Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Few New Shortwave Portable Radios and Communication Receivers

  While going through some of my various Ham radio catalogs I have noticed some new radios for the shortwave radio category. I figured I would put out some information on them in case anyone is interested. I like the look of the Sangeon ATS-909X world band receiver. My Sangeon 505 does a really good job. Here is some information on it below.

                   Product Features and Technical Specifications

  • Five Tuning Methods: Direct Frequency Tuning, Auto Scan, Manual Tuning, Memory Recall and Rotary Tuning
  • ATS (Auto Tuning System) Auto Scan and Preset Priority Signal Strength in FM / MW / LW Bands
  • FM RDS / RBDS with PS, PTY, RT and CT Features
  • DSP IF Decoder
  • Display: LCD Screen (3.2 x 1.7") with Bright White LED Backlight
  • Automatically Searches for Strongest Signal Station within SW Station Pages
  • Alarm: Radio or HWS (Humane Wake System) Buzzer
  • Clock: Built-In 42 World Time & D.S.T. Device with 2 Editable City Names
  • AM Wide / Narrow filter
  • FM Mono / Stereo Selector Switch
  • SSB (Single Side Band): USB / LSB 40Hz / Set on Fine Tuning
  • Audio Quality: 1W Amp Output Power
  • Outputs: Line-Out, Earphones (3.5mm)
  • Power Sources: Battery (Main Power, 4x AA) or DC-in (9V DC 700mA) or AC-in (AC 9V 0.7A)
  • 12 Segment High Resolution Signal Indicator compared to 7 Segment from the ATS-909 Predecessor
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 200 x 133 x 38.2mm

    The Tecsun PL880 Portable Shortwave Receiver is another radio that has caught my eye. All the reviews I have read were not that bad. The radio itself seems to be packed with some really good features. The reviews I have read for the most part were not bad at all. It comes in a silver case or a black case for those with a preference. Here is some information below.
  • Full range coverage including AM/FM, Longwave & Shortwave with Single Side Band
  • PLL synthesized digital dual conversion receiver with unparallelled sensitivity & selectivity
  • 4 & 5 selectable bandwidth filters on AM and SSB respectively plus single Side Band receiver with 10 Hz tuning step
  • 24 hour alarm clock plus sleep timer from 0-120 minutes
  • Powered by one single 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery with built-in charger, battery included

  I have not really seen any new communications receivers out lately. I still have a few favorites that I would love to have one day. One of those is the Yaesu VR-5000. It has been around for a while and has some good reviews. It looks nice and has some good technical specifications. Here is some information below.

Frequency Range:
0.1 ~ 2599.99998 MHz (Cellular Blocked)
Receiving Mode:
Antenna Impedance:
50 Ohm unbalanced, 450 Ohm unbalanced
Channel Step:
Main Band
LSB/USB/CW: 20 Hz/100 Hz/500 Hz/1 kHz/5 kHz
AM-N/AM/WAM: 1/5/9/10/20/25/50/100/500 kHz
FM-N: 5/6.25/10/12.5/20/25/50/100/500 kHz
WFM: 10/50/100/500 kHz
Sub Band
AM: 1/5/9/10/20/25/50/100/500 kHz
FM-N: 5/6.25/10/12.5/20/25/50/100/500 kHz
Memory Channel:
Regular Memories: 2000 Channels
PS "Preset" Memories: 5 Channel
Operating Temp.:
-10 °C ~ + 50 °C
0.2 ~ 0.49998 MHzSSB/CW4.8 uV (10 dB S/N)
0AM10.8 uV (10 dB S/N)
0.5 ~ 1.79998 MHzSSB/CW1.0 uV (10 dB S/N)
0AM4.0 uV (10 dB S/N)
1.8 ~ 3.99998 MHzSSB/CW0.6 uV (10 dB S/N)
AM2.5 uV (10 dB S/N)
4.0 ~ 29.99998 MHzSSB/CW0.3 uV (10 dB S/N)
0AM1.1 uV (10 dB S/N)
28.0 ~ 29.99998 MHzFM-N0.35 uV (12 dB SINAD)
30.0 ~ 1999.99998 MHzSSB/CW0.3 uV (10 dB S/N)
0AM1.2 uV (10 dB S/N)
0FM-N0.45 uV (12 dB SINAD)
WFM1.5 uV (12 dB SINAD)
2000.0 ~ 2599.99998 MHzSSB/CW0.5 uV (10 dB S/N)
0AM1.8 uV (10 dB S/N)
0FM-N0.8 uV (12 dB SINAD)
Conducted Spurious Emission:
Less than 54 dBm
Supply Voltage:
DC 13.5V ±15 %
Current Consumption:
0.7 A (@ audio output 1W)
Audio Output:
At least 1 W @ 8 Ohm
Audio Output Impedance:
8 Ohm
Case Size:
7.1x2.75x8 inches 4.2 Lbs (180x70x203 mm) without knobs
Approx. 4.2 Lbs (1.9 kg)

   The next communication receiver that I like is the AOR AR-8600MK2. It is another radio that has been around. I have looked at it many times in my catalogs and read the reviews on this radio. The reviews have all been very good showing a 4.8 out of 5 at . It would make an awesome addition to any ham shack. Here is quite a bit of information below on this radio.

  • Frequency range: 100 kHz - 3,000 MHz
  • Operating mode: AM / NAM / WAM / SFM / NFM / WFM / USB / LSB / CW
  • Memory channels: 1,000 channels
  • l All mode reception with Super narrow FM plus Wide
  • and Narrow AM in addition to the standard modes
  • l True carrier re-insertion in SSB modes
  • l New front end with RF preselection of VHF-UHF bands
  • l Detachable MW bar aerial
  • l Tuning steps programmable in multiples of 50 Hz in all
  • modes, 8.33 kHz airband step correctly supported
  • l Step-adjust, frequency offset, AFC
  • l Noise limiter & attenuator
  • l Versatile band scope with save trace facility
  • l Twin frequency readout with bar signal meter
  • l Separate controls for volume & squelch
  • l Write protect & keypad lock, lamp dimmer
  • l Programmable scan & search including LINK, FREE,
  • l RS232 computer socket
  • l Flash-ROM memory (no battery required)
  • l Slot card sockets
  • l BNC socket for 10.7MHz i.f. output 
  • Twin frequency readout with bar signal meter
  • Frequency coverage 100 kHz ~ 3000 MHz no gaps
  Finally I like the Grundig Satellit 750. Now this shortwave radio I have in my Ham Shack. I love this radio and it does an awesome job. It has quite a few good features and pulls in signals very well. I connect mine to a 6 meter to 40 meter dipole antenna at about 16 feet off the ground. I used it especially when my Kenwood TS-2000 Ham Radio was out for repair. I also like the look of the radio. It has that high tech rack look. Here is some information on the radio below.

  • AM, FM, Aircraft Band (118v-137 MHz) and Shortwave (1711-30000 KHz)
  • Set 9/10 KHz AM tuning; set FM tuning range
  • Single Side Band (SSB)
  • 360-degree rotate AM antenna
  • Auto/Manual/Direct frequency key-in and station memory tuning
  • Auto Tuning Storage function (ATS) for FM/AM
  • 1000 station memories (each band 100 memories, 500 customizable)
  • Dual alarm clock function
  • Connect your MP3 player to listen to your own music and media through the speakers
  • There is also a line out socket so that radio broadcasting can be transferred to other devices
  •  Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 14.6 x 7.2 inches ; 0.2 ounces 
  Well I hope you enjoyed the information and enjoy the world of shortwave radio. Thank You and have a nice day from Dan KC2YTI 73s.

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