Tecsun Pl-310ET vs Pl-380


Tom Welch
 

Which is the best buy and should I consider Pl-390

instead?


Tom Welch

Mesa, AZ  USA


steve@...
 

Hi,

I'm sure others will respond, but I think there is a comparison document between the PL606, Pl-310 and PL380 written by Gary DeBock somewhere on the net. It might even be in the Ultralight file area.
I think the main conclusion was that the PL310 has a longer ferrite rod antenna than the 380, so the 310 has better AM sensitivity. I own a PL606 and PL310 here and there is not much between them, although moving from one end of the band to the other on the PL606 can be a pain with the thumb wheel tuning.
I have not been that impressed with either due to spurii or "birdies" in the bands. For instance, on 882 kHz in the UK there is a "whistle" on both that obliterates BBC Radio Wales, which is about 250-300 miles from here. Others have reported other "birdies"in the band. I don't find either of them that sensitive on AM with the stock antenna. With headphones on there is also a big gap between the lowest usable volume setting (05) and the next one up (06). A bit annoying when using them in bed. Not bad radios, but they have their irritations.
My Degen 1103 (which is not classed as an ultralight) knocks spots off both on AM sensitivity. 
Regards, Steve


josephrot
 

Steve...
 
RE: <<  I'm sure others will respond, but I think there is a comparison document between the PL606, Pl-310 and PL380 written by Gary DeBock somewhere on the net. It might even be in the Ultralight file area.  >>

There may be other by Gary, but I think he compares all three here (?)

http://herculodge.typepad.com/herculodge/2010/11/gary-debock-shares-his-first-impressions-of-the-tecsun-pl-606.html

 

Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA


Gary DeBock
 

Hi Steve and Joe,
 
The original full review article on the Tecsun PL-606 model was written in November of 2010, and is posted at  http://www.mediafire.com/view/gcu6zgyxb724cy2/Tecsun606.doc
 
Despite the smaller cabinet size, the PL-606's loopstick was found to be identical to that of the PL-310,  resulting in equal AM sensitivity. Unlike the PL-380 model, though, the PL-606 still suffers from PL-310-level "soft mute."
 
73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)
 
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: joerotello@... [ultralightdx]
To: ultralightdx
Sent: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 1:41 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Tecsun Pl-310ET vs Pl-380

 
Steve...
 
RE: <<  I'm sure others will respond, but I think there is a comparison document between the PL606, Pl-310 and PL380 written by Gary DeBock somewhere on the net. It might even be in the Ultralight file area.  >>

There may be other by Gary, but I think he compares all three here (?)

http://herculodge.typepad.com/herculodge/2010/11/gary-debock-shares-his-first-impressions-of-the-tecsun-pl-606.html
 
Joe Rotello / Knoxville, TN / USA


Vimal
 

Big NO for PL390.
It has bad decoders/controls for tuning and volume, from day one,keep away,you are warned..



On July 20, 2014, at 11:59PM, "tw78216@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:

 

Which is the best buy and should I consider Pl-390

instead?


Tom Welch

Mesa, AZ  USA


Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

AM performance for portables in general is heavily determined by the size / length of the internal ferrite antenna, which can be improved by any number of options.

Russ Edmunds
15 mi NNW of Philadelphia
Grid FN20id
<wb2bjh@yahoo.com>


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On Mon, 7/21/14, steve@infotechcomms.co.uk [ultralightdx] <ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Tecsun Pl-310ET vs Pl-380
To: ultralightdx@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014, 4:14 AM


 









Hi,
I'm
sure others will respond, but I think there is a comparison
document between the PL606, Pl-310 and PL380 written by Gary
DeBock somewhere on the net. It might even be in the
Ultralight file area.I think the main conclusion
was that the PL310 has a longer ferrite rod antenna than the
380, so the 310 has better AM sensitivity. I own a PL606 and
PL310 here and there is not much between them, although
moving from one end of the band to the other on the PL606
can be a pain with the thumb wheel tuning.I have
not been that impressed with either due to spurii or
"birdies" in the bands. For instance, on 882 kHz
in the UK there is a "whistle" on both that
obliterates BBC Radio Wales, which is about 250-300 miles
from here. Others have reported other "birdies"in
the band. I don't find either of them that sensitive on
AM with the stock antenna. With headphones on there is also
a big gap between the lowest usable volume setting (05) and
the next one up (06). A bit annoying when using them in bed.
Not bad radios, but they have their
irritations.My Degen 1103 (which is not classed
as an ultralight) knocks spots off both on AM
sensitivity. Regards, Steve









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Rik
 

I never had a PL-380. I think talk here was the soft mute was more of a problem on the '310?. You should read all the reviews in the files section here if you have not already. My favorite is the 310ET with good performance on all bands. It may have a longer ferrite for AM than the 380.  All the DSP radios are excellant on FM. I did have a PL-390 and did not think two tiny speakers were any better than one. The '310ET drives an external speaker better as well. Of course the '390 is not actually an ULR. The controls are slightly different, so for my tired analog mind, I chose the '310ET as my choice for an all around DSP radio. The tall skinny one allows you to just plug in different ferrite AM antennas, which is very nice for AM DXing without having to modify a radio. But to use as is or simply connected to an external speaker or headphones, I like the '310ET. ETM scans SW nicely, but slightly more expensive portables like the SONY SW-11 find far more SW stations. It does tell me which bands are more active and is great for comparing antennae quickly by counting the number of stations before conditions change. - FARMERIK


bwlietz
 

Try the current Degen DE1105, a small radio that fits in the ultralight category in size, but has been ignored by all but those in the Yahoo Degen DE1105 group.


On Monday, July 21, 2014 10:09 AM, "farmerik@... [ultralightdx]" wrote:


 
I never had a PL-380. I think talk here was the soft mute was more of a problem on the '310?. You should read all the reviews in the files section here if you have not already. My favorite is the 310ET with good performance on all bands. It may have a longer ferrite for AM than the 380.  All the DSP radios are excellant on FM. I did have a PL-390 and did not think two tiny speakers were any better than one. The '310ET drives an external speaker better as well. Of course the '390 is not actually an ULR. The controls are slightly different, so for my tired analog mind, I chose the '310ET as my choice for an all around DSP radio. The tall skinny one allows you to just plug in different ferrite AM antennas, which is very nice for AM DXing without having to modify a radio. But to use as is or simply connected to an external speaker or headphones, I like the '310ET. ETM scans SW nicely, but slightly more expensive portables like the SONY SW-11 find far more SW stations. It does tell me which bands are more active and is great for comparing antennae quickly by counting the number of stations before conditions change. - FARMERIK