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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 8:36 pm 
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That is the one! For what it costs, it's an incredible bargain. Less than $15 and it does a lot, very good for QRN sniffing.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 9:33 pm 
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That is the one! For what it costs, it's an incredible bargain. Less than $15 and it does a lot, very good for QRN sniffing.


There is, for the price, nothing not to love about this radio.

The newer version, the 115, has recording capability.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 10:06 pm 
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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.


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

No VFO knob.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 10:41 pm 
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I have a few.

The Sony ICF-2010, which I bought new in 1989, is head and shoulders above the rest, and with five switchable IF filters, it oughta be. It's the only receiver I have that's received two Canadian AM stations.

The Panasonic is a permanent resident on my desk, as I like it's features.

The two GE Super Radio II's of course are somewhat of a standard in their own right.

The C Crane offers excellent audio fidelity, but is a tad below the SR 2's AFA sensitivity.

The Sound Design actually performs quite well for a budget receiver, as does the Rat Shack 395, which I use on my bench to verify specific station reception and dial tracking accuracy.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 11:12 pm 
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I remember my first digital radio. Me and my brother bought one and both had the power switches go bad. DAK MR-101. It was cheap and worked well for such a small radio. AM/FM/SW.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Fri 16, 2021 11:53 pm 
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Eton elite executive and a c.crane ssb skywave are the most modern i have. Both are also my most used just because all their features.

I like the eton for having a 3.5mm external antenna jack, and how it gets longwave(even if there’s nothing here to hear on it other than airport beacons.), and it has some qol features I like more than the skywave. But it’s airband reception kinda sucks tbh, but thankfully the crane excels at it.

Both do about equally on sw with just the whip antenna…which honestly isn’t great, least if you’re trying to pull in overseas sw, which is primarily what i try to get since I’m not too fond of what is on sw stateside. Both need an external antenna to really do well for overseas signals. The eton like i said, has a 3.5mm jack, so i like that more. The skywave you need to use a clip on antennas (…or just wrap a wire around it and hang it somewhere, that’s really all those sw antennas are anyway.), but once you do both do pretty much the same performance wise, and I’m able to pick up stations such as the bbc off Ascension pretty easily, and even in Wooferton fairly well , and lately have also even been getting radio New Zealand, so that’s been neat. I’m sure both would do far far better if I wasn’t in the city with so much interference everywhere, but given my location I’d say they do pretty well. Both also get ssb so that’s a plus. Sometimes I’ve been able to pick up some hams talking, possibly someone even from here, though I can’t be sure since I haven’t kept track of anyone’s tags from here…


I also like how they use standard aa batteries, but can use rechargeable aa’s too. I’m very hesitant to get any radios that have sealed lithium ion batteries, because once those are worn out, it’s probably gonna be a nightmare to find replacements. It’s why I prefer stuff that uses aa ones. Yeah time in between charges ain’t as great, but you can always easily find aa batteries.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 12:48 am 
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jimbenedict wrote:
Dalton wrote:
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

No VFO knob.


True.

But, this is a disposable radio.

Not going to find anything that performs like this at this price.

It's practically free.

For around $35, you can get a nice Kaito with MP3.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 1:04 am 
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About a decade ago I was finding shortwave portables cheap at garage and rummage sales.

Grundig Satellit 500 $40
Grundig Satellit 700 2.50
Sony SW-1 $10.00
Radio Shack analog portable 5.00
Grundig Mini-300 2.00
Panasonic RF-1600
an RCA portable with marine band a few dollars

I also found a Sony 2001 in pieces in the garbage.

And after a few years, it stopped.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 4:56 am 
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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.



I was looking a one of the 390s.. Do you know the manufacture for radio shack that made it. I have had a realistic multiband rdio for years and it performs well. It is n older model and large. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 9:43 am 
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I was looking a one of the 390s.. Do you know the manufacture for radio shack that made it.
The label on the back of my 395 says

"Custom manufactured in China for Radio Shack a division of Tandy Corporation".

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 1:20 pm 
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BTW- I noticed the new Eton Elite Field at $180 new has the same variable controls & digital readout as my C. Crane Twin Coil Ferrite that costs about $100 used. Both radios are about the same size at around 12" x 7" x 3". Both are about same cost used. Eton built the C. Crane SW radio for C. Crane.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 2:26 pm 
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The by far best low cost radio is a Kaito KA345 and it has a standard tuning knob. On you tube it was picking up many AM stations 100s of miles away with clarity and low background noise. SW & FM was also good- impressive. $19.95

Note- SW limited to 5.95 to 21.85mHz.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I picked up this Sangean WR-1 at a thrift store about a week ago and It has a really good am receiver in it. my new DD


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 5:02 pm 
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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.


