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Sun May 19, 2019, 10:11 PM

Tonight with the C. Crane

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Currentsitguy May 2019 OP
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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Sun May 19, 2019, 11:41 PM

1. I'm headed to the coast to pick up a Ccrane radio this week.

Money is not an object, which of their radios would you suggest.

I've been messaging back and forth this week with them but still have not made up my mind.

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2019, 08:07 AM

2. I think it really depends on what you want to do with it.

The Skywave SSB is an amazing radio for it's size. It packs a lot of features into something that will fit in your pocket. In that sense it's a great travel radio if your interest is in scanning a wide variety of frequencies. At the same time, it's size is also probably one of it's greatest flaws. If your enjoy AM DX-ing the tiny ferrite core means it just does not have the sensitivity of larger models. It also lacks an external antenna jack, although it does come with a little pocket reel antenna that clips to the existing rod. It is also expensive at $170. If all you are looking for is portability and are willing to sacrifice Air, Weather, and SSB take a look at this radio. It goes by several names, Kaimeda SRW-710S, Audiomax SRW-710S, Retkess V-115, or TIVDIO V-115. It's basically the same size as the Skywave but at $25 is certainly easier on the wallet.

https://www.amazon.com/Retekess-Portable-Transistor-Shortwave-Recorder/dp/B01ARN28SQ



If you are looking for better performance and you don't mind a larger form factor, the XHDATA 808 has stellar reviews, but you do have to Grey Market it in.



You can never go wrong with the Sangean ATS-909X. As far as tabletop portables go it's hard to beat.



If you are willing to scour Ebay there are two highly sought after radios you can never go wrong with.

The Panasonic RF-B65:


And the Sony ICF-2010/ICF-2001. They're the same exact radio it's just one was the model number for radios sold outside the US:



One thing I will say about the Skywave. This thing is a battery miser! I have been running for days now on two AA batteries. If you want to plug it in you NEED their power adapter. It's shielded. A standard micro-USB charger pours out too much RF to be useful.

Oh, and two last things about the SRW-710S. The first is it has a microSD card slot, you you can record what you are listening to, and it's rechargeable. It's runs on an old Ericson cell phone battery. The down side is it can't be used while plugged in. When you do it goes into uplink mode to transfer files off of the card to a computer.

If shortwave does not interest you C. Crane's CC Radio series is pretty much the best out there.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Mon May 20, 2019, 01:01 PM

3. Thanks

They are suggesting the 2E for the area I live in, (very remote surrounded by high mountains) and I think I'll go with that unit and the twin coil ferrite antenna and the ham reel antenna.

According to the reception maps our area is, DESOLATE, for AM service. They have set up a few folks up here with radios and tell me that this setup works the best.

I am a radio listener but not an expert.

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Response to oldenuff35 (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2019, 01:19 PM

4. The problem with virtually every AM radio on the market

Is that they all rely on the ferrite core rather than the whip antenna for reception. The notable exception to this, and still at a reasonable cost, is an SDR (Software Defined Radio). Something like the Funcube Dongle Pro Plus, or the SDR Play. They have no core whatsoever and are therefore completely dependent on an external antenna.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Mon May 20, 2019, 11:07 PM

5. All wonderful radios!



I have a weird one coming.

13 f.m. circuits, 5 a.m. circuits, a.m. f.m. s.w. l.w., 1968.

More to follow.

That really was an excellent post.

Hope you love the C. Crane!



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