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 Post subject: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 3:06 am 
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Besides the vintage tube sets with SW, do you own a modern SW receiver? I own this large size portable radio made by C.Crane. It has digital display, large quality sounding speaker, dual AM filters, dual tone controls and is easy to use with standard tuning knob. Good sensitive radio, no idea why C.Crane discontinued it with all small hand held radios.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 4:15 am 
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Very nice set, Jim!

I nearly bought one of these on wepay.

Twin ferrite coils, a.m. dx hot, and many other features.

Hope you enjoy yours!

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 4:56 am 
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I have a couple of the CC Cranes and they make good quality radios. I have the CC2 which is a great DX radio and there newer SW set. On the new ones I am starting to have a problem with the digital only tuning. I now prefer the analog or linear dials. RadiWow makes a knock off of the CC Crane skywave. You get what you pay for. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 5:01 am 
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Sony ICF-2010
I've had mine for over 32 years and it still performs fantastically on all bands. As they say, it's a classic.
More detailed info here:
https://radiojayallen.com/sony-icf-2010 ... e-classic/

On the used market, the typical sell price is more then I paid for it new.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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My Flex 6400M has a fantastic short wave and amateur receiver in it and I can even talk to other amateurs with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 5:34 am 
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manualman wrote:
My Flex 6400M has a fantastic short wave and amateur receiver in it and I can even talk to other amateurs with it.

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I did mention receiver as this site has a lot of Ham Radio operators and most own modern radios. That Flex is killer.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I have fairly modern transceivers that do a great job. But to track down some interference, I bought a portable that runs off a few flashlight cells. It covers AM and FM and SW and LF. Tiny speaker, only antenna is a whip that is permanently installed, but it works great. Even has stereo audio. And for twelve bucks brand new I think I got a bargain.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 11:37 am 
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I have a Grundig Yacht Boy YB400 I bought on eBay several years ago. I use it as a piece of test equipment. It's handy for finding RFI noise sources, checking VFOs and any other RF sniffing. I use it when I neutralize a triode RF PA. I've never been interested in shortwave broadcast listening, even in the hey day 1960s. Can't explain why--it just didn't grab me. That doesn't mean it's bad; some folks are wild about 6 meters--I couldn't care less. Different strokes.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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manualman wrote:
Sony ICF-2010
I've had mine for over 32 years and it still performs fantastically on all bands. As they say, it's a classic.
More detailed info here:
https://radiojayallen.com/sony-icf-2010 ... e-classic/

On the used market, the typical sell price is more then I paid for it new.

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This is exactly what I mean by "benchmark radio".

A standard of excellence that is used for comparison.

Not as good as this, my modern radio is the XHDATA D-808.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I guess my most "modern" communications receiver is my ca 1982 Kenwood R2000. I took a chance on it some years ago on ebay "lights up, buttons work, but otherwise untested" at a reasonable price. The optional VHF PSB module was included. After replacing several shorted steering diodes used for band-switching in the antenna input circuit, it is a fine performer as a bedside radio. It must have been hit by lightning at some point causing the shorted diodes.

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But the R2000 doesn't have the FM broadcast band. For that, I have a $25 Grundig Satellit 500 estate sale find. It is a full featured SW radio with LSB/USB and SYNC detection, dual BW, excellent audio, etc., but the feature I use most is the sleep timer.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Airspy HF+ Discovery SDR receiver.

https://airspy.com/airspy-hf-discovery/

I used it almost exclusively for NDB hunting on LF/MF.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I had the Magnavox on the left for many years. I wish I hadn't sold it. But it sat unused for 6 months and out it went. For the last 3 years or so the Realistic DX-390 has been on my workbench. I prefer digital radios with an analog feeling tuning dial. Not up/down buttons or direct entry only.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Like Rob, I have long used a Grundig YB-400 as part of my test bench. It is far less expensive than much of my test gear but one of the more frequently used pieces. It has been my travel radio for years. I have been a Grundig fan since I bought a Satellit 700 while teaching a summer university course in Paderborn Germany in the mid 1990s.

I have several modern radios, the most current is a Yaesu FTDX-101MP. I also use my Icom R8500 quite often given its good performance over a wide frequency range. My SRT CR-91 is also fairly modern and is an excellent performer with its Telefunken mechanical filters that provide better performance than those Collins produced.

When I was a kid, I enjoyed listening to shortwave broadcast stations but it is something I rarely do now given the lack of quantity and variety. It must be a great time to be alive and own a shortwave radio if you are into "end of the world" gospel hucksters but not so much for the rest of us.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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JRC NRD-535D new in 1995 works great..Great for SW or Ham use audio ok on the BCB band.Had it on 10 meters fm the other day as 10 was open.:)Angelo

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Rodger reminded me--I use the YB400 when I travel if I remember to pack it. I also completely forgot I have an AirSpy HF Discovery+ SDR. It's really useful for analyzing my tx signal, and as a visual aid for nulling noise on my pair of rx loops. I have a couple of solid state ham transceivers, but I don't consider them SW sets. off topic: Rodger, that looks like an old Icom 2m FM rig on one of your photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Rob,

That one is the 6 meter CW/SSB version which uses a VFO, model IC-502. The IC-202 is the 2 meter CW/SSB version which uses a VXO and the IC-215 is the crystal controlled FM version. They all use the same form factor.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 6:38 pm 
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Back in Cycle 21, I used an Icom '502 to work JAs on 6m from my parking lot, with the built-in whip antenna.
The radio was sitting on the roof of the car to take advantage of the ground plane.
Ahhh, the good ole days!

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I got a Transistorized SW/LW/FM/AM one from China. It is about what you would expect from something from China, costing 14 bucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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There was also the IC-402, for 432MHz SSB.

Those were rigs I really found attractive when they first came out. If I saw one in person, I'd be very tempted to buy it even now.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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Mr. Highlander wrote:
I got a Transistorized SW/LW/FM/AM one from China. It is about what you would expect from something from China, costing 14 bucks.


I love my Retekess V-111.

Unlike my D-808, fits nicely in shirt pocket, runs on plentiful aa batteries, has surprisingly good audio..

Great little emergency radio, has power switch lock to prevent accidental turn on in your pocket and killing the batteries.

Because we all need a backup backup backup radio. :D


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