I used that Sangean for many years (rebadged as the DX-390) to fine-tune & calibrate my old Eico signal generator. It did a decent job for DX/ing as well. I sold it since my new o-scope has a built-in frequency counter, and there wasn't much on shortwave that interests me anymore. It was a great FM performer as well, with decent audio quality. It went to a good home to a fellow ARF member.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 6:06 pm 
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Forgot I had this till I visited this thread again, and pulled it out of storage!

Tecsun PL-880, with Tecsun matching recorder, carrying case, and various goodies.

Just the thing to listen to Cuban jammers on 40 meters!

From Radio Jay Allen -

(TRANSLATION - I AM QUOTING A REVIEW FROM SOMEONE ELSE HERE, THE WORDS INSIDE THE QUOTATION MARKS ARE NOT - I REPEAT, NOT - MINE!!!)

"First of all, what truly sets the PL-880 apart from any other shortwave portable currently on the market is its selection of bandwidth filters. On AM, for example, the listener can choose between the following bandwidth settings:

9.0 kHz
5.0 kHz
3.5 kHz
and 2.3 kHz
In SSB mode, the choices include:

4.0 kHz
3.0 kHz
2.3 kHz
1.2 kHz
0.5 kHz
Choosing a bandwidth couldn’t be easier: simply press the “AM BW” button to display the current bandwidth setting, then either use either tuning control to widen or narrow the filter, or press the “AM BW” button to cycle through the options.

But how well do these filters work? Very well, in my opinion. Indeed, I think this is the most innovative and valuable feature of the PL-880. The filter selection gives the PL-880 some of the best selectivity for a receiver under $200 US. To test selectivity, I usually tune to a part of the shortwave broadcast spectrum with two adjacent signals, and see how well the receiver blocks the adjacent signal. In the case of the PL-880, I took it up a notch and tuned to the CW (morse code) portion of a ham band, as CW signals are spaced much closer together than broadcast signals, thus are more challenging for a receiver to select between. I was delighted to note that the PL-880 not only passed this rigorous test, but performed well above my expectations."

https://swling.com/blog/2013/12/a-revie ... ave-radio/


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 6:47 pm 
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I really like my Radio Shack DX-390. I found that if you disconnect one wire from one
connector it does not mute every time you turn the station dial. In fact, its evern seems to
sort of slide between kilocycles.

Its sensitive and selective. The BFO works fine on SSB. Selectivity is high for AM, poor for SSB or CW.
FM is excellent.

And its a big friend of D-Cell makers: it eats them alive.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 7:12 pm 
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jimbenedict wrote:
I own this large size portable radio made by C.Crane.


I have that radio, which I bought from C Crane for the twin ferrite coil antenna. You can find them with Eton and Grundig nameplates.
I've always hated the clicking sound in the speaker as you tune it, but it performs very well.


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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 10:38 pm 
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jimbenedict wrote:
The by far best low cost radio is a Kaito KA345 and it has a standard tuning knob. On you tube it was picking up many AM stations 100s of miles away with clarity and low background noise. SW & FM was also good- impressive. $19.95

Note- SW limited to 5.95 to 21.85mHz.


One feature I wish my PL-880 had - when you press up or down tuning, the thing scans and stops when it hits a fairly strong signal.

How nice it would be to be able to adjust the sensitivity up or down, to be able to use the scan to find weak signals as well as strong ones.


Sure, on high sensitivity the radio would stop a lot on noises, but this wouldn't be a big issue if you were only searching a small range of frequencies, and could set it back to normal when finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
PostPosted: Jul Sat 17, 2021 10:50 pm 
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Nope. Truth be told, I don't even like radio anymore---the only reason I even listen to it at all is to use my vintage tube-powered gear

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 Post subject: Re: Modern Radio Owners
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I was looking a one of the 390s.. Do you know the manufacture for radio shack that made it.
The label on the back of my 395 says

"Custom manufactured in China for Radio Shack a division of Tandy Corporation".


I keep digging up radios!

The RADIWOW R-108, the XHDATA D-808'S little brother!


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