Tecsun PL-505

The Tecsun PL-505 portable shortwave radio.

The Tecsun PL-505 is a portable DSP based shortwave radio. New to the market in October 2011, the PL-505 is currently only available through vendors in China/Honk Kong on eBay (see search link below).


  • Shortwave (2.3 MHz – 21.95 MHz)/MW/LW/FM STEREO DSP Receiver
  • 550 Station Memories (100 memories for each MW / FM and LW, 250 memories for SW)
  • Tuning Methods:
    • Easy tuning mode (ETM)
    • Auto tuning storage (ATS) for FM/ MW/ SW/ LW
    • Auto-scan tuning with 5s pre-listening
    • Manual tuning (VF) / (VM)
  • Multifunctional digital tuning knob
  • 9K/10K tuning step for MW
  • AM Bandwidth selection
  • Sleep timer (1~120 minutes)
  • Alarm clock function
  • LCD displays the station frequency, Signal Strength, S/N Ratio, Temperature, Battery consumption, etc.
  • Key lock function\
  • FM / SW external antenna jack
  • USB DC port (5V)
  • Power Sources: 2 x UM3 (AA Size) Batteries (not included) or DC 5V adaptor (not included)
  • Unit size: 123 (W) x 79 ((h)) x 20 ((d)) mm
  • Accessories: stereo earphones, external antenna, AA rechargeable batteries, USB cord, line in cable & pouch.

This would also appear to be a good candidate for Ultralight DXing, though it could not officially be considered an “ultralight” without approval from the Ultralight Committee.

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