Tecsun PL-365 Review | Is It Worth It?

Tecsun PL-365 is a mini-hand-held radio and is a new small multi-band radio receiver that covers 30 to150 30 MHz as well as the FM transmit range between 76 MHz through 108 MHz. The PL-365, like many current radios, employs DSP technology and delivers top-of-the-line performance. The outstanding SSB signal with configurable top and bottom sideband is of interest to radio amateurs.

Tecsun PL-365

Features

Since the radio utilizes DDS to give 1 kHz fine-tuning intervals on the high-frequency band, the frequency stability is exceptional. Tuning to 10Hz measures is available in the SSB mode, allowing broadcasts to be completely resolved even when they’re not on the actual kilohertz bandwidth. The reception on AM is great. The FM sound is extremely clear on the inner speaker in stereo on the FM broadcast band, but superb FM audio can blast out by connecting to the included external headphones.

With just the included shorter telescopic whipped antenna, the Tecsun PL-365 remains incredibly sensitive, with unexpected HF reception. When signals are faint, the radio comes with a two-inch-long line antenna that can be connected onto to a magnifying whip to boost reception. A 3.5 mm phono antenna connector is included on the receiver’s top panel, allowing an external antenna to be readily connected.

To connect the radio to the HF station antenna, use a 3.5 phono connector to BNC socket converter. Any signal that could be heard on the station transmitters was picked up by the Tecsun PL-365. The receiver does not come with an adaptor, although they are widely available.

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In the AM mode, reception is great, with especially exceptional quality. The PL-365’s remarkable SSB reception capacity, on the other hand, sets itself apart from mobile receivers. The Tecsun PL-365 offers LSB and USB modes that can be fine-tuned in 10 Hz increments to ensure that signals are properly resolved even when they’re not on an accurate kilohertz frequency.

The tuning precision and stability of the DDS are exceptional. It was discovered that SSB channels on a precise kilohertz cycle are completely resolved without any need for fine tuning.


Maritime & Aviation 

Transmissions in the maritime and aviation industries are examples of this. Many amateur stations these days operate in precise kilohertz steps. Therefore, while tuning the bands, most stations will be properly resolved without needing to be fine-tuned. The SSB band size is automatically set on a DSP radio. While not as selective as receivers in high-end Amateur transmitters, the PL-365 performs admirably on crowded Amateur frequencies. The audio quality is really good, with none of the “pumping” effects that most analogue signal portable radios have.

If you usually listen to a specific broadcast on a particular khz LSB receiver, you can usually just use the Durale on frequency 3595 LSB on the PL-365 receiver using just its telescopic whip.  It is amazingly relaxed listening and the drift-free SSB reception is definitely state of the art for such a compact portable receiver.

The sensitivity of the longwave and AM medium wave broadcast bands is very good without the use of an additional antenna. On the receiver’s top panel is the 3.5-millimeter exterior antenna outlet.

A rod antenna for an AM medium wave band is included with the radio. Connecting this antenna to the receiver makes a significant difference. Tecsun offers an alternative AN-100 AM Directional Antenna to improve long-distance AM short wave reception. The Antenna can be tuned to any frequency. This doesn’t need to be actually linked to the PL-365 because it will pair straight into the antenna simply through being close enough.

The AN-100, on the other hand, has a 3.5 mm phono coupling connection, thus a jumper lead with a 3.5 mm connector on each end can be used to link the loop antenna to the radio by way of the radio’s outer antenna outlet. It’s best to use a lead with mono plugs, but many stereo leads will suffice.

The connection lead has the advantage of allowing the carrier signal to be more readily positioned and orientated for optimal reception.

Digital Chipset

The Si4735 chipset is used in the PL-365 receiver. Using Digital Signal Processing technologies to filter the incoming audio and wipe out any background and RF noises improves the audio clarity of received communications.

When the radio is only receiving noise, this gives it a distinct sound. The audio quality of received signals is good, unlike many prior generation DSP implementations.

The presentation of signal strength in DBuV and the exhibit of signal to noise ratio in dB are two of the numerous functionalities provided by the Si4735 chipset.

The option to simultaneously display air temperatures or perhaps time is a great addition. There is an alarm clock that can be set. A battery symbol indicates the battery level.

Battery

The Tecsun PL-365’s impressive battery life is a secondary benefit of the Si4735 chipset. It can run for up to 225 hours with 3 Alkaline AA batteries!

You can also use 3 rechargeable AA batteries that can be used to power the PL365. It features integrated charging capabilities, which may be used to recharge AA batteries through the radio’s USB port. The radio does not come with rechargeable batteries because most owners may find it more cost-effective to utilize alkaline batteries.

The Tecsun proprietary Simple Tune Method is a single touch scan and recall function that searches for the specified band and temporarily stores incoming signals, allowing for easy selection among recorded signals.

This capability is especially handy when traveling or checking the status of HF propagation at any given time. It takes far less time to use this tool than it does to painstakingly search every band for transmissions.

Storage Channels 

The PL365 features 450 storage channels, allowing you to save your preferred frequencies for quick recall, so you don’t have to manually adjust them. The lack of the capability to precisely enter frequencies is one of the few exclusions among the radio’s many functions.

Because all storage channels are adjustable, it is much less of an issue if a storage channel is easily accessible at a desired new frequency.

With 0.5 Watts of audio accessible, the possible sound point is pretty great despite the very small 40-millimeter wide speaker. FM sound transmissions can be received in complete stereo by hooking up the auxiliary audio. The audio quality of the headphones is superb in all modes.

Pros and Cons

Now that we know the basics, let’s check out pros and cons.

Pros
  • The reception on AM is great.
  •  The FM sound is extremely clear on the inner speaker in stereo on the FM broadcast band, but superb FM audio can blast out by connecting to the included external headphones.
  • With just the included shorter telescopic whipped antenna, the Tecsun PL365 remains incredibly sensitive, with unexpected HF reception. When signals are faint, the radio comes with a two-inch-long line antenna that can be connected to a magnifying whip to boost reception.
Cons
  • The shortwave performance is lacking in reception. It could be a lot better.
  • The receiver (is compact and some feel it is convenient), others do not – it could easily be lost.

Our rating: 4.5 / 5

In Conclusion – Is Tecsun PL-365 Worth Your Money?

The radio’s shape makes this device makes it particularly comfortable to handle and operate. It includes a belt clasp and can be pocketed in a pocket. The provided high-quality case has a secure top that keeps the radio secure. A belt loop is also included in the soft case.


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