“The CC Skywave is more than double the price of the Tecsun PL-310ET. The two radios appear to have similar features and performance. Can anyone suggest a reason why one would want to pay the extra charge for a Skywave?”
Thanks for your question, Joe. I’m asked this a lot by SWLing Post readers, so quickly realized I should just turn my response into a proper post. Here’s my response in a nutshell:
The Tecsun PL-310ET is (and has been for years) one of the best budget shortwave portables out there.
For the price of $40-45 US shipped (via eBay, for example), you really can’t go wrong. It’s certainly a benchmark among the ultralight DSP portables.
The ($79-89 US) CC Skywave, in my opinion, has a few advantages:
- An excellent weather radio receiver (for folks in North America)
- The AIR band which is a fun and useful addition if you live near an airport or like travelling by air
- I prefer the Skywave over the PL-310ET on the mediumwave band. Its selectivity and AGC, in my opinion, have a distinct edge over the ‘310ET for MW DXing.
Because of these particular advantages, the Skywave has become my travel portable of choice when SSB reception isn’t a priority.
You might check out my CC Skywave review because I tried to include reception recordings which I felt represented both radios fairly:
In short, though? If I didn’t care about the AIR band or NOAA weather radio, I’d be quite happy with the PL-310ET. In truth, you really can’t go wrong either choice.
I can say that I now take my CC Skywave on travels more than my PL-310ET.
Click here to search for the Tecun PL-310ET on:
Click here to search for the CC Skywave at
- C.Crane ($89.99 and free shipping through Dec 6, 2016)
- Amazon.com ($89.99 with free shipping option)
- Universal Radio (lowest price without shipping: $79.95)
- eBay (pricing varies greatly)
Either of these radios, by the way, would make for an excellent gift.