880 hidden features I could find on the web and put them into a booklet which I then printed out for easy reference and put a copy with the PL880 Operators Manual.

I don’t know if anyone else would be interested in this, but I thought I would share, so attached is a pdf copy.

Click here to download the PL-880 hidden features booklet.

Very well done!  Thanks for sharing your quick reference guide. I’ll also add a link to our PL-880 Hidden Features page.

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3 thoughts on “Free download: A Tecsun PL-880 hidden features booklet

  1. Still

    It’s about “DIRECT ENTRY INTO STORED STATIONS”. Anybody succeeded to find a way to enter stored station by pressing 1, 2 , 3…9 instead of 01, 02, 03…09 for those stations stored in first 9 address slots on any page?… Would be an incredibly good hack/cheat…

  2. Olimp

    Hello SWLing visitors.
    First of all, I want to thank you for daily updates and posted information.

    This is my first time when I write here a comment and I want to share with you a recent discovery made on my Tecsun PL-880. I saw that in the manual it is mentioned how to delete a station saved in radio’s memory. But is not mentioned how to delete all the stations from radio (except the situation when you want to delete stations within a page). Also in the manual it is written that if you reset the device, that will not delete the saved stations.

    With radio off, I pressed “delete” button for like 4 seconds (maybe more or less, I didn’t count the seconds) and after that, the message “Delete All” appears on display. In order to confirm that operation, I press “Power” button. Then the radio stays with message “delete” for about 10 seconds and after that, it turns on with all the saved stations deleted.

    To be onest, I really don’t know if other settings were reset, I don’t have any clue that other things changed within radio settings. Use the mentioned feature on your own responsibility. Do not blame me, if your radio stucks or anything else happens because of my discovery.
    I’m using a Tecsun PL-880, firmware version 8820, with no access to “manufacture date”.

  3. Andrew

    Nice, it may be turned into a “cheatsheet” which one may print and carry around; as a note it would be nice having it in “table” (grid) format with a column showing (in)compatibilities with other features, at any rate those hidden features made me think to a project to dump and reverse engineer the firmware; ok it won’t be “legal” but as long as one doesn’t publish the code nut just uses it to find hidden stuff (or bugs) it may be fine … all in all, it’s what the folks collaborating with the dd-wrt/openwrt do regularly to adapt the open firmware to different hardware (routers/chipsets)


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