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What Is The Best Shortwave Radio (multi-band) On A Budget? (vanity)
Free Republic ^ | 2/6/21013 | Moi

Posted on 02/06/2013 7:37:43 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear

I had a great multi-band radio a few years ago and would love to get one again. It was great listening to it at night. Loved the 'numbers stations' (and would LOVE to hear theories about them!). They were sooooooo creepy.

I like analog receivers. I know their outdated......but easier to tune.

I'm looking in the $150 range and under. Don't want to spend much as we have a lot of expenses coming up.


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1 posted on 02/06/2013 7:37:52 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

TECSUN PL-380

2 posted on 02/06/2013 7:42:52 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I really like the Tecsun PL-600.
3 posted on 02/06/2013 7:45:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

HMmm, it’s been a while since I really looked into that, I’ve been into that since I was kid in the 1970’s. I have a Grundig Aviator G6 (Buzz Aldrin edition) that is digital, size of a cigarette pack and takes two AA batteries that I got at Radio Shack on clearance in 2009 for $60. It gets SSB too although the tuning is awkward until you get used to it. I’d keep an eye out for various Eton/Grundig brands like the Grundig G5 for example.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 7:46:11 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
My shortwave radio is the cheapest one that has the full shortwave spectrum. It's a Sangean that I ordered from the shortwave store.

A word of advice: if they offer you a second, analogue set for one cent more, be sure and check all the boxes. I checked one of the boxes but didn't check the one that said "add checked item to order" and I didn't get it!

5 posted on 02/06/2013 7:46:11 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/

Good product and good people— I’ve used them several time and recomend...


6 posted on 02/06/2013 7:47:19 PM PST by virgil283 ( ... "If we give the them. enough rope they will surely hang us .. ”-- taki ....)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Definitely get a radio with SSB capability.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/4288

Love my Degen.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 7:48:17 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Interesting question since the intrusion of government is growing with their ability to monitor everyone and everything, shortwave and CB may be coming back in style as a way to communicate.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 7:48:54 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

My grand dad gave me an old Hallicrafters S-40B - loved it. I still have it and it’s in great condition. Someone told me the value of it is around $400.


9 posted on 02/06/2013 7:50:05 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
My shortwave radio is the cheapest one that has the full shortwave spectrum. It's a Sangean that I ordered from the shortwave store.

Is this it?


10 posted on 02/06/2013 7:51:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Nowhere Man

The G5 is no longer available.
I liked mine a lot until the AM and shortwave bands blew out.
Same thing happened to my Kaito 1103.
My PL-600 keeps chugging and has better ergonomics.


11 posted on 02/06/2013 7:52:27 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I looked around, the Grundig G3 seems to be a good one.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 7:52:42 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Baynative

Well, that’s what I was thinking.

I grew up with a dad who had a CB in his truck. I miss those days. :-)


13 posted on 02/06/2013 7:53:40 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Analog radio will never be outdated. It is your friend.


14 posted on 02/06/2013 7:56:04 PM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: mylife

I’ll keep that in mind. I’ve seen the G5 at Radio Shack for clearance from time to time.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 7:57:23 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I have seen on YouTube that even the smallest of radios can be enhanced (reception) with an alligator clip and some wire hooked onto the tip of the aerial.


16 posted on 02/06/2013 7:57:54 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Get a used Radio Shack DX440 or the equivalent Sangean model off eBay. Check out the reviews on the internet. New it was $200+ twenty years ago. It’s still a great radio.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 7:58:47 PM PST by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I LOVE my Grundig S-350...runs on 120vac or (4) D cells....during Hurricane Sandy the radio lasted 2 weeks on battery and the batteries were still good.

They go for about $80 brand new on Ebay.....

This radio has AM/FM/Shortwave (2 bands)

18 posted on 02/06/2013 7:59:12 PM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Nowhere Man

It was a good performer, but the FETS in the front end are real easy to blow out.


19 posted on 02/06/2013 7:59:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I am a ham radio operator and I’m a bit spoiled since I have two transceivers; a Yaesu FT-450, and a ICOM IC-703 with decent external antennas.

Recently however, I decided that I wanted a SHTF, battery operated, portable, SW radio to be able to listen foreign news broadcasts as well as listening in on the ham bands.

For about $70 on Amazon, the chinese made Tecsun PL-600, that another Freeper already recommended is the best bang for the buck I’ve seen. It comes with a roll up wire antenna but it is even usable with the built in whip.

If you still desire an old style, analog, SWL receiver, you can look on ebay or a ham site like QRZ.com where you can pick up a used one.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 7:59:55 PM PST by RonboTex (Get off my lawn!!!!!!!!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

http://www.kaitousa.com/WRX911.htm

You can get this from amazon for $20


21 posted on 02/06/2013 8:02:57 PM PST by tentmaker (Galt's Gulch is a state of mind...)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Used to have one of these.....until hubby accidentally threw it out because the aerial was broken. Arrrrrgh! LOVED that radio!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B0009IHD6W/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&coliid=I4P7JOBGO3W01&n=228013&s=hi&colid=2ZHBHTI3RIMWF


22 posted on 02/06/2013 8:05:21 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station


23 posted on 02/06/2013 8:07:10 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I ordered a Tecsun PL-390 from Amazon last June. When it came it was in a carton with all text in Chinese and the enclosed owner's manual was in Chinese also. I was able to download a copy from Tecsun in English, but I haven't found it to be easy to understand at all. I have been disappointed in the shortwave performance, which was my main reason for ordering it. I liked my old Radio Shack DX-392 with cassette tape recorder/playback better; of course it's much larger than pocket size, and the Shack doesn't even offer anything similar nowadays.

