Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lee, who writes:
Hi Thomas, I just found this photo [above] on Reddit of three new radios from Tecsun: the PL-330, the PL-990, and the H-501. I knew about the PL-990, but I didn’t realize there was a PL-330 or H-501. Any inside info? 73, Lee
Thanks for your message, Lee. I had not seen the photo of the PL-330 until you sent this one.
The PL-330, I assume, is the latest in the PL-3XX line which has primarily been DSP-based ultralight broadcast receivers. I believe only one model, the PL-365/CountyComm GP5-SSB, had SSB capabilities. The PL-330 appears to have dedicated LSB and USB mode buttons on the front panel (lower right in photo below).
Since both the Digitech AR-1780 and XHDATA D-808 both have selectable sideband, I’m not surprised the new PL-330 does as well. I’m very curious if the PL-990 will be priced competitively like PL-3XX models have been in the past–perhaps below $80 US.
The PL-330 certainly appears to have taken design cues from the PL-990 in terms of overall control layout.
The Tecsun H-501 is a new model that was previously referred to as the Tecsun S-9900. I believe a pilot run has been made of the PL-990 and H-501–possibly the PL-330 as well.
I will be reviewing each of these radios as soon as they’re available here in the US.
Thanks for the tip, Lee!