eBay Find: Barlow Wadley XCR-30 Receiver

Barlow Wadley XCR-30-FrontMany thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who writes:

Barlow Wadley’s show up every now and then on Ebay, but infrequently with the original papers.

Rarely, one sees them with  the original box. These are great representatives of SW radio history, though you have to take care to ask question of the seller.

This price appears to be quite high (roughly $490 US), especially for a radio without the FM band, which was added in later production runs:

Click here to view on eBay.

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Thanks, Dan! Someone brought one of these to the SWL Fest some years ago and it attracted quite a crowd.  I’ve never had one on the air, though–very curious how well they perform.

Are there any SWLing Post readers who own the Barlow Wadley XCR-30? Please comment!

eBay Find: BANG & OLUFSEN BEOMASTER 900-K

beomaster900-closeWhile quite out of my price range, this is a beautiful piece of radio art nevertheless. (I recommend viewing the close-ups on the listing to really see it.) The receiver/amplifier has Broadcast, Long Wave, Short Wave plus FM, and the ability to reproduce beautiful stereo for its time, according to user reports.These were produced during the mid-sixties until 1970. I miss the artwork involved in many older radios as compared to today’s utilitarian radios. We may have better components and features, but we do not have the beauty or style in many cases.

I’ll be watching with interest to see how this auction ends!

Robert Gulley, AK3Q, is the author of this post and a regular contributor to the SWLing Post. Robert also blogs at All Things Radio.

Special deal: Tecsun PL-360 for $33.99 plus shipping via Anon-Co

Tecsun-PL-360Many thanks to SWling Post contributor, Ron, who writes:

http://www.anon-co.com/product/pl360

No, it’s not a GP5/SSB, but at less than half the cost it’s fine for general use.

Anna is first-rate to deal with, too.

Indeed she is, Ron! I’ve only has excellent experiences working with Anon-Co.

You can buy directly from Anon-Co’s website, or via eBay.

Protecting your investment: Troy’s radio case recommendations

IMG_1293Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Troy Riedel (the Amateur Astronomer), who writes:

I’m rather – uh – call it OCD re: equipment cases (and bags/packs).

All of my […]astronomy equipment is well secured & cataloged in several dozen cases.

I [also] wanted to protect my shortwave radios. I like the neoprene cases that Tecsun ships with their radios as they have a bit of shock absorbing capacity. I went online at Amazon & eBay and I bought “neoprene” cases of various sizes made for GPS units, external hard drives, and tablets.

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Upon receiving them I’ve found the 3.5-4″ GPS cases are perfect for the Grundig G6 and similar sized radios.

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Belkin “Grip” tablet cases are perfect for the Grundig G3/G5. And the larger “iLuv Gaudi” case is prefect for the YB400 & Sony ICF-SW7600GR. The iLuv even has memory foam. I feel I could drop any radio in this iLuv case from a reasonable height and the contents would be perfectly fine.

Including shipping, I spent $6 for the most expensive case and as little as $3.95 for the least expensive.

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The iLuv memory foam case, in silver, was only $4.99 and free shipping via Amazon Prime. Some of the cases have exterior zipped pockets perfect for ear buds and a USB cable. The neoprene has the capacity to stretch a bit, so all of them are a snug fit. Though there is an extra 1/2″ on the iLuv case, the memory foam quality ensures a nice, tight fit.

I’ve attached a few pictures to illustrate my finds.

BTW, I also noticed today that The Worldwide Listening Guide is priced at $21.62 on Amazon. That’s down from $24.95 and a good deal with Prime.

Thanks so much for sharing your research, Troy. I have just added the iLuv case to my Amazon cart. Like you, I have a Sony ICF-SW7600GR and it gets taken to the field a lot. The 7600GR comes with a nice custom case/cover, but it offers little in the way of protection–$4.99 is a reasonable cost to protect one of my favorite portables.

Like you, Troy, I have a serious addiction to quality bags and cases.  I hope you know that you’re only enabling me! Ha!

Readers: Please share your radio case/bag recommendations as well!

Tecsun PL-880 fine tuning bug solved by Anon-Co

PL-880-Tuning-BugMany thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Georges (F6DFZ), who writes:

As you may know, a few [of us PL-880 owners] have documented the extremely annoying bug that affect the Tecsun PL-880 during Fine Tuning of SSB signals.