I have not tried hooking the PL-390 up to an antenna yet. It will probably do as well as they claim, and it does do a fairly good job with nearby FM and AM broadcast stations as-is.

24 posted on 02/06/2013 8:07:24 PM PST by 19th LA Inf
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To: Chode

I loved listening to them through the years and NEVER KNEW what they were. The quirky and creepy “song” that they would play (like station identification) and the sequence of numbers or alphabet.


25 posted on 02/06/2013 8:11:42 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I have had a Grundig S350 for several years. I would like one just like it if it broke. Digital display with analog fine tuning. Am/Fm/Sw/Sw. About $100 @ Radio Shack


26 posted on 02/06/2013 8:12:37 PM PST by stratplayer
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To: RonboTex

Thanks for the info!


27 posted on 02/06/2013 8:15:01 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Bump for later


28 posted on 02/06/2013 8:15:45 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear; mylife

Ping


29 posted on 02/06/2013 8:17:16 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Heh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwJdGWcNAqk


30 posted on 02/06/2013 8:17:45 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
sure enough weird that's for alright... been around WWI
31 posted on 02/06/2013 8:17:50 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

It really is strange. But, I imagine, quite effective, since the Fedzilla is constantly monitoring us on the Internet. It’s “low tech”. Kinda like IRC.....by today’s terms.


32 posted on 02/06/2013 8:22:12 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

My Realistic DX-440 is still going strong after 20+ years. Unfortunately, there isn’t that much out there anymore.


33 posted on 02/06/2013 8:22:59 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

How many of these interval signals can you recognize?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFRYKDF2kxs


34 posted on 02/06/2013 8:26:12 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

.


35 posted on 02/06/2013 8:30:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: dfwgator

Cool!!!!! Thanks!


36 posted on 02/06/2013 8:34:45 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: dfwgator

Interesting.


37 posted on 02/06/2013 8:55:53 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: SkyDancer

You’re off by a factor of 10, but that shouldn’t mean anything since it’s got sentimental value.

For $150, a used Sony 2010 should be available and they’re still the gold standard in small portable SW receivers.


38 posted on 02/06/2013 8:59:44 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Victor
I LOVE my Grundig S-350...runs on 120vac or (4) D cells....during Hurricane Sandy the radio lasted 2 weeks on battery and the batteries were still good.

It will also run on four AA batteries in a pinch. The AA compartment is recessed below the D battery bay.

39 posted on 02/06/2013 9:09:07 PM PST by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
1155


40 posted on 02/06/2013 9:13:33 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: spokeshave

This was my first, the DX-160. It was the first significant purchase I ever made with my own money that I earned from my paper route as a teenager.

41 posted on 02/06/2013 9:18:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
The Panasonic RF 2600 is the best portable shortwave I ever had. I loved that thing. Powerful and stable. It has digital and analog readings.

Unfortunately, they are hard to find and as such carry a premium.

You'd be lucky to find one under $250.

But if you can save up for a while, and if you can find one, get it!

42 posted on 02/06/2013 9:32:04 PM PST by THX 1138 ("Harry, I have a gift.")
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

bfl


43 posted on 02/06/2013 9:49:33 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

You’ve been given several good suggestions in this thread; however, IMO, the absolute best small, portable, all-band receiver money can buy is the Sony 2010. No longer produced, sadly, but it is available via e-bay and occasionally you will see them on www.qrz.com or www.eham.net. Grundigs (older ones) are good but now they are made in China. Happy hunting...and listening!


44 posted on 02/06/2013 10:18:45 PM PST by miele man
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Sony 7600. Those Sangean models others referenced are good too. Grundig also had nice models.


45 posted on 02/07/2013 12:08:14 AM PST by MachIV
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To: Spirochete
I LOVE my Grundig S-350...runs on 120vac or (4) D cells...It will also run on four AA batteries in a pinch. The AA compartment is recessed below the D battery bay.

I looked at my S350 and couldn't find the AA bay. Mine is about 6 years old so maybe that was a feature in an earlier model. Not so on mine. Drat!

46 posted on 02/07/2013 12:24:18 AM PST by Wingy
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To: dfwgator

How many of these interval signals can you recognize?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFRYKDF2kxs

Once upon a time, this one mattered. Maybe it will again. The jury is out.

47 posted on 02/07/2013 12:47:38 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Bookmarking


48 posted on 02/07/2013 2:43:21 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“Varmint. I’m going to blow you to smithereens!”


49 posted on 02/07/2013 4:16:46 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Pick up a copy of the book “Spycraft” on Amazon and you’ll know everything you want to know about the numbers site. Plus it is an outstanding book about many of the techy things that the Agency developed while we were sleeping.
There were some true patriots keeping us safe. As well as details about Russian citizens who gave their lives helping us against the Soviets. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Spycraft-History-Spytechs-Communism-Al-Qaeda/dp/0452295475

And no I didn’t write it but I was a consumer of their products for the eight years I served AF Project Checkmate in the Pentagon.


50 posted on 02/07/2013 4:30:46 AM PST by Portcall24
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