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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

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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
I was a shortwave listening enthusiast in my youth, but in recent decades the net has replaced shortwave listening as my source for things exotic. After all, distance is no real barrier on the internet. There are thousands of crystal-clear broadcasts from stations all over the world (including tv). Struggling to hear a weak signal from Tahiti or Sri Lanka on shortwave radio -- as it fades in and out, or emerges from a wall of static -- wouldn't have the same charm now that it once had. I've been spoiled by easy access through other means.

I started shortwave listening in the early 1960s with a Hallicrafters S120 (tubes -- I still have it), and moved on to transistorized models by Lafayette and Allied. Then, in relatively modern times, I got a digital Realistic DX-440 (Sangean 803A), which is about in your desired price range. Also, for power outage emergencies, I have a Grundig FR-200 (with a hand crank for recharging the battery).

The DX-440 does a decent job. I noticed from a net listing that Australia is listed on 9580 KHz at this time of day (between 8 and 9 am). I just checked that frequency, and was able to receive it on the U.S. east coast (with some static, but that's using only an indoor antenna).

For comparison, though, here's an example of what's available from Australia on the net (not counting tv) -- Australian Live Radio. I can understand having a shortwave radio for emergencies, or to receive special kinds of broadcasts, but for ordinary listening I think the internet is better.

51 posted on 02/07/2013 5:58:18 AM PST by GJones2 (Shortwave radio versus net listening)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Really cheap.....but not good....Coby CX-CB 12....bought some on Amazon last year. Analog....non digital dial. Nine SW channels Lots of bleed over on FM and AM. Paid $12 each for them

I got them because I went to Europe and wanted an ole school dial radio as US radios have different spacing between AM stations. Also...this cheap radio has LW (longwave)....which comes in handy in Europe if you want English language radio on the continent....as BBC and RTE (Ireland) have LW stations

Cheap radio in price....cheap quality also this


52 posted on 02/07/2013 6:06:09 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

When I was a kid playing with my nine transistor radio, I learned that you could dramatically increase signal power by putting the radio next to the electrical power line coming into the house. Just an interesting observation.


53 posted on 02/07/2013 6:09:00 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Portcall24

Thanks! I’ll check it out.


54 posted on 02/07/2013 7:17:23 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: GJones2

Is this a good site to listen online?

http://websdr.org/


55 posted on 02/07/2013 9:06:31 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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56 posted on 02/07/2013 12:56:25 PM PST by tomkat
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

[Sorry for the length of this two-post response]

> Is this a good site to listen online? http://websdr.org/

I don’t know. I’ve never tried it. What I had in mind were stations that are put online by the broadcasters themselves, and that can be received (crystal clear) by programs such as Windows Media Player, Realplayer, or VLC Media Player. Many sites contain long lists of links to such stations, and you can find them by googling “online radio stations”. Other terms such as “live radio” or “streaming radio” and the name of a country or city you wish to receive will usually produce plenty of results.

If I understand the http://websdr.org/ site correctly, what it’s doing is producing a net interface to actual shortwave radio receivers at the various server sites, and allowing you to tune in frequencies and hear what the radios receive there. An amazing concept. It’s a way of listening to shortwave radio on other people’s receivers. :-)


57 posted on 02/07/2013 3:40:26 PM PST by GJones2 (Shortwave radio versus net listening)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

It does sound interesting, especially if you’re looking for odd signals that might show up on particular frequencies, rather than programs from the major broadcasters (which are probably best received with the programs I mentioned at the ordinary net streaming sites).

I didn’t try the site because it requires installing and enabling Java (in addition to JavaScript). My only possible concern would be security, though as far as I can see the site itself is legit. It passed a virus check by a couple of programs I use. I noticed that some of the individual receiver sites did too, but others are listed as unknown (probably because they haven’t been used enough to be checked by the major virus checkers).

My general impression is favorable, provided you wish to try odd frequencies and replicate real shortwave listening. You don’t need that site, though, just to hear lots of stations from all over the world. To do that, other lists of online stations will suffice (they provide clickable links that will play stations with the software I mentioned).


58 posted on 02/07/2013 3:42:30 PM PST by GJones2 (Shortwave radio versus net listening)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Look for a Yaesu FRG-7 on eBay or Craigslist.


59 posted on 02/07/2013 3:45:35 PM PST by Cboldt
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