To sum it up, recently manufactured Tecsun PL-880 tune backward when using the Fine Tuning knob in SSB mode. This result in a very bad tuning feeling, especially for SWL and Ham radio operators, 1 kHz frequency jumps each kHz and a displayed frequency that can be off as much as 2 kHz.

Anna from Anon-Co has been very cooperative, serious, kind, in short: an outstanding person. She never denied the problem, and found a solution to correct it by loading a 8820 firmware just anterior to the buggy one.

Now, all PL-880 sold by Anon-Co have the corrected firmware.

I am extremely pleased with my PL-880 and I need to add that the tuning experience with the corrected firmware is night and day. Now, you can tune continuously using the Fine Tuning knob, without hitch and very smoothly ; the lack of shuffling is also very welcome, as is the Variable Rate Tuning (10 Hz or 50 Hz tuning steps).
This makes the PL-880 an outstanding receiver for its price, considering the 10 Hz fine steps, the choice of selectivity, the long life on its battery, etc…

Be sure to choose a distributor that sells PL-880 with the tuning bug corrected.

Click here to purchase a PL-880 via Anon-Co.

Many thanks, Georges, for the follow-up. I’m very happy to hear that PL-880 retailers like Anon-Co are assisting in such a helpful and effective way.

No doubt, other PL-880 retailers will also begin to offer a firmware upgrade to fix the fine tuning bug. As Georges notes, please check before purchasing!

Reders/Retailers: Please comment if you can confirm that others are now shipping PL-880s with the fine tuning control fix.

eBay find: Pristine Sears 412.36380700 (Yaesu FRG-7) Shortwave Communications Receiver

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This must be the day for eBay finds! This one will not be a deal (price-wise) unless you’re on the market for a NOS (New Old Stock) classic receiver.

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi (N2HUN), who writes:

On eBay is an auction that is worth watching, just to see what the final bid will be:

Sears 412.36380700 (613638) Yaesu FRG-7 Shortwave Communications Receiver / NOS

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This is a new old stock Sears version of the FRG-7, no different from the Yaesu except it had the Sears name on it.

Used ones have been sold on eBay but this is the first one I’ve seen that was NOS.

Amazing what people have stored away in attics, closets, basements, etc. I had one of the Sears versions years ago. Note that the older versions of the Yaesu FRG-7 did not have the fine tuning knob. This one is apparently one of the later versions.

All round excellent radio, nice big speaker, excellent sensitivity, selectivity, one of the shortwave radio hall-of-famers!

Click here to view on eBay.

Indeed, Mario! Thanks for the tip! As you say, it will be fun to see how high this listing may go befor ethe bidding ends tomorrow afternoon/evening. It’s rare to find a Sears or Yaesu so pristine. 

Here are few more photos I pulled from the listing–click to enlarge:

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Craigslist find: Marconi CSR-5A Receivers

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Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Ken McKenzie, who writes:

Came across this ad on the local Craigslist. I’m not interested
but I know there are tube guys out there who may find this
very interesting.

http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/nvn/ele/5401857934.html

Here’s the seller’s description:

Vintage 1942-44 Marconi CSR-5A – X2

Commercial Communication Receivers – SW & LW

The CSR-5A receiver was described by the Canadian Marconi Company as a high grade instrument especially designed to provide the maximum reliability for fixed and mobile station operation.

It was designed to provide maximum sensitivity and stability under the most severe conditions of operation, such as vibration and high humidity.

The frequency ranges covered are in 2 groups – 79 to 518 kc and 1.5 – 30 mcs.

The ranges are covered in 6 colour coded bands, the dial assembly being reminiscent of the Marconi R1155 aircraft receiver.

Both in good working order

Includes 1 power box and 1 Marconi Speaker

WOW! If I lived anywhere near Vancouver, British Columbia, I would snatch these up in a heartbeat! They’re an absolute bargain at $95 CDN! The speaker alone may be worth that much.

Here are a few more photos from the listing:

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Thanks for the tip, Ken!

I should mention: since this is a Craigslist ad, you should do your due diligence to make sure this isn’t a scam. This listing doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of a scam, but Craigslist has no real seller or buyer protections like, say, eBay.

My tips? Communicate with the seller directly, meet with them in person to make the purchase (don’t try to have anything shipped) and pay in cash.

In addition–especially with a piece of vintage gear like this–ask them about the radio’s history. Every radio has a story.

I hope some lucky SWLing Post reader in the area picks this package up and gives it a good home! If you do, please let us know! (I’ll be a few shades of envious, of course!)