Short wave listening

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AF7XI, Oct 12, 2017.

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  1. AF7XI

    AF7XI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Channeling my pre-ham inner child, I am getting back into Short Wave listening. There's something fun about a simple little radio and a wire antenna, listening to broadcasts from all over the world. I thought for sure I'd seen and "SWLing" forum on here somewhere, but perhaps I was mistaken.

    I'm looking at the TecSun PL-880 as it has SSB. My C.Crane Skywave is pretty fun, but I think I'd like the SSB capability. Any general thoughts here regarding portable SW, AM/FM, WX, SSB radios? I see C.Crane has a new Skywave with SSB capability set to launch.
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  2. W3MMM

    W3MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you can swing it, get a Grundig satellite 750. Has SSB, a decent receiver and good audio. The 880 isn't bad, it's just a bit frustrating at times - the 750 solved it all for me.

    I have an 880 and it's predecessor in drawers somewhere. The 750 I use every night, even if just for FM radio stuff.
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  3. AF7XI

    AF7XI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great suggestion- I'll take a look at the 750. It looks feature-rich.

    Thomas Witherspoon of emailed to say the newer firmware versions of the TecSun PL-880 seem to have fixed many of the frustrating issues. I'll admit, $170 looks a little more enticing than $330! But I do appreciate learning about the Grundig!
  4. K5GTI

    K5GTI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's a question. Are any of these shortwave receivers better than the receive capabilities in an HF transceiver by one of the "big three"?
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  5. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like the Grundiggities too. I've had a number of them.
    But if you can pick up a used Froggy7, that's even better. :)
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  6. AF7XI

    AF7XI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since we're on the subject, what's the best sub-$300 SW DX radio?
  7. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you include boat anchors, I've seen an NC-300 for $300. And an NC-303 for $303. :)
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  8. KJ4YEV

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    My old Hallicrafters S-38C still works well for SWL.
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  9. W0AAT

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    I have a 750 next to the bed for listening a night, simple long wire antenna strung across my upstairs ceiling. I also have a PL660(predecessor to the 880) and it is a decent little radio. Mine gets used for noise hunting a LOT!
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  10. W3MMM

    W3MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    On average, no.

    Let's say the average SWL receiver costs $150 and a transceiver costs $800. That isn't just because the transmitter costs $650 and the receivers are equivalent.

    Now, if you compare a higher end SWL receiver to a lower end transceiver you'll get kind of close.

    The transceivers tend to have way more "last mile" stuff, like precise tuning, filter options, etc. Not saying those aren't possible on an SWL radio, they just aren't found on most.
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