Skip to comments.What Is The Best Shortwave Radio (multi-band) On A Budget? (vanity)
Posted on 02/06/2013 7:37:43 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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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.
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
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.
Thanks! I’ll check it out.
Is this a good site to listen online?
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[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. :-)
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).
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).
Look for a Yaesu FRG-7 on eBay or Craigslist.
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