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Tecsun pl-365

Postby jmz01 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:16 am

Hello
I've done as best a search as I can of the forums but cannot find anything.

Has anyone, does anyone use the handheld Tecsun pl-365?
seems to be a big upgrade on the pl-360

I can see it doesn't have the option for an external antenna, but the mobile form factor appeals to me.

Anyone any experience with how the SSB works on this, is it as sensitive as other tecsun receivers?

I also like it because it looks like something you would have picked up in Tandy in the 80s :rolleyes:

Many thanks
Jim
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby m0lsx » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:37 am

https://swling.com/blog/tag/tecsun-pl-365/

The SWLing Post is reliable source for reviews & logs.

The lack of an external antenna port, is of not a real concern. If you look around at what the most experienced SWL's use with a portable radio, then it is a short wire. As any portable radio quickly overloads on longer antennas.
I remember several years ago looking through what the average person logging stations in the British DX Clubs (an SWL club,) Journal uses & almost every single listener who was using a portable radio, used a short wire & of those who did not. It was either no external antenna at all, or a loop.
I use 10 meters of wire that I hang around where ever I am listening & I connect this to the radios retracted antenna via a small crocodile clip, with a gentle spring on it & then sometimes also add a couple of loops of the wire around the antenna just because I can.
The wire I use is twin core bell wire. I brought one 10 meter length of bell wire & two clips, I stripped the bell wire into two single cores & added a clip to each. So that was two antennas, for, I seem to remember, well under £3, as the wire was £1 from Wilco & the clips were only 50-60p each. But it was certainly well under £4.
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby m0lsx » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:42 am



Even without removing the wires outer insulation. Wrapping some wire a few times around the antenna will give an improvement due to what is called inductance. It is normal practice to remove the insulation, especially if using a crocodile clip. But a few wraps of the insulated wire around the antenna, or even the whole radio will normally show an improvement over the standard whip.
At one time my portable SWL antenna was a small plastic tube about 4 inches long that I simply sat over my telescopic antenna. The tube had several meters of the antenna wire wrapped tightly & closely around it.
I never connect my Medium Wave Loop to my radio. I always use inductance, as I find I get the best results that way.
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby jmz01 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:06 pm

once again thank you.

When my mum bought me my first CB, a Colt 210 !!, the bloke who sold it to her (from the back of a van at Hilton services!!) also sold her a wire antenna for it, she knew nothing, I was 8, I knew less!
The antenna was just a wire with a pl259 socket in the centre, my grandad or uncle thought it would be best outside so screwed it to the wall of the house, it went from the gutter to the bottom of the house, it was phenomenal! most people had DV27 on biscuit tins in the loft but mine transmitted far further than their's was possible, not sure what came of it though, probably still attached to the house.


I've just ordered a tecsun PL-365 for my girls and a PL-600 for me from this Polish shop: https://www.ercomer.pl/ it appears they both come with basic external antennas and I'm not sure if I read correctly but it seems the PL-365 has some socket for an external antenna.

My girls are home-schooled and we are going to work this into a big science/technology, language and geography project.
So once we have them, we will be making antennas, ....as many different types as we can to experiment with.

Cheers
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby jmz01 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:04 pm

well they both arrived today and at first glance they seem brilliant..

bit disappointed with the size of the PL-365, the pictures on the shop website make it look like it would be the size of an old military walkie talkie, when it's actually only a couple of centimetres higher than the Pl-600


......I would post a picture but have no idea how to....?
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby m0lsx » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:12 pm

To post a picture you use a site such as imgBB. First you upload an image & then choose which link you want. I use the BBCode Fully linked & then cut & paste that link to here.

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edited to add. Good luck with the new Tecsun, I hope you find plenty to listen too.

edited a second time to add.. a imgBB link for you. https://imgbb.com/
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby jmz01 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:03 am

here we go then:
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and a decent review of the PL-365 / CountyComm GP-5/SSB here: https://youtu.be/JuEPJ3qGu_g
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Re: Tecsun pl-365

Postby m0lsx » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:08 am

That looks good.
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