Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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 I know their outdated......but easier to tune.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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dsj; dx; hamradio; radio; shortwave; stations
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-59 next last

1 posted on 02/06/2013 7:37:52 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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 ....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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™)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

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))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

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)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

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!!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-59 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson