Saturday, May 3, 2014

It's Always Good To Have A Shortwave Radio In The Ham Shack

  I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about my love of shortwave radios. That is kind of where my long distance radio listening started. It also started my interest in Electronics and what radios do and how they function. I also learned a little about parts in a radio. I just like listening to people in other countries and far away places while I am working on things. I hope you enjoy my information.

 Grundig Satellit 750
  I have a few different shortwave radios. I started out with an old shortwave radio that my stepfather had that I found in a closet. Unfortunately it never would turn on, so I had it in my junk collection of various radio equipment. When I got into electronics I took the thing apart and messed around with it. I should have waited until I finished my electrical engineering degree in college. I still had some fun out of it and that made it worthwhile.
  I have always loved anything to do with radios and listening to far away places. In my teens I did get into the world of cb radio. I loved to go up on sideband and listen to people that were thousands of miles away from me. I could not believe it when I talked to someone in Northern Italy from here in New York. I did eventually buy a shortwave radio from radio shack. It was nothing spectacular, but it got the job done. I was thoroughly impressed for such a small sized radio how well I could here radio stations in other countries. It was not very expensive and was very easy to carry to where I worked.

Sony ICF-SW7600GR

A few years ago maybe 5 or 6 years ago I purchased a sangean ats-505 shortwave radio. What I liked about this radio was the capability to receive some ham radio stations. You see I was getting interested in ham radio and wanted to listen to how the ham radio operators spoke. I was used to the cb radio, the ham radio was more grown up, followed rules and acted like adults. Of course with this radio I could listen to AM, FM, Longwave, Shortwave and Medium Wave radio. Also it is portable and easy to carry around. The price of it was not too bad either. It also has the capability of listening to upper side band as well as lower sideband. Connect a external dipole antenna to it and signals really come in. I loved listening to the 2 meter ham band as well as other ham radio bands.
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  Eventually I wanted a more sophisticated shortwave radio. I had a time when my Kenwood TS-2000 Ham Radio was not working, so I had to send it out for repair. I looked around, checked various reviews and spent some income tax money on a nice Grundig Satellit 750. This is a good size shortwave radio and has a lot of features. It has a sort of rack mount look to it, which it what I like. It does have a carrying handle, which makes it somewhat of a portable shortwave radio. It covers the AM, FM, Shortwave and Long Wave as well as Medium Wave Frequencies. I can receive the Ham Radio Frequencies with upper and lower sideband capability. It came in very handy while my Kenwood TS-2000 Ham Radio was out for repair and as I was also studying for my General Ham Radio License. I would definitely recommend this Shortwave radio to anyone looking for a good radio.

Yaesu FT-450D

  I would also like to add that your Ham radio will bring in shortwave radio stations as well. This seems to happen at certain times of the day and certain times of the year .When I was looking various radios I did have a few places I checked for reviews. The main place is called and they have tons of reviews about all different Ham Radio Equipment. You can also get an idea of the price of the various item in question. I also check out a website on the internet called dxzone. They to have quite a bit of useful information for all different kinds of  equipment, software, homebrew items and more.

Tecsun PL880 Portable

  There are many different brands of shortwave radios out on the market. My favorite brands are Grundig, Sangean, C Crane, Kaito, Tecsun, Sony, Degen and of course the Radio Shack models. Obviously some brands of shortwave radios are less expensive then others. A lot will depend on the capabilities of the radio in question. Some other advise I would use when looking for a shortwave radio is to look at youtube. There are a lot of people who will demonstrate a particular radio they may have purchased. What makes it nice is that you can see and listen to the shortwave radio.

  Well that's all I have to say for now so Thank You for reading. 73s from Dan KC2YTI.        

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